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A. STORY OF THE
FREEING OF CUBA/ Layrrence Perry oX #Ti_M__** -T» ' Pf —s Illustration* ty . , - , EIIitwotrthY^urw^ Anfltor of *RmMarrt(lie,*r"“IVlnff or Qurnffcur^etc. ) ✓—f '■») V > ' .._V. - /Y }i copi R'oht. a.cm'civjiu* t* co i«» - corvvichtiu rm ctr*tiTfait,'W|/ SYNOPSIS. X.teutenant FToitun Is rlrtacM from his Emimnnd In the navy at the outs*-’ of the punish-American war nd as sne<l to nportant secret service duty. While <lln lmc at a WashlriKton hotel he detects n wolter In the act of robbing a beautiful ToutiK lady. She thanks bin. for his serv ice and nives her name as Mss I -a Toaaa. * i trlot i i • ■ • e ta her at a ball. A sik'ret service man warns Hol ton that the clrl Is a sto. Scnor I^n Tossu chides his daughter for her failure to set ure Important Information from lolton. Slie leaves for her hotr/ Ir Mml Hi I ton Is ord • ’ to f illow Het |e> n bn pa train. Miss I ’ . ■ • -s a Cuba and expresses doubt regarding the Tceritv of the Cuffed States. Holton Is dt-rod to reii^«a In Tampa to guard the p transp CHAPTER V.—Continued. pagrjfled. ami Holton, with a Uaug/n, strolled over to the ■■ s k is this man Rodriguez who peremptory messages to guests hotel?” he Inquired curious duffer,” was the reply, tich as get out, and very exclusive. He very seldom comes out of h\s room. Did he send for you?” “Yes. he did me the honor. By the way. I wish you’d have my Junk taken from my room and put abroad the Gnat; will you?” "Certainly, sir.” Having given the order. Holton paid his bill, and was about to go down to his boat when a npgro tapped him on the arm. Holton turned suddenly, his nose al most colliding with a note which the man held out almost at arm's length. “This for me?" he asked. “Ya-as, suh.” Holton took it, broke open the enve lope, and glanced hastily over the contents. Then, with a frown, he turned to a boy. ' 'Say. youngster." he commanded, “take me right up to Mr. Rodriguez’s room, will you?” On reaching the third floor, the boy led the way down the hall, stopping before a door at the end of the corri dor. Mere it is. sir." "All right.” > Holton gave the lad a coin and rattled his knuckles against the panel. The door was opened by an intelli gent-appearing Cuban, who conducted the caller Into a luxuriously furnished reception-room and asked him to sit down. Soon a door opened and a tall, sallow man. handsome in a languid Lati^ way, confronted him. "Ah, Senor Holton. You honor me," he murmured. "Then you are Mr. Rodriguez?” asked Holton abruptly. "Yes. yes.” responded the man. who was clad In a well-made suit of crash with a crimson sash about his waist. “I repeat. I am flattered at your visit.” “I am glad of that.” Holton re joined stiffly; ”but I come in response to a note stating that matters of in terest to a Mlss La Tossa were press ing. \\ ill you do me the kindness to enljghten me as to the manner In & <3 A Ne^ro Tapped Him on the Arm. which my a< <, aintance with Miss f^a Tonga »M« r< > you?" 'J hf Spaniard bowed "You are di rect- like all Americans," ho said "Well, be it bo.” He took from a tablo a bottle of ▼er% rar* i« lo Oloroto, and poured a little In a ,;lan* n<> pushed It toward Holton. I drink, he said, smilingly bril liantly, to Mibb Ln Toasa. and may •he have a ra<»»t comfort* ile trip on the flnat.” Holton left his gla«s pojMd "What on earth are you talking aboutl he cried. "MiBB La Tossa, os you know,” the Spaniard said, "is in Tampa." “Ye*. I know that," said Holton. "She came down on my train." "It le nqt good for her to be here." "The climate?” queried Holton, die Ingenuously, "No. not tha cllinnts," was the rc ply, so sharp and so spirited, so much in contrast to Rodriguez's previous manner of speech that the naval offi cer started. "Not the climate. She is engaged in activities here that your government regards as most perni cious." \ cs, and your own government?” came back Holton. My government,” Rcdiiguez mulled genially, ‘hej.penB to be your govern So saying, ho handed Holton a pa per which, as the officer read it, con vinced him beyond question