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teiveiMie rea'd the words: "Gar
dex ficellet" (keep string). He
picked up the cord it was waxed
"I shall never forget that mo
ment. As I tightened the strong,
serviceable cord against my
fingers I realized that my escape
was no longer a dream, but a
rapidly approaching reality,"
says Captain Lux.
Then he got another word of
direction(-fcom his outside con
spirators. It was "Reliure"
'(binding.) He started to examine
the bindings of the books sent
him. In some he found German
money, just a piece or two of sil
ver each day. After that Lux
grew so fond of his books that
the warden joked about it.
'Such a great bookworn he
is," remarked the German officer.
"Feverishly I awaited the com
ing of books," Luz says, "and
when they came I could hardly
endure the time the warden re
mained in my room and chaffed
me about my 'great desire for
knowledge.' At last when the
lock snapped on him, I hurriedly
tore apart the binding; and my
supply of German money grew.
Twice there were strong thin files
A map of the country outside
the fortress with possible avenues
of escape to the Austrian frontier
"was concealed- in the back of a
calendar. A beautiful bath towel
was really designed to be torn
into strips for a rope ladder, and
Then came the moment for es
cape. On the afternoon of Christ
mas day while the officers of the
fortress were gathered; in qelebra-"
tion, Lux picked the Itick of his
cell, crept stealthily as a' shadow
to another door, where jthe lock;
was much harder to break, but-he-did
it, and then crawled through
a window and was out of therr
prison, but still in the fortress.?
Dodging the alert sentinels, Luxl,
came to the barred window of th
For four mortal hours thescap
tlVP sntftrprl 3 tVif trnn Tin-r ctniw
ping every minute to 'listen -far1
Sawing the Bar. ,
approaching footsteps, discontin
oring when sentinels passed.
At last the big bar gave-way?V
Lux fastenedhis rope ladder toit
and slowly climbed down to the v.
While in prison he had per
suaded the warden to let him getI
a green mackintosh and cap, womb
by the German poorer people.!
These he now put on and was on.
his last lap toward liberty. Ob-,
viously he couldn't swim the,
moat, for hundreds of eyes were.
on it. H
The closely guarded bridge and