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Dutrow, Miltm G. Urner, Casper E. Cline, A. C. McCardell, Charles B. Trail, Dr. D. F. McKinney, Clayton O. Keedy, George A. Deau, P. N. Hammaker. Rates furnished on application to our resident director, P. N. Hammaker, or by L. W. Arraacost, Agent, feb. 18 lyr. The Catoctin clarion. The Treasure of Spandau An Audacious Hazard of Nikolai, Independent Agent, as Related by His Lieutenant, Summers By H. M. EGBERT "War,” said Nikolai to me, "Is the greatest of all knaveries, it is made possible only by the tribute that the strong have exacted from the weak. So, by relieving the German govern ment of its funds, I shall be assisting the cause of humanity.” We were In Berlin. The Morocco affair had stirred all Europe, and war between the Teuton and the Gaul was believed to be Imminent. All Berlin was aflame with enthusiasm. Nikolai, passing a patriotic proces sion, laughed scornfully. "And this the folly of these silly sheep of which the government hopes to reap the advantage by an unpar donable attack on France,” ho said. "It would be a charity to prevent It.” "Prevent war?" I exclaimed. Nikolai turned to me. "What makes war possible?" he asked. "Money,” I answered promptly. "And the German government’s war fund is—” “In the fortress of Spandau,” I ex claimed, suddenly enlightened. Everybody knows that after France had paid Germany a huge monetary indemnity In 1871. the Teutonic gov ernment set aside a war fund of sev eral million pounds in gold, which was Immured In the recesses of the for tress of Spandau, nine miles from Ber lin. And it was this sum that Nikolai contemplated raiding. 1 confess the audacity of the scheme staggered me. Even knowing Nikolai as 1 did, the Idea appeared to me in creible. Yet here was this one man calmly proposing to loot the treasures of the kaiser, and those burled in the recesses of one of Germany's most powerful fortresses. The evening papers were full of war news. Among other items we gleaned that the guns of Spandau were about to be dismounted and sent to the frontier, to help overawe the French government. It was the policy of Germany to obtain her ends peace fully if possible. In consequences, the publication of these Items, as cal culated to terrorize France, was rather encouraged. The papers teemed with stories of the preparations for mobilization. Among other things we read that a cargo of shrapnel shells was to be hurled to Spandau, and thence to be conveyed with the guns to a waste territory in Alsace, used by the gov ernment for war manoeuvres on a large scale. Extensive firing practice, we learned, was to be carried on there, and, If the French government did not then come to terms, the mimic war would be converted Into a reality. Nikolai was morose on the follow ing day. I think the magnitude of his scheme was now better realized by him. Together we haunted the vic inity of the freight yards. "Those shells will arrive from the Krupp factories,” he mediated. "Sum mers. It will be our task to convey them to Spandau In person.” "But how?” I asked. Nikolai smiled. "In a bureaucracy,” he answered, "everything is possible.” And he made an appointment to meet me at the freight yards at seven o'clock that evening. That was the hour at which the spe cial train, bearing the load of shells, was due to arrive. Everything goes by clockwork In Germany, and punct ually at seven o’clock the train en tered the station, the great shells openly displayed in the cars. Upon the engine was a representative of the Krupp works. Disguised as a mechanic, I waited, terrified lest at any moment some of the officers should Inquire my busi ness. But they were too much ab sorbed with the affairs in hand. A tall officer In uniform, wearing crossed swords upon his shoulders, stepped forward among those waiting and dis played an order. I gasped; It was Nikolai himself. He beckoned me and said, with as sumed roughness: "1 want you, my man, to help unload this cargo at its destination.” Then, turning to the officers assembled, ho added; "You see, gentlemen, It Is the em peror’s special order. These shells must be run In to Spandau this eve ning or 1 cannot answer for the con sequences.” They did not scrutinize the paper hard. They saw the signature of the kaiser and saluted. Then, turning to the station agent, Nikolai commanded that the train he shunted to the priv ate line which runs direct to the fortress. Half an hour later the train was In motion. Nikolai and I rode upon the engine, our solitary companion be ing the driver, whose duty would be completed when he had taken the train to Its destination. A brief run brought us within sight of the frown ing fortress, a bastion strong enough to have defied centuries of time and all the artillery of any hostile army, Yet Nikolai had set himself to capture Its treasures! The train ran right within the walls and halted in a wide square Inside, around which the great black hulks of the guns loomed like some prehis toric monsters. Soldiers were pass ing busily to and fro; none of them, however, paid any attention to us. They bad their orders, and la Ger- THURMONT, FREDERICK COUNTY, MD., THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 1914. (Copyright. 