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THE RECORD, KENNA, NEW MEXICO.
A STOUY OF Tlri Aj . T ' t S TTtuntrttlenl It "JX x-awnence .terry f nuworthYountf V conntri ' - co. if is wmumt UA'hiuTiXir MR. Samuel McKInley, 1215 Grand Ave., Kansas City, Mo., writes: "I can honestly say that I owe my life to Peruna. Traveling from town to town, and having to go into all kinds of badly heated buildings, ply ing my trade as auctioneer. It is only natural that I had colds fre quently. "Last December I contracted a severe cold which, through neg lect on my part, settled on my chest. I heard of Peruna. It cured me, so I cannot praise it too highly." Those who prefer tablets to liquid medicines can now procure Peruna in tablet form. . xr o. eSpS2gS SYNOPSIS, Lieutenant Holton is detached from his tommand In the navy at the outRet of the Bpanlsh-Anierlcan war and assigned to Important secret service duly. While din Inn at a Washington lintel he detects a waiter In the act of robbing a beautiful 'ouiin lady. She thanks him for his serv ce and Klves 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 Rlrl Is a spy. Senor La Tossa chides his daughter for her failure to secure Important Information from Holton. She 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 In Tampa to guard the troop transports. CHAPTER V. Continued. The page fled, and Holton, with a short laugb, strolled over to the clerk's desk. "Who Is this man Rodriguez who sends peremptory messages to guests of the hotel?" he Inquired. "A curious duffer," was the reply. "Rich as get out, and very exclusive. He very seldom comes,out of his room. Did he send for you?" "Yes, he did me the honor. By the way, I wish you'd have my Junk taken from my room and put abroad the Gnat; will you?" "Certainly, sir." Having given the order, Holton paid his .bill, and was about to go down to his boat when a negro tapped him on the arm. Holton turned suddenly, his nose al most colliding with a note which the man held out almost at arm's length. "This for me?" he asked. "Ya-as. suh." Holton took it, broke open the enve lope and glanced hastily over the contents. - Then, with a frown, he turned to a boy. "Say, youngster," he commanded, "take me right up to Mr. Rodriguez's room, will you?" On reaching the third floor, the boy led the way down the hall, stopping before a door at the end of the corri dor. "Here it Is, sir." "AH right." Holton gave the lad a coin and rattled his knuckles against the panel. The door was opened by an intelli gent-appearing Cuban, who conducted the caller into a luxuriously furnished reception-room and asked him to sit down. - Soon a door opened and a tall, sallow man, handsome In a languid Latin way, confronted him. "Ah, Senor Holton. You honor me," he murmured. "Then you are Mr. Rodriguez?1 asked Holton abruptly. , "Yes, yes," responded the man, who A Negro Tapped Him on the Arm. was clad in a well-made suit of crash with a crimson sash about his waist. "I repeat, I am flattered at your vlBit." "I am glad of that," Holton re joined stiffly; "but I come in response to a note stating that matters of in terest to a Miss La Tossa were press ing. Will you do mo the kindness to enlighten me as to the manner in which my acquaintance with Miss La Tossa interests you?" The Spaniard bowed. "You are di rect, like all Americans," he said, "Well; be it so." He took from a table a bottle of yery rare Abuelo Oloroso, and poured I a little in a glass. He pushed it toward Holton. "I drink," he said, smilingly bril liantly, "to Miss La Tossa, and may she have a most comfortable trip on the Gnat." Holton left his glass poised. "What on earth are you talking about!" he cried. "Miss La ToBsa, as you know," the Spaniard said, "Is in Tampa." Yes, I know that," said Holton. "She came down on my train." "It is not good for her to be here." "The climate?" queried Holton, dis ingenuously.' No, not the climate," was the re ply, so sharp and so spirited, so much in contrast to Rodriguez's previous manner, of speech that the naval offi cer started. "Not the climate. She is engaged in activities here that your government . regards as most perni cious." Yes, and your own government?" came back Holton. My government," Rodriguez smiled genially, "happens to be your govern ment." So saying, he handed Holton a pa per which, as the officer read it, con vinced him beyond question or cavil that Senor Rodriguez was none other than an attache of the United States State Department, whose name was anathema to every Spaniard or loyal Cuban. He was. In sooth, none other than Ramon del Rey, a spy, with headquar ters in Washington, who, although a naturalized American, had done more effective, if trnobtrustve, work for Cuba Libre than most other Cuban patriots rolled Into one. Holton rose and, with a smile of genuine pleasure, thrust out his hand. "I have heard of you," he said; 'Uind I'm glad to know you." "Tbank you. I, too, have heard of you. But to business. Miss La Tossa must not stay here, and yet her re moval must be brought about quietly, for various