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"Vanishing Fleets," a story of "what
Right have happened." opens in "Wash
ington with the L'nited States and Japan
m the verRe of war. Guy Ililliur, sec
retary of the British emhassy. and Miss
Norma Roberts, chief aide of Inventor
Roberts, an- introduced as lovers. At the
most inopportune moment Japan declares
war. JuiKin takes the Philippines. The
entire country is in a state of turmoil be
ruuse of the government's indifference:
Guy Hillier starts for England with se
cret message and is compelled to leave
Norma Roberts, who with military of
ficers also leaves Washington on mys
terious expedition for an isolated point on
tiie Florida coast. Hawaii is captured by
the Japs. All ports are closed. Jap fleet
in fast approaching western coast of
America. Siego, Japanese spy. discovers
Fcoret preparations for war" He follows
auto carrying presidential cabinet. He un
earths source of great mystery and llees.
murmuring: "The gods sa'c Nippon."
Fleeing to Pacific coast, Siego is shot
down just as journey to get awful news
to .Tap'tn seems successful. Qapan an
nounces intention to attack seaports.
ToUio learns of missing Japanese fleet
iind whole world becomes convinced that
Fnited States has some powerful war
agency. England decides to send a fleet
to American waters as a Canadian pro
tection against what the British suppose
! :i t rrible submarine flotilla. Hillier is
also sent to Canada to attempt to force
Us way through American lines with a
message to the president in ordr that
protection fAr the fleet may be assured.
Japan appeals to Britain for aid. British
fleet departs, amid misgivings of English.
Fleet mysteriously disappears, a sailor
picked upon on a raft being the only evi
dence of the loss. Powers begin to fear
for their safely. Hillier makes a failure
of effort to deliver message to the presi
dent. War between Great Britain and
Germany is threatened. The kaiser dis
appears. CHAPTER X. Continued.
Tho secret service men had already
become convinced that the team be
longed within the city, and so, as a
forlorn hope rather than in the be
lief that any clew would be gained,
they employed the gypsy, giving him
license to adopt whatever means
seemed the most likely to discover and
identify the horse. "With Romany cun
ning, he immediately secured a seat
facing one of the most fashionable
parkway drives, where he remained
for hour after hour, apparently occu
pied in smoking a short black pipe,
and presenting no marked difference
in appearance from that of a hundred
It was on the second day of the
trader's watch that he jumped to his
feet and excitedly ran after a. passing
turnout, until he could attract the at
tention of a mounted officer, who had
been posted on the driveway for the
purpose of assisting him in case his
quest should develop anything worth
following. The man pointed to the car
riage ahead, and in broken German as
serted his conviction that it was the
one which had been used in the ab
duction. The officer, after giving him
Jiasty instructions to report to head
quarters, galloped down the boulevard
Much excitement was caused by the
gypsy's story, and a group of the most
prominent officials awaited the return
of the mounted officer. One hour
passed, and still another, before he
appeared, and suspense by this time
was at high pitch. They began to look
-iat the horse trader with considerable
suspicion, fearing a canard, and were
almost on the point of sending others
to search for the missing officer, when
the latter appeared, clanking his spurs
across the tiled floor of the entryway.
He looked sheepishly about him before
saying anything, and then addressing
the captain, said: "This man is
cither mistaken or else the affair
promises to be more serious than we
at first believed."
"Well," said his superior question
ingly, "what about the carriage?"
The officer leaned over and spoke in
a confidential tone. "The carriage was
that of the American ambassador!"
