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I / / THE PORT EDW ARD LEDGE YOL. 8. K FORT EDWARD, FRIDAY EYEMNO, JANUARY 30,1868. NO. 42. FORT EDWARD LEDGER . ' IS PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY EVE., AT SDET EDWARD, W A SH. CO., N. Y., BY C-. B , C o n a H t . •%l-50 PER 'TERMS : YEAR, IN ADTANCB. 'Office ove>- Mathew's Hardware Store, Mavi Street. G r e a t iu ip r o v isien t s i n S e w i n g M a c h i n e s . El SHUTTLE IE, PATENTED FEBRUARY 14 th 18(10. R ^ tes of A d v e r t isin g : .■•i’--'''\ (1‘4 lines.) 3 weeks, .......... SI.00 l Ai-h. - ' insertion, ................ 0.2.1 OaFp ’i. Hi r. ia, one year, ................. 1.1.00 V. i' ‘ year ...................... 25.00 Cl ' 'MU or,.- . .............................. 40 00 J..-£r.u at the rates pre­ scribe 1 - >'.o< All advertisements must have the rL , r i number of insertions noted, or they \. > inserted till ordered out and charged accurdingl; Special Notices . t ■ mt. additional. Business Cards ~ p line. Marriages Deali • ad' Obituary Notices inserted free. All kinds of job work es d with neat­ ness, promptness, and at p. c which defy •competition. SALESROOM, 510 BROADWAY, ll 1. rjlH I S Machine is constructed on an en- X tirely new principle of mechanism, f) 0 «ses- sing many lare and valuable improvements, having been examined by tho most profound experts, and pronounced to be simpUciU/ and perfeciion combined. The following are the principal objections urged against sewing-machines : 4. Incapacity to sew every disci iptioii of material. 5. Disagreeable noise while in opera­ tion. Machine is titilf'iiiiijin. e.i'i'/npt -'’pTV T i i i u i<*T*y. es, K. A. CRAA DEALER in Foreign and IL. ■■ ■ '' Liquors, ikc., near the Feeler i^ncige. ,T n. , : HARNBS8i M. h ' ■ ' rwoods Row, near the Grist , 1 IV. lit > (til), BOOT AND .SHOll Manufacturer, oiiposite Conant & (’o.’s Bucksmith shop. CENTl W ING'S Exchar prietor. ' H(J1' DEALERS ir, . Furnishing (.'• ‘ l D o n T R. B ackf .-:, Pro- M .X ( ’n., ntlemeiis’ Clothing and X'o. ], Wing’s Exchange 0. E. \ GROCERY \ Three d< ATTOR. Western office. 4. S. BEX NET 1’, PllOVLSlON STORE, 1 .if Ba])tist Church. ■ a IILLLMAN, jd Counsellor at Law, and DEAL and A G I for DEN car ■ ' ' HTEHOUSE .Y CO, ' irugs. Medicines, Paints, Oils i Muteiiuls, Kingsley’s Block. M ■ RDS, IIUHBEL & Co., 'B L a.ssortment of Merchandise, ei ‘ap. B. S. BUKX'HA.M, I, corner of Mechanic and Semi- ?et. 1. Excessive fatigue to the operator. 2. Liability to get out of order. 3. Expense trouble and loss of time in repairing. The Etnpirc Sni'imi from all r//Ks, It has a straight ueedle perpendicular ac­ tion, makes the L ui - k or Snt TTLF. S tiivu , which will neither R ip nor R ivki ., and i-. alike on lioth sides ; performs iierfi-ct sewing on every description of material, from Leatli- er to the finest A'ansuok Muslin, withcottiui linen or silk threail, from the coaivest to the finest number. Having neither C am nor (’n.; Wiir.Ki,, and the least possible friction, it runs as smooth us glass, and is emphatically A X o i s ( 'U L ''‘s It re(iuires Fiflp P> r h-ss power to drive it than any niuchhie in i.nrket. A gin of twelve years of age can work it steadily, witiiout fatigue or injury to tin* health. Its strength and Wnml rful Slinidl, ',!;i of constrnetion render it almo.-t iinposMble to get out of order, and is tti'nra,iti , d by th>^ company to give entire sati-ffiction, We re.-jpectfully invite all tim.-e who may desire to supply themselves with a superior article, to call and examine this r.\i;ivAu.i:i> M achine . But in a more especial manner do we so­ licit the patronage of MERCHANT TAILOP..S, co . vcii - m a k k k s , IIOO P - S K I R T .M.IKEP..