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CHAPTER I. while there was nominal peace through out the hemispheres. not so much that such a condition should exist as that there should have been maintained so long even a sort of semi-equilibrium in international relations. Something must happen. while there had been an adjust ment. The nineteenth cen tury had flickered out in something like racial warfare. and. there was an undercur mighty preparations were making among the nations which were domi nant.ARMAGEDDON. It is true 2138SS7 . The whole world was afoot and gird rent of fear. In the first years of the present century the nations were in turmoil. and ing itself for The threatening war. When the Spanish-American war ended all points of contact between the nations were in flamed. wonder was. THE REDDENING HORIZON.

been no formulated alliance of the Anglo-Saxons. they had smelled gunpowder. that nothing absolutely &amp. in a contingencv. there had.ARMAGEDDON. future connections ami alliances of the \vould obliterate forces and change maps. pressiveness which ])recedes and thoughtful statesmen knew that the storm must come and that its lightning-strokes a.kTmite as to the gov ernments of the world had yet been deter mined upon. . who had responded when the call to arms came in iSgS. to say. and much glory were rest war ai/ain. but the air was weighted. the leaven of two hundred thousand young men spread evenly through out all the states. much and public opinion. They had tic. they had and. been devised no offsetting European combination. with a been victorious and were made much friend^ and. There had. what war was. so far. as yet. The attitude of the Americans was optimis There was a living leaven in the lump. they had faced battle-shot and they had left low trenches. they were patriotic and had they made fever. but the world had that op political atmosphere of th thunderstorm. their them highly. neighbors regarded of. after a little not disinclined for comrades buried in shal learned.

abstained from seizing upon all of the near and remote possessions within its grasp. Over in the independent simply annexed ernment of the We republic. and all we needed but for the first time. had banished that non-progressive force to its home provinces and had then. Not a nation in the world but at last. that material and military somewhat changed. during the war. have occupied even its western shore . America was just about as it had Tt is true been before the war with Spain. and we had utilized the Philippines. longed the conveniences of the highway from San Francisco to Hongkong. It had fought and defeated its overweening and over-religious adversary. conditions were had made Cuba an Porto Rico we had as a strong outpost. to the astonish ment of the world. to us be sity. I have more than scouted across 1 my con tinent. realized the attitude of .THE REDDENING HORIZON. the gov island being but an incident. 7 Otherwise. because that had be come for us a national and international neces had been bridged. we had Pacific The taken only what we needed. Hawaii had come in as a matter of course.the great republic. It had in effect said to the other nations of the world: (&amp.

cast and among the great thinking. or fail to have it in them. They. For what degree might is right. and must have all due rights and privileges. is about to make available as a business prize its to the advanced nations of the world vast commercial privileges. must do as their Then they Then they must do Viking ancestors did. they have demanded nothing and sought nothing. facilities for best fighting here and it I anywhere about the globe where necessary for may become me to fight. must have to say to it in them.I need the there. acting peoples of the world. but to implace themselves and do it well and strongly upon such points .8 ARMAGEDDON. but grasp no more than that which is enough for my single purpose. are my children there. I &quot. the present. I have built a trade bridge arranged a row of stepping-stones across the Pacific. I must maintain the station have taken and have the means of defending my highways and my byways. Across the broadest of oceans. the eldest of empires is threatened it with division and. and bred west. whether divided or not. Then they land. and T have no thought of seeking to seize more until my people shall overflow my own broad as best they can.

at least. Our Congressmen school books. it was evident. had long taught our chil dren to think of Englishmen as enemies and. and great flux of words. about the globe as easier in life 9 may make it somewhat dren. and those who had only clannish memories in mind opposed it.&quot. men of both Great Those who could best foresee it. But a tentative alliance. must come.THE REDDENING HORIZON. any sort of fight to-day. for their great-great-grandchil Should the occasion come sooner for the utilization of these vantage-places so much the better for us of this age who are thinking out this thing and of readiness for who have a decent degree liance Meanwhile had grown and broadened. growing was at once large number of American alliance possessed of fine lungs. world-reforming ideas. the idea of an Anglo-Saxon al It had been Britain fostered by thinking and America. It was almost droll. tions a vote. too. foreign birth or teachings. the future of races favored Of course spirit bitter opposition to the of Anglo-Saxon manifested by a citizens&quot. . but the amiable American laws gave to each of these eloquent men of other than American tradi and votes secure election and want to be elected again.

They did their cleverly. that their own reasonably regular and more or less full and easily gained incomes were in danger if there were to be an abandonment of the race enmity brought across the At understand.TO ARMAGEDDON preju especially.The themselves as land. illogical and too impression more foxy. These inthienc. a hereditary foes of K up bnovant. upon the American people.rk . There is no room here but only for a time. A few adroit American ofiice seekers whimpered and whined before them and cast their lot with them for a time. the ancient dice somewhat a certain prevailed. if possible. Very well did these leaders able had the potency. to tell the storv of the airitator who had lived lantic w&amp. contemplated all alliance. one force more potent than the clement others put the agitators: were g ib talkers and their fullowings had they long been organi/ed. led often astray by the mention it. self-seeking and overtopping representatives of their own race.&quot. though they didn t to be engrafted. that exerted by composed of those who exploit &quot. in the country. in opposition to informal though the alliance might be. There was exerted. also.

so well for years. and let it be said to the credit of the Irishman. just then.THE REDDENING HORIZON. they had fed upon each other. The average congressman or other politician whose course the agitator had the influenced was found or dinarily among home guards. creep - southward and eastward threatening force. Anglo-Saxon combina tion in sight. com lie was inclined to make much. for there was India. the Russian wanted no bination of America with Great Britain. of his skin-deep friendship with the United States. the European nations were agi tated by doubts. with the Of brotherly group. as chances fell. for heretofore. that. he a force far the present and perhaps to be lie is greater in the future. lie - is the great growing. It must be said of this Slav. notwithstanding what has hap is pened and great in is to be here related. that when the time came. he sprang into the ranks and fought for his adopted country. his . nor of his following lower grades of American politicians. II in the When the great culminating wave came they were all swept into the movement. as facing the combination the Russian should come ing - first. They were not quite a course. Naturally. Naturally. millions. too.

