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No other newspaper baa BO much varied and apeotal matter for its weekly edition as THE WOBMB, and we (eel that in offering BOTH PAPERS FOR $2 ' We are giving our enbnoribere the beet premium we oonld offer them. Don't delay, bat eend in your (tubsoription at onoe. Btmember, The New York World and The Weekly Sentinel For Only $g for One *S ear. THE SENTINEL, Carroll, Iowa. READ BY THE BEST PEOPLE Intelligence tke Only Bequlsltc for Appreciation. The lM4 Matveva&Pfyyfffftmt »MSS AtMCIATMN. Times CHAPTER VIH, As with the Federals at Arlington, so with the Confederates on the fields and meadows to the south. Battles were fought on the eastern coast and on the western rivers—battles which inadei history were fought in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri, but the Army of Virginia remained In its uninps. Its leaders realized from the beginning that Virginia -would be the real battleground of the war, and that the Army of Virginia would be called was i ft —too ill to stand the journey, and ' Aey would wait for a few days in an improvement. The house been visited daily by parties from armies, but thus far no violence had been offered nor had anything been taken from the farm. For almost the first time since be bad known her Royal Kenton was left alone with Marian Percy for an hour. They sat under the apple trees, and he told her the details of the battle of Bull Run as far as he had gathered them, of his interviews with Jackson, the object of ture. upon to render heroic defense. Every ' his scout, his hopes and fears of the fu- bonr gained was an advantage, every day a gain of men and material and experience. When Royal Ken ton reported , to General Jackson as per order, he was asked if he knew the country to the north of the Confederate outposts. He was forced to reply that he was entirely ignorant of it. • "This is a disadvantage, but one yon can overcome," said the general. "We are in need of a few more brave men at the front to act as scouts. Won Id yon have any objection to serving in that capacity?" "I—1 should not like to act the part of a spy," stammered Kenton in much confusion. ' "Nor would'1 ask yon to. A spy is generally a brave man and often moved solely by patriotism, but few of them are soldiers, and . the profession is under a stigma. As a scout yon go in your uniform, secure such information as you can in a legitimate way, and if captured you are treated as u prisoner of war. You can take a comrade with you or go alone, as you elect. Do not be afraid to state your objections if you have any." "1 will go and go alone," replied Kenton after a moment's thought. "Very well, 1 am glad to hear it. You can now return to your company, and during the day 1 will send the proper order to your captain. Upon your return report to me direct, and I have no doubt you will bring information of value." That afternoon Captain Wyle returned to his company, and when he received the order detailing Private Kenton for temporary duty at headquarters and learned its object he was almost tempted to congratulate him. As between captain and private or between man and man, be would have done so with great heartiness, but as .a rival lover be could not. When Ike Baxter had related the story of the attempted "removal," aa he called it, be expected words of praise, but they were not uttered. On the contrary, his action was severely criticised, and he went away to sulk and growl. "Understand me," said the captain •8 Ike betrayed bis disappointment by word and look, "I don't want murder or assassination. I hate him because he's a Yankee and because he is an en- 1 emy among us. I want to drive him out—force him to demrt to his own IS CONDUCTED AS A COMPLETE ALL-AROUND NEWSPAPER. 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I want the news to go back home that be baa deserted and is a traitor to us. Bring that about, and I'll do anything I can to r«ward you, but dpn't shoot him down in cold blood, Now that Genial Jackson has taken him under b\B~wing we" must be more careful titan ever." Armed with a pass that would take him through the Confederate lines and pickets, Royal Kenton made bis way toward Washington. When he reached the last outpost, the officer in command: gave him the lay of the country along that front, the position of the Federal videttes so far as known, and named many farmers who sympathized with the Confederate cause and would give him shelter. It was about 10 o'clock in the forenoon when Kenton left the last post behind him and disappeared in the woods. Be knew in a general way what was required of him. It was, first, to push as near the Federal lines aa possible, and then to estimate the strength of camps or marching columns, locate torts and earthworks and seek to discover the strength of positions. Spies