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it Hi" By LIEUTENANT PAT O'BRIEN SYNOPSIS. CHAPTER I-lnlroductorr. Pat O'Brien tails of in iuriu tu writing tu autiy or hi adveuiurvs. CHAtTER II-Telle of hi enlletment In the Koyal Dying turpi, hie training la Caoaua and iiw uanirtcr to i'rauo for aw tivo duty. CHAPTER Ilt-Descrtl flgbta In which b brought down iwu German alrpliuiee and hi tlnul lluht in wli.cli tin tu brought duH'a (Vinindml within tho Ger man Une unU w made a prliuuor of war. CHAPTER IV-Dlaeovsr (hat German hoapluU staff borsuroualy neglected tho fatally wounded and devoted their ner girs to rculorlnc thuae wuo liucUt bo returned to the firing- line. Wuneaaee death In tit; lit of hi beat chum, Ueuu raul Ralney. ' CHAPTER V-He la taken to the of ficers' prison chip at Courtrai. There ho began planning hla eacap. By great ae rlilca he manugea to aave and hid away two doily rulioiui of bread. CHAPTER Tl-IIe rnnnacates a map of Germany and Juat half an hour later Is fmt on a trolu bound for a prison vamp n Germany. He leap through a window while the train la u-avehug at a rate of ) mlica an hour. CHAPTER Vlt-Fnr nine day h v'rattia through Germany, hiding during Hi day. traveling at night, guided by tu star and subsisting- on raw vegetable lie covers la mile befora reaching i-ux-niburg. ...... CHAPTER VIII For nine days more b struggles on In a weakened condition ihrough Luxemburg in tu direction of lelglum. CHAPTER lX-He endures terrlbl hardships, awinia rtver while delirious from hunger, living like a hunted animal and on the eighteenth day after Jumping from the train lie uroaaea lute lUlgluin. through Belgium he Is befriended one ilglil or- a i-iemion snauiii .i i ....... tilm In u man In u Vl l ,11111 wuu uninii. i . . . " w - gian wiy wno win ucip mm to hoi a pun- CHAPTER Xl-By mlneling with Bel gian peaaanls he manage to elude Ger man soldiers and reaches the Belgian city where he rinds the home of the man from whom he expect help. '1 wnnt to rejoin my squadron as sood as I possilny can, I told him, "but 1 renli7.e that It will take cor tin length of time for you to make the necessary arrangement", and I will he as patient as I can," - - - Th first thing to do, HuyBgeiTtoial me, was to prepare a passport He had a hlnnk one and It wos a comparatively nlmple matter to fill in the spaces, us ing a genuine passport which Huyllger IKjssessed as a sample of the hand writing of the passport clerk. My oc cupation was entered as that of a pallor. My birthplace we gave as Bpala, and we put my ago at thirty. 'As a matter of fact, at that time I could easily have passed for thirty live, but we figured that with prope food and a decent place to sleep at nlpht I could soon regain my normal appearance, and the passport would have to serve me, perhaps, for several weeks to come. Filling In the blank spaces on the passport was, as I have said, a com paratively cany matter, but that did not begin to fill the MIL Every genu Ine passport bore an official rubber stamp, something like an elaborate postmark, and I was at a loss to know how to get ova that difficulty. Fortunately, however, Huyllger had half of a rubbcrstmp which had evi dently been thrown awny by the Ger mans, and he planned to construct the other half ont of the cork from a wine ' bottle. He waa very skillful wlth: a penknife, and although he spoilt a - scoae or more of corks before he suc ceeded In getting anything like the result he was after, the finished article waa far better than our most sanguine expectations. Indeed, after we had pared It ovor here and there, and re moved whatever imperfections our re peated test disclosed, we bad a stamp which made an Impression so closely - resembling the original that without a magnifying glass, we were sure, it would, have teen Impossible to tell that It was a counterfeit. Huyllger procured a camera and took a photograph of me to paste on the passport In the place provided for . that purpose, and we then had a pass port which was entirely satisfactory to both of ns and would, we hoped, prove equally so to our friends the Huns.