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COOK, The Grocer NIGHT OR DAY GARAGE RESERVE BANK The Bailey Jam Boiler and Machinery Co. Manufacturer ot Boiler. Smoke ' Siackf aud Sheet Iron Work of Every Description SECOND BAND "ACBINERY AND REPAIR WORK A SPECIALTY Office and Worki 31a and 516 Grand-Phone 4SS P O. Boa aoa - JOl LIN. MO. TO YOU 1 : n Love Versus Scrtttnt Artfattr.' Cay "Erftpey ., Author" wOvt? the Top." "First CaH" Etc. , O-O-O Mr. Empey't Expert line Trenches of the DritishArmylnFrance (own v.siiiy " Th. Rnellah Lion was -roaring, and bla growls could be heard an along tbe western front No doubt many a Ger man general waa stirring uneeaiiy hla larre concrete shell-proof dugout. klloa behind the German front line, aa tbe ever-lncreaalng thundering roar reached hla ear. We had a close-up view of bU ma iatv. tha kins of beasts, and to us be waa a sorry-looking specimen reicnva tiM wpr worn away, while In hla -...,, -- - tall were two big Jtnota. If .theee knota hod bare been labeled It would nave .. tn read "Neuve Chapelle" .nt finiiinoil." The memory ana nn 1 n f thiHia two dlaaatera no .douot Increased the Intensity of hla thunder. Tii nritlah bombardment of the German lines waa on, a bombardment m-hinh in at mI over eight days . and nights. It Waa the forerunner or me Big Push, or "Battle or tne nomine. Atwell and 1 were sitting In a dug out of the support trench. Atwell waa a great, big. lovable feuow, ana was my mate. We both bad been detailed to the divisional Intelligence depart ment and were engaged upon "apy work." Atwell, although of a naturally cheery disposition, occasionally re lapsed Into flta of despondency. In the light from a stump or a can dle I was making out my previous day's report to turn Into brigade hanilnnnrtra. Occasionally me en- trance to the oft oa in, up , with a red flare as a shell burst In the, near vicinity. Atwell was sitting on hi norit. with his back leaning against the wet and muddy wall ot the dugout The rays from the candle llgntea up bis face. Finishing my report, I got out a fn. liirhttfd it. and with an uneasy feeling listened to the roar of tbe hell outside. A long-drawn gh causea me to look In Atwell direction. Npvop in mv life have I seen auch a dejected and woe-begone countenance. This. In a way, angerea me, oecaua I. mvself. right then, had a feeling 01 impending disaster, a aort of unknown dread, perhaps intermingiea wim far-away longing for the, fields and I wanted to be cheered, and Atwell'a face looked Uko a morgue. Forcing a smile I slapped AtweU ot the knee and aald: "Come out o your trance. Were hnth cot a eood chance for Blighty with this bombardment on.f Atwell looked In my direction, and in n tnna of voice which from him I had never beard before, answered: "Tank. Tve been out since 14. Tve burled many a mate and Tve Been many a lucky bloke on a etretcher hound for Bllehty. and never gave It a thought, but right now I feel aa If my stay in the trenches will be short I've had something on my mind since September. 1914. and It's been worry ing me pink. Tm goto' to tell you tha story, and I'll give you my oath that you're the first one tbafa ever beard It from my Hps; but Tve got to have your promise that you'll not Judge me too harshly. I've .Just l .to I8 out o my system," . J, Just then a sighing moi rould ba heard overhead. It was one of our "nlne-polnt-two" shells aimed In tna direction of Berlin.. We both instlne tlvely turned our eyes toward the en trance of the dugout and waited for tbe burst Nothing hsppened, "Another bloomln' dud.", ejaculate AtwelL "A few more hundred pounde gone to seed," and then again tna gloomy look spread over hla conn to nonce. I was getting nervous and uo eaoy. Trying to hide my fear. I said: "For th' love o' Mike, Atwell. crack a smile. Give us that story of yours. ! k " f A' v -Far tna Leva a Mike, Atwell, Crack Smile." ' CZ.fHt.rja ge begWaeo. JTen unr.trrnrfMniiiMiu iTm7 tr Air. be Tons caest because Taa thinking tut rno wui soon do, replying i..our.lranag.and, eight-Inch. aheii,averniia. ws nugowi, thevtl naed no wooden wTrossea foe ua. because dr names wlU appear nn oeMae apUooHlaarng.' " ;'.., With another sigh eeeaping from Ma Una. whlrh east cold Shiver UP and 4owa.my oplnal comma, be lighted. a fag and started in. numwniiw told r back , lft BeoteaobetilOll., Ton know,;..fipa ont,wJtk.tbe arst nupdrt4, thouaafi .P the fighting' waa done In the open. The -Gwman-irererainuhlnrvenr thing befdrer them' In' their drive on rarla. Onr "regiment wai one of tbe few op'poaed'M'Toa iDucV. K case of bold tbem for n'lew boura and then retreat always .retreat