go in disguise and often remain in a camp for days. Scouts are saved from the halter when caught only because they are not "an enemy in disguise," Toe spy is detested simply because be is generally moved by a financial consideration and is often a person who will work for the aide paying him the beat. The neutral ground between tbo two armies was a strip of territory from three to six miles wide. Reconnais- sances were almost of daily occurrence from one side or the other, and cavalry commands patrolled tbe highways at frequent intervals., Tbe sentiment of tbe Virginia farm* «rs was overwhelmingly Confederate, and whenever Kenton Identified himself bo was given nil information at band Paring the Ural two days be bud several Borrow evcaiii* iron Federal cavalry patrole, and on tbe third day bo was treated to a double surprise. The farm' er with whom be bad remained over night bud recommended hiui to one tnuob nearer tbe Federal outposts tow- euro additional information. He reached t«i» place about U o'clocK in tbe foreuoon, uud the first fuco ho BUW witf (bjut of Marian Percy, tbe uuxt tbat of ber mother. Tbe meeting appc'urod to bo aa pleiwunt to all us it wuu uuu* pected. The Percys bad arrived only two days before in hopes to n>inovu tbu farmer's wlfo, wbo was u ivlalive, l< tueir bouae in tbo valley. Tliu wp«u>; The first face he saw teat that of Marian Percy. . "You enlisted to serve your state," she said when opportunity came. "This is no longer a question of what a state may or may not do. It is no longer Virinia, but a southern confederacy. Do ou feel the same obligation?" "Does the same obligation exist?" he ueried in reply. ' Certainly not. I have dared to so as- ert and have almost been called a trai- or for my language. One does not need o be a politician or the daughter of a jolitician to realize that the success of be newborn confederacy means the ownfall of the republic. And yet Virginians cannot return to their homes nd lay aside their weapons of war." 'Thus far I have cast my fortunes with Virginia," replied Kenton, "and t is too late to retreat now, even if I so .esired. What the end will be no man an predict." They talked of other things aa they at on tbe rode bench Farmer Hastings md constructed that he might smoke lis pipe in tbe shade and still look out ver the dusty highway which ran past lia door. There was no declaration of ove by word of month, but I think tbat some conclusion was arrived at just the ame, and that both were happy over it n a silent way. Dinner had just been oaten when one if the colored servants announced the approach of a body of Federal cavalry rom the direction of Washington. Kenon counted them while they were yet lalf a mile away and made the number o be 90, It was a patrol, and it might top or pass on. 'You see the situation, "said Marian as she approached Kentou, who was carefully examining bis revolver. "You could not beat them off single banded, and if yon are discovered here you will taken prisoner and the rest of ussub- ected to annoyance and insult. Yon nost go at once." "And leave you unprotected?" "Our people have an idea that tbe Yankees have horns and hoops," ahe laughed, "but I bare lived among them for yean, «t you know. They will not make war on old men and defenseless women, Go I There ia no time to loss I They are surely going to stop beret" Kenton retreated through the orchard to tbe cover of a atone wall 800 feet in rear of the bouse. He was scarcely sheltered wben tbe troopers filed into the yard through tbe gate and surrounded tbe bouse. The captain in command dismounted and was about to rap on the wide open front door when Marian appeared. "Well?" ebo queried as be looked at ber iu tbe greatest surprise for balf a minute, "Ab, excuse me I" be stammered. "I am looking for aoine one—a man—a man wbo is supposed to be a Confederate scout or spy." : "There is only one white man here— tbe old farmer himself. We have awn no stranger. You are at liberty to search," •'Oh, no, not The word of »lady is amply sufficient. Perhaps he took tbe otberroad, Sergeant, re-fonn the men in tbe bi«BW«»," called td hint: "HaIt where you are, or yotf ate a dead man!" It was a Federal vidette, dismounted and posted among the bushes which fringed tbe highway. Kenton looked up tn fiatl himself covered by a carbine. Bo?:i v.-ote on the same sicloof the road. H '•...; npproHched the viclettn in tear, a;.-*, -uid he wcercised more vigilance w •. a havo detected his presence in tii.ti 19 avoid bihj. The men were not ov'. r M) t'ect itpart when Kunton got the 8iii, ; - ions to halt. Iwny '..t tbo Federal troops were still dr.