Yankee Doodle, the drummer boy; or, Young America to the front

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Yankee Doodle, the drummer boy; or, Young America to the front
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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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Issued Semi-Monthly -By S'Ubscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the N Y Post Office by Frank TO'UStf/. No. 1. NEW YORK, May 11, 1898. Price 5 Vents. /' A yo ung girl of fifteen, his only sister, gave a cry and darted toward him at the head o f t h e line. He l eaned over toward her and kissed her-but the drum sticks never c ease d t o send out the music that stirred the hearts of the tuani.pirfg men behind him. I


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YANKEE DOODLE. : ================================:: -==============================================:.===== she would once more clasp him to her heart. "Oh, on that boy. He'll be right into.the hottest fight we PhiU Ob, my boy!" pick up." He turned his face toward her, giving her a loving "Yes-he's game every time," assented the ser-look-but the roll of the drum never ceased a single geant. moment. Phil Freeman was the -son of a widow over on the A young girl of fifteen, his only sister, gave a cry west side in New York City, seventeen years old, who .and darted toward him at the head of the line, and I had been the drummer for a Grand Army Post for a was by his side in an instant. year. He was such a good drummer that the boys He leaned over toward her and kissed her-but the in the regiment agreed to pay him fifty dollars a drum sticks never ceased to send the music that month for the support of his mother and sister if he stirred the hearts of the tramping men behind him. would go to the front with them. The young girl then wheeled and ran back to her He wanted to go, but being too young to enlist as mother on the sidewalk, and thousands who saw how a soldier in the ranks, he jumped at the chance to go bravely the drummer boy kept control of himself as drummer. His duty to his mother would have cheered wildly. kept him at home otherwise. Now she would not sufOn, on they went down the street, the sound of the fer in his absence. drum growing fainter as block after block was His cousin, Joe Bailey, who had been playing the passed. fife to his drum, went along with him under similar So dense was the mass of people packed along the conditions. His mother was a widow, too, but had line of march no one could follow the drummer, so he two other boys who would not give up their positions was soon out of sight of the little group who had to go to the war. They were right. Some of the come to see him off. All the way down to the ferry boys should remain at home to take care of mother. the same dense mass of people greeted them. Men who are true to their country will be true to Not until the head of the column entered the ferry their mother. Boys who stand faithfully by their house did the drum and fife cease to fill the air with mother will always stand by their country. martial music. "All aboard !"rang out in the great car shed, from Then the drummer boy drew a handkerchief from car to car, and each officer saw that his men were all the breast pocket of his coat and mopped his face. on board. "I tell you, Joe," he said to the fifer, "it was hard The train moved out and went speeding southward. work to keep from breaking down when sii:iter May Soon they were going at the rate of fifty miles an ran out to me. Mother was there." hour: "My mother was, too," said Joe. "I saw her wav-It was necessary for the American army to rendez-ing a good-by to me, and I-I couldn't return it," and vous quickly-some at Key West, some at New the brave little fellow's voice faltered and eyes filled Orleans, some at Mobile, p,nd by far the larger portion with tears. at Chickamauga, down in Georgia, the scene of one "I don't know how I managed to hold in as I did," J of the bloodiest battles of the war of secession. said Phil, brushing a tear from his cheek. "l sup-From that point regiments, brigades and divisions _J pose it wa.s a bit of fear for May's safety, though. It could be sent off to any threatened point on either the would have been dangerous had she stumbled and Atlantic or Gulf Coast. fallen." At every town they found a big crowd of people at On the ferry boat the men of the regiment caught the stations to see and cheer them on their way. The sight of the Goddess of Liberty, down in the bay, with boys cheered, too, and ft.res of patriotism burned her torch high above her head, and burst forth in brightly all along the line. cheers that were heard far over the water. At Washington there was a wait of half an hour to Phil sprang up and a ccompanied the cheers with change cars. The colonel heard that General Miles, roars from his drum. the commander-in-chief of the army, was coming to Then the men cheered him. the station to see the regiment, so he gave the old, "That boy can come nearer making a snare drum old order to: talk, sing or laugh than any drummer I ever heard," Fall in, men !" said one of the men of Company G. And in less than one minute the one thousand brave "Yes-he'll be the best in the whole army. I'll bet fcllows 'were in line and on the alert. my rations on that," replied another. Each captain said to his men: "An(!. he can throw more spirit into a martial air "General Miles, the commander-in-chief, is com-than any I ever heard," remarked a sergeant. ing !" Then several members of Company A, who were in Then every man was eager to see the general. the front of the march down Broadway, told of the He soon came along, accompanied by a fe'w of his young girl's dash out to him in the middle of the street staff officers. to bis side. How he leaned over and kissed her good-It was an informal call, and the general did not sus-by without losing a single beat of the drum. pect that his visit was known to the colonel of the "That's the spirit of a born soldier," said an elderly regiment. man in the uniform of a lieutenant. "Keep your eye Well, the salute astonished him.


DOODLE. s He stopped and returned it, his eagle eyes flashing the North, East, West and South of our grand coun-along the entire line a s he did so. try. Then came the salute of the boy drummer and fifer E a ch r egiment cheered the other,_ for they were all with a fierc e fervor, that caused the general to turn to m arch should e r to shoulder against the Spaniards, and gaze at the two boys. _..,.. and wanted to know each other. They didn't need Then h e saluted them-those two boys-and quick any introduction to each other, so they shook hands a s a flash they saluted again with a roar of drum-when ever and wherever theymet. b eats and piercing fife notes. Chickamauga Park was s even miles below Chatta-" Soldi ers!" the g eneral call ed out, "our country j nooga, below the State line, and many regiments were is to be congratull\ted on being able to have such already encamped there But there was room for all. r egiments as yours in her service in a time of peril. I The underbrush was all cut away, the older trees rehave se e n such service as to be able to know soldiers maining, making it a vast grove, through which ran wh e n I s e e the m. I pity the foe who appears in your the Chickamauga river and numerous brooks. Splen front. If you obey orders and fear not you will be I did springs bubbled up from under the rolling hills, invincible," and then he saluted them again and and the birds w ere heard in the everywhere turned to the colonel to shake hands with h:ifu. They were mating and building their nests, for way "Your drummer is an expert, colon el," he redown there the spring had advanced till it seem e J marke d. more like June, as it is known in the_latitude of New "Yes, general, the. finest I ever saw, and as brave York, than like April as it was. as the bravest." The boys marched out and pitched their tents. In "Bring him here. I would speak with him." a few hours they were settled down housekeeping on Phil and Joe w ;re surprised when summoned to the the tented field. pre sence of .the commander-in-chief. "I,want to see some of those Western regiments, They both hastened forward, saluting as they Joe," said Phil, to fifer Joe, the next day. "Come halted before him. on and help me do it." "Phil, the general wishes to shake hands with The two boys locked arms and went strolling you," said the colonel. through the camp. They found regiments from the Phil doffed his fatigue cap and shook hands with West and Northwest, composed of big strapping felhim. lows, ruddy-faced and hardy, full of good-natured en" And the fifer, too," said the general. thusiasm. "Joe Bailey, sir, is his name." "Hello! New Yorkers, eh?" exclaimed a big six" See here, boys," said the general, i. a pleasant footer from Missouri. "Reg'lar Yanks, and kids at tone of voice. "You are of far more value to the that." regiment than any private soldier. The colonel will "Yes," laughed Phil, "the Yankees have come lead and give orders ; the men will charge upon the again." foe even to the cannon's mouth. But sometimes the "Yes, by gum, an' we've come, too This time we carnage is so great that brave men falter. It is then go together, eh?" and the big fellow shook hands that the fife and drum braces them up-nerves them with them. "Purty young for soldiers, though." on again and to victory. They can be heard in the "Oh, we lead the regiment," said Phil, laughing. roar of battle when the voice of your officers c:1Ilnot. "Gosh How's that ?" You see, then, what an important position you hold in "Drum and fife," was the reply. the regiment. Don't drop your drum or fife to fight, "Oh, yes! Wall, that's one on me," and he unless it is to save lives, for the roll of the drum laughed like a horse almost at the joke "We've sometimes controls every rifle in the regiment. I got a drum an' fife, too, an' by gum, they beat all wish you all a safe return to your homes afte:a glor-creation-ole man an' his son. Come an' see 'emious triumph." over thar, t'other side hill," and he led off, the Phil and Joe returned to their places filling the air two boys following him. with martial music, the two proudest souls in the When they reached the camp the big fellow called command. It was an unusual condescension on the out: part of the general, and all the officers of the regi"Hyer, Jim! Hyer's er Yankee drum)Per an' ment were not a little surprised at it. fifer!" When the train was ready, the order to break ranks A tall, red-faced man of some forty years of age and bo0ard the train was given. The men cheered the came to meet them. He was the fifer and had his fife general and scrambled aboard again, and were soon with him. speeding southward. ''Whar's Bill?" the big feller asked him as he caml> up. CHAPTER II. "He's erbout somers," was the reply, as the fifer looked at the two boys. "Are you boys gwine to THE DRUMMER BOY AT CHICKA UGA. Cu by?" WHEN the regiment reached Chatta ooga they "Yes, sir," said Phil, "if the army goes we'll go." found other regiments coming in on every ain, from I "Gosh The army is got to go!" said the fifer


.. YANKEE DOODLE. "We'll go, anyhow. We won't go home till we lick them Spaniards!" The big fellow had gone in quest of Bill, the drummer-son of the fifer. I guess some of us will gE:t a chance at them," said Phil. "The Spaniards won't go till they are \icked and the big fellow who had brought Phil there slapped him on the back with : "Thar! What'd yer think of that, eh?" "Fine," said Phil. "Guess the Spaniards'll run when they hear you beating the charge-can you beat a charge?" "No-o," drawled Bill. "Never heard one beat" "Gosh I hope they won't," and the fifer had a and he looked up at the old man. "Did you, dad?" gleam in his gray eyes that told plainly he was of "N 0," and the old fifer shook his head rather fighting stock from way back. dubiously. But if you do the fifiing you won't get a chance to fight," said Joe, speaking up for the first time. "Let's hyear yer beat it," said Bill, handing the I sticks to Phil. won't, eh I won't, eh Wall, 'just lemme git close enough to kill a few of 'em, my boy, an' I'll do The old man offer.ed his fife to Joe, who inspected it it or my name ain't Jim Ragland." moments. Like the drum, it had seen service "But you'd have to stop fifing to fight/' j m a. w.ay, but was intact and all right. He "Yes, of course. Ding it! I can't fife when they're .1t to his and blew a few soft notes, like the a fightin'-kinyou ?" trillmg of a bird and then nodded to Phil, who began "I don't know. I never tried it," replied Joe, a march on the drum. Bill was holding it for him. laughing. The notes from both drum and fife were so perfect "I ain t never tried neither but I know what I'd that men all about them began keeping time with get if I got close to 'em-I'd a gun an' sail in an' t?eir feet, if There was no wild racket, fife afterwards." hke boys with tm pans on parade, martial music. Phil was on the point of tellinoo the old fifer what Suddenly Phil sung out : General Miles had said to him in Washin"'ton when "Fix bayonets!" and the drum seemed to imitate they saw the big volunteer coming with th; old fifer's click of the guns as they struck the ground-the son-the drummer. He was a youth of about twenty rmg of the bayonets as they were affixed to the muz-years of age, tall and gawky in build like his father, zles. 'th l' ht ' Charge!" w1 ig gray eyes, almo"St white eyebrows and lashes, but withal an expression of fight in every inch Then came a roar like the rush of a host of armed of him. men. The fife seemed to throw out notes of fierce, "This is Bill," said the Missouri volunteer, shoving him for .ward. "Yer just oughter hear him knock 'Yankee Doodle' an' 'Hail Oolumby' outer the drum." Bill had a proud look on his face when he heard the praises of the volunteer. He looked at Phil .and asked : "Do you beat ther drum?" 'Yes," was the reply. "New York ridgement ?" "Yes-and here's my fifer." "Lemme git my drum," and he went to his tent for his drum. In a few minutes half the Missouri regiment were crowded around the boys, having nothing to do at th-:: time. A Yankee drummer boy and bis fifer was something of a curiosity for them, so they laughed and talked in a good-natured way Bill returned with his drum. It was a well -battered affair, evidently the one he bad learned his lesson on. '' Now, dad, give us 'Hail Columby,'" he sa. id, and the old man tuned up with a shrill blast, and the racket b egan. Phil and Joe had a time trying to hold in. The Missourians cheered and yelled. One could get the run of the notes now and then, but harmony was as far away as the island of Cuba itself. It was more noise than music, but the fifer and his son were utterly unconscious of that fact. When they ceased the volunteers cheered lustily, thrilling defiance, and men all round them clenched their teeth, their faces assumed expressions of fierce, blazing wrath, as if ready to spring at a foe Then came the clash of two lines of men in fierce combat. Men held their breath, as if gazing on a death struggle. Growls, as if two lions or tigers were fighting, came out of the drum. "They fly They fly !" cried Phil. "Victory Victory!" and a roar of wild triumphant notes filled the air. The fife screamed like the eagle; the drum seemed to fairly shout its triumphant joy-and then changed to Hail Columbia, clear and musical. Every note went far and wide over the field, and the volun t eers, unable longer to stand the strain, burst into a wild hurrah that rolled over the camp like a storm of the elements. A thousand men had gathered around the drummer boy and his fifer, among them many officers of the regular army. A colonel elbowed his way through the crowd to get at the two boys. Suddenly the music ceased, and Phil handedtbe two drum sticks back to Bill, saying : "That was the charge." "Gosh!" gasped Bill. "Gosh!" ejaculated the old man, as he received bis fife from Joe. "I can't beat no drum," said Bill. "An' I can't play no fife !" said the old man. "Where did you get that mm;ic ?" asked the regu-


YANKEE DOODLE. 5 lar army colonel, who had pressed through the cheering mass of men. "Out of that drum there, sir," replied Phil. "Of course-but where did you learn that music? I never heard anything like it before, and I've been in ::i.ctive service for twenty years." "Got it up myself, sir." "The deuce you did. What regiment do you belong to-ah-a New York regiment, eh!" and he saw the number of his regiment on Phil's hat. "Yes, sir,'' and Phil and Joe both saluted him. "Well, that music would lead any regiment into the very jaws of death. It just knocks all fear out of a man." "Thank you, colonel," said Phil, saluting a .gain. "An American soldier should have no fear in the face to go to war. Surely their mothers did not consent for them to volunteer." Phil heard her, turned, raised his cap, and said : "Our mothers gave consent to our going, madam." "Surely then, they cou1d know nothing of the perils of wa .r." "As much as most mothers know," said Phil. "I am a drummer and Joe here is a fifer." "Oh, a drummer boy! That isn't so dangerous. I am glad you are not to be exposed as much as the sol diers will be. You are too young for that,'' and the two boys smiled at her feminine innocence of military knowledge. CHAPTER III. of the enemy." PHIL SHOOTS AND CAPTURES A SPY. "Give me your hand, my boy!" exclaimed the col-WHEN they had been two days in camp on the old onel. "That sentiment is worthy of George Wash-Chickamauga battlefield, an order came for the regi ington himself!" and he grasped Phil's hand and men. t to go to Tampa, to join two other Nevr York shook it warmly. The men cheered both, for the regiments there. martial music still rang in tiieir ears. The boys cheered and went to work packing up at_ The crowd kept increasing, men came from other once, and in five hours they were in Chattanooga regiments, drawn by the cheering, to see what the boarding the train for the far South. attraction was. Then a group of officers got together, The government had provided a fast train, and anCI. the crowd thought they had received some war I they went speeding on their way like a thunderbolt. news of some sort. That them there. Every town they passed through gave them an ovaPhil pulled Joe's sleeve and they slipped away un. tion. They cheered in reply, and threw kisses at the perceived, save by the old fifer. He followed them. girls. "Gosh !" he said. "How'd yer do it?" The next day they l

