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VOL. 6.-NO. 37
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WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCT. 14, 1863
SURE TO WIN_
Open hostilities were therefore now declared
—Stutely tersus Stark, Themis against Mars,
Buffed and the Ferns the scene of action, 8a
months the duration of the campaign.
After the colonel's departure, my uncle and I
held a consultation. Our 'deliberations resul
ted in the conclusion, that some means of com
municating with Letty must positively be
found. The colonel's vigilance was only to be
baffled by securing an ally within the garrison.
None could be so effectual or valuable as Let
ty, if we could only engage her upon our side.
Now how was this to be accomplished ?
We were lawyers, and between us we con
ceived a plan. It was strategy, romantic and
hazardous ; its Emcees was very doubtful ; its
failure would only cause the enemy to double
his watchfulness. But his insolent defiance
had put las upon our mettle, and we resolved
to leave no-wile untried that might secure vic
Not far from my uncle's house lived an old
college chum and lifelong friend, Dr. Polt.—
Like habits, like tastes, like politics, like bach
elorhood, bound the two strongly together.
The doctor was the oldest medical man in Bay.
field. He was in very tolerable circumstances,
and had of late years almost retired front prac
tice, maintaining his connection only with a
few families, many of whose members he had
introduced into existence. The intimate terms
upon which Uncle Ferril and Dr. Polt stood
rendered the latter fully cognizant of all the
circumstances attending my troubled love
passage, and his warmest sympathies were for
our success. Much of this feeling may have
been owing to. the colonel' having upon several
occasions treated the doctor with considerable
rudeness. Colonel Stark, crammed with Indian
prejudices, did not see why he should be civil
to the 'vet,' as he chose to call our friend—
Dr. Poll wad a short man, and short men are
touchy upon the point of personal dignity..
'Big, blatant blusterer !' exclaimed the doc
tor to my uncle one evening, when Colonel
Stark's want of urbanity formed the topic of
discourse. wish he'd fall ill, and call me
in, Ferril. Wouldn't I physic him 2 Aha I'
and the doctor glared balefully over his spec
tacles, in- a manner intended to signify that the
pharmacopoeia would hardly afford- the tre
mendous oompOunds he should like to inflict
upon. his enemy. .
Dr. Pelt entered heart and soul into the lit
-1 tle plotrity uncle and I had devised for Colonel
• Ay, ay,. boy,' he ejaculated, rubbing his
hands gleefully, when
. I told him what had
been resolved upon, and asked his assistance
—lll. help, I'll help willingly. 'Twill be al
most as pleasant as prescribing this nigger
: flogainicalo4el a.saftetida and Creosote: Ay,
'ay, I'll be ready:'
Riding into 13ayfteld, therefore, according to
custbm, one frosty forenoon; it happened that
my usually well-pehaved mare 'began to grow
restive as I approached the house of Dr. Polt.
Feigning to lose temper, I phnished her pretty
severely about the head and ears. The mare
,began to kick ; I began to' reel in my seat ; a
sentimental cheesemonger's daughter tripping
past with a three.volume novel under het arm,
began to scream ; the mare started, reared, my
feet left the itirrups, I went to the grOund with
a crash just opposite the 'doctor's door. The
mare galloped Wildly down the street.
Dr. Pelt was upon the 'watch, and pounced
'upon the casein an instant,like a vigilant spi
der upon a heedless fly.
'Hullo ! hullo ! What's the matter ? How's
this ?' exclaimed the doctor, as naturally as if
the whole thing had not been pre-arranged.
'Who's this, tumbling off his horse like a sack
of oats "Why, dear me ! Can it be No ! Yes I
Positively, so it is. Bless my soul, my young
friend Stately ! Dear, dear ! What a sad piece
of business No bones broken, I hope. .bet's
see. Hsi Hm !' passing his hand rapidly
over my limbs as I lay upon the ground, hardly
able 'to restrain my laughter. 'Skull not
cracked ; no, no, imPeleible — toe thick. Lie
'still, young gentleman, if you please. Collar
bone all right.' Radius, ulna---no damage right
or left. Not broken his neck—time enough for
that to happen—nor yet his spine ? . tiny ribs
smashed ? One—two—three—four—l ' ve—and
the false ones ? rio • all in order. Now, let's
try his legs—right leg : femur, tibia, patella ;
all straight. Left —ah ! something' wrong here.
