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AN WHO MACHINE r?4 m EMPEY, QUESTIONING A GERMAN PRISONER, FINDS HE IS FROM NEW YORK. Synopsis Fired by the sinking of the Lusltania, with the loss of American lives. Arthur Guy Enipcy, an American living In Jersey City, rocs to England and enlists as a private in the British army. After a ahort experience as a recruiting officer In London, ho is sent to train ing quarters In France, where he first hears the sound of big gnns and makes the acquaintance of "cooties." After a brief period of training Empty's company Is sent Into the front-Hue trenches, where he takes his first turn on the Ore step while the bullets whiz overhead. Empey learns, as comrade falls, that death lurks always In the trouehes. Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot lire. With pick and shovel Kmpey has experience as a trench digger In No Man's Land. Exciting experience on listening post detail. Ex citing work on observation post duty. Back In rest billets Empey writes and stages a successful play. 1 CHAPTER XIX Continued. ie At one point of the line where the trendies were very close, a stake was driven Into the ground midway be tween the hostile lines. At night when it was his turn. Tommy would crawl ,to this stake and attach some London paper to It, while at the foot he would place tins of bully beef, fags, sweets, and other dellcncles that he had re ceived from Blighty in the ever looked for parcel. Lnter ou Fritz would come out and get these luxuries. The next night Tommy would go out ta see whnt Fritz put into his stocking. The donation generally consisted of a pnper from Berlin, telling who was winning the war, some tinned sausages, cigars, and occasionally a little beer, but a funny thing, Tommy never re turned with the beer unless It was In side of him. His platoon got a whiff of his breath one night and the offending Tommy lost his job. One night a young English sergeant crawled to the stake and as he tried to detach the German paper a bomb ex ploded and mangled him horribly. Fritz had set a trap nnd gained another vic tim which was only one more black mark against him in the book of this war. From that time on diplomatic re lations were severed. Returning to Tommy, I think his pplrlt is best shown in the questions he osks. It is never "who is going to win" but always "how long will it take?" CHAPTER XX. "Chats With Fritz." We were swimming In money, from the receipts of our theatrical venture, end hud forgotten all about the war, ivhen an order enme through thnt our brigade would again take over their sector of the line. The day that these orders were is sued, our captain assembled the com pany and asked for volunteers to go to the Machine Gun school nt St. Omar. I volunteered nnd was accepted. Sixteen mcu from our brigade left for the course in machine gunnery. This course lasted two weeks and we rejoined ojjr unit nnd were assigned to the brigade machine gun company. It Hlmost broke ray heart to leave my company mates. The gun ae used was the Tickers. Light .303, water cooled. I was still a member of the Suicide tl, having Jumped from the frying ,pan into the Are. I was assigned to section 1, gun No. 2, nnd the first time "In" took position in the front-line trench. During the day our gun would be dismounted on the Are step ready for Instant use. We shared a dugout with the Lewis gunners. At "stand to" we would mount our gun on the parapet and go on watch be3ide It until "stand down" In the morning. Then the gun would be dismounted and again placed in readiness on the fire step: We did eight days In the front-line trench without anything unusual hap pening outside of the ordinary trench routine. On the night that we were to carry out," a bombing raid against the German lines was pulled off. This raid ing party consisted of sixty company men, sixteen bombers, and four Lewis machine guns with their crews. The raid took the Boches by surprise and was a complete success, the party, bringing back twenty-one prisoners. The Germans must have been awful ly sore, because they turned loose a barrage of shrapnel, with a few "Min nies" and "whizz bangs" Intermixed. The shells were dropping Into our front line like hailstones. To get even, we could have left the prisoners In the Are trench, In charge of the men on guard and let them .click Fritz's strafeing but Tommy does not treat prisoners that way. Five of them were brought into my dugout and turned over to me so thnt they would be snfe from the German are. In the candlelight, they looked