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The 5tory opens In a Confederate tent
.at a critical stago of the Civil War. Gen.
iljee imparts to Capt. Wayne an important
message to Longstreet. Accompanied by
Eergt Craig, an old army scout. Wayne
letarts on his mission. They get within
Ithe linos of the enemy and In the dark
jiress Wayne is taken for a Federal of
Iflcer and a younfr lady on horseback is
seven in his charge. She is. a nortnern
ipirl nnd attempts to escape. One of the
iborses succumbs and CraiK goes through
Iwith the dispatches, while Wayne and My
ILady 'of the North nr left alone. They
week shelter In a hut and entering It in
ftlie dark a huge mastiff attacks Wayno
;TJie girl shoots the brute Just In ttaie.
The owner of the hut, Jed Bungay, and
nls wif&--a?pear and soon a party of
horsemen approach.' They are led by a
n claiming to be Red Lowrie. but who
proves to be MaJ. Brennan, a Federal
lofflcer whom the Union srirl recognizes.
(He orders the arrest of Wayne as a spy
ind he is brought before Sheridan, who
(threatens him with death unless he re
peals the secret message. Wavne believes
;Kdith Brennan to be the wife of MaJ.
; Brennan. He is rescued by Jed Bungay,
who starts to reach Gen. Lee, while
Wayne in disguise penetrates to the ball
room, beneath which he had been im
prisoned. He Is Introduced to a Miss
Minor and barely escapes being unmask
jd. Edith Brennan recognizing . Wayne,
ays she will save him. Securing a paas
;thrcugh the lines, they are confronted by
Brennan, who is knocked senseless. Then,
(bidding Edith adieu. Wayne makes a
flash for liberty. He encounters Bungay;
'they reach the Lee camp and are sent
iwlth reinforcements to Join Early. In the
battle of Shenandoah the regiment Is
iverwhelmed, and Wayne, while In the
hospital, is visited by Edith Brennan.
Wayne and Bungay are sent on a scout
ing detail, and arriving at the Minor
place. Wayno meets Miss Minor and Mrs.
(Bungay, and later Edith appears.
Wayne's detachment is besieged by guer
(lillas. Brennan and his men arrive and
aid In repelling the Invaders until a res
uming party of bluecoats reach the scene.
Brennan challenges Wayne to a duel. ,
CHAPTER XXX! V. Continued.
"WeIl, I suppose I shall be compelled
to let you and Beelzebub go, but it will
prove a serious loss to the cause" of
the South," I ' said, my thoughts . in
tantly turned by mention of the mule
to matters of more importance. "I ex
pect there will be lively, times up
your way." "
"Ye kin jist bet thar will," en
thuslastically. "It'll be nip and tuck,
1 reckon, but I'm mighty hopeful o'
pMariar. Thet dern muel he needs ter
ib took down a peg."
"Sergeant," I said, "did you send out
a party to bring In our horses and the
"It vos all done already; der horses
T08 found und der swords."
"How many men have we lost?" .
"Der vos five kilt, Captain; dot voa
It , I vos hit mit der ear off; Sands
is goin' to die, und maybe Elliott vill
JDot get some better; some odders vos
"How many men does that leave us
(fit for duty?" I asked decisively, push
ing back my plate and rising from the
"Dere vos twelve, Captain, mit me."
"That will do," I said. "In half an
Jiour from now have the men ready
lor the road," and I turned and left the
room. ' :.
We must depart at once. More than
ver now I realized the necessity for
liaste. I hoped to meet the officer com
manding the Federal detachment who
had come to our aid, pay him the cus
tomary marks of respect, Vand get
way without again coming in contact
with , Major Brennan. I felt myself
pledged . to this course of action.
