HIGH WATER

Bailey Brooks arose to greet the newcomer. As he turned to introduce Flash, Captain Johns forestalled him by saying in a curt voice: “We have met before, I believe!” “At the Columbia Hospital,” recalled Flash. The Captain seated himself on the opposite side of the table, regarding the cameraman with a cold scrutiny which was not easy to interpret. Assuming that he was an intruder at a private business conference,…

Everything will be fine

Flash stepped forward into George Doyle’s view. The soundman saw him and lapsed into confused silence. “Sorry. I couldn’t help hearing,” Flash apologized. “I don’t mind saying I’m curious about this proposition which wouldn’t interest me.” “You’re not Flash Evans?” inquired the stranger before Doyle could find his voice. “Yes, sir, I am.” “Flash, this is our district manager, Mr. Clewes,” Doyle said unwillingly. “We were just speaking of your…

DISTRUST

As Flash entered the bedroom, a stocky, middle-aged man in a captain’s uniform, turned to face him. He regarded the young man with an alert, penetrating gaze. Major Hartgrove, his head and leg swathed in bandages, sat in a wheel chair by the window. He too appraised the visitor. “You wished to see me, sir?” Flash inquired. The Major nodded. “Captain Johns,” he said gruffly, “this is the young man…

TROUBLE AT THE GATE

There was no mistaking the sarcasm in George Doyle’s voice. It was his nature to lash out at others whenever he was confronted with difficulties. This realization alone kept Flash from making an angry retort. “I have no ideas, brilliant or otherwise,” he responded quietly. “Still, there ought to be some way to get the truck inside.” “How?” “Isn’t there an official around somewhere who might listen to our explanation?”…

Flash hesitated briefly

Flash lay stunned for several minutes, unable to comprehend that the train actually had been derailed. Screams of terror and moans of pain mingled with the shouted orders of the trainmen. The sounds came to him as if from a long distance away. Dazedly he sat up, dragging himself from beneath a pile of twisted steel and splintered wood. Blood streamed from a gash in his head, but miraculously, he…

OVER THE CLIFF

Flash Evans dribbled the basketball down the gymnasium floor, gave it a final flip through the net, and started for the shower room. “Not leaving, are you?” his friend, Jerry Hayes, called after him. “Yes,” Flash answered regretfully, “I’ll be late getting back to work unless I do. Business before fun, you know.” “Wait a minute and I’ll walk along to the _Ledger_ office with you.” “All right, but step…

This was the sentiment

“And tell him that the struggle on the American front is sometimes very hard.”—Dr. Albert. * * * * * To outwit John Bull on the high seas by running his blockade is a big task. To compete against the combined commercial generals of England, Russia, France and Italy in seeking trade in the Americas is a still larger undertaking. But for one man to attempt both, while incidentally keeping…

While a few strikes

But von Rintelen had still bigger projects afoot. While his precise, swiftly moving mind supervised the Mexican conspiracy, and carefully watched over shipments of supplies to the Fatherland, _he was launching a series of concerted conspiracies designed to cut off this country almost entirely from Europe_. His vivid imagination had led him to picture a Utopian fantasy wherein Americans who believed so absolutely in universal peace—despite the war raging abroad—that…

Order of the Red Eagle

In the days before the Kaiser booted his spur through the treaties of Europe, you could observe, almost any afternoon, a faultlessly-attired man—well built, his big round head resting firmly on a powerful neck—sauntering down Connecticut Avenue, the Rotten Row or Fifth Avenue of Washington. Jauntily swinging his cane and puffing at his inevitable cigarette, he would bow gracefully in greeting the members of the capital’s smart set. He could…

BUYER OF PASSPORTS AND PROMOTER OF SEDITION

Three other phases of Captain von Papen’s campaigns against the Allies upon American territory as a base of operations remain to be set forth. They are his supervision of a bureau for obtaining fraudulent passports for German reservists ordered home to fight for the Fatherland, the fomentation of insurrections in the colonies of the Allies and of war between Mexico and the United States. PASSPORT FORGERIES The passport bureau is…