Yankee Doodle at Manila; or, The wild men of the Phillipines

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Yankee Doodle at Manila; or, The wild men of the Phillipines
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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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DOODLE. Stories of the Present "\Var. lssued &mi-,1fonthly-By Snbsc1"iJJUOn $1.25 per year. Entered as Second Class at tile New York, N Y . Post Office, 1lfay H, 189l> Entered according to Act ol Conqress in the year 1898, in the offu:e of tile Lib1mian of Congress, Washington, D. G by F'rank Tousey, 29 West 26th SI,. New Yo1k. No. 11. NEW Y O R K Sept ember 28, 1898. Price 5 Ce nts. Yankee Doodle at Manila; OR, THE WILD MEN OF THE PHILIPPINES. BY AUTHOR OF YANKEE DOODLE. CHAPTER I. YANKEE DOODLE AND THE PRESIDENT. THE war between the United States and Spain was noted among other wars of ancient or modern times for its wide field of operations. It extended all the way from the Philippines in the far east to the extreme limit of the West Indies, between twelve and fifteen thousand miles, and yet the operations over that vast expanse of land and sea were conducted with the regularity of a well-conducted set of machinery. Orders were issued from Washington through of miles of cable, which were obeyed implicitly and as accurately as though the president himself were on the field. Orders were issued to Com modore Dewey, whilst lying in port at Hong Kong-, to proceed a.t once to Manila, a distance of six dred and fifty miles, and smash the Spanish fleet which bad been concentrated there. Within one hour after receiving the order the commodore steamed away, and on the third day following the Spanish fleet lay in the bottom of Manila Bay. It was a ma,gnificent performance, that astonished the naval authorities the world over. There was a large garrison of Spanish soldiers in the city of Manila, besides regiments and brigades stationed at different points on the Island of Luzon. There being no American land force in tha. t part of the world to take possession of his conquests, Dewey was compelled to remain on board his ships, but within gunshot distance of the great city of Manila. The fort and arsenal at Cavite were all that were taken possession of on the surrender of the small force that was holding it. Corregidor Island, down at the entrance of the bay, on wh1ch a strong Spamsh fort stood, also surrendered, thus leaving only the garrison in the city. The situation was peculiar. The commodore could force the surrender of the city any day by bombardment, but as he had no army with which to hold it in the event of capture or surrender, he decided, by a. convention with the Spanish commandant, to refrain from any further acts of war on the condition that the Spanish themselves do likewise, thus leaving them in control, as a protection to the vast commercial interests against the depredations of the insurgents, who had taken up arms under the leadership of Aguinaldo. The situation remained thus for many weeks, during which time the insurgents grew bolder every day, and forced the Spaniards to abandon many outposts, and concentrate their strength for the defense of Manila. During that time the administration a.t. Washington was busily engaged in organizing several armies, one for the Philippines, another for Cuba, a third for Porto Rico, and a fourth to be held in reserve for possible emergencies. In the meantime the Spaniards were hastily organizing another fleet under Cervera, the objective point of which remained a question for several weeks. Reports came one day that it was to sail for the Philippines to attack Dewey, and the next day another would be flashed over the world that it had concentrated at the Canary Islands, for the purpose of going to the relief of Blanco at Havana, thus leaving naval authorities in Europe and America in doubt. as to where the next blow would be struck. Finally Cervera's fleet disappeared from the Cana ries, and was lost for many days in the almost illimitable expanse of the Atlantic, after which it was heard of off Martinique, when, after twenty-four hours, it disappeared under a thick cloud of doubt as to its destination. For days and days two American fleets patroled


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. the Caribbean Sea, dodging in and out among the l At other times he would go scouting on shore a lon g many islands in search of the slippery enemy. the north coast of the island, in order to loc ate newl y In spite of the vigilance of the American naval offiJ erected Spanish batteries, and report the m to Adc ers, Cervera slipped into the port of Santiago de 1 miral Sampson. Cuba, and all Spain rejoiced. The American fleet \ Thus the army and naval officers l earne d to r e l y 1 gathered at the mouth of that famous harbor and upon Yankee Doodle, which name had been conferre d bottled up the second Spanish fleet so thoroughly that upon him by the Cubans, and confirmed by the every Spanish vessel in it was irrevocably doomed. American soldiers, on account of his frequent fie r ce Thus far the fighting had all been on sea, and in beating of the national air of Yankee Doodle whils t every instance victory perched upon the Stars and charging in the face of the e n emy. Stripes. One day General Shafter requested him to t a k e The din of preparation went on, and regiments, some special dispatches to Washington, and within brigades and divisions of both regulars and volunteers an hour or two, accompanied by his bosom friend, Joe were bur-ried to Cuba, making Santiago the first point Bailey, was steaming for Key West. <>f attack, not so much on account of its importance When he landed at that port crowds of Cubans a nd as a city as for the Spanish navy and army forces that American soldiers swarmed about the dock to learn had been concentrated there. 1 the latest news from the seat of war. The result of the operations in that part of the \ There were quite a number of wounded officers and island have passed into history. The daring exploits soldiers on board, some of whose names had bee n ex -0f American soldiers, collectively and individually, ploited in the papers all over the land as brave fightwill be a fruitful theme in song and story for centuries ers who deserved well of their country. to come. Yet, when the drummer boy's presence became Marvelous feats of personal daring took place daily. known, a g-reat shout went up from the enthusiastic Roosevelt's Rough Riders covered themselves with crowd in his honor. They had seen his picture in the glory, as did the 7lst regiment of New York VolunI papers, and had read of many of his daring exploits; teers in the terrific charge up San Juan hilL yet he wore no soldier straps-he was simply a plain In tha.t terrific fight men fell as leaves fall from the drummer boy. trees in autumn, but the Stars and Stripes was borne But daring courage is recognized and admired the triumphantly up the rugged precipice and planted world over, hence men, women and childre n chee r e d upon the Spanish intrenchments. the beardless youth as though he had led the armie s The story of Hobson and his seven heroic comrades and won the victories instead of the generals comin dashing into the thickly-mined entrance of the missioned by the president. harbor to sink the Merrimac across the narrow pas-Both of the boys laughed good naturedly shook sage, will be a theme of poets and historians in every hands with everybody, and said they had had a g ood language. Yet they were but heroic types of the time. American soldier and seaman. "The deuce you had !" exclaimed a grizzle d old f e lGrizzled old heroes of the War of Secession, whose j low in the crowd. "The papers told us you have b een great deeds had long since passed into history, fought having a hard time." side by side with mere youths who were born ten or "Oh, it is the Spaniards wl:o have had the hard fifteen years later. Among the latter was a youth time," said Yankee Doodle. "It was hard work for of but eighteen years, of the name of Philip Freeman, us, but we enjoyed making it worse for the other felwho went out as a drummer boy with a New York lows." regiment. "And that's what you call having a good time?" His adventurous spirit led him into adventures, ac-the old man asked. companied b y Joe Bailey his fifer, a youth but a few "Yes," was the reply ; "it is always a good time months his junior, which soon made his name a when the other fellow gets licked." household word throughout all America. "Well, I don't know about that," returne d the old One da y he would head a charge with bis drum, in man, shaking his head. "I've licked a f e w fellows in the face of a perfect hail of Mause r bullets, and the my day, but it was such confounded hard work to do next, with a handful of brave spirits, would be fierce-it that I couldn't see any fun m it." ly battling with Spanish d etachment. s in the dense "I guess you haven't any sporting blood in you," tropical forests, and probably the third day would laughed Yankee Doodle find him scouting in dangerous proximity to the "Yes, I have; plenty of it. But fightmg isn' t enemy, sometimes behind and then in front of their sport." breastworks. "Yes it is, old man, but not for the fellows tha t get He seemed to bear a charmed life, and General llcked." Shafter soon learned to repose implicit confidence m "That's so," yelled the crowd in great good humor. both his courage and good judgment. Whatever re"Of course it is," assented Yankee Doodle. "If a ports he brought, or sent in, concerning the move-fellow gives me a black eye, and 1 give him two black ments of the enemy, were implicitly relied on by the eyes besides a smashed nose and a few broken ribs, I American general. call that real fun."


YANKEE DOODLE d.'l' MANILA. His great good humor was communicated to the big Joe hurried on to New York to visit their parents. crowd, as they escorted them to the hotel, where they In the metropolis they not only Peceived a welcome remained a few hours before taking another boat for from their mothers and personal acquaintances, but Tampa. the whole city seemed to want to take them to its At the latter place they boarded the train for great heart. Washington, where they were received by the presi-Everybody wanted to shake their hands, and anydent and all the officers of his cabinet with great thing they wanted they had but to ask for it and it cordiality. would be given them. "My dear young friends," said the president, as he Thousands called upon them at their little homes, gazed at Yankee Doodle, "the Cuban sun has made until their mothers were worn out by lihe excitement you as brown as a Spaniard." occasioned by the rush. They had to beg the report So it has," replied Yankee Doodle; "but you ers of the papers to ask the crowds to keep away from ought to see the Spaniards. They are not only brown, their home, at the same time promising to go down to but black and blue besides." the City Hall and mingle with the people there. "Good good !" laughed the secretary of war, who A great throng in the City Hall Square demanded was standing by. "You boys have done wonderful that Yankee Doodle should tell them something about things, and the most wonderful part of your work is his experiences in and around Santiago. owing t,o the good nature that carried you through He told them a great deal in bis modest, straight it." \ forward way, much of which had not appeared in the "That's it, Mr. Secretary. If a man keeps in good I press of the country. humor down there, he can keep his health and fight"How hot is it down there ?" a voice in the crowd ing strength through rain and sunshine." I asked. "You had a good deal of rain, hadn't you?" the "I don't know,'' he replied, "as all the thermomesecretary asked. ters I ever saw down there boiled over at the top "You bet we' had; at times it seemed as though about noon every day. An ordinary thermometer the clouds had dipped up half the Caribbean Sea, and couldn't stand the heat. I guess Cuba after all is poured it over us. Then the sun shone upon us nothing but a pot on the top of the chimney of his through a magnifying glass that would sometimes Satanic majesty's kitchen." burn holes in the ground." "Oh, come off !" sung out a small boy in the crowd. "That was pretty hot," laughed the secretary. "l won't do it,'' quickly replied Yankee Doodle "Hot! Why we fairly sizzled, and were it not for "It's hotter down there than your mother's slipper, the heavy rainsour gun barrels would become so hot and I guess you think that's the hottest thing there we couldn't handle them. Why, before opening a can is." of baked beans we would set it out in the sun for ten "No, I don't neither," was the reply; "for marm's minutes, where it would become smoking hot, so if a slipper isn't half as hot as the old man's shingle. man ate a cold dinner down there it was his own The crowd roared with laughter and thought the fault, as the heat cost him nothing. If we got hold small boy held his own pretty well. of any live cattle their whole carcass could be roasted "You're right,'' laughed Yankee Doodle, "for by hanging it up in the sun for an hour or two, so while the slipper is warm, the shingle is generally red that cooks are entirely unnecessary except for mixing hot." the thing before we put it out to cook. The rocks I "You bet it is," assented the kid. were so hot in the charge at San Juan hill, that Mauser After several days recuperation in the city Yankee bullets when they struck them spattered all over iri Doodle and Joe Bailey suddenly returned to Washthe shape of melted lead." ington, which place they reachej before their friends The president and his cabinet roared with laughter, in New York knew they had left the city. and declared that he was the only one they had seen A day or two later they were traveling across the who had told them the real facts of the case. continent at the rate of forty miles an hour on their "Oh," he laughed, "I haven't told you half of it way to San Francisco, where they were to join the yet." a.rmy that was embarking for the Philippines. "Well, don't "tiell us any more like that," said the It was a tremendous distance from their former president, looking at him over the tops of his glasses, field of adventure, as it was more than half way "as it would make trouble for us in keeping people around the world from Cuba. out who would want to go there." They had been asked by one of the generals to ac" Oh, that's all right, Mr. President," laughed company the expedition, in the hope that their exYankee Doodle "that's only the bright side of the ample would have a fine effect upon the volunteers picture; tbe other side would. make 'em sick even to that were going to that far off field of operations. hear about it, so I'm going to keep mum on that." They were glad to go, as the situation in Cuba "That's right; don't give the country more than promised but little more adYenture for them. it can bear." They spent. a couple of days in San Francisco, where He had delivered his dispatches, for which he was the people seemed to be as well posted about their thanked by the secretary of war, after which he and, exploits as were the citizens of New York.


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. CHAPTER II. l them friends. Before tte voyage ended they had ON THE WAY TO MANILA-THE COWBOYS AND THEIR spent several days on every transport in the fleet, DISBELIEF. and had a good time on all. THE transport on which Yankee Doodle and Joe There were a great many Western cowboys among Bailey took passage for Manila contained an entire the troops, who seemed to take a particular fancy t o regiment of twelve hundred men, and was the first to them, because they had campaigned with Roose leave the harbor of San Francisco. It was a volun-velt's Rough Riders in Cuba. Many of them had ac teer regiment, hut nearly all the officers had come quaintances among the Rough Riders, and it soon from the regular army. became known that Yankee Doodle and Joe knew Regiments of regulars, however, were on the other them also. transports, all under convoy of a war-ship. The two boys told them many funny stories of ad-It was a long, long sail of two thousand miles to venture, and had no little fun in ridiculing those cow the Sandwich Islands. There they waited a couple of boys on the transports who still wore their long hair, days for all the transports of the expedition to get as they had a.lways done on the plains. together, as well as to allow the men to go ashore for Said Yankee Doodle to a group of them: a bit of exercise. "If the woods of the Philippines are anything lik e Honolulu, the capital of the Sandwich Islands, re-those of Cuba, you fellows want to cut your hairceived them with great demonstrations of joy, and and cut it short." fed them with all kinds of tropical fruits, meat "Why so?" asked one of them. and dainties, on long tables which had been placed in "Because," he said, "some of the boys in Cuba g o t the shade of the trees. I caught in the bushes by the hair, and the only way The islands had just been annexed to the United I they could go through was by cutting their hair and States, and the white citizens thereof were rejoicing leaving it hanging on the limbs." over their good fortune in thus becoming a part and "What arc you giving us, pard ?"roared out a bi g parcel of the greatest republic on earth. cowboy, whose flowing locks were nearly a foot long. It was while they were on shore there that Yankee "I am giving you the straight truth about long Doodle and Joe Bailey gave an exhibition of their skill hair," he rc!Jlied, "and you will do well to remembe r with the drum and fife. Every regiment in the expewhat I tell yo You know what happened to Absalom dition had its own drum corps, and their rattle and on account of his long hair, don't you ?" bang had been kept up the greater part of the first "Absalom Who the deuce is he?" day. "Oh, he is a fellow who lived three thousand years It was on the second day, however, that General ago." Anderson asked them to beat the famous charge that "The deuce he did. What do you know about him? had given them the reputation throughout the whole and where did be live?" country as being the best drummer and fifer in Amer"Oh, he lived away out Ea.st, in Palestine, and was ica. a son of David, who slew Goliath." Of course they consented, and the other drummers "Shoot m for an Apa. che !" excl:;i,imed a brawny and fifers of the regiments assembled to hear it. Becowboy, "the kid is ringing in a sunday-school story fore tb.ey beat the charge, however, they gave other on us. I won't listen to it; I heard it when my mother tunes, particularly the national airs. was trying to wean me." Then came the charge, which was Yankee Doodle's "Yes," chimed in the others, "give us something own composition, and the soldiers, as they listened, new." gave vent to the wildest enthusiasm. Officers and "There is nothing new under the sun," laughe d men alike declared they had never heard anything Yankee Doodle, "except cowboys going to war in like it in all their lives. thick jungles with long hair. They readily recognized what effect it would pro"What! Do you call that new?" one asked. duce on a battlefield when an order to charge was "I've been wearing long hair for fifte e n years." given. General Anderson declared that nothing but "Yes," was the reply. "That was out on the death could stop a regiment when led by a drum corps plains, but it will be something new in the Pllilip beating that particular charge. pines, where the natives and the Span.iards will all fall When they went on board the transports, to redown on the ground laughing at you." sume the long voyage of over five thousand miles, the "They'll laugh at me but once," said one of the general requested Yankee Doodle and Joe to instruct men, "for I'll turn the laugh on them mighty the other drummers and fifers how to beat it so as to quick." make it most effective. "Well," retorted Yankee Doodle, r.J when you try Of course they consented to do so, and thus during to run through the bushes with that long hair, a nd the long voyage they were not only kept quite busy, find yourself jerked flat on your back when it gets but had a good deal of fun besides, as they became ac-caught on a crooked limb, you'll laugh a.t Yours e lf, quainted with the officers of every regiment in the and wonder when you first became a fool. I don t expedition, as well as with the drummers and fifers. know," he continued, "whether they have the s a m e Their good humor under all circumstances made sort of jungles in the Philippines that they have in