or cavil that Senor Rodriguez was none other than an attache of the I'nited States State Department, whose name was anathema to every Spaniurd or loyal Cuban. He was, in sooth, none other than Ramon del Rey, a spy, with headquar ters in Washington, who, although a naturalized American, had done more effective, if unobtrusive, work for Cuba Libre than most other Cuban patriots rolled into one. Holton rose and, with a smile of : genuine pleasure, thrust out his hand. [' "I have heard of you'" ho said; "and I'm glad to know you.” “Thank you. 1, too. have heard of you. But to business. Miss La Tossa must not stay here, and yet her re moval must be brought about quietly, for various reasons. It is best that Miss La Tossa be transported at once to Cuba on the Gnat, very quietly and unostentatiously, where agents of mine will meet her and conduct her to her estate in the province of Santiago. Once there, I promise you she’ll not leave in a hurry. Your orders will come to you from Washington within a very few hours. In the meantime I suggest you have everything ready.” "I see—and Miss 1-a Tossa?” ‘.Miss I^a Tossa will be escorted aboard the Gnat at seven o’clock pre cisely, and now 1 bid you good day and thank you.” "Thank you,” and Holton left, won dering if the man realized all he was thanking him for. He lost no time in making his way to the Gnat, where he astonished Conroy and Howard by summoning them to the cabin "Is there any way,” he said, “in which this room can be made more comfortable for a young lady?" Neither of the two men spoke, re | gard;ng Holton with open-mouthed as tonishment. “It’s this way," smiled Holton, "the j Gnat’s been ordered to take a young j Cuban woman over to Cuba, and—and I want her to bo comfortable.” The faces of the two men radiated ! curiosity, but Holton said nothing fur I flier to enlighten them. Promptly at seven o'clock that | evening a closed carriage drove rap idly (low i) the long wharf and stopped abreast the gangway leading to the | Gnat. The door was flung open, and ! del Hey and an American, their arms j linked through those of Miss La Tossa. j descended and without a word walked I down the plank aifil a board the tor pedo boat. Holton met them by the conning tov.f r and lifted his cap. "How do you do. Miss La Tosea?” 1 he said, smilifig in greeting. She flashed a vague look at him, and | lowered her eyes without speaking. Del Hey bowed in a courtly man j ner to the girl. “I trust you will have a pb-asant voyage, and I beg to apol ogize for my seeming rudeness." '1 be captive deigned no reply, and ; turned her back as the two men re traced their steps up the gangway, j A few minutes later the diminutive ; warship was churning her way out I through the bay. Holton turned to the girl. who stood disconsolately, viewing the receding shore. “I am sorry, Miss l,a Tossa, but you will recognize, of course, that I am doing nothing but obeying orders, which are to Hoe t.hfit you are very comfortable and agreeably enter tained until you re ach Cuba " She evidently had determined not to talk to her raptor, but changed her I rnind with womanlike suddenness. "! shall thank you If | am com* j fortable, hu* I shtill thank you still J more If you give over any Idea of entertaining me. You may be sure ' that the ],.gs i s> e of you the |>< tt< r I j shall be pleased ” If you will follow* rne Miss 1m Tossa,” he said, with sudden stiffen* ing of manner, "I'll show you your ! cabin.” fhe dttrk c:\rnn rolling across the sea. It. was ;i wonderful night, a n'ght J spangled with constellations and undu lating black velvet wat rs, which picked up the little torpedo craft hold I !ng h»T high and then sending tier f.l'dlnf fib ntly down long in'lit.r .