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. ..The FdJbusters of Venezuela.. H , Or the Trials of a Soanish (iirl r By SEWAI~D W. HOPKINS. .@. Copyrighted 1900 by Robert Bonner's Sons. (CHAPTER VL--(Continued.) then, with a half dozen of his bravest Thus they talked, Gomez all the time conducting the defense of the castle against its owner, and at the same time keeping Philtp and Don Juan :with him, and their interest centered in thb fight. An hour passed, amd burned powder on each side was the only result achieved. Don Juan began to grow impatient. "Of what use is this?" he exclaimed. "'The fools will play with those guns all day and all night. This kind of war- fare grows monotonous. When they get weary they will depart, only to annoy ns again." "What would ):ou advise, Don Juan?" asked Philip. "Attack! Drive them! Cut them down! It is only by destroying this army of Salvarez that we can carry our banners from this place toward Caracas." 'It is so," said Philip, "Gomez, why not attack?" "It can be done," said Gomoz, darting a look of hatred at Garza. It was not the desire of Gomez just then to shorten the battle. Mattazudo had not yet returned from the evil er- rand upon which he had been sent. But tee commands of Philip must be obeyed. Then it was that Salvarez was start- led by the shouts of his men. From the battlements outside the castle came a company to drive the be- siegers away. I Salvarez shouted out an order to his I soldiers. They had been impatientlyI waiting for the time to come whenI rifles and pistols could be used in the I defense of their country, instead ofI cannon, which accomplished nothing. I They rallied around their courageous leader. "Fire!" he commanded. A volley was fired, and a dozen of the men of Philip lay dead, and a score wounded. Yet the remainder did not slacken the speed at which they ad- vanced. They returned the fire. Several of the soldiers of Salvarez fell. Salvarez gave the command to fire again. The advancing enemy now, instead of coming straight for Salvarez, made for the trees and found shelter. Then began a sort of guerrila fight- ing, neither side gaining the advant- age. Firing by volleys was out of the question. Every man found a tree and fired from behind it whenever he saw the head of an enemy. This lasted a half-hour. Then Mattazudo appeared near the group of officers around Philip of Ara- gon. "It is done. She is safe," he whisp- ered in the ear of Gomez. Gomez turned to Philip. "'It has lasted long enough," he said. "I will now show your majesty how to deal with those who oppose you." He gave the word to Mattazudo. The two hundred Zambos under the command of the rascally half-breed swep~ out of the battlements, and, gaining the rear of Salvarez, began an attack. Men of the republic fell by dozens, "It is of no use," said Salvarez. "Our men canont hold out. We cannot hope !to win. Another time, and the castle shall be ours." He gave the order to retreat. His men, being familiar with the ground, melted away from before the Zambos, and when there were no more soldiers to pursue, the Zambos re- turned to the castle. Phillp, Gomez and Don Juan stood ;and watched the return of their army from the scene of its second victory. "We are invincible," said Philip. "You are king," said Don Juan. CHAPTER VII. The Powder Mine. "If this is our last match, shall we use it now, or save it for another time " Medworth had asked this ~estion when Tempest had handed him the match in the underground passage where the Americans had lo~t their way in the darkness. They felt along the moist, slippery Wails, and slowly made their way from one cavernous chamber to another, but without success: After several hours at !this work they seemed to have accom- ! plished nothing. And, in fact, they had not aecom- Dlished anything. The caverns in which they were were not under the castle of Salvarez. ,~hey were not far away from it. From the entrance at the river bank to the opening in the foundation walls the way was crooked enough. One 'needed to be familiar with the passage to find his way. Medworth and Tempest were at least two hundred feet from the true pas- sage, and were going round and round, following upon their own footsteps. "We shall die here," said Medworth. "We have no food." "Don't weaken," said Tempest. "Keep a stiff upper lip and perservere in the search." Again they tried to find the entrance, but did not succeed. Meanwhile, what of Salvarez? When he retreated from the Zambos he picked up his wife and daughter, officers, he left his wife and Jacinta with the army, and stealthily made his way toward the castle. "General," said one of his compan- ions, "you have a plan." "Yes," he said, a desperate one. One that grieves me, but which seems necessary. I am convinced that we cannot recapture the castle." "Then what do you propose?" "To