Yankee Doodle and Weyler's gold; or, After the captain-general's treasure

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Yankee Doodle and Weyler's gold; or, After the captain-general's treasure

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Yankee Doodle and Weyler's gold; or, After the captain-general's treasure
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Yankee Doodle
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Nelson, George A.
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May 11, 1898 - November 9, 1898 ( 1898 - 1898 )

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Issued Semi-l11onthly-B11 Subsc1iption 1.25pe r11ear. Entered as Secon d Class Matter at the New Y01k Post Office, b11 Frank Touse11. N o 12. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 12, 1898. Price 5 C ents. Suddenly the three sprang out of the bushes, covered the Spaniards with their revo l v ers, and call ed out: "Hands up." "Caramba !"gasped one of them, as h e confronted Jack's r evo lv er. The one whom Joe faced sprang back and reached for hi s r e volver. Joe waited until he drew it, and then fir ed.

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DOODLE. Stories of the Presen t "War. l ssued Semi-Monthly-By S1tbs c 1iption $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office May 14, 1898. Entered acc01dino to Act of Conoress in the year 1898, in the office of the Librarian of Oonoress, Washinoton,' D. C., by F'rank Tousey, 29 West 26th St., N e w Y01k. No. 12. NEW YORK. October 12, 1898 Price 5 Cents. OR, AFTER THE TREASURE BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. YANKEE DOODLE LANDS IN HAVANA PROVINCE TO WA.TOH BLANCO-THE TEST OF CIVILIZATION. looked like an attempt to send reinforcements to Eastern. Cuba .. He was permitted to select his own assistants, and allowed full discretion as to his metliod of operations WHEN the American army was preparing for the He selected about a dozen Cubans whose courage h a d siege of Santiago de Cuba it became necessary for been well tested in the field during the two years of the General Shafter to send competent men into each of revolution and two native Americans, one of whom 'Yas the provinces to watch the Spanish forces, in order Joe Bailey, his fifer, a youth about his own age, and that he might find out whether or not reinforcements Jack Wilson, a typical New Mexico cowboy, whose were being sent to the assistance of Toral in the be-acquaintance he had made at Tampa before sailing leagured city. for Cuba, thus making in all a party of fifteen There were so many trails leading over the mount-persons. ains and through the great forests by which rein-They were armed with revolvers and Winchesters, forcements could reach Sant.iago unknown to the for which arms they carried an abundant supply of American officers, that a strict watch by spies and ammunition. scouts became an absolute nec essity. As soon as he had formed the party they were sent The strongest Spanish force on the island bad been on board of one of the warships, whiph conveyed concentrated at Havana under the immediate com-them along the south shore of the island westward, mand o f Captain-General Blanco. His army has where they landed a few miles beyond Cienfuegos, been estimated at from fifty to eighty thousand men, under the cover of darkness. including regulars and volunteers, to. say nothing of All along that part of the coast squadrons of Span other strongly fortified posts on both the north and ish cavalry kept up a continuous watch to prevent south sides of the island. I the landing of hostile parties. By the merest acciTo land a besieging force in the neighborhood of dent t l rny landed unperceived and gained the woods Santiago de Cuba without keeping a strict watch on before daylight. Soon after sunrise, however, the the other divisions of the Spanish army would have I coast-guard made the discovery on the sands of the been the height of military folly. beach that a small party had landed and gone inl and. Among those who had been selected for that diffi-Believing that it was a small party of filibusters cult task was Phil Freeman, the N cw York drummer who h:td landed, a detachment of coast guards was boy, who, under the name of Yankee Doodle, had won sent in pursuit of them, and they followed the trail a national reputation for prudence, courage and good until about noon, when they came up with Yankee judgment. Doodle's party who were encamped in a grove of He was told in a few words what was requfred of palms. him, which was that he should go to the province of Joe Bailey was the first to discover them,'and gave Havana and keep a strict watch on the movements the alarm. Every man in the party sprang for a of the captain-general and his large army, and to re-tree, from behind which he watched the approach of port through trusty messengers any movement that the Spaniards, some thirty or forty in number.

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2 YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'8 GOLD. "Say, boys," sung outJoe, "they are Spaniards." j while the sixth man threw up both hands above his "Of course they are," said Yankee Doodle; "did head in token of surrender. you think they were Dutch?" Hearing the rapid firing in his front Yankee Doodle "What are you going to do ?" Joe asked. and the others of his party dashed up to join him, "Fight," said Yankee Doodle. whereupon other Spaniards nearby fired a volley and "All right then; here goes for one who doesn't retreated. In another minute they were out of range think I'm looking at him," and with thav he raised as well as out of sight. his Winchester, aimed quickly and fired. "Say, pard," said Jack, "I crawled right into a The Spaniard nearly three hundred yards away, nest of them." who had incautiously exposed himself, was knocked "Didn't get hurt, did you?" Yankee Doodle asked. over. The next moment the Mausers began popping "No, it was the other fellows who got hurt, and and bullets flew thick among the palms without do-here's one that threw up the sponge," and he walked ing any damage. up to the Spaniard who was still holding his hands "Keep cool now, boys," said Yankee Doodle. above his head and disarmed him. "Don't fire until you see your man, nor pull the trig-The prisoner was an elderly man who had evidently ger until you have taken a,im." seen many years of service under the flag of Spain, Jack Wilson, the cowboy, was ensconced behind a for he was bronzed almost black, and had a halfhuge palm, from which he could haYe a better view starved look about him. For all that he could not of that part of the woods occupied by the Spaniards repress a curiosity that showed in every feature as he than any other in the party. He was a man ex-gazed at the cowboy. tremely quick on the trigger, and always a dead "Are you Americanos, senor?" he asked of Jack. shot. You bet we are," was the reply. "How do you He knocked over Spaniards at the rate of one a like our style?" minute for six or eight minutes, after which the en"Do all Americanos fight as you do?" emy became alarmed, and laid down on the ground "They fight a great deal better," replied Jack, who to escape his deadly aim. could speak Spanish as well as a native. "Get any bites over there?" Yankee Doodle asked The Spaniard looked around him, saw only three him. Americans while the rest were Cubans, and asked: "No," he replied ; "I am doing all the biting my"Where are your Americanos ?" 1 self." "Oh, they are coming along," was the reply. "Well, they don't bite over here for a cent. I've "Where are your comrades?" had on1y one shot." "I don't know, senor;" and he looked at those of "Don't be in a hurry," cautioned Jack. "Just his party who had fallen under the deadly fire of the wait and you'll soon see them moving about." cowboy, shaking his head sadly. The cowboy's experience in fighting Apaches in the "I guess they have skipped out," said Yankee Far West stood him in good need in that kind of war-Doodle, who understood enough of the language to fare, and his markmanship was such that a piece of know what was being said. Spanish anatomy the size of his hand was all he needed It proved that he was right, for the Spaniards had for a target. retreated, appalled at the deadly fire which had Presently the Spaniards ceased firing altogether, knocked over fully one half of their force. and Yankee Doodle called to the others to be careful, "Where do you belong?" Yankee Doodle asked of as they might be crawling on their hands and knees the prisoner. through the bushes. "I belong to the post-guard, senor." After waiting nearly half an hour, they were in "You were following our trail, were you not?" great doubt as to whether the enemy had retired or "Si, senor; we saw where you had landed and folt lowed you here'." no. "Pard," said Jack, calling to Yankee Doodle, "I'll "Well, you had better go back, for we have no use crawl out that way and see what has become of for you as a prisoner. The truth is we don't want them, and getting down on his hands and knees, he any prisoners and we know very well that your ofpushed his way through the underbrush for a disficers would not regard our parole; so you can go back tance of nearly a hundred yards. Then he suddenly to your command if you wish to do so, and tell your found himself right in the midst of half a dozen captain that we can take care of all the men he send!il ia .rds, and in such close quarters he dropped his rifle, after us." yanked a revolver from his belt, and before the SpanThe prisoner was so astonished he could hardly ia,rds could realize that he really meant fight against believe what he had heard. such odds, had knocked over two of them. "Do you mean it, Senor Americano ?" he asked. The others sprang to their feet and blazed a.way at "Of c0urse I do," sai.d Yankee Doodle. "If I were him. Such was his tremendous activity, springing a Spaniard I might send a bullet through you, or let about and firing, that riot a bullet touched him, altheiie Cubans exercise their machetes on you, but be though three passed through his clothes. Five of the ing a civilized human being I'll let you go. with my enemy were wiped out in less than fifteen seconds, I blGSsing

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YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. Caramba !" he exclaimed. "It cannot be that you I twenty minutes. In that time they found over a dozen m ean it and he looked from one to the other of the rifles and four Spaniards who were too badly wounded three Americans and then at the scowling faces of to move from where they had fallen. the swarthy Cubans, each of whom was itching to "By George, boys!" said Yankee Doodle, when he cut him down. fieard of the wounded men, "it won't do to leave "If you don't believe it," said Yankee Doodle, those fellows there." "just walk off in the direction you came and satisfy "Of course not," said Jack, "but we can't take yourself of the fact. W e would much rather let you them along with us." go than be bothered with guarding and feeding you." "No, but we can make them as comfortable as pos-The Spaniard started off in the direction his com1 sible, dress their wounds and lay them in some spot rades had gone, looking ba.ck over his shoulder all I together where their will probably find the time, as though suspecting a design on the part them." of his captors to shoot him in the back. I They went to the wounded Spaniards and found that Yankee Doodle, Joe a .nd Jack laughed heartily at one of the four was very likely to die, whilst the other his nervousness, but told him to go on, that no harm three, if properly cared for, would have a fair chance was intended him. Still he kept looking back and to recover. bumping up against trees as he slowly made his way They conveyed them to the shelter of a huge tree, through the woods. under which they made a bed of leaves and laid them Suddenly he sprang behind a big palm with the upon it, After this, Jack Wilson, who was quite an agility of a rabbit, at which Jack burst into a hoarse expert at dressing wounds in a crude way, proceeded laugh. The Cubans, however, looked on in grim to bandage their hurts as well as he could under the silence, for they thought it was a sin against Cuba circumstances. Libre to turn a Spaniard loose alive anywhere on The wounded Spaniards seemed to be very much Cuban soil. surprised at the kindness shown them, and expressed Then they saw him I .eave the tree and run with the their thanks in unmistakable terms. speed of a deer through the bushes. "When a man is down," remarked Jack to one of "There he goes!" laughed Joe, who caught a them, "I never strike him, and none but a savage glimpse of him as he ran. "The poor fellow is fright-would. We will leave you here, with food and water, ened nearly to death." believing tha1' some of your comrades will come back "Senor," asked one of the Cubans, "why did you after you." l e t him go ?" But, Senor Americano," said one of them with a "Because I wanted him to return to his com-groan, "if the Cubans should find us here they would rad es," he replied, "and make them ashamed of kill us." themselves." "Very likely," replied Yankee Doodle, who was "You can't shame a Spaniard, senor," said the standing by; "that is what you Spaniards have Cuban, shaking his head. taught them to do, and that is why Spain is without "You ar.e very much mistaken, Manuel; that fel-the sympathy of all Christendom to-day." low will never forget that we"'"treated him kindly and The Spaniard made no reply, for he evidently felt r e l eased him without any conditions. What would the force of the remark; but Yankee Doodle assured you have done with him?" him that he doubted if there were any armed Cubans Manuel made no reply, save to raise his machete on outside of his own party anywhere in the province. a level with his breast and make a vicious thrust with They were given food, which they ate ravenously, it. and their canteens were :filled with water, after which "Yes," said Yankee Doodle, "you would have I Yankee Doodle and his party moved off through the killed him after he surrendered as a prisoner of wa_r. I bushes, carrying with them the Ma users and cartridge I want to say to you that such conduct as that will belts that remained to them as trophies of the fight. take from Cuba the sympathies of the civilized "Now, Manuel," said Yankee Doodle to the old world." Cuban, who was acting as guide for the party, "it "But they treat us that way, senor." ma,y satisfy the feeling for vengeance that you "Very true, Manuel, and that is why America has Cubans have to kill prisoners of war, but in the end ordered Spain out of Cuba, and unless you Cubans you will find tha. t clemency towards those whom the show yourselves to be b etter than Spaniards, Uncle fortunes of war deliver into y.our hands will bring you Samuel will not leave you to govern the island, as he sympathy and support; whereas, on the other hand, doesn't propose to drive out one set of savages and if you give way to the thirst for vengeance you will turn it over to another." be rated as savages, and the whole world will protest Manuel made no reply to that, and a few moments 1 against government of such a beautiful land as later Yankee Doodle told them to scatter through the \ Cuba bemg turned over to savage control." bushes a,nd pick up any Mausers and cartridge bcl.ts I "Si, senor," said Manuel, "the war will be over, they could find. I then, a.nd we will no longer feel or act like savages." They instantly ran about through the bushes, hunt"That won't do, amigo," and Yankee Doodle shook ing for fallen Spaniards, in which they spent about I his head. "The test of civilization is its bearing on

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YANKEE DOODLE .A.ND WEYLER'S GOLD. the battlefield. A nation that is savage there is conJ again, after having been well supplied with tropical sidered savage innately by the civilized world; the fruits. nation that is humane and considerate to prisoners of They had marched perhaps five or six miles when war stands the test and passes into the type of Christhey were overtaken by half a dozen of the young tian civilization. I am telling you this that you and Cubans who had been hiding in the swamp. They your comrades may profit by it." were armed with the rifles that had been left in the CHAPTER II. A TIMELY RESCUE-HOW YANKEE DOODLE ROASTED A SPANISH LIEUTENANT. village for them, and had followed the party for the purpose of joining it. "We don't need any more men," said Yankee Doodle. IT was extremely fortunate that not one of the "What must we do?" they asked. little party had been hurt in the fight, Jack Wilson "Get others to join you, 'was the reply, "and avoid being the only one whose clothes had been perforated conflict with the enemy until there are enough of you by bullets. A bullet had struck the rifle barrel be-to make a successful defense." longing to one of the Cubans, but had done no da,m-"But we have no arms for them." age. In the beginning of the fight three bullets "You must watch your opportunity and get them lodged in the palm behind which Ya,nkee Doodle had as we did. All your people have machetes, and that taken refuge. will do very well until you can get fire-arms. But let All the others heard bullets whistUng around them, me tell you that fire-arms will do you no good unless but so great was their contempt for the marksman-you learn how to use them. There is no more use in ship of the average Spanish soldier, that none of shooting at a man without first taking aim than in them had any fears of being hit other than by acci-striking at him with the machete when he is a hun-dent. dred yards away." They pushed on through the woods until they Still, the young Cubans begged to be taken into the struck a road that led northward in the direction of party, promising to obey all orders and do whatever Havana, it being their intention to reach the vicinity I was required of them. of that city as soon as possible. After going a few "We don't want you," said Yankee Doodle, "for miles they reached a small village where Manuel him-the work that we have to do requires no more men self had frequently been. than we already have; a larger force, particularly of There were about fifty houses in the place, occupied inexperienced men would only serve to expose us to mostly by women and children, and a few old men. greater danger." All the young men had been forced by the exactions The young men reluctantly returned to the villa ,ge, of tho captain-general to either join the volunteers while Yankee Doodle and his party continued on their and fight under the Spanish flag or :go to the insur1 way northward. gents. That night they encamped about half way between Weyler's order, compelling all the families to leave the north and south shores of the island in an old the country and concentrate in the cities and fortified sugar house, the roof of which had been burned away. towns, had effected the village but little, as it was in The place had been practically destroyed by either such an out-of-the-way place the Spa,nish officials had the Cubans or the Spaniards in one of their numer-not reached it. ous raids through the province. The presence of the little party of fifteen, armed to The foundations of a large residence in a be:;tutiful the teeth as they were, created a good deal of excite-grove showed that it, too, had shared in the common ment in the place. There was one man, about sixty destruction. years of age, who told Yankee Doodle that nearly a "It is awful," remarked Yankee Doodle to Jack dozen young Cubans were concealed in a great swamp Wilson, "that the planter has no friends on either a few miles west of the place to escape death at the side The Spaniards destroyed their sugar plantahands of the Spaniards, and as they were armed only tions in order to deprive the Cubans from deriving with the machete, it was extremely difficult for them any benefit from them, while the insurgents did the to sustain life, much less to defend themselves against same thing to prevent the Spaniards from gathering the Spaniards. taxes or supplies." "Are they true to Cuba Libre ?" Yankee Doodle "Yes," said Jack, "it's about the most savage asked. war that I ever heard of, and had not Uncle Sam "Every one of them, senor." in to drive out the Spaniards the whole island "Then take these rifles and give them to them," would have been destroyed within a couple of years." and the captured Mausers the party had brought with All about the place, which was once a magnificent them were turned over to the old man, who imme-estate, desola .tion and profound silence reigned. No diately sent a couple of women to the swamp to tell I cattle or pigs or fowl were seen anywhere about. the boys to come in and get them. Whoever did the work did it well. The party spent the night there, as the day was I Early the next morning they rEsumed the march drawing to a close when they reached the place. northward, the road becoming better as they apEarly the next morning they started out northward proached the City of Havana. In many places were