YANKEE D OODLE AT M A NILA. Cuba, but as it is pretty much in the same latitude, I pump you chock full of lead. I can hold just so much only a littlelower down, !should think that thejungle and no more and I'm overflowing now." w ould be thicker and the sun a few degrees hotter. A number of officers standing around listening to If it i.s, a ft e r you've spent a few days there, you will the yarns, laughed until their sides ached. They saw wonder how it is that the earth doesn't take fire and I that they looked upon the bright side of a soldier's burn up." life, and extracted enjoyment out of the most trying "Is it so very hot?" one of them innocently asked. "Well, I should say so. Down in Cuba. if they didn' t have rain every day and night the whole b l amed island would take fire and burn up ; and I'm t old it is just the same in the Philippines, only a little m ore so." "I've seen it pretty hot out in Arizona," said a tall, l ank cowboy. "So have I," assented another; "and I'm not :;i,fraid of finding it any hotter where we are going." circumstances. Many of them asked privately, when they had a chance to do so, as to the best means of keeping cool in the tropics. "I know of only one way," said Yankee Doodle, "and that is to stow yourself away in a box of cracked ice." "Oh, drop your joking for a while," suggested the captain, "and tell us how to keep cool?" "Did you ever take a Turkish bath ?" Yankee Doodle asked: Many a time." "Well now, just think if there could be any way of "Say, Joe, these fellows think they've been in a hot keeping cool in the hot room of a Turkish bath? pla c e." Yankee Doodle smiled and winked at Joe, remarking as he did so : You'd have to leave the room to do so; and hence, Y es," laughed Joe ; "but they are not yet too old t 1 ,, you'd have to leave the latitude of the tropics to find 0 eHarn. h t .t h ?" f th a cool place. You soon get used to it, and a man is ow o is i w ere we are gomg one o e . . b k d m httle danger as long as the pores of his skm are cow oys as e d h f 1 t th t b "Id 't k "J d "f I h open, an e perspires ree y, a e same ime emg on ?e answere or never I careful about what he eats." b ee n there ; but if it is as hot at Mamla as it lS at San-Th d tl 1 h d f d ti . us urmg ie ong voyage e ma e rien s wi i t 1 ago, you can fill your pipe with tobacco, stand out :ffi d d 1 t t l d . o cers an men, an its repu a ion as an ai -aroun m the sunshme at noon, make a few draws and the d f 11 tl hl t bl' h d k .11 ,, goo e ow was 10roug yes a is e smo e wi come. Many of the men, though, envied the two boys, beThat' s a dod-?larsted to the truth !" excause they were not attached to any particular organan ?ld, and hence would thus be entitled to a large Not a bit it, J0e. It so hot out amount of liberty in their movements. tha t a flash of hghtnmg, when it strikes you, feels hke 1 Their' s e rvice in Cuba had enabled them to become i ce-water." familiar enough with the Spanish language to be able "Gosh!" exclaimed one of the men, "gi' me my to converse quite well with Spaniards and natives .2"Un At last the long voyage ended, and the transports "Oh, you wait," laughed Joe. "You'll find out sailed through the narrow passage that led into t h a t everything I tell you is the truth." Manila bay. "Truth, nothing," said one of the men. "A man couldn't live in such a heat as that." "That's a.n you know about it," put in Yankee Doodle quickly. "Flesh and blood can stand more h eat tban anything that has no blood or wa,ter in it. S e venty-five per cent. of the human frame is com pos ed of water, and it has been proven that a man can sit in an oven naked while bread will bake alongside of him." They were greeted by salvos of artillery, and the dipping of the flags of the vessels of Dewey's world renowned fleet. General Anderson lost no time in going aboard the flag-ship to report to Admiral Dewey, and rece ive from him the necessary instructions as to when and where the army should disembark. The admiral lost no time in pointing out the place to him and the work of landing the men began at once. (

YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA.. founded sharks are thick as fleas on a dog, ready to I shall try to perform to the very best of my abil-snap their legs off." ity." "Oh, come ofI, sergeant," laughed Yankee Doodle; "Thank you," said the admiral; "when a man "there are plenty of ways to dodge a shark, so does his best he is doing all that can be expected there's no use of your trying to find fault with all of him." creation. The shark has his uses as well as other The two boys then strolled about the ship and fish." I wore very soon having a jolly time with the marines. "What's a shark good for anyhow?" the sergeant They had to answer a thousand questions about asked. their adventures in Cuba, while they in turn fired "He is the scavenger of the sea, just as the buzvolleys of questions into the marines. zard is of the air. In warm climates pestilences From the deck of the flag-ship they could see the would arise from decaying animal matter in the water wrecks of the Spanish fleet, and away off on the were it not for the sharks; they eat any and every-left rose the grim walls of the fortifications of Man thing that comes in their way, dead _or alive." ila. In the dim distance beyond the wooded hills of "How in thunder can a man take a swim here,'' one of the most beautiful islands in the world loomed the sergeant asked, "with any degree of safety?" into view. The bay itself was beautiful beyond de" Easy enough. Sink a coop and swim in that." scription, fringed as it was on all sides by a dense trop" Coop be blowed,'' growled the sergeant. "The ical foliage. whole business was made wrong." Yankee Doodle took it all in from the deck of the The soldiers soon pitched their tents on a point of flag-ship, and raised a laugh by rema.rking that the land known as Cavite, in the neighborhood of the old hemp of Kentucky and Manila had been working har Spanish fort and arsenal, and while they were doing for a century in supplying material for the so, firing was heard in the interior in the direction of hanging of criminals. the doomed city of Manila. The men were anxious to know what it meant. CHAPTER III. The marines in charge of the arsenal and the fort explained that fighting was going on almost daily be tween the native insurgents and the Spaniards. "Where do we come in ?" some of the soldiers asked. "I don't know,'' was the reply of one of the ma rines. "We do our fighting on board ship, but we've had nothing to do since the first of May. Now that you fellows have come, business may revive and be come lively again." A day or two after they landed, Yankee Doodle asked permission of General Anderson, for himself and Joe Bailey, to accompany him on board the admiral's flag-ship. It was readily granted, with a statement from the general that several officers of the fleet had inquired after him on hearing that he had accompanied the expedition. "They have read about you," said the general, and the service you rendered Admiral Samps. on in Cuban waters." They went on board the fla g-ship, and were intro duced to the admiral and his officers. "Glad to see you, boys," said the admiral, as he shook hands with them. "You have both been on war-ships before, I bear ?" "Yes, admiral," said Yankee Doodle; "we can eat sea hash as readily as we do hardtack on shore, until I hardly know whether I'm a landlubber or a ma. rine. I have found a good deal of fun on both land and sea. "I doubt that you will find much fun out this way," remarked the admiral, "for we have very little to do." "Well, if there is anything to be done, I beg leave to say that my services are yours to command, with the promise that whatever I am ordered to do YANKEE DOODLE IS SENT TO THE CAMP OF THE FILIPINOS. WHEN the two boys returned ashor:_e after their call upon the admiral they attended the first parade of American soldiers in the Philippines. They led the drum corps in supplying martial music that roared far and wide over the land and the waters of the bay. After that they settled down into the routine of camp life, for no activ' operations were to begin until other transports had arrived to swell their force to a sufficient number to warrant an advance on the enemy. In the meantime, however, the insurgents were organized, under the leadership of Aguinaldo, who was the son of a native chief, some twenty-eigl1 t years of age. The soldiers heard a great deal about him every day from natives and the marines, who declared that he had gathered a great army of Fili pinos, and had captured Spanish outposts one after another. He had displayed fine generalship, and was eager to attack the garrison of Manila itself. But Admiral Dewey had forbidden him to do so, claim ing that Manila was his oyster, which he would him self open at the proper time. There was great fear throughout all Europe that if the city fell into the hands of the insurgents it would be utterly destroyed, and the people massacred. The consuls of the various powers had petitioned the admiral to forbid the attack on the city on that account. Still the fighting went on daily in front of the d e fenses of the city, in which many lives were lost. The Spaniards, however, having plenty of artillery had managed to beat off their assailants. It was believed that the Spaniards were really anxious to surrender to the Americans, because they could have no hope o f


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. reinforcements from Spain or any of her dependencies, The young chief always assured him that nothing as the American fleet could intercept any transports of the kind had taken place, or was even intended. coming in that direCtion. Finally, General Anderson himself decided to send On the other hand, the admiral preferred the Spana representative into the insurgent lines to watch iards should hold the city and protect the vast inter-their operations, and, as far as possible, find out ests involved until a force of Americans should arrive, what the probable result would be of their continued 1 sufficiently strong to take the task off their hands. successes. The first expedition of Americans had now landed, He sent for Yankee Doodle and asked him if he and General Anderson, in command, consulted with would undertake the task. the admiral as to what should be done. They decided "Why certainly, general," he replied. "If you that a sufficient number of troops had uot yet arrived say so, I will go into the city, seize the captain-gento strike the necessary blow to force the surrender of eral by the collar, and bring him out." the city in a way that would satisfy Spanish honor. "Oh, we don't want him just yet," laughed the The insurgents were rendering good service to the general, "as we_ are not yet enough to guard Americans, by closing in around the city and cutting I the Spamsh as prisonen:;, and .at the off supplies of provisions on the land side, whilst the time protect the city from the ?f fleet itself maintained a tight blockade on the water. I the but I Agumaldo s A stronoline of sentinels was thrown out across strength, and above all his mtent10ns m the future. the neck of land that connected Oavite with the main-As the admiral knows him personally, I will have him land in order to prevent any entanoJin()' communica-give you a letter of introduction to him." with either the enemy or the "All right, general," he "I would like to M f th S d d d 1 t take Joe and Sergeant Bowles with me. The sergeant any o e pamar s were wou11 e m tie grea . fl. ht h h lt d tl d f S speaks Spamsh like a native, has the strength of an g w ic resu e m ie estruct10n o the pamsh 1 d t l . army mu e, an is as wise as a serpen ma nng no fleet, and were still m the hospital near the old . h t b d noise m w a e says or oes. arsenal under charge of American and a few Spamsh Take them with you," said the general, "but be surgeons. careful not to get into any trouble." Quite a number of the Sisters of Mercy from the re"Oh, we are not hunting for 1irou ble," said Yankee ligious institutions in and about the city, had been Doodle. faithfully performing the duties of nurses ever since I W'th' h t ft h' t 'th th . i m an our or wo a er is m erview w1 e the battle. Occasionally a few priests were per1mtted 1 y 1 D dl d b s t . . genera an me oo e, accompame y ergean to come through the lmes to v1s1t the Spamsh soldiers B 1 d J B -1 d tl 1 t a t d . ow es an oe a1 ey, passe ie mes a avi e, an m the hospital. was through that the news proceeded in the direction of the firin()', to which he came to the Americans of the contmued successes of h d b 1 t f 1 d 0 a een is emng or eevera ays. the insurgents. He found the tropical growth there pretty much the Perhaps in no part of the world in the present age same as it was in Cuba, save that in the vicinity of have the religious orders such power and influence as Manila the country was low, but not marshy. But in the Philippines. They were practically the local the forest growth was very dense with trees of imauthority on the island, whilst the captain-general mense size, whilst weeds and grass grew in rank proand other representatives of the crown of Spain defusion. voted themselves mainly to the financial government. There was a wide, well used road that bad long been The exactions and -p0tty oppressions of the religious used by the Spanish garrison between Oavite and orders had aroused the most intense hatred of the Manila, which wound along the shores of the bay for natives, who, it was fearerl, would wreak a terrible miles and miles. vengeance if not held in check by the Americans. They followed this road for some two or three miles, At the time that Aguinaldo was permitted to land keeping in full view the ships of the _American fleet as on the island, Admiral Dewey exacted from him a they rode at anchor in the bay. solemn promise that in his military operations no Finally, however, they turned to the right into anbarbarities whatever should be tolerated; that the other road, as it was not their purpose to run up lives of all should be spared, and property, against the Spanish intrenchments. women and children protected. The river Pasig divided a part of the city, leaving The young insurgent chief readily made the prom-' one portion to the commercial and shipping interests, ises demanded of him, before he was permitted to land and the other to the residents. with arms and ammunition. They had been told that the insurgents held the The admiral informed General Anderson, when the river a few miles above the city, and had extended latter reached the Philippines, that Aguinaldo had their lines on both sides of it. kept his promise in both letter and spirit, so far as Yankee Doodle resolved to strike out through the he could learn. Yet the frightened monks continually country north of the city, in the hope of running brought in reports of threatened massacre, which re-across Aguinaldo himself, who seemed to be anxious sulted often in the admiral's sending messages to I to locate himself beyond easy communication with Aguinaldo to find out the true state of affairs. the American authorities.


Y A NKEE D OODL E A'l' MANILA. As they neared the city they passed quite a number "What do you want here?" ()f n::i,tive residences, where they sa w wome.n and "We want to see the chief, A$'uinaldo." children seemingly at peace with all the world. In "Why do you wish to sec him?" ()Le place they would see families of the pure, unmixed "That is no business of yours," said Yankee Filipinos, much darker in complexion than the SpanDoodle; "I am sent to him by the American iards, and yet very far removed from the negro type. general." In another they would find a family of half-breeds the His reply evidently surprised the native officer, who result of intermarriage between natives and Spanthought that his rank and the force that he had iards or other foreigners. around him el).titled him to be treated with a little Their complexion was much fairer than the na tives, more civility. with regular features. Some of the girls they saw "It is my business to know, Senor Americano," he were really beautiful, and were dressed in costumes said. that were a mixture of native and foreign. "You are mistaken, amigo; it is your business to Those half-breeds were1known as Mestizos, and in conduct us to the chief's headquarters and ask no the city they comprise more than half the population, questions, for my business is with him and not witll. all speaking pure Spanish. you. t have a letter to de1iver to him from the ad-At one place Yankee Doodle, seeing a mother with I miral of the American fleet." two or three daughters sitting in the shade of a tree "Oh, Dewey, Dewey," said the native officer. "We in front of their cottage, saluted them pleasantly in obey him, for he whipped the Spanish ships and broke Spanish, and asked for information as to the direction the power of Spain in the Philippines. I will take you ot'.>f the road on which he was traveling. to the chief." At first the women were nervous, but he soon He turned on his heel and plunged into the bushes quieted their fears by saying : again, followed by his men. "We are Americans, senora, and therefore the "I guess we'd better go along, too," said Yankee friends of the Filipinos," whereupon one of the girls, Doodle to Joe and the sergeant. very beautiful in form and feature, sprang up and ran "Yes, of course," assented Joe, and the three en-into the house. tered the bushes, and after going a little distance Presently, she returned with a basket of tropical found themselves following a trail that seemed to run fruit, which she handed to Joe Bailey, saying as she parallel with the main road. did so: They traveled it a couple of miles, after which they H They are fresh, Senor Americano, and you are turned and crossed the road, entering upon another welcome to all you wish." trail. "Thank you, senorita," said Joe, as he took the In a little while they found themselves in a C

