Yankee Doodle and his dead-shots; or, 100 against 10,000

Yankee Doodle and his dead-shots; or, 100 against 10,000

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Yankee Doodle and his dead-shots; or, 100 against 10,000
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Yankee Doodle
Nelson, George A.
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Frank Tousey
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issued Semi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 per yea1. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York Post Office, by Frank TottsCJJ. No. 9 NEW YORK. AUGUST 31, 1898. Price 5 Cents. Yankee Dootlle quietly waited, and looked on to see how the old man would manage the capture. As he advanced the elder of the two women dropved on her knees before him, calling out piteously: "Spare our lives, Senor Americano !"


ooooLE. Stories of the Present "\Var. lssued SemiMonthly-By S"bscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class JI.latter at the New Yo1 k, N. Y., Post Office, May 14, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1898, in the oJJice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0 ., by Frank To,.sey, 29 West 26th St., New York. No. 9. NEW YORK. August 31, 1898. Price 5 Cents. YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS; OR, 100 AGAINST .10,000. BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. At last the idea occurred to him that he could be THE VOLUNTEER DEAD-SHOTS AND YANKEE DOODLE. of immense service to the cause by organizing a band AFTER the fall of Santi.ago de Cuba the work of the of dead-shots to operate in the vicinity of Holguin, American army was done in the eastern end of the where ten thousand Spanish troops were stationed island, leaving nothing more for the soldiers to do who had not been included in Toral's surrender. except to simply garrison the captured territory. No soonerh'ad the thought occurred to him than he That meant a life of inactivity for thousands of ad-mentioned it to the chief of the staff, and that officer venturous spirits who preferred almost anything else approved of it. A day or two later he spoke to the to that. general about it, who said that it would be a very ef-Among the latter was Phil Freeman, the American fect1ve arm of the service, but that at present no fur drummer boy, who went to Cuba with a New York ther move was intended for some time to come in that City regiment, with a chum of his as fifer na.med Joe part of Cuba; that the administration of the con. Bailey. He had won a national reputation under the qucred province, the reorganization of his army, and name of Yankee Doodle, given him by the Uubans the deportation of the Spanish prisoners would require while he beat a cha ,rge at the head of his regiment in all his attention. one of the hottest battles of the war. Yankee Doodle then suggested that he be permitted As the enemy fled before the fierce onset of the to call for one hundred volunteer dead-shots for the regitnent Phil beat the air of Yankee Doodle, which purpose proposed. set the American soldiers wild with enthusiasm. The Again the general shook his head, with the state Cuban soldiers saw the drummer and heard his drum, ment that the volunteers were in the service of the but could not understand what caused such wild en-United Sta.tes and under the command of officers who thusiasm, and on asking about it were told: might object to having their men leave them. "That's Yankee I "Then, general," said he, "if I ca.ngetone hundred Naturally they th_ought i.t to the J volunteers from the State who are not already in the boy tha? to the nat10nal he service, will you arm and feed them for the service and, as his darmg had already excited their highest they render ?" admiration, they began cheermg "Senor Yankee ,; C t 1 I .11 ,, 'd th 1 "But how er am y w1 sa1 e genera Doodle;" and under that name he became famous 111 .11 th ?" both Cuba and the United States by his daring exwl you pay em ploits in many battles, as well as personal adventures. "Easy enough," laughed Yankee Doodle. He had scouted for Schley and Sampson, and did The general looked at him suspiciously, and asked: splendid work for Shafter, who several times men"Kindly explain how you will pay them." tioned him in General Orders. "I'll make the pay them." Now that all the Spaniards in eastern Cuba had laid "Not by plundering?" tme general asked. down their arms and were being deported ba.ck to "No, general; we'll take nothing except what is Spain, Yankee Doodle was not content to remain idle. legitimate capture." Hespentseveraldaysatheadquarters,ashewasnot "All right; go ahead," was the reply. "But it then attached to any particular command, wondering must be distinctly understood that orders from me what he should do next. must be promptly bbeyed


2 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD SHOTS. "Certainly, general. Surely you cannot imagine with the Mauser rifle, as it was a weapon of far that I would do otherwise?" greater range than that used by the Americans. Yankee Doodle then got several army correspon"Of course," said he, "you'll have to practice a dents to write to their papers, stating that he wanted little in order to become l'amiliar with the gun. I have one hundred dead-shots who could hit the bull's-e_ye known it to kill a man at a distance of two thousand three times out of five at five hundred yards. yards, which is considerably over a mile. The reason In less than two weeks several hundred applications we have to take that weapon is that w e have nearly reached him by mail. He immediately went to Key twenty-five thousand of them captured from the Span West, from which place he wrote to one hundred of iards, and General Shafter has promised me that we them to repair to that point immediately. Inside of can have one hundred of them. Of course, you under three days they had joined him, and he was the worst stand that we are to draw pay from the Spaniards puzzled youth in the world as he looked at them. instead of Uncle Sam; but we can have rations, arms The majority of them were from the southwest, 1 and ammunition supplied to us whenever n e eded I principally from Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. Over am under promise to General Shafter, the commander a score of them were old enough to be his grandfather, of the department, that while we are an independent and he was on the point of rejecting them when one command, we are to obey any order coming from him, old fellow, about sixty years of age with grizzled hair which order, as I understand it, is merely to prevent and beard, laid his hand on his shoulder and said: our interfering with any plans he ma, y have in view "See here, youngster, you wrote me to come, and They all agreed to that, and at once prepared to 1'm here. I am going to Cuba with you, or you'll be go on board a vessel that was about to l eaYe for buried in the sands of this island. I'm sixty years Santiago, which place they reached in course of old, forty years of which I spent roughing it on the time. plains, fighting Indians and rounding up cattle. I can Their arrival at the American camp subj ected walk further on less food and sleep than any man Yankee Doodle to a great deal of criticism by many you've got here, and can hit the bull's-eye five times officers who knew him personally. out of five, five hundred yards away, and if you don't Some of them said that he had a company of scare believe me just ask any of the boys from Arizona crows; others that he had picked up a mob without a.bout old Bill Atkins, and if that doesn't satisfy you, giving any thought to age or physical conditions. ask Bill Shafter when you get back to Santiago. But when the Rough Riders of Colonel Roosevelt's "That's all right, Mr. Atkins," said Yankee command met them they found many acquaintances, noodle, "you are going with me, for it's tough men who swore that they were the best fighting stock in lihat I want." the world. "Tough," said the old man, "I ain't had a pound of meat on my bones in thirty years. I'm made up of bone, gristle, hair and skin, and if you were to cut me in two you wouldn't find blood enough to stain the knife. I've had the yellow fever, the cholera, and all the other things that make men sick, and yet I was never sick a day in my life." "Oh, come off now!" laughed Yankee Doodle. "I won't do it,,'' said the old man, "and if you catch me lying in anything I have told you, I'll swal low the muzzle of your gun and let you pull the trigger." Yankee Doodle saw that he had run up against an odd character, but in less than twenty-four hours he ran across at least a dozen men who told him that old Bill Atkins was one of the toughest men on earth, and had been known for many years on the plains as the hottest man in a scrimmage the Indians ever tackle d '1 He found quite a number of other odd characters, but all were cool, quiet, determined men, who made very little fuss about any1ihing they had to do. Out of the one hundred who had come to him, the youngest man was seven years older than he was. The reputationJ though, which the press of the United States had given him, made them all eager to join him. He explained to them that they were to be armed When old Bill Atkins called on General Shafter at his headquarters the latter sprang to his feet, grasped his hand, and gave him the welcome of an old friend. He introduced him to several general officers present with the statement that he was the best shot in the W est, and the hottest man in a fight he ever knew Thank you, general," said the old man ; I see you haven't forgotten old friends." "No," said the general, "I n ever do. I'm sorry you were not here before the city surrendered." "So am I,'' assented the old fellow; "but I'm sure there is lots of fun to be had here yet." "Plenty of it,'' laughed the g e neral, "but every thing around here has surrende red, exc ept Y e llow Jack." "Yellow Jack be blowed !" said the old man. "l can look him in the fac e and make him asha m e d of himself. He can't hurt a man who isn't afraid of him." Forty-eight hours after the landing of Yankee Doodl e's Dead-shots one hundred Mause r rifles, ith cartridge belts and one hundred rounds of ammuni tion for each man, was issued to them. They went out upon the hills beyond El Caney to do some target practice. A good many officers went along to watch the result, and the feats of m arksman ship they witnessed were positively startling to most of them. After two or three shots every man seemed to be-


YANK E E D O ODLE AN D H I S DEAD-SH O T S 3 come thoroughly acquainted with his weapon. Old Bill Atkins aimed and fired at a buzzard which a dozen officers present said was at least half a mile high in the air, and sent the bullet squarely through its body. "Great Scott!" exclaimed one of the officers; "with five thousand such men I could destroy the entire Spanish army in Cuba. "Easily," assented Colonel Wood of the Rough Riders, "for those fellows never waste a bullet. They never pull trigger until they see what they're shooting at, and then they arc sure to hit the mark. Soon after they received their arms Yankee Doodle told his Dead-shots that he would leave to them the selection of the three lieutenants, the sergeants and corporals. Old Bill Atkins was elected first lieutenant, a man of the name Tom Bray, second and Jack Greene third. "Now, me:o," said he, "we arc to be governed by the same rules and regulations as the army of the United States, with all the penalties for violations of regulations or disobedience of orders. Do you all agree to that ? "We do,'' they replied "All right, then. If we have good luck I think your pay will exceed that of the soldiers of the regular army. We are to act as far as we can with General Gomez, the commanderin-chief of the Cuban forces I am personally acquainted with him, and the first thing we are to do is to march into the interior, hunt him up, and report to him." They had all heard so much of the famous old warrior they were highly p l eased at the prospect of see ing him. The next day after perfecting the organizat:lon they started out northward along the railroad in the direc tion oi the town of Enramada, the terminus of the road. They intended to move eastward from there, so as to be out of the territory included in the surrender, as they did not wish to provoke ho:tltilities within the surrendered district. They had with them rations for five days, hence had no fear of suffering for lack of food 'rhe roads, though, were a vexation of spirit after leaving the railroad town. and explained to them that it would be much better if they had horses than to make the march on foot "Of course," said o l d Bill Atkins, "but I can outwalk any horse on earth. Still, I would rather have horses for the sake of the boys; but where can we get them?" "By going up to Holguin," he replied, "and monkeying around with the Spanish cavalry there." "Let's do it the!:,'' said the old man, and every member of the command voted to do so: "All right," said Yankee Doodle, "we'll make straight for Holguin. They crossed the river Canto and struck out due north for Holguin, a distance of fifty miles from the river. It was a beautiful, almost level country for up wards of forty miles, at which point they came in sight of the range of mountains called Cerro de Ami qui. There was a pass between the east and west ends of the range, in the northern end of which was situated the city of Holguin. It was a city of considerable importance containing a great deal of wealth, and surrounded by a country of surpassing fertility. It was considered of so much importance by Captain-General Blanco that he had left a garrison of ten thousand troops there whilst concentrating his resources for the defense of Havana and other points along the north coast. When within a few miles of the city the Dead -shots struck one of the main roads leading to it. Beautiful residences, with magnificent p l a ntations a n d groves, were seen on the right and left. When it was known that they were American sol diers, consternation seized upon the residents, many of whom fled to the city for protection. The Spanish commandant in the city could hardly believe the story when he heard that an American force had appeared in his vicin ity. He lost no time, however, in sending out a squadron of horse to reconnoiter. That was just what Yankee Doodle expected, and really desired. The Spanish cavalry soon came in sight, :mcl attempted to run clown the motley looking crowd whom Yankee Doodle had around him. Instantly the Dead -shots filtered away into the bushes, and began picking off the Spaniards. They soon came in contact with several small bands The latter were so terribly in earnest they never of Cubans who were prowling about the country more I suspected the losses to which they were being sub in search of food than anything else. jected until nearly half a hundred riderless horses From them Yankee Doodle learned that there were were scampering along the roadside probably no Spaniards Rearer than the city of HolStill the popping of the Mausers went on, until one guin, where there was a garrison of ten thousand of the Spanish officers, noting the destructiveness of m e n None of them knew anything of the where -the fire, promptly ordered a retreat. abouts of the commander-in-chief of the Cuban forces, but Yankee Doodle knew that he was somewhere in either Santa Clara or Puerto Principe province, a distance of from one hundred to one hundred and fifty miles away. It was a long, long march for them to make OYC r rough roads in a tropical sun. He halted his m e n CHAPTER IL HOW YANKEE DOODLE MOUNTED HIS DEAD-SHOT S WHEN the cavalry retreated and the Dead-shots, not one of whom had been hurt, lost no time in securing the riderless horses left by them. They secured about fifty a n d found t hey were in very good con d i-


4 YANKEE DOODLE .AND HIS DE.AD-SHOl'S. tion, as they had not been doing anything but garri son duty for many weeks. Of the enemy who had fallen only a dozen or so were killed, the others were wounded. The wounded were carefully placed in the shade of the trees along the roadside, and water brought to them from a well in the yard of a farm-house nearby. More than half of the Dead-shots were familiar with the Spanish language, having CQ.Ille from the south west as far away as the Mexican border, a region in which that language is spoken nearly as much as En glish. They talked freely with the wounded soldiers, treat ing them very kindly, taking nothing from them but their cartridges. What Mausers were picked up they ruined by smashing them against the rocks, a thing that ex cited the curiosity" of several of the wounded men, one of whom asked why they destroyed them. "Because we don't wish to be bothered with them," replied one of the Dead-shots. 1 "Yet you use them yourselves," said the Span iards. dumfounded at the marksmanship of the quiet Arueri canos around him. From where he sat he could see cavalrymen tumbling from their saddles at almost every shot fired by them. Many were hit who still kept their seats in the saddle. Still the enemy pressed on until thejr were within the eighth of a mile of the position held by the Dead shots on the little knoll. By that time, however, so many saddles had been emptied that the enemy believed the woods on the left were filled with American soldiers, who were using the Mauser rifles and smokeless powder captured at Santiago. They wheeled and dashed back to the city, carrying with them the news that a large force of Americans was close behind them. "That's good work, boys!" sung out Yankee Doo dle. I guess there are horses enough and to spare now. Pitch in and help yourselves." Every man of them, including those mount ed, made for the many riderless horses along the road. A score or more of them had entered a field and were quietly grazing. "So we do, but one rifle is enough for one man to They were easily secured, and in less than one hour carry in this hot country." after tne fight every Dead-shot was well mounted and "Do you belong to the American army?" one of in possession of a brace of revolvers and holsters. the wounded asked. As each man had brought with him from home his "Yes," replied Bill Atkins. "We were. down at own revolver, they cared little for those captured Santiago, and have ru;n up this way to have a little from the enemy. Many of them threw away one out fun with you fellows." of the brace captured, and filled the empty holster "Holguin is not Santiago," remarked one of the with Mauser cartridges. wounded. They liked the smokeless powder, but knew that "Glad to hear it," returned old Bill, "for Santiago the cartridge for the Mauser was not being furnished had barbed wire fences around it." by the United States Government, hence they were "Is the American army coming up here ?" careful to secure everyone they could find. "Of course, it is; it's going all over Cuba. Are "Say, captain," said old Bill Atkins to Yankee you fellows in Holguin going to make a fight?" Doodle, "these poor fellows who are hurt ought to be "Of course, we are." taken to the city, where their friends can attend to "Good!" said the old man. "We'll get all we them." don't kill." "Of course," assented Ya. nkee Doodle, "but that In less than an hour and a half after the retrea. t of is something we can't do. But I will mount one of the enemy, they were seen coming again several hun-the wounded, if you can find one able to ride a horse, dred strong, along the broad highway more than half and let him take a note in to the commandant of the a mile distant. post, telling him he can send out and get his wounded "Novy, boys," sung out Yankee Doodle, "try your and bury his dead without molestation, if he wishes hand at long range shooting." to do so." Every man at once sought a position from which he A wounded man was soon found who said he could could get a good view of the approaching e nemy and go in if placed on the horse, and one was soon pro began firing. 'Yankee Doodle himself sat on one of vided for him. It was not necessary for him to take the horses watching the effect of a shot through a a flag of truce, so none was given him. field-glass. After his departure they fell back a mile along the "Good good!" he exclaimed. "They are drop-road, where they stopped at a large farm-house in a ping all along the line Keep it up!" fine grove of palms. The family had fled to the city The enemy returned the fire, but their bullets went on their approach, leaving everything in the house wild. They were heard whistling high over head and in the greatest disorder. all around the Dead-shots. "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "if"we can find "What's the matter with your men?" he asked anything to eat on the place we'll confiscate it, but one of the wounded Spaniards, who was sitting on the we'll not touch anything else It will have a wonder ground against a tree. "Don't they know how to ful effect on the people of the city when they hear of shoot?" it, as the Spaniards and Cubans have been in the 'l'he Spaniard made no reply, for he was utterly habit of plundering and burning wherever they went."


