The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, July 02, 1918, Image 6

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Synopsis Don Estobnn Vnronn, rlth Cuban plnntcr, hides his
money nnd Jowela and the secret of the hiding pluco Is lost when ho
and tho only other person who knows It nro killed. Donna Isabel, step
mother of tho Vurona twins Estcbnn nnd Itosn searches vainly for
yoare for tho hidden treasure. Johnny O'llcllly, nn American, loves
and Is loved by Itosa. Donna Isabel falls to her death in an old well
whllo walking In her sleep. Esteban's connection with tho Cuban
lnsnrrcctos Is discovered and ho ami Itosa nro forced to lice. O'llcllly,
In Now York on business, gets n Tetter from Rosa telling of her peril
nnd ho starts for Cuba. Pancho Cucto, faithless manager of tho Vnrona
estates, botrnys Estebnn and Itosa, leading Colonel Cobo, notorious
Spanish guerrilla, to their hiding place. Estoban, who Is absent, returns
Just in tlmo to rescuo Rosa. O'Rollly's efforts to reach Rosa nro fruit
less and ho Is compelled by tho Spanish authorities to leave Cuba.
Estoban wreaks n terrible vengeance on Pancho Cucto. A fierce flght
with Spanish soldiers ensues. Esteban escapes, but, bndly wounded
nnd half conscious, ho fs unable to find his wny bock to his camp.
CHAPTER XI Continued.
But tho tlmo camo when ho could
.walk no farther. IIo tried repeatedly
and failed, and meanwhllo tho earth
epun oven moro rapidly, threatening to
whirl him off into space. It was n ter
rlblo sensation; ho lay down and
hugged tho ground, clinging to roots
nnd sobbing weakly. Rosa, ho knew,
was Just .around tho next bend in tho
trail ; ho called to her, but sho did not
answer, aud ho dared not attempt to
creep forward becauso his grip was
falling. Ho could feel his Angers slip
pingslipping. Ills Inst thought, as ho
wont whirling end over end through
space, was of his sl3tcr. Sho would
novcr know how hard ho had tried to
reach her.
Lnto on tho second day nftor tho bnt
tlo Asenslo returned to his bohlo. Ro3a
and Evnngellnn, nlrcndy frantic at tho
delay, heard him crying to them while
he was still hidden in tho woods, nnd
know that tho worst had happened.
There was little need for him to tell
his story, for ho was weaponless,
Btained, and bloody. Ho hnd crossed
the hills on foot after a miraculous es
cape from that ravino of death. Of his
companions be know nothing what
ever; tho mention of Esteban's name
caused him to beat his bteast and cry
aloud. Ho was weak and feverish, and
his Incoherent story of tho midnight
encounter was eo hlglily colored that
Rosa nearly swooned with horror.
Tho girl stood swaying whllo ho told
how tho night had betrayed them, how
ho had wrought incredible feats of
valor beforo tho Bhlfttng (Ido of battle
had spewed him out tho end of tho
sunken road and left hlra half dead In
tho grass. Asenslo had lain there un
til, finding himself growing stronger,
ho had burrowed into n tnnglo of vinos
lit 'the foot of n wall, whero ho had re
mained uhtll tho fighting ceased. When
tho Spaniards had finally discovered
their mistake and had ceased riding
ouo another down, when lights camo
and ho heard Colonel Cobo cursing
them like ono insane, ho had wriggled
away, crossed the calzada, and hlddon
in tho woods until dawn, no had been
walking ever sluco; ho had como homo
to die.
Asenslo recovered, but ho wns sadly
changed. Thero was no longer any
martial spirit in him; ho feared tho
Spaniards, and talcs of their atrocities
cowed him,
Then Cobo camo into tho Yutnnrl.
The vnlloy, already well-nigh deserted,
wns filled to tho brim with smoko from
burning fields nnd houses, and through
It tho Bun showed llko a coppor shield.
Refugees passed tho bohlo, bound
farther Into tho hilts, nnd Asenslo told
tho two women that ho and thoy must
nlso go. So tho three gathered nn
what few things they could carry oa
uieir docks ana lieu.
