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plosives had failed to shake the mo-1 inside the barn. Jimmy listened as a
rale of th6 German forces, though it
had knocked thier intrenchments
about their ears.
They would not retreat It was
not the tradition of the foreign legion
to retire. But riddled and confused
the whole line doubled upon itself and
dissolved into little groups and clus
ters. It edged sidewise along the
German front and sought the shelter
of one or-two undamaged houses that
had escaped the hostile artillery.
Prom among these a hundred Ger
mans leaped forward to meet the ap
proaching legionaries. A hand-to-hand
fight followed. Jimmy found
himself engaged with a huge fellow,
wearing a tattered helmet, whose
spike emerged through its khaki cov
ering. The fellow disappeared sud
denly and he found himself jabbing
.viciously at the air.
Suddenly a shot was fired at him
from an old barn. It grazed his cheek,
and Jimmy rushed into the barn.
It was half full of moldy hay. A
German was upon the other side of
the central mass. Round and round,
the hay they dodged, Jimmy after the
German, then the German after
Jimmy, each trying to get a point of
vantage from which to shoot down
Panting, exhausted, they halted,
one on either side of the haystack.
Jimmy waited. Presently he saw the
rifle barrel of the German begin to
protrude through a loose part of the
stack. Quietly he dodged, and the
discharge of the powder blackened
.his tunic as the bullet sped across the
barn and buried itself in the opposite
With a yell, the German sprang
round the stack. Jimmy was waiting
for that He let his clubbed rifle fall.
The German started back, but it
struck him on the foot, and he howl
ed with pain as he retired into the
obscurity the other side of the hay.
They waited. Night was already
falling, the sounds of the fighting be
came less audible. It was Quite dark
cat listens for a mouse. Suddenly
the German called from behind the
"Kamerad! Pardon! Surrender to
me and you shall not he harmed. You
see, my friend,we shall wait here all
night unless you surrender.'"
"That's all very -well," answered
Jimmy, "but suppose you surrender
"We are not allowed to surrender,"
answered the German plaintively.
"You had better surrender. Think it
over! I will wait ten minutes!"
Jimmy could see the tip of the Ger
man's bayonet. It was moving, not
up and down, but backward and for
ward in a manner which seemed
somehow familiar to Jimmy. The
movements were unconscious, and it
was evident that the fellow was la
boring under strong emotion.
He spoke again. "Suppose we both
come out into the open," he said. "I
shal count a hundred. While I am
counting you will turn your back and
walk away. When I have finished
counting a hundred I will call, and
we will both fire."
"Nothing doing," said Jimmy.
The German uttered an oath and
leaped from behind the haystack.
Jimmy was just in time to parry the
leveled blade. He struck it up and
drew back for a lunge. Then he look
ed into his opponent's face, and the
recognition was mutual
"Katz! The delicatessen man!" he
"Jimmy Penderby!" cried Katz.
"Gosh .'What are you doing here,
"Oh, just looking round," said Jim
my. "Say, I knew it was you, Kate,
from the way you used that bayonet
Are you going to surrender?"
"I daren't," said Katz. "My wife
said I must bring back an iron cross."
"Your wife is crazy because you've
inherited ten thousand dollars," said
Jimmy, "and "
"What?" yelled Katz. "Itinust be
my uncle Simon. I never thought
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