Q. In 1898, two weeks before war was declared between Spain and the United States, the U.S. Army sent Lt. Andrew S. Rowan to make contact with the Cuban rebels against Spanish authority. Rowan returned with valuable maps and information. His exploit caught the fancy of a hack magazine publisher who wrote a melodramatic account of the mission that drew all sorts of inspirational conclusions. The article caught the public fancy and was reprinted many times; one estimate says that its circulation to 1940 was 40 million. The author, incidentally, died in the sinking of the Lusitania. Name the article and its author.

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Answer to Book Bag #575: It was Theseus who slew the Minotaur, Penthesilea who was queen of the Amazons, Odin who lost an eye, Hercules who strangled the snakes, Judith who cut off the head of her people's enemy, Sinbad who defeated the Old Man of the Sea and Annie Oakley who was the crack shot.

Winner: Benjamin Stern, Bethesda.