Yankee Doodle in Porto Rico; or, Routing the Spanish at San Juan

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Yankee Doodle in Porto Rico; or, Routing the Spanish at San Juan

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Yankee Doodle in Porto Rico; or, Routing the Spanish at San Juan
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Yankee Doodle
Nelson, George A.
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Frank Tousey
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May 11, 1898 - November 9, 1898 ( 1898 - 1898 )

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Issued Semi-M1>nthl11-B11 Subscription $1.26 per 11ear. Ente1ed. as Sec<>nd Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Ojfu;e, Ma11 14, 1898, by Frank T<>11sey. No. 6. NEW YORK, July 20, 1898. Price 5 Cents. Yankee Doodle and Joe ceas e d their music, drew their revolvers and began firing. Spaniards dropped all around them. Three times old Diego cut down Spaniards who had rushed at Yankee Doodle to bayonet him.


YANKEE DOODLE. Stories of the Present War. "t" Issued Semi-Monthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class .Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, May 14, 1898. Entered to A.ct of Congress in the year 1898, in the o:tfice of the Librarian of Cong r ess Washington, 'l D. C., by Frank Tousey, 29 West Twenty-Sixth street, New York "No. 6 NEW YORK, JULY 20, 1898. Pri ce 5 Cents ANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO; OR1 ROUTING THE SPANISH AT SAN JUAN. BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. YANKEE DOODLE JOINS T.IJE PORTO RICO EXPEDITION. AP:rER the bottling up oi Cervera's fleet at Santiago and 1e landing of the American army to invest the city, there as no longer any fleet for the American squadron to con nd with; hence the American forces could proceed leis rcly in the operations against the Spanish power in Cuba. In the beginning of the war between the United States d Spain the one central idea oi the administration, as ell as that 'of the whole American people, was to estab!sh the independence of Cuba after driving the Spaniards lt. But before the war had progressed a month the uni rsal desire of the nation was to eliminate Spanish power tirely from the western hemisphere, until at present it the universal determination of the authorities, as well the people, to force Spain to release her grip on every ot oi land in the West Indies. It was natural then, in cw oi that universal desire! that the war should be ex nded beyond Cuba to the island of Porto Rico, several undred miles farther east. That island bad long been considered the richest in pro rtion to area of all the West Indies. Certainly the cli ate is the most saluorious and the island is less subject I diseases or epidemics than any other in that latitude. here are very fow swamps, and yet it is one of the best atered islands in the world, for streams course from the ountains and high hills of the interior to almost every int of the compass. Like Cuba, the soil is extremely oductive, while the drainage is far superior, and vegeta n and fruits of all descriptions thrive to perfection. is one of the few tropical regions of the world where ttle are raised profitably. Porto Rican horses are noted for muscular strength and their adaptability for hard ser vice. As for the population, it is far greater to the square mi l e than any other Spanish possession in the West Indies, and the proportion of whites over blacks is twice as great as in Cuba While but little over thirty-five hundred square miles in area, the population exceeds eight hundred thou sand. The largest city on the island is San Juan, on the north coast, with a population oi 22,000, defended by for tifications erected more than a hundred years ago. It is the great shipping port of the island, having an extensive commerce with the interior. But for the blight of Spanish rule the city, as well as the entire island, would long ago have become one of the garden spots of the world I n order to let the Spanish authorities, both of Spain and Porto Rico, become fully aware that war was on, Admiral Sampson arrived off the port one day in the merry month of May, and proceeded to knock the fort and other fortifications to pieces, which feat required but an hour or so to perform, and then he sailed away again, leaving the Spaniards wondering what would happen if the fleet shoulu return and continue the bombardment an hour or two longer. But as the fleet did not reappear, the Spaniards took another breath and proceeded to repair damages. rrhey worked day and night strengthening their fortifi cations, remounting the guns that had been displaced by the American shells and recruiting the ranks of the Span ish army from the loyal population They were no more interfered with by the American fleet during that time, but preparations were continual!) going on on the American side for a descent on the island. When everything was ready a large fleet of ttanspoTts, con voyed by a number of American ironclad war vessels, sailed from the Florida coast in the direction of Porto Rico


YA KEE DOODLE l.N POHTO HICO. On the way the general in command o.f the land forces held a cons ultation with Admiral Sampson on board hi :flagship off the eastern end of Cuba. The admiral gave 11im much information about the port and harbor of San .Juan and placed at his disposal several of the best vessels QI his fleet for the purpose of protecting his landing "Now;General/' said the admiral, "I have on board the flagship a youth who has been of more service to the American cause in Cuba than any other man in the army Qr navy, and I suggest to you that you take him with you and turn him loose, unhampered with orders, to gather in formation for you and make things easy in numberless ways "Thank you," said the general ; "those are the kind of men 1 have need of. Who is this young man?" "He is a mere youth," replied the admiral, "who left New York City with the first regiment that moved South as a drummer boy. He is scarcely eighteen years of age, but for cool judgment and dauntless courage he i s the peer Qf any man in the service. His nam e is Phil Freeman, but shortly after landing in Cuba the insurg e nts were so enthused by his drumming, particularly when h e was playing 'Yank e e Doodle,' with his fifer by his side, that ever afterward they called him 'Yankee Doodle,' because they had h e ard some of the American soldiers call out: 'That's Yankee Doodle.' Of cour e the soldi.ers wer e speaking Qf the air, while the Cubans thought they were speaking Qf the drummer; and now he is known by no other name." "Ah!" said the general, "we've all h e ard of him, for the papers at home have teemed with stori e s of his exploits, and all of them ciaim that he bears a charmed life." "Yes," assented the admiral, "his 1 uck in escaping harm has been such as to convey that impression." "I should be very glad to have him," said the general, whereupon the admiral summoned an orderly, whom he sent in quest of Yankee Doodle. The youth soon put in an appearance in his neat brown linen uniform and saluted the admiral, who immediately introduced him to the general, saying a he did so: "The general would like to have you go with him to Porto Rico." Yankee Doodle saluted the general, with the remark: "At your service, sir; but I have two friends whom I "\\'hat!" exclairnccl the general; "do you mean cut hin i.n two through the body?" "Yes, General." "Did you ever see him do it?" "No, but I have seen him do things equally as wondet fol, and I askecl him once if he thought he could cut horse in two; he replied that he thought he could, and I' willing to bet that he can." "He must have remarkable strength," remarked th general. "He has," said Yankee Doodle; "and yet he is only abou the average size. 1 ran across him when I was with Ge eral Gomez; he twice saved my life, and so 1 want to ke him with me as long as I can." "Bring him along,'' said ihe general. Abont an hour later the general returned on boar:l tit chip, where his stail' awaited him, accompanied by Yankl J)ooclle, Joe Bailey am! old Diego, and the great fleet" c trnnsports sailed eastwaru. when he first went on board the ship the officers men took Yankee Doodle for a mere drummer-boy wh01 the general had brought wiih him, probably for headqua1 ter service, and were not a little puzzled over the quiet ol Cuban who came with the two boys. No one asked tW general about them, as they were not at all interest e d i a drummro:, fifer or an unknown old Cuban. t Old Diego could speak pretty good English, and sti better Spanish, and pretty soon one of the soldier aske him what the news was from Cuba. "There's hot fighting over there," he remarked, "an' Srnor Yankee Doodle has been right in the hottest paf of it. "Yankee Doodle! ; exclaimed one of the men; "did yes see him over there?" "Si, senor, I was with him." "'11he dence you were! Tell us about him." "It would take a long time for me to do that, senor, ft' there would be so much to tell." t "When did you see him last?" some one asked. Yi "There he is over there with that drum, senor,'' said old man. "Eh What Yankee Doodle on board?" :l "Si, s enor; that is he over there." e The soldiers made a rush, and in less than one minuf' wiBh to have with me wherever I go." half a hundred or more had crowded around the "Who are they?" the general asked. boy and his fifer, scores of them hurling the question "Joe Bailey, my fifer, and an old Cuban by the name him: e Qf Diego; as we three, I think, can take care o.f ourselves "Are you Yankee Doodl e ?" anywhere in the world." "That's what they call me,'' laughed Yankee Doodl1 "All right,'' laughed the general; "those are the kind of and then every man of them wanted to shake his hand. .0 men I want." Soon the news spread through the entire ship that tl>o "Then we are at your service, General. Joe Bailey and famous drummer boy of whom they had heard so much w ; I were babies in the same block in New York City, and we on board. Even a number of the officers of the regime;" ] have been friends since the time we cut our first teeth. on hearing the report, which was confirmed by the Old Diego is an ugly, honest old Cuban, who loves me and himself, crowded forward to see him and shake his han": hates everything Spanish. I lw e some day to make a forand the youth fom1d himself the lion of the hour. '" tune out of him by betting with men who won't believe the "I want to hear you drum," said a colonel in the group :al story, that he can, with an ordinary machete, cut at one officers. "l blow a full grown horse in two." "l am at your service, Colonel," was the reply. Y


YANKEE DOODLE IX PORTO RICO. 'Clear a space here," ordered the colonel, and the sol er:; formed a ring there on the deck 0 the big ship, so at hunureds could stand around and sec and hear. "G ct your life, J oc,'' laughed Yankee Doodle. "All right, here it is," said Joe, drawing his fife from a g, deep, narrow pocket, which had been made expressly it in his brown linen blouse, and taking his stand along e the drummer, with old Diego on his left. Then Yankee Doodle began, and the roll o.f the drum

Y.AXKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. A regiment of sharpshooters was the first to land, and deployed over the hill to establish a line that would pro tect others landing from attack. Yankee Doodle and his fifer, with old Diego, went ashore with the first boatload, and remained on the beach while the regiment deployed over the hill to establish a line. He filled the air with martial music as the Stars and Stripes was raised, accompanied by the wildest cheering of soldiers on land and in the transports. As soon as two more regiments were landed tliey marched up to the deserted batteries and took possession of them. In the meantime a column of panish infa,ntry had been despatched from San Juan to aid in preventing the land ing. Couriers came back from the picket line on the ap proach of some two or three thousand Spaniards, and the two regiments were hurried forward to assist the first in maintaining the line. Yankee Doodle went with them. It was soon apparent that the Spanish officers intended to attack before a suffi cient force had been landed to resist them. But if they were under the impression that the American soldiers were like the natives they had heretofore been contending with they were greatly mistaken, for they were met with volley after volley with a steadiness that equalled the most dis ciplined troops in Europe or America. Seeing the steady resistanee of the Americans, rein forcements were ordered out and preparations were made for a grand charge all along the line. The American ccmmander believed in vigorous measures, and lmowing that audacity often demoralized an enemy, at once ordered his line to charge in order to disconcert the Spaniards; while the latter were astonished, they yet faced the music boldly, and instead of charging, ordered their men to pre pare to repel the charge Y ankce Doodle was at the head of the regiment with his drum, and ,Joe the fifer and Diego close by his side. "Now, Joe,'' said Yankee Doodle, "it's going to be hot, so we must head this charge. Come ahead." As the line started forward Joe, Yankee Doodle and old Diego leaped a few paces in advance and began beating a charge that went roaring over the field loud enough to be heard b,V the combatants of both sides. The soldiers caught the spirit instantly and dashed for ward with wild yells of defiance and hate. In another minute the two lines clashed, for the Spaniards stood bravely by their colors. Yankee Doodle and Joe ceased their music, drew their revolvers and began firing. Spaniards dropped all around them. Three times old Diego cut down Spaniards who had rushed at Yankee Doodle to bayonet him. The regiment had run up against nearly three times their number, and it began to be an even question as to whether they would not be pushed back; but at that mo ment the second regiment that had landed from the ships was seen coming up at a double-quick. :'Come, Joe," cried Yankee Doodle to his fifer, "let's giYe 'em the charge," and again the fife and the drum &hrieked and roared over the din of the battle, urging the second regiment into the fight. Under the wild enthusiasm aroused by the martial m the s-econd regiment surged up against the Spal'liards n a re&istless torrent, forcing them back at the point of 1 bayonet. I The moment he saw them giving away Yankee Dova "Charge again; boys We've got 'em!" and again fife and drum shrieked and roared the charge, the two tr ing musicians keeping in advance of the line. ,.., Suddenly the Spanish line broke and the men v? scampering back almost in a panic. Yankee Doodle / Joe pushed on after them, still beating the charge 1 leading the way. tl The third regiment soon came up, but was orderea1 hold the line while the officers were endeavoring.to re;, the pursuit. ? Suddenly the wild triumphant notes of "Yankee roared out from the drum and fife, and every Amerii soldier within sound of it frantically cheered. The colonel of the first regiment, after vainly tryin check the pursuit, and thus prevent his men from gett too far advanced into the enemy's country, rushed up, Yankee Doodle and sung out: "Blast you! Who commands this me?" "Why, you do, Colonel, of course," replied Yan. Doodle. "I don't command anything." "Didn't you call to the men to charge?" 1 "I guess I did, Colonel; but I thought you had done too?" "Beat a rally,'' ordered the colonel, "and be quick ab it;'' and the rally was beaten with such force that the re .. ment instantly stopped and rallied to the colors. Quite a number of Americans had fallen; but there Wil fully three Spaniards to one of our side lying on ground. 'I'he general of the brigade concluded to hold line where the pursuit of the Spaniards ceased in orde give as wide a field as possible to the regiments that w1 to land. When the news went back that the Spaniards had br driven from the field, cheer after cheer went up from 1 men on shore as well as from those on board the transpo? "General,'' said the colonel of the first regiment to commander of the brigade, "this fellow Yankee Doo' will haYe to have a string tied to him." ''Why so ?" the general asked. 1 "Why, he led the entire regiment nearly a quarter mile before I could stop him." "fvhy didn't you lead it yourself?" the general asked ; "B-ecause I would have been court-martialled for subordination in going so far beyond the line of battle ( way." 1 ''Well, let me say to you, Colonel,'' said the gene ) "that no officer in my brigade will ever be court-martia!1 for chasing the enemy < "I know that well enough, General,'' the colonel J turned; "but when we had followed them as far J th011ght was prudent, I tried to stop them, but Yan Doodle kept beating the charge and urging the men on.; l


YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. The general laughed and remarked: "I wish we had such a drummer for every regiment in army; when he does that way again, simply order him to beat a rally, and the men will instantly obey." Yankee Doodle and the fifer, followed by old Diego, were returning to the seashore to sec the landing of the troops, wlmn the general rode up, accompanied by his staff. "See here, my boy," said he to Yankee Doodle, "you two made it hot for the Spaniards back the.re." "Why, General, every man did his full duty," responded Y ankec Doodle. ''Of course they did," returned the general; ''but that e:harge of yours was the be t thing I ever heard on a bat tlefield." "Thank you, General," said both the boys; "we are ready to beat it any time you say." 'Well, I have this to say to you, and you must not for

YANKEE DOODLE Ii\ PORTO RICO. "Si, senor," she replied; "we have some in the house, "I dare not leave my house and children, senor,'' she but it is very warm." replied; "it would be better i you told them yourself, for "That will do, senora; warm water will quench thirst they will believe you." as well as cold, it may not be so pleasing to the "So l will, senora, and before I leave permit me to throat." thank you again for the watar you gave ms," and he reOne of the daughters arose, went into another room, moved his hat and bowed to her again, aB.d Joe did like and a half minute later raturned with a pail of water and wise. a dipper, which she placed on a little table "Si, senor,'' she said, "and I thank you for relieving Yankee Doodle, Joe and old Diego quenched their thirst, our fears as you have alter which he said to tha mother: Then they left the housa and proceeded to the next one, "Thank you, senora; I would advise you to keep your the doors and yrindows of which were closed and securely pail and dipper concealed from view, lest some of the solfastened on the inside, the inmates being too much frightdiers, overcome with thirst, take tham from you aned to make any response to their repeated ]mocking. "Si, senor," she said, springing up and taking the pail "Diego," said Yankee Doodle to the old Cuban, "you back into the little room again. speak the language better than l do; say to the people When she returned she remarked : within that they should have no fears whatcvar, as the ''We ware very much frightened during the battle yesAmerican soldiers will not intcr. fere with women or chil terclay, for the Spanish soldiers told us that the Ameridren, nor with men who are not soldiers." canos would kill us all and burn our homes; but we are "Si, senor,'' said the old man, who immediately prosurprisecl that they have not done so." ceedcd to do as he had been ordered. "'rhey will not do so, senora,'' said Yankee Doodle, It acted like magic on the inmates o.r tli.e house, who "for they are a civilized people who do not make war on thraw open the door and asked if it was really true. women and children, nor even on men unless they baar "It is true, senora," said the old man; "send others to arms." tell your neighbors that they have nothing to fear." "B11t do you not make prisoners of the men?" she asked "And you will not harm u.;, senor?" sai

DOODLE I.N PORTO RICO. "Do many of your people hate Spain and the Spaniards, senorita?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Si, senor; they nearly all do." "Then, senora, you can tell me where we can get a guide who knows all the country h0reabouts, .for we wish to hire one, and we will pay him well if he ervc:i us faith fully." "J\ly son, senor, knows all the country, and he will go. "Where is he?" "Out on the hills, senor; I will send Anita .for him," and she turned to one of her daughters, a dark-skinned lit tle beauty of some sixteen years oi age, and told her to go for Antonio. The youug girl sprang up and ran out the hou e. She was gone about half an hour, after which time she returned accompanird by a youth about eighteen or ninc years of age. who seemed quite doubtful as to the re ception he was going to receive. "'l'h is is Antonio, senor," said the mother as the young man rntercd the house with his sister. "Glad to sec you, Tony," said Yankee Doodle, extend ing his hand. "I can give you employment if you haven't got a Spanish heart." "There's nothing Spanish about me, senor; I hate Spain." "Very good,'' asscnteLl Yankrc Doodle. "Do you know the country 'round about here?" "Si, senor, evci:y foot oi it; and I imow every man who loves Spain, as well as those who hate her." "Good again," said Yankee Doodle; "have you a gun?" ".No, senor; but I have fl machete "That's a good weapon,'' said grim old Diego with a smile. "So it is, senor," assented the youth; "and I know how to u e it, too. What would you have me do, senor?" "I wish you to go with us as a guide, so we can know where we are going and how we can come back.'' "I will go, senor." "And we will pay you,'' said Yankee Doodle, "five pesetas a day." The young man agreed to go and was highly delight ed at the wages offered, and in less than half an hour after his return to tITe house they were off. The pal'ty of four walk0d out of the village, going di rectly southward, following the main road, which, by the way, proved to be superior to any road Yankee Doodle had found in Onba. They were soon out in the country among the farms and gardens, whcra tobacco, sugar-cane anu all kinds oi tropical fruits were growing in the great est abundance. "You have a great deal of fruit here, Tony,'' remarked Yankee Doodle. "Si, senor; we have fruit all the year 'round." "Do the people here live on fruit?" "Those do who wish to; but we have everything to eat in Porto Rico. Do you see yonder house, senor?" and Tony pointcll in the direction oi a house sitting back in a grove o{ magnificent treas. "Si, senor,'' said Yankee Dooclle; "who lives there?" "Senor Ragan lives there, who is a rich Spaniard wh() supplies the army at San Juan with beef." "Oh, indeed," said Yankee Doodle; "we'll haYe some of that beef very soon." "I wish I had some of it now,'' said Tony, licking his chops and pressing his hand on his stomach. "Are :''0\1 hungry?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Si, senor; I haYe eaten nothing but a little fruit to day." "How is that? Have you no food at home?" "Si, senor; but I have been staying out in the woods since yesterday, and when I returned with my sister I forgot that I was hungry.'' Yankee Doodle and Joe laughed very heartily over the idea that a man should forget that he was hungry. "We must get some fruit, then,'' said Y anl: re Doodle; and as they passed the place the young Porto Rican in vaded a portion of the Spaniard's grounds and helped himself to an armful 0 delicious huit. Ile was seen by some of the employes on the place, who came forward to arrest him i he did not return the fruit. 'I'here were three of them, bnt when they saw the two Americans and the old On ban, armed as soldiers, they became very gentle in their remonstrance. Yet, as they knew Tony person ally, they threatened to report him to the authorities and haYe him punished; whereat Tony laughed and remarked that Spain would punish no more people in Porto Rico. "Don't you be sure of that,'' said one of the laborers. "Spain will drive out the Amer!canos." "Do you think so?" 'l'ony asked incredulous ly. "The Spanish soldiers wer<;> whipped yesterday." "No, they were not," said the man; "the Americmlos will either be killed or captured.'' "You talk like a fool, senor," said old Diego. "The Spaniards can't fight the Americanos." By this time several other laborers came up, all of whom were astonished at seeing two American soldiers, mere youths, so far out from the lines of the American army. "You will both be killed, senors,'' said an old man, "ii the Spaniards find you." "Well, we are not hiding from anybody," said Yankee Doodle, "ho, seeing that they were all favorable to Spain, decided to tell them something for their benefit. "The American army," he said to them, "i here to drive the Spaniards out of Porto Hico, and they are going to do it in a very few days; now, if you fellows want to fight for Spain, you should go and enlist in the Spanish army; but if you seek to do any fighting on your own hook, or to aid the Spaniards in any way without joining them, you will be severely dealt with by the American general, if not shot. The American troops make war only upon soldiers; never on wornrn and children nor unarmed men. You people here on this place will not be molested in any way if you attend to business and take no hand in the war.'' "Will we not be allowed to help Spain, senor?" OllP. oi them asked. "Not unless you join the Spanish army." The man seemed a little surprised, as he evidently did


YAKKEE DOODLE IN POHTO RICO. not understand that it was a universal rule among nations for non-combatants to remain quiescent. The laborers were hali disposed to interfere with 'fony and his fruit gathering; but the three rifles borne by Yankee Doodle, Joe and old Diego had the effect to over awe them, so they let him go without any more ado; and the little party of four resumed their journey. A mile farther up the road they stopped at a house where a half-dozen cavalry horses were hitched under thn trees. As soon as he saw the horses 'l'ony became almost panic-stricken. "They are Spanish cavalry, senor," he exclaimed. "I guess they are scouts, Joe," said Yankee Doodle. "Si, senor;' said old Diego; "we need four horses." "Yes, so we do,'' assented Yankee Doodle; "I wonder where the Spaniards are?" 'rhey are in the house, senor," Tony, "and they will shoot ns if we take their horses "But we have guns too,'' laughed Yankee Doodle: and the party of four marched up to the horses, while Yankee Doodle seized one-a very fine animal-Joe another, Di e go another, and Tony was ordered to take a fourth. They had scarcely reached the horses ere the cavalrymen came running out of the house, exclaiming: "Caramba Leave the horses alone!" They seemed to be afraid to fire for fear of hitting the horses, but advanced holL1ing their guns in a way. "Let 'em have it, boys," said Yankee Doodle, and the next moment three rifles cracked and three Spaniards sank down in their tracks at a place some ten paces distant from the house. The other three sprang for shelter behind the trees in the yard and began firing. One of the horses was hit, for he reared and plunged, frantic with pain. Watching his opportunity, Joe drew a bead on one of them and S'ent a bullet through his shoulder, which knocked him 011t of the :fight. "Surrender, you fools!" cried out Yankee Doodle in pretty good Spanish. "Death to the Americanos !" came from behind one of the trees, whereupon old Diego dashed forward and reached the opposite side of the tree. 'l'hrusting his machete around, he dislodged the cavalryman, who, with a yell, sprang aside and tried to bring his gun to bear upon him. The old man was too quick for him, for he knocked the gun up and cut the owner down, thus leaving only one out of the six Spaniards, who very promptly sung out that he would surrender and tossed his gun fully ten feet away from him. 'rhc work was done within three minutes from the time the first shot was fired, and naturally the family in the house were in a state of consternation, for the women and children supposed that they were to be killed or driven out and the house burned down. But when the fight was over 'l'ony ran into the house to nst>ure them that the Arncricanos would do them no harm. TlTe 0nc prisoner captured signe<1 a parole and was left there to look after his wounded comrade and bury the four deacl ones. ".i: ow, 'I'ony," said Yankee Doodle, 'you can have a horse, a gun and a belt of cartridges." "And will they be mine, senor?" he asked eagerly. "Si senor," said Yankee Doodle; whereupon the ex4 cited youth gave a great whoop of-"Death to Spain !" CHA PTEU IV. YA'>'KEE DOODLE'S PAI:TY AXD THE SPANISII SENTINELS. 'fhe little party of four mounted their horse s ancl rode away, leaving the others behind to be looked after by the paroled soldier, who seemed to b0 very much surprised at the lenient treatment he had received at the hands of captors. "Say, Jo,'' said Yanke0 Doodle to his fifer, "this is better than walking, isn't it?'' "You bet it is,'' replied Joe. "I'm a pretty good Wfllker, but this hot sun makes me tired before I can go a mile. The govermnent ought to supply us with umbrellas." ''rhere is only one government on earth that does that," remarked Yankee Doodle. "Which one docs it ?" J 00 asked. "Why, China." "Oh, yes," laughed J oc, "I believe they do, and each sol dier has a Ian, too-but they don't kill anybody, you know." "Oh, yes, they do," .,aid Yankee Doo dlc; "but they do it in such a queer sort of way that it seems comical to us." Oltl Diego and Tony rode side by side behind the other two, kee>ping up a rapid conversation, in which the old Cu ban was pumping all the information he could out of the youth. 'l'hc old man was a keen one, and in a very little while h:id gathered a great deal of information about mat ters and things in that part of Porto Rico. Ile found out that the Spanish rule there was about the same as it was in Cuba, which mle might be summed up in a few words, "oppressive taxation." As they rode along the highway it was seen that the topography of the country was very different from that of Cuba. 'l'hey passed farm after farm on which horses and cattle were quietly feeding, while the fields teemed with cane, vegetables and fruit. "A blockade wouldn't starve out Porto Rico," remarked Y :mkee Doodle as he looked around him "No,'' saic1 Joe, "all tbe good ::i. blockade would do would be in preventing reinforcements from being sent from Spain." "Yes, that's true,'' assented the other, "and an army of a lmndred thousand men could be provisioned all the year 'round on the products of one acre of land for each man." After going about four miles from where they met the Spanish cavalrymen they struck a large plantation which hac1 the appearance of having been recently plundered. "What place is this, 'l'ony ?" Yankee Doodle asked the guide. "It b.}longs to an Americano, senor, who lives in Xew