-, at 'he lioitom of which slit) Ri-emrd to I nestle a moment before her screw kicked her uf another quivering hill. fi°me fln.e later the lights of cmft I "I’^h had be n following astern o* he l *»r»at began to creep dox-r and e|o , r aboard, and dark cloud* of smoke; bil lowing from three squat funnel*, f. I .» d o«t the uortheasterr horizon. Holton saw the vessel, too, and eas ily recognized her as a torpedo boat destroyer. His only doubt was as to her nationality. This was speedily settled, for sud denly Ardois lights began to blink from the bridge. Interpreting which Holton learned that the destroyer Hainbridge wished to speak to the Gnat. In a few minutes the Hainbridge swished up and the sharp voice of Lieutenant-Commander Jameson sound ed from the bridge. "On board the Gnat!” "Aye, Aye!” yelled Horton. There followed a silence which last ed until tho destroyer slid her high, sharp bow and conienl forward deck alongside the little torpedo boat. Jameson jumped aboard and after re turning Holton's saluto he said for mally: "1 have orders to take a Miss La Tossa from the Gnat and land her at—well, never mind where.” “Very good, sir. Any orders for me?" "Yes, here they are.” Jameson took ‘*1 Am Quite Happy at My Change of Prisons.” an envelope from his overcoat-pocket and handed it to Holton. “Now, then. I'll take the girl.” But the girl, in fact, did not wait to be taken. She stepped forward most gracefully, and addressing Jame son, said: "I am ready; I ant quite happy at my change of prisons and my shift of jailers.” “Ha, ha!" laughed tho prosaic Janmson. nudging Holton in the ribs, and offering his arm to the girl who walked up a small ladder to the deck of the destroyer without so much as ! a glance at Holton. With a blast of her siren tho Bain j bridge shot on her way to Cuba, while the Gnat made a long sweep and turned upon her course. While this maneuver was in prog ress Holton, still flushing with vexa ; tion. ripped open the envelope and read the latest phase of what he had coine to regard r.s a game of battle dore and shuttlecock. Shorn of technical verbiage, the or ders which were signed by Hie new assistant secretary, Allen, instructed Holton to lose h mself and the (Jnat among the small Isolated keys of the coast until such rime as the transports j were gathered at Port Tampa, when he was then to guard them from night attacks which might come sneaking in under cover of the darkness from , seaward. CHAPTER VI. Action Indeed, Holton s orders were to keep himself nml the Gnat hidden, and this he did bo effectually that to all intents and purposes ho might just as well have gone down with his little craft and , crew in Nicholas Channel. At length, when hu had begun tc think he was immured for life in Lb If | blazing little byway, came the welcome orders to proceed to Fort Tampa, there to carry out instructions already in his possession, namely, the protec ! tion of transports from attack by wa ter. With light hearts the three men got their craft under way, ran up the ! bay. and in good time drew In under the counter of a steamship, lying near the end of the long slip. It was as though a magician's wand i had been waved over the port. Along the slip lay transport after transport nearly a score of them, the black smoke of others draping the horizon In long, grimy clouds. Freight trains were rumbling dp and down the tracks, and officers of various departments of the army, their shirts open at the throat, dusty, sweaty, hot, hurried everywhere. "It surely looks like business,'’ chuc kled Holton as he slipped on his uni form coat over a marine’s drab shirt and prepared to visit the hotel. Life at the hotel was made more brilliant by the arrival of Shafter and . his stafT, but Holton, who had had all ! the brilliancy and inactivity he want- | ed, found himself praying fervently for orders that would send him out as officer on one of the vessels of Ad niiral Sampson's North Atlantic Squadron. Hut no such orders came, and Holton had just about attuned his ; mind to a wenry grind to last at least several months longer, when some thing occurred to change very materi ally (lie attitude of the government in I regard to the movement, of the troopr as Tampa. in snore. Admiral sarapson caolea that after a mysterious voyage across the Atlantic ocean and ('aribbeun sea, Admiral Cervera and his squadron of battleships and cruisers were bot tled up in Santiago. He could not at tack them because of tho forts and mines, and he