Dear, dear I' with a very solemn face, and a
learned shake of the head, to impress the half
dozen idlers who had gathered round. 'Severe
fracture of the os cosmographicensis; displace
ment of the head of the quan- cuff.—most im
portant bone that ; extensive luxation of the
tendo Achillis. Dear, dear ! More severely
injured than I thought- Bring him into my
surgery, my friends, and I'll soon set him to
rights. Gently, gently ; don't displace the
quan. Buff_ any farther, or I won't answer for
the consequences. Bring' him in being him
Preceded by Dr. Polt, enjoining upon my
bearers the utmost caution, I was carried into
the house, placed upon a sofa, and left in due
professional care. Within half an hour all Bay
field rang with the exciting news that young
Mr. Stately had been thrown from his mare
opposite Dr. Polt's door; that the mare had
fallen upon and crushed'him, breaking several
of his ribs,
his cosmos, the head of MI pant
stuff, and his tender killings: Later intelli
gence added that, in spite of -these d,elperate
injuries, Dr. Polt still entertained hopes of the
poor young gentleman's recovery. Another
bulletin declared that the doctor had been
heard to say Mr. Stalely might recover, but
Would certainly remain a cripple for life. The
very latest news averred that the only doubt
Dr. Poll felt was whether the fractured limb
would be two inches and a half or three inches
and a quarter shorter than the other.
As the plotters intended, the report of. the
accident was , not long lin traveling . to the
' Ferns. I must confess to .some compunction at
the alarm I knew , it. would cause Letty, al
though I was consoled, _upon the Other hand,
by picturing to myielf the glee with which the
heartless old colonel would rub his hands and
growl forth: There's a stopper to young
Parchment's exertions for the next few months
,at any rate. Bravo I Josiah, my boy ; the
game's your own.' '
The colonel having been induced to believe.
that I was helplessly shelved, we were enabled
to proceed with the next item of our scheme.
My uncle communicated with a friend in town,
by whose instrumentality a letter was addres
sed to Colonel
_Stark, ostensibly from the India
Haase, requesting hie appearance before the
Board of Directors upon a day named, they
beirig informed be , was able to give valuable
evidence respecting details of management
conneatel with the-Company's native forces in
Bengal. As we had anticipated, the bait was
greedily swallowed. Nothing could have been
AIM googenial to Colonel Stark's lofty opin-
HARRISBURG, PA:, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1863.
I ion' of his own consequence than suoh.a sum
mons. The opportunity was favorable. His
enemy was out of the way, and ho could leave
home for a short period with a quiet mind.—
Four days later, my uncle hurried to me in the
afternoon With the news that he had seen the
colonel set off in a post-chaise half an hour
previously upon his road to town.
This gave the signal for aetion. Despite the
colonel's departure, I dared not show myself
openly at the Ferns, for there'could be no doubt
the servants were all in the colonel's interest,
and would not risk their places by disobedi
ence ; but a letter was despatched by a trusty
messenger to Letty, to whom access during
her father's absence' could not well be denied.
In this I briefly acquainted her with the ac
tual state of affairs, and implored her, with all
the epistolary eloquence at my command, to
meet me after duek at the corner of Surnt , ash
Lane a secluded winding thoroughfare bard
by the Ferns, leading'at some distance to the
north main road. Here a chaise should bi in
readiness tb carry us at once to Scotland. If
she consented, I begged her to send a few words
by bearer. ' ' '
Within an hour, the' answer came. bore
ho signature, and *Ai lacer& enough, OM
sisting only of the four words : Your reqUest
is granted.' Still, the note was in Letty's well
known hand, -and the assurance it contained
too precious to criticise. She may not have
liked to write mores I thought.' The dear
girl's sensitive modesty would not allow her
to dilate upon so delicate a theme. For me
must be reserved the pleasing task of over
coming her scruples, and of persuading her to I
unite her fate with mine.'