- . ... It had taken two days to fix up the passport In the meanwhile Huyllger Informed me that he .bad changed his plana about the convent and that In stead he would take me to- an empty house, where I could remain in safety until be told me It was advisable for me to proceed to the frontier. This was quite agreeable to me, as I had had misgivings as to the kind of priest I would make and it seemed to mt to be safer to remain aloof from everyone in a deserted house than to have to mingle with people or. come In contact with them, even with the beat of disguise. H That night I accompanied Huyllger to a fashionable section of the city.' . ..where the house la which I was to be cMcealed waa located. This ooe txtrned out to be a f our tory structure of brick, HiyUxertold bm that tt had fern eaMtrpled hy e tvt rj tri slnvelDH'R tail bee&'OhlnhabUea'iavu for the occasional habitation 'of some refugee whom Huyllger wss befriend ing. ' Huyllger had a key and let me In. but he did not enter the house with me, stating that he would visit me In the morning. ' I explored the place from top to bot tom as well as I could without lights. The bouse was eluborately furnished, but. of course, the dust la a quarter of an Inch thick everywhere. It was a large house, containing some twenty rooms. There were two rooms In the , basement four on the first floor; four j on the second five on the third and five on the top. In the days that were to I come I was to have plenty of oppor tunity to familiarise myself with the contents of that house but at that time I did no know it and I was curious, enough to want to know Just what the house contained. Down in the basement there was a huge pantry but It was absolutely bare, except of dust and dirt A door which evidently led to a sub-basement at tracted my attention and I thought It might be a good Idea to know Just where It led to in case It became neces sary for me to elude searchers. In that cellar I found case after case of choice wine Huyllger subsequently told me that there were 1,800 bottles of It ! I was so happy at the turn my affairs had taken and In the rosy pros pects which I now entertained that I was half Inclined to Indulge In a little celebration then and there. On second thought however, I remembered the old warning of the. folly of shouting before you are well out of he woods, and I decided that It would be Just as well to postpone the festivities for a while and go to bed Instead. In such an elaborately furnished house I had naturally conjured up Ideas of a wonderfully large bed. with thick hair mattress, downy quilts and big soft pillows. Indeed, I debated for a while wnlch particular bedroom I should honor with my pres ence thnt night Judge of my disap pointment therefore, when after vis iting bedroom- after bedroom, I discov ered t that there wasn't a bed In any one of them that was In n condition to sleep In. All the rhattresscs had been removed and the rooms were abso lutely bare of everything in the way of wool, silk or cotton fabrics. The Germans had apparently swept the house clean. There was nothing to do, therefore, but to make myself as comfortable tie I could on the floor, but ns I had grown accustomed by this time to slecplm? under for less comfortable conditions 1 swallowed my disappointment a: cheerfully as I could and lay dowu fof the night. In the morning Huyllger appeared and brought me some breakfast, auri after I had eaten It he asked me what connections I had In France or Eng land from . whpu. I could obtaii money. ' I told him that I banked at Cox A CoH London, and that if he needed nny money I would do anything I could to get it for him, although I did not know just how such things could be ar ranged. "Don't worry obout that, OUrlen," he replied. "We'll find a way of get ting It all right What I want to know Is how far you are prepared to go t compof sate me for the risks I am rendering you !" The change In the man's attitude stunned me. I could hardly believe my ears. "Of course I shall pay you as well as I can for what you have done, Huyll ger," I replied, trying to conceal as far as possible the disappointment his de mand had occasioned me, "b" i don't you think .that this is hardly t.e proper time or occasion to talk of compensa tion? All I have on me, as you know. Is a few hundred francs, and that ol course, you are welcome to, and when I get back, If I ever do, I ahall not easily forget that kindness you have shown me. I am sure you heed have no concern about my showing my gratitude in a substantial way." "That's all right O'Brien," he In alsted, looking at me In a knowing sort of way; "you may take care of m afterwards, and then again you may not I'm not satisfied to wait I want to be taken care of now J" "Well, what do you want me to dol How much do yon expect In the way of compensation? How can I arrange to get it to you? I am willing to do anything that is reasonable." "I want pounds," he replied, and he named a figure that staggered me. If I had been Lord Kitchener In stead of Jnst an ordinary lieutenant In the R. F. G, he would hardly have asked a larger sum. Perhaps he thought I was. "Well, my dear man," I said smiling ly, thinking that perhaps he was Jok ing, "you don't really mean that do you?" "I certainly do, O'Brien, and what Is more," he threatened, "I Intend to get every cent I have asked, and yon. are going to help me get It" - He pulled