-;«e(l In tin; gray .Uniforms supplied by ili< ir respective states, whila the Confederates hud avi:riuty of uniforms, and it was difficult to dbteut uiie side flora the other. Thu vidotto lir.d done his duty in halting the prowlm 1 , but he wns*not sure what sort of game he had bagged. "Throw up your handsl" he commanded as he advanced. Kenton obeyed. He was armed only with a rorolvor, and as tbat was hidden from sight he appeared defenseless, "Now, then, wbo are you?" asked the Federal as he came to a halt scarce six feet away. "I might ask yon tbe same question," replied the scout, making.a great effort to appear cool and indifferent. "I know you might, but I guess yon won't! Answer my question!" "Ihave information to give." "What is it?" " Which side are you on?" "Oh, it makes a difference, does it? Well, I'm a Confederate. What's your news?" Kenton looked about him in an uneasy manner'as if he had fallen into a trap and contemplated making a bolt to escape. , "Say, you look like a reb, but act like a Yank," laughed.tbe man as he lowered his carbine. "I guess you've got news, and I guess yon want to go to headquarters." "Will you kindly tell me which way to go to strike headquarters?" "I'll do better'n that—I'll go with yon to the picket post and see that you are passed along. Have you been scouting?" "Yes." "Seen any rebs?" "Plenty of them." "Well, come along, and I'll ride down the road with you 1 to tbe post. We are posted along here in hopes to catch a reb scout who's been sneaking along our front for two or three days. What did yon say your name was?" "Kenton." "And mine is Fisher. Hear anything about when we are going to move?" "Not a word, though the army seems to be all ready." "It is ready, and why McClellan doesn't push down and walk all over tbe CHAPTER IX. Wben the troop bad disappeared np tbe dusty highway, Keuton returned to tbe bouse to say goodby to ite Inmates, and balf an hour later be bud turned his face south ward, satisfied tbat be hud •toured all inforinuttou possible f*r a aoout to pick up. Tbe fanner posted bim as to whore be would likely strike tbe Confederate outpost* and warned bliu what highways to avoid, but on (bat very day ItuClolluu wuu pushing bis cnvulry forwurd uud twining new territory. At 4 o'clock ID tliu afternoon as Kentou, who hud been traveling iu tbe fields uud under cover of thu forest, wan about to MUM u highway hu heurd tb« ojlck, click of u carbine, uud u voice "Throw up your handsl" he commanded OM he advanced. Confederate army is a puzzle to me. Seems as if be was waiting to let them get a good ready. Everybody is giving bim bail Columbia, but I suppose be knows what he's about. Wbat command do you belong to?" Tbe pair bud been slowly walking tide by side down to where tbe cavalryman's horse was hitched to the limb of a tree. Tbe Federal bad quite accepted Kenfon as belonging to bis side and was planning to do him a good turn by guiding him to the reserve, Keuton must avoid tb»t. Be bad hoped to do it by etrategcm, and be bad excuse* already on bis tongue wben asked for bis command. Answer be must, but aa be Aid not know tbe exact location of a single Federal regiment bis answer would, probably betray bim, He wu« hesitating wben the trooper repeated) " What regiment do you belong to, and Where is it stationed?" "I'm independent,"replied tkuwont as be suddenly snatched at tbe carbine and twisted it out of tbe other's grasp, Now throw np your bands) Up higher I I see you buve a revolver, but if you drop your bauds by so much as an (neb I sbull flre on you I Forward! March into the woods)" "By George, but you don't tell mo you are a rebel!" exclaimed the aston tubed and bewildered cavalryman. "I don't know yet whether I am or not," replied Kenton. "I'm a Virgin tan and in the Confederate army, and whether we are rebels or patriot* ia a quwtion I haven't settled. Keep to tb« left." "And you may be the very rebel scout we were hoping to capture!" "Yon are pretty near right about tbat, Keep right on—I'm wuilugl Now bait and keep your bauda still up!" " What are you going to do with we?' asked thu wan us he was disarmed urn permitted to face about. "iiow fur is it to thu uuurest Confederate outpustT" ".' bout two uiilusdown tbis road." "Iiow many vidottoa between us uui tbe post?" "Three or four. You urouot going to kill luo out hero in cold blood?" "You uiay rest outy ou tbutacovo,' replied tCeh'tbri. "A" yeat hence WM will tneaa devastation, destruction, murder and iiBSascinntion, but men's leatts are Hot brutalized yet. I rfldat • reach tha Confederate outpost, bat I can't do it by the road." "I don't think you could fool all the., others as yon did me," said the cavalryman, v.'ith a sickly Bniile. "Tfau question is what to do with you fr- it 1 i-i't you at liberty, you'll raise an-. alarm." "(* ness 1 would—ill fact, I know I would." "And 1 have nothing to tie you up with until I can get safely away." "That's BO. You remind me of the cbap who caught the bear and dasn't let go." "I must take you along with me to tbo Confederate