The Carroll Sentinel from Carroll, Iowa on June 15, 1894 · Page 10
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The Carroll Sentinel from Carroll, Iowa · Page 10

Carroll, Iowa
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THE SENTINEL, Carroll, Iowa. READ 0Y THE BEST PEOPLE Intelligence the Only Requisite for Appreciation. Times IS CONDUCTED AS A COMPLETE ALL-AROUND NEWSPAPER. Cleanliness, Clearness, Conciseness Characterize Itq Pagea. SPEAKING ABOUT NEWS, Jt has the complete telegraphic lervice of the Associated Frees, in addition to its regular ilaff of out-of-town correjs- pondenti, Its market reports giv« the rnoBt complete detail* of any weekly paper in the United Statea It is a mine of 1& erarywealty. It contains the lateut stories from the peni of the most noted authors, biographical sketches of the mojt prominent men, the best wit of the day, scientific and relig- Jpus discussion*, in addition to the full news report of th« •week, and the belt agricultural department of any weekly connected with a daily in the'. world, it must be seen to lie appreciated. Send for sample copy. We have made arrangements with this great paper to give it ABSOLUTELY FREE with each yearly subscription paid in advance, This offer is open but a short time. Take advantage of it Address CAWBOLL BjaVTINiSfc, Carroll, Iowa. BOTH PAPERS FOR $2. COPYRIGHTU iM4 BV AMCAICAM MUM AMMIATNM. CHAPTER X.II1. Jackson Retreated no farther than Strasburg. 'Shieldsadvanced.nofarther than Winchester. Prisoners captured during the first year of the war were not held long. Within 80 days from the battle of Kernstown those members of Captain Wyle's company who had been taken prisoners were exchanged. Ike Baxter was among them. Two daj's atter the battle Kenton had reported to his company at Strasburg. It was known that he was captured with the others, and his truthful story of his escape found no believers except Steve Brayton. While the others declared that his escape was all arranged for by his Yankee friends, Steve gave him his hand and Html: "It's gettin purty hot fur yo' around yere, Kenton, 'cordin to what I see and hear. If yo' could surround and cap- tar' a hull Yankee army and turn it over to us, the boys would think yo' un had some game to play. Reckon yo' know whar it all starts from?" "I think I do." "Can't no two fellers love the same gal without Bunthin bustin sooner or later. I kin jest shet my eyes and see what the captain is layin fur. He un's achin powerful bad to her yo' killed off or drivout or used up in someway. He wouldn't hev minded if half of us had bin wiped out down thar if yo'd bin one of the dead." Two or three days after Jackson reached Strasburg Captain Wyle had an interview with him. None of his own company knew it, and what passed could only be inferred, from circumstances which developed later on. It was announced that it bad been decided to reorganize the guards as a cavalry company, and in the course of a week this change was effected, much to the satisfaction of the men. Just as it was finished Royal Kenton was ordered to report to Jackson again. He found the same stern, low spoken, plain looking man and received the same quiet greeting. The general adverted to the bravery of the guards at Kernstown, and then to Kenton's capture and escape and asked for the details. The latter at >nce realized that some one who professed to know all about it and who was seeking his injury had reported to the general. He, however, proceeded to ;lve the particulars not only of bis es- pe and his efforts to rejoin bis command, bat of the charges brought against him by Ike Baxter and the in- erview with General Shields. This por- ion of his adventure he bad not spoken of to any one on rejoining bis company. Jackson seemed to be thinking very seriously as .Kenton talked. The facts ust related no doubt surprised him and lerbaps gave a different turn to affairs. Mter awhile be said: "General Banks is pushing up the valley with a large force. I wish yon n scout along bis front and secure all toBsible information of value. Can you iet out at once?" "Within half an hour, sir," was £ en ton's reply. 'And do you wish a companion?" 'I think I can do better alone, but if you th)nk two might do better than one I shall"—— "Do as you tbink best, but report to be captain of your company that you lave been detailed." As Kenton left headquarters be felt bat something was wrong, Just what t was be could not determine, but it sueiued as if there were mistrust and suspicion. He bad) been thoroughly oyal in making bis previous observa- ions and reports, bat an enemy was «t work to discredit bim. He was folly satisfied of this as be left camp on his •coat. After reporting to Captain Wyle, who treated bim with strict military etiquette, he went to bis tent to make a few preparations. He bad left it and was making bis way out of camp when be was overhauled by Steve Brayton, who Mid; "The glneral is sendin yo' off on another scout? Yo' think yo' ur' goin alone, but yo' hain't. I've follered along, to p»ll yo' that the captain DM mt Reube Parker on yo'r track. Yo' mow Reub»? He hain't bin abusin yo' ritbbji moutb as much as some others, mt he'? down on yo' and playin into be bands of the captain. I tell yo' to ook out fur him!" Kenton turned white with anger and tarted to retrace bit steps. "No, yo' don't," said Hteve as be barred the way. "I fast took to yo' on looonnt of yo'r sense) and I hope you won't lose it now. Tnar'i a game bein ilayed, aod yo' wanter come out on op!" "Is il possible that after what has >awed they still continue to look upon oe at a traitor?" demanded Konton in a voice brolfui with emotion. "They do, but it's fur an object, yo' see,"replied Steve. "It's all on «o- count of the gal. If thar was no gal, 'o'd be the first lieutenant or inobbe aptain of the company today. If thar was a gal aod no war, yo' uud Wyle would bev fit a duel pver her befo' this. One would hov challenged t'olliur." 