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and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
The Pekin foreign office has re
ceived a telegram from Canton an
nouncing that the Canton government
has decided to recognize the central
government and reunite with It.
Better times for the farmers of the
country are foreseen for 1923 by Sec
retary Wallace, who, in a statement
reviewed agricultural conditions of
1922 and set forth the prospects for
the new year.
Randolph Robertson, formerly Amer
ican consul at Nuevo Laredo, has been
arrested on a charge of embezzling
1 13,000 of government funds, federal
officials announced in San Antonio,
For the first time in Ohio's history,
a woman, Miss Florence E. Allen of
Cleveland, Tuesday donned the robes
of high Judicial office. She took her
place as an associate justice on the
Ohio supreme court bench.
A total of 5089 persons were arrest
ed In California during 1922 by prohi
bition agents for various violations of
the Volstead act, according to1 the
annual report of S. F. Ruttor, prohi
bition director, made public Sunday.
Fred Krlebel, former head of the
bond house of Krlebel & Co. of New
York and Chicago, which failed last
March, was arrested recently on a
federal indictment charging use of the
malls to defraud. He was released on
When the Canadian raclfic railway's
train No. 2, the Vancouver-Montreal
express, left the rails one mile west
of Bassano, Alberta, early Tuesday, 21
passengers were injured, nine serious
ly. Three cars, commerce, first-class
and tourist, toppled into the ditch.
Reports from Halle say that an at
tempt was made Monday evening to
blow up a large monumental group
comprising an equestrian Btatue of
Emperor William I and monuments to
Bismarck and Von Moltke. The latter
monument was hurled into the basin
of the fountain.
Fellp Taboada, Cuban consul-general
in New York, Tuesday took steps to
begin a search for the tlorman ship
Ilelnrlch Kayser, which sailed for
Gormany from Norfolk, Va with Jose
Mimas, chancellor of the Cuban con
sular corps, on board and which was
last heard from December 6.
After two years of absence from
public llfo, Alfred E. Smith Tuesday
was Installed as governor of New
York. Drenching rain and slush-filled
streets kept many visitors Indoors and
tho military parade was disbanded by
order of the new governor almost as
soon as it had started.
Three bills aimed at the Ku Klux
Klan were introduced in the Ohio
legislature Tuesday. One would re
quire the klan to file with the secre
tary of state a list ot its officers;
another would make an assault by a
masked or robod person punishable
by a prison sentence of from one to
15 years. '
For the first time In a century a full
cnlendur year has passed without the
coinage of a single piece of minor
currency, mint officials said recently,
This means that coin collectors will
be forced to leave a gap in their col
lections, for no pennies, nickels, dimes,
quurters or half dollars will bear the
Three brothers, James, Samuel and
Miguel Kotttil, were drowned at Wal-
luku, Maul, T. II., Monday. Miguel
was washed off a rock by a high wave
and Samuel, in attempting to rescue
him, was also swept away. James,
seeing his two brothers drowning,
sprang Into the water in an effort to
The state department has announced
that the German proposal for an agree
ment under which France, Great Brit
ain. Italy and Germany should "sol
emnly agree among themselves and
promise the government of the United
States" not to resort to war for tho
period of one generation without the
authority of a plebiscite had not been
transmitted to the French govern
ment formally by Secretary Hughes
and, as an Informal Inquiry, brought
' out the fact that It was not acceptable
FRANCE INVADES GERMANY
Army of 60,000 Moves for Dash Into
Ruhr Belgians Mass Forces.
Coblenz. Four trainloads of French
and colonial troops from Mayence
passed through Coblena Monday night
on the way to a concentration center
in the outskirts of Duesseldorf, where
It is estimated 60,000 troops already
have assembled. Seven more troop
trains were scheduled to pass through
Military trains also are forming at
Herbesthal and leaving for the new
reparations front. Dulsburg dispatches
say the Belgians are concentrating
there ready for an advance.
The workers have spread the rumor
that the mines are to be flooded" when
the troops enter the Ruhr and that a
general strike will be declared in pro
test against the invasion. The 230th
French field artillery and the 156th
infantry may move, but their com
manders are reticent as to their plans.
No special instructions have been re
ceived from Washington at American
headquarters here, and the occupa
tional duties In the American area are
going on as usual.
Mayence. General Degouette, ac
companied by his Btaff, left for Dues
seldorf Tuesday morning. On his ar
rival he will act in accordance with
instructions which may be given him
by the Rhineland high commission.
