The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1918 · Page 9
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, April 13, 1918
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SATURDAY, APRIi, 13, 1918. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNEI/LSVTLLB, PA. PAGE NINE. la O'Reilly's party there were three 33eu besides huaseif--the ever-fidtnCul Jacket, a wrinkled old Camapueyan who knew the bridle trails ot his province as a fox knows the tracks to Its "DIos:" grumbled Hllarlo. "There "What's tlie matter?" Johnnie In- j quired. ·-"Look!- Behold me!" wttlled the hero. -"I have-left the half of my beautiful trousers-on that barbed wire!" Antonio swurijpa leg over his saddle, saying: "Cope along, amfgos; we have .fifty leagues ahead 'at us. The war i will be over while we stand here gossiping." O'Reilly's adventures on his swift ride through Las Villas have no part hi this story. It is only necessary to say that they were numerous and varied, that O'Reilly experienced eiclte- ment a-plenty, and that upon more than "") one occasion he was forced to think | and to-act quickly In order to avoid a i clash with.some roving guerrilla band. j Food became a problem Immediate- I ' !y after the travelers hac! crossed the : trocha. Such apprehensive families as I still lurked,in the woods were liberal i enough--Antonio, by the way, knew all ; of them--but they had little to give, that I have played a Cuban danzon npon it." The old man seemed less" lair, and a sileut guajiro from further surly than before. Test, detailed to accompany the expe- j "Is the .way .clear?' iltiou bacau5.e of his wide acquaintance n-ith the devastated districts. Both lo-t OTSellly quired. j "As far as the railroad, yes. We! 'heard voices there, and. came back.' i We will nave to cut our way forward i · after we cross the track. Now, then, · j follow me without a sound." .. j Leading his horse by the bit Ting, .Hllario moved out into the clearing, followed once more by his^three companions. In spite ol all precautions . the animuls made a tremendous racket, or so it seemed, and, despite Hilario's rles and palmetto hearts. Once they j managed to'kill'a 'small pig, the sole survivor of some obscure country tragedy, but 'the rest of the time their meat, when there was any, consisted of Iguanas--those big, repulsive lizards--and jntlas, the Cuban field rats. Fortunately there was no shortage of food for the horsos, and so, despite the necessity of numerous detours, the party made good time. They crossed Into Matanzns, pushed on over rolling hills, through sweeping savannas, past empty clearings and. deserted villages, to their journey's end. A fortnrmte encounter with a rebel partidn from j embankment and paused. As carefully i as might be the four men ascended the | slope, crossed the rails and descended i Into the ditch on the other side. An- : ; other moment and they encountered a ; taut strand of barbed wire. The metal: lie snip of Hilario's shears sounded j like a pistol shot to O'Reilly. Into the ': maze of strands they penetrated, yard by yard, clipping and carefully laying Hard Riding Brought thV'Party to i: the Trocha. ·' ; "·'··]· piides. having crossed the trocha morn ; than once, affected to scorn its ter- · rora, and their easy confidence reas- j sured- O'Reilly In spite of Esteban's j parting admonition. j The American had not dreamt'd of j taking Jacket along, but when he came i t" announce his departure the boy had j fiatiy refused to be left behind. ! Fifty miles of hard riding brought · the party to thf troche; thpy nenred it en the second morning after leaving ; C'nbltas, and sought n secluded camp- j ing spot. Later in the doy Hilarif. the ! o!d Camagueyan, slipped away to re- | connoiter. He returned at twHIght, ! br* volunteered no report of what he j "had discovered. After an insistent j cross-examination O'Reilly wnmg from biro the reluctant, admission that er-i erytbjng seemed favorable for a cross- | ing some time tfcat night, and that ho \ had selected a promising point. Be- I yond that the old man would say ooth- j ir.g. i , Supper, a simple meal, was quickly disposed of. Then followed a long, .dispiriting walt, for a gibbous moon,, rode high In the sky and the guides' .