YANKEE DOODLE. to see them off, and as the ship moved out into the "Say, Joe;" whispered he to the young fifer. "That bay the cheermg was deafening. fellow is doing something wrong as sure as you It was smooth water all the way down to Key west. I live." Not once were they out of sight of the pines and "What's he doing?" Joe asked. palms of Florida. The water was clear as crystal I "Hanged if I know-but whatever it is he is doing teeming with fish, while tropical sea.fowl sailed on the it on the sly." wing all about them. / Joe turned to look at the man. When they came in sight of Key West the cry of : "Don't let him see you are watching him," said "There's the fleet! There's the fleet!" went up Phil. from hundreds in a chorus, followed by wild cheering. By and by they saw him makirtg entries in the noteThe splendid battle ships were riding at anchor book again. the harbor, and saucy little torpedo boats "Say, Joe-I'm onto him now." were here and there, like sleeping turtles in the water. "What's his game?" / "They'll soon take us over to Cuba cried Ser" He's a spy." geant McGuff, a brawny soldier of the regiment, I "Eh!" and Joe started as if stung at this close "and then we'll go at 'em about that Maine busi-proximity to war operations. "How do you know?" ness !" 1 "Why, he is making notes, or else sketches of the "And we'll remember it, too, when we get to fortifications about liere." them!" sung out Phil, the drummer. Joe whistled. "lndade we will, me bye !" returned the sergeant, "And he can't be doing it for our army, that's cer" an' we'll show ;em how we settle up that sort of tain," added Phil. I thing." "What ought we to do,Phil ?" The regiment disembarked in the midst of a wildly Arrest him, of course." cheering crowd of men, women and children. Many, "Thunder !" if not the majority, were Cubans. But there were I "Yes-welve got our revolvers." other regiments there, and so many soldiers came to "But he may have one also." meet them. "Yes-but we can get the drop on him." When all were ashore, the colonel sung out: Joe shook his head, saying: "Fall in Fall in !" and the rush was made. Such "He may not submit, and we then would have to was the discipline of the regiment that every man shoot." was in line in less than two minutes. "Well, if we have to, we'll sft\5ot," said Phil. "Right face-march "Come on-let's see about it," and he led the way toPhil and Joe struck up the quick step and led the ward the man. way to the camp to which they had been assigned. Joe followed him. Crowds followed, and everybody seemed to watch the He would follow Phil anywhere. drummer boy. His bearing was such they could not They went up to the man who looke d at them, as if help watching him. j a bit surprised at seeing youths of such tender age in As soon as they broke ranks Phil and Joe went in a uniform. dozen directions, looking at scenes that were new to "Do you belong here, sir?" Phil asked him, in a them. It seemed like a dream to them-down there very respectful tone. in the tropics. They gazed out over the clear waters "Yes, I live here," was the quiet reply. of the Gulf Stream as they plowed by into the "Then you know all about the place, do you not?" broad Atlantic, and saw the great battle ships and "Oh, yes. I am very familiar with Key West,'' cruisers riding at anchor, waiting for the order to and the man glanced all round at the splendid scene come for a move on the dons. spread out to the horizon in every direction. "We'll soon be going over there, Joa," said Phil, "Why do you make notes of the defenses here, pointing southward. "Havana is out there but then?" ninety miles away, waiting for us to go and take The man started and gave him a keen, penetrating her." glance, saying: "But why don't we go? What are we waiting "I am not doing so. I have business interests here for?" Joe asked. and make notes of things that occur to me every hour "I don't know. Our leaders know what they are in the day." doing, I suppose. We shall move in time." "I belong to the army, sir," Phil said. "War has They saw a man in citizen's garb moving about like been declared and this is a post of military operations. themselves, but paid no attention to him". He seemed I shall have to ask you to go with us to our regito be admiring the fortifications more than everything mental headquarters." else. The man smiled grimly. But by and by Phil happened to notice that he, "I woul<;l advise you two boys to return to where from time to time, used a pencil' and a little note-book you belong and not bother citizens who live here." in a way that indicated a desire not to be seen doing If you are a loyal American citizen you cannot so. object to going with us,'' returned Phil. "If you


Y .A.NKEE DOODLE. 7 refuse I shall at least doubt your loyalty and use [ "I had to. He drew his gun on me," replied Phil. force to compel you to go." "What if he isn't a spy? You'll be punished." "What sort of force will you use ?" "I don't know. He should have gone with us at "This, sir," and Phil drew his revolver. first. We are soldiers in uniform and he should have With a grim smile on his face the man remarked: considered that fact." "I have a revolver also. I refuse to be interfered I At the camp the entire regiment gath-with by you. Clear out, now !" ered in front of the colonel's tent. Phil raised his weapon and said: The man was searched. He l;lad complete drawings "Attempt to draw and I fire l Joe, go to headof the fortifications of Key West in his pocket. quarters and tell the colonel to send a file of soldiers The colonel shook his head and sent him, under here!" guard, to the commandant of the post with the draw-Joe wheeled and ran as fast as his heels could take ings. Then he sent for Phil. him. "You did your straight duty, my boy," he said to Phil stood ten feet away from the man and coYered him. "The man is undoubtedly a spy." him with his revolver. "I thought he was, sir, the moment. he refused to "See here, my young friend," said the man. "This come with us. "'Vet I would not .have shot him if he is an outrage. I am an American citizen, and you had not drawn his gun on me. I shot a .this arm, sir.'" are subjecting yourself to liability to punishment "And hit it-a good shot," said the colonel. for--" "When you have to shoot wa .ste no bullets." "A good citizen would make no objection to going The fact that the drummer boy had arrested a with us," retorted Phil. Spanish spy, after shooting him, ran through the "Well, put up your pistol an \ d I'll go with you. A camp like a prairie fire. In a few hours ewirybody in boy with a loaded pistol is always dangerous-as Key West had heard of it, and Phil Freeman's name much to himself as to any one else." was on everybody's lips. The Cubans came out to see "I have no fear of danger to myself. If you go him in such numbers the colonel put out a line of now you will march in front of me." sentinels to keep them away. The man rose to his full height, and put a hand into "Viva Cuba Libre!" they cried. his trouser pocket. "Viva Americana!" "Stop right, there, sir!" said Phil, with startling That evening at the sunset parade of the regiment energy. "lf you'll try to draw your hand I'll Phil and Joe electrified the whole regiment with drum fire!" and fife. The Cubans listened in rapt admiration and The man looked him boldly in the face, and drew his rent the air with their cheers when the music hand out with a revolver in its grasp. It turned out that the man was a spy and wa Crack locked up to await the action of a court martial. Both Phil fired, and the man gave a start. The revolver Phil and Joe were notified that they would be wanted fell from his hand. as witnesses. Phil had broken his arm. He turned round three times, clutching at his arm with his left hand. "Stand still, sir, or I'll fire again!" ordered Phil. The man stood still, the blood dripping from his right hand, and glared at the youth. "It is all your fault, sir. All you bave said may be true, but you should have gone with me to prove it. I believe you to be a spy.'' The man's face was white as death, and his eyes blazed with wrath. He stood there unmoved some twenty minutes. Then Phil saw Joe returning with a file of soldiers under a lieutenant. The lieutenant came up and asked : "What's the trouble, sir?" "I've been shot by that boy, sir.'' "Why did you shoot him, Phil?" the lieutenant asked. Because he drew a pistol on me. There it lies on the ground. I think he is a spy, lieutenant.'' "Come with me, sir, and we'll investigate this thing. Your wound must be dressed.'' The man went along under guard and Phil followed: Joe went along by Phil's side. "By George, you 'im !" he half whispered. "We are in for it," Phil said to Joe, who was not so bold as he. c<-y es, it seems so." "Well, it's war." "They will shoot him if found guilty, won't they?" "Yes, of course." .. Well, I hope they won't call us out to help do that." "No danger of that." "I hear he is not a Spaniard." "He didn't talk like one." "No.'' He was not a Spaniard, but was a native of Spain,. spoke English, French and SpaI).ish with equal fluency. He claimed that he was an artist who made drawings. which he sold to newspapers, and had no intention of doing a wrong to the cause of the country. But no one in Key West knew anything about him, and so he was in a bad way on account of conflicting stories he had told. CHAPTER IV. THE DRUMMER BOY LANDS IN CUBA. THE arrest of the spy at Key West created a vast deal of excitement, and the drummer boy was spoken


8 YANKEE DOODLE. of as a young hero of the right stamp all over the l irito them and were rowed ashore hythe sailors. Back country. In New York a reporter obtained his piefrom the beach was seen a flag with a lone star-the ture from his mother, t .aken in drummer uniform, flag of the Cuban insurgents. Ere the boats struck and it was published in one of the great dailies, with a the beach a band of ragged, ill armed, swarthy fel vivid account of how he captured.the spy. lows ran out from the woods in full view, and began Three days later the paper was, in camp and Phil to dance and yell like lunatics. was the hero of the hour. He and Joe had testified "Cuba Libre!" at the court martial, and the man was convicted and "Viva Americano !" sentenced to be shot. "They are Cuban insurgents,'' said an officer in the But the sentence was subject to the of foremost boat, and then the boys cheered, too. They the commanding general. So he was remanded undid not fear treachery, for the grim dogs of war cov-til that official could be heard from. ered them on board the battle ship. In the meantime preparations to throw a strong "Come, Joe!" cried Phil, the first one to leap force over into Cuba were going on. Arms and the boat into the water knee deep. "Hail Columbia ammunition were to be sent to the insurgents under -let 'em have it!" and the grand air rolled from drum the old hero Gomez, and the first American troops to and fife far over the woods. They march steadily land over there were to take them. ashore to the dry beach-the first of the American Ships were ready, and everything was being con-army of liberation to land in Cuba. ducted in a way to excite the greatest interest among How the poor Cuban patriots yelled They hugged those who did not know the plan of campaign. each other in frantic joy. Phil marched steadily up to The newspaper reporters were here, there and where they were, about one hundred yards from the getting news for the great pa .pers way water, Joe by his side, with Company A behind him back in the big cities. The generals tried harp. to bearing the flag aloft. prevent plans being found out and published. But it Every swarthy face was bathed in tears_..:a ,nd no was a difficult thing to do. -Wonder. But orders came at last for the regiment of the Cuba was free from that moment. drummer boy to move. They were secret, though, "Halt!" came from the captain of Company A. and the colonel told his officers to be ready to move They halted and then cheered for Cuba Libre in one on five minutes' notice. mighty shout. Then he sent for Phil. That broke the poor patriots up. They became "Don't you give a drum beat till I tell you,'' he frantic with joy. Some fell on their knees and gave said to im. "Tell Joe about it." thanks to God, the Virgin Mary an<,i all the saints in 'Phil suspected a move in the night and prepared the calendar; others ran to the soldiers and emfor it. braced them, and still others fell at the feet of the Precisely at midnight the men were called up by officers, tears pouring down their faces. guards, told to make no noise, and fall in at once, From Hail Columbia Phil passed to Yankee Doodle, with needed in the knapsack. and the stirring notes brought cheer after cheer from In ten minutes the regiment marched down to a big the boys of the regiment as they leapt ashore from ship while the town was asleep, and went on board. the boats. Other ships were being boarded by other regiments, The colonel finally landed, and a Cuban officer met and then they steamed quietly out of the harbor. him and shook hands. That officer could speak Soon the lights of Key West were out of sight, and broken English, and he welcomed the with the prow of.each ship was cutting the water southI tears of joy streaming down his face. ward. He led the regiment back'into a beautiful grove of The boys laid down to sleep by order of their 'Offipalms, where was an insurgent camp of about six cers, who told them they would eat breakfast in Cuba. hundred men, who were armed with every conceiv Whoop! Gimme a fried Spaniard!" sung out a able kind of arms. strong lunged soldier of Company B, and a roar of But every man of them had a machete-and a ter-laughter followed. rible weapon it was. Way out under the stars could be seen other ships Hundreds of them were rusty from blood stains heading southward, and tl1e boys knew the invasion There wasn't a tent in the entire camp-even the offi-had begun. cers uging brush for shelter-and they were a very When daylight they saw the low lying shores dirty looking lot of fellows. of Cuba in the distance. They also saw one of Uncle But they were patriots to the core-every mother's Sam's huge battle ships which had convoyed them son of them, and had fought Spain at terrible odds oyer during the night. for three years. They gazed long at the shore as they neared it, As regiment after regiment landed they were shown some wondering if the Spaniards would be there to to places to camp, and the white tents dotted the oppose a landing. grove in every direction. Then came the landing of When within a mile of shore the ships dropped the arms and munitions, provisions and equipments. a.nchor and lowered the boats. 'l'he soldiers crowded The general commanding at once consulted with


YANKEE DOODLE. the Cuban leader, who was a Colonel Esperanza, and der. Two very beautiful young girls gave Phil and learned from him that a few scouts were out in the Joe each a drink of water. woods, but that no Spaniards were within forty ml!es Neither of the boys knew a word of Spanish, save of the camp. senor, senora and senorita. They had picked up that But the general was not the man to take any much and wanted to l e t the fair maidens know it. chances. He at\ once sent out a strong detachment "Thanks, senorita," said Phil, as he passed the with Cuban guides to establish a picket line. When guord back to the that was. done the landing of arms and provisions Si, Senor Amer1cano," she replied, with a smile. went on. Joe met with about the same thing, and then Phil How hungry those Cubans were remarked : How ravenously they devoured the rations issued "Hanged if I ever wanted to understand Spanish as to them! much as I do now, Joe." Then came the distribution of arms and ammuni" Nor did I," said Joe. "This is the prettiest girl tion. As each man received his rifle and forty rounds I ever met, dark as she is." of cartridges, he gave a yell of joy, followed by the [ "Just my case, too. Say, let's wait here till the cry of : detachment comes back." "Death to !" I "S'pose.they don't come back this way?" That evening they begged the colonel to be permit"Well, we can't get lost, for the road runs right ted to hear the drum and fife again as they heard it into the camp." that morning. Phil and Joe were asked to oblige "All right," and they sat down on a log which lay them, and the six hundred swarthy fellows, drawn up alongside the road in front of the little group of huts in line, were regaled with the martial music of the and began trying to chat with the girls. army of liberation. Several old women at once seemed uneasy about The drummer boy and fifer marched twice the entire them. They ran out and motioned to the two boys lengtli of the line, thrilling them with the military to go on with their comrades. They could underairs that roared and sprieked from drum and fife. stand that, and Phil said: They had never heard 'uch music before, and they "I wonder if they think we are in danger or regarded the drummer boy with as much awe as any merely want to get rid of us?" officer in the camp. "Hanged if I know," said Joe. "I guess we had The next day the ships had all disappeared, and the better see if we can overtake them." soldiers were left to hold their own against all the "Too late now. They are a half mile away. W e'll hosts of Spain then on the island. wait till they come back, or else return to camp." Orders were issued that no soldier who could not The women spent half an hour trying to get them spea k Spanish should go outside the lines. to leave, but in vain. Then they all withdrew to their The detachments sent out as scouts were all com-huts, and closed the doors. manded by American officers, but Cuban guides and "I don't like that, Joe," said Phil. "I guess we interpreters went with them. had better get away from here. Come on," and they' The roads were horrible, and when -.the army moved, started down the road in the direction of the camp. it was plain that it would have to cut a road as it Crack went. A bullet whistled by Phil's head. But a movement was not contemplated just then. "They are after us!" he said, and the next moment The landing had been made to encourage the insura hail of bullets rattled all around them. They were gents, to let them know that arms, ammunition and both untouched. provisions could be had of them for the asking. I "Come on!" said Phil, bounding away like a deer. Messengers had been sent to old Gomez, and it was Joe kept up with him. They heard shouts and soon expected that he would soon show up with his army. saw a score Of Spanish soldiers out in tho little road On the third day Phil and Joe. went out with some in hot pursuit of them. They knew they were Span of the regiment detachment on scout duty. They iards from the uniforms they wore. wanted excitement, and were destined to have it in a "Give 'em a shot, Joe!" cried Phil, and both way they little dreamed. stopped and aimed at their pursuers. Their detachment was under a lieutenant, and conCrack! sisted of sixty men, all armed with the terrible re-Crack! peating rifle of the American army. Both boys had Two Spaniards fell. rifles, and were itching for a fight. Then the two boys ran again. But near a bend in But it was not believed that a spanish soldier was the road they saw two big logs lying not more than nearer than the trocha, which was forty miles east of four feet apart, where they had fallen years before. the camp. None had been seen west of it since the "Get over here, Joe!" cried Phil, bounding over landing of the Americans. the log and crouching down behind it. Joe followed, On that day the detachment passed a little group and the enemy, seeing there were only two of them, of cabins, where the swarthy women and children ran charged with fierce yells. out and gazed at the Americanos in open eyed wonI Phil and Joe began pumping lead into them, and


