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CHAPTER IV On the march with the 53rd of the Browns Private Stransky, anarchist, decries war and played-out patrotism and is placed under arrest. Colonel Lanstron over hearng, begs him off saying the an archist will fight well when enraged and is "all man." CHAPTER V Lanstron calls on Marta at her home. He talks with Feller, the gardner. Marta tells Lan strom that she believes Feller to be a spy. Lanstron conffesses it is true. CHAPTER VI Lanstron shows Marta a telephone which Feller has concealed in a secret passage under the tower for use to benefit the Browns m war emergencies, pointing out its value as being in the center of the fighting zone in case of war. Marta consents for it and Feller to remain for the present Lanstron de clares his love for Marta. r CHAPTER VII Westerling and the Gray premier plan to use a tri--vial international affair, to forment warlike patrotism in army and peo ple and striking before declaring war. Partow, Brown chief of staff, and Lanstron, made vice, discuss the trouble, and the Brown defenses. Par tow reveals 4hia plans to Lanstron. CHAFTE&- Vnii-Al thtf frontier the two armies lie crouched '. for at tack and defense.. In the town with the non-combatants fleeing from the danger zone. Martha hears her child pupils recite the peace path. CHAPTER IX The Gray army crosses the boarder line and attacks. The Browns check them. Artilery, infantry, areoplane's, dirigibles en gage. Stansky, rising, to make the anarchist speech of his life, draws the Gray artilery fire. Nicked by a shrap nel splinter he goes Berserk and fights "all a man." CHAPTER X Martha " has her first glimpse of war in its modern, cold, scientific, murderous brutality. Sh allows the telephone to remain. CHAPTER XI The Browns fall back to the Galland house. Stransky forages. Martha sees a night attack. CHAPTER XII The Grays attack in force. The call of the fight too strong for Feller, he leaves his secft telephone and goes back to his guns. Hand to hand fighting. The Browns fall back again. "This Is a little different," ho began. . She interrupted him. "But the law of the Grays 1b that homes should be left undisturbed, isn't it? At least, It is the law of civiliza tion. I believe you profess, too, to pro tect property, do you not?" "Why, yes!" he agreed. He wished that he could get a little respite from the steady fire of her eyes. It was em barrassing and. as confusing as the white light of an impracticable logic. "In that case, please place a guard around our house lest some more of your soldiers get out of control," she went on. v "l ean do that, yes," he said. "But we are to make this a staff headquar ters and must start at once to put the house in readiness." . "General Westerllng's headquar ters?" she inquired. , He parried the question with a frown. Staff -officers never give infor mation. They receive Information and transmit orders. "I know General Westerling. . You will tell him that my mother, Mrs. Gal land, and our maid and myself are very tired from the entertainment he has given us, unasked, and we need 'sleep to-night So you will leave us until morning and that door, sir, is the one out into the grounds." The staff-officer bowed and went out by that door, glad to get away from Marta's eyes. HIa inspection of the premises with a view to plans for staff accommodation could wait' Wester ling would not be here for two days at leaBt. , . ' - -. . "Whew I What energy she nasi" he .thought. J'LflfliejC. had anybody make me feel so contemptibly' unUke" a gen tleman in my life." Yet Marta, returning to the hall, had to steady herself in a dizzy moment against the wall. Complete reaction had come. She craved sleep as if it were the one true, real thing in the world. She craved sleep for the clarity of mind that comes with the morning light. In the haziness of fleecy thought, as slumber drew its soft clouds around her, her last conscious visions were the pleasant ones rising, free of a background of horror; of Feller's smile when he went back to his auto matic for good; of Dellarme'e smile as he was dying; of Stransky's smile as Minna gave him hope; and of Hugo's face as he uttered his flute-like cry of protest in her ears were the haunt ing calmness and contained force of Lanstron's voice over the telephone. She was pleased to think that she had not lost her temper in her talk with the etaff-offlcer. No, she had not flared once in indignation. It was as if she had absorbed , some of Lanny's own self-control. Lanny would approve of her in that scene with an officer of the Grays. And she realized that a change had come over her a change inex plicable and telling and she was tired oh, so tired! It had been ex hausting work, indeed, for one woman, though she had been around the world, making war on two armies. The general staff-officer of the Grays, who had tasted Marta's temper on his first call, when he returned the next morning did not enter unannounced. He rang the door-bell. "I have a message for you from Gen eral Wetlerling," he said to her. "The general expresses his deep regret at the unavoidable damage to your house and grounds and has directed that everything possible be done immedi ately in the way of repairs." In proof of this the officer called at tention to a group of service-corps men who were removing the eand-bags from the first terrace. Others were at work in the garden setting uprooted plants back into the earth. . . "His Excellency says," continued the officer, "that, although the house is so admirably suited for staff pur poses, we will find another if you de sire." . ;.. He was too polite and too consid erate in bis attitude for Marta not to meet him in the eame spirit, j "That Is what we should naturally prefer," and Marta bowed her head in indecision. "We should have to begin installing the telegraph and telephone service on the lower floor at once," he remarked. "In fact, all arrangements must' be made before the general's arrival." "He has been a guest here before," she said remlniscently and detachedly. Her head dropped lower, In appar ent disregard of his presence, as she took counsel with herself. She was perfectly still, without even the move ment of an eye-lash. Other considera tions than any he might suggest, he subtly understood, held her attention. They were the criterion by which she would at length assent or dissent, and nothing could hurry the Marta of to day, who yesterday had been a creature of