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About The Forest Grove express. (Forest Grove, Or.) 1916-1918 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 7, 1916)
Bu RICHARD PARKER
Sued oa the drama of
ROI COOPER MEORl’ B
Author of "Under Cover" and co-aothor
Cun rn « nt, u .a. n j i n * a u u . 1 1 v o m p e e j.
SYN O PSIS.
T h e c h ie f th a r»-t«*rs are E thel W il
lou gh by. H en ry Streetm an
L a r r y Redm ond.
T h e m inor ch aracters
are Sir G eorge W a ssta iT of the B ritish
a d m ira lty and C h arlie Brown,
Y ork new spaper correspondent.
a resident o f Sir G e o rge 's household,
s e cre tly m arried to Streetm an. a Germ un
spy. thouxh she did not know him as
such. C aptain Redm ond, her old lover,
returna to Emtiand a fte r lontc absence.
F ro m him she learns the truth about
betrayed her sim ply to learn naval se
c re t».
T h e European w ar breaks out.
E th el prepares to accom pany Streetm an
to Brussels as a G erm an spy In ord er to
(ret reven g e and s e rve England. C aptain
Redm ond. E thel and C h arlie B row n turn
tip at a B elgian Inn as the G erm an arm y
She Is M adam e de L o rd «.
begins to work w ith a French spy
G erm ans appear at the inn. M adam e de
L o rd e show s a G erm an secret service
m edal and convinces the Invaders th at she
Is a G erm an spy. C h arlie B rown barely es
capes execution. T h e secret telephone Is
d iscovered and C hristophe Is shot as a
B row n is ordered back to Brussels.
C H APTE R X V II—Continued.
“ Say good-by to old Christophe for
me!*' he enjoined them. "Tell him I ’ m
sorry I didn't get his chicken dinner,
bnt better luck nest timer* He held
Ms hand out to the major. Rut hand
shaking fell outside German military
etiquette. Major von Ilrenlg saluted.
" I may warn you.” Major von Rrenlg
cautioned the American. “ I may warn
you that If you are fouud off the road
to Brussels the consequences will be
“ In fact, yon will be shot, my friend,”
Streetman said, to make the matter en
tirely clear. And he appeared not at
all uneasy over the contingency.e In
fact, he impressed Charlie Brown as
being irritatingly cheerful.
“ I know you hope for the best.”
Brown told him. He could not deny
himself that passing retort. “ But don't
w orry,” be told the major. “ I won’ t
miss Russels road. And. Streetman.
If you ever come to America, look me
up! I’ ll give you oue good time!”
“ I fear he will never get to Brus
sels,” von Brenig said somewhat pen
sively, after Charlie had gone. Cer
tainly he wished the American no 111
luck. But he knew that not all offi
cers whom he might meet would prove
to be Columbia men.
“ It is his own risk.” Streetman said.
“ He did not have to come here. , .
Now. major, there m a y b e other spies.
Would it not be best to replace the
telephone and pnt a secret guard
around this room? Then If anyone else
comes to the telephone, we shall
The scheme appealed to Major von
Brenig. Accordingly, they had or
dered the man Otto to return the In
strument to its hiding place. And sta
tioning others where they might keep
watch o f the fireplace, and yet not be
seen by anyone who entered the room,
they instructed Lieutenant Baum to
arrest the first person who approached
“ Report to me at once. In such an
event,” the major said.
“ I f necessary, shoot before any mes
sage can be sent,” Streetman told him.
The man from the Wilhelmstrasse
then hurried away to see General
Freund, promising to return to Join the
major and Captain Karl at dinner.
C H APTE R XVIII.
Death Hovers Near Ethel.
Ever since she succeeded In In
veigling Lieutenant Baum Into reveal
ing to her the secret of the fork In the
road, Ethel had waited her opportunity
to telephone the news to the French
fron t It seemed to her that the Ger
man intruders would never leave the
public room, even for five minutes.
Meanwhile she had hovered near. And
at last she was convinced that the
coast was clear.
Cautiously she opened the door and
peered inside. She saw no one. So she
stepped Into the room. For Just a few
moments she hesitated, to assure her
self that there was a lull In the move
ments of the enemy. Apparently they
had withdrawn to spruce themselves
up after their long march.
