Books: Fiction: Dec. 6, 1926

"Spang Beauty" CORDELIA CHANTRELL — Meade Minnigerode—Putnam ($2). Among the quaint mysteries that survived the Civil War was that of The Messenger, or as she was later called, the Woman on Horseback, who rode back and forth through the Union lines apparently without the least difficulty and, according to rumor, often to the delight of gallant Union officers. This tale, a thoroughbred love story, purports to be that strange lady's biography.

She was one of those individuals from whom Charlestonians had learned to expect misery—a "dark" Chantrell, like her twin brother, Stephen. In...

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