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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1927.
Illustrated by Henry Jay Lee
Copyrijkt Toy Harold Ma Grtl -H-laJd thru. AutocarUr Servioc
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 Irony. Par
son Kennedy performs the ceremony
and the bride and groom, ignorant of
each other's names and she not even
knowing what he looks like, sign the
marriage certificate as "Mary Smith"
and "John Jones." As witnesses the
group sign as follows:
John Kennedy, D.D.
her bound and disap-
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
izes 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 names on the certificate
and about a curious tattoo mark oh
the arm of the man she married. Arm
ilage rescues him, but Jeanne escapes.
She sees placards announcing a re
ward for her capture, "dead or 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 1b 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 huBband. 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 tolls 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!"
Armitage, on a scouting expedition,
cannot resist the tmeptation to go
near Jeanne's home and is captured
by the Confederates. Facing the fate
of a spy in the morning, he accepts
the offor of Morgan to while away tne
tiue in a game of cards.
"Do you know, Morgan, I believe
that I shall never attend your firing
party in the morning?"
"Indeed, Armitage, you'll be there.
I wouldn't have you miss it for any
thing. I thought you had that ten
spot. Well, the game ends."
"So it does!"
Armitage's hand flew across the
table with the quickness of an adder's
strike and seized Morgan's pistol.
He drew back with equal rapidity.
"Stir or make a sound, and I'll kill
you, Morgan. You know it. If I
must die, you'll go with me or before
Joanne in the doorway impelled
irresistibly to return pressed a book
against her heart. She had picked It
up at random, without thought or pur.
truth! If only she had married him!
So, adroitly yet simply disguised,
Jeanne entered Washington once
more, in spite of the grave risks, in
spite of the imminent dangers. She
found an obscure but respectable
"All's fair in love and war," ob
served Kennedy. "Love for women
and war for men. Well, Madam,
what have you to say?"
"There really isn't much to say, is
Morgan stared at the round, black
muzzle of the revolver; he was par
alyzed by the unexpectedness of the
"Call to the sentry to come around
and enter the room," commanded Ar.
mltni-n. "Mind the tone!"
The moment the sentry started to
obey the command, Armitage drew
back his hand and savagely struck
hnhind the ear. Then he
leaped from the window just as
Jeanne hurled her book at the can
When her arm was strong again
she determined to retun to Washing
ton. To learn for sure the name of
the man who had married her had
now become an obsession; she must
know or go mad.
She had not the slightest faith In
Armitage's stntemcnt. He was not
the man; she was so absolutely sure
boarding-house and lived there quiet
ly. To Charles Lowell, one of the
eleven whom she had met with Armi
tage, she wrote a letter.
It was a letter which would natur
ally arouse the curiosity of a man
like Lowell. He took it to Kennedy,
who Btudied it for a few moments;
then passed it over to Armitage.
"What do you think of it, son?" he
"Lieutenant Charles Lowell:
"Will you do me the honor to
call if I give you explicit di
rections how to find me? I have
something to say to you which
vitally concerns us both.
"Address W-X, general post
office." "What do you think of it, Parson?"
countered Armitage. His voice was
normal, his hands steady.
"I should tear it up, and give it no
further attention," Kennedy yawned.
"It may be some woman who wants
you to get her hubby or brother or
son a job in the War Office. The
town is full of them."
"Good advice," agreed Armitage.
"Tear it up, Charlie. Remember, you
two are to dine with me tonight at
eight. I'm off."
Once in the street, Armitage pushed
back his hat and wiped his forehead.
What should he do? How should he
Lowell started to tear up the note
when Kennedy stuyed his hand.
"No. Answer it; keep the appoint
ment. If it's a trap, I'll be close at
hand. If it's only a political angler
well, I'll still be close at hand. And
say nothing to Armitage tonight."
On the following afternoon Lowell
was admitted to a modest house in
the middle-class district. The light
in the room was not very good; but
presently he saw the figure of a wo
man, her back to the window.
"I am Jeanne Beaufort," she said
"I brought you here to ask a ques
tion. Who was the man I married
that night? Sometimes it scnis as
if I were going mad! I am a proud
woman." She sank to her kneas sud
denly. "See, on my knees I ask you!
The name, the name!"
"Why in the world should you care?
The man did not even touch your
hand. You exaggerate the affair. Any
court will annul it."
"Is he living or dead?"
"I have sworn never to reveal that
man's name. But it was not I who
married you, or I would break, one by
one, all the oaths a man might swear
to claim you as my own."
He tried to lift her up, but she
hung back, a dead weight.
You shall have twelve hours in
which to leave the city twelve hours
and no more." Gently he freed his
hands. "Good-bye, Jeanne Beaufort;
and God take you safely to your
He passed out into the Btreet. For
several blocks Parson Kennedy fol
lowed him thoughtfully. There was
third man whom neither Kennedy
nor Lowell observed.