She nerved herself to her task.
She stole to the fireplace, glanced
over her shoulder for one last hurried
survey o f the room, and reached her
hand out for the instrument. She bad
barely taken It up when she heard the
, “ H alt!”
Ethel turned. To her startled eyes
the room seemed suddenly full of aol-
And giving a little cry, she
| dropped the telephone upon (he floor.
Lieutenant Baum confronted her
“ You are a spy for the French!” he
“ No, no! Let me explain!”
He ignored her protest.
“ Load!” lie snapped out the order
to hi* men. And as they obeyed Ethel
“ No, no, no! For God's sake don't
s!uK>t me like that!" Trembling, she
j stood tiu r»*. while they cover»nl her
with their rifles.
Then another cry o f “ H alt!” rung
| out. This time the command rnme
i from the doorway. It was Larry Red
annul who !utorru|>tt*d the grim bust-
Lieutenant Baum turned to him lu
surprise, while the German soldiers
j lowered their guns anil saluted,
j "W hat are you doing?'* Larry de-
m a tided.
"A spy for the French!” Bauiu ex
plained somewhat pee visit ly.
“ A spy for the French, eh?" Larry
said as be drew nearer. "Frauielu—“
lie began. And then lit* stopped short.
He had not r»*eogulz»sl Ethel at first,
for her back was toward the door
But uow they ga/.»*»l at each other lu
amazement. “ A spy, eh?" I-arry re
peated. “ What makes you think so?"
“ She went to use that telephone. It
leads to the French.” the lieuteuaut
"E xcellen t excellent!” Larry told
him. “ But— 1 shall Investigate this
“ But Major von Brenig—” Baum be-
Ijirry brought him up sharply.
“ I am your superior officer!” he re
minded the lieutenant And at that the
other saluted. “ In ten minutes.” Ijtrry
continued, "you will ri*port to Major
von Brenig that you captured the spy
— that she Is here lu my charge, aud
will he l>e kind euough to come here
“ Yes, Herr Captain!“
“ In ten minutes, lieutenant! . . .
It Is for the fatherland!"
“ Ten minutes!” Bauui replied. And
once more he saluted.
At a sign from Baum the soldiers
withdrew, with the lieutenant leudlug
Larry waited till the last man was
out o f the room and the doors had
closed behind them. Then he sprung
to Ethel's side.
“ Ethel! They caught you at the
telephone?" he cried.
“ Yes!” That was all she could say.
as she faced him pitifully.
“ Then they knew; and ’twas a trap
set for you?”
“ Oh. Larry, what will happen to
He tried to calm her fears.
“ There, there, my darling— no more
harm shall come to you!”
Already his active mind was formu
lating a plan for her relief.
“ But what are we to do?” she asked.
She felt helpless. Incompetent to a ct
to devise any means for saving herself
from the fate that hung over her.
“ Now. tny dear, since they know
you’re a spy there's no great chance
for you to escape through their lines,”
he said. “ So for the moment, go Into
that room— ” he pointed out a door to
her— “ go In there, lock the door, and
when they come back I'll do the best I
can with a bit o f explainin’. . . .
Come!” . . . He started for the
door o f the room where he meant to
hide her, when bis foot caught on
something— It was the padlock that
was pushed through the hasp of the
trapdoor o f the wine cellar— and he
tripped and all but fell “ Sure, trtppln’s
a bad sign,” he exclaimed. “ I ’ ll not be
married this year. I— ” He paused as
a thought struck him— an inspiration,
it seemed. And for a brief instant be
looked down at the contrivance at bis
“ What Is It?” Ethel Inquired.
“ My dear, the wine cellar— quick!
It’s a great chance!”
“ What do you mean?” she asked
wonderingly. He had already pulled
up the trapdoor. The padlock had not
been closed. “ You want to hide me
Somehow, she shrnnk from the
thought of descending Into that dark
hole. It seemed to her that once she
sought that shelter they would surely
find her In the end.
“ No, no! 'Twould be the first place
they’d search.” he replied. He pulled
a flashlight from his pocket and crept
down the steps as he talked. “ W alt!”
lie said. And I d another moment he
had so placed the light at the foot of
the stairs that Its beams shot upwnrd
through tile opening. “ That's It, that’s
it!” he exclaimed delightedly. He wns
still standing upon the cellar floor.
