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by Victor Rousseau
Copyright W. O. Chapmai A NIQHT STRUGGLE. Paul Hiwlttt, loitering at nlfht In Madison aquara. New York, la approached by aa Eskimo do*. He follewa the dog to a rambling houae and meets the animal’a mlatreae coming out with a large amount of money. She la beautiful and In dls treaa and ho followa her. After protecting ber from two aaaallanta ho takea her In charge, and puts her In hie own rooma for the rest of the night. He returns a little later to find a murdered man In his rooma and Jacqueline dased, with her memory gone. He decides to protect Jacqueline, gets rid of the body and prepares to take her to Queboo in a search for her homo. Hmon Leroux. searching for Jacqueline for some unfriendly pur pose, finds them, but Hewlett evades him. Hewlett calls the girl his alster. In Quebec he learns that she la the daughter of a recluse la the wilds, Charles Duchalne. Pore Antoine tells Hewlett Jac queline Is married and tries to take her away. Hewlett engages pas sage on a boat to fit. Boniface. CHAPTKR Vl—Continued. The road, howerer, led ms Into a blind alley, the farther extremity be tas the base of the cliff; but another atisst amerced from It at a right angle, and I Tfhnged Into this, holler ing that any of the byways would eventually take me to the top of the acclivity. As I entered this street I heard the footsteps behind me quicken and, look ing around, perceived that the man was dose upon me. He stopped at the moment I did and disappeared In a email court. How I was afraid. The mighty dlff before ms, the silence of the de serted alleys In which I wandered helplessly, the thought of Jacqueline Sion* waiting anxiously for my return. «i*««w unmanned me. I almost ran forward into the byway which seemed to lead toward the summit, and aa I did so I heard the footsteps dose be hind me again. On my left hand was a tiny un fenced courtyard, not more than six yards In srea, and I turned Into this quickly and waited. I was confident that the bend In the street had hidden ma from my pursuer, and, as I antici pated, he came on at a swifter rate. Ha was abreast of me when I put out my hand and grasped him by the coat, while with the other I felt In ■y pocket fur my automatic pistol. H was not there. I hod left It In the pocket of the overcoat which I had changed at the furrier's shop aud had sent to the Chateau. And I was looking Into the villainous face of the rulßan who bad knocked me down on Sixth avenue 1 “What are you following me forP* I cried furiously. He wrenched himself out of my grasp and pulled a long knife from hto pocket. I caught him by the wrist, and we wrestled to and fro upon the snow. The keen steel slashed my Un gers, but the thought of Jacqueline helped me. I got hla hand open, snatched the knife, and flung It far away among tbs stunted shrubs that clung to the cliff Side. And we stood watching each other, panting. He did not try to atuck me again, hut stood just out of my reach, grin ning diabolically at me. Hla gase shifted over my shoulder. Instinctive ly I swung around aa the dry snow crackled behind me. I was a second too late, for I aaw nothing hut the looming figure of a second ruffian and his upraised arm; then painless darkness seemed to en fold me, and I was conscious of plung ing down Into a fathomless abyss CHAPTER VII. Captain Dubois Clang I Clang! It sounded aa though some titanic blacksmith were pounding on a mighty anvil to a devil’s chorus of laughter. And I was bound to the steel, and each blow awakened hideous echoes which went resounding thwugh my brain for. aver. Clang I Clang I I strove to free myself. I knew that It was a dream from which I must awaken, for the fate of the whole world depended on my awakening from the bonds of sleep. It would be so easy to sink down Into a deeper slumber, where even the clanging of the anvil beneath those hammer strokes would no longer be heard; but against this was the Im perative need to save—not the world i now, hat— The name was aa sweet as honey upon my Ups It was something worth living for. It was— Jacqueline 1 Igat name— Annette—Jeannette— JaiqeeUnel I had gone hack to my rooms and qgm naoflj span tbs floor. JacqaaUne Jacqueline of Golden River bad killed somebody, and I must eave her I Suddenly I realised that my eyes were wide open and that I waa star ing at the moon over the housetops. With consciousness came pain. My head throbbed almost unbearably, and I was stiff with cold. I raised myself weakly, and then I became aware that somebody was bending over me. It was a roughly dressed, rough looking denizen of the low quarter Into which I had strayed. "Dfable I I thought you were dead !" I could make out amid the stream of his dialect, but the remainder of his speech was beyond my understanding. I looked around In bewilderment. "Where am IT" I asked, stHl bound by that first memory of tfew York. "In Sous-le-Cap, m'sleur,** answered the man. I felt In my pocket for my watch and drew It out It was strange that the men had not robbed me, but I sup pose they had become terrified at their work and had run off. However I did not think of that at the time. It was a few minutes past eight. And the boat sailed at nine. I must have lain stunned In Bous-le-Cap street for an hour and a half, at least, and only the supreme necessity of awakening, realised through uncon sciousness, had saved me from dying under the soowa. I found that I could walk, and hav ing explained to the man that I wished to go to the Chateau, was taken