Yankee Doodle and the unknown; or, The secret of Spain's defeat

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Yankee Doodle and the unknown; or, The secret of Spain's defeat
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Yankee Doodle
Nelson, George A.
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Frank Tousey
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May 11, 1898 - November 9, 1898 ( 1898 - 1898 )

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lssued Semill'lonthl11-B11 Subscription $1.25 pe r year. l!int e r ed as Second Cla s s Matter at the ]l ew :t ork P os t Office, by Frank Tou;ey. No. 13 NEW YORK, OCTOBER 26, 1898. Price 5 Cents "Halt there, S enor!" c a ll e d Y ankee Doodl e stepping out of the thicket and holding his rifi e for instant use. The m a n w h ee lf'd :i r o nnd qniddy :ind look e d :it him. "Ah," he s a id, "you are America nos?"


DOODL.E. Stories of the Present '\Var. Issued Senti-Monthly-Ev Sub.9cription1 1.25 per 11ear. Entered as Su-Ond Class Matter at the New Y01k, N. Y .. Post Office, Jl:lay 14, 1898. Entered acc01ding to Act of Congress in the 11ea1 1898, in the 0,{fu;e of the Librarian of H'ashington, D. C.',.b11 F'rank Tousey, 29 West 26th St., New York. N o 13. NEW Y ORK. October 26, 1898 Price 5 Cents. OR, THE SECRET OF SPAINJ S DEFEAT. BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. WHAT THE GENERAL ASKED YANKEE DOODLE TO DO. AFTER the battle of San Juan hill the American forces found themselves in a perilous situation. The roads were in such a condition that it was almost impossible to bring up supplies of rations and ammunition frorn the coast to the fighting line. What roads they did have they had to make themselves, and about as fast as made them the floods, caused by the great downpour of rain, daily tore them to pieces. \i\There the water failed to cut gullies it made the ground so soft and yielding that man, beast and wheels sank into it easily on an average of a foot in depth. The men were not only in danger of starving, but the wounded were exposed to perils almost too terrible to relate. There were no ambulances to convey them to the coast eight or ten miles away, so they had to lie a.bout on the ground scorched by the sun at day and chilled by the cold rains at night. Wounded men were compelled to '\vend their way back that dis tance by the help of rude crutches cut from the bushes. Some few were aided by their comrades, while almost all were compelled to go from twenty-four to thirtysix hours without having their wounds dressed. How men could sta,nd such suffering and deprivation and live to tell the story passes understanding. On the fighting line, which was spread out some three or four miles in length, the force was so depleted by the casualties of battle, coupled with lack of food and water, that grave apprehensions were felt by many officers who foresaw defeat should the enemy force the fighting. Nearly all the officers urged a retrograde movement in order to be able to form a line that they could hold against attack. They reasoned that they were too far away from their base of supplies to enable them to hold their then present position But for the indomitable pluck of General Wheeler the movement would have been made. He protested to the commander of the army that to fall back an inch would greatly injure the prestige of American arms, and urged that every available man should be pushed over the hills to the fighting line, that it might be held against the enemy at all ha.zards. It was almost impossible to find out what the enemy was doing or contemplated doing, as both flanks, as well as the front, was continuously under the fire of sharpshooters, who, with their smokeless could blaze away with impunity, as in the thickets it was impossible to locate them. It is fair to say that were their marksmanship half as good as the ordinary American schoolboys, Wheeler's position would have been utterly untenable. 'l'hey fired incessantly, using up an enormous amount of ammunition, but not one in a hundred shots took effect. Yet it tended to render uneasy the soldiers on the line, as well as those in the rear, where surgeons, Red Cross nurses and wounded men were made targets of indiscriminately. Wounded men lying in tents, over which hospital flags waved, were shot at as though they were in the trenches at the front with arms in their hands. Still, in the face of all this peril, Wheeler held his men in line The Rough Riders and the regulars never gave way an inch, but hel d the lme day and night, sleepless and hungry. Such was the situation when Yankee Doodle, the famous New York drummer b o y, who had won almost a national reputation thus early in the war, appeared amon g the Rough Ride r s H e had come up from Guantanamo with Jack W il son a cowboy from Arizona. H e h a d made h i s way throug h the Span -


2 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. ish lines and struck the road from Siboney which led ] "Where have you been, my boy?" the colonel over the hills to where the battle had been fought. asked. He had brought information for General Shafter, "I have just come through from Guantanamo." but when he struck the Siboll'ey road he was under "Guantanamo?" exclaimed the colonel; "how diC: the impression that the general wa.s up a.t the front, you manage to get through ?" but he was down at the coast, hurr.Ying the disem"By playing rabbit, slipping through the bushes, barkation of the troops from the transports, and crawling under logs, gliding around the bowlders and sending them over the hill to the front. lying low in many places and saying nothing." On learning that the general was not there, "Very good," laughed the coloned, "you seem to Yankee Doodle hastened to find General Wheeler. know how to do it." He found the famous soldier, whose iron will was "That is the only way I could get through, colholding the line as with hooks of steel, giving his oronel," he laughed, "for the Spaniards were as thick ders with a coolness and precision that put new heart as grasshoppers and as lively as fleas; and there's a into everyone who saw and heard him. big crowd of them, too." As Yankee Doodle saluted him the g eneral looked "What are they doing down there?" the colonel keenly at him, and asked: asked. "Well, what is it, my boy?" "Shooting off their Mausers as fast as they can, and occasionally knock over some of our fellows." "I am just from Guantanamo, general," he an swered, "and have come to report to G eneral Shafter, but as he is not here I think you ought to know the "Where are you going now?" asked the colonel. "Jack and I are going back in that direction to 't ,, .d th I wa.tch them. news I have brought." "Very well, my boy, let me have general. i sa1 e I "What Are you gorng to spy?" "Well, it is this, general. There is a strong body of Spanish soldiers almost directly in your rear between here and Guantanamo. It is true they are kept busy by the American force in their front, but their rear is almost up against yours, and your wounded all along the road between here and Siboney and thence down to the seashore are being picked off by their sharpshooters every hour in the day. Now I don't know what your force is on this line, but I do know that it is considered perilous by all military men for one army to get into the rear of another. If they should cease fighting at Guantanamo and close in behind you, your rear would become your front, and your front would be changed to your rear." The grizzled old cavalryman listened to his story without uttering a word, and when Yankee Doodle had :finished, he remarked: "Your news is important-vitally so-and you are the only one I found who seems to understand the situation. I will send your report to General Shafter, and at the same time ask that you go back close enough to the enemy to keep a watch on him. If you want any men to go with you, you can have them." "I have one man with me, general, and I think that we two can do more good than a dozen or a score, as we would be less likely to be seen or attract atten tion." "Go ahead then, and use your own discretion as to f your movements." Yankee Doodle saluted and hurried away to join Jack Wilson, who was with a number of his comrades among the Rough Riders. He knew exactly where to find him, so no time was lost. He found time, however, to stop and exchange greetings with Colonel Roosevelt, whose splendid fighting qualities, as displayed in the battle of San Juan hill, had made him the idol of the Rough Riders. Well, I'm not going to enter their lines; I sup pose it might be called scouting." "Well, good luck to you," said the colonel, and Yankee Doodle saluted and hurried away to find Wilson. He found his comrade talking with some of the Arizona boys, and said to him : "Hurry up, Jack; we must get three days' rations, and get away again as quickly as possible." "All right, pard," assented Jack, turning again to shake hands with his comrades. Just as he extended his hand his hat flew off his head. He quietly stooped, picked it up and looked at. it. There were a couple of bullet holes in the crown. "If that fellow had shot three inches lower," said he, "I would have gone down with the hat." "That's a pretty good shot," remarked Yankee Doodle. "Yes," he replied; "if he aimed at me, it was; but those fellows seem to point a gun in a certain di rection, and shut their eyes before they pull the trlgger; but there are so many of them around that some of us are bound to get hit, just like boys are in a hail storm. I don't believe a single American has yet been killed by the deliberate aim of a Spaniard; and I'll bet. they fired a million rounds of cartridges in the battle day before yesterday. "A million,'' laughed Yankee Doodle, "why their sharpshooters fire that many every day." The two hurried off to the commissary in quest of rations. They failed to find him, but Colonel Roose, velt had managed by the greatest exertion t'o get up some rations for his men, and without waiting for a.ny red tape in the matter promptly supplied their wants and thus enabled them to get away. An hour later they were wending their way east ward over the hills that in some places seemed almost insurmountable. As they were passing to the rear


Y .A.NKEE DOODLE .A.ND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. 3 Jack heard the whistle of a Mauser bullet, and felt I rifle of one of the dead Spaniards, "I'm going to the wind of it in his face. freeze onto this gun and keep it for my own use." Pard," said he, the fellow that fired that shot is out on the lefL somewhere about a hundred yards away, high up in a tree, and I'm going to find him before I go any further." "All right," said Yankee Doodle, "I'm with you." They crept under the bushes on their left, and dropped on their lin,nds and knees in order to keep out of view of the sharpshooters. After going about fifty yards, Jack stopped and whispered: "There they are, pard, three of them." "Where ?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Why, in that big tree over there, not more than seventy-five yards away," and he pointed with his finger in the direction of a large tree on the side of the hill on their front. "I don't see them," said Yankee Doo1lle, after looking for a minute. Well, just let your eye run along my rifle barrel, and you'll sec them," and he raised his rifle and aimed. "Oh, yes," said Yankee Doodle, "I see them, three of them." "Y cs, there arc three, and there may be three more in the same tree, whom we cannot see from here; but we'll knock those out and take our chances of finding the others. The smoke of our shot will show them where we are, so we'll both aim and fire at the same time, and then jump into that clump of bushes out there on the left." They both raised their rifles, aimed, and fired quickly. Then they dashed for a clump of bushes about fifteen feet away on their left. "Sa.y, pard," chuckled Jack, "did you hear them fall?" You bet I did, and if the shots didn't kill them the fall did." Jack crawled a little further through the bushes in search of the third manhe had seen, and after a delay of a couple of minutes, called to Yankee Doodle: "Now, pard, listen to the dull thud," and the next moment he fired again. Tbe dull thud was plainly heard by them, as the Spaniard dropped a distance of nearly forty feet to the ground. Pretty good, Jack," said Yankee Doodle. "Are there any more up in that tree?" "That's what I'm trying to find out. If there are they won't stay there long," and he crept forward on his hands and knees, with Yankee Doodle close be hind him. Presently they were within fifty feet of the big tree from which the Spaniards had been shot, and a quiet survey told them that there were no more on the perch. Jack got up and went over to where the three men lay. He found them dead as smoked herrings. "Say, pard," said he, as he picked up the Mauser "What are you going to do with your own?" Yankee Doodle asked him. "I'm going to chuck it away somewhere, and let it lay there until I want it again, for there is no use in using powder, the smoke of wluch locates us every time we fire." "That's so," said Yankee Doodle, "but we'll have to furnish our own ammunition." "Oh, that's easy enough,' for the Rough Riders alone gathered up over two thousand Mauser car tridges after the fight the other day. We are liable at any moment to get in a tight place in these woods; and if we have Mausers and smokeless pow der, we stand a much better show to come out ahead of the game than we would 'vith the common black powder.'' They picked up the three Mauser rifles and found that one of them had been broken by falling upon a stone, but the other two were all right, together with nearly a hundred cartridges in the belts of the three Spaniards. They then looked around for a place where they could conceal their own rifles, with a view to getting them again when needed. A hunt of a few minutes enabled them to find a hollow log where they would be secure from the dampness of the drenching rain. They shoved the rifles into the hollow, and then chucked it full of leaves, after which they proceeded over the hill in the direction of Guantanamo. Away out on their right they could hear the constant popping of Mausers in the hands of sharpshooters, firing at the Americans who were coming and going along the road to and from Siboney. "Say, pard," said Jack, as he listened at the firing, "when we get through with this little job I'd like to just lie around in those woods out there and drop those fellows out of the trees. They are the meanest cusses that ever pulled a trigger, as they are firing upon wounded men, surgeons and army nurses instead of at the men in the front who can return their fire." "That's so,'' assented Yankee Doodle, "and if they are keeping that up when we get back, we'll get about a dozen sharpshooters out of the Rough Riders and go for them. I think we can make them tired of that sort of thing.'' When they reached the tov of the heavily wooded hill they could see several miles across the country oYcr a low range of hills that lay between them ancl Guantanamo. "It's a rough way, pard,'' remarked Yankee Doodle. "Yes, so it is, but there is nothing soft in this country but the blamed mud." "\Well, you didn't:expect to find it a soft snap, did you?" laughed Yankee Doodle. "No, I'm not the man to wasteanytimehuntingfor soft snaps, but this thing is just a few degrees tougher than I had calculated upon now. All the same, I


' YANKEE DOODLE AND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. don't think the Spaniards are having any better time than we are." CHAPTER II. "What do you think of that, pard ?"Jack asked Yankee Doodle. I think the fellow is a fool, or else took us for a pair of them." YANKEE DOODLE GETS HOLD OF A QUEER PRISONER. "Senor," groaned the Spaniard, "it was an accident. I did not mean to fire." THE two young Americans pushed their way eastward over hill and down dale for several hours. Naturally their progress: was very slow, as they were compelled to avoid paths and trails lest they be seen by scouts of the enemy. If that is true," returned Yankee Doodle, "I'm sorry for you." "It is too late, senor," groaned the man again, and he fell forward on his face, pressing his hand to his side. "Pard, I guess he's right," said Jack. "l cannot believe that the fellow meant to fire at us." Nevertheless they ran against a party of three Spaniards who were cooking a meal close by a spring. The two parties saw each other about the same time. Yankee Doodle and Jack would have avoided them had they been permitted to do so, but the Spaniards "Maybe so," assented Yankee Doodle, "but it was sprang to their guns and called a halt. a pretty close call for both of us, for had he hit me he Of course neither Jack nor Yankee Doodle obeyed would have strung both of us on the same bullet." the order, but sprang into the bu.shes, and would have In a few minutes the Spaniard was dead, and the passed on without exchanging further civilities with two Americans appropriated the dinner which he had them had they not been fired on. The three Spanjust prepared. They had scarcely finished the meal, iards bla;:ed away right into the clump of bushes in when they hea ,rd someone coming through the bushes. which they had taken refuge, and the bullets whistled Quick as jack rabbits could have done so, the two so close to the two that they sprang out into the little sprang into the thicket just back of them, where they clearing, and returned the fire. waited to see who the new-comer might be. Who-Two of the Spaniards dropped to the ground, shot ever he was, he appeared to make no attempt to conclear through the body. The third one stood stock ceal his approach, for he boldly emerged into the litstill on seeing his comrades fall and stared at the two tle clearing by the spring. Americans as if wondering what they would do next. That he was a Spaniard, his complexion and dark "What did you shoot at us for?" Yankee Doodle beard fully attested. He was a tall, dignified-looking asked them. man of middle age. He had a soldierly bearing, but "You are Americanos," he replied. wore no uniform. He was well dressed, but his clothes "Very true, but we didn't come to pick any row and shoes bore evidence of contact with the bushes of with you; if you'll share your dinner with us, you can the great forest. go unharmed." When he saw the three Spanish soldiers lying dead "No, senor," returned the Spaniard, "I will not near the spring, the stranger stopped and glared eat with you. My rations are yours by the rules of around him as though utterly dumfounded. He stood war." there for nearly five minutes gazing and listening, Oh, you surrender, do you ?" whilst the two Americans concealed in the thicket "No, senor, I am your prisoner without surren-scarcely fifteen paces away silently watched him. der." He went over to each of the dead soldiers and "Oh," laughed Yankee Doodle, "that's a bit of I placed his hand on his face. Spanish honor, is it?" "They have just been killed," they heard him mut" I hope there is noLhing wrong about that ?" re-ter to himself in Spanish, "and their slayers must marked the Spaniard. be close by, unless they killed each other in a quar" Oh, nothing wrong-only a little queer." rel. They were to wait for me here, and now my "What is queer about it, senor?" plans are all upset," and he straightened himself up "You claim to be a prisoner of war, while at the to his full height and gazed around the little clearing same time keeping your arms in a menacing attitude. as though uncertain what next to do. You'd better drop that rifle." After a pause of several minutes, he remarked: "You must come and take it, senor." "I shall have to return," and he started across the Jack started towards :the fellow, who quick as a clearing in the direction he had just come. flash lowered his rifle and fired at him without aim"Halt there, senor," called Yanl{ee, stepping out ing. The bullet passed within an inch of the cow of the thicket and holding his rifle for instant use. boy's neck, and close to Yankee Doodle's head, who The man wheeled around quickly and looked at him. was but a few paces behind him. "Ah," he said, "you are Americanos ?" Jack stopped and drew up his rifle to fire. But "So we are, senor. And you; who are you?" Doodle ":as the for he tked at the "I am a civilian, senor, and, as :you see, unarmed, Spamard, also without a1mmg, and the bullet passed except with this," an,d he drew from the inside of his through his right shoulder. Just a second or two vest a small dagger, which he exhibited. later Jack fired and the fellow went down on his "That's all right, senor," said Yankee Doodle. 1mees. "We make no war of non-combatants,


