The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley

The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley (1883-1958) is more famously known as The Mark of Zorro. Serialized in All-Story Weekly in 1919, The Curse of Capistrano is the classic tale of the masked avenger Zorro, full of sword fights, horse chases and forbidden romance. Any number of masked and caped heroes can trace their inspirations back to Zorro, but this is the original novel.

Chapter 1 Pedro, the Boaster
Chapter 2 On the Heels of the Storm
Chapter 3 Señor Zorro Pays a Visit
Chapter 4 Swords Clash—And Pedro Explains
Chapter 5 A Ride in the Morning
Chapter 6 Diego Seeks a Bride
Chapter 7 A Different Sort of Man
Chapter 8 Don Carlos Plays a Game
Chapter 9 The Clash of Blades
Chapter 10 A Hint at Jealousy
Chapter 11 Three Suitors
Chapter 12 A Visit
Chapter 13 Love Comes Swiftly
Chapter 14 Captain Ramon Writes a Letter
Chapter 15 At the Presidio
Chapter 16 The Chase That Failed
Chapter 17 Sergeant Gonzales Meets a Friend
Chapter 18 Don Diego Returns
Chapter 19 Captain Ramon Apologizes
Chapter 20 Don Diego Shows Interest
Chapter 21 The Whipping
Chapter 22 Swift Punishment
Chapter 23 More Punishment
Chapter 24 At the Hacienda of Don Alejandro
Chapter 25 A League is Formed
Chapter 26 An Understanding
Chapter 27 Orders for Arrest
Chapter 28 The Outrage
Chapter 29 Don Pulido Feels Ill
Chapter 30 The Sign of the Fox
Chapter 31 The Rescue
Chapter 32 Close Quarters
Chapter 33 Flight and Pursuit
Chapter 34 The Blood of the Pulidos
Chapter 35 The Clash of Blades Again
Chapter 36 All Against Them
Chapter 37 The Fox at Bay
Chapter 38 The Man Unmasked
Chapter 39 “Meal Mush and Goat’s Milk!”

The Zorro story has been made into over three dozen movies and TV shows.

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