Yankee Doodle in Havana; or, Leading our troops to victory

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Yankee Doodle in Havana; or, Leading our troops to victory
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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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........ ....... -:.-.. ''<,.' .. {-,,,. "V"ankee Doodle dashed on in advance, sounding the charge on his drum and steadily facing the enemy. The soldiers looked at him, expecting every moment to see him go down. But he pressed on toward the foot of the breastworks.


DOODLE. Stori e s of the P resent V\Tar. Issued Semi-Mont'ily-By Sub8c1iption $1.25per11ear. Entered as Second Class 1Watter at the N. Y. Post Offwe Entered according to .Act of Congress in the year 18\JB, in the o.tfive of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by .F'rank Tousey, 29 West 26th St., New Yo1k. No. 2 NEW Y ORK. May 25, 1898 Price 5 Cents. DOODLE IN OR, LEADING OUR TROOPS TO VICTORY BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. I CHAPTER I. Gonzalez was a brute of the worst type, and he lost YANKEE DOODLE IN THE FIELD-" NO WOMAN SHALL no time in preparing to dispose of the five prisoners. BE SHOT FOR ANYTHING." He donounced them as traitors and ordered them to THE American army was closing in on Havana. b e shot. The fleet had already closed the harbor so that no They were led out to the woods on the outskirts of Spanish ship could e'nter or leave. the village and tied to trees, and were to be shot one All the world except Spain knew that the city was I by one, in order to let the last ones see the first ones doomed. die. The brutal Gonzalez had his senorita by his side The lin e s were gradually being extended so as to when the first one was shot, and both laughed when cut off the city by land as e ffectually as it was already the deed was done. done by water. "Viva Cuba Libre!" cried the four survivors, Yet the Spaniards were plucky and full of fight. when they saw their comrade shot. They seemed utterly blind to the fate' that menaced Viva Espana!" yelled the shooting squad. them, a .nd believed that they would crush the Yankee "Death to traitors!", pigs when the great battle came, and force them to Suddenly a volley from the woods sent the entire surrender or leave Cuba. shooting squad rolling on the ground, and the next But they were hungry, and on short rations, so moment the whole place swarmed with Cubans. that when their foraging parties went out they were "Yankee Doodle! Viva Yankee Doodle!" cried really fighting for their dinner. the four men tied to the trees. "Yiva Americanos !" With all her cruelty and oppression the Spain of and a rush was made to release them. to-day still has friends in Cuba, who say they would "Caramba !" hissed Gonzalez, as he beheld a rather suffer Spanish tyranny than live under Cuban young American soldier, sword in hand, leading the rule. These people gave the Spanish officers constant Cubans. "The Americanos Fly, senorita, and let and prompt information of the movements of the me slay the American pig !" and he drew his sword, American troops, and their hatred of the Cuban allies calling upon his men to rally to his side of the Americans was even more intense than that for But the Cubans, l ed by Yankee Doodle, did not give the latter. They blamed the insurgents as the au-them a chance to rally. They were hemmed in on all thors of all their woes, and were not disposed to show sides, including the brutal Gonzalez and his fiancee. He them any mercy when captured. On the other hand was quickly overpowered, disarmed and made pristhe insurgents had the wrongs of three hundred years oner. to avenge, so they were not any more lenient than the "Senor Americano, I am your prisoner," said the Spaniards were. captain. In the little village of C a lvario, some eight or ten "I decline to receive you as a prisoner," replied miles from Havana, a Spanish detachment had cap-Yankee Doodle. tured five Cubans who had been guiding the Ameri"Am I not your prisoner?" cans through the country in the rear of the city. The "No. I am an American soldier and if I should take guides had been betrayed by a dusky senorita who you prisoner, I'd be to treat you as a prisoner had a sweetheart in the Spanish army of the name of of war, which you do not deserve The Cuban who Gonzalez, who had command of the detachment. captured you may do as he pleases with you," and


2 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. the young American, the idol of the Cu bans around him, turned and gazed at the body of the Cuban who had been shot by order of the prisoner. The Cubans caught the idea his act conveyed. They seized Gonzalez and led him to the tree. "Cut the cords that bind that body to the tree !" a Cuban ordered, giving him a knife. He refused "Tie him by the body, then!" hissed his captor, and he was bound alongside the body of his victim "Senor Americano !" screamed the dusky senorita, running over to where Yankee Doodle was standing and falling at his feet, "they are going to kill my Bernardo! Save him! You can save him-only you can save him!" "Yes, senorita, lean save him," said Yankee Doo dle, "but why should I? Did you ask him to spare the poor fellow who is now by his side-dead ?" "Viva Yankee Doodle!" cried the Cuban, who heard him. "She stood by and laughed when he was shot!" cried one of the Cubans, who had been doomed to the same fate. "She ought to be shot, too!" No woman shall be shot for anything cried Yankee Doodle. It was soon found out for him, and he was told. Senorita Dolores, eh ? Well, I am sorry for her. I am also sorry for the mother, sister or wife of the poor Cuban who was slain by her brutal lover. Take her to her home and treat her tenderly. She is a woman." They took her to her home and left her there, still raving and calling down all the curses of Heaven on the heads of those who had slain her Bernardo. Yankee Doodle then ordered the dead buried, after which he left the village with the Spanish prisoners captured there, about thirty in number, and returned to the American lines where he turned them over to the commandant. It did not take the commandant long to learn that the Spanish officer had been shot after he was cap tured, and he sent for Yankee Doodle. When the brave youth faced him the commandant asked : "Who shot that Spanish officer to-day?" "Quien sabe," was the reply. "Hang your Spanish I want the plain English of it !" "I don't think he could speak English, colonel. He was shot in Spanish." "Who shot him?" "Senor, save him! I love him! Let me die with "Quien sabe." him if you will not save him " See here, Yankee Doodle. This is a serious mat" Senorita, I will not utter a word to save such a ter. Tell me the truth about it!" brute!" and the young American turned and walked Yankee Doodle laughed and told him the story. away into the village, to avoid being an eye witness "Then the Cubans did it?" of the execution of the brutal Spanish officer. "Yes, colonel. I had nothing to do with it-walked He had not reached the heart of the village when he away to avoid having any hand in it." heard the report of the rifles that had ended the life "You knew they were going to do it, though?" of the fiend "Yes, and was glad when they did, if you want to "They are half savages," he said to himself, "but know," and the young American's eyes snapped as he I am glad that they have done that. If ever a brute spoke. deserved death, that man did. That girl stood by his I "So am I-as long as our people don't get the credit side looking on, and did not raise her voice to save of it." that poor patriot. Ah Here she comes now-rav"I could have saved him, but did not wish to do so. ing like a crazy person because her lover has met his He ought to have been burnt alive." just due!" "No doubt, but as our people have proclaimed to She came running after him, screaming at the top the world their horror of the barbarities of Spain on of her voice. He stopped, turned aside to let her pass this island, we must not be guilty of such things our-and waited. selves." With the fierce scream of an enraged tigress she "I understand, colonel. The Cubans did it," and sprang upon him, to rend him with her nails. Y ankqe Doodle laughed. "There was no American The attack surprised, staggered him, and such was officer present. I was the only American in the vil the impetus of the rush, that both rolled on the lage at the time. Caramba They made short work ground. of it," and he laughed again. He quickly disengaged himself from the clutches of That night Yankee Doodle left the American camp the frantic young woman and scrambled to his feet. in disguise and made his way into the enemy's lines. She arose, too, and went at him again, and he would It was not a di:fl.cult thing to do, as the Spanish sol have been put to flight (he would not strike her) had diers are not half so vigilant as vindictive. Once in not some of the Cubans seized and held her. side the lines he went about at will, looking like a "Be tender with her, men," he said to them. "She Cu ban workingman. Speaking to no one he walked is a woman. That is enough for a man to know." about like one who had nothing to do and plenty of "Venegance vengeance !" she cried, struggling time to do it in. Nothing escaped him. On the plaza to free herself from those who held her. "You have he heard people talking of the war and the terrible killed my Bernardo!" fate in store for the Yankees when they attacked the "What is her name?" Yankee Doodle asked of city. those about him. In front of the palace of the captain-general he saw


YA.XKEE DOODLE JN HAVANA. 3 many Spanish officers ga.thered around a young l "The deuce! Wha.t did he wa.nt ?" woman, who was telling them something that inter"Hanged if I know. He finally sent for old Pedro ested them. On going by to get a look at the group, and sent him off somewhere." he was dumfounded at seeing Senorita Dolores in t he "Well, that knocks me," and he was puzzled to person of the young woman. know what to do. "Did he leave any order for me She was telling the story of the death of her lover, to report. to him?" Captain Bernardo Gonzalez, and the capture of his "I don't know. Where have you been, anyway?" men. Yankee Doodle had picked up Spanish enough "Prowling. to make out what she was saying. One of the officers "Well, the first thing you know you'll be macheted led her to the quarters of the commandant of the dein the dark." fenses of the city, and she was soon out of sight. "I hope not." "She is the bitterest enemy we have m Cuba now, "Of course; but you want to look out, old man." I guess," Yankee Doodle muttered to himself, as he He laid down in his blanket, and was soon asleep, walked on. "But she can do us no harm that I can. for he had walked many miles during his trip. "' see." He lit a cigar, for everybody seemed to be smoking, and went about in other directions, keeping a sharp lookout for danger points, and thus spent several hours. His greatest care was to avoid speaking to any one, as his ascent would at once betray him. But as no one addressed him he was not molested, and a little after midnight he proceeded to make his way out of the city again. Of course he had to make his way out to the picket line beyond the fortifications, which, in many places, lay in the woods. He slipped into the bushes to con ceal himself till a favorable chance presented itselfand ran up against two men who were evidently in hiding, too. Ere he could recover from his surprise the two men seized him, threw him to the ground, and one hissed in Spanish: "Make a noise and you die I" He had but little knowledge of Spanish, and was not sure he understood what was said, so he replied: "Si, senor." "Keep still, then!" and they waited in profound silence till some officers rode by. Then his two captors rose to their feet and darted out of the bushes, going he knew not whither, leaving him unharmed. "Lord, what luck !" he thought to himself, as he rose to his feet and looked around him as well as he could in the dark. Then, after a few minutes he made his way across the picket line and disappeared in the great woods beyond. When morning came he went to the colonel's tent and saluted. "Where were you last night?" the colonel asked. "In Havana." Eh ? What?" He went up close to and said in a low tone of voice: "I took a little run in to learn the way when we all want to go together." The colonel was astonished. Then he whistled. And finally la;ughed. "I sent for you last night for the purpose of having you get old Pedro to select two men from among his people to go in for the general. Not being able to find you, I sent for the old Cuban myself, and told him what was wanted. He had the men off by midnight." "Two of them ?" "Yes." Then Yankee Doodle laughed. "What amuses you?" the colonel you meet them?" "I don't know whether I did or not. asked. "Did I ran into two men in the bushes, inside the enemy's line, who threw me to the ground, sat on me till a certain danger passed, and then skipped out without apologizing." The colonel laughed and said : "It's strange they did not kill you." Yes. I am puzzled over it. I couldn't see who they were-Spaniards or Cu bans. They said if I made a noise they'd kill me, so I didn't make any." "What did you find out in the city?" the colonel asked. CHAPTER II. "I found out that I could take five hundred men THE GIRL SPY-" A WOMAN NEVER FORGETS AN and capture an earthwork out there on their line any OATH OF VENGEANCE." night in the week-if they are as careless all the time WHEN he reached the picket line of the American as they were last night." army, Yankee Doodle decided to see if he could creep "Why do you think so ?" through unperceived by the pickets. He succeeded, "They are on the lookout only in front, and have aided by the darkness in a certain spot, and made his no challengers for parties coming up from behind." way to the New York regiment to which he was at"They don't expect an enemy from that quarter." tached. "No, so it could be captured easily." "Where have you been?" Joe Baile y, the fifer "But. how could you get in behind them?" asked him. "Easy enough on a dark night, if the men would "Prowling aronnd-why ?" I keep quiet, by disposing of but one sentinel on the line. "The colonel sent for you and you were hunted for There is a dry ravine which they don't seem to think everywhere." I about, that runs across the picket line."


4 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. "Ah!" and the colonel asked him to describe it min"I wonder if he is following me?" he said to him utely which he did, saying: self, finally. "I'll wager that Pedro's two men went through 1 It was nothing new to have Qubans following him there." about the camp, since his exploits had made him so "Find out if they know anything about it," sug-popular with them. He had become used to it. But gested the colonel, "and let me know." there was something about this young Cuban, par" When are they to return ?" ticularly in the expression of his eyes, that did not "No time set for that." seem like friendship or admiration. Yankee Doodle hunted up old Pedro, the Cuban Yankee Doodle then took a long stroll through the guide and interpret. er, and asked him about the two camp, to see if the unknown would follow him. To spies he had selected for the general. The old man 1 his surprise he was followed wherever he went. J told him that he had instructed them to go and return I don't like that," he said to himself, and he without creating any sensation-to kill nobody, so as turned and went ba. ck, going past and close to the to let the enemy think they were doing nothing at all. fellow. Their eyes met, and Yankee Doodle gave a Then he told the old man of his visit to the city. start. \ The old Cuban was astonished. Said he: He had seen the fierce light of those eyes before. "One word from you would have betrayed you, "Dolores," he said to himself, "she is here, either senor." as a spy for Blanco, or else to slay me at an unguard" Yes, I knew that, so I did not say anything at ed moment. By George! I'd rather have a dozen men all." after me than one woman. One can never tell what The colonel told the general what Yankee Doodle an angry woman will or won't do. She blames me for had found out about the accessibility of the earth-the death of that brute, and will never forgive me for works on the left of the Calvario road. But that offi-not saving him. I must see the colonel about it, for I cer shook his head, and said that no considerable don't want to come in contact with her," and he went body of soldiers could creep up the bed of that dry ra-in quest of the coloPel. vine without being discovered. The colonel whistled when he heard the story, and "I wish he'd give me a chance to prove it," said took a peep at the unknown. Yankee Doodle, when the colonel informed him of "Yes, she's a woman," he said. "If you saw her what the general had said. at the office of the commandant in Havana, she is un" Maybe he will when the assault is made," redoubtedly a spy." marked the colonel. "But she seems to be after nobody but me," said "Oh, it will have to be done at night-not in the Yankee Doodle. daytime. They have seven brass pieces mounted "Well, if she is not locked up, it's only a question there to sweep the ground in their front." of time when she will get you," the colonel replied. When the two spies returned, which they did in "You go out and return to your own quarters, and twenty-four hours, Yankee Doodle astonished them I'll follow her." by asking why they did not kill the young fellow who He did so, and the spy at once dogged his foot-ran in on them in the bushes. steps. "Because it would have been found out, and the The colonel was behind her. place would have been guarded afterwards," was the Tapping her on the shoulder, he asked: reply. "What are you doing here in that garb, senor" I am glad( you didn't. I was the one you caught ita ?" there." She wheeled around and answered: They caught breaths when they heard "I am no senorita, Senor Colonel." that. "Senorita Dolores is known too well. You are a "I came very near it once, senor," said one of the spy!" two. She made no reply. "I expected it," said Yankee Doodle, "and was sur-But her little hand sought a dagger in the bosom prised when you left me as you did," and they laugh-of her coat. ed heartily over the affair. "You must not throw your life away, senorita. Two days later Yankee Doodle saw a young Cuban Only two of us in this camp know who you are. We in the camp, who seemed to be wa.tching him all the Americans hold women sacred. You had better time. He was a very handsome young man, with leave the camp before you are arrested, and be sure large, lustrous black eyes, with a snap in them as he not to return again." looked at the young American. His hands and feet She was irresolute for a few moments and made no were very small, but that was characteristic of all reply. Cubans. The hands, though, were in his pockets "How did you get into camp, SAnorita ?"he asked. of the time. "I'll tell you nothing," she replied, eyes flashing By and by Yankee Doodle noticed that the young and teeth gleaming. Cuban was always in evidence. He seemed never to \ "If you are caught by the Cubans they will shoot get out of his sight. you. You must leave camp at once. I'll send you ..