YAXKEE DOODI .. E IN PORTO RICO. York every summer and spends his winters here. The she pointed eastward toward the hills directly in front of governor-general sent Spanish soldiers to take all the their home. horses and catthi on the place." "Building a fort out thare, eh?" said Yankee Doodle. "Where is the owner's family?" ''Si, senor, I saw them early this morning; they have "I don't know, senor; they are not here now; but the been working all night digging deep and throwing laborers on the place live in those huts out thare,'' and he up the earth in a high ridge." pointed in the direction of a number of huts further down Yankee Doodle lookad at old Diego when he heard that, the road. and the old man seemingly understood his glance, for he "Do you know any of the men?" Yankee Doodle askad nodded his head approvingly without uttering a word. him. "There is a ford there, sanor," said the young "I know two of them, senor." "where one can wade across the river." "Are they loyal to Spain?" "Ah,'' said Yankee Doodle; "the fort is to defend tha "I don't know, senor; but think they are not." crossing." The party rode up and halted in front of the huts, "Si, senor,'' assented Diego, nodding his head. where were gathered the women and children, with three "I thank you for the information,'' said Yankee Doodle, or four men among them, all of whom seemed to be very turning to the young girl. "Can you tdl me how far from much surprised at seeing them. here it is to the river?" "Senor,'' said Yankee Doodle, addressing on:a of the "Only a mile, senor." men, "will you kindly give us a drink of water?" "Then you will hear the sounds of the battle when it is "Si, senor,'' answered the man, and at once hurried fought." away to a well i:g_ the raar of his cottage. "Will they fight there, sanor ?" she asked, her eyes openYankee Doodle and Jack dismounted and stood by their ing wide. hor ses while waiting for the man to return with the water. "Si, senorita, if the Spaniards don't go away when our A young girl in the party, beautiful as an houri, ran up to soldiers come up." Ton y clutched him by th<'l arm, and in a half whisper Yankee Doodle then turned to old Diego and held a a s ked: whispared conversation with him, after which he askecl "Antonio, are these Americanos ?" Tony if he knew the way to the fort. "Si, s e norita." "Si, senor, I know it well,'' repli e d the youth. "But those are Spanish hor s e s They passed here this Then the young girl spoke Ui> quickly, saying to Yankee morning,'' she said to him. ", i, senorita; the y were captured but an hour ago." "And the soldier s senor; where are they? "}our are dead, one wounded and the other a prisoner." ancti Marie!" gaspad the girl. "And did those .Americanos kill them?" "They each killed one, senorita, and terrible Cuban there slew two,'' and 'rony pointed to old Diego as he s poke. The old man was talking to two of the elderly 'vomen and telling them about the battle that was fought when the Spaniards tried to prevent the landing of the American soldiers. "By the roac1, s a nor, it is two miles to the ford, but there is a path leading over the hill through the woods by which you can reach it after going but one mile." "Thank you, senorita,' said he; "you are as good as you are beautiful. We will go over that way and taka a look at the fort they are building." 'rhen he turned to the man who had brought the water, who proved to be the of the young girl, and asked i he would care for their horses while they walked over the hill to the river. "Si, senor,'' said the man, "I will hid a them in the By that time the man r a turned with the pail of water, woods." which was cool and sparkling, fresh from the bottom of a deep well. The four drank freely, and Yankee Doodle, when he had quenchad his thirst, remarked to the man: "Senor, that is the sweetest water I ever tasted, and I thank you for it." "You are welcome, senor,'' was tha reply. "Senor,'' asked one of the women, "will the Americanos eome this way?" "I think they will, senora; but you have nothing to fear from tham, for they are in no way like the Spaniards." "They will not harm us, senor?" "No, senora; they make war only on Spain and her sol diers." "Oh, I am so glad to hear that,'' cried the young girl who had been speaking with Tony, "for the Spanish soldiers are crud and plunder everybody. They are building a fort on the other side of the river right out there," and "Very good then, we will go at once,'' and turning to Tony told him to go ahead. It turned out that Tony was not aware of that path, for he asked the girl where he could strike it. "I will show you, senor,'' she said, and she leq off almost at a run along the road to a distance of a couple of hun dred yards, where she turned into the woods on the let, followed by the four. "This is the path, senor,'' she said to Yankae Doodle, "and it leads straight over the hill to the river." ''vVill you go with us, senorita?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Si, senor, if you wish." "T do wish, senorita; hnt do not go if you think thera is any danger." "Oh, the Spaniards are all on the other side of the river, senor; there is no danger from them."


YANKEE DOODLE I T PORTO RICO. go," said he, "for the r e is no danger to you from us." She gave :;i, little laugh, and ran on ahead along the path, leaving the others to follow "Hold on, senorita,'' laughed Yankee Doodle, ''let Tony lead, for I want you to walk by my side so I can talk to you." "Si, senor,'' she laughed, waiting until he came up and then walked along by his side, talking briskly all the timo. Yankee Doodle thought she was the most beautiful girl he had eyer met, and her vivacity made her a very charming companion. They passed over the hill and down a long slope to the foot of another. Ascending a second hill, they found themselves, when they reached the crest, in full view of the river, some three or four hundred yards away. Yankee Doodle had a field glass with him, which he immediately proceeded to use, and by means of it obtained -quite a good view of the Spaniards at work, throwing up breastworks along the opposite bank of the river Of course, the dense foliage of the woods obscured the view in many places, so he decided to descend the hill, in -0rder to get a closer view of the Spanish earthworks. In a little while they were within fifty feet of the water's .edge, and at that point the path they had been following turned squarely to the right, leading into the main road that ran down to the ford So dense was the thicket along lhe river bank that nothing could be seen on the other i;ide. "Remain here,'' whispered Yankee Doodle to the party, "while I go forward in search of a better view;" and with that he crept forward along the little path until he reached the roadside, where, to his amazement, he saw a party of a dozen Spanish soldiers sitting under the shade of the trees on the opposite side of the road They were evidently sen tinels placed over on that side of the river; but they were lying around smoking and conversing in a listless sort of way, as if the intense heat of the day had made them ,1r eary. The moment he discovered them he stepped back into the bushes to avoid being seen, but not before one of the Spaniards had caught a glimpse of him. The Sp&niard sprang up and darted across the roacl, uttering an exclamation as he did so. A half dozen others followed him. Yankee Doodle hurried back to his companions, and said in a low tone of voice to old Diego: "'rhere's a party of about a dozen Spaniards out there in the road and some of them saw me." Then, turning quickly to the young girl, he added: "Run back along the path, senorita; you may be in danger." "What is the danger, senor?" she asked. 'Spaniards,'' he replied. But she did not leave; for the sounds made by the Span iards as they rushed along the little path caused her to stand still as if rooted to the spot. The Spaniards were on them in a moment, and the first blow that was struck was made by old Diego's machete. There was a swish and a thud that can scarcely be de scribed in words, and one of the Spaniards sank down iu his tracks \\'ith his head split to his chin The girl uttered a half-suppresse d shriek at the sudden attack, but did not lea:rn the spot The next momcm Yankee Doodle and Joe opened fire with their revolvers, and as they were within five feet of the enemy, no were wasted. 'l'wo of them dropped, and the other three bounded away toward the road. With the spring of a panther, old Diego dashed after them, and the dull thud of his machete was twice heard. by Yankee Doodle and Joe as the fierce old warrior gave his death-dealing blows. In the meantime Tony, the guide, stood stock still in his tracks with his machete in one hand and rifle in the other, not having made a move Yankee Doodle was about to speak to him, when a volley of half a dozen rifles sent as many bullets whistling through the leaves all about them. "Come,'' said Yankee Doodle to Joe and Tony, "we must help Diego,'' and he ran forward in the direction the old Cuban had gone Joe and Tony dashed after him, and in another moment came in contact with a half dozen Spanish soldiers who had come to the aid of their com rades 'l'he old Cuban was entertaining the half dozen Spaniard.s single handed with his machete. The three boys waded i11 with their revolvers and in less than half a minute only two of the Spaniards were on their feet, and they turned, fled to the road, and dashed into the river to wade across to th0 other side. "Are you hurt, Diego?" Yankee Doodle asked the olu Cuban "No, sir,'' he replied, with a grim smile "Well, then, we must get away from here, for reinforce ments can run across the river within three minutes." "Si, senor," assented the old man, as he proceeded Lo pick up the arms of the fallen foe. Yankee Doodle stooped over one of the men and un fastened his cartridge belt. In doing so he saw a gold chain protruding from the pocket of the Spaniard's blouse. On pulling it out, he found it attached to a fine gold watch "He has been plundering somebody," he remarked, as he transferred the watch to his own pocket; 'and as a dead man can't take care of anything, I will take charge of it for him." Then, with the arms of the dead Spaniards, they hur ried back to where they had left the girl. She was stan

YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. 11 believe they have the courage to cross the river in pursuit of us. All the same, though, we'll hurry back to our hor es;" and they turned and hastened on their way along the path back toward the cottage. In descending the hill Yankee Doodle caught up with the young girl, took her hand in his, and said to her: "Senorita, you are a brave girl, and I wish to show you how an American soldier appreciates one like you Ilerc is a present which I wish you to take and keep, and re member me when you look at it;" and with that he placed in her hand the watch and chain he had taken from the dead Spaniard. ''Oh, Senor Americano!" she exclaimed; "how beautiful how good of you!" l and her eyes fairly sparkled as she held the present in her hand "Put it in yom pocket, senorita,'' he said, "and let no one see it until this war has ended; then you can wear it "ithout it's bringing upon you any trouble from soldiers of either side "Thank you a thousand times, Senor Americano,'' re plied the girl, thrusting the watch in the bosom of her dress. They then hurried on down the hill, and were soon at the cottages again The men, women and children were all together in a group, having heard the faint reports of the shots that had been :fired a mile away. CIIAPTER V YAXKEE DOODLE WINS FROM TIIE GE ER.AL-THE FOOLHARDY C.iPTAIN. The moment the mother o.f the young girl saw her emerge into the road with the little party, she uttered an exclamation of joy, for she had feared greatly for her safety. "Oh, why did you go?" she exclaimed, 'as she caught her daughter in her arms. "Because the Senor .Americano asked me to, mother, and they were so kind to me. The Spanish soldiers ran into the woods to :fight them and. were nearly all killed." The girl was rattling off her story with great rapidity, when Yankee Doodle turned to her father and asked for the horses "I will get them, senor,'' said the man, and with two or three others hurried away after them. When they reap peared Yankee Doodle asked him: "Senor, do you wish to see Porto Rico free?" "Si, senor," the man replied promptly. "And your neighbors-do they also?" "Si, senor,'' answered every man in the group "Then take these guns and fight for liberty The swarthy fellows sprang forward with eager excla mations of thanks, and each one instantly possessed him self of a rifle and cartridge belt. ":Now,'' said Yankee Doodle, "go around among your neighbors and tell them we will give them arms and ammunition if they want to help drive the Spaniards out of Porto Rico. I will come by thi way again soon, and shall be glad to see you and all other men of your neigh bors who are willing to help in this fight against oppression." Then he turned to the young girl who had accompanic

YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. When he explained how he came into possession of them, a captain asked him what right he had to parole a prisoner. "I don't know that I have any right," laughed Yankee Doodle; "I did it on my own responsibility." "You

YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. 13 The general ordered the regiment at the haad of the column to go across at quick step and charge over any breastworks that fired upon them, and also to wait until the signal to was given. They waited about twenty minutes, by which time it was light enough to give them a faint view of the Spanish position. Then the signal was given. The head of the column was more than half way across the river before the enemy was aware of its presence; then a few shots from the followed by loud cries of ahirm, aroused the Spaniards. It was evident that the surprise was complete, for the head of the column was going over the breastworks by the time the Spanish had rallied. A furious conflict ensued, for the Spaniards stubbornly resisted, contesting every inch of ground. But the Americans were too many for them; they poured over the breastworks like a resistless torrent, and in less than five minutes the unfinished fortification was theirs. About two hundred Spaniards were captured and some sixty or seventy killed and wounded, whilst the others fled down the river in the direction o.f the breastworks that had been hastily thrown up on that side. But those works were tl).rown up to face an enemy on the west side of the river, and not one on the east side; hence the Americans were in their rear. They were pursued only a mile below the ford, when the pursuit was recalled, as the instructions from the commander-in-chief were to seize the ford and hold it; having done that a strong picket line was established, and scouts sent out to keep an eye on the enemy. The American soldiers were jubilant over the success of the move, for their loss was slight-only four men killed and twelve or fii'teen wounded. They laid down and rested, and some slept after the march of three hours, whilst others proceeded to prepare breakfast, and still others stripped to have a swim in tM river. In the meantime Yankee Doodle, with Diego, became separated from Joe and Tony; but they pushed forward beyond the picket line in order to see if they could find out where the Spaniards would make the next stand. It did not take them long to do so, for they soon noticed masses of Spanish troops forming a line of battle across the road under the cover of the woods, with a very large clearing in their front. "By George, man," said Yankee Doodle to Diego, "they hold a good position out there." "Si, senor, so they do." "It would cost the lives of hundreds of men to dislodge them, for we would have to charge them through that clearing, while they would be protected by the timber." "Si, senor; it would be a hard fight, and their right is protected by the river." After watching the movements of the enemy for an hour or so they were joined by other American scouts, to whom he explained the position of the enemy in the woods on the other side of the clearing. Wnile he was thus explaining to the scouts the position of the enemy an officer rode up in command of a company to establish a picket line. He proved to be the captai:a who, the day before, had sought to make trouble for Yankee Doodle on account of paroling a Spanish prisoner. Some of the scouts reported to him what they had learned from Yankee Doodle about the enemy's position. "What does he know about it?" growled the captain. "I don't know, sir," replied the scout, who belonged to his company, "but that is what he told me." "Yes," said the captain, "he talks like a fool; I don't think there are any Spaniards out there at all," and he at once ordered his company to advance in the direction of the woods on the opposite side of the clearing. "Captain!" called out Yankee Doodle, on noticing the foolhardy movement, "you are running your men into the jaws of death." "Silence, you fool!" roared the captain, and the en went forward, led by the captain himself. "Caramba !" exclaimed old Diego; "what does he mean, senor?" "Ile is a fool, Diego. I don't know what he means." ... "They will all be killed," said the old Cuban. Yankee Doodle and Diego sat on their horses in the edge of the woods and watched the men as they went forward into the deathtrap. When within a hundred yards of other siJe of the clearing a tremendous volley of rifle shots burst from the edge o.f the timber, from more than a thousand Mausers, and nearly one-half of the brave fellows went down. The others returned the fire. In less than one minute, however, the Spanish fire was so hot the Americans broke and fled-very man for himself. "Come away, Diego," said Yankee Doodle; "I don't wish to witness the slaughter of brave men," and he and the old Cuban turned their horses' heads and rode back in the di rection of the ford. An hour later reports came back that a company of Americans had been cut to pieces by the Spaniards. The general sent one of his staff forward to make inquiries, and soon the truth was known. CHAPTER VI. TUE CONCERT OF THE DRUMS ON THE BEACH-THE OLD "REBEL YELL" AND YANKEE DOODLE. Emboldened by their success in repulsing a single company of American soldiers, a Spanish regiment of over one thousand men pushed across the opening in pursuit. Of course all the and pickets were forced to retire before them. They were met by the stafl"'Officer sent by the who immediately sent couriers back with a report of the situation and asking for reinforcements. A regiment was quickly hurried forward, who met the Span iards about a mile from their line. A sharp fight ensued, which resulted in the retreat of the Spaniards, after losing some two score or more men, while the Americans lost a dozen or so killed and wounded.