They did net stop until they had
gained tho fnBtnesscs of tho Pan do
Matanzas. Hero thoy built a shelter
nnd ngaln took up tho problem of llv
Bg, which was now moro dlincult than
The Pan do Matanzas, so called be
cause of Its resemblance to n mighty
loaf of bread, became 'a mockery to
tho hungry people cowering in its shel
ter. Bread I Rosa Varona could not
remember when sho had lost tasted
such a luxury. Raw enne, coconuts,
the tasteless frultn bomba, roots, tho
pith from palm tops, these woro her
articles of diet, and she did not thrive
upon them. She was always moro or
less hungry. She was ragged, too, and
eho ffblvercd miserably through tho
long, chil! nlgbt. Rosa could measure
the change la her appearance only by
studying her reflection from tho sur
face of the upring where sho drew wa
ter, hut the could see that oho had be
come very thin, nnd 8ho Judged that
the color had entirely gone from her
checks. It saddened her, for O'Rellly'a
Time came when. Asenslo spoke of
living up tho struggle nnd going in.
They wero gradually starving, he said,
and Rosa was ill; tho risk of discovery
was ever present. It was better to go
whllo they had Iho strength than slow
ly but surely to perish here, no had
heard that there wero twenty thousand
reconcentrados in Matnnzns; in such n
ferawrt tby wild easily manage to
hldo themselves; they would at least
bo fed along with tho others.
No one hnd told Asenslo that tho
government was leaving Its prisoners
to shift for themselves, supplying them
with not a pound of food nor a square
Inch of shelter.
Misery bred desperation at last;
Evangellna's courage failed her, nnd
sho allowed herself to bo won over.
Sho began her preparations by disguis
ing Rosa. Gathering herbs nnd berries,
sho mndo n stain with which she col
ored tho girl's face and body, then sho
sewed a bundle of leaves Into tho Imok
ot Rosa's waist so that when tho lat
ter stooped her shoulders and wnlkcd
with n stick her appearance of de
formity was complete.
On tho night beforo their departure
Rosa Varona prayed Ibng and earnest
ly, asking llttlo for herself, but much
for tho two black pooplo who had suf
fered so much for her. Sho prayed
also that O'Reilly would como before
It was too late.
A Wom,an With a Mission.
Within a fow hours after O'Reilly's
return to New York ho telephoned to
Felipe Alvnrado, explaining briefly tho
disastrous falluro of his Cuban trip.
"I 'feared as much," tho doctor told
him. "You were lucky to escopo with
your life."
"Well, I'm going back. Won't yon in
tercede for mo with the Junta? They're
constantly sending parties."
"Um-rn 1 not quite so often as that."
Alvarndo was silent for n moment;
then ho said: "Dlno with mo tonight
and we'll talk It over. I'm eager for
nows of my brothors nnd thero is
some ono I wish you to meet She is
Interested In our cnuso."
" 'Sho'? A woman?"
"Yes, and an unusual woman. Sho
has contributed liberally to our cause.
I would llko you to meet her."
"Very well; but I'vo only ono suit of
clothes, and It looks no if I'd slept in
"Oli, .bother tho clothes 1" laughed
tho physician. "I'vo given most of my
own to my destltuto countrymen.
Don't expect too much to eat, either;
every extra dollar, you know, goes
tho eamo way as my extra trou
sers. It will bo a sort of patriotic
poverty party.' Come at seven,
That evening O'Reilly anticipated
his dinner engagement by a fow mo
ments In order to havo n word nlono
with Alvnrado.
''This lady who is coming hero to
night has Influence with Enrlquoz," Al
vnrado told him. "You remember I
told you that sho has contributed lib
erally. 8ho might help you."
O'RolUy had met women with ideals,
with purposes, with avocations, aud
his opinion of them was low. Women
who had "missions" woro nlwnys tire
some, ho had discovered. This ono, It
appeared, was uuusunl only In that sho
had adopted n particularly exacting
form of charitable work. Nursing,
oven as u rich woman's diversion,
must bo anything but agreeable.