YANKEE DOODL"'li: A'l' MANILA. 9 quickly opened and read it, for it had been translat-j trained forces of Spain, but dodged them and cared into Spanish before it was given to Yankee Doodle. ried on a warfare among the hills, cutting off SpanThe admiral merely commended Yankee Doodle to ish detachments and so harassing the captainhis consideration as a young soldier in whom the ad-genera. I that at last the latter, in order to get rid mira l of the fleet and the general of the army reposed of him, offered twenty-five thousand dollars for his implicit confidence. head. "What do you wish?" the chief asked when he fin-Many thousand circulars containing the reward ished reading the letter. offered were printed and scattered throughout the "Simply to spend a few days in your camp, and island in the hope'of inciting the c .upidity of any witness your operations aga.inst the Spanish." treacherous individuals who would assassinate him The chief smiled and said that as most of the and claim it. fighting was in the bushes they couldn't see anything without running much risk o( being killed. "We are used to that sort of thing, chief," laughed Yankee Doodle, "for we have been fighting Spaniards in Cuba, and .have met them in the bushes at such close quarters that we even crossed swords with them." "You are very young," said the chief, looking him over from head to feet. "Very true, chief," he assented, "but I grow older every day I live !" "We all do," dryly returned the chief. CHAPTER IV. THE WAR IN THE BUSHES. IT soon became known among the officers in and about the insurgent headquarters that Yankee Doo dle and his two comrades had been sent by Admiral Dewey to watch the operations of their forces against the Spaniards. It didn't take Yankee Doodle long to find out that Aguinaldo was a man of marked a.bility. His parents had intended him for the priesthood, and his education had been shaped to that end. He had been sent to Madrid to complete his education, and there be learned to estima,te Spanish character and Spanish diplomacy at their true value. On his return to the island he flatly refused to enter holy orders, and told bis father, who was a native chief of great influence, that he preferred other avocations. It was now believed that he had made up his mind to spend his life in an effort to free his native land 'from Spanish domination. Perhaps it would be well enough right here to give the reader some idea of his indomitable courage and character. When somewhere about twenty-three or twentyfour years of age, in company with a few other spirits like himself, he incited an insurrection. The Spanish authorities at once sent forces against him and com pelled him to retreat to the hills of the interior. There he rallied a force of three or four thousand natives around him, with which he began onslaughts on Spanish outposts, capturing several of them, and spreading considerable alarm among the others. H e was shrewd enough not to pitch his poorly armed forces against any considerable number of .the The young chief obtained one of the circulars and wrote on the back of it that he was very much in need of twenty-five thousand dollars in gold, and would deliver his hea.d himself and cla.im the reward. He sent it to the captain-general by a trusty messenger, whom he instructed to deliver it in person. The captain-general received it, but paid little attention to it. A few weeks after that he was seated in his private office in the heart of the city, while a great tropical storm was raging without. Everything was quiet as in a cemetery, as every human being bad sought shelter from the storm, when a man in the garb of a priest applied at the palace gate, and "'.as admitted, for nothing is refused to the monks. The captain-general was seated at his desk when the priest entered with the remark: .Peace be with you, my son." "Peace be with you, father," replied the captaingeneral. "What can I do for you?" 'l'he monk then pushed the cowl back from his head, revealing the well-known features of the daring young chief, Aguinaldo. "I have brought you my head," said he, "for which you have offered twenty-five thousand dollars in gold. Please count the money, and be

Y A N KE E DOODLE AT MANILA. and vowed that he would smash the impudent young I element to reckon with in a fight, for they were swift, chief, even if it cost the lives of half the Spanish quiet, yet deadly in the use of the machete. soldiers in Manila. In strolling about the camp they noticed that hun-But his threats were easier uttered than executed, dreds of the natives carried straight pieces of bamboo for the next he heard of Aguinaldo he was again at which measured about eight feet long, by an inch to the head of his forces waging unrelenting war against an inch and a quarter in diameter. They looked harmthe troops sent to oppose him. less enougb. at first glance, and the two boys won-At last he was compelled to resort to the old Span-dered what use the natives put them to. ish method of buying off men he could not otherwise Joe took one of them from a native and looked a t dispose of. He sent a trusted messenger to Aguin-it. H e h e ld it up and p eeped through it, to find that aldo, offering him the sum of two hundred thousand the joints had been burned out in such a way as to dollars in gold, and his lieutenant one hundred thou-make it as smooth inside as that of a gun barre l. sand dollars, if they would abandon the field and Had it been bored in a machine shop where gun barleave the island. rels were made, it could not have had a better fimsh Aguinaldo and his lieutenant accepted the offer, inside than it did. on condition that cercain reforms should be at once in"What do you do with it?" he asked the native stituted. The captain-general promptly accepted the "It is a blow-gun," was the reply. conditions and promised to send the money to a cer"A blow-gun, eh ? It doesn't look like a gun at tain point where it was to be pa. id over. all." By some secret means known only to himself Aguin-The native grinned good naturedly, and took from aldo learned that the captain-general had hired two a little bag hanging to his belt, a sharp iron spike assassins to kill him and his lieutenant on the night four or five inches long, at one end of which w a s a of the very day on which the money was paid over, wad of hemp, so closely woven and tied tightly about and the money thus treacherously captured was to be the end, as to make it smooth, hard, and yet pli able the reward of the assassins. He inserted it in the breech, or big end of the The next day, however, the two assassins were bamboo, and then pointed to a gay plumaged bird found dead on the spot where it was expected that the perched high up in one of the trees some thirty or dead bodies of Aguinaldo and his lieutenant would be forty rods from where they were standing. lying. He then placed the bamboo to his mouth, pointed Aguinaldo retired from the island in accordance the other end in the direction of the bird, and ble w with his agreement, and, soon after, the captain-gen-into it so hard that his cheeks puffed out like bladders eral was recalled to Madrid. and his eyes bulged. Aguinaldo retired to Hong Kong, where he re-Joe heard a puff from the fartherend of the bamboo, mained until Dewey had destroyed the Spanish fleet. and the next moment the bird came fl.utt ering down Then he asked permission of the American consul to through the branches of the tree, and was picked up return to the island to organize the natives for the by one of the natives and brought to him. purpose of co-operating with Dewey and any Ameri-The bird was dead, impaled on the iron spike. can forces that might arise later for the reduction of "Well, by George!" exclaimed Joe; "I've read of Manila. blow-guns, but this is the first I ever saw. C a n After several interviews with Dewey, the latter you kill a man with it?" furnished him with arms and ammunition, and he set "Yes, senor, if I hit him in the right place It i s out at once to bring about a rising of the natives. intended more for small game than anything e lse, but He was successful to a marked degree, for he issued it would kill a man if you bit him in the ear, the t e m a proclamation to his countrymen, in which he told ple or eye. Or he can be stabbed to the heart or be them that by the co-operation of the Americans their hit with a number of them, that would cause him to oppressors for three centuries could easily be driven bleed to death." from the PhiliP,pines forever. "Let me see it," said Yankee Doodle, taking it from They rallied to his standard, armed with machetes Joe's hands. and other rude native weapons, thirsting for ven"It seems incredible," said Joe, "that one can blow geance. with force enough to kill anything." Such was the character of Aguinaldo, the insurgent ''Oh, it's on the principle of the air-gun," said chief, who was now hemming the Spaniards in on all Yankee Doodle; "the range isn't very great, but it sides, while the American fleet held possession of the must be very effective at close quarters." water front. They then put up a target on a decayed tree by the After his interview with the young chief, Yankee roadside, and had the natives give specimens of marks Doodle and his two comrades made themselves at manship with the blow-gun at a distance of fifty home in the camp, and were treated with distinguished yards. consideration by the natives. To their utter astonishment their marksmanship They saw much that gave them food for thought with the blow -gun far exceeded in accuracy the aim of as well as excuses to laugh. Above all things they the best riflemen in the whole insurgent army. That J'<' cognized the fact that they were a dangerous and the club had been the weapons o( the natives of



.ANKEE DOOOLE .A .IA. LA. Just a few feet to the right of the place where the comers were A m ericanos, and the impression made Spaniard had been f 1hot another arose to fire into the I by their presence was wonderful. They shouted bushes. in Spanish Viva Americano !" and it was taken up Quick as a flash the sergeant drew a bead on him along the line for a distance of several hundred yards. and knocked his hat off his hea.d. The Spaniards themse lves heard it, and thought "You hit his hat, Senor Americano," said the Fil-that the insurgents had been reinforced by America n ipino. soldiers. They at once redoubled their fire, as they "Yes; and his head, too. He's a dead Spaniard." believed the Americans were the prime cause of a ll their woes. CHAPTER V. "Say, boys," said Yankee Doodle, "this is g etting "THAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT."-THE FIGHT ON THE \hot." RIGHT. "So it is,'' said the sergeant, "and w e'd better get "WHAT are you doing, sergeant?" Yankee Doodle away from here." asked, turning around just as the former had fired "Oh, that'll never do,'' returned Yanke e Doodle, the second shot. "as it'd leave the impression on the minds of these "I was just showing this fellow here how to kill fellows here that we are afraid. We must n ever let Spaniards." them see that we are afraid of bullets. :Now let u s "Did you hit one?'' giYe them a few examples of American marksman" Of course I did; I hit two. Do you want to try ship," and they began picking off Spaniards who w e r e your hand at it?" exposing themselves rather. recklessly, and as on e "lt looks like murder,'' said Yankee Doodle, "to after another dropped the natives began to howl with aim at a fellow and knock him over that way." joy, cheering for the Americans. "So it does,'' assented the sergeant, ''but there is It was kept up for about five minutes and had the no law to hang a man for this kind of murder. They're effect to cause the Spaniards to drop down behind the shooting at us and why shouldn't shoot at them?" breastworks for a distance of two or thre e hundred and with that he aimed quickly and' Jmocked off an-yards on the right and left. other hat from thehead of a man who as just rising "We've ma.de 'em sick,'' chuckled the sergeant behind the intrenchment to fire. "Yes,'' said Yankee Doodle; "they think the r e He dropped back and was seen no more. are more of us out here than there are and are not "Come," said Yankee Doodle, "let us go along furdisposed to risk th. emselves recklessly to our fir e." ther down the line and see what we can find of in-The Spaniards were silent for n early t e n minutes, terest." I and then suddenly all along the line they rose to their. "Isn't this interesting enough for you?" Joe asked. feet, delivered a volley of three or four hundre d rifles "Interesting enough, yes; but it is becoming mon-into the bushes and instantly dropped out of sight otonous. I want to see if it's the same thing all along again. the line." Nearly a score of natives were hit, while bullets They started off, and had gone perhaps twenty-five flew like hail all around the three Americans. or thirty paces when a shell from the Spanish batter"By George l" exclaimed Yankee Doodle, "they ies tore through the bushes about ten feet in front of played that pretty well, and that's where they've got them, exploding nearly the eighth of a mile beyond. the advantage of us. There are enough out there for "Look out l" said Joe. "We are in front of that them to touch elbows when they rise up to fir e S t ill, battery, and if you run up against one of their shells if I had five hundred fellows b ehind m e who would you'll have to be carried back in a basket." obey orders promptly, I'd lea.d 'em over those breast-They wended their way along for nearly half a mile works right after the next volley." to the extreme right wing of the insurgentlme, where "Well,'' said Joe," you can't do it with these fel a pretty brisk fight had been going on for nearly an lows, for they fight pretty much as the Indians do, hour. so far as I can see-every man on bis own hook." Beyond that point there was an open space for quite "Yes,'' assented Yanke e Doodl e "the Cubans a distance, but the Filipinos were very careful not to fight the same way. If those fellows give us anothe r pass out into full view of the enemy, whose line of volley like that and fire low, they'll play the d e u ce intrenchments stretched a way to the east until it was with us." lost over a small range of hills. "Why not tell 'em to lie down?" suggeste d the Several dead and wounded Filipinos were found ly-sergeant. ing in the bushes, for the Spaniards had paid particu"I believe I will," and be turned and call e d out: lar attention to that spot, knowing tha t the Filipinos "Filipinos, lie down on the ground, so the i r bullets had made it the limit of their line. will go over you, and be ready to fire whe n they s h ow The officer in command had gone away with two their h eads again !" bullet holes in him, and the natives there were really As far as he could see every Filipino f e ll fla t o n the fighting on their own hook, without orders from any-ground, and lay in readiness to fire whe n the S p a n one. iards should again show themselves. The bushes Somehow they got the news that the three newI were so thick, however, that Yankee Doodl e co uld


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA not see more than ten or fifteen feet to the right or "All right, pard," assented the sergeant. "I'll lefL of him. But all whom he did see had obeyed the keep mum, but you keep your eye on the chief." orde r promptly, and were waiting to get a chance at By that the Spaniards were ready to deliver the en emy. another volley. They rose up almost as one man all "We'd better lie down ourselves," he remarked to a.long the line for two or three hundred yards, and let .Joe and tho sergeant, and all three prostrated themfly a tremendous shower of Mauser bullets in the se lves just in time to escape the next volley. direction of the bushes. The natives answered The bullets tore through the bushes like hail, but quickly, but Yankee Doodle was unable to perceive not a Filipino was hit. that anyone of them was hit. The next moment a roaring volley burst from the Suddenly Joe sung out tha, t a squadron of cavalry bushes, and a number of Spaniards were knocked over was sweeping down on them from the right. b e fore they could dodge down behind the breastworks. Yankee Doodle spr::tng up and ran over to where The Filipinos were heard chuckling all along the Joe was standing in a thick clump of bushes. He saw lin e and a few moments later sent up the cry again : a quarter of a mile away a party of some two or three "Viva Americanos !"' hundred Spanish. horse sweeping towards them in "You've made a hit with them," said the sergeant. splendid order. "I hope I have," he replied, "for it is a pity to see "Filipinos !" he out in Spanish, "the cavalry the poor fellows slaughtered this way. I can't sec for are coming. Come up this way, open fire on them, the life of me, though, why Aguinaldo keeps up this and keep it up a.s fast as you can." siort of thing, when he will not be permitted to take Oh, they can't repel a charge like that," said the city. He could do just as effective work by Joe. "we must get away from here." blockading all the land approaches and thus starve "You're mistaken," said Yankee Doodle "A man out the town and garrison." on horseback presents a target three times the size of "vV ell, I'll toll you," said the sergeant ; "that fela man on foot, and as they are coming in a body if we low Aguinaldo is a dangerous chap, and if he can take fire low we can repulse them." the city with his own men he'll do it." "Maybe we can," said Joe, "but I'm goingtohold Do you think so?" Yankee Doodle asked. both my feet in readiness to skip out." "Yes I do; he's a deep fellow, was educated in Tho Filipinos, though, rallied quickly in the bushes Spain, and I'll bet he's as tricky as any man who was around Yankee Doodle, who called out to them: ever born under Spanish rule." "Keep cool, Filipinos, and fire low and as fast as "I never thought of that," remarked Yankee you can, but don't fall back until I tell you." Doodle, both of them speaking in English. "Hanged By this time the cavalry were within three hundred if I don' t think you're more than half right." yards. Yankee Doodle, Joe and the sergeant raised "I'm a good deal more than half right, pard; their rifles 'and picked off three men, who tumbled there's no telling how many thousands of men he's headlong to the ground. got in these woods, but there are enough of them to "Aim low now, men," said Yankee Doodle again, put the idea into his head that he can haYe things his and three hundred Mauser rifles began popping away own wa,y ; and there are very few men who are will-at them. ing to lay down authority that they think they can They came in such shape that it was almost imposh old in spite of opposition. These people here know sible to miss hitting man or beast. lllm, have confidence in him, and when we have Many Spaniards were seen to reel, and others to driven the Spaniards out you'll find that we will have fall, whilst horses, wounded, reared and plunged to reckon with him. ..We'll have to give him what he wildly, greatly impeding the progress of those behind wants or he'll sound his war-cry and there'll be the them. old Harry to pay." In the meantime the Spaniards behind the trenches "Why, what in thunder put that idea into your rose up again, and poured another volley into the head, sergeant ?" Yankee Doodle asked. bushes. A score or more of the natives were hit, but "Oh, I was sizing him up all the time you were the ot.hers kept on pumping lead into the approachtalking to him. It seemed to me he was Lhinking ing cavalry. and planning something else all the time. He is Yankee Doodle, Joe and the sergeant never missed playing a game of his own, and we are helping him a man, and they dropped four or five each within as do it, while at the same time he is helping Dewey and many minutes. Uncle Sam play the game against Spain. When that Still they pressed on until they were within a hungame is pbyed, and Spain is out, Aguinaldo will ask dred yards of the bushes, when Yankee Doodle was the qu estion, 'Where do I come in?'" about to order the Filipinos to fall back into the A great flood of light seemed to flash upon Yankee heavy timber. But just then the Spaniards themDoodle, and he pondered for many minutes over what selves wheeled and retreated, having suffered worse the sergeant had said. Then he quietly remarked: than ever before in a similar charge against the "You may be right, sergeant, but don't say anynatives. thing about it to anybody else, and we'll watch him I "There they go!" yelled Yankee Doodle. "Let from that standpoint. I 'em have it Filipinos!" and the swarthy fellows ut-


