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! ..The Filibusters of Venezuela.. $ Or the Trials of a Spanish Girl + i Copyrighted 19~0 by Robert Bonner'a Son~ CHAPTER I.--(Continued. I huskily. "I know they left New York Arthur Medworth smiled and an- on that ship'" ewered; ! "Then where are they now?" asked "General, as I am the one most in- Salvarez. terested, it is proper that I should un- dertake to explain the case as well as I am able. I will tell you the whole story as it lies nearest to my heart, and you ,will be able to take from it what most concerns you. To begin, then, General: Some time ago I was fortunate enough to rescue a beautifvl girl from being dashed to the ground and killed by a runaway team of horses In New York. That glrl was Lola Crar- za, the daughter of Don Juan Garza, a proud old Spaniard who has lived in Venezuela and latterly in New York, where he married a wealthy lady, now dead. Don Juan is one of the proud- est of Castilians, and though I am by no means poor, I was not wealthy enough,-or el noble birth, to s~tisfy his ambitions for his daughter. Lola Garza, who has then seventeen years of age, and is now eighteen, inherited more of her mother's American nature than her father's Spanish one. She eared nothing for royalty" and old- world courts, and being wealthy in her own right was independent, I grew 'to love her, and she returned my love, but Don Juam forbade all communica- tion between us. Still, we met clandes- tinely as often as possible, "Well, Dos. Juan, about slx months ago, began to receive strange men at his house, and it was evident that some kind of conspiracy was on foot. Still, he guarded his secret closely, and we learned ~only the name of one of these---Ferdinand Gomez. There was another, whose name we could not at first learn, w:ho always wore a gor- geous uniform, concealed, when on the etreet, under ~ long Spanish cloak. "On the evening of the fourth of this month, these men and several others were at Garza's house, and Loi~t was called to me~t them. Don Juan put her hand in that of the uniformed strang- er, and said: "'Phtllp of Aragon, this is my daughter, Lots. I made my bargain, and who shall say you will not be the gainer by i4.?' "There. w0~s a great deal more said, and the poor girl, though much fright- ened, gathered enough from the con- stant talk to know that these men were engaged in a desperate plot to seat Philip of Ar~,gon on the throne of some coun- try now a republic, and that her father had f~rmlshed the arms and am- munition and ready money for the en- terprise, stipulating, in turn. that his daughter, Lola, should be made queen. When, after a long time, du}'Ing which she trembled wlth fear, she was al- lowed to leave the room. Ferd!n~nd Oomez, who was near the door. bent over and whispered In her ear: 'Heed him hot--the madman. Whether he be king or not. you shall never be his bride. I haw, ~oved you long, and love you now, to~ well to give you up to him. Rather than have him marry you I would kill him. And rather than give you to another, I would~ kill you. Remember, p~ece or war, success or failure, you are mine.' "As you may suppose. General, the poor glrl was doubly frightened at this, and made haste to tell me all on the following day. Before I could act, how- ever, on the morning of the 6th. Don Juan Garza. his daughter, Gomez and PhiILp of Aragon were mlsslng. 1 was much alarmed, and with my tried and true friend here, Jack Tempest, visited the Ve:aezuelan consul, among others in NeW York. At the consul's office we lear:ned, that the stean~hlp Agostura had sailed from New York that morning with the conspirators and a cargo of arms for Bolivar. There- fore, it is certain that Venezuela is the country to be turned into a monarchy with Philip of Aragon on the throne, Now where are the conspirators?" Salvarez laughed, and said: '~ou need not fear. Your Lola is now probably ~afe in the hands of the Republic, and will not be harmed if your story is true. The Agostura is so long overdue ~hat I do not expect to see her at Bolivar." Notwithstanding this opinion of ~eneral ~alvarez, the smoke of a teamer was seen approaching on the ~d. Actlvlty began at once, and SaN varez prepared to receive into captivity the e~emles of his country. When the eleanor drew nearer, they were surprised to see that ~he carried the Custom House flag, thus showing that she ha~i been examined and t~a~sed at La Guayra. Then it could not be the Agostura. But it was the Agosturs. Slowly she swung into the dock; the bustle of landing