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ent Arthur Guy
Author of "Over the TbpbfV
L-im usu," Etc. ,-;
-5 i v v-.; OOrOU.:-,;;-.'.
Mr." Empey'9 Experi
ences During Hi Seven
teen Month3 in thelSt
tineiTrenches of the
British Army hi France
V ; We werp in rest billets in the little
.French Tillage of S , about "ten
. kilos from the front-line, trench. Num.,
ber Two's gun crew were sitting on the
- .ground in a circle. around their ma
chine . gun, while a . sergeant, newly;
returned from a special course in ma-
guauery attest, umer, was ex- -I
. pounding the -theory .of scientific ma
chinegunnery.r- He himself had never
actually been under fire with a ma
. : chine gun, but from the theoretical
point he 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
an uneasy squirming : among the ' rest
. of our crew. ...
. ."Happy Houghton, who was. sitting
- next to me, leaned over, and with his
eye on the sergeant, whispered, in my
s:- ear: ; .-- - : ,
"Blime me, Yank, Isn't it arful the
way, he ehikks his weight about?' ;.
I-agreed with Happy. . w
cross from me sat Ikey Honney,
with our mascot, JlmV In his lap..
EJveiy now, anij then; Jim, Would take
bis hind leg1 and furiously- scratch at
a epot behind . his ear. ,vHohney,' no
ticing this actlonv"- would reach' under
bis armpit and.ralso scratch, j . . 4 ;
I Sailor; BUB Was" Intently watching
Jim and Hohney; he, too, started
la a minute or so Hungry JToaccroft
started on a cootie hunt ; and I had
an irresistible desire to lean back
against the barrel casing of the gun
and also scratch. "
It is one of the chief indoor sports
on? the western front, especially duiv
. Ing a monotonous lecture by some ofil
: cer or noncom, for one of the fed-up
: listeners to start scratching himself.
; This generally canses the whole gang
to do the same, the instructor includ
ed. It is Just like a minister in the
-' midst of a ;very dry sermon suddenly
stopping, stretching himself, and yawn
- bag; this action causing the rest of the
congregation to do likewise.
.As the whole circle scratched, our
sergeant- instructor commenced to
shift his weight from one foot to the
other in an uneasy manner. We all
gazed at him intently and each began
t scratch furiously. Sure enough,
Use sergeant gave in and started un-
kuMonmg the front of his tunic to get
at. some real or-Imaginary cootie. . A
avdge went the" rounds of the circle.
, We had - accomplished our purpose.
The sergeant's mind took an awful
. ; drop from -the science of machine gun
nery to that of catching that particu
lar cootie. " .
, We constantly glanced at our wrist
; watches. . Fifteen minutes more and
- the lesson would be over. The ser-
" geant was becoming confused, and was
trying to flounder through-the rest of
- his talk. We had no mercy on him,
-but kept up the scratching. At last,
in desperation, the sergeant said;
TTou men have actually been under
. fire with machine guns several times.
; Can't one of 'you relate some Incident
; of how, through -some ruse, you put it
)ver on the Bodies?"
Jkey Hdnney, grasping this . golden ,'
opportunltyito break up the lecture, :
; tnd slyly winking at . us, started in J
and told how a certain gun's crew lo
cated and put out of action a German ;
: vaehlne gunner by playing a tune oh
.:' their gun, which the German tried to
: Imitate, thereby indicating to them by 1
sound the . exact location of the Ger- J
man gun, which was later put out of
Am t nt.-nvi.v
eples arrest, but Tm a-thmitoV and I
knew you'll all agree .with me, 4hat it
was nos so much luck as it was clever
thinking.: Kin not much -at teRlng.a
story, but going to try and elv lr
-us xar . as . x can remember, Just-the
way ne handed It to me.."-;-;;. 1:
-"It seems that this fellow, who told
me the "story, and' another chan. had
been detailed to; the divisional intellK
gence department, and ; were , hanging
around division headquarters waiting
forsomething to happen. . ' V .. v
"Now, - here's the story, as he reeled
It ofCto.me: --'5' ?-;'
"About . three kilos behind division
headquarters was the old French vil
lage of B " One of our Important
roads ran through it. This road wall
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 bat
talions in the fire sector. - -; .
