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HOLTON c* THE INLfWY ( A. STORY OF THE^i />>— ^ ■ FREEING OFCDBA1 7 T ^ ■»» ' s^”4 Wf / LQvrrencc Perry / _*• .~-r* / —, \ COTV* lT!u«tr«tlor * by Ill»woj-1 h Yo u/wf “TVmcfr or Qwa fTenr7»t>c. ^ —( runV^A.C- Cl,vm<y o- Ca lfil. cornticifriD ur <S*x>c*jt Anchor of *X^m P’lorrtfh ft SYNOPSIS. Lieutenant Holton Is detached from Ida command In the navy at the outset of the Spanish-American war and assigned to Important secret service duty. While dln «*Mf at a Washington hotel he detects a Walter In the act of robbing a beautiful Koung lady. She thanks him for hla serv ►e and gives her name as Miss I*a Tossa. 1C Cuban patriot. I^ater he meets her at * ball. A secret service man warns llol Jon that the girl Is a spy Senor I>u Tossa chides his daughter for her failure to secure Important Information from jHolton. She leaves for her home In Cuba Holton Is ordered to follow her. They meet on the Tampa train. Miss .Tossa tells Holton »hs Is a Cuban ind expresses doubt regarding the rtty of tlj* United State*. Holton Is d*Xo remain at Tampa to gunrd the Uransports. He receives orders to 7!^-- La Tossa. who Is considered a Ins sr»y, on Cuban soil. At sea 'overtaken by another warship Lakes Miss l^a Tossa aboard and Is ordered to return to Tampa, ^es the transports from destruction !• hands of dynamiters and reports rAdmlral Sampson for further duty, lolton Is sent to General Garcia's corn land In the guise of a newspaper cor respondent to Investigate Cuban plots against the American troops and to loam the plans of the Spanish navy. CHAPTER VII.—Continued. "Nevertheless," persisted his in quisitor, “I ask you what you would do. Come, come,”—Holton recognized try hla manner a personage of some authority in the Cuban cause—“it would bo so easy for you to Bay that until Cuba is absolutely free no drop of blood In your body is your own." “It would be easy to say that,” was the sad response, "but I have Bhed my blood. I am old. I have struggled mud suffered for my country. In the Intervention of the United States I see the answer to all my struggles and to mil my prayers. I am like a man who has come to the end of a long Journey. I see the brightness ahead, the load 1h eased from the back. God’s hand Is now at work In this island. And as his hand moves, so will I abide. Ho has sent the Americans here and he will send them away in good season mfter their work is done. If not, then ■o be it-” 4 » iiiuairm. Uit'i e 911 Then Garcia spoke again. "You have nothing to fear. It is my thought that unless our American friends make a speedy ending of this campaign they will be routed by dis ease. and if they do not fly they will 4ie, surely and certainly. And thus wven if I agreed with you in your con tentions, I should still advocate leav ing the matter to God." "Time will tell. And now you muBt sleep, general. Who was that Ameri can," be added, "whb remains with you?" "An Englishman, a newspaper writer.” was the reply. "He is not English; he is American." "Admiral Sampson vouched for him. But at any rate, suppose he is an American? He might be that and still be a writer for the English press.” ( General Garcia arose decisively. "As you suggest," he said, "I must ■Icep. There is yet much before me.” “There is much yet before us all,” grumbled the officer. “Good night, general.” As Garcia turned to his tent the man walked to the Are; he leaned down, A Powerful Arm Wai Thrown Acrosr His Throat. ro... tj pn emb'-r and lighted a cigar •tte. 7hr flanwa shone full upon his face ^ 1th a half gasp Holton arose In hin blanl et. and fh<n, uh the fallow straightened up, h' sank bark upoo tho boughs. But his eyes ntv»r left the man's face. At length, with quirk motion, fb • Cuban turned 'oward Holton, a ho h d Just time to close h,‘s eyes Thus he lay tense, listening for the sounds that -would have ra- < hi * i to spr'e*; if, hi;: /eet—the sounds of ?he mad's foot step? approa< hing fc m But the sounds dM ,;.