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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY. JUNE 23, 1927.
Illustrated by Henry Jay Lee
Copyright hy HroU Maor!k -JLlMcl ttru Auiocaatw Srvia
Jeanne Beaufort, daughter of a Vir
ginian, swears vengeance against the
North for the deaths of her father
and two brothers in the Civil War.
She is enrolled as a spy for the Con
federate government and instructed
to use the wiles of her sex to bring
Parson John Kennedy, a Union spy,
within the power of the South. Dis
covered in the act of spying upon the
group of Secret Service agents of
whom Kennedy is the leader, Jeanne
is given the alternative of death or
marriage to one of their number.
They are all masked, but Jeanne re
jects one volunteer and chooses an
other of the eleven as her husband.
To herself, she calls him Ireny. Par
son Kennedy performs the ceremony
and the bride and groom, ignorant of
cacn other's names and she not even
knowing what he looks like, sign th
marriage certificate as "Mary Smith"
una John Jones." As witnesses the
troup sign as follows:
John Kennedy, D.D.
They leave her bound and disap
pear. Henry Morgan, a Southern officer
and spy for the Confederacy, is in
love with her but she rejects his ad
vances. One day getting a letter
ngned "your husband," Jeanne real
ises that her identity is known. Dis
guising herself with a brown wig and
staining her face, Jeanne assumes the
Alice Trent, and goes to Baltimore
to carry on her work. She is un
aware that a real "Alice Trent" lives
John Armitage, a Union officer, res
cues Jeanne from a drunken man
Jeanne induces Morgan to abduct
Kennedy so that she may question
him about the namei on the certificate
and about a curious tattoo mark oa
the arm of the man she married. Arm
itage rescues him, but Jeanne escapes.
She sees placards announcing a re
ward for her capture, "dead er alive."
General Armitage, father of the
Captain, is discussing plans for the
final campaign against Richmond
when Jeanne, attempting to steal
them, is captured. Though she is in
boy's clothes, Captain Armitage rec
ognizes her, but says nothing, and she
is bound to face a firing squad in the
Armitage helps Jeanne escape and
she makes her way back to her home.
It is now the center of a Confederate
encampment. Sentries bring word
that a Union spy is on the grounds.
The spy attempting to escape is
killed. Jeanne reads a dispatch in
his pocket, indicating that he was G-RD-A
and on his arm sees the tattoo
mark. She now believes that he was
her hu&band. Morgan is discovered
to be a Confederate spy and swears
vengeance on Kennedy. Jeanne hopes
to obtain, by torture if necessary, the
truth about her marriage from Ken
nedy. The parson and Armitage ac
cordingly are kidnapped and taken to
u deserted cabin. There, bound, they
are seated when Morgan lights a
short fuse attached to a powder bar
rel. Jeanne saves them and tells Ar
mitage, with whom she is falling
deeper and deeper in love, that she
gives him "a life for a life." Armi
tage, rejoining his father's com
mand, is present when she runs away
with a federal locomotive. He fires
at the enine and hits her in the arm.
She makes her way back to the Con
federate lines and while recuperat
ing Morgan gives her a sheet of paper
containing the names of the "eleven!"
Parson Kennedy, Charles Lowell,
Arthur Snell, George Armstrong, John
Armitage, Philip Gardner, James Fo
garty, Franz Schmidt, Wallace Hen
derson, Frederick Skinner,
The WG, Washington, NK, New
York, RD, Richmond, BN, Boston, PA,
It seemed strange to her that there
had never been any mystery. J-WG-A,
that meant John (Washington) Ar
mitage the man's name and his
She idly counted the names- and
instantly became animated. Ai'ain
she went over the list.
Including Parson Kennedy, there
were but ten names, and there had
bten eleven men that nightl Oh, she
had counted them with particular
care eleven, always eleven. M irgan
had missed one.
Having lost the certificate, the el
eventh name the initials had pass
ed from her recollection.
Meontlme, Armltage's telegrnpher
had restored communications and his
command was suved.
It was Parson Kennedy who brought
information of the Confederate trap.
He had stumbled upon this informa
tion by the merest luck. He had loft
his comrade back there dend.
"Who?" asked Armitage.
Tho two, sent out to feel the way
from headquarters, had run plumn
into a scouting party of the enemy.
Tho two never hesitated; hesitation
would bo to invite death. They struck
the astonished group before they
thought to rnise their carbines, broke
through and went on, followed by a
storm of bullets. The younger man
twisted oddly in his saddle. A mile
or so beyond, he called out in agony.
Kennedy was beside him elmort ns
soon as he fell.
"Parson if you ever see her
again " Gardner was dead.
Armitage, with compressed lips and
frowning eyes, listened to this vivid
recital. Six gone: Armstrong, Fo
garty, Schmidt, Henderson, Skinner
and Gardner six brave and gallant
officers. Clark, the telegrapher, had
told him it was a woman who held
him up. Six comrades were dead;
but Jeanne Beaufort lived; and she
was free besides. He stiffened in the
saddle, and the lines in his face grew
hard. He would find Jeanne Beau
fort; and woe to her when he did!
The ragged army had settled down
for the winter. The living-room was
temporarily deserted, the chief in
command of his staff having gone
ona tour of inspection. Beyond the
window the camp-fire blazed brightly.
The door opened and closed softly,
and Morgun stood with his back to it
for a while, absorbing the lovely pic
ture Jeanne presented. "You are very
lovely tonight," he said.
She did not reply. She could not
hate this man. She vaguely wonder
ed what her attitude would have been
had be been less handsome.