YANKEE DOODLE AND Tl:lE UNKNOWN. but we must hold you as a prisoner until satisfied as diers in any army know nothing except what they to your identity." see right around them. But as we are all in the woods "Very well, Senor Americano, I shall not resist, be-where there arc ntither telegraphs, railroads nor news cause it would be worse than useless forme todoso." papers, how in thunder do you happen to know what "You reason pretty well for a Spa.niard," laugh-the situation is at El Caney?" ed Yankee Doodle, "and if you can give a logical "I make it my business to find out, senor. I not explanation of why you were to meet these three only know what the Spanish force is at El Caney, but soldiers here it is possible we may permit you to I also know the strength of your army, and t he great go free." danger to which it is exposed." "I can make no explanation to you, senor, so I "Great danger, eh?" said Yankee Doodle. "We am in your power to do with as you see proper." are here in search of danger.; we met a good deal of "That's strange," said Yankee Doodle, "for we it at San Juan and very quickly disposed of it. And heard you sa.y those men were waiting here for you, we are going to dispose of the danger in our front at and we naturally conclude that you have some con-El Caney, whenever our officers give the word." nection with the Spanish army." "Your officers and men are brave, but they can" You can make what inference you please, senor, not accomplish impossibilities. A few days more and but I will make no explanation. I regret exceed-the situation will be entirely changed, for your army ingly that those three brave fellows have met their will be driven over the hills and down to the seashore, death as they have." where not eYen the guns of the fleet can save them "You cannot regret that any more than we do, from utter destruction." senor,'' returned Yankee Doodle, "as we came Both Jack and Yankee Doodle smiled incredulously. upon them quite unexpectedly, and would have "I have no doubt you think so, senor," said Yankee passed on without molesting them had they not Doodle, "but American armies are not in the habit of fired upon us. We returned their fire in self-being served that way. You have just said tha. t defense, with the result that you see." Americans are brave men and good soldiers; I can '' Tbat is quite natural,'' said the other, "as you say the same of the Spaniards, with the single excep are all soldiers, bound to shoot each other at sight. tion that they don't know how to shoot to kill, for I cannot understand why you would pass them with-what losses we met with at the battle of San Juan out a fight." Hill was not the result of good marksmanship, but "That's easy enough to explain,'' said Yankee simply of a hail of random bullets. Individually the Doodle; "it is to our interest to avoid meeting any Spanish soldier is a poor marksman. Those three Spanish soldiers in these woods." men lying there fired at us at a range of less than fifty "You are American spies, then?" feet, yet we were not touched. We returned the fire "By no means. Spies go unarmed and without with the result that you see. So if you are thinking their uniforms. You can see that we are not only that the Spaniards are going to drive the American well armed, but also have on the uniform of the army from their position in front of El Caney, you American army. We are simply scouts sent to are making a false reckoning." watch the movements of the enemy at Guantanamo. "Senor America no," the man replied, "you will I tell you that much that you may understand our know more three days hence than you do now." presence here, and as we do not in let "I hope I will, senor; I hope that as long as I live return the way you came, we run no risk m tellmg I I will learn something every day, and always know you as much." . ?" more the day after than the day before. You '".ill "What do you mtend domg vnLh me have to submit to a search, senor, for we are not will" We shall take you to General Shafter. inothat a prisoner shall retain any arms in his pos" And where is he?" the Spaniard asked. "He is on the line in front of Santiago." "Very well senor" and the man held both arms "You mean in front of El Caney?" corrected the above his head, and to be searched. upaniard. Jack made the search, but found nothing upon him, "How do you know that?" Yankee Doodle asked. except the watch, a pocket-knife, a few pesos of Span" Because I know the Spanish army is strongly in-ish gold and the dagger which he had exhibited. He trenched there, and that they arc between you and took nothing but the dagger, which he turned over to 8an tiab<>'O." Yankee Doodle. "You seem to be pretty well posted, senor, for a ciYilian ?" A smile swept across the dark face of the Spaniard for a moment or two, after which he remarked: "Intelligent civilians always know more of the military situation than the soldiers themselves, except the officers at the head of affairs." "You're right," laughed Jack, who had been quietly listening to the conversation. "Private sol"Now, senor," said the latter, "we shall not bind you in any way, but you must understand that the least attempt to escape will result in your death." "I understand that, senor, and assure you that I have no desire to be shot by you or anyone else. \i\Till you permit me to get a drink of water from the spring?" "Certainly," was the reply, "and the man plucked


6 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. a leaf, with which he improvised a dipper, and quenched his thirst. Yankee Doodle and Jack followed his example, and then held a short consultation as to what they should do with the prisoner. They didn't hesitate to let him know that they regretted very much that he had fallen into their hands. "Senor," said he, "I will give you no trouble whatever if you will release me and let me go my way." "No doubt of that,'' laughed Yankee Doodle, "and that would be a very easy solution of tbe problem; the same might be said of all prisoners, but we arenot fully satisfied that you are a non-combatant." "Isn't it the rule," the stranger asked, "to regard all men who are not in uniform as non-combatants?" "Yes, but in your case the circumstances are very suspicious, as it is very evident that you have some connection with those three soldiers, and that you had come here to meet them by appointment." "Very true, senor, but it was a private personal matter, and has no bearing upon the military situation whatever." "Why not tell me, then, what it was ?" "Because it is a personal matter." "Say, pard,'' said Jack to Yankee Doodle, "I reckon we had better let him go." "Oh, no!" said Yankee Doodle, shaking his head; "he would soon have the woods full of Spaniards looking for us." "Senor Americano, if tha..t is what troubles you, I will pledge you my word of honor that I will make no mention of your presence in these woods, or of having met you." "Where will you go if we release you ?" Yankee Doodle asked him. "To Guantanamo." "Do you live there ?" "That is my home for the present." I was in Guantanamo a few days ago," remarked Yankee Doodle, on hearing which the prisoner gave him a quick, searching glance, which he and Jack were quick to perceive. "How did you get away from there?" he asked. "I flew up very high in the air and sailed away with wings." The Spaniard smiled, and Jack chuckled. "Pardon me, senor,'' said the prisoner; "it is natural to ask questions, you know." So it is, and we Yankees are more given to it, perhaps, than any other people on earth. If you will give us your name we will let you go after we are sat isffocl that you will not put any soldiers on our trail." "You may call me Emilio Sanguilly." Oh, as Jor that matter we can call you anything, but I guess High-cockalooram is about as near your name as Sanguilly is." Again Jack chuckled and the prisoner smiled, after which Jack added; "We will go back part of the way with you, senor," and after taking another drink of water from the spring they re-entered the woods, and began mak-ing their way over the hills in the direction they had been traveling all the day. The prisoner kept up with them, and occasionally made remarks that evinced a disposition on his part to be a bit sociable. It didn't take him long to find out that while Jack was some ten or twelve years older than Yankee Doodle the latter was evidently the master spirit of the two, and that if he was not really an officer, he was the head of the little expedition on which they were going. He remarked to Jack that his comrade was very young to be a soldier and an officer. "So he is," assented Jack, "but he has on old head on those shoulders of his, and has always proven him self equal to every duty to which he has been as signed." CHAPTER III. "THE FATE OF THE ARMY DEPENDS UPON US TWO OUT HERE IN THE WOODS!" OUR two heroes were now pretty close up in the rear of the Spanisp. army in the vicinity of Guantanamo, and they naturally became very cautious in their move ments. Their unknown prisoner kept close behind them, and stopped whenever they did, crouching in the bushes to avoid being seen, just as he saw them do. At one time they were in sight of a party of a dozen Spanish soldiers, who passed along a road within f1fty feet of them. They crouched in the bushes to avoid being seen, and Yankee Doodle, still doubtful of the prisoner, held his rifle in readiness to shoot him down on the least appearance of treachery on his part, but in no instance did he observe the least inclination on the part of the prisoner to invite a shot. When the soldiers had passed they arose to their feet and crossed over to the other side of the road. As they did so they were seen by several Spanish sol diers farther up the road, whose presence had not been noticed. Senor,'' said the prisoner, "I think we have been seen, and that we are about to be pursued." "Well, you're glad of that, are you not?" Yankee Doodle asked. On the contrary, senor, I should regret very much at being found in your society, as in that event I would very promptly be shot." "Do you think so?" "Si, senor, I know it." By this time they heard sounds of pursuit, and they quickened their speed through the bushes. Several rifle shots rang out behind them, and the whistle of Mauser bullets told that the prisoner was right when he said they had been seen. "Push ahead, Jack,'' cautioned Yankee Doodle; "it won't do to exchange shots with them." "Senor,'' said the prisoner, "if you keep on in this direction you will certainly be captured, for you will run into bodies of Spanish soldiers in a very few min utes." "Are you sure of that?" Yankee Doodle asked.


YANKEE DOODLE AND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. "l know it, senor. Your only way of escape is to "That's it," returned Yankee Doodle, "but if he turn to the left and keep on in that direction." should prove treacherous and manage to encompass "All right, then; much obliged to you," said our capture, we might live to regret that we didn't Yankee Doodle, and they turned and made their way kill him." in a northerly direction, while the sounds of pursuit "Oh, he was unarmed; we couldn't kill him." still reached them. "Very true, and that would be the irony of fate if After going a little way they suddenly missed their our mission goes wrong." prisoner. From the wooded height where the two boys stood, "He has given us the slip, pard," said Jack. protected by the dense foliage of the great trees, they "So he has, and l'm glad of it, for now we will had a splendid view of the country for several miles have nobody to look after but ourselves." down the river to where it into the Bay of They pushed along for nearly a mile, by which time Guantanamo. Away in the distance could be seen they found themselves climbing a very high wooded several vessels of the American fleet holding full pos hill. They toiled onward and upward until they session of the lower part of the bay. reached the crest from which they could see the en-About a thousand marines had been landed on the campments of Spanish regiments all about the city of shores of the bay for two or three weeks, where they Guantanamo. had fortified themselves and repeatedly repulsed at-Yankee Doodle haid a field-glass with him, which he tacks by the enemy. used to survey the scene spread out before them for The situation was rather peculiar, as the American several miles. vessels could not enter the narrow channel of the "There's a pretty good crowd of 'em, pard," re-river to attack the city of Guantanamo, without getmarked Jack, whose eyesight was as keen as that of ting in such close range of the Spanish fortifications an eagle. on shore that would cause the destruction, perhaps, "Yes," answered Yankee Doodle, "and I hope of several of the vessels. As it was a city of conthey'll stay here until we get through with the crowd siderable importance the Spanish force seemed deterat El Caney and Santiago, for if they break camp mined to hold it, and the Americans had no sway beand close in behind our boys at san Juan Hill we will yond the range of their guns. find ourselves in a death trap." While they were there looking on, the boom of "Eh? Eh?" said Jack, looking up at him in no several ships in the bay was borne to them far over little surprise. the hills, and only now and then could the faint sound "Yes, pard; and we are sent here to watch and see of the rattle of small arms be heard. / that they don't make such a move without letting "They keep it up all the time down there," r e -General Shafter know it." marked Jack. "Great Scott, pard is that what General Wheeler "So they do; but it is strange the mistakes made sent you here for?" by those Spanish officers. They are wasting precious Yes. Just think of it, Jack ; our line is long and time in simply holding a small force of Americans in thin, facing Santiago on the left, El Caney on the check. A Napoleon, or a Wellington, a Grant or a north side, and these fellows away out here on the Lee, would make a sudden change, sweep around to right. Now, suppose that those regiments out the rear of Wheeler, drive him against the breastthere should quietly filter through the woods, pass in works of El Caney and Santiago, grihd him to pow behind our boys, cross the Siboney road and close in der, and then hurl the whole weight of the Spanish on them. Just see the death-trap they would be in. army upon Shafter down at the seashore, and thus If the Spaniards should then come out of Santiago and utterly wipe out the army of invasion. But the y El Caney they'd have our boys completely surround-don't seem to know how to do it. There are ei ght to ed, and that too, when they were utterly exhausted ten thousand seasoned, disciplined soldiers, lying out from lack of sleep, shelter and food. I tell you, Jack, there before us, and it is extremely doubtful if the y it makes me shudder to think of the consequences; it have yet found out anything about the battle of San would be the bloodiest fight and the most disastrous I Juan Hill, yet it occurred three days ago and one in our whole history, and our brave fellows, in-ten or twelve miles of them." eluding Wheeler, Roosevelt, Kent, and perhaps "Oh w e ll, pard," said Jack, "Spain has been fall Shafter, would meet the fate of Custer when red ing behind for centuries, and her pace gets slower skins closed in on him." and slo>ver all the time." "Pard," said Jack, rising to his feet, "it looks as Hours passed and the day waned. The two young though the fate of our army depends upon us two out Americans looked around them, and asked them-here in these woods." selvesthequestion wheretheyshould spend the night. "That's pretty much the size of it, Jack, hence you "This is as good a place as we can find, pard," see how necessary it is that we should be watch-said Jack, "for up here we can see every camp-fire of ful." the enemy, and as our rations are already cooked we "Yes, yes," assented the cowboy; "I'm glad that shall have no need to make a fire ourselves." fellow got away, as we now won't have to watch "But what shall we do for water, pard ?" him." "Water? There is never a lack of water on the


' 8 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. highest mountain in Cuba during the rainy season; l themselves in the thicket and keep a strict watch on all we'll have to do is take a leaf, make a funnel of it passing bodies of soldiers. and when that confounded midnight rain begins to After an hour1s tramp they struck the road, which fall, we can stand out in it, put the funnel to our they examined carefully to see if anybody had passed mouths and get filled to' overflowing inside of ten that morning, as they well knew that the rain of the minutes." night before had entirely obliterated any tracks made So we could, but I don't propose to make a cis-there the day before. tern of myself that way." That done, they concealed themselves in a thicket "All right then, we can cut a few leaves, make a by the roadside to wait and watch. They well knew shed to turn the water, and pin a few leaves together that the road led down in the direction of Caimenera, to catch all we want to drink." and that if the Spaniards really intended to make any "That's' what we'll do then," and they set to work move so as to get in behind of the American army in with their knives, cut a few limbs and gathered the front of El Caney, they would have to go by that broad leaves of a certain kind of palm, with which route. they made a shed that turned the water equal to a They had been in the thicket nearly an hour when duck's back. the sounds of horses' hoofs in the road coming up By the time they had finished it night came on, from below were heard. In a little while about a and in less than twenty minutes it was as dark as it dozen horsemen appeared, escorting a coupl e of offi.would be any time between then and daylight. cers whose brilliant uniforms told that they were men They have no twilight in the tropics, for when the of considerable rank. sun goes down it is like turning off a gas jct, and They passed at a brisk pace going in the direction darkness follows immediately. The stars twinkled of Guantanamo. A bend in the road a couple of hun brightly overhead, and away down below them where dred yards to the right soon shut off the view of the the Spanish regiments were in camp a thousand passing cavalrymen. -camp-fires blazed. They had been gone but a few minutes when others They were so high up that the breeze blew the 1 were heard coming, and when they appeared in sight mosquitoes awa,y, and they were not troubled during they proved to be three other officers with a dozen the night by any insects at all. But about midnight soldiers escorting three ladies on horseback. the clouds began to gather, the thunder rumbled They too were going in the direction of the city, through the mountains with a roar that would put and the lively conversation that was kept up by the thirteen-inch guns to shame. Then the rain began three women told that they were neither prisoners to come down in huge drops that pattered on the nor in a state of apprehension. leaves like bullets or gravel stones, and for more than "They all seem to be going one way, pard," two hours it roared all around them. But the shelter whispered Jack to Yankee Doodle. they had improvised turned the water so thoroughly "Yes, they are going into the city, and it really they managed to keep perfectly .dry as they sat there. means nothing to us." and listened to the warring elements. Then it ceased By and by they saw a couple of Spanish soldiers as suddenly as it began, the clouds broke away and coming in the opposite direction, who were unarmed again the stars came out twinkling as brightly as save with revolvers. They were on foot, and were before. conversing in low tones as they walked along the But for many minutes after they could hear the road. roar of the many torrents splashing down the sides Just as they arrived opposite the thicket in which of the mountains. Even that ceased by and by and Jack and Yankee Doodle were concealed the sound of then a profound silence reigned, during which they horses' hoofs was heard coming along the road behind stretched themselves out on their blankets and slept them. They came to a sudden halt, listened for a few soundly until sunrise. minutes and then darted into the thicket, where they "How quiet and peaceful everything seems, pard," stopped within a few feet of Yankee Doodle and Jack. said Jack, a,s he arose to his feet and lool{ed out upon But they turned their backs to the two Americans the beautiful panorama spread out before him. and eagerly watched the road to see who it was that "Yes," returned Yankee Doodle, as he drank in was coming from the city. It proved to be a party the scene; "I'm sorry we haven't a camera so that of cavalry of seven men led by a sergeant. They we could take the picture back with us; but we are were going at such a speed as to convince Jack and not likely ever to forget it howevec long we may Yankee Doodle that they were pursuing the two sollive." diers that were standing there so close by them. They breakfasted on their rations, after which they As they dashed past one of the hiding soldiers drank copiously of the water caught in their leaf cup, nudged his comrade, and remarked : and were then ready to resume their scouting obser"It's the sergeant." vations. "Yes," said the other,:;," and we'll be shot if he They descended the mountain in the direction of the catches us. We must leave the road and take to the road which they had crossed late in the afternoon of woods on the other side." the previous day, where they intended to conceal In less than a couple of minutes' time the little


YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UN.KNOWN. 9 party of cavalry had swept by and were out of sight, him, leaving the old man on the cart wringing his and before Jack and Yankee Doodle could make up hands and filling the air with Spanish objurgations. their minds to accost the two soldiers they dashed "That's tough, pard,'' remarked Jack; "the old across the road and disappeared in the woods beyond. I fellow was probably going to market with a few "Let 'em go!" whispered Yankee Doodle. "We things for sale and has been cleaned out." don't want to bother with them." "Yes," assented Yankee Doodle, "it's tough, and "I guess they are deserters," returned Jack, and from the way the old fellow is going on it must be a look as hungry as any of Garcia's men." great loss to him." "Maybe they are," assented the other, "but I "So it must be; but I guess it's a case of dog eat can't see why they should be hungry at Guantanamo, dog, for I've been in Cuba long enough to find out for there is nothing in the world to prevent their get-that the whole tribe of those black fellows are a ting all the fruit they want in this vicinity, as the worthless lot." country north of the city is the most fertile in "Of course they are. So is the tribe the world Cuba." over; still, for all that, I don't like to see a man "Oh, I guess they've pretty well cleaned it out by I robbed in that sort of way, and.if we were not in the this time, and none but the officers can get a square position that we are, I would have scorched those two meal. I'm glad, though, tha,t they didn't run into 1 fellows with a bullet." us, for they might have made trouble for us." I "Hold on, pard," said Jack, "there are more com-Hour after hour passed, during which time several ing-aud from the city this time." parties went to and fro along the road, a number of They stepped back farther in the bushes where they whom were Cubans who seemed to be on the verge of were well concealed by the thick foliage, but at the starvation. Two stalwart blacks were seen creeping same time were enabled to see anything that passed along in the edge of the bushes on the opposite side along the road. of the road each armed with a machete. They dis-This time it was another party of horsemen. There appeared in a clump of bushes about fifty yards furI were several officers who were followed by nearly a ther down the road. score of cavalrymen. As soon as the officers came in Jack was engaged in wl;\tchiug them, and when he sight Jack gave Yankee Doodle a nudge with his could no longer see them he remarked to Yankee elbow that forced a grunt out of him. Doodle that he thought they had stoppedin that "What is the matter with you?" he asked in a thicket down there on the other side. whisper. "Keep your eye on the thicket, then, and if they "Look quick!" said Jack. have stopped there we may hear from them. I'm in-He pushed his way forward a little bit to catch a clined to think they are insurgents, who are either good view of the new-comers, and was dumfounded at scouting for Garcia or else prowling around on their seeing their late prisoner mounted on a splendid own hook for what they can pick up." charger leading the party with an officer on either CHAPTER IV. WHAT OUR HEROES' SAW FROM THE THICKET BY THE ROADSIDE-THE CAPTURED DISPATCH. J side of him in brilliant uniform. He wore himself I what is known in military circles as undress uniform. He sat erect in the saddle like an experienced horseman, and ha,d the bearing of a field marshal. That he was the master spirit of the party and one ABOUT half an hour or so after the two Cubans dis-high in authority would have been impressed upon appeared in the bushes, a cart was seen coming along the road, driven by an old man, whose diminutive mule seemed scarcely able to drag the load along. Jack was watching him, solely because there was nothing else in sight at the moment to attract his at tenti'on. Yankee Doodle was farther back in the thicket, leaving Jack to do the watching. Suddenly Jack called to him: "Come quick, pard !" Yankee Doodle sprang to his side, and peered out through the bushes in the direction Jack was looking. There he saw that the two Cubans had dasheu out into the road, and while one of them was menacing the driver with his machete, the other was helping himself to the contents of the cart. 'I)rn driver was protesting vigorously, notwithstanding the machete that was waving over his head. But he had to submit, and when the one who was rifling the cart had lifted out a bag and disappeared in the thicket with it, his comrade quickly followed the mind of even an unsophisticated countryman. As he rode by he was seen conversing quietly with the officer on his right. When they came up to where the old Cuban and his cart almost completely blockaded the road, the cavalcade came to a halt. The next moment two of the private soldiers leaped from their horses, ran around to the front, seized the bit of the old Cuban's mule, and led him into the bushes. The party then swept on, and the two soldiers sprang into their saddles and followed. As soon as they had passed, the old Cuban led his mule out into the road and turned his head in the direction he had come. He was going home, as he had nothing with which to go to market. "Say, pard," whispered Yankee Doodle, "what do you think of that ?" "I don't know what to think, Jack, for I never was as much puzzled before in my life. I'd give my rifle to know who that fellow is, for it is evident that he is


10 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. a man of high posil.iion, but whether in the army or l wouldn't say anything about it. He may be the in the civil service I'm blest if I know. We made a commander-in-chief at Guantanamo, and haviug mistake in letting him get away from us." pledged his word to us not to set any soldiers on our "So we did, pard," assented Jack, "but had we trail he seems to be keeping it like a man." attempted to hold him, and yet keep him along with "Yes, I was just thinking of that, for he certainly us, it might have resulted in our capture." must know that we are still somewhere in this vicin"Very true,'' assented Yankee Doodle, "but until ity." I find out who he is I'll not be able to think much "Of course he does, and that too after I told him about anything else." we were here to watch the Spaniards." "Oh, maybe we'll find out yet, as we may be able "I was surprised at that," said Jack, "when 1 to capture somebody who knows him, and then when heard you do it, but at the same time it seemed to be we do we'll probably spend the rest of our lives kickall right, since you were denying the accusation of ing ourselves for not holding on to him." being a spy." "All the same, I'm willing to chance that." The greater part of the day was spent in the thicket The next hour th,ey spent there near the city was by the roadside, after which they decided to spend the of absorbing interest, for a company of cavalry passed I night in the same place on top of the mountain, which on down the road in the direction taken by the Un-1 overlooked the city and Spanish camp, as they felt known, and they had scarcely disappeared around the quite sure of being out of the way of any prowling bend in the road when the two again heard the boom scouting parties of the enemy in that place. of guns far down in the bay. They accordingly returned to that spot, where they The distance was great, but yet the great guns again sat down and gazed at the panorama which lay were plainly heard. They suspected that the Unspread out before them, until the sun went down and known and the officers with him had some connection night closed in about them. Then again they witwith it. The cannonading was continued for half an nessed the ligh_ t of hundreds of camp-fires, and lay hour, and guns of different caliber were easily disdown to sleep under the shelter they had provided the tinguished by the volume of sound. The distance night before. was too great, however, for small arms to be heard, Again they passed a peaceful, quiet night, and but Yankee Doodle and Jack suspected that the early the next morning decided to return to the roadmarines on shore were being attacked, and that _the side and watch there for a while, after which they vess' els in the bay were shelling the Spaniards. would try to make their way around in the direction At the end of half an hour the sound of the great of the city. guns ceased. Another half hour passed, and another "Jack,'' said Yankee Doodle to his comrade, in a squad of cavalry passed along the road going down low tone of voice, "I was thinking last night that in the direction taken by the Unknown and his party. our unknown prisoner pa ssed along the road here At the same moment another party was heard com-yesterday, in company with officers, as much to let ing up from below, and the other instantly halted and us see him as anything else." lined up along the roadside directly opposite the "Why do you think so, pard ?" Jack asked him. thicket in which our two heroes were concealed. "Why, if you recollect, when he passed here he re-A few minutes later the party from below appeared turned in about an hour." in sight, and it proved to be the Unknown, who had "Yes," assented Jack. passed more than an hour before. All! he appeared in "Well, during that time, unless he rode a great sight the cavalry lined up by the roadside, instantly deal faster than he did when passing us, he couldn't saluted, and the Unknown returned it with the com-have gone more than three miles." placency of a field marshal. He moved on at a brisk "Well, what of that?" canter, and was soon out of sight. "1 was t.hinking this, that the place where the The officers in command of the cavalry gave the fighting was done yesterday down on the shore of the order to about face, march, and the next moment bay is twice as far as that from here, so he must have they galloped off up the roa.d in the wake of the mys-turned around and come back without reaching there, terious Unknown and his party. hence he didn't make the trip for the purpose of tak" Say, pard,'' said Jack, "I'm jiggered." ing any part in the fight." "It's worse than that, Jack,'' said Yankee Doodle, "Well, I don't see what that has to do with it," "we're both euchered, and no matter how long we said Jack, "nor can I understand why he should want may live we don't want to say anything about this to show himself to us in that sort of way." matter, because if we do we'll be called tenderfeet "Neither do I, but yet it looks to me as though he forever after." did. What his motive was 1 don't know; the truth "I feel that way too, pard," said Jack. The fact is it is a confounded puzzle anyway." is I feel too mean to look at myself in a mirror if I "WeU, I agree with you on that, pard, and it may had one. When you told him he was a high cockabe that he just wanted to show us how we missed it lorum you hit it just right." when we let him get away. But the greatest puz:.iile I was just a _bit suspicious of it at the time, Jack, to me is the fact that he has not attempted to captbut as I had nothing tangible upon which to base it I ure us."


YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. 11 "Well, I guess his promise to us accounts for that." "It may be so, pard," assented Jack, "but all the same I don't take much stock in from any Spanish source; nor from anybody of Spanish de o;::ent or whose native language is in that tongue." Yankee Doodle laughed and remarked : "You seem to have a prejudice against the language, Jack." "I guess I have, parcl, for I spent ten in Arizona and New Mexico among the greasers who speak nothing but Spanish mixed with a little English, and I have yet to see a man who ever found anything to admire in the mental or moral make-up of a Mexican greaser." Su.d(lenly they were startled by hearing footsteps comi .ng along the road, and Yankee Doodle motioned to .lack to be silent. Jack instantly hushed up, and the two listened until three Spanish soldiers appeared in sight coming along the road, armed with Mausers, and provided with >vell-filled haversacks. They marched by with a rather rapid gait and in profound silence. Not a word were they heard to utter as long as they were in sight. When they had disappeared down the road Jack rem:1rked: "That's a heavy reinforcement, pard, sent to smash the marines down on the shore of the bay." "Yes," said Yankee Doodle, "we ought to warn our friends of their danger." Oh, we can't warn everybody, pard. Those marines down there can take care of themselves, for they are under the guns of the war-ships; it's 11hc fellows in front of El Caney that we are to look out for." "You're right about that," returned Yankee Doodle, "and we must keep that in view all the time." !in a little while they saw a courier dash by on horseback going up the road in the direction of the city. He was going at full speed and his horse was covered with foam. "That's a hurry call,'' remarked Jack. "Yes, it looks like it; and we'll wait and sec what follows." In less than thirty minutes another courier dashed by, going in same direction and at ab1)Ut the same rate of speed on a foam covered horse. "They come from the scene of yesterday's fight,'' remarked Yankee Doodle, "some six or seven miles away, and their horses show the effect of the hard run." A coupl.e of passed and then they heard a roar of rushing cavalry from the direction of the city. They got back a little farther in the thicket to avoid any possibility of discovery and waited. A few minutes later the head of a cavalry column appeared in sight and went dashing down the road with a thunderous roar. They were some time in passing, for they were several hundred strong. "Reinforcements," said Jack, when the column had passed. "Yes, it is evidently in respouse to a call for help. We will wait and see if any infantry passes." A half hour passed; a party of officers dashed by at full speed, and a few moments later the guns on the ships dowi1 in the bay were heard. For fully three hours their steady boom reverberated through the mountains. Then couriers were seen dashing by going back to the city. "Say, Jack," said Yankee Doodle, "we ought to catch one of those fellows and find out what is up." "Maybe he wouldn't tell us," replied Jack. "Oh, we wouldn't depend on that; we could read his dispatches." "All right," said Jack, "we'll stop the next one," but they waited nearly an hour before another courier was heard coming. They both sprang to the roadside and looked up and down to see if any one else was in sight. They saw no one but the courier, who was coming at the top of his horse's speed. When he was within about fifty feet of them they both sprang out into the mid dle of the road, and called out in Spanish : "Halt!" Instead of doing so the courier laid forward on his horse's neck, dashed passed them like a thunderbolt, and was at least fifty yards beyond them ere he straightened up in the saddle again and looked back over his shoulder. Quick as a flash Jack raised his rifle, aimed quickly and fired. The courier tumbled out of the saddle, shot through the head, whilst the steed dashed on and disappeared around the bend of the road. "Oome on quick, Jack!" said Yankee Doodle, running at the top of his speed; we must get him into the bushes before he is seen by any one else." Jack followed and r eached the dead courier with him. They quickly dragged the body into the bushes some twenty or thirty paces distant from the road side. There Jack hastily made search for papers. He finally found one on which was written in Spanish with a pencil, addressed to the commandant at Guantanamo, these words : "We have the enemy surrounded on three sides; with another regiment we can capture them in spite of the fire from the ships, which is doing us but little harm. (Signed) LOPEZ SILVA, Ooloriel commanding.'' When Jack read the dispatch to Yankee Doodle the latter remarked: "I guess it's hot work down there, Jack, but I don't see that we can do anything for our boys, whatever." "I don't know about that, pard. We might let them know that another regiment has been sent for; it might save them the lives of a good many men." YaRkee Doodle was silent for a few moments and then said:


12 YANKEE DOODLE AND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. "You may be right, Jack, and I guess it won't interfere with our work if we take the news down there to them. So come ahead, we'll try it anyway," and leaving the body of the dead courier there in the woods near the road, they started off in a southerly direc tion, keeping well in the bushes to avoid being seen by parties coming or going. Naturally that mode of traveling was necessarily slow, but in a couple of hours they reached a point whence they could see the ships shelling the woods where the Spaniards were firing on the marines. Th position of the Americans could be easily traced by the smoke from their guns, whereas the smokeless powder used by the Spaniards re,ndered it impossible for their position to be located. '' Pa rd, '' said Jack, '' we can see where our boys are, and can only guess where the Spaniards are located. It is safe to say that they are right out on their front, and we got to make our way farther down until we can turn the Spanish flank on the right and go in behind tbe marines." "Just what I was thinking,'' said Yankee Doodle, and they hurried forward with all possible speed. The sun was oppressively hot, but the two pushed on, keeping well under the shade of the trees as much for the protection afforded them from the rays of the sun, as from the enemy. Half an hour later they had reached a point where they could turn and make the rear of the position held by the American marines. CHAPTER V. at Guantanamo, which we think the colonel should see at once." "He is over that way,'' said the lieutenant, pointing off to the right, "on the firing line, and the only way to find him is to bunt for him." They started off through the thicket of scrub palm, where minie-balls were whistling all around and over them. They saw many wounded and a few dead marines, and at last ran up against the colonel, who was using a rifle like a private. "Are you the colonel'?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Yes was the sharp reply, as the 0fficer turned quickly and looked at him. "Well, here's a dispatch that I think you ought to see," and Yankee Doodle handed it over to him. He took the paper and glanced over it, and remarked: "What is it? It is all Greek to me." "It's Spanish,'' replied Yankee Doodle, and in a few words explained how he came in possession of it. "Well, all the Spanish that I can understand,'' remarked the colonel, "is a few cuss words. Read it to me." "Here, Jack," called Yankee Doodle," read this to the colonel at once." Jack read the dispatch and translated it to him, and for a few moments the officer looked grave. "You say you got this from a Spanish courier?" he asked. "Yes, colonel; we had to shoot him out of the saddle to get it." "Where were you at the time?" "We were fully six miles up the road in the rear of THE MYSTERIOUS UNKNOWN .ft.GAIN. the force now in your front." As they started to make the rear of the position "Who sent you over there, for you are not a ma-held by the marines on the hill, a shell from one of the rine ?" ships went shrieking over their heads so close as to "I was sent there by General Wheeler, who is now cause them both to throw themselves flat on the in front of Santiago." ground. But it passed on and exploded a quarter of A look of incredulity came into the colonel's face, a mile away on the hill back of them. which Jack was quick to notice. "I hope that knocked over a few, pard," Jack re"Colonel,'' said the cowboy, "this is Yankee marked, as he rose to his feet again. Doodle, and I guess you have heard of him." "You can bet it did," said Yankee Doodle, "if it "Thunder! Yes !" exclaimed the colonel; we've hit any of them." all heard of him," and he gave Yankee Doodle a keen, Several shells passed over their heads after that, searching glance, after which he extended his hand to but they wasted no more time trying to dodge them. him, saying: They pushed on half a mile farther, and caught up "It's all right, my boy. That's all I wanted to with a party of marines who were carrying ammuni-know. So they are trying to get in my rear, are tion to the men on the hill. they ?" "Where'll I find the colonel in command ?" Yankee "It seems so, colonel," replied Yankee Doodle ; Doodle asked one of them. "and if they send the reinforcements asked for, they "I don't know," was the reply; "but he's with can't be very far behind us." the boys up on the hill there where the Mauser bullets "But how can they send the reinforcements?" the are singinglike crickets." colonel asked, "since they didn't get this dispatch?" They pushed on up the hill, making inquiry of every"Oh, nearly a dozen other couriers passed before one they met. and after this one, but we don't know what they were Finally they met a lieutenant of marines who was after. We thought it best to bring this to you tha.t wounded in the left arm. Yankee Doodle saluted him, you might be posted." and said: I "You did right, my boy, and I'll be prepared for "Lieutenant, I'm looking for the colonel. We have them whether they come or not," and with that he captured a dispatch sent to the Spanish commander I turned and went in search of the major, who was a


YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. 13 little further along on his left. Tbey soon found him, l tion and swarm in behind the Americans, holding the and the two bo,ys heard him instruct the major to crest of the hill. As they did so they exposed them hold the Jines at all hazards after which he turned selves to the deadly aim of the Americans at short a nd went the other way, followed by Yankee Doodle range, and in less than ten minutes nearly one hunand Jack. dred of them were knocked over, killed or wounded. He passed on to the right of his line, where he Jack and Yankee Doodle stood and fired with great ordered two companies, numbering about one hun-rapidity, never missing a man. dre d and fifty marines, to follow him down the hill. Just then the senior captain was wounded and taken When they reached the foot of it, there was another to the rear. Then the two lieutenants went down, hill in his front that shut off the view of the ships in one of whom was instantly killed. The Spaniards the bay. pushed on as though determined to carry the position "Captain," he said to the officer in command of by force of numbers. one of the companies, "I have n e ws tha t the enemy "Pard," said Jack to Yankee Doodle, "I believe is going to attempt to g e t in behind us, and the only every officer of this company is down, and if the m e n way they can do it is to push up through this hollow find it out they may give way." between these two hills, as the y wouldn't dare at"That would never do," returned Yankee Doodl e tempt it either on top or the other side of that hill, ", we must charge." for over there they would be exposed to the fire from "Great Scott, pard !" returned Jack, "they are the ships. You must hold this place against any too many for us." may appear-;: . "Not a bit of it; a charge is something the Sp a nAll right, colonel, an::;wered the captam, we I iards can't stand. we saw that at San Juan Hill." will do our best." The next morn'ent Yankee Doodle raised his voice "Captain," said Yankee Doodle, "my comra. de above the din and rattle of the Mausers and American here and myself would be glad to fight with you; rifles, calling out to the marines : may we do so ?" "Who.are you, and where do you belong?" the cap tain asked. They are all right, captain," said the colonel, be fore either of the two could answer. "That young man is Yankee Doodle, sent over here by General Wheeler to watch the enemy. Let them fight wheree v e r they want to." "All right," answered the captain; "glad to have them." The colonel then turne d and made his way up over the hill to the firing line. Over an hour passed, dur ing which time Yankee Doodle conversed with the captain and the other officers, telling them of his and Jack' s adventures over on the Guantanamo road, but they were careful to make no mention of theirmeeting with the Unknown, who was still a mystery t o them. Every man of the marines soon heard that the famous Yankee Doodle was there with them, and evinced a great curiosity to see him and speak to him. By and by it evident that the Spaniards were pushing their way up the ravine between the two hills. Steady, men cried the senior captain, "the Spaniards are coming, and we must see to it that they don' t get past this point." A few minutes later Jack caught a glimpse of sev eral of the Spaniards about a hundred yards away, dodging about among the palmettos. He raised his rifle and fired quickly. "That got him!" exclaimed several marines, who saw the Spaniard drop. The n the fight opened, and Mauser bullets fle w through the bushe s thick as hail. Several of the marines were hit, but they r eturned the fire with a steadiness that seemed to bother the enemy. Then the Spaniards made a rush to carry the posi"Now, men, let's get at them! Just mix right in with them and give them the revolver at close quarters!" and with that he and Jack dashed forward, and every marine who was on his feet followed with a yell. The Spaniards outnumbered them two to one, but they were so dumfounded at the sudden and unex pected advance of the Americans they delivered one volley and broke and fled. As they ran scores of them were exposed to the fire of the marines, who were quick to let them have it. It created a panic amongst them and they went tear ing through the bushes like rabbits chased by dogs. There they go cried Yankee Doodle, and the next moment Jack gave an old-fashioned American cbeer that was taken up by the marines and s ent roaring over the hills to their comrades on the firing line. The colonel up there understood it, and knew that the enemy had been repulsed. Soon the news came to him by courier telling him of the results of the fight, and he ordered the whole firing line to advance, which they did, cheering as they went. That ended the fight. The enemy was repulsed all along the line after having suffered heavy loss es. The marines at once devoted themselves to carrying in their wounded and dead, during which time the colonel met Yankee Doodle and Jack and told them that the timely warning they had brought to him had undoubtedly saved his comma. nd from disaster. "That is just what I tried. to do, colonel," r e plie d Yankee Doodle, "and besides that we mana g e d to g e t mixed, up in it in a way that just suited us, and I'll bet there are more dead Sp aniards down the r e in that hollow than anywhere else in this neighborhood, for we got right in amongst them with the revolver,


1 4 Y .ANK'l!JE DOODLE A N D THE UNKNOWN. making it so hot for them that they mn like rab-1 "No, you were in the fight yesterday down on the bits." shore of the bay." The two spent the night in camp with the marines, "So we were, and a pretty lively fight it was. \Ve where they were drenched by a downpour of rain at returned from there this morning." midnight, not being able to find shelter. But the "Permit me to suggest to you, Senor Americano, next morning the hot sun dried their clothes, after said the Unknown, "that in view of the death of the which they proceeded to make their wa,y back up the courier and the loss of the dispatch he was bearing to road in the direction of Guantanamo. the city, this place will soon become entirely too hot Several times they came within an ace of running for you, and that if you would escape alive you had into a party of Spani<1irds who were prowling about better leave this vicinity without delay." through the woods near the road, which had the "Why do you tell us that, senor ?" Yankee Doodle effect to make them extremely cautious in their asked. movements. More than once they were near enough "Simply because I would be pained to hear of your to hear them talking. They spoke of the fight as a bcmg taken and shot." hot one, and that the American pigs \.Vere undoubt"And why should that pain you, since we are eneedly good fighters. mies?" "Pard," whispered Jack to Yankee Doodle, "they "Personally we are not enemies, senor. got it in the neck down there. "Thank you," said Yankee Doodle, "I am glall to "I should say they did," was the reply, "and they hear that, for you have expressed my own Sfmti don't try to conceal the fact from themselves at ments. least." "Thank you, senor; you will remember that I The two kept near the road but yet under the cover promised not to reveal your presence in this vicinity of the bushes to avoid being seen by straggling par-to the Spanish authorities, and I have kept my word. But the death of the courier and the loss of the dis ties of Spaniards, and in due time reached the vicinity of where they had captured the dispafoh which was patch has satisfied the military commandant that sent to the Spanish c ommander at Guantanamo. either American or insurgent bands are in this vi.cin There they decided to wait a while, eat their noon -ity, and orders have been issued that the woods be scoured in search of them." day meal and then push on up the road in the direc But why do you tell us this, senor?" Yankee tion of the city. After a couple of hours' wait they Doodle again asked. started off, and had gone about a mile when they heard the sound of horsemen on the road ahead of "I do so that you may not think I have f?-iled in my them. promise to you. You will, therefore, understand that I am in no "-ay responsible for what has happened, nor have I mentioned to any one that you have been seen in this vicinity." "1 believe you, senor," said Yankee Doodle, "but Slipping into the bushes on their right, they quietly waited for the horsemen to pass. They proved to be a small party of cavalry led by a non commissioned officer, which soon passed out of sight and hearing. They were about to resume their journey they at you claimed to be a ciYilian, h l f t t th th' k t cl' t l b 1 d tl and m cons1derat10n of that fact we treated you as a earc oo s eps m e ic e irec y eim iem. The b th he 1 d 'tl h d th 1 non-combatant, but what we have smce seen we are y o w e e w1 1 an s on e1r revo vers er h ast sh d t h h' at a loss to understand how your statement can be v y muc om e a earrng anyone approac I f th t t T th tt t th true, for we have seen you treated bv officers and sol-rom a quar er. o eir u er amazemen eir d' h' h 1 ,, . iers as one w in commanc latp, prisoner, the myster10us Unknown, appeared, 0 and On Seel. th .1 d Nevertheless, senor, I assure .)'OU that I am not a ng em sm1 e saym o' "y t'll h ?"0 soldier, but have the good fortune to be regarded as a ou are s I ere, senors . . "y 1 d y 1 D dl "-.. t man of some prommence and rnf:luence, and have tried es, senor, rep ie an me oo e ou we . to so conduct myself as to merit the good will and were on the pomt of leavmg when we heard your footfid f cl fil 1 1 ,, ste s con ence o men an o cers a l rn. p . Of that I am fully persuaded," remarked Yankee '.' lt. me you have lmgered rather long m Doodle, "yet had we met you in any other way than ;cmity, Unkno.wn. ,, I this present meeting \Ye certainly would take you with e have found it very mterestmg, senor, said us to our line as a prisoner of war. As it is, honor Yankee Doodle. forbids such a proceeding on our part." "So I suppose, and without incurring much danger, "Very true, senor, and I perceive that I had not either." misjudged you when I made up my mind to come out "I'm not sure of that," was the reply, "for we and see you to-day. There are other reasons for my have had to exercise extreme caution to avoid being conduct which I cannot make known to you, but p er discovered haps a few weeks or a month, at farthest, you will "Quite natural," returned the other; "at the same '.mderstand many things which now seem mysterious time you have do ubtless been quite active to you. I am a Spaniard, as you doubtless know, and "Well, we haven't been idle confessed Yankee loyal to Spain in every sense of the term. But I foreDoodle. see things which are utterly incomprehensible to my


YANKE.E. DOODLE AND '.l'HE UNKNOWN. 15 counLrymen, one of which I do not hesitate to tell you, l make matters worse to Spain. Should this army at for the reason that you know not who I am or have Guantanamo be suddenly hurled upon your rear at the least suspicion of my idcntit.y, and that is this: San Juan hill and El Caney, (and there is nothing in that the cause of Spain in Cuba is hopelessly lost. My the world to prevent us from doing so.) the etl'ect countrymen, both here and in Spain, are loath to admit would be to so encourage my countrymen that they it, and but few of them really foresee it. My one would make renewed efforts, and prolong a war the great desire at this t.ime is to sec my country emerge result of which is inevitable-their total defeat and from this war without any loss to her ho .nor or miliruin. tary prestige. To be defeated in battle is no loss of "Yes, senor; I can understand that. The United honor, and the tremendous preponderance of pow e r States can send one, two, three, or five hundred on the American side also saves us the loss of mili -thousand soldiers to Cuba if it is necessary to do so, tary prestige. We shall lose Cuba with as little loss while Spain cannot. But her government knew all to us as possible, and reLire with the honors of war. that before the declaration of war. How that will be done I cannot explain to you, but "The government? Yes, but the people of Spain when it is done you will understand. You have been did not, and when we were asked to pull down our flag sent here by your general to watch the Spanish force and get out of Cuba, the indignation of the Spanish at Guantanamo. He is a born soldier and an able people was so great the government coukrnot resist general, for he well understands that if the force at it. We were forced to declare war in order to satisfy this point should be hurled upon his rear it would be the people at home and thus preserve the dynasty." all over with him and his command. It would inflict Yankee Doodle was about to make further reply, great loss upon both sides, but would benefit Spain when he was interrupted by Jack, who suddenly whisnothing whatever, save in the matter of m ilitary pered to him: prestige, even to destroy the whole American army "Pard, we must get away! T he woods are full of in front of Santiago; the end would be the same either Spaniards looking for us." way, for your great nation has unlimited resources in He spoke in English, but the Unknown evidently men, money and arms, against which Spain struggles understood what he said, for he remarked quickly: without hope So you can return to your army, if "It is true, senor, and you cannot make your es you choose to do so, with the assurance of one who cape too soon You will pardon me if I leave you at fully understands all about that of which he speaks, once," and with that he disappeared in a thick that the movement feared by your general will never clump o f bushes on his right. be made. "Come, pard," said Jack, "let us get across the road as quick as we can. CHAPTER VI. They dashed in the direction of the road, which was TRAILED THROUGH THE WOODS-JACK CARRIES NEWS but thirty or forty paces away, and on reaching it TO WHEELER. darted across and disappeared in the thicket on the YANKEE DOODLE and Jack looked at each other in farther side utter amazement after the Unknown had ceased speaking. That such a communication should be made to them by one evidently high in authority seemed incredible. Both of them had a pretty well developed belief that. diplomacy and duplicity hti,d always been potent weapons in the hands of Spaniards. The thought flashed through their minds as they stood there in the presence of the Unknown, that they were to be made victims of that sort of warfare by the mysterious per sonage to whom they had just been listening. The Unknown seemed to di vine what was passing through their minds, and a smile spread over his face, as he remarked : "I pe. rceive that you doubt the truth of what I have just said to you, senor. "I confess it, senor. said Yankee Doodle, with a blunt frankness typical of the soldier "I knew it," remarked the other. "Nevertheless I indulge a hope that you may both escape the casualties of bat.tle and live to be convinced of the truth of what I have just said to you. You arc certainly intelligent enough to understand that even the de struction of your army before Sa.ntiago de Cuba can have no efiect whatever on the final result, save to Loud shouts and half a dozen rifle shots from the road a hundred yards above .tol d them that they had been seen. "Come ahead, pard," said Jack, leading the way; "keep right behind me and we'll beat those fellows yet. Knowing that Jack was a skilled woodsman as well as a plainsman, Yankee Doodle followed him with most implicit confidence in his skill and judgment. They pushed straight on ahead in a westerly direction until they were more than a mile from the road in which they had been seen Then Jack stopped and listened. "We are all right now, pard," said he, "for unless they understand trailing in the woods they won't get a hundred yards away from the roadside while hunting for us "Well, that's all right, said Yankee Doodle; "I know very well that it is a very difficult matter to find people in the woods, and I guess they know it as well. But what do you think of tha. t fellow, Jack?" "He's a puzzler and a mystery," Jack answered. "He is all that ancl more," assented Yank 'e Doodle, "for he is evidently one high in authority not only in Cuba but in Spain. Still for all that what h e


16 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. told us staggers me, for I cannot understand why he should have said such things to two private American soldiers such as we are." "Oh, I can understand that," said Jack. "He knew that we did not know who he was and that were we to repeat what he said to us no sane person would believe it, hence in either case he was safe. Yankee Doodle shook his head, saying : "That may satisfy you, Jack, but it doesn't go with me. Look at it from any standpoint I may I can't shake off the suspicion that he gave us that yarn for the p urpose of getting us out of the way so as to enable the Spanish army at Guantanamo to double up on General Wheeler in front of Santiago. "Well," returned Jack, "if I thought that, pard, I'd stay here in the woods and \.Yatch him "That's just what we've got to do, Jack, and even then if we catch him making a move we can't hope to get ahead of him but a few short hours. The risk is so great that I'm not willing to take the responsibility of returning to General Wheeler until I am better satisfied than I now am that such a movement will not be made. I am all the more suspicious from the fact that tbe Unknown himself spoke of such a movement, and that shows that it had been contemplated by the Spanish generals." "Then we'll stay here, pard," remarked Jack, "until we do find out to our satisfaction just what they mean to do. "Of course," assented Yankee Doodle, "and !low what we want is a drink of water and something to eat. We've got food, but the water we must hunt for." pointed in the direction of the ravine wbere they saw five Spanish soldiers following an old Cuban, who was doing the trailing for them. Quick as a flash Jack raised his rifle and fired, and the old Cuban trailer was knocked into kingdom come by a Mauser bullet through the head. Every Spaniard sprang for a tree, as the smokeless powder used by Jack gave them no clew as to where the fatal bullet came from. Two o[ them were so uncertain as to the direction from which the bullet came they stood on the wrong side of the tree, and the result was that each got a bullet in his back. "There are three more left, pard," sa,id Jack, "but as the trailer is done for, we might as well let the others go." "Yes," assented the other, "and we'll go, too," and they slipped away from their position, leaving the surviving Spaniards crouching behind the trees in mortal fear of being shot. Half a mile away from the spot Jack and Yankee Doodle stopped because darkness had overtaken them, and they spent the night under a huge magnolia, whose stiJI green leaves afforded them some protec tion against tbe midnight downpour of rain. r They spent an uncomfortable night, as they were obliged to sit up and sleep leaning against the trunk of a tree. Of course they were wet when morning came, and the dense foliage of the trees prevented the sun from drying their clothes for a long time. "Jack," said Yankee Doodle, "those three Spaniards will make their way back to Guantanamo this morning, and report what happened to them, with the result that another search will be made for They lost little time in hunting for water, for down us with other Cubans as tmilers; so the best thing at the foot the on they had stopped to I we can do is to make our way down to the shore of discuss the situation they discovered a small stream Guantanamo. Bay where the marines are camped. running water. I After spending two or three days there, they will "This shows that there is a spring above here give up the search, and the coast will be clear for us somewhere, and if we follow it, we'll soon find it." again. They went up t h e ravine two or three hundred , 1 guess you're rio-ht pard said Jack, "for I yards, where they found a the sour.ce of. the must confess that whUe im ve;y fond of hunting, I little stream. They sat down by it: ate their. rations don't like to be hunted myself. and quenched their which they discussed They at once started off in a south-easterly direc-their plans for commg tion, and after traveling three or four hours through They finally dec i ded on spendmg the mght where tbe woods suddenly came to the conclusion that they they were, and the next day make their way back to were lost.' the road to the very place where they had last met the Unknown. "They have searched the woods about there, Jack, and if they keep up the h.unt it will be elsewhere.'' "Very likely," assented J ack, "but all the same b fb. I we must be very s yo emg seen "Jack," said Yankee Doodle, it looks to me as though we are lost." "Not a bit of it, pard," replied the cowboy "Do you know where we arc?" Yankee Doodle asked him. 1 f 1 l t "Of course I do, we are somewhere in eastern They proceeded to ma,ke a she ter o pa m eaves o turn the heavy downpour of rain which they knew Cuba. would come at midnight, and when they had finished "That's wonderful," remarked Ya,nkee Doodle. the structure the sun was not half an hour high. "I'm glad you told me, for I thought maybe we were Yankee Doodle arranged a bed of leaves while he away at the other end of the island.'' yet had light enougb to do so, and was about to lie "That's it, pard," laughed Jack. "You get muddown to rest., when Jack gave a sudden start, ex dled easily, and if we keep on a mile or two farther claiming: this way, you'll probably think we are in the Philip" Up, pard, quick! Here they come!" and he pine islands."


