London.Captain M one of the
British Plying' corps, ambling watch
fully behind a great bank of rolling
clouds, spied in a rift belowan Ger
man patrol of six machines. The com
bat was short, sharp and unequal. Im
mediately his gun barked off. A Ger
man dived headlong for the earth. His
leader swept out of formation to meet
the daring Britisher and followed suit.
Enraged, the four others dashed for
our man simultaneously, firing as they
came. For the latter only one course
was optional. Sweeping low from the
sky until he almost skimmed the tree
tops and the roofs of the houses Be
reached home in safety.
Which is to relate a recent by-the
way air raid incident in that thrilling
and most audacious factor of up-to
date warfare, aerial activity. When
the day is clear and bright or when
the hunter's moon illuminates the nignt
the pilots and observers of the. Royal
Flying corps work overtime, and then
some. From dawn to dawn, without
intermission, until the rain clouds
gather or the fresh wind grows too un
ruly, they are hard at It, fighting high
up among the clouds or bombing rail
ways, ammunition dumps, aerodromes
and billets in back villages.
Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine for One
For every bomb on London in a Ger
man raid there have been 999 dropped
by our men on points and posts behind
their lines. In this new warfare of
give and take while the Bodies are
busy over England the English are
busier over Bocheland. In a single day
as the result of aerial observation 127
hostile batteries were silenced, 28 gun
pits were destroyed, 80 men were
bombed and over 60 explosions were
caused in ammunition dumps.
In two short months 12.999 bombs,
aggregating a weight of 238 tons, were
placed at the disposal of troops, in
trenchments and batteries In the
For Every Bomb Dropped in Eng
land 999 Are Sent Down
SILENCE MANY BATTERIES
Feature of the Air Combat Is the Con
tinuous Gallantry and Audacity of
the PilotsDifference in
enemy lines. The R. F. C. In the period ["burdened by reason of so many un
from Saturday, February 16, to
Wednesday, February 20, accounted
for 70 German airplanes with a loss of
12. The naval airmen bagged a further
'eight without loss and the French
were responsible for 26.
The German airmen are. not lacking
in courage, but the policy of their com
manders appears to be to maneuver
them in large formations, 15 and 20 at
a time. Six is a common party. The
"tip and run" strategy of their bomb
era is only of advantage at night. From
a great altitude they "lay their eggs"
Indiscriminately and then make off at
a breakneck speed for their base. The
larger types of machines, such as the
triplane, are greatly favored./'And
more than anything they are lacking
in'that code of traditions fostered by
the British navy and so admirably de-
The outstanding feature gf the air
combat is the continuous gallantry and
audacity of the British pilots. One
youthful veteran, attacked by a fight
ing formation of Bodies, fired into one
machine, which turned over on its back
and spun down out of control. Then
he turned his attention to another and
fired 200 rounds Into it. Suddenly it
went Into a spin and crashed.
Out with a battle flight of our own
the following day he added another
German to his bag. Then, to make full
measure that day, he spun lower and
fired an observation balloon. In the
afternoon he finished the aggregate of
four enemy airplanes and a balloon In
Two British machines photography
bound ran up against half a dozen of
the enemy's. Strictly speaking, theirs
was a noncombntant vcraft,.
PRIVILEGE MAY BE CURTAILED
Postoffice Department Statement As
sert* That Large Number of
Articles So Carried Can Be
Purchased at Canteens.
WashingtonThat the parcel post
mails to soldiers In France are greatly
necessary articles being mailed, and
that* there may arise a necessity for
curtailing the parcel post privilege to
soldiers are shown in^the following
Statement given out by the Post Of
Recently a government transport
reached France carrying to the sol
diers at the front 715,980 letters and
335,840 pieces of parcel post and news
papers. The letters weighed 8% tons
and the parcels and papers in excess
By reason of the bulk!-
of 113 tons.
Here is a new kind of mortar. Instead of throwing shells It throws
barbed wire. It can throw five rolls of barbed wire into enemy trenches or In
front of advancing troops without being recharged.