Y A NKEE DOODL E AN D H l S DEAD-SHOTS. 5 They found very little to eat on the premises except in the way of fruit, of which there was the greatest abundance and delicious as well as wholesome. There was a large spring of sparkling water within a hundred yards of the house, which the men appreciated more than anything else they found on the place. A dozen scouts were left along the road to watch the enemy as he was looking after his dead and woundfld, and during the watch they picked up a Cuban who had come out from the city for the ex press purpose of joining the Americans. He was an insurgent in every sense of the word, as two of his brothers, so he said, had been killed by the Spaniards. He stated that the belief in tho city was that the American army had come up from Santiago to invest Holguin. All the fortifications were being manned, and the soldiers 'vere in the trenches waiting for the attack. The Dead-shots laughed heartily at the news, as though they were pleased at the effect of their marks manship on the enemy. A jollier lot of men could scarcely be found than they were at that hour. Not one man had been hurt, while they had had no end of fun during the day. That night, with pickets and sentinds all around the old farm, they slept well without any interruption whatever. The strangest part of the whole adventure was the fact that the news was telegraphed to Havana from Holguin that the American army had appeared before that city. Blanco telegraphed the news to Madrid, and thence it was fl.ashed all over the world. It created no little astonishment in Washington, where the Secretary of War telegraphed to Shafter for information on the subject. The general tele graphed back that it was probably Yankee Doodle and his Dead-shots, whereupon a great guffaw was heard all over the United States, while a million cheers probably were given for Yankee Doodle and his men. Of course Yankee Doodle \vas ignorant of all that until weeks after, but he well knew, however, that he had given the Spaniards in Holguin a scare that forced them to spend a night in the trenches. Naturally the news soon got into the city that it was a mere handful of Americans who wer probably out on a raid. Still they were puzzled to account for the tremendous slaughter of the day b efore The general in command sent out a couple of regiments with a battery of flying artillery to look afte r the Americans. Yankee Doodl e at once retired before them until he found a position on a bill densely shaded by trees, with great bowlders of rock, behind which tho Dead-shots could be sheltered. Then he began peppering the enemy as they came m sight around a bend in the road a half a mile away. As they were using the smokeless powder of the Mausers, the enemy were unable to locate them, so losing some two score of killed and wounded, the two regiments fell back without attempting to bring their artillery into play at all. "Smokeless powder is a great thing," remarked Yankee Doodle, "for had we been using the old smok ing powder which Shafter had at Santiago, they would have located us and made i t hot for us w i t h shells from their battery. "Don't you believe it,'' said Lieutenant Greene, "for they couldn't have loaded a gun while it remained in sight of us. We could have picked off every man who advanced to the of it." "Maybe they are breech-loading guns," suggested Yankee Doodle "That makes no difference; we c ould have picked off every man who came into view Had we waited until the battery was well out into the road there we could have killed the horses and fina ll y forced the soldiers to abandon the guns. I tell you these Mausers are great things. "You bet thejr are,'' assented Yankee D ood l e I think they are even better than the Winchester. " 1 don't kno w that they are,'' said Greene. "The Winchester carries a larger bullet, and knocks a man out pretty badly when it hits him, while these Mausers, if the bullet goes straight ma.kes a mighty small hole .'' "Well it's bettertowoundaman thusputtinghi m out of the fight and giving him a chance to recover, than to kill him.'' When the enemy had retreated again Yankee Doodle decided t o make another advance, more for the purpose of puzzling the enemy by his audacity than anything else They once more reached the farmhouse where they had camped the night before, and found everything just as they had left it. He passed on until they came in sight of the city, which could be seen from a spur of the mountain a couple of miles away. Through his field-glass Yankee Doodle was able to see the line of intrenchments around the town, as well as the principal buildings within it. "What a splendid place,'' he said, "to plant a battery to shell the town,'' as he stood there looking through his field-glass. "Yes," assented old Atkins ; "if I had a battery here, and knew how to shoot a cannon as well as I do a rifle, I'd soon knock the town to pieces While they were on the spur of the mountain, gazing at the town, Yankee Doodle discovered a road running along the base of the range of hills in an easterly direction. Thinking that the information gathered in that vicinity would be of use to an American general when a movement on the city was made, he resolved to follow that road, and if possible, make a complete circuit of the city. He had no sooner made up his mind to do so when the order was giYcn and the march began. Being well mounted, they made good time, and"found that the road, after going three miles, brought them within half a mile of the Spanish intrenchmcnts. "This is getting close," he said to.Atkins,


6 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHO'l'S. "and we are liable to get into trouble at any moCHAPTER III. ment." A RICH PRIZE FOR THE DEAD-SHOTS "That's all right, pard," chuckled the old man; Two of the four shells fired from the Spanish bat"we are looking for a little trouble, and I hope we'll tery exploded in the midst of the cha,rging cavalryfind it." men, playing havoc with them, while the other two There were houses all along the road-side, many of did not explode till they struck the hillside away out them still occupied, as though the inmates had on the right. One of them crashed through a small nowhere else to go. I frame house, creating a panic among occupants of Yankee Doodle was about to stop at one of the the other houses in the vicinity. houses to speak to the family within, when he was Naturally the cavalrymen were thrown into a panic fired on from one of the windows scarcely fifty feet by the terrible catastrophe, for the shells were even away. more destructive than the fire of the Dead-shots. The bullet cut a hole through the rim of his hat. They turned and fl.eel in great disorder, whilst the "Hello l" he sung out, lookin g up at the window; Dead-shots wheeled and went o:IT in the opposite di don't be a fool-why should you throw your own rection. life away for the purpose of killing another?" "We don't want to run into a hornet's nest," said For answer, he saw the muzzle of a Mauser pushed Yankee Doodle, as he dashed back along the road. through the half-closed window again; but ere it was "You're right, pare!," remarked old Atkins, "for it fired a dozen of the Dead-shots blazed away, making don't pay to play the fool." a complete circle of bullet holes through the shutter "No," assented Yankee Doodle; "but those fel a few inches above the rifle barrel. lows in that battery back there played it fine." The rifle was seen to drop, and adozen of the Dead"So they did, but they didn't play it on us." shots sprang from their horses, burst open the door, The Spaniards soon became aware of their blunder, and rushed into the house. and in a violent rage sent shell after shell in pursuit of There they found a man lying on the floor dead, the retreating Dead-shots, a.ll of which was so much while an old woman was kneeling by his side wailing ammunition wasted, for scarcely one came within a out her grief over the lifel ess body. hundred yards of them. "Why did you let him do it, senora?" one of the They kept it up, however, as long as the Americans men asked her. "Did the fool think we would let couldbeseen. Thelattersoongotbehindtherangeof him shoot at us with impunity?" hills when the fire from the battery ceased. Ere she could make any reply, the roar of a rush-A native was found in one of the cabins near the road-ing body of horse out in the road caused the Deadside who agreed to pilot them around to the north side shots to dash out of the house and spring into their of the city for ten pesos. Yankee Doodle agreed to pay saddles. the price, :1lld the fellow led off along a path through A squadron of Spanish horse was coming down the woods nearly a couple of miles where they emerged upon them in a headlong rush. into another road. "Steady, now, men!" sung out Yankee Doodle; "Now, senor," said the guide, "this road enters the "when we see them they will be in clos e range. city on the east, but when you come within one mile of The next moment the thought occurred to him that the Spanish line a road branches off from it, going if they fell back a couple of hundred yards they could northwest, and enters the road leading to Gibara. have a much fairer sweep at the enemy a s he a d-You can see the town all the way till you reach the vanced. Gibara road." He was quick as lightning to act, while his men "Can we go clear around the city?" Yankee Doodle were equally quick to obey orders. asked him. "Fall back, men, a couple hundred yards. quick!" "Si, senor, if you go through some fields you can he added; and the movement was quickly made. strike three other roads leading out from the town, and They had scarcely halted whP.n the Spanish horse keep on till you get back to the main road where the appeared in sight, coming at full speed. fight was. "Now let 'em have it, men," he cried, and the "A1.l right," said Yankee Doodle, "here's your ten deadly Mausers began their fatal work. pesos. Now can you tell me how many Spanish sol-The eiwmy advanced steadily, and at.almost full diersareinthetown?" speed, so that the men in the head of the colu mn who "I have heard there are ten thousand, senor/' were knocked out of the saddle were almost instantly "How many big guns have they?" trampled to death under the hoofs of the horses. "I don't know, senor, but they have them on their Suddenly four pieces of artillery on the line of the fortifications all around the town." intrenchments blazed away, sending as many shells "Are there many sick men there ?" crashing through the ranks of the Spanish squadron, "No, senor. Holguin is a very healthy place." tearing it almost to pieces. Finding that the man knew very little about the "Great Scott!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, "those situation he finally moved forward up the road, until guns were trained on us, and we got away just in they came again in sight of the Spanish works. They time !" stopped on a hillside which was well sheltered by a


YANKE E DOOD L E A N D H IS DE A D S HOTS. 7 forest of trees, and spent a couple of hours resting and eating their dinner, at the same time enjoying the finest view they had yet had of the city. They were quietly resting under the shade of the trees when they heard the clatter of horses' hoofs out on the road coming from the direction of the country. Old Bill :Atkins, with ten of the Dead-shots, went out into the road to inter;:,ept the party. He found them to be a party of a dozen soldiers with two officers escorting two carriages. "Halt!" called out the old man in good Spanish, whilst he and his ten men deployed across the road. "vVho are you ?" demanded the officer in charge of the esco1t. "Americans!" answered the old man. "Charge!" yelled the officer, drawing his sword and putting spurs to his horse. It was an easy task for the Dead-shots to dispose of them, as every shot fired took effect It was at such close range Mauser bullets went clean through each man, who very naturally tumbled out of his saddle. The driver of the foremost carriage attempted to wheel around in the road, as if to dash away in the direction he had just come. "Halt there!" cried the old man, "or I'll make an end of you !" "Don't shoot, Senor Americana!" pleaded the driver, dropping the reins and holding up both hands. "Get down and hold your horses !" ordered At kins He sprang from his seat, but instead of rushing to the horses' heads, he dashed into the bushes on the right of the road and disappeared from view The horses; however, were not disposed to be unmanage able, though an elderly man, dressed in citizen's clothes, sprang from the carriage and seized one of them by the bit. The next moment an elderly woman, followed by a beautiful young girl, alighted from the carriage, both evidently in a panic of fear. The two ladies stood with hands by the roadside gazing at the Americans, all of whom had then appeared in the road. 'l'he second carriage stood still on the spot where it first stopped when halted, and from that two other men, also in citizen's clothes, alighted and joined the one with the two ladies. Yankee Doodle quietly waited, and looked on to see how the old man would manage the capture. As he advanced toward the first carriage the elder of the two women dropped on her knees before him, calling out piteously : "Spare our lives, Senor Americana !" "Certainly, senora," he answered; "there never was a time in your life when you were safer from harm than you are at this moment. Please rise to your feet and compose yourself, as Americans never n1ake war on wo1nen "How about non-combatants?" asked the man who was holding the horses by the bit. "They are not ha.rmed either," said the old man, "as long as they d o nothin g to interfere with the operations of war. "Then yo u will let us pass on," said the other quickly "Yes, if we find no reason to the contrary," said the old man, turning and beckon in g to Yankee Doodle, who was quietly standing by the roadside. Yankee Doodle went up to where he was standing, and the old man ask ed him: Shall we let these people go on to the city ?" "Who are they?" Yankee Doodle asked. "I don't know," was the reply, and he turned to. one of the men and asked in Spanish : "Are you connected with the a .rmy ?" "No ; we are all private citizens, and these ladies are my vvife and daughter." "Do you reside in the city?" Yankee Doodle asked. "'Si, senor, and I own a plantation out in the country, from which we were just returning. "How is it that you had an escort of two officers. and a dozen soldiers ?" "They were furnished me by General Luque on my applicati on, simply to allay the apprehensions of my wife "What is your business?" "I am a merchant, senor, and hearing that the American forces were approaching the city, I asked for an escort out to my cou ntry residence to brin g my wife and daughter in The "two gentlemen in the other carriage arc simply friends of my "If you have nothing contraband of war with you," Yankee Doodle said, "you are at liberty to go on to l your home, but I must first search the carriages to assure myself that you have nothing contraband with you. "We h ve nothing with u s, Se nor Ameri cana, save that which is private property. "Of what does that private property consist?" "The jewels and one trun k of wearing apparel belonging to my family "Have you any money?" "A little, senor." "Kindl y o p en your t runk and satisfy m e on that point and you may pass o n unmolested.'' A medi u m s i zed trunk was taken from one of the carriages, placed on the ground and opened It was soon very evident, from the quantity of silks, laces a n d jewe l s exposed t hat they were a very wealthy family "They are very beautiful," remarked Yankee Doodle, "and doubtless of great val ue. You may close the trunk and lock it and give me the key," on hearing which the two l adies turned very pale and almost gasped for breath. The trunk was locked by the manand thekeyhanded to Yankee Dood l e, who received it, and with a very profound bow handed it over to the mother of the young girl, with the remark: "It is yours, senora." "Oh, thank you !" exclaimed both the ladies almost in the same brooth.


8 Y .A.NKEE DOO D L E .A.N D BIS D EAD -SHO TS. "Now, senor," said Yankee Doodle, turning to the man again, "is there anything else?" "That is all senor, except my purse and watch." ''You may keep them ; but the two carriages must be searched." Lieutenant Greene, with half a dozen of the Dead shots, went to the second carriage and found several canvas bags filled with gold coin concealed under both seats. As they were taken out and depo ited on the ground, the elderly Spaniard uttered a groan. "You see I was right," said Yankee Doodle, turning to him. "I suspected from the first that the escort had been furnished you for some other purpose besides protection to the ladies. This may be private property, as you state, and were it but a moderate amount I would let it go with you; but such a quantity of treasure carries with it a suspicion that it is to be devoted to the service of Spain." "No, no, senor," protested the elderly Spaniard ; "it is my private personal property which I have :kept for years concealed in my country residence until fears for its safety induced me to remove it to the city. "I do not doubt your word, senor," said Yankee Doodle, very firmly, "but the exigencies of the situation will force the Spanish commander to seize it for the support of his army when American forces come down upon him. As an intelligent man, you are as well aware of t iat fact as I am, hence it be comes contraband according to all the rules of war. We shall have to take it and devote it to the service of Cuba in her fight agains1; Spain. "Senor Americano," exclaimed the elderly woman, "it is private property, and we will be reduced to beggary if you take it from us. I beseech you in the name of justice not to take it!" Senora," said Yankee Doodle, a Spanish officer would not only take the money, but everything else of value in your possession. I have returned to you your jewels, which no doubt arc of more value than all the gold in those bags. It is the fortune of war. The simple fact that we allow you to retain everything of value that is not contraband of war, ought to convince you that we American8 conform strictly to the rules of civilized warfare. I would suggest to you, now, that you go on to your city home, and conceal your jewels where the Spanish offi cers will not be able to get at them. If you would es cape further loss, you had better leave the city as soon as possible, if not from the island altogeth'er." Then turning to the elderly Spaniard, Yankee Doodle advised him to move on without further delay. "Do you call this ci\ r ilized warfare, sir?" the Spaniard demanded, indignantly. "Si, senor," replied Yankee Doodle "It is brigandage, sir!" exclaimed the other. "'You are no better than the Cubans themselves." "Really you don't think so," smiled Yankee Doodle. "Would the Cubans or the Spaniards have left those jewels as we have done for the use of your wife and daughter? Do you not know that money is one of the great sinews of war, the same as powder and lead and army rations?" "Of course, I know it,'' angrily answered the Spaniard; "but this is s imply the private fortune o f a non-combatant." "It may be so, senor," was the reply; "but it was captured only after killing a dozen Spanish soldiers which fact alone belies every assertion you make. Enter your carriage now, senor, and pass on without a,nother word, or else take the consequences, for the day of argument has passed." Without another word the party re-entered the two carriages and drove away, the merchant acting as his own driv:er since his coachman had taken to the woods. As soon as they were gone Yankee Doodle turned to his three lieutenants, ordered them to count the money in the bags, and distribute to every man in the command an equal share. It turned out to be fifty thousand dollars, whic h was divided equally among the Dead-shots, who, as they stored the treasure away in their belts, gave three rousing cheers for Yankee Dood l e "Now, men," said Yankee Doodle, "you have nearly three years' pay at thirteen dollars a month in adva.nce; we have no commissary department to draw rations from while we are a,way from the American army, so we may possibly be compelled to buy sup plies, and in that case every man must chip in his pro rata share. "We'll chip in right now," sung out some of the men. "No," said Yankee Doodle, ''someone would have to carry it, and in that case we'd have to him with an escort to protect the treasury. Let every man be responsible for his own share, and if any of us should fall in battle his share should be taken care of to be sent to his people back in the States. "Good! good!" they cried. "So you see," he continued, "every member of the Dead-shotsbecomes a trustee and exccy.tor of his com rade, and if any one proves recreant to his trust he will be shot like a dog. We are not making a campaign for plunder, but as American soldiers we are going to strike at Spain whenever we see a chance. I am satisfied that this money was a loan to the Spanish treasury, and the commandant in the city of Holguin sent out an escort to bring it into the city. I may be mistaken, but we'll let it go at that, a n y way." "You bet we will," they all laughed .. "And now see here, boys," he added, "let me give you a little bit of advice: Don't gamble your money away, or blow it in anywhere as long as the war lasts. CHAPTER IV. EVERY MAN IN MY COMMAND OUT THERE IS A DEAD SHOT !" As soon as each man had stored away his prize they returned to their horses, which had been left concealed