but whatever his fntnre may be.12 ARMAGEDDON. It may be possible that the Slav. the day of the Slav has not yet come. may yet direct the altairs of the world. that he should be for a moment combina with the Slav and the Latin tion. is to be the successor of tin- Anglo-Saxon in a material and philosophic way. That the ierman Kmperor should been even tempted toward such an alliance was a thing extraordinary. The land which gave birth to the founder of Christianity bows to the prophet Mahomet. he learns languages more readily than does . and the . as ural. enforced by militarism and its new-born one of any other race. developing on ne\v lines. It was strange. an unconscion able thing. as the event might prove. his strong spirit. it was remark-able and uncouth. lie but struggled toward his triumph or his fate. The Russian Kmpire moved ( was nat toward have- the Anti-Anglo-Saxon alliance. in this though there are other strange incon world s sistencies in the affairs. priestly domination is being regulated and modernized by Tolstoi and other thinkers of Russia. and he fights well in a sort of kismet \vay.

forced themselves northwestward until they reached what we call the English Channel. the race that broadened the Chris tian religion. we are all Teutons. In the area of acres including what is now consolidated Germany. in the fury of seizing and populating land. and then. since he liked to pose. the race that did rather a neat thing at Waterloo. or the American as in the Cromwellian wars. the race that has peopled with the wild places of the world. temples of India of 13 know not the gentle religion Buddha. or . to have posed as the dean of the Anglo-Saxons! Of course. the Emperor of Germany ought to have been proud and defiant in the matter and. lies the land from which upsprang the fellows who made trouble for Qesar there was one Vergincetorix who was a beauty and they were Teutons who. Ancient Germany was to Great Britain as Great Britain is to America. strong men the race which. flung over to an island and found Angles and wolves and seized upon the land washed by the Gulf Stream and made a new race of their own. Why. when its sons fighting among themselves. with Hengist and Horsa and the rest. the war of the Revolution.THE REDDENING HORIZON.

religious and influences trended that way. Firstly. As a matter of fact. A somewhat like ex planation would apply to It was so with gree. peror and some of the (ionium failed. blood and religion counted. though all in a lesser de As for Spain. com plications were such that war with the out sider was at least less bad than the civil war impending. blood and family relations. and lastly. and. geance-seeking venom the desperate ven which could be bottled . and very consistently. though war. train ing. France had been with Spain throughout the Spanish-American and most dominant. belief and blood.r his country. has a1\vays well. those who. f&amp. hav ing read old school hooks alone. in heart. Italy. to see the logical attitude &amp. her attitude was not unex pected save to the ignorant. financial relations. for As regardless of nature. in addition. Fmat his advisers an important moment. still dreamed that France and Russia were natural allies of the United States. secondly. Here too.M ARMAGKDDON. and under stress loo. traditions with that unhappy empire the time for change and experiment had come. done exceedingly lint Civil war.

racially and religiously. as in . was hers. perfect save for the grumbling of a por tion of the German people. the isolated. Yet the Foreign Office was reticent. men of weakening race though individually strong. Great Britain. The great men who organ ized it were men of earnestness and power. But ever. recognized the situation. and strug gling persistently against the evanishment of racial potency which some inexorable law had gether. and the Premier blandly informed all questioners that Great Britain was at peace. She fostered and not altogether in selfishness. Austrian and the beaten inhabitant of the ing peninsula were to Anti-Anglo-Saxon combina tion.THE REDDENING HORIZON. and Portugal was with her. southwestern European The r decreed. There was arming in Australia and in Canada. recognizing the decadence. as a matter of The totter course. and there were significant movements of bod ies of troops in India and on the Nile. be it said her closer growing relations with the United States. And in the recognized impending emergency her liber ally governed colonies drew nearer to her. 15 up in a proud and belittled nation. began to assume a definite form.

tin- Men had not taken into consideration Ap- In this circum pleton and the Wild (ioose. as did all thinking men. night.irth&amp. won dered and pondered and guessed.und of hammer 1 upon be racial? Would the almost inevitable war Would it be religious? Would it be simply political with a view to divide territory of the weak:&quot. underneath though hardly enough lie to unbalance or really frighten him..if) ARMAGH!)!)! &amp. day am llashud forth red.\. but hardly conceived the mag nitude of the coming e. Xever in the history of the world s political events were those directing such affairs more doubtful and perplexed. for none had ever heard of either. stance there was nothing from the foun As the statesman walked. tires and ever. . was heard the M&amp.|uake. America. rivet in tlic shipyards. the earth heaved his

CHAPTER II. because of his fellowship with algebra. David Appleton had been my classmate at been. some pre the situation ceding and some growing out of a s outlined in the last chapter. my friend. most un justly unpopular with me and my group there. DAVID APPLETON. and ultimately were affected by. David Appleton. his intimate . truth to say. particularly as This is to tell of certain events. we two unknown men. encamped on an Illinois prairie. while navies fretted the seas. studying with varying thoughts and passions the strokes and parryings of the nations. held counsel over our special perplexities. While statesmen and princes brooded and struggled over problems of public policy and craft.DAVID APPLKTUN. He had surpassing facility in calculus. meanwhile looking out on the broad world with curious eyes. and armies shook the earth as they marched and counter marched. they affected. too college.

. who contrived the charming system of pulleys by which.I ARMAGEDDON. in though 1 totteriuglv. one niglii. L pon my return home from Nicaragua.efore our became warm frienils. though. where had been \\ith the I Canal Commission. There came a locomotive time. when he abandoned his of lice and regular business and was not seen among his friends for months. bin to some extent as an inventor that Appleton It was he excelled. It I have been his associate and as was not merely as a mathematician. he was well regarded because of his assistance in enabling his weaker brethren to pass. even in his college clays. I was making vain in- . The gift hundred yards trom of invention grew with him after he engaged in the struggle with the world. lie invented something about a and made money. we raised an amiable cow and her tethered upon the roof of the chapel building. I the examinations those studies. and it was he who devised a left cut-off for the gas mains a the university. Appleton has been a looming figure and sistant. and affectionate relations with conic sections. while at the same time. graduation he and Anions^ those ii] (rising with the great events of the last year.

upon the outcome of his in vention depended in a measure at least. rather distinctly approved . been as sentimental as drifted apart. In each enter prise he was. He was experimenting and promoting an invention of his own which is The explanation conceived he declared surpassed everything of its kind in the past. \Ye had in a way. imagined that he had me as much in mind. But what was most important. as I look back now. The outcome of the love affair depended. furthermore. comfortable because of it. which appealed to me most strong I had thought often of him but had not ly. as he confessed later. 1 We of were more the lank. It was Appleton s Yet he had. to an extent. quiries for for 19 Appleton when one day he sent me.up to his neck. as subsequently appeared. he was in love. upon the success of the invention. I. of my friend s absorption not a long story. &quot. and.&quot. the flaming up of the former friendship. as he said. sudden reversion to our old association.DAVID APPLETON. and now we came together again in Chicago. was that. the location of cer tain boundary lines defining the mastership of the great nations of the world.

