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now. 'Tis not the time nor the
place. Let's go downtown.'
"And we did, sayin' a few fer
vent prayers for Enrique C. Llor
ente on the way.
"And downtown Charp had to
go Jan' blow up, an' drink himself
right into a six by six cell ! That
was the last I saw of him for
"Pretty soon Consul Senor
Llorente sends for me again.
"'SIim,' says he, 'I want you to
go to Sonora and look up 2,500
stands of arms and 35,000 round
of ammunition shipped, to the
governor by the federal govern
ment and lost track of.'
"I reckon my head wasn't
workin' very well that day. Any
how I went, never thinking, an'
if it wasn't that the consul at
Negalis is an Americanized Mex
ican an' a friend of mine as well,
I would not be sittirt' here now,
with the pleasure of your com
pany. "This consul friend of mine
sent for me, an' when I came into
his riim, he examined that room
most suspicious for anyone who
might have his ear glued to the
keyhole. Then he turns to me.
" 'What are you doin' here?'
"So I told him about the lost
arms an' ammunition.
" 'Maybe,' says he, thoughtful
like, at the end of my story,
'maybe did something the
Senor Llorente did not like.'
'"What!" says I.
" Tm thinkinV said he, still
real pensive like, 'that maybe ye I
were sent down heer to get killed. J
I'm thinkin' ye will get killed if
"An' with that a light began to
break in on me.
"Charp was in jail for his fool
ishness. Mahoney and MacDon
ald had been sent up the border
near Douglas, where by a
str-range chance, United States
officials were just waitin' for
them, an' were now in jail in El
Paso for breakin' the neutrality
laws. An' I was in a climate that
was not goin' to agree with me
" Twas a fine mess, but not of
the sort that appeals to me, an'
I went away from there that day.
"About September 25, 1912, I
received an' agitated wire from
Llorente. Mahoney and Mac
Donald are about to be put on
trial at this time.
" Get to tnem,' says Llorente
to me, 'before they squeal.'
"Do I look it?
"I hope not.
"What happened was this:
United States Senator Fall, who
knows Llorente, demanded a
speed ytrial. United States Sec
ret Service Agent Thompson,
who knows me, summoned me as
chief witness. The United States
district attorney, t the United
States marshal, and the whole
boilin' was there. And I put it
to them this way: -
" 'Do you expect me to squeal
on my pals? We went into Mex
ico under the orders of Consul
Enrique C. Llorente and ' we
never got paid !'
"So the .United States district