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...The Filibusters of Venezuela..! Or the Trials of a Spanish Oirl. ~, By SEWARD W. HOPKINS. + Copyrighted 1900 by Robert Banner's Sons. ~. CHAPTER III. The Castle Falls. We have already spoken of Pedro Francisco, the wealthy planter, the lov- er of Senorita Jacinta, and the confid- ant and agent of Ferdinand Gomez. Frdncisco was a man about thirty Years of age, and had inherited from his father, Spaniard of the type of Don Juan Garza, not only the broad lands that made him wealthy, but the fierce and haughty spirit of the true Span- iard, and the love of the pomp and dis- play of royalty that Don Juan possess- ed. The hatred of the republican govern- ment was as strong an emotion in the heart of Francisco ~s his love for Ja- .cinta Salvarez. He had thrown himself into the conspiracy with fervor. The ~uccess of Philip of Aragon would doubly reward him. With Salvarez in power, he could not hope to win Jacin- ta. If the republican power was crush- ed, he would not only see his beloved court and courtiers, royal glory and military pomp, but he would have SaN 'varez in his power and Jacinta should be his. The plan of Gomez to begin the war in the valley of the Coroni, and his selection of Francisco as his chief organizer there, was but another proof of the boundless genius of the man. All the cupidity of the Zambos had been well worh:ed upon by Gomez and Francisco, and they were organized, re~dy for the revolt against the gov- ernment having been promised a rich bounty for their services. These creatures were under the im- mediate command of one Mattazudo, a half-breed, but not a Zambo. Matta- zudo was half white, that is, Spanish, and half Indian. He was shrewd, un- scrupulous an~l cruel as Gomez could have wished him to be. Moreover, he had unlimited sway over the Zambos. Francisco was wonderfully well in- formed of events of which General SaN varez was entirely ignorant. He had received full instructions from Gomez and knew Just when and where to meet the Turtle. Ten miles down the Orinoco from the mouth of the Coroni, the southern bank of the river had a peculiar forma- tion. In the midst of miles of swamp and lagoon, one high and dry ridge rose like a great hog's back from the river to the dry lands beyond the lagoons. Gomez, who knew the geography and topography of the country perfectly, had selected from the very first that hog's back as the point on which to land his arms. His orders, therefore, to Pedro Fran- cisco were to assemble a large force-- as many of their adherents as could be gathered without arousing the sus- picion of General Salvarez--on the hog-back to meet him and his fellow conspirators from the Turtle. It was therefore a strangely wild and animated scene that was spread out before Lola Garza when the Turtle anchored off the hog-back, and the un- loading of firearms began. Preparations did not lag. Every man was armed, and, having given orders to the captain of the Turtle to take the ship out farther into the stream and await a message from him, Gomez gave the order to march. "Where shall we go first?" asked Philip of Gomez. "To the Castle of Salvarez," said Gomez. "The army of the Republic-- that portion of it south of the Orinoco ~is commanded by Salvarez, who has most of the men at his castle. They are now at Bolivar watching the unloading of the Agostura, and his castle will be an easy prey." At the castle of Salvarez two women Were growing anxious. The prolonged absence of Salvarez filled his wife and daughter with alarm. Rumors had reached the castle that the errand of Salvarez to Bolivar would b~ worse than useless, for the enemies that were expected had already landed in an un- expected way, and the Coronl flowed between the friends and the enemies of the republic. Dana Maria and Jacinta heard these rumors with alarm, for if the insur- gents should cross the Coroni and at- tack the castle, the pitiful handful of thirty men left by Salvarez would not be sufficient to protect it. General Salvarez had an invention of his own in use on two flat boats Used to convey cattle or produce across the river. These boats could be pulled across the river from either side. Fran- cisco understood them well, and al- ready the strained eyes of Jacinta and her mother saw a boat load of the en- emy crossing the river. The few men in the garrison began firing, but frightened by the seemingly endless throng that was coming to con- quor them, threw down their arms and fled. "We are lost!" cried Dana Maria. "Deserted by the few we had, what can we do? Even the servants