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CHAPTER XVI.
The T rocha.
Of nil lh - military measures cn*
ployed i.y tl .* Spaniards ';: tin ir war
liarnflist • 'uhau li:i>-**-r. It ace, p.-rhuL-c
I in- most uni;’!** was Hi.- trochnV
trench nr tracers- . Martinez <’. :,.ph
during the Tnu Y'.w,' \...r 1.... t He
first trocha just west of t;e Cubita
v-.iij:,tains win iv the v.i-t • *1" 10*
Is!: rid is trir:- .(■'!. N*-i until \V(-J -
ler’s time were ih.- two methods of i
pacification, tin* troctm 1 tin* <*on**on
tration *•;!t..j. !• .* !* , • ■! their fulic-u
i stent. Although h'.s tr .ij .'ts hind* tv.!
tin* frit* i• i<■.••■::*• r;i .f Cuban tr *P‘
iiml his i.r 1 -*■ i t iiijis i!*v*i malt'd tin* j
peaceful j< f 1 n of se\**ral prov- j
Rices, th(* S;>:ir*i>i cut!*:, gained little.
Both trerelies prison camps be
came Hj>:i:j:>li graveyard*;.
At tin linn* John;,!.* < > Ki I,'ly >• f out
for Matsin/.as tin* war—a war wiil oui j
buttle, without \:vtory, without defeat I
- had settt* <1 into a grim contcstof hi- j
durance. In tin* ; t. where t!;* lnsur- i
rectos ware practically supreme, there
was food i f a soil, hut beyond the Ju
enm-Moron troelia -the old one of
<’;hii|io> btiififing—the country Mu
stek. lini:i • iiaicly west of it, in that
di.su let which the Cubans called Lain
Vlino, the land lay dying, while the j
entire provinces of Mi.hviizhs, liability
and Pinar del R!o wen* practically
d ad. Tin • • three w* re skeletons,
picked bare of flesh by Weylor’s beak.
The .Jucaro .Moron trocha had been
greatly strengthened since Campos’
day. It followed the lint' of the trims-
In-tllar railway. I lotted at every quar
ter of a mile along tin* grade wen- Ut
ile foils connected by telephone and
telegraph lines, lit tween tie e fnrti
nas wen* sentry stations of logs or rail
road (it s. Eyes were kei n, rilles were
r.-ady, challenges were sharp, and conn- i
t< rsigns were quickly given on the Ju- ’
caroMoron trocha.
In O’Reilly's party there were three
men besides himself—the over-faithful
Jacket, a wrinkled old Cauingueynti ;
who know tin* bridle trails of his prov
ince tis a fox knows the tracks to its
lair, and a silent guojiro from farther
we**t, detailed to so > iimp-my lie* expe
dition because of bis wide acquaintance
with the devastated districts. Both
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Hard Riding Brought the Party to
the Trocha.
guides, having crossed the* trocha more ;
than once, affected to s orn its ter
rors. and their easy confidence reas
sured O'Reilly in spite of Esteban’S:
parting admonition.
Ti e American laid n*t dreamed of j
taking Jacket ah tig. but when he ennta
lo muiounee Ids depart'.!!e the boy had
flatly refused to be left !.* hind.
Fifty miles of bard riding brought
the party to the trocha ; they neared it
cn L * second m. irhag alter leaving
Cubit.s, and song’.* as.. In led camp- ■
i.:g s; * f. Later hi (he day llilnrlo. the
old t tueynn. * :*>p • 1 a" ay to re
coc.'.oio r. He r> turned at twilight
but volunteered n> r ’*♦•: r i*f wliai he
lad ilSeovered. After an Insistent
cr<i*-s-e\:inifnatb*n OT.eiity w rung from
!:m the iviuetan: admission that Ofv
vr\ thing seemed favora'-ie for a eroAa
i t r s.v * time that night, ami that he
1 id s,: . tv-ti h pc*.wising point, ft* •
y.>tid that tlie old man would say til
ing.
