The star of the Rough Riders; or, Lieutenant Hal with Teddy's terrors

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The star of the Rough Riders; or, Lieutenant Hal with Teddy's terrors

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No. JO. NEWYORK,]ULY 9, 1898 HAL"S GREAT SHOT SAVED JUAN FROM FURTHER INITIATIO N .

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C .Engha co, Starry Flag Weekly ,..,.,,d ll'uk!11-B11 Snbct'lpt10" ltJ.60 pe yeat". '" &cond aau at the N, Y Poat OJ!ce. S J'RICKT & SMITH, 81 Fulton St., N Y, .Actcwdino to .Act of Oo"OI" i" the Yem1898, in the OJlce <;/the Lib1 a1-1a" of Oonoi e,., 11'111/ti"oton, D. O No. 10. NEW Y O RK, July 9, 1898. Price Five C ents. THE STAR OF THE ROU6H RIDERS; OR, ieutenant Hal With Teddy's Terr' ors. By D OUGLAS WELLS. F irst Part. CHAPTER I. M IS C H I E F AF 0 0 T. "Lo ok out! Runaway!" This loud cry threw the street into con fusion and excitement. It was in the leading thoroughfare of Tampa, shortly after noonday. There was "the usual throng of citizens going about their marketing, errands, and other business, with the usual groups of idle negroes, a n at this time, a variety in color given by men here and there who wore the uni form of the United States army. At the moment, near where the cry sonnded, there were no soldiers, but a considerable number of citizens, men and women both, were walking about. The women fled instantly to doorways. The men, looking up tl1e street whence the cry came, observed a powerful black horse, with a military saddle, galloping down the street, and veering from side to side The animal threatened to destroy eyerything and everybody that came m his path. It. was evident at a glance that the beast had been maddened in some way to intense excitement, and the flying brigle suggested that he had not' only broken from the control of his rider, but had thrown him to the ground. For a moment, it looked as if two or three men would make an attempt to stop the runaway. Then another cry arose on the air. "It's one of the Rough Rider's." This announcement was enough to take the courage out of every man who had thought of getting in the way of the prancing beast. No, not every one, for while the side walks were quickly cleared, and men hastened to follow the women into their retreats in store doorways, one young man, almost a boy in appearance,. ran quickly from the curb and advanced with out hesitation to the middle of the street . This y oung man, so far as his clothing indicated, might have been one of the BE PATRI O TI C WEAR A BUTTON. I

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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 8 about, and walked him slowly up the the country over for his love of sport and street, keeping his eyes open for the his great ability as a public official. owner. Insticntively, Hal's hand went to his hat He had not himself recognized the in salute, and as he dismounted, he sa,id, horse as belonging to the much talked of "He is a fine animal, colonel, and I hope Rough Riders, and at this moment, he this is i1othing more than a scratch.'' did not give his mind to guessing on the So saying, Hal pointed to the spot of matter, for another attracted his blood upon the neck. attention. The smile vanished from Colonel This was the fact that the bridle, with Roosevelt's face. "which the horse evidently had been tied "Whew I" he exclaimed in a tone of to a hitching post, was cut. consternation, "this is serious." 'f It was evident that a sharp knife liad He examined the wound keenly, and been drawn straigl:\t acro.ss the strap, and when he raised his eyes, he saw that Hal a spot of blood upon the animal's neck was holding the bridle rein in such a way suggested that the same knife had inflicted that both the severed ends were close to a wound which had caused the horse to him. break into such a mad gallop. Colonel Roosevelt uuderstood at once. "Looks like mischief,'' thought Hal. "Cut,'' he remarked shortly; "there Just then, he observed a man in the uniis mischief afoot here." form of the Rough Riders, standing There was a slight pause then, during quietly at the curb a few rods away. which Colonel Roosevelt seemed to be This man wore a closely cropped, red-thinking deeply. Presently, he looked up disli mustac11e, a nd underneath his broad and said, smiling agaiu as before: sombrero, a bright glistening showed that *'I forgot myself, sir: I must thank he was looking through eyegiasses. you heartily for captming my horse." Hal did not recognize him at once, "Dou't mention it, colonel." but, supposing that he must be foe "But I must, for you did the trick so owner, he reined the horse in that dir<:cskilfu11y that I thought, until you turned tion. around that you were one of my com" Yes, that is my horse," said the mand." Rough Rider when Hal drew rein in front ..,f -trim. As he spoke, Hal's attention was at tracted by two things. One was the most perfect set of snow white teeth he had ever seen. They gleamed with almost startling prominence beneath the Rough Rider's mustache. The other thing that Hal noticed was the fact that the mau 's uniform bore the marks that proclaimed him a lieutenant colonel. Hal knew, therefore, that he was ad dressed by Theodore Roosevelt, famous FREE WAR BADGES. 01 should be proud to be in your com mand, sir," said Hal frankly. "Well, if good ridiug were the only qualification, you ought to be, but the rauks are full. You ride so well that I suspect you are a Texan." 1Not quite, sir." "No matter; no Texan rides better. You must see I10w it was that I mistook you for one my own command. You are almost in om uniform." "I have a J ig ht to the uniform, sir," replied Hal quietly, "though I am unat tached at present." ''A re you i.n the service, then ?'' SEE LAST PAGE.

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STARi'tY FLAG WEEKLY. "I am, sir. My name is Maynard, and I have a lieutenant's commission." Colonel Roosevdt's eyes opened wide, and his 1ips parting in a plea s ed smile again disclosed his remarkable teeth "Not Lieutenant Hal Maynard, surely," he said. ''The sa1ne, sir,'' answered Hal. "Then let me thank you again," ex claimed the colonel, heartily. He gra s ped the y oung lieutenant by the hand, and spoke with evident enthusiasm ai1d sincerity. "I have heard of you," he said, "and I am exceedingly glad to make your ac quaintance. The service is to be congrat ulated on having such a brave and ingen ious soldier as you have proved to be." "Thank y ou, colonel," responded Hal, somewhat embarrassed! for, although he had received many a compliment recent ly, he could not altogether get used to being told of his good qualities to his face. "I heard only this morning," contin ued Colonel Roosevelt, "about the way you saved the dispatch bag whl!n you were acting as aide to General Lee. Lieu tenant Kimberly who would have gotten his death out of-that matter, if it had not been for you, is at our camp now. He bas lots of friends among the Rough Riders, and as soon as he got out of the hospital, he requested permission to put in the time with us." "I am glad to hear that he is getting on well," said Hal, especially pleased to have the conversation changed to some subject other than himself, "and I will r:de over and see him this afternoon.'' "Do so," said the colonel heartily, "and when you arrive, look me up, and I will present you to Colonel Wood." Hal thanked him, saluted, and turned away. "Wait a minute, lieutenant," called the colouel, and when Hal had turne d about, he added, "Colonel Wood is com ing this way now. I want you to meet him, II The commanding officer of the Rough Riders was galloping at a moderate pace down the street. He saw Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, the organizer and really the lead1ng spirit of the regiment which has come to be familarly known throughout the country as "Teddy's Terrors," and drew rein at the curb beside him. Roosevelt spoke to the colonel in a low voice, and the latter immediately after ward dismounted. Introduction to Lieutenant Hal nard followed at once, and then Roose velt said: r "Can you wait a moment, lieuten-ant ?11 "Certainly, sir. 11 ..The two officer s then conversed in low tones,. and Hal, obs rving that the cou versat j on was meant to be private, with drew a few paces. Their conver s ation was as follows: "This is the young lieutenant Kimberly was telling us about this morn ing, colonel.' 1 "I am glad to get a look at' him 1 was the response. ''He makes a a ppearance.,, "He is more than a soldier, colonel." "Is such a thing possible in the army?" ''I don't mean to say that he is better than other soldiers, colonel, but that he is more than an ordinary infantry man. 11 "I should think he was, from what we have heard of him 11 Roosevelt smiled with good humored impatience. ''Can't you see, colonel,'' he ex claimed, "that I am trying to tease you WAR BUTTONS FREE TO ALL READERS.

