The Forest Grove express. (Forest Grove, Or.) 1916-1918, September 05, 1918, Image 6

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    I n n smash tuto our wire, nod a sharp
(iiallenge, " ’Alt, who comes thereT”
rang out. 1 gasped out the password,
sud, groping my way through the lane
lu the wire, tearing my huuds and
uniform, I tumbled Into our trench uiui
was safe, but 1 was u nervous wreck
for im hour, until a drluk of ruin
brought me rouud.
M IO W D 0‘ « *
M m U fiG lJY EM Pirf
f i )i*r
n by
Synopsis.— Fired by the sinking o f the Lusitania, with the loss of
American lives, Arthur Guy Empey, an American living In Jersey City,
goes to England ami enlists ns n icivnto In the British army. Aftei n
short experience as a recruiting officer In London, he is sent to train­
ing quarters In France, where he first hears the sound of big guns and
makes the acquaintance of "cooties.” A fter a brief period o f training
Kmpey s company is sent Into the front-liue trenches, where he takes
his first turn on the fire step while the bullets whla overhead. Empey
learns, as comrade fulls, that death lurks always in the trenches.
Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot
fire. With pick and shovel Empey has experience as u trench digger
in No Man’s Land. Exciting experience on .listening post detail. Ex­
citing work on observation post duty.
Staged Under Fir«.
Three duys after (lie Incident Just re­
lated our company wan relieved from
the front line and carried. We stuyed
In reserve billets for ubout two weeks
when we received the welcome news
that our division would go buck of the
line “ to rest billets.” We would re­
main In these billets for at least two
months, this In order to be restored to
our full strength by drafts o f recruits
from Blighty,
Everyone was happy und contented
at these tidings; all you could hear
around the billets was whistling and
singing. The day ufier the receipt of
the order we tinted for five days, mak­
ing an uveruge of about twelve kilos
l>er day until we arrived ut the small
town o f O’----- .
• It took us about three days to get
settled, and from th-n on our cushy
time started. We would parade from
8:45 In the morning until 12 noon.
Then except for an occasional billet
or nrlgnde guard we were on our ovu
For the first four or five afternoons I
spent iny time In bringing up to date
my neglected correspondence.
Tommy loves to be amused, oud be­
ing u Yank, they turned to me for
something new lu this line. I taught
them how to pitch horseshoe*, and this
game made a great hit for about teo
duys. Then Tommy turned to Amer­
ica /or a new diversion. I was up In
the air until a happy thought came to
me. Why not write a sketch and break
Tommy In as an actor?
One evening after “ lights out,” when
you are not suppose*! to talk. I Impart­
ed my scheme In whispers to the sec­
tion. They engeny accepted the Idea
of forming a stock company and
could hardly wait until the morning
for further details.
A fter parade, the next afternoon I
was almost mobbed. Everyone In the
section wanted a part In the proposed
sketch. When
I Informed them that It
would take at least ten days o f hard
work to write the plot, they were blt-
CHAPTER X V I—Continued.
formed me thut I was “ fo r" a reconnol-
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tering patrol and would carry six Mills
Quite a contrast to Wilson was an­ bombs.
other character in our brigade named
At 11:30 that night twelve men. our
Scott; we called him “Old Scotty" on lieutenant and myself went out In
account of his age. He was fifty-seven, front on a patrol In No Man’s Land,
although looking forty. “ Old Scotty” j W e cruised around In the dark for
hnd been born in the Northwest and about two hours. Just knocking about
had served in the Northwest Mounted iooking for trouble, on the lookout for
police. He was a typical cowpuncher Boche working parties to see what
and Indian fighter and wns a dead shot they were doing.
with the rifle, and took no pains to
Around two In the morning we were
disguise this fact from us. He used to carefully picking our way about thirty
take care of his rifle as if it were a yards In front of the German barbed
baby. In his spare moments you could wire, when we walked Into a Boche
always see him cleaning it or pollsh- covering party nearly thirty strong
Ing the stock. W oe betide the man I Then the music stnrted, the fiddler ren-
who by mistake happened to get hold dered his bill, and we paid.
Fighting In the dark with a bayonet
o f this rifle; he soon found out his
error. Scott was as deaf as a mule, Is not very pleasant. The Germnne
and it was amusing at parade to watch took it on the run, but our officer was
him in the manual of arms, slyly no novice at the game and didn’t fol­
glancing out of the corner of his eye low them. He gnve the order “ down
at the man next to him to see what on the ground, hug It close."
Just in time, too, because a volley
the order was. How he passed the
doctor was a mystery to us; he must skimmed over our heads. Then In low
have bluffed his way through, because tones we were told to separate and
he certainly was independent. Beside crawl buck to our trenches, each man
him the Fourth o f July looked like on his own.