Supper, a sim;■’. meal. wa quickly
disposed of. Then follow, d a long,
dispiriting wait, for a gibbous m<on
rode high in the sky arid the guides
refused to stir so long as !t remained
h*-b- _ >v. w.- “K J . fTX- j .
liiere. It was a still night; In Sie
ini - • t<> air w.-.s stirring, and dark*
c.**- 1 *oug't torth a torment of rros
qni s. As day died the woods awoke
to s' ’!*. '* i f bird and insect life;
sir >.;.*, r . . ns calls pealed forth,
* >t...* f.....;.*:i- oido-i's strange and un*
aeeev? o , r*. Si ting there in the dark,
:**\ I*i y a pest of insects, mocked
at bv ih*s<* r*,\--<rhus voices, and
look*’ : forward to a hazardous enter
pri *. (id: *il!y begun to curse bis vivid
inn;: • • ti ,i mid tn > nvv the Impas*
sivei.e-s of his companions. Even
.Tack* t. In* not. d, endured the strain j
be*t,*r; t'. ■ b<*y was cheerful, philo
sophical. quite unimpressed by his
-urri undiriL-s. When tin* mosquitoes
. 11 e lit;:., ruble he put on las trou
sers, with some reluctance and much
' e**r< tunny.
Midnight brought a moist, warm
hr ezo an i a few formless clouds
j wiii. s, rv.d at times to dimly oh*
.•ure lie* I non. Watching the clouds.
‘ O lteilly hoped that they might prove
|to lie tin heralds of a storm. Zsoue ,
came. When the moon bad finally
f-r.pt down Into the treetops old Hl
i'jifio s’* : pod upon his cigarette, tne.u
1 • ' n ■ ntly to saddle up. The otli
ers i /!.-wed widi alacrity, and fell In i
behin 1 him as he h d the way Into the
forest.
When they had cm .-red n eoupl > of
i miles Hilarlo reined in and the others
crowded > or.*. Ahead, dimly disc rn-
Ible ; .*, m-f t‘:e night sky. tlmre at>-
peared t . he a ibianlng of the woods, i
Ati* r listening for a tamnent or two, |
Ildarlo dismounted and slipped av tv; '
th* 11:r*e riders sat tin ir saddles with
ears strained.
Hiiario returned with word that ail
was well, nml each man di'-mounte-i to
maUh* the feet of his l;or-e with rags
and strips of gunny. sack provided for
the pui'i ,-e. Then, one by one. t ,e;
move. l forward to tlie edge of the j
( Clearing. The trocha lay before them. ;
O il* illy felt a pair of reins Ik w j
into his hand and found Ililario ex tu> !
tiling :: large pair of tinner's slit rs. j
“I >n y.*u .vi -h me to go with yen?"
: he inquired of the guide.
The latter shook his head. “Antonio i
, will go; he will keep watch while l!
clear u path. If anything goes wrong,
wait h re. Don’t ride away until we
have time—”
“Never fear. I won’t desert you,”
the American reassured him.
The two white-clad figures slipped
away, became indistinct, and then <iis
appt tired. Tlie night was hot, the mos
quitoes hummed dismally and set;led
in clouds upon the waiting pair, mad
dening them with their poison. A half
hour passed, then the two ghostly tig
uros materialized once more.
“Dios!” grumbled Ililario. “There
are many strings to this Spanish gui
tar. What a row when they discover
that I have played a Cuban dan/.on ;
upon it.” The old man seemed loss ;
surly than before.
“Is the way clear?” O’Reilly in
quired.
“as far as the railroad, yes. We
heard voices there, and came buck. !
We wiil have to cut our way forward
after we cross the track. Now, then,
follow me without a sound.”
Leading bis horse by the bit r’nr.
Ililario moved out into the clearing,
followed once more by his three com- I
p.iiiiuns. In spite of all precautions
the animals made a tremendous racket, j
>r so it seemed, nml, despite Hilano’s
twisting and turnings, it was impos
sible to .avoid an occasional loop of
barbed wire, therefore llcsh and cloth
ing suffer’d grievously. But at length
the party brought up under the railroad
embankment and paused. As carefully
is might be the four men ascended the
slope, crossed the rails and descended
into the ditch on the other side. An
other moment and they encountered a
taut strand of barb**d wire. The metal
lic snip of llihirio's shears sounded
like a pistol shot to O'Reilly. Into rlie
maze of strands they penetrated, yard
by yard, clipping and carefully laying
hack the wire as they went. Progress
; was slow: they ha 1 to feel th/ir way;
i the sharp barbs brought blood and
muttered profanity at every stop.
