Trail-Makers of the Middle Border

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CHAPTER VIII
Clinton's Rescue

ON the following morning while Richard was eating his breakfast with McRae's aides, one of them said, "The colonel wishes to see you. He has instructions from General Grant to send out a detachment to make sure that your fellow-scout is not captured."

That the general was anxious about Clinton was evident, and Richard, worn as he was, reported to McRae not only as a soldier under command, but as a man alarmed for the safety of a comrade. "I was about to ask permission to go back to meet Captain Helmstock, colonel. I want to warn him of that band of guerillas. He's almost sure to come back the way I did, and those Confeds may nab him unless we get them first."

"Very good," said McRae. "I have detailed Major Compton and a force of picked men to proceed to the rescue under your guidance. From your condition when you

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