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after years of hardships is
com NO HOME.
An Interesting Description of the l a.
nious Capture of Los Tunas in
August. — The Cuban’s
Oreatest Victory.
Iola, Kan.. Oct.. 14 — (Special.) Fred
Funston has been heard from again,
He write* that he is so broken down
by the hardships he has undergone that
lie is coming home about Christmas
‘•I hate to leave now." he says, “but 1
feel as if I hud done about my share
for Cub n in dependence A man who
has fought through four Beiges and
twenty-two battles ought to rest a bit.
So in a few weeks I expect to ask for
my leave and start for homo.'
Funston says that he hus received
the golden star of a lieutenant colonel,
presumably for his servises during the
seige and capture of Los Tunas, the
fall of which created such consterna
tion among the Spanish and so much
elation among the Cubans. Concern
ing the capture of Los Tunas, the
letter, which is dated, “Los Tunas,
August 31. 1897," says: “We have just
won the biggest victory of this or the
other revolution, by capturing the city
of Los Tunas, with its twenty-one
forts and taking its entire garrison,
with a great quantity of rifles, ammu
TUn flirlil 1 o e f I ♦ hrwo
days and two nights and was a fear
fully bloody affair.
“On the night of the 27th inst., we
constructed fortifications iu the way
of strong intrenchments on the north
side of the town, the nearest fort be
ing distant 400 yards, and placed
therein four breech-loading field guns
and a Kims-Dudley pneumatic dyna
mite gun. At the dawn of day we
opened fire on the six forts within
range and they replied most vigorous
ly, pepering us with all sorts of hard
ware, from Krupp guns lo Mau-er
bullets, and tore our intrenchments to
pieces, so that it was with the greatest
difficulty we held the men to their
work. It was something awful, shells
exploding near us constantly and our
losses being very heavy.
“The pneumatic dynamite gun did
wonders, wrecking the cavalry head
quarters, and in two shots blowing the
top off from Fort Conception. At 10
a. ill. Lieutenant Colonel Calixto Knam
arado. with u few men carried the lai
ter work by assault, losing one third of
his men by the fire of adjoining forts.
“Hut at 12 oeeured the grand feat
ure of the selge. The strong fort
called the Cavalry headquarters be
cause it had once been used as such,
suffered much from our fire, when
Chief of Staff Menoeal ordered the
bugler to sound the charge. Hardly
had the sound died away before the
same lieutenant colonel, with 200 men
left the shelter of the hill crest and
started for the fort Many nier fell,
but on they pushed until checked by a
tangle of barb wire fences where in
the open, they held their position, fir
ing at the (Spanish in the trenches of
the fort, until Lieutenant Colonel Car
los Garcia, son of the general, led up
ir»0 men to his support. Then there
was a wild rush for the fort. The
men cut the barb wire with their
macnetes nnn ijieuieuant utionei tmr
eia, with the Cuban flag in one hand
and sword in the other, leaped the
moat and the men followed him like
a flock of sheep. It was like the
battles of the story books and it was
worth years of hum-drum life to see it.
Ail was over in a moment and when
the hated red and yellow flag gave
way to the Cuban banner, we in
the intrenchmeuts only 400yards away
cheered ourselves hoarse
“All the rest of the fearfully hot
day we pitched shells at the Spanish
forts and dodged those sent at us The
cannonading closed at nightfall but a
terrific racket was kept up by the in
fantry, who assaulted and took two
more forts.
“The urxt day we put the guns in
one of the captured works and. at
a distance of 150 yards. shelled
the great fort known as the ‘Infantry
Cnurtel,’ but with little effect as the
walls were very strong. Even the
dynamite gun had but bttie effect
here. With darkness the uproar ceased
and the weared men «»n both sides got
what Snatches of sleep they could.
"The morning of the 30th saw tlu
end at hand. After an hour's engage
ment the flag ol truce was sent from
Infantry Cam tel and the plucky com
maiider having been killed, his men
surrendered. We ‘‘ben cut our way
through several blocks of stone bouses
and hvew up barricades in the streets
to attack the only remaining fort, the
‘Caurtel General,' more than a dozen
forts having surrendered with the
Cuartel Infanteria.’ After a few shots
and some flag of truce business they
gave in and the fight was over., but at
a fearful cost—one-third of the Cubans
having fallen. Hut the Spaniards had
fought as heroes, losing 40 per cent of
the r garrison in the defense. We
captured twenty-one forts, 1,050 rifles,
with one million rounds of ammuni
tion, two Krupp cannons and a train
load of prisoners (1 do not know how
many), besides great quantities of
general supplies. The Cubans are wild
with joy and say it ends the war, but
I don’t know about that.
“We artillerymen are the heroes of
the day and nothing is too good for us.
The Spanish officers say that they
were fairly thunders! ruck by the way
our cannon used them. Of our nine
officers two were killed and three
wounded, while half our men were
killed or disabled.”
Our stock of shoes is now complete
from the cheapest to the finest, and
they will bo sold at hard time prices.
C. A. Smith & Bno.
Food In Tablet Form.
From the Cartilage Press.