None of the four ever knew what
gave the alarm. Their first Intimation
f dAeovery came with a start ing
“Qnien vivo?” hurled at them from
somewhere at their hacks.
An instant and the challenge was
'allowed by a Manser shot. Other re
perts rang out as the sentry emptied
ids ritle in their directing.
“So! They are shooting bats!" Hi
lario grunted.
Antonio swung about and cocked his
Remington, but the other spoke sharp
ly. “Fool; If you shoot they' will see
the Sire and riddle ns. A curse on the
spirh r that spun this web!”
It wa a test of courage to crouch
among the charred stumps, enmeshed
in that cruel tangle of wire, while the
night was stabbed by daggers of fire
and while the trocha awoke to the
wild alarm. From somewhere in the .
distance came a shouted command and
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i me sound Vi running feet, suddenly
putting an end to further Inaction. Ar.-
tt*Vo beg hi to hack viciously w ith his
* machete. L*i an effort to aid Hllario's
luhors. The sound of his sturdy blows
betrayed the party's v.hereab uts so
clearly tint finally the older man could
restrain Llmscif no longer.
‘Live it to them, com pad res; it is
a gar e that we cun play!”
O'Reilly had been gripping his rifle
tensely, bis heart in his throat, his
pulses poumiing. As near a panic as
he had ev* r been, he found, oddly
: enough, that the m*rr? net of throwing
t:is weapon to his shoulder and firing
it calmed hiu. The kick of the gun
sol!u'**l his excitement and cleared
his brain. He surprised himself by di
rt e'h.g Jacket in a cool, null*.' ritativ*
v. *e. to shoot low. When he had emp
tied tic* magazine he led two of the
horses firwurd. Then, grasping his
. ow n machete, he joined in clearing a
pathway.
It seemed m Interminable time ere
they hud extricated themselves from
the trap, but finally they succeeded
and gained the welcome shelter of the
woods l ausing inside its shelter to
cut the n.utiies fr> :u their horses’ feet.
By this time the defenders of the tro
ckn were pouring volley after volley
at random into the night.
Now ti.: t tlie skirrul h was ever.
Jack* t b<*v'.*!:', to boot of his part in it.
“Ha: Perhaps they'll know better
Lhun to show thcimxlves the next time
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Into the Maze of Strands They Pene
trated.
T come this way,” said ho. “You saw
me. didn’t yon? Well, 1 made a few
Spanish widows tonight.”
When no one disputed his assertion
Jacket proceeded further in praise of
himself, only to break oft with a word
less cry of dismay.
"What’s the matter?” Johnnie in
quired.
“Look! Rehold me!” wailed the
hero. “I have left the half of my beau
tiful trousers on that barbed wire!”
Antonio swung a leg over his saddle,
saying: “Come along, amigos: we have
fifty leagues ahead of us. The war
will be over while we stand here gos
siping.”
O’Reilly’s adventures on his swift
ride through Las Villas have no part In
this story. It is only necessary to
say that they wore numerous and va
ried, that O'Reilly experienced excite
ment a-plenty, and that upon more than
one occasion he was forced to think
and to act quickly in order to avoid a
ciash with some roving guerrilla band.
Food became a problem immediate
!y after the travelers had crossed thv
trocha. Such apprehensive families n
still lnrked 4 in tlie woods were lihera
enough—Antonio, by the way, knew al
of ; them —but they had little to give
and, th consequence, O'Reilly's part?
learned the taste of wild fruits, her
ries nhd palmetto hearts. Once they
managed to kill a small pig. the self
survivor of some obscure country trag
edy, but the rest of the time their
meat, when there was any, consisted
of iguanas—those big, repulsive llz
ards —and jutias, the Cuban field rats
Fortunately there was no shortagf
of food for the horses, and so, despite
the necessity of numerous detours, Ho
party made good time. They crossed
into Matanzas, pushed on over rolling
hiiis. through sweeping savannas, pasl
empty clearings ana deserted, villages
to their journey's end. A fortunate
encounter with n rebel pnrtida frorr
General Betancourt’s army enabled
them to reach headquarters without
loss of time, and one afternoon, worn
haggard and hungry, they dismounted
in front of that gallant officer’s hut
General Betancourt read the lertoi
which O’Reilly handed him, ther
looked up with a smile.
