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THE WAR STAMP
By Elsie Cruhl Martin
(Copyright by W, G. Chapman.)
"I have sent my soul a thousand
times across the ocean in anxious
longing for Elsa Durivage," said Earl
Hosmer. "Something bids me go in
"You are mad, Earl rank, staring
mad! What, what is she to you or
rather you to her?" cried young Hos
mer's closest friend, to -whom he had
shown his heart after a month of
secret, silent brooding.
''True, indeed!" sighed Earl sadly.
' "What am I to her? Nothing, I fear,
but I love her. We were good friends
after a week's acquaintance abroad.
If nothing more, as a true friend, I
am anxious for her welfare. When
the great European war began she
and her folks were stranded in an in
land city of the continent. Those
who escaped described the sufferings
and terror of those not so fortunate
as heartrending. I tell you it fairly
agonizes me to think of Mr. Durivage,
an invalid, reduced to beggary, of
that beautiful girl oh!" cried Earl
poignantly, choking up with intense
emotion. "I can't endure it I am
going to their rescue!"
"That is impossible," spoke his
friend seriously. "You risk your lib
erty in attempting it, even your life.
How can you hope to safely pene
trate to a country at war?".
"I must," answered Earl deter
minedly. "I understand the condition
of the Durivages perfectly from what
I have heard from others. They are
penniless, isolated, afforded no oppor
tunity to receive money from home.
I shall go prepared to ax least relieve
The friend saw there was nothing
more to be said to his impetuous
young chevalier in the way of striv
ing to dissuade him from carrying
out his adventurous plan.
"Mr. Durivage has an agent in the
jcity here," he remarked. "It appears
to me that it is up to him to make
some effort to help out his client."
"You mean Rodney," replied Earl.
"I have seen him. He is a cold-blooded
proposition, all, business, as he
calls it. He seems to think he has
done his full duty in trying to get
money to Mr. Durivage, in which he
"Well, I wish you every success in
the world," spoke the friend heartily,
The Letter. Was. a Brief, Ordinary
Missive . .
"but I fear you will not accomplish
"I shall try,' anyhow," was the res
Every time Earl Hosmer thought of
the fair young girl with whom -and
her father he had passed a pleasant
month abroad,' bis heart stirred with
in him. They had heen nothing-more
than friends, but she had made the
impression of his life upon him. A
thought of how genial and friendly
the father and-daughter had been to
him, of their present distressing ton-