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MY LADY OF THE NORTH 

I walked the next mile thoughtfully, pondering over those vague hopes
and plans with which Caton's optimism had inspired me.  Then the
inevitable reaction came.  The one thing upon which he built so happily
had been denied me,--the woman I loved was the wife of another.  I might
not even dream of her in my loneliness and poverty; the remembrance of
her could be no incentive to labor and self-denial.  The Lieutenant's
chance words, kindly as they were spoken, only opened wider the yawning
social chasm between us.  The greatest mercy would be for us never again
to meet. 

I bent my head to keep the westering sun from my eyes, and breathing
the thick red dust, I trudged steadily forward.  Suddenly there sounded
behind me the thud of hoofs, while I heard a merry peal of laughter,
accompanied by gay exchange of words.  I drew aside, leading my horse
into a small thicket beside the road to permit the cavalcade to pass.
It was a group of perhaps a dozen,--three or four Federal officers, the
remainder ladies, whose bright dresses and smiling faces made a most

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