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ster fibbed. "Hop ln, John, and we'll drive around to Mr. Geary'» lodging* in Hi Buen Amigo." "But I come t'rough the patio Just now." Don Juan explained, "an' who ahould I meet but the youug leddy." "You Infernal scoundrel I Did you tell her 1 was In town?" "Sure I did, sor. An' why not?" "None of your Infernal business. You've spoiled everything. You're a muddle-beaded monkey and I've a great notion to let you get drunk •gain. Take the baggage back Into the hotel.'' I*on Juan Cafetero, greatly hum ble 1 and rebuffed, stepped aside and watched Webster stride back into the hotel. bled, "knowln* what I know, la It like ly I'd let ye make a monkey -out av her or yerselfT Ye made yer plans wit' Mlsther Geary wlt'out consultin' her. Now go, ye grrand big dlvll, an' find out why she kicked yer schäme to smithereens." And with a solemn and knowing wink at the duffle bag, Don Juan picked that article up and followed after his master. God love ye, sor," he mum CHAPTER XIII. John Stuart Webster's agile brain was the repository of many conflict ing emotions as he bathed, shaved, and changed from bis soiled khaki field clothes to a' suit of ducks before presenting himself before Dolore«. Had Billy's courage forsaken him at the last minute, with the result that he had gone back to the United States without having settled the question of Dolores' future? Had he proposed and been rejected, or had he proposed, been accepted, and had his plans for an Immediate marriage vetoed hy Dolores? In either event, why had Billy fklled to leave a note for him at the Hotel Mateo, or mailed him a letter to the Globo de Oro at San Miguel de Padua, advising him of the change In the plan of action outlined for him by Webster? In the simplicity of his single-heart ed devotion Webster was puzzled to understand how any woman in her right mind could full to fall in love with Billy Geary. A man he was, from heels to hair, and a man with pros pects far above the average. To Web ster's way of thinking, the girl who married Billy might well count her self fortunate. Dolores greeted him with unaffected pleasure. "Well, Caliph !" she said. Just that. It made Webster sensible of a feeling of having returned to her after an absence of several years. "I'm so glad to see you. Miss Ruey," he replied, and added boldly, "par ticularly since I didn't expect to." She knew what her reply would lead to; nevertheless, with that dissimula tion which can only be practiced in perfection by a clever and beautiful woman, she answered with equal bold ness: "Indeed! Pray why?" "Well, for a pretty good reason. 1 think. A few weeks ago, after exam ining Bill's concession veiry thorough ly, I told him he was a potential mil lionaire. Now, while I disclaim any appearance of braggadocio, when John Stuart Webster, E. M., makes any mine owner a report like that, he Is apt to be taken very seriously. And having made Bill a potential million aire and arranged to give him three or four months' vacation back home, I had a notion he'd present to you a very valid reason why you should ac company him." "You are very frank. Caliph." That's because I'm curious. He had a certain dream, and told me about It. and I did my little best to make it come true." "I think I understand, Caliph. It would be very difficult, I think, for anybody to meet Billy without being attracted toward him. He's one of the dearest, most lovable boys In the world—and he did do me the signal honor of asking me to marry-hlm. So there !" "Well, and why didn't you?*' She smiled at his blunt insistence on forcing the Issue. "For a number ( «Ô y ft .4 X Æ m. "Well, and Why Didn't YouT" of excellent reasons. Caliph. In the first place, he wanted me to marry him Immediately—and I wasn't ready to leave Sobrante, while Billy was. Indeed. It was highly necessary that tie should leave immediately, for the sake of bis heslth, and I had Billy'» interest at heart sufficiently to Insist upon IL You seem to forget that when a girl marries site must make •obm> oreoanttton for the event, and U sne nas any close relatives, such •• a brother, for Instance, she likes to have that relative present at the cere mony. You will recall. Oallph, that I have a brother and that you have promised to Introduce me to him very | shortly." "By Judas. I never thought of that. Miss Kuey," the repentant Webster answered. "In fact, 1 wasn't think ing of anybody's Interest In this mat ter but Bill's.'* "Not even of mine, GsliphT" re proachfully. "That goes without saying. Gould 1 have done anything nicer for you than fix It for Bill so he would be In posi tion to marry youT Here you are. practically alone In the world—at least you were when Bill met you and fell In love with you—and I know that boy so well I was convinced, aft er meeting you, that bis future happi ness and yours would best be con served If you married tilm. I realize this la a most unusual converaa "Qnite to be expected of an unusual J » man, Caliph. And I do not think you ' were one bit presumptuous. It was wonderfully dear of you, and I am profoundly grateful that Billy and 1 have such a true, unselfish friend, whose first thought Is for our happl ness. Of course, you realize how bad I felt to think 1 couldn't accede to Billy's