Yankee Doodle with Sampson's fleet; or, Scouting for the admiral

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Yankee Doodle with Sampson's fleet; or, Scouting for the admiral

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Yankee Doodle with Sampson's fleet; or, Scouting for the admiral
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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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/ / The gun-boat returned with the drummer boy on board, and he immediately went on board the flag-ship where he met Admiral Sampson. "So you are Yankee Doodle, eh?" as he shook his hand. "That's what they call me, sir," was the reply.


DOODLE. Stories of the Present "\Var . Is3ued Semi-Monthly-By S11bscriptwn $1.2.5 per year. Ente,.ed as Second Class Matter at the New Yoik, N. Y Post Office, May 14, 1898. Ente,.ed according to Act of Cong1ess in the year 1898, in the office of the Librarian of c ... ng,.ess, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 29 West 26th St., New Y01k. No. 3. NEW YORK. June 8 1898. Price 5 Cents OR, SCOUTING FOR THE ADMIRAL. -OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. YANKEE DOODLE AND THE ADMIRAL ON BOARD THE FLAG-SHIP-THE FIRST LANDING. WHILE the American fleet Jay before Havana, blockading that port, Admiral Sampson had other ports to look after and bottle up as well, as all along the north coast of the isla,nd of Cuba were many harbors defended by mines, torpedoes a .np. land batteries and fortifications. It was necessary that the admiral should have accurate information about these ports and the number of men defending them. To get. it he had landed small parties to co-operate with the insurgents, at different times, but each attempt had failed; the pa.rty being either captured or driven back by the Spaniards. Everywhere the enemy was on the alert, with squadrons of cavalry patroling the beach, ready to repel any landing party. Occasionally the vessels of the fleet would drop a few shells into their midst, and send them scampering for shelter in the woods, only to return again to repel other parties. At last the admiral sent a messenger to Gomez, commander-in-chief of the insurgent forces on the island, to ask his advice in the matter, and invite his co-operation in the attempt to land men, arms and munitions of war on the coast. The old general lis, tened in silence to the story of the admiral's wants, and said: Tell him to get Yankee Doodle and turn hh loose with fifty or one hundred men, Americans or Cubans, and he will soon get what he wants." "But who is Yankee Doodle, and where can we find him?" the messenger asked. "What! Don't you know him?" exclaimed the old warrior, looking very much surprised. "The fleet knows little of wba .tgoes on in the army, general." "Yes, very true," was the reply. "He is the drummer boy of a New York regiment, bears a charmed life, and call outwit the Spaniards more readily than any man I ever knew. There is an old Cuban, named Pedro, who goes with him everywhere, and between them they can worry the Spaniards into a fever any time they wish t_o. Send a boat to the American camp and communicate with the general on shore, near the city of Havana, and he will find him easily enough.'' The messenger returned ta...the fleet with the old general's suggestion, and the admiral lost to time in sending a gun-boa. t back to the vessels in front of Havana with orders to get Yankee Doodle at once. The next day the gun-boat returned with the drummer boy on board, and he immediately went on board the flag-ship where he met Amiral Sampson. So you are Yankee Doodle, eh?" as he shook his hand. "That's what they call me, sir," was the reply; "some Cuban stuck it onto me and I guess I'll never be able to get rid of it. My name is Phil Freeman, but I fear I shall lose it altogether." "Well, my boy," said the admiral, "it is something to be proud of, let me tell you. General Gomez advised me to send for you, saying that you were worth more for my purpose than all the officers and men of the fleet. That is praise I would feel proud of myself, admiral though I am, for Gomez is a warrior of the highest genius. "Well, I rendered him some service once," replied the youth, "but I did not know he put such as estimate as that on me for what I had done," and then added, "I am bothered to know how I a.m to keep my head from swelling." "A Spanish bullet would soon stop that," laughed the admiral, "as it is a disease that usually ends that



YANKEE DOODLE WITH SA:\IP80N'S FLEET. I 3 ted ,, iLh the twmkling stars. As soon as the shad"That m eans that they are Yigilant and suspect an ows of night had settled upon the coast, the boaL was attempt to land somewhere in this Yic inity. I will made ready for the party to go ashore, As the boat take this post for an hour or two mysell' as I \rish to pushed off from the ship, Yankee Doodle ordered the sec if I can understand from their actions whether or boatswain to row some fhe miles to the east, saying not they suspect that a landing has b ee n made." as ho gay e the order: Alone in the edge of the woods Yankee Doodle sat "The enemy are doubtless right in front of us, keepdown at the foot of a tree, leaning against the trunk, ing a n eye on the vessels of the fleet, so we may probI looking out upon the _waters as far as the gloom of the ably find the coast clear out there on our l eft." night would p ermit him. The low murmuring of the "Ay, ay, sir and they pulled hard and steadily sea, as the little w<:ises rolled upon the beach, was all in the direction ordel'ed. the sound that came to his listening ears for more In due time the keel of the boat struck the beach, than an hour. Suddenly h e noticed a d:ll'k form walkand t he men sprang out and waded ashore, lea,i11g ing slowly by the water's edge, and stopping at the the boat to r eturn to the ship. spot wh el'e he and the marines had l eft the boat. ''Now, men keep qui e t and follow me," said Yan-. Then it slowly turne d and came directly towards him. kee D ood,l-e, in low tones to the marines, and h e start-He soon m ade out that it was a man leaning OYer and ed across tlrn white stretch of sands to the 'mods, scanning the ground as he made his wa.r towards the some fift y yards back from the water's edge. bushes. H e had never been on that p11rt of the island before, "He has seen our tracks and is following them," he and, of course, knew as little about it as the men said to himself, "and I will have to stop him in a way around him; but he wished to seek a spot where it to prevent his-gi, ing an alarm." wa hig h and dry, that the men might sleep in com H e arose to his feet, drew his revolver, and a waited fort and without endangering their health. the approad1 of the unknown, ,,ho, the moment he Once unde r the sombre shadow of the trees, he reached the spot where he could no longer see the trail stopped to listen and get his bearings, while the men he had followed through the sand, stopped, straightaround him in perfect silence ened up and looked around. Suddenly they heard voices, followed by a sound of Yankee Doodle stepped out in front of him with tramping horses along the beach. They liste ned and his revolver leveled at his breast, and hissed: soon b e h eld in the op e n space between them and the "Silence or death, senor! which is it?" The man water's edge, the dark forms of mounted cavalry mov-stepped back and gasped out: i ng along the smooth beach. Now and then tbey Cw-mnba heard the hoarse call : "Si, senor," said Yankee Doodle. "Alerfo I Alerta !" "Diablos !" fo a few minute s they had passed away out of sight Yankee Doodle gave a low whistle as a signal for and hearing someone to come to him, and two of the marines were "We are in luck,'' said Yankee Doodle. "Had w e quickly at his side be e n five nunutes later they would have seen us, and I "Seize that man and disarm him,'' he ordered, and ve would have had a fight on our hands, a thing Ye it was quickly done. After which he asked: wish to avoid as much as possible Can any of you I "Where is the ma. n who understands Spanish?" speak Sp a nish?" "I will bring said one of the marines, going "I can sir,'' said one of the men, "in a way." back to where the others were sleeping, and in a few Very w ell; then I will have need of you as an in-minutes he returned with him. terpretei'. We had now bei:;ter move a little farther "Ask this man,'' he said to the interpreter, "who bqck in the woods and wait for daylight. At tbe he is, and why he is here same time on e of you must remain here in the edge of The interpreter put the questions to him and the the woods as a sentinel, and we must h<\

4 YANKEE DOODLE \YITH S..A.MP80 N S FLEET -"Just as I thought," returned Yankee Doodle. hundred .strong, mounted on h .orses mules, and "Al'e you in the service of the Spanish army ?" armed with almost every conceivable kmd of weapon "No, senor; I am not a soldier, but they have from shot-guns to rifles; but every man carried a forc e d me into service." machete, proof positiv e that they were not Spanish ?" ld I Do you know the country hereabouts. so iers. "Si, senor." I As h e was gazing at them, h e was overjoyed at "Do yo u liv e near here?" I recognizing several old Cubans who had served with I live in Cardenas, senor." him in the battle at Calvario. "Are yo u here on foot?" No sooner did he recognize his old friends than he "Si, senor." sprang into the road, waved his hat above his head "Why so ?" and cried out : "I was told to walk carefully along the beach and Cuba Libre!" look for the track of landing parties." The officer in command of the detachment stopped "And you found where we disembarked?" and glared at him, notlrnowingwho he was. T\.vo or "Si senor." three of those who did know him instantly cried out: "Well, you must show us the way to the road lead"Viva Yankee Doodl e ing out from Cardenas. Can you do so?" The next moment everyone in the detachment took "81, senor." up the cry, making the welkin ring with i t They "Very well, then. At the first sign of treachery had heard of the exploits of the daring young Ameror any Spanish trick, you will be instantly killed. ican, and had long wished to see him. The officer in Now, go on!" and he seized him by the arm,.. led him command rode up to him and asked: to where 'the sleeping marines lay upon the ground, "Are you Senor Yankee Doodl e, ?" and ordered him bound securely and tied to a tree, "Si, Senor Capitan. after which Yankee Doodl e returned to his post to "I am glad to see you, sir," said the Cuba n officer, keep watch until the dawn of day. During that time dismounting and grasping his hand. Then the martwo patroling parties pa::ised a lon g the beach. ines rushed out of the woods into the road, and were At the first s ign of coming dawn, Yankee Doodle instantly recogniz ed as American seamen. ordered his men up and the prisoner to guide them to Loud shouts of "Viva Americanos !"went up from the nearest road leading into Cardenas, placing a thd Cubans who pressed around the marines shaking man on either side of him with a drawn revolver. hands with them. Two of them, who were in charge A little after sunrise they struck a road l eading of the prisoner, l ed him out into the road also, whereinto Jucaro, a little town five mil es east of Cardenas, upon several Cubans on seeing him cried out: and which was connected with the latter city by a rail" Caramba f" road. The prisonei expl ained to the interpreter that Death to the traitor!" the road led into Jucaro, and that the latter place "Kill him!" was connected with Cardenas by a branch railroad. "Cut him down I" Yankee Doodle, on hearing this, had a pretty cor-And ins.tautly a score of machetes were gleaming rcct idea of his location, from having been a close in .the air above his head, threatening instant destrucstudent of the map of Cuba. H e well lmcw that there tion. w ere fortifications at Jucaro, ith batteries facing Yankee Doodle saw the peril of his prisoner, sprang the s ea, with which some of the gun-boats of Sampforward, and cri e d out: son's fleet had exchanged shots some days before. "Hold Turni11g to the prisoner, he asked : The Cuban officer ordered his men back, and Yankee "Where do e s this road lead to, south?" Doodle explaine d to him how, when and where the "To the village of Coliseo, about eight miles from man had been captured. h e r e," r e plied the prisoner. "My men know him," the captain said. "He is a "Are there any Spanish sold iers there?" traitor who has twice betrayed small parties of our "I do not know, senor, but I do not think there are people into the hands of Spaniards. I cannot save any there. I heard, -two days ago, that some of him. He is not worth being saved. He must di e for Gome z s men were there, and there arc many of the the good of Cuba." people living there who are friends to tho insurgents." While the y were talking, a ll standing back in the shadow of the woods, a band of horsemen were heard coming along the road from the direction of Coliseo. Whe n the prisoner saw them h e became frightened) and gasped: Caramba !" "What is the matter?" Yankee Doodle asked him. Evon while he was speaking a shot was fired, and the prisoner reeled and fell dead on his face. Yankee Doodle's eyes snapped with anger and ho look ed at the old Cuban in whose hands was grasped a smoking revolver. There was a grim smile on the face of the old Cuban as he said to Yankee Doodle : "They are insurgents, senor," he replied, where"My son is avenged, Senor America no !" upon Yankee Doodl e made a close inspection of the In an instant Y ankee Doodle und erstood. He could approac hin g party, and found they were nearly one i not utter a \ yord of reproach to the fathe r who had


DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. avenged the death of his son. He grasped the hand "Juan, Senor Yankee Doodle says that your map of the old Cuban, saying: is well done." "It is well, senor. "Thanks, senor," said the old man; "I did the best The body was dragged into the woods and quickly I knew how." buried. Then the entire party disappeared in the "No man can do more," said Yankee Doodle. dense forest to avoid being seen on the highway, and "You are a native Cuban?" there Yankee Doodle explained to the Cuban officer "Si, senor." the object of his mission on shore, with the marines "And you understand the Spanish language per-accompanying him. fectly ?" The Cuban officer grasped his hand, saying: "Si, senor." "Senor Yankee Doodle, his excellency, General "Do you thinl{ you could make a map of the forts Gomez, sent me in quest of you, saying that the and batteries of Cardenas?" / American admiral :would send you ashore in a f e w "I think so, senor." days. I am to receive orders from you, and place this "I see you speak English well." detachment at your command." 1 "Yes," he laughed, speaking in Engllsh; "l speak "That was kind of the o-eneral said Yankee French also." Doodle, "and I thank him the name of the I "Do .. you how yourself so that admiral for his prompt service. But, as you are .) our won.t know.) ou. familiar with the countr}' hereabouts, I must beo you Juan said he did. to guide and assist me far as in your power.' 7 "Well, then," said _Yankee Doodle, are just "Si, senor, that I will o-la ly do replied the offi-the man I want. Will you make a drawmg of the cer. "My men have all of' you, indeed, every works in and about Cardenas for me?" "I will 1Tv to, senor." man in the generaUs camp has known of the exploits .; of the young Americano, and, were you to visit the "Good!" said Yankee Doodle, grasping his hand. general's headquarters, they would give you a recep "When you do, and pl::i.ce it in my hands, I will tion that would make glad your heart.'' place one hundred dollars in gold in yours." "I should be glad to see the general again," said Yankee Doodle. "I was with him in the great battle CHAPTER IL in front of HavanP,and recognized him as one of the THE FIGHT ON THE JUCARO ROAD. greatest generals of the age." HAVING made the necessary arrangements with "Thank you, Senor Yankee Doodle. You say you I Juan, Yankee Doodle instrnded to be in readmess wish. to get information of the forts and other de I to go to Cardenas that evenmg, if not sooner. fenses of Cardenas, and the number of men in them?" Then Yankee Doodle turned to the Cuban officer . "That is just what I want, Senor Capitan." whose name was Masso, and questioned him as to "I have a crude drawing of all the batteries and where they would be safest from interruption by the fortifications in and about J ucaro," said the Cuban, Spanish forces whilst waiting Juan's return from Car" made by one of our men after passing through a,U denas. of them.'' "That's easy," said Masso. "Just now the Span" Have you got those drawings with you, ca pi-iards are watching the beach aH around the island tCl tan?" prevent landin g parties from the fleet getting a foot"Si, senor.'' And the Cuban thrust his hand i11to a side pocket of his coat and drew forth 'a. package of papers. Yankee Doodle took the one handed to him, opened it, carefully scanned the drawings and found that, crude as they were, they were accurate. He studi d them in silence for ten minutes or so, and re-marked to the captain : "These were made by a man who is a close ob server ?" "Yes," said the officer, "and he did not draw a line until after he was away, as -it would be certain death to be caught with pencil and paper in his pos session in such a place.'' "Then he certainly has a good memory.'' "Yes, indeed," assented the Cuban. "Is that man with you here ?" "S1, s enor," and he turned and beckoned to a rough looking old Cuban who was armed with a machete and shot-gun. The Cuban came up to him and the captam called him b.\' name, saying to him: hold anywhere. If we keep away from the beach we will not be disturbed, unless we should run into some foraging parties. Since Lhe blockade began the Span iards are nearly as empty-handed in the way of pro visions as we are; hence they are driven to the neces sity of seizing provisions wherever they can find them. 1 think that if we get back in the neighborhood of Coliseo we will not have any trouble whatever with the enemy, unless we make the mistake of stopping too long in one place. While the people of Coliseo are mostly our friends, there are others who secretly keep the Spaniards informed of our movements.'' "Yes," said Yankee Doodle, "I have had some ex perience in that line when we dared sleep twice in some places." "So have I,'' said Masso, "yet I have heard that you inflicted some s e vere punishment on the detach ment of cavalry." "Oh, yes," laughed Yankee Doodle, "when we found a good chance to do so, we ambushed them and knocked out a goodly numbeFof them, and the others