YANKEE DOODLE AND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. 17 "Then for Heaven's sake let's change our course and go in another direction." "All right; come ahead," and Jack led off in an easterly direction. After going about a mile the y suddenly came upon a camp of Spanish soldi ers, and at the same caught a glimpse of the waters of of the greatest courage and most daring deeds. He found many of the marines on shore whom he h a d met when scouting for Admiral Sampson and Oom modore Schley, and some of them made themselve s known to him. the bay away out beyond them. CHAPTER VII. "Keep quiet, pard," cautioned Jack, "for we have THE MAN ON THE BLUFF-SOMETHING ABOUT FISHING. run into a lot of Spaniards, who would lose no time THE day on which Jack returned to Santiago in sta.nding us up against a tree and making a target Yankee Doodle spent in camp on the shores of Guanof us." tanamo Bay. It was really, the first day of leisure he They turned squarely to the right and cautiously had had for weeks, and he resolved to spend a portion picked thei:r way through the woods in a, southerly of it in a row-boat fishing. direction. Presently they came in sight of the road Accompanied by two young officers of marines he leading down to Caimenera, as the y recognized land-entered a small boat and rowed a couple of miles out, marks the moment they came in sight of it. down below where the vessels were anchored, and Half an hour later they were on the shore of the stopped within a quarter of a mile of a beautifully bay with a party of marmes. Of course they had to wooded strip of shore. report to the colonel commanding and tell him why There they dropped their hooks overboard, and for they had returned, but, as on their former visit, they a couple of hours enjoyed the fishing. made no mention of the mysterious unknown Suddenly there was a light splash in the water Spaniard. about ten feet behind them, and one of the officers re-The colonel gave them a cordial welcome, telling marked that the fish were becoming lively. them they could sta.y in the camp as long as they "Was it a fish?" Yankee Doodle asked. wished. "It must have been,'' said the other. "Have you heard anything from Santiago, "Well, it didn't sound like one to me," remarked colonel?" Yankee Doodle asked. Yankee Doodle, "for the splash of a fish and the "Nothing definite," was the reply, "other than sound of something dropping into the water are quite that they have been having some hard fighting on different." the hills overlooking the city." At that moment another splash was heard about "Pard," said Jack, "I've a mind to go over there an oar's length to the right of where Yankee Doodle and see what they are doing." sat, which he saw very plainly. "Go where?" the colonel asked. "Fish be blowed !" he laughed; "that was a Mauser "Why, to San Juan hill and El Caney and all our bullet." boys scattered around there," explained Jack. "The deuce you say," exclaimed the lieutenant. "That's a pretty dangerous trip for one man to "That's just what itwas,''insisted YankeeDoodle, make," remarked the colvnel. "and there's a fellow out there in those woods some So it is," remarked the cowboy, "but it is dan-where dra.wing a bead on us, but it is a little too far gerous to go anywhere in Cuba just now." away for him to hit us." "Do you really mean it?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Well, now,'' said the lieutenant, "that ra.ther "Yes, pa rd, I'll start at sunrise if you say so." I spoils my fishing." "All right then, go to General Wheeler and tell "How so?" Yanlrne Doodle asked. him everything you have seen, except the one thing "Oh, thunder you ask foolish questions Who we have agreed to be quiet about." can enjoy fishing while acting as a target for a man The boys spent the night with the marines very with a rifle?" comfortably, and the next morning a little after sun"It depends a good deal upon who is behind the rise Jack started out to return to the American army rifle," laughed Yankee Doodle. "These Cubans or in front of Santiago, after first arranging with Spaniards couldn't bit a house a quarter of a mile Yankee Doodle as to where be could be found on his away, except by accident." return on the third day. "V true," assented the lieutenant; "but I've "I'll wait for you here, Jack, but at the same time heard somewhere that accidents sometimes happen in will keep up the watch on the enemy as before." the best regulated families, and I happen to know When Jack was gone Yankee Do odle proceeded to that many a man has been killed by a bullet not make himself at home among the marines, where he aimed at him, and that many a poor fellow has b ee n soon made pleasant acquaintances among the suborkilled by bullets that were aimed at someone els e dinate officers, many of whom urged him to tell the As we didn't come out here to be shot at I'd rather story of his adventures in the battles in which he had stop fishing than to play targe t for any man whethe r led the charge with his drum. he knows how to shoot or not." He told many incidents of his career in Cuba, but "Well, don't stop fishing yet," suggested Yanke e never once made himself the hero of any of them. I Doodle; "just keep hauling them in while I scan those There were always others to whom he g:1Ve the credit woods out there with my spy-glass," and he drew his


18 Y A NKEE D O ODLE AND T H E U NKNOWN field glass from its case and pointed with it towards the woods. In .less than five minutes he remarked : "I see the chap; there are two of them. Just hand me my rifle ov e r there, and I'll give you a specimen of marksmanship that. is worth remembering." One of the officers picked up a Mauser and passed it over to Yankee Doodle who measured the distance to shore by eyesight. Said he to the lieutenant: are a better judge than I of distance on water; how far from here do you think it is to the beach?" "It's a full q-qarter of a mile," replied the marine, looking in the direction of the shore. "All right, then; it can't be more than a hundred yards from the shore to the top of that bluff where those fellows are amusing themselves at our expense," and he accordingly adjusted the sight on his rifle for that distance. "Now," said he to the lieutenant, "just take a squint at those fellows under that tree over that bald spot on the face of the bluIT." The officer turned the glass in that direction, and after a minute or two Yankee Doodle asked: him take a revolver in each hand, hold them out in front of him, and empty all the chambers in both about as fast as he could pull the trigger, and plant every bul1et in a spot the size of a man's hand at a distance of fifty yards. He can ride at full spe ed on horseback, and hit a bull's-eye fifty yards a.wa y three times out of five." "Oh, look here now," laughed the lieutenant, "I admit you are telling all thar; to marines, but this particular marine doesn't believe it." I'm willing to swear to it," laughed Yankee Doodle. "I beg you won't do it, though," returned the other, "for while I have a pretty good opinion of your marksmanship, I wouldn't like to be skeptical about your veracity." "Oh, well, then, we'll go on with our fishing," and with that he gave his line a jerk, and the next mo: ment came very near being yanked overboard by the fish he had hooked. He was holding the line in his hand, but he soon let go of it, as it was so small it was in danger of cutting the fl.tsh to the bone. And the fish got away. "Why in thunder didn't you hold onto him ?" the lieutenant asked. "Do you see them?" "I couldn't," was the reply, as he looked at his "Yes," was the reply, "and one of them is pre-hand which was bleeding where the line had cut it. paring to fire again. Look out now, he has raised "I didn't come out prepared to catch whales." his rifle to his shoulder." "By George!" said the other, "I wish I'd gotten "Keep your eye on him," said Yankee Doodle, and him on my hook, as I happen to have on gloves and about ten seconds later he fired might have been able to hold him." "By George, you got him!" cried the lieutenant. "What do you think he was?" Yankee Doodle "He dropped his gun, pressed his hands across his asked. stomach, bept over, and landed on his head. "I've no idea, but it might have been a shark." "It was a magnificent shot!" exclaimed the other "Well, we don't want any sharks, so let him go; lieutenant. I but we can tell the boy::. when we get back to camp "I can do that three times out of five," laughed that the biggest fish got away." Yankee Doodle, "when I have a good view of the tar"Oh, that's a story every fisherman tells and noget." body believes. Do you want another hook and line ?" "Look, look !" said tho lieutenant passing the "Yes," and anotlier was passed over to him. glass over to Yankee Doodle. "rrhe other fellow is While he was fixing it, preparatory to dropping it taking the wounded man away !" overboard, he remarked that it was a little singular Yankee Doodle turned the glass again in the direc-that fish stories, no matter how truthful, were always tion of the bluff, and chuckled as he saw another pick doubted by listeners unless the fish was exhibite d in up the wounded man and disappear with him in the proof of the statements made. woods beyond. Oh, that's because that next to the jam in the "Now we can go on with the fishing," he laughed, closet the first lies told by every boy are generally "for I guess they won't bother us any more," and he about the big fish that got away." proceeded to bait his hook and drop it overboard "Maybe that is the cause of it," laughed Yankee again. Doodle, "but I once heard an old sailor give a better ''I don't believe there is another man in the army explanation of it than that.'' in Cuba who can equal that shot," remarked one of "What was it?" the lieutenant asked. the lieutenants. "It was about the experience of an English mis" You are very much mistaken," remarked Yankee sionary on one of the islands in the South Pacific H L Doodle, "for fully half the men in Roosevelt's Rough had been a couple of years on the island, and by .good Riders can do even better than that; and Jack Wilconduct, as well as great discretion, had won the con son, who left us this morning to return to San Juan, fidence of the natives in the village where he was stacould plant every shot in a bull's-eye at that distance tioned. One day he got five of the natives to row without any trouble. I've seen him knock a buzzard 11 him out a quarter of a mile from shore in one of their out of a tree a.t a distance of more than haH a. mile, canoes to give him a chance to do some fishing. and that, too, with a cross wind blowing. I've seen I "While out there he improved his opportunity by


YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. telling them the story of the fishermen who had fished all night without catching anything, when the white man's God appeared on the beach and asked them what luck they had had. They told him they had fished all night and caught nothing. 'Cast your net over on the other side,' said the white man's Saviour, and they did so, catching so many fish in it they broke the net. "The natives were pleased with the story, and remarked to each other that the white man's God was a great God and a good God, and that they would be lieve in Him and worship Him, the missionary was greatly pleased with himself. But he made the mistake of telling the story of Jonah and the whale. "The natives listened to him with bulging eyes and in profound silence. When he had finished the story the unsophisticated blacks gazed at each other in silence for several minutes, and then one after another rose up, dived overboard and swam ashore, leaving the missionary alone in the "They could understand the story of the net full of fishes, but couldn't swallow the yarn about Jonah and the whale. "So I guess the old sailor was right when he said that skepticism about fish stories began when that story was first published." The two young officers la .ughed heartily over the story, and admitted that so far as the records went they guessed he was right. "You see," laughed Yankee Doodle, "stories that border on the marvelous must have some sort of proof of their authenticity before intelligent people will believe them. Had I been out here in this boat and returned with the story of knocking that fellow o\er out there, a quarter of a mile away, who had been amusing himself by shooting at me, who would have believed my report?" "Mighty few, I guess," said one of the lieutenants, "but you can tell it now and refer to us as wit nesses." "Now let me tell you," said Yankee Doodle, "that just about fifty per cent. of all who heard us tell it >Yould believe it, not,Yithstanqing all three of us might swear to the truth of it, while at the same time ninety per cent. will believe the most marvelous story that savors of the supernatural. If you go among the Cubans of the lower classes they'll believe any kind of impossible story that may be told them if you give it a coloring of the supernatural, otherwise they would not." The look of concern on the other officer's face, how ever, caused Yankee Doodle to ask quickly : "Can he swim?" "Oh, yes," was the reply, "but he had the line wrapped around his hand, and if he should become en tangled the chances are that the fish will drown him." A full minute passed, but it seemed like an age for Yankee Doodle and the young officer. They looked at other as if trying to read what was passing in their minds, when the other came to the surface about two-thirds drowned. He had swallowed sea water until he could swallow no more, and was practically unable to help himself. Yankee Doodle sprang overboard and swam to his side, where he raised his head out of the water, at the same time calling to the other to row alongside. The lieutenant quickly obeyed, and his comrade was quickly drawn into the boat, after which Yankee Doodle climbed in, and saw that consciousness was returning to the victim of the big fish. The first thing the lieutenant said when he pulled himself together was to ask the question : '"Where is the fish?" Quick as a fl.ash Yankee Doodle picked up a fish weighing about two pounds which was lying in the bottom of the boat, held it up before him with the remark: "Here it is." The lieutenant's eyes bulged, and an expression of disgust swept across his face. A few minutes later the nausea of the great quantity of sea water he had swallowed made him very ill, and not until he had disgorged the greater portion of it did he feel any better, and even then all the hilarity had gone out of him. The effort of his comrade, however, to preserve his gravity over the sight of ,the fish that Yankee Doodle had exhibited as the cause of his un willing plunge overboard soon excited his suspicion, and he quietly remarked: "I guess it was a bigger fish than that." Then the two exploded with hilarious laughter, in which he joined with a somewhat sickly grin, ending with the rem.ark from him that he guessed it was Jonah's fish. I suspect that it was the one I had hold of," remarked Yankee Doodle, "and as you expressed the regret that you had not got him on your hook at the time I let him get away, he doubtless returned to satisfy his curiosity as to what you would do with him. If fishes can laugh they are doubtless having a good deal of fun down below.'' "Well," said the other, "so far as I am concerned I have had fun enough to-day, and if it is all the same to you, we'll go back and turn our catch over to the boys." "(}lad you made the suggestion," said Yankee Doodle, "for my desire for fishing was satisfied more "tha,t must than an hour ago." I They rowed back to the landing place, and so hot He was about to tell another story illustrative of the remark he had just made about the Cubans when one of the officers got a fish on his hook which gave him such a hard pull that he rose to bis feet with the line wrapped around his hand in order to put up a good fight. The fish, however, jerked him ofI his bal ance, and he went overboard bead foremost and disappeared from sight quick as a fl.ash. "Hello!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, be my fish trying it over again.


20 YANKEE DOODLE AND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. was the blazing sun that ere they reached it their I on the bay shore, a thing which the three Cubans clothing was so nearly dry no one suspected they had were quick to note. Then, too, his rifle was a Mauser, been m the water. They were congratulated on their another thing they noticed. success as fishermen, and suggestions were madt: that "You are not from the ships, senor," said their the commissary dep.artment should make a requis-spokesman. ition upon the colonel for their services. "No, I am from the army in front of Santiago." The story of the adventure though, leaked out, On hearing that their faces brightened, and one of and that evening there were many hearty laughs at them asked quickly : the expense of the lieutenant, as well as skeptical re"When did you leave there, senor?" marks about the story of the shooting. "A week ago," he replied, "two days after the "You will please remember what I told you," said battle of San Juan Hill." Yankee Doodle to both of them, "that even .with "Were you in that battle, senor ?" three reputable witnesses there are people who will "Yes." doubt our story about shooting that fellow on the "Then you were not in the other battle at El bluff." Caney?" "Oh, yes," laughed one of the lieutenants, "but "No, I didn't know that another had been fought." we'll keep on telling the story just the same, and I "A great battle has been fought, senor," said the shoot the first man who ca1ls us liars." Cuban, "and thousands have been slain. El Caney ---was captured by the Americanos, and all the Span-CHAPTER VIlI. j iards driven into the City of Santiago de Cuba." A LESSON IN MARKSMANSHIP FOR ONE WHO COULDN'T "That's news to me, senor," said he, "but I was HIT A MULE CART. expecting such a battle to be fought, and knew that THE next morning after his fishing frolic Yankee the Spaniards would be whipped when it was. We Doodle, believing that the Spaniards had given up have come to Cuba to drive Spain out, and we are gothe search for him, decided to go out on the old ing to do it Were you in the fight at El Caney ?" Guantanamo road again to see whattheyweredoing. "No, senor; Garcia's men held the road on the He accordingly slipped away from the camp of the right while the Americanos stormed the Spanish inmarines, made his way through the woods, crossed trenchments." the road and began working up in a northerly direc"Oh, well, that's all the same," he replied, "for it tion towards the city. is very seldom that a battle is fought in which every He no longer had any fears of his trail of two days regiment takes part. Some have to hold positions before being followed, as each heavy rainfall entirely without firing a shot, whilst others bear the brunt of obliterated tracks and trails. the fight. Do you belong to Garcia's command ?" When he reached the point opposite the place where "Si, senor; we are in Castillo's brigade." he held his last interview with the Unknown he stop"Castillo is a brave man and a skillful officer. I ped for a while, but finally decided to push on farther know him," said Yankee Doodle. "Have you seen and view the Spanish camp from the hills north of the anything unusual going on to-day ?" city. "No, senor; everything is quiet here." He moved through the woods leisurely, at the same "Are you scouting by order of the general?" time keeping a very cautious watch, for, being alone, "No, senor; we are here without any orders." he had no desire to come in contact with any hostile I On hearing that, Yankee Doodle suspected that parties. But he bad not gone very far before he ran they were out on a plundering expedition on their own into a party of three Cubans, who seemed to be as hook, as he had seen many others doing m the past. much surprised at the meeting as himself. "That's the trouble with you fellows," he smiled; The three immediately assumed a hostile attitude, "There is a great lack of discipline in the Cuban army. but he quickly and rightly judged that they were in-In the American army, if a soldier left camp without surgents' spies or scouts. orders he would be severely punished, if not shot." "Who are you, senor?" one of them asked, hold"Why should they, senor, when they are loyal and ing his machete in a rather menacing way. true and fighting the enemy wherever they see them?" "I am an American," he replied, "and we ought "Simply because discipline is absolutely necessary to be friends if we are not, seeing that you are to success with all armies. The first duty of a soldier Cubans." is to obey orders. If there are a thousand men in "Si, senor," said the fellow, "we are Cubans, and your command, and they are permitted to go about if you are Americano we ought to be fri ends." as they please, just as you three are doing, they "That's all right, then," said he, "for I am not would be liable to be attacked by the enemy, while only an American but a soldier also, and 1 am here to half of the command would be strolling about over vatch the enemy over there," and he pointed in the the country. An officer should always know the direction of Guantanamo. strength of his command at any hour in the day or His imperfect Spanish and appearance were certifi-night, which he cannot do if his men are permitted to cate enough of the truth of his statement, but his leave camp whenever they please without his knowldress was not that of the marines down in the camp edge."


