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THE BORDER SPY ***




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THE BORDER SPY;

OR,

THE BEAUTIFUL CAPTIVE OF THE REBEL CAMP.

A STORY OF THE WAR.


BY LIEUT. COL. HAZELTINE,
FORMERLY CAPT. COMPANY A, FREMONT'S BODY GUARD.


_NEW-YORK_:
SINCLAIR TOUSEY, PUBLISHERS' AGENT,
No. 121 NASSAU STREET.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1863, by SINCLAIR
TOUSEY, Publisher's Agent, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court
of the United States for the Southern District of New York.




THE BORDER SPY;

OR THE

BEAUTIFUL CAPTIVE OF THE REBEL CAMP.




CHAPTER I.

_The Rebel General Price - Determination to Fight - The Sleeping
Indian - Price Suspects him - He is Bound - Surprise - Escape._

Let those who fear the spray the torrent flings
Retrace their steps - I'll cross the stream, howe'er
Its brawlings may disturb me. - _Mrs. Hale._


"By my soul, it shall be done! Yes, safety, honor, fame, fortune, all
require it!"

It was a wild spot. The towering rocks reached to the height of several
hundred feet above the valley below, where rolled the rapid waters of
the Osage. Upon one of these jutting turrets, stood the speaker. His
large form rose above the mountain oaks, standing as he was upon its
most elevated point. But a close observer could not fail to notice that
he was ill at ease. His eyes were restless, and as they wandered from
mountain crag to the valley below, and thence to the far-reaching
prairie in the distance, his frame trembled, and his fingers
convulsively clutched his long iron-gray locks, as they were streaming
in the morning wind.

There was nothing remarkable in his dress, except that at such a time
and place he should have worn an elegant sword, which could be seen
beneath a large, dark cloak, thrown carelessly over his shoulders. In
other respects he was without uniform, or any mark indicating the
military chieftain.

After gazing for some time upon the surrounding country, he again spoke:

"Yes, by heavens, it is a land worth fighting for, and I will - "

The speaker paused, and turning, beheld the approach of the person who
had interrupted his soliloquy. A frown covered his face as he asked:

"What do you want, Johnson?"

The answer came, rough and fiercely.

"Want? revenge!"

"On whom?" asked the first speaker, as he grasped the hilt of his sword.

"Not on you, General Price; so don't fear."

"Fear!" echoed Price, "I fear no man - nothing."

"Then why do you clutch your sword as I approach?"

"Because I believe you are treacherous," replied Price.

"Treacherous! ha! ha! ha! Can I be else, and serve _you_?"

"But are you faithful to me and my cause?"

"_Your_ cause!" echoed Johnson. "Why _I_ thought it was your country's
cause!"

"My country's cause is mine," replied Price. "Again I ask you, are you
faithful to me?"

"Yes!"

"What assurance have I that you will be faithful?"

Johnson bowed his head, and did not reply.

"Answer me," said Price, sternly and suspiciously.

"General Price," replied Johnson, as he raised his head, and fixed his
piercing eyes upon his questioner, "General Price, I am poor. If I were
or had been a servant in heaven, and the commander-in-chief of the
infernal regions had offered me a position on his staff, to escape
servitude, and for promotion's sake, _not knowing him or his service_, I
might have accepted. In doing so, I should have lost heaven, and in no
case could have returned. Thus, as I would have no choice, I probably
should serve faithfully in my new capacity, for policy's sake, even if I
was deceived by the devil's promises. In much this way do I stand toward
you, General Price!"

"I have not deceived you!"

"You have! You have lied to me!"

"Johnson!" yelled Price, as his sword flashed in the morning light, "no
man shall address me thus, and live!"

"Hold, General Price," said Johnson, as he levelled his rifle at his
breast, "you had better spare those who _must_ serve you, as few are
willing!"

"Curse him!" muttered Price. "But for policy's sake I must restrain
myself. He shall act the spy this once - it is necessary - or I would dash
him from this rock into the depths below." "Johnson," he added, speaking
aloud, "you must not speak thus. It is true I have as yet been unable to
fulfil my promises; but consider. We are here facing a powerful army - an
army of fanatics - of devotees - who will fight to the death, while many
of my soldiers are discontented, and if they fight at all, I fear will
do it unsuccessfully. I have no confidence in many of my men. Why is
this, Johnson?"

"I can answer, but for one."