reasons. It is best that Miss La Tossa be transported at once to Cuba on the Gnat, very quietly and unostentatiously, where agents of mine will meet her and conduct her to her estate in the province of Santiago. Once there, I promise you she'll not leave In .a hurry. Your orders will come to you from Washington within a very few hours. In the meantime I suggest you have everything ready "I see and Miss La Tossa?" , "Miss La Tossa will be escorted aboard the Gnat at seven o'clock pre' clsely, and now I bid you good day and thank you." "Thank you," and Holton left, won- derlng if the man realized all he was thanking him for. He lost no time In making his way to - the Gnat, where he astonished Conroy and Howard by summoning them to the cabin. "Is there any way;" he said, "In which this room can be made more comfortable for a young lady?" Neither of the two men spoke, re garding Holton with open-mouthed as tonishment. "It's this way," smiled Holton, "the Gnat's been ordered to take a 'young Cuban woman over to Cuba, and and I want her to be comfortable." The faces of the two men radiated curiosity, but Holton said nothing fur ther to enlighten them. Promptly at seven o'clock that evening a closed carriage drove rap idly down the long wharf and stopped abreast the gangway leading to the Gnat. The door was flung open, and del Rey and an American, their arms linked through those of Miss La Tossa, descended and without a word walked down the plank and aboard the tor pedo boat. Holton met them by the conning tower and lifted his cap. "How do you do. Miss La Tossa? he said, smiling in greeting. She flashed a vague look at him, and lowered her eyes without speaking, Del Rey bowed in a courtly man ner to the girl. "I trust you will have a pleasant voyage, and I beg to apol ogize for my seeming rudeness." The captive deigned no reply, and turned her back as the two men re traced their steps up the gangway. A few minutes later the diminutive warship was churning her way out through the bay. Holton turned to the girl, who stood disconsolately, viewing the receding shore. "I am sorry. Miss La Tossa, but you will recognize, of course, that I am doing nothing but obeying orders, which are to see that you are very comfortable and agreeably enter tained until you reach Cuba." She evidently had determined not to talk to her captor, but changed her mind with womanlike suddenness. 'I shall thank you if I 'am com fortable, but I shall thank you still more if you give over any idea of entertaining me. You may be sure that the less I see of you the better I shall be pleased." 'If you will follow me. Miss La Tossa," he said, with sudden stiffen ing of manner, "I'll show you your cabin." The dark came rolling across the eea. It was a wonderful night, a night spangled with constellations and undu lating black velvet waters, which picked up the little torpedo craft, hold ing her high and then sending her gliding silently down long Inclines, at the bottom of which she seemed to nestle a moment before her screw kicked her up another quivering hill. Some time later the lights of a craft which had been following astern of the Gnat began to creep closer and closer aboard, and dark clouds of smoke, bil lowing from three squat funnels, blot ted out the northeastern horizon. Holton saw the vessel, too, and eas ily recognized her as a torpedo boat destroyer. His only doubt was as to her nationality. This was speedily settled, for sud denly Ardois lights began to blink from the bridge, Interpreting which Holton learned that the destroyer Balnbrldge wished to speak to the Gnat. In a few minutes the Bainbridge swished up and the sharp voice of Lieutenant-Commander Jameson sound ed from the bridge. "On board the Gnat!" "Aye, Aye!" yelled Horton. There followed a silence which last ed until the destroyer slid her high, sharp bow and" conical forward deck alongside the little torpedo boat, Jameson Jumped aboard and after re turning Holton's salute he said for mally: '"I have orders to take a Miss La Tossa from the Gnat and land her at well, never mind where." "Very good, sir. Any orders for meT" "Yes, here they are." Jameson took an envelope from bis overcoat-pocket and handed it to Holton. "Now, then, I'll take the girl." But the girl, in fact, did not. wait to be taken. She stepped forward most gracefully, and addressing Jame son, said:. t "I am ready; I am quite happy at my change of prisons and my shift of jailers." "Ha, ha!" "laughed the prosaic Jameson, nudging Holton in the ribs, and offering his arm to the girl who walked up a small ladder to the deck of the. destroyer without so much as a glance at Holton. With a blast of her siren the Bain bridge shot on her way to Cuba, while the Gnat made a long sweep and turned upon her course. While this maneuver was in prog1 ress Holton, still flushing with vexa tion, ripped open the envelope and read the latest phase of what he had come to regard as a game of battle dore and shuttlecock. Shorn of technical verbiage, the or ders which were signed by the new assistant secretary, Allen, instructed