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TIIK OllERO STATKSMAS: hllAV. M.UU.II 2. tV&.
The Secret Battle
Two Amrrican Officer Join the German "Council of Fife in Spain, En
ter Germany by Submarine from Saa Sebastian to Kiel and Swore the
nans of the Last Drive oa rarl. after the UriUsh and French Had De
clared it lmpoible to Obtaiu Tbem.
Von Hlndenbnnc and the German High Command Cleverly Deed Ted by
the Pretended Deserters -A Thrilling Adventare 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 Lat.
By' Major C. E. Russell
Prorost Marshal 2nd United States Army
American Expeditionary Forces in France
Copyright, 1919, by Federal News Service, Inc.
" (Canadian and Great Britain Rights Reserved)
(All Rights Reserved )
SYNOPSIS OF PREVIOUS CHAPTERS
In May. 1918, the German drive on Paris was sweeping the Allied
armies before it. General Foch called a conference of allied generals In
an old chateau in Northern France, where he stated that there was so
hope of stopping the boche unless some exact information as to their
plans could be obtained. This seemed impossible, as the most competent
and trusted men of the French and British military intelligence depart
ments who had penetrated the enemy lines had been detected and shot.
General Pershing's chief of military intelligence stated he believed
he had men who could enter the German lines, scure the necessary infor
mation and escape with it. After two days' deliberation permission was
given the Americans to make the attempt.
An American major was selected for this work. Under pretence that
, he had embezzled batallion funds, he was arrested at Hendav, a French
town on the Spanish border. He made his escape and reached San Sebas
tian in Spain. Here he was approached by an American renegade who
brought him in contact with German secret agents. He joined them and
had two tasks assigned him first the rescue of a German prince whom
the Americans had captured and held for execution as a spy; and, sec
ondly, the procurement of the plans of the Liberty motor. ,
Disguised as a Spaniard, provided with a large sum of. money and
passports that would enable him to travel anywhere in 1 France, the major
proceeded to Paris, where he met fellow officers and planned with them
the "rescue" of the condemned prince to more effectively ingratiate him
self, into the confidence of the German secret service.
The American chief of Intelligence Staff finds that the sentence of
the German prince has, been approved and that American officials are
about to publish the sentence and execute the Kaiser's relative.
" The prince is "rescued" by the major and officers of the American
military, secret service and is taken to San Sebastian. Saving the prince
from execution gives the major a high place in the confidence of the
The major returns to France in the guise of an American enlisted
maa. A captain in the aviation corps, an expert on motors. Is detailed
to. act with him as a "deserter who has stolen the plans of the Liberty
TO GERMAXY BY SUBMARINE
(Continued from Last Sunday)
At this point in the discussion the
prince entered Into the conversation.
"Both of these men shall go to
Germany with me. I will look after
them and will vouch for them to the
"That's all very well.- replied the
major, "but how do you expect to
get Into Germany? If we make the
attempt through France, we will
surely be captured and shot. It w
try It tnrouah a neutral country, our
fate will be the same, for England
will not allow as to pass."
"You need not fear capture." said
the leader. "Ever since the war
started we have maintained a Una of
submarines, running from the coast
here to Kiel, and they have been
keeping a regular schedule. The next
one Is' due In a day or so and you can
all return on her."
"How simple! But if this one Is
captured or sunk, who will be able,
then, to give this information to the
High Command?" demanded the ma
"You need not fear," replied the
leader. "In all the time they have
been running, the enemy have suc
ceeded in sinking only three of tbem;
and we believe that : those three
would not have been sunk if the cap
tains had obeyed orders. At least, it's
a chance you have to take. It Is for
our kaiser and the Fatherland; why
question? You will not have died in
Not a very pleasant outlook for
these two officers! However, they
realized it was the only way they
would ever be successful in getting
Into Germany, and as the great plan
was working ont so smoothly, they
felt every encouragement to go for
ward with It. The leader told them
to go to their quarters and he would
notify them when the submarine
On the night the boat was due, the
entire party left San Sebastian and
went down to a small village on the
coast where the German submarine
had been making its landing. The
night passed, but the boat did not
put in an appearance. For, two days
and two nights the party waited, all
the while growing more and more
anxious. On the third night, the boat
put In appearance. The captain came
ashore In a small boat. After greet
ings were over, he was asked why
he was so far behind his schedule.
"After we had passed through the
English Channel we were chased tor
two days by an English destroyer.
They tried their best to sink us, but
by lying still on the bottom, we were
able to give them the slip. I fear
they will be on the watch for us
on the return trip. In that case we
will have'our work cut out for us In
The captain was told there were
three passengers for the return trip
and he at first refused to take tbem;
but when the prince approached and
the captain recognized who he was
be made no further objection.
