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(MIA PTE?. XI.
A before stated, Ike Duster belonged
to the class (mown at tliat time and
still referred to an ''poor whites."
Through tho off its of hi wife be bad
managed t. bold onto a small farm just
outside of Winchester, left bin by bis
father, but it ia doubtful if lr nrgu
wtmts would have carried the day !':;l
nay one inudp a cai ii offer for the fow
acres, While K;o always referred to
kith ii If m broken down by bard work,
ulicmt five days out of every wick bad
I on apeut tra&vpiug around the conn-1
try with liis gun or discussing "Van- !
Ues" and "niggers" in the village bar j
rooms with others of his ilk. Accord-,
I" his own lino of argument, h was
u martyr, ill lock liad always followed
him, even tc tho birth and death of I
Mrs, Baiter also had a constitntlonal
and ready mado grievance, If she had
li en allowed to bavo Ijl-i way about j
things, siie always argued, they would
1 ma ago have been rich and owned nig
gers, '-, sab, real uiggers and mo!
or fi wer $73 maw Is. "
Il;u Buster bad also been granted a
furlough, and according tothestoriea
bo (old aft r reaching homo the battle
if Bull Ruu would not have bees a vic
tory without him. When anything was
said about Kenton, ho was prompt ia
" urn Ujo Yankee! But wo uns lir.s
got our eyes op in now, and ho nn can't
play us no mo tricks!"
He was so outspoken in bis language,
and bis language was so bitter that
Lawyer Williums and others were gin n
an inkling of the true state of affairs.
The lawyer found opportunity to In
quire of Ike:
" Didn't my nephew nlist of bis own
ni cord, and is there a man in the com
pany who has exhibited more bravery
ami won wore of a reputation?"
What did be un ru ih In and rally at
Bull Run fur befo' Dnke Wyle could
Kit tbarV" demanded Ike in n ply. "He
un just wanted to show off and make
believe. And Isn't be un givin us away
to the Vunks all the time? And Isn't he
nn talkln 'bout Glneral Jackson and
boldin bend above us? And if he un
giit; tlic ehanci won t he nn give up onr
bull army to Uinoral McClellan? Ob, !
we uns has our eyes open fur bim!"
Mrs. Baxter bad got tho idea from 1
Ike's loiters home that be had not only
von a crown of fame under fire, but
was holding tho whole federal army in
check. She could read and write, but
very poorly, she bad picked up most of
ber information and all her military
terms fi in others scarci ly lesa ignorant.
When Ike appeared in sight down the i
road, sb rau I i ni icl him and welcomed
bim v1 ith:
"Hurrah Cm Utnerul Ike Baxter, who
fit and lit the Yankees dun run
"Don't j o' un know notbiu?" angrily
dimauded Ike as be came nearer.
"Didn't yo' nn lii and fit':"
"Of uo'se i fit, but yo' needn't gab it
an over itginny and matte othi t (oiks
" Whar'a yo'r Btriper,?" she asked.
"'On yo'r arms yo'rgincral stripes?"
"1 hain't no ginerul!"
"Vo' hain't? Why, I thought yo'
was l ors of the bull army! What 'I the
aattcr yo' hain't no glneral?"
"What's tho matter yo' hain't get no
sense in yo'r In ad?"
"But yo' on's a corporal!"
"Hain't yo' nn notbin bat jest com
Hon folks?" she jserist-l.
"Didn't I alius Hay yo' un bad no
Ipoorit ftlinut yo', and that's why we
was alios p en and low down? she
bitterly exclaimed as they passed into
tha boose, "Ike Baxter, yo' hain't
shucks! You nn'a low down, and yo'
liko tostuy right tbarl Everybody clio
SCOraip home with ginorsi'e and cor
poral's anil major's strips! on thai
wve but yo' has dun let 'eaj walk yo'
Inter liio mud and hain't got no i.ji fit
to resent it! If i d K.n down tbar, I'd
'a' ronin back m big as anybody! I've
dun told everybody yo' nn was a gin
eral, and now now yo'aoxtll jest com
.Mrs. Baxter fml down and wept and
n ed hi r apron for a handkerchief, l);o
had expected just such a ncoption, and
he had a plan to develop at the proper
tinie, Whilo she continued to weep be
helped himself to a bits to eat from tbi
cupboard and maintained silence.
"And why didn't they tonke a gin
(rat of yo'r" asked Mrs. Baxter after
kLout 10 minnti s
"If yo' nn dun bad any sense in yo'
head, i could tell yoV he sullenly re
plied. "Ssnsol Bensol If I hain't got sense,
who baa? Jf a hadn't bin fur mysem e,
we uns would hav bin right down to
tater Skin I y'ura ago! it's my Sense that
has kept ut outer the porehonso and lot
ns bold ear heads up with the best of
'ami Leastwlsi i'vo alius held my
head up, even it yo' hain't!"
