The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on June 10, 1918 · Page 7
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June 10, 1918

The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania · Page 7

Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Monday, June 10, 1918
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10, THE DATI.Y COURIER. CONNELLSVILLE, PA. PAGE SEVEW. ALIQITONT PAT D'BRiEN- advancing towards him, putting my baud on his shoulder nod looking him straight In the eye, "I want tboao papers nnd I want them here before midnight toniffht. If I don't get them I shall sleep In this place just once more and then, at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning, I shall go to the German au- I explored the place from top to bottom as -well as I rcrald without lights. The house was elaborately iarnish^, bnt, of course, tb«- dnst lay a qtmrter of an inch thick everywhere. It was a large bouse, containing some twenty rooms. There were two rooms in the basement four on the first floor, four on the second five on the third and five on the top. In the days that were to come I was to have plenty of opportunity to familiarize myself with the contents of that boose but at that time I did not know It and I was carious enough to wnnt to know just what the house contained. Down In the basement there was a huge pantry bat it was absolutely bare, except of dust and dirt A door which evidently led to a sub-basement attracted my attention and I thought it might be a good Idea to know just where it led to In case It became necessary for me to elude seafrchers. In that cellar I found case after cose of choice wine--Huyliger subsequently told me that there were 1,800 bottles of I t l I was eo happy at the turn iny affairs had taken and in the rosy prospects which I now entertained that I was half Inclined to indulge In a little celebration then and there. On second! thought, however, I remembered the) old warning of the folly of shouting! "before you arc we 1 out of the woods, ] and I decifled that it would be just as[ well to postpone the festivities for fl while and go to bt»d instead. In such an elaborately furnished house I had naturally conjured up Ideas of a wonderfully large bed, with thick hair mattress, downy quilts and big soft pillows. Indeed, I debated for a while which particular bedroom I should honor with my presence that night. Judge of my disappointment, therefore, when after visiting bedroom after bedroom, I discovered that there wasn't a bod in n: one of them that was in a condition to sleep la. All the mattresses had been remoTet! and the rooms were absolutely bare of everything in the w a y i of wool, silk or cotton fabrics. The Germans had apjarently swept the house clean. There was nothing to do, therefore,! but to make myself as comfortable as! I could on the floor, but as I had grown j accustomed by this time to sleeping *mder far less comfortable conditions, I swallowed my disappointment as cheerfully as I could and lay down for the nigut. In the morning Huyliger appeared and brought me some breakfast, nnd after I had eaten it he asked me what connections I had In France or England from whom I could obtain money. I told him that I banked at Cox Co., London, and that if he needed any money I would do anything J could I to get It for him, although I did n o t ] know Jnst how such things could be ar- i ranged* i "Don't worry about that- O'Brien,"' he replied. "We'll find a way of get- ] ting it all right. What I want to k n o w ; Is how far you are prepared to go to j compensate me fcr the cisks I a m i rendering you!" [ The change In The man's attitude stunned me. I could hardty believe 107 ears. "Of course I shall pay you as well as I can for what you have done, Huyli- ger," I replied, tryiLg to conceal ns far as possible the disappointment his demand had occasioned me, "b" t don't you think that this is hardly tl*e proper time or occasion to tnlk of compensa-j tlon? All I have on me, as you know, I Is a few hundred francs, and that, of j course, yon are welcome to, and when I get back, if I ever do, I shall not easily forget that kindness you have shown me. I am sisre you need have no concern about my showing my gratitude In a substantial way." "That's all right, O'Brien," he insisted, looking at me in a knowing sort of way; "you may take care of me afterwards, and then again you m a y ] not. I'm not satisfied to wait. I want to be taken care of now P ' "Well, what do you went me to do? How much do- you »spcct in the way of compensation'? How can I arrange to get it to yon? I am willing to do anything that is reasonable," "I want pounds," be replied, and be named a figure that staggered me. If I had been Lord Kitchener instead of just an ordinary lieutenant in the R. F. C., he would hardly have asked a larger sum. Perhaps he thought I was, "Well, my dear man," I said smilingly, thinking that perhaps be was jok- j Ing, "you don't really mean that, do]' you?" \, "I certainly do, O'Brien, and what Is more," he threateoed, "I intend to get every cent I have asked, and you arc going to help me get it." , He pulled out an order calling for. the payment to him of the amount he, had mentioned and demanded that I sign It. j I waved, it aside. "Huyliger," I said, "yon have helped' me out so fur and perhaps you have the power to help me further. I appreciate what you hnve done for me, al-' though now, i think, I see what your, motive was, but i certainly don't intend to be blackmailed and I tell you right now that I won't stand for it." "Very well," he said, "it is Just as you say, but before you make up your inind so obstinately I would advise you to think it over. HI be back this evening." My first Impulse, after the man hud left, was to get out of