A sentry stationed in the lower hall
way informed me the officers were
messing together Jn the front parlor,
and I at once headed that way. I
paused, however, to visit the wounded
lor a moment, spoke cheerily to my
own men, and then, opening the door
ejuletly, entered the room which I had
last left in possession of the guer
rillas. With the exception of broken
windows and bullet-scarred walls lit
tle evidence remained of that contest
iwhich had raged here with such fury
but a few hours previously. There
-were numerous dark stains upon the
carpet, but much of the furniture had
been restored tp place, while a cheer
ful wood fire crackled in the open
grate. Before it three men were sit
ting smoking, while upon a small table
close at their elbows rested a flat bot
tle, flanked by several glasses. A
single glance sufficed to tell me they
were Federal cavalrymen, one being
the red-faced, lieutenant whom I had
."I am seeking the commander of
this detachment" I explained, as
they glanced at me in surprise at my
entrance unannounced. "I am Cap
tain Wayne, in charge of the Confed
erate troop which was engaged in de
fense of this house."
A portly man with a strong face, and
wearing a closely clipped gray beard,
arose from a comfortable armchair
and advanced with hand extended.
"I am Captain Moorehouse, in com
mand,", he answered, cordially, "and
,mm very glad to meet you. Will you
aot join, us? My second lieutenant,
who has 'positive genius In that line,
5sas unearthed a few bottles of rather
choice whisky which we will divide
"I thank you," I replied, anxious to
meet him as pleasantly as possible,
""but I am eager to get away upon my
-iuty as early as may be, and have
merely 'intrmled l' on you to explain
any purpose." V, -
"Nonsense," ho iifslstsi-y vDut7
as never quite so urgent as to require
a waste of good liquor. Captain Wayne,
ipermit rae to present . my officers
Ueutenant3 Warren and Starr, Sec
sad New Hampshire Cavalry." ' ,
, TLe constant haunting fear of tr
- V 1
Major's possible entrance at any mo
ment rendered me extreniely uneasy,
and anxious to be away. Undoubtedly
this feeling exhibited itself in my man
ner, for Captain Moorehouse said
"I realize your natural anxiety to
be off, Captain Wayne, and while we
should -be very glad to keep you with
us indefinitely, yet I trust , you will
feel perfectly free in the matter."
"I thank you greatly," I answered,
rising as I spoke. "My duty, is of such
a nature, and has already been so
long, neglected that I feel every mo
ment of unnecessary delay.; to be a
crime. I wish you a pleasant return
within your , own lines, and an early
cessation of hostilities. .
I had shaken hands with them all,
and turned toward the door, congratu
lating myself on escaping' thus easily,
when a new "7oice broke suddenly in
upon my self-satisfactions;
"I trust Captain Wayne " is not in
tending to depart without at least a
word with me?"
It was Brennan. He had entered
unobserved from the second parlor.
"Frankly," I responded, "I hoped I
"Have you forgotten, then, our com
pact, or do you simply elect to Ig-t
I saw the others exchange quick
glances of amazement, but I answered
"The latter supposition is more
nearly the truth, Major Brennan. I
felt that after what we have just
passed through together, we could
both afford to "ignore the past, and
consequently was hoping to escape
without again encountering you."
"Indeed!" he exclaimed, sarcastic
ally. "But I might have expected
it. Gentlemen," and he turned to
ward the expectant group, "this man
and I have a personal grievance of
long standing unsettled. I have
sought him for months in vain. When
he came last night to our assistance,
before I even consented to accept his
services I Insisted that no occurrence
of the defense should prevent our
meeting, if. we both survived. Now
he endeavors to sneak away like a
whipped cur. I demand satisfaction
at, his hands, and if it is refused I
shall denounce him in both armies."
My cheeks burned, but before I
could control myself sufficiently for
answer, Moorehouse spoke,
i "But, Brennan, see here," he said
anxiously, "surely Captain Wayne has
served you well. Is this trouble be
tween you so serious that no amends
, "None, short of a personal : meet
ing." "Captain," and the perplexed fed
eral commander turned toward me,
"have you any word of explanation in
this unfortunate affair?"
"Very little," I answered. "I am
not even aware that I have done In
jury to Major Brennan, purposely or
otherwise. He has not so much as
honored me with Information as to his
cause of complaint. However, I care
very little what it may be. As he
has seen flt to denounce me be
fore officers of my own corps, I should
be extremely glad to meet him upon
that ground alone; but after what we
have just passed through together, I
felt ready to blot out these past dif
ferences. . Whatever they may have
been, they, are not liable to occur
again, nor we to meet." ,
"They have occurred again since you
have been in this house!" Brennan
broke forth excitedly. "You are not a
coward, but I brand you here and now
as a sneak and liar! Now will you
We stood for a moment In utter si
lence, eye to eye, and I knew there
was no help for it. These words, pub
licly spoken, left me no choice.
