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flags flying, tied up at the pier immediately next to the Deutschland. Between the two masts hung an immense canvas banner bearing the words:

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On top of the after deck-house sat a band, and such a band!-one bass drum with cymbals, one cornet, and one slide trombone, the operator of the latter being very hazy concerning the notes produced by the various positions. But if he missed it the first time, he caught it with the second shot, or the third, perhaps. Under the caricature leadership of Wilson, this band slashed into the “Watch on the Rhine" and followed with other terribly mangled airs of German origin, until Koenig, in desperation, sent over and begged them to desist.

was reduced to a condition best described as “a state of mind."

“You 're only a spectator," had jeered Wilson, "a mere looker-on. I suppose you 'd like to help and all that, but it 's quite impossible

quite impossible. Of course, the only crime recognized in this country is getting caught, and if we 're pinched, you 've got nothing to do but stand pat and keep your mouth shut. Your hands are clean-regular ladylike hands!

“Oh, they are, are they?” the lieutenant had retorted, and, casting discretion to the winds, added: “You just let something happen that makes it necessary, and you 'll see how fast they 'll get dirty!

I'll risk your damned penitentary, by gad! and be glad of the chance."

Wilson's scheme required that a diver get beneath the Deutschland, there to do certain things, and in the discussion of details it became evident that the lieutenant possessed an even wider experience in under-water work than is usual among naval officers. He solved the problem of eliminating the exhaust air-bubbles, which must issue from the diver's helmet and which, rising to the surface close to the sides of the sub

EVERETT'S conscience bothered him a great deal on the matter of a possible violation of American neutrality, and Wilson, knowing that no official instructions had been given, skilfully played upon the young man's feelings until he 245

“ I mean I 'm going to soil my hands. I can wear his things and I can do the work just as well as he can-and to morrow, by gad! I 'm going to, that 's all!”

And he did.

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marine, would surely attract attention, by using a double air-line, one to carry the air to the man, and a second, attached to the exhaust-valve, to convey it back to the point at which the airpump was located. The extreme muddiness of the water removed all chance of the diver being seen, so there remained only the question of getting the man exactly beneath the submarine's keel, since to let him approach the surface in his endeavors to locate the vessel would be disastrous.

Coolley had supplied both man and outfit, the latter, equipped with telephones, being in excellent condition. Unfortunately, this could not be said of the man himself, for he complained of illness, and on the very day set for the first under-water trip to the Deutschland Wilson had to rush him to the hospital for an appendicitis operation.

The meeting held late that night in the "thieves' den” was probably as dejected an affair as that room had ever wit essed. Wilson sat with his head in his hands, utterly beyond speech. There was no other diver available on whom he could depend, and already the time was far too short. Roy, being young, felt the blow much less severely than did the others. Everett, his hands behind his back, paced the floor restlessly and fought out his problem. He knew what he ought to do, or, rather what he ought not to do, and he was perfectly certain that if he asked Washington for instructions, he would be told emphatically to stand clear of the whole business. And yet there was that cargo of nickel and rubber, and unless somebody stopped it, it would undoubtedly get to Germany. And if it did get there, how many lives-English lives, maybe-would it mean? And against all that there was merely his life at the most, and not likely that. Time and time again there ran through his mind the words of a famous English admiral, “Better men have sacrificed far more and for a less worthy 'cause."

About midnight he turned suddenly upon Wilson.

"That man 's just about my build.”
“What man?"
“That diver."
“What do you mean?"

When the time for action arrived, the Judith's tender lay alongside the tug, Wilson at the oars, and Roy, a big graflex camera on his knees, occupying the stern. Waiting until Koenig appeared on deck, Wilson yelled at the top of his voice, pushed off from the Judith, and with all his strength rowed across the intervening water and full tilt into the very center of the Deutschland. Koenig, enraged and shouting like a madman, rushed to the spot.