YANKEE DOODLE AND BIS DEAD-SHOTS. in the woods, and were about to contiune their journey around the city whe n Yankee Doodle discovered a great commotion along the line of the enemy' s works immediately in his front. By m eans of his field-g1ass he saw a r egiment of cavalry, some five or six hun dre d strong, coming out from the city along the road in his direction. "Boys," h e laughed, "they're coming out after that money." "All right," they responded; "let 'em get it if they can." "I hope they'll bring more with them!" called out Lieutenant Bray, "for I'd like a little more of the y e llow stuff. "The re's no danger of that," replied Yankee Doo dl e "for the Spanish private soldier r a r ely has any money. Their officers, though, frequently have fat w a ll ets. Mov e your horse s back further in the woods out of reach of stray bullets, and we 'll have some fun with those fellows." Supposing they did ?" replied the old man, "we could find another place and pick off a few more." The cavalry retired behind the hill, and, a little later, a battery of four pieces on the line of intrenchments, nearly a mile away, began throwing shells along the range of hills on the right of the spot where the Dead-shots were concealed. "Oh, Lord !" laughed old Atkins, "just watch 'em, will you? They don't even know where we are?" "Hold on," said Yankee Doodle, "maybe they mean to throw shells all along the range." And he was right, for after a few more rounds a shell e xploded directly over their heads, several pieces of which struck uncomfortably close to some of them. Look out, boys," called Yankee Doodle, get behind tre es, but don't let them see you moving about if you can help it." Inside of a couple minutesmore a shell struck a tree, about twenty feet above the ground, and nearly tore it to pieces. Three of the Dead-shots were standing behind it, one of whom was leaning against it. The concussion way. knocked him almost senseless, whilst another was "Now, boys, w ait until they reach the top of that The orde r was very quickly obeyed, after which the m e n returned to the hillside, from which they had a good vi e w of the enemy as they came a\ong the high-considerably bruised by the falling limbs. Several of hill out there about half a mile away; then see to it his comrades ran up and dragged the limb a way, tha t nor1e of them get a hundred yards down on this s id e of it." whereupon he sprang to his feet, picked up his rifle, and remarked: A s soon as the head of the regiment was w e ll on the . , "It will take a whole tree to kill me, boys." crest of the hill the Dead-shots began peppermg a"' a), Th t 1 11 th t f 11 1 d the h t 1 l e nex s 1e s a o owec passe on up sm g l y and by twos and threes, eac man a nng a f h"ll th h th t th t"ll d rb t b f fi range o i s, us s owmg a e enemy was s i e i era e aim 0 ore irmg. . in doubt as to their locality. Offic ers and m e n began droppmg out of their sad-. dl h .1 th t 1 d t b 1 When the shellmg had been gomg on for an hour e s w i e o ers were s ee n o ree an urn ac i::. . "v d 1 d 1,, 11 d t y k D the cavalry agam advanced, only to be driven back ery goo very goo ca e ou an ee oo. dl h t h d th :ff t f tl fi th h h. by the death-dealmg Mausers, with a loss of a score e as e wa c e e c ec o le rmg roug is field-glass. 'Just drop 'em where the y are!" Crack! Crack! Crack went the Mausers, and not a shadow of smoke revealed to the astonished Spaniards the location of the terrible Americans. Yet, with the dogged ten acity of Spanish cha,ract er, they attempted to m a k e a charge down the hill, in the hope of getting into close quarters with their unseen assailants. As fast as they appeared over the crest of the hill, ho)\' e v er, they w ere picked off. About fifteen min utes of that sort of thing satisfied them they had run up a gainst the most destructive snag they had ever see n The y r etired, leaving a.bout one hundred yards of the broad highway dQtted with dead and wounded m e n. "Say, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "if we were a thousand strong I beli e ve we could take the town." or more men. "I'd give a few pesos," remarked Lieutenant Bray, "to know what those f e llows think of us." "So would I," said Yankee Doodle, "for it is an. experience entirely new to them." At that moment two other batteries along the line of intrenchments opened on the range of hills again, and four shells burst so uncomfortably close to the Dead-shots they rushed over the hill, seized their horses, led them out into the road, mounted and dashed away at full speed. Some of the shells passed over the hill, going two or three miles beyond them. By this time the day was pretty nearly spent, and Yankee Doodle made up his mind to find some se cluded spot where they could encamp for the night. They found it after going some three or four miles, in a densely wooded s ection a quarter of a mile or so off the main road. "Of course, we could," replied old Bill Atkins; During the night several of them who were out on "what's the matter with our taking it anyhow." scout duty, saw two squadrons of horse pass along "Oh, come off," laughed Yanke e Doodle, "we the :imad, evidently in search of the Americans. can't tackle ten thousand men. If they should locate I The little camp was not discovered, however, and us and get our range a, few shells would force us to early the next morning they were again in the saddle skip ovt I with a native guide, whom they had impressed into


10 YANKEE D O O D L E AND HIS D E ADSHOTSservice, to show them the way around to the Gibara road. They reached it finally, by following by-paths that ran through several splendid estates, on which they found an abundant supply of the richest fruit. The road to Gibara was a continuation of the great highway from Holguin to the coast. It was a means of communication for Holguin and several towns along the north coast of the province. The commandant at Holguin was evidently afraid the Americans would get round on that road and cut off his communications, and they did. They cut the telegraph wire for a distance of ha.lf a mile or so, throwing the pieces away. Until the wire was cut the commandant of the Span ish forces at Holguin was at a loss to locate them; then he sent out two regiments of infantry, with a squadron of horse to act as scouts. Lieutenant Greene, who was out scouting for the Dead-shots, was the first to discover their approach. He hurried back to report to Yankee Doodle, who very promptly decided not to molest them unless he could see them at long range, as he did not wish to expose his men to any unnecessary danger. Said he to old Bill Atkins: "Then I am sure we will not be harmed. Do yo u not know me?" Yankee Doodle sprang from his horse, walked up the gravel path that ran through a beautiful garden of flowers of every description, to the foot of the steps that led up to the veranda, gazing eagerly at the face of the young woman who had ca lled to him. "Ah, senora, i t is you!" he exclaimed, doffing his hat and extending his hand to a very beautiful woman of apparently some thirty years of age. She grasped his hand smilingly, saying as she did so: "This is the home of my par en ts, Senor Yankee Doodle. I met you in Rio del Pinar province two months ago, when you extended to my aunt and m.r self the protection of a party of American soldiers against a band of insurgents who wanted to plunder if not kill us. We were then, and are yet, loyal to Spain, but I have told my parents and all my friends that the Americanos we!"e braYe, chivalrous people, who respect women wherever found." "You told them the truth, senora," said Yankee Doodle, bowing to all the ladies on the piazza, "for we do not make war on women and children. Nor even on men, unless they have arms in their hands.' A tall, white-haired old gentleman came out from the house, extended his hand to Yankee Doodle, "I wouldn't give one of our fellows for one hundred of those Spaniards unless in an effort to gain some saying: particular point. We might engage with them and knock over a hundred or so at close range, and in do"My name is Andrea Castillo; and I thank you for ing so lose a few men. Nothing would be gained by the service you rendered my daughter two months it." ago. I am a Spaniard, and therefore an enemy of So th t ed d d th d th d" t your country, but personally I welcome you to my ey urn an ro e nor war m e irec 10n 1 ,, of Gibara for a couple of miles, when they struck an 1 ,, h 1 I' other road going westward I ian you, senor, was t e rep y. m glad "we'll follow this," said. Yankee Doodle, "as our that I was of se_rvice to the senora, and I assure you guide of yesterday said it would lead us down on the that what I did ev;,ry man of my command west side of the city." would have done likewise. A mile or two further on they struck another road leading directly south. "l guess this leads back to the city," said Yankee Doodle to Lieutenant Bray, who was riding by his side at the time. "We'll follow it, anyhow." They were now some six or seven miles from the city, going through a beautiful country interspersed with farms and an endless supply of tropical fruits. Suddenly they came to a fine residence in the midst of a magnificent palm grove. A number of ladies were seated on the piazza, whilst a number of tenant families were occupying huts in the rear of the planter's mansion. Naturally the ladies of the family were thrown into f a panic by the sudden appearance of tile new comers, as they quickly saw they were not Spaniards . The Dead-shots dashed up almost at full speed, and a number of them dismounted in front of the house. "Have no fear, la die sung out Yankee Doodle in Spanish; "no harm whatever is intended you." "Are you Senor Yankee Doodle?" called out one of the women. "Si, s<'nora," he replied. "Where is Senor Bailey?" the young woman asked. "He is out there on his horse, senora." The beautiful young woman, whose husband was an officer in the Spanish army, ran down the steps and along the gravel walk to the gate where she called out to Joe: "Welcome, Senor Bailey Dismount, and come in!" Joe was about to accept the invitation when a party of Spanish cavalry was seen commg up the road from the direction of the city. Lieutenant Greene quickly gave the alarm, which caused Yankee Doodle to dash from the house, and break for the gate at the top of his speed "Pardon me, senora," he said to the young woman, as he flew past her. "There may be a fight!" She rushed back to the house, her face white a a sheet, whilst Yankee Doodle sprang into the saddle. A moment's glance, however, told him that the enemy was only a small party of a score or so, who were cantering leisurely up toward the house. He gave the order to charge and the Dead-shots dashed away like a thunderbolt.


Y ANKEE DOOD L E AND H I S D EAD-SHOTS 11 The Spaniards fired a few shots and broke for cover, "Major," said he, "I would like to give you an but in less than one minute they were entirely sur-object lesson, in order that you may understand why rounded and forced to surrender, after a half dozen of I am so confident that Holguin will fall Into our their number had been shot down. hands when we are ready to take it. You see those Among the prisoners were half a dozen officers, buzzards in yonder tree away out in the field?" among whom was a colonel, a major, and four cap"Si, senor; what of it ?" tains. "I will show you," was the reply, and Yankee The colonel proved to be the husband of the young I Doodle called out: woman who had recognized Yankee Doodle but a few "Lieutenant Atkins, step this way, please minutes before. They were led back to the house The old man sprang from his horse, entered the where the young wife rushed into the arms of her gate, strode up the gravel path to the piazza, saluted husband, almost overcome with fear for his safety. Yankee Doodle with: "Oh, Antonio!" she cried to her husband, "I "I am here, captain." thank God you are safe! for it is Yankee Doodle, the "Come this way," said Yankee Doodle, laying a young Americana who commands the Amedcanos. hand on his arm and leading 'him to the end of the He saved my life once, as you know, and I am sure piazza, where he pointed to the old dead tree with the he will not harm you." buzzards on it a half mile away out in the tobacco The colonel turned anu looked at Yankee Doodle, field, saying : as though very much surprised at findmg him a mere "I wish you to give the major here a specimen of youth. American marksmanship that he may understand how "Senor Americano," said he, "I am your prisoner, easily we will take Holguin when we are ready to do yet I am in your debt." so. Kindly knock over one of those buzzards." "You are not in my debt, colonel," was the reply ; The old man raised his Mauser to his shoulder, aimed "for when I protected your wife I performed the duty and fired so quickly as to startle everyone on the incumbent upon an American soldier. It is true you piazza. are my prisoner, but you will be instantly released on One of the buzzards dropped to the ground, as parole if you so desire-and your brother officers with though dead his claws had let go the limb upon you." which he was perched. "Oh, how generous!" exclaimed several of the "Caramba !" exclaimed the major. women. "Diablos !" blurted out two of the captains. "Thank you, senor," said the colonel. It is a "Gentlemen,'' said Yankee Doodle, turning to the misfortune a t any time for a sol.dicr to be captured by Spanish officers, "every man in my command out the enemy. Of course I would prefer to be paroled there is a dead-shot. than to being held as a prisoner." "Very well,'' replied Yankee Doodle, "that mat can be easlly attended to," and within half an hour the paroles were all signed and the officers and privates were released. When that was done the Spanish major asked Yankee Doodle where the American army was. Yankee Doodle laughed, as he replied : "They are getting in position all around Holguin, major, and I guess in a week or ten days Uncle Sam will have to pay for the transportation of the Span ish garrison there back to Spain." "Don't be too sure of that," said the major, shak ing his head. "The conditions here are quite differ ent from what they were at Santiago." In what way ?" he was asked. "In the absence of your fleet." "Yes, yes,'' assented Yankee Doodle, "that docs make a difference. All the same, when we are ready to take the city we'll do it." "I hardly think you will,'' returned the major. WhHe they were speaking Yankee Doodle happened to turn towards the end of the piazza where he had a fine View of the great tobacco fields which stretched away in a westerly direction for nearly a mile. In the center of the field, a bout half a mile away, stood a huge old dead tree, on which were perched a half dozen buzzards, one of the commonest sights in Cuba. CHAPTER V. A WONDERFUL SPRING. THE astonishment of the Spanish officers at the marksmanship of the old Westerner, can better be imagined than described. Even the women on the piazza uttered exclamations of wonder. One of the strangest features of the performance was the other vultures on the tree did not leave. their perches, owing to the fact that they were so far away that the report of the rifle did not alarm them. They merely stretched out their necks and looked down to the spot where lay their dead companion "It was an accident,'' said the colonel; "it could not be clone again in a thousand times." "Think so?" contemptuously remarked the old man; "let's see about that,'' and he raised the rifle, took a quick aim, and brought down another. Caramba !" gasped the little group of Spaniards, at which Yankee Doodle smiled in his quiet way, marking to the major: "You may caU out any one you please, and he will do the same thing. Still unsatisfied the major pointed to one of the younger members of the Dead-shots who was quietly sitting on his his horse chewing a quid of tobacco. "Let him try it," said he.


12 YAN KEE DOODL E AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS. "Say, Hank," called out Yankee Doodle, "knock astonished at their audacity in so doing. That such one of those buzzards out of that tree out there." a small force would boldly ride up in front of the in-Hank very quietly unslung his Mauser, and without trenchments around the city seemed almost incredibl e dismounting raised it to his shoulder and fired. A short ride down the road again brought the m i n Down dropped one of the buzzards. view of the city, which lay spread out before the m, That satisfied the Spaniards, while Yankee Doodle looking as peaceful as though no such thing as war quietly remarked: was thought of. "Buzzard or Spaniard, it's just the same-only we Finding another road that seemed to b e a lane run-are not in the habit of killing buzzards. Yesterday ning between two estates, they turned into that, and we emptied a number of saddles a mile awa;y, so you cantered along a couple of miles till they found themsee that without a single piece of artillery a few hunselv e s in another great highway, on the other side o f dred Americans can hover around Holguin and kill which was a country seat, evidently belonging to p e o-every Spanish soldier in the city who can be seen." ple of "'ealth. "It is horrible !" exclaimed one of the ladies It was tar more bea.utiful in every respect than the Si, senora," assented Yanke e Doodle, "war itself one they had just left, for the residence was suris a hor or, but it does not seem so to us at long rounded by a garden of flowers several acres in e xrange, for we fail to see the wounds or the blood that tent. is shed, or hear the groans of the wounded Now, Naturally their appearance on the scene crea t e d tell me, gentlemen, what chance has Spain in this great excitement among the occupants of the place war?" "By George I" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, this is For answer the colonel turned quickly and a .sked: the handsomest place I've seen in Cuba." "What about the killed and wounded Americans at "Yes," assented Joe Bailey; "if I own e d it I'd b e Santiago?" willing to live here the rest of. my life. But lool c "I will answer that," said Yankee Doodle, "by there The wome n are running away throug h the saying that our best marksmen had not left the grove yonder. I guess they're pretty badly scared." United States when the fighting was going on there "Lieutenant Greene!" called out Yankee Doodle, They are coming in now, though, pretty fast, and this "head off those people out there, and tell the m to is one of the instalments that are coming over on come back to the house, as nobody will be harmed." every ship. When we have a few thousand landed in With a dozen men the young lieutenant dashe d off Cuba the fun will begin." to intercept the fleeing women and childre n, e v ery "Do you call it fun, Senor Americano ?" one of the one of whom fell on their knees, begging for mercy ladies asked. on finding their retreat off. "Well, I wouldn't call it fun for the Spa.niards, "Ladies !" called out the lieutenant, "we are senora," laughed he; "but it does afford a bit of 1 Americans, not Spaniards or Cubans. You are in n o grim humor for us." danger whatever, as we are not in the habit of mak Cararnba !" exclaimed one of the captains; "it ing war on anybody but soldiers. Return to the is Sata. nic amusement." house again, and be perfectly easy, for you'll not b e "Very true," said Yankee Doodle; "but it will molested." continue only as long as Spain is willing to have it so. They could scarcely believe him, though his kindly We must leave you now, with the assurance that tones and frank manner did in a measure reassure wherever the American soldiers go the rights of per-them. son and property will by respected, and the women They returned to the house, where they gathere d and children will be everywhere protected to the full on the piazza to conv erse with Yankee Doodle and his est extent of our ability," and with that he raised his three lieutenants. hat and bowed to the "vVhere are the men?" Yankee Doodle asked. The colonel's wife ran up to him, seized his hand in both of hers and expressed her thanks in voluble Spanish for the kindness he had shown her and her husband. "Thank you, senora," he replied; "if I have been of service to you and yours I hope it will be repaid by your defense of the good name of Americans when you hear it assailed " Si, Senor Americano," exclaimed the colonel, "you may rest assured that my companions in arms shall know of the generosity with which we have been treate.d." Yanlrne Doodle then turned and walked away towards the gate, followed by grim old Atkins, remounted his horse and rode away in the direction of the city, leaving the group on the piazza still more "They fled to the woods, senor," was the reply. "Well, send word to them that they may return and will not be harmed unless they show fight.", Half an hour later the owner of the place, who was a fine looking, elderly Spaniard, returned to the house accompanied by two others, who were evidently em ployees on the place. The owner of the place soon became very talkative, and admitted that ever since the news came of tho fall of Santiago and the destruction of the two Span ish fleets, he had been satisfied that Spanish rule in Cuba was doomed. "But, Senor Americano," said he, addressin g Yankee Doodle, "Cuba herself will be doomed if she is turned over to the tender mercies of the insurgents. They arc but little better than savages, and hate all