feverish impulse. . It seemed a long time that he was watching that wonderful profile under the very black hair, soft with the soft ness of flesh, yet firmly carved. She lifted her head gradually, her eyes sweeping past the spot where Del larme had lain dying, where Feller had manned the automatic, where Stran)ty had thrown Pilzer over the parapet. He saw the glance arrested and focussed on the flag of the Grays, which was floating from a staff on the outskirts of the town, and slowly, glowingly, the light rlpplVng on its folds was reflected in her face. "She is for us! She is a Gray!" he thought triumphantly. The woman and the flag! The matter-of-fact staff officer felt the thrill of sentiment '"1 think we can arrange it," Marta announced with a rare smile of assent "Then I'll go back to town and set the signal-corps men to work," be said. "And when you come you will find the house at your disposal," she as- :?rod him. Except that he was raising hia cap Instead of saluting, he was conscious of withdrawing with the deference due to a superior. - In place of the smile, after he had gone, came a frown and a look In her eyes as if at something , revolting; then the smile returned, to be suc ceeded by the frown, which was fol lowed by an indeterminate shaking of the head. CHAPTER XIV. Tea on the Veranda Again. It was more irritating than ever for Mrs. Galland to keep .pace with her daughter's inconsistencies. Here was Marta saying coolly: "'Unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's! . We have bur property, our home to protect Perhaps the Grays nave come to stay for good, so graciousness is our only weapon. We cannot fight a whole army single- handed." . "You have found that out, Marta!" isaJiMrs. GaUajal .. TiT'Dare rour rooms in the baron's tower and a kitchen stove," Marta pro ceeded. "With Minna we can make ourselves very comfortable and leave the house to the etaff." "The Gallands in their gardener's quarters! The staff of the Grays in ours! Your father will turn in his grave!" Mrs. Galland exclaimed. "But, mother, it is not quite agree able to think of three women living In the same house with a score of strange men!" Marta persisted. "I had not thought of that, Marta. Of course, it would be abominable!" agreed Mrs. Galland, promptly capitu lating where a point of propriety was involved. When Marta informed the officer the same one who had rung the door bell on his second visit of the family's decision he appeared shocked at the idea of eviction that was implied. But, secretly pleased at the turn of events, he hastened to apologize for war's brutal necessities, and Marta's com plalsance led him to consider himself something of a diplomatist. Yes, more than ever he was convinced of the wisdom of an invader ringing door bells. Meanwhile, the service-corps men had continued their work until now there was no vestige of war in the grounds that labor could obliterate; and masons had come to repair the walls of the house itself and plasterers to renew the broken ceilings. All this Marta regarded In a kind of charmed wonder that an invader could be so considerate. Her manner with the officers in charge of prepara tions had the simplicity and ease which a woman of twenty-seven, who is not old-maidleh because she is not afraid of a single future, may employ as a serene hostess. She frequently asked if there were good news. "Yes," was the uniform reply. An unexpected setback here or resistance there, but progress, nevertheless. But she learned, too, that the first two days' fighting along the frontier had cost the Grays fifty thousand casual ties. "In order to make an omelet you must break eggs!" she remarked. , "Spoken like a true soldier like a member of fhe staff!" was the reply ; In her constraint and detachmen they realized her conscious apprecla tion of the fact that in earlier timet jher .people had been tor the Browns; but in her flashes of interest in thr progress of the war, flashes from a , woman's unmilitary mind, they judged that her heart was with the Grays. And why not? Was it not natural that .woman with more than her share ol Intellectual perception should be or the right side? From her association It was not to be expected that she would make an outright declaration ol apostasy. This would destroy the value and the attractiveness of her oonver sion. Reverence for the past, for a father who had fought for the Browne, against her own convictions, made her attitude appear singularly and deli cately correct. The war was a week old a week which had developed other tangents .and traps than La Tir on the morn ing that the first installment of Junior officers came to occupy the tables and desks. Where the family portraits had hung in the dining-room were now big maps dotted with brown and gray flags. Portable field cabinets with sectional maps on a large scale were arranged around the walls of the draw ing-room. In what had been the loung ing-room of the old days of Galland prosperity, the refrain of half a dozen telegraph instruments made medley with the clicking of typewriters. Cooks and helpers were busy in the kitchen for the staff were to live like gentle men; they were to have their morning baths, their comfortable beds, and regular meals. No twinge of indlgea tion or of rheumatism from exposure was to interfere with the working of their precious intellectual processes, No detail of assistance would be lack ing to save any bureaucratic head time and labor. The bedrooms were appor tioned according to rank that of the master awaited the master; the best servant's bedroom awaited Francois his valet When Bouchard, the chief of intelli gence, who fought the' battle of wits and spies against Lanstron, came, two hours before Westerling was due, the last cf the staff except Westerling and his personal aide had arrived. Bouch ard, with his iron-gray hair, bushy eye brows, 'strong, aquiline nose, and hawk-like eyes, his mouth hidden by 4 Cflstly mustache, was lean and sat limine, and he was loyal. No Jealous thought entered his mind at having to serve 1 a man younger than himself, He did not serve a personality; he .erved a chief of etaff and a proie jion. The score of words which es caped him as he looked over the ar rangements were all of directing critt clem and bitten off sharply, as if he regretted that he had to waste breath In coinnwicnttng even a though!- Presents Women's Felt Slippers for your mother, your wife . . 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