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He checked himself and the Ger
man looked at him curiously. "So
you are married?!' he asked, evi
dently pleased with the news. "I
should, have been by now. Put Kitty
Loft promised to wait for me when I
sailed. That was three months or so
hefore you lef, wasn't it? She'll wait
for me until the end of time-Mhat
girl. Denis, I want you to write a
iiuuu iu uer juioruuug uer
He broke off, for the first time
filled with evident emotion. Denis
nodded. "I'll let her know," he said.
"Do yoil knowr I always thought
you cared for Miss Loft,'1 said.Krauss
watching the other strangely. N "'Of
course I regarded you as something
of a rival until I learned that she
cared for me. Whish!"
The exclamation was caused hy a
' shattering explosion from ""the big
gun. A sentry came to the door. "It
has. knocked down the camp com
mandant's house, sir," he explained.
"Yes?" inquired Denis, rising. He
stretched out his hand to Krauss.
"I'll see you in the morning," said
Krauss, wtyh ghastly humor.
Denis left him. Krauss paced his
cell, smiling. He had loved Kitty de
votedly, and, though she had prom
ised to wait for him, he had-a little
fear that Denis well, Denis was
married and there' was no fear now.
Somewhere they would meet again,
Kitty and he, in that, land where all
good things come true.
At 6 o'clock the guard oame for
him. He was led a few paces away
from the guardhouse, to where a file
of soldiers was drawn up. Tueir rifles
were neld in their hands aWbe slope.
Krauss and Denis nodded. .
No!" said Krauss, as the sergeant
L began to fasten a white haudker
f9 chief about his eyes. "I'll take It
with my eyes open," he said.
The sergeant looked at Denis, who
nodded. The rifles were raised.
'Krauss stood facing thm. At that
moment his face was" singularly
Whee-ee-eeJ" saS a big shell
from the distance. Denis was wait
ing for it to fall before giving the
command to fire. The sound came
near and nearer. Suddenly the air
was filled -wtfth flame. A terrific din
was in their ears. Krauss was raised
high in the air and flung down bodily
into the grass.
Slowly the sulphurous ftfmes died
away. Krauss opene'if his eyes. Where
the guardhouse had heen there was
not a fragment af a structure. And '
where had been the rolling meadow
was only a deep, barren pit, still full
of dust and "smoke.
Out of the smoke a hand's breadth
away, emerged the face of Denis. His
eyes were open and he was looking
at Krauss. The two men continued
to regard each other in silence for
perhaps a minute. Then Denis slow
ly raised himself.
His uniform was hanging from him
in tatters. One arm hung limply af
his side. But otherwise he did not
seem to be injured. Krauss raised
himself to a sitting position. Blood ,
was dripping, from his shoulder
wnere a lragwem ui mc ueu uau
struck him. x
All about them there was absolute
silence, except for the sudden out
pouring of a lark's song, high over
head. They watched each other with
a grim question in their eyes.
There remained nothing at all of
the firing - squad, except perhaps
some'mutilated bodies, buried under
50 tons of ea'rth. The force of the ex
plosion happened to have Hurled the
two men in one direction, while it
buried the rest That was all. It
was the unappealable, inexorable law
Presently Denis extracted his
first-aid bandage- and, crawling to
ward Krauss, began to bandage his
arm. Krauss submitted in silence,
wincing a little as the stripped flesh
was exposed under the sleeve. Denis
wound the bandage about the v
wounded limb with deliberation."
When he had finished he put his head
to one side and surveyed the work