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We have made-arrangements with this great paper to give Jt ABSQLUTDiy FREE with each yearly subscription paid in advance. Tbte of er is open but a short time. Take advantage of Jt, Address GABflQfcfc SEMTINKt, Carroll, low*. f£TH PAPERS FOR $2, CHAPTER XXVI. The gang had gone far enough—perhaps too tar. The Percys were loyal southerners and peopleof influence, and this disgraceful raid, even though made under a reasonable pretext, might be sternly rebuked by higher authorities. Those in citizens' dress were no better than prowlers; those in uniform had no authority beyond what ike Baxter assumed. As Marian stood facing the crowd, her face expressing the contempt she felt and iiereyes flashing a menace from man to man, they began to fall back toward the horses. "Dod rot my skin, but why didn't I kill that cussed nigger when I had a chance?" growled Ike Baxter. "Ar' yo' all goin io 'let that gal stand us off in this way? If she un's hidin that Yankee, then ber's a sympathizer and orter suffer fur it! I move we shoot the nig- ger .and burn the houses!" , "We uns won't do anything of the sort," said the sergeant, now pushing forward for the first time. "We uns was sent .yere to captur' Kenton and Brayton, and I reckon t'other things bad better be left alone. If that gal •wasn't in the house when yo'all searched it, then wbar did she cum'from?" One of the men replied that he thought he 'had caught sight of her up the road •about five minutes before she appeared among them, but wasn't sure. Ike Baxter said he had been following Uncle Ben up the highway when assaulted, and it was rightfully concluded that the fugitives were not a great way off. Just then they were joined by three more guerrillas, and the entire gang headed up the road and were soon out af sight. As they moved away Uncle Ben's tears began to fall, and he whispered: "God brass yo', Miss Sunshine,f ureber an .fureber fur what yo' dun did fur me, but I'ze got powerful bad news to tell.yo'!" "la mother dead?" she asked as tbo color went out of her face and tuir lips grew white. ' 'She was dead when I dun got yere!" "Uncle Ben," whispered the girl, choking back the wails of sorrow which sought .to pass ber lips, "I know yon •are stiff and lame and sore, but I want you to try to reach the Federal army and bring help!" '"I hain't hurted much—only jest a leetle bit—an I'll start right off I" be answered. "I'll go, an I'll keepgwine till I drap down in my tracks!" ''' God grant that you may be in time!" she;prayed as she turned away to'enter the house of the dead, while the old man .lost* not a moment in setting out on iis journey down the road. •Let ug see bow things went on at the 'oamp. Marian had no sooner left it than Bteve Brayton still farther 'Strengthened the defenses. The ground 'to the eoa{h was fairly clear for a charge, but .in no other direction could « body of men make a rush. The camp was on the crest of a knoll, and no spot •within rifle shot commanded it. •"Jfigger jest this way," said Steve as he overhauled the ammunition and saw that both guns were ready for service—"that Ike Baxter was sent down to tbo house .last night to sorter spy •around fur Captain Wyle. Uncle Ben •didn't smash'bim bard 'nuff, and he nn crawled back;to the house, got big wife to Ax,him up and then skulked off. I don't reckon he un bad fur to go. It's party shore that some of our company will show up doorin the day, and yo' kin tet yo'r last mewl that them guerrillas thain 't given up the chase! Befo' fioonisuutnin's bound to bust!" "And what would you advise?" asked K«ntoa, .seeing that Steve was in doubt •boat 'Something, "Seems .to ina the situation is about as fellers," replied Steve. "We ar' both Confederates. We've fit In several battles. We've bin captured and got away. We've put in a heap o' time ohawin «p mighty pore rations and marcbin up and down the kentry to prove our patriotism. Do yo'f oiler?" "Yes." "That'sone Bide. Now tb« other is that a sartin gal luved yo' better'n she did Captain Wyle, aud fur that reason he an has bin tryin to git sbeto' yo' by fa'r means or foul, He's got tbo whip* saw on yo' and means to bold it. If ho gits hold o' y«', sunthiu's goiu to happen, aud yo'll be tbe one to be hurt. With that major down on yo' about the Harrisonburg (out, and with Ike Baxter and half a dozen others ready to sw'ur to anything the captain wants, yo' un won't stand no mo' show than a coon cotofaed in a co'ncrib. Am I right?" "Yes, that's about the way of it, but what about yon? You have been my friend and comrade from tbe start. You h»ve periled your life to save mine. I owe you a dolt of gratitude, and I don't want you to sacringe yourself for my sake. They have nothing against you which will not be overlooked, They want to get me out of tbe way, aud there Is every ebanoe that they will no- oomullvb tbeii object. I would bo self, lib to poll you down with me after what you have done." "And what?" queried Move. "Give me one of the guvs, prop me np over there, and then got I'll