HOW BOYS CAN HELP
Can Play Big Part in Upholding
Secretary Houston Says They Can Aid
in Home Gardening and Con
Washington.How every American
boy, although separated by the Atlan
tic ocean from the actual theater of
the war against autocracy, can play
his part In upholding American ideals,
is pointed out by Secretary of Agricul
ture Houston in a message addressed
to the Boy Scouts of America. The sec
retary pledges to the boys the hearty
co-operation of the federal and state
Secretary Houston's statement fcl
"The splendid army of Boy Scouts
af America can be of very great help
to the nation in this time of world
eed. The war can be won only If we
deliver the men, the ships, and the
noyed at the Interruption,/ they laid
about the enemy with their machine
gun to such effect that in a short time
they had knocked out two of their.at
tackers. The rest then flew away and
the Britons returned in peace to their
Recently our bombers achieved a di
rect hit on a German army klnema
with results which, according to a pris
oner's story, were disastrous. Immedi
ately the Germans retaliated by bomb
ing our hospitals and stretcher bearers
behind the lines.
MAIL TO SOLDIERS
Parcel Post Is Loaded Down With
Unnecesary Articles for
The helmet of a\Gerraan urtderofficer
captured by Sergt. Major Charles H.
Smith of Brooklyn who has Just re
turned from Europe after serving three
years with the British array in France,
Gallipot!, Salonica and on the Mac
edonian front. Sergeant Smith, a
naturalized American of English birth
heard the call of his mother land when
fifty years old. He spent his fifty-third
birthday'on the ship bound for home
after his discharge from the British
army for physical disability. He la
now lecturing on his experiences in the
Note the inscription on the front of
the helmet: "Mit Gott Fur Keonlg und
Vaterland" "With God for King and
Fatherland." the pieces of parcel post and papers
required 7,452 sacks. When this mail
was unloaded at a French port the let
ters filled completely one of the small
French cars, which are half the size of
the American mail cars, but the par
cels and papers required a train of 19
Waits, tor Days on Cars.
The mail that Is unloaded from the
ships mtfst frequently wait days at
the port before cars can be spared
from the heavily burdened railroads
in France to move the mall.
When the United States army pos
tal service was first inaugurated mall
reached 'all of the camps-in the coun
try in one to two days, according to
distance and train connections. Today
mail, by reason of its vast volume and
the heavy demands on the railroad1
frequently takes six days to reach Gen
eral Pershing's headquarters.
According to a report from New
York and Chicago of some of the con
tents of this parcel post matter to the
troops, a 12-hour Inspection of the par
cel post as it was being searched for
inflammables and explosives disclosed,
among other things, 1,642 boxes of
matches, 361 cans of solidified alcohol.
took 224 ciga
I of 12,00 0 feet spacp
on the transport. This means a slice
of the ship's cargo space 100 feet long,
10 feet high, and 12 feet wide. 'The
715,980 letters went Into 346 sacks but
THIS MORTAR SHOOTS BARBED WIRE
food In sufficient number and quanti
ties to make our war program effec
tive. You as boy scouts can' greatly
aid by growing home vegetable gar
dens, raising pigs and poultry, con
serving food by canning and drying for
home use and in many other- ways
open to yon.
"Will you not help your country
again this year even in a bigger and a
better way than you did during the
summer of 1917? Yonr task will be to
'beat your own record' in food produc
tion and conservation. May your motto
for 1918 be, 'Every scout to feed a sol
dier and one other.'
"I desire to extend to yon the hearty
good will and co-operation of the offi
cials of the United States dopr.rtr.ipnt
of agriculture, also that of the co-op
erative club leaders of boys' and girls'
extension work at the agricultural col
leges, who will be glad to assist you In
From the speed at which earthquake
waves travel through the earth an
English scientist has evolved a theory
that the world has a dense central
core, which may be awasured la
THE TOMAHAWK. WHITE EARTH. MINN.
