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=^Bj fle A Romance of the American Army Fighting on the Battlefields of France 4 i -- g By VICTOR ROUSSEAU (Copyright, by W. <3. Chapman.) Kimme pretty bndly and wanted to for WALLACE IS STUNNED BY REVELATIONS MADE TO HIM BY HIS COMMANDING OFFICER Synopsla^— Lient. Mark Wallace, U. S. A., I« wounded at the hnttle of Santiago. While wundering nlone In the Jungle he comes across n dead man In n hut outside of which n little girl Is playing. When he Is rescued he takes the girl to the hospital nnd announces bis intention of adopting her. I CHAPTER I—Continued. "What are yon going to do about her?" inquired the major, standing be side the camp bed and looking down at Wallace uneasily. "Boil some canned cow and see if it will dissolve the cellulose out of an army biscuit." "It shall be donc. I guess that'll stay her till morning. But seriously, Wal lace!" "I suppose Til have to assume the responsibility for her. I'll tuke her down to the base with me tomorrow and ship her home to my people In charge of one of the Stewardesses on '«orae liner." "I've got a better scheme," said the major. "Let me have her, Wallace. My wife will go crazy over Jier. You know she's always talking of adopting a little girl. She's got her Ideal type In mind, and that's It I was to look round for one like that if ever the chance came along." "Well, you'd better go on looking yound,. Major," said Wallace, Irritably. "See here, my boy, you don't really want that kid, do you?" "I do. I'll think over your proposi tion, Major, of course, but my sister would give her a home and—" "Let me send her to my . wife. You can claim her after the war, if you want to. SuppoSh you got killed; we'd neither of us have her. If you don't let me take her I'll make you pay for IL" "How!" "I'll order her a bath, under the sanitary code. And you'll have to give IL And scraped beef—our beef!" "Get out, Major, and give me a. chance to yell when my wound hurts. Listen 1 I tell you wbat I'm ready to do. I'll let the regiment adopt her, with myself as godfather." CHAPTER II. He stopped, astonished at the way the Major took his suggestion. How ard began to stutter, paced the inside of the tent for some moments, mutter ing to himself, und then swung round -upon his heel, facing the lieutenant. "Good God, no, Wallace ! Whatever put that Infernal Idea Into your heud?" he exploded. "See here, now! You're not well enough to talk this thing over tonight. Some day I'll tell you why your proposal Is Impossible." "That's all very well, Mfljor. I don't know what yeti mean, but If you don't like my proposition you know what you can do. I'm quite well enough to listen to what's worrying you. Dig It out !" "I haven't time, Wallace. There's these stragglers to be sorted out. Not that much can be done tonight, I sup pose. Sometime I'll tell you—" He swung round on his heel and made for the entrance, stopped and re turned. "I suppose Td better tell you now," he exclaimed. "I had thought It might be as well not to tell you ever. You don't happen to know who this child's father was—that man In the tent?" "What do you mean, Major? Some settler caught by a bullet, I suppose." "Hampton I" said Major Howard, grimly. Lieutenant Wallace sat bolt upright on the bed and stared at the other In amazement. "The man who sold our mobilization plans to Spain?" he whispered, con scious of a sudden terror for the child. The major nodded. "It's years since we worked together in the war | office," he «fnswered, "and, frankly, .1 didn't know the face. You wouldn't have, would you, after the work that i the bullet had done? One of those d-d dum-dums. But—you didn't , see this, did you?" He took a purse from h|s pocket, * opened It and shook out three gold I pieces Into his hand. "That was on a , belt about the body," he said. "And j there were some papers—not the ones | we wanted, but enough to Identify him. It was Hampton all right." He went to the tent door and looked out. "Here, Johnson !" he culled. The negro servant nppeured almost Instantaneously within' the opening nnd stood to attention. "Could you use three gold pieces. Johnson?" Inquired Mujor Howard. "Well, suh, I don't know as I'd ob ject," replied the negro, grinning. In as to a "It's part of a sum that was paid to an American soldier for betraying his country." "Oh, Lord, no, Major!" answered Johnson. 