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MEADE COUNTY NEWS, MEADE, KANSAS.
"TV O'REILLY, BACK IN CUBA ABOUT ROSA I. Synopiliv Don Esteban Varona, rich Cuban planter, hides his money and jewels and the secret of the hiding place Is lost when he and the only other person who knows It are killed. Donna Isabel, step-. .mother of the Varona twins Esteban and Rosa searches vainly for years for the hidden treasure. Johnny O'Reilly, an American, loves;' and ts loved by Rosa. Donna Isabel falls to her death In an old well while walking In her sleep. Esteban's connection with the Cuban lnsurrectos ts discovered and he and Rosa are forced to flee. O'Reilly, In New fork on business, gets a letter from Rosa Jelling of her peril and he starts for Cuba. Pancho Cueto, faithless manager of the Varona testates, betrays Esteban and Rosa, leading Colonel Cobo, notorious Spanish guerrilla, to their hiding place, Esteban, who Is absent, returns Just In time to rescue Rosa. O'Reilly's efforts to reach Rosa are fruit less and he Is compelled by the Spanish authorities to leave Cuba. Esteban wreaks a terrible vengeance on Pancho Cueto. A fierce fight with Spanish soldiers ensues. Esteban escapes, but, badly wounded and half conscious, he Is unable to find his way back to his camp. Rosa, with the faithful servants who had remained with her, Is forced to obey the concentration order of General Weyler, the Spanish com mander, and seek refuge In Matanzas. O'Reilly returns to Cuba with a band of filibusters, which Includes Norlne Evans, an American girl who has dedicated her fortune and services as nurse to the Cuban cause. CHAPTER XII Continued. 10 Evening came, then night, and still the party was Jerked along at the tall of the train without a hint as to Its destination. About midnight those ; who were not doting noted that they bad stopped at an obscure pine-woods Junction, and that when the train got under way once more their own car did not move. The ruse was now ap parent; owing to the lateness of the hour, it was doubtful If anyone In the forward coaches was aware that the . train was lighter by one car. There was a brief delay ; then a. lo comotive crept out from a siding, coupled up to the standing car, and drew It off upon another track. Soon the "excursion party" was being rushed swiftly toward the coast, some twenty miles away. Major Ramos came down the aisle, laughing, and spoke to his American proteges. . , ' ' "Well, what do you think of that, eh? Imagine the feelings of those good deputy marshals when they wake up. I bet they'll rub their eyes." Miss Evans bounded excitedly In her seat; she clapped her hands. "You must have friends In high places," O'Reilly grinned, and the Cu ' ban agreed; "Yes, I purposely drew attention to us In Charleston, while our ship was loading. She's ready and waiting for us now; and by daylight we ought to be safely out to sea. Meanwhile the , Dauntless has weighed anchor and Is steaming north, followed, I hope, by all the revenue cutters hereabouts" It was the darkest time of the night when, the special train came to a stop ' at. a bridge spanning one of the deep Southern rivers. In the stream bekrw, Ten Minutes Later He Found Himself at tha 8teerlng Oar. dimly outlined in the gloom, lay the Fair Play, a small tramp steamer; her crew were up and awake. The new ar rivals were hurried aboard, and within a half-hour she was feeling her way Ma ward. With daylight, caution gave way to haste, and the rusty little tramp be gan to drive forward for all she was worth. She cleared the three-mile Umlt safely and then turned south. Not a craft was In sight ; not a smudge of smoke discolored the skyline. It had been trying night for the filibusters, and when the low coastline was dropped astern they began . to think of sleep. Breakfast of a sort was served on deck, after whlcll those By REX BEACH (OopyTlght, by Harper -and Brotbera) . , '-.. AT LAST, HEARS BAD NEWS AND ESTEBAN favored ones who had berths sought