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THE HUN by LIEUTENANT PAT O'BRIEN C t rw, tp/wrALM ow/ar towards me and I crawled away us fast as I possibly could, determined to spend the night somewhere in the fields and make another and more careful survey the following night. The view I hud obtained, however, was sufficient to convince me that the isde-vault idea was out of the ques tion even if I had a pole and was a proficient pole- va niter. The three fences covered u span of at least twelve feet and to dear the last barbed wire fence it would he necessary to vault not only at least ten feet high, but ut least fourteen feet wide, with the cer tain knowledge that to touch the elec trically charged fence meant instant death. There would be no second chance if you came u cropper the first time. The stilt Idea was also impractica ble because of the luck of suitable timber and tools with which to con struct the stilts. It seemed to me that the best thing to do was travel up and down the line a bit in the hope that some spot might he discovered where conditions were more favorable, although I don’t know lust what 1 expected along those lines. It was mighty disheartening to real ise that only a few feet away lay cer tain liberty and Hint the only things preventing me from reaching it were three confounded fences. I thought of my machine and wished that some kind fairy would set It In front of me for Just one minute. I spent the night In a clump of bushes and kept In hiding most of the next day, only going abroad for an hour or two in the middle of the day ;o Intercept some Belgian peasant and beg for food. The Belgians In tills tec t lon were naturally very much afraid of the Germans and I fared badly. In nearly every house German soldiers were quartered and it was out of the question for me to apply for food In that direction. The prox imity of the border made everyone eye each other with more or less sus picion and I soon came to the conclu sion thut the safest thing I could do was to live on raw vegetables which I could steal from the fields at night as I had previously done. That night I made another survey of the burrier In that vicinity, but It looked Just as hopeless os It had the night before aud 1 concluded that I only wasted my time there. I spent the night wandering north, guided by the North Star which hud served me so faithfully in all my trav eling. Every mile or two I would make uiy way carefully to the harrier to see if conditions were any better, but it seemed to he the same all along. I felt like a wild animal In a cage, with about as much chunce of getting out. The section of the country lu which I was now wandering was very heavily wooded and there was really no very great difficulty In keeping myself con cealed, which I did all day long, striv ing all the time to think of some way in which I could circumvent thut cursed barrier. The idea of a huge stepludder oc curred to me, but I searched hour after hour in vain for lumber or fallen trees out of which I could construct one. If I could only obtain something which would enable me to reach a point about nine feet in the air it would he a comparatively simple matter to Jump from that point over the electric fence. Then I thought that perhaps I could construct a simple ladder and lean it against one of the posts uj»on which the electric wires were strung, climb to the top and then leap over, getting over the barbed wire fences In the aame way. This seemed to be the most likely plun and nil night long I sat construct ing a ladder for this purpose. I was fortunate enough to find a number of fallen pine trees from ten to twenty feet long. I selected two of them which seemed sufficiently strong and broke ofT all the branches, which I used as rungs, tying them to the poles with grass and strips from tny handkerchef and shirt as best I could. It was not a very workmanlike looking ladder when I finally got through with It. I leaned It aguinst a tree to test It and It wobbled consid erably. It was more like, a rope lad der than a wooden one, but I strength ened It here and there and decided that t» wnnbf nrnhthlv th* nu*. I kept the ladder in the woods all day and could hardly wait until dark to make the supreme test. If It proved successful my troubles were over; within a few hoars 1 would lie in n neutral country out of ull danger. If I fulled—l dismissed the Ideu sum marily. There was no use worrying uhout failure; the tiling to do was to succeed. The few hours that