Y A NKEE AN D HIS DE AD-SHOTS. 13 Spaniards so intensely that the latter will either be "Oh, let up, Bill!" exclaimed Lieutenant Bray, slaughtered or driven from the island." doubling JlP with laughter. "I hope not, senor," said Yankee Doodle, "for I "It's a fact," strenuously asserted the old man. look upon Cuba n,s the garden spot of the world, and "I've seen the gravy of a roast steer so tough you am satisfied that the United States will not permit it couldn't stick a fork in it; and I've known a man to to be ruined by warring factions. We do not wish wear a pair of sandals, made out of the hide of a steer to annex Cuba, but simply to put a stop to Spn,nish who drank the water of that spring, which lasted misrule, which is so detrimental to the interests of thirty years. The Apaches have been known to make commerce, to say nothing of the disturbance of the shields of the hide that could turn a Winchester bul peace." let at the close range of fifty yards. A Mauser bullet After further conversation the voluble old Spaniard would flatten against one as though it had struck the began talking about his beautiful home and its many iron side of an American war-1'\hip." attractions. He asked Yankee Doodle and his officers By this time Yankee Doodle himself was as much to accompany him to a famous mineral spring on the astonished as the Spaniard at the imagination and estate a couple of hundred yards in the rear of the voiubility of the old plainsman. mansion. "It must be a wonderful spring," said the old They went with him to the spot and saw quite a Spaniard. bold spring of clear sparkling water bubbling up in a "Wonderful is no name for it, senor," quietly remarble basin some six feet square. On drinking it turned old Atkins. "There are no words in the lanthey found that it was highly impregnated with a com-guage that can really tell what those waters can do bination of minerals in which iron and sulphur pre-for man and beast. If you mix it half and half with dominated. whisky, a four-finger drfnk will keep a man hilarf" It is the most wonderful spring in Ouba, Senor ously drunk for a month, during which time his hide Americano,'' said the old man, "a.nd hundreds of the becomes so tough that it will turn a bullet like rainnobility of Spa.in have come here to drink of its waters, drops on a duck's back." to be cured of ills with which they have suffered for Yankee Doodle, Greene and Bray were all broke up yoars. There is no spring like it in all the world, over the old man's description o( the Arizona spring, senor." while the old Spaniard himself seemed to be almost "Maybe you haven't heard of the mineral springs paralyzed. of America," remarked old Atkins. He said no more about the virtue of his favorite "Si, senor; I have heard of them,'' remarked the spring, but gazed sadly at it like one whose dream of old man; "and have seen people who visited your felicity had been rudely dissipated. Saratoga; but the waters of Saratoga are stale in Yankee Doodle, however, turned to him with the comparison to this." remark: "Saratoga be blowed,'' exclaimed old Bill. "It "You have a wonderful spring, 8'3nor, for it makes a place where J?eople go to .dance and .gamble; but us talk and laugh more volubly and hilariously than if a man wants his system bmlt up and his blood made I the best wine of the world could do. you see the red, his kidneys and liver renovated, let him go to effect of it on us." the springs of the great West. Why, senor, there are 0 b 1,, h 1 d "It d 't tI t . arani a. e exc a1me oesn a ec sprmgs m Arizona as yet almost unknown to the great 0 b th t ,, outside world, whose waters are so strongly impreg-1 Spamards or u ans a t d 'th l'f t tl t 1 b That broke up the meetrng. Yankee Doodle and na e w1 I e-g1vmg vir ues 1a men 1ave een k t b d 1 th h 1 the others rolled on the ground m convulsive laughter, nown o egrn rm nng em w en mere wrec rn . h bbl. b t t h b .t in which old Atkins lumself was the most vociferous o mg a ou on cru c es, soon ecouie s rong agam, d fi 11 d f ld d ft th of all. It gradually occurred to the old Spamard an na y ie o o age years an years a er ey O' d d t d f b tl 1 ,, that he was bemg b uye an ms ea o JOimng m "ere given up y 1e1r p 1ys1c1ans. Th t f th. h d tl ,, the laugh, he became very a .ngry, declarmg that he e wa er o is sprmg as one le same, . 1 1 d th ld tl had been msulted, and abruptly turned away, leavmg qmet y remar rn e o gen .eman. . ,; No doubt" assented Atkins, "but the waters of the little party by the.sprmg. 1 A 1 1 1 1 d "He doesn't appreciate your humor,'' said Yankee t le r1zona sprmg ma ms a man s iver so 1 ve y an k healthy, that when he dies they have to take it out Doodle to At ms. and kill it with a club." "No," chuckled the old man, "Spaniards haven't Oaraniba !" the old tonishment, while Yankee Doodle burst into a roar of laughter. gentleman in as-much humor in them." and the others "Why did you lay it on so thick?" Lieutenant Bray "It's a fact," asserted Bill; "and the blood of a man who drinks the water continuously, makes a stain that can never be washed out; and even the cattle who drink it lhe so long and become so tough in old age, that the meat cannot be eaten, because no process of cookmg-9 can make it tender." asked. "Simply because he declared that this is the best spring in the world, and I don't think that is any thinner than my yarn." Well, we must go back to the house and let him understand that no insult was intended," suggested Yankee Doodle.


14 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DE AD S H O T S. "Oh, don't make any apologies for me," said the I pointed down the road where a column of Spanish old man. "I never apologb:e for a joke." , cavalry wn,s seen approaching about a quarter of a When. they returned to the house they found the I mile away. old_ on the piazza, surrounded t_he 1 Yankee Do?dle sprang bounded down the ladies of his family, all of whom seemed to be m qmte ii steps of the piazza, ran out to his horse, leaped into the a state of alarm. saddle and dashed away up the road, followed by the "Senor," said Yankee Doodle, I see that you I Dead-shots. don't appreciate a bit of American humor, and I am "What in thunder are you running away for?>? Yery much surprised, as Don Quixote has ainused I angrily called out old Bill Atkins. Spain for three hundred years." "Simply to draw them away from the vicinity of that I was insulted, Senor Americana," haughtily refamily there," Yankee Dooclle replied, "as Ido not marked the old gentleman. to have any bullets flying around imperiling the lives ot "You are mistaken, senor, as no insult was in. the ladies." tended. It was simply a bit of the rough humor of The old man chuckled and rode a.long by his side, soldiers." I while the Spanish squadron of horse came thundering Instantly the old gentleman rose to his feet with a j along the road. in hot pursuit. They even fired at the bland smile and extended his hand to Yankee Doodle 1 retreating Americans, and some of their bullets f..Jw \ uncomfortably close to the Dead-shots. CHAPTER VI. However, after going about three miles, Yankee THE DIFFERENCE-A MYSTERY WHICH ONLY THE Doodle suddenly ordered a halt, and told his DeadDEADSHOTS CAN shots to pitch in FINDING the old gentleman pacified, Yankee Doodle It was a species of warfare where the cool judg-proceeded to make inquiries about the topography of ment of individuals was worth more than the best the surrounding country, and of his chances of finding military discipline. a supply of food for his command. I The Dead-shots sat quietly in their saddles and fired During the conversation he learned that the old at the approaching enemy as though aiming at so gentleman's name was AlvaQuesada, andthathehad many targets. Riderless horses were soon scampermade a fine fortune out of the spring on his place. His ing about over the open field through which the road money was invested in city property in Holguin. ran. He stated that before the war he had a great many The Spanish officers soon saw that their force was cattle on his estate, but that they had all been taken, being decimated, and ordered a retreat. with the exception of but a very few, by the Spanish "They are trying to get away, boys!" sung out authorities for the support of the army. Yankee Doodle "Keep 'em in range and pick 'em "Did they pay you for them ?" Yankee Doodle olf as fast as you can." asked. The Dead-shots dashed forward in pursuit, some of "I hold vouchers for everything taken, senor. themfiring whilst going at almost full speed. "That's bad for you," was the reply, "for they will j Old Bill Atkins was seen to go down with his horse, never be paid, for when Spain has lost Cuba she will whilst two of the Dead-shots stopped and dismounted never pay a dollar of Cuban debt. I would like to to go to his assistance. have some fresh beef for my men, for which I will pay Before they reached him the old man sprang to his you in gold on the spot. feet His horse had been shot through the head, but The old gentleman looked at him in astonishment, he himself was untouched. and Yankee Doodle plainly saw incredulity expressed "I'm all right, boys," he said. "Get me another in every feature. H e quietly thrust a hand in his horse. p ocket, drew out several doubloons, with the re-Two of the men went after a fine horse nearby, mark: whilst the old fellow himself chased another. "Here is the money, se nor. Have yo urmenslaugh-He was soon in the saddle again, and once more in ter a beef for us and then let us know the price the thick of the fight. "Senor Americana," said one of the Je,d i es of the In a very little while they were again in the vicinity party, "are your men going to camp here?" of the Quesada mansion, where the Spaniards sprang We will spend the night close by here, senora. from their horses and took shelter in the house, to the Where we will go to-morrow I don't know. Why do number of about fifty. you ask?" "Hold up, boys," ordered Yankee Doodle. "Don't "Because I fear when your presence here becomes fire a shot at the house, for there are women and known to the general in Holguin, he will send troops children in it." after you." "Then we must get out of the way of their bullets," "Don't let that worry you, senora," said Yankee said Lieutenant Bray. Doodle, smiling, "for if he sends any troops out we "That's easy," and Yankee Doodle led off down will look after them ourselves." the road in the direction of the city, and was soon out She was about to speak further when a cry of alarm of sight of the Quesada residence. escaped one of the ladies, who sprang to her feet and When within a couple of mile:f of the Spanish in-


YANKEE DOODLE A N D HIS DEAD SHOTS. 1 5 ttenchments he turned off to the right, following a l The young girl rode by the side of Yankee Doodle, road which led to an immense sugar mill. It was an with J oe Bailey on her left. old stone building, with hundreds of tons of sugar When t hey came in sight of the mansion they stored in it, together with a great deal of provisions quietly dismounted, hitched their horses in the grove, for the employees of the estate. and proceeded to surround the house The laborers were all negroes, with overseers to di -Ahout thirty Spaniards were in the dining room, rect their work. On the approach of the Americans feasting and drinking, having broken into the wine o verseers and n egroes alike took to their heels and cellar and helped themsel ves to the finest brands of disappeared in the woods a few hundred yards west of wine in Cuba. the place. Their arms were lying scattered about the house, On the south side were some thirty or forty small as though they had no thought of danger. huts that served as homes for the laborers, where The Dead -shots quietly, entered, after stationing a. w ere seen nearly a hundred frightened women and few at the four windows childre n. As soon as the Spaniards saw them enter the di n" Boys, we'll encamp here to-night," s:iid Yankee ingroom, those who were seated at the table spran g Doodl e, "and one of hose steers hitched to that wag-to their feet, while those who were standing assayed on out there I think will make very good eating, if he to escape by the windows hasn't b e en drinking any of Lieutenant Atkins' min "Surrender!" t hundered Yankee Do od l e, sword in er.al spring water." hand. One of the men shot the steer down, and in less Never!" fierce l y yelled the Spanish captain draw-than five minutes, three or four were engaged in skinI ing his sword and making a pass at the yo ung Amerining and cutting up the carcass, whilst others were can. making a fire in order to prepare a feast of fresh, Yankee D ood l e parried the thrust, a n d t h e next broiled steak. moment the captain was floored by a blow from the The men quietly prepared their supper, after which butt of a revolver in the hand of one of the Deadthey placed sentinels out and stored their horses on shots. the lower floor of the old mill, and made ready for a Another officer, a lieutenant, sprang through a quiet night' s rest. window into the arms of who quietly The stars had scarcely appeared when the beautiful proceeded to wipe u p the ground wit1: him, just for daughter of Don Quesada, in whose house the Spanexercise. ish ca.valrymen had taken refuge that afternoon, Just one min ute to surrend er, men!" called out l dashed up to the old mill on horseback. Yankee Doodle, "or else you die!" She bad passed the guard without paying any atten-Every Spaniard then i n t h e room he l d u p his hands tion to his order to halt. He recognized her, how-in token of surrender. ever, and let her pass. "That's all right, now," said Yankee D oodle, whil e "Senor Americano !" she called out, as she reined Hank B l edsoe was disarming the captain who h a d up her horse at the door. been knocked down. "What is it, senorita?" Lieutenant Bray asked. Let every prisoner be brought back inl;o this "I have come for protection, Senor Americano. room. The Spanish soldiers have plundered our home and Those who had leaped through the windows were taken my father to the city as prisoner, threatening brought in, trembling like men who expected instant to shoot him as a traitor to Spain. They have robbed death. us of everything, and ay they will burn the house I By that time the captain had pulled himself todown over our heads." gether and was held by the co llar whilst Yan k ee "What is that, senorita ?" Yankee D oodle asked, Doodle addressed him. suddenly appearing on the spot. "You are a captain in the Spanish army, I believe?" She repeated her story. I am," was the haughty reply, for the fe ll ow h a d "Have they sent your father to the city?" he b een drinkin g heavil y of the w i ne taken fro m the celasked. lar. "Si, s enor, but about thirty of them are still at the house, helping themselves to everything of value. Whe n we protested they insulted us and threatened our lives." "Lieutenant Atkins," called out Yankee Doodle, "order your men to mount at once; we'll ride over there and attend to those fellows." In about fifteen minutes thirtyfiye of the Deadsbots wt1re in the saddle, and, under the light of the stars, dashed away along the road they bad recently com e In a very few minutes they were in the main road leading from the city to the Quesada estate. Do you command these men?" They bel o n g to my company." Are they. all Spaniards?" "They are. "And are yo u a Spaniard?" I am." I am glad to hear you say so," said Y ankee Doo dle, "for I wish to call your attention to the fact that I and my men are Americans. We were here on this es tate some three or four hours to-day, and t .hough we well knew that the owner of it and his family were c i t i zens of H olguin and loyal to Spain, we did not take fro m


