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THE 8EMI.WEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
The Last Shot
(Copyright. 1914. by Charles Scribncr'a Sons)""
CHAPTER XXII Continued.
"I think wo have practically agreed
that tho two Individuals who were In
valuablo to our caubo wero Pnrtow and
Miss Qalland," Lanstron remarked ton
tatlyely. Ho waited for a reply. It
was apparent that ho was laying a
foundation beforo ho went any fur
ther. "Cortalnly!" said tho vicochlof.
"And you!" put In another ofllcor,
which brought a chorue of assent.
"No, not 1 only theso two!" Lan
etron replied. "Or, I, too, If you pre
fer. It llttlo matters. Tho thing Is
that I am undor a promise to both,
which I shall respect. He organized
and labored for the same purposo that
sho played the spy. When wo sent
the troops forward In a counter-attack
and pursuit to clear our soil of tho
Grays; when I stopped them nt tho
frontlor both wero according to Par
tort's plan. Ho had a plan and a
dream, this wonderful old man who
mado us all scorn primary pupllB In
tho art of war."
Could It bo that terrlblo Partow, a
Btroko of whoso pencil had mado tho
Galland houao an inferno? Marta
wondered aB Lanstron read his mes
sage tho mesaago out of tho real
heart of tho man, throbbing with tho
powdr of his great brain. His plan
was to hold tho Grays to Btalemnto;
to forco them to desist after they had
battored their battalions to plocen
against tho Brown fortifications. His
dream was tho thing that had hap
pened that an opportunity would
como to pursue a brokon macutno in
A bold stroke of tho offensive.
"I would want to be a lioro of our
peoplo for only ono aim, to bo ablo
to stop our army at tho frontlor," ho
bad written. "Then thoy might drlvo
merit crlnklo and become natural. Tho
bluo veins on his bulging temples wero
a llttlo moro pronounced, his thin fea
tures a llttlo moro pinched, but other
wise ho was unchanged and ho seemed
equal to another etraln as heavy as
tho ono ho had undergone.
"Wo havo a now government, a now
premier,"- ho said. "Tho old premier
was killed by a shot from a crowd that
ho was addressing from tho balcony of
tho palaco. After this, tho capital be
came quloter. As wo got In touch with
tho divisions, wo find tho army In bet
tor sbapo than wo had feared It would
be. Thero Is a rccovory of spirit,
owing to our being on our own soil."
"Yes," ropllod Westerllng. drowning
In their stares and grasping at a straw.
"Only a panic, as I said. If" his
voice rising hoarsoly and catching In
"Wo havo a new government, a now'
premier I" Turcas repeated, with firm,
methodical politeness. Westerllng
looking from ono fact to anothor with
filmy eyes, lowered thorn beforo Bou
chard. "Thoro's a room ready for
Your Excellency upsUiIrs," Turcas con
tinued. "Tho orderly will show you
Now Westerllng grasped tho fact
that ho was no longer chlof of staff.
Ho drow himself up In a desperate
attempt at dignity; Iho staff saluted
again, and, uncertainly, ho followed
tho orderly, with th5 aldo nnd valet
still In loyal attendance.
Two figures woro In tho doorway:
a heavy-set market woman with a
frlngo of down on her Up and a cadav
orouB, tidily 'dressed old man, who
might havo been a Superannuated
schoolmaster, with a bronzo cross won
In tho war of forty ears ago on his
breast and his oyes burning with tho
youthful flro of Grandfather Fraginl's.
at a point in front of his fingers. If
Lanstron resigned ho becamo chief.
"Partow might havo this dream bo
foro ho won, but would ho now?''
asked tho vice-chief. "No. Ho would
go on I"
"Yes," said another officer. "The
world will rldiculo tho suggestion; our
peoplo will overwholm us with thoir
anger. Tho Grays will take It for n
sign of weakness."
"Not if wo put tho situation rightly
to them," answered Lanstron. "Not
If wo go to them as bravo adversary
to bravo adversary, in a fair spirit."
