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A Romance of the American Army
Fighting on the Battlefields of France
(Copyright, by W. O. Chapman.)
Bynppela.—Lieut. Mark Wallace, U. S. A., la wounded at the
battle of Santiago. While wandering «lone In the Jungle he conies
across t dead nun In a hnt outside of which a little girl la playing.
When he Is rescued he takes the girl to the hospital and announces
his Intention of adopting her. His commanding officer, Major Howard,
tells him that the dead man was Hampton, a traitor who sold depart
ment secrets to an international gang in Washington and was de
tected by himself and Kellerman, an officer In the same office. How
ard pleads to be allowed to send the child home to his wife and they
agree that she shall never know her father's shame. Several years
later Wallace visits Eleanor at a yonng ladies' boarding school. She
gives him a pleasant shock by declaring that when she Is eighteen
she intends to marry him.
CHAPTER IV.—Continued.
It came In the form of a letter from
Colonel Howard, the first In two years.
Howard had. In the past, repeatedly
tried to Induce Mark to take advantage
of opportunities that he had put before
him, but Mark had refused stubbornly,
until the Major had given him up in
disgust. Howard did not know, and
Mark did not himself understand, the
underlying Idea In hts own mind, the
sense of subdued rancor against the
man who had robbed him of Eleanor,
coupled with the sense of sacrifice,
that he might withdraw all his claims
on the child.
Now, however, Howard made one
more attempt.
M I want you to think this proposi
tion over as quickly as possible," he
wrote, "not for my sake or yours, but
because your duty Is to take the Job.
With war with Germany in plain view
to the Initiated, there are great things
doing in Washington, and I've been
ottered my old post at the mobilisation
department, which has been enlarged
beyond all knowledge. Tour work in
the West Is better known than you
think, Wallace, and we want you here.
Wire If you can, and come by the first
train. Thl« Is official, so don't wait
for divisional notification, which may
take days."
The letter reached Mark in one of
his periods of helpless despondency.
Impulsively he wired back, accepting,
regretted as soon as the message bad
been dispatched, but packed his suit
case, turned over the command to the
senior lieutenant, and took the train
for Washington.
As he went Bast the years seemed
to fall from him like a dream. It was
a frosen labyrinth In which he seemed
to have been wandering ; he seemed to
come to himself with a consciousness
of yean wasted, bçt of yean of action
; Colonel Howard gaxed curiously at
him as he rose from his desk in the
war office and grasped his bands.
"I should never have known you,
Wallace,!' he sold.
v What be was thinking was, "Good,
Lord, bow the years have eaten Info
"Don't think that your work has
been unrecognised." he said, after a
few minutes of desultory chatting. "It
has been, and I know that recognition

"You'll Excuse Mo For a Moment"
is *"»isg to you in the fullest meas
■re. Ton are to work under me here
Ifo a big scheme that we are prepay
•»g my boy, and only Kellerman and L
nd yourself, will be acquainted with
lTthe details, outside of the depart
mental head. You remember Keller
manT* a. ; ,
Mark nodded, trying to piece to
gether the pictures of the past
"We are working out the mobilisa
tloa plans ftmttfce first contingent af
ter it reaclxm France," Howard con
tinued. "It's a. bigger scheme than
anything we Mew In the past. You'll
act as my subordinate and have an to
tür^ ■ -wiudge of the details—a aort
of understudy, In fact, but with a good
deal of Initiative as well. And If war
comes, as It Is sure to come, we'll be
sent over on the first transport, to pre
pare things for the troops. Ah, Kel
lerman, here's Wallace, newly arrived
to take over his duties."
Mark saw not the slightest change In
Kellerman since the days of the Cuban
war. Kellerman was just as florid as
ever, just as burly, with the same rath
er sinister way of glancing; his black
hair was unthl lined and untouched
with gray. He had borne the years
much better than Mark.
If Kellerman reciprocated Mark's
feelings, he showed no sign of it ln bis
cordial handgrip.
"We were glad to get you, Wallace,"
he said. "You'll excuse me for a mo
ment, I'm sure."
He drew Colonel Howard aside in
conversation, while Mark twirled his
Angers and looked out of the window
Into the busy hive of the capital, and
tried to make himself believe that It
was all true. .
When Kellerman had gone the Colo
nel Invited Mark to sit down, and
launched into business.
"I must tell you that It's a pretty
stiff job that we're tackling, Mark,"
he said. "To begin with, we're a sort
of nucleus of the whole organization.
We're In touch with every division.