terly reckless of the fire that was pouring into them from the trenches kept blazing away at the retreat ing cavalrymen until they were out of range. On seeing the cavalry retreat the Spaniards behind the breastworks dropped down out of sight again. "Say, old man," said Yankee Doodle, slapping Joe on the back, "why didn't you run away?" "I was going to," was the reply, but the other fellows ran first. But just look back here in the bushes, will you ?" Yankee Doodle looked back, and was both pah1ed and astonished at seeing so many dead and wounded Filipinos in his vicinity. The fire from the breastworks had been very de structive, as the Filipinos were on their feet at the time firing at the cavalry, thus exposing themselves to the flank fire of the enemy. "It's too bad," he remarked to Joe and the ser geant. "We have repulsed the cavalry, but at a heavy cost. It will have a good effect, though, in the end; but I cannot understand, for the lif e of me, why Aguinaldo keeps this thing up as he does without throwing up any breastworks for their protection." "It was the same in Cuba.,'' remarked Joe, "where the insurgents were too lazyto cut down a tree ord1g a trench. They are good at dodging among the bushes, or firing from under cover wherever they can .find one." "Yes, that's so," said Yankee Doodle; "and when Shafter asked Garcia to order his Cubans to help cut the road over the hills from the coast, he said that his men were soldiers, not laborers, and not one of them would wield an ax or a pick. In the history of military operations we find no mention of breastworks and fortifications being built by any nation except those who had trained military orga. nization. Sav ages always fight from the bush, or else charge as a mob in oYerwhelming numbers and carry things by a rush. Cresar's campaigns in Gaul showed that while the Roman legions protected themselves by intrench ments their assailants invariably fought just as these fellows have done to-clay. I have no right to tell these natives to leave this position, but I intend to go back and tell Aguina. ldo that he is recklessly throwing away the lives of his men in this sort of warfare," and with that he started back the way h e and his two comrades had come, afte r warning the Filipinos to lie flat on the ground to avoid the bullets of the Spaniards. They started along down the lines, and had gone about fifty yards when another volley from the in trenchments sent a storm of bullets tearing through the bushes all around them. "By George !" he exclaimed, "I felt the wind of at l east half a doz e n bullets on my face." "So did I," said Joe. ''Just look at this," and he took his hat off bis head, held it up and showed three bullet holes. "That's what I call hot work." "So it is," assente d the sergeant. "I've got a hole in my hat, too, and one through my coat sleeve." They pressed on, however, and were soon beyond the point where the Spamards w ere firing by voll eys. It took them nearly an hour to r each the h eadquar ters of the chief, for the young native officer who h a d started out with them was nowhere to be found. H e had probably been killed. CHAPTER VI. YANKEE DOODLE IS OFFERED A COMMAND BY THE IN SURGENT CHIEF. ON reaching headquarters, Yankee Doodle at on ce sought out the chief, whom he found surrounded b y a number of native offic ers, receiving reports of the fighting all along the line. The first thing to attract his attention was the cool deliberate manner of the chief as he listened to the news brought to him by subordinati:i officers. H e gave his directions as though it was an every-day business with him, apparently caring little for the lives that had been sacrificed. He, Joe and the sergeant stood silently by looking on and listening. The chief glanced over at them several times, with an expression on his face that seemed to say : "Just see how I am doing this thing." Finally he espied the bullet holes in the hats of the three Americans, and asked : "Have you been in the fight, too?" "Yes, chief," answered Yankee Doodle. "Where were you ?" "On the extreme right." "Ah, I have had no report ftom there," remarke d the chief, "and have been wondering why. How did the fight go?" "Your men hold the line yet," said Yankee Doodl e "but 1 think all the officers have been killed or wounded, and that is probably the reason why you have received no report. I took charge myself, and we repulsed a cavalry charge of some three hundred Spaniards." What !" exclaimed the chi e f, "did the Spaniards come out from behind; their intrenchments ?" and as he asked the question with a great deal of animation every officer turned and looked at Yanke e Doodle t o catch bis answer. "I don't know where they came from," said Y ankee Doodle, "for the first we saw of them the y were out side the breastworks coming over a hill from the d i rection of the city. They w ere about three hundre d strong, and we had to turn and face them as they were coming square on our flank. I m a naged to hold the men together, ordering them to fire low and r ap idly, which they did with steadiness of trained sol diers. But all the time they were expos e d to a deadly fire from the intrenchments. We s ent the c a v alry flying, though, but I guess your heaviest loss in kill e d and wounded is at that point. I never saw bullets fly thicker anywhere in my life for about twenty minutes. With a thousand men we could have gone over the intrenchments and captured them." Yes, yes," said the chief, with a good dea l of an-


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. imation, ":md I would capture them had I not prom"Very true, Senor Americano, but my people ised your admiral not to do so without his consent." would not be satisfied to lie in sight of the enemy "Then why are you wasting the lives of your men, without fighting. They have long stood in awe of the chief, in fighting where no result can follow?" J Spanish armies, and this daily fighting increases their The question came with such startling directness, confidence in themselves, which in the end will be that every eye in the group was turned on the chief worth more to us than the lives it costs. At the to see what effect it would have on him. same time we are inflicting daily a heavy loss upon There was a half-savage expression in the eyes of the enemy. Do you know when your army will be Aguinaldo as he looked at Yankee Doodle for the ready to move?" space of a minute or two. "No, chief, but it will move as soon as sufficient "What do you mean by 'no results,' Senor Ameri-1 numbers have arrived to enable them to strike an efcano ?" he asked. "Have we not repulsed the fective blow. If you should consult withGeneralAnenemy ?" derson or the admiral, they "vould probably suggest "I mean this, chief: That the enemy still holds his to you that instead of this daily fighting you position after a day's fighting, whi1st several hundred I strengthen and hold your line to prevent the enem3r of your brave men lie dead and wounded in the bushes. from escaping, and quietly wait till they are ready to Had no shot been fired those men would still be alive, strike." and the enemy be in the intrenchments just as he is "It is the business of your general," said the chief, now. True military science consists in whipping your "to come to me for consultation." enemy with as little loss of life as possible. If your "Oh, no, chief," said Yankee Doodle, shaking his promise to Admiral Dewey keeps you from taking the head. "You represent no government, though you city, why are those men out there in the bushes dead are fighting to establish one. It is not the custom of and dying?" nations to recognize a flag that represents no govern-The chief was staggered by the audacity of the ment." youth, while the officers stood by, as though they ex"Then I will establish a government," said the pected to see the chief order him to be h1stantly shot. chief, almost fiercely The chief, however, remembering that Dewey bad "You forget, chief," said Yankee Doodle, "that sent him the:rw., dared not even utter a word that any government you may establish, must be recogcould be construed as offensive. nized by other governments befpre it can have any The truth is, he is a man of wonderful self posses -status. I am not here to advise you, for you know a sion. Said he, very coolly : great deal more than I do. Our people are here on "Senor Americana, we must fight in order to keep these islands as the enemies of Spain, and, with you, the enemy where he is, and teach our people their are trying to drive Spanish power forever from this power when pitted against him." part of the world. A common enemy makes us com" Pardon me, chief," said Yankee Doodle, "I have mon friends. If, when Spain is whipped, the A.meri no desire whatever to criticise your management, and can government decides that you and people when I asked the question I did so without thinking. shall govern yourselves, all other governments will I am too good a soldier to criticise my superior offi-promptly welcome you among the nations of the cers." earth. If you will permit me to do so, I would ad vise Yes, Senor Americana," replied the chief, I was that you see General Anderson, and either offer surprised at the question myself. At the same time co-operation or ask for it; and as he has a governyou are at perfect liberty to express your opinion ment with unlimited resources behind him, it 'rnuld be freely about all that you have seen My people are better for you and your people that you shape your not trained soldiers, but they know how to obey I course entirely in accordance with his wishes. At orders, and are willing to fight just as long as a the same time neither he nor the admiral has any deSpanish soldier is in sight." sire to interfere with you further than to hold you to "Very true, chief, and the lives of such men should your promise not to take the city of Manila before the not be sacrificed except in an effort to attain a great American army itself is ready to do so. The admiral object, and as your promise to the admiral prevents himself is under a promise to the consuls of other nayour taking the city by storm, every life lost in this tions not to force the surrender of the city before the sort of fighting is uselessly thrown away. When the arrival of the American army. So you see he is American army is ready to strike you will be asked to bound by promises as well as yourself. He certainly lead your brave men shoulder to shoulder with ours, has no desire to deprive you of the glory of its cap and the city will fall. Then you will need all your ture, for he is willing to share it with you when men who have fallen in the fighting this day. If you the time comes. The war-ships of other powerful moved your lines back out of range of the Spanish nations are anchored in the bay watching the arms, and fortified it as they have theirs, you would I course of events, hence the courtesy shown the rep shut them up so completely that none could come out resentatives of other powers by the admiral." or any go in. Then time would do the rest, fo r an army The interview ended there and Yankee Doodle, Joe without provisions must starve to death or surren-and the sergeant went in search of something to eat der." : as all three were ravenously hungry 1119'.t l'lf"ltM .. ..


YANK EE DOODL E AT MANILA.. See here," said the sergeant in an undertone to Yankee Doodle, "I think you have played the very deuce with what you have said to the chief." "I think so, too," added Joe. "Maybe I have," he replied, "but it seems to me it was time for somebody to tell him the truth, and as I did so in my individual capacity nobody but my self is responsible for it." "Very true," said the sergeant, "and that alone may prevent trouble." "Of course; nothing that I may say will be bind ing upon the general or admiral. But if he goes on sacrificing the lives of his soldiers in this way, it would be a kindness to the natives for somebody to shoot him. But let me tell you that Aguinaldo is m::t.ny miles from being a fool. He looks at things from a native standpoint rather than from one of in ternational law." At that moment an officer joined them, who told them if they would follow him he would see that they had plenty to eat and drink. "All right," said Yankee Doodle. "Just now I am more interested in my private commissary de partment than anything else," and they followed the officer through the bushes a little distance to where stood a Filipino farm-house, which was being used by many of the officers ai:. a headquarters. There they had all they could eat of fruit and army rations that had evidently been captured from the Spaniards somewhere. By the time they had finished their meal another officer arrived, whom Yankee Doodle recognized as one who was standing near the chief during his interview with him. simply blockade it and prevent supplies and reinforcements from reaching it by moving back and forming a line, and let the enemy make the attack instead of doing so yourseH.'' The chief seemed puzzled, and very far from please d. The truth is he was extremely anxious to win milita r y glory for himself by constant fighting and harassing the Spaniards. But at that t.imo Yankee Doodle did not fully understand his motive. I will go out there," said Yankee Doodle a nd post the men at a point where the y will not sutie r from Spanish fire, and tell them to keep qui e t and w a i t for the enemy to come out from their intrenchme n t s where they can have a fair whack at them, afte r which I will return to American headquarters and re port what I have seen, a ,nd ask permission to come back to help you in tho fight." That seemed to please the chief more than anything else, and he readily assented to it. The three at once returned to the right win g o f the insurgent position, where they found the Filipinos attending to their wounded, and occasionally exchanging shots with the enemy. They received them with a great d eal of enthusiasm, which. he instantly checked by saying that cheering would draw the fire of the intrenchments. He suggested to them that their dead be burie d and the wounded taken away to a place of safety, and they set about the work with a great deal of alacrity. As soon as the dead and wounded were r e mov e d, he ordered the Filipinos to fall back a safe distance, to a place where the woods were more open, and it was there be was enabled to find out how many of the natives were on hand at that point. The chief wishes to see you," said the new-comer. "What's up?" Yankee Doodle asked. There were several hundred of them, all eage r to "The men on the right have asked the chief that fight. They seemed to have no idea of military t a c-you be sent back there to help them fight." tics, other than to attack the enemy when in sight. The deuce they have !" "Now, Filipinos," said he, "you have aske d the "Yes," was the reply, "and I think the chief inchief to send us back here, and we are here to tell y o u tends to offer you the command of the line at that what should be done in order to whip the Spa ni ards point." with as little loss of life to yourselves as poss ibl e "If he does I shall refuse," said Yankee Doodle, They have the advantage o[ you in being b ehind very emphatically, "for there is nothing to fight for, breastworks, which protects them from your bullets, unless the Spaniards should come out and attack." whilst bushes afford you no protection whate v er. They returned with the officer and found that the Now you must let them come out from behind their chief was entirely alone, having sent his officers away breastworks so you can have a fair show in the fight. as though he did not desire they should hear what ThE:y may not come out soon, but if you prevent the m passed between them. from receiving provisions from the country they will "You sent for me, chief," said y ankee Doodle. have to come out and fight or else starve. If the y "Yes, Senor Americano. My people on the right do come out then you have a chance to cut them to h l d Pieces." ave as rn for you, saying that you know how to fight and what should be done in time of danger. All He was going to suggest to them to form intrenchthe officers out there have been slain. If you will ments themselves, but they had no picks and shovels take command there I will be glad to have you do so, with which to do the work, so he said nothing about for the presence of American soldiers puts new hearts it, b eing satisfied to keep them out of range of the into my people." enemy's Mausers. "Pardon me, chief," he replied. "I cannot do so He then called up a number of them and told them unless you allow me to use my own discretion. It is \ they were to go back down to the edge of the cl earin<>' a useless waste of life to fight without an object. As in front of the enemy's intrenchments to act as s cout; t you are not permitted to assault. the city, you should I but not to expose themselves in any way-tha t they


YANKEE DOODLE A'l' MANILA. must simply watch the Spaniards and send word back as to what they were doing. By this time night was coming on, and the three resolved to stay there until the next morning. Soon <.ifLer the sun went down a native came in from over the hill some distance in the rear of the right wing, with the report that the .Spaniards were making a raid out into the country between there and the bay on the north side of the city, and that the families of the residents along that road were fleeing to the woods for safety. CHAPTER VII. THE MESTIZO GIRL-'fERRIBLE HAND-TO-HAND FIGHT. ON hearing the report of the native, Yankee Doodle turned to the sergeant and Joe, and remarked in English: "It would be worse than useless to make any move during the night, as we know nothing about the strength of the raiding party, and these fellows here have no organization or discipline. We might lead them into more trouble than they are in now, and make even more for ourselves. "You're right," said' the sergeant. "We had better wait until morning when you can get reports that are more definite than what this fellow has brought in." "Say," said Joe, "why not take two or three of them with us and go over that way ourselves. What do you say, sergeant?" "I'm willing," assented the sergeant. "So am I," added Yankee Doodle, who proceeded at once to select half a dozen stalwart natives to go .with them. He instructed the men to remain where they were until they returned, after which the little party started off through the woods, following a trail that led in a northwesterly direction. After tramping for nearly a couple of hours they approached the main road, along which were many farm-houses owned by Mestizo families, all of whom they found in a state of great alarm. They stopped at the house of a well-to-do family where all the inmates were assembled out on the piazza, ready to fly to the woods on the first glimpse of the enemy. Their appearance threw them almost into a panic, but one of the natives called out to them that they were friends. Where are the Spaniards, senorita ?" Yankee Doodle asked of a very beautiful girl standing in the moonlight. She turned and looked at him in no little astonishment, and said : '' They are down the road so mew here, senor.'' Then in the next breath exclaimed : "You are not a Filipino?" "No, senorita ; three of us here are Americanos." On hearing that the entire family group gathered around them, eagerly firing questions at them. Three or four families living close by had joined them, all in a state of great nervous excitement. Yankee Doodle soon learned that none of the group had any definite idea as to the exact location of the Spaniards. They stated that two parties had passed during the afternoon, and took away all the cattle they could find. He estimated that but two companies had passed, and that others were still behind. He sent two of the natives up the road, telling them to go a mile or two, and that he and the others would wait there at the house to hear from them. Their presence had the effect to quiet the nervousness of the women, and pretty soon they were all quietly seated about the piazza talking over the events of the day. The young girl to whom Yankee Doodle was talking was both beautiful and vivacious. She told him he was the first Americano she had ever seen, and that she had been told by Spanish of ficers that all Americanos were cruel and brutal, who shot their prisoners and killed women and children in all wars m which they were engaged. He laughed at her stories and assured her that none of them were true; that in America, more than anywhere else in the world, was woman esteemed and appreciated as being really the better part of mankind. They had been conversing for more than an hour, when a party of 8paniards, some twelv!l or fifteen in number, stealthily approached the house and surrounded it. One of the natives who accompanied Yankee Doodle was the first to discover their presence, exclaiming : "Ca1amba they are here!" and the next moment his machete fl.ashed in the air and descended upon the head of one of new-comers The women screamed and dashed into the house, except the young girl to whom Yankee Doodle had been talking. She, in her terror sprang to her feet, lost ner balance and fell from the piazza, a distance of three feet or more, right into the arms of one of tne Spanish soldiers. The Filipino who had cut down the Spaniard with his machete was instantly shot, and the next moment Joe, Yankee Doodle and the sergeant were down among the Spaniards with their revolvers. The sergeant was an old plainsman who had served many years rounding up cattle and fighting the Apaches. The way he sailed in with a revoher in each hand showed that his with the red men of the West was the salvation of the little party that night. His revolvers cracked with a rapidity that can be compared to nothing but a pack of firecrackers ex ploding. Yankee Doodle and Joe were doing their best at the same time. The Spaniards being armed only with the Mauser rifle were at a great disadvantage in such close quarters with the revolvers. The first shot that Yankee Doodle fired dropped the Spaniard who had caught the Mestizo maiden around the "\Ya.Jst. The next moment his left arm was sup-