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YANKEE DOODL E AND WEYLER'S GOLD 5 seen beautiful estates, from which tbe owners had young lieutenant away from the Cubans lest some of been driven and everytiling taken. Only in out-of-them should cut him down the-way places were seen any habitations where "Ah,'' said the lieutenant, as Yankee Doodle human beings yet remained. dashed up to him, "you are an Americano ?" The work of concentratmg the population in the "Yes," returned Yankee Doodle, "and you are a fortified towns had been pretty well completed, and Spaniard, a very great difference indeed." thousands of the unfortunates, deprived of the priv"I am a Spanish soldier, senor,'' returned the ilege of earning their support, were slowly perishing. other, haughtily. As they were moving along up the road they came J "So you are, and a disgrace to the name of sol to a little collection of huts from which the people ditr, too The idea of a soldier being engaged in were being driven in a body by a party of about a such work as this is enough to make a civilized score of Spanish cavalry. About thirty-five women human being blush for shame for his very species." and children with some eight or ten old men had been "I obeyed the orders of my superior officers," collected together preparatory to being marched to I said the lieutenant, "which is always the first duty the city to join the thousands of reconcentrados al-of a soldier." ready assembled there. "Yes, obedience to orders is the first duty of a solManuel, the Cuban, was the first of the party to dier; and I, an American soldier, am pledged to the catch sight of them, and he quickly motioned to the same obedience; but were the President of the United others to keep back in the woods to avoid being seen. States to order ne to do such work as this in which They looked on at the scene for a few minutes and you ha.ve been engaged, I would tear off my uniform noticed the women and children crying and wringing and break my sword under my foot. The orde r of their hands while the torcil was being applied to their a king or a president, or any court-martial on eai:-th humble homes. could never make me raise my hand against women "Boys,'' said Yankee Doodle, "I can't sta,nd that. They've already set one of those huts afire; let's tal{e a hand in it and save the others." and children." "I have not raised my hand against them," said the prisoner. "All right," said Jack, "I'm with you." "Bah!" sneered Yankee Doodle, contemptuously, "Very well then, let's give them one volley; every "that hut on .ffre gives you the lie; that picture there man take deliberate aim so as to make sure nobody of the women and children whom you have corralled, will be hit but those intended." for the purpose of driving them into a pen to be It took them nearly five minutes to get into posi-starved to death, proclaims every Spanish soldier in tion where each one could have a fair aim and then Cuba a savage brute and coward. they blazed away. There were fifteen rifles in the The young officer was white with rage and indigna-party and about twenty Spaniards. tion at the fierce denunciation of the young American; It seems that some four or five aimed at one or but he was powerless to resent it other than to pro two, hence only about one-half of the twenty were test that as a soldi'er he had no right to question any knocked over. The surviYors were utterly astounded, orders received from his superior officers as they were under the impression there was not an "Very true,'' retorted Yankee Doodle, "but were. armed Cuban anywhere in the province at that time you just half civilized you would resign and refuse to other than those ""ho carried machetes. obey rather than execute such orders." They ran to their horses and sprang into the sad-After that he made no further remark, and was led dles. As soon as they were mounted another volley back to the little group of women and children who knocked over every one but the lieutenant who was gathered around and hurled all sorts of execrations at in command of them. him. "Now catch that fellow!" cried Yankee Doodle, He stood it all without uttering a word, whilst Jack "don't let him get away." and Joe ordered the Cubans to catch the horses and The Spaniard, however, put spurs to his horse gather up the arms. There were five wounded Span and dashed away at full speed. Several shots were iards who were now prisoners, the lieutenant who was fired at him yet it looke
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6 YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. have moved your families to a safe place, you can J "I suspect that he has slipped away through the probably sell the horses for enough money to prowoods to head off the lieutenant somewhere up the vide food for many months for all of you." road." The old men and women were profuse in their ex-Yankee Doodle gave a low whistle and proceeded pressions of thanks, and volunteered to help the party to count the number of Cubans in his party to satisfy bury the dead and assist in caring for the wounded. himself whether or not any of them was missing. H e "You will have to leave the wounded here," said found that Jack was right, that one of them had been Yankee Doodle, "in your little houses while you seek gone ever since a few minutes after the lieutenant safety elsewhere for your families. left. "As for you, lieutenant," he continued, turning to He had scarcely finished counting, however, when the prisoner, "you can return to Havana on foot and Jack nudged him with his elbow, saying: alone, as I do not believe a man like you would keep ''There's the fellow. He has just come back and is any parole you might sign." helping the women and children with the others." "You have no right to parole a prisoner," returned Yankee Doodle kept his eye on the fellow and the lieutenant. noticed a smile of grim satisfaction on the faces of "You are very much mistaken," said Yankee I those about him. From that moment he was satis Doodle. "The highest officer in command on the I fied that the lieutenant would never reach the city to field has the right to parole prisoners, and as I am in tell the story of the fate of his command. command here the rules of war hold good in this case. "Jack," said he to the cowboy, "I don't want to But I have found that while you Spaniards talk a shoot the fellow or send him away, so we won't let great deal about honor, you have as little of it as any him know that we suspect the truth." soldiers anywhere in the world." CHAPTER III. Yankee Doodle enjoyed roasting him, for he-was so indignant at the disgraceful work to which he had so suddenly put a stop, that he would scarcely have in terfered had one of the Cubans raised his machete to A FOUL MURDER AND THE REVELATIONS THAT FOLLOWED-WEYLER'S TREASURE. WHEN the few poor families started off on their cut him down. journey _in search of safety Yankee Doodle and his A half hour later Yankee Doodle took the prisoner's party stood and watched them until they disappeared sword away from him, broke it in two over his from view. Then they turned and marched up the knee, and handing the two pieces back to him, said : road in the direction that had been taken by the young "You are now at liberty to return unmolested to I Spanish officer who had been released after his cap-your lines." ture. To his surprise, the young officer took the two "Pard," said Jack Wilson, "it was a streak of pieces of his sword, restored them to its scabbard, good luck for those poor people in more ways than and remarked: one that we turned up at the time we did." "We may meet again some day, Senor Ameri"How so, Jack?" cano." "Well, in the first place, we saved them from being "I hope we may, lieutenant," was the reply, "but marched to Havana, there to be starved to death. if you fall into my hands again whilst doing such das-That was the best of good luck." ta.rdly work as this I will hang you up by the heels "So it was," assented Yankee Doodle. fifty feet from the ground, and leave you there as a "Then, in the next place, they have seventeen feast for the buzzards!" horses, which will bring fifty dollars apiece in gold The prisoner walked awa,y very briskly, and never anywhere in Cuba, and the hundred and fifty dollars once looked back while he was in sight. taken from the lieutenant will make up about a thou"Nt\w," said Yankee Doodle, "we will bury the sand dollars, more money than the whole party has dead, and do what we can for these poor fellows who probably had in five years all put together. Why, have been wounded. They are not so much to blame every man, woman and child in that crowd actually for this sort of thing, for a refusal on their part to feels rich, notwithstanding the fact that there are obey orders would mean death to them." over forty of them, so you see it is good luck in more The dead were very quickly buried, and the five ways than one." wounded men attended to as though they were no "So it is, Jack, and I'm blest if I don't feel happier longer enemies. As soon as that"was clone, the famsince you told me about it." ilies tied up their scanty household effects, and placed "So do I, pard, and what's more, I've already for them on the backs of the captured horses for the given that fellow for slipping away and following the purpose of going elsewhere for safety." lieutenant." Yankee Doodle was quietly looking on at the work Yankee Doodle chuckled and remarked that he when Jack Wilson came up, and in a low tone of voice didn't bear any malice toward him himself. remarked that one of the Cubans was missing. "But," he added, "we must never let them know "What's become of him?" Yankee Doodle asked. that we suspect what has happened, as it is abso" I don't know; but I have my suspicions." lutely necessary to have strict obedience to orders "What do you suspect?" under all circumstances, for we don't know how soon

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Y .ANKEE DOODLE .AND WEYLER'S GOLD. :we may have a strong force after us from every point of high rank, as they were accompanied by staff and of the compass." orderlies. "That'sso,pard,"saidJack, "forwhen the lieu"By George!" said Jack, "we could make some tenant's little party is missed they'll send out scouts pretty heavy captures here." to hunt him up, and as we have now had two fights "So we could,'' assented Yankee Doodle, "but we within as many days they'll soon hear in Havana couldn't get away with them, and a recapture would that there is an armed force in the province." result in our being shot. The best thing for us to do "Yes, I expect that, and hereafter we must, as far is to keep quiet and watch things." as we can, avoid being seen or picking up a fight with Along in the middle of the afternoon they saw three straggling parties. We are sent to watch the enemy, soldiers coming along the road from the city on foot. not to fight him." They were smoking cigars, and evidently enjoying On the afternoon of the third day they found them-themselves, as though they had a day off. One of selves in a section of country a few miles out from them seemed to be a man nearly fifty years old, Havana, where the population was more or less loyal while his two companions were apparently about half to Spain. There were a number of little villages that age. where the people had been left unmolested by the The three Americans quietly watched them, and Spaniards on account of their loyalty, whilst the 1 noticed that one of the younger soldiers was signal Cubans had not interfered with them on account of ing to the other behind the back of the older man. the proximity of such a large fotce of the enemy." The other nodded his head, whereupon his comrade They went into camp in a great woods a few hun-drew a dagger and plunged it into the back of the old dred yards back from the great highway leading man. southward from the city. There was a spring nearby Caramba !" gasped the old soldier, wheeling from which an ample supply of refreshing water could around to defend himself. The next moment both be had, whilst farther back, a couple of hundred the young men, armed with daggers, made a comyards, was a creek from which an abundance of fish bined attack upon him. could be taken at any time. Then again, close by The old soldier parried their blows quite skillfully, were farms from which fruit could be gathered sur-at the same time retreating backwards toward the reptitiously, hence as long as they remainc(I undis-clump of bushes where the three young Americans covered they would be in little danger of suffering were concealed. from lack of food. "Here, boys, I won't stand that!" said Jack, During the night Yankee Doodle, Jack and Joe de-drawing his revolver and shooting one of the old man' s cided that they would send a couple of the Cubans assailants dead. into the city to gather information. In the meantime, The other, astounded at the unexpected interfer the entire party would act as scouts along the roads, ence, took to his heels and ran at full speed up the leading out of the city so as to find out whether or road. not any considerable body of troops were leaving for "Blast you!" exclaimed Jack, "you shan't -get parts south or east. j a.way,'' and he raised his revolver, aimed and fired at Early the next morning Yankee Doodle instructed the fleeing Spaniard, who plunged forward with his Manuel, the oldest Cuban of the party, to select a face in the dust of the road. companion to go with him into the city. '.He selected "By George, you've got him!" exclaimed Joe. one, and the two started out for the purpose of enter"Of course I did; did you expect me to let him ing the city at any place they found feasible. and with that Jack hurried forward, seized the Then of the party were sent out on other fellow by the collar and dragged him into the woods. roads by twos and threes, until none remained in Joe and Yankee Doodle picked up the other one and camp except the three Americans. removed him from the road at the same time. "Now, boys,'' said Yankee Doodle to Jack and Joe, The old fellow who had been stabbed in the back "as the others are all out we may as well try our sat down on the leaves a few paces from the roadside, hands al; skirmishing around to see what we can find and groaned as though in great agony. Jack re1 out or pick up." turned to him and said in Spanish: "All right, pard," said Jack, "we will have to be "They were trying to do you up, old man." very careful about being seen, as we do not look like "Si, senor, they have killed me." either Spaniards or Cubans, and hence suspicion of us "Oh, you are not dead yet." would be aroused at first sight of us." "No, but I soon will be. They wanted me out of "Oh, yes, I thought of that,'' said Yankee Doodle. the way; I was the only one who knew a secret '!'hich "TherC:is no necessity of exposing ourselves at all." they feared I would reveal. Carmnba I I will tell it So they went out from. the woods to the roadside, after all," and he reached out and caught Jack's hand where, in a thick clump of bushes, they sat down to in his, held it tightly, looked up at him, and asked : wait and watch for whatever might turn up. "Who are you, senor?" They sat there for a couple of hours, during which "I am a friend to a man in your fix," replied Jack. time a number of people passed on foot and on horse"You are not a Spaniard?" asked the old soldier. back. A number of officers rode by, some evidently "No, senor."

