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"The work is not easy, most of it not and his unfailing cheerfulness. I have even interesting, I warn you," said Du- seen him bring the whole mess table to rant, kindly; "you will need all your their feet in a chorus that rang forth patience, both with yourself and with from the big dining-room, to be taken up others."
by the listening men without and swell "I will do any work you may appoint, to the very edge of the camp. Scarcely sir, and I'll promise not to ask for the had the refrain died away before he was slightest favor, except for a chance to show hurried with affectionate force to the I can make use of my opportunities." piano, and after striking a few chords I
have seen-no, felt-him bring the tears to All this was very different from the our eyes with some well-known song, but usual style of the gentleman volunteer.” which had a new meaning because he If he had offered to equip a whole troop sang it, and then the next moment have of horses he could not have been made the General, and all the others who were more welcome, and when he was intro- lucky enough to understand French, in duced to the General his reception was roars of laughter over a rattle of the keys so gracious that Durant and I felt highly and a musical jingle of words, of which gratified as sponsors to so presentable a we others would have given anything to recruit.
catch some meaning. Durant had a large tent pitched in the Those were the brave days of the war; grounds of the big residence occupied the strain had not as yet been severely by the General, which he used when he felt. Everything was full of promise, and wished for privacy, and here he had a all Southern hearts were confident, when cot fitted up for Marigny.
the general enthusiasm was heightened It was simply wonderful, the way that by the news that the Prince Polignac was young fellow picked up things. He had to visit the army. the advantage of a thoroughly good education, and had travelled much; in fact, A grand review was ordered, and Duhad been so constantly away from home rant was simply overburdened with work; nearly all his life that he had few per- for we were on the eve of some imporsonal acquaintances, and his ignorance tant move, and most of the heads were of many of the familiar family names, only too anxious to have the performance and even of our Southern habits, was over and be “ off to the wars again.” surprising. As he laughingly explained, Our General was great at such a time! “I am learning more now than I'm afraid To see him at dinner the night before I've ever forgotten.” He was hand in the review one would think his one inglove with every one, and yet it was all terest in life was but to play the host in so natural a way that there was no successfully to his pleased and gracious undue familiarity on either side.
guest ; but after we broke up, and the He kept at bis work as earnestly as if last man had departed, he sat down to a the success of the army depended on his night's work. It was nearly daybreak beprogress; not only was he indefatigable fore he left me, having rapidly dictated at drill, but he would stick at his Manual a pile of correspondence to be put into like any schoolboy, and took to making shape the next morning. plans and engineering profiles and sketch- After a few hours' sleep and a solitary es with unflagging industry, although his breakfast, I settled down in the empty progress here seemed bungling enough. drawing-room to my despatches - every It was not all theory, however, for he one had gone to the review, and I was was untiring at dragging a chain, un- alone with a subaltern, who copied out der the direction, and often bullying, of my draughts. the officer in charge, and thus won the As I was deep in my work I suddenly heart of old Turner, chief of the engineer heard the door open, and glanced up, excorps, who claimed him as a special pro- pecting to see a servant, or possibly Dutégé, and sat late many a night showing rant, who was to return that morning him the plans, and laboriously explain- from some secret mission, when, to my ing the theory of the coming campaign. surprise, there stood Marigny.
I wondered then, but, Lord bless you, it “Hullo! Why in the dickens aren't is no secret to me now, how he won over you at the show?" I cried. every heart with his ready winning ways He laughed. “Oh, I'm not much of a show-soldier. See here, Colonel; let me “What?" he cried; for he caught the give you a hand.”
full trouble in my voice. “Go to the devil!" I said, roughly; for “I am. It may be the overwork. But somehow or other I felt nettled and all see here. Marigny came in here a quaron edge, perhaps from the long strain of ter of an hour ago with an offer to help work.
me, and an excuse for not being at the “I'd just as soon as go to the show. review. Nothing much more than that, But I can't do either one or the other, for but I'm as sure something's wrong as if I 'the devil rides' at times, they say, and I were a woman. haven't even a horse, now that Durant's His face changed rapidly as I spoke. off.”
“Come to my tent,” he said, sharply. "All right, old chap, take mine," I said, There we found the darky fussing somewhat ashamed of my rudeness, and about. “Here, boy; out of this just now,' turned again to my writing.
said Durant, sharply, and without a word Marigny lingered about the room, turn- he went to Marigny's cot, threw off the ing over some spurs on a side table, and clothes, took out his knife and slit down for the first time in my life I found bis the mattress, and there was sheet after presence annoying, and called out, some- sheet of innocent-looking tissue - paper; what sharply, “Well, what's the matter but when we held them up we found them now?"
covered with plans and figures, every “I suppose I can take a pair of these road, fortification, and line of march as spurs?” he said, as quietly as if I had of- carefully laid out as if an engineer had fered some civility.
been'at them for months. 'Go ahead,” I growled out; and as he stood there fumbling, my temper rose “Good God !" groaned Durant, and we every moment. Fairly at the end of my looked at each other in positive dismay. patience, I noisily pushed back my chair When the review was over, Durant and sharply interrogated
went in and reported to the General at “ Well?"
the earliest moment. I was sitting at "Hang it! I can't find a pair," laughed my place, trying to work, when Marigny Marigny; but he evidently felt the situa- came in, smiling as usual, with a song on tion, for as he spoke he picked up a couple his lips. “Here are your spurs, Colonel." and left the room.
