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TFTR WASBTTNGTON TBIES; SUNDAY TAMTARY 27; 1018." jj n Thrilling Experiences of a Woman Spy Who Ran Down German Plotters t- :" MA TCHES HER WITS AGAINST ENEMIES WITHIN BORDERS By ".MAUDE MULLER." I have little of the spirit of ad- you be disposed to consider such venture to my make-up and, up to the time when this story begins, I should have lauched at the eugces tlon that I might ever become a "secret service operative" a woman spy. Yet I have been principally in strumental In bringing about the ex posure and arrest of seven German spies in the Dominion of Canada; all of them trained in their profession and skillful enough to have eluded the regular secret service men of Canada and of Scotland Yard, for months. I can account for my success only in, on way. I was so naive and In experienced that my manner dis armed suspicion, and my crude meth ods were more direct and effective than those which cleverer people might have adopted. Howevsr, you may judge for yourself about that, for I ihall set down as simply and accurately as possible all the facts of my experience in the employ of the British secret service, giving names and dates and places, sp that anyone, who cares to do so, may as certain that I am not romancing. Holiday In Quebec. On Easter Sunday, a little more than two years ago, I was taking a holiday at the Chateau Frontenac In Quebec It had Been a rainer auu affair fcr me, for, although the hotel was filled with guests, I was quite alone and unacquainted with anyone. On the next day, I was to return to Montreal, where I was employed as a. special writer on one of the news papers. I was absolutely hungry for human companionship, and I suppose I looked it, as I sat In a chair In the hotel lobby, watching the people pass. My attention was attracted by one couple, a man past middle age, of military bearing, and a pretty oung woman, evidently, despite the dispar ity in their ages, his wife. The man went Into the cafe after receiving with mock humility a. warning from his pretty wife about the dangers of strong drink. I smiled at the scene. and the pretty woman smllled back at roe. Then she seated herself In a chair beside me, and engaged me in conver satlon. Her manner was charming and ingratiating. She talked in most natural and unaffected way about her husband and herself. 'They had been married three years, and she was much In love with him. In the Boer Wir, Be had served with distinction in the Boer war, and had been retired with the rank of colonel. Almost be fore I knew It, I was telling her all about myself, and. from that I wan dered on In casual comment on the affairs of the war as I, had observed them from 'my place -In a. newspaper office. She invited me to dine with Her husband and herself, and I ac cepted with real gratitude. They came down to dinner" In even ing clothes, and. Instantly. I felt that the dressing Hour, lor some reason proposition? I gasped In astonishment. My ideas regarding detectives and spies and adventuresses and secret lervira operations were gathered mostly from the E. Phillips Oppenhelm novels. I remember that I had to choke back a hysterical declaration that I wasn't prepared to be a secret service spy because I hadn't any decollete gowns. However, the colonel quietly' and taslly described to me the, things which he wished me to attempt for the British government and,' at last. I agreed to make the trial. I could hardly believe In thei sound of my own voice as I heard myself assert ing. Ten days later, having, taken that time to end my employment' in Montreal. I began work under the colonel's direction. ity first Instructions were simply that I should proceed to a hotel In Toronto, register under an assumed name, which the' colonel supplied, and await "a person" who would call upon me with further instructions. The colonel gave roe three hundred dollars in Canadian bills. Then he and his wife bade me good-by. Never'Ssw Illm Afterward. I have never seen them since, but I have been fclven to understand that he was then and may be now the bead of the British intelligence Bu reau In America. I'm astonished that the clerk at the hotel in Toronto didn't notice my nervousness as I registered. The whole proceeding seemed so futile and (.foolish. In the twenty-six years of my uneventful life, I had never un dertaken a serious deception. In the evening after my arrival, s card wa sent up to me. I had taken only a single room, so I went down into tin parlor on the second floor to receive my visitor. The card bore a name un known to me. I do not even remember it, now. A man of most ordinary ap pearance was waiting to see me. One would have Imagined htm a traveling salesman or small merchant. I dis covered, however, when my conversa tion with him was quite young, that, beneath his quiet demeanor, was an extraordinary forcefulness and quick ness of thought. Immediately, he seem ed to Impress his authority upon me. "What you are to do here," he said. i'ls to win the confidence of one of the elevator boys who, we are con vinced. Is not at all what he seems. He Is supposed to be 'about twenty jears old and an entirely Inoffensive person," he added, "but we have rea son to believe that be Is much