At the appointed time behold me, therefore, I
at the corner of Burnt-ash Lane, anniously
awaiting the beloved of my heart. Some little
distance down the lane, well out of sigbt from
the main road, was the Chaise that was to bear
us off, as fast as four Spanking steeds could
gallop, to Scotland and to bliss. In my anxiety
and eagerness, I drew nearer and nearer to the
Ferns, watching the instant when fate and
love should bring Letty to my desiring arms.
It was eight o'clock of a November evening,
pitch dark and bitterly cold. Even the ardor
of pasidon that coursed through my veins was
insufficient to keep me warm. I paced to and
fro outside the , fence, and stamped upon the
ground for cold and impatience ; it is not un
likely even. that I swore.' At last, however, at,
last my hopes were realised; 'along the road
came tripping a gentle step, which was surely
Letty's timid footfall, Dear girl: how I sym
pathised with her hesitation, so natural, so
womanly, to intrust her destinies to the charge
of one of the ruder sex. Mow it should be the
study of my future life to make her happy I
Even as I listened, the footsteps ceased. A
Voice, whose tones were music, breathed my
name. I rushed forward, and in another mo
ment the sylph-like figure of Letty was sob
bing upon my breast. •
Time would not permit of long entreaty.
Leading my charmer rapidly , on towards the
chaise, I.poured forth my hbpes and wishes in
a passionate. appeal, which clearly , found a
responsiie.echo iii Letty's-hear`, for, although
she said nothing,.she hurried-along at a speed
I found it difgeult to equal. Even:at that anx
ious monient•---so critical is ungrateful man !
I could not help reflecting that the haste she
testified was slightly unfeminine, and ill in no
cordanee' with the ideal of shrinking modesty
I had hitherto considered her especial attri
bute. But I dashed the cruel thought away
as soon as it arose, and we hastened down the
The chaise was reached at last. I called to
the postboys to look to their horses, and opened
the door of the carriage to help my Letty in..
Judge of my consternation, when a tall, portly
figure, in a long military cloak, stepped on the
instant out of the vehicle, and withdrawing
the side of a lantern, shewed by its light the
mocking and detested features of my enemy,
Hullo ! young Parchment,' be sneered, with
a hideous grin distorting his malignant coun
tenance; 'what are you *going id do with my
daughter t Come, come, my lad, your gallery's
countermined. Catch a weasel asleiip if you
can, and shave his eye. It won't do. Your
plan was clever; but not`clever enough to de
ceive an old campaigner. Come, sir, give np
the lady, and march away.'
Never ! I shouted, throviing my arm around
Letty's shrinking form. There are limits
even to a father'a authority. 'Never will I sur
render this dear, this lovely prize, save at her
own request. She honors me with her affec
tion, and I will not abandon the precious boon,
except with life. Stand away from the car
riage, Colonel Stark, end let us pass this in
To my intense astonishment, the colonel
broke into a burst of uproarious laughter.—
The postboye, who had turned eidewaye upon
their saddles, the •better to survey the scene,
exploded with similar glee. Last and hardest
blow of all, from beneath the veil that shrouded
Letty's features issued sounds unmistakably
those of mirth ! I fell back a pace, and gazed
upon her shaking figure with speechless dis
Ho, ho, ho !' bellowed the colonel. This
fellow 'll be the death of me. Hold me up,
Somebody, or I shalliall. Ho, ho, ho ! What
did he say ? " This dear, this lovely prize—
this precious boon." 0 Lord ! 0 Lord ! Here,
young Parchment, look at your lovely prize I'
SloWly the figure before me raised its veil,
and instead of my Letty's charming , features,
I beheld-0 horror !—the sable visage of that
disgusting Jobtee Lall, his eyes gleaming with
malicious delight, his mouth distended with a
hideous grin from ear to ear.
' He, he, hel' 'tittered the wretch, holding
out his arms, Mina Tutely inn away wid
Matte all de way to Cotland. Come along,
Missy Tutely—come along I' '
How I get home that night, I never knew.