'Then do what you think best with these." The negro looked at the gold mins In Nls band, steuued outside the t, | i , * I , j | end swung his arm. The pieces fell In the Jungle grass far beyond the en cumpment. Major Howard shied the purse after them and went baçk to where Wnllaee still sat upright on the bed. He noticed, with a certain grim ness of spirit, that one of the lieuten ant's hands rested on the child's fuir hair. N "Well, Wallace?" he asked. "It's damnable." "We can't exactly make his child the regimental pet, can we?" Wallace was silent, and the Major sat down on the edge of the bed be side him. "I had orders to watch for him," he said, "He was to have been hanged as soon as we captured Suntlago. That's why he was muklng for the jungle. He was detected and allowed to escape with his life, but he had been working ns a Spanish agent since he was drummed out of America. His career ended at the luckiest moment for him. He seems to have had the one redeeming quality of affectldn for the child, though if he had had a par ticle of unselfishness In him he would have left her behind hlm. I suppose she was the only thing he had in his wretched life." "Of course there's no palliation," suggested YYallaqp. "But the man may have been born good and—gone downhill." "He was born rotten," answered the Vajor. "He sold his country to pay his gambling debts. Cuba was about the only place that would hold him, I Imagine. And to think that swine was once In our regiment ! Sorry I hud to tell you, Wallace I" He hesitated a while; Wallace had not moved; but the child at his side stirred and breathed heavily. The major's fists clenched. "I'm trying to be just to the dead," he said. "But I feel that a thousand years of hell wouldn't atone for that crime, .Wallace." Mark Wallace looked up. "I'm not sure that I 'know all the facts about the case, Major," he said. "The facts are that it was no sudden act of fear or temptation, but calculat ed, cold-blooded deliberation. Wo knew at the war office that there was a leakage. It had been traced to the mobilization division, where Kellermnn and I were working. Even we were under suspicion for a time. Then It narrowed down to Hampton and aa other. "Wallace, those months were the worst time I've ever spent. Hampton was my best friend, nnd Kellermun's, too. We spied on him—had to, "Well, you know what happened, more or less. There was u woman go between, as'there generally Is—a fine 7 r>7 Stared at the Other In Amazement. looking young womun, little more thun a girl, named Hilda Morshelm. One of thoko French-German Alsatians, Wallace. Kellennan got some hold on her, and she conféssed. The case against Hampton was absolutely proven. "There wasn't any trial. The fellow could have been shut up for a good many years; he had cost his country millions; he ought to have been hanged. But he was quietly cashiered and allowed to disappear. Maybe It t, was a foolish move, but we felt the est of • I It on It the Kimme pretty bndly and wanted to for get It. Hampton was let go, on the understanding that he leave the coun try forever. Oh, yes, he assume?) the Innocent air quite dramatically. Some of the war office people believed In him until the dumnlng documents were laid before them. "And he was still somehow In touch with things. Wallace, and the leakages went on afterward. That's why we had orders to hang him as soon as Santiago was taken. He did the kind est thing he could have done to him self when *he got in the way of that sniper's bullet. "I'll tell you who the child's mother was, Wallace, becau&e I was unfortu nate enough to know' her. She was a Miss Rennte, Miss Marjorie Rennie, of a Baltimore' family—fine people, and, of course, with a tradition like that, she believed in the scoundrel ab solutely. She came to me.twiee. The first time was before the informal trial held by the department. She begged me to believe he was innocent and the victim of u trap. I wouldn't even lis ten. You know, when a man has to run down his friend he has to harden his heart. "She cume to me again, after Hamp ton was broken. She told me I had played false to my best friend and that I'd suffer for It to the last day of my life. I've never forgotten that in terview, and you can guess how It made me mad to hang Humpton when we lenrned that he was still keeping up the game from hts exile in Cuba. He must have got quite a number of confidential papers out of the war of fice. That's about all." "It's enough," said Wallace. "The girl married him, then?'' "So much we learned. And also that she died later. You see, we've been pretty close on the fellow's track the last couple of years—ever since the war became a probability, in fact. Most of the officers In the regiment are since 'that time, but I guess they all knew something, and kept it quiet, like you." Wallace nodded. "I fancy there's a good deal of feeling," he snid. "Quite a good deal," said the major, dryly. "And I guess you'll agree with me that this makes It—let's say, a lit tle difficult to adopt his child offi cially?" "You. mean the remembrance would be too bitter?" "I ineqn that that position is the one and only position that she is dis qualified from holding, by reason of