O'Reilly pictured this Evans person in
his mind a large, plnln, elderly crea
ture, obsessed wlh impractical idens
of uplifting tho masses I Sho would
undoubtedly horo him stiff with stories
of her work; sho would reproach him
with neglect of his duties to tho suf
fering. Johnnie wus too poor to bo
charltablo and too deeply engrossed
nt the moment with his own troubles
to enro anything whatovcr about tho
"masses." And sho wus n "miss."
That meant that she w.oro thick glasses
nnd probably kept cats. v
A ringing laugh from tho cramped
hallway, interrupted these reflections;
then u moment later Doctor Alvarndo
was Introducing O'Reilly to a young
'Womnn so completely out of tho pic
ture, bo utterly the opposlto of hts
preconceived notions, that ho was mo
mentarily at a loss. Johnulo found
himself looking into a pair of frank
gray eyes, and felt his hand seized by
n Ann, nlmost masculine grasp. Miss
Evans, according to his first dazzling
ImprosBlon, was about tho most fetch
ing creature ho hud over seen and
about the last person by whom any
young man could bo bored. Tho girl
mid sho wns a pJrl lwd brought Into
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tho room nn electric vitality, n brcezl-
ncss hard to describe. Altogether sho
was such a vision of hcnlthy, unaffect
ed and smartly gotton-up young wom
anhood that O'Reilly could only stam
mer his acknowledgment of the Intro
duction, Inwardly berating himself for
his awkwardness.
Alvnrado placed nn affectionate
hand upon Miss Evans' shoulder.
"O'Reilly, this girl has done moro for
Cuba than any of us. She has spent
a small fortune for medical supplies,"
said he.
"Those poor men must Uvo on qui
nine," the girl exclaimed. "Anyone
who can bear to take the stuff ought
to havo all ho wants. I've a perfect
pnsslon for giving pills."
O'Reilly liked this girl. He had liked
her the Instant she favored him with
her friendly smile, nnd so, trusting
fatuously to his masculine powers of
observation, he tried to analyze her.
He could not guess her age, for an ex
pensive ladles' tailor can baffle tho
most discriminating eye. Certainly,
However, sho Was not old ho had an
Idea that sho would tell hlra her exact
age if he asked her. While ho could
not call her beautiful, sho was some
thing immensely better sho wns alive,
human, interesting, and interested.
The fact that she did not take her
"mission" over-serlously proved that
sho was also sensible beyond most
women. Yes, that was it. Miss No
rlno Evans was n perfectly sensible,
unspoiled young person, who showed
the admirable effects of clean Hvlng
and clean thinking coupled with a nor
mal, sturdy constitution. O'Relllyaold
himself that hero was a girl who could
pour tea, nurso a sick man, or throw
a bascbnll.
And she was as good as her promise.
She did not interrupt when, during
dinner, Alvnrado led Johnnie to talk
about his lntcst experience In Cuba,
but, on tho contrary, her unflagging hi-
tercst Induced O'Reilly to address his
talk moro often to her than to the doc
tor. Ho soon discovered that she un
derstood tho Cuban situation us well
ns or better than he, and that Her sym-
"I'm Colno Right to the ln6urrectos
With You."
pnthlcs were keen. Sho was genuinely
moved uy tno gallant struggle of tho
Cuban people, and when tho dinner
was over she exploded a eurpriso
wuicn left both men speechless.
"This settles it with me, she an
nounced. I'm going right to tho Insur
rcctos with you." '
"With tno!" O'Reilly could not con
ceal his lack of enthusiasm. "I dnn'f-
know that the Junta will tnko me."
"They will If I ask them. Yqu say
tho rebels have no hospitals, no
"We do tho best wo can, with our
"Well, I'll supply better equipment,
nnd I'll handle It myself. I'm in ear
nest You slm'n't stop rac."
Tho physician stirred uneasily. "It's
utterly absurd," ho expostulated.
"Some women might do it, hut you're
not tho sort. You are pardon me a
most attractive young person. You'd
ho thrown among rough men."
"Mr. O'Reilly will look-out for mo.
Rut, for that mat tor, I can take care
of myself. Oh, It's oC no use trying
to dlscourago me. I always havo my
own way; I'm completely spoiled."
"Your family will novcr consent,"
O'Reilly ventured; whereupon Miss
Evans laughed.