(all of these of
thee greatestr menace the safety of th
ship), 1,248 cakes, 3,818 packages of
candles, 1332 bars of chocolate, be
sides countless scores of useful, as
well as useless, articles, Including
a bouquet of artificial flowers, a baby
outfit, and a bottle of whisky.
The question this state of affairs
raises Is: Why send apples and or
anges that "become bruised in the long
transit and rot In the stuffy holds of
the ships, when the recreation rooms
of the Young Men's Christian associa
tion and other welfare organizations
serve fruit fresh from Italy and Spain,
that takes up no cargo space why
send cakes and candles and chewing
gum," when the post canteens sell 17
varieties of cakes and cookies, fresh
baked in France, at American prices,
or a bare shade higher why try to
send across vast quantities of matches,
which endanger the ship and which Is
a penitentiary offense to place even In
the domestic malls?
Can Buy Same Articles in France
Two-thirds of the articles found In
a 12-hour Inspection tour When work
ing the soldiers' parcel post ore on
General Pershing's canteen list and
sold In retail quantities to the soldiers
at practically wholesale prices.
The question will have to be ans
wered by the relatives of the soldiers,
or it will, of military necessity, be
answered drastically by the authori
ties in France' charged with the reIn
sponsibility for the success of this war.
BOMB INVENTED BY STUDENT
New Missile Will Explode at An}
Given Distance of "Drop,"
Eugene, Ore.A student In the Uni
versity of Oregon battalion has Invent
ed a bomb that will explode at any
given distance of "drop." The bomb
can be hurled horizontally and will
not explode, but when dropped it is so
arranged that it will explode after
any number of feet fallthe length of
harmless fall being regulated by an at
tachment. If the bomb proves satis
factory under tests that are now Kelng
made it will be turned over to the war
department for use by aviators.
No More Hour Paste.
Hutchinson, Kan. No more will
Hutchinson, or for that matter, Kan
sas, paper hangers use wheat flour in
making their paste. Strict orders
have been Issued by State Food Ad
ministrator Walter P. Innls against
using wheat floor in making paste. Ha
recommends the UPO of
Almost Succeeds in Getting Huge
Loan From New York
BLOCKED BY LANSING
DLUUntU. Ell l-*tII*JiiHJ
Former Telephone Worker at |15 a
Week Bought Brilliant Uniforms
and Had Merry Time Fooling
Gullible New Yorkers.
New York.Chance alone caused
the castle of the bogus "Marquis Ed
mond Rousselot dl Castlllot" to top
ple over, after he had captivated the
beauties of New York city with his
brilliant uniforms, secured loans from
wealthy men and contracted bills at
the Waldorf-Astoria and other famous
hostelrle3 amounting to thousands of
dollars. His success at issuing bogus
letters, decorated with the coats of
arms of imaginary estates in France
and Spain, and intimate correspond
ence with the king of Spain, all his
own handwriting, gained him admis
sion, not only to the leading homes of
Americans in the metropolis, but en
trance to military clubs and organiza
Went Step Too Far.
Emboldened by his success, which
included masquerading in the uni
forms of various French regiments,
all made to his order by New York
tailors, the "marquis," conceived the
idea of conducting negotiations be
tween New York bankers and Spanish
authorities, by which Spain was to
enter the war on the side of the allies,
and was succeeding fairly well when
the state department decided to take
When the subject of the loan was
broached to the bank by Rousselot,
who had been introduced properly by
W. E. D. Stokes of New York city, the
bank communicated Immediately with
Secretary Lansing, who opposed the
Explained That the Loan Was to Be
Made to King Alfonso.
loan to the Spanish government
through an individual, and suggested
that It be taken up through the regu
lar government channels.
Rousselot objected to this method
of procedure,i explaining that the loan
was to be made personally to King Al
fonso, and it was because of this se
cret arrangement he could promise
that Spain was to Join the entente al
lies. The negotiations for the loan
still were under way when the
Frenchman was arrested on the charge
of falsely representing himself as
"Count Rousselot," a French diplo
mat htfe on a secret mission.
