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$1 (WJ 1 i Egypte Üé! ârz> AN AMOIOVN SOLDIER MIO WENT MUlUIKiWmiW •fr t* w rV MACHINE: GUNNER^ERyiNGfN fTMffCfr ©1917 ey arthu/uuy cnpfY EMPEY HAS NARROW ESCAPE WHILE ON PATROL DUTY IN NO MAN'S LAND. Synopsis.—Fired by the sinking of the Lusitania, with the loss of American lives, Arthur Guy Empey, an American living in Jersey City, goes to England and eniists as a private in the British army. After a short experience as a recruiting officer In London, ho Is sent to train ing quarters In France, where he first hears the sound of big guns and makes the acquaintance of "cooties." After a brief period of training Empey's company is sent into the front-line trenches, where ho takes his first turn on the fire step while the bullets whiz overhead. Empey learns, as comrade falls, that death lurks always in the trenches. Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot fire. With pick and shovel Empey has experience as a trench digger In No Man's Land. Exciting experience on listening post detail. Ex citing work on observation post duty. CHAPTER XVI —Continued. — 13 — Quite a contrast to Wilson was an other character In our brigade named Scott ; we called him "Old Scotty" on account of his age. He was fifty-seven, although looking forty. "Old Scotty" had been born In the Northwest and j had served In the Northwest Mounted police. He was u typical cowpuncher and Indian fighter and waS'a dead shot j with the rille, and took no pains to disguise this fact from us. He used to take care of his rifle as if It were a baby. In his spare moments you could | always see him cleaning It or polish ing the stock. Woe betide the man 1 Who by mistake happened to get hold of this rifle; be soon found out his error. Scott was as deaf as a mule, pnd it was amusing at parade to watch him In the manual of- arms, slyly glancing out of the corner of his eye at the man next to him to see what the order was. How he passed the doctor was a mystery to us ; he must have bluffed his way through, because he certainly was Independent. Beside him the Fourth of July looked like Good Friday. He wore at the time a large sombrero, had a Mexican stock saddle over his shoulder, a lariat on his arm, and a "forty-five" hanging from his hip. Dumping this parapher nalia on the floor he went up to the recruiting officer and shouted: "I'm from America, west of the Rockies, and want to join your d I*ve got no use for a German and cun ■hoot some. At Scotland Yard they turned me down ; said I was deaf and •o I am. I don't hunker to ship In with | B d-d mud-crunching outfit, but the cavalry's full, so I guess this regl- ! ment's better than none, so trot out your papers and I'll sign 'em." He told them he was forty and slipped by. 1 was on recruiting service at the time he applied for enlistment. It was Old Scotty's great ambition to be a sniper or "body snatcher," as Mr. Atkins calls It. The day that he was detailed as brigade sniper he cele brated his appointment by blowing the whole platoon to fags, i Being a Yank, Old Scotty took a Ilk tug to me and used to spin some great yarns about the plains, and the whole platoon would drink these In and ask for more. Ananias was a rookie com pared with him. The ex-plainsman and discipline could not agree, but the officers all liked him, even If he was hard to man age, so when he was detailed as a sniper a sigh of relief went np from I the officers' mess. Old Scotty had the freedom of the brigade. He used to draw two or three days' rations and disappear with his glass, range finder and rifle, and we would see or hear no more of him until suddenly he would reappear with a couple of notches added to those already on the butt of his rifle. Every time he got a German It meant another notch. He was proud of these notches. But after a few monthsf Father Rheumatism got him and he was sent to Blighty; the air in the wake of his stretcher was blue with curses. Old Scotty surely could swear ; some of his outbursts actually burned yon. No donbt, at this writing, he Is "somewhere In Blighty" pussy footing it on a bridge or along the wall of some munition plant with the "G. R." or Home Defense corps. army. CHAPTER XVII. Out In Front. After tea Lieutenant Stores of onr section came into the dugout and In formed me that I was "for" a reconnol tering patrol and would carry six Mills bombs. At H:80 that night twelve men, our lieutenant and myself went out In front on a patrol In No Man's Land. We cruised around in the dark for about two hours, Just knocking about looking for trouble, on the lookout for Boche working parties to see what they