Yankee Doodle with Gomez; or, Adventures in the heart of Cuba


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Yankee Doodle with Gomez; or, Adventures in the heart of Cuba

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Yankee Doodle with Gomez; or, Adventures in the heart of Cuba
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Yankee Doodle
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The Cubans rushed out with their machetes yelling like savages. "Catch that old man! Yankee Dooqle sang out to half a dozen Cubans, "but don't harm him," and in another minute the old Spaniard was surrounded and dragged from his horse.

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-DOODLE. Stories of the Present W"ar .. Issued &mi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the 'New York, .v. Y .. Post }.:fay U; 1898. ]J}ntered accmding to Act of Congress in the year 1898, in the office of the Librmian of Cong1ess, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 29 West 26th St., New Yo1k. NEW YORK, July 6, 189 8 Price 5 Ce nts. ankee Doodle With Gomez; OR, Adventures in the Heart of Cuba. BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. E ADMIRAL SENDS YANKEE DOODLE ON A MISSION TO GENERAL GOMEZ-THE NIGHT ATTACK. As the American fleet lay off Santiago, after having ocked to pieces pretty nea .riy all the Spanish forti and silencing most of the great guns thereon, .1 1.miral Sampson found himself greatly in need of a td force to co -operate withh1m mreducing the city. some strange fatality the American army was ,i I t in condition to sta.rt from Tampa or Key West, ce all the operations were conducted by tho fleet ne. It was several times announced that the oops were in transports and would sail immediately, en a day or two after, the news would come of anher delay, while in the meantime the Spaniards were renghtening their lines, remounting their guns, d making preparations for a desperate defense. Admiral Sampson had been in daily com unication with the insurgents, who made liberal omises of assistance and co -operation, the performce of which was inva,riably unsatisfactory. His in rmation was through sources upon which he was rely able to place implicit reliance. Atlast he lled Yankee Doodle into his quarters, closed the or and sat down at tbe little table. The young. ierican sat opposite him. "My young friend," said the admiral, addressing nkee Doo(lle, "I'm in great need of a man on ore upon whom I can depend, and I know of no one tter able to do what I want done than yourself." I thank you, admiral, for the compliment," said nkee Doodle; "my services are at your command any t ime and under any circumstances.'' I 'm well aware of that, my boy, but like your er exned1tions, it is one to which 1 shall not order "You do n't need to, admiral, for all you have to do is simply to let me know what you want done, and I'll do it if I can." "Very well; spoken like a true .soldier. Now, what I want is this: I want you to go into the in:. terior and see General Gomez. I will give you a letter to him making you my representative in his camp; you have met him before, and he has an extremely high opinion of you as a daring scout and soldier. I wish you to insist on the concentration of all the insurgent forces in the province of Santiago de Cuba, in the rear of the city of Santia. go, for the purpose of offensive and defensive operations, and to send me information as to their exact .strength and conditiqn, with accurate reports as to what they need in the way of supplies, arnv; and munitions. I don't know the exact location of his camp, but there are a number of insurgent bands scattered about in the woods out there between San tiago and Guantanamo. You will haYe to get an escort from them to pilot the way to the camp for you. Now you understand what I want; do you think you can do it ?" "I will try, admiral," was the quiet reply. That is all that I could ask," said the admiral. Get yourself in readiness to go ashore as soon as we can make sure of an escort for you on shore. Whatever you need for the trip, make a requisition on the captain of the flag ship, and it will be furnished you." "I can be ready within a few minutes, admiral." "I hardly think," remarked the admiral, "that we can secure an escort for .you before to-morrow. Yankee Doodle then saluted, and retired to hasten his preparation for his perilous invasion of the interior of Cuba. In the meantime, the admiral sent messengers ashore to communicate with the insurgents in the woods, and to ask for an escort for a representative,

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2 YANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. whom he wished to send to the camp of Gomez. He "but if any Span\ards try to stop us we must thra instructed them to signal from the shore as soon as them if we can." the escort was ready. In about three hours the rations from the flag sh Early the next morning a signal was seen, and were landed and quickly distributed among the me Yankee Doodle left the flag-ship a,nd went on board Noticing the hungry, eager look on their faces, Ya the gun-boat for the purpose of making a landing kee Doodle suggested that they eat a square me where the signal was made. When within a quarter then and there before starting on the journey, a of a mile of the shore, he entered a boat filled with never did men attack rations more promptly and marines, who rowed cautiously to within hailing disorously. tance of the signal. There he soon learned that about Soon after eating they started on the march ov ninety Cubans were there ready to escort him to the the rugged hills that broke the surface of the coun interior. He at once made a landing, and found that in that part of the island. They passed a little ca a Captain Auras was in command, and that his men of insurgents, who, on learning that they had were well armed with rifles and machetes, but were days' rations with them, were eager to join them; without any rations whatever. Yankee Doodle explained to them that they woulds "It won't do," said Yankee Doodle, "to make such have rations for all men who were fighting under t a trip without rations. What in thunder do you felflag of Cuba and the Stars and Stripes-that he lows live on in the woods?" then on his way to bring about a concentration of "Anything we can get to eat," replied the young the insurgent forces around Santiago. captain, "and when we can't get it, we with-Then the little command pushed on until th Qut it." struck a road leading north from the city, which "That isn't what we want just now; we don't one of the avenues of supplies for the Spanish g want to waste any time hunting provisions. I'll send rison. a note back ro the admiral and ask for five days' "How far are we now from the city ?" he asl rat101'!,s for ninety men," and he hastily wrote a note Captain Auras. which he gave to the young officer in command of the "Some eight or ten miles, senor." launch, stating at the same time that he would wait "Are there no patriots along the line of this ro there for the rations. to cut off the supplies going to the city ?" The launch hurried away, and Yankee Doodle proI "Si, senor, but they are sma.11 parties, while ceeded to make himself familiar with the men of the Spanish cavalry control the road for miles to prot escort. :'here wasn't a man among them who did the supplies." not show the ravages of hunger, yet everyone was "Is there any water near here?" he asked. plucky and full of fight. They were without uniforms "Si, senor, a mile farther on." and knew nothing about drill or military tactics. "Is it good to drink?" Turning to the young captain, he asked: "Si, senor, very good." "How do you handle your men in a fioht cap"Then we will encamp there to-night." tain ?" 0 "It is where the cavalry camps sometim "Oh, I just tell them to load and shoot, every man for himself the best way he can,'' was the reply. "That's a poor way to fight," said Yankee Doodle, shaking his head. "One man, well drilled and trained to obey orders promptly, is equal to three men who are not." senor." "Then we may have company, capitan," rem.ark Yankee Doodle with a smile. They pushed on up the road, with half a dozen C bans a few hundred yards in advance acting as scout and when they were within a quarter of a mile of t stream they learned that a party of Spanish caval was already there. What shall we do, senor?" Captain Auras asked of Yanltee Doodle. "We have had no chance to drill," replied the young captain; "we have had no drill master, and have had to do the best we knew how. Are you the Yankee Doodle we have heard of?" ,, "We should go into the woods and keep out or I guess I am, was the reply, "as I m the only ht t l fi d .. th t th f tl s1g un i we can n ou e s reng o le en one m the army or fleet known by that name." ,, d f t 1 t tl t' t h "W'll . emy, an a ew mmu es a er le en ire par y au. e every man m the camp to commander-md' d tl d th 1 ft f th d isappeare m ie woo s on e o e roa chief has heard of you, and we are more than glad to I' Th y k D dl l d th t t f b 1 'th ,, en :1ll ee oo e as rn e cap am o 1 urms 1a,:e you wi ?" him with a guide who was familiar with the locality How far is it from here to the camp. Yankee to accompany him on a scouting expedition. Doodle asked. An old Cuban was called up by the captain and told "Some fifty or sixty miles as the crow flies, but no to go with Yankee Doodle who wished to take a peep man can tell how far it is by land, as we never know at the Spaniards. what obstructions we may have to dodge; we may "Si, senor," said the old Cuban, whose name was sta.r1; by one route, and after going a !ew miles, may Diego, "I am ready. I know the place well." have to take another." 1 "Lead on, then," sa id Yankee Doodle, "and be "Yes, I can understand that," said Yankee Doodle, careful that we are not seen by the enemy."

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YANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. So dense was the woods that it took them nearly an hour to travel a qua.rter of a mile. By that time hey came in sight of the horses that were tied along he edge of an opening, while the cavalrymen were usily preparing the camp for the night. As the men were moving about, Yankee Doodle ound it difficult to estimate their number, so he pro ceeded to count their horses instead. He found that there were about seYenty horses in the party, and that some of those evidently belonged to four native carts that were seen well loaded with vegetables and other supplies which the cavalry had secured. The stream was about fifty yards beyond the camp, which on the right of the road. All this Yankee Doodle took in at a glance, and hen signaled to old Diego that he was ready to re iturn. The old Cuban turned and led the way back, and ankee Doodle followed him cautiously, both taking great care to make no sound that could reach the enemy. The sun was just sinking out of sight when he rejoined Captain Auras, so he knew that in a few minutes it would be very dark. He very quickly explained to the young captain M-'hat he had seen, and gave it as 1is opinion that they could either capture or whip the cavalry. The young Cuban was inclined to doubt their ability to do so. "But, senor," he added, "if yQu wish to attack, we will do so." "Let me talk with the men," said Yankee Doodle; and the entire party was called around him, when he frankly explained to them that there were not over seventy Spaniards there who were coRvoying four cart loads of provisions to the city. "Now," said he, "if you will agree to follow me and obey orders, we'll smash those fell
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YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'H GOMEZ. wounds were but slight, while the Spaniards ha, d lost nearly forty men killed and wounded. CHAPTER II. HOW YANKEE DOODLE TURNED THE TABLES ON AN OLD SPANIARD. the foot of a mountain the quiet lives of whose inhabitants had been but little disturbed by the war, c They seemed to be cut otf almost from the rest of th e a world, and were content to live and die in ignorance so long as they could reap the reward of their labors T in the fields. There were about one hundred house s THE capture of provisions, though not a very great in the little village, every one of which was quickly quantity, was a godsend to the little band of Cubans. emptied of its inmates as soon as the band of patriots They lost no time in a .ppropriating them, and within entered its main street. an hour after the fight, every man of them had his On learning that the new comers belonged to the stomach better filled than at any time in a year Jlrearmy of liberation, they received them with shouts vious, and when they had done so, they were ready to of welcome, and willingly offered of their small store lie down and sleep, little dreaming that any danger of provisions to feed them for the night. They had lay in their doing so. heard that the United States had declared war But Yankee. Doodle cautioned the Cuban ca,ptain against Spain, and was sending armies and fleets to that as it was only eight or ten miles from there to drive the Spaniards out of Cuba. Naturally, then, the city, some of the Spaniards who had escaped would when they saw a young American leading the Cubans, undoubtedly take to the road and make all possible they mistook him in their ignorance for some great ha,ste to report the disaster to the Spanish com-American general. mander, who would no doubt, quickly send out a bat-But his youth staggered them, and they had a talion of cavalry to intercept and punish them. thousand questions to ask concernmg him. None of "What shall we do then, senor?" the captain the Cubans in the command was really able to explain asked. his position in the army or fleet, but they knew that "Move on at once up the road," was the reply. he' had been sent by Admiral Sampson to General "But the cavalry could follow us up the road just Gomez, and that he had fought and won a battle the as well!.." argued the captain. night before over the Spanish cavalry. The captured "Very true," assented Yankee Doodle; "but they arms and horses were there to show the extent of will hardly know where we left the road to go into the victory, and to the simple-minded villagers it apcamp elsewhere. If we stay here vrn will be served just peared to be a great thing. as we served them." Among the residents of the village was an old Within a couple of hours after the fight the little Spaniard, who, twenty years before, had been an ofband, with all the horses and arms captured, and each ficer in the Spanish army, but a wound had forced one with his share of the provisions, resumed the him into retirement, and he had been living for many march, keeping well in the road. The carts had been years in the little village on a small farm that amply left behind, as they would have been of no use. I supplied a,11 his wants. Naturally the old fellow was They marched until near daylight, during which loyal to Spain and had often denounced t11e insurtime they made nearly twenty miles, and then left I gents as rebels and traitors. He had two very beau road, plunging into the great forest. tiful daughters, one of secretly engaged to gomg some three miles mto the woods, they went mto a 'young Cuban officer m Garcia,'s army. The other camp to sleep during the hottest part of the day. was as loyal to Spain as was her old father. If the Spaniards sent out a pursuing party from When the patriots went into camp on the outskirts Santiago, Yankee Doodle never heard of it; but the of the village they were visited by all the men, women news soon spread all through the city that the dar-and children, and among them came the old Spaniard ing young American was in the mount;:i,ins with an and both of his daughters. The old man was anxious insurgent force estim;:i,ted at several hundreds, and to see the young American, and when he did, he was doing considerable damage. so astonished at finding him a mere youth that he In the middle of the afternoon of the day followexclaimed : ing the fight they resumed the march, pushing slowly "Caramba I do they think that Spain is to be through the great forest, g-oing directly north. It whipped by boys ?" was believed that the camp of the commander-in-chief "They are not ;:i,11 boys, Senor Ca,pitan," said old was somewhere between the city of Holguin and Bay-Diego, who was standing by, "but Senor Yankee amo, but no one was certain, as that wily old warrior Doodle, while young in years, is a great general; he would remain in a place just long enough to give the beat the Spanish cavalry last night, and captured all Spaniards time to locate him, then he would change these horses and between fifty and sixty rifles." to some other place, leaving simply the old camp Just then Yankee Doodle came up with Captain ground for the enemy to stare.at. Auras, and both of them saluted the old Spaniard Yankee Doodle and the young Cuba n captain de-and his two daughters with the greatest respect. cided to push due north unW they reached the center Naturally the two sisters gazed upon him with a of the island, and then send out scouts in search of the great deal of curiosity and no little admiration commander-in-chief. "Senor Americano," said the old man, "I am a n A little before sunset they struck a small village at old soldier who served twenty years in the armies of

