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Rainbow's End - Chapter 29. What Happened At Sundown Rainbow's End - Chapter 29. What Happened At Sundown

Rainbow's End - Chapter 29. What Happened At Sundown
CHAPTER XXIX. WHAT HAPPENED AT SUNDOWNThe story of Rosa's rescue came slowly and in fragments, for the news of O'Reilly's return caused a sensation. His recital was interrupted many times. So numerous and so noisy did these diversions become that Norine, fearing for the welfare of her patient, banished O'Reilly's visitors and bore him and Branch off to her own cabin, leaving the brother and sister alone. In the privacy of Norine's quarters O'Reilly finished telling her the more important details of his adventures. He was well-nigh worn out, but his two friends would not respect his weariness; they were half... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3049

Rainbow's End - Chapter 28. Three Travelers Come Home Rainbow's End - Chapter 28. Three Travelers Come Home

Rainbow's End - Chapter 28. Three Travelers Come Home
CHAPTER XXVIII. THREE TRAVELERS COME HOMEEsteban Varona made slow progress toward recovery. In the weeks following O'Reilly's departure from Cubitas his gain was steady, but beyond a certain point he seemed unable to go. Then he began to lose strength. Norine was the first to realize the truth, but it was some time before she would acknowledge it, even to herself. At last, however, she had to face the fact that Esteban's months of prison fare, the abuse, the neglect he had suffered in Spanish hands, had left him little more than a living corpse. It seemed as if fever had... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3176

Rainbow's End - Chapter 27. Morin, The Fisherman Rainbow's End - Chapter 27. Morin, The Fisherman

Rainbow's End - Chapter 27. Morin, The Fisherman
CHAPTER XXVII. MORIN, THE FISHERMANWhen Rosa Varona regained consciousness sufficiently to understand what had happened she proved herself a person of no little self- control. She went to pieces for a moment, as was only natural, but O'Reilly soon succeeded in calming her. Nor did he have to remind her twice that this was no time for weakness or hysteria; it was she, in fact, who first voiced the fear that Cobo dead was scarcely less of a menace than Cobo alive. "What are we going to do with him?" she inquired. Jacket, too, appreciated the dangers of the situation. "We... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2559

Rainbow's End - Chapter 23. Into The City Of Death Rainbow's End - Chapter 23. Into The City Of Death

Rainbow's End - Chapter 23. Into The City Of Death
CHAPTER XXIII. INTO THE CITY OF DEATHO'Reilly's adventures on his swift ride through Las Villas have no part in this story. It is only necessary to say that they were numerous and varied, that O'Reilly experienced excitement aplenty, and that upon more than one occasion he was forced to think and to act quickly in order to avoid a clash with some roving guerrilla band. He had found it imperative at all times to avoid the larger towns, for they, and in fact most of the hamlets, were unsafe; hence the little party was forced to follow back roads and obscure... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 908

Rainbow's End - Chapter 22. The Trocha Rainbow's End - Chapter 22. The Trocha

Rainbow's End - Chapter 22. The Trocha
CHAPTER XXII. THE TROCHAOf all the military measures employed by the Spaniards in their wars against Cuban independence, perhaps the most unique was the trocha--trench or traverse. Martinez Campos during the Ten Years' War built the first trocha just west of the Cubitas Mountains where the waist of the island is narrowest. It was Campos's hope, by means of this artificial barrier, to confine the operations of the insurgents to the eastern end of Cuba, but in that he failed, as likewise he failed in the results gained by his efforts to concentrate the rural population in the cities. Not until... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 947

Rainbow's End - Chapter 21. Treasure Rainbow's End - Chapter 21. Treasure

Rainbow's End - Chapter 21. Treasure
CHAPTER XXI. TREASUREIt was a balmy, languid morning about two weeks after O'Reilly's return to the City among the Leaves. The Cubitas Mountains were green and sparkling from a recent shower; wood fires smoldered in front of the bark huts, sending up their wavering streamers of blue; a pack-train from the lower country was unloading fresh vegetables in the main street, and a group of ragged men were disputing over them. Some children were playing baseball near by. In a hammock swung between two trees Esteban Varona lay, listening to the admonitions of his nurse. Johnnie O'Reilly had just bade them... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3078

Rainbow's End - Chapter 20. El Demonio's Child Rainbow's End - Chapter 20. El Demonio's Child

Rainbow's End - Chapter 20. El Demonio's Child
CHAPTER XX. EL DEMONIO'S CHILDDuring the next few days O'Reilly had reason to bless the happy chance which had brought Norine Evans to Cuba. During the return journey from San Antonio de los Banos he had discovered how really ill Esteban Varona was, how weak his hold upon life. The young man showed the marks of wasting illness and of cruel abuse; starvation, neglect, and disease had all but done for him. After listening to his ravings, O'Reilly began to fear that the poor fellow's mind was permanently affected. It was an appalling possibility, one to which he could not reconcile... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1582

