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;!.p,age TO . - r Repulsing the Single I & By Captain Fritz Duquesne. Colonel "Gabe" Conrad was killed In octioh at Santa Clara Mountain (whilst opposing the advance of the gov;rnmciit troops. The news come from Managua, Nicaragua, via Gal veston. Texas, and was signed by, the Nicaraguan president, for the time, Dr. Madriz. It was this dispatch that was Hashed by wireless, from ship to ship across the Gulf, until one of them could speak to land. The news spread through New Orleans, and on cery hand it a, "did you Hear the latesf? Gabe's dead" "Gabe Conrad dead? You don't mean it!" "Read this, it's in all the morning papers, signed by the president of Nicaragua. Must be true." "Poor Gabe. I am sorry. A prince of good fellows. I was only talking to him on this very spotji couple of months ago, ami now he is dead. I'm very sorrv." "So am I Nice boy, Gabe, and I bet he gave a good account of him- self before he went down and out. He died with his boots on, you bet." Up and down Canal street the news flew and Gabe Conrad, a young favor ite of the town, the friend of every one, was mourned as dead A crowd of adventurous spirits gathered at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the meeting place of revolutionists and filibuster ed, and drew up a menage of con dolence which was dispatched to Gabe's people. Unfortunately for the president of Nicaragua, Colonel Gabe Conrad was not killed, notwithstanding th.it he should be was the dearest wish that gentleman's heart, t dear to his heart, in fact, that he killed Conrad on paper once a month while the lies tilities were in progress. VThe nearest the government troops ever c'a'rri'e to' putting Gabe Conr.cd en a ref 'de'nlJrMisV -was at the ba"le of Santa, C'are Mountain, wherf he was shot'plumbth'-bugh the middle by .i bullet front h" Maxim machine gun VOic'.Madxiz.,Jieanl this he jumped in the" air with delight and cried, "Now we'll win. That dog's example was keepiuthe rebels in the held " Perhaps the ""dog's" example was ex aggerated by the excitable president, but there is no doubt ab' ut the "dog's" work in helping to (base l)r Madriz and the rest of Zelaya s gov ernment out of Nicaragua, and liabe Conrad, instead of being buried in a trench at the foot of Santa Clara Mountain, is down in the history of Nicaragua, as one of the republic's saviours with the title of general No, he was not declared a general at the caprice of a temporary presi dent. He won his title on a blood stained battlefield. The winning of that rank is a story of pluck and en durance unequalled in the turbulent history of the scrapping republics of Central America, and unsurpassed any where. Colonel Gabriel Conrad was in com mand of General Estrada's artillery, and being the only man able to com mand artillery in. Nicaragua, his serv ices were in demand everywhere that the imminency of a battle was evi dent. It was Conrad's artillery here, and Conrad's artillery there. Before the guns were cool from one action they were in another. Every victory of the revolutionists was made de cisive by the tell-tale effectiveness of the machine guns under the command of the young American. In fact, it was his work that prevented the vastly superior forces of General Zclaya from crushing the revolution at its in ception. When Zelaya heard of the splendid work of the Americans in Estrada's army, he sent out special ipies and scouts under all sorts of Inducements to effect their assassina tion or capture. 3 One of the results of this method f wiping out the Americans in the revolutionary forces was the capture of Cannon and Groce, who were lured by a traitor into an ambush from which there was no escape. These two young men were shot by the srders of President Zelaya, whose act pearly caused the intervention of the United States, and went a great way towards keeping the American volun teers with the revolutionary forces, in (he field to the bitter end, ultimately causing the complete defeat of the government's army. Fortunately for .Gabe Conrad, al though he had many narrow escapes, he always succeeded in eluding cap ture in the many traps that were laid for him. His big deed in -the war was the holding lack, practically single hand ed, all of the forces of President Madriz, which were pressing on. the , army of General Chamorro The gov ernment troops were entrenched in a strong position at Garita, on a lull five miles from Santa Clara Mountain They were six hundred strong, with artillery. On Tuesday afternoon ordrrs come from General Chamorro by courier to Geperal Luis Mena, say ing, "Keep back the enemy's forces tilj I take up a position at Juigalpa. ' I shall cut off the enemy from a land mute from AcovaDO to