'Hut, but"— Btuiuinorod Kunton, boiling over to say soiuuthiug uud yet not wishing to drug Muriuit Percy'* name into the case. "It's joet this way," interrupted Btove: "Yo' un's got thu inside* truuk, ud thur's but ono way to kot>j,i it—play o win. Iteut the captain ut liiu own game. Go right along" about yo'r biz- tiess, but keep an eye out fur Reube. He's put on yo'r track to sell yo' out, and he'll do his purtiest to please the captain." It was trno that Banks was • moving up the valley. He bad an army five tiinert as strong as Jackson's, and he meant to annihilate the latter before re-enforcements could reach him. Kenton had set out in good time. It takes an hour to move a regiment of men assigned to a certain place on a march. I It takes three hours for a brigade to march and countermarch and file out of its camp onto the highway. Divisions; ordered to move at 7, o'clock a. m. are halting and lingering at noon. An array of 20,000 men .with its artillery, baggage trains, ambulances, camp followers and beef cattle is a gigantic sloth. It must open its eyes. It must wink and blink and nap again. It must stretch and yawn and complain. It is as if a huge tortoise was trying to work loose from its shell. ' Banks was getting ready for his move. Every report which Kenton received as be neared the front went to assure him of the fact. He was on foot, dodging from forest to forest and from field to field and betraying himself only to a few whom he knew could be trusted. After the first day out be became satisfied that he was being dogged by Reube Parker. The latter must also have been provided with a pass to take him through all Confederate lines, but though be hung to Kenton's trail .he did not betray his presence except by accident. Everywhere along Banks' front were evidences that a forward move was on the tapis, and before Kenton's work was finished he bad secured a pretty fair estimate of the Federal strength. Banks knew that Confederate scouts and spies would be seeking information, and he was guarding against them as much as possible by covering bis front with scouting parties of cavalry. Just before sundown on the second day of his scouting along the front Kenton came very near crossing a highway up which a Federal scouting party were quietly-riding in hopes to come upon game of some sort. The rattle of a trooper's saber put bim on his guard, and he bad just time to sink down in the bushes to escape observation. Not Just time to link down in the bushct to escape observation. BO with the man who bad been dogging bim. He was aiming to cross the road lower down, and as he stepped out a dozen carbines were leveled at him, and be was a prisoner in an instant. Kenton was too far away to hear what was •aid, but we ban relate it. Reube Parker no sooner found himself in the bands of the enemy than he asked for the captain in command and aaid: "I don't deny bein a scout, and yo' see me yere in Confederate uniform with a pass signed by Qineral Jackson. Thar'a two of us, and I reckon yo' might as well get the other one while yo'r about it." "tfo yon mean that yon were in the company of another Confederate scout?" asked the captain, "That's what I mean." "And where it he?" "Roundyeresumwbar, I reckon. If yo'll beat up the bushes purty lively, yo'll be apt to uncover him." I'll have the locality searched, of course," said the captain after a long, bard look at Reube, "but it strikes me yon are a mighty mean man t« give your comrade away." "Yaas, I reckon it does," Imprudent' |y drawled Rente, "and mebbe I'd better tell yo' why. It'sbekaaehe un'san* other of,yo'—a rog'Urbo'n Yank who's mean 'miff to tell out both ildei If he could I Beckon he's got lota of new* fur Gtoeral Jackson thin time, and yo'll git a prize if yo' git boldo' him!" CHAPTER XIV. Ike Baiter's wife made her way to the Percy mansion to find everything in confusion. Every neighbor had fled, and »uoh friends as remained were exaggerating tho results of Jackson's defeat and retreat. Reports wore brought in by this 0110 and tliut one Unit Juok- sou himself iuteuded to burn Dio town and lottvo only donuluUoii buhiud uiui as he fell back. As a coiitwqucnco, bravo enough during tho oarly part of the day, nitflit outnu to nud Marian and her mothei full of ulurui. This was added to »y Mr». liuxtur'u uppear- lier errand aituearwt to l>o to give Information of the "servants who had fled in terror, and in this way