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planned and carefully thought
And it was told to Miss O'Reil
ly and Cartoonist Higgins by
"Slim" Noonan himself, back
there in a gully of the wild Juarez
hills, while federal troops, suffer
ing from visions of that $10,000
blood money, were gunning for
Noonan less than five miles away.
And don't let it ever be forgot
ten that the big, husky, hairy out
law treated Miss O'Reilly with
the utmost gentleness and cour
tesy, and was downright sorry he
could not tell the story of his ad
ventures in a better way to help
her outl V
By Mary Boyle O'Reilly.
Cuidad Juarez, Feb. 28.
"Slim" Noonan, American citi
zen, soldier of fortune, filibuster
with a price of $10,000 on his
head either with or without his
body attached, laid his long and
ugly-looking rifle aside and lean
ed forward, elboys on knees.
"I'm right sorry, ma'am," he
explained with anxious polite
ness, "but I never told a story
book story in all my life !"
His sorrow that he should thus
disappoint me suited him so
funnily that I laughed aloud;
then shivered a little at the queer
way the laugh echoed back and
forth in that lonely gully.
"Don't try," I said. "Just tell
me how you made the Mexican
consul at El Paso a fugitive from
justice and the 'man of mystery
"Gratias," he said, and swept
me a bow that made me think of
Lthe grandees ot Urn bpain.
And then he grinned comfort
ably. "Llorente is in kinda bad, isn't
he ?" he said. "I know quite a few
gents that would like to find out
how many bullets his hide would
hold without leaking to say
nothing of the Amtrican state de
partment that would like fine to
see what he'd look like from be
Followed a pause as the gentle
man adventurer reflected on the
astonishing conspiracy that near
ly caused a war, the while his
eyes watchfully scanned the
sweep of wide scrub land stretch
ing from the mouth of the gully.
"Then 'Slim' Noonan began,
speaking slowly, explicitly, as
one who realizes the meaning and
the danper of his words.
"In June, 1912," he said, "I was
in the Mexican secret service un
der a man name Hall. But I real
ly was workin' for Enriquez C.
Llorente, who then was Mexican
consul to El Paso, Texas.
"My job was getting evidence
against Mexican revolutionists
trying to smuggle arms and am
munition across the line from El
Paso. It was a good job, and
didn't bother me none. You can
spot a Mex. conspirator about a
mile off, he looks so doggone
mysterious about it.
"Well, one day in June Llorente
sends for me.
" 'Can you find four fearless
men, willing to dp dangerous
work and to forage on the coun