"I haven't such a thing. I'm alone
nnd unincumbered. No girl wns over
so fortunate. But wait I'll settle this
wholo thing In a minute." Sho quitted
tho table, ran toAlvarado's telephone,
and called a number,
"Sho's after Enrlqucz," groaned tho
physician. 'Tie's weak; ho can't re
fuso her auythlng."
"I don't want n Womnn nn hiw
J hands," O'Reilly whispered, fiercely.
Author of "The Iron Trail," "The
Spoilers," "Heart ofithe Sunset," Etc.
"Suppose sho got sick? Good, Lord I
I'd have to nurso her." no wined a
sudden moisture from his brow.
"Oh, she won't get sick. She'll prob
ably nurso you and nil tho other men.
You'll llko it, too, and you will nil fall
In love with her everybody docs and
start lighting among yourselves.
There I She hns Enrlquez. Listen."
Johnnie shivered apprehensively nt
the directness with which Mls3 Evans
put her request. "You understand, I
want to go nnd see for myself," sho
was snylng. "If you need medicines
I'll give them bushels of the nnstlest
stuff I can buy. I'll organize n field
hospital. . . . Oh, very well, call
It a bribe, If you like. Anyhow, I've
fully determined to iro. and Mr. O'ltolU
ly has volunteered to take 'care of me.
nes ennrmea with the, Men." Miss
Evans giggled. " "That means you'll
havo to tako him along, too."
There followed n pause during which
tho two men exchanged dismayed
"She doesn't seem to care "what sho
says," O'Reilly murmured. "But I'll
put a flea in Enrlqucz' car."
"Put it In writing, please." There
was a wait. "Now read It to me. . . .
Good I" Miss Evans fairly purred
over the telephone. "Send it to me by
messenger right nway; that's a dear.
I'm at Doctor Alvarado's house, and
he's beside himself with Joy. Thanks,
awfully. You'ro so nice." A moment,
and she was back In the dining room
facing her two friends a picture of
triumph. "You have nothing more to
say about it," she gloated. " The pro
visional government of Cuba, through
its New York representatives, extends
to Miss Norlno Evnns an invitation to
visit Its temporary headquarters in the
Sierra de somethlng-or-othcr, nnd
deems It an honor to have her ns Its
guest so long ns sho wishes to remain
there. Now then, lot's celebrate.'
Sho executed a dance step, pirou
etted around the room, then plumped
herself flown into her chair. She rat
tled her cup and saucer noisily, cry
ing, "Fill them up,- Doctor Gloom.
Let's drink to Cuba Libre."
Johnnie managed to smile as ho
raised his demi-tasse.. "Here's to my
success as a chaperon," said he. "I'm
disliked By tho Spnnlards, nnd now
tho Cubans will hnto me. I can see
kappy flays ahead."
O'Reilly arose early the next morn
ing and hurried down to the office of
tho Junta, hoping that ho could con
vince Mr. Enrlquez of the folly of al
lowing Norlno Evans to havo her wav.
But his respect for Miss Evans' energy
and initiative deepened when, on arriv
ing at 50 New street, he discovered
mat sno una forestalled hlra and was
oven then closeted with tho man he
had como to -see. Johnnie waited un
easily ; ho was dismayed when the girl
Anally appeared, with Enrlquez in tow,
for tho mnn's face wns radiant.
"It's all settled," sho announced, nt
sight of O'Reilly. "I've speeded them
"You'ro an early riser," tho latter re
marked. "I hardly expected"
Enrlquez broko in. "Such enthusi
asm I Such ardor! Sho whirls n ner-
son off his feet."
"It seems that tho Junta lacks
money for another expedition, so I've
made up the deficit We'll be off In
a week."
"Really? Then you're actually
going?" "Of course. Don't bo hateful, and
argumentative, or I'll begin to think
you'ro n born chaperon," Miss Evans
exclaimed. "Como I Make up your
mind to endure mo. And. now you'ro
going to help mo buy my tropical out
fit With a smile nnd a nod at Enrlquez
sho took O'Rellly'a nrm and boro him
Tho days of Idle waiting that fol
lowed wero trying, oven to ono of
O'Reilly's philosophical habit of mind.