The captain started back as if par
alyzed. He imparted the news in an
undertone to his comrades in the room
and the excitement grew. They dared
go no further in this quest without
consulting those of higher authority,
nnd gathered into a private chamber,
taking the Romany with them, where
they waited till they were joined by
the supreme head of the secret service
department. This latter, in person,
questioned both the gypsy and the offi
cer who had followed the carriage. All
that could be elicited from the horse
trader was that he had been accus
tomed to observe animals closely all
his life, was positive that he could
not be mistaken, and finally, in a fit of
sullen wrath, he swore that he would
stake his life on this having been the
animal which passed him on the night
of the kaiser's disappearance. He
even went further and asserted that
the harness of the horses was the
same which he had seen on that oc
casion. The mounted officer was equally cer
tain that the turnout was that belong
ing to the embassy, because he had
observed it before, and knew the am
bassador by sight, and this was the
reason why he had made no arresL
He said that he had been prepared
to do so when he overtook the team,
but, identifying the occupant, decided
to run no risk of detaining so impor
tant a personage, and contented him
self with following the carriage
tlirouskout its journey and till it was
housed. He then dismounted, and by
a pretext engaged one of the stable
men in conversation, learning thereby
that the ambassador had no horses
other than these two. He had not
deemed it advisable to make any fur
ther inquiries for fear cf arouzisg sus
picion. The head of the secret service de
partment raw that he was facing r.
very grave responsibility. He sent
messages calling together the most
important men in the government,
and within an Lour the findings were
laid before them. They found them
selves in a singularly embarrassing
predicament. To take any action which
might offend the representative of a
natio-i vnicn vas already engaged in
triumrhaci war, and of which the
whole vorld stood in terror and appre
hension, Tvas something to be avoided.
yw KHJWray jww iynwiwf
Even to suggest to the ambassador of
the United States that he was sus
pected of having abducted the kaiser,
an act of lese majesty in itself, was
something which might arouse that
man to appeal to his home government
and topple Germany itself into an im
broglio which could end only in de
feat The attitude of America, up to
the moment when communication
ceased, had been friendly. Therefore,
there seemed no logical reason for
her taking any such unheard of action
as that of interference with the per
son of his majesty. The consensus of
opinion was that the situation was too
delicate to admit of any ordinary
methods, and that there was only one
thing to do keep the embassy under
constant surveillance until by secret
service methods they might learn
what if any connection the ambassa
dor or those about him had with the
The gypsy received the promised re
ward, and from that hour on the
American embassy was unceasingly
watched day and night from without
A King Is Lost.
Wearied by hours of suspense, days
of anxiety and nights of alarm, the
king of England sought relaxation. A
period of disaster had reached its cul-
With a Salute, His Equerry
mination where nothing much worse
might be predicted. Germany had
other occupations than those of aggres
sion, and was now distraught in its
effort to find the missing ruler, from
whom no word had been received and
of whom no information had been ob
tained. The American dread had been
somnolent for days, and the first grief
for the loss of the great British fleet
had lost its poignancy and was be
coming only a bitter recollection to be
calmly discussed and speculated upon.
After weeks of storm and stress there
had come a lull in which England
waited for winds more kind.
London had lived so long in misery
that it had become callous, hardened,
and enveloped in an air of gloom, con
ditions resembling those of that period
of terror which overspread it in the
great plague, but which led men by
work and pretense of gayety to seek
forgetfulness. Once more the music
halls opened, the theaters made their
announcements, signs appeared on the
boardings and old habits began in a
sort of half-hearted way to resume
In this epoch of abnormality the at
mosphere joined and sent upon the
huge city a June fog, which settled
down in the night, adding its black
ness to that of the hour. And through
it in quest of relaxation rode Eng
land's king. On leaving the palace he
had no definite plan or destination;
bnt the glare of the theaters lured and
beckoned insistently to their wealth of
light and entertainment, and he
His coming was unheralded, and at
tention was attracted to the presence
only when the manager, following
time-established custom, which for
bade the turning of one's back upon a
king, preceded him with steady bows
to the royal box and took his place
beside the equerry while the visitor
entered. The hippodrome was to be
honored. Within the box the royal
guest seated himself behind the par
iia!ly drawn curtains, where he could
lock out upon the bizarre performance
and feel -himself near a throng of per
coss. There was some satisfaction al
lest in mers proximity to companion
ship. With languid interest and ha'f ab-
Milt 1A, 'MY4 :
sorption he glanced over the program,
paying but small attention to what it
contained. A herd of performing ele
phants galloped clumsily round in the
ring below, obeying the shrill, nervous
shouts of a woman clad in red tights,
and then sedately marched out
through an aperture by the side of the
stage when the act was ended. A
man clad in an ill-fitting dress suit, ev
idently the heritage from some prede
cessor, came to the front of the stage
and began an ornate, rambling, and
ungrammatical speech, announcing
some wonderful exhibition which was
about to take place. The monarch,
suddenly aware of the voice, caught
only the last words declaring it to be
the "great event of the evening," and
leaned back in his cushioned chair, his
mind again reverting to the vicissi
tudes of government.
