Yankee Doodle at the siege of Santiago; or, Scouting the line for Shafter

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Yankee Doodle at the siege of Santiago; or, Scouting the line for Shafter
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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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I ss u ed Semi-Monthly-Ev Subscription $1.2.5 p e r year. Entered as Second Matte1 at the New York Post Office, by F'rank Tousey. N o 8. NEW YORK, AUGUST 17 1898. Price 5 Cents. "Here comes Pedro !" sung out J oe, as he saw the tall, gaunt form of t h e old Cuban approachin g from the direction of the front. Yankee Doodle saw him some fifty yards away and waved his hat at him. The old man waverl his machete high above his head and quickened his


/ DOODLE. Stories of the Present V\Tar. lssued Semillfonthly-By Subscription $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class at the New YO'rk; N. Y., Post Office, May 14, 1898. Entered accO'rding to Act of Congress in the year 1898, in the of!foe of the Librarian of Congress, TVashingtO'n, D. C., by Frank To1Lsey, 29 West 26th St., New Ymk. No. 8. NEW Y ORK. August 17, 1898 P l"ice 5 Cents OR, SCOUTING THE LINE FOR SHAFTER. BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. w AITING FOR ORDERS. scores of stone and brick houses, having flat roofs and CHAPTER 1. I were being thrown up in many of the streets, and that AFTER the destruction of the Spanish Squadron in 1 parapets, were being prepared as little forts for the front of Santiago, a victory which excited the admira-protection of riflemen, thus presenting to the Ameri tion of the whole world, Admiral Sampson, in com-can officers the prospect of the bloodiest fight of the rnand of the American fleet, was ordered by the au-century. thorities in Washington City to confer with General To attack the city on the land side alone, without Shafter, in command o{ the land forces, for the pur-the assistance of the fleet, would cost perhaps the pose of bringing about the reduction of the City of lives of one-half the entire American army, and, thereSantiago de Cuba with the least loss of life possible. fore, it was absolutely necessary that the fleet co -As soon as he could do so-for Admiral Sampson and operate in the attack with its entire strength. Commodore Schley were busily engaged in gathering The promblem was an extremely difficult one to up the prisoners of the Spanish Squadron and look solve, for the mines and torpedoes yet remained in the ing after the comfort of the officers captured in the narrow channel that formed the entrance to the hargreat battle-the former signaled to General Shafter bor, and that grim old Morro on the Tight and Socapa that he wished to confer with him. on the left yet stood defiant, notwithstanding the The general at once signaled back for him to come tremendous bombardment to which they had been ashore ea .rly as convenient, and he would meet subjected. him. From the decks of the war-ships not a single house Accordingly, late in the afternoon, Admiral Sampof the city of Santiago could be seen, owing to the son went ashore in his gig, and met the general in a high hills and the tortuous windings of the channel. house in the village of Aguadores. On meeting, the To the clear practical n'lind of the admiral, only two two great commanders shook hands and congratu-courses to be pursued presented themselves. One was lated each other over the great triumph of the navy, to reduce the fort by bombardment until every gun after which they sat down at a table and began de-was dismounted or their defenders driven from them, vising ways and means for the reduction of the city. so that a force could be landed to take possession, Both of them recognized the stubborn fact that the after which it would be easy to remove the mines and Spaniards were desperate fighters, with an exaggertorpedoes by grappling for them, thus clearing the ated sense of honor, which would impel them to a way for the entrance of t].le fleet into the harbor. stubborn and prolonged resistance. The other course was for the fleet to stand out and It was a hard nut for both of them to crack, and both fire shells over the hills at a range of from five to understood that it would take very powerful blows to seven m1ies, in the hope that they would fall and ex crack it. The general stated that in the City of Sanplode in the city. tiago there were probably fifteen thousand Spanish sol The latter course was somewhat objectionable, on diers behind strong entrenchments ; that he had heard the ground that the entire fleet would be firing at a from prisoners and refugees that new entrenchments target they could not see. Also they would be liable


2 YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF S ANTI.AGO. to inflict injury on the American troops in the eYent He found him on the forward deck gazing at the of their making an entrance into the city during the wreck of the Vizcaya through a spy-glass. battle. "Say Joe," he said, slapping him on the shoulder, The more the two commanders discussed the situ"go pack up as quickly as you can, for we're going ation the greater the problem became, and more apashore." parent the difficulty in the way of success. "The deuce we are," said Joe. "How many of It was whiln the admiral and the general were thus us ?" conferring, the news came from Washington of the em"Only you and I." barkation of reinforcements for the army. 'l'hat was "What's the matter?" Joe asked. "Has the ad-gratifying indeed to both, and as some five or six bat-miral fired us?" teries of artillery were on the way with those rein"No, the general has sent for us." forcements, it was decided to suspend the assault "Ah, that means business," and Joe hurried away until their arrival, as artillery was very much needed to pack up his few things in his knapsack. all along the front of the American line. There were While they were waiting for the gig, Joe asked some siege guns down on the coast which had not yet Yankee Doodle what he knew about the situation. been mounted in position, owing to the almost impas"Not a thing," replied Yankee Doodle; "but I sus-sable condition of the roads leading up to the city. pect that great preparations are being made to close The dynamite gun, of which such great things had in on the Spaniards, to force them to surrender or to been expected, had been pushed to the front in time cut them to pieces." to take part in the battle of El Caney, yet not a shot "Have you any idea what the generaJ. wants of was fired from it, on account of some derangement of us?" its mechanism. It was such a dangerous weapon that "No; but you can bet your life that he has some it had been extremely difficult to find any one with hot work on hand for us, for he is a hot man." nerve enough to handle it. So dangerous, indeed, was "You bet be is-hotter'n any tamale the Spaniards it considered, that no officer would undertake to order ever tackled." any man to take charge of it, hence volunteers were When the gig was ready the two youths shook called for. hands with the admiral and all the officers of the ship, Sergeant Alsop Borrowe of New York, who be-and were then quickly rowed ashore where they landed longed to Wood's Rough Riders, promptly volunteered at the village of Aguadores. to work it, and his offer was as promptly accepted. As it was then very near night the general and his The offer showed that he was a man of the very high-staff remained at the house where the interview with est order of courage,. as it was well known that its the admiral took place. charge was about as liable to explode at the gun as at As soon as he learned that fact Yankee Doodle pro-the other end of its flight. ceeded at once to report to him. When the admiral returned on board of his flag"The admiral sent me ashore to see you, general," ship he summoned Yankee Doodle to his presence m said he, as he saluted the commander of the American the cabin, and the famous drummer boy, who had alforces; "and I'm here at your service." ready earned a national reputation by heroic service "Very good, my boy," returned the general. on land and sea and participating in fierce fights "How have you been?" with the enemy, promptly reported to him, saying as "Very well,'' said Yankee Doodle. "I heard that he saluted: you had the fever." "I am at your service, admiral." "Yes,'' was the reply, "but I believe I'm pretty "All right,'' was the reply. "General Shafter well over it. Wait here until morning, by which time wants to see you on shore." I will let you know wha. t I wish you to do. Have you "I am ready to go at any moment, sir." I rations?" "Very good, my gig will return to the landing I "Only one day's supply, general, for two of us." within half an hour." "Very well, you will be supplied with more to" Can Joe go with me, admiral?" morrow," and with that Yankee Doodle saluted the "Oh, yes, I think he would be very lonesome with-general and retired to rejoin Joe, who was waiting out you." for him in front of the house. "So would I be without him," laughed Yankee "What is it?" Joe asked, as he joined him. Doodle. "Must I report at once to the general?" "Don't know yet, as we are to wait until to-morf "Of course. You may find him at Aguadores on row for orders." landing." "What are we to do in the meantime?" Yankee Doodle saluted and returned to his quar"Do just as we please," was the reply. ters, where he proceeded at once to pack up a few "Well, then;we had better look out for quarters belongings preparatory to going ashore. It required 1 for the night." but a few minutes to complete the task, and then he "Yes, so we had," and they went strolling about went in search of Joe Bailey, the young fifer who had through the village, nearly every house of which they come out with him with the regiment from New l found deserted by the families that once occupied York. them. They found many of them pretty well knocked


Y A N KEE DOODL E A T THE SIEGE OF S ANTIAGO. to pieces by cannon balls during the recent fight, l ask the two boys about their adventures since first whilst others bore bullet marks all over their sides. landing on the island. "It looks as though it was a pretty hot fight down "I'm sorry," said the captain, who was lying on a this way, Joe,., remarked Yankee Doodle. cot smoking a pipe, "that we haven't a fife and drum "Yes; judging from the bullet holes and the damhere, as I would like to hear some of your musk." age done by shells I should say it was. There is a "We don't want it here," said another officer, "for house over there with one corner of it blown clear in less than ten minutes you'd have a thousand men away; I guess a shell did that." around us, at a time, too, when we want all the quiet "Let's go in and look at it," said Yankee Doodle, we can get." and they entered tbe house to find everything in it Early the next morning Yankee Doodle thanked more or less damaged, but the former occupants had the officers for their entertainment, and returned to evidently carried away everything but the heavier the general's quarters to await orders. They found, articles among the household effects however, that the general was yet fast asleep, as none 0In two places on the floor they found of his staff had seen him that m orning. pools of blood that had dried there, showing that it, While they were waiting a couple of Wild \Vest was lately the scene of a tragedy. There was an odor cowboys were seen coming up the street, each armed about the place that was very far from pleasant. to the teeth, and wearing sombreros and long hair, "It won't do to sleep here," said Yankee Doodle, just as they had been accustomed to on the plains of "as \Ye would both wake up with the fever in the Arizona. morning." "Hello !" said Joe, "here comes a couple of Teddy's "Yes; how strange it is that in a climate like this Terrors! I wonder what they are doing down here, people pay no attention whatever to cleanliness In for we left the command up in the neighborhood of cold latitudes the germs of disease are suppressed, but El Caney when we went on board the flag-ship." the heat down here disseminates them in every direc "So we did, but I'll ask them where the Rough tion. I'd rather sleep out in the open airand be soaked Riders are now," and Yankee Doodle stood there by the heavy dews than under the roof of a Cuban watching them as they sauntered along up the street. family." "I say, pa.rd!" he called, as they came within hail" 0h, they're not a.ll alike," said Yankee Doodle, ing distance, "where are the Rough Riders now ?" "for I have been in some Cuban huts that were really "Here's two of them," was the reply, "but e clean, although they had dirt floors." haven't ridden anything since landing in this blamed So have I, but there is only about one in ten that country." way." "You've been riding your legs, haYen't you?" They passed out of the house and were soon again Yankee Doodle asked. on the street, where they met soldiers passing to and "Not a bit of it; it's nothing but a walk all the fro, one of whom was a lieutenant who was carrying time." his left arm ma sling. "Well, where are the rest of the boys?" On seeing the two boys the lieutenant stopped, "Up on the hills between El Caney and the city. looked bard at Yankee Doodle for a moment or two, But say, pard, I've seen you before; ain't you Yankee "You a .re Yankee Doodle, are you not ?" "That's what they call me, sir," he replied, "but it isn't my name. "Well, it's all the name you've got in Cuba, and in this army. What are you doing down here?" "Waiting for orders, sir; we've just come ashore from the flag-ship." "Where are you stopping?" t'he officer asked. "Now here at present; we are looking for quarters for the night." "Well, come with me then. There's room for you where I'm stopping. I've had a slight wound, which, while it does not confine me to the hospital, gives me a few days' leave of absence from actiYe service." They accompanied the young officer in the direction of the river, near the banks of which were a number of large tents, which had been put up for the con venience and at the private expense of a number of officers. There they found ample quarters and good compan ionship during the night. Nearly every officer present had many questions to Doodle?" "That's what the:y: call me "Where have you been?" the cowboy asked. haven't seen or heard of you for a week "Been on board the fleet," was the reply, am now waiting for orders from the general." CHAPTER II. "We "and THE GENERAL'S ORDER AND IIOW IT WAS TO BE EXECUTED BY YANKEE DOODLE. WHILE Yankee Doodle was tall{ing with the two, cowboys he saw the general come out on the piazza of the house where he had spent the night, and catching his eye, very promptly saluted him. The two cow boys did the same, which the general returned with military promptness. "Say, pard," whispered one of the cowboys to Yankee Doodle, "how m thunder is it the Spaniards can't hit a man of his size?" That's easy/' laughed Yankee D oodle, "they hit by accident and not by aim." I reckon that's it," assented the cowboy, "for up where I was the other day in the fight a long the r oad


4 Y A N K E E DOODL E A'l' T HE SIEGE OF SA N TIAGO. between El Caney and the city, they seemed to bit I "Ah," said the general, "I have made no mistake everything in creation except what they were shoot-then, in selecting you for the serYice. I'll give you a in g at." note to Colonel Wood, who will give you a dozen or "I noticed that, too, and I've already heard one of two of picked men to help you out. You are acour officers say that the Spaniards fire a thousand quainted with the colonel, I believe?" shots to hit one man." "Oh, yes; I fought with bis men at El Caney, and "I reckon he is right," said the other cowboy who before that battle two o[ his men were with me when had been listening. "I had my belt full of cartridges I made the circuit o[ the Spanish entrenchments. that clay, but I didn't fire more than four shots. But The general then directed his secretary to write a you can bet your lariat that I got a man each time." note to Colonel Wood, asking him to supply Yankee "Are you sure of that?" Yankee Doodle asked. Doodle with fifteen or twenty picked men for special "Dead sure," was the reply, "for when I draw service. When it was written he read it over and a bead on anything I get it. I saw each man go signed his name to it, after which he folded it up al}d down." handed it to Yankee Doodle, with the remark: "Well, that's business," remarked Yankee Doodle. Go ahead, now !" "You bet it is; but it isn't business to blaze away j Yankee Doodle saluted and left the house, rejoined at a lot of bushes and take the chances of hitting Joe and the two cowboys who were waiting for him, something hid in there." saying to them : At that moment a staff officer came out on the Come ahead now; we must get to Colonel Wood's porch of the general's quarters and beckoned to quarters just as quickly as we can. Yankee Doodle. "What's to be done when you get there?" one "Excuse me," said he to the cowboys "I'll go in the cowboys asked. now and get my orders," and with that he Jlurried to "That I cannot explain to you," he replied; "but the house, where he found the general seated at a I am assigned to some pretty hard work as soon as I table with his secretary close at his side. can get the men to go with me. If you wish to go "Are y o u ready for duty?" the general asked him. you'd better hurry up," and with that he and Joe "Yes, gener a l. started up over the hill north of the village. "Well, I have some work for one who can do it It was between some five and six miles to the camp without making any display or fuss, or even letting of the Rough Riders, and, as they were on foot, and the enemy find out anything about his whereabouts, compelled to travel over rough hills, it took them and it occurs t o me that you are just the one for it." about three hours to make the trip. "Thank you, general. I don't know whether I am When he reached the camp, be proceeded at once to or not, but I will do my level best wherever I am the headquarters of the colonel commanding. He placed found him and Colonel Roosevelt together, and pre" That I am well aware of," returned the general. sented the note from the general. I have had some Cubans trying to do it, but their "Hello Back again?" exclaimed Colonel Roose work has been disappointing, to say the least. Our velt, extending his hand to the famous drummer boy. lines extend to the north and west of the city a dis I thought you had gone back to the fleet." tance of between five and seven miles; we haven't "So I did," he replied, "but the general sent for the men t o extend it far enough to completely shut in me yesterday, saying that he had some work for me the e nemy. They are constantly receiving, by to do courier, commu nications from Havana and other "The general seems to place a good deal of conf.Spanish posts through that unoccupied strip of terridence in you," remarked Roosevelt tory. The Cubans have been watching it, but they "Why shouldn't he?" Yankee Doodle asked. merely shoot down those they consider Spaniards or "I've never failed him in any work that he gave me volunteers, witho u t giving any thought to letters or to do." documents that might be found on the persons of "That's it, right to the point," said the colonel. their victims It is those communications that I am At that moment Colonel Wood handed Lieutenant-extremely. anxious to get hold of, hence I want you to Colonel Roosevelt General Shafter's note to read. get a good Cuban guide, a dozen or so of Wood's The note did not state the nature of the work to be Rough Riders, and scout along out there in quest of done, but simply asked bim to let Yankee Doodle persons bringing or taking communications in or out have fifteen or twenty picked men for special service. of the city to the enemy Do you understand now "Whom do you want?" the colonel asked of what I want?" Yankee Doodle I believe I d o general, and I think I can do the "I want Jack Moreland, Bill Hawkins and the old work to your satisfaction. I once went all over those Cuban, Pedro, if they can fl-nd him." bills to the west of the bay, scouting for Admiral "But you want fifteen or twenty men, do y o u Sampson and I know that even if the city is com not?" plctelj; s urround ed communications can go across the "Yes, colonel, but I want Moreland and Hawkins bay to a little inlet where there arc about one dozen.: to select them for me, for they know who the best fishermen's huts." men are to stand by a fellow in a tight place


YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF SAN'l'IAGO. 5 "A Yery level head," remarked RooseYelt. "Here comes Pedro!" sung out Joe, as he saw the "\Yell, colonel, a man's got to haYe a level head in tall, gaunt form of the old approaching from this kind of business if he wants to keep it on his the direction of the front. shoulders any length of time." Yankee Doodle sn,w him some fifty yards away and "Quite right, my boy, quite right.?' waved his hat at him. The old man waved his maColonel Wood instructed him to go to the company chete high aboYe his head and quickened his pace. to which Moreland and Hawkins belonged, and find As he came up he caught Yankee Doodle m his arms, out from the officers where tbey "ere. exclaiming: He did so, and found that they were both on duty Sancti How glad I am to see you, out in front. I senor." Yankee Doodle so reported to Colonel Wood, who He then caught Joe in his arms, lifting him clean immediately ordered the captain of the company to off the ground, asking: send for them. In about an hour the two Rough Has it been well with you, senors P" Riders came in and were very much surprised at see" Yes, a?nigo," replied Yankee Doodle, "and I am ing Yankee Doodle and Joe at the colonel's headquar-glad more than I can say at seeing you still among the ters. They shook hands with them, and expressed living. Have you killed any Spaniards since I saw their gratification at meeting them again. you ?" Colonel Wood explained to them that General "Si, senor; I have averaged one a day, yet I am wanted fifteen or twenty men from the Rough forced to scour my machete with sa.nd lest it rust," Riders to volunteer for special service under command at which the party of officers laughed, vv'hile a grim of Yankee Doodle, and that the latter had requested smile swept athwart the face of the old Cuban. that they select the men for him. "Pedro," said Yankee Doodle, "I want you to go Moreland and Hawkins turned to Yankee Doodle, with me." and asked: "Where to, senor?" he asked, with a quick inquir" Are we in it with you?" ing glance. "Of course," he replied, "right up to your chins. "To a post of danger," was the reply. And see here now, I want you to select men whom "I will go with you, senor; anywhere to strike n, you'd like to have by your side in a tight place; men blow for Cuba." who will keep cool and silenil, and obey every order "I knew that well enough, Pedro. I'm going where right up to the handle-and I don't want any other you and I have been before, but your knowledge of kind. Do you think you can get such men?" the country is so much greater than mine, that I "I reckon we can," they both replied. would not think of going without you." "Very well; do you know where Pedro is?" "When do we start, senor?" "I saw him last night," said Hawkins, "but don't "Within an hour from now; and there will be know where he is to-day." twenty of us all told-rnen who know how to fight as "Well, spread the report n,rnong the men that I'rn J well as how to die. At the same time, we want to go here looking for him, and he'll soon get hold of it. out with the intention of every man of us coming back rren tbe men you speak to about going into this thing alive." tbat they must volunteer, for they're not ordered to "Si, senor; it's the other fellows who must die." go by the general." "Exactly; and don't forget that. Get your haver" How many men do we want?" Hawkins asked. sack, for we are to take five days' rations with u ; Get fifteen more; for we four and old Pedro will and see that your cartridge belt is well filled." make out twenty, and that's enough." The old man went away in the highest spirit, for he Tho two men then left the colonel's quarters n,nd was pleased beyond measure over the prospect of wont out among the Rough Riders in quest of the active work. men whon1 they wanted to go "ith them. "The old man seems rather fond of you," remarked In about two hours they returned with a list of Colonel Roosevelt. names, which Yankee Doodle handed to Colonel Vvood "Yes; wo are great friends He saved my life for inspection. twice, and I know of no man living whose friendship "You know these men now, do you?" the colonel I prize more. He was with me when Admiral Sampasked. son sent me to communicate with General Gomez; "Everyone of them, and they are game to the back and it was on that trip that he saved my life. He is hone as well as true." tho best fighter in a hand-to-hand combat I ever saw "Tba,t's all right,'' said Yankee Doodle, turning to or heard of. He obeys orders promptly, but won't Colonel Wood. ''I guess we'd better have five days' take a Spaniard prisoner under any circumstances." rations to take with us." "That's all wrong,'' said Colonel Roosevelt, shaking "When do you wish to start?" his head. ''"\Vithin an hour, if it is possible to do so; but I "So it iii from our standpoint,'' ri.Jsented Yankee don't wish to leave until I can find old Pedro." Doodle; "but the Spaniards have killed pretty nea,rly "Very well," said the colonel; "the rations will be an his relati,es, and I guess he has vowed to avenge ready for you as soon as you are ready." them. I can't blame '.:J.im, and have no word of re


6 YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF SAN'l'IAGO. proach for him on that account; yet when his machete { utes later they were swallowed up in the great woods is in the air ready to descend on the head of a Spanbeyond the line. iard, he will lower the point to the ground instantly if In the depths of the great forest Yankee Doodle I forbid him to strike." halted the party and told them the nature of the "That shows hi.m to be a good soldier," remarked I work they had to perform. Colonel Wood. "It is very dangerous work," he remarked, "yet "Well, I don't know," laughed Yankee Doodle; at the same time of the utmost importance to the "I'm inclined to think 1.hat were you or even General army. I've been on such duty before and that is why Shafter to forbid him to strike, he would split the the general sends me out again. Now, if there is one Spaniard's head all the same, and swear he didn't hear among you who is not willing to obey promptly and the order." unquestionably every order given I want him to now "Why, how's that?" laughed the colonel. turn back, so that he will not imperil the lives of the "It is simply his love for me. He seems to look upon rest of us at a critical moment. I am no officer, and Joe and I as the only people in the wide world for him have no power over you except by your agreement. to love and cherish." All the shoulder straps I wear is simply the confidence "Rather a remarkable character," remarked Colof the general, and I will state to you that when we onel Roosevelt. have finished our work the general will have the name "Yes," assented Colonel Wood ; "and I can conceive in writing of every man taking part in it. We may that a thousand such men, well drilled and disciplined, all have a chance to win promotion, and on the other would be more than a match for an equal number of hand we run the risk of being utterly wiped out. men from any army in the world." What little service I have seen teaches me that In about. an hour the men who had volunteered for audacity which astonishes the enemy is generally the the special service reported at the colonel's headquar-safest, and so far, following that idea, Pedro, Joe and ters, each armed with a brace. of revolvers and a mag-myself have come out several times unscathed from azine rifle. Five days' rations had been issued to the very ja,vs of death. Now, do any of you wish to them, and they were now ready for the start. go back?" They were waiting for old Pedro. When Yankee "No!" came quickly from every man in the party. Doodle saw him coming he advanced to meet him, "Very well, then; you will obey every order?" and being thus beyond hearing of any one else, he "Yes," they responded. told him in a low tone of voice where they were going, "All right, then; we are all comrades, bound to and the nature of the service they were to perform. stick together in the face of a common danger; and "Now," said he to the old man, "you arc to guide everyone of you is at liberty to make suggestions as us, and whichever way you lead us we will follow they occur to you, if it can be done at a time when without question. We wish to avoid being seen by there is no danger confronting us that requires quick the enemy as long as possible, for the general says it work. You can readily understand that suggestions is imperatively necessarythatwe do theworkquictly, are out of order in the midst of a hot fight. Now, without alarming the enemy, by openly showing Pedro, we are ready to follow you; we want to get ourselves to them in their rear. Do you understand down pretty close to the upper end of the harbor now, Pedro?" where the spies of the enemy, couriers and messengers "Si, senor. Will the colonel pass us through the arc coming and going continuously." line?" "Come," said Pedro, turning around, stooping over "We don't wish to go through the line right in the in a crouching position and leading off in a southerly face of the enemy." direction through the thicket. "No, senor, but the extreme right of the army is "Keep in single file now, men," said Yankee very strictly guarded." Doodle, "every man following closely behind the one I guess the colonel will send an officer with us to in his front." that point." They traveled in that way for about a quarter of a "It is well, senor. We will go now." mile, until they struck the road leading from Caimenez Yankee Doodle then shook hands with Colonel direct into the city. There they halted until the old Roosevelt and Colonel Wood, both of whom sent an Cuban crept cautiously out to see if any one was in officer along to sec that they were permitted to pass sight. beyond the right wing of the army. Finding the coast clear, the old Cuban ran across the road, where he waited for the others to join him CHAPTER III. one at a time. No two were to go together. In a THE TWO CAPTURES. few minutes they were all on the south side of the WHEN the little party reached the extreme right road a couple of miles east of the village, and some of the American line, the officer whom Colonel Wood three miles west of the upper end of Santiago de Cuba. had sent along with them explained to the general in From there it was but a short distance down to the command there that the party was sent out on special head of the bay, and it was through that slip of service by order of General Shafter. They were perwoods, close clown by the water, that Yankee Doodle mitted to pass through unchallenged, and a few minI suspected that couriers and spies entered and left the


Y A N K EE DOODLE AT THE S IEGE OF S AN'l'IAGO. 7 city in the daytime, and probably by boat across the upper end of the bay under cover of night, as well as along the main road. From the main road down to the water was quite a descent, while the woods were thick with a very heavy undergrowth. A little more than half way down towards the foot of the hill, they found a spring of clear, sparkling water, bubbling up from under tne roots of a gigantic live oak. It was evident that it was very little used, as it was too near the city on the east and the village on the left, for people passing that way to have need of its waters. "We had better stop here, senor," said old Pedro, "for some fifty or sixty feet below us is a little pathway which leads to and from the city. We will need water while we remain in these woods, and this is the only place where we can get it. If you will go down with me now, senor, I will show you the path." Very well ; lead on," said Yankee Doodle, at the same time beckoning to Hawkins and Moreland to go with him. out into the path the moment the opportune time arrived. As the man appeared where they were concealed the two dashed out in front, Moreland sei:.1ing the bit with his left hand, whilst he held a revolver in his right, exclaiming at the same time: "Halt, senor.'' The man was positively startled at the sudden appearance of the two men, and, for a few brief mo ments, simply stared at them. Then with a quick ness that seemed almost electrical he drew a revolver and fired at Moreland's face. The smoke of the powder almost blinded him, but he threw up his right hand almost at the same instant and fired, the ball passii:tg entirely through the man's chest. The pistol dropped from the horseman's hand, while he fell backwards on the rump of his horse, sliding thence to the ground with one foot fastened in the stirrup. Moreland held tightly to the bit, thus preventing the horse from plunging or escaping. Hawkins and old Pedro sprang out from the bushes, the latter seizing the stirrup and disengaging the dead man's foot from it. The three followed the old man cautiously down the side of the hill until they struck a little road, which in fact was nothing more than a path through which two horsemen could not go abreast. There were signs, "Take him out of the road, quick !" said Yankee however, that it had been pretty well traveled of late. Doodle, in a low tone of voice, and old Pedro seized They crossed the path, and a few paces further on were the collar of the dead man's coat and dragged him close enough to the water's edge for them to see the down the hill almost to the water's edge, whtlst doomed city on the east shore of the bay. High up Hawkins took charge of the horse, thus relieving on the hills, in the rear of the city, could be seen at Moreland. l various paints the American flag waving along the . line of their entrenchments. Still nearer the city were He led the ammal mto the bushes a more than the Spanish entrenchments, over which the flag of half way t? water, where he tied him seSpain waved along the line away down towards the curely to a swii:igmg limb. . fort at the mouth of the harbor. J The whole thmg was over with m less than sixty They stood there gazing at the scene for some ten I seconds, and they proceeded to search p_erson of or fifteen minutes. Many vessels were lying along unknown. A of papers m Spai: the wharves which had been shut in by the blockadish was found m an mner pocket, wlulst around lus ing of the waist next his body, was a leather belt well filled with "It's a beautiful sight!" remarked Yankee Doo-gold coins. dle. "This man,'' said Yankee Doodle, in a low tone of "Yes," said Moreland, "far more beautiful now voice, "had evidently started out on a long trip, for than it will be after one or two days' bombardment." he is provided with gold for expenses, and a good horse "Of course said Hawkins "and during that time to bear him through." it'll be about the hottest place on the face of the "Si, senor," assented old Pedro, "and these papers earth." artJ reports for Captain-General Blanco." Yankee Doodle was about to make a remark when j "Are you sure of that?" Yankee Doodle asked. "S' old Pedro quickly raised his finger warningly, and i, senor, then assumed a listening attitude. They were not "Then General Shafter must see them before Blanco more than fifty feet away from the little road where does. Tie them up carefully, so that they may be they heard the sounds of horsemen passing. protected in case of rain. But what in thunder are Yankee Doodle motioned them forward with bis we to do with this body?" right hand, and all four of them hastened up tlte hill "Bury it in the bay, senor,'' suggested Pedro. under cover of the bushes. They there concealed "We have no boat.' themselves to await the appearance of the unknown. "I can. get one soon after dark comes on. We'll He soon appeared-a man on horseback with none tie a stone to it and sink it a hundred feet out there of the garb of a soldier about him, save the erect man-where we'll see it no more.'' ner in which he bestrode the animal. "And the horse; what shall we do with that?" "\Ve must stop him," whispered Yankee Doodle; "He is valuable; we must keep him.'' and mstantly he and Moreland made ready to sprmg But how can we?" Yankee Doodle asked. "It is


8 YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF SA:NTIAGO. very dangerous to ride a horse along the main He had scarcely reached the spring when a Cuban road?" was seen coming along, going in the direction of the "Not in the daytime, senor, as the Spaniards no city. He was on foot, armed only with the inevitable longer send any armed troops out that way, for fear machete. they would be destroyed by the Americanos." "Shall we stop him?" Yankee Doodle whispered to "Very well, then, somebody must take this pack-Pedro. age and deliver it to General ShaHer." "Si, senor." "Bill, you are the man for that," remarked More"All right; I'll leave tbat to you." land. As the unkno,vn came along Pedro stepped out into "All right, pard, I'll take it." the road, confronting him without uttering a word. "Wait a moment," said Yankee Doodle, and he Tbe other stopped and glared at him in evident astontook the package of papers and wrote on the back ishment. with a pencil : "Where are you going?" Pedro asked him. ".Forwarded to General Shafter by the hand of "To the city," replied the other. Bill Hawkins of the Rough Riders." U nderueath "Do you live there?" that be signed, "Yankee Doodle." "Si, senor; it is my home, but I have been away." Then be handed the package to Hawkins, saying: "Where have yo11 been?" "Give that to the general just as quick as you "Out in the country looking for a place to which I can, and tell him how we came in possession of it. can take my wife and children, so they will be safe You must lead the horse across that path up there, when the great battle is fought." passing the spring on the wa,y up, and when you I "Why should you come this way?" Pedro asked, reach the main road go at fall speed until you get "when General Linares is sending out all families sight of the American line. Then press on till the who wish to go?" pickets stop you. They will see you through, and "Because those who are sent out go to the Ameri-make it easy for you to reach the general. Don't canos, and I'm afraid of them." give up the package to anybody but General "Why should you be afraid of them, senor? They Shafter." are the friends of Cuba?" Hawkins at once proceeded to carry out the order, At that question the unknown seemed to be conand in less than ten minutes was leading the horse vinced of the status of old Pedro, and at once tried through the thicket up the hill 1 o the main road. to change the nature of his statement. "It may be a matter of very great importance," "You are my prisoner, senor," said Pedro, with a said Yankee Doodle, turning to Moreland and old grim smile on his face. Pedro. "You' d better keep close up to that path up "Not as long as I have my machete," replied the there now, and wait for someone else to come other rather defiantly, at the same time raising the along." weapon menacingly. "But what's to be done with this belt ?" Moreland Quick as a flash Pedro sprang forward and the two asked. terrible machetes clashed. For a few brief seconds the Count the money and diYide it twenty times," ring of steel against steel was heard, followed by a said Yankee Doodle, "and let every man have his sound that was a cross between a blow and a tear, share. It is our prize money." which ended the fight. "All right," said Moreland, and he proceeded to 1 Yankee Doodle sprang out of the bushes, and found count the money out in gold coin. the unknown lying on the ground, with his head How much?" Yankee D oodle asked, when he had split half way to his chin. :finished counting. "Why did you kill him?" he asked of Pi::dro. "Four hundred dollars even," was the reply. "I had to, senor," replied the old fellow, dragging "Good That's twenty dollars each for us. I guess the body away into the bushes. the boys won't kick about it." Yankee Doodle stepped forward, and by a sweep of "Hardly," dryly assented Moreland; "the boys his foot effaced the blood stains on Mm ground. Then are not hard to with sucJ;l. rations, for it puts he followed Pedro, whom he found searching the body a good dea.l of life into a man to have the yellow stuff of the dead Cuban. in his pock et." "What do you find?" he asked. "Well, slip across the road, run up there, and give "Nothing, senor." it to them at once, each man his share, for the sooner "What Nothing at all?" they get it the b etter it will be, as each one will then "Nothing at all, senor." be responsibl e only for his own. When you have done "Why in thunder did he resist, then?" so, bring another one down with you to take Hawkins' "Because he was a spy for the Spaniards." pla.ce." "How do you know he was?" Moreland at once made his way up the hillside to "Because he showed in his reply to my question the spring, where the fifteen other cowboys were in that he was a friend of Spam, and began the fight camp, leaving Pedro and Yankee Doodle to guard the when I told him he was my prisoner. He has been little road by themselves. out somewhere, a.nd was returning with news for the


