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THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
The Enemy Within; or, Rounding Up Spies on the Western Front By Sergeant Arthur Guy Empey Author of "Over the Top," -First Call Etc o-o-o Mr. Empey's Experi ences DuringHisSeven teen Months in theFirst Line Trenches of the British Army in France (Coprrlf bt, U17.br Th HcCloto Ncwiptpcr Bjnl.cU) -9 We were In rest billets tn the little French vMiiko of S , nbout ten kilos from the front-line trench. Num ber Two's gun crew were rdttlng on the ground In n circle around their ma chine gun, while a sergeant, newly returned from n special course In ma chine gunnery at St. Omer. wns ex pounding the theory of scientific ma chine gunnery. He himself had never actually been under fire with a ma chine gun, but from the theoretical point lie sure could throw out the book stuff. I must confess that his flow of eloquence passed over my head like a Zeppelin, and I noticed on uneasy squirming among the rest of our crew. Happy Houghton, who was sitting next to me, leaned over, nnd with his eye on the sergeant, whispered in my car: "IHlmo me, Yank. Isn't It arful the way he chucks his weight about?" I agreed with Happy. Across frpm me sat Ikey Honney, with our mascot, Jim, In his lap. Every now nnd then Jim would take his hind leg nnd furiously scratch at n spot behind his ear. Honney, no ticing this nctlon, would reach under his armpit nnd also scratch. Sailor Dill wns Intently watching Jim and Honney; he, too, started scratching. In n mlnuto or so Hungry Foxcroft started on n cootie hunt; and I hnd an Irresistible desire to Icin back against the barrel casing of the gun and also scratch. It Is one of the chief indoor sports on the western front, especlnlly dur lug a monotonous lecture by some ouT ccr or noncora, for one of the fed-up listeners to start scratching himself. This generally causes the whole gang to do the same, the instructor lnclud cd. It is Just like u minister In the midst of n very dry sermon suddenly otopplng, stretching himself, and yawn Ing, this nctlon causing tho rest of the congregation to do likewise. Ah the whole circle scratched, our scrfteant Instructor commenced to shift his weight from one foot to the other In nn uneasy manner. We all gazed at him Intently and each began to scratch furiously. Sure enough, the sergeant gave In nnd started un buttoning tho front of his tunic to get at some real or imaginary cootie. A nudge went tho rounds of tho circle, Wo had accomplished our purpose Tho sergeant's mind took nn awful drop from tho sclcnco of machine gun nary to that of catching thut partial lT cootie. We constantly glanced at our wrist batches. Flftocn minutes more and tho lesson would bo over. The eer flonnt was becoming confused, nnd was trying to flounder through the rest of tils talk. Wo had no mercy on him (tut kept up tho scratching. At last tn desperation, the sergeant said: "You men havu actually been under Ire with mnchlno guns several times Can't one of you relate some Incident of how, through somo ruse, you put it over on the Bodies?" Ikey nonncy, grasping this golden opportunity to break up tho lecture, and slyly winking nt us, started and told how u certain gun's crew lo catcd nnd put out of action n German mnchlno gunner by playing n tuno on their gun, which tho German tried to Imitate, thereby Indicating to them by sound the exact location of tho Ger pian gun, which, wns later put out of action by concentrated machine-gun Arc from their soctlon. Of course wo nil listened very In tently, lint it was un old story to us, because we woro tho gun's crew which J had accomplished the fent that Hon ney wns describing; but anything wns better than listening to that sing-song Ironing of book knowledge which tho ergoant had been pumping Into us for tho last hour and u half. The sergeant glanced nt his watch tnd dismissed us. Wo dismounted our fun, put It In Its box aud stored It uwny In our billet; then we reassem bled under un applo tree in tho or chard, and, while tho rest of us in dulged In a shirt hunt, Hungry went aftor our ration of tea. Hungry wns sure on tho job when it came to eat ing. Pretty soon he returned with n flirlo one-fourth full of tea, two tins of Jam, n loaf of bread, a largo pleco of cheese, and a tin of apricots which ho bad bought at a nearby French es famluct. Ho dished out our rations, not forgetting n generous share for tolwself. Aftor w had finished, out camo the Inevitable fngs, u fow puffs from each roan, and the ball of con versation started rolling. Curly Wnllnco cleared his throat and itnrtcd In with: 'Remember that village wo passed ('.rough on our march up the lino about two weeks ago; you know, the one where that big church with all the shell holes In It was right on the cor ner where we turned to the left to take tho road at St. A ?" Wo all remembered It and turned In quiring glances in Cu-ly's direction. "Well, this morning, when I went down with the quarter (quartermaster sergeant), to draw coal, I met n fellow nt division headquarters who told me mighty Interesting story of how ho nnd another fellow rounded up a cou ple of spies. 