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.Por /hr Huntingdon Journal,
BY .1. D. 111t11111.11.7011,
The sunset of the season glows,
And Autumn wanders through the bowers ;
Dropping thrice resplendent hues,
Once worn in pride by Summer's flowers.
The leases are changed to varied hoes ;
The bright green (sling, is gone;
The forest trees will soon be bare,
Their robes be strewn along the lawn.
The feathered songsters too have flown ;
They've gone to seek a milder clime,
Where Low in bowers bright and green,
Their songs of love enchanting chime.
With tearful eyes we stop to gone
Upon the flowers—their beauty Hoorn,
And muse to sadness on the gloom,
Which frost and wind around have thrown.
Woodcock Valley, Nov. 1857.
BEAUTIFULLY SAID.—We make the lm l.
lowing beautiful extract on the homestead
exemption law, from a letter written by a
distinguished Judge of Tennessee :
“Secu re to each family whose labor may
acquire it, a little spot of free earth that it
mry own—that will be an asylum in
time of adversity. from which the mother
and the children, old age and infancy, can
still draw sustenance and obtain protection
though misfortune may rob them of all else
and they feel they are Bull free—entitled to
walk the green earth and breath the free
air of heaven, defiant of the potency and
power of accumulated wealtt and dominee
ring of the pretending and ambitious. The
sacredness of the consecrated spotwill make
them warders in time of exteriml strif,
‘‘These shocks of corn," said Xenophon,
“Inspire those who raise them to defend
them. The largest of the TI in the field is
a prize exhibited in the middle of the stage
to crosi. the conqueror." Secure a home
were,' family whose labor may obtain one
ngaiug i t the fvenkiii , st;Vi6s or ruisfortitn:,
leathers, and you rivet the affection of the
chid in years of manhood by a stronger
Load than any consideration that could
exist Ho will remember where he gain
holed is his early youth, the stream upon
whose flowery banks ha felt a mother's
love, and the green spot within that little
homestead where sleep the loved and the
4. SPCAKING 01111"1,7VI LE TIMM --SOme
years ago Mr. Kidwell was preaching to
a large audience in u wild part of Illinois
and announced for his text rily father's
house are ninny mansions." lie hod scarce
ly read the words when an
_old coon, stood
up and said:
' , I tell you, folks that's a lie? I know
his father well. Ile lives fifteen miles
from Lexingon, in Old Kentuck. in as old
log cabin, and there ain't but one room in
the house." .
At another time the same Universalist
preacher was holding forth in a meriting
house in Terre Haute. Ile had gone about
half through his discourse, when a man
cams in quite the worse for liquor, and
reeled up in front of the pulpit, where
he steadied himself and listened The
prencher woo earnest in proving that there
is no hell, and urged the Universalist doc•
trine with great eloquence till the drunkard
cried otit to him:
•That's it, Kidwell, my old friend?
Make them words true, or if you dont I'm
a goner !"
That brought the sermon to a close. It
was pplicntion quite unexpected, but
all tht more forcible on that account,
Dr 'Two Scotchmen thus discoursed :
'.lw Ray, Geordie, man, aw hear thou's
been imikin a fule o' theesel 1'
nun, I've gotten a
'Why, didst thou know wive dun that
same thing mese!? What kind o' body
hest thuu gotten
'A perfect deeval man a perfect (loyal.'
'Smash me, man, au with mine were
nae warse than that.'
'Worse than that I' responded Geordie,
'how can she be muse than that? Isn't
Beelzebub the worst critter a man cood
have for an akwentence i' this world?'
'Nought of the kind, man, nought of
the kind. Did'st thou ken what the Bi
ble says (turd thou kenest it cannot be
wrung) I •It says, •resist the deeval, and
he'll flee from you ;" but, bless tho soul,
simple lad, if ye resist my wife, she flee
right at ye.'
Eigr The Turlo have a proverb that
the devil tempts industrious men, but idle
men tempt the devil.
IVo don't belivu industrious wen urn
troubled by old Nick.
once that policy alone dictated my conduct, 'Better, a sk what I haven't got to sell,' 'Will he ? Well, he's a earned clever
fellow, then, sure as shootin'. Dew yeou
clcEt ~ ,,storil. No, Harry, I never loved any but you, and replied the Alen
I would die sooner than become the wife 'Well, what haven't you got to sell ?' think I can sell him anything ?'
