The story deals with that exciting and interesting period in Virginia which directly preceded the war. A young southern lawyer has incurred the enmity of the father of the girl he hopes to marry by beating the old gentleman in a lawsuit. The young folks decide to override the parental authority by eloping and their plans are apparently working out excellently when an unforeseen incident changes the aspect of things entirely. It appears that the miller's wife, an old lady of some means, had met with a serious mishap during the evening and had fallen from the door steps where she was discovered by a shiftless negro who had happened by. The negro at first had gone to the old lady's aid but when he saw the contents of the handbag at her side his cupidity overcame his better feelings and he took the money and decamped. Shortly after the young elopers happened to ride by and seeing the woman in dire straits they dismounted from their horses and went to her assistance. The young man used his...
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