by him to the top of a winding road, near at hand, from which I could see my destination at no great distance from me. Dismissing my friendly guide and sending him back rejoicing with lib eral largesse, I hurried as quickly as I could make my way until I burst Into the Chateau at half past the hour. I must have presented a dreadful spectacle, tor my hair and collar were matted with blood, and I saw the guests stare and shrink from me. The clerk came toward me and stopped no at the entrance to the elevator. "Where is Miss Hewlett!" I gasped. "Didn't you meet her? She left here nearly an hour ago." I caught him by the arm, and I think he Imagined that I was going to seise him by the throat also, for he backed away from me, and I saw a look of fear come Into his eyes. "Tour friend came for her and said that you had met with an accident," the clerk continued. "She went with him at once. He took her away In a sleigh. I was sure that you had missed her when you came In." But already I was half way across the hall and running for the door. I raced wildly across the court and toward the terrace. The meaning of the scheme was clear. Jacqueline was on Captain Du hamel's boat, which sailed at nine, and only twenty minutes remained to me. I had underestimated Leroux's shrewdness. He must have tele graphed Instructions from New York before my train was out of the country, secured the boat, laid his plans during his Journey northward, and had me struck down while Jacqueline was stolen from my care. I should have read him better. I had always daw dled. I trusted to the future Instead of acting. What chance had I against a mind like his? I must have been running aimlessly up and down the terrace, blindly searching for a road down to the lower town, for a man seised me by the sleeve and I looked Into the face of the hotel clerk again. "This way I" he said, and hurried’ me to a sort of subway entrance and down a flight of steps. Before me I saw the turnstile which led to a cable railway. He paid my fare and thrust me Into a car. A boy came to close the lat ticed door. The car glided down the cliff and stopped a few seconds later. I emerged through another turnstile and found myself In the lower town again at the foot of the precipice, above which rose the Chateau with Its Im posing facade, the ramparts and the towering citadel. I reached the wharf and raced along the planks. I was In time, although the engines were throbbing In the Salnte-Vlerge. But It was not she, but the dark Claire I sought at that mo ment, and I dashed toward her. A man barred my approach. He caught me In hls strong arms and held me fast. "Dlablel Are you road, monsieur?” be burst out as I continued to struggle. And then I recognised my captor as Captain Dubois. "Jacqueline Is on the Claire p I cried, trying to make him understand. "They took her there. They—" "It Is all right," answered Dubois, holding me with one hand, while with the other he wiped a blood drop from hls lip where I had stfbck him. /Tt l| all right. I have her." THB MLK MOUWTMXM PILOT. I stared wfldty at him. "She le aa the Claire!" I cried again. “He. moa amL She Is aboartf the Salnte-Vlerge," replied Dakota, chuck ling, "and If yen wish to accompany mademoiselle yon must come with me at once, for we are getting ep eteam." I could not believe him. I thought that Leroux had tampered with the honest man. It was not mMI ho had taken me. half forcibly, aboard and opened the door that I saw her. "Jacqueline!" I cried, and clasped her In my arms for Joy, and quite for got A dancing shadow fell upon the wall behind the oil lamp The honest captain was rubbing hls hands in the doorway and chuckling with delight "It la all right, it is all right; ex cuse me, monsieur," he said. **But what has happened to you, monsieur? You have met with an accident?" Jacqueline cried out and ran for water, and made me sit down, and began bathing my head. I contrived to whisper something of what had oc curred during the momenta when Jacqueline flitted to and fro. Dubois swore roundly. "It la my fault monsieur," he said. "I should have known. I should have accompanied you home. But I was anxioua to get to the telegraph office to Inform M. Danton of your coming. And I suspected something, too, for I knew that Leroux had something more In hls mind than simply to convey some of hls men to St. Boniface at such expense. Mademoiselle knowa nothing of the plot against her, and has been greatly distressed for you. So It shall be understood that you fell down and hurt your head on the icc-ehr I agreed to this. "But what did she think?" I asked, as Jacqueline went back for some more water. "That you had sent her to the Balnte-V!erge," he answered, "and that you were to follow her here—aa yon did. Parbleu! "One question of curloalty, mon sieur, If It la permissible," he said a little later. "Why does Leroux wish Dubois Swore Roundly. so much to stop your marriage with mademoiselle that he Is ready to stoop to assassination and kidnaping?" "Because he Is himself in love with her," I said. The captain clenched hla fists. "God forbid I" he murmured. "They say hls wife died of a broken heart. Ah. monsieur, swear to me that this shall never come about, that mademoiselle become hla wife. Swear It to me, mon ami I" I swore It, and we shook hands. Five minutes later we had cast off, and the Salnte-Vlerge steamed slowly through the drift Ice that packed the gulf. There were no lights upon the Claire, and I surmised that the con spirators were keeping quietly hidden In expectation of Jacqueline's arrival, though how Dubois had outwitted them I could not at the time surmise. Then I sought my cabin and fell asleep, dreaming of Jacqueline. Hewlett purchases dogs and a sled and sets off for Chateau Duchaine with Jac. queline. (TO HE CONTINUED.) She Almost Started a Fad. A girl who selected two earrings from different sets yesterday morning when dressing hurriedly was suspect ed of Introducing a new fad. She waa unconadoua of the attention she at tracted and did not realise that heads of her neighbors In church were turned and twisted to get a "close-up” of her Jewels until she reached home. A glance in her mirror told her that she was the object of Interest In her pew, for a huge pearl blossomed in one ear and a brilliant blue pendant hung from the lobe of the other.