very much shaken, nerves gone and chnlky faces, with the exception of one, a great big fellow. He looked very much at ense. I liked blm from the start. I got out the rum Jar and gave each a nln and Dassed around some fags, th old reliable Woodbines. The other prisoners looked their gratitude, but the big fellow said In English, "Thank ou, sir, the rum is exceneni ana i ap preciate It, also your kindness." - He told me his name was Carl chmldt, of the Sixty-sixth Bavarian Light Infantry; that he had Uved six mrs in New York (knew the city bet ter than I did), bad been to Coney Island and many of our ball games. He was a regular fan. I couldn't make him believe that Hans Wagner wasn't the feat ball player In tt world. - MB nor ArllJauuN oulwlk WENT GUHHttDWlHGWPRAHCE- ' From New York he had gone to Lon don, where he worked as n waiter in the Hotel Russell. Just before the war he went home to Germany to see his parents, the war ciane and he was con scripted. lie told me he wns very sorry to hear that London was In ruins from the Zeppelin raids. I could not con vince him otherwise, for hadn't he set-n moving pictures In one of the German cities of St. Paul's cathedral In ruins. I changed the subject because he was so stubborn In his belief. It was my Intention to try and pump him for Information as to the methods of the German snipers, who had been caus ing us trouble In the last few days. I broached the subject and he shut up like a clam. After a few minutes he very Innocently snld: "German snipers get paid rewards for killing the English." I eagerly asked, "What are they?" He answered : "For killing or wounding an English private, the sniper gets one mark. For killing or wounding an English officer he gets Bve marks, but If he kills n Red Cap or English genral, the sniper gets twenty-one days tied to the wheel of a limber as punishment for his careless ness." Then he paused, waiting for me to bite. I suppose. I bit nil right nnd asked him why l he sniper was punished for killing an Dead Bodies Everywhere. English general. With a smile he re plied : "Well, you see, if all the English gen erals wero killed, there would be no one left to make costly mistakes." I shut him up, he was getting too fresh for a prisoner. After a while he winked at me and I winked back, then the escort came to take the prisoners to the rear. I shook hands and wished him "The best of luck and a safe Jour ney to Blighty." I liked that prisoner, he was a fine fellow, had an Iron Cross, too. I ad vised him to keep it out of sight, or some Tommy would be sending It home to his girl in Blighty as a souvenir. One dark and rainy night while on guard we were looking over the top from the fire step of our front-line trench, when we heard a noise imme diately in front of our barbed wire. The sentry next to me challenged, "Halt, who comes there?" and brought hlB rifle to the aim. Bis challenge was answered In German. A captain in the next traverse climbed upon the sand bagged parapet to Investigate a brave but foolhardy deed "Crack" went a bullet and he tumbled back into the trench with a hole through his stomach and died a few minutes later. A lance corporal In the next platoon was so en raged at the captain's death that he chucked a Mills bomb in the direction of the noise with the shouted warning to us: "Duck your nappers, my lucky lads." A sharp dynamite report, a flare In front of us, and then silence. We Immediately sent up two star shells, and in their light could see two dark forms lying on the ground close to our wire. A sergeant and four stretcher-bearers went out In front and soon returned, carrying two limp bodies. Down in the dugout, iu the flickering light of three candles, we saw that they were two German oflj cers, one a captain and the other an "unterofflzler," a rank one grade higher than n sergeant general, but below the grade of lieutenant The captain's face had been almost completely torn away by the bomb's explosion. The unterofflzler wns alive, breathing with difficulty. In a few mln- 37' V. ' tea be opened hlu eyes and blinked In the glare of the candles. The pair bad evidently been drink ing heavily, for the alcohol fumes were sickening and completely pervaded the dugout I turned away in disgust, hating to see a man cross the Great Di vide full of booze. One of our officers could speak Ger man and he questioned the dying man. In a faint voice, Interrupted by frw quent hiccoughs, the unteroffizler told his story. There' had been a drinking boat among the officers In one of the Ger man dueouts. the