Long afterwards i l learned how this terrible
, mishap had come t o pass. ttp to the morning
of that unlucky day, it appeared, all had gone
well. The colonel believed me seriously hurt,
and intended'to avail himself of the circum
stance to appear at the India House, in obedi
ence to what he imagined a genuine summons.
Being in Hayfield, he had called at the post
master's to order his chaise; while itt the yard,
he noticed another vehicle being got ready for
service, and inquisitive as' ueual, asked for
whom it was intended. The postmaster, 'mim
ing no reason for secrecy, replied that the
chaise had been ordered for that evening by
my uncle Ferri!, who was going to the north.
The colonel's ever.ready suspicions were in
gently aroused ; he determined to delay his ,
journey for a day, to see if this unusual event
concealed mischief.. Ostensibly however,
made no change in his arrangements ; at the
appointed time, the chaise conveyed him from
the Ferns, and took the road for the metropo
lis ; but at' the post-town ten miles off - he
halted, ordered the postboye to remain whre
they were until the ensuing day, and returned
to the Ferns secretly and on foot. My note to
Letty arriving shortly afterwards, was inter
cepted by the. colonel's vigilance. It shewed
him at once that his precaution wee fully jus
tified. trader some pretext, be obtained trom
Letty the answer I received, and the subse
quent plot was carried eat without her know
Win) my courage was not dampened even by
this failure. Letty's genuine concurrence was
absolutely essentiaLand I tried another scheme.
I re-wrote my explanation to Letty of the pre
sent state of affairs, and despatched it to my
sister Grace in town. As old schoolmates, the
two corresponded frequently. I asked race
to visit the lady-principal of the establishment
where the girls had been educated, and telling
that respectable instructress she was going to
pass a few days with Miss Stark, offered to
take charge of any communication she might
desire to send. Postage-rates were high - in
those days ; shillings were needed to purchase
the privileges pence now buy and such an of
fer 11 , 0 this was not uncommon. My sister was
to copy my note. to Letty, and append it to the
packet of correspondence. I hoped that Col.
Stark, who would infallibly open the parcel,
seeing that it. was made up of many sheets in
that delightfully angular feminine hand so
diffictilt to decipher, after wading through a
page. or two of latest fashions and school gos
sip, would toes over the remainder to• his
daughter in disgust. I relied on Letty's supe-
Air ingenuity then to• discover a method of
reply.. - -
Within a week from the concoction of this
notable scheme, a large packet was delivered
by Johtee Lall at the office from CoL Stark.
It was directed 'to me. Opened, out fell the
lady-principal's budget, my sister's missive to
Letty, and a scrap of paper whereupon was
written, gp, Parchment ; try again.'
This last failure almost broke down my res
olution.. Fortune seemed desperate against me.
I How was this .lynx-eyed disciplinarian to be
• lulled asleep ? In my despair, I turned to my
uncle, and humbly
,besought his assistance.
'We ' ll, Caleb,' replied Uncle Ferril, refresh
ing himself with a pinch of snuff, 'l've no ob
jection to give yo Whatever help is in my
power. It's not perhaps strictly professional
to be mixed up in these matters, but I plainly
see you'll be nonsuited unless I give advice.
Still, I will only aid upon condition you shall
not inquire what measures I employ. '
I assented eagerly.
'Then write to Miss Letty again, and I will
see what can be done.'
One day passed—two days—three. No an
swer. 'Upon the' fairth day came from the
Ferns a packet of documents relating to some
property in the neigliborhood of Bayfteld Col.
Stark desired to purchase. Out of a mortgage
dropped a neat'little note from Ditty, addressed
to me. I seized it in triumph.
Now, how do you think my astute old uncle
contrived so easily what had baffled my less
practiced ingenuity. Very Simply indeed. .I
did not make the discovery myself until some
time after, but this was how he proceeded.