-^, DRE.SS MAKERS, aisles, and I could hear the ‘‘ tick, tick, tick” of the telegraph instrument in a Sibley cano­ py adjoining, A month had thus transformed one of the pleasantest of solitudes, and the hospitable grounds had been trampled by innumerable hoofs. There were great gaps in the fences, and coarse pencilings upon the walls of the tine old mansion\ The furniture had been broken and used to feed Yandal cook-fires. Desolation, following in the wake ot armies, nad despoiled alike the fertililty of nature and the improvements of man. How soon might retaliation afl’ect our Northern homes as we had ruined these ? “ Lefcinant Mintlin!” I turned toward the voice, at the repetition .. I. ..u 1 I “ y name, and recoguiz-ed a tall, athletic tioii. But though these paltry libels had ob- , , a t r a U v, „ , . , , • 1 ^ , orderly. As J faced him, he respectfully sa- tained general circulation and acceptance, we I . — his .staff companions—who had known him | in camp, in perilous enterprise, and in the j paininl march, defended his honor as our j own. I M e were sitting beneath the canopy or ^ THE WROifi PATH, A STORY OF THE WAR. Brock Edmunds’.^ strange disappearance had been the theme of our mess, since his departure from the Rappahannock, a week before. Brave, scrupulous and loyal, all who knew him well rejected indignantly the im­ putation that he had gone over to the enemy. He w.us Virginian, it was said, and must for­ sooth lie false ; his affianced was the daughter of a Confederate colonel, and to be true in love he mnst forswear his country. Meaner men hud superseded him in the staff, and he had revenged himself by perjury and deser- “ iiy” of the me.-;s-tent, recreating ourselves with whiskey ami pipes. It was the eighth nijrht since the departure of our comrade, and we missed his ready jest, his loud, infec- luted, and said: “ The gineral nades ye, sir, immadiately, at his quarters.” The mess broke into a loud laugh, antici­ pating that some onerous duty would devolve upon me, “ There’s twenty pages of a report to copy,” said Bigswig. “ n i lend to you my leetle chevnl, man . . . .„ , , , said Saint P ierre; “ you take von damn tiuus laugh, his uniform courtesy and gene- , • loJty. ^ i he war had come at last to M airen- | another | to the left, and was soon involved in complete to,, an,] ,1 , said Wicklowe. T o „, mcnse army whitened the surrounding hills.! I- 1 „ , a- 1 i , ,V I piously imbibing himself. !■ edcral sentries paced up and down the mas- t oivo port,,-,, of ,]„. 1,0,01; cannon worn plan- ' , , “ 7 P ' f ■ tod in all 11.0 lan,.a t cavalry horaoa tran'pled I f “”‘“6 ‘J' “ W ^ a n d ^ ' through a broken wicket, stooil in the pre- I bit my lips at the reflection upon my late comrade, but concluded to remain silent. “ Will you have an orderly to acgjompany you?” “ Not after the doubt you have expressed.” “ Forget it,” he said, with irresistible frank­ ness, “ as the weakness of a suspicious old soldier. Give me ybur hand. God bless you I Be prompt. Good night.” I repaired to the mess-tent, hastily ex­ amined my pistols, and buckled on my sword belt and spurs. Joining my comrades in a parting health, I leaped into my saddle, and at seven minutes past eight o’clock, started at a sharp canter for Rappahannock. The ride for five or six miles of the way was enlivened by belated teams, couriers, and 0 (?casionaI squads of officers returning to their regiments. Camp fires lit up the whole horizon, till it seemed a great belt of flame; mystic serenades floated dreamily from invisible fields and copses; confused voices of shouting and singing were wafted from tented hdlsides, and grouped batteries, ambulances, and army cattle came dimly in view at intervals. The moon shone full and brightly ; but I saw with some solicitude that it was sinking slowly behind the woods ; and at nine o’clock, as I heaid the tattoo beat from a dozen quarters, I turned obliquely niR-^KT MVKEI’.S, .--niaT MAKERS, • . M l E i : MAKERS, .'-lini; RIMiKRS, ‘JEO. F . UOX'AX'T ,Y CO., BLAti^SMITH and general repair shop, street. Good satisl'actiun guaranteed iRdll cases. , ’T i ^ D R l ^ T m VIXTI, M A’V UACTURERS and Dealers in Fur- Di i*.i ahd Coffins ot every description.