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Synopsis of Chapters I and II.
The United States is about to go to
war with a foreign nation. The em
ployes of the government power s.ta
tion which supplied Washington and
New York with electricity for light,
heat and power, are expecting orders
to supply heavier current. Atsins, an
electrician at the station obtains leave
to place an invention of his before the
head of the United States Army at
Washington. He obtains an interview
with the General who is favorably im
pressed with the annihilating appara
tus and gives directions for its instal
lation under the supervision of its in
To the surprise of the nation, Con
gress held back during the day, a nar
row fringe of conservative members
standing between the country and
war. The news service, which had
picked up again and was voluminous
and detailed once more, still carried
the prediction that war was inevitable
and could be only delayed.
Meanwhi - the stolid helplessness t
the War Department. which had blan
keted even the energetic efforts of the
department chiefs to do the best they
could at the eleventh hour, had give'
away to a feverish activity extending
even to departments unaware of th
Atsins had taken a fast express ship
back to Susquehanna, returning at top
speed with the concentrator, the plans
of which he bad shown Shod and Mon
trus. and which, many months before,
he had constructed.
Shod h.d his orders regarding
power, orders which carried a sig
nificance to him but to none other at
the power station.
At No. 10 Sending Station, Atsins,
with an army of electricians and
mechanics under him, worked at nerve
racking speed during the day. Mon
trus, possessed by a devil of im
patience. foreboding, and fear, could
not contain himself either in the office
or at the station.
The work progressed; the death
dealing concentrator went into place;
DESTRUCTION OF THlE Gi
reinforcement was added to every de
tail of the station; its capacity was'
increased to the limits of possibility.
Night had come and was advancing.
Still Congress held to its tense debate.
Ten o'clock came: and Atsins sought|I
Montrus, finding him nervously pacing I
back and forth in his office. The young
electrician was calm and charged with
"If' we can get their location, they
will not leave," he said. "Maybe you
cannot furnish it'?"
"'We can if we can get Curtis again,"
said Montrus. '"What if we can't?"
"Then we shall have to take them
when we get it." replied Atsins. "It
would be safer to annihilate them be
fore they start."
"Try for Curtis again," ordered the
general, turning to the aide in the
room. They waited for an answer
which came back presently. The ope
rator at the Sending Station No. 5 re
ported that his efforts were not suc
cessful. and he advised against many
"It endangers him." he said. "He
will report when he can."
With nothing to do but wait, in
nervous tension. they saw the hours
mount to 12. Then came a bulletin
from Congress. The vote was about to
be taken. Of the result there could be
no doubt, and there was none in the
minds of the men sitting in the office.
There had been none from the start:
and yet. now that the moment had
come, they looped at each other, pale'
faced anid heavy-eyed.
"Come outside," said Montrus to At
Courtezy Te mca .
sins. "Well feel better in the open.
Before they could step out of th
door, a messenger came in.
"Curtis reports," he said. "The flee
has left Kiel. He will send location.
"Tell Curtis," said Montrus speakin
low-voiced, 'that the (utcome of thi
war depends on him. We want the k
cation. We must have it. If he ca
send ele:trographs, send them; bu
first the location."
Wth ATsins. he walked out into th
night. The shy was black. The ai
was heavy and wet. A gentle drizzl
The two men took a few dee
breaths, and tlin turned to each other
Neither spoke. but. each held out Th
hand. One close grasp. anl thcy
parted, Atsins for the sending station
MIontrus for the tower.
When the latter stepped off The ele
vator at the top, he found two assis1
nts busy with the reflector. Far awa:
i the drizzle were the lights of Wash
ington and the Capitol. The general
glanceO at the bulletin, but it tcld hin
nothing new. The roll-call was being
'layee by members who insisted or
explaining their votes, notwithstand
i - tha+ the3 and the others had reach
ed tht, limits of human endurance. HE
glan'er' at the other board. which
woul( give him in duplicate any word
tha. migh come from Curtis. It was
blank; but as he looked, it flashed out
"52 30 17 N. 0 53 34. 9 E."