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Y DOODLE WITH GO}lEZ fain, and I know something about what the mother "Senor Americano, I thank you for sparing the untry can do. You aud all your men will be taken I of my father." d shot." I would not harm a hair of his head, senorita, and "Senor," said Yankee Doodle, smilingly, "Spanish if you need any assistance while we are here, you have le has ceased in Cuba, and the Spanish flag will but to send to me for it." on cease to wave over any part of the island." "Thank you, senor," she replied, and then in a half "Senor Americano," replied the old man, straight-whisper, added: mg himself up haughtily. "you know nothing of "My heart is with Cuba," and with that she sped e power of Spain." away after her father and sister. I beg your pardon, senor; one's knowledge comes The inci._dent created some little excitement in the m reading, and I have read in the history of the 1 camp and it was the topic of conversatfon for an hour rld, and of Spain particularly, that once her flag or two. \ It was about midnight when Yankee Doodle ved over all Central and South America, but it was was awakened by one of the guards with the report iven out of Mexico and out of Central America, and that a woman out on the guard line wished to see him. 1 her vast colonies down to the end of the continent He arose from his blanket and accompanied the guard South America, by little republics that did not to where the visitor was waiting. To his surprise he mber one -tenth the population of Spain. The time recognized the youngest daughter of the old Span s when Spain was powerful on land and sea. Now iard in the starlight, who caught him by the arm, e is like an old lion whose claws have been drawn saying: d teeth decayed, so that his roar is all that remains "Come away with me, Senor Americano; I will tell bis former savage strength and glory." you something," and he walked some ten or fifteen he old man snorted contemptuously. paces beyond the guard line with her, and stopped, 'Is not that history?" Yankee Doodle asked, at saying: same time glancing admiringly at his two daugh" I cannot go any further, senorita; what is it you s. would tell me ?" 'I know nothing about history," was the haughty 1 I have come to tell you, Senor Americano, that ly. my father has mounted a swift horse and gone away 'Ah, senor," said Yankee Doodle, "unfortunately 1 somewhere, after telling us to stay in the house until t is the trouble with your country; they are very he returned. I fear he has gone after Spanish sol ave, but don't know much," whereupon the old diers to come here and attack you. If you go away niard considered himself insulted, and very you will be safe. You will not tell any one that I have mptly challenged Yankee Doodle to fight. I told you?" 'No, senor," replied Yankee Doodle, "you were a "No, senorita, I'll keep your secret, and thank you
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Y A N KEE DOODLE WITII GOMEZ. dred Spanish cavalry was but thirty minutes behind f Yankee Doodle then went up to old Captain Nar-ih him. vaez, who, with half a dozen other Spaniards, wash.a "That's time enough," said Yankee Doodle, turn-held as a prisoner, and called out to him: ing to captain Auras. "We must reach those "Captain Narvaez, I thank you in the name of th woods back there half a mile away inside of ten mmCuba n Republic l Your plan was a complete success utes,"-and he pointed to a very dense piece of woods you led them into the trap nicely, and I heartily giv on the outskirts of the village through which they you full credit for its success!" .. had come the evening before. The old Spaniard was staggered, and the other pris The order was given, and within twelve minutes oners eyed him suspiciously. the entire, party was concealed in the woods by the "What do you mean, Senor Americano ?" be roadside. asked. a It was about twenty minutes later when the Span-"Ah, I beg your pardon, Senor Capitan!" said t ish cavalry came charging clown the road almost at Yankee Doodle "I did not mean to betray you ; but full speed, expecting to surprise the insurgents in it makes little difference, as the Spaniards will not be their little camp on the other side of the village. able to harm you if you keep out of their way for a ''"Now, men," sang out Yankee Doodle to the Cu-few days," and with that Yankee Doodle passed on bans, "stand in readiness to fire, but wait until I give chuckling to himself over having made the impres the signal shot. They will be within ten paces of you, sion upon the minds of the other prisoners that the and the Cuban who misses a Spaniard at that dis old man had purposely led them into a trap. When tance ought to be shot as a traitor to his country. he passed the party of prisoners again he found the Now keep quiet and wait, they are almost here." old Spaniard vigorously denying to his fellow prison-The Spaniards came thundering along the road, I ers that he had betrayed them, and vehemently pro and when about one -fourth of them had passed the testing his loyalty to Spain. ambush, Yankee Doodle aimed with his revolver and "If ever the Spaniards catch him,'' mused Yankee fired, tumbling a Spaniard out of the saddle. Doodle, "they'll make short work of him, and that Then followed the volley that emptied fully fifty will have the tendency to arouse the spirit of revenge saddles, and as many riderless horses. went rearing among his personal friends If I hadn't promised his and plunging as in a panic. daughter not to harm him I'd have him led out and Old Narvaez and about a score of Spaniards were shot myself." thus cut off from an equal number at the rear of the Down in the village every shot fired in the fight column. He turned with them, and looked back on was heard, but the people, frightened almost out of a stretch of the road. that was nearly filled with dead their wits, dared not venture out of their houses and wounded cavalrymen. When they saw the victorious Cubans returning wit h The old soldier saw at a glance that the Cubans the spoils of the fight and the few Spanish prisone had anticipated them, and knocked about half of their they were the most astonished lot of villagers eve r force before a blow had been struck. seen. With a yell, the old soldier attempted to form a By direction of Yankee Doodle, o ld Narvaez was junction with those in the rear, but they were again released, and told that he could go to his home, whic h met with a deadly volley, after which the Cubans the old man did in a state of mind bordermg on dis rushed out with their mache.tes yelling like savages. traction. He shut himself up in bis house, and wou l d "Catch that old man!" Yankee Doodle sang out to I see no one until late in the afternoon, when Yankee half a dozen Cubans, "but don't harm him," and in an-Doodle and Captain Auras called on him to see hi m other minute the old Spaniard was surrounded and before leaving the village. dragged from his horse. The oldest daughter, Maria, met them at the door The remaining cavalrymen in the rear, upon seeing pale as death and trembling from head to foot. the awful destruction of their comrades, turned and "Senor Americano," she wringing her hands, fled with greater speed than they had made in ad"have you come to slay my father?" vancing. It was all over, in less than five minutes, "No, senorita, the Spaniards will do that whe n and not a Cuban had been hurt. It required a.n the they catch him. I'm content to leave his fate in thei r energy that Yankee Doodle could muster to prevent I hands. Can we see him?" the Cubq,ns from dispatching the wounded, and it "I will ask him, senor. was not until several had been hacked to pieces did She was about to summon her father, when the ol d he succeed in putting a stop to the slaughter. The man himself appeared. captain in command of the cavalry was among the "Senor Americano !" exclaimed the old soldier, slain, while the lieutenant was made a prisoner. "you have. done me a great wrong." "Captain Auras," sang out Yankee Doodle to the "I don't think I have, senor," replied Yankee young Cuban officer, "have your men gather up the Doodle. "Not being in the service, you had no right arms and catch the horses; they are valuable to Cuba J to take any part in the fight at all. I might have had just now!" you shot, but as I told you last night, I respected the "Si, Senor Americano,'' responded the captain, I gray hairs of your head, and you told me that that "they are doing that now." was the excuse of a coward. "\e will now see whether

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YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'H G OMEZ 7 he Spaniards will show as much respect for your gray Narvaez bad led them into the trap, and asked the iairs." villagers what they thought about it. With one ac Senor Americano, Spain would shoot a traitor if cord all the residents of the village insisted that the, be was a thousand years old, and you have made them old man had always been loyal to Spain, but some believe that I led them into a trap to be sla 1ghtered." sa.id that it looked very much as though he had "You should have remained in your house, senor," changed in order to win favor with the Cubans, since replied Yankee Doodle, "and I advised you last night it was now claimed that the United States would to do so." force the Spanish out of the island. During the time that they were talking the eldest Of course, all that tended to confirm the suspicions. daughter was flashing upon the young American, from I of treachery in the minds of the prisoners, and they a pair of lustrous black eyes, some of the most vindicdenounced the old fellow in the most vigorous Span tive glances he had ever met, and he gazed upon her ish they could command. as if mentally trying to size her up as a woman or Late that afternoon, Yankee Doodle ordered the fiend. Cubans to resume the march and pushed on north-Suddenly she exclaimed : ward, going about ten miles before pitching camp "Senor Americano, if harm comes to my father again. Every man now had a horse and an extra through you I will follow you to the ends of the earth rifle, to say nothing of holster pistols and sabers, all for vengeance!" of which were greatly needed among the Cubans. "Senorita," said he, bowing very low to her, "let They encamped right near a stream, which they me advise you to turn all your energies towards try-were loath to leave the next morning, on account of ing to save your father's life instead of avenging him. the fine grasses that were so beneficial to the stock. As a soldier of long experience, he well knows that as But Yankee Doodle wished to push onward, but fin a non-combatant he had no right to raise his hand in ally yielded to the suggestion of Captain Auras that this war. I would have been justified in ordering him scouts be sent out through the country in advance to to be immediately shot, but on account of his years make inquiries for the camp of Gomez and the fact that be has two daughters who would be They were instructed to meet three days later at left alone in the world, I have left him to the tender the little town of La Guina, and there report what of the government to which he is so loyal. news, if any they had, as to the location of the camp There is only one way for him to escape death at the of the commander-in-chief. About fifteen of them hands of the Spaniards, and that is by keeping out of were sent out on that mission, which reduced the their way. If he wishes to join the insurgents he party to seventy-five. may do so. If he wishes to seek refuge within_the Late in the afternoon of that day, a Cuban c a m e lines of the Spanish army, he may do that also," and in from the village which he had left the day befor e he smiled as he looked at t ;he crestfallen expression of and brought the news that the half doz e n paroled the old soldier. Spanish prisoners who had been left behind, had gone "Senor Americano," said the old man,. you have to the house of old Narvaez at midnight and murcast a stain upon my good name, which is deare r to dered him. me toan life itself I acknowledge that you turned "I'm sorry for the girls," remarked Yankee the tables upon me, and I have but one request to Doodle, when he heard it, "but it served the old ras-m ake, which, as a soldier, you cannot refuse." cal right. After soldiering for twenty years, he "What is that?" Yankee Doodle asked. should have been content to remain at home in peace. "It is this, senor: if you hear that I have been I wonder now if that elder daughter of his means to shot by the Spanish soldiers as a traitor that you give me any trouble." will take the pains to let them know of the trick that "That is hard to say," remarked Captain Auras; you have played me, and that I was loyal to Spain "there's no telling what a woman will do when she unt il the last-for I think more of my good name gets mad, and she seemed to be very mad indeed." than of my life." "It is strange," remarked Yankee Doodle, "that "I will do that, senor," said Yankee Doodle; "so the younger sister should be loyal to Cuba when her I'll bid you good -by," and with that he raised his hat, father was so stanchly loyal to Spain." bowed to the old man, and then to his two daughters. "There is only one way to account for it," said CHAPTER III. A WOMAN'S VENGEANCE-MANANA. THE prisoners captured in the fight at the village w ere paroled by Yankee Doodle in the name of the Cuban Republic, after each one had signed a paper, stating that he expected to be shot, if again taken with arms in his hands. They were then permitted to go through the village and talk freely with the inhabitants. Captain Auras, "and that is she must have a sweetheart in the Cuban army." "Ay," said Yankee Doodle, I guess that's the proper solution of the mystery." Early the next morning the command r esumed the march, and, as they were now in a region where there were no Spanish garrisons, the y had little or no fear of meeting with any opposition. All through that section the Spanish forces had been called to garrison the principal cities where there were depots of They were eager to learn if it was true that old supplies; and since the America. n fleet had begun op-

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8 YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'H GOMEZ. erations in front of Santiago, the bulk of the Spanish "What in thunder is the matter ?" Yankee Do soldiers had been ordered to that point. Nearly every exclaimed. But Andrea would make no explanati place they passed the families of the Cubans were or even answer any questions put to him. He see planting vegetables to raise supplies for family and to think that he had done enough to forfeit his r army. When they reached the little village of La and was resolved to give no information as to his Guina, Yankee Doodle was surprised at not finding a tives. single scout there with any report to make. Nobody Yankee Doodle ordered him searched, and in one in the Yillage seemed to have any idea as to the locahis pockets was found a note in Spanish, signed tion of the camp of the commander-in-chief, other Maria, in which she asked Audrea to come to her than the general belief that it was somewhere west of once. That was all the note contained, but Yank there. Doodle was at no loss as to bow to interpret it, for "Well," said Yankee Doodle, "we'll have to stay was well satisfied tha. t the elder daughter of old N here until we can hear from the scouts;" and they vaez had sent him on his trail to execute her thre pitched a camp on the outskirts of the village and of vengeance for the death of her father. sent out half a dozen more scouts in a westerly direc-The discovery was a shocking one to Yank tion, with instructions to push on as far west as they Doodle, and for several moments after he read th could go in two days, ma.king inquiry of every person note, he remained silent, gazing at the wound they met. 1 Cuban. While waiting there at La Guina about a score of I "Do you understand that note, senor?" he w Cubans joined them on learning that they had sup-asked by the Cuban officer. plies and rations. They were sworn in. and for two "I'm afraid I do, ca pi tan," he answered, "but you days Yankee Doodle drilled the entire command six will please pardon me if I make no explanation farther hours a day. They were a tired lot, but at the end of than to say that this man was sent by another, no that time, they could go through the maneuvers doubt, to take my life." quite accurately. Yankee Doodle was a splendid drill "Then he must be shot," said the captain. officer, and had the knack of instilling his enthusiasm said Yankee Doodle, "but I wish to have into the minds of his followers, thus ma.king valuable nothing to do with it." soldiers of them. "Leave that to me, senor," and the capta,in turned Among the fellows who had joined him was a, stal-to one of his subordinate officers, and gave the orde r wart Cuban of the name of Andrea a man of about to take the man out and shoot him at once. I thirty years of age. No one in the command seemed 1 The man was led away, but they had not gone ten to know him, or to take any particular notice of him, I paces before Yankee Doodle wheeled and followed. but Yankee Doodle happened to notice the second day "Senor Andrea," said he, to the doomed man, I after he joined them that the fellow was watching I ask one will you answer ?" every movement he made. l What_ is it, senor? the man asked, speakrng for After making that discovery he had a talk with old I the first tune. Diego, during which he told him that this fellow was "It is this: Did she send you after me?" following him about wherever he went. "I have nothing to say, senor," he replied. "I'm suspicious of him," he added, "and I want "That is enough," and Yankee Doodle turned on you to watch him and see if you can find out what his his heel and walked away. Five minutes later he object is." heard on the outskirts of the camp a volley of five "Si, Senor Americano, I will watch him." rifle shots, which told him that the man had paid the On that very night Yankee Doodle was awakened penalty of his a .ttPmpted crime. out of a sound sleep by hearing a violent struggle "What a difference there is in women," be mused. and several fierce exclamations in Spanish near his "Those two sisters are of as widely different nature. hammock. He sprang up, revolver in hand, as did as is possible for two women to be. The elder one Captain Auras also, and found that old Diego had evidently has all the vindictiveness of her stern old wounded Andrea, and had him down on the ground. father, while the other seems to be endowed with all "What's the trouble, Diego !" Yankee Doodle the gentleness of a true woman. I will send this note asked of the old Cuban. back to her with a little endorsement on the back of "He was trying to kill you as you slept, senor." it, in the hands of a trusty messenger." "Ah, indeed !" Early the next morning he took a pencil and wrote Si, senor; I was just in time to save you on the back of the note signed "Maria," as follows : A light was struck, and Diego was ordered to let "SENORITA MARIA NARVAEZ,-1 return your note the man up. found on the person of Andrea, to whom it was adAs soon as Andrea rose to his feet he sprang at dressed, with the sunple statement that ms attempt Yankee Doodle's throat with a growl not unlike that I on my life is thoroughly understood as bemg instigatof a panther. ed by yourself. Were I a Spaniard you would un Yal_lkee Doodle sprang nimbly out of his 'Nay, and I doubtedly meet the fate that has overtaken !um, but old Diego struck him with his machete, almost sever-as I am an American, I simply salute you and pass ing his rig-ht arm. j on. Your intended victim, YANKEE DOODLE." op lU