he had chased a red squirrel alon^ the wood-bordered rail fence of some Wisconsin farm. his face. each of us.^ brain of the constructive sort. his hopes or do not know how it his disappointments. T tell what vaulting ambition was in him or from what trend of thought. one day. when. and the skin lay close and smooth upon when. I cannot tell. I know very even now. of successes or his failures. as lie left brown his chair .lt. lie was simp]} a man witli a I bi&amp. and 1 suppose no one can for should know if anyone the story of the de velopment of Appleton s mind after he left college surcharged with the sort of informa tion which miidit aid in ^reat work. he fully opened his heart to me. llis body was as health} as his mind. or end in nothing. him with twenty-five thousand or thirty-live Neither can thousand dollars to the i^ood. while his eyes at were as clear as ten years of ai^e. fellow.and walked back and forth with his hands in his pockets. sold to the railroads. begotten of his . over thirtv years of a^e. of his earl} business career. which. little. Here we were. llis I came that he fumbled his way through to lett that device.20 ARMAGKDDON. There was a clean health} look about him.

&quot. withal. we always under stood and helped each other. help. &quot. there has seemed to be a connecting link between it us. but I hope Anyhow have thought if in some strait you needed that. which. . he said. came to him broader design for more hazardous but more splendid conquest.DAVID APPLETON.It comprehend gether in t it. were pretty close to weren t we? Though we so very close together socially or in the ways of the college fraternities and all that sort of thing. Maybe I you do not comprehend the thing is as I do. in a way. unlimited pluck he had and. I. We college. for what we call a man. at least. an imagination and fancy and dreaminess which made him some times almost womanly. though we have corresponded indifferently. He was always reticent in this regard. be closer than is came longer continued and with most men. Pretty good combi nation that. there came less nearly correct ty. because of a host of things of which I will tell later. wasn t it? s all queer. through an association. still. but. perhaps. have mutual. 21 work. and weren since the old studying time. you would send for me. usual material for doubt Unbounded conclusions as to his quali ambition he had. somehow.But I think you ll &quot.

and that affects my life at its core as it touches the possibilities of the future with the about. you felt man in the world to \\hom &quot. have some thousands of dollars. have as an inventor. that way &quot.t. who will be a friend and confi There are labors aside from the sheer thought to be productive and there is manual work to be done. I suppose 1 1 woman I have told you must be an isolated per arc the only I Anyhow. I have a threat enterprise in which I shall need an assistant dant. after a fashion. It has come in my As a beginning of what have to I say to you 1 I \vill summarize the situation. have abandoned which was successful. way toward vein. must have a brother to I and straightforward conduct of the enterprise. have a new thought an idea of entirely new application I in this connection.DDOX. My success from a worldly help in me a legitimate point of view is involved. and my regular business. and since I abandoned my self to this particular undertaking there have . There arc money considerations. son. am working upon a weights into the air. and holding them there without support from below.I could appeal.22 felt ARMAGF.1 fn&amp.

peril. Prob ably this sharing will be to your good. whether he be one in cards or stocks or in the broader and better game where minds are strained to some purpose.&quot.DAVID APPLETON. an opportunity friendship. me? As your helpful it ability. I ve fect understanding of me. largely consists of your nerve and per As to that. made up my mind. where even the fu ture affairs of nations may be affected. know that I have thought of what no other man has conceived.Ml this nip-ht 1 before. and have done that which has not been done . but Will you help am to right in my idea. enough at least to make you already and of course you will prosper should the undertaking succeed. so far as my purpose goes. safe. you can determine. The details I will tell I you. After that. arisen 23 I new difficulties and perplexities. and more Appleton said. as I firmly believe You will have plenty of hard work. and that could think and dream of nothing but . for the exhibition of your and a chance to meet infinite bodily at last \y:m will share with me what comes to the large gambler upon a large scale. but you must take your chances. it will. I can offer you some money.

24 AR. his him and enthusiasm. being with great sliding doors on the west. long room was open on one side. or rather barn. Looking toward the water one saw the gracious outlines of the waving elms and strong-limbed oaks which lined the shallow stream. \Ve passed through the rooms directly to The the space provided for the machine. the prairie rolled. most of the room being used at as a workshop. for it was lofty. and in this his treasure was enclosed. and pia/.MAGKDDOX. and fitted there- was a framework outside resembling some what the platform of a boat house. a greener island It in the sea of green. The next day he out through the western verge of piloted the city and to the prairie where he was at me work. west and south. It was all . and toward the north. A small space fitted the south end of the building had been as an office up this from few end a rude and living rooms. From rough boards Appleton had built a long wide shed. on the western bank of the Des Plaines River. was a quiet place./a extended but a feet over the unbroken prairie sod. broken in the distance occasionally by an or chard-surrounded farmhouse.

DAVID APPLETON. directly and sim the explanation of his invention in terms suited to the comprehension of a lay ply. . strange and to 25 new to me. and I was interested when Appleton proceeded. man.

I can only do so in what the a general way and within my limitations. became identified With no weight to speak I meant vast buoyancy. not a good person to tell suppose invention was. numberless experiments.and me. to the end of our &amp.. and were of great service to us. after with the enterprise. trying to tell about lie had engaged the s invention. services of some elever fello\\/.26 ARMAGEDDON. and they were working for him ly. all of one fami- think. Appleton. it .gt. feature was a great torpedowith an aluminum exterior. with a greater weight it meant less buoyancy and more dis aster following the inevitable after experimental alighting. though not confidcn- tiallv I so as was an I odd fellow who came later. It s Applcton I pretty hard work. The shaped thin^ thickness of this aluminum covering was a am The main matter of constant and violent debate between Appleton of. had decided to take much thought and .tay on the that prairie. CHAPTER If!.

lie was. What other and . too much of a dreamer. buoyant thing. looked ing toward some new venture in aerial experi ments. when he gave I his views on the sub &quot. But. ject. Appleton had gathered together as far as he could. mand. as he modestly called it. I had thought. saw plainly that Appleton s Lift machine. I was doubtful at first. he had reservoirs of compressed and liquified air. He had stored electricity.ON THE chances with as utilization this PRAIRIE. he had wonderful contriv ances for the reduction of friction and the reduction of weight as compared with force. to make it and to rely upon the of the vast force he had at his com first tried. but I ve long had faith I ve always had since a navigation talk years ago with the most famous of living in aerial inventors. the forces necessary lor the something same above as immersed in one accomplishment of his work. Up to this time 1 had felt no ground ed and established faith in Appleton. dreamer though he was.&quot. and which was now being in driving in a certain direction floating in a surrounding the below. 27 light as possible. something entirely element. he had sense and he had the accretion of much learning in his short but full years of work and study.