YAN KEE DOOD L E .AT M.ANIL.A. porting her, while with his right hand he was emptying his revolver with almost lightning rapidity. In less than two minutes' time from the first appearance of the Spaniards they were practically wiped out. The revolvers in the hands of the three Ameri-cans were too much for them. The four natives with their machetes did effective work also, but one of them fell at the first fire and was dead, being the only one in the little party who was hurt. Strange to say, the young girl whom Yankee Doo dle rescued never lost her presence of mind. "Oh, Senor Americano," said she, when the firing had ceased, "I was so frightened. Have they all the minds of the enemy that they had run up against reinforcements. They fired three or four rounds, and then retreated back towards the house. Just as they started the young girl whom Yankee Doodle had rescued ap-1 peared at his side, and opened fire with the Mauser she was carrying with a steadiness that astonished him. He was sure that he saw one Spaniard fall as the result of her aim, and exclaimed : "Good! good! senorita!" "Oh, Senor Americano !" she cried, "they have shot mother and my little sister," and she kept blazing away until the charges in the Mauser were all used up. gone away ?" The Spaniards retreated behind the house for shel No, senorita; some of them are still here-wound-ter, and the firing ceased. A few minutes later a ed. Those that are dead have gone away, but I don't bright light told that the torch had been applied, and know where." the women and children wrung their hands ont there "I reckon they have gone to the Spaniards' heaven," under the dark shadows of the woods, as they witchuckled the sergeant, who was hurriedly putting nessed the destruction of their loved home. fresh cartridges into his two revolvers. It was more than two hundred yards away, yet ''I guess Spaniards have no heaven,'' said Joe. when the bright glare of the bu ming building revealed The young girl disengaged herself from Yankee the form of a Spanish soldier the deadly aim of the Doodle's grasp, saying as she did so: three Americans dropped a half dozen of them, which "Senor, you and your friends have saved our loss caused them to quickly beat a retreat until they lives !" were out of sight. "I don't know, senorita," he replied; "but we During all this time the young girl remained stead-must leave here at once, for the sound of our shots fastly by the side of Yankee Doodle, speaking only will bring more of them down upon us." when she was spoken to. Finally she said, when he "Then we must go, too, senor," and she dashed had complimented her on her courage: into the house to tell the other women what he had "Senor Americana, never before in my life have I said. so wished to be a man. They have burned down the The women proceeded at once to gather up such home in which I was born, and where I have always things as they wished to save, ran out on the piazza, been as happy as a bird. Now I feel savage as a and were about to dash in the direction of the woods, fiend ; I would kill, kill, with all the fury of a wild a few hundred yards away in the rear of the place, beast." when the sergeant called out. : "I can't blame you, senorita; but you must let "Better wait and all go together." your countrymen do the killing for you while you de" Yes," said Yankee Doodle; "we must take the I vote your time and all the tenderness of your nature rifles and cartridge belts of these fellows with us." to healing the wounds they may receive in battle. It They were quickly gathered up, and the women is woman's mission to bind up wounds instead of themselves, who were not loaded down with household malting them." eITects, offered to carry some of them, so as to leave They sat there in the woods the greater part of the the men free to defend them. night, gazing at the glare of other burning buildings, They had gone scarcely fifty yards from the house whilst Yankee Doodle sent couriers back for fivehun ere a company of Spanish soldiers dashed up and be-dred Filipinos to come to him at once. gan firing at them. Bullets whistled all around They arrived a little after midnight and were told them, and two of the women and a little girl were what had happened. slightly wounded. "No\v, sergeant,'' said Yankee Doodle, as they were They ran as fast as they could, the women scream-mustered out in the moonlight, "they are too many ing with terror, until they reached the edge of the to handle in one body; we will divide them into three woods. There Yankee Doodle called out to Joe, the parties of something like one hundred and fifty each, sergeant and the thcee natives: for you and Joe and I to lead. Then we will dash out "Now let's stop here behind these three trees, and up the road and see if we cannot cut off one or two o r them a dose of their own stuff." those companies that have been doing this mischief.'' Each one sprang to a tree and began peppering "All right," said the sergeant; "I'm with you." away at the Spaniards, who were exposed in the clear "So am I," added Joe; and the work of dividing moonlight in the open some fifty or sixty yards away. off the command was quickly done. The three Americans didn't throw away a bullet, The natives were told that above all things they but fired with a rapidity that made the impression on must obey every order they hear.


YANKEE DOODLE A'l' 19 Yankee Doodle then instructed the women and chil] left in company with the Spaniards that lay so thick dren to remain in the woods where they were until around them. the Spaniards had been settled with, after which he When they reached the woods where the women gave the Qrder to march. The entire force, in three and children had taken shelter, tlie dead were very s e p arate parties, rushed across the open field in the I promptly buried, but the wounded were sent on to be direction of the main road. cared for with the rest of Aguinaldo's forces. Just as they were about to strike the road, Yankee When he tried to persuade the young girl to re-Doodle was astonished to find the young girl still at main with her people, Yankee Doodle was very much his side, rifle in hand. surprised to find her disposed to become a warrior. "Great Scott, senorita!" he exclaimed, "this is no She said she had no home, and that as they could place for you, you must go back." not remain in the woods without protection, she would "No, senor, I will go with you,'' she replied, with follow the Filipino warriors, and fight with them a ring of firmness in her tone that forbade any fur-wherever they met the enemy. ther protest on his part. "But, senorita, your duty is to your mother and Out on the great road they turned northward in the sisters." direction of where the flames were just bursting "I can be of no service to them in the woods, through another house that had been fired. Senor Americana," she replied; "on the contrary. I In less than five minutes a party of about one hun-would be a burden to them unless we had a home." dred and twenty-five Spaniards found themselves sur"Then, senorita, I will detail men enough to build rounded by nearly five hundred Filipinos. They tried a home for all the women and children here, under to cut their way through, but without success, for in which they may find shelter until the home of each the light of the burning house every man of them was family is. rebuilt." exposed to the deadly aim of Mausers at a range of from thirty to fifty feet. CHAPTER VIII. When two-thirds of them were down they attempt-YANKEE DOODLE A PRISONER OF WAR-HOW HE ES ed to retreat in another direction. Yankee Doodle ordered a charge with the machetes, and the most t e rrific hand-to-hand combat he had ever witnessed took place. He seized the young girl around the waist and held ie r trembling form to prevent her getting mixed up n the struggling mass.of (,Ombatants. In ten minutes more the party of Spaniards wa. s en irely wiped out, and the Filipinos, drunk with the load they had shed, gave vent to wild triumphant :war whoops. "Say, Joe,'' said Yankee Doodle, "these fellows are better fighters than the Cubans." "You bet they are," assented J oc Yankee Doodle then turned to the young girl, still olding her trembling form close to his side, and aid: CAPED. TRUE to his promise to the young Mestizo girl, Yankee Doodle called for volunteers among the natives to build some temporary huts for the use of the families whose homes had been burned by the Spaniards. Volunteers came rather reluctantly, for it is the same with the natives of the Philippines as with the Cubans, an innate distaste for any kind of manual labor. "Now, Filipinos," said Yankee. Doodle, in a rather reproachful tone, "in my country we think of the women and children first, and other things afterward. If we had not fought the Spaniards in the early part of the night they would not have burned down those houses, so we are in honor bound to provide some kind of shelter for them. With axes and ma"Senorita, this excitement is too much for any chetes we can soon build very comfortable shelters oman to stand. You must return to your people, for them, and we must do it." or the destruction of your home is amply avenged. I He sent back a dozen men for axes, but while they ill go with you and see that you reach there safely." were gone the m.en set to work with machetes, cut "It may be avenged, Senor Americana,'' she repoles and palms, and, in an incredibly short space li e d, "but still we have no home, and everything but of time had a row of very comfortable huts which, in h e land on which it stood has gone up .in flame and that climate afforded pretty much all the shelter re make." quired, the main point being to fix roofs so as to turn "It is the fortune of war, senorita. Thousa,nds the water, which often came down in great torrents ave suffered even worse, and you should be satisfied in that latitude. ith having witnessed the terrible retribution that The women were very grateful to him and the vertook the enemy." other two Americans, as they well knew that but for Joe and the sergeant orderccJ the arms to be gath-their interference they would have been left to shift r e d as the trophies of the fight, :1Ild then to pick out for themselves. heir own killed and wounded. During the day, while the work was going on, the They had lost about a dozen killed, with nearly men of several of the families showed up again, haY hirty wounded, some seriously, but the majority of ing returned from their places of refuge to they hem slightly. Their dead and wounded were taken had fled on the approach of the Spaniards. way with them, as they did not wish to have them I They at once went to work to aid in the task of


,r--20 YANKEE DOODLE AT MANI L A. home building with very commendable energy. The I with all the other women and children for whom he three Americans superintended the work, keeping t.he had provided shelter. They showered blessings upon men steadily at it until it was finished. hun with a heartiness that was refreshing, after which In the meantime Yankee Doodle had sent a party the three turned a.way, followed by a dozen or so naout on the road in the direction of the Spanish line to tives, who had volunteered to accompany them as an keep a watch on the enemy, but as they could see no escort as well as guides. indication of an effort to renew hostilities Yankee when they reached Aguinaldo's headqua,rters, the Doodle decided to place one of their number in comchief had ::tlready been informed of the terrific fight m::tnd and make his way back dovvn through the out on the north road which had resulted so dis woods to the south side of the city for the purpose of 1 astrously to the Spaniards. returning to General Anderson's command at C::tvite, I The chief shook hands with each one, thanked to whom he wished to make a report of what he had 1 them in a fr::tnk, manly wa, y for their services, and seen and he::trd inside the insurgent camp. offered each one a command in his army if they would Accordingly he selected half a dozen natives whose take it. conduct he had noticed during the fight and appointed "Thank you, chief," said Yankee Doodle, "we are them to take charge in his absence. He warned them not at liberty to accept your offer without permission against making any a,ttack on the Spaniards while from the admiral and General Anderson. This fight, they were behind their intrenchments. you know, is between the United States and Spain, "If they come out, though," said he, "beat them whose governments have other questions to settle be-back, killing all you can of them." sides that of the Philippines, and it is hoped by all the Before leaving he called on the young girl, whose people o( my country that you will do nothing to native name was really unpronounceable, to take make the complicat10n worse than it is. My countryleave of her and her family. Joe Bailey, who was a men are a liberty-loving people, and will do nothing great a ,dmirer of the young girl, had dubbed her with whatever to interfere with the liberty and well-being the name of Peaches, at which she was very much of the Filipinos; so if you will but have confidence in pleased, as all three of them promptly adopted it. their sense of justice and right they will not leaYe "Peaches," said Yankee Doodle to the young girl, you to struggle with Spain single-handed when thi "we are going down to Cavite, but will return again war shall ha,ve ended." some day. When we have taken Manila I will see The chief straighteued himself up to his full height, that you have a chance to ride through the streets of and, with an air of confident defiance, said : the city with us, as one who had fought to capture "Senor Americano, we can whip Spain easily if the it." admiral and your genera,l will permit us to do so. I The girl seemed a bit dismayed at the idea of his can take Manila in a day if your admiral will release leaving them, and very frankly remarked: me from my promise, and not interfere with me." "Senor Yankee Doodle, if you go away we will all "They have no desire to interfere with you, chief," be ruined again. You should not leave us." Yankee Doodle assured him. "It is your interfer" I don't know about that, Senorita Peaches; I'm ence with them and their pl::tns that they wish to inclined to think that had I not come your pretty litavoid. In a very few days more they will doubtless be tle home would not have been destroyed." ready to demand the surrender of the city, and when "Maybe not, senor, but everything else would have that is done the Spaniards will have to leave the been, while the Spaniar9,s themselves would not have Philippines forever, after which a government for been hurt; you gave them such a punishment that it your people will be established, when you and your made us satisfied with the loss of our home." people will be consulted as to the best plans for their "That is true patriotism, senorita, and I hope the I future prosperity. same spirit prevails among all your people. If my The three then shook hands with Aguinaldo and country decides to hold the Philippines your people I started out on their return to Cavite. The chief will be permitted to live in perfect peace and in full offered to send one of his officers as an escort for possession of everything you have. Nobody will in-them, but Yankee Doodle assured him that it was enterfere with you, and you can come and go at will tirely unnecessary, as they could easily find their way with nothing to make you afraid. back to their own lines The chief, was "It seems like a dream, Senor Americano, for the rather inclined to insist on furnishing the escort, as Spaniards have always ill -treated and despoiled us. I he believed that it was the duty he owed to the adhave a brother wl:.0 is fighting under the Chief Aguin-miral and the American general. aldo, but he is away down in the woods near Cavite. "It is not at all necessary," said Yankee Doodle, I will send him to you that he may learn of you how "as you have alrcad,done all that is required by to fight as you Americanos fight. His name is 1 military etiquette." Aguedo." \ They then left the chief and started through the "I would be glad to see him, senorita; and for your I woods in the direction of Cavite. They followed the sake will do all I can for him." I same trail they had traversed on the day they first I will send him to you, Senor Americano," and met the chief. with that Yankee Doodle bade her good-by, together I They found the position of the insurgents about the


