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CLOSE WATCH—THE SIGNAL.
sits, close alongside of her, watching her all the time, and brushing flies from her face. He don't seem to mind that she's dead."
"Great God!" exclaimed Singleton, "the unhappy man is mad. Let us push on, and see what can be done for him."
"Ah! nothing can be done for him, I'm afeared," answered Humphries. But, without a word farther, following their new guide, Warner, they advanced upon their way, until the blaze of a huge fire, bursting as it were out of the very bosom of the darkness, rose wavingly before them. The camp of the outlawed whigs, or rebels as they were styled by the enemy, lonely and unattractive, on a little island of the swamp, in a few moments after rose fully in their sight; and plunging into the creek that surrounded it, though swimming at that moment, a bound or two carried them safely over, and they stood in the presence of their comrades.