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POLK GQUNTtlNEWS, TRYON, N. C
EMPEY HEARS THE STORY OF THE TOMMY WHO HAD A
BROAD StREAK OF YELLOW.
, 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 the 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. Back in rest billets Empey
writes and stages a successful play. Once more in the front trenches,
Empey goes "over the top" in a successful but costly attack on the
German lines. Soon afterwards Empey and his comrades repulse a
determined gas attack launched by the German.-?. His next experience
Is as a member of a firing squad which executes a sentence of death.
CHAPTER XXIV Continued.
After standing at "attention" for
what seemed a week, though in reality
It could not have been over five min
utes, we heard a low whispering In our
rear and footsteps on the stone flag
ging of the courtyard.
Our officer reappeared and in a low,
but firm voice, ordered :
-About Turn !"
We turned about. In the gray light
of dawn, a few yards in front of me, I
could make out a brick wall. Against
this wall was a dark form with a white
square pinned on Its breast. We were
supposed to aim at this square. To the
right of the form I noticed a white spot
on the wall. This would be my target.
-Ready! Aim! Fire!"
The dark form sank into a huddled
heap. My bullet sped on Its way, and
hit the whitish spot on the wall ; . I
could see the splinters fly. Some one
else had received the rifle containing
the blank cartridge, but my mind was
at ease, there was no blood of a
Tommy on my hands.
"Order Arms ! About Turn ! Pile
Arms ! Stand Clear."
The stacks were re-formed.
-Quick March ! Right Wheel P
And we left the scene of execution be
It was now daylight. After march
ing about five minutes, we were dis
missed with the following instructions
from the officer in command :
-Return, alone, to your respective
companies, and remember, no talking
about this affair, or else it will go hard
with the guilty ones."
We needed no urging to get away. I
did not recognize any of the men on
the firing squad; even the officer was a
stranger to me.
The victim's relations and friends in
Blighty will never know that he was
executed; they will be under the im
pression that he died doing his bit for
king and country.
Jn the public casualty lists his name
Vlll appear under the caption "Acci
dentally Killed," or "Died."
The day after the execution I re
ceived orders to report back to the
i line, and to keep a still tongue in my
Executions are a part of the day's
work, but the part we hated most of
all, I think certainly the saddest. The
British war department is thought by
many people to be composed of rigid
regulations all wound around with red
tape. But it has a heart, and one of
the evidences of this is the considerate
way in which an execution is concealed
and reported to the relative of the un
fortunate man. They never know the
i truth. He is listed in the bulletins as
among the "accidentally killed."
In the last ten years I have several
times read stories In magazines of
- cowards changing,, in a charge, to he
roes. I used to laugh at it. It seemed
easy for story-writers, but I said,
"Men aren't made that way." But over
In France I learned once that the
streak of yellow can turn all white. I
picked up the story, bit by bit, from
the captain of the company, the sen
tries who guarded the poor fellow, as
well as from my own observations. At
first I did not realize the whole of his
story, but after a week of Investiga
tion it stood out. as clear in my mind
as the mountains of my native West in
the spring sunshine. It Impressed me
so much that I wrote it all down in
rest billets on scraps of odd paper.
The incidents are, as I say, every bit
true; the feelings of the man are true
I know from all I underwent In the
fighting over In France.
We will call him Albert Lloyd. That
wasn't his name, but it will do :
Albert Lloyd was what the world
terms a coward.
In London they called him a slacker.
His country had bn at war nearly
eighteen months, an J still he was n6t
He had no good reason for not eo
lfcttng, being alone In the world, hav
- ln been educated In an orphan asy--4wa,
aad there being no c dependent
ajNHER,XRYING w nwria
upon him for support. He had no good
position to lose, and there was no
sweetheart to tell him with her Hps
to go, while her eyes pleaded for him
Every time he saw a recruiting ser
geant he'd slink around the corner out
of sight, with a terrible fear gnawing
at his heart. When passing the big re
cruiting posters, and on his way to
business and back he passed many, he
would pull down his cap and look the
other way from that awful finger
pointing at him, under the caption,
"Your King and Country Need You;"
or the boring eyes of Kitchener, which
burned Into his very soul, causing him
Then the Zeppelin raids during
them, he used to crouch in a corner of
his- boarding-house cellar, whimpering
like a whipped puppy and calling upon
the Lord to protect him.