His reverie was disturbed by a con
versation taking place at the door ot
his box. "The gentleman was very
insistent that it should be delivered
at once, otherwise I should not have
brought it," he heard the manager otJ
the theater say apologetically.
"Is there no place in the world
where I can remain undisturbed?" the
king muttered wearily, and then called
aloud: "Send that note in, whatever
it may be."
With a salute his equerry handed
him the message, which he, idly held
in his hand for a few moments before
opening it, looking half abstractedly
out of his hox to where a man was
being hoisted aloft and through an
opening in the arched roof bove.
More or less indifferently he tore open
the envelope and withdrew a card, at
which he stared with a puzzled frown,
as if doubting his senses. Surely this
could be no jest. Upon it was
"Admiral Robert Bevins of the
United States navy desires a brief
audience with his majesty upon mat
ters which can be discussed in per
son only. If permissible, may he en-
Handed Him the Message.
joy the seclusion of
Through the king's mind passed a
succession of questions. What could
this mean? Would anyone dare per
petrate a joke of this character, and if
so who would have the temerity?
Was it not an absurdity that Admiral
Bevins should be here this night in a
London theater when his country was
at war and had practically thrown the
gauntlet into the lists of the civilized
world? It was impossible! But he
would send for this individual who
by his paltry ruse would infringe upon
the privacy of a king and see for him
self what sort of fool he was.
"Show him in!" he said to the equer
ry, and then expectantly watched the
door, wondering whether he was to
face an adventurer or an imbecile. Be
tween the king and the officer whose
name appeared on the card was an
intimacy of more than 30 years'
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HE JUST IMAGINED IT
Sick Patient Didn't Feel Pain of Op
eration, tut Thought So.
A German surgeon in the Franco
Prussian war had occasion to lance an
abscess for a poor fellow, and, as the
sore was obstinate, it became neces
sary to use the knife twice. The oper
ation was not a very rainful one, but
the patient declared that it had nearly
killed him, and when a third resort to
the lancet was proposed, he protested
that he could never go through the
The surgeon promised to make it
easy for him and, calling up a few of
the loungers, ordered one of them to
hold his hands close over the patient's
eyes, and two others to grasp his
"This arrangement," explained the
doctor, "is said to prevent pain in
such an operation. Now, lie perfectly
quiet, and when I say 'Xow!' prepare
standing. The name alone had sunt
cleat weight to preclude the cart re
fusal of such an extraordinary request.
If this was the friend of his younger
days, nothing but an errand of the
utmost importance could have induced
him to seek an audience under such
circumstances, and, von the contrary,
if his visitor proved to be a nonentity
or crank, the guard would give protec
tion and summary punishment. ,
The door of the cabinet slid bac'--and
a grim, scarred, weather-beat
man stood surrounded by the royal
body guard. In utter astonishmeJ
that it should be the admiral slandC
before him, the sovereign rose trot
his seat and took a step forward.
They stood for a moment, the king
and the admiral, and then slowly
Ugrasped each other's hand, casting the
restrain of situation and the difference
of position completely aside.