>t comp. Ar Holton at length opened f,,n eyes h< saw the mai. writing by the light of the fire upon a small pad lying on his knee. "You are Indeed a good waiter, my frtood,*’ muttered Holton to himself. « and rising from his blanket he walked noiselessly toward the fellow he had first seen in the diningroom at the New Willard. So deeply was the man engrossed in his writing that Holton's movement was unnoticed by him. And for this Holton thanked him sincerely before he had gone two steps. He acted upon impulse in rising from his blanket, and without any defi nite intontlon save that of accosting the man. Hut now the futility of doing this In the camp, with Garcia not yet asleep, and without any well-informed plans for dealing with him appealed to him forcibly. He stopped suddenly in hia tracks and then stole back to his bed of boughs Holton s mind was in sore quandary as to what to do. Unquestionably this man held a high place in the esteem of Garcia, who just as certainly had no idea that he was a Spanish spy. As to the conversation, Holton be lieved he had the key to that; the spy was engaged in the process of poison ing the minds of Cuban leaders against the Americans, a plot which, if car ried forward successfully and rapidly, might seriously affect the present cam , paign, and at the same time have a decided tendency to give point to cer tain relations already strained with several powerful foreign nations. One thing was sure, the moves of this man must be checkmated, and sharply. Just how was the question. Holton lay there deliberating what he ought to do for more than an hour, and still undecided when the spy set tled things for him by slipping his pad in his pocket and walking toward his horse. He stood for a moment there, his head turned toward Garcia's little hut of leaves and grasses, and then mounting he rode off down the trail. Holton now lost no time in deciding on his cour^p- Obviously it was to the interests of his government that this man be watched, and so waiting for a minute until the bushes had closed be hind the spy, he stealthily started in pursuit. “ T • I4rs nuro, uuuuu quii:n* ened his steps, keeping well within the shadow of the bushes until he was within fifty feet of the rider. Present ly the bottom of the mountain was reached, and the spy continued on through the maniguu jungle. As he broke through into the open, Holton made a little detour and came out on the beach, crawling now, about seven ty-five feet from where the man was standing, holding his horse by the bridle and gazing out over the bay. where could be made out the light of a dispatch boat. As the officer watched him, the spy raised his hand, and a low but pene trating whistle broke the stillness of the night. A lantern waved from a craft in the bay, and in a few minutes the rattle of oars in their locks sounded. As the boat, came shoreward, Holton, now breathlessly interested, wriggled his way nearer the spy and flattened against the sand and shielded by small growths of chaparral, he awaited the arrival of the boat. As it grated on the beach, a tall of ficer sprang out, and Holton had no dif ficulty in recognizing him as one of General Shafter's aids. "Well, Monte*/' said the latter, ‘I thought you were never coming.” “I thought so, too." was the reply. "There was difficulty in getting out of the camp, but now I am here and I have Information the general wishes." “All right. What Is it?" "Calixto Garcia is not your friend. He is one of the leaders in a plan to attack you once you have rid Santiago province of the Spaniards. I ran give you proof." The spy drew from his pocket the pad upon which he had been writing and, tearing off a sheet, handed it to the officer, who read it by lighting a match and holding It in front of the paper, * That is a copy of a letter which Genera! Garcia wrote tonight to Gen eral Castillo and General Rabl." ' Are you sure of this?” “Absolutely. But I will say this much The message, as I have it. is not word for word I read It after he wrote It. for lie showed it to me; after he Tell asleep l wrote It from mem ory." "Very well Have you anything else to tell me? Will Garda carry out th< arrangements made with General Sliaf ter this afternoon?" "Ob, ye*; he will. You will under stand that nothing which will hinder American success against the Span iards will he done; Garcia and the other Cuban generals are looking to | the future,” "Very well; i’ll report to the com mnnder .n chief. What are your future Intentions?” should like to accompany you to the itr garanca. Gen* ral Shaffer may hav'-* some questions, and, in any event, I shall feel safer at sea Just at pres ent You Sep,” the spy added, "my role aa one of the leaders of the Cuban Junta, coupled with ray supposed be lief in the absolute integrity and disin terestedness of the United States as regards Cuba, sometimes lead me into danger. Garcia, who is my friend, be lieves in me, but Castillo, 1 have rea son to think, is suspicious. Garcia meets Castillo tomorrow, and so—” he shrugged his shoulders and lifted his hands. "All right,” grunted the American; "jump into the boat.” Before the Bpy obeyed, he turned for a moment and