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Send for stvmple copy. We have made arrangements with thisftreat paper to give it ABSOLUTELY FREE wifli eacjh yearly subscription paid iu advance. This offer te open but a short tftne. Take advantage of it. Address "* * Carroll, low*, CHAPTEH XVIII. The nnmo "Rest Haven" had been given to tho house in the mountains to which the Percys retreated from Winchester. The first idea w»s to make use of it for only a few weeks — until the war was over. Nobody in the south after the Confederate victory at Bull Run doubted that peace would be long coming. They were hardly settled when Jackson recaptured Winchester. They had scarcely heard this news when the town was reoccupied by a Federal force. In the last battle for possession the Percy mansion and all outbuildings were burned to the ground. Others shared the same fate. Indeed the flamea of war wiped out a third of the town before war was hardly more than a holiday. .For a few days after learning of this disaster the Percys talked of leaving the valley for some point farther south, but just as they had made up their minds to go Mrs. Percy fell seriously ill, and that occurrence checkmated all platos for leaving Rest Haven.. Tbe servants who had fled from the bouse at Winchester did not return, but with hundreds of other colored people made their way to Harper's Ferry and thence to Washington. Dncle Ben was the only one left, and but for the presence of 'Mrs. Baxter . the ladies would have been in sore straits. .The slaves, male and female, were escaping from the villages and plantations in droves, and the two or three women whom Uncle Ben induced to enter into service at the Haven disappeared with the first dark night. While Marian Percy felt distrust of Mrs. Baxter, the woman was so re- spectf nj in demeanor and rendered herself in all ways so useful that the feeling rather diminished than increased. Uncle Ben, on tbe contrary, grew to bate ber worse and worse as time passed on. He could not conceal his dislike of her, though he restrained his tongue from denunciation. He realized that under the circumstances it was not only policy but duty to do so. One day he found opportunity to say to Marian : "Miss Sunshine, doyo' 'member what I dun told yo j befo' we left Winchester 'bout dat Missus Baxter?" " Yes, " she replied* "but I think you were mistaken. She is a little queer about some things, but on' the whole a very good woman. I don't know-how we could have got along without her." "Mebbe I was mistooken, " said Uncle Ben as be thoughtfully scratched his bead, "butdar'saheapo' things I can't jest make out. Who yo' reckon dun bin writin letters to ber?" 1 ' ger hujbijnd prpbably . " "Den^why~dori't deriTletters cum- wid yo' mail when I dun bring it up? ll'ze seen a strange man ridin by on a mewl who brought letters to ber three or fo' times. I 'ze seen her writin letters two or three times, but she nebber did send 'em to town by me. What all dat mean, Miss Sunshine?" "Oh, it's just her queer way, Undo Ben, and there is nothing to worry about," replied Marian, though bis statements filled ber with surprise. "tjuare ways, eh? Waal, I'ze gwine to keep boat my eyes open all do time. Snutbin gwine to cum from all dis, Miss Sunshine, Suntbin bound to. come. White folks doan ' act dat way onless doy means mischief. I hain't gwino to say nuffin to nobody, but I'ze, gwiue to be prepar'd fur trouble!" When Mrs. Percy fell ill, Ben succeeded in securing for awhile tho services of an old Colored woman who seemingly bad uo longing for liberty, and such assistance as tbe neighbors could extend was freely given. Tho doctor who hod been called lived eovcu miles away, and tbe old man bad frequently to ride back and forth over a highway on which very few farmers had located. On one of these excursions, and when within a mile of home on bis return trip, he oanght sight of a man and woman as they moved out of tho road and disappeared in a thicket. He was clone enough to bo satisfied that tbe woman was Mrs. Baxter, aud that tho man was a Confederate officer, and their anxiety to avoid him aroused all hie suspicions. Ho intended to cotnmnuioato with Miss Marian at once, but circumstances prevented, and next day the household was surprised by a call from Captain Wyle and bis cavalry company. He stated that be was on detached duty in that neighborhood. While the captain bad been given to understand that his unit wan hopeless, and while Marian fully realized that he bad done and waa still doing all in bh) power to degrade aud disgrace the limn abo bad accepted, she nevertheless felt that it was policy to rocoivo him courteously und shun anything that might load to arousing u uow fooling of had been forced to notice the demeanor cf Mrs. Baster. She seemed transformed into a new being—smiling, laughing and appearing to be full of joy over something. ' When the visitor had departed, she was