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James Adams. American business man and graduate of West Point, w in Paris at the opening of the great war between France and Germany. He en gage* in a balloon reconnaissance for Me French; narrowly escapes capture bp German troops; and is wrecked in grounds of the Chateau Lagunay. im France. He i* nursed by Aimee, the Count’s daughter, with whom he falls in love. The Germans advance emd take the Chateau for headquarters. 0riesman. a German Colonel, after ward in charge of the Chateau, insults Aimee and is attacked by Adams, the light being stopped by the Kaiser, with whom Adams is personally acquainted. Adams joins the German Hussars, un der Col. Loicenberg. an old friend, and becomes acquainted with Fleischmann, • gigantic sergeant, who later proves to be a friend in need. The army moves west to meet the French. Adams, Lewenberg and Fleischmann lead an mmbush. defeating a French column. Returning to camp, Adams is informed Met Aimer has assisted in the escape •f a French spy. Iwitour, taking him mpuy in her carnage. Griesman and emvalry are in pursuit. With Fleisch mann. Adams impresses a German war automobile and rushes to Aimer's aid. CHAPTER V. 1 was not familiar with the road over which we were traveling, and could not afford to lie reckless with its many tvrns Better that 1 arrive a few min utes late than not at all. Yet the pace •he giant automobile made seemed fu- j rtous to Fleischmann, for presently 1 ! heard his heavy voice in my ear: “Gott und Himmell! It is too fast.” "There is no danger,” I shouted back, know the machine as you know your horse.” Presently he spoke again: “We shall be arrested at the chateau. | They will telephone from hemlquar- ■ tors.” It was a disagreeable thought. • Should a suspicion arise at camp as to | ■»y intention, the rear guard at the stiateau would be,ordered by wire to arrest ns. Uut Fleischinauu rose to th>* w •ooasiou, as he did so often in times of trouble. Once more 1 heard his voice at My ear: “Slack up and 1 will break the wire." I glanced upward where, at the side the road, two strands of wire were supported on Iron poles or on conven ient trees. I had seen the signal corps at work and knew the system. The •pper wire, of heavy copper, waa the ttirough line, extending back across the Mouse, into Lorraine, and thence, by established lines, south Into the Vosges Mountains, where it connected with the i army of the Crown Prince, operating on the southeastern border. The other wire, or iron, was a “local," running •nly from the chateau to the headquar ters on the Alsne River. It was a daring act—deliberately to sever this line of communication. Yet we were well Into the affair now and must see it through. I slackened speed and Flelachmann sprang from the car. The wires were here fastened to a tall poplar. He “shinned" up the tree, and, taking h<dd •f the “local” with both hands, swung • ut upon it. The slender strand broke dean at the insulator f^d Floischmaun wore the uniform of a Prussian private of cavalry—dark blue with red facings, and a small, close-fitting shako with red pompon. Put what struck me was his attitude of terrified surprise, the whiteness of his face, the stare of his small eyes. He thrust Into his Inner pocket a packet of papers that were In his hand; his features relaxed In a faint, sickly smile, and ho saluted. "Monsieur startled me," he said. In bourgeois French. “I am arranging these papers which have been left be hind.** Disguised as he was, and with that : Utility look. I still knew that some where. and recently, 1 had seen him in I utterly different surroundings. Put there was no time for thought. “Where is your Colonel—Griesman?" 1 asked. “He is not here. He has gone—north, since daylight, after the spy.’