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Military Spy O NCE In a while an army or navy offl cer is arrested for spying or attempt Ing to obtain mili tary secrets from a foreign govern ment. Practically every government, including the Unit ed Slates, has a law which makes this a crime. Usu ally there is more or less secrecy about the officer's arrest and trial. His government repudiates his activity, and if he Is sentenced to a term of Imprisonment he receives no support or kid from his government. Within the last few months two British officers. Captain Brandon and Captain Trench, have been arrested and tried and imprisoned in Germany for gathering military information in that country which might be valuable to Great Britain in case of hostilities A German officer. Lieutenant Helm, was arrested in England f«>i sketching and photographing British fortifica tions. In the Philippines two Japan ese officers were arrested while at tempting to bribe a private to furnish them with photographs of the fortlfl cations of Corregldor. Manila bay. These Incidents are only indications of a general system of secret military espionage which is In progress in all parts of the world Although they will not officially admit It. practically * Te *7 government has a secret service of army and navy officers whose duty 1» to travel in foreign countries to gather information which might be useful In time of war Because of the shortage of officers the United States has only engaged In this practice In time of actual hostilities Military espionage Is. of course, a delicate subject, and It would be a gross violation of International pro priety for any government to admit that ft had secret agents spying on its neighbors However, It Is a well known fact that this system exists Not long ago officers of the war de partment bad an experience which Is still a mystery One of the most lm port ant secrets of the army In recent years has been the details of the fortl flratlons of the Island of Corregldor. which is situated at the mouth of Ms nila bay. A British subject in the city of Calcutta found on the streets of that city a small packet of blue prints containing Information of the defense* of Corregldor Recognising the character of the documents be turned them over to the American consul general there, who In turn for warded them to the state department at Washington Finally they found their way to the war department, where the blueprints were critically examined The officers of the depart ment were amazed when they found that the blueprints contained all tne Important details of the defences of Corregldor They were duplicates of the original plans, the whereabouts of which have never been ascertained. They were on a small scale, evidently made th the idea of carrying them In a pocket, and were very finely and accurately drawn On some of the blueprints were tabulations giving i.ie heights of the guns . bove the sea level, the location of searchlights, fire control stations and other highly con fldentlal information The blueprints were not copied from any drawings or charts prepared by the United States, but were evidently made from careful and painstaking research from the official and confidential records of the government. The maker of the blueprints was never Identified Officers of the war department are confident that the blue prints were based upon Information which had been abstracted and de llberately sold to a foreign govern ment. But the most careful and com prehensive Investigation which was made by the department failed to dls rloao the identity of the suppose traitor. About a year ago two Japanese offl cera attempted to obtain photographs of the Corregldor fortifications by bribing an enlisted man of the Amcrl can army. To the private, who was in the engineer corps, was offered $25. 000 If he would agree to supply the officers with the photographs they sired. He agreed to do this and ns he was the official photographer of the corps no suspicion was aroused when he made the photographs. He revealed his knowledge to the military authorl ties In Manila, however, who Instruct ed him to proceed with the deal. A trap was laid and tho two Japanese officers were captured when they were about to receive tho photographs from the private. There was no law under which they could be proaecuted and they were released from custody. Since then. however, congress has passed a law covering such caaea. Early In the police department of New York reported to the war de partment that maps and military infor mat ion of a confidential character bad been found In a trunk belonging to an American who. the police believed, bad !>een employed by a foreign gov ernment. Ilia arrest had been made In connection with another offence and the discovery of these papers was accidental. In 1907 an American ambassador at a foreign capital reported to the state department that an army officer of the country to which he was accredited had been detailed to visit the Ameri can countries secretly to ascertain the strength of their forces. Ills mission was thwarted, however, by the infor mation furnished by the ambassador The military authorities of every first class power are constantly pre paring for war Naturally they are anxious to know what their neighbors are accomplishing in military science. Here develops the function of the modern military spy. Fiction writer* clothe the spy with a veil of mystery and a supernatural cleverness which enables him to get out of all danger out pitfalls into which he falls But the real flesh and blood spy Is a differ ent person In these days of modern and scientific warfare the s \ry has be come a technical expert who must be thoroughly versed in every branch of his art He must l>e tactful and above all close mouthed The procedure In sending out a spy is something like this: If the German government wishes information which It cannot get in the regular channels of Information, some oflloer Is sent for lie is summoned to the war office to receive his Instructions In the case of confidential work abroad he re ceives oral orders so that he will not have any documentary evidence In case he gets into trouble. Having re ceived his Instructions he starts out. sometimes so secretly that even bis family do not know where he Is going. Usually he speaks the Innguage of the country to which he is bound. Ills Veal Identity for the time being la for gotten. and he travels under an as sumed name. If necessary, he uses a disguise to cover his movements. If he is a good spy he returns with the desired Information and no questions in regard to the methods