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I' A STORY OF THE
FREEING CI CUBA
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Lieutenant Hlton is detached from his
gommand In thhe navy at the outset of the
panish-Amenrican war and assigned to
Impurtant se.rert service duty. While din
ing at a Washington hotel hle dlitects a
walter In the act of robbing a lbeautiful
young lady. She thanks hint for his serv
ce and gives her name as Miss La Tussa.
a ('uban patriot. Later he meets her at
a ball. A secret service man warns IIi
ton that the girl Is a spy. Senor L.a
Tossa chides his daughter for her failure
ao c.ure important Information from
iolton. She leaves for her home In
Cuba. Holton Is ordered to follow her.
A Frank Admission.
Holton's requisitions were promptly
attended to, and by the time he had
completed his packing at the club his
tickets for the Florida Special had ar
lie lunched with Billy Holt of the
ordnance department, and then took a
back to the station, where he found
the train made up. He had several
magazines in his hands, and settled
down to read with his feet luxuriously
resting on the other seat of his sec
It was not many minutes, however,
before he yawned broadly, and five
minutes thereafter his magazine had
tumbled from his hand and he was fast
As he fell into slumber two men
approached the porter, and, throwing
open their coats, displayed Secret
While their English was perfect,
they were surely of the Latin race.
"Ya-as, sub-all right, gen'l'men." I
The porter was very much impressed.
"Ya-as, suh, go right along."
"As they approached Holton's sec- i
tion one of them stopped.
"Well, here he is," he remarked. t
"Yes, and asleep, too. He's bound e
for Tampa for a surety." t
"Yes; but, now that he kindly sleeps, I
we might as well go farther." He
bent down and carefully drew Holton's
bag out into the aisle. "Quick," he
said, looking up, "the keys." l
Met a large bunch of keys, and the
swan tried several without success. E
:Finally, becoming impatient, he drew t
the bag to the seat behind Holton,
.and, drawing his knife, cut a long hole
'near the top. Then, inserting his
;hand and arm, he fished about for
%several minutes, but without feeling
anything other than wearing apparel
and toilet articles.
Finally he straightened up and
pushed the bag Into the place whence
it had been withdrawn with the frown
"Well, we'll have to let him go;
we've done our part."
The two men spent some time in the
station, framing a telegram in cipher,
which, when completed, was sent to
,-ampa. Then they disappeared.
Holton in the meantime slept, and
was still asleep when the train moved
out. Awakened by a sudden turn of
the cars, he started bolt upright and
He Cut a Long Hole.
looked about him with only a vague
idea as to where he was. When he
came to a realizing sense of his situ
ation he looked at his watch, and then
tried to resume his nap. But this
time he did not fall asleep, and so,
after fidgeting about for half an hour,
be decided to go into the smoker.
He had some very excellent cigars
in his grip, and, pulling out the bag,
he leaned down to unlock It, when he
saw the long hole which had been
cut in the shining pigskin.
He regarded the damage for a sec
and with rising anger, and then un
locked the valise and searched it thor
oughly to see what had been stolen
'For his only idea was that some sneak
thieves had taken advantage of his
But, finding everything intact, he
was obliged to cast about for another
xplanatilon. It Ws then that the
thought of spies occurred to him.
Thus thinking, he rose from his seat
and looked searchingly over the oc
cupants of his car.
Almost the first person his eyes
lighted upon was a girl in the section
diagonally opposite him. One glance
at her profile was sufficient to send
Holton stumbling and gasping back
into his seat.
The girl was Miss La Tossa.
lie thought for a moment. Oh, to
be sure, he had risen to find out who
had maltreated his bag. Then
Good Heavens! Holton's hands flew
to his head after the most approved
manner of tragedy, and for a moment
he tried to dismiss the surging
thoughts from his mind. But no, the
facts were large and luminous and not
to be denied, and these facts were as
follows: He had gone asleep in the
car, ,his bag had been cut open and
rifled. Now, then, Miss La Tossa had
been designated by men who should
know whereof they spoke as a spy.
Miss La Tossa was the only other
person in the car-he paused. He
just would not think It, that was all.
So, picking up a magazine, he set
tled back in his seat and tried to lose
himself in a serial story. For a while
he kept his mind fairly well upon the
tale, but eventually he found h:s
thoughts straying to the girl in front
of him. Eventually he flung the mag
azine aside and shifted about uneasily.