"It's this way," said Ika as ha con
tinued to cat and reflect. "It's cor
poral, fii rgeant, orderly sergeant, lef ten
ant, captain, major, knrnel and gin
erali 'fakes a heap o' time to git up
tbarl Everybody has got to begin way
"Jhit yo's not even a corp corporal
yltl" sho exclaimed as one ey filled
with tears of disappointmeht.
"And what's tho reason 1 hain't? Do
yo' nn remember that Yankee lawyer
who lived yeie feller named Kenton?"
"Seeps tiku I did."
"He un'l to blame. Tried to git us
nil captnr'd at Bull Him. Tried to put
nil the pf3cera down. Clot In with Clin
oral Jackson and talked agin US, par
tieklarly me, Reckon be nn said a heap
'bout yp' too, wiiile lioun was at it. If
it hadn't bin fur be tin, I'd hev hud
uliiiieu on my m ms heaps 9' strincs
CcPyRi&hTCO :254 Dr amt.-, cj,N n;;1; association.
and yo'd bin prouJ o' mo'; It's jest he
un th-.t keeps me down. Wcall bate bo
un, but hini's .i.t Glneral Jackson on
"The pesky varmint t" she gasped,
with uplifted hands, "Ho nn't all to
"All to blame."
"Talked about me to Glneral Jack
soul What could he tin say?"
"Dunno, but I reckon he un w ent on
'bout yo'r gwino b'arfut to church ami
dippin snuff andgaddin 'bout and com
pluinin. Ho nn ml. bed it in on both 0'
ns powerful bard, moat likely, Befo'
that Glneral Jackson was as good as
pie to mo, but afterward be un wouldn't
dun notice mo tall!"
"Then then it's t!e Yankee who
dun keeps yo' all back? she asked aft
er taking a co'.ipluot minutes for reflec
tion. "Jot h" v.n alone." answered Ike as
be finished his snack.
"A.idyo' all hain't got Bpunkuufl to
drive ho un outl Ik Baxter, yo' un
alius, did den let folks walk yo' inter
the mini, but i didn't reckon it was as
bad at tbisl Pur shame on yo'!"
"How's we nil to drive be uu when
Qlneral Jackson is in tho way?" asked
"Shoo, how won talkl"
Ike, "If 1 never git to be 11 ginerul, 1
it's ho nn's fault, If I git killed or ;
captnr'd, it's tho same. Duke Wyle
would make roe sergeant tomorrer brtt
fur that dod blasted Yank!"
"Then If yo1 do.-m' pay him out 1 j
will!" exclaimed -Mrs. Baxter as sho
rose up with a (09k of determination on ;
That's what Ike was waiting to hear,
Ilo was now ri ady to develop the littlu
plan sketched out in Captain Wyle's
tent before leaving camp.
"I reckon yo' kin do it better 'o we all
If yo' want to try," be finally said, j
"Yo1 know them stuck up Percys in
town, of co s,'?'
" "(Jf co'se."
"He nn's in Inv with the gal."
"I heard that yistarday."
"If we all could brek it np.it would
flatten be nn out. Jest think of a south
ern gal lu. in a reg'lar Yankee Bpy, and
probably goin to marry bim, when she
coul I hev Dnke Wylp!"
"Shoo, bow yon talk!"
"And il we all could flatten bim out
I'd s Mi be a glneral and prance around
on a boss," continued Ike, "Drat bim,
but bo talked about yo'toGinoral Jack
son, and that's what hurts me mo tiian
"How kin I flatten bim out?" she
asked, ready to begin work at once.
Ike slowly lighted bis pipe and sat
down on the doorstep and made room
for ber beside bim. He- kept iier wait
ing for another minute ami then unfold
d his plan. She listened patiently until
be was through and then pointed out
the obstacles here and there. He re
viewed the case and explained how ev
erythingwas to bo overcome. Although
an ignorant woman, she bad a good
deal of natural shrewdness in ber com
position, and after the plan bad been
gone over in detail for the third or
fourth time 'ihc said:
"I'll try it anyhow, I hev alius dun
bat d Yanks like pizen, and that Per
cy gal i-- j St ! 01 tui kup fur anything!
Might do her a b ap 0' good to come
down a few pegs! If flatten ho un
out, that win make yo1 a glneral?"
"And yo'll rido around on 'a critter
and w'ar a cocked hat?''
''And bny me two new kaliker
drtissco, a bonnet, a pa'r of shoes,
" yo'll jest bo rlchaessand wealth ami
look like a queen I" said ike as she hesi
tated. "Then I'll do it if I hiV to walk
: through lire, and p'raps I'll ride around
011 a critter too!"