"Wo can wo shall tako tho rango.1"
tho vice-chief went on In a burst of
rigid conviction when ho saw thai
opinion was with him. "Nothing can
stop this nrmy now!" Ho struck tho
tnblo edgo with his fist, his shoulders
"Plenno-'plcaso, don't!" lmplorod
Marta Boftly. "It sounds so llko Wes
terllng!" Tho vice-chief started as if ho had
received a sharp pin-prick. His shoul
ders unconsciously rolaxcd. Ho began
a fresh study of a certain point on tho
tablo top. Lanstron, looking first nt
ono nnd then at another, spoko again,
his words as measured ns they over
had been In military discussion and
eloquent. Ho began outlining IiIb own
message which would go with Partow's
to tho premier, to the nation, to ovory
regiment of tho Browns, to tho Grnys,
to tho world. Ho set forth why tho
Browns, after tasting tho courage of
tho Grays, should realize that thoy
could not tako their rango. Partow
had not taught him to put himself in
other men's places In vain. Tho boy
who had kept up his friendship with
engine drivers after ho was an officer
know how to sink tho plummet into
human emotions. . Ho reminded tho
Brown soldiers that thero had been a
providential answer to tho call of
"Ooil with us!" ho romlndod tho peo
ple of tho lives that would bo lost to
no end but to engender hatred; ho
begged tho army and tho people not
to break faith with that prlnclplo of
"Not for theirs, but for ours," which
had been their strength.
"I should llko you all to sign It to
make It simply tho old form of 'tho
ntaff has tho honor to report,' " ho said
Thoro was a hush as ho flnUhnd
the hush of a deep Impression when
ono man waits for nnother to speak.
All wero looking nt him except the
vico-chlef, who was still staring at tho
In tho great squaro would look llko
In a rage. Ho was botweon tho peo
plo In a passion for retribution nnd a
headless army that was uupposod to
charge across tho frontier at dawn.
"Tho thing is sheer madness!" he
cried. "It's insubordination I I'll havo
It suppreseed! Tho army must go on
to gratify public demand. I'll show
the staff that thoy aro not In tho
saddle. They'll oboy orders I"
Ho trlod to got Lanstron on tho long
"Sorry, but tho chief has retired,"
answered tho officer on duty sleepily.
"In fact, all tho rest of tho staff have,
with orders that thoy aro not to be
disturbed beforo ten."
"Tell them that tho premier, tho
head of tho government, thoir com
mander, is speaking!"
"Yos, sir. Tho orders not to disturb
them aro qulto positive, and as a Ju
nior I could not do so except by their
orders ns superiors. Tho chief, before
retiring, howovor, repeated to mo, in
caso any Inquiry camo from you, sir,
that thero was nothing ho could add
to tho staff's messago to tho nation
and tho nrmy. It Is to bo given to tho
mo forth heaped with obloquy, if thoy tnl w' . ' w ,. , ,fr T table aB ,f ho hd faeard nothing. Yet
chose. I should like to seo tho Grays " ' tW Wo overy word was etched on his mind.
flomorallzod, boaton, ready to buo for vv" " ,.Ti. " tThe mtm whos name was the symbol
iioaco, tho bettor to provo my point
that we should ask only for what Is
ours and that our strongth was only
-for tho purpoao, of holding what Is
pure. , Thon wo should lay up no log
-acy.of revenge In their hearts. Thoy
could nevor havo cauBo to attack
flgaln. Civilization would havo ad
voncod another stop."
Lanstron continued to read to tho
amazed staff, for Partow's mossago
hud looked far into tho futuro. Thon
thoro wna a P. 8., written aftor tho
war had begun, on tho ovcnlng of tho
day that Marta had gono from tea on
the voranda with WeBtorling to tho
telephono, In tho impulse of hor now
"I begin to bollovo In that dream,"
bo wroto. "I begin to bollovo that tho
chanco for tho offensive- will como,
now that my colloaguo, MIbb Gallaud,
In tho namo of poaco has turned prac
tlcal. Thoro Is nothing llko mixing a
llttlo practice in your dreams while
the world Is still woll this sldo of
Utopia, as tho head on my old boho
moth of n body well knows. Sho had
the right Idea with hor school. Tho
oath so completely expressed my
Ideas tho result of all my thinking
that I had a twlngo of literary jcal
ousy. My boy, If you do roach tho
frontlor, In pursuit of a broken nrmy,
and you do not koop faith wlfli my
drctun and with her IdealB, thon you
will got a losEon that will last you for
over at me 1001 or uio uray rango.