6 Y A NKE E DOODLE WITH SA.:\1PSONs F L EET. would run back to the city and tell Blanco _that they I "But," said a third, "we have no arms but re-had licked us out of our boots. , vol vers "Ah said Masso, "they never admit defeat. j "They are good enough at short range," said "Ne,ertheless," returned Yankee Doodle, "they Yankee Doodle, overhearing them. have had to submit to some very severe ones. If you I "Ay, ay, sir, so they are,' e xclaimed the whole think we had better move from here, we are ready to dozen. go with .)'OU. Where were you going when we met "We will get riflesafterthefight," remarked you?" Yankee Doodle. W e were simply looking for you," was the reply. In less than thirty minutes after receiving i.nstuc" Very good," said Yankee Doodle. "Have your tions, the detachll!ent of twenty men remounted and men had a fight lately?" rode off in the direction of Jucaro. As soon as they "No, senor." were out of sight Yankee Doodle turned to the others "Wou1d they like to have one?" and explained, in a clear, simple ,v,ay, that the secret "I think they would if they could get the best of or success in that kind of warfare was in the accuracy it." I of aim. Said he: "How ma,ny soldiers arc at J ucaro ?" "Never pull the trigger until you have aimed and "Only a regiment or two, I think. I know there 1 are sure of yonr man. At close quarters every shot is a regiment of cavalry there engaged in patroling J should count. Now, when these Spaniards rush by the beach 'us in pursuit of those who have just gone forward, "Then we "ill have a go at some of this cavalry, you are to remain concealed in these bushes and per-and I don't know of a better place than right here in fectly silent, holding your arms in readiness for the these woods." signal to fire That signal will not be given until t h e Masso looked at him inquiringly, and remarked: whole line of Spaniards is in fronj; of us; then I will "But the enemy is not here. call out Cuba Libre! That will be the signal and "\Ve must make him come out,'' said Yankee I you must continue to shoot as long as a Spaniard is in Doodle range. Now, ta,ke your horses back behind us in the "How can we?" asked Masso woods, tie them securely to the limbs of trees, and re" How ma.ny men have you in your command?" main concealed yourselves so that your presence here "Abou t one hundred," was the reply. may not be suspected by any one passing." "vVell, I have twelve men from the ship; send They pr.omptly obeyed every order, after which about a score up to Jucaro and let them dash at the three men were sent out along the road about a mile cavalry, fire a few shots and then fall back, showing away as scouts, to give notice of the approach. of any themselves plainly so that the enemy can see how horseman coming from the direction of Jucaro. many t here are of them. Naturally, one or two com Some four hours passed, during which time t h e men panies will be sent in hot pursuit of them, and they in ambush were quietl y .talking among themsekes in must keep in sight of them on the retrea. t and kad I rather low tones of voice, while Yankee Doodle and them down the road by us here. They must go on j Masso were exchanging Yiews on the military situapast us as tht-ugh they had no 1rnowledge of our prestion ence in these wood s As the enemy comes up uncon -In due time the scouts came ridrng back at full scions of our peesence, we ought to knock over fifty, speed and reported that the first detachment sent out Sixty or eighty of them at the first YOlley. That is, were returnrng pursued by the cavalry. Instantly if your men how to shoot. Yankee Doodle called the men to their posts aga111, "Oh, they can shoot very well at such close quar-instructing them not to fire or speak or make any ters," said Masso noise whatever until he sho u ld give the signal. "Very well, th(m,'1 continued Yankee Doodle, Several minutes passed when the men came dashing "when they find themselves knocked out by a single by, keeping on down the road at a pretty rapid speed volley, the survivors always make haste to get a"\vay, Just a few minutes la.ter a company of Spamsh cam l and of those who fall, their horses and arms generally ry came dashing by in hot pursuit of them. They remain with them. We can gather them .up a nd get were within twenty feet of the men concealed i n the out of the way long before remforcements can come. bushes by the roadside, and when they were all m This is the only way, capitan, to fight a superior en front of the concealed men, Yankee Doodle sang out: emy in detail. Now, Eelect your men, about twenty Cuba Libre!" of them, and explain to them what thex are to do." Just a second or two later a withering volley burst Masso lost no time in doing so, and insta.ntly every from the bushes, and fully two score of Spamards Cuban became highly elated over the prospect of a tumbl ed from their saddles, their horses immediatel y fight, and as for the marines, they were jubi lant, and wheeled and blockaded the road so that those behind one of them said to his comrades: them could not advance. But those in the raar were "Sa.y, mates, it is funny that we have to go ashore so appalle d by the terrible destruction of the fire, that to get a fight." they bad no desire to press forward, and a few scat" So it is," said another one, "but I am g lad to get tering shots was all that was required to send them on e ashore or afloat." scampermg back whence they came. It was all O \'Cr


Y AN KE E DOOD LE W I T H ; S A.\1PSO N'S F L EET. .,. in the space of t\YO or three minutes, and the Cubans "Now, capitan,'' said Yankee Doodle, turning to burst from the woods and commenced the work of Masso, "you can l ead the way back to Coliseo if you death with their machetes,.cutting do"n1 those who wish, but be sure to keep in touch with our friend who had not been killed by the volley. has gone into Cardenas.:' Yankee Doodle, u .tterly horrified at the barbarity "Oh, Juan will have no trouble in finding us," of killing wounded men, fiercely ordered them to cease said Masso. lighting; he even threatened ith. his revoiver to fire The men soon mounted, and the whole detachment on some of the Cubans who failed to understand his started southward, l eaving the dead aml wounded orders. Captain Masso rushed to his side and in a they had fallen, knowing that the Spaniards loud Yoice ordered them to cease. The Cubans seemwould return with reinforcements and atte nd to ed Yery much astonished at not being permitted to them. At the same time a party of ten scouts \Yen,, kill the wounded. left behind to watch the movements of the enemy 'We are not savages!" exclaimed Yankee Doodl e when he should appear, and to send word to the "Only savages strike a man when h e is down." command if the enemy persisted in pursuing them "But they do us that way, sung out a fierce old in the direction they had taken. Cuban, with a dripping machete in his hand. It was a two hours' rid e to Coliseo, and when 'That is no exc us e for us, retu m e d Yankee they arrived there the village was thrown into con Doodlc. "It is the of Spain that has lost siderable excitement by the'feport of the fight which her all of her colonies. You must strike no man after had just taken place. Men, women and children were he ceases to fight, but make him a prisoner." jubilant, and brought water and fruit for the soldiers. "Vv e cannot feed prisoners," said Masso, th Cuban Tliey were eager to see and shake hands with Yankee captaili. Doodle, the young American, of whom they had heard "Then turn them loose on parole," said Yltflk ee so much. They were surprised to find him a yo u t h o( Doodl e scarcely eighteen years. They had J1eard that Uncle "They do not respect their parole. Sam had sent his army and fleet to help Cuba. expel "Very true,1' returned Yankee Doodle, "but we the Spaniards from the island, but they had b ee n so must not forget to make the world respect us. No often d()ceived that they could scarcely believe it until man in my command shall behave lik e a savage if I they beheld the twelve marines marching shoulder to can prevent it. Gather up the arms and horses and shoulder behind Yankee Doodle. Then many of them any other valuables that you may find among them shed tears of joy, knowing. that these brave fellows out tl1ere; then we must get away. Their friends will represented the Stars and Stripes of the greatest re corne out to reinforce them, and will bury their dead public the world has ever seen. Some of the old \vomcn and take a way their wounded ; this relieves us of the ran up and kissed the hands of 'Yankee Doodle and of task of attending to them ourselves. The fact that some of the marines. "e have lost nothing-not a man hurt-should make "Captain," said Yankee Doodle to Masso, "it will us satisfied with leaving the wounded unharmed." not do for us to camp heie 111 the village to-night.'' Tln:ct was all new to the Cubans. They had been in "Why not, senor?" the captain asked. the habit of neither gi in g nor receiving quarter from "Because the Spanish cavalry being reinforc e d, will the enemy, yet they were so elated over tirn victory swoop down upon the village a .nd destroy it. If we they had obtained without loss to themse lves, that get away, they will come in search of us and they were satisfied to promptly obey Yankee Dooclle's maybe leave the village unharmed. e should save orders. the women and children as. much trouble as pos J ust before they were ready to start in the direction sible of Coliseo, the twenty men who had drawn out the "Si, senor," said the captain, "you are right. VVe cavalry from Jucaro came riding back, eager to take will go to the spring three miles east of the village, part in the fight. Som e of them were re.ally angry on where there are buts that will prot.ect us from the finding that the fight was over and they had not been heavy clews.'' able to strike a blow for Cuba. "That is just the place we want," said Yankee "What is the matter with you?" cried Yankee Doodle, "so we had better go away as quickly as Doodle. "You fellows struck the hardest blow in this we can. fight; l e d the enemy into the trap that proved his They remained in the Yillag e but a single hour, and destruction; you arc as muc h entitled to the credit of marched awa. y in the direction of the well-known the victory as any of the rest of us." spring three mil es east from the village. 'Viva Yankee Doodle!" cried the Cubans, and Each of the had secured a splendid Mauser the marines joined in making the welkin ring with their rifle and twenty rounds of ammunition as hi s share of cheer Each one of them had brought down his man, the spoils of the fight. They were very proud of their and some of them ha, d brought down two or more. It trophies, and as each one was a skilled shot, they was a new style of fight for them, and they enjoyed were extremely a nxious to have another chance at. it hugely. One of them called Yankee Doodl e "comthe enemy, and fniquently asked Yankee Doodle if he modore," and swore he would navigate the woods I would give them another show. with him for the rest of the voyage: "See here, mates," said Yankee Doodle "I would


8 YANKEE DOODL E WIT H S A M P SON'S F L EET. not have one of you fellows gei(_ knocked over by a and told that they would be relieved every two hours Spanish bullet for my good right arm. Just keep through the night. quiet and let me manage this thing, and if there is a chance to give you some fighting I wiH do it. CHAPTER III. l would not give one of you fellows for twenty dead YA.NKEE DOODLE DOES SOME LIVEL\'" WORK ON THE Spaniards, and in what fighting we do, I want all the BEACH. dead to be on the other side, not on ours!" NOTHING occurred during the night to disturb the "Ay, ay, sir," they laughed, "so we do." slumbers of the men, and the morning found them "Well, I think we have clone very well for the quite refreshed. Yankee Doodle thought it was best day. Maybe we will have another chance to-morrow. to remain there until the afternoon, hoping that he vVe cannot win this fight in a week or a month." 1 would hear from Juan by that time. When they reached the spring, they found quite a In the meantime he sent messengers to the village number of thatiched huts on the hill-side overlooking three miles away with instructions to gather all the the spring, and the d.etachment immediately took pos news possible. It was a wise precaution on his part, session of .them. The spring at the foot of the hill was for in the middle of the afternoon a force of some fhe a bold one, giving forth a stream of pure, clear crystal hundred Spanish cavalry swooped clown upon the vil water, and the day being extremely warm, everyone lage. The scouts instq,ntly rettirned to camp with the was eager to quench his thirst. news, and ten minutes later the ma. rines and Cubans, under the guidance of Captain Masso, were marching B,\' the assistance of Captain Masso, Yankee Doodle in a northerly direction through the woods In less again sent out five men towards the villai'ge, instruct-than an \our after their departure a battalion of Spaning them to keep out of sight of the villagers, and to ish cavalry reached the spring. It was easy for them keep a strict watch on everyone coming and going. to the trail that led into the woods, and easier He informed them th;tt the safety of the camp de-pended altogether upon the vigilance of the scouts still for them to see the impossibility of following it. who were sent out to watch the movement s of the The insurgents had again escaped the Spaniarrls. enemy. "Capitan,'' asked Yankee Doodle of the Cuban Said he: captain, "Juan can find us, I suppose, no matter where we go?" "If the enemy should rush on us when we were not "Si, senor; he can trail like a bloodhound." f'xpecting him, we would suffer at their hands just as "Well, then, all we need to do is to avoid the en-they suffered at ours this day. We have a saying in emy,'' said Yankee Doodle. America,-' eternal Yigil nee is the price of liberty,' "Si, senor, unless we wish to fight." -a,nd a prudent soldier will take no chances of a sur"Which we ought never to do unless sure of whip prise when the enemy is within striking distance of ping them. Were our forces in any way equal to him. So under no circumstances should you ever rethose of the we would have given them a main an hour in camp without sentinels and scouts all fight at the spring. We are now going northward, around, to .!tive notice of the.approach of the enemy." which will bring us near the coast again. Just as The Cubans were surprised at the frank manner soon as Juan returns with what he went after it in which the young American explained to them the must be sent to the.fleet." art of . It i:oreas:d their r confidence in to 11 Night again came on, and found them still in the a marvelo_us de0 and ga' e them a feel1110 of great forest near a running strea,m, and they recomradeship with hun that they had never felt be 1 mained there until noon of the following day, by fore towards any officer under whom they bad served. which time scouts had come in from Coliseo and Masso himself '.vas at his his I reported that the cavalry had returned to plans to the soldicrs under lum, and remarked it to after shooting a few Cubans in the village on suspi-Yankee Doodle. cion of having: befriended the insurgents. ""\J\Thy, I have revealed no plans to them,'' re"I cannot'tinderstand/" said Yankee Doodle," why plied Yankee Doodle "I have simply explained to the men of Cuba will quietly remain in their homes them how to be safe i n camp, and make them masters for the Spanish cavalry to come aud sla.y them. It is of the art of war. When soldiers have confidence in safer for them to join one army or the other." their leaders, their leaders can depend on them in the Si, senor,'' said Masso, "the barbarity of the hour of deepest peril; for they will obey orders, and has forced many recruits into our ranks .stand by him in the last ditch, if necessary." who otherwise would not have joined us." The men at once proceeded to prepare their meals, Just as they were about to resume the march, the ;111d, after they had satisfied tiieir hunger, they lay old Cuban, Juan, came into cami{ He lost no time in down to rest so as to be prepared f.or any emergency reporting to Yankee Doodle, and handed to him a that might arise. Night soon came on, but there crude, yet quite accurate drawing of all the batteries were no lights m the camp, as Yankee Doodle had and fortifications in and around Cardenas. Yankee warned them the Spaniards were thirsting for reDoodle examined the map very minutely, and asked Yenge, and would leave no stone unturned to get it. questions which the old Cuban answered very frankly, Sentinels rre placed at all four sides of the camp, I explaining some things that were not quite clear as he I


Y .AN KEE D OODL E WITH SAMPSON"S FLEET. 9 had drawn them. Yankee Doodle noted down his ex "Senor Capitan, we must wait here and watch, for planations in pencil on the paper, after which he con-under cover of darkness they may send in a boat." sulted aside with Masso, asking him if he were famil-Immediately the party went into camp; sent-inels iar with the locality about Cardenas. were placed at all points of the compass to prevent The captain declared that he knew every foot of the possibility of surprise by the enemy. ground in that vicinity. No fires were lighted, and for three hours Yankee "Then," said Yankee Doodle, "you ought to know Doodle himself remained in the edge of the woods on whether this map is correct or not. the lookout for a boat on the beach. "Let me examine it," said Masso, and he took the Several times he sent one of the Cubans down to paper and scanned it in silence for several minutes, the water's edge, to listen for the sound of oars or for after which he returneq. it to Yankee Doodle, with: the tramp of horsemen ori the beach. Suddenly he It is correct in every particular, senor, for I reccame running back, saying : ognize every spot he has here marked." "Senor Yankee Doodle, a boat is coming, and so Yankee Doodle then beckoned to Juan, and the old are the cavalry!" Cuban went to his side. I "Are you sure?" Yankee Doodle asked. Senor Juan," he said, "I thank you, in the name Si, senor, sure of both." of Admiral Sampson, for what you have done. Here "Then watch the cavalry, and see if you can find are one hundred dollars in gold which I promised you; out their strength." it has been well earned." They both listened in silence for some minutes, and And he handed over the gold to the old Cuban, then a patrol of some fifty or more Spanish cavalry whose eyes glittered as the yellow metal rested in his came leisurely along the beach, their sabers clanking, palm. It was more money than he had seen since the and the hum of conversation being plainly hea.rd. The war began. noise made by the patrol was such as to render im" Senor Juan," said Yanl ee Doodle, "I would like possible the noise of the oars of the coming boat to to have you go with me on board the fleet, for I think I be heard. we shall have need of you again." He let the patrol pass, and when they were gone be" I will go, senor,'' said the old Cuban. I yond sight and hearing, the sound of the oars was "Thank you," returned Yankee Doodle, who then plainly heard. turned to Masso, with: Then Yankee Doodle, summoning the twelve ma" Now, capitan, we 'vill see if we can reach the rines to his side, with the Cuban captain, theymarchcoast before the sun goes down We are strong ed down to the water's edge, and waited for the boat enough, I thmk, to repel any attempt of the patrol to strike the beach. along the beach to h .terfere with us. If it is possible To his surprise, Yankee Doodle found that the boat rations will be sent on shore for your command, to was so full of marines that there was not room for enable you to continue in the vicinity and keep a strict more than two or three of his party to return in it to lookout for signals from the fleet to protect landing the gun-boat. Turning to the marines, h e said: parties." "Comrades, you will have to remain here with our "We will gladly do so, senor, for it promises us Cuban friends until I see the admiral, or else send in two things we most desire-rations and active sera boat for you. Keep well back out of sight in the vice." woods, and do not let the cavalry know of your pres-The woods were so dense as to make their progress ence here, unless you are attacked; then destroy them clxtremely slow, but the Cuban guides seemed to be quickly, and change position to avoid being found endowed with animal instinct in making their way in again by any other force that may be sent in i1uest of any direction they wished to go. you. You catch my i