After all, was he playing the game
as he should? Silent contempt was
all right if it were only noticed. But
silent contempt when the person
against whom it is directed does not
feel it, Is hardly a satisfactory course
With this thought, Holton arose
from his seat and, with a self-conscious
smile, bustled up to Miss La Tossa Ks
though he had just discovere(sher
"Why, of all things!" he. 'xclaimed.
"How do you do, Miss ! Tossa!"
Her book fell to th floor aind she
looked up. "Mr. Hol n!" shb cried.
"and may I ask what strange circum
stances have brought us together
"I was just going to ask you that."
Holton looked at her curiously, hard
ly knowing what reply to make, after
such a check.
"Where are you going?" he inquired
"To Tampa and thence to my home,"
"Oh!" Holton shifted doubtfully.
"I'm going to Tampa, too."
"I trust if I can be of any service
you will avail yourself of my pres
ence, Miss La Tossa," he added some
"Thank you. Won't you sit down?
That's one service you can perform
talk to me; I'm dreadfully bored."
Holton seated himself obediently.
"Beastly raw and windy, wasn't it,
Then she laughed at him unaffect
"What are you laughing at?"
"At your brilliancy. Oh, you are
masterly! And yet," she added, "they
told me you were so clever."
"I cannot help what people say," he
began, and then, impatient at his ob
vious disadvantage, he changed the
subject. "I had the most curious
thing happen to me on this train," he
"Now," she laughed, "you promise
to be really entertaining. What was
it? Do tell me!"
"I boarded the car," said Holton,
"'and fell asleep-" She giggled, and
he raised his hand impatiently. "I
fell sleep, and while I slept some ras
cal cut a hole in my bag and rum
maged through the contents."
He glanced at her sharply. But
her face revealed nothing except po
"Indeed!" she remarked.
"Nothing was stolen," continued the
officer, "and I cannot imagine nhy the
thing was done."
"I think, perhaps, I can tell you,"
she said calmly. "You were attached
to the Scorpion. She had been testing
out some new torpedo. You came to
Washington on the eve of war, and
now you hurry away again to Tampa.
Certain persons were desirous to know
whether your departure concerned the
Scorpion, and your bag was searched
for orders or other writings that might
throw light upon the subject."
"You are frank." Holton looked
at her admiringly. "But how do you
happen to know all this?"
"Because I'm a spy."
Holton's face assumed the color of
a perfectly ripened tm.nato.
Her hearty laughter brought him to
"How astonished you seem to be!"
She regarded him humorously. "W'hy,"
:she added. "I really believe he thinks
now I cut open his bag."
Holton brought himself up with a
"Miss La Tossa," he said, "I bow to
you. You can deprive a man of
speech about as handily as any per
son I ever knew. Of course, you're
not a spy!"
"Do you really believe that?" Her
eyes were serious now. "Do you?"
"Yes," he returned desperately.
"Then, Mr. Holton, I beg to inform
you that I am a spy."
Holton received the girl's announce
ment with bowed head, and as he
didn't speak she looked at him with
"I am a Cuban. I am not a profes
sional spy, as you may imagine. I
fear I am not a spy at all in the high
sense of the term. But I have tried
to serve my country; I shall continue
to do so. My country is in peril. I
could be, I was born to be, I fear, a
pleasure-loving butterfly. But I have
found that there are ways in which
my country has need even of poor
"Yes, but we need not be enemies."
Hlolton's voice was very earnest.
She did not reply, and Holton added:
"I applaud your motives, but surely
you do not imagine Cuba to be in dan
ger at the hands of the United
States. I should think Spain would
be your object, and if the United
States, I ask you why?"
Still, she did not answer, and Hol
ton, shrugging his shoulders, impa
tiently repeated his question.
"Do you know, Mr. Holton," she said
after a moment's pause, "teat every
mile southward this train flies in
creases my happjls'ss. It is so pleas
ant to feel sy6t are nearing home."
"You hg've not answered my ques
tion, MAts La Tossa."
'"And I do not intend to answer it."
Indignation was coloring the naval
"Look here, Miss La Tossa, I like
you. If the honest admiration of a
man is anything to you, you can make
the most of that statement. And so
I ask you with the friendliest motivep
-why should you.think it
to pry into the affairs of the' United
"I am an enemy to any enemy of
my country, and by enemy I mean any
person or group of persons whose
good-will toward us may be ques
"Then you infer that the United
States is not acting in a way to show
good-will to Cuba!" Holton was thor
oughly outraged. "Well, I'll be hanged
if that isn't gratitude!"
