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circumstances that makes its history truly a story of enthu- The boy took kindly to his job, and made friends with his siasm. What their hands found to do they did with their fellows, two in particular. “When we get to France," he said might. They drilled, they learned their job as well as they to them, “ if we can get leave together, we'll go up to Paris, and could, with never a sign of discouragement, though thousands I'll show you the town." When he got to Paris, he went to his of those who had enlisted had not even been called to the colors bankers and made himself known, got what money he neededfor lack of a place to put them. But those who did serve got he had a large letter of credit, for his father was a multitheir reward. Some of us who remember certain boys when millionaire--and proceeded to the hotel aforesaid. they went to camp, and who saw them two or three months later, The rush of college and school boys to the N. R. brought in were amazed at the change in them. They had been made over a great number of such fellows as this. Many of them enlisted physically and mentally. Boys who had been pale, anæmic, at Newport, because their friends spent the summer there. It stooping, shrinking, came home on leave strapping, upstanding was a standing joke in the early days before the Government chaps with clear eye and fine color, with self-reliance and de- had provided quarters for them, and they were living all over pendableness showing in every word and gesture. If the fathers the town, that many of them drove down to the boats in the and mothers of this country who didn't raise their sons to be morning in their own cars, and their chauffeurs drove down for soldiers or sailors could see what a few months had done for them in the afternoon. Over at the Brooklyn Navy-Yard, one the boys of the Naval Reserve, it is inconceivable that they day an officer was starting for Pelham Bay when his chauffeur should not clamor for the same thing for their own sons. The cut his hand badly, and announced that he could not drive. cause of universal service would be won on this showing alone. “Can any of you men drive a Ford ?” asked the officer, turning

It has been said that the camps of the selective service are to a group of N. R. men standing near. “I can, sir,” said one melting-pots where the young soldiers are transmuted into of them, touching his cap. “But have you far to go ?” “ PelAmericans—than which there could be nothing more useful. ham Bay." "If you don't mind waiting a few minutes, sir, I'll But with the N. R. there was no need for this process. The men get my own car, and we'll make better time.” He disappeared were one hundred per cent Americans when they enlisted, and through the Navy-Yard gate, and in a few minutes reappeared they were in deadly earnest. They were of every sort, and the with a Rolls-Royce. immediate causes for their enlistment were sometimes out of the One N. R. jacky subscribed for $90,000 of Liberty bonds, common. There was, for instance, the captain of a Standard and a group subscribed for $76,000. But the N. R. is no rich Oil tanker whose ship was sunk by a submarine in the Mediter- ' man's club. ranean. He was mad all the way through, and hurried home to Wealth is purely an incident, and gives men no especial value, enlist as a common sailor in the N. R. The recruiting officer except that it sometimes implies self-sacrifice and generally imsaid: “ Why don't you go and get another ship? Such men as plies education. But there is often far greater self-sacrifice on the you are needed ; besides, you will get big money, and your life part of the man who gives up a job in a machine shop certainly will be insured.”

there is great unselfishness on the part of the mother whom “ To h- with the big money!" replied the still raging he may be helping to support—and many of the best-educated skipper. “What I want is to get a crack at those d -d baby- men have no wealth but their salaries, yet prove among the killers." And he persisted in enlisting.

most valuable men in the service. Two instructors at Columbia, Then there was the retired navy boatswain. When he came one a Harvard, the other a Yale graduate, enlisted as ship's to enlist, the officer asked him also why he came.

cooks because, although both were deep-water yachtsmen, they "Well, sir, you see, the people in my town don't understand modestly doubted whether they were qualified for anything about this war, and I had to enlist to set them an example.” better. It is needless to say that something better was found