she gained admission to the presence of the ladies, though as she left the kitchen Uncle Ben shook his head and muttered to himself: "I inbber did like dem white trash to!" < 'tail, an 1 can't n-bear to hev 'em ar<.r,.,il. I know dut man obhers, ah de tvuiiVcin together hain'tworf shucksl" The Percys had heard a rumor that seven',! of the guards had been killed or cnptured at Kernstown, but had no relinCle information. Mrs. Baxter gave the nuiul ur and their nnrnos. The Inst nnme on hw list was that of Royal Kenton, and she udded the information that it was lielitived by nil the surviving guards that Kentoii wus to be held responsible. ."I don't see how," quickly replied Marian as a look of pain anci surprise earae to hei face. "He braved danger With the rest, and be was also made prisoner." "I'm sure I dunno, but I'm tellin yo'what they all say," remarked tho woman. "Didn't know but Captain Wyle had told yo ! all how it happened." "No. He has not been here." "Everybody's cheerin and shakin bands with he un, 'cause he un was so brave. He un killed 10 Yankees with his sword in tbat fout. Qineral Jackson shook hands with him down at the tavern befo' all the people. Reckon he nn will be made a grand ossifer fur bein so brave."' . She had given Kenton a shot and Wyle a lift, as she thought, and satisfied for the time being she asked if she could be of assistance during the ab jence of the servants, adding that nearly the entire colored population of the town had fled, and that most of them would probably be picked up by the Federals and sent north. Under the circumstances her offer was eagerly accepted, and she had gained the point she was seeking. While Marian and her mother were nervous and upset over the situation, they had no thought of flight, [t was certain that Jackson would retreat up ' the valley, and that Shields would occupy Winchester, but they were too sensible to fear tbat the town would be given up to sack. They were treparing to retire when they were aroused by the call of a citizen acquaintance who had made all preparations 1'or flight and felt it bis duty to warn them of the perils of the situation.- He repeated the story that tho town was to be burned and the valley laid waste, and added that news had been received from the front to the effect that the advancing Federals were applying the torch and dealing but death as they advanced. ' He advised them to lose no time in retreating up the valley. This information added the climax. In the Allegheny mountains to the west, 60 miles away, was a rough but comfortable house surrounded by a few acres of land which Senator Percy had owned for years before his death and occupied with his family for several weeks in summer. There he had found good shooting* and fishing and rest; After receiving the latest "news" and Bitting down to wonder what they should do, mother and daughter remembered the place and its quiet location and soon determined tbat if flight was necessary it should be in that direction. It was out of the track of the armies, and they would not be disturbed, and they might hope that after a few weeks the Confederates would either regain permanent possession of the valley or tbat war would be at an end. The faith of the south in its soldiery was sublime, and it never wavered until the last gun was fired at Appomattox. To decide was to act. While the ladies set about packing whatever they might need, Uncle Ben was told to have a vehicle ready for a move at daylight. When Mrs. Baxter was informed of the contemplated move, she promptly volunteered to go along, and her offer was as promptly accepted. It was not only a part of her plan to maintain an espionage on Marian, but to be on band when opportunity might offer to favor Captain Wyle's cause. Such a flight would bring mistress and servant closer together. There was a grim determination about the woman worthy of a far better cause. She hated Royal Kenton •imply because she believed he stood in the way of Ike's advancement. She would be faithful to Captain Wyle simply because it would assist Ike, She had always fretted because Ike had no ambition to climb up. His excuse bad always been: "Dod rot my infernal bide, bnt bow's a feller goin to start? Show me a way to climb, mid I'll git thar or die try in t" Tho war bad opened a way. No matter if Ike wus regarded as the poorest soldier in his company and the last one who would deserve promotion, he hud made her believe that he was on the road,to military glory, and that on bis "success depended her opportunity to become somebody." She was ambitious oven if poor and Ignorant. In some way which she could not yet determine Kenton wus to disappear, Captain Wyle was to wed Marian, and Ike was to become "a great gineral and ride around on a critter." There wa« no sleep for any of them duilng tho remainder of the night. Uncle Den got a wagon ready to carry provisions and clothing and a few ar- iloles of furniture and the family cur- riage in which the woman were to ride, and a* dawn was breaking a start was made up tho valley. They bad company on the road. Four or five farmer* below Winchester bad set fire to their own bouses and burns and come Into town, and during