numberless experiments. and were of great ser\ ice to us. I can only do so in what the a general way and within my limitations. and they were working for him ly. s Appleton I pretty hard work. Till-: PRAIRIE. with a greater weight it meant less buovancy and more dis of.26 ARM AGED DOX. The shaped tiling thickness of this aluminum covering was a The main matter of constant and violent debate between Appletoii and me. CHA1TKR OX It III. lie had engaged the services of some clever fello\\s. Appleton. I am not a good person to tell suppose that invention was. had decided to take much thought and . though not confiden was an odd fellow who came later. feature was a great torpedowith an aluminum exterior.tay on the tially so as I prairie. With no weight to speak meant vast buoyancy. all of one fami- think. to the end of our &amp. trying to tell about s invention. after I became identified with the enterprise. it aster following the inevitable after experimental

and which was now being first tried. something entirely immersed in one element. 27 light as possible. What other . Up to this time 1 had felt no ground ed and established faith in Appleton. he had sense and he had the accretion of much learning in his short but full years of work and study. buoyant thing. ject.ON THE chances with as this PRAIRIE. saw plainly that Appleton s &quot. dreamer though he was. the forces necessary for the accomplishment of his work. to make it and to rely upon the had at his com mand. But.Lift as he modestly called it. Appleton had gathered together as utilization of the vast force he he could. in driving in a certain direction something floating in a surrounding the same above as below. when he gave I his views on the sub and ing machine. lie was.&quot. looked toward some new venture in aerial experi ments. too much of a dreamer. I had thought. he had wonderful contriv ances for the reduction of friction and the reduction of weight as compared with force. but I ve long had faith I ve always had since a navigation talk years ago with the most famous of living in aerial inventors. and he had reservoirs of compressed liquified air. I was doubtful at first. He had stored far as electricity.

(liven &amp.28 iiHMi lind self ARMAGHDDON. At present.ary above the earth and maintain tion is a fixed posi an not accomplished tact. we do be produce a machine which can connected with some gas-lifted tiling. He had succeeded.&quot. 1 le had sought something which would have strong propulsive machinery of the lightness desired. night I The the quality of the famous inventor had said that Tie knew so well remembered: the power. power to rise & with sufficiently less re of the carried weight at present neceslatively to produce the ])ower. at and which has not weight as is the its same time such driving a will oltset power. Applet&amp. learned rind what he had devised hiinhis. were problem.n had some idea. as usual with him. told the simple. n-\] truth. geniusb&amp. and now I &amp. It was worth . dirigible What vast lacking in ot to make is something with and weight so light power propulsion that the weight is not a counterbalance to thing iloating the air the effect produced. Aluminum is a good thing. after a fashion. 1 had heard this state As a wondering lad ment from a source which commanded re saw clearly that the inventor spect.

and strong at the same time. was as thin.ON THE PRAIRIE. Here the motive power. like a The metal torpedo. it. fresh from college. and in this was the powerful driving force upon which Appleton relied. machine was it. 1 bungler have no right a . am at anyway. built. though put together I in the prairie barn where now beheld The thing was about seventy feet long and fifteen feet across and it looked. comes J in again. Appleton s main reliance for the initial lifting shall I call it floating medium? and was made of aluminum. which I must not too clearly specify. Filled with would float of itself with quite an up ward pulling power in addition. It is worth a dollar or two a pound now. I cannot describe the device. and. Plugged close to it. 29 eighteen dollars a pound a while ago. He had practically taken the Cleveland in that city the men into his confidence. because some clever young fellows of Cleveland. as said. as anything of gas. in any case. attached rigidly and barely lifted let when loose with the torpedo-shaped thing was a sort of boat or carrier. it its kind could be. and the metal which lies in every clay bank is now given to the world for a moderate price which will be lower still. invented a new process.

hut I do know air. when Appleton touched certain buttons. The manner in which. except for the new motive power here employed. air did much that Imped &quot. go this way or that way com all this presupposed the There had been other in ventions of the sort almost as good in most ways.ap was such that Appleton could make paratus the device go up or down at his pleasure. 1 aid machine and heard Appleton tell about had but one ambition to help it along. the luting or the forward driving or the back ward-putting screw blades revolved. The steering. The tiling once Of course. lifted up into the for. and he had at his command such enormous re spectacle sources could. said. at his make mand. that it ARMAGEDDON. as might in perfecting it. and be lifted 1 up over that green prairie in it.things \Ylicn a wind as came.&quot. was a worth seeing. Appleton the It doesn matter. it seemed to me. too. the force was altogether of the although Appleton was experimenting much with electricity. 1 were t different.30 to describe this.. Appleton though. with accuracy. 1 resolved to . calmest weather. k rom moment saw that it. in the \\a\- of driving power that he under it certain favorable conditions.

s 31 man stand by him to the end. and was as absorbed in the new idea as Appleton him self. quite adapt ourselves to the winds of the upper air. the world progress. I shall not give de tails. We could never. . and one of us went over to the cabin and made arrangements for bringing back the paraphernalia. The hundredth becomes exclamation points. but there were the usual troubles of in ventors. They were too much addicted to carrying us away with them. with such gradual slope as we could command. thusiastic dreamer with him. We. had moved out to the big barn-like structure on the prairie. always within a mile or two of home. to the peaceful prairie. The two horses which we kept in the old shed outside the big building had become accustomed to dragging the great invention back and forth. one of the world s Cer tainly here was a chance. proud as we were of our machine.ON THE join the earnest PRAIRIE. after of the all. and I became an en Dreamers make Ninety-nine out hundred fail. working force. There were difficulties worth overcom Within a week I ing. There came trouble. accepted the situation and drifted downward. necessarily.

gt. intelligence.32 riiey ARMAGEDDON. That big brute. Really. .ricn whom them I will tell of later waLn&amp. broad ot shoulder. but was the sufferer. t building. Don t tell me that a horse hasn Those horses. it doesn matter. lint they were pretty nearly that way. They knew instinctively when disaster had come and almost Miorted in their stalls when they saw ()T&amp. They knew that the} pedo the tiling had to drai. sort. were not harnessed as horses of the fire departments of ^reat eities may be. reached our haven at ease work when we we found sitting 1 on our stoop suppose I should say sounds too ambitious a pia/ I Really. of his. that preposterous tor hack a^ ain to its resting place in bii. in a mo ment. but that lie was voung.n coming with its in to hitch all to the old derrick ready for use. with that he that big head knew owned I a coming more and or less practicable air traverser went ahead stolidly. However. stranger. t some )ne day a day of hard at night. as I tell him. somewhat struggle. indignantly. entered into the spirit of the great 1 was worried. ( Appleton is getting and I am. praise. a medal of am the one man who outfit to have most of the nobodv. but nothing affected Appleton.