Y A N KEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE O F S A NT l AGO. 9 Spaniards. When he showed fight, there was noth ing for me to do but to fight, too." "That is he," said Miguel, as soon as he saw the body of the dead Cuban. "He was a spy, but we did not suspect him until he was seen slipping away from CHAPTER IV. the camp a few hours ago." THE .ADVENTURES OF .A NIGHT-" THE SINEWS OF "What camp ?" Pedro asked. w .AR." "Garcia's," replied Miguel. "But why are you Y .ANKEE DOODLE had long since learned to appreciate here, Pedro ?" the cool judgment of the old Cuban. He had never "I a.m here with Senor Yankee Doodle." found him mistaken in his conclusions, hence he did "Ah the young Americano l Where is he?" not doubt that the man whom he had just slain was "Here I am, Miguel,'' said Yankee Doodle, advancactually a Spanish spy. He could but regard it as ing through the bushes, and extending his hand to strange, though, t .hat the man should have resisted the stalwart Cuban. as he did, unless he was actuated by the fear of his "God be praised, senor! I am glad to see you!" status being discovered by the Americans or insur-exclaimed Miguel, grasping bis hand and shaking it gents. warmly. "This is Felix Mendoza,'' he added, introThere were now two bodies to be buried when night ducing his companion, should come on, and Yankee Doodle earnestly hoped "Glad to see you, Felix,'' said Yankee Doodle, exthat no more would be added to the list. He warned tending his hand to the other, after which he again Pedro that no more men should be killed who could turned to Miguel with an inquiry about his wife and be captured alive. daughter. "But if they fight, senor, I must fight, too; and I "They are well, thank you, 'senor," returned Mig-fight to kill." uel; "but it is hard for them to keep so, as it is al" Very true," assented Yankee Doodle; "self de -most impossible for them to get food enough to keep fense is the first law of nature, and of course, one is them alive." justified in taking life under such circumstances, but "Arc they at the old home yet?" when it is possible to take the man alive without run"No, senor; the volunteers burned them out; they ning too great a risk ourselves we must do so. I hope now live with relativesJn the village of Caimenez." we may not have to kill another man. "I'm sorry to hear that,'' said Yankee Doodle. He had scarcely ceased speaking ere the old Cuban "You must return to them at once and give them straightened up to his full height for a brief second or this," and with that he handed hiP1 about six dollars two, then leaned forward in a listening attitude for in Spanish gold coin which he took from his pocket. another moment, after which he motioned quickly to "Thanks, senor," said Miguel, as he held out his Yankee Doodle that another was coming and darted hand for the coin; "it will save their lives, but it is forward to the roadside. not the first time you have done so." Yankee Doodle quickly followed him, and peering "That's all right, Miguel,'' said Yankee Doodle. out through the bushes, saw two Cubans coming to"They saved my life once by hiding me when the wards them, going in the direction of the city. Both Spanish marines from the fleet were searching for me. of them were in crouching positions, with their faces When you see them tell them I have not forgotten turned so as to look down the length of the road, them, and say to senorita that I have thought of her while they pushed forward almost on a run. a thousaud times since last I saw her." Grasping his revolver so as to be ready for any "Ah, senor, she has prayed for your safety every emergency, Yankee Doodle waited' uritil they were day since you escaped from the marines. near enough to be halted. After a little more time spent in asking and answer-Just as he was about to spring out into the road I ing questions, Yankee Doodle instructed Miguel to. and call a halt, he heard old Pedro call out: -return to the village, and, after relieving the necessi Stop, Miguel!" and instantly both the strangers ties of his wife and daughter, to devote a day or two. came to a halt and straightened up. in an attempt to find out what Cubans in the village One of them asked in Spanish: were acting as spies for the Spaniards in Santiago, "Is it you, Pedro?" adding at the same time: For answer Pedro stepped out of the bushes and "I expect to remain here several days for the pur-extended his hand to the two Cubans. pose of cutting off communication with the enemy "Where are you going?" Pedro asked. There are about twenty of us, the rest being up on "We are after a spy," replied the man addressed the hill there by the spring. If you bear of any con-as Miguel. siderable force trying to get into the city, let me "I've got him," said Pedro. know about it as quickly as you can." "Ah! where is he?" "Si, senor," said Miguel; "I will do so,'' and with "Dead in the bushes back there." that he and Felix away, going westward "Let me see him." along the little road leading to the village Pedro led the way back into the bushes followed b:Y They had been gone about five minutes when J ack the two new-comers, during which time Yankee Doodle Moreland returned with the report that the boys up. remained concealed in the bushes. at the spring were very happy over the twenty dol-


10 YANKEE DOODLE A'l' 'l'HE SIEGE OF SANTIAGO. lars in gold prize money which each one had received, from the Spaniards that the"'r'oad was being watched and had voted unanimously that they would like by the Americans. nothing better than to serve under Yankee Doodle Some two or thcee hours passed before anything during the war. occurred to disturb the solitude of the forest. Then "I wish I had command of about a thousand such four men were seen coming along the little road on men,'' remarked Yankee Doodle. foot. Whether they were Spaniards or Cubans "So do I,'' said Jack; "but what's the use of wish-Yankee Doodle was unable to determine, as the road ing ?" was so narrow that very little moonlight fell upon it. "None wha,tever," said Yankee Doodle. "All the Yankee Doodle h


YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF S A NTIAGO. 11 horses' hoofs was heard coming along the road from I spring, where he turned them oYer to his comrades the city, and again Yankee Doodle and the cowboys for safe keeping, adding in a half whisper: were on the alert. Two horsemen appeared, one fol"I reckon he is a pretty good prize, boys, so treat lowing after the other, both evidently in haste to get him kindly, but don't let him get away." away from the city as quickly as possible. Yankee Doodle and his party sprang out in front of them, CHAPTER V. raised their rifles and called a halt. "WOMEN DO MAKE w AR" -THE ESCAPE OF THE FAIR A patch of moonlight, streaming through the folSPANISH GIRL. iage of the trees, revealed to the astonished horsemen WHEN Moreland went away with the Spa nish the muzzles of four rifles within five feet of their colonel, Yankee Doodle hastened down pretty close to breasts. the water's edge, where, in a clump of bushes, by the "Surrender!" called out Yankee Doodle, and the light of a few matches he hastily examined the letters next instant a demand to surrender came from the found on the prisoner. rear. One of them he found was addressed to General "I yield to force, senor,'' said the horseman in Pandos by General Linares, the Spanish commander front. in the city of Santiago, urging the former to hasten "Very sensible," said Yankee Doodle. "Kindly by forced marches to reinforce him, stating that the dismount." bearer of the letter, Colonel Mendez, would assist him The man dismounted and his example was followed in piloting the way through certain passes in the by the other, and both were led into the moonlight, mou.ntains.' He said further, that with reinforcements where Yankee Doodle discovered that the first wore I of six or eight th?usand me n he be to as-the uniform of a Spanish colonel. I sume the aggressive and drive the mvaders mto the "You are an officer, I see,'' said Yankee Doodle. sea. "Yes; you are an American, are you not?" The other letters were reports and memoranda that "Yes. we belong to the American army. What is were to be forwarded to Blanco at Havana. One of your ?" the cowboys, who understood Spanish thoroughly, "Th t t I f read the letters and translated them for Yankee a is no necessary, senor; am a prisoner o war." "Yes, so you are, and you'll be treated as such." I hope I will, senor." Jack Moreland then took the prisoner's sword from him, whilst the other prisoner, who was evidently the colonel's orderly, was also disarme d. "You must be searched, colon el," said Yankee Doodle. Doodle. "By GP.orge !" said Yankee Doodle, "these letters will do General Shafter more good than anything that has fallen into his hands, and he must get them as early to-morrow morning as possible." By that time Moreland had returned from the spring on the hillside, and was told the importance of the capture Glad to hear it,". said Jack; "but if we take any "Why should a disarmed prisoner be searched?" mo!'e of them I'm afraid we'll have more prisoners "That is a very foolish question tq ask,'' said Yan-than we can handle." kee Doodle. "You may have other arms; you may "Oh, we'll catch some more," said Yankee Doodle, have a pocket full of dynamite; for all we know you "but under no circumstances must we let one escape may have a pair of wings under your coat, hence we us." wish to make sure that you do not fly away from us." "Hello! I hear a horse coming!" said one of the "I assure you .r have wings nor d.ynamite," cowboys, as the faint sound of a horse's hoofs along the remarked the prisoner, but his assurance did not preI Toad was heard. They ran up to the roadside just in vent his being searched. Jack Moreland went through time to head otf the horse which was coming at a brisk his clothes with the skill of a professional pickpocket. trot. He drew from his pocket a packap-e of letters, while Jack Moreland sprang out, seized the horse by the from around his waist he removed a well-filled money bit, at the same time calling out : belt. "Halt "Do you rob your prisoners, senor?" the officer The rider jerked the reins vigorously, and urged the asked. horse forward as if to ride Moreland down, but the "No," was the reply, "but we take everything Rough Rider held on firmly until another cowboy that is contraband of war." seized the bit on the other side. "But money is private property," suggested the "Why do you stop me, senor?" a girlish vok:e officer. asked. "Very true,'' assented Yankee Doodle, "yet at "Hello!" exclaimed Moreland, "it's a girl," and the same time it is as much the sinews of war as the next moment a fa.int scream escaped the girl on powder and lead." the horse, as she exclaimed : Jack Moreland deliberately buckled the money belt "Americanos !" around his own waist, after which he led the prisoners "Yes, senorita,'' said Yankee Doodle, "we are and the two horses through the woods up to the Americanos, and for that reason you are safe."


12 YA NKEE DOODLE AT THE SIE GE O F SA NT IA G O "But why do you stop me, Senor Americano ?" into smaller bits when Moreland reached over her "Because this is a time of war, senorita, and we shoulder and snatched it from her hand. She wheeled cannot permit people to enter Santiago without findquickly and made a frantic effort to regain possession ing out who they are and what their business is." of it, but he held it high above her head out of her "I am a woman, senor, returning to my home in reach. the city," and her voice, as she spoke, betrayed great On finding herself foiled, she thrust her right hand agitation. again into the bosom of her dress, and the next mo" That may be true, senorita; at the same time we ment a bright blade flashed in the moonlight, into cannot permit you to go on until we are satisfied that which her quick movement had placed her. you are on a mission of peace rather than war." This movement did not escape the watchfulness of "Women do not engage in war, Senor Americano." Yankee Doodle, for the next moment he caught her "Sometimes they do, senorita; and the fact that by the wrist and wrenched the dagger from her hand. you are entering the city alone at midnight, is pretty Said he: good evidence that you are carrying news to the Span"You see that I was right, senorita, when I said ish commander." tbat' women sometimes do make war." "No, no, senor she protested most vehemently. She made no reply, but her large black eyes flashed "I am returning to my home, and I beg that you will hatred and defiance a,s she stood there in the moon-let me go." light, surrounded by the stalwart cowboys. "Just now, senorita, Santiago is a most dangerous She was really a beautiful girl, apparently about place for women and children, for if it is riot sur1 twenty years of age, and of medium height, with a rendered very quickly, it will be torn to pieces by shot full, round figure She would answer no questions, and shell." simply curling her lips in contemptuous silence. "Oh, but I am coming away again with my Yankee Doodle was perplexed, and for several mother, senor I am going after her." minutes was at a loss to know what to do with "It is not necessary for you to go after her, sen-the fair prisoner. He had no doubt whatever that orita. If she wishes to leave the city, she can do so the letter which Moreland had snatched from her hand in open daylight, and find protection behind the was a communication for some official in the city; yet, American army. You must dismount, for you can-as that letter was now in his possession, he douuted not go on." the policy of keeping her a prisoner. Her agitation was so great, that for a few minutes Jack," said he, "come with me a few minshe sat there on her horse wringing her hands in utes; I want to talk with you," and he turned away, silence leaving the girl in charge of the others, and together "Have no fears whatever, senorita.,'' said Yankee they went into the woods, where Yankee Doodle Doodle reassuringly, "for, while you may be subject-struck a match, saying as he did so: ed to a little inconvenience, you will be respected by "See if y o u can find out the contents of that letter.'' every American and treated with all the deference After using up half a dozen matches, Jack said: due your sex. Permit me to assist you to alight," "It is a letter to General Toral in Santiago from and he reached both hands up to her as he spoke. General Lorenz, telling him where he is, and advising "Senor Americano," she said, I beg of you to let the former to make a sortie against the right wing of me keep my seat, and you can l ead my horse where the American army a little after sunrise on Thursday, you please." by which time, by making a night march, he can fall "That is impossible, senorita, as you cannot keep upon their rear and thus have the invaders between your seat while the horse is being led through the two fires." woods." "Oh, the deuce!" said Yankee Doodle. "That's "Then let m() return the way I came," she sug-the most important thing yet. I was thinking o f let-gested. ting the girl go, but if we do she will get the news That is impossible also, se norita. back to Lorenz that his letter had fallen into our Just then Jack Moreland, who was a head taller hands. We'll have to hold her until we hear from than Yankee D oodle, quietly reached up, her General Shafter. around the waist, gently, but firmly lifted her from "Of course," assented Jack. "She is a plucky girl, the saddle a n d stood her on her feet on the ground, though. saying at the saine time : "You bet she is." "Pardon me, senorita, but you must give us as little They returned to the girl and at once conducted trouble as possible and have no fears whatever for her under guard of two cowboys up to the spring, your safety." where she was made to sit down at the foot of a big The girl uttered not a word, and while one of the oak and cautioned to keep quiet, otherwise they men led her horse away into the woods, she was seen would be compelled to tie her hands and feet to preto turn her back to Yankee Doodle and Morela n d, vent her escape thrust her hand into the bosom of her dress and take "I will be good," said she, nestling d o wn against from it what appeared in the darkn ess to be a letter. a tree with a CO"\vboy on either side of her. She quickly tore it in two, and was going to tear it There was a very small campfire a bou t ten feet