“So! You are one of Gomez’ Ameri
cans. eh? Well. I would never hav
known it. to look at you; the sun and
the wind have made you into a very
good Cuban. And your clothes — Om
might almost mistake you for a Cuban
cabinet officer."
O'Reilly joined !a the laughter
evoked by this remark. He was quit*
as tattered as the poorest of Betan
court's common soldiers; his shoes
were broken and disreputable; his cot
ton trousers snagged by barbed wire
and brambles, ami soiled by days in
the saddle and nights in the grass
were in desperate need of attention.
His hoard had grown. t<x>. and his skin,
where it was exposed. w..s burnt to
a mahogany brown. Certainly there
was nothing about his appearance to
bespeak hi* nationality.
Tlie general continued: “I am direct
ed in this letter to help you in some
enterprise. Command me. sir.”
As briefly as possible J*>!.unie mad*
known the object of his journey. Thi
officer nodded kis comprehension, but
■is he did so a puzzled expression
crossed his face.
“Yes. l reported that Miss Ynr nr,
had gone into the city—l took some
or,in- to find out. Do you have reason
to doubt —”
“Not the least, sir.”
"Then—why have you come all this
wsy ?”
“I came to find her and to fetch her
to her brother.''
“But — you don’t understand. She is
actually inside tie lines, in Matan
zas —a prisoner.”
“Exactly. I intend to go into Matan
zas and bring !t*-r out.”
General Betancourt drew buck, as
tonished. “My dear man!” he ex
claimed. “Are you mad?”
O'Reilly - idled faintly. “Quite
probably. Ail lovers are mildly mad,
I believe.”
“Ah ! Lovers! I begin to sec. Rut
how do you j -can to go about this—
this — imp*ts-sihie undertaking?*’
“Yt u told me just now that I could
pass for ti Cuban. W. 11, 1 am going
! to put it to tl * test-. If 1 olive gt l into
the city 1 shall manage somehow to
get out again, and bring her wi-.h me."
“L'm-ni!" The general appraised
O’Reilly speculatively. “No doubt,you
can get in—it is not so difficult to en
ter, I 1- ieve. mid especially to one
who sp> aks the language like a native.
But tin- r* ;uru—l fear you will find
that another matter. Matanzas is n
place of pi -tilt nee. hunger, despair.
No one goes there from choi any
more, and no one t or comes out,”
“So I -lioub! :: aginc.” The spiak
er’s card* s- turn- added to * be*.-nil Be
tancourt's n-’toniKhiaont. “Bless me!”
be exclaimed. “What an extraordi
nary young man! Is it possible that
you do not coniju * bend the terrible
conditions?” A sudden thought struck
him and he inquired quickly: “Tel! me,
you are r,- t by any chance that hero
they call Ll Demonic? 1 have heard
that lie is indeed a demon. No? Very
\v*ll! Y• ■:i s-.-iy you wish t > visit Ma
tanzas, and 1 am instructed to help
you. How can 1 d > so?”
ORelily hesitated an instant. “For
fitn* thing. 1 need money. I—l1 —I haven’t
a single peseta.”
“You are welcome to the few dol
lars I pOSSeSS.”
Johnnie exprv: sod his gratitude for
this ready assist::.- ee. “One thing
more,’ said lie. “Will you give my
boy. Jack* t, a n *\v pair of trousers
urul send him Lack to the Orient at the
first opportunity?”
“Of course. It is done.” The gen
eral laid a friendly hand upon OTUll
■ ly’s shoo filer, saying, gravely: "It
| would relieve me intensely to send you
back with him, for I have fears for
the success of your venture. Matanzas
is a hell; it has swallowed up thou*]
sands of our go al countrymen; thou- i
sands have died there. I’m afraid you
do not realize what risks you are tak
ing.”
O'Reilly did not allow this well
; meant warning to influence him. nor
did he listen to tie admonitions of
those other Cubans who tried fib argue
with him out of hist purpose, once it
became known. On the contrary, he
proceeded with his preparations and
spent that afternoon in satisfying him
self that Rosa had indeed left the Ban
d£ Matanzas before Coho’s raid.
