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2 STARlW FLAG WEEKLY. uniforms, lounged about on the chairs ing General Bianco's plans of defense. and divans, each with his sword strapped He had been in Cuba once, before that, to his side and with an enormous rev.olver since the declaration of war, on an im in holster secured tu a belt fu 11 of cantportant mission. to Gomez. ridges. Before war was and before Wives, sisters, sweethearts of officexs our hero had entered the regular army, were there in great numbers, with melan-be lw,d served with the. Cubans in the choly faces and red eyes, sitting or pacing field. He and Juan had been chums in the floor with dear ones, many of whom the "long grass" of Cuba. were destined never to return from Cuba's Ramirez had been sent over by Gomez shores. to accompany the American axmy ani{ Great piles-of tentage and luggage lit-supply such 111for111ation as he c:ould /o tered the spacious room. Hotel porters the American commander when tire 1at were busily engaged in transferring th is ter should stand on Cu ban soi I. to the yarp outside. "Do you notice who the-most impatient "The train is goi11g at two o'clock," me11 are here?'' asked Juan. was the word that went from mouth to "Who, in particular?" mouth. '"The newspaper correspondents." Those of the officers who had women "'rhey are likely to get over that imfolks with them stole to dark corners on patience, once they have been in field, the hotel veranda, there to exchange under fire, and helpless to fire back at the more earnest last embraces, those who enemy," smiled Hal. were going trying to find new words of "You think they will flinch?" asked cheer to whisper to those who must stay' Juan, opening his eyes. behind. "I did not say that, my dear fellow." It was a sad scene, a stern and grim "It is t be new spa per carrespoudents oue. who are most responsible for this war to Two young officers stood apart, lookiug free Cuba," declared Jttan, warmly. "For calm and composed. my part, I am grateful to them. I look "It is almost pleasanter to have no 'itpon them as heroes. There are many dear ones to leave behind,,, suggested here who have defied Weyler and Blanco Lieutenant Hal Maynard to his chum. in order to send the truth out of Havana. "I am thinking in still another vein," There are men in that group over yonder replied Captain Juan Ramirez. "I have a who have fought with the Cubans, who sweetheart iu Cuba whom I hope very have brought messages through to this soon to see. Hence, for my own part, country that have been of the greatest every move toward the start fi11s me with service to the insurgents. There are men more joy. But I am sorry, for all of these there who know what the yellow fever is; 11eartbreaks which must take place around there are men there who have Jain in us merely because tbe Spaniards have Spanish dungeons, exyecting from day to proved dastards." day to be shot on acco.unt of their efforts Second Lieutenant Maynard wac; a cav-to tell American readers what was pass alry officer, attached to General Shafter's ing in Cuba. Some of them knew com. staff. He was just back from Havana, rades -fellow-correspondents -who lie where he had secured plans of all the for-now in their graves in Cuba." tifica.tions, and nn;ch information regard-Juan was deeply in earn.est. "THE UNSEEN EYE" HAS, A GIRL DETECTIVE.


'ST-AR'RY FLAG WEEKLY. 3 Like the rest of tlie Cubans, 11e was grateful to America for interienng against t he Spaniard; his gratitude ex tended to every man in the country who had 1iaa all}' hand in bringing ab011t t1rnt interference. "There are fel1ows in t11e regular army who don1t tbank the correspondents quite as hard,>' answered Hal. "They are ready to iight, for that is their trade, but they do not like the added toucl1 of yellow fe ver and other deadly ills that are in pros pect. Now, if the war could be put off until fall--" "There would then be no Cubans left to fight for," said Juan, mournfully. "True, old chap, and it is also true that when 11umanjty calls for a figl1t, to day is the time to fight. But it is after two cclock, and we do not yet hear any th in a about the train starting.,, lliquiry showed that the trai!ll would not start .night away. lt was still inipossi ible to mov.e another trai11 into the for-e were a]so besiegi11g these eatingplaces. For l10urs the tables and waiters were overtaxed, 1111ndreds of would-be break fasters being turned away hungry. Among the latter number were Hal and Juan. Finding it impossible to get seats at tables) they wisely went aboard the :flagsliip, and there, some hours later, re ported to General Shafter when he came aboard. "Have you seen Mr. Miley 7', questioned t11e general. "No, general,, "He is looking for you, I believe.,, "Shall I report to him, ge11eta1 ?,, '"lf you find him, ask him to report to me, and come with him.,> A11 unsuspicious, our 11ero started after the general's p. I' .Amidships lie found that tall lieuten-ant. "Yes, I've been looking for you, admitted Miley, with one of his guiet crowded system. .smiles. "B.ut come back to the general Then men became cross. They must sit and wait, heavy-eyed and hungry. ,.robacco, smo'k:ed freely over empty stom achs, produced irritation of nerves. So the time dragged by. It was nearly 4. 30 when the word finally rang through the hotel's office parlor that the train was ready. General officers and staff officers :flocked aboard the train. Newspaper correspondents were too, in abundance, for the American army, :fighting for the most progressive people in the world, does not

4 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. "General," he stammered, "I thank you for this great happiness." "Don't thank me," smiled Shafter. "Thank the President, who made out the c.ommission." "Certainly, sir, I do. But yon also l1ad some hand in the matter. It was at your--" "At my recommendation? Yes, Mr. Maynard, and I never took greater pleasure in making a recommendation in my army life. This commission is given you not only in recognition of your splendid secret work in Havana, but for all your good work sinc.!e you have been in the army. We have some hot work cut out for us in Cuba. You will have abundant chance to show that you are entitled to this new commiss1on, and who knows but you will have a chance to earn your captaincy yet? You will continue on my staff. Mr. Miley has some work cut out for you already." Hal went about his duties yvith a new, wonderful relish. All day long transports were pnllh1g out into the bay. Bands were playing, soldiers cheering, people on shore were waving their handkerchiefs, as after transport laden down with men turned its prow gulf ward. All day the excitement kept up. The first expedition was starting to Cuba, on its mission of freeing a people and avenging the tragic memory of the Maine. But toward night it wa s observed that the fleet was putting back. News leaked out that the sailing was postponed. It had been a false start. Next came the news that two Spanish warships had been seen hovering in the Nicholas Channel, apparently waiting to do its best to sink the helpless ships laden with Uncle Sam's soldiers. Six days that rumor delayed the start. The Nick Carter Weekly Contains Throughout the fleet disappointment' rife. But there was one in the Fifth An Corps that night whose happiness weighed every other consideration. Hal ,Maynard, ere he turned in, his new commission over a dozen times. There was no more zealous enthusia in the army than he. He had received that greatest incentiv to good work-appreciation. CHAPTER II. THE CONSULTATION WITH GARCIA. "Hal, Hal! Wake up!" With the first appearance of dawn on the twentieth of Jn ne Captain Juan Ra mirez stood over his chum and shook him. They occupied the same stateroom on General Shafter's flagship, the Seguranca. Hal drowsily opened his eyes, to find Ramirez's orbs blazing with a pecu_li. light-the light of patriotism. "See!" cried the young Cuban. "There is Cuba, and our great province of Santiago!" Through the stateroom window a rng ged coast line was visible. The coast range of foothills appeared unbroken. Here and there in the background towered mountains whose peaks were above the clouds. Hal, who had never been 011 this part of Cuba's southern coast sprang out of his bunk and spent some minutes in si lently gazing at the grand scene. "The Cubans have occupied some of those passes since the insurrection started,,, said Juan. "Spain's soldiers could never dislodge us from there." "I don't wonder at it," assented Hal, glowing with a military enthusiast's realization of the defensive possibilities of The Best Detective Stories Written.


. STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 5 those mountains. "But how far are we from Santiago?" "Say forty miles. 11 "And going about seven knots an hour,' 1 mused Hal, looking at the water. "We sl'iall reach there, then, about ten o'clock." "It will be a great sight to see these splendid American soldiers debarking," suggested Juan. "A sight that will probably be reserved for to-morrow," hinted Hal. '""" ''So?'' exclaimed the Cu ban, di sap. poi -ntedly. "Do you say that we don't go on shore to-day?" "I don't believe we do." Juan looked searchingly at his chum. "I understand," smiled Hal. :c You thi.nk I am keeping something back from y0u. But I am not. Though I am a staff officer, I assure you that I have heard nothing as to the landing." The morning was though tropical heat prevailed in full force. Hal, as soon as he was dressed, joined Ramirez in slowly promenadiug the quarterdeck. The great fleet of fifty vessels was spread out over a line at least twenty lll iles in length. Going only at cruising speed, they drifted lazily through the water in a way that gave no suggestion of the vigorous, deadly business on which they had come. Decks at)d rigging of the various transports were crowded with soldiers eagerly their first glimpse of Cuba, and speculating on their own chances in the first battle. Now, for the first time, those who had heard 0 the great heat in Cuban waters knew what it meant. Even at sea with some breeze blowing the thermometer stood at more than no on the decks of the vessels. Thinking of what the same heat on shore with and aggravated by the exertions of marching and fighting would mean the men com pressed their lips grimly. "Only salamanders could stand it," de clared some of the soldiers. As the morning progressed and the vessels got closer to Santiago the heat in cre&sed. Hal and.Juan were about the only two on board of the huge flagship who were thoroughly happy. They were used t6 the climate of Cuba. Heat had no terrors for them. u Our hero's guess regardfog the time of arrival proved very nearly correct. It was just about ten o'clock when the transports began to slow up at tlie rendezvous some ten or twelve miles off the entrance to the harbor of Santiago. From inshore two or three tqgs started seaward under full heads of steam. Astern each flew the Stars and Stripes. At the bow of each boat was a pennant. "Torpedo boats?" queried Juan, while Hal looked long and steadily through his glass. ''Pen and ink torpedoes,'' laughed Hal. "Those are the press dispatch boats that have been with the navy all along." The foremost boat of all was soon alongside, with au energetic-looking young American standing in the bow. "Flag'lhip he shouted. In an instant the rail was lined with eager officers. "How are the Spaniards on shore?" called several. ''Happy as clams,'' came the reporter's answer. "Waiting to give you the fight of your lives !t' "Fight? Bosh l" came the derisive answer. "We've got eighteen thousand real fighting men on this fleet." "And how many Spaniards do you think there are in Santiago?" asked the reporter . FIVE CENTS WILL BUY THE NICK CARTER WEEKLY. -