repeated his whis tle. Then, in a very mild voice, he said: “It is time, senor, for your salad— with dressing.” Holton, knowing the words were ad dressed to him, was on the point of scrambling to his feet when a power ful arm was thrown across his throat, throttling him, while, at the same time, his hands and feet were seized and bound in a twinkling. A gag was then slipped into his mouth, and he lay there helplessly, regarding the four figures who stood over him. "What is it?” he heard the officer say. "Merely,” was the reply, * an inquisi tive soldier from Garcia’a camp. They bother me so—you have no idea.” < "Well,” was tho laughing reply, “you certainly seem to know how to deal with them. Now, come on, if you are coming.” “Thank you; yea." He delivered a volley of commands in Spanish, speaking bo rapidly that Holton could not understand a word. The men replied in kind, and then the officer and the spy stepped into the boat and were rowed offshore. CHAPTER VIII. A Grim Announcement. The men, who proved to be three gl gantic negroes and a whit© man, at tired in the blue drill uniform of a Spanish officer, with a little cockade In his felt hat, Jerked Holton to his feet, cut the lashings about his ankles and hurried him toward the trail. Finally, as hints of dawn appeared overhead, the party arrived at a small clearing where were picketed some score of horses, with their riders, evi dently a contingent of Spanish cavalry. There was a short, conference, and then the gag was taken from Holton’s mouth and he was lifted upon a pony. The cavalcade took up the trail which ran alongside the mountain, below the camp of Garcia, in the direction of Santiago. As the sun rose, a halt was called In a little valley, and preparations were made for what Holton believed would be a stay of considerable duration. It was then that for the first time a word was spoken directly to Holton. An officer—not the one who had fig ured in his capture, but the man in charge of the detachment—confronted the Amerlcnn as he sat on the ground, and, releasing his bands, placed a guard over him. "You will have apportunlty for two hours’ rest,” ho said, bow,ng. "Then w*- s. all proceed at onco to Santiago.” Out why have I been captured?” protested Holton. "I am a non-combnt ant.” He produced his credentials as corre spondent of the London Standard. The officer examined them carefully. Then he placed them in bis pocket. “I am convinced you are lying,” he replied simply. ”Our Information con cerning you is exceedingly accurate. For your sake I trust the papers may be found correct. For otherwise" —he shrugged his shoulders—‘you are a spy.” A chill passed over Holton. He had not thought of that before \ spy! And j in war time they had a summary way of dealing with such. After u very meager breakfast, the } men threw themselves upon the r\ i j v n in ^ t. ground, chatting and smoking. and Holton did likewise. Ho felt In its fullness the relief of having his hands ffee, and, in large measure, despite the guard standing over him and the men all about, he became possessed of greater confidence in his ability to meet this situation, the most danger ous that had ever confronted him. Fearing, no doubt, the proximity o( Garcia's men, the soldiers did not move until late afternoon, and thf*n with great stealth, all talking In the ranks being rigidly silenced. Holton bad had opportunity for several hours’ sleep. He was thereby greatly re freshed. and. under reaction, his fears for himBelf were considerably lessened. Dusk fell, and still the march con tinued. On through the night went the men, and without a stop until dawn, when camp was made in a clearing which had been cut where two of the mountain trails met and crossed. Here, as th** heavens grew bright, fires were Ught<d, and a meal prepared, after which sentries were poBted. Then the camp settled down for sleep. Holton had no Idea how many miles had b*>en covered since his capture but felt It must be a great many. Stand ing up he could now see far away over the hills the twinkling lights of Santi ago, and these he could not help view ing with dread. At nightfall the march was again taken up, and at dawn the force was within a few miles of the city. A squad was sent on ahead to report to General Linares, but came flying back In a few hours with messages to the effect that the soldiers were leaving for El Paso, and that the troops of the United States would shortly advance from Siboney. There were other matters, too. In the papers brought by the messenger, and one of them seemed to concern Holton, for