"Bevins," the monarch said, "for
God's sake what brings you here in a
time like this? Is there no limit to
your daring, and nothing at which
your country will hesitate? Do you
come as a friend or as an American?"
'Both," answered the officer, stand
ing squarely on his feet and looking
steadily into the gray eyes, which per
sistently scrutinized him as if seeking
to read the cause of his visit.
There came another instant's pause,
and the king with a gesture invited
him to be seated. The guard dis
creetly withdrew and closed the door
of the cabinet.
Bevins continued: "I must apologize
for intruding upon you; but I have
journeyed a long way to deliver a mes
sage which permits of no delay."
"In an official capacity then?"
queried tho monarch dryly.
"Yes, official and friendly. I was
chosen for this mission not only be
cause of our known friendship, but
for the reason that I could explain cer
tain events to you better than any
The king nearly forgot the distrust
which he had felt first, and almost
yielded to the impulse to drop all cere
mony and ask his guest for an expla
nation then and there. He half rose
and grasped the arms of his chair. His
lips opened to interrogate, and then,
his life's training and restraint re
suming their hold, his tongue gave a
dry click, and he again assumed a pos
ture of repose. It was difficult to as
sume an air of complacence when
every instinct of king and man called
out to him tjo ask impetuously the one
before him for the unraveling of the
skein of events and the story of the
fate of the British fleet. He veiled his
curiosity, his emotion and his excite
ment behind a mask of polite reserve.
But what was coming next? His vis
itor, who had hesitated, now went on.
"This is no time nor place for me to
say what I have to; but as an emis
sary of my government I am asked to
induce you, your prime minister and
the first lord of the admiralty to grant
me a private audience."
The king, impatient, curious and
anxious, was yet relieved by what he
heard. There was nothing very un
usual in a request for a private audi
ence under such circumstances, and
he had hope that from it tl come
elucidation of all which ne most
wished to know. The morrow then
would at least bring some ease of
mind and some relief from uncertain
ty. Before he could reply the voice re
sumed: "The audience must be granted to
night." "To-night, to-night!" The sovereign
forgot his aplomb, leaned his body to
ward his companion, and thrust his
chin forward. There had been some
thing in the use of the word "must"
and the astonishing declaration that
the interview should be conceded at
once that aroused a little spark of re
sentment. And yet he was filled with
a curiosity akin to anger.
The admiral was quick to read his
nryal host's annoyance, and hastened
to conciliate. "Your majesty, as your
friend I ask you net to misconstrue
anything I may say. I am asking as a
favor that I be allowed my own time
and way yes, that I even may be per
mitted to suggest the conditions of the
meeting. Believe me, it is for the
The king was motionless and speech
less for what seemed a long time.
From his viewpoint of head of a na
tion and bound to maintain its dig
nity, and a man with a man's anxie
ties and anxious to learn from a
friend's lips the story of the last
month's secrets and disasters, he was
considering what was best to do.
In an oddly repressed tone he an
swered with another tentative ques
tion. "As a friend I received you in
my box, and now on this same basis
I ask you if this communication of
yours is so important and urgent that
it cannot take its due course accord
ing to official custom?"
"Beyond official ways, your majesty,
imperative and urgent," was the re
sponse; "otherwise I should not havo
chosen this unusual method of ap
proaching you, nor asL'-ed for such an
unusual audience in such haste and at
such an unseemly hour."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
The surgeon at once began quietly
with his work, and in a short time had
-completed the operation without the
least trouble, the patient lying as
quiet as though In sleep.
When all was done the surgeon laid
aside the knife and said, "Xow!" Such
a roar came from tho lips of the sick
man as seldom is heard from anv hu-!
man being. He struggled to free him
self, yelling: "Oh, doctor, you're kill
Shouts of laughter soon drowned his
crie.3 and he was told that the opera
tion had been all over before the sig
nal was given. It was a good joke,
but it is doubtful if the poor fellow
could e-er be made to believe that he
did net feel actual pain after that fatal
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