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wallow" he said. "Tne ieuowwup
bad,lot, hut. as you sayHthere may be
no reason. why this little animal should
suffer for; his sins. The pother was
decent, and there may be something In
that idea of a vicarious restitution.
I'll agree, Wallace, if you'll let me take
over the charge of her) till the war's
ended Wejll enter her on the mess
book,;and settle ;a fictitious parentage
on her afterward, ahd'may she never
know her father's history. By the' time
she's 014 jenough to understand a-mds-cot's
duties, flirt with the lieutenants,
and plead for the drunks, maybe we'll
have forgotten it ourselves. Good
night, my boy. Take care of your
wound. I'll send in that milk and bis
cuit and a couple of cakes of naphtha
soap, and a' porcelain tub with silver
trimmings, for you to make a start on
her In the morning."
He glanced at the sleeping child,
took Mark's hand and went quickly
out of the tent. Under the sky he
stood still for a few momenta.
'The d d scoundrel V he mut
tered. At that instant his alert .ear heard
what the sentry, posted some distance
I-WI1D)E OF BATTLE
A 'Romance of the American Army
Fightina on the Battlefields of France1
By VICTOR ROUSSE AU
(Copyright, by W. G. Chapman.)
WALLACE IS STUNNED BY REVELATIONS MADE TO HIM
BY HIS COMMANDING OFFICER
Synopsis. Lieut. Mark Wallace, U. S. A., is wounded at the
Ivattle of Santiago. While wandering alone in the jungle he comes
cross a dead man in a hut outside of which a little girl is playing.
When he is rescued he takes the girl to the hospital and announces
his intention of adopting her.
CHAPTER I Continued.
"What are you going to do about
krr Inquired the major, standing be
the camp bed and looking down
t Wallace uneasily.
Boil some canned cow and, see if it
nVA dissolve the cellulose out of an
""It shall be done. I guess that'll stay
ler till morning. But seriously, Wal
ler I suppose I'll have to assume the
jresjKjcsibility for her. I'll take her
4vra to. the base with me tomorrow
nd ship her home to niy people in
dtarge of one of the stewardesses on
Tve got a better scheme," said the
major. "Let me have her, Wallace.
My wife will go crazy over her. You
fcfeoY she's always talking of adopting
little girl. She's got her ideal type
in mind, and that's it. I was to look
noosd for one like that if ever the
cfc&nce came along."
WeU, you'd better go on looking
areosd, Major," said Wallace, irritably.
See here, my boy, you don't really
want that kid, do you?"
I do. Til think over your proposl
Soa. Major, of course, but my sister
vttBld give her a home and "
me send her to my wife. You
can claim her after the war, if you
at to. Suppose you got killed ; we'd
swii&er of us have her. If you don't
let me take her I'll make you pay for
tH order her a bath, under the
cavitary code. And you'll nave to give
5L And scraped beef our beef!"
Get out. Major, and give me a
risance to yell when my wound hurts,
listen! I tell you what I'm ready to
4. TH let the regiment adopt her,
rith myself as godfather.
He stopped, astonished at the way
Major took his suggestion. How
ard began to stutter, paced the inside
f the tent for some moments, mutter
iB to himself, and then swung round
sjww Ms heel, facing the lieutenant.
"Good God, no, Wallace! Whatever
jt that infernal idea into your head?"
ie exploded. "See here, now ! You're
t well enough to talk this thing over
iiht. Some day I'll tell you why
yur proposal is Impossible."
"That's all very well. Major. I don't
taotr what you mean", but if you don't
-Jffcefiny proposition you know what
w can do. I'm quite well enough to
iisien to what's worrying you. Dig it
n haven't time, Wallace. There's
tffiese stragglers to be sorted out. Not
8,13bitnrach can be done tonight, I sup
3wse. Sometime I'll tell you "
He swung round on his heel and
jmnfe for the entrance, stopped and re-
"I suppose I'd better tell you now,"
he acclaimed. "I had thought it might
3w r well not to tell you ever. You
tfl happen to know who this child's
asi&rr was that man in the tent?"
