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whom she talked informed her that
the Germans were between her and
Verdun in strong force. The situa
tion was desperate.
Berthe decided upon her course.
She would "usb the car forward a
few miles. If any picket guard at
tempted to stop her she would run
them down and attempt to, break
through the lines.
She knew she was within fiye
miles of Verdun and she could see
the lights of picket fires as the Ger
man trooper! camped. Once she
approached close to a camp by the
roadside. She was running slowly,
but, suddenly putting on speed,
dashed past. The heavy wire that
the Germans had stretched across the
road tore the windshield from its
place, only snapped and the car
lurched forward. Whether the patrol
attempted pursuit or not Berthe can
The, shock and the cuts from the
flying glass caused her to lose con
trol of the auto for a moment, but
she regained- it again, and dashed
ahead at full speed. She could hear
the warning shots and see flash sig
nals. Ahead were hundreds of fires.
She turned the car into a lane, ran it
a few hundred yards and got out
Then she took the two mail bags
and crept forward intp a wood. A
German cavalry patrol was encamped
at the edge of the wood, so close
that as she crept forward she could
hear them talking. She crawled past,
dragging the bags, and reached a
pasture, through which flowed a
small stream. Down this she waded
for a mile. Then she came upon
a lane and moved cautiously toward
Verdun. At 2 o'clock in the morn
ing she was forced to wait for an
hour behind a wall before she-could
get past a German senfry watching
a sleeping cavalry squaron. Believ
ing herself past the German out
posts, she hastened as rapidly as pos
sible across plowed fields and
reached the outskirts of Verdun,
where she stumbled upon a French-!
scouting party in camp, watching th.
movements of the Germans.
A few" minutes later, having ex
plained her purpose, she was granted
an escort and a horse and at day
break she rode into Verdun with the
money and papers of the Briey post
When'the officers at Verdun con
gratulated. Tier upon her heroism she
smiled and said;
"We' all serve France."
DR. MASON ADMITS HAVING A
WIFE AND CHILD
Dr. Robert J. Mason, who is to be
taken back to Djenver to answer a
charge in connection with the death
of Ruth Merriweather, Denver society
girl, as a resuh.o an illegal 'operation,
admitted lasi njght that he has a wife
and child In Watseka, 111.
Mason when arrested 'said he had
been engaged to -marry the Merri
weather girl, but denied that he had
paid to have the operation performed
on Tier. Mason is prominent socially
both here and in lenver. When ar
rested he was at the Tpu SJgma fra
ternity house at'1441 Jackson blvd.
"I intended to marry Miss Merri
weather, but she did not know I was
married and had a child in this state,"
he said. "I knew that my wife intend
ed to get a divorce from me, and I in
tended, when I was. free, to marry
Miss Merriweather. Her parents are
wealthy, her father being at the head
of the Griffith Shoe Co. in, Denver.
"I was married Ip January, 1913, to
Miss Anna Pepperdon, daughter of a
retired contractor in Watseka. Our
child was horn several months ago,
but lour months before that eyent my
wife left me and .went back to her
parents in Watseka. She said she
would get a divorce."
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Next to Russia the United States
has more horses than any qther
country in the. world. Conbjned, the
two countries possess 68 per cent Qf
tbejworld -supply.-- - - - - Ij