^cfc ,the^r« as they went. Progresa refused" to stir so long as It remiiined |»as .slow.-, they, had to-ieel their way; there. . It was a still night; In the j toe sharp barbs brought blood aad jnngle no air was stlrrine. nnd .lark- * muttered profanity at every step. Into the Maze of Strands They Penetrated. brought forth c torment of rrms- ,, qoitoes. As dav died the woods awoke ', B*TM "* «'«TM- Tteir flrs t intimation to sounds of "bird and Insect life; °* f "ovory cnroe with a startling nrange, raucous calls pealed forth, i ^ le ° T!VC! n f l p d " *** tnm aome familiar, others strange and un- i Boraewhere at their backs »*ustoiOTd. Sitting there in the dark. 1 A;. ! f |»« TM '»* challenge was bedeviled by a pest of ;nsects, mo^ed !*%:-red by a Mauser shot.. Other re.. at by these mysterious voices, and | P°rt ;; , rang out «s. the sentry emptied looking forward to a hazardous enter- i l u " ^2" thelr * rcc ' on ', ,,, ,,,: prise. O'Reilly began to curse his vivid ! s ? · The - T are shooting bats 1" 31- luiaginatiou and to envy the In':pas- ! larl ° RTMe«- . Kven j Antonio swung about and cocked 11s O'Reilly ItoffO that they might prove to be the heralds of a storm. None behind him as he led the way 1 into the (O'VSt. '.\"hen tjey had covered a couple of thf three riders sat their saddles with sais strained. the purpose. Then, one by one, they moved forward to the edge of the ele-.-.ring. The trocha lay before them. O'Rellly felt a pair-of reins thruat , It seemed an Interminable time ere tnt his hand and found HHario exam- j ; they had eitrtcntefl themselves from Inliig a large pair of tinner's shears. "Do yon wish me to go with, you?" be Inquired of tao guide. The latter shook his head. "Anto:i!o iri:: fro; he will keep watch while I a path. If anything goes. wa't here. Doirt ride away until we have time -- ** , , "Vever fej. t won't desert you," the American reassured him. The two white-clad figures slipped nwity, became Indistinct, ana then disappeared. The night was hot, the mos- hummed dismally and settled In front of that gallant officer's hut. General Betanconrt read the letter which O'Reilly handed him, then looked up with a smile. ; · · f "So! ~£pu are one of Gomez' Americans, oh? Well, I would never have known It. to look at you; the sun and t'jte wind have made you Into a ve'ry good Cuban. And your clothes-- One might almost mistake you for a Cuban cabinet officer." O'Eeiily joined i n ' the laughter evoked by this remark. He was quite us tattered as the poorest of Betancourt's common soldiers; his shoes were broken am! disreputable; his cotton trousers, finnsged by barbed -wire and brambles, and soiled by days la lie saddle and nights in the grass, were in desperate need of attention. His beard had grown, too, and his skin, where It was oiposed, wns burnt to i a mnliogany broftn. Certainly there | was nothing about his appearance to bespeak his nationality. 1 The general continued: "I am direct- · cd in this letter to" help you In soiaa I enterprise. Command me, sir." j As briefly as possible Johnnie rnnrto i known tbe object of bis journey. Tlie, officer nodded his comprehension, but as he did so a puzzled expression crossed bis face. i 'Tes. I reported that Miss Varona | I had gone into the city--I took some pains to find out. Do you have reason to doubt--'" j "Not the least, sir." i "Then--why have you come all this I way?" i "I came to find her anji to fetch her ! to h»T brother." '- "Rut--you don't understand. She Is 1 actually In.skle the lines, in Matnn- j zas--a prisoner." 