YANKEE DOODL""l'J A'l' MANILA. 21 same as when they first appeared in their camp. They a single American prisoner is shot every Spaniard's decid e d, however, after going some four or five miles, life in the Philippines will be forfeited, for tile adto turn farther to the left, where the line extended miral and the American general will not stand any around below the Spanish outpost at Malate, a place of that kind of business." whicli the Spaniards had evidently made up their The captain was staggered at the bold talk of the minds to defend until th e very last. sergeant, and for a few minutes it looked as though The insurgents had invested it with considerable he would run him through with his sword, until forc e but had been utterly unable to make any im-Yankee Doodle quietly remarked that it was best, pression against the garrison. It, was defended by perhaps, that violence to prisoners should be omitted, several pieces of old smooth-bore artillery, and along as both Spain and America pretended to be Christian line of earthworks. nations; that warfare according to the rules of civil-Yankee Doodle and the sergeant wanted to get acization demanded humane treatment of prisoners, curate information as to the strength of the defenses adding at the same time: and the number of Spaniards behind them, which in"We have several hundred Spanish prisoners at_ formation was something very much desired by the Cavite who are treated with all the kindness and con-American general. sidcration due to brave men in misfortune." They accordingly began making pretty close in"Who are you?" demanded the captain. spe ction of the defenses, several times getting within "I am an America. n soldier, captain." pistol-shot range of them. At one point the y found "Are you in command of these two?" qmte a wide gap in the insurgent lines, owing to a "I was before we became prisoners, yet I am not a l ack of discipline and judgment on the part of the commissioned officer in the American army. If you n ative officers. wish to do so we can be exchanged for three Spanish in the afternoon while going through the prisoners at Cavite." woods they ran into a party of Spanish soldiers who "I have nothing to do with the exchange of pris h a d evidently been out on a fruit-gathering expedioners," said the Spaniard. "You will have to be t i on. At first they were under the impression that sent to the city. The captain-general alone can dethey were in the midst of a body of Filipinos, but becide what is to be done with you." fore they discovered their mistake they were corn-The captain had scarcely :finished his reply when pletely surrounded. the sergeant knocked down another Spanish soldier "Hello'." exclaimed the sergeant, who was the first for trying to thrust his hand into the left pocket of to discover their blunder, "they've got us, pard !" his trousers, in which was clearly outlined a fat wal"Yes," said Yankee Doodle; "don't fire, as it \Vill let. He didn't have much money in it, but it condo no good." tained some papers and mementoes very highly prized "Who are you ?" demanded a Spanish captain of by their owner infantry. Another soldier rushed at him with a bayonet when "We are Americans, captain," said Yankee the captain himself interfered by sternly ordering his Doodle, "and 1 guess we are your prisoners." men to let the prisoner alone. The men sullenly "What are you doing here?" the captain asked. obeyed, but the man who had been knocked down was "We became lost in the woods and were trying to heard to growl: find our way back to Cavite." "Diablo I will kill you yet!" "Do you belong to the army?" "I have no doubt you would," said the sergeant, "if "Yes, captain." you g"t the chance, for you look a great deal more They were promptly disarmed and placed under like a man who would murder another for a peso than guard. It oon became plain to Yankee Doodle and a brave soldier." the sergeant that it was a very small party of Span-"Keep your mouth shut!" sternly ordered the iards, about a score in number, who had captured l Spanish officer. the m. "All right, captain," returned the sergeant; The captain and one of his lieutenants, being the "kindly order your men to keep their hands out of only commissioned officers in the party were disposed I my pockets." to treat them kindly, until the sergeant knocked down I "Silence!" thundered the officer, drawing his one of the Spaniards who was trying to rifle his sword. "Another word, and I'll cut you down pockets. "Keep quiet, sergeant," said Yankee Doodle in Caramba !" angrily exclaimed the captain, English, "or you'll get us all into trouble." "what do you mean?" The captai11 then ordered the three to be searched "lam simply defending my pocket," said the ser-in order to find out if they had anything about them geant, who was a man of indomitable courage. "I of importance from a military stand point. Their hav e surrendered my arms, and that is all you are pocket knives were taken away from them, but the entitled to take from prisoners of war." money found in their pockets was returned. "Maledictions!" hissed the captain; "we can take "Captain," suggested Yankee Doodle, "_you had your life if we wish." better take charge of our money so as to remove the So you can, captain," said the sergeant, "but if temptation from your men to take it from us.


22 YANKEE DOODLE A'l' MANILA. is no danger of that," returned the capCHAPTER IX. tain haughtily, and then he ordered his command to THRILLING ADVENTURES OF A NIGHT. return to Malate. THEY pushed on through the thicket for a short They were a mile and a half away from their line&, distance, while the sound of their pursuers b ehind and had returned about half the distance, when they them shouting tJo each other was plainly heard. met a couple of young Mestizo girls, accompanied by Suddenly they ran into the two girls, who were fleea stalwart youth of some twenty years of age. ing for their lives. The joy of Peaches at seeing them Quick as a fl.ash the native youth darted away into free was very refreshing indeed. the bushes, while half a dozen Spanish soldiers fired "God be praised, senor!" she exclaimed, "it was iu his direction. The two girls screamed in feminine I my brother I was bringing to you. His friends are terror, but stood still on the spot where they were but a little way off. I know where they are; come, :fit ; t seen. we will go to them!" and the agility with which she A search in the bushes revealed the fact that the led the way through the thicket told plainly that she native youth had escaped. was familiar with that mode of travel on the island. Suddenly Joe nudged Yankee Doodle, and said in Yankee Doodle kept close behind her, and the other .English : girl, scarcely less beautiful, followed him. In about "By George, it's Peaches!" fifteen or twenty minutes they were met by her "The deuce!" returned Yankee Doodle, looking in brother, accompanied by a party of nearly a hundred t he direction of where the girls were standing some natives, who was returning to her rescue. ilfty feet away. He instantly recognized her, and "Senor, this. is my brother, Aguedo, whom I was the recognition was mutual. She gave him a quick bringing to you." glance, and placed two fingers over her mouth as a Yankee Doodle grasped the hand of the yq,ng signal for him to keep silent. native and shook it warmly, saying: The next moment both the girls darted away in the "I'm glad to see you, Aguedo. If you are any way bushes, in the same direction as that taken by tbe like your sister you are a brave man." native youth. To his astonishment, the Spanish lieu"Senor Americano," returned the youth, "let us tenant called out to his men: catch the Spaniards." "Catch them, or shoot them!" "Good! Good!" exclaimed the sergeant. "Let A dozen Mausers were instantly fired into the me have a machete." thicket, through which the two girls had disappeared. Three machetes were promptly offered them, and In his indignation, Yankee Doodle exclaimed: were as promptly taken. "You are a disgrace to the name of soldier!" "Now, Senor Americano," called out Peaches, "Silence !" cried the Spaniard, drawing his sword. "show my brother how the Americanos fight." "Would you teach me my duty?" "All right. Who can lead us to a spot where we "No, senor," he coolly replied; "but somebody can head them off?" ought to teach you that throughout the civilized "Oh, we know the way !" exclaimed the girl, and world men who fire upon women are considered worse they started in almost a run through the bushes in a than the brutes of the jungle." westerly direction, and were soon on a small path or Caramba !" gasped the astonished officer, mak-trail again. ing a lunge at Yankee Doodle with his sword. The "This will lead us to them, senor," said Aguedo. latter sprang aside, and the weapon passed through "Then," said Yankee Doodle to the girl, "both of a portion of his blouse clear to the hilt. you go to the rear, so as to be out of danger." Quick as a flash the sergeant knocked the lieu ten"No, no, senor, we will both go with Y.OU." ant down with a blow of his fist, and wrenched his He had no time to parley with them, so they ran sword from his hand. along Lhe trail for a distance of a quarter of a mile to There were only five or six Spaniards left to guard where it emerged into a still larger one, along which the three prisoners, for the captain and the others had the Spaniards themselves were to return to the out darted into the bushes after the native youth and the post.at Malate. two girls. Aguedo got down on his hands and knees to scru-The sudden altercation with the lieutenant created a tinize the ground for a few brief seconds, after which little diversion, which was promptly taken ad vantage be sprang to his feet, saying: of by the three prisoners, who darted into the bushes "They have not returned yet." on the left before the lieutenant could recover from "Then we will meet them," said Yankee Doodle. his knock-down. "Yes, senor; we will kill them all." The guard instantly fired into the thicket, slightly "No, no," he protested. "I will show you how we wounding the sergeant and Joe. They sped forward, Americanos do. If we undertake to kill them they however, as fast as the dense woods would permit. will fight, and some of our side will be killed too. We "Let us keep together-now," said Yankee Doodle, must take them without losing a man if we can. Will "and we may escape." your !Jeoplc do as I say?" "Yes, senor." "Then get on both sides of the trail and await or


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. dcrs. When the Spaniards appear I will halt them I "You claim too much, senor," said the captain, and order a surrender, when all of you must surround with a faint smile, and boast without reason." them so as to let them see that resistance would be "It is you who have no reason," returned Yankee useless. If they surrender we will take their arms Doodle, "for Spain has not a single war-ship left to away from them and make them prisoners. lf they convoy a transport anywhere in the world. One of fight then cut them down." her fleets lies at the bottom of Manila bay, and the They promptly obeyed him, and in less than ten other lies in the Caribbean Sea off Santiago, while minutes the Spania.rds came carelessly along on their our own fleet is mistress of the seas as against her." way back to Malate. Yankee Doodle stepped out in The captain, however, laughed sarcastically, as he front of the captain and said: 1 had not yet heard of the destruction of Cervera's "Halt! The tables are turned, captain; you must I fleet Cuba He stil'l in the power either be my prisoners or die where you are!" 1 of Spam to cope the great republic the west. He had scarcely finished speakin<>' when the "Aguedo," said Yankee Doodle, turnmg to the natives poured out of the bushes on bothosides of them young native, the brother of Peaches, "you must with their gleaming machetes poised in the air ready bury the dead here, andyour men can have the arms to strike. of those who have fallen into our hands. The senor One of the Spaniards in his terror fired at a native within six feet of him, killing him almost instantly. The next moment nearly half of the little party of Spaniards was cut down. itas must be permitted to keep the two swords as tokens from us of our appreciation of what they haYe done. We will continue on our way to Cavite, while you must conduct these prisoners to Aguinaldo with my compliments to him." "I surrender!" called out the captain, presenting "Senor Americano," said the youth, "I will send the hilt of his sword to Yankee Doodle. The latter them to him, but we will not leave you to go on alone; took it, calling out to the natives at the same time to we will go with you." cease fighting. "That is unnecessary, amigo," said Yankee T,hey promptly obeyed him, although eager to finish Doodle. the work of death. Peaches was standing by the side of Yankee Doodle when he received the Spanish officer's sword. He promptly turned the weapon over to her, saying : This is yours, senorita ; for to you I am indebted for my escape." "You must let us go, Senor Americano," said Peaches, and we will see you safely with your peo ple." "Very well," he assented; we Americans are not in the habit of opposing the wishes of our women." "Thank you, Senor Americano," said she, taking In a very few minutes a detail of a score of natives the sword very promptly. was made to convey the prisoners, about a dozen in The lieutenant's sword was turned over to the number, to the headquarters of Aguinaldo. As soon other girl, who proved to be her cousin. as they were off, the entire party started on south-In the meantime the sergeant and Joe, both of wara m the direction of Cavite. whom had been slightly wounded, disarmed the SpanAguedo marched on one side of Yankee Doodle, iards and recovered the weapons which had been while Peaches held to his hand on the other, the very taken from them when they were captured. embodiment of girlish happiness. She chatted volubly "Now, captain," said Yankee Doodle, to the Sp,v1 as she walked by his side, telling her brother the wonish officer, "I will show you how the American solderful things the three Americans had done in the dier treats prisoners of war. Your lieutenant there vicinity of her home. sought to run me through with his sword while I was She told him that he must stay with Yankee Doodle a prisoner in your hands, simply because I told him all the time, and learn of him how the Americanos he was a disgrace to the name of soldier for ordering fought and won victories. She was very ambitious his men to fire on these two girls. I now wish to for her brother, and believed that the daring young say to you that in my country the man who raises a American would teach him how to fight his way up hand in anger against one of the sex is considered a to become a great man among the Filipinos. coward and a brute, and I believe the same opinion is The other young girl, who was apparently about held by the people of every Christian nation on earth the same age as Peaches, was taken charge of by Joe, -except, perhaps in Spain, whose brutality within who held her hand in his as they trudged along the last century has lost her the finest colonial sys-through the woods, conversing to her in his broken tern the world ever saw. Were I to let these natives Spanish. cut down every one of you, it would be no more than In the course of an hour or so they came to a small what you justly deserve. As it is, however, I shall village on the bank of the Pasig river, which carried not allow a hand to be ra,ised against you, because on a considerable trade with the city below and the you are prisoners of war. Every Spaniard in the country above. Philippines will be either killed or else become pris-As it was near night, they decided to encamp there oners, as Spain cannot send another soldier to these 1 until the next day. The village was the home of the islands." cousin of Peaches and Aguedo, and, therefore, the


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. brother and sister knew pretty much the entire popuj refuge and listened to the uproar in the streets of the lation, which numbered some five or six hundred. village. It didn't take him long to understand that The story of the three Americans soon became the Spaniards were in considerable force, and in comknown to everybody in the village, and in a little plete possession of the place. while the greatest abundance of refreshments in the He thought it strange that none of the natives had way of tropical fruits was brought to them. Every I taken refuge in the same piece of woods that he ha.d Mestizo fa, mily in the pla.se invited them to enjoy their and spoke to Peaches about it. hospitality. "They were forced to go out the other way, senor," During the evening they gathered at the largest she exclaimed, "as the Spaniards came down this house, near the banks of the river, and dancing was way into the place, cutting us off from the rest of indulged in until late in the night. The three Amerithem." cans were the lions of the hour. "Which way did they go, then?" he asked. Peaches, however, and her cousin, whom Joe had "They went out on the other side of the village from nicknamed Cherry, held on to the two boys with here." a degree of pertinacity that threatened trouble, as "Can they find safety in that direction?" many of the other girls were extremely anxious to "Yes, senor; there are thick woods over that way dance with them. They persisted in wearing the as well as here." swords that had been taken from the Spanish officers, The firing soon ceased, showing that the natives in as they prized them as much as an American belle the place bad retreated, but the shouts and ribald would have prized a diamond necklace worth thou-laughter of the Spaniards told that they were plunsands of dollars. dering the place as well as terrifying the women and It was a beautiful moonlight night in which objects children. could be seen at a great distance, for in the tropics the Yankee Doodle had left his Mauser in the house moon and the stars give greater light than in higher where the dance was, but he had his brace of relatitudes. Between the dances the three Americans volvers in his belt, while Peaches still retained the would take their partners out for a stroll in the sword which had been given her. streets of the village, but only to return after five or He was at a loss to know what to do, as in the ten minutes, when the music would begin again. It woods it was pitch dark; to try to go through it at was impossible for them, though, to be alone, as there night would be utter folly. At the same time, to go were so many present who were anxious to see as out into the open would expose them to discovery and much of them as possible. draw the fire of the Mausers. It was about midnight, and Yankee Doodle and He could see the enemy galloping about the streets Peaches strolled quite a distance from the house where of the village, and estimated that they had a force the entertainment was held, when they were startled of some two or three hundred. He knew that it was by hearing a rush of horses coming down the road a mere dash at an exposed point for the purpose of which entered the village behind them. plunder, and the killing of a few natives. Yet the "Oh, senor," cried Peaches, "they are Spaniards !" thought occurred to him that if he could gather a few "It can't be," said Yankee Doodle, as he stood still hundred of the natives, he might ambush the Span and listened; but the next moment firing from iards on their return to their line. Owing to the fact, Mausers was heard, followed by the screams of panichowever, that in the party of about seventy-five that stricken women and children. had accompanied him to the place, there were only "By George!" he exclaimed, "you're right, they about twenty-five who had fire-arms, the rest were are Spaniards!" armed only with the machete, a very poor weapon He started to return in the direction of the house with which to fight cavalrymen. So he had to gi,e where the dance had been going on, but stopped up the idea altogether. when be saw the streets filled with Spanish cavalry. A little later, however, he saw a couple of Spanish "Come, senorita," he said to the girl, "we must officers riding up the road in his direction. In the get away from here, for I have no desire to be cap-clear moonlight he could see that they were wi:ll tured again. We must take to the woods," and he mounted and brilliantly uniformed started back towards the outskirts of the village I are coming after us, senor," said the girl "This way, senor," said she, leading the way back at lns side. from the river to the nearest point of woods. "No, senorita, they don't know we are here," and The firing went on briskly, and he felt as though he drew his revolver to be ready for any emergency he was acting the part of a coward in getting out of that might arrive. the way instead of taking part in the fight. He con-Where he was the bushes grew right to the road-sidered, though, that Joe and the sergeant were well side. able to take care of themselves, and that they would As the officers came cantering rulong he said to the undoubtedly do so. As for the natives, he knew they girl: 1 were as expert in dodging through the woods as so "Let go of my arm, senorita." many rabbits. She released him, and he sprang out into the road They soon reached the woods, in which they took I with a cry of:


.... YANKEE DOODLE A T MANILA. "Halt, Espanola !" struck the horse again with her sword, and dashed The officer reined up his horse suddenly and reached away like a whirlwind. forward to the holster to draw a revolver. She proved to be as much at home in the saddle as Quick as a flash Yankee Doodle fired, and the horse was Yankee Doodle himself, for she kept her seat like reared until his fore hoofs were high in the air. a trooper whilst bullets whistled around them for a But his rider fell heavily to the ground. distance of three or four miles. The other one drew his sword and attempted to The enemy soon gave up the pursuit, whereupon ride down the young American, who nimbly sprang Yankee Doodle slackened his speed and final.1y aside and fired twice in rapid succession. stopped to listen. He could hear nothing, however, Whether or not he hit the Spaniard he never knew, save the hum of insect life on either side of the old but t .he latter's horse shied so as to nnseat him and road. he fell to the ground. But the next moment he was ---' on his feet sword in hand, rushed at Yankee Doodle CHAPTER X. who was clinging to the bit of the other horse. YANKEE DOODLE AND PEACHES TURN UP AT CAVITE-The truth is Yankee Doodle thought that he had THE ADMIRAL SENDS FOR HIM. killed him, and undoubtedly would have been run "SENORITA," said he, after listening for some little through by the Spaniard had not Peaches dashed out time, "I don't know what has become of our friends, of the bushes and attacked him in the rear, driving and I know of no way to render them any assistance her sword deep into his back. except by going back to Cavite and have the general "Oaram,ba !" gasped the Spaniard, wheeling quick-send out a company of soldiers to hunt for them. ly around to attack the girl. They are quite as well able to take care of themselves, As he wheeled she lost her grip on the sword, and though, as I am." it remained sticking in the back of the officer. Yes, senor, they went into the woods on the other The next moment Yankee Doodle fired, hitting him side, and our people are with them, so they must be in the neck, sending him half way across the road safe. We will go to Cavite, for I would like very where be fell on his face with the sword standing much to see your soldiers." erect in his back. "Come ahead, then," said he, and they started off "Good! Good!" exclaimed Yankee Doodle. "Catch again along the great road, which soon brought that horse out there, senorita!" them to the shores of the beautiful Bay of Manila. The well-trained horse, however, ran up to where There they could see the light of the fleet as the its rider was lying on the road and stood still. The ships rode at anchor out in the bay, and farther down girl seized him by the bit and led him over to where to the point of land called Cavite, where grim Yankee Doodle was holding the other. walls of the old fort a.ncl arsenal loomed up, could be "Can you ride, senorita?" he asked. seen the light in the hospitals in which the wounded "Yes, senor." Spanish seamen were being cared for by Dewey's "Let me help you up, then," and he lifted her up men. into the saddle, after which he sprang upon the other Presently they were halted by the picket, to whom horse. Yankee Doodle reported, and asked to be sent in that "Give me my sword, senor," she asked. he might report to General Anderson. Quick as a flash he leaped to the ground, drew the By this time the faint streak of dawn began to sword from the body of the dead Spaniard, and passed show in the east, and Yankee Doodle, after reporting it up to her. Then he mounted again, saying: to the officer of the guard, requested that the general "We must get away from here, senorita; where be not disturbed on his account before bis usual hour shall we go ?" of rising. "This way," said she, riding in the direction of the The. officer of the picket line, however, insisted on Spanish line. he and the girl being taken to headquarters a .nd Just as they started off, a rush of horses behind turned over to the one in charge there. They did so, the m told them they were being pursued. and their arrival created a little sensation. "Ride fast," he urged One of the staff officers was called up to hear his She struck the horse with the fiat side of her sword story, and when Yankee Doodle told him t .hat he and dashed away up the road, a distance of about didn't know what had become of the sergeant and half a mile, where it formed a junction with the old Joe, he went immediately to the general for instrnc Cavite road, which led down along the shores of the tions. bay to the old fort and arsenal. The general himself ordered Yankee Doodle to come "Where does this road lead?" he asked, as she into his quarters that he might question him. He did turned into it. so, leaving Peaches in charge of the staff officer out" Down to Cavite, senor." side. "Good again," said he ; "you are worth your For more than an hour Yankee Doodle was engaged weight in gold as a guide; now ride fast." in relating to the general everything he had seen and To his surprise the young girl seated herself in the hea_rd since he had left the camp a week before. saddle man-fashion, adjusted her feet in the stirrups, The general was deeply impressed with what he


YANKEE DOOOLE A'l' MANILA. heard about the ambitious motives of Aguinaldo. He in battle, and how he had led several hundred Fili called in his secretary, and had the report reduced to pinos in two hard fought battles, in one of whic h two writing, afte r which it was read over to Yankee entire companies of Spanish cavalry had be e n utterly Doodl e in order that he might see whether it was wiped out. written down accurately. The officers were under the impression that Yankee "It's all right, general," said he after reading it Doodle had been loading her up, by t elling h e r those over carefully; "you've got it just as I told it." wonderful yarns; but in answer to a question, she "So you really think, do you," the general asked, told them that she had witnes sed the fight herse lf, "that Aguinaldo m eans to make trouble for us?" and that he had told h e r nothing. "I do, general, if our government means to keep "See here, my boy," said one of the staff officers Manila or any of these islands. Of course that is catching him by the arm as he came out, "this girl something that I know nothing about, but he is a here tells us you have been playing the v ery deuce dangerous man as well as very ambitious. He has with the Spaniards." received arms and ammunition from the admiral, and "Oh, I don't know," he replied, "we did have some now has several thousand Filipinos with him who befun with them." lieve in him, and will obey him with a devotion truly "Is it true that you have been fighting them?" marvelous. He is fighting for the indtpendence of "Yes," be said, "and some of the hardest fighting the Philippine Islands, and is now friendly to us only you ever saw, and you are spoiling for that kind because w e are both fighting Spain; but when Spa in of fun, just go out there and ask Aguinaldo for a job, is driven out of the Philippines he will object to the and he will give it to you." American Government exercising any authority not "Is he much of a fighter himself?" based upon their consent, and if we attempt to hold "Well, I never saw him do any fighting, and his Manila or any of the islands without providing some army seems to be a mere mob, but somehow or other high office for him, he will fight us as viciously as he he has been knocking the Spaniards galleywest for is now fighting Spain." several weeks, and has got some three or four thou" Do you really think so?" the general asked. sand prisoners now on his hands." "I am positive of it, general, for he repeatedly al"How is he treating them?" luded to the independence of the Philippines in his "I don't know, but from what I can hear, he s eems conversation with me, and seemed w regret the to be treating them a great deal better than the promise he had made to the admiral not to attempt Spaniards treat the natives when they catch them." to take the city without his consent." "This girl here says she was with you in two fights, "What kind of a fight can he put up?" the general is it true?" asked. "Yes, it is true, and let me say to you that she i s "They can put up a very nasty fight, general, for the bravest girl I ever saw. Last night she save d m y there are thousands of them, and they are far better life by running a Spaniard through with tha t sword fighters than the Cubans. They have no organization hanging at her side, who was about to cut me down, whatever, viewed from a military standpoint, but and he stepped over to the girl's side, took the sword the n organization and discipline don't amount to from her belt, and showed about six or seven inches much in a fight going on in the woods." of the point blood stained. He then explained to the general how he came to "She is clear grit all through," he added, and be separated from Joe and the sergeant, and stated doesn't seem to know what fear is." that he believed they had escaped as easily as he had, "She is very beautiful," remarked on e of the of-as they we:re as close to the woods as he was when ficers. the enemy appeared. "Yes, I've seen a number of very b eaut iful girls "Nevertheless," said the general, "you must guide out there, but they are not entirely of the n ative a battalion out there to their assistance." stock. They are half-breeds, called Mestizos. The "Certainly, general," said he, "I am ready to go pure native is a great deal darker than she is. But sec at any moment." here, major, we are both very hungry; if w e can g e t "I will wait until noon, though," added the gen-a breakfast we would both feel a great d eal b etter." eral, "and if we do not hear from them by that time "You can both have breakfast with us," s aid the I will send out a battalion of infantry to the village major. where you last saw them." "Thank you," he replied, "we will do so with When Yankee Doodle returned from his interview pleasure, and clean up the table in very short orde r with the general he found half a dozen officers around unless you put a whole day's rations on it a t onc e Peaches, talking to her through an interpreter, as 'l'he major laughed, while Yankee Doodle turned t o none of them could speak Spanish, nor did she under-the girl, and said in Spanish: stand a word of English. "Th' e officers of the staff have invited u s to break-They quickly found out that she believed in Yankee fast with them," and he then introduced h e r to all of Doodle above all other men in the world, including them under the name of Peaches, explaming to the the general, the admiral, and the President of the officers as he did so that her real name was simply United States. S!ie had been telling of his prowess j unpronounceable.


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANI LA. -"So you just called her Peaches, eh?" laughed one I wounds, painful but by no means serious. Both had of the officers. lost a good deal of blood, which made them feel quite "Yes; I would call her Peaches and Cream, were weak, yet they declared that they had had a fine time it not quite so long." and had picked up experience enough to last them all "Does she know what a peach is?" one of them their lives. asked. Peaches insisted on being allowed to nurse them, "I don't think she does, for she asked me why I saying that she had several times attended to wound called her Peaches, and I told her that her name was ed Filipinos, and knew a good deal about how to too hard for me to pronounce, so I named her after make them comfortable. She asked Yankee Doodle one of the most delicious fruits of America." to plead with the surgeon to let her stay there as a "What are you going to do with her?" another nurse, as she feared that if she returned to her home asked. she would be sought out and killed by the Spaniards "I intend to see that she is safely back to her fam-on account of the service she' had rendered during the ily, for she came out as a guide to show us the way to past three days. avoid the enemy. She has a brother who is a soldier Yankee Doodle called on the head surgeon, who in Aguinaldo's army, and if he is but half as brave sa, id that he had no objections whatever, but of course as she is he has the making of a fine soldier in him. no compensation could be given her other than quar-When breakfast was announced, Yankee Doodle ters and rations. and Peaches sat down to the table and did ample jus"Oh, that's all right," said Yankee Doodle, "she tice to the good things before them. The admiration doesn't expect compensation, and for the present it is of the officers for the Mestizo maiden was shown her I a home for her, if not a paradise." in such respectful way, that she was charmed with all When told that she could remain at the hospital of them. she was a very happy girl. She was the only female Just as they were about to finish breakfast, a com-nurse there who did not belong to some of the relig motion outside caused one of the officers to investiious institutions which were very numerous in every gate the cause of it. He returned in a few minutes Spanish settlement on the island. with the news that Joe and the sergeant had come in, During the day the general called Yankee Doodle both wounded. in again and plied him with many questions concern-Yankee Dood l e sprang up and ran out to see them. ing the force that Aguinaldo had under him. "Hello, boys !" he called to them; "got through He told him that he had no idea bow many men he all right, eh?" had, as the dense woods prevented his malting any "Yes," said the sergeant; "it was mighty hard estimate as to their number. work, though, and both of us got hit again as we were "There are thousands of them though," he said, leaving the village." "and still other thousands who are ready to take up "Then you've two wounds each?" said Yankee arms as soon as they can get them." Doodle. The general was preparing his report based upon "Yes," said Joe, "but my empty stomach hurts information received from Yankee Doodle that morn worse than my wounds, for I'm as hungry as a wolf." ing, and wanted a few more points before closing it. "Come in and help yourselves," said the major. "Now," said he, "the admiral wishes to see you on "We've just finished breakfast, but there is plenty board the flag -ship as soon as possible, so you had left for half a dozen more." better go out there right away; there is a bo a t be Thank you, sir," said the sergeant, saluting the longing to one of the surgeons waiting for you." officer. Yankee Doodle hastened down to the landing, en" Say, Joe," said Yankee Doodle, "what became of tered the boat and was rowed out to the flag-ship by the other girl?" four sailors. The admiral received him with quiet "We all ran to the woods," answered Joe, "and I cordiality, led the wa, y to his cabin, where he listened lost her in the darkness." to his report of the interview with Aguinaldo. "Then you don't know whether she was hurt or "Your letter," said Yankee Doodle, "fixed me all not?" right with him. He allowed me to speak my mind "I don't think she was," he replied, "for she was freely to him." with me up to the time we struck the woo ds, when a The admiral was very much surprised at the young lot of natl.ves ran over us and we were separated," soldier's est.imate of Aguinaldo's character and and Joe then proceeded to tell the story of his adven-motives. Soon after the battle of May 1st, in which tures in trying to find his way back to Cavite. he had 'smashed the Spanish fleet, the admiral had He and the sergeant became separated soon after supplied Aguinaldo with arms and ammunition, and L entering the woods, and both at once asked for guides 1 otherwise encouraged him in raising an insurgent to pilot the way to the picket line They ran into force to keep the Spaniards busy until an American each other a little after sunrise, after which they army should arrive to take and hold the city 0f came on together. Manila. After breakfast they went to the hospital to have To his utter amazement, the young chief, conscious their wounds dressed, which fortunately were flesh of the power his people gave him, was evidently be-


Y .ANKEE DOODL E A T M ANILA coming ambitious, a n d dispose d to make trouble for "You can go with me, though, if you wish; and I those who had placed him on his feet. If h e wa s as-think perhaps you had better do so, as you may not tonished at Aguinaldo's conduct, he was still more so again have a chance very soon to return to your par when Yankee Doodle told him what he had said to ents." him in his interview after the first day's fight. "Senor," said she, "I would rather stay here for It was precisely what he would have said to him him-the present, as I am entirely out of danger, and every elf had he bee n t h ere, though, perhaps, in more diplo-body is kind to me." ma tic language. "Very well, senorita ; our people will al ways be "You gave it to him straight, my lad," said he, 1 kind to you, for I have told them how brave and true "and I am glad you did. As it is, he has the infor-you are." mation I wanted him to have, and from a source for I "Will you return soon?" she asked, with an ex which he can hold nobody responsible. It has relieved pression of eager interest in her large, lustrous black me from the necessity of saying as much to him my-eyes. self. The young man seems to be losing his bead, yet "I may be gone for several days," he rep1ied. we are not in a position to interfere with him, and it "Will you come and see me when you return?" is to be hoped he will not so far forget himself as to "Of course I will. I will try 1;o see you the very interfere with us. .first one." -"Admiral," said Yankee Doodle, "he will keep the "Then I will stay here," said she. promise he made you, for he told me be would, although He then took leave of her and went in search of regretting that he had made it. Ithinkheis gather-Joe Bailey and Sergeant Bowles, both of whom were ing a great army in the woods back of the city, in the I to accompany him. He found them together at the hope of participating in its ca .pture when our own headquarters of the regiment to which the sergeant army has landed. He will demand part of the spoils, I belonged. Their wounds pained them but little. and insist that the American troops shall withdraw "We are in for it again, sergeant," said he to the and leave him to govern the island daring Westerner. The admiral likewise made a report to be sent home "In what way?" the sergeant asked. to Washington on the attitude of the young insurgent "I am going out to see Aguinaldo again. chief, whose forces were growing in strength daily. "':\he deuce you are; what's up?" Said he to Doodle: "The admiral wishes me to whisper something in "I may wish to send you to him again in a few his ear." days. I am glad that you fought at the head of some "Oh, all right, then. When do you start?" of his men and whipped the Spaniards, as it may have "Just as soon as you and Joe are ready." the effect of demonstrating to his people that we are "We will be ready within an hour,'' their friends and well-wishers I think be has confi"Good enough; I'll call for you;" and .with that dence in you, and as he has alread y talked freely with j he turned away to go to his quarters to make final you he may do so again. I wish to impress it upon I preparation. his mind that the fight between Spain and the United At the appointed time the three were passed States is one between two great nations ''(ith es tab-through th.e line by orders of the guard under instruclished governments, and that while in military opera-tions from the chief of staff. They were a .gain on tions we may co -operate with him a.gainst the enemy, foot, as they were compelled to make the most of the we can in no way recognize him in any negotiations journey through the great forest following the trail that may take place be1, ween the two nations. When made by the natives, as on the great highway they Spain is driven out it will then be time enough to would be likely to run up against Spanish cavalry. negotiate with him as to the American policy towards After a long tramp through the tropical forest they b.is people." reached the little villa .ge where they came so near be" I believe, admiral, that I've already said the same ing captured by the Spanish cavalry on the night of thing to him, at least in substance if not in so many the dance. Their sudden reappearance in the streets words. created a little bit of excitement among the villagers, "Very true," assented the a .dmiral, "but he then as nearly everybody there believed they had either regarded it as simply your personal opinion. This been killed or captured by the enemy. time I wish it to go to him as coming from me di-Both Joe and the sergeant were still very sore from rect." the first wounds received on that night, but still it CHAPTER XI. "CUPID CAN SPEAK ALL LANGUAGES. EARLY the next morning after his interview with the admiral Yankee Doodle repaired to the hospital where Peaches, the Mestizo maiden, was acting as nurse, and told her he was going out to Aguinaldo's camp again, and that he would see her brother, if not her parents, and let him know where she was. did not prevent them from taking part in the perilous expedition. The truth is, both of them were quite anxious to meet again the two girls with whom they had danced. and find out what had befallen them on that terrible night. The young girl with whom Joe had been smitten l:ved there. She was a cousin to Peaches and her brother. Aguedo. The one with whom the sergeant had become impressed "as a tall, stately Mestizo,