THE REBEL LOVER, of that blood-thirsty British (lemon.' replied the corporal. 'More than likely. Ile's to be married
. • And Langsford stool) there and heard it 'Nothin' that yeou want, unless it be to-night'
A TALE OF THE REVOLUTION, all. You should have seen his brow con- this pint bottle of ruin.' 'ls he ? I've got some of the hansom-
CHAPTER I. tract and his face turn red nod pale in rota- 'What do you ask for it ?' demanded the i est gloves ever you seed, white as thunder
lion, and beheld his teeth sink into his un- corporal. I all over.'
. I ,
1 un til the warm blood ran trickling 'Not much. If yeou'll let me intew the l 'Then I think he'll buy a pair.'
It was near nine &clerk, one'warm,sul
fitOrwutit)hi:chin, and fell, drop by drop, up. yard among the sob tars I'll give it yeoti.'i 'Dew yeou? Well yeou're a clever fel.
try night in the month of September, 1775,
~ , ('
n his heavingbosoin .et lie stirred not, 'lt's a bargain,' answered the corporal low, and here's a pocket comb for yeou.'
that a party consisting.of some one hunureu
n b
t with •ve muscle quivering like an quickly, whose orders had been p isitive I They had by this time reached the door
horsemen,. dressed in the uniform of Bri- u t. ry
to let no one out, but nothing had been a the Captain's room, and the pedler was
aspen, he listened for the re p l y.
tish light horse, rode rapidly along the said ahem not letting people in. ushered into the presence of Langsford.
'I believe you, Mary, and never yet
road traversing the right mink of the Sun. Giving the officer on guard the rum,
hove doubted the real cause of your action;
tee river, in South Carolina,and took their . • the pedler passed into the ntrd among the C lIAPTER 111.
DUI 1 trust there will be no more occasion
way to rho d welling of Walter Steel. They • soldiers, who congregated immediately
. for dissembling. Marion has again re- THE TWO INTERVIEWS•
were commanded by Hugh Langsford, n around him.
bloody and cruel o ffi cer in the EnglishLangsford was seated beside a table en
e his tuned to the Santee—his blood boiling to
I ' s
is WI at have you got to sell, old fellow ?' which a lamp was burning, casting a dim
aveng countr y men upon enme
service—one who had been selected .d : yelled one.
light over the room, and his head was us
• ti
placedin 1. pos iti on h o occup ied o ac - 'Got any rum ?' cried a second. ring upon his hand. while he appeared so
Itch !fewer it lie leaves the streets of
count of adamantine heart and traniteil 'Get me out a puck of cards,' said a deeply absorbed in a reverie as not to no-
Charleston for the open country at present. ', .
diseoition tar the purpose of teaching the
But he is coining. I got a letter from 1"""' • bee the entrance of the trooper.
surrounding inhabitants due obedienee to • 'I ,sseint a jacklenife,' said a fourth.
him the other da y , couched in the most Ire man passed inside the door, scraped
his majesty's laws. On many MC.IBIOII3'Go taw thunder. every darned one of
• would his feet once or twice, and finally succeed
he had exeretsed his authority in the most loving terms, in winch he said he
you, replied the pedler in a loud voice, as
ed in arousing the captain, who reined up
be out in a few days to claim 1110 .it
barbarous manner, wantonly burning the he put down his panniers. 'Darn it to -
bride. I threw the abhorred letterinto his head, stared at them a moment and then
houses of known patriots, and ruthlesslydemotion, dew yecu think I've got forty
the fire, and wished he might break h i s uttered in an audible voice,
hengine the owners, without provocation,l tonguee to answer you all at unce. %Vito , s t s -,, 1; i t
neck first.' I
:aye their liberal opinioo. His name lis that wanted rum ?'