them, while their less fortunate-companions stretched out wherever they could find a place. Johnnie O'Reilly was. elated. Al ready he could see the hills of Cuba dozing behind their purple veils; In fancy he felt the fierce white heat from close-walled streets, and scented the odors of "mangly" swamps. He heard the ceaseless sighing of the royal palms. How he had hungered for It all; how he had raged at his delays! . It had seemed so small a matter to return ; It had seemed so easy to seek out Rosa and to save herr Yet the days had grown Into weeks ; the weeks had aged Into mouths. Well, he had done his best; he had never rested from the moment rc4 -Rosa's first ap peal. Her enemies had foiled him once, but there, would be, no turning back this time rather a 'firing squad or a dungeon In Cabanas than that CHAPTER XIII. - Tha City Among the Leaves and the City of Beggars, , The night was moonless and warm. An Impalpable haze dimmed the star- glow, only the diffused lllumlpatlon.of uie open sea euuuieu lua.passeDgtfg. or tne Fair Play to identify that blacker darkness on. the horizon ahead of them as land. Major Ramos was on the bridge with the.captain'' ,3Cwo men were taking soundings In' a blind search for that steep wall which forms the side of the old Bahama channel. When the lead finally gave them warn ing, the Fair Play lost her headway and came to a stop, rolling lazily.. Major Ramos spoke In a low. tone from the darkness above, calling for a volunteer boat's crew to reconnolter and to look for ah opening through, the reef. Before the words .were, out of his mouth O'Reilly had offered htmi: self. - . Ten minutes later fie found' himself at the steering oar of, one of the' ship's lifeboats, heading shoreward. There was a long night's work ahead ; time passed, and so O'Reilly altered i. his course and cruised along bntstd&'the white water, urging his crew- to lustier strokes. ;' - A mile two,, miles It seemed like ten to the taut barsnjen,' and theft a black hiatus of still water 'showed in phosphorescent foam. O'ReJllyY ex plored It briefly; then he turned back toward the ship. Soon he and his crew were aboard and the ship was groping her way toward the break in the reef. Meanwhile, her -deck became a scene of feverish activity ; out from her hold came cases of ammunition and medical supplies; the fleldplece on the bow was hurriedly dismounted ; the small boats, of which there was an extra number, were swung out, with the result that when the Fair Play had maneuvered as close as she dared everything was in readiness. " O'Reilly took the first load through, and discharged It upon a sandy beach. Every man tumbled - overboard and waded ashore with a packing case'; he dropped this In. the' sand above' high tide mark, and then, ran back for an other. It was swift, hot work. From the darkness on each side came the sounds of other boat crews similarly engaged. Daylight was coming when the last boat cast off and the Fair Play, with a hoarse, triumphant blast of her whistle, faded Intq the north, her part In the expedition at an end. Dawn showed the voyagers that they were Indeed fortunate, for they were upon the mainland of Cuba, and as far as they -could see, both east and west, the reef was unbroken. Men were lolling about, exhausted, but Major Ra mos allowed them no time for rest ; he roused them, and kept them on the go until the priceless supplies had been collected within the shelter of the brash. Then he broke open certain packages and distributed arms among his followers. . The three Americans, who were munching a tasteless breakfast of pilot bread, were Joined by Major Ra Author of "Th Iron Tntl. "The Spoiler," "Heart of tharSunsct' Etc " mos. "I am dispatching a message to General. Gomez' headquarters, ask ing him tfteen'd a'ajllcjr. train and an it 1 vini. danger here ; perhaps you would like t -go -on with the couriers." . . O'Reilly accepted , eagerly J then thinking of the girl, he said doubt- fullsj ... fw afraid