What do you mean. Major? Some
aarttkr eaught by a bullet, I suppose."
Urccpton!" said Major Howard,
lieutenant Wallace sat bolt upright
i the bed and stared at the other in
"The man who sold our mobilization
Ians to Spain?" he whispered, con
cerns of a sudden terror for the child.
Tke major nodded. "It's years
iSact we worked together in the war
a&ce.w he answered, "and, frankly, I
&at know the face. You wouldn't
would you, after the work that
&e bullet had done? One of those
d dum-dumsl But you didn't
nee this, did you?"
He took a purse from his pocket,
Pwd it and shook out three gold
wes into his hand. "That was on a
3 about the body," he said. "And
ttre were some papers not the ones
e wanted, but enough to identify
sl It was Hampton all right."
He went to the tent door and looked
-eat. 'Here, Johnson !" he called.
:. lie negro ..servant appeared almost
Sraiautaneously within the openivg
wi stood to attention.
tTonld you use three gold pieces,
3JKr' Inquired Major Howard.
WI1, sun, I don't know as I'd ob
f, replied the negro, grinning.
part of a sum that- was paid
m-American soldier for betraying
h. Lord, no, Major!" answered
Tfcen do what you think best with
,v Ti negro looked at the gold coins
3 Ms ban tepped outside the tent
and swung his arm. The pieces fell
in the jungle grass far beyond the en
campment. Major Howard shied the
purse after them and went back to
where Wallace still sat upright on the
bed. He noticed, with a certain grim
ness of spirit, that one of the lieuten
ant's hands rested on 'the child's fair
"Well, Wallace?" he asked.
"We can't exactly make his child
the regimental pet, can we?"
Wallace was silent, and the Major
sat down on the edge of the bed be
"I had orders to watch for him," he
said. "He was to have been hanged
as soon as we captured Santiago.
That's why he was making for- the
jungle. He was detected and allowed
to escape with his life, but he had
been working as a Spanish agent since
he was drummed out of America. His
career ended at the luckiest moment
for him. He seems to have had the
one Redeeming quality of affection for
the child, though if he had had a par
ticle of unselfishness In him he would
have left her behind him. I suppose
she was the only thing he had in his
"Of course there's no palliation,"
suggested Wallace. "But the man
may have been born good and gone
"He was born rotten," answered the
Major. "He sold his country to pay
his gambling debts. Cuba was about
the only place that would hold him. I
imagine. And to think that swine was
once In our regiment ! Sorry I had to
tell you, Wallace!"
He hesitated a while; Wallace had
not moved; but the child at his side
stirred and breathed heavily. The
major's fists clenched.
"I'm trying to be just to the dead,"
he said. "But I fee! that a thousand
years of hell wouldn't atone for that
Mark Wallace looked up. "I'm not
sure that I know all the facts about
the case, Major," he said.
"The facts are that it was no sudden
act of fear or temptation, but calculat
ed, cold-blooded deliberation. We
knew at the war office that there was
a leakage. It had been traced to the
mobilization division, where Kellerman
and I were working. Even we were
under suspicion for a time. Then it
narrowed down to Hampton and an
"Wallace, those months were the
worst tiinej've ever spent. Hampton
wns my best friend, and Kellennaus,
too. We spied on him had to.