blow it up. Under the castle is a powder magazine. :No one but my- self, my wife and daughter know of its existence. There is a way to reach it that I alone know. There is a secret passage to my castle from the river. We will enter here and lay a powder train, and blow the enemies of the republic oft the earth." Silently they worked their way along, keeping a sharp lookout for the sentinels of the enemy. They carried lanterns, but these were not lighted. They were for use in the secret passage. Salvarez succeeded in guiding his men to the entrance. They entered. "Look," said Medwo~h, clutching Tempest's arm. "A light!" What he saw was the gleaming, dancing reflections of a lantern on the walls near him. "Some one is coming," said Tem- pest; "keep quiet." They heard the sound of footsteps, then of voices. "Come," said Medworth, in a whis- per, "let ws see if they are enemies or friends." Following the light, it was not diffi- cult for them to find Salvarez and his companions. "Do not get too near," said Med- worth. "It is Salvarez," said Tempest. "Never mind if it is," replied Med- worth, whose mind was acute and alert again. "By keeping in the. shadow we can easily watch them, and we may learn something that will prove to be an ad- vantage." Tempest knew what was in his com- panion's mind, and subzided. They stealthily followed Salvarez and his officers, keeping always in the darkest shadow. As there was no light ex- cept from the lanterns the officers car- ried, they could not, of course, see anything beyond the range of their rays, while the Americans, standing out of reach of the dull flame, could easily discern every move the Vene- zuelans made. Salvarez led the way direct to where a wall of masonry seemed to effectu- ally obstruct the passage. But the general, after feeling around a moment, found a loose stone and re- moved it. It' was then easy to make an opening large enough for a man to enter. Salvarez led the way. The others followed close after him. Medworth and Tempest remained at the Wall, peering through the opening to see what the others were doing. Salvarez led the way straight to a round powder magazine made of ce- ment. The Americans did not know what this was, and the Venezuelans spoke in so low a tone that nothing could be gained from their conversation. But Medworth and his companion were not left long in ignorance of the errand that had brought Salvarez un- der the walls of his castle. "They are going to fire the maga- zine," said Medworth. "That's pow- der." The officers worked a while at the magazine, making a connection. Then they carefully laid a train of powder from it toward the hole they had made in the foundation wall. Medworth and Tempest kept back in the shadows and let them complete their arrangements. "It is ready," said Salvarez at last. "Much as I love my home, I love my country more. I sacrifice my castle that the enemies of the republic shall be destroyed. Tonto and Adda, when we are safely away, touch a match to the powder and flee for your lives out of the passage. Come, you others, let Us hurry, so that the work of ven- geance may not long be delayed." He, with four of his companions, started away, leaving the other two to obey his orders. "Now!" said one of'these, after a few minutes spent in waiting. "Now!" said Medworth, aloud. The Americans made a rush. The two officers found themselves seized in the iron grasp of men more powerful than they. "Take the lantern! Take the matches!" said Medworth. One of the officers had taken a metallic match-box from his pocket. Medworth seized this. Tempest grasped one of their lanterns, leaving them one to light their way out of the passage. "Now go," said Medworth to the officers. "Tell General Salvarez that his plot has been discovered. Tell him not to try this game again." Released from the hands of the Americans, the two officers fled from the place. "Wel,'!" said Tempest, wiping the perspiration from his face, "that was done very neatly, but why it ,yes done and withdrew to a safe distance from I haven't yet got through my skull. the castle to allow his soldiers time Why didn't you let them blow the to recuperate, castle to pieces? What do you care He remained here ,mtll nightfall; for tnat gang of loons?" ~- I I I[ I II illlll 1 II III I IIIIIIIII II II I II "Nothing," said Medworth. "~lut [ Lola Garza is in that castle. Would / i you have her blown to pieces with the rest?" "By Jove!" said Tempest, soberly. "I never thougi~t of that!" CHAPTER VIIi. At the Cartb's Hut. There was trouble in the Castle o~ salvarez. WANTED TO KNOW, .