"They're not mine," I said, shortly. I sat there staring at the pile of papers He looked over, half surprised, half before me. “Why did he want a pair of amused, and was about to say something, spurs ? Confound it, we planters never but at this moment the door opened and bothered about two spurs, so long as we Durant came back. could make a mule go with one! Two “Mr. Marigny, the General wishes to spurs—what in the dickens did he want see you." And then turning to me, two spurs for?” And so on the idiotic old “Colonel, will you come in?" plantation jingle kept running through We entered together, and found Beaumy tired head.
rivage with the Prince and all his staff Just then Durant came in. “Durant, seated about the table, which was simply did you ever know a planter want two covered with the tissue-paper maps. spurs?"
The moment he caught sight of them “What should he want two spurs for, Marigny instantly drew himself up, the when one is enough to make a mule go? smile died on his lips, and throwing his Is that the answer you wanted ?”
cap on the floor (the action of an officer “Yes, that's the answer right enough,” surrendering in the field), said, in his orI said, slowly.
dinary voice, "Pshaw, Stewart! You're overworked. “Gentlemen, I am Lieutenant LeighKnock off that for a bit and take forty ton, of the United States Engineer Corps, winks, and you'll have something better at your service.” in your head than fool questions about Beaurivage, in his impulsive French spurs. Come along, man!"
fashion, jumped up, and rushing over, I got up and went out on the veranda caught Marigny with one hand, and laid with him.
the other, as if protectingly, on his shoul“Durant, I'm in earnest. I'm bothered der; then, turning angrily on me, said about that young fellow Marigny." something in rapid French, and so stalked back to his place, sat down, and fairly time to see him dodge here and there begroaned aloud.
tween the stumps and gun-carriages and There was a long, dreadful pause. The at last disappear in the edge of the woods. General at length raised his head and We did our best in the pursuit, for tried to speak, but could not say a word. that was fair fighting, but I never set eyes Every face was drawn hard, and the si- on that engineer officer again. lence was simply horrible. At last it was I came back to camp, wondering, but broken by the prisoner.
not caring much, what particular form “General," he said, quietly—“General, my punishment would take-for I knew may I be shot?"
I was in the General's black books alBeaurivage again attempted to speak, ready-and the first person I came across but could not; he only nodded.
was Durant. “Colonel,” Durant said to me, “ you “Your receipt for your prisoner, sir?" will withdraw with the prisoner.”
Here, sir_his sign-manual!" and I
pointed to my swollen neck. We stepped into the next room. Leigh- I was the most popular man in the ton, or Marigny, walked over and stood
camp. staring into the empty fireplace, while I paced up and down, envying even his And now for a coincidence. Nearly position, until Durant came out again, twenty years after this—to be precise, on and placing a paper in my hand, whis- the 29th November, 1880—I and my felpered, “You shall deliver the prisoner to low-passengers on the R.M.S. Sardinian, Major Scott, the provost marshal, and re- Captain Joseph Dutton, from Quebec towturn with his receipt.”
ards Liverpool, were the spectators of the It was shameful to put me to such gallant rescue of the crew of the bark hangman's duty. My rank gave me the Mogul off Anticosti by our second officer right to claim immunity from such deg- and his men. radation; but I hadn't the heart to rebel, That night, in the smoking-room, the and so got my men together.
conversation naturally ran on courage Marigny, with his never failing tact, and its opposite, and many and good were did not give me the pain of a single or- the stories that went round. An elderly der, but stepped out the moment we were gentleman of a reserved habit, who had ready and took his place. He walked be- seen much in the Union army, and whose side me, and behind us tramped a squad of every word was worthy of a good listener, soldiers, fully armed.
said, quietly, when the conversation had We passed through the camp in silence; reached a somewhat heated point on the for the news had spread as if by wildfire, dangerous ground of definition: and we marched under the accusing eyes “Well, gentlemen, I have grown slow of men and officers-I feeling as if I was to call any man a coward. I have never about to commit a deliberate murder, and forgotten one lesson in this particular. every one looked as if the whole business “Just after the battle of Shiloh I was had arisen by my unwarrantable and un- an unwilling witness to the disgrace of a necessary interference.
brother soldier. He was a young officer Neither of us spoke, until we reached a of engineers, scarcely more than a boy, circular clearing of nearly half a mile in called Leighton, who had deserted his diameter at the outskirts of the camp, post in presence of the enemy. There where a number of captured guns were was no defence, no extenuating plea enparked, and others which were useless tered, and it seemed as if a most promwere standing upon end in nearly every ising career were ignominiously ended. possible position.