birth." "Still," urged Wallace, "It isn't in the blood. The mother was decent. Why should that baby be tarnished with her father's treachery?" "It's written In the Good Book—'' began the major. "And there's something else about conls of fire, too, Major, which came ns a sort of revision of the old law. It's just whr.t we ought to do, because it's the only.way to adjust the mat ter." "Adjust It? Adjust what?" cried the Major, with sudden passion. "The whole of that hellish business, Major. The man was once an officer of the Seventieth. He's dead and his crimes have died with him. We want to forget that such a thing could have happened, and the only way is to leave him to God's judgment and to cast out all bitterness from our hearts. You quoted Scripture to me—well, I • gave you the answer from the same Book. Let death bring oblivion to the man's memory. He's left us the child. Start here. Start fresh. I have the right to the kid, but what you have told me makes me feel strongly that there's a Providence in this affair, and I'll lend her to you-—mark that word, Major!—on that condition or none." Major Howard pulled at his mus tache In agitation. "You don't really mean It, Wallace?" he asked. "I do. If you want me to let you take her till the war's over—" "It means forgiving that black guard." "It means forgetting him and letting the Judge Judge." "It goes against every Instinct. I'd bring her up away from the regimental life. Besides, there ore the others." "Who else knows?" "Well, of course, nobody else knows who the dead man was. The colonel will have to know. But he needn't know we've adopted the child. He's going South nfter the war. However, I'm afraid Kellennan knows. He rec ognized what was left of the face, or suspected somehow. I could tell from his manner." "I don't see any overwhelming dif ficulty in that. You can trust Keller man?" The major nodded, and it occurred to Wallace thut he would rather trust any of the officers than Kellennan. He had conceived a prejudice against hltn which he could not have explained. "And Hampton's name was erased from the old mess list," Wallace con tinued. The major, who had been pulling at his mustache and thinking deeply, came to his decision. "Well, TO take her on those terms. Wallace," he said. "The fellow was a bad lot, but, us yuu say, there may be no reason why this little animal should suffer for his sins. The mother wus decent, and there may be something In that idea of a vicarious restitution. I'll agree, Wallace, if you'll let me take over the charge of her till the war's ended. We'll enter her on the mess book and settle a fictitious parentage on her ufterward. and may she never know her father's history. By the time she's old enough to understand a mas cot's duties, flirt with the lieutenants, and plead for the drunks, maybe we'll have forgotten it ourselves. Good night, my boy. Take care of your wound. I'll send in that milk and bis cuit und a couple of cakes of naplithu soap, and a porcelain tub with silver trimmings, for you to make a start on her In the morning." He glanced ut the sleeping child, took Mark's hand and went quickly out of the tent. Under the sky he stood still for a few moments. d-d scoundrel!" he mut tered. At that Instant his alert eur heard what the sentry, posted some distance The Major Could Not Distinguish How the Intruder Waev Dressed. away, had failed to catch—the rustling of some moving figure in the dense jungle grass at the edge of the camp. The major remained perfectly mo tionless, except for his right hand, which was swiftly withdrawing his re volver from Its case. Suddenly he was transformed Into action. He leaped between the two last tents of the line, to see a man confront him for an in stant. In the light of the quarter moon the major could not distinguish how the Intruder wns dressed. It was evident, however, that he had been prowling outside the tent which held Wallace and the child. "Halt !" shouted the major and the sentry together, and, as the man drop ped Into the grass, the rifle and revol ver rang out simultaneously. The sentry, shouting to the guard, came running up. The major and he searched the spot, but they found no body. "One of those d-d Cuban sneak thieves!" muttered Major Howard as he replaced his revolver In its case. And he hurried away to look after his men. Several years elapse and then Wallace, now a captain in the army, visits Eleanor at a young ladies' boarding school. Eleanor, now a young lady, gives her guardian a shock, but a pleasant one, as he takes leave of her. Don't miss the next installmenL (TO BE CONTINUED.) Insects That Have Food Value. Among insects which have been and are considered of gastronomic value are caterpillars, moths, a favorite lu some parts of Africa; the pupae of the silkworm In Chinn ; ants, alive