and seated himself on the steps to talk with the visitor. but the general aspect of the face was that suggesting a combina tion of faithful follower and aggressive citizen. troduced himself as &quot. shoulders at times when enforcing a proposition. his questioner that Appleton told we were probably the men he sought. of South the Halsted Appleton. a defiantly appealing turning out ward of his hands which was most effective.&quot. O O Brien. 3 . at leisure. looking- newcomer thoughtfully. but steady. and examined Leander O Brien He had a queer hunch to his and. although we were not flying much just now. They were gray and the lashes and eyebrows were not well defined. &quot.Are youse the fellows getting machine?&quot. seemed to remember vaguely the ancestral O Brien. His eyes were of the watchful sort. I seated myself as well. man O at Brien. son of old Street.Leander Brien. 33 trifle below the medium lie arose as \vc approached and in height. up a flying he demanded of Appleton.ON THE deep of chest and a PRAIRIE. The young man seemed a sort of blithesome fighting animal. His hair was cut short and so was his coat.

we d had a lot of Leander () linens. youse the man who man O lirien?&quot. will be in comparison with straight-rimmed Derby hat of ilau s aggressive \Yhv. enormous oceans. he announced. the on the signal service station are dumb .Can I go \vilh yousc?&quot. I can must digress about that help it hat.34 &quot. and we have great signal service system and we think we down to are clever. in stead ot the signal service stations which cost so many thousand dollars apiece a year. ll go anyway!&quot. I believe that if. am )avid Appleton. everything pertaining to landscape even until you get dells a bosky and sparrows and worms. old &quot.& are not and never that his.Youse t one then the must take me. \\Vre a great coun a beautiful country lying between two try. in fact.&quot. Talk about your (lags which lly from thev the top of some it. honestly.I &quot. signal service station! in it weren in it t &quot. I helped niy father. and there are vast blue in land seas and forests and mountains and I 1 prairies and.Arc ARMAGEDDON. but. Then thrusting his hat far at implored hack on first O Brien. looking other of us: &quot. we d be bet ter off. It is part of things. his head.

J lis idea of eight o clock in the evening had consisted of some bad gas lights on South Ilalsted Street and of start- . with the greatest I depression immediately over the left eye. noticed that this particular tilt of his hat came. suppose it were set fair. things were going well with us in the estimation of Leander O Brien. if tilings hadn t gone in our estimation as they should have gone. tilt usually. 35 It set fair or it thing s compared with that! or it set doubtful with a deadly ac stormy curacy beyond anything all the officers of the signal service have ever yet been able to de vise. O Brien s hat had a long. with the purple twilight. five degrees. and low.ON THE set PRAIRIE. Contrariwise. of habit than of hours. but it I think was rather an action a matter of fact. then Air. rakish to the front. As O never before known anything about Brien had probably a sunset or a purple twilight. then the that hat would his sit lightly at back of head and jauntily upon the an angle of about forty- his face would beam out so and glowingly that if the morning roundly happened to be a little crisp you wanted to warm your hands before it. For is if instance. Air. and our attitude regarding the rest of the world was either defensive or offensive.

with many blankets for his bed and covering. lie slept Lcandcr O Brien never on our porch that night. It I I I I I ly I apprehensive.36 ing hat (Hi adventures with &quot. aisle of a I church in the midst of ser still. from the moment left of enlistment. in a sense. When became elated. it set on the back of his head when saw it cocked deeplv forward in a low and lurking manner became to put it mild the air with which lirieii O these habits grow on us. that.the boys&quot. with the there adjusted as described. It seemed out if was. All became so that even studied the degree of tilt and the angle saw over his head in any direction. as a man should casually throw a brick at his grandmother or turn handsprings down the middle vice. as well say here. looked and the next morning at davlight as I . came to like and even to love wore his hat. hat It is true was something incongruous tilted in that rakishly- among the sweet surroundings of a gentle country casionally morning or midday or oc It somewhat foggy gloaming. might us. of place.

. but he was exceptionally intense. but there was a great white spot on one side of him which I was given to understand had been the I result of a most delightful pit-fight at the stock upon the hcaled-up. in detail. Behind him stalked a dog a beautiful dog. the hair . I will dog As have already said. 37 not noticed by me the night before. the figure was rakish while at the same time broad and try to describe the short. It was alarming. but with an individuality I ve never seen excelled. though there wasn t much sense in the im pression. like Victor Hugo s Gwynplaine. He always seemed to me green in color. It was a that belonged distinctly to a class. He was what is called a brindle bull-dog. he was a brindle. a beautiful dog in the sense that. The face of the dog was very yards. In a general way..ON THE PRAIRIE. He was he was so ugly as to be entrancing&quot. that is. dog&quot. The yellow and black and a certain bronze were so intermingled that the dog seemed to me almost a green. torn-out place having come in white some weeks after the encounter. but fascinating. pealed to I me think the shape of the dog ap even before his color or general expression. though without doubt he was then present with his master.

40 ARMACiKDDON. Yet she was. There was an incongruity about the whole blessed business. for she I 1 she sprang. only of mind than is the ordinarv voting woman. I don understand ho\v stich a fellow as have attained such a hold was something exceptionally worth having-. It seems to me that Appleton with his beetling brows and slouchy aspect ought not to have the right to make such a girl as Helen )aggart in love with him. tiful. at first. beau all. graceful and thoroughly . and slender of way. 1 good girl of the more highly educated and broader day.|iiite [V. waist and broad of hip. I t know how could to describe the girl. CHAPTER don t &amp. She was one of the nattiest and neatest creatures ever saw. and when she walked Applcton upon after perhaps just the thought commonplace. tall and well built and with the tact of making herself most She had presentable as to every outline. brownish hair and it hung in the right fluffy She was full of bust.