10 YANKEE DOODLE WI'rH SAMPSON'S FLEET. prom ised rations for the assistance they have ren-1 remain ashore until they could be sent for, and they dered us. It is for you to judge whether to make my I are there concealed in the woods waiting for rations promise good, or to send back for the marines who which I had promis ed them." are still ashore." "Ah," said the admiral, that is something they I will send them two or three days' rations," are in n e ed of, I guess." said the captain, "and await orders from the ad"Very much so, ind e ed, sir,,. said Yankee Doodle miral." "They must have them, remarked the admiral. "Where is the admiral?" Yankee Doodle asked. can they be landed under cov e r of night, with the "He is out there in front of Cardenas, or was, dur-patrols passing so frequently?" ing the day." "If you will let me have the gun-boat for a few "How can I get to him ?" hours, admiral," said Yankee Doodle, "I will not "I will signal to him that you are on board here." only land rations for them, but I will destroy one or And a few minutes later, electric light signals two of those squads of cavalry." flas he d over the waters in the direction of the 'fie.et. j The admiral smiled, and said : They were soon answered some miles away by simi"I will instruct the captam of the gun-boat to renlar lights. j der you all the assistance you may need, but I cannot "The .admiral directs me to bring you aboard," said j turn the command of it over to you." the captain, "so I will have to defer sending rations "Of course not," laughed Yankee Doodle; "l do ashore until I have done so." not expect that. I will say this, though, that if I had The gun-boa. t at once steamed away, and in a little command of your fleet I would wipe Cardenas off the while was alongside the flag-ship of the fleet. face of the earth before noon to-morrow." Yankee Doodle was put aboard immediately on the "So would I," remarked the admiral, "if it was arrival of the gun-boat, accompanied by Juai;, and re-left to my di scretion; but I have to follow orders, ported to the admiral, saying, q.<; he handed him the which is the first duty of a soldier or a seaman." papers prepared for him by the old Cuban: "I understand that, sir," said Yankee Doodle. "l "I b e lieve these are what you want, sir." am ready to r eturn ashore with the gun-boat." The admiral led him and Juan to his room, ordered The admiral at once gave the captain of the gun-them t o be seated by his table, spread out the papers boat instructions to land Yankee Doodle again on the and b e g a n to scrutinize them closely. coast, and if, in his judgment it was necessary to do "Juan here," said Yankee Doodle, "is the man who so, open fire on any forces of the enemy that appeared made the drawings, admiral, and he can answer any upon the beach. Yankee Doodle then returned on question you choose to put to him concerning any board the gun-boat, which immediately steamed away poin t not made clear to you by his map." in the direction of the point where the marines and "It is a very good drawing, considering he is not a Cubans had been left. draughtsman," said the admiral, as he looked over On the way Yankee Doodle consulted with the cap-the m ap. And he proceeded at once to question the tain of the gun-boat, and said to him: old cu ban about points which he marked with his 1 "Captain, your search-light can sweep the beach, pencil as to what kind of guns were mounted at each can it not?" pla ce, and how many men were there; how high the "Oh, yes," was the reply, "for many miles." breastworks were, and the nature of the material "Well, then," sa. id Yankee Doodle, "when you get used in their construction. up within a mile or so of the beach, I would like to The old Cuban answered them to his satisfaction, have you throw the search-light along the shore to and made clear many things by his explanation that see if any of the patrols are in sight. Also to find were not understood from the drawings he had hand-out the exact spot where I left my men." ed in. Then the admiral studied the map in profound "Do you know the spot?" the captain asked. silence for many minutes, after which he said to Yankee "Oh, yes," was the reply, "there are three big Doodle: trees standing close together right where they are "This is the best work we have had done on this encamped." coast. General Gomez was right when he said that "Ah, I remember those trees," said the captain, "as you were the man for the work. Did you see any I noticed them a number of times to-day through the cavalry along the beach?" glass from the deck of the gun-boat." "Yes, sir," replied Yankee Doodle. All through "Well, I want to' find that spot, so that we can the night patrols traversed the beach for many miles . know exactly where my men are, and thus avoid firIn the daytime they had not had so much patroling ing into them by mistake. If we can catch a squad because they can see so far with glasses or with the ron of cavalry to the right or the left of that place natural eye. Not five minutes before beach was and open fire on them with our rapid-fire gun, we reached by the boat from the gun-boat, a company of might drive them in on my men who would carve cavalry passed between us and the water. The dozen them up handsomely, and finish those whom the guns marines that you sent with me had to be left on shore did not get." with about one hundred Cubans, becq.use there was I "So you want to fight, do you?" the captain asked no room for them in the boat. I instructed them to "Every day in the week, captain," was the reply,


YANKEE DOODLE Wl'l'H SAMPSON'S FLEET. 11 "if I can pick up a fight that I can win! I try to J and sabers and other things out there for us, and we aYoid any fight that I am not certain of winning." must get them; but I do not know whether the cav"Very wise," remarked the captain, dryly. I alry are close enough in those woods out there to fire "Yes, I think so, particularly where there is an on us, should we undertake to gather them." enemy superior in arms and numerical strength. "I don't think they have courage enough to fire at Now, get your rations into the boat ready to send anything after such destruction as that," remarked ashore." Captain Masso. The rations were soon placed in the boat, but, be"Well," said Yankee Doodle, "if you think so, let fore it started, the search-light flashed along. the us send about twenty-five or thirty of our party to coast for three or four miles to the right and left, and 1 gather them up, while the rest of us will march up, soon the three trees were discovered. I under cover of darkness, keeping just outside of the "Ah," said Yankee Doodle, "they are out there,'' line of light, ready to fire on the cavalry should they pointing in the direction of the three trees. I attack." "Yes, that's the spot," assented the captain, and Masso agreed, and the order was given. About the search-light was turned to the right in the direc-thirty Cubans ran forward about an 0ighth of a mile, tion of Cardenas. and secured the arms and other things of value from In a little while a body of Spanish cavalry was seen, 1 the dead and wounded Spaniards, while the rest of the probably the same one which had passed in front of command went forward, keeping close to the edge of Yankee Doodle's men before he went aboard. the woods. "How far away are they, captain?" Yankee But not a shot did the Spaniards fire. They were Doodle asked. utterly demoralized, and had not only sought the "About three miles," was the reply. shelter of the woods, but had plunged in deeper for "Oh, that's too far off, we must let them come safety. closer. Now, how far are we from the nearest point "Now, capitan," said Yankee Doodle to Masso, "I of land out there ?" will return to the boat with our friends here, and "A little over a mile, was the reply. leave you to hover around this point on the lookout "Can we get in any closer?" for signals. We may return to you to-morrow or "Oh, yes, we can get within a half mile." the next day, so keep a good watch and avoid a fight Then let us do so." if possible." The gun-boat steamed slowly in to within a half He then shook hands with the Cuban captain, and, mile of the beach, and the boat started at once with with the marines, marched back to where the boat its rations for the marines and Cubans on shore. awaited them. Half an hour later they were aboard When they were within a few hundred yards of the the gun-boat. beach, the search-light revealed the Spanish cavalry Yankee Doodle grasped the hand of the gun-boat riding at full speed, and in the direction of the spot captain, exclaiming: where the boat was to land. "Captain, if I had one thousand men and a half At a signal from Yankee Doodle the ra. pid-fire gun dozen of those rapid-fire .guns, with plenty of ammuopened on them, pouring a volley of one thousand nition, I believe I could march the entire length of the bullets a minute into their midst, destroying nearly island, bidding defiance to the whole Spanish army. one-half of them; the balance scampering panic-It is the greatest thing ever invented-that rapid-fire stricken to the shelter of the woods. gun. You had laid out forty or fifty men and horses Then the boat glided forward to the beach and in less than two minutes ; and if they had had an open Yankee Doodle sprang ashore, signaling to his men place to cross of two hundred yards instead of two to come down out of the woods. I hundred feet, I do not believe that a man of them They swarmed around him in a few minutes, and could have got away. I am going to ask the admiral the rations were quickly carrie& ashore. I to let me have a gun-boat for this sort of work." The search-light glared steadily on the woods at the ---spot where the Spanish cavalry had disappeared, leavCHAPTER IV. ing Yankee Doodle's party well protected by the dark-YANKEE DOODLE PERFORMS A DARING SERVICE. ness. The light thrown upon the Spaniards rendered As soon as he was on board the they it impossible for them to see even a few paces any ob-steamed away in the direction of the fleet. The night ject not in the line of light. was too dark for anything to be seen fifty yards away; "Say, boys, just look at those men and horses out but occasionally a flash-light from the flag-ship enthere." abled the gun-boat to make direct for that vessel. And he pointed to the two score of men and horses When she was reached Yankee Doodle went aboard dead and wounded, that had been brought down by with the captain to report to the Admiral. the rapid-fire gun m the space of about two min-l "Everything is all right, sir,'' said Yankee Doodle utes. I "We landed the rations and brought back with us "+rhose rapid-fire guns can destroy a regiment of the twelve marines whom you loaned me." one thousand men in about five minutes, if they are l "Very good," said the admiral. "But I heard exposed where they can be seen. There are pistols some firing."


I :l Y ANKEE DOOD L E WITH SA.VIPS ON'S FLEET. "Yes," replied Yankee Doodle. "We came near j from the officer and leveled it in the direction indicated. destroying a company of Spanish cavalry on patrol He soon saw the signal repeated. duty. We caught them on shore by the search-light "Send Yankee Doodle here," he said, to the Eeuand opened on them with a rapid fire gun. Had the tenant, and a few moments later the young American beach been a clear stretch of two hundred yards to was by his side. the woods instead of two hundred feet, I don't believe "I wish to ask you," he said to Yankee Doodle, a man of them would have gotten away. As it was, "whether or not you instructed Capta.in Masso or we got about ha,lf of them, and the others were so any of his men in the code of signals which I gave to demoralized they never fired a shot at the Cubans, you yesterday?" who gathered up the arms of those who had fallen. "Yes, sir," Yankee Doodle replied. A Cuban officer, Captain Masso, with about one hun"Then," remarked the admiral, "that must be one dred soldiers has remained along the shore and will of Masso's men out there who is signaling to us; but be within reach whenever you need him, provided he it is a dangerous place to send a boat ashore, as it is can be supplied with rations." but a short distance from there to either Cardenas or "That's very good," said the admiral. Jucaro, and a .ny boat going in would be sure to be at" Yes, sir," returned Yankee Doodle; "they have tacked.' been compelled heretofore to hustle more for some"Will you let me look at him, admiral?" Yankee thing to eat than to find and fight the enemy." Doodle asked "But is he strong enough to sustain himself?" "Certainly," replied the admiral, handing him the the admiral asked. glass. "It isn't so much a question of strength, admiral, as it is ability to dodge the enemy. The enemy dare not enter the woods in pursuit of them; so between Masso's force and one of the gun-boats, I could make that stretch of beach out there so hot for those Spanish patrols at night they would soon cease to show themselves upon it." The admiral seemed a bit surprised, and turned to the captain of the gun-boat, asking: "What do you think of it, captain?" "I can only say that it was a complete success tonight, sir," replied the captain, "and no one on our side was hurt." "Do you think his suggestio n is a good one?" "I do, sir," was the reply. After some further conversation, the admiral turned to the old Cuban, Juan, and asked him a great many questions. The old patriot knew every foot of ground along the north coast of the island for over one hundred miles east of Cardenas, and gave the admiral so much information about the bays and inlets and the population, that he made up his mind to keep him employed as a spy or scout for the fleet. It was now about midnight and Yankee Doodle and old Juan were assigned quarters, to which they at once retired. When they arose in the morning the flag-ship had changed position, and was nearer Matanzas than Cardenas. At a number of places the Spaniards were seen hard at work erecting new batteries. Twice during the day a few shells were dropped, which caused an immediate flight of the Spaniards from exposed positions. Quite late in the afternoon the flag ship turned eastward again and passed Cardenas before sunset. At a certain spot, about half way between Cardenas and the town of Jucaro, a signal from the edge of the wood was seen by the second officer, who was scanning the coast with a spy-glass. He reported it im mediately to the admiral, who at once took the glass Yankee Doodle gazed at the spot where the waving white handkerchief had been seen, for some ten. min utes or more, a .fter which he handed the glass back to the admiral, saying : "The signa.l is all right; but I can't make out the man.'' "Could you recognize any man at that distance?" "I might if I could get a good view of him." "Well," said the admiral, "how can we communi-cate with that fellow?" By sending a boat ashore," replied Yankee Doodle. "But it would be sending men into the jaws of death." "Not a bit of it," laughed Yankee Doodle. "Those cavalry patrols have no search-light, and they cannot see an object on the water one hundred yards from shore at night. Send a boat that close to the beach, and let it stop there, and old Juan and I will let our selves down into the water very quietly and swim ashore." The admiral looked at him in astonishment, and shook his head, saying : "That is very dangerous, my young friend." "Oh, that is nothing," laughed Yankee Doodle. "Nothing but old age can kill me." "Well, remember, it is your choice, not mine," remarked the admiral, who at once proceeded to give orders for a boat to go ashore as soon as it was well dark. About two hours later a boat was lowered with a dozen men at the oars, and Yankee Doodle and old Juan set out with them for the shore. On the way Yankee Doodle explained to the boatswain:, command\ er of the boat, that he wished to swim ashore when they1 were within seventy-five or one hundred yards of it, and that the boat should remain in waiting for sig nals from him; and he explamed what signals he would use "By that means,'' said he, "you will avoid being eecn and fired into by the patrol."


YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. In due time the boat reached a point from which "Very well,'' said Yankee Doodle i "where will the the white beach could be seen, and as no moving ob-boat find the captain?" ject was visible, Yankee Doodle and Juan jumped into "He is at the same place where you left him night the water and swam towards the beach. They had before last." not made many strokes ere they discovered that the "Very well,'' said Yankee Doodle. "Return to water was shallow enough for them to walk forward. him and say I will be there by midnight or soon When they reached the shore both of them ran at the j after,'' and with that he returned to reilrace his steps top of their speed to the edge of the woods some to the water's edge. Old Juan followed close behind sixty or seventy yards away. Under the shadow of him, and when they reached the water he said: the forest they stopped to listen, waiting some twenty "Senor, the patrol is coming." minutes or more ere they heard any movement what"Well, Juan, we are going-come,'' and he waded ever. Then they saw a patrol of Spanish cavalry out into the water up to his waist, and then proceeded pass between them and the water. to swim towards the boat, which he could not yet see. "We got here just in time, Juan,'' said Yankee To his utter astonishment the cavalry patrol rode Doodle. down to the water's edge and called out: "Si, senor,'' assented the old Cuban. Tb en they waited for the patrols to pass out of hear ing before moving from their position. They walked along the edge of the wood eastward for about one hundred yards, when old Juan suddenly clutched Yankee Doodle's arm, and pulled him down to a crouching position. Yankee Doodle was quick to scent danger, and, with his hand on his revolver, he listened to low voices back in the woods a few paces distant. Suddenly old Juan whispered to him: "Wait here, senor,'' and then crept away on all fours into the bushes on his right. Yankee Doodle waited some ten minutes or so, each minute seeming like an hour in duration. But he had faith in the old patriot's fidelity, and knew that he "ould soon find out whether those low voices he had heard belonged to friend or foe. Listening, he heard his name called. "Senor Yankee Doodl e, it is all right, they are :rifasso's men," whereupon he arose and advanced into I the bushes, and was, immediately surrounded by a dozen insurgents. "Where is Capitan Masso ?" he of the men about him. "He is beyond Jucaro, senor,'' said one of the men, "and he is exceedingly anxious that a boat should reach him to-night." "But why did you signal from t)lis place when the ship was going in tha. t direction?" Yankee Doodle asked. "Because we were sent here knowing that we could see the ships that were in front of Cardenas, and he feared they would not move east of Jucaro before dark." "Do you know what Masso wants?" Yankee Doodle asked. "No, senor, but we captured a Spanish officer to day upon whom he found some papers, which he thinks the admiral should have as soon as possible." '' It is strange,'' said Yankee Doodle, '' that he is not here with those papers, for I could now return with them to the admiral." "Captain Masso thinks the admiral sho ld have the prisoner,'' returned the Cuban. '' Alerta Alerta !" "Keep your head close under water, Juan,'' Eaid Yankee Doodle. "They may fire on us." The warning had scarcely passed his lips ere a volley flashed in the darkness of the night on the beach, and bullets splashed water all about them. "By my soul,'' exclaimed Yankee Doodle in a sup pressed tone; "they could not have aimed so well in broad daylight." It was a guess, senor," said Juan. "Maybe so, but it was mighty close guessing. Where in thunder is that boat?" I don't see it, senor." "Nor do I,'' and then he gave a signal for the boat. They were now up to their necks in the water, 'look ing in every direction as far as they could see in the dark, wa .iting for sounds of oars. Suddenly another volley blazed along the beach, but no bullet struck near them, and again Yankee Doo dle repeated his signal for the boatswain. "I hear them, senor," said Juan. Which way are they ?" "On the right of us, senor." "Are they coming this way ?" "I don't know, senor." /. Yankee Doodle repeated the signal the fomth time, and was greatly relieved when he heard it answered by the boa ts wain. A few minutes later the boat appeared in sight, and the boatswain asked: Are you hurt, sir ?" "No,'' returned Yankee Doodle; "we are only wet. Are any of your men, hurt ?" "No, sir," said the boatswain. "Those fellows ca.n't hit anything even in the daytime." Well, that first volley splashed water in our faces "Maybe it was a fish, sir." "Yes," retorted Yankee Doodle ; "a Spanish mack erel, perhaps,'' and the marines chuckled as they pulled him and old Juan aboard. "Now, boatswam,'' said Yankee Doodle, "put us aboard the flag-ship just as quick as you can." "Ay, ay, sir; pull hard, now, laddies," and the sea men bent to their oars with might and main, sending the boat through the water like a thing of life.


u. YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. When they reached the flag-ship they found the "They would soon get on to you, my young friend. admiral, who had heard the firing and seen the flashes, You would hardly be able to repeat the dose you gave anxiously awaiting them. them the other night more than once or twice." "Anybody hurt?" the admiral asked, before any "Well, then," replied Yankee Doodle, "in that one reached the deck. case I would have gained my point, which is to clear "No, sir," replied Yankee Doodle. "Every man the coast of those cavalry patrols." of us has a whole skin." "But they would keep under the protection of the "Very good," said the admiral. "Did they fire on woods," suggested the captain. You?" "If they did, they couldn't travel any. Nothing "Yes, sir; while we were out in the 'Yater," and but a rabbit can travel through those woods at night. then Yankee Doodle, on reaching the deck, a .dded: They would have to appear on the beach, or they "I will have to go ashore again, admiral, after I could do no patroling." have made my report to you." "Do you expect to i:peet any of the patrols to-The admiral turned on his heel and led the way to night ?" the 'captain asked. his room, followed by the daring young American and old Juan. "Of course I do; and I am exceedingly anxious to "That may be an important capture," remarked meet them, too. When you think you have reached a the admiral, after hearing Yankee Doodle's report; point, captain, go in as near shore as you dare to, and "will you go again and get it?" look for those three trees with the light." "Certainly, sir," replied Yankee Doodle. "I'd go "We can't be very far from there no>v ;"and the ashore and catch Blanco, if you told me to; but I captain ordere d the pilot to slacken speed and ap would like to have tl).e gun-boat, as I wish to return proach the shore slowly, while the man with the the salute given me by the patrol to-night." search-light cast its rays along the beach. "I was thinking of giving you that," said the ad-It so happened that they were directly opposite the miral. "It is lying out there in that direction now. they were seeking, and the light was flashed I will signal the captain to come aboard." along the shore for a couple of miles on either side. A few moments later signals were flashed over the N living object was seen. water from the flag-ship, ordering the gun-boat to "Now lower the boat, captain," said Yankee come alongside. Answering signals were seen several Doodle, "and let me have a dozen men." miles out to the east, and they awaited the arrival The boat was soon lowered and Yankee Doodle and of the gun-boat. A half hour later the gun-boat was the marines tumbled into it. They were quickly alongside, and the captain received his instructions to rowed ashore, but no one left the boat until Yankee take Yankee Doodle aboard, land him anywhere he Doodle had first signaled to the Cubans in the woods. wished, and assist him in any way he might require. The signals. were quickly answered, and Yankee He may bring a prisoner on board, captain," Doodle signaled back for them to come to the water's added the admiral, "whom you will take charge of, edge. and bring him to the flag ship, when Yankee Doodle In a few moments about a score of men emerged is ready to return." from the woods and approached the boat. Yankee Doodle and old Juan then went aboard the Yankee Doodle sprang out and met them on the gun-boat, which quickly steamed away in the direcbeach, shook hands with the Cuban captain, and tion of Jucaro. I asked him: "Where's your prisoner?" CHAPTER V. "Here he is, senor," said the captain, and a man THE DEATH STRUGGLE IN THE WATER-" ONE OF us was shoved forward by two of the Cubans. HAD TO GO." ''Where are his papers ? '' Yankee Doodle asked. "Here they are,'' was the reply, as a small pack age of papers was thrust into his hand. Yankee Doodle then turned and ordered the pris oner to get into the boat, which Yankee Doodle locked arms with the Cuban captain and strolled away a little distance from the others. '"Captain," he said, in a low tone of voice, "I wish to know if you think you can remain about here for a "lam sorry," said Yankee Doodle, "thatlhaven't few days or a week, so I can communicate with you command of a craft like this." if I wish to do so." As soon as the gun-boat left the flag-ship, all the lights on board were extinguished, to avoid being seen by the patrols on the beach. The trim little vessel then glided through the water, silently but swiftly, in the direction of the previous landing. Yankee. Doodle and the captain stood out on the deck enjoying the cool breeze of the evening, and conversing in low tones about the war. "What would you do with it?" the captain asked. "I think I can, senor, if we can be supplied with "What wouldn't I do with it!" Yankee Doodle rations to live upon, for the Spaniards can't catch us said. "I would kill more Spaniards along that beach very. easily in these woods." out there within one month than will probably be "Very well, then. Now, can you place yourself in killed during the whole war." I communication with General Gomez?" The captain smiled, and said : "Si, senor."


YANK.EE DOODL E W IT H SAM PSON'S F L E ET 15 "We may need guides to lead some American offi-Yankee Doodle made a desperate effort to shn,ke cers to the general's camp. off his assailant, but the Spaniard, armed with the I can do that, senor." desperation of despair, kept his grip on his throat "But remember, captain, they go on a most im-with both hands. Se eing no other alternative, Y a n portant mission, and the utmost vigilance must be kee Doodle drew his revolver, pushed the muzzle exercised to avoid capture by the enemy Their cap-J against the Spaniard's face, and fired. ture or destruction wou l d entail no little embarrass-The Spaniard released his grasp and sank down ment upon our government. into the water, while Yankee Doodle wheeled around Senor Yankee Doodle, I pledge my life for their and called out : safe conduct to the camp of General Gomez." "Here with that boat !" "Spoken like a soldier, and no better pledge could But hearing nothing from the boat, he turne d, be asked of you !" and Yan kee D oodle grasped his waded ashore, and ran with full speed in the dir ec hand and shook it cordially tion of the woods. Just then came down along the beach from the Ere he was ha.If way across the open space, he right, sounds of the approaching Spanish patrol. heard the Spanish cavalry thundering along the beach "Corne," said Yan kee D ood le, "tell your men to at full speed hurry back to the woods," and he ran with full speed They had evidently heard the Spanish officer's cry himself back to the boat. I for help, as well as the pistol shot. Without waiting for orders from Captain Masso, He dashed into the woods and signaled t o the the Cubans standing near the boat, turned and dashed Cubans. for the woods "We are here, senor," said the Cuban capta in, in "Push off for the gun-boat, quick," said Yankee a low tone of voice. D oodle to the men in the boat, at the s:;i,me time mak"All right, t:'..len," said Yankee Doodle "Tell them ing an effort himself to get into it. to be ready, but not to fire without orders." The boat pushed away quickly at the word of com -He did so in tones loud enough for the Cubans to mand, and Yankee Doodle failed to get abo a rd Not hear. The noise made by the patrol thent;;elves pre knowing t hat fact, the men at the oars soon pull ed it vented them from hearing what was going on in t he beyond his reach. He chased it, hoping to catch it woods. The c avalry stopped at the water's edge and climb in, until he was waist deep in the water. seemingly puzzled at seeing no one there but the m Seeing that he couldn't catch it, he called out softly : selves. Some o[ them dismounted and walked a r o und "Hold up, boatswain, and let me get aboard." the place as if searching for some clew to the cry and The boattswain failed to hear him, and in another shot. moment he was up to his armpits in the water. There Captain Masso stood by t.he side of Yankee Doodle he stopped gazing at the boat, which was fast increas -as they both listened to what was going on out in ing the distance between them. I front of them. Thinking he cou l d not be se e n by the patrol on the Suddenly the Cuban captain clutched Yankee beach, he stood still and faced the shore. I Doodle's arm, and whisp ered: Sudden l y he heard a splash in the directi on of the They have found a dead body in the water, senor." boat, and several muttered exclamations from the "I left one there," was the quiet reply. marines followed He dared not move lest he attract "Who was it ?" Masso asked. the attention of the cavalry, which was now within one hundred feet of him. The cavalry seemed to be unconscious of anything unusun. l and were passing leisurely along on their horses close by the water, and Yankee Doodle b egan to breathe more freely, believ ing the danger was passing from him. Suddenly he was startled at seeing a man swimmi n g past within arm's length of him. He was puzzled The thought instantly flashed through his mind that the man had come from the boat behind him, and that he had made the splash he had he ard but a minute before. "Your prisoner who escaped from the boat." "Diablos !" gasped Masso. One of us had to go," said Yankee Doodle, bu t I have the papers, although they are wet. Had the metallic cartridges of my revolver failed me it would have been my body instead of his out there Then they r e l a p sed into silence, listening to the Spaniards out in front of them. I n a few minutes about a score of the Spaniards were seen approaching the spot where Masso and Yankee Doodle were standing. They s e emed to be coming forward cautiously, as if apprehe nsive of dan ger. When they were within ten pa. ces of Yanke e Quick as a flash, he suspected him of b eing the Doodle, he sung out in a fierce tone: "Fire Cubans 1" Spanish officer who was escaping, and plunged for : ward to intercept him. The Spamards_ mstantly wheeled, and started on a, They were in water waist deep when be laid a run towards their horses; but ere they bad gone five hand_ on h is collar. . j steps, a sheet of fl, ame flashed from the bushes, and vVith a fierce oath, the Spamard clutched lum by I every man of t hem fell forward o n the sand. the throat, and then yell ed at the top of his voice / in Spanish for the patrol that had just passed ---


Y .ANK EE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON S FLEET. 11 He was standing near the admiral, was gazing The gunner laughed, and went on pouring a strea m through a spy glass at the fortific a tions at the enof leaden hail at the enemy. trance to the harbor, when a shot from one of the Suddenly, a great shell passe d so close to them tha t forts c a m e shrieking ov e r the ship. A minute or so the gunner was partially stunne d, and he ceased later the great guns of the flag-ship broke loose with working the rapid-fire gun. Instantly Yankee Doodle a roar which seemed to shake the very hills. He was sprang forward, and began working the gun himself, looking directly at the fort at the time, and saw the whil e the gunner sat down and held his head between huge projectiles strike the fortification, sending agreat his hands. It was at this moment that the enemy cloud of dust into the air. was seen escaping from one of the forts which had "By George!" he exclaimed, "that was a s ettler. been battered to pieces by one of the great guns of The nex't moment the guns of another ship broke the fleet, seeking refuge behind the works of a new loose, and he knew then that the fight was on. The battery. guns from all the batteries along the shore returned Quick as a flash Yankee Doodle turned the rapid t .he fire, and the balls struck the water to the right fire gun upon them as they ran, and the hillside was and left of the fla g ship, or else fell short, or passed I literally. strewn with dead and wounded Spaniards OYerhead The vessels passed in a circle before the The admiral on the bridge was gazing on the sc ene batteries two miles away, to disconcert the

I 18 YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. open space between the breastworks, where Yankee.1 Yankee Doodle was on the bridge with the admira,l, Doodle had caught the flying Spaniards with the and noticed that the ship was standing close in, ap rapid-fire gun. parently inviting a shot from the land batteries. By means of the spy-glass the enemy could be seen The Spania .rds were quick to accept the challenge, from the decks of the fleet removing the wounded and a big gun on the fort high up on the hill broke Yankee Doodle was standing by the side of the loose with a terrific roar. The shot went wild, miss-i commodore, when the latter said to him : ing the flag ship by more than three hundred yards. "That was good work of yours with that gun up Yankee Doodle laughed. there for a few minutes. You were pretty quick to 1 "That fellow must have shut his eyes when he catch 'em." aimed." "Yes, sir," replied Yankee Doodle; "I saw the I "Aiming a gun o\. that, caliber," remarked the adchance, and let 'cm have it !" miral, "is mere guess work unless done by a trained "I am glad you did, for it shows what effective gunner." work can be done with that gun." Another gun on the fort boomed, and then the "Yes, sir; it is the most destructive weapon I ever flag-ship and the cruiser New York let loose their heard of. If I had an old New York tug here, with a huge dogs of war at the fort. It was hot and furi few of your men to help run her, I'd make this coast ous for about thirty minutes, and the dense cloud red hot for the Spanlards !" of smoke entirely shut out all view of the shore. The admiral smiled, saying : But as no more guns were heard from the fort the "I suppose you'd want to work without orders?" admiral signaled to the New York to cease firing. "You bet I would !" was the reply, "except one There was a dead calm upon the water-not a order to start with." breath of air stirring. So many minutes passed ere "And what is that?" the admiral asked. the smoke lif ed and enabled those on the ship to see "Simply to pitch in and kill everything in sight." the result of the borriba .rdment. It was then seen "Is that your idea of war?" that the enemy's works were but a heap of ruins; but "It is," replied Yankee Doodle, and if this war whether any of the enemy were slain could not be had been carried on from the start that way, it would known. But it seemed impossible for men to pass be a mighty short one!" through such a destructive fire without great loss of Again the admiral smiled, and Yankee Doodle conlife. tinued: "The only way to whip an enemy is to smash him, and never let him get up." "That's right," assented the admiral. The fleet lingered in front of Cardenas an hour or t'vo longer, and then slowly steamed away towards Matanzas, leaving one vessel behind to keep up the blockade of the port. The night was spent in front of Matanzas, and in the darkness Yankee Doodle noticed many signals by flash-lights passing from the flag-ship to the other vessels. What they were he had no idea, but he knew that the admiral was master of the situation, and that the Spaniards could do nothing on the water. Early the next morning, ere the shadows of night had quite cleared away, a Spanish merchant vessel was seen trying to slip past into the harbor. About a mile away the cruiser New York fired a shot across her bow as a signal for her to heave to. But the merchantman crowded on steam, and made a desperate effort to reach the harbor. In a few minutes the New York dashed forward, sending another shot so close to her that sbe rounded to, and the prize fell into the hands of the American fleet. She proved to be a Spanish steamer from Barcelona, with a valuable cargo consigned to Havana. A prize crew was placed on board, and she steamed away in the direction of Key West. The flag-ship accompanied by the cruiser New York then turned and sailed again towards Cardenas. On reaching that port they slowly steamed past until they were in front of the fortifications of Jucaro. When he had the opportupity to speak to the Ad miral privately, Doodle said to him: Admiral, I would like to ask you if the maps of the fortifications out there made by old Juan were of any benefit to you in your work to-day?" "Yes," promptly replied the Admiral. "But for that map and the papers you brought in that were taken from the Spanish officer whom you slew in the water, this bombardment would not have taken place to-day, nor the one at Cardenas yesterday." "Then I a.m repaid a thousand times in the knowledge of the fact that I have rendered some service to y ou. "Why, my dear boy," returned the Admiral, "you have rendered the United States more service within the last week than any man of whom I have any knowledge." Yankee Doodle laughed, removed his hat, and said : "'Admiral, will you kindly pat me on the head, and say good boy ?" "Yes," laughed the admiral, "if it will do you any good." "It will do me a deal of good, sir, for I assure you that I would rather have it from you than from the president himself." "You are pretty good at flattery, my boy," "One can't flatter a man like you, admiral. An old sea dog never lets his head swell. I hope I am gradually becoming a little sea puppy myself." The admiral laughed heartily, as did the first lieu -tenant who was standing near.