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. 5 out under guard to avoid the danger of being shot by I "Yes-we can't shoot a woman." the guards." The news ran through the camp that a beautiful "Let me go alone, Senor Colonel. I can go as I girl spy had been caught, and it created a sensation; came," she replied. when the Cubans found out who she was they wanted "No, that must not be," said he. to make very short work of her. "Then let me see senor Yankee Doodle ere I go?" They have the Spanish spirit of vindictiveness very she asked. largely developed-and why should they not? Three "Yes; come to my tent." centuries of Spanish rule had made them so. She followed him to his quarters, where he sent his But she was placed under a strong guard in a tent orderly to summon Yankee Doodle to his presence. for the time being, and the general at once set about She looked out of the tent and saw the young investigating the charge against her. American coming. By a quick movement she slipped aside so he could not see her, thrust her hand in her bosom, and seemed to be nerving herself to some des-CHAPTER III. perate deed. THE VENGEFUL SENORITA RELEASED-YANKEE DOODLE divined her intentions at a glance. I MAKES ANOTHER CAPTURE. She mtended to stab Yankee Doodle as he entered SENORITA DOLORES never showed any sign of weakthe tent. ness. She did not seem to know what fear was. He was on his guard, and when the youth entered When the Cubans came by to look at her she hissed he sprang forward and clutched her arm, just as the at them, called them traitors, and defied them. dagger :flashed out of her bosom. They made no reply. "You are a true Spaniard, senorita," he said, as They were forbidden to do so. She was forbidden, he wrenched the weapon from her hand. too, but she did not obey. "I am a true woman !" she hissed. "I have sworn Yankee Doodle went to the general and told him to avenge my Bernardo, and when a women does that he did not believe she had come into the camp as a she never forgets"I1er oath!" and she glared at Yankee spy. Doodle with all the venom of concentrated hate in her She came to slay me, general," he said, "and for big, black eyes. nothing else." The youth returned her gaze unflinchingly, saying: "But you saw her at the headquarters in the city?" "You blame me wrongly, senorita, I had nothing said the general. to do wi h the shooting of Gonzalez." "Very true, general, but she never did anything in "You could have saved him by a word, but you did camp except follow me about. I am sure she had no not," she replied. other object than to wreak vengeance on me." "You could have saved the patriot whom he order-The general finally took his view of the case, and cd shot in your presence, but did not. If Gonzalez decided not to appoint a court martial to try her. loved you he would have spared him for your sake. But he was at a loss to know what to do with her. But you laughed when you saw him shot. I am sorry She was dangerous. There could be no doubt about you are a woman-I would like nothing better than to that. slay you myself." After a few days he decided to send her outside the "You are a disgrace to your sex," said the colonel, lines with a warning not to come back again. when he saw what a fiend she was. Yankee Doodle went to see her before she was to be "When my Bernardo was killed I ceased to be a sent away. woman. I live for vengeance?" "You are to be sent away, senorita," he said to her. "You were not a woman before," said Yankee I succeeded in convincing the general that you came Doodle. "No woman can stand by and laugh when to slay me rather than to spy out our strength, and men are shot. Colonel, I charge her with being a he has decided to leave you in my charge. You are spy for Blanco." a woman. I have a mother and sister. For their Yankee Doodle's eyes flashed. sakes I am going to send you to your home with the He had tried to save her, but she was too wicked to hope that you will finally see how unjust you are to be saved. me. I could have saved Gonzalez, but as he had just The colonel called for a guard and placed her under shot one of our people, I did not believe he had any arrest. right to expect mercy at our hands. Do you think he She went away with a smile on her lips. had, senorita?" "Lord, but she has nerve!" said the colonel, when "I loved him-I loved him," she said. "I hate she was gone. you-I have sworn to kill you!" "Yes, indeed," assented Yankee Doodle. "It gives He was staggered. He did not know then that one me the cold creeps even to think of her." cannot reason against the heart. "She is a beautiful girl." "I shall try to outlive you, senorita," he said, and "Yes, a beautiful fiend." then turned away. "True. She is a spy, but her sex will save her from That day she was escorted beyond the lines and being shot as such." warned not to enter them again. Yankee Doodle


6 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. was quite serious for hours after she left, for it was I the report that the Spanish caYalry was coming out in not pleasant to contemplate a hate like hers. force. I've got to keep my eyes open from now on," he "That means fight," said Yankee Doodle, and we said to himself. "In fact, I must sleep with only one want to get where they can't ride over us." eye shut. She can slip through the lines at night, and They retreated a couple of miles to a good place, creep to my quarters when I am asleep. Lord, but I where the timber afforded protection against cavalry. wish she would change her mind." There they waited for the enemy, who came on as The day after she left camp the colonel told Phil though they had already won the fight. the general wanted the Cubans to make a run east of But the Cubans had faith in the good luck of Yan. Havana and see what the Spaniards were doing. kee Doodle, and coolly waited for the enemy to come "I told him you were the only .American whom up in close range. They then poured volley after vol they would blindly follow," the colonel added, "a.nd ley into them, emptying many a saddle. The Spanish he suggested that you go with them." officers tried to rally their men, but they were in a "Glad to go," said Yankee Doodle. "l want Joe panic, believing they had run into a trap. A couple Bailey to go with me." more volleys sent them flying back to the city, and "Take him along," the colonel replied, and he hur-a Spanish captain and four soldiers remained as prisried off to tell Joe about it. oners of war. rhe fifer was overjoyed at the chance to get out of Not a Cuban was hurt, and when it was known the camp. entire force yelled: "How many Cubans will go?" he asked Yankee "Viva Yankee Doodle!" Doodle. "Viva Cuba Libre!" I "About three hundred, I guess. It won't do not The Spanish captain's name was Bal,'ca. He coul'd to be strong enough to put up a fight when atspeak French, English and Spanish. tacked." "Whose command is this?" he asked. Old Pedro was told to have the men ready to leave "These men are Cubans, acting with the .American at sunrise, and he promised to do so. They were all I army," said Joe Bailey, to whom the question had eager to go. been put. In three hours they reached the village where Gon"You are .American?" zalez was shot. The women and children stood on Yes." the streets to see them. Many of them were true "Who commands this detachment?" blue Cubans, who cheered their countrymen as they "Yankee Doodle." passed. "Who?" and the prisoner seemed puzzled as he Yankee Doodle sent to the home of Dolores to find looked at the youth. out if she was there. She was not there, and had not "Yankee Doodle," repeated Joe. been for a week. "And who is Yankee Doodle?" "Then she is plotting mischief yet somewhere," he "You heard the men cheer him a while ago. There said. "l must be''n my guard all the time." he is-that young man out there," and he pointed to They moved on to another village some ten miles Yankee Doodle. east of Calvario, and there encamped for the night. "An .American youth-like yourself. Pray, what Yankee Doodle put out a strong guard all round is his rank, senor?" the camp, and sent a scouting party of twenty men Joe laughed, saying: some three miles in the direction of the city. "Well, I'm blest if I know. The Cubans gave him But nothing occurred during the night, and the next the name, and they would follow him against all the day they turned due north toward the little town of world." Guanabacoa on the coast, thus making the circuit "Is he an officer in the .American army?" from .the .American camp clear round to the sea. "I don't know. The general sent him out in com -There was a Spanish garrison in the town, so they did mand of these men. not enter it. The puzzled prisoner looked at Yankee Doodle, who Their presence threw the town into the wildest kind was giving some orders to old Pedro and the scouts, of excitement, though. They heard the long roll in and failed to see any insignia of rank on him. the fortifications, and Yankee Doodle said to Joe: Just then the young .American turned and joined "I guess they think the terrible Gomez has sud-Joe and the Spanish officer, who said: denly appeareq!," "Senor .Americano, I am your prisoner." Yes," laughed Joe. Why not send in a demand "You are unfortunate to-day, then," was the re for the surrender of the town?" ply. Oh, thunder There are some three thousand "Si, senor ; I am very unfortunate indeed." Spanish soldiers in there, I guess. I You speak English, I see." "Well, it would give 'emagoodpcare,atanyrate." "Yes-and French." "Yes, so it would, but as they might shoot the "And yet the three languages couldn't save you messenger I guess I won't do it." to-day." Suddenly, some of the Cubans came running in with "No," and he laughed. "The truth is, 1 don't


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAY.ANA. 7 even ;vet know what I have fallen into. What is your J tell them ta take care of him and do him no harm. rank, senor, n I may be so bold as to ask?" Pardon me, captain, but I have work to do," and he "I am the Doodle of the American army." hurried away to give some final orders. Joe "Make every shot count, Cubans !" he cried. Then the prisoner smiled, saying: "Don't fire without orders l Keep quiet now-they "That is a new grade to me, senor. Is it civil, un-are coming!" civil, military or humorous?" -But the first soldiers to appear were the Cuban The fellow had a aeal of grit and sarcasm in scouts fleeing from the Spanish cavalry who came him. thundering along behind them. They were signaled I guess it's humorous, as I've had a deal of fun by old Pedro, and went into the woods. out of it. But you are a prisone1 cJ war, captain, The Spaniards came at a gallop eager to run down and will be treated as such. You may mount your the Cuban scouts. At their head was a young Cuhorse and go with us." ban who seemed to be a guide. He was deprived of his sword and holster pistols, But Yankee Doodle recognized Dolores, the vengeful after which he mounted his horse again and rode away senorita, and knew then that she had brought the cavbetween Joe and Yankee Doodle. airy down on him-five hundred strong. "One never knows what may happen to him in war, When about half of them had passed, he sung out: captain," Yankee Doodle remarked, as they rode "Cubans, fire!" along. The volley rolled along the roadside for nearly one "Quite true, senor. I expected to return to the hundred yards, and over one hundred saddles were town within an hour or two. I am going the other emptied, for the distance was not over thirty feet from way now." the concealed patriots. "Yes, and you may not have a chance to do any It was a stunning blow. more .'.1ghting in this war.', The Spanish colonel wheeled and looked back to find I "Do you not exchange prisoners?" his column cut square in two. He rallied those at his "Oh, yes, but the war will end so soon that; it is I end of the line to charge back, and just as he gave hardly necessary to do so." the order to charge a volley sent his men flying. "You think it will end so soon?" I Scores of them went down. They had never seen "Yes, captain. When Havana falls the war will Cubans shoot to hit before. end." "But Havana has no intention of falling, senor.'' CHAPTER IV. "Quite true. I dor:'t think the American general THE DEFEAT OF THE SPANISH CAVALRY-YANKEE will show much respect to the intentions or wishes of those in command there," and both the youths laughed at the remark." Of course you are confident, and you have the right to be," said the captain, "but Havana cannot be taken either by land or sea." It will be taken by land in one single assault," said Yankee Doodle. Our men will go over the works like rabbits when they start. Morro will be knocked to pieces by the big guns of thenavy. It was built two hundred years ago when no big guns were used. Stone and wood and mortar cannot withstand the guns of the present day.'' The Spaniard was a bright fellow, and was not dis posed to be morose or insulting, like most Spanish of ficers. He laughed at the enthusiasm of the two youths, and said he hoped they would hoth live long enough to find out that what he said was true. "We expect to be in, captain, and make it dead sure," said Yankee Doodle. "Senor Yankee Doodle," exclaimed old Pedro, riding back in great haste to meet him and Joe, there's a column of the Spanish cavalry rushing down on us from Calvario '' "How far away are they now?" "They can't be more than a mile away, senor." "Then we've got to strike 'em right here. This timber is close enough. Joe, hurry the men into it. Pedro, put two men in charge of the captain here and DOODLE LEADS A CHARGE. JusT as the head of the column of Spanish cavalry retreated, the rear end rallied and returned the fire. Quite a number of Cubans were hit-some killed. The Cubans returned the fire, and before the cavalry could recover from the effect of it, charged upon them with the machetes. Yankee Doodle regretted the move. It was done without orders. The Spaniards were poor shots, but knew how to handle the sabre. 'l'he machete was a terrible weapon, but the Cubans were not drilled as swordsmen. It was a horrible scene-that cutting and thrusting, and the two youths dreaded the outcome of it. "Steady, Cubans l Strike for Cuba Libre!" he cried, and they heard his voice. "Viva Yankee Doodle!" they yelled. Viva Cuba Libre!" Viva Espana!" roared the Spaniards. It so happened that old Pedro gathered about thirty men in the woods, led them out into the road, and or dered them to fire. It was a raking fire, and the next moment the Spaniards broke and fled. The Cubans wanted to pursue, but Yankee Doodle feared to do so-to scatter them in pursuit might be fatal to them, as the head of the cavalry regiment could not be very far away. "Steady, men!" he called out. "Stay where you


8 Y A NK EE DOO DL E IN H A VAN A are! Look to your guns! The enemy is yet behind I "We'll have to bury the dead and leave the wound us !" ed in the villa .ge to be taken care of. The Spaniards "They are coming, too!" cried Joe, as he saw them wou:d kill our nurses, so we shall have to let the coming at full speed, with the Senorita Dolores at women of the village attend them." their head, the colonel by her side. It did not take long for the Cubans to bury them. Joe deliberately raised his rifle and shot down her They bad nine of their own men to bury, and nearly a horse. She rolled over on the ground among the score of wounded ones to care for. dead and lay still, stunned by the fall. Captain Barca, the Spanish officer, had been able to Yankee Doodle saw her go down, and would have see the fight and utter rout of the cavalry. That gone to her had not the leader of the Spaniards as-the Cubans were to be routed and himself rescued he sailed him at the moment. It was a terrific fight never for a moment doubted as the cavalry charged. for ten minutes; but the machetes again won, and But inside of teu minutes he saw the front of the regi the enemy broke and fled, leaving their colonel dead ment routed. Then he was an eye witness of the ter on the field, and nearly two hundred of his men I rible hand to hand fight with the second half, followed killed and wounded. by the incident of the Cuban girl who had sought the Senorita Dolores raised herself to a sitting posture I life of Yankee Doodle. and glared around her. She had been stunned by the "Senor, you are fortunate," he said to the young fall. American, when he met him again. On seeing Yankee Doodle, she drew a revolver "Yes, captain, I think I am, as I was outnumbered and aimed at him-not ten feet away. by the cavalry," replied Yankee Doodle It snapped, and ere she could pull the trigger "You managed it well By waiting till half the again, the weapon was knocked from her hand. A regiment had passed you cut it in two. Where did Cuban raised his machete to cut her down, when you learn the art of war, senor?" Yankee Doodle sprang forward and ca .ught his arm. "I don't know that I have learned it yet," said "Let her alone!" he said. Yankee Il>oodle, "but I am trying to." "Her!" and the Cuban looked at her again. He "You have learned a great deal, I assure you." did not know who she was. "Thanks for the compliment, captain. We'll move "She is Senorita Dolores," Yankee Doodle ex-onnow,asihopewemayreachourlinesbeforenight. plained. "She must not be harmed." The senorita may bring a brigade down on us next. "Caramba !" growled the Cuban. "Who is she, senor? What is her greivance "Diablos !" hissed others. against you?" She looked defiantly at them, folded her arms across Y a.nkee Doodle told him, and when he heard of Gon-her bosom, and said: zalez's death he gave a start. "Senor, I am your prisoner again." "I knew him well," he said. "A brave man, but "You are free to go where you please, senorita, and relentless. He believed that rebels and traitors I hope you will be able to bring out another detach-should be shot down when found with arms in their ment for us to cut up. You have done a good work hands." t for free Cuba to-day." "Yes, no doubt about that. We Americans be She smiled scornfully at him and turned away, golieve that such as he should be shot on general prin-ing on foot. ciples. The right to appeal to the sword belongs to "You can have a horse, senorita," he called after every people. This is the nineteenth century, cap her. "There are plenty of them here that belonged tain, and people should cease to be savages." to your friends." "Treason is punished with death by every nation She stopped and looked around at several horses. on earth, senor." Yankee Doodle caught one and led him up to her. "Did you ever hear of anybody being put to death She vaulted into the saddle with the agility of a for treason in the United States, captain?" Yankee trooper, and bounded away without uttering a word. Doodle asked. "Hanged if I don't think we ought to hang her if "No, yet it is the law of nations." she plays us another trick like that!" said Joe, as "Well, we Americans make a little pretension to he gazed after her. civilization. Spain shocked the world by her rule "Why, I am glad she did it, old man," laughed in Cuba, and we intend to put an end to it." Yankee Doodle. "It gave us a chance to whale "You will not find it an easy thing to do, senor. those Spaniards out of their boots." "Perhaps not, but we'll do it all the same. We "Yes, but she didn't intend to have it that way." shall not dodge you as the Cubans have had to do; "Of course not. She expected to catch us between j we are going to go right at you and hammer you into two fires and kill or capture the whole crowd. But the earth, captain. she missed it. It was lucky for us we were in a good They reached the camp that night, and the Span place to meet 'em or it might have gone hard with ish officer was turned over to the commandant of the us." post as a prisoner or war. The manner in which he "Yes, indeed. What are you going to do about 1 was treated astonished him. But when he was told these dead and wounded?" that Yankee Doodle was the drummer boy of a New