fulsome in his praise, and for the first time since coming to tho Percys' she betrayed her real state of feeling. She was an ally of the captain's. Why? After' puzzling for a time Marian asked: "Did Captain Wyle bring you news of your husband?" "Yes'm. Ike has got back to Winchester, along with the others. The Yankees got afeared that Ike would break loose and do awtul damage, and so they let him go." ' He was wounded, wasn't he?" "Yes'm, and he nn won't be fitten to go back to the army fur some weeks yit. When he nn does, he'll hev a critter and a sword and ride around with Captain Wyle." "Perhaps they'll make him an officer for his bravery." ,... . "He un deserves it, for man—of co'se him does!" replied Mrs. Baxter, with a good deal of vigor.- VI* it wasn't fur that onery Yankee"—<— "Do yon mean Mr. Kenton?" asked Marian as tbe woman caught herself. "I—I dun forget!" she stammered. "Thar's bin so much fnssin 'boat war ridden valley, but were not to be had even in exchange for gold. That was Marian's firstsipfht of Coster, but it was not to be her last. CHAPTER XIX. As the Federals poured into the Shen->, andcah vnllpy and regained lost ground the quartermaster and commissary stores left by Jackson under the guard of a tew score men at Harrisonburg were huicle ready to be forwarded to Richmond. While Royal KentoU fully realized that his being left behind was but another move in the conspiracy to destroy him. he allowed no one to understand the real state of his feelings. There wns work to do, and plenty of it, and ho took hold BO willingly that only a few days bad passed before he was commended for his zeal by the major in command of the post. Unexpected difficulties arose about securing transportation, and though re-^ ports of a Federal advance were daily' received the major hung on in hopes of saving the stores. One morning at sunrise his pickets were driven in by troopers in blue, and 10 minutes later he received a summons from General Ouster to surrender. Ho had only about 200 men all told, while it was plain to be seen that he was fairly surrounded by the force opposed. He asked, for 15 minutes to consider and at the end of that time returned a refusal. His little force almost to a man had agreed to fight to the last. Three or four earthworks had been thrown up to protect the supply depot, but they were without artillery. The force was divided eo as to man them all, and Royal Kanton and Steve Brayton found themselves and about 20 other men in a work With- oat even a noncommissioned officer among them. As they were already under fire, Kenton was by common consent given command. ' . "We nns is gone up this time far snab," observed Steve as Cnster posted his brigade and then opened fire with • battery, "but I reckon we might sorter Hi» how's visit wot therefore a wry agreeable one. that I'm talkin 'bout Yankees half the time. Yes, I hope they'll make Ike an ossifer right away." She excused herself and was hastening away when Marian detained her to ask: 'Mrs. Baxter, has there ever been any trouble between your husband and Mr. Kenton?" "I—I jest can't declar'V "But you feel bitter toward Mr. Kenton. Will you tell me why?" "Why, he nn stands in Ike's way, and I orter feel hardwise, hadn't I?" "I can't understand bow bo stands in Ike's way." "Nor I either, bat that's what Ike says, and that's what Captain -Wyle says, and him jest orter be driv' over into the Yankee army wbar he belongs! He un's a spy, Miss Percy, a regular Yankee spy, and him'a mean as pluu, and somebody orter shoot him, and Captain Wyleiays" But she checked hciself again. Hei feelings had been aroused, and she bad said far more than she intended. She was half laughing, half crying as she begged Marian's pardon and withdrew. Now Marian knew why Mrs. Baxter had come to her. She had a suspicion as to the flight of her servants. The queer actions spoken of by Uncle Bon were now explained. It looked as if Captain Wyle and Mrs. Baxter were conspiring together, and the object was very plain. For reasons of bin own the captain had aroused Mrs. Baxter's enmity toward Kenton and made Ike an enemy to be feaied. There was a complication which pnuled Marian, and as the days went by she was no wiser. If Uncle Ben made any new discoveries, he kept them to himself, and the mother wan too ill to be worried over anything that could be kept from her. Three days after Captain Wyle'i visit there wore a clatter of hoofs and a Jangle of sabers, and the road was alive with Federal cavalry for miles. It WM a portion of Ouster's brigade making a force, and Castor him- enmity Kontou. BOTH PAPERS FOR $2 Ou his puit tbe captain was careful to Buy nothing that might wouud or offend, uud bw hour's visit wits therefore u vury agreeable ope. Uo oxtoudod bis sympathies, offered to do anything iu liiti power to relieve thuir auxietioa uud rode away with ft euiilo of satisfaction on his fapo. Ho argued that Marian WUH wavering in ber faith in Kimtun, uitd that tiuie uud oircuuistauco would briug about tbe ohuiigo bo doslrwj. ftlafl'e most frequent boast Iu thajt bd can rand uud understand wotuau, and yet If i* la that bo in ofteuuBt dooujvod.