We dldnt even nave time to bury our dead.' Tbe- grub was rotten; and we w.m inat ahnut farced out dXfl tired, with no prospect of a relief or rest In front of us. ' "It wsa euatemary for amnnTtrobi of ten t twenty men In charge of 'a wmni. tn reconnoitre on our flanks. One day I -wab sent out la charge of one of these parties. Oh, yea, X waa a aergeant then, but I lost my atrlpea iifanhMiimce of-ordera they called it. I aunDOM I ouKbt to feel lucky wasnt shot but I'U lenva It to you whether I did right or not "At that time I waa In for n com mission, but ot course, dldnt get It If I bad received It no b tin., ivi ha cBMhlnr n the "daisies somewhere In Trance. . In dhoee daya officers didn't last long nteoe Bno tar apta for the Docbea. "Tble patrol I waa In charge of car ried rations for three aaye. wewer aAnnt arnnnd Inat In .front of the advancing enemy, but our r&m were not to engage, tnem-rjuat getinJoHM. tlon. If the Information obtained was .lnihi nonirh. I waa to send It la tT one of the men. There were four- tun nt na. and we were mounted. waa In the Lancers then,, and waa con- M.rul tmr rider. -The first day nothing happened. Wm nat aconted around. By night fall we were pretty tired, ao :rbeo we came to a .THlagorrwa t twinge, either; Just five or .six booses, clue wt arnnnd a ehnrcb I. decided to e-'o Into billets for tht Bight "Rtdtnr nn to tbe. largest ..house. which bad a four-foot atone wall run- - - , dismounted nD5 th th- hnt nt the rate and knocked with the hilt r mv aword. Pretty soon a tight ap peared at tna front .door the bouse was on a aort of a knoll, ao this door was In plain view. . Then, the aweet est voice I ever beard called out in trembling tones, In perfect English, too, but with Just the suspicion of an accent: 'wtin ! Hir. Til ease? "I answered. 'Juat a few English Tjinrntra vho desire a olace to reat for h nisit. The bare will do. We Aui't want anrthina to cat aa we tinva rarlons with na. Bo. If you Will accommodate na, miss, I will be much obliged.' I wsa In love wltn tnai gin before I aaw her the voice, bad done tbe trick. "She answered. 'Just a moment ntpaae. nntil I tell father.' and then th dnnr ahnt and the light disap peared. We dldnt .bave.to wait long before the door opened, and aba called n mat " 'Father blda yon welcome, and ao do L soldiers of England,' "Then abe onened the gate. There ahe stood, on the .gravel path with the lantern held shoulder hlgn. . trem hiAd all over thoneht I saw a. vision I tell von. Tank., aba waa. beautiful rtnm nt h kind TOO WOUld UkO tO take In your arms, but won't for, feat nf ernahlne. No use for me to try to describe her. tank, It'a out of my line; but ahe captured me, heart and soul. Thar I arnnd like a BTCat big boob, ahaktna- and atntteiina. At lSSt ) managed to blurt out a' atammerini "Thank yon. miss.' "She showed na the way to the ate bles and atood in the door holding tb lantam ba wa.Miild aaa tonnaaddle, I waa fumbling around, with the buckles, but for tbe Ufa of ma couldnt get thai aaddia off. One of tna man, with a . wins and a broad.grin, jcame over und help ed may Tnat grin jgot. my ,goat so 00 the sly, 1 kicked nlm on tne snin. w let out an explosive Mama. Aftei . that damn' the ajlence waa painful The poor fellow felt like a fooL Jwn snrrv for bhn. even thoagn 1 coma have killed him for bis tboughtlei nea. But our embarrassment was aimrt.lived. because a allvery lauuh came from behind the lantern, a laugh that was not loud, but It echoed and re echoed auiona the raftera overhead..! can hear it right now, Tank. "After the horses had been unsad dled and fed, tbe men looked appeal Inglf at me. I knew what they want , ed they were dog tired, and dying to ! bit. th boy.. Just. a I waa about to ask permission for them to turn !n,4he angel butted 1n with: : poor. tired soldiers, sleepy and hnnrrr. Cam Tlsht Into the noose. Jean baa some rapper and wine ready 1 for you. '. We stammered our thanka. and fol lowed ber Into the bouse like a string of sheep. Tank, to me that meal was a draam. She flitted around the table. . ClUng a gU here sjU there, Jaugalnf with na and making na reel ai nomo, The war waa forgotten. By this time I waa midll In love with BM. and 000 knew It tecauae.jrbea.abt laaaed aree my shoulder to repleoUB jay cubs wxa mA Hna ha hair would brUaaV- my cheek, and once aba rested bar -band on my anoniaer ana gave u a uv mum at aflOMse. I was in heaven. -It was getting iate.aed tba wtaa was begisnlpg to teSt aa tbo mea. Tbey wara (aHlnar asTslTI la OstT CBeim 1 M4 1 1Lfc vJjpwaf to go on guard, lacy got their nuca and were atandlnc arouud me- for in structions, when our hostess came over to me and, resting her band on my arm. with acaln the sllKUteat of SQueesee and pleading eyea, interceded for tbfm. "Sergeant' aha aald, let the poor boys sleep. Tbey are ao tired. There la no danger. Tbe Germane are miles away. I know this to be true. Do this for me.' 