main beverage being champagne. With a drunken leer he informed us thnt champagne was plen tiful on their side and that it did not cost them anything either. About seven that night the conversation had turned to the "contemptible" English, nnd the captain had made a wager thnt he would hang his cap on the English barbed wire to show his contempt for the English sentries. The wager was accepted. At eight o'clock the cnptaln and he had crept out into No Man's Land to carry out this wager. i They had gotten about halfway across when the drink took effect and the captain fell asleep. After about two hours of vain attempts the unter offizler had at last succeeded In wak ing the eaptnln, reminded hlra of his bet, and warned him that he would be the laughing stock of the officers mess If he did not accomplish his object, but the captain was trembling nil over and insisted on returning to the German lines. In the darkness they lost their bearings and crawled toward the Eng lish trenebvs. They reached the barbed wire and were suddenly challenged by our sentry. Being too drunk to realize that the challenge was In English, tne captain refused to crawl back. Finally the unteroffizler convinced his superior that they were in front of the English wire. Reallzlnit this too late, the cap- tuln drew his revolver and with n mut tered curse fired blindly toward oun trench. His bullet no doubt killed out captain. Then the bomb came over and there he was, dying and a good Job too, we thought. The captain dead? Well, his men wouldn't weep at the news. Without giving us nny further infor mation the unteroffizler died. We searched the bodies for identifi cation disks hut they had left every thing behind before starting on their foolhardy errand. Next afternoon we buried them In our little cemetery apart from the graves of the Tommies. If you ever go Into thnt cemetery you will see two little wooden crosses In the corner of the cemetery set away from the rest. They read: Captain German Army Died 1910 Unknown K. I. P. Unteroffizler German Army Died 1910 Unknown R. I. P. Empey and his machine-gun company go "over the top" In a successful but costly attack on the German trenches. The atory of this thrilling charge Is told in the next Installment. (TO BE C;ONTINCKD., ADDING HORROR TO SITUATION Conversation as Reported by Boston "Humorist" Would Seem to About Approach the Limit. "The coal situation is getting very accuse. Isn't It?" asked ma. as she looked over the morning paper. "Yes." said Peggy. "I was reading where Mr. Stomorrow, the fuel demon strator, is trying to get coal from the minds." "But the paper says there Is a short age of anthrax coal," interrupted ma. "and that we should use voluminous con!." "Not 'voluminous,' ma," corrected Peggy, "buytoomany coal!" "I don't care what they coll It," said run, "you can't get any, anyhow. It's Just too aggregating for words. A pound of sugar or a hod of coal today Is worth more than all the wealth of the ancient inkstands." "Who were them?" asked Peggy. "Them was Indians as used to live down in Texaco," ma told her. "It does look as If this war would never ter minal." "It will be terrible If the Russians continue their armature with the Ger mans, wouldn't it, mar "Oh. he's a terrible, terrible man," sighed ma. "Whom Is?" asked Peggy. "Why," said ma, as she went to gefc; dinner, "who but the geyser?" Joe Toye In the Boston Post Be Above Gossip. Gossiping Is about the most useless kind of work one could possibly en gage in. How much better and more charitable it Is to turn a deaf ear to cruel truths, to honorably keep silent about what we have heard, and at the same time give the unfortunate person In the case the benefit of our doubt. "Small wits talk much," Is an old say ing nnd a true one. The girl or woman who would be truly happy, and who Incidentally would make others happy, should wisely think twice before she speaks, and then should put into words only thoughts thnt are cheering and charitable. New York Evening Mail. His Duty Done. The family is rather demonstrative when the various members of tht household come and go. The grand children are expected to embrace every one at the beginning and at the end of a visit. Fred and Albert were get ting into their clothing and making their hasty ndleux preparatory to catching their train home after Christ mas. "Hurry up, Fred," Albert shout ed; "you're too slow for anything. I've got mine all kissed." Had a Kick Coming. Dusty Bones What's Weary Willie moaning about? He'a been sighing all day long. Itoamlng Waldo He's sore because he got the third degree yesterday and didn't gut any class pin. Helping the Heat and Milk Supply (Special Information Service, United States Department of Agriculture.) PLAN FOR MORE LAMBS. 