were doing. Aronnd two in the morning we were carefully picking onr way about thirty yards in front of the German barbed wire, when we walked Info a Boche covering party nearly thirty strong. Then the music started, the fiddler ren dered his bill, and we paid. Fighting In the dark with a bayonet Is not very pleasant. The Germans took It on the run. but our officer was no novice at the game and didn't fol * ow them. He gave the order "down on the ground, hug it close." skimmed over our heads. Then in low tones we were told to separate and OD his own. rifles In the darkness, but fbe bullets Just In time, too, because a volley crawl back to our trenches, each man We could see the flashes of their were going over our heads. We lost three men killed and one wounded In the arm. If It hadn't been for our officer's quick thinking the whole patrol would have probably been wiped out. After about twenty minutes' watt we went out again and discovered that the Germans had a wiring party work ing on their barbed wire. We returned to one trenches unobserved with the information and our machine guns im mediately got busy. The next night four men were sent out to go over and examine the Ger man barbed wire and see If they had | ! I m t M m 7 fWiV ■ /■a f; <■ St V fr l,' tr ■ W tern . Sp iswaiiii« A Hidden Gun. cut lanes through it ; if so, this pres aged an early morning attack on our trenches. Of course I had to be one of the four selected for the job. It was just like sending a fellow to the undertaker's to order his own coffin. At ten o'clock we started out, armed with three bombs, a bayonet and re volver. After getting into No Man's Land we separated. Crawling four or five feet at a time, ducking star shells, with strays crocking overhead, I reached their wire. I scouted along this inch by inch, scarcely breathing. I could hear them talking In their trench, my heart was pounding against my ribs. One false move or the least noise from me meant discovery and almost certain death. After covering my sector 1 quietly crawled back. I had gotten about half way when I noticed that my revolver was missing. It was pitch dark. I turned about to see If I could find It ; It couldn't be far away, because about three or four minutes previously I had felt the butt In the holster. I crawled around in circles and at last found It, then started on my way back to our trenches, as I thought. Pretty soon I reached barbed wire, and was just going to give the pass word when something told me not to. I put out my band and touched one of the barbed wire stakes. It was Iron. The British »r<' of wood, while the German are Iron. My heart stopped beating; by mistake I had crawled back to the German lines. 1 turned slowly about and my tunic caught on the wire and made a loud ripping noise. A sharp challenge rang out. sprang to my feet, ducking low, and ran madly back toward our lines. The Germans started firing. The bullets were biting all around me, when bang! I ran smash into our wire, and a sharp challenge. " 'Alt, who comes there?" rang out. I gasped out the password, and, groping my way through the lane in the wire, tearing my hands ami uniform, I tumbled into our trench and was safe, but I was a nervous wreck for an hour, until a drink of rum brought me round. 1 b CHAPTER XVIII. Staged Under Fir®. Three days after the Incident Just re lated our company was relieved from the front line and carried. We stayed in reserve billets for about two weeks when we received the welcome news that our division would go back of the line "to rest billets." We would re main in these billets for at least two months, this in order to be restored to our full strength by drafts of recruits from Blighty. Everyone was happy and contented at these tidings; all you could hear around the billets was whistling and singing. The day after the receipt of the order we hiked for five days, mak ing an average of about twelve kilos per day until we arrived at the small town of O'-. It took us about three days to get settled, and from then on our cushy time started. We would parade from 8 ;45 In the morning until 12 noon. Then except for an occasional billet or nrlgade guard we were on our own. For the first fonr or five afternoons 1 spent my time in bringing up to date my neglected correspondence. Tommy loves to be amused, and be- j lug a Yank, they turned to me for ! something new in this line. I taught I them how to pitch horseshoes, and this game made a great hit for about ten days. Then Tommy turned to Amer ica for a new diversion. I was up in the air until a happy thought came to me. Why not write a sketch and break Tommy in as an actor? One evening after "lights out," when you are not supposed to talk, I impart ed my scheme in whispers to the sec tion. They eagerly accepted the idea of forming a stock company and could hardly wait until the morning for further details. After parade, the next afternoon I was almost mobbed. Everyone In the section wanted a part in the proposed sketch. When I Informed them that it would take at least ten days of hard work to write the plot, they w T ere bit terly disappointed. 