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Lo! a gentleman in a blue coat and mounted was seen rapidly approaching below the house, followed by others. Look out! said Major Vā€” ; there are the Yankees! They are running by ā€” they won't stop. What are you going to do? I said. I am going to put the bridle on my horse! And the Major bridled up and mounted rapidly. Well, I am going to wait to have the shoes put on mine. Idle and absurd intent! Even as I spoke, the party scattered, Major V- galloping to the right, Major Mcā€” to the left, with the courier. A single glance revealed the situation. Another party of blue-coats were rushing at full gallop toward the house from above. Shot suddenly resounded. Hi! Hi! Halt! followed; and I had just time to mount and pass at full speed across the front of the party, pursued by more shots and hihi's! Admire, reader, the spectacle of the stampeded staff officers! My friend in front resembled the worthy Gilpin, with a pistol holster for the jug-his horse's tail flo<