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HOLTON of THE NAVY
A. STORY OF FREEING OF CUBA by lawrence Perry v ✓ r Airfhor of ‘lfem Mwrlihw" "ft-ince or Omn£C*nr7*ic- V /L V -*■ ' <orr»TO*2^A.c- ca w oomncixM nr o«*Asf^r*rriX«ggg^ 11 ... SYNOPSIS. Lieutenant Holton !■ detached from his command In the navy at the outset of the Bp&nlsh-Amerlcan war and assigned to Important secret, service duty. While din ing at a Washington hotel he detects a waiter In the act of robbing a beautiful .young lady. She thanks him for his serv ice and gives her name as Miss La Tossa, a Cuban patriot. Later he meets her at a ball. A secret service man warns Hol ton that the girl Is a spy. Miss La Tossa leaves for her home In Cuba. Holton Is ordered to follow her. They meet on the Tampa train. Miss La Tossa tells Holton she Is a Cuban spy and expresses doubt regarding the sincerity of the United States. Holton Is ordered to remain at Tampa to guard the troop transports. saves the transports from destruction at the hands of dynamiters and reports to. Admiral Sampson for further duty. Holton is sent to -General Garcia’s com mand In the guise of a newspaper cor respondent to Investigate Cuban plots against the American troops and to learn the plans of the Spanish navy. He de tects a trusted Cuban leader In the work of fomenting trouble among the Cubans In the interests of the Spaniards. Holton Is seized by friends of the spy and later ordered executed as a spy. He escapes and saves the American troops from fall ing Into a Spanish ambush. He learns from General Garcia that the spy Is Jose Cesnola, one of the most trusted leaders. Holton takes part In the battle at San Junn. Disguised as a Spanish soldier he enters Santiago, goes at night to the home of Miss La Tossa. where he over hears a discussion of the Spanish plans by leading army and navy commanders. He learns that the Spanish fleet will leave the harbor at Santiago on July 3. Holton escapes and arrives In sight of the Ameri can fleet In time to see the admiral’s flag ship sail away. After frantic signaling he Is answered by the Brooklyn. He warns Schley of the Intentions of the Spanish fleet and witnesses the destruc tion and capture of the enemy’s vessels. Holton learns that Shafter has received a message from President McKinley de claring that the war was Instituted for the sole purpose of freeing Cuba. He learns that a meeting of dissatisfied Cu bans is to be held that night to plot against the American army. He gives Miss La Tossa the president's message. CHAPTER XIV. Shifting Triumph*. Replying to Holton’s warning that she must do nothing that would place her in a dangerous position. Miss La* Tossa laughed. * “It is nothing, I can assure you,” she averred. “This is really a small matter.” grumbled Holton, “I hoge so, but I shall go with you.” "You shall not,” she replied em phatically. “But—” “My dear Mr. Holton, there are no buts —you cannot, cannot, cannot come.” “Tills much I shall do,” returned Holton with decision. “I shall ac company you to Sevilla and will re main hidden in a place where 1 can hear you call if you want me.” She laughed. . “My bold cavalier”—her voice was gentle—“so you shall. And if I want you I will call.” “Good!” Holton moved to his horse. "Shall we be going?” At Sevilla, which consists of about three buildings, or rather did consist of three buildings in those warlike days of 1898, Ramon took the road to his camp, while Miss La Tossa. Holton, and Pierre urged their horses In the direction of the building whose roof tlie young Cuban had pointed oik earlier in the evening. Perhaps fifty yards from this struc ture rose a thick growth of bushes, and here Miss La Tossa halted. “You will remain here, Mr. Holton,” she said, “and Pierre will accompany me.” “You will call me if you need me?” asked Holton. “Yes, truly. And in any event, I shall come to you here after I have ■poken to my countrymen.” “All right. Good luck.” She kissed her hand gayly to him, or at least Holton so interpreted her gesture, but dimly seen in the dark ness. He was quite certain that he kissed his hand to her. Fastening his horse, he waited, listening, for perhaps ten minutes. But hearing nothing, his natural im patience asserted itself, and crawling out of the bushes he disobeyed the girl’s injunctions by working his way nearer the building. He finally made quite certain that there was nothing •n that Bide of it, and crawling to the corner he peered in. And here he saw things. First there was a fire, and around It were gathered, he Judged, about fifty Cuban officers and soldiers. Their faces were somber and their manner portentous. Near the fire stood Miss L* Tossa talking animatedly to sev eral officers, who were listening to fear with bared heads and other marks af dtforeae*. IHuatrttteiu I jy 'f/x As she spoke, however, a man In the uniform of a captain rose and clapped hie hands. The men to whom the girl was speaking withdrew their attention from her, and as a matter of fact she, herself, appeared to make no effort to hold them. On the contrary, as soon as the of ficer clapped his hands, evidently pre paratory to speaking, she walked away from the group and gave her entire attention to this man. "Countrymen,” he said, "I think we all recognize that In the event of the success of the Americans, Cuba will receive no benefit whatever. It will be a case merely of changing masters. And as for me, between the Spaniards, from whose stock we sprang, and the Americans, the Yan kees, who are utterly alien, give me the Spaniards. We have already felt their heel; we know what