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THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
'm Small Mini i ''"'"MM'MM""il'l'M'""''"l''i"W"il"WM'""W" Outwitting the Hun By LIEUTENANT PAT, O'BRIEN (Copyright, 1018, by Pat A1t O'Brien) AFTER WEEKS OF HARDSHIP O'BRIEN MEETS A FRIEND WHO OFFERS TO HELP HIM ON HIS WAY. 8ynopsla I'at O'Brien, a resident of Momonco, UK, nftcr seeing senrtco In the American Flying corps on the Mexican border In 1010, Joins tho British Royal Flying corps In Canada, nnd after n brief train ing porlod la Bent to France. He Is assigned to a Hquadron In nctlvo Rorrlce on tho front He cnguges In several hot fights with German flyers, from which ho emerges victorious. Finally, In a fight with four German flyers, O'Brien Is shot down. Ilo falls 8,000 feet nnd, escaping death by a miracle, awakes to find himself n prisoner In a German hospital, with a bullet liolo In his mouth. After a few days In tho hospital ho Is sent to a prison camp at Courtrai. After a short slay there ho La placed upon a train bound for n prison camp In Germany. Ho decides to take a desperate chanco for liberty. lie leaps through tho open window of tho car while tho train la traveling 35 miles nn hour, ills wounds reopened by tho fall, O'Brien almost literally crawls through Germany and Luxembourg, traveling at night and Bleeping by day, living on garbago nnd raw vegetables stolen from gnrdena Ho Is driven almost to desperation by hunger nnd, reaching Belgium, ho risks detection by going in tho middle of tho night to tho homo of a Belgian family, where ho obtains tho first cooked food ho bad tasted In 18 days. CHAPTER X, Continued. Tho knack of making flro with two pieces of dry wood I hnd often read about but I had novcr put It to a test and for various reasons I concluded that It would bo unsafe for mo to build n flro even If I had matches. In tho first place, there was no nbsolutc need for It I didn't huvo anything to cook nor utensils to cook It in even If I had. Whllo tho nlr was getting to bo rather cool at night, I was usu ally on tho go at that tlmo and didn't notlco It In the dnyllmo, when I was resting or sleeping, tho sun was usually out To hnvo borrowed matches from a itclglan peasant would have been feas ible, but when I was willing to tnlco the chanco of approaching anyone, it was Just us easy to ask for food as matches. It the second place, It would havo boon extremely dangerous to have built a flro even if I hnd needed It You can't build a flro In Bolglum, which Is tho most thickly populated country In Europe, without ovcryono knowing It, and I was far from anx ious to advertising my whereabouts. Tho villages In that part of Bel glum through which I was making my courso were so closo together that Oicro was hardly over an hour passed without my hearing some clock strike. Bvory villago has Its clock. Many times I could hear tho clocks striking in two villages nt tuo sumo time, But tho hour hnd very llttlo interest to me. My program wns to travel m fast as I could from sunset to sunrlso nd pay no uttcntion to tho hours in between, and In tho dnytimo I had only two things to worry about: keep concealed and get as much sleep ua possible Tho cabbago that I got In Belgium consisted of tho small heads that the peasants hnd not cut All tho strength dad concentrated in theso llttlo head mid they would bo as bitter ns gull. would havo to bo pretty hungry to day beforo I could over eat cabbago ' again aud tho eaino observation ap linos io carrots, turnips nnd sugar koets especially sugar boots. It Is rather a rcmarkabla thing thnt toflny even a smell of turnips, raw o cooked, makes mo sick, und yet a few thort mouths ago my llfo depended upon them. Night tfter night as I searched fof food, I was always In hopes thnt I roignt como upon somo tomutocs co celery vegetables which I really liked, but with tho cxcoptlon of once when I found somo celery, I wns nover oo fortunnto. I ato so much of tlin eolcry tho night I camo upon it tlutf J was sick for two days thcrcaftci ftut I carried several bunches away with me and used to chow on It ns I -walked nlong. Of course, I kept my eyes open nil tho time for fruit trees, but apparently It was too lato in Uio year for fruit, n Vll that I over was nblo to And word two pears, which I got out of a tree, rhit was ouo of my