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THE ARGUS. TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 9. 1909.
By E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,
t Author of "Th Master Mummer," "A Prince of Sinners. Myterioui Mr.
Sabin. "Anni the Adventuress," Etc
Copyritfht. 1905. 1906. by LITTLE, BROWN, and COMPANY.
THE boy sat up and rubbed his
eyes. He was stiff, foot
sore nad a little chilly. There
was no man- servant arrang
ing his bath and clothe.?, no pleasant
smell of coffee none of, the small lux
uries to which ha was accustomed. On
the contrary, he had slept all night
upon a bed .of bracken with uo other
covering than the ct'ft 'pine needles
from the tall black tinea, whose
strange, rustling music had lulled hitn
ne sat up and remembered sudden
ly, where he was and how ho had come
there. He yawned and was' on tho
point of struggling to his 'feet when
he became aware of certain changed
conditions In his surrouudings. Some
Instinct of simple curiosity perhaps,
but of far reaching effect, led him to
crawl back into his hiding place and
Last night two things alone, after
many hours of painful walking, had
Impressed themselves -upon his con
sciousness the dark, illimitable forest
and the double line of rails which with
the absolute straightness of exact sci
ence had stretched behind and iu front
till the treetops in the far distance had
seemed to touch and the rails them
selves to vanish Into the black Iic:irt of
the close growing pines. For inils ho
bad limped along the painfully rough
track without seeing the slightest' sign
of any break in the woods or any hu
man being. At last the desire for
sleep had overtaken bim.' He was a
hardy young Englishman, and a night
out of doors in the middle or June
under these odorous pines presented it
self merely as a not disagreeable ad
venture. Five minutes after fie idea
bad occurred to him he was asleep.
And now Jn the gray morning he
'looked out upon - a diifer?:it scene.
Scarcely a dozen yards from him stood
a single traveling coacn of dark greea.
drawn by a heavy engine. .At inter
vals of scarcely twenty pacer, up and
down the line as far as he could see
soldiers ' were ' stationed like sentries.
They were looking sharply about iu nil
directions,' and he could even liea- the
footsteps of others crashing through
the wood. From the train three or
four men In long cloaks hud 'already
descended. They were standing in the
track talking together.
The young man behind the bracken
felt himself in somewhat of a dilem
ma. There was a delightful smell of
fresh coffee fronvthe waiting coach,
and there seemed to be not the slight
est reason why he should not enierga
from his hiding place and claim the
hospitality of these people. He was a
quite harmless person, with proper cre
dentials and an adequate explanation
of his presence there. - On the other
band, the spirit of adventure natural
to his years strongly prompted him to
remain where he was and watch. He
felt certain that something was going
to happen. Besides, those soldicr3 had
exactly the air of looking for some
body to shoot.
While he was hesitating something
did happen. There was a shrill whis
tle, a puff of white smoke in the dis
tance, and another train approached
from the opposite direction.
It drew up within a few feet of the
one which was already waiting. Al
most Immediately half a dozen men,
who were already standing upon the
platform of the car, descended. One
of these approached rapidly and salut
ed the central figure of those who had
been talking together in the track.
After a few moments conversation
these two. followed by one other man
only who was carrying a writing port
folio, ascended the platform of the
train which had arrived first and dis
The young man who was watching
these proceedings yawned.
"No duel, then," he muttered to him
self. "I've half a mind to go out."
Then he caught sight of a particularly
fierce looking soldier with his finger
already upon the trigger of his gun,
and he decided to remain where he
" In about half an hour the two men
reappeared on the platform of the car.
Simultaneously the window of the car
riage In which they bad been sitting
xraa opened.' and the third man was
visible, standing before a small table
and arranging some papers. Suddenly
be was called frdrii outside. He thrust
his hat upon the papers and hastened
to obey the summons: ,
. A little gust of breeze from the open
ing and closing of the door detached
one of the sheets of paper from the re
straining weight of the hat. It flut
tered out of the window and lay for a
IF YOUR STOMACH Is too
1 1 weak to diciest vour food, von
cannot wonder at your sicklv
I - I
and rundown condition. Strength
en it at' once by the. use of the
I W I CELEBRATED
moment upon the side of t'a? imck." ?-o
one noticed it, and in a second or two
it fluttered underneath the chimp of
bracken behind which the young Eng
lishman was hiding. He thrust out bis
hand and calmly secured It.