nnd roasted, are appreciated in Burmah, ns well ns by the Indians of North and South America, while it is snld the lumbermen of Maine enjoy an occa sional meal of large wood ants. The beetle is eaten In the Nile valley, In Turkey, Lombardy, Java, Peru, and is snid to be nutritious and fattening. In Central America the eggs of three nquntlc bugs are made into little cakes nnd eaten. Mexicans make a strong drink by Infusing a tiger beetle In alcohol. Bluff That Failed. General Plumer, who has recently been recalled to France from Italy, can be very Ironical when he chooses, ns tile following story proves: Shortly before the war, when he held the Irish command, a regiment wiiH being maneuvered before him on a field day, and the colonel in charge succeeded In getting his men mixed up pretty thoroughly. However, he went grimly on, and at Inst, calling u halt, rode up to Plumer with an air of Importance. "I flatter myself that was extremely w ell done, sir," ho said, evidently with tha Idea of trying to bluff that noth ing had gone wrong. "Oh, excellent," was General Plum er's suave reply. "But may I ask what on earth you were tying to do?"— Pearson's Weekly. GERMAN NOIE FAILS TO ACCEPT TERNS UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER IS NOT MENTIONED BY BOCHE, WHO WOULD ARGUE. Protests Against the Reproach of Illegal and Inhuman Actions on Land and Sea, but Avoids Big Issues in Replying to Wilson. Washington.—'Germany but replied lo President Wilson witli n unie which, though no one is prepared tu sa/ it will lead the president even to con tinue exchanges on the subject <»f an armistice and peace, at leusl lias served almost to bring conviction here that llie people of Germany actually are taking the reins of government and sincerely desire peace. The (ext of the note follows: "In accepting the proposal for nil evacuation of occupied territories, I lie German government 1ms started from the assumption that the procedure of this evacuation and of these condi tions of an armistice should he left U* llie Judgment of the military advisers and that the actual standard of power on both sides in the Held Inis to form the basis for arrangements strt'e guatiling this standard. "The German government suggests to the president that an opportunity should lie brought about for fixing the details. It trusts that the president of the United States will approve of no demand which would be irrecoocil uble with tlie honor of tlit* German people and with opening a ws.v to a peace of justice. "The German government protests against tlie reproach of illegal and In human actions made against tlie Ger man land and sea forces and thereby against tlie German people. For tlie covering of a retreat destructions will always be necessary, and they are car ried out in so far as is permitted by international law. Tlie German troops are under most strict instructions to spare private property and to exercise care for the population to tlie liest of their ability. Where transgressions occus in spite of these instructions the guilty are being punished. "Tlie German government further denies that tlie German navy iu sink ing ships has ever purposely destroyed lifeboats with their passengers. The German government proposes with re gard to ail those «barges that the facts be eleared up by neutral commissions. "In order to avoid anything that might hamper the work of peace the German government has caused or ders to lie dispatched to all submarine commanders precluding the torpedo ing olf passenger ships without, how ever, for technical reasons, being able to guarantee that these orders will reach every single submarine at sea before its return. "As a fundamental condition for peace, tlie president prescribes the des truction of every arbitrary power that cun separately, secretly and of its own single choice disturb the peace of the world. To tills tlie German government replies: "Hitherto tlie representation of tlie people In tlie German empire 1ms not been endowed with an Influence ou the formation of tlie government. "The constitution did not provide for a concurrence of representation of the people of decisions in t»eace and war. These conditions have just now undergone a fundamental change. A new government 1ms been formed in complete accordance with tlie wishes (principle) of the representation of the people, based on equal, universal, se cret, direct franchise. "The leaders of the great parties of the reichstilg are members of tills gov ernment. In the future no government can dike or continue in office without possessing the confidence of a majority of tlie reiehstag. "Tlie responsibility of tlie chancellor of the empire to tlie representation of the people is being legally developed and safeguarded. Tlie first act of the new government lias been to