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8 YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLE R'S GOLD. "Nor a Cuban?" l who slew him were not in the secret. They had sim"No, I am an American. ply been hired to kill him that the secret not "Sancti Mmie !" exclaimed tbe old soldier. "It is remain with any one except he who owned the treas-well; I would have it so," and then he writhed as ure, probably Weyler himself." though in great pain. "But Weyler is not in Havana; he is in Spain," re-Jack always carried with him a fl.ask of brandy, marked Yankee Doodle, who was listening to the old which he guarded well to preserve it for emergencies. man's story. He drew it forth, carefully removed the cork, held it "Very true, senor; but when he left Havana he up before the old soldier's face with the remark that left behind him the n .ames of the six men who were it was mighty good stuff, and held it to his lips. to be put out of the way, and they were the ones who The old fellow took two good swallows of it, smack-helped him bury the gold. And they have been ed his lips, and said: killed one at a time, none of whom, save the last one, "Si, senor, it is good, but it will not save me. He my old comrade, suspected why they were thus being stabbed me in the back like a coward; they were taken off. He thought it singular and so confided hired to put me out of the way." the secret to me. He bad half a dozen other personal "Is that so?" said Jack. "It was a cowardly friends besides myself with whom he was more or less deed." a boon companion, and when he declared with bis last "Si, senor, they have killed me." breath that he knew why he had been murdered and "Well," said Jack,' "if it is any satisfaction to you, had confided the secret to another, they at once be1 will tell you that they are both dead." gan to ferret out his friends. Several of them have Caramba Did you get them both?" been secretly slain until I became alarmed and sur" Yes," returned Jack. "The other fellow is in the rounded myself with precautions that protected me bushes about a hundred feet from here, and this one at night, as I knew they would not dare attack me in is right before you." daylight when I would be apt to defend myself sue" I am avenged," said the old man, "and now I cessfully. I bad even made up my mind to desert to will tell you why they were sent to put me out of the the insurgents and lead a party of them some day to way: Before Captain-General Blanco was sent to the spot where the treasure lies buried, turn it displace Captain-General Weyler there was a dea,l of over to Maximo Gomez that it might be used to talk in the city about the great sum of money that crush the men who were engaged in such dastardly had been wrung from the people and was lying in the work. To-day three of us were ordered to convey a strong box in the captain-general's palace. It was message to the family of an officer at the residence of rumored that Weyler swore in his rage that Bhwco a planter out on this road seven miles from the city. should not have the money, and that on a dark night, We were told to leave our arms behind as there were accompanied by a few faithful soldiers, he conveyed no insurgents anywhere in the province. It was a vast sum in gold from the palace and buried it simply a ruse to get me out of the city that I might somewhere on the outskirts of the city. When go the way of all the others. Now, Senor AmeriBlanco took command he found the treasury almost cano, give me another sip of that brandy, and I will empty. He asked Weyler what had become of it, tell you where you can find the treasure just as it was and he said that it had been spent in building the told me." fortifications around the city and in the e1l'ort to pac-Jack again presented the flask to his lips, and the ify the middle and western provinces. One by one old fellow took a couple of swallows of its contents. the men who aided him in burying the treasure were "It is on the road to Mariel, three miles beyond the found dead at different times, murdered mysteriously, intrenchments, on the west side of the city," said he, until a,t last only one of them remained, and he was "after crossing a stone bridge over a ravine that is a an old comrade of mine, as we had campaigned toturbulent-. stream during the rainy season, but withgether for years and years under the Spanish flag. out water in the dry season. You turn square to the At last he told me the secret of the buried treasure, left and go up the ravine to a spot where four magdeclaring that he was expecting every day to be mur-nolia trees stand, ten or twelve feet apart, at right dered as the others had been, and urged me to let no angles from each other, forming almost a perfect one know he had told me, so I might get it myself square. in the eYent that he was killed A few nights after "One of those trees contains a hollow with an that he was killed, but he fought desperately for his opening :fifteen feet above the ground nearly as large life, wounded two of his assailants, and before he died as a man's head. The gold was poured into tha,t hol cried out triumphantly that he knew why he, had been low instead of being buried under the ground, as an murdered, and that he had left the secret with a excavation could not have been made without leaving friend of whom the fiends knew nothing. Other par-traces that would have excited suspicion." ties who had rushed up at the time heard what he "How far is it from the bridge to those four mag-said and knew that a mystery of some kind was at nolias !" Jack asked. the bottom of it. The papers spoke of it, but not a "I don't know, senor, but the position the trees living soul understood what it meant save myself and occupy near the ravine is landmark enough to guide the one who had instigated the murder. The men any one. I am sure, though, that it is a short dis-

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Y .ANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. 9 tance above the road, else my comrade would have so told me. If you secure the gold you will have a great, great fortune. I have a daughter living in Salamanca, Spain, who is working in one of the great cigarette factories there. Her name is Nina Carranza. I beseech you to convey to her fifty thousand pesos as an inheritance from me, simply telling her that I left it for her use with my blessing. Will you do that, Senor Americano ?" "Si, senor," said Jack. "I pledge you the honor of an American soldier that if we secure the money it will be conveyed to her as soon as possible after the w::tr between the United States and Spain has ended." The old man looked at Yankee Doodle and Joe inquiringly, and both promptly assured him that they, too, would give the same pledge a,nd faithfully, perform it. "You call yourself an American soldier," said the old man, looking up at Jack. "ls that true?" "Yes," answered Jack, we are American soldiers who are here in the woods watching the movements of the Spanish army." "You are spies," said the old soldier, "and you will be shot if captured. "No, we arc not spies, for we are outside of the Spanish lines acting ::ts scouts, and have no intention of placing ourselves in the position of spies, nor have we any fear of being captured." The old man had been growing weaker and weaker all the time, and about twenty minutes after he ceased talking he gave a sudden gasp, a groan and all was over. CHAPTER IV. THE THREE FRENCHMEN AND THE STORY ONE OF THEM TOLD. "PARD," said Jack, looking over at Yankee Doodle, he's gone." "Yes,'' said Yankee Doodle, "it was a treacherous blow in the back, and I am glad thatthe man who did it went ahead of him." "So am I," returned Jack, "and all the more glad because he got it in the back, too." "Is that so ?" Yes, and I think about the same spot as where he struck the old man, just under the left shoulder blade. He was running at full speed when I plugged him, and fell forward on his face like a boy diving into the water." "That's good!" added Joe, "and besides that it was a good shot anyway." "Oh, I was bound to have him," returned Jack, and then he ai
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10 YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLERS GOLD. During the conversation they frequently had to l "None except those who were behind the breast cease talking to avoid being heard by people who works." werfi) passing along the highway. A little before sun-By the time. the camp-fire was well burning three set they were still sitting quietly in the bushes when more of the scouts came in, who reported that they they saw two of their own scouts pass along the road found everything quiet where they had been, and had accompanied by several Cubans, with three women, seen no evidence of any movement on the part of the apparently a mother and t;vo daughters. enemy in any direction, but several times had been When they were out of sight Yankee Doodle turned forced to conceal themselves to avoid being seen by to Jack, and asked: strolling parties of Spanish soldiers. "What do you think of that?" A little later some of the other scouts came in with "Oh, I guess they are scraping up acquaintance reports similar to the others; but the two who were through which they may get information." seen passing along the road with the Cuban women "Yes, maybe so, but we'll see what report they and men didn't show up during the night at all. have to make when they return to camp. d by the Manuel and his comrades were not expected to re wa,y, I think we had better go there right now, before turn for a couple of days, as they were to make their it becomes too dark." way into the city and remain as long as they thought "Yes," said Jack, "for when the sun goes down proper. The night was passed without interruption in this country it is like snuffing out a candle, for it's or disturbance of any kind, and the next morning the dark all at once." same programme was agreed upon. "That's so," laughed Yankee Doodle; "I've often As soon as the others had left, Yankee Doodle, Jack noticed that," and the three arose and made their and Joe decided to make their way around to the west way back to where they had established their camp side of the city and strike the Mariel road, which ran while remaining in that vicinity. from Havana down the north shore to the town of To their surprise they found two of the Cubans had Mariel, where there was a Spanish garrison and forts just returned, and were building a fire for the pur-for sea defense. pose of preparing a little supper. Yankee Doodle had once before been on that road "Did you find out anything?" Yankee Doodle on a scouting expedition, and had seen the town of asked them. Mariel through a spy-glass from an elevation in the "Very little, senor," one of them replied; "everyrear, but how to reach it from wheLe they were he thing seems to be quiet in the city, but they have was somewhat at a loss to determine. thrown up strong lines of earthworks all around it "We ought to have a guide," he remarked to J a.ck, from the east to the west side, and have a large army "but I am not willing that any of the Cubans should there." have any part in the secret that the old soldier con" Oh, yes, we all knew that before. Did you see fided to us." any of the other boys after you left here?" '"Neither am I," said Jack, "for while some of "No, senor, for we went in the direction that was them are brave and trustworthy, it is difficult to finLl not taken by any of the others." out who they are." "Did you meet with any trouble at all?" "That's it," said Yankee Doodle, "so we'll keep it, "Only once; we met two volunteers who were to ourselves. We are now on the south side of tl1e visiting at a house where we asked for water; they city, while Mariel is on the north shore directly west asked us where we belonged. We told them we lived of it. We have a compass i;o guide us, so I guess we near Calvario, and it turned out that both of them can find our way anywhere we wish to go." had been reared there and knew everybody in the "Of course, we can," returned Jack. "If we get place, so they ordered us to surrender, but we didn't lost we can find ourselves again, so come ahead." do it." They crossed the road and plunged into the woods "Did you have any fight?" on that side and pushed westward. The farther they "Si, senor, and we killed them both." went the more dense the forest became, but after "I am sorry," said Yankee Doodle, "not for the going a couple of miles they came upon a clearing, volunteers, but because it might interfere with our across which they saw a grove of trees above which work here." a 1 ; bin column of smoke ascended. "It couldn't be helped, senor, for they ordered us "I guess we'll find a road out there somewhere," to surrender, which is a thing we couldn't do." remarked Yankee Doodle, "and that smoke means "Very true; I ha Ye no fault to find, only regret the either a house or a camp ; so it is best for us to keep necessity of it. What did you do ith the bodies?" in the edge of the timber lest we run into danger "We left them where they fell in the yard in front which might be well for us to avoid." of the house, as we feared there might be more of They skirted around the clearing, keeping well un-them about the place." der cover of the timber until they struck a road which "How far away from here was it?" led in the direction of the column of smoke. There "Some se,-en or eight miles, senor, on the east side they stopped for half an hour to make sure of their of the city." bearing before venturingdown the road . But seeing "Did you see no other troops?" no sign of life about they vent,ured out and went in

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YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. 11 the direction of the grove, where they found a farm"It is their business, senor," said Jack, "to treat house with three or four tenant cabins in the rear. people as law-abiding until they find out that they are The smoke they had noticed issued from the chimdisloyal. I have liYed ir.i Cuba many years, and we b.ey of the larger house, in front of which they saw a have paid our taxes to Spain faithfully and tried to couple of children playing. When the children saw obey all the laws of the land; but we have been plunthem they scampered inside, and a few moments later dered by the Spanish officers all the time, and the an old man appeared at the door, who gazed inquir-method pursued by the insurgents is simply a repeti ingly at them. tion of what they haYe learned from the Spaniards As Jack's Spanish was almost without foreign acthemselves. cent, it was left with him to do the talking. Yankee "Cara11iba !" exclaimed the old man; "you do Doodle and Joe remained out in the road while Jack not talk like a loyal man.'' went up to the house to speak to the old man. "I am a loyal Frenchman," s::i,id Jack, "and Span-" Senor," said he in a very respectful tone, "we iards and insurgents alike have forced me to apply to wish to go to Mariel; can we reach it by this road?" the French flag for protection. I owe no allegiance "No, senor," replied the old man, "the Mariel I to Spain, except to obey Spanish laws as long as I reroad is over this way," and he pointed to the rear of I main in Spanish territory.'' the house. j Joe and Yankee Doodle, some fifty feet away from "How far away is that road, senor?" 1 the house, were quietly listening to the story that "lt is more than four miles." 1 Jack had put up, but neither of them showed by word "How can we get to it ?" or action that they were in any \vay interested in it. "You will have to follow the path through the They heard the old man ask Jack if his two companwoods ; you will find it nearly a mile below here." ions were Frenchmen also. "Does that path lead straight to the Mariel "Yes," they heard him reply, "but they are not road?" as well up in Spanish as I am.'' "It is not a straight path, senor, but it will lead "My daughter speaks French," said the old man, you into that road. Have you ever been to Mar"for she was educated in Bordeaux, where I ha,-e a iel ?" brother living," and he turned toward the house and "No, senor, but we wish to go there." called out : "You are not a Cuban?" said the old man. "Narcissa, come here!" "No, senor, we are French, and we are trying to / A few moments later a beautiful girl appeared in get to Mariel so that we can with the the doorway, and was told by the old man that here French consul.'' were three Frenchmen who were on their way to "The French consul is in Ha Yan a, senor." Mariel, and that if she wished to talk with them in "Yes, I know, but there are people in Mariel who French, she could do so, as two of them understoot l know us, and we think it best to see them first, that very little Spanish. 'rn may have someone to vouch for us." "Great Scott .'1 whispered Yankee Doodle to Joe It was a plausible story and seemed to satisfy the "we are in for it now, for I know even less of the old man. He came out into the yard and soon befrog-eaters' lingo than I do of Spanish." came rnry voluble. He asked if they knew anything I "Let us skip," advised Joe. about the war. "What excuse can we barn for doing so?" laughed "Not much," returned Jack ; wc know that our I Yankee Doodle. place has been destroyed do,Yn near Cienfuegos by the "Here comes excuse enough," answered Joe, as insurgents, who treated us as though we were pauthree horsemen were seen coming down the road at
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1 2 YANKEE DOODL E A N D WEYLER' S GOL D Yankee Doodle and Joe, who pointed out to him the three who were approaching. "Only three?" said he; "why should we run away from them ?" "Because it is to our interest to avoid making trouble anywhere in this neighborhood." Oh, yes," said Jack; I forgot," a .nd the three started off down the road on a brisk run with the intention of gaining the woods before the horsemen could overtake them. The Spaniards noticed them, but appeared to take no interest in them whatever. Just as the three gained the wood they looked back and saw the old man and his daughter talking to the Spaniards in front of the gate. The Spaniards stopped scarcely half a minute ere t hey put spurs to their horses and dashed off in pursuit .. "By George!" said Yankee Doodle, "they are coming for us. Wohad better push on through the timber and get out of the way." They hurried away into the depths of the forest, but much to their surprise soon found that the Span iards had dismounted were following them. "Oh, they can't find us in the woods," laughed Yankee Doodle, : :wd so they kept on After going half a mile farther Jack came to a sudden halt, and said : "Pards, those fellows are following our trail with the instinct of Apaches. We can't throw them off; so we may as well stop and find out what they want." "Are you sure of that?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Dead sure," he replied. "J' m good at trailing myself, and understand all it." "Then we'll stop and wait for them,'' and stationing themselves in a clump of bushes, revolvers in hand, they quietly waited for the three Spaniards to come up. They waited about five minutes, when the trio appeared, one of them leading the way like an experi enced woodsman. Suddenly the three sprang out of the bushes, cov ered the Spaniards with their revolvers, and called out: "Hands up!" Caramba !" gasped one of them, as he confronted Jack's revolver. The one whom Joe faced 'v,as evidently the orderly of one of the officers He sprang back and reached for his revolver. Joe waited until he drew it, and then fired. He sank down in his tracks, dead as a smoked herring. Caramba !" exclaimed the other two ; "don't shoot!" "Why have you followed us?" Yankee Doodle asked. "We wanted to know who you were,'' replied one of them, whose uniform showed that he was a major of the Spanish army. "vVhy did you wish to find out who we are?" "Because it is our business to do so, senor. "Well, it would do you no good and might do us harm, so the best thing you can do is to go back to where you came from and tell the old man and his daughter that you couldn't find us." "Yes, senors," said the major, "I quite agree with you that it is best we should do that." "Very good,'' laughed Yankee Doodle, "you seem to be a little more sensible than the average Span iard; we have no desire to harm you nor to permit you to harm us. So you had better return now while you have the opportunity to do so." The major turned square around on his heel and started off throngh the woods, followed by his com panion. They were no sooner screened by the bushes that grew thick thereabouts than both wheeled, drew their revolvers and charged back, firing as they went. It was a treacherous a,ct, and took the boys com pletely by surprise. Jack, however, still held his re volver in his hand and was quick to returu the fire. He shot the major through the right shoulder, causing him to drop his revolver, reel and fall. The other man was shot squarely through the head and sank down in bis tracks without a groan. The cowboy walked over to w}J.ere the major lay and said: "You are a typical Spaniard, and I'm glad you got your dose. Nobody but a Spaniard would haYe played such a trick, and I have a mind to finish you." "Oh, no, Jack," said Yankee Doodle, "no matter what he did, don't shoot him while he is down." "Then hold 'im up, pard, till I slug 'im. The major made no reply to anything that was said to him, and it was quite evident that he feared they would finish him. Finally, in response to a question put to him by Yankee Doodle, he admitted that he was an officer in the Spanish army, and that he had ridden out of the city to see the daughter of the family in the house back up the road. "It's a pity," said Yankee Doodle, "that you didn'. stay there when you reached it." "Yes,'' replied the major, "I'm sorry I did not, but the old man told us that you were suspicious characters, so you cannot blame us for following you up." "I blame you for nothing, except for firing on us after we had spared your lives "I believed it was my duty to do so,'' returned the major. "You have queer ideas of duty. I would blow my own brains out before I would fire upon a man who had spared my life. If you think you can make your way back to the house by yourself, you may do so; if not, we will assist you there ourselves." He tried to rise to his feet, but the pain of his wound was too much for him. Yankee Doodle and Joe assisted him to rise, after which all three accom panied him to the roadside. There they saw him reel when released, as though he would fall. Joe sprang to his side and caught him just in time,