Even his landlady despised him, al
though she had to admit that he was
He very seldom read the papers, but
one momentous morning the landlady
put the morning paper at his place be
fore he came down to breakfast. Tak
ing his seat he read the flaring head
line, "Conscription Bill Passed," and
nearly fainted. Excusing himself, he
stumbled upstairs to his bedroom,
with the horror of It gnawing into his
Having saved up a few pounds, he
decided not to leave the house, and to
sham sickness, so he stayed in his room
and had the landlady serve his meals
Every time there was a knock at the
door he trembled all over, Imagining it
was a policeman who had come to take
him away to the army.
One morning his fears were realized.
Sure enough, there stood a policeman
with the fatal paper. Taking it in his
trembling hand he read that he, Albert
Lloyd, was ordered to report himself
to the nearest recruiting station for
physical examination. He reported im
mediately, because he was afraid to
The doctor looked with approval
upon Lloyd's six feet of physical per
fection, and thought what a fine
guardsman he would make, but exam
ined his heart twice before he passed
him as "physically fit ;" it was beating
From the recruiting depot Lloyd was
taken, with many others, in charge of
a sergeant, to the training depot at Al
dershot, where he was given an outfit
of khaki, and drew his other equip
ment. He made a fine-looking soldier,
except for the slight shrinking in his
shoulders and the hunted look in his
At the training depot it does not
take long to find out a man's character,
and Lloyd was promptly dubbed
"windy." In the English army "windy"
The smallest recruit in the barracks
looked on him with contempt, and was
not slow to show it in many ways.
Lloyd was a good soldier, learned
quickly, obeyed every order promptly,
never groused at the hardest fatigues.
He was afraid to. He lived in deadly
fear of the officers and "noncoms" over
him. They also despised him.
One morning about three months
after his enlistment Lloyd's company
was paraded, vand the names picked out
for the next draft to France were read.
When his name was called, he did not
step out smartly, two paces to the
front, and answer cheerfully, "Here,
sir " as the others did. He just faint
ed In the ranks and was carried to bar
racks amid the sneers of the rest.
That night was an agony of misery
to him. He could not sleep. Just cried
and whimpered in his bunk, because
on the morrow the draft was to sail
for France, where he would! see death
on all sides, and perhaps be killed him
self. On the steamer, crossing the
channel, he would have Jumped over
board to escape, but was afraid of
Arriving la France, be and the rest
.oro huddled Into cattle cars. .On tn
side of each appeared In white letters,
"Hommes 40, C&evaux 8." After hours
of bumping over the uneven French
roadbeds they arrived at the training
base of Rouen.
At this place they were put througp
a week's rigid training In trench war
fare. On the morning of the eighty
day they paraded at ten o'clock, apS
were inspected and passed by General
H , then were marched to the quar
termaster's, to draw their gas helmet
and trench equipment. f ;
At four In the afternoon they weft)
again hustled into cattle cars. Thi
time the Journey lasted two days.
They disembarked at the town of Frei
vent and could hear a distant duj
booming. With knees shaking, LloyJ
asked the sergeant what the noise waag
and nearly dropped when the sergeaa
replied in a somewhat bored tone : , J J
"Oh, them's the guns up the Hnfe
We'll be up there in a couple o days
or so. Don't worry, my laddie, yout
see more of 'em than you want before. I
you get ome to Blighty again, tnat
if you're lucky enough to get back
Now lend a hand there unloadln' thero.
cars, and quit that everlastin' shaking.
I believe yer scared." The last with a
contemptuous sneer. !