have left Us. We cannot escape!" "The secret passage!" exclaimed Jacinta. "There is not a man unfaith- ful to my father who knows it. Come; We can escape them there!" "Of what use is it?" asked Dana Ma- ria. "We can, it is true, leave the cas- tle by the secret passage, but what Shall we do then?" "Time enough to think of that when We are safe," said Jacinta. "Come." They ran to their rooms, hastily Packed up a few articles, seized their JeWels, and entering a room on the ground floor, left it again, disappear- ing completely and leaving no trace of the manner in which they went. An hour later the followers of Philip and Gomez had all crossed the Coroni, and the standard of the new king, Philip of Aragon, floated from the flagstaff of the castle of Salvarez. CHAPTER IV. The Secret Passage. There was one person in the retinue of Philip of Aragon whose joy at the successful capture of the castle of Sal- varez was not entirely without alloy. This was Pedro Francisco. He knew that Senorita Jacinta was not with her father at Bolivar. He had dwelt upon the pleasure with which he would make her his prisoner, to win release only by making her captivity lifelong--by becoming his wife. His chagrin, therefore, when the cas- tle was found to be unoccupied was very great. Ite knew nothing about the secret passage. Neither did Gomez, or any one else in the royalist army. Meanwhile the returning battalions of Salvarez heard the flying rumors. Salvarez, who was slowly riding ahead, accompanied by Medworth and Tempest, was startled at seeing three horsemen coming at full gallop toward him. The general spurred forward to meet them. "What is it? You have news?" he said. "The castle! The castle!" cried one. "The Spaniard!" cried another. "The people have gone over." "We are lost!" exclaimed the third. General Salvarez turned pale. "What do you mean?" he demanded. "You cry 'the castle!' Has anything gone wrong at the castle? Has the en- emy come? My wife and daughter-- where are they?" "AH is lost, I tell you?" was the re- ply. "The whole country has risen in revolt. An armed force, consisting of hundreds of men, under Francisco and the half-breed Mattazudo, attacked the castle. We fought bravely. VCe killed over a hundred, but they were too many for us." "Silence!" roared General Salvarez. "Fear has turned you into garrulous old women. You say the castle is tak- en? Where, then, are my wife and daughter " "Alas!'We do not know. They either escaped or were captured." "Likely," said Tempest, speaking in English to Arthur. "The ladies are either free or in captivity, alive or dead. No denying that fellow's brilliant intellect." "Hush!" said Medworth. Salvarez turned toward them, with a pale, but stern face. "'My young friends," he said, "the worst has befallen us. We have been outwitted--tricked--in the most skill- ful way. While we were in Bolivar, the enemy has entered at another point and now occupy my castle, and have no doubt captured or killed my wife and daughter. There is hard work be- fore me. The castle must be retaken. ~ orward!" He spurred his horse forward. The news spread among the men. They pressed on close behind him. At tl~e rear came the lumbering artillery-- the guns he had taken to Bolivar to prevent the landing of ~che enemy. After a wearisome march they came in sight of the castle, and from its staff floated a peculiar gag. "It not that the flag of Spain?" asked Medworth. "No," replied Tempest, whose ven- turesome life at sea had made him familiar with the flags of all nations and the languages of most. "It is the flag of no known country. It is modeled closely after that of Spain, but is not quite like it. A flag no doubt designed and chosen as the standard of the royal party in Venezuela." The column was now halted. Salvarez called several of his officers to him. As was perfectly natural and proper, Medworth and Tempest were not ad- mitted to this council of war. They slipped from their horses and walked away toward the Coroni. Some of the soldiers of Salvarez looked at them, but none tried to stop them from going. It was Medworth's idea to get below the bank of the river, which at this point was high, and, thus screened from observation, creep toward the castle and endeavor to obtain some in- formation of the actual situation there. Carefully they crept up the river, drawing nearer each moment to the castle, now and then peeping over the I~ank to take bearings. The path was beset with difficulties. At one place they came to a small stream that flowed into the Coroni, and to cross which they must find stones or logs