I Panic does not always follow defeat,
Indeed it si Idom does, A battle is a
checkerboard wherein all the spots are
inaikcd with blood. Tim checkers a:e
men. men lying in reserve, men on the
bat ilo lines, men charging on Hanks or
The generals in command wylcli the
board, if one makes a move on tho
j rhjht or loft, tbo other seeks to take ad
VOtntag lOf tt. For the time being they
: (hutthalr ears to tfie roar of baftle,
i shut their 1 yi , to the sight of dead and
I wonnded, Beauregard halted at the
1 threshold of victory at Shilob. So with
: McClellan at Antietam, At Fredsr
J (oksbnrg Leo permitted Burnside to re
j tri at after defeat. At lettysburg Meade
l did tiie s:ime with Lee. Jackson bad
; tbrOWn himself against ShieldH at
, RernstOWfi on the l ight, OH the left, on
j the center. He I onld lot break the lino
anywhere. He left his dead along a front
of a mile and a half, but tbo sacrifice was
in vain. It was military tactics to re
treat to fall bach to a strong position
and oldiguShieldH tor.ttaek him or give
over bis march up tho Valley, Tlnre Is
sometimes more goneralsblp ma retreat
than in an advance or in fighting a bat
tle. The train.! prntt bo saved, the
broken and disorganised commands
picked tip and l e-forined. the best tvoops
sent to the rear to stand OS a Bulwark
between the' exhausted army and the en
Jackson h ft nothing behind him ar
tillery, wagons 0: muskets worth gath
ering up ami reporting. Mostot ins
wounded wore Carried np the valley as
bo fell back. Shields, followed slowly,
and tho rear guard bad no fbjhUug to
do. The panic of an army, of an unny
cup' even, is a terrible sijlit, but tbo
pauio of a town is sometbin;; Which no
ono can fitly describe. Tho news of
Jackson's defeat preceded him, and
when be reached Winchester it was to
bail a town w ild with fear and crazed
by terror. War was young then, in
alter years the old town changed bands
without a tremor, gathered up too dead
off its sire, ts t.nd buried them as part
of the regular programme,
"Tho Yankee art coming I Tho town
will be given apto sackl Winchester
is to be burned, and women und chil
dren mast Bee!" 1
So rose the ".y frmn house to house,
Some locked their doors und rode away
on horseback or Ih their carriages.
Others left their doors wide open and
took the turnpike to the south 011 foot,
carrying whatever they had at first laid
hands on as a burden. Furniture WHS
brought OUt and piled in the streets and
set fire to, and had not Jackson's ad
vance arrived ns it did the people of tho
town would bare applied tho torch to
their own rooftreea, The Yankee 1 il
dior was popularly supposed to be with
out honor or pity -a ruffian who stopped
at no crime. Jackson paused ton fresh
his men and allay tbeexdti meat. Tboso
who bail not lied decided to n main,
tli ingh fearful of consequences, but tho
general exefb ment scarcely abated.
The Percys wom among the first to
hear of Jackson's defeat and the news
that the Federal army was following
him op and would soon be in Winches
ter, They were excited, butnot terrified.
"We will remain right here, and we
shall not be disturbed, " said Marian to
her mot her. " Tbo Federals hove not
burned towns elsewhere nor made war
on women and children, and they will
not do so here. We have 00 CUUBO to bo
Neither had they, but ciieunistanrs s
which could not be foreseen soon caused
a change in the programme. Among
Jackson's troops was the remnant, of
the Hhenandoab guards. AH the house
servants about tho Percy mansion were
colored people and slaves. Likoothors
of their color, the general excitement
had made them half crazy. They had
left the house for the street to see and
hear and were ready to catch no and
believe the most absurd tales. Then)
were two men and four women. Buck,
who was a yonng man of 95, joined a
party of the fleeing inhabitants harry
ing up the valley. Uncle Hen, as be
was called, was a man of BO, born and
reared in the Percy family, and though
sharing to some extent in tin; ge neral
excitement he would not leave bis post
of duty. He had said to the female
"1 nebberdun did Bee no Yankees in
all my life, but I hain't gwino to bo
afraid an ruu away. I didn't bring on
dis wah. I hain't killed nobody, What
dem Yankees want to hurt me for?
Miss Marian hain't skeerod, Her mud- j
der hain't abeered. If (ley hain't skeered,
what yo' til want to be skeered for?"
The lour women were on a Btn et Cor
ner ia a aroun when (Jantnin Wvio !
passed by and recognised them as be
longing to the Percy family. He bad
beard from the gossips of the town lore;
ago that Kenton was to carry off tho
prize, Ho had written to Marian with
considerable fervor and without men
tioning the news, and sho bad replied In
a very brief and formal manner. To
revenge himself on a woman was quite
fori ;;:n to bis nature, but as he saw the
foor Servants and noted their state of
alarm be remembered that he and Ike
Baxter had a plan to carry out. Ten
minutes later one of bis company was
laying to the colored women:
"The Yankees are only a eonplo of
Dlili I away! if you all don't hurry,
you wiil bo taken prisoners, and that
means that every one of yon will be
be ned at the Btakcl They shoot down
white folks a::d burn niggers!"
