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(By REV. P. B. FITZWATER. D. D..
Teacher of English Bible in th Moody
Bible Institute of Chicago.)
(Copyright, 1813, Western Newspaper
LESSON FOR NOVEMBER 24
A Romance of the American Army
Fighting on the Battlefields of France
By VICTOR ROUSSEAU
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WALLACE IS SURPRISED TO RECEIVE A STRANGE SUM
MONS FROM MRS. KEN SON.
Synopsis. Lieut. Mark Wallace, TT. S. A., is wounded at the battle
f Santiago. While wandering alone in the jungle he comes across a
?ead man in a hut outside of which a little girl is playing. When he is
rrsrued he takes the girl to the hospital and announces his intention of
adopting her. His commanding officer. Major Howard, tell him that
ibe dead man was Hampton, a traitor, who sold department secrets t,o
aa international gang in Washington and was detected by himself and
Kellerman. an officer in the same office. Howard pleads to bo allowed
to send the child home to his wife and they agree that she shall never
know her fathers shame. Several years later Wallace visits Eleanor
at a young ladies' boarding school. She gives him a pleasant shock by
declaring that when she is eighteen she intends to marry him. More
rears pass and Wallace remains In the West. At the outbreak of the
Enropean war Colonel Howard calls Wallace to a staff post, in Washing
ton, lie finds Eleanor there, also Kellerman. in whom he discerns, an
antagonist. For years a strange man has haunted Eleanor's footsteps,
following but never accosting her. One night Wallace sees the man
jbjm! follows him to a gambling house kept by a Mrs. Kenson. Here the
strange man is attacked by Kellerman. Wallace rescues him and takes
Mm to his own apartment. In the night the man, who gave his name
as Hartley, disappears. The next day Wallace is called from his office
and on his return finds important documents missing. His resignation
CHAPTER VIII Continued.
Ah, now I recognize you," said the
ttmnge voice in a merry ripple of
kBsftfpr. - "And you dou't know who
"If you will state your name " be
fsji Mark patiently.
""Someone who knows that you are
in Sronble and wants to help you. I'm
sfraid you won't let me. You seemed
to fce prejudiced against me when we
irat before. Well, I am Ada Kenson."
?Jark ottered an angry exclamation,
v&ch he instantly checked. This
aifgtot prove the key that he was seek-
'CToaie to my house at nine o'clock
Upright, unless you are afraid. You
ta meet nobody but me."
It Mil been in Mark's mind to loot
lor Hartley in that neighborhood.
'"BThat do you say. Captain Wal
I can help you very much In-ifc-ni,
and perhaps put things right for
.ft. I am in a position to know a
fd deal of what is happening behind
J$rk felt his brain grow as cool as
k. TU come, Mrs. Kenson," he an
ure crisply, and hung up the re-
lie consoled himself with the. reflec
ts that he had, at least, nothing to
lie waited calmly for the ap
jHtBrtment, and arrived outside the
tasse promptly. There was no sign
f Hartley in the neighborhood.
St his ring Mrs. Kenson herself
?ea4 the- door, smiled, and showed
stances," went on Mrs. Kenson. "1
suppose you know that the world 1ms
changed a good deal during your fif
teen years of exile? Well, this war,
for example. Ifs a shocking rever
sion to barbarism, the nations flying
at each other's throats, when their dif
ficulties could have been adjusted by
a little frank dipkunacy.lt was a great
blow to the financial interests that, are
working to reconcile the nations 'and
to develop the world's resources. They
would do all possible to end it. I am
working for them here. I am not tell
ing you any secret, Captain Wallace,
because everybody in Washington
knows it. 1 represent the interna
tional peace committee, and I have
quite a good deal of influence among
the senators and representatives
principally the Western ones, Cap
tain." The frankness and audacity of the
disclosure astounded Mark. So this
was one center of "they." as Colonel
Howard had called the nucleus of Teu
tonic spies and agents in America.
"We are trying our hardest to pre
vent America from being dragged into
this maelstrom," continued Mrs. Ken
sou. "You, Captain Wallace, were un
fortunate enough to be working on the
other side. And I'm sorry, but a little
trap was laid for you :md Kellerraan.
You walked right into it. Major Kel
lerman, who is a very good friend of
mine, acted in complete good faith.