'This bloke, through modesty, and to cover up his own good work, tried to make me believe that It wns only through n lucky chnnco that he stum bled over the clue which lead to the spies' arrest, but I'm n-thlnkln', nnd I know you'll all agree with me, that It was not so much luck as it was clever thinking. I'm not much at telling a story, but I'm going to try und give it, ns far as I can remember, Just the way he handed It to me. "It seems thnt this fellow, who told me the story, and another chap, had been detailed to tho divisional Intelli gence department, nnd were hanging round division headquarters waiting for something to happen. "Now, here's tho story ns he reeled It oft to me: "'About three kilos behind division headquarters was the old French vll- age of It . One of our Important roads ran through It. This road was greatly used by our troops for bringing up supplies and ammunition for the front line. It, was also used by large numbers of troops when relieving but- nitons In the tire sector. " 'Of course, on nccount of this rood being In range of tho German guns, It could only be used at night; other wise the enemy nlrmen and observa tion balloons would get wise and It would only be n short time before the rond would be shelled, thus causing many casualties. " 'For the Inst ten days reports had been received nt division headquarters that every time troops passed a cer tain point on this rond, marked by nn old church, they were sure to click lenvy shell lire from tho Bodies. On nights when no troops passed through there would be very little shelling, If nny, but If n battalion or brigade hap pened to come this way they suffered from heavy shell fire. " 'Upon receipt of tho first two or threo of these reports we put it down as n straugu coincidence, but when the fifth report of this nnturc reached us it was evident to us that a spy was nt work, and that in somo mysterious wny the information of tho movements of our troops were communicated by him to the enemy. " 'Myself and unother bloke, who had been working with me for the last two weeks, were assigned to tho task of discovering und apprehending this spy. To us It seemed un Impossible Job, ns there were no clues to work upon. As Is usual, our gcncrnl, "Old Pepper," called us In, and said: " "There Is a spy working In tho vlllngo of B ; go get him." 'Foolishly, I butted in and asked for further Information. I got It, nil right. With a lowering look which made mo tremble, ho roared: ""Go and dig up your own clues. Whnt aro you with the Intelligence de partment for? Intelligence department 1 It ought to bo called tho 'brnlnless de partment' If you two aro a sample of the rest." " 'Somehow or other wo didn't stop to arguo with "Old Pepper." ' " At this point Sailor BUI butted in: "BUme me, he's Just llko nn ndmlral we had In our navy, this 'Old Pepper. " A chorus of, "Oh, shut up, you're In tho nrmy now," cut off Bill's story. We knew Sailor Bill. If ho over got start cd talking navy, nothing short of a gas attack could stop him. Sailor Bill, with an Indignant glance nround tho circle, relapsed Into silence. Curly Wnllace exclaimed: "To 'ell with your admiral ; do you want to hear this story? If you do, tdiut up and let me tell It." "do on, Curly, never mind; he's harmless," ejaculated Happy Hough ton. Curly carried on, with: "'Qettlng our packs and drawing three days' rations, wo started hiking Hooked to tho Plow, and Carried on His Work. It for tho vlllago of B . Wo arrived there nbout four In tho nfternoon, nnd nftor putting our packs and rations In nn old barn which wo intended to uso as our billet during our stay in tho vll Inge, wo left on u general tour of in spectlon. "'Thoro were uhout threo hundred clvillaus In tho place, who preferred to brave tho dapgers of shell Are, us then wns n rich harvest to be reaped from the snle of form produce, beer nnd wines to the troops billeted all nround. Two ostnnilnctfl (French saloons) were still open and did a thriving busi ness. " 'Occasionally n shell would burst In the village, but the civilians did not seem to mind It; Just curried on with their farming und business ns usual. " 'Wo decided to make a thorough search of all houses, barns and build ings for concealed wires, und did so, but with bnrren results. Nothing sus picious was found. This search wnst cd five days, and we were In despera tion. Wntch nnd question as we would, not u single clue came to light. '"During this time two largo bodies