were to pass before night came on seemed endless, but I utilized them to re-enforce my ladder, tying the rungs more securely with long grass which I picked lu the woods. At lust night came, and with my ladder In hand I made for the harrier. In front of it there was a cleared space of about one hundred yards, which had been prepared to make the work of the guards easier in watch ing It. I waited In the neigliborluMHl until I heard the sentry pass the spot where I was in hiding and then I hurried across the clearing, shoved my ladder under the bur bed wire and endeav ored to follow it. My clothing caught lu tlie wire, but 1 wrenched myself cleur and crawled to the electric har rier. My plan was to place the ladder against one of the posts, climb up to tlie top anti then Jump. There would he u full of nine or ten feet, und I might possibly sprain an ankle or break my leg, hut If that was all that stood between me and freedom 1 wasn’t going to stop to consider It. 1 put my ear to the ground to listen for the corning of the sentry. There was not a sound. Eagerly but care fully I placed-tlie holder ugnlnst the post and sturted up. Only a few feet separated me from liberty, and my heart beat fast. 1 had climbed perhaps three rungs of my bidder when 1 became aware of an unlooked for difficulty. Tlie ladder was slipping. Just as 1 took tlie next rung, the ladder slipped, came lu contact with the live wire, und the current passed through tlie wet sticks and Into uiy body. There wus a blue flash, my hold on the ladder relaxed aud I fell !ieuvily to the ground unconscious. . Of course. I had not received the full force of the current or I would not now he here. 1 must have re mained unconscious for a few mo ments, hut I came to Just in time to heur the Germun guard coming, and the thought cume to me If I didn't get tliut ladder concealed at once he would see It even though, fortunutely for me. it wus an unusually dark night. I pulled the ladder out of his path und luy down flat on the ground not seven feet awuy from his feet. He pussed so close that I could have pushed the ladder out and tripped him up. It occurred to me thut I could have climbed hack under tlie barbed wire fence and wuited for the sentry to re turn and then felled hltn with a blow on the head, as he hud no idea, of course, thut there was anyone in the vicinity. I wouldn't have hesitated to take life, because my only thought was to get Into Holland, but I thought thut ns long as he didn't bother me perhaps the safest thing to do was not to bother him, but to continue my ef forts during Ids periodic absence. His beat at this point was apparent ly fairly long and allowed mq more time to work than I had Iftped for. My mishap with the ladder had con vinced me that my escape in that way wus not feasible. The shock that I had received had unnerved me and I was afraid to risk it nguin. particu larly as I realized that I had fared more fortunately than I could hope to again if I met with a similar mis hap. There was no way of making that ladder hold and I gave up the ideu of using it. I wus now right in front of this electric burrier und as I studied it I saw another way of getting by. If I couldn’t get over it, what was the matter with getting under it? The bottom wire wns only two Inches from tlie ground and, of course. I couldn’t touch it, but niy plan was to dig underneath it and then crawl through tlie hole In the ground. 1 had only my hands to dig with, but I went at It with a will and fortu nately the ground wns not very hard. When I had dug about six Inches. making a distance in ull of eight - inches from the lowest electric wire. I came to un underground wire. I knew enough about electricity to real ize that this wire could not be charged, as it was in contact with the ground, but still there was not room between the live wire and this underground wire for me to crawl through, und 1 ether had to go back or dig deep enough under this wire to cruvvl under it or else pull it up. Tills underground wire was about us big around as a lead pencil and there wns no chance of breaking it. The Jack-knife I had had ut the start of my travels I bail long since lost and even if I had had something to hammer with, tlie noise would have ' made the method Impracticable. I went on digging. When the total distance between the live wire ami the bottom of the hole I had dug was thirty Inches, I took hold of the ground wire and pulled on it with all my strength. It wouldn’t budge. It wns stretched taut