— 'I n doors north of Baptist Church. < THAYER A IIOL'I’ON, MANUFACTURERS and Dealers in Sash Doors and Blinds. Job I’laning and Matching done to order. X’ear the Blast Furnace. H n o x & L o e k w o o c l , DEALERS IN h a r d w a r e . Lead, Copper and Brass taben in ex- • change for goods. GEORGE W. LITTLE, B l t y s i c i a i i . a i i c l S v i r ^ ^ e o n . Office, opposite of the Post Office. Residence, Mrs. Dr. J. I). X^orton’s. FORT EDWARD MOTT & SON wigainst and against T^nS WORLD 1 [ FOiRT EDWARD ! \^ l H O keep constantly on hand a full and T. t tiomplete assortment of Canada Pine H«inb?r, dressed and undreiised. Framing timber of any length and size required — Boors, Sash, Blinds, Pine Pickets, Lime, tUemeni, &c. Flora! ~ F io n E i J . M. M ott & S on also beep a large and w !i selected stock of F lofr , which they Q|S.r at wholesale and retail, at prices defy- |Xg.coBa^li-tion. Merchants, and all Flour , in this and surrounding towns, are ||articalar^ invited to call and examine our sortmeirt of F lqur ,.before sending orders / t o Troy or Albany^ as we pledge ourselves to '.iSupply all parties on as favorable terms (at , l ^ t ) as can be obtained at either of those «cities, or elsewhere. March 28,1862, mr28:tf >EAOB DECLARED ! THE UNION preserved! Having become convinced ht Ibe CASH SYSTEM of “ Quick Sales and j6na^i Protlta,” is better than the old way, of Profits and Long Credits,” have come the conclusion to sell for G ash or K bady U ay Osi;,r, and take this method to inform m f pAtroris, and the public geil- eraiiy, that Yam thankful for past favors, and solicit a contfianance of their patronage on the Beady Pay System. I have jnst r^eived a large and well se­ lected stock of L tomser . D oors , S ash , B unds , L ime , BH ir . C emvnt P aints , O il , G lass , Y aenis A P itch auH <» akum . . 1 have also added tc ray former supply, a lai^eassortment of P au ' tsrs ’ and A rtists ’ M aterials , all of which v.vill be sold a t panic prices. ^ j All kiadsof Farm Produce taken a t Gash jfriegatia exchange for gooc?s. , , , Qfillandsee before purchasing elsei^hifre. VEST .VNI) PAXTAI.(«,N>. M \ K E R S . higi® Religious and <'liuritubli' In-titutiims will be liberally dealt with. P R I C E OF . ^ [ A n I I . \ E p COM P L E T E ; X o . 1, or Eaiiiih Marhiiie, .-^lanu: Xo. 2, Small siz. d .Maf.n( ictuiiiiij. no ; 3 large sized .Muimtaetmiiig. •~'75 nil. (dlbhirfs (,! Ei'- r'l U./pC-'v. 5Ve Avunt agents l‘,,r all t,,.vi,> in the Uni­ ted States where agencies an* not alivaijy es­ tablished, to whom a liberal discount will be given, but we make no consignments. T. J. JlcArtlam* bi. Co., ^ 4:ly 51(1 B r o a d w a y . X ew Y o r k . ' T H E W O M A X ’S F K I K X I ) . JO H N S O N 'S F E 3 1 A L E P H a L S !! i Thousands of testimontals have been given, j showing that these pills are iulallible in ' correcting, regulating and removing i obstructions of every nature. WARRANTED AS A SAFE AND CERTAIN PREVENTATIVE ' WITHOUT THE LEAST INJURY TO THE CONSTITUTION. , rriH E S E Pills have been ussd by the Doc- X tors for many years, both m France and ' America, with unparalleled success in every I case ; and he is urged by many thousand la- j dies who have used them, to make tne pills Tjublic for the alleviation of those .--ufferiug from any irregularities whatever, as well as ' to prevent an increase of family where health 1 or circumstances ivill not permit. Females ' peculiarly situated, or those supposing them­ selves so, are cautioned garden and orehard : and the Fpring was be- coniH a lavatory for thousands of wanton sol- dier.-^. 5Ve hail l»-,-n a fortnight at the Bprings, and the monotony of our tenure had been ' A’aried by but a tingle incident—the loss of Bnxk Edmiinils. The circumstances relating - to his departure were mytti-rious and alarm- ' ing. lie Inul lii-eii called to the general’s tent late in the ufternoorj, and intrusted w'lth I a verlial ord,-r to one of the brigade comnian- I ders, who-^e qiiarti-rs were at the llajipahan- noek. a railway station on the river of the saiia- name, eighteen miles dittunt, lie hud reai-hi'i] his di-.-tinatioii at niruA o'clock, de- I livi-Ted his in.-tru.-tious punctually, and ob- I tallied the count,-i-ign of the day. lUturn- ing. he had p.i-'Hil a guard live miles from R ij I'.ihaniiock, ai <1 li.ul stopp.'d to light a j'ip- at .1 ju« kct-lirH, -till furttjer on, cuni- plaiiiirig. in tie* hitlHi- cu-e, that his horse wiis a trill * lame He u.is. to all appearance, sob'-r, aiiii e.Aprc.