YANKEE DOOD L E A"l' THE SIEGE OF SA N'l'IAGO. 1'3 away from the spring, where the dense thicket pre-her husband, and a lot of fellows tried to keep him vented its light from being seen anywhere in the from going home with her. She yanked a pair ofscis direction of the road below. sors out of the pocket of her dress, and cleaned out "Say, Jack," said Yankee Doodle to Moreland, as the saloon in less than one minute. Even the landthey resumed their station by the roadside, "this lit-lord skipped, leaving the bar to take care of itself. tle path has been the underground railroad for the No, I don't want to fight no woman." Spaniards ever since the investment of the city." "You're right, pard," assented Jack. "A female "Yes, it looks that way, pard," answered Jack, fighter is the only one I'll run away from." "but when we stop a few more of them they'll begin They sat there by the roadside until the faint light to think that something is wrong, and may send out of coming day loomed up in the east. a force to open it. "The night is over," said Yankee Doodle, "and we About an hour passed, and it was then two o'clock may as well have an early breakfast, and send the tn the morning when a lively commotion was heard prisoners to our lines." back up near the spring. Leaving two of the cowboys to guard the road, "I wonder what's the matter now ?" said Yankee Yankee Doodle and the rest of them went up to the Doodle. spring, where he found the prisoners fast asleep and "Hanged if I know," said Jack, "but something well guarded. He ordered the men to breakfast at has happened once, after which he selected a party of five, among Five minutes later one of the cowboys ran down to 1 whom was Moreland himself, to take the prisoners to the roadside with the news that the girlhadmadeher camp. Moreland was to carry to General Shafter escape, by springing up and darting into the bushes the documents that had been captured from the Span before any one could stop her. ish colonel and the young girl, after which he was to "Thunder and lightning!" gasped Yankee Doodle go to Colonel Wood of the Rough Riders, and ask for "That's unfortunate ; she may carry the news into twenty more cowboys to assist him. the city after all, although I don't know whether or "Tell the colonel," said he, "that we arc liable at not she knows anything of the contents of the any time to have a score or more prisoners on our letter. hands, and maybe a hot fight. If he will let you haYe "The letter was sealed," said Moreland. them, pick out the best men you know and bring them "Still, for all that," said Yankee Doodle, "she may with you." be aware of its contents. "All right, pard," said Jack, carefully placing the "Senor Yankee Doodle," said old Pedro, "I will l document in an inner pocket of his b louse. the road and go on. towards the city as far as it I They then started away with the prisoners, lea Ying is safe to do so, and wait for her. She cannot well Yankee Doodle with a score of fourteen men to hold enter the city without getting into the road again. \ the road until they should return. "All right, old man, go ahead and wait for her; I Soon after they left old Pedro showed up. but don't bother yourself about anybody coming this "Did you see anything of the girl?" Y ankee D oodle \ Tay, for we'll look out for 1 ;hem." asked him. With that the 01,1 Cuban sprang out into the road, I think I did, senor, but had no chance to stop and darted off in a stooping posture in the direction her, as she went across the bay in a boat." of the city. "The deuce she did!" "A sharp girl," remarked Yankee Doodle, after "Si, senor; I saw a girl in a boat by herself, pull-the old Cuban was gone, "and so is her dagger," and ing hard for the city, just as it was light enough for he held the little weapon up in the moonlight so that me to make her out. the others could see it, each of whom took it and ex "But are you sure it was her?" amined it carefully. "I'm quite sure of it, senor." The blade was about six inches long by about a 'half "By George, but she's a plucky girl !" exclaimed inch in breadth, having a razor-like edge. Yankee Doodle; "if it was her the Spaniards ill "She would .have sent this into me to the hilt," reknow that we are out here on this road, and willseek marked Jack, "had you not caught her wrist in to drive us from it." time." "Si, senor, but they won't try to do it until dark." "Of course she would," remarked Yankee Doodle, "Why tlo you think so, Pedro?" "for she is sharp enough to know that had she sue"Because they would not dare send a force out here ceeded in killing you, we would have done little or in the daytime, for fear of its being cut off by the nothing to her on account of it. I'd rather fight a Americanos.11 dozen men than one woman." "Well, by that time we'll have reinforcements So would I," said Jack, "for I knew a woma n out here. It will be necessary, though, for two or three in Montana once wbo dispersed. a mob of sixty men men to go out farther towards the city as scouts, with a brace of revolvers, any one of whom could have so that we may get news in. time to ambush them bowled her over with a single shot." if they do send a force after us. "That's nothing," added another of the party. "I "That's right, senor," assented the old Cuban, knew a woman out there who went into a saloon after "and they had better be sent out right away."


14 YANKEE DOODLE A'l' 'l'RE &IEGE OF SANTIAGO. Soon after breakfast old Pedro, accompanied by two I "They can't go by, boys,'' said Yankee Doodle, of the cowboys advanced up the road towards the "we must stop them.," and with that he sprang out city, with the intention of concealing himself at a point into the middle of the road, followed by the others. where he could watch the road with safety. Yankee "Halt!" he cried, but the foremost Spaniard put Doodle had instructed him to intercept no one coming spurs to his horse and undertook to ride over them.. from. the city, but to leave that work for him. Quick as a flash the cowboys opened fire, and the six cavalrymen tumbled out of their saddles. CHAPTER VI. "Get 'ern out of the road quickly!" said Yankee THE AMBUSH-YANKEE DOODLE MOUNTS HIS MEN-Doodle, "and catch the horses." "THE MACHETE IS BETTER THAN THE SWORD!" The horses were quickly secured, led into the bushes, SOON after Pedro left, Yankee Doodle heard the roar after which the men were attended to, four of whom of big guns down at the entrance at the lower end of were dead and two wounded. the harbor, which told that the fleet was again shell-It was a wonder that all were not killed, as the fire ing the fort. The fire gradually increased, until the was at such close range. sound was like great peals of thunder, and it kept up They were quickly removed from the little road, so for a couple of hours. Then the artillery all along the I as to obliterate every vestige of the presence of an American front opened on the Spanish entrenchments, armed force. and were answered by the Spanish batteries. "Where were you fellows going?" one of the "By George!" said Yankee Doodle, "they're gowounded men was asked. ing to have sorne fun out there to-day, and I'm sorry "I don't know," was the reply, "the sergeant was that I can have no hand in it. What a lot of chumps sent somewhere with orders." those Spaniards are! Nobody but fools would fight "Where is the sergeant?" he was asked. against fate, for surely they cannot expect to hold the "He was the man in front." city very long against us. Every man they lose in "Then he's dead,'' remarked the cowboy. defending the city is a life thrown away." The bodies of the dead were searched to see if any "That's so, pard," assented one of the cowboys; written orders could be found on them. They had ''but if they surrender, every soldier in the city will nothing, however, but their arms, and a very scant be lost to Spain during the war." supply of clothing. "Of course, but a live soldi e r can be exchanged, "T:\1-ey were simply soldiers," remarked Yankee when a dead one can't." Doodle to one of the cowboys, "and if they had orders "Yes; but the officers have made the men believe to come out here they were merely verbal." that if they surrender they'll all be shot, and the "I'm glad they came, though," remarked one of average Spanish soldier is so blamed ignorant they the cowboys, "for we have their half dozen good don't know any better then to believe it." horses, to say nothing of the rifles and sabers." They lay there in the woods by the roadside until The horses were led down near the water's edge nearly noon, listening to the artillery fight and won-where they were securely fastened to the bushes, after dering why nobody passed along towards or from the which the two wounded men were looked after. city. One of them died in a couple of hours, while the Suddenly they were startled at seeing a crowd of other was in a bad way with a bullet hole clear old men, women and children, some twenty-fiye or through his left shoulder. His wound was bound up thirty in number, coming from the city on foot. Some by one of the cowboys, who was quite an expert at of the women had infants in their arms, whilst chil-that sort of business. The victim was evidently very dren only four, five and six years of age, were toddling much surprised by the kindness shown him, as it was along behind them. something quite incomprehensible to him in view of "Say, boys,'' said Yankee Doodle to those with what he had been told about the Americans. him, "they are refugees; let them go by without any Soon after that affair Bill Hawkins returned, bring-interruption. Don't even let them see you." ing with him a note of thanks from General Shafter, The party passed slowly along the road, all looking addressed to Yankee Doodle and the men in his gaunt and hungry. It was a pitiful sight, and the cha.rge, in which he stated that they were doing their cowboys were touched to the heart at the unmistak-full share on the work of reducing the city, and that able signs of distress that were so plainly visible. It their efforts were duly appreciated by him. was a scene that had been witnessed in all ages of the "Say, pard,'' said one of the cowboys, after hearworld when cities were besieged by armies, and was ing the note read, "Pocus Bill is white all the way one of the inevitable sequences of war. through." The party passed on utterly unconscious of the prox"You bet he is," assented the others. imity of the Americans and gradually disappeared in Hawkins then reported that the general was highly a bend of the little road, on the way towards the vilpleased at receiving the documents delivered to him, lage of Caimenez. and that he had said they were of very great import-A few minutes later a half a dozen Spanish cavalry-ance. "Where's Jack?" men came dashing along in the same direction, armed "Didn't you meet him?" Yankee Doodle asked. with rifles and sabers. "No; has he gone back to camp ?"


.. YANKE E DOODL B AT 'l'HE S IEGE OF S AN T IAGO. 1 5 "Yes; he is carrying other documents to General Shafter, with five prisoners, one of whom is a Spanish colonel." "Good!" said Hawkins. "You've been busy." "You bet we have, but haven't had a wink of sleep." "Well," remarked Bill, "you can't stand it long without sleep "I know that well enough, so I have sent for more men, which Jack will bring back with him. Then we ll take turns at guarding the road." Soon after Hawkins returned, those cowboys who got some sleep the night before up by the spring, went on duty to give the others a chance to rest. Yankee Doodle and Joe then went down near the water' s edge, together with several others, where they made themselves comfortable beds of leaves under the bushes, and were soon fast asleep They slept until sunset. When they arose they bathed their hands and faces in the waters of the bay. It was found that Moreland had returned, bringing with him twenty more of the Rough Riders, with a statement from Colonel Wood that if he needed As before stated, the little road was overshadowed by the dense foliage of the trees, but as a full moo n was shining, every horseman was visible to the cow boys concealed in the bushes. The head of the column passed along the entire length of the ambush until it reached Yankee Doodle. The latter raised his rifle and fired at the man in front, who was not more than ten feet distant from him. The victim tumbled off his .horse without uttering a word or even a groan. Just a second later forty rifles blazed along the roadside, and as many Spaniards tumbled out of their saddles, every one of whom had actually been scorched by burning powder, so close was the range. Each cowboy sprang forward to secure the horse of his victim, while the other Spaniards, without firing a shot, wheeled and fl.eel, thinking they had ridden into an ambush. For a few brief moments they were jammed in the bushes by the side of the little road, but a few pis tol shots from the cowboys sufficed to hasten their de parture. more he could have them. Groans were heard all along the roadside where the "I guess that's enough," said Yankee Doodle, wounded Spaniards lay, and it was soon ascertained "but have any of you heard from Pedro?" I that fifteen out of the forty who had fallen were "No one answered, for the old Cuban had not been wounded. The other twenty-five were dead seen since l:e returned to his post in the direction of "Secure your horses, boys," called out Yankee the city. Doodle, "and then attend to the wounded." Night came on, and the little band of daring Rough In less than fiye minutes every man had fastened 1 Riders settled down to quietly await whatever might his captured animal in the bushes, and returned to turn up the road to look after those who had fallen. It was perhaps an hour or two after sundown when "Pedro," said Yankee Doodle to the old Cuban, old Pedro and the two cowboys who had gone out 1 "take five men with you and go forward again to with him, came running back at full speed. keep a watch on the enemy. Place them in a position "They're senor!" he called out to Yankee of safety, and then come back here." Doodle, even before he saw him. The old Cuban selected his men, and went on in the "Who are coming?" Yankee Doodle asked. direction taken by the retreating Spaniards. "Spanish cavalry!" Yankee Doodle then procured a torch, by the light "How many?" of which he discovered that the man whom he had "About a hundred, senor." shot out of the saddle was a captain of cavalry. The Now, men," out Yankee Doodle to the cow -next man to him was dressed as a civilian. He orboys, "here's a chance for every man of you to get a dered the latter to be searched, and on his person was horse. Just spread out along the road there now, found a letter from the Spamsh commander in Santiabout five or six feet apart, which is about the length ago, addressed to General Pandos. of a horse, and keep concealed in the bushes until you "Very good said Yankee Doodle on seeing the hear the first shot, which I will fire myself when the letter. "He was a courier whom this cavalry com head of the column reaches me Then every one of pany was ordered to see safe l y on his waybeforeleavyou will have a man in your front; shoot him out of ing him. It is all very plain to me now why this force the saddle and seize his horse, but let no man fire un-was sent out here, for they evidently thought that til he has heard my shot. They will be so surprised only a few scouts were stopping individuals on this at a volley of forty rifles or revolvers, that they will road. They will now dou b tless have the impressio n turn and fly back to the city, thinking they have been that it is held in force." ambushed. He placed the letter in his pocket, and ordered the The cowboys were prompt to get into position, for men to remove the dead and wounded from the road. every man was extremely anxious for a horse, since It was soon done, but a number of the wounded were his own had been left behind at Tampa. I groaning so piteously they had to be moved back a The sounds of the cavalry approaching were h ard considerable distance in order that they might not be even while Yankee Doodle was giving his orders, and heard by others passing. just a few minutes later they appeared advancing After about an hour Pedro returned, l eavi n g the at a trot. five cowboys at t h e front as scouts.


1 6 Y A NK.EE DOODLE AT THE SIE G E O F SAN'l'I.AGO. "Pedro," said Yankee Doodle, "what's to be done with the dead here?" "Si, senor," and the old man picked it up again and remounted his horse to ride forward in advance of bay, senor," replied the old the party. "Drop them in the man. "Oh, that won't do. Men are thrown into the water when they die at sea, but these men must be buried underground so their bodies may be found by those who wish to do so." "Why are you so particular about that, senor," the old Cuban asked. "Because it is the custom of civilized nations," was the reply. "We have no shovels or spades, senor," suggested the old man. "We must get them, or else move away from here as the heat of a single day will render the position entirely untenable." "Then you must send back to camp, senor, for shovels and picks, for I know not where else they can be had." "All right; I'll wait for daylight, then;" and wait he did. It seems that the disaster to the Spanish cavalry had the effect to put a stop to any more travelers from the city by that route on that night, as not another one was seen by the cowboys coming from that direction. When morning came it was found that four of the fifteen wounded Spaniards had died of their wounds. "Say, Jack," said Yankee Doodle, turning to More land while they were eating breakfast, "I want about thirty of these men to ride over with me to see General Shafter. I want you to take charge here and hold the road, allowing no one to pass in either direc tion." "All right, pard," said Jack; "I'll hold it as long as any of us are alive Yankee Doodle then selected thirt. y of the men to mount their horses and ride into camp with them. T hey at once proceeded to make ready for the trip. Each one had secured a saber and holster pistol, together with a fine Mauser rifle, which was several inches shorter than those used by the Spamsh infantry. Some of the horses were very poor, whi.le there was really not a fat one amongst them. They seemed, however, to be hardy animals, quite able to do good service. "They're not handsome," he remarked to the men, "but I think they will be after we have gi, en them a chance for a week or so at green grass. "Oh, they're all right, pard," called out several of the cowboys. It turned out that old Pedro had secured the best horse of them all, with a fine saddle and saber. He threw the latter away with a contemptuous gesture, saying as he did so : "The machete is better than a sword." "You're right, Pedro," said Yankee Doodle, but take the sword along with you to give to someone who may need it.' CHAPTER VII. THE CAVALRY FIGHT AT CAIMENEZ. THE only way to reach the American lines by horse back from the position held by Yankee Doodle was by way of Caimenez, so he resolved to make a dash into the village, which was then what might be called neutral ground, as it was not occupied by the forces of either side. But the majority of the residents of the town were undoubtedly loyal to Spain, although there wore many families there whose men were then serving under the Cuban flag The people of the village were startled as the band of cowboys came dashing. through the streets on their horses. The cowboys were so elated at being again in the saddle they could not resist the temptation to let out a series of whoops, such as they were in the habit of doing on the plains of the wild West. The effect of those whoops was wonderful, for men, women and children dis::tppeared in eYery direction with the agility of mice in the presence of a cat. Yankee Doodle laughed heartily at the panic created by the wild whoops of the cowboys, but could allow them to stop there only a few minutes. He soon had them well in hand again and left by another road for the American When they struck the American pickets they came very near being fired on, on account of their hilarity, and were com pelled to wait nearly an hour before they could be passed through. Once inside the line, though, they gave vent to their joy at finding themselves astride of horses in a series of wild whoops. "Now, boys," cried Yankee Doodle, "if you do not march in order you cannot return with me, for the general will surely not place me in command of men whom I cannot control. I am no officer, as you know, but I stand to you in that light for the time being, and I want you to let them see that men can be officers without shoulder straps. "All right, pard,'' they said, "we'll stand by you to the last,'' and fell in behind him, marching two abreast along the whole line of the American entrenchments. When they reached the heacJquarters of the Rough Riders, Colonel Wood was the most astonished man in the camp, as, when he appeared, Yankee Doodle saluted him with a saber as did all the others. "\Vhere in thunder and blue blazes did you get those horses?" the colonel asked "We just knocked thunder and blue blazes out of their owners and took 'em,'' replied Yankee Doodl e "and there are fifteen more that you don't se e yet." "Who were their owners?" the colonel asked. "Spanish cavalrymen." "Oh, then you didn't pay much for them." "No, not much, only a cartridge for each horse, and then Yankee Doodle dismounted, shook hands


YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF SANTtAGO. with Colonels Wood and Roosevelt and told the story of the capture of the horses. "There are over thirty dead Spaniards there that must be buried, and we haven't a pick or spade any where about." "The deuce you say," said the colonel. "Have you reported that fact to the general?" "No, but I'm going to do so at once," and a few minutes later he remounted and rode away to the headquarters of General Shafter, accompanied by old Pedro, who acted as his orderly. He found the general in his saddle, surrounded by his staff, with a field-glass in his hand, gazing at the enemy's line of entrenchments. "This is for you, general," said he, handing him the letters that had been captured from the girl and the man who had been killed with the cavalryman. The general, without uttering a word, read the two letters, holding the one that had been torn by the girl together, so that he could make out.the lines. "Where did you get these?" he asked, when he had read them. Yankee Doodle exp1,..,,11eo. to him in a few words how he came in possession of them. "Well done, my boy," said the general. "You deserve promotion. So you have mounted your men, have you?" "Yes, general, and a happier set of men you never saw ; I think they would mutiny if their horses were taken away from them." "How many men were in that cavalry company you met last night?" the general asked. I don't know, I saw only part of them, but Pedro here says there were about a hundred." "What was the object of their move, do you think?" "I think they were only trying to place a courier or messenger safely beyond danger." "How many men did you leave behind to look a .ftcr the roads in your absence?" Ten men, sir." "Is that enough?" "Yes, general, unless an armed force is sent against them." "Wait here for orders ; I wam; you to guide a regi ment there." The general then dispatcheu one of his staff to sum mon the colonel of the regiment encamped on the hill about a mile to his right. The colonel soon appeared, and Yankee Doodle heard the general say to him : "Colonel, move your regiment to the extreme flank of the right wing of the line, and take position to de fend a line running straight down to the water, so as to entirely shut o:II all ingress or egress of the enemy. This young man here, who is known in the army as Yankee Doodle, will guide you to the position which he has been holding for thirty-six hours. There arc a dozen wounded Spaniards to be cared for, and thirty or so to be buried. You will attend to them, and then entrench yourself so as to make the position impregnable." The colonel saluted and retired, Yankee Doodle ac companying him. On the way to his command the colonel questioned Yankee Doodle about the position, and soon learned that it was one that was liable to be attacked by an overwhelming force of the enemy. "It is their only way of escape," said Yankee Doo dle, unless they mana.gc to cross the bay in some way." The colonel had his regiment 1n motion within an hour, and Yankee. Doodle, accompanied by his mounted Rough Riders, led the way. He was cheered all along the line. The sun was blazing hot, and the men fairly swel tered, but they pushed on steadily, and, after a little more than two hours, passed the right wing of the line, made their way down the hill across the main road leading out from the city, and on down towards the water, where they found Jack Moreland and the ten men who had been left to hold the little road in Yankee Doodle's absence. "J aok, my boy," said Yankee Doodle, "the line is to be extended down to the water's edge, by which the Spanish army will be bottled up by General Shafter, just as their fleet was by Admiral Sampson and Commodore Schley." The whole regiment gave vent to cheers when they understood from his remarks just what the situation was. The colonel of the regiment himself called out to his men that they were the cork that shut out the Spanish army in Santiago from the rest oflthe world. The regiment then went into camp along the hill side, and down by the water. The first thing ordered by the colonel was the burial of the dead Spaniards, after which litters were made on which to convey the wounded to the hospital. When this was done, the officers of the regiment surveyed the ground very carefully for the purpose of selecting a line of defense. When the line was selected, the men were put to work throwing Yp entrenchments to extend from the top of the hill all the way down to the water's edge. As Yankee Doodle and his men did not belong to the regiment they were at liberty to go where they pleased. Knowing as he did that the officers of the regiment would exercise supreme control of the line he was assigned to defend, he decided to move back to the village of Caimenez, where he could communi cate with the main line of the army by the road leading in that direction. He was also induced to make that move in view of the fact that his men, being mounted, would be ablo to do some splendid scout work. As yet the village had not been taken possession of by the American forces, but had been a sort of neutral ground for both sides. He accordingly ordered his men to mount and follow him. When he dashed into the village he was aston ished to find it held by a company of Spanish horse, who at once prepared to dispute possession of it. "Where in thunder did they come from ?" he ex-


18 Y A NK E E DOODLE AT THE SI E GE O F SA N TIA G O claimed. city." "They certainly did not come from the the revolvers even when Spanish sabers were fl.ashing all around them. "I guess they went out before we cut off their egress, pard," said Jack Moreland, "and they are now trying to sneak back." "There must be about a hundred of them," said Yankee Doodle, as h0 watched them forming in an open square between them and the village. "That's about their size, pard," said Jack. "That's two and a half to our one," said Yankee Doodle; "what do you think of the odds, boys?" "Hang the odds !" replied half a dozen at once; "let' s go at 'em!" "Do you mean it, boys?" he asked. "Yes," they replied. "Well, it's just as you say. It's pretty heavy odds for a square open fight." "Hang the odds!" they reiterated. "All right; I'm not afraid of them; but I want to take a vote, so that the responsibility will be placed where it belongs. All of you who are in favor of tackling them hold up your right hands." Every man's hand went up above his head, while old Pedro held his machete straight up in the air. At moment the Spaniards were seen coming towards them on a charge. "Here they come, boys!" cried Yankee Doodle. "Use your rifles on them until they get within pistol range, and then let 'em have the revolvers. If they succeed in getting up to us, let every man fight in his own way. Now let 'em have it!" The cowboys sat up straight in their saddles, and took deliberate aim at the charging cavalrymen, who were now some hundred and fifty yards away. The volley dropped nearly a dozen men, while as many horses were apparently hit, judging from the way they reared and plunged. "Give 'em another !" yelled Yankee Doodle, and the cowboys, using their magazine rifles, kept on emptying the saddles with appalling coolness until they were within fifty yards of them. At that in stant the enemy seemed to be staggered by the terrific execution of the American fire. "Now charge, boys," cried Yankee Doodle, "and give 'em the revolvers!" The cowboys dashed forward with yells that would have shamed a whole tribe of Comanche Indians, each with a revolver in right and left hands, pouring in a murderous fire as he charged. The Spaniards, too, had been firing, and nearly a dozen of the cowboys were hit, four of whom tumbled out of their saddles. Not a wounded man, though, was stopped. Old Pedro, who had fired steadily till the order to charge was given, then dropped his rifle to the ground and used his machete. He was the first man to strike a blow in a hand to hand fight, though he was but a moment or two ahead of the cowboys. How the revolvers popped l They sounded like a dozen pack3 of firecrackers going all at once. Not a cowboy drew a saber, but kept popping away with It was a species of fighting the Spanish cavalrymen had never seen before. Perhaps in no army in the world is a cavalryman so much at home in the saddle as the American cowboy; and the Spaniards found that out in less than one minute after coming in con tact with them. Within five minutes after they be came mixed up the Spanish cavalry was nearly annihilated, and the few survivors threw down their i;;abers and cried for quarter. "Hold up, men!" cried Yankee Doodle, "they've got enough!" still the fight went on nearly a minute longer, as some of the cowboys had failed to hear the order. Their comrades, however, soon stopped them, after which a great shout of triumph went up from them. Out of the hundred Spaniards less than thirty were uninjured, while fully that many were dead, and about forty wounded. Of the cowboys six killed and thirteen wound ed making nearly one half of their number who were hit. "Now, boys," called out Yankee Doodle, "we have more prisoners to take care of than we have uninjured men to guard them. It is but a short ride back to our line, so one of you must go back at once for one or two companies of soldiers to come out and take charge of the prisoners and the wounded One of the cowboys put spurs to his horse and dashed away at full speed to the American line scarcely two miles away. The others formed a guard around the prisoners, with the exception of three or four who went to the assistance of the wounded cowboys. Among the prisoners was a Spanish lieutenant. The captain and another lieutenant had been killed. "vVhat sort of tactic,s do the American cavalry-men use?" the Spanish officer asked Yankee Doodle This is not American cavalry," was the reply. "What in thunder are you then?" "Simply American soldiers out for a little fun." "Do you call this fun." "Oh, yes," was the reply, "we enjoyed it very much indeed "What is your rank?" the officer asked. "High private," was the reply. "Have you no officer?" No ; not here." Caramba !" exc laimed the Spaniard. I can't understand it." "Oh, you'll get onto it after a while; we have but one rule in the American service, and that i s when we see the enemy to go for b l m You S p a niards are brave enough, but you don't know how tio fight. We numbered but forty while you had about a hundred, and were commanded by t a1ned officers There was not an officer among us, but every man is a fighter from 'way back. We have but o n e Cuban with us-that old fellow out there with his machete."


YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE OF SANTIAGO. 19 "What do you do with your prisoners?" the of ficer asked. "Treat them as prisoners of war according to the rules of civilized nations." The Spaniards found it extremely hard to believe all that they heard, but it did not take them long to see that they ;vere not to be subjected to any harsh treatment. They were made to dismount and sit down on the ground under the shade of a tree to await the arrival of the American soldiers who had been sent for. In the meantime the cavalry horses that were not injured were being corraled by the cowboys. It was found that about sixty of them were unhurt, whilst more than a score were so badly injured it became necessary for them to be shot, in order to relieve them of their terrible suffering. About three hours after the fight, three companies of American soldiers, under the command of a major, appeared upon the scene, and were received with cheers from the handful of cowboys. when the major viewed the scene of battle he was simply dumfounded. "What in thunder did you fight such a force for?" he asked of Yankee Doodle. "We fought 'em to lick 'em," was the reply, "and we did. Not a man of them got away. What would you have done, major?" The major didn't answer the question, but at once ordered his men to proceed with the burial of the dead and the care of the wounded, at the same time gathering up the arms and horses that had been captured. Those horses belong to us, major," said Yankee Doodle. Oh, no," was the reply. "Everything captured on the battlefield belongs to Uncle Sam." "Yes l I know that, and we want to use them in Uncle Sam's service." "All right; they may be assigned' to you, but I will turn them over to the general who will dispose of them as he sees fit." CHAPTER VIII. From where the Rough Riders were encamped it was about four miles to the villa .ge. The colonel set out at once, accompa nied by his orderly, arriving on the battle-field a little after night set in. He found the wounded cowboys in an old church, where Yank.Jle Doodle and his comrades were attending them. "Here comes the colonel, boys !" cried one of the wounded men, as the otficer entered, and not one was so badly hurt but what he gave bim a cheer, while Yankee Doodle straightened up as he appeared and gave the salute, which the colonel not only returned, but removed his hat, making a profound bow to the drummer boy, and then to the wounded men around him. "Boys, !"he exclaimed, "you are heroes, every one of you, and I'm proud of you for sustaining the reputation of the regiment. I shall make special mention of the name of every man engaged in to-day's fight, commending you to the consideration of the president himself." The boys cheered him again, and he remarked he was sorry it had not been his good fortune to be with them. "For," adaecl he, "you have demonstrated that one American soldier is the equal of two and a half Spaniards." "Oh, thunder !" cried one of the wounded men ; "drop that half, colonel, and say three." "All right, my boy," laughed the colonel; "I'll make it five if you say so." "Well, that wouldn't be too many," called out a half dozen or more. The colonel went around and shook hands with t every cowboy in the old church, which completely won their hearts, for he was one of those officers who never stood back on the dignity of his position. During the evening he learned some of the particulars of the fight, and was amused at YankeeDoodle's act of taking a vote of the men just before the fight opened. "Well, you see, colonel," explained Yankee Doodle, "I had no right to order them into the fight, so I thought it best to leave it with them, and it was the most unanimous election you ever saw. There was no ballot-box stuffing in it; but we did stutf the enemy full of bullets as they came at us. The field was won THE MOONLIGHT CAPTURE ON THE BEACH-THE SPANby hard fighting without regard to any Board of ISH GIRL SPY AGAIN. Strategy." THE news of Yankee Doodle's fight at the village The colonel roared with laughter, in which he was of Caimenez quickly reached the army, for the cowjoined by all the others. boy who went after the troops had told the story, and "Now, colonel," said Yankee Doodle, "we captured it went along the line all the way down to the sea. about sixty sound horses, which we want the Rough When it reached Colonel Wood's regiment of Rough Riders to have, but the major told me he would :Qave Riders they made the welkin ring with their cheers, to turn them over to the general for him to dispose notwithstanding the news that forty-five per cent. of of." the party had been killed or wounded. "That's right," said the colonel. Colonel Wood shook his head sadly with the re"Of course," assented Yankee Doodle, "but we mark: want you to ask the general for them." "It must have been a terrific fight to sustain such "I can't do it, my boy; horses are needed for artil-a loss as that. That boy doesn't seem to know what I lery and ambulances. They are very scarce with us danger is. I'm going to ride over there and see at present." them." j "Oh, thunder!" ex.claimed Yankee Doodle; "we


20 Y A NK.EE D O ODLE A'l' THE SIEG E O F S AN TIA GO. are liable to lose the horses that we are riding our selves, then!" "Yes," assented the colonel. "That's tough," observed Yankee Doodle. "You may think so,'' remarked the colonel, "but the general has to consider the entire service, you understand.'' "Well, I'm going to keep out of his way and stop around the flank here until he.calls us in." "Don't fail to make your report, though," suggested the colonel. "Hello!" said Yankee Doodle. "Hanged if I haven't forgotten about that!" "Oh, it'll be time enough in the morning,'' remarked the colonel. All right, then," said Yankee Doodle, I won't be in a hurry abo-q.,t it. I did forget it." The colonel remained about an hour, and then left after seeing that the wounded were properly cared for. Early the next morning Yankee Doodle and the cowboys proceeded to put up headstones over the graves of the six Rough Riders who had fallen in the fight, and mark thereon the name of each one. That done, he wrote out a report of the fight and sent it by one of the men to General Shafter. He stated in the report that he intended to watch the upper end of the bay on the west side to prevent communications from reaching the enemy by boat at night. When the messenger returned he stated to Yankee Doodle that the general had said to him that he was right in watching the west side of the bay, and hoped that he would be vigilant in preventing communications with the city. "What did he say about the fight?" Yankee Doodle asked. He said it was magnificent," replied the messen ger, "and that the moral effect would be felt by the entire army." "All right, I hope it will. I'm sorry, though, that he doesn't let us have more men, as we now have but twenty-three all told fit for service, but we must do the best we can with that number." Jn less than an hour after the return of the messenger they were in the saddle again and on their way down the bay in the direction of the little inlet where once stood a little village of fishermen's families of about a dozen huts. The huts had been destroyed by the enemy, but a few boats were found concealed in the thickets, which were evidently used for communication with the city by the enemy. On reaching the inlet they dismounted, secured their horse$ in the woods, and proceeded establish a little camp far enough back to avoid being seen from the water, or the little path that ran along the shore of the inlet. From a hilltop, about an eighth of a mile from the camp, a fine view of the city could be had on the other side of the bay. "We've got to guard the shore along here, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "and the chances are that we will have our hands full to-night.'' The day passed without a single incident occurring to attract attention, and so, with the exception of four men on guard, the party slept the greater part of the afternoon, thus putting them in prime shape for night service. All the afternoon a flag of truce was seen flying along the Spanish lines, showing that negotiations were going on between the commanders of the t;vo armies. Of course Yankee Doodle and his men knew nothing about the purpose of the negotiations. "It may mean surrender, boys,'' he said, "but I've been in Cuba long enough to find out that the Span iard is about the trickiest man on earth, so I will bet my hat, that at this very moment, they are flying that flag of truce more for the purpose of strengthening their position than for anything else." "It won't do them any good, though," remarked Jack Moreland. "Perhaps not, but it'll do us some harm, for it will cost us more lives to capture the position they are strengthening under that flag of truce." When night came on Yankee Doodle distributed his men in the bushes back of the beach for a distance of a quarter of a mile, to watch everything coming from the direction of the city over the bay. The full moon was shining so brightly that objects on the water could be seen several hundred yards away. Occasionally a dark cloud would obscure the moonlight, but that only served to increase the vigilance or the cowboys. It was near midnight when a single boat was seen coming from across the bay. When it grated upon the beach near the entrance to the little inlet, Yankee Doodle, Joe, Moreland and old Pedro were concealed in a clump of bushes about fifty feet back from the water's edge. There were three persons in the boat, two men and one woman. "Great snakes, pard," whispered Moreland, "it's the plucky little Spanish girl!" '' Keep quiet,'' whispered Yankee Doodle, as he saw the two men drag the boat high up on the sand and then turn to accompany the girl towards the little path along the inlet up towards the spot where once stood the fishermen's huts. They had gone perhaps ten or fifteen paces when Yankee Doodle and his three companions darted out of the bushes aml leveled their rifles at them, at the same time calling a halt. The girl uttered a little scream, more of surprise than of fear. Her two companions, however, seemed to be almost paralyzed with astonishment. "Do you surrender ?" Doodle asked. "Si, senor,'' replied one of the men "Stand still then till you are disarmed,'' ",Yankee Doodle ordered, and Jack Moreland stepped forward and relieved each one of a revolver, after which he looked at the young girl, who was silently watching him, and asked :