1 immediately got busy, made a desk out of biscuit tins in the corner of the billet, and put up a sign "Empey & Wallace Theatrical Co." About twenty of the section, upon rending this sign, Immediately applied for the position of office boy. I accepted the twenty applicants, and sent them on scouting parties through out the deserted French village. These parties were to search all the attics for discarded civilian clothes, and any ... . ,. . thing that we could use in the props of our proposed company. About five that night they returned covered with grime and dust, but load ed down with a miscellaneous assort of the program to a printing house in London. Then I assigned the different parts and started rehearsing. David Belasco would have thrown up his mont of everything under the sun. They must have thought that I was going to start a department store, Judging from »he different things they brought back from their pillage. After eight days' constant writing I completed a two-act farce comedy which I called "The Diamond Palace Saloon." Upon the suggestion of one of the boys in the section I sent a proof bands In despair at the material which I bad to use. Just imagine trying to teach a Tommy, with a strong cockney accent, to Impersonate a Bowery tough or a Southern negro. Adjacent to our billet was an open field. We got busy at one end of It and constructed a stage. We secured the lumber for the stage by demolishing an old wooden shack in the rear of our billet. The first scene was supposed to rep resent a street on the Bowery in New York, while the scene of the second net was the interior of the Diamond Palace saloon, also on the Bowery. Ic the play I took the part of Abe Switch, a farmer, who had come from Pumpklnvllle Center, Tenn., to make his first visit to New York. In the first scene Abe Switch meets the proprietor of the Diamond Palace saloon, a ramshackle affair which to the owner was a financial loss. The Proprietor's name was Tom FUlemU bartender be ' Dg named ... p ' After meeting Abe, Tom and Fillem TT . , ", '. .. , Up persuaded him to buy the place, , . . ,, w. j , ,,, praising it to tb« skies and telling wondrous tales of the money taken over the bar. Empey stages his play under difficulties but with great suc cess. The next installment tells about it. * (TO BE CONTINUED) Used Vast Amount of Wire. It has been estimated that the wire in the cores and sheathing of the world's submarine cables that have been made since they were first nsed in 1857, would reach from the earth to the moon. # twice : > s * * yJ WHIP GRAFTING IS FAVORED Method Has Advantage of Being' Adapted to Small Plants—Can Be Done During Winter. (Prom the United States Department of Agriculture.) Whip grafting Is the one almost universally used in root grafting. It has the advantage of being well adapt ed to small plants only one or two years of age, as well as the other great consideration that It can be done in doors during the comparative leisure of winter. The graft Is made by cutting the stock off diagonally—one long, smooth cut with a sharp knife, leaving about three-fourths of an inch of cut sur face. Place the knife about ono-third of the distance from the end of the cut surface, at right angles to the cut, and split the stock In the direction of its long axis. Cut the lower end of the scion in like manner, and when the two parts are forced together the cut surfaces will fit neatly together and will nearly cover the other If scion and stock are of the same size. A difference In diameter of the two parts to be united may be disregarded unless it be n I : ' Si a j 'I [. n fej i|| f : , M| T » Ffcl /if n b t i \a c mm. L__ Whip Grafting: a, the Stock; b, the Scion; c. Stock and Scion United. too great. After the scion and stock have been locked together they should be wrapped with five or six turns ot waxed cotton to hold the parts firmly together. While top grafting may be done in this way, it is in root grafting that the whip graft finds its distinctive field. When the roots are cut Into lengths ot two to five or six Inches to be used as stocks, the operation is known as piece root grafting. Sometimes the entire root is used. The roots are dug and the scions are cut in the fall and stored. The work of grafting may be done during the wlnter monthg . When the opera tlon has been performed, the grafts ore packed away in moss, sawdust or sand In a cool cellar to remain until spring. It Is important that the place of storage should be cool, else the grafts may start into growth and be ruined, or heating and rotting may oc cur. If the temperature is kept low'—• not above 40 degrees F.