to make a stepping-way. The road to the castle, along which the troops of Saivarez were marching, crossed this stream over a bridge a quarter of a mile away, but Medworth did not know that, and if he had, it is not likely he would have left the shel- ter of the river bank to go to it. After a time they found themselves near the castle. At this point there was a deep, thick growth of vines and low .trees along the river, and they had a view of the castle only in one place where the road [ was cut through down to the landingI place of the general's flat boats. I They hurried passed this, and found I a secure place among some vines and bushes on a low spot between the rlver and the higher bank, about ten feet from the water. Here they halted, and if they spoke at all, spoke only in whispers, while they peered here and there to see if there were any human beings near them. Suddenly Mdworth was startled at seeing the thick vines on the side of the bank move. A hand appeared--a small, jewelled hand--and then a wom- an's face. Medworth clutched Tempest, and they remained hidden, wondering what sort of hiding place that was. Two women--one young and pretty, the other mature, but still handsome~ emerged cautiously from some secret place, looked this way and that, and moved slowly away up the river. They had not gone beyond the sight of the young Americans, when, with a loud shout, a man rushed upon them and seized the younger. The Americans heard her scream and knew that she needed protection. All thoughts of their own safety fled, and as they saw two others come to the assistance of the first, they rushed out. "Are you not the wife and daughter of General Salvarez?" asked Medworth. Jacinta looked up into the handsome face of the young American, and said: "We are, senor, and this man is our enemy." It is, of course, apparent to the read- er that Jacinta's assailant was Pedro Francisco. He made a gesture as if te draw his knife, but before he c~uld use it', the sledge-hammer fist of Terns- pest caught him square, and he went cursing and howling to earth. His two companions attempted to help him, but Medworth, who was a strong man himself, though not equal to Tempest in strength, knocked one of them down, and Tempest nearly killed the other. The Americans then, to end the af- fair before others came, drew their re- volvers, and Francisco and his com- panions sneaked away, crestfallen and swearing vengeance. The Americans were overwhelmed with thanks, and Jacinta's black eyes wel,e devouring Medworth's face and figure, while her tongue was uttering soft words of gratitude for his timely assistance. "What a handsome man!" she was saying to herself. "I wonder who he in. I hope I shall meet him again." "Senors," said Dana Maria, who had no thought of the romance in the sit- uation, but hungered for news' of her husband, "do you know where General Salvarez is now?" "He is about a mile below, with his soldiers," replied Medworth, who spoke Spanish better than Tempest. "We left him to hurry forward and gain some knowledge of the situation. We wilt escort you to him." So they started back down the river, Medworth helping Jacinta, and Tem- pest having Dana Maria under his care. Jacinta smiled fascinatingly upon Medworth, and asked him where he came from. "I came from New York with my friend," he answered. "A beautiful girl is in the hands of the men who have captured your castle, and we have come to rescue her." Then Jacinta did not look so pleased. "Is there any secret approach to the castle?" asked Medworth. "No," replied Jacinta, boldly; "there is none." When they had escorted the two la- dies to that point where they could see the faces of the approaching army, they bade them adieu, and again receiving thanks, turned back toward the castle. "Quite an adventure," said Tempest. "By Jove, though, that girl's a stun- net! What eyes! But what are we go- ing to do now?" "Those women escaped from the cas- tle by some secret way," said Med- worth," and we saw them emerge ap- parently from the very ground. It's my belief that' there is a cave or some- thing there, perhaps with a communi- cation with the castle." * * * (To be Continued ) EXAMININO-THE DOCTORS. Partially Educated Physicians Menace llcalth of the Public. Medical examinations in this state are strict, but not severe, says the Philadelphia Times. Certainly no per- son should be allowed to take human life into his hands unless he was able to answer the few questions that are asked, and yet those who fail consider their fate a personal hardship. They probably forget the interests of the