occupied some lit- tle time, and the captain presented his papers. Not a passenger was on board; no C~omez, no Garza. no Lois, no Philip of Aragon. The invoice was examined. The seal of the custom house was genuine. The work of unloading began. Case after case was brought ashore. and by the command of Salvarez brok- en open. The con~nts of one wa~ a plow, of another a harrow, So on, until the dock was strewn with agricultural- implements. Not a gun, not a cartridge, was on board. General Salvarez. his chief o~cers. Medworth and Tempest, stood on the dock at Bolivar, and looked at each thor in chagrin. ~ome one had blundered terrlblY. "It is a trick."" exclaimed Medworth, He was soon to learn. CHAPTER II. A Shrewd Move. It will be necessary, in order that the reader, who is interested, may under- stand the mystifying event which upset all the calculations of General Sal- varez, and filled Arthur Medworth with dismay, to turn our attention to the men who were conspiring against the peace and liberty of Venezuela, and fol- low them in one of the shrewdest moves the brain of plotter ever de- vised. It had seemed to Salvarez, who re- called the words in the message of President Crespo, that the consul at New York had been too hasty in jump- ing to a conclusion. But the sailing of the Agostura laden with arms for the royalist cause was a fact. The consul av New York, in cabling his information to President Crespo at Caracas, had stated nothing but the truth. Where. then, the mys- tery? Shrewd as Medworth ned been, shrewd as the consul had been, they were but children compared to the shrewdness of Ferdinand Gomes. The first thing was to discover a king. It may be wondered at that Gomez did not aim to the crown himself. But the astute Spaniard was experienced enough to know that if he, as father of the scheme, admitted that he wished to be king, re would drive from his side his strongest supporters, for It would stand bare as the selfish, grasp- ing plot of an adventurer. He disckwer- ed the man he wanted, and supported by the glory of the house of Aragon, they began operations. They found plenty of sympathizers in Spain, but mostly among men who were ready to Join the expedition with visions of old-time Spanish conquest~ before them. But there were two great difficulties that confronted Gomez. The ' Monroe Doctrine, so positively en- forced and maltalned by the United States government, made It Impossible for the royalist movement to emanate from Spain. The impulse must come in the way of a revolution in Venezuela, and for this there was no money avail- able. But Gomez was not the man to sit down and acknowledge himself de- feated. He went to Venezuela, He felt the political pulse. He appointed agents to all the states and provinces. Tl~en he went to New York. The reports of his agents were favor- able. Men were ready to take up arms for the royalist cause. But the arms were lacking. Now Gomez showed himself a mas- ter. He carefully studied all sources from which assistance might safely be derived. One after another he cast aside as undesirable or impossible. In a splendid house in New York lived a proud old Spaniard, Don Juan Garza, Don Juan had, in his own way and time, been something of an ad- venturer. Born in Castile, of a very proud, very aristocratic and very poor family, he inherited all the love of pomp and royalty and nobility without the means to gratify it. For a time he served in the army, but at the age of twenty-two he left Spain and went to Venezuela. That country had, after a thirty years' war, enjoyed ten years of liberty from Spanish rule. Ths coun- try was unsettled and dangerous, and Don Juan had his fill of exciting adventure, but did little to fill his de- pleted coffers. He remained In Vene- zuela long enough to bring down upon his head the anger of ~the government for intrigue and political treachery, and was forced to leave. From there he went to New York city, where he met and won the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. His married llfe proved happy enough to keep him out of political mlsclef, but his mind often turned longingly ~o the pomp and glory of courts. The merchant died, leaving his for- tune so arranged that. at the death of Don Juan's wife, it should descend to the daughter, then a pretty little thing of six. When Lola was fifteen years of age her mother died. and the old Spaniard's mind turned with greater longing to political fields. Thus it was, when Ferdinand Gomez was looking for some one to assist in his great enterprise, Don Juan