W e could see the flushes o f their
Good Friday. He wore at the time a
large sombrero, had a Mexican stock rifles in the darkness, but the bullets
saddle over his shoulder, a lariat on were going over our heads.
W e lost three men killed nnd one
his arm, and a “ forty-five” hanging
from his hip. Dumping this parapher- | ” ’oun(*ed ln
arm. I f It hadn't been
nalla on the floor he went up to the
our ° ^ er 8 quick thinking the
recruiting officer and shouted: " I ’m ^ hole P»trol would have probably
from America, west of the Itockies,
Pt.’rl " ^
A fter about twenty minutes’ wait we
nnd want to join your d----- d army.
I’ve got no use for a German nnd cun , went
. _ out again nnd discovered thnt
shoot some. At Scotland Yard they ,_®
had n wiring party work-
turned me down; said I wns deaf nnd ing on their barbed wire. We returned
so I ara. I don't hanker to ship In with to our trenches unobserved with the
a d----- d mud-crunching outfit, but the
and our machine guns Im
cavalry’s full, so I guess this regi- n" ^ v.P
The next night four men were sent
ment’s better than none, so trot out
your papers nnd I’ll sign ’em.” He told . out td
. . go . over and examine the Ger-
them he was forty and slipped by. I mi*n ar ,e,J " ir^ and see If they hnd
was on recruiting service at the time fU* anes through It; If so, this pres­
aged nn early morning attack on our
he applied for enlistment.
It wns Old Scotty’s great ambition
O f course I had to be one o f the four
to be a sniper or “ body snatcher,” ns
Mr. Atkins calls it. The day that he selected for the Job. It was Just like
wns detailed as brigade sniper he cele­ sending a fellow to the undertaker's
to order his own coffin.
brated his appointment by blowing the
At ten o’clock we started out, armed
whole platoon to fags.
Being a Yank, Old Scotty took a Ilk with three bombs, a bayonet nnd re-
ing to me and used to spin 60me great ^
^ ter £plt!ng Into No Jinn s
A Hidden Gun.
yarns about the plains, nnd the whole I Land we separated. Crawling four or
five feet at a time, ducking star shells.
platoon would drink these in and ask
wlth strays cracking overhead, 1 terly disappointed. I Immediately got
for more. Ananias was a rookie com­
reached their wire. I scouted along busy, made a desk out o f biscuit tins
pared with him.
this Inch by Inch, scarcely breathing. In the corner of the billet, und put up
The ex-plainsman and discipline
I could hear them talking In their a sign “ Empey A Wallace Theatrical
could not agree, but the officers all
About twenty of the section,
trench, my heart was pounding ugalnst Co.”
liked him, even If he was hard to man­
my ribs. One false move or the least upon reading this sign, Immediately
age. so when he was detailed as a
noise from me meant discovery and applied for the position of office boy.
sniper a sigh of relief went up from
almost certain denth.
I accepted the twenty applicants, nnd
the officers' mess.
A fter covering my sector I quietly sent them on scouting parties through­
Old Scotty bad the freedom of the
out the deserted French vlllnge. These
. brigade. He used to draw’ two or .crawled back. I had gotten about half
parties were to search all the attics for
three days’ rations and disappear with
discarded civilian clothes, and any­
his glass, range finder nnd rifle, nnd we was missing. It was pitch dark. 1
would see or hear no more o f him turned about to see If I could find It; thing thnt we could use In the props
o f our proposed company.
until suddenly he would reappear It couldn’t be far away, because about
About live thnt night they returned
with n couple of notches added to
those already on the butt of bis rifle. felt the butt In the holster. I crawled covered with grime nnd dust, but load­
Every time he got a German it meant around In circles nnd at last found It, ed down with u miscellaneous assort­
another notch. He wns proud o f these then stnrted on my way back to our ment of everything under the sun.
trenches, ns I thought.
They must have thought that I wns
Pretty soon I reached barbed wire, going to stnrt a department store,
But after a few months Father
Rheumatism got him and he wns sent and was Just going to give the pass­ Judging from the different things they
to B lighty; the nlr In the wake o f his word when something told me not to. brought bnck from their pillage.
After eight dnys’ constant writing I
stretcher wns blue with curses. Old I put out my hand nnd touched one of
Scotty surely could swear; some o f his the barbed wire stakes. It was Iron. completed n two-act farce comedy
The British are o f wood, while the which I called “ The Diamond Unlace
outbursts actually burned you.