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YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. 13 while Yankee Doodle remarked that they had better see him to the house. Jack caught the three horses and led them back, while Joe and Yankee Do6dle assisted the wounded officer on the way. They were seen by the old man and his daughter before they were within two hundred yards of the house. The girl ran forward to meet them. "I am shot, senorita," said the major, and both the lieutenant and the orderly are dead." "Why did you do it, messieurs ?" she asked in French, looking at Jack. Jack knew it wa.s French, but really did not know what she had asked, so he said in Spanish : "We shot them, senorita, because they tried to shoot us. You cannot blame us for that." Do you not speak French ?" she asked in Span ish. "Si, senorita, but I do not wish to say anything in the presence of the major which he does not under stand." .. After going about a mile they found it, and at once turned into it, going in a northwesterly direction. "Say, Jack,'' said Yankee Doodle, "it's a pity we can't speak French." "Oh, I don't know,'' laughed the cowboy. "I found that she could speak English as well as we could." "What!" gasped Yankee Doodle; "is that so?" "Yes, for we talked for a minute or two outside the door, while you and Joe were helping the major in side." "Well, I'll be hanged!'? ejaculated Joe. "Did she find out that we are Americans?" "Yes, for I frankly admitted it; but I told herthat we were not there on any warlike mission, and would rather have gotten away without doing any harm at all." "Then we may expect to find several hundred Spaniar_ ds looking for us,'' remarked Yankee Doodle. "No, I think not ; I asked her to keep the secret, and from her manner I am satisfied she will." "If she does, then," said Yankee Doodl e "she'll "No matter," said the major; "if she wishes to be the first woman that ever did." speak in French, do so " I prefer to speak Spanish," returned Jack. The .look the girl gave him told plainly that she was onto his game, but she turned quickly and asked the major if he was badly hurt. "Yes, senorita," said he ; "I am shot in the shoulder.'' "Then you must come to the house, where we will send to tb.e city for your surgeon. Yankee Doodle and Joe assisted him into the house, where he was laid upon a lounge. The girl stopped on the steps, turned to Jack, laid her hand on his arm, and remarked in quite good English: "You are Americans, not Frenchmen "Yes, senorita," he laughed, "but you must admit that we tried to avoid making any trouble for you or your friends." "Yes, yes," she said, "but I'm sorry it happened." "So am I, senorita, but I assure you we are here in this locality on a mission of peace, not war; so if you will keep our secret it will not only be best for us, but Cor you and yours also Americans make no fight on women and children, or noncombatants. At the same time we defend ourselves whenever assailed.'' "Did the major attack you ?" she asked, in a half whisper. "Oh, they can keep a secret when they wish to," said Jack, "and I believe she does. I'll bet my revol ver she is glad the major is wounded, for when I told her how treacherously he had acted her eyes flashed, and she said she was glad I had told her of it." "Oh, ho, then There's a story behind that. I guess the major is a suitor for her hand against her will and wishes, and we played into her hands by knocking him over." "I'll bet so, too,'' assented Jack. They pushed on, following t he path through which no vehicle had probably ever traveled, as it was too narrow for anything but cattle, horses and travelers on foot. It was a very winding path, for it pointed at almost every point of the compass, in avoiding swamps and jungles. They had followed it a little over a mile when they were startled by two rifle shots in the woods on their right, apparently not more than a hundred yards away. All three came to a sudden halt and listened, but they heard no other sound. Yankee Doodle motioned to them to follow him into a thick clump of bushes, where they sat down on the leaves to wait and listen to what else would happen. Nearly an hour passed when two more shots rang out pretty near in the same locality. "That is not war,'' whispered Yankee Doodle, "but I'll bet it is murder." "He did, and in a cowardly manner," and in a few "That'gijust what it is," whispered Joe, nodding brief words he explained to her what had taken place his head. "Why should we bother with it?" in the woods. "We are not bothering with it," replied Yankee Her eyes flashed as she said : Doodle, "but we must be very cautious to avoid be" I am glad you told me that," and then she passed ing bothered with ourselves." into the house, leaving him just outside the door. A few moments later they heard footsteps coming Yankee Doodle and Joe soon joined him, and to-along the path, and all three held their breath as gether all three left the place, going down the road in they listened. Two Cubans passed going in the dithe direction ()f the little path which the old man had rection they themselves had been traveling. Both described to them. I were armed with rifles and machetes, while one of

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14 YANKEE DOODLE AND GOLD. them carried a bag in which a n ill-shapen object about the size of a peck measure had been thrust. They passed on out of sight and hearing. "I don't like that," whispered Yankee Doodle, "for they are going in the same direction as ourselves. Were they going the other way 1 wouldn't mind." What's to be done?" J ack asked "We've got to follow them, though we run the risk of being ambushed." "Well, we've got to run a risk anyhow," replied Jack, who cared very little for risks of any kind. They waited some fifteen or twenty minutes longer and then resumed their journey. But they wa .lked silently, each with his hand on his revolver ready for any emergency. There's a company of Spanish horse coming this way.'' Joe and Jack sprang up and followed him some fifty yards back in the timber, where they halted and re maine
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YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER"S GOLD. 15 stone bridge, and proceeded t,o make a minute inspec-had last seen the Cuban turn, they were very much tion of it. astonished at finding nobody there. He examined the bridge on the farther side very They looked around in every direction, but could cartfully, both on the right and the left, after which see nothing of him. Ile walked to the center of it and looked down at the "Well, I'm jiggered!" ejaculated Jack. "He t.urbulent stream that was pouring through under it vanished from si.ght right before our eyes." on its way to the sea.. "Oh, no," said Yankee Doodle, "he vanished be-Then he gazed up stream like one who seemed a bit hind this tree here." doubtful as to his bearing. "But where is he now?" After standing on the bridge for nearly five min"He's nit,"' said Joe. "Let's scatter and look for utes the Cuban crossed it on the west side in the 1 him," and the next moment the three drew their re-direction of the spot where the three Americans w ere concealed and started off into the woods on that side of the ravine. 'Boys," whispered Yankee Doodle to Jack and Joe, "as sure as we liYe that fellow is looking for Weyler's gold!" "If he is I hope he'll find it," remarked Jack, "as that would save us the trnuble of hunting for it ourselves. We can easily take care of him." "But I don't like to have a Cubau in the secret," said Yankee Doodle, shaking his head. "Oh, be won't be in it with us," chuckled Jack, "for I think be killed his companion in order to scoop the whole thing himself." "Come on," whispered Yankee Doodle, "we must keep him in sight," and they began dodging about through the bushes in their efforts to keep sight of the solitary Cuban, who was slowly and cautiously making his way through the woods along the \"\"est ba,nk of the ravine. They lo\lowed him for a distance or riaarly the eighth of a mile, when they saw him stop and look. around at a large collection of huge magnolia trees. They stood very thick about there, fully one hundred of them being in plain view of the spot where the three Americans stood. There were also nearly a dozen of them" lying on the ground, eYidently prostrated by a great cyclone or tornado. Some of them were torn up by the roots, whilst others were broken at different heights above the ground. They noticed the Cuban wandering around amongst them with the air of one who was very much puzzled. Several times he was out of sight of the three Americans behind some of the great magnolias. But he would reappear again, going from one tree to auother. By and by he disappeared altogether, and fully fifteen minutes passed without anything bemg seen of him. "What's become of him?" Jack asked in a whisper. "Oh, he is behind the trees," answered Yankee Doodle. "Keep quiet." "Well, I'd like to see him get out from behind the trees once in a while," and they stood quietly watching and waiting until upward of half an hour had passed. Then they decided to go forward in quest of him. On reaching the tree behind which Yankee Doodle volvers and hurried about from tree to tree, looking everywhere for the missing Cuban. At the end of half an hour they gave up the search satisfied that he had given them the slip. "Now, see here, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "that fellow is a .round here somewhere, for I cannot imagine how he could slip away from us as he did, as I had my eye on lum when he passed behind this tree. How he could get away \'vithout being seen puzzles me." "Well, what's to be done?" Joe asked. "Look for the four magnolias," replied Yankee Doodle, "standing at right angles to each other some ten or twelve feet apart." They each started off in search of four trees standing in that particular manner. Yankee Doodle soon found where a huge magnolia had been torn up by the roots in a storm. Three were left standing in the position that seemed to comply with what he was looking for. "Th:tt tree," said he looking at the prostrate giant "i.f it were now standing would make a quartette at right .lngles with each other." He then wll.}ked around the three trees that were standing, looking up twelve or fifteen feet from the ground in search of the hole that would reveal the hollow one he was looking for. Each of the three trees, however, appeared to be perfectly sound and solid. "None of these are hollow," he said to himself. "I'll examine the one on the ground." But when he went to it it lay so flat on the surface of the earth that it was impossible for him to tell whether or not there was a hole on the under si.de or not. He had nothing with which to test. the solidity of the log except his rifle barrel. He tapped it two or three times with that, but it gave forth a sound that left him more in doubt than he was before. "Well, I can find these again," he said to himself, "and I'll look for others. If the hollow tree is standing the hole is about twelve or fifteen feet above t he ground. lt was one of four standing at right angles some ten or twelve feet apart." He then stood up on the log, and looked around in every direction for Jack and Joe. He had been so busy examining the four trees he took no notice of the direction the other two had taken. He knew, though, they could not be very far away, so he kept his position on the prostrate magnolia for nearly a

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16 YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. quarLer of an hour, in the hope of catching a glimpse of one or both of them movrng about in the timber. By and by he began to feel just a bit uneasy, and regretted that the three did not remain together. "I fear we made a mistake in separating," he muttered to himself, "and we'll be in a deuce of a fix if we don't get together before night, and that will l:;e upon us in another hour." He was about to leap down from the prostrate magnolia to go in search of Jack and Joe, when he was startled by the crack of a rifle some two hundred yards in the woods back of him. At the same instant his hat flew ofI his head. Quick as a flash he tumbled off the trunk of the tree as though he had been shot throurrh the head. He la y flat down alongside of it where his hat had fallen, and drew his revolver. "That came from the Cuban," he muttered, "and if I keep quiet he may show up; if I fail to bring him down it will be because I have forgotten how to shoot -but I don't think I A half hour passed, during which time he never moved from bis position. His wonder as to the whereabouts of Joe and Jack increased all the time. "This is the worst fix I >vas ever in," he muttered, "for it won't do for me to leave here without finding the other two. I don't believe they would return to the road without coming back this way for me." He knew that within a half hour or so night would be on him, when the dark1iess in such a forest would be so great that he could almost feel it. Just then he saw creeping towards him on the trnnk of the prostrate tree a creature, the sight of which filled him with horror. It was four or five feet 1011g, nearly as large as his thigh, and of the shape of an enormous lizard or alligator. It crawled along the trunk of the tree, stopping at interval'>, raising its head and looking about. To him, in his position, it was far more repulsive looking than anything he bad ever seen, for along its back and tail it had a corrugated ridge not unlike that be had seen on alligators. It is well to explain to the reader that the animal he saw was an iguana, a species of lizard common in Cuba, and as harmless as the little six-inch lizard in the United States. The Cubans kill it for its flesh, which is said to be so near like the flesh of chicken in color and flavor, that travelers had often been de ceived when they ate it. But Yankee Doodle had never seen one, nor even heard it spoken of during the time he had been on the island ; hence the feeling of horror and fear that crept over him as he lay there on the leaves beside the fallen tree. He felt his very hair rise on end as the creature crawled along the trunk of the tree until it was almost directly over him. There it stopped, raised its head, and looked to the right and left. It finally looked down at him, and assumed an attitude o[ timid fear. But Yankee Doodle thought it was about to spring upon him and, quick as a flash, he shoved the muzzle of his against its head ancl fired. It gaYc a jump and fell on the other ide of the tree, where ht) heard it splashing among the leaves for several minutes. "By George!" he said to himself, "I gue s that settled him. Why, it would have killed an elephant at such close range. I would gi vc my share of Wey lcr's treasure to be out of this, but if I get up and return to the road, I would leave Jack and Joe probably in the same fcr and at the same time run the ri k of being picked oil by that Cuban. IL's strange the two shots doesn't bring any re ponsc from them, for it seems to me that it ought to bring them back. If the fir t shot I heard had not been aimed at me I would have thought it came from one of them and would have made my way in the direction of it. It may be tbat they went there thinking it came from me, and now I've got to wait to sec if that pistol shot will bring any response." So he lay quietly where he was and listened. The horrible creature he had shot was so still and quiet on the other side of the tree he knew it was dead. Night came on, and the darknes was so intense he could not see his hand when moved within an inch of his face. "I'm in for it,'' he muttered, "for now it is too late for me to shift my position I am going to lie bore through the night, because if I attempt to find my way back to the road I will be just as apt to go farther into the woods as to move the other way. As it, is, I have a brace of revolvers with which I can de fend myself if attacked by man or beast. I ha,c always been told that there arc no beasts of prey or venomous erpcnts in Cuba, and tbat there was nothing worse or more dangerous to man on the island than the mosquitoes, but that creature I shot seems to give the lie to the whole story." Hour after hour pas eel and nc1'thing was heard, not even the rustle of a lea(. The mosquitoes bothered him a good deal, but thousands of fireflies in the forest seemed to be like little twinkling stars. Although he had walked many miles that day and was considerably fatigued, he was very far from reeling sleepy. He finally fell asleep, however, and when he awoke day was dawning. He was wet to the skin by the heavy dew that had fallen upon him, but that he minded not as he was used to it, but the fact that neith r Joe nor Jack had shown up gave him more worry than anything else. "If they are ali vc," he said to himself, "they cl'r tainly would have fired their riJles or revolvers as a signal to me that we might get together, but only two shots have I heard, one from myself and another from one who shot to kill .'' He slowly, cautiously rose to his knees, p ered over the log at the great lizard he had killed the evening before, and then rose to his feet.