Going to the Ferns apparently to consult the
colonel about the property just mentioned,
he managed to time his visit , so as to find
his client and Letty at their morning exercise
in the grounds. My uncle took the colonel's
arm and 'Walked in front of Letty, but con
trived, in the course of the interview, carelessly
placing his arms upon hie back, to exhibit my
note between his fingers. Letty demurely
tripped forward, -deftly extracted the missile .
frofnits hiding-place, and slipped it into - her
pocket. A few lines from Uncle Ferril pointed
out the paeket of deeds as a fit vehicle for her
Letty's answer was more than satisfactory
—it confirmed my. belief that .hee father had
purposely kept her in ignorance of the compact
into which he and I had entered. • Better
than all, her fertile woman's wit pointed out
a method by which, if ably managed, every
condition of the agreement might be thoroughly
Colonel Stark, therefore, like most remark.
ably cunning persons, just contrived to over
reach himself. Had he frankly appealed to
hie daughter not to enter into any engagement
without hie .sanction, so high was the dear
girl's sense of filial duty, that nothing would
have induced her to run contrary to his desire.
she would have trusted to patience, submission
and time to subdue her father's selfishness, and
to soften his heart. As it was, her spirit re
volted at the mistrust implied by his reticence,
and the colonel created an adversary where he
should" hive secured an ally.
It was my turn to chuckle now.
Acting in strict accordance with my instruc
tions, I remained perfetitly quiet for several
weeks. I still took occasional horse-exercise,
but sedulously avoided the neighborhood of
the Fermi, and thought it useless to repeat the
fracture of my cosmos. My uncle and Dr.
Polt, who had both been made acquainted with
the scheme now in progress,approved it highly,
and argued favorably of its success.
'She's a pleasant little woman, that Letty
Stark,' opined the doctor, ''and a sensible one
into the bargain. Caleb, my boy, I shan't
envy you your father-in-law, but I shall your
That which we confidently calculated upon
soon happened ; Colonel Stark, failing to de
tect further hostile mancenvres, and too old a
soldier not to know that an enemy of whose
movements you are ignorant is dangerous,
grew uneasy. His restless spirit would not al
low him to play the safe game of waiting pa
tiently until the expiration of the stipulated
time, and in his turn he resolved to recon
noitre the hostile camp. One frosty.morning,
therefore, my uncle and I were dieturbed in
our avocation by a thundering rat-tat-tat at
the door, succeeded by a lusty peal of the of
I ought, perhaps, to state that my uncle
Ferril, like many ether country solicitors,
transacted his professional business at his own
house; For this purpose, two rooms upon the
ground floor were 'set apart as offices. The
outer room was usually occupied by the clerk,
rent collector—we were agents for a good deal
of home-property in the town—general mana
ger, and factotum, Roger Tice, while my uncle
and I tenanted the - hater apartment. In eases .
where a private consultation was desired, I
slipped out of my uncle's room by a door lead
ing into the hall, and going round to the front
office, kept Roger company until the client's
departere. As usual with persons of inferior
rank in his own, the colonel, by excessive
haughinees and rudeness of manner, had con
trived Ito insult Roger as mortally as he had
offended Dr. Pelt I knew therefore that, if
requisite, we might confidently reckon upon
the Clefli's assistance and secrecy.
'Gobbet Stark, sir,' announced Roger, pop
ping hitt head into my uncle's sanctum.
'Very good. Roger.' Shew him in,' returned
my Wide.. 'Now,'Oaleb.'
I nodded, and 'Vanished from the room, just
as the colonel, bluff and boisterous. blimtered
• 'Well, Fenn,' exclaimed the visit*, 'how's
the world using you? Loot abundant, eh ?
Plenty of quarrels stirring. Envy, hatred and
malice, and' all uncharitableness, only to be
set right by a good dose of law and swingeirg
costs. It's an ill wind that doesn't blow law
yers good, isn't it? Why, where's young
Parchment? Thought I saw him here just
At this moment I re- entered the room.
• Oh, there you are, piling fellow,' continued
the colonel. Well, how goes on the war?
You don't seem to be making much progress.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Three months of six are past, and you haven't
gained an inch of ground. You must be quick,
sir, you must be quick, if you mean to out
manoeuvre Josiah Stark.'
Well, colonel,' I replied, we'll talk the
matter over a little, if you please. The terms
of our compact are, briefly, that I am to suc
ceed within six months in taking you in,
if clearly, plainly, under your own nose, so
palpably that there shall be no mistake."—
Those were your words, I believe, were they
. Ay, ay, young fellow ; right enough. But
you haven't done it, my good sir—you haven't
done it: you can't do it ; I defy you to do it.'
