Clipped From The Courier-Journal
PASSED THE LINES. A HEROIC CHEI3TIAN WOMAN Incident Ia the Life of Miss Judith Variable, Who Died Thursday Ia Shelhy Coaaty. - Miss Judith E. Tenable, who died at the residence of her cousin. Mr. Patrick! Joyes. in Shelby county. Ky on March 28. was a member of the old Virginia family of that name, though she was born in Illinois, she was left an orphan to her childhood and was reared by her aunt, Mrs. Thomas Joyes. ot Louisville. She was a devoted member of th Presbyterian Church, havtna- been brought up to the faith of her fa thers, and was extremely Southern to her feelings and sympathies. fin October, 18S1. when communica tion between the North and South w interrupted and dangerous. Miss Vena-ble was made the bearer of dispatches from the Confederate Minister to Francs to Richmond. Va. The attempt was also made to send duplicates through one of the Southern ports. The attempt failed, but Miss Venable suc ceeded to getting through the lines alone via Henderson. Hopkinsvllle and Nashville, with the dispatches to the soles of her shoes and delivered them safely to the Confederate authorities to Rich mond. . Suspicion was aroused at the Provost's headquarters In Louisville and her arrest waa determined on should she return.- On an intimation from a friend connected with the de partment a warning' was sent to her at the. margin ot a newspaper by a re turned prisoner and was received in time, so that Miss Venable remained with her relatives to Virginia till near the close .of the war. Although proud of her deed, she shrank from anything like notoriety, and never spoke of" her adventures except in her family, but preferred to live and die as one of the unknown heroines of the war. Her loss wlU be sadly felt by Mr. Patrick Joyes and his family, of which she was a lifelong and beloved mem ber, next only to their parents in the af fections of his children, and her mem ory will be dear to all who knew her, to) whom her unselfish devotion and lovely Christian character endeared her..