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/ STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 6 into asking questions about young May11ard ?11 The colonel laughed. "Yes, I saw that, but I was n9t going to be teased. Now that you have admitted your game, Roosevelt, what is it, aside from splendid courage, coolness, and quick wit, that makes Maynard so much better than other raw recruits?,, 'The fact that he can ride, sir.'' "Ah, where is his horse?" "I' don't know, sir. I -saw him riding mine. Some rascal, colonel, cut the bri dle while I was in the hotel, and, at the same time, attempted to stab the beast in nec k. You see that spot of blood there? Luckily, it is a mere scratch, and the horse is not injured, but of course it frightened him, and he went tearing down the street a western tornado. Every body ran to cover as our people on the plains would have done if they hact seen a tornado on the way. Young Maynard calmly trotted out into the middle of the road, caught the bridle, and vatilted into the saddle as cleverly as if, he had been brought up as a cowboy. There is not a man in your colouel, who could have done the trick better." "No wonder you admire him, then, and I shall be pleased to get better acquainted with such a soldier as tliat, but at the moment, Roosevelt, I must confess that my interest is more aroused by the cutting of your bridle than it is in May nard's capture of your horse. Wh4!t does it mean?'' waiting for a chance to speak to me, so I went toward him, but when I did so, he turned about and walked in the other direction. There is no doubt but that be was trying to avoid me. I paid no attention matter, but, after a little, I remembered who he was. His name is Car ngan. When I was Police Commissioner in New York, he wa s a member of the force, and he committed some breacn of discipline-I cannot recall now exactly what. I remember tqat I gave him a pretty ]lard dressing down, and, if I am not altogether mistaken, the result of the trouble was that we broke him.,, "Do you mean to say that you dis charged him from the force?" "Yes. He seems a strllen sort of fellow. I remember that I was impressed at the time with his surly, defiant manners, and I should not wonder if he has it in for me, and is trying to annoy me.,, "Was he in the vicinity when you went into the hotel?,, "I do not know, and I do not think it worth while to inquire, for the matter has suggested anothe:r idea.'' "Well." "You know that more than one of us have been subjected to pretty annoyances rece11 tl y.,, "I do, indeed." "We have supposed, yoi1 know, that it was due to the tendency of some of the men in the infantry to regard the Rough. Riders as a lot of favored dudes.,, "It looked that way." "Mischief undoubtedly, colonel.,, "Have you any idea as to--,, "Yes,,, interruptedRoosevelt. have.'' "Who then?" "Well, I am inclined to think that this man Carrigan may have been putting "I up the job on us, and it strikes me that young Maynard may help us to fix t!Je guilt on him." "A day or two ago," replied Roosevelt, ''I noticed a fellow hanging arouud our whose face struck me as strangely familiar. I thought at first that he was "How?,, "He is unattached at present," he tells me, and he frankly admitted that he would like to be connected with your READ THE GREAT PREMIUM OFFER ON LAST PAGE.

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6 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. command. He looks like one of us, and he rides like one of us, and we aIJ know by time that in courage and quick wit, he is quite t11e equal of anybody in the regiment. Now, why not make him one of us for a few dars? Everybody, you know, would suppose that he was regularly attached to the regiment, and he would have the advantage of being free to take special assignments of duty without i _nterfering in the least with our regular routine." "Good idea," exclaimed the colonel, "especially as I have some work that I wanted to assign some good man.'' "Then shall we try to arrange it?" "Decidedly. I will keep Maynard busy.'' The colonel looked toward Hal, and, catching his eye, nodded. Hal, seeing that he was wanted, im mediately approached and saluted. "Would you like to act as my aide for a short time, lieutenant?" asked the colonel. "I should like nothing bEtter, unless it were active service, sir," replied Hal. "Then I will communicate with head quarters at once. I can reach them by telephone, and I 'Vill go into the to do so." He started to enter, then turned aLout and asked: "Is your horse near by the place?" "Within a hund1ed yards, sir." "Suppose you bring him round, then, for if we can arrange this, as I have no doubt that we can, I should like to have you ride with us to the camp." Accordingly, Hal went to the place where he had hitched his horse, and pres ently returned with it. Just as he rejoined Colonel Roosevelt, who had gotten into his saddle, Colonel Wood came from the hotel. There was a pleased smile upon his face, and he said : "It is all right, lieutenant. You will recei e your orders at my camp, and if you have no objection, you might ride down with us now." Of course Hal ha'a no objection. He was struck with the unusual courtesy of both officers, in their talk with him, as his superiors, they had the right to com mand him, although, according to strict military regulations, Hal would not have been required to go to the "Rough Riders' camp until he had received his written instructions to that effect from headquarters. They started toward the camp at an easy pace, Hal at first falling in behind the others. In a moment, however, the colonel signified a desire to converse with him, and, accordingly, Hal reined his horse beside the officer's, and so they continued down the road abreast. The talk was almose wholly of Hal's recent exploits, and in his modest way. he told them how he had foiled the plot of the Spanish dons from Mexico to blow up the fleet of transports at Port Tampa, and be amused them, too, by telling of the various comical adventures that had happened while he was serving as aide to General Lee. Both the officers were .particularly intereted in the account of Captain Pr8ffitt's encounter with the strong minded woman from Boston. Both knew the captain, and were quite aware of his remarkable habit of using profane language. As they approached the camp, the conversation flagged a bit. The attention of all three was attracted by what appeared to be a row, at th roadside a littlt: distance ahead. DO YOU WANT A FLAG BUTTON OR PIN?

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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 'l A pie veuder bad set up his stand there. It consisted of nothing but a rough plank, laid across two barrels. On the plank a dozen or more pies were exposed for sale, an
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8 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. The sound of the collision cottld 'have b.een heard a hundred. yards away. The concussion was so violent that both men doubtless saw a m i Hi on .. or so of stars. They rolled _ground, a11d for able to rise. full length upon the about a secofid were UllMeantime, Hal galloped on. Turning in his stirrups, he saw the two soldiers get to their feet, pressing their hands to their heads. They looked in amazement and fear at the passing officers, and then took to their heels, and as they ran, they staggered from the effects of the blow tliat Hal bad caused their heads to make against each other. "There's for your pies, Judge," called Hal, as he took a half dollar from his pocket and tossed it to the astonished dealer. Then he wheeled about and rejoined the officers. "A good soldier," Colonel Woo as saying to Colonel Roo sevelt. "He is fair minded and generous; ever y th:i.J'.lg young Maynard does shows him to bl' a soldier from top to toe. '' Hal did not hear this, but when he came up with the officers, the colonel said to him: "Well done, lieutenant, I wish you could be arou11d whe11ever anything un manly like that happens." Hal answered with a quiet "thank you," and the rest of the' trip to the camp was accomplished without accident I CHAPTER II. THE DUDE RIDER. Hal had little to do during the rest of that day. There was some routine work in the of attending to the colonel'.s papers, but' this was as child's play to him, for his experience with General .Lee .had made him familiar with such work, and i11 this instance, the papers were comparatively unimportant. The time passed pleasantly, however, for he found Lieutena11t Ki.mberly there1 a11d they talked over the exciting incident connected with the dispatch bag, in which Kimberly came so near losi11g his life, and in which the Spaniards came so near to getting possession of Uncle Sam's secrets. Kimberly i11troduced him to other offi cers among the Rough Riders, among whom were two who proved to be very pleasant acquaintances. These were Major Dowd and Lieutenant Harper. These a11d all others with whom Hal came in co11tact, took it for granted that he had become a regular member of the regiment, and his reputation had go11e so far that he found himself heartily welcoa1ed. "The fact is," said the major, "the regiment was filled chuck up to tbe limit before we left Texas, and there were e11ough disappointed ca11didates who could11 't get in, to make two or three bat talions, but it seems there is always room for on e more, especially whe11 he is a good man, and I reckon, lieutenant, that we will manage to keep you with us and make things interesting for each other." On the following morning, Colonel Wood, having business elsewhere, left Hal in charge of his quarters. It looked as H it would be an idk time, for there was nothing to do at the moment, and HaPs instructions were sim ply to tell visitors that the colonel was away and would not return until the afternoon. Accordingly, Kimberly, Major Dowd, and Lieutenant Haq.er sat in the shade before a doorway, conversing. A B .UTTON ,OR -BADGE FREE-SEE LAST PAGE.

