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EMPEY HAS NARROW ESCAPE WHILE ON PATROL DUTY
IN NO MAN'S LAND.
Synopsis Fired by the sinking of the Lusitania, with the loss of
American lives, Arthur Guy Empey, an American living In Jersey City,
goes to England and enlists as a private in the British army. After a
short experience as a recruiting officer In London, he Is sent to train
ing quarters in France, where he first hears the sound of big guns and
makes the acquaintance of "cooties." After a brief period of training
Empey's company is sent into the front-line trenches, where he takes
his first turn on the1 fire step while the bullets whiz overhead. Empey
learns, as comrade falls, that death lurks always in the trenches.
Chaplain distinguishes himself by rescuing wounded men under hot
fire. With pick and shovel Empey has experience as a trench digger
In No Man's Land. Exciting experience on listening post detail. Ex
citing work on observation post duty.
CHAPTER XVI Continued.
Quite a contrast to Wilson was an
other character In our brigade named
Scott; we called him "Old Scotty" on
eeount of his age. He was fifty-seven,
although looking forty. "Old Scotty"
lad been born in the Northwest and
fcad served In the Northwest Mounted
pHce. He was a typical cowpuncher
and Indian fighter and was a dead shot
with the rifle, and took no pains to
Asguise this fact from us. He used to
take care of his rifle as If it were a
taby. In his spare moments you could
always see him cleaning it or polish
Jog the stock. Woe betide the man
wko by .mistake happened to get hold
of this rifle; he soon found out his
error. Scott was as deaf as a mule,
and It was amusing at parade to watch
Mm in the manual of arms, slyly
lancing out of the corner of his eye
at the man next to him to see what
tte order was. How he passed the
tioetor was a mystery to us; he must
aave bluffed his way through, because
e certainly was independent Beside
lira the. Fourth of July looked like
Good Friday. He wore at the time a
Inge sombrero, had a Mexican stock
saddle over his shoulder, a lariat on
3jfc arm, and a "forty-five" hanging
tram his hip. Dumping this parapher
aaflaon the floor he went up to the
ijecruiting officer and shouted: "I'm
from America, west of the Rockies,
and want to join your d d army.
got no use for a German and can
aoot: some. At Scotland Yard they
f&rned me down ; said I was deaf and
sol am. I don't hanker to ship in with
a d d mud-crunching outfit, but the
cavalry's full, so I guess, this regi
ment's better than none, so trot out
yoar papers and I'll sign 'em." He told
Gran jhe was forty and slipped by. I
way-OT recruiting service at the time
He applied for enlistment.
Ifctsas Old Scotty's great ambition
tb De;a sniper or "body snatcher," as
IXr. 'Atkins calls It. , The day that he
wail detailed as brigade sniper he cele
brated his appointment by blowing the
whole platoon to fags.
Being a Yank, Old Scotty took a 11k
tag to me and used to spin some great
3n& about the plains, and the whole
gfotoon -would drink these in and ask
more. Ananias was a rookie com-
The ex-plainsman and discipline
wold not agree, but the officers all
Eked him, even if he was hard to man
age, so when he was detailed as a
sniper a sigh of relief went up from
the officers' mess.
Old Scotty had the freedom of the
ferigade. He used to draw two or
three days' rations and disappear with
Ms glass, range finder and rifle, and we
would, see or hear no more of him
vntO suddenly he would reappear
with a couple of notches added to
those already on the butt of his rifle.
Every time he got a German It meant
another notch. He was proud of these
.Bat after a few months Father
.Kheumatlsm got him and he was sent
So Blighty ; the air In the wake of his
stretcher was blue with curses. Old
Scotty surely could swear ; some of his
Btbnrsts actually burned you.
, No doubt, at this writing, he Is
fcomewhere in Blighty" pussy footing
it on a bridge or along the wall of
scone munition plant with the "G. K."
r erJEIonie Defense corps
Out In Front.
After tea Lieutenant Stores of onr
jt?etion camej into the dugout and In
formed me that I was "for" a reconnoi
tertng patrol and would carry six Mills
' , At 11:80 that night twelve men, our
tteutenant .and myself went out In
Izont on a patrol in No Man's Land.
