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xpnopsu of Chapters I and II.
The United State* is about to go to war with a foreign nation. The em ployee of the government power star tion which supplied Washington and New York with electricity for light, heat and power, are exj>ecting orders to supply heavier current. Atsins, an electrician at the station obtains leave to placo an invention of his before the head of the United States Army at Washington. He obtains an Interview with the General who is favorably im pressed with the annihilating appara tus and gives directions for its Instal lation under the supervision of Its in*! vendor. Chapter III Io the surprise of the nation, Con gress held back during the day, a nar-1 row fringe of conservative members I standing between the country and i war. The news service, which had picked up again and was voluminous and detailed once more, still carried j the prediction that war was inevitable and could be only delayed. Meanwhile the stolid helplessness t the War Department, which hail blan keted even the energetic efforts of the department chiefs to do the l>est they could at the eleventh hour, had give- | away to a feverish activity extending i even to departments unaware of th purpose. Atsins had taken a fast ®press ship back to Susquehanna, returning at top speed with the concentrator, the plans of which he had shown Shod and Mon* trus, and which, many months before, he had constructed. Shod had his order* regarding power, orders which carried a sig nificance to him but to none other at the power station. At No. 10 Sending Station, Atsins, with an army of electricians and mechanics under him, worked at nerve racking speed during the day. Mon trus, possessed by a devil of im patience, foreboding, nnd fear, could not contain himself either In the olllce or at the statiou. The work progressed; the death dealing concentrator went Into placo; sine. “We'll feel better in the open.’ Before they could step out of th< door. % messenger came in. “Curtis reports,” he said. “The fleei has left Kiel Ho will send location.’ “Tell Curtis,” said Montrus spcakini low-voiced, “that the outcome of tbh war depends on him. We want the lo cation. We must have it. If he cat send electrographs, send them; bul first the location.” W*tb Atsins, he walked out into th« night. The sky was black. The aii was heavy and wet. A geutlo drizzle was starting. The two men took a few’ deep breaths, and then turned to each other, Neither spoke, but each held out bil hand. One close grasp, and tliej parted, Atsins for the sending station, Montrus for the tower. When the latter stepped off tho ele vator at the top, he found two assist nts busy with the reflector. Far away i the driccle were the lights of Wash ington and the Capitol. The general glanced at the bulletin, but it told him nothing now. The roll-call was being ’’Mayed by members who insisted ou explaining their votes, notwlthstand l _ tha' the) and the others had reach ed tht limits of human endurance, lie glan *e«’ at the other board. which woub give him In duplicate any word tha niigh come from Curtis. It was blank; but as he looked, it flashed out with ”52 30 17 N. O B3 34. 9 E.” “We’ve got 1 ” ho almost gasped; and then he turned to the assistants, Jerking out his commands: "Ready there. We ought to got some thing from Curtis in a moment. Tell the Capitol we must have instant no tice of the declaration.” At another televue he got AtsinB at Bending Station No. 10. There they also had a duplicate of Curtis’ message giving the longitude and latitude of the hostile fleet. “Ready?” asked the general. “Ready,” said the electrician. Montrus enveloped his head In the hood at the reflector—hardly a necessi ty, so black was the night. Across the Atlantic, day had broken, and Curtis had the Ijght he needed in his electro DESTRUCTION OF THE GREAT GERMAN AIR FLEET. reinforcement was added to every de tail of the station; its capacity was increased to the limits of possibility Night hnd come and was advancing. Still Congress held to Ite tense debate. Ten o’clock came; and Atsins sought Montrus, finding him nervously pacing hack and forth in his office. The young i electrician wa* calm and charged with ' quiet confidence. "If we can got their location, they will not leave,” he said. ' May!