* I turned hack and met Flelechtnann. "Mademoiselle is not here." he said. *‘nor is Griesman. We must follow them." At the outer door I spoke to a guard who sat on a stone bench sunning him self: “Who is the man within?” "He is Colonel Griusman'a interpre ter.” he replied. "His name?” , ‘ Jacques Grevoir.” "Ah, a Frenchman?” "No. a Belgian." I hurried down the steps. Flelach- | mann was alrendy in the car. “To the north," he said, ns I took my seat. And to the north we went on the wing. Grevoir—Jacques Grevoir. The name, the face, huuntod me. Then 1 remem bered. Jacques, the servile pardon, at the club! Why 1 had seen him only the night before I left Paris. Aud what did he here? Griesman's Interpreter, oil? Before I could pursue the peculiar sit uation further we reached a fork of the road and stopped in a quandary. Flelsehmann left the car to examine for tracks. There was no dearth of these, hut they covered either road, showing that horsemen had gone In both directions. rleischinann hastened to • small farm bouse near by, and returned lead ing a sorry-Iooklng plough horse. “ ‘Tis no great affair compared with your iron steed,” he said, with a Krlm smile; "but 1 will manage. You keep alio.el and I will turn to the left. The roads run parallel for acme miles. If you do not find her, cut across and Join me. If I do not. I will Join you ” He swung to the saddle nnd rode off at a smart gait. At a small village I obtained Infor mation that a party. In three carriages, had passed at sunrise, followed a few hours later by a small body of cavalry. So I pushed on. growing reckless In my chase aud running many risks on the narrow, winding road. At last 1 came upon them at the lit tle village of Vartoux. Klght horses were picketed near a well. Close by six troopers were lounging on the grass be neath a great tree, fur the afternoon was warm In spite of the lateness of the season. Beyond them st«a>d a car riage. I recognized the vehicle as Aimee’s, and hardly waiting for the machine to stop, rushed toward it. There was no one inside. I turned to the soldiers. “Where is your Colonol?’' One of them saluted, with scant re spect. and pointed to n low, stone Inn. twenty rods up the road. Thither I hastened, iny heart beating fast with unger and hope and fear. The room was long with low ceilings and somewhat dark. On one side stretched a row of small tables, at one this thruat. I was gritting mr teeth, hardly able to Keep myself within bounds. Yet 1 would hear him to the end. “I will tell you briefly, that you may report the facta to His Majesty. As you know. Latour %vaa to be shot at sunrise yesterday morning. We decided to wait a day. hoping to extract from him valuable information. Mademoiselle and her party, in three carriages, left yesterday morning before dawn. Ua t<>ur. who was confined in one of the cellars, must have bribed one of the servants, and somehow slipped past the guard and entered the forward carriage, where he hid beneath a bundle of rugs. The guard discovered at breakfast time that lattour was gone. but. in fear of punishment, omitted to report until this morning, giving the spy twenty four hours In which to got away. Un fortunately for your friends, mademoi selle decided to stop en route for a visit with an acquaintance, and we had no dttflculty In overtaking them. Of course, the spy is gone; but we drew a con fession from the servants, and had the extreme pleasure of shooting them In stead of Lalour. Those arc the facts, and you will pardon my suggestion that you return immediately and communi cate them to the Emperor.'* "i return at my own pleasure." t replied. "My orders do not come from you. 1 request you to show me to Mademoiselle Lgtgunay.** 1 really believe that CSriestnan under rated me as a fighter. How should he have known my training? So, without fear, and, as a cat dal lies with a mouse, thinking to give me another playful bite, he ascended to the last degree of insult. "1 have told you that mademoiselle is my prisoner. As such she may not Nt you. She Is also my companion, and as such she docs not wish to see you. Why, monsieur, it was but an hour ago that she sat upon my lap, all smilca and blushes and-“* 1 sprang at him with an oath. My sword came from its scabbard with an angry hiss. Had I followed my first impulse his craven skull had been spilt that instant. Hut I merely ■snacked his face with the flat of the blade. "Say It again. If you dare. You Ue. dog." Both men Jumped to their feet. The Colonel had his sabre in the air when his orderly rushed between us. “Re member the Kmperor's orders." ho cried. "You will lose your commission. I>et him go. He is helpless.” Hut Gnestnan, traitor though ho proved to be, was no coward. Thor oughly enraged by my challenge he threw the man aside and came at me with all his two hundred pounds weight. T stepped back a littio to get room, and caught his blade on my guard. He swore beneath his breath and struck again with terrific fore*. Again I stopped him. “A little less brawn and more skill, baby,’’ 1 said, derisively. "You will be wearied.” Wo carried the regulation German cavalry sabre, rather heavy and slightly curved. It was built on the American model, and as I met his savage lunges 1 began to ft>el at home. 1 fell nat urally Into the old position of defens*. The muscles of wrist and arm came easily Into play. In memory 1 saw the great tan-bark circle of the academy where we had our dally drills. 