We haVe to have the whole thing at
our lingers' ends—and It's mainly a
matter of ships, animals, and trans
port. And, to cap the climax, you can
Imagine what a nest of Intrigue and
espionage Washington has become In
these days. And, as neutrals—osten
sibly neutrals—we can do nothing to
put an end to It"
He stretched out his linger and
pointed toward the big safe between
the windows.
"Any one of some two hundred pa
pers there, Mark, would give a valu
able clue," he said. "Every night when
work Is finished, your task will be to
open the safe, take out the Inner case'
containing these documents, add those
on which you have been working, In
cluding every waste sheet and every
scrap of the day's blotting paper, and
have the day porter convey them,
under your personal supervision, to
the strong room, where you and either
the General, myself, or Kellerman,
will place them In the safety vault In
the morning the same procedure Is re
versed. And that Is why I Insisted
on our getting you, Mark. I knew you,
and I don't know the hundred of other
officers of Impeccable character whom
we could have secured. We can't run
risks—we simply can't That's why
It has to be Just you and Kellerman
and L We had our lesson In the old
days, you know."
He frowned at the remembrance,
and then answered Mark's unspoken
question with another.
"Where are you staying, Wallace?"
"At the Congressional. 1
"Well, I want you to come and stay
with us as soon as we're settled. We've
rented a house In Massachusetts circle,
and move In on the first of the month.
Eleanor and Mrs. Howard are still in
New York, but they're coming here In
about ten days' time—Just as soon as
can get the house ready for them.
Eleanor la dying to see you, and Mrs.
Howard has the pleasantest remem
brances, of course. And now I'm going
to take you to the Brigadier."
The Bhort Interview with the head
of the department confirmed Mark's
Impressions as to the businesslike na
ture of the plans of the war office.
Mark went home. He was resolved, al
though he had not told the Colonel,
not to become his guest—at least not
unless he found that he could take up
his life again where he had dropped It,
years before. And then—but what
was the use of speculating? He went
home to his hotel.
He was surprised to find how easily
he seemed to fit Into his environment
when he donned his long-neglected
evening clothes and went down to the
dining room of the Congressional. Al
most the first face he saw was that of
a man of his class ; within a few min
utes Mark Wallace was seated at the
dinner table with' a merry party of old
friends and new acquaintances. And
the years had slipped away from him.
Op the next morning, when be took
up bis duties, it was with the sense
that he was no longer a stranger.
Washington was ready to extend her
welcome to him. At the Army dub.
to which he was posted by Colonel
Howard, he found himself, much to his
surprise, often the center of a respect
ful audience, eager to hear of the work
of the army In the forlorn ontposts of
the West. He discovered, too, with
surprise, that he was by no means as
nnknown as he had Imagined himself
to be.
Then there were invitations that had
to be accepted, receptions and dinners ;
yet through it all Mark waited for the
charmed day when the house In Massa
chusetts circle was to be opened, dis
playing the princess of his Imagination,
the little child of the hillside, the
schoolgirl, grown Into the image of bis
When at last he alighted at the
door, and was shown into the recep
tion room, he felt that he was almost
trembling with eagerness.
He looked uncertainly about him, at
the group of young officers, the ladies,
at Mrs. Howard, and then at the styl
ishly dressed young woman at her side.
And, forgetting his manners, he ap
proached her In stupefaction, ignoring
his hostess for the moment.
"Eleanor !"
"Uncle Mark ! It's never you, Uncle
Mark !" cried the girl. "Why, I should
never, never have known you!"
But would he have known her, had
he not looked closely Into the clear
eyes to discern the face of the little
waif beneath the beauty of the woman?
He had often and often Imagined her,
grown to womanhood, and dressed as
he would have dressed her, but some
how she had always had the look and
aspect of the child, blended with the
schoolgirl. A sudden chill went through
his heart at her self-mastery, the well
bred welcome that had In It little of
real eagerness. And he realized that,
though he had always looked on her as
lost, at the bottom of his heart he
must have hoped to find her again.
He stood, a graylng-halred, uncom
fortable, almost middle-aged man, try
ing to feel at home. He saw Keller
man looking at him across the room, ns
If there was some message In his eyes.
"I hope I haven't changed so much
as all that," said Mark, trying to
"No," she answered, looking at him
with a searching, direct gaze. "Not
really—only at first appearance. Why,
Uncle Mark, your hair is turning gray.
What have you been doing wltb your
He felt that the unconscious shaft
had gone well home. He only answer
ed vaguely. There was a little In
formal dancing, and, as he felt befitted
his age, be waltzed a few turns with
Eleanor and sat back with Mrs. How
ard, surveying the gay crowd, and re
calling memories—about the most dis
heartening thing that he could have
"What do you think of Eleanor?"
asked Mrs. Howard. "You didn't ex
pect to find the little schoolgirl grown
up like this, did you?"