Lansford could stand it no loneer , The' , i 'This is the pedler you wanted to see,'
had become a terror to till the patriotic in.. ' ' 'Me,' answered the soldier,stepping Nr- ~ ,
warm blood had rushed into his face until ;
ward. hish
remit,' the trooper touching at•
habitents of the Santee, the more so, as
Oh, is it ? Well you may retire.'
it was ns red as ecarlet • and throwing h ec k
General Frans:le 'Merlon, the only rebel • • 'Well, I linin't got none,' retorted the ,
The trooper did as he was directed and
his right hand, dashed the window to by
partizan who oih•ne l any r e sietunce to the Yankee, to the crest-fallen trooper. 'Who's r
ns the door closed upon the retreating form TttE PEDLAR TURNS OENERAL.
a vigorous blow, and exclaimed in a voice .
British troops, had been for some time all- that wanted cards?' he added.
Langsford resumed : For some time the British Captain rode
of thun d er—sent in North Carolina, leaving Langston', 'Me,' said another, advancing.
'Cnme a litthinearer, Mr. Pedlar, I want on in silence, while the guide strode be- I
I 'And he is here to claim his bride, end ' 'We ll, undisputed sway over the region. here they be. And the pedler '
to examine your stock.' 1 fore on foot, taking the up-river route.—
Walter Steel, tsward whose house Lang- hang the traitor who would mines no took dint.
•They are fifty cents for ,
The pedler obeyed, setting his panniers ' About two miles from the house of Steel,
ford was now making his way, was a well ho e r.' ' a pnek.
down before the officer, and holding the the road inn between a high bluff and the
Saying which, he called his men to ad- ,
known sterling patriot, and had been heard 'Let me see them.' At.d the trooper We must now return to the rebel lover
lame for him ns he examined the (moods. Santee, skerting the Not of the hill, and ,
vance, and sprang into the room.
~ ' e
to advance opinions boldly in•favor of the, held nut his hand.
The gloves attracted the Captain's eye. leaving but a few feet between at end the 'of Mary, whom we left bound to the sap.
Mary Steel uttered one convuls - es .
with the penknife given him by
revolutionists, and directly in opposition 'Darned if I do until you let me sec the
'I don't know as I want to buy anything stream. This pass extended for nearly a Fling ,
to King George. Many wondered how Le screatn of horror, and sank lifeless to the
pay for , cio. ,
the pedler secured in his mouth.
you have got, but there is a young lady in mile, when the WO] abruptly ceased, and
floor; while the partisan, surprised at the ,
After the departure of Langsford, the
im i l en long ceeeped the vengeance of l'ho man paid the half dollar, and the
the house who would doubtless like to pur• a lonely valley, near hair a mile wide,
unexpected interruption, retreated to the
three men who had been left to guard him
leingsford ; but there hod been a charm pedler was soon busy selling off his things
chase a pair of these, o she is going•to be spread out from the river.
side of the room nutl placed his back a- ,
took their stations not many feet from him
powerNl in its nature hanging around the to the troopers, mom or whom wanted ' It VMS a bright moonlight night, and the
married ' h '
to•nig t. i
dwelling of the raged rebel, which heal so guinst the wall, drawing his sabre ns he
soui, ,,, iing.
• and for a few moments attentively watch
, NI. preserved his home scathless. did so.
Nearly all of these men were out of ,
•They're dotted fine gloves.' ' sable hills glittered In the silvery rays,
No doubt of that. I will send you to and the measured tread of the horses hoofs ed every movement he made. But the
Mary Steel had won the admiration of . 'AY , 'al'. r• l 3' II"' fell", caught in n money, and after endeavoring in vain to troopers had ridden hard and far that day
her wnen I get through with you, Bet I sounded out plainly upon the midnight
trait of your own setting,' exclaimed
the C!aptaiti mid this had ripened into love dispose of something to them, he pettiehleand it was soon proposed that two of the
went to ask you one question : What side. air, as the band swept down the hill and
on iii„ per, „ s d as i, usual on ,„,i, n „,,. Langsford, sneeringly, as he glanced at
exeriiiiicii _
Party lay down and rest, while the third
• - • - --terve rebel ‘Seite h t 171 tnen,L•he-added• • d't 'f , bt • - entered the black pass. Here all Nome P
~ ~« . , o you lake in the present sir , s wetn
sione; be , jelled and strove to appent in a ' - if roan won't bay nnything wateh for nn hour when • he ehonld rouse
England and the Colonies ?' - dark, find the t a ll wmen grew lin the to et-sera] soldiers, who had, by this tune
one of his sleepers to take his place
Nvoreble lieht to her, and of course trttiel can't yeou tell me of somebody who will l'
'Me ? Why, darn it, taw ref the truth side of the bluff effectually screening the
crowded into the apanment, 'and guard
Lots were drawn, and the first guard fell
her tether anu his family with all the letii 'You see that fellow tied to that tree, , , , , , road and shutting out the moonlight, save
1 rat h er Laver t h e !stainer country. though ty in his power. him well.'