In less than five minutes the place
was deserted. Amid many hasty fare
Wells, wholly unintelligible to the
watcher, the two group1 of men sepa
rated and climbed into their respective
trains. As soon as every one was out
of sight the Englishman rou with a
little grunt of satisfaction, and stretch
He glanced first at the sheet of paper
and. finding it written In German,
thrust it Into his pocket. Then ne
commenced an anxious search for
smoking materials and eventually pro
duced a pipe, a crumpled packet of to
bacco and two matches.
"Thank heavens!" he exclaimed,
lighting up. "And now for a tramp."
He plodded steadily along the track
for an hour or more. All the time he
was in the heart of the forest. Pheas
ants and rabbits and squirrels continu
ally crossed In front of him. Once a
train passed, and an excited guard
shouted threats and warnings; to which
he replied In fluent but ineffective
"Johnnies seem to think I'm tre pass
ing," he remarked to himself in an ag
grieved tone. "I can't help being ou
their beastly lino." y -"---
Tall, smooth faced and fair, ho walk
ed with the long stepped. ' lightsome
grace of the athletic young English
man of his day. He was well dressed
Those soldier had crtictly the air of
loottlng for somebody to hoot.
in tweed clothes, cut by a good tailor,
a little creased by his night out of
doors, but otherwise Immaculate. He
hummed a popular air to himself and
held his head high. If only he were
not so hungry!
Then he came to a station. It wa3 a
little more than a few rows of planks.
wttn a cuaiet at ono end. But a very
welcome sight confronted him." A lit
tie pile of luggage, with his Initials,
G. P., was on the end of the platform
nearest to him.
"That conductor was a sensible
chap!" he exclaimed. "Glad I tipped
him. Hello!" .
The station master, in uniform, came
hurrying out. The young Englishman
took off his hat and produced a phrase
book from bis pocket He Ignored the
stream of words which the station
master, with many gesticulations, "Was-
already pouring out.
"My luggage," he -said firmly, laying
one hand upon the pile and waving the
phrase book. -The
station master acquiesced heart'
lly. He waxed eloquent again, but the
Englishman waa busy with the phrase
"Hungry! Hotel?". he attempted.
. The station master pointed to where
the smoke was curling upward from a
score or so of houses about half a
mile distant. The Englishman was get
ting pleased with himself. . Outside was
a weird looking carriage, and on. the
box seat was a very fat man . In a
shiny hat ornamented by. & bunch of
feathers, fast asleep; He - pointed ,. to
the luggage, then to the cab and finally
to the village. . t '
"Luggage, hotel, carriage, he sug
gested. ; ....
The station master beamed all over.
With a shout which, must have reached
the village be awakened the, sleeping
man. . In less than five minutes the
Englishman and his luggage were
stored away in the carriage. His tick
et had been examined by the station
master and smilinslv accented. . Thera
' were more bows and salutes, and the
carriage drove - off. Guy Poynton
leaned back among the moldy; leather
upholstery and smiled complacently.
f "Easiest thing In the world to get on
In a foreign country with a phrase
book and your wits, he remarked' to
himself. "Jove, I am hungry t"
He' drove into a village of half a doz
en houses or so. which reminded him
of tlie pictured abodes of Noah and his
brethren. An .astonished innkeeper,
whose morning attire apparently con
sisted of trousers, shirt and spectacles,
ushered bim Into a bare room with a
trestle table. Guy produced his phrase
Hungry!" he said vociferously.
"Want to eat! Coffee!"
The man appeared to understand.
but in case there should have been any
mistake Guy followed hitn Into the'
kitchen. The driver, who had lost no
time, was aireaay tnere. wuii a ioug
glass of beer before him. Guy producV
ed a mark, laid it on the table, touched
himself, the Innkeeper and the driver
and pointed to the. beer. Tlie lnnkeep-
er understood, and the beer was good.1
The driver, who had been of course
ludicrously overpaid, settled down in
his corner and announced bis Intention
of seeing through to the end this most
extraordinary and heaven directed oc
currence. The innkeeper and his wife
busied themselves with the breakfast,
and Guy made remarks every now and
then from his phrase' book, which wero
usually Incomprehensible, except when
they concerned a further .supply of
beer. With a brave acceptance of the
courtesies of the country, he had ac
cepted a . cigar -from the driver . and
was already contemplating the awful
moment when he would have to light
it Just then an Interruption came.
It was something very official, but
whether military or of the police Guy
could not tell. It strode into the room
with clanking of spnrs, and the driver
and innkeeper alike stood up in re
spect. It saluted Guy. Guy took off
his hat. Then there came words, but
Guy was busy with his phrase book.
'I cannot a word of German speak,"
he announced at last.
A deadlock ensued. The innkeeper
and the driver rushed into the breach.
