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A Romance of
Fighting on the
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Intrigue, mystery, chival
ry, love, feats of bravery on
the field of honor all these
elements are interwoven in
this story, which has been
well described as the first
up-to-the-minute novel of
America in the great war
for humanity and world
freedom. It is a gripping
story of a man who "came
back" and fought on the
battlefields of France for
the honor of the army that
had discarded him. Victor
Rousseau has written many
excellent stories but none
that excels lBride of Bat
tle." CHAPTER I.
Lieutenant Mark Wallace of the
Seventieth New York regiment came
to an abrupt standstill. He was alone
in the jungle, upon the blazing hillside
before Santiago, In the month of June,
Through the branches of the trees
the Mauser bullets still whipped and
whistled, and the prolonged screech of
shells and distant shouting indicated
that the battle, which had "raged all
day, had not yet reached its end. But
within the short radius of Wallace's
vision nothing stirred, not even the
palmetto boughs that rustled with the
least breeze like the sound of the sea.
Wallace had only the most confused
and Incoherent knowledge of what was
happening on that historic day. There
had been an advance in the cool of the
morning, if a brief respite from the op
pressive heat could be called coolness
in contrast. Then came the deploy
ment along the base of the hills as the
first shells began to fall, the advance
in open order, In which the "nicely in
culcated teachings of the parade
ground fell to pieces, the jumble of
men, of companies, and, later, of regi
ments, pressing forward past the dead
and stricken, the shouts, the rattle of
machine guns and rifles. Batteries
came galloping where they had no.
theoretical business to be, upsetting
the junior officers' desperate attempts
to preserve alignment; Red Cross
men invaded the battle line to succor
the wounded; commissariat mules,
shaking off the lethargy which no
amount of belaboring had ever over
come, ran away with supplies and
strewed embalmed beef over the hill
side. In the midst of it all Wallace
had rallied some men of his own troop
and Led them forward; he plunged Into
the patch of scrub-covered jungle, and
found that he was alone.
In front of him was a small clearing,
made by some Cuban squatter in the
preceding year and abandoned after
the reaping. It contained the ruin of
a palm shack, and the furrows scraped
by a primitive plow were only just dis
cernible amid the rank growth that
had sprung up. The lieutenant stop
ped and shouted, expecting to see his
men come running through the trees.
But none appeared, and it was at
this moment that the bullet that had
been stamped with his name, accord
ing to the soldier's superstition, found
him. He felt smart blow on the
shoulder, which knocked him back
ward. He stumbled, fell down, sat up
again and discovered that his elbow
was shattered. The armi hung help
lessly at his side. t
He managed to bind up the wound
with his hand and teeth. There was
not much pain, but a sort of physical
languor, which made him reel giddily
when he arose. There was burning
thirst, too. It was extraordinary that
a little thing like that should take the
grit out of a man. A little blood was
running down his sleeve, but the
wound seemed trivial.
Wallace leaned against the wall of
the shack and waited for his men.
He shouted once or twice more, but
nobody answered him, and the battle
seemed to be drifting in another direc
tion. Wallace imagined that his troop
had advanced around the patch of
scrub, in which cise he was not likely
to establish tou'.h with them again till
nigntraii. He cursed his luck and
, started forward, but the trnes began to
reel around him ; he clutched at the
wall of the shack, missed it, and fell.
Then he realized that he was out of
the fi:ht. Yet, in spite of his intense
disappointment, he knew that worse
migni nave befallen him. He had
fought through hours, of the day that
wc : mucl ; he was probably spared to
lead his men again and that was
more. He had found and proved
himself; and at twenty-one a young
man.-fur nil his self-confidence, is con
pos, i? of fears and doubts as well.' In
llto of his soldier ancestors, Mark
wai;o had not been sure that his
capacity t r leadership extended be
the American Army
Battlefields of France
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yond the parade ground, and he had
suffered from the young soldier's , In-!
evltable fear of fear.