don't you ?' said one of the men palming where here and there a struggling ray Nil upon one of the three called Lazy John,
bein' within" but a soon pedler, and havin'
Ilia men advanced to obey, and crinclu
from it well known propensity he had of
From the leetom of lire heart Mary de- • to the rebel lover of :Dar who who had been ' athwart the path and lit up for an instant
taw trade with both sides, I have to be
spieed the blood officer, but snare that ding that nny resistance would lie useless
hound to a sapling near the fire. - the dreary road. going to sleep without being aware of so.
;pretty much neutral.'
iter falier - s life depended on her actions, against such odds, the young patriot bent •
"I rather guess 1 dew.' • s s doing.
; 'But do your feelings on the side of loy- ' •
Teel half t h roug h the pass there i .
, _ .
sir coquetted with LangsNrd in such a his knee, ;tense Which he snapped his
r'he'a to be hen in the morning, and narrower spot thin elsewhere, and a re- Take can., 'John, or you will be asleep
altv ever y ou, when opportunity
ineuner as induced him to !whey° he Was obre and threw the pieces upon the fl oor.
would doubtless like to buy a black cap on* prompt • king? ' vine comes down from the highlands and before we are,' said one of the men as he
, curs, to be of service to your
the idol of her heart. But he was soon to Iserigeford, being. left alone in the room
for the occasion.' empties into the Santee. Across this a ' stretched himself at full length upon the
1 .Don't know b ut they might—never had
welt Mary , a , net d and butt over ffir
be undeceived, •
iThatils 3 eau, wider, there's a pncket a • • • • I d 1p ndu b e c vatin the g r°
• chance taw dew anything, for the king, rude • , a) • had been gY x a e
Il e had b een ca n e d to uh„ d egas , an d senee:ees Fenn, which he was about ntteing
'Keep your eyes wide open, John,' cri
come for you. I've gi)t one of the darn• , , bank, and the road, after gaining the bet•
in his arms. when Walter steel ome fia t . . yet.
lied been absent (rem the Santee nixed two dent black caps,yeou ever seed.' I (w e ll, I will give you a chance. I have I tom turned down it as though going three. ,ed the other, as he followed his compact
the apartinent. Striding up to the Cep .
weeks, and at the time he is introduced While speaking the pedlar had thrown tly into the river The bottom of this ra 'ion's example'
every reason to believe that the arch rebel
be placed his lan hand egainst 1113 shied
'Don't see the use of watching a matt
here was returning with fond expectations the etenb on the ground, nod he instantly , vine was as dark as pitch, and ns [Ange
ll:neon, is hovering not far f rom this place
der and pushed Langsford eoinewlint rude
to Steel's, having reenived w become at who's tied fast to a tree, at any rate,' mut.
made oil l'or the primmer. As he drew at the , resent tunt :, , ford and his men followed the pedler down
imee united to the object et his allectione. ly from the body, at the same time rubbing
tered John, as he sunk upon a log near
nor the rebel raised his head and gazed ,I ta l low he is, darn Iffin ; st ye „,„ hi m I into its depths they lost eight of him alto-
As he was riding leisurely along the his detighier with the other.
the fire.
epon hit», but his slouched ha (coo I
Plefe•Y tl • d . '
its very ay. gether.
road, the distance to the Nnn•house being 'A father's attention is best given his hid his futures.
