Story of an Ameri
By ALAN HINSDALE
Fred Champlin possessed Income
of fSOjOOO a year atid was a- globe trot
ter. He was also an ariiateur spdrtk
man—yachtsman and everything else
that affords amusement out of doors-
One winter Champlln was In St. Pe
tersburg (now Petrograd). Russia was
..then at peace with all of the world
except herself. Revolution was brew
ing. The government knew It was
brewing, and the Russian secret police
was keeping an eye on all suspected
citizens. Revolutions are generally up
heavals of the lowest classes. The
late Russian movement was participat
ed In by persons of first grade, includ
ing the nobles, or at least members of
noble families. Champlln was not
aware of what was going on—for
everything was done secretly—till one
night when ho attended a ball given at
the Winter palace.
The American minister had secured
him his Invitation and had Earned him
to exercise the utmost care in avoiding
being drawn Into a dangerous position
toward the government.
The advice was lost on Champlln,
who proposed to associate with whom
he pleased. Being a free American
citizen he demurred at being told by
any government who should not be his
Mend. However, he went to the ball,
not dreaming that he would fall into
the trap such as he had been warned
He was dancing with a girl, the
daughter of a general in the Russian
army. Her right hand was in his left
and held high. He felt something drop
into his coat sleeve. The girl brought
the dance to a close, at the same time
looking meaningly at the sleeve. Low
ering his arm, Champlln caught some
thing in his hand. He put It in his
coat pocket without looking nt it, but
soon as he could do so unobserved
he examined It, finding a powder wrap
ped In a bit of paper, as medicines are
put up by druggists.
As Champlln was leaving for his ho.
tel he saw the girl he bad danced with
passing out. Two men, one on each
•lde, escorted her. They were evi
dently not guests. The girl gave
Champlln a look which he could not
understand, but be inferred that It
was an appeal for something. He pass
ed out of the palace behind the two
men and the girl and saw them enter
carriage. Jumping into
veyancerhe directed'his. oooebiaaa to
How the one Just driving away,
Champlln saw the two men and the
girl alight in front of a police station
'and go Inside. There he lost her. He
thought of following her In, but feared
vi to compromise her by doing so. It
.was well he did not, for the powder
TV1 remained In his coat pocket, and If he
had been searched a deadly poison
would have been found on him. This
he discovered later on.
It was evident to him that this young
lady had been suspected. Doubtless
spies were watching her when she slip
ped the powder Into his sleeve. His
theory was.that she had prepared to
poison some one during the ball
Whether she had succeeded or failed,
she had taken advantage of dancing
with Champlln to get rid of the crim
Champlln had an overpowering de
•ire to learn what bad become of the
girl. He made Inquiries, but learned
nothing. Persons may disappear in
Russia and never again be heard of.
Perhaps their immediate friends or
families know where they are, but few
inquiries are made, and the responses
are not apt to be definite. At the
same time, there are breaking hearts.
Champlln believed, notwithstanding
the girl bad got rid of the evidence
against her, that she was doomed. To
be suspected in Russia is to be pro
noonced guilty, especially nt a time
When the government is in danger.
One morning when Champlln was
•bout to open his bedroom door to go
down to breakfast he found a note on
the floor which had been slipped be
tween the door and the sill. Opening
it, he read:
Pardon, my daughter for having used
you to save herself. She failed. She was
Men to drop the package in your sleeve.
Tou are being watched. Leave Russia,
•ecretly If you can.
There was no address, nJ signature.
7: Champlln knew the name of the girl
he had danced with, and instead of at
once leaving Russia he waited until
„.an inquiry had apprised him that she
had been sent to Siberia. Then, In
?»te«d of leaving secretly, he departed
.^i|«IWliI]r,::^rgaing that he was doubtless
yinown'io the police ns an American
Who baa nb Interest in the revolution
•nd. If lie tried to get uwny secretly
would render himself liable to sus
Thec«|was something In tfai JratasV
tlon frw the festivities of We* winter
palace TO the dreadful Kara prison,
iwlth its desperate hunger strikes, that
affected Champlln deeply. What mov
ed him moist was that appealing look
JUsa Dmitrievna gave him when being
-Marched away from the hall between
two officials. He had supposed it to
mean, "If you are questioned do not
away," but as the episode
£-ratheMhe tragedy—continued to im
itfeelf upon his soul he could not
el el in at it a a
en's sake, save me!"
have said that Fred ChampMn was
I ,. •.•
a lover of adventure. So he Was. Btlt
the Idea of-a rescue of a woman from
the Russian government was so wild,
so innately near the impossible, that
for a time It never entered his head.