* Pew women «tn read aud tbe captttiu** visit. rooonnoisaance in solf rode ut tho bead. While tbe com maud halted at a creed below tbo bouse to water their horses and wt a noonday meal from their bavsriaoka tbe general and bis ataff halted at tbe door Iu *6wch of refreshment Tbey ware politely and even kindly received by Marian, who insisted upon supplying them with whatever tbe bonne afforded. Ouptuiu Wylehujl boastfully announced that there was not a Yankee In •niforw withiu 60 miles of Hurt Have^. Hero was proof that tbey even beM the territory rouud ubout bet. Wbeo CNwenil Custor understood that »be w«f a rufn- gee from Winchester, be ilrfomed i.< r that tlio FuduraU then beU nearly all tbe Dbeuaudcuib and Luray valley a, aj)d ihere tnu every proape«( of their p«l* juuiiuiit occupation. Ho kindly offered ber all poagiblo asulstHttw If »be dealied to vwm t)>roo«h tho llo«a to auy direo- tlon, but (t wu» plain (bat tbe moth* was tbeu too ill to undertake evw tt« ibortest jouruoy. He b«gy«d her to MM oept aow« oomwitaary utoreit—ooflae, augar uud moat—aud KaUiJug Ida tiMbiiOMheftd two article* b«4 Outer posted his bJHoade and then opened fire with a battery. hang on fur awhile and let 'em see we hain't skeert. Yesterday I figgered that one Confederate could lick about seven Yankees in any sort 6' scrimmage, but dod rot my buttons if things don't look different today!" The"earthwork sheltered them from the shot and shell of tbe artillery, and Kenton ordered the little band to be ready for the dash he knew would soonet or later be made, 'The Federals could be seen dismounting just outside 'of musket range,and as a force of about 500 were moving out to charge tbe fort held by the major ho raised u white flag in token of surrender. The other two refused to be bound by his action, but one of them was charged with cheers uud hurrahs and captured after firing a single volley. "Waal, y.ank, what's the word now?" asked one of Ken ton's men as all real- iced the state of affairs. "Fight!" was tbe brief reply. "I allus knbwed he nn was game. Three cheers for Kentou!'' shouted Steve Brayton.' They were given with a will, but be- ftye the echoes bad died away Ouster's entire battery was turned against the fort, while a hundred dismounted men crept within rifle shot and opened a fire which obliged the defenders to remain inactive. Keuton knew that the fire would cease as a charge was about to bo made. This, owing to tbe nature of tbe ground, could only be made from one direction and by a small body of men. Tbe lull came, and under cover of tbe smoke 800 dismounted men of tbe Fifth Michigan dashed forward. They were received by a volley which staggered and checked them, and while rallying .the little band bad time to reload. One uiore volley sent tbe troopers back to co for, aad Stove Brayton threw bis bat into the air and shouted: "Wo uus has just licked the bull Yankee army right oat of its bates and ar' gwine to march on Washington!" Kenton expected another charge within 10 minutes; bat Instead of that Castor sent in a flag of truce and a demand to surrender, lie stated that an attempt to hold the portion after all tbe others had been taken was simply a reckless waste of human lift. He knew their exact number and know tbey bad neither food nor water. They had proved thernwlvus brave men, and be truated tbey would now realUe tbe situation and accept it as brave men should. Kentou read tbe note aloud., so that all could bear, uud wbeu ba hud finished it be wild; 'We might stop another cbarge, but tbeyaie ocrtuin to capture us iu the end. 1 udvtee notreudtir," There were a few dissenters, but 16 minute* later tbe 88 men bad iiiarehed out aud grouudgd t ue i, tuuttt Iu tqkw "I gave what orders were given, sir." "Well,the southern confederacy made a miss of it in not making you a captain long ago. Had the other forta held out as pluckily as you did we should have had a bard fight to get at the stores." While a list of the prisoners was being made out and the arms collected the- A troopers turned their attention to the- | store*. The idea was not to remove but \ to destroy them. The quickest way to- ', do it was to apply the torch, and in the coarse of an hour everything wns in > flames. The Confederate major had, asi , stated, surrendered the fort he occupied, with about 80 of the men without firing a shot. A court martial would have promptly exonerated him from the charge of cowardice had it been made, for the situation was almost hopeless. That one of the forts should havo held ont and that the high private in command of It should have been compli- - mented for his bravery rankled in the major's heart. He received permission to enter tbe field whore