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YANKEE DOODLE AND \YEYLERS GOLD. It is true, sen or." "What is the secret?" Yankee Doodle asked. The Cuban turned over on the ground and raised himself to a sitting positiou against the trunk of the tree. His right arm was useless from the wound in his shoulder, through which the bullet had passed and lodged in the trunk of the ma,gnolia behind him. As he was making the move to sit up his rifle was lying close by him, but Yankee Doodle kicked it away with his foot for fear he might seize it suddenly and attempt to fire again. The fellow groaned as if in great pain, as no doubt he was; yet; Yankee Doodle kept him covered with his rifle, ready to fire at any moment. "vVhat is the secret?" he asked again. The Cuban looked him straight in the eyes for the space of a coup le of minutes, and then said: "It is a secret of a hidden iereasure." feet, and with the cry of a demon sought to clutch Yankee Doodle by the throat with his left hand. The latter sprang nimbly aside, utterly astounded at the terrific energy displayed by the wounded villain, who drew his machete that hung to a rude belt a,round his waist and sought to cut him down. It was then that Yankee Doodle fired, the muzzle of his rifle being within three feet of the Cuban's breast. The man fell to the ground with a groan, turned on his back, and, with two or three gasps, was dead. "Lord!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, "he was the worst I ever saw. Knowing that he was utterly incapable of successfully attacking me,' such was his rage at finding that another had the secret, he his life in an attempt to make the secret die with him. Yankee Doodle was about to search the clothes of ''A hidden treasure, eh?" the dead man in the hope of finding some memor::wda "Si, senor." which would throw some light on the locality of the "Where is the treasure?" hidden treasure, when he was startled by a loud "It is in the woods, a mile away from the third whoop about seventy-five yards away in the bushes, block-house on the trochagoing southward." followed by a voice, saying: "Do you know where it is?" "Here he is, Jack; here he isl" and the next mo" Not exactly, senor, but I have directions by which ment he saw Joe running towards him at full speed. it could be found." "Great Scott, Phil," cried Joe, "where have you "Whose treasure is ft?" been? I never was so glad to see you in my life !" "It belongs to the Government of Spain." "I haven't been one hundred yards away from this "How did you get hold of the secret ?" spot, Joe, since I last saw you yesterday." "Through a woman whose husband was killed after "The deuce ;you haven't! Why, Jack and I hunted it was forced from him." all through the woods for you. Hello! A dead "Does anybody else khow it now beside you?" Cuban," and he turned and looked at the Cuban lying "No, senor; I am the last one of four who knew on the ground, with unmingled astonishment. about it." Before Yankee Doodle could make any explanation, "Now, tell me," said Yankee Doodle, "why chdyou he lieard Jack come tearing through the bushes, come this way?" and again a joyous greeting took place. "To escape those who were trying to force it from "Pa rd, old man," said Jack as be wrung his hand, me," be replied. "we beat the bushes for you everywhere. We heard "Four of you knew about it, did you?" your rifle an hour or so after we lost you and tried to "Si, senor." get to you, but couldn't. Hello !" and he, too, wheeled "And two of you killed the other two, so that only and looked at the dead Cuban. "Why, that's the two of you had the secret?" same fellow we saw on the bridge yesterday!" "No, no, senor; they were killed by our pur"Yes," said Yankee Doodle, "he is the same felsuers." low, and it was bis rifle, not mine, you heard yester" Very well. Your comrade was killed, so that day, and here is where his bullet went." you only have the secret?" He took off his hat and showed them the holes in it. "Si, senor." "Suffering Moses!" exclaimed Jack, "that was a "Now, that's a pretty story," remarked Yankee close call, pard." Doodle. "You killed your comrade yourself, for I "So it was," assented Yankee Doodle, "but I have saw you go into the woods with him and come out given him a closer one," and then he proceeded to tell alone. Your cupidity urged you to kill him that you them the story of his ad ventures from the time they might get the treasure yourself. Now, you think that parted up till that moment. secret is known only to you, and so you have told me "So he had the secret too?" said Jack. a cock-and-bull story about its being buried in the "Yes, four of them had it, but he managed to kill neighborhood of the trocha, a mile from the third off the othec three and was here after it for himself. block-house, but let me tell you that I know very well He evidently intended to hold it against all the world. that it is not bucied at all, but is in the hollow of one Now where in creation have you and Joe been?" of four magnolia trees standing at right angles with Jack then explained that they had wandered about each other here in these very woods." through the woods looking for four magnolia trees "Caramba !" gasped the Cuban, and the next mo-standing at right angles to each other ten or twelve ment, notwithstanding his wounds, he sprang to his I feet apart, and had kept it up for an hour or two, not

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Y.dNKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. thinking that they had gone any consi.derable disI knife :wd cut down chipped a .forked limb tance from where they had left him. Fmally, when 1 at the lower end of it and sharpened it like a. hook. they heard a rifle shot, they thought it was a signal I Jie fastened it into the mouth of the carcass and from him that he had found the right tre e, but were thus dragged it down to the water and threw it in. not exactly certain of the direction from which the "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "let us have sound had come; but they beat around that way as something to eat, for I'm hungry as a wolf." well a s they could, thinking every moment that they "So am I," exclaimed the other two,'' and they all would he.:'tr another shot or else a call. Not hearing three proceeded to devour some of the rations they from him, howeYer, they kept up the search until had brought with them. mght came on and the intense darkness compelled them to lie down and spend the night where it overtook them. When they heard the shots exchanged between him and the Cuban after sunrise they started ag _in to reach him, but not until the third and last CH APTER VIII. "THAT'S WHERE WE BLUNDERED !" shot was heard were they sure of his locality THE three returned to the roadside for the purpose "Well, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "if I should of making a breakfast of some of the rations they had live to be a. hundred years old I would never expect brought with them, as well a> to observe landmarks io pass such a night again as that was. It was well on the way. As they reached the roadside, Jack sugand truly a night of horror for me, for the strange gested that they search for the bag which the Cuban animal I killed was the worst looking thing I have I had concealed somewhere in the bushes. e\er seen, and I am puzzled yet to know what it was." I "Breakfast first, Jack," said Yankee Doodle. "I'm. "'HTb t ?" 1 d J l n is i : a c L. I so much so r. wouldn'.t stop to pick up the I will shov; you, he said, after we hae discaptam-general's gold 1f I saw 1t." posed of this body here." "Then you must be hungry," laughed Jack. "All right,'' said Jack, "what shall we do with "You can bet your share of the treasure that I it?" am, and that I am going to have something to eat "Search it first, and see what we can find on it." before I do anything else." Jack knelt down by the dead Cuban and searched "I'm hungry, too," remarked Joe, "and I have a. all the pockets of his clothes. He found nothing but thirst also." some tobacco and a dozen cartridges in one of the "Oh, there is water enough," said Yankee Doodle; pockets. "no trouble about that." "This is all, pards," he said. Will you kindly show it to me ?" Joe asked. "Put the tobacco back in his pocket," ordered "Right under the bridge," said the other. Yankee Doodle, "and the cartridges in your belt. "Well, I'll wait until I find another stream some-Then we will throw the body into the stream as we where before I take a drink of water into which we have nothing with which to bury it." threw the Cuban and that high land alligator." Jack picked up the body and bore it to the banks of "By George I never thought of that,'' said the stream, tossed it into the water and it sank out Yankee Doodle. "Guess I won't drink any of it myof sight. self, unless we go above where we threw them in." "Now come on," said Yankee Doodle, :md he led "Of course not," put in Jack, "and even if we do the way to the fallen magnolia where still lay the that, it would be bad for us to drink it anyway, for it body of the dead iguana. is nothing but surface drainage, and the whole island "Great Scott!" exclaimed Joe, "what is it?" is covered with both vegetable and animal decayed "Tell me, and I'll tell you," said Yankee Doodle, matter." "for that very question has been passing through my "What in thunder arc we to do, then?" Yankee mind every minute since I first saw it. It's a wonder Doodle asked, as he began munching on his ra tions. that every hair on my head is not as white as snow." "We'vl!got to hunt for a spring." "It's ugly enough to make a man's hair turn "All right ; we'll do that after we have eaten," white,'' said Joe. and they went out into the road, strolled over to the "I should say it was; and the worst of it, it was bridge, and sat down near it under the shade of a making ready to spring upon me as I lay over there on large. tree, where they consumed the last of the the other side of the log when I fired. And worse :rations they had brought with them. still, I had the excruciating suspense of the whole They sat there nearly half an hour, eating slowly night, expecting every moment that others like it and conversing in low tones about the terrible ad would pounce upon me." ventures of the night through which they had just '' We had better throw this in the water too, pard,'' passed. said Jack, "as in a few hours the heat will cause it tO' When they had finished Joe remarked: be offensive." "We are like a trio of tramps who have no idea as "All right, we'll throw it in, but I'm blest if I care to where their next meal is to come from." to put my hands on it." "It's not so bad as that," replied Yankee Doodle, "Oh, we needn't touch it," said Jack, who drew his "as we have our rifles with which to shoot game."

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20 YANK E E DOODLE AN D WEYLER' S G O LD "So we have," assented Joe, "but where is the we find rations in it that will save us a deal of time, game?" maybe, in hunting for game." "We've got. to hunt for it," was the reply, "just "All right," assented Yankee Doodle; "we'll try like any othe r hunters." it anyway," and they began beating about among the "It s eems to me we've got a pretty big job on bushes in search of the bag-. They each had the im hand," r emarked Jack. "First, we've got to hunt pression that it could not be far from the roadside, as w ater, hunt up a dinn er, hunt for the treasure and the Cuban himself reappeared within five minutes, the n s earch for the Ouban's b ag." I when he went into the woods to hide it. "Oh, we c a n do without that bag," said Yankee Yet, after a half hour spent in diligent s earch, they Doodle, "for I guess there is nothing in it to pay us all three reappeared at the roadside empty hande d for time wasted in hunting for it." "Boys, I'm puzzled," sa. id Yankee Doodle, as he "Say Phil," said Jack, looking Yankee Doodle looked at his two comrades. straight in the face, "you s eem to be losing your "What's the matter?" asked Jack. grip." "These woods seem to be enchanted. We c an't "Ho w so?" Phil asked. find a blamed thing we look for, even when we almost "Why your adventures last night to have know where it is." rattled you, as you don't reason with your usual cl ear"Oh, thunder!" exclaimed Jack, "you don't b e ness. I'm inclin e d to think that that b a g is the first lieve in such things." thing we should find, for I a m wil1ing to gamble that I "I never did," he replied, "but all the sa.me it those fellows had r \tions in it." worries me that we three can't find the bag when we "Level head," exclaimed Joe ; "that's just what know that fellow could not have gone over fifty y ards it is." from the roadside to hide it. I am not superstitious "Maybe you're right," laughed Yankee Doodl e that I am aware of, yet this thing bothers me." "still for all that I don't hanker very much after the "Don't lose your grip, pard," advised Jack, '"for rations of such fellows, for they are too hungry to it may be that some animal found it last night and carry ariy food with them, except inside their stom-dragged it away for the rations that were in it. achs." "That won't do," laughed Yankee Doodle, "for Joe and Jack laughed, and the latte r remarked: had there been anything in it that a wild animal "Your reasoning powers are coming back, old would eat he would hardly sling it over his should e r m a n. and carry it home to his wif e and children, but would I don t think I ever lost them, parcl,'' and with have torn the bag to pieces on the spot and eate n its tha t Y anke e Doodle rose to his f eet, w ent up on the contents." bridge and cross e d over to the other side, followed b y "Maybe he did do that," returned Jack, "and w a s Jack and Joe so hungry that he swallowed the b a g too." On that side of the stream they notice d a li ttle pat h "Oh, yes, retorted Yankee Doodle, and I gue s s leading down below the bridge throug h the bushes. the same animal h a s gnawed down the treasure tree "I think w e had bette r follow that p atb," s a id J and e aten up the treasure also." Yankee Doodl e "and se e where it ltads to, for I ha Ye "You're away off there, pard, for there never was the impression on my mind that. there is. a spring I any animal created that will do anything more tha n somewhere out the r e unde r that hill." eat the bark and buds of trees, so you may r est easy "All right," s a id J a ck, "we can soon find out on that score. If you give me any more lo g ic lik e about it," and the cowboy led the way down the pa.th, that, Joe, I will have to take you down to the water' s follow e d by the other two. edge and put a mud plaster on the back of your Afte r going about a hundred yards they came to a neck." bold spring of clear, sparkling wate r. They gave up the search for the bag, and a gain "Say, Jack," said Joe,. the old m a n struck it just started up along the banks of the stream, in search right when he said that path would lead us to a of the four magnolias standing at right angles to spring." each other. As they advanced they spread out about "Y cs,'' assented Jack, plucking a large leaf, with fifty feet apart, so as to have a wider range as they which he improvised a dipper; "if you'll only find advanced. the path now that will lead us to those four trees Before separating, however, they agreed upon sigwe're looking for, we'll fo rgive him all the mischief nals by which they could communicate with each he has everdone. other. They were so elated at finding the spring they sat When Yankee Doodle reached the spot where he clown by it, drank copiously, and waited a half hour had passed the night a l ongside the fallen magnolia, before resuming their search for the treasure. After he stopped and gazed critically at the three magdrinking heartily again they returned to the bridge: nolias that were still standing, and reasoned that if crossed over to the other side, and again entered the the fourth one was still erect it would make the woods square they were looking for. "Now, look here," said Jack, "let's look a.round He was so well convinced he was right, he signaled for that bag. We needn't waste much time at it; if to Jack and J oe to join h i m