When it did it was banished, but to
return and keep returning till it oc
curred to lilm that he possessed one
element of success that was not to be
despised, especially in Russia. He had
plenty of money, and Russian officials
were amenable to bribery. No sooner
dkl the fact present itself to him than
he gave himself up to concocting a
plan by which he might assist Lisa
Dmltrlevna to escape from Kara.
A prominent American Journalist had
some years previously obtained permis
sion from the Russian government to
inspect the Kara prison and write a
report of the treatment of the prison
ers there. It occurred to £hamplin
that such permission would I# of great
help to him. Since his efforts were to
be entirely dependent upon the use of
money he thought he might as well
begin at once. But this first move
was independent of bribery. I-Ie from
whom permission must be given was
of the imperial blood, and to attempt
to bribe him might spoil everything.
Champlin went to England and
bought a newspaper. Immediately its
columns contained bitter attacks upon
the Russian government for the treat
ment of prisoners at Kara. Champlin
saw to It that these articles were large
ly copied, and he employed persons to
send clippings to the czar. It was not
long before a protest was sent to his
paper by the official charged with the
administration of prisons. The editor
of the paper wrote that if permission
were given a representative to Inspect
the prisoners of Kara an article would
appear in the Journal giving a true
account of!what he saw.
It was a happy day for the Amer
ican when the desired permit came.
He had meanwhile been gathering
funds fqr' corrupting prison officials
nnd had all he wanted. Having con
verted a sufficient amount Into Russian
money, he started for Siberia.
It is questionable If Champlln would
have been able to make even a begin
ning had he not been favored by for
tune. I.isa's father was a trusted offi
cer of the czar. His daughter had not
been convicted of assassination or in
tended assassination. She was in
league with revolutionists and had
been caught in suspicious actions.
These facts enabled the general to ob
tain for his daughter a transfer to
what is called the Free Command,
which means that those confined there
live in huts instead of prisons and are
In so far their own masters.
While Champlin was being shown
over the prisons—they had been put
in the best possible shape for the in
spcctlon—he was keeping an eye open
for his purpose. When he learned that
Lisa had been transferred to the Free
Command his heart beat high with
hope. He at once expressed a desirei
to Inspect this portion of the instltu
tlon and was given permission to do
so. On bis arrival there Lisa's cabin
was pointed out to him, and, going to
the' door, he knocked. A t^oman keep
or answered the summons, and upon
his showing an order to inspect any
portion of the institution he was ad
mitted. Lisa was sitting at a window
sewing. She looked up at the visitor
and recognized him at once, but he
did not change countenance himself,
and she restrained hers.
"I desire to question this prisoner,"
he said to the keeper, "she being free
to tell me what I wish to know."
The woman read his permit careful
ly, then went into the other of the
two rooms which composed the cabin
and shut the door. Champlin, having
satisfied himself, or, rather, Lisa hav
ing assured him, that he was not spied
upon, spoke freely in a low tone. Lisa
overwhelmed that he should have come
to Kara in her interest, seized his hand
and kissed it. -But that time should
not be lost he proceeded at once to
question her with a view to laying a
plan for her escape.
His first query was, "Can your keep
er be bribed Lisa told him that she
could if the bribe were large enough.
If she permitted Lisa to escape, she
remaining, it would go hard with her.
Presently Champlin went into the
room where the woman was, and when
he jeame. out he had left with her 40,
000 rubl6y($^),00Q), tfiiich she at once
buried unTior the floor of the hut. For
this she was to resign her position,
stating that she desired to go to her
home in Russia.
Leaving the hut, Champlln visited
the officer in charge of the entrance
to the Kara establishment.
"Colonel," he said, "one of the keep
ers in the Free Command has resigned
her position and desires to return with
me to Russia. I fear you may think
that I am taking a prisoner instead.
Lest you should feel bound to delay
me till the matter can be investigated,
1 leave with you a little present con.
tained in this package."
The colonel took' the package Into
another room, examined it and found
a hundred thousand rubles. His eyes
stood out of his head, but when he
returned to Champlln he merely said:
"I will not delay you."