1913. by W. G Chapman i many meddling with external affairs Is discouraged. Nikolai stepped off and proceeded toward a little archway which led to the quarters of the com manding officer. Presently the two emerged together. "Your Excellency,” said Nikolai, "I have now fulfilled the emperor's in structions. You yourself, doubtless, have received orders as to the disposi tion of these shells. I shall proceed to unload them, with the help of your men, and my mechanic here will ex amine each shell separately for any possible defects sustained in transit. He is the chief foreman of the ord nance branch of the Krupp factory.” The commanding other acquiesced and when, at his command, which was Issued through several subordinates, files of soldiers in fatigue dress came swarming In the center of the square, indicated that the shells were to be unloaded. The men fell to with a will. Each shell was an enormous burden for a single soldier, and soon the sweat was streaming down their faces. It was midnight before the last of the ammunition was safely stacked In the square. Nikolai produced a small hammer from the pocket of his overcoat and handed It to me. “Tap the shells lightly,” he whispered. "Some are defective —you understand? You are acquainted with their mechanism?” I had not served to no purpose In the British Royal artillery. 1 plied my task, calling to Nikolai frequently. The soldier had withdrawn; the com manding officer, who stood watching us, showed signs of fatigue. After half an hour, while his yawns grew visibly longer, Nikolai spoke. "Your excellency,” he said, "I re gret to say that my mechanic here finds quite a number of defective time fuses. To remedy this work will re quire several hours of hard work.” The commanding officer came over. He looked at the shells. "I see noth ing wrong with them," he said, peer ing through his glasses. "Perhaps not, sir,” Nikolai rejoined, "and I have no doubt that In a pinch all would prove serviceable. Never theless, the Krupp factory feels a pe culiar responsibility In this matter, and, with your leave, this fellow shall adjust the defective ones.” "As you please,” replied the com manding officer shortly. “Captain Kup penhelm will superintend the matter." He turned toward his office to give the order. Nikolai, beckoning me, followed him. The office was a small, well-furnish ed room connecting with the officer's quarters by a small psasage-way, which cut it off from the rest of the house. He turned toliis desk. Niko lai was close upon his heels. In an ante-room I saw an orderly dozing over a fire. Upon the desk was a bell. The officer bent over to press it. And suddenly Nikolai’s arms were round his throat, one hand pressed upon his mouth. The officer struggled valiantly, but he was perfectly help less in Nikolai's grasp. Instantly I had improvised a gag and thrust it into his mouth; then, with lengths of cord which lay scattered around the apartment, we bound his limbs and trussed him like a fowl. We rolled him into a corner, where he lay glar ing at us in an indescribably comical manner, utterly helpless. I looked into the ante-room. The orderly was snor ing peacefully. "That was the crux of the prob lem,” said Nikoll. "Now all Is plain sailing. It’s lucky we found that cord." The office was In confusion. Piles of papers and wrappings lay all about. In one corner was a screen. Nikolai placed it in front of the officer and mo tioned to me to step behind It. "Hold your revolver to hls head,” he said. "The slightest sound or drumming of limbs and he dies." He said this in a tone loud enough to be perfectly understood by the helpless officer. But then we were a little uncertain. It seemed incredible that we could re main there long undiscovered. Niko lai called the orderly. "Go to bed,” he said. "We do not need you.” ‘I had expected that the soldier would question this command from a stranger, but tin* German soldier is trained to implicit obedience to the word of a superior. He simply saluted and marched stiffly out of the door. Then, at Nikolai’s word, I raised the officer, and together we carried him into the ante-room, where we deposit ed him upon the hearth before the fire, with a pillow beneath hls head. All this while thoughts had been running on the gold. But Nikolai was not yet ready. He had told me to