16 Y ANK E E DOODLE A N D HIS D EA D SH O TS it anythirig of the value of a peseta' It remained for Spaf!.ish soldiers, under a Spanish officer, to insult a helpless family of ladies, plunder them of their valuables, fill themselves with wine to the verge of drunktnness, and threatening to burn the house down over their heads. That is the difference between Spanish and American soldiers. You are a typical Spanish captain, a fair representative of the Spanish army and of Spanish ideas of honor. You are simply a brute in human form!" "I am your prisoner, sir," said the captain, straightening himself up in a haughty manner. "Very true, but not a prisoner of wa,r," said Yan kee Doodle "You are a prisoner in the same sense a burglar is a prisoner when caught burglarizing a house. Now, Hank, search this thief and see if he has anything belonging to the ladies of this household." Hank proceeded to search him, while he vigorously protested. Several articles of jewelry were found in his posses sion, :;i,nd laid upon the table. The young girl who had brought back the Dead7 shots was called in to identify the property. She claimed that the jewelry belonged to her mother. "What have you to say to that?" Yankee Dood l e asked the "She lies," he answer_fd. "That will do," said Yankee Doodle "Place him under guard, H.eutenant He was very promptly hustled out of the room, after which the others were made to d isgorge everything they had taken from the house. All the valu ables were returned to the ladies, after which the men were marched out into the yard of the house and securely bound to prevent anyone's escaping under cover of darkness. Yankee Doodle then entered another room where the l adies of the household were huddled in mortal terror. Senora," said he to the mother, "I'm going to take these men away. I would advise you to concea l all your valuables in some safe place, for after this it is quite evident that you will be looked upon with sus picion, simply because you were protected by us. I am sorry for you, and if I can render you a n y assistance in the future I will be more than glad to do so. It wi11 probably :p.ever be known that the senorita ap plied to us for protection if you do not speak of it yourselves, as I am going to see that these prisoners will never be able to expl::Lin the mystery of their fate." He was about to leave the room when the young g irl who had sought his protection seized his hand, pressed it to her lips, saying: "Senor Americano, we owe you a debt of gratitude, hich I fear we can never pay. As long as I live I will remember the brave young Americanowho saved our lives, while he had every reason to believe that we were his enemies Take this, senor," and she drew from her finger a splendid diamond ring and placed it on the little finger of his left hand, and wear it in remembrance of me. "Thank you, senorita, but I do not know your name. " My name is Christina, the same as the Queen of Spain-Christina Quesada. "I will keep it, senorita, as long as I live, and hope that some day I may the pleasure of meeting you again, amid more pleasant surroundings. And now, senora," a'nd he turned and bowed to the mother, "I must leave you." "God be with you, senor!" exclaimed the mother; and the next moment he turned and left the room. "Now, men," he said, "bring on these fellows, and we'll get away from here. "All right, captain," said Atkins, and they moved off with the men to where their horses were hitched in the grove. They mounted their horses and started on their return to the camp. They had no prisoners, however, when they reached the old sugar mill, and the mystery of their fate remains a profound secret to all the world except the thirtyfive Dead -shots who never afterwards spoke of it. CHAPTER VII. A DEADSHOT IN HOLGUIN AND WHAT HAPPE!S'ED THERE. AMONG the Dead-shots was a man who had spent twenty years of his life in Mexico, where he learned to speak Spanish as perfectl y as any native of Cuba or Spain His name was Tom Hadley. He was dark li ke a Spaniard, with piercing black eyes and closely cropped beard. "Captain," said Tom to Yankee Doodle, soon after their return to camp, "suppose you let me go into the city and see what I can find out?" "Do you think you can do it ?" Yankee Doodle asked I don't know. I can pass for a Spaniard, though, anywhere." "But how can you get through the lines?" "Slip through under cover of darkness." "That's very dangerous business, Tom," said Yankee Doodle "Of course, it is, but I'm used to that sort of thing.'' "Well, now, let me make a suggestion to you : Go back to the Quesada home and ask the senora, as a favor to me, to hire you as one of the employees on the p l ace Tell her that I sent you in order that she might a.fford some way for you to get into the city. I think that after the treatment she has received in the hands of the Spaniards she will be glad to assist in their destruction. If will not agree to do so, return here at once and let me know." The fellow was off within a few minutes and returned to the mansion where he found the ladi:s of the family all alone, every servant on the place hav Jng fled


Y.AN K E E DOODL E A N D HIS DEAD-SHOT S 17 He told them he had been sent back by Yankee "I sa.w them from the woods shootiug at our sol Doodle to serve in the character of a hired man, that diers, who fought bravely until they were ordered to he might not only protect them, but be able to watch retreat." the enemy. J He was very humble in' his manner in the presence As was expected Senora Quesada gladly agreed to of the colonel, answering every question with an aptake him into her service. She at once supplied him parent frankness that disarmed all suspicion He rewith a suit of clothes which was just a little bit of a mained standing in a respectful attitude until the collivery. onel turned to speak again to the senora. Then he Early the next morning a regiment of cavalry came retired to the diningroom, where, under the guidance out .from the city to look after the dead and wounded of one of the ladies of the family, he set out wine apd that had fallen in the fight along the road some two coffee for the Spanish. officers or three miles beyond the Quesada place. In the other room the senora asked the colonel if she The officers dismounted and entered the house, but would be permitted to go to the city to see her lmsnone of their soldiers were allowed to leave the ranks. ba.nd. Hadley was present in the capacity of a house ser-1 "Of course you may," said the officer, "as I know vant during the interview of the ladies with the offiof no reason why you should not. cers. He heard the senora and hel' daughters tell I After partaking of refreshments, the officers re them all they knew about what had taken place, but turned to their command and resumed pursuit of the nothing was said of the protection that had been ien -1 Americans. d ered the family by the Americans. As soon as they had disappeared, Senora Quesada, "Colonel," the senora asked, "why has my lmsaccompanied by her daughter Christina, entered her band been arrested? What has he done?" carriage, which Hadley was to drive, and set out at "It is charged against him, senora, that he gave once for the city. information to the Americans." When they reached the line of Spanish sentinels "Who made the charge?" she asked. the carriage was halted, but the officer of the guard, "I don't know." knowing the carriage and its occupants, allowed it t o "It seems to me that a loyal citizen like my hus-pass through and enter one of the mai n streets of t h e band, should have received some consideration from town. the general. He gave the Americans no information "Which way shall I go, senora?" Hadley asked. treated them courteou$ly, they I "To the general's headquarters," she replied had it m their power to destroy everythmg. "But I don't know where it is, senora. "Si, senora; and the simple fact that they did not "Drive straight ahead," she instructed him, "and destroy anything is a suspicious circumstance. It is I will tell you wnen to turn. You will know it by the believed that their leniency was the price paid for the flag flying above one of the principal hotels." information he gave them." Thus instructed, he drove forward, handling the "Then he was arrested merely on suspicion, bereins with great skill, at the same time keeping his cause the American officers acted as gentlemen? We eyes well employed in taking in the situation as far as were astonished at the conduct of our own soldiers he could from his position on the box. when they reached here, for had we been life -long in -1 After turning three corners he came in sight of a s urgents they could not have treated us worse.'' large hotel, above which the Spanish flag was flying The colonel made no reply, but turned to Hadley Stopping in front of the building he sprang from his a .nd asked if he knew which way the Americans had seat and opened the door of the carriage for the ladies gone. to alight. "They went down the road, colonel," he replied, The mother and daughter descended and entered "towards the city; and we have not seen them since the building, whilst he ascended to his seat again How is it they did not harm you ?" the colonel where he sat holding the reins, as though he had asked. spent all his life as a coachman. "I made a break for the woods," he replied, with A young officer who was strolling about in front of a broad grin on his face headquarters, approached him and asked if he had "On, you did, eh?" seen anything of the Americanos that morning. "Yes, colonel; I had no arms, and even had I been "No, capitan," he replied, "but I saw them yesarmed I would have been shot to pieces had I made terday when they were at our place." any resistance. " How many of them did you see ?" "So you ran away like a coward, eh?" "I didn't count them, capitan, but there must have "Not like a coward, colonel, but like a prudent been two or three hundred of them." man, and the cavalry did the same. "How were they armed ?" "How many Americans were there ?" "'{'hey had Mauser rifles, just like our sold iers." "I don't know, colonel but there must have been I "Did all of them have Mausers ?" two or three hundred, and a sorry looking lot they "I think they did, capitan, as I did not see any were. But they knew how to shoot." I other kind. "How do you know they did?" "How did they behave?"


18 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-S HOTS. "They were very quiet, capitan, for they seemed J about the Americans, and he agai n told about to be afraid that our soldiers would come down upon same story as when they first questioned him. them at any moment. I heard one of them say that Naturally he overheard a great deal that was said the Spanish soldiers were the only soldiers in the by the officers, who were smoking cigars and discuss world they were afraid of." ing the latest phase of the war. I t was while he was That remark pleased the Spanish captain immensely, talking with them that the officer who arrested Don for he beckoned to several other officers, who crowded Quesada and brought him to the city put m his ap-around him to hear him repeat the remark. pearance. Hadley saw that he had struck the keynote by flat-He was a blustering sort of a fellow, for he belonged te.ring their vanity and quietly dealt out a little more to the company which had plundered the residence of the same sort. and behaved so disgracefully He was standing by It at once mn,de him popular with them to such an when he heard Hadley say, in answer to a question, extent, that any little favor would have been gmnted that nothing on the place had been disturbed until the him. Spanish soldiers rushed into the house and barricaded After a delay of a half hour or so the ladies reap-it against the Americans. peared and entered the carriage, telling the driver to "That is a lie," said the lieutenant, "for the Amer-dri ve at once to their city home. icans had stoler.i everything they could lay their hand s Not knowing where it was, Hadley drove straight on before we got there." on down the street until they were out of hearing of Hadley made no reply to the statement, but a major the officers, when the senora told him which way to turned on the lieutenant and remarked that Senora go. Quesada had stated to General Luque that the Amer icans had not taken a single thing from the premises. He found that the city residence of the family was even a finer one than that in the country. The mis tress was welcomed by the housekeeper and a number o[ servants, all of whom gazed at the new coachman as though surprised at the absence of the old one The other coachman, however, had run away and had not since been seen. But Hadley knew instructions had been left, at the country place for him to remain there, should he return, hence he had no fear of coming in contact with him in the city. When he had an opportunity to s:reak to the mistress, he asked her how long she would remain in town. "I cannot tell," she replied, until I see my husband, as the general told us to teturn here and wait until we heard from him. " Can you spare me for a few hours, senora ?" he asked. "Certainly," she replied, "but be careful, for if you are discovered we would all be ruined "Have no fears, senora, for I will be extremel y careful in all I do ad say. He then went around to the stable and barn, where he remained a little while attending to the duties of coachman. The care of the horses did not devolve upon him, as there were t.wo hostlers there for that purpose. "What has become of Miguel?" one of the hostlers asked him. "He ran away when the Americans appeared," was the answer. "Where did you come from ?" "Hav na is my old home," and with that he strolled o down the street. In a little while he was again at the headquarters of the Spanish commander, passing by as though on a mission One of the officers recognized him as the Quesada coachman, and stopped him to ask more questions The lieutenant shrugged his shoulders, with a sig nificance that mean t : "She lies, too." "Senorita Quesada says the same thing," contin u e d the major. There was another shrug of the shoulder, \V hereupon the major, who was quite an admirer of the beautiful senorita, laid his hand on the lieutenant's shoulder, and asked : "Lieutenant, do you mean to say that Senora Ques ada and the senorita do not tell the truth?" "Yes, major," was the bluff reply. Quick as a flash the major struck him in t he face .with the back of his hand. Caramba !" gasped the lieutenant, laying his hand upon the hilt of his sword. But he was instantly seized by other officers present 1 and Hadley quietly slipped away unperceived "I don't want to get mixed up with any fuss," he said to liimself, "for I might be subjected to an i n vestigation and get caught for lack of knowledge of things in and about the town." He strolled about for several hours through t h e city, very much interested in everything he saw and heard. He found the intrenchments well manned by s ol diers who were quite well drilled and fed. There was very little sickness among the soldiers, who seemed to be very quiet and orderly as he met them in h i s stroll. He entered a bodega and sat down to sip a glass o wine and talk with the woman who waited on him. She was good looking, perhaps twentyfive years o age, of a lively disposition, and apparently well dis posed towards everybody. A sergeant came in, called her by name very famil iarly and ordered something to eat. She Yer promptly served him and then went to resume he talk with Hadley.


YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS nEAD-SH OTS. 19 That seemed to displease the sergeant, who called j first to the barn, where he asked of one of the stable-to her to come and sit by him. men if the n.istress had left any message for him. "After a while, sergeant," she laughingly anOn learning that she bad not, he went to the rear en swered him, as she passed him on her way to get an-trance of the house, and sent one of the servants in other glass of wine for the coachman. to inquire of the senora when she would need the carWhen she brought the second glass of wine to HadI riage again. ley, the latter slipped a peso into her hand, whisper -The girl soon returned with the message from the ing to her: mistress that she desired to see him at once, where" Keep the change, senorita, for you have given upon he entered the house, hat in hand, and was me the best wine I have found in Holguin." shown into the presence of Senora Quesada and her After that, she had no further use for the sergeant, daughter. for she well knew that none of the soldiers had much He found them both very pale and much agitated. money except the officers. '' Where have you been, senor?" the senora asked. The sergeant called to her again, and she asked "I have been strolling about the city, senora. what he wanted. "Did you go to the general's headquarters?" "I want to talk to you." "I passed by there, senora, and was stopped by a "Oh," she said, "I've heard you talk so much," major and several :other officers, who recognized me and she shook her head as though she didn't care to as your coachman, and asked me many q u estions hear him talk any more." about what had happened out at your country home." Omu,,rnba !" he growled, rising from the table. "It was Major Ramon," she said, "and 1 hear that "You will talk to me or you don't talk at all," aud he struck the lieutenant who arrested my husband?" with that he weM over to Hadley, seized him by the "Yes, senora, I saw him slap the lieutenant's face collar of his coat. and jerked him out of the chair for saying that you and the senorita had lied when with a force that sent him rolling on the floor. you said that the Americanos had not plundered your Quick as a flash Hadley sprang to his feet and gave home. I then slipped away to avo id being drawn into the sergeant a blow between the eyes with his fist, any trouble. that sent him all in a heap at the opposite end of the "They sent here for you," she told him, "saying room. that the general lJimself wanted to see you at once. The girl flew to the door and shut it, to prevent the I tremble for your safety, senor." disturbance collecting a crowd. H adley was a bit puzzled to know what to do or The sergeant pulled himself together in a few brief say. To refuse to go to headquarters might subject seconds, and went at the coachman with the growl of the family to a good deal of annoyance, even if noth-a tiger. ing worse. Hadley knocked him right and left, till at last he "Senora," said he, "I may be questioned as to had enough. where I came from, and I must tell a story which you "Now, you fool, apologize to the senorita, or I will and the senorita here must confirm I told the men break every bone in your body! It is such as yo u who in the stable that I had come from Havana. I will bring disgrace upon the uniform of Spain!" say that I brought a letter to you from a friend in Havana commending me to your service." CHAPTEP.. VIII. "Oh, that's right! that's right!" said the senora, CHRISTINA VISITS HER FATHER. suddenly brightening up. "I have a sister living i n THE Spanish sergeant was the worst whippe d man Havana, who is the wife of Don Emilio Anguro. She ever seen in Holguin. When he found that his uni-has just left Havana for Cienfuegos, with the intenform did not protect him from a soun d thrashing at tion of crossi n g over to Jamaica, an d you can say the hands of a civilian, he apologized to the senorita, that she sent you to me for employment, so if the whereupon Hadley called for more wine, made him general suspects anything wrong, and telegraphs t o drink to the health of the king and queen of Spain, of Havana for information the absence of my sister and the senorita and the captain-general of Cuba. her husband from the city will prevent them from "Now, sergeant," he said, "here's to your good finding out anything about it." health!" and he clinked glasses with the Spaniard, Thus armed with a plausible story he at once re shook hands with him, and was about to leave the turned to the military headquarters, where he again bodega when the young woman called to him : met Major Ramon and told him his mistress had said "Come again, senor." the general wished to see him. "Thank you, senorita, I shall do so with pleas"Yes," said the major, "he wants to question you ure." about the conduct of the Spanish and American sol Out on the street Hadley remarked to himself: diers out at Don Quesada's country residence." "I'll wager that girl knows a great deal of what is He was conducted in.to the presence of the general, going on around this town, for I think she is very who appeared to him to be a mild -mannered sort of popular with the so1diers I shall see her again. man, and was subjected to a most rigid examination As he had now been away several hours, he re-by that officer. turned to the city residence of the Quesadas, going I He frankly admitted that on the first appearance of


20 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHO TS. tho Americans ho had skipped out to the woods, and to sign, so you can fill it out to the full amount of all tha t he remained. concealed from the Americans unLil the money he has in the bank. Tlrnn you can get it they left, after which he returned to the house to find and place it beyond the reach of those who would tha t nothing had been disturbed. Then the cavalry seize it." appeare d and the fight followed, ending with the The carriage was made ready for the young girl in premises being taken possession of by a company of a very few minutes, and again Hadley drove up in cav alry, who barricaded the house against the Ameri-front of military headquarters, whe .re he dismounted can s and asked for Major Ramon. He said that he saw a party of the cavalry, some That officer soon appeared and found Christina twenty in number, leave the place with Don Quesada Quesada in the carriage, who earnestly pleaded with a s a prisoner for the city, leaving the captain and him for an interview with herfather. Thema.jorwas two other lieutenants still at Lhe house. an ardent admirer of the beautiful young girl :111d at That night a party of the Americans returned and once promised to do his best to procure permission for made prisoners every soldier found in the house. her to visit the prison. "What did they do with them?" the general asked. He re-entered the building, leaving her in the car" I don't know, general, they took them away and riao-e A little later he returned with a permit from I have neither seen nor heard of either since." I the0 general for her to visit the prison with the major The general dismissed him and he returned to the himself as her escod. home of ihe Quesada's, where the family was soon informed that the matter woul d be rigidly investigated, that tho were very suspic i ous, and that the general had good reason for questioning the loyalty of Don Quesada. "Heaven save us," moaned senora, "for it means that my husband will be kept a prisoner until his freedom is bought at a price that will sweep away our fortune." Hadley then understood better than ever the Span ish method of plundering the unfortunate subjects of Spain in Cuba. "Senora," said he, "let me advise you to save whatever you can, for all that they can reach will be taken from you. What have you done with your valuables which were returned to you last night?" "We buried them, senor, in accordance with the advice of Senor Yankee Doodle "Does any one know where they are buried?" "No, senor; only my daughter and myself. "You have done well, senora, and if the worst com es, S enor Yankee Doodle will afford you the protection of his arms if you can get to him." "But how can we' get to him, senor, as I fear we will not b e permitted to l eave the city. "It may not be so bad as that, senora. If you have any valuables hero in the city that you can get at, you had better secure them at once." "We have already concealed our jewels," she returne d, "but the money in the bank we' cannot get wi thout a check from my husband, and I have already b e en refused permission to see him." "Senora, if the senorita will call on Major Ramon, who struck the lieutenant when he said that both of you had spoken falsely, he may be able to obtain per mission for her to visit her father in prison." "Oh, yes, mother exclaimed the young girl, "I am sure the major will do what he can for us. "Then s ee him at once," said the mother. "Yes, yes!'? exclaimed Christina, springing to her fe et. "Order the carriage at once, senor!" "Permit me, senorita," said Hadley, "to advise that you take with you a blank check for your father He entered the carriage, took a seat by her side, and they were driven to the military prison. Of course there was no obstacle to prevent her seeing her .. father, to whom s h e hurriedly explained in whispers the situation. The don happened to know pretty much the exact amount of money to his credit in the bank of Holguin, so he signed a check for it, which she deftly concealed in the bosom of her dress. She then took leave of him and returned to the outer room where the major was waiting for her. He escorted her out to the carriage and accompanied her back home. 'l'he day was so far gone, however, that the business with the bank had Lo be postponed until the next day. That evening Hadley returned to the bodega, for I the purpose of again seeing the young woman and picking up what information he could. He found there quite a number of Spanish soldiers who were drinking, smoking and eating. Before en tering he looked carefully over the crowd to see if the sergeant whom he had met there in the morning was among them. Not seeing him there he entered and quietly took a seat at a little table, where he waited until he could catch the eye of one of the three girls who were waiting on the customers. Several minutes passed ere one of them came forward to wait on him. He asked for a bottle of the cheap wine sold in the place and the girl went to fetch it. While she was gone the young woman who waited on him in the forenoon espied him, and came forward to greet him with a smile of welcome "What will you have, senor?" she asked. "I have already ordered wine, senorita, and am sorry it was not you who is to fetch it to me, for 1 c 'ame back here more to see you than to drink the wine." Just then the girl returned with the bottle and set it before him. He paid for it and the girl went away


YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEA.D-SHOTS. 21 to rejoin one of the soldiers who had long been paying "Caramba How can we know? We hear many her attention. things and know not what to believe. What haYe "Ah!" smiled Hadley, as he saw her leave, "she you heard, senor?" is an angel, senorita, for she has left you with me. "I have heard that the city has s1:1rrendered," said This is for you," he continued, slipping a peso into Hadley, "but I don't know-I don't know." her hand, "for I look to you for protection from the It can't be true, senor," sa id the soldier, shaking sergeant." his head. "I have been in Santiago, and know that "Sancti Marie!" she laughed, "the sergeant is in no ships in the world can pass Morro Castle ; and I the guard-house, for his fac e is all black and blue I have been told that the intrenchments around the city from the effects of his meeting with you this are too strong for any army in the world to capmorning." ture." "What is he in the guard-house for?" he asked. "I think so, too, amigo,'' said Hadley. "I was "For being drunk, senor. He kept on drinking there three years ago. It seems to me, though, that my health after you left this morning, and the more the Americanos would not come here as long as San-. he drank the more he thought my health needed at-tiago held out." tention." "That's it, senor,'' assented the soldier, "for the "Did he give you nothing for your health, senor-American pigs have too much sense to try to do such ita?" a thing." "Not apeseta,senor. Whatlittlemoneybehadhe Passing on to other groups of soldiers on the street invested in wine until he filled himself full of it. Will Hadley heard the same story-that the Americans you have something to eat?" had again appeared on t.he south side of the city, "Yes, senorita; I am hungry, and will eat any-where they had had another fight with the cavalry. thing that you think would satisfy my hunger." He returned to the Quesada residence, where he She hurried away to get something for him, and at occupied the coachman's quarters during the night, the same moment the door opened and two officers en-and the next morning had the carriage ready to con tered. vey Senora Quesada and her daughter to the bank as One of them was the lieutenant whose face had soon as that institution was opened been slapped by Major Ramon that morning in front Just as the carriage drew up in front of the bank of G eneral Luque's headquarters. one of the batteries off the south side of the town "Oh, the deuce!" thought Hadley; "if that fellow opened with four pieces, keeping it up for half an sees m e here there'll be trouble, and if I strike an offi-hour. cer I'll be arrested and shot." Naturally it threw the city into a great deal of ex-He pulled his h,at well down over his eyes, rose to citement, as the non-combatants had no opportunity his f eet, and sauntered out of the bodega without wait-of finding out the real situation. ing for the meal he had or. dered. The senora and her daughter entered the bank and "She'll think it strange," he chuckled, as he walked presented the check of Don Quesada, which was duly off down the street, "but I'm not going to place myhonored. The officials, however, were very much as self against a stone wall as a target for Spanish bultonished at the withdrawal of almost the total lets. on her account." amount to his credit. He met groups of soldiers out on the st.reet, in one The money was placed in canvas bags, amounting of which he them speakingof the Americanos, to many thousands of dollars, and taken out to the and in a few minutes learned that the Dead-shots had carriage by one of the clerks, after which they re shifted around to the south side of the city again, and entered the carriage and were driven rapidly away to played havoc with a party of Spanish horse near the their city home. scene of the first fight. Caramba !" said one of the soldiers, "they are all around the town." "Where are they now?" Hadley asked. CHAPTER IX. PLAYING A DEEP GAME AGAINST ODDS. SooN after Senora Quesada and her daughter re turned to their city home the former sent for her Dead-shot coachman and told him that she did not believe that her and her daughter's lives would be safe, after it became known to the Spanish authorities that she had drawn all of her husband's money from the bank, and therefore wanted to leave at once for her country home. "They are everywhere, senor. They are in one place to-day and another to-morrow. Our officers tell us that they have been defeated with great loss, and we don't know how true it is; we do know, though, that hundreds of our men are killed by their sharpshooters. My regiment was out yesterday, and we lost more than fifty men while we never got sight of the Americanos at all. They use Mausers and kill us a mile away. Caramba! but it is hard,'' and the soldier shook his head as though he was at a loss to "I am at your service, senora," s:;i,id Hadley, but I doubt that you will be permitted to pass the lines again unless accompanied by Major Ramon or some has surrendered 1 other officer from headquarters, and even then, if any understand how such thmgs could be. "ls it true, senor, that Santiago to the A m cricanos?" I suspicions exist concernmg the money the carriage


22 YANKE E D O ODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS would doubtless be searched. I would advise you to conceal it in some safe place. "l lmow of no safe place in the city, senor, but out in the country it could be buried, to remain until after peace is declared. "Then we must try to smuggl e it through," he suggested; "but before doing so you had better ask permission to retire t o the country. I hardl y think that the major would refuse any request made by the senorita. " Then I will go and ask permission for us to go, mother," said the young girl; and again the carriage was ordered out, and the young girl was driven to military headquarters. There Major Ramon was again in evidence, and, at her request, interviewed the commandant of the army in her behalf. "Why do they wish to retire to the country?" the general asked. "I never asked her, general," the major replied, "but I suppose it is a matter of domestic conven ience." "Have her state in writing why they wish to leave the city," ordered the general, and the major returned to the carriage to report to her what the gen eral had said. She was quite upset, for she hardly knew what excuse to make. She was quick witted, however, and 1 asked for pencil and paper, which the major brought out to her. "Conceal it under the seat of the carriage, senora. I will guarantee that they will not get it." "Now, senor," said the senora, I am trusting everything to you and your friends. Our very lives are at stake, to say nothing of the life of my husband. Shou l d t h e general suspect that I had knowledge of a design t o attack his escort my husband would be shot within twenty-four hours." "We will trust to senora, to enable us to manage the matter without danger to your husband. I can assure you that confidence reposed in Yankee Doodle and his men will not be abused ; that every dollar and everything else of value will be held as a sacred trust, to be safely returned to you whenever you desire it. "I will trust you, senor,'' she returned, "for there is nothing else for us to do The money was then carefully concealed in the h ol low space under the seat of the carriage, together with all the jewelry then in the city residence. By the time that was done the escort, under the command of a young lieutenant appeared in front of the house. The senora, after instructing her house kee per to take care of everything during her absence, entered the carriage accompanied by her daughter. The Dead-shot coachman mounted the box and drove away, the escort under the lieutenant leading. There was no difficulty in passing the line, and in side o f an hour they reached the country home of the Quesadas. She wrote that she and her mother had left much The mother and daughter alighted and entered the valuable jewelry and silver plate in the country which house, while the lieutenant distributed the soldiers they wished to secure and bring into the city for safe about the premises so as to strictly guard every keeping, fearing they might fall into the hands of the avenue of ingress or egTess. enemy In the house Hadley ad vised the senora to make a When the general read what she had written he great outcry, on a pretense of having discovered that smiled grimly, and at once granted permission for I all her valuables had been stolen. By that means them to go, but under an escort of an officer and ten I she would avoid the necessity of digging up the buried men. jewelry. On hearing that the young girl paled, for she inI Both the mother and daughter played their parts stantly perceived that the soldiers would be instructed I well, and the young lieutenant suspected to see that the valuables were brought back to the nothing. He entered the house at the request of the city. She asked the major when the escort would be mother, and was shown where her jewelry had usually ready, and was told that it would be sent to the house been kept. within an hour, whereupon the carriage was driven He questioned the housekeeper, who not being hastily back to the town residence, where the senora posted as to the burial of the treasure, could only was thrown into a panic on hearing her report of the protest that she lmew nothing whatever about the situation. robbery. She wrung her hands and moaned, saying that all The young lieutenant after cogitating over the was lost. matter for a wlule, mformed the senora and heir "Not so, senora,'' said the Dead-shot coachman, daughter that they would have to return to the city. "for if Yankee Doodle is not anywhere in the neighS h e pleaded for time to get ready, and the lieutenant borhood to take care of the escort I will attend to it granted her a couple of hours. myself. He seemed to be an amiable young officer, very "Sancti Marie!" she exclaimed. "What chance quiet in manner, but at the same time very punctilwould you have against ten soldiers?" ious about obeying the orders of his superior officers. "I am a dead-shot, senora," he replied, with a grim In the meantime Tom Hadley recovered his Mauser smile, "so you need have no fear of the result if we rifle, which had been concealed in the house, and was have to fight." about to leaYe the premises to take up a positwn "But how can we carry this money that we have I where he could pick off the Spamards without his iden -here m the house ?" she asked. t ity bemg discovered


YANKEE DOOD L E .AND 111 8 D E A D SH OTS. 23 -=========================================================================== Just a f e w minutes before he was going to slip out, j 1ed the Spanish officer up to where Yankee Doodle he was overjoyed at seeing Yankee Doodle and his 1 and his other officers were standing. Dead-shots ride up. "Who have you got there ?"Yankee Doodle asked The Spaniards fired a few shots and took refuge in the old man. the hou se crying out: "A Sp:1Ilish officer," was. the reply. "Americanos Americanos "Well, disarm him and let go of him ; he is a pris" Oh, we are lost! We are lost?" screamed the oner of war. This fellow here" (pointing to Tom)" is senora and Christina. not a 8panish soldier, yet -..vas bearing arms against "Not so," said the gallant young lieutenant, "for us; take him down beyond the spring and shoot him. wp, will fight to the death." "See here, Senor Americano," protested Tom in "Then we will all be killed," said the senorita, "so well feigned fear for his life, "it is true that I seized rvha t is the use of fighting?" a rifteto defend the home of my mistress, and when "But nobody is killed yet," said the young offi I saw the uselessness of further resistance, I was eer. willing to surrender, but the lieutenant here wouldn't "See here," said Hadley, addressing the Spanish have it, so I threw him out of the window to prevent li eutenant, "honor does not demand the death of him from ordering the soldiers to fight, an\i thus I these ladies-nor e,en the death of yourself and your saved the lives of some of your men, to say nothing 1ne n. It is no dishonor for ten men to surrenc:ler to of the lives oi the ladies and the rest of the sol on e hundred." diers." "Peace, coward?" thundered the young officer "It's no use," said Yankee Doodle, shaking h i s "I would not surrender though there were a thouI head, "as you are not a Spanish soldier you had no sand ; I will uphold the honor of Spain even in my I right to be shooting at us. We can neither exchange death." I or parole you, and the best thing that can be done "Do you call it honor ?" asked Tom, very coolly, with such as you is to shoot them. Take him a-..vay, "to imperil the lives of these two ladies,. to say nothlieutenant." ing of the women servant, s in the house?" The old man with a file of soldiers marched him For answer the .Young officer drew his sword and away towards the spring, leaving the young Spanish made a lunge to run him through the body. lieutemint the most puzzled man in Cuba. Quick a s a flash Tom parried the thrust with the "Now, lieutenant," said Yankee Doodle, turnin g barre l of his Mauser, seized the young fool by the col -to the young officu, "you are a prisoner of war. If lar of his coat and the scat of his trousers and hurled you and your men will sign a parole, you may return him through the window as though he were nothing to the city at once." but a poodle dog. "Thank you," said the young officer; "that is in There was only one other soldier in the room at the strict accordance with the rules of military warfare. time and he was a sergeant who was so utterly as-[ Of course it is. Americans do not carry on war tonished a t the summary proceeding of the coachman in any other way." that he simply gasped out: "But why do you shoot that other man?" the lieu Caramba !'' tenant asked, unable to repress his curiosity. "Kee p quiet," said Tom, ''or we will all be killed "As a punishment," returned Yankee Doodle, "for By that time the Dead-shots had all rushe d into the bearing arms against us on his own responsibility. h o use. rrhe Spanish soldiers, being without an officer, If he is a Spanish soldier I will parole him; if not he promptly threw down their arms, crying out: will be shot. Why do you ask?" "We surrende r l" Because I am suspicious of the man." "All right," said Yankee Doodle "You s eem to "In what way, lieutenant?" have a little more sense than the avera.ge Spaniard." "I doubt his loyalty to Spain, for he attacked me De ad-shots picked up the Mausers and marched in the house there a while ago." t h e prisoners out. "Yes, yes," assented Yankee Doodle. "but he "Say, captain," whispered Hadley to Yankee says you attacked him, tried to run him through D oodl e "have me tie d up quickly, and make those with your sword, and that in self-defense he' threw i::ip:1Iliards think I am to b e shot for when I you through the window. Does loyalty to Spain de am not a soldier The lives of the s enora and her mand that one should stand up a.nd let a Spanish offi d aughte r depend upon it." cer run him through with his sword?" "All right," laughed Yankee Doodle, and he at The lieutenant made no reply and Yankee Dood l e, o nce ordered a file of the Dead-shots to seize and bind with a grim smile on his face, added : h im, dra g him out into the yard, kick him and cuff "You Spaniards are a queer lot, for I have never him abou and give him left-handed blessings in met one yet who was really of good reason8panish so that all the prisoners could hear them. ing powers. We Amerioons believe that self -preser-The game w.as well played, and the prisoners looked vation is the first law of nature, and that under any 1>n trembling with fear lest the same fate should be-and all circumstances a man has the right to fight fall them. for his life, even though condemned by the law. lr. the meantime the old lieutenant, Bill Atkins, Within another hour the paroles were written ou t