14 YANKEE DOODLE l:N" POR'rO RICO. The company that had been so badly cut up was called in, ancl the captain made his report to his colonel, who in turn .forwarded it to the general, with a statement of the cas ualties. One of the scouts, however, went to the general, ancl told him that the captain had marched his company into a deathtrap after Yankee Doodle had told him pos itively that the Spaniards were in line of battle in the 'roods beyond the opening The general was astounded and sent for Yankee Doodle. The latter, of course, on being questioned, told him the story of the disaster. One of the staff was sent to summon the captain, whose name was Granby. The captain flatly denied Yankee Doodle's statement and denounced him as a meddlesome liar, whereupon Yankee Doodle haughtily retorted: "I dare you to take off your coat and repeat that. ''Tut, tut,'' said the general, "keep quiet, sir,'' and then, tur1fing to Yankee Doodle, he asked: "Who heard you tell the captain that the enemy were rn assed in his iron t ?" "Every man in his company, General, for he yelled back at me, 'Silence, you fool.' "Captain Allen," said the general, turning to one of his staff, "go back to the company and inquire of the men if they heard Yankee Doodle give the captain that warning." The young officer left, and was gone about thirty min utes, after which he returned and reported to the general that every man in the company had stated that he heard the warning and heard the captain's retort to Yankee Doodle, "Silence, you fool." "Captain Granby,'' said the general, "you are under arrest; you will report at once to the provost marshal at the camp on the beach." The captain saluted the general and retired from his presence, after which the general turned to Yankee Doodle and thanked him in the name of th!e whole army for the service he had rendered, adding : "I wish it were in my power to place you in command of a body of scouts. I ha.ve no right, as you know, to take an officer's men away from him except for cause "Thank you, General,'' replied Yankee Doodle; "the commander-in-chief has asked me to instruct the drum mers of the different regiments in the art of beating the charge 'l'he genera l smiled and remarked: "l think you are better as a fighter than as a drummer." "I hope I am, General,'' he returned. "If the commander -inchief would let me do so, I think I could soon get up a company of Porto Ricans to act as scouts and guides "Just the thing," said the general, ''.for they know the country, know the people, and know the Spaniards; they will be of invaluable service in this campaign. We caphued arms enough this morning to arm two or three lrnn dred of them. Get the men, and I will ask the command er in-chief to assign you to command them." After leaving the general, Yankee Doodle went in search of Diego, and found him with Joe and Tony, who had just come in from scouting "Hello, J oc !" he said, grasping the fiier's hand; "where have you been?" "Out in the woods watching the Spaniard;;," was the reply. "and we came within an ace of being gobbled up by them." "What happened?" Yankee Doodle asked. "We ran into a party of Spaniards in the woods,'' said Joe, "some five or six of them, and it was fun to $Ce Tony." "How did he behave?" "Well, he was scared,'' was the reply, "but he ]aid about him with his machete with such vigor that I didn't know whether there was half a dozen of him or only one." "Did he hurt anybody?" "I don't think he dicl," said Joe, laughing, "for he killed three of the enemy so quickly I don't think they felt any pai,n at all." "Good!" laughed Yankee Doodle, grasping the youth's hand and shaking it warmly. "The way to fight, Tony, is to fight, and fight to kill." "Si, senor,'' said Tony, "that's what I tried to do, for I was afraid they would kill me,'' and the innocent excuse he put up for what he had done set Yankee Doodle in a roar. "Now, see here, Tony," said Yankee Doodle, "the general wants me to find one hundred Porto Ricans to serve as guides, and I am to command them Can you go among your friends and get that many to join?" "I can get some, senor, but don't know how many; but Miguel Mello, who is the father of the girl who was with us yesterday, can help me get them." "\Yell, let's go back there and see him," said Yankee Doodle, ".for I don't think they will have any more need of ns around here for a few days." In a little while they were ready to start, but before going Yankee Doodle went to the general to ask leave of absence, telling him what he wished to do. "Go ahead," said the genera], "and take this to the commander's headquarters,'' and he handed him a sealed note as he spoke. "I sha11 deliver it at once, General," said Yankee Doodle, saluting. "Very well," was the reply; and the drummer boy passed out, mounted his horse and rode away across the river. As they were ascending the hi11 beyond the river Yankee Doodle turned to old Diego with: "Amigo, if we raise a company of Porto Ricans you must be second in command." "Si, senor; I will serve where you wish me to." Then he turned to Tony and inquired of him the name of Miguel Jl.Icllo's daughter. "Her name is Mercedes, senor." "A beautiful name,'' said Yankee Doodle. "Si, senor; and she is a beautiful girl." "So she is, Tony; and I'm thinking she could do much in assisting her father to rally the Porto Ricans to our standard "She will do what she can, senor, for she hates the Span iards."


DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. It was but a short ride from the river to the home oi Miguel :Hello, and when they arrived there they found the dozen families in a state of great excitement Mello him seli rnshed up to Yankee Doodle and inquired: "What is the news, Senor Americano ?" "Good news, Amigo," was the reply; "we captured the fort, two hundred prisoners, alter killing and wounding some sixty or seventy; we now hold the ford and will soon move down on San Juan." "Blessed Maria!" exclaimed the old Porto Rican, "that is good news,'' and he turned and repeated it in a loud voice so that all the women and children in the huts could hear him. They came pouring out, and the first to reach his side was his daughter Mercedes, who reached up her hand to Y ankec Doodle as he sat on his horse, a.. glad smile on her face, saying : ''I greet you, Senor Americano! I'm so glad your sol diers have beaten the Spanish." "Senorita,'' replied Yankee Doodle, dismounting and standing by her side, "I want one hundxed of your people to go with me in this war; we will give them arms, horses and ammunition, and they shall have pay just like the American soldiers. Will you not ask your father to persHade his neighbors to join him?". "Si, senor; my father will do it; if not, I will myself "Bless you, senorita; that is what I wanted to hear you say;" and he took her hand in both of his and shook them warmly. "Thank you, General,'' said Yankee Doodle, saluting; "if you '"ill order the drummers of the army to assemble on the beach to-night I will give them lessons in beating that charge." "I will do so," was the reply; and with that Yankee Doo dle retired, went to his tent, secured his drum, after which he lilid down to rest from the fatigues of the day. Soon after sunset various drummers of the army begal1 to assemble on the beach, each one with his fifer. Yankee Doodle soon joined them, and as they stood in a line facil).g him he beat the charge, while Joe used his fife. Thou sands of the soldiers came down to listen, and when th0 charge ended a great cheer went up from them. Then he asked the drummers if any one among them had caught the air sufficiently to beat it. One said he thought he had. "Come out here, then, alongside of me," said he, "anc] let me see you do it." The drummer stepped out and stood alongside of him, wh. ilst Joe played the fife for him. He played it about half way through accurately, aur1 then blundered. Yankee Doodle q\lickly laid his hand on his arm and stopped him, saying as he did so: ''You've got it right up to that point; I will take it up where I stopped you;" and then he sent it roaring over the beach again in his own inimitable way, while the others all listened. "I will help you, senor," said her father. "Do so," said Y ankec Doodle, "and do it quickly. Tony, "Now try it again," he said. here, will assist you. The Spaniards cannot in He did so, and got it right. any way whatever because they dare not cross the river; "Good for you!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle; and so he we will soon have them all cooped up in San Juan. I took them one after the other until every drummer and fifer return to-morrow or next day to see how many names yon had mastered it, after which there was a general concert have, and render what assistance I can." of all, in which there were but a few discordant notes. He then mounted his horse and rode away, followed Cheer after cheer went up from the assembled soldiera, Joe and Diego, leaving Tony behind to assist Miguel. in which the drummers and :fifers joined On arriving at the .camp, Yankee Doodle reported at once "Now,'' said Yankee Doodle, "we'll march along i.o the commander-in-chief, to whom he delivered the ktbeach and serenade the fishes with 'Hail Columbia,' for I ter that had been intrusted to him by the general in com-think it is a tune they have never heard. They are pretty mand at the ford. The letter contained the written rnport much all Spanish fish in these waters Those of them who of the :fight at the ford, the news of which had already been don't like it can swim out into deep water and drown themreceived by courier. selves." The general looked at Yankee Doodle and placed his Ile then struck the first note of the national air, and all hand on his shoulder, saying: the drums and fifes followed, marching behind him for haH "J\Iy young friend, so far you have performed the greata mile along the beach. Over a thousand soldiers fell in est service of any man in this army. That ford was the behind them, laughing and cheering. key to the situation, and you were the first to discover The "Star Spangled Banner" and "The Bonny Blue The admiral was right when he suggested to me to turn Flag" followed, each of which was lustily cheered by the you loose unhampered with orders." troops. But when he struck the first note of "Dixie," and "Thank you, General," said Yankee Doodle, "I think the others joined in, the soldiers of the Southern rep;i I can raise a company of scouts among the natives here. ments seemed to go mad. They shrieked, and cheere

YAXKEE DOODLE lN POH'l'O RlCO. which brought the enthusiasm of the soldiers up to the highest pitch. CHAPTER VII. YAXKEE DOODI,E AND CAPTAIN THORNTON-HE ORGANIZES TIIE PORTO RICANS. The next day after the concert 0 the drums on the beach, every regiment in the camp was exercised in field manoeuvres, among which was the charge; and as the drum mers beat it the wildest enthusiasm prevailed in the ranks. Nearly all the officers who expressed an opinion declared that it was of immense value to the service, and Yankee Doodle was the recipient of many compliments on account of its success Later in the day the commander-in-chief ordered a court martial to try Captain Granby, and Yankee Doodle was notified that it would sit that evening and that he mnst be on hand to testify in the case. A little while after he been so notified, an officer came to him on behalf of the captain, who sought to persuade him to modify the statement that he had made to the general of the brigade. "Ilow can I do that?" Yankee Doodle asked him. "Do JOU expect me to admit on the wit{iess stand that I lied in my first statement?" "By no means," replied the officer; "but it is very easy for you to say you might have been mistaken, and that _you are not sure of such and such things, and thus leave i.he malter in doubt." "I can't do that, sir," said Yankee Doodle, shaking his head emphatically. "Why not?" the other asked. "Because it would be a deliberate attempt on my part to make the court believe a lie; and I'm not built that way, sir." "Well, it seems to me that you could make a little sacrifice to save the reputation of a fellow-soldier." "But I have no desire to save such a soldier; on the con trary, I'm extremely anxious that he should be punished for sacrific in g the lives of brave men." "Captain Granby has a great many friends in the bri gade, and their influence will be of immense value to yon if you win their good will." I don't want their good will, sir, if I have to sacrifice my self-respect to gain it," was the reply, "and you will pardon me if I expres s my surprise that you should attempt to shield such a man from the consequences of hir:s acts, for it seems to me that an honorable man wouldn't do such a thing." The officer's face flushed, for he felt the rebuke keenly; lJut the only reply he made was: "Yon had better think it over before you appear befor the court-martial." "Will yon be there?" Yankee Doodle asked him. "I don't know that I will; why?" "Because, sir, if yon are, I may repeat to the court whlit you have said to me." "If you do r shall denounce you as a liar," said the officer, hotly, and with that he turned away and left Yan kee Doodle standing at the rear oi the tent, on the Vi'hilc the interview was taking place between Yankee Doodle and the friend of Captain Granby, a young staff officer was inside the tent with Joe Bailey, the fifer, aml they both heard every word that passed. As the drum mer-boy re-entered the tent the staff officer remarked to him that he and Joe had heard every word that passed between him and Captain Thornton. "I would advise you," said he, "if Thornton is present when you testify before the court-martial, that you repeat what he said to you ." "I shall repeat it anyway now," said Yankee "whether he is present or not, since he threatened to de nounce me as a liar." That evening, when the court-martial was held, in a teJ1t near headquarters, pretty near half the privates of the company which had su:ITered so terribly by reason of Captain Granby's foolhardiness were near by, waiting t0 be called as witnesses; several officers appeared to testify in behalf of the accused; the charges w ere read and the accused pleaded "Not guilty." Yankee Doodle was the first witness called, and he tolrl the story of how he discovered the presence of the Span iards, and had actually seen two or three regiments of them deploying in line of battle in the edge of the timber Ifo also stated that he had called out to Captain Granby that the Spaniards were in force in his front, and that he was leading his men into the jaws of death; that the captain had replied to him in a commanding tone of voice, "Si lence, you fool." After he had given his testimony another officer who appeared as counsel for Granby began to cross-question him. Ile answered every question coolly, but did not in any way modify his testimony, although the officer tried hard to make him do so. "Who has been coaching you for this trial?" the officer asked. "Nobody has coached me, sir," he replied; "but one officer attempted to do so, and failed." "Name the officer," commanded the president of the court. "Captain Thornton, sir." "In what way did he try to do so?" Yankee Doodle then repeated what had taken place be tween himself and the friend of the accused. Captain Thornton was among a group of officers listen ing to the testimony. He promptly arose to his feet and denied that he had ever spoken to the drummer-boy about the case The presiding officer of the court-martial turned to Yankee Doodle and asked: "Jiayc you any witnesses to that interview?" "". "Yes, sir," was the reply; "my fifer, Joe Bailey and Major Wilde, of the staff of the commander-in-chief, were inside my tent behind me, and they heard eYery WOfU that passed between Captain Thornton and myself."