If the older men show patriotism, the devotion of the younger for them to do, and they are now instructors at Pelham Bay, oues is no less splendid, and sometimes very touching. There helping to turn out the officers whom the Navy so greatly needs. is young B , whose father is at the head of perhaps the Another man who enlisted as a ship's cook is a well-known largest bookstore in New York City. Some one heard that the sculptor who thought himself too old for anything else. He, boy had enlisted as a stoker, and asked his father about it. too, has a better job, but he earned it by good work, and he is * Yes," said the elder B ; “ you see, his eyes are not very prouder of the whistle which he carries as boatswain's mate, good, and he was afraid he would not be able to serve his coun- and which is the outward and visible sign of his promotion, than try at all, so he took this job, where eyes are not needed.” To ever he was of a prize at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. Meanwhile serve in the bottom of a ship, with no chance to fight back- the fact that so many rich men's sons are in the N. R. results in except by keeping the ship moving ; with none to see what is one fact-it is the best possible school for learning democracy. going on, and with every chance of being drowned like a rat if When the boy from Groton, the clerk from Wanamaker's, the the ship goes down, is one of the finest jobs in the service, and apprentice from a machine shop, and the hand from a Rhode such men as young B- “deserve to have a poem written Island cotton-mill have pulled an oar in the same boat, have about them," as one appreciative admirer said.

played on the same ball team, have served on the same submaThe matter of this boy brings up another stoker story. rine-chaser in the North Sea, there is apt to be a clearer compreSoon after our first ships reached the other side three espe- hension of each other's point of view, a more lively realization cially grimy young stokers appeared at one of the smartest of the fact that “a man's a man for a' that.” hotels in Paris and asked for rooms. That particular house was Everybody is equal, and as promotion comes to the boy who not in the habit of entertaining guests of that quality, but the makes good, utterly and entirely regardless of money and manager thought it would never do to turn away the first rep- “pull,” the man who is really a man comes to the front even resentatives of their new allies who had come to his door, so he before he gets on active service. Which brings us to what is took them in. After they had cleaned up a little, but were still the most interesting and perhaps the most important part of grimy, they ordered the best possible dinner, which one of them the work of the N. R. paid for with a 1,000-franc note. The manager became inter. There is no naval Plattsburg, and the Reserve has to take its ested, asked a question or two, and the whole story came out. place as well as it can, though it is sorely hampered by being One of them had hastened to enlist at the beginning of the war, obliged to work informally and, in a sense, un recognized by the and something like the following conversation ensued :

authorities. The same sort of work is going on at all the sta“What can you do?" asked the recruiting officer.

tions ; perhaps the best idea of it can be given by telling what * Don't know, sir."

is done at Pelham Bay, which is the model camp of the whole “Ever been to sea ?”

service. * Yes, sir. Made several trips to Europe as a passenger." The site at Pelham was selected with the utmost care from “Know how to row ?”

several which were offered by the city of New York. It is in a “Yes, sir, in a shell. College crew."

public park, with water on three sides, offering perfect facilities "No other experience ?"

for boat practice, and it was planned and built with the most ** No, sir."

careful concern for the comfort and welfare of the men. The * Well, you look like a good, husky chap. I'll enlist you as buildings (of wood, of course) are skillfully designed for their a stoker. We need 'em.'

purpose; there is a central heating plant, so that the danger of fire is negligible, and there is now an adequate supply of rowing number of guns of different sorts), is taught to row and manage and sailing cutters, barges, whaleboats, launches, and two train- motor craft, and learns all the forms of signaling-to be, in ing vessels. On top of the long Executive Building there is a short, as good a seaman as he can be made without going to sei “bridge,” with semaphores and all the paraphernalia for sig. The whole camp is seething with enthusiasm. The other das naling, where the men learn that important branch of duty, and I happened to look out of a window in the executive buildir can practice it on the fleets of boats in the bay below and to and saw a Jacky walking across the parade ground waving hả bridges on other buildings. The food, which is excellent, is arms like a windmill. St. Vitus's dance? Not at all; he was served on the “ cafeteria " plan, and the bill of fare is scientific simply practicing his semaphore signals on his way to the in food values and very varied. There is a Y. M. C. A, hut, of “bridge.” It recalled a story which General Bell tells of Yap course, and a hostess committee, formed of ladies who receive hank. One of his staff was stopped late at night by the order and entertain the men. Nothing seems to have been neglected. “Halt! Who goes there?” After the proper exchange of