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YANKEE DOODLE "WITH GOMEZ. After writing tl_rn note, Yankee called upon I peared he expl;iined to them that he was a messenger t he Cuban C;J,ptam and told bun he wished to send from the American fleet to the commander-in-chief of a note back to one of the daughters of the old Span-the armies of the Cuban Republic. iard, Narvaez. The captain selected one of his most "Santiago," he said to them, "is to be captured trusty men, mounted him upon a fleet horse, and sent just as soon as a land force can begathere d to cooper him back to the village with the note. ate with the fleet; therefore I invite you to fall in He reached the place late that day, and at once with us and proceed at once to rejoin the general and sought the residence of the senorita. Both the sisters go with him for the reduction of the city." were in a state of great grief over the untimely taking The statement created a great deal of excitement off of their venerable father. Nevertheless the mes1 in the village, and every absenLee from Gomez's army senger insisted on giving her the note in person, and I immediately began preparations to retum and assist not mto the hands of the servant. Yankee Doodle in finding the camp. Sh came to the door, and he handed her the note j An early start was made the next morning, and the with the remark : journey continued in a westerly direction. Late in "It is from el senor Americano." the day they were met by a party of scouts from the She gave a start and turned paJe, but quickly camp of the commander-in-chief. opened the note and read it. "That's the very camp we're looking for," said Instantly her eyes flashed fire, and she asked the Yankee Doodle to the officer in command of the messenger: "What has happened to Andrea?" "He is dead, senorita. "How did he die?" she asked. "He was shot for trying to kill el senor Americano. '' -_..,. "You may go,'' she said to him, shutting the door in his face When he returned and reported to Yankee Doodle, the messenger stated that he never saw the other sis ter, nor did he see any of the paroled sold iers who had been left in the village Yankee Doodle rewarded him for his service and dismissed him. "It's a case of a woman's hate/' he mused, .and a vow for vengeance. I t will force me to be on my g.uard more than I otherwise would be, and maybe it is well enough as it is." The next day after the discovery of Andrea's treachery, a couple of scouts returned with the news that the camp of the commander-in chief was some where about fifty miles to tiie west of them, as two soldiers had been found who had so stated. They were on a leave of absence and did not expect to find the camp where tlfey had left it. They waited there another day for other scouts to come in, after which they resumed the march, going westward. scouts. "But who are you?" the officer demanded. "We are not permitted to pilot i..Ilto camp everybody who wishes to go there." My name is Freeman," said Yankee Doodle, and the commanderin chief and I are very warm friends." "I never heard the name before,'' remarked the officer. "He is Yankee Doodle, capitan,'' said old Diego, anxious to enlighten the officer "Ah, ah!" exclaimed the officer, very much aston ished. "I know you well, senor, by that name,'' and he extended his hand to him with a great deal of cordiality. "I'm really very glad to meet you, capitan," said Yankee Doodle, "for I've been nearly a week wandering about in the wilderness trying to find the com mander-inchief, and lf you know where he is at pres ent you will be doing the cause of Cuba a great ser vice, for I'tn sent by the admiral of the American fleet to communicate with him as quickly as possible." "I will lead you to him, senor," said the captain. "When?" Yankee Doodle asked, looking
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10 YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'H GO.\'IEZ. stand why he was reticent regarding the strength of I "Si, senor." the insurgent forces, as that was something which "Where is he?" the general himself was anxious to keep concealed "I don't know where he is, senor; he has given me from friend and foe alike. the slip, and that is why I would stay here and lie on Yankee Doodle well knew that at no time were the ground beneath your hammock." there ever more than one-fifth as many insurgents in I "Well, if you catch him, Diego, make short work the field as they claimed credit for having. On the of him." other hand, Yankee Doodle proceeded to give the "Si, senor, I will, but why do they follow you?" captain a clear and truthful statement of the Yankee Doodle then explained to the old Cuban the strength of the American fleet then before Santiago, vow of vengeance made by the eldest daughter of the very much to the latter's surprise. old Spaniard, Narvaez. "Will the fleet be able to batter down the forts of "Carmnba !" hissed the old patriot, "why should Santiago?" the captain asked. a woman be permitted to pursue a man to his <\!;"lath? "Yes," was the reply; "the fleets can batter down Diablo! let herdie !" any mountain on the island that they can reach with "No, no, senor," said Yankee Doodle, "she is a their shells." woman. For that very reason, Diego, I would not The captain smiled somewhat incredulously, for he have a hand raised against her." bad a very exaggerated opinion of the strength of the The old Cuban shrugged his shoulders in a way Spanish forts, as well as of the Spanish army. that told plainly he was very far off from entertain" You have never seen one of the great guns of a ing the same sentiments as Yankee Doodle. There war-ship, have you?" Yankee Doodle asked him. was a good deal of the savage in him, for he was one "No, senor, I never have. of the many insurgents who took far more delight in. "Well, let me tell you that the thirteeninch guns cutting down a Spaniard tha1i capturing him. of the American fleet throw shells weighing eleven Yankee Doodle rolled in his hammock, and was soon hundred pounds, requiring more than five hundred wrapped in a profound slumber, covered by his. pounds of powder for a single discharge, and the men I blanket on the ground; otherwise he would not have who handle them are so well trained they can land slept as well as he did after learning that there was one of the shells pretty near wherever they wish at a another fiend on his trail. distance of from five to seven miles. One of them How long he had slept he knew not when he was struck some earthworks to the east of Santiago the awakened by hearing a fierce hissing Spanish oath other day, tore it all to pieces, dismounted three of close by his side, and the next moment two men en their big guns, and blew nearly a score of Spaniards gaged in a violent struggle fell against his hammock out of existence." with such force as to almost throw him out of it. "But hasn't the Spanish fleet the same kind of 1 He sprang up, and in his effort to get out of the guns?" the captain asked hammock fell out backwards; but he was on his fes:it "I believe they have, capitan, but the gunners do in a flash, just in time to see the two men spring not know how to handle them, as so far during this apart, one of whom made an attempt to dart away war none of our big ships have been in ariy way dam-and escape the other. He sprang forward and dealt aged by the guns from any of the Spanish forts, on the man a blow on the head with his revolver, knockeither the north or south shore of Cuba, or San Juan ing him senseless to the ground. de Porto Rico." -"That is he, oenor," said old Diego. "I cut him While he was thus conversing with the captain of twice; he is bard to kill." the scouts, nearly all the men of both parties gathOther Cubans sprang up and crowded around, at.-ered around to listen. The majority of them could tracted by the excitement of the combat. not read or write, and those who could never saw a "Bring a light!" Yankee Doodle sung out, and newspaper half a dozen times a year. They were utwhile a light was being prepared the unknown rose t.er strangers to great living, moving, active to his feet, and again tried to run away. world outside of their own little narrow sphere. Hence "Catch him and hold him!" ordered Yankee the talk of the young American was of the most Dood,le, and he was seized by half a dozen stalwart intense interest to them. Cubans after a fierce resistance, although bleeding As they had a hard day's march ahead of ithem from two wounds inflicted by Diego. next Er.1y, they all retired to their blankets and. ham-When the light was brought none of the soldiers mocks at an early hour, in order to get as much sleep knew who the man was, but Diego had been attracted as possible. to him by noticing that wherever Yankee Doodle had Just as Yankee Doodle was about to roll into his gone during the evening he was shadowing him. hammock old Diegowent up to him, and whispered: Unlike Andrea, he protested his innocence, and de" Senor, I will rest under your hammock." clared that he intended no harm to any one, that he "Why so, Diego?" had been attacked without cause or f>rovocation, and "I think there is another Andrea here, senor," reth.at he had only defended himself. pli ed the Cuban. "Caramba!" exclaimed old Diego. "You crept "Oh, indeed?" up to the Americano's hammock, and would have

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Y ANKEE DOODLE WITH omrnz. 11 stabbed him in his sleep had I not struck with I lives to be charged against Senorita Maria Narvaez. my blade." Soon after breakfasting the command was in the "It is not so, seuor,'1 protested the unknown. saddle again, pushing forward in a westerly direc" But why were you so .....,.ose to my hammock?" tion, led by the Cuban s couts. The day passed Yankee Doodle asked him. without incident, and a little before sunset they "I had lost my way, senor." reached the line of sentinels around the camp of the Old Diego laughed sarcastically, and the man was old commanderin-chief of the armies of the Cuban bound and led away to a part of the camp where he Republic. was placed under a strong guard. An hour later Yankee Doodle was escorted to the "Are you hurt, Diego?" Yankee Doodle asked the headquarters of the old general, who received him old Cuban. surrounded by his staff. "No, senor, but my feelings will be hurt unless I Ah, my young friend," exclaimed the old war-am permitted to make that fellow confess before he rior, as he grasped his hand 'and shook it warmly, dies." "I'm glad indeed to see you. You are looking well.
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./ 12 YANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. Before sunset of that day over a thousand men came seemed to be to maintain t:Fi'ere a depot of supplies as into camp eager to engage fo active service. well as keep a check on the insurgents. The camp dreds of them had no arms save the terrible machetes. was surrounded by moderate sized earthworks, but Rations were scarce, and.they were all hungry, yet no artillery whatever. There was quite a number of they were willing to fight on empty stomachs, and go insurgent families living in the town, and it was without several meals in succession in order to strike through them that the :.nsurgent chiefs were kept a blow for Cuba. thoroughly posted about the strength and disposition During all that ti"me Yankee Doodle was a central of the Spanish troops stationed there. figure in the camp. He had come as the representaI It was on the night Yankee Doodle made the tive of the admiral of the American fleet, and it was request of the commander-in-chief that he had a two seen that the old warrior was treating him with the hours' talk with a young Cuban who wa,s a nephew greatest consideration. of old Diego. The nephew Jived at Las Arenas, having After a couple of aays the force in camp had ina sweetheart there whom he often visited. He had just creased nearly two thousand men, and the question I returned from a visit there, when old Diego intro of rations was the most perplexing that confronted duced him to Yankee I)oodle. His name was the con ... mander-in-chief. It was through fiim that Yankee Doodle obtain':<' Foraging parties weresent out in various direc-the information that fina .lly filled hirn with a desire tions, but it was a country in which provisions other to get within the neighborhood of the town wit h a than vegetables were exceedingly scarce. considerable force at his back, believing that he w01ild Finally Yankee Doodle requested permission of the beable by some kind of a hokus-pocus to out\Yit tlie commander-inchief to lead a force of three hundred Spanish commanders of the fort, and get hofd of the mounted Cubans against a Spanish post about forty supplies that had accumulated there. miles west of the camp, a a little town called Las The three hundred men assigned to accompany him -Arenas. were well armed, hardy fellovYS, who had seen a good "Why, there's an entire regiment there," re-1 deal of hard service. They were to be commanded uy marked the commander-in-chief. a Major Rocca , who in turn was to recognize Yankee "So I've been told, general; but I understand they I Doodle as his superior officer until they returned to have quite a depot of supplies there, and l'm in hopes camp. ... I may be able to get some of those for your army." The major having heard a good deal of Yankee "How can you with three hundred men?" the gen-Doodle, was more than delighted at a chance to get eral asked. some satisfaction out of the Spaniards for a very sound "Indeed I don't know, general, that's what I'm thrashing he had received at their hands only a month going to try to find out after I get there." before. T)le general was for a few ininutes, as if de "Wel1, major," said Yankee Doodle in conversa-bating with himself over the advisability of comply-tion with that officer, "you ar.e a good deal older than ing with the request. Finally he looked at Yankee I am, and have seen much more service, but the little Doodle, with the remark: military education I have received has impressed upon "You are one of the very few in whom I have im-my mind that the most important thing in a battle is plicit confidence I will grant your request trusting to kill your enemy. Now, }..don't know that we are that you will do nothing rash." going tD have any fight at all, a .nd we certainly will "Thank you, general, it shall always be my aim to not unless there fs chance of winning; but I don't retain your good opinion. As you know, I've had a want a single man to go vvith us who can't up good many bouts with the enemy, and have always and hit a man one hundred yards away with his rifle." managed to give tliem some pretty hard blows with"They are all good shots,'' senor, replied the major, out getting hit myself." "for I know them." ''Yes, so you have,'' assented the general. ''When ''How many rounds of a .mmunition can they carry?'' do you wish to start?" I Yankee Doodle asked. "Tomt>rrow morning, if you please, and I would "Every man's belt is full of cartridges," wa::; the like to.have some of your best men, and with the best reply. mount in the camp. I have no intention of attacking "Good," said Yankee Doodle, "when we have left the enemy unless I'm absolutely assured of success." the camp a mile or two behind us I want to try every The general turned to one of his staff, and instruct-man in the command just one shot a t a distance of one ed him to assist Yankee Doodle in getting together hundred yards, at a target the size and shape of a man, such a command as he wanted, and the rest of the and every man who fails to 'hit it must eome back to day was spent that officer and the young Amer-camp, foi: I don't want him. ican in perfecting the plans of.the trip. The major seemed a little.uit surprised, whereupon Yankee Doodle explained to him jJhat he had seen two CH.A(PTER V or three hundred Cubans fire at as many Spaniards at THE GAME OF BLUFF AT LAS ARENAS. a range of sixty or eighty without hitting a As before stated, there was a Spanish regiment : single man, and he had seen the Spaniards return the stationed at Las Arenas, the sole purpose of which fire with the same result. "' .r