No doubt, at this writing, he Is German are Iron. My heart stopped Saloon.” U|>on the suggestion of one
“ somewhere In Blighty” pussy footing beating; by mistake I had crawled o f the boys In the section I sent a proof
back to the German lines.
of the program to n printing house In
It on a bridge or along the wall of
I turned slowly about and my tunic London. Then I assigned the different
some munition plant with the “ O. R.”
caught on the wire and made a loud parts nnd started rehearsing. David
or Home Defense corps.
ripping noise.
Belasco would have throw« up bis
A sharp challenge rang out.
1 hands in despair at the muterlol which
sprang to my feet, ducking low, nnd I hud to use. Just Imagine trying to
Out In Front.
ran madly back toward our lines. The teach a Tommy, with a strong cockney
A fter ten Lieutenant Stores o f our Germans started firin '. The bullets accent, to Impersonate a Bowery tough
section carne Into the Uugout and In- were biting all around me, when bang! or a South era negrov
Adjacent to our billet wns «a
field. We got busy at on« end of It *Ud
constructed a stage. We secured the
lumber for the stage by demollshlni
in old wooden shack In the rear at
our billet.
The firat scene wns supposed to rep­
resent a street on the Bowery In New
York, while the scene of the second
j act wns the luterlor o f the Diamond
I’alace saloon, also on the Bowery.
In the piny I took the part of Ab«
: Switch, n farmer, who hnd come from
i Uumpklnvllle Center, Tenn., to m ike
1 his first visit to New York.
In the first sceue Abe Switch nn
the proprietor of the Diamond I’alat
saloon, a ramshackle affair 'vhlch to
the owner was u financial loss.
The proprietor’s name was Tom
Twlatem, his bartender being uumed
Flllcm Up.
A fter meeting Abe, Tom nud FI 11 era
I Up persuaded hltn to buy the plac«,
prnlslng It to the skive and telling
wondrous tules of the money taken
over the har.
Empey stages his play under
difficulties but with great suc­
cess. The next Installment tells
about It
IT O HK C O N T lN L ’ K D i
Dumb Agony of Cossack Woman, Tatt­
ing Ltava of Mato, More Imprse
olvo Than Flow of Tears.
It wua the square of Yurlevvts (on
the Volga) that ouo of those ti
fragments which life rusts up i Ilka
driftwood was flung at our feet. A
Cossack's lviive-tnktng of bis mate I
that wns all, a million tlmen repented
In a million different It baa, In tlm’ on«
summer. But It was mere— sym
woman's ancient nnd Inarticulate grlet
Those shawled und booted women of
the North are too burdeued with
Snrth's sorrow to weep; they arc Ilk«
dumb cattle In their woe. The soldier
himself was openly wiping bis eyes on
hlu coarse, dmity. brown aleeve, while
under both arms he clutched absurdly
two enormous loaves of black bread
A dlugy little child In Ita mother’s anna
fluttered uncomprehending hands la
the direction of the steamer; but fyoa
MougOI-chevked, gray-eyed woman
therv wns no sign.
She neither touched her man In farw
well, nor offered any of thoa« small
caresses by which we seek to mltigkt«
our grief. The sullen silence of th«
North had laid Its finger upon hir,
¡but her eyes followed her mate w it»
1 the wild, unreasonable grief of th«
| forest sprung. She stood still stag
Ing. unawnro of the baby In her nrm «
¡while the steamer moved «low ly out
[Into the gray mists. Long ufteg^laak
i had closed down. I could see her th fi
straining In the gloaming like a mask
of despair.—Olivo Gilbreath lu Uw
Yale Review,
“ Redhead" Is Farmers' Friend.
“ Redhead” Is n '•egular doctor of th«
fruit orchard, systematically search­
ing every crack nnd crevice in th«
bark, and testing with his sharp little
augur every spot which looka aa
’.hough It might conceal henenth the
berk n tree-borer. The hundreds of
little holes drilled In (he bark do not
hurt the apple trees, bnt they menu
that innny nn apple-borer has been
discovered ami transfixed on red­
head’s spearlike longue, to be awnl-
lowed a second Inter with keen rel­
ish. or taken away to a gaping fledg­
The red headed woodpecker usually
selects n partly decayed tree In which
to chisel n hole for Its nest. Roth
father und mother bird take turns la
tbe excavating. Tbe one thnt Is o|
duty forages In the vicinity for gn
beetles, a little corn, and preferably
beech nuta. At a loving call from It*
mute It returns promptly to take Its
turn on the Job— about 20 minutes or
hnlf an hour to the shift. “ Redhead”
hns a thrifty hnblt of storing a w a y
nuts for tbe winter, frequently to be
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It Works! Try It
T a il« how to loosen a aera,
tender oorn eo It lifts
out without pain.
No humbug!
Any oorn, whether
hard, aoft or between the toea. will
loosen right up and lift out without
a particle of palu or soreness.