their scorn is, and their contempt"—the man was lashing himself to a fury—“l, myself, was shouldered out of the trail by a young pig of an officer not five days ago, and when I drew my sword, a pig of a Yankee private knocked me down with his hand. Is this friendship? I ask you, brothers—ls this what we were led to expect from our friends of the north, our saviors, our deliv erers?” ‘‘But, Juan," Interrupted an elderly captain, “that Is all personal. I my self have felt the contempt which the Americans feel for us, but I should be willing to suffer more than contempt for my country’s freedom. I have al ready suffered, as you know, at the hands of our oppressors. Contempt Is very mild and easily to be borne when our liberty Is the reward for It If you have nothing more than narra tives of personal affronts to give us, I for one shall not be very much Im pressed." "Bah!" The voice of the first speaker rose almost to a shriek. “I I put my personal feelings above my patriotism! So you say! That—that was merely my beginning. Wait un til 1 have finished and then let me hear your sneers, If sneers you have left." “Well, well, go on, I am waiting,” answered the older man. “So,” resumed the speaker, "we all know what this generous nation of Yankees, this nation so given to es tablishing freedom throughout the world, intends to do with the Phil ippine Islands. Their newspapers leave us no doubt as to that. Impe rialism! That is the cry In the Unit ed States. They have received their Near the Fire Stood Miss La Tosml tasto of aggrandizement—and the taste is good. Have you been deaf to the talk about the American camp? What is the word you hear oftenest among their ofilcers? I’ll tell you: ’World-power!’ That iB what they say: ‘World-power!’” A sort of low cry went the rounds of his hearers, and Holton could see that the speaker was bringing them one and all beneath his spell. He sat down, looking gloomily at the ground, paying no attention to the round of liand-clapplng that attended his peroration. For a moment no one stirred. It appeared as though all were thinking, digesting the eloquenoe that had been poured Into their eara. Tb u another man arose. Holton leaned forward sMtfc a gaap. It Ml the spy, the waiter of the THE CHEYENNE RECORD. New Willard, come tonight to place the capstone upon the Bpell he had been weaving among the officers of the Cuban army. "Brothers," he began, “I came here tonight to counsel prudence, and. In fact, I do so counsel you now.” Holton's face filled with amaze ment. What was be getting atT In a few moments he found out. “I do most earnestly counsel pj-u --dence,” he continued. "There are things that must be borne. The sol diers of the United States have come here. Well, good. We brought them here. At least, so It would appear. "Of course, we believe that these men were sent here because of the great yearning of the United States to see us a free, unshackled country. And so they have come down here to set us free, and then, having done so, to retire with a blessing, and to con template with pride the growth of the republic, free and untrammeled. “So much we know. The Spaniards will be driven from the Island, and then will these Americana turn to us and say. ‘Behold, here Is your coun try; take It and develop It, and make It great, and may God be with you.' So I say prudence. “But, on the other hand, there are some of us who may possess well formed doubts as to the truth of the beautiful word picture I have painted for you. Yes, there are many who doubt damnably. Has the United States ever been known to talk one way and act another? To those who know the political history of that great nation, I need say no more. To those who do not, I say that govern mental policies In the United States are fickle Jades, blown willy-nilly by the winds of public opinion—they are valueless as thingß to depend upon; they are trivial even to consider. And yet”—he raised his hand to still a ris ing growl of voices—"and yet, still I counsel prudence." "Why?” roared a hoarse voice from the darkness. "Why 7 I can answer you simply. Because we are weak. We have been in the field fighting for several years. But we are not soldiers. At least, the Americans say so. You have heard them— One moment," as the murmur arose again. “Oh, no, we are not soldiers. But the Americans are. We know that. They are soldiers who have sold cloth and beans and sugar, and perchance may have sold guns! And so they are soldiers —soldiers that we do well to fear. So again I advise prudence, always prudence. ‘‘lf they leave us our country, good; but If they elect to retain it as an other of their possessions, why, good, also. For what can we do? They will be kind to us. They will feed us so that we do not starve, and they will put trolley-cars—” A fierce yell interrupted him, and, although he raised his hand, he could not again regain attention. Nor had ho need to. He had done his work, and done it well. One man arose, holding aloft a sword. ‘‘My countrymen,” he yelled, “if by tomorrow night I have not plunged this into the breast of five Americans, I shall plunge it into my own throat.” A wild cheer greeted his words. Then came a lull suddenly, as though the men wero seeking outlet for their emotions. And Cesnoia was there to give it to thbm. He held out his hand. All eyes were fastened on him. The first word had fallep from his mouth when the voice of a woman, raised in thrilling cadence, wiped additional utterance from the spy's lips. As Holton looked the girl sprang to the speaker's side and held out her hand. And as she stood