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YANKEE DOODL E Wl'l 'H GOMEZ. 13 "Now," said he, "such soldiers are not worth the rations they eat in camp, poor as they are. A soldier should not pull trigger in daylight unless he sees his man, and then should 0be punished if he misses .'' The major laughed, and remarked: "That is a pretty severe test, senor. "So it is, major, but an accurate aim is a best protection against an enemy "I quite agree with you in that," assented the ma jor, "but ammunition has been so scarce with us that we could not afford target practice. "Ah, that is the greatest blunder the soldierR of the republic have committed, for no matter how scarce the supply of ammunition may be, it is economy to use half of it in teaching the soldiers how to kill Span iards with the other half." Tlte major was deeply impressed with the philosophy o[ the :roung American, and agreed to apply the test the next day soon after leaving camp. They were off at sunrise next morning, and when they had gone a couple of miles they were halted at a COnYenient Spot, where a large tree was Selected as a target, and an old suit of clothes was fastened against the trunk of the tree to represent the size an shape of a ma,n That done Yankee Doodle addressed the three hun dred Cubans, and told them that the soldier who couldn't hit his enemy a hundred yards a,way was of no help whatever to his comrades who could. "I want to find out," he said, how many of you can hit that suit of clothes against that tree out there. T hose of you who cannot must go back to can1p The Cubans were very much astonished, but at the same time quite eager to show what they could do. A couple of officers were sta. tioned ten paces away from the tree to watch the effect of the shots, and each m.an w as to step forward, take a deliberate a i m, and have one shot at it; they were to fire at the rate of about two a minute, so as to lose as little time as possible. Then the firing began, each man stepping out in his turn-and to Yankee Doodle's and the major's astonishment, not over five per cent. of them missed the target. At the same time they hit the tree, but out side of the suit of clothes. "That's good shooting, major," Yankee Doodle "Si, senor/' assented the major," it's.the best I ever saw, but let me beg of you, senor, not to send those fifteen men back, as they are all eager to go. Each one hit the tree, showing that they were pretty close to the target even though they missed it. "I'll let them try it over," said Yankee Doodle, ;1 nd the fifteen men had another round of shot after being warned not to fire too high, and every one bf them planted bis bullet into the body of the suit. of clothes "Now men/' sang out Yankee Doodle, addressing the soldi
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14 YANKEE D O ODLE WITH GOMEZ. they prepared to charge, but ere they did so they were dumfounded at seeing a stilllarger force behind them '.Vithin close range. "Surrender called out Yankee Doodle. You are surrounded by three thousand rifles!" but the Spanish officer, brave to recklessness, ordered his men to charge and cut their way through in the direction oftbe town. "Cubans, fire!" ordered Yankee Doodle, in a loud voice, and one hundred and fifty rifles promptly re. sponded; the most frightful execution probably ever .... known from a single volley of that size, resulted. The Spanish leader himself was among the slain Ere the smoke of the volley cleared away Yankee Doodle again called out for them to surrender, and the survivors threw down their arms without firing another shot. Not a man of them lscaped. It was then that Yankee Doodle displayed the energy for which he was already famous, for he sung out in a clear, ringing voice to the Cuban officers to move the prisoners,. the dead and the wounded into the woods at once, and the order was executed within ten minutes after it was given. Then the arms were picked up, and again all those who were not assigned to guard the prisoners were ordered into position to receive any other force of the enemy that might follow. Major Rocca advanced to Yankee Doodle extending his hand, and said : "Senor Yankee Doodle, this is the best work that I have seen during this war, for we have disposed of nearly one hundred and fifty of the enemy." "Thank you, major. It is the only way to contend against a superior force. I take it that the report of the volley was heard by the garrison in the tmvn, and as no other shots were fired they will naturally think that it came from their own party." "Si, Senor," assented the major. "What then?" "They will naturally wait,'' said Yankee Doodle, ".for the return of the squadron before sending out I two hundred returning to the garrison will naturall y I be very demoralizing to his comrades ; and he rea soned rightly. The fellow did get back to the garri son, and his report came near creating a panic. B ut the commandant; of the post was not a man easily frightened, for he instantly prepared to make a des perate defense under the impression that he was con fronted by a large force of insurgents. The day passed, and night came on without an y man of the garrison having seen a single insurgent, save the few scouts that had been sent out as a de coy. As soon as it was dark old Diego and his nephew Jose entered the town to see what they could find out Not a single Spanish soldier was found there, as every man of the garrison was at his post behind the breast works. When old Diego returned, which he did after an hour or two, and made his report, Yankee Doodle was satisfied that the garrison would not under any cir cumstances come out from behind the breastworks, which was situated on the south side of the town. "Now, major,'' said he to the Cuban officer, "we'll ste if we can't frighten the garrison into a surrender. We must send parties of ten men each to go into the woods all around the town, and make a circle of campfires where their lights can be seen by the garrison and the people. They must keep up the fl.res all night long, and at daylight return to us here. That will make the impression that the garrison and town is completely surrounded by a large army, and in the morning we'll make a demand for the surrender of the place. That is what we Yankees call a game of bluff." Within half an hour after that the detachment started out to build the fl.res, and an hour later the garrison and the people in the town were gazing at the glare of camp-fires in the great circle around them. any more, and if we did not have so many men de: CHAPTER VI. tailed to guard the prisoners we might manuever in THE BATTLE OF LAS ARENAS AND WHAT FOLLOWEDsuch a way as to draw the entire garrison out. As MARIA NARVAEZ AGAIN. it is, though, the best thing we ca,n do is to remain in SOON after the camp-fires were started around the position where we are until night; then, if nothing town Yankee Doodle ordered two hundred men to happens, we will shift to the other side of he town, mount their horses and ride through the town in an to avoid a night attack." orderly manner, as if going to parts of the camp be-The major then went back to his men, who lay down yond it, with instructions that as soon as the head of on the ground with arms in 'ltheir hands, ready to the column had passed through, it was to turn sharpspring to their feet at his call. ly to the right, return to the starting point, and again Several hours passed, and a little past noon scouts pass thro_ugh the town, and keep it up the greater came in with the report that another company of part of the night, in order to make the impression in Spaniards was coming, apparently to reinforce the the minds of the residents that an army of several squadron. That company numbered about sixty men; thousand soldiers was present. It was an old, old and they, too, rode into the trap and fell victims as trick, but under the cover of darkness not a soul in the easily as the first who preceded them, with the excep -town suspected it. tion of one man, who sprang f1:om his horse and darted Long before daylight loyal citizens had conveyed the into the woods. news to the commandant of the post that several A diligent search failed to find him. thousand soldiers had marched through the town dur. "Well," said Yankee Doodle, "it may be a good 1 ing the night. At different times the men di<;mounted, thing for us that he got away, as only one man out of marched through on foot, and mounteti again on mak-

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Y ANKEE D OODLE WITH 15 ing the circuit It was severe work for the Cubans, as they were given no chance to sleep, but such was their confidence in the skill and pluck of Yankee Doodl e that nocomplaint came from them. A little after sunrise a young Uuban offic e r with a flag of truce, marched boldly up to the breastworks with a demand in the name of General Maximo Go-j mez for the surrender of the garrison, and a penalty of death to every man in it if refused. Fully convinc e d that he had the whole Cuban army confronting him, and having already lost nearly one half of his force, the commandant of the post asked for a conference with the insurgent commander to arrange the terms. "Ah, major," exclaimed Yankee Doodle, "now is the time to put in some of your good work; you are an old soldier, and look every inch a soldier. I am too young to be seen in the negotiations at all, so you must attend to that, pretending to be the chief of sta,ff of the commander-in-chief, and arrange the terms, which must be the surrender of all the arms, a,mmunition and suppli e s, and the soldiers to be paroled. Two hundred and fifty men will be enough. display of force, in order to prevent suspicion in the mind of the Spanish commander." The major at once went about the performance of the task, while Yankee Doodle marshalled two hun dred and fifty of the Cubans all mou1itecl, in order to make a big display, and led them into the town to take poSi>ession of the fort as soon as the enemy had laid down their arms. In less than three hours the garrison had marched out and laid down their arms, and signed the parole in the offi._,e of the hotel of the town. As soon as the Cubans marched into the fort, complete of the situation, they gave vent to their joy in wild shouts and cheers for Cuba Libre I Y aukee Doodle found it impossible to repress their enthusiasm, so he quickly manned the fort with a few who were cool enough to understand and obey orders. On investigation it was ascertained that six hun dred rifles and twenty thousand rounds of ammuni tion, together with a large supply of rations, constituted the prize, to say nothing of the tremendous moral effect of the victory. Rations were at once issued to the Cubans, as well as to the priseners, and the wounded were brought into the town and tenderly cared for. While the soldiers were signing the parole, Yankee Doodle sent a trusty messenger, on a fleet horse, with a full report of the victory to the commander-in chief, suggesting to him that he lose no time in sending men who were without arms to take the captured Mauser rifles and use them r-gainst the enemy ; also asking instructions as to the disposition of the parole prisoners. The Spanish commander of the post was an accom plished officer with the rank of colonel, and was very much cast down over the misfortune that had over come him; but the major and Yankee Doodle treated him with a great deal of respect and consideration, as they did, in fact, all the officers. A few hours after the surrender, the colonel asked permission to see General Gomez The general has gone to Bayamo," said Major Rocca "When did he leave?" the colonel asked. "About two hours ago,'' replied the major. Just then it began to dawn upon the colon el's mind that he had been imposed upon, and frig htened into a surrender. Ere the sun went down he was in posses sion of the whole truth, for those of the citizens of the town whose sympathies were with the insurgents had themselves learned the truth from the Cubans, and were laughing at and taunting the paroled prisoners over the game that had been played upon them. Other officers of his command verified his suspi cions, and that night overcome with shame and mortification he ble w out his brains in a room in the hotel, to escape being court-martialed and shot wh e n he returned to the Spanish army as a paroled pris oner. Yankee Doodle was shocked w0hen he heard of the death of the colonel, and allowed the paroled pris oners to bury him with military honors. The paroled officers, however, made the air sulphurous wi t h Spanish oaths, and denounced the Cubans in the strongest terms. But the insurgent officers laughed at'them and told them they ought to b e thankful that. they had not been killed in battle. The paroled prisoners became so turbulent that night in the town tha t Yankee Doodle threatened to open fire on them if they did not immediately go into camp and behave themse1ves. They did so, and the next day they "ere furnished with two days' rations, and sent away to Victoria de las Tunas, with their parole, as a protection from other insurgents. There was a Spanish garrison at that place, and a young Spanish li eutenant swore loudly that they would return with arms and avenge the disgrace that had been heaped upon them. On being told what he had said, Y a nkee Doodle promptly ordered his arrest, and when he was brought before him, said: "Lieutenant, I understand that you have publicly proclaimed your intention of violating your parole ; is it true?" The prisoner would not answer. "Will you answer the question?" Yankee Doodle asked him. "I am a prisoner of war," was all the reply he would make. Who heard this man say he would break his parole?" Yankee Doodle asked, looking around at the Cubans. "I did!" a dozen men, among whom were three officers. Yankee Doodle then questioned the three officers, and had them repeat the exact language of the prisoner, after which he turned to the officer of the

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, 16 YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'H GOMEZ. guard, and_ ordered him to take the lieutenant out I "So do I," said Major Rocca. "You mean to I into the public square, and, in the presence of all make the fight here, do you not?" the paroled prisoners, have him apologize and retract "Yes," was the reply, "for our force is too large his threat. If he failed to do so he was to be instantly to handle in an ambush; otherwise we woultl meet shot. them half way." The foolish young man instead of apologizing and I The Spanish force encamped about ten miles from retracting, sang out: the town that night, and early tli_e next morning ad" Viva Espana! Death to traitors!" whereupon vanced to the attack of the post under the impression he was led out, and shot to death by a file of sol-that only two hundred and fifty or three hundred Oudiers. bans were manning it. "Now," said Major Rocca, addressing the paroled Yankee Doodle directed the scouts to skirmish with prisoners, "if you take up-arms against Cuba before the Spaniards, at the same time retiring before them, you are exchanged, every man of you will be shot if in order to whet their appetites for the fight. captured again. Now you may go." As they approac'hed the town the scouts made a The entire body of prisoners then took the main break for the fort and w .ent over the earthworks like road for Victoria de las Tunas, and not one of them so many rabbits. The Spaniards stopped just long was seen about the town again. enough to form an assaulting column, and then charged The remarkable victory created the wildest exciteupon the earthworks in splendid order, led by brave ment throughout the eastern end of Cuba, and within officers. I forty-eight hours hundreds of Cubans came to the Had the Spanish officers dreamed that six hundred town, eager to e nlist under the flag of the republic. of Gomez's old veterans had reinforced Yankee DooThey were organized by Major Rocca into companies, dle's little command, they would never have thought and the oath of allegiance to the republic adminis of making the attempt; but believing that they out tered to them. Rations were also issued to them, numbered the insurgents three to one they boldly but none of the captured arms were given out until charged in the full confidence of victory. orders came from the commander-in-chief, who sent When they were within one hundred yards of the word to Yankee Doodle that six hundred of his men works, the insurgents opened fire w.ith their captured armed with machetes were then on the way to receive Mauser rill.es, w.Jiich their assa.ilants promptly re the arms with twenty rounds of ammunition for each turned, rushing forward at a double quick. man. The rolling fire from the fort was so incessant, and of They reached the town the next day after the mes-such volume that the Spanish officers were astounded; senger arrived from the commander-in-chief. yet they charged up to within ten paces of the works, Yankee Doodle thus found himself at the head of by which time fully one-third of their number had gone nine hundred well-armed Cubans, besides those who down. were not armed. The unarmed ones were sent to iYhe It was.more than flesh and blood could stand. They main camp, escortM by a hundred mounted riflemen. broke and fled in the wildest panic. They were in a state of extreme disgust, as they were "Up, Cubans, and at 'em!" Yankee Doodle, going away from the post where rations were plenti-springing from the breastworks and waving his sword ful to a camp where they were very scarce. above his head, and the entire garrison, with yells A couple of days later an officer belonging to the and screams for vengeance, went over the works in staff of the commander-in-chi ef arrived, bearing a pursuit of the demoralized Spaniards. letter of congratulation from the old warrior adThe pursuit became a rout, and for several miles dressed to Yankee Doodle, thanking him in the name the Spaniards were shot down with a merciless feroc of the republic for his splendid exploit, and directing ity. Not more than one-third of the force of the at him to hold the place until further or.rlers. f course tacking column succeeded in escaping. So great was the great amount of supplies captured were to be sent the terror iF1spired by their defeat that the garrison to feed the m ain army, but enough was retained to of VictQria de las Tunas evacuated that city and supply all the wants of his force. treated into the Province of Puerto Principe. Yankee Doodle was suspicious concerning the Over five hundred rifles and a co11siderable amount movements of the Spanish garrison up at Victoria de of ammunition fell into the hands of the insurgents. las Tunas, and sent out four scouting parties of "That boy is a marvel !" exclaimed General Go twenty men each, with instructions to watch every mez on hearing of the victory. "I belieYe in my road and path leading to that place. soul that if he had ten thousand men he wouldn't It was a wise precaution on his part, for on the fifth hesitate to attack Havana itself. He seems to have da,'y an advance of a thousand Spaniards was made. a genius for strategy. The scouts fell back before them, while couriers Immediately on receiving the news the old veteran on swift horses carried the news to Yankee Doodle at broke camp and marched to Lasa Arenas. When Las Arenas. Yankee Doodle met him in the main street of the "A thousansI men, eh?" said Yankee Doodle, as he town he dismounted, grasped his hand, and em got the news; "we have nearly that ma .ny ourselYes, braced him amid the wildest cheering of his sol-and I hope they will not hesitate to attack us." diers.