Capital In Drive on Embassy Liquor
Washington, D. C. Sources of what
are described as "embassy" liquors,
which, it is claimed, have been finding
their way Into the illicit traffic in
Washington in large quantities, are
sought by the District of Columbia
police as a result of three successive
raids In as many apartment houses in
the fashionable newest section.
Lieutenant O. T. Davis, chief of the
vice squad, under whose direction the
raids were conducted, declared that
there were Indications of an organized
traffic in liquor brought in by some
of the embassies and legations. Infor
mation has reached the police, he add
ed, that attaches of some of these
establishments have been parties to
Among the so-,called exclusive "boot-
leggerB" who handle high-grade liquors
are a number of women, according to
the police, whose clients Include many
of the participants in what the authori
ties term the "high life" of the na
Whisperings ot certain "bootleg
gers" that they could supply the finest
of intoxicants because of "pipe lines"
Into foreign diplomatic establishments,
reached the police some time ago, but
It was not until the recent raids that
the luw officers became satisfied that
this was more than "selling talk." In
the latest raid Lieutenant Davis and
his Bquad, which Included federal of
ficers, took into custody a man who
said he was from Gautemala and Mrs.
Elizabeth Hecht and seized a large
quantity of imported wines and wills
kys. Lieutenant Davis said Mrs. Hecht
declared that the liquors found in her
apartment were from forolgn sources.
He added that the man arrested had
claimed ownership of the liquor and
had protested against Its Belzure on
the ground that it was the property
of a diplomat.
Man and Woman Executed,
London. Mrs. Edith Thompson and
Frederick Bywaters were executed at
9 o'clock Monday for the murder of
the woman's husband, Percy Thomp
son, on October 4 last. A dramatic
lust-hour effort was made on Mrs
Thompson's behalf by her solicitor, Mr.
Stern, who hurried by automobile to
the Shropshire country home of the
secretary for home affairs, William C,
Brldgeman, in an endeavor to obtain
a stay of execution.
Alaskan Peak Spouts Fire.
Anchorage, Alaska. The top of the
Pavlof mountain, Aleutian peninsula
has been blown off by a volcanic
eruption, nccordlng to wireless mess'
ages received here, which said the
volcano had become active, lighting
up the sky for many miles around
with the glow Iioiu the crater, reflect
ed by snow-capped peaks. The severe
earthquake shock felt In this section
December 30 is believed to have re
sulted from this volcano.
Los Angelant Swelter.
Los Angeles, Cal. Heat records for
January, were broken here Monday,
when tho thermometer climbed to 90,
driving pedestrians to the shady side
of the street. Soda fountain operators
reported an unseasonable rush of busi
Threat Made to Turks.
London. A draft ot the near east
treaty will be presented to the Turks
at Lausanne within a fortulght, It was
aid in official circles Monday. The
Turks will be told to sign the docu
ment or to tear It In pieces and take
FRANCE READY TO
Rhine Army Awaits Poincare's
Word to Advance.
PLANS KEPT SECRET
Troops Confined to Quarters to Pre
vent Clashes With Germans
Men Called From Leave.
Paris. France's Rhine army is gath
ering, to be ready to march when
Premier Polncare gives the word for
the carrying out of his still secret plan
for seizing the Ruhr and the Rhine-
Trains were crowded Sunday night
with officers and men, hurriedly re
called from leave, returning to their
posts, and M. Polncare conferred with
M. Le Trocquer, minister of public
works, on final arrangements for the
transportation of the civil and military
The French troops on the Rhine
have been ordered by General De
gouette to remain in their quarters
wherever there appears to be any
danger of clashes with the Germans
and every precaution will be taken
to avoid demonstrations,"
There are several times the number
of French forces in the Rhineland as
are likely to be required for the Ruhr
operations, but all the troops will be
held in readiness for Instant service,
although there Is nothing yet to Justify
the assumption of immediate action.
The details of the French plan re
main a mystery, but M. Polncare has
repeatedly described the proposed en
trance to the Ruhr as chiefly the work
ot engineers and customs collectors.
This is the nucleus, but the military
support required necessarily depends
upon the French estimate of what re
sistance the Germans may offer.
It is known also that the premier's
original Idea was modified to make it
attractive to the British, but now that
France is going In alone she is under
no such restraint.
The government considers It desir
able to have the reparations commis
sion declare Germany In voluntary de
fault on coal before acting.