“ The light’s shining In your face! Look!
Can you see me?” he asked.
“ No, no! The light blinds me. I
can’t see you at all!” she told him.
He came up quickly then.
“ Good—good! Now listen! . . .
I f somebody peeked down there,
wouldn’t they think a desperate wom
an was standing at the foot o f these
stairs waitin’ to shoot the first mnu
who tried to come down?”
Ethel stood there In the glare o f the
flashlight had listened to his plans
“ Yes—yes— 1 believe they would.”
she admitted, beginning to understand
“ A id that’s what we've got to make
them believe. Now, hasteu, dartin'—
hasten! . . . ’Tls tH*st herel" II*
led her behind the cigar counter, for
he had suddenly NhaudoueO til* previ
ous notion o f concealing her In tbe ad
Joining room. “ Go and hide!” he di
rected. And she crouched low In the
shadow of the counter. “ All! God Is
gitod to the Irish!” he exulted “ Have
you a revolver?”
“ Yea, Larry!” She produced a »mall,
He took It from her.
“ ’Tls rather a toy.” he said
I suppose it will shoot. Then don’t let
tin- sound o f a shot frighten you Into
screaming. I’ ve got to give myeelf a
bit of a tlesii wound Just In the hand.”
“ No. uo!” she exclaimed In Increased
• With this It can la* only a scratch."
he said. “ As soon as 1 shoot, duck aud
hide. . . . Now, here goes!”
lie shot himself In the right hand,
then handed the revolver hack to Ethel,
who liumtsllately huddle,1 behind the
counter. Then Larry banged the trap
door shut. And hacking a w a y from It.
he wnit**d for the men who ns he knew
would soon come ruiiulng lu.
In another moment they hurst upon
“ Herr captain—you are wounded!”
Lieutenant Baum crle»|,
“ ’Tls nothing.” Larry replied. And
he proceeded to hnmlage Ills b lo o d y
hand with a handkerchief.
Others Joined the startled knot of
Germans - among the newcomers. M i
Jor von Brenig.
“ The spy— the woman spy—where
Is she?" he asked.
Larry told him that the woman bad
The major swore roundly at that.
And then Larry explnlued that she
had suddenly produced a rovolver and
shot him. “ Before 1 could draw my
o w n revolver she'd got a w a y , ” he said.
"She raise»! the trap»h>or and went
down there.” he continued, pointing to
The mnjor remembered tlmt there
was no outlet to the wine cellar. Aud
FAITH IN GOOD ROADS
Ordered by lairry to leave, ths
gee lit explained that Major von Mreulg
was expecting a message.
“ Come back lu fifteou minutes." Lar
ry ordere»!. "I will take any messages.” COUNTY
'l?ie fellow had no sooner gone than
Y E A R L Y ON IMPROVEMENTS.
Larry start«*! for the cigar counter.
“ Well, my darlln', so far so good!”
he said lit a low voice. And theu to
his dismay lie heard someone si ths Ratio Expected to Oe Double That
street door. "S*h! Don't get up yst!
Amount In Next Decade— Govern
Someone Is coming!”
ment Won’t Aid Community
That Doesn’t Help Itself.
Tn Ills Immense alnrm and «onster-
nathm, ss the door swung open ho eaw
The country Is now spending well
that tills latest arrival wus uo other toward S'-M ni . ixxi . ixhi a year <m rural
than Henry Streetman.
roads perhaps twice what It wus
They saluted. And as a wave o f rec spending for that purpose ten years
ognition swept across Streetmau's face ago.
Fulili In good roads prolmldy
he whipped out his revolver and cried, Increased during the decade III an
“ Ils lt !”
even greater rutin, and It will he sur
“ What the devil do you tneau?” prising If the expenditure tell years
lienee Is uni d o u b le $g(Ml,iMsl,issi.
Streetman regarded him coolly.
This Is niiilnly, of course, mi effect
“ Well, Captain Redmondl” be said.
the motor ear; hut a lot o f people
“ Well, Herr Ktrasarnuu!”