the officer, while reading It, glanced at him with a troubled face. At length he came up to Holton and drew him to one side. "I am sorry to inform you,” he said, "that I have orders here to hang you at once." Holton stepped back as though he had been struck In the face. "Hang me at once!” ho cried. "Those are my orders, signed by the commander-in-chief of this province. "Hut there must be some mistake,” Holton went on. "I am not a spy; but even If I were I certainly have done nothing to justify an act so unfair. In human and outrageous.” "1 do not see how any mistake could have been made,” came back the an swer. “Here you see the warrant signed by Muller, the general’s aide.” "Then General Linares did not sign that warrant?” "No. It reads General Linares ‘or ders,’ and is then signed by Muller.” “Hut surely—” Holton began. "There is no time for argument, my brother. We are ordered to Guaismas and have no time to waste with you. I am sorry, but—” the fellow shrugged his shoulders and pointed to the order. Holton’s mind worked like lightning. The men were engaged In breaking camp and the one who had been guard ing Holton had turned aside at the of. fleer’s approach, and now, with his back toward the two, was extracting a clip of bullets from his Mauser. Be hind Holton was an apparently impen etrable Jungle of manigua. The muscles of his body grew tense, and then with all the skill and all the sureness of direction of the champion middleweight boxer at Annapolis, he sent his fist swiftly and silently Into the officer's jaw. Without a sound the man crumpled to the ground. Holton stepped back into the thicket, was blocked a few feet from the trail, but exerting all his power, forced his way Into the depths of the jungle. During a full minute silence reigned in the camp. It was all of that period before the prostrate officer, hidden by the long grass, was discovered by Hoi j ton’s guard. Then his outcry sounded through the clearing, and in another instant loud commands were being uttered and bullets were cutting branches of manigua on all sides of the fugitive Amerlean. Then followed the crashing of bodies through the maze of underbrush. As he worked his way along a little | lane, apparently formed by nature or by the deer that used to Inhabit that section, opened before him, continuing for a clear quarter of a mile. This ho took with the speed of one of the for mer denizens of the jungle, never lot ting up until he had trarersed Its length and had broken once more Into Ibe bushes. (TO BE CONTINUED.) In France last year the births ceded the deaths by 35,000. ex THOP’S HAMMER STILL USED Engl-sh F ‘hermcn Consider ft a Charm Agamut Drowning—Some Other Peculiar Beliefs. The fishermen of Whitby v. ould ‘ never dr; am of venturing out of port ! without n little hammer shaper] hone. | from tit® head of a sheep, known as | Thor's hammer," as this little object is h very special charm against drown ! ing. The mole’s foot is also a "sure" cure for toothache or cramp- a«?oord f Ing to locality. Ampnt. ted limbs are In some cases preserved so that the cripple may not be deficit nt in this re spect In the next world At Scarborough an old peasant has come to h«# regarded ns almost a wizard, for the country folks from round about come to him for relief from rheumatism. His "cure" consists of a copper bangle and ring, and on either I end of the bangle two small bpr» brass l I cartridge canes 9re wedged These charms are sold «<• the patient In Suffolk a gin always keeps h«r firs? tooth: 'hen when she marries ana has a child the tooth In suspended about the infant's neck during teeth In*, an It In said to bring instant re lief These superstitions mostly exist tn i the cotinties which are .vsshed by »hn | North sea Doubtless they are sue vivals of the day* of thn bold Vikin* marauders—Ireland's Own. Nails Were to Last. K J Haskins of North Adams I Mans, fins a collection ot handmade j that wpr#» (nn»*n from an old I house Thn nails are all made of ' steel and are practically as good as when first driven Into the wood They are crude In shape and size and many of them have heads on only on* side of the shaft.. The nails have 1 been In the buUdlnk tor forty yoaxa WONDERFUL GROWTH OF THE CANADIAN WEST The Cities of Western Canada Reflect the Growth of the Country. Ah one passes through Western ! Canada, taking the City of Winnipeg a« a starting point, and then keeping tab on the various cities and towns that lino the network of railways that cover the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and cover ing the eyes as the gaze