outpost. We shall cut across the fields and woods to reach it. You go ahead, and I will follow. It is needless" "I'm no fool I" bluntly interrupted the Federal. "When I'm down and the other t'elW has got his thumbs in my eye and my nose in his jaws, I know enough to cave. You won't bave to sboot me, and 1 want to ask a favor of you." ' "Well?" ' "Don't walk me in a prisoner." "I'll see about tbat. Let's go on." They struck through the woods, crossed 1 an old field, skirted a meadow and; entered another piece of woods. As they were traversing this they came upon a. negro cutting firewood, and be informed them that the Confederate outpost was only 20 rods below them on'' the highway. "At this stage of the game one prisoner more or less is of no earthly consequence, "'said Keuton as be looked at the cavalryman. "I'm going to let yon return." "And I'veconcludedto be taken prisoner and sent to Richmond,'' replied tha man. "For what reason?" "Plain as a pumpkin on a gatepost. t I go back without my arms, what can I say? I'd just have to admit that a Johnny reb came along and played ne for a sucker and got the best of me. That woald mean ridicule and disgrace lorever. If 1 don't go back until exchanged as a prisoner, I'll be all right. I'll Bort p' give out tbat I was tackled >y about six of you, you know." '1 am sorry that I was obliged to deceive you to save myself," said Kenton after a moment of thought, "and there s no need to disgrace you. ' Here are your weapons, and you are free to re- urn to your post.- The war has not fairy begun yet. There will be hate and'. Bitterness and rancor after awhile, and here will be few opportunities to extend courtesies." 'Say, Johnny, that's a square deal 1" oyfully exclaimed the Federal as he received bis weapons, "and I want to shake bands with yon! Put it tberel /an't tell but what we may meet again; tefore tbis row is over, and if we do I lope it'll come my way to do tbe fair' hing. So long to you I" Kenton watched him out of sight and- hen walked down to the highway to ind himself at the post of a vidette. fie was directed back to tbe reserve, his • )uss examined, and he was then within he Confederate lines and ready to push on to Manassos and Jackson's head- [uarters. When his information bad; >een laid before tbe stern faced man, whose title of "professor" had been changed to tbat of "general" within a. ? ow brief months, he quietly said: •'. 'You have done excellently. My command is ordered into tbo valley. I ihall bave further need of your services- n this line, but you may return to your • company at present." CHAPTER X. No part of the south witnessed so • much of the wreck and misery of war as the Shenandoah valley. Its highways, fields and forests, its houses, barns and sheds, its uvery breeze by day and night for three long years, echoed the ierce shouts of contestants and tbe ;roana of wounded men. Nature made t a garden. War converted it into a- vast graveyard. The Federals bad begun their march up the valley from Harper's Ferry. Jackson was ordered over to bar the way. Historians may write with prejudice and politicians speak in bitterness. Let us be fair and conscientious, even if we cannot b« neutral. Jack- eon's first battle wasou tbo broad fields of Kernstown. All historians who bave written for the future bave pronounced iifm a wonderful man in tbe science of wiir. Before bis command was fairly in tbe valley Royal Kenton and others wore far ahead, scouting for information. T heir reports decided Jackson on moving swiftly up and attacking the Federals as they reached Keruetown. Be waa beaten back and fairly routed, but tbat was to be tbe first and only time. As Jaoknon's own brigade swept forward into tbe fight Kenton was in the tanks of tbe Sfcenandoah guards. On. bis right was Steve Bray ton, on his left Ike Baiter, tie bad known but little of bis company since detailed for scout duty. He divined that Captain Wyle'a bitterness bud intensified, and tbat tbe prejudice agoinst him among his comrades bud rather increased with bis absence, lie Imd bean detailed from bin company, uud bis return to it us Jackson ordered un advance and everybody knew thut a buttle would be raging; within u couple of hours proved bin lootul in tho eyes of all. And yet not over a dogeu men in the company bud a, nod or u word for him, Ike Buster, under tbe tutorship of bis muster, wus carrying out a plan to drive him out iu disgrace. "Menu's yore fur no good,,uud yo' kin luy to (hutI" Ike hud whispered from uiuu to iiiuu. 'Jiat yo' follers keep yo'r eyus upon I I'm gwluo to do it, and if ho uii trios to pluy tho traitor I'll put u bullvt straight into bis our- otuwl Mebbo ho un kin fula Uinorul Juokuon, bnt bo uu cuii't pluy no YUH- kuo tricks ou mo!" As they umrcuud forward un tho hitih-

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