YANKEE DOODLE AND THE 21 The three Cubans evidently were not pleased with man had met the cavalry and reported the presence his comments on their conduct, a fact which did not of the three Cubans on the roadside. escape him, although they did not speak of it. They They were so close upon him he had no time to giv e were about fifty yards from the roadside, and while the three Cubans warning without running the risk they were there a small party of Spanish cavalry, of being seen himself, so he dashed off at a tangent perhaps scouts, passed along the roa.d The three and escaped to a convenient thicket, running until he Cubans quickly hurried forward through ilhe thicket had placed three hundred yards or more between to get a, view of them, and Yankee Doodle, anxious himself and the Spaniards. to watch them as well as the Spaniards, followed. He heard half a dozen shots fired, several yells and The cavalry passed by, and in a little while an old fierce shouts and then quiet followed. A little later Cuban, with a cart drawn by a lean, half-starved he saw the cavalrymen pass leisurely up the road. mule, came along. Yankee Doodle quickly recog"l guess they wiped out those Cubans," he said to nized him as the same one whom he and Jack saw on himself, "and I'll go back down there and see about the day he was robbed by two Cubans farther down I it." the road. Cautiously wending his way through the bus he As soon as he arrived opposite where the three with the road on his left as a guide he soon reached Cubans were concealed, the latter darted out into the I the spot where the three Cubans were when the road, and surrounded his cart. enemy appeared. He heard someone moving about Yankee Doodle kept back in the thicket and and soon found the old man of the cart gathering u p watched them. He saw them plunder the cart of the remains of his fruit and vegetables and placing its contents of vegetables, and listened to the wail-them in a bag. On the ground lay two of the Cubans ing of the old Ouban as he protested. dead. The third one had probably escaped. "Shut up," ordered one of the Ou bans, "or we Watching the old man, he saw him throw the bag will split your head. You are carrying provisions over his shoulders and return to the road, down to the camp at Guantanamo; why don't you take which he disappeared in the way he had come them to the Americanos down below." "Well, well," he muttered to himself, this i s "I would, senor, but they are fighting there all indeed a cruel war. To save about fifty cents worth the time," replied the old man, "and I must sell of vegetables and fruit that old fellow caused the vegetables or starve." death of two of his countrymen, and I am sorry tha t "Eat them yourself," said one of the Cuban I cannot run the risk of hearing what he has to say scouts, "and then you won't starve. But if we about it." catch you bringing any more this way we'll feed the When the old man disappeared down the road machete." Yankee Doodle turned and again made his way in the The Cubans quickly took what they wanted from direction of the city, but keeping well in the bushes the cart, dumped the other into the bushes and or-to avoid being seen. About a mile farther up in that dered the old man to go back home. The old fel-direction he ascended a bill, from the crest of which low quickly obeyed, and the three Cubans retired he had a fine view of the city and the camp of the to the thicket where they sat down and stuffed themSpanish army. It was much nearer than any view he selves with the fruit and vegetables taken from the had hitherto had, and about as close as he dared go. cart. He noticed a road leading out from the north of the "It's pretty hard on the old man," Yankee Doodle city and another eastward, along which he saw little demonstrated. parties of mounted scouts coming and gomg. Other" Si, senor, hut he must not feed the Spaniards wise t,he scene was an extremely peaceful one. while Cubans fight for Cuba Libre." He sat there for upwards of an hour gazing upon "You are right," he assented, "and this is not the the scene, when he saw the old Cuban, seated on his first time I've seen that old fellow's cart on this road. cart, drivmg slowly by towards the city. I'm inclined to think that he doesn't care which side "Well, well," he laughed, "the old rascal will sell wins in this fight." a little fruit and vegetables after all. "No, senor; there are many like him in Cuba; when He had no sooner made the remark than he heard a man is starving he forgets everything but his bun-the sharp crack of a rifle from the woods on the other ger." side of the road, but farther down the hillside than Scarcely quarter of an hour had passed when they where he was. heard a party of horsemen dashing along the road. It had a startling effect on the old man of the cart, The three Cubans sat still gorging themselves with who began beating his mule with tremendous energy. the captured fruit. Yankee Doodle sprang forward It took half a dozen tremendous whacks to instill any to catch a glimpse of the passing horsemen, and was degree of activity into the animal, which finally astonished at seeing them halt, leap to the ground started at a rapid pace down the hill Not for a moand plunge into the bushes, within ten paces of where ment did the old Cuban let up on the unfortunate he was standing. animal, which finally broke into a fast run. They were accompanied by the old man of the Crack cart. He quickly understood the situation; the old Another rifle shot from the quarter rang out,


22 YANKEE DOODLE AND 'l.'HE UNKNOWN. which caused the old mn,n to rise up and belabor his l simply pomted the gun in the direction of an object mule with renewed .energy, and a few moments later he wished to shoot at and pulled the trigger without cart and mule were out of sight around the bend of aiming. The weapon was one he had recently capthe road. tured, and he had never been taught how to use it. "That's getting to market under difficulties," Yet he had been ever since the beginning of the revo Yankee Doodle remarked to himself, "but I'd like to I 1ution in Cuba, most eager to own a rifle. It was the know who the fellow is who can't hit an outfit like ambition of every Cuban in the field, but of all marksthat at a distance of a hundred yards, and I'm going men in the world, they were the poorest. to cross over there and interview him. He might "Now, see here," said Yankee Doodle, "I will exshoot at me, but he evidently can't hit anything." plain to you how to so as to hit what you shoot He passed down the side of the hill, keeping well in at," and he carefully explained how the aiming was the bushes, and watched for an opportunity to dart done; how the target must be covered by the sight across the road. Then he made his waybackintothe before the trigger was pulled. He also showed him thicket and beat about among the bushes in a quiet how to adjust the long range sight, and pointed out sort of way for about fifteen minutes, when he sud-to him the marks for one hundred, two hundred, five denly came upon a Cuban who was peering at him hundred and a thousand yards, which distances he from behind a tree with a Mauser rifle in his hand. had to judge for himself. He instantly recognized the fellow as one of the "Now," said he, "there's a couple of buzzards sit-three who had plundered the old man's cart a mile ting on a tree down in the edge of yonder clearing, farther up the road. fully a thousand yards away from here. They may "Say, what's the matter with you?" he called. be a little farther or a little nearer. I'll show you how The Ouban made no reply, but kept well behind the to adjust the sight now for that distance," and he tree with only his face exposed as he watched the proceeded to do so, after which he raised the rifle to young American coming through the thicket. When his shoulder, aimed quickly, and fired. he recognized Yankee Doodle, he called out: One of the buzzards dropped from his perch to the "Is it you, Senor Americano ?" 'j ground, whilst the other flew away in alarm. "Yes, Cubano; I was on the other side of the road "Caramba !" gasped the Cuban in amazement. when I heard you shoot at the old man in the cart. "That's the way to do it," said Yankee Doodle. "Caramba I missed him, senor," said he, with a "Now, how many cartridges have you?" ring of bitterness in his voice. Only ten, senor." "Yes, and the old fellow ought to have leaped out "Then you should be careful with them, and never of his cart and whaled the life out of you for wasting fire at anything until you have first aimed to make ammunition that way." sure of your mark." "Diablos He is a traitor!" hissed the Cuban. "That may be so, senor," said Yankee Doodle, CHAPTER IX. "but that ,isn't half as bad as being a poor shot," "CUBANO, YOU DIE THE DEATH OF A TRAITOR!"and Yankee Doodle joined him under the tree behind YANKEE DOODLE A PRISONER-THE UNKNOWN which he was standing, where he told him of the fate AGAIN. of his two comrades. HA vING learned his lesson in marksmanship, the "Si, senor," said he, "they were killed by my side, I Cuban was eager to try his hand once more at the and bullets whistled all around me as I ran through old man of the cart, seeing which Yankee Doodle said the bushes, but I saw the old man with them and I to him : have sworn by all the saints to kill him." "Senor Cubano, you have many other things to "Well, let me tell you, senor, that before you at-learn about the art of war. If you are here to watch tempt to kill anybody with a rifle you should learn the enemy and assist your general and all others who to shoot, for it seems that you can't hit a house are fighting for the expulsion of the Spaniards from two hundred yards away. You had two shots at a Cuba, you should devote yourself to that work alone mule and cart with a man in it, and yet they got instead of wasting any time in the gratification of away unharmed. When a man fires a shot at anprivate personal revenge. When you are out scoutother he invites one aimed at himself, and his own ing you should never fight unless first attacked, and life is placed in jeopardy by his failure to aim well." should avoid being seen by the enemy as long as it is 'No man can hit every time, senor." possible for you to do so It's the business of a scout "Nonsense," he replied; "a bullet will go wher-to watch rather than to fight, and by that means ever a man sends it; these rifles are made to shoot learn of the movements and intentions of the straight, and if the marksman fails to hit the tar-enemy, which information you should quickly send or get the fault is his, not the weapon's." take to your general. By that means you strike a "I will machete him," remarked the Cuban, still blow for your country and thus help on to the defeat having the old man of the cart in his mind. of the enemy. Under no circum.stance should you After further questioning the Cuban, Yankee ever commit any act while in the vicinity of the enemy Doodle made the discovery that he knew nothing that would let them know of your presence in their about the sights on the barrel of the Mauser, that he neighborhood. Had you not halted the old man and


YANKEE DOODLE .AND THE UNKNOWN. 23 the cart your two comrades would now be alive and b y your side. As it is they are dead and nothing has been accomplished." "But, senor, he was carrying provisions to the enemy," protested the Cuba n. "Very true, s enor, but it was a mere handful-not enough to feed a dozen men-and surely not worth the lives of your two comr:acl es." The Cuban opened his eyes in astonishment, for the lessons he was learning had been paid for at a ter ribl e cost. "Now," continued Yankee Doodle, "the old man b eing a non-comb atant should h ave been p ermitted to pass unmolested, or when you had stopped him, you and your comrades should have changed your position quickly, for when you let him go he was free to tell where you were, and in this instance did so and disaster followed. Now, had he been a courier carrying dispatches from the Spanish general, it would have been worth while to stop him even with a bullet, get the dispatch and take it promptly to your general. By such means the designs of an enemy are often ascertained and thwarted, and it is often worth more than the lives of a hundred men to do so. Sometimes it is the means of saving the lives of a thousand men or of bringing about a great vic tory for one side and a crushing defeat for the other. That is the science of war. Just now you s eem to have but one desire, and that is to kill that poor old man who sells to the enemy a few vegetables that he might get a few pesetas to save his wife and children from i;;tarvation. It is unworthy of a soldier to har bor such feelings or commit such deeds; worse still it is a.u act of cowardice to shoot down a non-combat ant from the bushes. All this may appear strange to JOU, but it is the rt1le of civilized warfare among the Christian nations of the world." "Senor Americana," said the Cuban, "the Span iar

24 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. Viva Espana I There is an American spy in the J The commandant looked him in silence for a few bushes there!" moments, and asked: Instantly the Spaniard dismounted and plunged "What were you doing there, so far away from into the thicket before Yankee Doodle could get your command?" away. The latter drew his revolver and shot down "Doing duty as a scout," he replied. two of the cavalrymen before they had really located "You mean as a spy," corrected the commaudant. him. "Nothing of the kind," he answered promptly, The next moment he was seized by half a dozen of "for no sane man would .consider another a spy who them and hurled to the ground. He sprang to his wears the uniform of bis own army and the weapons feet, grappled with one of them, from whose belt he 1 provided him by his Then again I was drew a revolver, and fired at the Cuban, giving him J captured outside of your line and was never inside a mortal wound. The next moment he was hurled to j until brought here by my captors." the ground again, overpowered and disarmed. In answer to other questions he repeated to the When they pulled him to his feet, he found himself commandant the story he had told the sergeant about a prisoner. Still, his satisfaction at having plugged the Cuban insurgent who had denounced him as a the traitorous Cuban was' such he looked at him as spy. The sergeant himself confirmed part of his he lay on the ground and said: story by stating be had met the old Cuban and the "Cubano, you die the death of a traitor!" girl on the cart, after which the commandant ordered ",And you," returned the Cuban in a voice between hin1 locked up and kept incommunicado. a gro:m and a hiss, "will die, too!" "Well, I'm jugged," said Yankee Doodle to him" Who are you, senor?" one of the Spaniards asked. self, when he found himself a solitary prisoner iri the "I am an American soldier," he answered. hands of the enemy. "It is by no means a pleasant "What are you doing here away from your comexperience, and yet they have treated me better than mand ?" I expected they would, but it may be on accoun t of "Doing duty as a scout." my nationality. Were I a Cuban insurgent I would "He is a spy," said the dying Cuban. probably be shot at sunrise, but I guess they recog" Are you a spy?" the Spamard asked him. nize the fact the American prisoners of war must be "No," he replied, "for I have on the uniform of the treated as such." American army, and bad a rifle and brace of revol-Night came on and he was left in total darkness in vers. I have been scouting in these woods, but have the cell into which he had been cast, and that, too, never been inside of your lines. That Cuban there is without a morsel of anything to eat. He was philan insurgent, who attempted to shoot me because I osophical enough, however, to make the best of his would not permit him to kill an old man who was situation without worrying over it, and in a little driving by on his cart with a young girl by his side, while he laid down on the hard floor and went to sleep. and I shot him in self-defense. For revenge he be-How long he slept he knew not, but was awakened trayed my presence to you." during the night by a touch on the shoulder, followed "We met the old man and the cart," said the Spanby a voice, saying: iard, who was a sergeant of cavalry. "Get up, senor." "What is your name?" the Spaniard asked. He opened his eyes and sat up, while the light from "My name is Freeman, and I belong to the Ameri-a dim lantern gleamed in his face. He looked around can army now in front of Santiago de Cuba." for a moment or two until he was again told to get The statement seemed to surprise the sergeant, up. who remarked that he was a long way away from his He rose to bis feet and found himself face to face with a man somewhat taller than himself. The lat-command. "Yes," he replied, "but for all that our scouts are watching the forces at Guantanamo." While he was talking with the sergeant, the Cuban whom he had shot expired. ter raised the lantern up high enough for Yankee Doodle to see his face. It was the face of the Unknown, whom he had twice met in the woods out near the Guantanamo "You will have to go with us," said the sergeant. road. "Very well," was the reply, "1 am your prisoner." His surprise was s0 great as to cause him to give They led him out into the road, where they mounted 1 a sudden start, which caused a smile to creep across their horses and made him march in front of them. the face of the Unknown. Their two comrades whom he had shot down were "You failed to follow my advice, senor," his visitor laid across their horses and taken along as evidence gravely remarked. or his deadly marksmanship. 1 "I beg your pardon, senor. I retired from the It was but a short distance to the intrenchments 1 scene altogether until I thought all danger of puraround the city, and so in a little while he was inside I suit had passed." the Spanish camp. They conducted him at once to j "Then you returned?" added the other. the headquarters of the commandant of the post, to "Yes, as was my duty to do. 1 was not captured whom the sergeant related the details of his capture. by soldiers who were looking for me, but it was the


YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. 26 result of an act of treachery on the part of a Cuban insurgent." "Yes, yes," assented the other, "I have heard the story, and I assure you that it is believed by all who CHAPTER X. ON THE HILLS OF GUANTANAMO-THE NEWS JACK BROUGHT FROM EL CANEY. have heard it, and because of your defense of the old As he trudged along the road in the direction of the man and his granddaughter you are not to be held as cam!J of the American marines on the shores of a prisoner of war, but sent away at once." Guantanamo Bay, Yankee Doodle could think of noth" Ah, senor,'' said Yankee Doodle, "that is your ing but the mystery of the Unknown personage with work, and I assure you on the honor of a soldier that whom he had thrice been thrown in contact. it shall ever be held in grateful remembrance by He even forgot the peril of his situation in thinking me.", about it, for while he was again free to go where he ''Very well,'' said the Unknown. "Permit me to pleased he was unarmed, as his weapons had not been again urge upon you to return to your command returned to him. When that fact finally occurred to with the assurance I have already given you that the him, he said to himself: movement so much feared by. youl' general will ne:er I "This is a mighty bad climate for a man unari;ned, be made. You can come with me now,'' and with but I'll be all right when I get back to the marmes, that the Unknown turned on his heel and walked out as they have guns and ammunition to spare. Then, of the room followed by Yankee Doodle. too, I must wait there until Jack returns, and I guess When they had passed out on the street the Un-I had better not say anything about my capture and known extinguished the light in the lantern he was singular release, for if the newspapers got hold of it carrying and proceeded on his way in the direction of I would be accused of romancing and thus gain the the intrenchments on the west side of the city. reputation of a first-class liar. I hate a liar above Several times they were halted by sentinels, and everything else in the shape of a man, and as General each time the Unknown whispered the password that Wheeler and Shafter and others have implicitly repermitted him to pass on. They kept on until they lied on every statement I have made to them, they reached the intrenchments, and there again a whiswould become suspicious of me were I to tell them the per from his guide passed them beyond the lines. whole truth about this thing. Of course, when I get The Unknown led the way half a mile beyond the back to camp I've got to account for the loss of my pick e t line, where he suddenly halted with the re-rifle and brace of revolvers, and I'll have to do that mark: by simply telling them I was captured and afterwards "We part here, senor, after which you must go on made my escape, which will be pretty close to the your way alone. .P .... gain I advise you to return to truth, anyway." your c9mmand, as it is a waste of time and a jeopard-He had passed along the road for upwards of five izing of life that is utterly unnecessary." miles, when the dark clouds that usually produced a "Thank you, senor; I shall return and report to downpour of rain at that hour of the night began to my general everything except that which concerns obscure the light of the stars. yourself. But if he orders me to return and keep up "I've got to take it," he muttered to himself, the watch I shall obey him, even though I lose my "and maybe it will be somewhat of a protection for life in so doing." me; for if there are any scouts out at this time of "Which shows that you are a good soldier," re-night along the road they will seek shelter. And marked the Unknown. then the noise of the downpour of rain will prevent my "Thank you, senor; I have always tried to be so footsteps from being heard by scouts lying in the considered. This war will end soon, and when Spain bushes by the roadside; so let her come." and America are again friends I would consider it an A few minutes later the heavy raindrops began honor to know you personally." pattering on the trees, leaves and ground. Vivid "Thank you, Senor Americano; but it cannot be, fl.ashes of lightning illumined the scene, and at each for my part in this unhappy business will belong to fl.ash he could see far down the road ahead of him. the unwritten pages of the period;" and with that He trudged on, however, and soon a torrent of he extended his hand to Yankee Doodle, who grasped water began rushing past him down the hill. On the and shook it warmly. The next moment he turned right of the road was a gully; it was soon filled by a away and strode o:IT in the darkness in the direction raging torrent. of the Spanish intrenchments. "If I had a boat now," he said, "I could save my" Yankee Doodle stood alone for a few moments in self quite a walk." the middle of the road gazing in the direction the Un-The downpour of rain lasted a couple of hours, durknown had gone after which ho turned to pursue his ing which time he made between four and five miles, way with the quiet remark to himself : which brought him pretty close to the rear of the "This is the greatest mystery I ever ran up Spanish forces who had been struggling for weeks to against." dislodge the marines on the shores of the bay. He pushed on, however, taking his chances of running into any st,raggling detachments of the enemy. But at that hour everything was quiet in both camps.


26 YANKEE DOODLE 'l'HE UNKNOWN. When day dawned, he found himself opposite the r him. He slept a couple of hours the lieutenant's ships anchored out a mile or so from the shore. tent, and was. by the rattlmg of small arms "I'm all right, now," said he, and half an hour out on the firmg hne. later he approached a party of marines who were He arose, got his rifle and a brace of revolvers wending their way down to the beach to take a swim. and went up over the hill to take part in the fun. As for himself he didn't need a swim, for he had been I There he caught up with the lieutenant, who told him in a shower bath for a couple of hours, only he used that within the last five minutes three bullets hall fresh water instead of salt. passed through his clothes. He lost no time in seeking one of the lieutenants of "I am satisfied," said he, "that there is a sharp-marines, with whom he had fished two days before shooter out there somewhere who is trying to pick when they became quite chummy. me otI." "Hello, Yankee Doodle!" thelieutenanthailedhim "Which way do the bullets come?" YankeeDooclle when he saw him. "Where have you been?" asked. "Up towards the city," he replied, "and have just "From the hill out there in our front," and he come in with an appetite that would produce a famine pointed to the brow of a hill some four or five hunin any mess in this camp." dred yards away out in front of the firing line. "Not much it won't," returned the lieutenant, "All ri.,.ht," said Yankee Doodle, "I'll look for laughingly, "for we have plenty to eat, if nothing him," and5 he lay down under a palmetto bush, drew else." out his field-glass and began hunting for the enemy, "Then in the name of Uncle Sam let me have a who was keeping up a desultory fire from the oppo breakfast, for I haven't had a morsel to eat since site hill. noon yesterday." He soon saw a number of crouching figures about "Where's your weapon?" the lieutenant asked. among the stubble palmetto, who could not be weil "The Spaniards have it." seen by the naked eye at that distance. "Oh, hello !" exlaimed the officer, "did they rub He saw one fellow kneeling and firing quite rapidly, you so close as that?" and laying down the field-glass, took up his rifle, "You can bet they did; they captured me yester-aimed and fired. day afternoon up within a mile or two of their in-"Oh, ho, my fine fellow," he chuckled, as he saw trenchments, but as I left them without leave last the man rise up and stagger away, "I guess you night, I didn't have the cheek to ask them for my won't do any more shooting to-day." arms." Then he lay down his rifle and again took up the "Why in thunder didn't you tak. e them, anyhow?" field-glass. "Oh that would have been impolite." "By George," he exclaimed, "Uncle Sam ought The iieutenant laughed heartily, and told him if he to give the boys field-glasses, for it would give them would wait half an hour he could have as much a chance to get right in among the Spaniards without breakfast as he could put away. their knowing it. .Why, I can see about a dozen of "All right," he replied, "but it will be the longest them out there now, and if I don't have some fun half hour I ever passed in my life." with them I've forgotten how to shoot," and calling The breakfast he got was a good one, and while he the lieutenant to his side, he told him to lie down was enjoying it the officers plied him with questions there by him and watch them jump. about his capture. He gave it to them pretty He then began picking them ofI, while the lieuten-straight, with the exception of his being taken into ant with the field glass looked on. the city, or of his interview with the commandant of Crack! went his Mauser. the post and the mysterious Unknown. The lieutenant informed him that on the day before there was a pretty sharp fight out on the fighting line, in which the enemy had been repulsed by a dashofthe marines. "We picked up about thirty Mausers," he added, "with quite a number of revolvers, to say nothing of cartridge belts filled with ammunition. You can have your pick of them." "Thank you," said Yankee Doodle; "I have a very serious objection to going about unarmed in this region. Have you been fishing again?" "No," laughed the lieutenant. "The truth is, I've had enough of that sort of sport, for one never knows what kind of a fish he is going to get on his hook out there in those waters." Soon after breakfast Yankee Doodle took a nap, for his long walk in the drenching rain began to tell on Good exclaimed the lieutenant, "that got him!" "Watch the other fellow on his left now." Crack! went the rifle again. "Good! It knocked him clear over!" "There's another in the bushes still farther to the left; do you see him?" "Yes," answered the lieutenant. "Well, now, watch him jump," and again the Mauser cracked. "Bully!" exclaimed the lieutenant. "That bowled him over and he's lying fiat on his face." "I gave it to him in the neck that time," said Yankee Doodle. "Hanged if it doesn't look like murder," remarked the lieutenant. "So it is," returned Yankee Doodle, "but it is


YANKEE D O ODLE AND 'l'HE U NKN O WN 2'1 legalized by the declaration of war. But whether and would carry scarcely half the distance the other that removes the sin of taking life is a question." would. It was a sort of carbine for use on shipboard "Ob, well,'' returned the lieutenant, "we won't in close quarters. discuss the theologic;al side of it." Many officers, including the colonel in command, ''Of course not; we'll leave that with the theo-congratulated Yankee Doodle on his work, and when logians. There's a fellow squatting under a palmetto the marines heard of it they cheered him whenever just a few rods above the first one I shot at;. do you he appeared in sight. see him?" Late in the afternoon he left the firing line and "Yes,'' answered the lieutenant, "and he's aiming went down to the shore to take a swim. He was his Mauser right now." about to enter the water in company with several "Keep your eye on him, then," and the next mo-others when Jack Wilson appeared with his left arm ment Yankee Doodle aimed and fired again, and the in a sling. man under the palmetto jumped up and went limping "Hello, Jack!" he exclaimed, on seeing the cowaway. boy, "what in thunder has happened?" "Oh, ho, my fine fellow," chuckled Yankee Doodle, "There's been the very deuce to pay,'' was the re" you want to get out of it, eh? Here's another for ply. you,'' and he aimed his rifle and fired again. "Where?" The Spaniard was seen to throw up both "At El Caney and Santiago de Cuba." drop his Mauser, and sink down to the ground. "Have they had another battle?" Yankee Doodle "Say !" exclaimed the lieutenant, "that's the best asked. shooting I ever saw." "You bet they had; and the whole situation has "Do you think that is as gootl as the fellow I shot changed since you were there. Our boys went at the from the boat the other day ?" Yankee Doodle intrenchments at El Caney, and for several hours it asked. was hotter than it ever gets down below. The Rough "Well, it's not so far, but I think it's just as Riders went over the intrenchments and did up the good." Spaniards with their revolvers right in the ditch. "Well, let me have the glass there for a few min-They lost scores of good fellows, but Lord bless you, utes, and I'll locate some more." pard, the Spaniards were cut up so badly that they The lieutenant passed the glass over to him, and had to take them up in baskets to bury them. Every for three or four minutes he quietly surveyed the mother's son of them who escaped alive, has taken crest of the hill. While he was doing so a shell from refuge behind the intrenchments around the city, one of the big Ships, down in the bay some two miles and Wheeler and Shafter are now getting ready to distant, came shrieking like a demon through the air jump in and finish them." over their heads. Yankee Doodle fairly whistled his astonishment. It struck the hill occupied by the Spaniards just be-Then after a pause of a few moments, he asked: low the crest, exploding wi1, h a roar that shook the Where did you get your wound?" earth. "Right on top of the intrenchments of El Caney, "Great Scott, lieutenant!" exclaimed Yankee but it didn't stop me from helping along with the Doodle, "our occupation is gone." fun." "So are the Spaniards," laughed the officer of "What in thunder did you come back for after bernarines, "for they are scampering over the hill like ing hurt, Jack?" rabbits." "Oh, I wanted to bring the good news," said he, "Those sort of guns interfere with business," "and besides that I thought you might think I had laughed Yankee Doodle. been wiped out before I got there. I saw General "Maybe it docs," was the reply, "but we won't go Wheeler, gave him your message, and he told me to on a strike against them." tell you that it is all right; that we both had clone A few more shells from the ships entirely cleared just what he expected us to do." the hill of the enemy, who sought shelter behind a In less than an hour the news had reached the firing larger one beyond, and were heard from no more that line of the marines up on the hill, and every man of day. The lieutenant o[ marines told some of his them gave vent to his enthusiasm in a series of oldbrother officers about Yankee Doodle's sharpshooting, fashioned American yells. The men on board the and a party of marines were sent over there to in' ships out in the bay were given permission to cheer-vestigate. and cheer they did until they were hoarse. They soon found that a Mauser rifle in the hands of The balance of the day was spent by the gallant a first-class marksman was one of the most deadly marines cheering and making merry over the splendid weapons known to military men. Nearly a do:1:en victory that had been \Yon by the land forces in front Spaniards were found under the stubble palmetto of Santiago, and Jack Wilson, the cowboy, who who had been knocked over by Yankee Doodle's brought the good news and had a wound to show marksmanship. that he received it in the thick of the fight, was The American marines were armed with the Med-treated royally by everyone who could get at him. ford rifle, which was much shorter than the Mauser, Wounded as he was, he had wended his way


28 YANKEE DOODLE A N D THE U NKN O WN. th:ough a pathless forest of over a dozen miles to I escape, no: can a Spanish soldier get away brmg the news to them. from the city ; our lines extend clear around to the "Jack," said Yankee Doodle to him that evening, west side until they strike the water of the bay. If "our mission here is ended; for even did they wish to Cervera attempts to make his escape Sampson and do so, the Spanish commandant at Guantanamo would Schley will send him to the bottom of the Caribbean not now dare attempt to make the move he was exSea. Then Spain will have nothing afloat that could pected to make. It is now too late; his golden opporwhip a scow-b .oat; she will throw up the sponge and tunity has passed, and now we can return witho u t ask Uncle Sam what he wants. running any risk of l}eing censured for so doing "Jack," said Yankee Doodle, "that is practically "That's so, pard; the general is satisfied with our what the Unknown has already said to us." work, and now as the situation has changed we can "Just so, pard; and if ever I meet that man again, take it easy or go back when we please I'm goin' to take off my hat and reverence him as a prophet, for he beats Elijah, and Isaiah and JereCHAPTER XI. I miah, and all those old fellows who made a living by YANKEE DOODLE RETURNS TO SANTIAGO-IN THE prophesying; but to my mind that fellow beats them TRENCHES .BEFORE THE CITY. all, for he cou l d drop down into the woods alongside THAT night Yankee Doodle and Jack slept under of us, or vanish from our sight without our knowing the same blanket, but before they closed their eyes in anything about it; and if that doesn't beat the old slumber the former related to his astonished comrade prophets, I've forgotten all I learned while at Sunday the story of his capture and experience in the prison school." in Guantanamo. "By George, Jack!" laughed Yankee Doodle, "Great Cresar, pard !" exclaimed the cowboy, "I'd "you put the whole thing in a different light to me, give a year's pay to find out who that mysterious for you clothe him in the garb of the supernatural, Unknown is which I hadn't thought of before "So would I, Jack, and I tried to devise some "I don't mean to do that, pard," said Jack, "for I means of discovering his identity, but everything am not much given to taking any stock in the super seemed to be against me. I even hinted to him that natural. I've never believed in ghosts or that sort of when the war ended I would like toknow him and thing, because I believe that when a man is dead he show him how much I appreciated his treatment of is dead. But when I meet a man who can look into me. He very promptly told me that his connection the future and see things that you a .nd I can see only with the war would be one of the unwritten pages of after they happP.n, I can't help but .ptand in awe of its history, and that his identity would forever rehim. It may be because I don't know much, but I main undiscovered It may be a bit of Spanish have lived long enough to understand that there are diplomacy over which a shadow of mystery has ever very few men of all the teeming millions of earth who lingered. I suppose that is the case of the diplomacy can pierce the future and foretell what is going to of all nations, in which many things happen that never happen." reach the public T he two boys finally fell asleep, and when they "Yes, yes," assented Jack, "I guess that is so, awoke the next morning, decided to remain with the but that you and I should get mixed up in it in the marines a few days longer in order to give Jack's way we have will be a puzzle to me as long as I wound a chance to heal. It was a flesh wound made live by a Mauser bullet, which the fatigue of his long "So it will be to me, Jack; and I am more than tramp through the woods had caused to inflame and ever persuaded that we should never speak of it to give him a great deal of pain. any one whatever, unless events take such a course as The day was spent in comparative quiet, for to convince us of the necessity of acquainting the evidently t h e Spaniards bad heard the disastrous commanding general with the whole business news of El Caney, and hence had little heart to con That's what I think, too, pard. We had better tinue the fight. A day later, however, desultory keep mum about it, because when Santiago falls the firing was kept up all day on the crest of the hill, and end of the war will come, notwithstanding the fact again Yankee Doodle went up and added to his repu that Blanco has an immense army with him in Havana tation as a sharpshooter. Many a Spaniard went to put up a nasty fight. down under his deadly a i m "Did you hear anything about the fleet in Santiago Late in the afternoon of the second day after Jack's Bay?" Yankee Doodle asked. arrival some Cubans came in bringing confirmation "Oh, that fleet is doomed. Sampson's big seaof his story of El Caney, and later on a dispatch boat dogs lie all the time right in front of the entrance to from the fleet brought details of the victory. the ha,rbor, keeping up a sleepless watch, day and Then a