1 j j "Emctly. I intend to go into Jlatan-1 : zas and bring h t r out." j i General Betancourt drew back, as- ' I tonished. "My deer man!" he ex-; I claimed. "Are you mad?" i O'Reilly smiled faintly. "Quito ! probably. All lovers are mildly mad. j I believe." "AhI Lovers! I begin to see. But-- I how do you mean to go about this-- i this--impossible undertaking?" . j "You told me Just now that T could j pass for a Cuban. WWI, I am going i to put It to the test- T£ I once get Into · the city I snail runnage somehow to ; get out again, and bring her Tvkh me." I O'Rolily speculative!}-. ".No doubt you i ran get in--It is not so difficult to co| ter, I believe, aad especially to one j i %vjio speaks the language like a native. ; j But the .return--I fear you will find 1 I that another matter. Matanzns Is a ! j place of pestilence, hunger, despair. i Xo one goes there from choice any more, nnd no one ever comes out." j ! "So I should Imagine." The speak- t er's cureless tone added to General Be- j taccourt's astonishment. "Bless me!" I he eiclaimed. "What an extraordi- ! nary young man! Is It possible that I you do not comprehend tlie twrible , conditions?" A sudden thought strnck ; ^ htm nnd be inquired quickly: "Tell me, i you are cot by any chance That hero they call El Demonic? I have heard (hut he is Indeed a.,(lcmon. No? Very well! You pay you .wish to visit Ma 1 tanzns. nnd I am Instructed to help you. How can I do so?" O'Bellly hesitated an instant. "For one Hilng.'I need money. I--I haven't a single peseta." "You are welcome to the few dollars I possess." 'Johnnie expressed hSs gratitude tor this ready assistance. "One thing more," said he. "Will you give "my boy. Jacket, a new parr of trousers . and'send him back to the Orient at thej first opportunity?" 'l ' "Of course. It is done." The general laid ft friendly hand upon O'Heil- ly's shoulder, saying, gravely: "It would.relieve me Intensely lo send you bnci with him, for I have fears foi 1 the success of your venture. Matanzas ·ls;« hell; It'has swallowed up thon- sandii of our good countrymen; thousands have died there. I'm afraid you do not realize what risks you are taking." . . . i O'Bellly did not allow this well| meant warning to Influence him, nor did he listen to the admonitions of | those other Cubans who tried to argue with him ont of his purpose, once it became known. On the contrary, ho proceeded with his preparations and spent that afternoon in satisfying himself thai; Rosa had Indeed left the Pah de Matanzns b'efore'Cobo's raid. ' · Kone of the four ever knew what siveness of his companions. Jncket, bt-tter; the b ( quite unimpressed by his , rorroundings. When the mosquitoes j SDlder that S P CU Ms web ! " became unbearable he put on his trcu- ! " was a test of courage to crouch sprs. with some reluctance and much ; among thn charred sunups, enmeshed ci ri'mony. j !n tl3)1 cr!:c! tMfTl" of wire, while the Midnight brought a moist, warm j n 'S h t w -is stabbed by daggers of fire hreeze and a few formless cluuds ! an( ' wWle;the-trocha'-awoke to "the which served at times to'dimly ob- j wl!i alarm. From somewhere in the scnre the niooc. Watching the clouds, distance rame a shouted command and ofcd. : endured the s:rnln iBem.npion. but the other spoke sharp- boy was cheerful, poll* 1'-" " F ° o1! K 'on shoot they will see i!-» ,, n iT-,orr,=o»rt h-r hi. I the fir ? and riddle us. A curse on the the sound of running feet, suddenly 'rutting an end to further inaction, An- came. When the moon had finally j tonl ° began to hack viciously with his crt-pt dov.-n into the treetops old Hi- i ninchete, In an effort to aid Hllario's la.-io stepped upon his cigarette. 1h;n | labors. The .sound of his sturdy blows be^an silently to saddle.up. The oth- [betrayed the party's whereabouts eo er-i followcJ with alucrlty, and fell in I clearly that flnalJy the older man could restrain himself no longer. "Give it to them, corapadres; it Is a game that we can play!" miles Hilario reined in and the others | O'Eeiily had been gripping his ride crowded close. Ahead, dimly discern- i tensely, his heart in his throat, his Ibis against the night sky, there ap- 1 pulses 'pounding. As near'a panic-as peered to be a thinning of the ivonds..! he had ever been, he found, oddly Af t'r listening for a moment or two,;.