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Y .ANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. 17 "You have done well, my young friend!" he ex laimed, ''for you have given the enemy a blow in his part of the from which he cannot re-o ver." That night the town held a great jollification. Bonfires blazed on every street, and in the town hall a reception was held by the old veteran, where men and women came to shake his hand and rejoice over the victories gained. "She remains in her home, senor, and I hear that she is not loyal to Spain as her sister is. Did you know her, senor?" "I met them both at the same time, senora. Do you know how her father died?" "They say he was murdered by Spanish soldiers for having betrayed them to the Cubans." "'Ah, senora, I can say that the old Captain N arvaez was the truest to Spain of all men in Cuba. In, stead of betraying the Spaniards he led them to the attack of the Cubans, who had been warned of his approach and defeated his efforts." "Do you know that to be true, senor?" Yankee Doodle was the cynosure of ?-ll eyes; men and women looked upon him with awe, but he talked and laughed with them in a jolly sort of way that pleased them beyond expression. He was talking to a bevy of wpmen, among whom were several very beautiful senoritas, when one of the elderly ladies remarked to him : "I do, senora, and will bear witness to that man's to Spain under any and all circumstances. He fell a victim of his zeal to serve his mother country, "Senor Americano, do you know a Senorita Maria and deserves a monument to his memory rather than Narvaez?" the obliquity that has been heaped upon it." "Si, senora," he quickly, "I have met her," and he at her inquiringly. She is here in Las Arenas," said the senora. "'Vhat ?" he gasped; "she here ?" Si, senor." "Where is she?" he asked. "May I say that much to her, senor?" "Si, senora, arid if she wishes it I will put it in writing." "She is at the home of her mada." I Just then he was called away by an officer, who wished to present him to some ladies at the other end of the hall, and as he walked away he was followed aunt, Senora Toreby a young woman whose face was concealed by a "How long has she. been here ?" "She reached here two days before the first battle. She was the affianced of Colonel de Cuna." "Good Heavens!" exclaimed Ya. nkee Doodle, his face expressing both pain and surprise. thick veil, which she wore over her head after the manner of Spanish women. He had noticed her standing near the old lady with whom he had been talking, but gave her no thought until some ten min utes later, he noticed her standing near him as he was talking to the ladies to whom he had been presented by the Cuban officer. CHAPTER VII. That she should have followed him from one end of THE THIRD ATTEMPT ON YANKEE DOODLE'S LIFE, AND the flall to the otller struck him as rather singular, THE REVELATIONS THAT FOLLOWED. and he turned and looked directly at her if trying DE CUNA was the name of the officer who had com-to pierce the veil that concealed her features. She mitted. suicide the night after his surrender, and it returned his gaze for a minute or two, and then dart was a startling revelation to Yankee Doodle when he ed at him, hissing: learned that he was the affianced of Senorita Maria "Remember my father, senor!" and at the same Narvaez. It struck him that it was a singular streak time struck him on the breast with a dagger. of fate, that he should have been the cause not only I He staggered back, caught her wrist as she tried to of the death of the sendrita's father, but of her lover strike the second time, wrenching the dagger from also. If she sought his life in revenge for the death her hand: of her father, what would she not now do to revenge The women screamed, and some of them fainted. that of her affianced ? In his he:trt he pitied the poor "Ah, senorita," he exclaimed, "yours is the spirit girl, and hoped that he would not be provoked to of a fiend, not a woman. I'm not destined to fall by raise his hand against her in any shape 9r manner. your hand, or by the hand of your hired assassins; All these things flashed through his mind as he you may go," -and with that he released his grasp on stood there in the midst of the bevy of wome11, all of her wrist. ,i hom wanted to talk to him at once. I She turned to leave the hall, but was promptly ar" Senora," he said, to the elderly woman, "I pity rested by a Cuban officer who placed her urider guard. Senorita Narvaez from the bottom of my heart." Naturally her attempt on the life of the young "Si, senor; we all feel sorry for her, for she has American created the wildest excitement in the hall, suffered doubly, having lost her father and lover within and General Gomez asked him for an explanation; a fortnight." preceding it, however, with the query as to whether "And does she blame me, senora, for her affiic-or not he was hurt. tions ?" "NJ, general," he replied, "this is what saved my "She blames all the Cubans," >Yas the reply, "but life," and he drew a little note-book from an inner is .-ery, very bitter towards the Americanos." pocket of his coat nearly half an inch thick. The "Si, senora," he assented, "and .-ery unjustly. I point of the dagger had pierced it half through. 'Vhere is her sister, the Senorita Rita?" "She aimed well," he said, "for this book lay ...

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18 YANKEE DOODLE WITH rectly over my heart. "I beseech you, general," he enemy, but to send in every Cuban who was out on continued, "to have her well protected, for she is not leave of absence. responsible for her actions." A day or two after the attempt of his life by 1\Iaria General Gomez ordered her to be taken to her home, Narvaez, Yankee Doodle, in company w1th l\Iajor with a strong guard to protect her from the vengeance Rocca, called at the residence of her relative and 1 of the ubans. Whensheleftthehall Yankee Doodle asked permission to see her. publicly related the story of the death of her father, She refused, whereupon the major instructed the entirely exonerating him from the charge of disloy-guard to permit no man, under any circumstances, t
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YANKEE DOODLE WITH GO.MEZ. 19 telling him the story of his engagement to the "I wish I could go," said Yankee Doodle. ... younger daughter of the vindictive old Narvaez; "Do so, senor; I would feel honored "I am thinking, Senor Yan fee Doodle," said the Yankee Doodle was silent for a few minutes, and young captain, "that since she is now alone in the was really anxious to accompany the young soldier world, I to return and marry her." and see him married to the young girl who was her You would do right," said Yankee Doodle, "for self more responsible, in an indirect way, for the death she is certainly all alone unless she has relatiYes in of her father than any one else; for she it was who the village, as her sister is now a prisoner." gave him the '''.arning of the old man's intention to H What are they going to do with her?" the young bring the Spanish cavalry down upon him. But for captain asked. that warning he himself would probably have been "Indeed, I know not, ca pi tan; but if it were in my slain. power to set her free, I >vould. do so. Do you wish to ,JCaptain," said he, "I would. like to go ; I'll go see her?" ../ back and see the general about it, and will return "No,'' said the young captain, "for when I saw again within half an hour;" and with that he left the her last she failed to bless me." young officer and returned to the headquarters of the Yankee Doodle laughed, and remarked that that general. expression gave free range to a very broad inference. "General,'' said he to the old warrior, "I wish to "Si, seuor,'' was tliereply, "she wished me a great accompany Captain Roberto, and if you have no obmany things that were very far from being blessjections I will do so." ings; and besides that warned me if I set foot on the Senor Americano," said the general, "you are as premises, her father would shoot me. Say, senor, can free as I am1to go wherever you wish; and you may you assist me in getting a leave of absence for a take with you whatever force you think you will week?" need." "I don't know, capitan; I'll try." "It is a peace mission, general," said Yankee "Senor, they tell me that the qommander-in-chief Doodle, "and I wish to go in such a way as to arouse would do anything for you; kindly ask him to let Il_!.e no suspicion of a military character. I will simply go and marry the sister of the woman who sought take one man with me who is familiar with all the your life." country through which we will pass." "Come with me, then,'' said Yankee Doodle, "and "Very well," said the general, "we shall remain I'll do it," and the young men 10cked arms and here for the purpose of concentration." proceeded at once to the headquarters ofthe old gen-Yankee Doodle then shook hands with the general, eral. There they waited until they found the old and rejoined the young officer. warrior at leisure, when Yankee Doodle at once made "I will go with you, captain," he said, "and will the request that if it did not in any way interfere 1 be ready in thirty minutes.'' with the service it would be a personal favor to him. He then went in quest of his horse, which he had "Certainly," said the general, "el ca pi tan is a good left in charge of old Diego. soldier, he not only has my permission to go, but ht! "Diego," said he, to the old Cuban, "I'm going can take my blessing with him." back to the village where we first met the Spanish Quick as a flash the yoqng captain removed hat, cavalry, whom the old Spaniard Narvaez brought and bowed his head before the old warrior, saying: down upon us, and would like to have you go with "Your excellency, 1 would rather have your bless-me.'' ing than that of any other man's on earth.'' "I wi)l:. follow you all over Cuba, senor," said the "You have it, capitan," was the reply, and the ola old man. general extended his hand to him. "All right; I'm off at once. See that your cart-The grateful young officer seized it, and pressed it ridge belt is well filled, and your rifle in good condi to his lips, after which he straightened up, salu.tQd like tion.'' a soldier, turned around and marched out to the head"I am all ready now, senor." quarters. Yankee Doodle also .saluted and followed. "Then get rations enough for three for five days, Outside of the headquarters, the young officer and come to my quarters.'' grasped Yankee Doodle's hand, shook it warmly, and Half an hour later the party of three rode out of exclaimed three times: the town, well equipped and on good horses. "Amigo I Amigo I 4migo !;' Captain Roberto, the young Cuban officer was CHAPTER VIII. WHAT BEFELL TWO MEDDLESOME DONS AT A BODEGO. YANKEE DOODLE accompanied the young captain to his quarters, where he spent an hour talking with him about his journey. "Captain," he asked, "are you going to make the trip alone?" "Si, senor, unless you will go with me.'1 Yankee Doodle's senior by some five years, hand some, jovial and plucky, and was in the highest spir its over the prospects of soon seeing the idol of his heart. They traveled as fast as the execrable roads would permit, and by night had arrived at a little hamlet containing about a score of huts where they decided to encamp for the night. The inhabitants of the liLtle village suspected they

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20 Y A N K EE DOODLE WI T II G0:\JEZ. were rom the insurgent army, and asked them a "Does he know you?" great many questions. They were told the story of I "I think he does, senor." t he utter overthrow of the Spanish garrison at Las "Is it safe for us to go there?" Arenas. "Safe enough, senor, if we can take care of our" Where are you going?" they were asked. selves "To the coast near' Santiago," replied Captain Yankee Doodle sp1iled, and the little party of three 'Roberto. walked down the street to the Bodega, each one lead -They slept in a little hut that night.with old Diego mg l'lis horse. The old Spaniard who 1rnpt the place lying on the fl.oo:r against the door, so that it could was not in, but his wife, a big, buxom woman of not be opened without -awakening him. But they forty, received them with a bland smile that com-eyed were not disturbed, so they rose early the next morn-the impression that she would gJadly sell them any ing after a refreshing -sleep and were off by sunrise. thing they were able to pay for She, recognized At times the road was almost impassable, and they Diego and asked him, when she had the chance to could travel only in single file, yet they pushed on, speak to him privately, who the ot ;her two were. stopping at noon for an hour for lunch and let their "They are travelers, senora, and they are tired and horses rest and eat grass. hungry, so if yon will feed them well and not trouble A little before sunset they reached another little them with many questions it be money in your v illage that nestled at the foot of a very high and purse. Where is the senor?" rugged range of hills There were perhaps fifty "He has gone to the field, but will return soon." huts in the village, as well as a score of more preAlthough they had rations with them, Yankee tentious-looking houses. D00dle and the captain decided to take their meals "Senor," said old Diego to Yankee Doodle, "I know ith the hostess, and pay )1er for hat they received this place; all the people who li\ e iu those huts ara The young captain called for a bottle of wine and Cubans, but those who lh e in the houses in that cigars with their meal, an order far more liberal than grove out t1rnre," he said, pointing to the left, "are had been given her for m.onths, but, woman like, she either Spaniards or families who are loyal to Spain ] could not resist the temptation to ask questions, and "Then," said Yankee Doodle, turning to Captain her inability to get satisfactory answers excited her "we had better not let any one know who curiosity in the highest degree. But the little party we are or where we are going. observed a discreet silence, so what questions they "Si, senor," assented the captain; "we will say did answer conveyed no information 'vhatever. nothing." Her husband finally came in, and assumed the du-,.. There were seYeral little stores in the Yillage, at one I ties of host with a degree of cordiality that showed of wl1ich the little party halted and dismounted. The he was indulging in large expectations. captain applied to the merchant for information as to Night came on soon, and it seemed that pretty where they could find a lodging for the night. nearly every man in the village dropped into. the "Wl!o are you ?" the merchant asked. J3odega for a drink of wine or coffee, or to smoke. "We are three travelers," was the reply. Each one stared the newc omers, whispered to his "But you are armed," said the merchant. neighbor, and seemed to be a very much puzzled lot. "Very true," assented the captain; "one would be Quite a numbev of them asked the captain and old very foolish to travel in Cuba just now without being Diego for news of the war, bu1; they were as ignor-armed." ant as any one in the village. "Where are you going?" the merchll.nt a::::rred. Finally two men entered, whose presence seemed to "To Barajag-Oa, which we hope to reach to-mor-inspire awe in all the others, for they gave way before row." them, and '''aited in silence for them to speak. They "Do you go beyond there?" had the appearance of planters and men of rne3:ns. "Senor," said the captain, "I don't wish to know They looked at Yankee Doodle and the young cap anything about your business, or to tell you anything tain, whose dress and bronzed features showed that about mine. We wan1, lodgings for to-night, for which they had been long exposed to the sun and wind. we are willing to pay. Can you tell us where we can Finally one of them asked the young captain: fi.il: them?" "Where are you from?" "You may find them at the Bodega." "I am from Cuba, senor," was the reply. "Where "And where is that, if you please?-" are you from!" The merchant pointed down the street to a rather "I am' from Spain, but ha Ye liYed many years in unpretentious-looking. ine shop kept by an old Cuba." Spaniard. "Spain is a good country," quietly remarked the The captain thankeci-the merchant, rejoined Yan-captain. "Will you haYe a smoke, senor?" anti lie kee Doodle and Diego, to whom he reported what the extended a cigar. merchant had told him. "Thank you, senor," and the cigar was accepted. "It is kept by a Spaniard," said Diego. "Which way are you traveling?" "Do you know him ?" Yankee Doodle asked. "We are going to the next village to-morrow." "Si, senor, and he loves Spain more than Cuba." "Are you in the army?"

