ERE IS UiEST
PRESIDENT DIAZ HAS LEFT COUN
TRY FOR THREE MONTHS
"FOR HIS HEALTH."
ILLUSTRATIONS BMRTI1URT. WILLIAMSON
DICTATOR MENA HAS REINS
The story opens In a Confederate tent
t a critical stage of the Civil War. Gen
Lee Imparts to Capt. Wayne an tmportant
message to Ixng.treet. Accompanied by
JSergt. Oalg, an old army scout. Wayne
Marts on n is mission. The two, after a
wild ride,' get within the lines of the
nemy In the darkness. Wayne Is taken
for a Federal officer who came to keep an
appointment, and a young lady on horse
back Is given In his charge. She is a
northern girl and attempts to escape but
falls. One of the horses succumbs and
Craig goes through with the dispatches,
while Wayne and My I,ady of the North
re leff alone. They seek -shelter in a
hut and entering it in the dark a huge
mastifT attacks Wayne. The girl shoots
the brute Just in time. The owner of the
but. one Jed Bungay, and his wife appear
and soon a party of horseriien approach.
They are led by a man claiming to be
Red Ixmrie. but Mrs. Bungay discovers
him to be a disguised Impostor, who
proves to be MaJ. Brennan. a Federal
officer whom the Union girl recognizes.
He order" the arrest of Wayne as a spy.
While a prisoner Wayne sees files of Con
federates pass and knows that Craig has
delivered the message. He is brought be
CHAPTER XI. Continued.
"Very well, sir," he said gravely.
"Tour fate is in your own bands,
and will depend very largely upon
your replies to my questions. You
claim to have been the bearer of
despatches, and hence no spy, yet you
possess nothing to substantiate your
claim. As your regiment is with Lee,
I presume you were seeking Long
street. Were your despatches ideliv
red?" "I have reason to belive so."
"By the sergeant who accompanied
me, and who continued the journey
after I was detained."
"Is Lee contemplating an immediate
"General" Sheridan," I exclaimed in
dignantly, "you must surely forget
tiMt I ani an officer of the Confeder
ate Army. You certainly have no
reason to expect that I will so far
disregard my obvious duty as to an
swer such a question."
"Your refusal to explain why you
were hiding within our lines is ample
reason for my insistence," he said
tartly,' "and I am not accustomed to
treating spies with any great consid
ration, even when they claim Rebel
commissions. You are not the first
to seek escape in that way. Was
your despatch the cause of the hurried
departure of Longstreet's troops east
This last question was hurled di
rectly at me, and I noticed that every
eye in the room was eagerly scanning
my face. I had the quick, fiery tem
per of a boy then, and my cheeks
"1 positively decline to answer one
word relative to the despatches in
trusted to me," I said deliberately,
and my voice shook with sudden rush
of anger. "And no officer who did
not dishonor the uniform he wore
would insult me with the question."
A bombshell explod'-; in the room
could not have astonished them as did
my answer. I realized to the full
the probable result, but my spirit was
high, and I felt the utter uselessness
of prolonging the interview. Sooner
or later the same end must come.
Sheridan's face naturally flushed, in
stantly grew crimson, and a dangerous
light flamed into bis fierce eyes. For
a moment he seemed unable to speak;
then he thundered forth;
"You young fool! I can tell you
that you will speak before another
twenty-four hours, or I'll hang you
for a spy If it cost me my command.
Major Brennan, take this young popin
jay to the Mansion House under
Brennan stepped forward, smiling
ar if he enjoyed the part assigned to
"Come on, you Johnny," he said
coarsely, his hand closing heavily on
my arm. Then, seeming unable to
repress his pleasure at the ending of
the interview, and his present sense of
power, he bent lower, 60 that his In
solent words should not reach the
others, and hissed hotly:
"Stealing women is probably more
in your line than this."
"You miserable hound!" 1 cried
madly "None but a coward would
tcunt a helpless prisoner. I only hope
I may yet be free long enough to
write he lie with steel across your
Before he could move Sheridan was
Ufon his feet and between us.
"Back, both of you!" he ordered
aharply "There sh-all be no brawling
toere Major Brennan, ycu will re
main; C would speak with you further
regarding this matter. Lieutenant Ca
ton. take charge of the prisoner."
Under Sentence of Death.
At this late date I doubt greatly
if my situation at that time was so
desperate as 1 then conceived it I
question now whether the death sent
ence would ever have been executed.