~We shall see. Now, colonel, I have to ask
further, would you consider I fulfilled the
agreement, if I were to tell you what passes in
your own house, to which, as you know, I
cannot possibly bare access ? Suppose, for
instance, from private sources of information,
I were to state the purport of a conversation
you had with your daughter this morning
I don't believe you can state anything of
the sort,' returned the colonel promptly, with
an indignant snort at the supposition.
g Did you not say that you had finally de
cided upon purchasing the Wharton estate, and
tell Letty she might begin to think of prepara
tions for leaving the Ferns ?'
Colonel Stark listened to the question in
speechless wonder; surprise and consternation
seemed to have suddenly stricken him dumb ;
finally he drew a long breath, then uttered a
That infernal nigger !' he shouted. ' The
vile, scoundrelly, treacherous spy i That's
the fellow, without a doubt. Yes yea, I recol
lect now that he was in and out of the room at
breakfast I daresay half-a-dozen times. Di
rectly he heard we speak of quitting the Ferns,
he must have bolted off with the news to his
precious employer. Oho ! yOung fellow, so
Johtee's your private source of information, is
he ? Eh, sir ? Was the nigger your inform
Really, colonel,' I replied, you must ex
cuse me ; I do not feel justified in betraying
whence my information is , derived. It is
enough for me to be assured it is correct.—
Do I understand you to admit this to be the
• Correct! correct !' bellowed the colonel,
with dreadful sarcasm. 0 yes, Mr. Parch
ment, very correct, sir—highly correct. I wish
I could say as mach of the sense of honor that
permits you to tamper with my servants, sir.
If you find it impossible to gain your end with
out resorting to proceedings of that question
able nature, sir, the less you talk about cor
rectness the better,'
And Colonel Stark marched up and down the
room in a very wrathful state of mind.
All's fair in love and war, colonel,' I
laughed. You invited stratagem, you know,
and set me the example yourself in that post
chaise business. But I don't admit that you
have discovered my source of information, by
Of course you don't admit it, sir!' exclaimed
=the colond. g It's one of the maxims of your
.---- profession never to admit anything. But
common sense tells me that you must have
suborned the nigger. How else—a. But I
shan't waste another word upon you. I'll put
a stop to this business in double-quick.'
That same afternoon, Johtee Lall's sable
visage, wearing a very piteous and imploring
expression, appeared at the office. The Colonel
Sahib, he declared,after administering a savage
thrashing with the big bamboo,
kicked him out of the house. Not knowing
where to go,
the fellow came to me. Little as
he deserved kindness at my hands, yet, as his
discharge was certainly the result of my
operitionsagainst his master, I felt a kind of
moral obligation to provide for the man's sup.
port. For the present, I committed him to the
care of Roger Tice. Roger sniffed dubiously
as he received his charge, offered a mild re
monetrance, but finally seceded to my desire,
and walked away with Johtee,
A week passed without a sign of Colonel
Stark ; at the end of that time, unable, I sup
pose, to curb his impatience longer, he marched
down to Bayfield, and again presented himself
at my uncle's house. As before, I slipped out
of the room immediately upon his arrival, and
re-entered it' after he had exchanged a few
words with Uncle Ferril.
6 Ah, youngster,' was the colonel's greeting,
'how are we getting on now ? Any more
choice little bits of intelligence from sneaks
bribed to fetch and carry? Aha, my spark, I
think your tampering with my servants has
been pretty effectually stopped.'
g Well, echoed,' I replied, twe shall see. I
have got something to communicate, certainly,
and I hardly think that my private source of
information is at fault. Did you not tell Miss
Stark this morning, while walking in the
grounds at the Ferns, that you thought of
taking her to town about the end of the month
after next? When the time stipulated in our
agreement has expire 4, that is, you know,
colonel. Am I correct ?
My adversary fell upon this into such a pas
sion of rage that I really feared at first he •
would drop dead upon the spot. His sallow
complexion turned to a ghastly purple ; the
veins upon his forehead filled and strained till
they stood out as rigid and taut as cordage, be
gurgled in his throat as he gasped and strove
for breath. .