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Y A N K EE DOO DL E AND WE YLE K S GOLD. 21 "What is it, pard ?" they both asked, as they came up. "Look at those three trees standing there," he an swered, pointing to the three magnolias. "What's the matter with them?" asked Jack. "There isn't anything tho matter with them that I know of, but I want you to tell me what you think about them, if this other one was standing up in its place. Wouldn't it fill the description we are looking for?" Jack and Joe looked at the fallen tree, and measured with their eyes as nearly as they could the position it had stood in before it was prostrated by the cyclone. "Hanged if I don't think you're right,'' said Jack, as he walked around the three trees that were stand ing, looking up for the hole which the old Cuban had described to them. Each of the three trees appeared to be perfectly solid, and Jack calle<3i his attention to that fact. "Yes,'' said Yankee Doodle, "I noticed that yesterday; but what we want to find out now is whether or not the tree which was blown down is the hollow one " If it is,'' remarked Joe, "the hollow must be on the under side of it." "Exactly,'' said Yankee Doodle; "that's what we want to find out before going any further." The three looked at the tree in silence for several minutes, after wluch Jack made the remark that an ax, pick and shovel were the three implements they were in need of. "And it is strange," he added, "we never thought to bring them.'' "We've got to get 'em," said Yankee Doodle, "as we have nothing with which to dig the ea.rth away except our knives, and they are mighty poor tools for ditching. "All the same," said Jack, "with time and pa tience we can dig a pretty big hole with them." "So we could, but it would take us two or three days to do it, and then, if the tree proved to be the one we were looking for we would have no way of cut tiing it open to get at the treasure." "We could whittle the tree up with the knife," said Jack. "Oh no, my son,'' said Yankee Doodle, sa.rcastic ally "By the time we had finished the excavation our knives would be so dull we couldn't cut a leaf with them. Then if we left to go after axes, the excava tion would excite the curiosity if not the suspicion of anybody who might come this way:" Jack and Joe recognized the force of his logic, and the latter remarked : brought an ax with us anyway, because we expect,ed to find the treasure in the hollow of a tree. "Right again," laughed Yankee Doodle. "The truth is there is where we blundered Just how we're going to get an ax p u zzles me, for not one Cuban family in a thousand ever owned an ax or had any use for one. They use the machete for everything in Cuba, from a spoon to a cross-cut saw. "Say, pard,'' said Jack, sitting down on the log with a half woebegone look on his face, "why didn't we think of that before?" "Ask me something easy,'' returned Yankee Doodle. "It shows that to make a fortune a man has got to work hard and overcome obstacles that almost make him sick to look at. CHAPTER IX. THE BRUSH WITH SPANISH CA VALRY AND HOW IT ENDED. THE three sat there on the fallen tree for quite a while, discussing the pro and con of the situation. "The truth is, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "we've got to make another trip, as the Cubans we left be hind in the camp will be bothered about our continued absence. We must return to them else they will think some mishap has befallen us, and may leave altogether to secure their own safety. They might wait for us a few days, but no longer. If we go back there we might be able to get an ax or two by s ending Manuel through the lines into the city after it, and I am inclined to think it is the only way we can get one "I guess you are right, pard,'' assented Jack. "I don't see any other way we can manage it." "Then let us be off,'' said Joe, in a very much dis gusted tone of voice They again made their way down to the roa,dside, crossed over the bridge, and went to the spring where they drank copiously of the refreshing water. "Shall we go back the same way?" Joe asked "Of course,'' answered Yankee Doodle; "we have no time to look up another route. "All :right; let's be off,'' and they once more returned to the bridge, crossed over, and started off on their return to camp. "We want to look out now, boys,'' said Yankee Dood l e, "and dodge into the woods if we see anybody coming towards us along th0 road. We don't want to pick up any trouble that will detain us." When about half way back to the place where they had struck the main road they noticed a flock of buz zards hovering over the woods on their left. "Do you know what that means?" Yankee Doodle asked of Joe. "All of which means that we must not do anything "Yes," he replied ; "it means tha,t there is some-until we get axes and spades. thing dead out there." "Right for once," said Yankee Doodle "That's "Of course It's one of the two Cubans we followed just what we'll have to do yesterday. "Well,'' said Jack, "it seems to me that we'd bet"Yes, I guess it is a regular Cuban funeral. ter make sure this is the right, tree before we lose any They roached the little trail through which they time hunting up. axes and spades. We should have I had come in due time, and entered it to make their

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YANKEE DOODLE WEYLER'S GOLD. way back to the other road on which lived the old I It is always a pleasure to an American gentleman to Spaniard, who gave them directions how to find it. be of service to one of your sex." After a four or five mile tramp, they struck the "Thank you," she replied, "I would not have had road about a mile below the old man' s place, and it go to such an extent as that. As it is I will be re-started eastward in the direction of his house. lieved of his attentions for some time." "We want to be careful now," warned Yankee "Why don't you forbid him the house?" Yankee Doodle, "for we left the wounded officer there yester-Doodle asked. day, and it may be that other Spanish soldiers are "Alas, it is impossible, for they have my father in about looking for us or for the purpose of taking him their power, and so we are forced to submit." back to the city. We must avoid everybody and get "Ab, senorita, I promise you that if we again meet back to camp just as quick as we can." the major we will settle up the matter with him in When they came in sight of the house they care-such a way that you'll never more be bothered by fully surveyed the premises, but saw no one save the him. Now, will you kindly tell us how we can find little children playing about the yard, as on the day our way back to the great road leading south from before. J the city, without having to grope our way through "I guess the major has been sent to the city," re-the forest?" marked Yankee Doodle, "so we may as well go I "Yes, senor; if you will follow the road the way ahead." you are going now a little over a mile, you will find a As on the day before the children rushed into the smaller road which turns on the It will house when they saw them coming, and a few moyo.u to the other road 1f follow. 1t, but.you ments later the old man's daughter appeared at the will be rn constant danger of meetmg solchers, d or and .,.azed at the three Americans who raised as there are many farms a.long the lme of the roctd hats0 and bowed very ceremoniousl;. with a good many houses scattered all the way." She returned the greeting and ran out to the gate, "Thank you much, senorita; we will take t_he where she called out in Spanish: chances of dodgrng them, f?r we can travel twice "Senor Americano, the major was taken to the as fast that way than by go_mg through the city this morning, and soldiers are looking for you." And now .let me sa:Y to you m for your Thank you, senorita," said Jack, "we are very if y?u arc m med of protection at any time, much in hopes they will not be able to ind us, as we nail a little of white clot!1 to that tree out do not \Yish to have any trouble with them. I hope by the roadside, and we will understand what it the ma.jor is not seriously hurL." j means when we pass this way again." ,, I "Oh, I thought you "ere goi11g to return to the "He is verybadlyhurt, scnoi> "They United States," said she ith a look of surprise on forced my father to go to the city with lrnn that he h f might be questioned by the general about the trouble," er ace. "So we are some day, but when we do the flag of and then she asked in English why they did not go to Spain will no longer wave over Cuba." Mariel. "We found it too dangerous to do Yankee Doodle, and arc going back." Back where ?" she asked. "Senor Americano, that can ne,er be. Spain is so," replied too powerful; there are more than fifty thousand sol diers in Havana now." "To the United States." "Indeed ?" "Yes," he rppea ted, "for we have failed to meet friends whom we expected to find in this neighborhood." ./ "That may be true, senorita, but fifty thousand Spanish soldiers would be a mere bagatelle for the American army to dispose of. Spain is three thousand miles away from Cuba; the Unite d States is less than one hundred. Vve can cover the island with armies tha.t will sweep Spain into the sea, and we are going to do it quickly." "How in the world will you g e t out of Cuba?" she asked. "And when you do, Senor Americano, who will an ex-rule Cuba?" Yankee Doodle shrug g e d his shoulders with pression of doubt on his fac e I "vVhy, the people of Cuba themselYes," be re"I fear you will be caught," she remarked. "Why should you fear ?" she asked, "for we the enemies of Spain and you are loyal." plied, "for we Americans believe that the people of are I e,ery country should have the right. to govern themselves, just as the people in Spain do, without paying tribute to any other nation on earth. Have you never been to the United States, senorita?" "I would be sorry to hear of any harm coming to you three, for you rendered me a great service yes terday." "Indeed! How? if I may ask?" "By relieving me of ttc attentions of the major." "Oh, I understand," and he laughed. "Sorry you didn't tell us about it yesterday so we could have fin ished him, for we could have done so with the greatest pleasure had we known that it would please you. "No, senor." "Then you have missed seeing the most wonder ful country on earth. We number seventy millions of people, all of whom are happy and contented, for they have no one to interfere with them or make them afraid. Our government is of our own mak. ing, and the hills and valleys teem with churches

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Y DOODLE .AND WEYLER'S GOLD. 23 and school-houses, while railroads and steamboats go in every direction. Our treasury is overfiowi11g with gold, and we are rated as the richest nation on earth. \Ve mean to expel Spain from Cuba in order to put a stop to Spanish oppression which causes revolution, mterferes with commerce and shocks the sensibilities of the world by the barbarities perpetrated by both Spaniards and insurgents. "Say, pard," said Jack, "sorry to interrupt you, but a squad of Spanish cavalry is coming down the road." "The deuce you say," exclaimed Yankee Doodle, running out to where Jack was standing in order to get a view of the road in the direction of the city. There, much to his surprise, he saw a party of twelve or fifteen Spanish cavalry coming towards him at a brisk trot. said he, "we must break for the woods," and with that he made a dash across an opening a couple of hundred yards wide, directly in front of the hou e The Spaniards saw them and began firing, at the same time urging their horses at full speed in pursuit. Mauser bullets \vhistled all around the three, but luckily no one was hit. They gained the timber at a time when the cavalry were less than one hundred yards away from them. "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "let us show them how dangerous it is to chase American boys that way," and with that he raised his rifle as he stood b e hind a tree and fired One of the cavalrymen tumbled out of his saddle: Almost at the same instant Jack and Joe blazed away with the same result. "Give 'em another!" called Yankee Doodle, and three more shots emptied as many saddles The loss of six of their number seemed to stagger the cavalrymen. They stopped and looked at the young lieutenant who was in command of them. They heard the young officer order them to charge, and just as they were aoout to do so three more saddl e s were emptied, whereupon the others wheeled and rode back in the direction of the house with all the speed their horses could put up. "Say, pard," sung out Jack, "here are horses to spare; why should we walk back to camp?" "Yes, why should we?" asked Joe. "We may have to keep in the woods," said Yankee Doodle "Well, that's all right," returned Jack, "if we have to take to the woods it will be easy enough to do so. It has been a long time since I was in a sad dle "Get your horse, then," said Yankee Doodle, and the three emerged from the timber and proceeded to s ecure three horses. Yankee Doodle sprang upon one of them, and called out to the others to follow him. They did so, and in a few moments were dashing up the roa,d at a lively l'ate of speed. The sur\'irnrs of the fight had gone the other way. "Look out for the other road now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, as they rode forward. I n a very few minutes they came to where a much smaller road branched off to the right. They turned into it, and rode as fast as they thought their horses cou l d go. "By George, J ack, o l d man," said Y ankee D oodle, "this is better than tramping. "You bet it is," he replied I never like to walk when I can ride After going a mile or so,' they passed a farmhouse which was evidently deserted, as they saw no one about the premises A half mile farther on they came to a little collection of four or five houses, \vhere they saw quite a lot of children a n d several women They dashed by witho u t stopping, the women and children gazing after them in open eyed wonder. Several other houses, large and small, were passed without thei r seeing any one whom they had any reason to fear or avoid "vVe can't be Yery far away from the main road now," Yankee D oodle remarked to Jack. "Not very far," answered J ack, "but we are not out of the woods yet." Being the best rider of the three Jack forged ahead with his rifle lying across his l ap. Suddenly they saw a party of Spanish cava lry who were dismounted i n front of a farmhouse They were evidently in search of food, and had no .expectation of being disturbed by an enemy. "Hold up, pard," said Jack, "or we'll run into a hornet's nest. "No danger o f that," returned Jack. Vie can get past them before the y can get their breath," and w1th that he dashed on with a daring recklessness that forc ed Y ankee Doodle and Joe to follow him, or. e l se leave him to face the danger a l one The y dashed on after h im, and were a lmost along side of the cavalr y horses before the dismounted cavalrymen were aware of their presence The Spaniards turned a .nd looked at them in astonishment, wondering who they were They were going so fast the soldiers were utterly unable to make them out, hence not a shot was fired at them, and in another minute or two they were out of sight in the bend of the road. T he officer in command of the cavalry immediately ordered a mount and dashed off in pursuit. When they turned the bend of the road where they had last seen the three horsemen they came in sight of them half a mile away. "They are coming for us, pard," laughed Jack, a s he looked back over his shoulder "Let 'em come," said Y Doodle, "but we'll have to dh;rnount at the first patch of woo ds that offers us a good shelter, or else we will lead them t.>o close to. our camp.

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YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. OHAP'l'ER X. ONCE MORE IN CAMP-OUR HEROES BUILD AIR CAS-TLES IN THE BUSHES. THEY dashed on about a quarter of a mile further to where the road ran through a piece of heavy timber, and there dismounted and led their horses into the bushes. Then they opened fire on their pursuers with their Winchesters. Each being a dead shot, no ammunition was wasted, and in less than sixty sec onds the Spaniards knew they had run up against a very bad thing. Still they relied upon superiority of numbers, and actually roae up to the very spot where the three had entered the woods. There they delivered a volley of nearly 31 score of rifle shots without doing any damage to anything but the trees. The three Americans, however, kept popping away at them until nearly a dozen had been knocked out. By that time the spaniards had dismounted and en tered the wood, as though determined that the three men should not get the best of them. Come, boys," said Joe to Yankee Doodle, "there's no use staying here. There are too many of them, and the next thing we know we'll get mixed up with them." ComP. ahead," said Yankee Doodle, leading ofl' through the woods para.llel to the road. Fortunately they were not seen by the Spaniards, and so they got away without being pursued. Their three horses were captured, and the captors believing the riders were nearby, confined themselves to beating the bushes in the vicinity. Pretty soon they were enabl ed to strike the road again, along which they traveled a.t a pretty fast gait .until they had placed a mile between them and the Presently they struck another great road, which they supposed to be the one they were in search of. They stopped in the bushes to get their bearing. "It must be that we are between our camp and the city," said Yankee Doodle, "because the road w e were in was between us and the route we took whe n we first started out yesterday morning." "You're right, pa rd," said Jack, "and we can so o n find the place where the old man with the secret was murdered." "Would you know the place?'' Joe asked. "Of course I would." "Lead the way then," said Yankee Doodle, "but keep pretty close in the bushes, for I want to find some of our fellows before we are seen by anybod y else." Jack led the way down the road, keeping clos e enough to the bushes on the right hand side to be able to dodge into them at a moment's warning. They traveled that way a couple of miles when they suddenly ran into three of their Cubans, who sprang up and greeted them with a great deal of satisfaction. "We thought something had happened to you, senor," said one of them to Yankee Doodle. "Oh, no," was the reply ; "we simply got too far away to get back last night. What's the news?" "Two of our men have been captured." "How did that happen and when?" "They were captured by a party of cavalry ye s t e r day afternoon, on a road leading out to th<:i left from this one two miles above here.'1 "Great Scott, pard !"exclaimed Joe, on hearing that, "it is the very road we have just left!" "So it is," assented Yankee Doodle, who proceed ed to question the Cuban as to how the disaster hap-enemy. pened. "We got out of that pretty well, boys,'' said YanI Tb t ld b' tl t tl 1 l d k D dl ey o 1m ia rn cava ry 1a come upon ee 00 e them so suddenly they had no way of escaping. "The deuce we did," said Jack. "We lost our "Do you know what became of them?" Yankee horses." Doodle asked. "Oh, well," laughed Yankee Doodle, "they didn't belong to us anyway, and as they outnumbered us about ten to one, you ought to be satisfied that we didn't lose more." "Well, I am not," returned Jack; "that was a pretty good horse I had and I wanted to keep him." "Oh, that's nonsense, we can't keep any horseson this trip, because we have to dodge about through the woods too much." "Well, I can take care of a horse, and dodge about through the woods, too." "Maybe you can," was the reply, "but Joe and I can't." They soon became satisfied that the Spaniards were still looking for them in the woods, as they saw no evidence of further pursuit, so they pushed on at a more leisurely pace, until they came in sight of another farm-house. There they made their way around unperceived, keeping in the bushes to avoid being seen by a .nybody who could give information of their presence in the vicinity. They were shot, senor." "Shot?" "Si, senor, at sunrise this morning, ac one of our men who was prowling around their camp discovered soon after hearing the shots." "That's bad," said Yankee Doodle, shaking his head, "and it shows you fellows that it is better to die fighting than to surrender or be captured. We had thirty men after us this morning, but we threw them off after killing nearly a dozen of them, and I guess it is the same pa.rty who did that shooting. Have you seen anything of Manuel?" "Si, senor; he is at the .camp now. He came in early this morning.'' "Did he bring any news ?" "I think he did, senor, but he will give it to no one but you." "All right; that shows he has a level head." "How far are we from the camp now ?" "About half a mile, senor."