Y .ANKEE DOODLE IN H.A V .ANA. 9 York regiment, he thought some Yankee joke was I hind them. The general waited till his line was being played on him. formed and then gave the order to advance. "It can't be true," he said to the captain of the With a yell the whole line pressed forward. guard. Instantly the cannons of the fort belched forth, and "I can assure you that it is true," returned the American officer, "and the other youth who was with him is his fifer." the iron balls tore through the ranks, cutting gaps that were instantly closed up. Boom! "If you have officers why send such. as he out in Boom! Boom! command of detachments?" the prisoner asked. "He was not sent out, he asked permission to go, How the big guns roared and the Cubans who are not in our army wanted By some strange fatality they had the exact range, him." ' j and each discharge meant death to many brave Amer-s 1 i d h h t 1 icans. But they never faltered. til the captam be ieve t e story ad been d Suddenly Yankee Doodle dashed on in advance, him in order to humiliate him, having been captured sounding the charge on his drum and steadily facing by Yankee Doodle, and it took him some time to make the enemy. The soldiers looked at him, expecting up his mind that it was true. every moment to see him go down. But he pressed The enemy was so enraged at the result of the raid on toward the foot of the breastworks. that they sent a body of soldiers to hold the village of Suddenly he looked back and sung out : Calvario, and thus prevent any more of that sort of "Take the fort, boys!" business. They very promptly threw up breastworks They yelled and dashed over the breastwork like a, across the road, and planted cannon there, determined flood, sweeping the Spaniards away like chaff. On to hold it at any cost. the top of the works Yankee Doodle beat the charge The American general was not supposed to let that furiously, yelling: thing go on. It.looked like a challenge to battle, and "At 'em, boys!" he very promptly took steps to drive the enemy back Then he saw the Spanish flag still flying. into the city. He sprang to it and hauled it down, rolled it up, The New York regiment, with two others of the laid it on the ground, stood on it and changed the brigade, were ordered to take the fort by assault. tune to Yankee Doodle. How the tune stirred the Yankee Doodle was told by the colonel the night hearts of the brave fellows! before not to leave camp, as there would soon be They yelled-every man of them-and dashed at work for him to do. the Spaniards, who stubbornly contested every inch Early the next morning the entire brigade was unof ground, and put them to flight. A couple of hun der arms. J oe and Yankee Doodle were on hand dred surrendered. But Yankee Doodle roared out with fife and drum. .... over the scene unceasingly, now with a triumphant "By George, Joe!" said Yankee Doodle, "I be -ring about it. lieve we are in for it to-clay." By and by some of the boys saw that he was stand" But where is the enemy?" Joe asked, very much ing on the Spanish flag, beating Yankee Doodle with puzzled. all his might. They gathered around him, cheering "I guess it's that dirt fort over at Oalvario." for : Oh, then we've got a march of several miles ahead Yankee Doodle Yankee Doodle of us?" Then they seized and bore him on their shoulders. "Yes." He sung out: The regiments were uniformed in brown linen suits I "Three chee:s for s.am !" on account of the heat of the climate. They were no They were given with a will. longer the boys in blue, but were now the boys in I "Boys, you did well !" he sung out to the soldiers. brown. "I am proud of you I'll tell my Uncle Sam about When Yankee Doodle and the fifer took places you!" at the head of the regiment the drummer looked down Then they laughed. the line and suug: But where was the fifer al1 this time? "Blanco, the brownies are coming!" He started with Yankee Doodle, but ::oon fell. He The whole regiment roared with laughter, officers 1 was ly.ing out there on the grou.nd, by a bul included. The next moment the drum tapped the let wluch had glanced hard agamst his head. step and the march began. CHAPTER V. WOMAN AGAINST WOMAN-THE BOGUS SPANISH WIDOW. It was a ten mile tramp, but the boys laughed and joked all the way. They were going to tackle the j Spaniards for the first time and were happy. Some ) of them were to fall in front of those earthworks, but I that thought did not daunt them in the least. I YANKEE DOODLE was about to go over the breast-When they came in sight of the fort they saw it works and search for Joe, when he saw him mount bristling with cannon and the swarthy Spaniards be-J the works, blood streaming down over the left side of


10 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. his face and down on his brown linen uniform. He Waterwas scarce, and all night long Cuban women had the fife in his hand. Straightening himself up he were bringing water to the wounded. Yankee stood by the gun, put the fife to his lips and began Doodle was looking after Joo, who was feverish from Hail Columbia. his wound, and frequently went after water for him, "My drum My drum cried Yankee Doodle, Senor Yankee Doodle," said old Pedro to him, breaking away from the boys. Someone tossed tlrn "she is here again and looking for you." drum to him, and he scrambled up by the side of the "Who?" brave fifer. The next moment the drum and fife filled "Senorita :Dolores, senor." the air with the martial strains of the grand national Ah I had forgotten about her," and he seemed tune. The soldiers grew frantic in their wild cheerannoyed. "Where is she, Pedro?" ing. Quick as a flash the tune changed to Yankee "I have not seen her, senor, but some of the men Doodle, and the cheering went on wilder than ever have. She is in her proper dress, but keeps her face to the end of the tune. pretty well concealed. She seems to be looking for "They knocked me over, boys," said Joe, "but I've someone." played Hail Columbia and Yankee Doodle on their "She is looking for me, of course. Do you know breastworks-as I intended to do when we started." where I can get a woman's dress, Pedro?" "Hurrah for Joe Bailey!" yelled Sergeant McGuff. "Si, senor. Do you want one?" lick the man who doesn't cheer 'im !" "For a few hours.:._yes." They cheered, and Joe, weak from loss of blood, The old man went away, to return half an hour sank down on the cannon and gasped for water. later with some female clothes, which he gave-to "One of Uncle Sam's game chickens!" cried Yankee Doodle. It did not take him long to get into Yankee Doodle, as a canteen full of water was passed them. The gloom of starlight concealed any defects to the fifer. in the disguise, and he went among the women unsus A gamer one never lived !" cried a lieutenant, pected. In a few minutes he found Dolores, who was -coming up at the moment. going about with a water-bottle, pretending to be "True for you, lieutenant," put in Sergeant Mclooking for someone. He kept close to her, and saw Guff. "Faith, an' ye've got to kill' 'im stone dead to that she was scanning the faces of the men she met. stop 'im !" "Are you looking for any one, senora?'.!. he asked Those of the enemy who escaped from the fort re-her, in a low voice treated rapidly for the main line of works. The Ameri"Si, senora. I am looking for Senor Yankee cans did not pursue them, as they did not want to Doodl e. I heard he was wounded." draw the fire there before they were ready for the I "He is not wounded, senora. I have just seen him. grand assault. They threw out skirmishers and pro-It was the fifer who was wounded, not he." ceeded to look after their wounded. There were sixty "Where did you see him, senora?" men wounded and twenty-seven killed. Of the enemy 'He was going by me when I saw him, and I heard fifty-eight were killed and one hundred and seventeen him say he would go to the well for water." wounded and over two hundred captured. "Which well ?" Every house in the village was used as a hospital "I don't know, but he went into the main street for the wounded. out there. Joe Bailey's wound was dressed in the fort as he sat "I'll go and look there for him," and she turned on a camp .stool. It was a painful wound, but by no I away and hurried out to the main street of the village means serious, the bullet having glanced and torn up He followed her and noticed how she watched closely the skin for a couple of inches. every man who passed. "I thought a cannon ball had taken my head off," "Do you know him, senorita?" he asked her. he said to the surgeon who was dressing it. "Si, senora. I know him well." "I think you have a pretty sound head," said the "Then I will leave you surgeon. Don't tell him any one is looking for him, please." "See if it's level, doctor," Joe asked "No, senora," and he went away to put off the "Yes, I th. ink it is." dress that so hampered bis movements. Then be "Well, I didn't know-glad to find it out," was went back right up to her, saying: the reply. "Ah, senorita! I heard you were looking for me." "It came very near knocking you off the earth, "Si, senor!" and she struck at his breast with a my boy/' remarked the surgeon. dagger. "Yes, but as long as it didn't crack the shell I'm But he was on his guard. H e caught her by the all right." wrist and wrenched the weapon from her hand. "Oh, the shell is all right," and the surgeon "You are still angry, I see." laughed. "Si, senor-to the death!" she hissed, as she stood Night came on and one regiment was placed on panting before him. duty during the time, between the fort and the Span-"Is it right that you should do so, senorita?" iards, but six miles away. The general was appre-1 "Yes, for I have sworn it." hensive of a night attack and was prepared for it. "But you should not have sworn it, senorita. Do


Y A N KEE D OODL E I N HAVAN A 11 you know that Blanco sent a flag of truce with a request for Gonzalez's body?" "No!" "Well, he did, and the officer with the flag said that Gonza,lez's wife had begged for the body one of the richest planters in Cuba, was a beautiful girl of eighteen years of age, whom Yankee Doodle had twice saved from the Spaniards, and who regarded him in the light of a brilliant soldier, a hero, and en shrouded in a halo of chivalric romance. and--" She was surprised at seeing the old patriot when he "It's a lie!" she gasped. "He had no wife! He reached the loved me !" "Oh, Pedro !" she exclaimed "Do you bring me "I know nothing about it, senorita, save what the news of Senor Yankee Doodle?" officer said. A dozen men heard him say it. Shall I "Si, senorita. He sends greeting to you. He is send some of them to you to prove it?" well and has won fame in battle with the Spaniards," "No!" and she pressed her hands over her heart, and then he told her the story he had been sent to as if to still its wild emotions. No-no-he had no tell. wife!" "The request was refused for the present," contin ued he, "but permission was granted the widow to see the grave of her husba.nd. You may see her when she comes She was silent. The quiet way in which he told the story half convinced her of the truth of it. Yet she would not believe it true. Shall I let you know when she comes, se norita?:' he asked. Her big black eyes snapped. Yes-she would aid her hero She would risk her life for him, even as he had twice risked his for her. "Yes, Pedro. I will play the widow myself," she said. "I will go with you And I'll put a woman's wit against a woman's hate. Wait till I put on the garb of a widow Go and eat and rest. I will be ready when you are." "Si, senorita. Senor Yankee Doodle will be a hap-py man when he sees you She turned fiercely on him, with: ?" ,. . "Pedro, does he speak of me. You are trJ mg to break 11:1-Y heart,. Ameri-"Si, senorita. He not only speaks of you, but thinks cano. You can't do it It is dead-m lus grave-of ou dreams of you as the most beautiful senorita and I live but to avenge him. I yll c' b B in a u a etter first find out whether he was worth the Her face flushed and a glad light fl.ash ed in her love of a true woman," returned Yankee Doodle, and then he bowed to her and walked away. He lost no time in hunting up old Pedro, whom he found over among the Cuban soldiers. "Pedro, I want you to help me dispose of Senorita Dolores. Will you do it ?" Si, senor," answered the old Cu ban, I will do what you say." "You know why she seeks my life, do you not?" Si, senor." Well, !'Ye just seen her and she says she has sworn to avenge her lover's death. I fear no man on earth, but I do fear a woman, for I cannot strike back at her. To change the current of her hate I told her he had a wife in who is now his widow. She won't believe it. Now, I want you to go to Senorita Inez for me, tell her all, and ask her to get some handsome senorita who is not known herein Oalvario, to come here for an hour and pose as the widow of Gonzalez, sec his grave and weep over it. That will knock out Dolores, and her love may turn to hate. She may even thank me for not saving his life." "Si, senor," and the old Cuban grinned. "You are young, senor, but you know something about women." "I don't know a thing about 'em, Senor Pedro," he protested. "They are a riddle to me. But Senorita Inez Alvarez says she owes me her life, and I believe she will help me out in this little game. Go and see her and bring me her answer. T he old man was soon on the way to the Alvarez plantation, some eighteen miles in the rear of the American army. Senorita I nez Alvarez, daughter of eyes T he wily old Cuban read the secret of her heart, and knew that she was going to pit her wits against one of her own sex for the sake of the brave young American. He ate a breakfast, and then laid down to sleep an hour or two. Refreshed, he soon reported to Senorita I nez that he was ready to go. He placed her in her saddle, and then mounted his own steed. That evening they were in the American camp. She was the guest of the colonel of the New York regiment, who was very much amazed at seeing her there. "Senor colonel," she said, as he greeted her, I have come to see Senor Yankee Doodle." "I will send for him," the colonel said But old Pedro had hastened to inform the drummer boy of her presence in camp . "Great Scott and Hail Columbia!" he gasped, when the old man told him she had come to play the widow herself. "Who'd have thought it?" and he hastened to brush up before appearing before her. Then he went to the colonel's quarters, when he seized her hand, pressed it to his lips and made a low bow so well and gracefully, that the officers present were astonished "You have honored the entire regiment, senorita," he said "We would have paraded in your honor had we known you were coming." "You are kind, senor,'' she laughed. Then he had a few moments' conversation with her, after which he tpok the colonel into his confidence


12 YANKEE D O ODLE IN HAVANA. and told him why the senorita was there in the camp. The colonel was dumfounded. "See here, Phil," he said, "I hope you are not going to start a war among women of Cuba." "It is already on, colonel. The women of Cuba have taken sides with the men-is it not so, senorita?" "It is true, senor colonel," she answered. "But the women will shed no blood." "Nor pull hair," suggested the colonel, laughing. "No;'' she smiled. Then it was arranged that she was to go to the grave of the Spanish officer on the morrow, pretending to be his widow, escorted by an officer and a file of soldiers. Yankee Doodl e was "to stay in the background and see what effect it would have on the Sen. orita Dolores. by her mother. She met Yankee Doodle some distance away, and said : "Senor A.mericano, I've seen Senora Gonzalez. You were right. Will you forgive me?" "With all my heart, senorita," he replied. "A.nd -and you have my deepest sympathy. Some men are bad, very bad-unworthy of the name of man." "Si, senor-some are fiends who feast on women's hearts and souls. Adios, senor l I may never see you again!" "Adios, senorita l I wish you more happiness and long life." She shook her head, but made no further reply, going away, and was soon out of sight. "She is convinced he was a gay deceiver," he said to himself, "and yet she is the one who is now de ceived. where is the harm now that he is dead? CHAPTER VI. Loyalty to the aead is but a sentiment, but one re-Y.A.NKEE DOODLE'S GAME IS A SUCCESS. vered by all mankind. She ma. y love again and be OLD Pedro let it be known among the women of happy, for she is but a beautiful animal. God help the village that the widow of Captain Gonzalez, who the man she marries, though, for she is dangerouswas buried there, had come out from Havana, under a very dangerous." flag of truce, to see his grave and get any memento es He hastened to the colonel's tent to see the senorof him that might be left there. ita. Of course, Dolores was soon in possession of the The colonel grasped his hand, saying : story, and she determined to find out if it was true. "You missed the finest bit of acting ever seen in She asked for an interview with the widow at once this age, my boy." the next morning, and it was granted, the meeting to "A.h l Was she satisfied?" take place at the headquarters of the regiment. She "Yes-completely. She denounced Gonzalez as a came accompanied by her mother. villain and then went away." When she saw Senorita Inez she paled, for she rec"Senorita," said Yankee Doodle turning to Inez, ognized her beauty at a glance. "you ha ve removed a most dangerous enemy from Senorita Inez was dressed as a widow, and her face my path," and he seized her hand and pressed it to wore an expression of supreme sadness. his lips. "A.re you Senora Gonzalez?" Dolores asked in "I am glad for your sake, senor," she Spanish. "You saved me thrice from a horrible fate. "Si, senorita." not do less for you. I must visit the grave "The wife of Captain Bernardo Gonzalez, of the man now." Spanish army?" "A.nd I must not be with you," said he. replied. I could of that "Si, senorita." "I will go as her escort," said thEO colonel, and an "He told me he was not married, and asked me to hour later he led her there. Many Cuban women be his wife, and I promised him I would." were there eager to see her, but she kept her face Senorita Inez sprang to her feet with an expression concealed lest someone should recognize her as Inez of indignation in her face, exclaiming: Alvarez. "How dare you asperse the dead? My husband Senorita Dolores was in the crow(j. watching her to was a a loyal soldier and a loya l husband l I will not see how she would behave under such circumstances. listen to such a silly story!" and she turned her back Inez pretended to weep and be in the deepest grief, on her with an expression of scorn in her voice. It keeping her face well concealed all the time. was well acted. Then she was led away and the farce was over. "Senora, we were both deceived by a villain," said l Senorita Dolores was convinced that Gonzalez had Dolor es in a calm but determined tone of voice "I been false to her and to his lawful wife. She never loved him. H e said he loved me and I believed him. mentioned his name again. But she did not look like I sought to avenge his death. We are both victims. one whose heart was broken, for she was one with a Curses on his memory l May--" marvelous will power. "No-no-no!" cried Inez, wheeling round and exSoon after returning to the colonel's quarters, Sen-tending both hands toward Dolores. "Let the dead orita Inez prepared to return to her home. Yankee rest l Let the faults and frailties of his life die with Doodle asked permission to be one of her escort, and him!" and she covered her face with her hands and it was granted. dropped into a seat, as if utterly overcome by the in-With a liJ'llall party of Cubans she left the camp, terview. and Yankee Doodle rode all the way by her side. Dolores turned and glided out of the tent, followed On reaching her home, they were all royally en1!er-