Garza was looking for an enterprise to as- aish They met, these t'.:o, and conferred. Don Juan was sixty years old, and was shrewd. He desired to know the exact position of the new movement in Vene- zuela. Gomez, therefore, sent for his agents, and for Philip of Aragon. While waiting for them to arrive, Gomez fell violently in love with Lola Garza, who was herself in love with Arthur Mad- worth, against whom the father had is- sued his decree, Philip and the agents arrived. A meeting was held at Don Juan's house, and it was made apparent to the old man that one hundred thousand peo- ple in Venezuela stood sworn to sup- port Philip of Aragon. The pride and ambition of Don Juan was touched. He agreed to furnish the arms and am- munition for the enterprise, if Philip would agree to a contract in writing whereby he bound himself to marry L~la Garza as soon as the crown of Venezuela was on his head, To this Philip assented, and Gomes found hlm~f confronted by a coallt~c~a ~.-. 4~44~4~~ tween Philip and Don Juan that bad~ ~ , fair to defeat his own secret pur~=~. ~Current lop cs So, when the contract was slgae~. Don Juan went to a certain w~lthy ~ .~ man in New York who frequently be. ~~4~4~~~,~ came the backer of shady enterprises, C/)ica~o',r ~Police Scandal invariably exacting a great return iv: Astounding revelations of the mis- his money; and this pers~)n, upon the conduct of the police force of Chicago promise of DOn Juan to furnish a contract, signed by Philip of Aragon, to give him, Solima, the backer of the state, the full control of all trade be- tween Venezuela and the United States, agreed to furnish twenty thousand rifles, millions of cartridges, and a mil- lion dollars to promote the success ot the royal cause. The plans worked smoothly without a break. The Agostura was chosen as the vessel to carry the arms out oil New York; and this was where Gomez proved himself to be the master-hand in the whole conspiracy. Up to this time the success had all depended upon him, with the one ex- ceptional instance of Garza's aid finan- cially. But then, Gomez had chosen Garza. He had selected his agents shrewd- ly, managed their movements, and guided their hands. He had been all over the ground to prepare the way for his emissaries. He had met Pedro Francisco, and had trusted him. He alone, Gomez, controlled the situation. At the same time the Agostura was being laden with arms in the East River, the Turtle, a ship in the carry- ing trade between Boston and the pen- insula, lay at her dock in Boston re- ceiving a cargo of bona-fide agricul- tural implements, ostensibly for Nic- aragua. The invoices of the Turtle and the Agostura, one false, the other true, were identically the same. The invoice of the Agostura tallied correctly with the invoice of the Turtle. The morning of the 6th was a mem- orable one to Lola Garza. She had been awakened before day- light by her father and ordered te dress. "Come,'~~ he said, "we go to place you on a throne." She had rebelled. A struggle had act- ually taken place. Lola had been dragged forth against her will, thrust into a carriage with her father, Gomez and Philip of Aragon, and tak- en to Port Morris. They boarded the Agostura. The ship sailed at five o'clock. Gomez was radiant. His plans had, so far, been signally successful. His as- sociates wondered at his hopefulness. They knew nothing about the purchase of the Turtle. But Gomez had a surprise in store for them. When the Agostura had reached s point about five degrees east of Wash- ington and thlrty-five degrees north latitude, she hung about as if waiting for something. That something was the Turtle. "We are lost!" Don Juan had ex- claimed when he saw the strange steamer coming toward them. "We govern," Gomez replied. "Vene- zuela is ours from to-day." The two steamers were lashed to- gether. Each had been furnished with don- key-engines and hoisting apparatus. The cargo of the Agostura was trans- ferred to the Turtle. The Agostura unloaded at Bolivar, as we have seen. General Salvarez had started for home in disgust. There was no way for Medworth and Tempest to leave before El Callao sailed, which vould be in five days. Castle Salvare~ was only twenty miles away. They ac- cepted the offer of hospitality Salvares held out to them, and accompanied him up the Coroni valley. In the meantime, the Turtle. free from all hindrance, had followed the Agostura, and at the very hour the Agostura was unloading at Bolivar, the Turtle, loaded with twenty thous- and rifles, came to anchor in the Or- inoco at a