die right here after making the, bast fight 1 can!" any sich critter! I was bo'n right down thar at Winchester, and I've lived thar all my life and bated ana abused Yankees as hard as anybody. I went into the war witb 'a whoop, and I jest believed everything was plumb right and all hands round till I saw how the captain and the hull company was playin dirt on yo'. Yo' nn's Yankee bo'n, but yo's got ino' clean sand in yo'r craw than anybody lever met up with befo'l I'm goin to stick right yere. If we uns git away, I'm goin with yo'. If them guerrillas ar' too many fur us, we'll both die right yere 1" Keuton protested and argued, bnt Steve was determined. He took a tin pail which bad contained food and filled it with water at a spring not far away. Tben be carefully moved Kenton over to the south side of the camp, propped him up at a loophole in a sitting position and sat down beside him to wait. "I've figgered this out a bit, "be said as be peered through his loophole for sign of danger. "If them ohapa had found yo' at tbe bouse, yo'd hev bin carried off to camp. Bein as they'll find yo' yere, and bein as thar'll be a font, tbar won't be no carryin away if they git the better of us!" " You mean they'll kill me here and have done with it?" replied Kenton. "Exactly, and me too! Then thar won't be any charges, witnesses or trial. They'll report that we fit to the last, and it will be all plain sailin fur them as wants us outer tbe way. Thar'fore, in ebootin we'd better'jest shoot to kill and git all tbe revenge we kin. Steady, now! I tbink tbe critters hev smelt us out!" Half a mile up the road.from Rest Haven tbe gang bad left their horses and divided into two parties to search the bills on each side of tbe highway. Steve had caught sight of two or three men moving toward the camp through the scrub. "I won't shoot to kill—not this time!*' be whispered us he thrust the barrel of tbe carbine through the opening. "I'll jest fling a bullet down tbar to let 'em know thattha Confederate Yankee army has bad breakfast, pulled its boots on and is ready fur" bizness!" His shot was followed by a yell which announced to the other party that the fugitives bad been discovered, and 10 tninntea later tbe camp was surrounded. Among tbe enemy was a man who had ieen Royal Kenton fall when fired upon, nnd it was therefore known that he was wounded. How far be was disabled, Lowover, could only be, guessed at. Steve Braytnn was known to be with him, and Steve was also known to be a fighter. It was therefore decided not to open fire until other means had been resorted to and failed. Thirty minutes after the first appearance of the enemy a flag of truce was shown among the scrub, and the bearer cautiously t>o- vanced until within bailing distance. His advance was from the south side, and both men had him under their eyw. It was Ike Baxter, and be halted about pistol shot away and called out: "Hello, np thar! I want to speak to yo' ana ,'bont a minitl" "Waal, flreofl yo'r breath!" replied Steve. We nns baa dun clean surrounded yo' uns, and yo'd better give in!" "Yes?" "If yo' uns will give In, nobody will be hurt. If yo' uns don't give in, we uns ar' bound to wipe yo'out! We uus is a hundred strong, with two cannons!" "That yo', Ike Baxter?" called Steve, as if doubting tbe other's identity. "Yes." "Waal, I've got my gun pin ted fur a •hot right betwixt yo'r doggone eyes, and if yo' hain't back tbar among yo'r gang befo' I count 10 I'll pull trigger! If yo' want us, cum and git us!" Five minutes later fire was opened on the fort from all around tbe circle, and the enemy were shouting and cheering as if a victory had already been nearly won. While most of tbeir bullets flew The firing attracted the attention of a ' party of seven or eight guerrillas Who | Were hunting for the fgnitives on their own account, and thpy came np and joined forces with the larger body. The entire force then numbered, as near as could be estimated by the firing, abotit 25 men. All they could hope to gain by their blazing away as they did was that n stray bullet might find a tar get in one of the defenders, bat this did not hnppen. After expending enough cartridges to equip a Whole company for a mid tbe firing suddenly ceased. "Now, thon, Yank, they all's com in to clns quarters, and I Want yo'r help t" said Steve Brayton as ho proceeded to raise Kenton to a sitting position and prop him up as before. " Yo 1 take the shotgun. Both bar'Is ar' loaded with buckshot, and yo' orter drap tibout fo' of the critters and wing two or three mo'I" can!' "Yank," said Steve us he moved ever and beld out bUbaud, "yo' don't beglu to know Mt«ve Br«ytou(f yo' ibiak he'* Ifie with ({i# flag o/. truce. clear over the piled up rocks, those Which were better aimed did no datutige whatever, Not a shot was fired iu reply. Kenton '« position canned him con- litaabie paiu, and Steve removed the prop from Ida back aud laid him down with the remark: "They un« will keep buetln away fur ball an hour yit, mid we uus kin take tbiofl easy. I ruckou the tirlu will make