Managua. VVatt orders," This was a large order Nitaraguan V ?' III ' f 1 Vyj v-' for a general whose men were out numbered ten to one. General Mena called up his officers and told them what was expected. "Our artillery," said he, "is hopelessly outnumbered. There is only one gun here; the rest are with General Chamorro." Here Colonel "Gabe" Conrad spoke as the head of the revolutionary artillery; "We'll look out for their guns, gen eral. I'll do my part of the fighting if the others attend to theirs." "All right," answered Mena, "go ahead and we'll show them what we can do." That night the revolutionists crept slowly and cautiously towards the government trenches. It was a ter rible task for the officers, who in the complete darkness, and impeded by the dense and treacherous under growth, had to keep their men to gether, if they honed to make a suc cessful attack. AH through the night, on their hands and kaees, the attacking party advanced over the damp jungle mould. Half a mile from the enemy's position a sentry was discovered. An advance scout brought in the nws. A halt was called and a whispered con sultation between the officers took place. The situation was, if the revo lutionists advanced any further they would alarm the pickets, jf they did not advance they would be unable to surprise the enemy at daybreak. There was a deadlock. At this juncture; the man who al ways spoke last and little. Colonel Conrad, suggested that the best thing to do would be to overcome a couple of the outnosts in silence, if possible MmwmmMk& 'A lUftraMKRaMxa V'Uft ' -" i fmRm TOi 1K Mf VBvv wmsamw&siaHfXrfaH vs tuv tiii!Wmawx;cJwsu5WfewttW-3A .wsw w .JHnf l- wmNm- Urn J JMfy? SPrKlr li ' ,asl '" dnttrotion Conrad seised y Atfirs Jpff IS I iwiii of cartridges and tutting it into i - mmv iiji and then pass through the broken line in single file, so placing the line of pickets outside the attacking party, i V THE MARION DAILY MIRROR, SATURDAY,, Ai The suggestion was adopted with some dissent on the. part of one of the Nicaraguan officers, who was not at all pleased to have to acknowledge Colonel Conrad's suggestion as a pos sible solution of the problem "As you havv suggested a plan," said that officer, "who will carry it out?" "I'll try," said Conrad, "and ii I don't succeed," he put his hand inside his shirt and pulled out a folded piece of paper, "this is the address of my relatives in the United States with in structions, if I should be killed." Then he turned to General Luis Mena: "General, i want you to give me two men whom I shall select to accompany me." The general consented and Colonel Conrad went ever to a group of Nicaraguans and held i conversa tion in an undertone with them, after which he returned with two of their number to the officers. "General," said Conrad to Mena, "one of these men shall return with the news of my success or death with in three hours. They are both brave fellows, I know from observation, and they both know what to expect. They accompany me of their own free will. A moment later Conrad and his two companions disappeared in the dark ness. When Conrad and his men were within a quarter of a mile of the enemy's pickets, they talked over the plan 01 actiun, wtitch was .to ue lot j towed. One man was left behind to taku back news of a nostible failure, Conrad ana Paulo then went off to feel tor the pickets For an hour they crept through the heavy foliage, T7 7fr . -i TSmmmS MLW SWr.U Tftrrfr?-H a.2ga2ia backward and forward, but "u sign of the enemy's outposts, although they got to within two hundred yards of their trenches. It was decided that Paulo return to the revolutionists' camp as fast as possible and inform General Mena of the situation, whilst Conrad was to follow. Their way back to the man who was left behind was down a narrow ravine, which in the rainy season was a water course. Paulo went ahead and Conrad made his way at a normal pace. Conrad had been traveling towards his camp and examining the country as well as he could in the half light from the stars for about half an hour when a voice struck his ear. He lis tcucil. Again the voice spoke. It was a command in Spanish: "If you move I'll shoot you dead." Could Paulo he a captive, or, had he taken a prisonrr? What did it mean? If he did not reach the insurgent camp in rapid time there would be no attack in the morning and the movement would tail. There was nothing for Conrad to do but his best to turn put. As last as he; cnuld. he made his way down the rocky water course, which here and there showed white sand under tile-light of the stars. As he advanced a sound of crushing gravel tnet his ear. lie jumped behind a bush and listened. There were more pairs of feet than one making the noise. Slowly they came up tile ravine and at last he could make out two figures, one behind the other. What was he to do now? Was one of the men Paulo or were they both eneinies? Nearer they approached. There was a difference in the color of the blankets the men wore. That is, one was black and the other a lighter black. Paulo wore a blue blanket; the enemies' were red. If one man of the two was Paulo, it was the one with the blackest blanket. Conrad decided to take the risk, know- JANUARY. 