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. 13 tained by .her mother, and were not .permitted to I we were not allowed to receive bouquets from the leave before the next day. Then she said to him: ladies." "Senor, you will not forget that all we have is at your command. If we can serve you in anywa. y, you are to let us do so. My parents are as grateful to you as I am." Thanks, senorita You have already done me a service no one else could have done so well. I don't know how to thank you in a way to show how deeply grateful I am." "Ah, senor, how much have I felt that way, too I am yet at a loss to know how to let you know the depth of my gratitude to you, who have done so much for me." "You will let me come here to see you when thil:l war is ended, senorita?" "Si, senor. If you think enough of me to do so, that thought will make me the happiest girl in all Cuba." "Senorita, to look upon your face, to hear your voice and feel the touch of your hand, is a happiness I cannot describe-I can only feel it." "Then come and see me as often as you can, senor. Your presence is a joy to me also." So they parted-both happy as the birds that sang everywhere in the trees about them. All the way back to the camp Yankee Doodle was quiet, saying little and doing a lot of thinking-such as he had never done before in all his life. "What! Are you clear daft!" and Joe looked up at him in no little surprise. "Joe, I'm afraid of that woman," and Yankee Doodle shook his head as he sat down near the drum on which the flowers were lying. "Oh, she's all right now. Her Bernardo is dead, and I guess she wants a Yankee Doodle as his suc cessor." "Well, if she gets after me that way, I'll resign and go home. I'm af11aid of her, Joe." Joe laughed. He knew all about the game that Inez had played as the widow of the dead Spanish officer, and how it bad worked on the dusky Dolores. Yankee Doodle was quiet all the evening. He had been very quiet all the way back from the home of Inez Alvarez, and now he was even more so. A day or two later American papers reached the camp, and in every one he was praised as the hero of Calvario. The whole army was reading about him and Joe. The fifer came in for nearly as much praise as the drummer did. One paper had a picture of them playing Yankee Doodle on top of the enemy's breastworks, while the blood was trickling down the fifer's face from the wound on his head. It was a striking picture, and thrilled thousands of brave sol diers when they saw it in camp. "Say, Joe, it makes you famous," said Yankee Doodle. "It will frighten mother, though," said Joe, as he looked at the picture. Oh, she'll know you are all right when she sees On reaching camp, Yankee Doodle went in search of Joe Bailey, the fifer. Joe had a very sore head where the Mauser bullet had plowed a furrow on his scalp. He had a huge bouquet of flowers by his side when Yankee Doodle entered the tent. you were able to fife it after you were hit." "Hello, Joe! Who is the girl?" he asked, when he 1 All the same no_ mother to her boy saw the flowers. is hit. Then she will say, he may be killed next "Y ht t l 'th f ,, .d J time,' and the suspense is awful for a mother." ou oug o mow-ey are or you, sa1 oe. I "Y t t b W t b th t "The deuce!" and he examined the flowers. They h est-yes-Jso mudsth e.d.d e mus 0 wri e b t .f 1 df t "Wh tth J ?" omea once, oe; an ey 1. were eau 1 u an ragran. osen em, oe. A k d d y k D dl th f "Senorita Dolores.;' passe an an ee oo e saw no mg o "Eh,,, d h 1 d tl d tl d h d Senorita Dolores. He hoped he would never see her a n e a 1 iem own on ie rumea . . agam, as.her several attempts on his life had caused "Yes ; they came from her for senor Yankee Doodle," laughed Joe. "Well!" gasped he, looking at them, "I'm stag gered!" "You'll be worse staggered, old man, if you have anything to do with those dark-eyed senoritas," and Joe laughed in spite of his sore head. "Staggered is no name for it, Joe, I'm jig gered!" "That's worse. You'd better see the doctor," ad vised Joe. "It may develop into yellow fever, or something of--" "Oh, dry up!" and Phil took up the flowers and examined them minutely. "They are all right," remarked Joe, "fresh and crisp. I sent word to her you were out, but would acknowledge the receipt of the flowers when you can1e in." "I am sorry you did not send them back, saying him to fear her more than any one he had ever met. But one day he met her face to face with two other wo men. Their eyes met, and he saw that she had been suffering, for there was a sadness in her eyes he had never seen there before, and she was pale and thin. He raised his hat to her, and she bowed in return, and stopped to extend her hand to him:' "I am glad to see you, senor," she said, "and want to hear you say again that you have forgiven me." "Freely, senorita, and with all my heart. I would be more glad to call you my friend than all the Spanish soldiers in Cuba." "I am truly your friend, senor, and a friend of your people." Are you also a friend to free Cuba ?" Si, senor. He cured me of my love for Spain and all Spaniards." "Ah They are all a bad lot, senorita."


1 4 YANKEE DOODLE I N HAV A NA. I "Si, senor, but I didn't know it. "They say the Spaniards are coming!" said the "That is why your people are trying to drive all messenger. Spaniards out of the island. They are but little bet"Then there'll be a fight. Senorita, you had bet-ter than savages, senorita." ter seek a place of safety at once," and he hurried "When will your army move on the city, senor?" away to the fort. He found the regiments under "No one but the general knows, senorita. Military arms, and seizing his drum beat Hail Columbia while secrets are closely guarded. Joe, his head still bandaged, fifed it with more energy "Will there be any more fighting here, senor?" than ever before in his life. "Not unless the enemy comes here to attack us." The captured fort being some five miles away from "Will they do that, senor?" any other support, the Spanish generals conceived "One can never tell what the Spaniards will do. 1 the idea of pouncing upon it, capture it, and return to They don't seem to have the good sense that other their lines ere the main army of the invaders could nations have." come up to its assistance. They came ten thousand "But if they come will your army stay here and strong, while only two thousand seven hundred Amer fight?" icans were there to defend the fort. "I guess so, as we are not in the habit of running The scouts had come in with the report that the en-away from the enemy," and he laughed softly. "But tire Spanish army was on the move The American I hardly think they will come out of their works to general saw at once that he was to be attacked by an attack us. They seem to be waiting for us to attack overwhelming force. He sent couriers to the main them." army, and then prepared to defend the forts to the "They have a very large army in the city, senorlas t very large." The enemy came on in dense masses, and when they "Si, senorita, but we know just how many they are, saw that the Americans meant to fight, they yelled how much they have to eat and how long they can with joy, for they believed they were numerous enough hold out without a battle. By waiting we can starve to run over the fort in one wild rush. them out, but thousands of women and children would "Steady, men !" called out the general, as he saw starve also." the Spaniards massing for the assault. "We'll lay "Si, senor. It is better to take the city now than out about half of that crowd in ten minutes. cause so many to suffer." When they came in range, t he guns on the breast" Have you been in the city to-day?" he asked, sudworks began to belch forth flame and iron. Our gun-denly. ners had their range, and great gaps were made in "No, senor," and she looked him full in the face as their ranks at each discharge. But the enemy expect-she spoke "lam no longer a spy. ed that, and never hesitated. They rushed on, and by and by the rifles began to hand out lead to them. CHAPTER Vll. The front lines melted away like snow on a hot oven. How the volleys rolled a.11 along the breastworks THE BATTLE-" THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR !" And how the men cheered as the enemy's line went YANKEE DOODLE was at a loss to understand the down Stilf the Spaniards pushed on-to certain senorita. He had never met one like her before. She death. It was certain now that they would try to was now sadeyed and womanly, yet he had seen her charging fiercely at the head of Spanish cavalry, with a dash that he had never known equalled by any man. He had seen her horse shot from under her, and saw her go down with him among the heaps of dead and dying. scale the earthworks and overwhelm the Americans by superior numbers. The popping of the rifles was incessant Yankee Doodle saw that it was going to be a band to hand fight. He began beating Yankee Doodle :rnd the shrill fife screamed above the roar of the battle She saw the puzzled look in his eyes, and said: like the eagle pouncing upon his prey. "Senor, I would do nothing for them-nothing. I The brave defenders cheered and braced for the tug. would serve Cuba-if I could." Suddenly Yankee Doodle sung out to them: "Say you so, senorita!" "Fire fast! Mow 'em down!" "Si, senor. I hate all Spaniards." The magazine rifles seemed to be torches in the "Senorita, a woman should never let hate enter hands of the Americans, so fast did they belch fla"Q?.e her soul. She should have nothing to do with war. and smoke from their muzzles. Men -may admire Amazons, but they never love them. Flesh and blood could not stand it. You are a woman-a very beautiful woman. Remain The Spaniards broke and fled, leaving the ground such for your own safety and-happiness. Love will strewn with their dead and dying. come again. Some day an American soldier may lay The Americans howled good -bys at them, and the his heart at your feet drummer and fifer mounted the breastworks and He would have said more but a messenger came gave them Yankee Doodle, while the cannon still running to him with an order from the colonel of the boomed like huge bull dogs. regiment to hurry to his post at once They were rallied by their officers and started up "What's the matter?" he asked. the hill again, and again the terrible work of death


YANKEE DOODLE 1N HAVANA. 15 went on as before. The brave fellows went down in the name of the whole army. Your drummer never cleath all along the line, a useless sacrifice of me, for missed a note and J 'our fifer took the -place oi the American soldiers were not to be beaten that clay. American eagle, screaming defiance all through the They were protected by the breastworlrn the enemy fight 1" themselveo had thrown ur. "That's what we are here for !" cried Yankee Again they broke and fled, and again Yankee Doodle, and all the men cheered lustily. Doodle sprang upon the breastworks and gave them "Yes," returned the general, "and as we alt know music to run by, while the shrill fife screamed defiance what we are here for we must do it with all our at them. might, just as we have done this day. Remember, "They won't come back, boys!" cried Yankee that at all times I rely on you to obey orders and lick Doodle. "Hurrah for Uncle Sam and his eagle!" the enemy." The men cheered like a roar of tigers. "That's what we are here for!" cried Yankee Then they cheered the drummer who had kept his Doodle again, followed by a roar of laughter in which Yankee Doodle going all through both assaults. the general himself joined. "The last thing they heard was Yankee Doodle! "In a few days we shall march on the City of HavGood tune to die by, eh, boys! Whoop! Whoop! ana and avenge the Maine and her murdered dead." Hooray for my Uncle Sam!" and his wild enthusiasm "That's what we are here for!" roared a thousand set the men going at a high pitch. voices in a fierce outburst of patriotic indignation. But the defenders of the works lost some good men He had touched the one subject which rankled in their -some two score being killed and nearly one hundred hearts and the bare mention of it aroused them to a wounded. Out there on the ground, though, lay fierce thirst for vengeance. nearly a thousand Spaniards, more than half of whom It was a terrible defeat for the enemy, and the rewere dead-all in the space in front of the works. treat to the cover of his lines was quick. He had The groans of the wounded filled the air. failed in his purpose, though he had four to one in his It was a frightful scene to look upon. favor. The retreated back the city satisfied that l Half a.n hour after the battle a brigade from the the Americans had come to fight, and knew how to American camp, six miles away, came up at a doublefight. quick, panting heavily over the run. When the men Scouts were again sent out, and then the care of the saw the ground covered with dead or dying Spanwounded was the first thing in order. iards they knew it was over and the battle won. They Again the houses in the village were used as hospicheered frantically, and Yankee Doodle and his fifer tals, and again the women became ministering j welcomed thetn with "Hail Columb1a" from the top angels. of the breastworks. Senorita Dolores ran up to the colonel of Yankee The day was spent in burying the dead, for in that. Doodle's regiment, saying: w.arm latitude the dead must be buried quickly. "Senor Colonel, our house is at your service, but if Yankee Doodle and Joe went among the wounded you put any Spaniards ln it I'll kill them !" Americans to see if any of their friends were there. "How about our boys, senorita?" he asked. They found two whom they knew in New York, and "I'll care for them as I would for my own brothers. did what they could for them. They went from Trust me, Senor Colonel." house to house looking for others, and at last entered "I will, senorita. You shall have as many as you the home of Senorita Dolores. can care for " Welcome, senors," she said to them. "We can care for four. We have room for no "Do you need any help, senorita?" he asked her. more. ,. "We need food for them, senor," she said. "We She met Yankee Doodle and put out her hand to have none in t he house that is suitable for wounded him, with : men to eat." "I am glad you escaped unharmed, senor I am "You shall have it, senorita," said Yankee Doodle,. glad you won." and then he went to the four wounded men there. .Thanks, senorita. It was a hot fight while it They declared her an angel of tenderness and womlasted. We are here to see the Spaniards go, and anly sympathy. they have got to go!" "I am glad you have such a good nurse," he "Ah, it's awful !" and she put her hands to her They did not know her past as he did ears to shut out the sounds of groans and cries of He went at once to the colonel of the regiment, told wounded men. Everyone wanted water. It is the him. of the lack of food in the home of Dolores, who. first thing a wounded soldier calls for, and so men was caring tenderly for four wounded Americans. ran here, there, everywhere, with water for them as "I'll see the commissa .ry," said the colonel, and hefast as they could get it. hurried away at once. The general came to the regiment who held the Two hours later the supplies were sent to the house, <.:enter of the defense and sung out : and the mother proceeded to cook such dainty dishes. "Men of New Yonk, I knew you would take care of as she knew how, while the daughter administered t<> yO'Ur part, so I said nothing to you I thank you in I the men only as a tender nurse could.