"I am at your service, Major Bren
nan," I returned sternly, "now or at
"f Brand You Here and Now as Sneak
. and Liar; Now Will You Fight?"
any time.l But I am unfortunate here
in- having qo officer of my army pres-
can name no sec-
M one oi tneso genueraeu
Jq serve," he said, his
pushed a way to
."tenant Caton, pale
Vid at my shoulder.
pleasure to net
for Captain Wayne,'1 he said clearly,
"if he will accept my services. . More
over," he added, with a significant
glance at Brennan. ; "I do this as a
friend, and with full confidence that I
am upon the right side in the . quar
rel." For a moment no one spoke, Bren
nan biting his mustache to keep back
the words he durst not utter. Then
Caton turned to me.
"If you will retire to the library,
Wayne, X will arrange this matter with
whoever may represent Major Bren
nan." ; . . y .
With a slight formal bow to those
present I quitted the room.
The Last Resort of Gentlemen.
. I found the library deserted, and
paced the floor for fully half an hour
before paton appeared. Stung as I
had been by Brennan's harsh, uncalled-for
words, I yet shrank from the
thought that I must now meet him in
deadly combat. It was no fear of
personal injury that troubled me; in
deed I do not recall giving this the
slightest consideration, for my mind
was altogether concentrated upon what
"Brennan Hurled His Yet Smoking
such a meeting must necessarily meaji
to Edith Brennan, and how it would
affect our future relationship. This
was the thought that swayed and mas-'
tered me. I had pledged myself to
avoid him, and Indeed had used every
means possible to that end. The time
was none too long, yet my mind once
thoroughly settled as to my duty to
her, became calm again, and confi
dent in the outcome. When Caton
entered, flushed and visibly excited
from what had evidently proven an ac
rimonious controversy, I greeted him
with a smile.
"You appear to have experienced dif
ficulties in regard to details," I said
"There was much unnecessary talk,"
he admitted, "but matters have been
at last arranged to the satisfaction of
all concerned. You $re to meet at
once, in the rear of the big tobacco
shed, a spot entirely removed from ob
servation. I have been compelled to
accept pistols as the weapons, aa we
have nothing else here at all suitable
for the purpose cavalry sabers being
far too cumbersome. Lieutenant Starr
chances to possess two derringers ex
actly alike, which we have mutually
agreed upon. I hope this is satisfac
tory to you, Wayne?"
"I am not precisely an expert, but
that does not greatly matter. Who acts
for Brennan 2'
"Captain Moorehouse, rather against
Hi will, I think."
"Vsry well, Caton; I am perfectly
satisfied, and am, Indeed, greatly
obliged to you; yet before we go out
I iesire to speak a word or two with
the utmost frankness." I stood facing
him, my hand - resting" lightly upon
the writing" table, my eyes reading his
expressive face. 'As my second I wish
you to comprehend fully my actions,
and the motives that inspire them. If
they are in any way unsatisfactory to
your mind you may feel at perfect lib
erty to withhold your services. I am
now, and always have been, opposed
to dueling; I believe it wrong in prin
ciple, and a travesty upon justice; but
it 13 a custom of the South, a require
ment among officers of our army, and
after what haa just occurred between
Major Brennan and myself X cannot
honorably refuse any longer to go out.
Major Brennan has deliberately placed
me in a position where I cannot avoid
meeting him without losing all stand
ing in my corps. I sought to escape,
but was prevented by accident; now
I simply yield ' to the inevitable. I
feel confident you will not misconstrue
these words;, you surely know me suf
ficiently well o as not to attribute
them to cowardice. I shall face him ex
actly in accordance with your ar
rangements, asking nothing upon my
part, yielding him every satisfaction
he can possibly desire but I shall
fire In the air."
He stared at me incredulously, his
face a perfect picture of amazement.