'When—whom?' demanded LangsNrd I Ordering a halt, the Captain hailed in a Twenty minutes went by, and the two
three miles, he was suddenly accosted by daughter at it time like the present,' he
men tel bad stretched themselves upon
`They said you was to be hung in the nageily. I low voice, milling for the guide, but no an i . •
a mat who sprang (torn the bushes by the said sternly, noticing the nowt enttheting,
morning, and I thought yeou'd like to hove ' , Bout five miles from - A d • did h
here, en the up- s.wer came, gam an again 1 e suns- .
he ground gave undoubted signs of
way, and placed himself in front of his ~ton the officers brow.
abl ick cap taw put on' exclaimed the rd. ' p er Santee road. I seen him cuttin' ncrost aeon the nedler, each time in a louder k ey being t
ofas asleep. John, however, still
horse. 'Mil remember, \I r. Steel, that Inm . , P • ••• remained eated upon the log, with his
ler first breaking the silence. lien Brady's farm, with about thirty men but in vain ; and, with e muttered curse
'Your mission is handsel,' exclaimed the not to be insulted with impunity,' he grow
head 'Bid aid, noddin,' and his hod occo
new comer ; 'return at once to Charleston , led, angrily.
'Do you come to taunt me ? ' demanded fnllerin' him.' upon the stupidity of the guide, Langs. y
'Who nre you ?' demandedLupgsNrd, ':lnd you will recollect, Captain Langs• .otedly lurching to and fro, i -
a state of
the prisoner quickly. I 'Then my plan is laid. Go bets the , ford ordered his men to advance.
drowsiness which was the next thing to
'No, darned if I dew, but this cap of ' room where Miss Steel is, and pretend a Scarcely had the body once more begn
in vain endeavoring to trace the man's fee- ford, thet lam master of toy own house
sleep, but which a slight noise would have
mine is a darned g oof one and lets people s em tan] for her and offer to help her.— 'to move, than a loud crash was heard i n n
I )
lures in the tel of the oight. hold,' replied Steel, calmly, though a little , , ,
thrown oft and awakened him fully.
ny hanging so easy. • She will send you to this Marion ter aid. the ravine above them ; something came
'One who knews why eapinin Longs. touched by the officer's taunt. 'lf you ,
It was at t hi s state y
of affairs that Harr
The petite, pieced a strong emphasis on Return and guide me to the spot and your tearing its way through the brush which:
lard seeks th.. house of Farmer Steel, re hove anything to say to my daughter, you t Bodleian, the prisoner began his prepare
the word nil, which caused the prisoner n- fortune is 'nude.' lined the steep hill side, and a large stone
plied the ion. 'But I tell you Mary mar- must wait till she is recovered.'
' '
of his features irons to escap e 'rho knife was taken
gain to attempt a scrutiny . 11l dew it, darned to donation if i don't. bounded into the ranks, crushing a horse
ries another and more favored lover, who •Well, I have much to any, and will T his . ,e from his mouth, and the keen blade soon
time t he miter eves not difficult.— I'll make her believe I'm her best friend, and rider as it fell. .
is even now at the house.' give you two hours to prepare her for
severed the cords which fastened him to
The hat teas slipped to one side and the get her tew tell me where this all-fired re- A moment of confusion ensued, amid
Then his audacity shall cost him his wlnit is to take place,' said Lansford, the tree. He then stooped down, and
countenance fully revealed, bel is outline' and lead you to the spot.' which the groans of the wounded trooper
life ! retorted the Captain fiercely, as he slowly'.
drawing off his home, taking one in each
. , 'God of /leaven ! can it be possible ,' up his things the pedler left the could be heard. when a loud voice, which
put spurs to his horse and galloped on, fob- 'Much obliged to you for your condo -
hand I le sl ', b . t he
,am noise s.. 3• mo d e is way to .
murmured the rebel in a guarded tone. apartment of Langsford, and soon reached thrilled like molten lend upon the hearts
lowed by his men • scenston,' muttered Steel, in an audible
door of the house. It was partly ajar,
Hitt or all will be lost. ;Buy the cap, the door of the room where Mary Steel of the British was heard exc l a i m ing;
, 'And rrather !Ness yours will cost you voice, as he bore his child from the room.
entering hequicklyascended the
and on
and in its top you will find a knife. My and her father were situne Mt k' 'Right, lads—give them the others !