"Nor she me—like this," answered
Mark humbly. But the Colonel's wife
missed the allusion.
"She has been crazy to see you,"
Mrs. Howard continued. "She gave
the Colonel no rest after he told us
that he was trying to get you for the
war office. I believe she had always
had a sort of romantic recollection of
you, and looked upon you as a sort of
guardian, although, of course, It was a
fortunate thing for her and us—and
you, too—that Colonel Howard did
succeed In Inducing you to let us take
her. She has been everything to us."
"Of course," said Mark mechanic
"It would have been a terrible life
for her out In the desert," sighed Mrs.
Howard. "I think that you were very
wise, Captain Wallace. And what
dreadful burden and responsibility you
you would have had I"
This time Mark did not attempt to
"She has been a daughter to both of
us," pursued his hostess. "And now
I'm afraid—we're both afraid, Captain
Wallace, that we cannot hope to have
her for long. She was quite the rage
In New York last season."
Wallace followed the girl with his
eyes. She had Just been dancing with
a young officer; It had been a two
step, and as the band of three pleceç
broke Into the wildest and merriest
part of the piece he saw her, with
flushed face and laughing eyes, accept
Kellerman's arm and surrender herself
to the dance.
Kellerman caught Mark's eyes across
the room. He looked straight back
with a meaning challenge which waa
unmistakable. Mark knew at that
moment that his antipathy to Keller
man had returned, although he was In
clined to believe the other was not
aware It had ever existed.
Kellerman was a splendid figure,
even In his civilian evening clothes.
Tally six feet tall, with the chest and
limbs of an athlete, florid, with crisp
black hair and a sense of the posses
sion of power, he looked at least five
years Mark's Junior, though they had
her ! been born In the same year. "Hand
dub. some Kellerman" had been bis aobri
quet in Cuba. Mark remembered
across the lapse of years, and Into his
mind there began to filter, too, stray
stories about him.
Mark did not Judge him by these,
but by the intuition which sent a cold
wave to his heart as he saw him with
Eleanor. It seemed to him that Keller
man's look, as he turned to the girl,
was one of Intentional conquest—in
another man It might have been called
infatuation ; and the girl knew It and
was happy In It.
The bitterness of that moment was
like a sword thrust. Had he come
three thousand miles for this? But
what had been his thoughts for El
eanor, his vague wishes as to her fu
He did not know. He had dreamed
—dreamed of her, and never pictured
her as she was.
There was an Informal, stand-up
supper about eleven. Eleanor came to
Mark and asked him to take her to
"Now I Knew You Are My Real Uncle
the buffet Mark was conscious of a
coldness, or hurt resentment In the
girl's manner, as If he bad neglected
He brought her a plate and sat be
side her In an alcove. They were alone,
measurably, for the first time that eve
Unde Mark, you are disappointing
me," said Eleanor.
! know It, and I'm sorry for It,'
said Mark. "I suppose It's—because
I am not a bit like what you expected
me to be."
"You are not the least bit like what
I expected, or remembered. Captain
Mark," she answered.
In his Jealousy he was conscious of
the altered prefix. And, as Eleanor
looked at him with hurt In her eyes
she broke off to smile at a young officer
across the room, who returned an ar
dent gaze across the rubicund shoul
ders of a very homely, but most Im
portant dame whom he was helping to
"Most of us experience disappoint
ments In people whom we have Ideal
ized," said Mark lamely.
"You mean—Oh, I'm sure I thank
you, Captatn Wallace," answered the
girl acidly. "Shall we go back?"
But Mark had a moment of Inspira
"Before we go, Eleanor," he said,
"don't you think we might get to un
derstand each other a little? I sup
pose I have been rude—but, you see,
have been conscious of your disap
pointment all the evening, and—"
He stopped in bewilderment, for El
eanor was—laughing.
"But I seem at least to have the
faculty of amusing you," he continued.
"Dear Uncle Mark!" said Eleanor,
laughing with tears In her eyes. She
laid her hand on his shoulder. "Now
I know you are my real Uncle Mark
after all," she said.
"Why?" he asked, In astonishment.
"That's just like you. Uncle Mark.
It's you—It's the real 'you' I've always
"You seem to remember my charac
ter very well, Eleanor," said Mark,
trying not to relent, and having an un
comfortable feeling that she was an
adept at hoodwinking.
"Well, you know, you paid me a fair
ly long visit at tho Misses Harpers'
school, Uncle Mark."