1 was again In the ring, defending my title <>i tho heat swordsman of the class. And so, without tremor or apprehension, I stood there and fought, for Aimee'u sake and for my own life, parrying his mighty strokes with little difficulty, though the shock as I caught his heavy blade told on my arm, so long unused to sword play. 1 made no effort to strike. Bo swift was his attack and so Vicious that I preferred the defensive, well knowing that eventually ho would tire. At Intervals 1 taunted him. using all the German terms of scorn and con tumely that I could call to mind. Ills anger was terrible. Great beads of sweat formed on his brow and rolled down bis cheeks. His eyes protruded, his mouth opened, his breath came faster. We moved around the room, advancing, retreating, sidestopping, neither obtaining any advantage, though I wus certain that my play was superior to his. The innkeeper fled In terror at the first clash, and we had the big room to ourselves. Tho orderly stood to one side, encouraging his Colonel. Now and then we rested momentarily, HE STAOCRRF.D BACK AND fKM." enitif d«»wn on hands and feet, like a oat. A moment later we were oft again, at full speed. But forty minutes had passed when I •aw, far away to the southeast, a flut ter of white high In the trees. It was the balloon case—the remnants of L<n Jsune—and 1 knew we were near the end of our run. The Infantry guard at the gate recog nized my uniform and saluted ns we swept through the gates. At the porte cochere I set the brake, leaped from th' <M»r and rushed into the chateau, mv sword clanking ominously behind m*\ There i\H8 no change In the appear ance of th** rooms, save that they wen deserted. The tables were still Uttered | with papers. Blankets lay upon the i rots Just as they had been thrown back when the sleepers arose. It seemed. dead place; yet with a great hope In | my hear? that I might And Aimer there | I passed quietly through the carpeted i parlors and on to the small family din ing-room beyond, which had been re served for the Kmperor's private apart- i merit. T threw back the heavy curtain at the doorway. A man stood within. He had risen suddenly to his feet from a ehalr hy a small table on which lay papers and maps left by the Knjperor. of which sot Oriesman and his orderly, j busily talking. The Innkeeper cum*' forward with a smile of welcome. I waved him aside and turned to Grles- j man, who looked up with a sneer. "Ah, Herr Adams, no you have come for the lady?" "I have come for Mademoiselle L.a- ] gunny," I replied, "f wish to see her at ] once." He broke out Into a mncklnc laugh. In which the others Joined. "Well, so you shall, so you shall see her, pres ently, perhaps. Dut you must know I that she Is a prisoner of war—my prls oner.” "She is to be released/* I said, hotly. "I heard from the Emperor your report. It Is said that she aided the spy, La tour. to escape. You will prove it or release her." Oriesman took the time deliberately to draw from his pocket n cigar and to light it before he spoke. He knew that I was burning with impatience and an ger. leaning hack and speaking through a cloud of smoke he made my heart leap with delight. "There Is nothing In the charge, so far as It relates to mademoiselle, for which I am glad, since my regard for her Is very—tender, I may say.” He paused to take in the full effect of watching each other like h.iwk»; then up and at it again, back and forth, cut and slash, thrust and parry, until It seemed to m<* that nil my life long I had been doing thin thing, and that I nhould continue until the end of time. At lant my anger rone again. T twisted his sword to one side and pricked him beneath the arm. "That for a hint,” I cried. “I shall press lean lightly the next time. I*ut down your sword snd deHxer the lady to me or you shall die. traitor." The word ntruek home. For answer he cursed me, and came In with a great sweeping stroke that would have cut mo