red-letter duys, but 1 was never nblo to repeat it In the brooks upd ponds that i passed I often noticed flsh of different kinds. Thnt was either In tho early morning Just before I turned In for the duy, or an moonlight nights when the water seemed as clear In spot) as In the daytime. It occurred to nw that it would bo a simple matter to ri n hook and lino and catch somo flsL but I had no means of cooking then and It was useless to flsh for the eak'i f It ono nignt in ucigium my courstj took me through u dcsolato stretch oi country which seemed to bo nbBoiutcly uncultivated. I must huvo covered twelve miles during tho night, without passing a slnglo farm or cultivated field. My stock of turnips which bud picked the night beforo was gone nnd -I planned, of courso, to get enough to carry mo through tho following day. The North Stnr wan shining brightly that night and there was absolutely nothing to provent ray steering an ab tolutely direct coum for Hollund and liberty, but myVpath seemed to Ua east or to tho west I could hear faintly tho striking of villago bells, and I knew that If I changed my courso I would undoubtedly strike farms and vegetables, but tho North Star seemed to plead with mo to fol low it and I would not turn aside. when daylight came, tho conse quence was I was empty handed nnd I hnd to And a hiding plnco for tho day, thought I would approach tho first peasant I camo to nnd ask for food, but thnt day I had misgivings a hunch that I would get into froublo If I did, nnd I decided to go without food altogether for that day. It was n foolish thing to do, I found, becuuso I not only suffered greatly from hunger all that day, hut It inter fered with my sleep. I would drop off to Bleep for half an hour, perhaps, and during that time I would dream that I wns free, back home, living n llfo of comparatlvo ease, and then would wnko up with u start und cntch a gllmpso of tho hushes surrounding me, feel the hard ground beneath mo nnd tho hunger pangs gnawing nt my sides, and then I would realize how far from homo I really was, and would lio thcro nnd wonder whether would over really seo my homo again. Than I would fall asleep ngnin nnd dream this time, perhaps of tho days I spent in Courtrai, or my leup from tho train window, of tho Buva rlan pilot whom I scut to eternity In my hist air fight, of my tracer bullets getting closer and closer to his head nnd then I would wnko up again with a start and thank the Lord that I was only dreaming It all again instead of living through itl That night I got an early start be causo I knew I had to havo food, and I decided that rather than look for vegetables I would tuko a chance and apply to tho first Belgian peasant whom I enmo to. It was about, 8 o'clock when I camo to a small house. I had picked up heavy stono und had bound It in my handkerchief and I wus resolved to use it as a weapon if It became necessary Alter all I had gono through, I was resolved to win my liberty eventually at whatever cost. As It happened, I found that night the first real friend I had encountered in nil my traveling. When I knocked timidly on tho door. It was opened by potatoes and several slices of s'nle bread, and ho warmed mc somo milk on a Hrnall oil stove. I nte ravenously nnd all tho time I wns engaged I knew that ho was eye ing me closely. Before I wns half through ho camo over to me, touching mo on tho shoul der, and stooping over so that his Hps almost touched my ear, ho said In broken English. "You are nn Eng lishman I know it and you can henr and talk if you wish am I not right?" Thcro was n smile on his face nnd a friendly attitude about him that told mo Instinctively thnt he could be trusted, and I replied: "You have guessed right only I nm nn Amcrl cun, not an Englishman." Ho looked at me pityingly nnd filled my cup again with warm milk. Ells kindness nnd apparent willing ness to help me nlmost overcame mc, and I felt llko warning him of tho consequences he would suffer If tho Huns discovered he had befriended me. I had henrd that twenty Belgians hnd been shot for helping Belgians to cscnpo into Holland, nnd I hated to think what might happen to this good old Samaritan if the Huns ever knew that he had helped an escaped American prisoner. After my meal was finished, I told him in as simple language as I could command of some of the experiences