"You were nothing but a schoolgirl
Wallace cornea upon the man
who ho believes is haunting EU
sartor's footsteps. Ho follows
him to a house where ho la sur
prised to coma face to face with
Kellerman. You will not want
to misa the next Installment.
Dr J. D. Irwin of Cal.lwell was ser
iously injured when his automobile
was struck by an Interurban car.
Excellent reports are coming In from
all the sectors of the state relative to
the organization work for the United
War Work campaign drive.
Word has been received of the safe
arrive! In France of Mrs. Lucretlu
Botsford, who went from Boise ns a
stenographer for the Ited Cross.
Hunters are making their way to
the Teton mountains and elsewhere
as the result of the fine tracking snow
which has fallen in the last few days.
It Is planned to conduct a state
wide campaign for the reorganization
of every farm bureau in Idaho Imme
diately after Thnnksglving and clos- 1
Ing not later than December 15.
A party of young men, under the j
guise of Hallowe'en pranks, placed a
small building on top of a drug store
building at Murtaugh, practically des
troying the root of the building.
Potato growers near Caldwell are
growing dissatisfied with the price
they are receiving for their product
and may organize to obtain a price
based on the eastern markets, It is
The Harris Creek Lumber company
mill at Horseshoe Bend was destroyed
by fire last week. The mill, machinery
and a new $4000 truck were a total
loss. Much of the lumber nearby was
A number of Bannock county young
men have been called Into the marine
corps and left last week for Salt Lake,
here they will take the final physical
tests before being sent tOvMare Island,
Cal., for intensive training.
Mrs. Nellie Eastman of Boise has re
ceived a leter from her son, Sergeant
Clifford I. Eastman, stating that he
was gassed in the last drive. He
as a member of Company H and saw
service on the Mexican border.
Clifford Henley has been killed in
action In France, according to informa
tion received by friends. He was a
resident of Bruneau when he enlisted
and Is the first young man from that
place to give his life in the war.
State Fuel Administrator C. C. An
derson, through the press nnd by let
ters to the coal dealers throughout
the state, Is endeavoring to organize a
store your winter coal now" cam
paign throughout southern and south
eastern Idaho.
Frank Sullivan, C. W. Darcy and
Edward Miller, charged with burglary,
and Ralph Johnson, charged with forg
ery, escaped from the Lincoln county
jail at Shoshone. It Is said that Dar
cey made the keys which liberated
himself and the other men.
"You have done your duty
voter—now meet your greater obliga
tion as a war saver." This paragraph
is one taken from a clever bit of propa
ganda issued by the Idaho War Sav
ings committee, a copy of which was
given to each vote at the polls in cer
tain sections.
Citizens' of Jerome are aroused over
the treatment accorded Boyd Kelly
Frazer, 19 years old, at the S. A. T. C.
school at Moscow and an investigation
Into circumstances attending his dis
charge when suffering from Spanish
Influenza and his death three days af
ter his arrival home, has been started.
Actual bank reports show that Ida
ho has exceeded its fourth Liberty
Loan quota by $2,111,300. Every
bank in the state has now made its
official report of bond sales during the
fourth loan and the totals sh<i> that
the state has subscribed $16,781,300.
A total of 104,304 subscribers has been
reported in the fourth loan. The
state's quota was $14,670,000,
A well known Twin Falls tencher,
who wishes to respond to the cill for
war work overseas, mentioned casually
In her letter of application that If
there was any doubt as to her powers
of endurance, she and four other
teachers had just assisted a Hindu
nnd some Japs In topping and loading
18 tons of sugar beets.
A man who was arrested and
brought back to Twin Falls from Long
n , ., , — I
Bench. Cal., under a warrant charging
one dlv Tee/' h / a " a T ed
Tmhre O Pn.Tn T.T . T?
Judge O. I. Duvall stated that his
name was George Spiro Megas.
Members of the Twin Falls unit of
the Idaho regiment, which has been
converted Into headquarters company
of an artillery regiment, took part In |
the action at Chateau Thierry, accord
ing to advices received In Idaho lust
Last week an order was Issued at
Idaho Falls that every person must
wear a mask while anywhere associat
ing with other persons, nnd that all
. , .
business houses except drug stores and
restaurants and hotels should close at
6 o clock p. m.
Dick Donovnn, deputy director of
the state farm markets bureau, who
has been sick for almost a month in
u Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital with Spaa
ish influenza, has entirely recovered.