Don't blame him. Pon't blame your
self. Don't Ida me that wretched fel
low who came here the other night
fcta into a well-furnished little parlor. ! to blackmail me. It was inevitable
Sit down, Captain Wallace," she
-uf, indicating a chair.
"You'll wonder who I am and why
I as$i! you to come here," said Mrs.
"-Well, I happen to know
afJe a good deal about you. Captain
Taflace. All your history, in fact,
wsa the time you entered West
3int. It is part of my business to
&a these things." ' -
XEaart feowed and waited, expecting
octLing sensational. He was aston
beyond his expectation, however,
rlyMrs. Kenson's next words.
"Tar long ami distasteful stay In
flar West, Captain Wallace, was not
wtoOy the fortune of the military
Represent the International
Tsic," she said. "It was expedient
Jfat'you should stay there, on account
f T&ar .unfortunate mistake in adopt
ive the late Charles Hampton's child."
Mark rose in protest, collected hlm
and sat down again.
fact, dear Captain Wallace, you
"e victim of circuiu-
You see, when you adopted Hamptou's
daughter you unconsciously put a sort
of noose about your neck. There was
the possibility of your coming Into con
tact with Hampton's friends. The sys
tem is widespread, you know, and quite
twenty years old. So you had to go
"Now, Captain Wallace, I'm a frank
woman, and I'll put my proposition to
you. You don't want to see Major
Kellerman walk off with that pretty
ward of yours, do you? And you can't
marry her without a little money.
Well, you could be very useful to us
in many ways. Would you, without
sacrificing your patriotism or revealing
any secrets, become a salaried worker
of our organization?"
Mark stood up, trembling. "I don't
quite understand," he said huskily;
and the picture of Eleanor in Keller
man's arms at the dance swam before
his eyes. "What is It you want me to
"Use your influence and army knowl
edge In our behalf. That little affair
of today will soon be forgotten. And
we'll help you to put Kellerman out
"You a- k me to become a German
"Don't be absurd, my dear captain.
Who ever suggested such a thing?"
"lliats what it amounts to."
"A little influence on behalf of hu
manity." "No!" shouted Mark, quite beside
himself. "You're 'infamous. You ought
to be put out of the country!"
He strode indignantly toward the
The electric light in the passage had
gone out. The room grew dark behind
him. He groped his way toward the
Suddenly a vivid light flashed before
his eyes. He heard, though he felt no
pain, the impact of a hard weapon
upon the back of las head. He flttng
out his hands and grappled with a
man. In the uplifted hand he felt a
heavy stick with a knobbed handle.
He believed his assailant to be Kel
lerman, and, half unconscious as he
was, he fought madly. Hut the man,
Kellerman or not, was more than a
match for him. For a few moments
they wrestled furiously ; then the other
got his arm free and brougltt down the
stick upon Mark's .head again. And
this time the light faded Into blackness.
"Captain, Wallace I... Get upj
you stand? , Come with me!"
Mark opened his eyes hnd groaned.
It was pitch 5 dark," and he could see
nothing! but he knew, the voice for
"Where am I? he muttered, trying
to rise and sinking back again.
"In the Kenson house. Be quick!
Outside there was the confused mur
mur of voices, above which came the
sound of a crisp command. Then
some Implement fell heavily against
the door of the house, splintering it.
Again the cries broke out.
"Try again!" muttered Hartley in
desperation. "There's a door into the
empty house next door, through the
cellar. The police don't know of it.
You must get away. You must get
Mark tried again, and this time man
aged to rise.
Hartley caught Mark by the arm and
guided his unsteady footsteps to the
door. They gained the passage,
and Hartley, guided Mark toward the
bead of the basement steps, which they
reached just as the front door fell In
under the hatchets of the raiders.
They scuttled down the stairs as the
hall became filled with the shouting po
licemen. Before the first of the raiders set his
foot upon the stone stairs Hartley had
found a door in the darkness, opened
it, and pushed Mark through, following
immediately. He shut the door softly
behind him. They were In the base
ment of the adjoining house.
"We're safe now," said Hartley In a
whisper; "You'd better rest, Captain
"You're Hartley," muttered Mark,
sitting down and trying In vain to dis
cern something of the other's face
through the gloom. "What happened,
and bow did you come on the scene?"