So he resigned himself to his situa
tion, lie emptied his water bottle and,
jrripping the end of his gauze roll with
his teeth, managed to bandage his
wound sufficiently to stop the bleed
ing. The languor, however, was in
creasing. Sometimes he would doze
for a few moments, awaking with a
start, to wonder where he was, ami
what had happened. The air was very
still. The shouts had long since died
away, the rifle firing was a distant
crackling;, the tremulous staccato tap
ping of the machine guns was like the
roll of drums far away.
Wallace must have-slept for a pro
longed period, for when next he be
came conscious he started up to see,
U his intense astonishment, a pretty
little girl of three or four years, stand
ing in front of him and looking at him.
lie rubbed his eyes, expecting her to
disappear. But she was still there, and
just as he was beginning to piece to
gether a Spanish phrase she spoke to
him In English.
"I want my daddy."
Wallace reached out
am! drew the
child toward him.
daddy?" he asked.
"Where is your
"And who are
"I'm Eleanor," she answered, "and
won't you please find my daddy for
She pointed with a grimy little hand
toward the interior of the shack, and
Wallace, struggling to his feet with a
great effort, made his way Inside.
It was almost dark in the hut, and
Wallace could only make ut with dif
ficulty the form of a man who lay, face
downward, upon the ground near the
wall. Presently, however, as his eyes
became more accustomed to the ob
scurity, he saw the bullet wound In
the back of the head.
He looked up at the child, who stood
by, unconcerned. "Go away, Eleanor,"
he said gently.
The child, too young to know any
thing of death, went out of the hut
and began to play in the shaft of sun
light that filtered through the branches
of the palms. Wallace searched the
"I Want My Daddy."
dead man's pockets. He found noth
ing, however, except a military pass,
signed by General Linares of the
Spanish forces, authorizing the bearer
to pass through the lines; and, after
a moment's reflection, he decided to
leave it on the body.
So this man had been the child's fa
ther, and, apart from her speech, his
coloring showed that he had been an
American. Wallace concluded that he
had been a planter, trapped in Santi
ago. He raised the body in his arras
and tried to turn it over, but let it
fall when he saw the work that the
bullet had made of the face. He must
not let the little girl carry away any
thing of such memory as that !
He groped his way outside and
beckoned to her. "What is your other
name, Eleanor?" he asked.
The little girl only looked at him;
it was evident that she did not under
stand the meaning of his question.
"Iid your daddy live in Santiago?"
"My daddy has gone away. I want
him," said the child, beginning to
Wallace tried her once more.
"Where is your mamma?" he asked.
But she said nothing, and he sat
down, propping himself against the
shaek. He drew the little girl down
"Now listen to me, Eleanor," he
said. "Your daddy has gone away.
He will be gone for a long time. You
must be good and patient, and soon
somebody will come to take care of
you. Do you understand?"
The child's lip quivered, but she did
not cry. She fixed her large gray eyes
By VICTOR ROUSSEAU
G. Chapman.) ; ;
"Who are you?" she asked, with th
directness of childhood.
Ly name is Jiar$ .
like you, Mark. I will go with
you till my. daddy comes back."
"All right. Then sit down here be
side me and play," muttered Wallace,
wondering rather grimly what there
Mas for her to play with.
But the grubby littie fingers were
soon busy in the sandy soil. Wallace
watched -the child, wondering who she
was, and how it had happened that
the father had been forced to take her
into the jungle, into the midst of the
contending armies. Her clothing ,.was
almost In Yags, and she must have been
drenched by the rains of the preceding
night. It had certainly been a des
perate and a difficult adventure for the
The lfgYit began to'fade. Wallace,
half delirious now. from pain and
thirst, struggled to preserve his con
sciousness for the sake of the little
girl. Sometimes he would emerge
from a semi-stupor and look round for
her anxiously; but he always found
her, na great distance away,' building
sand castles o'uiof the soft soil and
chatterlnsr to herself as happily as if
she had already forgotten her sorrow.