But then, with the memory of Sher
idan's rage and my own hot-headed
reiort. I fully bel.eved my fate was
destined tc be that of the condemned
spy. unless she who alone might tell
the whole truth should voluntarily do
so. That circumstances had left me
in the oower of one whose fierce dis-
like was already evident was beyond
question, and I had yielded to bis
goading to such an extent as to give
those in authority every excuse for the
exercise of extreme military power.
Yet of one thing I was firmly re
solved no thoughtless word of mine
should ever endanger the reputation
of Edith Brennan. Right or wrong, I
would go to a death of dishonor be
fore I would speak without her author
ity. Love and pride conspired to
make this decision adamant.
"Come," said Caton briefly, and I
turned and accompanied him without
thought of resistance. At the front
door he ordered the little squad of
waiting soldiers to falljin, and taking
me by the arm, led the way down
the gravelled path to the road. I was
impressed by his seeming careless
ness, but as we cleared the gateway
he spoke, and his words helped me
Captain Wayne," he Bald quietly, so
that the words could not be over
heard, "you do not recognize me, but
I was the officer who conducted you
to headquarters when you brought the
flag in at Wilson Creek. Of course 1
must perform the duty given me, but
1 wish you to understand that I wholly
believe your word."
He stopped, extended his hand, and
I accepted it silently.
"There must be some grave personal
reason which seals your lips?" he
"I thought as much. I chanced to
overhear the words, or rather a por
tion of them, which Brennan whis
pered, and have no doubt if they were
explained to the General he would feel
more kindly disposed toward you."
It was asked as a question, and I
felt obliged to reply.
"I appreciate deeply your desire to
aid me, but there are circumstances
involving others which compel me for
the present to silence. Indeed my pos
sible fate does not so greatly trouble
me, only that I possess a strong de
sire to have freedom long enough to
cross swords with this major of yours.
The quarrel between us has become
bitterly personal, and I hunger for a
chance to have it out. Do you know,
is he a man who would fight?"
The young reliow stiffened slightly.
"We are serving upon the same
staff," he said more abruptly, "and
while we have never been close
friends, yet I cannot honorably take
sides against him. He has been out
twice within the last three years to
my knowledge, and is not devoid
either of courage or skill. Possibly,
however, the arrival of his wife may
make him less a fire-eater."
' I stopped so suddenly that he in
voluntarily tightened his grip upon my
arm as though suspicious of an at:
tempt to escape.
"Do you," 1 asked, gaining some
slight control over myself, "refer to
the lady who came in with his party
"Most certainly; she was presented
to all of us as Mrs. Brennan, she has
been assigned rooms at his quarters,
and she wears a wedding-ring. Far
too fine a woman in my judgment for
such a master, but then that is not so
uncommon a mistake in marriage.
Why, come to think about it, you must
have met her yourself. Have you
reason to suspect this is not their
"Not in the least," I hastened to
answer, fearful lest my thoughtless
exclamation might become the basis
for camp gossip. "Indeed I was
scarcely in the lady's presence at all
coming in, as I was left in charge of
Perhaps he felt that be had already
said too much, for we tramped on In
silence until we drew near a large,
square white building standing direct
ly beside the road.
"This is the old Culverton tavern,
known as the Mansion House," he
said. "It is a tremendous big build
,ing for this country, with as fine a
ballroom in it as I have seen since
leaving New York. We utilize it for
almost every military purpose, and
among others somu of the strong
rooms in the basement are found Val
uable for the safe-keeping of im
We mounted the front steps as he
was speaking, passing through a cor
don of guards, and in the wide hall
way I was turned tover to the officer
"Good-night, Captain," said Caton,
kindly extending his hand. "You may
rest assured that I shall say all I can
in your favor, but it is to be regretted
that Brennan has great influence just
now at leadquarters. and Sheridan is
not a man to lightly overlook those
hasty words you .-poke to him."
I could only thank him most warm
ly for his Interest, realizing fully
from his grave manner my desperate
situation, and follow my silent cou
ductor down some narrow and steep
stairs until we stood upon the cement
ed floor of the basement Here a
heavy door In the stone division wall
was opened; I was pushed forward
Into the dense darkness within, and
he lock clicked dully behind tne.
o thick was the wall I could not
even distinguish the retreating steps
of the jailer.