Various considerations may cause
Premier Polncare to delay the Ruhr
operations until Germany's failure to
pay the 500,000,000 gold marks on Jan
uary 15 further strengthens his hand,
but Importance is attached to the com
mission's action on the gold question,
which is taken to mean that he would
consider recognition of a default In
that reBpect as adequate.
Many of the French newspapers
speak of action this week, but the
government asserts that only the high
est officials know and in exactly what
manner the operations will begin.
Bergdoll Hunt Kept Up.
Wilmington, N. C Lest Grover C
Bergdoll may have concealed himself
In the American Bteamer Aquarius in
such a manner as to evade the recent
search for him, department of Justice
agents will sail on the Vessel when
she leaves for New Orleans the latter
part of this week, it was officially an
Reports thnt the vessel had brought
the draft dodger from Bremen resulted
in her being searched on arrival here
and members of the American Legion
have been guarding her while she was
unloading her cargo of potash.
Jobless File Protest.
London. London Sunday waa the
scene of one of the largest demonstra
tions of unemployed witnessed In re
cent years. It was held under the
auspices ot the labor party and the
trades unions. There also were 300
demonstrations by unemployed In
various parts of the country.
Speeches were delivered and resolu
tions adopted demanding that the gov
ernment call parliament Into session
and take other steps to remedy tho
unemployment situation. There were
Corvallls Hens Ahead.
Corvnllls, Or. J. A. Hanson ot this
place has been awarded the special
silver cup offered by the London Dally
Mall for the best laying pen ot foreign
hens ot the Mall's egg-laying contest
The contest ha extended over a year,
The Hanson hens were in competition
with 189 pens from all over the world
Mr. Hanson also has a pen In competi
tion with 100 other pens at the Inter
national contest being conducted at
SYNOPSIS.-Durlng the height ot
the New Orleans carnival season
Jachin Fell, wealthy though some
what mysterious citizen, and Dr.
Ansley. are discussing a series ot
robberies by an individual known
as the Midnight Masquer, who, In
variably attired as an aviator, has
long defied the police. Joseph Mail
lard, wealthy banker, is giving a
ball that night, at which the Mas
quer has threatened to appear and
rob the guests., Fell and Ansley,
on their way to the affair, meet a
girl dressed as Columbine, seeming
ly known to Fell, but masked, who
accompanies them to the ball.
Lucie Ledanois, recently the ward
ot her uncle, Joseph Maillard, is
the Columbine. At the ball, Bob
Maillard, son of the banker, again
proposes to her and is refused. He
offers to buy some of her property.
A Franciscan monk interests her.
He turns out to be Prince Gramont.
In hiB library Joseph Maillard and
a group of his friends are held up
and robbed by tho Midnight Mas
quer. Lucie Ledanois, the last of
an old family, Is in straitened cir
cumstances, Joseph Maillard's han
dling of her funds has been unfor
tunate. Fell is an old friend of her
parents and deeply interested in
the girl. Henry Qramont, really
the Prince de Gramont, is enamored
of Lucie, Lucie talks with Fell
about her affairs and the Masked
Masquer. Gramont's chauffeur,
Hammond, sergeant In the A. E.
F., lives with him. He was the
original Midnight Masquer, and
Gramont had assumed the rote.
Where Hammond had been a rob
ber for financial gain, Gramont,
of course, is not. He arranges to
return the "loot" to tho3e whom
he has robbed.
CHAPTER V Continued.
"Well, I was followed today; at
least, I think I was. And let me tell
you something about that same quiet
little man I His name Is Jachin Fell."
"Heluva name," commented Ham
mond, and wrinkled up his brow.
"Jachin, huh? Seems like I've heard
the name before. Out o' the Bible,
ain't it? Something about Jachin and
"I imagine so." Gramont smiled as
he replied. "This chap Fell Is sharp,
confoundedly sharp I" he went on,
while the chauffeur listened with
frowning lntentness. I think that he
Is on to me, and is trying to get the
goods on me."
"Oh 1" said Hammond. "And some
one was trailln' you? Think he's put
the bulls wise?"
Gramont shrugged his shoulders. "I
don't know. He almost caught me last
night. We'll have to get rid of that
aviator's suit at once, and of the loot
also. I suppose you've reconciled
yourself to returning the stuff?"
Hammond stirred uneasily, and laid
down his pipe.
"Look here, enp'n," he said, earnest
ly. "I wasn't runnin' a holdup game
because I liked it, and I wasn't do
ing it for the fun of the thing, like you
are. I was dead broke, I hadn't any
hope left, and I didn't care a d n
whether I lived or died that's on the
dead I Right there, you come along
and picked me up.