6 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. "A bout eight thousand?" asked Hal. "Forty-five thousand, and they're be bind fortifications." At this announcement there were many long faces for a fewmoments. "Bosh jeered Hal. "Bah!" added Juan. "Seems to be a pretty straight fact about the forty-five thousand," answered the reporter, seriously. "The Cuban gen eral, Calixto Garcia, brought that word out to Sampson when they had a pow wow yesterday." "Did Garcia say there were forty-five thousand Spanish soldiers in Santiago?" demanded Hal. "He said that was the news brought out by a Cuban who escaped from the city." "That's very different," broke in Juan, quickly. "I can quite understand how the word got out. Some poor devil of a Cuban, known to be loyal to our cause, was caught in Santiago with his family. The Spanisl1 officers held the family as hostages, and let the Cuban go with or ders to tell Garcia that there were forty five thousand soldiers in the forts. The Cuban had to take that report, or know that his family would be butchered in cold blood." But a bad rumor, once started, travels fast. Though there were many who dis counted the forty-five thousand, the im pression became general that the Span iards were in much greater force than had been believed. Another boat was descried approach ing. This flew the navy colors. "Now shall have the truth," pre dicted Hal. The navy dispatch boat came alo11gside bearing an officer who boarded the Segu ranca. He was shown at once into General Shafter's room. There he remained for more than a half an hour. Meanwhile the officers outside vainly_ wondered what the news was. Some of them called across to the younger officers aboard the dispatch boat, but these were ignorant of the real news, or pretended to be. .l uan began to pace the deck like a caged tiger. On either side of the entrance to the harbor stretched miles and mlles of beach where troops could be quickly aud landed. Why was everything going so slowly? "The Spaniards will be laughing at tis," gnashed Ramirez. "They will be saying that, now we have sailed down here, we are going to sail away again,'' "They'll change their tune soon enough, I fancy," smiled Hal. "You are able to keep cool, mi amigo? It is wonderful I'' "General Shafter knows what he is ing," spoke Hal, quietly. "You would like to see Spain's soldiers killed by the hundreds?'' "Would I not?" cried Juan, his face glowing darkly. "Be patient. Yott will see it. And you will see more. You will see that the city will be taken with a very small loss of American life. It is to bring that about most successfully that we are waiting." "General Shafter's compliments. Lieu tenant Maynard is ordered to report.'' So spoke an orderly who had ap proached unobserved. Turning, Hal saw General Shafter standing in the doorway of his room. As our hero started briskly along the deck, Shafter made a signal. "You are evidently wanted, too, Juan," said Hal, turning back to his comrade. Both approached the general, saluting. WHERE OTHERS FAIL, NICK CARTER SUCCEEDS.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 7 "Step inside, 11 directed the general, leading the way. He seated himself, the young men re rnaining on their feet. The naval officer was still there. "You are all guessing what the news is, I suppose," asked the general, smil-111g. "Yes, sir." "It will be some time, I guess, before any one knows much about it. But I am going to take you with me, Mr. Maynard, and it occurred to me that Captain Ramight like to go, too, in an un i official way. 11 Both young men bowed, but had too much sense to ask where they were go ing. "Bring me word when the boat is alongside,,'' Shafter commanded the or derly who stood at the door. In a few minutes that word was brought. ''Come,'' said Shafter, rising. Three or four other staff officers had been invited. They all followed their commander down the side companion way and aboard the dispatch boat that Jay ls comrades on staff. "Yes?" retorted Hal. "Take my glass. Do you see that figure a half a mile away, at the top of a tree ?11 "Yes; lean justbarelymakeitout." "He is a Cuban sentinel," went on Hal. "A lookout. From where he is posted he can see whether the Spanish troops start along the only roads by which it is possible for them to leave Santiago. From other indicationR I notice through the woods, I believe that the Cubans are am bushed on the guard all the way be tween here and Santiago." "It is true," broke in one of the young officers who had come with Garcia. 11Tlie / NICK CARTER IS THE PRINCE OF ALL.


, 8 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. Cubans are so thoroughly on the watch that Spaniards who attempted to come this far would be massacred on the way. They know enough to keep safely behind their forts over by the city." At length the conference broke t1p, but for all the staff officers knew of of what had taken place they might as well have remained on board their ships. It was not until the dispatch boat was almost up with the New York that Gen eral Shafter beckoned our hero to him. "Maynard, are yoll ready to volunteer for desperate work?'' "The most desperate work you can name, general.'' Shafter frowned slightly, as if he feared this young officer were too carried away by enthusiasm. "What I am goi11g to offer you, May nard, is no milk-and-water affair." "General," replied the young lieuten ant, earnestly, "I am liable to killed during this campaign. If anyt ing that you have in store for me that event, why sliould I complain?' "Have you ever been in Santiago?" ''Never.'' General Shafter looked perplexed "But Juau Ramirez has,'' went on Maynard. "He knows the city like a guide.'' "But there is the trouble, Maynard He is a Cuban, while the information that I want is so important that I would not feel justified in accepting it from auy one but an American officer." "May I ask, general, if you are think ing of sending any one ashore in Santiago'?'' "And suppose that I were thinking of it?" propounded Shafter, bluntly. "Then, sir, why not send Ramirez and me together? I can carry o.ut your or ders; he can show me the way. We are med tQ working together, general." "But two spies, together, are in twice as much danger as one. would be." This was true, as our hero knew from his ow n experience. "Yet I want you to go, if I send any one," resumed Shafter; "for you, May nard, have had so many opportunities during this war that you are an expert spy.,, ''I am ready to go ashore, sir, at an in stant's notice." ''Aud Ramirez?'' "He will be, too. I can always speak for him.'' "I will think it over. Come aboard the New York with me. Give Ramirez the same order. The other staff officers will return to the Seguranca." Twenty minutes later Hal and Juan stood in the admiral's office aboard the New York, the only ones present besides the two commanders. "These young men are re a d y mira 1," said Shafter. ''I have ple11ty of young men of m)l. own who would give a year's pay to get the detail," responded Sampson. "But none, I guess, who are quite as well fitted for the kind of work we are planning." "lf Maynard can do as well in Santiago," declared Sampson, smiling cordi ally at our hero, "as he did in Havana, he will please us both better than any American iu these waters could do." "We may say something for y ou, Cap tain Ramirez," smiled General Shafter. for my friend, general, flatters me," responded Juan, bowing. "Admiral," continued Shafter, turning to his colleague, "do you not agree with me that these are the young men for our purpose?" 11 I must agree to that, general, though I warn you that I shall have many black looks from my own yo _ung officers if they NICK CARTER TELLS YOU JUST HOW A DETECTIVE IS TRAINED.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 9 hear of this prize detail going outside of the navy." "It is settled, then,,, responded Shafter. "Youug gentlemen, you will listen to your instructions, and remain here until the time comes to carry them out." The instructions were lengthy, but may be briefly summarized. Disguised under the uniforms of Spa11isl1 naval officers, they were to penetrate the 11arbor at night in a small boat rowed by six volunteer Cubans disguised as Spanish sailors. As to the details of passing the Span.ish men-of-war in the inner harbor, that was to be left to circumstance and the discre tion of the young officers. Once ashore, .they were to learn all pos sible concerning the defenses, the number of Spanish troops and their condi tion, as well as all other possible tion of military value. "Your instructions are most general in character," finished General Shaf ter. "So much is left to your discretion, gentlemen, that success will refie9t all the more credit upon you." "But remember," added the admiral, "that the man who succeeds meets always with more approval than the man who came near to succeeding." "On second thought," put in the general, "I think I will take both young men back to the Seguranca with me. We can spend what is left of the afternoon in looking over the maps that we already have of Santiago.>> Hal and Juan, therefore, put in a busy afternoon aboard the troop flagship. As the day waned both began to feel excited. No more perilous mission than theirs could be imagined. Even Hal's famous Hava111.1. quest paled beside this. But it was not personal dread that in-fluenced them. It was the fear that their failure might be the cause of sacrificing a great many American lives in the coming battle. Just before dark General Shafter sent for them. "The New York has already put in to ward the mouth of the fiarbor with some of the other vessels,,, he explained. "They are going to open fire on Morro, and some of the other fortifications. We shall have to move close enough to trans fer you to the New York in a small boat while t"he bombardment is going on." "The born bardment, sir?" Maynard could not help asking. "Not a serious one. Just something to keep the minds of the Spaniards occu pied while we are making our real play.,, At that moment a thrill vibrated through the Seguranca. She had left her place in the fleet to steam toward the na val vessels gathering within ra11ge of Morro Castle. The sun was alrea-:ly sinking in the west. Before the Seguranca had covered the few miles that lay between her former position and the naval fleet darkness had come on. It was ju:;t the kind of night that was favorable to such operations as were con templated. There was already a haze over the water, which threatened to turn into a fog. Besides, in the west, black clouds we1e gathering which promised a stormy night. "If the Spanish sailors have any courage left,,, mused Shafter, speaking just loud enough for our hero to hear him, "they will try to run out a torpedo craft or two to-night to sink some of our transports. My friend, the admiral, will have much on his J1Jind to-night. And, in dee .. the night of the twentieth of June was an anxious night both for NICK CARTER HAS SEVERAL BOY ASSISTANTS.