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STARRY FLAG WEEKI.IY; 9 ,,. Nofong time had passed when their just Irish euough in my blood to believe attention was attracted by a young man that I should find some way to have fun iri a fashionable riding suit who was with the dude." walking slowly through the camp. The major looked extremely regretful. A pace or two behind him was another '1Colonel Wood will not be back until man whose costume immediately sug' afternoon," murmured Harper, thoughtgested that he was a servant. fully, "and Teddy, foo, is out of the way. "That follow," remarked the major, You know the proverb, major.'' "looks as if lhe were just in from a fox "What proverb, lieutenant?" hunt. 11 "When the cat is away the mice will "Wonder who the other is," said Har-play." per. "Lieutenant," said the major, solemn-"Guess it is a valet, 11 suggested Kim-ly, "by all my Irish ancestry, you tempt berly me, but I cannot forget my dignity as an The two passed out of sight, and were officer. This is war, Lieutenant Harper, =...forg@tten until, a moment later, when an and not a comic opera." orderly approached and saluted Major "It is a pity to let a chance for a little Dowd. fon go by, just the same," said Harper. As it was evident that the orderly had Hal looked up and caught the major's some special communication for the eye. major, the latter arose and went aside The young lieutenant had wanted to with him. make a suggestion from the beginning of When the major returned, t11ere was a the conversation, but had hesitated to do comical twinkle in his eye. so from fear of giving offense. "The orderly," he said, "didn't know Now the major seemed to understand Lieutenant Maynard, but, understanding him, for he repressed a smile, and said: that I was ranking offieer, gave his in-"Lieutenant Maynard, I believe the formation to me. The fact is, gentleman, colonel has confided the dignity of this we have got a new candidate for the regL regiment to you, and I feel that I am in ment. It is the hunter!" the way. I will lieutenant, and "'l'he wlfat ?" asked Harper. watch proceedings from a distance." "That fellow we saw in the fancy rig," "All right, 11 said Hal. "'fell the returned the major. orderly to send what's his name to me." 11Great Scott !11 cried Kimberly, "does "This is his .name," said the major, he th ink he can fight?" handing a card to Hal. "The orderly "It seems so; at all events, he is here gave it to me when he first came up. 11 to join the regiment, and he hasn't the Hal took the -card and read : faintest idea that he will not be ac"Mr. Montmorency DeWitte.11 cepted. Evidently he knows nothing "Doesn't seem like a military name," whatever about military regulations. said Hal, "but we will see what the fel Lord but it makes me wish that I wasn't low is made of." ranking officer for about lialf an hour."_ Instructions were given to the orderly "What would you do, major?'. asked to bring the candidate to the colonel's Harper. quarters, and accordingly a moment later "Do?" replied the major, with a queer the young manJn the hunting suit ap smile; "I can't say off-hand, but I have peared. HOW TO GET A BADGE FREE-READ PAGE 32

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10 ST.A.RRY FLAG WEEKLY. Major Dowd meantime had taken his departure. Lieutenant Harper also had said that he would go, bnt Hal asked him to remain. "I am Colonel Wood, n he whispered, hurriedly, "and you are my aide." "Whew!" exclaimed Harper, "I see. I am with you, colonel, but you want to make sure that yon get through with this job before Wood or Teddy gets back." "I'll chance it," said Hal. By this time Mr. Montmorency DeWitte stood before them. He looked inquiri11gly at the three officers. As they were all the same rank, there was no way for him to distinguish which of them was in command. It proved, moreover, that he had not the faintest idea of military customs, and quite likely he could not have told a corporal from a brigadier general from liis uniform. "You wished to see me, sir?" said Hal, pompously. At the same time he held up the card and glanced at it. "Yes, sir, colonel, that is my card," replied the newcomer. '' J, am Montmorency DeWitte. I am descended from the famous De Witte fa@}ily and have the best social connections, don't you know, not only in t:his country, but on the other side, don't you know." So saying DeWitte squared his shoulders, stuck a single glass in his right ey e and squinted through it at the officers. A little way behind him, stood the man who had been remarked before as one who looked like a servant. "I am pleased to know you, sir," responded Hal, gravely. "What can I do for you?'' "I have come, colonel, don't you know," replied De Witte, "to offer my services to your regiment. I grew up with my horses, don't you know, and I have one that can take a five-barred gate with any nag in the country. The fact is, sir, I brought him over from England with me, whe1e I have been riding him to hounds for the past two seasons. He is a most elegant animal, sir, colonel, sound 111 every Jim b, and with wind unequalled, don't you know." "Am I to understand," asked Hal, s oberly, "that you offer your horse or yourself to the regiment?" "Why, both, don't you know," plied DeWitte, evidently a little astonished at the question. "Ahl" said Hal, "tlrnt's too bad We might make use of a horse or two, h Jc as to men--'' "You are quite welcome to my services, colonel,,, interrupted De Witte, grandly "my heart, don' t you know, with patriotic fire. I want to gallop to the defense of my native land, don't you know. "That is right," said Hal, approvingly. "I would like to plunge my sword in gore, don't you know,,, continued DeWitte, as he screwed his e yeglass a little closer to his nose and raised his right arm in a sweeping gesture. "I can handle the foils with precision and skill, learned how in Paris, don't you know; took lessons from the best fencing there. I have lots of acquaintances the aristocrats of Spain, met them in London and Vienna, don't you know, but if I should meet them in battle I wouldn't hesitate to engage them. There would be no ill feeling on either side, don't you know, for we should both recognize that war made it quite the proper thing for us to try to touch the other with the point of a blade." At this moment the candidate for the regiment paused and directed an annoyed glance at Lieutenant Harper. The latter had been repressing his laughter as he liste1Jed, until it seemed SHOW YOUR COLORS-GET ONE OF OUR FREE BADGES. t

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Ii .... STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 11 as if he would suffocate, and at this point he lost control of hiq1self and snickered outright. "Lieutenant," said Hal, sharply, and with a perfectly straight face, 0"restrain yourself, sir. Go inside and get me my examination book.'' Harper immediat. ely drew a solemn face and stood up. "Your what, sir?" he said, saluting. "My examination book, stupid," re torted Hal "Your mind must be wandering this morning, lieutenant. You will find it lying upon my writing desk." Harper saluted and withdrew, while turi'fed to De Witte and said: "The army should be prond, of such high-toned co-operation as you are willing to give it, but you must understand that one cannot get into the army for the mere asking.'' "Pardon me, sir," replied De Witte, stiffly. "I do not ask to join the army. I offer my services." This was said with such a bombastic air as if DeWitte believed 11is services would be gladly accepted, and as if the army would be by them, that Kimber.ly, who had kept his face straight until this time, r.oughed violently to disguise a laugh. _Hal turned upon him with a stern look, in response to which Kimberly in stantly sobered and remarked: "I ::1111 afraid I have caught cold, gen eral." "You ought to distribute it to the army then," Hal, severely. "In this climate, every man should have his share of whatever coolness there is lying around loose." Then the mock colonel turned to DeWitte and said: "I understand you perfectly, sir, but as a matter of form, I shall be obliged to examine you, sir, as to your qualifications. I suppose you will not object to that?" "Not as a matter of form, colonel," replied DeWitte, "for I understand that in the army a man has to submit to orders, don't you know. I learned to do that when I was in the Yale crew. "Ah, indeed!" exclaimed Kimberly, suddenly, "I am a Yale man. What year did you row there?'' DeWitte reddened slightly, and an swered: "I didn't row, don't you know, but I trained in my Freshman year. Doubtlens I should have been in the crew1 but cir cumstances made it' necessary for me to leave college before the end of the term. My people preferred to have me edu cated privately; don't you know." At this moment Parker returned and placed a b'ook in Hal's hands. It was a directory of Tampa, the only book he llad found 011 Colonel Wood's writing desk. "Is this what you referred to, sir?" asked Harper, with a salute. "Certainly, lit:utenant," replied Hal, holding the book in such a way that his hand concealed the words upon the cover. He opened it, turned over a few page.s and said : ''You have told us so much about your. self, Mr. De Witte, that I can omit the usual questions, and if your horse is near by, we will proceed to examine you as a rider.'' DeWitte did not appear to be in the least disturbed by this He turned to the man who stood be hind him, and said: "James, bring Spartan in." The servant at once withdrew, and 1 while he was gone, DeWitte made another speech, describing the good qualities of his horse, and boasting of his own skill as a rider. Presently the servant returned with the CUBA LIBRE-GET A CUBAN BUTTON.