across tlie narrow ditch I had . dug—about fourteen Inches wide— | and all the tugging didn't serve to loosen it. I wus Just about to give up 111 de spair when a staple gave wuy iu tlie nearest post. Tliut enabled me to pull tlie wire through the ground a little , add I renewed my efforts. After u moment or two of pulling as 1 had never pulled in my life before, a staple on the next post gave way. aud my work became easier. I had more leeway now and pulled aud pulled ugain until In all eight staples had given way. Every time a staple gave way, It sounded In my ears like the report of u gun. although I suppose it didn't really make very much noise. Never theless, each time I would put my ear to the ground to listen for the guard. If I heard him I would stop, working and lfe perfectly still in tlie dark till he had gone by. By pulling on the wire, I was now able to drag It through tlie ground enough to place It hack from the fence and go on digging. The deeper I went the harder be came the work, because by this time my finger nails were broken und I wns nervous —afraid every moment that I would touch'the charged wire. | 1 kept at it. however, with my mind constantly on the hole I wus digging and the liberty which was almost with in my reach. Finally I figured that 1 had enough space to crawl through mid still leave a couple of luchea between my back and the live wire. Before I went under that wire I no ticed tliut the lace which the Belgian woman bad given me as a souvenir made my pocket bulge, and lest It might he the Innocent means of elec trocuting me hy touching the live wire. I took It out. rolled It up sud threw It over the burrier first. TTien I lay down on my stomach auC crawb-d or rather writhed under the wire like u snake, with my feet first, und there wasn't any question of my i hugging mother earth us closely us possible because 1 realized tliut even to touch the wire above me with my buck meant Instunt death. Auzious us I wns to get on the other side. I didn't hurry this operation.' I feared that there might he some little detail thut I hud overlooked and I ex ercised tlie greatest possible cure In going under, taking nothiug for granted. When I finally got through and stralghteued up, there were still sev eral feet of Belgium between me aud liberty, represented hy the six feet which separated the electric burrier from the lust barbed wire fence, hut hafore I went uiiother step I went down ou my kn«s*s und thanked God for my long series of escapes and es pecially for this lust achievement, which seemed to me to he about all | that wus necessary to bring me free dom. Then I crawled under the barbed wire fence and breathed the free air of I Holland. I had no clear Ideu Just I where I was und I didn't care much. I wus out of the power of the Germans and that was enough. I had walked perhaps a hundred yards, when I re membered the lace I had thrown over the barrier, and dangerous as I real ized the undertaking to he, I deter mined to walk hack and get It. This necessitated my going hack onto Bel gian soil again, but it seemed a shame to leave the lace there, and by exer cising a little cure I figured I could get it easily enough. When I came to the spot at which 1 had made my way under the barbed wire, I put my ear to the ground and listened for the sentry. I heard him coming and lay prone on the ground till he had passed. The fact thut he might observe the hole In the ground or the ladder occurred to me ns I lay there, and It seemed like an age be fore he finally marched out of ear shot. Then I went under the barbed wire ogaln, retrieved the Ince and once again made my wuy to Dutch terri tory. It does not take long to describe the events Just referred to, hut the Inci dents themselves consumed several hours In ull. To dig the hole must have tuken me more than two hours (Continued on page 6) A. N. PARRISH, President J. H. THATCHER, Vice President J. F. MAURER, Caahier FIRST NATIONAL BANK LAMAR, COLORADO CapiLal Stock - $50,000. Surplus - - - $50,000. DIRECTORS: JOHN F. MAURER JOHN H. THATCHER LEWIS BARNUM A. N. PARRISH G. F. TROTTER C. M. LEE B. T. McCLAVE R. E. ADAMS President Vice Pres. Cashier. CAPITAL - - - - $50,000 SURPLUS - - - - $35,000 Lamar National Bank MEMBER FEDERAL RESERVE BANK LAMAR, COLORADO DIRECTORS: 11. T. McClave Ray Adams M. J. McMillin C. M. Lee A. Deeter Wc want your business, large and small, and offer every falciity consistent with safe and conservative banking Accounts Received Subject to Check Money