out an order calling for the payment to him of the amount he had mentioned 'and demanded that I feign It ! I waved It aside. "Huyllger," I said, "you hate nelped me out so far and perhaps yon have the power to help me further. I appre ciate what you have done for me, al though now, I think. I see what your motive was, but I certulnly don't In tend to be blackmailed and I tell yon right now that I wont stand for It" -Very well." he said, "it IS Just as you say, but before you make up your mind so obstinately I would advise yon to think It over, m be back this evening." My first Impulse, after the man had left, waa to get tmt of that house J sat mnm g.I erm'it. I fca ttw I Ce had1 prewired Ior"iueh and X figured rthat even without further help I could now get to the border without very much difficulty, od ben I ot there I would have to use my own Ingenuity to get through. - It was' evident towever, tbat' Euy llger still had an Idea that I might change 'my mind with 'regard to the payment he had demanded, and I d elded that It would be foolish to do 'anything until he paid me a second visit. At the beginning of my dealings with Huyllger Z had turned over to him some pictures, papers, and othef things that I had on me when I entered his house. Including my Identification disk, and I was rather afraid that he might refuse to return them to me. All day long I remained In the bouse without a particle of food other than Vm breakfast Huyllger had brought to me. From the windows I could see plenty to Interest me and help pass the tlmo awny, but of my experiences while In that house I shall tell In de tail later on, confining my attention now to a narrative of my dealing with Huyllger. That night he appeared as he bad promised. "Well, O'Brien," he asked, aa he en tered the room where I waa awaiting him, "what do yoa say? Will yon sign the order or not?" i It had occurred to me during the' day that the amount demanded was so fablulous that I might have signed the order without any danger of Its ever being paid, but the Idea of thla man, who had claimed to be befriending me, endeavoring to make capital out of my plight galled me so that I was deter mined not to give it (o him whether 1 could do so in safety or not "j "Xo. Huyllger." I replied. "I have decided to get along as best I can with out, any further assistance from yon. I shall see that yon are reasonably' paid for what you have done, but I will not accept any further assistance I from you nt any price, and what la ' more I want you to return to me at once oil the photographs and other papers and belongings or mine whicn I turned over to you a day or two ago!" '.- "I'm-sorry about that O'Brien," he retorted, with a show of apparent sin cerity, "but that Is something I cannot do." "If you don't give roe beck those papers at once," 1 replied hotly, "I will take "teps to pot them, and d d quick too;" "I ilnii'i know Just what you could i'.o, O'Erien," be declared coolly, "but its a mutter of fact the papers and pictures iu refor to are out of the country. I could not get them back to you If I wanted to," ' I OUIlIf tiling tuiu UJC lilt? uiuu naa lying. "See here, Huyllger!" I threatened, advancing towards him, putting my j hand on Ids shoulder and looking him ; straight in the eye, "I want those papers and I want them here before midnight to-night. If I don't get them I shall sleep In this place Just once more and then, ut 8 o'clock to-morrow morning, I shall go to the German an- l -Your Uvea Wont Be Worth a Damn." thoritlea, give myself up, show them the passport' that yon fixed for me, tell them how I got It and explain everything." Huyllger paled. "We had no lights in "the house, but we were standing near a landing at the time and the moonlight waa streaming through a stained-glass window. . The Belgian turned on his heel and started to -go down the stairs. "Mind you." I called after him, "I shall wait for yon till the dty clock strikes twelve, and If yoa dont show up with- those papers by that time, the next time yon will see me is when yon confront me before the German au thorities. I am a desperate man, Huy-. llger. tod I mean every word I say." He let himself out of the door and I tat on the top stair and wondered Just what he would do. Would he try to steal a march on me and get In a first word to the authorities so that my story would be discredited when I pnt It to them? Of course, my threat to give mvaelf np to the Huns was a pure bluff. While I had no desire to lose the papers which Hoyliger had and which In cluded the map and the last resting flillilPly 1 ; lp talnlyTaJTho Intention -of cutting" off my nose to spite my'face by surren dering to the Germans. I would have been shot M sure as fate, for after all I had been able