&quot. a girl who could see through a rough rind and recognize the real quality of the man. just as any woman should stick to a man with whom she has made the stake. Bless her heart. and I was noth ing but a big brother from the beginning.Here s a bright woman. she stuck to him as the bark sticks to a tree. The only thing Helen Daggart s that I objected to was that clothes fitted her too well. and so easily adroit and discursive of speech When saw her could not at first quite believe in the true heart of her. and she was not long in making her appearance I was startled be cause she was so beautiful and so well dressed. but aside from that I was nobody. . She had learned from Appleton that I was one of the things to be relied upon in the course of those two people in the world. 41 She must have been an appreciative and understanding woman to fall in love with Appleton. which I came after great wards to know so well. The fact that she had so fallen in love rather I reconciled me to her before I met her. It did not make any difference whether I had a collar on or not. that I She paid little or no attention to me. said to I myself.THE LOVERS.&quot.

and. then came a conversation between the two lovers which 1 could not well help hearing. Furthermore. Those tailor-made suits cost money and she was too for anything. the advance. some sort of the judgment . all sonal affairs and I She was talk and of their per that sort of thing. she had opinions. that. and want t to say here. it The to strain on the man first is too much. didn know the difference though she between an air pressure and a hoc-handle or between a and a wheel-barrow. Hut they reached us eventually. though resolute was. there having been rain and the alluvial deposits of the prairie being par ticularly muddy at this time of the year. her family owning a coachman and horses. yet she had. to put it mild ly. lie has donhly admire. On the day she came out to see us at the big shanty the manner in which she made her appearance was not dignified. in her piston feminine wav. She drove out of town. when a woman prizes tailor-made clothes and lias opinions as well. something more of a wallow than a rush. trig&quot. s going too far.42 ARMAGEDDON. ing to him of his invention. frankly. Xo woman has a right to have tailor-made clothes and opinions too. Xo\v.

although she still murmured something of her wish that he could be &quot.more practical. and she would listen to him patiently and smilingly. the girl. They was talked and talked and the end of it all that. each of these people lived for the other. and applauded his work. demonstrate to her that it could not but succeed. She left him more reluctantly necessary. as a woman can do. Nevertheless.&quot. she was mostly wrong and Appleton was mostly right. Then. which is 43 brutes of males logical quality not always just at hand to us big who pride ourselves upon our which sometimes fails. Nevertheless. all three of us together. She was a very interesting study for me. We than it seems to me was came outside the big rectan gular building. before that. who was worthy of him. the peculiarities of his invention and. It was beautiful lie would explain to her just to hear them. and.THE LOVERS. because he was so absorbed in and determined upon what he should do. just as we three were standing . in tech nical language. finally encouraged his resolutions. while she had no more idea of what he was talking about than a kitten has of the geology of the Dog Star. they had said good-bye to each other.

ami talking and par! ing.:. where 1 could not see them and.&quot. later. and Applcton fell deeper and deeper in love. and 1 I mo:-t men have. She would come out there it so trim and jaunty. was sloshy I in my have admitted that availing myself of poetic license. suppose. i don t sup tell you he was subjugated. what should tliosc two people do on this occasion hut contrive to drift away Aether around the corner of t&amp. just from the perspiration. the 1 \Vell. pari again. just ing summer dress of gossamer and lace. I so hard on those I hot days that. sooner or knows what subjugation is. but I It s onlv an exaggeration of an un retract. Many more visits Helen made that summer. that girl would come out in all her tailor-made-ness or still more distract pleasant ! fact. of this because any need explain much pose one who has anything to do with women. and might be two thou sand and ninety-five decrees in the shade. we would And this be just reeking under the heat.44 ARMAGEDDON. and . and the lace rufile around her white throat have any remote decree of limpness about it. wouldn t is but a simile we worked shoes. am when Appleton and \\ere that way. As for Appleton and me.

and. probably.THE LOVERS. dogged. We were as a ship is when there comes whirl ing toward it a great water-spout in midocean. snow ruflle around her throat irritated No matter how wilted we were that everlast stiff ing lace thing would stand up there. but when that blooming tailor-made suit with its filling rose up against the horizon we were gone. in her hands. as for me. out of regard for safety. resolute man. \Ye were as a caravan of the desert . 45 That frost and me. under the rule of this creature of flesh and bones and white skin and fine garb and diploma from a swagger women s college. and Well. A little stiff er clay than Appleton was. her superiority over us as to throat surroundings is but a fair illustration of her superiority in other ways. apparently as the clay which can be squeezed into any shape. Appleton. be as cool as a cucumber. I my own I kept aside as much as possible. was I is a sort of clay in her hands. immaculate. there another girl who knows a good deal about kneading herself but there we were. Appleton might be full of a great idea about some lit tle improvement in the machine. too. was. because wasn t her particular clay in fact.

She had the wisdom of the college and the firmness of her convictions. ty. Appleton has better. most excellent marble to be &amp. You know what I mean.haped into a heroic and symmetrical figure by her own fair hands. a sort of I 1 I a&amp. She was in no doubt of love with Appleton there was have said. but there was no dominance apparent when Miss )agat least. I D DON in u]&amp. Kverything became then a little brighter and a little Men arc weak creatures. there was gart and he were together no dominance on his side of the house.4^&amp. 1 dominant way with him. mo&amp. Yet. we were glad to see her is when the sirocco looms the far dis is tance. over he knows that \\itiiin the his the prairie next minutes one end of are all house and his wife cousin and his two best mules and his barn going to be wafted into the next coun That s what \ve were when that girl came. a great lump of \Ve were as the Kansas fanner when five s the cyclone and comes twirling& That charming young woman simply arose and was tall.t . something in his queer that as character had appealed to her. A R MAC. manner of their love-making was al The ways most interesting to me. but she thought of him

knew her. the warm admiration of the younger man. Neither father nor mother ever showed dis pleasure nor dissent at the affair between their One or the other daughter and Appleton. warm heart. and the old . there was a calm and ap parently comfortable acceptance of the situa tion. even distantly. that it seemed likely that Mr. from time to time. and Helen was as the heart s core selfishly. un her friendship. The charming old lady and her husband were still in love with each other. Appleton liked Mr. of each. Helen s mother was a woman with whom no one could be long acquainted without a I no sooner feeling warmer than admiration. than I wanted. women mold em and Lots of 47 take fellows to poor things then the fellows don t mold.THE LOVERS. usually accompanied Helen when she came to our prairie quarters. Daggart and admired him. Helen Daggart was the only child of Asaph Daggart. Daggart did not return in very great measure. and active brain. a man of substantial fortune. and yet Appleton knew. but this case was different. but we both re marked. and there are broken hearts sometimes.