[-.enough, that the mere act of throwing HKnrlo dismounted and slipped awjy; his his.shoulder and firing 'it calmed him. ; The kick of.the gun .subdued- his excitement: and cleared Hllorlo returned with word that all his hraJn-.-^.He surprised himself by di-. as well, and each man dismounted to-jrecting'Jacket In, a coof, authoritative' muffle the feet of hi? horse with rugs-;! voice, to shoot low. TVlien he had emp-. sml strips of gunnysack provided' for!) Uett'.jthe.magazine' he' led'two .of the . . horses forward. Then, grasping his own machete, he Joined in clearing a pathway. | the trap, but finally they succeeded j and gained the welcome shelter of the ' woods, paBBlng Inside itsr shelter to cut the muffles from" tHelr horscs''foe't. By this time the defenders of ithe tro- cha.. were pouring volley after -volley at random into the night. Now -th»t the - skirmish was over, Jacket began to boast of his .port In it.. "Ha! Perhaps they'll.know better" than to show themselves the next tlm» I eorae this way," said he. "Ton saw me, didn't you? -Well, I made a few Spanish widows tonight." la .-'.ouds upon tfc waiting pair,-m:;d- I When'no one disputed" hla assertion (teolngthem with their poison. A hr.Ii- j Jacket proceeded further in praise o£ hour pasiwd, then the two ghostly lig-'j himself, only to break oft with a word- are* »s*rlallzed oncajmore. - .' 5,^3 cry of dismay.- TO BE CONTINUED. I Classified Ads. . | One Cent a Word, ft ESTABLISHED 1868 PITTSBURGH, PENNA. "THE STORE AHEAD" Green Trading/ Stamps in Addition to Best Values 15th F YOU have never attended one of our Birthday Sales you can have no idea of what wonderful ISOITEY-SAVING opportunities are offered. We prepare months ahead for thia GKEAT EVENT. Owing to the large outlet this store affords manufacturers we are enabled to obtain IMMENSE QUANTITIES of goods at great PKICE CONCESSIONS -- these savings prices are all passed on to our patrons -- volume of business -- creating new business -- are the objects we strive for* in tills event. i^aks yser piaos to shop here during the week begin, April 15th. Visit this most modern-- ap-to-datc Department Store-- you will be dolightccl-- yon will 1^ enthusiastic over the grciit array of: \voudorilul bargains · (fared. We cannot give (Mails here -- but all of thr f o l l o w i n g lines will .be represented--and Ihe SAVINGS will be well "WORTH ^VHIbK coming for: For Women Women's Suits * Women's Si5k Cloth Dresses New Taffeta Afternoon Dresses Women's Coats Summer Furs Women's Raincoats Women's Cloth £ Wash Skirts Women's Sitk Skirts Women's Silk Waists Dainty Gotten Waists .Women's Silk S. 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'S--PITTSBURGH; =TEJ3 STORE AHEAD:TM SIN TEE CITY AHEAD! BOTH PHONES ORPHAN'S TRANSFER OPPOSITE POST OFFICE CONNELLSVILLE, PA. W HITE LIN] TRANSFER J HOV1I7U AND UOISTIftG PIAXOS A SPECIALTY, Want Ads--1 Cent a Word. t; is LIMITED AM) FIXED BY LAW It costs uo more to hav5 a Corporate: Executor than an iudi- V(i4ual one--the fee is limited and fixed by law. Appoint the Title Trust Company of .Western Pennsylvania as your Executor and you have the utmost . confidence that every duty in the settlement of your Estate will be faithfully performed. TENANTS, ATTENTION ASK Your landlord if he has inquired about our special house-wiring offer. | YOUR . . . ! Family wants the cheapest, safest and most con- i venient form cf il J. B. KURTZ, * NOTAR1 PUBLiC . AND REAL. ESTATE. No. 2 South Meadow Lan» ConncllBvUI* Pa. SOUtETIIISGf BOT SHOULD HAVE . (WESTSIDE) Every boy should have a Bank Account, and the more he saves and deposits to his credit, the greater is his determination, to accumulate ? 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