24 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS. and signed, and the lieutenant and his men were per-Lieutenant Atkins with :the same number set out mitted to return to the city with their horses, but not for the west side, thus leaving Yankee Doodle with their arms. I twenty-five men at the home of the Quesadas. After they had gone, Tom was brought back to When they were gone Yankee Doodle in an interthe house, where a general jollification took place. I view with the mother and daughter advised them to The senora and her daughter shook hands with him, claim that they had lost everything on the place, but declaring that he had saved their lives by his firmdid not know by whom she had been robbed. "or ness and prudence, and probably the life of Don course they will all say that the Americans are the Quesada himself. guilty ones, but you and the senorita alone know He told Yankee Doodle all about his adventures in where your money and jewels are," said he. "To the city and what he had found out, which informa-prevent the Spanish commander from sending a force tion Yankee Doodle transferred to paper very min-out here I would advise you and your da1_1ghter to utely, for the purpose of sending it to General Shafhasten back to the city on horseback, as if seeking ter down at Santiago de Cuba. protection against us. By that means you may save I the life of your husband and allay any suspicion that CHAPTER X. might arise against your loyalty to Spain." YANKEE DOODLE HOLDS TWO SPANISH OFFICERS AS l "Senor Yankee Doodle," said the senorita, "lam HOSTAGES. I afraid to go back to the city." WHEN he had finished his report to General Shafter, "Why so, senorita?" Yankee Doodle called up Lieutenant Bray and said to "I am afraid the lieutenant whom you paroled will him: make trouble for us." "Lieutenant, here's a report of our operations ever "I hardly think so, senorita. Your return to the since we left Santiago de Cuba; I want you to take city voluntarily, (which you should do at full speed on twenty-five men and ride back down there and place horseback as though escaping from us,) will give the it in his hands . I think you can go through safely I ue to any story he may tell that reflects upon your with that ma,ny men." loyalty to Spain. In the meantime it may be possible "I can do it with ten, captain." for me to send one of my men through to comm uni"I don't dou t it," was the reply; "but you might cate with you, but under no circumstance should you pick up a, fight on the way, and we can do without send a note to me. Whatever communication you twenty-five as well as ten. You may answer any have to make let it be verbal, then in case of capture questions the general puts to you, and assure him nothing compromising ca,n be found." that with a couple of batteries and one or two regi"I think that is the best thing to do," assented the meats I could force the surrender of Holguin; that senora, "and I am ready to start at any time." we have passed around the city entirely, \dlling and In a very few minutes after that Yankee Doodle wounding several hundred Spaniards, and have them and his men withdrew in order to let the mother and so frightened that a couple of batteries would make daughter order two horses and dash away for the city them believe the entire American army was here. 1 in such a manner as to leave the impression on the Tell him furthermore that any orders from him will minds of all the servants on the place that they were be obeyed in both the spirit and letter." actually escaping from the Americans. "All right, captain," said the lieutenant, \\'hen The scheme worked quite well, for the senora and shall I be of!'?" her daughter were met within half a mile of the lines "Just as soon as you please; but let me suggest to "by a regiment of Spanish horse that had been sent you that if you come in contact with the enemy anyout to attack the Americans. where put all your wits to work to win the "G.ght with-Their horses were covered with foam, showing that out losing a man. When you reach the south side of they had made a despera.te flight. the city, which you ought to do within an hour or The officer in command of the regiment was com. two, stop and pick off a few Spaniards at the intrench-pletely deceived, as the senorita reported that over a ments, if you can do so without losing any men. At thousand Americans were behind them. He instantly the same time I will send twenty-five men on the east retreated behind the intrenchments, fearing to meet side, a like number on the west, while I will remain on a superior force. the north side here, and, say, within two hours from Half an hour later Yankee Doodle and twenty-five now, all open fire, picking oft' as many men as we can of his Dead-shots began some long range sharp shoot for fifteen minutes or half a.n hour. That will leave ing, in which a dozen or more Spaniards were knocked the impression on the minds of the Spania.rds that we over. The same thing happened on the east, west have completely surrounded the city, and may have and south sides of the town at the same time. the effect of keeping them in the trenches for several It was a busy day at military headquarters in tho days. After half an hour or so you can go on with city, as officers were flying in every direction, in exyour men down to Santiago." pectation of an attack in force. The. firing on four The lieutenant had his men ready in a few minutes, sides of the town na .turally led the enemy to believe as did Lieutenant Greene with a party of twenty-five I that the Americans were all around them in consider who were to accompany him ha,lf way around. 1 able force. At the same time they were greatly


YANKE E DOOD L E AND HIS DE AD-SHOTS '25 puzzl e d over the fact that no batteries had been planted to shell the town. But so deadly was the fire of the sharpshooters the Spaniards lay flat on the ground behind their in t renchments, not being able to see a single American anywhere. After annoying the enemy half a n hour in that m anner Lieutenants Atkins and Greene rejoined Yankee Doodle at the Quesada place. There the y spent the night without any molestation from the enemy. The next clay, however, a considerable force marched out to the Quesada place. Yankee Doodle kept out of their way and was not seen by them. To his astonishment the Spaniards burned down the splendid residence, after which they returned to the city. "Great Scott !" he exclaimed, that was one of the finest residences in the province, if not on the island. I cannot understand why they should destroy it, unless it is for the purpose of laying the blame of it at our door. That night the Dead-shots encamped again on the estate. A great storm came up, lasting for three or four hours. The Dead-shots found shelter in the de s erted tenant houses on the estate, but their horses had to stand the pelting of the rain. A little before the storm ended, two of the Deadshots, who had been acting as scouts, came in, bringing with them Senorita Quesada, who was bareheaded antl drenched with rain. "Great Heavens, senorita, is it you?" Yankee Doodle exclaimed on seeing her. "Yes, senor," she replied; "I have come to you for protection, for I know not whether my father and mother are yet alive "In Heaven's name, senorita, what has hap pened?" "Senor, when General Luque found out that my mother had taken from the b ank all the money longing to my father he demanded of h e r what she had done with it. She told him that it had been taken from her out here by you Americanos, but he would not believe it. He charged that she had taken it to the Americanos, and ordered her arrest at once. I escaped in the da'rlm es s just after they seized mo t h er, and when the storm was at its height I passed throngh the line without meeting any one And no w Senor Americano, if you and your brave men do not protect me, there is no protection for me ori earth." S enorita," said Yankee Doodl e "I pledge the life of ev ery man in my command to protect you from any harm threatening." "Thank you, senor, I have learned to trust you America nos implicitly. I am very much wearied, for I have walked all the way m the p elting storm," and sne looked as though utterly exhausted. A room in one of the huts was given up to her, in which there was a little bed, and she retired and spent the mght there. The next morning two of the women belonging on the place were found and brought to the hut to attend to her wants. Her wet clo thes were hung out in the hot tropical sun, and in another hour they were dry enough for her to wear again. When she appeared the Dead-shots greeted her with a rousing, old fashioned American cheer. She gave them permission to kill cattle on the p lace and herself partook heartily of their rude fare. Senor," she said to Yankee Doodle, from this day I renounce allegiance to Spain, and intend to cast my lot with the Americans, even though I may have to leave Cuba on that account. "It is the Spaniards who will have to leave Cuba," said he, "and that, too, at a very early day. I will send word to Ge.neral Luque that whatever befalls your parents, worse shall happen to Spanish officers who may fall into our hands. "Don't do that, senor," said she, "until we )mow whether or not they intend any harm t o my parents, as a threat always has a bad effect on a Spaniard. "You are right, senorita," assented Yankee Doodle "We will try to find out what has happened to them by sending some one of your servants into the city, that is if you know of one who can be trusted." "Alas, senor, I know not whom to trust. "Then I will send one of my own men through to night. During the day a column of Spanish horse left the city on the west side, for the purpose of sweeping around towards the north, in the hope of catching some of the Americans off their guard. But old Bill Atkins, with a party of his men, happened to he out in that direction He permitted himself and half a dozen men to be seen A company of Spanish horse numbering sixty men dashed after him in hot pur suit. The old man quickly sent word to Yankee Doodle who lost no time in going to his assistance. When the Spani:wds were about a mile away from their main body, the Dead-shots turned on them and began putting in some of their deadly work. The fight lasted about twenty minntes, during which the enemy was completely routed and a dozen men captured, including a Colonel Du Valles and Major Ramon. On finding two offic ers of such prominence among his prisoners Yankee Doodle conceived the idea of holding them as hostages for Don Quesada and his wife,. and he lost no time m communicating with the senorita, who was back in the woods with an escort of five of the Dead-shots. "Oh, senor !" she exclaimed on h earing it. "It will save their liv es, if they yet be alive." She accompanied him back to the roa d where she saw the two officers as prisoners. She knew Du Valles almost as well as she did Major R a mon, both of whom expressed their astonishment at .findmg her with the Americans.


26 YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS. "How did you get here, senorita?" Major Ramon compelled them to die by the slow process of starva-asked. tion. We Americans are here in Cuba to-day more "I escaped from the city during the storm last to put a stop to that sort of thing than anything else. night, major," she replied. You may consider it insulting to remind you of these "E caped? What do you mean, senorita? Are things, but they are cold, hard facts which will be you not a prisoner, too ?" the everlasting shame of Spain for ages to come. "No, major; but my father and mother are. They The only redeeming feature about the whole busiare in the prison in Holguin, and I would been ness is that it will bring about the expuls10n of there had I not escaped in the darkness of the storm. Spain from every foot of territory in the Wes tern It is to the everlasting shame of Spain that such Hemisphere. Now, major," he added, turning to things should be clone by her officers and soldiers. Major Ramon, "if you will kindly write the note to When General Luque found out that my mother had General Luque I will send it by one of your men drawn all of our money out of the bank he ordered who was captured with you." our arrest, thus forcing me to seek protection at the The major took from his pocket a note-book and hands of the enemies of Spain." I pencil and hastily wrote a short note to the Spanish "I cannot understand it, senorita," said themajor, commander, which he handed to Yankee Doodle tv shaking his head. read. "No honorable man can, major," said she. "I The latter read it and passed it to Senorita cannot understand it myself, unless I accept the ex-Quesada. lJlanation of Senor Yankee Doodle here, who has ten-"That is right, senor," said the young girl, as she dered me the protection of the American arms. He returned it to him, after which she smilingly re says it is simply an effort on the part of the general marked to the major that she never dreamed that to possess himself of my father's fortune. I cannot they would ever be placed in such a position. conceive any other motive, for surely the loyalty of "Nor I either," said he; "but if I am to suffer for my parents to Spain could not be doubted. You, the blunders of others I shall not regret thatit was in major, belong to the general's staff, and surely ought your service." to know something about it." "Thank you, major," she returned. "I hope it "I know very little, senorita, and am deeply pained will not come to that, for you can suffer only after at finding you in such a trying situation. Were it in my parents have perished." my power to render you any service I would gladly do so, even at the cost of life." Maj or," said Yankee Doodle, who was standing by, listening to what was said by the prisoner and CHAPTER XI. SOME LESSONS FOR THE SPANIARDS. the young girl, "you can render the senorita very ALL the prisoners were released except the two offiimportant service." cers, and they returned to the city afoot. The note "How so?" the major asked. that was sent to General Luque said that a flag of "By writing a note to General Luque informing truce, sent out on the road leading to the Quesada him of the capture of the colonel and yourself, and estate, would be met by one from the Americans. stating that both of you would be held as hostages The bearer of the note was instructed to say that only for the safety of Don Quesada and his wife." one man with the flag was necessary to return an an-The major turned pale, for he knew something swer to the one he had delivered. about the very obstinate character of the Spanish No answer was expected until the next day, yet a commander. strict watch was kept aJong the road from the time "I will do what I can, Senor Americano," he re-1 that the prisoners took their departure. plied; "but regret the necessity of it." The two officers were kept under a strong guard, "It is the fortune of war, major; but you Spanbut were permitted to converse. with any of the men iards are famous for this sort of thing, for Spain is whenever they chose to do sd. They were extremely the only country claiming to be Christian that makes anxious to find out the strength of the American forces war on women and children." in the vicinity of Holguin, but to all their questions "Pardon me, sir," said Colonel Du Valles, very 1 only one answer was returned : haughtily, "you have no right to thus insult prison"There are enough of us to take the city whenever ers of war." we choose to do so." "Facts are stubborn things, colonel," said Yankee "Why is it that you use no artillery?" the colonel Doodle, sha.king his head. You know as well as I asked of Yankee Doodle. do that Captain-General Weyler's order forcing Cu-"Our artillery hasn't come up yet," he replied, ban families to leave their homes and concentrate in "for there are no roads m Cuba over which a battery the cities, at the same time refusing them rations, can be drawn, which is another thing that ought to has been the direct cause of the death of over one make every Spaniard blush, for you have neither hundred thousand women and children. It would wagon roads nor railroads to any amount on the have been less cruel to stand them up in rovvs and island after three hundred years of Spanish occupa shoot them do\vn with Mauser bullets than to have tion."


Y ANKEE DOODLE AND H I S DEAD-SHOTS. 27 "How do you expect to take the city without ar tillery?" the major asked "We can take it with our Mausers," said Yankee Doodle, whereupon the major l::Lughed. "Major," Yankee Doodle said, "you've lost several hundred killed and wounded during the past week in defense of the city, and yet we haven't fired a shot from a piece of artillery. You can make the calculation yourself as to how long you can hold out at that rate. "What are your losses?" the major asked. "Very heavy," was the reply; "two men wounded, none killed." The major smiled again, remarking: "That is what you Americanos call bluff, isn't it?" "No, it is what we call the plain, blunt truth." Both the prisoners smiled sardonically, whereat Tom and his two lieutenants chuckled as if very much amused. "Say, major," said Yankee Doodle, "if you live to get back to Spain, which I hope you will, the greatest service you can do your country would be to teach her soldiers how to shoot. " Do you think we don't know how to shoot ?" the major asked. "You have lost, major," laughed Yankee Doodle. "Yes; so I have, he assented, "but I am not sure that the gun was all right," and he held it up and ex amined it very carefully "The gun is all right," said Yankee Doodle, "the fault lies with the marksman ; and to prove it to you, just tear a leaf out of that little note-book in your pocket there and stick it up on the tree. You may then take the gun back to the spot where you stood when you fired, and call out any man in my company whom you please, and. let him try it." The major tore the leaf from his note-book, handed it to Lieutenant Atkins, who fastened .it to tree by means of three pins, after which they returned to the place where the major stood when he fired. A man was called out from the Dead-shots whosegeneralappearance was not such as to indicate any special skill in anything. It turned out, though, that the fellow was one of the best shots in the command. The major handed him the rifle, which he raised to his shoulder, aimed quickly and fired. "Don't put all in the same hole," said Lieutenant Atkins to the Dead-shot "Just scatter them over the paper a little so they can see where each bul let went. The young marksman fired five times very quickly. "Now let us go and take a look at the paper," said Yankee Doodle, and they made their way to the tar-get again. "Caramba !" exclaimed the colone l as he saw the five holes in the paper. "No, but you can't hit anything. Any boy can point a gun and pull the trigger. I do not believe that in the siege of Santiago a single American soldier was hit as the result of a deliberate aim. Your men fired in volleys, and lost at least a thousand shots to every man hit; whereas if one o f our men draws a bead on another anywhere within range of the gun that he uses he is sure to hit him. "Now you can understand," said Yankee Doodle, Both the prisoners were incredulous. with a broad grin on his face, that I am not boast" Major," said Yankee Doodle, "you on a ing when I say we can take Holguin without any gold watch, I see. I will wager you the value of it in artillery. I don't want your watch, major, and you're gold coin that you can't yourself hit a target the size welcome to keep it, for it is worth that much to me of a man five hundred yards away once in five shots." to demonstrate to you that one American soldier with "I'll take that bet," said the major, who had a a Mauser in his hand is worth ten Spaniards with the good deal of sporting blood in him. same weapon. I would now like to make another bet "What's the value of your watch?" Yankee with you: that out on a plain field, a mile square, I Doodle asked him. can take one hundred of my men and whip one thou" I gave two hundred pesos for it, senor sand Spaniards if they will stay in the field thirty Yankee Doodle took that amount from his belt, minutes. handed it over to Colonel Du Valles with the request "You will have to make that wager with the gen-that he hold the stakes. eral," said the major. A distance of five hundred yards' was stepped off "All right, I will let you bear the challenge to him, to)1 tree almost as large as a barrel. The major was if he is sensible enough to exchange Don Quesada and to d that if he could hit that tree anywhere from the his wife for yourself and the colonel. And about that ground to the height of six feet with the Mauser he exchange, the sooner it is effected the better it will be would be accounted a winner. for all parties concerned." He selected a Mauser, examined the shells, and then "That is a matter with which we have nothing to deliberately aimed and fired at the tree. do," said the colonel, very haughtily. "Please examine the target," said he a,fter firing "No," assented Yankee Doodle, "and more is the one shot. pity." "We will do tha.t," said Yankee Doodle, "after It afforded the Dead-shots a good deal of amuseyou have fired the fl.ye rounds." ment to astonish the two officers by many things they He fired four more shots after which they exam-did and said. The latter were not only astonished at ined the target. I the marksmanship of the Dead -shots, but at the ex-They found tvrn bullet marks, one seven feet, and treme familiarity that existed between the officers the other eight and a half feet above the ground. I and men. Of all armies in Europe or America the


28 YANKEE DOODLE .AND HIS DE AD-SH01'S. Spanish officers are the haughtiest. They are more but Yankee Doodle and his Dead-shots were nowhere strict on questions of military etiquette than in dis-to be found. cipline or tactics. They are all brave to recklessness, The scouts came in and reported what had happtnbut lamentably ignorant of the real science of war. ed, whereupon Yankee Doodle placed the two pris -When Yankee Doodle told them that the Spanish oners under a guard of five men, and with the rest o[ fleet at Manila Bay had been shot to pieces and sunk his command hastened to occupy a position on the by Dewey's fleet without losing a single man, they crest of a wooded hill that overlooked the road by flatly refused to believe him. which they were to return to the city. "When you go back to Spain," he added, "you "Now, men," he said, "I want some of your best will probably learn the fact if you will look over the work to-day. Don't let up on those fellows as long papers published at the time. as one is within range." Night came on and the watch along the road for There were perhaps twelve hundred Spaniards in the flag of truce was kept up by relays of scouts un-the force when the three detachments had come totil sunrise. Yankee Doodle waited until noon, and gether, and when they appeared along the road, the was about to shift his position when a man on horse-seventeen Mausers in the hands of the Dead-shots be back bearing a white handkerchief on the point of gan barking at a distance of about a third of a mile. his sword came in sight. It lasted for more than half an hour, during which He proved to be a lieutenant of Spanish cavalry. time nearly three hur1dred Spaniards had been killed Yankee Doodle and Lieutenant Atkins met him or wounded. The enemy returned their fire, and bul -and asked what he wanted. lets whistled all through the woods on the hill. "I wish to see the American general," he replied Two of the Dead-shots were slightly wounded, but "I represent the American general," said Yankee they did not retire from the fight in consequence. Doodle. At last the Spaniards put spurs to their horses and "What is your rank?" the Spaniard asked. dashed into the city, in a very much demoralized con My rank is that of captain." dition "General Luque declines to treat with any one but One of the wounded Spaniards was placed on a your general." horse and allowed to return, bearing a note to Gen" Does he send a Spanish lieutenant to treat with eral Luque from Yankee Doodle. an American general?" Yankee Doodle asked indig"GENERAL,"-the note ran, "lhave two other offi-nantly. cers belonging to your army prisoners in my hands; "I am sent to represent him," said the Spaniard. as they are wounded, both severely, I beg leave to "Well, return to him, and tell him that the Ameri-include them in my offer to exchange Colonel Du can general will deputize a lieutenant to treat with Valles and Major Ramon for Don Quesada and bis him. And you might say, furthermore, that that wife. The dead and wounded of your army now ly sort of monkey-business is what is ruining Spanish ing in the Gibara road you ma. y bury or remove withinterests in Cuba. If h wishes to exchange Don out molestation from my command. (Signed) Quesada and his wife for Colonel Du Valles and Ma"YANKEE DOODLE, captain." jor Ramon, all be has to do is to send them out here The general was in a furious rage when he received under flag of truce, and the exchange can be made in the note, for by this time he had learned through his five minutes. scouts and spies that the only force of Americans in "I am instructed to inquire whether the Americans the vicinity of Holguin was a mere handful of hold the Senorita Quesada or not?" mounted men, probably less than one hundred in "That is none of his business," said Yankee Doodle,. number. That such an insignificant force should and with that he turned away, leaving the officer in thus beard him in his den was galling indeed. the road and disappeared in the woods. He again sent out all of his cavalry and three The lieutenant returned, bearing the flag of truce regiments of infantry, with instructions to scour until he reached his line the country and sweep the daring Americans from The colonel and major were grievously disappointed the face o[ the earth. when they learned the result of the meeting, for they Yankee Doodle with his prisoners moYed during began to fear that their lives were in danger through the night around to the south side of the city, the course pursued by General Luque. where, early the next morning, he captured an en On the other hand, Yankee Doodle suspected that tire company of cavalry that had been out on a the Spanish commcynder had delayed the exchange for foraging expedition, together with a dozen wagons the purpose o[ keeping him where he could be sur-filled with provisions that had been gathered in the rounded by Spanish troops. To make sure, however, country. of his safety, he shifted his position to a point five Among the prisoners captured was a lieutenant miles east of the Quesada estate, leaving five scouts and twelve men whom he had paroled only a week to watch the road for another .flag of truce. before. They were easily recognized by the DeadA few hours later three different detachments of 11 shots, and on being questioned were told that the Spanish troops appeared on the scene, coming from general refused to recognize the parole and had three points o[ the compass. They moved swiftly, ordered them into service again.


