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By Ethel Lee Dayton
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
The tables were turned. . I laughed
outright as I realized it. There,
back in the timber, at a lonely spot
which few would visit or pass, I had
left a stalwart Mexican soldier tied
hand and foot. Certainly I was safe
from his pursuit until morning.
The way it had come about was
this: For several days I had been lo
cated at Mayena with the U. S.
troops. I was taking photographs
for a series of magazine' articles and
had become quite well acquainted
with Lieut. Harney Rossiter. ' Before
coming to Mayena I had been for a
week at Pulza. There I had met
' Miss Wentworth and her family. The
impression made upon me by Miss
Wentworth was a lasting one. When
Lieut. Rossiter stated that he knew
the Wentworths there was a friendly
bond established between us at once.
It suffered a severe strain my last
hour in camp, however. Rossiter
came to be looking anxious and dis
trustful. "You told me you were going back
to Pulza?" he said inquiringly.
"I've got to," I told him. "I left all
the views I took in Chihuahua there,
counting on picking them up on my
I did not tell Rossiter, of course,
that I was glad of an excuse, as a
return would naturally mean a sec
ond meeting with the charming Miss
"I got a letter about two hours
since from Pulza," said the lieuten
ant, "which troubles me a good deal.
You know the critical condition of
affairs at Pulza. I have received pri
vate word that the native comman
dant there is about to be superseded
by his former predecessor, Maceo.
That means trouble, danger for Mr.
Wentworth and his family.
"Why?" I asked with interest.
''Because Maceo is a rejected suit
or of Miss Wentworth and it was"
through Mr. Wentworth that he was
relieved of his official duties. Under
the old regime that would mean lit
tle. With the present factional lines
narrowing, it gives to the treacher
ous and revengeful Maceo the power
of a tyrant and he will exert it.
"And your message to Mr. Went
worth would be?"
"To leave Pulza at once. To de
lay is to be cause in a net. Even you
I Passed No Habitation During the
First Five Miles
will not find it easy to evade the
guerrillas. Within 48 hours they may
have their forces spread so that
those south of the river here will be
completely shut in."
"I think I understand," I said. "You
are very kind to have all this consid
eration for the Wentworths, lieuten
ant." - -