The nest day the Journalist complet
ed bis inspection, and in the morning,
just before break of day, he drove out
tfie prison yard with Lisa's keeper,
ily veiled. As soon as they were
out of sight nnd bearing the woman's
veil was thrown off, and Lisa sprang
into her preserver's arms.
A few months later Fred Champlln
appeared among his friends in Ameri
ca with a Russian wife. But he did
not dare tell that he ^ad taken her
from the Free Command of the Kara
mines. There is no extradition treaty
for political prisoners between the
United States and Russia. But both
Fred and Lisa felt easier at not pub
lishing the fact that she was wanted
Oscar Strahan Weds Miso Marian
Hardestry at Perry on Satur
day of Last Week.
IS STATIONED AT CAMP DODGE
Groom Well Known in Denison—The
Bride Has Visited This Place on
Lieutenant Oscar Stralian, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Win. Sirahan, was mar
ried Saturday at Perry. Ia., to Miss
Marian Hardestry, the ceremony talc
ing place at the Methodist Episcopal
church, and only attended by the rela
tives and a few intimate friends of
The bride is not a stranger to Den
ison people as she lias visited here on
a number of occasions She is a tal
ented young lady, of pleasing person
ality and prominent in church and
social circles at Perry.
Oscar Strahan needs no introduc
tion to the readers ol' the Review. He
was raised hero in Denison and re
ceived his education in the public
schools, graduating from the high
school with high honors with the class
of 1!09. He took a prominent part
in high school athletics and was a
member of the foot hall team. After
graduating, he spent fohr years at
Drake university, graduating from that
institution. Later he taught in the
high school at Perry, and it was
while located there that he met the
THE DENISON REVIEW, WEDNESDAY AUGUST ^2, 1917-.
lady vof his -choice. Last year, Mr.
Stralian accepted a position as taech
er in the high school at Clinton, la.
Oscar ir. a young man of sterling
qualities, and bound to make a suc
cess in life. Ho entered the officers'
reserve corps at Ft Snelling, Minn.,
last spring and was awarded a com
mission as 2nd lieutenant. He will
be stationed at Camp Dodge, near
Des Moines. Mrs. Strahan will make
her home at Des Moines while her
husband is at Camp Dodge.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Strahan and
daughter, Miss Willettii, were in at
tendance at the wedding.
The Review joins with the many
friends of this ostinnole couple in ex
tending hearty congratulations an.l
wishing them tnany years of happi
ness and prosperity.
G. M. IVfcAhren is using space in
this isstie of the Review to announce
an auction sale' which will take place
on Saturday of this week. Mr. Mc
Ahren will sell his modern seven
room house located on Washington
avenue just one block south of the
central school building. All of the
household 'goods will he sold and in
addition three head of horses. Mr.
McAhren will move to Sioux City and
for this reason wishes to dispose of
his property here. The sale will
take place at the residence prompt
ly at 2 o'clock.
The J. W. Miller, Jr., real estate
agency reports the sale of the Paul
Schoening 160 acre farm in Denison
township to Wilson Judv, of this city.
Possession will be given March 1,
1918. Mr. Schoenin: takes in the
Wilson Judy 5 acre truck farm in the
college addition as part of the pur
Satin Dresses at $10.50 each. In wom^'a and rpisses*
izes. Colors are navy and black. Only /T/J
limited quantity to offer at this price
Women's and misses' all wool Panama Dresses, high waisted, wide belts, P*
white Faille silk collars and cuffs, large buttons all the way down the front
of waist and skirt. Color
s.are navy, green, black and brown. Priced at only
FIFTY YEARS OF
Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Moeller, of Deni
son, Celebrate Fiftieth Married
WEDDING DINNER TWO COURSES
AM Five Children, nree Brothers and
.Many Other Relatives Present
and Help in Celebration
Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Moeller, pion
eer, residents of Crawford county
celcbrated their golden wedding anni
versary in Denison on Wednesday,
August, 15, at their home in Denison.
The fact that their five children were
all present to help celebrate the
eventful occasion, rtiade it all the
more enjoyable for Mr. and Mrs. Moel
Mr. !Moeller is now in his 7Gth year,
and enjoys fairly .rood health. lie
was born in riuson, Germany, on the
26th day of March, iSi«±. Mrs. Moel
ler is ia her Gflth year and was born
in Gluckstadt, Germany, May 5, 1848.