to observe behind the German lines I, would be regarded as a spy and treated as such. At the same time I thought I de tected a yellow streak In Huyllger, and. I figured that he would not want to take the risk of my carrying out my threat even though he believed there was but a small chance of my doing so. If I did, he would undoubtedly share my fate, and the pictures and papers he had of mine were really of no vse to him, and I have never been able to ascertain why It was he wished to re tain then unless they contained some thingsome Information about me which accounted for bis complete change of attitude towards me In the first place, and he wanted the papera as evidence to account to his supe riors for his conduct towards me. When he first told me that the pun of placing roe In a convent disguised as a priest had been abandoned be ex plained it by saying that the cardinal had Issued orders to the priests to help no more fugitives, and I have since wondered whether there waa anything In my papers which had turned him against me and led him to forsake me after all he had promised to do for me. For perhaps two hours I sat on that staircase musing about the peculiar turn in my affairs, when the front door opened and Huyllger ascended the stairs. "I have brought you such of your be longings as I still had, O'Brien," he said softly. "The rest, as I told yon, I cannot give you. They are no longer In my possession." I looked through tho little bunch he handed me. It included my Identifi cation disk, most of the papers I val ued, and perhaps half of the photo graphs. "I don't know what your object Is In retaining the rest of my pictures, nay llger," I replied, "but as a matter of fact,- the ones that are missing were only of sentimental value to me and you are welcome to them. Well call It a beat" I don't know whether he understood the Idiom, but he sat down on the stairs Just below me and cogitated for a few moments. "O'Brien," he started finally, Tm sorry things have gone the way they have. I feel sorry for you and I would really like to help you. I don't sup pose yon will bclli've me, but the mutter of the order which which I asked you to sign was not of my doing. However, we won't go Into that; The proposition was made to you and you turned It down, and that's the end of It At the same time, I hate to leave you to your own resources and I am going to make one more suggestion to you for your own good. I have an other plan to get you into Holland and If you will go with me to another house, I will Introduce you to a man who I think will be in a position to help you." "How many millions ef pounds will he want foe his trouble " I answered, sarcastically, r . "Yon can arrange that when you see him. Will you go?" I suspected there waa something fishy about the proposition, but I felt that I cqutd take care of myself and decided to see the thing through. I knew Huyllger would not dare to de liver meto the authorities because of the fact that I had the tell-tale pass pott, which would be his deathknell aa well as my own. Accordingly I said I would be quite willing to go with him whenever he was ready, and he suggested that we go the next evening. I pointed out to him that I was en tirely without food and asked him whether he could not arrange to bring or send me something to eat while I remained In the house Tm sorry, O'Brien," he replied, "but I'm afraid you will have to get along aa best you can. When I brought you your breakfast this morning I took .a desperate chance. If I had been dis covered by one of, the German soldiers entering this house with food In my possession, I would not. only have paid the penalty myself, but you would have been discovered, too. It la too danger ous a proposition. Why don't you go out by yourself and buy your food at the stores? That would give you con fidence and you'll need plenty of it when you continue your Journey to the border." '" - There was a good deal of truth in what he said and I really could not blame him for not wanting to take any chances to help me In vfcwiof the rela tions between us. "i" '. . . ' " "Very well," I said; Tve gone with out food for many hours at a ttrae'be fore and I suppose I shall be. able to do so again. I ahall look for yon to morrow evening." The next evening he came and I ac companied him to another house not very far from the one in which I had been staying and not unlike It In ap pearance. It too, was a substantial dwelling house which bad been unten anted since the beginning save perhaps for such occasional visits aa Huyllger and hlaT associates made to It Huyllger let himself In and con ducted me. to a room on the second floor, where he introduced rue-to two men. One, I could readily see by the resemblance, was his