lG YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON S FLEET. CHAPTER VI. let you know when we are ready to communicate with YANKEE DOODLE WORKS THE RAPID FIRE-GUN ON you." BOARD THE FLAG-SHIP. By this time the boat reached the beach, a .nd YanScARCELY thirty seconds had passed after the volkee Doodle called out to the boatswain: ley fired by the Cubans, ere the Spaniards down at "Why did you leave me behind?" the water's edge returned the fl.re. Bullets tore "We thought you were in the boat, sir," was the through the bushes, and three of the Cubans were reply. wounded. "You did not give me a chance to get in." The echo of that second volley bad not died away "You told us to shove off quick, sir; and you were ere the search-light from the gun-boat :fl.ashed upon close enough to get aboard." the scene. "Well, I missed it; and it was well that I did, "In God's name, let every man lie down!" cried since it was the means of destroying the patrols. Yankee Doodle, and Masso immediately repeated the You turned the prisoner over to the captain, I sup order. Every Cuban instantly fell fl.at on the ground, pose?" and in less than ten seconds a thousand bullets per "No, sir; he got away." minute, from the rapid-fire gun on the gun-boat, were Yankee Doodle chuckled. mowing down the Spaniards, and threatening de-1 "Well, he didn't get away from me." struction to Yankee Doodle and bis Cuban friends. "Did you stop him, sir?" The bullets tore through the leaves and limbs above "I had to, else be would have stopped me. You them, a.s well as plowing up the sand in front. J heard the shot, did you not ?" Among the Spaniards at the water's edge, men and "Ay, ay, sir!" replied the boatswain. horses were going down at every second. Within one "Well, put me aboard the gun-boat as quickly as minute those wbo were not hit were flying along the you can." beach to get out of that fatal ray of light. The men bent to the oars, and the boat shot The light flashed along the shore, lighting up their through the water in the direction of the gun-boat, pathway to death as the leaden hail fell about them. which lay about a quarter of a mile from shore. Very few of them escaped, and those who did, dashed Once more on board, Yankee Doodle hastened to for the shelter of the woods, disappearing from view. the captain's cabin, anq. drew from his pocket thP"Senor Yankee Doodle,'' said Masso, as he lay package of papers that had been taken from the there on the ground, "they are all killed." Spanish officer. They were thoroughly soaked. "I guess a few escaped,'' was the reply. "Captain," said he, "these are the papers taken "Very few indeed,'' assented Masso. from the prisoner. I hand them to you. The man is "Tell your men to lie still," said Yankee Doodle, dead, and his identity may be established by these "for the man at that gun might take us for Spaniards papers." and fire on us." "Why was he killed?" the captain asked, as he The captain gave the order as suggested, and Yan-took the package, and Yankee Doodle briefly related kee Doodle arose to his feet, stepped out in the open to him the story of the prisoner's taking off. and stood ready to signal the gun-boat the moment The captain proceeded at once to carefully open the the flash of light should bring him into view. After papers on the little table in his cabin, and left them wa.iting several minutes the. light flashed over the there to dry, while Yankee Doodle went down into scene of carnage, and he waved a signal to the gun-the anteroorri. to dry his olothes. By the time the boat with his handkercl ief. A signal was returned gun-boat reached the flag-ship again his garments from the boat in answer to his. were pretty well dried On board the flag-ship he re "Now, captain, tell your men to come on,'' said he, ported to the admiral, who deeply regretted the death leading the way down to where the dead and wounded of the Spanish officer. Spaniards lay. "But no blame attaches to you,'' said the admiral, In the glare of the flash-light it was as bright as "a.s you were forced to kill him in self defense.''. noonday. The Cubans at once began plundering the "So I did," replied Yankee Doodle, "for in another dead and wounde d, gathering up all the arms and minute I would have been a goner." munitions, and dispatching the wounded horses. 'l'he captain of the gun-boat delivered the docu -In a little while Yankee Doodle espied a boat pulling ments taken from the prisoner to the admiral, who for the shore. seemed to be deeply interested over their contents. "Now, Captain Masso," said he, to the Cuban offi-He sat up until a late hour in the night poring over cer, "I must go aboard the gun-boat. I fear the them, and as a result of his investigations, signals Spaniards will make.it too hot for you if you should passed from the flag-ship to every vessel in the fleet. attempt to remain here. I would advise you to h10ve In the meantime Yankee Doodle retired to get the a few miles east of here, remaining well concealed in sleep he was so much in need of. When he appeared the woods so a s to avoid being located by the enemy. on decl<: the next morning, he found the flag-ship and I don't know when those American officers whom you I several other vessels of the fleet in front of the bat are to send through to camp will be ready to teries of Cardenas-a.nd that, too, much nearer than go, but you know the signal, and so do we. We can he had ever seen them before.


YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEE'l'. 19 An hour or two after the bombardment of J ucaro, "Early this morning, senor. They keep concealed. the admiral inquired of Yankee Doodle as to the the greater part of the time in a little cove a few whereabouts of the old Cuban, Juan. miles east of here. They seem to be afraid of the "I left him on shore with Captain Masso," was the American gun-boat out there, and never come out reply; "do you wish to see him?" when it is in sight." .There is no necessity of his coming aboard," the "Have they a flash-light like the American gunaG.miral said, "if you can go ashore yourself. I would boat?" like for him to find out about the effect of the born"No, senor." bardment of yesterday and to-day, and, if possible, "Then they can do no harm at night." what movements of the enemy have resulted from it." "No, senor; but they compel us to keep out of "Then I will go ashore at once, sir, if you put me sight in the day time." aboard the gun-boat." "Do any of the men in your command know where The gun-boat was away out on the left, but signals that cove is?" from the flag-ship soon brought her forward, and "Si, senor; we have several men who belong there. Yankee Doodle immediately went aboard of her. I Their families are there now." After shaking hands with the captain of the gun"Is there a village there?" Yankee Doodle asked. boat, Yankee Doodle told him he wished to go ashore "A very small one, senor-only about a dozen fish-as soon as he could safely do so. ermen's families. "There are quite a number of places where you can "Now, look here, Captain Masso; I am going to land," said the captain, "as the Spaniards have be-try to capture that tug-boat." come quite shy abou1i showing themselves on the "Diablo, senor," gasped Masso; "it can't be beach." done." "I think that means the more danger," re"Well, I'll see about that. We Americans are in marked Yankee Doodle. the habit of finding a way to do a thing when we want "Why so?" to. Do you know how many men are working that "Because they are evidently lying concealed in the tug-boat?" woods to keep out of view and wait for any landing "About fifteen or twenty, senor; it is a small one." parties that are not too strong for them to tackle." "Very well," said Yankee Doodle. "GiYe me Then you bad better go 'round farther east, about thirty picked men, and I will see if we can get where your friends are waiting for you." it. I want men who are cool, determined, and quick "Do you know w1\ere they are, captain?" to obey orders. Have you got them?" Yes; we exchanged signals with them this morn:' Si, senor ing." "Well, we'll go up in the woods and make the ar-" Well, let's get out that way, then." The gun-rangements for the trip." boat steamed farther east several miles beyond the Masso started to return to the woods, while Yankee spot where he had previously landed. Doodle ) went to the boat and said to the boatswain : In an hour or two Masso's ::;ignals were seen on the "Boatswain, you may go back and tell the captain shore, and Yankee Doodle immediately entered a boat that I would like for him to keep in sight of this point with a dozen marines, and proceeded towards a low to-morrow, as I may wish to signal to him." stretch of beach. "Ay, ay, sir," replied the boatswain, and they ---pushed off for the gun-boat. CHAPTER VIII. I Yankee Doodle and the Cubans then retired to the YANKEE DOODLE CAPTURES A SPANISH GUN-BOAT. woods, where be met old Juan and shook hands with No Spaniards being anywhere in sight, Yankee him. Doodl e landed, and was received cordially by Masso "Senor Juan," he said to the old Cuban, "the ad and the Cubans. He tumed to the boat and request-miral found those Spanish breastworks you had ed the boatswain to wait until he could find out marked for him, and knocked them to pieces yester whether any message was to be sent back to the cap-day and to-day, and he told me to thank you again tain. for what you had done." Taking Masso by the arm, he walked away some The swarthy face of the old Cuban flushed with distance from the others for consultation. pride, and he straightened himself up, while his pierc. "What news have you, captain?" Y ankee Doodle ing black eyes flashed with the light of battle. asked him. "Then I was in that fight, senor," he said. "We have done nothing since you left us, senor, ex"Si, Senor Juan; you were in it up toyounvaist." cept to watch the Spanish gun-boat. They have sent "Caramba !" exclaimed the old Cuban, "that isn't around this way a little tug-boat with a rapid firedeep enough, senor, I must be in it up to my neck." gun mounted on the bow." Cuba Libre!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, slap" The deuce they have," exclaimed Yankee Doodle. ping him on the shoulder, and the next instant every "Si, senor." Cuban present fiercely gave vent to the battle cry of "Well, you don't want to let them get sigpt of us. the insurgents, followed by still another of: When did you see it last?" "Viva Americano Yankee Doodle!"


20 YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. "Keep quiet, men,'' cautioned Yankee Doodle, and capture the boat without firing a shot. We will dn-ide be then turned to old Juan, and said: into two parties; one to dash for the tug, and the ",Senor Juan, the admiral wishes you to go to Ju-other to look out for the Spaniards ashore. When we caro and Cardenas, and find out for him how much have secured the boat, you can then shoot down any damage was done by the guns of his fleet. When you Spaniards who refuse to surrender. Do you all underhave done so, return here to meet me, and I will carry stand?" the news to him. Can you go?" "Si, senor," every Cuban. responded. "Si, senor, I go now," and in less than three min"Now, you may lead on, guide, and we'll follow,'' utes the old man disa .ppeared in the depths of the said Yankee Doodle, and the march was resumed forest. through the great forest. "Captain Masso," said Yankee Doodle, turning to It took them a couple of hours to arrive in sight of the Cuban officer, "a man like Juan is worth his the little cove, which was surrounded. by rugged hills. weight in gold in a war lik e this. Now kindly tell off Close down by the water's edge were about a dozen thirty good men to go with me." fishermen's huts, and a few women and children were "Si, senor,'' replied the captain, who turned to his seen moving about on the shore, the women themmen and called off thirty of them by name, saying to selves being engaged in mending the fishermen's nets. them: The tug-boat was seen lying moored close up to the "You are to go with Senor Yankee Doodle." shore, with which it was connected by a plank which Yankee Doodle looked at the men and made up his served as a gangway. One Spaniard was seen lazily mind that they were to be depended upon in a time of reclining against the pilot-house of the tug, puffing danger. He lost no time in selecting a guide, to whom reefs of smok.e from a cigar. A little group of about he whispered : half a dozen other Spaniards was seen talking to the "I want you to lead us to the fishermen's huts in women who were mending the fish nets, while others that little cove where the Spanish gun-boat keeps were strolling about in a listless sort of way, all concealed." smoking. "Si, senor,'' said the guide. "Just follow me,'' and Yankee Doodle took in all this at a glance from the 'he led off through the woods with Yankee Doodle top of a wooded hill about one hundred yards away. close upon his heels, with the others following. When The nearest point he could reach without being seen they were about a mile away from Masso and his by the Spaniards was the rear of a cottage directly party Yankee Doodle called a halt, gathered the men opposite the spot wh. ere the tug-boat was moored. close around him, and proceeded to explain to them Under cover of darkness, as there were no street what he wished to do. lights in the village, it would be possible for him to "I am told that that tug-boat the Spaniards are get within a few paces of the tug-boat without being using against us has a rapid-fire gun on board, and discovered He looked up at the sun and found that that it stays in hiding in the cove while the American he would have to wait more than an hour for night. gun-boats are in sight, and comes out only when the "The chance is good enough now,'' he whispered coast is clear for them to do so. Now, I am going to to the guide, "if you can get U$ down there behind try to capture that tug-boat." that cottage opposite the tug-boat without being seen; The Cubans '"ere startled at the suggestion. They we can dash through the hut and seize the tug before had a mortal dread of the rapid-fire gun. the enemy is aware of our presence. Go ahead now." When we arrive near the village,'' continued The guide made his way down the hill in a crouch-Yankee Doodle, "we are to keep well concealed in the ing position, followed by the others, dodging along woods until we can find out the position of that tug-under the bushes until they were down on a level boat and the men on board of it. The chances are with the hut. It took them only about one minute that it will be found moored up to the shore." then to concentrate in the rear of the little hut, where "Si, senor,'' spoke up one of the Cubans quickly, they stopped. nodding his head. There are no locks on the doors of the humble "Is it so?" Yankee Doodle asked him. homes of Cuba, so the guide pushed open the door and "Si, senor,'' was reply. entered. None of the inmates were in "You have seen ft there?" "Come, follow me!" said Yankee Doodle, and "Si, senor." with drawn revolver, he dashed out of the front door many men have they a board?" of the hut, ran about twenty paces, leaped upon the "Not more than twelYe, senor." gang-plank, and thrust the muzzle of his r evolver into "Do fthe men come ashore while the tug is in the the face of the Spaniard reclming against the p1lotcove ?" I house. "All of them do, senor, except two or three." I The Spaniard was so astounded his jaw dropped, "Then we can make a rush and seize the boat if we letting his cigar fall, and gasped out : choos'e the right to do so; and when we have done so, "Diablos!" we will have a rapid-fire gun of our own with which I But he made no effort to resist, as the tug instantly to destroy the Spanish patrols along the coast. To swarmed with armed Cubans, while the other detachdo so every man of you must obey orders. We must l ment dashed for the Spaniards who were on shore.