Miss EvansWt equal to the trip." , "Nonsense 1 iVn Minnlstfn unvthlnff" rN6rIhettecIared.'vXnd Indeed she looked capable enough as she stood there In her short walking suit and stout boots, . Branch alpne declined the Invitation, vowing that he was too weak to budge. If there "was the faintest prospect of riding to the interior he Infinitely pre ferred, to. await the opportunity,' he said,-even at the risk of an attack by Spanish soldiers In the meantime. . It took O'Reilly but a short time to collect the few articles necessary for' the trip; indeed, his bundle was so small that Norlne was dismayed. "Can't I take any clothes?" she In quired In a panic. "I can't live with out a change." "It Is something you'll have to learn," he told her. "An lnsurrecto with two shirts Is wealthy. Some of them haven't any." "Isn't it likely to rain on us?" "It's almost sure to." Miss Evans pondered this prospect; then she laughed. "It must feel fun ny," she said. - ' ' There were three other members of the traveling party, men who knew something of the country round about; they 'vere good fighters, doubtless, but in spit j of their shiny new weapons they esembled soldiers even less than did their major. All were dressed as they had been when they r left New York; one even wore a derby hat and pointed patent-leather shoes.- Never theless Norlne Evans thought the little cavalcade presented quite a martial appearance as .it filed away into the Jungle. The first few miles were trying, for the coast was swampy and' thickly grown 'up- to underbrush; but In time the Jungle gave placer to higher timber and to open savannas deep In guinea grass. Soon after noon the travelers came to a farm, the owner of which was known to one of the guides, and here a stop was made in order to se cure horses and food. Johnnie, who was badly fagged from Lth vprevtou8 night's 'work, found : a snady-.-spot' and stretched himself out "far a nap. : . ... t The fehqde was. grateful; O'Reilly enjoyed his sleep. . - The party had penetrated to the foot hills of the Sierra de Cubitus, and as they ascended, the scenery changed, Rarely is the Cuban landscape any thing but pleasing. It is a smiling Island. It has been said, too, that ev erything in it Is friendly to man: the people are amiable,. warm-hearted; the Very- animals andjnwjajrer.harmless, But here in' theCtraftaja i range all was dlfferent,5t,J&nq was fetern and fr-blddLneiennva'Sic-deeD and- damD bgjriBjjna wans to the sky ; bridle pttutfSTPKirtea leages mat. were ooia apdTifparsometit. lost.lthemselves Jn E(SrCiy jungies as noisome as jspanisn dt'rm&onB. Hidden away In these fast- irmiajL' the rebel irnvernmprtt- -hart s- ...tijBHtjhea its capital. ' Here," afe from surprise, the -soldiers rpf. (Gomez and Maceo and Garcia rested between t tacKs, nursing their wounded and re- crU'ranci their strength for further sal- HelfV.T - . , ; was a strange seat of govern- ffient no nation ever had a stranger for the state buildings were- huts bf .bark and leaves; the 'army was uni formed In rags. Cook 'fires smoldered in the open glades; cavalry horses grazed in the grassy streets, and wood smoke drifted over them. ' The second evening brought O'Reilly and Miss Evans safely through, and tit news of the expedition's success fa pack train was made, ready to go to Its assistance. Norlne's letter from the New- York Junta was read, and the young woman was warmly welcomed. One of the better huts was vacated for her use, and the ofllcers of the pro visional government called to pay their respects. There were other Americans in Cu bltas, a's'O'Rellly soon discovered. Dur ing his first inspection of the village he heard himself hailed In his own lan guage, and a young man In dirty white trousers and Jacket etrode toward blm. - "Welcome to our city I" the stranger cried. "I'm Judson, captain of artil lery, departments del Orlente ; and you're the fellow who came with the quinine lady, aren't you?" O'Reilly acknowledged his Identity, and