the gal a bit uueuvy, Imt it'll ul»u hurry up tbe Yankees in case they ar' " "That's what we must hope for,"«u- •wered Konton, "but wntcbuut thutwo •If uot taken by surprise} ' ' CHAPTER XXVII. Uncle Ben had started out bravely enough, but after he bad traveled a mile or so he found himself growing faint and weak. He was not only an old man, bnt the exciting scenes through which he had passed in the last few honrs, together with the physical pain, he had endured, were quite sufficient to tax his strength to the utmost. He fought against the feeling until at length tbe rocks and trees seemed to be whirling round and round and the frozen highway to be sliding from under his feet, and tben he dropped to tbe earth and gasped: '•O Lawd, doan' let it cum jest yit! Give de ole man strength 'nuff to reach dem Yankees, an den yo' kin take him away! I dun can't stop yere, O Lawdl I'ze got to keep trabblin till I finds Mars Ouster an tells him dat Miss Sunshine wants him!" After a rest of three or four minutes be rose np and moved oh. He slipped and staggered as he advanced, bnt he shut his teeth bard and would not yield to tbe weakness seeking to pull him down. Two events happened to brace him np and restore a portion of his strength. He had gone a distance of abont two miles andwas^jost passing the cabin of a "poor white" which bad been deserted for tbe last month when Mrs. Baxter suddenly appeared. 'She had traveled two miles toward the Yankee lines after leaving Rest Haven instead of going the other way, but it was to strike a pass leading over the range into tbe Sbenandoab. She bad been waiting there in hopes to hear from Ike, who had told her that he would return for his revenge. Uncle Ben was no doubt possessed of the information she longed for, and though realizing bis feelings- toward ber ebe made bold to step out'and accost him. "What, yo' yere!" shouted the ,old man at tbe top of his voice as soon as he set eyes on her. "Fo' de Lawd, woman, but if I eber git hands on yo'- I'll kill yo'fur shore!" , . ."Had Ike cum when yo' left tbe place?" she asked, pretending not to notice bis outburst of anger, but, at the same time preserving a respectful distance between them. "Yo'ole cat! Yo' ole she debbill" he exclaimed'as he rushed at ber. "Yo' am de one who brnng all dis trubble to Miss Sunshine, an I'll broke ebery bone in yo'r body!" She retreated before him and beld up her hand as a caution to him to listen. Tbe soldiers and guerrillas had begun firing on the camp. Tbo distance was two miles or more, but tbe morning wind was blowing from the south, and tbe reports of the uuskets came plainly to their ears. Both realized at once what was going on. The woman laughed as she observed: "Ike's goin to git 'ein fur shore! Ike will bo an ossifer now and ride the best critter in the coippauy. Beckon yo' must 'a' bin hidin out when Ike got thar, or yo' wouldn't be yere now. He wasgoin to burn yo'un alive." The report* of tbe guns told Uncle Ben tbat tbe two men in camp bad been attacked, and that be had not a moment to waste with the woman. All his strength and resolution bad returned, and without heeding her words be started oS at a stout pace. Sbe felt certain of bis mission, and she was determined to detain him if possible, Mrs, Baxter was not only a fearless woman under all circumstances, hut in such a crisis as this she was desperate. IfUnolefien brought help, all that had been gained would be lost, and Ike might be hilled or captured with tbe rest of the gang. Sbe stepped aside to let the old slave pass and then followed at bis heels, threatening, taunting and commanding by turns and almost daring to lay hands on him. If she bad been armed with knife or pistol, she would have attacked him at once. As she was not she continued to follow him in hopes of encountering some one on tbe highway, If a white man, and she cried out to him tbat tbe black bad dared to raise bis band against ber, Unolo Ben would be seized, If not shot down in bis tracks. Aggravated and annoyed by tbo pain of tbe blows inflicted by Ike Baxter, maddened by tbe woman's words and her continued presence and rendered desperate by tbe danger of the general situation, It was no wonder the old man suddenly turned at hay with the glare of a hunted wolf in bis eyes. She was too close to him to escape, Springing forward, ho seised her by tbe shoulders, lifted ber from tbe ground, and with a nighty eflort he flung her clear of tbo road. At tbat point the ground •loped sharply away toward a ravine, and as the woman struck the earth with stunning force she rolled over and over until we anally brought up against a bush 50 feet away. "De Lawd forgiva we, butlcouldn't _ •__!