“Not more than six weeks later this “Is that a hawk, Stewart?" said Mari- same man reported to the general and gny, suddenly pointing across my shoul- myself, and laid before us the whole plan der.
of the coming campaign as projected by I turned, and the next thing I knew I our opponents, with every detail as to was tumbled head over heels by a blow force, guns, and supplies. This informaunder my ear; I heard the guns go bang! tion he had gathered in the enemy's bang! bang! after Lieutenant Leighton, camp, where he had gone, and remained late Marigny, of the United States En- for over a month, literally with his life gineer Corps, and sprang to my feet in in his hand at every moment; and his escape, when discovered, and subsequent with joy, and then as suddenly blanched dangers in making his way into our lines again. in his disguise as a Southerner, would "But, General,' he faltered, 'I am a have tried the nerve of the best man I coward. I simply can't stand the horrible ever knew. When the young engineer noise of battle; it terrifies the very body had finished his report, the General stretch of me, and I lose all control of myself, ed out his hand and said, in a hoarse voice: like a miserable hound. I am not fit to “My boy, I am proud of you! I'll see wear a uniform again. God help me! I you righted yet!' At which the pale face am a coward.' And he put his face in of the youngster before us fairly flamed his hands and sobbed aloud."
BY FREDERIC REMINGTON.
ITTING together comfortably on the lak you. Dey was ’ave de money, un was
De who ran the flouring-mill at the agency, man what was sell de cow she buy de cow Sun-Down and I felt clean, and we both some more; dey all done do not'ing but had on fresh clothes. He had purchased set roun' un buy de cow. I could not at the trader's a cotton shirt with green geet de buffalo, un could no more geet de stripes, which would hold the entire at- money for be soldier scout. Well, I was tention of any onlooker. We were in- not understan'-I was not know what do. clined to more gayety than the smoke We was keel de cow once--maybeso I tell of the mountain camp fire superinduced, you 'bout dat some time. De cowboy she and became more important and material say we mus' not keel de cow. when the repression of the great moun
"You keel our buffalo, now we mus' keel tains was removed.
your cow.' He sais soldiers dey geet aftar “Well, Sun-Down, how are you feel- us, un we don' know what do. ing?" I opened.
“I was say to Dakase un Hoopshuis: "Feelin' pretty reech dese day," he 'You mak de horse-ban' wid me. observed, with a smile.
on de Yellowstone un sell de cowboy de “ Have you paid the kid's board yet?" pony-mak great deal of money,'
"Ah, by gar, I was pay dose board- tinued Sun-Down. mouey 'fore I was geet off dat pony. In hopes of development, I asked where How you s'pose I know what weel come he got all the ponies. when I was heet de agency? Firs' fellar “Ah, nevar you min' dat.
We was she wiggle de pas’eboard maybeso Sun- geet dem pony where dey was cheap." Down go broke. Well, I was buy de shirt And I knew, from his cynicism, that it un de tobac. Good shirt deese, hey? was an ancient form of his misbehavior. Well, den, I don' care."
“So Dakase un me un Hoopshuis was "Of course you don't, my dear Mr. Le- tak de horse-ban' to Yellowstone Reever, flare. Having money is a great damage un was hole eet by Meestar John Smeeth to you,” I continued.
log house back een de foot-heel. Meestar "Yes, dat ees right. Money she no John Smeeth he was sell de rum un deal gran' good ting for Enjun man lak for de card een de log house. De cowboy wbite folk. Enjun she keep de money she stop roun' Meestar John Smeeth log een hees han' 'bout long she keep de snow house, un de cowboy was raise bell. Dees een hees han', but I was tell you eet was rum she varrie bad medicin' for Enjun, all he was geet dese day. Pony she not all right; un she varrie bad for cowboy, bring much. Enjun he can't mak de all same. Cowboy he geet drunk, wan' wagon 'less he ’ave de price. De dry all time for burn hees seex-shootair. Bad meat, de skin, un de pony, she was what plass for Enjun when de cowboy she hise Enjun want; but he was geet leetle now. een de rum. Use for ’ave eet long time 'go; now “Well, 'long come de cow outfeet, un not ing but money! Dam!
Dakase un de oddar Enjun she was pull ** Back youdair, een what year you call out een de foot-heel, but I was stop roun' '80-all same time de white man was hang for notice Meestar John Smeeth sell de de oddar white man so fas'-she geet horse-ban' to de cowboy. Meestar John be bad. De buffalo man she was come Smeeth she not be varrie bes' man I evair plenty wid de beeg wagon, was all shoot was see. We all time look at Meestar John up de buffalo, was tak all de robe. Den Smeeth varrie sharp. I was say to Meesde man come up wid de cow, un de sol- tar Smeeth, 'You sell de pony to de cowdier he was stop chasse de Enjun. De boy, un eеf you geet ’nough money, you Enjun she was set roun de log pos', un 'ave one horse when you was sell ten was not wan' be chasse some more--eet horse'; un I sais to heem: 'I tink you not was do no good. Den come de railroad; ride varrie far on de beeg road eef you aftar dat bad, all bad. Was see peop' beat roun' much when you do beesness