Among Betancourt’s troops was f
man who had been living in the hiilr
at the time Asensio and his family
had abandoned their struggle for ex
istence, and to him O’Reilly went. This
fellow, it seemed, had remained with
his family in the mountains some t!m<
after Asensio’s departure. It was
from him that O’Reilly heard his first
-authentic report of the atrocities per
petrated by Coho’s volunteers. This
man bad 10-t his wife, bis little son
and all tlie scanty belongings lie pos
sessed. With shaking hands up
stretched to heaven, the fellow eursec
the author of his misfortunes.
“I live for one thing!" he crier
shrilly—“to meet that monster', and t*
botcher him. as he butchers vomer
and children.”
O’Reilly purpose!" left his most un
pleasant task to the last. When hi;
arrangement- had !>e**n completed arid j
he had acquainted himself as far as j
possible with the hazards be was likely
to encounter, he took Jacket aside :“c
broke the news to him that on the fol
lowing morning they must part. As
he had expected, the boy refused tc
listen to him. O’Reilly remained gr -
and Jacket began to weep copiously.
He worked himself up to n hysterical
crescendo which threatened to a roust
the entire encampment. But O’Reilly
was unmoved.
“Be quiet.” he told the boy. “1
won’t let you go with me. and that
ends it. It will be hard enough for out
man to slip through; two would bt
sure to fail.”
“Those Spaniards will skill yc*i!’
Jacket wailed.
"So much the more reason for yot
to stay here.”
At this the boy uttered a loudei
cry. He stamped his bare feet in r
frenzy of disappointment. “You da
sent leave me—you dassent!”
“Listen, people are starving in Ma
tanzas; they are sick; they are dying
in the streets.”
“I don’t eat much."
When Johnnie shook hi? head stub
bornly Jacket launched himself in'o t
torrent of profanity the violence 03
which dried his tears. His vocabu
lary was surprising. He reviled th
’ Spaniards. O’Reilly. himself, everybody
1 nnd everything: hr leveled mUhiuaf
at that wccian who had come 1 et v *vi
1,5 m and his be!ov<*d bencfuet'.r. Tin
hitter listi'iu ! go*.d-natur- dly.
“You’re a tough kid." he laughed
when Jacket’s first rage hau worn it
self out. “I like you. and I d take yoi
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/ M
illiE
"You’re a Tcu&h Kid!” He Laughed.
If I could. Put tlus isn’t an enterprise
for a boy, and it won't got you any
thing to keep up this racket.”
Jarkot n*\t tried the power of ar
gument. lie attempted to prove that
in u hazardous undertaking of this
sort his assistant ' would bo invalu
able. He was, -o ho declared, the one
| person in a l l Cu! a in every respect
qualified to .share O Reilly’s perils. To
begin with, he was not afraid <>f Span
iards. or anything e'se, for that mat
ter —ho dismissed the subject of per
sonal courage with a contemptuous
shrug. As for cunning, sagacity, pru
dence, resource, all-around worth, he
was, without doubt, unequaled in any
country. lie was a veritable Spartan,
too, when it came to hardship—priva
tion and suffering were almost to his
liking. He was discreet —discretion
was something he had inherited; he
| was a diplomat—uiplotnaey being one
' of his most unique accomplishments.
As for this ta’k about hunger, O’Reilly
need not concern himself in the least
on that score, for Jacket was a small
; eater and could grow fat on a diet of
I dried leaves. Disease? Bah! It made
| him laugh. Ilis experience with sick
-1 ness was wider thin most fisieos, and
! he was a better nurse than Miss Ev
j ans would ever be. J ucket did not wish
to appear in the least boastful. On
the contrary, he was actually too mod
est. as his friends could nf fcC ?nl
truth compelled him ? > at’ - at that In
was just the man for (t’ReiH.v. it
found it impossible to recommend him
self too highly; to save his soul hf
could think <.f :io qualification in which
he was lacking a::d could sec no rea
son why !es hem fa' tor would not
greatly profit by the free use of hit
amazing talents. The enterpr-so was
dildeult; it woulii certainly fall with
out him.
Johnnie remained carefully atten
tive during this adjuration. lie felt n<
desire ev :i to smile. for the boy’s ear
nestness was touching and it caused
the ehh r man’s throat to tighten un
comfortably. Jr 1 a-::!*' had not realiz'd
!>i r. how f tid h<‘ had become of this
p; : Jut youngster, .’tel so, when tin
;it>n* fellow pausi -J hopefully, OTteilly
put an arm around him.