make doubly sure that his plans would not miscarry. He called after the retreat ing orderly. The man turned. "Send Captain Kuppenhoim here,” be said. Two minutes later the captain came running In, drew himself up and sa luted. “Captain Kuppenhelm," said Niko lai, returning the salute, "I have the honor to Inform you that you will re celie your orders from me.” And he showed him a paper—Heaven knows how many of them Nikolai had forged, or how he had done so —bearing tho A Family Newspaper- Independent in Politics—Devoted to Literature, Local and General News. superscription of the kaiser. The captain looked at it and saluted again. “You will tell off a halt company of men to keep guard in the courtyard.” said Nikolai, "while the shells are ad justed. They will be ready In half an hour and will form in columns of four, In fatigue uniform.” The captain saluted aagin. “That will do, Captain Kuppenhelm,” said Nikolai. The captain retired stiffly. Then Nikolai turned to me. "We must find the keys,” he whispered. "Let us take another look at the general,” I exclaimed. In truth, though he had been bound hand and foot, though he could make no outcry, I was astonished that he had not some-, how managed to indicate his presence in some manner. It is difficulty to de prive a man entirely of motion, be his bonds ever so strong. We went Into the ante-room. The general lay by the hearth just as wo had placed him. Nikolai lifted his arm. It fell heavily. By the light of the fire I scrutinized hls face. The eyes were half open, but there was no recognition in them. "He is dead," said Nikolai, sol emnly. It was true. He was an old man, and the shock had, doubtless, brought about a fatal stroke of apoplexy. Niko lai gazed at him a moment In si lence. Then he raised hls hand at the salute. “Honor to a brave man, even though he be a servant of tyranny,” he said. “It is as well for him perhaps.” Then ho turned away. This unexpected denouement, while I bid my hand to my revoke* It could not add to the desperate con dition of our undertaking, solved one of our most pressing difficulties. All danger from this source was now re moved, Nikolai went back into the of fice, and together we searched for the keys. And we found them. We found bunches of keys—keys of every kind. There must have been half a hundred when we gave up the search. But which was the key to the strong room? "None of these,” said Nikolai. “It will be In triplicate—and there will be a combination.” He paused and looked at me sadly. "Summers,” he said, "I had hoped to wring the se cret from the dead man by threat of death. It was a desperate hope at best; now it Is not even a hope. The secret of the combination was knowm to none but him, doubtless. Suddenly 1 had an Inspiration. "The key will be upon his person!” I exclaimed. Nikolai’s hand descended softly upo my shoulder. "You are right, Summers,” he said. "Come!" It was repugnant to me to lay hands upon the dead man there by the fire. I felt guilty as a parricide as I rev erently cut the bonds; as a robber of the dead when I turned out the con tents of the pockets. There were let ters there In feminine writing, mon ey, papers, a hasty glimpse at which revealed their unimportance to us, and a great gleaming golden watch which, as I took It, opened in my hand and flashed out the time to me. But there was no key. "Round his neck,” said Nikolai. And there we found it. It was a lit tle golden key, alone, but of ape cullar fashion. I saw at once that, by pressing a spring upon its handle, It was convertible Into either of two other kinds through an automatic movement of the wards. There were, then, three locks to be forced. I felt elated; I could hardly restrain my joy. But Nikolai stood looking down at me gravely. "That’s no use, Summers,” he said. "We need the combination." I had forgotten that. Our partial success had only made our eventual failure the more humiliating. Still, we had found the key. Perhaps the combination might be written down. "He was an old man," I said. “His memory might have been faulty. Would he have kept three sets of fig ures in hls brain?” And, even as the wards left my lips, a coal popped in the fire, and a bright blaze sprang up and flicker ed on the gold watch. And on the edge of the inner case, by some mira cle of observation I saw throe rows of figures minutely scratched. “The combination!” I exclaimed. There was little doubt. According to the German system, the lock was set by numbers instead of letters, and these could mean nothing else. We stood there in exultation for a moment, until a noise without recalled us to ourselves. The soldiers were filing In the yard. Outside I could see Captain Kuppenhelm and a sergeant marshaling them. "Summers,” said Nikolai, "our task Is now an