in two had it reached its mark. Hut I stooped, caught his blade near my hilt, and with a strong upward lift and throw put him ofT his guard. And, though It was unwise, considering my uncertain status with the Emperor, 1 was too far gone with hate snd with desperation to recede. My sword cam* down with a heavy, drawing stroke. It grazed the side of hts head, slicing off an ear. It bit deep Into the muscles of his thick, corded neck. It struck the collar bone, shattered It. and turned In ward. And as he staggered back and fell, carrying down table and chair, his blood spurted to the low ceiling and I knew that my work was well done. I The orderly rushed to the door shout ing for help. Weary and trembling thouich I wu, 1 knelt by Orlesman's i »lde. and. thrusting my hand Into the I tuner pocket of his coat, drew out a Hut pocketbook and a bundle of letters. V» 1 rose to ray feet the six troopers burst into the rvom with drawn sabres. I l was not ready for u tight at such odds, but l appeared to be in for it. At tho back of the room a narrow, enclosed stairway led to u»e upper story. A heavy door bamil the entrance, the lower step Jutting into the room. It was the only place for a stand, and I made for it on the run. the troopers after me. Bracing my buck against the door I awaited their rush. The tlrst 1 split down through the skull, and his brains | splattered over the men behind, where at they retreated, staring sullenly at their dead comrade. They were heavily built, and powerful, with smooth shaven. determined faces. I knew that i could not hold out against them. But that they might not even suspect iuy fear 1 shouted at them in derision: "Come on. come on, cowards." Another made at me. sparring cau tiously. I caught the point of his sahru with my own and sent it whirling over his head. But ray arm was tired. My sabre turned in my grip and l could but smash him in the face with the Hat of my blade. He fell back upon the others with a shriek of pain. I was weak from my tremendous ex ertions. A great weariness came over me. and for a moment my head swam. How could 1 hope to continue the un even struggle! Tho troopers whispered among themselves und then advanced slowly, spreading out to disconcert me. 1 gripped my sword and set my teeth for a final effort. Atmce’s name was on my Ups. 1 felt that it was the end. At that Instant tho front door was smashed In. and. God bo thanked! Flelschinann's great bulk loomed up before us. I shouted to him and he rushed forward, bellowing like &n angry bull. That he was unarmed made no dif ference to this stout-hearted giant. That 1 was in peril was the main thought. The troopers turned with up lifted sabres toward this unexpected menace. I groaned at thought of what might be. and gathered myself to help In the attack. But Flelschmann seized one of the heavy oaken chairs, whirled It above his head, and. with a great oath, let it fly Into their midst. There was a confused mixture of legs and nrm» and sabres. They went down like nine pins, and. as they scramhlod to their feet, cursing In rage and pain, ho came in like a whirlwind, and, with his huge flsts, boat them to the floor. One arose with ready sabre, a challenge on his lips. But It was his last word, l-’lelsclin.ann caught him by the neck, shook him as he would a rat. and sent him whirling ugalnst the stone wall. He struck It hend-on with a crack like that of a pistol shot, and fell limp, with a broken neck. The others lay where they had fallen, unconscious 1 descended from my narrow refuge i and took my brave friend by the hand. "You have saved my life,” 1 said. "I shall not forget.” Outside there was a clatter of hoofs. Through the open door wo saw the ter rified orderly gallop past, bound south. 1 knew that he would spread the alarm and that wo must get away as soon as possible. 1 found Altnee In an upper room, with her maid, as I had expected. 1 called to her and she cam* to me with a sob. "Oh. my Jaime, my Hon-hoarted, take me away from that boast," she cried, and fell fainting In my arms. A few minutes later wo climbed Into our big car. Almee, weak and pale, but Inexpressibly happy, was curled up in ono of the rear seats, wrapped In rugs and blankets. Flelschmann and I were by no moans comfortable In inlnd, for there was the Kaiser’s terrible an ger to lie faced the next day. 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