“I’m sure you tire everything you
•ay you are. Jacket, and more, too, but
on can't go !”
With that .Taolu t f -ag off the em
brace and. stalking away, seated him
-elf. I T e l ok a half-smoked cigar
ror.i 11i-> T>- 1 tof Ids shirt and lit it.
c nvlfng the v h!l • at 1 ' friend, More
%
b*t<-ct>-d his sullen, angry eyes upon
dm.
r.'-ner.tl T’etancour' rn.l r.evernTmem
bers of his stair were vp early the fol
lowing lie rhi;:g to Id 1 their visitor
ro< -in spite of their efforts to
make the parting cheerful it was plain
j that they had but little hope of ever
j again s*-!ng this foolhardy American.
Johnnie’s spirits wore not in the
i< ► t affected by thD il’-eoneeuled pes
i stmisru, f r, as he to’d him elf. he had
•a- ucy in I.:-’ pockets and Mutunzas
■ as not mi ay miles away. But when
he c; :.ie to part from Jacket he experi
i n< e l a genuine disappointment. The
! *<>y. strangely rnougn. was almost in
! Jifi’erent to his leaving; he merely ex
: tended a limp, dirty hand, and replied
j to O’Reilly’s parting words with a
j careless “Adios!”
In hurt surprise the former inquired,
j Don’t v.e part good friends?”
“Sure!” Jacket .shrugged, then
turned away.
Jacket was a likable youngster; his
levothm was thoroughly unselfish; it
bad not been easy to wound him. With
teener regrets then he cared to ac
knowledge <-'Reilly s< t out upon his
journey, following the guide whom
3-enernl Betancourt had provided.
It was a lovely morning, sufficiently
warm to promise a Imt midday; the
dr was moist and fresh from a recent
-bower. This being the rainy season,
he trails were soft, and where the rich
•■d Cuban soil was exposed the trav
iers sank Into it as into wet putty.
Crossing a rocky ridge, O’Reilly and
his guide at last emerged upon an
pen slope, knee-high in grass and
crown up to bottle paims. tiu*>e (P%r**
IMorted trees whose trunks ate sft-d
--*n into the likeness of earthen watkr
■ :-s. SY.dtered hero oral there (\.fr
la meadows were the dead or fa£fh
’ranks of another variety, the cabbtyge
: i;i!m. the green heart of which liAd
tong formed a staple article of diet nor
rhe insurrectos. Spanish axes
con at work here and not a single
roe remained alive. The pr on
,f the valley farther down was dot t/d
,vith the other, the royal kind, tHR’.t
no*arch of tropic vegotjition which
'ends to the Cuban landscape its pv
u. ;.r and distinctive beauty. If*
"Vernier is the < it: ino.” SaM
•>e:r.:ryi-iau. pod.;it g into tl c va Tw:
■lt will lead :<".i to t!).- twain roafl;
r„i there’’- !>-* tur:.-*d to the r: r-.
vard —“is flutanzus. Co w*ih t.od
tnd don’t drink the well water, whlsß
< I hood from the reins.” With
-mile and a wave of til-- hand the !:;•
urn.-d hack j.ml plut.ged into (V
i jungle. *
As (t’Reilly descended the slope .<*
vji izod hi only that 1.0 wa - ’ acl
n hostile territory. The hills ami Che
v-omls from i’im.r do! Rio ’ Ori< ;it*
were Cuban. < r. r.t i they v#c
lisj \;1 1 il ground. But h> e In tle
>h ins and vu'h ys near the* cit rs Sp tin
'us supreme. From this moment An
) hh :i!y know ho must nly < ntinUy
i;-.■;> himself. The suooc-s of his eh*
torprlso--Itis very life—-hinged upon
Ills caution, his powers of disslmu'u
i tint;, p.is ability to | ass ;>s a htirmlc#*,
j holp’u ss jiaoifico. It gave him an uv
j Mvusiotm d thrill, by no means ple^V
; sr,r ’
! The rood, when h<> Ofitue to it. provid
to he a doe]* gutter winding between
j red (lav banks cut by the ltigli wlcC’s
i •! olumsy oatie carts. Inasmuch as n>.