"Good God forgive me!" moaned
Hartley, suddenly breaking Into hys
terical sobbing; as on the former night.
"I've ruined you. Captain Wallace.
What else could I do?"
"So .you were In that plot, eh?" asked
Mark, wondering that he felt so little
anger. "Well, It was clear enough, but
it doesn't matter now."
"It matters everything," answered
Hartley, In a vehement whisper. "They
tricked me Into it. I didn't know what
their scheme was when I agreed to get
you out of the room. But I found out
later. And I had suspected. God, Cap
tain Wallace, to think I found that
"Never mind," said Mark soothingly,
listening to the stamping of the raiders
in the next house overhead. "What
more do you know?'
"I knew that they wouldn't be satis
fied with that, sir. They"
"One moment. Who is 'ther,' Hart
ley?" "They,"' repeated Hartley vin
dictively. "Those devils that make
pawns of men. They meant to clinch
their dirty work one way or another.
They meant to buy you. after ruining
you, and fashion you to their dirty
work. If they couldn't do that they
were going to "
"No, sir. Discredit you 50 that noth
ing you could say would be listened to.
"That's what they meant to do. It
was I who was told to give the tip to
the police that there was gambling
here. They thought the place was
closed and it was. But they wanted
the police to find you here, and arrest
you, so that the story might .get lnte
the newspapers, and finish you finish
you with the war department, and with
"And what did you expect to get out
of It, Hartley?" asked Mark.
He heard the nian catch at his
"She wasn't your wife. Hartley?"
"No, Captain Wallace, no!"
"But. die has a hold on you strong
enough to compel you to do such work
as she requires. And yet you have
tries to save me dishonor If any more
could come to me."
"You saved me, Captain Wallace!"
Mark made a sound of incredulity.
"And I have been a gentleman. You
don't know how a man falls, Captain
"Hartley, you haven't answered my
question. Now here's another. Why
were you watching Colonel Howard's
house the. other night?"
"You know that?"
"I followed you here. Tell me the
whole truth about this business, and
I'll stand by you to the end."
"I'll trust, you to the limit but I
won't tell you. Captain WTallace. Some
day, perhaps, but not now. I'll stand
by you, and I'll fight at your side, sir.
But I won't tell you. And that's the
only condition on which I can agree to
what you propose."
"And if we succeed?"
"Not if,' but 'when'," cried Hartley,
with a sudden outburst of conviction.
"I'll tell you then yes, Captain Wal
lace. , And till then we'll fight together
to pull down this nest of conspiracy
and prove your innocence to the
After a monfent he added, "I think
we'd better be making a move out of
tferer Captain Wallace !"
He pushed open the cellar door and
led Mark along the basement passage'
until a gleam of moonlight appeared in
front of them. They emerged into a
little garden, a replica of the one next
door. There, was no policeman on
guard. In a moment they were in the
street and in safety.
Mark, who had already, recovered
from the effects of his blow, save for
a splitting headache, took a car with
Hartley, and half an hour later the two
were again in Mark's rooms.
So you were packing?" asked Hart
ley, looking about him. "What were
you going to do?"
"I don't know," answered Mark. "It's
queer, being broken like this I've
nothing, no prospects, - only a little
money. I have to earn a living."
"It'll be the army," said Hartley.
"You'd be a sergeant In no time;
you'd run through the ranks in
about a couple of years. And then
you've won. You've conquered fortune.
And, you're In a position to do a little
quiet working to straighten our your
tangle and run down the Kenson gang.
And then I'll help you, for when the
time comes I can tell what I know. At
present I can't. I'm waiting "
He burst into an expletive, and his
face was twisted with, anguish. The
man seemed under the stress of some
"And how about your own part in
this affair. Hartley?"
The man winced as if Mark had
struck him. Mark put out his hand,
took Hartley's, and shook it warmly."
"You're right. Hartley," he said
quietly. "I'm ready to sink my name,
then, and well go in together as com
rades, and by Heaven we'll set the
whole crooked business right V
"Weston ! Hey, there !"
Mark, who was sitting at the en
trance of the tent which he shared
with five other privates of the Medical
corps, looked up at the sound of the
name to which he had grown accus
tomed. At the sight of the corporal
who had hailed him, he flung down the
grooved strip of metal, known as the
"soldier's friend," with the aid of
which he had been polishing bis but
tons, and hurried obediently forward.