,. 10 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. the American soldiers an

STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 11 the next instant the smile died from Hal's lips. The light becoming stronger pierced the haze, showing the outlines of their craft plainly to the Spaniard. "Going to pull away?" asked Juan. "There's only one way to pull to es..: cape, and that would be out of the harbor. I'm not goiug to take that way." "Then--" But there was no need for Hal to answer his chum's question, for now the boat, passing through the haze, so decep tive as to distances, was close up under the guns of one of Spain's mightiest craft. Even Juan's heart seemed to come up into bis throat. CHAPTER IV. THROUGH THE SPANISH FLliFT. A hail came from the deck of the Spaniard, but at the same i;istant May n:>;

.. 12 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. watches on the ships lying further in to ask awkward questions. This rule worked until our young friends were passing the ship furthest m of all-the Maria Teresa. ''Boat ahoy!'' came the sharp hail, as Hal steered by that cruiser. ''Ship ahoy!" "From what vessel are you?" ''The Oquendo, comrade.'' "Run alongside, and come aboard,'' was the order. "Imppssible, senor." "Come aboard, or I will order you fired upon." Here was a dilemma, indeed. Through the darkness our hero saw the figures of several marines appear at the rail. "That fellow is in earnest," whispered Juan. ''He will have to fire, then,'' was Hal's reckless reply. "I am not going aboard." ''Let me go, then. I can patch up a story that will fool him." "Do nothing of the sort," whispered Maynard; then called out boldly to the Maria Teresa's officer: "You fire at your own risk, senor. You will have to settle, in that case, with my captai11." ''Come aboard, or the marines will fire into you." "Let them fire-still at your own risk, senor.'' "For what purpose are you going ashore?" ward the lights that showed where the nearest wharf was. Fortunately for them, the Teresa's officer had weakened in his threat of firing. What a chance that young Spaniard had missed. What glory would have been his had he ordered the exterimnation of the occupants! It would have been discovered that all were spies under the laws of nations and the rules of war. Hal ran the boat alongside of one of the landing stages, next sprang nimbly up the steps to the wharf above. "Halt, there!" came the sharp order. A sergeant backed by six soldiers barred his path. "A landing party from the Oquendo, n said Hal, glibly. He had becoJ,De so accustomed to the lie that it rolled off his tongue. "On. official business?" questioned the sergeant, saluting as soon as he caught sight of Hal's "On official business," replied the.,. young spy. "In that case, senor, I must call the lieutenant of the guard. You can explain the matter to him." "There 1s lieutenant of the guard here, then?'' "Certainly; how many times have been ashore, senor, that you did not know that?'' qThis is the first time that I have been ashore," replied Mayuara. "Ah! I understand now." "Had you been more civil, comrade, I "Be good enough to hurry with calling might have told you. Give way, men." the lieutenant, sergeant, if I must be Splash! went the oa

---STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 13 It lasted for five minutes, during which he and Juan stood almost without stirring, curiously surveyed by the halfdozen soldiers who had intercepted them. ''Good-evening, senor,''. greeted the lieutenant, coming out upon the wharf at last, follcwed by the sergeant. "Good-evening, lieutenant. Your guard has blocked me." "It is their orders, senor, nor did I make those orders. They are from el senor commandante. Yon are a shore party?'' "Yes." "From which ship?" "The OqtLendo." ''Your business?'' "We came ashore to seek some desert ers from our ship." "Deserters!" echoed the Spaniard. "Can it be possible Spain has any sailors who would desert while the hated Yankees are outside waiting for us to them battle?" "So it seems, replied Hal, shrugging his shoulders. "We have lost five valu whom I am ordered to find and get aboard of the ship with as litt]e delay as possible." "Your pass?" ''Pass?" repeated Hal. Here wai; a new block. "Certainly, senor. It is not permitted to any officer from the fleet to laud with out a pass from his captain, countersigned by the admiral." Hal thought he saw a way, now, out of the difficulty. "My captain offered me a pass," he lied, "but I dicr not take it, for my captain said he did not believe the admiral could find time to countersign it." "The admiral is very busy, then?" asked the lieutenant, sardonically. "Very, my friend," replied Hal, with a confidential nod. "How? His ships have not stirred in days.'' "Who knows that they will not, tonight?'' insinuated Hal, with a decidedly Spanish shrug of his shoulders: "Ah!" cried the lieutenaut. "You in terest me.'' "You will be more interested Ill the morniug. 11 "There is to be a naval fight, ?" questioned the lieutenant, his eyes glow ing with excitement. "Now, you are asking me more than I can say," replied Hal, trying to look mysterious. "All I know is that there is great activity in the fleet to-night. The admiral was aboard of us two hours ago, and left in a hurry after a short consulta tion with our captain." "There can be no doubt about it," put in Juan, gravely. "The Yankee fleet is to be attacked before dayligllt comes." "Ah, now, that is good news!" cried the lieutenant. "Success to you, my friends.'' "And yet you tell us that we cannot go on shore ?11 "I will take the chances, my comrades, though yon understand that it will be serious for me if I have made any mistake.,, "You will make no mistake," said Haj, reassuringly, "t;tnless yotl count it one to prevent me from finding five men, three of whom are among onr best gun ners. "Senors, I take the chances," replied the lieutenant, bowing low. ''Pass on." But just as Hal and Juan were at the height of their elation a new difficulty assailed them. It came from the lieutenant. NICK CARTER IS ALWAYS ON HAND.


S'rARRY FLAG WEEKLY:. CHAPTER V. that effect, probably,', suggested theIN BELEAGURED SANTIAGO. Spanisl1 lieutenant, dryly. "Oue nwment, senors,,, interposed Up came the six Cubans1 as wiIJiu g to that Spanish officer. take great tis,ks as were Hal and Juan. It struck our hero that there was more ''Form by t.wos; follow me; suspicion in the enemy's tone. ward t>> ordered Maynard, gruffi.y. "You said you were going ashore to Turning, as he marched away, be saseek deserters,,, s1iggested the lieutenant. luted the Spaniard who had so nicely, if "Thai is the truth, my comrade.,, unwittingly, helped them in their plans. "Then why do you leave your boat's That young officer returned the salute, crew in the boat?" but, as soon as our hero's back was turned 'l'he Spaniard's voice rang with inthe Spaniard smiled his contempt for creasing suspicion. rattle-brained naval cadets who lost their "You do well to remind me that I am heads over the prospect of battle. a stupid fellow,,, replied Hal, with a "What sball we do with these fellows, nervous laugh. "To tell the trutii, comJuan?" asked Hal, as he a11d his chum rade, my mind is so much taken up with marched up the wharf ahead of their six. the work to be done later 011 to-night "The safest thing, perhaps, mi amigo1 that my mind is absent on matters of is to leave them in some cafe, with strict the moment.,, orders o remain there until we come ''Ah!', said the lieutenant. back for them.,' Neither Hal, nor ]uau wanted to take ''And you feel confident tl1e.y will stay their six Cubans on shore. right there?,' Aii were men who had served the cause ''These men," spoke Juan, warmly, zealously in this neighborhood. "have been fighting for Cuba for three There was far too much probability years-. They will obey any order that is that some of the Spanish soldiers in the given them, no matter what the cost." city would recognize them and denounce "We will follow your plan, then. them. There is a cafe over there." Should this happen, the Cubans who Hal halted his men at the door of the were impersonating Spanish soldiers were cafe, and went inside. sure to be shot. "Have you a private room here?" he In addition, Hal and Juan wonld be deasked of the proprietor. nounced by the same means. They were senor, but--" getting in to Santiago, but, once their men "Ei10ugl1, then.",' were recognized our two young frienas At the secoud cafe along that waterwould be sure to find Santfago a pface imrout street Maynard was rejoiced to find. possible to get out of. that the desired private room was a eatB11t this was no time for hesitating. ure of the place. At whatever risk, our hero was deter"But there is a caballero., and two mined to get on shore. ladies with him,'' objected the pmpdeStepping to the edge of the wfrnrf, he tor. shouted down crossly: "No matter,,, snapped Hal, curtly. "Tumble ashore, you rascals! Why "Turn them o.ut. I the room for did you not follow me in the first place?" the service of Spain.,, "Because you gave them no order to "Senor, if it is not too tugen.t--" JACK BURTON IS A P.ROMISING YOUNG DETECTIVE.


/ STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 15 "You dog, if you dare to oppose an other objection,,., cried the you11g spy, warningly, "I' ll run you through the body!" He drew 1ris sword three or fom inches out of the scabbara, but the "'Proprietor, -who now saw that 'it would cost him dearly to dispute wh11 this irritable young officer, bowed down almost to the 'floor. "Spa-re me, caba'llero," w'hined the fel low. "I am but too glad to abey any or der which I 'l"eccive fo the name of Spain." ''Turn those people out, then. I shall come with my rnen, and expect to find the room cleared in sixty seconds." Saying which, in his crispest manner, our hero turned on his heel and went ha-ck to the street. Waiting what he judged to be a full minute, be gave the order: ''Forward!" Wheeling hi!.' six disguised Cubans at the door, he marched t11em into the main room of the place. As he eutered, Bal caught a fleeting glimpse of skirts va11isl1i11g through the rear door of the place, while tbe proprie tor, bowing in his most suave manner, stood at foe door of the private room, ex daiming: "Caballero, the poor apartment is at your disposal. "There are but four chairs in tllere," grumbled Hal. "Place two more in there But Hal proved a delightful exception in that respect by prornpfly handing over the price of the two bottles in Spanish money. Ana, while the proprietor was absent, he had found opportunity to whisper his instructions in the ears of his men. "Come on, comrade," said May1rnrd, thrusting his arm through his chums and leading him out of the room. At heels followed the subservient proprietor. "Shut that doOT," whispei:ed Hal, turn ing rnpou the Spar:fard, who promptly abeyed. "Now, Jock :it." "Eh, caballero?" ".Lock the Cloor, I say." '

16 STARRY LAG WEEKLY. I appeasing them by a present of au extra bottle or two." "Do nothing of the kind, fool," hissed Hal, a11grily. "We are seeking deserters from our =!1ip now. If you help these men of mine to g .et drunk, of what use will they be to me, either here or on ship-board ?11 "That is true, excellency." "Therefore, do exactly what I have ordered of more nor less. And by way of precaution, give me your name and your street and number." Hal wrote the required data, as given, in his notebook, saying dryly: "If it turns out that you have not obliaed me as you should, I shall know "" with whom I have to deal." With that both he and Juan got clear of the cafe. "Why did you lock the men up in that room?" whispered Juan. "To keep up appearances." "Why did you give such particular oraers as to their detention?" "For the same reason.,, "Then it was not because you feared my countrymen would desert you?" "Certainly not; and I gave them to understand as much in the instructions that I whispered to them.,, "I am satisfied. And now r, "And now, 11 whispered Hal, gayly, gripping his stanch comrade's arm, "we will try to see all that is worth seeing in Santiago!" Which they proceeded to do with the utmost dispatch. But consternation would have struck them had they known that a sharp-eyed secret service man was following them wherever they went. That detective of the enemy had got his clue of suspicion in the way peculiar to his class of ferrets. CHAPTER VI. 'I'HE POLICE SPY. "Juan, my dear boy!" "Well, mi amigo?" "Have we seen everything?" "Everything, I think." .The city's forts, the camps, the dis position of the artillery, the location of the magazines, the depots of supplyeven the hospitals. Is there a11ythi11g else at which we should take a look?" "Nothiu

STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 17 "Not much; mere1y that an attempt, just now, to march our men down to the wharf to embark would be to run into arrest." "vVe have beel1 followed?" whispered Ramirez. "For some time, I believe; possibly e< ever since we left the wharf early in the raevening." "Diablo !" greeted the Cuban. (( e "Bad langauge won't help us, my dear theenow. Its a serious problem." _:an "If we have really been followed," went 011 Juan, uneasily, "we are almost certaL to be in a Spanish dungeon be fore many minutes," "Don't turn too quickly, but when you do get faced arou11d, take a swift look at that fellow who is staring into the jeweller's window below us.'' "I see him," whispered Juan, a fow moments later. "This is the fourth time I have seen him, in different parts of the city to-night.,' "Diablo !'' veuted Juan, again. "If he is a police spy, and has really been trail D ing us, then there is no path out of Santiago to-night.'' "It looks that way," admitted Hal, still speaking without emotion. "Diablo! Can you, mi amigo, who know so much abottt the horrors of Span ish imprisonment, speak so coolly about it?'' "I am considering," replied Hal, slowly. "Considering what?" "How to best get the fellow off our track." Juan shook his head incredulously. "At the first sign of an effort to slip away, mi amigo, that fellow has only to raise a yell that will bring scores of. Spanish soldiers down upon us. The rest is easy to predict-a night in a dungeon; iu the morning a fifteen second trial; hanged twenty minutes later." "Yes, if we are caught." "No matter for me, mi amigo, for I am a Cuban, and have always expected to die for our cause. But it is different with you. It is too bad that you, who have been so loyal both to Cuba and America, should die also." Juan spoke with the ufmost dejection. He, too, had sized up the man down the street as a police spy upon their track, and looked upon himself and his chum as being as good as dead already. It was a tight but at the same time it was just the kind of a predicament that always brought Lieutenant Hal Mayuard out at his best. "Juan, I have made a resolve." "Yes," quivered Juan. Always observant of his friend, the Cuban knew now that Maynard had hit upon some scheme by which he hoped to rid himself of their crafty pursuer. By foe grim compression of Hal's lips, he also knew that the American's plan was a desperate one-a quick, daring stroke such as had made Shafter's young aide famous on more than a dozen other occas10ns. 0Juan, I am going to have a row with this fellow." Ramirez opened his eyes in some sur prise. "An out-and-out row, in which I shall c.all him all the names on my list.,, The Cuban gasped. "You will run us into the greatest trou hie, mi amigo." "Trouble," retorted Hal, "that will either rid us of this fellow's attentions, or hang us sure !', "My life is in your hands,,, Juan quickly assured him. "Perhaps, I had better tell you just what I mean to do--" HA VE YOU BEEN INTRODUCED TO ROXY? -