I hnd gone through and I outlined my futuro plnns. "You will never bo nblo to get to nollnud," ho declared, "without n passport Tho nearer you get to tho frontier tho moro German soldiers you will encounter, nnd without a passport you will be a marked man, I nsked him to suggest a way by which I could overcome tho difficulty, no thought for several moments nnd studied mo closely nil the time perhaps endeavoring to make abso lutely suro thnt I was not a German spy and then apparently deciding in my favor, told mo what he thought It was best for me to do. "If you will call on this mnn" (mentioning tho name of n Belgian In n city through which I had to pass), ho advised, "you will bo ablo to mako arrangements with him tose- curo n prissport, and ho will do every thing ho can to get you out of Bel- glum." Ho told mo whero tho man in ques tion could bo found nnd gavo mo some useful directions to continue my jour ney, nnd then ho led mo to the door. I thanked him a thousand times and wanted to pay him for his kindness nnd help but ho would accept nothing. Ho did give me his name and you may ho suro I shall never forget It, but to mention It hero might, of course, re sult in serious consequences for him. When tho war Is over, however, or tho Germans nro thrown out of Belgium, I shall mako it my duty to find thnt kind Belgian if I have to go through again nil that I havo suffered already to do it CHAPTER XI. "You Can Hear and Talk If You Wish Am I Not Right?" n Belgian pensnnt, about fifty years of age. Ho nsked mo In Flemish what I wanted, hut I shook my head anil pointing to my cars nnd mouth lull mated that I was deaf and dumb, und then I opened nnd closed my mouth several times to show hint that wunted food. Ho showed mo Inside aud snt mo at tho table. Ho apparently lived alone, for ids llhfurnlBhcd room had but ono chair, und the plate und knifo nnd fork ho put beforo me seemed to bo all through j Id paVtufes. Far the he hud. He brought mo uomo cold I Encounter German Soldiers. What tho Belgian told mo about tho need of a pnssport gave mo fresh cause for worry. Supposo I should run into a German sentry beforo I succeeded In getting ono7 1 decided that until I reached tho big city which tho Belgian hud men tioned and which I cunnot name for fear of Identifying some of tho peoplo there who befriended me I would proceed with tho utmost precaution. Since I hud discarded my uniform and hnd obtained civilian clothes, I had not been qulto ns careful as I was nt first Whllo I had done my trav eling nt night I had not gono into hiding so early In the morning ns beforo nnd 1 hnd sometimes started again before it was quite dark, rely ing upon the fact that I would prob ably bo mistaken for n Belgian on his wny to or from work, ns tho case might ho. From now on, I resolved, however, I would take uo more chnncos. That evening I enme to n river per haps seventy-five yards wide nnd was getting ready to swim it when thought I would walk n little way to find, if possible, a better place to get to tho river from the hank. I bad not walked moro- than u few hundred yards when I buw a boat. It was tho first time I had seen n boat in nil my experiences. It was firmly chained, but ns tho stakes wero sunk In tho soft bank it was not much of a job to pull them out. I got In, drunk to my heart's content, shoved over to tho other side, got out, drovo a stnko into tho ground and moored tho boat. It would havo been a simple matter to havo drifted down tho river, but the river was not shown on tho map nnd I had no idea whoro it might load me. Very reluc tnntly, therefore, I had to abandon tho boat and proceed on foot I mndo several miles thnt night and before daylight found a safo placo in which to lildo for tho day. From my hiding placo I could seo through tho bushes u heavy thick wood only short dlBtunco away. I decided that I would start cnrllor than usual, hurry over to tho wood and perhups, in thut way, I could cover two or three miles In the daytimo and gain just so much time. Traveling through tho wood would be comparatively safe. There was a railroad going through the wood, but I did not figure that that would make it any the less safe. About threo o'clock that afternoon, therefore, I emerged from my hiding plnco nnd hurried into the wood. After proceeding for hnlf n mllo or so I came to the railroad. I