YANKEE DOODLE .AND HlS DEAD-SHOTS. "What!" said Yankee Doodle, "won't recognize the parol e of a n American officer? He needs to be tau g h t a l ess on. CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. 29 The men were led out and shot in the presence of YANKEE DOODLE was appalled at the catastrophe t h e o t h e r pr. isoners, who were then paroled and sent of the exploding shell, and burst into tears as he saw b ac k to the city. the mangled bodies of his brave fellows. Just before the y left Yankee Doodle addressed "It is awful," he said to Lieutenant Atkins, "for I them, saying that they could now see that General have always tried to avoid any loss whatever. I ha_ve Luque w a s responsible for the shooting of those men. even retreated in the face of the enemy, allowing him "You can t e ll him that every man paroled will be I to laugh at us rather than expose the lives of myme n shot i f capture d again with arms in his hands. You unnecessarily. Particularly,have I striven to avoid c a n say further to him that I ha,ve now five of his of-the fire of artillery, for I know something of the de ficers on my hands, who will be held until he is ready structiveness of an exploding shell. I have known a to e xch ange Don Quesada and his wife for them." company to be almost wiped out by a single shell in 'Th e forces E:ent out on the north side of the city to the trenches of Santiago de Cuba. We'll bury these: d estroy the daring Dead-shots spent two days in the poor fellows at and then proceed to avenge them fruitles s task, which enabled Yankee Doodle and his as far as we can. But hereafter when they open on m e n to get the c aptured rations out of the way at a us with shells we must get out of the way, unless safe di s t a nce, after which he returned to the task of fighting in the line with the main army, which we are a g ain worrying the garrison. not doing at present." H e shifte d around to the east side, and thence to The enemy was allowed to pass on within half a the Gibara road. There he captured a Spanish courmile of where the three Dead-shots fell. The brave ie r w ho was b earing dispatches from the command-fellows were being buried while the enemy was yet in ant a t Gib ara, the port of entry for Holguin on the sight. A detail was made to carry the two wounded north coast. ones and the others, now reduced to less than sixty in The disp atches stated that an American gun-boa t number, proceeded to follow up the rear guard of the and a c ouple of w ar-ships had attacked the town and retreatmg Spaniards and pick them off. forc e d i t s evacua tion, and that the Spanish force was All the afternoon the deadly work went on until the the n on its way to Holguin. rear guard finally became panic-stricken. They had "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "we'll make it turned and charged repeatedly on the Americans, hot for those f e llows coming down this way from only to be beaten back by their deadly fire. Gibara ;, and h e proceede d along up the .road nearly As they rushed on the infantry the latter received fif t een mil es the impression that a large force had routed the rear It was a good road, as it connected the city of Hol-guard and was pressing down upon them. guin with its port. Their officers tried to hold them in hand and make a As he advance d he selected numerous spots where stand, but so many of them fell under the deadly aim his men could get in some d eadly work without being of the Dead-shots they finally broke and fled, crowdexposed to the fire of the enemy. ing upon those in front, spreading confusion and ter" We'll make 'em sick,'' he said. ror through the ranks. After going about fifte e n miles they met a squadron The last five miles of the march to Holguin was the of Spanish horse in advance of the Gibara garrison on retreat of a disorganized army that might be comits m arch to Holguin. pared to a mob. As they rushed into the city the A furious fight e nsued, during which the Spaniards garrison itself caught the fever of demoralization f e ll b ack on the main bod y for assistance, leaving under the impression that an army of Americans had more than forty of their men dead and wounded in the landed at Gibara and was pursuing the fleeing garri-roa d. son at that port. When the main body came up they were some Such wa.s the panic at the time that a single battery, three thousand strong, but the Dead-shots poste d on after firing a few shots, might have forced the sura high hill that overlooked the road inflicted upon sender of the city. Yankee Doodle had hoped that the m a loss of more tha n a 'hundred and fifty men. during the rout he could have captured some of the They h eld the position until two batteries which artillery, but all his efforts to do so proved unavailop ened on the m forced them to retire. ing. Two hours later they were again in front of the As it was, for a distance of nearly fifteen miles, the en emy, in a place that had been previously selected, dead and wounded Spaniards lay in sight of each other and a gain they inflicted heavy loss upon them. along the road, together with many horses and sev Suddenly a shell exploded almost in the center of eral hundred rifles. their position, killing three of the Dead-shots outright It seems almost incredible that a small body of less and woundmg two others. than seventy men could have performed such deadly work, and crea .ted such a panic in a force of from eight to ten thousand trained soldiers, and that, too, with a loss of only three killed and two wounded.


, 30 Y A NKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD SHOTS. It demo:J?.strated, however, that when men are J appear on the same battle-field we may meet and taught to hit whatever they aimed at their power cross swords." was doubled, tribled and quadrupled in the day of "Nothing would give me greater pleasure, colonel," battle. said Yankee Doodle. "I am not old enouo-h to grow N otwithstandii;ig the fact that his scouts had reI a beard, but I am amply able to take car: of myself 1 ported the American force. as less than one hundred, against the best swordsman in your army." General hearmg the report of the losses "Captain," said the major, "accept my thanks for of the Gibara garrison, flatly refused to repose any your courtesies during my stay with you." confidence in the veracity of judgment of his scouts. "Thank you, major; better luck next time," He swore that they were unworthy of belief, that a laughed Yankee Doodle loss of a thousand men killed and wounded gave the lie most emphatically to the stories they had brought in. The next day after the Gibara garrison reached the city in a demoralized condition, Yankee Doodle again sent in a flag of truce which was stopped just outside the line by a captain of infantry. "What do you want?" the Spaniard asked. "I have a note to General Luque, offering an exchange of prisoners." "Wait there then until I have orders from the gen eral." "All right," was the reply; "hurry up." The note taken to General Luque was simply a repetition of the offer to exchange the captured officers for Don Quesada and his wife. Captain," said the general to one of his staff officers, "take this note and make the exchange at once." The captain took the note, read it carefully, and then hurried away to execute the order. He sent word out to the lines that the bearer of the The major then went to the carriage to congratulate the parents of Christina Quesada on their release from prison. "Thank you, major,'' said the senora, rather haughtily. "I and my people have been loyal to Spain all our lives, but the rest of my days shall be spent in prayers for the success of her enemies the world over." "I am senora," said the major, "that events have taken the course that they have, and deeply regret that you have been made the victim of untoward circumstances. Personally I assure you of my continued esteem and respect for you and yours, and hope that we may meet again when the friendship of the past will be continued in utter forgetfulness of the troubles of the present time." I don't know that we shall ever meet again, major," said the senora, "as we may go to the United States to live until Spain's soldiers are driven from Cuba. They have burned down my home and have sought to despoil us of every peso we have m the world flag of truce from the Americans should be informed that the exchange would be within an hour, 1 The carriage was then driven away by one of the provided the officers, who were prisoners in their Dead-shots, who took the place of the Spaniard who hands, were produced. had driven it out from the city. They returned to "It will take me two hours to produce them," said the Quesada estate, where, in one of the tenant the bearer of the flag of truce, who was Lieutenant houses, Senorita Christina met her parents with a Greene of the Dead-shots. glad cry of welcome. "Very well," said the captain; "we will give you two hours." Lieutenant Greene hastened back to inform Yankee Doodle that the exchange was to be madelwithin two hours. "All right," was the reply, "I'll have them here." At the end of two hours Yankee Doodle had the five prisoners on hand, two of whom were wounded and were borne on litters. A carria,ge was seen coming out from the lines, preceded by an officer bearing a flag of truce. Yankee Doodle hastened to the carriage to greet Don Quesada and the senora, after which he saluted the officer bearing the flag of truce and remarked : "Take charge of your friends, captain, while I will do the same with Don Quesada and his lady. I have tried to treat the prisoners as prisoners of war should be, and what inconveniences they have had to submit to was the result of circumstances and not of de sign." "Captain," said Colonel Du Valles, as he was parting from Yankee Doodle, "I hope that if we ever The mother told her how she had suffered a thousand deaths, in anxiety and suspense, on her account on the night she escaped from the city. "It was awful, mother," said the daughter, "but I knew the brave Americanos would take care of me, and do all in their power to defend me. And, mother, they have been lilrn brothers to me; they can be trusted to the fullest extent, for t ;hey are all men of honor where women are concerned. They have burnea down our beautiful home-that is, the Span iards did, and now we have no home except the o ne in the city, to which wa dare not go." "Senor," said Yankee Doodle, addressing Don Quesada, "the Spaniards have evacuated Gibara, and the town is now in possession of the American troops. Your money, together with the valuables belonging to your family, is safe, and, if you wish 1t, we will escort you to that port, where you can either reside or find some way of taking shipping, either to the United States or to some of the British islands.'' "Thank you, Senor Yanl>ee Doodle, we w!ll accept your offer. Where we will go we will determme when


YANKEE DOODLE AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS. 31 we reach there. Under no circumstances will I ever ing the boys to round them up again nearly a dozen again consent to live under the flag of Spain." times. Finally they passed the spot where the fight "I can't blame you for that, senor. We are ready began on the day before, and after that they had no to start any time you wish." more trouble. "Thank you, senor. As soon as I have seen some, It was nearly.midnight when they reached the out of my servants for the purpose of giving instructions skirts of Gibara, w1iere Yankee Doodle halted and w e shall be ready to go,'' sent Lieutenant Greene in with scouts to report to "You had better lose no time then," advised Yan-the officer in command of the place. kee Doodle, "for I think the Spaniards will make a "The lieutenant found that it was in possession of d esperate effort to recapture you and your family marines who had landed from two or three war-ships. Within an hour he had seen two of his servants, 1 He was taken before the commander who was a lieu whom he instructed to remain on the place and look tenant from one of the vessels, to whom he told his after the estate as well as they could under the cir-story. cumstances. "A thousand welcomes to Yankee Doodle!" ex-They were told that on the appearance of the enemy, claimed the naval officer; "we are glad to meet him, to escape to the woods and remain there until. they as well as to have the assistance of his men in holding had gone away again. He also informed Yankee this place. I can assure you that all our men on shore, Doodle that all the cattle on his place should be driven as well as those on board the ships, will welcome the northward and tendered to the American troops a t generous gift of Don Quesada, for at all times fresh Gibara as a present from him in consideration of the beef is preferable to salt junk." protection he had received from them. The naval officer rode out to meet Yankee Doodle "All right," said Yankee Doodle; "I thank you and welcome him and his Dead-shots into the town. for the gift in the name of the American soldiers." The cattle were driven into an inclosure and a guard The Dead-shots were then ordered by Yankee Dooplaced to see that none got away. dle to round up the cattle as quickly as possible. The In the meantime the carriage was driven into one boys went at it with a whoop, for many of them had of the hotels of the place, which, from an American s erved as cowboys in the Far West and were at home standpoint, was really unworthy of the name. For in that sort of business. all "tha.t, though, the mother and daughter were very In a little while more than one hundred head of cattle happy in tbe knowledge that they were safe for all were rounded up and driven out on the main highway time from the rapacity of the Spaniards. leading northward. There were twice as many more The next day nearly every officer from the war-ships on the estate, but they had been scattered far and called on the Quesadas to pay their respects, as well wide and the boys had no time to go in search of as to thank them for the gift of fresh beef. them. But when they heard the stories of the exploits of Driving the cattle on aJiead, the carriage contain-Yankee Doodle and his Dead-shots since they left ing the mother. and daughter followed close behind Santiago de Cuba, they shook their heads and frankly them. Quesada himself mounted a horse and rode said it was a hard thing for them to believe. along with Yankee Doodle, carrying a Mauser rifle "Oh, come off now," said Yankee Doodle, "if across his knees. Dewey destroyed the entire Spanish fleet at Manila "I would like nothing better than to get a shot at I without losing a man, why should you doubt that we them," he remarked to Y :mkee Doodle, "f.or I wish have done as well on shore ? It was the deadly marks a bove all things to completely sever my allegiance to manship of the men behind the guns on "board of Spain." Schley's fleet that destroyed Cervera's Squadron with All along the road lay the dead and many wounded a loss of but one man killed. It was the marksman Spaniards, who had fallen in the running fight of the ship of my men that inflicted the loss of a thousand d a y before. Behind them, not more than a mile away, killed and wounded in the vicinity of Holguin. I followed a body of Spanish cavalry sent out by Gen-think you fellows on the sea must be getting a little e r a l Luque to bury the dead and look after the jealous of we land-lubbers." wounded "Oh, not at all," laughed one of the officers, "but As the Americans rode along many of tbe wounded this sort of thing, you know, has all the appearance cried piteously for water, which the Dead-shots freely of a fish story, whereas the wonderful work of the gave them as long as the supply in their canteens navy is known to all the world." h e ld out. "Very true," assented Yankee Doodle, "but wait The y were assured that their comrades were com-till you hear the report from Spanish sources of our ing out after them and were then but a short distance work around Holguin. The truth will come out in a way. the course of time." It was a long, tedious march, as the cattle for the And he was right, for after the surrender of Hol-first ten miles gave them a great deal of trouble, on guin, which quickly followed the .negotiations for account of the dead and wounded Spaniards lying in peace, the repo ts of the Spanish officers acknowl the roadway. edged a loss of over a thousand men killed and They would shy off to the right or left, thus fore: wounded.


32 Y A NKEE DOO D L E AND HIS DEAD-SHOTS. But they claimed that the American forces ap-court to her. She resisted him for a time, apparently peared in mysterious numbers, as though they had in the hope that Yankee Doodle himself might kneel risen from the g-round like spectres in a night. at her feet. But he advised her as he would have They could never be located until they struck some counseled his own sister, to accept the young lieutenterrible blo\v, inflicting heavy, loss upon the gar-ant, as his family in the United States was equal to rison. hers in Cuba in point of wealth and social standing. There being no vessels from the little port of GiShe finally married him and thus the Quesadas be-bara to the United States sailing at that time, Don came more intensely American, if possible, than if Quesada and his family resided there for many weeks, they had been born under the folds of the Stars and and under instructions from General Shafter, which Stripes. were brought to him by Lieutenant Bray, Yankee The Dead-shots refused to disband, but remained at Doodle remained there with his Dead.shots until fur-Gibara under the command of Yankee Doodle, pather orders should be sent him. tiently waiting for orders that would send them again During that time he was feasted and entertained into the field against the enemy. not only by the officers of tlle vessels in port, but by And it is there we leave them, after their splendid all the prominent families residing there. campaign, in which they triumphantly marched and A lieutenant in the navy of the name of Markham, fought from the shores of the Caribbean Sea at San a graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis fell in tiago de Cuba to the wave-washed shores of the At love with Christina Quesada. and paid desperate lantic on the north. 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