"If you don't mind, Mr. Holton," she
said sweetly, "I should like to read
Holton hustled out of the seat in a
"Oh, certainly, by all means; most
assuredly." he burst out, and returned
to his seat.
As he sat there thinking, the train
stopped at a small station to change
engines. When it started again the
conductor came into the smoker call
ing Holton's name. He responded, and
the conductor gave him a long, official
appearing dispatch. The message ran
"Congress declared war today.
Sampson will be ordep d to blockade
the Cuban coast. Troops will mobi
lize at Port Tampa. They will pro
ceed thence in transports to Cuba. You
will remain in Tampa, availing your
self of the Gnat [a small torpedo boat,
built for a battleship to carry] to pre
vent any attempt to destroy trans
ports. You will watch Cuban camp at
Tampa for developments regarding
matters already brought to your atten
tion and will hold yourself in readi
ness to land secretly on Cuban soil
to perform intelligence work iith re
gard to location and movements of
Spanish warships. You will work un
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ABLE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
Seemingly Unsophisticated Youth
Traveled in Comfort While the
Smart Tourist Walked,
"I suppose if I should try to ride
that machine I'd break my neck," said
a gawky-looking fellow as he looked
at the bicycle against the la post.
"No you wouldn't," repliedthe bi
cyclist, winking at the bystanders.
"It's the easiest thing in the world to
do. Anybody can ride one Of these
machines if he only thinks so."
"I want to know!" exclaited the
gawky youth. "D'ye think aL could
stay on it if I got on?" r
"I know you could."
"An' make 'er go?"
"You're trying to fool me."
"Don't you want to try it
And the tourist in knic bockers
der direct orders of the Secretary
Holton sat back in his seat. So war
had come. What would happen now?
So far as he was concerned, Holton
was likely to be well in the forefront.
He was exalted, thrilled in every fiber
of his being. Heput the dispatch in
his pocket and walked back through
the train to his car. As he reached
Miss La Tossa's section he found her
folding up a bit of paper and putting
it in her waist.
Had she, too, received a dispatch?
Holton did not doubt it. So he wasted
"Well, it has come to pass," he said;
"war has been declared, and within
a few months Cuba will be as free as
even you could wish."
"God grant it," she murmured.
Holton held out his hand.
"Good night, Miss La Tossa," he
She shook his hand cordially, lin
"Good night," she replied.
Her eyes sought his, and for a mo
ment it seemed as though she were
going to speak. Then she turned
Holton waited an instant, and then
he, too, averted his face.
"Good night," he said again, and
went to his own berth, where the
porter had completed his preparations.
At Tampa Holton met and had
breakfast with several army engineers
who had been engaged in laying out
camp sites in the pine woods back of
Tampa. Then in the afternoon he pro
ceeded on to Port Tampa, nine miles
away. Ahead, rising into the blue
sky like some dream palace in Sahara,
the Tampa Bay Hotel, with its brick
walls and gleaming silver domes and
It brought hope to his heart, and his
steps were more springy as he hur
ried toward the immense structure. A
negro boy took his bag as he entered
the lobby, and the clerk smiled as he
had not done since the winter throng
left the hostelry early in March.
After a bath and shave he set out
to the bay to view his new command.
He found her in charge of an able
seaman, Conroy, who welcomed him
Holton stepped aboard and chuckled
when he recalled the comparatively
large deck space of the Scorpion.
The Gnat was almost a toy craft, and
yet her regulation torpedo gun on the
after deck, the machine gun forward,
and the little conning tower, heavily
plated with steel, gave adequate hint
that she was by no means built for
"It is likely we'll be busy before
long, Conroy," he said. "I'll have my
luggage brought down from the hotel
and come aboard at once. How many
men have we?"
"Only Howard, the engineer, and
me," was the reply.
"All right. The fewer the better.
I'11 return shortly, and perhaps take
Whereupon Holton stepped out with
a blithe stride. In the lobby of the
hotel he buried his face in a Washing
ton newspaper and spent a half-hour
absorbing the war talk of the day.
His reverie was interrupted by a
hotel page, who handed him a card
bearing the name Jose Rodriguez, Ha
"Mr. Rodrigues wishes to know if
you will do him the honor of calling
upon him in his rooms," announced
"Rodriguez! And who ie he?"
"He's a very wealthy Spaniard who
has been here some time."
"Well, then, you will tell Mr. Rodrl
guez that if he wishes to see me, he'll
find me here."
"Yes, sir, I'll tell him that," and
the boy hurried away.
"I like the nerve of that," growled
Holton, returning to his paper.
