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. Perhaps, it would be as well to state here, that the two persons already mentioned were Mrs. Carrie Lawton, a female operative on my force, and John Scobell, who has figured before in these pages. In a few minutes dinner was announced, and the boarders, to the number of fifteen, including Mrs. Lawton and the peddler, with the landlady at the head, gathered around the long table in the low, oler ate his meal it silence, undisturbed by the general conversation going on around him, and Mrs. Lawton noticed that he was keenly watching her whenever an opportunity occurred to do so, as he thou to carefully watch the movements of the peddler, and his searching glances, directed towards Mrs. Lawton, fully convinced him that his previous suspicions were well founded. Mrs. Lawton returned Mrs. Lawton returned to her room, not a little disturbed at the peddler's strange behavior, and having no doubt that the stranger was a spy, she determined to discover if she was the object of his visit, or whether his a
ing up the Peninsula towards Richmond. Yorktown had surrendered, the battle of Williamsburg had been fought, and the army was advancing to the Chickahominy. Mrs. Lawton and John Scobell had been for some weeks in Richmond, during which time they had obtained much important information, Mrs. Lawton taking the role of a Southern Mrs. Lawton taking the role of a Southern lady from Corinth, Mississippi, and Scobell acting as her servant. Having determined to leave Richmond, they were on their way to join the Union forces, which, under General McClellan, had their headquarters on the Chickahominy at a point about ten miles from Wilson's Landing. Here, according to previous arrangement, they were to meet Mr. Lawton, who was also one of my operatives, and from that point were to proceed to the Union camp. The landlady of the Glen House was a stanch friend to the Federals, and had on more than one occasion rendered valuable service to my operatives, especially to Hugh Lawton. It was therefore at his suggestion that his wi
ly upon his hard prison bed, vainly attempting to court the rest-giving slumber of which he stood so much in need, Lewis arose from his couch, feverish and unrefreshed, as the first faint rays of the morning sun penetrated his damp and dingy cell. His mind was in a state of confusion, and his heart was filled with fear. What had been done he knew not, and yet those guarded figures of the night before were ever in his mind. Could it be that they were Webster and his faithful attendant Mrs. Lawton? He shrank involuntarily from this thought; and yet, strive as he would, it recurred to him, with increased force, and with more convincing power, after each attempt to drive it from him. In a little while, the prison was astir. The guards were making their accustomed rounds, breakfast was served, and another day, with all its solemn activity, and its bustle so death-like and subdued, had begun. Unable to partake of the scanty meal that was set before him, Lewis impatiently awaite
Why do you think so? anxiously inquired Mrs. Lawton. Surely they cannot connect you with these er wants from me will be cheerfully given. Mrs. Lawton, will you get the letter, and hand it to Ca of the day. While he lay thus, attended by Mrs. Lawton, Mr. Campbell suddenly entered the room, wiand those orders I must obey. Then, said Mrs. Lawton, I will go too. He needs care and attentioned, and Webster was assisted into it, while Mrs. Lawton, under the escort of Cashmeyer was compellember, they will send the dead here next. Mrs. Lawton was conducted before the General, but she ss a spy. The meeting between Webster and Mrs. Lawton was a most affecting one. Tears filled theat impressed all who witnessed it. Under Mrs. Lawton's direction, the room in which he was confie door, a piercing shriek rent the air, and Mrs. Lawton fell prostrate to the floor. Arriving atody lay, incased in a metallic coffin which Mrs. Lawton had procured. His face was not discolored [19 more...]