Because of the influenza epidemic
the state board of agriculture an -1
nounced last week that the Lewiston
livestock show, scheduled for Novein
£ LSrtriof N '"T"* - 5
Ume during P Dec^m^r m " "H
r\ « . ,, , _
Declaring that the revenue has
been Insufficient to pay operating ex
penses. the Caldwell Traction com-1
paay has applied to the public utilities
commission for permission to dlscon
• tlnue service on Its branch from 8kl
Une station to Lake I-owell from No
ember o0 to April 1, 1919.
For Birthdays
Little thing* make life worth living.
A silver cup for the baby —m remem
brance for mother, sister or sweetheart.
A gift from our store is prized much
—is beautiful; lasts long.
Oar modest price* make buying easy.
BO apUndid «ted ctrt-Bo!ekt, Oldtmobfta, n*.
üonfllt— $250 to $800. Guaranteed first ch«
running conditlon--eaty term* if wanted by
light partie*. Write for detailed list and descrip
tion. Used Car Dept..
Randall-Dodd Auto Co* s.ti Like city
Queen of 81am the Possessor of Prob
ably Most Magnificent Garment
In the World.
The queen of Siam owns a toiler
article which la altogether calculated
to fill the hearts of all other ladies
of the kingdom with ardent desire and 1
envy. For the queen Is the happy
possessor of a veil capable of beau
tifying her face most wonderfully.
This veil Is a delicate tissue of the
finest threads, but woven so as to
have some resistance.
Part of this three-meters-long veil
is Intended to conceal the face, v.hllo
the remainder flows down over the tig
ure and closely nestles to the body.
The veil, which falls over the hack.
Is completely sown over with diamond
dust, while the part In front Is less
dusted, so as not to impair the fac-a
and the organs of sense. The lowest
ends of the veil are covered with bril
The tissue of the veil Is so prepared
ns to cause changes In color when ex
posed to the air. No sooner has the
wearer stepped Into the street than
the veil assumes a delicate rosy hue,
which deepens and, as It were, be
comes animate the longer It retrains
In the open. When the queen returns
to her abode the hue passes away and
the veil turns pale and dead ns be*
The veil has been credited with pos
sessing the most wonderful powers.
For a century It has been in the pos
session of the royal house of 81am,
nnd although constantly used und ex
posed to all kinds of Influences of the
weather it has not lost anything of
Its texture and beauty.
Courtesy a Business Asset.
Courtesy Is the life of trade. To be
sure you must have the goods, but
courtesy helps to sell them. A certain
big establishment has a man whose
chief business Is to meet people and
make them feel at home. He 1ms a
pleasant post a short distance from
the door and It's his business to see
every one that comes In. He has a
handshake and a smile for everybody.
When people come In that do not seem
to know where they want to go he
talks with them and learns their needs
and sees that they get In touch with
the proper clerks. The crowd buys
there because It Is made to feel that
the store Is Interested In them. And
they pay less for the goods, too, lie
cause they buy ln such large quanti
ty that the store can afford to soli at
lower rates and still make money.
That's the reason it sells more furni
ture, carpets and general furnishings
than all the other stores combined in
that town. Courtesy and service is the
watchword and they find there's money
In It.—Pennsylvania Grit.
Not Defenseless.
The tale of little George Washington
and the qherry tree Is of more than
dubious authority; but a mother who
recently related It to her sm all son
learned that, If It Is to be used for
the edification of young Americans it
is better, at least, served plain, with
I no attempt nt enhancement or empha
.i a !, Tu j ,, *
°* h,s father upon the scene. She pie
Augustine Washington as an el
derly. stern nnd statelv narent of the
old school, with cocked lyit and cane.
She proceeded Impressively:
"But George could not tell a lie. He
told the truth, even though his father
| stood with the cane In his hand!"
"But," said Jimmy breathlessly,
"George had the hatchet* hadn't he?''*"■
Youth's Companion.
Caught On to Bailors' Trick.
If a man's hat blew overboard while
. leaving port many British sklppa**
would turn back and delay sailing un
at til the next day. It was an omen that
nne of the- crew would be lost over tha
of s,de during the trip. This sign, how
evel '- became discredited, ns wily dock
in bunds, desirous of another day ashore
w **h their wives and families, con
I traeted the habit of going aloft and
' "®' Stln * the wln<1 to foreto11 dlsaster '
CWnw.iT a ° erl ' /a . t,v ®'
r St rpora ' 18 derlved frora T ' ' V
* "ord «-ps.
* n medieval Latin meant a chief
commander ; hence the French caporal
com-1 8lept on and Under Feathers,
Tho Dutch colonists In America
managed to fight the cold moie safr
8kl ceasfully than any at the other coW*
No- 1 »*■**. and It was their custom to hart
j a feather mattress to sleep upon # D ^
I another tq sleep under.

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