of troops had passed through and each time they were heavily shelled, with dire results. "'On the sixth night of our assign ment, utterly disgusted, I, being In chnrge, hnd decided to chuck up tho whole business und report back to Old Pepper that we had made a mess out of the investigation. My partner pleaded with ine to stick It out a cou ple of days more, and after he gave mo a vivid description of what Old Pepper would hand out to us I decid ed to stick It out for six months, If necessary. To celebrate this decision my side-klcker offered to blow to sev eral rounds of drinks. Now, this fel low had never, during my acquaint ance with him, offered to spend n ha' penny, so I quickly accepted his offer and wo went to the nearest e.stamlnet. " 'Sitting around n long table, drink ing French beer and smoking cigar ettes, was a crowd of soldiers, laugh ing, joking, arguing nnd telling stories. "'We sat down at the nd of tho table, and in n low tone tried to work Impossible theories as to how the spy, If there was out by this time wo were doubtful could get the Informa tion back to the German batteries. " 'Right across from us were two soldiers arguing about farming. Sud denly my side-klcker pinched me on the knee nnd whispered: " ' "Listen to what those two fellows ncross the table from us ure saying. It sounds good." " 'I listened for nbout n minute nnd then paid no further attention. At thnt time fnrmlng In no wny Interested me. I wanted to catch that spy, and stnrted devising Impossible theories ns to the wnys nnd menns of doing so, At last I gave up In disgust. My part ner was still attentively listening to Hie two ncross the table from us. An other poke In the knee from my part ner nnd I wns nil attention. One of tho fellows across the wny wns talking: "Well, I don't see why this French blighter should chnngo horses In his plow every nfternoon. I've watched him for several days. Now, In tho morning he uses two grays, and then about two in the nfternoon ho cither hooks up two blacks or n gray and n black. French wnys may be different, but this frog-enter is very partial to the colors of his team. He works the grays all morning nnd then changes them In tho afternoon. Now, figure It out for yourself, no starts work with the two grays about six o'clock In the morning; works tho two beggars up till noon. That's six hours straight. Then he sticks them In the stable, lays off for two hours, and In the nfternoon nbout two o'clock tho new relay of animals comes on nnd works up till four. Now, anybody with nny brains In their nappers knows thnt Is no way to keep horses In condition, working one team over six hours and the other team only two hours. I know, becnuso wo have been farmers in our fnmlly bnck In Blighty for generations." 1 'I wns all excitement, nnd a great hopo surged through me that nt last we had fallen on tho cluo thnt we wore looking for. Restraining my enger- ness as much ns possible I addressed tho fellow who had Just spoken: " ' "Well, mnte, I don't like to Intrude Into your conversation, but I've nlso been n farmer all my life and I don't seo nnythlng queer in tho actions of this French farmer." "He answered: "Well, bllmo me, there might bo u reason for this blighter doing this, but I can't flguro It out at all. If you con explain it, go abend." '"I answered: "Well, perhaps If you can give a llttlo more dctnlls about It, It would bo easy enough to explain. Who Is the farmer, and where Is his fnrni located?" '"Ho swallowed the bait, all right, and Informed mo thnt the farmer was plowing n field on n hill nbout flvo hundred yards west of tho church at a point whero our troops were being shelled. " 'Buying n round of drinks, I nudged my partner nnd ho camo In on the conversation. Tho two of us, by adroit questioning, got the exact loca tion of tho Hold and a description of tho farmer. "'I pretended to bo sleepy, nnd, ynwnlng, got up from tho table, say ing that I was going to turn In, nnd left. My partner soon followed me. I'pon renchlng our billet, wo outlined our plan. Wo decided that next morn ing wo would get up at daybreak and scout nround tho Meld to see If thero was n hiding place. " 'Suro enough, nlong ono edge of tho , through n lucky chnnco thnt wo stum field ran u thick hedge. We secreted bled over the clue, so I guess "Old ourselves In this and waited for de- Pepper" was right after nil.'" velopments. j After finishing his story, Curly ' A f i.l.nnf civ- In mnnnlnn . , ...1 . ., .,.! ..!.. 