the rank and file were surrounded by a Federal' guard, and searching out Royal Keuton be an- giily demanded: "By what authority did you presume to hold that fort after my surrender of the post?" "We did not know that your surrender included more than the fort yon were holding," replied Kenton. "Captain Wyle told me something about you before he left," continued the major. "He regarded you with the greatest suspicion. It would not have surprised me had you surrendered first of all." "I believe that honor wan left to you, sir," quietly replied Kenton. "Hooray far the Yank—three cheers far Kenton t" shouted the excitable Steve. And tbey were given by the whole force of Confederates with great enthusiasm. "I fully understand your motive, sir!" exclaimed the major when the- cheering had ceased. "Yon simply wanted to reap a little glory—to stand well in the estimation of your friends. Yon have accomplished it, but there will be a hereafter. The minute I am exchanged I shall prefer charges and have- you court martialed. If you don't conclude to remain among your Yankee friends, I shall" "Hear he nn talk like a fool!" interrupted Steve, treading army discipline- under foot in his excitement. "If the major hadn't surrendered befo' a man was hit, theso Yanks couldn't V got us in all day!" "That's so! That's sol" shouted a hundred men. And the endre lot began cheering for Steve Brayton. "And who are you, sir?" demanded tbe major, now pale with passion. "Private Steve Brayton, sir, of Captain Wyle'i critter company, and I was left behind here because I was a friend of Ken ton's." ."Ob, I see! Well, I'll see to your , case at tbe same time." V Yes, and tell 'em thar's 15 dead and „ wounded men to show what we nns did. befo' we surrendered," replied Steve.' •' "Rush him! Rush him!" shouted tbe crowd, overcome by excitement and' forgetting the respect due an officer. The major backed away, but in an instant he was carried oil his feet and rushed to tbe sentry line, and when he picked himself up off the grass he was bruised and battered and his uniform in a very dilapidated condition. Groans and hisses followed him as be walked away, and tbe laughter of the Federal troopers was in no sense a balm for bis ruffled pride. It was noon before the stores wore destroyed and tbe list of prisoners completed. Then came an alarm, Colonel Mosby, who has been dubbed "The Bandit of tbe Potomac," but who was as regularly commissioned as any officer' in tbe Confederate army, appeared in toe neighborhood with about 200 men, and before be was driven off and the prisoners were ready to start down the valley under guard it was midafter- noon. "Yank, I've been thinkin this thing over," said Steve Brayton to Kentou as they moved off, ''and I jest tell yo' we ar' in a fix. We hain't neither Federals nor Confeds any mo'!" "How do you mean?" "Why, if we nns stay yere, we'll be held prisoners fur goodness knows how long, and if we git back to the Confederacy the major will make it hot tnr us. Say, yo't I don't kno'w what yo're tbinkin of jost this very minit, but I want to ask yo' a straight question," "Go ahead." "Yo'won't git mad?" "No." "Waal, then, don't yo' come pnrty nigb beia soft in the head? We uus don't want yo' on our side.und the Yanks banker to shoot at yo' every show they git, If we uni don't want yo', what do yo' want to stay fur? If yo' don't want to fight agin at, why don't yo' sorter drop out of the hull biiness and let go like a 0400 fullin from a liiub?" spirit wbkib bad actrefuav. The first t*4 only l»cowe liu of surrender. Their captors were m«u who uuuld appreciate brawy, uo matter by whom displayed, A» lav «ui«w- der was made 4,000 troomws waved bats and ebeeral. I aw not au officer, aud I thwwfore irtaword to surrender," eaid Ke»» tow %s General Caster rode to the h«ad of the abut Huu aud wwiued wtgWitad to tod ouly private "But vrbo cowiuuudw) In <Nk<4 fee gcuwial, CHAPTEa XX. Kenton made uo reply to Stove Drayton's inquiry, but the latter noticed a look on tbo youug man's face be hud never aeen tbeie before. Tbe Virginian by adoption bad pursued tbe course he thought wo* right. He hud done hie duty under all circumstances and bad been thoroughly loyal to tbo cause wbloh be oapouned. Those beside whom be fought bad made every attauipt to degrade and disgrace him and diive him out of tbo service, If be bad not enlisted, he would have been' culled a traitor and driven away from his home with bodily injury. He bad joined tbe ranks tt> be eusueeted «n4 dvuonnoed. As the o«*w now stood ho could not leave tbe southern oaune without boiug returned uu the roll* ai a duwrtur. If e«- cbmigud, be would be put ou trial, aud be rwiUzud (bat euougii iuflueuuo uonld be broojut to b«v to furtbor diugroue bUu. "Look yeNi Vuuk, what's totbojlu yo'r beadr' gsked&ttwu ui'tura few uuiu- ut*» -of aitenfie. "A good loony tbiugn," wua (Ut< io»

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