When he aroused himself finally, it
was to see the flash of a torch in his
eyes. Faces which he recognized were
looking into his own. There was
Crawford, the senior lieutenant, who
had graduated from West Point the
year before, and Captain Kellermau;
there was his own negro servant, John
sou, with a look of alarm on his ebony
face; and near by were two men from
the ambulance, carrying an empty
Wallace moaned for water and the
sense of the liquid in his throat, warm
though It was, brought back conscious
ness with a rush.
"Well, we've got you," said Craw
ford cheerfully. "How are you feel
ing, old man?"
"Fine. Have we got Santiago?"
"Well, not exactly, but nearly. We've
carried all the trenches, and we're
waiting to get our big guns up. Arm
"No," said Wallace, stifling a groan.
"Say, Crawford, I suppose I was de
lirious, but I thought there was a kid
here." ! "
As he spoke he caught sight of Major
Howard emerging from the shack, with
the little girl in his arms, fast asleep.
The major came up to him.
"How are you feeling, Wallace?" he
asked. "Good ! I didn't know you
were a family man, though, till I saw
this kid sleeping In your arms."
"You've been Inside?" Inquired the
lieutenant, looking toward the shack.
The major's face grew very serious.
"Her father," said Wallace.
"Come, get in with you!" answered
Major Howard, curtly, indicating the
ambulance. Mark, supported by the
orderlies, who had placed the stretcher
upon the ground, crawled In and lay
down. He stretched put his arm to
ward the child. It was an unconscious
action, but Major Howard noted It
and, detaching the small arms from
about his neck, he placed the little
girl In the stretcher. The little head
drooped upon the lieutenant's arm. As
the ambulance men picked up their
burden two soldiers came out of the
hut, carrying something In a blanket.
They carried It to the center of the
clearing and set it down beside a hole
which had already been dug.
"He carried a pass signed by Li
nares," said Wallace to the major.
Major Howard's eyes contracted into
narrow slits. He nodded. "I have it,"
"I wonder who he was?" said Wal
lace. "We'll decide what to do with the
kid after we get her back to camp,"
said the major curtly. It seemed, to
Wallace that he was unwilling to
speculate upon the Identity of the dead
man. "Lie still, and don't muddle
your brains with thinking, my boy," he
added. "Weil have you at the base
hospital in next to no time."
"How many men have we lost?"
"Can't tell you. Quite a few, I'm
afraid. Soumes is gone. Crawford
and Murray and I found ourselves
bunched together at the top of the hill,
leading a mixed company of Texas
Bangers and Pennsylvania Dutch.
Weil get them sorted out-and sent
home with labels as soon as we can.
Move on, boys!"
The jolting stretcher proceded out
of the scrub and down the hill. Here,
in the open, everything was almost as
silent as in the bush after the day's
battle. Under the light of the. rising
moon could be seen parties of men
moving over the hillside, stragglers
seeking their regiments, or fatigue par
ties detailed upon the necessary night
work that follows a day of death. The
moon' shone down on huddled forms
scattered . for the most part in . little
clusters, where shells or machine-gunfire
had caught them..
It seemed an infinitely long journey,
and every, movement of the stretcher
was almost unbearable. Wallace shut
his lips tight. He (looked at the child
beside him. She moved In her , sleep,
feeling for Jiis neck with the little
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grimy hands. Her cheek snuggled into
the hollow of his arm. The lieutenant
was curiously touched by this uncon
. He Issued from his ordeal of pain at
last, when the bearers halted in front
of the line of tents that served for a
field hospital. Stretchers by the dozen
were piled about the ground, and more
were arriving constantly. ; Wounded
men, guided by the sodnd, came
limping in on the last lap of their
painful journeys. Others, who had ar
rived but had not yet been attended
to, sat or lay in front of the tents. Or
derlies were scurrying to and fro. Ma
jor Howard caught one of the regi
mental surgeons, who looked Mark
over quickly and then picked the child
out of the stretcher.