is bent on these it is felt that there must be ■’something of a country” behind it all. Then gaze any direction you like and the same view is presented. Field after field of waving grain, thousands aud hundreds of thousands of them. Farm hands and laborers are aV work i converting the virgin prairie with more fields. Pasture land in every di rection on which cattle are feeding, thriving and fattening on the grasses that are rich in both milk and beef properties, but it is unfortunate that more cattle are not seen. That, how j ever, is correcting Itself. Here we have in a large measure, the evidence of the wealth that helps to build up the cities, and it should not be forgot I ten that the cities themselves have as I citizens young men who have come from other parts, and brought with them the experience that has taught them to avoid the mistakes of eastern and southern cities. They also are imbued with the western spirit of en terprise, energy and push, and so Western Canada has its cities. At a | banquet recently given in Chicago, a i number of prominent citizens of Win nipeg were guests. Among the speak ers was Mayor Deacon of Winnipeg. | In speaking of the remarkable growth of that city, which in thirty years has risen from a population of 2,000 to one of 200.000, he spoke of it as being the gateway of commerce and continued: “Now, how great that tide of com merce is you will have some concep tion of when I tell you that the wheat alone grown in the three prairie prov inces this year is sufficient to keep a steady stream of one thousand bush els per minute continuously night and day going to the head of the lakes for three and one-half months, and in ad dition to that the oats and barley would supply this stream for another four months. The value of the grain crop alone grown in the three prairie provinces would be sufficient to build any of our great transcontinental railroads and all their equipment, everything con nected with them, from ocean to ocean. "Now. if wo are able to do this with only ten per cent, of our arable land under cultivation what will our possibilities be when 288,000,000 of acres of the best land that the sun shines on is brought under the plow? Do you not see the portent of a great, vigorous, populous nation living unde.*" those sunny skies north of the 49th parallel? And if with our present de velopment wo are able to do as we are doing now. to purchase a million dollars' worth of goods tYom you every day of the year, what will our trade be worth when we have fully develop ed the country? "Now, who Bliall assist us to devel op this great empire that is there? Shall it be the alien races of southern Europe or shall it be men of our own blood and language? In the last three fiscal years no less that 358,000 Amer ican farmers have come into Western Canada, bringing with them goods and cash to the value of $350 000,000. And I want to say here that no man who sets foot on our shores is more en tirely and heartily welcome than the agriculturist from the south. "So long as these conditions remain 1 consider that this is the beat guar anty that the sword will never again , be drawn in anger between the two ! great branches of the Anglo-Saxon J race. The . grain crops of Western Canada in 1913 hare well upheld the reputation that country has for abun dant yields of all small grains."—Ad vertisement. Orderly Service. A Methodist parson, called to preac’.l at an out-of-the-way town in California was informed, before entering the pul pit. that he must be careful, as many of the assembled congregation were “roughs." and would not hesitate to pull him from the pulpit if his re marks did not suit them. The minister made no reply, but having reached the sacred desk, be took from his pocket two revolvers, and placing one on each side of the Bible, gave a sharp glance around the room and said: "LeL.us pray.” A more orderly service was never held.—National Monthly. IS EPILEPSY CONQUERED? New Jersey Physician Said to Have Many Cures to His Credit. Red Bank. N. J. (Special).—Advices from every direction fhlly confirm previous reports that the remarkable treatment for epilepsy being admin istered by Dr. Perkins of this city, is achieving wonderful results. Old and stubborn cases have been greatly benefltted and many patients claim to have been entirely cured. Persons suffering from epilepsy should write at once to Dr. H. W. Perkins, Branch 49. Red Bank. N. J., for a supply of the remedy which Is being distributed gratuitously.—Adv. Individual Clock. 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