The most important thing about the camp is, of course, the question and answer the staff officer was dismissed with the men's health. So admirable have been the hygienic conditions cheerful remark out of the dark: “That's all right; don't mind at Pelham that at hardly any time has the percentage of sick me. I'm only practicing.” amounted to one-quarter of one per cent. With seven or eight This enthusiasm on the part of both officers and men pro thousand men in the camp or passing through it, in spite of the duces a fine crop of ensigns (to say nothing of petty officers and severest winter on record, and in spite of the fact that it is neces- seamen), though by no means as many as the service needs sary to put the men through a drastically hardening process so Consequently, for any ambitious young man who wishes to olk that they may be able to stand the exposure of service in the tain a commission in the navy there is no better or quicker way North Sea and even worse places, there have been only about a than to join the N. R. and work like fury. There is plenty of dozen cases of pneumonia, and not a single death from that room at the top, where he will be welcomed with open arms and disease. The only case where a man died of it was when a will be working amid congenial surroundings, in personal comReservist caught it and died while on leave. Has any other fort, and under the eye of intelligent and sympathetic officers camp such a record ?

As to these officers, who have in many cases given up lucrative So great has been the all-round success of the camp that the positions, sometimes at the head of big business concerns or inSecretary of the Navy has ordered it to be increased by adding portant departments in colleges, or what not, it is impossible to accommodations for ten thousand additional men. That speaks speak of them with too much respect or admiration, though they for itself. .

would be the last to claim either. They are too busy with their When the recruit joins, he is taken to the Probation Camp, jobs to think of anything else, but they will have their reward where he is stripped, washed, inoculated against typhoid, etc., in the regard of their fellows, if nowhere else. has his teeth looked after if necessary, and is clad in a Gov. There is another branch of the N. R. the importance of which ernment uniform. Then he is marched into a barbed-wire in-cannot be overestimated—the hydro-airplane service, which has closure, where he must remain till he has passed the period when its station at Bayshore. As the mastery of the air seems likely he could possibly develop a contagious disease. But he must to settle the fate of war on the land, so the hydro-airplane wil pass something else the microscopic scrutiny of his officers. If have an important influence in controlling the submarine menhe is lazy or indifferent or too stupid, out he goes ; they will ace, and so reducing the danger to convoys as well as in many have none of him. The Reserve is too busy training men who other directions. There are over two hundred young men in train are at least embryo seamen, and preferably petty, warrant, or ing at Bayshore, and many of them are ready for service. Some commissioned officers, to turn itself into a reform school or an of them, indeed, are already actively employed "somewhere ao institution for the feeble-minded. This fact is impressed on the the great deep," and no branch of the N. R. will have greater men once a week in the talk which the commanding officer gives opportunities for usefulness, a better chance for distinction, of them on their duties and opportunities, and it is on these be more often heard of in the future, latter that he lays stress, publicly and privately. Every recruit There is one more institution affiliated with the N. R. which carries a possible ensign's commission in his ditty-bag, and he is deserves a word of mention—the Naval Prison at Portsmouth thoroughly encouraged to bring it out. The hawk eyes of his Navy-Yard. Last spring Secretary Daniels asked Mr. Thomas officers will quickly find him out if he shows a desire to develop. Mott Osborne, who did so much to make Sing Sing a place fit First he will be given a petty officer's rating to see how he for human beings instead of wild beasts, to take charge of the handles men. If he makes good, he is encouraged to study for a Portsmouth prison. When Mr. Osborne consented, he and his warrant. This gained, if he still is a success, he is helped to assistants received commissions in the Naval Reserve, which thus study for an ensign's commission, and the Navy Department became a sort of foster mother to the prison. Military-of sends up a board, headed by a rear-admiral, to examine him. naval-law in case of war is necessarily very severe. How much The school which was at Columbia University has moved out to it needs such mitigation as it can get in its administration from the camp, and turns out ensigns in two branches, deck officers and a man like Commander Osborne (to give him his new title) can radio. The only complaint of the gentlemen who do this work is be guessed from the following incident. that the Navy is in such need of trained men that it carries off A fourteen-year old boy who had enlisted in the Navy had their pupils before they have time to educate them properly. been granted leave of absence from, let us say, June 28 to Jus

