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TUB OREGO STATESMAN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY, 22, 1020.
The Secret Batt
Two American Officer Join the German "Council Of FtTe" in Spain, En
ter Germany by Submarine from San Sebastian to Kiel and Secwa the
Plana of the Last Drive on Pari, after the British and French Had De
clared It impossible to Obtain Them.
Von nindenbnrg and the German High Command Cleverly Deceived by
the Pretended Deserter A Thrilling Adventure that Leads to the De-
. feat of the Roche and the Signing of the Armistice The Story of the
Two Mysterious Prisoners Sent from France to the Military Intelligence
Staff in Washington In July Laat.
By Major C. K. Russell t '
Provost Marshal, 2nd United States Army
American Expeditionary Forces In France
Copyright, It 19, by Federal News Service, Inc.
(Canadian and Great Britain Rights Reserved)
(All Rights Reserved)
UNITED STATES ARMY CABLEGRAM ,
s Brest, July 10. 1919.
Secretary of War, Washington: - J
"Two German prisoners on transport sailing today consigned to In
telligence Staff. Waihington.' BASIL ,
The above quotation is Just a line from an army cablegram announc
ing the sailing of a t rani port and list of those n board. Many newspa
pers carried this dispatch and. on arrival of tbe ship,' there was printed
many speculative references to these mysterious prisoners and why they
were sent to America.
Behind this Incident lay one of the most thrilling stories of the en
tire war, which is here related to put an end to all speculation in references
to these German officers- who were prisoners only for their own pro-
tectioq and to give. the. American people some Interesting Information In
' reference to the part played by the secret service of their army in the
! final defeat of the Central Powers and Jn bringing about the quite gen
I erally unexpected termination of the world war by the signing of the
armistice in November. 1118. .
I While Germsny was defeated, there Is no donbt but that her espionage
service is still in fall vigor. For fear that, even now, they may be plot-
- ting vengeance for the coup which contributed so much to their defeat,
names are purposely omitted from this narrative.
In all military intelligence work, , the only, reward r for. those who
conceive desperate plans of action in great emergencies and carry them put
at imminent risk to themselves is the consciousness of tasks well done and
of tbe many lives saved by their personal' disregard of the dangers in-
volved. - 'V" Y-i - t . .i t
Hsre.. then, is the true story of the two German prisoners and of the
two American officers who fonght the secret battle that enabled Marshal
Foch to save Paris from capture and end the war:
' CHAPTTR III. , .
THE ESCAPE INTO SPAIN.
(Continued from last Sunday.)
That night, just as the guards
.were being chsaged, he broke out of
the rear of his tent -and dashed
away Into the gathering darkness.
He succeeded in getting away, al
though many shots were fired at hlpi.
The shooting and uproar made. It
clear to the rest -of those who had
knowledge of the plot that the major
had started and everyone breathed
a prayer for his safety.
Finally, unable to bear the sus
pense any longer, the chief sent one
of the officers to' learn the truth.
When this officer reported back
- that the major had made a "clean
getaway," the chief voiced the sen
timents of the others when he de
-Thank God, he made it 1
For 'fear that the -eearohing par
ties sent out might interfere with the
chief's plans, he detailed one of the
two officers to take charge of each
patroL For several daye- these pa
trols searched the mountain fast
nesses. The" major, however, was
succesBfBl In keeping a.way gross
them and finally- crossed over the
frontier and safely reached San Se
. When the news of hie safe arrival
filtered back to the chief at Henday,
he sent over the two officers to
shadow the major. They were in
structed to bother him In as pabtie
a manner as possible to more fully
convince tbe Germans" that he was
exactly what he represented himself
Furthering this plan, these two of
ficers broke into his room in the
hotel where he was stopping. : The
major, on his return, discovering the
break, went to the hotel office to
enter a complaint. While he was
protesting, a man approached him.
rYoeere the American officer
who escaped from the guard house
at Henday. are you not? I know
who broke into your room. If you
will come ap to No. 6. I will give you
all the information, together with t a
description of the men whom I saw
"I do not know you," replied the
major, "and I am not taking any
chances of going with you. How do
I know but what you are one of
those who committed this crime
sgsinst me, and all you want is to
get me to go to your room ana men
I will disappear as did one omer
man who tried the same stunt. You
will have to show me who you are
before I will go one step with you."
And the major walked away.
At thia time there was a weii-
known man living in Spain a fugi
tive from Justice under indictment In
imHn. On the same 'day that the
conversstlon between the major and
the stranger took place, this rene
gade American came up to toejnnjor
and. introducing nimseu. saia:
"Do vou know the man you were
talking with in the hotel this morn-
"No." Teplied the msjor. "Why?
"Well. I know him. You can
trust him. Go up to his room at. 2
o'clock this afternoon and see mm.
He Is all irght
"I will be there at that time."
at a t. m. the major went to room
No. 6. Knocking, a -slide In he door
I was opened' and he saw the face
of the man with wnom ne nsa
in the hotel lobby. KeroKmzns i-j
major, he opened tne aoor.
back and invited him tt enter.
The first sight to greet me n-uvr
as he entered the room was a group
seated around a table.
There was then no doubt In his mind
but that at last be nan iwni
""J . . .
fntrodsctions naa Been -
the five demanded: ,
"Do you speak German
i mik only Spanish and
French. I learneo spanisa- in m
Philippines and rrencn since ui7
In Trance." -
The major oia, nowTr. u.-
atena German, but he believed that
if he professed Ignorance of their
lancuaxe they would not be .so
sruafded in their ..conversation wnen
Breaking with each other and he
eonld thus learn more. Subsequent
events proved the wisdom oi una
onrse. Afterward, others, believing
he did not understand German, made
statements in, his hearing whicn
forewarned him of ultimate intent
to murder him and this knowledge
saved his life and that of a brother
(h I few?
officer. . .
(Continued next Bunaaj.j -
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