took a sharp look in both directions nnd see ing no signs of trains or soldiers, I wnlkcd boldly ovor the tracks nnd continued on my wny. I soon camo upon a clearing and knew that somcono must 'be living in tho vicinity. As I turned a group of trees I saw a small house and in the distance nn old mnn working in u garden. I decided to enter the house nnd ask for food, figuring the woman would probably bo old und would bo no match for me even If she proved hostile. The old woman who camo to the door in rcsponso to my knock wns older than I expected. If she wasn't closo to a hundred, I miss my guess very much. She could not speak English nnd 1 couiu not speak Flemish, or course, but nevertheless I mndo her under stnnd that I wanted something to cat Sho came out of the door and hol loed for her husband in a shrill voice thnt would have done credit to n girl of eighteen. The old man came in from tho garden nnd between tho two of them they managed to get the idea thnt I was hungry and they gavo me n piece of bread a very small plea which was quite n treat Tho houso they lived in consisted of Just two rooms the 'kitchen and bedroom. The kitchen was perhaps fourteen feet square, eight feet of ono side being tnken up by nn enor mous fireplace. What was In the bed room I liad no way of telling, as did not dare to be too inquisitive. I made the old couplo understand thnt I would llko to stay In their houso nil night, but the old man shook bis head. I bade them good-by nnd dls nppcared into tho woods, leaving them to speculnto ns to tho strange for eigner they had entertained. From the grcnt density of the popu lation In this section through which I wns now passing I realized that I must bo in the outskirts of the big city which tho Belgian had mentioned nnd whero I wns to procure a pass port. Villngo after village intercepted mo, nnd although I tried to skirt them wherever possible I realized that I would never mnko much progress if I continued thnt course. To gain a mllo I would sometimes have to make u detour of two or three. I decided thnt I would try my luck in golug straight through tho next village I camo to. As I approached it, I passed num bers of peasants who wero umbling nlong tho road. I was afraid to mlnglo with them becnuse It was impossible for ono to talk to them nnd It was dangerous to arouse suspicion even among the Belgians. For nil I knew, ono of them might he treacherous enough to deliver me to tho Germans in return for tho rewnrd he might be suro of receiving. About 9 o'clock that evening I came to n point whero ahead of mo on tho right was a Belgian police station I knew it from its red lights and on tho other sido of the street were two German soldiers In uniform leaning against a bicycle. Here was a problem which called for instant docislon; if I turned back the suspicion of the soldiers would be Instantly nroused and If I crossed the rond so as not to pass so closely to them they might bo equally sus picious. I decided to march bravely by tho nuns, bluff njy wny through and trust to Providence. If nnyhody imagines, however, that I wus nt nil comfortable as I approached these soldiers, ho must think I am a much braver man than I claim to be. My heart beat so loud I was ufruld they would hear it. Every step I took brought mc so much nearer to what might provo to bo tho end of nil my hopes. It wus n nerve-racking ordeal. I was now within n few feet of thorn. Another step and They didn't turn a halrl I passed right by them heard whut they wero saying, although, of course, I didn't give nwhy my nationality, I figured I would be tolerably safe. Am I marched along I felt so happy I couldn't help humming tin nlr of ono of tho new patriotic songs that wo used to sing nt the nirdromo back in Ypres. In this happy frame of mind I cov ered tho next three miles in about nn hour and then camo to another llttlo village. My usual course would havo been to go around it through fields, hack yards, woods or whatever else lay in my way but I hnd gained so much tlmo by going through tho last village instead of dctourlng around it nnd my appearance seemed to bo so unsuspicious that I decided to try tho same stunt again. I stopped humming nnd kept very much on tho alert, but apart from thnt, I walked boldly through tho main street without any feeling of alarm. I had proceeded perhaps