own brother. The other waa a stranger. Very briefly they explained to me that they bad procured another pass port for me a genuine one which would prove fax more effective In help ing to get me to the frontier than the counterfeit one they had manufac tured for me. I think I saw through their gam right at the start, but I listened pa tiently ta what thej had toiaj. tr mmw. ran ST tt f? to us" the passport 't you before we can give you Uu uJ one," said Uuyllger's brother. "I Imvcri't the sllchteirl objection," I replied, "if the new imssjHirt Is all you claim for It. W1J1 you let me aee It?" There was considerable hesitation on the part of Uuyllger's brother and the other chap at this. . "Why, I dont think that's necessary at all, Mr. O'Brien," said the former. "Tou give us the old passport and we will be very glad to give you the new one for It Isn't that fair enough?" "It tuny be fair enough, my friends," I retorted, seeing thut It was useless to conceal further the fact that I waa fully aware of their whole plan and why I hud been brought to thla house, "it may be f ulr euough, my friends," I suld, "but yon will get the passport that I huve here," patting my side and Indicating my Insldo breast pocket "only off my dead body 1" I suppose the three of them could have made short work of me then and there If they bad wanted to go the limit and no one would ever have been the wiser, but I had gone through so much and I was feeling so mean to wards the whole world Just at that moment that I was determined to sell my life as dearly aa possible. "I have that passport here," I re piled, "und am going to keep It If yon gentlemen, think yon can take it from me you are welcome to try!" To tell the truth, I was spoiling for a fight, and I hulf wished they would start something. The man who bad lived In the house had evidently been a 'collector of ancient pottery, for the walls were lined with great pieces of earthenware which had every earmark of possessing great value. They cer tainly possessed great weight I fig ured that If the worst came to the worst -that pottery would come in mighty hundy. A single blow with one of those big vases would put a man out uh neatly as possible and as there was lots of pottery and only three men, I believed I had an excellent cbnnee of holding my own in the combat which I had invited. I had already picked out In my mind what I was going to use, and I got up, stood with my back to the wall and told them thnt if they ever figured on getting the passport, then would be th4r best chance. Apparently they realized that I meant business and they Immediately begnn to expostulate at the attitude I was taking. One of the men spoke excellent English. In fact he told me that be could speak five languages, and If he could He In the others nswell as I kuew he did In my own tongue, he was not only an accomplished linguist but a most versatile liar into the bargain. "My dear fellow," said the linguist "it Is not thnt we want to deprive yon of the passport Good heavens! If It will aid you In getting ont of the country, I wish you could have six Just like It But for our own protection, you owe It to us to proceed on your journey as best you can without it because as long as yon "have It in your possession you Jeopardize our lives, too. Don't you think It Is fairer that you should risk your own safety rather than puce the lives of three Innocent men In danger?" "That may be as It Is, my friends," I retorted, "and I nm glud you realize your danger. Keep It In mind, for In case any of you should happen to feel Inclined to notify the German authori ties that I am In this part of the coun try, think It over before you do so. Remember always that if the Germans get me, they get the passport, too, and if they get the passport your lives won't be worth a damn I When I tell the history of that clever little piece of pasteboard, I will Implicate all three of you, and whoever Is working .with you, and aa I am an officer I rather think my word will be taken before yoifrs. Good night 1" The bluff evidently worked, because I was able to get out of the city with out molestation from the Germans. J have never seen these men since. I hope I never shall, because I am afraid I might be tempted to do some thing for which I might otherwise be sorry. . I do. not mean to Imply that all Bel gians are like this. I had evidently fallen into the bands of a gang who were endeavoring to niuke capital out of the misfortunes of those who were referred to them for help. In all coun tries there are bad as well as good, and In a country which has suffered so much as poor Belgium It ra no wonder If some of the survivors have lost their sense of moral perspective. I know thnt the average poor peos ant In