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"""'. /. YANKEE DOODLE WITH 00).IEZ. 21 \. "vVhicb army?" -the young captain asked. Caramba !" hissed the other! -"You must fight!" "Either," said the other. "All right, senor. Diego, make room out there!" "No," replied the captain, "unless we threemighf\ Diego drew his machete, and quickly cleared a be termed an army," and the smile on the face of space on the floor of the Bodega. the young officer caused the man to straighten him"Now, senor," said Yankee Doodle, "what will self up, and with a haughty dignity remark : you fight with ?" "You seem to be afraid, senor, to answer a gentle"We will fight at sunrise to-morrow," was the reman's question." ply. "Pardon me, senor," replied the young captain, "Why not fight here?" Yankee Doodle asked. "may I ask you a -question?" "I choose to fight like a gentleman," was the re" Certainly, senor," he replied, with a very cereply, "and not in a wine shop brawl." monious bow. "That is the excuse of a coward, senor, for you "Well, then," said the young officer, "would a came into the wine shop, started the brawl, and ernh gentleman seek to penetrate the personal affairs of a I made an attempt to strike my friend. I do not con stranger ?" sider you are a gentleman at all, hence I will order "You insult .me, sir," angrily exclaimed the other. my man to kick you out of here," and with that Yan" Did you mean to insult me," the officer asked, II kee Doodle turned to old Diego and orde -red him to "by your questions ?" kick the man out. "This is a time of war," returned the other, ".and The old Cuban went at him like a thunderbolt, and there are many traitors in the land, hence it is right the crowd gave way in order that he might have and proper for us to question strangers who come room to hustle. into our midst." The old Cuban was tough as leather, with muscles "Have you any authority in this village?" the of steel, and in less than thirty seconds the haughty captain asked him. don was fired out in a.heap on the ground in front of No," was t_Jrn reply. \ the Bodega-and the other followed to a void a similar "Then, senor, if you ask me another question, I fate. will pull your nose," and the young captain rose to It so happened that the crowd was made up of his feet, his eyes :flashing with the light of battle. swarthy fellows from the huts, who hated Spain and The t"o men were staggered, and they glared at all the Spania.rds; hence not a hand was raised to inthe young Cuban as if deliberating withthemselves terfere, nor was anything said by them. But the whether or not to attack him. quiet chuckles and the broad grins attested their Yankee was a quiet listener to all that sympathy; whereupon Yankee Doodle. turned to the himself in _to back up the I host, _and ordered a sm_all measure of wine for every captam many trouble that might arise. man m the room-wluch not only pleased the land" You are a rebel!" hissed the Spaniard. I lord, loyal as he was to Spain (yet more loyal to the "You are a liar!" returned the captain. almighty dollar), but captured the swarthy fellow's Caramba !" hissed the companion of the other, [ heart and soul. springin_g towards-the young _captainas if he w?ulcl I one of them r:::i,ised glasses drank grasp lum by the throat. Qmck as a old Diego the health of Senor Amencano, to which Yankee drew his machete, and hissed out : Doodle responded : 0'-' "))iablo I will kill you!" whereupon Yankee "Long life to every one of you." Doodle sprang up, saying: "Si, senor," they replied, "the same to you and "Keep quiet, Diego." your great country." "Si, senor,:' said the olcl" man, lowering his Still Yankee Doodle and the young captain would machete. say nothing to betray their or even their The two Spaniards seemed to be somewhat abashed sympathy. by the demonstration of the old Cuban, and desisted from any hostile movement, but the one whom Diego's CHAPTER IX. weapon had stopped turned to Yankee Doodle with the remark : A HAPPY MARRIAGE AND WHAT FOLLOWED-THE "You are an Americano, senor?'' VENGEFUL SISTER. "Si, senor," was the quiet reply. ABOUT an hour after the two Spaniards had ltft the "An American pig," remarked the whereBodega, Yankee Doodle and the yonng captain reupon Yankee Doodle deliberately slapped him in the tired to the room assigned them by the host, followed face, saying a t the same time : by o}d Diego. "That is my answer, senor." Again the old Cuban slept on the floor against the "Diab lo!" hissed the other, staggering backward. 1 door, determined that. no one Should enter without his "I will ha Ye your life !" knowledge. They all three confidently expected that "It is yours, senor, if you can take it yourself," re-1 the Spaniards would raise a party of friends a.nd at turned Yan!rne Doodle; "or do you prefer to lure an tack them durmg the night; but, much to their sur-assassm ?" prise and gratification, they slept undisturbed.

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22 ,,.-' ,,.. Y .A.NKEE DOODLE WI'l'H GOMEZ. After an early breakfast, Yankee Doodle settled the whereupon old Diego, who had been coached by landlord's scor e then mounted and rode away in an Yankee Doodle drew his machete with the remark: easterly direction. When they were well out of sight "It is to be a marriage or a funeral, father. which of the village, old Diego informed Yanke e Doodle and sha.11 it be ?" the captain that a friend had come to him with the The old priest was very far removed from a fo0ol, statement that all the Spaniards who lived in the and in a very few minutes the young couple was pro houses in the grove, nearly a score in number, had left nounced man and wife, after which Yankee Doodle the village a little before daylight. tendered a liberal fee, with the remark that ministers "Ah!" said Yankee Doodle, "they have gone out of God should attend strictly to their calling, and somewhere to_ ambush us..'' I leave the business of war to others. "Si, senor, and I know well where they are." "That is true, my son,'' said the old man, "but a "Do you know how we can avoid them?" Yankee man of God should never encourage the friends of the Doodle asked. devil." "Si, senor; we can go by another way, and strike "Very true, father," laughed Yankee Doodle; "the the road again two miles beyond them." devil has broke loose in Cuba, and we are trying very "Then lead on, Diego. We have no time to hard to drive him out, and you have {lone much tostop and fight, unless we are attacked. It may be day towards that end, for which I thank you in the that w]len we pass this way again we can pay our name of those whom you have just made happy." respects to those fellows and give them a taste of Tlie old fellow smiled, and pocketed his fee without war." further comment, after which the party returned to Old Diego led off by way of a little narrow trail, the home of the bride, where preparations were made which led through a great forest for some five or six for a journey to the town of Las Arena,s. miles, and after a couple of hours' heavy traveling The news of the marriage flew through the village, they emerged into the main road again. and within an hour after the knot was tied, all the On finding himself so near the end of his journey, the young friends of the bride called upon her, and ten young captain could hardly resist the temptation to dered congratulations. Many of them knew the urge his horse forward at a rate of speed that would young officer, and through him they learned of the have been dangerous in the heat of the day. Yankee two battles at Las Arenas, and of the whereabouts Doodle reminded him that they could reach the vilof the sister of the bride. lage in the middle of the afternoon by up a The young couple remained until the next day, and moderate steady gait, and ad vised him to possess his during the evening there was music and dancing, soul in patience. where, but a few short weeks before, there was grief They finally reached the village, and the young and mourning. lover hastened to the home of his affianced, whom he Early the next morning the party started on their found alone in the big house, with only one servant journey towards the camp of the Cuban army, the and aAJ. old duenna. young bride vowing to follow the fortunes of her hus-The meeting was a joyous one, as it was so ei\tirely band in the field. unexpected to the young girl. The young captain When the little party was within a couple of lost no time in explaining his mission, telling her ride of the village where the trouble between them where her sister then was at the town of Las Arenas. and the Spaniards had occurred, they were met by a "Yes," she said, "she is engaged to the command-company of Cuban soldiers mounted and well armed, ant of the post there, and they a.re soon to be mar-who were scouting in search of stragglers from the ried." main army. They knew Yankee Doodle and Captain "The commandant is dead," said the young capRoberto, and of course gave thein a rousing reception. tain, "and General Gomez is now there with his Which way did you come ?" Yankee Doodle asked army." of the officer in command. The girl was astonished, for she had not even heard "From north of here,'' was the reply. of the two battles that had recently been fought. It "Which way are you going then?" did not take him long to persuade her to go with him "We are going to keep this road westward. to the priest, accompanied by Yankee Doodle as best "Then we travel together, and I think that in the man. village which we can rea.cl1 by sunset you may be abl "I don't believe the father will marry us," she said to find some recruits. At any rate we can have to the captain, "for he is loyal to Spain." good place to camp and probably extract a little fu "If he refuses," said the lover, "I will cut his l:_!ead from some Spaniards who live there." off." On learning that _young Captain Roberto had jus "He is a good she replied; "you must not taken him a wife, the officers of the company turne harm him." the whole command into an escort of honor, and th "If he is really a good man," he returned, "he will beautiful young bride was treated with the greatestJ not refuse to make us happy." tenderness and consideration. In a little while they reached the church, where, as When the village was reached consternation seize she expected, the priest flatly refused to officiate, upon the Spamards, "Who were under the impressio

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YANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. 23 that the'.y had reuurned for the sole purpose of punish ing them for their conduct a few evenings before. They remained in their houses in trembling suspense. But the landlord of the Bodega, seeing a bridal couple with such a large armed escort, naturally supposed that the young husband was an officer of great prominence. lie illuminated his inn, sent for musi cians and prepared a feast for the party. In the meantime old Diego learned from friends in the village that the Spaniards had organized a party of armed men the day before, who remained concealed in the woods nearly all day, with the intention of murdering the party of three as they rode by. When he was satisfied with the trath of the story Diego reported it to Yankee Doodle, who, after a con sultation with the other officers, decided to send a squad of soldiers to arrest the Spaniards and bring them to the Bodega. It was soon done, and within an hour seventeen of them had been rounded up and brought in under a strong guard. Yankee.Doodle went out to see them, and found them about as well frightened as any lot of prisoners h e ever saw. In the presence of the officers he in quired of each prisoner : "Why did you go out yesterday morning and lie in wait for us ?" "I didn't go," replied each man. "What a set of liars you Spaniards are," he re marked, when each one had put in his denial. "We know exactly where you were, and what you were there for; so we went a _round another way to avoid being shot clown by you. Now I'm going to give each one jf you your choice of death; you can be shot, or macheted-take your choice, gentlemen." A sicklier lot of men w ;as never seen. .Why should we clje at all, senor?" one of them asked. "Why, you've all got to die some time, haven't you?" "Si, in God's time," was the quick reply ; "'but this isn't God's time, senor, it's your tune. I pr efer to die of old age," said the fellow. "That won't do," laughed Yankee Doodle; "you set yesterday morning for my time, and now to-night is yours ; if you don't make choice I'll make it for you." They all loudly protested their innocence, whereat Yankee Doodle laughed, shook his head, and sug gested that it was a bad time for them to be making -, false statements-and he pointed to one and put the query to him what manner of death he preferred. "I will make no choice, senor," was the reply. All right, there will be no difficulty about disposmg of you," and Yankee Doodle seemed to be in a humorous vein, and at the same time in savage earn-est. Finally he went inside the Bodega, and a few min utes later returned with the statement that he had changed his mind, and that they would not suffer death if they took the oath of allegiance to the Cuban Republic. "It is that or death," he added. To his surprise and great amusement, everyone of them promptly decided to take the oath, which was administered to them by the captain of the company, who took the name of each, with his height, weight, color of eyes and hair. After he had done so, they were made to cheer for Citba Libre, whereat the. Cu bans around roared with laughter. Now you can go home," sa.id Yankee Doodle and the seventeen turned and walked away, followed by the hoots and taunts of the Cubans. The landlord of the Bodega reaped quite a harvest that night, and before the party left the next morn ing he had fully made up his mind that it would pay him better to shout for the republic than for Spain. When they were ready to start the next morning the captain of the company furnished them with an escort of twenty men, deciding to remain behind with the rest to seek recruits for the army. Nothing of interest transpired on the journey, and on the following day the little party entered Las Arenas, where the officers of the army gave the young couple a cordial reception. The young bride retired at once to the home of her relative, where her sister Maria was detained practically a prisoner. As the young bride rushed into her sister's arms, she saw that she was very much changed, for she was emaciated and looked haggard. Oh, sister," she cried ; "I hear that he is dead "He is dead," was the quiet reply, "and there is nothing in the world for me to live for but vengeance. But why have you come here?" "I came with my husband," she replied. "What! Husband !" gasped Maria. "Are you married?" "I have married Capitan Roberto." "I shall never speak to you again," said Maria> turning from her and leaving the room. The young senora was very much grieved, and made repeated efforts to reconcile her sister, but out avail. Of course, her husband could not permit her to remain in the house under such circumstances, for he greatly feared that her intense hatred of all insurgents would extend to his wife. He took her to the home of a family wheve she would not only be safe, but comfortable as well. In the meantime, Yankee Doodle reported again for duty to the commander-in-chief. "I do not know to what duty to assign you, senor," said the old warrior. Let me drill your men, then, general," he sug gested, and teach them how to shoot." "I should be pleased to have you do so, Yankee Doodle saluted and retired, and was soon engaged in putting one of the regimep.ts through a series of military movements, to which they had been heretofore entire strangers. He explained to them the protection that lay in good marksmanship. In speaking to one of the regiments, he declared that