Ho could learn nothing about tho Jun
ta's plans, and, owing td his complete
uncertainty, he was unnble to get
At last thero camo n message which
brought them great Joy. Enrlquez dt
rected them to bo in readiness to reave
Jersey City at seven o'clock the follow
ing morning. Neither Johnnie nor Les
llo Branch slept much that night
As they waited In tho huge, bnrnllko
stntlon Enrlquez appeared with Norinc
Evans upon his arrii. Tho girl's color
was high ; sho was tremulous wlth'ex
dtcmcnt Losllo Branch, who saw her
for tho first time, emitted a low wHistlo
of surprise.
"Glory be t That goddess 1" ho cried.
When iVorino took his bony, blood
less harrS in her warm grasp and
flashed him hot frank, friendly smile,
ho capitulated Instantly.
Enrlqucz was Introducing a new
comer now, ono Major Ramos, n
square-Jawed forceful Cuban, who, It
seemed, was to be In command of tho
"My duties end hero," Enrlquez ex
plained. "Major Ramos will tako
chargo of you, and you must 'do ex
actly us ho directs. Ask no questions,
for ho won't nnswer them. Good-by
and good luck."
When he hnd gono tho threo Ameri
cans followed their uow guide through
tho Iron gates.
Major Ramos proved that ho knew
how to obey orders even though thai
other members of his party did not
Ho remained utterly dCaf to Miss Ev
ans' entreaties that ho let Her know
something about tho plans cf the ex
pedition; he would not efh tell her
where ho wns taking her. whom thn
other filibusters hnd assembled, or
rrom what port their ship would sail.
When Philadelphia. Wnshlnclnn. tlmn
Baltimore, and finally Richmond wero
leit uciiind, Miss Evans was, in truth,
ready to explode, and her two compan
ions were in a slmllnr frame of mind,
It wns not until tho train wns ap
proaching Charleston that Malor Ra
mos Anally nnnounced: "This is tho
enu or our journey; the other mem
bers of tho expedition nro here. But I
must ask you not to talk with them
or with any strangers, for our friends
nre Doing watched by.dctoctlves In the
employ of the Spanish minister nt
Washington and by United Stntes dep
uty marshals. One llttlo Indiscretion
might ruin everything."
Tho hotel to which Major Ramos
leu. his guests appeared to be well
Ailed ; thero wero many Cubans In tho
lobby, and the olr was heavy with tho
uroma of their strong, black cigarettes.
As tho major entered they turned in
terested and expectant faces toward
him and they eyed his companions with
frank, curiosity. Miss Evans became
tho target for more than ono wnrmlv
admiring glance.
As for O'Reilly, the familiar odor of
thoso Cuban cigarettes, the snatches of
Spanish conversation which ho over
heard, awoko in him n great excite
ment; he realized with an odd thrill
that these eager, dark-visaged men
wero now his friends nnd comrades.
nnd that thoso Americans loitering
watchfully among them were his ene
mies the spies of whom Ramos had
spoken. There were nt lenst a score of
tho latter, and all were plainly
stamped with the distinctive marks of
their calling. That thoy, too, were In
terested in tho latest arrivals was soon
made evident by their efforts to get
On the next afternoon word was nul-
etly passed to get ready, and the fill-
Dustcrs, carrying their scant hnnd
baggage, began to leave the hotel in
groups, followed, of course, by tho
watchful spies.
As the three Americans nrennrml for
departure Norlne whispered: "Listen I
Everything is all right We're not go
ing aDoaru tno Dauntless at all; she's
hero as a blind."
"Are you sure?" O'Relllv shot her
a quick glance.
"Mnjor Ramos himself cave Hint
story to tho newspapers ; it's all a part
or his plan. I promised not to tell,
but I Just enn't holn myself. Gee!
I'm having a good time."
Leslie Branch shook his head mourn
fully. "You may enJov it. but I don't."
he grumbled. "We'll end it by being
pinched, and that will finish me. Ono
week in a damp coll, with my lungs n
O'Reilly, whose spirits had risen
magically, clapped him heartily on the
back, crying: "Congratulations t You're
feeling better."