shorter distance below the mouth of the Coronl River than Boli- var was above it. Gomez had outwitted them all. (To be continued.) l]ow to Beoome Wealthy. In a New Hampsihre city there dwells an octogenarian physician who, n addition to his wide medical skill, is known far and wide as a dispenser of blunt philosophy. The other day a ~oung man of his acquaintance called at his office. "I have not come for pills this time, dec.tot," said the visitor, "but for advice. You have lived many years in this world of toil and trouble md have had much experience. I am young and I want you to tell me how to get rich." The aged practitioner gazed through his glasses at the young man md in a deliberate tone, said: "Yes, I cantell you, You are young and can accomplish your object if you will. Your plan is this: First, be industri- ous and economical. Save as much as possible and spend as little. Pile up the dollars and put them at interest. If you follow out these instructions by the time you reach my age you'll be as rich as Croesus and as mean as h--l."~ Buffalo Commercial. Sailor Poets Wanted. An English literary writer says that "the time is fully ripe for the advent of a sailor poet and the marine en- gineer poet. "Whether they write in terms of rhyme or no I care not. A virgin field awaits them, a noble in- heritance, maturing for ages, They can, if they come, utterly refute the false and foolish prattle of the arm- chair philosophers and prove trium- phantly that so far from the romance and poetry of the aea being dead, It has hardly yet b--en given any ado.i quate expression whatever." Lawndale, Ken., a town of twoI thousand inhabitants, boasts of a pc- continue to amaze the' public. It was generally suspected that the .depart- ment, through some of its commanding officers, is a patron of the criminal classes, shielding them from prosecu- tion in return for money or political assistance. This was a dignified and honorable business compared with the position in which the most recent charges haw placed the ~lepartment, It figures now not as the protector, but as the tool of criminals. The accusa- tion is made by one of the societies for the prevention of crime that when a raid of poolroom owners communi- cated with police captains and ser- geants over the police telephone, which had been kindly placed at the disposal of the runners, and the captains and sergeants forthwith sent out men from the stations to warn the criminals. This is in some respects the worst charge that has been made against the department. Not only does it con- nive at crime, but it devotes its ener- gies to a systematic defeat of the pro- cesses of the court. It is apparent from the manner of the men under suspicion that they are in no terror of punishment, and will be in none until the sustaining political power behind them, which would compel them to protect vice and crime even FRANCIS O'NEILIs. Chicago's New Chief of Police Who is Cleaning Out the Department. if they were not too willing to do it, is smashed by the people. ~Di~Jorcez in Indiana. The state statistican of Indiana has done an important service of sociology by compiling the statistics of mar- riages and divorces throughout the entire state. If the same work could be done, and done as thoroughly, in every other state a more exhaustive study of the divorce question would be possible, and the needs of uniform legislation would be more apparent. The reports of the statistician show that during the year ending June 30, 1901, the total number of marriages in the state was 24,007, and the total number of divorces granted was 3,009, or about 13 per cent. Undoubtedly some of these divorces have been granted, but it is extremely doubtful whether such a large percentage of marriages as this should have been annulled. Other statistics are also of interest. The divorces granted to wives were 1,967, to husbands 659. and this is about the proportions in other states. It does not follow from this that women are more prone to rush into the divorce courts than men. The causes explain the numerical differ- ence. Of the total (1,967) divorces granted to wives 792 were for abando- ment by husbands and 901 for cruel treatment by them, These are suffi- cient causes and explain the appar- ently large proportion of wives seek- ing divorce. Famo~.r ~eari j~ec~lace. A Jewelry firm eL London are now the fortunate possessors of the mag- nificent six-row pearl necklace, sold {or 20,000 ($100,000) recently at Christie, the property of a French lady of rank, and sold for the pur- pose of family