older, and Is transmitting Information to j Germany. How, we have been unablo to ascertain so rar. W re not giving you a nut that can't be cracked. This should be easy for you, though It may take time. Should you discover what we think you may discover, you will receive a bonus of fSOO. I mean you will merely need to get a clue for us which will establish his Identity. It will earn you the bonus. Particularly, try to find how he gets his mall. Your man goes here by the name of John King. He Is No. 7 on the day watch. Begin work on him at once. Report to me when there Is anything to re port by addressing a letter to 'Mr. Nell, P O. Box. 0 5. Toronto, OnU' " That was all. He departed as If he ex pected me to be ready to tell him all about John King within an hour. I went to my room to think It all over. I de cided that the thing to do was first to talk with other elevator boys until I learned which was John King, and thus to get the knowldere without making an inquiry. Astonisning as it may seem. It was two whole days before one of the boys gave ma the Information I wanted. Meanwhile, I had ridden miles up and down in the elevators and carried on nours of foolish, fragmentary conversa-i tlons. On the third morning, I rode' twice with John King. I asked him on t or two casual questions. He replied In, a matter-offact way without looking at me. I felt that I was making very poor progress as a secrcj service siren. Had Cut Her-Finger. IIbssbsVbIbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbBHm ?JbbH9SBIbbbbIIsbW jbbbbbbbbbbB e JMsnKftiri Y t" SaalBaaaaavaaaHflaBaBaHaaBaaaaaaaaaaaaal ssssfis i fn i iiiltfMssliIill MssMssHssMssssTsssasMssssMsssn I "MAUDE MULLER," The woman spy, in employ of the British government, whose thrilling: adventures will appear In Tho Times. aon't mind." I answered. "I'm .alone i eral delivery window. . There was here." I nothing -about htm to attract atten- To detail how our acquaintance tion, except a very little thing which progressed would be merely tiresome. I happened notice. He wore what rtn. IhlH T afcanl.ltltf atlirlf fn Jt fatll-a ..all a ... I .. . . In the.attsrnoon, shortly before the my best tool of -the trade. I pre- which ordinarily has two buttons on hour when King was to be relieved from duty, I prepared to attempt what seemed a bold and Ingenious ruse. It succeeded In a nay which rather as tonished me. I had accidentally cut my finger with my manicure scissors In the morning. I swathed this trimisg wound In a long, narrow bandage. Then I rode In John King's car to mfewn floor, per muting the bandage to become partly unrolled Just before I arrived at my lanaing. "Oh. do. please, see if you can fasten this for me," I said to John King. "I'll go up with you." He looked at me rather curiously, and then stopped his car at the top floor and turned to fasten the bandage for me. As he was bending over ray hand, he looked up, and our eyes met. I'm almost asham to tell it, but I must Confess that I did my best to look Interested and InUres.mr. I was doing a little slrsnlng to the best of my purely amateur ability. John K(ng was quick and deft about the baadage, but be was equally aulck ana aeit about other thlnes. wnit will you do when vou have to raaien it agaln7" he said. "I shall have to call on you. If you tended the densest Ignorance anu most the back. This man had lost one of utter Inexperience In everything the buttons from his coat. That was vorioiy. 1 minx 1 aciea mis roie successfully that John King shrewd NORMAL FREIGHT COITIOUIN HERE, SAYS LOYALL 251RED.CJEN commissioned Freight conditions In Washington are again normal, according to a or other, had been devoted to a dls- statement made to The Times today cusslon about me. I felt rather ill at ease during dinner on account of th manner In which tho colonel seemed to study roe and take the measure of all my qualities, physical and mental. However, the feeling wore off, and I parted with the pair in a very comfortable and pleased state of mind, regretting, rather, .he thought that I was seeing the last of them. The Surprising Offer. Two weeks later I was astonished when the colonel and his wife called to me at my hotel in Montreal, th Corona. The colonel made me the most extraordinary proposition, but made it In a very quiet and mat ter-of-fact way. "In the Interval since our first meeting," said he. "I have Investi gated regarding your anteeendents and connections In the United States, and your professional work in Can ada. In Secret Service. -1 am satisfied that it is quite safe for me to speak frankly to you. I am engaged In the work of the Brit ish secret service In Canada and have a position of considerable importance In th organization. I desire to know If you will accept employment as one of our operatives to do some special work for us. It r.'