"I never felt worse I" the other com
plained. "Nonsense I That's the first kink
you've made since we hit cold weather.
uy tho time wo reach Cuba you'll bo
nice nnd melancholy and your couch
will bo all gone."
Ramos led his threo charges to tho
railroad station and into the rear
coach of a south-bound train, where
tho other members of tho expedition
had already found seats. As" thy
climbed aboard a secret service ngnt
essnyed to follow them, .but he was
stopped by a brnkeman, vho said :
"You can't rldo in hero: this is n
special car. Some sort of a nlcnlc
party. They'-ro 'wops' or Greeks or
O'Reilly finds himself back In
Cuba only to have his hopes of
finding. Rosa arid Esteban re
celvo another crushing blow.
Still he refuses to give up the
search. Read about these devel
opments In tho next Installment.
Valuable Australian Wood.
Figured blnckwood Is mentioned by
a consular report ns perhaps tho most
beautiful of AUBtrnlln' s innnv nrnn.
mental hardwoods. The "fiddlebnck"
and "mottled" grains aro most sought,
tho grain of tho 'former being not un
like that of tho North American curly
maple. Tho color, however, Is differ
ent, being n rich golden brown. Tho
panel effects nro obtained by combin
ing tho Aguro with tho plain black-
Chesterfield and Voltaire.
Tho fourth carl of ChesterAeld was
on ono occasion nt a grand assembly
in Franco whero Voltnlro was ono of
the guests. Suddenly tho French
writer accosted his lordship with tho
words: "My lord, I know you aro a
Judge. Which aro the more beautiful,
tho English or tho Wrench Indies?"
"Upon my word," rcplted Chesterfield,
with his usual presence of mind. "I
am no Judge of palntltjfa." Argonaut
How Lydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Compound
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Woman's Use.
A visit to the laboratory where tht
successful remedy Is made impresses
even the casual looker-on with the reli
ability, accuracy, skill and cleanliness
which attends the making of this great
medicine for woman's ills.
Over 860,000 pounds of various herb
aro used anually and all havo to be
gathered at the season of the year when
their natural juicos and medicinal sub
stances aro at their best
The most successful solvents are used
to extract tho medicinal properties from
theso herbs.
Every utensil and tank that comes in
contact with tho medicine is sterilized
and as a final precaution in cleanliness
the medicine is pasteurized and sealed
in sterilo bottles.
It is tho wonderful combination of
roots and herbs, together with the
skill and care used in its preparation
which has made this famous medicine
so successful in tho treatment of
femalo ills.
Tho letters from women viho have
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Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com
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Wisconsin Braves Still Retain Numer
ous Medals Given to Them by
Various Governments.
Wisconsin Indians still retain many
peace medals that were given to them
or their ancestors by various govern
ments, and somo of tho medals date
back to 1720, according to an article
on Wisconsin Indian medals In Tho
Wisconsin Archegloglst
Tho earliest medals owned by Indian
families today lncludo ono of brass is
sued at the tlmo of George I, four of
silver bearing the bust of George HI,
an old Spanish medal and four Amerl-
tan medals.
A Washington medal is in the posses
sion of nn aged Ottawa Indian on the
Menomonle reservation near Shawano.
Phjllp Nacootee, a Menomonle Indian
of the South Branch settlement has a
Lincoln medal. A silver medal with
tho bust of President Polk, dated 1845,
was owned by tho .Menomonle chief,
Arthur Gerth, Milwaukee collector.
onco owned a silver medal Issued by
President Jefferson. An Andrew John
son medal Is in tho collection of A. T.
Newman of Bloomer. Dr. Alphonse
Gerend is the owner of a sliver George
III medal, formerly the property of tho
Wisconsin chlef,Wnumegesako.
Couldn't Find Peter.
"Borrowing from Peter to nnv Pnnl
Is bad business." sold Mr. DnhwnlfA.
"So It Is," replied the impecunious cit
izen, -in my case I find It exception
ally bad business." "Yfhy should It be
worse for you than anvbedv else?" "I
have the dickens of a time finding
r aui."
Better Off
if yovL drink
Postum. is
delicious and