Tired as I was from the Intense
strain of the past thirty-six hours,
even my anxious thoughts were insuf
ficient to keep me awake. Feeling
my way cautiously along the wall, I
came at last to a wide wooden bench,
and stretching my form at full length
upon it, pillowed my head on one
arm, and almost instantly was sound
When I awoke, sore from my hard
bed and stiffened by the uncom
fortable position in which I lay, it
was broad daylight That the morn
ing was, indeed, well advanced I
knew from the single ray of sunlight
which streamed iu through a grated
window high up in the wall opposite
me and fell like a bar of gold across
the rough stone floor. I'was alone.
Even in the dark of the previous night
I. had discovered the sole pretence to
furniture in the place. The room Itself
proved to be a large and almost
square apartment, probably during the
o-dinary occupancy of the house a re
ceptacle for wood or garden produce,
but now" peculiarly well adapted to
the safeguarding of prisoners.
The solid stone walls were cf suf
ficient Height to afford no chance of
reaching the great oak girders that
supported the floor above, even had
the doing so offered a fxvorable open
ing for escape. There were, apparent
ly, but three openings of any kind,
the outside window through which
the sunlight streamed, protected by
thick bars of Iron; a 3econd opening,
quite narrow, and likewise protected
by a heavy metal grating; and the
tightly locked door by means of which
I had entered. The second, I con
cluded, after Inspecting it closely, was
"I Am to Be
a mere air passage leading into some
other division of the cellar. I noted
these openings idly, and with scarce-.
!y a thought as to the possibility of
escape. I had awakened with strange
indifference as to what my fate might
be. Such a feeling was not natural
me, bui the fierce emotions of the
preceding night had seemingly robbed
me of all my usua buoyancy of hope.
Ii one sense I yet trusted that Mrs.
Brennan would keep her pledge and
tell her story to Sheridan; even if she
failed to do this, and left me to face
the rifles or the rope, then it made
but small odds how soon it-should be
over. If she cared for me in the
slightest degree she would not let me
die unjustly, and to my mind then
she had become the centre of all life.
Despondency is largely a matter of
physical condition, and I was still
sufficiently fagged to be in the depths,
when the door opened suddenly, and
an ordinary army ration was placed
within. The soldier who brought it
did not speak, nor did I attempt to
address him; but aftei he retired, the
appetizing smell of the bacon, together
with the unmistakable flavor of real
coffee, drew me irresistibly that way,
and I made a hearty leal. The food
put new life Into me, and i fell to
pacing back and forth between the
corners of the cell, my mind full of
questioning, yet with a fresh measure
of confidence that all would still be
t was yet at it when, without warn
ing, the door once again opened, and
Lieutenant Caton entered He ad
vanced toward ma with outstretched
hand, which I grasped warmly, for I
felt how much depended on his friend
ship, and resolved to ask him some
questions which should solve my last
"Captain Wayne," he began soberly,
looking about him, "you are in even
-orse stress here than I supposed,
but I shall see to It that you are
furnished with blanket3 jefore I leave.
Sheridan is hasty himself, and his
temper often leads him to rash
languagev I am sure he bears you no
malice for what you said. But Bren
nan ha3 his ear, and has whispered
something to him in confidence
what. I have been unabla to ascertain
which has convinced him that you
are deserving of death unde martial
"The opportunity of furnishing the
information desired will be again of
fered you; but,. as near as 1 can learn,
the charge preferred against you is of
such a private nature that It is deemed
best not to make it matter for camp
talk. Whatever it may be, Sheridan
evidently feels justified In taking the
case out from the usual channels, and
in using most drastic measures. I
am sorry to bring you such news,
especially as I belieye the charges
are largely concocted In the brain of
him who makes them, and have but
the thinnest circumstantial evidence
to sustain them. Yci Sheridan is
thoroughly convinced, and will brook
no interference. The discussion of the
case has already led to his using ex
tremely harsh words to his chief of
"I am to be shot, then?"
His hand closed warmly over mine.
"While Jhere is life there is always
hope," he answered. "Surely It must
be in your power to prove the nature
of your mission within our lines, and
the delay thus gaineu will enable us
to learn and meet these more serious
"If I but had time to communicate
with General Lee."
"But now is there : - one, no way
by which such representation can be
given this very day? If not full proot
of your innocence, then sufficient, at
least, to cause the necessary delay?"
I shook my head. "I know of noth
ing other than my own unsupported
word," I answered shortly, "and that
Is evidently of no value as against
Major Brennan's secret insinuations.
When is the hour set?" .
"I am not positive that final de
cision has yet been reached, but I
heard daybreak to-morrow mentioned.
The probability of an early movement
of our troops is the excuse urged for
such unseemly haste."
I remained silent for a moment,
conscious only of his kindly eyes read
ing my face.