'And again that aqueexe. "I, Uko a fool, listened to her, and gave an unwilling assent Tbe men looked their gratitude. Jean, the man- servant led them out to the barn. where an abundance of hoy bad been apread for their beds. I was following, when a whisper in my ear muue my bead swim : "Don't go yet, my sergeant ctay with me.' "I stayed, worse luck. "We aat on a settee, talking, and her arm atole around my waist I wasn't alow, either, and aa you know, Tank, I have a pretty good reacn. Once, sue sooke to me In French, but I shook my head In bewilderment In a few min utes tbe servant returned, and Adrl enne ahe told me ber name called blm to ber. and aald: " 'Jean, go down in the wine cellar and get some of that old port and give It to tbe soldiers of England. Poor boys, It will warm them.' She added something in French I could not under atand. Then she added : "'Leave a bottle here for tbe aer geant and me.' "I protested against more wine for tbe boys. Ber pleading overruled my good Judgment and I consented. The eervant left to do ber mission, and I nronoaed. Her answer waa a kiss, I waa tbe happiest man in France. "Presently Jean returned and silent ly placing a bottle and two glasses on the table withdrew. We were alone. She took the bottle and, pouring out a glaas of wine, touched it to her Hps and banded It to me with this toa.it: "Drink, my sergeant. Drink to our betrothal Drink to the honor of France. Drink to. the honor of Eng land. Drink to the confusion of our enemies.' "I drank with my fool heart pound ing against my ribs. Then blackness. "When I awoke, I was lying on the settee, my bead bursting with pain. The gray dawn waa filtering through tbe curtained windows, and there, In the middle of tbe room, with my Adrl enne In bis arms, stood a captain of Uhlans. I was a prisoner. I saw It all In a, flash. .She had betrayed me. Now I knew why she bad wanted no guard posted. That wine we pledged our troth In waa drugged. What an ass I had been t "X dosed my eyes and pretended to be asleep. They were talking In Ger man.. Pretty soon the captain cume over .and roughly shook me. I ouly granted. With an exclamation of dis gust be called out in German. Two troopers came In and, lifting me by the shoulder! and feet carried me out into the air. I slightly opened my eyes and You Poor Ingllsh Fool! Make Leva to Me, Will Your , aaw that I was being carried out to the gate, where two horses were stsndlng with their reins thrown over a bitching post By the equipment I knew one ol the horses belonged to the captain while the other was the orderly's. The two troopers dumped, me down on the road, one giving me a kick with his boot. 1 whs lying on my left side, and by a certain hard preiwure on my rlba I knew tbey had neglected to smirch me. That pressure was my automatic filstol. A feeling of exultation, rushed over me. I would euchre them yet "Fate worked into my hands. A hntl In German came from tbe stables, and one of tbe troopers left to answer It The odds were tven, one against one. .1 slowly turned over on my face, aa If In sleep, and my Angers grasped the butt of the automatic, but Just then 1 heard steps on tbe gravel walk. The captain and Adrienno were coming to ward me. "She stopped beside ma and aald in English: "Ton poor English fool I Make love to me, win you? Good-by, my foolish aergeant While yon are rot ting la prison think of your Adrlenne, bah! ' my band gave tbe butt of my auto matic Just the slightest squeeae. 1 waa thinking of ber hind on my shoulder. Well, two could play that game. . "Tbe captain aald something to tbe orderly, who left In the direction of ih bsnae. Now waa my chance. Cprlaglng to say feet and leveling the pistol at tha captain. I grabbed tbo sajae et Ms boree traaa tno yew mounted. The orderly cume runnlug toward me, yelling out In Oerman, and I could see soldiers emerging from tha stable. I bad to act quickly. "When I mounted, the captain reached for bis revolver. I covered him with mine and, with a shriek of terror, Adrienno threw herself la front of the Uhlan captain to protect blm. I saw ber too late.. Uy bullet pierced her left breaat, and, a. red smudge showed on ber white ailk blouse as ahe Bank to the ground. I shot the orderly's horse to prevent Im mediate pursuit and then awsy on a mad gallop down the road. It waa a long chase, but I