"Of course, on account of this road
being in jrange of the German guns. it
could only be used at night ; other
wise, the enemy 'airmen and observa
tion balloons would get wise and it
would only be a short time before the
road would be shelled, thus causing
many casualties. . L . - V-
'For the last ten days reports had
been received at division headquarters
that every time troops passed a cer
tain point on this road marked by an
old -church, they were sure to click
heavy, shell fire from the Boches. On
nights when no trpops passed through
there would be very little shelling, if
any, but if a battalion or brigade hap
pened to come this way they suffered
xrom neavy shell fire.
v " 'IJpon receipt of the first two or
three of these reports, we put it down
tts a strange coihcldehce; "but when the
fifth; report of this nature reached us
It was evident to ns that a spy was
at work, and that in some mysterious
way the information of the movements
tLWways aW. iaean :P jdoiit
At last I gave sp in disgust. My part
ner was suu attentively listening ta
the two across the table from us. An
pother poke in.the knee, from my part
ner and I was all attention. One of the
fellows across the way was talking: Y -"Well.
I don't see whv this nwrniK
blighter, should ; change horses in his
plow every; afternoon. ."Tve watched
him for; several days. . Nowr to 'the
morning- he uses two- grays, and then
about two in the afternoon he either
hooks tip two blacks or a gray "and a
black, v French ways may be different;
but ? this frog-eater is ;rery partial to
the colors of his team. He works the
grays aU . morning and then changes
them in the afternoon.. Now, figure it
mt for yourself. -; He starts work with
the two grays about six o'clock In the
morning jvworks the two beggars up
till noon. That's 6ix; hburil' straight
Then he sticks them in the stable, la;ni
off for two hours, and in the afternoon"
about two o'clock the
animals comes on and .Works un till
four.- Now, anybody With anv brains
in their nappers knows that Is no way
to" keep horses in condition, "working
one team, over six. hours' and the other
team only two hours. ; I know, because
we have been farmers in our family
back In Blighty for generations.
" l.was all excitement, and a great
hope surged through me that at last
we had fallen on the clue that we were
looking for. ; Restraining my eager
ness as much as possible I addressed
the fellow,who had just spoken:
. "Well, mate, I don't like to Intrude
into your conversation, but Pve also
been a farmer aH my life and I don't
see anything queer in the actions of
this French farmer.
"He answered: "Well, blime me.
there might be a reason for thfe
blighter doing this, but I can't figure
It out at all. Jf you can explain It, go
answered : "Well, perhaps If
you can give a utile more details about
larraer house that night and arrest
Llm. Ke nrotested his innocence.
but itobkbinv to military "police
liead,quarters whereV after: a grueling,
questioning, he at lasT conf essed..r ;
"Sit was a mystery to us how thto
farmer ; knew :'that;; troops were cook
ing 'through,; because r heil never 'made
a mistake in his; schedule. After fur
ther questipnmg he ;explained i to us
that if we searched in- his, cellar and
iaised up ' an ; old flagstone with - a
ring in it, we. would find a telephone
set. The other end : of this "set was
established - in an estamlhet in a little
French village eleven, kilos.- distant.
His confederate was . so situated on
the roadthatv troops coming into the
.village "had. to - pass! the ' door. -As
troops march only, at" night while to
the fire sector, his confederate ; could
safely; figure out i that the -i passing
trpops would be quartered ; in ; his vil
lage until the next night, when, under
Pftlrr nt dnrlrnnea 'fhoxr- txremtei start
Z.Zl. lirt5 for the next village, and would have dreamed l-er
Works un till t-u. .1 . UWJCU.
to pass ine point in xne roaa . Dy: ine.
old church. : jHe would immediately
telephone this information to the
farmer, who would .change his horses
accordingly.':. The hill on 'which; he
vdid his plowing could be easily oft
served from an observation balloon
in the German lines," and thus the sig
nal Was given to the German artillery.!