YANKEE D OODLE AT THE SIEGE O F SAN 'l 'IAGO. 2 1 "Have you another dagger, senorita?" No, senor," she answered, I cannot afford to supply you Americanos with daggers." "Maybe you have a cannon then, or a Mauser rifle," said Jack. I am not armed at all, Senor Americano ; you should be ashamed to interfere thus with a woman." "\V omen should not engage in war, senorita," he returned. "Two nights ago you were going to the dty to bring your mother out, but instead you have brought two men." "Oh," she retorted, "you Americanos behaved so badly I was afraid to bring my mother, but brought instead two gentlemen to protect me. It seems, though, that it was of no use." "None whatever, senorita," said Yankee Doodle, speaking for the first time. "We must search your escorts to see if they have anything contraband of war, and then we must take care of you until the war ends, as I think you are more dangerous to our side than any officer in the Spanish army." "You have no right to detain this lady, sir," protested one of the pi:isoners, in a very haughty tone of voice. that your decision?" Yankee Doodle asked. "It is simply my opinion, sir," returned the Spaniard. "Permit me to assure you, senor, that Spanish opinions have no weight with us at present. This woman is a spy, and will not be permitted to serve Spain in that capacity any more. As for you two you will be treated as prisoners of war, unless circumstances forbid it." "What are the circumstances that will alter our status, Senor Americano ?" "That is for the general to decide," was the reply, and then Moreland proceeded to search the two men there on the sand in the clear moonlight. Nothing was found on them of a suspicious nature, and they were placed under guard and marched away into the bushes. "As for you, senorita," said Yankee Doodle, "you must go at once to Oaimenez, and be placed in charge of one of your sex. I will send two men with you, each of whom will hold a hand of yours all the way there, in order to prevent you from destroying any papers you may have on your person, or using a weapon." "I have neither weapons nor papers, senor," she protested. Pardon me, senorita, if I say I can place no trust in you since you abused our confidence so badly at our former meeting. We will not subject you to the indignity of a search except by one of your own women." "I declare to you, senor, that I have no communi cations of any kind about me, or any weapon." "It's no use, senorita," said he, shaking his head ; "you must go to Oaimenez with a guar_!l on each side holding your hand. Joe, take her right hand, and Jack, hold her left ; under no circumstances release your :grip until she is placed in charge of a woman whom Pedro will select for the purpose He will go along with you as a guide and a guard. Whatever is found upon her in the way of a communication, take charge of it, Jack, and send word to me by Pedro what it is. If the major is still there with the troops, turn her over to him as a prisoner whom it is necessary to well guard. Joe and Jack took the girl by the hand, who made no resistance, and started off with her, with Pedro in advance. After they were gone, Yankee Doodle summoned three more men from the camp to take the place of those who had returned to the village with the pris oner, with whom he resumed the watch on the beach. CHAPTER IX. HOW YANKEE DOODLE SAVED THE RIG HT WING OF THE ARMY. IT was some time after midnight before any one else appeared on the beach and they were two men, one evidently a man who had traveled a long distance on horseback, for he was booted and spurred. The o her seemed to be a Cuban who was acting as a guide. They passed pretty close to the bushes where Yankee Doodle and his comrades were concealed. "Ah!" said the Spaniard, "there is a boat here very handy." "Si, senor," said the guide, "it is best that you row across yourself." "Why, how is that?" the other asked, as if somewhat surprised at the Ouban's words. "I have fulfilled my contract, senor," replied the Cuban, "for I have guided you to within sight of the city and here it ends. I might row you across in safety, but it might not be so safe for me to return." "Why not as safe returning as going?" "Because I can be seen returning, and would be intercepted by the Americanos. They are all friends at the other side of the bay, and all enemies on this side." "Tut, tut," said the other, "I will give you ten pesos to row me over, as I am not familiar with handling oars. "No, senor, I would not go for one hundred pesos." "You are foolish," said the other. "The fate of Cuba hangs in the balance, and unless I can reach the Spanish general to-night the city is doomed. Your loyalty to Spain should urge you to assume some risk as a pa.triot." I am loyal to Spain," asserted the Ou ban, and fought for her ten years ago with the volunteers, yet Spain has done nothing for me or mine. My loyalty is such that forbids me to die in defense of Spanish rule in Cuba." "You are a coward!" hissed the Spaniard. "No, senor, I'm no coward. I have faithfully per formed what I agreed to do in guiding you to this place, and you have no right to have me go any far ther." "You are a coward and a traitor," hissed the Span-


22 Y A N KE E DOODLE AT THE SIEG E O F SANT IAGO iard, drawing a revolver and firing at him almost direct in his face. The Cuban staggered backwards, while the bullet struck the sand in front of the bushes where Yankee Doodle and his companions were secreted, throwing a handful of it almost in their faces. "Maledictions !" hissed the Cuban, rushing upon the Spaniard with his machete. Another shot was fired, after which the Spaniard went down on the white sand withip. a few feet of the little boat. The Cuban's machete had been too much for him. "Maledictions!" again exclaimed the Cuban, dealing the prostrate body another savage blow. "Ten thousand maledictions !" He was then seen to stoop over and search the body of his victim. He rifled every pocket and removed from around the waist a heavy leather belt. When he had finished rifling the body, he started away on a brisk walk along the path leading up the right shore of the inlet It was then that Yankee Doodle stepped out and ordered him to halt. Instead of doing so, l sprang forward with his machete upraised. Quick as a flash one of the cowboys sent a bullet through his head from his revolver. "That's the end of him," said Yankee Doodle "Yes," assented the cowboy; "but he came near making an end of you." "l don't think he could have reached me." "I don't know; he was as quick as lightning." "Yes, so he was, but I was on my guard," and with that Yankee Doodle proceeded to possess him self of the contents in the pockets of the dead Cuban's blouse. He also took possession of the belt, which was very heavy. "We'll have to cast these bodies into the water," said he to the cowboys, "as we are under no obliga tions to give them Christian burial, and we haven't the facilities if we were." The two bodies were soon disposed of and the watch resumed. Another hour passed without anything of interest occurring, until old Pedro put in his appearance. "Hello!" said Ya.nkee Doodle; "what did you do with the girl?" "Left her well guarded, senor, in a house in the village." "Did you have her searched?" "Si, senor, by two women, but nothing was found." "She told the truth then when she said she had nothing on her?" "Si, senor, she had no weapon but her tongueand that is sharper than my machete." Yankee Doodle then explained to the old Cuban what occurred out on beach since he went away, saying: "I have been waiting for your return to read the documents tll-ken from the Cuban who killed the Spaniard." amined the paper. The old Cuban could make nothing of it as it was written in cipher. "I guess nobody else can make it out," remarked Yankee Doodle. "It must be of great importance, though, else it would not have been sent in cipher." They examined another paper and found it written in Spanish, the purport of which convtyed the impres sion to Yankee Doodle's mind that an attack was to be made upon the rear of the right wing of the American army at sunrise "Great Scott!" he gasped, "this must go to the general at once, and as quick as possible," and with that he sprang out and signaled to the other men to join him at once. They soon did so, and he detailed ten of them to keep up the watch on the beach whilst the others rode with him with all speed towards the village of Caimenez. They mounted and rode away, with Pedro in ad vance as a guide in the darkness of the night. They found the major in command of the two com panies of American infantry still in camp in the vil lage. Yankee Doodle called him up and warned him that he was in danger of being cut off by a body of the enemy in the rear. "How do you know that ?" the major asked. Yankee Doodle handed him the letter to read, but he couldn't read a word of Spanish, so he had to explain to him its contents. "I dare not leave my post," said the major, "with out orders from my superior officer, unless in face of the enemy. But I will send out scouts several miles so as to watch out for them . Yankee Doodle then remounted and dashed away for the right wing of the army. When he was halted by the picket he told them who he was and that it was of vital importance for him to see the general at once. The officers of the guard immediately conducted him to the headquarters of the colonel commanding the extreme right of the line. He explained to him the nature of the news he had learned, saying at the same time: "1 will leave it to you, colonel, to carry the news to the commander of the brigade, while I hasten on to see General Wheeler and General Shafter." "All right," said the Colonel. Go ahead. Half an hour later Yankee Doodle was with General Shafter, to whom he handed the letter that the Cuban guide had taken from the body of the dead Spaniard. The general read the letter while lying on his cot. By the time he had finished it he was on his feet, and a few minutes later his orderly and officers of his staff were carrying orders in various direc tions. After he had ceased issuing orders, he proceeded to dress. He then struck a match and held it while Pedro ex "You have rendered a great service to your coun try this morning, my boy," said he, "forhad this letter fallen into the hands of General Linares, or Toral, it would have put quite a change on the face of mat-


YANKEE DOOD L E A 'l' THE SIEGE O F SANTIAGO. ters. As it is, neither of them know anything about who were to clash with the enemy at dawn. Yankee it. Bttt the force in the rear of the right wing may Doodle again took up his quarters with the Rough fall victims to your vigilance. If you ha.ve time to do Riders, with Moreland and Hawkins, Joe and old so, go out in that direction and keep up a strict watch Pedro. They slept near the intrenchment at a place for their advance." where they could see almost the entire length of the Jack hurried back to his little command, and rode Spanish defenses. away about as fast as he had come. As they passed Just as the sun was gilding the tops of the trees on the camp of the Rough Riders, they found the entire the high hills around the city, every battery of the force under arms awaiting orders. army opened fire on the Spanish intrenchments. Colonel Wood himself was in utter ignorance of I Half an hour later the great guns of the fieet began what the trouble was. Yankee Doodle stopped and I sending their eleven hundred pound shells high over explained it to him, saying that a Spanish force was the hills into the doomed city. Some of them burst in expected to strike the right wmg of the army in the the lower part of the town, creating consternation as rear. they exploded. Some of them fell into the bay. Sevwhile he was talking with the colonel the order eral large buildings were literally torn to pieces and came fro0m headquarters forthe Rough Riders to move still the Spanish batteries pluckily returned t,he fire at once to the extreme right wing of the line, and all along the line. Hour after hour the great guns there await further orders unless a .ttacked by the boomed, while the infantry quietly awaited for the enemy. order to come that would hurl them against the SpanColonel Wood at once put bis men in motion, Yan-ish intrenchments. kee Doodle riding with him all the way as guide. "This is a pretty good show to look at," said When they reached their destination orders came for Yankee Doodle to Joe, "but we are not in it." them to push out a couple of miles or so, as skirmish"No," was the reply, "but an order may come ers against the advance of the enemy. that will put us in it any moment." Yankee Doodle kept with the colonel, and when the Just then a charge from the famous dynamite gun, line had advanced a couple of miles, daylight came handled by Alsop Borrowe, struck the Spanish inand found some of Garcia's command of Cubans ex-trenchments squarely in front, and tore up at least changing shots with a party of Spanish scouts. thirty feet of it, making a hole big enough to tumble The colonel immediately deployed his Rough Riders a good sized house into. in line of battle, in which position they remained until "Great Scott!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, "I'll noon bet that killed fifty men! I'm going to go over there By that time it was ascertained that a considerable and see Borrowe handle that gun," and he started body of Spanish soldiers, estimated at about four off, followed by Joe and Lhe other three. thousand men, had precipitately retreated, and were As they neared the famous gun, they were ordered being followed and harassed by Garcia's Cubans. away by an officer, who told them that no man, ex" I can understand it now," said Colonel Wood to cept those engaged in working the gun, was perYankee Doodle; "they expected to catch us napping, mitted to be within a hundred feet of it. but finding us prepared for them they retreated." "The danger is too great,'' he added. It turned out to be true. Of course, General Shaf-"All right," said Yankee Doodle, returning back ter could not divide his force in order to pursue them, to his former place. "This is simply a bombardment so he left that part to Garcia and the insurgents un. by the big guns; the little guns must wait until their der his command. time comes." The Rough Riders then returned to their former position, Yankee Doodle returning with them. CHAPTER X. La.ter in the day General Wheeler congratulated THE FLAG OF TRUCE-IN THE RAIN-WAITING IN THE Yankee Doodle on his exploit, telling him that be had undoubtedly saved the army fro m a surprise and completely upset the plans o f the enemy. Good for me, general,'' he laughed, I believe I'll hire a man to pat me on the back." "Any man in the army will do that without hire,'' laughed the general. "I'm an old soldier, and know a good soldier when I see him; the y oung men of this army, many of them hardly out of their teens, are the best soldiers the world ever saw. I'll give you a little bit of information. We're going to open on the enemy all along the line to-morrow morning at sunrise, so you can indulge in all the fun you like." Thank you, general; I shall try to have a hand in it." That night every place in the line was filled by men TRENCHES. NOON came a.nd passed and still the terrific artillery duel went on. Then orders came for the men along the line to get ready their nippers to cut the barbed wire fences down in front of the Spanish intrenchments. "Ah! Now we'll get at 'em!" cried the men who bad been waiting so eagerly for the order to charge. The order soon came, and the line advanced from the center out towards the right, while the batteries fired shrapnel so fast as to utterly demoralize the enemy. A rolling fire from the American riflemen rendered it impossible for a Spaniard to show bis bead above the intrenchment getting a bullet through him. When the line of Rough. Riders was within fifty