„. Knocking ing up- ,
about the some !' exclaimed the man who stairs, a
wh he d nd rew on his
had given the information, as he disappear- CH Al"f ER 11. men are near by •
must w but e numb onlhir-th e , And like a rush of a destructive tornn- boots, thenere
ncpause to t adva ced e
he trance d e
ty. Stratagem be wed. er
Cuty t
your on door he soon heard the voice of Steel
deronding who tens there. ' (In a large quantity of rocks came thun
ed in the bushes. THE REBEL PEDLER. Marys apartment and knocked upon the
cords when all are asleep, end then be oil, ' . 'A pedler, who wants to sell Miss Steel daring down the hill, landing with fearful
I A half hour suf fi ced for Langsford to About an hour after the occurrences re door'
'But :Very,' said the young man in al some goods,' he answered. accuracy among the excited troopers, and (
reach the house of Steel, which was so- kited in the preceding chapter , a fi gure " How whispi,r. Who's there demanded the well known
I Ashen consultation was heard between creating sad havoc among the horsemen.
rounded in silence, he having ordered its teas observed by the sentry, who was sta. of Steel
voice .
Shall be saved, rest assured a that.' , Mary and her father, and then the door ;Sold !' shouted Langsford, in a voice
' 'honed in iht' road in front of the house
men to dismount when some dietance from . , . 'Walter, let me in,' he answered.
l'hank you. Getters], and inn) , God was unlolced, and the pedler admitted. ' which roe far above the din and tumult • -
the dwelling, and leaving a part in charge coming toward him, and us it wins a bright The key turned instantly in the lock,
l of the horses, approached with the remain- moonlight night, he saw that the person bless you (or this.' I Adenneing directly across the apartment around them. 'sold by a pedler! Retreat t i t • •
door opened, and he glided into the
Well, I cress yen on h a v e it for that. 'to where Mary was seated by the table, he in the rear there, and let all follow an fast e
I der on foot. carried two panniers of tin, Ens ended
though it's a darned little price,' exclaim- immediately made a display of his goods as possible.'
Having stationed his troopers so that no frets a yoke over his ehoulders. The sen- 'Bow did you escape?' murmured Mae
ed the pedler aloud, observing that one of before her, but oho instantly exclaitned—
one coeld leave the house, he approached try instantly surmised the individual to be 'Aye, sold,' thundered a voice in reply, my, as he basted to her side.
the men was approaching the spot, at the ,E have no wish to'
the 'tarter window, from which a light a pedler, as there were a good many t e a. purchase an y thin g , as the Captain ceased 'and the blood of 'You sa x the pedler?'
sonic time handing the primmer the cap. but if you do me a service I .11 • - '
shine, end carefully peeped in. Sitting versing the country at that time, and it be-
~ '"1 pay 3 °u those you have foully murdered during 'General Marion--he was in this room.'
l'alce out the knife and put it in your , well for it.'
'but a few feet from him he discovered Ma- ing his duty to hail everything, that ap- our absence call loudly for vengeance.-- i she answered.
I mouth,' he whispered to the youth. 'They , 'What is it ma'am?' asked the pedler, u h - e d I r• h with
•ey in conversation with a young man of preached his post, be instnntly shouted— aro e mo , to search you. , pon• Nem, comraees, an spare not a 'He .urntsoed me a knife to cut
e e pulling his slouched lint still further over man i t
I some three and twenty years of age drees• 'Who goes there ?'
the cords that bound me, and while all
And as he obeyed, the pedler screened h is f ues.
rd In the light blue uniform of the rebel •Nrehing but a pedlar,' was the reply,
him with his bode. The Rolfe being sitiall • • 'Darned taw donation if I give quarter the men left to watch me slept, I took my
army. The fi rst word he heard pron., in the regular drawl of the down easter. 1 I ant about to be forced into marriage few a (mined one,' squeaked out the well advantage of the opportunity to come in,
was cosily held inside the ',Alt.
ced was his own name, and almost broth- , 'Advance and give the countersign,' , , with the Captain who commands the men known tones of the,'Hun for ith • house. But hark !'