16 YA.\KEE DOODLE IN HAVANA "Senor, we want you to go with us," said old A sudden surprise means ruin," he said to them; Pedro, tapping Yankee Doodle on the shoulder as he "and it is the one thing we want to avoid." came out of the house of Dolores. That night they e!lcamped at a sugar planta.tion on "Where are you going, Pedro?" which every house had been destroyed for more than "To communicate with Gomez." a year. But there were wells and springs on the place, "Ah !" and the road gave them the means of communication "Si, senor. Your general is waiting for him to east and west. A strong guard was put out in every come up before attacking the city." direction, and the men laid down to rest. "Then we want him quickly," and he hurried off to The night passed, and the sun rose in a cloudless sky. see the colonel of the regiment, as he could not They were about to set out for the day's march when without his permission. Said the colonel : two Cubans came in; saying they were all that were "Yes-go with them, by all means. A Captain left of Velasco's command. The rest were eitlier Velasco will command them, and you must not do dead or captured, having been surprised during the to interfere with his authority." night by a detachment of Spanish volunteers from "I am not sure I ought to go then, colonel," said I Guanabacoa. Yankee Doodle. "They want me to command them Yankee Doodle was amazed at the news and conas in the other trips we took, and it might offend the j sulted with old Pedro. The old patriot had unboundcaptain." 1 ed faith in the young American. "You had better see about that before going, then," "Fight, senor," he said. suggested the colonel. "Velasco, is a brave young "But I don't know how strong they are, Pedro. If -0ffi.cer, I hear, and has hopes of promotion. You we rush in on a superior force we, too, might be demust not do anything to give otfense." stroyed. I will send out and see if we can find out Yankee Doodle hastened to see old Padro, and told their strength," and he sent out ten men as scouts, the old man about Velasco going in command. telling them to report to him at that place. "Captain Velasco has a command of one hundred As soon as they were gone he moved his men to a Cubans, senor, who belong to the Cuban army. We dense woods, leaving a few scouts behind to communiCubans who have not yet been organized and assign-cate with any friends that might show up. The woods ed, want you to lead us. We have faith in your good were but a half mile away. fortune. We number about two hundred men now, About noon news came back that the volunteers and I am their leader, with the understanding that who had t,outed Velasco were marching back to you are to command whenever you are with us." Guanabacoa with their prisoners. "Then I'll go. Velasco can take his men and push "Do you know by what road they are going?" he on ahead to find Gomez. I would rather stay near asked of the bringing the news. here and harass the Spaniards near Guanaba. coa, "Si, senor. It is called the coast-road. It runs where we captured Captain Barca." near the coast all the way from Cardenas to Havana." "Si, senor. Captain Velasco has asked us all to go "Do you know that road, Pedro?" Yankee Doodle with him. What shall we say to him?" asked of the old patriot. "If the men wish to go with him let 'em go." "Si, senor." "I will see them," and he went off to see his com"Can we head them off?" :patriots. The old man turned to the scout and questioned him in a few words. CHAPTER VIII. "We might, senor, if we go fast," he replied to the 'THE RESCUE-" CUBA'S DAY OF TRIUMPH IS NEAR AT question. HAND !" "Can wa go fast?" WHEN Captain Velasco was told that the Cubans "It's a rough road and a narrow one across there," wanted Yankee Doodle to go with them, he said that and he motioned northward as he spoke. he had no objection-if he would pledge himself to "Well, let's try it, anyhow. Velasco did not want obey orders from him. us yesterday. He may be glad to see us to-day." "I am in the American army," said Yankee Doodle, In ten minutes they were on the move. when told of it. "He is not. I can't serve under him They went back about a mile and then turned unless ordered to do so by my superior officer." northward, following a rough, narrow road which no He was not even ordered to go-was simply perwheeled vehicle could pass over. mitted-so Velasco said he didn't want him, and at "Move fast, men !" cried Yankee. Doodle, and they once left with his command. did, the two hundred men being strung out in a line "That's all right," said Yankee Doodle. "We'll five hundred yards in length. Pedro and a dozen go where we please and do as we please, being out-others led the way. side the lines of our army." They made the seven miles in two hours, a very dif-He left an hour later with two hundred Cubans, goft.cult feat, indeed. fog east in the same direction taken by Velasco. He On seeing the main road Yankee Doodle was satiskept scouts before and behind, enjoining vigilance I fied the enemy had not passed. He accordingly sought u:pon both parties. out a good place in which to await their arrival, and


YANKEE DOODLE IN IIA VAN A. 17 when he had found it, he distributed the men in such a way as to give them a complete command of the road. "Now, all of you lie down and rest," he said to them. "You are very tired and need all the rest you can get." They obeyed him promptly. Two hours passed and then two men in Spanish uniforms came dashing up going to Guanabacoa. Yankee Doodle with five men dashed out into the road and intercepted them, with : 1n half an hour they were off on the march again. Some of his men did not want to go, but they had no discretion in the matter. They had to obey orders. "Now, boys, we'll go back to the other road to avoid the enemy. They will be in in a few hours, and we'll let them bury the dead. We never lost a man. Let every man take a rifle and all the cartridges he can find." They quickly obeyed him and then they vanished into the woods. "Halt, senors!" They saw five rifles covering resistance was useless. But they did not travel so fast as they had come .._ them and knew that They bad extra arms to carry and did not have the same incentive as when they were going the other "Si, senor," they replied. way. They were led into the woods and searched. Suddenly they heard a deep boom in the direction They bore dispatches to the commandant at Guanof Havana that sounded like distant thunder rolling abacoa from a Major Delgado, saying he had met a over the island. Then came another and another. band of one hundred insurgents and captured seventy, Havana was iniles away, and Yankee Doodle knew killing and wounding the balance, and that he would that those booms did not come from field pieces. They bring the prisoners in during the day. were either the big guns of Morro Castle or else of "We'll wait here for them," said Yankee DooI the American fl.mt. dle, when the dispatch was translated for him. Boom They had to wait there some three hours more ere Boom the enemy appeared. Boom They were moving in a way that showed they The Cubans listened and looked inquiringly at the had no suspicion of the presence of an enemy in young American. many miles of them. The prisoners "'' ere a.ll bound He, too, was listening, and-thinking-thinking like criminals, and were made to march in front un-hard. der guard, with Velasco in the lead. Boom When the prisoners had passed, the volunteers Boom came along, singing patriotic Spanish songs and Boom Boom-boom-bo-o-o-om ,, jesting with each other. Just at the right moment A score of big guns seemed to be going once. Yankee noodle sang out : What an eager, expectant look was on every Cuba Libre !" swarthy face that was turned toward the young Ere the sound of his voice died away one hundred American at that moment. rifles poured a leaden hail into them. "Cubans!" he sung out at the top of his voice, They were appalled by the deadly shower, as many "Morro Castle is crumbling away under the guns of a man sank down in his tracks to rise no more. Sa.mpson's fleet! We must go back and be in the Just a few seconds later, a second volley of one battle that is close at hand. Cuba's day of triumph hundred rifles decimated their ranks still more, and is near at hand !" then the rush to surround the prisoners was made. "Cuba Libre!" they roared, with a fierce energy In ten minutes the fight was over, and the prisoners that told how intensely were they wroug

18 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. It was sunset when they struck Calvario again, rescue of Velasco, when Joe Bailey, the fifer, came tired and hungry. running in, his eyes blazing with excitement. "What news, Joe?" Yankee Doodle asked of the J "News from home!" he cried. "Dewey met the fifer as soon as he met him. I Spanish fleet at Manila and sent every ship to the bot" Sampson has been knocking old Morro tom!" west," replied Joe. "Say!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, turning to the "I heard the guns and hurried back. What is wounded men, "May I holler-just once?" the result ?" "Yes, yes !" cried the poor fellows. "I don't know. We haven't heard yet-at l east, "Senorita, may I yell in your house?" the men haven't." "Si, senor." "Is there any sign of an assault being made to"Whoop! Hooray for Dewey!" morrow?" "Viva Yankee Doodle!" cried Dolores, screaming "None that I've seen. But everybody is looking almost a s loud as h e did. Joe joined, and so did the out for orders every hour in the day. Did you have wounded men as best they could. any fun out on the road?" On a little table were two big iron spoons and "Yes," and he told him about the capture and some dishes. rescue of Velasco. I Yankee Doodle seized the spoons. "That's a good one on Velasco," said Joe, laughI "Take the dishes off, quick!" ing. Dolor e s took them away, and the next moment "Yes, but I don't know that he looks at it that those iron spoons were hammering Yankee Doodle way. He was good enough to say that we had saved out of the table. Quick as a flash Joe whipped out them, though. I'm starving, Joe." his fife and joined him. "There's plenty to eat in camp, I guess." What a racket they raised. "Well, I'd like to get on the outside of some of it." The women and children in a dozen houses around He managed to get something to satisfy his hunI ran out, wondering what had happened. Dolores ger, and then he sought the colonel and.told him what caught the wild spirit of the moment, and cried out: had happened to Velasco. That officer at once sent "Viva Americano !" the report to the genera l, to show what diffi cultie s Viva Cuba Libre!" were in the way of forming a junction with the army The little yard outside was soon filled with Cubans of Gomez. of both sexes. Inside, the four wounde d men wept The next day he went to see the wounded men at tears of joy. the home of Senorita Dolores. She welcom e d him Suddenly a surgeon entered on his rounds. with a srmle, and asked what the news was from the He caught Yankee Doodle by the collar and ran city. He had none, and told her so. him out of the room and out of the house, angrily ex" Some Cubans have heard that the Spaniards claim claimfog : to have beaten off the fleet," she said. "You' ll kill the men !" "Yes, they claim. everything in sight; senor-J Senorita ran into the kitchen, seized a big tin dish ita. Wait till we start m on them, and you 11 then pan, ranout after him, and held it bottom upwards know how we do things." before him. "Si, senor. I know already," she replied: "The Quick as a flash he rattled the iron spoons on it Spaniards are brave, but they don't know how." and went marching down the street. Joe's fife pierced "There, my dear," -he laughed, "you have got it the very Heavens with its shrill notes. down just right. They don't know how. We are "Cuba Libre!" cried Dolores, as she marched by going to show them soon. How are your patients his sid e holding the improvised drum for him. In a getting along?" few minutes five hundred men, women and children "They are doing well, senor. Would you see them? were following them, yelling for Cuba and the AmerOne of them is in love with me already." icanos for all they were worth. Soon American sol"How can he help it? You are beautiful." diers joined them by scores, and many laughed at the "Si, senor?" tin pan drumming. "Si, senorita," and he went in with her to where An officer, who had not heard the news, went to the wounded men lay. One of them seized her hand Yankee Doodle and ordered him to cease the racket. and held it, saying: "What's it all about?" he asked. "Yankee Doodle, she is the best, and kindest nurse "Haven't you heard the news?" Joe cried out to in the world." him. "You are fortunate then, comrade. Good nursing is worth all the medicine in the world." CHAPTER IX. "No-what is it ?" "Dewey has everlastingly smashed the Spanish fleet at Manila." "Eh ? What ? Is it true?" THE NEWS FROM MANILA-THE ASSAULT. "It is true!" said Yankee Doodle. THE four wounded men in the house of.Senorita "Hip-hip! Hooray!" and he waved his hat in Dolores, were listening to Yankee Doodle's story of the the air.


YANKEE DOODLE IN h.A.VAX.A. The iron spoons resumed their work on the tin pan, l I_ was doing my best, while thinking of her and and DoloreS' held it for him like a heroine. The news sister." spread, and soon the whole army was a roaring mob. "Yes-yes-if I don't fall with you," and Joe The mass of people was so great they could make no grasped his hand while his eyes filled with tears. further progress. Then Yankee Doodle ceased beat-The two brave boys knew the danger they were ing and sung out: going to face when the opened. "Three cheers for Dewey!" 1 arly the next morning the regiments were in line, How they roared and were held there for hours, but no order to go "Viva Yankee Doodle!" cried Senorita Dolores, forward came. carried away by the excitement. The army was moving up nearer the enemy, out on "Viva Senorita Dolores!" cried Joe, charmed by the ieft wing, and the right had to wait for them. the actions of the dusky beauty. She blushed and No orders came, and so they slept on their arms seemed pleased as the Americans yelled and waved that night. their hats at her. But the next morning at sunrise the boom of the They kept up the racket for some time, and then grea t guns of the fleet was heard. It thrilled the Yankee Doodle ceased beating the tin pan. He looked whole army. at it and saw that it had been ruined by the tattoo "Oh, Mr. Spaniard!" cried Yankee Doodle loud beaten upon it. enough for the entire regiment to hear. "Don't run "I have ruined it, senorita," he said to her. before we get a chance at you!" "Si, senor, but I'll keep it always," she replied. I "Let me have Blanco!" sung out the fifer. "I' ll "But I'll buy you another one." fife Yankee Doodle into him!" "I must go back now to my patients," said she, I "Follow the drum, boys, when we start it!" cried making no reply to his offer to buy a new pan. Re Yankee Doodle. "I am going right through the saw that she could not make her way through the town and play Hail Columbia for the fleet." crowd, so led her round by another street and as""Forward, march!" sisted her oYer a garden fence, passed the pan and They went forward with a quick step, set by the spoons over to her and then hurried up to the camp drum tap, straight for the enemy's line of earthworks, in the fort, in quest of the particulars of the great five miles away. battle at Manila. There he found officers and soldiers In a little while the enemy's scouts were seen hurryrejoicing over the news. Telegrams and p apers had ing back to their lines. come over in a ship from Key West. There were let"Go it!" cried Yankee Doodle. "Tell Blanco we're ters for him from his mother and sister in far away coming!" New York, written before the battle waB fought, and The grim of the men in the line were seen to he crept away to read them. smile, but they were all bracing up for the terrible Tears rolled down his cheeks as he read the loving setto near at hand. messages from his mother and sister. They told him By and by they came in sight of the Spanish flags how the papers had pra.ised him-how the neighbors flying at various points along the line of earthworks. had called to see and congratulate her; how all the A staff officer da shed up to the general and ha nded girls who knew him had called and talked to her of him a dispatch. He read it and halted the line. The him and sent messages of remembrance; how the men waited impatiently for the order to go forward. boys had sung his praises and predicted great things The colonel turned to Yankee Doodle, and said: for him ; and finally how her own heart failed her When the order to go forward io/given, beat the every morning lest, when she opened the daily paper, charge." she should read that. he was dead or wounded. "You bet I will, colonel, and I'll go in with you., No wonder he shed tears. too." There is no love like a mother's, and he loved his "But keep cool, my boy, keep cool!" mother as a mother should be loved. "Of course, sir, but they'll think us hot stuff for all He was very quiet the rest of the day, thinking that:" of mother, sister and home, wondering what would "We'll be hot enough for them," the -colonel reecome of them should he fall in battle. marked, and then turning to the line, sung out : That night orders came that caused a flutter in "Boys, we are to go over those works out there-the camp. What they were only the officers knew. to ave nge the Maine! We must do it well, and you The men were told to be ready for a sudden move a.re just the men to do it. Do you wish\to get at and hot work. 'em ?" "Joe, we are going at 'em to-morrow," said the "Ay, ay !" drummer to the fifer. "We'll go together, then, shoulder to shoulder. "I hope so," said Joe. Shoot to kill, and. give 'em the bayonet when you get "And a lot of us are going to fall." close enough " Yes. I guess so." Boom "Well, if I go down I want you to tell mother Boom r \


20 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. Cannon on the works belched forth a defiance, and the balls went shrieking over the heads of the men. Suddenly the brigade commander gave the order to charge. The colonels of the regiments and all the line officers repeated it. Yankee Doodle started his drum roaring the charge, accompanied by the shrill. screams of the fife. The whole line went forward like a solid piece of machinery. The artillery roared and the Mausers rattled "Remember the Maine!". yelled Yankee Doodle. "Remember the Maine!" roared the whole line, and then a volley of rifles sent a leaden hail among the Spaniards whose heads peered over the top of the works. How fast they fired as they moved forward Men fell at every step, yet the others went on-onon toward the works. How the cannons belched flame and smoke and iron hail, tearing gr.eat gaps through the line Yet not a man faltered Charge roared the drum. "Charge !" yelled Yankee Doodle. "Remember the Maine!" came up fiercely above the roaring din of battle. At the foot of the works the brave colonel seized the flag as the color bearer went down, :;i,nd rushed to the top of the fort with it. With the roar of tigers the men went up after him. Yankee Doodle was by his side beating the charge. They went over like a flood and mingled with the Spaniards in a fierce hand to hand fight with the bayonet. A big Spaniard rushed at the drummer to bayonet him. Sergeant McGuff caught him on his bayonet and hurled him among the struggling combatants and leapt after him. "Good for you, sergeant!" cried Yankee Doodle, but the din was such he hardly beard his own voice. Suddenly the Spaniards began to give way. From where he stood on the breastworks Yankee Doodle was the first to see it, and he yelled : "They fly They fly The day is ours! At 'em, boys! They run!" and then the triumphant notes of Yankee Doodle were heard above the fierce yells of the combatants. The Spaniards fled to an inner line of works a quarter of a mile away. The colonel was about to order a charge in hot pursuit when an order came from the general telling him to hold what he had gained. He called a halt and the men at once rested where they were. The ground outside was covered with dead and wounded Americans. Inside the works nearly all the dead were Spaniards. The air was filled with groans and shrieks of agony. A detail to look after the wounded was promptly made. Our own were attended to first. Yankee Doodle and Joe went down among the Spaniards. A Spanish colonel beckoned to him. He went up to him and the dying officer spoke to him in Spanish in such a way he could not understand him, and handed to him a big leather wallet heavy with gold and some papers. In another moment he was dead. "Well, he was in such a hurry I didn't. understand him," said Yankee Doodle. "I'll tell the colonel about it," and he went in search of the colonel of the regiment. But that officer was too busy to be seen, so he turned to the major. "They are coming back!" cried the major. "Beat the rally Quick as a flash the drum was roaring out the alarm. The men rallied and in a couple of minutes a solid front was presented to the enemy, who came on with reinforcements, hoping to regain the ground they had. lost. "Give 'em the bayonet! Charge!" and the line sprang forward with the cry of: Remember the Maine !" and in another minute the deadly struggle was on again. CHAPTER X. YANKEE DOODLE IS ARRESTED BY ORDER OF THE AMERICAN GENERAL. THE Spanish attempt to regain their lost ground was a futile one. The Americans were not giving up anything they had won t .hat day. But they fought fiercely for half an hour and again retreated, followed by the roaring of the drum and fife. "Advance the whole line!" cried the general of the brigade, and the line went forward with a yell. The Spaniards went over their works as fast a.s they could, in order to be able to use their artillery on them. Yankee Doodle saw the danger and sprjtng forward, beating the cha.rge, crying out : "In with 'em before they can use their cannons!" Whoop! They went over with them like rabbits, and began to use their bayonets with tremendous energy. The -Spaniards frantic with rage over the mishap, for they saw t' ..;ir danger. They fought like madmen. Yankee Doodle had to drop the drum and seize a rifle to defend himself. Twice he was pressed back, but had the good luck to keep from being impaled. The fight .lasted two hours, for the enemy saw that the day was going against him. They had an im mense host in the city, but had many points to de fend. Reinforcements went to the aid of those con tending with the New York boys, and another brigade ran up to our assistance, for there was the only breach made in the second, or inner line of works by the Americans, and they were determined to hold it all hazards. They did so, but at a terrible cost life. The enemy was beaten back by the steady cool ness of the Americans, and the position remained wit' the 'latter. To the surprise of the general, that was the only point on the inner line of defenses that our boys captured, and it was of so much importance that he immediately dispatched a third brigade to enable them to hold it. Said he to the general in command there: "This is a terrible blow to the enemy. Look out for a night attack, as it's of great importance to them as well as to us."