18 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. "No, no!" hastily protested the Cuban. "I would rely t1pon your braiu and coolness where I would doubt my own. Bnt I would urge you to make haste, mi amigo, for I can see that the fellow is scribbling something in a notebook very mnch likely some information about 11s which he will despatch by a messen_ger who may pass""".11im at any moment." "Come along," whispered Hal, over his shoulder. Keep at my back, as if to support me in what .I do." Juan followed nimbly, for Hal had stepped briskly away. He met the supposed spy face to face. "I am glad to ha'\le encountered :you again," thundered .Hal, layiug a hand roughly upon the fellow's arm. "Senor," growled the other, "be good enough to take your hand away." "You do.g," went on Hal, excitedly, "I have a good mind to choke you. For two nights .I have been looking for you." "For two nights?" stamm<::red the stranger, wincing under Eal's powerful grip. "Yes, for two nights-that is to say, ever since you i11sulted the lady who was with me at the casino." lady with you-at the Casino two nights ago?" repeated the Sp:aniard, opening his eyes wider and wider. "Yes; do not deny it." "But I do deuy it." "Then you lie!" exclaimed Hal, hotly. The few passers-by who were near enough to hear what was said thought they saw a young naval officer working himself up to the height of passion. For tbat reason, these passers-by hurried on. Not one offered to take the part of the bulldozed civilian. Spanish officers are apt to have the best of it in streets fights in garrison towns. "You have called -:1e a liar," glared the Spaniarcl, his dusky skin paling under the white heat of passion. "And I atn a man who stands by my word," retorted HaJ, hotly. "Senor, while my sword belongs to Spain, that same sword would be dishonored did not take pains to avenge the insult y offered to the senorita--'' But Bal suddenly checked adding: "Why should I give a dog like the name of the 1'\dy. Doubtless would consent to take a thrashing cheerily for 1:he sake of learning the lady's name." "Senor," cried the Spaniard, angrily, "you have offered me a second insult." "I will bury you under them present ly," sneered Hal. "When I remember that it was on account of the words of a dog like vou that I endured the jibes of all my messmates on 'the Oqt1e11do, I feel that nothing I can do to you will be severe enough.'.' "Aud 'I, senor," retorted the Spaniard, :still at white heat, "sha11 not be idle whHe you are working your pleasrire. Fortunately, I know something of the use of arms." If the fellow had entertained any sus picions about Hal, our hero had evidently caused him to forget them. But in causing the Spaniard to forget, he had also drnwn upon himself a fight with the Spaniard. The sounrl of arms would bring down the guard. Arrest would follow. Nextexplanations. That thought made Ra mirez shiver. "l call you a dog, a liar, a dastard and an insulter of women," jeered the American. "Lead the way senor." ''You are armed?'' demanded Hal. "No, but .J perceive that your comrade "NICK CARTER TO THE RESCUE,'' IS THE WATCHWORD.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 19 has_ a swor. d. He. wi!Lnot he so unjust as interests as well as I do those of my com .. to refuse me the use of it." r::ide.,, "Ily no 111. ea11s," respunded Juan, whff "Yo11 gjve me .yam word for that?" quickly guessed tlrnt t11is the: re.ply asked the Spaniar.d. that Eal wa1.ted him to make. "I promis.e you," Juan, hypo" Once more, senor:, lead the way. You critically, "by the re:verel1ce in whicJ1 I have insulted me. so gross-Iy that I am hold my Spanish u11iforrn. '' eager to prio k you skin w.ith your c01n"Wit11 tJrnt pro111is.e," responded the rade's blade." Spaniard, bowing gracefully, "I must be "I would lead the way," replied Ha-I, conte11t, caballero." "except t11at I do not know this part of "Then lead the way," snorted Hal, the city well enough to know where we impatiently, "or I shall think of some cam exchange a few thrusts without interi1ew insults whioh you will richly deerence. Eer.haps you can take. me to such serve." a place." Though lle paled a little under this ''Fortunately," replied the Spaniard, vicious bantering, the Spanish retained "I have the key of an unoccupied store his outward composure with a determinanear here. I will take yon there." tion which convinced our hero that he "N-0w, decidedly," cried Hal, inward-. was talking to a man of the woLld. ly, "this rascal is a police as I They followed their man around a supposed. He ispro vided with ke)'.S' of clirner, down a street for two sqirnres, and unoccupied buildingsthat he may have at last halted before the doorof a sto1e handy places to dodge into when he con-whicH was deserted. siders that his shadowin.g work is., likely Fitting one of a bltnch of keys t o the .to .1}e suspected by his victim.'' lock of the door, Spaniard admitted "But there is one circumstano.e that them. 'I' will cause delay," hinted the. Spaniard, as he: was about to start ahead tu show the way. "And that. cir_ c.umstru1ce ?" demanded Hal. ''I have no second in the affray that 1s to take place." "You do not need one." "Pardon me, senor, if I the trouble to differ with :v.on," Here was..another predicament. The intmducliru1 of any other.. stranger into the. affair would defeat our hero's audacious plan. But Juan came pr.ornytly to his chum's aide. "Caaallero," ub_1;er.ved the Cuban, turning. to the Spaniard, "why cannot I act as second to yuu both. L have no feeling in this affair. I will serve your "Paugh!" growled Hal, sniffing--. the m usty air as they eJ1tered, "yo11 are, as I half SUJ:!posed, a mere merchant, and one who did not have cunning enough to make his business pay him. So this is the establs)Jment in. which you struggled in vain to make a living ?l' But the Spaniard, as if determined not to allow himself to become too angry to fight well, did not re:ply. Instead, he fumbled about until he found a lantern and ligl1ted it. "You will dbseve., senor," he said, pointing to the shutters, "that the win dows. are so well covered that there is 110 from I)rying eyes. Now, for your comr de's sword. You will pardon me, caballero," turning to Juan, "if I show a desire to inspect your blade before using, it." THE FAMQUS CRJMES ARE TOLD IN. NICK CARTER WEEKLY.


( 2() STARRY FLAG WEEICLY. "Certainly," teplied Juan, quietly, "and you are right." He drew his sword a nd passed it, handle first, to the Spaniard. "It is an excellent blade," replied the Spaniard, coolly, after an examination. "But, caballeros, you must pardon me for exacting one more condition. I b1ow neither of you, though one of you has forced upon me a quarrel that must be fought out. I refuse to unless you both honor me with c rds proclaiming your names and rank." Neither Hal nor Jua11 had such a thing as a card abont them. CHAPTER VJI. himself to be led, the Spaniard now made the fight of his life. He was a wiry fellow. Undoubtedly he wonld have wrenched away long enough to shout loudly for help had not Hal been quick in coming to the rescue. He attacked the Spaniard from behind, he and Juan dragging their victim to the floor. Then ensued a more desperate struggle than before, bnt in the liands of two such determined youths there conld be but one conclusion to it. At the end of two minutes Spain's sub ject was lashed hand and foot so securely that hours of desperate struggling would not wrench him free. In addition to that his silence was THE CASINO ''TIP.'' But a little thing like that made difference to Hal Maynard. secured by a gag pushed into his mouth as 110 far <.1s it would go. In fact, he had half foreseen this diffi cu 'lty-had hoped for it. "Senor," he retorted cuttingly, "if you are a man of sufficient importance to carry cards of your own, we will ex change." Though the Spaniard flushed at the imputation that he did 11ot carry cards of his own, he contrived to keep his temper. 'rhrusting his hand into an inner pocket, he drew forth his pocketbook. Next he walked over to t11e lantern, bending low to inxpect the contents of the book. Hal flashed a look at his chum. Juan comprehended, and sprang forward. He caught the Spaniard his guard, seized him by the throat, locked with him in tight, strangling embrace. A husky cry came from the fellow's lips; that was the last sound before Juan's convulsive fingers shut off his breath altogether. Realizing in a flash the full significance of the trap into which he had allowed "There must be some cupboards here, n whispered Hal, rising and picking up the lantern. There was one less than twenty feet away, nor di

STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 21 till;is, going in under the chaperonage of severe looking mammas. Out in the store they found the book, on the scene of the late struggle. Almost the first object: that they sighted in it was the card of a secret police agent. "No mistake,'' announcel Hal, contentedly. "Well, well, dear boy, if we had not done as we did, we might now be marching on our way to a Spanish dungeon. It is much better the way it is.'' "Decidedly," assented Juan. Extinguishing the lantern, they stole to the street closing the door behind them. At the next corner they came upon a brilliantly lighted building. "Do you see where we J nan. "Some public "It is the Casino." "Eh?" are?" asked "It is the pleasure resort of Santiago. At this moment the youngsters of t!1e Spanish army amL the beauties of the _city are gathered there. Wine is being sipped. Dark eyes are looking love into other dark eyes. Brisk tongues are discussing in advance how badly the Yankee pigs are to be thrashed when they dare venture on shore.'' "By Jove," muttered Hal, "you make my curiosity itch!'' "To see the pretty senoritas?" "eonfound it, no! To see the Spa11ish officers enjoying their victory in advance. To witness the enthusiastic confidence of the Spanish populace, who cannot realize that they are on the edge of a swift Waterloo. Such a spectacle will furnish us with good material to work into our report.'' From where they stood they could see a few Spanish officers entering through the main door oi the buildfog. There were other groups of vivaciouslooking Spanish girls, in lace and man-Just then an orchestra strnck up inside. Juan, whose toes itched whenever dance music sounded, couJd not resist the melodious appeal. "Diablo!" he muttered. '"We must certainly go in and see what is going on therer" passing in the vestibule other officers, both of Spain's army and navy, who, after stares of curiosity, saluted courteously. In the cafe wine was flowing. There was more of that, apparently than food, since there was much more of the former in evidence. The Spanish girl of the better classes gets little chance for innocent flirtation. Wherever she goes, a prim duenna ac companies her. There were almost as many duennas as maidens in the Casino 011 this night. Overhead of the cafe the ballroom was open. Here merry dancers were gliding over the floor to the strains of imaginative Spanish melodies. Between music the young people chatted merrily. Army ttnd navy men were the favorites. Civilians were compelled to give up the prettiest of the senoritas to the wearers of uniforms. As Hal and Juan entered the b;ll-room -the two handsomest young officers on the floor-a flutter of curiosity passed through the fair contingent. It quickly died out, however. No one present appeared to know them; introductions were impossible. Both young spies moved calmly through the assemblage, maintaining a quiet reserve, but saluting either army or navy officers who glanced in their direc tion. At the upper end of the ballroom our young friends found seats. CRIMINALS OF ALL KINDS FEAR NICK CARTER.