Judson grinned. "Have you met the old man," he Inquired "General Gomez?" "No ; I'd like to meet him." "Come along, then; 111 introduce you. , Gen. Maximo Gomez, father of pa triots, bulwark of the Cuban cause, was seated in a hammock, reading some letters; O'Reilly recognized him Instantly from the many pictures .he had seen. He looked up at JudsoVs salute and then turned a pair of bril liant eyes, as hard as glass, upon O'Reilly. His was an Irascible, brood ing face; it had In It something of the stefnness,Xhe exalted detachment, of the eagle, and O'Retily gained a-hjnt of the personality -'behind-it -Maximo LGomez was counted one of the world's ablest guerrilla .leadejft.;, ajpd. indeed It had "required the quenchless enthu siasm of a real military genius to fuse into a homogeneous fighting force the Ut-assorte'd. ratfljfe of nondescripts "whom Gomez, lad, to school them to privation .upd to render them sufficient ly mobile to defy successfully ten times their number of trained troops. This, however, was precisely .Khat the old Porto Rican had done, addTn 'doing It Ire' had won the admiration of mili tary students. . With- a ' bjuntness. not unkind he asked O'Reilly what had -brought him to' Cuba. " " : When O'Reilly explained tfte reason for his presence the old fighter nod ded. . "So? You wish to go west, eh?" "Yes, sir. " I want to find Colonel Lopez." "Lopez? .Miguel Lopez?" the gen eral inquired quickly. "Well, you won't have to look far for- him." General Gomez' leathery countenance lightened Into a smile. "He happens to lie right here In Cubltas." CalllngUudson to him, he said : "Amlgo, take Mr. O'Reilly to Colonel Lopez; yon will find him somewhere about. I am sorry we are not- to have this young fellow for a soldier ; he looks like a real man and quite equal to five qulntos, eh?" . It was the habit of the .Cubans to refer to . their enemies as qulntoB the fifth part of a man ! With a wave of his hand Gomez returned to his reading. Col. Miguel Lopez, a handsome, ani mated fellow, took O'Reilly's hand in a hearty clasp when they were intro duced ; but a moment later his Smile gave way- to a frown and his brow darkened. . ' " . . . i : "So I You are that- O'Reilly from Matanzas," s"ald he.' ."I kndw: yqu no,w. but I never expected we would .meej.? -JisteDau varona told you about me. aid he notrv ... . xne coionei inciinea nis he: "I'm here , at last,' after the devH's own tlm I've BCen trying tetrerv way to get through The 'Spaniards-stopped me at Puerto Principe they sent me back home, you know. I've been per fectly crazy. I You " O'Reilly swallowed hard. ' "You know where Estebad14g(irT::f' .V,i.a- -iiaver you neara notmngT" , ' "Nothl.ngjjBfhatever. That is," -notl- ing since ..HSsofVniB sister You un derstand, phe and I are engaged " "Yes, yes ;Esteban told me all about you." , ' '.. Something in the Cuban's gravity of manner gavep'Rellly warning. A sud denyfear assailed him. His Voice shook of he, sked :. -. ' . y " WtopiiH? Npt bad news?' . , "wteiJSwedfor the officer, to "an$wer, In-v-lJts'i verted- gal O'RelllydnflrmatlSr ofsSfci ei apprenensions. VTell jbI Which one?" Jia-whifel "- YJ-CT'.-. V- VJr.. . .. ..v "Both J. , . XtBeilly. recoifed: aTSnam,du3torted hi ."chalky, face. .. He -began "to. shake weakly, and his fingers plucked aim lessly at each ofrefv m.. Lopez took him by the arm;- "Tryito control yourself,", said he.-.-"Sit here while. I try . to tell you what Tittle. I know. Or would it not be better to wait awhile,-until you are calmer?" As the young man made no answer, ex cept to. stare at him in a white agony of suspense'! he sighed : "I will tell you all I know which isn't much. Esteban- Varatia came' to me soorl after he and his-sister had fled from; their Home;: lie wanted to Join my forces, but we were harassed on every. Wde,, and I didn't , dare take the girl no'xvoman could have en dured the 'hardships we'-Suffered. So I convinced llm that his flrstduty Was to her, rather than to jhls coHiijtry, and He agreed: He. was a-'flne boy I He had spirit He bought some stolen rifles and" armed, h; band of his own wnicn wasn't a bad idea. ,1 used to bear about him. - Nobody ' cared to molest him, I can tell you, until finally he killed some of the regular troops.