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. 21 "We can hold it," said the general, who had won them from the field and capturing two whole regi-it. ments in less than ten minutes. "Better throw up some dirt over there at once," Gomez and his men were now among them with suggested the commander of the field. "They may the terrible machete and men fell everywhere. The come down on you too heavy." general finally succeeded in stopping the men in time In less than thirty minutes the engineers were at to secure the prisoners. But the Cubans pressed on, work. In four a semi-circular of I and Yankee Doodle rushed to their front beating the I works was establlshed, and our boys stationed behmd charge. It electrified the swarthy fellows who yelled it. and pushed on after him. In a few moments he was No sooner was it done than heavy columns of the leading three thousand of them. The Spaniards, asenemy were seen advancing to the assault-an entire sailed in front and flank, broke and fled. divi sion. "Seize that drummer and bring him here !" shouted The general sung out to his men: the American general to a company of cavalry, and "They are coming again, men This is the key to they went thundering after him. Havana. We must hold it Shall we let 'em take it "The general wants you!" yelled the captain of the away from us?" cavalry. "Take that horse there!" and a soldier "Never! Never!" roared the men. dismounted and gave him bis horse. "They can't. do it!" sung out Yankee Doodle, who He sprang up into the saddle and reached for his at once began "Hail Columbia" on his drum. drum. They dashed off with him. Way out on the right another army of several "Here he is, general!" said the captain as he thousand men :was seen-a queer-looking body of men dashed up with the drummer. -pressing forward on our right wing. "Keep him under arrest till further orders," was "Gomez! Gomez!" cried someone, and a staff of-the command. ficer dashed out there to make sure. Ere he got The captain led him away. there the flag of Cuba, with its one star, was seen. "What in thunder does this mean!" Yankee. Cuba Libre!" roared our boys. Doodle exclaimed "Cuba Libre!" cried the Cubans. "Viva Gomez yelled the Americans. "Viva Americano !"they responded. "We are here to help you!" said grim old Gomez to the staff officer. "Just in time, general. They are coming down on us in force. Just look after this end of the field and do all the damage you can to the enemy." "We have come for that purpose, Senor Colonel," said the old hero, and the officer dashed back to the general's side. Soon the small arms opened and the leaden hail began to fly. The Spaniards pressed on with the energy born of desperation. They surged up against the constructed earthworks like a wave of the ocean beating against the shore. They were rolled back, but like the waves of the ocean they returned again. Then it was that old Gomez hurled his veterans against the flank of the Spanish column. An inde scrib able scene ensued. On no battlefield of modern times did more fierce hatred move the combatants than that shown by Spaniards and Cubans. The former eemed to turn on the latter to crush them, leaving the Americans unmolested for the time being-a fatal as they exposed their right flank. Instantly Yankee Doodle tounded over the breast works beating the charge, crying out: "We've got 'em, boys! Come on!" Quick as a fl.ash the five thousand men went over the works with a yell, to the horror of the general and all his staff. He vainly sought to recall them. The drummer boy had taken the command and was leadmg the charge. On, on pressed the men and struck the Spaniards on their right flank, sweeping "It means that .you are under arrest," was the reply. "Wha,t have I done?" "What haven't you done! You took command of the army and started for Morro Castle!" "Well, if they had left me a,lone I'd have taken it and old Blanco too!" he retorted. "Am I ar rested for fighting the Spaniards?" "No. I think you will be shot for interfering with military discipline," replied the captain, trying to have some fun with him. "Bah I did nothing of the sort. Lord, but just listen to that! And 1 am not allowed to have a hand in it!" and the roar of the battle between the Span iards a .nd Cubans was frigntful to hear. "Say, c aptain, shut your eyes till I can get away, will you?" "No-no-you must obey orders," said the captain. "Gomez is recalling his men now. We can't take Morro till the fleet batters down .the walls. We've got 'em hemmed in now, and they'll have to surren der." Gomez did recall his men who had pressed the Span iards. so hard with their machetes. There was a third line of works still n earer in toward the heart of the doomed city, and behind that was massed an immense force. As the Cubans fell back they cheered the Ameri cans, and were cheered in turn. Colonel Ellison, of the genera.I's staff, dashed up to Gomez, saying: "General Miles tenders his compliments, general, and asks that you will permit our men to see you ride along the line." Certainly. I'll pay my respects to him," and the grim old veteran rode forward with him.


22 YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. "Gomez Gomez Viva, Gomez!" roared the J "What's it all about, colonel?" be asked as they Cubans. returned to the regiment, and the officer explained it "Hurrah for Gomez!" to him, adding: Viva Cuba Libre!" "You came near leading them into a death trap. Both Americans and Cubans cheered him franti-They would all have been shot to death before that as he rode forward to meet General Miles. The third line of works in less than twenty minutes." two generals met and shook hands where the ground "Maybe they would, colonel, but I don't believe it," I was thickly strewn with the dead and wounded. he replied. "We'd have gone over at 'em and chaw" I thank you in the name of all Cuba, general," ed them up in abou t that time ourselves. Did you said Gomez, as he grasped the hand of the American I see how those Cuba.ns chopped 'em up with their general. sugar cane knives?" "I thank you and your brave patriots for the aid "Yes, but there were ten thousand Spaniards be-given us to-day, general," said the American leader. hind those works who had not been touched. Much "Ah! but the assistance you are giving us!" re-as we despise them they are brave fellows who are marked the old veteran. "I am at your service. I not afraid to fight." place myself and my army at your disposal, so there may be harmony of action." Thank you, general. I shall certainly seek your advice and co-operation. We shall probably have hot work to-morrow." "And maybe to-night." "Yes-we must be vigilant," and the two generals shook hands again and separated. On the way back, Gomez turned to the staff officer who accompanied him and asked: "Did you see that drummer boy lead the charge to-day?" "No, but I heard of it. He belongs to a New York regiment. and is the idol tf the army." He is a born soldier ." "Yes. He is called Yankee Doodle throughout our army-a name given him by Cubans, I be lieve." "Ah! I've heard of that name in my camp, and was under the impression that he was an officer whose daring had won him that name." "He is only a regimental drummer boy, but if this war continues a few months longer he will be given a command." "I should be glad to give him one in my army," said the old hero. That night Yankee Doodle sent for the colonel of his regiment, who went to him at once. "I am under arrest, colonel," he said, "and don't know why." "Neither do I, but wiil try to find out, my boy," and the colonel went straight. to the brigade headquarters. Ah Yes ; so I did order his arrest," said the general. "He took the brigade away from me and led the charge." The colonel laughed, and the general said further : "He'd have led them into a death trap against that third line of works out there, had I not ordered him taken off the field. I can't prefer a charge against a soldier for going at the enemy, and admit that he took my men away from me. Go to him and tell him to keep in his place and send him to his quarters." The colonel went back, laughing heartily at the position the general was in, and took Yankee Doodle from the guard. CHAPTER XI. THE GREAT BATTLE-YANKEE DOODLES CHARGE. THE night was spent in burying the dead and re moving the wounded of both armies. But as he could do nothing in that line, Yankee Doodle went among the men of the regiment to find out who had fallen in the day's battle. Tears came into his eyes as he missed many a brave fellow. "See here, me bye!" said Sergeant McGuff, "it's a charmed life ye have, I'm thinking. They don't be afther hurtin' ye at all, at all." "Well, how is it with you, sergeant ?" he asked. "Sure, an' if I didn't kill the bastes they'd be afther killin' me." "Sure," he laughed, "and you are a mighty good hand at the business, sergeant." "They kill a dale Of us, too, me bye, bad cess to 'em. It's mesilf as has four bullets through me clothes." "I have two myself, but if they won't perforate my hide, I'll be a happy boy when it's all over with. Where is Joe?" "Sure, an' I dunno." "Joe is with Tom Lane. Tom is badly hurt," said a soldier nearby. "Sorry to hear that. Tom is a brave fellow," and he went back to the field hospital in quest of the fifer. There were hundreds of the poor fellows there, and the surgeons were busy binding up wounds, or cutting off limbs. He found Joe with Tom. Tom, I'm sorry you are hurt," he said to the wounded fellow. "Oh, I don't mind as long as we licked 'em," groaned the brave fellow. "I was trying to keep up with you when they downed me." "Senor Senor called a womanly voice behind 1 him. He wheeled round and was face to face with Senor-ita Dolores. "Ah, senorita!" and he grasped her hand. "You are an angel of mercy now! Just see the brave fellows here who are hurt!" "Si, senor-but you are safe?" "Si, senorita, and glad enough I am, too." "Si, senor. I feared you had fall1m. I had to


YANKEE DOODLE IN HA V .ANA. 23 come and see. And Senor Joe is safe, too," and she "I think we'd have captured them easily, colonel." put out her hand to the young fifer who rose to his "Impossible!" and the colonel shook his head. feet and grasped it. "If you need me, senor, will "You will see to-morrow how hard it will be for us you send for me?" to take them." Si, senorita, but you must not leave others to "Are we to storm them to-morrow?" come to me. I am no better than any other man." "I don't know, yet I don't see how we can avoid "I would leave a.11 the world to come to you, senor," doing so. We must either do so or fall back from she said, and then she went away as she had come, where we a.re. We can't stay here if they choose to gliding by hundreds of wounded men on her way back open on us." to the four Americans who were in her charge in her "Well, if I had command we'd go over those works little home six miles away. at sunrise," said Yankee Doodle, and the officers "That woman isn't afraid of old Nick," he said, as laughed at the military judgment of a drummer boy he gazed after her till she was out of sight in the to tb.e officers of his regiment. But the colonel look-darkness beyond the lights of the hospital tents. ed hard at him for a minute or two, and s aid: "She came here to see if you were hurt," said Joe, "So would I, my boy." looking up at him. "She is after you, old man." "How would you go at it!" a captain asked of "The Lord forbid," he replied. "She was after I Yankee Doodle. me once, and I feared her more than I did the whole "With a wild rush, and give 'em the bayonet. Spanish army." Those Spaniards will stand and shoot as long as we "It's the other way now," rema.rked Joe, shaking I do, but they are no match for us with the cold steel." his head. "Ah! That' s the whole case in a few words!" ex" I hope not. Tom, I hope you'll soon be on your claimed the colonel. The boy has met them more feet again." times than we have, by going out with the Cubans. I "I don't know," said Tom. "I am pretty badly have noticed the same thing tha. t he has. Man for hurt." man the Spaniard is no match for the American sol" The surgeon hasn't examined him yet," said Joe. dier in a hand to hand struggle, but he will stand up "He'll have to wait his turn. I am going to the and shoot till he is hit." colonel's headquarters and see if I can find out any"That's it exactly," said Yankee Doodle. "Go at thing about the situation. We may have hot work to-'em with the bayonet and they are licked in a few l morrow, and settle old Blanco once for an.: minutes; but stand off and fire and they will do the "Let me know if I am wanted," Joe said. "I'll be same." here with Tom." Yankee Doodle went to his quarters and rolled in "All right," and he went away, saying to himself: his blanket to get the sleep he so much needed. But "Joe is a faithful friend." it was not an easy matter for him to get to sleep, as At the colonel's quarters he met many officers, the excitem ent of the day had been very great. An every one of whom grasped his hand. hour passed and Joe joined him. "I heard the general had to order you off the field," "Tom is dead, Phil," said the fifer, ''and I am all said one of them. "Is it true?" broke up over it." "Yes, captain, and put me under arrest. I guess "I am sorry-didn't dream he was so badly hurt, he thought I would get hurt." Joe." They la.ughed, and another remarked : "I knew he was, and that's why I didn't leave "You seem to bear a charmed life." him." "Well, I hope I do, for I don't want to be knocked Then the two boys were silent, and by and by they over, I can assure you." slept. Tired nature could hold out no longer. "But what was the arrest for?" a third asked. But before the stars had faded away the regiments "Hanged if I know. The colonel here got me out. were all under arms, and all orders were given in He might tell you." subd1;J-ed tones, as if fearing the enemy might hear "He was out there beating a charge upon his drum them. ; when the general didn't want to charge," explained "Boys, we are in for it now," was heard all along the colonel. He should never beat a charge until a the line. charge is ordered," and he looked at the drummer in The enemy was but a quarter of a mile away, be a way that was meant for him to remember what was hind formidable earthworks, prepared to defend them said. to the death. "But inflicted a terrible loss on the enemy," remarked a captain in the party. "So he did, and we lost a good many men, too. But inside of ten minutes we'd have suffered a terrible defeat by running up against that line of works with ten thousand Spaniards behind them," and the officers were surprised at the statement. One of them said: The ground had been cleared of the dead and wound ed, and so the coast was clear all the way, except a few houses that stood in the suburbs of the city. In that latitude the twilights are short, and so in a few minutes the sun seemed to be getting up fast. The dew was sparkling everywhere like diamonds, and the promise of a beautiful day was given rn the clear streak that shot up in the eastern horizon.


