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critically. Then Krauss spoke for the
first time., l
"Rather stranger," .he suggested,
"to bandage up a man who is to die
in a few minutes."
Denis looked at him" -steadily.
"That sentence cannot be executed,
Krauss," he said.
"Why?" inquired Krauss.
"Because there is nothing to pre
vent you from taking your chance at
crawling back to your lines. Look!"
Where the British outposts had
been the earth was piled into a suc
cession, of pits and caverns by the
big guns. It was a No Man's Land of
"You aren't going to kill me,
then?" inquired the German.
"No," answered Denis. "We are
both out of action now," he added,
looking at his arm.
"Permit me," said Krauss. .And,
taking out his first aid bandage from
his knapsack he began to cut away
the sleeve of other's wounded arm
and to bind up the wound.
"That's about even, I think," he
said, when he had finished, looking
critically at his work. "Now, I want
to ask you a question. Why didn't
you kill me? Why don't you do it
now? You are able to fire your re
volver with your left hand and I am
unarmed. It is because of the Mont
"No," answered Denis.
"It isn't heaping coals of fire on
my head because I foreclosed on that
mortgage of yours?"
"No," said Denis again.
"Because I don't have to, and I
don't want the job of sending news
of your death to to Miss Loft," said
Denis. "Are you satisfied?"
"Then let me recommend you to
get out as quickly as you can before
the ambulances come up," said
Krauss held out his hand, and
Denis, after an instant's pause, took
it. "Good luck!" he said.
"The luck of war," answered the
prisoner, as he crawled out of the pit
And Denis, weak and weary from
his- wound, watched the spy's slow
progress through the grass until he
disappeared in the distance. Perhaps
he had done wrong to let him go, he
thought, but then, he was no execu
tioner, and how could he write to his
wife that he had put to death the
man whom she had once loved and
who thought she still loved him?
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
IDA TARBELL MAKES STAND FOR
IDA M. .TAR BEL LV
President Wilson has a strong sup
porter for re-election in Miss Tar
bell, who says: "He is the first real
progressive leader this decade has
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