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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. horse. It was a fine animal. Anybody could have told that at a glance. Harper no dded with approval to Kim berly, and both stood \JP to look the ani mal over. "Now, Mr. De Witte," said Hal, "you may show us how to take a flying mount, then gallop easily down the parade, and return at full speed.'' DeWitte immediately turned about spoke to his horse, which began to trot. DeWitte ran along beside him, and after a moment vaulted into the saddle. "Gee whiz!" exclaimed H.arper. "He did that better than I supposed he could." ''He really can ride," remarked Kim berly. "That is probably all he can do," said Hal. "We'll rattle him yet." It proved that so far as ordinary riding went, DeWitte could really ,sit in his saddle and control his very well. He had learned to ride as a accomplishment, just as he had probably learned tennis and golf. When he returned and d ismounted in front of the officers, he said: ''Do you require anything else, colonel? I asrnre you I should not think of offering my services to any other organi zation in the army except which I understand is composed almost exclusive ly if not wholly, of gentlemen." "Every man in it is a gentleman," re. sponded Hal, sharply. "I run glad to hear it, doJ1 't you know, for in the regiments, there seemed to be so many common fellows.'' DeWitte's sneer at the rank and file of Unt:le Sam's defenders stirred up Hal's wrath so that he forgot Jor a moment the part he was playing, and he exclaimed "Every man who serves his country is worthy of res ect, and as for the first principles of military life, you obey orders. If you are not willing to go you are told you have no business in the army." "Of sir," responded De Witte,, not at all confused, "but I understand that this regiment was organized to the gentlemen a chance to fight by them selves.'' "Well," said Hal. "We will go on with the examination. 1...ieutenant Har per, take your hat to a point about one hundred yards aw' ay, and drop it upon the ground. Mr. DeWitte, go down the parade at full gallop, and pick up hat without stopping." "What?''. gasped De Witte, "witho t leaving.the saddle?" "Certainly, sir." I should fall." "Then you will not do for uS." "Bless my heart, colonel! Is tlrnt re quired?" "Of course it is; it is a part of 1 war tactics." -DeWitte looked down the parade where Harper had already gone and laid his hat upou the ground. The dude was a good rider, in an ordinary sense, and he knew it. Moreover, he was not exactly a cow ard, or if he were, he knew that it :Would 11ot do to show it. So he reined his horse about, applied the spurs, and started down the parade. As he approached the hat the others saw him sway hesitatingly in the saddle, bend part way over, and then rise again with a jerk. He had passed the hat. By this time a large number of the Rough Riders had gotten an inkling of what was going on, and they had gathered at their tent doors and along the parade to watd1. ... They set up a jeering cry when the dude failed to try for the hat. De Witte stuck his glass in his eye, PATRIOTIC EMBLEMS GIVEN AWAY-SEE PAGE 32.

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STARRY .FLAG WEEKLY. snapped Hal, "apply iu the regular way at a recruiting office.'' "Do you mean to say that you decline my services, colonel?' t asked De Witte in a tone of greatest amazement. .. "That is what I mean. You must offer your services to a recruiting officer and go where you are tol
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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 1 ties. I do not care to make a military case of it, unless it should prove that there is something more in the matter than mere hostility to me personally." "I think I understand you, sir," re-turned Hal. The lieute.nant hesitated; he wanted to ask a question, but as it is not the cus tom for subordinate officers to question their superiors, he held his tongue until Roosevelt observed his manner, and saw what it meant. "Speak freely, lieutenant," he said. "This is a matter where I shall be very glad to get your advice." "Ob! I have no advice to give, sir," responded Hal, "but if you could give me a de scription of Carrigan, or point him out to me, it would be easier for me to size him up." "Certainl;y," responded the lieu tenant colonel, promptly. t'Carrigan was idling about near J1ere, not ten minutes ago. We will step out and see if he is still in the vicinity." The two had hardly gotten in the open air before Colonel Roosevelt, looking straight down the parade, remarked, quietly: "If you will look over my right shoulder you will see Carrigan standing wit11 his hands in his pockets, near the quartermaster's tent." ''I see him, sir." "It is time for you to report to Major Dowd, lieutenant." 1 Hatsaluted, and went at once to Major Dowd, who received him now with mili tary formality. The fun and freedom of the morning were over, and now was the time for duty. A few mi irntes later the major and his battalion, accompanied by Hal, were can tering eastward; in that direction the country speedily became wild. Buildings were infrequent, and culti vated fields rarer and rarer, until at lengtll the troops came to a section that was hal forest and half a tangle of undergrowth. For some time the horsemen were pu through some difficult ewlutions in this spot. The drill was designed to train them in the work they would have to do in the wilds of Cuba, and although the horsemen were as experienced as any body of cavalry that was ever gotten together, they found not a little to learn in making their way through the bushes and trees here. The place was several miles from the camp, and certainly as much as two miles from tl1e nearest dwelling. The major had nearly satisfied himself with the drill, and was intending to make one mo1e-imaginary charge before return ing to camp. This charge would lead the battalion further into the forest than they had gone be= fore. The men lined up with as good a forma tion as the difficulties of the ground made possible, and at the word went plunging in among the trees. They bad gone but a few rods wheu an unexpected Clearing appeared in front. At the further side was a rude hut which did not appear to be occupied. The ground looked as if the persons who had done the clearing had attempted to establish an orange grove there and given it up, for the place was mostly over grown with weeds and bushes. Here and there were a few undeveloped, tinhealthy looking orange trees. ''We could imagine, lieutenant,'' said the major to Hal, who was riding beside him, "that the enemy had decoyed us to this clearing, and tqat they were con cealed in the brush on the other side, OUR PATRIOTIC PREMIUMS ARE ELEGANT-SEE PAGE 32.