"But, Wayne," he stammered, "are you
aware that Major Brennan is an ex
pert with the pistol? that he holds the
Sixth Corps trophy? Do you realize
that he goes out deliberately intending
to kill your
"I was not posted as to the first fact
you mention, but .have never enter
tained the slightest doubt as to the
other. However, they do not in the
least affect my decision. Yet I do not
desire you to suppose that I am at all
quixotic In this there is a personal
reason why I am perfectly willing to
Derringer at His Feet With an Oath."
risk my life rather than injure Major!
His troubled eyes studied me intent
ly, and then his face suddenly bright
ened with a new thought. "Wayne,"
he asked, placing his' hand upon my
arm ramiaarly, "is it Mrs. lirennanr
For an instant I hesitated, but his
manly, honest countenance reassured
me. "Between us only, it is," I an
swered gravely; "but not the slightest
blame attaches to her."
"I do not wholly understand," he
said at last, "yet I do not doubt y
may be perfectly right in your
cislon." He extended his hand t
pulsively. "I know you to be a goyd
soldier and a true gentleman; I will
stand by you, Wayne, but I pledge this
if he takes advantage treacherous
ly, and you fall (as God forbid!) I will
face him myself; and when I do, there
will be no firing In the air."
I do iot remember that we spoke,
save once, while we passed out
through the orchard field where the
big tobacco shed stood. Not until wo
turned the corner of the great ram
shackle building, which in other and
more prosperous days had been dedi
cated to the curing of the leaf, did
we perceive any signs of the presence
of our antagonists. They were stand
ing upon the further side, directly op
posite the door, and both bowed slight
ly as we approached. The Captain
came toward us slowly.
"It is to be greatly regretted, gen
tlemen," he said, with ceremonious po
liteness, "that we have no surgeon
with us. However, neither contestant
has any advantage in this respect.
Lieutenant Caton, may I ask if the ar
rangements as already completed have
proven satisfactory to your princi
pal?" " "Entirely so."
"Then if you will kindly step this
way a moment we will confer aa to
Brennan was leaning In negligent
attitude against the side of Uhe build
ing, his eyes fastened upon the ground,
the blue smoke of a cigar curled laz
ily above- his head. 1 glanced oward
him, and then sought to amuse myself
watching the queer antics of ar gray
sauiriel on ,the fence rail beifjud. , I
felt no desire for further thought, only
an intense anxiety for them to hurry
the preliminaries, and have the affair
settled as speedily as possible. I was
aroused by Moorehouse's rather nasal
"Gentlemen, will you please take
your positions. Major Brennan, you
will stand three paces to the right
of that sapling, facing directly south.
Captain Wayne, kindly walk straight
west from the shed door until you
come opposite the Major's position."
I noted Brennan throw away the
stump of his cigar, and then I walked
slowly forward until I reached the
point assigned me. My heart was beat
ing fast new, for I fully realized the
probabilities of the next few minutes,
and felt little doubt that serious in
jury, if not death, was to be my por
tion. Yet my trained nerves did not
fail me, and outwardly I appeared
fully as cool and deliberate as my op
ponent. Years of constant exposure to
peril in every form had yielded me a
grim philosophy of fatalism that now
stood me in most excellent stead. In
deed, I doubt not, had I chosen to put
it to the test, my hand would have
proven the steadier of the two, for
.V.c.fswaa flushed, and he
fore the final word is spoken I shall
take personally. Ee prepared now."
"Iteady!" said the voice once more;
and as I saw Brennan's arm. slowly
rise, I lifted mine also, and covered
hlmnoting, as I did so, almost in won
der, with what steadiness of nervo
and wrist I held the slender gauge
just beneath the visor of his cap. De
liberately, as though he dreaded ihe
necessity, Caton counted:
"One; two; "three fire!"
My pistol exploded, the charge strik
ing the limb above him, and I stag
gered backward, my hat torn from ray
head, a white line cut through my hair
and a thin trickle ofblood upon my
temple. I saw Caton rushing toward
m.e, his face filled with anxiety, and
then Brennan hurled hi?J yet smoking
derringer Into the dirt at his feetvith
(TO EE CONTINUED.)
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the impatient reply, "When I haven't
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