and thread settled bare of but he to the most indifferent ob a seeker after was an inventor. &amp. when he would could never be become his.^ave &quot. couple knew that he kne\ condition of affairs me mueh uneasiness. lon_^ of hair. ilid men&quot. first. Helen s par could not object. to Appleents could see that from the ton. and so difficult to combat. the hostility bein^ intangible an the shoreless seas of material of time to was onlv a question the imaLMtiatii m A &amp. if &quot. wild of eye. the unknown and It adventurer upon creation. personally.48 ARMAGEDDON. 1 and although Appleton never spoke of it. home he was the marked victim already of a fixed idea. the hitherto impossible. He was as straight of i^rain as it men are made and showed server. that they were solidly and tirmlv set upon in some way break ing np so tlie love-match which seeme&amp.s& eonld see that it was by no means out of his mind as a subject of rather painful meditation. Xo placid onlcrlv familv could contemplate the entrance into its circle of this .l to be rapidly forming under their eyes. of an There was trouble J m store for the lovers. The bother of it was that the opposition was perfectly unspoken.

in the visiting often to back and forth. Patient acquiescence. Appleton would fly away in his Daggart called the machine. and. Daggart. entirely subject. Sooner or later. well Open opposition. less often to Mr. Naturally. because of the heart willful was to them. The Daggarts loved Helen with absorbing parental affection. would only fan the flame of love. figure. and soon saw what their really wise and sensible plan of campaign was. 4 . way and inde bond between them fell all. that was the tone they adopted. but soon I grew earnestly so in my effort to reach their inner consciousness.kite. Daggart. I There was no deep strategy in them. here s the rub she loved them devotedly and of though apparently pendent. the wise old heads reasoned. and.&quot. and discover their plans relating to Appleton and Helen. and there was no telling what mode of deliverance would then naturally come to save them from the threat&quot. as Mr. At first I was mildly interested in them both.THE LOVERS. they knew. it my lot to talk to Mrs. gentle endurance of the inevitable. 49 with any moderate degree of equa nimity.

After I divined it their ill-concealed nutter- ings. across the ocean. by their very . their friendly visits and invitations. set in his Appleton felt the obstacle they way. oh then. ways and doings became as an said nothing to Appleton. and in a little time she would forget Appleton and fall in love with some comfortable and wellbalanced person not unlike Asaph Daggart. the parents thought. and yet was thrown out of the of reasoning straight friendly method manner. suspected nothing but was simplv puz as is the manner of lovers. even dead. Then. or land. their forced interest in Appleton and his invention. upon There the roof of some nearby sky-scraper. over the wavs to me. room for speculation and hope was certainly of a good riddance. Appleton might sail family alliance. perhaps. they would tend the &quot. limp and ignominious. 1 of old folk. and bring it back to life.50 filed ARMAGEDDON. or drop into it.poor broken lily. all their simple open book \\lio zled. and be happy ever after! This was the scheme of the parent birds. then lint Helen!&quot. marry him. when once the inventor should go away on his cloud-racing hobby.

Whether she was or not must forever remain a question. . 51 Helen seemed utterly unconscious of all around her except Appleton.THE LOVERS. I could not read the mind of that fair young woman.









gressed, and

months \vure on our work pro became gradually acquainted


of the practical difficulties in



soon saw



Ap many
in its

other inventions, this one was hampered

complete and perfect development by want of money. "\Ye must always take second or third


Appleton one day, after an is faihire in an experiment. "That abject what ails the machine from end to end. need the best metal, wood, silk. rope, wire,



best, bnt

\Yentworth, old boy, need more money!"


ve done

The bi^ man sat down on the i^rass with a look somewhat drooping, for him. bnt after

there was nut a line of real discouragement

in his face
\\ e


ti^ tire.

time, going over the problems in hand one by one. and when tinpalaver was over we neither of us knew very

talked for a


to do, but




we had

resolved that

something must be done, and at once, and we were sure that the something to do was to

make an effort at least sum of ready money.

to raise a reasonable

Of course the features of the situation were almost pitiful. Here was a man of great brain
for his

seeking to do something which should be not own advantage alone but for the good
of the world, yet
for lack of

hampered and barred from accomplishment money. Off to the east of us loomed darkly a cloud upon the horizon. That was the smoke hanging above Underneath that smoke, among Chicago. the two or three millions of people, were two or three hundred vastly successful money

men who had

possession of millions

of dollars

and any one of whom, without


barrassment, could carry Appleton through to at least an ultimate test of the result of

There was but one course to be pursued now. Some of these men must be reached, and I, of course, was the one to

his thinking.

reach them.


There is no necessity for going over in de what happened within the next three or

four days.

selected eight or ten of the



promising of those who had made vast


railroads or lard or \vheat or



corsets and stockings .and things, or horses, and 1 was snnM>ed three-fourths of the time





great clumsiness




called. upon whom kept get more and more indignant and more de ting


honey-tongned. would go into the ante-room of a capitalist s office and, as I walked along the corridor, a



he mightily



as to

wohhly as to my legs and a little shaky what the result of the encounter would would say to myself: "Well, after all,

why shouldn

you override

this other tellow.


your equal neither socially nor intellectnail}-, and if some one were to tell him that Sam Weller was uncle to Paul and Virginia he would helieve it. simply hecause he had never
heard of any of the three. Xow. trace your self up and he a man when you go Then would reach an ante-room and meet




hoy and finally get into the next room where was confronted, almost uniformly, hv a clerk
ahout forty-five years,
for a tuft
\\ith a



face except

of side-whiskers



t it,


It s

odd, isn


those ante-room clerks

always have that thing below and in front of the ears? and I want to say of all of them,


suppose they knew their business, that each of them on every occasion which I can

call to

worm and

mind, treated me as if I were an angle as if it were a favor that I should

be allowed to go in and have converse with
his old millionaire,

whose trousers generally

bulged below the waistline and whom I could have thrashed in a minute and a half if I could have persuaded him to go out into the alley way with me. Well, I saw millionaire after millionaire and
stood so

much snubbing
a callous






my manhood, but, eventually, out of all the lot of the successful business men I could reach, I had three more
or less hypnotized. Talk about kissing the Stone! Why I would have tried to Blarney
kiss every

had attained


paving block in Chicago and to do on my hands and knees if I had thought it would have helped me! Even now I m proud of what I did. Not only did I impress
those old money-bags separately, but



communication and got them all figuring together and on one eventful afterin




noon we drove out, the three ami I, all in one carriage, to meet Appleton. to examine the new venture and to decide upon how


they would invest.


just a beautiful thing to

look upon

four drove up in the big carriage, for millionaires which, by the way. I had paid


arc exceedingly thoughtful with regard to the and then to dollar or so payments of life