Conversation became furious. Guy
took advantage of the moment tp slip
the cigar into his pocket and to light a
cigarette. Finally the officer swung
himself round and departed abruptly.
"Dolmetscher," the driver announc
ed to him triumphantly.
"Dolmetscher," the innkeeper re
peated. Guy turned if up in his phrase book
and found that it meant interpreter.
He devoted himself then to stimulat
ing the preparations for breakfast.
The meal was ready at last. There
were eggs and ham and veal, dark' col
ored bread and coffee, sufficient' for
about a dozen people. The driver con
stituted himself- host, and Guy, with a
shout of laughter, sat down where he
was and ate. In the midst of the meal
the officer reappeared, ushering in a
small, wizen faced individual of un
mistakably English appearance, Guy
turned round in his chair, and the
newcomer touched his forelock.
"Hullo!" Guy exclaimed. "You're
"Yes, sir." the man answered. "Came
over to train polo ponies for the Priuco
of Haepsburg. Not in any trouble, I
"Not I " Guy answered cheerily.
"Don't mind my going on with my
breakfast, do you? What's it all
about? Who's the gentleman with the
fireman's helmet on, and what's he
"He is an officer of the police, sir, on
special service," the man answered.
"You have been reported for trespass
ing on the, state railway this morn
ing." "Trespassing be blowed!" Guy an
swered. "I've got my ticket for the
frontier. We were" blocked by signal
about half a dozen miles off this place,
and I got down to stretch my legs. I
understood them to say that we could
not go on for half an hour or so. They
never tried to stop my getting down,
and then off they went without any
warning and left me there."
"I will translate to the officer, sir,"
the man said.
"Right," Guy declared. "Go ahead."
There was a brisk colloquy between
the two. Then the little man began
"He says that your train passed here
at midnight and that you did not ar
rive until past 6."
"Quite right." Guy admitted." "I
went to sleep. I didn't know how far
it was to the station, and I was dead
"The officer wishes to know whether
many trains passed yoo in the night."
"Can't say," Guy answered. "I sleep
very soundly, and I never opened my
eyes after the first few minutes."
"The ofllcer wishes to know whether
you saw anything unusual upon the
line," the little man asked.
"Nothing at all," Guy answered cool
ly. "Bit inquisitive, isn't he?"
The little man came a little closer to
"He wishes to see your passport,
sir," be announced,"
Guy handed it to hico; also a letter
of credit and several other documents.
"He wants to know why you were
going to the frontier, sir."
"Sort of fancy to say that I'd been
In' Russia; that's all!" Guy answered.
"You tell him I'm a perfectly harmless
individual. Never been abroad before.'
The officer listened and took notes in
ma pocKeioooK oi tue passport ana ietJ
ter of credit Then he departed, with
a formal salute, and they heard bis
horse's hoofs ring upon the road out
side as he galloped away. The little
man came close up tq the table.'
"You'll excuse me, sir," he said, "but
yon seem to have upset the officials
very much by being upon the line last
night There have been some rumors
going about but perhaps you're best
not to' know that. May. I give you a
word of advice, sir?" -
Let me give you one," Guy de
clared. "Try this beer!" , . .
"I thank you, sir," the man answer
ed. ... "I will do so with pleasure. ' But
If you are really an ordinary tourist,
sir, as t have no doubt you ore., let
this man drlveou to Streuen ud take
the train" for 1 the , Austrian frontier.
You may save yourself a good deal of
"I'll do It!" Guy declared. "Vienna
was the next place I was going to any
how. You tell the fellow where to tnk
me, will yon."
- Hie man spoke rapidly to tin? driver
, "I think that you will be followed,
sir." be ndded, turning to Guy. "but
very likely they won't interfere with
you; The railway last night for twen
ty miles back was held up for statu
purposes. We none of us know why
anu it aoesn i uo to De too curious ovpr
nere DUt they have on idea that yov
are either a Journalist or a spy."
"Civls Brltaunicus sum!" the boy an
awereu. wun a laugn.
"It doesn't quite mean wiiat it uscm
to, sir," tue man auawerca auisuv.
(To be Continued.)
. Society ' news, written or telephoned
to the society editor of The Argus, will
be gladly received and published. But
in either case the identity of tho sender
must -be made known, to insure relia
bility. Written notices must bear sig
nature and address.
Daughters of Covenant Tea. The
Daughters of the Covenant of the First
Methodist church held their quarterly
tea last evening at the homo of Mrs. C.
O. Lindorff, 919 Twentieth street. To&
was served at C:C0 to a Company of
about CO, including the husbands of
sonic of the members. After the sup
per musical numbers . were given . by
Mrs. Lindorff, Miss Lois Hubbard,
Miss Harris and Miss Bertha Jonas-
sen, and the rest of the evening spent
in a delightful social way.