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. Boom! Boom-boom! The fleet had opened on Morro Castle, and then the word to move forward was given. The line moved like a piece of machinery. Yankee Doodle was at the right of the regiment with his drum, but never a tap did he give it. It was to remain silent till needed in the heat of battle, and not then, unless necessary. "Sergeant M-cGuff," said he, as the big fellow came near to him, "if our boys are pushed back don't leave me behind-if I am down." "All roight, me bye-but niver wanst will they push us back. Be me sowl, it's tin av thim I'll kill av we get till 'em." The big guns of the fleet and forts were now roaring, till the very earth seemed to shake under the heavy booming. The noise prevented the near approach of the army being heard. Nearly every Span ish soldier was looking back at the city and the heavy pall of smoke that hung over Morro and the forts along the shore. Suddenly the whole American line dashed forward with yells and a volley of rifle shots. The enemy was not taken quite unawares, for they had been on post, by turns, all through the night. They poured a deadly volley into our ranks, and scores of brave men went down. But with yells of defiance the Americans went on and began to go over the works, giving the Spaniards the bayonet. It was a frightful scene to look upon. Yankee Doodle looked back from where he st. ood on the breastworks and saw other American regiments hurrying forward at a double quick step. "They are concentrating on us here," he said. "If we don't get any help we'll be overwhelmed," and 11e sent one of his staff to General Miles for assistance. "The Cubans are giving way!" cried one of the staff. And so they were. Quick as a flash Yankee Doodle bounded away, beating the charge with furious energy and placed himself at the head of the swarthy patriots. Old Gomez saw him and rushed to his side. "Cuba liibre I Charge, Cubans! The day is ours! Come on! Come on!" and the brave fellows sprang forward like a torrent, and hurled themselves on the Spaniards with the fury of demons. The onset broke the Spanish line in two places, and the Cubans poured through in a living mass of machetes. Viva Gomez "Viva Cuba!" "Viva Americano !" "Down with Spain!" He set the cries, and in the wild enthusiasm of the moment swept the Spaniards back, turned their flank, and doubled them over on those whom the Americans were pressing. Then the American general sprang down from.. the works and dashed in among his men, with yells of : "Forward, the whole line !" The line surged forward, and the enemy were push ed back until all semblance of organizatiou was destroyed . Then it was easier work, and finally the Spaniards were piled up on those behind them in a 11 undistinguishable mass-a mO:b-and a panic ensued. It was then that Yankee Doodle struck the first CHAPTER XII. note on his drum on that eventful day. He faced the "BRING THE FLAG TO THE DRUM-QUICK." oncoming regiments and beat the charge. Joe fifed THE battle on that part of the field where the New till the shrill notes were heard above the roar and din York regiments were engaged became a massacre. of battle, and the men answered him with a fierce The Spaniards were in a confused mass so void of or yell. On, on they came and up and over the works ganization their officers were utterly unable to handle they rushed like the overflowing waters of a river. them. "At 'em, boys!" yelled Yankee Doodle, at the top They were ordered to fall back, and the attempt to of his lungs. "This is their last stand. Down Spain do so resulted in a rout. forever now !" Yet there were other regiments coming to their Then came another regiment behind that one-and support. still another-and so he beat the charge for them all. It was then that Yankee Doodle left the Cubans In the meantime the Cubans on the right, under and placed himself at the head of the New York boys. grim old Gomez, were going over the works, too. "They run, boys!" he cried. "Settle 'em now, But everywhere the Spaniards fought like demons, once for all! Charge !" and those who did not hear co11testing every inch of ground. They, too, received his voice did hear the drum roaring out the charge. reinforcements from somewhere in the city. There With yells of triumph they rushed forward like an seemed to be no end of Spaniards, and Yankee Doodle, avalanche, bearing down every obstacle in their pathfrom where he stood on the ramparts, could see them way. coming. The general of his brigade ran up and stood The enemy fled in a panic. by him to survey the battle and give his orders. He, But the regiments behind them opened their ranks too, saw the reinforcements coming to the enemy, and to let them pass through, and then closed up, pre-turned pale. senting a solid front to the victorious Americans. "They may be too many for us," he said to one of "There they are, boys! Down with 'em! There's his staff. old Blanco! Catch him and send him to New York! Then he looked back to see if any more were coming 1 Charge!" up to his assistance. I The Spaniards met them with a steady nerve. But There were r..10ne. just then nothing but a solid stone wall a mile high


YANKEE D OODLE IN HAVANA. 25 could stop them. The line swayed to and fro a few r along the line. They rushed into the houses and minutes as the bayonets crossed, and then the Spanpoured a galling fire upon the Americans from doors iards were pushed back. and windows. The grim old Gomez struck them again on the flank Each house had to be stormed and the enemy cap-with his terrible machete wielders. tured, and in that the loss of life was awful. But the "Remember the Maine!" rose the cry that sounded Cubans were now uncontrollable in their fury. In high over the battlefield. each house they entered every Spaniard was killed . Yankee Doodle had started it, and every American They didn't want any prisoners. They only wanted regiment took it up. It went rolling along the lme revenge. round to the left for four miles. That was the length Their officers tried to stop them, but in vain. War of the line of battle. was on in all its horrors now, and the Spanish power It was a cry for vengeance, an awful sound on a in the Western world was crumbling away in a sea of battlefield. Not many Spaniards understood it save blood. when they heard the Cubans give it in Spanrh, which The fighting was now in the streets of Havana. they did. Terrified women and children tried to get away, and "Viva Espana!" yelled the fierce soldiers of hundreds were slain in their endeavors to reach places Blanco. of safety. Neither Spanish or American soldiers were Viva Cuba Libre!" responded the relentless ma-to blame for it. They ran into the vortex of war in chetes of Gomez. their blind terror. "Remember the Maine I" roared the Americans, On one of the plazas the Spaniards had planted a and the tide of battle rolled steadily on toward the battery and a regiment of infantry, to sweep the heart of the city. street in the direction of the American forces. The great guns of the fleet and the shore batter-ies shook the very ground with their thunder. Spain was stoutly defending her right to Cuba, and the Americans their right to drive her out. As the Spaniards were pressed back, Yankee Doodle rushed forward, beating the charge, cool and resolute. The Americans were wildly cheering him, animated by his persistent keeping in the front. A score of Spaniards rushed at him to finish him. Cubans and Americans rushed to his defense, and while they struggled in a deadly embrace he stood by beating the charge. Just then Joe rejoined him, having been separated from him, and the shrill fife screamed like an eagle above the din of the contending hosts. Suddenly the tune changed to Yankee Doodle, a .nd a wild burst of cheers went up all along the line ; still the drum and fife pushed on, and the irresistible Stars and Stripes followed. Three t ,imes did the flag of the New York regiment go down, and as often was it seized and raised again. Suddenly Sergeant McGuff rushed up to Yankee Doodle and said : "Sure, an' they fight like divils !" "Sergeant, bring that flag here and hold it over me!" cried Yankee Doodle. The burly sergeant ran to the color bearer and said: "Come, bring the flag to the drum-quick!" a .nd he seized him by the collar and ran him forward. Just as they got there a bullet laid the color bearer low. The sergeant caught the staff and waved old glory above his head. "Charge!" yelled he, and the drum roared it out as never before. The men sprang forward once more. The whole line seemed to move at the same time. Old Gomez was everywhere in the thickest of the fight, and his Cubans never once failed him. All of a sudden the Spaniards began to give way all Yankee Doodle saw the battery in time and ran into the garden of a big mansion to get out of the range of it. There he beat the rally, and a thousand soldiers gathered about him, thinking some general had so ordered. But the general of the brigade was wounded, and nearly all the officers of the New York regiment were knocked out-some killed. "We must take that battery, boys !" he cried out. "Turn it on the enemy and blow 'em off the earth. Come on, now !" and he started off beating the charge. No man could stand still and see a drummer boy say : "Come on," and not go. They all went with a whoop of: "Remember the Maine !" and in just one minute more were bayoneting the gunners and having it out with their support. By this time the Spaniards were satisfied they were whipped, yet fought with a stubbornness born of despair. The average Spaniard is as stubborn as a government mule, and often the best thing to do with him is to kill him. The struggle over the battery was a terrific one for about ten minutes. Then it was ours. Yankee Doodle sprang upon one of the guns and beat Hail Columbia while all the victors yelled fran tically. Then he leaped to the ground. "Turn 'em on 'em !" he yelled. But there were no artillerists in the regiment. Yet a captain of the line had the four pieces turned and soon they were belching iron hail at their late masters. The Spaniards tried to recapture the battery, and another terrific conflict ensued on the plaza. Old Go mez rode up and saw the importance of holding the place. He quickly sent in a regiment of his swarthy fellows, who went at the enemy with the machete. The enemy was soon put to flight.


26 YANK E E DOOD L E IN HA V A N A The grim old warrior rode up to Yankee Doodle and reached down his hand to him. Yankee Doodle seized it. "Senor, you and your drum have led in the hottest of the fight all day. I have watched you. You are farther advanced than either the left wing or center of your army. I advise you to go no farther, but hold this plaza till you hear from your general." "Si, general," said the drummer. "We have captured the city, haven't we?" "r think we have," was the reply, "but they don't seem to know it." "We'll prove it to 'em." "But don't advance any farther. Dead soldiers can do no more fighting. You have gone far enough for the present." Soon an American staff officer rode up, and the old warrior told him the drummer boy had captured the battery. Just then the triumphant drum and fife broke out with Yankee Doodle. Both musicians stood upon the guns. How the men shouted and cheered Yet they were panting with the heat, thirst and hunger. They had been fighting seven hours and were almost exhausted. Some of them laid down on the hot pavements, while others sought shelter as they could find it. Yet the captain who took charge of the battery was vigilant in guarding against surprise, by putting out scouts in each street leading from the plaza. The fighting had ceased in the streets, as no firing was heard except from the fleet and shore batteries. Both sides seemed to be exhausted, overcome by heat and thirst. But grim old Morro still hurled defiance at the fleet, and a cloud of smoke overhung it like a pall of death. By some means the news came to the army that old Morro was a mass of ruins on one side, and that the guns were all silenced except two big ones that still remained in position. Then came the work of removing the dead and wounded. The sun shone so hot that the dead had to be buried at once to avoid a pestilence that would be structive than all Blanco's men combined. Yankee Doodle went in quest of something to eat, for he was ravenously hungry. So was Joe-and all the boys. As they were stepping over the bodies which lay thick along the way, Yankee Doodle stepped over the body of a dead Spaniard, in whose grasp was a leather bag. He saw it and said to Joe: "Here, let's see what this is," and he stooped and released the bag from the clutch of the dead man. "Gold, by all holy!" he cried, when he saw how heavy it was. "How do you know?" Joe asked. "Because I hope it is," he laughed, and he opened it. "Gold it is, old man!" Joe looked it over with bulging eyes. "Half is yours, old man," said Yankee Doodle. "Whew! I'm rich!" gasped Joe. "That fellow robbed somebody or a bank and didn't get away with it. Let's look for more." They did look, but found nothing more of value though they did not search any pockets That was something they did not do. "Well, we've got this, anyhow," said Yankee Doodle, so we won't starve if we can find any food for sale." "Guess we won't find (l,ny markets open to-day," Joe replied. "Well, the gold will keep anyway." "Yes-we can't eat it no matter how hungry we may be. Say, Phil, you led the whole brigade to-day. I heard the general order one of his staff to call you in, and he started after you. But he fell before he got half way to you. He sent another and his horse was shot from under him. Then the general said : 'Well, let him rip, he's doing just right at present.' Then he was wounded and had to be taken to the field hos pital." "Who is in command now?" "Hanged if I know. It looks to me as though ol..i Nick has been in command ever since daybreak." "Right you are," laughed Yankee Doodle, and now General Starvation is in control." "Hello There's a woman coming down the street looking for somebody." Great Scott, Joe It's Dolores!" "So it is. What in thunder is she after, I won der?" "Wait and see." She came up, and on seeing them, cried out: "Oh, senor! I'm so glad you are not killed!" and she clasped her hands to her heart as she spoke. "So am I, senorita," he replied. "But I am about to starve to death. I've had nothing to eat all day. Do you know where we can get food?" Is there no food in your army ?" "Si, senoriti1-plenty of it, but I can find the man in the moon quicker than I can our commissary. You see we have been pretty well shaken up to-day." I could buy some if alone, and had money," she said. "Bless your dear heart, here is money," and he gave her a handful of gold Spanish coin. "Buy for all three of us, and keep the balance for that tin pan I smashed of yours the other day." "Oh, senor This is a fortune!" "Yes, if it will get us food. Bring it to us right here. We'll wait here for you." She ran away, going down a little street in which there had been no fighting, and disappeared from sight. "Will she come back?" Joe asked. "She has about twenty-five dollars in gold in her hand. "Yes-she'll come back. Poor girl She is trying to show how sorry she is that she tried to kill me!"


YAN K E E D OODLE IN HAVAN A CHAPTER XIII. J may be filled with Spaniards waiting to rush out on "WEAR THAT-IT'S YOUR DECORATION OF HONOR!" us to-night." THE two boys were so tired and hungry they de"If I thought so I'd he rushing away from herecided to remain at the spot where the senorita had in fact, I'd walk Spanish." left them, thinking it as safe there as a .nywhere else, "What's the matter with you?" as the Spaniards had been driven back through that "Nothing in the world, old man. But if this house very street. So they sat down in the doorway of a is filled with live Spaniards we want to skip out from house, which was apparently deserted, to await her here. We've seen enough of them to-day to know return. Out in the street in front of them lay dead that they are a bad orowd in war time." and wounded men of both armies. "That's so," laughed Yankee Doodle. "I'll mark "Say, Joe,'' said Yankee Doodle to the fifer, the house round in front so I'll know it again," and "there's nobody in this house. Let's get inside out he led the way round to the front. of this heat and divide this money. We can't carry "Oh, senor!" exclaimed Senorita Dolores, as they it around with us in this bag, nor divide it out here." appeared, I feared you had gone away Here is "All right, old man, but how can we get inside? some fruit and bread and honey. I could find no They don't build houses here a.s we do in New York." meat," arnd she displayed what she had brought. "Let's try the door," and they did. It was locked It was tempting. They were hungry and ate heart-and bolted on the inside. ily. She watched them with glowing cheeks and "Let's go a .round and see if we can get in that wistful eyes. way," and no sooner was the suggestion made than Suddenly Yankee Doodle exclaimed: they started round to the rear of the house. "Pardon me, senorita You are hungry, too Eat But the doors were locked and windows barred-a with us. We have plenty now, thanks to you," and usual thing in Cuba. Yet Joe thought the rear door he forced part of the supply into her hand. was not so strong, but it could be broken in. He tried "Si, senor, I a.m hungry," she laughed. his strength on it and it yielded a couple of inches. "Of course you are. This immense army here has It was then a sword point slipped through and consumed everything in reach. See here now. You passed under Joe's arm, passing through his coat, are nursing our boys, and hanged if I don't stand by and going a foot or so beyond him. you. Hold your two hands out, please." It was done quick as a flash, and then the sword She held them out, and he filled them with Spanish was drawn in. It was such a close call for Joe, he gold. turned pale and sprang back. "Oh, senor !" and her eyes :filled with tears. "Oh, 1.. "Somebody is in there!" he gasped. you good Americanos '.Mother and I are starving" Yes. I'll see!" and Yankee Doodle went to the almost! You have saved us-saved us-oh, senor!" window to peep in. and the tears ran down her face ; she could not wipe Swish! them away, as her hands held the gold he had given A sword point grazed his cheek. He sprang back and drew his revolver. Seeing a her. "Put that in your pocket, if you have one," said part of a Spanish uniform in the room, he fired. A groan followed, and the next moment a Spanish Joe, "and let me fill your hands.,, She did so and Joe filled her hands from his share officer fell against the window, while another was try-ing to support him. of the gold. Crack "Oh, senors Oh, if America but had Cuba we He :fired at the other fellow, and down hewentwith should all be so happy!" a smothered : "Indeed you would. But your own people must Caramba !" keep Cuba. We are going to drive Spain out and let "Any more in response. there?" he called out, but got no the Cubans have it. Let no one know you have gold. But he did not care to risk getting a sword thrust in the neck, so he did not go to the window to peer in again; nor did he dare to force the door. They were out of view from the street, however, so they divided the gold in the bag, transfering it to their pockets and throwing the bag away. I want to know why those fellows were in there, Joe," said Yankee Doodle, as they were preparing to go round to the front of the house. So would I, but I am not going to offer myself as a target for a sword point," and Joe shook his head as he spoke. "Well, I don't want to get a punch, either, but we ought to find out about it, Joe. All these houses here Go back to your good mother now, and see that she has something to eat. The commissary ought to supply you both with rations while nursing our wounded men." "We use but little. We cook it for them-and our neighbors are so hungry, too." "Well, it will soon be over. We may get Blanco tomorrow, and then the blockade will cease and food will be plentiful.,, And will you then go back to your home, senor ?" "Si, senorita-after a time, but I don't know how long. When the battle is over I'll come and see you. I'll tell our general how kind you have been to our wounded She turned away and hid her face. In another min