Those infernal reptiles !' yelled the colonel,
when he had sufficiently mastered his indigna
tion to find words;those vile, mercenary,
traitorous servants f mine ! Why, you must
have corrupted - all the household. But I'll
punish 'em. Stay you here till I some hack,
and I'll put your boasted sources to the test:
If you can answer what I ask you then, Joeh
Stark's Dutchman, that's all.' '
The colonel hurried away. Upon reaching
home, he instantly discharged all the servants
in the house paid them their wages, and gave
them an hoed. to get clear of the premises,
standing grimly by watch in hand as they filed
away. Then he rhshed back to Bayfield, burst
into the office, and required me to tell him
what he had done.
From my private sources of information, I
was enabled to comply with Colonel Stark's
demand. I forbear to characterize
. the lan
guage of which he mad° Use upon receiving my
answer, further than by stating that his ex
pressions were most, discourteous and of a
highly actionable kind.
Grown wiser by experience, Colonel Stark
acted now as he should have acted from the
first, and shut himself up in his fortalice alto
gether. When the new 'servants arrived from
town a few days after the diimiseal of their
predecessors, he out off' communication with
the world without.. All the supplies required
for his garrison were taken in through the
half-opened door by one of the servants, ap
pointed for that office, and supervised by him
self or Letty. As an extra measure of precau-
tion, be had all the locks changed upon all the
doors by workmen from a distance, bells at
tached to the windows, strong bolts and bars
fitted to the shutters, every loophole at which
even a mouse might Coto the fortress blocked
and barricadel. It is not unusual, I fancy,
after the steed has been stolen, carefully to
brick up the stable-door.
As mien as these measures had been taken,
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the colonel once more preeentcd himself at the
office, and desired to know if I had anything to
tell him. Again, and for the fourth time, my
private sources aided me. He probably fan
cied I had learned what had happened from the
workmen, for this time, in place of going into
a passion, the enemy listened in silence, then
nodded thoughtfully, and withdrew.
We gave Col. Stark a fortnight to recover hie
self-possession, and feel the inconvenience of
the blockade he had established, then proceed
ed to strike the anal blow.
Six weeks still remained of the time origi
nally stipulated, when Uncle Ferril and I set
out together for the Ferns. We sent in our
names to the colonel, and, after some hesita•
Lion, were admitted into the library. There
sat the enemy, looking worn and haggard. He
pointed to chairs, and we eat down. Much of
what is popularly called 'the bounce' had evi•
dently been taken out of the colonel. His man
ner was more cautious, less defiant. Our visit
clearly made him ill at ease, but he waited si
lently to hear what we had to say.
'My uncle and I have called upon you, Col.
Stark,' I began, 'to claim the fulfillment of
Here the enemy was unable to repress a
start, shewing how much his nervous system
had become affected of late; still, he uttered
never a word. I went on.
iUpon four distinct and separate occasions
the stipulation contained in that agreement has
been carried out. I have repeated conversa
tions which I never heard, related circumstan
ces which I never saw, , and you have admitted
both to be correct. You have adopted various
methods to discover the source of my informa
tion ; you have beau unable to discover it ; you
are unacquainted with it even now. If neces
sary, I am prepared to repeat my execution of
the stipulation for a still longer period, - gut
it is not necessary. I maintain that I have,
fully, duly, and amply carried out my portion
of the agreement; and I call upon you, as a
man of honor and gentleman, to perform
yours. My uncle will testify that his opinion
coincides with mine.'
The colonel had listened to this little speech
in perfect silence ; he now turned, still mutely,
towards Uncle Ferril:
am decidedly of opinion, Col. Stark, as a
professional man of thirty, years' standing, that
my nephew Caleb has performed his portion of
The colonel leaned his head upon his band,
and gazed upon the ground. Minutes passed,
that seemed hours.