They marched ten kilos, full pack,:
to a little dilapidated village, and the
sound of the guns grew louder, con-t
The village was full of soldiers whof
turned out to inspect the new draft I
the men who were shortly to be their
mates In the trenches, for they wer ;
going "up the line" on the morrow, t J
"take over" their certain sector or a
The draft was paraded in front oil
battalion headquarters and the mecfy
were assigned to companies. jj
Lloyd was the only man assigned to.
D company. Perhaps the officer la
charge of the draft had something tol
do with it, for he called Lloyd aside?!
and said: h
"Lloyd, you are going to a new com-?t
pany. wo one Knows you. lour Dea
will be as you make It, so for God's
sake, brace up and be a man. I think,
you have the stuff in you, my boyj so
m W ft a
good-by and the best of luck to you."
The next day the battalion took overt
their part of the trenches. It happened'
to be a very quiet day. The artillery
behind the lines was still, except for
an occasional shell sent over to let the.
Germans know the gunners were not
In the darkness, in single file, the
company slowly wended their way;
down the communication trench to the :
front line. No one noticed Lloyd's
white and drawn face.
After they had relieved the company
in the trenches, Lloyd, with two of the
old company men, was put on guard la
one of the traverses. Not a shot was
fired from the German lines, and no
one paid any attention to him
crouched on the firing step.
On the first time in, a new recruit Is
not required to stand with his head
"over the top." He only "sits It out,"
while the older men keep watch.
At about ten o'clock, all of a sudden,
he thought hell had broken loose, and
crouched and shivered up against the
parapet. Shells started bursting, as he
Imagined, right in their trench, when la
fact they were landing about a hun
dred yards in rear of them, in the sec
One of the older men on guard, turn
ing to his mate, said:
"There goes Fritz with those d -d
trench mortars again. It?s about time
our artillery 'taped' theVn, and sent
over a few. -Well, I'll be d d,
where's that blighter of a draft man
gone to? There's his rifle leaning
against the parapet. He must have
legged it. Just keep your eye peeled.
Dick, while I report It to the sergeant.
I wonder If the fool knows he can be
shot for such tricks as leavin' his
Lloyd had gone. When the trench
mortars opened up, a maddening ter
ror seized him and he wanted to run,
to get away from that horrible din,
anywhere to safety. So quietly sneak
ing around .the traverse, he came to the
entrance of a communication trench,
and ran madly and blindly down it,
running into traverses, stumbling into
muddy holes, and falling full length
over trench grids.
Groping blindly, with his arms
stretched out In front of him, he at
last came out of the trench into the
village, or what used to be a village,
before the German artillery razed It.
Mixed with his fear, he had a pe
culiar sort of cunning, which whis
pered to him to avoid all sentries, be-,
cause if they, saw him he would be
sent back to that awful destruction in
the front line, and perhaps be killed
or maimed. The thought made him
shudder, the cold sweat coming out in
beads on his face.
Empey learns that a streak of
yellow sometimes can turn all
white. He tells the unusual
tory In the next installment.
. (TO BE CONTINUED.)
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No nobler feeling than this, of ad
niratlon for one higher than himself,
dwells in the breast of man. It is to
this hoar, and at all hours, a vivifylo
Influence la man's UXe, C rlyle.
IMPROVED UNIFORM INTERNATIONAL
(By REV. P. B. FITZWATJEK, U. u
Teacher of English Bible in the Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago.)
LESSON FOR JULY 14
READING GOD'S WORD.
LESSON TEXT-Paalms 19:7-11; Acts 8:
GOLJDEN TEXT Ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR
TEACHERS Psalms 37:31; 119:9-18; Pro
verbs 13:13; Isaiah 55:8-11; John 5:39-46-47;
DEVOTIONAL READING Psalms 119:
I. Characteristics of God's Word
The Psalmist here sets forth six de
scriptive titles of God's Word, six out
standing qualities, and six resultant
1. Title: 'The Law of the Lord"
By this Is meant the fundamental
principles which God as a moral being
reveals to the consciences of men as
binding upon the soul.