That was sufficient to start them off
to join the fieeipg throng, Not one 0:'
them returned to the house, Jackson
sent out couriers to advise the panic
stricken people to return, but hundreds
bad gdne too far to be overtaken. Among
them were the four women. Bhields
entered Winchester without opposition.
Within an hour the excitement bad sub
sided. The Yankee soldiers had neither
bonis nor hoofs. No one was molested
nor made afraid, Where timid women
requi rted it guards were placed at their
doors, and instead of the merchants be
ing robbed and ruined, as most of them
bad fnlly expected, their properties
wa re safely cared for.
"Didn't I dun told you all so!" ex
claimed Uncle Ben on the street that
evening as lie was out looking for tho
ml bug servants, " Yankees am jist de
same folks as anybody. I'ae bin lookiu
at heaps of 'em, nn 1 oan't see no differ
ence. All dem folks who got skeered
an ron'd away was fools! Yankees
hain't, gwlnoter hurt nobody onlsss yo'
un behave yo'self fast I"
Captain Wyle knew where to find Iko
Baxter's wile. Sho bad moved into
town two Weeks before, leaving the farm
to take can of Itself, That was one of
the points in tho plan presented by Ike
and accepted by lie r. Sho knew that
Jacks m had I sen beaten and was on the
retreat, but the did not know of tbo
fate of Ike and many of bis comrades.
Some of those who escaped both death
and capture bad seen Jke go down, and
il was certain he had fallen into Fed
eral bands. Mrs. Baxter fell to sobbing
as she heard the news from the captain,
but her sorrow did not last long.
"Drat that Iko fur n fool!" she sud
denly exclaimed as grief gSVS plai I to
indignation. "Didn't ho nn promise
me las! thing tx lo' bim went back that
if bim ever get Into another foul he 1111
would scrooch down so the bullets
would fly over bim! It'a all in bim al
ius wantln nnd hevin bis own trayspito
of all I Hjn do!"
"Iko and tho others Would have bern
all right if they had not been betrayed,"
observed the captain,
"Shoo, that's what Ike was sf raid of I
Was if that Yankee agin that Lawyer
The captain noddi d bis bead.
,flke hates him. So do I. Ifbonn
hadn't stood in Ike's way, lk would
hev bin a giii'ial befo' lhin. The onevy
skunk, to befray his own comrades! If
1 could git hands on ho 1111, I'd kill
bim! I'll never rest till I hev his lite,
even if ike Ids up!"
" Have you seen tho too Percys late
ly?" asked tbo captain ns Mrs. Baxter
got ready for another Wave of sorrow.
"Did Iko tell yo'?" sho whispered,
"I've bin trviu to do oi we planned,
but couldn't fetch It iko thought as
1 might get a place in tho bouse, but
they uns hov got too'mauy uiggers fub
that. ' '
"All their women liavo cut and ran
not one left. If you should happen
to oli'or your services there now, I think
they'd bo accepted."
"Shoo, nigger woman all gon9?"
"I know it for a fact."
"I'll go over thar this very hour!"
said Mrs. Baxter as she reached for her
snnbonnet. "Capting, was Iko right
when be said this yen Yankee stood ia
"Yes, bo was."
"Was bo right when bo said if we
uns conbl get tbo Percy gal to'iato bim
be would bother nobody no mi)'?"
"If 1 he Yankee v.'as shot or killed or
sonthln, wonld Ike ride around on a
critter and dangle u sword?"
"It's quite likely. What plan have
".lest leao lb.it to me! Mobbo I
haven't got any, and mebbe l'vo got a
heap of 'em!"
"Here Is what you are to remem
ber," bo said as bo rose up to go, "If
"IFouId Ike ride around on aerUterttnd
tiunijlc 11 strortlf"
it hadn't i : for K( nton, not a man ii:
our ompany wonld have been killed 01
'And what becum of lie un?"
"Oh, he was captured, too, but ol
course that was all 11 trick. However,
I don't want you to say anything 10
coming from me. You needn't evei.
say you bave seen inc."
"I understand. Ike said ,vo was aftei
tho gal too, 1 hope yo'll git her. Do
o' reckon Ike was killed?"
"I'm quite sine he wasn't,"
"Then I'll hoe him agin?"
"Yes, alter a bit.'
"Pore, pore Ike!" wailed the wife as
bor apron went up to her oyes. "He
had bis streaks be was shiftless but
ho never complained, He was ouery
about some things, but good as pie
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vboiit mewls, why"
.Sho looked up, bat the captain bad
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