.U not be extremely difficult for you if you are the person I take you to be, and jou will be compensated liberally. How would by George B, Loyall, freight admlnis trator of the District. In making it known he paid tribute to the loyal co-operation of the local merchants, who, handicapped by weather condi tions, worked hard during the latter part of the week to bring about nor mal conditions at the freight houses choked with goods awaiting hauling. His statement follows: "Weather conditions prevented con siderable local hauling. The mer chants here did more than they were expected to do umier the circum stances. The windup of the week found them increasing their hauling. "Eerythlng is now considered In good shape at the freight stations. It Is very encouraging. The freight houses are w ell cleaned up. Tho mer chant did their hauling the latter1 part of the week, cleaning up In good shape. "General freight conditions hero are In normal rhape again, and much better than ibey have ueen for some time DEAD MUST BOW TO GARFIELD. LKXI.VGTON. Ky.. Jan. 2T Under a ruling by State Fuel Administrator Bryan, chapel funeral services, ex cept where an "emergency" exists, are not necessary, and undertakers must obty the "heatless Monday" rules made by National Administrator Garfield. E. F. DROOP & SONS CO. 1300 G ST. NSW cats RU5 ASSTAFFOFFICERS Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Words and Music The Most Fascinating flayer-Piano Rolls For CHILDREN Ever Published. 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Three employes of the signal corps, aviation section, are on this list Thomas J. Ward has been made a cap tain, Samuel S. C. Chilcote a first lieu tenant, and Hayes Hall a second lieu tenant In the ground forces of the aviation section. Griffin Halstead, 3737 Kanawha street, has been made a captain In the ordnance department. He is em, ployed by the Standard OH Company' as a specialist on gasolene and gaso lene motors. , Wilkinson Stark, Winston Hotel. supervisor of the purification depart ment or the du 1'onl powder works, is a captain of ordnance. William Prless, Continental Hotel, expert radio aide In the Navy Depart ment, has been commissioned a cap lain In the radio division of tho sig nal corps. He Is a graduate of the College of the City of New York George u. Townsend, 3221 Thir teenth street northwest, was engaged In the same work as Mr. Iricss, and has been commissioned a second lieu tenant In the same division. Ho Is a Lafayette College man Other commissions ucre Issued to Otto 8. Beyer, Jr., and Bonnlfleld C. McBrlde, captains of ordnance; G.i b.rt N. Hunttlng and Stanley I) Wil lis, ordnance first lieutenants, Byron F, Bushman, George Q Calueruood, Lester J. N. Kellher. Clyd c. Linde rode, Everett Olds and Duance li Washburn, second lieutenants In the ordnance department; David Andrew Pine and Mllo Ogden Frank, Hr-t lieutenants, sanitary corps, nai "al army; Gene II Fonda, captain, ground forces, aviation -ectlon. sig nal corps; William DeFord Boal. first lieutenant, sanitary corps, national army; Scott W. Henderson first lieu tenant, and Louis Tolmach, second lieutenant, ordnance reserve corps. warmeasuresTelayed by prohibition, he says Henry C. Maine, of Rochester, N. Y., has written to members of Congress, charging that war Inefficiency has re suited from Congrc-s giving to much attention to liquor legislation, and not enough to measures for preparedness. Mr. Maine declares that the Anti- Saloon League deliberately blocked war measures until prohibition bills had been disposed of He charges the league with being "cttaa-ive for the as he was, was deceived. He acepted me at what I seemed, and nevet ut tered a word that might carry offense. though he made no set-ret of thj fact that he found much pleasure In my society. "Call" Me Jack." Four days after he first bandaged my finger, he axked me to call hlml "Jack," while 'we were dining In a little out-of-the-way restaurant. And, despite the unconventional man ner of our first meeting, he had never even tried to hold my hand. That night I cried because I'd gotten a letter from home telling me I must return. John King was so sympathetic about It I was really ashamed of the lie. I wrote Mr. Nell that night re-' porting the progress I had made. I was surprised, the next evening, to have him call upon me. Ha thought I had exaggerated my success. "My dear," he, said enthusiastically, "It doe.n't seem possible. This chap Is too foxy to run headlong Into a trap. To get him off his guard and Into the mud might be expected to take weeks Instead of days." "I don't Just like the way you phrase it." I replied, "especially about having got hlra "Into the mud. I've only become well acquainted with him in a simple, friendly way. How ever, If you doubt my understanding with him, be at the restaurant wher ,. - m dine tot-ether tomorrow night and see for yourself." He sat there, opposite John King anrf ma. Never once did he appear to see us, but that night I received a commendatory note from him. "You are doing splendidly." It said. "Try for his mail. That's tho impor tant thing." Getting a Cine. I got credit for very extraordinary shrewdness In finding out how John King got his mall, but I was assisted to 'the discovery by the sheerest acci dent. I had an engagement to meet King at still another restaurant. He did not often go to the same place twice. I had begun really to suspect that he was not what ha seemed, though at first I was .quite convinced he was merely an honest, sort-hearted young working boy. We had drunk some wine the night before, and he bad grown talkative. He evinced a knowledge of literature and of the works of some of the questionable