the night artillery tiring had created u new panic among tuy resident* of the city. Marian had bcxm made uusiouB by tho story told by MIB. Baxter tho evening boforo—not that sho put any faith in tho report, boouugo uho bud bucoino awuro that Konton's possum wu» u puiulul ono, but boouuse sbo luallged that tho ultuaUou would become sill) more grave. Blie worried over his ouuturo and foared ho wight have been wounded, and sho couldn't help but fuel that, no matter how bravo 8nd loyal he was, lie would become a** victim of conspiracy and circumstance. %i - Shd was somewhat consoled, hqweveif, When she went to the carriage bouse in the gray of morning to notify TJncle Ben tbat all was ready, His life service in the family had given him certain privileges, and on certain occasions he did not hestitate to express his opinions. "Fee yere, Miss Sunshine, "he bpgan, "what'bout dat white woman in de- kitchen?" "She's to go with us," was the reply. "Den let me tell, yo' to look out for her. Nose too sharp. Face too sharp. Eyes jest like snaik's. Walks arontt • jest .liJte a cat I" " Why, how can she hurt us?" "Tellin lies." ( "About what or whom?" "Look yere," replied the old man,, dropping his raJce and looking around,' "I'ze gettin purty ole, bnt I hain't dun blind or deaf. I knows all 'bout dat Yankee Keuton an dat Captain Wyle. I knows dey boaf wants to marry yo'!: •Dar now I" "Why, Uncle Ben!" she reproachfully exclaimed. "It's jest like I tole yo', leetle Son- shine. 'Member when dat Ike Baxter dun cum borne on a furbelow 'boat six weeks ago?" "I believe I did hear be was home." "An all de time he was home he data 'bused Mars Kenton up hill an down.' What fur? What he got to say 'bout -"It's jest like I tole yo', lectio Sunshine." bis betters? What his wife 'btise Mara Kenton fur? Why she mad at him ? Yo* know whar she libs?" "No." "In dat house jest beyan do cooper shop. Yo' know who I dun saw go in dar yesterday?" "No." "Dat Captain Wylet- What he want dar, hey? I know! He want her to t yere an tell yo' whoppin big lies ,it de Yankee lawyer an praise hisseli up at de same time! I jest tell yo' to look out fur dat woman!" Uncle Ben bad taken a dislike to Mrs. Baxter at first sight and didn't want her to go along. He had not devoted a minute to wondering if she had a plan or sefcking to discover what it was. He- • bad fathomed it by that sense of intni- iiori which ia often strongest in the Boat ignorant minds. More to quiet lim'than for any other reason Marian premised to bo on her guard, butdur- ng the day she decided in her own mind that there might be more in it than appeared oh the surface. On two or three xjcasions when Ken ton's name was men- ioned she noticed the bard look which ;ainb into Mrs. Baxter's face and the Inge of bitterness in her tones, and ;hese things bad much to do with her decision. CHAPTER XV. We follow Jackson up aud down the valley because his movements are threads of our story, and he must be driven away to Introduce new characters. Shields had scarcely coused pursuit when u Federal unny under Bank* was Bent into the valley. No one supposed Jackson bad recovered from.his lefeat when he suddenly moved an army of 12,000 men down to New Market, crowed the Sbenandoab river and the mountain range to tho east and wtu in the Luray valley before an alarm waa raised. There was a Federal force stationed at Front Royal, and be was moving to attack it. An array in the march is a monster, serpent on the move. Far in advance are cavalry scouts. Then follows a body of troopers. After tbat cornea the advance guard of infantry. Then artillery ,'inoro infantry, more artillery, and Bnully the wagon train. The highway In packed with a living, moving aiasa tot miles and miles. Infantry and oav- ilry overflow into the adjacent fields on the right and left. Where there is a bend in the road they cut across it. Dorses fall lame or sick and are abandoned. Wagons break down and are* unloaded aud set on fire. Guns and caissons get mixed or upset in the ditches, and a hundred men lend their aid. Sore footed men stagger and Jimp and finally throw themselves down and declare they can go no further. Her* and there a musket Is accidentally discharged, followed by a shriek and » fall, and half an hour later the victim nils a grave by the roadside. The inaaa advances a quarter of a mile and halts. Another quarter of a mile and another . halt, Only in the case of a single regl< weut is there froodow to step out and march at the rate of three or four mile* an hour. The trail of a inarching army, even in a country of friends, is «trail of ruin and desolation. jBvery soldier it an en- (luo of destruction. Ho has a feeling that be must desolate and destroy. Trees are felled and fences pullod down to repair the roads, garden. 1 )* uro despoiled, cropi urolrawplud undur foot, fruit trees denuded of thvir brunches, stacks uud burnt) fired by accident or design. It is as if a fierce oyolouo had as«d over tho country, followud by a plague. Bo Jackson's army tiwopt forward to front Royal. Hlu cyjinuuud outumu- awed the Federal force four tuouo, uud '' i nreseuga was iiot tuBpuctod until u|s

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