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Y ANKEE DOODLE A N D WEYLER'S G O LJ) 25 "All right; we'll go then. You three had better able to get it. When you get it, lose no time in re-stay here and keep a watch on the road." turning. If you can find a shovel or a hoe, get one. They hurried down the road, and had not gone Here is the money with which to pay for them. It is more than a few hundred yards when Jack recognized very important that you get them." the landmark of the spot where the old Cuban soldier "I will get them, senor,'' said the old Cuban, "if had been murdered for his secret. Yankee Doodle it is possible for them to be had." and Joe recognized it also when he pointed it out to "I know that well enough, old man,'' and Yankee them. Doodle handed him ten pesos in Spanish gold, with Of course they knew then where they were, and instructions to lose as little time as possible in gethad no difficulty in going straight to the little camp, ting away. where they found Manuel and five of the Cubans As soon as Manuel was gone Yankee Doodle turned waiting for them. to the other four Cubans and said that he wanted "I was afraid something had happened to you, two of them to make their way down to the coast senor," said Manuel. east of Cienfuegos, and there signal to any American "Thank you, old man. I'm glad that nothing has craft and get aboard as quickly as possible with a lethappened to you. How did you find things in the ter to General Shafter at Santiago. city?" "When the captain of the craft understands that "I found tbe soldiers all very busy, senor. Blanco it is a dispatch to the general he will land you there has them all at work fortifying e\'ery inch of ground as quickly as he can." from tbe water's edge on the east to the seashore on He then sat down with his pencil and notebook, and the west side, and they're making them strong, for the next half hour was engaged in writing a re too." port to General Shafter. When he had finished he "Well, I'm glad to hear that,'' remarked Yankee sealed it up, addressed it properly ,and gave it to the Doodle. two Cubans, with a certain amou11t of money to bear "Why, so, senor?" Manuel asked, in a rather sur-. any expense that might be incurred on the trip. prised tone of voice. I The two fellows then went away, leaving only two Because it means' that they intend to stay there of their number behind them. Soon after their de-and defend it." parture Ja.ck came to Yankee Doodle and said: "Of course, senor, and with such works as they are "Pard, I have found out something about the two building they will be able to defend it." Cubans whom we found going along the road with f "You forget, old man,'' returned Yankee Doodle, the Cuban woman and her two daughters." smilingly, "that with the fleet on the water side and "What is it?" Yankee Doodle asked. an American :i,rmy on this side, we can ca.pture the "They are the two fellows who were killed by the city without firing a gun." 1 Spaniards." A look of incredulity on the face of Manuel and his "Oh, ho,'' and Yankee Doodle whistled. Then he comrades caused the three Americans to break into a added: hearty laugh. "I don't understand you, senor," said the old Cu ban shaking his head. "Well, I'll explain to you. With an army on the land side and a fleet in front of the city how will Blanco be able to feed his army? He will have to come out from behind his breastworks to fight us, or die of starvation in the trenches. Do you understand me now?" "Si, senor. They will come out and fight, for they have a large army.'' If they do we will lick 'em,'' said Joe, for in an open field the Americans can thrash them with but very little trouble."' "Now, I want to have you go back to the city, Manuel, to get me a couple of axes. Do you think you can do it ?" "I can go back to the city," he replied, "but whether I can find any axes or not I don't know." "Well, I'll tell you how you can find an ax. The Cubans do not use them as a general thing, but there are English, German and French families there, many of whom keep business houses that have such things for sale to their countrymen. Find some of those people and tell .them what you want and you'll be "I'll wager my head that the women were the cause of their taking off." "I wouldn't bet against it, pard,'' remarked Jack, "for they are generally at the bottom of a fellow's troubles." "How did you find it out?'' Yankee Doodle asked him. "Simply by asking where they were, as I happened to have t.heir names, and when they told me that they were the ones who had been captured by the Span iards, I then understood the whole thing." "Yes, yes," said Yankee Doodle, "there is no need of asking any more questions about them, for a similar fate befell the major and his two comrades yesterday morning, you know. If he hadn't been paying his devotions to that old fellow's daughter none of them would have been hurt. 'As it is, the major is wounded and the other two are dead." The three then set about satisfying their hunger with the rations that had been left in camp. They were to stay there until Manuel returned from the city with the axes, so during that time they would have very little to do. 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26 Y DOOD LE AND WEY LE R'S GOL D their efforts to avoid being seen by any one. He told I "Say, pard," said Jack, turning suddenly upon Joe them that he didn't wish their presence ;.n the vicinity "what will you do with your share ir we get it?" to become known to either friend or foe while they "Why, I'd go back home and invest every dollar were there. of it in New York real estate, live in a fin e house "For," said he, "if they begin to search for us we keep a horse and carriage for mother and siste r, and will have to leave here and pitch a camp somewhere two of the bett rooms will belong to you and Phil h e r e else, which might not be as convenient for us as the whenever you come around." one we now have." "Give me your hand on that, old man," said They spent the night in the camp, and the next Yankee Doodle, extending his hand to Joe "That' s morning went [out to the roadside, concealed them1 just what I would do-only I'd buy a fin e drum for selves in the bushes to watch the people who were I myself and a fife for you." coming and going pretty nearly all the time. "Good," said Joe, "and we would still show the Twice they saw parties of Spaniards pass, and from I boys that we yet know how to pan out martial music remarks that were overheard, they understood that when it is wanted." one of the party belonged to the one who had at-tacked them just before they reached the main CHAPTER XI. road. THE WHITE RAG SIGNAL AND WHAT IT MEANT. When they had passed Jack sta.ted that he recog-THE three spent the greater part of the day in the nized the horse he had lost in that fight. woods by the roadside building air castles. Many "I would have given fifty dollars, pard," he said parties passed. along the road during the time going to Yankee Doodle, "for a chance to shoot that fellow to or from the city, but our heroes made no effort to out of the saddle. molest them. They were simply waiting and watch" We can't always do as WE> please, old man," ing, a.nd at the same time building air castles more laughed Yankee Doodle, "for I must confess to an beautiful than any they had ever heard of in Spain . itching desire to try my Winchester on them also-As the day waned they returned to the ca.mp, conand I hope we'll have a chance to do so after we sumed their share of the rations, and retired to their have settled up that other little matter over by the hammo cks, which were swung side by side, where old stone bridge." they spent the night s leeping and dreaming. "Oh, well now, pard, if we settle that matter up When they awoke the next morning, they. were to our satisfaction, I would much rather be in New very much surprised to find Manuel and his comrade York or Chicago than in Cuba. lying asleep on their blankets, with a spade and a "Why so?" Yankee Doodle asked. couple of axes lying on the ground near tnem. Joe "Because I could then have more fun than ever was the first to make the discovery. before in my 'life. They are both big cities, but I'd He reached over and tapped Yankee Doodle and paint 'em both red. There's no red pa.int in Cuba. Jack on the sho ulder, whi ch awoke them. He silently "Very true," laughed Yankee Doodle, "but you pointed to the two axes and the spade, with a grin of can kill a man in Cuba without being hanged for it, intense satisfaction on his face which you can't do in New York or Chicago." The two quif\t l y shook hands, whilst Yankee Doodle "Oh, I'd go out of the killing business, pard. whispered : "I've no doubt you think you would, but you'd kill "Mum's the word." yourself in less than one year. The two Cubans slept some two or three hours "Think I'd commit suicide, eh?" later, as it was near daylight when they came in, but "No, I don't think you would blow your brains out when they awoke, Ma nuel said to Yankee Doodle: or cut your throat, but I do think that you would "Senor, we got two axes and a spade." have a bad case of the jim-jams, and when the mon"So I see, old man. I knew you could do it. Now keys chased you through a ten story window you I I want you and the others to stay here and take care would be flattened out on the stone pavement." of the camp until we three return, "There's where you're away off, pard, for I am not "How long will you be gone, senor?" given much to drink. But I'd buck the tiger, back "I don't know, Manuel. We niay return in two the fastest horses and wear the :finest clothes that days, and yet we may be gone four or five. You could be built anywhere in the United States. must not go far away from the camp, and above all "How do you think you would come out with the things, you must avoid being seen by friend or foe. tiger?" If your rations give out, try to supply your needs "Oh, I can hold my own with him. I've met him without incurring discovery a great many times, and many a time got the best of The three men took the axes and the spade and l e f t him." the littl e camp. Prudence suggested to them that "Then you can just bet your life laughed Joe, after they crossed the littl e road they keep w e ll in "that the tiger would give you some knock -out drops the woods to avoid being seen, as it was pretty cerand you would wake up some morning to find your-tain the Spaniar ds were scouring the country in self with less money in your p ocket than yo u've got search of them. now "We have p le nty of t ime," said Yankee Doodle,

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YANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. 2'7 for if we do not reach there to-night it will make J of the woods in which the fight took place with the major and his two comrades several days before. no difference." All right, pard," said Jack ; "we'll try to go the same way we went on the first trip. We are not likely to meet ::i,nybody on that route, unless it be at the house where we struck the major, and if anybody is there, it will be easy enough to go around and keep out of his way." It was a little after noon when they came in sight of the old Spaniard's home. They stopped at a distance from it, whilst Jack went forward to see if anybody was about. He was gone about twenty minutes or so, and returned with the report tha,t he could see no one at all about the place." "I guess they have moved away," said Ya.nkee Doodle, "but it is strange that the children should be gone too, as they certainly belong to one of the tenant families." They boldly entered the road and were about to pass the house, when Yankee Doodle saw a piece of white cloth nailed up against one of the trees near the gate at the roadside. "Hello, boys !" he said, coming to a sudden halt. "Look at that rag up there," and he pointed to the bit of white cloth on the tree. They remembered that he had told the daughter of the old Spaniard that if she needed help she could let them know it by placing that signal there. "Something has happened," said Jack. "Yes," a'3sented Yankee Doodle, "and that bit of white cloth is the appeal of a helpless woman for assistance or protection, and I am not, the man to re fuse it." "Neither am I, pard." said Jack, "but where the deuce is she ?" "That we must find out," and Yankee Doodle advanced to the front of the house and knocked on the door with the butt of his rifle. He received no response. Jack and Joe went around the house to the door and in the rear. They soon became convinced that no one was within. Then they looked in the of the tenant houses in the rear of the main one, only to find them deserted also. "They've all gone, pard," said Jack, returning to the front of the house where Yankee Doodle was trying to force the door. "It seems' so," was the reply; "but I'd like to find out whether or not anybody has been hurt, which we can do only by getting inside the house." "It seems to me," said Jack, "they have merely locked up and gone a\\'ay for the day, because, if they had been ordered to the city to stay, we would hardly find the doors and windows fastened as they are, as the Spaniards generally apply the torch. They were here yesterday, but now they are gone." "Hello said Joe, "I see a signal "Where?" Yankee Doodle asked. "In the bushes down that '".a,y," and he pointed across a clearing below the house, in the direction As the three were gazing in that direction they saw what seemed like a small white handkerchief signaling to them from a thick clump of bushes. "By George, boys said Yankee Doodle, we must investigate that and see what it means." "We had better be careful," cautioned Joe, "as it may be a trap by the enemy." cf I'll take the chances on tha,t," said Yankee Doodle, starting forward. So will 1," added Jack. They hurried down the road, Jack in advance. As he plunged into the clump of bushes, he saw the old Spaniard's daughter reeling towards him, crying out: "Th1\l}k God, you've come at last!" He caught her in his arms and held her up, for she was almost on the verge of a swoon. "By all the saints, senorita," he exclaimed, tell me what has happened?" "A file of soldiers came out last night, senor,'' said she, "to arrest us a ll and take us to the city. I made my escape under the cover of the darkness, and spent the night here in the woods." All alone ?" he asked. "Yes, all alone. I thought I would not survive the night, but I did, and this morning I crept back to the house, tore off a piece of my handkerchief and fast ened it to the tree, after which I came back here, not daring to sta,y at the house lest the soldiers come out and find me there." "They are coming now," said Joe, looking back towards the house at a party of half a dozen soldiers who had just reached there. Oh, Senor Americano, I would rather die than fall into their hanus !" "There is no danger of your falling into their hands, senorita," said Jack, "for there are only half a dozen of them, and we three can take care of them without any trouble at all." "That's so,'' said Yankee Doodle to Jack. "Step outside there in the clearing so they can see you. They will come after you, and then we can attend to them when they come up to you. If they see us now they will take refuge in the house where we can't see them. That is what I wish to avoid." She stepped out into the clearing in full view of half a dozen Spaniards who were searching for her. She was soon seen, and the entire pa,rty came running towards her. When they were within a few feet of her she became suddenly pa nic-stricken and darted into the bushes, where Yankee Doodle, Jack and Joe were concealed. "Caramba !" exclaimed the Spanish sergeant who was in command of the little party. "Stop, senorita, or we will fire!" The next instant three pistol shots rang out, and three Spaniards reeled backward out of the bushes and fell to the ground. In less than_ three seconds

