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I IIII I II IIII I 4.++++4.4+ 4~++++4 4,-~H~ ++44,,++4,++,++ 4,++ +4.++4,+4~I, ++ +4.++ +.+.++ ! ..The Filibusters of Venezuela.. ! * $ ~:~**, Or the Trials of a Spanish Girl. i . By SEWARD W. HOPKINS. .p 4, Copyrighted 1900 by Robert Bonner's Sons. the crimson testimony of the conflict between Right and Wrong, between Passion and Patriotism, .between Heav- en and Hell. For the hand of God is in the battle, and when the swords of the defenders of Right are weak. He brings a powerful sustenance to the waning strength, or sends some mes- sage of His power to stay the course of the powers of Evil. One day General Salvarez was sitting on his shady porch, smoking his after- dinner cigar. When three horsemen, covered with dust, and bearing other evidence of a long and hurried journey, came up the shell road leading to the castle and saluted the commander. General' Salvarez rose in some sur- prise to meet them, for he recognized their uniforms as velonging to the gen- eral staff at Caracas. "From the President," said one, leap- ing from his horse and placing a pack- et in the general's hand. Salvarez replied graciously, and took the packet. "'How far have you come in the sad- dle?" he asked. "Not from Caracas, surely, else how did you cross the Ori- noco ?" '%Ve came from Caracas, neverthe- less," said the officer, "but our horses came only from Bolivar. We rode to the Orinoco, and at the village of Can- do left our horses, hired some fisher- men half-breeds to row us over, ob- tained fresh horses at Bolivar, and hurried on." "Your message must be important," said the general. He called an officer, and, having or- dered the best entertainment for the three riders that the castle afforded. sat down to read his message. As he read, his brow grew dark with anger: "Gen. Jose Salvarez." the message ran--- "We are in receipt of cable dis- patches from our consul in New York city, conveying the startling news that a hand of conspirators sailed from tha/~ port on the 6th of this month. June. in steamer Agostura, bound for Ciudad Bolivar, carrying a cargo of firearms and ammunition, invoiced as agri- cultural implements, and consigned to Pedro Francisco, the friend of Spain in your valley. The startling information is furnished by the consul that the chief conspirators a~e Don Juan Garza, who was driven out of Venezuela some years ago for conspiring against the government, and Ferdinand Gomez, a most unscrupulous adventurer. The ob- ject of this expedition is to organize an army in remote regions, seize prop- erty and march on Caracas. overthrow- ing this government and replacing it with a monarchy. The information is also furnished that the conspirators are accompanied by a mysterious per- son who wears the royal purple and the arms of the house of Aragon. He is addressed as king by his associates, and is probably the one chosen to be monarch of Venezuela in case of a successful invasion or uprising. You will accordingly take prompt and ef- fective measures to give these invader.~ a warm reception and prevent the land- ing of these arms. You will also need to keep your own force well in hand, for it is certain that a Yew men would not undertake this task unless they were assured of prompt support by the natives. "If necessary, sink the ship wlth all on board, but I would prefer to have this Pretender, who is known as Phil- ip of Aragon, seized alive, that his identity may be ascertained. "The Agostura may never come to port. for we shall have gunboats watching for her in the usual path of steamers, and also at the mouth of the Orinoco. Should she succeed in passing, she will be due at Bolivar about the 18th. "The consul further states that Don Juan Garza, who ~eems to be the most powerful among the conspirators, is accompanied by his daughter, a beau- tiful girl, who is to be married against her will to this Philip of Aragon, when he becomes King of Venezuela. This is put here to explain to you the fact that two young American gentle- men, one of whom is engaged to be married to Don Juan's daughter, will arrive at Bolivar on the Steamer Cal- lao, bearing letters of introduction from the consul. As these young men are earnest in their efforts to defeat the purposes of Garza and his asso- ciates, show them the courtesies due citizens of our great and friendly neighbor, the United States. "CRESPO. President." When General Salvarez had read this through, the clouds cleared away from his brow, and he lighted another cigar and strolled leisurely away to meet his subordinate officers, and to communi- cate the news to them. General Salvarez felt that he had no cause to feel alarmed or disturbed over the news he had received from Caracas. In the first place, the Agostura, allow- ing that she reached the Cludad Boli- var, at all, would not arrive for four days to come. But Salvarez did not for a moment believe that the shtp of the adventures would ascend the Orinoco, for it would hardly be possible that she could pass the gunboats at the delta, even though she had suc- ceeded In eluding those farther north. Therefore, there was ample time for Salvarez to act, and no reason to de- part front the usual dignified delibera- tion and coolness. His first thought was to plauee a spy on the heels of the wealthy Pedro Francisco, to dog his footsteps. But, he CHAPTER I. The President's Message. There is no fairer spot in all Vene- =uela than the valley of Coroni, and there is no brighter luxuriance in the valley of the Coroni than that of the great plantation of General Jose SaN varez, which lies on the left bank of t'he Coroni about twenty miles from the point of coniluence of that river with the great Orinoco. Here are raised ~--offes, second to none, not even the :famous product of Maraca!be; sugar- cane, bananas, cotton, indigo, cocoa- routs, corn and wheav. Along the river was a thick growth, where, among many other things, ~could be found caoutchouc, the tonka- :~ean and gutta-percha, Besides being the proud owner of twelve thousand acres of thi3 magnifi- cent and wealth producing territory. ,General Salvarez was the commanding general of all the troops of the Repub- :lic of Venezuela south of the Orinoco. There were, in all, not more than a "t'housand, and were scattered over miles of territory; but under the im- mediate command of General Salverez, .quartered in the comfortahle fortress which formed part of Castle Salvarez, was a regiment consisting of two hun-