28, ,1911. .T.... .mw -oMKr-'y.vM-,.?ytSBajU it if the two men were enemies dd in all probability be killed, the men came' silently. They against the bush that hid him. d to act, and to act silently so to alarm the enemy. Every if strength in his being he com d, and then, as the man in the t blanket brushed pas.t the bush, ticer Conrad snranc uoon him. gripping his throat in a grasp of irpn. ror a moment the man struKdeu and then fell unconscious on the ground. Conrad rose and looked on the other man whose hands were tied behind him. "It's f, Paulo," h'e said. Conrad untied his hands and put the rope around the hands of the man on the ground, who was showing signs ol life. "How did he capture you? aske1 Conrad. "Almost the same as you captured htm. He waited behind a bush and covered me with a gun. We are now inside the enemy's pickets; we passed through them unawares." "Is there anyone guarding the ra vine now?" "No, Colonel, the man on the ground was the only one, I think." "Well," said Conrad, "take this Luger and if he moves you know what to do. I shall return to you soon." "1 Conrad, knowing the ravine was not guarded, made his way as fast as pos sible to bis own lines. A quick con ference with General Luis Mena, and In ten minutes the column was making its way towards the ravine behind him. In Indian file the revolutionists trailed through the bush, passed down the ravine, and were soon inside the pickets of the government troops. Long before sunrise the revolutionists were stretched out In a thin line in front of the enemy's trenches. Colonel Conrad's single machine gun held a good position, and every man had his weapon ready for instant use. Around Conrad's gun were Gordon's sharp shooters, mostly boys from New Or leans, who, with their autoloading ruics anu uuger pistols, were to Keep off any, charge that might be made on the oolitary piece of artillery. The government troops thinkln tnemseives secure nemnd their line of pickets, their strong intrertchmenU, and in their vastly superior numbers had taken few precautions immedi ately around their camps against at tack Slowly the hours dragged on whilst the eager revolutionists waited with their fingers on the triggers of thejr Remington qytolcjaderi, lj." . At last the East grew green, and as the light crept over the eartli If re vealed the government camps slowly waking from Its slumber. Conrad got his range and put a band of cartridges, in his machine gun. Every man was ready, (jeiicral Alena gave the signal, and with thousands of flashes from the Remingtons, and the frightful roar of Conrad's machine gun, the battle was opened. An uproar rose in the enemy's camp, and men darted here and there, in frantic fear of death like mad ants. Although their numbers fell fast they were not to be easily beaten, and under the rallying voices of their offi cers they took cover and answered their foes with tool and soldierly shooting. The execution done by Con rad's artillery was so terrible, and so demoralizing, that the government troops, brought their guns to bear on him to silence his fire. Shifting his piece to a new position, Conrad continued his splendid work, until he was again located by the enemy Charge and counter charge were made. The government troops would rush the insurgents, who in tuin would charge back on their ene mies, tabbing, shooting, hacking, like demons, in the coarse undergrowth. Men with batt e frenzy cried, "Viva Estmdal Viya Chamorrol" as tliey fell with mortal wounds. All day the firht went on in bloody ferocity, neither side making any gains, but piling up dead by the doz ens. Conrad kept the enemy's guns engaged, and as fast as his wn men were shot down he broke in new ones to serve his gun. At last darkness obliged the troops to c?aic shooting. The dd were spread in hundreds on the battlefield. The scenerals on each side sent messengers with flags' of truce to demand the other's surrender, and each, told the. other to go to, what would be 'ell1' in plain English. A truce, howYer wa,s arranged to dispose of the dead, whose bodies were gathered In heaps, often the dead of both jldes in one heap, and crude oil wa pciured ever them, a mttch was applied, nd the funeral pyres lit up the battlefield. ( Morning saw the continuation of the battle, which (lasted throughout the day. The insurgents drove the gov ernment troops- from their trenches at the bayonet's point Under an urgent appeal the government hurriedly sent heavy reinforcements with lour pieces of artillery, which In turn drovo the Insurgents back with heavy losses, so heavy that a retreat was earnestly considered by, ue revolutionists. ., At thja. psjflijenral JiUjJ.1!:00 wl"' ! . 