"Mrs. Brennan," I asked finally, re
curring to the one thought in which I
retained deep interest, "does she still
remain in the camp?"
"She was with the Major at head
quarters this morning. I believe they
breakfasted with the General, but I
was on duty 6o late last night that
I overslept, and thus missed the pleas
ure of meeting her again."
We talked for some time longer,
and be continued tc urge me for
some further word, but I could give
him none, and finally the kindly fellow
departed, promising to see me again
within few hours. Gtatly as I no
"alued his friendship. It was, never
tuls8, a relief to be alone with mj
thousi free more.
A Strange Wy Out.
Caton came in once n.-ore about the
middle of the afternoon, bringing ma
some blankets; but he had no news,
and his boyish face was a picture of
pathos as he wrung my hand good
bye. Sheridan, he said, had gone
down the, lines, and both Brennan and
himself were under orders to follow In
another hour. What Instructions, II
any, bad been left regarding my case
he could not say, but he feared the
worst from the unusual secrecy. Sher
idan expected to return to his head
quarters that same evening, as the
officers of his staff were to give a
I felt no inclination to partake of
the rudj supper left me, and just be
fore dark I was lying upon the bench'
idly wondering If that was to prove
the last vestige of daylight I should
ever behold In this world, when, with
out slightest warning, the heavy iron
grating in the wall directly above me
fell suddenly, striking the edge of the
bench, and clattered noisily to the
floor. The fall was so unexpected, and
my escape from Injury so narrow, that
I lay almost stunned, staring up help
lessly at the dark hole thus left bare
As I gazed, a face framed itself in
this narrow opening, and two wary
eyes peered cautiously down at me
There was no mistakirr that counte
nance oven In the faat waning light,
and I instantly sat up with an ex
clamation of surprise.
"Jed Bungay, as I live!"
The puzzled face broke into a grlc
of delight. '
"Holy smoke. Cap," he ejaculated
with a deep sigh of relif, "is thet you,
suah? I wus so dunwd skeered I'c
made a mess o' it whls thet thar lros
drapped thet I near ed. Whut be
they a goln' ter dew vlth ye?"
"I have every reastw to believe it if
their purpose to .shoct me at day
"Shoot? Hell!" He stared at me as
if he had just hear.t riis own deati
sentence pronounced, and his little
peaked face looked gher.tly in the dim
light. "Shoot ye? Grou Lord, Cap.
whut fer? Ye ain't i-ne nothin' as
I knows on, cept ter rrap a bit with
thet blasted Yank, an' sure thet's no
shootin' matter, er el-s I'd a bin a
goner long ago."
"That 'Yank' has s?i fit to charge
me with being a spy; and as I was
foolish enough to ins$3 General Sher
idan last night, my fate is probably
This somewhat complex statement
seemed to be too much for Jed to
"Gosh, ye don't say!" he muttered.
"Then, durn it, I'm in luck, fer all
they've got agin me is pot-shootln' at
a nigger soger up m ther mountings;
en thet ain't much, 'cause ! didn't hit
ther durned cuss.'
Jed was carefully covering every
inch of exposed wall with his little
shrewd, glinting eyes.
"Ain't much show ter work out o'
yere, is thar, Cap?" he asked at last
reflectively; "leastwise I don't see
none, 'less them thar dark corners hes
got holes in 'em."
"The vail is entirely solid."
"So I sorter reckoned. But if ye'll
crawl yirough yere inter my boodour,
thar's a place whar I reckon ther
tew of us tergether mought make a
try fer it. It's too durn high up fer
me ter git at alone. I reckon. Cap,
if ye cud manage ter git out o' yere
ternight, an' take some news ter Lee
thet I've picked up, he'd 'bout make
both of us ginerals."
"News for Lee?" I exclaimed, star
ing eagerly at him through the now
darkened room. "Do you mean it?
"Thought maybe thet wud wake ye
up," he chuckled. "This yere's gospe'
truth: Sheridan hes started his in
fantry on a half-circJ march fer Mln
ersville. Ther first division left e
three o'clock, an' thar won't be nary
Yank loafin' on ther valley by noor.
termorrow. An' more," he added rapid
ly, his eyes dancing wildly with sup
pressed excitement,---"Hancock is a
s .ingin' of his corps west ter meel
'em tha, an' I reckon, as how thar'U
be hell fer sartin up ther Shenandoah
In less ner a week."
"But how do you kacw all this?"
questioned incredulously, as the whole
scene and Its dread possibilities un
rolled before my mental vision.