** you cannot furnish It?” “'We can if w® can get Curtis again,” said Montrus. "What if we can t?” "Then wo shall have to take them when we get It.” replied Atains. "It would he safer to annihilate them l»e» tore they start.” "Try for Curtis n^aln.” ordered the general, turning to the aide In the room. They waited for an answer, which came hack presently. The ope rat or at the Sending Station No. 5 re ported that his efforts were not suo ceseful. and he advised against many rej>etitlonB. "It endanger* him,” he said. "He will report when he can.” W'ith nothing to do but wait, In nervous tension, they saw' the hours mount to 111. Then came a bulletin front Congress. The vote was about to he taken. Of the result there could 1>« no doubt, and there was none In the minds of the men sitting In the office. There had been none from the start; and yet. now that the moment had come, they looked at each other, pale faced and heavy-eyed. “Come outside.” said Montrus to At photography and transmission. Some where above the hostile flf'ot. Montrus knew, the scout hung precariously in a position to send not only informa tion but a continuous reflection of the movements of the airships. He might be discovered, but that was the hazard of his occupation. If he were well concealed by distance, and out of the path of the enemies’ scouts, he would win out. If otherwise, he at least had done his duty to the best of his ability. With one Anger on a button which would give the signal to Atstns. the general waited word from the Capitol. Sixty seconds after the vote had been taken and war declared, the world would know It. The hostile fleet would know' It almost as soon ns Monfru«. It was In the arrogance of superior force tha‘ the enemy had waited the formal beglnnlnf of hortllltles. Hippies of light were chasing each other across the reflector; shadowy forms appeared and disappeared In vapors and fc'-u, Then came an outline growing * distinct, and presently he had the picture again. Outside the hood wan the Mack, drizzling night; Inside, the face of the reflector was glowing with a picture of clouds lighted by the early rays of the sun and of a fleet of airships lan guidly floating at. reel. Montrus eon Id see tho flags floating from the ships, could see their torpedo tubes and the graceful movement ol one here and there as It changed posi : tlon slightly. One of the aaslntants at his sirt« * stooped over and shouted at hint through Ukf hood: "Here's the flash. Wars UecbnHi." The general twitched with suppress ed excitement. For a moment longer, he watched the picture iu the reflector! Then he saw that the fleet had the news. Across the Atlantic the in stantaneous service had carried the de claration of war. Ffcr below him was the chief city of his nation, now subdued In the know ledge that it aud the nation had been > brought to the final test. In the eend i ing station was the man on whom his nation's hopes deluded. Ho ilrtniy pressed the button. In the reflector he saw the enemy's ; squadron move. He knew that it had i been in readiness to start, and on the instant of tho receipt of the tidings was setting forth. If it came unmo jested, as it had every right to expect it would, there could be but one result i to his nation. It seemed an eternity of time as he watched the reflector, i Suddenly ono of the ship* disap peared in a blotch- which sent confused shadows over the reflector. Moatrus trembled in his excitement. The pictures grew clear for an in -stant. Then another blur—a quirk succession of blurs, between .which he could see nothing. Ho grew dizzy, and held tightly to I the supports of the reflector to steady himself. His unblinking eyes were so held by tho grim, silent chaos of de struction portrayed before him, that the seeing faculty seemed a thing apart from him and separated completely by , his dazed condition. Tho tumultuous heaving and blur ring on tho reflector cleared away. It revealed u torn and shattered fleet— two-thirds of the ships bad vanished completely, others boating feebly and In their last efforts, others slowly sinking through the air. a few trying to escape from an unseen terror. ui-ncrai Mom.rus, veteran tnough he wap. shuddered at the horror of the sight. Unseen, unheard, softly through tho thick darkness, the wireless death had swept that proud aerial fleet out of existence in one tense Instant. And Atsins, the shock-headed youth, was the destroyer, sitting calmly up theTO In the tending station, with one soiled hand on the lever of his great, terrible concentrator. It was he who bad utl , Used tho means formerly used to send I messages, to bear Intelligence across I boundless areas, which, Increased a hundred thousand-fold In voltage, had j now carried absolute destruction. ! Still breathing heavily, Montrus threw off the hood, coming hack to the utter blackness and the drizzle of the Washington night. A bulletin was flashed on the board which carried the duplicates from Curtis. "Fleet gone—Vanished in Convul sion—Pictures Actual and Accurate Disturbance not caused by defects but by destruction of fleet—Can’t explain it, but America Is saved.” Montrus turned the wireless televue on to the sending station, urtil saw At sins sitting quietly on a box In one corner of the little room, gravely smoking a short pipe, his shock of blonde hair badly rumpled, a smild on Ills freckled face. "Atsins”—the com mander-ln-chlef was trying hard to con trol his voice—Atsins. You have saved us. It is all over. Their fleet was an nihilated.” It seemed to the old soldier, veteran of a dozen campaigns, absurdly Impos sible that the safety of a great nation should have been put Into the hands of that grimly hoy In blue overalls. “It worked all right, didn't it?” At sins