In the Probation Camp the men get their first instruction in 5. As he left the navy-yard where he was stationed he overcleanliness (that most important feature), in obeying orders heard some one say, “ The ship does not sail till August 5." He promptly and without question, in saluting, in the customs of connected this in some way in his not over-clear mind with his the service and in nautical phraseology, and in infantry drill ; own leave, and assumed that he need not come back till August for Jack must be soldier and sailor both when need be. And 5. Consequently he remained quietly at home on his father & as one walks through this section of the camp one is struck by farm without the slightest idea that he was doing wrong till be the efforts which are made to give the enlisted man some rudi was arrested and brought back as a deserter. Technically that mentary knowledge of how to do his duty aboard ship long is what he was, and the court martial gave him three years in before he ever gets there. There is instruction in knotting and the Portsmouth prison ; but when such Draconian sentences a4 splicing ropes, there is a platform from which a man is taught this have to be inflicted it is perfectly clear that all the hunato cast hand-lines and on which there are cleats for him to fasten izing influences at Commander Osborne's command are urgently cables to, and on top of one of the dormitories there are plat needed. forms from which he is taught how to heave the lead, both right Happily, with all the hard side of life in the service of our and left handed. It reminds one of the remark of a witty woman country-and there is plenty of it, beyond question—it has also when she heard that a friend had been appointed “ground its comic relief, oftenest, in such a body as the N. R., arising officer" in the Aviation Corps. “ Well," she said, “I suppose from ignorance. There was the case of the young coinmander the next thing we hear of will be dehydrated admirals."

of a “chaser ” who mistook a floating mine for a buoy, and When a man has made good in the three weeks' course in the started to make his ship fast to it till he was warned off by the Probation Camp, he comes into the main camp and goes on with frantic shrieks of every siren within sight and sound. Not less his training as an infantryman and artilleryman (they have a naïve was the young Reservist who wanted a quiet place to smu? il cigarette, and sought the seclusion of—the magazine! But “ I'm gun-pointer on a submarine-chaser at Newport, sir.” perhaps the prettiest example of simplicity was that of a Negro. “Are you a good shot ?" who was waiting at a hotel on an officer of the Reserve. The “Fairly, sir. I got a marksman's rating at Plattsburg last latter was tired after a hard day's work, and thought he would summer, and I think I would have got an expert's if it hadn't like a cocktail, which he ordered. Then he bethought himself of been for my shoulder.” the breach of discipline involved in serving a drink to a man in “What was the matter with your shoulder ?” uniform. Pretty soon the darky returned with the cocktail neatly “I was skylarking on a train coming down from school (he * dolled up" in a cup surrounded by cracked ice, as orange juice was a fifth-form boy in a New England school) and got thrown is served. The officer looked sternly at the darky and asked him through a glass door. I cut my right shoulder so they had to if he did not know better than to serve a drink to an officer in take six stitches in it, and when I came to shoot at Plattsburg uniform. “Is you an officer, sah ?" said the darky, innocence the recoil from the first shot broke out all the stitches. If it oozing from every pore of his face. “ Fo' de Lawd, I thought had not been for that, I think I might have made a better you was one of dem Sousa's Band.”

record.” The Reserve has its touch of grim romance, too. Some time A service rifle has a very vigorous kick. Think what it ago there was an engaging young ensign in command of a meant to that boy to hold it for forty-five shots against an submarine-chaser. His superior officer commented on his famil- open wound like that and get the second-best rating possible! iarity with the waters about New York Harbor. “ How do you Last summer this same boy was assisting in the installation come to know them so well ?".

of some machinery. A piece weighing some five hundred pounds - I owned my own yacht, sir, and cruised all about here. I slipped from its fastenings, and, had it fallen, would have crushed know the North Sea and the waters about Sweden and Norway a young seaman beneath it. The boy managed to catch and nearly as well, too."