"We've goc i " he almost gasped;
and then he turned to the assistants,
jerking out his commands:
"Ready there. We ought to get some
thing from Curtis in a moment. Tell
the Capitol we must have instant no
tice of the declaration."
At another televue he got Atsins at
Sending Station No. 10.
There they also had a duplicate of
Curtis' message giving the longitude
and latitude of the hostile fleet.
'Ready?" asked the general.
"Ready." said the electrician.
Montrus enveloped' his head in the
hood at the reflector-hardly a necessi
ty, so black was the night. Across the
Atlantic, day had broken, and Curti:
had the light he needed in his electro
EAT GERMAN AIR FLEET.
photography and transmission. Some
wthere abov e the hostile fleet, Montrus
knew, the scout hungo precariously in
a position to send not only informa
tion but a continuous reflection of the
movements of the airships. He might
be discovered, but that was the hazard
of his occupation. If he were well
concealed by distance, and out of the
path of the enemies' scouts, he would
win out. If otherwise, he at least had
done his duty to the best of his ability.
With one finger on a button whicli
would give the signal to Atsins, the
general waited word from the Capitol
Sixty seconds after the vote had beer
taken and war declared, the worki
would know it. The hostile fleet wouk'
know it almost as soon as Montrus. I
was in the arrogance of superior foret
tha' the enemy had waited the forma
beginning of hostilities.
Ripples of light were chasing enc]
other across the reflector: shadow2
forms appeared and disappeared il
vapors and f'-s. Then came an outlina
growing - distinct, and presentl:
he had the picture again.
Outside the hood was the blac1i
drizzling night: inside, the face of th
reflector was glowing with a pictur
of clouds lighted by the early rays (
the sun and of a fleet of airships lai
guidly floating at rest.
Montrus ctr'1' see the flags floatin
from the ships. could see their torpedt
tubes and the graceful movementc
one here and there as it changed pos
.One oL the assistants at his sic
thiough the hood: "Heres the flash.
\\ ar's decla red."
The general twitched with suppress
ed excitenteit. For a moment longer,
he watched the picture in the reflector.
Then he saw that the fleet had the
news. Across the Atlantic the in
stantaneous service had carried the de
claration of war.
Far below him was the chief city of
his nation, now subdued in the know
ledge that it and the nation had been
brought to the final test. In the send
e ing station was the man on whom his
nation's hopes de:ended. He frmly
t pressed the button.
In the reflector he saw the enemy's
squadron move. Ire knew that it had
been in readiness to start, and on the
instant of the receipt of the tidings
was setting forth. If it came unmo
lested, as it had every right to expect
it would, there could be but one result
to his nation.
It seemed an eternity of time as he
watched the reflector.
Suddenly one of the ships disap
peared in a blotch which sent confused
shadows over the reflector. Montrus
tremiled a his exc-itement.
The pi:tuib grce clear for an in
stant. Then another blur-a quick
succession of blurs, between which he
ould see nothing.
He grew dizzy, and held tightly to
the supports of the reflector to steady
himself. His unblinking eyes were so
held by the grim, silent chaos of de
struction portrayed Lefore him, that
the seeing faculty seemed a thing apart
from him and separated completely by
his dazed condition.
The tumultuous heaving and blur
ring on the reflector cleared away. It
revealed a torn and shattered fleet
two-thirds of the ships had vanished
completely, others beating feebly and
in their last efforts, others slowly
sinking through the air, a few trying
to escape from an unseen terror.
General Montrus, veteran though he
was, shuddered at the horror of the'
sight. 'U tseen, unheard, softly through
the thick darkness, the wireless death
had swept that proud aerial fleet out
of existence in one tense instant. And
Atsins, the shock-headed youth, was
the destroyer, sitting calmly up there
in the sending station, with one -soiled1
hand on the lever of his great, terrible
concentrator. It was he who hal uti
lized the means formerly used to send
messages, to bear intelligence across
boundless areas, which, increased a
hundred thousand-fold in voltage, had
now carried absolute destruction.