division, the sale of which created such extraordinary sensation among the connoisseurs of Europe and America, attracting to the salerooms the leading merchants of London and the continent. The necklace was sold at the auction ~o a syndicate of three leading whole- lice department that has not made a, sale pearl merchants of London, who single arrest in the last eight years. ~ have now resold it to the above named Jewelers. of Macomb, Ill., is a gentleman much noticed by the state press at this time. The reason for it is that he recently wrote the following letter: "McDonough County Fair Associa- tion, Macomb, Ill. : I herewith return N REV. J. H. BATTEN. your complimentary ticket for three reasons: 5. If ~ care to attend I am able to pay my way. 2, I ask no favors and propose to grant none to an organization that de- liberately and defiantly violates the laws of both God and man. 3. 'I propose that at least one mln- tater in the city of Macomb shall not be used as an advertisement for an as- sociation of professional gamblers who conduct their criminal business under the name of an agricultural fair. ---James Hoffman Batten." A~tomati 1~lail ~eli~ery, An ingenious mail service system has been devised by a Massachusetts inventor. The arrangement is quite complicated, but the manner in which the mechanism works is described as beautifully simple. Letters, instead of being placed in the ordinary boxes, are dropped into receptacles, which are conveyed by electrical motors to the central station. Swiftly and noiselessly these mail boxes move through the air, stopping at regular intervals for more mall, their arrival at and depart~e from each point being timed as exactly as under the present system, In a word, they are designed to do the ~reater part of the work that postmen do at present. Of course, by this method, though letters can be transmitted to and from any point in a city, or perhaps a greater distance, they cannot be de- livered at individual houses. On the THE MAIL DISTRIBUTORS. other hand, it is claimed that, so far as time is concerned, these electrically propelled mail boxes are far superior to any system now in use. "'~anl(e'" ~roduct~ in En~llzb Life. In the domestic life we have got to this: The average man rises in ~he morning from his New England folding bed, shaves with &merican soap and a Yankee safety razor, pulls on his Bos- ton boots over his socks from North Carolina, fastens his Connecticut braces, slips his Waltham or Water- bury watch in his pocket and sits down to breakfast. There he con- gratulates his wife on the way. her Illinois straight front corset sets off her Massachusetts blouse, and he tack- lea his breakfast where he eats bread made from prairie flour, tinned oysters from the Pacific coast, and a slice of Kansas City ~bacon, while his wife plays with a slice of Chicago ox tongue. The children are given Ameri- can oats. At the same time he reads his morning paper printed by Ameri- can machines and possibly on Ameri* can paper. He rushes out. catches the electric tram (New York) to .Shepherd's Bush, where he gets lu a Yankee elevator to take him on to the American-fitted electric railway to the city. At lunch time he hastily swallows some cold roast beef that comes from a cow in Iowa, and flavors it with the latest New England pickles," and then soothe~ hls mind with a couple of Virginia clrgarettes. To follow hls course all day would be wearisome. But when evening comes he seeks relaxation at the latest American musical comedy and finishes up with a couple of "little liver pills" "made in America."~London Mail. Mayor Tom Johnson of Cleveland started to earn his living by selling newspapers wbeu he was 11 years old. That was at the time of Les's surren- der and news was plenty and in great demand. Johnson made $80 the first five weeks he was In the business by cornering his small town's newspaper market, ~etvare ~f #~e ..Vteno~rapJ~er. A decision as to what constitutes a libelous "publication" in contempla- tion of law has recently been handed down by the Maryland court of ap- peals, which should lead persons em- ploying private amanuenses and sten- ographers to use great care as to the subject matter of a dictated letter, says the Baltimore American. According to this decision, the first Judicial de- liverance of a state court of last re- sort deciding the precise point, the publication of a letter dictated and typewritten containing libelous matter is legally complete, although its con- tents have not been made known to any person other than the