Rainbow's End - Chapter 19. That Sick Man From San Antonio Rainbow's End - Chapter 19. That Sick Man From San Antonio

Rainbow's End - Chapter 19. That Sick Man From San Antonio
CHAPTER XIX. THAT SICK MAN FROM SAN ANTONIOCertain histories of the Cuban War for Independence speak of "The Battle of San Antonio de los Banos." They relate how one thousand patriots captured the village after a gallant and sanguinary resistance by its Spanish garrison; how they released the prisoners in the local jail, replenished their own supplies, and then retired in the face of enemy reinforcements. It is quite a stirring story to read and it has but one fault, a fault, by the way, not uncommon in histories--it is mainly untrue. In the first place, the engagement was in no... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2208

Rainbow's End - Chapter 18. Speaking Of Food Rainbow's End - Chapter 18. Speaking Of Food

Rainbow's End - Chapter 18. Speaking Of Food
CHAPTER XVIII. SPEAKING OF FOODIt was part of the strategy practised by the Cuban leaders to divide their forces into separate columns for the purpose of raiding the smaller Spanish garrisons and harassing the troops sent to their relief, reassembling these bands only when and where some telling blow was to be struck. Not only had the military value of this practice been amply demonstrated, but it had been proved a necessity, owing to the fact that the Insurrectos were compelled to live off the country. When O'Reilly and Branch enlisted in the Army of the Orient they were assigned to... Long Stories - Post by : Deb22056 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3351

Rainbow's End - Chapter 17. The City Of Beggars Rainbow's End - Chapter 17. The City Of Beggars

Rainbow's End - Chapter 17. The City Of Beggars
CHAPTER XVII. THE CITY OF BEGGARSThere were other Americans in Cubitas, as O'Reilly soon discovered. During his first inspection of the village he heard himself hailed in his own language, and a young man in dirty white trousers and jacket strode toward him. "Welcome to our city!" the stranger cried. "I'm Judson, Captain of Artillery, Departmento del Oriente; and you're the fellow who came with that quinine lady, aren't you?" O'Reilly acknowledged his identity, and Judson grinned: "The whole camp is talking about her and those mangoes. Jove! It's a wonder she didn't die of fright. Something tells me you're Irish.... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1721

Rainbow's End - Chapter 13. Capitulation Rainbow's End - Chapter 13. Capitulation

Rainbow's End - Chapter 13. Capitulation
CHAPTER XIII. CAPITULATIONLate on the second day after the battle Asensio returned to his bohio. Rosa and Evangelina, already frantic at the delay, heard him crying to them while he was still hidden in the woods, and knew that the worst had happened. There was little need for him to tell his story, for he was weaponless, stained, and bloody. He had crossed the hills on foot after a miraculous escape from that ravine of death. Of his companions he knew nothing whatever; the mention of Esteban's name caused him to beat his breast and cry aloud. He was weak and... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 775

Rainbow's End - Chapter 12. When The World Ran Backward Rainbow's End - Chapter 12. When The World Ran Backward

Rainbow's End - Chapter 12. When The World Ran Backward
CHAPTER XII. WHEN THE WORLD RAN BACKWARDEsteban went about his plan of destroying Pancho Cueto with youthful energy and zest. First he secured, at some pains, a half- stick of dynamite, a cap and fuse, and a gallon or more of kerosene; then he assembled his followers and led them once again into the San Juan. This time the ride to La Joya was longer than before, and since every member of the little band was proscribed, Esteban insisted upon the greatest caution. But there was little need of especial care, for the country was already depopulated, as a result of... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1238

Rainbow's End - Chapter 11. The Hand Of The Captain-General Rainbow's End - Chapter 11. The Hand Of The Captain-General

Rainbow's End - Chapter 11. The Hand Of The Captain-General
CHAPTER XI. THE HAND OF THE CAPTAIN-GENERALOn the stroke of midnight O'Reilly was arrested. After a thorough search of his person and his premises he was escorted to Government headquarters he found Leslie Branch. The invalid looked taller, thinner, more bloodless than ever, and his air of settled gloom admirably became the situation. "Hello, Earl. What luck?" Johnnie flashed at him. "Good!" An officer sharply commanded them to be silent. There ensued a long delay, introduced, perhaps, for its effect upon the prisoners; then they were led into a large room where, it seemed, the entire staff of the Spanish... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1295

Rainbow's End - Chapter 10. O'reilly Talks Hog Latin Rainbow's End - Chapter 10. O'reilly Talks Hog Latin