"You give me a job. What's more,
you've treated nie white, cap'n. You've
given me something decent to live
for to make good because you got
some faith In me I Why, when you
went out on that first job of ours,
d'you know It like to broke me up?
It did. Only, when we got home that
night and you said It was all a Joke,
and you'd send back the loot later on,
then I began to feel better about It."
Gramont nodded In comprehension
of the other's feeling.
"It's not been altogether a Joke, ser
gennt," he snld, gravely. "To tell the
truth, I did start It as a joke, but soon
afterward I learned something that led
me to keep It up. I kept It up until I
could hit the Maillard house. It was
my Intention to turn up at the Comus
ball, on Tuesday night, and there
make public restitution of the stuff
but that's Impossible now, I dare not
risk It I That wan Fell is too smart."
"You're not goln' to pull the trick
again, then?" queried Hammond, ea
gerly, "No. I'm through. I've got what I
wanted. Still, I don't wish to return
the stuff before Wednesday Ash
Wednesday, the end of the carnival
season. Suppose yon get out the loot
and find me some boxes. And be sure
they have no name on them or any
Hammond leaped up and vanished In
the room adjoining. 1'reseiKly he re
turned, bearing several cardboard
boxes, which he dumped on the center
table. "I'm blamed glad you're done,
believe mel" be nttered, fervently,
glancing up at Gramont "Fnr's I'm
concerned I don't rare much, but I'd
sure hate to see the bulls turn In a
guy like you, cap'n. Here we are.
Want me to keep each bunch separate,
' don't you?"
Doubled. Page and Compdntj j
'Sure, I'll be writing some notes to
Gramont went to a buhl writing
desk In the corner of the room, and sat
down. He took out bis notebook, tore
off several sheets, and from his pocket
produced a pencil having an extremely
hard lead. He wrote a number of
notes, which, except for the addresses,
were Identical In content:
'I inclose herewith certain Jewelry
and articles, also currency, recently
obtained by me under your kind aus
pices. T trust that you will assume the
responsibility of returning these
things to the various guests who lost
them whll under your roof. I regret
any discomfort occasioned by my tak
ing them as a loan, which I now re
turn. Please convey to the several
owners my profound esteem and my
assurance that I shall not In future
appear to trouble anyone, the carni
val season having come to an end,
and with it my little jest.
"THE MIDNIGHT MASQUER."
Gathering up these notes In his
hand, Gramont went to the fireplace.
He tossed the pencil Into the fire, fol
lowing it with the notebook.
"Can't take chances with that man
Fell," he explained. "All ready, ser
geant. Let's go down the list one by
From the trunk Hammond produced
ticketed packages, which .he placed
on the table. Gramont selected onej
opened it, carefully packed the con
tents In one of the boxes, placed the
proper addressed note on top, and
handed it to the chauffeur.
"Wrap it up and address It. Give
the return address of John Smith,
One by one they went through the
packages of loot In the same manner.
Before them on the table, as they
worked, glittered little heaps of rings,
brooches, watches, currency ; jewels
"All Wasted the Whole Effort!" He
that flashed garishly with colored
fires, historic and famous jewels
plucked from the aristocratic heart of
the southland, heirlooms of a past gen
eration side by side with platinum
crudities of the present fashion.
There had been heartburnings In
the loss of these tilings, Gramont
knew. He coeld picture to himself
something of what had followed his
robberies: family quarrels, new pur
chases la the gem marts, bitter re
proaches, fresh mortgages on old her
itages, vexations of wealthy dowagers,
shrugs of unconcern by. the nouveaxx
riches; perchance lives altered
"There's n lot of hiimnn life behind
these baubles, sergeant," he reflected
aloud, a cold smile upon his lips as
he worked. "When they come back to
their owners, I'd like to be hovering
around In an Invisible mantle to watch
results 1 Could we only know It, we're
probably affecting the lives of a great
many people for good nnd 111. These
things stand for money; and there's
nothing like money, or the lack of It,
to guide the destinies of people."
"You said It," and Hammond
grinned. "I'm here to prove It, ain't
I? I ain't pulling no more gunplay,
now I got me a steady Job."
"And a steady friend, old man,"
'added Gramont. "Did It occur to you
that maybe I was as much In need of
a friend as you were?"
He had come to the last box, now,
that which must go to Joseph Mail
lard. On top of the money and scarf
pins which he placed In the box he
laid a thin packet of papers. He
tapped them with bis Auger,
"Those papers, sergeant! To get
them, I've been playing the whole
game. To get them and not to let
their owner suspect that I was after
them! Now they're going back to
"Who's he?" demanded Hammond.