This drug la called freesone and la
a compound of ether discovered by n
Cincinnati man.
Ask at any drug atore for • small
bottle of freesone, which will coat but
a trifle, but la sufficient to rid one'a
feet of every corn or callous.
Put a few dropa directly upon any
tender, aching corn or callous. In­
stantly the soreness disappears and
shortly the corn or callous will loosen
and can be lifted off with the fingers.
This drug freesone doesn't eat out
the corns or callouses but shrivels
them without even IrrUntlng the sur­
rounding akin.
Juat think! No palu at all; no sor«-
neaa or smarting when applying It or
If your druggist don't
have freoxono havo him order It for
you.— Adv.
What Do You Think of That?
There Is an aspect ot spider and fly
relation which fabulista and natural­
ists allko have overlooked. An ob­
server has brought the microscope to
bear on many house files and finds
that the parasite upon that hateful In­
sect Is often an Immature spider. Too
weak yet to spin Its web It makes the
fly Its winged palfrey, and couraea
from place to place at the will of Its
captive; either until Pegaaus perlahea
naturally or presumably until the
rider has grown up and Is able to make
a meal of his charger.
For Pimply Faces.
T o remove pimples and blnckheada
smear them with Cutlcurn Ointment
Wash off In five minutes with Cutlcura
Soap and hot water. For free samples,
nddresN “ Cutlcura, Dept. X, Boston."
At druggists and by mall. Soup 2ft,
Ointment 2ft nnd ftO.— Adv.
Gordon's Defense of Khartum.
For sheer duration General Gordon’s
heroic defense of Khartum excelled all
modern sieges, for It lasted 317 days,
or Just nine days shorter than the Rus-
Mian retention of Sabastopol. Unfor-
innately, as we all know, Its termlna-
tlon was a tragedy, embittered by the
fact that a very few days later the
would-be army of relief arrived, only
In time to pick up the threads of a
pitiful disaster.
To keep clean and healthy ta
take Dr.
Pierce's Pleaaant Pellets. They regu-
late liver, bowels and stomach.
With Self Forgot.
Greatness la achieved, not by direct
and eager chase, but while we are
looking for something else. It Is the
little things we get by hot endeavor.
The great things come to us, as It
were around a corner. W o never be­
come beautiful, or eloquent, or popu­
lar, or happy, or Intellectual, or even
good, by hard labor. Whatever we
get of such things will come to us
when we are most self forgetful, and
most absorbed In the service of our
kind.— Edward Judson.
A New Dodge.
To a Natal K a ffir belongs the credit
of Inventing a labor saving device for
chimney cleaning. One of the colony
journals says: “ A native in Weenen
had been asked to Bweep a chimney,
which ho undertook to do. Later he
was seen mounting the ladder he used
for the purpose with a couple of fowls
under his arm. These ho allowed to
flutter down the flue, and the Job was
Optimistic Thought.
Safety built upon vengeance con­
tains the seeds of R b own destruction.
Granulated Eyelids,
K.yn inflamed by expo
sure to Sin, Dust and Rind
quickly relieved by Marine
EyeSemedy. No Smarting,
. .
. omfort. At
Your_Druggi.t. or by mail 60c per Bottle.
For ftook ol the Eye free write
b u
Murine Eye R em edy Co., Chicago.
To Make Veur Shoes Last.
When your shoe leather gets dry or
bard, you should oil or grease It. says
The popular Science Monthly. To do
this, first brush off all mud and then
wash the shoe In warm water, drying It
with a soft cloth.
Soap 25c. Ointment 25c â 50c
While the shoe Is still wet. apply th«
oil or grease, rubbing It In with n swab
of wool, or better still, with the palm
Wool & Mohair
I o f the hand.
After treatment, th«
«• mm ftv km. Write hr Prim m i Stem*! T,|t.
shoes should be left to dry In n wnrm
TH E H . F. N O R TO N C O M PA N Y ,
but not In a hot place, Castor oil _
16th nnd Johnson Sts., Portland, Ore
recommended for shoes that are to bo Se“ ttle' w»*h.
Bellingham, Waxh.
polished. For plainer footgear, fish oil
and oleine or any one of the less ex­
pensive oils mny be substituted with
very good results.
t S* * Soldiers
Skin Troubles
with Cuticura
Hides, Pells, °S¡3?*
Used Vast Amount of W lr«.
It hns been estimated that th« w lr«
lu the cores nnd sheathing o f th«
world's submarine cables that b a t«
been made since they were first
In 1857, would reach from the earth
to the moon.
Optimistic Thought.
Remember kindnesses received! fog-
g «t those we have dona.
Broadway at Flanders, Portlsnd, Or.