that bouse just as soon as I could. I had the passport he had prepared for me, and I figured! that even without further help I could j now get to the border without very i much difficulty, and when I got there! I would have to use my own ingenuity, to get through. It was evident, however, that Huy-' Ilger still had an idea that I might* change my mind with regard to the | payment he had demanded, and I deckled that It would bo foolish to do anything until he paid me a second visit. At the beginning of my dealings with Hnyliger I had turned over to him . some pictures, papers, and other things,' that I had on me when I entered his j house, Including my Identification disk,, and I was rather afraid that he might | refuse to return them to me. All day long I remained in the house without a particle of food oilier than the breakfast nnyllgcr had brought to me. I'roin the windows I could seej plenty to Interest me and help pass tht*' time away, hut of my experiences while in that noose I shull tell In do-1 tail later on. confining my attention' now to a narrative of my dealing with j Huyliger. j That uight he appeared as he had I promised. \ "Well, O'Brien," be asked, as he entered tSe room where I was awaiting him, "what do you say2 Will you. sign the order or not?" j It had occurred to me during the i dny that the amount demanded was so j fablnlons that I might have signed the , order without any danger of Its over being paid, but the idea of this man, who had claimed to be befriending me, endeavoring to make capital out of my plight galled rae so that I was determined not to glvo It to him whether I could do so in safety or not. "No, Hnyliger,' 1 I replied, "I have decided to get along as best I can with- j out any further assistance from you. I I shall see that you are reasonably ! paid for what you htrve d-jne, but I will not accept tiny further assistance i from you at any price, and what is; more I want you to return to me at ooce all the photographs and other papers and belongings of mine which I turned over to you a duy or two ago P "I'm sorry about that, O'Brien," he retorted, with a, show of apparent sincerity, "bat that is something I cannot do." "If you don't give rae back those i papers at once," I replied hotly, "I will | take steps to get them, and d--·1| quick too P j "I don't know what you could do, O'Bncn," he dc-clared coolly, "but as a matter of fact the papers and pictures you refer to are out of the country. I conld not get them back to you if I wanted to." Something told me the man was lying. "See here, Huyliger P I threatened. "Your Lives Won't Be Worth a Damn.** thoritles, give myself up, sbow them the passport that you fixed for me, tell them how I got it, and explain evory thing." Huyliger pnled. We ha~3 no lights in the house, but we were standing near a landing at the time and the moonlight was streaming through a stained-glass window. The Belgian turned on his heel and started'to go down the stairs. "Mind you," I called utter him, "I shall wait for you till the city clock strikes twelve, and If you don't show up -with those papers by that time, the nczt tune you will see rae ifa when you confront me before the German authorities. I am a desperate man, Euy- litfer, and I mean every word I say." Be let himself out of the door and I sat oa the top stair nnd wondered just w h a t he would do. Would he try to steal a march on me and cret In a Orst word to the authorities so tbut my story would be discredited when I put It to them? Of course, my threat to give myself nji to the Huns was a pure bluff. While I had no desire to lose thf* papers which Huyllger had and which included the map and the last resting place of my poor chum Runcy, I certainly had no Intention of cutting ott my nose to spite my face by surrendering to the Germans. I would have been shot, as '-ure us fnte, fo- aftt-i all I had been able to otisone behind the G r r m i i n lino I would be regarded us a spy and treated f.s such. At the haute time I thought I detected a yellow streak In Hayli^r, and I figured that ho would not want to take the risk of my carrying out my threat even though he believed there wufc but u small chance of my doing so. If lydfd. he would undoubtedly share my fate, and the pictures and papers he had of mine were renllj of uo use to him, and I have never been able to ascertain why it was he wished to retain then unless they contained something--some information about me--which accounted for his complnto change of attitude towards roe In the first place, ttnd he wanted tin* papers as evidence to account to his superiors for his conduct towards me. When he first told me that the pliiri of placing me in a convent dlsirui^d us a priest liad been abandoned he ex- plumed It by baying that the curdlnal hal issued orders to the priests to help no more fugitives, and I ha\o since wondered whether thorf was an thing in my papers which had turned him against me and led him to forsake me after all he had promised to do for me. Tor perhaps two hours I pat on that staircase musinp about the- peculiar turn In my affairs, when the front door oprnud and EuylJger ascended the stairs. "I have brought you such of your belongings as I still had, O'Brion," he said softly. "The rest, us I told you, I cannot give you. They are no longtv in ray possession." I looked through the little bnnch he handed me. It included my idputifi- catlon disk, most of the papers I Tal- ned, and perhaps half of! the photographs. "E don't know what your object is In retaining the rest of my pictures, Huy- liger," I replied, "but as a matter of fact, the ones that are missing were only of sentimental value to me and you urn welcome to them. We'll call it a bout." I don't know whether he understood the Idiom, but he sat down on the