,-:-o[is whattwer had been moved over
i iii<- road during tin* past season, it wjjh
; r.o-.v little m<*re than an oozy, stielFV
j rut. Not a roof, not a chimney was ptj.
sight; th“ valley was dea-rted. lle?s
! was a fertile farming eountry—and yyt
. ! no living thing, no sound of bells, u*
i voiees. no crowing co.-ks, no lo.vitiq
i eattle. It was depressing to O’Reilly',
j ami more, fotf* tin-re was sometiiint
, j menaeing and threatening about it tilf.
j Toward noon the breeze lessepetj
. j and it became insufi’eralily liot.
. bank of clouds in the east promised n
i cooling shower, so Johnnie sought the
nearest shade to wait for it. and to<L
advantage Tff the delay to eat his
d<-r lunch, lie was meditatively launch’
t ing a sweet potato when a sound a.
his tank caused him to h-ap to his fccV
i in alarm. Ho whirled, then utteren
i an exclamation of amazement. Seated
i not fifty feet away was a bare-!cgge(,
i ; hov. similarly engaged in eating i*
■ pofattn It was Jacket. Hi.
■ i brown cheeks were distended, fif
; j bright, inquisitive eyes were fixed tipot
t O’Reilly from beneath a defiant srotvf
1 "Jacket !” cried the mat). “What th<
i devil sire you doing here?”
“You gnin’ to let me come along?”,
cbalb’nged the Intruder.
“.So! You followed me, after I salt
I didn’t want you?” O’Reilly spoke r f
proncl'/tilly; but reproaches had m
effect upon the lad. With a mild ex
plcfive. Jacket signified Us contempt
for such a weak form of p rsuaslon.
“See hero, now.” Olh illy steppe#
Closer. “Let she sensible about this.’*
But Jacket scrambled to his feet unk
retreated warily, stutling the uneaten
portion of the sweet potato into ids
mouth. It wus plnln that lie lmd tin
confidence in O’Reilly’s intentions
Muttering something In a
voice, he armed himself with a atou,
stick. \
“Come here,” commanded the Ameri
can.
Jacket shook his head. He mad s *
a painful attempt to swallow, and
when hi.s utterance became more dijr
; tinct ho consign< d his idol to a waring
place than Cuba.
| “I’m a tough kid," he deelarei- .
| “Don’t get gay on me.”
The two parleyed briefly; then, when
satisfied that no violence was Intended
him, the lmy sat down to listen. Bud,
as before, neither argument nor nppeip
had the slightest effect upon him. If<'
denied that he had followed his bent’*
factor; ho declared that he was a fret*
agent and at liberty to go where he
willed. If it so chanced that his faricy
took him to the city, of Matanzas &t
the name time O Reilly happened tji
| be traveling thither, the circumstance
might bo put down to the long arm <*f
j coincidence. If Ids company were db -
1 tasteful to the elder man. O’Reilly writ!
free to wait and follow later; It was ’
j natter of complete Indifference fi&
Tnckpf. He had business in MatanziU
| n.d he proposer! to attend to it. The
boy Med gravely, unblushingly. N. y-
J wtheleS*. he kept a watchful eye upoft
his hearer.
“Y< r.v well," O’Reilly told Lira fima •
ly. “I give in.”
Jacket’s face instantly lit up. Hi
radiated good humor; he bitched lu*
;fHly closer.
j “Ry 1 j get my own way, don’t
I?” he laughed.
“Indeed you do.” O’Reilly laid f
I hand fondly upon hi.s loyal follower,
j ‘And I don’t mind telling you that I’i i
: more than half glad of it. I—l wa*
getting lonesome. I didn’t know ho 4 ,?
nueh I could miss you. But now
must make some plans, we mut hav*
an understanding and decide who we
; ire. Let me aee—your real nume Is
| Narolso—”
“Narclso Yillar.” j
“’Yell, then, I shall be Juan Villa*',
four brother. Henceforth we shad
j qa*ak nothing but Spanish. Tell ir,*
. low. what was our father’s nainff.
where was our home, and what ore w &
loing together?”
During the breathless Interval h<*
’ore the shower the two sat with tbet>
j heads together, talking earnestly.