10 YANKEE DOODLE. they pumped fast. They were a hundred yards away .at first, but on, on they came, and two fell out at every shot from behind those logs. "Nor me, either-he llo There come our boys !" and the detachment was seen coming down the narrow opening on the run. The Ou ban guides had heard back at the huts that a party of Spaniards was purCHAPTER V. suing the boys toward the American camp. ""KEEP KNOCKING 'EM OVER, JOE!"-" YANKEE DOO-Phil and Joe sprang upon the log and yelled. DLE The boys yelled, too, and came on a run, leaping THE two boys had forty rounds each, and could fire over the dead and wounded on the way. The five their repeating rifles ten times a minute, if necessary. Spaniards stood still, their guns lying on the ground The Spaniards had the famous Mauser rifle-a splen-at their feet. did weapon-but they were all poor shots. They did It was all the lieutenant in command c ould do to not seem to understand the idea of "drawing a bead" keep the guides from cutting them down with their .on an object. They merely pointed the guns at them machete s .and pulled the trigger. The result was the bullets "We surrender!" cried the five Spaniards, one of went wide of the mark. Some, though, were uncom-them actually falling on his knees before the Ameriiortably close, and Phil and Joe exposed as little of can officer, crying out: "Quarter, senors!" themselves as possible after getting behind those They were at once made prisoners and then the logs. lieutenant looked at Phil, and asked : "Keep knocking 'em over, Joe!" Phil cried to the "Who killed those fellows back there, Phil!" fif er. "Don't let 'em get to us or we are goners!" "We did it with our little guns, lieutenant," replied .and both raised their guns, aimed coolly, and fired. Phil, leaping down from the log and going forward. Two more Spaniards went down within forty yards Come, now-you don't mean that !"exclaimed the of the two boys. The boys aimed and fired again, offic e r . and again two Spaniards fell. "Lieutenant, I can't tell a lie. We did do it-they Then a wounded man called out something to the wouldn't let us alone." .five in front that caused them to stop and look "Then all I have toi say is that such a thing may back. never be done by two boys again in a hundred years. What they saw filled with horror. I take off my hat to you, boys. Men, salute them!" Over a dozen of their comrades lay scattered Every man in the detachment saluted them. Phil :along the road-some dead, some dying and others and Joe returned the salute, and then the men ran at w ounded. them, raised them on their shoulders and made the "' Caramba one exclaimed. welkin ring with their shouts. D i ablos !" and the five instantly became panic-When the Spaniards learned that only the two boys stricke n. They believed they had been ambushed-had been fighting them they were incredulous. They that an unseen foe had been shooting them down as would not believe it. They told the guides tha.t vol-they pursued. the two boys. li e s from the' woods bad mowed down their comrades. The y threw down their arms and cried for quarter "By George!" exclaimed Phil. "I was so badly in Spanish. scared I didn't know what I was doing-but I kept Neithe r Phil or Joe. understood what they said, but on shooting, for I didn't want 'em to get me. Joe "the a c t of throwing down their Mausers they knew just pumped lead into 'em as fast as he could, too." mean t surrender. I The soldiers laughed and cheered till they were "Great Scott!" gasped Phil, "just get onto that, hoarse. The five prison ers swore in Spanish and still will you!" insisted that a volley of one hundred shots had b ee n Joe was equally amazed, and did not knotv what to fired at them from the woods. make of it. The lieutenant ordered the rifles secured and the The y did not look at it from the standpoint of those dead buried. 'l'.he Cuban guides soon attended to that. :Spaniards out there. There were four wounded men, one of whom was dy-But they saw their comrades lying all along the ing. They were taken charge of, litters made and road where the y ha. d fallen, and Joe said: the wounded placed on them. Half 11n hour later one "We knocked over a few of 'em." died and the detachment stopped to bury him; that "Ye s, and I guess that's what's the matter with done the march was. resumed. those five out there. Say, hold up your hands!" When they :re ached camp the sun was just sinking "Si, s enors!" replied the Spaniards, not understand-out of sight in the sea. The presence of five prisoners ing them. and three wounded ones in camp caused no little in" What in thunder shall we do with 'em, Joe?" t e r est, the s oldi ers crowding about to he a r the partic" Hanged if I know." ulars. "It won t do to shoot 'em?" The story was soon told, and every officer in the "No." regiment came to the headquarters to shake hands "And it won't do to go to 'em. They might jump with the drummer and his fifer. on us. I don t trust any Spaniard to any very great I Phil laughed a .nd said: extent." "It was. the biggest scare of my life when I found


Y .ANKEE DOODLE. :: twenty Spaniards after us. We ran like rabbits. "Hanged if I can swallow that, captain." They chased us, and when their bullets rattled around "Just go out among them without your drum and us like hail I thought we didn't have long to wait, so see for yourself," suggested the captain. we turned and downed two of 'em just to keep 'em He went out among them. A big swarthy fellow from having the laugh on us when they got us. Then grabbed his hand and called him: we downed two more and ran on, thinking we might "Senor Yap.kee Doodle," and got off a string of see soine chance of getting away. Then we saw those Spanish which Phil could not understand. Then they logs and got behind 'em. I'll bet there's fifty bullets rushed at him from all sides, eager to shake his hand, buried in those logs. They seemed to hit everything or touch his uniform, each crying out: but us. We felt that we had to die right there or "Senor Yankee Doodle! Viva Cuba Libre! Senor else stand 'em off. When those five fellows got up in Yankee Doodle!" about forty yards of us, one of 'em looked back and He tried to get away, but could not. They formed saw the string of dead ones lying along the road. He a solid wall about him, grasping his hand from all said something in that confounded jargon of theirs, sides. A Cuban officer pressed through to his side and all five threw down their guns. I knew that I and gave a few sharp commands that caused them to meant surrender, but I wasn't going out to get 'em. I fall back. The officer spoke to them in Spanish. They are mighty slicli chaps. I wouldn't shake hands "Comrades Boy though he is, Y ::iinkee Doodle is with one of 'em for fear of some trick being played I one of the bravest of the brave Americanos who haYe with the otb.er." come to help us make Cuba free. He and his com-The officers roared with laughter over his descriprade-the brave fifer-whipped twenty Spaniards totion of the fight. The entire regiment, having heard day, killing twelve, wounding four and capturing the the story from the scouts, assembled in front of the balance. Let all Cubans hencforth take off their hats colonel's tent and rent the air with their cheering. when they meet him." The Cubans also came to see and hear, and Phil Every head was uncovered. was asked by a number to g-ive the crowd some drum The officer then turned to Phil, grasped hand music. He consented, and his drum was brought to and shook it. him. Joe had his fife, a .nd they prepared to go at it. Viva f Yankee Doodle !" roared the crowd. The moment he appeared the boys yelled and "That settles it," said Phil, turning to the captain cheered. who had accompanied him. ''I guess I am Yankee "Yankee Doodle, Joe!" he said to the gallant Doodle while I stay in Cuba. It isn't a bad name, for young fifer, and that stirring air, which is so dear to Yankee Doudle is the son of Uncle Sam." the American heart, filled the air for a mile around. He went back to his tent and spent the evening "What is it? What is it?" the Cubans asked talking to the officers of the regiment, everyone of when they saw the wild enthusiasm of the Americans. whom came to see hi.m. He had to repeat the story "Yankee Doodle!" cried hundreds at once, and then a times. So did Joe, who said he simply stood the swarthy fellows cheered, too, and began repeat-by Phil to do whatever he told him to do. Phil insisting the name" Yankee Doodle"-" Yankee Doodle!" ed that he was so scared that he fought with but one till every mother's son of them was howling it at the idea, and that was thought that. the Spaniards top of his lungs. When the music ceased they kept would cut him down if they got to him, addmg : yelling: "I wanted to stand 'em off as long as I could" Yankee Doodle Yankee Doodle Viva Yankee that was all, and shot to kill every time. Hang 'em Doodle!" They don't know how to shoot." The drummer boy, thinking they were calling for a The regiment paraded at sunrise, and the moment repetition gave it to them, and with renewed energy. I the Cubans saw Phil with his drum they cheered, cryThe swarthy fellows listened and cheered again. 'l'hen ing out : when Phil started to return to his quarters they es"Yankee Doodle! Yankee Doodle!" corted him-the whole Cuban crowd-crying all the The men in the ranks laughed. Then they cheered, way: too. "Yankee Doodle Yankee Doodle !" and did not The brave exploit of the two boys merited all the cease till he was in his tent. i cheers they could give them. "Say, Phil, my boy," said the captain of Company When the line was formed the colonel addressed A, "they have given you a name that will cling to the men, saying: you as long as you live." "Men of the regiment: two youngest of "What is that, captain?" he asked, innocently. our comrades have covered themselves with glory. "Why, Yankee Doodle." The brave defense of Phil Freeman and Joe Bailey, "Thunder Do you mean they were calling me against odds of ten to one, will live in song and story. Yankee Doodle all the time?" We must emulate them whenever we meet the enemy, "Yes." no matter what the odds, and add to the glory of "I can't believe it," and he shook his head. American arms! The first duty of a soldier is to "They got you mixed up with the tune, and your 1 obey orders and fi.ght to the death. We have come exploit was wha t they were cheering-not the music." I to drive Spain out of Cuba and our drummer boy has


YANKEE DOODLE. shown us how to do it in the quickest way. It's 'Yankee Doodle's' way, and it's our way from this time on!" How the boys cheered Phil and Joe, blushing like two schoel girls, helped out the cheering with drum and fife. demonstra tion spread to th' other reg4ments, and jj;he rising sun beheld a scene of enthusiasm such as had never before occurred on the island. The regiments were then dismissed, and the men went to their quarters and were soon engaged in cooking breakfast. The Cubans in camp were eager to go, too. / But they were not yet under the command of the American general. He had no authority over them. But he asked their leader for guides, and fifty picked men were placed at the disposal of the colonel of the regiment. The majority of them could speak a little English. They were eager to go with Yankee Doodle, and when Phil and Joe struck up that lively air on drum and fife, they fairly howled with enthusiasm. Tents and other camp equipments and rations were carried bn pack mules, a soldier leading each one to prevent a stampede in case of an attack by the enemy. "Joe, we hit it just right, yesterday, eh?" said Phil to his fifer. They passed the huts where Joe and Phil had first seen the enemy. The huts were still there and the women and children ran out to see them. The Cuban Phil. "None of that guides spoke to them in Spanish, but they seemed to So we did, 'Yankee Doodle,' replied Joe, laugh ing. "Oh, thunder!" exclaimed now!" be afraid to say anything at a,11. But one of the young girls, the same one whose CHAPTER VI. beauty had come so near proving fatal to the drum-A DAUGHTER OF CUBA. mer boy, saw Phil and called out in Spanish: IT was plain now to Phil, as well as to all the regi"Senor Americano They didn't catch you. I am ment, if not the entire army, that henceforth his glad." name would be "Yankee Doodle." The Cubans had "What did she say, Pedro?" Phil asked of an old innocently given it to him, and no power on earth Cuban who had been sticking to him march. could correct it. His comrades insisted that he had She says she is glad they '.lid not catch Senor won it fairly and should wear it. Yankee Doodle." Every Cuban in the camp took off his hat to him in "Well, I am glad, too," he laughed, "and I am passing. They called him "Senor Yankee Doodle," glad she and her people here are still alive. Tell her and really believed it was his name. But the heroic so, please." combat in which be had fought odds of ten to one Pedro repeated it and she seemed pleased. The old made them look upon him as a marvel of daring man then told her how the two boys had destroyed courage. the entire band of Spanish scouts, and said Phil's The camp had been pitched there in order to open a name was Yankee Doodle. channel of communication with Gomez and his ,!:Lrmy 1 She looked at him in awe and admiration. He would -to supply them with arms, ammunition and provihave stopped to talk with her, but the regiment moved sions. on . He extended his hand to her, with: The Spanish commander at Havana knew of the "Adios, senorita." landing of the. Americans, and at once took steps to Adios, Senor Yankee Doodle. God keep you prevent a junction of the two forces, hence scouting from harm," she replied. parties of Spaniards and Spanish volunteers were sent "Thunder, Pedro Did you tell her my name was out into the woods to intercept the insurgent detach-Yankee Doodle?" ments who were trying to get to the American camp. "Si, senor. She says 'God keep you from harm.' It was one of those small parties that stumbled upon He had to move on, and soon the little huts were Phil and Joe. They had seen the American detach-out of sight. ment near the huts, but dared not attack them. Phil worked his way to the front again, and asked That brilliant feat f the regi sisted in doing so, in fact-so the New York regiment ment was in command.. He was a young man of was ordered to move east toward the trocha and make great courage, but of a jealous temperament. H e its presence known to both Spanish a nd insurgent became angry over the way the Cubans idolized forces. Yankee Doodle, and left him unnoticed. "This means hot work, boys," said the captains to "Say, Freeman," he said to Phil, "you stop talk-their men, "so be ready for it. We move at sun-ing with these fellows. You interfere with their disrise." cipline."


YA:NKEE DOODLE. "All right, lieutenant," Phil replied; "I didn't know they had any discipline." "They haven't much, but they can't get the idea of it into their heads as long as you keep talking to them." Phil told Pedro to tell them to attend to business know what to do. Freeman, ride back and inform him of this." Phil saluted and rode away at full speed. It was a full three miles back to the head of the col umn and over a bad road at that, but Phil dashed over it like a thunderbolt. He knew that the situation was and stop talking. The old man did so, and they at becoming serious-that the' enemy was on the march. once obeyed, thinking it was an order from Yankee Dashing up to the colonel he saluted and told him Doodle. The lieutenant noticed it, and felt like re-what the lieutenant had sent him to tell. sen ting Phil's giving Pedro the order he did. 1 "Did Lieutenant Mason send you alone?" the col" If you give any order to these men again I'll order I onel asked. you under arrest," he said to him, in an angry tone of 1 "Yes, colonel." Yoice. "Were there no guides with him at the time you "I did not give them any order, lieutenant," he releft?" plied in a very surprised tone. I am too well dis"They were all there, colonel." ciplined to do such a thing." The colonel was angry, but he said nothing. He "I heard you tell Pedro to tell the men to stop talk-ordered the 1'egiment to move up a little fa$ter and ing and attend to business. You have no right to then rode on. Phil being by his side, he asked him a tell them anything, unless I order you to do so." few questions which the latter answered the best way Phil merely saluted, making no reply; but he was he could. mad all the way through, more on account of the They soon came up with the scouts, and Mason inlieutenant's manner and tone of voice than in what troduced the young lady to the colonel as Miss Inez he said. He knew it was intended to impress upon Alvarez, of both Havana and New York. The colonel the Cubans that he, not Yankee Doodle, was m was very gallant. He bowed low to the young lady, command there. who was very beautiful, and rode by her side whil e There were a number of Cubans in the party who she told her story. understood English quite well, and they repeated to "My father is one of the wealthiest planters in them what the lieutenant had said to Yankee DooCuba," she said to him. "He owns a great deal of dle. They, in turn, gave the young officer glances property in Havana and in New York, besides three that made him feel anyway but comfortable. large estates in Pinar del Rio province. Two of the An hour later they were met by a young Cuban plantations have been destroyed. The third one, nin e g'irl on horseback. She had been riding hard,1as her miles from here has been spared, because no attempt horse was covered with foam. at cultivation has been made in two yeaPs. My When she saw the Cubans she was almost in a mother and I went there two weeks ago from Havana panic, being in doubt as to their status. But when to escape the bombardment of the city, which he fearshe saw Phil, who happened to be in the advance at ed might occur at any time. To-day a large column that moment, she recognized the American unifornt. of Spanish soldiers reached the plantation. I soon "Oh, Senor Americano !" she cried in good Englisl\. found out they were moving to surprise and destroy I am so glad to see you I am looking for the the American army before any more could land. As American army." soon as I could I slipped away to send news to your "We are part of that army, senorita," Phil replied, general." making her a low bow. "For which I thank you in the name of the whole "Oh, I am so glad! Send word to your general at army, senorita," replied the colonel. once that the captain-general has sent a force to "If I have rendered a service to the cause of Cuba, crush him. Are you an officer?" I am amply repa id in the knowledge of it, Senor Col" No, senorita. I am--" onel," she returned. "He is Senor Yankee Doodle, senorita," said old "You have rendered a very great service to the Pedro, "the bravest man in the army." cause, I can assure you," he remarked. She looked at Phil and smiled. "Then I am glad." She had been in New York many a time, being the If the enemy finds out you have come to us it may daughter of a rich Cuban planter, and knew all about fare badly with your mother," said the colonel. Yankee Doodle and other Americanisms. But she "Tell me how I can best save her from that?" did not quite understand old Pedro's meaning. "By driving the Spanish soldiers away from the Phil was about to explain to her when Lieutenant place," she replied. Mason rode up. Said Phil: "But if they find out where you are, will they not "Senorita, this is Lieutenant Mason, of the Ameri-harm your mother?" can army, who is in command of these scouts." "Yes, Senor Colonel, but I hope they may not do She bowed, and the young officer raised his hat to that ere your army strikes them. If you can give me her. She then told him what she had said to Phil. a small escort I can get to the home of a friend and "Ah The colonel will be here in half an hour at 1 procure a disguise that will prevent recognition." the head of the regiment," said Mason. He will "You can ha Ye as many as you wish, senorita."