_ i^ilt ! ^L- jt w» • _ *»_ . • seeking a'lodgment in his heart, faithful old slave pressed oflj after mile, and suddenly found hl confronted by a party of horseinfeu blue uniforms. The goal had been won/ and as be realized it up went went hid arms, and he sank down on the icy road;; "Runaway dnrky,.but he isn't few** 1 ' sued that; 1 can see,," observed the captain of the troop as he ordered a halt. "Boir.o of you men liven him up with aaipof whisky," A sergeant dismounted and put a flash to Uncle Ben's lips and forced some of the contents down'his throat. Ill a couple of minutes the old man sat Up and looked around. < "Were you running away?" asked the captain as he rode closer. " Whar—whur's Mars Custer?" gasped Uncle Ben in reply. "General Ouster? Ob, he's some miles away. Did you want to see him V\ "Miss Sunshine dun wants him, sah • —wants him to cum quick I De gorrll- las an de sojers am up dar tryin to burn de house an kill eberybody!" Uncle Ben was so overcome that it took 10 minutes to get his story straight. The troopers numbered only about-half a company and had been sent out to intercept » Confederate mail courier who was expected to enter that valley through HempsWad's gap, three miles away. The captain wrote a note and sent it off to the Federal linea by con-' rier, but could do no more in the matter. Uncle Ben was given some rations I make a breakfast of, provided with a blanket by a kind hearted trooper and instructed to wait for the force which would be sure to come -up within two or three hours. Let us anticipate their coming. As the fusillade had drawn no reply from the fort, the enemy at length concluded that its defenders had been disabled. They also realized that the sounds of battle might reach Federal ears and bring up a force to the rescue, and it was therefore decided to advance upon the camp without further loss of time. AB Brayton had predicted, they formed on the open ground to the south. The entire force formed in two lines for a charge, and as a movement or two showed that they were about ready to advance Steve quietly remarked: "1 dunno whar Jeff Da vis bought this yere carbine, but it was a mighty cute trick in him. She's good for seven shots as fast as I kin pull trigger, and that means that sumbody'a goin to git hurt. Yo' nn hold yo'r buckshot till they git on this side of that bash. How yo' feel- in, Yank?" "All right." "Of co'se yo' ar'. Yo' ar' lookin jest as natural as an ole hat! Yere they cum!" With a chorus of yells that would have done credit to a war party of Pawnees, the enemy broke cover and advanced at a run. They were hardly in the open before Steve began blazing away. His fire was fast, and deadly, but it did not check them. It was only When Kenton, who was coolly waiting for them to pass the bush, let fly both barrels into them at just the right range for buckshot to do its best that the charge was broken, aud every man oa bis feet sought safety in precipitate retreat. "That is awful!" whispered Kenton •s the smoke blow away and gave them a clear sight of the ground. "Lands, but we uus bev licked the hull southern confedeiaoyl" answered Steve. At first sight it seemed as if half the charging foice had .been wiped out, but after a moment some of those who had fallen begun to creep awuy to the shelter of the rocks and bushes. They 'were allowed to do this without molestation. Five remained there in plain sight, however,, and not one of them would ever stand on his feet again. There was no further movement for half an hour. The besiegers realized that they were not strong enough to carry that fort, «veu though it held only two •— »" T*w« " ^> w^»,||iy « «• r^-Mt «»•••> ^ yt?*iivfn ^ dan help it I" groaned Uncle Den «i he continued his way, "ttey's arter Mlw Snnshino, an d«y'» arter we, an dey'i arter Mars Kentou, an de goad ole •iw ura lyin dead in de bouse, an wu«t'i g wiuu (o bacmu uf «u all I dunuol" With wyes f listened on tbe pathway, witb teotb hard shut, witb word* of putyw ilMnn to bin UM and a cou»ta»t •trujjf le «nttlu«t the feeling of Holding the fort, i defenders, and they resorted to strategy. A flag of truce finally appeared, and the soldier who bore it was permitted to approach within 80 feet of the rooks. There be linked and Mid that 10 wore men had come up; that Ike Baxter bad been sent off to the Confederate linea for artillery and wore soldiers; tbat tbe wen then mi-rounding them had become so desperate that unless the twain tar- rendered within 10 wiuutes a squad would be detailed to go and burn Rent Haven and wreuk revenge on Marian Percy, It was a threat intended to strike Royal Kenton a heavy blow, and it succeeded. As ho beard tbo words and re- alised tbeir import his faqe grew white M mow, and bo wbispered to Bteve that the term* must bo complied witb. "Don't you believe itl" wai tbo blunt reply. '•«'» simply » g ttUM , to ,i ttttt ^ Don't yo' reineuibir that UimleBeu was to start ontjjbf fust thing tbi» wawnln »° ««4 the Yankees? lie n «', bad tlm*, «ug it'* likely they aretn the w»y. The gal is southern and loyai, and even though mui of those vbuuvaf' Kuerrillaa titey da»n't go that fur. ™ "But *upiwiwtUey dared to?" pleaded Keutojj, •'Then they'd doit arter tney had cut oa to pitoM, tbe««ia«M Wu'. Look a| tbew doud folks out thar. P'yt reokoa ttoy'll vtwro iu «ur few H*Tkl WltMneeP Oy tbe Jivin Jingo, but V«Akj bvv showed

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