' "We still carried on with our third
degree, and got further valuable mfor
matlon from him. ' :
" If, in the ; plowing, two gray
horses were used -on two consecutive
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L S0 communicated by it ij would.be .eaS' hoaeh to explain.
"Myself and another bloke, who
had been working with me for the last
two weeks, were assigned to the task
of discovering and apprehending this
ppy. To us it seemed an hnpossible
job, as there were no clues to work
upon. - As is usual, bur general, "Old
Pepper,' called us in, and said:
""There is a spy working In th
Tillage of B -; go get him."
"Foolishly, I-butted In and asked
tor further information. I got it, all
tight. With a . lowering look which
made me tremble, he roared :
"Go and dig up your own clues.
5Vhat are you with the intelligence de
partment f or T Intelligence department !
It ought to be called the 'brainless de
partment' if you two are a sample of
"'Somehow or other we didn't stop
to argue with "Old Pepper." "'
At this point Sailor Bill butted in:
"Blime me, he's just like an admiral
we had in our navy, ibis 'Old Pepper.'
A chorus of, "Oh,, shut up, you're in
the army now," cut off Bill's story. We
knew Sailor Bill. If he ever got start
ed talking navy, nothing short of a gas
attack could stop him.
Sailor Bill, with an indignant glance
around the circle, relapsed into silence.
- kjqtij wauace exciaimea:
Who is the farmer, and where is his
farm: located) -f
' He swaUbwed thW bait, all right,
and iiuTormed mrlhat the farmer was ,
plowing a el4f oa - a bih ; about five
hundred yards west of. the church at a
point where our troops were being
shelled.. .;;. 'v ",v:.
" "Buying a round of . drinks; J
nudged my partner and he came In on
the; conversation.' The two 6f usVbf:
adroit questioning, got the exact loca
tion Jof the field and a description oif ; Have ":m Good MJnd to Send You
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It - - ' " ' :
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Having qualified as administrator of
the late Qulnton Forbes I hereby give
notice to all persons indebted to . hit
estate to come forward and make im
mediate settlement, and those holding
claims against the - same to present
them for payment within twelve months
from the date of this notice, or it will
be pleaded in bar of their recovery.
M. B. 3IMPSON. .
January 2nd. 1919-J10-6t.
1 Ford tourii
A spotted mirr'
to the neat andi
room, then too"
able. Send, it f
mirrors for ef
re-silver '- old
A. C. C01
T pretended to be sleepy, and.
yawning, got np from 'the table, say
ing that I was going to turn in, and
left. My partner soon- followed me.
Upon reaching our billet, we outlined
our plan. We decided that next morn
Back to Your Units."
afternoons,, it meant, that the use of,
the road had been indefinitely discon
tinued for troops and supplies.
' Tinder a strong guard, which con
eealed Itself In the hedge, the, farm
ing we would get np at daybreak and er was made to use two grays for two
scout around the field to see if there afternoons. The scheme worked. For
was a hiding place. - weeks afterward that road was ni
Sure enough, along one edge of the occasionally shelled, and our tmona
ieiu ran a uuck neage. yve secretea I ana supply trains used it at will.- The
ourselves in this and waited foe de- apyat the other end was rounded up.
veiopmenis. and both were taken to the base and
'"At about , six In the morning, the I shot.
farmer appeared, driving two grays, L rWe reported back to Old PeDner.
which he hooked to the plow, and car- expecting to be highly commended for
ried on his work. To us there ap- our work, and we were -I don't think,
peared nothing suspicious in his ac- All the blooming blighter said was :
tions. We watched him all mornlns. ""Well, von certain! v took loner
- - ' I ennnet tn An f T ha-VA a rfomr ovwvi
To 'ell with your admiral; do yon At noon he unhooked the horses and mind to send yon back to your units
. n ; m -
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action by concentrated machine-gun
fire. from their section.
Of course we all listened very in
tently, but It was an old story to ns,
because we were the gun's crew which
had accomplished the feat that Hon
ney wa? describing; but anything was
better than , listening to that "sing-song
Ironing of book knowledge which the
sergeant had been pumping "Into us
for the last hour, and a half.