"The train's in from the base with
the sisters and doctors to meet the
convoy that we're expecting from the
front. Every man's on duty until the
job's finished. Report to the matron
Mark nodded, and departed at a run
toward the door of the base hospital,
at which the matron, fidgeting impa
tiently, was awaiting the assembling
of the orderlies.
It was war, and the echoes of the
far distant guns were all about them
daily, though war had never passed
Wallace, now Private vVeston
of the medical service, encoun
ters some old friends and ac
quaintances unexpected and has
an experience that opens "his
eyes. How it all came about is
told in the next Installment.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
The first successful Iron and steel
mill in southern Russia having been
established forty years ago by a man
named Hughes, one of the largest steel '
centers in Ukrainla bears the name
Yuzovka In his honor. Gas Loic.
Basement Pas- e
JACOB AND ESAU RECONCILED.
LESSON TEXT Genesis 33:1-11
GOLDEN TEXT A soft anawr turntth
away wrath. Provrbs 15:1.
DEVOTIONAL READING Psalms 4C.
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL Genesis 32:
From Bethel, Jacob went to Padan
oram to his mother's people. Here he
served Laban for twenty years four
teen years for his wives and six years
for certain wages. In his dealings
with Laban be finds his match two
schemers get together "diamond cuts
I. Jacob Departs for Canaan (31 :
The time nad come for Jacob to
po back to his kindred in the land of
Canaan. The Lord instructed him so
to do (v. TA). Though jrolng forward
uuder the direction of God, his Jacob
nature caused him to take clandestine
leave of Laban. When Laban realized
the situation he went in hot pursuit,
but God appeared unto him in a dream
and warned him against any act of vi
olence toward Jacob. They formed a
compact and Laban returned home.
II. Jacob on the Way (chapter 32.)
Laban's return freed Jacob from
the enemy who was pursuing him from
etind, but he faced a more formida
ble one In the person of Esau.
1. Jacob meeting the angels (v. 1).
T,wo camps of angels met him to
give him the assurance that God would
le with him according to his promise.
Notwithstanding this, he continued to
seheme. He sent a. deputation with a
message of good cheer to Esau.
2. Jacob praying (vv. 9-12).
Esau made no reply to Jacob's mes
sage, but went forward with an army
of men, four hundred strong, to meet
Jacob. Jacob is in great distress,
therefore he casts himself upon God
!n prayer. This Is a fine specimen of
effectual prayer. It Is short, direct,
and earnest. (1) He reminds God of
his command issued for his return,
and also of the covenant promise
(31:3). Surely God would not Issue
a command and then leave him In such
a strait. (2) Pleads God's promise
as. to his personal safety (v. 9, cf.
Genesis 28:13-15, 31-33). In our pray
ing we should definitely pad God's
promises In his word, on he ground
nft covenant relationship ii Christ.
f3) Confesses unworthlness (v. 10).
In this he shows the proper spirit of
humility. (4) Presents definite peti
riw.is (v. 11). He lays before the Lord
the definite request to be delivered
from the wrath of Esau.
3. The angel of Jehovah wrestling
vith Jacob (32:24-32).
Tn God's school of discipline, Ja
cob Is making some improvement, but
till he is under the sway of self-
wt!l and self-trust. Though he had
Md the matter definitely before the
Lord, he thought that his, scheming
would render God some assistance.
Accordingly, he sent presents ahead
to appease the anger of Esau. While
journeying along, a man met him and
wrestled with him, but Jacob knew not
trho he was.. Perhaps" he thought that
Easu had pounced upon him In the
ark. He exerted every ounce of
strength In what he thought was the
struggle for his very life. . The morn
ing was approaching, and still the
wrestlers continued, Jacob not know
ing It was Jehovah manifest In hu
man form. This is the second crisis
in Jacob's life. He did not dare to
enter the promised land under the con
trol of his self-sufficiency: his selfish
w'.U must be broken : his Jacob-nature
must be changed. Cod humbled him
by dislocating his thigh. When thus
humbled, he quit wrestling and clung
to God. He got the blessing when he,
conscious of his weakness, laid hold
4. Jacob gets a new name (v. 28).
He was no longer Jacob, the sup
planter; but Israel, a prince of God.