1 X Sheep Should Wave Access to PLAN FOR LARGE YIELD OF LAMBS Cull Ewes Closely and Keep Them Gaining on Good Pasture and Other Feed. CULL UNPROFITABLE ANIMALS Special Effort Should Be Made to Se cure Strong, Vigorous, Pure-Bred Ram of Desirable Type and Individuality. The best time to begin preparation for a large crop of lambs Is early in the fall, several weeks before the mat ing season begins. At that time the ewe flock should be culled closely with the idea of eliminating ewes that have proved themselves to be unprofitable breeders, due to barenness or having produced small nnd weak lambs at birth, or having failed to produce milk enough for the rapid development of their offspring. At the same time spe cial attention should be given to the securing of a strong, vigorous, pure lred ram of desirable type and indi viduality a year or more old, prefer ably a proved sire. Flushing. After the final make-up of the flock is determined, the ewes should have access to fresh pasture. Some kind of forage crop especially grown for the purpose Is desirable, and a little grain may be provided at this time. The Idea is to have the ewes gain slightly In flesh a few weeks previous to and during the mating season. This prac tice Is known among sheepmen as "flushing," and will insure an In creased per cent of twin lambs. Experiments conducted by the ani mal husbandry division of the United States department of agriculture have shown thnt the extra trouble nnd feed required in flushing the ewes is repaid several times by the added number of lambs obtained. With ewes already In good condition the effect Is less ranrked than with thinner stock. Young or dry ewes" that are In high condition will not be benefited by flushing. With ewes gaining in condition at breeding time the lambs arrive more nearly to gether in spring. This lessens the labor of lambing season and gives more nearly uniform ages and weights in lambs to be marketed. The Ram. The number of twin lambs Is ap parently governed more largely by the ewe than by the ram. It is important, however, to keep the ram in strong, vigorous condition, for if he is over taxed in low condition some ewes may fail to get in lamb. At the beginning of breeding the ram should be In good flush, but should not have been overfed or kept too active. It is best if he can have grain feed and be separated from the flock for at least a few hours each day. Flock Management. The breeding season over, the flock should be carried through the winter Under such system of management as will insure health and a gradual in crease In weight of from 10 to 15 pounds a head until lambing time. The increase in weight is desired to :ounteract the loss of weight at par turition time, and will leave the ewe In a stronger condition after lambing, thereby insuring greater ability on her nart to provide the necessary quantity )f milk for the rapid development of "ier lamb. This management produces iambs that are larger and stronger at oirth, ure better able to gain rapidly, nd are ready for early marketing. To 1o this suitable quarters must be pro vided to protect the flock against storms, wet floors, drafts, and lack The wise man considers the welfare of the hog these times, both for his own prosperity and that of his coun try. It matters not so much what kind of food a hog has if she has enough of some grains and has comfortable lutirters. Live.sQci .: . y "- v. . t Fresh Pasture at This Season. of sanitary conditions, and at the same time provide plenty of ventilation, sun light nnd exercise. Very little grain, if any, is necessary In the ration, provided a sufficient supply of good clover hay and sweet silage free from mold is uvuilable. In ense silage or other succulent feed Is not available, the hay should be sup plemented with not more than a half pound of grain per head per day. i MANAGEMENT OF EWES I The experiences of successful flockmasters In the past airl the limited amount of experimental data available on the subject in dicate that the per cent of lambs to ewes bred that may be pro duced, as well as the size and vitality of the lambs at birth and their subsequent develop ment, depends as much, If not more, on the feed nnd manage ment of the ewes during the breeding season and the period of pregnancy than upon the cure and feeding they receive nfter