2 2 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. "We'll sit here a little wl1ile," murmured Hal. "Perhaps we shall hear something." Near them stood a group of young Spanish officers. "For my part," remarked one of the young officers, "1 do not think the Yankees will land foe"ir army at alt" .'Then why have they coll)e here?" asked .another. "They took tis to be cowards like themselves, and thot1ght that their mere arrival wot1ld frighten us into surrender.,, "If otlr fleet could only get outside the harbor and annihilate the transports--" "If it could!" broke in another, con temptuously. "Let it come to yon from me, caballero, that onr fleet can and will aet out at the Yankees and sink them." 0 "It will be a glorious day for Spain if the Yankees are sunk!" cried another. "But who knows what the plans are?" "'rhere are two officers from one of our ships," broke in another army officer, nodding his head in the direction of Hal and Juan. "Let. us ask them if they have any news and the whole group moved over to where the two young spies were seated. "All I know," replied Hal, rising courteously when the qt1estion was put to him, ''is'that we have orders to be aboard by midnight." "You think you will attack the Yankee fleet?" ''All I can .say is that I hope s.o. ', "You think the attack will be after midnight then?', "I am pretty sure tbere will be no a ttack before 111idnig ht. , "We thank you, caballeros," and the army officers moved away. A few seconds later a Spanish colonel approached them. . "You were not commumcahve, senor, he smiled. "We mjght have told fbem a little more, perhaps," admitted Hal, wonder ing what the colonel meant. '"You could have told them. much ffi more,'' laughed that o cer, smce you are both officers who are to go with to night's venture." "You mean the attempt of the fleet to <>'et out of the harbor?'' queried Hal: h "NatU:rally I mean not11ing of the sort, since the fleet will not leave our harbor to-night," retorted the colonel, a trifle stiffiy. "Then what are we to accompany?" "So you are choosing to be secretive with me also," grumbled the "Spanish colonel. '1It is of 110 use, young men, since I happen to know that yon are two of the young officers who are to go out on the torpedo boat. But we will not quarrel, for I wish the greatest success to you. May you blow up the best half of the Yankee fleet!" "I see that yoii are well informed, colonel," answered Hal, saluting once more. "Well, senor, we wish ourselves success. But we must leave now, for it is time for us to report aboard the boat!" "You have not more than a five mjn utes' walk from here," rejoined the col onel, more affably. "The Ojente wharf cannot be .a greater distance t1Jan that from here. '' "A torpedo boat going out to destroy the .fleet!" quivered Hal in bis comrades ear as they passed out into tl1e street. "And at the Ojente wharf. Juan, my boy, where is that place?" "It will not be hard to find," replied the Cuban, quietly, "since tbat is t':e very wharf at which we left our boat." "I remember where to find that. Juan, my boy, where fa that place?'' "lt will not be hard to find," replied READ "BOB FERRET'S TROLLEY TRAIL."


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY 23 he Cuban, quietly, "since that is the very wharf at which we left our boat." "I remember wbere to find that. Juan, we've got to hurry." Less than four minutes later they de sceuded upo11 the pier, passing, as it happened, the lieutenant of the gward who had permitted them to land. "You have found yom deserters, caballeros?" he inquired. "Not a one of them," reported Hal, with apparent dejection. "Yet you have searched well?" "Depend upon it that we have left no -----part of the city unexplored." "It is u11fortunate, caballeros," replied the lieutenant. "But the six sailors yon brought ashore with you? Yon have not lost them as well?" His toue was half bantering, but Hal, frowning, replied: "Decidedly not. We left them under lock and key until they were needed. My comrade is about to return and get them.}) rraking his cue Juan returned with all haste to tl.1e cafe, nor was it long before he returned with the six Cubans. "Let them get into the boat at once," whispered Hal. ''You are going to hurry back to the fleet?" "Not just yet. Not until," was Maynard's rather ambiguous answer, "I have attended to that torp" edo boat." CHAPTER VIII. ABOARD THE TORPEDO BOAT. "The torpedo boat?" breathed Ramirez, tremulously. "Certainly. Do yon not see it at the end of the wharf?" "I noted it some moments ago. But what--" :'What am I going to do to 1t?" broke in Hal, energetically. "My dear fellow, I don't know. But I've simply got to do something." Juan looked utterly astonished. He had the greatest faith in his comrade, and had known him to do things that were little less than wonderful. But to prevent the torpedo boat from getting out that night? How could such a seemiugly impossible task be accomplished? Moreover, Hal had just admitted that he had no definite plan. At the end of the wharf the little tor pedo craft presented a scene uf great bustle. Steam was being gotten up at a great rate. Smoke was pouring from her fun nels in the effort to get on as full a head of steam as possible, for when the little craft should put out on her secret, dangerous quest it was important that no clouds of smoke should then pass up from her funnels to give an added clue to her presence in the night. Soldiers and sailors were carrying a board cases. It did not require keen perception to 1111dersta11d that each of these long wooden boxes conta i1ied a torpedo that was meant to do to the death some Yankee rnan-of war or troopship. Hal found himself clinching his hands as he stood lookiug on from a distance. ''That death-dealer shall not get outside to-night!" he muttered determinedly. But how was he to prevent the sailing of the deadly craft? Even now he had no plan. While trusting to luck to favor him he did not leave it all to Inck, bnt did hard thinking every moment of the time he stood there. Finally, though with l1is mind 110 better made up than before, he turned and nodded to Juan to follow him. "You have formed some scheme, mi amigo?" "Not yet. So far I have only resolved to go aboard of the boat." "And if yon are not permitted?" "I shall get aboard somehow," whis, pered vi111ful Hal. "There can be 110 such word as defeat now!" They were almost at the gang-plank now. An officer stood there who surveyed them keenly. "Good-evening, comrade," hailed Hal, raising his hat conrteously. "Good-evening, caballero." "We are seeking five deserters from our ship, with urgent orders to find them, since they are needed to-night." "I am sorry for yonr predicament, senor, bnt you will not find them aboard "NICK CARTER'S DETECTIVE SCHOOL" IS FINE.


24 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY, this craft. I know personally every sailor Jnan, just behind him, peered over I who will serve under me to-night." shoulder. "I thank you for that assurance," re-They were looking into the diminutive joined Maynard, pleasantly. "Nevertheengine-room of the craft. less, I am in for a bad hour with my It was deserted for the moment. On a commander if I return to the ship and seat opposite the engine's levers lay a tell him that there was a single place that wre11c'l1 and several other tools. I did not explore. For that reason alone, "Heaven favors a hustler!" whispered comrade, would yon think me imperti-Hal. "Juan, dear boy, watch out sharp. nent if I were to ask the privilege of go. The instant you see any one coming, be-ing abroard to look the crew over?" gin to whistle 'La Paloma.' "Not impertinent in the least, but I Saying which, without once looking will save yon that trouble, caballero. I back, Hal dove into the engine-room. have so few men in my crew that I can Juan saw him snatch up the wrench. summon them all here in less than a min-The Cuban would have liked to see more ute. You can look them over at once.'' but on him fell t he important work of The officer turned as if to give the keeping lookout. order, but Hal quickly broke in: He heard Hal moving about, heard the :'That is' not necessary, comrade. I scrape of the wrench against machinery. should not easily forgive lllyself if I gave Then a whisper: you so much trouble. Permit my comrade "All clear, Juan?" and myself to go aboard." "All clear, mi amigo!" "If you insist upon it," replied the More slight noises came from the enSpanish officer, stepping aside. gine-room before the next hail. "Diablo !" inwardly murmured Juan, "Still clear?" as he followed his chum down the gang"Still clear!" plank. "This thing that they call Hal moved about rapidly .once more, 'American cheek' is the best thing in the though he made very little noise about world for such work!" his work. As they stepped aboard, they noticed Suddenly on his acute hearing sounded two young Spanish officers leaning over the soft whistling of "La Paloma." the further rail. Like a flash, Hal was out of the en"' You see them?" asked Hal, in an gine-room, standing beside Juan in the undertone. passage. "Yes?" Hardly had he got there when there r Do you notice anything about them?" came down the companionway a Spaniard "Only that they are young offi<'ers." whom they knew by his uniform to be "But really, Juan, they slightly rPseman engineer officer. ble us, and they belong to this craft. He looked .at the pair curiously as he Now we know for whom the colonel misneared them, but Hal and Juan were took us. It is to these young men, there-ready with raised hats. fore, that we owe the great tip that--" "Senor,,, began Maynard, "we have But Hal broke off, for they were now just been looking in at your engine and too close to the officers whom they were admiring it. It is a beauty." discussing. ''Ah !' was the flattered response. As they passed, our friends lifted their "Then yon have been engineers at one hats, receiving the same salute in ac-time or another?" knowledgment. "No," was Hal's answer. "But we "Come below quickly," whispered know enough about machinery to know a Hal, darting down one of the companion-perfect, well-kept engine when we see ways. one. I must congratulate you." They brought up in a narrow passage"I thank you, senor, though I am conway. Before they had gone a dozen feet fident that I do not merit your praise." Hal halted with a thrill of delight. "To our next meeting, senor," finYOU'RE NOT IN IT IF YOU DON'T READ ABOUT NICK CARTER.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. ished Hal, who was now anxious to get away. Turning, he and Juan made their way up on deck. Hal in the lead, they read1ed the gangplank. The commander of the craft was still standing there. "You are satisfied, senors?" he asked. "Satisfied that we shall not find our men to-night," admitted Hal. "For ourselves, we must get back to our ship as quickly as possible." "You have uot told me what your ship is, senors." '!The Oquendo." "Ah, so! Your captain is an intimate friend of mine. Aud your first lieutenant -I have forgotten his name.'' Here was another 1111expected poser. Should this officer discover that neither of these young men knew the name of the Oquendo's first lieutenant, either, there was sure to be an explosion. "Our first lieutenant," said Maynard, speaking as rapidly as he could, "is now on the sick list. We must hurry now, senor; but we thank you for your great kindness." they were already out of sight of the wharf through the haze, they could hear distinctly the sounds that the breeze brought to them. '"They are trying to start the torpedo boat," declared Hal. "Do yon hear the hissing of steam?'' "Yes. Crash! "That was a smash in the machinery! The blamed engine is disabled!' "It must be!" cried J1ian. "Listen. From the shouting at the wharf there mu"t be great confusion and consterna-ion.'' "Pull faster, men!" ordered Hal, ex citedly. "Every yard counts now! Like heroes the six Cubans bent to their work at the oars. The boat fairly shot through the water. But faster than any craft could travel came the dull gleam of a flash light through the haze. "They are signaliiig !" quivered Hal. "Signaling?" echoed Ramirez. "Yes; signaling ahead to the fleet to be on the lookout for us." CHAPTER IX. "It was nothing," protested the Spa11iard, and, before he could say more, the two young spies were walkiug rapidly IN THE TEMPEST OF DEATH. along the wharf. "yrhey already trace the disaster to "That was a close squeak," muttered us!" cried Juan. Hal, in Juan's ear. "The Spaniards would surely be dum" I thought we were done for when he mies if they didn't." asked the name of that infernal lieuten"Pull faster-faster yet," urged Juan, ant." bending forward to address the rowers. They tumbled down and into their boat "The signal is evidently understood as quickly as they could. ahead,?' breathed Hal, peering through "Give way!" ordered Maynard. the gloo1n. Then, as the boat shot out past the end Lights were flashing about in a way of the pier, he leaned over and whispered that suggested a miniature play of 1ight-triumphantly in his comrade's ear: ning. "That torpedo boat will not put out toSuddenly just ahead of the boys there night! W!1en they start the machinery loomed up the indistinct gray hull of a something will happen.'' warship. "You were swift, then," thrilled Juan. "Boat ahoy, there!" sang out a per" It is easy to do mischief in two min-emptory voice. 11tes t11at cannot be repaired in hours." "Ship ahoy!" answered Hal. "If we can 11ow get out safely past the "Row in close 1111der our rail. We Spanish fleet--'' went on Ramirez. want to iJ1spect you.'' "We have succeeded so well so far to"Can't do it," bluffed Hal. "Our or-night that I do not see how we are likely ders are urgent." to have any further trouble, unless--" "Come under our rail. Refose at your But Hal broke off abruptly. 1:hough peril!" "ALLEE SAME, BULLEE NICK CARTER!"