philosophers which no mam In his sta tion would be likely to have. I was thinking of this as I started out to meet him. Being rather early for my appointment. I stopped In a sta tioner's shop and bought some pic ture postals. I had formed the habit of going to the postofflee to mall picture post cards, believing that I might possibly meet King there get ting his mall. It was the barest thread of a hope. It was something that no experienced detective would have bothered doing, probably. It gave m my clue. As I passed through th postof flee, on this night In question, I saw a man getting letters from the gen- what made me notice him. In Opposite Direction. He strolled leisurely out of the post, office and started away In th direc tion opposite to the one I was to fol low. I went, toward th place of my engagement, walking slowly In order to pass the extra time. I stopped In a little shop to purchase soma small article of wear. When 'X came out, the man with the -missing button was walking directly in front of me. That astonished me, for I had certainly seen him start off the other way. And, while he was now walking slowly, he must have hurried to reach this' vicinity ahead of me. I fell back and crossed the" street, stepping Into a doorway Just at the man with the missing button looked back to se who might be behind. He did not see, me standing In th shadows of the doorway. It was stilt ten or fifteen minutes before the time of my appointment with John King, as I moved slowly along following th man with the but ton off his coat, I saw John King In front of a tobacconist's shop, half a black from th restaurant where we were to meet. I felt a queer thump ing la my bosom when I saw-the man with the button od give John Xing a letttrz-as he lounged past him, apparently without recognising him. During an mat ainner nour, a was consumed with a burning desire to do something anything to enable m to learn the nam on th letter which John King then hed In his pocket. "Dili'! Notice Exeltesseat. It's. astonishing that King didn't no tice my excitement. And, as a counter sensation I began to reel sorry ror John King, for I knew now that he was a soy and that someway or an other I was going to expose him, and have him sent to prison. Ha was a clean cut, good-looking chap, too, al ways well groomed, though very quietly dresssd. I couldn't think of any war to flira out about that name. After dinner King walked with mf nearly to my hotel as usual, ana men bade ma a sentimental good-nignt. "I shall not be here, alwaa, run nlnr an elevator." he said. "I won der If you will have forgotten me if I ever meet you -under ainerant cir cumstances." I made him the reply that the situation suggested and then hurried to the hotel. The very urst thing I did was to write a letter to Mr. Nell, detailing fully what I had dlscovrd. I had a wire from htm In the morn ing asking me to meet him at an other hotel. He would not com to our hotel while John King was on duty. He was really quit excited when I met him. "This Is wonderful," b said. "Whether by luck or not, you are doing marvelous work.' Then ha explained th plan which was now to be followed. I was to hide myself In a doorway from which I could command a view of th post office. When th man who bad worn the CANADA AND U. S. ! COMBED BY ABLE, WOMAN OPERA TOR coat with the missing button entered the postofflee, I was to let the fact be known by dropping my hand bag. I waited two days until he came. Then, when I gave th prearranged signal, I saw a man In "postman's uniform follow John King's letter carrier Into the postofflee. I was so excited and Interested that I crossed over to watch the developments. I saw th man In the postman's uni form Jostl John King's messenger. Just as ha w,as getting bis letter. The man in m postman a unixorm apoio clerk in th postofflee watch to ee the name on th tetters? I. askM. "Why th old woman "outside of ft window?" t "We have found German agents ta slda the postofflces," he ad. "W never seek co-operation blindly. Maud Muller was my "code nam durlnr th whole of the- retaalntng time In which I was in th British secret service. t (Copyright, 1 817, by Th Bell Syn dicate, Inc.) Nate Tke sca4 article f tkte Maude Mailer Secret Service geriea. rlsed. At the same moment, I sawl.- , ,,.,. .v. . - . Ad..mr. T!S!2 !? .h .ri i " " - - and carrying a basket peering at th Utter in John King's messenger's hands. On th following day, Mr. CI1 C.I1CU UU IUO A UU av.a.j u I tlced that John King was missing' from his post. "Wher Is bet" I asked. "Well, as be Is a-military" man, h Is where he belongs," replied .Mr. NelL ' "He Is in the barracks. Bs has admitted that he is Baron Ru dolf von Frlberg. The Scotland Tard people knew h was in this country, but that was all they knew. His let ters were coming to him in the nam of Stephen Woleojt. They bore .Eng lish stamps. The man, who carried th letters th man with th but ton missing Is also a German. He Is arrested, too. Also Secret Servtea- The postman and th old woman with the basket were our operatives. ITM Mil I IflM TflUO ! I ill ml! I Hill MlliiV ' OFCONCRETESHIPS IN YEAR POSSIBLE Ten million tons of concrete ship may ba built In a year, Roy H. 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