In a few moments the page stood
before him again.
"Well?" Holton looked up impa
"Mr. Rodriguez said, sir, that he
does not wish to speak to you in the
lobby, and that it will be best for
you if you visit him as soon as you
can in his rooms."
Holton flushed angrily.
"Say, boy, get this straight. You
give Mr. Rodriguez Mr. Holton's com
pliments, and say to Mr. Rodriguez
that Mr. Holton says for him to go to
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
winked slyly once more at the inter.
"How do you keep from fallin' off
"All you've to do is to climb on,
start it going and keep going. Just
try it. Here, get on."
The gawky young man took hold of
the bicycle awkwardly and trundled
it out to the middle of the road.
"It isn't quite as good a one as I've
got at home," he said, as he mounted
it and started down the road at a rat.
tling pace, "but I can follow directions.
It's only four miles to the next town.
I'll be waiting you at the pump. Good
And the smart young tourist in his
knickerbockers trudged after him on
I am a part of anl that I have met
MME. MERRI'S ADVICE
SUGGESTIONS FOR TWO PLEASING
Sachet Shower a Common Sense
Method of Pleasing Bride-to-Be
Lively Game, Though Old, Is
"United States Mail."
"What are you planning now." I
asked "Polly." as she dashedl into the
office, her cheeks aglow and her eyes
sparkling. "Oh, just the sweetest
thing ever." she ex-cla:ted. "It's a
sachet shower for (;ra+e." And here
are the details for all you readers who
have been writing to me for new ideas
for the festivities that now precede a
wedding. The twelve girls "in it"
were asked to meet at "Polly's" and
plan the party. At that time each one
was to say what kind of a sachet she'd
bring. I waited a few days to get
the list, and I am sure the bride-elect
will be more than pleased There
were sachets of crepe paper (pink
roses and blue bow-knots design),
made just to fit a bureau drawer. One
layer of sheet wadding was inside, the
cotton being split to hold the sachet
powder, and all the girls used the
same kind, violet and orris root. The
paper was laced together with pink
satin baby ribbon. Trunk tray covers
were made of pink rosebud silkaline,
and had a cluster of three wee sachet
bags tacked to each corner.
Two of the girls decided upon cor
sage sachets, male by taking soft sat
in ribbon and making just a plain bow
with ends. The two loops were stuffed
with cotton to hold the sachet, and the
ends neatly overhanded together.
These are worn either in or outside
the corset cover beneath a lace waist.
The faint color is very pretty. Sets
of six colored satin squares (two by
two inches), were softly stuffed with
cotton, and sachet and gilt safety pins
attached. One of the girls made some
of these waist or armhole sachets of
finest mull over pink satin, edging
them with narrow "Val" lace.
The practical girl made linen bags
filled with la'reader flowers for the
linen closet, the name, "Sweet Lav
ender," being worked in lavender
floss. A novelty to me was the sachet
made from an envelope filled with
sachet to be placed in the desk draw
er, and scented blotters made by soak
ing in a good violet toilet water and
drying carefully. While not strictly
speaking "sachets," the gift of a dozen
cheese cloth bath bags filled with oat
meal, almond meal and orris with
powdered soap were a dainty addition
to this very "sweet" downpour.
A Lively Game.
Here is a jolly game that may be
played either outdoors or in. It is
called "United States Mail," and there
is no lm
A circle is formed and one chosen
leader gives each player the name of
a town or city. The leader, who is
now called the "Postmaster," stands
in the middle and calls the name of
the mail to be exchanged, and while
the letters are being transmitted from
"Boston to New York," the "postmas
ter" tries to slip into one of the other
of the places vacated. If he is suc
cessful, the one who is lost in transit
takes the place of the postmaster and
calls two othes cities; it is also per
missible to call two more exchanges
in rapid succession, so that two or
three couples may be changing at the
same time. When the postmaster calls
"General Delivery" every one changes
places. You see this is just about
like our old friend "Stage Coach,"
only disguised with another name.
Ratine Suits for Boys.
Russian blouse suits for boys are
often made of white ratine. The ma
terial is warm and does not show
wrinkles or creases. It ib often com
bined with velvet for coats, brown and
black being blended frequently.
FOR SCHOOL OR DRESS FROCK
Nothing Better Than Plaid Trim
ming Has Been Devised-Orna
mentatlon for the Throat.
