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Thrilling Experiences of a Woman Spy Who Ran Down German Plotters
MA TCHES HER WITS
By ".MAUDE MULLER."
I have little of the spirit of ad- you be disposed to consider such
venture to my make-up and, up to
the time when this story begins, I
should have lauched at the eugces
tlon that I might ever become a
"secret service operative" a woman
spy. Yet I have been principally in
strumental In bringing about the ex
posure and arrest of seven German
spies in the Dominion of Canada; all
of them trained in their profession
and skillful enough to have eluded
the regular secret service men of
Canada and of Scotland Yard, for
I can account for my success only
in, on way. I was so naive and In
experienced that my manner dis
armed suspicion, and my crude meth
ods were more direct and effective
than those which cleverer people
might have adopted. Howevsr, you
may judge for yourself about that,
for I ihall set down as simply and
accurately as possible all the facts
of my experience in the employ of
the British secret service, giving
names and dates and places, sp that
anyone, who cares to do so, may as
certain that I am not romancing.
Holiday In Quebec.
On Easter Sunday, a little more
than two years ago, I was taking a
holiday at the Chateau Frontenac In
Quebec It had Been a rainer auu
affair fcr me, for, although the hotel
was filled with guests, I was quite
alone and unacquainted with anyone.
On the next day, I was to return to
Montreal, where I was employed as
a. special writer on one of the news
papers. I was absolutely hungry for
human companionship, and I suppose
I looked it, as I sat In a chair In the
hotel lobby, watching the people pass.
My attention was attracted by one
couple, a man past middle age, of
military bearing, and a pretty oung
woman, evidently, despite the dispar
ity in their ages, his wife. The man
went Into the cafe after receiving
with mock humility a. warning from
his pretty wife about the dangers of
strong drink. I smiled at the scene.
and the pretty woman smllled back
Then she seated herself In a chair
beside me, and engaged me in conver
satlon. Her manner was charming
and ingratiating. She talked in
most natural and unaffected way
about her husband and herself. 'They
had been married three years, and
she was much In love with him.
In the Boer Wir,
Be had served with distinction in
the Boer war, and had been retired
with the rank of colonel. Almost be
fore I knew It, I was telling her all
about myself, and. from that I wan
dered on In casual comment on the
affairs of the war as I, had observed
them from 'my place -In a. newspaper
office. She invited me to dine with
Her husband and herself, and I ac
cepted with real gratitude.
They came down to dinner" In even
ing clothes, and. Instantly. I felt that
the dressing Hour, lor some reason
I gasped In astonishment. My ideas
regarding detectives and spies and
adventuresses and secret lervira
operations were gathered mostly from
the E. Phillips Oppenhelm novels. I
remember that I had to choke back
a hysterical declaration that I wasn't
prepared to be a secret service spy
because I hadn't any decollete gowns.
However, the colonel quietly' and
taslly described to me the, things
which he wished me to attempt for
the British government and,' at last.
I agreed to make the trial. I could
hardly believe In thei sound of my
own voice as I heard myself assert
ing. Ten days later, having, taken
that time to end my employment' in
Montreal. I began work under the
ity first Instructions were simply
that I should proceed to a hotel In
Toronto, register under an assumed
name, which the' colonel supplied, and
await "a person" who would call upon
me with further instructions. The
colonel gave roe three hundred dollars
in Canadian bills. Then he and his
wife bade me good-by.
Never'Ssw Illm Afterward.
I have never seen them since, but I
have been fclven to understand that
he was then and may be now the
bead of the British intelligence Bu
reau In America.
I'm astonished that the clerk at the
hotel in Toronto didn't notice my
nervousness as I registered. The
whole proceeding seemed so futile and
(.foolish. In the twenty-six years of
my uneventful life, I had never un
dertaken a serious deception. In the
evening after my arrival, s card wa
sent up to me. I had taken only a
single room, so I went down into tin
parlor on the second floor to receive
my visitor. The card bore a name un
known to me. I do not even remember
it, now. A man of most ordinary ap
pearance was waiting to see me. One
would have Imagined htm a traveling
salesman or small merchant. I dis
covered, however, when my conversa
tion with him was quite young, that,
beneath his quiet demeanor, was an
extraordinary forcefulness and quick
ness of thought. Immediately, he seem
ed to Impress his authority upon me.
"What you are to do here," he said.
i'ls to win the confidence of one of
the elevator boys who, we are con
vinced. Is not at all what he seems.