2. Quality: "Perfect" (v. 7).
It is free from omissions and re
dundancies. It Is perfect as a moral
'code, .and it perfectly accomplishes
" 3. Effect: "Converting the Soul
The practical effect of the law of
God is to turn men to God himself,
righteousness and hollnet-i.
1. Title: "The Testimony of the
Lord" (v. 7).
It is the witness which God bears as
to his attributes, and against man's
2. Quality: "Sure" (v. 7)
It is plain and infallible. We can
repose in It our Interests for time and
. 3. Effect: "Making Wise the Sim
:ple" (v. 7).
The simple are those who have hum
rjble open and teachable minds.
1. Title: "The Statutes of the Lord"
I These are the principles or charges
Which the Lord gives to us all, to fit
.us to rightly perform the duties which
the different relations of life make
obligatory upon us.
2. Quality: "Right" (v. 8).
l They are from the righteous God
jjund are absolutely just and equftable.
f & Effect: "Rejoicing the Heart" (v.
) ' The true heart rejoices In Justice
! 1. Title: "The Commandment of the
.ord" (v. 8).
I This brings Into view the personal
(Jod who stands bagk of his law to en
force Its demands to require obedi
ence to its precepts.
2. Quality: "Pure" (v. 8).
It is free from deceit and error.
3. Effect: "Enlightening the Eyes"
J The effect of (Sod's law Is to give
tfian ability, nt only to under
stand his love and salvation, but to be
vf lse as to the things about him.
It 1. Title: "The Fear of the Lord" (v.
J Reading the Word of God produces
reverential fear in the heart of the
1 2. Quality: "Clean" (v. 9).
jjflt is not only clean in Itself, but
sanctifies the heart of those who re
! 3. Effect: "Enduring Forever"! (v. 9).
!The life and relationship founded
ujpon his law abide forever.
Title: "The Judgments of the
tVd" (v. 9).
,lBy this Is meant the sentences pro
nounced by God's Word.
':2. rQuality: "True and Righteous
lThe penalties prescribed by God
ae true, conformable to the intuitive
rjafral sense of man.
'S. Effect: "Serve as Warnings a.id
Bjring Reward" (v. 11).
lt the warnings be heeded, hip
wecks upon life's sea will be pre
vented. Besides God pays a wage
for obedience to his laws. Godliness is
profitable unto all, having the promise
dfjthe life that now is, and that which
la to come.
jil I. A Notable Example of Bible
tudy (Acts 8:269).
jjl. Who It Was (v. 27).
' IjjjFhe Ethiopian eunuch, a man of
gtf&t authority. He was the secretary
oflithe, treasury of the Ethiopian queen.
The wisest and best men and women
of the earth have been reverent stu
dents of the Bible aad have testified
to jits beauty and power.
The Circumstances of (v. 28).
jjft was while traveling that this
gTifat man was studying the Bible.
TJt.is is a most excellent way to im
prove moments while on a journey.
' 4?. Doing Personal Work (vv. 29-37).
ifhilip was taken from his great
evfmgelistlr work in Samaria and di
rected to go to the desert. The Spirit
dlijt'cted Philip to Join himself to the
harlot in which the Ethiopian wag
traveling. Philip ran in obedience to
ihf Spirit's command. One should be
Hlwt for 'the Spirit's direction as for
th, Individual with whom to do per
$al work. The eunuch was inquir
ing after the way of life. But still
he. needed the help of a Spirit-taught
Late Summer Silk Suit
Those who design suits showed us
Just how adroit they could be when
they managed their early spring offer
ings of wool. They had t be made of
the shortest allowance of goods, but
the designers made a ylrtue of neces
sity and the conservation of wool
worked to the advantage of styles.
Later they turned to several new and
heavy weaves In silk as a substitute
for wool and for midsummer they were
able to forget all about saving ma
terials and design suits of taffeta and
satin according to their own fancy.