Rainbow's End - Chapter 10. O'reilly Talks Hog Latin
CHAPTER X. O'REILLY TALKS HOG LATINIn the days that followed his call on Ignacio Alvarado, O'Reilly behaved so openly that the Secret Service agent detailed to watch him relaxed his vigilance. Certainly there was nothing suspicious in the conduct of a fellow who sat all the morning tipped back in a hotel chair, languidly scanning the passers-by, whose afternoons were spent on the streets or at the soda-fountain in Martin's drug-store, and whose evenings were devoted to aimless gossip with his countryman, the newspaper writer. Manifestly this O'Reilly was a harmless person. But the spy did not guess how frantic Johnnie... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3658

Rainbow's End - Chapter 9. Marauders Rainbow's End - Chapter 9. Marauders

Rainbow's End - Chapter 9. Marauders
CHAPTER IX. MARAUDERSThe surprise was easily effected, for Colonel Cobo's men were accomplished in this sort of work. Rosa, crouching upon her bench, heard nothing, saw nothing, until out of the shadows beside her human forms materialized. Her white dress, like a dim phosphorescent glow in dark waters, betrayed her presence, and as she sprang to her feet rough hands seized her. She screamed once, twice; then a palm closed over her mouth and she began to struggle like a cat. Evangelina, who had waked at the first outcry, met the marauders as they rushed through the door. The hush of... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2284

Rainbow's End - Chapter 8. The Spanish Doubloon Rainbow's End - Chapter 8. The Spanish Doubloon

Rainbow's End - Chapter 8. The Spanish Doubloon
CHAPTER VIII. THE SPANISH DOUBLOONOn the whole, Pancho Cueto's plans had worked smoothly. After denouncing the Varona twins as traitors he had managed to have himself appointed trustee for the crown, for all their properties, consummation for which he had worked from the moment he read that letter of Esteban's on the morning after Dona Isabel's death. To be sure, the overseer had acquired title, of a sort, to the plantation by paying the taxes over a period of years, but it was the quinta itself which he desired, the Quinta de Esteban with its hidden gold. That there was a... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3129

Rainbow's End - Chapter 7. The Man Who Would Know Life Rainbow's End - Chapter 7. The Man Who Would Know Life

Rainbow's End - Chapter 7. The Man Who Would Know Life
CHAPTER VII. THE MAN WHO WOULD KNOW LIFELater that day O'Reilly set out to reconnoiter the city of Neuvitas. He was followed, of course--he had expected as much, and the circumstances amused rather than alarmed him. But when he returned to his hotel and found that his room had been visited during his absence he felt a hint of uneasiness. Evidently, as Doctor Alvarado had forecast, the authorities were interested in him; and he had further evidence of the fact when he learned that the room next him was occupied by the very man who had shadowed him on the street.... Long Stories - Post by : automate - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2993

Rainbow's End - Chapter 3. 'The O'reilly' Rainbow's End - Chapter 3. "The O'reilly"

Rainbow's End - Chapter 3. 'The O'reilly'
CHAPTER III. "THE O'REILLY"Age and easy living had caused Don Mario de Castano, the sugar merchant, to take on weight. He had, in truth, become so fat that he waddled like a penguin when he walked; and when he rode, the springs of his French victoria gave up in despair. They glued themselves together, face to face, and Don Mario felt every rut and every rock in the road. Nor was the merchant any less heavy in mind than in body, for he was both very rich and very serious, and nothing is more ponderous than a rich, fat man who... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2254

Rainbow's End - Chapter 2. Spanish Gold Rainbow's End - Chapter 2. Spanish Gold

Rainbow's End - Chapter 2. Spanish Gold
CHAPTER II. SPANISH GOLDThe twins were seven years old when Dona Isabel's schemes bore their first bitter fruit, and the occasion was a particularly uproarious night when Don Esteban entertained a crowd of his Castilian friends. Little Rosa was awakened at a late hour by the laughter and shouts of her father's guests. She was afraid, for there was something strange about the voices, some quality to them which was foreign to the child's experience. Creeping into her brother's room, she awoke him, and together they listened. Don Mario de Castano was singing a song, the words of which were lost,... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1919

Rainbow's End - Chapter 1. The Valley Of Delight Rainbow's End - Chapter 1. The Valley Of Delight

Rainbow's End - Chapter 1. The Valley Of Delight
CHAPTER I. THE VALLEY OF DELIGHTIn all probability your first view of the valley of the Yumuri will be from the Hermitage of Montserrate, for it is there that the cocheros drive you. Up the winding road they take you, with the bay at your back and the gorge at your right, to the crest of a narrow ridge where the chapel stands. Once there, you overlook the fairest sight in all Christendom--"the loveliest valley in the world," as Humboldt called it--for the Yumuri nestles right at your feet, a vale of pure delight, a glimpse of Paradise that bewilders the... Long Stories - Post by : Jasonphox - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1206