"W e meet under somewhat different misjudge tin* motor cur li»s*uus»t they
circumstances from that ulght In tbe forget or do not know tlmt In nil
moonlight on L'liter den Linden,” the more prosperous rural regions a
gasoline vehicle nowadays Is Jllst
“ Yes. quite illffereut!" wus the al about as standard an Implement as a
mowing uiachliie. The day Inis long
most Jaunty response.
“ Then you were In the English army. gone by when good roads agllntlon
Now. Captain Redmond, you wear a collld la* discredited by ascribing It tu
bloated urban plutocrats wh> wauled
“ And '(Is a good fit, too, for German to i hie comfortably.
clothes." I.nrrv replied
By an uet that hecumc law Iasi
llut tin* other wua In no good mood laoiiIh the federal g o v e r n m e n t pur
poses to Contribute $7.1,(XXI.(SSI for
"That night I gave yon your life.” g o o d country roads u sed hy the postal
be pri>cc4>ded. “ Now I must take It service, sharing the expel).-c equiul)
Before I cull my men with the stales or other local units.
The work Is to he »lone on specifica
have you any tiling to any?”
tions approved by Mot department of
“ Not a word!" Larry defied him.
"You have no message to send—the agriculture, duly Inspected and ap
girl you told me of?”
“ 1 l»elleve she can hear me when 1
The federal government ought to
«ay that I lore her a ml pray the good contribute, tor highways nr»* a legiti
G«*d to keep her aafe urn! free from mate national Interest.
harm.” the Irishman told him In all law It helps no comiiiunity that does
truth. He waa serious now, was Cap not first help Itself. Its participation
tain Redmond. Indissl. lie saw that he will tend (•owerfully to stnudurduc
was In a devilish fight hole. And rack j road building and to distribute the re
his brains as lie would, he could think sults o f «txpcrtcncc; so It should tend
o f no way out.
to give a better quality o f road for no
I.arry was right. The girl he loved gr»*ater cost.
dhl hear him. Before Streetman had
Twenty-live years ago any given s«>-
suld another word, Ethel leaped from
■ called public highway was usually tin*
behind the cigar counter with her re
exclusive affair o f a hoard of super-
volver leveled at Streetman.
1 visors or coinmlssloiii-rs who rults!
“ Hands up! Hands up —or I'll kilt
j for u year over a territory thr»*«* or
you!" she cried.
■’our miles square. Presently the conn-
Streetman wheeled about In amaze
I ties came lu; then the stales; now tho
ment. And liefore he could c o lle c t Ida
federal government- which Is as It
scattered wits Captain Redmond had
ihould lie. Saturday Evening Post.
wrested the German spy's revolver
“ Ethel, my denr, yon shouldn't have
mixed up In this.” Larry reproved her.
Streetman heard him with Increasing Timber Uted In Construction Should
Be Southern Yellow Pine— List
“ 'My dear!" lie repeat»*»! after Larry, j
of Material Needed.
"Then you know ('nptnlii Redmond?”
he exclaimed, searching Ethel’s face
A strong shipping crate for hogs Is
for the Information he only now be an ensy thing to make. It should tie
well built o f southern yellow pin*. A
gan to suspect.
“ 1 do," she told him unflinchingly.
neatly built crate, n shipping tag hear
He saw everything clearly at last
ing the shipper's name and that of his
“Then, by <l«*d! You're the English farm often will aid In selling stock.
man she loved!” ho exclaimed aa he
turned to Larry.
I’ tliel dlil not wait for Captain Red
mond to answer.
“ Yes, yes, I love him!” she <wn-
f cm sod shamelessly. " I'v e always loved
"Then you lied to me when you said
you hated him.” Strwtinnn accused
her. “ You lied when you said you
wanted to work ngnlnat the English —
you lied!” He was like a madman, aa
he realized how she had tricked him.
“ I lied—yes!” she confessed. “ I ll«*d.
too, when I said the English fleet had
dispersed. It hadn’t. It went to the
Kiel canal. I ’ ve Hod to yoti every min- i
Hog Shipping Crate.
ute— every minute alnce we left for |
In ens«* the shipment Is to h<* a long
“ You said the man you married waa
one, wire a pun o f water in one «•or-
a German spy— ’’ Larry reminded
“ But you can’t be her hue-
Material for ernte, 2 feet wide, 5
hand,” he told Streetman. “ I met your
fe«-t long nnd 3 feet high.
w ife tn Berlin.”