a mile along tho main street when I noticed nhend of me three German soldiers standing at the curb. Again my heart started to beat fast, I must confess, but I was not nearly so scared as I had been nn hour or so before. I walked ahead, determined to fol low my previous procedure In every particular. I hnd got to about fifteen feet nwny from tho soldiers when one of them stepped onto tho sidewalk and shouted : "Unit I" My heart stopped beating fast for a moment, I believe, it stopped beating altogether! I can't attempt to de- Last Photograph Taken of Lieutenant O'Brien Before His Capture. With .Him Is His Chum, Lieutenant Raney. understand It, and went right on. can't say I didn't walk a llttlo faster as I left them behind, but I tried to maintain un oven gait so as not to give them any idea of tho Inward ex ultation I was experiencing. No words can explnln, however, how relieved rcnlly felt to know taut I Una suc ccHsfully passed through tho first of n series of similar tests which I real ized wero in store for mc although I did not know then how soon I was to bo confronted with tlio second. As It wns, however, the Incident, gavo mo n world ut confldcuce. It demonstrated to mo that thero was nothing In my nppearanco nt any rato to attract tho attention of tho German soldiers. Apparently I looked llko n Belgian peasant, and If could only work things so that I would nover huvo to answer questions nnd thus scribe my feelings. I thought that tho jig was up that all I had gone through nnd all I had escaped would now avail mo nothing, mingled with the feeling of disgust with my self because of the foolish risk had taken in going through the vil lage, combined to take ail the starch out of me, nnd I could feel myselr wilting as the soldier odvunced to the spot where I stood rooted in my tracks. I had u bottle of water In ouo pocket nnd u piece of bread in the other, and ns the Hun ndvnnced to search me held the bottle up in one hand nnd tho piece of brend in the other so that he could seo that was all I had. It occurred to me thnt ho would "frisk" me that is, feel me over for arms or otlier weapons, tnen place mo under arrest and march me off to the guardhouse. I had not the slight est Idea but that I was captured and there didn't seem to bo much use In resisting, unarmed us I was and with two other German soldiers within few feet of us. Like a flash it suddenly dawned on mc, however, that for all tills soldier could havo known I wns only n Bel glan peasant and that his object In searching mc, which ho proceeded to do, wns to ascertain whether I had committed tho common "crime" of smuggling potatoes. Tho Belgians were allowed only n certain amount of potntoes, nnd It is ngnlnst tho Inws laid down by the Huns to deal In vegetables of nny kind except under the rigid suporvl slon of tho authorities. Nevertheless, it was one of the principal vocations of tho average poor Belgian to buy potatoes out In the country from peasants nnd then smuggle them into tho large cities and sell them clan destinely at a high price. To stop tills tralllc in potatoes, tho German soldiers were In tho habit of subjecting tho Bciglnns to frequont search, and I was being held up by this soldier for no other reason than that lie thought I might bo n potato smuggler I He felt of my outsldo clothes nnd pockets, and finding no potntoes seemed to be quite satisfied. Hud ho but known who I wns ho could have earned nn Iron cross 1 Or, perhaps. In view of the fact thut I hnd a iicavy wnter bottle In my uplifted hand, it might havo turned out to bo a wooden cross I Ho said something in German, which, of courso, I did not understand, nnd then somo Belgian peasants came along and seemed to distract his nttcn tlon. Perhaps he had said: "U'h 11 right; you may go on," or ho may- have been talking to the others In Flemish, but nt uny rate, observing that lie was mora Interested la tho others than he wns In mc at tho mo ment, I put the bottle In my pocket and walked on. After I wnlkcd a few steps, I Wok h furtive glance backward and noticed tho sqldlcr who had searched mc re join his comrades nt tho curb and then stop another fellow who had como along, nnd then I disappeared In tho darkness. I cannot say that the outcomo of this adventure left me in the same confident frame of mind thnt followed tho earlier one. I wns