lambing. eseeese.eeeJ Equipment for Sheep Breeding. Equipment for raising nheep on farms need not be expensive. In mild latitudes little housing Is needed, and the main need Is for fencing and pas tures of sufficient number and size to allow frenuent changing of flocks to fresh ground to Insure health. Where winters are longer and more severe, buildings and sheds are nwessary to furnish protection from storms, though no special provisions are needed for wnrmth. Dryness, good ventilation, and freedom from drafts rre the first requisites of buildings for sheep. Con venience in feeding end tihepherding must also be held in mind in locating and planning such building or sheds. Small flocks can be cared for In sec tions of barns having staging or feed storage for other stock, but with a flock of, say, 100 ewes, separate build ings are desirable. The interior ar rangement of these buildings should be such as to require a minimum of labor and the least possible moving of the ewes in doing the feeding and caring for them during' the lambing season. A building of this type can also be utilized for fattening pur chased lambs to be disposed of before lambing begins In the regular farm flock. A gopd supply of feed racks, grain troughs, etc., can b- provided at small expense and will save labor and prevent waste of feed. "Watering the Milk." The aged joke about the milkman who was wont to increase the product of his cows by frequent manipulations of the pump handle has served its day, und it is hoped that no basis for it exists. But it Is still true, and always will be true, thnt the milking cow re quires plenty of water. The water, however, Is given to the cow, and Is not administered directly to the milk. Stale or impure water is distasteful to the cow, and she will not drink enough for maximum milk production. Such water may carry disease germs and make the milk unsafe for human use or be dangerous to the cow. In cold weather, when cows ore stabled most of the time, they should be watered two or three times a day unless arrangements have been mnde to keep water before them constantly. If possible, the water should be 15 or 20 degrees above the freezing point, and should be supplied at practically the same temperature every day. Care in Fattening Calves. More care is necessary in fattening calves than in feeding grown cattle, but whenever possible, it is best to raise and finish beef cattle on the same farm. Keep Needed Feed. Keep all the feed you'lt need. A wet, muddy barnyard is no place for sheep. ( A good grade of beef can be pro duced by using much less grain feed than has been the practice of mnny feeders. The colt's system requires a consid erable amount of bone and muscle building material, nnd this cau be had only by feeding nitrogenous feeds such a.s oats, bran, a little oil meal and, where obtainable, clover hay LONG HOLYPLACES Shrines That Arc Held in Vener ation by Moslems. AM True Followers of Mahomet Eager That Their Lar.t Resting Place Shall Be Nar Those of Their Great Apostles. Near to the resting place of the first great apostles of their faith it la the dearest wish of all pious Moham medans to He after death. The shrines of Najaf, Kerliela and Kaziinaln, the resting places of All, Hussein, nnd the seventh and ninth Imams, lie on the edge of the desert in the country British troops now oc cupy in Mesopotamia. One often meets n corpse on til" road nacked In a lung crate or bundle of palm leaves and slung across ihe back of mi ass, say Edmund Chand ler, the press ivpiVM'litntive In the Mesopotamia!! forces. The pilgrim be hind is taking his relative to swell the population of the eilies of the Uuil by which these, urtiiciuarlcs arc sur rounded. Of the three shrines, Nujnf is the richest, and to seine inimls the uiom mcred. Like Kazimalu, H Is ap proached by a horse car line. The cur ure nut of the pattern of itiose thai lily in European itie. I believe the few British soldier?, wtio have seen them rank them with the Clock lower in the mosque as first ainotig the Hour of Mesopotamia. in peace time the dead come from a wide radius. The donkey Willi the bundle like a Din carpet bag on its back, dtiiped in xntUe or rich silk, uccorillng to the means of the pllnilm. may have come all the way from Bok hara. A few years ago a corpse ur rived from the Persian embassy ul Paris. The rich as a rule are liurieU in the shrine Itself. The fee for inter ment in the mosque is !5-."0. For Imriill outside the walls of the city Ihe pilgrim pays anything from four to ten rupee (two to live dollars), ac