OUR ISLANDS AND THEIR PEOPLE.
relief crew, as it were, and take me along with the rest.a
a Oh, youa re quite welcome to go with us if you so desire,a was the cordial response, a but I must first get you a permit,a and, taking the name of his latest volunteer, the officer hastened away to headquarters. Returning in a few moments with the necessary pass, the surgeon, followed by Addington, stepped aboard the car, and a moment later the party were trundling along over the narrow rails, bound away on their hazardous mission.
For the first mile the route lay through a comparatively open stretch of country, commanded by the pickets stationed on the outskirts of the American camp. But beyond this the track entered a dense brake, the depths of which were impenetrable to the eye, save at intervals, where the exuberant growth had been beaten down by the irresistible advance of the conquering army. It was here that much of the hardest fighting had transpired, and here, consequently, the work of the ambulance party began. Slowly they made their way onward, pausing at frequent intervals to beat about through the surrounding thicket in their search
appeared, and behind this the besieged party was intrenched, held at bay by the overwhelming numbers of the enemy. As the hand-car burst into view it was greeted simultaneously with a feeble cheer from the beleaguered occupants of the rifle-pit ahead and a volley of shots from the insurgents behind. In the same instant one of the men relaxed his grasp on the brake and sank desperately wounded to the floor of the car. Without a momenta s hesitation, Addington sprang to the stricken mana s place, and laying hold on the handle-bar, strove with the others to maintain the speed they had developed. As the car approached the base of the fortified hummock, two men arose from the rifle-pit, and, bearing a wounded comrade between them, hastened to meet their deliverers. They were the sole survivors of an original party of ten who had become separated from their command during the battle on the previous day. At sight of this feeble remnant of the gallant little garrison the Filipinos set up a fierce, exultant shout, and, breaking from their cover, dashed forward to prevent their escape. But the hand-car had already been brought to a stop, and it was evident
WAR SCENE IN A VILLAGE OF NORTHERN LUZON.
This photograph represents a scene in the northern part of the island of Luzon. A picket guard has been established in a Filipino village, and the soldiers have made themselves comfortable by improvising a house of bamboo poles and the wreckage of native shacks. A piano stool occupies a prominent place on the second floor, and the bell hanging to the limb of a tree serves either to sound an alarm or as a call to dinner.
for the missing, be they living or dead. In this manner a distance of some three miles had been covered without developing anything of an encouraging nature, when of a sudden the sound of rifle shots was heard emanating from a distant point directly along the road. Faint as the reports fell upon their hearing, the men were quick to analyze them, plainly distinguishing the occasional Springfield from the more promiscuous Mauser.
a Our fellows, to a certainty,a observed one.
a Yes, and putting up a fight against all kinds of odds,a declared another.
a Come,a said the surgeon, briefly, a we must go to them.a Down the track rumbled the hand-car, the men straining every nerve at the brakes. Another mile and the scene of the conflict was at hand. Indeed, the car had actually swept through a straggling line of Filipinos crouching in the thatchlike jungle of tree-fern and bamboo. Less than half a thousand yards beyond, at the summit of a slight hummock, a heap of stones and earth
that the wounded and exhausted Americans would be rescued by their comrades ere they could be overtaken. Seeing this, the furious horde paused in its onward rush and discharged a volley at the fugitives, succeeding in bringing one of them down with a wound in the thigh. As he fell, however, Addington leaped to the ground, followed an instant later by the surgeon and three attendants. Rushing to the spot the former seized the fallen mana s rifle, and, while the surgeon and his assistants caught up the wounded man, assisted the third soldier in covering the retreat to the car. At the first result of their fire the Filipinos had again pressed forward, but upon meeting with such unexpected opposition, they straightway paused to deliver another volley. By this time, howrever, the wounded had been placed in the car, and the men wrere again at the brakesa all but Addington. He had reached the side of the car and was in the act of firing his last shot in the face of the ene ny when the second crash of musketry came, and with it a blinding flash of light before his eyes, as though the whole
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