Belgium would divide his scanty rations with a needy fugitive sooner than a wealthy Belgian would dole out a morsel from his comparatively well-stocked larder. Perhaps the poor have less to lose than the rich If their generosity or cbnrity Is discovered by the Huns. There have been many Belgians shot for helping escaped prisoners and other fugitives, and it Is not to be wondered at that they are willing to take as few chances aa possible. A man with a family." especially, does not feel Jus tified In helping a stranger when he knows that he and his whole family may be shot or sent to prison for their pains. " Although I suffered much from the attitude of Huyllger and bis associates, I suppose I ought to hold no' grudge against them In view of the unenvjsble predicament In which they are In themselves. CHAPTER XIII. Five Days In an Empty Hews. The five days I spent In that boust seemed to me Ilka five years. During all that time I had very fittla to eat tSe fields: "I "did" not feel ft so la haps, because of the fact that I v longer exposed to the other prl which before had combined t my condition so wretched. I no w good place to sleep, at any rate. . did not wake every half ho.: cr , I had been accustomed to do U fields and woods, and, of eouii, . hunger was . not aggravated ty t physical exertions which had t necessary before. Nevertheless, perhaps because 1 1 more time now to think of the hur pains which were gnawing at & t the time, I dont believe I was ever t miserable as I was at that' period my adventure. I felt so mean tows: the world I would have eomm.':: murder, I think, with very little r:cv oca U on. German soldiers were passlrt t' house at all hours of this Liy. I watched them hour after hour from L 1 -(Fill V I Rummaged the House Many Times. keyhole of the door to have shown myself at the window waa ont of the question because the house in wtici I waa concealed was supposed to be untenanted. Because of the fact that X was un able to apeak either Flemish or Ger man I could not go out and buy food, although I still had the money with which to do It That was one of the things that .galled one the tbouxt that Z bad the wherewithal la try Jeans to buy all the food I needed tad yet no way of getting It without .en dangering my liberty and Ufa. At night, however, after it was daiX I would steal quietly out of the bouse to see what I could pick up la the way of food. By that time, of worse, the stores were closed, but I scoured tia streets, the alleys and the byways f oz scraps of food and occasional cot courage enough to appeal to Belgian, peasants whom I met on the streets, and In that way I managed to kec? body and soul together. It was quite apparent to me, how ever, that I was worse off In the city than I had been In the fields, and X decided to get out of that house Jart as soon as I knew definitely that EC llger had made up his mind to do nett ing further for me. When I was not at the keyhole of a door I spent most of my day on the t ? floor In a room which looked out on t'; ) street By keeping well away from tl a window I could see much of what we? going on without being seen mja'L In my restlessness, I used .to walk btu'i and forth In that room and I kept It t so constantly that I believe I must hava worn a path In the floor. It was'clr't steps from one wall to the other, an 5 as I had little else to amuse me I f ured out one day after I had bea pacing up and down for several hours jnst how much distance I would hav's covered on my way to Holland If tc? footsteps had been taken in that C5r tlon instead of Just up and down tr t old room. I was very much surprr: r. to find that In three hours I cros: the room no less than 6,000 times t : the distance covered was between i ' and ten miles. It was not very -fylng to realize -that after walklsg t that distance I wasnt a step nearer r goal than when I started, but I had t do something while waiting for X:., -llger to help me, and pacing tap " down waa a natural outlet for i . restlessness. While looking out of the top f: window one day, I noticed a cat c i window ledge of the house across t street I had a nice piece of a trc' mirror which I had picked up In t house and I used It to amuse rr . for an hour at a time shining It Vx ' cat s eyes across the street At ' the animal was annoyed by the t tlon and would move away, clj come back a few momenta later. . and by, however. It seemed t used to the glare and wouldnt t no matter bow strong the sunlit Playing with the cat In this wcy me Into the habit of watchirj comings and goings and tu rectly the means of my gettinz f day' or two later at a time v was so famLihed that I wss r: do almost anything to ?;c: -htmgen . . i airs. Carl Viumb oi lo',in, toest of lira. F. IX. rcilL day.