1' .,t .'MtHli'V . t VW JLj &, reinforcements and artillery from Gen erai uiamorros column dashed Into the fight. Rlandbn and Mena were driven back by ther enemy's superiot forces and artillery. The- service o Colonel ConradV gun - was again annihilated. All along,. the..lirut the. revolutionists were losing h,eavjly but, holding (lielr own. Another service was found for Conrad's gun, which was in an exposed, position, anil could not be removed on account of tho accuracy of the govenment 'men's fire. These brave fellows tried to rescue the piece, but they met their death, in the attempt. At last, Ganrad m desperation seized a band of cartridge! and putting it Into the gun opened fire. Bullets rained around him and men fell on all sides. GeneraV'Blan dou seeing Conrad's plight went to his aid. A moment' later"he was molv tally wounded. t The officers were falling in all dlree-' tions, and as night was coming 'a General Mena decided o, retire l(?for his troops were demoralized;' Tho, Americans under Conrad and, Gordon assumed the responsibility for thp rear guard. It was in this actidnA th'a.t Gabriel Conrad won such distinction that he wai created a general. He also has the' honor of being the young est man of his rank in the world. ' As soon as the government 'troopir saw the revolutionists retreating they executed a clever move and practldally cornered their enemy.. .GeneraU-.Mena . in ucspii. it me ia".'lf IJ',JOOW made a junction his force,, vyoiild bo lost and the revolution probably faih' for nothing then would stop the got eminent troops from sweeping on' to the unprepared lines of General Cha morro. When the situation of the revolu tionists was most hopeless 'there wa a quick movement amongst tho Americans. Conrad with his artillery anu uoruon with his sharpshooter faced about. "Retreatl" cried Conn "Retreatl We'll hold the enemy if check." Conrad's machine gun opened fire, on the government troops, who were making a victory winning charge to, trap Mena's men. Dpwn went the men in dozens beore the deadly spli of the Maxim, and the rapid fire ol the Remington autoloaders. For a while the daring of the Americana staggered the Nicaraguan troops whose .general, knowing that a serious check meant failure to his advance, concentrated his attack on Conrad an,d; his companions. The government ma chine guns opened fire on him For one hour he stood in a hail of bullets until every helper at the gun fell dead or wounded. The government bugle blew the charge. A moment later hundreds of men rushed towards too smoking Maxim. Conrad jumped be hind the gun and served It himself, driving back the battle-mad Nica raguans with a hail of death. ' At last Conrad's luck deserted htm. A bullet passed under his gun and throngh his body. He fell. The ene my again tried to rush the gun. CrawU. lug bleeding and fiint to the ammuni tion Conrad once more served the gun and the enemy fell back. "Viva Estradal" "Viva Chamorrol'' cried Conrad as the ammunition gaye out and he fell, to the earth upconsclout-- Gcneral Gordon, with some of' hbj' men, rushed In and seized Conrad'' body, and also carried the gun off tho field as the sharpshooters kept the government troops back, Conrad soon revived and, he fol lowed the retreating army, riding on a mule, on which he was held b the war correspondents' who had, followed! the campaign, whilst Gordon's sharp'- shooters formed a guard around him, Conrad suffered agny front bf wound, but the only, sound that cams from him was thtnics to the gal-Una men who sjood bytifilm in his terribU time of need, and saved htm (ram y-, lug Into the hands, of Zelaya'si mtn. which meant dtlu v l Gabnel 'Conrad's gallantry lce,pl back the enemy and made Acns(i army' retirement possible, thus'say-.' ing the unprepared force of General' Chamorro frorn what would hare be'ea. a disasterous. baffled A big order foi one man. -jtiSY ' While Conrad' iiy between lift 'in' death in Ulttefieldi, a letter addreutd to General Gabriel Cqnrad, from, Gmt eral Estuda arive.d, whlcli tMH4 the young American for his gallant, and told him that he won hit title' at the battle of Santa Clara Mountain? i where one man in every tour jwa'a killed. r Copyright, wo. by Mtlrtpolitaty Nttm ' - tSiik Syndicate --vrfl f X r ' '( mm yjtn -.v "M , 'ti-fl'nn- ' jim. aaibt&tat -&r ? 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