'Well, so am I,' he said at last. 'The battle
has been fought stoutly ; I can't see an error
anywhere in my combinations ; but the young
ster is too deep for me, I've turned the mat
ter over for the last fortnight, and I cannot
for the life of me discover whence the infor
mation has been gained. I can't sleep o' nights
for thinking of it ; it haunts my mind inces
santly by day ; I've lost my appetite ; I don't
enjoy my wine ; life's growing a burden to me ;
I wouldn't pass another month like.this for all
the lacs in the Company's treasury. I give it
up. Parchment, Letty shall be yours Stop P.
I consent upon one condition only,' he con
tinued, checking my joyful exclamation with a
warning finger. 'Before you leave this room
you shall disclose the means yoq have em
'Most willingly, colonel. Have the goodness,
if you please, to-call down Letty.'
'Letty ! exclaimed the colonel. Why, she
knows nothing shone
. 'Pardon me,' I interrupted. 'Call her down
and I think she will be found better informed
than you imagine.'
Col. Stark rang the bell, and gave the neces
sary order. In a few minutes my charmer en
tered the room. Little explanation sufficed to
acquaint her with what had just transpired,
and with her father's conditional surrender.
'And now Letty,' I added, 'if you please,
bring in the culprit.'
Lefty went out. The colonel faced round
towards the door, watching with a tremor of
nervous fury to behold the traitor in his camp.
Next moment, his daughter returned, bearing
in her hand the warm fur-cap which her father,
need to an Indian climate, almost constantly
wore. Letty laid the cap upon the table. The
colonel took up his headgear, twirled it upon
his fingers, failed to derive information from
the process=laid it down again, looked at me,
then at Letty.
'You see, colonel,' I explained, 'ordinary
stratagems were useless against your practical
experience, and we were forced to make yon
your own postman.'
Lifting the silken lining of the cap, I dis
played, to Col. Stark's astonished eyes, a neat
little pocket, artfully contrived, and quite in
visible, unless on close inspection: In that re
deptacle, Letty, when she wished to communi
cate with me, bad deposited a slip of paper
containing what it was requisite I should knew,
Upon reaching my uncle's house, the) colonel
had naturally left his cap upon the hull-table
while he went into the office; I had slipped
out, extracted the missive, and returned to the
room, had given the colonel the benefit of its
Col. Josiah Stark listened to thiaremarkably
simple explanation of the myetery that had
puzzled him with mingled anger and disgust ;
then taking his daughter by the arm when I
had finished, he pushed her towards me, ex
claiming 'There, take her, Parchment ; you've
won each other fairly. Heavens and earth !
that a wary old campaigner should be out
manoeuvred by a girl and a lawyer V
REBEL CAVALRY 'CONFESSED
alarm the Iliehmsed Whig, October 2.1
A special dispatch, dated Orange Court
House, September 22, 1863, says : "A consid
erable cavalry fight occurred to-day, beginning
near Madison Court House.' Our forces fell
back some three or four miles." True, in, this
instance, "We captured seventy Yankees," and
there may have been good reasons for "falling
back." Bat this tune of "Our Cavalry Fell
Bask" is becoming too familiar 4 4 the Army of
Northern Virginia. Nobody expects "our caval
ry" now to do anything out fall bad. Time was
when Stuart's cavalry was the pride of the
country. It was never dreamed that the
clumsy Yankeee, unused to horseback, could
rival, much less surpass. it. But meek is the
lamentable fact. Since Kelly's Ford and the
great review at Culpepper Court Howie for the
benefit of the ladies, our cavalry has gone un
der, and we have been , forced to the shameful
admission that Yankee tailors and shoemakers
on horseback are superior to . the cavaliers of
the South. Certainly the cavalry engagements
of the last six months have ended with the
same old songs, "Oar Cavalry Fell Back."
The cause of this deterioration is unknown
to us. It is alleged that the enemy's horse is
invariably supported with artillery and infan
try ; but this is denied by competent authority
in regard to the most famous -cavalry "fall
back" of the war—that from Middleburg to
Ashby's sap. But be that as it may, we also
have artillery, comprising some of the best
batteries in the service, connected with our
cavalry, and the artillerists fight bravely—so
tench so, indeed, that their guns are captured
for want of support.
If this painful state of things be not past
cure, we suppose the commanding General will