In a talk between a reporter and a
Carthage druggist the other day the
conversation drifted to food in com
pressed form and its future possibili
ties in the way of rations for soldiers,
explorers, Alaska gold hunters, etc.,
and some interesting information was
eliei ted.
of n .. ... . . . t I . a 4 S . n ■« ill nn m it 4 It a f
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when a mun asks a friend to dine with
him lie will simply hand him a capsule
I containing the compound extract of
roast b**ef, plum pudding and the trim
mings, and a gla*s of ice water to
wash it down" the reporter jokingly
‘ Well I don’t know as to that,"
said the man of drugs, "but you
would be surprised if you knew the
number of people who take their lunch
down town ami carry it in their vest
pocket, too See here,” and he showed
the reporter a small round tablet the
size of a cough drop, “that is what is
known as a malted milk lunch tablet.
It contains all the necessary ingredi
ents to make health, bone and muscle,
ami ». man con live on these alone for
an indefinite period. Twenty of them
constitute a meal for a strong healthy
man. All you have to do is to let them
dissolve in your mouth and swallow.
They ore very palatable. Eighty tab
lets. or four square meals big enough
for a farm hand, cost fifty cents, or
twelve and one half cents a meal. You
see you can readily carry a half a dol
lar's worth in your pocket. They are
very popular with busy men because
they can be eaten at a desk without
interfering with the busy man’s
: work."
Owen lias been giving very close
Drives in groceries all the year and
will continue to do so. Now that he
has just, opened a new stock of dry
goods, he will sell them also at very
! dose prives
Attention Railway Men.
Here is a description of a watch
movement made t»y the Elgin Watch
Co., iliut is all right. It is full uicklc
movement, damaskeened, adjusted, 17
jewels in gold settings, compensation
balance, patent regulator, sunk second
dial. Brcguet hair-spring, hardened
and tempered in form, in fuet. a per
fect time keeper, and you cun buy one
of E. I’. Smith, at The Mena Jewelry
Store, cased in a s’.lverine dust proof
case for only $15.85. Think of it; a
finely adjusted 17 jewel, complete
watch for only $15. S5. Same move
ment in a das. Boss gold filled case,
guaranteed to wear 21 years, only
$23.43. 9 tf
J. M. Thirsvvend. of Grosbeck, Tex.
says that when he has a spell of indi
gestion, and feels bad and sluggish, hi
takes two of DeWitt's Little Early
Risers at night, and he is all right the
next morning. Many thousands ol
others do the same thing. Do you*
Pipkin & Hanes.
Just Received.
At Littlejohn «fe Go’s, a new am
fresh supply of choice groceries,
among which is a lot of Scuddoes Can
ada maple syrup, warranted pure anti
Unadulterated. When wanting fresh
goods of best grades give us a call.
Our mammoth store, 23x130 feet, is
chock full of goods in all lines and
they have got to be sold in the next
thirty days, we realize the fact that
cotton is low amt money is scarce, but
these goo s have got to go as we have
t<> mebt our obligations. Como get
i-r - ii-1 tr ;:ibio in show -roods.
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Drug Store.
306 Mena Strtee.
We are opening the largest and most complete
stock of Fresh Drugs, Pure Chemicals, Fine Toilet Ar
ticles, Paints, Oils, Etc., ever brought to Polk county.
< We have everything usually kept <
<i in a First Class Drug Store. ...
\ Our Prescription department, under J. T. Crow,
Ph. G., is complete. Your patronage solicited. Satis
< faction guaranteed. Call on us.
| Yours to Serve, <
.—. 11...mi — n
Contractors & Builders
Will furnish estimates on brick or
wood buildings, with full working
Shop next door to .lackson-W'heeler
Drug Co., on Mena street.
A well selected stock of
At Reasonable prices. Call and
Examine, at corner of De Queen
Street and Port Arthur Avenue.
W. S. Pl^YOl?.
I The Star
Corner De Queen & Janssen Ave
Mena. Arkansas.
Of All Kinds,
i Sawed at our own mills and sold at
i prices that defy competition. Esti
mates made and orders filled on short
notice. Mills near II. R. track oppo
site stock yards.
W. S. PflYOf?
Sweet Milk find
Butter Milk. . .
C. M. COLE, Prop.
Wagon Will Call at Your House Daily.
City = Blacksmith
And Wagon Shop.
On Janssen Between Me.ua and I)e Queen Sts
E. .T. Tauter, Prop.
B. A. Gammon, Blacksmith.
For Furniture and goods of all
kinds go to the Second Hand
Store on East Mena street for bar
gains. It. M. WAITERS, Prop.
/tttoroey at Caw.
Will prnetiee in Mute. Federal and Su
preme ('niU'Is. Ollier at tile (,'nrite! nj’ I)
I Queen street and Honert avenue.
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I Gallagher’s, \\
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| The Great Dry Goods ;« b
§ Store of Hena.
| The Grandest Dis-j An Aggregation of A Large Line of | n'
<5 j)lay of Summre Bargains that no otb-Dry Goods, Shoes, 0 B
q Goods ever shown in er store in Mena canj Clothing & Gents’ 5 II
^ Polk county at j match, at Furnishings, at $ fr
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Have Just opened a stock of
General ... i
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Come and get our prices.
Store on South Mena Street. °
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Wood Work or Blacksmithing, call on
Sherwood Avenue. (tf) en
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Harry C. Winn. . wm. M. Penning*®# ea,
While in Mena call at
" w"rh and fleet views of Polk county scenery. Moat picturesque scenery * ft.
f- s"i'th«-c«t. Special prices on views in sets of half dozen and dozen.

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