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A Daughter of the Union
written by "Madison, Lucy Foster, 1865-1932"
...would not consider the thing for an instant if my need were not so great. Should the papers fall into the rebels’ hands, not only would they secure important information but they would also get the names of 27 men whose death would pay the penalty of discovery.” “I understand,” said the girl gravely. “But the rebels shall never get them, father. I will destroy them first. They must be concealed about my clothing in such a manner that even if I were searched they could not be discovered. Not that I think that I shall be,” she added hastily as a look of alarm flitted over her father’s face, “but it is just as well to be prepared for emergencies.” “What are you two plotting?” asked Mrs. Vance entering the room. “You have been talking so earnestly that I thought that you were settling the affairs of the nation.” “We have been,” answered Jeanne gaily. “I am going to New Orleans on business for father.” “Oh, Richard,” came from Mrs. Vance in a wailing cry. “Not my girl too! I have given my boy! Leave me my daughter.” “Mother!” Jeanne sprang to her outstretched arms where she was folded close to the mother’s heart. “You don’t understand. There is no danger. Who would harm a girl like me?” “She shall not go, Dora, if you do not consent,” 28 spoke Mr. Vance comfortingly. “My need for a messenger was so urgent that I spoke of it before Jeanne, and the little witch has beguiled me into thinking that she is the very one for the business.” “Why of course I am,” cried Jeanne in decided tones. “Let’s sit down and talk it over.” “I don’t like it,” said Mrs. Vance after the matter had been explained. “I am afraid that something will happen to you.” “But, mother, what could h...

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