"Then answer for yourself!"

"I will, I have no confidence in you."

"You will serve me, nevertheless?"

"Yes - I am forced to do so!"

"How forced - by whom forced?"

"Not by you, General Price, but by myself."

"Don't you see much to fight for? Look around you. Gaze upon the face of
this beautiful country. Our enemies come to rob us of it. Shall we, like
dogs, submit? No! by the Eternal, I will not!" cried Price, his powerful
frame quivering with emotion.

"I see but little beauty here. Where is it?"

"All around - on every side!"

"I see but one bright spot, and that is - "

Johnson gazed into the valley below. His look was earnest. As he gazed,
the tear-drops started to his eyes, and he bent his head upon his hands,
while his breast heaved convulsively. He was deeply moved.

"Johnson, why are you weeping?" asked Price, as he regarded him with a
look of surprise.

"Am I weeping?" returned Johnson, raising his head.

"Yes; some sad recollection of the past oppresses you!"

"Of the past? Yes, of the past, as well as the present, and of the
future! But tell me what _you_ see here, that you should love this
country so much. It is not from associations?"

"No, only its beauty!"

"Its beauty? I cannot see it! Where is it?"

"Shall I describe what I see?"

"Yes, sir; I am interested to know what _you_ can call beautiful."

"I will. I am standing here, upon a lofty mountain turret. Below is the
Osage. Gaze upon it. Is it not majestical? Yonder it rolls, along the
mountain's base, now leaping, rushing onward, like a giant army charging
a deadly foe, lashing its banks as if it longed to break from its
restraint, and charge the world. And there it strikes the mountain's
side, and for a moment falters. It will turn aside defeated! Will it?
No! It is no coward, and the mountain yields - the mountain falls - the
Osage breaks the barrier, and rushes on. And now, all conscious of its
victory, it pauses for awhile, or gliding gently onward murmurs its own
song of glory. And listen to the strain. How it rises on the air, and is
borne from crag to crag, along the lofty summits to tell that grand
array of its own defeat. Look at that mountain column formed in battle
line. It appears impregnable. But its ranks are broken, and its power
defied. That gap is where the charge was made - that gap tells the
story - its line was broken, and defeat followed. The river was
victorious!"

"Good!" echoed Johnson. "What more do you see?"

"Mountains and hills where we can defy the world. And yonder is my own
camp."

"Yes, your camp, containing seventy thousand true and tried soldiers.
Those who have shared your victories with you. Seventy thousand
soldiers! ha! ha! ha!"

"Johnson, I do not like your sarcasm. Better the enemy should
over-estimate our numbers. It will intimidate them."

"Intimidate! Whom?"

"Why, not only the soldiers of the army, but their generals!"

"Asboth?"

"Yes!"

"Sturgis?"

"Yes!"

"Hunter?"

"Yes!"

"Sigel and Fremont?"

"Yes; even Sigel and Fremont can be intimidated."

"Perhaps - by an earthquake, but not by you, General Price. Asboth is a
soldier, and does not know the meaning of the word fear. Sturgis - you
have met him once - do you wish to meet him again? Hunter - there is
lightning in his eyes; if he does not fight, it will be for want of a
foe. Sigel - do you remember Wilson's Creek?"

"But of Fremont - what of him?"

"He will meet you here, if you dare remain; and his soldiers will come
with him."

"Well, it may be so. Their army is now at Warsaw. They must be detained
for some days yet. They are constructing a bridge at that point across
the Osage, and you will have sufficient time to visit their camps, and
return before they advance. If it should be advisable to move, you can
apprize us in time."

"When shall I start?"

"Now."

"Well, your instructions."

"Johnson, I confess I fear to meet that man Fremont. And yet I hate him
with a bitterness which poisons all my joys. Tell him we number
seventy-five thousand fighting men, well armed and disciplined. That we
are strongly fortified, and for them to advance would be certain death.
Tell him it is a mistake that my soldiers are discontented, but will all
fight to the last. Will you tell him this?"

"I will."

"Your safety may depend upon it, for I _will_ fight if I am compelled to
face him with a single regiment. Last night I held a council with my
officers, and we resolved to make a stand here. To retreat farther will
be to bring shame upon us, and to stamp us as cowards. And I believe
there is not a dozen men in my army who would not die before they would
be branded as cowardly. I rely upon their pride, rather than their
loyalty."