But I do not think bo badly as that of
you or of my Judgment of mcu."
"Lanny 1 Lanny!"
Tho dignity of a staff council could
not restrain Marta. Hor emotion must
liavo action. She flprnng to his stdo
and ooized hla hand, her exultation
mlxod with ponltonco ovor tho way
sho had wronged him and Partow.
Their self-contained purpose hnd boon
tho uamo as hera and thoy had worked
with a soldtor'H tortltudo, whllo she
bad worked with whims and Impulses
She bont ovor him with grntltudo and
praise and a plea for forgiveness In
bor oyes, submerging tho thing which
bo eought in them. Ho flushed boy
Jshly in happy embarrassment, lnca-
pablo of words for an instant; and
silently the stall lookod on
"And I agreo with Partow," Lanstron
went on, "that we cannot tako tho
rango. Tho Grays still havo numbora
equal to oura. It Is thoy, now, who
will bo singing 'God with us!' with
their backB ngalust tho wall. With
Partow's goos my own appeal to tho
nrmy and tho nation; and I tmall koop
faith with Partow, with MIbb Galland.
and with my own Ideas, If tho govorn
went ordors tho army to ndvanco, by
resigning as chlof of staff my work
'a Westerllng and bis aldo and valet,
ISB'aK their way as strangers, found
tho new staff hoadquartors of tho
draya established in nu army building,
whare Bouchard had boon assigned to
trivial duties, back of tho Gray rango.
As their former chief entered a room
in tbe disorder of mapB and packluK
Gfttea, tbe staff-officers roso from their
work lo stand at saluto like stono Im
ages, in respect to a field-marshal's
rank. There was no word ot-grading
but a tellliiK elleuce boforo Turcas
ppake. Ills voice bad lost Its parch-
S nr U victory to tho soldiers, who would
Yes," said tho veteran. "Wo want
him to explain IiIb lies. Why did ho
keep tho truth from us? Wo wero
rcady.to fight, but not to bo treated
llko babies. This is tho twentieth
"Wo want WeBtorling! Toll Wos-
tcrllng to como out!" rose Impatient
shouts behind tho two figures In tho
"You aro suro that ho has ono?"
whispered Turcas to Wosterllng's aldo.
"Yos," was tho choking answer
"yes. It Is bottor than that" with a
glanco toward tho mob. "I loft my
own on tho tablo."
Wo can't Bavo him! Wo shall havo
to lot them"
TurcnB's volco wbb drownod by a
great roar of cries, with no word ox-
copt "Westerllng" distinguishable,
that piorced ovory crack of tho houso.
A wavo of movement starting from
tho roar drovo tho votoran and tho
mnrkot woman and a dozon others
through tho doorway .toward tho
"We'vo Come for Westerllng."
stalra. Then tho sound of a shot was
"Tho man you seek Is dead!" Bald
Turcas, stopping In front of tho crowd
his features unrolontlng In authority
"Now, go back to your work and leave
us to ours."
"I understand, sir," said tho votoran
"Wo'vo. no argumont with you."
"Yos I" agreed tho market woman
"But If you ovor lcavo thlB rango nllvo
wo shall havo ono. So, you stay!
Looking nt tho bronzo cross on tho
veteran's faded coat, tho staff saluted
tor tho cross, though It woro hung on
rags, whorovor It went wbb entitled
by custom to tho saluto of officers and
"present arms" by sontrloa.