Still breathing heavily, Montrus
threw off the hood, coming back to the
utter blackness and the drizzle of the
A bulletin was flashed on the board
which carried the duplicates from
"Fleet gone-Vanished in Convul- I
sion-Pictures Actual and Aczurate
Disturbance not caused by defects but
by destruction of fleet-Can't explain
it, but America is saved."
Montrus turned the wireless televue
on to the sending station, and saw At.
sins sitting quietly on a box in one
corner of the little room, gravely I
smoking a short pipe, his shock of
blonde hair badly rumpled, a smile on
his freckled face. "Atsins"-the com
mander-in-chief was trying hard to -con
trol flis voice-Atsins. You have saved
us. It is all over. Their fleet was an
It seemed to the old soldier, veteran
of a dozen campaigns. absurdly imnpos.
sible that the safety of a great nation'
should have been ptit into the hands
of that grimly boy in blue overalls.
"It worked all right, didnt it' At
sins answered calmly.
"Come over here," MIontrus went on
Hurry and come. To-morrow Con
gress'll be giving you a vote of thanks
yot'll be a bigger man than old Dewey
A troubled frown came onAti'
face. "xcuse me, please. general," he
said. "I'm going back to the shop.
I've jtist thought of a big improvement
on my concentrator. Good night."
Longest Climb in the World.
Imagine making the ascent of Mount
Wasnington by means of a staircase.
But a feat akin to this many travellers
iL China have accomplished in going
to the top of the holy mountain, some
six thousand feet. above Taingan-fu.
The road leading to it is the best in all I
the kingdom. About a mile north of
the city walls stands a large gate amid
the ruins of a once flourishing suburb.
Leading from this gate the road is
lined with temples, convents and
shrines, where pilgrims stop to pray if
they are fortunate enough to rid themu
selves of the hordes of beggars.
Where the real ascent begins there
is a stone portal which is inscribed
- ith the fact that here the great Con
fucius halted 2,600 years ago, not hav
ing the strength to ascend the six
thousand stone steps leading to the
top. These Taischan stairs are by far
the highest in the world, for, taking
the number of steps in one story of an
orinary house to be twenty, the num
er of~ Taischan steps equals three
hundred stories. The coolics will carry
a pilgrim up the stairs and back, a dis
tance of twice sixteen mices, for thirty
cents--fifteen cents for each coohie.
When the ascent is made one finds
himself upon a large plateau, which is
covered with numerous temples and
s~tone monuments. The main temple is
that of the holy mother, consisting of
several buildings surrounded by a
stone wall. The several courts are
adorned with magnificent statues and
monuments of bronze, with a huge
statue of the holy mother on the altar
These doors atre opened once only
each year, when an imperial commis
sion comes to collect the money offer
ings of the pilgrims. By means of a
substantial "tip" the guard may be in
duced to push the bar of the main
gate aside, so that one may have
a glimpse within. The floor of this
large temple is usually filled with a
heap of coins of every description.
size, and value, probably represent
ing $10,000 in American curren"y
The money is Alivided among the --"
vents and beggars of the holy moun'
tan, but the largest share goes i
to the pockets of that enterprisingI
lady, the Dowager Empress.
- In all Cuban cigar factories in the
f West Indies. Key West and Tampa, a
-'ublic reader is em->loyed. This man
occupies a high seat and reads aloud
enewpapers, maaazines and novels
A New Trap for Women Who Hesi
tate About What to Duy.
An ingenicus attempt is now being
m1l:ale in some of the big department
establjishments to assist the opinions
of undecided women who come to shop.
Every salesman and every sales
woman knows the woman who haunts
the bargain sales, flutters from count
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attendants are driven to distraction,
thinks she will buy everything, and
finally invests in a yard and a half of
pink ribbon, simple because she is
absolutely incapable of making up her
own mind as to what she wants.
Drapers have long tolerated this
form of mental weakness. Now they
have revolted, and the day of the "De
cider" has come.
The Decider is an American insti
tution, and Gibsonian at that. She is
beautiful as to face and features, and
always gowned to perfection. Her
duty is to induce the doubtful to buy.