Cook by Trade.
Rousselot, a former telephone work
man at $15 a week, accidentally met
a wealthy New York woman and to
her he confided the story that he was
of noble birth, although his occupation
France was that of a cook. She
advanced him stocks on which ha
realized $10,000, hired an expenslva
suite of rooms at a leading hotel, or
dered brilliant uniforms, and In due
time secured entrance to select cir
cles. A half dozen expensive auto
mobiles were constantly at his com
mand, as well as fancy riding horses.
He succeeded In convincing even gov
ernment officials that he was a French
officer here on a great secret mission,
and obtained passes to shipyards and
He made ardent love to actresses
and heiresses and when his rooms
were searched, dozens of photographs,
bearing endearing bits of sentiment
were found.. Following his arrest the
"marquis" said he merely wanted to
see how far he could go and how bad
ly he could fool the people of New
Grocer Waa a Pickpocket.
London.Here's a story robbed of
Its peace-time prominence by the war.
In Middlesex court last week Henry
Phillips, a grocer, was arrested on a
charge of picking pockets. It de
veloped that he had been convicted 23
times previously and waa an absentee
from the army. S was sent to prla
on for three yean,
BOY IN JAIL FINDS
HE HAS A MOTHER
Carried Away While a Baby, He
Is Identified by His
New York.The prospect of doing
a bit in a penitentiary for carrying a
gun isn't a particularly happy obe, es
when a fellow has pleaded
guilty, but sixteen-year-old George J.
doesn a whoop if
the courn of specialgive sessions sends
him to jail for life, because he now
knows he has a real, honest to good
ness mother, and what's more, he's go*
Ing to see her at once.
"That's the big Idea," he told Ward
en Hanley in the Tombs. "I didn't
know If I came to this earth in a flour
"I Think I'm Talking to My Brother."
bag, or how it was. I've been bumpln*
from one institution to another in
Massachusetts, and freight in' from one
place to the other, and I always won
dered why I never had a mother, and
here I gotta get pinched by a uniform
ed bull to find out I really got one."
John R. Burke, a sailor on the U. S.
S. Seattle, read of the youngster's ar
rest and told his mother, Mrs. Joseph
ine Reld of Brooklyn, the name was
the same as that of the seven-months
old child that was kidnaped from her,
and so she sont the sailor boy post
haste over to the Tombs.
"I think I'm talking to my brother,"
he said to the youthful prisoner, who
came toward him from the barred
"Is dat so? I ain't got no brother.
I ain't got anybody I know of," was
the reply of George. But the sailor
asked him if he had a scar on his side,
and, brushing back his touseled black
hair, another scar was revenled, and
then there was no question about the
Identity of the prisoner.
"Say, have I got a mother?" was the
first question the lad popped at him.
And when told that not only had he a
mother, but a good one, who has been
waiting 16 long years to see him, the
kid nearly wept for joy. He has a
"Now I'm happy," he said.
LOVED WISELY, BUT TOO MANY
Seventeen-Year-Old Girl Marries
Three Men, but Finds Third
Is Real Thing.
Oakland, Cal.Edna Metcalf, a sev
enteen-year-old girl, who loved wisely,
but too many, Is under the wing of
her mother here, -while attorneys are
debating as to how she shall be disen
tangled from three marital complica
Edna's love-making was entirely con
jflned to the navy. Last August she
"wedded Ensign Edward Reese. Duty
called him from her side, and soon
she met and promptly married Jack
Overstreet, a Mare Island marine.
Finally, a naval radio operator, Lewis
Llnwlsky, wooed and won her.
Although desperately fond of each
of her naval husbands at the time of
the marriage, she now declares that It
took the third application for the lovo
virus to take.
FIND NEW 'B00ZE TRANSPORT'
Woman Arrested In Kentucky Wears
Peculiarly Contrived "Under.
alls" With Many Pockets.
