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"I want you to understand, Mr. Curtis," I said, taking my place by the front window, "that I purpose to kill him instantly if he attempts to enter this house."

 

"That is exactly what I want you to do," he replied.

 

The young bushwhacker had dismounted and was throwing his bridle rein over the horse rack. At this moment Mr. Curtis's eldest daughter came to me frantic with fear, begging me to put down the gun and have nothing to do with the man, saying that some one would be killed. I begged her to go at once to the rear part of the house, where she would be out of danger, saying that I had rather die than live in this way. Finley had taken his stand at the front door and his father at the parlor window. Seeing that we were armed and ready, the bushwhacker hastily remounted, leaving his confederate at the gate. "Remain here until I return," he said. "I will go to town, collect my band, and come back to get what I want."He galloped away toward town. I went out to the gate and told the guard to take his companion away as soon as he returned; that we did not wish to hurt any one.

 

"You have guns in that house, haven't you?" he asked me.

 

"It is our business to know that," I replied.

 

Meanwhile we had sent Judson Curtis through the bottoms to the courthouse to inform the judge and sheriff of what was transpiring. I sent the two young ladies to the school-house to tell the young men, who had served in the war, to come immediately to me. They came, and I had not more than time to tell them what was up when the guerrilla leader, with several other men, came galloping down the road, brandishing their pistols. As they approached the gate we moved into the house and took places with our guns. When they reached the gate the leader stopped and said: "Here is the place." But, seeing our increased force and the advantage we had in the house, the others took his horse's bridle and said: "Come on, fool; come on." And on across the ford and so out of sight they went.

 

That night the sheriff with a posse pursued them and captured the first two mentioned and carried them before Judge Mitchell, who imposed a fine upon each and sent them to jail for a term of months. When the Judge sentenced the young man to jail he told him that had he persisted in going into that house he would have been killed. In a few days the young man sent his mother word to sell his pistols, saying that he would never buckle on another. They served out their time in prison, and both became good citizens, and, so far as I know, they may be living today. This was the last of the troubles which followed the war in all that section of the State.

 



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