We. cruised around in the dark for
about two hours, just knocking about
looldng for trouble, on the lookout for
Boche working parties to see what
they were doing.
Around two In the morning we were
carefully picking our way about thirty
yards lo froptjjfjthe German barbed
gunner, jerying in fnwfc
(y J9I7 BY
wire, when we walked into a Boche
covering party nearly thirty strong.
Then the music started, the fiddler ren
dered his bill, and we paid.
Fighting in the dark with a bayonet
is not very pleasant. The Germans
took it on the run, but our officer was
no novice at the game-and didn't fol
low them. He gave the order "down
on the ground, hug It close."
Just In time, too, because a volley
skimmed over our heads. Then in low
tones we were told to separate and
crawl back to our trenches, each man
on his own.
We could see the flashes of their
rifles In the darkness, but the bullets
were going over our heads.
We lost three men killed and one
wounded In the arm. If it hadn't been
for our officer's quick thinking the
whole patrol would have probably
been wiped out.
After about twenty minutes' wait we
went out again and discovered that
the Germans had a wiring party work
ing on their barbed wire. We returned
to our trenches unobserved with the
Information and our machine guns Im
mediately got busy.
TJie next night four men were sent
out to go over and examine the Ger
man barbed wire and see if they had
A Hidden Gun. 1
cut lanes through it; if so, this pres
aged an early morning attack on our
Of course I had to be one of the four
selected for the Job. It was Just like
sending a fellow to the undertaker's
to order his own coffin.
At ten o'clock we started out armed
with three bombs, a bayonet and re
volver. After getting into No Man's
Land we separated. Crawling four or
five feet at a time, ducking star shells,
with strays cracking overhead, ;I
reached their wire. I scouted along
this inch by inch, scarcely breathinr.
I could hear them talking In their
trench my heart was pounding against
my ribs. One false move or the least
noise from me meant discovery and
almost certain death.
After covering my sector I auletlv
crawled back. I had gotten about hJ.lt
way when I noticed that my revolt
was missing. It was pitch dark. I
turned about to see if I could find 1: ;
It couldn't be far away, because abotft
three or four minutes previously I had
felt the butt In the holster. I crawled
around in circles and at last found It,
then started on my way back to our
trenches, as I thought.
Pretty soon I reached barbed wire,
and was Just going tq give the pass
word when something told me not to.
I put out my hand and touched one of
the barbed wire stakes. It was Iron.
I pi '
The British are of wood, while, th
German are iron. My heart stoppet
beating; by mistake I had crawlec
back to the German lines.
I turned slowly about and my tunU
caught on the wire and made a I6u
ripping noise. 1 . -: -;
A sharp challenge rang out 1
sprang to my feet, ducking low, and
ran madly back toward our lines. The
Germans started firing. The bullets
were biting all around me, when bang !
I ran smash Into our wire, and a sharp
challenge, "'Alt who comes there T
rang out I gasped out the password,
and, groping my way through the lane
In the wire, tearing my hands and
uniform, I tumbled into our trench and
was safe, but I was a nervous wreck
for an hour, until - a drink of rum
brought me round.
Staged Under Fire.
Three days after the Incident Just re
lated our company was relieved from
the front line and carried. We stayed
in reserve billets for about two weeks
when we received the welcome news
that our division would go back of the
line "to rest billets." We would re
main in these billets for at least two
months, this In order to be restored to
our full strength by drafts of recruits
Everyone was happy and contented
at these tidings; all you could hear
around the billets was whistling and
singing. The day after the receipt of
the order we hiked for five days, mak
ing an average of about twelve kilos
per day until we arrived at' the small
town of O .
It took us about three days to get
settled, and from then on our cushy
time started. We would parade from
8 :45 in the morning until 12 noon.
Then except for an occasional billet
or orlgade guard we were on our own.
For the first four or five afternoons 1
spent my time In bringing up to date
my neglected correspondence.
Tommy loves to be amused, and be
ing a Yank, they turned to me for
something new in this line. I taught
them how to pitch horseshoes, and this
game made a great hit for about ten
days. Then Tommy turned to Amer
ica for a new diversion. I was up in
the air until a happy thought came to
me. Why not write a sketch and break
Tommy in as an actor?