24 YANKEE DOODLE A'l' ;l'HE SIEGE OF SANTIAGO. yards of the Spanish intrenchments old Pedro became ed the firing to cease, whilst he sent in a flag of truce perfectly frantic in his eagerness to be the first to demanding the surrender of the city. The flag was mount the breastworks. Yankee Doodle saw that he met by a Spanish officer under a similar one, whilst, was about to dash forward, and, knowing that he the two lines of warriors lay panting, ready and eager would be killed unless the whole line advanced with to grapple again at a moment's notice. him, sprang to his side, yelling : The trenches were filled with dead and wounded "Come on boys, and the city is ours!" Spaniards, whilst many hundred Americans lay dead With a wild whoop the entire force of Rough Riders and dying all along the front of the intrenchments. broke away from their officers, and went over the "Blast the fla.g of truce!" sung out old Pedro, breastworks almost like water flowing over a mill fiercely waving his machete above his head. "Why dam. did they stop us ? We could have put every one of The astounded Spaniards in the trenches were over-them to the S'Nord !" powered and slain almost to a man. "Shut up there!" ordered an officer of the Rough Yankee Doodle found a Spanish drummer lying Riders. "The first duty of a soldier is to obey dead with his drum still hanging to his neck. Quick orders." as a flash he possessed himself of it and slung it over The old Cuban turned and sullenly sat down on the his own neck, crying out : ground, pulling up a tuft of grass with which he wiped "Get your fife, Joe! Get your fife!" the blood from his machete. Joe whipped out his fife like a fl.ash, and the next "Keep cool, amigo,:' said Yankee Doodle, "there moment the fife and drum were roaring out the stir-are others engaged in this fight besides you and I; ring air of Yankee Doodle, setting the men perfectly we will get at them again, for they can't get away wild. He started down the line towards the left to lead from us.'' the fierce Rough Riders on top of the Spaniards, who The fierce old Cuban made no reply, but the grim were fighting desperately to hold that part of the line. lines of his face told plainly how eager he was to Only the Rough Riders had succeeded in getting again get at the enemy. over the intrenchments, but on the right and left of Hour after hour passed while the Spanish general them the enemy continued to hold stubbornly to their was holding a council of war with his officers to disposition. cuss the conditions of surrender. Colonel Wood, fearing that his men vvould be cut When their reply came it was in the nature of a re-o.ff by the enemy, rushed up to Yankee Doodle, seized quest for time to communicate with Madrid and him by the collar, yelling at him : Havana. That meant a cessation of hostilities until "Halt where you are!" the next day, and a truce was by the Ameri" All right, colonel," be replied, but kept on beat-can general lasting until noon, m the hope that the ing his drum with an energy that threatened its de-result would end in the surrender of the city, thus struction. saving the lives of probably several thousand brave Reinforcements were hurried to the enemy to cover America. n soldiers. the break that had been made in their lines. It was extremely disappointing to the men in the American regiments were also being hurried forward line, as everyone of whom fairly believed that t.he city to susta.in the Rough Riders in their efforts to hold the could have been captured within a couple of hours position gained. more of hard fighting. Suddenly the enemy ceased firing, and began man-The conditions of the truce were that the position euvering so as to enfilade the Rough Riders, from of the two armies should remain as they were when a number of stone houses into which they were fast the firing ceased. Night came on, and the Ameri crowding. cans slept on their arms, with a determination to A general officer dashed in among the cowboys and hold every inch of ground they had gained. ordered them to get back oYer the breastworks, not Rations were brought to them from the rear, and with a view of giving up the position, but to hold it. the men laid down to sleep, many of them with a The Rough Riders were reluctant to obey the order. dead comrade by his side. They wanted to dash forward and mix with the en-When morning came, it was seen that the Spanemy at close quarters. iards had stealthily thrown up a new line of earth" Men!" sung out Colonel Wood, standin.,. on top works to offset the gap that had been made in their of the breastworks so they all could see hib, the intrenchments by the Rough Riders. When that act, enemy will be under cover in those stone houses, of treachery was discovered at sunrise, it was all that and can mow us down with their Mausers. Get back the officers could do to restrain the men from rushing behind t hese breastworks and you'll be under cover forward and mixing with the enemy in a hand-to yourselves. Then our artillery will knock those houses hand contest again. to pieces." General Shafter sent in a flag of truce by an officer, The Rough Riders thus understood the situation, who told the enemy that if work did not immediately and went back over th. e earthworks as r .,adily as they cease on the intrenchments they would open fire at had come over it in the charge. once, without waiting for the expiration of the truce It was at that moment that General Shafter order, agreed upon.


YANKEE DOODLE AT THE SIEGE O F SANTI.AGO. 25 They stopped work, but the mischief had been done. have picked off hundreds of them with their rifles, All the forenoon the American soldiers gnashed their but they were not permitted to fire without orders. teeth in rage, vowing that when, they began the fight While the bombardment was going on, Yankee a2,ain they would teach the enemy a lesson they Doodle was engaged in exposing the two heads of the would never forget. drum which he had captured to the hot, blazing trop\Vhen noon came every man was eager and ready ical sun, in the hope that he could get them thoroughfor the fray; but an officer came riding along the line ly dried in time to head the charge with it when orto tell them that the truce had been extended to four ders came. o'clock, in order to allow the enemy time to hea.r from He had made up his mind that when the line was ?.Iadrid. ordered to advance he would beat the charge and lead "Lord!" exclaimed hundreds of the Rough Riders, the Rough Riders pell mell over the intrenchments of "the general is too easy with them. What do we the enemy. care if a few more men are killed a,nd wounded? We "Joe, old man," he said to his "you know will sweep the scoundrels from the face of the earth." how it was at Calavario. We led the whole left wing Four o'clock came, and wl.th it a great downpour of the army with the fife and drum, and were right of rain, such as the Americans had never before exinto the very thickest of it up to our chins. vVe'll do perienced in Cuba. it again if we have the chance." "Great snakes !" exclaimed Yankee Doodle; "the "All right," said Joe, "I've got breath enough in clouds overhead have either busted or overflowed, me yet to fife a charge clear through the Spanish and we've got to climb a tree or be drowned!" .army, but if a bullet should hit me in the belly, I fear The more it rained the madder the men became. I my wind would give out." "Say, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "let's strip an' "Oh, thunder!" laughed Yankee Doodle, "get a have a swim!" cork or two to stop up the bullet hole and keep your "That's not necessary," said Joe. "We couldn't get any wetter'n we are if we undressed an' if we pulled off our clothes they'd be washed away." It turned out that General Toral, in command of the Spanish army, had offered to evacuate the city, leaving everything as it was, if he were permitted to march out with his army with their arms, and given a start of twenty miles. Shafter demanded an unconditional surrender, which Toral promptly refused. Again it was so near night that the renewal of the fight was postponed until the next morning, with the exception of the batteries, which were to throw shells into the city during the night to preYent the from getting any sleep. How it was possible to keep the enemy from getting any sleep without disturbing the slumbers of our own side, was not ex plained to the American soldiers or any one else. All through the afternoon and night the dea,d and wounded Americans were being gathered up, the latter being taken to the field hospitals and the former to places where they would not be further mutilated by shot and shell before they could be properly buried. Early the next morning, while rations were being distributed to the men along the line, the American batteries again opened fire. The enemy diC::: not reply so vigorously as on the day before, and some batteries made no reply at all. Yet the enemy remained in their trenches, doing their utmost to dodge the shells as they fell and exploded in their vicinity. They were seen watching the fire of the American batteries, and as the smoke belched forth from the guns, they would fall flat on their faces in the trenches, where they remained until the shell exploded. Then their dirty straw hats, a moment or two later, would bob up behind the intrenchments again. It was aggraYating to the Americans, who could wind." "All right, write out a requisition on the commissary for corks." There was a grim smile on the face of old Pedro as he heard the two boys. "Senor," said he, "when you beat that charge I will be right by your side with my machete, and see that no Spaniard gets to you," adding : "Beat it with all your might, and if another flag of truce tries to stop us, keep on beating it, and we'll capture the city." "Come now, amigo," said Yankee Doodle, "you must not counsel disobedience of orders." No, senor, but you must beat the drum so loud that orders to stop cannot be heard, and as long as you keep beating the charge the Americanos will ad vance and fight. Caramba I But it. will be a glorious fight! I would rather see the city taken by assault, even if it cost the lives of a thousand men, than to stand quietly by and see the enemy lay down their arms without striking a blow." "Pedro, old man,'' said Yankee Doodle, "if I had a thousand men like you I belieYe I could capture the city inside of an hour. Do you think there are a thousand men like you in Cuba?" "Si, senor, there are ten thousand of them." "Well, if you can find them and can get them to form a regiment for me, I will make you second in command, and we will fight independently on our own hook. Then nobody can stop us when we sa.U in." "Sancti senor," exclaimed the old Cuban, "what a fight it would be! If I knew where I could find the men I would try to do so. It would take so long that the war would be over before we could get ready to fight." "Yes, I think so too, a11iigo, so we must be patient, obey orders like good soldiers, and fight whenever we get a, chance,'' and with that Yankee Doodle tapped


26 Y A X K E E DOODLE A'l' THE SIEGE OF SANTIAG O on his drum head with one hand and found it thor-1 Just then they were joined by Moreland and Bill oughly dry. Hawkins, both of whom shook hands with Miguel, Then he turned the other encl of the drum to the whom they remembered the night they were sun and watched and waited for that to dry also. the Spanish spy along the road leading from CaiWhile they were sitting there on the ground they menez to the city. were joined by another Cuban with a huge machete They sat down together and the little group exhanging to his side, wearing a bloocl s'.iainecl bandage changed stories of adventures during the stirring around his head. scenes going on around the doomed city of Santiago "Hello!" exclaimed Joe; "it's Miguel." cle Cuba. "Si, senor," laughed the grim old warrior, "I'm j alive yet a ,nd have been hunting two clays for you." CHAPTER XI. ''Anything up?" Yankee Doodle asked, as he YANKEE DOODLE ON 'fHE RIGHT WING OF THE ARMY shook his hand. AGAIN. "No, senor, but I wantP.cl to find you and fight by NIGHT came on, and again the army slep1 on their your side in the streets of Santiago." arms ready to spring at the enemy on a moments "All right," said Yankee Doodle; "glad to have I notice. The day had been hot, the Lropical sun beat-you. Where did you get tltat wound?" ing fiercely upon the men in the trenches, knocking "I got it two days ago, senor, on the skirmish line. out many a poor fellow who had hitherto been uttetly It isn't much of a wound, but it is very painful." fearless of Mauser bullets. But as a compensation "When did you see senora and senorita last?" Yan-for their sufferings during the day the nights were kee Doodle asked. cool, an invigorating breeze sweeping over the hills "Two days ago," he replied. from the Caribbean Sea. But for mosquitoes, and a "Are they yet in Caimenez ?" thousand other kinds of insects, who seemed to think "Si, senor; and they were eye witnesses of your that man was made to oe eaten, they would have been fight with the Spanish cavalry over there." extremely comfortable. Such, however, was the in The deuce they were !" tensity of patriotic determination to thrash the Span" Si, senor; they were on the roof of the house, and iarcls, the men could give but little thought to ay kept their eyes on you all through the fight. They thing else tried to see you when the fight was over, but their When morning came the men hurriedly devoured relatives in the house would not permit them to go their rations, and braced up for battle whilst waiting outside, so terribly frightened were they." for the orders to pitch in. "I'm sorry I didn't see them," said Yankee Doodle. The sun rose and began dispensing heat with an ap" I hope they are well palling liberality, while the men wondered if they "They are well, senor, considering how little they were again to spend another day dickering with the have to eat. They say that the six pesos you sent Spaniards instead of fightingthem. Murmurs of disthem actually saved their lives content were heard all along the line, particularly in "Good! Glad to hear that. How long will the the regiments that had suffered most in the fighting pesos last?" up to date, as they wanted to go in and avenge "A week or two longer, senor. their dead a .nd wounded comrades. "Well, if I survive the next battle they can have "Lord, colonel, let us go in!" the Rough Riders more, for they saved my life, and I'm not the boy to sung out to Colonel Wood, during the fkst hours of forget a thing like that. If you'll stick to me, old waiting-. man, you may have a chance to pick up some Spanish "I wish we could, my men," raturned the colonel, gold, just as Pedro here has. He's got enough buried "but the flag of truce is up and negotiations are go in different places in Cuban soil, to buy him a nice ing on still. The first duty of a soldier, as you know, farm when Cuba is free." is to obey orders, and the order is for us to wait and There was a smile on grim old Pedro's face as he hold our position until further orders." listened to Yankee Doodle, but not a word escaped his The sun rose higher and higher, growing hotter all lips. the time. By and by news came that there was a "Say, old man," said Yankee Doodle, punching him hitch, and that General Shafter had threatened to rein the ribs with the'drum-stick, "when you buy your new the fight by noon if Toral did not come to terms. farm and build your house you must take a wife, and Colonel Wood, being an officer who desired to re I'll come and dance at your wedding." tain the good will of his men, promptly gave them Caramba !" exclaimed the old warrior, "I'll hold the news as fast as he received it. When he told you to that promise, senor them of Shafter's threat they cheered him. "Count me in, too," said Joe; "and I'll fife for the "Boys," sung out Bill Hawkins to his comrades, dancers." "the sun is pretty hot, but if we get at the dagoes "Si, senor, it is not the fife, but the flute that is again, we'll make 'em think that the very earth I on heard at a wedding fire." "All right; I'm as good on the flute as on the "You bet we will, pard," responded fully a hunfife j dred of the Rough Riders.


YANKEE DOODLE .A'l' TIIE SIEGE OF SANTIAGO. 27 Old Pedro sought the shade of a tree, where he laid J fight with your men, and as long as I am with them down and slept, knowing that he would be awakened I am bound to obey all your orders." by the first sound of the resumption of hostilities. "Yes," assented the colonel, "what about it?" "Look at the old man, Joe," said Yankee Doodle "Only this. 1 believe the Spaniards are up to some to Joe Bailey. "He is sleeping with child-like innotrick, and 1 want to get out and move around to the cence, notwithstanding the fact that he slept all I right wing to see what it is." through the night like a top." "Go ahead," laughed the colonel. "Yes," replied Joe; "he can go to sleep any hour I "I want Pedro and Joe to go with me." of the day or night that he wishes to, and is the only "Take 'em along," said the colonel, "they are not man I ever saw who could, except an old peddler on my roll, anyway." whom I knew in N cw York." "Let me have Moreland and Hawkins too, please." Oh, that's ndthing said Jack Moreland ; "I "How long are you going to be gone?" the colonel know a fellow in Arizona who can go to sleep in any asked. hour in the twenty-four, wound up for so many hours "I don't know. all the afternoon and or minutes, and was never known to oversleep himnight." self. If the ground is too wet for him to lie on, he "Well, now, see here," said Colonel Wood, "the can lean up against a tree, with both feet planted on truce is extended until noon to-morrow; they can go the ground, about two feet apart, and sleep just as with you provided they return before the expiration well as if lying on a bed." of the truce." "Oh, come oIT now !" laughed Yankee Doodle. "All right," said Yankee Doodle, and he returned "I won't do it!" said Jack. "It's as true as gos-to inform the two Rough Riders of the fact that the pei." colonel had granted them permission to accompany Can he sleep standing on his head?" Joe Bailey him. asked. "Where are you going?" Moreland asked "I reckon not, pard, as that would be tu:rning things upside clown." "Well, isn't a man upside down when he stands up to sleep?" Joe asked. "No; that's a man's natural position." "Not when he's asleep it isn't!" insisted Joe. "Say, pard," said Jack, "maybe you don't believe it?" For reply Joe merely laughed, in which he was joined by Yankee Doodle and several others who were grouped about him. Jack was about to make a. remark, when the boom of one of the great guns of the fleet was heard. Instantly every eye was turned in that direction, but the high hills them from seeing a single ship of the fleet. "Out beyond the right wing." "What for?" "Oh, to see what's going on out there." "All right, pard, I'm with you." Joe went over to where old Pedro was asleep on the ground and woke him up. Come on, old man," he said, "we're off." "Where to, senor?" "Oh, we're going to take the city," replied Joe. The old Cuban sprang to his feet, machete in hand, exclaiming : "Sancti Marie I it is time," and he looked towards the city, and then to the right and left along the American line. Everything looked so quiet and peaceful that he turned and glanced inquiringly at Joe, who then ex plained they were to go with Yankee Doodle out be yond the right wing of the army. A sha-de of disappointment passed over the old ma.n's face as he turned away, and strolled over to "What does it mean, colonel?" scores of them where Yankee Doodle and the two cowboys were wait called out. ing for him, where he asked: "That's a signal to resume the fight," said some of the men, and they looked inquiringly at Colonel Wood. The colonel shook his head as he paced to and fro, "What is it, senor?" puffing at a cigar. "We are simply going out to see if we can find Suddenly two more guns boomed, and the soldiers something to do." all along the line quickly braced up, thinking that J .Why have we nothing to do here, senor?" the order would soon come for them to go in. They "Because they are still talking ; and the truce has were all doomed to disappointment, however, as the been extended until to-morrow." gun had been fired across the bow of a foreign ship, "Dictblos !" he growled. which had moved a little too near to the entrance to The little party of five started out on their journey, the harbor. making for the rear of the line, where they soon got A little after noon the news came that negotiations into the shade of the trees. Then they pushed for were still gomg on, and that the peace had been ex-ward to the west until they struck the road leading tended until noon the next clay. to Caimenez. When he heard it Yankee Doodle quietly arose1tnd When they reached thevillage they found it in pos-went to Colonel Wood. session of the American troops, many of whom recog" Colonel," said he, "you gave me permission to I nized Yankee Doodle as the hero of the recent fight