After Lanstron'B announcement
tho Brown staff of hla decision not to
cross tho frontlor, thero was a rost
less movement In tho chairs around
the tablo, and tho grlmacos on most
of tho faces woro thoso with which
practical man regards a Utopian pro
poaal. Tho vlco-chlof was drumming
on tho tablo edgo and looking steadily
bo mora than ever a hero as tho nows
of his charge with tho African Bravoa
traveled nlong tho lines, would go on
record to his soldiers ns oaylug that
thoy could not tako tho Gray range,
This was a handicap that tho vice
chief did not caro to accept; and be
know how to turn a phraso aa woll as
to mako a soldierly decision. Ho
looked up smilingly to Marta
I havo decided that I had rather
not bo a Westerllng, Miss Galland,"
ho Bald. "We'll mako it unanimous.
And you," ho burst out to Lanstron
'you logateo of old Partow; I'vo al
ways said that ho was tho biggest man
of our tlmo. Ho hns proved it by
catching tho spirit of our tlmo and In
Vaguoly, In tho whirl of her Joy,
Marta heard tho chorua of assont as
tho officers sprang to their feet In tho
elation of bolng at ono with their chlof
ngaln. Lanstron caught her arm, roar
ing that Bho wos going to fall, but a
burning question rose In her mind to
"Then my shame my Bonding men
to slaughter my sacrlflco waa not In
vain?" sho oxclaimod.
Tho Bea of pooplo packed In tho
groat square of tho Brown capltnl
nmdo a roar llko tho thunder of vave3
aKiunsi a uroaawaior at sigut or a
whito Bpot on a background of gray
fttono, which was tho head of an emi
"It looks na If our government
would last tho week out," tho premier
chuckled as ho turned to his colleagues
at tho cabinet tablo,
As yet only tho brlof bulletins whoso
publication in the newspapers had
aroused tho .public to a fronzy had
boon rocolvod. Tho cabinet, as eager
for dotalls as tho press, had remained
up, awaiting n fuller official account
Wo have n long communication In
preparation," tho staff had telegraphed
"Meanwhile tho following la submit
"Good honvone! It's not from tho
army! It's from tho grave!" ox-
clalmod tho premier as ho road tho
first paragraphs of Partow's messago.
'Of all tho concealed dynamlto ever!
ho gasped as ho grasped tho full mean
ing of tho document, that pleco of
nows, as staggering as tho victory it
self, that had lain In tho staff vaults
for yoara. "Woll, 'wo needn't give It
out to tho prces; at least, not until
aftor mature consideration," ho de
clared when thoy bad reached tho end
of Partow'B appeal. "Now wo'll hoar
what tho staff has to say for Itself
aftor gratifying the wish of a dead
man," ho added aa a mossongor gavo
him anothor shoot.
"Tho staff, in loyalty to Its dead
leador who mado victory possible, and
in loyalty to tho principles of dofonso
for which tho nrmy fought, bogs to
eay to tho natlou
It waa four o'clock in tho morning
when thia dispatch concluded with
"Wo hoartlly agreo with tho forego
ing," and tho cabinet road tho names
of all tho gonoral staff and tho corps
and division commanders. Coursing
crowds in tho streets woro still shout
lng hoarsoly nnd sometimes drunkon
ly; "On to tho Gray capital! Noth
lng can atop ub now!" Tho premier
tried to imaglno what a sea of faces
commands respect to nny calling, tak
Ing Lanstron'B vlewa ns worthy ol
their profession; of that lrrcpreflsi
bio poet laureate of tho soldiers, Cap
tain Strnnsky, I. C. (Iron cross), break
Ing forth In a now song to an old
tuno, expressing IiIb brotherhood Idea
In a "Wo havo" ours - lot thorn keep
theirs" chorus that wbb spreading froir
regiment to regiment
This left tho retired officers to gram
bio In thoir corners that war was no
longer a gentleman's vocation, and si
lenced tho protests of their natural al
ly In tho business of making war,
tho noisy olement, which promptly
adapted Itself to a now fashion In the
relation of. nations. Again the greal
square was packed and again a wavo
liko roar of cheers greeted the white
speck of an eminent statesman's head
All tho Ideas that had been fomenting
in tho mlndB of a peoplo for a genera
tion becamo a living forco of action to
break through tho prcccdontB born
of provincial passion with a now pre
cedent; for tho power of public opin
ion can be ns Bwlft In Its revolutions
. mi. -
as decisive victories at arms, iui
world at large, after rubbing lto fore
head and readjusting its eye-glasses
and clearing Ub throat, exclaimed:
"Why not! Isn't that what wo have
all been thinking nnd desiring? Only
nobody knew how or whero to bo-gin."