One evening after "lights out," when
you are not supposed to talk,' I Impart
ed my scheme In whispers to the sec
tion. They eagerly accepted the idea
of forming a stock company and
could hardly wait until the morning
for further details.
After parade,! the next afternoon I
was almost mobbed. Everyone In the
section wanted a part In the proposed
sketch. When I Informed them that It
would take at least ten days of hard
work to write the plot they were bit
terly disappointed. I Immediately got
busy, made a desk out of biscuit tins
In the corner of the billet, and put up
a sign "Empey & Wallace Theatrical
Co." About twenty of the section,
upon reading this sign, immediately
applied for the position of office boy.
I accepted the twenty applicants, and
sent them on scouting parties through
out the deserted French village. These
parties were to search all the attics for
discarded civilian qlothes, and any
thing that we could use In the props
of our proposed company.
About five that nght they returned
covered with grime and dust, but load
ed down with a miscellaneous assort
ment of everything under the sun.
They must have thought" that I was
going to start a department store,
judging from the different things they
brought back from their pillage.
After eight days' constant writing I
completed a two-act farce comedy
which I called "The Diamond Palace
Saloon." Upon the suggestion of one
of the' boys In the section I sent a proof
of the program to a printing house in
London. Then I assigned the different
parts and started rehearsing. David
Belasco would have thrown up his
hands In despair at the material which
I had to use. Just Imagine trying to
teach a Tommy, with a strong cockney
accent to Impersonate a Bowery tough
or a Southern negro.
Adjacent to our billet was an open
field. We got busy at one end of it and
constructed a stage. We secured the
lumber for the stage by demolishing
an old wooden shack in the rear of
The first scene was supposed to rep
resent a street on the Bowery In New
York, while the scene of the second
act was the Interior of the Diamond
Palace saloon, also on the Bowery.
In the play I took the part of Abe
Switch, a farmer, who had come from.
Pumpklnvllle Center, Tenn., to make
his first visit to New York.
In the first scene Abe Switch meets
the proprietor of the Diamond Palace
saloon, a ramshackle affair which to
the owner was a financial loss.
The proprietor's name was Tom
Twlstem, his bartender being named
Fillem Up. .
After meeting Abe, Tom and Fillem
Up persuaded him to buy the place,
praising It to the skies and telling
wondrous tales of the money taken
over the bar.
Empey stages his play under
difficulties but with great suc
cess. The next installment tells
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Used Vast Amount of Wire.
It has been estimated that the wire
In the cores and sheathing of the
world's submarine cables .that have
been made since they were first used
in 1857, would rescb torn the eartl
to the moon.
IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL
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(By REV. P. B. -' fc'ITZWATuJR, D. D
Teacher of English Bible In th
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.)
(Copyright. 1918. Western Newspaper Union.)
LESSON FOR MAY 19
JESUS THE DIVINE SERVANT EX
ERCISING KINGLY AUTHORITY.
LESSON TEXT Mark 11:1-33.
GOLDEN TEXT All power is given un
to Me in hoaven and In earth. Matthew
DEVOTIONAL READINGS Revela
tion 5:9-14, T:9-12.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR
TEACHERS Matthew 21:12-27: Luke 19:
45 : 20:8; compare John 2:13-17: John 12:12
15. PRIMARY TOPIC Jesus riding Into
LEPSON MATERIAL Mark 11:1-10.
MEMORY VERSE Hosanna; blessed is
He that cometh in the name of the Lord.
JUNIOR TOPIC The King entering the
LESSON MATERIAL Mark 11:1-10.
INTERMEDIATE TOPIC Jesus and
LESSON TEXT Mark 11:15-19; compare
Luke 2.22-M: John 2:13-17.
Tor WHTTSUAY LESSON: LES
SON TEXT-Joh 16:7-14.
GOLDEN TEXT He shall guide you
into all the truth. John 16:13.
I. Jesus Officially Presented to the
Jewish Nation as King (vv. 1-XD. This
should not be designated the "tri
umphal entry," for It was only in out
ward appearances. The shouts were
empty and meaningless. It was the
promised King publicly offering him
self to the nation.