Newport, Ky.Officers here discov
ered a new "booze transport" when
they arrested a woman who had sev
eral aliases as she stepped off* a train
from Popular Bluffs, Mo. She wore a
peculiarly contrived pair of "under-
alls," which contained many pockets,
and in each pocket waa a pint of Mis
souri whisky. Lacking money to pay
the imposed fine of $900, the woman Is
now in jail.
PLAYFUL KITTENS COST
DEATH OF AGED WOMAN
Eau Claire, Wis.Five play
ful kittens of which Mrs. Car
rie Hagen, sixty-seven, widow,
waa Intensely fond, cost her life.
The kittens, while playing on
the floor, ignited a box of
matches, setting fire to Mrs.
mini i ijt^^MBfe*!
Jj-^-hloodedmen of courage ITS Vi
theflrTnJTITnS-^and there are many
anemic, weak, discouraged men and
women left at home.
At this time of the year most people
suffer from a condition often called
Spring Fever. They feel tired, worn
out, before the day Is half thru. They
may have frequent headaches and
sometimes "pimply" or pale skin.
Bloodless people, thin, anemic peo
ple, those with pale cheeks and lips,
who have a poor appetite and feel that
tired, worn or feverish condition In the
springtime of the year, should try the
refreshing tonic powers of a good al
terative and blood purifier. Such a one
Is extracted from Blood root, Golden
Seal and Stone root. Queen's root and
Oregon Grape root, made up with
chemically pure glycerine and without
the use of alcohol. This can be ob
tained in ready-to-use tablet form In
sixty-cent vials, as druggists have sold
It for fifty years as Doctor Pierce's
Golden Medical Discovery. It is a
standard remedy that can be obtained
In tablet or liquid form.
A good purge should be tuken ones
a week even by persons who have a
movement daily, in order to elimlnuto
matter which may remain and cause A
condition of auto-intoxication, poison
ing the whole system. To clean the
system at least once a week is to prac
tice health measures. There Is nothing
so good for this purpose as tiny pillt
made up of the May-apple, leaves of
aloe and jalap, and sold by almost
all druggists In this country as Doctor
Pierce's Pleasant Pellets, sugar-coated*
easy to take.
As a girl pictures it: A novel, a
rocking chair and a box of candy.
As it really is: A washtub, a cook
stove and a Bewlng machine.Louis
Cutieura Beauty Doctor
For cleansing and bcnutlfying tho
skin, hands and hair, Cutieura Soap
and Ointment afford the most effective
preparations. For free samples ad
dress, "Cutieura, Dept. X, Boston." At
druggists and by mail. Soap 25, Oint
ment 25 and 50.Adv.
She Knew What She Meant.
Spring Is the time women plan new
dresses. They plan new dresses at
other times of the year, of course, hut
they do an unusual lot of planning la
A certain worthy Washington wom
an, I am told, was getting some new
spring dresses for her daughter. Wa
will call her Mrs. Smith. She Is a
most worthy lady, but not given to dic
tionary research. She ought *o hava
looked up the word "pendant.'
The dressmaker asked her how sho
wanted the neck of her daughter'o
"Do you want them 'V-neck' or
round?" asked the dressmaker.
"Make them V, make them V," re
plied Mrs. Smith. "Her father Is go
ing to buy her a pendulum."Wash
Demand on Demand.
"The war Is demandiug great things
of us, but it's a holy war, and we don't
The speaker was representative!.
"No, wo don't mindon the con
trary, we're gladbut the war's de
mands, somehow, remind me of Smlth
"Smlthers entered a hatter's and
produced a very dirty check to cash
"Can't do It, Mr. Smlthers,' said
the hatter. *I couldn't possibly do It.'
"All right,' said Smlthers. 'Iron
the durn tiling for me, then.'"
It is a good thing to ask oursclvea
once In a while whether or not wa
are useful citizens.
There's always a
is now usedreg-
better and feel
of the change.
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