Plaid trimming, either in silk or in
wool, is about the
most stylish touch
that a mother can
add to her little
girl's school dress
or frock just now,
so the wide ori
ental sash on this
serge is ultra
stylish for the lit
tle miss. To add
to the effective
ness of the but
ton trimming are
collar and cuffs
of a bit of ma
chine embroidered linen, with a plaid
bow at the throat.
NOT LIMITED TO ONE TYPE
Three Styles of Skirts Are Offered
Woman of Fashion, and Any One
There are three types of modish
dhirt from which one may choose ac
cording to one's inclination and one's
figure. The draped skirt has many
modifications, and may combine two
or even three fabrics; the tier skirt
is becoming to slender women, but
so pronounced is its vogue that it is
seen on women of every degree of
avoirdupois. Then there is the new
hooped skirt, more popular in Paris
than it has so far become het*e. The
MAKES NOVEL TRUMP MARKER
Dainty Present for Tnose of One's
Friends Who Approve of Card
Quite a little novelty in the way of
a trump marker may be seen in the
accompanying sketch, and it can be
made with the aid of any small square
cardboard box. The box is filled with
sand to give weight, and the exterior
is then neatly covered with pale blue
sil!k on which hearts. clubs, diamonds
and spades have been embroidered, so
that one of these emblems appears on
each side of the box. The edges of
the lbox are finished off with a fine
dark blue silk cord.
When complete, the marker should
somewhat resemble a large dice, with.
of course, hearts, spades, etc., upon it
instead of numbers.
To use the marker, it merely has
to be placed upon the table in full
view of all the players, and to mark
the suit that may happen to be
trumps, that side of the box repre
senting the trump card uppermost.
A little novelty of thin kind looks
pretty, and would be sure to prove an
acceptable little gift. When not doing
duty as a trump marker it would
make a quaint little paper weight for
the writing table.
KERCHIEF NOW IN COLORS
Old Ideas Has Again Been Introduced,
and Bids Fair to Become Ex.
Small colored silk handkerchiefs
are again introduced. They are to be
thcked into the breast pocket of a
loose coat or carried in the muff.
Men are wearing large colored silk
handkerchiefs, quite well pulled out
of the bvr.ast pocket, to flop over and
give a color scheme to the suit.
These are not only worn by French
men, but by Americans and English.
Nearly all of the everyday handker
chiefs have a narrow colored border
with a monogram to match.
Writing of men's fashions reminds
one that Charvet, who always has the
last word in shirts, has brought out
one for use in the playgrounds of the
world which has three extra wide,
brilliantly colored stripes down the
middle of the front and around the
but the stripes are combined of pur
ple and yellow, blue and gray, yc!low
and black, and so on. At first they
are startling, but one realizes that
when worn under a white flannel suit
or with white flannel trousers and a
blue sack coat, when yachting, or at
such places as Palm Beach and the
Riviera, they will be quite effective.
Chartet already has many dozens
under way for American men who
intend to wear them next spring and
summer at their country places.
He also has brought out a muffler
of topaz yellow gauze and one of
bright blue; and Cartier, on the Rue
de la Paix, shows brilliantly colored
Jewelry for men, consisting of shirt
studs, waistcoat buttons, linked cug
buttons and rings.
Ornament for 811ppers.
The very newest style in ornament
for evening slippers is a single strap
made of a fold of satin across the in
step and fastened on the outer side
under a diamond crescent. This looks
especially well worn with black satina
hoop is placed, not at the hem, which
is as narrow as ever, but at a point
between hip and knee, and serves to
distend the tunic or drapery so that
the skirt is wider at this point than
it is at the hem. Of course these
hoops are very light and very supple
affairs, and do not give the slightest
effect of stiffness to the costume.
Even lace and chiffon tunics are
hooped, but so far only accomplished
French couturiers have acquired the
art of handling the hoop successfully.
STYLES FOR STOUT WOMEN
Above All Things, She Must Avoid
Tight Clothes and Costume That
The roly-poly fat woman, short and
dumpy, the very tall big woman who
Is fatter than she wants to be, and all
the other types of stout women, are
clamoring for the costume which will
give them long lines.
The well-dressed stout woman learn
ed long ago that if she would look ha
belt she must avoid tight clothes.
She must also ignore the coOetum
that is consplctous, whether it is the
fabric, the color, or the deasign which
makes it so.
Soft materials which drape eadly
striped fabrics where the stripe is ano
too pronounced, and neutral colors
are all things which the stout woman
should consider in planning he
Purple, navy blue, and darkst ol
brown and greens and deep-toned
taupes are all becomina ad appro
priate colors for the very stgt we