1. The preparation (vr. 1-6).
(1) Two disciples sent for the ass
He told them just where to go to
find It, and how to answer the own
er's inquiry. This shows how perfect
ly the Lord knows our ways. His
matchless gaze beholds all that we
think or do. by day or night. It also
shows that God uses unlikely and in
significant things In the accomplish
ment of his purposes. The providing
of this animal was the working out of
the Divine' plan according to Christ's
(2) Obedience of the disciples (w.
Without asklnrr why. they go at Ms
biding. The comtnand may have
seemed strange and unreasonable, but
they rendered explicit obedience. The
true disciple will render full and glad
obedience, no matter how strange or
unreasonable the command may seem.
2. The entry Into the city of Jerusa
lem (w. 7-10). j
(1) The disciples put their garments
upon the ass and set the Lord upon tt
This act showed their recognition
of him as their king (2 Kings 9:13).
(2) The multitude.
Some spread their garments In the
way; others who had no garments to
spare, cut down branches and strewed
them In the way, which was just as
acceptable unto him. To give what we
have and do what we can, is all that
the Lord demands of us. This entry
was In fulfillment of a prophecy ut
tered some five hundred years before
(3) The Lord's action (v. 10).
Upon entering the Temple, he looked
around upon all things; but as It was
eventide he withdrew to Bethany with
II. Jesus Exercising His Royal Au
thority (vv. 12-19). 1. The barren fig
tree cursed (vv. 12-14). The fig tree
Js typical of the Jewish nation. The
fruit normally nppears on the fig tree
ahead of the leares. The presence of
J eaves Is the assurance of fruit. This
was an acted parable of the Lord's
judgment on Israel for pretension of
being the chosen people without the
fruits thereof. Tt Indicated the spirit
ual state of the Jews.
2. The Temple cleansed (vv. 15-19).
For the various sacrifices In the
Temple, many oxen, sheep and doves
were needed. Many persons came
from the distant parts- of the land;
therefore It was Impracticable for
them to bring their sacrifices with
them, so they brought money and
bought the animals needed. This priv
ilege the law had granted to them
(Deut. 14:24-26). for the exchange was
necessary. When evil men used It as
an opportunity for gain. It became an
o (Tense before God. Tt defiled his
house. He. made himself a scourge of
cords, and drove out the money chang
ers, overthrowing their tables and
pouring out their money. By this act
he declared himself to be the Lord of
the Temple and one with God. That
which God Intended to be a house of
prayer for all nations was being made
a "den of thieves."
III. Jesus' Authority Challenged (vr.
27-33). They challenged him to show
by whrf authority he accepted the hon
ors of the Messiah, and who gave him.
the authority to cast out the money
fhnngers. This placed Jesus in a di
lemma. He responded by a question
which placed then. In a counter-dllera-
Mortality Among Poulta.
, The high mortality common in
young poults usually ls due to some of
the following causes: Exposure to
dampness and cold; improper feedin
lose confinement; lice; predatory ani!
mals; weakness In the parent stock.
Clean Utter for Grain.
Provide 4 or 5 inches of good, clean
litter on the floor of the poultry
house In which to scatter the grain
.feed. The hens must exercise In or
der to get the grain, and this rco
motes health and egg production.
Bed Cross Clippings is the title of
a email paper published In Philadel
phia, to help make the. work of the
Pennsylvania division efficient and fur
ther the usefulness of thei American
Red Cross in war and civilian relief.
Here are two Intensely Interesting
items from Its publication of March 30,
which will make every member of the
American Red Cross proud of this mar
velous organization and more anxious
than ever to pork for It :
Home Service Grows.
"Like young David Copperfleld, home
service has 'growed out o' knowledge'
since the first of the year. At the end
of January, home service sections In
the Pennsylvania division were giving
help , of one kind and another to more
than! 2,000 soldiers' and sailors' fam
ilies,; and at the end of February the
number of famlllesad Increased to
"This Increase In numbers Is, In a
way, a measure of the increase of con
fidence in the ability of the Red Cross
to help solve family problems, and It
also shows that the Red Cross Is prov
ing worthy of the confidence ; and reli
ance that soldiers and their; families
place in them. The following, letter to
the division director of civilian relief
shows how Red Cross home service
The path of designers, who are al
ways looking for something new and
oeautiful, has been made much easier
than usual this season. Contributions
of two materials, or two kinds of one
material, in a single garment account
for It. The spring and summer styles
were Inaugurated by displays that
featured these contributions and we
have benefited by them in several
ways in Inexpensive and original
frocks that are attractive, and in re
modeled dresses that double the length
of service of at least one of the fab
rics used In them. The styles never
favored the remodeling of frocks more
than they do now.