Y1\NKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. 1 7 Thornton turned white as a sheet, and a .few minutes ater left the tent. The result of the trial by court-martial was a verdict of 'Guilty of wilful disregard of in.formation which he must iave known was reliable and, through incompetence, had acrificed the lives of several men in his command, coupled vith conduct unbecoming an officer." 'rhe court recom nended his dismissal from the army. The next clay charges were preferred against Capta.in hornton by Major Wilde, of the general's staff. In the meantime Yankee Doodle, with Joe and olc1 iego, mounted their horses and rode out to see Miguel Iello, and find out what success he was meeting with i11 ecming volunteers .for scouts and guides. As they rode ip to the home of Mello they were surprised to find about hundred men lying .around under the shade of the trees, very one of whom sprang to his feet and crowded arouml him as soon as he halted his horse. Tony and : Miguel were the first io greet him. "Senor Yankee Doodle," sang out Mello, "the men are here and are eager to fight the Spaniards." "Thank you, senor," said Yankee Doodle; "you have done quick work." "Si, senor," said the old fellow; "since the battle at tho ford our :r)eople see the power of Spain is breaking, and they are anxious to help smash it." "Good!" said Yankee Doodle, and then he called out to the men: "}Ien of Porto Rico, get into a straight line by the road f'ide there." And in a few minutes they had arranged themsehes in a line acing him. "Xow, 'cnor 1ello, do you know all these men?" "I do, senor," was the reply. "Do you vouch for them as being men who will be true to the cause of Porto Rico?" "Si, senor." Then he turned to the men again and continued: "Xow, my men, you are needed by the Americans as guides and scouts for the army. You will be furnished with arms, ammunition and rations; horses we must cap ture from the enemy. Now, any man who is afraid to face the enemy with arms in his hands, let him stand out, for we don't want him." X ot a man moved, and Miguel remarked: "They are not afraid, Senor Amer[cano." "X o !" cried out the girlish voice of Mercedes from the midst of a group of women and children, "the men of Porto Rico arc not afraid to fight!" whereupon the entire crowd cheered the youi1g girl. "They must be like our men at home, senorita," said Yankee Doodle, "for the men of America stand ready at all times to fight to the death in defense of their sweet hearts." "It is the same here, senor," she replied, her face wreathed in smiles, "for every Porto Rican has a sweet heart, or expects to have one,'' whereat there was another cheer from the men. men, hold up your right hands and swear to be true to the canse and obey orders." They did so promptly, and Yankee Doodle swore them in in his off-hand way. "Now, Diego," said Yankee Doodle, "take command of these men and march them to the ford, where they will all be armed, after which we will find out i they know how to handle a gun. If they don't know how to shoot, they must be taught, and that quickly." '"Si, senor,'' said Diego, and within five minutes the grim old Cuban was leading the way to the ford. Yankee Doodle and Joe rode on ahea:d, crossed the river, and reported to the general t> the approach 0 the Porto Rican. 'That's pretty quick work,'' remarked the general. "Yes, General; since your victory here the other clay the impression has gone out among the natives that the end of Spanish rule is close at hand, and they are all eager to give the departing Dons a kick." 'I'hc general laughed and remarked that it was a phase of human nature. "Yes,'' assented Yankee Doodle, "no matter what lan guage a man speaks I guess human nature is about the same the world over." "So it is, my boy. How many rifles do you want for those follows ?" "There arc about a hundre

YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. miss, he may shoot at yo1i and hit his mark, so you see the necessity of aiming well before you pull the trigger." Em.APTER VIII. now YANKEE DOODLE : MOUNTED IIIS PORTO RIC.AN SCOUTS. Having organized his conlJlany of native scout s and guides, a.nd taught them the art of shooting to kill, Yankee Doodle to the general in command at the ford that he was ready for duty. "Men on foot cannot do much at scouting," remarked the general. "Very true," assented Yankee Doodle; "we will soon have the horses." "All right, then,'' said the general, "go ahead; do all the mischief you can, and when you get any news send it in quick." / The next day after receiving the arms Yankee Doodle left the ford and made hi way along a little country road which led away out to the left of the Spanish position. Diego was second in command and Joe third, each having about thirty-five men in his squad, making one hundred and five in all. Reasoning that the flank of the Spanish army would be protected by cavalry mostly on scout duty, Yankee Doodle moved in the direction he did .or no other purpose than to meet Spanish scovts. Ile marched that day about ten miles, which placed him pretty close to the left of the enemy's position. It was a bem1tiful country through which he marched, and at a little village where he stopped to refresh his men he learned that a Spanish squadron of horse had been there the day before. Quite a number of the men in his company had friends and acquaintances living there, and it was an easy matter for him to gather information about the movmcnts of the enemy. Of course there were residents there who were loyal to Spain, some oi' whom lost no time in sending information to the enemy that a party o. insurgent Porto Ricans were then at the village, all of which Yankee Doodle naturally expected. He had gone there for the purpose of tempting the enemy to attack him. Within an hour after he had reached the place he had selected a thick wood on the side o. thie town next to the enemy, where, as soon as he could learn of their approach, he intended to conceal his men and await their arrival; but until such news should come to him he purposely avoidecl going there news of his position should be con veyed to the enemy It so happened that the messenger who carried the news to the Spanish camp explained very minutely the exact position occupied on the south side of the village by the Porto Ricans. It was a little before sunset when news came that a squadron of Spanish horse was coming clown at full speed on the village and were then but a mile or two away. Not a minute was lost in moving his force to the wood:; and concealing it in ambush. "Now, men," said Yankee Doodle, "the Spaniard s arc corning as fast as their horses can run. The y expect to .find us on the other side of the village, and will come da s h ing along t}lis road here within fifteen or tw e nty feet of you. Now, every man of you ;nust stand in position with your rifle ready to fire at the signal, and when you hear that signal, which will be a pistol shot, each of you must bring clown a Spaniard. If you are cool and cautiou s you cannot miss him at such close rang e Now be care ful, and aim at the rider, because we want hi s hor se. When you have fir e d once, quickly make ready for a s econd volley, and pick off the men who are on horseback. The other:; may retreat; don't pursue them without orders. Whatever happens, obey every order given promptly-for that is the first duty of a soldier. Now, do you all understand what I have told you?" "Si, Senor Capitan," came from every man in the bushes. "Very well; now remain still and for my signal."' By the time he had ceased talking the sound of rushing horsemen was heard far up the road. It increased in vol ume until it was like the roar o. a great torrent. A few minutes later the Spanish cavalry appeared in sight, coming at a swinging gait. They swept past the ambuscade until the head o. the column was beyond by some fifty yards, leaYing the centre of the rushing cavalrymen in front o. the Porto Ricans. Then a single pistol shot was heard, and a Spaniard tum bled out of his saddle. 'l'wo or three seconds passed; then a hundred cracked along the bushes on the roadside-and it seeme d as if every Spaniard in front of it went down before it. Some of them chmg to the necks of their horses, but eight out of ten tumbled out of their saddle s and their hor ses reared and plunged, thus adding to the excitement and confusion. The volley had cut the Spanish column in two. Some thirty cir forty .who had passed beyond the ambush wcr cut off from those who were in the rear. Their lead e r 01 hearing the volley wheeled and saw the road filled wit! dead and dying cavalrymen, whil e their riderless horse were plunging about trampling them under their hoofs Ile instantly ordered his men to charge and rejoin thei comrades who were bringing up the rear. Ile was met with a well aimed volley that almost de stroyecl his detachment. Those in the rear were cognizan of the terrible destruction that had overtaken those in fron and recoiled. They delivered a scattering fire in the di rection of the bushes, without being able to see a singl enemy. By the merest accident, two of the Porto Ricans were in stantly killed-a fact which was not ascertained until afte the fight was over ancl the enemy 1*1d retreated. As soo as the retreat began Diego rushed out into the road an sent shot after shot at the enemy as long as they were i sight. '"Now, Porto Ricans," sung out Yankee Doodle, "yo have done well; let every man catch a horse."


YARKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. A rush was macle for the steeds, and in a little while railroad which connected the every man had a horse, with saddle, halter, holster and pisinterior. tols. Some of the horses went scampering through the "\Vhat c1o you think their force is?" the general asked. streets of the village. "I have no iclea, General; but there's a big crowd of ''Let every man get a sabre,'' sung out Yankee Doodle, them." and the dead and wounded Spaniards' weapons were picked "Did you see the railroad?" up where they had fallen. "No, sir; it was on our right some three miles But I "Diego," called out Yankee Doodle to the old Cuban, could see that the office of the enemy was to protect it." ''let no wounded man be harmed." After again thanking him, the general dismissed him "Xo, senor," said the old man, "they have not the wrongs and sat down to write a report to the commander-in-chief to a\cnge in Porto Rico that we have in Cuba." of the information he had just received concerning the Yankee Doodle then turned to Joe, to whom he said: movements of the enemy. "Lieutenant Bailey, mount your men quickly and scout Yankee Doodle at once returned to his men, established. down the road a few miles, but avoid a fight if possible." a camp and proceeded to give them a course of drilling 'rickled at being made a lieutenant so suddenly, Joe that made the swarthy fellows sweat. Never were raw rc laughecl,mo1mtecl his horse and soon had his entire party in cruits so quickly turned into soldiers; nor did men ever the saddle. The others remaining were ordered to gather strive so earnestly to understand the lessons they were up all arms and to convey them to the village, after which being taught. As for Yankee Doodle, they regarded him the wounded were also taken there. Then Diego, under almost in the light of a superior being. instructions from Yankee Doodle, proclaimed to the ex-Early the next morning they began drilling again; and cited villagers that any man who wished to joint the comall day long they were engaged in executing the movc mand would have a rifle, horse and saddle. ments taught by the tactics. The score of recruits who Nearly a score of young men at once enrolled themselves had joined them after the fight were put through target as members of the command. practice until each man thoroughly understood the art of By that time night had come on, and they went into aiming at and hitting the mark. camp. 'rhey remained there through the night waiting to It turned out that the news Yankee Doodle had brought hear from Joe and the scouts. About midnight half of concerning the position of the Spanish forces along the them returned with the report that the other half were line of the railroad was the first that the general had re within full view of the campfires of the Spaniards, some ceived that he considered important, for it convinced him five or six miles away. that the Spanish were trying to hold their communications Yankee Doodle immediately sent a courier to recall Joe, with the interior; and from that fact he reasoned that they who returned a little before daylight. had forces elsewhere which they wanted to be concentratccl "We must get away from here," said he, "for we can't at San Juan, to say nothing of keeping up their supplies hope to play that trick on them again, and if we stay here. from the interior. they will come down on us in such foroo as to wipe us out." The information was at once forwarded to the com"That's so," said Joe, "for there's a big crowd of them mander-in-cbief, who sent back an order to cut the railont there." road and hold it, at the same time forwarding two regi-Jnst as faint streaks of dawn were seen in the east the ments to assist in the movement. little band, now numbering one hundred and twenty men, Yankee Doodle was sent for immediately. well armed and mounted, rode out of the village, each man "There is work for you,'' said the general as soon as carrying an extra rifle, that had been captured from the he appeared. enemy. "Of course," assented the general. "I am going to send It was a little after noon when they rode into the camp out a column to cut that railroad and hold it; and look at the ford. Yankee Doodle hastened to report to the gento you for scouts and guides." eral. The first thing he said after saluting was: "Where will you strike the road, General?" Yankee "General, we have our horses, and a good sabre with each Doodle asked. one, together with over one hundred Mausers, which I wish "Right where the dirt road crosses it, so that com-to turn over to you as captured property." munication can be kept up." The general laughed, shook his hand, saying: "Very well; when shall I start?" "Well, tell us how you c1id it?" And Yankee Doodle re"Within an hour,'' ordered the general, and promptl)' lated the story in a few simple words without the least at that time Yankee Doodle, with one hundred and twenty spirit of braggadocio. Porto Ricans, mounted and rode away, after detailing one "Well done, my boy,'' said the general; "I hope to see man as guide for the column, in order that no mistake you in command of a regiment before the war ends." should be made -by the soldiers on their march. He moved "Thank you, General; I think I can soon recruit a native straight in the direction of the village where he had cap regiment, for the Porto Ricans seem to think that now is tured the horses, and was within three miles of the place their chance." when a party of half a dozen Spanish scouts were seen. He then informed the general what he had found ont rrhey are watching us very closely," he remarked to about the position of the enemy, which was to the effect Joe. that they were throwing up earthworks to protect a line of "They have need to,'' laughed the fifer.


YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. "Of course; and we must watch them, too." The S panish scouts retired along the road, keeping just out of range of Yankee Doodle's rifles; but after going a mile or so, they were reinforced by a company of from sixty to seventy Spanish cavalry. So far, the enemy had seen only a portion of Yanke e Doodle's scouts, which numbered about thirty, and natu rally supposed they comprised all who were in the neigh borhood; so they charged down on them for a fight. As they outnumbered him about two to one, Yankee Doodle and the Porto Ricans fell back nearly half a mi.le along the road until they joined Diego's detachment. "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "go for them;" and to the astonishment of the Spaniards, they beheld a body of Porto Ricans charging. Whatever else may be said of the Spaniards, they are not cowards. They met the charge :firmly. The Porto Ricans fired as they rode forward, killing and wounding a dozen or more, and then drew their sabres, charging with old Diego at their head with his terrible machete. The cavalrymen, of course, had been drilled in sabre tactics, while the Porto Ricans had not; but the latter had been wielding the machete almost from infancy, and knew how to handle it in the way to do the mos t damage. They cut and slashed with but little skill, yet so destructively tlwt the Spaniards were fast being decimated. They were out numbered and completely surrounded. When about half cavalry guarding it in such force they were compelled \,.) retire. Old Diego ascertained from a resident of the vicinity that the Spaniards were throwing up breastworks by railroad near where the dirt road crossed it. "Ah, that's where the fight will be," said Yankee Doo dle; "and we'll have it there before night." Half an hour later a party of American cavalry came up. the officer 0 whom was well known to Yankee Doodle. "What's the news?" the officer asked. "The news is," was tlie reply, "the enemy is up breasi. works where this road strikes the railroad; and if our forces fail to attack at once they will have some awful ly bloody work on hand to-morrow." "Quite right,'' said the officer, who immediately sent back a courier with the information he had just received. The result was that the column was hurried forwarcl; and within another hour the brigade was ready to b e gin the fight. CHAPTER IX. RUNNING TIIE GAUNTLET-YANKEE DOODLE SAVES THREE REGIMENTS FROM CAPTURE. their number had fallen, they attempted to cut their way When the general rode up, Yankee Doodle, accompanied through. They succeeded, but at a terrible sacrifice of by several of the Porto Ricans, escorted him to a hill, from life. the crest of which, by means of his field glass, he had a goou Yankee Doodle would not permit pursuit, fearing it view of the enemy's position and what they were doing. would lead them up against more of the enemy. As he lowered his glasses, the general looked at his watch, "By George!" he said to young Bailey, "that was a tough and then up at the sun. fight; five of our men have been killed, and about a dozen "We have two hours of daylight yet," he remarked to an wounded." officer at his side, "and that is time enough for us to take "Yes,'' said Joe, "but just look at the Spaniards. There that position." are at least fifty of them killed and wounded. Did you He ordered his brigade to deploy in line of battle, and see Diego with his machete?" advance on the enemy at once, firing as they went forwarJ. "I had no time to watch him," said Yankee Doodle; The regiment sprang forward, and were soon within "what did he do?" range of the Spanish fire. The unfinished breastwork"> "He did wonders. I think he cut down five or six Spanafforded the enemy but little protection, yet they stood iards, and I saw the head of one of them fall to the ground their ground bravely. The onward rush of the American before the body reeled from .the saddle. He is a fiend in soldiers pushed them back. At first they fell back slowl y battle." conteeiting every foot of g;round, until a wild yell on their "So he is," assented Yankee Doodle. "If we had one left flank, where Yankee Doodle and the Porto Rican s hundred men like him, what havoc we could make in the charged furiously upon them, caused them to break, and Spanish ranks!" the retreat became a rout. "It would be frightful,'' said the other. It was at that moment that Yankee Doodle saw a Span"Yankee Doodle ordered the arms of the enemy gath-ish captain trying to mount a horse in order to escape. ered up, and detailed five men to take them back to camp, He charged upon him, calling out: after which he buried his dead and constructed litters for "Surrender, Capitan!" the wounded to be moved oack in the lines. "Never!" yelled the Spaniard, spring into the Then he moved forward again, saying to Joe and Diego: and drawing his sabre. "We are not sent out to fight, but to pilot the way and Yankee Doodle drew his revolver and fired at him; but gather information for the soldiers who are coming on be-at that moment the Spaniard's horse threw his h e ad up, hind us; so we must avoid a fight as long as we can while and the bullet pierced his brain. The horse reared on hi s we are scouting." hind feet, fell backward and crushed the Spaniard und e r In the course of the afternoon they saw a number of him. Spanish scouts, who seemed disposed to keep out of their Yankee Doodle sprang from his horse and went to hi way, but as they approached the railroad they found the assistance; but the latter was unconscious and lay still.


YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. Yankee Doodle seized the dying horse by the bit anJ dragged him partly off the Spaniard. As he did so the uniform of the officer was partly torn away, and underneath his coat Yankee Doodle espied a money belt. Knowing that the dead would be searched before burial, he quickly removed the belt and found it very heavy. Then he took up the sword of the fallen officer and n,otiGed that it was a very fine one, with dia monds bedded in the handle of it. "By George!" he said to himself, "this is a prize. He was only a captain, but he was evidently a man of wealth. I have the sword, so I will take the scabbard," and he pro ceeded to take the possession of the belt and scabbard. By this time the enemy had been pushed back several hundred yards from their position, and the shouts of the American soldiers told that the victory was complete. The American general held his men well in hand, and pro ceeded to hold what he had taken. 'rhe fight had been won inside of twenty minutes. All the spades and shovels the Spaniards had been using were instantly gathered up and used by the Americans in finish ing the earthworks the enemy had begun, as they had been ordered to hold the place. 'rhe sun went down and the stars came out, and the Spaniards dicl, too. All around the American position the flash of the Mauser rifle was seen and heard, and the hail of bullets was kept up. The Americans could only fire at the flashes of the enemy's guns, and by those flashes the general soon learned that he was entirely surrounded. The situation looked grave. He did not fear assault, as he could repel it; but to be subjected all night long to a galling fire was more than he thought his troops could stand. Then, again, under the cover of darkness, the enemy could increase their force without his 1-"Ilowledge. Alter standing the fire :for some two or three hours, the general hunted up Yankee Doodle, led him to one side, and in a half whisper said: "illy boy, we are in a tight place; I don't know how long we can stand it. The fire all around us constantly in creases in volume, showing that the enemy is receiving reinforcements. Some one m1ist go to the ford for help, and no one can do it so well as the Porto Ricans. Find one who will volunteer to go." "General," said Yankee Doodle, "it is impossible for one man to get through there; the only way is for me to take all my men and make a dash and cut through. Some will fall-maybe half of them-but they can't kill them all." "It is remarked the general; "the loss of life will be frightful, but I know of no other way to accomplish it." ""We \l"ill go through, General/' said Yankee Doodle. "We may lose many, and we may not lose one. Sometimes there is safety in audacity. What shall I say to the commander at the ford?" "Tell him to send every man he can spare to my assist ance without a moment's loss of time." "I will be off in ten minutes, General." "Success to you then, my boy," and the general wrung his hand and turned away. Yankee Doodle at once hunted up Diego, Joe Bailey and Miguel Mello, to whom he explained what was to be done, saying as he did so: "Some of us may :fall, so I will give each one of you the message that is to be delivered to the general at the ford," and he repeated to them the message the general had given him. "Now, gather the boys q11ickly," he added, "but don't let them know the dangerous errand we are going upon. Tell them to :fasten their guns to their backs and ride with drawn sabres, and for each man to follow right on after the one ahead of him." In a very few minutes the entire command, numbering about ninety men, were in the saddle quietly waiting for orders, whilst bullets were whistling all around them. At the word of command, Yankee Doodle himself, with Diego at his side, moved off, keeping in the middle of the road at a brisk canter. As they approached the line of fire, Yankee Doodle ordered Diego to call 011t in Spanish in an authoritative tone of voice: "Cease firing, men!" Diego did so, repeating it ha:lf a dozen times, and those of the Spaniil'rds who heard it immediately ceased firing; but others who failed to catch it kept blazing away, and again the old Cuban repeated the order in a very authorita tiYe tone of voice. Of course the Spaniards could not see in the dark, other than they could discern the forms of men on hoTSeback, and naturally they suspected them to be some officer and his staff. But just as they reached the outer line Y a,nkee Doodle found the road pretty well filled with Spanish soldiers almost directly in his path. "Out of the way there !" exclaimed old Diego, and his Spanish was so correct, the tones so commanding, that the soldiers gave way. But a few moments later somebody discovered the deception and sung out: "They are not Spaniards," and immediately began firing. "Forward men!" cri_ed out Yankee Doodle at the top of his voice, dashing along the road at foll speed, and the Porto Ricans dashed after him as fast as their hoTSes could go. A shower of bullets whistled all around them, and three of the Porto Ricans were hit, one of whom tumbled out of his saddle. It was a daring escape, and Yankee Doodle chuckled over it all the way to the ford-to which point he urged the horses at the top of their speed. He lost no time i:a explaining to the commandant of the post the situation of the brigade at the railroad crossing. The long roll wa5 beaten, and within thirty minutes three regiments were on the way to the relief of their comrades. Yankee Doodle and his men on theiT tired horses again led the way, but now they were going at a pace that enabled their steeds to recover from the violent race they lliKl just finished It was about two hours after midnight when the rein forcements came in sight of the fiahing guns in and around the pqsition occupied by the Americans. A charge was made, dark as it was; and over th:r1ee hun dred Spaniards were captured, with probably a third of


YANKEE DOODL1 IN PORTO RICO. that number killed and wounded; whereupon the firing ceased all around tile position, because the enemy had the impression that the entire American army had arrived on the field. When day dawned, it was seen that the fight had been a bloody one, for three or four hundred Americans had been killed and wounded, whilie more than double that number 0 the Spaniards had fallen. Tired as th.e men were, as soon as they had partaken o.f a breakfast they moved forward in considerable force in order to ascertain the position of the enemy, as it was feared tbley would mass artillery on the crests of some hills which overlooked the captured breastworks It was soon ascertained, however, that the enemy had fallen back somie three or four miles along the railroad to a range of hills, where they were hastily constructing earthworks; where upon the Americans returned after placing a strong line of pickets. H was then that the general, who had been fighting all night, smt for Yankee Doodle When he appeared the general grasped his hand and exclaimed: ":!'lfy boy, but for you it would have been all up with us before sunrise, and I'm going to so state in my report of this affair to the cornmander-in-cllli!f." "Thank you, General," he replied, "I tried to do just what you asked me to." "And you did it, my boy, and did it bravely. But tell me, how did you get through with so little loss?" "Oh, I hoodooed them, General," he laughed. "Hoodooed them! How?" Yankee Doodle explained how he had played Spanish on them through old Diego, whereupon the genl.eral and his officers laughed, slapped him on the sho!1lder and shook his hand. "Send for that old Cuban," said the general. "Such men as he ought to be encouraged." Yankee Doodle for Diego, and whilst awaiting for his arrival he passed tlu:l time in relating to the officers of the aw.ful strength of the old Cuban and his ter rible destructiveness in battle, adding by way of illustra tion that he could chop up more Spanish meat in a gi.ven length of time with that old machete 0 his than any sau sage machine that had ever been built. "And I'll bet," he added, "five hundred dollars in golJ that he can cut an ordinary horse in two square across the back with one blow of his machete." "llave you got the money to put up on that?" an officer asked. "Yes," said Yankee Doodle. "I'll take that bet, then," said the officer, "provided I can raise the money"-whereat there was a laugh among the officers, and before the laughter ceased the old Cuban appeared. Yankee Doodle introduced him to the general, who grasped his hand, shook it warmly and thanked him in the name of the whole army. The modest old warrior was almost overcome on hear ing the commendations of the general, and simply re marked that, strong as he was, he was not yet able to strike as hard a blow against Spain as he wished to. Ile was then introduced to the other oilicers present, all of whom grasped his hand and called him the champion :fighter 01' the army. One 0 the oilicers wore a badge of gold, the emblem of some secret organization to which he belonged, about an inch in diameter, representing a skull and cross-bones. Ile pinned it on the breast of the ohl Cuban, saying as he did so: "Senor, this means death to Spaniards; wear it, and strike hard in the day of battle." Perhaps the old Cuban was at that moment the prourl est man that stood on the face of the globe. A grim smile swept across his swarthy face as he gazed at the golden skull and cross bones, and he remarked: "Senors, I have cleaved many a Spanish head 'l'he officers laughed and exclaimed, "Good! Good!" and one of1them tendered the old fellow a drink of brandy. From that moment old Diego was more dangerous to the Spaniards than he had ever been before in all his life. When the general had made up his report of the capture of the rai l road he handed it to Yankee Doodle to see that it was promptly delivered to the commander-in-chief, think ing, of course, that he would send some one of his scouts with it. "I will deliver it myself, General," said he. "Who will command the scouts in your absence?" the general asked. "Diego," was the reply. "Y ery well," said the general, "deliver it as quickly as you can." Yankee Doodle saluted and hurried away to his horse. On meeting Joe, he told him where he was going. "I'll go with you," said Joe, "for Diego and Miguel can handle the men in our absence." "All right, come ahead; no time is to be lost." In a few minutes the two boys were on their way back to the ford. They stopped long enough at the camp there to tell the story of the defeat of the Spaniards, and their changert line of battle. rrhen they crossed the river and rode over the hill in the direction of the main road leading to the coast. As they were passing the home of Miguel Mello, Yankee Doodle slopped to tell his family that he was well and haJ distinguished himself in battle the day before "I knew he would do that, Senor Americano," said Mer cedes, "for he is a brave man, and had a brave man to lead him." "Thank you, senorita,'' said Yankee Doodle; "this is a time when a man who is not brave should stay at home." "Si, senor,'' she said, "I'm sorry I am a girl, and wish f were a man "Ah, senorita, I'm glad you are a girl." "Why, Senor Americana?" slrn asked, lookiRg him full in the face with her great black eyes. "Because you are far more beautiful as a girl than yon would be as a man; your voice is sweeter, your smile is more charming, and you move the hearts of men in su c h a way the bravest cannot resist you." "Oh, senor!" she exclaimed; "the men of Porto Hico ar c not suci1 flatterers as the Americanos."


YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. 'I do not flatter you, senorita I am like all other men ho worship at the shrine of woman's loveliness "Do the Americans worship their women, senor?" "Si, senorita; we worship our mothers, our sisters, our and our sweethearts." "Then I wish I lived in America,'' said she, coquettishly, for the men of Porto Rico do not do that way." 'No need of going there, senorita; for the American oldiers are here; and when they sec you they will pay ribute to you as the most beautiful of your sex. Why Jo ou not visit your father in camp?" "Would I be permitted to do so, Senor Americano?" "Of course, senorita. I will return here to-morrow, and, you wish me to, will conduct you to your father and see hat you return home safely again." "I will go with you, senor,'' she said, her face lighting 19 dth joy at the opportunity thus opened up for her, for the st time in her young life, to enjoy a season of pleaaable excitement Yankee Doodle then dashed on toward the coast, bea:r ng with him the news of victory, with Joe close at his eels. When he reached. he camp, officers and men called out o him: "The news? The news?" "A battle-and a victory!" he cried, hurrying on to eadquarters. Joe remained behind with the men and told the story f the battle, while Yankee Doodle delivered the report o the commander-in-chief. The good news flew from mouth to mouth; and soon very man in the army had it. They made the welkin ring th cheers; and the drummers, together with the fifers, elped out the racket. CIIAPTER X. IIE FIGHTING BEFORE SA T JOAN-HOW YANKEE DOODLE S.iYED TIIE DAY. After the captm"e of the railroad crossing it became ecessary for a forward movement to be made by the merican forces to prevent an advance of the Spaniards long the railroad to overwhelm the brigade stationed here. To that end the army was put in motion the next orning after the battle at the crossing. At the same ime the flaet lying off San Juan began throwing shells at he fortifications, thus threatening the Spaniards on all iues. Brigade after brigade marched up the river, crossing at be ford, and pushed on to the railroad, where they formed j1mction with the force already there on the battlefield. Then the march on San Juan began. Xow it was that Yankee Doodle's native scouts and uiues proved their worth to the American army. There rcrc three roads besides the railroad leading to the city ld Diego took one, Yankee Doodle the other, and Joe Bai -ey the third, white :Miguel 1Uello with a party of twenty well armed Porto Ricans followed the railroad as gu-ides for a company of sutlers and miners Close behind each party were squadrons of cavalry of sufficient strength to re pel any attacks of Spanish horse. The Spaniards were forced back step by step, stubbornly contesting every inile From 1every patch of woods and clump of bushes a bushwhacking fight was kept up. It was then that Yankee Doodle's experience in Cuba came to his assistanei2, and all day long he exchanged shots with the Spaniards. To his great delight, he found the Porto Ricans splendid fighters. He expressed his satisfaction to one of them, saying that they behaved like old veterans. "Si, senor," said the fellow, "we know that the Ameri canos are at our back, and that we are bound to win. We all thank God for this chance to deal Spain her death blow." "Y cs, Amigo,'' said Yankee Doodle, "we are pushing them back to San Juan, where, between the army and the fleet, we will grind Spain to powder." A colonel of cavalry joined Yankee Doodle, to whom he expressed his surprise at the fighting qualities of the Porto Ricans '. :;. ''" "Y cs, Colonel,'' he replied, "I wish I had a regiment 0 them, for one 0 the men has just told me that the presence of the American army has made them utterly fearless." Half a mile farther on the Spaniards hJ. planted a bat tery on the of a hill, seemingly determined to make a stand there "Hold your men back, Yankee Doodle,'' said the colonel, "for th.ere may be two or three thousand Mauser rifles behind that battery, and we must wait until our infantry comes up." Yankee Doodle at once ordered the Porto Ricans to lie

YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO theother. Both sprang astride or his prize with yells of triumph that were heard above the roar and rattle of the conflict. It ,\ras a bloody fight, but the victory was complete. 'rhe Spaniards ell back after losing the battery, and the Americans pressed on, giving them no rest. When night came on the Spaniards were all inside their line of earth works which had been thrown up weeks before in anticipa tion of the invasion, while the American army encamped in front of them. During the night the general sent for Yankee Doodlie and told him he wanted to :find out whether or not there was a second and third line of earthworks behind the one in his front, and asked if any of his Porto Ricans could get the information for him. "I will see, General, and report in a e; minutes,'' and he went away in search of Diego and Joe Bailey. "Si, senor,'' said old Diego; "I'll :find out, if I have to go through myself." "Let us get the men together,'' said Yankee Doodle, "for there may be some among them who already lmow what we want to find out." Pretty soon he, Joe, Diego and Miguel Mello had their men all together. They had suffered greatly during the charge on the battery, losing between twenty-five and thirty men killed and wounded. On making inquiry, they .found at least a half-dozen who had frequently passed in and out of San Juan within the last week or ten days, from whom he learned that there was a s"econd li1* of earth works a half mile in the rear of the first line. Beyond that there were a number of places where light :field bat teries behind earthworks had been stationed to defend the road. On gaining that information, Yankee Doodle hastened back to the general to report. "There is a second line of breastworks half a mile behincl the fiTst one,'' he stated. "And beyond that?" the general asked. "Simply a few batteries on the hillsides that command the road,'' was the reply. The general was quiet for a moment or two and then remarked: ''There moot be no mistake about it-are you sure of the correctness of this statement?" "I am quite sure of it, General, because it has been made to me by half a dozen different men, each one telling the same story." "That is p;oof enough," remarked the general; after which he said: ''I am told that your Porto Ricans captured two of the guns to-day." "Yes, General, my detachment took one and Diego's the other; our loss is heavy." "Sorry to hear that," remarked the general, "for they are brave fellows I can hardly understand how you have been able to hold undisciplined soldiers together in the face of such a terrific fire." "1 can't understand it myself, General,'' he returned, "but they stuck to me like old veterans." "You had better not expose them so much to-morrow, t suggested the general. "For heaven's sake, General, don't order us out of the fight." "Oh, no; I have no intention of doing so." Yankee Doodle saluted and returned to his men, whom he told that on the morrow a great battle would be fought in which they could take a hand, and suggested that each one roll in his blanket and get as much sleep as possible. But there was little sleep that night for the soldiers of either side, for the constant booming of the great guns :)f the fleet bombarding the forts of San Juan were not lullabies to soothe men to peaceful slumber. A little after daylight the men were under arms await ing orders to begin the attack. While the boom of the guns of the fleet had been going on all night, it seemed t double in volume as day dawned, as though the ships ha opened fire which up to that tiJne had been silent. Just as the sun was gilding the tops of the trees th American batteries opened on the Spanish works with roar that shook the earth. The Gatling guns, rapid-fir guns, and other batteries of heavier calibre pomed a tor rent of iron hail into the enemy all along the line fo upward of one hour. The enemy replied vigorously, but in the matter o artillery they were evidently outclassed, for at seven1 points along the line their batteries were silenced; and a several different places the explosions of caissons wer _heard. Then came the order to charge. The batteries ceased firing and the infantry advance through a dense cloud of powder smoke that for a hundrc feet or more completely enveloped them. They went u against the long line of earthworks with :fierce yells tha boded ill to the enemy, and in a few minutes they wer charging over them and bayonctting as .though the wor "humanity" had no place in their vocabulary. .Again Yankee Doodle and his Porto Ricans were th first to scale the earthworks. They dashed for a battery, every gun of which had been dismounted by th American shells, poured through the breech and went a the Spaniards with their machetes. In many places along the line the .American artiller had driven the Spaniards completely away, and they hu retreated to the second line of defenses, thus leaving thei comrades in other parts exposed to flank movements, w hie blunder the American officers were quick to avail then selves of. By a quick dash of a regiment of United Stat regulars, a Spanish regiment was almost surrounded an many were forced to throw down their arms to escape d struction. Between five and six hundred were thus mad prisoners. The .fight ended within a couple of hours, and th American army remained in possession of the battlefiel while the Spaniards concentrated their regiments behiu the second line of hreastworks. The day being extremely warm, the Americans pr ceeded to bury their dead at once and to provide for th wounded. Large .field hospitals of canvas were set u which protected the wounded from the fierce rays of t sun.


YANKEE DOODLE IX PORTO RICO. 25 '!'here was no more fighting that day, save by the fleet, hi<:h kept up the bombardment incessantly, as if to prc ent the Spaniards getting the rest they so much needeu. ie great guns knocked the batteries alon()' the shore early all to pieces, but the Spaniards stood to their guu:S s long as they could use them. Sometimes the :fire from he ships would be concentrated on a parli.cular battery, naking it so hot or the enemy they woul.d be forced to eave it, and the officers 0 the fleet would flatter them ehes that they had not only silenced the guns but detroyed the battery; but after a few hours the fire fro1)1 hese same batteries would be resumed, save where one Oi' \rn guns had been dismounted. Then the trained gun ers 0 the fleet would open on them again with terrific fleet. 'rhus the fight went on day and night by land arnl ea. On the morning of the third day Yankee Doodle met one 0 the scouts who had been in the city the night befort.', and learned from him that the Spaniards were preparing to make a sortie. "When will they make it?" he asked the Porlo Rican. '"Soon after s unrise senor." "Are you sure 0 that?" "Si, senor, I saw and heard enough to make me sure "Tell me what you saw and heard." "I saw officers taking leave of .friends and wives, sayini; they were going to cut their of the city this morn ing." "That is enough," said Yankee Doodle, and he at once put spurs to his horse to hasten to see the general. Jfo found him at breakfast with his staff. pringing to the gTOund, he dashed "into the general's quarters, saluted, and called out: "Pardon me, General, for my abruptness; but the entire panish army will be on us in less than half an hour!" The general and his staff sprang to their eet, while Yankee Doodle continued: "One 0 my men was in the city last night, and he saw many officers taking leave 0 wives, sweethearts and friends, saying they were going to cut their way through this morning." "Is the man reliable?" the general asked. "I believe that he told me the truth, General." The general instantly dispatched orders to his brigade and division commanders to instantly prepare or battle. In a few minutes staff officers were flying in every direc tion, and the effect 0 their presence at different headquar t ers was instantaneous. Every regiment was stripped for the fight and ready to meet the enemy. A little after sunrise great masses of Spanish troops were seen advancing all along the line. The American batteries opened on them at once from every hill top around the doomed city. The American officers w e re instructed to act strictly on the defensive until the eneh1y's attack was repulsed. Then they were to prepare to follow up the advantage gained and deal a decisive blow. Yankee Doodle and his Porto Ricans were out on the right wing to watch any flank movements that might be made th.f' enemy. When the clash came old Diego was eager to go in, and chafed under the restraint imposed upon him. "Why not let us fight; senor?" old Diego asked. "'\Ve are doing our duty here, Diego," he replied. ''We will get fight enough before the day is over. The general orderecl me to watch the enemy on the right so as to pre vent any flank movement. Were we to go in now I might be court-martialled and shot for disobedience 0 orders." That seemed to safo::fy the fiery old Cuban, who sat there on his horse in front 0 his men watching the tremendous conflict a.U along the line. A little distance on Yankee Doodle 's right was a high hill almost inaccessible from the front, and the idea occurred to him that from its summit he could obtain a better view of battlefield, so he hastened to reach it, leaving Diego in command 0 his Porto Ricans. Joe Bailey accompanied him. Once on the crest 0 the hill_, he turned his field glass to the left, and saw behind a hill hall a mile away several brigades of the enemy massing or some desperate move. He also noticed that the hill in front 0 them concealed them from the view 0 the Americans. "Say Joe," he said to his young fifer-lieutenant, "there are several thousand Spaniards over there getting ready or somo sudden move, and I'm afraid that our officers are not aware of it." "How can they be," said .Joe, "since they can't see them?" Yankee Doodle continu e d to gaze at the enemy behind the hill for several minutes. Suddenly he exclaimed: "Great Scott, Joe, I see their gamie !'' "What is it?" Joe asked "\Yhy, they mean to sweep around the foot of that hill and burst upon the centre 0 our line right where it is weakest, and i they break through it will be all up with us, for they will cut us in two and all upon the right or left wing and cut it to pieces before the other can render any assistance." "It will cost them something to do it," remarked Joe. "Yes, so it will; but it'll cost us a great deal more. Just keep your -eye on them and I'll go and see the general;" and with that he made his way down the hill and dashed forward along the line at full speed. The American officers were amazed at seeing a solitary horseman dashing furiously right in front 0 their lines; but he sped on till he had almost reached a little eminence from which the commander-in-chief was watching the bat tle. Presently a cannon ball passed through his horse's shoulders right in front 0 his knees. The splendid steed went down, instantly killed, while Yankee Doodle rolled out 0 the saddle some ten or .teen eet beyond. But he sprang up and hurried away on foot to where the general and his staff stood. "I'm glad you are not hurt," said the general as Yankee Doodle reached his side "Thank you, General; had that shot killed me instead 0 my horse, it would have been bad or the army." "You are right," laughed the general, "for we can't very w!'l1 clo \\'iihont Yon."


26 YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. "It isn't that, sir," was the reply, "but it's the news I bring. You see yonder hill whence came the shot that killed my horse?" "Yes," rep lied the general. "Well, the enemy is massing behind it, and they are going to sweep around its base to th e right there, several thousand strong, and pierce our centre The general gave a sudden start, asking: "How know you that, sir?" "Because I have seen them, not ten minutes ago Without another word the general wheeled and issued orders for two brigades to instantly strengthen the centre of his line. Scarcely had the brigades reached the threatened point when the enemy came pouring along the base of the hill like a great flood that had burst through a dam The general himself hastened to the spot, and took part in the :fight. So great was the force of the enemy that a third brigade was necessary for the Americans to withstand the charge and repel it. It was the critical moment of the day and victory hung in the balance for nearly thirty minutes Charge after charge by the enemy was repulsed, and then they gave it up; whereupon the general ordered a charge along the whole line. The Spaniards retreated back behind their fortifications, leaving the ground literally strewn with their dead and wounded. CHAPTER XL THE FLAG OF TRUCE -"NOTHING BUT UNCONDITiONAL SUR -RENDER." When the last shot had been :fired in the battle the gen eral sent for Yankee Doodle, and, in the presence of several general officers, thanked him for his services during the. day. He explained to his officers how the drummer boy had discovered the presence of the enemy behind the hill and rode at full speed through a storm of iron hail to bring him the news in time to prevent the centre of the line being pierced. "But for that daring act 0 his," he added, addressing his officers, "the day would undoubtedly have gone against us." Yankee Doodle was elated over the recognition of his services and thanked the general heartily. "You are without a horse," said the general. "I will see that you get the very best one that can be had." Ifo then mingled with the officers and talked over the incidents of the day, and among other things told of the trouble he had v.ith old Diego, his lieutenant, in keeping him from going into the fight. "He is almost heartbroken,'' he added, "because he had no chance to use his machete on a Spanish skull; he would never take a prisoner if he had a chance to cleave him with his machete." "He must be a pretty hard case,'' remarked one of """"' staff officers. ":Not at all,'' replied Yankee Doodle; "he is as tender h:earted as a woman, but in battle fierce as a tiger. I have seen him dismount from his horse in front of a little hut and play with the children with all the tenderness of. a mother, and yet in battle I've known him to cut a Spaniard in two whilst begging .for quarter." "Which shows him to be a savage," remarked an officer. "Perhaps so, at times," assented Yankee Doodle. "He is 1;1n exemplification of the truth of a remark I once 11eard made, that a man cannot be so thoroughly civilized as to entirely eliminate the savage "Ah," said the general, "I've heard that myself, and I it to be true; for I never in all my life found a man so gentle, amiable and patient but what there was a rem nant of the savage lurking somewhere in him. I wish I had ten thousand such men as that ol