"Have you ever paused to think,
Jeanne, that a man falls in love in
voluntarily? That it is instinctive on
his part to elude it as long as possi
ble?" "Between you and me, Major, love
is taboo," she said, rising. ,
"Ah, you may draw that taboo line
as much as you please; but I am
always bound to cross it. You made
a confession to me one night, under
"You are under my roof, Major."
"Still, an honorable man."
"And yet his name wAs on that list
I gave you. Will you not tell me, not
as a woman to a man, but as comrade
to comrade, what this list means?"
"No. Besides, there were eleven,
and you brought me the names of
"Eleven? I secured what I could.
Didn't I tell you I got them in Parson
Kennedy's room? I didn't have much
time. You can be like granite some
times." "If our meetings are unpleasant,
you have only yourself to thank. I
do not love you; but there was a time
when 1 respected you, admired your
courage and resourcefulness."
"You hit straight. Well, a thou
sand times you have signed John Ar
mitage's death-warrant." He spoke
without apparent anger. "All I want
is Armitage in front of my sword. I
wish to conquer him before I kill
"The death of John Armitage will
in no wise alter my sentiments in
regard to you, Major. You ought to
Ho reached for iiis hat, but did not
put it on his head. For two troopers
entered, wheeled right and left and
stood at attention. A man followed
them, blinking. Two more troopers
ccme after him. Then came the staff.
John Armitage and Jeanne Beau
fort looked into each other's eyes'
once more. He took off his hat.
"Do you know Ihis man. Major?"
Morgan was asked.
"Yes, General; he is Captain Ar
mitage of the Federal Secret Service,
one of the eleven I have often told
He was found within our lines,"
grimly. "He shall be shot at dawn."
"Did you find any papers on him?"
Jeanne walked to the farther door,
opened it and passed out of the room;
but she remained close to the door,
her brain awhirl. After several min
utes she heard Morgan speak again.
There was no doubt of the hatred in
her heart now.
"He has left his dispatches or lis
notes elsewhere. Perhaps I had better
go and look over the ground where
you found him."
Presently Jeanne heard the men
filing out. She opened the door cau
tiously. Armitage was seated before
the fire, stretched out in his chair,
his chin in his collar. He was alone.
The guards had been stationed out
side. Jeanne entered and approached
within a few feet of him. He heard
her, turned and rose.
"Jeanne Beaufort!" he said quietly
"Yes; this is my home, Captain
"Do you know why I am in this
room tonight? I disobeyed orders for
the mere sake of seeing you once
more. In the back of my watch are
my notes of observation."
"You tell me this!" horrified.
"Yes. You played with me, you
sought my love to break it. Well,
here they are, love and life. Break
them. I was there that night, as you
know. Take your revenge. They will
have me shot anyhow."
"I do not want your life. God
forbid!" she cried brokenly.
"I have ceased to regard it as any
thing very valuable. I have stamped
upon this love, but it is too strong
for me. So here I am, contemptuous
in my own eyes and doubtless in your
"You forced me to play traitor!"
He leaned toward the fire and
spread out his hands.
"Will you give me the name of the
man I married that night?"
"Say that I was the man, and let
it go at that."
"It is impossible, because you are
the man who first stepped out."
"On my word of honor, I was not
Should he tell her that it was Mor
gan, Morgan, whom she trusted? He
doubted if she would believe himf so
he let the opportunity pass.
"You will not tell me the truth?"
Armitage smiled into the fire.
"Suppose I tell you that I did not
play with you, that I admired you
beyond all other men?"
"I'm afraid of you, Jeanne Beau
fort," was all he said.
"Then God help us both!" And
with this passionate cry she ran from
The cry lingered in Armitage's ear
for a long while. He fought against
it resolutely. She was a consummate
actress; but all her arts were useless
now, of no avail.
Morgan came in smiling. 'So here
e are at last!" ,
"At least it will not be murder."
lou and the V arson were in my
way. Lord, how I fooled you all!"
"Not recently, Major."
"Alice Trent there was drama for
you. How she laughed behind your
Something impelled Armitage to
ay, "You lie!"
"I have stirred you, then?"
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more distributed around the house.
Armitage had made careful note of
this. A great many things might
happen within an hour.
"Suppose we play a game of piquet
to while away the time. We used to
try our hand at that."
"I shouldn't mind in the least."
Armitage instantly formed a purpose.
He believed he saw a way out. There
was a chance of a bullet missing his
back tonight but no chance of a dozen
missing his breast in the morning.
They sat down at the table, and
Morgan riffled the cards. "I'll always
remember you as a cool one, Armit
age. For my part, I'd much rather
have you die at the end of my saber."
He dealt a hand.
"A queen, eh?" Morgan sprawled
in his chair.
The butt of his revolver protruded
just above the table edge.
Banter of a deadly character began
to pass between the two men. One
was sure of the situation, the other
was watchful and ready to seize upon
the slightest advantage.
"Armitage," said Morgan, finally.
"I hate you more than anything e.se
on earth. But you are a brave man."
"I pass the compliment back only,
I do not hate you, Morgan. I despise
"That renegade Parson Kennedy
will mourn for you."
But he has my dispatches by this
time. For two nights I have been in
side your lines. If I lost rr.y head, it
is because I wanted to mak-j sure that
Jeanne Beaufort did not play fast and
loose with mo S,he will never be
yours either, Morgan."
"No?" Morgan gazed nt his enemy
tnrougn nait-closed eyes. "If, as
they say, the dead come back, you
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