14 Y .ANKEE DOODLE. Ten will be enough-with one or two Americans to lead them. The colonel looked at Phil. "Let me go, colonel?" Phil asked. "Yes-take Joe and old Pedro. Let Pedro select the other Cubans," and then turning to the young lady added: "He is one of the bravest lads in the American army, senorita." She looked at Phil, who had gone to summon Joe and Pedro, and therefore did not hear the remark, and said: "He is very young to be a soldier." Yes, senorita". He is the drummer boy of the regiment, and the other is the fifer. Yet they are the only ones who have thus far exchanged warlike com pliments with the enemy." Phil soon had his escort ready, :md reported to the colonel, who said : "You are to take care of the lady and l eave her anywhere she wishes to go. When you have done that you are to return to the regiment. If prevented from doing so, return to the camp." Phil saluted and the escort moved away. Old Pedro and the Cubans were jubilant at being placed in charge of Yankee Doodle. "Why do they call you Yankee Doodle, Senor Freeman?" the young lady askecl. He laughed, and explained to her how the Cubans got him and the air mixed up. She laughed, too. But old Pedro spoke to her in Spanish and told her of the terrible combat with the Spanish scouts by Yan kee Doodle and his comrade. She looked at Phil in utter amazement when heard the story. I can scarcely believe it," she said to the old Cuban. "I saw the dead, and helped bury them where they fell, senorita," said the old man. "I helped carry the wounded to camp, and know that it is true. Our com rades here know that it is true." "It is true, senorita," said the seven other Cubans, who were listening. Neither Phil nor Joe knew what they were talking about, though they rode close by her side at the time. "Tell him where you would go, senorita," Phil sug gested to the young lady, "and he may know how best to get there." CHAPTER VII. THE CAPTURE AND RESCUE. THE senorita wanted to go to a little village south of her father's plantation called Garcia. Pedro said he knew the place and could lead the way there. She had an old nurse living there who could disguise her so that no friend could know her on sight. She wanted the fact t.hat she had been seen with the American soldiers kept a profound secret, lest her mother's life be endangered and J::: r father's prop erty in Havana be destroyed by the Spanish army. Pedro and the Cubans went on a little in advance, piloting t .he way through a narrow pat.h in the dense forest, while Phil and Joe remained with the young lady. She was the most beautiful girl they had ever seen, about their own age and very lively. She spoke English, French and Spanish with equal fluency. At times the way was so narrow they had to go in single file, when Phil would lead, she follow and. Joe bring up the rear. In a couple of hours they came to the little village. Inez put a handkerchief over her face so no one in the place would know her and then said to Phil : Now all of you remain hidden here till I go to my old nurse and get fixed up. If you were to go with me all the village would become excited an.!i gather at the house. Give me the old man there as a guide, or rather as a servant, and 1 '11 return within an hour.'' I will go with you, senorita," said old Pedro. "Senor Yankee Doodle will wait here for us." "Yes, we will wait for you here," sald Phil, and then she rode forward, old Pedro leading her horse in the manner so common in Cuba. Half an hour later the old man ca.me running back at foll speed with a dozen Spanish cavalrymen charg ing after him. "Hello l The Spaniards are here l" exclaimed Phil, when he saw them. "Senor Yankee Doodle, the enemy is here-the'y have taken the senorita!" said the old man, almost out of breath. "Dismount, Joe, quick, and let 'em have it!" said Phil. They both sprang to the ground, and, concealed by the bushes, aimed and fired at the oncoming Span iards. The two foremost ones tumbled headlong from their saddles. "Keep your men still, Pedro!" Phil said to the old guide. Si, senor," came from the old man. Crack! Crack l Two more went down under the deadly aim of the two boys. Crack l Crack! Caramba !" gasped Pedro, as he saw six Spaniards lying out there. Six more remained, and they came_ to a halt, for they did not see the deadly foe they had run up against "Keep it up, Joe!" Crack! Crack l Two more were hit. Then the remaining four wheeled and put spurs to their horses. .Crack l Crack l They were getting it in the back now from those deadly magazme rifles. The last two were now two hundred yards away.


Y A N KEE DOODLE. Crack! What the result was has been to!d. Crack When only one man came back, and badly wounded One went down at that, the Spanish captain was beside himself with The last one reeled in his saddle, and his horse car-rage. He turned to Inez and demanded to know who ried him out of sight behind a house. she was. Caramba !", "I am Inez Alvarez, daughter of Don Jose Alvarez "Diablos !" of Havana," she replied, seeing that concealment was The dumfounded patriots were excited almost beno longer possible. yond control. "Why are you here, senorita?" "Tell 'em to keep quiet, Pedro," said Phil to the I "My mother and I were at our plantation ten miles old guide. They must not see us if there are many from here. The Spanish army came there to meet more of them." the Americanos, and fearing to be near when fighting "There's a company there, Senor Doodle began, I came here to be with my old nurse. She -nearly a hundred of them. lives in yonder house. I nothing to conceal, "Then we must keep cool," remarked, Phil. "Tell Senor Capitan." your men not to fire till I say so. The enemy must "But who has shot down my men, senorita!" not see us." "I know not, Senor Capitan," and she shook her The old man repeated his order to the seven Cubans. head. "My servant ran away and left me. I know They were so amazed at what they had seen that not nothing more." one would have disobeyed, even to save his life. The officer sent for the old nurse who seemed over-About fifteen minutes elapsed and a Spanish officer come with astonishment on seeing the fair Inez. She was seen up on the roof of a house, nearly a quarter very promptly confirmed her statement as to having of a mile away, scanning the woods on the edge of been her nurse. He was convinced that the senorita the village. had told the truth; but he placed her under arrest in "Do you see him, Joe!" Phil asked. the house of the old nurse, and went up on the roof to "Yes," was the reply. see if he could locate the unknown foe who had played "Can you reach him?" such deadly havoc with his men. "I don't know. He's a good ways off from here. In five minutes he came down badly wounded, and a Give me your shoulder and I'll take a crack at him." lieutenant took command of the men. He was laid "Better adjust your sight first," suggested Joe. on a bed in the house and a surgeon probed for the Phil measured the distance with his eye as best he bullet. He soon got it. could and calculated it at a quarter of a mile. Old 1 "This is not a Mauser bullet," the surgeon said. Pedro made the same guess. "And was not fired by a Cuban." "Well, I'll try it at that." The officers examined the bullet and agreed with. Joe stood with his back to Phil and the latter rested him. bis rifle on his shoulder. The Cubans held their breath The lieutenant went to the fair prisoner and said : as they watched him take aim. "Senorita, el ca pi tan was shot by an Americano, andl Crack you know all about it." The Spaniard on the roof was seen to wheel around "I know nothing. I am in your power. The Ameri: twice, reel, and then go down on his knees, and decans have landed in Pinar del Rio, as all the world scend a ladder. knows, but where they. go and what they do, I know "You hit 'im !" exclaimed Joe. not." "Yankee Doodle!" gasped the Cubans, and then, "But why did your servant run away and leave despite orders, gave a suppressed cheer. you?" "Silence !"called Phil. "Because he fears you," she said. Where was Inez Alvarez during all that time? "Why should he fear us if he is loyal?" She and old Pedro bad turned into the street on "Because he knows that many Cubans are shot which stood the little home of her old nurse, and sudon mere suspicion, which you well know is the case ?" denly found herself confronted by a company of Span" Are you loyal ?" ish cavalry-not over fifty yards away. "I am, but even were I not, would you make war "Carmnba !" muttered the old guide. on women !" She leaned forward and said to him, in a low tone : "No." "Fly for your life, Pedro They not harm me, "Then my loyalty is not in question at all. Why but would kill you Tell Senor Americano to save do you not charge on the enemy and destroy him ? himself!" He must be out there somewhere." "8i, senorita!" and the old man darted away be"We know nothing of their force. Milita .ry men hind the nearest house and made a bee line for the avoid ambuscades. You must go with us to headwoods. quarters and from there to Havana." Instantly a dozen horsemen dashed after him in hot "That means to Cabanas prison. Oh, you brave pursuit. But he had a good start and did not have men of Spain! You fly from an unseen foe to bear far to run. away an unprotected girl as a prisoner of war!"


Y .ANKEE DOODLE. She was blazing.with defiant wrath, and the young lieutenant recoiled from before her, saying : "We leave in a few minutes, senorita, as soon as the captain can be comfortably fixed for the march," .and then he left her. She went to the rear of the house to see if there was any way of escape in that direction. There was none. Her old nurse was in such a panic she could give her no aid-not even a bit of advice. "Oh, if I could but know what that marvelous young man means to do!" she said to herself, wringing her hands in an agony of suspense. He has slain a dozen Spaniards already and they fear him for his deadly work. What shall I do What shall I do They mean to send me to Cabanas prison. Ah, I prefer death to that-yes, a thousand times. But he won't leave me to such a fate-that drummer boy -Yankee Doodle, they call him. He is my only hope now." In a little while the lieutenant came to conduct her to her horse. She arose and went with him, knowing resistance would be worse than useless. Out in the street the young officer assisted her into the saddle, and a soldier was assigned to the duty of leading her horse. The men were not yet mounted. They were looking after the wounded captain, for whom they had prepared a litter. The soldier led her horse up the street, so as to place her at the head of the column, and stood there, holding him by the bit, while waiting for the order to march. A keen, whip-like crack was heard in the edge of the woods more than three hundred yards away, and the soldier released his hold on the bit, reeled and fell to the ground. Inez Alvarez saw and understood it. He had been shot down. Quick as -a flash she seized the reins and urged her 'horse forward. The faithful steed bounded away like the wind. She guided him in the direction of the shot. Cararnba !" yelled a petty Spanish officer. "Shoot 'her down! Shoot her down!" A dozen men fl.red at her. Her horse was hit in the leg. He staggered and fell to his knees. She went clear over his head in a heap. But the n ,ext moment she sprang to her feet and ran like a deer. The Spaniards fired again and bullets whistled all about her. She felt several tear through her skirts. Yet she ran on like the wind, and a score of Spaniards dasped after her. Then she heard in front of her: Crack! Crack Crack Crack She knew the young Americans were there trying to cover her retreat. A Spaniard fell at every shot, but she did not look back to see. On, on she sped, and in another minute she dashed into the bushes and almost ran over Phil, who was kneeling and a .iming at her Spanish pur :suers. "Oh, senor !" she gasped. Lie down back there, senorita," he said to her. "They may fire again!" and then his rifle and Joe's snapped out their keen cracks in rapid succession. Then the Spa .niards wheeled and tried to get away. "Now, Pedro! Tell your men to aim well and fire." They did so-eight shots-and not a Spaniard was hit. Alas They were poor marksmen with the rifle, though deadly with the machete. CHAPTER VIII. THE SPLENDID WORK OF THE DRUMMER BOY. THE Spaniards were out of sight in a minute, save those who had fallen under the deadly aim of the two young Americans. About a dozen more had dropped in the attempt to recapture the fair Cuban. Her horse was standing where she left him with a broken. leg. Phil turned to her and said : "It is safe to rise now, senorita. They have gone back behind the houses." Inez Alvarez sprang to her feet, grasped his hand and kissed it." "You saved my life, senor!" she exclaimed. "If I had not done so, senorita, we should all have died trying to," he rep1ied. "I am sorry your plans have failed or your horse hurt." "I am more sorry for my horse than for myself, senor. Can you prevent them from getting back to their army ? If they do so they will burn down our horrie and maybe kill my mother." "We will do our best, senorita," he replied, "but it may subject you to a bit of rough work." "Don't mind me, senor. I'll just keep up w1th you. I am not so easy to kill. Did you see me go over my horse's head?" "Yes, senorita, and we all feared you had been shot." "They never touched me, Senor Yankee Doodle. I sprang up and ran like a deer. It will take a very fleet runner to catch me if I am really frightened," and she laughed, "and I was frightened awfully." "You are the liveliest young lady I ever saw," laughed Phil. During all the time he was talking to her the Cu bans were speaking of Yankee Doodle in tones of half suppressed admiration. He heard the name mentioned, and said to Pedro : "Pedro, your men missed the Spaniards. Tell them never to pull the trigger till they have first aimed. It's a waste of ammunition." He told them and they chatted about it-wondering why they ff!ed to kill a Spaniard. Suddenly the old man said: "Look They will go out that way," and he pointed toward the east where a road leading from the village ran through two old canefields. "We must have a few more of them before they go, Pedro," Phil replied. Come with me, Senor Yankee Doodle -this way!" and he led off through the woods on the left. They followed him. Phil reached out and took Inez AlYarez by the hand, saying :


YANKEE DOODLE. 17 "Come, senorita. We must move from here." I Yes, senorita. You are safe now, and can return She went along by his side without a sign of fear on I to the village if you wish." er pretty face. Old Pedro moved quite rapidly, for "I would like to have nurse know I am safe. I am e was eager to reach a place whence a full view of sure she thinks I have been killed." he road could be had. "Then you shall have the pleasure of telling her of They soon reached the spot. your safety yourself." "Ah! It will cost them something to pass over "It is kind of you, senor." iat road out there," said Phil, when he saw the "Ah! What would we not do for you, senorita! plendid chance he would ha ve for a few shots at the You must have another horse. There are several nemy. "But you must not be exposed, senorita. down there without riders. If you do not mind seeing hey may fl.re on us and a stray bullet may find such unpleasant things as dead men, we will go down ou." there and see the captain whose men have left him at "But where can I go, senor?" she asked. our mercy." "Get behind that tree there. It will protect you 1 "I will go where you go, senor," she replied. "I mply." want to let the captain see that I am still free." "I would prefer to remain by your side, senor." j Come, then," and as he took her hand in his he "The thought of your danger would disconcert me, found her trembling like a lea .f. enorita. You haye been in America and know how "Ah! This is too much for you, senorita!" said ve treat our girls--shield them from all harm, even he. "I'll send you to your old nurse at once," and with our lives." he turned Cb tell Pedro to send two Cubans with her, She laughed and said: when he saw that they were busy gathering the arms "Yankee Doodle must be obeyed, I suppose," and and searching the bodies of the dead soldiers. mmediately took her place behind the tree. "It is simply the excitement, senor," she replied. The Spaniards were just appearing in the open. I want to see the captain down there and let him Phil and Joe aimed a .nd fired, and two cavalrymen know I am safe again." um bled out of their saddles. "Do you know him?" Crack! "No, senor, but he was harsh to me, and I denied Crack to him that I knew who had fired on his men when Two more went down, and the young lieutenant Pedro ran away from me." tirew his sword and ordered a charge-to the aston"Well, come with me. I can then escort you to ishment of Phil and Joe. They came like a whirlwind your nurse myself,'' and he led the way down the p the hill, about thirty strong, the balance remainhill to where the Spanish officer lay on the litter ng to guard the wounded officer. prepared for carrying him. "Let 'em have it fast, Joe!" "Senor capitan," she said, as she reached his side, How the magazine rifles cracked! "these are the ones who fired on your command . One could not miss now-they came so thick. Only two of them are Americanos." "Now, Pedro!" "Pardon me, senorita, but I heard them shouting The eight Cuba:i;i.s rose up and fl.red a volley almost for Yankee Doodle and know that my men were into the faces of the Spaniards. pitted against trained soldiers of America who were The horses reared and confusion followed. in ambush." "Yankee Doodle!" cried old Pedro. "This is Senor Yankee Doodle, capitan," and she "Yankee Doodle!" roared the other seven, and then laid a hand on Phil's arm as she spoke. the machetes came into play. "Yes, be is American, of course. Where are the It was cut and thrust-a truly sickening sight. officers?" Phil and Joe drew their revolvers and emptied them "He is the only officer present, capitan." into the Spaniards. They dropped here and there. "But where are those who are not present? Whose But the havoc was too much for them. They fled, prisoner am I?". leaving half their number lying on the hillside, right She repeated his words to Phil. up to the edge of the bushes. "Tell him he is a prisoner of war, and will be treat" Yankee Doodle! Yankee Doodle!" yelled the ed as such by the Americans." Cubans in frantic joy, as they saw the hated Span-"But where are the officers?" the capitan ftSked iards fly. again. Joe snatched up bis rifl and began to fire again. "I am the only officer present," said Phil, through "Good!" said Phil, foll.owing his example. "Let the fair Cuban. 'em have it!" and so mercilessly did they pour into "What is your rank?" them their deadly bullets that the soldiers who were "I am the Yankee Doodle of the American army in bearing the wounded captain dropped him and fled. Cuba," he repeated, trying hard to keep a straight In a few minutes none of the command was in face. sight save the dead and wounded. She repeated it, and the officer looked at him in a "Oh, Senor!" cried Inez Alvarez, running up to 1 puzzled sort of way, as if he did not understand. Phil, "you have defeated them They have fled!" / j "You need attention, captain," said Phil. "I will