requested that troops be sent at once to co-operate with the navy from the land side. It was then that the Secretary ol War wired General Shafter to proceed forthwith to Cuba. Plat-cars laden with General Ran dolph’s artillery, rumbled down the slip, and the guns were hoisted intc ' yawning ports in tho sides of the trans- j ports; provisions, supplies of all sorts \ bore them company, and no one doubt ! ed any longer that at last the armj had received its bid to the field of bat tie. A new strain was put upon Holton for now, if at any time, attempts at the ! destruction of the transports would be j made, there* being no secrecy what ! ever as to the intentions of the Unitec ( States government. Then arrived th* day when the boys in blue came it from Lakeland, and, w ith ch< era anc shouts, marched aboard the long line of transports, from whose funnel* clouds of smoke were belching. Holton’s crew* bad been augmented I by four extra seamen, sent to him fron Key West, and each night they stood guard with him on various parts of the dock, rillcs in their hands and navj j Colts strapped about their waists. Toward midnight most of the noise 1 the shouting of orders, the rattling ol tackle, the tramp of feet, died away Holton gave Conroy tho wheel, am, walked along the deck, speaking tc j each of the men as he passed. "Keep a sharp lookout. Challengf anything that looks suspicious, and i shoot without hesitation if there’s no J reply." (TO Bp: CONTINt’KD.) Explained. I don’t understand Smith, He says things are awfully dull in his business and yet he has just bought a new* au tomobile ‘ Well, you see, sharpening knives is hlr. profession." MAIL CLERK UTTERS PROTEST Wail Should Appeal to Those Who Have Habit of Pinning Their Written Sheets Together. 'If people mum slick pins Into their I left r®, \ wish they would cover up j thr !*>ints so that they wouldn't push 1 through," Raid a mail clerk whose bauds were disfigured by tiny nerafeh I eg i must get about a hundred digs I •» day from pins that systematic folks I use to hold their correspondence to gether I never could make out. any how, whj ho many tetters need to he ( flni.-hed off ujth a nln ' Of course, i understand that about half of tbonf* written by women have ( a postscript Ir *he shape of camples of Mrfss Roods or newspaper cuttings which perhaps require a pin or two tc ho!*l them in place, but even that habb cannot account for the large niimtnx of letters that come through the post otTlce with a pin f licking out of on« corner, "I have come to the conclusion tlm many writers so mall their inunuscrl^ with malicious Intent. It may not be us fellows In the postofllce ugains! whom they hold a grudge, hot we are the ones that usually gut 'ho benefit of those pins.” A Likely Result. Where aro you going tc, pass yon vacation ?” Nowhere, now that tha pass cyulet : has goae out.” “WHY i EMIGRATED" THE NOTES OF A PROMINENT JOURNALIST WHO MADE A TRIP THROUGH WESTERN CANADA. A prominent journalist from Chi cago, some time ago, made a Journey through Canada obtaining a thorough knowledge of the land and people and of the • boundless possibilities’’ that Canada, the virgin land, affords. In an American Sunday newspaper be published after his return the interest ing account which we print as fol lows. He writes: Why did you emigrate from the I^jiited States?" I asked a funner in Western Canada. "I believe that for a poor man West ern Canada is the most favorable ! land," was the reply, "and I have now ; found that It Is the Paradise of the Poor." The farmer, a pioneer of the west, had five years earlier left Iowa for Canada to secure a new home there. After traversing the country for some J time, he started his home on the open prairie and with steady industry de voted himself to the working of the virgin soil. Now he Is the well-to-do owner of that endless sea of waving wheat ears that goes on for miles be fore my eyes. His strong, sunburned figure finds the best background in his farm itself, which is the outcome of his ceaseless activity—a pretty two storied dwelling house, a large clean stable, in