plan. Billy'« such a dear, It quite broke my heart to disappoint him. but a little temporary unhappl- j ness will not ruin Billy, will it ? It makes me feel blue to talk about It, Oallph." "Not at all, not at all. Miss Ruey. Bill In one of the Impulsive, whirl wind kind, up In the clouds today and down in the slough of despond tomorrow. He'll survive the shock. However. I'm glad to know everything will come out all right. Seeing you here gave me a momentary chill; thought a cog had slipped somewhere, so I helped myself to Cupid's license and asked. A man cannot learn very much from a woman unless he asks questions, can he? I mean on the sub ject of love." She smiled a little, wistful, knowing smile. "No, Caliph," she answered se riously, "somehow the Master of Things ordained that on the subject of love man must do all the talking." "Yes, but on the other hand, wom an has the last word—as usual. How ever, the only thing In your case and Billy's that worries me Is the thought that since Bill left his magnet behind he will be drawn back here before he Is In the kind of shape, physically, that I want him to be In before he relieves me on the Job so I can go away." "Do not worry on that point. Ca liph. I am your ally there; between us both I think we can manage him." "Fine business ! And with those few kind words we'll dismiss William until you care to talk about him again, although if you're as deep in love as Bill you'll not stay off the subject very long. Hope you haven't been Into mischief." "I haven't been Idle. I've made sev eral dresses for Mother Jenks and done a lot of fancy work and begun the study of my mother tongue. If my brother should become president of this country. It would 111 become his sister not to be able to speak Spanish. By the way, Billy told me you were going to remain up In the hills quite a while yet. What brought you back to town so soon?" "Expected I'd have some freight ar riving shortly." "How long will you remain In Bue naventura?" v Considering the fact that he was no longer subject to temptation, since the object of his temptation was now definitely promised to his friend. Bil ly. Webster suddenly decided to re main until the political atmosphere should he cleared, although prior to his conversation with Dolores he had cherished a definite plan to go back to the hills within 48 hours. "I'm going back," he replied sober ly, "after I have kept my promise and Introduced/ you to your brother In the government palace. If I can not Introduce him to you there, the ti tle to our mining concession will he clouded. In which event It will not he necessary for Billy or myself to fuss with It further." He related to her the Information gleaned from her brother two days previously. "It's no use for an individual to fight a government despot In courts ( controlled by the latter," he conclud ed. "Your brother must win and de pose the Sarros ; then with the title to the property certified by the gov ernment as without a flaw, I inay dare to spend $00.000 developing It" "And if my brother doesn't win?" "I may never have an opportunity to present you to him. We mustn't be squeamish about this matter, Misa Ruey. If Ricardo doesn't turn the trick, he may go the way of his fa ther. urtless he can manage to get out of the country." a I I Is If a it In She was silent, digesting this grim alternative. "As I understand It. then. Caliph, Ricardo hopes to win his rev olution when he strikes the first blow." "I think so. ! dare say Ricardo hopes to take Sarros by surprise, bot tle the city garrison up In the cuar tel and the government palace and there besiege them. Having secured nominal control of a seaport, he can Import arms and ammunition ; also he can recruit openly, and at his leisure hunt down the outlying garrisons. He Sarros crowd doesn't suspect his pres ence In Sobrante. and by a quick, sav age stroke he should be able to Jerk this one-horse government up by the beele In Jig time— pe^ieularly . BtnÇ% the cttlaenry feel no loyalty toward the 8«rroa regime and are only kept ta auhloctlon through fast and lack of a leader. I'm going to play Ricar do to win. If he ian't killed In tba opening row, for I'm certain he'll lead his men '' | "1 dare say he Is greatly like his father—not afraid to die for his couD- ! try," she replied presently. "1 am glad to be here when be tnkes that risk." "Oh, but you mustn't be here," Web ■ter protested. "Why?". "Because tbere'll be street fighting —probably of a desperate character, and I understand your countrymen go rather war-mad and do things not sanctioned by The Hague tribunal. If there's a steamer In port at the time Pll put you aboard her until the Issue Is decided. I'm going to see Ricar do tomorrow night and learn the de tails of his plan of campaign ; after that ril he able to act Intelligently." Ricardo Ruey, with Dr. Pacheco and Colonel Caraveo, were engaged la consultation when Jack Webster, hav J » n 8 left the Hotel Mateo via his bed ' rt'om window in order to avoid poe slble espionage and made his way to R1 Buen Amigo on foot, was an nouneed by Mother Jenks. The three conspirators greeted him Joyously, as Indeed they should, for his loyal friendship had thus far been one of »heir principal bulwarks. "Well," Wehster Inquired, after greeting them and carefully