"That must be your appeal. Shall I go now?"

"Yes! Stay, Johnson; return by to-morrow night and tell me Fremont is
dead, and you shall be richly rewarded. Tell me Sigel is also dead, and
you shall have command of the second regiment."

"Sigel and Fremont shall die!"

"You swear it?"

"Yes, I swear they _shall_ die, when - "

The remaining portion of the sentence was inaudible.

"Ugh!"

Startled, Price turned to behold, at the base of the rock upon which he
was standing, an Indian, who was, apparently, fast asleep.

"Do you know that red devil?" asked Price, turning to Johnson.

"Let me see."

Johnson bent over the edge of the rock, and for some time remained
silent. At last he said:

"'Tis Red-wing, as he is called by the people hereabouts; one of the
Osage tribe, I believe. But you will find little good in him, although
he might be made serviceable, if you could keep whiskey from him."

"Red-wing," shouted Price.

"Ugh!"

"You red devil, get up and show your colors, or I will send a bullet
through your head!" exclaimed Johnson.

There was no reply. Johnson raised his rifle, but the Indian had risen,
and fixing a glance of hatred upon Johnson, he said:

"Give Indian whiskey - me fight for you - me kill for you - give Indian
whiskey."

Price leaped from the rock, and motioned them to follow. In a few
moments he reached camp, closely followed by Johnson and the Indian.

The appearance of the rebel camp was somewhat singular.

Around the camp-fires were crowds of listless men and boys, who watched
the approach of their commander with calm indifference. He passed on in
silence, occasionally returning the salute of his officers, but did not
pause until he reached a tent located upon a high bluff, and almost
concealed from view by a thick growth of oaks. Around this tent were
others, less grand in appearance, which were occupied by the leaders of
his army. Stretching for some distance below, was an open field, over
which were scattered rude tents, of a great variety in form and
appearance. Bed blankets, worn and various in their colors, were
stretched across poles, at either end of which was placed a supporting
stake, cut from the surrounding branches. All looked comfortless.

Mingled with these were seen rows of small canvas tents, giving the
encampment more of a warlike aspect. The arms were also varied in their
patterns. Some of them bore the appearance of the regular United States
army rifle, while others were the ordinary hunting rifle or shot gun.
Occasionally were to be seen soldiers in uniform, but in most instances
the rough blue home-spun was worn.

As the Indian passed through the camp, his eyes wandered carelessly over
the scene. When Price reached his tent, an orderly arose to receive him,
and the general said:

"Send a corporal and ten men to my tent."

Then turning to Johnson, he added:

"You are known, and will require no escort beyond our lines. I shall
question this Indian closely, and perhaps use him. Go!"

"Yes, general," replied Johnson, and turning he departed.

By this time a large number of officers had gathered near the tent of
Price, and silently awaited the examination of the Indian, who they
evidently supposed to be a spy from the Union army. Unconscious of their
presence, or at least appearing to be so, the Indian stood with folded
arms before the tent of the rebel general.

In a few moments Price appeared, pausing directly before the Indian.
Their eyes met, and for some time they regarded each other in silence.
At length Price asked:

"What is your name?"

"Me Indian - brave!"

"You are an Indian chief!"

"Me no chief!"

"Do you know me? I am chief here. Look around you - behold my warriors.
They are all brave. They will conquer the enemy. If you will bring your
warriors and fight with me, your hunting grounds will be safe, and your
fathers' graves sacred. If these invading robbers should conquer us, you
will lose your grounds; the graves of your sires will be polluted by
their unholy touch, and you and your people made slaves! Will you fight
with us?"

"Ugh!"

"What do you mean by that?" asked Price.

"Me ask chief."

"What is your name?"

"Red-wing."

"To what tribe do you belong?"

"Osage."

"Red-wing, don't attempt to deceive me. I can read your very thoughts!"

"Cowwewunk!"

"Yes, I know you. You are a spy, and direct from the federal camp. You
pretended sleep as you were lying at the foot of yonder rock, that you
might hear all my conversation and report it. You have heard too much.
Are there any here who have seen this fellow before?" asked Price,
turning to his soldiers.

"I have seen him, and know him," replied one of the men, stepping
forward. "He is called Fall-leaf, and is chief of the Delaware tribe."

The Indian sprang forward, and in an instant had broken through the
crowd which encircled him, and with the speed of a deer, dashed toward
the distant cliffs.