—Worcester Evening Post. Insects Do Much Good. Although Insects damage the crops, stored products and domestic animals in the United States to the enormous * mount off 1.200,000,000 every year, nevertheless this damage Is almost compensated by the good they da Dr. L. O. Howard, chief of the bureau of. entomology, at the National Mu seum told of the value of the useful Insects as cross-fertilisers of plants, as affecting the anil, in pridaring honey, silk. »U> OPENING OF THE PERSHING STADIUM IN FRANCE Left to right: Col Waite C. Johnson, uthletlc director of the American expeditionary forces and chairman or the interallied guinea committee: General Pershing. President Poincare of France, and French Minister of Marine Ley guey Inspecting the allied soldiers taking part In the opening day’s ceremonies at Pershing stadium. Joinville. France, near Paris. Every allied nation xvus represented at the opening of the great uthletlc field, which is iutended to be a permunent monument to the American urmy in France. Turn Rotterdam Into Army Base Dutch City Looks Like New York Since Americans En tered Area. MfiMCM GOODS ON SUE la Now Bupply Dopot for United States Army of Occupation in Germany—Turned Into Bus tling Now World Port. By CORP. DAVID RAMZEUR. (In the Chlcaco Poet.) Rotterdam, Holland. — Rotterdam, supply depot for the American anuv of occupation in Germany, Is "tHfe New York of the A. K. F.” At Maashaveen, the left month of the Rhine, on the outskirts of Rotter dam, American soldiers erected their barracks and at a wharf near by American soldiers and sailors unload the supplies for the American army of occupation In Germany. Squat tug boats, with their little Dutch house hold aboard, puff up and down the Rhine towing the long, narrow barges built for the canals of this little country, with their loads of supplies for the Yanks who are keeping the watch on the Rhine. And down the Rhine come some of the lucky dough boys whose time has expired ond who are starting for "God’s country." Rotterdam Now Bustling Port. In every direction In Rotterdam are signs of a busy, bustling new world port. Huge derricks and traveling crimes, big grain elevators, long strings of concrete and cast-iron docks and wharves, networks of tracks and here and there a shlpynrd resounding with the clatter of machin ery and the “rat-tat-tat" of riveters The shops are a wonder and a de light. They are marvels of cleanli ness and trim, neat, attractive tidi ness. The grocery stores are as scrupulously clean and orderly ns a big operating room In an American hospital and one has to look twice to discover whether a grocery store is Indeed a grocery or a first-class drug store. But the thing above all that makes us call Rotterdam the New York of the A. E. F. Is the fact that wherever one walks In the uptown districts one sees American articles for sale and American apparatus and machinery in use. For Instance, wulk down Uoog strnot (which, by the way Is not Hog street, but High street). It is the Broadway of the New York of the A. E. F. On It are tobacco and cigar shops that would put to shame the big Jewelry stores of many American cities; confectionery stores that are a little bit of fairyland; bakeries and groceries that fairly glisten with nickel, brass and glass; clothing East Adopts English Elementary Schools of Near East Make Study Compulsory Soon Will Dl.plac. French •> th. Language of Diplomacy and Buainaaa. Island of Crete—Tlie English lan guage promises soon to displace French as the language of business aud diplo macy. All through the Near East the Ang lo-American Influence Ims resulted In thousunds of elementary schools Insti tuting English ns n compulsory lan guage. Even in the Mediterranean lale, the home of Premier Venlaeloe, Instruc tion In the English language has been arranged for. American scientific agriculturalists are now completing a survey of the soil possibilities of Crete In the eame thorough fashion in which they-Mr* stores that look like one of the cor ners of Forty-second and Broadway. Walking along past those stores one sees popular brands of American to bacco and cigarettes; American phono graphs, American sewing machines, American chewing gum; one stops in front of a big music store and sees displayed In the windows all the more or less late American songs aud “Jazz" and "rag” music. There are dozens of American auto mobiles on the pretty drives and American motorcycles "put-put" by with their muffler cut out. Just os they do In America. Favorite “Ham and" to Order. In a little cafe or restaurant the soldier orders the great American favorite —ham and eggs—from a wait er who speaks good English and who will probably tell of the cities in I America where he has worked, and the "guldeens” will he rung up on an American cash register and In half the places an American typewriter will be found neur the register. Rot terdam has Its “Great White Way” Just like old New York. In the cabarets are mighty clever entertain ers and girls who can "rag” Just ns well as some of the girls back home. The Dutch wax merry In a much more repressed and dignified way than do the French and in a Rotter dam cafe one does not have to run a gantlet of alluring sirens as one does In Paris. A Rotterdam cafe or saloon Is n clean, orderly, always neat and trim room that Is generally quiet. Back of the bar the rosy-cheeked frail or frnuleln works and pays no heed to the men who come In. And the men Seek Colombia Mart American Business Men Invading Southern Republic. Hope to Open Up Country That Haa Been Long Closed to Our Trade. Washington. —Advices from Bogota say American business men are in vading Colombia for a commercial campaign and nre confident the pend ing Colombian treaty will be ratified by the United States. By the proposed treaty Colombia is to be recompensed for the loss of Pan ama. The Colombian people felt hos tility toward the United States for the part It played, and for a long period the Colombian field was particularly closed to American business. With the end of the European war, Euro pean business men swarmed to Colom bia. American business men were not far veyed the Greek mainland. Cretan soil Is somewhat exhausted by cen turies of cultivation without replace ment of soil food, but with an abun dant source of water supply In the mountains and avallible fertilizer It is believed much of It will respond to proper treatment. American farming machinery and up-to-date methods are needed, and arrangements have been made to sys tematically educate the farmers of Greece and Its largest island so that they can Increase their yield of crops. MaJ. C. G. Hopkins of the Illinois agricultural department, and Lieut. C. J. Bouyoucos, a native Greek educated In America and a former in structor at Michigan Agricultural College, are In charge of the agri cultural survey of Greece and Crete. About five thousand refugees from Asia Minor are sheltered and fed on the Island of Crete. These are dis tributed In the largo towns of Can Government to Take Census of Game Birds Washington, P. C. —To gather up-to-date and reliable informa tion on the present condition of game birds and unlmals In the Western States, as compared with previous years, the United States department of agricul ture, through Its bureau of bio logical survey, has sent blanks to thousands of hunters, and has asked that they be filled out with as complete nnd definite Information as possible. Recently 1,000 of these blanks were sent to a selected list of hunters In all counties of Wash ington state. The Information which will he obtained from the renlles, together with that sup plied by the field representa tives of the bureau, will give reliable Information on the game bird ami animal population of that state. The bureau has already is sued reports regarding mam mals nnd birds, including the game species, of Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado. Informa tion for reports Is now being collected In the states of Mon tana, Arlzcna, Wisconsin and Washington. who serve the customers look like church-going hank tellers. The larger saloons in Rotterdam are restaurants, enfes, saloons, Millard rtnmts nnd cluhrootns combined.. To It come the men with their wives and children. The little ones ent the tasty pastry and sip sirup; the wives drink beer or tea nnd ent cake and gossip, and the men play billiards or cards, write letters or gather round the huge tiled stoves to talk politics. behind them. The Call chamber of commerce, on the west const, has re ceived notice from the United States food administration of o projected vis it by a commission of business men from here. The Americans nre pre pared to negotiate n new system of business credits to meet the needs of Colombian men. This will be the beginning of a new era In trade with South American countries. It is said, for the chief com plaints of the Lntln-Amerlcnns against the methods of the United States con cerps has been on credits nnd packing. The ministry of agriculture nnd com merce has Issued orders to give every assistance to the Americans in the handling of their samples by remitting custom duties, nnd special trains will be put at their disposal to visit vari ous sections of the Interior. The party will stop at the port of Buena Ventura, where extensive improvements are be ing made on plnns submitted by Amer ican engineers. dia, Retimno and Cunea, nnd to the small towns of the interior. Ameri can Red Cross representatives have visited these refugees as well as the civilian and military hospitals on the Island of Crete, In addition to investi gating the conditions of the Greek soldiery returned from German prison camps and the townspeople of the island. The greatest needs of the inhabi tants of the island are an Institution for the treatment of tuberculosis, med icines and inedlcul supplies, blankets and staple foods. White Chicken Hawke. Lancaster, Pa.—A white chicken hawk —that’s a new one. But It’s a reality, for Ira E. Melllnger Is exhibit ing six little fuzzy ones that sire as white as snow. Melllnger found his specimens in the lower end of the county nnd secured them after fight ing and killiag a big rattlesnake whirls was trying to find the nest. The hawk.< are at Melllnger’s home living on raw liver. Anger punishes itself.