answered calmly. “Come over here,” Montrus went on. “Hurry and come. To-morrow Con gress’ll he giving you a vote of thanks; you’ll he a bigger man than old Dewey ever was.” A troubled frown came on Alain's face. “Excuse me. please, general,” he said. "I'm going back to the shop, I’ve Just thought of a big improvement on my concentrator. Good night.” Longest Climh in the World. I Ignaglne making the ascent of Mount Washington by moans of a staircase. But a feat akin to this many travellers : in China have accomplished in going to the top of the holy mountain, some six thousand feet above Taingan-fn. The road leading to It Is the best in all tho kingdom. About a mile north of the city walls stands a large gate amid the ruins of a once flourishing suburb, leading from this gate tho road Is lined with temples, convents and shrines, where pilgrims stop to pray if they are fortunate enough to rid them selves of the hordes of beggars. Where the real ascent begins there is a stone portal which is inscribed with the fact that hero the great Con fucius halted 2,600 years ago, not hav ing the strength to ascend the six thousand stone steps leading to the top. These Taischao stairs aro by far the highest in the world, for, taking the number of steps in one story of an ordinary house to be twenty, tho num ber of Talschan steps equals three hundred stories. The coolies will carry a pilgrim up the stairs and back, a dis tance of twice sixteen miles, for thirty cents—fifteen cents for each coolie. When the ascent Is made one finds himself upon a large plateau, which Is covered with numerous temples and stone monuments. The main temple is that of the holy mother, consisting of j several buildings surrounded by a j stone wall. The several courts are ■ adorned with magnificent statues and ! monuments of bronze, with a huge | statue of the holy mother on the altar j These doors are opened once only ; f*ach year, when an imperial commis sion comes to collect tho money offer ings of the pilgrims. By means of a substantial "tip” the guard may be in duced to push the bar of the main gate aside, so that one may have I a glimpse within. The floor of this largo temple In usually Ailed with a I heap of coins of everv description, size, and value, probably represent ing $10,000 in American currency. | The money In divided among the con vents and beggars of the holy moan I tain, hut tho largest share goes In to the pocket* of that enterprising lady, the Dowager Empress. In all Cflhan cigar factories in the West Indies. Key West and Tampa, a public reader Is emploved. This man occupies a high seat and reads aloud i newspapers, magazines and noyeh i to the cigar-makers as they work. “THE DECIDER•* A New Trap for Womtn Who Hesi tote About What to Buy. An Ingen Ions attempt Is now betn< made In some of the tUc department fstaOlIsliinents to assist tin* opiuion. of umkvkied women who route to shop. E't'ry salesman and every salt's woman Knows the woman who haunts the bargain sales, flutters from count er to counter. Is shown Roods until th< attendants ore driven to distraction thinks she will buy everything, and finally invest* in a yani and a half ol pink ribbon, simple because she it absolutely incapable of making up he* own mind as to what she wants. lfrapera have long tolerated this form of mental weakness. Now they have revolted, and the day of the "De cider” has come. The Decider is nn American insti tution. nnd Gibsonlan at that. She is beautiful as to face and features, and always gowned to perfection. Her duty Is to Induce the doubtful to buy. To the customer she appears as a customer, with the earnest Intense "sale face" that one now sees every day In tho big stores. She sees a customer a little worse droesed than herself hesitating ovet tho purchase of a dress length of chlf fon velvet. The shopman has done hit best to persuade the lady that It is tht superlative bargain of the season. "Yon ought to take It at once, mad am.” he says, eagerly; “If you leavr It to think tho matter over, you will regret it.** “I s'jpnoso so." tho lady says, "but I want to look about first; it Is so hard to decide—an evening gown Is so verj Important." And she surveys tlif dress length again from three different angles. Entrapping the Vtetitn. it is now tho Decider s moment to stop in. Pretending to hnve nolloed tho chiffon velvet, for the first time, aho thrusts out a perfectly, gloved hand, and eagerly catches hold of an end of the material. Sho hangs It up against her flngure, and looks at it admiringly. The doubtful lady looks annoyed, gives tho chiffon a tug, but the Decider holds on. -If you are not guia* Luy this Hue says, "I will take it. It is the only one 1 suppose,” she adds, turning to the attendant, and is told it is. Meanwhile the genuine customer has observed tho exquisite "turn out" of the eager "sale-hawk," ns sho im uginos the Deelder to be. If si ele gant a person Is anxious to buy tho stuff it must ho worth securing, she argues, so without further doubt, she says sharply; “But I am