YAN KEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. :l l The Spaniards drew their revolvers and began fir I they could remain at home for a week to assist their ing. Two of the Cubans were hit, but not seriously wives in procuring provisions for their families. The hurt. The next instant the Spaniards were shot happy wives and mothers thanked him for his kind down amid the screams of the women and children. thoughtfulness, and the men proceeded to follow their Those who were not killed by the bullets were dis-usual avocation until called to arms again by their patched with the machete. Only one prisoner was officers. He then made a selection of ten men whose taken-the man who was found on the tug. It was experience as fishermen along the shore would make all over inside of a couple of minutes, and then the them valuable on board the tug. and told the others Cubans made the welkin ring with jubilant shouts. they could make their way back through the woods The women and children of the village joined ii the to Masso. jubilation, dancing with joy over the sudden and un-He then got up steam and glided away out of the expected success of their friends. The Spaniards had cove, going out some three or four miles from shore, been brutal in their treatment of them, and now they and turned westward looking for the gun-boat belong were relieved of their hated presence. They crowded ing to the American fleet, from which he had landed around Yankee Doodle, and gazed. upon( him in the in the afternoon of the day previous. After about.an greatest admiration. 1 hour's sailing he saw the gun-boat in the distance, The Cubans were anxious to dispatch the one pris-and at once steamed towards it. The gun-boat on oner captured, and the firm stand aga.inst such a proseeing the tug approaching waited for it, the captain ceeding on the part of Yankee Doodle alone saved his wondering what manner of craft it was. life. As Yankee Doodle had no flag to raise, the captain "No prisoner must be slain," said Yankee Doodle, of the gun-boat ordered the man at the rapid-fire gun very firmly, after which he gave orders for tht burial I to be in readiness for action. Seeing the :tug coming of those who were slain, in order to remove the horrors straight towards him with a rapid-fire gun mounted of war as quickly as possible. By that time the sun on the bow, he sung out. had gone down, and the darkness of a tropical night "Ahoy there! What boat is that?" settled upon the scene Yankee Doodle cried out: Yankee Doodle had the tug moved out some fifty "It is the Cuba Libre, the flag-ship of the Cuban yards fror shore and there anchored, giving orders navy." to the watch on deck to permit no one to leave or The gun-boat's captain recognized him, and sung out: come aboard during the night. "Come aboard, commodore." CHAPTER IX. "THE NINA OF HAYTI "-YANKEE DOODLE'S PRIZE. HE had not been in possession of the tug more than ten minutes ere Yankee Doodle began an investigation of everything on board. To his great joy he found the bunker full of coal, and an ample supply of ammunition for the rapid-fire gun. There were rations also aboard sufficient to last a dozen men ten days. A Spanish flag was found aboard, and it was turned over to the Cubans, who immediately consigned it to the flames. "I want a Cuban flag," said he, "for this is the first vessel of the infant Cuban navy, and we will christen her Cuba Libre !' But there was no Cuban flag to be had, nor was there any material among the poor fishermen's fam ilies out of which one could be manufactured. "We will get one by and by," he said, and then we will hoist it and salute it." There was much singing and dancing in the little village that night, and it was a late hour ere the happy Cubans laid down to rest. Among those who had taken part in the capture of the tug were fiv e men whose wives and children lived there at the cove. They were up by daylight and out with their with which they caught a bountiful supply of fish for the breakfast of the insurgents, as well as the women and children. Yankee Doodle told them that in view of the absence of danger since the capture of the tug boat, "All right, admiral; I will," responded Yankee Doodle; and in a little while the tug-boat lay along side the American craft. "Where in thunder did you get that boat?" the captain asked. "Captured her last night," was the reply ; and then he hurriedly related the story of his adventures since leaving the gun-boat. "That's good work," laughed the captain; "and you ought to keep command of it." "I will," said Yankee Doodle, "if the government doesn't claim her as a prize." "I don't see how the government can do that," said the captain. "She wasn't captured by United States forces." "Well," returned Yankee Doodle, "I'm no sea. lawyer; I'll report to the admiral, and get orders from him." "All right," laughed the captain; "go ahead." "See here, captain," said Yankee Doodle, "can you lend me a man who knows how to run an engine? This little tug has a powerful one, and I am afraid we'll all get blown to kingdom come if we undertake to run it without a practical engineer." "We have two engineers on board here," was the reply, "and I will see if their assistants are competent to run it for you;" and he proceeded to consult his engineers about the matter. The latter after some deliberation decided that one of the assistant engineers was competent to take charge of the tug's engine, and the captain sent him aboard.


22 YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. "Now," said Yankee Doodle, "I'll make a break for the flag-ship;" and the little tug steamed away at a speed of nearly twenty miles an hour. "Hanged, if I don't believe she can outrun anything in the fleet," exclaimed Yankee Doodle, as the little craft split the water. In about half an hour the tug was hailed from the flag-ship, and Yankee Doodle sung out to the lieutenant on the bridge that he bad captured a prize. "Where is it?" the li tenant asked. "Thunder! Can't you see it?" laughed Yankee Doodle. "Oh It's a tug, is it?" "Ay, ay, sir," answered Yankee Doodle. "Where did you get it, and when?" "In a little cove about fifteen miles from here, last night." "\Vas it taken by the gun-boat?" "No," was the reply; "the gun-boat wasn't within ten miles of it. Can I come aboard, sir?" "Of course/' replied the liautenant, and Yankee Doodle at once boarded the flag-ship and reported to the admiral that he had sent old Juan to both Car denas and Jucaro to inspect the ruins of the fortifica tions at those two places. Then he told the story of the capture of the tug and its rapid-fire gun. "What are you going to do with it?" the admiral aske d. "That's what I want to find out," was the reply, "for I don't know whether she belongs to the United States or to the Republic of Cuba." The admiral laughed. "It was captured by the Cubans," said he, "but you were in command, and you are in the service of the United States." "Does that make her then, a lawful prize of the United States?" "Not unless you choose to turn it over to the United States authorities." "Well," said Yankee Doodle, "I am acting under your orders, admiral." Only as a volunteer," was the reply. Well, then, what must I do with her?" "What do you want to do with her?" the admiral asked. "Well, if you'll let me have her for a few days I'll raise merry and particular Hail Columbia all along the beach out there without puttmg you to any trouble to send me back and forth on that gun-boat." "Have you an engineer?" the admiral asked. "I borrowed one from the gun-boat, sir." "Have you a good supply of coal?" "Enough for several days, sir." "And rations ?" "We found ten .days' supply on board when we captured her, together with a dozen Mauser rifles, and an ample supply of ammunition.'' Well, go ahead," said the admiral, "and bring me news from old Juan as soon as you see him. Have you a United States flag on board?" No. sir," was the reply. "Well, you had better have one, for if you have no colors when captured you will be shot as pirates. I will giYe you a small flag, to be used only in cases of emergency," and the flag was given him, after which he returned to the tug, and steamed a way in the direction whence he had come. As he passed the gun-boat on the way back, Yankee Doodle hailed the captain, and told him the admiral had given him permission to cruise around about the coast for a few days on his own hook. "Why, you have no pilot," said the captain; "you'll run aground among these shoals in less than twenty-four hours.'' That was something Yankee Doodle had not thought of, and he was a bit worried over it. But he found that the three or four fishermen on board were very familiar with the waters along the north shore, so he concluded to dispatch with the services of a pilot. "I guess I can keep out of the mud, captain," be sung out. "All right," was the reply. "Let me know if you need assistance." Yankee Doodle then steamed away, going still farther east, till he reached a point where he had last seen Masso and his command. But he did not see apy signals from the woods, so he signaled himself. The Cubans replied to the signals, and he lowered a little boat that would hold but three or four men and went ashore to meet them. On seeing who he was, Masso ran down to the water's edge, and congratulated him on the capture of the tug,. saying that his men had returned and told him all about it. "Have you heard from Juan, yet?" Yankee Doodle asked him. "No, senor, he has not yet returned." Well, I am going 'round further east of here, and when I return, if you have heard from Juan, signal to me and let me know." He then re-entered the boat and returned to the tug. After about an hour's steaming, he found himself among a number of little islands off the coast of Santa Clara. He consulted with an old fisherman on board, who told him he knew all the waters among those keys, and that there was no danger of running aground if he kept a reasonable distance off shore. You take the wheel," said Yankee Doodle, and I'll trust to you to keep us in safe water.'' "All right, sir," responded the old man, taking charge of the wheel. "There's a little village on that island out to the left over there, where you can get a supply of fresh water." "Let's go there, then," said Yankee Doodle, and he steered direct for thfl island. In passing around a well-wooded little island, before reaching the one ori wnich was the village, Yankee Doodle was astonished at seeing a two-masted schooner lying at anchor about a quarter of a mile off the island. "How about that craft.out there?" Yankee Doodle asked the old fisherman at the wheel.


Y A NKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. 23 "She belongs in Matanzas," was the reply. I He soon c a m e up with h e r, and h a iled Y a nkee "What is she doing here?" Yankee Doodle asked. Doodle with: "She must b e hiding from the blockaders." "What have you got thel' e ?" "Do you know the vessel ?" Yankee Doodle asked. A prize, sir, load ed with contraband of war." "Si, senor. She plies between Matanzas and the "Is it a Sp a nish vessel?" Haytian ports. She sits deep in the water and has a "Yes, sir; she belon g s to M antanzas-out from heavy cargo." Port a u Prince, with a c a r g o of s uppli e s for the g ar" Well," said Yankee Doodle, she's my oyster. r ison here." Get up to within hailing distance of her." "By Georg e, my bo y!" e x c l a imed the c apta in, if The tug pushed for the schooner and Yankee Doodle 1 that is true your fortune i s m a d e." ran up the American flag overhead, and took his I "Will you take charge of h er, captain?" Y a nkee stand at the rapid-fire gun before hailing tbc craft. Doodle asked. The cre'Y of the schooner, about fifteen in number, I "I'll convoy you to the flag-ship," w a s the r e pl y were on deck seemingly in the wildest consternation "All right; I'll tow her through." at sight of the American flag. But long b e fore they could reac h the flag-s hip ni ght "What craft is that ?" Yankee Doodle sang out. came on, and the captain signa l ed to the admira l tha t No answer came back, so Yankee Doodle instructed 1 Yankee Doodle had c apture d a schoon e r bound for the old Cuban at the wheel to repeat his query in Mantanzas. Spanish. Th e admiral si g n a led b a ck for him to drop anchor "It' s the Nina of Hayti," came back from the and remain there until morning, and h e did so. schooner. "Why did you put the schooner's cre w ashore?" "Come aboard with your papers!" called Yankee the captain a sked of Yankee Doodle. Doodle, but the skipper hesitated and was on the "Because I didn't w ant to be bothered with them," point of refusing, when Yankee Doodle threatened to was the r eply and the c apta in laughed, saying : fire if he did not instantly obey. Then he lowered a "You don't understand these things, my boy." boat and went aboard the tug. "l don't pretend to, captain. I told y ou this morn-y ankee Doodle could not read Spanish, so he had ing I was no sea lawyer, but all the same, I know how one of the Cubans to inspect the papers, who found to c atch 'em." that the schooner was bound from Port au Prince to "But she may not be a lawful prize," the captain M atanzas, with an assorted cargo of supplies for the repli ed. I Spanish fort at that point. "She isn 't, e h ? She is a Spamsh v esse l bound for Yankee Doodle whistled, and turning to the Cubans a Spanish port with suppli e s for the Spanish garrison, around him, exclaimed. and if that doesn't make her a lawful prize I'll scuttle "Me n, your fortunes are made. This is a lawful her and let her go to the bottom." prize ; and the government of the United States will I "You may be hanged for that," ;uggested the capsee that you g e t your share of the prize money." tain, with a laugh. The crew of the little tug were jubilant. The "Well, nobody would h ang me but the Spaniards, schooner's skipper protested, but in vain. He and and they have got to catch me before they can do it, his crew were put ashore at the little vill ,age, while and that is something that old Blanco and his whole the men from the tug raised her anchor. A cable army can't do." was attached to the tug, and the gallant little boat Yankee Doodle went aboard the gun-boat ar\.d substarted 0ff, towing her prize in the direction of the mitted the papers of the schooner to the captain for American fl"eet. his inspection, who, after a thorough examination of them, remarked that be guessed they were all right. CHAPTER X. I "If it isn't all right I'll make it all right," said YANKEE DOODLE'S PRIZE-" MY SKIN IS NOT YET Yankee Doodle. PERFORATED." They remained at anchor all night and the next IT was quite late in the afternoon when the captain morning the schooner was towed alongside the flag of the gun'-boat was pacing the deck, glass in hand, ship, when the papers were submitted to the admiral scanning the horizon, discovered a schooner deep down for inspection. in the water, being towed in his direction by a small "She's a lawful prize, my boy," said the admira l, tug-boat. Towing vessels in that locality was an un' "and I'll take the name of every man on your tug usual proceeding; so he watched them forupwardsof and send it in to the officials of the prize court with a an hour, and then suddenly discovered that the little full statement of the circumstances of the capture, tug was flying the American flag. and furthermore, order every ship in my squadron to "Hanged, if I don't believe that's Yankee Doodle," salute your tug." he exclaimed ; "he must have picked up a prize out 1 "See here, admiral," exclaimed Yankee Doodle, there. That boy is the most aggressive type of Young "you're trying to make my head swell." America I ever saw." "Put a band on it, my boy, and continue to wear He lost no time in pushing out to meet the tug and I the same sized hat, for it is the duty of every man in her prize. the service of his country to do all he can to win the


24 YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. applause and commendation of his countrymen. You ] "I'll give them a surprise," he said, "from a little have done well, and I am proud to tell you so. At masked battery." the same time, let me warn you not to become reck less, and run into unnecessary danger." "Thank you, admiral," replied Yankee Doodle; "I believe that my greatest ambition in life is to deserve well of my country, and die of old age. General Gomez, you know, told J our messenger that I bore a charmed life; I don't know whether I do or not, but my skin has not yet been perforated." The schooner was taken charge of by the admiral and sent to Key West, convoyed by one of his gunboats, after which Yankee Doodle returned to the tug and started back to his fields of operations. As the little craft moved away the flag-ship sa luted it, as d'id all the other vessels of the fleet in sight.. Yankee Doodle dipped the little flag above the tug in acknowledgment of the salute, while the whistle screamed forth to its fullest power. "Now, Jose," he said to the old Cuban at the wheel, "we have done some good work to-day; so we'll go back to our friends to render them any assistance they need." Si, senor," replied the old Cu ban, as he guided the little craft eastward again. They soon passed near the gun-boat, whose captain hailed him with the query : "What did the admiral say about your prize !" "He said it was all right," returned Yankee Doodle, and has sent her to the prize court at Key West." "What will you do now?" the captain asked. Oh, I don't know; I'll just lie around and wait for something to turn up, just the same as you are doing;" and witn that he steamed away eastward some five miles beyond where the gun-boat lay. On reaching that point old Jose told Yankee Doodle that a little distance back from the beach lived the parents of one of the men on board the tug; "he wishes to go ashore, senor, if you will permit him to do so, and see if they are still there?" "Why, yes, we'll let him go ashore," said Ya.nkee Doodle. "How close in can we go here?" "We can go within fifty yards of the shore, senor, for the water is quite deep here." "Do so, then, and let him go ashore." The tug-boat went in pretty close 1,o the shore, dropped anchor, and lowered the boat. Three of the men entered it and rowed away up to the beach, while the Cuban leaped out and made his way up to the wood into which he soon disappeared. The boat returned to the tug, and the crew sat around waiting for the reappearance of their comrade. After an hour or so, one of the crew sprang to his feet, and pointed away off to the left along the shore, exclaiming : See there, senor, the cavalry is coming !" Yankee Doodle sprang up and looked in the direction indicated, and saw a squadron of Spanish cavalry a couple of miles away, coming towards them. He instantly threw off his coat, and threw it over the rapid-fire gun in order to conceal it from the enemy. "Senor," said old Jose, rather nervously, "they can't hit us with their rifles." "Very true, Jose; but they won't think of firin g after I open on them. If you are afraid, you can go below." "I am not afraid, senor." II "All right; then wait and see the fun." 'The cavalry were within half a mile of the tug boat before they observed it. Then they halted for about a minute or two, after which they dashed forward at full speed, evidently in the hope of capturing the tug by covering it with their rifles. But just as they were well started, Yankee Doodle jerked his coat off the gun, carefully trained it upon them, and started the music. He gave them bullets at the rate of about one thousand a minute, and a more startled body of horsemen were probably never seen before in any part of the world. In less than one minute probably fifty men and horses were hit, and in another minute the survivors were scampering for the cover of the woods. Even after they had disappeared from view, Yankee Doodle continued to pour a stream of bullets 'after them. Not a shot had been fired in return. "How is that, Jose?" YankeeDoodle asked the old Cuban. "Santa Marie!" exclaimed the old man; it is good; it is good, senor!" and his eyes fairly danced with joy. I guess they think it's bad, eh ?" "Si, senor; it is bad for them Hello Here comes our man running back," and the Cuban wlio had gone ashore an hour before, was seen running at the top of his speed to the beach. He didn't wait for the boat to meet him, but plunged into the water and swam out to the tug. He was pulled on board, and as soon as he was able to do so, he said that the Span iards were flying through the woods, seeking shelter in every direction. "Did he find his parents ?" Yankee Doodle asked of old Jose. "No, senor," was the reply, "they were gone, and the hut, too." "He doesn't know what has become of them?" "No, senor, but he thinks they have gone to the cove." "Well, three of you go ashore in the boat, and gather up what arms you can find out there where we knocked those Spaniards over," and about an hour was consumed in gathering up the spoils of the slaughter. Away back some' five miles distant Yankee Doodle, by means of his spy-glass could see the captain and his crew ga.zing in his direction. "We are giving them a lesson in the art of war," he chuckled, "and if we had a fl.ash-light we could do some more of it at mght, but as we have not, we will simply have to wait and catch them as best we can."