thus, the naval officer never forgot the picture. “My countrymen,” she cried at length, "I have listened to all who have spoken, and I have observed you. I have wondered whether the fever has got into your brains, and whether you are children led hither and thither by the idle words of plotters.” Cesnoia sprang in front of her and pushed her roughly aside. “I resent this intrusion!” he shout ed. “I resent the presence of this woman—” What more he would have said may only be surmised, for the girl, her eyes blazing, turned to the audience, and, with finger quivering at the spy, she said: “That man pushed me, my country men. Is there no one to avenge me?” Her voice was quiet, almost unemo tional, and she looked calmly around the circle. It was plain to see she was beloved of these men; but it was equally plain that the spell of the spy’s words lay about their minds in serpent coils. She paused. “I see! Chivalry has departed from among us. I must myself wipe out this gross insult.” So saying, and before anyone could move, her riding-whip flashed In her hand, and she struck Cesnoia a blind ing blow across the face. From the sheer shock he went down as though hit by an ax. But he sprang to his feet on the Instant, his face livid with rage, his hand upon a long hunting knife. In another second Holton would have been at the girl's side; but be he oould move, a half-dozen re- volvers flashed In the hands of Co ban officers, and the deep voice of the elderly captain broke the still ness. "Stop, Senor Cesnola. Remember who you are—and remember It well. We have listened to you, and now we will listen to the beautiful and spir ited seuortta." Miss La Tossa smiled radiantly. "Thank you,” she replied. "I have no burst of eloquence to give you. men of Cuba. I say merely that you have been badly advised, misled, by those whose Interest It is to mislead you. And, further, Ido nothing more than this.” She flashed aloft President McKin ley's dispatch, and then handed It to the Cuban captain, who read It and then In silence passed It around the circle. At length, as it was about to go Into Cesnola's hands. Miss La Tossa Intercepted the paper and ex tended It to an officer whom she knew. "I do not wish this to pass Into that man's hands,” she said. "Will you read It to him, major?” The officer complied, and then re turned the dispatch to the girl with a bow. "Oentlemen," cried the young wom an, “can you ask more than that?” A cheer—not a general cheer—but still fairly satisfactory In Its strength, greeted her words. As It died out Cesnola stood forth, raising his hand. He regarded the girl malignantly. "Let us kndw one thing," he snarled. "Where did you get that message? Are you—" Miss La Tossa stamped her foot "Silence!” she cried. "To you I "You Lie, You Hound/* shall not speak another word. If any gentleman"—she emphasized the term —“if any true Cuban”—this word Bhe also emphasized—“wlsheß to question me, I will gladly respond.” “Well,” replied an officer, "we ask you, then, to answer the statement lust made by Senor Cesnola.” "It Is easily answered,” she returned quickly. "I am not in General Sraft er’s confidence. He does not give to mo his private messages—” "And you received this, then —” queried the officer. "From an officer who possesses the confidence of General Shatter not only, but of President McKinley.” “He is a Cuban officer?” suggested the questioner. "Ah!" Cesnola sprang forward. "Allow me to tell you who he Is.” Then, without heeding the girl's re monstrating voice, he ran on like a wild man: “He is an American naval officer who has been spying among us throughout this campaign and before. You know I was in Washington and in Tampa before the Americans de clared war, and you know much that I saw and heard there has proved of value to us. "I declare to you that this man Holton was sent among us to disor ganize us, and to prevent any effort on our part to throw off the American yoke once we saw it settling upon our necks. He was In Garcia’s camp two days before the Americans landed, and he was there in the guise of a writer for an English newspaper. If he had not designs againßt us, why did he not appear in his.true colors? Would not Garcia have received him? "After the battle of July Ist he was In Santiago. He was In this girl’s house, unknown to her father, and he was assailing this girl with caresses— which she accepted until interrupted by her father's friends—then he leaped through a window, followed by a bullet from her father's pistol.” "You lie!" The voice fairly drowned out Cesnola’s wild tirade; and as he recoiled from the unex pected interruption, Holton appeared from out of the darknesß and stood in the firelight, pointing his finger at the spurious Cuban. "You lie, you hound! You were the one who was in the house of this girl, and with you”—he turned and faced the officers —"were General Toral and Admiral Cervera. You have been tell ing these men who I am. Well, I'll tell them who I am. era be coirriNtJKDj IS CHILD CROSS, FEVERISH. SICK Look, Mother! If tongue i« coated, give “California Syrup of Figs." Children love this "fruit laxative/’ and nothing else cleanses the tender stomach, liver and bowels so nicely. A child simply will not stop playing to empty the bowels, and the result Is they become tightly clogged with waste, liver gets sluggish, stomach sours, then your little one becomes cross, half-sick, feverish, don’t eat, sleep or act naturally, breath is bad, system full of cold, has sore throat, stomach-ache or diarrhoea. Listen, Mother! 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