jest as he war goina, ana he said: “ Ye karn't kotch him. He's out oa the bush!
He said thet, and died.
Ter save me, died wuth a lie on his lips!
Does ye b'lieve the Lord laid that agin him, Mr.--?
I am sure not. It was a noble action.”
“It 'pears so ter me, but it war loike the boy. He war allers furgettina himself, ana thinkina uv other folk.
He war all-all the pride uv my life-him ana Sallybut it pleased the Lord
ter tuck him afore me — but only fur a time-only fur a time-'fore long I shill hev him agin-agin — up thar — up thar!”
His emotion choked his utterance for awhile.
When he resumed, he said:
At the eend uv a fortn't, trav'lina by night ana sleepina by day, ana livina on the darkies when my fixin's guv out, I got inter the Union lines 'bove Nashville.
“ And what became of your wife and daughter?”
“ Lettle Sally went ter har sister.
My wife walked eighty miles ter har father's. He's one on yer quality folk, ana a durned old secesh, but he's got humin nature in him, ana Sally's safe thar.
I'se seed har twice ter his house.
The old 'un he's know'd on't, but he hain't nuver said a word.”
Bible's scouting adventures would fill a volume, and read more like a romance of the middle ages than a matter-of-fact history of the present time.
On one occasion, when about five miles outside of our lines, he came, late at night, upon a party of rebel officers, making merry at the house of a wealthy secessionist Riding coolly up to the mounted orderly on guard before the door-way, he pinion-d his arms, thrust a handkerchief