stahs just below me and cogitated for a few moments. "O'Brien," ho started finally, 'Tm florry thlntiR have gone thr way they have. I feel sorry for you and I would rcully !Iko to help you. I don't suppose you will beJleTo" me, hnt tho matter of the order which which I asked jou to sign was not p^ my doing. However, we won't go Into that. Tho propoHltlon WQ.S mnde to you find you turned U down, aad thnt's the, end nf it. Atj the same time, if hato Co Icnvo you toj your own resources onld I nm £oin£ to muke one more suggestion to you for your own good. I have another 'plan to get you Into Holland and If you will go with me to another house, I w)H introduce yon to a man who I think will be in a position to help you," "How many millions of pounds will he want for his tjrouble " I answered, sarciLstlciilly. "You cua arrange that when you sea him. Will you go?' I suspected there was something flshy about the proposition, bnt 1 1'elt that I could take care of myself and decided to see the thing through. I knew Huylifter would not dare to deliver inu to the authorities because of the fact than I hud the tell-tale passport, which would be his deatbknell as well a.s my own. Accordingly I said I would be qalte willing to go with him whenever he was ready, and he suggested that we go the next evening. I pointed out to him that I was entirely without food autl asked him whether be could not arrange to brins? or send ine something to eat while I remained In the house. 'Tm sorry, O'Brien," he replred, "but I'm afraid you will have to get along as best you can. When I brought you your breakfiist this morning I took a desperate chance. If I bad been discovered by one of the German soldiers entering this house with food in my ' possession, I would not only nave paid the penalty mysolf, but you would have been discovered, too. It Is too dangerous a proposition. Why don't you go out by yourself and buy your food at the stores? That -Aoulil give you confidence and you'll "jped plenty of it ·when yon continue il-ur journey to the border." There wan a good deal of truth In what he saM and I really could not blame him for not wanting to take any chances to help rae in view of the relations between us. "Very well," I said; 'Tve gone without food for many hoars at a time before irad I suppose I shull he able to do so again. I shall look for you tomorrow evening." The next evening he came ind I accompanied hia to another house not very far from the one In which I had been staying and not unlike it in ap- peurnnce. It, too, was a substantial dwelling house which hud been, unten- antexl since the beginning save perhaps for such occasional visits aa Hnyliger and his associates made xo it. Huylljrer let himself In -md conducted me to a room on thf second floor, where he Introduced me to two men. One, I could readily see by the resemblance, was his own brother. The other was a stranger. Very briefly they explained to me tha't they had procured another passport for me--u genuine one--which would prove far more effective In heli- Jng to get me to the frontier than ihe counterfeit one they had manufactured for mo I ihinl; I saw tl'rongh their game right or tl:e start, but I listened patiently \.n v.hut they had to wiy. "Of course, you w!H have to return to iih tho purport we gave you before we cat. uhe you the real cue," said Hullgcr's brother. "I h a v t u ' t Hie slightest objection," I rrphcti, "if tht* EI.'\V passport is alt you claim f u r i*. \\ i l l vnu lot ^i- '-·ce it?" TO BE CONTINUED. Meyers dale. J u n e S -- Yis-es Grace and Nell Thoma 1 - ^ave rein nu'd f r o m Lalrobe and w ill spend tne b u m m i ' i at iheir Isome on the Sou ih yjflo M r b S -\. Kendall has armeci from Washington, I*. (.., ami w i l l spend the s a m r m r m Moyersdaie. Mi:.s Mae Diehl. w h o spent a week | w i l l ] relatives m Bedford, hoi, returned home. Mi 1 -,. Benjamin Duiaer and little daugh er, E l H I , have leturned to their home in l nt. t btirs a f t e r ;i usit here wit'.i relative- 1 .. They v-err accompanied by the formcr'b mother, Mrs. John S*nith. \\ho w i l l vibit m the aiy for sr\eral -,vf Pks. Mit-s McMi.irer has returned from PUtbburg, where sho siK in .L the pa c t. rwo weekb w i t h relatives and fiieniK Misses Ffolen and Jennie Cngle of Berlin, \ifii1ed their sistei, Mr^ S. M Bittner, several days reccntlj*. Massenet's Exquisite "Elei A melody of haunting beauty sang with all the unaffected charm and sincerity that is this great singer's traest art. Stracciari's glorious voice at its best, with a most appealing 1 violin obbligato by Sascba Jacobsen. 49333--$1.50 o This simple song of sentiment is a new vein for Jolson, but it merely gives him an opportunity to prove his versatility. A rarely beautiful song that promises to be even more popular than "A Baby's Prayer at Twilight." The hit of "Sinbad." 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A. B"oun Miss Helen Ann°trong ha= recovered Cram an attack o" nppendicitis You w i l l get comfort and style if I examine your ey«s and fit your glasses. Dr A. L. Tucker, Optometrist, 105 South Plusburg street, Connells- viUe.--Adv. George Martin has returned home. I WIN EIGHTH GAME Xiiccaliec.'b "'afce Over Mount llrad- duck Ajrain, S-IJ. Tlit .Maccabees madt, another ad-, vattce against the M o u n t Uraedock , bafceball team Saturday at Duubar,, iak»ng over that aggregat on for the fourth time, 8-3. How ser was work- nig woll and ent 12 men back to the bench. ! The .Yaccabee team has won eight j straight games, and a challenge 10 a n y " team in Wesicrn Pennsylvania has j btt'n made. week at tho home of her aunt, Mrs. G. D RoU'rls Miss F l o r i n L v Sjroil of Dawson, and Miss Katrr Oos^jove left. Saturday for Indium. 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