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28 YANKEE DOODLE .AND WEYLER"S GOLD. shots were fired, and the other three I set out for she 1:ankee Doodle, in anJomed their comrades. swer to a question by him, that if she could reach the The firing was at close range that none of J home of an aunt hers some thirty miles away in them who had been hit lived five mmutes. \the provmce of Rio del Pmar she would be safe "It's awful, senorita," said Yankee Doodle, "but enough. it is better thus than to have them return to the "Then we will go there, senorita," he replied, city and report our presence here, as m that event "but you will have to pilot the way for us." your home would probably be destroyed. As it is, "I can do that easily enough," said she, "for I we will bury these fellows, and their officers will was there three years ago." never know what became of them." A little while after that Joe made the discovery They procured the spade which they had brought that the Spaniards had hitched their horses in the with them, and inside of an hour the three Spaniards woods by the roadside above the house. were buried out of sight and the spot covered with "That's what I call good luck, pard," said Jack, leaves so as to conceal it from any casual passer-by. "for we will take those horses along with us. The In the meantime the young girl, accompanied by I trip will be a picnic, while on foot it would have been Jack, at her request, returned to the house, where pretty tough on us." she showed him how to bpen the back door. 1 In less than half an hour the were secured When she entered she proceeded .at once to procure \ and the young girl pl.aced on one of them, after the some papers from a chest belongmg to her father, house had been again closed in a manner to preclude which she concealed in the bosom of her dress. Then suspicion that it had been entered. she hastily gathered up her jewels from a place of They traveled about fifteen miles in a south west concealment in the wall of one of the rooms, after erly direction before they struck the boundaryline of which :she tied up a bundle of clothing, which she Rio del Pinar province. stuffed into a small bag. They spent the night at a little village, and early When she had done that she turned to Jack, and I the next morning resumed the journey, reaching said: their destination in the middle of the afternoon. "Now, senor, where you three go there will I go The little village in which the girl's aunt lived had also, for in all Cuba you are the only ones to whom I not been visited by the Spanish soldiers since the rev can look for protection." olution began, and t.L.e insurgents had committed "You shall have that protection, senorita, just as very few depredations in that vicinity. long as we can give it; and you can bet your life we'll Her relative received her joyfully, but was over take care of you as long as one of us can fire a shot." whelmed with grief at the calamity that had befallen "I believe you, senor, for I have heard much of the her brother. She was a pprehensi ve at first that her chivalry of the Americanos; I am not afraid to risk niece would be pursued by the Spaniards, but Yankee honor and life in your hands. But, senor, I am almost 1 Doodle told her that just now Blanco had something starved. I don't know whether or not they have left I else do; that since the United taken a anything to eat in the house. I will look and see ; 1 hand m the fight he was concentratrng all his strength and she went into another room whilst Jack stepped for the defense of Havana. out to see whether or not the coast was clear. That reassured her and she invited them to remain He saw no one coming and was about to re-enter at her home until the next day. They did so, and the house when he heard a glad cry from within. The the next morning took leave of her and the senorita, girl had found the food supply of the house untouched, promising to let the latter know if it was possible for and it was quite ample, as Jack found when he exam-them to do so, whether or not the Spaniards had reined it. turned to destroy her home. When he told her there was no more likelihood of "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, as they any more Spaniards appearing until a reasonable time mounted their horses and rode away, "we must find had been allowed for those who had already come out our way back to the old stone bridge and manage in to return to the city, she prepared quite a feast for some way to keep these horses, for if we are success the three Americans out of the supplies in the house-. ful in our enterprise we will need them. When Yankee Doodle and Joe retumed Jack hastily "Of course we will," said Jack, "and there will be informed them of the situation, adding that the girl no trouble in keeping them if we keep out of the way bad expressed a determination to go 'vith them. of the enemy, for they can always find provender "Great Scott!" said Yankee Doodle in an under-enough in a country like this where grass grows thir tone, "that's bad for us in our search for Wey ler's teen months in the year." gold." They were so eager to get back to the old bridge "It can't be helped, pard," said Jack; "we've got they rode very hard and came in sight of Mariel quite to takecare of her and keep her out of reach of the a while before nightfall. They were forced, however, Spaniards." to cut across the country to avoid getting too close "Of course," assented Yankee Doodle, "we to that town where a considerable Spanish garrison couldn't think of doing otherwise." held the defenses. A little later while they were partaking of the food By the time they struck the road again they were

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YANKEE DOODLE A N D WEY LERS GOLD. 29 within a couple of miles of the old bridge, but at the two axes, "get out of the way now and watch the same time night overtook them. As there are no chips fly!" twilights in Cuba, darkness came on quickly. They He sprang up on the log and began cutting with didn't mind that, however, for the road is smooth all the energy and skill of an experienced woodchop and wide between Mariel and the capital. per. The chips flew at a lively rate, while Yankee They pushed on until they struck the old bridge, Doodle and Joe stood by looking on, in a state of sup crossed over to the other side, dismounted, and led pressed excitement. their horses down to the spring, where they encamped By and by Yankee Doodle asked the cowboy to let for the night. him relieve him for a while. "It has been pretty tough on the horses, boys," "All right," said Jack, stopping and hand: "ng him said Yankee Doodle, but it was necessary we should the ax. get here to-night. To-morrow they will have a rest He struck some two or three blows, when Jack while we go up to the four magnolias and resume the burst into a hoarse laugh. search for the hollow tree. " What are you laughing at?" Yankee Doodle They were well satisfied with what they had done, I asked. and lay down to sleep in their blankets. During the "Say," returned Jack, "that's the first chopping night they heard a troop of cavalry pass over the you ever did in your life, isn't it?" bridge, going in the direction of Havana, and thought "Yes, why?" it very lucky indeed that it was night instead of da.y, "I thought so, for you handled the ax like a. for by daylight many would doubtless have gone to woman. Let me ha\Te it and I'll go through that log the spring for a taste of its sparkling water. before you could get out a chip I Early the next morning they arose from their "All right," laughed Yankee Doodle, ha,nding him blankets, rolled them up, and concealed them in the the ax. bushes. At the same -time they led their horses far-Jack resumed chopping, and in less than five min ther back from the spring to avoid the possibility of utes struck the hol1ow . He turned around and betheir presence being discovered. gan on the other side, mak.ing the chips fairly fly. After that they gathered up their two axes and In a little while he struck the hollow on that side, spade, and started out for the old bridge. and then began cutting lower down. OHAPTEH. XII. CONCLUSION. THEY entered the woods just above the bridge and proceeded up on the right bank of the stream to the fallen magnolia. Without wasting any time they proceeded at once to cut away the bushes that grew along on either side of the prostrate tree to enable them to get at it with the spade. Jack was the first to excavating, which he did, beginning at a distance of about ten feet from the root of the tree and going five or six feet alongside of it. The earth was yieliling, and he threw the dirt at a lively rate. "It's a pity we haven't got another spade," re marked Yankee Doodle, as he looked on. "Ob, one is enough," replied Jack, "as we can take turns at it and keep this one spade hot. After working for about a half hour be banded the spade to Yankee Doodle, who took his place and pro ceeded to th.row dirt vigorously. Inside of another half hour he was relieved by Joe, antj. so the work went on for a couple of hours, by which time they had quite a ditch dug alongside the fallen tree for a distance of about six fee1l and a depth of two. Then Yankee Doodle passed his hand along under the tree in search of the hole that led to the hollow. "By George !" he excl::.imed, "this is the tree !" "Are you sure of it ?" Jack asked, leaping down into the ditch and running his hand along under the log, where be felt the hollow they were in search of. "I believe you are r ight, pard !" b e exclaimed, and then Joe leaped down i n order to satisfy himself. "Say!" exclaimed J ack, as he seized one of the "Are you going to cut it in two?" Joe asked him. "We've got to," he answered. "Why so?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Why, so we can get at the hollow, and then we must cut it in two down near the butt." "What's the use of that?" "Why, thunder, man : we'Ye got to split the log open in order to get at what's in it, and that can't be done unless we cut it at both ends." "Well, go ahead, that's more chopping than I thought we would have to do." "Oh," laughed Jack, "you thought that if we cut; a little hole in the side of it, the stuff would1 jump out like a rabbit, but it won't do anything of the kind.', "Well, now, I'm glad you told me so, for it's well enough to know a few things." "You bet it is,". returned Jack, giving the few las t blows which severed the great tree where be was chopping "Hold on now," said Yankee Doodle, "let me run my hand in there and see if I can feel anything." and he leaped down into the ditch and was about to run his hand into the hollow, when Jack called to him: "Keep your hand out of there, pard." "What's the matter?" Yankee Doodle asked "There may not be anything the matter," was the reply, "but it's just the place that snakes crawl into. You might get hold o f something in there that you were not feeling for D oodle leaped out o f the ditch with the re mark: I didn't think of that.

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30 YANK.EE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. "I thought you didn't," said Jack, "and that's were any in here they would have gone out at the why I stopped you. It's never safe to be running upper end," ancj_ he jerked out a third bag. your hand into a hollow that you know nothing "You seem to know all about snakes," laughed about, for I've known men to make the acquaintance Yankee Doodle. 1 of rattlers in that way." "You can bet your life I do!" and with that he "Oh, there are no rattlesnakes in Cuba," said drew out a fourth bag, after which he said: Yankee Doodle. "That's as far as I can reach, pard." "No, but you've already struck one animal that "What are we to do, then?" Yanke e Doodle you know nothing about; but I suppose it makes very asked. little difference to you whether you are killed or "Cut the log in two and split it," returned Jack, scared to death." and he leaped upon the trunk of the fallen tree a gain, "Of course not, but I hardly think I am one to be spat in his hand, and resumed the chopping on the kill ed that way. At the same time I'm willing to other side of it. wait until you cut it in two at the lower end." It took him nearly half an hour to cut through to Jack began about ten feet below, which was pretty the hollow on that side, and still long e r to seYe r it close to the butt of the tree, where the log was a where it touched the ground. When tha t was done, great deal thicker. I they were compelled to cut three crow-b ars from He made the chips fly, and Yankee Doodle and Joe smaller trees for of rolling the log away stood out in front of him, watching eagerly for the I so they could look mto it. first glimpse of the hollow, knowing that if the treas-They managed to roll it over so that the bottom ure they were in search of was there they would soon side was uppermost. Then they used one of the crow it. bars as a sort of ramrod, in the hope of being able to By and by Jack stopped to take a rest. The per-push out the bags from the inside of the hollow. spiration was pouring down his face and neck, for in "You can't do that, pard," said Jack, "because that climate very little is required to open the inside of the hollow is to.o rough; we've got to every pore in one's body. split the log," and with that he seized the ax, stood Suddenly the ax dropped from his hand. on one end of the log and began striking his best "Hand me the other one, pard," he said, and Joe blows. 1 r e ached for the other ax and passed it up to him. After he had given a half dozen powerful strokes He resumed cutting, after a rest of about five min-he stopped, looked at Yankee Doodle, and said: utes, and kept the chips flying for at least a quarter "This is the toughest log I ever tackled, pard." of an hour longer. "I guess it's the first magnolia that you ever Suddenly the blade sank in deep, and he exclaimed : stuck an ax into," returned Yankee Doodle. "I've struck the hollow, pards." He drew the ax "So it is, and I'll always be willing to bet that out and Yankee Doodle knelt down and peered into the grain of the magnolia is built on the principle the little crevice, but could see nothing. of a barbed wire." He ran a stick in, and at a distance of some six "What's to be done then?" Joe asked. inches struck a hard substance. "Cut it in two again," he answered. "I'll chop Get out o' the v.;ay," ordered Jack, "what's the I the blamed thing into chips," and he went at it use of bothering with that little c ,rack, when we can again to cut the log in two at the middle cut the blamed thing in two?" j While he was doing that Joe used one of the Some ten or fifteen minutes more of hard chopping crow-bars to prod the hollow of the stump of the cut a hole as large as a man's head. Then hQ drop-tree, and there he unearthed two more bags, which p ed the ax, laid down on the log, reached in with his were so cov.ered with mold that they had not been right hand and drew out a canvas bag that was very observed. he avy and covered with mold. "This is six bags," he said, as he tossed them out. "There you are, pard," said he, tossing the bag "Look and see if there are more," advised Jack, over at the feet of Yankee Doodle, who dropped on as he went with the chopping. his knees, knife in hand and ripped it open. They prodded deeper in the stump, but found It was filled with Spanish gold; pesos and doub-nothing more of value. loons. When the hollow was reached at the middle He sprang up, extended his hand to Jack, exclaim-where Jack was chopping, a bright yellow metal ing: was revealed where the ax had cut into a bag. "Pard, we've struck it!" "Great Scott!" he exclaimed, "it's packed full, All three clasped hands and rejoiced over their good wedged in tight." fortune, after which Jack again inserted his right hand He cut about a foot farther awa. y and soon opened foto the orifice and drew out another bag. the log some twelve or fifteen through which "Look out for snakes, pard !" warned Yankee 1 they drew out bag after bag, every one exactly the Doodle. same size, until both pieces of the log were empty of "Oh, snakQS be blowed 11' he replied. "If there their contents

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Y ANKEE DOODLE AND WEYLER'S GOLD. 31 Jack hefted one of the bags and seemed to be mak"Yes, I guess it is," assented Yankee Doodle, ing a mental calculation as to its weight. "and now we'll go back to our horses." "It's pretty heavy," he said. The two axes and the shovels they concealed, and "What do you think it will weigh?" Yankee then hurried back to the bridge, crossed over to the Doodle asked. other side, made their way down to the spring where "Hanged if 1 know," he replied, "but there's a they drank copiously of the cooling water, bathed snug little fortune in each bag, and now we want to their hands and faces, after which they caught their get them away from here just as fast as we can." horses, saddled them, stuck their pistols in their "Of course we do, but how are we going to do belts, mounted and rode away. it?" That night they encamped in the woods near the "Hanged if I know; we made the mistake in not home of the old Spaniard whose daughter they had bringing bags with us for that purpose. escorted down into Rio del Pinar. "Well," said Yankee Doodle, "the thing for us to Everything on the place was just as they had left do is, for each one to take a bag with him and bury the it. others somewhere else until we can come and get "I had expected they would have burned the house them. Even if we had a bag in which to put them, it down before this, pard," remarked Jack. would be impossible for us to get through the country "Oh, give 'em. time, and they'll do that. There without exciting suspicion. E ach one of us al-are no insurgents around here, so they can take their ready has a canvas money belt. We can fill them leisure in doing that sort of thing." and the two holsters on our saddles, and by that way Early the next morning they mounted their horses get through without being suspected." again and by noon had reached the camp, where old "Level head, pard,'' said Jack; "that's just what Manuel was waiting for them. The old Cuban sus wc will do, but we must take them away from here to \ pected nothing, and reported that nothing of interest bury them." had happened in their absence Each one opened and filled a bag and his money "Well,'' said Yankee Doodle, "we may as well re-belt with its contents, after which one was sent back turn to the army, because we have seen enough to to the spring below the bridge for the holster, which satisfy the general that Blanco has no intention of had been concealed with their saddles in the woods sending reinforcements to Santiago de Cuba. He is up on the hillside. fortifying Havana for the purpose of defending the Joe was the one who went after them. He returned city to the bitter end." in about thirty minutes and found Yankee Doodle The next day they started on their journey towards a lone by the fallen magnolia. the south coast a few miles west of Cienfuegos. There "Where's Jack?" he asked. they signaled to one of the blockading vessels, and "He's digging a hole about a hundred yards fur-were taken on board, leaving their horses to run free ther up in the woods at their own sweet will. A few minutes later they were joined by Jack, and When Yankee Doodle reached Santiago and made the three then gathered up the treasure and followed his report the general was satisfied with his work, him back to the excavation he had made. They had and thanked him in the name of the army. He little to make several trips ere all the bags were removed. dreamed, however, of the great fortune the three Then they covered up the bags in the hole, smoothed young Americans had made on the trip, and they, the ground over and piled leaves upon it until it aplike the wise boys they were, told no one their s ecret. peared quite natural. The loose earth that had been They are now waiting for a chance to transfer the removed was scattered around so as to leave no treasure to the United States, where the rest of their mound, and more leaves were brought to cover that. days they will live in clover. "I guess that's all right now, pard," said Jack, as he looked around. [THE END.] 'Usef-u..1 a:n.d. I11str-u..cti ve :Books. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing complete instruc tions how to make up for various characters on the stage; to gether with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Sta11:e Manai:i;er Price 10 cents. 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