The premier of tho Browns found
hlmBelf talking over tho long distance
to tho premier of tho Grays In aa
neighborly a fashion as if they had
adjoining estates and were arranging
a matter of community Interest.
"You havo been so fine in waiving
on indemnity," said tho premier of the
Grays, "that Turcas suggests wo pay
for all tho damage dono to property
on your biuo by our invasion, i m
Buro our peoplo will rise to tho sug
gestion. Their mood has overwhelmed
every preconceived notion of mlno. In
place of tho old suspicion that a
Brown could do nothing except with
a selfish raotlvo Is tho desire to bo as
fair as tho Browns. And tho practi
cal way tho peoplo look at it makes
mo think that it will bo enduring.
"I think so, for tho samo reason,"
responded the premier of tho Browns.
"They .gay It Is good business. It means
prosperity and progress for both
"Aftor all, a soldier comes out the
hero of tho great peace movement,"
concluded tho premier of tho Grays.
'A soldier took the tricks with our
own cards. Old Partow waa tho great
eat statesman of us all."
"No doubt of that!" agreed tho
"Good Heaun"r it' Not Prom tho premier of tho Browns. "It's a sent!
Army. It's From tho Qravel"
soldiers tho first thing In tho morn
ing, and ho will let you know how thoy
"Confound theso machlno minds that
spring thoir surprises as fully execut
ed plans!" exclaimed tho premier.
"It's truo Partow and tho staff have
covorod everything mqt every argu
ment. There Is nothing moro for
them to say," said tho foreign minister,
"But what about tho indemnity?"
demanded tho finance minister. Ho
was thinking of victory in tho form
of piles of gold in tho treasury.
ThlB question, too, wae answered.
"War has novor brought prosperity,
Partow lrad written. "Its purposo Is
to dostroy, and destruction can never
bo construction. Tho conclusion of a
war has ofton assured a period of
peaco; and poaco gavo tho Impetus of
prosperity attributed to war. A man
is strong in what ho achieves, not
through tho gifts ho receives or the
goodB ho steals. Indemnity will not
ralso another blade of wheat in our
land. To tako it from a beaten maa
will foster In him tho deslro to beat
his adversary in turn and recover tho
amount nnd moro. Then wo shall havo
tho apprehension of war alwayB In tho
air, and soon anothor war and moro
destruction. Romovo tho danger of a
European cataclyam, and any sum ex
torted from tho Graye becomes paltry
beside tho wealth that peaco will cro
ato. An indemnity makes tho purposo
of tho courage of tho Grays in their
assaults and of tho Browns In their ro
slstanco that of tho burglar and tho
looter. Thero is no money value to a
human llfo when It Is your own; and
our soldlora gavo thoir lives. Do not
cheapen thoir sorvlco."
"Considering tho part that wo played
at Tho Hague," observed tho foreign
minister, "It would bo rather lncon
elstont for us not to "
"Thoro Is only ono thing to do. Lan
stron has got ub!" replied tho premier.
"Wo must Jump In at tho head of tho
procession and recoivo tho mud or tho
bouquets, as it happens."
vi-fti Vi l a n . .
wun rariowa ana mo start a ap
peals wont an equally earnost' one
from tho premier nnd his cabinet. Nat
urally, tho noisy element of tho cities
wbb tho first to find words. It
shouted in rising anger that Lanstron
bad betrayed tho nation. Army olll
cers whom Partow had retired for leis
urely habits said that ho and Lanstron
had struck at their own calling. But
tho average man and woman, in a
dazo from tho shock of tho appeals
aftor a night s celebration, wero read
ing and wondering and asking thoir
neighbors' opinions. If not in Par
tow'B then in tho Btaft's message they
found tho mirror that Bet their own
ethical professions stnring at them.