YANKE E DOODLE WITH F L EET. 25 CHAPTER XI. Doodle, "I never was so glad to see anybody in my A HAPPY MEETING OF DRUMMER BOY A 'D FIFERlife THE MUSIC ON BOARD THE FLA<'}-s111P. "I started out on a raid," said Joe, "with about THE tug remained at anchor the greater part of I fi\ 'e hundred Cubans, and when we struck the road in the afternoon, and Yankee Doodle and his little crew the rear of Cardenas, near the little village of Coliseo, kept up a vigilant watch, in the hope of getting anPedro met our friend Juan here, and learned from other whack at the enemy. Evidently the Spaniards him where you were, and that he was then on his way had enough of it, for not on e of them came out of the back to you. You understand the rest now, I guess." "rnDds during the time the tug remained there. The "Oh, yes,'' said Yankee Doodle, "you just simply daring young American then raised anchor and ca ,me along with him." steamed away eastward to communic;ate with Masso's "That's it,'' said Joe. command before night came on. \i\T ell, I'm glad you came, old man,'' said Yankee On rounding the point beyond which Masso's men Doodle. "I command an independent ship in the fleet lay in the woods, Yankee Doodle saw the signal, and now, and am having more fun with the Spaniards a,t once replied to it. He went ashore in the little I than any other American in Cuba." boa,t, and Captain Masso, accompanied by old Juan, "Is that your ship out there?" Joe asked. met him at the water's edge. "Yes, that's the, flag-ship." "I am gfad to s ee you, Juan," be said, extending Joe laughed and old Pedro grinned. his hand to tho old Cuban. "Oh, that's all right, la.ugh as much as you please; "Si, senor,'' replied Juan, I have just reached we captured a hundred thousand dollar prize ycster-here, and have brought news for the admiral/' day which has been sent to the prize court at Key "What is it?" Yanl{ee Doodle asked. West, and to-day we killed and wounded somewhere "The fortifications of Jucaro were completely de-between fifty and a hundred Spanish cavalry. stroyed the other day, a11 the guns dismounted, and "With that little tug-boat?" Joe asked, with a O\'er one hundred and fifty Spaniards slain, while look of incredulity on his face twice as many were wounded. I heard one of the "Why, yes, man; don't you see that rapidfire gun officers say that they. would not be built again, be-in the bow there?" cause it was too much exposed." Joe and old Pedro gazed at the tug in open -eyed "Very good," said Yankee Doodle, Did you go wonder. to Cardenas?" "Well, well, well !" ejacUhtted the fifer, "I'm "Si, senor." blessed if that don't beat the Arabian Nights. "How was it there?" "No, it doesn't,'' said Yankee Doodle, "but it "Two of the new breastworks were destroyed, and beats the Spaniards. Now, tell me, how did you leave the old one badly knocked to pieces, while they lost the boys in the camp?" more men than at Jucaro, but they 11rc working all "Oh, they are all quite well,'' replied Joe. "We night when they cannot be seen from tho fleet to re-have had very little fighting to do since you left. pair the damages. They said that the harbor was "What's the matter?" Yankee Doodle asked. full of mines and torpedoes, ancl that if the American "I don't know; but we think they are waiting for ships tried to enter the harbor they would all be reinforcements from Key West." blown to pieces." "What Arc more soldiers coming over?" "Was there any damage done to tho town, Juan ?" "Yes, the American papers s:.t.Y" that fifty thousa,nd "A part of it, senor. Many houses that were in more are coming." range back of the old fort were set on fir e by the "Well," said Yankee Doodle, "they'll soon make shells." I short work of Blanco While the old Cuban was Yankee Doodle "Yes, we think we've got him penned. up now saw two persons leave the woods and come towards where he can't get away." him. But such was his interest in the story he was And the two friends stood there and talked for a listening to, he paid them little or no attention, until half hour or more, after which Yankee Doodle turned both were within a few paces of him. Then he tu med, to Captain Masso and told him he would steam back looked at them, and uttered an exclamation of sur1 to the gun-boat, so a.s to co .nvoy to the admiral the prise and joy. They were old Pedro and Joe Bailey information brought by Juan. the fifer of the New York regiment, of which he was "And Joe, old man,'' he added, "you and Pedro the drummer. must go with me." "Great Scott, Joe!" he exclaimed, thrpwing his "Of course,'' said Joe; "if you were to attempt to arms around the boy's neck, "how did you get here?" sail away without me; I'd throw a stone at your ship and without waiting to hear Joe's answer, he turned and sink her." and grasped old Pedro's hand, saying : The two young friends, laughing heartily, entered "I guess you brought him." the little boat and were rowed out to the tug. As "Si, senor," replied the old man, with a broad grin soon as they were aboard the tug steamed away in the on his face, "we came together." direction of the gun-boat. Night overtook them ere "Well, tell me about it, old man,'' said Yankee they were half way; but still they kept on with a


.. 26 YANKEE DOODLE WITH Sk,1PSON'S FLEET small light aloft, so that the gun-boat could signal Yankee Doodle nodded hi head to his fifer, and they her as they approached. When .the gun-boat was began with imitation of the steady tramp of,. egi reached Yankee Doodle consulted the captain, who ment, followed by volleys of musketry, after which ad Yisecl him t push on to the flag ship and make his Yankee Doodle exclaimed, in a fierce tone of com-rcport in person to the admiral. mand: It took them an hour to reach the fleet, and nearly Ulia.rge !" another ere they found the flag-ship From the steady tramp of the regiment the music Yankee Doodle asked permission to go aboard, burst into the wild rush of a thousand men which and it was granted. Joe and old Pedro accompanied lasted for half a minute or so. Then followed the fierce him, and were introduced to the admiral and all the clash of opposing forces, out of which could be heard officers. The report brought by Yankee Doodle o[ the ring of steel against steel, and the fierce yells of the damages inflicted the enemy at Juca.ro and the combatan.ts. Cardenas was highly pleasing to the admiraJ., who The admiral and all of his officers arose to their f eet, immediately communica,ted it to his officers. The and on their faces were the grim e xpressions of men young fifer also told all he knew about the operain deadly combat. Old P ed ro was so wrought up tions of the army in the rear of Havana. A more in -that a fierce yell of Cilba Libre!" burst from his terested group of men was seldom ever seen, as lip s, and but a few moments later Yankee Doodle were those officers who sat around the table listening 1 sung out: to the -story related by the youth who sat opposite I "They fly! They fly !" them. And again the triumphant notes of "Yankee In the course of the e ,ening old Pedro related to Doodle" roared from the pan, and the shrill notes the officers some of his personal recollections of the from the fife were like the creams of an eagle adventures of the gallant Yankee boy drummer and Suddenly the music ceas e d, and everyone seemed to his fifer from the day they l a .nded on tlie coast of take a long breath of relief from the severe tension to Cuba in the province of Pinar del Rio H e also exwhich they had been subjected. plained when and how the drummer boy acquired the Again the admiral and his officers applauded, and name of Y a,nkee Doodle." the former exclaimed : ''So it was given to him by the Cubans, eh?" asked "No wonder the regiment left their officers to fol -the admiral. low your drum, my boy; I should have done so my" Si Senor Admi.ral replied Pedro "and we a ll self. It is the first time in my life I was ever favor-' ' I believe that no bullet can kill him An entire regi1 ably influenced by music from the bottom of a tin ment fired a t him as he led the charge in the assault pan." o n Havana, and while hundreds of his comrades fe:i, A roar. of laughter followed, and everyone in the he was unharmed. room shook hands with the drummer and fifer. "I'm sorry you haven't your drum with you,'' re-The pan and spoons were returned to the steward, marked the admiral, turning to Yankee Doodle, "as 1 who took them away, and went among the marines to I would lik e very much to hear you perform on .it." gi_ ve them a description the wonderful performance Yankee Doodl e looked over at Joe, and :_1,Sked if he to which h e had been a witness. had his fi(e with him. Yankee Doodle and Joe, on invitat10n of the officers "Of course.I have," answered Joe; "my fife goes of tbe flag-ship, spent the night on board, a,nd the wherever I go." next day returned to the tug with dispatches from "Then, admiral," said Yankee Doodle "if you will the admiral for General Gomez of the Cuban army. let me have a couple of soup spoons and a tin pan, we can give you a pretty fair serenade." There was a smile all around the table, after which the admiral sent his cabin bo,y to summon the steward of his mess. \hen that individual appeared, the admir:_al asked him for a, pan and spoons They were brought, and then Yankee Doodle asked the steward to hold the pan for him. Joe produced his fife, and they started in with the tune of Hail Columbia, and from that to the Star Spangled Banner, after which they gave them the triumphant notes of "Yankee Doodl e When the last note was struck, the admiral and his o fficers applauded them vigorously. "It is the best performance I ever heard!" ex claimed the admir::iJ. "Have him beat the charge, Senor Admiral!" exclaimed old Pedro. "Yes, yes, let us have it !" cried o n e of the officers CHAPTER XII. A FATAL BLUNDER-THE GIRL ON THE BEACH. ONCE on board the gallant little tug, Yankee Doo dle and Joe spent hours in conversation. "Joe, my boy," said Yankee Doodle, "I have not heard a word from home since I went on board the flag ship, and I a m much worried on account of it. "Oh, your mother and sister know where you are," said Joe, "for l wrote to my mother that the admiral had sent for you, and three days ago I received a let ter from mother, in which she told me that both your mother and May were both well. "Lord, Joe, what a -load you h a ve ta ken off my mind!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle. "Well, I'm glad I told you," said Joe. "Yes, for I tell you it is a great relief. And now look here, old man! I'd like to have you stay with me as long as the admiral keeps me on this duty.


YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON"S FLEET. 27 "Well, what is the matter with my doing so?" out to welcome them. A few minutes after their ar How about your lea\e of absei1ce from the regi-rival, the rain came down in such torrents tlmt it ment ?" seemed as if the very Heavens had opened to drO\Yll "Oh, that's all right," laughed Joe, "as the fife the whole island in a downpopr of water. has had nothing to do since the drum went a\Yay." The roar of \Yater dashing down the hillsides on ':.Very good, then," said Yankee Doodle;" we will either side of the cove almost equalled that of the sea tick together." outside. The sun w.ent clown whilethegalewas at its The tug plo-wed its way along some two or three height; and the most intense darkness that Yankee miles from the shore, until it reached a ppint opposite Doodle and Joe had eve r seen settled do"n upon the little camp of Masso's command. There a boat them. The families of the fishermen in the little huts was sent ashore to bring Captain Masso on board. were huddled together in their miserable apologies for When the capta,in arrived Yankee Doodle informed homes without any lights wl1atever. him that he had d ispatches that were to be sent to On board the little tug tho crew were crowded to-General Gomez as quickly as possible. gether in the holcl, quietly waiting for the cessation "Here they are,'' he said, handing them to the capof the storm. The gale lasted some thre e or four tain. "I \vould suggest that you send them by old hours, and then ceased as it began. The cloucls Juan, as I think he is the safest man you could find passed awa,y, the stars came out in the clear sky, for that purpose." the wind ceased to blow, but the sullen roar of the "Si, senor," said the captain; "he is the only man old ocean outside the cove was still heard. whom 1 vrnuld allow to take them." "I tell you, Joe," said Yankee Doodle, "when wind The captain then went ashore and the tug steamed and water combine together to make mischief, they away to make a cruise among the little group of I ca,n make a lot oi it." islands where Yankee Doodle had captured his prize You pet they can," assented Joe; "if \Ye had a few days before. stayed out there among those islands not one of u::; Before they reached the isla,nd old Jose wheel could have escaped alive." began sca,nning tte horizon in the southeast, where a "That's so,'' said Yankee Doodle; "it has taught black cloud was boiling upward. me a lesson, and after this I am not going to go Yery "Senor Yankee Doodle," he said, "we shall have a far awa y from shore." storm and we must run for shelter." The night passed and morning found the little tug "Well, can't we find it among these islands?" boat quietly riding in the cove. They were in no hurry Yankee Doodle asked. to get out, as Yankee Doodle was apprehensive of "No . senor, the waves would toss us high and dry rough water outside, so he decided to remain there on some one of them." during the day and overhaul the little tug to see if "Where can we go, then?" anything necessary was to be done towards keeping "We must run back to the little cove where we it in perfect ship shape. captured the tug." He permitted half the crew to go ashore and assist Do you think we can reach it ?" Yankee Doodle the fishermen's families in their fishing. asked. They were engaged in that work along in the mid" Si, senor, if we run fast." dle of the q,fternoon, when they were startled by a _"Then do your best!'' ordered Yankee Doodle. volley of rifles from the woods on the opposite side of The tug-boat veered around, and the engineer was I the cove Bullets whistled all around them, striking told to put on a full head of steam. The little. tug the tug in many places, while one passed through the was soon skimming the water like a thing of life, hat of Yankee Doodle, knocking it off his head into showing a clean pair of heels to the little group of the water. Strange to sa,y, not a man was hurt. islands, and the ominous black cloud looming up be-Yankee Doodle whee1ed, and looked in the direction hind them. whence the bullet came, but could see nothing save a Within half an hour of the time they started on little gray cloud of smoke rising aboye the bushes on their return Yankee Doodle was fully convinced of the hill-side. the correctness of the old Cu ban's premonition of Without uttering a word he sprang to the rapid-fire danger. Fierce flashes of lightning and loucl peals of I gun, and trained it upon the spot from whic!1 the smoke rolling thunder kept up a continual performance be'"as seen rising, a nd tbe next moment sent a stream hind them, and the sea began to swell and moan as if of bullets pouring into the bushes. He kept up the in pa.in. Crowding on every inch of steam the boiler fire for a couple of minutes, during which time he ha.cl could bear, the little tug plowed on its way in the di-sent more than a thousand bulle;ts at the unknown rection of the cove. By the time they reached the enemy. 'l'hen he stopped and waited to see the re entrance a gale of wind arose that lashed the sea into sults, but he could see nothing, for the woods were too a fury, but the little tug glided into smooth water dense-but not another shot was fired at the tug. and made its way up about an eighth of a mile to the "Who were they ?" Joe asked. little huts where Yankee Doodle firs1. found it. "Spa.niards, of course,'' was the reply. There they cast anchor within fifty yards of the I shore, and greeted the "omen and children '"ho ran "Did you catch sight of tl: m ?'' "No; haven't seen a man."