He Is supposed to be 'about twenty
jears old and an entirely Inoffensive
person," he added, "but we have rea
son to believe that be Is much older,
and Is transmitting Information to
j Germany. How, we have been unablo
to ascertain so rar. W re not giving
you a nut that can't be cracked. This
should be easy for you, though It may
take time. Should you discover what
we think you may discover, you will
receive a bonus of fSOO. I mean you
will merely need to get a clue for us
which will establish his Identity. It
will earn you the bonus. Particularly,
try to find how he gets his mall. Your
man goes here by the name of John
King. He Is No. 7 on the day watch.
Begin work on him at once. Report
to me when there Is anything to re
port by addressing a letter to 'Mr.
Nell, P O. Box. 0 5. Toronto, OnU' "
That was all. He departed as If he ex
pected me to be ready to tell him all
about John King within an hour. I went
to my room to think It all over. I de
cided that the thing to do was first to
talk with other elevator boys until I
learned which was John King, and thus
to get the knowldere without making
an inquiry. Astonisning as it may seem.
It was two whole days before one of the
boys gave ma the Information I wanted.
Meanwhile, I had ridden miles up and
down in the elevators and carried on
nours of foolish, fragmentary conversa-i
tlons. On the third morning, I rode'
twice with John King. I asked him on t
or two casual questions. He replied In, a
matter-offact way without looking at me.
I felt that I was making very poor
progress as a secrcj service siren.
Had Cut Her-Finger.
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adventures will appear In Tho Times.
aon't mind." I answered. "I'm .alone i eral delivery window. . There was
here." I nothing -about htm to attract atten-
To detail how our acquaintance tion, except a very little thing which
progressed would be merely tiresome. I happened notice. He wore what
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In the.attsrnoon, shortly before the my best tool of -the trade. I pre- which ordinarily has two buttons on
hour when King was to be relieved
from duty, I prepared to attempt what
seemed a bold and Ingenious ruse. It
succeeded In a nay which rather as
tonished me. I had accidentally cut my
finger with my manicure scissors In the
morning. I swathed this trimisg wound
In a long, narrow bandage. Then I rode
In John King's car to mfewn floor, per
muting the bandage to become partly
unrolled Just before I arrived at my
"Oh. do. please, see if you can fasten
this for me," I said to John King. "I'll
go up with you."
He looked at me rather curiously,
and then stopped his car at the top
floor and turned to fasten the bandage
for me. As he was bending over ray
hand, he looked up, and our eyes
met. I'm almost asham to tell it,
but I must Confess that I did my best
to look Interested and InUres.mr. I
was doing a little slrsnlng to the best
of my purely amateur ability. John
K(ng was quick and deft about the
baadage, but be was equally aulck
ana aeit about other thlnes.
wnit will you do when vou have
to raaien it agaln7" he said.
"I shall have to call on you. If you
tended the densest Ignorance anu most the back. This man had lost one of
utter Inexperience In everything the buttons from his coat. That was
vorioiy. 1 minx 1 aciea mis roie
successfully that John King shrewd
HERE, SAYS LOYALL
Freight conditions In Washington
are again normal, according to a
or other, had been devoted to a dls- statement made to The Times today
cusslon about me. I felt rather ill
at ease during dinner on account of
th manner In which tho colonel
seemed to study roe and take the
measure of all my qualities, physical
and mental. However, the feeling
wore off, and I parted with the pair
in a very comfortable and pleased
state of mind, regretting, rather, .he
thought that I was seeing the last of
The Surprising Offer.
Two weeks later I was astonished
when the colonel and his wife called
to me at my hotel in Montreal,
th Corona. The colonel made me
the most extraordinary proposition,
but made it In a very quiet and mat
"In the Interval since our first
meeting," said he. "I have Investi
gated regarding your anteeendents
and connections In the United States,
and your professional work in Can
ada. In Secret Service.
-1 am satisfied that it is quite safe
for me to speak frankly to you. I
am engaged In the work of the Brit
ish secret service In Canada and have
a position of considerable importance
In th organization. I desire to know
If you will accept employment as one
of our operatives to do some special
work for us. It r.'.U not be extremely
difficult for you if you are the person
I take you to be, and jou will be
compensated liberally. How would
by George B, Loyall, freight admlnis
trator of the District. In making it
known he paid tribute to the loyal
co-operation of the local merchants,
who, handicapped by weather condi
tions, worked hard during the latter
part of the week to bring about nor
mal conditions at the freight houses
choked with goods awaiting hauling.
His statement follows:
"Weather conditions prevented con
siderable local hauling. The mer
chants here did more than they were
expected to do umier the circum
stances. The windup of the week
found them increasing their hauling.
"Eerythlng is now considered In
good shape at the freight stations.