—I'd liiiti-adf US resolved to get buck to head-ijuartiT.-'by midnight. But I subs, ipi.uitly, no III m in the mmy had en- I counteivil him, and traces of neither rider ! nor horse liad be,*ii discovered, though dili- gimt itiipiirxcs were made far and wide. His Capture by ill,, enemy was improbable, for j j our picket }' 0 'ts were so close and continuous, | I that the lines were emsidered to be impervi- ^ ous. Xo I, idiics of Southern troops were cuntigm.ius : and though the Virginians with- ; in the lines were sullen and hostile, ,t was believed that oulv a few ag-ed and infirm peo­ ple retuuiiie.J, us the young and able-bu(Iied had departed to j'lin the Confederate armies. The only plausible alternative was. that Brock Edmiu ds, knowing the location ot our pick­ ets, had avoided them, and escaped in the darkness to his Southern friends. The Rich­ mond newspapers, liowever. which our out­ riders had brought in daily, made no mention sencb of the general. He was seated at a pine table, covered with maps, diagrams, and manusciipts, and the candle threw an imper­ fect light upon his handsome bronzed face, and broad, prominent forehead. A trunk, marked with his initials, and a small, iron bedstead, with two camp-stools, and a short, wooden bench, comprised his furniture ; but I there was a picture of the Madonna, which never left him, suspended from a nail in the ^ rear tent-pole. This picture had survived I all mutations. lie had carried it in the ! Mexican war, when but a lieutenant. It had I hung in the halls of the Montezumas, when , employed at clerk duti.^s therein. At Fort Yuma, the Liberia cf military stations, he ; had kept it in his quarters for live monoto­ nous years ; and when appointed a colonel, earl}’ in t h e civil war, he had brought this picture across fuai thousand miles of plain and prarie. “ Sit down, Lieutenant Mintlin !” he said curtly ; and as I took one of chairs, he re­ sumed his writing. I looked at the richly qiiilied saddle that lay at his feet, at the splen-lidly mounted sword thrown carelessly across his bed, at the holsters and silver-pla­ ted pistols beneath his rubber-pillow. I stu­ died the angles and fullnesses of the fine indurated form, and the severe and wrinkled countenance before me ; and from the starred shoulder-bars and silvered beard of this hero of a score of battles, my eyes wandered mag­ netically to the pensive, melancholy picture of the Madonna—his companion in triumph, reverses, trials, and promotion. I trust that every soldier carries some such picture through his journeyings. My own Madonna was in Pennsylvania. “ Lieutenant,” said he, in his quick, nerv­ ous manner, looking me directly in the eyes, “ your hoise is fresh, and saddled !” darkness. For nine miles I met no human being, and heard no sounds but the ring of my horse’s hoofs, the rattle of his curb-chain, and the ebnk of my sword in its scabbard. There was nothing of peril involved in my journey ; but the times were irregular, the country expansive, and thousands of reckless men were abroad with arms in their hands. How had Brock Edmunds disappeared ? His route to Rappahannock bad notdifiered from mine. The night was not less fair. As horse­ men, we were well matched ; and that he had been faithful, I would pledge my life. How, whence, and wherefore had the stillness of the grave fallen upon him ? I could not sur­ mise : I only know that, as I lemembered his goodness, pleasantness and usefulness, I resolved, if chance should give me a clue whereby to follow or revenge him, I would do it at all risks. My way led mainly through scrub timlier ; the road was little more than a cow-path, so sin'ions that I was compelled to trust eiitir.4y to the instinct of my steed, and so dark that I was not without fear of pitfalls and prostrate trees. Fortunately the route had been seldom travelled, and the clay roadway was hard, lei^el and unencum­ bered by the slush and debris that usually mark the route of an army. There was much of romance, and pleasant feverish excitement in the