" 'I'll be trustin' my own head
to them,' says I.
" 'Very well,' says he, and ex
plains to me the scheme, the same
being to break all the neutrality
laws we could lay our hands on."
"What!' I exclaimed.
"Ye-eh," said Slim, "that's the
way a Mexican mind works."
"But why?" I asked.
"Oh, just to start a war with
the United States and solidfy all
the Mexicans under Madero."
I gasped, and began to see why
I had so utterly failed to under
stand the Mexican situation.
"So," continued Slim, "I went
out and got Mahoney, MacDon
ald and Charpentier. I knew them
all of old. They were all Amer
icans7 and one was of Irish de
scent, and one of Scottish, and
one of French, and they had been
everywhere, and seen everything,
and were warranted to turn up
anywhere there was rough work
to be done.
" Tis funny about these felx
lows. I've been around the
world some few times myself, and
got into some tight messes. But
whenever I'd steer into trouble,
there would bob up alongside of
me Mahoney, MaGDonald and
Charpentier. I think they smell
"I took theni all into Senor
Llorente one day, and he looked
them over an' was satisfied. He
" 'I want you fellows to go
down into the heart of the rebel
country where rebels patrol the
railroads day and night. I want
you to blow up and bui n Mexican
bridges until I call a halt. The
pay is $2,000 and your outfits.
Here is $900 for the outfits. Good
day. "So we went away from there,
him not being what you would
call conversationally inclined, and
the next day, which was June 12, d
1912, we piled our stuff in an auto
and slid for Yisotte.
"Then- we crossed to the
Bonche mountains and down into
the flat rebel country, which is
the same y see stretching before
"Slim" Noonan "paused, and
"And?" I prompted.
"And," said he, "the -next
twenty-four days were wan long
picnic. We burned bridges; we
ran the rebel lines two or three
times a day; we destroyed tele
graph instruments; we pulled
Slim paused again.
" 'Twas grand," he said, sim
ply. "But what was the ohject of all
this?" I asked.
"Oh," he said, just to bottle
up old man Orozco and Salazar,
the rebel chiefs, in Juarez.
"Orozco and Salazar are the
ones who fight for the common
folks, you know. The Wall
street bunch doesn't have a look- 1
in with them!
"Put us down fof havin' burn
ed and blown up a dozen bridges
in those twenty-four days the
one at Barreal alone was 400 feet
"Along about June 25th Mac
MacDonald, that is, got shot.
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