This estimable couple cair.o to Ameri
ca in 18( 19, and for many years have
been res: dents of Denison.
One oil' the features of the fiOtli
wedding anniversary was a sumptious
wedding -dinner served in two courses
at seven o'clock. The table was beau
tifully decorated with roses and as
ters. Their five children, Henry
Moeller, of Denison, August Moeller,
The Fall Vogue in Women's Dresses
Common sense with pleasing taste are combined to a rare degree by the
the most popular designers in the new Fall Dresses for women. For street,
afternoon and evening wear, the popular straight line silhouette will dominate.
Variety is given the new gowns by introducing many forms of drapery
which are so arranged that the straight line of the silhouette are retained. New
pleasing effects, panel draperies, choker collars and set in sleeves-but we
couldn't begin to tell you all-You must come and see them to fully appreciate
the exquisite taste and charm these dresses possess. Note the reasonable prices:
New Styles in Suits for Fall
All wool Serge Suits, colors
are navy and
New Blankets for Fall
Special Values at $5 the Pair
At this price we are showing large size, 72x84 inches, wool finish blankets, made of highest
grade of foreign cotton, double warped and double napped. Beautiful shades of blue, pink, gray
and tan plaids, with fancy borders. Many other styles at $1.15, $1.25, $1.50, $2.00 and up to
$15.00 the pair You are cordially invited to inspect our large blanket stock.
and wife of Lemars, Fred Moeller,
and wife of Deloit, Mrs. Geo. Cham
berlin and husband, and Mrs. Geo. E.
Taylor, and husband of Dunlap, wore
present. Also three of Mr. Moeller's
brothers were present, August of
Lake View, Henry of Denison, John
of Schleswig *aiul their 'families.
Others from a distance in attendance
were, Mr. and Mrs. John Bowman,
and daughter, Miss Aurora, of Dun
lap, Maurice, Viola, and Alan Taylor
of Dunlap, Nicolai, George and Ray
mond Moeller, of Delc.it, and Fred H.
of LeMats, also Wm. Warner, of Hoi
stein. a brother-in-law of Mr. Moeller
and Mr. Will Miller of Denison.
The event was one that will long
be remembered not only by Mr. and
Mrs. Moeller, but their children and
relatives who were present. It was.
the wish of all that they may he pre
sent to enjoy the diamond weildingf
of Mr. and Mrs. Moeller.
The Lester-Lindsey theatrical com
pany opened an engagement under
canvass in Denison, Monday evening
and has been playing to large audien
ces thus far. The company is an un
usually strong one and really above
the average usually seen with organi
zations of its kind. The plays put on
Monday and Tuesday evening were
clean, and wholesome. One of the
features is the concert band.
V. L. Bycrs, linotype operator at
the Review office, is laid up this week
on account of an injured knee. Mr.
Byers was trimming trees at his home
in north Denison and struck his knee
cap with an ax, inflicting a most pain
ful injury. Charles Silletto is opera
ting the linotype during his absence.
N^any. other styles of Poplin, and Serge dresses and
dresses of sill
dresses of silk, satin and Georgette com- /I/I
here. Priced from $10.50 to
Many of them have jackets that are only sufficiently long to reach to a
little above the knees many others to a little below. Some, however, are of
uneven lengths, being shorter in front than at the sides and back. The skirts
are designed to conform to them, being simple instead of elaborate in design,
in order to offset the cumberousness which elaborateness would encounter
when worn with long coats.
In the larger sizes they have a tendency to outline the figure in the
smaller loose straight line effects predominate.
Materials most popularly used are Velours, Broadcloths, Serges, Poplins,
Gabardines and Panama cloths. The smartest of the early styles we are now
showing. Come see them.
All wool Poplin Suits, colors
are navy,black, (£0
Other styles of High Grade Suits in blues, greens, taupe, wine and plum.
Prices are $33.50, $35.00, ~$37.50, $39.50, $45.00, $55.00, and $65.00
A picnic and wienie roast was held
in Grace park by the members of the
Woodman Circle Thimble club last
Thursday. Mrs. F. N. Olry, who has
been president of this club for the last
year, wished to resign, and Mrs. Ed ISr
ler was chosen to take her 'place.
If You Have Never
A Delightful Denti
One of the Many Things Sold
Fine Gabardine Suits, colors
are blue, black CO'T CO
and browns, at I
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