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16 STARRY FLA.G W-EEl{LY. from whence they cold give us a raking fire while we were crossing." The troops had just entered the clear-ing when the major spoke. Suddenly the major's horse whinnied .' and reared himself upon his hind legs, quivering in every muscle. "What the dickens, 11 began the major. The horse came down, but rested his weight on only one of his forefeet. "Something wrong, major," exclaimed Hal, dismounting hurriedly. He stood beside the major's horse, took the raised hoof in his hand and examined it. Bedded in between the toes was an ugly lump of iron, with three sharp prongs ex te::nding from it like the rays of a star. Hal plucked the thing out, and with out a word held it up so that the major could see it. "Great Scott!". exclaimed Major Dowd in a horrified tone !" "That is what it is, and no mistake," said Hal, "more to himself than to his superior officer. T he major's voice rose in loud com mand to his men. "Halt!" he cried, "dismount, every man, and lead your horses back." Then he turned to Hal and added : "Tether your horse here, iieutenant, and examine the grou11d along the line of the clearing.'' Hal obeyed promptly, and slowly made his way for a couple of rods on his hands and knees, poking his fingers to the very roots of the grass, and pulling out eyery hard obj ect that he found. The result of his search in this short space was a collection of the spiked iron nuggets, enough to fill his hat. Major D owd was fairly aghast when Hal showed him the lot. "By Jupiter!" he cried, "are we in as eMemy's country or is t1iis America .?" "It might be Spanish soil, from the looks of these,'' replied Hal. It may be explained in passing that caltrops are contrivances used to throw in the way of the enemy's cavalry, with the hope that the horses will step upon them, and thus become disabled for further action. It sometimes happens that caltrops are made of any sort of material that happens to be handy in a camp. Nails or spikes may be driven through pieces of board and left with their ends sticking upward. If there are no nails at hand, it is some times customary to strew broken bottles across the supposed line of the advance. A fell-equipped camp, however, always has a supply of these iron articles, which are made expressly for the purpose. It is no wonder, therefore, that the major doubted for an instant whether he was on friendly soil or in the land of the enemy. Fortunately, his own horse was the only one that had advai1ced enough to receive injury. Of course it was out of the question that any detachment of the Spanish army had invaded Florida in sufficient num hers to establish a camp, and make any so r t of fight against Uncle Sam's soldiers, but there was equally no question in the major's mind that these caltrops had been strewn by an enemy. It was 1 no ordinary mischief, but a genuine act of war, and naturally the officer was greatly disturbed by it. "This matter must be reported to Colo nel Wood at once, and so to headquarters," he said, earnestly. "Meantime ther e be some scoutitig. I cannot risk my men and their horses to ctoss that clearing, which seems to be thickly covered with these pesky things. Go YOU SHOUl,..D GET A WAR BADGE AT ONCE.

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; STARRY FLAG WEE:k.ty; 17 ar.ound the clearing, lieutenant, keeping Then, looking ttp and seeing the soluuder cover of the trees, and explore a dier, the man jumped to his fed. bit. Take a look into that shanty, and "Halt! stand where you are," cried examine the woods back of it for a disHal, sharply tance. Report back to me, at the place He emphasized his command by aim_ where we began this last charge. 11 ing his revolver at the man. Hal saluted, and obeying a further com. For one iustaut, the man looked at Hal mand from the major, untethered his and at the weapon as if hesitating; then horse and gave the bridle to an orderly, he started on the run; not across the .... who Jed the animal back with the rest of clearing, but making to one side sq as to the troops. enter the forest near the cabin. Then Hal crept around through the It would have been the simplest thing forest as directed until he could see the in the world for Hal to have dropped him cabin at the edge of the clearing, a few rods away. :!::i. Up to this time he had come acr-0ss \f)thing that seemed significant. He had looked particularly for any sign of a path or broken twig, to show the recent passing of men or animals. He exercised a great deal of caution as he went toward the cabin and he be lieved that it was well he did so, when he saw a man seated on the ground, with is back against the cabin. The man sat so that he was out of view from the other side of the clearing which had been approached by the cav alry in their charge. It did not look exactly as if this man were trying to conceal himself. e sat with his elbows ou his knees, and l1is chin in his hands, in the one .spot where the cabin gave a shade from the hot rays of the sun It was just such an attitude as .many a Southern laborer takes at midday when e rests from work. At first Hal tl1ought the man was a negro, for his complexion was very da r k, ut as he drew nearer, he saw that !t was white man, and the swarthy complex on instantly suggested the Spaniard. Hal had come within ten feet of him efore the man observed him. with a bullet. -"Better not,' 1 the lieutenant said to Mmself. "If he is a spy, it will be much better to capture him alive." Accordingly Hal leaped after him and easily overtook him. When he came up and laid his hand on the man's shoulder the latter turned about and lunged savagely at the young soldier with his clinched fist. Hal parried the blow, but in so doing Jost his grip for just a upon the man's shoulder. The man was quick to take aavantage of the situation. He jumped back, and his right hand reached to his waist. Hal confidently expected the next instant to see the flash of a dagger. He did not mean that the man should have the chanc.e to raise it, so lie recov ered his balance and rushed again to the attack with both hands extended. In one he held his revolver by the muzzle, intending to use it as a club to subdue his enemy if necessary It was not a d.agger that the man drew from beneath his coat. Instead, there was just a flash from a piece of paper which lie crammed into his mouth and made desperate efforts to swallow. CALL YOUR FRIENDS ATTENTION TO OUR PREMIU MS-SEE PAGE 32.

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18 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. This act more than aroused Hal's de\ermination to capture the man alive. He was upon t11e follow now, and throwing his left arm about his neck, and tripping him at the same time, he threw 11im heavily to the g_round and forced his 11ead back. The man uttered not a wor
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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 19 1at he passed before the eyes of the bat-early date. 'f'bey may embark this week. If it is in any way po!lsible, you must prevent them from doing so. lion, for thus be came under the obvation of Lieutenant Hal, who, shortly fterward, found use for him. Meantime the paper taken from the risoner's mouth had been examined. It looked like a letter; it was written Spanish, a l anguage which many of he Texan members of the Rough Riders nderstood very. well. Hal, of course, could read Spanish as ell as he could English, owing to his ong experience in Cuba. -Major Dowd asked him to look the aper over, and to translate it. This is what Hal read: "Dear Sir :-Knowing your friendship or the Spanish cause, I write to advise 'ou that the hest thing you can do for pain while you are in Florida is to dis ble that part of the American army nown as 'Teddy's Terrors.' "As you are doubtless aware, this ecnliar organization is an independent egirnent of cavalrymen. "It is composed of the most skilful "ders in the United States, anq it goes ithout saying that these men have pos ession of h d rses of the finest grade. "Now, my dear sir, there is nothiug hat the Spaniards have reason to fear or.:: t-han skilful cavalry. ''Our artillerymen will defend the oast successfully, and destroy the Amerian navy, one ship after another. "Our infantry, well placed in their inrenchments around Havana and else here, will slaughter such of the iufantry egiments as are not disabled by di s ease. "Spain is not weak in her cavalry, but wing to the condition of the country, an ttack by a strong cavalry force, espe ially when the men are of such desperate haracters as these Terrors are known to e, will be a very serious blow to us. "We have reason to believe here tha't it s a part of the American plans to send Teddy's Terrors' to Havana at a very "It is not to be supposed that, with only your two or three faithful friends, you can do anything against the men in that regiment; you would surely be ar rested before you could kill more than a handful, but if you direct your energy against the horses, there ought to be every reason to expect success. "Try it, my dear sir, and knQw that if you succeed you will have struck a ha1 d blow for the cause of Spain. "I leave the deta11s to yourself; your ingenuity and patriotism will suggest better devices than I can think of at this. distance. Yours for Spain, l'Rimio Sanchez." This letter was with .out date or place of sending, but from the nature of it, it was judged that it was sent from Havana. The name of the party to whom it was sent was also lacking, but that seemed to be unimportant, inasmuch as Lieutenant Hal had captured the man. "Well, well!" said Major Dowd, 'iJlen Hal had finished the translation. "I should say that we were in the enemy's country. I don't know how long that fellow has been fixing the job he tried to play 011 us, but I can l1is plan as clear as day." Hal asked 110 question, but the major went 011 to explain. "He must have been observing the way in which we con
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90 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. the place with Cjl_ ltrops, in th,e hope that no business for him there, but nobod every horse in the battalion would be disturbed him, as, on the whole, he wa disabled by them. Isn't that straight, rather a more interesting visitor tha lieutenant?'' "It looks so, sir," said Hal. "Looks so!" cried the 111ajor; "it is so. The rascal does not need to talk to tell me that." The circumstances, of course, were rep orted at once to Colonel Wood. The officer was at the moment in a state of much anxiety concerning something that had happened during the absence of Major Dowd and his battalion. It seemed that a seedy-looking man had wandered into the camp, and made inquiries as to whether any of the horses needed the attention of a veterinary. Of course he was informed that a veterinary surgeon was attached to the were most of the civilians who had free access to the place At length he and hardly had he disappeared when a horse showed symptoms of illness. As this horse had ,een in perfect health previously, the solrlier who had charge of it was more than He hurrie\:1 to the veterinary of the regiment, but that official happened to be away. Not knowing what to do, the soldier lo,?ked around the camp, trying to find the strange veterinary, thinking to giv( him a job, but as before stated, th stranger had gone. The soldier, however, in the course o regiment, and that even i some of the his search, came upon one man after anhorses should fall ill, there would be no other whose horse showed similar sym need to apply for outside assistance. "There ain't a better veterinary in the entire country," the stranger had said, "and more than that, there ain't a man who loves Horses better than I do. You have got some powerful fine animals here, and it does my heart good to look at them.'' He seemed to take such a genuine in terest in horses that a num her of the 111,en who. were exercising their animals at the permitted him to look them over. While this was going on, nobody Jiloticed it, but afierward it was remem bered that strange veterinary every animal that came within his reach, He lingered about the camp for a 1011g time after he was assured that there was toms. In the course of half an hour i proved that fully a score of horses, all o them fine animals, were taken down wit a mysterious illness. The matter, of course, was report im mediately to regimental headquarter and the officer of the day sent orderli flying t6 find the veterinary. By the time Major Dowd 's battalio I returned from its practice march, Colon Wood come back to camp, and th veterinary also. after Major Dowd had made hi report and turned over the prisoner wit the letter that Hal had captured, t veterinary sent word to the colonel tot effect that every horse thus far examin had been drugged. GIVE YOUR GIRL AN ftiMERICAN FLAG HAT PIN-SEE PAGE 32.