YANKEE DOODL E IN H A VAN A ute she hurried away, going in the direction of the I "Good for you! But it was hot work, m.y boy." little town of Calvario. "So it was. Where's Sergeant McGuff? J\e saved "There's something about that girl I can't unde r' m.y lif e again to-day." s tand," s a id Y anke e Doodl e "She is a combination "Don't know-haven't seen him since he ran the of angel and demon. I 've seen h e r in both char-flag over to you to-day." acters." I hope h e isn't hurt." "So have I," assente d Joe "She is an a,ngel now. "I don't think he is," said a soldier nearby. \\'hen she finds out tha,t Senorita Inez Alvarez is not He then found out where the headqu:-irters of Gen -the widow of that dead Gonzalez she'll be a demon I era l Nelson were, and he and J oe went there. The again-the n look out, old m an." 1 general was busy sending orders here and there, for Y es-yes-I have thought of that," and Yanke e the enemy was near and liable to renew the conflict at Doodle shook his head. "Let's go hunt up our r egi-any moment. No one seemed to know him. T he m ent, Joe I g uess it is pretty badly cut up I a m general did not, so he stepped up and saluted him, sure the colonel, lieuten ant and major are hurt, if not I saying : kill ed." "General, I was told you had s ent for me. I am "The m ajor is dead I know," said Joe "for I s a w j here at your service." him l ying still among a h eap half a mile back there," T he general look e d at him, and asked : and he pointed out toward the last line of intrench"Who are you ?" m ents whe r e the fighting had been fie rc est. "Phil Freeman, drummer of a New York regi" Lord, but I am sorry for that." m.ent "Yes-and the gene r a l is wounded too. I was near him whe n he was taken from. his horse and heard him say 'Follow that drum.mer boy Strike the enemy h ard!'" "Joe did you rea lly hear him say that?" and Yankee Doodl e stoppe d and looked at the fifer "Ye s, for the n you h a d just swung Gomez's m e n r ound on the flank of the Spanish reinforcements. It k no c k e d 'em in a h eap, doubl e d 'em up and broke their lin e I never thought you'd get out of it alive." N eithe r did I; but I'm glad I'm alive, you bet. L e t s go down to the plaza there where we left the batt e r y and see if we can find out where our regi m ent is, and so they went there. The soldi ers knew him and cheere d him. "They are looking for you, Yankee Doodle !" crie d out a v oice "Who i.s ?" he asked. "You are wanted at General Nelson's headquar t e r s H e commands your brigade now while the reg ular commande r is laid up. "\e ll, whe r e's the headquarters?" "Back out there some wh ere," and so they went i n that direction. Soon the y met some soldi ers of the r egiment. H e re's Y ankee Doodle!" cried one, and the men m a d e a rush at him to shake his hand. "Hello, boys !" h e sung out. "What's the matter with you! Glad you're alive!" "Yes of course we are," said one, grasping his hand. "Don't you know the whole army is cheering for Y a nkee Doodle !" "No-do you mea n m e ?' \ "Yes who else!" "vVell, what' s it all about?" 'Why they say you saved the day when you swung those Cubans round against the Spaniards and threw them into disorder. The y d have pushed us back but "Ah! Give me your hand, my boy!" and the general arose and grasped his hand. "You saved the day for us, and I want to thank you in the name of the whol e army!" "Thunder You don't mean it, general Phil gasped. "Yes, I do, my boy I saw the movement that saved us, and it was your work. I've been in a good many battles and have seen moments when vic tory hung in the balance I t was the case to-day. I want your f u ll n ame, sir. The president and the American nation shall know to whom honor is due. You have set t h e pace for every soldier in o u r army, my boy!" Yankee D oodle was staggered. H e blushed like a school girl, "General, you givemeavvhole broadside, and I am knocked over where the whole Spanish army couldn't do it. Hanged if I know just how to thank you. If I had my drum here I'd give you Yankee Doodle " That Y ankee D oodle is your strong grip, my boy !" the general exclaimed "You well deserve the name. I extend to you the hospitality o f my quarters at all times. Where i s your fifer?" Here he is, sir," and he turned to J oe "As brave a fifer as ever lived!" "So he is-so he is!" and he grasped Joe's han d and shook it warmly. I maywant both of you with me to-morrow. T he en emy will contest every inch of ground till we crush him "Tha t s just what we are going to do to him, general, ' said J oe "So we will, my b oy, so we will Gentlemen shake hands with these young h e roes Every officer present shook their hands. T he general took the red silk sash from his waist and tied it around Yankee D oodle s, saying : for that." "Don't you believe it," he laughed. push lJ.S back "With my compliments. Could I give you a regi They can't ment I'd do so. Wear that-it's your decoratiof! of 1 honor. .... '""_.. -.._ _ -


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. 29 He stepped back and saluted the general like a vetj kept up a bold front to deceive the American eran, and the general returned it. officers. "I wouldn't take a million dollars for it, sir!" he What a howl went up from the victorious Americxclaimed. cans, when they learned how they ;Ilad been tricked, and how chagrined were their officers over being so CHAPTER XIV. adroitly outwitted by the wily Blanco. Forty thouCONCLUSION. sand Spaniards had slipped through their fingers, and THE news of bow the general of the brigade had that meant more fighting in that hot climate. decorated Yankee Doodle went all through the army Yet the victory was complete. Havana was theirs, before midnight. The men cheered when they heard and old Morro was in ruins. The Spanish power in it, but had to be vigilant, as the desperate enemy the capital of Cuba had been broken, and broken formight swoop down on them at any moment. He ever. went in quest of the colonel of the regiment, and Yankee Doodle and Joe at once prepared to give found him, wounded, in one of the field hospitals, but vent to the joy of the soldiers by marching up and in no danger. down the line playing patriotic tunes. "They tell me you did wonders, my boy," said the The men yelled and shouted till they were hoarse. officer. The orders came for men to man the captured "They tell me\ so, too, colonel, but I didn't know works around the city, and the New York regiment it. I did my best to help lick the Spaniards." was assigned to those they had won during the as" That's it That was what we wanted Did you sault. capture that sash you have on?" Then Yankee Doodle went to General Nelson and "No. General Nelson gave it to me, telling me I told him about shooting two Spanish officers in a was the greased pig in t.lte pen and was entitled to house near the plaza, saying: wear it. I don't know whether I ought to wear it or "If they are dead they ought to be buried." not." "Yes. 1'11 send a of men with you. Show "Wear it, my boy. You were decorated on the them the house." battlefield-something to be proud of to the day of He went with them and soon found the place. The your death." house had been broken open and plundered, but the "I told him I was proud of it," said he. "I am two dead Spa .nish officers were found where they had afraid my head will swell, colonel." fallen. "Well, you don't want to let it swen: It ruins a Certain documents on a desk, as well as pictures on soldier quicker than anything else that could happen the walls, revealed the fact of the identity of the to him. Where is Joe?" owner of the mansion. "In his blanket, I guess. He is pretty well used "Great Scott!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, on lookup." ing up at the painting of a beautiful young girl on "Poor fellow. He's a game one." the wall in one of the rooms. "This is the city home "He is indeed, and true as steel to a friend." of the Alvarez family. That is the likeness of SenThen Yankee Doodle himself went to his quarters, orita Inez Alvarez! I'll ask for a guard for the prop-and joined Joe under his blanket, where he slept till erty at once." called up in the early morning. He sent one of the soldiers back to the general with The whole army was under arms by sunrise, prea note, telling him of his discovery, and asking that a pared to resume the battle. The hoarse, thunderous guard be put there to protect the place. roar of the big guns of the fleet opened the deadly The general very promptly complied, and the house work, and the men stood in line waiting for the orders was saved from any further plundering. that were to send them forward against the enemy. Yankee Doodle then went in search of old P edro That the city would be utterly destroyed during the among the Cubans. It took him several hours to find day no one doubted, if the enemy resisted as on the him. The old man had escaped unhurt in the great day before. battle. Suddenly a white flag was seen coming from the "Senor, they tell me you are a great general no-w," enemy, and an officer went forward to meet it. said the old fellow, as he grasped his hand. They wanted to negotiate for a surrender of the "It is not true, Pedro. I am still the drummer city and old Morro. boy of the regiment, though the general has given me When the men in line heard the news, they hugged this.sash, which he wore himself during the battle." each other in their joy and sang patriotic songs. "That is worn only by the generals, senor," said All day long the negotiations went on. They could Pedro. not agree upon the terms demanded by Blanco. He "True, but they have stars on their shoulders. I is a wily old fellow. Night came on and both armies have none. But see hera, Pedro. I want to send a stood under arms pretty near all night long. letter to Senorita Inez Alvarez. Can you see that When morning came, it was found that Blanco had she gets it?" slipped through by marching along the coast toward "Si, senor." Matanzas, leaving two thousand men behind, who I He gave him the letter, and then told him how he


30 YA.NKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. had found the city home of the Alvarez family, and and welcomed hirn in the most cordial terms. But he had a guard placed there to protect it. could not accept her hospitality for fear of Dolores. He took the letter and hurried away with it. She was a dangerous factor in his life at that moment. Two days later he found the old man who was look-But he promised to call 0n them daily, and did so. ing for him. But it was soon known that the American army was "Senorita Inez and the senora are here in Havana, preparing to move on after the Spaniards now strongsenor," the old fellow said to him. ly fortified near Matanzas, so he made preparations "Oh, indeed! I must go and see them!" and he to march with the regiment. hurried away. Senorita Dolores came to him one day and said: The senorita met him at the door, with: "Senor, I owe you so much I belong to you. I have "Oh, senor! Wha.t a debt we owe you! We came come to ask your advice. Senor Treadwell, the soljust as soon as we received your note! I am so glad dier I have been nursing in our home has asked me to you escaped the bullets in the great battle!" be his wife. I told him I would if you advised me to "Thanks, senorita. I am glad too. It was a hard do so. What shall I do, senor?" fight." I "Do as your heart prompts you, senorita. He loves "Si, senor. They tell me that thousands of brave you. If you can love him marry him. He is a good men were killed." 11 man and has no wife at home." Yes-on both sides. We are sorry the got "I like hirn, senor, blit don't know that I love him. away from us. We hoped to capture them all.. I dontt know that I can ever love again. But I can "That would have ended the war. Now it will be good and true to one who is kind to me. You have have to be fought over again. Senor, my mother been kind to me, senor." wishes you to accept the hospitality of our house, if "I try to be kind to everyone, senorita. I was you are permitted to do so, as long as you remain in Havana.,, sorry for you, for I knew you had loved deeply, had "A thousand thanks, senorita. I do not know that been wounded deeply. l'll be as a brother to you as long as I live." I would be permitted to do so, but if I were, it would be dangerous to you." How so, senor?" 1 "Senorita Dolores seems to have an interest in my welfare. She comes to see me after each fight, to see if I am hurt. She would find out you are not the widow of her dead lover, and the discovery might arouse a murderous fury in her. You already know how she sought my life." "Si, senor. Are you interested in her yourself?" "Not in the least, senorita. You are the only senorita in all the wide world I am interested in." She blushed, smiled and seemed happy. "1 am glad you are, senor," she said. "We should be in a very bad fix indeed if we had no friend in your army." "Senorita, the general of our brigade is my personal friend. If you need assistance or protection he will grant it promptly. If you need one who would die 1or love of you, I am yours to command." "Si, senor. Would you die for love of me, senor?" "I would, senorita." "Would you live for love of me-live for me, senrr ?" ".:,_, senorita, if you bid me do so." "I') you want me to ask you to do so, senor?" "Si, senorita." She put both her hands in his, and said ; "You have made me very happy, senor." He pressed both the little brown hands to his lips, and said: "And you have made me the proudest and happiest inan on earth, senorita. I shall have hope now, that I may yet win fame and fortune, to lay with my heart, at your feet." Senora Alvarez entered the room at that moment, "Then I shall marry him, senor. Will you come and see the priest with me? Senor Treadwell is of the same faith as I." "Si, senorita," and he went with her. He assured the father that Treadwell was a single man and a good man. "But he is the enemy of Spain," said the priest, who was loyal to the mother country. "Yes, father, but there are no politics in love. Spain will no longer rule in Cuba." "Don't be sure of that, sir." "It is as sure as it is now sure that yonder sun shines, father." The holy man shook his head. He could not be lieve it. Yankee Doodle laughed, saying: "You will live to see that I am a good J>rophet, father. Spain can't land another soldier in Cuba, and inside of thirty days she will have none on the island who are not our prisoners." "Even then Europe will not permit her to be robbed of her possessions." "Cuba will be free. Europe has no cause to help Spain. They all have troubles of their own. You will not be disturbed in your holy mission here. Your people will be happy. You will administer to all their spiritual wants-marrying the living and burying the dead as in the past." The priest was not convinced, but he said he would marry senorita Dolores to Senor Treadwell, and he went out to Calvario the next day and the ceremony. Yankee Doodle kissed the bride, and wished the couple no end of ha. ppiness. He also paid the fee. That was a great load off his mind. He felt like one who had suddenly come into a great fortune, and


YANKEE DOODLE IN HAVANA. 31 that evening he told Senorita Inez all about it. She rejoiced with him. To add to his happiness the news from home told how the press was ringing with praise of his conduct on the battlefield. His mother wrote that rich women drove up to her humble home and climbed the sta.irs to see and congratulate her. One rich woman had given her a little cottage home in the country, with land and stock-" and a ll because of my brave boy in the army," she added. Tears filled his eyes. "There are many good and true hearts in the world," he said. "It isn't as bad as I thought it was. Mother and May are comfortable now. If I should fall they are provided for. I shall have more courage than ever now." The general sent for him and he went to headquarters, where a big official envelope was placed in his hands. He noticed that it was marked "Executive Mansion, Washington," and bis hands trembled as he opened it. It was a letter from the president thanking him in the name of the whole nation, for his brave deeds on the battlefield. General, kindly send it to my mother," he said. "It will be a precious document to her," and he handed it to the general, his face all 1aglow with manly pride. I will, my boy. You think of mother first. God bless such boys all over the world!" and be grasped his hand and shook it warmly. "She is a good mother, sir." Of course she is, else you would not be the boy you are. Good mothers have good sons, who honor them above all others. I shall write her a notewith your permission." Thanks, general She would appreciate it as much as the letter from the president, because it is from my general, who was with me in the great battle of Havana." The general felt flattered by the tribute from the brave boy, and a flush came into his bronzed face. He was an old veteran, who had campaigned for years in the West against the Indians. The next day, in a general order, the president's letter was read to the whole army on parade, and from that day Yankee Doodle was the lion and pet of the brave soldiers ... ,. Gomez offered him a regiment in his army. I can't give up my drum," he replied to the offer when urged to accept it. "No-no," he said, shaking his head. "I can lead the entire brigade with my drum, which I couldn't do if I were an officer." The army finally marched out in the direction of M atanzas to meet the Spaniards in battle again, leaving a strong garrison behind to hold the city. There was a very strong element of Spanish loyalty in Havana, that had to be watched very closely to prevent an uprising. The haughty Spanish pride is stubborn above all things-the predominant feature of Spanish character. The night before the army was to march, Yankee Doodle, accompanied by Joe, paid a visit to the home of Senora Alvarez, to say good-by to her and her daughter. There were three prominent officers there -two of whom were paying very marked attention to the senorita. The officers were surprised at the very cordial reception given the two boys. They did not know that Yankee Doodle had twice saved the life of the senorita until she had told them so. When the two were on their way back, they were assailed by three assassins-Spaniards, or Spanish Cubans-and they had to defend themselves with their revolvers. One of the assailants was slain, another wounded, and the other escaped by flight. The wounded man was caught and turned over to the guard. He was locked up by the provost marshal. But he died of his wound during the night. "Those fellows were lying in wait for us, Joe," said Yankee Doodle, to the fifer. "Yes, and came near doing us up, too." "So they did. I'd know the fellow who got away should I see him again." So would I. I had a good look at him. I shall give him a bullet when I see him again." But the next day the army marched out of the city and the drummer boy was at the head of his regiment, roaring out Yankee Doodle so dear to the American heart. Thousands of spectators lined the streets.to see the soldiers move; but of all that brave host none attracted so much attention as Yankee Doodle and his fifer. He had led the army to victory in the streets of Havana. He was now to lead them again. Viva Yankee Doodle I


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