suro I had come out of it all right, but I could not help thinking what a terribly close shave I hud. Suppose the soldier had questioned mo I The ruse I had been following In ray dealings with the Belgian peas ants pretending I wns deaf and dumb might possibly havo worked here, too, but a soldier a German soldier might not so easily havo been fooled. It wns more than an even chanco thnt it would have nt least nroused his suspicion and resulted in further Investigation. A search of my clothing would have revealed a dozen things which would have estab lished my identity nnd all my sham ming of deafness would havo availed mo nothing. As I wandered along I knew that I wns now approaching the big city which my Belglun friend had spoken of und which I would have to enter tf I was to get the passport and 1 realized now how essential It was to have something to enable mo to get through the frequent examinations to which I expected to be subjected. While I was still debating in my mind whether It wns going to bo pos sible for mc to enter the city that night, I saw in the distance what ap peared to be nn nrc light, and as 1 nearcd it that was what it turned out to be. Beneath tho light I could make out tho forms of three guards, and tho thought of having to go through tho same kind of ordeal that I hnd just experienced filled me with misgivings, Was It possible that 1 could he fortunuto enough to get by again? As I slowed up a little, trying to make up my mind what was best to do, wns overtaken by a group of Bel gian women who were shuffling along the rond, und I decided to mingle with them nnd see if I couldn't convey tho Impression that I wns one oi their purty. As we approached the arc light the figures of those threo soldiers with their spiked helmets loomed before llko a regiment I felt as If I ware walking right Into the jaws of dentil. Rather than go through what was in store for me, I felt' thnt I would In finitely prefer to bo fighting again in the air with those four desperate Huns who had been tho cause of my present plight then, nt least 1 -would have a chance to fight back. but now I hud to risk my life and take what was coming to me without a chance to strike n blow in my own defense. I shall never forget my feelings as we camo within the shaft of light pro. Jectcd by that great arc -light nor the faces of those three guards as w passed by them. I didn't look directly at them, but out of the corner of my eye I never missed a detail. I held a handkerchief up to my face as wo passed them and endeavored to Imh tatc the slouching gait of the Belglnni ns well us I could, nnd apparently it worked. Wo walked right by those guards nnd they paid absolutely no attention to us. If ever n fellow felt like going down on his knees and praying I did at that moment, but It wouldn't have done to show my elation or gratttude in that conspicuous way. It wns then well after 11 o'clock and I knew It would bo unsafo for me to attempt to find n lodging place in thj city, and tho only thing for me to do was to locate the man whose name the Belgian had given me. He had given me a good description of the street nnd had directed mo how to get thero, and I followed his Instructions closely. After walking tho streets for about half an hour, I came upon one of the landmarks my friend hnd described to mo and ten minutes afterwards I was knocking at the door of the man who was to mako it possible for mo to reach Holland and liberty l At least that was what I hoped. O'Brien Is promised help in getting across the frontier to Holland, but Just as he Is re joicing over the prospect of early freedom, he Is rudely awakened from his dream. Read about It In the next Installment (TO BE CONTINUED.) Wood Grapple Saves Work. The bundling of logs by means of a era no equipped with a good grapplo Is not only moro spectnculur than tho old method, but It effects un immense saving in labor and has made K pos sible to pile logs to a great height Similar outfits are used in handling ties, posts, pulp wood. etc. Iho grap ple Is made llko n clamshell bucket except that tho scoops are replaced by curved steel tines, in tho grasp of which a largo number of logs can bo held at once. Popular Mechanics Magazine. Tho Roman catacombs are 5S0 miles In extent, nnd it Is estimated that something llko 15.000.00n u ad aro thero Interred.