These make the last of their offerings ;
for now they must begin their work
No one could ask for more than they
have done this season In giving us va
riety In styles. In the pretty suit at
the left of Hhe picture there returns
once more the banished plaited skirt,
with four double box plaits, to com
mend it to the possessor of a slender
figure. The short coat boasts side
plaits below the waistline, the design
er apparently determining to make the
most of the privilege of using plaits
again. The coat opens over a narrow
White vest, the straight pieces at each
side of the front having the effect of
scarf ends finished with pendent, silk
covered balls. 4
The suit at the right Is of black
Inexpensive Hats for Little Girls
h ! '
Three little inexpensive hats for the
small girl, in the picture above, dem
onstrate that headwear need not be
fine in order to be tasteful. These
shapes are well blocked and very, sim
ply trimmed with velvet or silk rib
bon in narrow widths and good qual
ity. The braids are of the cheaper
kind, but they are substantial enough
for the short-lived millinery of the
little miss who is apt to put their stay
ing qualities to the test.
At the left of the group the most
popular of shapes for little girls is
shown, made of a heavy tuscan braid
rather closely woven. It is the natural
straw color. Narrow blue satin rib
bon is banded about it and finished
with a knot at the front, and the hat
Is lined with blue silk.
Very much the same shape Is shown
at the right, of white milan hemp.
Narrow satin ribbon, gathered along
one edge, is used to make a band and
medallions on the crown. There are
three small medallions, one at each
side and one at the back, and a larger
one, at the front. A little blossom is
posed, with a bow of the ribbon, at
the base of each medallion. In this
particular hat the ribbon is light blue
satin and the blossom a pink wild
The odd hat of fancy braid (In the
natural straw color) atthe center of
the picture Is a Chinese inspiration.
The curious peak In the crown distin
guishes It from other shapes and is
reminiscent of coolie hats and turbans
with distinguishing buttons at-the top.
Xarrow brown velvet 'ribbon makes a
hand with ends crossing at the front,
t-here dusters of little buds are
taffeta with a plain. morWn',..
skirt. Coats pointed at the bottom
have proved so graceful that this tea
ture of spring styles is retained in ttui
inuuei. ine couar, cut in points that
are embroidered, is new. The gird(
at the high waistline is extended Into
points at each side of the back, and
these are embroidered also. The
sleeves are gathe&ed Into flaring cuffs,
ornamented with a1 row of rather large
There are many serviceable froclu
of linen of heavy weave. For some
reason, some of the smart children!
outfitters .have put out an unusual
number of linen frocks in yellow and
lavender; perhaps because these
colors are off the beaten track of
children's equipment. , We must all
have grown a little weary of the In
cessant pink and blue conventional!?
selected for little girls a few years
and more ago, observes a Paris fash
ion correspondent. It does seem a lit
tle odd to put lavender on a two-year-old,
doesn't It? And yet one of the
most charming frocks recently shown
by a children's dressmaker of note
was of white voile, with collars and
cuffs of violet orgundie finished with
loose, coarse buttonholing.
tacked over the ribbon. It uldn
possible to place trimming more..
ply, and that is what gives childish w
Whir c-KmiIH hiirlrpn nrefer to
on Immaculate walls rather than
writing paper? Because, first, i
mothers caution them not to do It
second, because the walls are
and the writing looks better on u
than it does on paper. Hut the
has come when the mother need
for the white nursery walls n0 !'m' a
They can indeed, be charged rr
source of Irritation to e(1"citll
al purposes by means of a fiis rd.
makes them washable. In other
all pencil, crayon and p n m
be washed away. Conseq
11 no (T, 1(1(1 11 pl1
drawing pictures or making &
as a blackboard. Although tne
is intended primarily for the
the nursery, it may he used
kitchen, living room or other u Q
the house where children are
try out artistic ability on tne &
The "finish may be In any o
number of different shades.
i Q IrtllECS.
for DarBa." -"-,. a
stripes and flowery designs n &ni
thrown on the remnant cou for
are selling for almost notI'in"aterlfl
from 25 cents to $1 enough o
for a blouse may be picked ud-