that he em ployed are asked If ho is captured while engaged In his work he is pun ished for attempting to obtain the mil itary secrets of a foreign government, and his own country lets him severely alone. The cipher code books by means of which diplomatic correspondence is carried on are often sought after by these secret agents. Several years ago the code book of the American lega tion at Bucharest "disappeared." Its loss was reported to Secretary of State Elihu Root byte egraph. Mr Root sent for the chief clerk of the department. "Mr Smith." said the secretary, "the code book at Bucbarec* has been lost. 1 believe it is about time for us to have a new code for »ur diplomatic correspondence." Some months later the missing book was offered for sal** to the Japanese ambassador at St Petersburg, who purchased it for a small sum and as an act of Vomity turned it over to the American ambassador there. A young man veral years ago ap peared at the American in Berlin and offered to sell to the am bassador a copy of the state depart ment's code book which he said be had In his possession He left several specimen pages to prove that hts book was genuine A comparison with the embassy's code l»ook proved that he had the real code, but where he had obtained It was a mystery. The ambassador knew that a new code was in course of preparation and would shortly be distributed by the department. The offer was politely declined on the ground that the em bassy had a code book of its own and did not need another. Porcupine-Eating Lions. Lions have queer appetites Recent ly a handsome animal was found dead on the banks of the River Rahad. close to the village of Mafaza. Su danese Africa, and In his Jaws was a porcupine, whose quills had pierced his mouth and throat, and were evi dently the cause of his death Anoth er Incident illustrating the king of boast's partiality for this prickly mor sel. is reported by a hunter in the Sudan. He says 1 shot a fine male lion the other week, and on skinning it found under the skin of the near fore arm two of the sharp ends of porcu pine quills about two and a half and one and a half Inches In length, and a third similar piece under the skin of the off forearm. At the time I men tioned to my native hunter that I thought the presence of porcupine quills In the skin of the lion remark able. but he said that It was a well known fact among the natives that Hons are In the habit of eating porcu pines." Force of Habit. "Good gracious, man. don't ail this noise get on your nerves? How can you stand all the screeching and yell ing In the street outside?" "Used to It. I’ve got five daughters at home, and they all take singing lee sons." Chance to Save. Ted —Would you marry a girl who sued you for brench of promise? Ned—That would depend on wheth er ahe won the suit.—Lipplncott'a. The Cedar Canal Will Water Splendid Land To the many who are inquiring cbout the Cedar Canal and Reservoir enterprise near Cedar in San Miguel county, Colorado, I will say that I have finished the survey of two res ervoirs this summer, one of which will contain ten thousand, seven hundred acres of water one foot deep with a dam requiring fifty-six cubic yards ot dirt to the acre foot of water. The other one will store about ten thous and acre feet with a less quantity of dirt in the dam. There is plenty of dirt available for building the dams at small cost and the reservoirs are ideal for holding water. These reservoirs are so situated as to cover the entire valley of thirty thousand acres or more, by means of about eight miles of ditch to the up per part of the land to be watered. There are three other reservoirs lo cated which can, and will be utilized if needed. The water supply Is more than ample to fill these artificial l«kes each year, besides irrigating the land during the early part - of the season. I have been camped near the Disappointment creek, which will sup ply the water, since March 5, 1910, and I took notes of the flow of water in this stream and I know there is enough and to spare. The country has but few stones on Whether for Business or Pleasure TRAVEL VIA Denver & Rio Grande R. R. ‘■THE SCENIC LINE OF THE WORLD” It will bt to vour advantage and lessen the tedium of the trip. The superior DINING CAR and STATION LUNCH service is the “Best in the West” and courteous treatment is assured. All Rio G rande agents are in pos ition to quote you rates, secure Pullman Re servations and will gladly respond to all ques tions as to train service, etc. Let us serve you. FRANK A. WADLEIGH General Passenger Agent. Denver, Colorado. A Homelike Hotel A Reasonably Priced Hotel EIGHT BLOCKS FROM THE DEPOT The Albany Denver’* most Popular Hotel, caters to all and can be depended on to give the best of treatment. When in Denver a cor dial invitation is extended to all to visit the Albany, the center of life and activity. Once a Visitor Always a Guest S. S. DUTTON, Proprietor WINTER TRIPS No more attractive places can be found, especially in tbe winter months, than those bordering on the Gnlf Coast where the climate is at a stage of perfection and where yon will find pleasure, health and profitable recreation COLORADO & SOUTHERN RY. Is the shortest and most direct route to all points south. Our two last trains daily from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo are equipped with Electric Lighted Dining Cars and through Pullman Sleeping Cars to Fort Worth and Galveston T. E. FISHER, General Passenger Agent, Denver, Colo. the surface. The prevailing rock Is s< ndstone. The soil is deep aaA strong, principally red soil covered with gramma grass, some sage brush and other shrubs in places, but all easily cleaned and much of it natur ally ready for the plow. It will grow any crop that is raised In Delta county. The fruit is simply fine and corn is good for Colorado. All small grain does well. Plenty of wood and coal near and there is a large pine forest within a few miles of the valley where you can secure your houselogs, etc., from Uncle Gam. Plenty of cedars on tho mountain sides from which the post office "Cedar" takes its name. Com# to Cedar at once and I will help you secure a good home and will give you all the work you want on the ditch tn exchange for water stock. Better come prepared to supply your own outfit with whatever you will need un til you can raise a crop. There aro several thousand acres, on which crops may be grown next year and some of the land under the completed ditch is yet vacant. Your water right will cost about $25 per acre at present price $2 per share. GEO. ENOS. Engineer in charge of Cedar Canal end Reservoir.