28 YA'NKEE DOODLE AT 'l'HE SIEGE OF SA'NTIAGO. at that place. Nearly all the villagers ki;iew him, for Both the cowboys had a pretty good knowledge of the majority of them had Veen witnesses of the cavalry Spanish, and were soon laughing and chatting merrily fight, when he nearly destroyed an entire squadron of with the young girl. It was very plain, however, Spanish hor. e. that she preferred Jack to the other, \Ybile Jack him" Say fedro," said he to the old Cuban, "do you self seemed to be pretty badly smitten. know where l\figucl's wife and daughter arc stop-In a little while a couple of other young Cuban ping?" girls, friends of Maria, came in, to '''hom Yankee "Si, senor, they are stopping with senora's sister." Doodle and Hawkins were quickly introduced by the "Let us go there then. I'd like to see them. senora. Tha'G left Jack a.lone with Maria, and for 1'he old man led the way to the house, from the I more than an hour he paid her most devoted atten-roof of which Miguel's wife and daughter with their tion. relatives had witnessed the fight with the Spanish While they were thus engaged the senora was busy cavalry. preparing a meal for the visitors, which they very The daughter saw them coming and ran to inform heartily enjoyed. A little before sunset Yankee her mother. They both met him at the door and gave Doodle suggested that they pay a visit to the inlet on him a warm welcome. the west side of the upper end of the bay of Santiago, Her si ter was the wife of one of the magistrates of for the purpose of seeing whether or not the Spaniards the town who invited them in, giving each one were making any attempt to get out of the city by warm welcome. Very much to Yankee Doodle's that way. gra,tification they found Miguel there, he having come Miguel went with them, armed \Yith rifle and in to have his wounds dressed. machete. "Glad to see you, Miguel," exclaimed Yankee Doodle. "How' your head getting on?" "It is feeling better, senor." "Glad to hear it, and glad also to see senora and senorita looking so well. Do you feel able to do a lit tle bit of service this afternoon and to-night?" "Si, senor. Where are you going?" "Over on the west side of the bay," he replied. "Si, senor; I will go. Yankee Doodle took him aside and slipped five pesos into his hand, aying as he did so: "Gh e that to senora." "Thank you, senor; may good fortune come to you all the days of your life. But for you I fear they would ha,ve perished of hunger," and with that he turned away to gladden the heart of his wife by plac ing the money in her ha.nd. The faithful wife and mother knew whence it came, went straight to Yankee Doodle, took his hand in hers, and pressed it to her lips without uttering a word. The daughter sa,w the simple silent act, and quickly divined the motive that prompted it. She, too, went up to him, and said, in a half whisper: "You are good to us, senor, and I pray that a,ll the saints will \vatch over you." "Thank you, senorita," he returned; "it was you and senora who ri ked your lives for me when you concea,led me from the Spanish marines. There is nothing that I can do that would repay the debt I owe you." "It is no longer a debt, senor, for if we really saved your life it was but one, while you saved two lives, my mother's and mine. But \vho is the tall man with the blue eyes and brown mustache, senor?"' she asked, lookmg in the direction of Jack Moreland. "His name is Moreland, an American soldier, and one of the bravest of the brave. I will introduce lum to you," and he lost no time in introducing both Jack j and Bill to the pretty senorita. "Will you all come back, senors ?" Senorita Maria, asked, as they were leaving. "Si, senorita," Yankee Doodle replied. "It would be very bad for us if we did not." Oh, I mean, will you come back here to see us?" she explained, with child -like innocence. "You bet. we will, saicl jack, "for I wouldn't think of returning to the lmes without first doing so." They took the little road leading down to the inlet, where had formerly stood a do:c:en fishermen's huts, but which had been destroyed by the Spania,rds. Yankee Doodle was satisfied that since the. Amel'i can lines had been. extended dovvn to the wa.ter on the north side of the city, the Spaniards were communi cating with forces in the interior by sending couriers across there under cover of darkness. Boats con cealed in the thicket, back of the strip of sand, con vinced him that his suspicions were by no means groundless. "Boys," said he to the others, "I suspect that the delay in negotiations for the surrender of the city is solely for the purpose of enabling certain officers and other people to escape before the city is given up, and to-night we may look for a lot of them coming across here in boats." CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. SOON after the sun went down, Yankee Doodle stationed the men around the bay for a few hundred ya,rds, to watch for the coming of anything from the city. When all of them had taken then stat10n with the except10n of Jack Moreland, the latter said to him in a low, confidential tone of voice: "I say, pard, old Miguel's gal is a daisy, isn't she?" "A very beautiful girl," assented Yankee Doodle, "and I thmk she is a good girl, too." "Why, pa.rd," said Jack, "she's the most beaut1-


YANKEE DOODL E AT THE SIEGE O F S.A.N'l'IAGO. 29 ful girl I ever saw; and hanged if I don't believe I'll "Let us see who they are," said Yankee Doodle, dream about her when I sleep." turning to the two men on the ground, one of whom Yankee Doodle smiled, and asked: was groaning as if in great pain. "You're not stuck, are you?" "Who are you ?" Yankee Doodle asked of the "I reckon I am, pard." wounded man, but the latter made po reply. "Well, let me tell you something. Just before I The downpour of rain was so great there was no introduced you to her she asked me who you were, chance to strike a light with which to make an invesand in such a way as to convince me that she is very tigation. much taken with you." "See if there is anything in the boat," ordered "Is that so, pard ?" Yankee Doodle, and Bill Hawkins took hold of the "Yes, it is true, Jack. She is not only good and boat and dragged it up higher on the beach, assisted beautiful, but is one of the gamest little girls you by Pedro and Joe. ever saw. l've already told you how she and her "Hello!" said Joe, as he stepped inside the boat mother saved me from the marines." and found a satohel that seemed to weigh at least fifty ''Yes, yes, so you have And so she's the girl, is pounds. "Here's a prize." she?" "What is it ?" Yankee Doodle asked, going to his "Yes, and I believe that it was through her work side. more than her mother's that the marines were turned "It's a heavy satchel." away without finding me." I He lifted it out and deposited it on the sand, where Jack w.ent to his post, evidently thinking more of I Yankee Doodle took hold of it as if to satisfy himself the beautiful Cuban than of the dangers he was to en-that it was indeed a prize. counter that night. They had not been very long in I In the meantime Miguel and Bill Hawkins were position before the clouds gathered and a terrific searching the body of the dead man. They found a downpour of rain followed. Of course, during the leather belt around his body that was almost round, rainfall the darkness was very great, and the pat-so full was it stuffed with what they judged to be tering of the raindrops was sufficient to drown almost coin. any ordinary noise, so Yankee Doodle went along from "I say, pard," said Bill, "I've had hold of money post to post to warn the men to be extra vigilant, belts before, but this is the heaviest I ever struck." since they could see but a little way in the dark. "Eh, is that so?" said Yankee Doodle, "then they "I reckon I'll patrol the beach, pard," said Jack, are trying to get out of the city with their valu,_ "as I will get just as wet here as out there." ables "Then you'd better let the others know it," sug"That's just the size of it, pard," said Jack, and gested Yankee Doodle, "for they might take you for I reckon we've struck it rich for once in our li\es a Spaniard." By that time the wounded man bad ceased groaning, "All right !" and he went forward to inform the and when they went to him they found that he was others that he would walk up and down the beach, as dead. He, too, carried a heavy money belt, which he could not see from the bushes as far as the water's was soon taken from his person by old Pedro. edge. "Now, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "put the bod-In about an hour after he beg:rn patroling the beach ies back into the boat, and shove it out into the water he suddenly ran into a rowboat just as it was beached again." on the sand. Two men sprang out of it, the foremost It quickly done, and then the two belts and one being within five feet of him when he called a halt heavy satchel were taken into the bushes, and deposin Spanish. itecl at the foot of a huge live oak. "Who are you?" the man asked. "We'll leave them here now," said Yankee Doodle, "Who arc you?" he asked in turn. "and all six of us stick together to patrol the beach "I am a Cuban." in a body." "Then come with me," said Jack. They went to the water's edge while the rain was At that moment the man sprang at him, aiming a yet coming down in torrents, and walked along up blow at his breast, and Jack, being on his guard, sus-and clown for a distance of a quarter of a mile. On pected that he held a weapon of some kind, though it their way back they found that a boat had landed, was too dark for him to see what it was. The simple and five men were lifting from it and depositing on fact, however, that the man had attacked him showed the sand several small boxes. he was an enemy. As soon as they found they were discovered, the Quick as a flash Jack fired and the man fell. The men opened fire from revolvers at a distance of only other started to run, but Jack, with the cowboy ten or fifteen feet. Joe was wounded in the left sboul handiness with the revolver, plugged him before he der, whilst Hawkins received a flesh wound on his left had gone three paces, and down he went with a groan. thigh, and a bullet struck old Pedro's machete. Yankee Doodle and the others quickly ran up. The fire was instantly returned by every man ex" What is it, pard ?" he asked. cept Joe, who fell flat on his back when he was hit. "Two men came over in a boat," he replied, "and I The fight was short, sharp and decisive, as the two as they wouldn't stop I had to shoot." cowboys were dead shots with their revolvers, while


30 YANKEE DOODLE .A'l' 'rHE SIEGE OF SANTIAGO. old Pedro cut down two with his machete. than two minutes all five were dead. In less captured, and to keep secret everything that has happened to-night." "Blast them!" said Hawkins, "I'm hit!" "Where ?" Yankee Doodle asked. "In the left thigh." "You can walk, though, can't you?" "Yes." "Hello Where's Joe ?" Yankee Doodle asked, seeing that one of the party was missing. "Here I am,'' said Joe, who had risen to a sitting pol'Jition on the sand. "I'm hit !" Yankee Doodle ran to him, knelt by his side, say-ing: "Where are you hit, old man?" In the left sholder." "By George, that's bad. Can you raise your hand?" Joe tried to, and utterly failed. "Lord, but it hurts!" "Place my finger where the wound is, Joe,'' said Yankee Doodle. Joe took his hand", placed it against his shoulder, and said: "It's right thee." "Right square in the shoulder," said Yankee Doodle. "You'll have to be attended to at once. Hawkins is hit, too; in the leg; but I don't think it is so bad as yours. Just sit where you are and we'll attend to you soon." Yankee Doodle then rejoined the others, when old Pedro, who had been examining the bodies of the dead Spaniards, reported that one was an officer, while the others seemed to be common soldiers. "What did they have in the boat?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Eight small boxes, all very heavy, besides two spades." "Two spades?" "Yes,'' said Moreland. "By George, they came over to bury treasure, then!" "I reckon we'll have to do that ourselves, pard," said Moreland. "Yes; for we seem to have more than we can carry. We must send these bodies adrift as we did the others,'' and in a few minutes it was done. "Now, let us take these boxes to the foot of the big oak, after which Bill and Joe will haYe to be attended to." "Oh, I'm all right,'' said Hawkins. "I can stand it till morning." "All right then, we'll have only Joe to look after." Yankee Doodle and Pedro went to the fifer, raised him to his feet and walked him over to the tree where he sat down on one of the boxes, uttering a groan of pain as he did so. "Now, see here, men,'' said Yankee Doodle, "we've probably captured a small fortune for each of us. Let us all clasp hands around Joe here and swear to be true and square in the division of the prize we have They readily complied with his suggestions, after which he said : "Pedro, you and Miguel must take Joe to Caimenez to Mig'uel's home and send for a surgeon, or go for one yourselves. We three will stay here until you return. Whatever captures we n;i.ay make in your absence all six will share alike. Tell your wife, Miguel, and her sister that I will pay them well for their services in nursing him." "Si, senor," said Pedro, "we will go now," and the two raised him to his feet and started off at once, whilst the other three proceeded again to the water's edge to patrol up and down the beach until the others should return. Soon after they left with Joe the rain ceased and the clouds dispersed, giving a clear starlight night, which enabled them to see quite a distance out on the water. Although he claimed that his wound was but slight, Hawkins soon found that he was bleeding profusely, so he took a handkerchief and tied it tightly over it as a compress. Yankee Doodle tried to persuade him to return to the village and have it dressed. "No," said he; "I've been worse hit than this, pard. It'll be ,time enough in the morning." "Then you. go down there on the beach, while Jack and I will bury these things in the sand, and when the city has surrendered we'll have a nice thing for our selves." "All right, pard,'' he replied, turning and making his way back down to the water's edge. Yankee Doodle and Jack then set to work, each with a spade, and in a very few minutes had buried the eight boxes nearly three feet under the surface of the' sand. They smoothed the surface over in such a way as to destroy suspicion of what had been done. The two leather belts and the satchel they decided not to bury, but to take alongwith them. An hour passed, and no other boat appeared. I guess no more of them are coming, pard," said Jack. "That's what I was thinking myself." Yankee Doodle remarked. I guess the pistol shots told the people on the other side that the beach over here is guarded, and so no more will probably come over." "I never thought of that," said Bill. "I reckon that ends our work for the night." Two more hours passed, and old Miguel and Pedro returned. "How did you leave Joe?" Yankee Doldle asked. "We left him with the doctor, senor." How did he stand the trip ?" "He was in great pain." "Well, we have seen no more people come over since you left, so I think we had better go back ourselves, for it is now well past midnight. We can take the satchel and two belts with us and divide the contents as soon as we reach the house.


YANKEE DOO DLE AT THE SIEGE O F S ANTl.A.GO. 31 But they waited another hour longer in the hope of j "No, senor, they haYe made me savage; and I.feel intercepting other parties, after which they took up all the more so because some of them have es -the satchel and belt and returned to the village. caped me by this surrender." On reaching the house, Miguel ged to slip the "Don't worry, old man; there are sixty thousand prize into a room unperceiYed by the women of the soldiers in Havana. We will go there soon, where household. There by the light of a little lamp they perhaps your thirst for Spanish gore may be satisfied opened the belts and s::i,tchel, finding in the three We can now divide our prize and send it to a place of upwards of thirty thousand dollars in gold and safety, for there will be no more fighting about here." jewels. It was a day of great rejoicing both in the army It was divided into six equal parts, after which they and the fleet drew straws for choice of the six piles, but each one The Stars and Stripes was run up over the city, 1yas so near the value of the others that little interest whi!e the Spaniards laid down their arms and gave "as taken in the drawing, each being thoroughly up their forts and arsenals. satisfied with his share, which amounted to five thou-The twenty thousand refugees, who had fled from sand dollars each. the bombardment of the city to El Caney, now reBy that time day was dawning, and the men has-turned to their homes, rejoicing that grim-visaged tened to snatch a few hours' sleep before returning to war had smoothed its wrinkled front. Rations were the camp to report to Colone\ Wood. issued to them for a few days, and the port was They found that Joe was doing well since the bullet thrown open and the blockade lifted. had been extracted by the surgeon. They left hun While the rejoicing over the surrender of the city there in charge of Miguel's wife and daughter and her was going on, Yankee Doodle's little party of six, with sister. the exception of Joe Bailey returned to their buried On reaching the line wherethe Rough Riders were I treasure, which amounted to eighty thousand dollars, stationed, they found. the men still waiting for news there being ten thousand dollars in each box. concerning the negotiatiohs for the surrender of the 1 It was divided into six equal parts, each taking city of Santiago. charge of his own sha, re, Yankee Doodle looking for Just as the truce expired an officer came riding Joe's interest. down the line, waving his hat above his head, crying A week passed, and Jack Moreland asked Miguel out at the top of his voice: for the hand of his daughter, Maria; the happy old "Toral has surrendered !" Cuban promptly consented to their union The men cheered him frantically as he dashed along, Joe remained at the house of the old Uuban until he and many of them sprang up and sang and danced as recovered from his wounds, as he received better if wild with joy. treatment there than he could hope to get in the army Yankee Doodle ran up to old Pedro, slapped him hospital. When he was able to get out, he and Yan vigorously on the shoulder, saying: kee Doodle returned to Colonel Wood's headquarters, "Why don't you cheer, you old head-splitter?" with whom they decided to remain until the exigen-" Senor Yankee Doodle," returned the old man, cies of the war called for their services in other fields. "my thirst for vengeance is still unsatisfied. Were There we will leave them for the present, knowing it in my power I would go through yonder city with that the adventurous spirit that had led them through my machete and cut off every Spaniard's head in it." such wonderful adventures, would soon bring them to "You are too savage, Pedro." the front again. '


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