going to take It.” Tho transaction Is closed, and tho seeming ly chagrined Decider disappears. Having settled this little huntnecs of the chifTon velvet sho sails off to the fur department. Hero she fixes or a sallow’-foced young wife, who has brought her bus hand to help in the choice of a set of furs. “Do you like It, dear?” the lanky girl-wife asks, holding 11 ;> a white boa “Is $22 too much for this, and the muff?” She has $400 a year of her own, and he has his pay as a lieutenant In the artillery, so he decides to In- gracious. “No, $22 isn’t too much," ho re plies, hut isn’t the whole thing a bit too light—for—” he stops. Then another is brought out but lie objects to It too. “I bate these nsliy colored things,” he says petulantly. M(tli! take it off.” “Well, dear, what, am I to do? You think the first one is too light and the other one Is too ashy.” The tone is despairing. “Try this one on again madam,” says tho saleswoman, and the wife turns to take It but it Is gom*. She timls herself confronted with the el. gant figure of tho Decider, who has arrayed herself In tho boa and a hol ster muff. The young wlfo looks at. her hus band and sees his eyes fixed on tho charming vision of bright hair, bright eyes, gleaming teeth, and warm com plexion, set off by tile fluffy softness of the hoa and muff. Entirely for getful of her own sallow appearance, aho quickly makes up her mind to have that hoa—It is so very becoming. “I think de-i-” she says to her hus lm.nd. “that this Is Just what I want I am sure mamma would like It. Her husband Is still gazing at tho pretty "Decider” arrayed In the boa, and answers her Jerkily. "Yes, It’s pretty.” ho says, absent mindedly, “awfully becoming to—to— yes. It Is so clean and fresh-looking, Isn’t It?” You can’t do better; have It.” In another second the boa and muff are both In tho shon girl’s hands, and the palo wlfo la giving her ad dress. The Decider Is llberahly paid. She draws a regular salary, and In ad dition receives a commission on all »ele* effected through her Interference. 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The Greatest English 8tory sf Modern Times. , th« nlne r. o«f dooihter ff*""*4* »o«» Into thx K»»t «>nd -- -—-Jwi nnd ll’vra mid SSr S^yauawia* by I'vrryonn rtrnlr nu to loiUTl Of tho g«,!t W'CITU and ralfrrlnra and WMnutiiai of hn niaji nnturi'. |Vrrr • riUrnoi. of thin »«•**»— ■ thrill, ;r ‘£”’*^5** ”“V hunulmni of t>\rry day rxlMcii.» into a apFmn> of •>i,Uiui'bt«in *ssrBSffo,Ki■-* Irarlroogfrl of thr> nytt'yiyih i kh_ fnpMi Irr Cun roy h fr own Ti'iifcVi' 1'f I hr Kn iTntion Army. Vl.OUIME 4«it\ V An K«»t Knd frlrnd ot n. i.i. Ai.t i <m ahcnjld AH—The Trrrof. - -read ttitn story, and. If you llvn In tb» country, you xlinulil have your chlklri th‘-y mny nndf mtand arru read It, ao wiini me in n nu city Willy novum, They Should reed IIiIh Mtory t/» l'»i m »h»i f jiKly I/«tty Imniiil In her effort to reform I-ondon’s F.aat end. Him tn« there t ho molly <towiIh t liroTiytriK the street-; the mmred Hint hunvry look In e children totirh n chord In her heart. Aa you rend thla woniterfnl narrative of the condi tions of life In n trrciit city, vn appreciate more fully the oleMnlriKH of the country. The w|inilor and «of ferlnu* aro tdctnred hy the author of thla won derful story; the men and women tu-archlng the turbulent aea, reach ing out nnil navlntr lost souls; also the u re at irorl oi i hi Bar atlon Army. I.mly I^uy tte enmee ao siranuely faa rl tinted hy the „ew views of life that aho itlMirnloiiH her own pal atial home, forsnkea and »riMorr*< y end take* un h.r life nmoiij/ the lower element* of modern life. Tho -U>ry fnwlimte* etranjcely but It also eiliuatea. It !■ . -- ......iifel» but It all--- .. if^'KL's. sari rafiviu;!: grotidcrful work <4 the •ration Army In rx “ting to General -th the freedom o' fit you lore yotirehU en, and of course you i. yoo will want them read thla «tory that ey may kaow the hor ror". the dangers and tpe ternotatlon* of elty pfe. If they are dlr-ant Mled with the old farm tola la the ntary they mould read that they may more folly nnder ■t*t>d the full meaning Of life In the rlly. There la one other character lo thla Mtory and tbla Chn rafter han Mg, tired •yea which gaze aut from the throng at the beauty of I,ady l^tty a strange enry. teachings of the glory point to (he Ideal* Jf * hrlgt. It Is grand, mstmctlre. fascinating god awakening. Krery pi tore drawn by the milled pen of Arthor Applln. It* author, will “W”*" 111 TOIUUMI'*. The rtnrr Mlf.nu In worth fl M>, hot yon run rot Hall by w-ndinr Kt> to way frr on«» full ycwiyiotjMCf U> the ihM -Hiomi nlfJlTllM , ?hn< y<wro for 2.V- iKm't nil** th* ojwmrnr ehaptor, b*» '»"»■ * l« faanlnatlrir from the ret J flrat llucs. other KUrrUn lit mi mystery will crowd ft; MW Wi' Kj^ndjj »▼*« pnrotuuwrl nnA h«re r"*<ly for narijr two tlm : “ The Hr <j>tehm/m'e j!4. “ TV Manine’e Manu~ irrlpt,* WM ' <to»$W «/ Henri," “ That pHr—rA lun.v:> "TV »ro*f n The Making nf Molly." 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