hold it till it was hurriedly blocked up, so saving the life of his Clearly a desirable member of the force. Unfortunately, not shipmate; but the physical strain was so great that when it was long afterwards there was a descent of Secret Service men, and over the boy fainted from exhaustion. the engaging young ensign was arrested as a German spy, who Again, last December he went overboard in icy water with a presumably bad enlisted in the hope of being transferred to the pair of nippers in his teeth and cut the wires of a wrecked Intelligence Department. Where is he now? Has he faced a hydro-airplane in which the aviator had become entangled, firing squad? Is he in a Federal prison ? None of his former saving the latter's life. Yet all these things were done simply friends know, and the Government doesn't tell.

as matters of course in the ordinary performance of duty.' Then there is the pluck of these boys. One of them, scarcely And the Naval Reserve is full of just such boys. Aren't you nineteen, was asked last spring what his job was.

proud of them?

SOLDIERS OF LAW AND ORDER
SOME ADVENTURES OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE

1-JOHN G.

BY KATHERINE MAYO
AUTHOR OF " JUSTICE TO ALL," THE STANDARD AUTHORITY ON STATE POLICE

TT was nine o'clock of a wild night in December. For forty

eight hours it had been raining, raining, raining, after a

heavy fall of snow. Still the torrents descended, lashed by a screaming wind, and the song of rushing water mingled with the cry of the gale. Each steep street of the hill town of Greensburg lay inches deep under a tearing flood. The cold was as great as cold may be while rain is falling. A night to give thanks for shelter overhead and to hug the hearth with gratitude,

First Sergeant Price, at his desk in the barracks office, was honorably grinding law. Most honorably because when he had gone to take the book from its shelf in the day-room, " Barrack Room Ballads” had smiled down upon him with a heart. aching echo of the soft, familiar East; so that of a sudden he had fairly smelt the sweet, strange heathen smell of the temples in Tientsin, had seen the flash of a parrot's wing in the bolo toothed Philippine jungle. And the sight and the smell on a night like this were enough to make any man lonely. Therefore it was with honor indeed that, instead of dreaming off into the radiant past through the well-thumbed book of magic, he was digging between dull sheepskin covers after that entrance to the bar on which his will was fixed.

Now a man who, being a member of the Pennsylvania State Police, aspires to qualify for admission to the bar, has his work (ut out for him. The calls of his regular duty, endless in number and kiud, leave him no certain leisure, and few and broken are the hours that he gets for books.

* Confound the Latin !" grumbled the sergeant, grabbing his head in his two hands. “Well, anyway, here's my night for it. Even the crooks will lie snug in weather like this," and he took a fresh hold on the poser.

Suddenly “buzz” went the bell beside him. Before its voice ceased he stood at salute in the door of the captain's office.

“Sergeant,” said Captain Adams, with a half turn of his desk chair, “how soon can you take the field ?”

“Five minutes, sir.”

“There's trouble over in the foundry town. The local authori. ties have jailed some 1. W. W. plotters. They state that the I. W. W. organization threatens a jail delivery, that the sheriff can't control it, and that they believe the mob will run amuck and shoot up the town. Take a few men, go over and attend to it."

“Very well, sir."

In the time that goes to saddling a horse the detail rode into the storm, First Sergeant Price, on John G., leading.

John G. had belonged to the force exactly as long as had the First Sergeant himself, which . was from the dawn of its existence. And John G. is a gentleman and a soldier, every inch of him. Horse-show judges have affixed their seal to the selfevident fact by the sign of the blue ribbon, but the best proof lies in the personal knowledge of A Troop, soundly built on twelve years brotherhood. John G., on that diluvian night, was twenty-two years old, and still every whit as clean-limbed, alert, and plucky as his salad days had seen him.

Men and horses dived into the gale as swimmers dive into a breaker. It beat their eyes shut, with wind and driven water, and as they slid down the sharp-pitched city streets the flood banked up against each planter hoof till it split in folds above the fetlock.