"Ther niggej 1 held up hed a de
spatch fer Heintzelman over on ther
left, an' then Mariar she sorter
pumped a young fule staff officer fer
ther rest o' it," he replied promptly
"Oh, it's a sure go, Cp, an' I reckon
a' how maybe Lee's whol3 army hangs
on one of us gittin' out o' yere ter
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Maybe It is design or maybe it'
Just accident. Anyhow, It certalnlj
does look funny to see all the princi
pal taxicab stations bang up agains
drinking fountains for horses. Ne
The Second President He Has Forced
Out The Financial Situation Is
Very Serious The American Firm
Here Are Losing Heavily.
New Orleans. President AdoVo
Diaz of, Nicaragua has asked for a
three months leave of absence, accord
ing to rlliable news advices received
here. It is generally conceived that
this step means his abdication in favor
of General Louis Mena, Minister of
War, who now is the virtual dictator
of the turbulent republic.
Serious friction between President
Diaz and General Mena has existed
for some time and Diaz as ifeen
President in name only.
General Mena, who, it is stated, now
occupies the presidential palace, has
absolute control of the Nicaraguan
army and Congress as well. He re
cently was elected President by the
"constituent assembly" for the term
beginning January 1, 1913, but the
friction between Mena and Diaz be
came so intense that the latter's
friends are said to have f.dvised him
to resign and leave the country "for
General Mena forced President
Juan Estrada out of office last year
in much the same manner. Estrlida
now Is in New York.
The finances c,f Nicaragua are re
ported to be in worse condition to
day than evv' before.
As a result of this financila situa
tion American firms are reported to
have lost heavily.
THE DAIKIES IN THE SOUTH
The Soutehrn Railway Will Run a
Dairy Car Over Its Lines.
Washington, D." C Realizing the
need o the South for more and better
dairies and the large profits which
can be made in. that favorable reg-ion
by dairymen who will fill the great
demand of the cities for dairy pro
ducts, President Finley of the South
ern Railway Company, following the
custom of that company in .furthering
in every way the growth and develop
ment of itB territory, has equipped, a
Special Dairy Car, which, beginning
the 1st of February, 1912, will be run
over the length and breadth of this
great system, spreading the doctrine
of more and better cows and, by
means of lectures, demonstrations and
This Dairy Special will be under
the direct supervision of Dr. O. M.
Morgan, of ' Washington, D. C, the
Southern Railway's Dairy Agent. Dr.
Morgan will be assisted by two regu
lar dairymen in conducting the work
and from time to time the car will be
occupied by dairy experts from the
United States Department of Agricul
ture, tho State Boards of Agriculture
and from the Agricultural Stations of
the various States along the Soutiiern
The Dairy Special is fitted up with
a complete farm dairy, every piece of
machinery and apparatus necessary to
the economical production of milk,
cream, and butter having been in
stalled under the direction of Dr. Mor
gan. There will be a separator,
churns, testers, Eterilizer, Pasteuriz
ing apparatus and exhibits of various
kinds of Improved machinery for
dairying. On the walls of the car
vill be charts and large views dealing
with dairy subjects, showing the fun
damental principles of breeding dairy
types, feeding animals, the care of
dairy cattle and pictures of fanious
animals in the dairy world.
The Special will also have sterop
ticon lantern and slides, permitting
illustrated lectures at . the various
stops by Dr. Morgan and the other ex
perts who will accompany the car.
Advance schedules of the stops will
be prepared and full advertisement
given the train in the towns at which
lectures are to take place.
Transport Logan Sails For China.
Manila. The United States trans
port Logan left with a battalion of
the 15th infantry and other details
on board en route' to Chin Wang Tao,
northern China. The American troops
after they have disembarked are to
be employed in guarding a section c?
the Teking railroad from Tang Shan
to Lanchow against the possible at
tack of either imperialists or repub
lican troops. Civilians and soldiers
f other regiments witnessed the sail
ing, while women crowded the quay
Italian of Noble Birth A Suicide.
San Francisco. Luigi .Donato Ven
ura, an Italian of noble birth and of
ability as a writer and lecturer, com
mitted suicide by shooting himself
through the heart in a fit of desponV
ency due to family troubles. Hfej
3omplete name was Ventura de Lecce
Bari and his family line traces as far
back as 1299. Prof Ventura began
his career as a page in the court of
King Humbert While a young man
he came to this country and gained
notice through "Peppina," a story of
an Italian newsboy in New York.