tho midst of a hamlet of barns, sheds and outbuildings, a use ful garden overflowing with products; horses, cattle, sheep and swine on the rich pastures, and around to the hori zon wheat, golden wheat. "In Iowa?" the farmer continued, "I ' farme d on rented land, for at the price of $100 per acre I did not possess j money enough to buy. I might farm. ; I might farm as I could, more than the j living for myself and family, I could | Not attain. Sometimes the harvest ! turned out good, sometimes bad, but ! ■vhe grand total was a bitter combat to ! keep want from the door. It was im- j possible to lay by for bad times and In spite of all trouble and work an old ; age free of care was not to be 1 thought of. My death would have brought bitter poverty to my wife and children. "I decided to break-up and go to j Canada, where at leant I could fight I out the struggle for existence on iny j own land. I started out with a mule 1 team, all my earthly possessions were ! *n the prairie-schooner with my wife ■ -/nd children. Then I took up a home- : T!end of ICO acres to which 1 added | by purchase gradually; now as a whole 1 count about 3,000 acres as my ! own. The whole property is free of debt. I do not owe a cent to anyone. ; 7 bought my land for $2$ 10 per acre, xow I would not give it up for $50." "Do you mean to say that you paid *or the whole land in the five years?” I interrupted. "In a much shorter time,” replied the farmer. "The land paid for itself, some already by tin* first harvest, and at longest in ? years each field had brought in its purchase price. If you doubt that land in Western Canada pays for itself within 3 years you can easily convince yourself of the truth of my assertion. Ix-t us assume that a farmer buys a farm of 160 A. at $15 per A. for $2,400. Farm machines, i seed, ploughs, mowing and threshing might bring up the outlay to about , $10 per acre. If the farmer sows the ICO A. for 3 years in succession with wheat and harvests 20 bus. per acre, then the product of an A. at the aver age price of 75c per bu. is exactly $15 ' per acre. If you deduct the $10 out lay, you will retain a clear return of $5.00. For ICO A. the annual excess amounts to $S0O, consequently the farm has afb*r the third harvest brought in the purchase price of I $2,400. “Sometimes—and not rarely—the j land pays for itself by the first harvest of 35 bus. of wheat bring in more them I the purchase price of $15 per acre. As in Home years I harvested more than 35 bus., you can reckon for your self how quickly I paid for my farm.” 1 “Would you not prefer your own 1 farm in Iowa?” I asked. ' No," replied the farmer, “never I will I go back. In general very few j American settlers return to the old home. In Iowa a 160 A. farm eosts $100 per A, $16,000; In Western Can ada $1.6, only $".400. For the same money that you require to buy a 160 J A farm In Iowa, you can buy here In Western Canada a farm of 1,000 acres. I have money enough to buy a farm In Iowa, If I wished. Hut there my year ly Income would be a small one, , whereas here I work for a gr*>at gain. There I would only be a small farmer, here I am a large landed proprietor.” In a corner of the farmyard I had during our conversation noticed a mound of earth overgrown with grasses and wild flowers. To niy in quiry as to what It was, I received th* reply; “That is the- ruin of the wooden shack covered with sods, which I call ed my borne when I eettltd hf re five years ago.” 1 gathered a wild aster from tho ruin and flung It Into the air. In a pur plish glitbring line the wind drove the flower towards tho fine, modern-equip ped farmhouse. What a contrast be tween the lowly earthy hut of yester day and charming palace of today! This contrast says enough of tho un bounded possibilities, which this new land offers to the w illing worker. How the poor emigrant on tne open prairie, through energy and activity, within 5 years worked his way up to being a well-to-do farmer and esteemed citi zen! More, tho farmer did not re quire to say. Why did he emigrate? W MY? 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