“You fool! You fool!” he cried. “If you do not leave these waters instantly, you will be shot!” And suiting action to the word, he whipped out a heavy automatic and covered the pair in the boat. Wilson never turned a hair. Speaking under his breath, but loud enough for Koenig to hear, he said:

"Quick, Roy! quick! Snap him threatening the life of an American citizen!"

Roy leaped to his feet, and swung the big camera into position.

“No! no! no!" shrieked Koenig, as the delicacy of his position flashed into his mind, and he quickly pocketed the firearm. “You are nothing but a curse,” he cried. “You waste my time and cause

me more trouble that all others in America. When I say 'No' to you I mean 'No'; I do not mean something else. Why do you not take the straight answer and go away before something happens?

“I want an interview, and I intend to get it,called back the man in the rowboat. “I won't take 'No' for an answer, but I 'll take just ten minutes of your time instead. If you 'll give me that, you 'll have no further bother. If you don't, you 'll waste far more than ten minutes trying to keep away from me."

"So? If I had you in Germany, 1Ach, Gott! of what use — Come on, then; I must be rid of you some way. But not the camera; indeed no!”

Thus did Wilson reach the deck of the Deutschland, and thus did he live up to his reputation and scoop his fel

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low-workers of the press with glibly, pulling out his watch. “Now authentic, exclusive interview with the look; Captain, be a sport! Next to flyfamous captain. Thus also did he ing across the Atlantic, you ’ve pulled accomplish another matter of which off the greatest stunt of this century! Koenig was in complete ignorance. People want to know what you look When the tender pulled away from the like. I don't care a damn for your old Judith in that first headlong rush, Roy's boat; I want you! Come on; be a good right hand was behind his back. In fellow! You really owe it to the pubthat hand was the end of a light, strong lic. Just as you are—no, no, no fussing rope, which, after being snubbed one up; stand where you are. turn around a convenient cleat, passed So Koenig again gave in, since to do over the stern of the rowboat and otherwise with this irresponsible perstraight down into the water. Ten feet son merely meant further trouble. Roy below hung an iron weight, from which was pulled aboard, and after some delay the rope, previously soaked so that it , made the exposures desired. Then as would not float, continued under the a hail came from the Judith, a prearJudith and then upward, where it was ranged signal which meant that Everett payed out with complete secrecy. The

was on his way back, Wilson bade the instant the tender struck the Deutsch- captain an embarrassingly effusive fareland, Roy let go his end of the rope and well, called him the prince of good brought his hand around to the camera fellows, and asserted that he had known in the most natural way possible, the all along that perseverance would in weight sank to the bottom, and Everett, the end win the very much desired, and waiting in his armor beneath the Judith

very much appreciated, interview. for word to proceed, had only to follow And now I am gone,” he concluded the guide-line thus laid for him to as he went down into his boat. “Say, arrive at a point almost under the sub- you won't mind if the tug follows you marine and half-way between her bow out to sea, will you? It's the boss's and stern. Thereafter the line indicated orders." a direct path between the two vessels. “I have no means of stopping you,” His walk over the harbor bed released a answered the captain, with some aspermaterial number of air and gas bub- ity; “so you may come if you wish, bles from the mud, but Wilson's strenu- though it will be of no benefit. But let ous oarsmanship had so disturbed the me tell you one thing-do not ever let surface that they went quite unnoticed. us meet in Germany, for your own Besides, Wilson's

Wilson's interview-by-sheer sake!” strength was at that period absorbing "Sure I won't!" laughingly replied all the attention the Germans possessed. Wilson, and pushing off, he proceeded

Once on board the Deutschland, Wil- to obliterate the new line of bubbles son opened fire with a series of light- which Everett had kicked up from the ning-like questions that embraced Koe- mud. nig's family history for five genera- “Only Germany is n't your next port tions, the history of Germany, of the of call, old chap,” he muttered as he war, of transatlantic traffic, of subma- paddled slowly along. "it 'll be Engrines, of the Deutschland, of the Deutsch- land, I'm thinking-England or hell." land's first complete voyage, of this last voyage over, the experiences an- It should be said for Koenig that he ticipated on the trip about to be made left no stone unturned, no precaution (Oh, sumptuous irony!), the future untaken. A more capable man could not of sub-ocean traffic, and so much else have been chosen for his perilous task, that Koenig soon gasped for breath.

more thoroughly conversant Meanwhile, not very far beneath with transatlantic work. He adopted them, Everett worked silently and with every possible safeguard against intergood effect.

ference and capture, and if he in the Wilson switched to the matter of the end was defeated, it was due solely to forbidden photographs.