It Is very encouraging. The freight
houses are w ell cleaned up. Tho mer
chant did their hauling the latter1
part of the week, cleaning up In
"General freight conditions hero are
In normal rhape again, and much
better than ibey have ueen for some
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Twenty-live more Washington men
are today officers in the various non
combatant arms of the United States
army, according to announcement of
the War Department yesterday. One
major, six captains, eight first lieu
tenants, and ten second lieutenants
are among tho list commissioned from
the National Capital.
John C. O'Laughlln, formerly Wash
Ington correspondent of the Chicago
Herald and at-present vice president
of the Lord & Thomas Advertising
Company, Chicago, was made a major
In tho quartermaster corps. Mr.
O'Laughlln was a "buck private" In
the cavalry troop composed of news
paper men which trained every Sun
day morning Tat Fort Myer previous to
the entry of the United States Into
Three employes of the signal corps,
aviation section, are on this list
Thomas J. Ward has been made a cap
tain, Samuel S. C. Chilcote a first lieu
tenant, and Hayes Hall a second lieu
tenant In the ground forces of the
Griffin Halstead, 3737 Kanawha
street, has been made a captain In the
ordnance department. He is em,
ployed by the Standard OH Company'
as a specialist on gasolene and gaso
lene motors. ,
Wilkinson Stark, Winston Hotel.
supervisor of the purification depart
ment or the du 1'onl powder works, is
a captain of ordnance.
William Prless, Continental Hotel,
expert radio aide In the Navy Depart
ment, has been commissioned a cap
lain In the radio division of tho sig
nal corps. He Is a graduate of the
College of the City of New York
George u. Townsend, 3221 Thir
teenth street northwest, was engaged
In the same work as Mr. Iricss, and
has been commissioned a second lieu
tenant In the same division. Ho Is a
Lafayette College man
Other commissions ucre Issued to
Otto 8. Beyer, Jr., and Bonnlfleld C.
McBrlde, captains of ordnance; G.i
b.rt N. Hunttlng and Stanley I) Wil
lis, ordnance first lieutenants, Byron
F, Bushman, George Q Calueruood,
Lester J. N. Kellher. Clyd c. Linde
rode, Everett Olds and Duance li
Washburn, second lieutenants In the
ordnance department; David Andrew
Pine and Mllo Ogden Frank, Hr-t
lieutenants, sanitary corps, nai "al
army; Gene II Fonda, captain,
ground forces, aviation -ectlon. sig
nal corps; William DeFord Boal. first
lieutenant, sanitary corps, national
army; Scott W. Henderson first lieu
tenant, and Louis Tolmach, second
lieutenant, ordnance reserve corps.
by prohibition, he says
Henry C. Maine, of Rochester, N. Y.,
has written to members of Congress,
charging that war Inefficiency has re
suited from Congrc-s giving to much
attention to liquor legislation, and not
enough to measures for preparedness.
Mr. Maine declares that the Anti-
Saloon League deliberately blocked
war measures until prohibition bills
had been disposed of He charges the
league with being "cttaa-ive for the
as he was, was deceived. He acepted
me at what I seemed, and nevet ut
tered a word that might carry offense.
though he made no set-ret of thj fact
that he found much pleasure In my
"Call" Me Jack."
Four days after he first bandaged
my finger, he axked me to call hlml
"Jack," while 'we were dining In a
little out-of-the-way restaurant.
And, despite the unconventional man
ner of our first meeting, he had never
even tried to hold my hand. That
night I cried because I'd gotten a
letter from home telling me I must
return. John King was so sympathetic
about It I was really ashamed of the
lie. I wrote Mr. Nell that night re-'
porting the progress I had made. I
was surprised, the next evening, to
have him call upon me. Ha thought
I had exaggerated my success.
"My dear," he, said enthusiastically,
"It doe.n't seem possible. This chap
Is too foxy to run headlong Into a
trap. To get him off his guard and
Into the mud might be expected to
take weeks Instead of days."
"I don't Just like the way you
phrase it." I replied, "especially
about having got hlra "Into the mud.
I've only become well acquainted with
him in a simple, friendly way. How
ever, If you doubt my understanding
with him, be at the restaurant wher
,. - m dine tot-ether tomorrow
night and see for yourself."
He sat there, opposite John King
anrf ma. Never once did he appear
to see us, but that night I received a
commendatory note from him.
"You are doing splendidly." It said.
"Try for his mail. That's tho impor
Getting a Cine.