"Hello! Who's this?" he asked, i
"Friend of his," said the major, in
dicating Mark. a
"She doesn't look like a Cuban younig
lady," said the doctor, as he cut away
the sleeve of the tunic.
"Her father's dead. Hit by a shell
on his way from Santiago. I think he
was an American," said; Mark. )
"Give her to me. I never had'one,"
said the doctor, suddenly Injecting a
hypodermic into Mark's arm.
"Not after that," said Mark, winc
ing. "Besides, I'm thinking of adopt
ing her myself."
And he wondered what had made
him say that when the thought had
hardly reached his own conscious
ness. "See here, young man 1 Let me look
at that arm of yours before you talk
that way. Hum! Youil be running
round In a couple of weeks, as well as
"Thank heaven for that !" ejaculated
Mark fervently. "Then I'll be in at
"I doubt it. I won't pass you for
duty for six months to come," said the
doctor, grinning. . Then, seeing Mark's
dejected look, he added, more seri
"You may thank the modern high
power bullet that you are going to keep
your arm, my boy. It's drilled a nice
little pencil-hole clean through the
joint, instead of shattering it, and
that's got to be filled in with new
growth. Even I can't grow bones in
a week. I wish I could. Ten years
ago your arm would have had to come
off. There's nothing more I can do for
you, my son," he added, as he smeared
some sticky stuff over the wound and
began adjusting a bandage, "except tie
you up and put you in the hospital to
night, and send you down to the base
in the morning."
"The devil you will ! I guess I'm
well enough to stay on the job as I
"Here, I haven't any more time to
waste on you!" said the doctor.
"Pounce will make you a sling and
youil go Into that tent and stay there,
or I'll cashier you. You won't be feel
ing so spry tomorrow morning. Get
He strode away, leaving Mark look
ing into the grinning black face of
After the sling had been adjusted
he discovered that the sense of well
being, due to the hypodermic, was al
ready beginning to leave him. His
servant helped him into the tent and
Major Howard brought in the little
girl, who at once coiled herself up to
sleep- at Wallace's side.
Lieutenant Wallace makes
some plans for the future of the
child that had come into his
possession so unexpectedly, but
he is stunned by revelations
that are made to him' by his com
manding officer, Major Howard.
Read about this in the next in
stallment. (TO BE CONTINUED.)
Truly King of Birds.
"Our national bird, the bald eagle,
wild in Its native haunts, is so large, so
majestic, and flies with an evidence of
so enormous strength, that one is im
pressed with the thought that here is
the king of birds," writes T. Gilbert
Pearson of the Audubon society. "On
one occasion while eating my lunch in
the shade of a little bush on a South
ern prairie, I saw one carry off a
Iron in Ukrainia.
Within the boundaries of Ukrai
nia are found the principal available
deposits of Iron ore In Russia. The
development of the iron ore deposits
of. the Krivol Rog district has been
mainly responsible for the rapid
growth of the Russian iron and steel
industry, which now depends to nu
extent of about 70 per cent on the
Iron ore in the southern part of the
Have No Silly Belief In Luck.
All successful men have agreed in
one thing they were causa tionists.
They believed that things went not
by, luck, but by law. Belief in com
pensation or, that nothing is got for
nothlng characterizes , all valuable
itainds.-J5mergon- ' ; r:$
BT REV. P. B. FITZWATER, D.
Teacher ot English Bible in the Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago.)
(Copyright, 1918, Western Newspaper
LESSON FOR OCTOBER 6
ABRAM LEAVING HOME.
LESSON TEXT Genesis 12:1-9.
GOL.DEN TEXT Be thou a blessinff.
DEVOTIONAL READING Hebrews 11:
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL FOR
TEACHERS Genesis 11:27-32; Hebrews
1. Abraham's Call (v. 1).
The new era Inaugurated with Noah
at its head ended in a colossal failure.