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resourcefulness, and courage, inspired the cabinet removed, disclosing a kind by an all-consuming hate, proved irre- of dumb-waiter shaft about two or three sistible.

feet square. A shaft it was, and it Came the morning when the Deutsch- led down through the bowels of the tug land gave evidence of an imminent de- and out through her bottom plates. The parture—the general cleaning up, the air-pump was started, and Everett's closing of cargo-hatches, the final over- face-plate screwed home. By means of charge of her batteries, and so forth. tackle attached to a cross-beam overRoy, working at his wireless outfit in head, he was carefully hauled up and the “thieves' den," quickly called the then as carefully lowered into the shaft, Amphion. Ten minutes later every man and down, down, down, until he stood on the cruiser knew that with the com- in the mud of the harbor bottom. And ing of night the submarine would slip not a soul outside the narrow limits of quietly from her pier and strike for the the cabin had the slightest inkling that open sea.

a diver had entered the water. In the afternoon Roy packed his in- For some days past, workman had struments and brought them down to been busy erecting an electric sign on the Judith. With the first suspicion of the roof of the Judith's pier, advising darkness, the little party assembled in the world in general as to the merits of the after deck-house for a final con- “Baby's Own Soap." The sign had been ference.

finished and placed in operation the "Everett, boy, this is your last time, previous evening, and while the flasher and I wish we could have fixed it other- seemed a little irregular in its action, wise. I still believe that we 'd be crazy this may have been due to the control to let you finish up before the Deutsch- wires, which ran into the tug's cabin. land actually casts off. Koenig is no The sign's position

innocent fool, take my word, and if we count on enough; it seemed mere chance that any laxity on his part, we 'll land on our while the tug Judith was thrown into backs, and he 'll get clear away.

deepest shadow, the Deutschland was into your suit—and may the Lord be brilliantly illuminated. Koenig cursed with you! You've got a nice easy- what he called "stupid Yankee notions," chair over there, have n't you?"

but beyond this paid little attention to “Oh, yes, with cushions, and a stove the sign, although its constant flashing to keep my hands warm,'

" answered on and off was a source of annoyance. Everett, though with little enthusiasm. Shortly after six, the watchers aboard His nerves were evidently on edge. the tug saw preparations for immediate “However, there 's nothing else for it.” departure. Then before their staring So saying, he proceeded with his help- eyes Koenig did the very thing which er's assistance to get into the diver's Wilson had most feared—the thing dress.

which he had so strongly warned “The very second it 's safe to go against, the thing concerning which his ahead, I 'll give you word," continued wise counsels had fortunately prevailed. Wilson. “Then hustle as if the devil He shivered a little as he realized how were after you! Finish your job and near they had been to failure. beat it back here; we can 't start till "Quick, Roy! quick!" he called softly. you get aboard.

And don't get scared “Warn Everett-tell him what he's do if you feel the sub move; only hustle. ing!” Once she starts, I 'll hold her about The lad dived into the cabin like a three minutes; but that 's the limit." frightened rabbit and snatched the tele

Had Koenig seen what shortly oc- phone from the astonished helper. curred within that cabin he would have Then as the men on the sub reported been shocked into hysterics. A little “All clear,” and Koenig gave the order to one side of the center stood what to cast off, Roy, no longer able to conlooked like a good-sized phonograph trol himself, fairly shrieked into the cabinet,

which was carelessly instrument: draped a turkey-red table-cover. This Now! now! Go to it! And for was now thrown aside, and the top of God's sake hurry!”

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