18 Y A N KEE DOOD L E have you taken back to the village for the present," and he called to Pedro. The faithful old patriot came promptly. "Send the prisoner back to the village, and see that he is well guarded. He must not be harmed." Si, Senor Yankee Doodle," replied the old man. Then tell your comrades to gather all the arms, bring them in and then bury the dead." "Si, senor." "Now, senorita, we'll go and see your nurse," and he tendered her his arm. The villagers had heard of the terrible defeat of the enemy by this time, and began to flock to the scene. That the battle had been fought by eight Cubans and two American boys they could not 'be induced to credit. It was too much for their credulity. The old nurse was frantic in her joy when she Sa"{ the fair Inez alive and well. She caught her in her arms and cried over her. Suddenly Phil turned to Joe, with: "Great Scott, Joel I must either go or send word to the colonel about this. I had forgotten all aoout it." "Write a note and let Pedro send one of his men with it," suggested Joe. "Yes-so I will. We'll have to stay here till morning, anyhow. We could never get through those woods at night." Then he asked Inez to see if the old nurse could get him pen, ink and paper. The old woman had none, but did find them at a neighbor's. Phil sat down and wrote : "DEAR COLONEL :We are at a little village called Garcia, ten miles south of where we left you, on a big road. We ran into a company of one hundred Spanish cavalry, who captured Miss Alvarez. We hid in the woods and opened fire on them till we had knocked over about half of them, when they skipped, leaving their wounded leader in our liands, and we still have the young lady. As I think the enemy is trying to get round this way to flank you, I'll hold it till you send ine word what to do. What shall I do with the prisoner? PHIL FREEMAN." "Yes-we must keep a sharp lookout. One of us must keep awake and not depend on these Cubans al together." The old nurse was hard pushed to find food for the three, and the Cubans had to depend on the villagers for rations. But during the evening a dozen Cuban women came to the house with baskets of provisions for them. They knew Inez Alvarez, and 'believed she would reward them in some way. She had a little money with her and gave it to them. Joe was trying to talk to a pretty girl when Inez laughed, saying : She wants to know if you are a married man, senor?" "Lord, no!" gasped Joe. "I am but a boy yet." "Tell her that he wants a Cuban sweetheart, though," put in Phil. "Yes-that's so," assented Joe, "for they are the prettiest girls in the world." CHAPTER IX. YANKEE DOODLE IN THE THICK OF THE FRAY. WHEN Inez Alvarez retired for the night with her old nurse, she left the two boys in the front room of the little cottage. They were to sleep there on the floor. They had no blankets, for they had left them with the regiment. But they cared little for that. They could sleep on a hard floor-one at a time. Joe went on guard first, revolver in hand, just outside the door, while Phil lay do n and slept. Cubans were guarding the whole village. The night passed without any disturbance, and Phil and Joe were up with the sun "Have your men come back yet?" Phil asked of old Pedro. No, senor," and the old fellow shook his head,. "But every gun we got yesterday, has a man behind it this morning." "Good l I've done that much for Cuba, anyway." "Senor Yankee Doodle will make Cuba free," said the old patriot, his black eyes snapping and swarthy features all aglow. When he had finished it he called in old Pedro, gave "If you mean Uncle Sam it is true, Pedro. I have him the note, saying: no command." "See that the colonel gets that inside of three "We all want Yankee Doodle to lead us-we'll hours." make an army for you, senor." "Si, senor," said the old patriot, hurrying away. How the old fellow believed in him and his unerring Ten minutes later two Cubans were hurrying away aim. through the woods. "Do your men know how to shoot to kill, Pedro ?" Night was coming on, and the burial of the dead Phil asked. was not yet finlshed. Ere the sun was down about "Not all, senor. They handle the machete better thirty Cubans came into the village-men who had than the gun." fled to the woods when the Spaniards arrived. They "We must teach them, then." were all patriots, and grinning with glee over the de-An hour later the two scouts sent out the night feat of the enemy. before came in. Senor Yankee Doodle," said old Pedro, "they One had a note from the colonel. want to join yout command and serve under you. We Phil snatched it from his hand and read it. need them. Here are arms enough for fifty. More "Good for you, my boy!" it ran. "The Cubans than fifty will come in during the night when they here are cheering Yankee Doodle Hold your ground hear the news." till help comes and send me news of what happens. "'Let 'em have 'em then," replied Phil, who was Keep a good watch on the road leading eastward. uneasy at being so far away from the regiment with The enemy here has fallen back toward the trocha." so few men. The old man gave out thirty Spanish "We are ordered to hold the village, Joe, till help Ma.users mside of thirty minutes, with twenty rounds comes, and to watch the road towaro the east." of ammunition. Then Phil told him to post sentinels "All right," laughed Joe all round the village for the night. Inez Alvarez then appeared, looking bright and "By George, Joe!" he said to the fifer, "we have beautiful as she greeted them. a command ourselves without dreaming of such a 1 "When shall we leave, senor?" she asked Phil. thing." "Where would you go, senorita?" he asked in re-"Yes," laughed Joe, "and we may be in for a hot turn. time, too, before we know it." I "To my mother. I fear for her safety, senor.


Y A N KEE DOODLE. 19 "She is safe; the enemy has retreated-so the col onel writes." "Oh, Heaven be praised!" she exclaimed, in a burst of joy. And the colonel orders us to stay here till help comes," he added. "Then you'll stay, and I'll stay, too?" "Yes-that's the best thing to do." Si, senor. I am glad." They soon had breakfast, and then Phil, with Pedro as interpreter, went out to see the Cuban recruits who had joined him. As soon as they saw him they shouted' for Yankee Doodle at the top of their lungs. "I wish I had a thousand like 'em, Joe," said Phil, as he looked at the swarthy fellows. Each man had a machete and a captured Mauser rifle. "Pedro, I want to show 'em how to shoot to kill. Bring 'em out 'to the edge of the village," and he led the way. They followed like a mob-with no idea of order whatever. "Lord, but they need a lot of drilling," said Joe, as he watched them. "Yes-so they do. Sorry I can' t speak Spanish." "Yes, but we know enough to make 'em 'walk Spanish,'" returned Joe, with a laugh. "Oh, that's tough, Joe Don't do that again. It would kill these fellows if they understood it-it's so old." Joe laughed, and the two went on till they reached the open where the fight took place the day before. There Pl) il took his handkerchief, gave it to Joe and said: I "Go fix that up on that tree out there," pointing to a 1 .ree about one hundred and twenty yards away. Joe soon had it up, and, with the men in line, Phil beckoned to the first one to come to him. The fellow came, hat off, and Phil took his gun from him, saying: "Now, Pedro, tell him I am going to show him how to use this gun-how to load and aim and fire." "Si, senor," and the old man told him." Then Phil emptied the magazine of the Mauser and showed the fellow how it was done. The man watched with eager interest. He then filled the magazine with cartridges. Then with another gun he let the fellow do likewise. He did it right. Then he instructed him in sighting the target. The fellow nodded his head to show that he under stood, saying : "Si, senor," at each nod. "Now aim and fire at the target on the tree," he said. The fellow raised the gun, took good aim and pulled the trigger. He hit the handkerchief. "Good!" and Phil patted him on the back. They caught the word good and every man in line exclaimed "good!" and seemed eager to understand everything they heard. He kept at it till every man had receiYed bis lesson. A dozen missed the tree and had to try it over Then he told them how battles were won by shooting to kill. "Never fire till you have aimed at your enemy,"he said, and then you ll kill him." Then each man was allowed to step out and fire with the command of : "Ready!" "Aim!" "Fire!" Pedro saw that they understood the meaning of the words. Then he gave them to understand a soldier's first duty-to obey orders, after which he drilled them in the simplest forms of marching in line, wheeling right or left and forming in twos and fours. They soon caught it, for they were eager to learn, believing that when they understood the art of war they could conquer the hated Spaniard with but little trouble. It was near noon when a scout came running in with the news that the Spaniards were coming again. The men were excited and eager to be led against them, b e lieving they had now learned enough to whip them. But Phil kne w b etter. "They may be too strong for us," he s a id to Joe and old Pedro. W e must find out wha t forc e the y have. Joe, go forward with a dozen men, keeping out of sight, and I'll find a shelter on the brow of the hill up there." Joe hurried off with the men assigned him, and Phil led the way up the hill to the edge of the woods. The woods w e r e very dense. Phil found that s evera l tree s had been cut down and rolled against the bushe s in clearing up the ground there some years befor e Just the thing for us-a regular breastwork !" exclaimed Phil to old Pedro. We can get b e hind these logs and control the road, if the men do not forget their lesson." "They will not forget, senor," said the old patriot. "Tell 'em to get ov e r behind them, and to ke e p out of sight." They quickly obeyed, and in five minutes not a man could be seen from the road. He didn't have long to wait. Joe and the whole party returned. t "There's a regiment of 'em, Phil," Joe said. "We can't fight 'em." Why not?" Too many for us." Wait and see," said Phil. "Thunder, Phil!" gasped Joe. Keep quiet riow-and wait," and Phil turned to Pedro, witq : "Tell 'em not to fire till I say so, and to aim well before pulling the trigger." The old man passed the word along the line, and then waited for orders. A troop of Spanish cavalry just then appeared in the road. "Now, Joe, let's pick off a few of them." Crack! Crack! Two men tumbled out of their saddles, when the Cubans were heard to say, "good! good! good!" Now for their officers, Joe Crack! Crack! Two officers were hit. One reeled in his saddle and the other fell headlong to the ground. Another officer having located the fire directed and headed a charge up the hill. "Now, Cubans !" cried Phil, "aim well! Ready Aim! Fire!" Fifty rifles blazed over the logs and Spaniards tumbled out of the saddle-a full score or more. Good cried Phil. "Good! Good!" repeated the swarthy fellows, waiting for another order to fire. Phil gave it and it was too much for the Spaniards. They broke and


20 YANKEE DOODLE. fled down the hill, leaving some thirty or more men how he had fooled two regiments, held J em in check lying on the ground. and left them shelling the empty woods. The light It was a new experience for them. Cubans gener-of battle was in his eyes as he spoke. The colonel ally were as poor marksmen as they were. ordered the men to double quick it, and soon came up Just as the Spaniards reached the road again, the to where Inez and Joe were. Cubans set up the yell of: When Joe saw Phil with his drum he leapt from his "Yankee Doodle Yankee Doodle !" horse, drew his fife and stood by his side. The Spaniards then believed they had encountered "Who commands .these Cubans?" the colonel the American army. Yet they had not seen a single asked. soul up there on that hill. I do, colonel. We armed 'em with the guns we They retreated, and a little later came the infantry. captured yesterday!" "Keep cool now, men,'' said Phil. "They will re-"Yankee Doodle did it, senor colonel,'' sung out turn our fire. Keep well behind the logs!" Inez Alvaree as she sat there on her horse. Pedro repeated his words, and they kept quiet. The "Let Pedro lead 'em, colonel," Phil said. "I'll do Spanish officers gazed searchingly all along the wood-my duty here." ed front for some minutes. Then Phil a.nd Joe began "You deserve a sword, my boy," said the colonel, to drop them. When four had fallen, the two com-and sheltered by the houses of the village he formed panies in sight opened fire. The bullets went through the regiment for the attack. the woods like hail. Then the order was given to advance, and they Two Cubans were shot dead-bullets striking them moved forward, knowing that in a few minutes more in the head as tlrey peered over the logs. I they would meet the enemy. "Ready !" "Go up on tho roof again, senorita!" cried Phil, "Aim!" "and see us do it. We are going to free Cuba "Fire!" I now !" The fifty rifles did a terrible execution among the "Cuba Libre!" came in fierce shouts from the Spaniards, as they were in plain view and massed toCubans. gether so they could not be missed. "Yankee Doodle!" came from the same throats in "Good! Once more!" cried Phil, and a second the next breath. volley followed. "Charge!" yelled the colonel. "Sweep 'em from The regiment fell back up the road and there met the earth!" another one. They deployed upon the hillsides beyond Then Phil beat the charge, and the fife fairly the road, and began to send' shower after shower of screamed above the roar as they ran on at the head bullets into the woods. of the line. The Cubans were dumfounded at seeing "Great Scott, Phil! They have a battery !" extheir young idol leading the charge that way, but claimed Joe, as the enemy was seen bringing four when they saw the regiment following them they pieces of artillery up for action. went in, too, with fierce yells of : "Yes-we must slip out of this. Tell 'em to fol"Yankee Doodle!" low me, Pedro !" and Phil led the way higher up the On swept the regiment, delivering a deadly volley hill a hundred yards out of the way. as they charged. There he waited till they had fired a round, and How the drum and fife roared and shrieked amid then he began picking off the gunners. Then follo\Ythe fierce charge of a thousand men! ed a volley and retreat out of range. "W c must go down to the village and get Senorita Inez out of the way," said Phil to Joe. They are too many for us,'' and again he led the way, keeping well in the woods so as not to be seen by the enem;v. In half an hour they were in the village. Nearly everybody had fled. But Inez Alvarez was up on the roof of her old nurse's house on the lookout for the boys. She fairly danced with joy when she saw them. The four field pieces were still shelling the woods, making an awful racket. "Oh, senor! I am so glad you have come !" she cried. "I would not go till I saw you safe !" "Come, senorita !" said Phil. "We must fall back. They are here in force,'' and, as her horse was ready for her he assisted her into the saddle. They had reached the lower end of the village when they saw some American scouts. "Hello! There's Yankee Doodle!" cried one of them, and they dashed up to Phil. "By George, but I'm glad to see you, boys!" ex claimed Phil. "Where is the regiment?" "Coming-the colonel is not half a mile away," was the reply. "Whoop! We'll have it out with 'em now. Joe, take charge of the senorita while I ride forward to meet the colonel and get my drum!" and he dashed away at full speed. Ten minutes later he met the colonel, told him what he had done and then went after his drum. He kissed it when he got it, so eager was he to beat a charge upon it. Then he rejoined the colonel and told him CHAPTER X. THE BATTLE-YANKEE DOODLE'S GOOD FORTUNE. WHEN the Spaniards saw the regiment coming up frorri the village on the run, they believed the Ameri cans were coming to the aid of those in the woods, little dreaming that none were there at all. But they stood their ground and turned the artillery on them. In the hurry of the moment, though, they did not get the range. The balls went over the heads of the sol diers and went crashing through the village. On, on went the brave men, firing as they charged, Phil and Joe in the lead, the drum roaring out a fierce charge, and the shrill fife screaming like the American eagle. "Take that battery, men!" yelled the colonel, and they went at it like a torrent that had broken down all its barriers. The Spaniards poured volley after volley into them, and many a brave fellow went down. But they pressed on and the cannoneers fled. The infantry support gave way, and in another moment were flying from th'e terrible Americanos. Then Phil changed to Yankee Doodle and Joe's fife shrieked it above the din of battle. They stopped at the battery, but the regiment went on in hot pursuit of the flying enemy. The Cubans, machete in hand, and yelling Yankee Doodle at every leap, pressed on like so many hungry tigers. Even when a mile away the men of the regiment could hear the drum and fife and recognize the tune of triumphant Yankee Doodle. Then the colonel recalled the men from the pursuit,


YANKEE DOODLE. 21 fearing they would be lost in the woods. They came { "I don't know. Everybody fled when the shootback without any semblance of order, rallied at the I ing began early this morning." captured battery and rent the air with their shouts She'll return when she hears how the battle of victory. Many prisoners had been taken-over went, I suppose. Do you wish to stay here till she one hundred of them-and among them were several comes back?" officers. They were being brought in every minute "I am afraid to, senor-by myself." as squads of Americans came back from the pursuit. Then let me get your horse for you, and we'll It \vas a rout of the enemy, and our boys go up to the battery." were jubilant. Phil had ceased beating his drum, and He went out, and soon had her horse ready for said to Joe: her. Assisting her into the saddle, he mounted his "I am going back to the village after Senorita captured animal, and they rode away together. Inez. She is there ail alone." "Senor, you have changed horses," she said to him. "All right," returned Joe; "I'll stay here and see "Was yours killed in the battle?" them come in with the garlic-eaters," and Phil hur"No, senorita. I left him in charge of one of Pedro's ried away, passing over quite a number of dead and men, but don't know where he is now. H e 'll turn wounded Spaniards on the way. He saw a Spaniard up all right, I guess. At least I hope so, anyway, as in a brilliant uniform lying dead near his horse, which he is a good horse." was dying from a bullet in the neck. When they came in sight of the captured battery "That's a fine saddle," he said to himself, as he the whole regiment begantocheerforYankee Doodle. saw the splendid saddle on the horse. "If I don't They had seen the hillside beyond the road covered take it somebody else will," and he proceeded to pos-with dead and wounded Spaniards, and knew they sess himself of it. As the horse wa.s lying on his side, had not fought over that ground. he had quite a time in getting the saddle off. There Joe had told the colonel how Philhadheld the enemy was a big leather case or wallet, under the cantel of in check there, with the fifty Cubans, till the regi the saddle, which seemed to him to be extremely ment came up in time to save the village. heavy. He unbuckled the flap, and found it full of That was why the regiment was cheering him. Spanish doubloons. They gave him an ovation. The colonel shook "Whew!" he exclaimed. "Here's a fortune for a his hand and thanked him in the presence of the poor drummer boy! By the laws of war it's mine!" whole regiment, saying at the same time: and he took the saddle upon his shoulder and went "You oughp to have a regiment of your own, on down the hill with it. and I am sorry I haven't one to give you, my I boy." t was fully a mile to where he expected to find Inez. There were horses roaming about over the "Oh, I led the regiment up to this battery, open, their riders having been killed. He put down colonel," laughed Phil. "I am satisfied," and the the saddle and caught one of them, put the saddle laugh was on the colonel, who rode up to Miss on him, mounted and rode away. Alvarez's side and said: When he reached the old nurse' s house he was "I am sorry you have been put to so much indumfounded at seeing a part of the roof torn a way, convenience, senorita, since it is the result of your a cannon ball having struck it. effort to warn us of the approach of the Spaniards." "Great Scott !" he exclaimed, looking around. "Senor Colonel, if I have rendered the cause of "l told her to go up there and see the fight. She poor Cuba a service I am satisfied." may be dead," and he leapt off his horse, tied him "You :have rel\dered a very great service, senoro the little shade tree in front of the house, and ita. But for YGU this fight here would not have ent in. occurred, and we should have been compelled to fall S S back to avoid being flanked." enorita enorita !" he called, going from room "Then I am doubly glad, but tell me, Senor Colonel, o room. "Senor! Senor!" he heard her call. did they destroy my home or harm my mother?" W I "No, senorita. They made a flank movement at here are you, senorita?" once and tried to get round between us and our main "On tlie roof. I can't get down." He ran up the little flight of stairs and found that army, but I didn't know that till Yankee Doodle sent e cannon shot had so torn the exit to the roof she me information of what had happened here." uld not return until the debris was partly cleared Senor Colonel, that boy ought to be promoted. He is the bravest of the brave." way I agree with you, senorita. He has amazed me "Are you hurt?" he asked. by his wonderful work. He not only stood the enemv "No, senor," she returned. "Iwasterriblyfright-off for hours with a handful of Cubans, but beat the ed, though," and she smiled down at him through charge on his drum right up to yonder battery. e opening. There's his battlefield over there on that hillside. "I'll soon get you down from there," said he, gomg Look at the dead Spaniards there!" and the colonel work pulling some of the splintered timbers out of pointed to the hill on the other side of the road. e way. "Did you see the battle, senorita?" "I belleve he buried as many more yesterday, Senor "Si, senor, and heard your drum all the way up Colonel," she said. hill. Oh, it was a grand sight How bravely "Yes, so they tell me. We have many brave men u Americans fight! The Spanish army can never in our army, senorita." t You." y es-yes-they are all brave men." 'Ah, you have got that down just right, senor-Then Phil came up on the horse he had picked up, We are going to thrash them off the island." and the colonel said to him: e assisted her through the opening and led her "Phil, I place Senorita Alvarez in your charge. vn to the street. See that she is properly protected." Where is your horse, senorita ?" "I will, colonel. Is she a prisoner of war?" I saw him in the rear yard, but don't know "No. We are all her prisoners," was the gallant ther he is there yet. Are we to leave here?" reply, and then he bowed to her and rode away. I don't know yet. What has become of your I "What a gallant soldier he is, senor!" she re-nurse ?" marked.