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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 91 "I have got at them in time to save them all, w as the message that the veterinary . "It is evidently a part of the same game," exclaimed Colonel Wood "What has become of the strange \1eterinar y ?" asked Lieutenant colonel Roosevelt. _"He went out of camp to the eastward,'' replied an officer who stood by. "Wa. s he a long, lean man, with a handbag?" asked Major Dowd, excitedly. "That describe s him," said the officer. "Then we saw him." "How long ago?" asked the colonel. "About twenty ,minutes "Send after him instantly, and bring him to camp.'' This order was addressed to Major Dowd, who turned toward Hal. Before the major could speak the colonel sa i d : "You are looking in the right direc tion major. Lieutenant Maynard is just the man. Jump to your horse, lieutenant, and bring that ra s cal back to camp dead or alive alive if possible." he had heard at headquarters, and saw how easy 1t vas for the scoundrel to drug the as he had A hypodermic syringe is so small an article that it can be easily held in the palm of one s hand, and thus concealed from view. While pretending to caress the horses, the supposed veterinary could have pressed the bulb of the syriuge, and thus have injected a drop of poison ben eath the skin of the animal. A powerful drug thus used would be sufficient not only to pro duce sickness, but the death of the horse, u nless remedies were applied in time. Th,e lieutenant had been galloping over the road less than a quarter of an hour when he caught sight of the man with a handbag some distance ahead of him. He pressed the spurs gently his horse's flanks, and went ahead at increased speed. When he had come within two hundred yards of the the latter turned about, and perceiving that he was pursued, immediately left the road and struck off upon the run across an open field. Hal left the road at the same time, and Hal saluted and rushed from took a course designed to head the fellow quarters to where his hors e was tethered .' off before he should reach the cover of It was the work of but r:tn in stant to the forest, which at that point was ex unfasten him spring upon his back and tremely thick with underg1owth. start at a mad gallop in the direction The man on foot had a good s!art, but from which he had just come. Hal had no doubt that the veterinary .. was gqing to the clearing in the woods where the caltrops had been found. It was plain enough that th. is man was in league with the prisoner, and as he can tered over the road Hal studied over what the speed of the ho1; se was too much for him, and he sbo:q realized that he would be unable to reach the woods ahead of the horseman. Thereupon he turned about and upon the ground, opening his handbag as he did so. OLD GLORY BADGES AS PREMIUMS-SEE PAGE 32. -

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211 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. Hal was going at such speed that he was almost upon the fellow by the time the handbag was o.pen. Then the man stood up suddenly, leveled a revolver at Hal, and fired. It was the usual case of Spanish marks manship. The ball went-no matter where, for it touched neither Hal nor 11is horse. Next instant, t11e faithful animal, held steadily to his course by Hal's firm hand, dashed straight upon the man and over turned him. Hal was down m less than a second, and reaching for the enemy, who was try ing to use his revolver. The bad stumbled, owing to the collision, and for just a moment, there was a confused heap of horse and men upon the ground. Then there came the crack of a revol ver, and this time the bullet found a mark. The supposed veterinary lay back dead. Third Part. CHAPTER V. IN DEATHLY OOZE. "Bring him back, dead or alive." This was Colonel Wood's order, and Hal now set about trying to obey it. He first fastenea the man's handbag to the pommel of his saddle, then he lifted the dead body upon the horse's back, and fastened it there with a halter. This done, he mounted and set out upon his return. He had hardly reached the road again when his hors e halted, turned his head until he could see his master, and wl1i nied. It sounded as if the horse were in pain. / "What's the matter, old chap?" asked Hal, soothingly. The horse shook his head, shivered a bit, and whinnied again. It was evident that something had gone wrong. Hal's heart was heavy, for he loved the faithful animal, and he feared at once Whether lie had committed suicide that the veterinary had managed in the rather than risk the certain death which-brief struggle to inflict a fatal wound on would follow his capture, for he would certainly be tried and found guilty of being a spy, or whether he had tried to shoot Hal, and his aim had been diverted by the falling horse, so that he killed him. Accordingly, the lieutenant got down atld made a thorough examination of the horse. He found nothing in tbe way of a himself accidentally, never could be wound, or any other sign to indicate that known. the horse had been treated like those in 'fhe fact was that he was killed in stantly, and in the open bag beside -him Hal saw, among other things, a small hypodermic syringe, with which, un doubtedly, he had attempted to disable the horses at camp. the camp. There was, however, a swelling upon the foreleg that a severe sprain, and when Hal ran his finger slightly over it, the horse whinnied and shivered as before. IT'S EASY TO GET A WAR BADGE-SEE PAGE 32. -

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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 13 "This won't do,,, thought Hal. "The poor chap cannot carry this load to camp I shall have to ]eave him here, or else leave the dead man here, and walk to camp-but, confound it, the orders were t9 bring him back. The colonel could not expect me to carry him in my arms all that distance, although I could do so if it were necessary." Hal thonght a minute and looked toward the west. The sun was almost set ting. What he feared most rn the situation was that if he should leave the horse and his burden there and walk on to camp ,the friends of the Spanish plotters would come up in llis absence to the horse and remove the body of their comrade, for Hal believed that not all the treaGl1erous enemies had been discovered as yet. "There are probably more of them back in that clearing," be said to himself, "and they wil1 watch their cliance to get rid of the horse and rescue the body of their comrade. Now, the colonel told me t o bring the man back, but be didn't say that I was to do it inside of an hour, or any other time. Consequently, if I bring it back to-morrow morning, I shall still be within my instructions. "Meantime, I can go back to the clear ing and find what is going on there, and may catch another prisoner. That is what I will do, for it is from that direction that the enemy will come, if they at all.'. Having come to this decision, Hal was quick to ac t upon it. He removed the body of the Spanish plotter and laid it by the roadside. Then he tethered the horse where the animal could lie down comfortably, if he grew too sore to stand. This done, Hal started back in the di rection of the clearing, but he had hardly taken a step when he halted abrnply, his attentiou attracted by a man, whose pres ence there not only surprised him, but aroused his deepest It was no other than Carrigan, the ex policeman. Hal waited for Carrigan to come up, eyeing him, meanwhile, sharply. Carrigan returned the glauce for a min ute, and then, looking aside, was about to pass by without speaking. ''Where are you going,,' Hal demanded sternly. Carrigan halted, and replied readily: ul am taking a letter to Mr. Hauson." ''Who is he, and where is lie?'' de-man ded Hal. "He is a farmer who bas a little place about half a mile beyond here; perhaps you have seen it.'' Hal did remember that there was a small house at about that distance beyond. It was the last house between the camp and the place where Major Dowd had maneuvred. The liuetenant did some pretty hard thinking for a few moments. Carrigan 's answers were straight enough, and as if to pro\e his statements, he held an en velope in his hand. What Hal suspected was that the ex-policeman lrnd leagued himself with the Spanish plotters in their attempts to disable the Rongh Riders' horses. On the other hand, there was absolute-GET A COLLECTION OF WAR BADGES AND BUTTONS.

