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"I have sought it, Ellen," he replied, still holdThere is a thing—there is a thing,

ing her i and, “because, despairing of gaining your I fain would have from thee

consent, I have volunteered in Capt. Washington's I fain would have that gay, ring.

cavalry corps, and to

morrow set forth. Perhaps THE SPECTRE LADY.

you will never see me more. I could not leave the The period of our revolutionary history imme- neighborhood without seeing you once more, and diately succeeding the defeat at Camden, is still re. bidding you an eternal farewell; and, as your father's membered in the Carolinas with horror. The British, orders had banished me from the house, there was elated with their success, and regarding the South no method of giving you my adieux except by solicitas now their own, proceeded in the work of confis- ing an interview.” cation and massacre with pitiless severity. In that The tears had started to the eyes of his listener, but terrible crisis many a family was deprived of its she turned away her head to conceal them; and for head either by exile or by execution. Yet larger some time neither spoke. numbers were shorn of their property and reduced to “Ellen, dear Ellen,” said the young soldier, comparative indigence. In a word, terror reigned earnestly, “will you not now, in this solemn moparamount.

ment, say you love me? I once hoped you did, but But the common events of life still went on. The since your father has forbidden me the house, you transactions of business, the struggle for wealth, the have been less kind; and I fear that I have lost your toils of the husbandman, births, deaths, marriages, heart—that you, too, have ceased 10 care for me, cares, hopes, fears--all followed each other down the now that I am beggared-—" deep current of existence, almost wholly unaffected His hearer suddenly turned her face full upon him, by the storm of war which agitated the surface. It with a look of tearful reproach that cut short his is an error to suppose that great convulsions disturb words. the whole order of society. Men will still hate, “Bless you, Ellen, for that look," he said. “Though though the entire nation be turned into a camp; will my father's estate is confiscated, and he and I both still strive for the dross of earth; will still, if young indigent, it is not on that account that you have and generous, risk their heart's happiness in love. seemed so cold to me lately. Say then, dearest, only

It was toward the close of a winter evening that say that I have been mistaken in thinking you at all a youth of noble mien and handsome face stood at altered." the foot of one of those long avenues of trees, which, Another look, equally eloquent, answered him; in South Carolina, lead up from the road to the but still his hearer did not speak. mansions of the wealthier. proprietors. For nearly

“Oh! Ellen,” he continued, “when I am far half an hour he had been there, as if awaiting the away fighting my country's battles, what bliss it approach of some one from the house: now looking would be to know that you sometimes think of me; anxiously up the long avenue, now restlessly walk and that if I should fall, you would shed a tear for ing to and fro. During that interval but one person had passed along the highway, and the notice of this His listener, at these words, wept freely, and when one the youth had skillfully avoided by concealing her agitation had somewhat passed, spoke. himself behind some dwarf trees within the planta- “Alberi," she said, "you have conquered. Know tion-fence. This act, as well as his whole demeanor, then that I do love you.” At these words the im- -, proved that he was awaiting some secret interview. petuous young man clasped her in his arms, but she

At last, just when the dusk began to deepen into disengaged herself, saying, “But, while my father night, the flutter of a white dress was seen coming opposes your suit, I can never be yours. The down the avenue. A minute more, and a beautiful consciousness of his disapproval has made me affect girl of eighteen summers appeared on the scene. a coldness to you which my heart belied, in the

“Albert,” said the new comer, as the youth, seiz- hope that you would think of some one more worthy ing her hand, passionately kissed it, “I have not a of you-but-but," she hesitated, then quickly added, second to stay. It was with difficulty I could leave" in a word, if it will comfort you, when away, to the house unseen, and my absence bas doubtless know that I think of you, and pray for you, go forth been noticed before this; what we have to say, there happy-he misery is us who stay behind, and fore, must be said at once; why have you sought who are hourly anxious for the fate of the absent.” this interview ?"

The tears fell fast as she spoke, and, concluding,


she suffered her head to be drawn to her lover's | purpose he halted at a place called the Cowpens, and shoulder, while a deep and holy silence succeeded, having drawn up his troops, awaited, though not as these two young and already unhappy beings held without anxiety, the appearance of the foe. each other in a first embrace.