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24 YANK.Kb: DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. on e thousand men who never missed a man in battle, was a match for any ten thousand men in the Span ish army; that one man surrounded by ten, if he aimed well and shot to kill, would soon kill off his assailants, unless they were themselves good shots. After spending a few days in that manner, Yankee Doodle sent a messenger to the coast with a note that was to be sent on board the fleet to the admiral, after which he suggested to the commander-in-chief that it was time for an army of Cubans to march on San tiago, to co-operate with the fleet and any soldiers that might be landed. I will send three-quarters of my fotce at. once," said the old warrior, "under General Garcia, who is now at Bayamo with one thousand men." "Then lose no time, general, for with the fall of Santiago one of the strongest links of the Spanish chain in Cuba will be broken." '"I will send two thousand men to-morrow," sa.id the general; "do you wish to go with them?" "I think I had better do so, general.'' "Very well ; they will march at sunrise." Yankee Doocfl.e at once began preparations to leave the place and march with the column. He called on young Captain Roberto, whose command was to re main behind, to bid him and his wife good-by. The young bride seized his hand, saying : "Senor Yankee Doodle, I owe my happiness to you. But for you I would not now be the happy wife I am." "I'm glad; senora," he returned, 'that you are happy, and deeply regret that your sister is not equally so.'' "Oh, senor, I think that her mind is completely upset, as she seems to have but one thought and one desire; and that is to make you the victim of her vengeance.'' "And yet I have never harmed her," he Temarked. "No, senor, you have not; and while I live I will pray for ypur safety and happmess." fifteen thousand. They were welcomed by t41e ring ing of bells and the firing of cannon. As they marche through the streets of the city to the place assigne them to camp, they were welcomed by the waving o flags ffom the housetops and windows. Such a wild scene of joy had never been witnessed in the old town before. Yankee Doodle at once sought an interview with General Garcia, and presented to him a letter fro1 the commander-in-chief, after which he explained to the general the mission upon which the admiral had sent him. The general grasped his hand and expressed !l his g-ratification at meeting him. I am ready to send forward three thousand me to-morrow," he said. "Have the American transports yet arrived?" "I don't know, general; I've had no news from th fleet in three weeks." "Indeed, and where have you been during all that .time?" "Right in the heart of Cuba, general," he replied, "fighting one day, scouting another, drilling the sol diers, teaching them marksmanship, and dodging the daggers of an assassin hired by a vengeful woman." "You seem to have been qmte busy," the general laughed. "I have, and yet have had time to assist a young officer of thll army in getting a beautiful wife." "Haven't been making lo Ye to any of the gi::-ls yourself?" the general queried. "No, but I've had a pretty tough fight in resisting the temptation to do so, for I've seen some very beautiful girls in Cuba." "We have some of the most beautiful women in the world," asserted the general. "I cannot dispute your assertion, general, but I can say that I have met one who for :fiendishness equals any tiger in the jungle." "We have no tigers in Cuba, senor." "There is no need of them," laughed Yankee I Doodle, "since a single woman can out-tiger t_hem all CHAPTER X. in vengeful ferocity," and then he related his three THE DRUMBEAT IN THE HEART OF CUBA-IN SIGHT OF narrow escapes from the vengeance of Maria Narvaez. SANTIAGO. ''Ah!" said the general, "I knew Captain Narcissa E'.ARLY the next morning two thousand Cubans led Narvaez well, and there was no man in Cuba more by General Rabi left the camp of the commander-inloyal to Spain than he." chief, and marched southward in the direction of "I believe you, general, and he fell a victim to an Bayamo. It was a tolerably good road, as Cuban inordinate desire to strike a blow for Spain in his old roads go, and that night they encamped on the banks age.'' of the river.Salado. "And yet," added the general, "he died at the The soldiers were buoyant and hopeful because they hands of the Spanish soldiers, who believed he had were marching to co-operate with the American fleet, betrayed them." which had already bottled up Cervera in the "So he did," assented Yankee Doodle, "as the re-of Santiago. sult of my joke on him. It was one of the strange The next morning they crosse
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I YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'H GOMEZ. 25 discretion enough to remain quiet and keep the fact every note of that grand air was recognized by those concealed, for the exigencies of the war had forced who listened. the Spanish garrison to leave and march to Santiago Then followed other airs, one after another, until City under General Pando to assist in its defense. In not only nearly all the inhabitants of the village, but his stroll about the city he met many very beautiful fully one thousand of the insurgent army, had gathwomen, who looked at him with wondering interest, ered in the streets to listen. for it was plain at first glance that he was not a As he ceased beating each tune, the soldiers made Cuha n. the welkin ring with _their cheers. two officers, "Wherever he went, faithful old Diego was close bewho accompanied him to the house, were joined by 'hind him like a grim watch-dog on guard. At one more than a score of others-among them were three .lace he entered a store where he made some pur-generals. They had never heard such drum-beating bases for both himself and the old Cuban. The rebefore in their lives, and they listened with as much spe:ctful attendance of the old man caused many peo-interest as lovers of music have been known to listen le to suspect that the youth was no ordinary individ-to the finest opera. al. and when he was afterwards seen riding by the I He wound up with the stirring air of Yankee Doodle, ,de of General Garcia, they were more than confirmed which brought forth frpm the multitude cheers which their Qpinion. I actually drowned the roar of the drum. 1 Time was precious, and the next morning Yankee "You are certainly master of the drum," ..exclaimDoodle rnacched out of the city with three thousa. nsi ed one of the generals when he ceased. men on their way to assist in the investment of San-"I am very fond of martial music, general," he retiago de Cuba. There was a march of fully one hun-plied, "and marched at the head of a thousand men dred miles before them and Yankee Doodle knew well down Broadway in New York as my regiment was on it would take a week to make it. its way for the invasion of Cuba. I am very sorry," The first day they made eighteen miles ; yet it wa.s he continued, ''that my fifer who was with me then a fair road over which they traveled. Not a single is not here to-night. If the senora," and be kindly wagon of any kind accompanied the force, and what looked at the mother, "will sell this drum, I'll buy baggage was not carried on the backs of horses and it." mules was carried by the soldiers themselves. Not "What is it worth, senor?" the mother asked. once did they have to fire a shot at an enemy, be"I will give you ten pesos for it, senora." cause all the Spanish forces had gone in the same di" Sancti Marie!" exclaimed the mother; "you rect10n they themselves were going. may have it, senor." On the third day they encamped on the banks of a He promptly paid her the money in Spanish gold, little stream where there was a village of several after which he told the officers to fall in behind him. hundred inhabitants, and during the evening Yankee They did so, and he started off beating a martial air Doodle heard the sounds of a snare-drum in the direc-that awoke all the of the old town. Not only tion of a row of houses back from the river. the officers followed, but the soldiers fell in line, after "Diego," he said to his faithful old shadow, "try whom came a mob of men, women and children. to find that drum for me." Uries of Cuba Libre and Viva Americano, came "Si, senor," said the old fellow, starting off in the from the1 crowd in great vocal volleys. Never was dark. the old village so aroused in its martial spirit before. Half an hour later he returned to say that the drum The soldiers themselves yelled until they were hoarse, was owned by the family of a.n insurgent, who had and had a fifer been found, the enthusiasm would have picked it up in the woods after a party of Spanish been increased ten fold. volunteers had been defeated, and had given it to his "I am sorry," said General Rabi, after he had little boy at home. It was the boy whom he heard put aside the drum, "that we haven't a drum for b eating it. every company in our army." Yankee Doodle asked two or three of the officers to "It would do much, general, to keep up the engo along with him to see the drum, and they went, thusiasm of the soldiers." wondering why he should be so much interested in "How is it that you are so completely the ma1'ter such a thing as a snare drum. of the drum ?" the general asked. The mother and children of the household were very "I was the drummer-boy of a New York regiment, much surprised at the visit. general," he replied. "Senora," said Yankee Doodle, addressing the "Ah, yes; I remember now that I once heard mother, "l heard your son pounding on that drum, that." and called to ask your permission to show him how to It. was midnight ere the crowd that had followed beat it." the drum dispersed and returned to their homes, after She sent her so into another room for the drum, which Yankee Doodle retired to sleep, knowing that and he soon returned with it. It was really a very there was a day's march ahead of him on the morftne one, and Yankee Doodle took it, stepped out-row. He made up his mind to march out of the place doors in front of the house in the clear starlight, and at the head of the three thousand men, beating the began beating "Hail Columbia" so accurately that step for the patriots.

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26 YANKEE DOODLE WI'l'B GO.MEZ. The army was ready to march a little after sunrise, and Yankee Doodle led them with the drum. On the fifth day of the march, when a breeze was blowing in from the sea, the boom of great guns was faintly heard by many of the officers and soldiers. Yankee Doodle stopped his horse and listened. He instantly recognized the voice of the thirteen-inch guns of the tJ.eet. He rode up to the side of the general and told him they were-within sound of the guns of the American fleet. The news was communicated to the soldiers, and as each boom was heard they cheered like lunatics. It seemed to make them forget that they were tired ; they stepped forward more quickly and buoyantly, seeming to fear they would not be in time to take part in the fight. But the sounds died out after an hour, and were heard no more that day. They marched on a few miles farther and encamped for the night, but were all awakened next morning about daylight by the booming of the great guns again, which rolled over the hills and mountains like peals of thunder. Never were soldiers so electrified 'fhey could scarcely wait in patience for the order to march, so eager were they to participate in the battle. That day they came in sight of the city of Santiago, and had the general but given the order they would have charged the fortifications of the city with the coura.ge of true heroes. "General," said Yankee Doodle to the officer in command, "your arrival should be reported to the admiral at once." "How can it be done ?" the general asked. "I will go on board the flag-ship and report in per son," was the reply. "But we should march around to the east of the city where we may possibly find American soldiers already landed. It was a long way around to the coast on that side, so the Cubans pitched their camp a few miles north of the city, and put out a strong line of sentinels for protection. During the night firing of small arms was heard on the picket lines and the tired soldiers sleeping on the ground knew that they had reached the theater of war. three hundred Cubans at his back, all eager for a brush with the enemy. Late in the afternoon he heard desultory firing in his front, and knew that the Spaniards and American marines were engaged. He stopped his command to give them instructions. "Men," he called out to them, "in the next hout we may be in a hot fight with the Spaniards, and be fore we fire a shot, I want every man of you to hold up your right hand and promise me as you love Cuba and hate Spain to obey all orders promptly." Every band went up, and they roared out at him : "We promise, senor!" "All right, comrades he returned. "Now lisf; ten to what I have to tell you : Don't fire until l; are ordered to do so. Don't charge without ord and when you are ordered to cease firing, stop a once. Don't pull the trigger until you see your marr, then take good aim at him. Now come on, and while keeping your eye on the enemy, keep your ears open for orders. They went down a hill and ascended another oppo site. Just before they reached the crest they saw hundreds of Spanish soldiers scampering over it in their direction to escape the fire of the enemy behind them. They were within fifty yards of Yankee Doo dle and his Cubans, but the brush and bowlders con cealed a great many of them from view, so Yankee Doodl e called out to his men: "Push forward now, and shoot every Spaniard you find in your front!" and be started forward himself with a revolver in each hand. Within a couple of minutes the Cubans burst on the the Spaniards, pouring into them a withering fire. Utterly dumfounded at finding an enemy in their rear, the Spaniards broke and fled along the crest of the hill under a fire from right and left. In a few utes they were out of range, with probably two score dead and wounded lying where they had fallen. The Cubans were on the point of rushing over the crest of the hill, whereupon Yankee Doodle called a halt, fearing they would be met by a fire from the Americans on the other side. The next morning the march was resumed in the CHAPTER XI. direction uf Guantanamo. Scouts brought in the re-YANKEE DOODLE REPORTS TO THE ADMIRAL THAT HE port that men had landed from the American fleet, HAD EXECUTED HIS MISSION. and fighting had been going on continuously for THE order had not been given a minute too soon, several days. Yankee Doodle kept with General Rabi for on the south.side of the hill a party of American at the head of the army eager to take part in the marinss, on seeing the Spaniards retreat so hurriedly, first fight that took place. They met scouts con-was rushing towards the crest eager to keep up the tinually, and from them it was learned that a sort of fight. Yankee Doodle heard them coming, and knew guerrilla warfare was then going on all along the that a volley would be poured into his men the morange of hills near the coast between Guantanamo ment they were seen. and Santiago. "Lie down, men !" he sung out to them, and the After hearing the reports of a number of the Cubans threw themselves fl.at on the ground, after scouts, Yankee Doodle asked permission of the genwhich he took his handkerchief from bis pocket and eral to lead a party of three hundred riflemen to cut ran up to the top of the bill waving it above his head. his way through to the coast and signal the fleet. "Hello !"he heard a voice excla,im down on the other His request was very promptly granted, and soon side; "they are going to surrender, boys !" he was cree;)ing forward in advance of the army with j He stood there for a. minute or two waving his hand-

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YANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. 2 7 ker chief, following it up with an old-fashioned Amer ican cheer. "Who are you?" came from the bushes in front of him. "I'm Yankee Doodle," he .leplied, whereupon a great cheer went up from the throats of se\'eral hundred marines, while several officers ran up to shake hand s with him, one of whom asked: "How did you get here ?" "I came with a party of Cubans," he replied, "and are lying in the bushes back there to avoid beg fired. into through mistake by your men." 'Ah," said one of the officers, "did they fire into e Spaniards ?" "Yes, and they laid out a lot of them, too." Good said the officer. "I heard the volley, wondered wha.t it meant. Call them up, and let the men shake hands with them. The Cubans were called up, and they dashed out of the bushes with a yell of : Viva Aniericano !" Th e marines advanced to meet them with their hands extended, and a great jollification took place ther e on the crest of the hill, where lay more than a score of dead and wounded Spaniards. While they were thus shaking hands a shower of Mauser bullets fell among them from a hillside on the right, several hundred yards avmy. "We must dislodge those fellows," said the American officer in command of the marines. "Let the Cubans go ahead, colonel," suggested Yan kee Doodle, "for they are masters of this bushwhacking business." "All right," said the colonel, "start them in Y ankee Doodle turned to the officer in command Of the Cubans, and told him what was wanted, adding at the same time : "The Americans will follow close behind you." The Cubans started in with a rush, disappearing in the bushes so quickly that the marines were utterly astoun ded were a few bald spots where the moment a Spaniard showed himself he was shot down by the marines. The Cubans fired recklessly, while the marines, who had been trained at target practice, seldom fired without aim. The Spa.niards used smokeless powder, while the Cubans and marines were constantly enveloped in a cloud of smoke. The American officers kept pushing the line forward, while the Spaniards kept falling back. Yankee Doodle kept alongside the colonel in the fight, using a. rifle that had been handed him and occasionally making suggestions which that officer, who, notwithstanding the fact that he had been many years in the service, saw that the daring youth was an invaluable aid to him in such an emergency. Suddenly Yankee Doodle turned to him, and point ing to a very thick clump of bushes some fifty yards away on the left, remarked : "Colonel, there is a score or more of Spaniards out there who are doing us a good deal, of mischief; let nie have fifty marines and I will dislodge them in a very few minutes." Quick as a fl.ash the colonel turned to a lieutenant and ordered him to take his command and follow Yankee Doodle. The lieutenant looked at Yankee Doodle and said : "Lead on, we'll follow," whereupon Yankee Doodle said to him : "l want to get around behind yonder clump of bushes; it is full of Spaniards and we can make short work of them. Come ahead," and he dashed away through the bushes on a parallel with the American line, followed by the heutenant and about sixty marines. They soon passed out of the range of the Spanish. fire, from whom they were concealed by the bushes, and circled around to the right to a point where they were almost in their rear. "Now, lieutenant,'' said Yankee Doodle, "let us make a dash for them and we'll c,apturc all we don't, kill." "Colonel," sang out Yankee Doodle to the Ameri-At the word of command from the young officer can officer, "you've got to go fast if you keep up with the marines dashed forwa,rd, Yankee Doodle in adthose fellows. Tell your men not to make the misvance, the lieutenant just behind him. take of firmg into them for Spaniards." The Spaniards were taken utterly by surprise, for The colonel turned to his men, quickly gave the the marmes were upon them before they even saw order to advance, and they dashed away as fast as them. The conflict was short, sharp and furious, and they could through the bushes and the ugly cacti. when a.bout a dozen Spamards were laid out the surFar in advance of them the Cubans were peppering vivors, about twenty in number, threw down their way at the Spaniards. arms and surrendered. "Men!" sung out the colonel to his marines, A cheer from the marines told the colonel back on watch those Cubans how they do it, and be careful the front of the lme that the movem,f!nt was a suc ot to expose yourselves recklessly." cess. He instantly advanced the whole line, and the The marines dashed forward, and were soon mixed Spaniards were swept from the ridge. up with the Cubans, who were blazing away at the The enemy retreated so quickly that in a couple of Spam ards in the bushes in front. Bullets we;e mmutes not one could be seen, nor did any more shots bng all around them, yet 1t was only now and then come from their direction The marines cheered that a Spamard could be sighted, as they kept well loudly, as they gathered around the batch of prisoners concealed among the bushes and palms that almost who happened to be the only ones captured in the :completely covered the h1llsic!c, but here and there I fight.