‘he wind came and the cooling ruin le
-1 gan to rattle on the leaves overhea I
| ilry cook up thc-ir 1
: out. The Hit droni c --
luloklv. Their th:n GPI
I o them ami wa .t-
Ilieir W’dios; ovt r,
?!ack J’nd rent i>y \
but they plodd, dr:.
Jacket was lutes,
his weight againc
1 i lengthened Isis s!i< r:
’ j ‘y’s. lb* tried to vhi .
. *haftered and the w.
’ “.e hummed a > ng. •
! nit of his hon< s aiij
•tenefj.c'tor. Now
ic*’*'ptc,i as a full j - •
orise, it became 1,
-hare its perils, i-u- t ,
-hips and to yieU i!'\
Th rain was coh: •
s ■'(•* on rgrown icti!:
hey seratehod the 5
| !’ \ : his stomach ,
•nnion. to that s.
,* i. hut ill liis 1
f md pride. Ji <h< t
i fortunate p -is. *
1 >ei-sim, indeed. I! ■ d
,r**ttier, and did i:< :
lint? Then* was I-,- ,
Utter, for O’Reil’.V
cok*d down. war,, i
i n;: :*. H< i e was a
jf The downpour k
line, when th** sun ■ .
he men’s clot lies ; >,n
j -. ii refreshing. U ■
h>- \ liar bro; 1 1 • -r
1 m old sugar mill, or i
| if i* stiil standing. M --
jmi in eaizjuiu no w. r , .
J .vhic’l links till* two ■>
J shiud, and bv the fol!.
was in - :
* <'!!. illy felt II st; ; ,
A\ lien Mutanza ■ • at ••
,h!- eistim -,* the citv
t did wln-.i bo laid I.
(he blue harbor was a
, -.hipping, while the fane,
hills that hid the Yuum; •
of delight so closely
thoughts with It os a N . W,:
to smile at him like an ,
!be thoiisand:h linn- ! e
if lie had i elite ,n l i'ne •<> • j||
(f fate’s maddening debt;
khis own and tin* girl’s u .
O’Reilly knew that .- ! V
zas was prison and a•„
ll'ie Rosa would sutT.-r S
nlt’ely worse than inmris. ■ • - -
> ease. It was a thought !••• . **; S
h ju* to dwell upon.
Signs of life began to ag], -g
, the travelers passed •: ..q
patches and oee-sinn.i! • fl
fields : they cn onnfei ■<! l 9
jxniii.l into the city, and oin ,- i|, H
them'-elves while a column <■! ;i 9
troops went
O'Reilly stopped to pass tin* tl:- fl
day witii a wrinkled ejirtii;:,n :Ml
-b'jeetei oxen were resting.
“(doing into the city, are yeiip
fellow inquired. “Starved out. I-Jlj
- pose. Well, it’s ns pleasant to >* -* ; .
Jacket helped himself to u st. "
r cane from the load and began t,, j-: •
it with his teeth.
“Will the soldiers allow us
Johuuio inquired.
“Of course. Why not? Tin- <> H
laughed mirthlessly; then his 9
changed. “(Jo l*ack,” he said. “fl
and die in the fi*-lds. Matai,/'- 5 *
rotting corpses. Oo ba k ivliaai
air is clean.” He swung Jos lone
over the oxen, they leaned agaia-t"®
load, sirid the cart creaked c .: ■
ou its way.
It Is never difficult to enter n '*■
Matanzns was jr> eiscly
j There were soldiers everywhere '®
beyond an indifferent c-fuil:’•* n’ 9
outer blockhouse, a pcrfiirielot'.v c®
■ tion cr two, Narciso and Junti ' ■
experienced no trouble whiiti.’Vf-! I '®
; passing the lines. Dis.-hJine, r''>®
j strict at iu-st, was r fr< * ,<• 1 y
jrfhe tiriek fortinns along 11n• r• ■ M
I since ih*se two refugee t* ■*■ h
! to warrant search, they vre "
onward by the sentries. r i fl
| silently; in aimless tiew il.h-n '
; sliufiled along toward the In •’ |
j city. Almost before they r<-
they had run the garni, t ' ; |
joined that army of mi ! V H
thousand strong. The h. ml of
had closed over them.
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