-' Then of course they went after him. Meanwhile he, managed to destroy his own plantations, which Cueto had robbed him of. You know Cueto?" "Yes.",.. " . ' :- . ; ."Well, Esteban put aq end to him after a .while; rode right : up' to La Joya one night, broke in the door, and macheted the scoundrel in his bed. But there, was a mistake of some sort It seems that a body of Cobo's volun teers were somewhere close by, and the two parties met I have never learned all the details of the affair, and the stories of that fight which came to me are too preposterous for belief. Still, Esteban and his men must have fought like demons, for they killed some incredible number. But they were human they could not defeat a regiment It seems that only one or two ot them escaped." "Esteban? Did he" Colonel Lopez nodded ; then he said gravely : "Cobo takes no prisoners. I was In the Rubl hills at the time, fight ing hard, and it was six weeks before got back Into Matanzas. Naturally. 1 ' ' i when heard what happened, I tried to find the girl, but .Weyler, was cob eentratlng the paclflcos by the time, .and there was nobody left in the Yo- murijjt 'wos a desert" - "Then yon don't know positively that she . . . that she " "Wait There Is no doubt that the boy was killed, but bf Rosa's -fate can only form my own opinion..., How ever, one of Esteban's men joined ' my troops later, and I not only learned something about! the glfrbht aiso-why Esteban had be?n so relentlessly .pur sued. It was ajl Cobo's doings. You have heard of the fellow? No? Well, you wllL" The speaker's tone was .elo quent of hatred "He is Jwdrse -tHaif' the worst of tem monsSef V-HC had seen Miss Varona. -She waiv beautiful girl. '. . . "Go on 1" whispered the lover. "I discovered that,she,.dtdn!tatQrj3t nhnv UTat?1aa nllstt- OIia nA k 4-.a nesrroes they were former slaves 'of her father, I bel'leve--ttfdk refuge Kh the Pan de Matanzas. Later oa;C bo's men made a raid and killed great many. Spme.few. escaped Into the high ravines, .but MJss,' Varona was not one of them. Out of 'resrard for Esteban I made "careful 'search, but T could find no trace of-her."' ' "And yet you don't know what hap pened?" ORellly ventured. "You're not sure?" ... "No, but I teli .ypu again. '.Cobo's men take no prisoners.' "Vfieq" I' heard about that raid I gave up' lb'd&mg'fbr her.''' "This Cobo," the American's voice shook in spite of his effort to hold it '""'VvySjook for. Ethics ii.WrZ,' steacBj'I shall 'hoper to -meet lilm some time." i:, .. ; The' sudden fury that filled. Colcal Lopez' face was almost bidden by the gloom. '. 'Yes: Oh, yes I" he crlK quickly, "and.you are but' one of ft hun dred ;'I am another.' In my; command there is 'fc standing order' to spare nei ther Cobb. nor. any of his assasslps.; they neither, expect -nor receive .quae-, terro'mvus. Now,, coraponero" the aflfcaSfopped a hand on 6'P.e'lllyY WMT&Ji&d "I amsorry that l.h'ad to bring yofr sues eviPtuJlngs but wear en an4 this-is'.wdr,','. , . ' . ?Jffcsh It'rshv-t war-ifs merciless sagrjs to murder-children aftd. t outrgefwomen why, that violates ail Ore .st6J$i of -warfare," " , ."Ethics! the colonel cried. harshly "EthlCsf ' Hell Is without ethics. Whj look . jro -ethics In war?'"vioi'nce inJustloeT- insanity rt- chaos .that Ii war. It. Is man's ngony-r-woman's do snalr.-. 3t. is a defiance of God. Wa Is without mercy,' without' law; It!.' weiVit is theiabsence'of all law, sX good.". . .. .v , .. . -. . , . It was some time' before . O'Relilj spoke; then be said, quietly :' "I 'am not '-gbing back, r I am' going to stay here-arid, look tf or Rosa," "So I" exclaimed the colonel. "Weft why not? So long as we do not know precisely - what has happened to her. we 'can-.