extremely simple one if your courage does no fail you. Re member that the German soldier is trained to one thing—implicit obudi ence. The most singular action will not be observed by him. He Is train ed as an automaton, nothing more. "Our duty now is to procure the gold. I know the location of the strong room. We cannot hope to carry even a tenth part away; I trust, how ever, that W'e shall ultimately reap a rich reward from our enterprise. Fol low me!" We passed out boldly Into the court yard, Nikopai gravely returning the salute of the officer. He led me through a second archway, along a low passage which terminated in a barred door. Two sentries on duty stood at attention. Nikolai fitted the gold key to the lock. A moment’s fumbling, and it opened, and we pass ed through. Looking back, I saw that the sentries were still at attention. The passage now turned off to the right abruptly, and a second door faced us. This was unguarded. It opened noiselessly, and we found our selves in a huge, vaulted chamber of gloomy aspect, at the end of which a fire was burning. Two soldiers In uniform rose and saluted us. Nikolai passed between them and fitted the key to tho door. One of the men detained him. “Pardon, excellency,” he said. “None but his excellency, General Faber, en ters this chamber.” “Road that!" said Nikolai sharply, whipping out a paper. Again I saw the emperor's signature. I afteward learned that one pigaer had served on each of the three occasions. "Well, can’t you read?" snapped Nlltolal, as the soldier still barred the way. “No, excellency,” replied the man humbly. "Fool! Do you know your emper or’s signature?” "No, excellency,” tho soldier an swered humbly. “No one but General Faber passes through this door. Those are his orders.” As Nikolai still made toward the door there came a clatter of steel, and simultaneously the two guards had snatched up their rifles and fitted bay onets to them. I laid my hand on my revolver; then I saw that Nikolai was still expostulating with the men. "What are your exact orders, dolts?” he asked. And then the men replied in chorus: “It is forbidden that anyone except his excellency, General Faber, passes through this door.” “Well said." cried Nikolai heartily, dapping the nearest man upon the back. “I was but testing you. I shall report your good conduct to our em peror himself.” The soldiers present ed bayonets at the name. “And now, my men,” he continued, handing the key to one of the guard, “do you take this and turn the lock until you see the number 975 appear—see, I will show you. Now turn it and enter.” The soldiPr took the key and opened the door obediently. As it swung back a blaze of electric light flooded the chamber. And I staggered back in astonishment. I saw astonishment upon Nikolai’s face, astonishment upon the stolid countenances of the guards. For the vault beyond was heaped with shining coins. There they lay, just as they had been Hung in 1871. But tho sacks which had contained them had moul dered under the touch of time, and the floor was heaped celling high with gold pieces. They lay like flakes of golden grain, shining and scintillating in the electric glow. "Enter, men, and gather 2,000 pieces,” said Nikolai. And the men obeyed him and staggered toward him, carrying the coins In pieces of rotting sackcloth. "Close the door and remain on guard,” said Nikolai. With our pock ets filled and also bearing a precious cargo In our arms, we staggered out. At the second door, however, Nikolai halted. "An officer may not carry a bun dle," ho said. "Summers, I must transfer this freight to you. Can you carry it?” It was the heaviest burden I had carted In my life. I staggered through the passage, Nikolai beside me. At the outermost dOor he whis pered his final instructions. • "Dump them in the freight cars,” he whispered. "In the first car are tools. Unscrew the shells, pour out the shrapnel, and fill them. You under stand? I shall be with you.” We passed out of the courtyard. The soldiers stood in columns of four, but at a word from Nikolai, they with drew and formed a hollow square at some distance from the cars. The night was moonless; our operations were hardly visible. When 1 had deposited ray burden In the car, Nikolai and I went back for more. Twenty times we made that journey, and every time the soldiers brought out the coins to us. And, at. the twenty-first we had made scarcely Terms SI.OO in Advance NO. 52. an Impression upon the shining hoard. Reluctantly Nikolai gave the Anal or der to close the door. Then all through the night I toiled, filling the shells. I lifted them Into the cars one by one, unscrewed the projectiles, filled them with coins, and poured out the shrapnel, until, in place of the golden flood that lapped my feet there was a stream