lay before the relenstag a bill to alter Uie con stitution of tlie empire so that the con sent of the representation of the people is required for decisions on war and peace. "The permanence of the new system Is, however, guaranteed not only by constitutional safeguards, hut also hy the unshukahle determination of the German people whose vast majority stands behind these reforms aud de mand their energetic continuance. "The question of the president—-with whom he nnd the government*« asso ciated against Germany are dealing__ is, therefore, answered in a clear. un equivocal manner by tlie statement that the offer of pence and an armis tice has come from n government which is free from any arbitrary and Irres imusihle influence, is supported by the approval of an overwhelming majority of the German people." "SOLF. Finish Fourteen Ships in Week. M nshingtoti.—Fourteen steel and wood vessels of 77.1SO deadweight tons ere de ver.nl to the shipping board during tlie week ended October 18 Nine of*!«) deadweight ton. were sdeel and five of 18,0 00 tons were wood. Merchant Killed, Wife Hurt. Santa Fe. N. M.-C. K. Huttun, aged • O years, a retired merchant of (liai A nl„ was killed and his wife wsa verely injured when their car ** a turu and tumbled down aa buukment on Little Lahajada h«t. 1 Glande was se skidded Diamonds take hearts. Buy your Diamonds at Park's. BOYD PARK. 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Once mosaic figures of Christian saints adorned these higher regions of tlie hall, but the vandal Turks long ugo covered tho saints with plaster through which in certain places they still cun be seen smiling dimly but serenely. The mosque has not always been a Mohammedan temple. The ortgtal, Santa Sofia, a Chrlstiun cathedral erected by Constantine, was destroyed! by fire. It was Justinian who rebuilt it! In the sixth century, decorating it with such lavish magnificence that he, was himself surprised at the result and cried out: "Solomon, I have surpassedi thee !" In Justinian's day the new temple was a veritable Aladdin's cave. Its walls and columns were of marble brought from foreign quarries and from other temples. Famous shrines of Diana, Apollo and even the Temple of the Sun at Baalbek contributed their statues and jewels, willingly or not, to the glory of Justinian's cuthedraL Into this treasure vault in 1403 bunt the conquering Turks, wrecking, plut* dering and claiming possession. From that time on Santa Sofia, Church of the Divine Wisdom, has been a Turkish mosque, with minarets added and the crescent over all.—Chicago Dailÿ News. DEPENDS ON ONE'S THOUGHTS By No Means Always the Part of Real Wisdom for Persons to Say What They Think. Whether we are to say what wd think, or not, depends entirely un what our thoughts ure and how they will affect others. There are some thoughts It Is a sin to hide. The people who smother a good* thought because they are afraid of being misunderstood or laughed at, take upon themselves » dangerous responsibility. To conceal q kind thought Is something for which there Is no excuse. There are other thoughts which it i» a pity to allow to get beyond your own brain. It is unfortunate indeed to have them, but at least you can resolve that they shall never get outside of their birthplace. If you think this world 1* ti dreary, dismal place, what Is the good of saying so7 If morbid, angry thoughts have taken possession of yoa. stamp them out as you would a breed of snakes. Be brave enough to speak t» thought which should be spoken, a® matter whether It Is likely to be pop > ular or not. And be strong enough tt hold In a leash the thought which, a It should escape, would work harm to Others.—Selected. What He Didn't Like About Helen. Kenneth's little playmate, Helea was to have a party. Only girls * to be Invited, but Kenneth was M" nwnre of this fact. He longed for * Invitation nnd expected one up to day of the party. But alas ! ,lie * n tlon didn't come. Downhearted, he to his mother: "You know, m0 T\L, like Helen awfully well, hut 1 tainly don't like her ways." Washing Poor People's F««t '■he custom of washing the fee the poor on Maundy 'l' hurS p' f iui Whitehall' wns observed by soverelgns until tlie end of the * enteenth century. After that th® ^ mony wns performed on their be the Archbishops of York untl* 1 e | die of the eighteenth century. Poet Immortalized Hemp- ^ Longfellow has Immortalized* j of hemp in his famous P 0 *® 1 ^ Ropewalk," In which lie inak e ® ^ the riqie made Into a swing lovely maidens, the tightrope ^ tired, spungled girl of the chea > ^ vaudeville show, the cord tha ^ I bell ringer pulls when he r #l » noonday hour; through ids *'■'7fg* the schoolboy flying bis kite, ^ | er's wife drawing a bucket o ter from the well on the old ^ and many other beautiful pi