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A REAL "SCOOP"
By Victor Redcliffe
"To the east?'-
"The country ablaze and four bat
talions lining the frontier."
Adrian North made a gesture of
despair. Then he said to himself:
"And in twenty-four hours my
news may be stale!"
Great news, -he considered, com
prised the information in his posses
sion details of the recent movement
of the German forces, of a battle
sternly censored and the f iiture plans
of the advancing phalanx.
To get this to the nearest French
point and thence to his. chief in Lon
don for American transmission was
the one palpitating impulse of his
life at the present moment It meant
a decided "scoop." It meant the ap
probation of Bruce Marshall, the
chief of the press correspondents'
corps in London and Lora, his fa
vorite daughter, and equally a favor
ite with Adrian, was 'with her father.
Adrian left the consulate at a loss
how to proceed. The orders of the
invading army were strict To at
tempt to break through the lines
would probably cost him his life. He
finally shrugged his shoulders re
signedly. "I suppose I ought to be thankful
that I have not been shut up as a spy
like a good many other aliens," he
reflected. "My precious 'scoop' is
wasted material, it seems. What is
if, my man?"
Adrian interrupted himself to ad
dress a diminutive, shrewd-faced fel
low, who slunk rather than glided
alongside of him.
"You wish to leave the city?" ob
served the stranger, insinuatingly.
"Who says so?" challenged Adrian
'T overheard jUUi mjiiies at the
t ( - fe "
"And it is in my' power to assist
you." -. Z
"In what way?"
"If you wishto leave the country
and have nerve ""
"What kind of nerve?" interro
gated Adrian. "
"A kind that is not'afraid of stray
shots or a flight in an airship five
hundred feetup in tbe'air."
"You interest me," said Adrian,
simply,'"ahd a spice 'of .danger won't
"Very good," observed the man.
It Was of the. Dirigible Type
"It will cost you one, hundred dol
"That Is cheap 'enough," spoke
"Come with me, then. I have a
relativewho is -well, a smuggler. He
makes a trip over tjbe French border
tonight He can make room for one."
"Let me be that one," 'said Adrian,
"Follow me.",' -V"
Half an hour later Adrian North
stood with his guide in 'the ..garden
of a' deserted 'chateau. Near by the