"Well, you know what happened,
more or less. There was a woman go
between, as there generally is a fine-
Stared at the Other In Amazement.
looking young woman, little more than
a girl, named Hilda Morsheim. One
of those French-German Alsatians,
Wallace. Kellerman got some hold on
her, and she confessed. The case
against, Hampton was absolutely
"There wasn't any trial.' The fellow
could have been shut up for a good
many years; he had cost his country
millions; he ought to have been
hanged. r But he was quietly cashiered
and allowed to disappear. Maybe it
was a foolish move, but we felt th
shame pretty badly and wanted to for
get It. Hampton was let go, on the
understanding that he leave the coun
try forever. Oh, yes, he assumed the
Innocent air quite dramatically. Some
of the war office people believed in him
until the damning documents were laid
before them. v
"And he was still somehow in touch
with things. Wallace, and the leakages
went on afterward. That's why we
had orders to hang him as soon as
Santiago was taken. He did the kind
est thing he could have done to him
self when he got in the way of that
sniper's bullet. M
"I'll tell you who the child's mother
was, Wallace, because I was unfortu
nate enough to know her. She was a
Miss Itennie, Miss Marjorie Rennle,
of a Baltimore family fine people,
and, of course, with a tradition like
that, she believed in the scoundrel ab
solutely. She came to me twice. The
first time was before the informal trial
held by the department. She begged
me to believe he was innocent and the
victim of a trap. I wouldn't even lis
ten. You know, when a man has to
run down his friend he has to harden
"She came to me again, after Hamp
ton was broken. She told me I had
played false to my best friend and
that I'd suffer for it to the last day of
my life. I've never forgotten that in
terview, and you can guess how it
made me mad to hang Hampton when
we learned that he was still keeping
up the game from his exile in Cuba.
He must -have got quite a number of
confidential papers out of the war of
fice. That's about all."
"It's ' enough," said Wallace. "The
girl married him, then?'
"So much we learned. And also that
she died later. You see, we've been
pretty close on the fellow's track the
last couple of years ever since the
war became a probability, in fact.
Most of the officers in the regiment
are since that time, but I guess they
all knew something, and kept It quiet,
Wallace nodded. "I fancy there's a
good deal of feeling," he said.
"Quite a good deal," said the major,
dryly. "And I guess you'll agree with
me that this makes it let's say, a lit
tle difficult to adopt his child offi
cially?" "You mean the remembrance would
be too bitter?"
"I mean that that position is the
one and only position that she Is dis
qualified from holding, by reason of
"Still," urged Wallace, "it isn't in
the blood. The mother was decent.
Why should that baby be tarnished
with her father's treachery?"
"It's written in the Good Book"
began the major.
"And there's something else about
coals of fire, too, Major, which came
as a sort of revision of the old law.
It's just what we ought to do, because
it's the only way to adjust the mat
ter." "Adjust it? Adjust what?" cried
the Major, with sudden passion.
"The whole of that hellish business,
Major. The man was once an officer
of the. Seventieth. He's dead and his
crimes have died with him. We want
to forget that such a thing could have
happened, and the only way is to leave
him to God's judgment and to cast
out all bitterness from our hearts.
You quoted Scripture to me well, I
gave you the answer from the same
Book. Let death bring oblivion to the
man's memory. He's left us the child.
Start here. Start fresh. I have the
right to the kid, but what you have
told me makes me feel strongly that
there's a Providence in this affair,
and I'll lend her to you mark that
word, Major! on that condition or
Major Howard pulled at his mus
tache in agitation. "You don't really
mean it, Wallace?" he asked.
T do. If you want me to let you
take her till the war's over"
"It means forgiving that black
guard." "It means forgetting him and letting
the Judge judge."
"It goes against' every Instinct. I'd
bring her up away from the regimental
life. Besides, there are the others."
"Who else knows?"
"Well, of course, nobody else knows
who the dead man was. The colonel
will have to know. But he needn't
know we've adopted the child. He's
going South after the war. However,
I'm afraid Kellerman knows. He rec
ognized what was left of the face, or
suspected somehow. I could tell from
"I don't see any overwhelming dif
ficulty in that. You can trust Keller
man?" The major nodded, and It occurred
to Wallace that he would rather trust
any of the officers than Kellerman. He
had conceived a prejudice against him
which. he could not have explained.