Darn your pt tar, pier nu- the money, a .o t
leesly he listened. continued thesentry.
I say!' shouted the pedler in an excited ,
note around the house. I hate and des. I Yankee Doodle Dandy, and won't we dew They listened in breathless silence, and
'I have been constrained,' he heard 'l'll advance if yeou want me tu, but I'll
voice, as the trooper came u p p beside him • • l'i h im. If will consent to' ' hsoundof h fl
you convey em up so handy. Shute, boys, and be could plainly ear the soon envy e
Mary any,' for the purpose se saving my be darned if I give anything away.' •W' hat did you sell hi t?'allie d the sal. '
• • a message from me to Gen Marion, he will denied taw 'ten !' ring up the Santee, waich told the beman
father's life, and prevent our house from So saying, the pedler ahroached the di ,,,,..• come at once to my assistance and prevent A volley of rifles followed the last order were engaged.
being pillaged, to treat Langsford in a sentry, where he was met by the corporal -T it.'
hat black cap to be hung in golf darn , and a blaze ran along the hull side, while 'May God defend the right!' fervently
manner which I would scorn to do were I of the guard, who had been attracted to the i i i,,, • 'Mary Steel !' fell from the lips of the ' the messengers of death sped without ejaculated Mary.
only in othercircumstanco HI. If you knew spot by the challenge. 'Goods He'll need it in the morning. pedler, in a soft, musical voice, which riv- mercy into the troopers' ranks, killing 'Amen !' responded a deep veto outside
how I detested him, if you could feel how 'What have you got to sell ?' he demon- Come away with me, and I'll take you tb sled the eyes of rho maiden fixedly on him. I 'natty and creating a terrible tumult and the window. and three distinct taps were
I loth his advances, you would ace nt ded• the captain, who'll settle the bill.' The slouched hat fell slowly off, revealing 1
dismay. heard upon the pow.
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to the eyes of the astonished girl the lea
tures of Gen. Marion.
'Oh, Marion, this is too much. Why
run this risk—why jeopardize your life in
this reckless manner ?' murmured the mai
den, reproachfully.
'Nay, Mary, methinks if your sharp
eyes could not pierce my disguise, those
who never saw me would not be likely to
make the discovery. I will prevent this
marriage, and teach Langsford a lesson in
letters of blood ! Good-bye for the pres
ent.' And the general, who had resumed
the slouched hat and the panniers, glided
from the room.
He made his way at once to Langford's
apartment and found that officer impatient
ly awaiting his return.
, W hat news?' asked the Captain.
'Good We're got the darned rebel as
sure as shootin.' He's just three miles
from here, on the up river rood.'
'Do you know the spot exactly.'
'I guess I dew. I can lead you right
to A. it.'
Well, then, let's be off at once.'
And they left the room.
A quarter of an hour afterwards the
party left the honse, with the exception of
three troopers, who were left to guard the
rebe lover.
YOL. XXII. NO. 45.
Some few of those the farthest in the
rear made a hasty retreat, among whom
was Langsford, he having pushed his way
back when the first volley of stones was
rolled down upon his men, and fled as
fast as horse speed would carry him back
to Steel's, Accompanied by about a dozen
Upon reaching the house he dismounted
from his steed and rushed to the door, which
he found was fastened; but a few knocks
brought a person to it who threw it open,
displaying one of his own troopers. The
Captain entered, followed by the men who
escaped with him, and the door was again
This done, Langsford hastened up
stake and knocked upon the door of Ma
ry Steel's room. No answer came, and
he knocked more rudely than before, but
in vain ; all within was as silent as the
grave. He shook the door, but it was
firmly fastened upon the inside, and ho
ordered a man to bring him an axe, which
stood at the loot of the stairs. With this
he soon forced an entrance, by splitting
the pannels into pieces, and sprang like a
famished tiger into the room. But it was
empty—the prey had escaped; and cur
sing like a fiend, Langsford sprang to the
open window, out of which he thrust his
head. As he did so, the sharp crack of
a rifle was hPard, and staggering back, the
Captain fell upon the floor, with the blood
slowly oozing from a bullet hole in the
centre of his forehead.