Holton to lose himself and the Gnat among the small Isolated keys of the coast until such time as the transports were gathered at Port Tampa, when he was then to guard them from night attacks which might come sneaking in under cover of the darkness from seaward. CHAPTER VI. Action Indeed. Holton's orders were to keep himself and the Gnat hidden, and this he did so effectually that to all Intents and purposes he might just as well have gone down with his little craft and crew in Nicholas Channel. At length, when he had begun to think he was immured for life In this blazing little byway, camu the welcome orders to proceed to Port Tampa, there to carry out instructions already In his possession, namely, the protec tion of transports from attack by wa ter. With light hearts the three men got their craft under way, ran up th bay, and In good time drew in undet the counter of a steamship, lying near the end of the long slip. It was as though a magician's wand had been waved over the port. Along the slip lay transport after transport, nearly a score of them, the black smoke of others draping the horizon In long, grimy clouds. Freight trains were rumbling up and down the tracks, and officers of various departments of the army, their shirts open at the throat, dusty, sweaty, hot, hurried everywhere. "It surely looks like business," chuc kled Holton as he slipped on his uni form coat over a marine's drab shirt and prepared to visit the hotel. Life at the hotel was made mora brilliant by the arrival of Shatter and his staff, but Holton, who had had all the' brilliancy and inactivity he want ed, found himself praying fervently for orders that would send him out as officer on one of the vessels of Ad miral Sampson's North Atlantic Squadron. But no such orders came, and Holton had Just about attuned his mind to a weary grind to last at least several months longer, when some thing occurred to change very materi ally the attitude of the government in regard to the movement of the troops as Tampa. In short. Admiral Sampson cabled that after a mysterious voyage across the Atlantic' ocean and Caribbean sea, Admiral Cervera and his squadron of battleships and cruisers were bot tled up in Santiago. He could not at tack them because of the forts and mines, and he requested that troopc be sent at once to co-operate with the navy from the land side. It was then that the Secretary of War wired General Shatter to proceed forthwith to Cuba. Flat-cars laden with General Ran dolpb's artillery, rumbled down the slip, and the guns were hoisted into yawning ports in the sides of the trans ports; provisions, supplies of all sorts bore them company, and no one doubt ed any longer that at last the army had received Its bid to the field of bat tie. A new strain was put upon Holton, for now. If at any time, attempts at the destruction of the transports would be made, there being no secrecy what ever as to the intentions of the United States government. Then arrived the day when the boys in blue came In from Lakeland, and, with cheers and shouts, marched aboard the long line "I Am Quite Happy at My Change ot Prisons." of transports, from whose funnels clouds of smoke were belching. Holton's crew had been augmented by four extra seamen, sent to htm from Key West, and .each night they stood guard with him on various parts of the deck, rifles in their hands and navy Colts strapped about their waists. Toward midnight most of the noise, the shouting of orders, the rattling of tackle, the tramp of feet, died away. Holton gave Conroy the wheel, and walked along the deck, speaking to each of the men as he passed. "Keep a sharp lookout. Challenge anything that looks suspicious, and shoot without hesitation if there's no reply." (TO BE CONT1NUKCO CH1LDS' GIANT SUMMER COSMOS J- Nfc ! poalttvety the inort airt Ali'!.'TVT5'1 and brimful garden flown . '-i-p known. Blooms trtfiil) kAIr. y - fn-ni i une ti v ..tcli plant ' ''. -'Vv' . 'Xnf producing ffitj Mini J i flow JCmL-ITK -? K-'-iu ' and more nqmatti mVJULj .i"kr 'f-?W tl'Mi tli full Coaii.ot. wl iM. 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One billion dollars of value Is con centrated within the six miles square of a single township in the Minne sota iron region Stuntz township, containing the cities of Hibbing and Chisholm, Is an almost' continuous mass of high-grade ore, about five hun dred feet In depth. The value of the score of big properties Including -the two greatest iron-ore producers in the world is not less than one billion dollars. But Hibbing, sitting on a mine, is not happy, it has to move. The property was acquired subject to mineral rights (says the World's Work). The mining pits, opened by steam shovels from one to five miles In three directions and converging at the city limits, show that the city's 10,000 inhabitants dwell on ' a great bank of solid "ore. The fee and lease holders express a desire to be liberal and to pay generous damages to prop erty owners; but the city must change its base. 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