cording to the distance he lias come. Many pilgrims buy houses in Nu juf, and thus the place is gradually becoming a city of the dead. Nine houses out of ten have graves lu them. Sometimes the building is nothing else than u tomb. Najuf has proved Impregnable to Wahhabl and Bedouin, it is believed to bo fabulously rich. There are two stores of treasure. The old treasury has not been opened since the visit of Sbar Xaslr-ud-Din. M years ago. it i.t buried In a vault tuid built over with brick and lime, with no door or key or window by way of entrance. The new treasure Is in the keeping of the kilid dur gold and silver, and jewels, and precious stones, silks, mid shawls, und pearled curtains. One of the first gifts fur the shrines to reach Bagdad after our troops en tered the city were four curved swords of gold, with diamonds on the sheath and hilt. They had been dis patched from Constantinople to Bag dud when the British menace was re garded as a madman's dream, and bore the inscription, "From ihe servant of all pious Moslems. Enver Bey." So doubt they were intended to symbolize the might whereby the Turks would defend the city against their bated foes, the Christians. Runs Her Own Canteen. .Mrs. Scott Lee, an aged negro wom an, is happy because she bus found a way at last to cheer the soldiers ou their way as they pass through here en route from cump to coast for overseas service, according to an Ashtabula dis patch to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mrs. Lee, who lives near a railroad track, looked wistfully at the troop trains as they sped through, wondering if there was any way in which she could make a long trip more pleasant for the men. But the trains went through so fast she almost despaired until site finully hit upon a scheme that works to perfection. She got a long pole, and to it she fastens bundles of magazines and lunches, and as the trains whiz past she stands on the station platform and reaches her gifts to the men as they lean from the car windows. Carrier Pigeon Mystery. The authorities of Albany, Ore., and everywhere else ure trying to decipher this message: "P-n-7-3-a-r-U-w." It was written on u piece of note paper brought here by a strange car rier pigeon, which died very soon after It was found on the street. The bird was identified as a species of California desert quail, not found in any part of Oregon save possibly in the southeastern portion. The bird refused food and water and was ex hausted. A piece of string which bound the message to the bird's leg wns olive drab In color and might have been un raveled from an army uniform. No Mosquitoes on Hog Island. Officials of the United States ship ping board state that they believe that Hog island, now the center of a vast shipbuilding Industry, is effectually rid of mosquitoes. The work involved the draining of a marsh 25 miles long at a cost of $250,000. New Jersey has been reluctant to take such steps, but since witnessing this achievement it has decided to expend $150,000 to drain the Newark meadows near the Submarine Boat Corporation plant and has instituted work nt the Cam den yards across the river from Hog island. The Indian's Idea. John Uatt, a full-blood Cherokee In dinn of Cherokee county, Okla.. being drawn in the draft of selected men, was sent to Camp Travis, Tex., for training. After he had been in camp for several days, he was haled before the adjutant for falling to salute an of ficer, and gave Ihe following explana tion for his default : "Me live at Welling. When me meet man there uiaybeso speak to him one time. No peak any more to same man all day. Down here me salute It every time me pass It num." Everybody' MugiUluc. MIGHT HAVE BEEN STARTLING I, ,i Just a Possibility That There Wat Method In Passenger's Remarkable Exhibition of Drowsiness. One afternoon, in a train rnnntug over an Illinois line, an amusing con versation took place between the con ductor und a passenger who appeared to be under the influence of liquor. The passenger was lopping ugulnnt the window sill and acting sleepy. "Wuke up and gimme your ticket!" growled the conductor. No move. Once more the pasteboard collector admonished his snoo.y (or boozy) pas xenger to awaken and dig up oiiie sort of transportation. Still no move. The conductor went through me rrain and punched the local tickets. Then he returned. By Mint time ihe train bad gone past two stations. "Sny, now, come out of the (lump and give me your ticket or off you go!" snorted the conductor as he grabbed the fellow rudely by the arm. The