Usually n sheer material like chif
fon cloth, georgette crepe, voile or net
la made up with a heavier goods and
the refinement of these sheer fabrics
lends tone to others as familiar and
commonplace as serge or gingham.
This makes1 them an Immensely valu
able resource of the professional and
the home dressmaker. There Is no
end to the; ways in which materials
have been 1 combined In coats and
frocks. Voile and gingham, georgette
and satin, chiffon cloth and light wool
ens have proved so successful th&t
they promise a long reign of combi
nations In the realm of fashions.
The afternoon gown pictured here
shows how well suited to each other
satin and georgette are In fashioning
a lovely nd simple frock. One Is as
important as the other in the design
half the skirt ls of satin and half of
crepe and their honors are even in
the bodice also. The sleeves are of
crepe with deep cuffs of satin. Wher
ever the two materials are brought to
gether they are joined by a band ,of
embroidery in a scroll and flower pat
tern, made with long, quickly placed
stitches of heavy embroidery silk. No
dress could present fewer' difficulties
to the home dressmaker. When glug-
uuui ana nne cotton voile are used to
gether, hemstitching, very narrow cro
chet or duny lace. or. tatting are ef
fective for Joining tbem. There to
much joy In a made-m-ei frock that
t - v
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workers are helping to k.-er
srjlrit of the men in tiia 1 lQe
"Just a line to let you know tw ,
received your letter, notifying nie fai 1
the Red Cross would look 'aft?
my wife and children, whirl, tak' ier
load off my shoulders and inak(.s &
look at my duties and the future Vuh
a brighter eye, eager to strike the f
and win, knowing that no matter vl
happens my family will not Suje
through my not waiting to W called
If I had been single I would have 'i)e "
In It at the start, but I guess there's
lots of fun yet. So thanking you ajraia
for the promptness you have shown
will close with best wishes to you and
the work you have undertaken.
" 'PRIVATE ROBERT DUNCAN.
A Worried Soldier Is a Poor Soldier
"Soldiers have bodies that get cold
therefore they need sweaters; they get
hurt or sick, therefore they need surgi
cal dressings; but they have also
minds and hearts that center on the
folks back home ; they become anxious
and- discouraged about the welfare of
wives, children, mothers, brothers, sis
ters. 'A worried soldier is a poor sol
dier says General Pershing. The Red
Cross can help to keep up the morale
of the men by protecting and aiding
of Two Materials
has lost all trace of "last year" in its
remodeling, and the styles favor the
thrifty-minded who undertake to make
the best of them.
luere are dress economists who be
lieve the resuscitation of the short
sleeve forecasts a saving of material.
Perhaps. But, on the other hand,
there are any number of women who
will fight shy of the coquettish little
sleeve that terminates its brief career
somewhere between elbow and shoul
der. To them It means the addition of
long gloves or the adoption of a
guimpe with net, lace or organdie un
der sleeve showing below the gown
sleeve. And gloves cannot be put ia
the category of reasonable adjuncts
no, not even If one Is willing to fore
go kid, and substitute sUk or cctton.
Hats of Fabr'c
Fabrics are greatly use! by the mil
liners, and whole hats, crowns and
brims are fashioned of georgette crepe,
chiffon, satin, tulle or whatever the
designer happens to fancy. Georgette
and crepe de chine are, perhaps, more
used than any of the other materials,
always excepting nets and laces, and a
hat entirely covered with crepe and
showing straw only in the facing of
the brim ls sometimes untrimined, save
for a drapery and a knot of the crepe.
Lovely colored silks are used for the
draped toques which are so much la
Taffeta and Satin.
v In the moderate-priced frocks every
where the demand for taffeta persists,
but In high-priced gowns sarin seems
to have the greater popularity.
Georgette Crepe Combinations.
Many afternoon gowns are seen with
taffeta and georgette crepe combina
tlons. Satins are more exclusive.