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.. H ly no evidence against Carrigan, except under martial law, .but you are a soldier, the fact that Colonel Roosevelt suspected and I leave it to you to do what is right. him, and possibly the further that he The only thing I ask is, that you do not was going in the direction of the clearing, say anything about me to Colonel Roose where, apparently, the plotters had a renvelt. He is sore on me, and doesn't think dezvous. I can do anything that is straight, a.nd it "Let me see that letter," said Hal. "I will let you see it," replied Carri gans, "but I will tell you somethingfirst Great Scott! what's that?" Carrigan recoiled a step as he spoke. He had just caught sight of the dead body by the roadside . "That," said Hal coolly; "shows the way I treat Uncle Sam's enemies." "Well," said Carrigan, after the slightest pause, "you are a soldier and an offi cer, and I suppose you know your busi ness, but I was going to tell you that I have been an officer of the law, and I ,know something about what the law is." "Doubtless," returned Hal. "You used to be a New York policeman. Your name is Carrigan. 11 The ex-policeman looked amazed. "How did you get on to that?" he asked. Then he added, "But I suppose Teddy spotted me, and told you.,, "Teddy," cried Hal in a stern voice. "What do you mean by that?" "Excuse me," Carrigan hastily, "I meant Colonel Roosevelt. You see when I was on the force, we all got into the habit of referring to him as Teddy, and it just slipped out before I thought." ''Are you going to show me that let ter?" is just because he is your superior officer that I am letting you see this letter which I am paid to carry to Mr. Hanson.'' With this, Carrigan handed over the envelope. It was sealed and addressed to "Oliver Hanson, Esq., Everglade Plantation." "This is private business," thought Hal, "and I don't believe I have any right to touch it. I can't tamper with private cor : spondence on mere suspicion. The .only thing I h
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STARRY FLAG He remembered, too, that the road urved a good deal before it was lost in e forest, and for all these rea s ons, he ecided to leave it and try to niake a ort cut across the countr. y to the clearg. Accordingly, he turned from the road, nd presently was making his way hro11gh the woods. The sun had set by the time he en red the forest, but the growing darkess did not disturb Hal, for he had long een accustomed to making his way rough a rough country with no other uide than his senses. lf the country bad been of a kind ith which he wa s familiar, there could ave been no doubt but that Hal would ave reached the clearing speedily and fely, but there was one feature of this nd that Hal had overlooked. A great portion of Florida is covered y impassable swamps. Straight ahe ad, a ng distance to be sure, but nevertheless the direction he was taking, was the eat swamp region known as the Everlades. This covers hundteds...gf square iles of territory, and the general swampy ect of the laud reaches far out from it every direction. For that matter, in Central and' South n Florida, there are numerous swamps, me small, but all of them treacherous d dangerous. Hal d i scovered this before he lrnd made ore than half the distance to the clear-g. The land desce!Jded so gradually from e place where he had left his horse that had not realized that he was going down grade until his feet were splashing in water. Instantly, he thought of the swamps, but felt no alarm because the ground was hard beneath his feet. To make perfectly sure, he lighted a match, and by the light of it, examined the ground near him. It all seemed solid enough, and, in fac!, it looked as if he had merely stepped into a small pool. So when the match went out, he went on. It was but a few paces further when the ground began to feel very differently. It was no longer hard His boots came up with a sucking sound, and with every step, he was conscious that he went a lit tle deeper into the mud. Ordinarily mud would have had no ter ror for him, but he felt that this was not merely mud, but probably the beginning of a bog, across which he could not go, so he turned to the left, with the idea of going around it. As luck would have it, he took exactly the wrong turn, and the next instant was struggling in slime and ooze up to his knees. Worse than that, he felt himself slowly bpt surely sinking. He reached out his hand and tried to catch at the branches of trees to pull himself out. There was nothing within reach except long coarse grass, which came up when he pulled at it. It was impossible to extricate his feet from the ooze. Whenever he tried to raise one, the other went down so much the further. 11ADMIRAL SAMPSON,,BUTION FREE-SEE PAGE 32.

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26 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. It seemed, liherefore, that his chance for safety lay in standing as still as possible iu the hope that when he had .rnnk a little further, he would stop there. What that would lead to, he could not think, but it was certainly better to stand part way down iu the mud than to force himself beneath the surface by useless efforts to get out of it. He decided to see whether he had already sunk as far as be naturally would by his own weight. So he gave up his struggle, and mean time lighted another match and looked around him. Within a few feet of him were a number of trees, with low hanging brauches. If he could only grasp even one of branches, he might be able to pull himself out, or, at least, to hold himself from slipping further in. Vain hope. 1'he limbs bent down so close that it seemed as if a would brush them against his face, but he could not touch one of them even with his fingertips. Then, he looked down to the ooze. During the burning of a match, he co1t!d see that he descended further. "This, then," he thought disntally,. ''is to be my end as a soldier. I have got to sink slowly into this mud and slime until it covers me. There is no use in shouting for assistance, for there is no one within miles of the spot, except pos sibly some Spauiah plotters in the clearing, and they would not help me out if they could. For that matter, no human being would dare to come into this swamp at night. "Well, if I must die here, I must, and my chief regret is that I cannot report back to the colonel and help the Rough Riders to get rirl of these conspirators.'' CHAPTER VI. OLE MAMMY. The time dragged with Hal, in the darkness there, but it could not go too slowly, for, with every passiiig minnte, he felt that he was slipping deeper into the fatal ooze. He had descended until his hips were at a level with the surface, when the deathly stillness of the forest was broken by a scratching noise .' For an instant, Hal believed that it was made by a serpent, writhing its way across the swamp to attack him. "Can't stand that," he said to himself desperately. "I can die by suffocation in the mud, but hang me, if I will let a serpent to the agony by its poisoning bite." So tl1i11king, he drew his revolver and match bo at t11e same time. 'rhe box being light, did not sink into the mud, and Hal therefore laid it be fore him. He struck one of the matches, and by its light looked all around, him, revolver cocked and ready to fire. The scratching, crackling noise contin ued, drawing nearer all the time, and he confidently expected soon to see the gleaming eyeballs of the serpent. That he should be able to kill the serpent, he had no doubt; and presently the light of his match did reveal two glowin.,, HAVE YOU READ PAGE 32.