And Hampton's name was erased
from the old riess list," .Wallace con
tinued. . , ., r
? The major, who" had, been pulling at
hls,, mustache and ., thinking deeply.
t came, to his, decision, . 1
"Well, m take fier on 'those' terms,
The Major Could Not Distinguish How
the Intruder Wat Dressed.
away, had failed to catoh the rustling
of some moving figure In the dense
jungle grass at the edge of the camp.
The major remained perfectly mo
tionless, except for his right hand,
which was swiftly withdrawing his re
volver from Its case. Suddenly he was
transformed Into action. He leaped
between the two last tents of the line,
to see a man confront him for an in
stant. In the light of the quarter"
moon the major could not distinguish
how the'intruder was dressed. It was
evident, however, that he had been
prowling outside the tent which held
Wallace and the child.
"Halt!" shouted the major and the
sentry together, and, rfs the man drop
ped Into the grass, the rifle and revol
ver rang out simultaneously.
The sentry, shouting to the guard,
came running up. The major and he
searched the spot, but they found no
body. "One of those d l Cuban sneak
thieves!" muttered Major Howard as
he replaced his revolver In Its case.
And he hurried away to look after his
Several years elapse and then
Wallace, now a captain in the
army, visits Eleanor at a young
ladies' boarding school. Eleanor,
now a young lady, gives her
guardian a shock, but a pleasant
one, as he takes leave of her.
Don't miss the next installment.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Insects That Have Food Value.
Among Insects which have been and
are considered of gastronomic value
are caterpillars moths, a favorite In
some parts of Africa; the pupae of
the silkworm In China ; ants, alive and
roasted, are appreciated In Burmah, as
well as by the Indians of North and
South America, while it Is said the
lumbermen of Maine enjoy an occa
sional meal of large wood ants. The
beetle Is eaten in the Nile valley, in
Turkey, Lombardy, Java, Peru, and is
said to be nutritious and fattening. In
Central America the eggs of three
aquatic bugs are made into little
cakes and eaten. Mexicans make a
strong drink by infusing a tiger beetle
Bluff That Failed.
General Plumer, who has recently
been recalled to France from Italy,
can be very Ironical when he chooses,
as the following story proves :
Shortly before the war," when he
held the Irish command," a regiment
was being maneuvered before him on
a field day, and the coionel in charge
succeeded In getting his men mixed up
However, he went grimly on, and' at
last, calling a halt, rode up to Plumer
with an air of Importance.
."I flatter, myself that was extreknely
well done, sir," he said,' evidently with
the Idea of trying to bluff that noth
ing had gone wrong.
, "Oh, excellent." wa General Plum
er's suave, rply. "But may I ask what
on earth you were trying io dot
Pearson's Wekfc u j
Anticipating the cold weather, which
will soon be due in Belgium and
France, the American lied Cross twill
make another drive for clothing to be
sent to the destitute and helpless Bel
gians and the French. It would b
worse than indifference, it would be
heartless, to hoard any clothing that
can be spared to the population, of the
occupied territory in these countries.
The American Red Cross News Serv
ice in Washington, D. C, has wired the
following 'appeal :
"Five thousand tons of clothing for
the destitute people of occupied Bel
gium and France!
This is the objective of a drive to
t he conducted by the American Bed
Cross at the request of Herbert C.