"Fire upon him!" shrieked Price.

A hundred rifles were raised, but the Indian was darting among the tents
in such a manner, that no opportunity for accurate aim could be had.

"Curses on it, he will escape!" yelled Price. "Here Barclay, Rains, all
of you, mount and follow. I must have that red devil, dead or alive. If
he escapes, he will bear important information to Fremont."

Price sprang into his saddle and dashed forward in pursuit. He was soon
followed by a score of others.

"By heavens, they have seized him!" cried Price, as he approached the
outer lines of the camp, where stood the guard tent.

So it was. Just as Fall-leaf reached a narrow defile which led along the
mountain's side and down to the river below, the detail ordered by Price
as a pretended escort, were starting for headquarters. They met the
Indian face to face, and comprehending the state of affairs, the
corporal ordered,

"Seize him!"

A large knife flashed in the sunlight, which the Indian suddenly drew
from concealment, and, as two of the guard sprang forward, it fell with
crushing weight upon the brain of each. A third and a fourth shared the
same fate.

But, at this instant one of the guard levelled a terrible blow at the
head of the Indian, with the but of his musket.

Fall-leaf, staggering back, fell to the earth. Half a dozen bayonets
were instantly pointed at his heart, but, as Price approached the spot
at this moment, he cried:

"Alive! alive! take him alive! I will question him first - then torture
him!"

In an instant the Indian was bound and helpless.

Price, as he rode up, followed by his aids, ordered Fall-leaf to arise.
The Indian was only partially stunned by the blow, and obeying the
summons, he stood erect.

"Now, dog!" said Price, "you shall confess."

"Me no confess!" answered Fall-leaf.

Price stamped his foot from very rage. Turning to the guard he said:

"Throw that hell-hound upon the fire between those burning logs!"

The Indian glanced at the burning mass, and then upon the objects by
which he was surrounded. The guard were about to seize him, when,
turning to Price, he said:

"Me tell all!"

"You will tell me all you know of the federal army, and of your own
plans?" asked Price.

"Yes! Me hate you. Me fight you. You steal pale-face - Alibamo - "

Price started, turning pale as death, as he shrieked:

"Pitch him into the fire this instant!"

The guard seized the Indian, and were about to put the order into
execution, when a man bearing the appearance of a rough mountaineer,
sprang forward.

"Hold on a bit, general!" were his deliberately uttered words.

Then, with the most perfect coolness, he drew his knife and severed the
cords which bound the wrists of Fall-leaf.

"And who are you?" asked Price in surprise.

"Your best friend, of course, general," was the laconic reply.

"I doubt it!"

"Then you believe I lie, do you?"

"Yes!"

"Well, I will not lie then. I am your enemy. The reason I called myself
your friend was, because I intended to give you good advice!"

"Indeed! And what is this good advice?"

"Why, general, that you are too far from the main body of your troops
with so small an escort. You had better return!"

"What do you mean?" asked Price, alarmed.

"I'll show you," was the reply. "Here, boys; come on, quick," he
shouted, turning toward the dense thicket from which he had emerged.

"We are surprised! Fall back!" shrieked Price, as he wheeled his horse.

The guard had not waited for this command, but were already rapidly
retreating toward the main camp, followed by the aids of Price.

The Indian and his rescuer had already mounted a cliff which overlooked
the entire ground, and turning he cried:

"Look how the cowards run! Ha! ha! ha!"

Price heard the words, and the laugh of derision. He commanded a halt,
and exclaimed:

"It was but a ruse! No troops excepting our own are near us. Follow
me - we can yet overtake them. There is but one path leading down the
mountain, and one along the ridge. Take the lower one, Rains, with forty
men. I will take the upper path, and thus we will cut them off."

The order was at once executed, and the different detachments galloped
along each mountain road.

"There they are!" cried Price, as he reached the highest mountain point,
about four miles from his camp. "There is a path to the right of that
ledge, which leads to the valley. Quick - intercept them. They are making
for that spot."

The whole party dashed forward, but were just in time to see the rescuer
of Fall-leaf spring from the rock and commence his rapid descent down
the rugged pathway. A volley was fired after him, but without effect.

"But where is that red-skin?" asked Price. "He is not with that fellow,
and I saw him standing upon that rock but a moment since."