ride. The hoofs of my horse struck sparks from the stony places, and the whistle of night-birds, the scream of owls, the whine of-wild pigs, and the lung shrill chirp of crick­ ets and lizards made strange and eery music. | Not only had my journey corresponded with that of Brock Edmunds in all its essentials of time, route and object, but the circumstan­ ces had tallied, not excepting the otherwise insignificant item of the countersign, for the password on this evening was “ Crown Point,” and that of the previous evening its associate battle of “ Ticonderoga.” In ad­ dition to these resemblances, I conld not for­ get that the disappearance of my friend had pressed upon my mind for days with peculiar and intense interest; I had dreamed fitfully of his return. I had talked incessantly of his virtues, I had loved him with the fervor of a brother; nay, I bad felt a conviction, too sub­ tle to be explained, too positive to be mis­ taken— and on this evening oppressive be­ yond melancholy—that with his fate my life was in somi* way bound vp. It was in vain that I puffed vigorously at my pipe, and strove to recall lighter topics ---- my mother, perhaps awake even now, and praying in the dim watches for her errant boy ; my betroth­ ed, who might be murmuring my name amid her dreams ; my mess-companions, roaring a t their revels ; the grim old general awaiting my return, with the blue eyes of his Madonna ever upon him ; the troops on the march,, roused up at my unwelcome summons— but one by one these cheerful themes faded away, and the fate of Brock Edmunds resumed its place in my fancies. His face, like a spectre, glided before me in the darkness ; his name, like a ghostly refrain, came up to my lips with every hoot-beat; and as 1 halted obedi­ ent to challenge, by the last clustering pick­ et, my hollo of “ Crown Point,” seemed to provoke a thousand dismal echoes of “ Ticon­ deroga” and Brock Edmunds. “ Have you the lime, sentry ?” I called to the patrol. “ Twelve o’clock, midnight!” said the deep voice of the horseman, vanisbing in the gloom. For nine miles to come, I should meet no living soul. The blowing of my pony, as I spurred him again, admonished me that hard travel was beginning to tell upon him , so I beat the ashes out of my pipe, buttoned my coat close to the throat, and chirping encou­ ragingly, pushed forward gallantly, though not at headlong speed. But the flush and exultation of my ride was over ; a strange, weired nervousness had succeeded. The noise of wild swine in the bni.sh alarmed me;. twice I laid my hand agitatedly upon my sword, and once halted with drawn pistol at the shriek of a frightened night-hawk.— Ashamed of these unmanly i^eaknesses, I thought to compose myself by singing a cheerful stare, but my voice was so hollow and unreal that I shuddered and ceased. At last, with a loud “ AVoa,” and a chill, quick quiver, I stopped in the middle of the road, and felt the prespiration standing like night-- dew on my forhead. I too was lo s t!! For more than an hour I had failed to rec-- Weird likenesses of beings colossal, hideous eyes that shone from thickets, and glimpses j ognize passing objects. However my terror of spectral sky breaking through boughs and i tremor had lengthened the miles, I had leaves; starlight reflected in slimy pools ; : preserved some approximate estimate of deserted homesteads staring black and ghost- j time, and knew that, in the due course of ly from hill-tups ; clumps of negro cabins, \ I that looked half human through their great i Springs- windowy eyes ; clearings across v-hich the night winds blew dismally; and quaint old stacks and hay-barracks—these were someot the spectacles that greeted me on the way.— riage, although their mildness would prevent injury to health. Full and explicit directions accempmy each box. Price One Dollar.