1 . .v .wvii tn iiiu tiivit uiu(,i buu farmer nppoarod, driving two grays, which ho hooked to tho plow, and car ried on his work. To us there ap peared nothing suspicious In his ac tions. Wo watched him nil morning, At noon ho unbooked tho horses and went home. Wo remained in hiding, nfrnld to leave, becauso wo wanted to take no chancos of belnir seen lv tlm j farmer. Wo had forgotten to bring rations with us, so It wus u uilsernblo wnlt until two o'clock, at which time, the farmer reappeured, driving two blocks, which ho hitched to the plow, and carried on until four o'clock, nnd then knocked off for the day. That night troops came through and. ns usu al, wero shelled. " 'Next morning, at daybreak, we again took our stations In the hedge. this time bringing rations with us. Tho farmer used the same grays In the morning, but In the nfternoon he appeared with n black and n gray, and again knocked off nround four o'clock. No troops came through that night, tnd thero was no shelling. " 'Next dny the farmer repeated the previous day's actions two grays In the morning nnd n black and n gray In tho afternoon. "So troops, no shell ing. " 'We were pretty sure that we had him, but this arresting a spy on slim evidence Is n ticklish mntter. We didn't want to mnke a mess of the af fair, or perhaps send nn Innocent mnn to his death, so the following dny we again took up our stntlons. t$ure . enough, It was two grays in the morn- Ing. but In the nfternoon ho used two blacks. That night troops came through and were shelled. We had solved the problem. Two grays in the ( morning mean nothing. The netual j signal to the enemy was the change of horses in the nfternoon ; two black? meaning "troops coming through to night, shell the rond ;" .u gray and a blnci, "No troops exported, do not shell." "When It got dark and It wns safe to leave the hedge, we Immediately re ported the whole affair to the town , major (an English officer detailed In charge of a French village or town 1 occupied by English troops) who. ae 1 compnnled by us nnd n detail of six men with fixed bayonets, went to the farmer's house that night nnd nrrest cd him. He protested his Innocence 1 but we took him to military police headquarters whero, after a grueling questioning, ho at last confessed. " 'It wns u mystery to us how this farmer knew thnt troops wero com Ing through, because he never made j n mistake In his schedule. After fur ther questioning he explained to us "I Have a Good Mind to Send You Back to Your Units." that If wo searched In his cellar and raised up an old flngstone with n ring In It, wo would find n telephonf sot. The other end of this set was established In nn estnmlnet In a little French village eleven kilos distant Ills confederate was so situated or village had to pass the door. At troops march only nt night while in the fire sector, his confederate could snfely figure out that the passlnp troops would be quartered In his vll lr.ge until tho next night, when, undei cover of darkness, they would start for the next village, and would have to pass tho point in tho rond by the old church. Ho would Immediately telephono this Information to the farmer, who would change his horses accordingly. The hill on which he did his plowing could bo ensily ob served from nn observation balloon In tho German lines, nnd thus the sig nal wns given to tho German artillery M 'We still cnrrled on with our third e'egree, nnd got further valuable Infor mation from him. "'If, In tho plowing, two gray horses wero used on two consecutlvo nftemoons, It mennt that the use of the road had been indefinitely discon tinued for troops nnd supplies. ' 'Under n strong gunrd, which con- ceale,d Itself In tho hedge, tho farm- ci was mado to use two grays for two 1 reat "dvantnge to small poultry pack afternoons. Tho scheme worked. For , Jrs- Vucn-rn wl hive had to ship In weeks afterward that road was only oss tlmn carload quantities have found occasionally shelled, and our troops. 1,1111 wet-pneked poultry has spoiled in nnd supply trains used It nt will. The ! snormous quantities because of slow spy nt tho othor end wns rounded up ' :nsportntion resulting trom conges nnd both wero taken to the base and I tlon 0,1 tho "ro,"lH- l'avwn enulp- shot. '"'We reported back to Old Pepper, expecting to bo highly commended for our work, nnd we were I don't think. All tho blooming blighter said was: ""Well, you certainly took long enough to do It. I have n damn good mind to send you bnck to your units for Incompetency nnd inefficiency." " 'Wo saluted and left. "'You see, wo didn't deserve nny great credit, becnuso It was only milieu lu uo unit unnuu "Don't you think It was pretty nifty work?" Wo agreed that it wns. After a few minutes more tho party j broke up and turned in. Confirmation. No woman is really satisfied with flw cninnlliiipnts linr mlrrnr nnva hor unless they are reiterated by( eomo man. Boston Truuacrlpt. FARM ERADICATE LICE AND MITES Sodium Fluorld Makes ao Effectlvs i Powder and Should Be Used Free- I ly Use Kerosene. (Prepared by tho United States Depart- i mcnt of Agriculture.) The free uso of an effective Hc powder is nlwuys In order. Sodium Uuorld makes an effective lice powder n applying the powder bold the fowl t the feet, head down, and work the Dusting Chicken With Sodium Fluorld a Most Effective Remedy for Lice and Mites. I powder well down Into the feathers. 