The two American officers were
then called forward and introduced
to the submarine commander. He
bowed when the Introduction was
made, but deliberately ignored the
extended hand of the major. Turn
ing his back squarely on the Ameri
cans he began to talk to the others.
It was evident that while he bad
orders to transport the two Ameri
cans to Germany and Intended to
obey them, he did not Intend to as
sociate with them any more than
was absolutely necessary. Thus our
two officers received their first Ink
ling of the treatment they might ex
pect from the Germans.
While they were all standing oa
the beach, a Spanish patrol came
along. For a few minutes It looked
as if the entire party would be ar
rested. The patrol demanded to
know' what they were doing there
and who they were. The leader took
the officer In charge to one side. A
few moments later be returned and
remarked by way of explanation.
that. In Spain, a few pesos properly
expended would accomplish almost
This incident proved that the
American Intelligence staff was right
when it contended that while Spain
was supposed to be neutral, any one
by expending money, might cause the
police or military authorities to look
the other way when things were go
ing on which really violated Spanish
After the captain of the submarine
had delivered the mail bags to the
leader of the "Group of Five," and
had. in return, received the mall for
Germany .he announced:
"It is time to start. Follow me to
where the boat Is drawn up on the
beach. It Is Impossible for all to go
In the small boat at one time, so His
Highness and myself will first go on
board and I will send the boat back;
for the rest."
The captain and the prince stepped
into the boat and were rowed away
Into the darkness.
The leader of the "Group of Five"
had noticed the deliberate Insult of
the captain of the submarine at the
introduction and said by way of an
"Some of our officers do not real
ize what a help you have been to
our cause. No doubt you will meet
others also, who. not knowing the
true facts, will act in the same man
ner as did thla captain. Yon may
rest assured, however, that those of
us who know will always remain
your friends; and as for the rest. Just
continue on as yon have started, on
mindful of any slights, for Germany
That the United States Has a Staple Government
Has No GoYernment and is Being Destroyed
Am en can Marines Will Go to Aid
With a Small Donation
ARMENIA MUST NOT PERISH
owes you a debt she can never repay."
The major replied: "It Is of no ac
count. We are coverned bv a hlrn
sense of duty and will not allow the
sugats or any one to deter as from
carrying out our mission."
An innocent enough statement on
the face of it. but what a difference
It woald have made had this German
plotter been aware of ihe real "duty"
the major then had In mind.
After the adventure was all over
aad the major had ret reed to Amer
ican headquarters In France and was
relating his story, the chief asked:
v Major, what were yosr thoughts as
you stood there that night awaiting
the return of the boat?- -Well." re
plied the major. "I was wondering
Jast how my wife was going to prove
I was dead so she could collect my
life Insurance. In case aaythlag went
wrong and a destroyer got .
(Coatlaaed Next Sanday.)
Manors Ctanee to the Surface is
the spring as In no other set-?.
They don't ran them set res all
that way. however, bet. nteaUy re
tails in the system. Hood's Sams
arilla removes them, wards c3 spa
rer, makes rood health tars.
From the beginning up to the pres
ent time, the methods employed by the
farmer have been most primitive.
He has had only one kind of power
with which to work
The power of the horse.
The horse: sore but slow his pow
er measured by his strength, and his
ability by the time he can pull
The farmer's ability to produce de-
pended on the power of his horse.
- .-,.. . .-
In plowing an acre the old way the
farmer walked eight miles.
In plowing a square mile, one man
and two horses walk five thousand two
hundred and eighty miles.
Earth at the Equator than to follow a
plow turning a tract of five square
"To plow three townships, the plow
man must walk sixty thousand miles
farther than from the Earth to the
Moon and back again.
These figures give one an idea of the
energy and time and effort spent in the
old way of farming.
The farmer produced, it is true, but
he had to struggle for results.
He worked hard and painfully.
His lot has been heavy and his days
long. His work has been never-ending-
It is shorter to walk around the But all that belongs to YESTERDAY
IT QJ ell
Today, for the first time, the fanner It
given an eren chance with ell other produc
ers in the world.
With the intelligent tut of the tractor
and other labor-earing derlees it ii made
possible for him to become a b mints sua
to do his work methodically and to do more
He takes his place with the manufactur
er who has modem machinery.
Hf takes his place with the merchant
who Increases his efficiency with time, U
bor and money-saving systems of account
ing, selling and delirering.
All industries hare profited enormously
by modern Invention end now the farmer's
torn has come.
His day of opportunity Is here.
He is able, at last, to make real pro
gress. He can now call to his aid a Tractor
which will break ground and handle all the
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