22 YANKEE DOODLE. "Indeed he is. Here comes Lieutenant Mason, now. were happy. The old nurse soon showed up, and You remember him." when she saw what damage had been done to the "Yes-we met yesterday.' roof of her little home, she burst into tears. The lieutenant rode up and bowed to her. "Tell her I'll give her money enough to put a new "Oh, senor lieutenant !" she greeted; "what a roof on her house, senorita," said Phil. splendid victory your army won to-day-and so "Have you so much money?" Inez asked him quickly!" with a sudden eagerness. "Yes, senorita," he replied; "it is the American Yes-plenty, senorita." way-to strike quick and hard when we come face to "Can you lend me a few pesetas? I came away face with the enemy. How have you fared since I from home with no money and I don't know when I saw you yesterday?" can return." "Oh, what have I not been through?" she ex"Yes, senorita, one hundred-two hundred-five claimed. "The Spanish solders captured me yester-hundred-as many as you wish," he replied. day, but Senor Yankee Doodle soon rescued me. Then "Oh, dear! How generous you Americans are! I was on the roof of a friend's house when the battle One hundred would be too much!" opened to-day, and a cannon ball nearly tore the roof "Here's five hundred. Give your good old nurse to pieces. Again he rescued me, as I could not get 1 enough to put a new roof on her house here, and keep down till he came after me." the balance," and he ga;re the amount in dubloons. The lieutenant had not heard of that, and was asA peseta is twenty cents in American money, so the tonished, He was very angry with Phil on account amount he gave her was. one hundred dollars. He of what the colonel had said to him the day before, had thousands in that leather wa. llet. about sending him back with news of the enemy in"I will return it to you, senor," she Sflid as she stead of sending one of the Cubans. He looked took the money. The old nurse was given four hun-around at him and asked: dred pesetas and they cured her grief instanter. It Where is your drum, Phil ?" was enough to roof three or four houses like hers. "Joe has it now," was the reply. "You had better get it and keep it by you. You don't know w:en you may be needed with it." CHAPTER XI. 1 "The has detailed me to look after Senorita YANKEE DOODLE GIVES THE COLONEL HIS fRIZE TO BE Alvarez, sir,,, Phil replied. SENT HOME-JOE CAPTURED BY THE ENEMY. "Eh What!" and Mason glared at him. THE regiment encamped at Garcia that night, and When?" the soldiers talked over the incidents of the day "Not more than ten minutes ago, sir," and Phil around the camp-fires. saluted as he answered him. Nearly every soldier had some personal experience "Is that so, senorita?" the officer asked, turning to tell that was of absorbing interest to the others. to Inez. The Cubans went in search of Yankee Doodle. "It is true, Senor Lieutenant. But did you doubt They were the last to come from the pursuit of his word?" and the look of amazement in her face the flying Spaniards, and did not bring in a single caused the young officer to blush and say : prisoner. Their machetes told a terrible story, "It is quite unusual, senorita, to assign a drummer though. The poor fellows had some frightful wrongs boy to such delicate duty." to avenge, and so they did not want any live Span" I didn't know that," she said. "But had the iards. colonel asked me to choose a protector I should have Phil had just hidden his treasure when the Cubans asked for him, Senor Lieutenant, for he has risked his found out where he was. Old Pedro was with them. lif e for me several times in the last twenty-four He told Phil that they wanted Yankee Doodle to lead hours." them. "I guess you are of a romantic turn, senorita," he "I shall have to 1 see the colonel about that, Pedro," remarked, smilingly. he replied to the old man. "I am in his command "Your colonel must be so, too," she quickly re-and must obey his orders." plied, "for he sent him with me yesterday, and he He wanted to see the colonel anyhow about the proved himself true to his trust. I am so glad he did money found in the saddle wallet of the dead Span not get hurt to-day as he led the charge up the hill ish officer. So he went to the colonel's headquarters. there." There were other officers there who received him with It was a hard one for the conceited young officer, a good deal of warmth. and hurt all the more because Phil heard every word "Colonel, 1 want to see you privately just a minute of it. The latter looked up at him quizzically, and or two," he said, as the officer grasped his hand. from that moment the lieutenant was his bitterest The major and lieutenant-colonel instantly left the enemy. He bowed to her, and said he would have to tent to give the colonel the privacy asked for by the leave her. drummer boy. Phil turned, and said : "Well, what is it, Phil?" "I am at your service, senorita." "I want to know if a soldier has the right to keep "Then let's return to the house. Nurse may be money found on the battlefield?" there now." "Yes, unless it is the army chest of the enemy. They rode down into the village and found that the Then it's like other munitions of war. Have you found women and children were fast coming, the news of any?" the victory having reached them. They were in "Yes, sir," and then Phil told of his find. great fear, though, for both Cubans and Spaniards "Oh, that was no doubt the personal property of had shown little respect for the rights of non-comba-the Spanish officer," explained the colonel, "q,nd you tauts up to that time. The Americans were a new are fairly entitled to keep it. How much money was and third party in the war, and, in their ignorance, in the wallet ?" they did not know how they would behave. "I don t know, sir. I have had no chance to count Tell them, senorita," said Phil, "that the Amer-it yet, but there must be several thousand dollars, ican soldiers protect women an children even though though." the y belong to the enemy," and, when she did they "Indeed! What are you going to do with it?"


YANKEE DOODLE. 23 "llllllllllll I want to send it home to my mother, but don't I He ran out and hunted up old Pedro. He was down know how." in the village. The old man was overjoyed, and the "Leave it with me, and I'll see that it goes to Key word went round that Yankee Doodle wanted the West, where it can be sent to New York." Cubans right away. "Thank you, colonel. That's what I wanted to ask "Senorita, I am to he gone for a day or two," Phil you to do. I'll bring it to you at once," and he left said to Inez Alvarez, as soon as he found her. "You the tent to return to the village. will be as safe here as anywhere else, I guess." He was gone an hour or so, and then came back "Senor, will you go by my home ?" she asked with the leather wallet. He had a dirty handker-eagerly. chief tied around it to avoid attracting attention, and "I don't know, senorita. We are to go in search handed it to the colonel, with: of the enemy." "There it is, colonel." "If you see my mother tell her I am well and safe "All right, Phil," was the officer s reply, as he took I fear she is terribly grieved on my account. Tell her it in the presence of two other officers. He was where I.am." amazed at the weight of it, and saw that the drum"If I get near your home, senorita," said he, "I'll mer boy bad fallen upon a small fortune. It took but see her if I have to cut my way to her." little time for him to put it his private bag"I know you will, senor. AdioS'." gage. "Adios, senorita," and he was off. Phil then returned to the tent where Joe was waitOver two hundred Cubans, armed with machetes ing for him: and rifles went out of the camp hurrahing for Yankee "Where have you been all this time, Phil?" the Doodle. They were a motley crowd, unkempt and fifer asked. undrilled. Some of the officers laughed and others "Been looking after the senorita," was the reply. looked serious. "The bye falls to more good luck than all of us," "No wond e r they want him," said some of them. remarked Sergeant McGuff, who messed with them. "He never uses any discipline with them." "It's because I make more noise than all the "Guess they wouldn't stand any discipline," re-rest of you, sergeant," he laughed. marked Lieutenant Mason. "He doesn't know how "Sure, and so you do. In time of wa. r it's the min to command discipline." as makes the most fuss who gits all therepetations," "All the same," said the major, he has handled observed the sergeant, who was fond of making what them better than any one has ever done before." he believed to be wise remarks. "Yes, indeed," assented Captain Graham. ' They "Well, we made a good deal of noise here to-day, believe in him, and that means a great deal among sergeant," returned Phil, "and they'll hear of it in soldiers." both Europe and America. I saw you get a Spaniard And so it does. on your bayonet and toss him five or six feet away. Joe asked permission to go along with Yankee I am going to tell the colonel about it in the morning, Doodle, and the colonel consented. Old Pedro was bis and he'll r eport it to the general." right hand man to give his orders to them in Spanish. "Yes-I saw that, too," put in Joe, "and saw him They had already caught several of English. holler." They understood the meaning of the word charge. Saw him holler?" exclaimed Phil. They went along the main road leading toward the "Yes-you were making such a racket with your trocha, jubilant and confident enough to charge upon drum I couldn't hear him." a thousand Spaniards if Yankee Doodle should wll The sergeant was beaming. He was gfad to have the:ip. to do so. two witnesses of his exploit. Phil sent two scouting parties of ten men each, to go "Sure, me bye s, whin you lead us right up foron in advance, instructing them' to keep half a mil e ninst 'em what must we do but stick 'em?" apart, and not to engage in any fight save to defend "Of course," laughed Phil. "That's what Joe and themselves. I wanted to do. We knew if you got up to 'em you d They obeyed him faithfully. toss 'em over." Ten miles up the road the scouts came flying back, The big serge

24 YANKEE DOODLE. "Yankee Doodle! Yankee Doodle!" and made the welkin ring with it. "Tell 'em to keep quiet, Pedro!" sung out Phil to the old Cuban. In a couple of minutes they were quiet, waiting for orders from Yankee Doodle. He ordered the arms gathered up and it was quickly done. "We've no time to bury the dead,'' said Phil. "Let's push on and see what force they have before us,'' and he led the way, leaving the dead and wound ed to be attended to later in the day. In a little while they came in sight of the famous Spanish trocha, which extended clear across the isl and, and was guarded by a line of sentries and block houses. Beyond the trocha they saw a strong force of the enemy. We can't go any further in this direction, Joe," said Phil, as he saw the strength of the enemy. No, of course not. You ought to let the colonel know of this, though." Yes ; take ten men and ride back. I'll show up by night, I guess. I'll have to see those fellows back there buried, I suppose, and hanged if I know what to do with the wounded!" "We'll have to take care of them, of course." "Yes; we are not savages." Joe took ten Cubans, among them one who could speak English, and rode away to carry the news to the colonel of the regiment encamped at Garcia. Phil remained several hours near the trocha watching the movements of the enemy. He saw that regi ments were hurrying to defend the line at that point; and that the enemy was under the impression that an attack was imminent. Not having any tent with him, he resolved to go back, bury the dead and leave a guard of Cubans to take care of the wounded. When he reached the spot he saw four Cubans lying dea.d in the road. Knowing that none were there be fore, he called Pedro to investigate. To his horror he found that they belonged to the little escort of Cubans who had gone back with Joe. "Then something has happened to Joe, Pedro!" "Si, senor," assented the old man. "See if any of these wounded men will tell us any-thing about it." The old man went to a wounded Spaniard not tnore than :fifty feet from the spot, and asked : "Who killed those men there ?" "I don't know," was the reply in Spanish. The old man drew his machete and split his head open at one blow. "Now, you,'' said he to another wounded Spaniard a few 'feet away, "tell me who slew those four men out there-those Cubans." "A company of Spanish soldiers came out through the woods over there and killed them, capturing the others," said the fellow, anxious to avoid the machete in the fierce old man's hand. Pedro repeated to Phil what he said. "Which way did they go?" Phil asked, very much excited. ''Back the same way.'' CHAPTER XII. "SURRENDER! SURRENDER !"-SENORA ALVAREZ! PHIL was staggered when he learned that the fl.fer was a prisoner in the hands of the Spaniards. To go on to the camp without making an effort to rescue him was not to be thought of for a moment. He at once detailed fifty men to bury the dead and take the wounded back to the camp, after which he asked old Pedro to find a man who understood how to trail through the woods, as he intended to follow the captors of Joe Bailey to the very sentinel lines of the Spanish army, if necessary. A dozen men were found ready to lead the way on the trail. He was about to make the start when the thought occurred to him that there must be another road out in that direction and on inquiry he found that he had hit it right. "They cut across there to avoid running into us 011 their way back to camp,'' he reasoned. "I'll go back a couple of miles and make a new cut through the woods, and thus head 'em off before they can reach the trocha." To resolve was to do, and they hurried away almost at full speed. After going a little over two miles, old Pedro told him he knew of a road that ran straight to the other. "Where?" "A mile further it's pretty near to the trocha, senor." "Can they see us ?" "No, senor." Then lead on to it," and again they dashed for ward al

YANKEE DOODLE. 2 5 "Si, senor." \ I The captain raised his voice and called to the guard "How many Spanish soldiers are there-?" to bring out the American prisoner. "About seventy, I think." But no response came. "Where are they going to shoot the prisoners ?" Phil looked at him suspiciously and he repeated the '-' Down by the sugar house. They are marching order. them there now." Still no response. I "Can we get at 'em?" "Capitan, if you have harmed a hair of his head I'll f Si, senor, if we are quick." hang you and every prisoner with you to yonder "Then we must be quick. Call the men out on tree !" said Phil, his eyes blazing with fierce wrath. foot." "Senor Americano, I left him in the house with an They were called out. officer and a file of soldiers. The lieutenant may have "Now, lead the way, Pedro!" 1 made his escape with him." "Come !" hissed the old man, and they went four I "I will soon find out about that," and he summoned abreast behind him and Phil. Pedro and a score of men to go with him to the house. There were three sugar houses on the place, all j He found no soldiers or prisoner there. Madly eager I pretty close together. The old patriot led the way he went from room to room, till he found Senora up behind one of them, crept into it through a door-Alvarez and a maid servant in one of them. I way, and halted at the exit on the other side, from "Ah! Are you Senora Alvarez?" he asked. which they could see the Spanish soldiers drawn up in "Yes, senor," she replied, looking at him. "Are line. you an American ?" Up against the sugar house on the left stood six "I am, senora. I am looking for a comrade who Cubans, bound, stauding ready to be shot. was a prisoner in here but a few minutes since." The firing squad were waiting for the order to aim. "They fled with him ten minutes ago-out through "Spare all the officers out there," said Phil. "We the rear and to the woods beyond." want to take them alive if we can. Now, ready, aim, "How many soldiers were with him?" Phil eagerly fire !" asked. About one hundred and thirty Cubans fired in a "Some eight or ten, with a young officer, senor." volley, and every man in the Spanis)l firing squad "Pedro, go in search of them as far as you can," went down. A score or more of the .others were hit, and he turned to the old Cuban at his side. "If it and so great was the surprise of the survivors that becomes too dark for you to see the trail, come back all sense of discipline was lost. here." "At 'em, men!" cried Phil. The old Cuban hurried away with his men, and Phil Cuba Libre!" was left alone with Senora Alvarez and her maid. "Yankee Doodle!" "Senora, have no fear. The Spaniards out there "Down with Spain!" are prisoners, who are not dead." The swarthy fellows dropped their rifles on the floor "Senor Americano, it is awful, this war, in which no of the olq. sugar house and went at the foe machete in human life is safe," said the lady, with a shudder. hand. "Si, senora; but we have come to put a stop to it They were at home with that weapon. They knew -to Spain out of Cuba. I also have news of it never failed them when they once got in striking Senorita Inez, your daughter." distance with it. "Oh, senor," and she sprang to her feet with both Crash! hauds extended toward him; "where is Is she Slash well and safe ?" Cut "Well and safe, senora," he replied. She is with Whack! her old nurse at Garcia. I saw her this morning, and How the deadly blades worked! promised her if we should be in your vicinity, to call A few Spanish soldiers undertook to defend them-and tell you so." selves by clubbing their rifles and retreating toward She burst into tears of joy, dropped into a seat, and the house where Joe was kept under a guard as a seemed utterly overcome with emotion. He stood un prisoner of war. covered before her, and told her much of what the Phil saw the Cubans hewing them down and cried fair Inez had been through with since she left home. out to them : "And she is well and hearty, senora," he added, "Surrender! Surrender!" "and. as soon as our army advances so as to place "To whom?" demanded the Spanish officer in com-your home in their rear, she will return to you under mand. a strongescort." "To the American army !" returned Phil. "I am "But she has no money-not a peso, Senor Amer-an American soldier!" icano-nor has the good old nurse. How can she "I surrender to you, then !" and he tendered his live?" sword to Phil. "I saw that she was well supplied, senora. Do not "Cease fighting, men!" yelled Phil. worry on that account. Excuse me, now. I must go "Cease fight!" roared old Pedro, in Spanish. out and attend to the prisoners we have captured." "Yankee Doodle orders it !" "Senor America no, if any of your brave men are They ceased to hew and cut, but seemed angry wounded bring them in here. The house is at your that they could not finish the job. service." "I see you understand English, sir," said Phil to "Thanks, senora. I do not think any of our men are the Spanish captain. Tell your men to throw down hurt. There are many Spanish soldiers hurt, but their arms." they can find shelter in the sugar house," and then he It was done, and the Cubans quickly removed them bowed himself out and made his way back to where out of the way. the prisoners were surrounded by a group of angry "You had a comrade of mine as a prisoner, capCubans, who wanted to cut them down because they tain," said Phil. "Where is he now?" were about to shoot six of their comrades when the "In the h ouse there-under guard, Senor Amer-fight opened. icano." J He knew one of the men could speak English, so he "Order your guards then to bring him out." called out :