Down in the country beyond, mil, slush, and water clogged with chunks of frost-stricken olay made worse and still worse going. And so they pushed on through blackest turmoil

toward the river road that should be their highway to Logan's It was three hours after midnight on that bitter black mornFerry.

ing as they entered the streets of the town. And the streets They reached that road at last, only to find it as lost as were as quiet, as peaceful, as empty of men, as the heart of the Atlantis, under twenty feet of water ! The Alleghany had over high woods. flowed her banks, and now there remained no way across short “Where's their mob?” growled the sergeant. of following the stream up to Pittsburgh and so around, a detour “Guess its mother's put it to sleep," a cold, wet trooper of many miles, long and evil.

growled back. “And that,” said First Sergeant Price," means getting to “Well, we thought there was going to be trouble," protesteil the party about four hours late. Baby-talk and nonsense! By the local power, roused from his feather bed. “It really did that time they might have burned the place and killed all the look like serious trouble, I assure you. And I could not hava people in it. Let's see, now. There's a railway bridge close handled serious trouble with the means at my command. Morralong here somewhere.”

over, there may easily be something yet. So, gentlemen, I am They scouted till they found the bridge. But, behold! its greatly relieved you have come. I can sleep in peace now that floor was of cross-ties only—of sleepers to carry the rails, laid you are here. Good-night. Good-night." with wide breaks between, gaping down into deep, dark space All through the remaining hours of darkness the detail whose bed was the roaring river.

patrolled the town. All through the lean, pale hours of dawn it “Nevertheless,” said First Sergeant Price, whose spirits ever carefully watched its wakening, guarded each danger point. soar at the foolish onslaughts of trouble—"nevertheless, we're But never a sign of disturbance did the passing time bring not going to ride twenty miles farther for nothing. There's a forth. At last, with the coming of the business day, the ser railway yard on the other side. This bridge, here, runs straight geant sought out the principal business men of the place and into it. You two men go over, get a couple of good planks, and from them ascertained the truth. find out when the next train is due.”

Threats of a jail delivery there had been and a noisy parade The two troopers whom the sergeant indicated gave their as well, but nothing had occurred or promised beyond the horses to a comrade and started away across the trestle.

power of an active local officer to handle. Such was the stateFor a moment those who stayed behind could distinguish ment of one and all. the rays of their pocket flashlights as they picked out their “I'll just make sure," said the sergeant to himself. slimy foothold. Then the whirling night engulfed them, light Till two o'clock in the afternoon the detail continued its and all.

patrols. The town and its outskirts remained of an exemplary The sergeant led the remainder of the detail down into the peace. At two o'clock the sergeant reported by telephone to lee of an abutment to avoid the full drive of the storm. A while his captain : they stood waiting, huddled together, but the wait was not for “Place perfectly quiet, sir. Nothing seems to have happened long. Presently, like a code signal spelled out on the black beyond the usual demonstration of a sympathizing crowd over overhead, came a series of steadily lengthening flashes-the an arrest. Unless something more breaks the sheriff should be pocket-light glancing between the sleepers as the returning mes entirely capable of handling the situation.” . sengers drew near.

“ Then report back to barracks at once," said the voice of Scrambling up to rail level, the sergeant saw with content that the captain of A Troop. “There's real work waiting here." his emissaries bore on their shoulders between them two new The first sergeant, hanging up the 'recēiver, went out and pine “ two-by-twelves.”

gathered his men. Still the storm was raging. Icy snow, blind. .“ No train's due till five o'clock in the morning," reported the ing sheets of sharp-fanged smother rode on the racing wind. first across.

Worse overhead, worse underfoot, would be hard to meet in “Good !” Now lay the planks. In the middle of the track. years of winters. But once again men and horses, without an End to end. So."

interval of rest, struck into the open country. Ouce again on The sergeant, dismounting, stood at John G's wise old head, the skeleton bridge they made the precarious crossing. And so, stroking his muzzle, whispering into his ear. “Come along, at a quarter to nine o'clock at night, the detail topped Greens John ; it's all right, old man !” he finished with a final caress. burg's last ice-coated hill and entered the yard of its highThen he led John G. to the first plank. “One of you men walk perched barracks. on each side of him. Now, John !"