of leaden bullets. It was dawn before my task was done. It was done at last. The shells were screwed fast; in the breaking light Nikolai and I looked into each other’* haggard faces. And we read in each other's eyes that we had miserably failed. For neither of us had estimated In any degree the magnitude of our task. We had not known how very few gold pieces prove the limit of a man’s strength. We nad removed 40,000 pieces of gold, worth roughly $200,000 —200,000, when there remained 10,• 000,000 pieces behind! With bleeding hands 1 descended from the cars. Nikolai called to the driver, who was dozing upon his en gine. The cars were uncoupled. It seemed hours before we got up steam, while the day lighted, and I waited in an agony of apprehension. At last the engine was in readiness to move. We sprang aboard, the wheels re volved, and as the sun rose we passed through the fortress gates into the open country beyond. We had plun dered Bpandau; but where was our gain? "That,” said Nikolai, '‘remains for future gathering. When the sheila burst upon the practice field in Al sace there will be good gold pieces sown among the weeds for our pick ing up.” And so he began to laugh. It was a scheme hatched in the most fantastic brain that ever a sane man possessed. We had filled the shells with gold, that we might pick up the contents after the big guns had fired at the practice targets on the waste ground! Hut the war scare blew over, and Spardau's guns were never moved. Doubtless our gold-filled shells still re pose in the arsenal at Spardau. LEARNED WANTS OF PEOPLE Englishman Set Himself to Supply Them, and Now Is Many Time* a Millionaire. In the Strand Sir Joseph Lyons, the biggest caterer in England—perhaps in the world —tells the story of how he first conceived the idea of "feed ing the masses.” It chanced, he say% that, to satisfy the inner man, one morning in the ’Bos I strolled into a dirty—to me, repellent—little London restaurant. These unappetizing estab lishments were almost invariably small, being limited in the capacities for cooking and serving of the man and his wife, with, perhaps, one or two waiters. They were so often in variably dark, stuffy little places, often infested with cockroaches; and as for their kitchens, they were tilings liable to cause nightmares— anyway, I prefer not to tell of them. The city clerk who wanted a snack had to pay eight cents for a cup of coffee or tea, a two-cent tip, and two or four cents for a bun. It goes with out saying that these charges were beyond their slender means; result, he adjourned to the nearest bar and had a glass of beer. Well, on the occasion to which 1 refer 1 entered the said "restaurant," ordered the least uninviting dish 1 could hit upon, and turned things over in my mind during the uncon scionably long time I had to wait for the arrival of my repast. I had often enough before this reflected how great fortunes had been made by the dis covery of some simple universal want waiting to be supplied. In a flash It came to me that I had discovered just such a simple, unsupplied universal want —clean and decent fare In bright and congenial surroundings at a rea sonable price. And there and then was laid the foundation stone of a business which now feeds about 2,000,000 of the in habitants of London, and which on every working day In the year caters for over 500,000 men, women and children —a business, too, which finds cork for nearly 16,000 employes, which possesses 250 branches (the number is steadily Increasing, both In London and the provinces), and which has no fewer than 120,000 agents hroughout the country selling our wares.” Yes, in a small way—and T write It with due humility—a chance v islt of a discontented artist to a dirty restaurant has exercised a con siderable influence. Indeed, over the lives of a very large section of men. women and children in Oreat Britain. For Health, a Walk. In the warm weather, when exercise !a the heat of the day seems a bur den, try walking early In the mornlnff and again late In the evening. Be energetic and get up before breakfast in earnest. Don’t try to walk before you have eaten, but eat something light and satisfying and start forth on a morning constitution al. You can get home again before the heat of the day has really set In. If you find the morning walk impos i-it)le, try the evening walk. Start out after the sun has gone down, eith er before a late dinner or after an c ally one, and walk In the dusk until you are tired. The w oman who must work in office or shop would find systematic early morning and late evening exercise beenflcial and invigorating. Diverse Impression*. “My new gown,” said Mrs. Fllmgllt, 'is a dream.” ‘it may be a dream for you,” re plied her husband; “but It’* Insomnia, (or me.”