DOODLE IX PORTO RICO. 27 Yankee Doodle laughed ancl said he would have to tie a string around him. 'l'hc greater part of the clay was spent in burying the dead and caring for the wounded. At the same time the line was strengthened so as to be ready for any move on the pa1-t of the enemy by either day or night. ln the middle of the afternoon Yankee Doodl e percei,,ed a body of Spanish cavalry moving off on the right among the hills. "X ow, Diego,'' he said, "there go those f e llows out there; -Ce "'hat they're after, but be careful not to engage more of them than you can handle In a moment the old Cuban was oIT at the head of his men to intercept the Spanish cavalry. An hour later a courier returned with the newt> that the Spaniards w1e re trying to secure a pass between the hills and the seashore, far out on the right of the American line. "Is there a road along there?" Yankee Doodle asked o.E the Porto Hican who had brought him the news. "X o, senor; the road runs aronncl on this side of the range of hills and we hold it; but by cutting a road through the woods for about a mile they can strike the road about three miles in our rear, and thus escape to the interior." "That's a pretty cute trick," remarked Yankee Doodle ; "bnt are they cutting the road?" ", i, senor, and they arc throwing their cavalry out on the old road so as to keep us from catching them at it. Again Yankee Doodl.e hastened to headquarters to report hi discovery to the general. Ile found him engaged in looking over the reports of his subordi.:oate officers de tailing the casualties in their respective commands the day before. ITi explanation of the e:!Iorts of the enemy to escape by a new road cut through a dense forest had a very quicken ing effect on the American general, who promptly ordered a Lrigacle to march around the range of hills and talrn up a position in the old road where the new one would strike it when cut through In the meantime he communicated with the commander of the fleet, and the result was one o.E the ships was or clerecl to hell the woods continuously through which the road was b e ing cut. When Yankee Doodle returned from the general's head quarters he found Tony, the Porto Rican, waiting for him with a message from Diego, which was to the effect that if all the scouts were with him he could smash the squadron of Spanish horse which was then in front of him. '"Then we'll have a fight," he said; and immediately he proceeded with Joe and the rest of the scouts to join the old Cu han. They found him concealed in a thicket w ith in a few hundred yards of the Spaniards. The old fellow was itching for a fight. _\.fter reconnoitering, Yankee Doodle agreed with Diego that if they charged unexpectedly on the Spaniards from the thicket on their left they could probably cut them off from their main army and capture them The mov e was made and the surprise was complete. The fight was hort, sharp and decisive. About a dozen Span iar

28 YANKEE DOODLE IN PORTO RICO. peatedly, hoping to be able to cut their way through. Every assault was repulsed and the enemy was forced to retire to the shelter of the woocls again, where they re mained the greater part of the night. Early the next morning a flag of truce approached the American line, accompanied by an officer oi the Spanish staff, who came to ask upon what terms they would accept the surrender of the city. He was taken to headquarters, where the general stated that he would have i1othing but simply unconditional surrender, officers and men to be treated as prisoners of war 'rhe terms were finally accepted later in the day, and when the news t eached the men in the trenches a great shout of triumph went from one end of the line to the other, while the Porto Ricans grew frantic in their joy CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. The entire clay was consumed in negotiations for the smrender of the city, so that night came onJ>cfore its com pletion, and it was decided to postpone the formal surren der until the next morning. But, knowing the treacbetorn:; character of the Spaniards, the American general took no chances; he guarded every avenue of escape, requiring the soldiers to sleep on their arms So o\erjoyed were the men at the triumph of An erican ar1118 they made no complaint whatever. The llext morning at sunrise the soldiers were awakened by Yankee Doodle and Joe Bailey, who, with fife and llrum, i::tartecl along the line beating and playing "Yankee Doodle." Regiment after regiment caught the spirit of it anrl made the welkin ring with their Each regi ment contributed its drummer and fifer as they passed, who .fell in behind Yankee Doodle and Joe, beating the same until it roared over the hills far and w ide C p and clown hill they marched in front of the American works, and officers and men alike waved their hats and ch<.'ered. Then they marched back over the same route, beating "Hail Columbia," "Star Spangled Banner," "Bon nie Blue Flag," and other airs so dear to the American heart. 'fhe Spaniards over on their side looked on and listened in wondering surprise 'rlie drummers spent o ver two hours in the trip, and every regiment th,ey passed cheered Yankee Doodle by name, and would have fallen in behind him had not their forbidden it. Soon after that episode the flag of truce again ap peared between the lines, and by noon the entire Spanish army marched out from their works and .laid down their arms, after which rations were issued to them and the offi cers paroled. There were several thousand prisoners to be guarded until some plan for their disposal coulcl be de vised. J t was not until the day following that the American soldiers were allowed to march in and take possession of the cit,v. It was then thp,t the terrible effect of the bom bnrdmrnt of the fleet became known. 'l'he great shells had torn the shore batteries to piece:;, and the old fortification ]mown as Morro, built more than a hundred years before, was a mass of ruins. It was .feared that the Porto Ricans who had assisted in the investment of the city would produce a scene of rapine and slaughter, hence the strictest orders were given to keep them in check in order to preserve the good name of the American soldiers throughout the civilized world. As Yankee Doodle rode through the streets of the city at the head of his Porto Ricans, grim old Diego at his side wore a smile of triumph; Miguel Mello had asked permis sion of the American general to wear the uniform of his rank, which was thaL of third lieutenant, and it was g>ant ed. Where he obtainecl the uniform was never known; bnt he wore it as he rode at the head of his dusky warriors. and was perhaps the proudest man of all that armed host that clay. He had many acquaintances in the city, and also some enemies. Ile met several of the latter as they stood on the sidewalk of the street through which he rode, and to each one he pointed his finger, crying out at the same time: "Srnor, Spanish rule in Porto Rico is dead." As he was passing a corner the old fellow discovered his daughter Mercedes in the midst of a crowd o.f women. SJ1e gave a shout of triumph when she saw him in his uniform as one of the conquerors of the haughty Dons. Yankee Doodle, recognizing her voice, turned and greeted her. "Senor Americano,'' she sung out to him, "you promi:>ccl to come for me to bring me to my father." "Si, senorita," he replied, "but my duties as a soldier prevented my so doing;" and the next moment he di -monnted to shake hands with her. "You must ride by the.side of your father, senorita,'' he said. Ancl with that he seized her around the waist, lilted her up and seated her in his saddle, to Lhe very great a -tonishment of the erowcl of women who witnessed it. "Senor capitan,'' said her father, "you honor me more thqn I deserve; take my horse and ride by her side;" and the happy old fellow dismounted and gave his horse to Yankee Dood le, a.l'.ter which he seized hold of the bit of Mercedes' horse and thus marched a l ong through the streets, amid the cheers of the inhabitants who were re joicing at the downfall of Spain. "Senor Yankee Doodle," said the girl turning to the young American at her side, "were I to live a thousarnl years I could not expect to be so honored or so happy now." "I'm glad you feel so, senorita, and still more glad to see you riding at the head of the men whom you influenced to .fight for Porto Rico." At that moment the young Porto Rican Tony rode up to the side oi Mercedes and tendered to her his machete. She took it and held it in her hand over her shoulder all the rest of the way. After the city had been formally taken posse;;Rion of by the American forces the general proceeded to

YANKEE DOODI1E IN PORTO RICO. 29 the outskirts of the town, where, to his surprise, over one thou and natives came to enlist under him. "By George, Joe,'' he said to his fifer, "I wonder if the general will allow me to enlist a regiment? I can get them right here, and we have Mausers ready to place in their hands." "Go and ask him," suggested Joe. "Hanged if I don't,'' said he. And he went at once in search of the commander-in-chief. On reaching headquar ters he found that the general had gone on boa.rd the flag ship of the fleet to confer with the admiral. "I'd like to see the admiral, too,'' he said as he stood looking out at the magnificent fleet riding at anchor in front of the town, "for he is the cause of my heing here; but I guess they don't want to be botnercd with a drummer boy while discussing the situation." Ile waitefl at headquarters until the general returned, and was first to greet him when he landed. "Ah, my boy," said the general, shaking his hand, "the admiral inquired alter you, and I told him a few things that pleased him." "Thank you, General," he replied. "If I have been of service to you in this campttign I am well rewarded by your re c ognition of it." ''You not only have my personal, but shall also have of ficial recognition,'' replied the general. "Thank you again,'' replied Yankee Doodle. "I have come to you for ad vice. There are over a thousand Porto Rican s around my quarters, clamoring for permission to oin my company of scouts. I can easily form a regiment f them, and they are willing to serve under any officers vou ma y give them. What shall I do?" dear boy," said the general, "I have no authority to rganize bodies of native troops, but I presume the author ity can easily be obtained. You have my permission to 'nrol them and organize under companies as a regiment, if you think you can control them." 'I have found it very easy to control my scouts, General, nd if you will arm and feed these fellows we can use them ithout pay until they are mustered into service." ''Very w ell, then; go ahead." Yankee Doodle saluted and hurried back to his quar ers, where he detailed Miguel 1\Iello and old Diego to take he names of all able-bodied applicants and organize them nto companies of one hundred each, at the same time ex >laining to them that while they were not being incor Jornted in the American army, they would be armed and ea until authority came from Washington to muster them nto service. 'l'he news spread all through the city, as well as into the urrounding coup.try, that the Porto Ricans would be al owed to arm and serve under the American flag. The re ult was that .they came flocking to Yankee Doodle's quar ers by hundreds. Over one thous and names were enrolled ithin twenty-four hours. Ile reported the fact to the eneral and stated that he could organize a; brigade. "Better confine yourself to the regiment," suggested the eneral, shaking his head, "until we can find out what the overnment wishes to do in the matter." "General," he a keel, "what am I to do for officers for the regiment ?" "You must selecf your own officers,'' was the reply, "as I can make no appointments." He went back to consult with Diego, who told him he had ten companies who were waiting for officers. "And they are waiting for rations, too,'' said the old fel low with a grim smile. Again Yankee Doodle called on the general, who or dered the quartermaster to furnish rations for the Porto Ricans. The next day he called on the colonel of one of the United States regulars, with whom he was well acquainted, and begged him to detail privates from his command to act as drill masters, and he did so, as there was nothing on hand to be done at that time. 'rhe Porto Ricans were drilled on the beach every day for a week, and such was the enthusiasm of the recruits they were apt in mastering the tactics, to the very great satisfaction of all the officers who witnessed the drilling. While the drilling was going on Yankee Doodle ob tained to go aboard the flagship and pay his re spects to the admiral. "Hello !" the admiral exclaimed as he reached the deck, "l'm glad to see you, my boy; I've had a good'report of you since I saw you last." "Thank you, Admiral; I've been doing my best to de serve a good report." "So you have, as the general informed me the other day, for he spoke of you in the highest terms. He also hinted to me that he believed there was such a thing as one's bearing a charmed life, else he must consider that you are one of the luckiest persons in the world." "Well, I have been lucky," laughed Yankee Doodle, "for so far no bullet has touched me; but when my horse was shot from under me, going at full speed, I was spilled on the gronnd with such force that I thought every bone in my body was broken." "Yes, the general told me about that," said the admiral, "and confessed to me that he believed you had saved the army that day. What are you doing now?" "I'm organizing a regiment of natives." "Good! Good!" exclaimed the admiral. "A few regi ments of natives will no doubt be needed." Yankee Doodle then explained the difficulties that were in the way o.f their being mustered into the service. The admiral, however, assured him that the difficulties would be removed in the course of time. "1 would advise you,'' he added, "to stay where you are for the present, organize the regiment and watch for an opportunity to show the authorities at Washington what they can do." "Jus t what I wa s thinking about," remarked Yankee Doodle. After spending an hour on the flagship telling the officers all about his adventur e s since landing in Porto Rico, Yankee Doodle took leave of them and returned a s hore. That evening he was in his tent with Joe and old Diego, when 'l'ony appeared and a s ked permis s ion to see him pri vately.


YAXKE!E DOODLE PORTO RICO. ''Certainly,'' he replied, and at once le.rt the tent with the youth, and arm in arm strolled along the beach with ]1im. "Senor Capitan," said Tony, "I'm in love with :Mercedes :Mello: she is ambitious and will not listen to my suit; but I'm sme if you will make me captain of one of the com panies in the natYefe regiment she will l'narry me." "Has she told you so, Tony?" he asked. "No, Senor Capitan." "Then I will give you one of the companies," said Yankee Doodle. 'Thank you, Senor Capitan; if you do you will have saver'! my life." 'l'he next morning Yankee Doodle appointed illiguel :Mello a:S one of the captains and Tony another. An hour or two later Mercedes came to him to ask if it was true that her father and Tony had been made captains. "It is true, senorita," he assured her; "they are both brave men, and some day will be great men in Porto Rico. There is much fighting to be done yet, ancl they both may become genen The girl went away apparently in a serious {rame of mind, ancl a few days later hacl promised Tony to becomP, his wife. After all tlie companies hacl been organized. and officers appointed, arms and ammunition were issued to them, after which several days of target practice was had, and then they marched away to the interior to co-operate with a regiment of United States regulars in a movement against a small Spanish garrison some twenty-five or thirty miles south of San Juan. The clay was extremely hot and many of the regulars dropped by the wayside, overcome by the heat; but the Porto Hicans seemed to take no notice 0 r the heat whatever, thus demonstrating to the colonel of the regulars their adaptability for the service. On reaching the Spanish post the colonel of the regu lars clernancled its surrender. 'I'he Spanish commander flatly refused, and an assault was ordered. 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