1— 1 hy 12, for bottom end beard;
1— 1 hy 1—0— BJ uprights and opening
"H e r husband? . . .
So that’e end; 3— 1 by 10— 10 shies and elostsl
what she told you! That’s good!” He end ; 2— 1 hy 12— 10 Moor and bottom
even laughed at the thought. In P*** side bourda; 1— 1 by 0— 8 cl«*ats.—
of the menacing revolver that Captain | |.'„rm a,„j Home.
Redmoud pointed at him.
"H en ry! Henry!” Ethel’s boldn
had forsaken her now.
She could not bear to hear such j
things sold—and before Larry, o f all Profitable Implement If Enough Land
la Cultivated to Uae It Econom
ically, Say Users.
” 1 don't understand.” Captain Bed
mond said slowly.
The form tractor Is generally a
Then let me explain—since yon and
she are In love. It may he o f some In profitable Implement If enough laud
terest for you to know. Captain Bed Is cultivated to use It economically.
mond.” Streetman could scarcely have This Is the opinion exprossed by three-
prayed for more complete revenge than fourths of the two hundred tractor
users In Illinois to Investigators for
“ Oh, don’t! Don't!” Ethel entreated. the United Stated department o f agri
But Streetman continued ruthlessly. culture. About one-third of the men
“ This lady.” he said, “ this lady has In this list Increased the acreage, on
an avernge 120 acres to the form, a f
the honor to he— ”
Don't any It. yon dog!” Isirry ter buying the tractors and finding
warned him. And his finger cnrled thnt they did not have room to use
caressingly about the trigger o f the them to the best advantage.
No, no! It Isn’t true! Don’t be
Cover Farm Implements.
lieve him!” Ethel urged. *’ I thought I
There are n number of fa fin imple
waa married honestly—truly married. ments that you nre through with till
. I loathe him. I despise him. another season. Get them under cover
, You do believe me? Oh. «ay at once nnd glvo the pollstosl steel
parts a good coating o f oil and paint
that you do— pleas«!”
O f course, ray dear. I leve yont“
Larry aald quietly, aa If that were rea
For Breeding Ducks.
ton enough—and more— for hi» com
Both ducks and drakea In their sec-
mid year are preferred for b r e e d in g
ptete trust In her
(TO RR! COjeTINtTRD.)
HANDY HOG SHIPPING CRATE
Streetman Wheeled About in A m » »
without hesitation he raised the trap
door. to face h blinding burst o f light.
He hacked nway quickly.
“ What the devil!” he shouted.
And at the game time Larry warned
him to be careful.
“ She must have one o f our pocket
flashlights,” he gald. “ What a target
It made of you. major! And In the
dark you could not see her, could you?”
“ No!” von Brenig admitted. “ And
she can pick off our men one by one
as they go down unless we rush her."
Larry closed the door quickly.
“ I f I may make so bold as to sug
gest— ” he begun; and seeing that the
major gave him permission to continue,
he said, " I f there Is no way out o f the
cellar save that, why waste our men
when all we need Is to leave her there
to starve— till there’s no fight In her?”
“ Why not lenve her there forever?"
von Brenig asked.
He waa, above
everything, a practical man.
“ 'Tls better atlll— ’tls a Just fate for
a spy,” Larry agreed.
“ Baum— run a bayonet through the
hasp!" the major ordered. The padlock
had fallen into the cellar unheeded
when Larry first opened the trap.
“ Later you will make the fastening
permanent,’’ von Brenig said.
C H APTE R XIX.
A Surprise for Streetman.
Well satisfied at the happy termina
tion o f the episode, the major nnd his
men retired once more. And Larry
now found himself alone In the room,
except for a telephone sergeant who
stationed hlinself at the field Instru
ment which he had placed upon a table
when the Germans first reached the
Lion d’Or. At least, there were no
others present so far ns tbe sergeant
knew. In their consuming Interest lu
that trapdoor, not one o f ths Invaders
had noticed Ethel ss she crouched be
hind the cigar counter.
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