26 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. But Hal made a sign to his rowers to keep on, and, standing up in the sternsheets, roared back : "Blockhead! Can't you see that we are on a pursuit?'' "For the last time, head about and come under onr rail." "We have our orders from a higher source tha11 your" came defiantly from our hero. Flash l The night was illuminated by a jet of flame shot from the mouth of a cannon. The air shook with the jar of the crash that came right on the heels of that flash. The shot struck the water not two yards astern of the small boat. "Bluffs don't work with that fellow!" gritted Hal through his tightly set teeth. Bang! The second shot struck the water just ahead of the boat. "At this rate," grumbled Juan, "they'll soon have our range. Even a Spaniard ought to hit at this distance." Juan said no more, but his set face showed how thoroughly he appreciated the danger of their position. Br-r-r-r-r-r-r A machine gun''s sharp, rattling fire grated on their ears just as the projectiles splashed the water all about them. "\Ve can't live a half minute under this," palpitated Hal, inwardly. "The poorest marksmen in the world can annihilate us under such a fire as this." But he urged his men forward all the same. They needed little urging, fof that matter, but bent to their oars with all the strength and wh1d that was in them. Zip! One of the balls tore through the gunwale of tlfe boat. Zip! A11other made a neat round hole in the shell of the craft. "Might .as well shoofus as sink us," vented Hal. The rattle of the machine gun continued, but suddenly the boat shot out of and beyond the range like a train leaving a tunnel. Nor was the reason hard to understand, fotJhey had passed out of tJ1e limited radius of the searchlight in that" haze which was more than half fog. "Was any one hurt?'. called Hal, lean ing forward. T11ere was no response. "Keep on pulling your best, then, Stroke, set the fastest pace you can!" For a couple of minutes they continued to skim through the water. Then a faint voice came from the second man from the bow. ''Senor, I am weak.'' "Weak?" repeated Hal. "From loss of blood, senor, l think. I was struck in the shoulder.'' "By that Gatling fire?" "Si, senor. "Why did you not tell me when I asked?'' "Senor, I have. served the cause for there years, and did not want to play the baby now." 1 "I will take your place," cried Juan, rising and making his way swiftly for ward. "Shall I order the wounded man astern?" "Better not," advised Hal. "Most of the shots fired at us to-night are likely to come over the stern. A man who has hit once doesn't want to get hit again." Therefore, while Juan picked up the oar and made it move with a wiH, the wounded Cuban took out a handkerchief and proceeded calmly to bind the wound. -"We shall be up with another ship very soon, mi amigo," Juan softly called back. "l know it, my dear boy," went Hal's "If she has not cbauged her po sition, I know just about where she is. I am steering to give her as wide a berth as possible." Hardly had our hero spoken when a flash of light and a loud report came simultaneously fro\n the port quarter, right in the trail of a flash from a searchlight. Whew-ew-ew-ew-ew shrieked the shell over their heads, causing every one in the boat to involuntarily dodge. "They're beco91i11g more business-like every time," grimaced Hal, as he quickly sat erect again and peered ahead. But that shell was the only heavy piece of ammunition sent after them from that ship, although half a dozeJ1 excited uia ri nes sprang to the rail aud discharged their pieces without aim. EVERYONE, EXCEPT CRIMINALS, LIKE NICK CARTER.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY, 27 No one in the boat was hit this tif11e. The Cuban who had been wounded by the machine gun fire had his wound already bandaged and was now fingering a cigarette which Juan forbade him to try to light until they were safe out of danger. "They haven't done us much damage yet," said Hal, in a low tone to his men, .. and added, to himself: "But a half an hour more of this work will wear ottt the strongest set of nerves to be found." "Boat ahoy!" came tl1e hail, as another large hull loomed up almost dead ahead. It made Hal jump. He had not figured on finding another of the enemy so close at hand. "Ship ahoy l" he answered, quickly. "Have you seen four men row by in a boat? We are in pt1rsuit of them, with urgent orders to overtake them." "Ha'."en't seen them," was the answer froin the deck, and they got safely by that vessel ou the easiest kind of a bluff. But the commander of the next ship was more on the alert. He 1iailed tlie spy boat, waited ten sec1ds1 and then fired two four-inch shells at the boat at point-blank range. One just zipped the bow of the boat; the other fell three yards astern. Theu the boat was out of sight through the haze. "How much more or this sort of thing?" sighed the stroke oar. "Unless I am mistaken," answered Hal, "we have only the Oquendo left to pass.'' "Give her a wide bertb, mi amigo," advised Juan, softly. "As wide as I can, you bet!" Hal steered as close as he dared to the east side of the harbor, calculating on -passing two hundred yards away from the Oquendo. At that distance he hoped that the searchlight would not pierce the haze sufficiently to betray the whereabouts of the boatload. "Dia blo suddenly roared Juan from the bow. "They have a string of small boats spread out to stop us!" "Jupiter!" quoth Hal, springing to his feet to look ahead. "The best tJLng they could do, hut the worst for us. Steady, boys, and you will see something hap pen." 'l'he words were spoken. so low that no one outside of the boat could hear thetl1. "Halt!" came the sharp hail fifty yards ahemt. "We are in pursuit of escaping rascals, senor," called Hal. "That won't go clown with us. Halt, or we fire into you!" "We will come alongside, comrade, and let you inspect us," proposed Hal. "Come alongside," was the mocking retort, "and we will take you to the Oquendo for a looking over." Hal steered so as to run up alongside the enemy's boat, in whicll were an officer aad a dozen sailors waiting for them. "Throw ns a line and we'll make it fast in the bow and let you tow us in." "Yon impertinent rascal," came the stonnv response, "what do you take us for? Row in to the Oquendo beside us. 11 "All right, senor. We strive to please!" Hal ran the boat np close to the other. Some of the Spanish soldiers, plainly believing they were to be boarded, picked up their weapons. Veer! Changing his course rnddenly by almost eight points, young Mayuard ran his craft crashing into the enemy. "Back water!'' roared the young strategist. It was high time to do so. His own craft almost keeled over from the shock, but he had succeeded in his design, for the enemy'. s boat was floating bottom up, while the water was black with bobbing heads. "Fire into the miserable scoundrels!" sputtered the officer of the boat which had met with misfortune. There were two boats fairly near, and racing to overtake the audacious young American. From the nearer of the boats the four men in the bow opened fire with their re pea ti n g rifles. Bullets whizzed past our hero's head. The enemy's line oi fire was right, but the fire itself was too high. A NICKEL WILL BUY THE NICK CARTER WEEKLY.