YANKE:S DOODLE AND 'l'HE UNKNOWN. 29 "Jack, the Un known is hastening the end as fast as possible. Had Cervera's fleet remained in the harbor of Santiago they could have stood us off another month, which would have cost Spain the lives of many of her soldiers and a million dollars a day." "Do you think he had anything to do with that, pard ?"Jack asked. "I do, Jack; he is simply hastening the inevitable to avoid prnlonging a hopeless struggle. When we hear the whole truth you will find out that Cervera has been ordered out by someone higher in authority than himself, and that, too, when there was not one chance in a thousand for him to escape. But with his fleet out of the harbor and at the bottom of the sea the end will come quickly. To-morrow if you can stand the trip we must return to Santiago and be in at the death." "I can stand it, pard," said Jack, "and I am as anxious to return as you are." "All right, then ; we will start at daylight, for there will soon be another battle fought, in which the Spanish flag will go down to a terrible defeat right there in the trenches." Early the next morning the two took leave of the camp of marines on the shores of Guantanamo Bay, and started out to wend their way through a trackless forest to rejoin the army in fronb of Santiago. Yankee Doodle carried a compass with him at all times, in order to avoid making mistakes when en veloped in the great forests of Cuba. It enabled them to keep a straight course, save where preci pices or swamps forced them to turn aside. Sometimes they struck trails which they followed as long as they led in a westerly direction. When they did not, they plunged again into the woods and pushed straight on towards their destination. The day was about two-thirds gone when they reached the vicinity of El Caney. There they found thousands of refugees streaming into the small towns over which the Stars and Stripes were flying. They were leaving Santiago to escape the bombardment the American general had threatened. They were sleeping on the bare ground, for there were not houses enough in the place to shelter a tenth part of them, and worse still, hundreds of children were crying for food, even while the American commissaries were distributing rations to them. It was one of the terrible pictures of war, and yet but a repetition of what had happened in the history of the world for a thousand years where cities were besieged a.nd defended. The entire front of the American army had been changed, and a new J'ine of intrenchments directly in front of the city of Santiago had been thrown up. The men were in the ditches, and fl.ring was going on all along the line for a distance of three or four miles. Yankee Doodle immediately sought out the headquarters of General Wheeler, to whom he reported that he had been unable to find any evidence of an intention on the part of the Spanish at Guantanamo to leave their present position. In fact," said he, everything points to a perma nent occupation and defense of that city." "Thank you, my boy," said the general, "you have done your work well and faithfully ; if they ever intended to make the movement I fear it is now too late for them to do so." "Have you any further need for my services, general?'' "Not specially," was the reply, "but if occasion should arise that demands it' I shall certainly send for you." "You will find me with the Rough Riders, general, and Colonel Roosevelt can tell your orderly at any moment where I am." "All right, my boy; I see you are taking up with a crowd that is always more hungry for a fight than for rations." "They don't go hungry for rations, general," laughed Yankee Doodle, '' for they seem to find something to eat when no other command in the army does." "I believe you are right about that," laughed the general; "you can trust a cowboy to find something to eat even in the heart of a desert." "Yes, and they can pick up a fight, too, quicker'n anybody else I know of, and when they find one they fight it to a finish." Yankee Doodle then saluted the general and re turned to the headquarters of the Rough Riders. Their position was at a point whence they could view the enemy's lines for a distance of nearly a mile as well as a large part of the city. When he joined the boys he had many questions to ask about the terrible fight at El Caney, and in exchange for the stories they told him he related many of his own adventures in the vicinity of Guantanamo. "What were you doing away out there?" one of the cowboys asked. "Watching the enemy," he replied, "and seeing that they stayed where they were until we could finish up these fellows in our front out here." "Are they going to stay there ?" he was asked. "I think they will," he replied; "at least I ordered them to do so." "The deuce you did Will they obey orders from you?" "I didn't ask them whether they would or not; the truth is I didn't hear 'em say anything about it at all." The Rough Riders laughed heartily, and remarked that anybody could give orders of that kind without any expectation of their being obeyed. "Oh, yes," he assented, "if one has the cheek to do so; but I am inclined to think they are going to stay there until we get through with these fellows here." "It won't take us long to do that," said one, "for when the order is given we'll go over those breast works out there, and finish up with them just as we did at El Caney, and if they don't throw down their


30 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWI{. arms and surrender, they will all be buried within j pretty close about them several times, until finally twenty-four hours afterwards." Yankee Doodle ooncluded to try hand at that sort "No doubt of that," said Yankee Doodle, "and of thing. He held his Mauser in position and waited when that order is given I'm going to be right in to see the brown hat of the Spaniard rise up behind it, with you." the Spanish intrenchment; s. When he saw one he fired "Good! Good!" cried several who listen-J quickly, and the hat was seen to fly off the fellow's ing to the conversation. "A liUle hot. work will head almost before the Spaniard's face was seen. do you good." "Good! Good!" chorused the boys. "Oh, don't you fellows think that Jack and I "It's good for me!" laughed Yankee Doodle, "but have been siLting around resting in the shade, for bad for him!" we have been knocking over Spaniards while stand-The incident was repeated several times within the ing shoulder to shoulder with the marines down on next hour, and had the effect to make the enemy be the shores of Guantanamo Bay." extremely cautious directly in their front. "Are the marines good fighters?" another asked. Night came on and Yankee Doodle remained with "You can bet they are," he replied, "and you the Rough Riders in the trenches, exchanging shoLs Rough Riders are not one whit ahead of them when with the enemy, firing at flashes of their guns. it comes to standing right up to the line and giving When the usual downpour of rain came at midnight, them shot for shot all day and all night;" and then the trench in which they stood was nearly filled with he related his experience in the fight with the marines water. Soon after the rain ceased, the order was on the very day the terrific battle of El Caney was passed along the line for the men to prepare for the raging. "It was more of a skirmish than a battle," final struggle to begin at sunrise. he continued, "wJ:i.ere, instead of volleys being fired, "All right," said the Rough Riders, when they got men stood up and picked off each other individually. the order, "we are ready a.t a moment's notice, I had to lie under some palmettos, and with a field though we are tired, hungry and sleepy." glass locate a number of them, after which I laid it When day dawned Colonel Roosevelt and the offi down, picked up a Mauser and knocked them over I cers under him gave their personal attention to seeing one by one, until a shell from one of the ships ex-that the men got a good breakfast. The colonelhim ploded in their midst and drove them out of sight self passed along the line speaking to the men inover the hill." dividually, telling them that they were going to end "Did you knock many of them over?" one of the the war that day, and that he wanted them to dv boys asked. things that would send their names ringing around "About a dozen," he replied, "and after the fight the world. the colonel sent a squad of marines over there to find "We'll do that, colonel," they replied, "and Spain out if I really had done so. I refer you to him for the 1 will remember the Rough Riders for five hundred truth of this little bit of bragging, which is the first years to come." I ever put up in all my life." But the sun rose and climbed higher and higher "Oh, that's all right," they 1:1ughed, "we know while the men waited for the order to open the that you are a dead shot, but what in thunder are you fight. using a Mauser for?" Suddenly the cry ran along the line that the enemy "Why, because it is the best rifle in the world; it had run up the white flag. can carry nearly a thousand yards farther than any gun we have except those used by our regulars, and as Jack and I bad to do a good deal of individual fighting while out scouting, the smokeless powder of the Mauser cartridges was absolutely necessary to our safety." Oh, you looked out for number one all the time, eh?" "Yes," he replied, all the time and every time ; for the man who gets killed on purpose dies as a fool." "That's right, pard,'' exclaimed a grizzled old Rough Rider ; "recklessness is only another name for 1 foolhardiness. I've been fighting Indians for nearly twenty years, and in all that time I never took any chances with them, 'otherwise I would not be here now." "That's it," said Yankee Doodle; the Indians know how to shoot, but these Spaniards are the poorest shots in the world, considering that they are nearly all veterans." \Vhile they were talking, Mauser bullets whistled CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. As the men in the trenches were waiting the news came that it was a fta, g of truce rather than a flag that bE:tokened surrender. Negotiations were going on between the commanders of the two a rmies, and during that time not a shot was fired by either side. Rumors flew thick and fast. Some were true, but many were gross exaggerations. Colonel Roosevelt, however, wto was not the man to be hampered by the etiquette of West Point, always told his men in the trenches what he be lieved to be true and what false. "They are haggling for terms, boys," said he, and General Shafter is demanding unconditional surrender. We've got 'em; they can't get away. It may be that we will have one more set-to with them to convince them of that fact." "Colonel,'' cried a cowboy from the trenches, I /


YANKEE DOODLE .AND THE UNKNOWN. 31 "for Heaven's sake go and beg the general to let us mix up with 'em just once more." The colonel laughed and shook his head, simply saying: "Wait, boys." Noon came and the sun beat down on the men in the trenches with a fierce heat that seemed to be W.ghting for the enemy. Later in the afternoon the news came that the truce had been extended until noon of the next clay. "Jack," said Yankee Doodle to his comrade, "there is something behind this that General Shaf ter himself doesn't suspect." "What is it, pard ?"asked Jack. "It is the working out of the plans of that myster ious Unknown." "But he isn't here, pard," said Jack. "Very true, but he can reach out in some myster ious way that we know nothing about, and I'll wager my gun and all my clothes that the last shot between these two armies has been fired.'' "Wha,t's that, pard ?" another asked. I say that the last shot between these two armies has been fired," repeated Yankee Doodle. "What in thunder do you know a,bout it, pard ?" Oh, I guess I don't know a,ny more than you do," was the careless reply, "but perhaps I do a little more thinking." "And a little more bragging," sneered the other. "Oh, no, comrade, there's no bragging, any fur ther than for the whole army. I simply think that the end has come, and that what :fightingwill be done hereafter will be elsewhere." "Oh, well," said the other, "I don't see that your thinker is any bigger than mine." "Oh, as for that," laughed Yankee Doodle, "your hat is perhaps one or two sizes larger than mine; it isn't the size of a man's head so much as what he has in it. There are heads and heads you know." The quiet laugh at the cowboy's expense rather nettled him, and he retorted : are now in Santiago will become prisoners of war when Toral signs the capitulation." "What do you think of that, pard ?" a grizzled Rough Rider asked Jack. "I think enough of it," replied Jack, "to gamble on the truth of it." When night came on again Yankee Doodle and Jack left the trenches, after first speaking to Colonel Roosevelt that they wished to do so. "Where are you going?" the colonel asked. I am merely going to look around for points." "All right," laugned the colonel. "You are some-thing of a free lance who can come and go at will, but Jack belongs to my command. He must remain on duty with his comrades." Jack had to return, whilst Yankee Doodle made his way alone to the headquarters of General Wheeler. Of course, he could ask the great cavalry com mander no questions, other than to know whether or not he had anything for him to do. "Not a thing," replied the general, "but you can remain here and await orders." General," said Yankee Doodle, you will meet the Spanish flag of truce to-morrow between the two lines; I want to ask permission to go with you in some capacity, as an orderly or anything that would be an excuse for my doing so." The general was surprised at the request, and looked at him sharply without answering for nearly a minute. Then he asked : "Why do you wish to go?" "Because, general, I have reason to think that a certain person will be there on the Spanish side whom I saw at Guantanamo." "What's that?" the general asked sharply. Yankee Doodle looked around and saw some of the stafI officers present, whose faces expressed as much surprise as did the general's, and he promptly remarked: "If I can see you privately for a few minutes, general, I may be able to tell you something of import"Oh, you think you've got something in your head, ance." do you?" The generalimmediately signaled to his staff to re" Yes, a little bit," was the quiet reply. tire from his tent, and when they had done so Yankee "Why don't you use a fine toothed comb?" the Doodle, in a low tone of voice, said to him: cowboy asked, and the others roared hilariously at "General, I was captured at Guantanamo and Yankee Doodle's expense, who promptly replied : locked up in a prison cell in the city. At midnight a "I keep one all the time, pard; and what's more I tall, dignified old gentleman in plain citizen's clothes use it daily. The trouble with you is that you pay no entered my cell with a dim lantern, and ordered me attention to your head except to comb it; you to rise up and follow him. I did so, and he led me out never try to get anything inside of it, hence, as a on the street, passed many sentinels, to .:whom he thinker it's a failure. Perhaps it is much easier for gave the password, led me out beyond the trenches, you to remember things that you arc told than it is and told me to go my way. to think for yourself ; so 1 hope you will remember "I turned to thank him, and he spoke as one high when this thing is over what I am now saying to you, in authority, but in rather a sad tone of voice, sayand that is that those fellows out there have got ing: 'The end is near at hand, Americano, and it enough of it and that no matter how long they may must come with no more sacrifices on the part of haggle for terms they are not going to do any more Spain.'" fighting; and what is more, when Toral surrenders, "My boy, have you been dreaming?" the general Spain will surrender, too, and that more soldiers than I asked, with a look of astonishment on his face.


32 YANKEE DOODLE AND THE UNKNOWN. "If I was, general," he answered, "I must have walked out of that prison in my sleep. I don't know who the man was, but the idea has taken a firm hold upon me that he means to end the war without any more sacrifices on the part of Spain. I saw enough to understand that he was one high in authority, if not supreme in command, and I wanted to see for myself whether or not he is mixed up in negotiations now going on with the Spanish commander in Santiago de Cuba." "My boy," said the general, "had anyone else but you told me such a story I would send him away in haste, for it seems incredible, to say the least. Remain here at headquarters, and accompany me when we go out to meet the flag of truce. But you must keep some twenty or thirty paces in the rear, leading my horse." "Thank you, general." Yankee Doodle lay down in his blanket in one of the headquarter tents and spent the night there, and the next morning he was up with the earliest riser. At nine o'clock a flag of truce was seen coming out from the enemy's line accompanied by four men, at least three of whom wore the uniforms of officers. General Wheeler, with one of his staff and a member of General Shafter's, went forward to meet them. He issued an order to Yankee Doodle to bring his horse along, and the latter immediately seized the bit and followed the party some twenty or thirty paces in the rear. When they met the Spanish party they proved to be General rroral and two officers of his staff, whilst another tall, elderly, dignified-looking man in a garb not unlike that of a priest stood some fifteen or twenty paces back in their rear. "Great Scott!" muttered Yankee Doodle to him self, "there is the mysterious Unknown, and he rec ognizes me as plainly as I do him." The two stared at each other for upwa._ds of an hour, during which time negotiations were going on between Generals Wheeler and Toral. Once the Spanish comman.der excused himself to Wheeler and went to the side of the Unknown, where a short whispered conversation took place which could be heard by no one but themselves. Several times the Unknown was seeri to nod his head approvingly, after which the genernl left him and returned to the conference. A few minutes later General Wheeler was observed searching the pockets of his coat as if for a paper, letter or memorandum. Not finding it, he turned and made his way to his horse, open his saddle wallet, and examined for a minute or two its contents. While he was doing so, he asked Y ankce Doodle : "Do you see your nian ?" "Yes, general; that is he standing back there dressed like a priest. He is the man who opened the prison door for me at Guantanamo." The general quickly returned and joined the Spanish officer, and several times glanced in the direction of the Unknown. A half hour later the articles of capitulation were signed. The terms were honorable to Spain, and at the same time surprising to all the American generals ; for not only were the Spanish forces in the trenches at Santiago surrendered, but those at Guantanamo and three other places, amounting in all to more than twenty-five thousand men. As soon as the general returned to his quarters, he whispered to Yankee Doodle: "My boy, notwithstanding my implicit confidence in your veracity, I doubted your story up to the moment capitulation was signed, but now I know that every word of it is true. I want you to devote your entire time to the discovery of that unknown personage, and see if he is among the prisoners that sur rendered." "All right, general; I'll do my best.'.' When the news reached the soldiers in the trenches that the surrender was complete, there was great rejoicing from the highest in command to the lowest private in the ranks. The old Rough Rider who had sneered at Yankee Doodle for knowing so much about what was going to happen, appeared before him and saluted him with all the ceremony due the highest officer in the army. Yankee Doodle returned the salute promptly, laughed, patted him on the head, and rema.rked: "I told you there were heads and heads, didn't I? and that some of them had something inside while others had a few things on the outside." "Yes, yes, pard,'' assented the Rough Rider. "vVhen you run for President of the United States I'll vote for you." "All right, comrade, make a notch on your head, so you won't forget it. But be careful not to nominate me before I grow a beard. "Oh, that's all right, pard,'' laughed the other. "I'll simply wait until you sound the call; then I'll be the first to respond." When the surrender was finally completed, and the Stars and Stripes were raised over the public buildings of Santiago, the American and Spanish soldiers mingled freely with each other. For three days Yankee Doodle went among the Spanish offi cers looking everywhere for the Unknown. At the end of that time he was fully persuaded that in some mysterious way he had left the city and escaped. The question was put to Toral and a number of hi s staff officers as to whether or not all the men and staff officers who were in the city at the time the capitulation was signed were still there. They :replied that as far as they knew they were A party of Spanish officers accompanied by the American officers was sent to Guantanamo to receive the surrender of the ga.rrison there. Yankee Doodl e accompanied them for the purpose of ag-ain searching for the Unknown, but again he was disappointed, as that mysterious individual was nowhere to be found He accompanied the officers to the other posts that, had been included in the surrender, and there scanned the entire list of ofiicers with a like result. He was never found, and his identity remains a mystery to this day, and during all the negotiations, both in Cuba and at Madrid, no hint of his personality was made or heard. But his all pervading influ ence in the surrender of the Spanish military force in Eastern Cuba was felt and seen. Of course no questions could be asked by the American officers as to his identity, because the matter was kept secret from them. The fact, hO\Yever, that nearly fifteen thousand soldiers outside of Santi ago de Cuba were included in the articles of surrender was sufficient proof that it was his work. Threats of court-martials have been va,guely made by the press of Spain, but in rather a mild form. But that he was the representative of the government in hastening the inevitable for the purpose of saving the throne is unquestioned by the few who are in the secret. Time alone can reveal the mystery, for neYer before perhaps in the history of a great nation was there so much at stake for a government as in Spain during the siege of Santiago. Perhaps in the future we may learn how it was that the last vestige of Spain's colonial power could be wrenched from her while yet the throne remained intact. As it is, it yet remains a mystery. [THE END.]


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