-at least, hope.. But if l.wer you; I Vuld rather think of her a dead than as a prisoner :In' some con' cenjrhtlon camp., You don't know what thjpse camps are ;llke,. my.,frlepd but; f do;,. Now J shall leave you. On needs to' be alone' at such an - hour eh?"; Ith SA-pressure of ..his ..band Colonel . Lopez .walked away. Jnto th darkness. ' " f' Judsoji and iris adventurbos country man dl not tee -O'Reilly ,that Ight nor. In Tact did .anyone. But (he nex) mprnlng; he appeared before Genera! Gdmez. j e,.wa3( haggard, 'sic, list less, The old Porto' Rican had heari from Lopez in the meantime; he wai sympathetic. ' r, . -t . , "I am sony you came all the waj to hear such bad news," '' he said ' War is a sad, hopeless business." . "But I haven't given up hope.' O'Reilly said. "I want to stay hen and and fight" Rosa and her two negro com panions, In Matanzas, face death from starvation or from the epi demics that rage unchecked among the reconcentrados. The next installment tells of their plight and their efforts to keep -body and soul together. (TO BE CONTINUED.) The Chinese alphabet consists 4 214 letters- STOMACH REMEDY A GREAT SUCCESS Ceauntaionea of Mediation and Condi - Ution Board Tries EATONIC, he t ' Wooderful Stomach Remedy, ' " -and Eadorees It .. ., . 3nAm tPflll.M V - l n. who ue KATONIO a ruco; lor iom el jpp tlta tod Indlgettlon. to a flAmmlaMi.. .1 ,k n i SSPcX'eUon. II to natural wj, una u oxpreiaDimHil to- guarded language'. e uoi w no neeiiadon in ma pronouncement regarding: wmtan or aAivniu. 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Cutlcura for 8ore Hariri. - Soak hands on retiring in the hot sudt of Cutlcura Soap, dry and rub in Cu- Ucura Ointment Remove surnln Ointment- with soft tissue paper. For free samples address. "Cutlcura. Denr. X, Boston." At druggists and by malt Boap 20, Ointment 25 and Ml Adv. . Reflection. Though- a-man may think himself popular with a widow, he must know that he isn't her first choice. rhe Strong WKhitind the Heat of Summer Bettor Than thm Old people who are feeble and yonnger people be are weak, will be etrenetbened and enabled to o throopb the depresslnff neat of a aimer br tak fot OHOVH'S TA8TSLH86 ohlll TOMIO. It pnrlfloa tnd enrlohee the blood and bnlldi op the whole ire- wm. i ou oao moon xeel tia atreiutheiung, Iatuoj MlagBOeet. . eOe. : Improved Searchlight From the' pocket flash lamD operat ed by two or- three dry cells of minute size-the -battery searchlight has been. ; steadily Improved until today remark able results are obtained. A battery. searchlight has been introduced with a range of 2,000 feet up to half a mile,'' operated on six volts. Equipped with,; i s-inco . aojusiBDie xocus, single- shell- reflector, - on a recent photom- -eter test one of the searchlights gave, 453,000 candle power. The comblaa-. Htm of a nltrogen-fllled tungsten lamp and a correctly designed reflector bos worked wonder for the battery-operv ated. searchlight .- . . Canned Ostrich Eggs. .. Signs reading "Newly canned ostrich eggs for sale" may soon meet the eyes of the housewife looking Into the win dows of grocery stores In. London, saye the Popular Science Month!. This statement is based -on the fact that ostrich -eggs are being packed expert. mentally In. South America for ship ment to England in liquid, form. . .Cpe ostrich egg Is equal to about two" dozen hen's eggs. If the canning of these eggs proves successful, it will mean the salvation of the osfi-lch-gVowlng 'Industry as a result of the war. If wtll take a large family, jto consume one breakfast egg. . - ' A war ending in exhaustion ls.DDt . . Doubt is a. sort of mental "lost mo tion.? . . f;. Conservation moari the use of fodds rtv ' Miring Jess sugar, "; less fuel, and the ininimum of wheat (rapiits itquiresNoSUGAR, HOTUELaless milk or cream than 0 other cereals, and is part BARLEY. Its a concentrated, nourishing, eco nomical and deli cious foodTRVm f Y 3X HI IB 13 ":F i ,'J vi; 0 --- ua.i I "7' 'i 7 - :t ov'. ' 1