26 YANKEE DOODLE. "Attention, Cubans!" you understand that if any monkey business is played They all turned and listened to him, though not a by your people your life will pay for it." half dozen understood what he said. The captain looked at him in a puzzled sort of way "Only savages shoot prisoners of war. Spain has and asked: done that for centuries, and that is why all her colo"What do you mean, senor? l don't understand nies wish to leave her. Cubans must show to the you?" world that she is better than Spain-that she is more Phil laughed, and said: civilized and humane, by treating prisoners of war in "Excuse me; I used an Americanism," and then accordance with the rules of civilized warfare. Let explained what he meant. no hand be raised against your prisoners except to see "Oh, that's what you call 'monkey bu8iness,' is that he does not escape." it ?" and the captain himself smiled. "You need not One of the young Cubans repeated his words as fast worry. Spanish officers respect a flag of truce at all as he uttered them, and they had a very marked eftimes." feet on them. The prisoners, though, openly resented "Those Cubans out there have the impression that being called savages, and the Spanish captain, who they do not, capitan," Phil replied. spoke English fluently, said to him: "Oh, they have no military standing at all. They "Senor Americano, a brave man would not insult a are. rebtls-outlaws." soldier in misfortune." "They are men like you and I, capitan, and should "Say you so, capitan !" exclaimed Phil, turning be treated as such. Call in your man and I will give him. "Only cowards and savages murder pris-him the letter." oners of war." The captain went out to the piazza and called to a "All nations shoot or hang rebels and traitors!" non-commissioned officer to send Villardes to him. hotly retorted the Spaniard, "and Spain has done no But the prisoner could not come unless Yankee worse than other Christian nations." Doodle gave the order, and Pedro himself went to "In our war of Secession, capitan," said Phil, '(we Phil to lmow about it. Phil explained the matter to never killed a man except in fair fight, and when the him, and then the prisoner was sent to the house. armies of Secession surrendered we never hanged a He was a sturdy old Spanish soldier who had seen man. We shook hands with them and were friends. much service; and the Spanish captain told him what They are now corning over to Cuba to show Spain was wanted. He very promptly said he would carry how civilized natio.ns conduct war. Spain is not yet the letter to the general and then he went away, Phil quite half civilized, but she will learn a lesson soon sending a man to pass him beyond the pickets. tha. t will be worth something to her if she has the "Now, captain," said Phil to the prisoner, "I let wisdom to profit by it." you say what you wished to to your man without ---knowing what you said. You understand now what CHAPTER XIII. we mean by monkey business, I hope?" THE QUEER EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS BY YANKEE "Yes, I gh.ve him no instructions but such as you DOODLE. .. desired. I am as anxious to gain my own liberty as THE Spanish captain did not say more. He. was you are to regain that of your comrade." not ma position to do so, and had sense enough to see "Very good. We'll try to make ourselves com it. The Cubans around him thirsted for his blood and fortable here. The senora kindly offered me the hoshe knew it. pitality of lier house, and I presume she will permit Pedro returned without having been able to follow me to offer it to you; I will see her," and he went in the trail of the file of soldiers who had escaped from search of Senora Alvarez. the and reported the fact to Yankee Doodle. He found her and her maid in the same room where "Senor capitan, your lieutenant got away, taking he last saw her. All her servants had returned from my comrade with him. As we are quite near the the woods, and were in the kitchen. She very kinill.y trocha it is probable he will make his way there as told him to order what he wished, everything being fast as he can. If you will write a letter to your gen-at his command. era] and that you are a prisoner in our hands, and "Nay, senora," and he shook his head. "I will that you can be exchanged for the young American order nothing under your ro. of. I am simply your whom your lieutenant carried away, I.will let one of guest and wish to remain as such." your men go back to your lines with it." "Senor Americano, I am grateful to you for your "I shall be only too glad to do so, Senor Amer-words. I will see that you are made comfortable." icano," replied the captain. He thanked her and returned to the Spanish cap "Then come to the house with me. I presume we tain, whom he found out on the piazza gazing up at sba.11 find pen and paper there. Senor Pedro, see that the stars. They engaged in a long conversation. the prisoners are guarded well, and let our men take The captain was dumfounded at learning that Phil their rifles again; put out sentinels all round the place was only a drummer boy of an American regiment, and see that no one passes them without the pa ss-and that the other boy, for whom he was to be ex word. changed was his fifer. Si, senor," said the brave old fellow. Caramba !" he hissed; "I'll never hear the last "Now, come with me, capitan," and Phil went with of it! Captured by a drummer and exchanged for a him to the house. Senora Alvarez was a very refined fifer! Caramba Diablos !" and he paced up and woman, and treated them accordingly. Yes, she had down on the piazza like an enraged tiger. pens, ink and paper, and the maid brought them to "It is the fortune of war, Senor Capitan," said him, after which she left the room. Phil. The prisoner sat down and wrote the letter as Phil "Fortune has played me a trick-one of your mon-had suggested. key business tricks! Me, Captain Arguellera, of the But it was in Spanish, and Phil could not read a Spanish army, exchanged for a fifer Diablos !" line of it. "Well, my comrade may feel as badly about lt as "Read it to me, please," he asked, and the captain you do," said Phil. "It is the fortune of war." read it to him in English. "Diablos !" "Very well. You may select the most trustI It was a hard one, but the prisoner had to bear it. worthy of your men to be the bearer of it. Of course "How is it you a .re in command of these Cu-


YANKEE DOODLE. 2r bans here-you, a mere youth-a drummer?" the "If you move I'll fire on you !" and the lieutenant captain asked, suddenly changing the subject. drew his as he made the threat. "They do .not belong to our army, so none of our Caramba !" growled old Pedro. "Senor Lieutenofficers would undertake to handle them, seeing how ant, if you harm Yankee Doodle I fire on you and all undrilled they were," Phil replied. "They feared your men!" and the resolute old patriot covered the they would be disgraced. So far, l have won more lieutenant with his rifle. fame with them than oven the general of our army," Phil laughed at the lieutenant, and said: a ,nd Phil laughed in his boyish way. He told him why "They'll kill you sure, lieutenant. I am in com-they called him Yankee Doodle and how the Cubans mand here-not you. Come, capitan," and he took tood by him. the Spanish captain by the arm and led him out t<> -The captain listened in amazement. It seemed in-the flag of truce. credible to him, a trained soldier of many years. "This will get you into trouble, Senor Freeman,'"' "Senor," he said, you have the making of a good said Arguellera, as they went forward. soldier in you." "Yes. The lieutenant is my enemy, but I fear him "Senor ca pi tan, I thank you," replied Phil, mak-not. It is in violation of the rules and regulations, ing a profound bow before him. "I assure you I ap-but as I am only a private who has tried to do right. preciateyour good opinion." they won't do me any harm I guess." In due time Senora Alvarez sent her maid to an"Well, if the fortune of war should ever place yon nounce supper and the two followed the girl into the where I am now, be sure you ask for me. I will be dining-room. your friend in such an hour." The senora had a smile on her face when she saw "Thank you, capitan." the Spanish officer a prisoner. Only a few hours be"Hello, Phil!" cried Joe. fore he had taken poss e ssion of her home, and haught"Hello, Joe l Glad to see you, old man !" reily threatened to burn it down on leaving the place, sponded Phil. to prevent the enemy from enjoying its shelter. "Glad to see you, too," and the two boys shook she did not a word to add to humiliI hand_s when met, as did t .he Spanish officer and at10n of the captam. She saw he felt it keenly the lieutenant. m command of the flag of truce. enough. exchange was soon made, and Phil returned with Joe, With a strong guard around the house Phil did not whom the Cubans received with hearty cheers. have any fears about the safe keeping of his prisoner, Lieutenant Mason sat on his horse, white as a sheet, so he let him have a room to himself and sleep undis-under the guns of the swarthy Cubans. He dared. turbed. not move. The twenty scouts behind him looked on When another day dawned, Phil sent out scouts to-in amazement. ward the enemy's line with instructions to keep him "Now, lieutenant, we have twenty-seven prisoner informed of all they saw. Then he spent four hours in yonder sugar house. I am going to take them back instructing the Cubans in the art of aiming and shoot-to Garcia and turn them over to the colonel. You ca n ing to kill. go where you please," and then he ordered the guards It as about noon when news came that a small to bring out the prisoners. arty of Spanish cavalry were coming with a flag of "Report yourself as under arrest when you get. ruce. there," said the lieutenant. Phil drew up his Cu bans in line and waited for them "I shall do nothing of the sort, sir," Phil replied o appear. "I shall tell my side of the story to the colonel, and To his amazement he heard of a company of scouts you can tell yours. I may have violated the regula.. rom the American army in his rear. Ten minutes tions, but I have done right and am willing to take later Lieutena,nt Mason appeared at the head of a the consequences." score of boys in blue. Old Pedro shouted : Phil saluted him and the lieutenant returned it in a "Yankee Doodle!" and every Cuban took it up_... rather stiff way as he rode up. The Spanish officer sending it ringing over the old plantation. was by his side. The other prisoners were in the I Phil went to the house to take leave of Senora Al house, strongly guarded. varez. She burst into tears, and besought him to-"Whom have you here, Phil?" the lieutenant take good care of her daughter, Inez, saying: asked. "Dear old Nina will be as a mother to her, I know, "Captain Arguellera of the Spanish army and but in times like these, the strong arm of man alone twenty-seven men, lieutenant. We captured them can protect the helpless." last "The whole .regiment wil.l defend her with their "What are you keeping therrihere for? Why don't lives, senora. They have learned to love her," and you send them to the rear?" then he bent over her hand, pressed it to his lips and "I am waiting for Joe, sir." was gone. "Where is Joe?" When he came out Lieutenant Mason had ordered "He was captured by the enemy and I've offered I his scouts forward, and they were disappearing in the an exchange. I expect him under a flag of truce every direction taken by the Spanish flag of truce. minute." "I wonder if the fool will interfere with them?" he' "What!" gasped the lieutenant. "Have you been said to himself, as he looked after them. communicating with the enemy W.ithout authority He did intend to, but Captain Arguellera urged the You are under arrest. sir." party to ride at full speed in order to escape them_ Just then the flag of truce appeared, and Phil recogMason -followed them till he came in sight of the 11ized Joe in charge of a Spanish officer. The party trocha. halted and waited for the exchange. Then a body of Spanish cavalry dashed out after-"Lieutenant, there's Joe now. I will exchange this him and he fell back, only to be intercepted by an-officer for him and then report to you." other troop, which had come into the main road from What Exchange an officer for a private the woods. A fierce fight ensued. But the Spaniards. Never! You are under arrest, sir!". were ten to one, and so the lieutenant and his scouts 'lam going to get Joe Bailey, lieutenant, even if I were overpowered and captured, half of the party beam shot for it I" ing killed or wounded.


28 YANKEE DOODLE. When Arguellera saw Mason again he smiled sarI yarn to. tell, and he told it with a good deal of donica.lly, and said : j flourish. "I am glad that drummer boy of yours does not Then he turned to the colonel with: command your army in Cuba. He would give us a "Do you know that your boy drummer has been in deal of trouble." communication with the enemy?" "We'll give you trouble enough," the lieutenant "No!" and the colonel seemed surprised. replied. -"Well, he has !" "You did not, though," was the retort, and the captain turned away from him. In the meantime Yankee Doodle hurried back to CHAPTER XIV. Garcia with his prisoners. They got there by sunset, THE COLONEL AND LIEUTENANT MASON-PHIL SENT ON and Phil at once reported to the colonel, telling him AN IMPORTANT ERRAND. his story in d etail. WHEN Lieutenant Mason had told his story, the It was a mistake to send a of truce to the colonel remarked : enemy, Phil," the colonel s a id. "Only the officers "Lieutenant, it is not true that Phil sent a flag of can do that. It may make trouble for you truce to the enemy." But I didn t send any flag of truce, colonel. I The field officers of the regiment, as well as nearly didn't even write a line or send a message. I l e t the all the company officers were surprised. The lieutenprisoner do that, and released one of his men in order ant started, and seemed astonished. that he might carry it to the Spanish lines." "I beg your pardon, colonel, but it is true. I saw "And you never hoisted a flag of truce at all?" the exchange of prisoners myself." "Not once, colonel, and I got Joe back, too." "That may be, sir, but you never saw but one flag The colonel emitted a real old fashion hoarse laugh, of truce, and that was borne by the enemy, was it slapped Phil on the back, and said : not?" "That' s the best thing yet, my boy You have "He sent a man to the enemy the night before, slipped through the rule!l and regulations with the with a letter to the general commanding at the ease of an eel going thr.ough the mud. Mason simtrocba." ply made an ass of hims elf," and he roared again and "Who wrote that letter, lieutenant?" the colonel again over the incident, thinking Phil had been shrewd asked. "Phil can't speak Spanish, you know." enough to do the thing without making himself liable "I presume Captain Arguellera did the writing." for it. The truth was that Phil never gave the mat"So Phil says, and signed his own name to it. Phil ter any thought at all. It all happened that way then released a Spanish soldier and let him take the without any connivance on his pa,rt. lette r to his lines-all to save his fifer. Now, Lieuten-Phil went to see Senorita Inez, and gave her the ant Mason, I want you to say here in the presence of message sent by her mother. The girl was rejoiced your brother officers, whether or not you think Phil and asked him a thousand questions. Freeman did wrong in what he did." Two days passed, and nothing had been heard from "I commend him for his effort to save Joe, but Mason's scouts. He should have sent back at least think he did wrong to hold any communication with three reports daily while out. the enemy. A private soldier has no such right, col They have been picked up by the enemy, I fear," onel." muttered the colonel. "I must get some of the "He has, sir, when there is no officer present. He t(Jubans to go out and find out about him." is then in command there. Is it true you ordered him Old Pedro was sent for and askEd to send out some under arrest?" spies to :find out wha, t had become of Lieutenant Mason "It is. I believed it my duty to do so," was the and his scouts. reply. He is a prisoner of war, senor colonel," the old "Well, I hope there are no other officers in this man said. regiment with your ideas of duty, lieutenant," and "Ah! How know you that?" the tone in which the remark came had a sarcast1C. Some of our men brought the news in last night," ring about it that everyone present instantly .and then he told the colonel how the capture was made. That officer was surprised as well as grieved. Mason turned away and went to his quarters, feelThey were brave men who went out with Mason and ing more bitter in his hatred of Yankee Doodle than it was a serious loss to the regiment. ever before. While the colOn.el was thinking the matter over a The next day orders came for the regiment to push picket corporal came in w,ith the report that a flag of on and hold the road clear up to the trocha. The truce was in front of his post. The colonel immed-main army was on the move and a battle near the iately sent Captain Willis to find out about it. trocha was imminent. Phil hastened down to the vil-It wa s a Spanish soldier with a lette r from the com-lage to see Inez Alvarez. ma.nd ant at the trocha, in which there was an offer to "Senorita, we are all moving forward. I believe exchange a Lieutenant Mason for any private Spanish the entire army is a dvancing. You will be in the rear soldier in the American camp. and can go to your home unmolested. Shall I send an The colonel was surprised when the note was inte rescort for you ?" preted to him. "Yes, senor, if you think I shall need one," she re" That is meant as an insult to eYerv American plied. officer," he said. "I'll offset it by giving up ten "Of course you will need one. A beautiful young private Spanish soldiers for him. Tell the bearer of lady cannot be too carefully guarded in times like the flag that we will exchange in no other way. these." The bearer of the flag of truce went away, and a She smiled, extended her hand to him, saying: day passed, when the same thing happened again. "Senor, you are both thoughtful and gallant. I But this time the flag-bearer bore a letter from would feel safe anywhere in the world under your pro Mason, begging to be exchanged on any terms. tection. You can send as many as you think best to It was made, and late that day Lieutenant Mason see me safely with my mother. When shall I see you reached his regiment again, and all the officers I again, Senor Freeman?" crowded about him to hear his story. He had a big "That is more than I can say, senorita. I don't