In view of such failure God turned
aside from the nation as such, and call
ed Abrara out from his kindred and
land, and placed -him at the head of a
new nation which he would train for
himself. This call involved :
1. A carl to separation. He was to
leave the place of his fond associa
tions for a land unknown to him. Obe
dience to this command meant the sev
erance of three ties.
(1) "His country In the widest
range of his affections. (2) His place
of birth and kindred, which comes
closer to his heart (3) His father's
house, as the inmost circle of all ten
der emotions." All this must be cast
off before the Lord could get him into
the place of blessing. When kindred
and possessions stand in the way of
love and service to Christ, one must
renounce them (Matthew 10:37).
2. A call to heroic tasks. For Abram
to go into a strange land and take pos
session of it for God called for the
heroic In him. It costs much to live
the life of separation, but it Is the only
way to have God's favor. Those who
are children of faithful Abram must
II. God's Promise to Abram (tt.
God's demand for separation was fol
lowed by a seven-fold promise a gra
cious engagement on the part of God
to communicate certain unmerited fa
vors and to confer blessings upon him.
1. "I will make of thee a great na
tion." (v. 2.). This In some measure
compensated for the loss of his coun
try, lie escaped from the defiling in
fluencesof his own nation, and became
the headWa chosen nation. This was
fulfilled inNahatnral way in the Jewish
nation and lriIshmael (Gen. 17:20),
also in a spiritual seed embracing both
Jews and Gentiles (Galatians 3 :7-8).
2. "I will bless thee" (v. 2). This
was fulfilled (1) Temporally (Gen.
13:14-17:24-35). He was enriched with
lands and cattle, silver and gold. (2)
Spiritually (Gen. 15:6; John 8:56). He
was freely justified on the grounds of
his faith. The righteousness of Christ
was imputed to him.
3. "And make thy name great (v. 2).
He renounced his father's house, and
became the head of a new house which
would be venerated far and wide. He
Is known as the friend of God (James
4. "Thou shalt be a blessing" (v. 2).
It was a great thing to be thus honored
and blessed by Gofl, but to be the me
dium of blessings to others was greater
still. It Is more blessed to give than to
5. "I will bless them that bless thee"
(v. 3). God so Identified himself with
his servant that he regfwfied treatment
of Abram as treatment of himself.
Christ so completely identifies himself
with his people that he regards wrong
done to thew as done to himself. Since
he was God's friend, God regarded acts
performed toward Abrara as performed
toward himself. In all ages since then
the nations and individuals that have
used the Jew well have been blessed.
6. "And curse him that curseth thee
(v. 3). The nations that have been
against the Jews have never pros
pered. While God at different times
used the surrounding nations as
scourges of Israel, he In turn punished
them for their mistreatment of Israel.
7. "In thee shall all families of the
earth be blessed' (v. 8). This has been
fulfilled (1) In the Jewish nation be
lng made the repository of the Oracles
of God. Through them the Bible has
been given to the world. .(2) The
bringing into the world of the Redeem
er. (3) In the future time when the
Jews shall be God's missionaries in
carrying the good tidings of the Gospel
to the ends of the earth.
III. Abram'a Obedience (vv. 4-9)..
, Abram at once departed out of his
own land, ne proved his faith by his
works. He did not argue or parley.
Neither did he demand some guaran
tee, but stepped out upon God's naked
word. There were difficulties in his
way, but faith In God made him brave.
Faith in God gives victory over the
world. He worshiped God. To go
into a heathen land and establish true
worship requires a courageous faith.
Secrets !n Our Heart.
n We talk about searching our hearts.
We cannot do it. What we want is to
have God search tiem . . . and bring
out the hidden things, the secret things
that cluster there. D. L. Moody.
u Testaments for Soldier.
t I am glad to see that every man. in
he army is to have a testament Its
teachings will fortify us for our task.