"Young Maillard son of the banker.
He roped me Into an oil company;
caught me, like a sucker, almost the
first week I was here. I put pretty
near my whole wad Into that company
, "You mean he stung you?"
"Not yet." Gramont smiled coldly,
harshly, "I fell right enough but I'll
come out on top of the heap."
The other frowned. "I don't get
you, cap'n. Some kind o' stock deal?"
"Yes, and no." Gramont paused, and
seemed to choose his words with care.
"Miss Ledanois, the lady who was
driving with us this afternoon, is an
old friend of mine. I've known for
some time that somebody was fleecing
her. I suspected that It was Maillard
the elder, for he has had the handling
of her affairs for some time past.
Now, however, those papers have given
me the truth. He was straight enougli
with her ; his sou was the man.
"He worked on his father, made his
father sell land owned by Miss Leda
nois, and he himself reaped the prof
Its. There are notes and stock issues
among those papers that give his
whole game away, t my eyes. By the
way, get thnt tin box out of my trunk,
will you? I want to take my stock
certificates with me In the morning,
and must not forget them."
Hammond disappeared into the ad
Gramont sat gazing at the boxes be
fore him. He shook his head gloomily,
and his eyes clouded.
"All wasted the whole effort 1" he
murmured. "I thought It might lead
to something, but all It has given me
is the reward of saving myself and
possibly retrieving Lucie. As for the
larger game, the bigger quarry It's
all wasted. I haven't unraveled a
single thread ; the first real clue came
to me tonight, purely by accident.
Memphis Izzy Gumberts! That's the
lead to follow! I'll get rid of this
Midnight Masquer foolishness and go
after the real game."
Gramont was to discover that it is
not nearly so easy to be rid of folly
as It Is to don the jester's cap and
bells ; a fact which one Simpllcisslmus
had discovered to his sorrow three
hundred years earlier. But, as Gra
mont was not versed In the line of
literature, he yet had the discovery
ahead of him.
Hammond re-entered the room with
the tin box, from which Gramont took
his stock certificates issued by Bob
Maillard's oil company. He pocketed
"I'll go to Maillard the banker Jo
seph Maillard first thing In the morn
lng, and offer him my stock. He'll
be mighty glad to get It at a discount,
knowing that It Is In his son's com.
pany. You see, the son doesn't confide
in the old man particularly. I'll let
the father win a little money on the
deal with me, and by doing this I'll
manage to save .the greater part of my
"Holy mackerel!" Hammond ex
ploded In a burst of laughter as he
caught the Idea. "Say, If this ain't
the richest thing ever pulled I When
the crash comes, the fancy kid will be
stinging his dad good and hard, eh?"
"Exactly; and I think his dad can
afford to be stung much better thnn I
can," agreed Gramont, cheerfully.
"Now let's take those packages and
stow them away in the luggage com
partment of the car. I'm getting
nervous at the thought of having
them around here, and they'll be per
fectly safe there overnight safer
there than here, In fact. Tomorrow
you can take the car out of town and
send the packages by parcels post
from some small town, t
"In that way they ought to be de
livered here on Wednesdny. You'd
better wear one of my suits, leaving
your chauffeur's outfit here, and don't
halt the car In .front of the post office
where you mall the packages "
"I get you," assented Hammond,
sagely. "But what about them avia
"Take them with you better get
them wrapped up here and now. You
can toss them Into a ditch anywhere."
Ten minutes afterward the two men
left the room, carrying the packages
of loot and the bundle containing the
aviator's uniform. They descended
to the courtyard In the rear of the
house. Here was a small garden, with
a fountain In Its center. Behind this
were the stables, which had long been
disused as such, and which were now
occupied only by the car of Gramont.
It was with undisguised relief that
Gramont now saw the stuff actually
out of the house. Within the last few
hours he bad become Intensely afraid
of Juchln Fell. Concentrating himself
upon the man, picking up Information
guardedly, he had that day assimilated
many small Items which Increased his
sense of peril from that quarter.
Straws, no more, but quite significant
straws. Gramont realized clearly that
If the police ever searched his rooms
and found this loot, be would be lost.
There could be no excuse that would
hold water for a minute against such
"Seen anything of an avla
tor's helmet around here?"
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Pussywillow I'm the cat that brings
the birds. New York Herald.
A wife Is seldom Jealous of her bus
baud' first love after meeting her.