His new name was given him after
he had a new nature. He came face
to tace with God, and face to face
with himself, and fought the battle tor
a finish. We must have the new na
ture before we cart enter the place of
blessing. Jacob came to realize that
he had been struggling with God, for
h called the plaee "Penlel." which
mnns 'face to face with God."
III. Jacob Meets Esau (33:1-11).
God had evidently wrought with
Eau, for when Jacob approached him
he sting of bitterness was gone. It
was not Jacob's scheming that re
moved Esau's anger, but the action of
the Supernatural upon his heart. At
Jabbok Jacob got right with God, so
vhen he met Esau it was an easy
matter to get right with him. Whsn
we are right with God It Is an easy
matter to get right with our brother.
In This Life.
We hear much of love to God. Christ
spoke much of love to man. . We make
a great deal of peace with heaven.
Christ made much of peace on earth.
Religion is not a strange or added
thing, but the Inspiration of the secu
lar life, the breathing of an eternal
spirit through this temporal world.
Man and His Faith.
Faith is the substratum of life; ao
that a man will be as he believes, and
will belleva as he llvesA-Wm. M. Tay
to .how r,;-
A j ,-.'"8 5Un'ight line, "
And points the way f0r
Anrt I c 1 l i &cls
The world seems throbs. ,
And there I feel &v 7 S
And thank hi, for j.
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OBJECTED TO CUSTOl
Observance of Thanksgiving
for a Period Not Popular
in Southern States.
N tl) South Tlunkiv
V'ir :,.v..., t
giiim M-iu a letter to the state
1otnn 111rii..r .
tun. i '"minion of L l
iiiui iie inn, issue ;i i .r,M-laination
its observance ; hut ho was adns,
that as most of tin- c-m.h ;
siaie regarded n day ;1 re!i(
Puritank- bigotry." ho ou-ht not
urge it ohservain-e.
m ... . . i
years lau-r i loverrmr Wis?
successor of Jones, without askins
lamation. ntid the .fji...
tnrowinj; aside their j,!vjiiylf
served the day.
T.. 1..-. . .
ill Lin- lie.M e;n. f'Slt! 5f
nors of southern states isued nr
illations after the model of '.w
land, calhnsr upon their people ob
serve the last Thursday in m)t
as a day for tlianks-ivin':. Rati
Civil war was at h:mii. ami the Ifr
"terness engendered in tho luiijiio
versy over slavery caused many
lent opponents of the Nort h tmpi
the proclamation, hecause of the
troduetion of a "Yankee custom."
Undoubtedly our present Thanksj
ins day has its prototype in the ity
mouth thanksgiving festival of 1ST.
It has been asserted repeatedly til
the Plymouth festival was stilted
the Pilgrims by the Jewish "I'm
If the Plymouth festival has k
liate kinship with similar events
the past, it lias analogies with their
A-est home of England. Th Pil?ri
were familiar with the English
bration. and many of tit'1, no
had participated in it. The dnmiar
mark of each was the joy over tin
The chic difference hefweon the i
was the want of ceremony at PlymMi
that characterized the Knglili If
val. In some parts of Englan'l
merrymaking was around tne -w
dingsheaf," or "kern baby." '
many places the hist load of the Iff
vest was drawn to the barn in a J
called the "hoch cart." In front
pipe and tabor, and around ltgaJ
Hie reapers, men and woiin-n.
joyously as they proceeded. Atjj
mouth there was no ceremony. J.
was no harvest song so
the fatherland : f
Here's health to the barW no:
Here's a health to the man
Who very well ran
Both harrow and plough and
Time for Seff-Examination.
. The Th'anksgivlag season w
is anvtning in ou
th nrr,rrpS of the nrtehbnri
W,zy be that we are standinsf
way of community progress iin:
It may be that while we 1
are leaders we should he fJlo
stead, or at least one who or
others instead of in advance
Society does not care whetne
or whether our neichhor ,ea
Society wants is progress "'
be held responsible if we
rlfice our own peculiar view
sary for the welfare of the
Landlady (at ThanU,
. . hi lhl
We should oe
mercies. maii tor
Boarder (looking at
We have to be.