Beforo thpy had mado up their
minds tho correspondents at tho front
had set tho wires Blnglng to tho ovon
ing editions; for LanBtron had direct
od that thoy bo given tho run of tho
army's lines at daybreak. Thoy told
of soldiers awakening aftor tho do
bauch of yesterday's fighting, normal
and rested, glowing with tho security
of possession of tho frontlor and re
sponding to thoir leadors' sentiment;
of officers of tho typo favored by Par
tow who would bring tho Industry that
ment to which every premier of ours
who ever tried to down him would
have readily subscribed!"
Tho ovory-day statesman smllos
when ho sees tho peoplo smile and
grows angry when they grow angry.
Now and thon appears an Inscrutable
genius who finds out what Is brewing
In their brains and brings It to a head.
Ho is tho opoch maker. Such an one
was that little Corsican, who gavo a
stagnant pool the storm it needed, un
til ho becamo overfed and mistook his
ambition for a continuation of his
Marta had yot to bear tho shock of
Westerllng's death. After learning the
manner of It sho went to bor room,
whero sho spent a hauntod, sleepless
night. Tho morning found her still
tortured by her visualization of tho
picture of him, irresolute as tho mob
pressed around tho Gray headquar
It is as it I had murdered him!"
she said, "I let him mako love to mo
I lot my hand remain in his once
but that was all, Lanny. I I couldn't
havo borno any moro. Yet that waa
"But wo know now, Marta," Lan
stron pleaded, "that tho premier of
tho Grays held Westerllng to a com
pact that be should not return allvo
If ho lost. He could not havo won
even tnougn you naa not helped us
against him. He would only havo lost
moro lives and brought still greater
indignation on his head. His fato was
Inevitable and ho was a soldier."
But his reasoning only racked her
with a shudder.
"If ho had only died fighting!" Mar-
tar replied. "Ho died llko a rat in "a
trap and I I sot tho trap!"
"No, deBtiny set it!" put In Mrs.
Lanstron dropped down bosldo Mar-
"Yes, destiny set it," bo said, im
Just as It set your part for you.
And, Marta," Mrs. Galland went on
gently, with what Marta had once
called tho wisdom of mothers, "Lanny
lives and llveB for you. Your destiny
Is life and to mako tho most of llfo, as
you always havo. Isn't it, Marta?"
"Yob," sho breathed after a pause,
In conviction, as sho pressed her moth
er's hands. "Yes, you havo a gift of
making things simplo and clear."
Thon sho looked up to Lanstron and
tho flamo In her oyes, whoso loaplng.
spontaneous passion he already know,
held something of tho eternal, ns her
arms cropt around his nock.
"You are llfo, Lanny! You aro tho
destiny of today and tomorrow!"
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As to Age of Gunpowder.
Comparison of tho terms used by
Sir Francis Bacon to describe tho ef
fects of explosive powdor In threo
different places shows that ho was
writing of tho samo powder. Now
hla letter on tho "Secret Works of Na
ture" would appenr to havo been writ
ten to William of Auvergne, nrch
bishop of Paris, who died In 1248 or
1249. It seems, then, that tho explo
bIvo properties of black powder wero
known in France and England beforo
tho middle of tho thirteenth century.
Have You a Bad Back? I
Does your baek ache night and day, mak
ing work a burden and rest impossible 1
Do you suffer stabbing, darting pains when
stooping or lifting! Most bad backs are
duo to hidden trouble la tbe kidneys and
it tbe kidney secretions are scant or too
frequent of passage, proof of kidney trou
ble Is complete. Delay may pave the way
to serious kidney ills. For bad backs and
Aveak kidneys, use Doan's Kidney Tills
recommended tho wonu over.
A Nebraska Caso
vm,As. 1 J. nessoi, -cult
?Jt-"a 17th Hr. Cimntm
Neb., says: "My
kidneys wero weak
and tho secretions
scalded in passage.
My back pained
mo and I naa rneu-
matte twinges in
my knees. Doan's
Kidney PlUn wero
lust what I need
ed. Thoy soon fixed
my kidneys up in
good shape and re
moved tne pain."
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