THE SECRET SERVICE OF THE WAR.
Mr. Stanton's agents and spies -- Regular subterranean traffic between Washington and Richmond -- A man who spied for both sides -- The arrest of the Baltimore merchants -- Stanton's remarkable speech on the meaning of disloyalty -- Intercepting Jefferson Davis's letters to Canada -- Detecting the plot to burn New York, and the plan to invade Vermont -- Story of the cleverest and pluckiest of spies and his remarkable adventures.
AFTER Early's invaders had retired and quiet was restored, I went to Mr. Stanton for new orders. As there was no probability of an immediate change in the situation before Petersburg, the Secretary did not think it necessary for me to go back to Grant, but preferred that I remain in the department, helping with the routine work.
Much of my time at this period was spent in investigating charges against defaulting contractors and dishonest agents, and in ordering arrests of persons suspected of disloyalty to the Government. I assisted, too, in supervising the spies who were going back and forth between the lines. Among these I remember one, a sort of peddler -- whose name I will call Morse -- who traveled between Washington and Richmond. When he went down it was in the character of a man who had entirely hoodwinked the Washington authori-