28 YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S FLEET. "How do you know they were Spaniards, then?" f along to take them off. The captain appealed to "Oh, l'm pretty good at guessing, and I guess we Yankee Doodle to land them somewhere on the coast had better get out of here, too, for I'm afraid of an of the mainland of Cuba, hut as they were Spaniards, enemy I can't see," and he ordered the Cubans on and therefore enemies of the Cuban Republic, he shore to come aboard at once, and to pick up his hat I firmly to do so. as they came. "But we will starve here," asserted the captain. Within ten minutes the little crew were aboard, and "Thousands of Cubans are starving all over thr the tug steamed down towards the entrance of the island to-day," returned Yankee Doodle, "as the re"" cove and passed out into the open sea. Old Jose was sult of Spanish policy. at the wheel talking with old Pedro; and by and by That was a fact well known to the Spaniard, so he the latter went to Yankee Doodle and said to him: was silent--making no reply. The tug then steamed "SP.nor, Juan thinks that those who fired upon us away, going out in the direction of a larger island. up there in the cove were a party of our friends." Finally passing out into the great chai;;.nel of the Ba" Thunder exclaimed Yankee Doodle; "why hamas, and there, some miles out, they i>aw a great docs he think so ?" steamer flying the German flag, going in the direc" Because he does not believe any small party of tion of Havana. Spaniards would penetrate so far into the woods." "Lord, but she's a big one," remn.rked Yankee "Well," sa. id Yankee Doodle, "there's something Doodle, as he gazed at the magnificent steamer; "yet in that; but why did they fire upon us?" if that was a 'Spanish flag flying above her, I'd order "He thinks that it was a party of Cubans who did her to heave to, or else her from stem to not know that you had captured the tug." stern." "By George, I hope the old man is wrong," said "Why, she's an iron steamer," laughed Joe; "it Yankee Doodle, "and I was wrong for not having the would be like shooting peas on a turtle's back." flag up." "Of course," assented Yankee Doodle, "it wouldn't "Si, senor," assented the old man. have much effect on the but I could kill eYery" Well, I'll go back and make an investigation," 11 body in sight. She is going towards Havana, and if and he ordered old Jose to return up to the little vil-she tries to pass the blockade, the fleet will stop her." lage again. The tug then turned to the left and proceeded lei On arriving there he hoisted the United States flag, surely to regain the Cuban coast, which was done in' and sent half a dozen of the crew ashore to make side of an hour or two, after which Yankee Doodle de-an investigation. cided to go pretty close in shore, and go westward to-It did not take them long to find out that old Jose's ward Jucaro and Cardenas"to make a close inspection, fea .rs were not without good grounds, for out of a 1 and see what they could find out about the enemy's party of twenty-two Cubans fully one-half had been 1 operations. The little Stars and Strlpes flag was fl.y killed or wounded. ing above the tug as she was skimming along within Explanai, ions were made and the wounded removed a mile of the shore. down to the huts of the fishermen's families. Suddenly old Pedro called Yankee Doodle's atten" Joe," said Yankee Doodle,." not for my right arm tion to a girl on the beach who was waving a ha,ndwould I have had this thing happen." kerchief at them. "It is unfortunate," said Joe, "but I can't see that Yankee Doodle took his spy-glass and gazed at the either side is to blame. lt is a thing that happens g"irl for a few minutes, after which he said : disciplined soldiers in every war .. "She is making frantic efforts to get us to come "Yes, I know, but it is a sad thing all the same, ashore." and I am going to remain here until to-morrow mornI ''Then," said Joe, "she must be in need of assist-ing so as to render all the assistance I can to the ance. wounded." "Very likely; I will find out," and he ordered the An hour or so later it was -ascertained that the boat lowered, and old Pedro and two of the crew enparty were a small band of patriots who were making tered and rowed ashore. their v.vay through the woods in search of the camp of General Garcia. Yankee Doodle advised the surCHAPTER XIII. Vl\"Ol'S to remain there at the villa.go to take care of THE. RESCUED MAIDEN-THE OF ASSISTANCE their wounded until they were able to do service AND HOW IT WAS RENDERED. again, as they could there secure food from the waters YANKEE DOODLE stood on the deck of-the tug, with of the cove more easily than elsewhere. glass in hand, watching the little party in the boat. The next morning the tug made another start and He could see that the girl was very much excited soon pass d out into the open sea, and steamed away whilst telling her story to the three Cubans, and fin in the direction of the little group of islands off the I ally saw her enter the boat. coast of Santa Clara. In a couple of hours they When the boat returned to the tug, he saw that reached the island upon which he had left the crew of the girl was both youngand beautiful. He reached the captured schooner. The crew were still there, down, extended his hand to her, assisting her to the being una blc to get until some craft should come deck of the tug. Sh. e could not speak a word of En-



YANKEE DOODLE WITH SA:MPSONs .PLEgT Yankee Doodle lrnlted to point out to the young girl I plied. "You have my whole heart,. and I haYe no spots "here fierce battl"s had been fought between control of it whatever." They are comiagnow. See!" the American and :Spanish forces She was deeply inand he pointed in the direction of the mue party as terested, and was amazed that one str young as he they rode up beneath tb.e great trees thait sheltered should have passed unscathed through such perilous the road from the scorching rays of the tropical sun. scenes. Inez ran forward to meet Anita,. wekom:i:ng her in In time they came within sight of the Alvarez j glad, joyous tones long before she reached her side. l)]antat1011, and found that many of the scnants, who Yankee Doodle ran after her and assisted Anita from had Jong been in t}ie en1ploy of the family, were at the saddle. The two young girls embraced and wept work in the fields pntting them in shape for a crop. in each other's arms, after which Inez ran to Joe arnl "That means," said he to Joe, "that so far as this gave him a glad welcome also. She did the same to province is concerned, the war is over." faithful old Pedro. The whole party then returned to "Yes," responded Joe, "it looks tltat way." the house, lea Ying old Pedro to look after t1"1e horses. So la .rge was the estate that they were yet a mile Yankee Doodle and Joe at once made themselves at away from the house; but Yankee Doodle instructed home, as they had frequently been there before, while old Pedro to inquire of some of the hands.whether or Inez and her guest spent an hour together out in her not the senora and her daughter were at home. On room.. Inez placed her wardrobe at the service of being' assured that they were, he put spurs to his Anita, ancl when they descended to. the veranda .;he horse, and rode like the wind, leaYing the others to fair refugee was daintily dressed and looking as cool follow more at leisure. as a zephyr. As he clashed up in front of the house, he found The young people sat out on the veranda for sevSenorita Inez and her mother out among the flowers eral hours listening to the story that Yankee Doodle of the garden. They both stared at hun, little dream-had to tell of his adventures with th fleet. Suddenly ing at the time who he was. He reined up suddenly he turned to Senorita Inez, and asked: at the gate, raised his hat, and called out: "Have you seen Dolores since she married?" "Senorita!" "Only once, senor," she laughed, "and then she "Oh, senor,'' she cried, and flew with the speed of did not see me." a fawn towards the gate to meet him. "How did she look?" he asked. He sprang from the sa cldle, caught her in his arms "She seemed to be happy and contented," she reand coYerecl her face with kisses. plied, "yet she must never know," and she shook her The senora soon joined them, her face beaming with head. pleasure, and extended her hand to him. He seized Anita could not understand English, but frequ.ently it, bowed over and pressed it to his lips. Inez would turn to her and repeat in Spanish things "Senora," he said," I'm glad to see you looking so that Yankee Doodle had said which she thought well, and happy once more to behold my beloved." might please her. "We are glad to see you, senor," she replied; "it j "Confound the luck!" excla imed Joe, suddenly; is a most unexpected pleasure, for we had heard you "I'd .give a thousand dollars if I could speak had been transferred to the fleet." Spanish "Only for a little while, senoea, but it has been well "Why so, senor?" Inez asked. for met.hat it ,,ms clone." "So I could talk to the -senorita here," he replied. "How so, senor?" "I will be your interpreter," said she. "I have been so fortunate as to win a little fame "Oh, thunder!" he said. "What I want to say and some fortune under the eyes of the admiral." to her is what I wouldn't care to harve others hear. Oh," said Senorita IneZ, "you would have done If I could speak Spanish now three would be a crowd." that anywhere." "Say, Joe, old man," said Yankee Doodle, are I a.m not sure of that, senorita," he replied, "!but I you hit ?" do know that each day I have been absent from you "Yes," was the reply," and hit hard." my love for you has grown stronger and stronger Inez looked at him and laughed, after which she laid every hour," and then he held her hand in his, and hand on his arm, saying : told her and her mother the story of the es ape "Senor, love can speak any language on earth. If and rescue of Anita Castillo on the coast beyond you love my friend you can tell her with your eyes, J ucaro, and that he had brought her with him in the and if you win her love, she can tell you with hers. hope that she could find a refuge under their roof unLet me tell you she is a good girl, with an angelic til her parents could be rescued from Cabanas prison. disposition and a fine education. Do you wish me to "Oh, I am so glad you have brought her!" extell ber that you love her?" claimed Inez. "She is a clear friend of mine, and I "I fear she wol:lld think me bold and impudent on did not know that she was in trouble." such a short acquaintance,"'' he :replied, "yet you may Suddenly she looked up irfto Yankee Doodle's eyes, tell her that I think ber the most beautiful girl I ever and said : saw." "You will not let her win you from me?" "Except my girl, old man," put in Yankee Doodle. "No woman on earth can do that, senorita," he reJoe smiled and Inez blushed.


YANKEE DOODLE WITH S A MPS O N'S FLEET. 31 "She is as beautiful to me," said Joe, "as Senorita proud and happy over the fame he had won. When Inez is to you, and so she seems to me the most beau-he had finished reading the letters he found that Joe tiful of all the earth." had secured his drum, and had it waiting for him in Inez turned and looked at Yankee Doodle, her fine front of the colonel's quarters. He seized it in his eyes sparkling, a nd exclaimed : arms and hugged it lovingly to his bosom. Then he "vVhat a beautiful compliment, and how beautifully hung it about his neck, took the drum sticks in his spoken. hands and called to Joe: "Hanged, if I don't believe the boy is stuck," said "Give us Hail Columbia." Yankee Doodle. Joe produced his fife, and soon the stirring air "You bet I am," said Joe, "and I am proud of it," was heartr throughout the camp. Nearly the entire whereat Inez laughed until she became alniost hysteri-brigade came rushing to the for the music cal. told them that Yankee Doodle had returned. They She had great difficulty to avoid hurting Anita's were soldiers who had followed him into the very jaws feelings, because of her mirth, but later in the afterof death. They cheered him until they were hoarse, noon she communicated to her that Yankee Doodle s vvl1ile Joe changed from one tune to another, giving gallant young comrade was very much smitten with them all the music they could draw out of it. Then her beauty. Of course, that was pieasing to her, for as a finale they again beat the charge as he had often she was a true daughter of Eve, all of whom are. hap-done in the face of the enemy. The wildest enthusipiest when they know they have won the heart of a asm prevailf.'ld. The general of the brigade himself man. came from his quarters to find O\lt the occasion of The plantatfon now being in the lines of the Ameri1 so much enthusiasm. The music ceased just as the can army, no apprehensions of danger from the Spangeneral arrived and he grasped the drummer boy's ish "ere entertained. The two young friends decided 1 hand, shook it warmly, and welcomed him to camp to remain there for several days as the guest of the again. family, as they were under no special orders as re"Are you a land lubber, or a seaman?" gards their time. "I hardly know which, general," he replied, "as I am pretty badly mixed up with both." CHAPl'ER XIV. "You seem to be equally successful in both charCONCLUSION. acters,'' the general remarked. ON the thiril day after their arrival at the planta"Well, I had to be, general," he laughed, "for it tion, Yankee Doodle and Joe decided to mount their was success or death. horses, accompanied by old Pedro, and pay a visit to "Well," said the general, "how 'did you learn to the American camp, and again mingle with the bo run tug ?" of the New York regiment. "I didn't run it, general." Y _ankee Doodle believed that the postmaster of the "Why, how"s that? We hear d that you did . regiment had letters from home for him, and he was "The tug ran me," he expla.ined; "I didn't run extremely to get t11em. Promising-Senorita anytl1ing hut the rapid-fire gun, and you can bet I Inez and her mother to return in a few days, they set made that run fast. out on their journey for the camp in the vicinity of CalHe had a royal time in the camp that night, and Yarzo They reached the camp in the middle of the when he had an opportunity to talk privately with the afternoon, and immediately went in search of the New I colonel, he explained to him how he came to be in York regiment. But so well known was Yankee with the co11sent of the admiral of the fleet, and Doodle among the other regiments of the brigade, .asked permis iou for Joe to return with him, when he that he was instantly recognized by the soldiers, who was ready to go. surrounded him and ga,Ye him a welcome that "I have no objections," said the colonel, "as the amounted to an ova tion. He shook hands with hunfifer has nothing to do in the absence of a drummer." dreds of men, and much to his astonishment, he found Joe was overjoyed. when Yankee Doodle told him of many of them with copies of New York papers in their the leave of absence granted by the colonel. possession, in which were printed many stories of his "Oh," said Yankee Doodle," I didn't intend to go adventures with the fleet and along the coast of the back without you, Joe, for if the fleet will supply the island. When told where the regiment was in camp, tug with coal we can probably pick up a fortune by he lost no time in going to the colonel's quarters to picking up some skulking blockade runner; and at the pay his respects to him. I same time we can knock the Spanish caYalry galle.y-The colonel gave him a glad welcome, as did the west along the beach. The admiral wants us to kee.p other officers of the regiment, and placed in his hand open communication between the flee t and the Cubans a package of letters from home. So great was his on shore." desire to hear from home that he asked permi ssion of The next da 1 y Yankee Doodle t old Joe that he the colonel to sit in his tent and read them. Of course wanted to find Dolores and her husband. it was granted, and he spent half an hour readin g the "Oh, she's living at the same place," said Joe. letters from h is m other, sister and frie n ds They were I "Have you seen them often since they were marall we ll and had heard of h i s a dventur es a n d were ried ?"Yankee Doodle asked.


32 YANKEE DOODLE WITH SAMPSON'S F L EET. "Yes, and 1 don't think I ever met her when she corned by the ladies, wh. o set before them delicious did not ask after you. fruits and sweetmeats. They spent two days more "Does she seem to be satisfied since her mar-at the splendid home of the Alvarez family, and were ria ,ge ?" exceedingly loath to leave. By that time Joe was "Oh, yes!" answered Joe; "but, then, you can very much in love with the fair refugee, while she never tell about these Cubans." seemed to be very much :flattered by his devot ion. "Does the man she marri ed seem to be satisfied?" As for Yankee Doodle and Senorita Inez, they wern "Oh, there is no doubt about that," laughed Joe; two as happy lovers as the sun ever shone upon. But "he is very much in love with her." Yankee Doodle dared stay no longer, so they bid "Has he entirely recoxerecl from his wounds?" adieu to the ladies and resumed their journey towards Yankee Doodle asked. the coast west of Marie l. They arrived there about ''I think not, as he has not been put on duty again." sunset, and found the little tug riding at anchor a "Well, let's go and see them," and they started off I short distance from the shore. The crew were glad in the direction of the little village about a mile away. I to see them bac1r, for they weary of their close They.soon reached there, and some ohildren in the I quarters and having nothing to do. Besides, their street recognized the two boys, and instantly raised I rations were exhausted, and Yankee Doodle had to the cry : I a .pply to the commandant of the camp for a two days' "Senor Yankee Doodle Americano !" supply of rations. The commandant very promptly The wives and mothers ran out of their houses on supplied his wants, and the tug steamed away t be hearing the cheering of the children, and thus Dolores I next morning flying the American flag. heard of his coming before they saw each other. She As were passi.ng in front of the works at. Marr 11 out to the gate in front of the little cotta. ge her iel, the httle flag excited the anger of the Spamards, a . who at once opened fire on them from the battery, alface beammgw1th simles, greeted Yankee Doodle though they were two miles away. The shot from one warmly. of tbe big guns passed close over the little tug, and "I am so glad to see you, senor," she said. another the water about a hundred yards in its ,, "I I wake, while still another passe d across the bow. Thank you, senora, he returned' have called "If I were a mile nearer in," said Yankee Doodle, to pay my respects to you as soon as I cou ld._ I am "I'd give them a salute from my battery." glad to see you looking so well and hope you are "Well," said Joe, "we'tl better get away from happy." here as quick as we can." "I am not unhappy senor" she said. "I don't "What you afr'.l'id of_?" aske?. ' "I'm afraid of bemg hit with one of those big know that I can ever be happy agam; but I.have a shells," was the reply. good husband who lov.es me, and so I am satisfied." Oh, they can't hit us, except by accident." "Senora, any one who has a good husband that "Maybe not," returned Joe, "but that would finloves her ouo-ht to be satisfied." ish us about as quickly as any other kind of a hit." "Si, she answered, "I am satisfied." I "Quite. laughed Yankee Doodle; we "I o-1 d t h 't,, 1 1 d f: are not lnt yet. am b a o ,,ear 1 saic .1e, an ope yop. "Quite true; and I hope we won't be." may always be so, and tl).en he mqmred fter her 1 1 The little tug kept on its way, a11d was soon out of mother and some of her friends, after which he shook range of the-batteries on shore, going in the direction hands with her and returned with Joe to the camp. I of the fleet lying in front of "J e old man" he said "I shall alwavs reO'ar

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