~. ')ESPE~TE MA~. The batie over, the victorious troops had given themsel~c~ up to feasting and drinking to celebrate the defeat of Salvarez. The coronation of Philip had been postponed. The battle had interfered, and the tlxmps were n~t now in a eomMtion te realize" the~ glory of such an event. While h$ eating and drinking, smoking and the singing of Spanish songs went on among the soldiers, Philip sat alone in the library of Sal- varez, now called the council room of the king. His reveries were interrupted by the entrance of Don Juan, who burst in upon him like a whirlwind. "I am undone!" he cried. "There is an enemy among us." Philip, seeing the frenzied look on Garza's face, started to his feet. "What do you mean, Garza? Speak! What has happened?" "hole, my daughter!" gasped Don Juan, unable to say more. "What of her?" demanded Philip, placing his hand on the hilt of his sword. "She is gone from the castle!" Don Juan walked back and forth nervous- ly. "I went to her room a moment ago. I found her door ajar. She was not there. I sought her everywhere in the castle. She is not here. Now that I think of it, I have not seen her since the battle." "Nor I," said Philip, turning pale. "What do you think has become of her?" "I think--I am sure--some one lies taken her away. My fears were not groundless, as yon see." "You susp~ct--Gomez." "I can suspect no one else. I have already spoken to you about my sus- picion of him." "I know. Where is Gomez now?" "I do not know. I have not seen him." "Send for him. Let us see what he has to say. If Gomez has taken her away, he must die." "Yes--he must die--by my hand," said Don Juan. An orderly was salted. "Request General Gomez to come here at once," said Philip. I The orderly saluted. [ "General Gomez is not in the castle, I your majesty," he said. [ A quick look of intelligence flashed l between Don Juan and Philip. [ i "Do you know where he has gone?"[ "No, you majesty. He left someI time ago. He ordered his horse, andI said nothing about his destination orI the time of his return. [ "Did he go alone?" ' I "He went alone." 'Very well. You may go." The orderly withdrew. "What shall we do?" asked Philip. "I mus~ follow Gomez," said Don Juan. "I would advise that you re- main here, and act as if nothing had happened. If you should leave the castle, the alarm would in some way reach Gomez. I shall ride out and find him." "Go, then, and if you find he has been a traitor, shoot him." Don Juan left the castle. "Bring me a horse at once," he said to the orderly. The horse was brought. "Do you know which way Generall Gomez went from here " asked DonI Juan. "He started toward the south,' was the reply. (To be continued.) WASPS BENEFIT THE FIGS. Inseetl Are Nece~mary to the Fruit*s Snce~asful Ctllt Ivatlon. The long-continued effort to produce the Smyrna fig of commerce in Cali- fornia has been crowned with success. The history of the experiment is in- teresting. It began over twenty years ago with importation of cuttings from Asia Minor. Figs have been produced from these and other imported cut- tings, but they were not the famous white fig of commerce. The credit of producing the latter in California be- longs to George C. Roeding of Fresno. Until-this summer every true Smyrna l fig tree planted in California which l bore fruit failed to mature it; the figsI were unfertilized and withered and i dropped. It was finally discovered that the fertilization of this fig depended upon the service of the blastophaga wasp, whose habitat is in the capri, or wild fig. The latter was imported and thrived amazingly, but the balsto- phaga did not accompany,it. Special importations of the wasp followed, but it thrived only for a season on the capri fig and then disappeared. It was assumed that it could not survive our winters. Last year the department of agriculture took the matter in hand. A fresh consignment was imported and its' care intrusted to Mr. Roeding. Last April the young insect colony emerged in full force from the first capri cot, entered the second, emerged again, and f "No, Gladys McGoogie," he said i~ his deep and earnest voice, "life with- out you would be of little use to me." "Do you mean you would take the suicide route to escape it.." the fair girt murmured. "'Yes," he answered, "you hay.9 guessed it." "Revolver or rope?" "Neither." "Gas. then, or poison?" He shook his auburn locks ~nd smiled at her baffled air. "What, then, would you do?" "Gladys," he slowly answered~ "if you refuse my love I will take no chance of failure, I have determined to let a malarious mosquito bite me." --That fetched her.--Cleveland 'Plain T)ealer. ]~MPARTIAI,. Tess--"I never see Miss Spinner out wheeling that Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Sprockett are not wittl her." "Jess--"Ye~, she's got them both on her string. The girls are calling her 'Miss Tandem.' .... But she~ rides an individual wheel." "Yes, bat she's a Soker--I never take a drink during business hours. 