—there will be no growth except callusing and the knitting together of stock and scion. In ordinary propagation by means ot whip grafts, the scion Is cut with about three buds, nnd the stock is nearly as , S s C i on ,0n * " tne The graft Is so planted as to bring the union of stock and scion not very far below the surface of tlie ground ; but where the trees are required to be especially hardy In or j er 1 0 stand severe winters, and the roots used are not known to be so hardy us the plants from which the scions have been cut, a different plan The scions are cut much longer and the roots may be cut short cause roots to Issue from the lower is adopted. er, and the graft is planted so deep as end of the scion. When taken up to be set In the orchard, the original root may be removed entirely, leaving noth ing but the scion and the roots which have been put forth from It. This is a common practice in preparing nur sery stock for planting in tlie north ern part of the Mississippi valley. T carefully all fruit trees and remove any brunches that have been broken by summer storms or a heavy - . ~. . .. ... , . crop of fruit. If only slightly broken .. ^ . , , . they may be propped up In such a way ~ v u » ,1 T . * as to « row b f tk *«* " f° T ™ ove b f 8aw ne " lgbt up cl0s ^ t0 the main body of the tree or other branch from which It comes. ATTENTION TO FRUIT TREES Make Careful Inspection and Remove All Branches Broken by Storms or Heavy Crop. CAREFULLY PICK ALL APPLES Each Specimen Should Be Placed In Basket. Box or Barrel So as Not to Bruise It. In picking apples and other fruit, use great care in placing each speci men carefully In the baskets and box es or barrels so as not to bruise It. See that picking baskets and field boxes are free from splinters ' and nails. Effects of a Minnesota Cyclone ' gogsen) i » : I I WM I V A V > : / '< ' & I £25*. C :■ i ■ i : : ^ K j I ■ :.yï: f ! ill f . I: i. m ■s •v * N 5 * y U I f. %• V ->■ Unoc^mio K UNO CKWUOO V* wss Ai \>V A y ^4» SL & ** ÏJ& TM mi: A cyclone which recently swept through Tyler, Minn., did terrific dam Houses were torn from their foundations, trees were uprooted and a long path of wreckage remained ifter the "twister" had passed on its way. Two hundred persons were seated in a motion-picture theater during the storm, but the building and its occupants were unharmed, from adjacent towns were rushed to the scene of disaster. Photograph shows a part of the wreckage and the front entrance to the Tyler First National bank. age. Red Cross nurses WHERE TO GET INFORMATION Red Cross Tells Familie« of Soldiers Address of Bureaus Where to write, and when, and what to say when asking information con cerning men in the army or navy, is explained by the Red Cross home serv Ice department. In cases of claims for insurance, communications should be addressed to the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, Compensation and Insurance Claims section. Treasury Department, Wash ington. If no letter has been received from a soldier or sailor for an unreasonable length of time, the inquiry should be addressed to the Bureau of Communi cation, American Red Cross, Washing ton, D. C. Inquiries concerning men wounded or Tcllled in service, or authentically reported wounded or killed should be addressed to the same bureau. In asking for information of any kind, the full name of the soldier or sailor, his serial number, his company and regiment or other unit, his rank, age and the date of this entry in the service, should all be written at the top of the letter. To disregard rumors, which in many cases are enemy propaganda, is ad vised by the Red Cross. Except in a few rare Instances, families have been notified promptly of casualties. No Helmet More Efficient Than That Being Worn by American Boys in France "Tlie helmet worn by American sol diers follows the general lines of the British type of Inverted 'soup plate,' rather thrtn the French 'casque' or the German 'coal scuttle,' " says Francis A. Collins In "The Fighting En gineers." "Penetration tests show that no helmet Is more efficient than that of the American type. Every helmet issued to the American soldier