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. who was regarded as the belle of the village. Her cers, just as bad been the case with many others durname was Angela and she and Cherry were great ing the Spanish occupation of the island. friends. "Aguedo," said he, if you wish to see her I will News of their arrival flew through the village, and I give you a letter to the genera.I, and you can go to in a very few minutes both Angela and Cherry, toCavite at once. If you wish her to return home with gether with more than a score of women and children, you, you will find that there is nothing in the way to met a.nd greeted them with great cordiality. prevent her doing so. I have treated her as though I am glad to see you_. senor," said Angela, as she she were my own sister, for the night you were here welcomed the sergeant. '' I feared you were killed." she saved my life by running a Spanish officer through "Thank you, senorita. I was hit, but it takes with the sword she wore." more than one bullet to 1-:-ill me. But I have been "Where did that happen, seqor ?" Aguedo asked. worried about you ever since that night." "Over there in the road near the woods," replied "Oh," she laughed, "I hid in the woods until they he, pointing to the very spot, not over two hundred were all gone, as did many others. They went away yards away from where they stood, and he then deearly the next morning after doing all tho mischief scribed his fight with the two Spanish officers, and they could, and we were very sorry that the Ameri-how it came about that she had saved his life. canos did not come and capture them." Insta.ntly Aguedo's face brightened and he grasped "We will do that in time, senorita," said he, "for Yankee Doodle's hand, which he shook with a great thousands of our troops are on the way, and will soon deal of energy. Then he took him by the arm and arrive at Cavite." led him aside, where he said, in half whispers, that Joe, on meeting his Cherry, was very demonstra-he himself had run across the bodies of the two oftive in his joy, kissing both her hands like an ardent ficers where they had fallen, and had secured from lover. He told her where Peaches was, and asked them two leather belts filled with Spanish gold, where her brother could be found. adding: "He is somewhere with Aguinaldo," she replied, "They belong to you and to my sister, senor, and "and is mu0h distressed about her; but we knew that I will give them to you. They had more than a thou Senor Yankee Doodle would take care of her, and sand pesos in the two belts. now I am so glad to hear that he has done so. Where "Give them to her, senor," said Yankee Doodle, are you going now?" "or else use the money to rebuild the home that was "We are going to see the chief Aguinaldo, and will destroyed by the enemy. I don't wish a single peseta try to see Peaches' mother, and let her know where of it myself." the dear girl is." "No, no, Senor Americano, you must take it, forit During this time Yankee Doodle was talking with is your lawful prize a number of men, native residents of the village, who "Very well, amigo, when you return it to me I will were eager to find out what the Americans were go-give it to her and tell her to rebuild the home in ing to do. All he could tell them with any degree of Which she was born." certainty, \vas that they were going to drive Spain The matter was thus settled and the young Filipino out of the Philippines forever. volunteered with bis friends to escort the three to' the "While he was talking with them Aguedo, the headquarters of Aguinaldo, after which he would brother of Peaches, appeared, accompanied by a score hasten to acquaint his mother of the whereabouts of or more of Filipinos, who were armed with Mausers Peaches. and the inevitable machete. The sergeant and Joe Bailey suggested to Yankee When he heard that Yankee Doodle was there, he Doodle that they spend the night there at the village ran almost at full speed to meet him. before going on to the headquarters of the chief. Tlwy "My sister, Senor Americano !" he called out; both complained that their wounds were paining them "where is she? Where is she?" after the nine miles' march through the woods. He "She is safe at Cavite, amigo," he replied. laughed at them, saying: "Is she well?" he asked. "That's all right, boys, we'll stop here, but I thiuk "Y cs, she is well, and requested me to tell you so, that the eyes of those two girls have wounded you that you might send word to your mother." both more grievously than the Mauser bullets." "Why does she stay there, senor?" he asked, look"Oh, well," said the sergeant, "who objects to ing Yankee Doodle straight in the eyes. being hurt that way?" "Because she wished to do so, and help nurse the "I'm sure I don't," laughed Yankee Doodle; "but wounded in the hospital, until it would be safe for her sometimes they are wounds that are very hard lo to return home." hea.l." To Yankee Doodle's astonishment, the young Fili"I don't think you know anything about it," said pino betrayed a feeling of mnch incredulity, and was the sergeant. far from being cordial in his manner towards him. "No, not from experience, but I've seen others who It instantly flashed through Yankee Doodle's mind were pretty badly hurt, and in your case nothing but that the young Filipino was suspicious that his sister an amputation will save you." had fallen a victim to the wiles of the American offi"Amputation What do you mean?"


YANKEE DOODLE A'l' MANILA.. "Oh, your head will have to be cut off." Oh, you be blowed !" retorted the sergeant. "I'm going to marry that girl and take her back to the States with me." the United States, there'll be a tremendous rush of Americans in search of fortunes, and they will be come a veritable El Dorado that will lay California in the shade. If you can get a good girl with a "The deuce you are ; that?" are you so badly hurt as fat bank account, it will pave the way for a great "I'm not hurt at all. On the contrary, I never felt better in my life, for she has already agreed to it." "Well, I'll be hanged!" gasped Yankee Doodle. "I must say that you have beaten the record." Well, you don't blame me, do you?" "No, I don't, for she is one of the most beautiful girls I ever saw, and will create a sensation back in the States. I'm only afraid you will have to shoot a few fellows on her account, for it will be impossible to keep them away from her." "Oh, she can't speak a word of English," laughed the sergeant, "and our people can't speak Spanish." "Ah, sergeant, my boy, Cupid can speak all Ian _guages." fortune for you. I guess I'll look out for one myself." "How about Peaches?" Joe asked. "She is worth her weight in gold," said Yankee Doodle, "but I don't think she has any gold. I haven't given it any thought, a11d I guess I won't until the war ends. I am going to get out now and try to get some sleep, and would advise you and the sergeant to do the same thing, for we must be off by sunrise." "All right," said Joe, "I'll be with you in a f e w minutes." Yankee Doodle finally slipped away from the house and joined Aguedo in a little camp qutside the village, where he rolled in his hammock and soon ftll asleep. He never knew when Joe and the sergeant came in, but when he saw them the next morning he was convinced that they had had but little sleep. CHAPTER XII. They were up early and soon on their way to the CONCLUSION. headquarters of the insurgent chief. As they pro-THERE was another dance in the village that night gressed, it was easy to be seen that reinforcements in which the three young Americans participated to had been steadily coming in from the interior of the their heart's content, notwithstanding the fact that island, for they saw thousands there whom they had on the night of the Spanish raid several women and not seen before. children had been wounded; still that did not inter-The great bulk of them was of the pure aboriginal fere with the hilarity of the occasion. stock, all armed with the machete, while hundreds of .Peaches not being present, Yankee Doodle distrib-them carried the blow-gun for the purpose of securing uted his attention among a dozen Mestizo girls, some small game, which was so abundant in the forest. of whom were very beautiful. Joe was very devoted Some were darker than others, showing that they to Cherry, whose parents he had learned were con-were descendants of other tribes, but all were imbued sidered quite wealthy. with an intense hatred of their oppressors. They During the evening Yankee Doodle whispered to looked upon the Americans as a people who had made Joe the news of the relations existing between the l it possible for them to throw off the Spanish yoke. sergeant and Angela. They all understood Spanish, while at the same "The sergeant has a long head," Joe said, "for \ time they were frequently heard conversing in a jarh.er people are as rich as mud." gon utterly unintelligible to anyone but themselves. "The deuce they are?" Yankee Doodle talked many of them without "Yes," returned Joe, "Cherry says they are very finding one who had any thought other than the war rich ; that her father owns property in the city and was to result in the complete ind e pendence of the isl a plantation up the river." ands. That the islands were to pass from Spain to "Great Scott!" said Yankee Doodle, "I never America never once occurred to them, showing that thought of that. I wonder if the sergeant knows the wily Aguinaldo had instilled it into them that init ?" dependence was to be the natural result of the con Of he does," laughed Joe; "but he got flict. stuck on her before he found it out." It was about noon when they reached the head" How is it with your girl?" Yankee Doodle quarters of the chief, who appeared a little surprised asked.. at seeing them again. "Oh, they say her father is rich too, but they Chief," said Yankee Doodle, "I am the bearer of have a whole regiment of children." another letter from the admiral, which he has com" Are you going to marry her?" missioned me to deliver to you," and he handed the "Oh, I don't know what I'll do," said Joe laugh-missive over to him as he spoke. ing and looking a little confused. "I like her bet-There was nothing in the letter further than an exter than any girl I ever met; but I don't know if pression of personal regard, and a trifling request that she likes me well enough to marry me; I guess I'm he hold. himself in readiness to co-operate in a movetoo young for that sort of thing anyway." I ment against Manila when the rest of the American Well, see here," said Yankee Doodle, "when I army should arrive. this war ends, and these islands are turned over to I It was calculated. somewhat to flatter the vanity of


YANKEE DOODLE AT M A NILA. the young chief, and to a certain extent throw him selves; we make and unmake our rulers; we have no off his guard whilst conversing with Yankee Doodle. king or queen, or standing armies to overawe the "When will the balance of your army arrive ?" people. I do not believe that my government could Aguinaldo asked, as he folded up the letter and stowed ever oppress any other people on earth, for we bold it away in the pocket of his uniform. that all government should rest upon the consent of "We are expecting the transports daily," said the governed. If these islands should be annexed to 1 Yankee Doodle, "and when they arrive, General the United States, your people would be permitted to Merritt, the commander-in-chief of the expedition, govern themselves, electing their own governors and will doubtless begin active operations." all the local officers, just as the forty-five States of "Why wait for their arrival," the chief asked, America have done ever since the foundation of the "when you already have enough to capture the city great republic. You would be more free in that case with my co-operation?" than if you were all left independent with a flag of "I believe," said Yankee Doodle, "that the delay your own. If left to stand alone, you would become is on account of other foreign nations who have the prey of any nation who chose to send a fleet and enormous business interests in Manila. There are army to subjugate you; whereas, if you are a part five German war-ships alrea.dy in the bay, besides one and parcel of the great Republic of the United States, or two Japanese, English and French. They are no power on earth would dare raise a hand against powerful nations, whose wishes have to be consulted you." in matters of this kind. America does not wish to Aguinaldo was silent for some minutes. The en become in complications of one nation with other tire situation was explained to him in a nut-shell, so nations before she has settled her affairs with Spain. to speak; for it began to dawn upon bis mind that Aguinaldo was a shrewd man, but he had had no while independence was a beautiful bauble, and an in experience whatever in international complications, dependent nationality a tempting prize, he could well and it was rather difficult for him to understand why that without fleets and armies to mainother nations should bot.her themselves about the tain it, it would fall a prey to the avarice and greed Philippine Islands. J of the rival powers of Europe . "Spain," said he, "has. had of the He was thinking of all this when the news came islands f?r three centuries,. durmg which time no \ that the 8pania.rds were preparing to make a grand other na.t10n has to mterfere to put a stop to sortie from the city, for the purpose of annihilating \ her terrible of my people. Why should the insurgent army. Instantly all the warlike quali they mterfere now ties of the young chief were aroused, and the light of "That is a deep question, chief, but if you are fa-battle flashed in his eyes. Senor America no," said he, "the Spaniards are coming to attack us. We must fight, or retire before them. As a soldier, what do you advise?" "Fight with all your might," exclaimed Yankee Doodle. The chief grasped his hand, saying : "Yes, yes; we will fight." "l tender you my services, chief," said Yankee Doodle, "and that of my friends." "Thank you, senor. I will send my chief of staff with you to place you in command of the right miliar with the history of the powers of Europe, you certainly know something about their land-grabbing propensities. They see tha. t Spain is on the point of losing her sovereignty over the island, and, thinking that America, being so far away, may not wish to transfer the sovereignty to herself, they are all crowding around in the hope of bringing about a di vision, so that each one can get a few islands for herself. So you must see that after all, the salvation of the Philippines depends entirely upon America, and if your people extend explicit confidence to our government and not make matters worse during our wing." troubles with Spain, the American flag will ketp off t.hose other land-grabbing powers until the question is In less than ten minutes Yankee Doodle, Joe and settled as to what is best to be done concerning the the sergeant were on their way to the extreme right final disposition of the entire archipelago. You have of the insurgent force. Hundreds of the natives staan army of brave men around you, but you certainly tioned out there had fought with them on the occa ought to know that against America or England, sion of their first visit, and were glad to have them France, Germany, Russia or Japan your resistance there again. '"ould be utterly futile. But with such a powerful "Sergeant," said Yankee Doodle, "we're going to friend as the United States you could defy the world have some bloody work to-day. We must make these "Yes, yes," nodded Aguinaldo, "but will the people understand that they must obey orders, and friendship of America be of a .ny use to us in the end? fire low. You and Joe hurry up along the line down \Vherein will we be benefited in being transferred through the bushes there, and find out how many men from one nation to another? Why should we fight are there. Of course, you will have to make a rough Spain only to let in another master, who would keep guess, but do it quickly on oppressing us?" Joe and the sergeant at once proceeded to do what "Chief," said Yankee Doodle, "we of the United was required, and inside of half an hour reported tba. t States are masters of the government; we rule ourI there were at least two thousand natives in the.


YANKEE DOODLE AT MANILA. bushes, only half of had fire-arms. The rest of He was strongly tempted to break his promise, but them were armed with machetes. he feared the wrath of the American admiral and "That's a pretty good crowd," said h e, "and I general. Yankee Doodle hastened to his side, grasped guess we can hold the position. But the men must his hand and said: be kept well concealed jn the woods and not a shot Chief, it is all over with Spain. Manila is doomed, fired until the enemy is close enough to make it de-and the Spaniards now await to surrender it to the { structive." Americans. Stand still now, and trust the great re-It was ascertained that no firing had been going on public to make your people free forever." out there for several days, and the Spaniards were He promised to do so, after which Yankee Doodl e, under the impression that the insurgents had aban-Joe and the sergeant hastened back to Cavite to redoned the position. They advanced in a confident port to the admiral. manner until within one hundred yards of the insur"Well done, my boy," said the admiral when he gents concealed in the bushes. heard his report. "I could not have done better Then at the word of command a thousand Mausers myself. The end has come, and we now have only to opened on them with such deadly effect as to throw reach out and take the prize." them into confusion Quick as a flash Yankee Doodle Events proved that the admiral was right, for the ordered a charge, and the entire two thousand FiliSpaniards only waited to surrender the city to the pinos dashed out upon the single regiment like so American forces, which they did a few days later at many tigers springing upon their prey. the demand of General Merritt, who had arrived They outnumbered Spaniards nearly to one, I with other transports filled with America n soldiers. and the onset was so impetuous the Spamards were By that time news came that Spain had thrown swept away and forced back over the intrenchments. up the sponge and asked for terms. The news was The Filipinos went over with them, thus rendering I flashed by cable, hostilities ceased, and the great the intrenchments useless to them at the moment, question of the disposition of the islands, that for and they continued their retreat, fiercely contesting three hundred years had been the brightest jewel every inch of ground. in the crown of Spain, was to be settled by an in-The n ews flashed all along the Spanish line that ternational commission. Cuba was freed, and Porto their left wing had been defeated and the intrench-Rico surrendered to the United States to become ments carried. It changed the entire phase of the forever a part and parcel of the greatest republic fight, as the Spanish center and right were ordered the world had ever seen to fall back to the city without having fired a shot. Aguinaldo was permitted to march through the Aguinaldo, who had command of his own center, streets of the city in company with the American was so astonished at the sudden retrograde move-troops, after which they retired outside, to remain ment that he suspected a trap and feared to advance in camp while the city was guarded by the Amerihis line. Hence the Spaniards withdrew their forces can army to protect the lives and property of the within the walls of the city, completely abandoning citizens. their outer line of defense. 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