"He may be concealed in some of the crevices in the ledge," replied one
of the party.

Search was instantly made. In a few moments one of the aids cried:

"He is here! surround the rock - he cannot escape!"

Near the summit of the cliff there was a large oak tree, which at one
time had been standing erect, but from lack of soil to secure its roots,
had gradually settled down until its tops were some thirty or forty feet
_below_ its roots. It hung over a frightful precipice of over one
hundred feet. Directly below grew a large tree, whose tops reached
within fifteen or twenty feet of the declined oak's branches.

The Indian finding himself thus surrounded, did not hesitate an instant.
On one side was the precipice - on all other sides, the infuriated
soldiery, thirsting for his blood.

Quick as thought he sprang for the oak. Down its body and branches he
ran, like a squirrel skipping from twig to twig.

"Fire!" shouted Price.

"Our pieces have all been discharged at the other spy. We must load."

"Well, quick - quick, or he will escape. By heavens, look!"

The Indian had reached the extreme branches of the declining oak. He
paused an instant and then sprang for the tree below.

It was a fearful leap. But he succeeded in grasping one of the topmost
branches. His weight bent the frail limb, and before he could grasp
another, it had broken, and his form went whirling through the air. But
his form was checked by striking one of the main limbs, and with an
effort he secured a firmer hold. In an instant he had reached the body
of the tree, and was safe.

As he reached the base of the ledge, he turned and cried:

"Price - me meet you again!"




CHAPTER II.

_The Meeting - The tale of Wrong and Blood - The Avenger - The
Oath - The Mountain Maid - The Lover._

Oh, I could play the woman with mine eyes, and braggart with my
tongue.
But gentle heaven, cut short all intermission,
Front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself,
Within my sword's length set him; if he 'scape,
Heaven forgive him too. - _Shakespeare._


When Fall-leaf reached the ground he started for the river, pursuing his
way cautiously, but rapidly. Ever and anon he would pause and listen. It
was evident he was pursued by the party from whom he had just escaped,
but, as he passed along, their shouts were received only by a scornful
curl of his bronze lip.

But he soon found more difficult objects with which to contend. As he
emerged into an open space, he came suddenly upon the party under the
command of Rains. He was not at once discovered. Bending to the earth,
he crept cautiously along, concealing himself as best he could, by the
under brush and tall grass. But he was not long to remain undiscovered.
One of the rebel party, having espied the object of their pursuit,
raised his rifle, and as its report rang through the forest, it was
answered by a sharp cry of the Indian, who sprang into the air, and fell
backward.

In an instant he was surrounded. Upon examination it was found that the
bullet had penetrated his breast, rendering a dangerous, if not fatal
wound, from which the blood was flowing profusely. He was quite
conscious, but unable to move or speak.

"Shall I send a bullet through his brain?" asked one of the rebel band.

"It is unnecessary. That ugly wound in the breast will soon end him. But
stay. His tribe must not know of his death. Throw him into that hole by
yonder rock, then fill it up with stone and dirt."

The form of Fall-leaf was taken from the ground, and cast with violence
into a cavern, or "sink-hole," about twenty feet in depth, large enough
at its bottom to contain the bodies of a dozen men, but, unlike the
majority of such old water-escapes to caverns in the bowels of the
earth, the mouth of this hole was so small that it was quite difficult
for the passage of a single form. As soon as this was done, the party
proceeded to fill the entrance with rock and rubbish.

"It is done. He will trouble us no more!" said Rains.

"He is buried alive!"

"Yes, but no matter. Let us return to camp!"

The rescuer of Fall-leaf, after his escape, pushed rapidly forward to
the river bank. Here he paused for a moment and listened. No sound was
heard. He placed his ear to the ground.

"They are no longer in pursuit, but are returning to camp," he muttered,
after a pause. Then he drew a small whistle from his pocket, and sounded
a shrill note. There was no reply, and he repeated the call. Still there
was no answer.

"Has he been seized by those ruffians? If so, I must return to his
rescue. But, stay. I heard the report of a rifle, and then a sharp cry.
He may have met some of the soldiers, and suffered at their hands. At
all events, it will be useless now for me to go again to camp, as the
guard will be doubly vigilant. I will return to the cabin, and if
Fall-leaf does not appear by nightfall, I will then go in search of him.
Perhaps Johnson will accompany me."

He plunged into the river, and soon reached the other side. Onward he


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