— I looked through the opening of the tent J A tu I when, at eleven o’clock I answered the Wholesale and retail by W. .1. Whitehuusn & Co., Kingsley’s Block, Fort Edward, N. Y. Ladies sending him 81 will receive a box by return mail, po.stage paid. ^ he ut­ most secrecy maintained. U \ /’ Look out for counterfeits. Tim ingredients com­ posing these pills are made knovi’n to every agent, and they will tell you tlie pills are per­ fectly safe, and do all claimed fur them. Be sure you get the genuine article. J. T. .SMITH, Manufacturer, 8:34 Albany. N. Y. G E O R G E B R O K A 3 V , Sadi and rrifiA N K P U L for past favors, the sub- X ecriber still solicits the patronage of the public, and offers all articles in his line of business, such as H a r n e ss o f every clescriptioii, RIDIYG SADDLES, B r i d l e s aiicL HORSE BLAHKETS, CURRY C(JMBiS; Trunks, Valises, Carpet Bags, etc, and a large assortment o f ' CARRIAGE WHIPS, of the best manufaijture, which will be kept constantly on hand. N. B —For good material, style, work- imtoship, cheapness and durability, I DEFY COMPETITION. REPAIRING OF ALL KINDS punctnally attended to. By clos# attention to business, and a desire to give general satisfaction to all, I hope to merit a-continuation of the patronage which has been so liberally bestowed upon me. My place of bu-^iness is located TWO DOORS SOUTH OF BAPTIST c h u r c h . Fort Edward Aug, 20,1862. no20:ly had heard anything of his desertion. The conversation beneath the lly had turned upion the ab.-eiit one. Thirteen voung fellows were we, who had thrown upi our several jirofissions at the cull to arms, and, unacquainted before bad met by assignment upon General B.’s staff. Five of us were 4 ankees, tv/u were from Xew York, four were foreign adventurers who loved war for its own sake, and I was a Pennsylvanian, of Quaker descent. “ Heig-ho I'’ said Wicklowe, turning off his fourth draught of spirits, “ how we miss Brock’s jolly laugh.” “ Camp has become so insufferably dull,” ! Y tt i,i .. tbat I .hal, resume the eid , “ G ' f ‘ I ^ liver the envelope, and his receipt and reply.” said Bigswig, ‘ biz,’ and throw up ray commission.” Bigswig had lieeii a junior partner in a dry-goods house, but took to the sword as naturally as to scissors. “ If it isn’t positive conceit to repeat any­ thing that Brock—poor old boy -has done so well before, I will sing his Chickcahominy song,” said Chockmer, ever anxious to exhi­ bit his vocal powers. “ I pray ze,” said Saint Pirre, with a sup­ plicatory grimace, “ do not, Monsieur Chock- mare.” “ Go on,” said Wicklowe, drinking again : “ any affliction is preferable to this horrible silence.” As Chodemer’s wheezy notes rang on the night, I saw the glare of camp fires reddening the woods apd skins ; 1 heard the clatter of bayonets at the hour of guard-relief, and some of the negro servants singing sweetly sonorous choruses. The faint, hollow roll of a distant drum blended mystically with the rustle of leaves overhead, and I saw in the dimness the cloaked and stalwart sentry stri­ ding before the general’s tent. A horse stood Saddled in one of the broad gravelled at the sharp beat of hoofs, pony, led by own servant. “ I would not trouble you till it was neces­ sary, but gave you a part of the evening with your Iriends. ’i'liere is your horse ; here is a sealed envelope. You are to ride with all speed to the Rappahannock.” A little leap of my heart, and slight tre­ mor of my lips followed the announcement of this ill-omened name. “ I may say,” continued the general, in his curt sententious way, “since I commonly take my aids into my confidence, that this paper contains the details of an order for an immediate advance. You are to ride direct — , to de- return to-night with I bowed silently, and turned to go. “ S top!” said he again. “ I t is eight o’clock ; you must deliver the message by eleven. I shall not retire to-night. You will be back at three.” “ I t is a long and stony way,” I said hesi­ tatingly, “ and forty miles can scarcely be made in seven hours.’’ “ It must be done,” said he, shaking his beard ; “ the troops must be under way be­ fore midnight. Return upon a fresh horse. Good night.” I returned his salutation, but had scarcely got a yard from his quarters, when I heard the sharp call to return. As I stood before him again, he stared piercingly into my eyes, half impeachingly, half inquiringly. “ Am J, to lose another aid?” he said slowly and sarcastically. The blood rose to my temples, and I felt my hands closing. “ Not qnless you insult him twice,” 1 returned. “ I £^k your pafdon,” said he, jq hi? old dry manner; “ you are not a Virginian / ” and beheld my I challenge of a patrol, and found that I had j almost reached my journey's end. I drew a sigh of relief, acd reining my horse into a quiet pace, soon dismounted before the quar­ ters of General H --------- , He had not anticipated my message, and was about retiring to his bed. But after swearing roundly once or twice, he resumed his garments, summoned his aides, and or­ dered his brigade under arms. In a few min­ utes, lights were twinkling here and there, great wagons laden with tents and field uten­ sils went lumbering across the fields, and mounted men loomed away in battalion. The multitudinous camps had folded them­ selves noiselessly and were off I resolved to return with my own pony, for he seemed yet fresh and unwearied, and obtaining a sealed reply to my communica­ tion, accepted the offer of a drop of brandy, and a cigar, and remounted my horse. The general called out to me as I moved ofl : “ Have you beard anything of Captain Ed­ munds ? “ Nothing.” “ He was a fine fellow,” said the general, turning away. “ I gave him the proper coun­ tersign just at this hour of the night, and he took some spirits, as you have done, before departing.” “ Pardon me a moment, general, I replied, “ but as a matter of curiosity, will you tell me the countersign for that evening ?” • “ Ticonderoga,” he answered shortly.— “ Good night.” As a rule, I give no regard to coincidences, I do not believe in'signs ; I despise dreams and omens; but there are moments when reason, in spite of itself, gives way to super stition, and such moments were mine, as I turned my face tow^d 'Warreuton Springs, and groiind my horse harshly with the spur. should have been at Warrenton But in the rush of fears and fan­ cies, in the gloom and shadow of night, in- tho certainty that having thrice gone over' the same road. I should follow it safely again- I had missed my way. In place of the scrub maple, oak, niaguulia, and gum that shut in- the liy-road by ivhich I had come, I was now encompassed by dwarf pines and cedars, that revealed the op* n sky. but gave mure than- the ordinary lonesomeness to the scenery.— Sterile, iminhabited, interminable as I knew such soil to be, there was the additional fear that I had emerged upon a stretch of Vir­ ginia forest, wherein the traveller might wander fur iiiontlis. in dreary circles, finding neither outlet, guide, nor subsistence. M y first impulse was to retrace my steps, but after-thought suggested that I might go Still further astray, turning in the darkness,, into some more devious and dangerous path. I then bethought me ot resting fur the night, wrap] ed in my saddle-blanket, and waiting for daylight to assist me ; hut- my horse was weary and hungry, and should have proven­ der and shelter While thus doubtful and perplexed, I heard a tread among the pines to the left, followed by a crash, and a hard,, heavy breath. My hand reatdied nervously for my pistol. I stood erect in ti.e stirrups, peering through the gloom with my finger presJog tightly against the trigger, and a stammering challenge upon iny lips. A dark object bounded from the brush, and passing across the road close before me, disappeared. 1 resolved it into a horse, and in the dim, nn- certa.n shadow, saw that it was lame I Cursing my cowardice, I replaced the pis- in its holster, and chirping to my beast, went wearily onward. There was a chance, at least, that I should reach some secluded farmhouse or negro hut. After the space of a half hour, I came to a fence and gate, and to my great relief discerned the stacks and outhouses of d tann. A second gate through which I passed creaked dismally behind me, and shut with a loud nois^ but turning the angle of a log cabin, I had the satisfaction of dismounting before an ancient Virginia resi- [CONTINUED ON EODKTH P.4GE,] m 4- «r . e. t

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