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28 YANKl E DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. The colonel seized Ya.nkee Doodle's ha.nd, shook it warmly, and thanked him for his assistance. "It was a neat trick," he remarked. Yes, colonel," he replied, the Spaniards are tricky fellows, and we sometimes have to fight them with their own weapons." "I see," the colonel returned, "that the Cubans didn't take any prisoners." "No," laughed Yankee Doodle, "they don't want any prisoners; they prefer killing a Spaniard to capturing him," and from the way the Cubans glared atthe prisoners the colonel was convinced of the truth of the statement. "They are just back of Santiago," was the reply "under the command of General Rabi, and have completely cut off all supplies from the city. "Good! good!" exclaimed the officers. "We'll soon have that garrison and Cervcra's sailors prison ers of war." "I hope so," said Yankee Doodle; "but we've got to do some pretty tough fightmgbefore we get them "That's what we are here for, my boy,'' remarked the colonel, "and our men are just boiling for a chance to get at them." Colonel, I've Yankee Doodle. been away for three weeks," said "What bas the fleet been doing in After establishing a picket line, the American offi-that time?" cer ordered the command to retire back to the camp, "Why, my boy," was the reply, "the forts on both taking with them their dead and wounded. Only sides of the entrance to the harbor in ruins. They three of the marines had been killed, and some six or haven't a dozen guns that they can train on the fleet, eight injured. and the na.rrow channel of the harbor has been com Colonel," said Yankee Doodle, as they were repletely corked up by sinking across it a huge collier," turning to the camp which was established near the and the officer then told the story of the valiant ex shore of the bay, "those Cubans out there who came ploit of Hobson and his men. with me are very hungry. Can you give them any ankee Doodle was so electrified by the graphic de -rations ?" scription of Robson's daring act, that he sprang to "Yes,'' was the reply; "all they can eat." his feet and cheered at the top of his voice. His en "'hen I will tell them to hold their picket line here thusiasm was contagious, for every officer present for an hour or two lqnger, when they will be relieved sprang up and cheered with him. and rations furnished them." "Colonel,'' he exclaimed, "there are thousands of "All right," replied the colonel, and Yankee Hobsons in the American army and navy." Doodle, in a clear ringing tone sung out to the Cubans: "You are right, my boy, and they will show up "'Cubans, hold the line here for an hour or two whenever a chance is offered them. They are now longer, after which you will be relieved and rations prisoners in the Morro, and for that reason the adsent to you." miral bas ordered the gunners of the fieet not to fire The swarthy fellows replied from the bushes with a upon it." cheer. "That's just like the Spaniards," exclaimed YanOn the way back to the camp, Yankee Doodle ex-1 kee Doodle, "to use a brave enemy as a shield. While plained to the colonel that for three years the Cubans they are courageous and talk loudly about honor, had been engaged in a bushwhacking warfare, and I they wouldn't hesitate to take an infant and hold it were, therefore, the best bushwhackers in the world. to their breast as a shield while firing upon you. At "So it will be worth the lives of many Americans 1 tiines," he continued, "I have been wrought up to if you can keep them on picket duty," said he. "They such a pitch of indignation against them, that I have are up to all the tricks of the Spaniards, utterly insen-wanted to raise the black flag and ta.keno prisoners." sible to fear, and can dash through the bushes like "Yes,'' assented the colonel; "I have felt tha,t rabbits. The only trouble with them is they are mis-way myself, but the civilization of the age will not erably poor marksmen. I have known a man to shoot permit it." away twenty rounds of ammunition without injuring '.:_No; and that's the pity of it." the enemy." An hour or so later, Yankee Doodle told the colonel "The Spaniards don't do any better," laughed the that he was the bearer of a letter from General Gomez colonel. to Admiral Sampson, and that it was therefore neces"No," assented Yankee Doodle, .and the reason sary for him to report to tha,t officer at once. of that is that in a bushwhacking fight neither side "All right,'' returne<:P the colonel, "there's the hardly gets a glimpse of the other." Marblehead out there in the bay; you can go on board When they reached the camp the colonel immediof her immediately if you wish, and the captain will ately ordered nations sent back to the Cubans on the see that you reach the admiral as quickly as pospicket line, after which he and Yankee Doodle sat sible." down with a number of other officers to satisfy their As there was a continual communication between own hunger. It was while they were thus engaged the shore and-the cruiser Marblehead, Yankee Doodle that Yankee Doodle gave the welcome news that be entered one of the boats, and was rowed out to the had brought three thousand Cubans with him from vessel. The captain received him with the utmost Bayamo. cordiality, and was overjoyed when he heard that "Where are they?" the colonel asked, vsry much three thousand Cubans had come to co-operate with pleased. the marines on shore. He immediately stea,med clown n 1 0 se H s f t i sl s

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Y .ANKEE JJOODLE WITH GOMEZ. :.:9 the mouth of the Guan'tanamo where he sig-1 and ammunition, even the admiral himself was as to the New Orleans, another cruiser some six tonished. l eight miles away, that he had Yankee Doodle on "It is the finest bit of strategy I ever heard of," ard. The New Orleans signaled to a snip that lay exclaimed the captain of the flag-ship, "and I'm not miles westward in the direction of Santiago surprised at the suicide of the Spanish commander." rbor, and thus the news was conveyed to the flag"It was well played," remarked the admiral, "and p. The admiral at once signaled back instructions deserves a place in the history of this war. It is a !him to sent on board the flag -ship; whereupon pity you were not in a position to takethecommiss10n captain of the Marblehead sent him up the coast of colonel tendered you by Gomez." a launch, and two hours later he reached the flag" I wanted to accept it," said Yankee Doodle, "for p. somehow or other those Cubans have so much confi-he admiral was the first to grasp his hand as he deuce in me that they blindly obey any order I epped on the deck, giving him a glad welcome. give." F less than half an hour Yankee Doodle had de" Ay, that is one of the secrets of success," re'led to the admiral the execution of his mission, 1 marked the admiral, "for when soldiers blindly obey ding with the statement that he had brought three the orders of their officers, they are almost invinousand Cubans who were encamped around the city cible ." Santiago, while Gomez himself was concentrating "And besides that," said Yankee Doodle, "the the forces of the province to push forward to coCubans. know how to fight the Spaniards, and can erate with the army as soon as it could land. stand hunger longer than any men I ever knew or "I thank you from the 'bottom of my heart !" ex-hea.rd of. If they can't get what they want, they the admiral, when the report was finished. are satisfied with what they can get. If I had com-1 know of no one who could have done that work mand of a thousand of them, with ammunition enough ter; you have not only done what you were sent to give them a week's practice at targ-et shooting, I do, but it seems that you have fought and won two could go through Cuba from one end to the other." ttles." "I've no doubt of it," said the admiral, "and in "Yes, admiral," he returned, "the old general had the end they would make you president of the repub-fidence enough in me to turn me loose with a small lie.'' mand." / "I wouldn't have it," laughed Yankee Doodle. 'Ay, my boy, I've as much confidence in you my"Pray, why not?" f. If 'it were in my power to do so, I would send "Because the president of the republic, after the-on shore out there with ten thousand men." Spaniards are driven out, will have more trouble on 'Well, as you can't do that, admiral," said he, his hands than King Solomon had with hi thousand et me go back on shore and help those fellows out wives." re." "How so?" he was asked. 'Of course, of course," assented the admiral, "but "Be cause of conflicting interests." ave no man I can place unde r your command, for "What do you know about those conflicting inter-regulations, as you know, make it impossible for ests ?" the captain of the flag-ship asked. to do so." "Not very much," he replied, "but I'm satisfied 'I know that well enough, admiral; I'd rather that those who haven't done much io free Cuba will ht with the Cubans, anyhow, for it is nothing but want to run the government afte r the is esusbwhacking business out there, which the Cubans stablished, and those who have don e the hard fighting derstand to perfection." will forbid it and fight again to prevent it if neces.,,., sary." CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. HE remainder of the day on the flag-ship was nt by Yankee Doodle in conversation with the cers, and viewing the ruins of the fortifications on re through a spy-glass, and during the evening he ertained the officers of the ship at the mess table ha recital of his adventures in the heart of Cuba. is story of the death of the old Spaniard, Narvaez, of the implacable spirit of his beautiful daughter ria, was particularly interesting to them. His criptive powers were fine, and at times the story s gra,phic in its rendition. When they heard him te how he had deceived the commandant of the t at Las Arenas, and brought about a surrender he garrison with its very large supply of rations All the officers seemed very much astonished at the remark, and the admiral asked : "Are you really convinced of that fact, my boy?'-' Ay, sir," he replied, "when you see the men who are fighting under Gomez, you'll see a motley crowd of blacks and mulattoes, nine-tenths of whom have always lived by the sweat of their brow and they are the backbone of the revolution. The wealthy class, while they have suffered much at the bands of Spain in being robbed by tax officers, apprehend that. they will fare worse at the hands of the republic un-. less people of their class control it. They would far rather see Cuba annexed to the United States tha'll have it ruled by those who ha. ve won her freedom." "It will be a great problem to solve,'' remarked the admiral, "but with that we have nothing to do. Our mission is to drive Sp::iin out of Cuba."

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80 YANKEE DOODLE WITH GOMEZ. "And we'll do that, sir," said Yankee Doodle. J He noticed that the crest of a hill some four hu n" Of course," assented the admiral. dred yards away from the Cuban picket line was a. At a late hour that night Yankee Doodle retired to favorite position with the enemy on account of the llis quarters and got the first refreshing sleep he had thick growth of cacti and palm. He called the attenfuad in three weeks. When he arose the next morn-tion of the Cuban officer to it, and suggested 'that the the postmaster of the flag-ship placed in his hand Cubans go .over there, and with their machetes cut ;;a, package of letters that had come for him in his away all the bushes, cacti and palms, and thus force absence. Several were from his mother and sister, the Spaniards into view if they attempted to cross it. while over a score of others were from acquaintances "Si, senor," said the officer, "that is just t h e in New York City, who were eager to correspond thing," and inside of thirty minutes three hundred with him since he had become famous. Cubans were over there slashing away at the bushe s He spent a couple of hours reading them, and a with their machetes. By direction of Yankee Doodle still longer time in answering a number. He took a space was cleared for more than one hundred feet particular pains to write to his mother and sister in width, and several hundred yards in length below' the full story of his adventures in the heart of the brow of the hill facing the Cuban line . Then t h e Cuba, and assuring them that he didn't believe that brush was carried down to that point and piled up the entire Spanish army could hit him. breast high like immense breastworks, for the length Said he in his letter to his mother : "It is said of of several hundred yards . me here thitt I bear a charmed life; I don't know "That's a splendid trap," he remarked., when he whether it is true or not, but hope that it is. I do saw it, "for the Spaniards will naturally conceal k now, though, that a score of Spaniards have fired at themselves behind that line of brush to fire upon us. me at short range without hitting me, until I have They will thus be in a straight line, and by firing atl become quite indifferent to their marksmanship. At the center of that breastwork of brush, our bullets the same time I assure you, mother, that I never reekwill go right through and hit them. It will be a goo d lessly expose myself; for that is a thing extremely joke on them, and when they attempt to retreat back foolish for any man to do The Cubans have become over the hill, they will be exposed to our fire." great friends of mine, and there is hardly anything That night he explained to the colonel what he had they would not do for me. They are bra.ve to reekdone, and that officer laughed heartily, saying that it lessness, and would follow me right up to the cannon's was the first time in his experience that he ever knew nouth. soldiers to build breastworks for the enemy. When he had. :finished his correspondence, Yankee "Breastworks be blowed," said Y ankec Doodle, Doodle left the flag-ship, and went ashore with a party "it's a death trap; and if you want to take part i of marines, where they had raised the Stars an.d the fun, have your men on hand out there when th Stripes on the shore of Guantanamo Bay. There he enemy joined the colonel with whom he had co-operateu in Late in the afternoon of the next day the Spaniards the fight of the day. previous, to whom he said: appeared to renew the attack, and as soon as the "Colonel, I have come ashore to see if I can be of were seen on the crest of the hill where the bushe any service to you, aljld I'm ready to serve wherever: had been cut away, the Cubans and marines opened fir assigned." on them. Glad to have you," said the colonel, shaking his hand. "The Cubans up on the hill there have been asking for you, saying that you a ,re the only man whom they have never heard of being defeated. They are very hard to control, and I think that if you will go up there and take counsel with their officer1' their ca-operation with us will be more effective. They understand this bushwhacking business much better than the marines do." Of course they do," said Y anlfoe Doodle; "they are born bushwhackers." After an hour or two with the colonel and his offi cers, Yankee Doodle went up on the hill where the Cubans were holding the picket lines, and the ma rinca down in the camp heard the cheering of his re ception. At that time the enemy was nowhere about, and it was suspected they were concentrating for a man slaught on the marines; so he advised the Cuban of ficer in command to send out scouts in sufficient force to make sure that no movement could be made by the Spaniards without being discovered. They were seen to drop here and there quite fast and afterwards rush down for the protection of th long line of brush breastworks. "Lord!" said Yankee Doodie, "see how they rus into the trap !" In a little while there were several hundred Spa iards firing at the marines and Cubans from the e tire line of brush. In the meantime, the colonel in command of the m rines was instructing his officers to have the me ready to pour a continuous series of volleys right i" the center of the brush. In due time the order w given, and volley after volley was delivered with su telling effect that the Spaniards went scattering ba over the hill, as if in a panic. Quite a number of the fell, shot in the back as they retreated in full view the marines. Once over the hill they were out of sight and sa "Now, colonel," said Yankee Doodle, "I'll wage day's rations that there isn't less than fifty dead a wounded Spaniards behind that line of brush."

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Y A NK E E DOODLE W ITH GOMEZ. &l "I'll take the bet," said the colonel, "and throw tn best how to communicate its contents to the admiral a b ottle of wine if I lose." of the fleet." T he order for advance was given, and the marines "Thank God!" exclaimed the colonel when he and Cubans dashed forward. The latter, being adepts heard it, "the decisive moment has come." a t running through the brush, were the first to reach "Yes," said Yankee Doodle, I must hurry a t th e point of destination. A great shout burst from once with this to the flag -ship;" and in a few min utes t hem when they saw all a long the line dead and after its receipt he was being rowed out to the cruiser w ounded Spaniards. Marblehead. When the colonel of marines saw it he turned to The captain lost no time in steaming out to sea fo r Y ankee Doodle and grasped his hand, saying: the purpose of communicating with the admiral. "You have won! It was a splendid trap, but I AssoonastheMarbleheadwasoutsideoftheentrance don't think it would work a second time." to the bay communication was established with the "Ah," laughed Yankee Doodle, "you don't know flag ship by means of signal s, and the information t h e Spaniards, colonel. General Gomez had them given the admiral that Garcia was now in front of d own fine when he said: They are brave but fool -the Spanish lines of Santiago with five thousand men, ish.'" and awaits t11e orders of the admiral. Surely," said the colonel, "they would not go The admiral signal ed back, telling him to "wait i n to a trap like that again!" where he is, and send Yankee D oodle on board." "A Spaniard loses his head when he becomes ex-Yankee Doodle immediately entered a launch and cited steamed for the flag ship As soon as he reached the It was found that the Spaniards had suffered sedeck of that vessel he presented the admiral t h e c o m v erely, while the casualties on our side were very few, municatio from General Rabi. a n d such was the effect of the thrashing of the Span"Ah," said the admiral, "every avenue of escape iards that not another shot was fired during the day; for the Spaniards is blocked. The American army of y et the vigilance of the marines and Cubans was in no invasion i s coming ; a few days more and Santiago will wise relaxed. be ours-and you, my boy, will be entitled to as much The Cubans agreed to hold the picket lines as long credit in bringing it about as any one in the service." as they were sustained with provisions and ammuni-"lam glad to hear you say that, a dmiral, and hope tion, which the colonel of the Aiilerican force proi;n.the general will give me a show when the final assault ised they should have in the greatest abundance. is made." I Yankee Doodle then returned to the camp with the "I will ask him to do so," said the admiral, "and officers, and soon after word w.as sent down to him in the meantime you had better remain on board until ftom the picket line that a courier from General Rabi the transports arrive. was there inquiring for him. 'l'hus ended Yankee Doodle's famous expedition in Go back, and tell .them to send him down," said to the heart of Cuba, the result of which was. the Y ankee Doodle; and an hour later the courier arrived arrival of five thousand brave Cubans to assist at the w ith a letter from General Rabi, addressed to Senor final blow at the Spanish stronghold of Santiago de Y ankee Doodle, notifying him, that General Garcia Cuba, and we leave him on board the admiral's flag had arrived with two thousand more Cubans, and was ship while waiting for the arrival of the American r eady to co-operate in an attack upon the city of Sa,n army of inv.asion, when he >vill again march under the tiago. Stars f1nd Stripes to strike a blow for the honor o f I address this to you, senor y ankee Doodle," said I the old flag. the general in the letter, "knowing that you know [ THiil l!:ND.} Usef-u..1 a:n..d.. I:n_str"l.1cti ve :Books. 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