Orders Sold ========================== J. M. WILLIAMS, Pres L. J. BORING, Cashier CHAS. MAXWELL, Vice Pres. J. D. SPOONER, Asst. Cashier Citizens State Bank LAMAR, COLORADO Capital Stock - $35,000. Surplus - - $17,500. Wr invite you to transact your business with this bank, und endeavor j to give prompt service by personal and courteous treatment to our customers. DIRECTORS—J. M. Williams, Charles Maxwell, Geo. A. Everett, L. J. Boring, I. L Maxwell. SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES AMERICAN FOOD SAVINGS LARGE United States Sent to Allies 141.000.000 Bushels of Wheat. CREDIT DUE TO WOMEN. I Allies Got 844.600.000 Pound* Mor* Meat and Fat* In 1817-18 Than in Year Before. r t AMERICAN F<M»l* SHIPMENTS r TO A 1.UBS r t MEAT. r 1010 17 LM OR,.'<00.000 Iba. r 1017-18 3,011.100,000 lb*. r r InrrraM**. &44.UOO.OOO Ih*. r r CKUKAI.S. r 1010-17 l*.MI,ilOO,O00 bu. r 1917*18 340.800.000 bu. r r Inert***. . . 80.900,000 bu. r 111 spite of a subnormal food supply In this country the American people have been able to ship to the Allies us well hs our own forces overseus 141.000.000 bushels of wheat, besides 844,000.000 pounds of meat, during the year ending June 3U last. This bu* been made possible by the whole souled co-operation of the people, who. besides practicing self-denial, have Speeded up production and re sponded nobly to the appeal from abroad. Food Administrator Hoover, in a letter to President Wilson, gives a brief summary of the results of food conservation in the United States and of tlie activities of tlie Food Admin istration to tills end. The conserva tion measures have been put through practleully on a voluntary basis which Is regun led us a splendid tribute to the patriotism of the American people. Meat shipments were Increased 844.- UUO.OOU pounds during the first fiscal year, as compared with our meal ex ports during the year before America entered the war. “The total value of these food ship ments,” Mr. Hoover wrote President Wilson, "which were In the main pur chased through or with collaboration ! of the Food Administration, amount ' to. roundly, SI.4OO,OUO.UUU during the fiscal year.” In 1 Old-17 the United States sent the Allies 2,100.500.000 pounds of meut. In 1917-18, with voluntary con servation practiced In America, and aided by extra weight of animals, we sent the Alllee 2,01 LIOO.OOO pounds of mes t. an Increase of 844.tkAi.uU0 pounds. Wheat Saving Enormous. When the Food Administration be gan oiieratlona la the summer of 1917. this country was facing a large deficit in wheat Counting lu all carry-over wheat from the 1916 crop, we bad at the beginning dt the 1917 harvest year Just enough wheat to take care of America’s normal consumption,—not a bushel of surplus. At the close of the 1917-18 harvest per the Food Administration s official reports showed that our total wheat shipments to the ether side bud been 141 .issj.tAA) bushels. Every bushel shipped was wheat saved by the American people from their normal consumption. In cereals aud cereal products re duced to terms of cereal bushels our shipments to AHled destinations were .tlosuO.OOU bushels, $0,900,000 bushels more than the amount sent In 1916 17. Included In these figures are 13.900.- ihhi bushels of rye and the MI.tAAMJtiU bushels of saved wheat. In addition we sent the neutrals dependent on us I lu.iMMMNM) bushels of prime breadstuff*. These figures do not fully convey i ihe volume of the effort and sacrifice made during the past yeur by the . Whole American people.” the Food Ad ministrator wrote. *T am sure that all the millions of our people, agricul tural ns well as urban, who have con tributed to these results should feel a very definite satisfaction thut In a . year of universal food shortage?, in tlie Northern Hemisphere, all of this** people joined together against Ger many came through to the new har vest. not only with health uud strength fully maintained, but with only tem porary periods of hardship "It Is difficult to distinguish be tween various sections of our people the homes, public eating places, food trade, urban or agricultural popula tions —In assessing credit for these results, hut no one will deny the dom inant part of the American women. Not Quite. "I understand that Mabel miM Fred accused her of cruelty." ‘‘till, no; she asked Mm t Vi«e hi* hair cut and lie suM It. v ■ ! »e to submit n lie- bu mv - Otters Catch Fish. The 'Chinese fisherman relieves him self of a lot of hard work by training otters to catch fish.