Kennedy caught up with Lowoll,
"Well, what was it about?"
"Good Lord, Kennedy, I had forgot
ten all about you! Oh, there was
nothing governmental in the affair.
I'll let you know all about it in twelve
Kennedy nodded and pretended not
to notice Lowell's preoccupation. An
idea took form and grew in his in
fernally bright mind.
Lowell had seen Jeanne Beaufortl
The name was like wind upon glow
ing coals; his hate grew white-hot.
It was hatred which had no logic. At
her feet he laid the death of six gal
Jeanne Beaufort was Parson Ken
nedy's obsession, and he proposed to
bo rid of it that night, once and for
The moment he left Lowell, he put
his idea into action. He would trap
her by promising to give her the
name of the man she had married
(for no doubt that was the reason for
her Beeking Lowell); he would use
Lowell's name besides.
Oh, she would come to that old
attic where she and Morgan had ex
changed their bits of information!
It was moonlight outside. Kennedy
and his men waited in the dark. They
were all squatting 'on the floor in
order to prevent the slightest sound
As Jeanne entered from her left
came the scrape of a match. It flared.
She beheld a hugo hand, and her fas
cinated glance ran up the arm to the
"You tried to murder my soul; my
body is nothing." '
Parson Kennedy frowned. He want
ed to humble this creature, to wring
tears from those unfaltering eyes, to
bend her to her knees, to see her
hands held out in passionate suppli-
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"I was a rare fool that night. I
should have shot you."
"I gave you back your life once."
"Ha! But why? To save Armi
tage." "Hands up! The f:rt man who
The voice came from the wall be
hind the clustered troopers. Two of
them dropped their muskets, startled.
Kennedy, looking over the heads of
his' men, beheld a yawning doorway
and a man in front of it. Two revol
vers were leveled steadily in his di
rection. The stranger wore a mask.
"I have twelve bullets, and when I
shoot, it will be t kill. Take up that
revolver from the table, girl. Now
step back toward me. Men, stand aside
a little, but take heed not to turn.
Even as he spoke, Jeanne was obey
ing his orders. She drew back from
the troopers, who moved aside for her
but did not turn. They had recog
nized the death-note in that voice.
As the door swung into place
Jeanne's rescuer heard a yell of rage.
"Morgan! Shoot, you fools!"
But in the shadows the fugitives
mounted safely and away. The man
still kept the mask on his face. Be
had not uttered a single word since
entering the lane. He suddenly drew
in; and Jeanne's horse stopped of its
"Charles Lowell," she said rather
breathlessly, "I shall always remem
ber what you have done for me this
night. You promised me twelve hours.
Thank you. Your way is back there,
mine yonder. We may never meet
again. So, God bless you and keep
you safe and whole!"
"Wait!" The voice ws mufflled. The
man drew a folded paper from his
pocket and handed it to her. He im
pulsively kissed the hand that reach
ed out; then he folded the palm over
the paper and let the hand fall.
"The horse is mine; keep it. Good
by, Jeanne Beaufortl"
He wheeled suddenly and cantered
She thought it strange that he did
not raise his mask, insomuch as she
had discovered his identity. When
he disappeared, she opened the paper
The moonlight was clear; but she
had no need to read; she would have
known that paper in the dark, among
all others in the world, by the mere
feel of it.
It was her marriage certificate!
She laughed brokenly. She passed
through a singularly trying ordeal;
and now, out of it all safely, her
nerves began to go. She shook with
tiansient vertigo and dared not start
her horse lest she fall.
Henry Morgan! So many things
she understood at last. He had left
his own rame out of the hbt he had
given her- H-RD-M was 3n the cer
tificate. How sin. pie it was! And so bund
had been her faith in his loyalty, little
as she lit ed him, that not the least
inkling of the truth had ever come
Lowell was sitting in their room
when Armitage, looking like a man
who had been riding hard and far,
"I took Jeanne Beaufort out of
Kennedy's hands tonight," said Arm
itage with a few preliminaries. "Am
1 a traitor?"
"I don't know, John. She wanted
to know from me which of us had
married her. I told her that if it
had been I, I would have broken ev
ery oath to claim her!"
"You," began Armitage
Lowell suddenly sprang from his
"Get out of those clothes, instantly
chuck them, boots and all, into the
wardrobe. Don't you understand?
Kennedy will be here to question us
remember he's mad at times!"
Within five minutes Armitage had
changed into a dressing gown and
slippers. He laid his pistols on the
table. Kennedy entered. Very grey
and weary he looked.
"Anything wrong?" asked Armitage.
Kennedy Bipped a glass of sherry
and set it on the table. His fingers
touched the pistols and he took them
up and balanced them on his broad
palms. Suddenly he realized that,
though the room was very warm, the
weapons were very cold.
"Which of you two snatched Jeanne
Beuafort out of my hands this night?"
he asked with ominous quiet.
(Continued next week.)
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