28 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. Crack! crack! rang Hal's revolver, un-now it had other trouble to contend with. til he had emptied the six chambers. First one American vessel, and finally The enemy was silenced, for three of three, poured in their hot fire. the men in the other boat were put out of Morro forgot all about the small the fight. "Ten minutes and we are out of this!" For rapid 'work in the night Hal's roared Hal at the top of his voice, in marksmanship was su perb. No hand less order to be heard above the thunder of steady could have worked such havoc. bombardment. "Watch out for that other boat!" called In five minutes they had covered half Juan. the distance to the born barding Ameri.. Hal's attention had been temporarily cans. diverted from the other lot of enemies. "Something coming ahead, senor," Now he turned upon them, drawing his called out the Cuban in the bow. second revolver. "Can you make it out?" called Hal, "Keep off unless you want to get peering. killed !11 he jeered. But our hero, keen-eyed at night as Naturally, that warning did not deter any American in the army, was first to the Spaniards. discern the approf!ching object. Hal w'aited until he got an indistinct It was a small craft without lights, glimpse of rifles being leveled by the pur-moving at a great rate of speed. suers. "One of our own torpedo boats, I be-Then, with rapid shots he emptied his lieve," he thrilled, steering toward the second pistol into the boat. Back over craft. the water came a chorus of wails. They were in the thick of the fire, Maynard was now beyond the line of now, with shells dropping all around boats, but far from being out of danger. them. Boom! rang a gun of heavy calibre. "Torpedo boat, ahoy!" hailed Hal Morro Castle had opened upon them. Maynard, makiug a speaking trumpet of ---his hands. CHAPTER X. "Is that Lieutenant Maynard?" can REMEMBERING THE MAINE. an answeriug hail from tbe bow of the 'We're up against it-sure!" vented boat. Hal. "Right here, sir!" "The worst yet," admitted Juan. "Good! We were looking for you." Following the first discharge came a "You've found us." half a dozen others. Describing a graceful turn in the Old Morro had them at short range. water, the torpedo boat ran alongside 'J.!wo of the shots struck close enough within two feet of the port rail of Hal's to send miniature water spouts dashing boat, in such a way as to shield them over the eight men in the boat. from Morro's fire. "They can't miss us now," gritted "Maynard?" called a voice. Hal, as a searchlight located on the grim "Here," anwered Ha 1, standing 11 p in old walls sent its bright rays the stern. down upon them. As the two craft drifted close together, Bnt only a few moments did the light a friendly hand reached down over the glow when it went abruptly out, followed rail, as a voice exclaimed: by the crash of a gun near the outer en"Put it there, old man." trance to the harbor. "Ensign Gilroy?" cried Hal, delighted. "Good!" thrilled Hal, standing up in "The same, old man. Late of the his joy. "Row, men, and hope for a Racer. Had the pleasure of brin1i,ing way out of this fix. One of our own vesyou off from Havana on your last spying sels is firing upon Morro!" trip. Come aboard." From the excitable Cubans a yell went And Gilroy's muscular arm fairly up. hauled our hero over the rail and on to Morro ceased firing upon the boat, for the torpedo boat's deck. NICK CARTER'S BOYS ARE DEVOTED TO HIM.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 29 "By Jove, I'm glad to see you," ex claimed Hal. ''I was actually getting uervous under such fire as we've been in a small boat. But I've a friend with me whom you'll be glad to see." ''Ramirez?'' "The same." "Gad! I will be glad to see him," assented Gilroy. "Where is he?" "Secoud man from the bow." Gilroy ran forward to assist the young Cuban captain on board. The other six Cubans found their way aboard all right. In a twinkling the small boat was <-owed astern. Turniug her prow, the little craft raced out of the harbor that had proved too hot for the young spies. Five minutes later the bombardment ceased altogether, the American warships steaming out to their close blockade. "Was all that fuss made over us?" smiled Ha 1. "Well, you might call it that,'' replied Gilroy. "General Shafter was mighty anxious about you, I for he had a long talk with Admiral Sampson, and it was arranged between tllem jnst what to see that you got safely out of the harbor. But how did you succeed, old man? Find out plenty?'' "I am satisfied," smiled Hal. "I hope he general will be.'' "If you brought out any such budget

,, 30 STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. It was almost dayligltt when the con ference was over. It was a beautiful sight that the morning of the 22d witnessed. Shortly after daylight the huge transport fleet got under way steering east ward toward several low hills named Los Altares, or the Altars, owing to their peculiar formation. It was a little to the eastward of these rocky hills that General Shafter, depending largely on Hal Maynard's information, had decided upon landiug the American forces. The fleet was accompanied by several naval vessels, for it was expected that the Spaniards would make a determined resistance to the landing of the hated Yankees. Away up at the head of the fleet steamed the Seguranca, by right of her being flagship. On the bridge, close beside the captain of the vessel, stood General Shafter, closely scauning every foot of shore on either side of the little bay. Near him, on the bridge and down under it, were grouped the officers of his staff. 1Iardly one in all the group but held a pair of field-glasses to his eyes. Ashore, much of the village was burning. In especial, the enemy had already set fire to several machine shops and the. yard of the railroad runniug out to the mines. Three or four small blockhouses or Hfortinas" were visible from the deck of the flagship. From these it would be possible for small detachments of the enemy's i11fa11try, provided with repeating rifles, to pour down upon the beach a galling fire that would effectively prevent the landing of troops from small boats. "The whole coast, sir, is lined with Spanish rifle-pits," reported Hal. Several of the officers looked, but could see nothing. "The Spanish rifle trenches ate not visible unless you get close upon them," resumed Hal. "That is, not visible except to one who has been used to seeing them. 'rhe Spir trenches level with the top of the ground, and the dirt dug out of the trenches is carried back to some hollow." General Shafter continued to sm\'ey the shore anxiously. It was good generalship to land his forces without the loss of a man. To lose several hundred men in the mere act of landing would be apt to prove discouraging to the bravest men a:live. "General,"' murmured Hal, in a low voice, moving toward the commander, "will you permit me to go ashore with a small reconnoitring party?" ''How many men?'' asked Shafter, eyeing the boy, keenly. "Not more than a dozen, sir.'' "Where do you want to land?" 110ver there, sir"-pointing to the west end of the bay. "It looks to me as if there is a rifle trench there capable of sheltering at least two hundred of the enemy. At that rate, sir, they could pour down on us from six to eight thousand bullets a minute." "How long would your dozen men last, Maynard?" "We may not last ten seconds, sir, but we can find out for yon whether the enemy is there." "And you volunteer for that dnt :'' 1 'As for myself, sir,'' rejoined Ha earnestly, "I beg to be allowed to do it "You have already done so much f the American cause, Maynard, that it seems wicked for me to allow you to go into sure death." nut Hal's eyes flashed as he retorted: "General, if I have really done anything in the past, then I ask as a reward, sir, to he permitted to head the first landing party." General Shafter's eyes snapped with approval of this manifestation of soldierly spirit. "The right is yours, Maynard. If you can find a sergeant and twelve men who will volunteer, go." Volunteers? The entire regiment was ready to volunteer! This caused the general's eyes to snap agam, for, a few years back when he was a colonel, the First Infantry had been his command. Hal was obliged to select his men. Not one of those left behind could con ceal his disappointment. NICK CARTER IS AT THE READ OF ALL DETECTIVES.


STARRY FLAG WEEKLY. 31 In the mea11time the. captain of the Seguranca had caused one of the boats to be lowered Oiler the side. Boom! A way up on one of tlte. hills a concealed Spanish field battery section of two pieces ope11ed fire upon the Segur a11ca. Plash! The Segura11ca's boat struck the water, and was quickly towed to the. ide companionway, down which our hero ran. First man in the first boat! To Lieu a11t Hal Maynard fell the honor of 'ng first to laud in Cuba! The volunteers and men to handle the boat were quickly down and in their 1'he two Spanish field guns up 011 the hill continued to discharge as rapidly as they could be served, shells dropping all around the Seguranca, but never one striking anything but water. The11, of a sudden a new note struck upon the air. Uncle SamJ s naval vessels thundered broadsides into the hill& and along the shore. Shells struck everywhere, exploding with terrific din. "The enemy are n111niug, boys!" cried Hal, as his boat neared the shore through "The Spaniards are doing a ast two-step to the tune of 'Remember Tie Maine.' '' Au enthusiastic yell greeted this an110 1cement. It was answered fram the fleet, where the army thronged the dee.ks and rigging of the tmusports. Plunge went thnoat through tlte surf. Hal was first out upon the beach, leading his little squad up the slope. "I11tervals of three yards, boys!" sang out the young lieutenant "Fire at the first pop!" The shelling, however, had done its work. Hai and his men reached the first line of rifle trench only in time to see the backs of nm ning Spaniards headed for the hills. '"Give them a volley, anyway, for 1 uck cried Maynard. Thirteen gttns rang out, each five times. Several of the enellly were seen to ctrop, but the. Americans did not pursue. Standing on the crest of the rifle tre11ch1 LieuteJJant Hal signaled to the Seguranca that the landing was safe: 'he fifteen minutes' bombardment ceased. A host of small boats now the little bay, eac11 boat bringing ashore loa1's of Uncle Sam' s fighting men. 1 'e work of remembering the Maine in Cuba had begun! [THE E ND ] r The same graphic peit..of all eye-witness will describe the fir s t fighting done in Cuba by the American arnry In No, 13 of The Starry Fla.g Weekly, out next week, will be published complete a superb story en titled, "Shafter's Right Hand; or, Hal Maynard' s Great Game of Strategy." The author, Mr. Douglas We.lls, is an old fighter himself. He is writing the best stories of our war with Spain that are being printed. Do 11ot miss "Shafter's Right Hand," if you want to knuw just what i s happening in Cuba! SPECIAL NOTICE Owing to the.fact that some-of our publications are printed considerably in advance of i s sue it was impossible t

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