people they would practice upon, if al- lowed to hang out their signs. Con- sider for a moment that in many'other states in this country young men en- ter at once into the practice of medi- cine from imperfectly managed schools which turn them out in short order. If put to the Pennsylvania test, they could never practice medicine, but with imperfect educations, with scant training, and as a rule with little na- tural aptitude for the work, they physic the body and occasionally op- erate upon it with knives and saws. Considering the thousands of partially educated doctors who are turned ~pon the country every year, it is wonderful that the longevity of the nation is in- creasing. Still that may be explained by the fact that most sensible people nowadays are not taking medicine ex- cept under compulsion, and many of our best doctors are stronger in de- mands about food, exercise and fresh air than they are about their prescrip- tmns` The wife of one of the most successful and most noted physicians in this country complained the other day that she never got an opportunity to give her children medicine, except when the doctor was called out of town.--Philadelphia Times. Deep collar; of Irish or guipure lace appear on many of the smart models. The European War Cloud. The sultan's getting ready to be ugly, so they say; He is buying cannon that he wants de- livered right away; He has all the correspondents in a quiver; they declare That the situation's grave, and that there's trouble in the air, But don't you get excited, don't fly off the handle-- FOR There won't be any war. Ah, the world is waiting, hoping, for the great and glorious day When the sultan and the shameful throne he's on shall pass away, When the nations shall unfurl the splendid flag of Progress where The soiled old star and crescent's tat- tered edges foul the air; But the nations still are jealous, there- fore patience, patience--- FOR There won't be any war. --S. E. KISEI~ More off ~och~ Theory. As those who have made a study of tuberculosis surmised, Prof. Koch was by no means so emphatic in his dec- laration that tuberculosis could not be conveyed from cattle to mankind as the first reports indicated. The basis of his remarks was the fact that he had failed nineteen times to convey human tuberculosis to cattle. He never has tried, and we believe that no one else has trled~ to convey bovine tuberculosis to man. All, then, that Prof. Koch really seemed to prove was that human tuberculosis was not transmissible to cattle--a fact of no great hygienic importance, compara- tively speaking. These failures of his, however, suggested to him the possi- bility that the germ of bovind tuber- losis were not identical, and that in- ferentially, therefore, bovine tuber- culosis from man to man has not been experimentally proved, and rests on foundations hardly more solid than those which support the belief that bovine tuberculosis can be conveyed to man by meat and by milk, one is as much entitled to belief until the neg- ative is proved as the other. No one doubts the transmissibillty of tuber- culosis from man to man, and few can therefore doubt the transmissibility of tuberculosis from cattle to man. A .S'~mmer Home for ~re.ride~t~. Hotel men at Atlantic City have sug- gested that it would be an excellent plan for Congress to build at that place a handsome cottage to serve as the summer residence of the President. There is no doubt that if Atlantic City were made a kind of summer capital the hotel men would be benefited con- siderably. Real estate would be likely to advance in value. There are many men who would wish to build cottages in the neighborhood of the presidential cottage. But if Congress were to show signs of willingness to take up this question other towns and other states would present their claims. There would be almost as much rivalry as there was when the location of the fed- eral capital under consideration. New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and other states have summer resorts which would like to be the President's summer headquarters. It is better to let whoever may be President select his own sumer home, and not attempt to tie him down to one spot. l~on a ,.~o~immi~] Coflfe~t. A rather remarkable swimming con- test took place across the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island, when two girls, one nineteen and the other eleven, swam a distance more or less accurately esti- mated at four miles. The young-: er girl, Miss Elaine ~ :x_ Gelding, defeated - Mlss May Behr by nearly half a mlle. On account of the ~,~,~