The sergeant glanced at his watch
and dismissed ns. We dlsmountedf our
gun,- put -it in - its box and stored it
away-in our billet; then we reassem
bled "under an apple tree In the& or-
chard, and, " while- the rest of us' In
dulged in" a shirt: hunt, Hungry went
after bur ration of tea. Hungry was
!. ,. .' " j , . cure on the. job- when it came to eat
'.' "i'' ' . ing. Pretty "soon he returned with a
S'- dtsie one-fourth full of tea, two tins of
J; : Jam, a ,loaf of. bread, a large piece of
l: :? cheese, and a tin of apricots which he
lrr r had . bought at aT-nearby French es-
not forgetting jbl " generous share.'for
himself.. ' After we had finished, out
f came the inevitable fags, a few pufEs
i; from -each man, and the. ball of conV
.T.versation started rolling. f;,'
Curly Wallace cleared his throat and
Started In ttih: . j;
l Remember . that: village, we passed
through on our march np . the llao
about two .'weeks ago; yon know, the
f h ; ne where that big church with all the
ahefl holes hi It was right on the cor-
.'Stnerwhere we . turned to the left to
te the road at St. A--r-r
e'aTTremembered it and turned in
nlring glances. In Curlys. direction.
ffji Well,thisiorhingv when I went
f:down- with 'theuarter (Quartermaster
r aergeaht) to draw coal,I inet a fellow
tX division headquarters who told me
la mighty Interesting story of, how he
and, another fellow rounded np a con-
pie of spies.
Want to hear this story? If you do,
shut up and let me tell it."
Go on. Curly, never mind; he's
harmless," ejaculated Happy Hough
Curly carried on, with: "
" 'Getting our packs and drawing
three days rations, we started hiking
it for the village of B . We arrived
there about four in the afternoon, and
after, putting our packs and rations in
an old barn which we intended to use
as our billet during our stay in the vil-
lage, we left fi s general lets of fs
"There were about three hundred
civilians in the place, who preferred to
bravo the dangers of shell fire, as there
was a rich harvest to be reaped from
the sale of farm produce, beer and
.wines to the.troops billeted all around.
Two estaminets : (French saloons)
were still open and did a thriving busi
ness. - -."'Occasionally a shell would burst
in the village, but the civilians did not
seem to mind it; just carried on with
their farming and business - as usual.
'We decided to make a thorough
search of all houses, barns and build
ings for concealed wires, and did so,
but with barren results. Nothing sus
picldus was found. This search wast
ed five days, and we were In despera
tion. Watch and question as we would,
not a single clue came to light.
"During this time two large bodies
of troops had passed through and each
time they were heavily shelled, with
aire results. . .
".'On the sixth night of our assign
ment, utterly disgusted, I,' being In
charge, had decided to chuck up the
whole business and report back to
Old Pepper that we had made a mess
out of . the investigation. My partner
pleaded with me to stick it out a cou
ple of days more, and after he gave
me 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-kicker offered to blow to sev
eral rounds of drinks.- Now, this fel
low had never, during my acquaint
ance with him,, offered to spend a ha'
penny, s0 I quickly accepted his offer
and we went to the nearest estaminet.
" 'Sitting around a long table, drink
ing French beer and smoking cigar
ettes, was a crowd, of soldiers, laugh
ing. Joking, arguing and telling stories.
. " "We sat down at the end of the
table, and In a low tone tried to work
impossible theories as to how the spy
if there was one by this time- we
were doubtful could get the informa
tion back to the German batteries.
;. "Bight across from us were two
eoldlera arguing about farming; Sud
denly my slde-klcker pinched me ob
the knee and whispered : : r-
: "Listen to what those two fellows
across the table from us are saying. It
sounds: good. ;
1 listened for about a minute and
went home. We remained in hiding, for incompetency and inefficiency.''
Kirtuu io leave, Because we wancea to " 'We saluted and left,
take Ito chanees of being seen by the "You see, we didn't deserve any
farmer.. We had forgotten to bring great credit, because it was only
rations with us, so it was a miserable through a lucky chance that we stum-
walt until two o'clock, at which time bled over the clue, so I guess "Old
Pepper" was right after all.' n-
After finishing his story, Curly
turned to us and asked:
Don't you think it was pretty nifty
We agreed that it was.