stenog- rapher. The court ruled: "Neither the prevalence of any busi- ness customs or methods nor the pres- sure of business which compels resort to stenographic assistance can make that legal which is illegal, nor make that innocent which would otherwise be actionable. Nor can the fact that the stenographer is under contractual or moral obligation to regard all his employer's communications as confi- dential alter the reason of the mat- ter." Under the ruling publicity within the meaning and intent of the libel law of Maryland is sufficiently accom- plished when the objectionable matter is dictated to the stenographer. The libel is "published" under such cir- cumstances as fully for the legal pur- poses as though it were printed in a newspaper and published broadcast. No case presenting the same facts ap- pears to have been before the courts of any other state for adjudication. In view of the universal use of stenog- raphers as confidential secretaries, It is important that the decision should be widely published.--Pittsburg Dis- patch. ~hi~r I~ Open ~ar. The people of many prosperous manu~aeturing towns in Pennsylvania and Ohio are dismayed, with good rea- son, by the announcement of a new policy adopted by the United States Steel Corporation in fighting strikes. The corporation has determined, wherever it is possible, to dismantle or abandon mills where the workmen have gone out. This is wasting the enemy's country with a vengeance and savors of real warfare. The mills are the very heart of many fine cltles and towns. Thousands of persons and their small concerns depend on the activity of these establishments. The blow as usual falls heaviest on the non-combatants, the unoffending pub- lic. The operatives can move to other industrial centers and gain employ- ment. The case is different with the merchant or banker, who has a heavier stake in the community and who has risked everything on the stability of the local conditions. He is not apt to think very highly of a victory which is won at the cost of complete ruin to himself and his family, who have had no interest in the dispute. But the pnllcy may have a large use- fulness if it makes people ask whether a struggle between a combination of great wealth and i~s employee, which may practically destroy whole com- munities and bring ruin on multitudes of innocent people, is really a "private matter" in which each of the contend- ing parties can do what it will with its own. Th# ~. Loutz E~rpozitlon. The Director of Works for the Louisiana Purchase exposition at St. Louis announces that ground is to be broken in a few days and that before the end of N0vember the contracts will have been let for nearly $6,000,000 worth of work. It is expected that the entire cost of the exposition will ex- ceed JJ0,000,000, in which case it will surpass all previous enterprises of this nature. The Forest Park tract of 1,100 acres, set apart for the fair, is picturesque and beautiful to a rare de- gree, and no less than 640 acres are to be occupied by buildings and other attractions. The plan~ are already sufficiently matured to make it evi- dent that the St. Louis people are de- termined to eclipse even the World's Columbian exposition. The World's Fair in Chicago cost for construction $18,300,000, of which $5,000,000 was appropriated hy the City of Chicago, $5,604,000 was secured by the sale of stock, and $2,488,000 came from the sale of the souvenir coins contributed by the national govern- me~tt. While Chicago had $13,000,000 raised before the gates opened, St. Louis already has $16,000,000 in sight. That city is fortunate in having an appropriation of $5,000,000 from con- gress. Chicago got only the souvenir coins. The City of St. Louis hoe ap- propriated $5,006,000, the same amount Chicago gave, but the State of Mis- souri has voted $1,000,000. Illinois gave no such sum to the Chicago Fatr, Finally, the subsciptions to date are said ~) exceed $5,000,000. ~wetiez 0/" Language. Here are two or three nicatle~ of language to which perhaps some who read ~bis may not have had ~heir at- tention called, says Harper's Bazar. A man Just married is prefevably not a "groom," but a bridegroom." The former is not exactly incorrect, hut the latter is much the better word. "Dres- sy" as an adjective can be dtsl~nsed with, "dress gowns, .... a dress a~air," covering the ground decidedly better. "Full dress" in the same application is also unnecessary as well as inelegant. Tell your brothers, too, not to talk about their "dress suits'; rather speak Of "evening dress."