has passed a severe test and Is absolutely free from cracks or flaws. To turn out this complicated head gear by the million, using only tho highest grade of materials, is a big order; but the great manufacturing re sources of the United States have proved equal to the quantitive produc tion. Steel helmets hud never been made in the United States; but new machinery was designed, and the sup ply bus never fallen behind the de mand. The helmets are made by stamping and punching sheets of steel, so thou sands may be burned out In a day, with great saving of labor. Each steel sheet Is one foot square and one sixth of an Inch thick. The pieces sheared off and other wastage are re turner to the government, so that noth ing is lost. Good Horses Are Expensive and Sell for Fancy Prices TVhen electricity came Into use for street cars hundreds of thousands of horses were released for other pur poses, but equine prices did not de scend, notes a New York correspond ent. Then when automobiles came in to such genera! use and supplemented horses again, the natural expectation was that the price would he- cheaper. On the contrary, good general purpose horses are higher today than ever be fore. When central New Yorkers are required to pay these high figures they can get a little consolation from the reports of the German horse market at Hanover. There good cart horses brine ?1,000 to $1,500; medium size, $800 to $900; Inferior animals, $T00 to $750, and horses about to be led to the slaughter for meat bring $300 to $375. / £**4 ♦**»4»**»*>4***4*»4**jj Worth Remembering. * a ★ ★ * To err is human ; not to for- A give Is inhuman. ★ ★ •* * * ★ ♦ * It is the want of motive that J makes life dreary. In the lumber trade trees are $ brunch establishments. The fellow who takes offense * is very apt to return It. ★ ★ * ★ ■* ★ ★ J * J ★ ★ J ★ $ J * * ■* * » A * ★ * The dignity of many a man J overshadows his position. * * * A duck of a wife sometimes * makes a goose of a husband. * * ★ * Platinum îs Absolutely Necessary to Aid America in Fighting the Germans For war purposes the United States must possess or control every ounce of platinum in the country, says New York Times, because, ns Represent ative Henry T. Rainey of Illinois pointed out in his speech in the house recently, "explosives cannot be manu factured without the use of sulphuric acid and nitric acid, and sulphuric and nitric acids cannot be manufactured without ample supplies of platinum." Platinum is also essential for the man ufacture of Ignition points in air planes; and guns cannot be made with out the use of pyrometers, and In turn pyrometers cannot he made without platinum. A pyrometer Is an Instru ment for measuring very high degrees of temperature. this being so, no patriotic makers of, or dealers In, articles of luxury Into which platinum enters, only because it has become more ex pensive than gold, would stand In the path of action by congress to give the war department control of the available supply of platinum in this country. Germany now has Its hands on th<* greater part of the world's store of platinum, which Is to be found in the Ural mountains. Colombia, which Ger man propaganda is seeking to Influ ence, produces 10 per cent of the whole ; the United States only 1 per cent. Iridium and palladium must not be forgotten ; they occur with platinum and are used in hardening it. The Jewelers, manufacturers and deal ers can get along without platinum. If necessary, though some of their arti sans would have to seek other work ; but the American army cannot fight without platinum. All Wild Burro as a Food, and Value as a Beast of Burden Dr. C. C. Young, an Arizona sheep breeder, wants wild burros of the southwest utilized as food. Ho says he has eaten burro meat himself and likes it. In their wild state the burros are pests, he says, but when fat and about a year old can be converted into dishes tempting to our best epicures. Tills is only one side of the matter, however. The burro Is of more worth as a beast of burden than as an article of food. greater degree, at least during the war?—Detroit Free Press. Why not utilize him to a Siberia. The biggest and loneliest land on the globe is Siberia, of which at the present moment there Is so much talk. Anyone who would set about Its con quest by Invasion would find the task an herculean one, for it contains near ly 5,000,(XX) square miles, and Is about 45 times ns big as the British isles. In these vast spaces there is a population less than London contains by a couple of millions, and there are hundreds of thousands of square miles of territory where no human being is to be seen.