As the first sergeant slung the saddle off John G.'s smoking ·Delicately, nervously, John G. set his feet step by step till back, Corporal Richardson, farrier of the troop, appeared he had reached the center of the second plank. Then the ser before him wearing a mien of solemn and grieved displeasure. geant talked to him quietly again, while two troopers picked up “It's all very well," said he, “all very well, no doubt. But the board just quitted to lay it in advance. And so, length eighty-six miles in twenty-four hours in weather like this by length, they made the passage, the horse moving with ex- is a good deal for any horse. And John G. is twenty-two tremest caution, shivering with full appreciation of the unac years old, as perhaps you may remember. I've brought the customed danger, yet steadied by his master's presence and by medicine." the friend on either hand.

Three solid hours from that very moment the two men As they moved the gale wreaked all its fury on them. It was worked over John G., and when, at twelve o'clock, they put him growing colder now, and the rain, changed to sleet, stung their up for the night not a wet hair was left on him. As they washed skins with its tiny, sharp-driven blades. The skeleton bridge and rubbed and bandaged they talked together, mingling the held them high suspended in the very heart of the storm. Once sergeant's trenchantly humorous common sense with the corand again a sudden more violent gust bid fair to sweep them off poral's mellow philosophy. But mostly it was the corporal that their feet. Yet, slowly progressing, they made their port un- spoke, for twenty-four hours is a fair working day for a serharmed.

geant as well as for a troop horse. Then came the next horse's turn. More than a single mount “I believe in my soul," said the sergeant, “ that if a man they dared not lead over at once lest the contagious fears of one, rode into this stable with his two arms shot off at the shoulder reacting on another, produce panic. The horse that should you'd make him groom his horse with his teeth and his toes for rear or shy on that wide-meshed footing would be fairly sure to a couple of hours before you'd let him hunt a doctor." break a leg, at best. So, one by one, they followed over, each “Well,” rejoined Corporal Richardson, in his soft Southeru reaching the farther side before his successor began the transit. tongue, “and even if that man died of it he'd thank me heartily And so at last all stood on the opposite bank, ready to follow afterward. You know, when you and I and the rest of the John G. once more as he led the way to duty.

world, each in our turn, come to heaven's gate, there'll be St. "Come along, John, old man. You know how you'd hate to Peter before it, with the keys safe in his pocket. And over the find a lot of dead women and babies because we got there shining wall behind-from the inside, mind you—will be pok too late to save them! Make a pace, Johnny boy!" The first ing a great lot of heads, innocent heads with innocent eyes sergeant was talking gently, leaning over his saddle-bow. But heads of horses and of all the other animals that on this earth John G. was listening more from politeness than because he are the friends of man, put at his mercy and helpless. And its needed a lift. His stride was as steady as a clock.

clear to me that before St. Peter unlocks the gate for a single A REMARKABLE PHOTOGRAPH OF A FRENCH MILITARY MINE, TAKEN BY A YOUNG AMERICAN AMBULANCE DRIVER This flashlight picture was taken by Julien E. Bryan, aged 17, a few months ago, at the front in France. He furnishes to The Outlook this description : "This Keene is at the end of a mine tunneled beneath No Man's Land to the front-line German trenches. These three poilus are working only ten feet from the Boches. They have gone as far as they can with safety to the work, and are putting on the finishing touches, digging by the aid of a carbide lamp. The conversation and movements of the German soldiers in their trenches can be heard by means of the microphone. When the proper time comes (usually during an attack), the French, kaving filled up this cavity with three or four tons of high explosives, will blow up the mine and the German trenches. This mine is probably twenty feet underground and two hundred feet from the French trenches." Young Mr. Bryan took the photograph while his kodak rested on a sandbag as he set off the fash. We

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hope soon to publish an article describing some of his experiences, with additional pictures

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