1 k dust bath is essential in ridding tho fowls of lice. The free uso of kerosene or crudo j petroleum on the roosts and in tho ' :rncks will exterminate mites. I Whitewashing the Interior of tho louse thoroughly once or twice a year tielps to keep It sweet and clean. FOWLS FOR BREEDING STOCK Health and Vigor Must Be First Points to Keep in Mind When Making Selection. Eggs may be perfectly fertile and yet hatch unsatisfactorily, nnd the Qrst consideration must be the produc tion of hatching eggs with strong, virile, well-nourished germs. This can be dope only by a careful selection, mating and management of the breed ing stock nnd affording the eggs the proper care after they are laid. Health and vigor must be the first points to keep In mind when selecting the breed ers. The rule that good seed must be ! Includes the chicken crop as well as those of gross nnd grain. The breed ing llock should include only sound, healthy, well-fed stock, and nil fowls that have at any time suffered from any serious Illness or show any faults or defects, such as crooked back or breast, hawk-bill or snake-head, pale face, rattling in throat, foreign growths upon any part of the body, leg I weakness or string halt should be 1 promptly discarded. CHILLING OF MUCH BENEFIT Wet-Packed Poultry Arrives at Des tination In Poor Condition Slow Railroads Blamed. (Prepared by tho United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) The chill room developed by the Dnlted States department of agricul ture for the preservation of poultry ind eggs nnd to preparo them for xnnsportutlon to market has proved of ped with the small chill room recommended by tho department havo found that poultry dry-chilled and properly packed arrived at Its destina tion In good condition, while wet packed fowls In the snme car were In bad order. It has been found also that the method recommended by the lovcrnment requires less Ice than the tee-packing process. LEAVES MAKE GOOD LITTER Not Advisable to Leave Them on Floor Too Long Throw Sweepings on Garden Patch. Thero Is no litter better than leaves, outsldo of clover or any of the dried grosses, that fowls find nourishment In. But do not ullow tho leaves to Ho too long on tho floors, ns the fowls pick nt them uutll they reduce ninny to almost dust. Pnck away plenty in barrels, as you must be sparing of higher-priced scratching material, and throw tho leaf sweep.ugs ou the gar- GIRLS! 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Just get a mall bottle of Knowlton's Danderine now It costs but n few cents all drug stores recommend it apply a little as directed and within ten minutes there will be an appearance of abundance, freshness, fiufllness nnd an Incompara ble gloss and lustre, and try as you will you cannot find a trace of dandruff or falling hair; but your real surprise will be after about two weeks' use, when you will see new hair fine nnd downy nt first yes but really new hair sprouting out all over your scalp Danderine is, we believe, the only sure hair grower, destroyer of dan druff and cure for itchy scalp, and it never falls to stop falling hair at once. If you want to prove how pretty and soft your hair renlly Is, moisten n cloth with a little Danderine and carefully draw it through your halrr taking on small strand at n time. Your hair will be soft, glossy nnd beautiful In Just a few moments a delightful surprise awaits everyone who tries this. Adv, Deep Grief. 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These arc little, sugar- coated pills, composed of Mayapple, leaves I of aloe, root of jalap things that Nature grows in the ground. These Pellets ar safe because they move the bowels gently, leaving no bad after-effects, as so many pills do. Very often they make a person who takes them feel like a new man or i woman, for they cleanse the intestines of bard, decayed and poisonous matter that accumulates when one is costive. If you ' tre constipated, by all means go to your druggist and get some of Dr. Pierce's i Pleasant Pellets. They may prove to be the very thing your system requires to I make you well and happy. Stop Losing Calves You can Stamp Abortion Out of YOUR HERD and Keep fit lit Of tha use of DR. DAVID ROBERTS' "Anti 'Abortion" Smill Exprnsi Eaitly Appllcil Suro Results. Used t uccctitully f r i.3 v. Commit n. DAVIi ROnKttTS about all ant lal allm In- fnpin.dnn ru a r ..... I .. Kii ip .nnf nf .III. Cnul.tl.N I. ...II .... ; vTCxmv hi ', Jtikr nation on Abortion la Cowt. UK. DAVID RODF.RTS , VETERINARY CO- IW Grnd Ae., Wiuktth-. VVUf. ' W. N. U., OMAHA, NO. 4-1919." I jea patch.