passenger ieived slightly, but quick ly sunk back iigiiiivt the window sill again. "Where is your lieketV" demanded the trainman grnllly. "You certainly have one somewhere about your per son !" The fellow oftVreil no answer. At That the conductor grabbed him by the collar and yankud him to bis feet, but lie sank buck limply into the seat. Seizing the man by the collar again the uoniliictor shook hin. roughly and Jelled with niouih close to ear: "Confound your pesky skin; 1 ve searched nil of your pockets and you haven't a ticket anywhere on you!" The passenger, slightly awakened from bis stupor, blandly replied: "Well, then, never mind. Let er go. I uln't gold' a great way any how!" And he wasn't. lie stepped off at the next station. Ma Artificial Ventilation. A French fori at Verdun has ar uticlul ventilatiou. It is o.scrihefl by Maj. Gen. Charles A. Clement, V. S. A Who visited the firing line. A fort, looked oil as the best Unit French engineering skill could build, was made of re-enforced concrete, ex tending many feel undei ground, and stood near the site of the stronghold referred to. it was smashed to al oms by the Germans, hut the French, even as the pieces wen- flying about thern, constructed a new sub'erra nean fort of rock and granite which effectually resisted the attacks of the enemy. This fort General Clement de scribe us somewhat resembling an an thracite coal mine. He said that the air In the fort's hospital was pare and. despite the fact that no sunlight ever penetrated the place, the condition compared favorably with those of sim ilar Institutions on the surface of the earth. The foregoing description gives u a glimpse of French efficiency display ed in their defense of Vei dun. Popu lar Science Monthly. Many Cities Undermined. St. Louis has catacombs, like those of Paris. The mining of clay for brick and oilier products has left many chambers and tunnels beneuth the out lying districts, us the quarrying of stone for building materials long ago has undermined certain European eltlen. But St. Louis has taken warn ing from the unstable foundations of Paris and Rome and has abandoned a bill authorizing further excavation un der Forest park, In the belief that "a sufficient problem In the hundreds of acres already undermined is left as a lecncv to future St. Louisans." The actuality of the danger has been shown by frequent cavelns. but New York still goes serenely on over the thin crust that covers nothing but "cata combs." New York Evening Post. Straw Hat Memories. The steel helmet has Its uses when It rains shell fragments. But its little days will puss like every fad. The campaign hat is picturesque, but can It hope to match lt3 charms against the lid of bay? The bonnet de police, vest pocket size, is quite the proper thing these days, but it will hardly take the place in future years of that boon of civilian life, the straw. So here's to the grass top, and to the time when thrones, autocracies, spiked helmets and the like are laid upon the scrap heap and we stand before the mirror shirted, shaved and snug, und as we fit a straw pile to our nob, de mand, "How does she fit. old hoy?" From the Spiker, France. The Armed Motortruck. In the old days of the overland stages there sat up in front alongside the driver the express messenger, carrying on his knees always ready for Instant use a sawed-off shotgun. In these later days, on another sort of vehicle, and for protection against another sort of highwaymen, both men on the box are armed. The vehicle is the big, powerful motor-driven army supply wagon. On each side of the driver's seat on these wagons Is a deep leather holster and in each holster is carried a repeat ing carbine; a lively, handy weapon nnd one carrying many more shots than the old-time sawed-off shotgun. Disappointed. "Tough,, ain't it?" the Yank com mented, as they lifted him Into the ambulance. "Oh, you're all right," said the corps man cheerfully. "Just a couple of places where a couple of hunks of shrapnel can't do any harm." "That ain't what's worrying me," explained the doughboy. "But here I am going back to a base hospital wounded, and the only Germans I've seen since I came to France were three prisoners." Making War on Snils. SnaiN may be enticed to harbor In and feed on bran, if placed in hand fUls where they are numerous. Every morning the places should be exam ined and the snails destroyed. Quick lime, if dusted on the rows of early peas and other early vegetables In spring, when the dw is on them, is u ceriiu cure fo walls, If persevered la.