O. E. S. Meeting. The monthly
meeting of the Order of the Eastern
Star will be held at Masonic temple
tomorrow evening at 8 o'clock. A
large attendance is desired, as arrange
ments will be made at this time for a
school of instruction to be hold in
Music Students Meet. The Music
Students. held a study meeting yester
day afternoon with Miss Olga Schmidt
in her studio. Chopin and Schubert
were studied, the program being given
by Mrs. Preston, Miss Ames and Miss
Schmidt. The program was given as
Impromptu. No. 4 Schubert
"Auf Dem Wasser zu Singen"
Etudes Nos. 2 and 3
- Miss Schmidt.
"Du Bist Die Rim" ....
Moment Musicale No. C ..Schubert
"Das Lied in Crimen", ...... .Schubert
Impromptu, F sharp major. ... .Chopin
Moment- Musicale No. 12 ..... .Schubert
Miss Olga Junge will be hostess to
the club at Its next meeting, Feb.. 15,
Vestment Guild Sale. The Vestment
guild of Trinity Episcopal church will
hold a sale of valentines, needle work
and pure food Thursday afternoon, be
ginning at 2 o'clock, in the choir room
at the rear of the church. Tea will be
served during the afternoon.
Chapter to Attend Exercises. The
ladies of Fort Armstrong chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution,
have accepted an invitation from H.
E. Brown of the high school to attend
the exercises' in honor of the centen
nial of Lincoln's birth at the. high
school assembly room Friday after
noon. The ladies will meet at 1: 30 Fri
day afternoon in II. B.-Hayden's of
fice and go In a body to the exercises.
TRY THIS FOR
YOUR COUGH j
o . o
Mix two ounces of glycerine with ,i
half-ounce of Virgin Oil of Pine com
pound pure and a half pint of straight
whisky. . Shake well and take in doses
of a teaspoonful every four hours. This
mixture possesses the healing, health
ful properties of the Pines, and will
break a cold in twenty-four hours and
cure any cough that is curable. In
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that your druggist uses the genuine
Virgin Oil of Pine compound pure, pre
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But use a Hide Common Sense
A Doctor recently announced the belief, and
issued a certificate to the effect, that a death was
due to cancer caused largely by the excessive use
of coffee. . ;. 'v"r
The cause of cancer is not definitely settled in
the medical profession, albeit the
Without attempting to decide a question so pe
culiarly within the special domain of medical
science, it is suggested' that the;
to be free from that and other diseases is to
av-nid coffee and drink
which contains no coffee nor other harmful sub
stance, being made of clean, hard wheat, including
the outer coat which contains the phosphate of
potash grown in wheat, for rebuilding brain and
'There's a Reason' for
Read "The. Road to WellvH!e,M in packages.
All mpmliors nf t Ii o rhantor arn nrorwl
to attend tnese exercises.
, Shower for Miss Taylor. Mrs. F. B.
Lighfucr of Eleventh street, Mo'.ine,
entertained a company of 12 young
ladies last evening at a miscellaneous
shower for Miss Leila Taylor, whose
niarriage takes place tomorrow. . In
guessing contest Miss Florence Bol
linger took first prize and Mrs. F. T..
Olson took the consolation favor.
Light refreshments were served dur
ing the evening. Miss Taylor received
a number of pretty and useful gifts.
The Jumping Off Place.
"Consumption had me in its grasp;
and I had almost reached the jumping
off place when i was advised to try
Dr. King's New Discovery; and I want
to say right now, it saved my life,
improvement began with the first bot
tle, and after taking one dozen bottles
I was a welt and happy man again'
says George Moore of Grimesland, N.
C. As a remedy for coughs and colds
and healer of weak, sore lungs and for
preventing pneumonia New Discovery
is supreme. .50 cents and $1 at all
druggists. Trial bottle free.
Many Sleepless Nigts, Owing to a Per
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"For several winters past my wife
has been troubled with a most persist
ent and disagreeable cough, which in
variably extended over a period of
several weeks and caused her many
sleepless nights," writes Will J. Hay
ner, editor of the Burley, Colo., Bul
letin. "Various remedies were tried
each year, with no beneficial results.
In November last the cough again put
iu an appearance and my wife, acting
on the suggestion of a friend,' pur
chased a bottle of Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy. The result was, in
deed, marvelous. After three doses
the cough entirely disappeared and
has. not manifested itself since." Thi3
remedy is for sale by all druggists.
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