escaped them.' The rest of my men were captured. At our headquarters I bad.to.Ue like a trooper. Told them we bad been ambushed and wiped out It( waa tbe only way to aavo my skin. There were no witnesses against me, ao I got off with reduction to the ranks and a transfer to another regiment They sroelled a rat all right but had ao proof. "So that la my awry. Tank. Jnst forget that I ever told It to you. Enough to make a fellow get the bloea occasionally, Isnt Itt Just pass' me a fog, and take that look off your face. I gave him tbe cigarette and, with out a word, went out of the dugout and left blm alone. I was thinking of Adrlenne. Upon reaching th trench 1 paused In wonder and fright The aky waa alight with a red glare. The din was terrific. A constant swishing and rushing through the air. Intermingled with a sighing moan, gave tes timony that our batteries were .nm.tini, hinnd. The trench aeemed i to be rolling Uko a ship. I stood In awe. This bombardment or ours waa something indescribable, and a ahud der passed through me as I thought of the havoc and destruction caused tn the German lines. At that moment I really plUed the Germans, but not for long, because suddenly bell aeemed to burst loose from the German lino as their artillery opened up. I could hear their "five-nines" screeching through the air and bursting In the artillery lines in our rear. Occasion ally a far-off runvhum-rump-rump, Crash I Bru-u-nn-n-gg I could be beard as one ef their blgb-callbered shells came over and burst In our reserve. 1 rrnnrhpd aealnst the naradoehardly i able to breathe. While In this position. right overhead, every Instant gerong louder, came a German shell hls-s-sl bang-g-gl I waa blinded by tho-flash. Down I went Into the mud. . Strug gling to my feet in the red glnra fif the bombardment I saw that the traverse on mf left had entirely disappeared. Covered with mud, weak and trembling. I could hear what sounded like far-distant voices coming from the direction of the bashed-ln traverse. "Bllme me, get Is bloomln! napper outa th' mud; 'e'a chokln to .death. Pass me a bandage tyke Is: byonet fer a splint Bllme me, la leg la smashed, not 'art h'lt b'alnt Th' rest o' you blokes 'op it fer a stretcher. Ello. 'e's got another one-qulck, a tourniquet, the poor bloke's ahleed!n' to death. Quick, h'up against tamper upet. 'ere comes another." Whlz-z-s! Bang-g-gl Another flare, and once again I was thrown Into the mud. I opened my eyes. Bending over me, .shaking mo by the shoulder was AtwelL His voice sounded faint and far away... Then I came to with a rush. "Bllme me. Yank, that, waa a close one. Did It get your He helped me to my feet-and lffelt nivHelt all over. Seeing I. waa all right, he yelled In ray ear: "We've got to leg It out of 'era. Frits to sure seudtu' over whla-baags and n!lnnlea.' Number 9 platoon la the next Are boy sure clicked It About eighteen of them have gone West Come on. we'll see If we can do 'any thing for the poor blokes." We plowed through the mud and mine Into the next fire bay. In the light of the bursting shells an awful sight met our eyes. The traversea-were bashed In, the fire step waa gone, and In the parados waa a hole that looked like a aubway entnnce. There was mud and blood. Every now and then, ducking as I "whlz-bung" or "mlnnle" came over, we munaged to get four of the wound ed on the stretcher, and AtweU and I carried one to the rear to tbo first aid dressing station. We passed "tbo dugout which I had left but a few minutes oefore, or at least what need to be the dugout, hut now aU . that could tie Keen wus n cuved-ln mass wf dirt ; hUKe Mjiuireut Umbers sticking out of the ground and alihonetted ngnlnst the light from bursting shells, looking like huge giant. A shudder paused throuch me as 1 realised -that If we hud stuyed In the dugout WO would have now been lying fifteen to twenty feet down, covered by that caved-ln earth and wreckage. Atwell Jerked his head In the direc tion of the smusbed-In dugout and, M wua bis wont remarked : "How about that fancy report yoa were writing out a few minutes ago? Dldnt I tell yon that It never paid to make out reports In the front line? It'a best to wait nnUI you get to head quarters, because what's tbo use of westing all that bally time when you're liable to be burled tn a dugoutr Turning my head to listen to AtweU. 1 ran plump Into a turn In tbo trench. A shout came from tbe form on the stretcher: "Why In the bloody 'ell doat yoa blokes look where you're goln'T Toa'd think this waa a bloomln' Picadllly buss, and I waa out with my beat girl on a Joy-ride." I mumbled. sny ejyU (Coatixaed ea Vast page)