. Who has deceived thee so of tea tt
19 IN PRlSnw -'t
Reports Are Cur,ent in c .
That Rumanian ..
South Carolina a,',a,"J ' ,,XnS
burg line on a front of
.Ao n ii n vj u in p ;u
Field Marshal Hai
Scheldt canal on WiJ T.H
r.u run m is 11 ( ii-
and Improvised bridges and ''
the main HindenburR cM.nse
Bellengli.se and ,.a,Hurpd . a'0
German position. '
Canadian troops are
skirts of Cambrai.
The Sixty-third naval -divisi
Cambrai,. The Canadians a-Vb?
outskirts on the northwest
Prisoners to the number of ,
and 325 guns had been counted bv th
British in Palestine Friday nigh'r J
cording to an official eommunicaW
Notwithstanding Turkish resi
in the region off Tiberias, the R'i-H
M J .1 '""It
xuiceu mmier passages of the Jar.
dan. To the south the British cavalrr
drove the enemy northward througii
Mezerib and joined hands with rt(
forces of the king of Hedjas.
French, British. American and Bel
gian troops in the last three dayi
have captured 40.000 prisoners and
guns, it is estimated here. Siaci
July 18 the allies have captured
000 prisoners, 3.000 guus, 20,000 ma
chine guns and enormous quantities
of material. This does not take iw
account the operations in Macedonia
is 1 3
The German forces of occupation ii
Rumania began to retire from that
coiKitry Friday, according to infor
mation received in Swiss political cir
cles. There are persistent rumors in
Switzerland that the Rumanian popu
lation has revolted. The German civil
" "A i
authorities are said to be removing
their archives hastily.
The American army operating m
tne Champagne front lias captured
Brieulles-Sur-Meuse and Romagne.
west of that town on the outskirts of
the forest of Romagne and the attack
is progressing rapidly.
INCREASING PRESSURE IS
PRESAGE OF EARLY DEFEAT
Washington; Continued and h
creasing pressure by Marshal Foch
alnog virtually the whole western
front from Verdun to the North See
has brought the Germans face to face
with a critical situation in the op
ion of several observers here. Wits
the enemy defense position-tbe H
tienburg "line shattered iu several
places, his secondary line to the east
the Kriemheild position-punctured,
and his own official reports admit;
ting withdrawals on all fronts, there
is growing possibility, it is though
of a serious disaster.
French troops are oxer the Che
in-Des-Dames barrier on :a wide
and as thev now are pressing on tn
flank of the retreating Germans
the south and west, the situation m
the center of the great German a
fensive arch appeared to observers
the most critical.
ARRIVE AT SALONS
Paris. The Bulgarian M
ho are to discuss armistice
probable peace arrangements
allied governments arrived at
iki. The delegates are Gener
koff. commander of the Bulgarian
ond army; M. Liapscheft. nnau.
Ister, and M. Radeff. a former me
ber of the Bulgarian cabinet.
GERMANY'S MOST SERIOUS
,HOUR SEEMS TO HAVE CO
Amsterdam. "Germany's m,;
ous hour seems to have strm
Clares The Lokal Anzeigoi
in discussing the Bulgarian
The Frankfort Zeitung 3a-VSl v(,r thi3
"It is useless to Kloss .heth
news and we are not quite su
er it would not be usetul .
considerable importance to reate.
official attempts to veil the ,
ing secession of Bulgaria or
ACTION OF BULGARIA Y OlRaGE
...w ncr ALL CAMOur
lYl T IN v I '
London.-The news from
-which comes through va"0"pru39; of
compels, the belier inn sepk,n?
the Balkans is not mf rel;ant', peaf
breathing spell but really wan
All the evidence indicates
needs it grievously. pretnifr
The German pretense tna f9.
Malinoff was acting on Klc(
aponsrbility finds no confirm ,
-is trying to t his dynast
f v- f