YANKEE DOODLE. 29 ow where we shall stop. But if I can get near Finally about one hundred and fifty of them got to-enough to you to get a peep at you I shall do so." gether and asked the colonel to let them have Yan" Senor, I owe you a ciebt of gratitude: You have kee Doodle to lead them. But night came on, and been as a brother to me. Let me assure you that a the regiment went into camp within a couple of miles welcome will always greet you on the threshold of my of the trocha. As nothing had been heard from the father's home. Please say as much for me to Senor main army, the colonel was uneasy at finding himself Bailey, too. I should like much to see him ere you so close to a large force of the enemy. march." He sent for Phil to come to his tent at once. "If he can get away I shall send him do w n with the Of course, Phil lost no time in doing so. escort to sec you, senorita. My advice to you is that "See here, Phil, my boy," said the colonel, "these you do not leave here till the army has passed. Adios, Cubans don't seem to care to serve under anybody senorita." but you. It's the queerest thing I ever heard of. "Adios, senor." 1 You are the only one who has been able to get good He kissed her hand and went away. service out of them. Herc we are now, up against a Half an hour later he was with old Pedro, to whom big force of the enemy, and utterly in the dark as to he said: the whereabouts of the rest of the army. I want "I want ten safe, trusty men to escort Senorita you to see if you can get some of them to find out Inez to her home when the army has passed-to where the other regiments are before morning. Do guard her well till she is with her mother. Can you you think you can do it?" get them for me ?" "I don't know, colonel. I'll do my best, though." "Si, senor." "Well, when one does his best he can do no more. "Do so, then, and tell them I shall some day reGo ahead." ward them for their services." He went in quest of old Pedro. An hour later ten Cubans, well Jl,rmed, reported at When he found the old man, the latter said the the door of the cottage in which Senorita Inez had Cubans were angry with Ward. He had treated them taken refuge. in a way they didn't like and would not scout with "Who sent you here?" she asked. hicn again. "Senor Yankee Doodle," was the reply, "and we "Will they go with me?" Phil asked. are to die in your service if it becomes necessary, sen"Si, senor. They want you. They say they neve:r-orita." fail to win when Yankee Doodle is wit h them." "He told me not to leave here till the army had "Well, tell 'em Yankee Doodle is with 'em now. I passed." want to find out where the rest of the army is, for we "Si, senorita. He told us to obey you in all things, may have to fight a great battle for Cuba to-morrow . and we are here to do so." I think they are over on the other road that runs by "Then we shall wait till the .army has passed. the Alvarez place." "Si, senor. I will see if they are," said the old Si, senorita." man. "I thank you, senors. Cuba will soon be free, and "Tell 'em I shall wait up to hear from them," said then all will be well with us." Phil. Cuba Libre!" burst from the ten swarthy fel-In ten minutes the old man had two scouting parties ows. making their way through the woods . "Have you food, senors?" When he returned to Phil, the latter asked him how "Only the rations from the Americanos, many Cubans were in the camp at that time. "Here are ten pesetas. Buy what you need," and "About two hundred, senor." 'he handed the money to their leader. "How many of them understand English?". Not one of them had any money, and ten pesetas "About a dozen, senor." seemed like a small fortune to them. "Have all of them got rifles?" Then came on the breeze the roll of the drum and "Si, senor." the shrill notes of the fife, as the regiment started on Do they know how to aim at and hit the enemy ?" the march. She listened and the air of Yankee Doodle "Si, senor. They say you have shown them how was recognized. to kill Spaniards .'' "It's Yankee Doodle," she said. "Good I am to lead them to-morrow. I will go "Viva Yankee Doodle!" roared the ten Cubans. and see them now," and the old man led him to the Cuba Libre!" she added. part of the camp where the swarthy fellows were "Cuba Libre!" resting in the open air. It was not so dark but they "Viva senorita!" saw and recognized him. They sprang to their feet, She had caught the war spirit and was as enthus-exclaiming : iastic as any of them. The Cubans from that moment "Yankee Doodle! Yankee Doodle!" seemed to worship her. He shook hands with every man of them, and was The regiment went on .up the main road leading to surrounded by them for over an hour. When they the trocha, scouts going ahead to see that they did heard that they would probably have a chance at the not run into an ambush. Spaniards the next day, they could hardly restrain The colonel also instructed the scouts to look out themselves, so great was their joy. for the advance of the main army on the other road. It was about sunrise when a party of the scouts They were pretty near all Cubans, but were to re-came in. They had found the Americans encamped port to Captain Ward, who was in command of the at the Alvarez plantation, but knew nothing of the scouts that day. intentions of the general. Old Pedro at once went to Captain Ward was a fine soldier, a strict disciplin-Phil with the report. arian, who knew nothing f the way the insurgents "Good!" said the youth. "Now, how far are we had been fighting Spain. .fheir lack of discipline and from them ?" dislike of its restraints 300n caused an ugly feeling "About seven miles, senor." among them. They sent back for Yankee Doodle ; Through the woods ?" but the colonel told them to report to Captain Ward, "Si, senor.'' and all would be well. "Come with me, then," and Phil led him to the col,,


30 YANKEE DOODLE. onel's tent, who heard the news with a good deal of I Phil sent a courier with a satisfaction. colonel, saymg: "They are seven miles away and we within two of bl f Will hold the trocha," said the colonel. "I must send a note "They are coming in considera e orce. to the colonel telling him where we are. Get me a them in check as long as I can." good runner, Pedro." . I Then he turned to the Cubans and said: "Si, Senor Colonel. Write the note and I will find "Bovs, they are coming. They are ten to one, so the man." we must 1'e. careful and not let 'ern get us in a corner. The note was hastily written and the old man hur-The thing you have to do is to obey orders quickly ried away with it. ln ten minutes a Cuban was on and hold your ground till I call you away. There's .his way to the general. . an old stone sugar hous e over thei

YANKEE DOODLE. 31 "Hello, cap!" sung out Joe, on seeing him, "back were open, and the underbrush was pretty well out of again?" the way. The prisoner made no reply. He was to wait there till the main force came up. The company was almost wiped out, about ten or Captain Arguellera saw Joe on his horse and asked a dozen cavalrymen escaping through the woods. j for the wallet that was strapped to the cantel of the "Quick, men!" cried Phil. "Get the arms of the saddle. Joe was about to take it off and give it to enemy! Joe, take the captain's horse there-it's a him, when Phil said to him: fine one!" "Better see the colonel about that, Joe. There may Joe promptly caught the charger by the bit and be important papers ru there." sprang into the saddle. Phil put a guard over the "Yes," said Joe, "I never thought of that." And captain and sent them hurrying to' the rear with he rode away towa,rd headquarters. him. Phil spurred his horse after him, and said : Not many minutes were spent in gathering up the "Joe, there's Spanish gold in that wallet, probably. spoils of the f1ght. The Cubans ran about among the Go through it and take it. It is yours by right of dead and wounP:ed, picking up arms and other pluncapture." der, and catching the._ horses tha. t were not hurt. "Are you sure of that, Phil." When that was done Phil a retreat, lest the "Yes, unless it is government money. In that case enemy sJ;iould come upon him m force.. I you'll have to give it up, as it is public property." Captam was the only prisoner secured. They rode into the woods and searched the wallet. The Cubans did not care to take any, and the Span-There was nearly one thousallld in gold-Spanish doubiards didn't wait to be taken. It was not a pleasant loons-in it. thing to. fall into the hands of eith,er or Joe's eyes bulged. Cuban forces. "What shall I do with it?" he asked Phil. Phil hurried forward, leaving a rear guard, "Keep it and send it home to your mother," Phil a few bold scouts, to watch the enemy. To his advised. surprise he could not hear of any farther advance by "How in thunder can I keep so much money in the enemy. He did not know that on coming up to cam ?" the spot where Arguellera's company had been wiped p . h out, the Spanish column stopped, fearing that a great Put .it m knapsack till you can get a c ance force was in their front. to it home. ?" As they could see nothing of the enemy, the Spa n"What shall I do with iards were suspicious. They stopped and sent out "Are there papers lD. t ,, scouts in every direction. All that gave Phil the time "No-no writmg of any kmd. he wanted. He pushed on and an hour later met the Then colonel, as the captam may ask the head of the regiment. for it. ?" When the Cubans saw the colonel and the regiment him about the too they yelled and shouted: Yes, its best :fOU should. "Viva Yankee Doodle we'll kill the Spaniards TJ;iey went to their qua.rters and Joe stored the gold now!" m after re:ported to the colonel. Joe rode up on the captured horse of the Spanish Tha. t s all z:ight, my boy, said the colonel, ere he officer, and the colonel wa.s admiring the splendid had half told h.is story. charger when the prisoner himself appeared under Soon the mam army came ?P, and .llne of guard. strengthened. The Spamards, thmkmg the smgle Phil immediately introduced him to the colonel, who regiment alone was before them, made a desperate shook hands with him, saying : assault. I am glad to see you, captain." Whatever may be said of Spanish soldiers, they are "Pardon me, colonel, if I say I do not feel at all not cowards. They charged fiercely and the glad over meeting you thus,'' returned the captain. Americans had their hands full for a while. But the "Quite natural, captain. It is the fortune of war." cool steadiness of the boys in blue, their terrible ac lt is an ill fortune when an officer, trained in the curacy w'fth the rifle and irresistible charges finally strictest military school in Europe, is twice captured pushed the enemy back. by a drummer boy-once exchanged for a fifer. If a Suddenly the cry of: grea.ter degradation can befall an officer, I don't know "Yankee Doodle! Yankee Doodle!" rang out over what it can be." the battlefield, and hundreds of Cubans, led by Yankee "There is no degradation in that, my dear captain. Doodle, burst upon their flank, machetes in hand, and That boy is the Yankee Doodle of the American army a horrible massacre ensued. Nothing could within Cuba. It may be-if your army can hold out long stand them. The Spaniards fled in a panic. The enough to afford him the chance to work out his desCubans pursued, hewing them own at every step. tiny-you may yet live to boast of having been capt"Who is leading those Cubans, colonel?" the gen-ured by him." eral asked. "He is a marvel," said the captain; "but I cannot I "My drummer boy, general." understand a system that sends out a drummer boy "Ah He is Yankee Doodle I've heard his story with commands like his." -the whole army has. How fiercely they fight! The colonel laughed. Order your regiment forward. We must go through "He has no command in our army. He simply goes the trocha to-day and cut the Spanish army in two. out with the Cubans in quest of adventure, and they, Forward the whole line!" seeing his merit, obey him as my men obey me. I With a wild cheer the boys in blue dashed forward sliall try to make it as pleasant as possible for you, and kept after the enemy right up to the trocha. captain." There the Spaniards made a stand, but all in vain. Just then a courier dashed up with orders from the The boys in blue cut through and routed them with a general. The colonel instantly read them, wrote a wild rush. note and handed it back to the courier who wheeled The day was won and the enemy retreated towards and dashed away with it. Then the colonel ordered Havana. the regiment into a line of battle. The woods there The Cubans were frantic in their joy. They sur-


.....-YANKEE DOODLE. rounded Phil, raised their blood-stained machetes in the air, and yelleO. : "Viva Doodle !" "Viva Aniericanos !" Phil waved his hat above his head, crying-out: Viva Ouba Libre !" "Remember the Maine!" "Down with Spam!" Oh, they were wild and tigerish in their joy! Their chains were breaking. The sun of Cuban freedom was rising, and, bleeding at every pore, the sons of Cuba were greeting it. "This is not discipline!" remarked the to his staff, as they looked at the scene, "but it is a spirit that makes men terrible in battle. We should not discourage it." And they did not discourage it. No patriot could think of trying to. But they gazed at the drul?mer bo:y in the center of that surging mass of howlmg .. patr10ts, and wondered by what magic art he had so won their hearts. When quiet was restored Phil saluted the general, who returned it. "Phil, here's a Spanish drum !" called out Joe, a little distance away. Phil leaped from his horse and ran to it. He hung it to his neck. Joe had his fife-he never was without it-and the next moment the notes of Yankee Doodle filled the air . Instantly every American soldier c?eered at the top of his lungs. The general and all his staff waved their hats and joined in the chorus of cheers. The army encamped on the battlefield after burying the dead, and waited for news from the fleet ere making a move on Havana. The next day Phil was going about among the companies in the regiment, when a Cuban insurgent ran up to him, crying out excitedly : "Senor Yankee Doodle!" seized him by the arm, and pQinted to where the Cubans encamped: He ran with him, knowing that somethmg had happened which the man wanted him to know about. There they met a crowd gathered around a wounded Ct;tban who had just come in. An interpreter at once said to him: "Senor Yankee Doodle, the Spanish have Senorita Alvarez again. This man alone of her escort escaped alive. He says she called loudly for you when they were dragging her away." . Phil was staggered. He recogmzed the man as one of Senorita Inez's escort. From him he learned that on the evening before a party of Spanish cavalry surprised them, killed her gu.ards, burned the house, and carried the senorita off toward Mariel. "Where is Pedro?" he asked. "Gone out with some scouts on the Havana road," replied someone. I want one hundred men to go with me to the res cue of the senorita. Will you go?" Every man on the spot volunteered to go, and he hastened to get leave from the colonel to go. "Yes 'of course," said the colonel. "Do what you can for her. She did what she e<>uld for us." In a few minutes he was back among the Cubans. He wanted guides who knew all the roads leadmg to Mariel. He soon had plenty of them. I want to get on the main road to Mariel as quick as possible, to head off those fellows Mount now, and go like the wind!" In five minutes more they were off, going by routes through the woods that only those familiar with the forests could follow. They were forced, at times, to lie fl.at on .their horses to avoid being swept off by the limbs of the trees. It took them four hours to strike the road. The guides then made an investigation and decided that the enemy had not passed that way. Scouts then went down the road in search of them. An hour later news came back that the enemy was destroying a tobacco farm five miles below. Phil hastened to surprise them and succeeded be yond his most sanguine hopes, for they were so scat tered over the place that Senorita was rescued without a shot. The two guards with her at the house were cut down by machetes. "Oh Senor Yankee Doodle!" she cried, on seeing him. ;, My heart kept telling me you would come!" and she threw hefself into his arms. "I am safe where you are!" "Joe!" he called out to the fifer;" kill or capture every man of those fellows out there !" "Charge, Cubans !" sung out Joe, and the patriots went at them like so many tigers. Taken utterly by surprise, the majority of the enemy surrendered. A dozen were killed, and not more than that number got away to tell the story. After an hour's rest they started back, taking a route that would lead them by the home of the senorita's mother. She rode by his side all the way, very quiet, for her heart had slipped from her and to the daring young American boy drummer. But neither she or he suspected the truth. It was near sunset when they came in sight of the old h o me she so well. What a happy meeting between the anx10us mother and loving daughter How the latter sa!lg the praises of Yankee Doodle Had he not thrice rescued her from the Spaniards ? She was safe now, for the old home was too the American army for the enemy to dare approach it. Phil so assured both mother and daughter, and early the next morning resumed the march for the camp with his prisoners. When he reached there he had about thirty Span ish prisoners had killed a dozen, and had not lost a man. the facts became known he received the plaudits of the whole army. . He went to his quarters, took up his drum agam, and resumed his duties in the regiment. The camp was to be a permanent one to cut off the supplies of Havana in the rear, while the blockading fleet kept the sea door closed tight. One day great bags of mail reachetl the camp from the States. Every man in the ditlerent regiments received one or more letters. Phil got a half dozen were from his mother; she had received the doub loons sent by the colonel and was ha.ppy, and, oh, so proud of her brave boy whose name was in a:ll the papers and on everybody's lips-calling him Yankee Doodle, the Boy Drummer. He shed tears of joy over the letters, and went about his duties as though in the old armory in New York. What his fate may be the god of battles only knows. 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