The attack of Tarlelon, as usual, was impetuous, It was only for a moment, however, that Ellen and for a while the American militia were driven yielded to weakness. Raising her head and brushing helplessly before it; but soon they rallied, under the tears from her eyes, she said, while crimson cover of a few continentals belonging to Morgan's blushes overspread her face,

command, and in turn forced the British to give “And now farewell-perhaps all this is wrong-ground. These brave soldiers of the line, led by but I could not see you leave me in anger.”

their colonel, now charged with the bayonet, when “ God bless you for those kind words," said the route of the royal infantry became complete. Albert. “But, Ellen, before you go, one more re. Washington, with his cavalry, had been waiting quest. That miniature that hangs around your neck-impatiently a chance to participate in the fight; but is it too much to ask for it?"

having been stationed as a partial reserve, lhe order She hesitated : then, as steps were heard in the for him to engage did not for some time arrive. His road, suddenly gave it to him. He drew a heavy troops shared his enthusiasm. Composed chiefly of signet-ring from his finger, and said, tendering it in young men of family, and mounted on thorough-bred exchange,

animals, they presented a formidable appearance, “ Take this, and let us be true to each other—80 as they stood, a waiting the order to engage, the help us God!"

horses champing at the bit, and the riders nervously And with this parting adjuration, he sprang over fingering their swords: they saw the onset of the the fence to conceal himself behind the brushwood, British, ihe flight of the first line, and the partial while Ellen, hastening up the avenue, was soon lost panic that extended through the foot soldiers with to sight in the obscurily of the hour.

horror; but still their leader remained unmoved. Many The wind sighed mournfully through the pine woods had never been in battle before, and such believed as this betroihal was consummaled, and the dark, the day lost; among these was Albert. starless sky overhead looked down with its weird At last the confusion became so great around them and melancholy face.

that troops so undisciplined, if less brave, would

have taken to ignominious flight; for the defeated CHAPTER II.

militia were pouring down upon them from all sides, Heard ye the din of battle bray,

almost compelling them to break their ranks, or see Lance to lance, and horse to horse. GRAY.

the fugitives perish under the hoofs of their horses. It is well known that, after the defeat of Gales, But now Washington seemed to rouse from his inCongress hastened to supersede that general, and action. Ordering his men first to allow the flying appoint Greene to succeed him. At the period of the militia to gain their rear, he then directed them, his incidents narrated in the last chapter, the new com- sharp, quick tones showing that the moment for acmander-in-chief had arrived in the South, and was lion had come, to close up and prepare to charge. organizing bis forces.

As he spoke, he pointed with his sword ahead, His very first proceeding showed the resources of and our hero beheld the renowned regiment of an intellect, which, in military affairs, was second Tarleton coming down upon them at full gallop, and only to that of the “father of his country.” Aware amid a cloud of dust, driving before a mass of disthat the initiatory step toward redeeming the South mayed fugitives. The keen eye of Washington was to arouse the confidence of its people, he deter- measured, for an instant, the distance between them, mined to divide his force. While, therefore, he and then said, moved with one portion down the Pedee, he de- "I want no fire-arms used to-day, my lads. Stick spatched Morgan, with the remainder, west of the to the cold steel. And now, for God and your Catawba, in order to encourage the inhabitants in country-charge!" that quarter. Morgan's corps was accompanied by Away went the troop, like a thunder-bolt suddenly Capt. Washington's light dragoons, of which our loosed from a cloud, with every scabbard jing. hero had already become a conspicuous member. ling, every steed snorting with excitement, and the

This division of his army, in the face of an active solid earth shaking under them. In full career they foe, would have been a capital error, but for the burst upon the flank of ihe enemy, who, disordered political advantages it offered, and which over- by his pursuit, could make but a seeble resistance. balanced the military ones. Cornwallis, then in Horse and rider went down before the impetuous command of the royal army, determined to frustrate charge of the Americans, who for awhile fairly rode the success of Greene's plan, by cutting off Morgan's down their foes. But British valor soon proved too detachment; and accordingly ordered Col. Tarleton, weak for the combined patriotism and courage of with his renowned dragoons, accompanied by a com- Washington's cavalry; and the royal troops, turning petent force of infantry, to give pursuit.

their bridles, took to ignominious flight. It was on the 14th of January, 1781, a day ever to be “On, on," cried Washington, waving his sword remembered in the annals of our country, that the for his men to follow, “ remember the cruelties of heroic Morgan learned the danger in which he stood. these myrmidons. Revenge for our slaughtered He determined immediately to give battle. For this countrymen!"

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