After a few minutes more the party
broke up and turned in.
P-eauty Doctor This treatment will
add ten years-to your- life.-
S.,inste!-LIarcy ! I don't want that.
Can v you take ten years off. I'm old
enoi'gh nov. '
DOWN ON MATRIMONY
DR. THOS. S. McMULLAN
former!yof Hertford, formerly ex
aminer of the N. C. State Medical
Examination Board; . " lately in
charge of U. S. Military Hospital
at Mobile, Ala.; announces the
opening of offices in Elizabeth City. '
OFFICE, 326 Hirilba BIdg;
Residence, 109 E. - Fearing Street
Grows Long, It
I am acndinff yba -my
picture to. feUL. .
yoa tee what yrmr
Hooked t the Plow, and Carrfed en
. His Work.
the farmer "reappeared,"- driving twtf
blacks, which he hitched , to the plow,
and carried on until four o'clock, and
then knocked, off for tiie day. That
night troops came through and, as usu
al," were shelled, j- : f c, v ;
"Next morning, at daybreak, we
again took our stations in the hedge.
tins time bringing- ratlons with us.
The farmer used the same grays in
the morning, but in the afternoon he
appeared with a black and a gray, and
again knocked off around four o'clock.
No troops came " through that -night;
end there was no shelling. .. -
' "INext day the farmer repeated the
previous day's actions -two-grays In
' the morning and a black and a gray
in the afternoon. No troops, no shelK
ing. . :.; . '. . ':
" We were pretty sure that; we had
him, but this arresting a spy on slim
evidence is a ticklish matter. : . We
didn't want "tb make a mess of the af
fair, or perhaps send an innocent man
to his death, so the following day we
again took up : ur stations. Sure
enough, It was two:- grays tn the moan
ing, nut In the afternoon he used two
blacks. . That: night troops' came
through and were shelled. Wehad
solved the problem. Two grays In the
morning mean nothing. -The actual
signal to the enemy was the change
of horses In the afternoon ; two blacks
meaning "troops coining through to
night, shell the roadjT a gray and a
black, ; "No "troops expected, do not
shell.,..::;-; ' ; : , ; - v. v. . -. ;
-When if got dark and It was safe
to leave the hedge, we Immediately re
ported 'the. whole affair to the town
major (ahVBngllsh officer detailed In
Sale of Valuable Property
By virtue of a Mortgage executed
to me by J. Davenport 'and E. C. Sam
ple for certain purposes therein men
tioned' which said Mortgage bears date
February 7th, .1913 "and is registered
in the office of. the "Register of Deeds
of Pasquotank County, in Book 37. page
282 I shall on the -third day of Febru
ary, 1919, at 12 o'clock M, offer-xor
sale at the Court House door ' in said
County, at Public Auction, for cash
the property . conveyed to me In said
Morteadj Beginning '-at --'the rmalxt
road 'leading from Okisko to Parkville
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Perry lot, .and' rtnihingdowB -said: "road
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KXELENTO MED" E CO. ATLANTA, OA. ,
OR LEASE ON SL
One of the finrf
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I North Carolina, gftil
1 mile from Fairfieh
Hyde county, facing
exposure makes it a d
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mer, for one wishing
lctixu ior a prone, i ne s
is adapted to and yieli
large returns from all crop;
About 147 acres in all, 10:
This farm for sale. ' ,
Or will lease on shares to e3-
perlenced .farmer ' who can tii$- '
ance his own cropv.
tuiizabeth City, N. C.
Ifis the be&t' made. Try it.
He married for love, dlda'f V -JM .A .?
Hay, Grain, and all kinds of I
'' Feeds. : -
. Mrs, B.
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Krst Hun Fran Mein poy, he
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book and pae ahove ref erred to. ; . Rpnorirl TTiiti ToW
J. w. SAMPLE,-Mortgagee . w,oa u nouo
. Per J. B. LEIGH. Atty to be Jet?
This Jan. 3. 1919. ; : First Hxm Fxau He wants tb be
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