To the customer she appears as a
customer, with the earnest intense
"sale face" that one now sees every
day in the big stores.
She sees a custom. a little worse
dressed than herself hesitating over
the purchase of a dress length of chif
fon velvet. The shopman hag done his
best to persuade the lady that it is the
superlative bargain of the season.
"You ought to take it at once, mad
am." he says. eagerly: "if you leave
it to think the matter over, you will
"I suppose so," the lady says, "but I
want to look about first: it is so hard
o decide-an evening gown is so very
important." And she surveys the
Iress length again from three different
Entrapping the V.ctim.
It is now the Decider's moment to
step in., Pretending to have noticed
he chiffon velvet, for the first time.
she thrusts out a perfectly, gloved
and, and eagerly catches hold of an:'
nd of the material. She hangs it up
gainst her fingure, and looks at it
dmiringly. The doubtful lady looks
nnoyed, gives the chiffon a tug, but
he. Decider holds on.
"If you are not going to buy this
ress length," she says, "I will take it
t is the only one I suppose," she adds.
urning to the attendant, and is told
Meanwhile the genuine customer has
ibserved the exquisite "turn but" of
Lhe eager "sale-hawk," as she im
lrines the Decider to be. If si el -
ant a person is anxious to buy the
stuff it must be worth securing, she
rgues, so without further doubt she
"But I am going to take it." The
transaction is closed, and the seeming
y chagrined Dc-ler disappears,
Having settled this little business of
he chiffon velvet she sails off to.the
Here she fixes on a sallow-face&
'oung wife, who has brought her hus
and to help in the choice of a set of
"Do you like it, dear?" the lanky
irl-wife asks, holding up a white boa
"Is $22 too much for this, and the
She has $400 a year of her own, and
e has his pay'as a lieutenant in the
rtillery, so he decides to be gracious.
"No, $22 isn't too much." he re
lies, but isn't the whole thing a bit
oo light--for-" he stops.
Then another is brought out but he
,~jects to it too. "I hate these ashy
olored things." he says petulantly.
Oh: take it off."
"Well, dear, what am I to do? You
hink the first one is too light and
he other one is too ashy." The tone
"Try this one on again madam,"
ays the saleswoman, and the wife
uns to take it but it is gone. She
ids herself confronted with the ele
ant figure of the Decider, who has
rrayed herself in the boa and abol
The young wife looks at her hus
and and sees his eyes fixed on the
harming vision of bright hair, bright
ves, gleaming teeth, and warm com
lexion, set off by the fluffy softness
f the boa and muff. Entirely for.
etful of her own sallow appearance,
he quickly makes up her mind to
ave that boa-it is so very becomitig.
"I think dr'-"" she says to her hus-:
and, "that this is just what I want
am sure mamma would-like it. Her
usand is still gazing at the pretty
Decider" arrayed 'in the boa, and
nswers her jerkily.
"Yes, it's pretty." he says, absent
indedly, "awfully becoming to-to
es, it is so clean and fresh-looking.
sn't it?" You can't do better; have
t." In another second the boa and
~uff are both in the shoe girl's hands.
Lnd the pale wife is giving her ad
The Decider is liberably paid. She
iraws a regular salary, and in ad.
ition receives a commission on all
~ales effected through her interference.
['he profession opens up a new vista
or attractive women whom circum
stances have forced into the labor
Fine Indian Photographs.
We recently published an illustra
tion of Indian Twins which should
tiave been credited to Major Lee Moore
tiouse of Pendelton, Oregon, who has
perhaps one of the best collection of
ndian pictures of the north west.
~Iajor Moorehouse's famous pictures of
the Cayuse Twins has had more re
ognition, perhaps, than any other
ndian photograph ever taken and he
has now issued an album containing
other striking pictures. "The Last
utpost of a Dying Race" is a plictur
esque phioto~rraphi of a lone Indian teT)ee
r wigwam with a background of dark
landscape, suggestive in the extreme
of the title of the picture. Many of
the Moorehouse pictures attracted
much attention at the Lewis and
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