I got credit for very extraordinary
shrewdness In finding out how John
King got his mall, but I was assisted
to 'the discovery by the sheerest acci
dent. I had an engagement to meet
King at still another restaurant. He
did not often go to the same place
twice. I had begun really to suspect
that he was not what ha seemed,
though at first I was .quite convinced
he was merely an honest, sort-hearted
young working boy. We had drunk
some wine the night before, and he
bad grown talkative. He evinced a
knowledge of literature and of the
works of some of the questionable
philosophers which no mam In his sta
tion would be likely to have. I was
thinking of this as I started out to
meet him. Being rather early for
my appointment. I stopped In a sta
tioner's shop and bought some pic
ture postals. I had formed the habit
of going to the postofflee to mall
picture post cards, believing that I
might possibly meet King there get
ting his mall. It was the barest
thread of a hope. It was something
that no experienced detective would
have bothered doing, probably. It
gave m my clue.
As I passed through th postof
flee, on this night In question, I saw
a man getting letters from the gen-
what made me notice him.
In Opposite Direction.
He strolled leisurely out of the post,
office and started away In th direc
tion opposite to the one I was to fol
low. I went, toward th place of my
engagement, walking slowly In order
to pass the extra time. I stopped In
a little shop to purchase soma small
article of wear. When 'X came out,
the man with the -missing button was
walking directly in front of me. That
astonished me, for I had certainly
seen him start off the other way. And,
while he was now walking slowly, he
must have hurried to reach this'
vicinity ahead of me. I fell back and
crossed the" street, stepping Into a
doorway Just at the man with the
missing button looked back to se
who might be behind. He did not see,
me standing In th shadows of the
It was stilt ten or fifteen minutes
before the time of my appointment
with John King, as I moved slowly
along following th man with the but
ton off his coat, I saw John King In
front of a tobacconist's shop, half a
black from th restaurant where we
were to meet. I felt a queer thump
ing la my bosom when I saw-the man
with the button od give John Xing
a letttrz-as he lounged past him,
apparently without recognising him.
During an mat ainner nour, a was
consumed with a burning desire to do
something anything to enable m
to learn the nam on th letter which
John King then hed In his pocket.
"Dili'! Notice Exeltesseat.
It's. astonishing that King didn't no
tice my excitement. And, as a counter
sensation I began to reel sorry ror
John King, for I knew now that he
was a soy and that someway or an
other I was going to expose him, and
have him sent to prison. Ha was a
clean cut, good-looking chap, too, al
ways well groomed, though very
quietly dresssd. I couldn't think of
any war to flira out about that name.
After dinner King walked with mf
nearly to my hotel as usual, ana men
bade ma a sentimental good-nignt.
"I shall not be here, alwaa, run
nlnr an elevator." he said. "I won
der If you will have forgotten me if
I ever meet you -under ainerant cir
cumstances." I made him the reply that the
situation suggested and then hurried
to the hotel. The very urst thing I
did was to write a letter to Mr. Nell,
detailing fully what I had dlscovrd.
I had a wire from htm In the morn
ing asking me to meet him at an
other hotel. He would not com to
our hotel while John King was on
duty. He was really quit excited
when I met him.
"This Is wonderful," b said.
"Whether by luck or not, you are
doing marvelous work.'
Then ha explained th plan which
was now to be followed. I was to
hide myself In a doorway from which
I could command a view of th post
office. When th man who bad worn the
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coat with the missing button entered
the postofflee, I was to let the fact
be known by dropping my hand bag.
I waited two days until he came.
Then, when I gave th prearranged
signal, I saw a man In "postman's
uniform follow John King's letter
carrier Into the postofflee. I was so
excited and Interested that I crossed
over to watch the developments. I
saw th man In the postman's uni
form Jostl John King's messenger.
Just as ha w,as getting bis letter. The
man in m postman a unixorm apoio
clerk in th postofflee watch to ee
the name on th tetters? I. askM.
"Why th old woman "outside of ft
"We have found German agents ta
slda the postofflces," he ad. "W
never seek co-operation blindly.
Maud Muller was my "code nam
durlnr th whole of the- retaalntng
time In which I was in th British
secret service. t
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Nate Tke sca4 article f tkte
Maude Mailer Secret Service geriea.
rlsed. At the same moment, I sawl.- , ,,.,. .v. . - .
Ad..mr. T!S!2 !? .h .ri i " " - -
and carrying a basket peering at th
Utter in John King's messenger's
hands. On th following day, Mr.
CI1 C.I1CU UU IUO A UU av.a.j u I
tlced that John King was missing'
from his post.
"Wher Is bet" I asked.
"Well, as be Is a-military" man, h
Is where he belongs," replied .Mr.
NelL ' "He Is in the barracks. Bs
has admitted that he is Baron Ru
dolf von Frlberg. The Scotland Tard
people knew h was in this country,
but that was all they knew. His let
ters were coming to him in the nam
of Stephen Woleojt. They bore .Eng
lish stamps. The man, who carried
th letters th man with th but
ton missing Is also a German. He
Is arrested, too.
Also Secret Servtea-
The postman and th old woman
with the basket were our operatives.
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