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STARlW FLAG WEEKLY. 27 spots in the darkness not a dozen feet chap, I want to get out of it. What do away. They seemed far apart for the eyes of a serpent but Hal did not know but that they might be the eyes of some monstrous snake against which he would have a hard battle and be raised his revolver in tending to take careful aim and not fire until the eyes were so close that one bul let would be sure to do the busi11ess. you suppose we can do about it, Prex? There isn't much time to lose, doggie; upon my word, there for before long I shall be in it up to my neck, and you know that is where the chicken got the axe. It is all the same one way or the other, Prex, and I am afraid it is no use for me to talk to you here in my language, and for you to bow-wow there in yours, Then, suddenly, .he lowered the for I don t suppose we will ever under-weapon, and gave a cry of joy. stand each other. I am afraid we had bet-At the same instant, there came a fran ic whining and yelping mingled together from the spot where the eyes were shin ing in the reflected light of the matcli. .._ "Prex Prex cried Hal, "how did you get here old fellow?" Prex was Hal's other friend, equally as faithful and well loved as his horse. He was a dog whom Hal had captured from the dons, who had attempted to blow np the transport fleet at Port Tampa. The dons called the dog Mc Kinley, atJd Hal called him Prex for short. The beast was much attached to its master, and had been with him in all his various dnties at the camp. On this oc casion, of course, he had followed his master's trail from the camp until he had come 11pon him at the swamp. "Bow-wow-wow," was the answer.., Prex gaye to Hal's question, and the tone of it snggested that the dog was partly glad to find its master, and a great deal more terrified to find him in such a fix. "Prex, oln fellow," said Hal. "As the boys say, I am in it, and confound it, old ter say good-by to each other, old cliap It is not to be supposed that Prex un derstood his master's words; but there is 110 question but that he understood the situation perfectly. He had kept up an incessant bow-wow i11g while Hal was speaking, and at the conclusion he turned ab0l1t and trotted away yelping and howling as he went. "That is his way of saying good-by," thought Hal, "a1d I know what ht: is try ing to do. The poor beast hopes to get help for me, but he won't find it. He won't come across anybody this side of the camp; and even if they should under stand him there, they would not have time to get here before I should be out of sight." But Hal was mistaken. Not in guessing what the dog's inte11tion was, but in .supposing that be would have to go clear to the camp for assist ance. Not more than a quarter of an hour had passed from the time when the dog's barking ceased in the distance when Hal again heard the familiar voice of his ani mal friend. WE WANT EVERY READER TO HAVE A PATRIOTIC BADGE-SEE PAGE 32.

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I" It ; STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. There was another tone to that barking now. "Hold on a little longer; keep your courage up," it seemed to say. Hal could hardly believe his ears, but he was quick to notice the difference in the_ dog's manner of barking, and he felt policeman. "Thunderation, no, I am g ing to get you out. Youjust hold stead until I can climb into th is tree." "I can't get very far away, Carrigan,. replied Hal. '"Carrigan worked with great rapidity. He pulled himself into a tree, whic certain that Prex was really returning extended a branch directly over Hal' with assistance. head. And so it proved. By crawling out on this branch, Carn The yelping came nearer and nearer, gan depressed it by his weight, until H and presently, Hal could distinguish the could teach it. heavy tread of a man, following the dog ''Are you strong enough. to ont alo1ig through the bushes and underbrush. it" asked Carrigan. .'Hallo," called Hal. "You to come cautiously now, friend." "Can you strike a light," respon
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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 119 11! will tell him without fail,,, ex-By the slow awkward movements, he imed Hal. presumed that it was a negro woman, Together they returned through the who perhaps had been engaged as a ods to the road. 11! was just going to camp from anson's, 11 said Carrigan, "when your g came whining along and I knew from actions that something was the matter, t I didn't suspect 'what it was nor who was. As I said before I am glad that it as you. Are you going back to camp?" housekeeper for the Spanish plotters. He watehed her for a minute, and then heard the sound of a voice humming a tune. "She seems to be alone, 11 he thought. ''As there is no question about the loyal ty of the colored people, I have 110 doubt but that she was engaged by these plotters "Not now, 11 replied Hal, "I am going without her having any idea as to what n other business, but I wish you would their business is, consequently, I can port to Colonel Roosevelt and Colonel learn a good deal by going over and talkWood all'd tell them where my horse is ing with her. n thered. If they ask where I am going, With this thought, Hal crossed the ell them to the clearing." "The clearing? What's fhat?11 "They will understand.,, "All right, but don't get into another ''I won't, because I will stick to the oad I know now. 11 Before leaving Carrigan he ordered rex to go home, for he feared that the og might betray him to the eneiy by felping. Hal followed the course taken by Major Dowd 's battalion in the afternoon, and came at length, without accident, to the edge of the clearing. The moon had now arisen, and by its ight, he could see the shanty at the other side quite distinctly. There was a moving figure near it. At first, Hal could not make out whether it was that of a human being or of an animal, but presently, he came to the conclusion that it was human, and a woman at that. cle ing, without attempting to conceal his movements, and appro ched the shanty. As he drew near, the sound of the humming ceased1 and the woman stood stockstill, evidently looking at him in some astonishment. "Who is you?" she said presently, in a rather gruff voice, such as many a negro woman uses when angered. "I am a soldier, auntie, 11 replied Hal cheerfnl1y. "Who are you?" "Oh! I'se nu:ffin but Ole Mammy," she answered. "Ise
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so STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. -Hal was particularly anxious to see in side of that cabin. It was his plan to en gage the old woman in small talk until she should tell him, without invitation, all she knew about the men who had been using her cabin and garden patch for a Spanish rendezvous. Accordingly, he followed her to the cabin door. "Yo' go right inside, honey," she I' said, standing aside to let him enter. He did so, and just as he passed her, she threw her,ann around his throat, bore her whole weig11t upon him, and crushed him to the ground. "Now, you pig of an American," cried a voice that was surely of "Ole Mammy," but yet different in tone, "I've got you where you can't stir, and there will be one Rough Rider the less to invade Cuba." Hal realized the situation the moment he felt himself attacked. He knew then, too late, that this "Ole Mammy" was 110 negress, but, on the other hand, one of the Spanish plotters in disguise. Taken completely by surprise, the young lieutenant could not defend himself un til he had been borne to the ground. Then, before he could strike an effec tive blow, or get his revolver in hand, there was a dancing of stars before his eyes, a severe pain upon his temple, a!1d he l.Jecame unconscious. And at just t11at moment, there dashed into the clearing a half dozen men, led by Lieutenant Harper. They heard the sound of a struggle in the and made for it with all speed. Arrived there, they were just in tim intercept the disguised Spaniard as was hurrying away. They made prisoner of him, then attended to Hal. "Poor fellow," said Harper, "he 1 been with us only a short time, but was the star of the Rough Riders, for that, and now he is done for." "What's that?" said Hal, very fee to be sure, but very much alive neverth less. ''I am not done for. Where is th treacherous mammy?" "If you uiean the fellow disguised as negress," returned Harper joyfully, , is a prisoner.'' Hal had been merely stunned by t disguised Spaniard's blow. The darkn probably prevented the Spaniard fro striking as he meant to, for of course th blow was rneaut to kill. When Hal did not return to camp f a long time after he set out to pursue t supposed veterinary, Colonel Wood a the other officers grew anxious abo him. Then, putting their heads togethe they concluded that Hal had probabl gone on .to the clearing, and he mig have gotten captured there by the Spa ish plotters, who were supposed to hav a rendezvous in that spot. By that time, the dumb prisoner ha beeu persuaded to speak. He really had as much voice as any body else, and seeing that the onl chance to save his life lay in confession, he told all he knew about the plot. There were only three men in it, him self, the veterinary, and one other. Al BY ALL MEANS GET A FREE BUTTON OR PIN-SEE LAST PAGE.

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STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. Sl Spaniards who had come to Flor-11 the pretense of establishing an Being here, they had enored to hurt the American cause in manner described in the letter Hal captured. earing that Hal might have been rcome by the veterinary and the third niard, the colonel dispatched Lieu au t Harper with six men to go to his 11 the way, they .had met Carrigan, o told them about the adventure in e bog, and who mentioned the word So Hal's rescue was effected, although it proved, he was in no need of rescue, would have taken care of himself in Harper's men captured the last of the plotters, and that ended the troubles of the Rough Riders from that quarter. When they returned "to camp with their second prisoner, Hal was highly compli mented by Colonel Wo. od and Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, but nothing gave him more pleasure than the fact that his report of the day's doings convinced Roosevelt that ex-policeman Carrigan wa:; not only a loyal man, but that he had not been up to any mischief whatever. [THE END.) The next number of the Starry Flag Weekly will contain "Old Glory in Havana; or, Hal Maynard's Mission in the Enemy's Stronghold," by Douglas Wells.

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