cioslug j »he door behind him, "here I am In Buenaventura, marking time and. like Mr. Micawher, waiting for something to turn up." "You will not be required to watt long,'' Colonel Caraveo assured him. "Thanks to your kindly offices, the trap Is already halted." "Our friend. Ruey. has. since, «at first meeting. Insisted on dispensing with my consent when using me t« promote his enterprises. Colonel. Strange to say. I have been unable to berate hire for his Impudence. I was down at Leber's warehouse this after noon. You have enough road-making tools consigned to me there to build a pretty fair blghwny to the gate* mt the government palace, I should any. I hope you have all pondered the in sult to me. an Innocent bystander. If your enemies should take a notion to open one of those cases of shovels." Colonel Caraveo favored him with a benignant smile. "You forget, my friend, that I am second In command In the Intelligence department, and that during the absence of your par ticular friend. Raoul Sarros. In New Orleans, I am first In command. Since I already know what those cases con tain, naturally I shall not take the trouble to investigate." "Well, that's a comfort. Colonel." "You have Investigated your mining concession, Webster?" Ricardo Ruey asked. "You bet." "Whdt did you find?" "A couple of millfous In sight." Ricardo shook his head slowly. "It Is not In sight, old man." he reminded Webster. "Without our aid—and you cannot have our aid unless our revo lution Is successful, when you shall have It freely—your millions are. most positively, not In sight. If you want those millions, friend Webster, there is but one way to get them— and that is to close yonr eyes and play our game to the limit. I wonder If you'd go further—about $40.000 fur ther. to be exact." "1 might, but I never go It blind for a wad like that. What's your trou bler "Hie Individual In charge of the funds of the revolutionary Junta In New Orleans was murdered last night; the funds were deposited to his cred it as agent In a certain hank, and be fore the Junta can obtain legal pos session of them again the psychologi cal time for their use will have passed, "We have a steamer chartered, and 200 men, whose business It Is to fight under any flag at $5 gold per day and no questions asked, are now mark ing time on the Isle of Pines, off the coast of Cuba, waiting for our steam er to call for them and land them, with their rifles and anunnnltinn and six 75-millimeter field guns and some rapid-fire Maxims, at San Bruno, some 18 miles up the coast from here. "The guns and munitions are now In Tampa, having been shipped to our agent there on sight draft, with bill of lading attached ; the steamer Is char tered and en route to Tampa from Norfolk, Va., and we must pay the owners $10,000 the day she begins isk ing on her cargo, and $10.000 before she unloads tt on lighters at San Bruno. "We must also pay 200 men one month's pay In advance—that is. $30, 000; we cannot meet this expense and still take up that sight draft now awaiting our atteuliou in the bunk at Ta in pa. "In return for this favor to the pro visional government of Sobrente, you shall have the note of ihe provisional government, signed hy the provisional president. mysiAf. and the provisional cabinet, Dr. Pacheco, Colonel Cara veo. and two other gentlemen whom you will meet In due course unless in the interim they should be killed. And as a bonus for saving this country from a brutal dictator, who Is pillag ing Its resources for his personal prof It, you shall have a deed of gift to that mlnlug concession you and your friend, Geary, are so desirous of work ing;- also the title shall be certified by the government and the Suprema court of Sobrante and absolutely se cured to you against future aggreo Moo In the event that the new regime ; snouin be overthrown at some futur» date. Also yc>u have my profound .jyaritnde and that of my people." "tell me iwr pian ef campaign." Webster suggested, "In a . e ntr â t randvarges Is the mountains I have l.UOu picken men— my father's veterans. They arc armed with modem rifles and machetes. The nitrate company, which has been suf fering from heavy export duties Im ! posed by Sarros, has loaned me all the rolling stock of the railroad for one night. It will be mobilized at San Miguel de Padua by next Saturday night; my troops will arrive late the same afternoon and entrain at once. "In the Interim all telephone and , telegraph communications with Bue If ! »aventura will be severed. The night previous our steamer will have die j charge;* her cargo of men and muni- j tlons at San Bruno; u chain of out- ! posts will at once be established and j all communication with the capital ! will he shut off. "On Saturday night, also, the Con- j solldated Fruit company's steamer, ! l-a Estrellita. will make port with 30 Americans In her steerage, men These | will he road-makers and miners j (Continued on page 0) to Christian Science Services SUNDAY AT 11 O'CLOCK Sunday School at 10 •'dock Wednesday evening testimonial meeting at 7:80 o'clock. K. at P ' hall in Schmadeka building All are Welcome. ■♦♦♦»♦• tie»» HANCOCK UNDERTAKING COMANY If a Well appointed Home Funeral Parian Next to PoetaAoe ; Orangeville, Idaho J. B. 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