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THE LUCK OF WAR
By H. M. Egbert
"The sentence of this court is that
you are to be shot at daybreak,"
The young English officer spoke
to the young German caught within
the British lines' without uniform.
Such an offense carries only one
penalty with it in warfare. The spy
is too dangerous a man to be dealt
with in any other way.
The German smiled ironically. The
sergeant in charge of him conducted
him to the guardhouse, but not be
fore he had cast a meaning glance at
Lieut Denis, who had communicated
to him the court's decision.
All the while the court-martial was
being held a German big gun was
hammering away at a spot behind
the British lines. It was a 42 cen
timeter howitzer and was being fired
apparently under the belief that
some viuti iiue ui tuiumuuiwjuuu
existed there. And the shells had
been exploding nearer, each with a
devastating uprush of soil and tree
. The night wore away. The pris
oner in the guardhouse heard the
gun playing without cessation. He
had nerved himself to meet his fate.
He had no fear, for that was the lot
of a captured spy. Nor had he a
sense of injustice. But he knew that
Denis would come.
Denis came at 4 o'clock when he
returned from duty. He found the
prisoner waiting for him, smoking on
"Well, Krauss," said Denis.
"I was expecting you," said the
other. "Lord Denis, what a world
away we are from Montclair."
Denis nodded and gulped. "It was
a hard thing to have to do, although
we were not exactly1 the best of
Deighbors at Montclair," he said.
Krauss waved his hand deprecat
ingly. "I am glad it was not my fate
to have to do it to you," he said. "Do
you remember whea we used to run
for the New York train in the morn
ings?" "And we always walked home to
gether at night," said Denis.
"Yes. That was when we were
good neighbors. What a pity (you
ever mortgaged that piece of prop
erty on me!"
"I had to raise money quickly for
business purposes," said Denis. '
"And'I had to foreclose," answered
Krauss Was Raised High in the Air
Krauss. "Your business ventures
were not successful."
"They would havebeen if you had
not shut down on me," answered the
Englishman. "But what's the good
of thinking over those things now?
This beastly war finished me. You
know my business interests were
largely with England. I had to en
list should have done so anyway,
though. Got my commission after
our firs.t fight I wonder what my