Hoover, chairman of the Belgian Be
lief commission, during the week be
ginning Monday, September 23. The
clothing drive of the Bed Cross last
March brought in 5,000 tons of gar
ments and it is estimated that at
least as much more will be required
to clothe the 10,000.000 people in the
occupied territory during the coming
' As in the previous campaign the
clothing will be collected by the chap
ters of the Rod Cross throughout the
United States, each chapter getting its
allotment from its division headquar
ters. There are 13 of these divisions
and each has already been apprised by
national headquarters in Washington
of the amount of clothing its chapters
are expected to produce. Every kind
of garment, for all ages and both
sexes, is urgently needed. Garments
of strong materials are wanted as they
will be subjected to the hardest kind
of wear. Flimsy garments, ballroom
drt-sses, high-heeled slippers, silk hats,
straw hats and derbies, which were
donated in large quantities in the last
clothing campaign, will not be accept-
in his ,J1K( ;i!;su,,,,!ii,,0
can If.wi t ... ' s'1' tn (1
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take a rcnu
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look well wiili thesn u
portion of , U..riu. n
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OY'lftll- ctlT .till 1.
-'"I nave H n ,tr
uipiuiy Hiiout them
one was seen, in heaver fHt
high crown :m narrow brim '
roiled at the h:irk iU,,l tinnj ,
over tlie faee at 1 lie front. It
single ornament of the same U.
the left side front, and not
band around t lie onnvn. This hat w
have made a lovely finish for lit
serge suit and its wearing puss
would have heen boundless
Brilliant Millinery for Winter Wei
I & -Mm'' 1
gg?" jjfiu Mm M 1- '
When the snow flies it will be met
iy such rich and adequate headwear
is appears in this group of winter
time hats. It is something of a para
dox to call this a season of brilliant
millinery when dominant colors are
quiet, with only two or three among
them that can be described as bright.
But along with cold weather come
metal brocades and fur. They are spar
ingly used, but even so carry the sug
gestion that belongs to .rich stuffs.
Millinery borrows splendor from
But millinery deserves to be called
brilliant without consideration of the
colors favored by fashion. Shapes are
really wonderful, the most subtly art
ful and the most becoming that can
be imagined. They nrf brilliant in
themselves and the craftsmanship of
trimmers deserves the same adjective.
In the- group there are four hats and
three of them re small or medium;
one is large. But the small, hat pre
dominates Jn a greater proportion
than three to one. Two of these, mod
els are designed fpr street wear and
two are more formal but they are all
very wearable that isfc they can be
made, to do much service. - At the up
per left of the - group a hat of gray
velvet wit h unturned bri
f with Hudson seal and trimmed wHh
a big flat cabochin in black nud gray.
If only one new hat is to bv allowed
the mid-winter wardrobe , this would
be a good choice.:
Just below this model is a wide
brimmed hat of black velvet,:. with a
tiara drapery about the crown of black
and sliver gray brocade, edged with a
band of beaver. With all .this reserve
in color eveion-
liant and servieeahle-th"' .is
in with many
tronly hat of the same
..4. . 1. . . 7.1 ,. i,.i' ri" lit 11
unu ;u 1 in ui'i't , af
It is one of those .all
row brimmed hats ihm ma"n i .j
nifled poise of middle aff-
a deep, soft ! imi:i -a '
pie and its triminiiiL' i'n
"pine tree" onia:ii-ui tik n
but in several na ,n(f
Si rips of loiig-n:ipi''' w
tor c,lor make il..- yotiiiuu. - ,
. . !.. fn77.v an"
appears oeiou. n ,u
try .looking, nd. " m-,. fJf
snonsibility of n 1 r ", ,
trimmings, puts it-i'lt In
all-round-wen r ti;ifv.
Late Fall Suit Styles
There are a gr.'iti " .h.vnM
tive suits for women ' (!f
the late fall tra.h-. ,,w
liked Is evidenced hy fv lt M
orders which hn 1
thorn 4n ver S'l. .'I!'! r
with tlght-rtttinir ,
lSm' ' fitted
s and sen-.N ,
:.,li,.e M ""
There is novni-tl !''
However, ami ;n,r .,t
nearly to the knees -
t .-,ut:MvH of tne
Tho il0(r.t,iri skiff l' 11 .i.a M
model, gathered tnget her r
at the waist and tapertij ' J
U-o h'miw draped en '
this 'sort are most ."11
.with Tar, beaver or k'K