'bicycle maid for two.' "--Philadelphia Toper--How long have you been out of work? Press. In the Far West. "How do you feel?" asked the lead- er of the mob. after the tar and feathers had been applied in liberal doses. "'Oh, I feel like a bird!" smiled the barnstormer, glancing at the feathers. For such wit they allowed him to ~ ~"~: "" write home and tell the folks he was leaving town by the all-rail route. QUICK WORK. "You," said the angry cnstomer to the clerk. "said this cloth was fast color, and it faded out within two months after it was made zip." "Well, madam," replied the clerk, "I don't think you ought to have expected tt to fade any faster than that."-- Pittsburg Chronicle-Telegraph. Great ]'vosperity. Stranger--"Are the farmers thrifty ~, ,) } down here?" *~'~)'~ Crawfoot--"Tbrlfty ain't no name ~ for it! Why, they put their scare- erows on the railroad track, swear they are hired men an' then recover ~'nthia--Thet must be a dirty college our boy Jim is attending. He sea damages for loss of service." in htu letter here thet lie won in a scratch race. AS HE LIKED IT, F.,, ,,t Ne,,,~,-~ ~Arlzona Pete--What play is on tonight? Ticket Agent--"As You Like It." Arizona Pete--Well, give t~s either de "Black Crook" er sumpthin with a train robbery in it. Char~le (owner of the Blue Devll)~ "Bah Jove! Seems as though every- one in Newport is going to own an automobile." Willie (owner of the Black Ghost)-.- "Yeas, deah boy, they are spoiling the fun,'~ Charlie--"How so?" Willie--"Why, aftali while there won't be any horses to scare." Very Suspicious. Young x, Vife--"How strange it is when a man gets married all his friends become Invalids." Young Hubby--"I don't understand. There are none of my friends inva- lids." Young Wife---"Then how it is you have to sit up with a sick one every night?" Careless John. "I brought this milk back," said the angry patron to the m~k dealer. "It's three-fourths water." "John," said the milknmn, sternly, to his son, who was standing near, "aid you give the cows a drink before you milked 'em this morning?"--Ohlo State Journal. HE "tUBBED" HIS HONEY. It is not often that a fond young ~ ~, couple will repeatedly expose them- selves to the ridicule of hundreds of people for the pleasure of a kiss, but such is the case with a young man and a young woman who part a few moments before 7 o'clock each morn- i lng at Randolph street and Columbia " " avenue, say~ the Philadelphia Record. The young man is a tall, handsome fellow, who seems to think there is no prize in the world half so fine as the little woman ,who clings affection- ately to his side. They invariably stop at the corner ~,~ for a few moments, chat before part- ~" ~/'~.'-'~----- ing, and the sad look on both faces is almost enough to break the Ice man's heart. When it~is nearly time for the whistle to blow the young man takes his darling tenderly in his arms and plants on her pretty lips a long, lin- gering kiss. Numerous remarks, such as "Oh, baby," and "Does you lub your hon- ey?" are east at the couple from the ~" b~.~,,y~..~ mill windows, but do not seem to af- " feet the young man's nerve in the "What's de mattah wif yo' head?" least. The crowd which assembles to "I fell often de roof las" week." watch the occurence grows larger each "Do any damage?" day. "Yessindeed. Smashed a chicken coop an' killed two pullets." SHABBY TREATMENT. then took pos.~ession of the Smyrna] "So your country relatives didn't fig trees, the fruit on which was ready1 treat you well when you went there for fertilization. Mr. Roeding reports this summer?" that this experiment has been perfectly "No, indeed. It was shabby--per- successful. A ton of the fruit has al-} fectly shabby! Why, we had to come ready been picked from his trees and ~ home in two weeks, instead of staying the entire crop will yield five or six i six or eight as we intended." tons more. Mr. Roeding believes thati "You don't say!" the blastophaga has come to stay and he expects that California will be en-t "Yes. Why, they had their farm riched soon with another industry.~ house so full of summer boarders that Chicago News. t Frankie and Gracie and Hamie and Willie and I had to go to another place and pay board."--Boston Traveler. A Pig. Willie ~Villiams--"Mamma ?" His Moiher--"Well, Willie?" Willie Williams--"Sister Harriet is a pig! She wants the biggest peach of those two yol~ "gave us, and I want that for myself! "--Brooklyn Eagle. Quick Sales Expected. Stubb--"I see the Younger brothers are going to sell tombstones." Penn--"Hope to goodness Fm not around when they start to create a market." Natural ][ufereuce. Stubb--"0ur foreign cousin is get- ting more Americanized every day." Penn--"Ah ?" Stubb--"Yes; every time he passed a well-paved block in Chicago he asked which city alderman lived there.--Ex. Credit Where Due. "You have been very successful this year," said the theatrical manager's friend. "Yes," replied the manager. ~i thank my lucky star~ for that,", '~,~.