Appleton and Leander awaiting us out

side the building.

noticed with a degree of surprise that Ap 1 do pleton had dressed for the occasion.

not think he had gone so far as to change his shirt; it was the same flannel shirt which he

had worn in the morning and, furthermore, it was a shirt with a transferable collar, that is to say a shirt on which the collar could be He had not worn a collar of late, changed. but now he had one on. I don t know where he got it, but it was a linen collar and one of the highest 1 ever saw; furthermore, he had







a brilliant

thing but

narrow; it was what I think they call a "string and he had tied it very well indeed. Its

general effect would perhaps have been a little better had he pinned it somewhere after first

it was as nothing compared with that of his subordinate. had simply laid himself out to meet the emergency.sack&quot. However. say somewhere about three-quarters of an inch on . I had never before realized the resources of the ready-made clothing &quot. 57 tying it. The to exhaust that subject faithful but somewhat tough O Brien evident ly recognizing the importance of the. I have never had the exact nearly as can tell at measurement. am only using the most truthful simile I can think of when I say that Leander was a jewel. He is shone. though fine the appearance of Appleton. But. else been somewhere exactness under write a treatise ties than in such precise I his left ear. of South Halstecl Street. pants (I say fitted ad and vest I him perfectly. would require a new and bulky volume. occasion. Mr. His suit known The plaid visedly) and fitted was what him tightly. would like to upon the question why neck have such astounding tendencies toward the left side of their wearer s neck. he scintillated. and had the bow. Leander O Brien. &quot.I DISTINGUISH MYSELF. as a &quot.Em I think I poriums&quot. when we drove up. but as this time and only from memory. of coat.pants&quot. each square of the plaid was.

ve I ever seen it.UiKDDOX. AR. 1 t O it llricn s hats an ordinary life. while Appleton looked abashed and apparently for the delecta tion of just such fellows as O rien. it was one of those hats which we had learned to recognize as pecu liar to Leander ( ) I &amp. he had brought some fancy blacking in from town. It was scarlet.rien. 1 had the most startling straight-out rim in )erby as to size. there isn t any such color as It s bull-dog. There was we drove up wa&amp. his great shoulders distending tiHitlv the coat of his . and the color was bull-dog and white. I my but that does not describe can only say.?S a side. lie had really l Of course a high white collar on. that sort of growling color that they get into plaids sometimes. ( a jaunt} swing to the fellow as he lounged between Appleton and the building. but you know what I mean. too.M. He stood four or five feet behind Appleton with Fit/ glooming in the rear as and. as well. but it and he had a tie was about nineteen times as large as the one worn by Appleton and it meant needn say any business. His boots were polished to the highest de gree. Ilis hat was one of thing more about it. there nothing of the sort in the appearance of )T&

sorts of millionaires: Here are the three First. and fight and faithfulness are just as good when they come from South Halsted Street as when they come from any university in the world. his broad. and went in together to look at the air machine and to have Appleton ex plain it and tell us about its possibilities and its monetary promise. It s funny about the men who are between fifty and sixty years of age and who have be of come most millionaires of I mean it s funny about them each seems to range himself into one of three classes. there man always bald forgot to say that about three inches I . and I think he s is rather preponderant. Meanwhile I I was all anxiety and full of di got out my capitalists and intro plomacy. there the man with side-whiskers and protuberant jaw and heavy eyebrows the first and is is commercially the dominant air. Second. and there was a look in 59 in checked suit. duced Appleton. and it is but truth to say that we felt we were tugs and they felt that they were galleons. Irish-American face that showed there was fight and faithfulness him.1 DISTINGUISH MYSELF. We were like a couple all we poor tugs convoying three great galleons. who was hesitant and troubled.

Well. well-dressed speculator and club man. Certainly. Jacob Arnheim and William Tuttle. big round-bellied. almost threateningly. answering to the law of chances of the dice among his sort. as we walked along toward where the air machine hung. an unfixed millionaire. red-faced.60 AKMAGKDDOX. there is the man with of hair. Leander O linen lounged watchfully and. this latter sort of millionaire a quite likely to be five gentleman himself. nothing had yet occurred to mar the peaceful and commercial . take it all around. we went in to gether. in the rear. a man who plenty weighs about one hundred fiftv-sevcn pounds and a half. Of the three. the latter. and 1 anxiously following. is In fact. is the one to wlmm a gentleman would most incline. who always wears full whiskers and shaves his upper lip. Appleton taking the lead. of course. it seemed to me. Klihu Hammond. keen-eyed. there is the pretty bad medicine. waning and waxing. across on the top of his head second. and who. Third. one out of a thousand. who bobs up. as I have said. who is liable to be a Sunday school superintendent as well as a is bank president. double-chinned. despite his frailties.

partly of allowance for the quality of mind which is expert at pencegetting and keeping. Four long hours passed. could have appreciated more keenly of the vast possibilities of his it summing up invention. so lofty and so patronizing in the of the millionaires toward us that There was something demeanor my mood. and which. near the end of the interview. was not a good ly nor a gentle one. this. further. Appleton became earnest . but O Brien was alert and critical of all that was evident that was going. necessary that my own It was and I Appleton should do the rest. in peace shall times. must say that he did it well. gives a the man who standing above greatness to can make two dollars take the place of one. work was introductory and general. or his estimate It is of his chances of success. four hours that I remember always with a feeling partly of rage and indignation. I must say. of the men to whom he talked. As we talked together. only fair to say but all my blood boiled within me through out the interview.on.I DISTINGUISH MYSELF. should succeed. that perhaps no other three men reachable could have listened more intelligently to what he his said. it 6l aspect of the occasion.

too certain that anybody who would but listen to him and hear all the facts presented must I could see that the blows agree with him. but in that glance of his to me there was a query as to whether there wasn t a remote chance of having some sort of an excuse for licking start to finish. . he knows that. I do not think that \ppleton. the bottom of my is to 5 T am afraid I heart. versation I Toward the end of the con saw his shoulders shift ominously once or twice.rien in his own way could see that. but his talk diil and eloquent and was clear and concise from and demonstration not appeal to either one of these three money-makers. I wonder Is it if there is anything anarchistic in in me? right in or wrong me that there antago nism against the smug man who had made a lot of money and who thinks. and he looked at me questionIt was all uncertain and he was obedi ingly.62 ARMAGF. quite understood the failure of his Tie was too earnest and absorbed. all should be my own mind a sort of there down in know. himself. effort. somewhere. felt a good deal as felt my deep-chested and short- . but of the blacksmith s hammer were falling upon cold metal: even ()T&amp. because of that. ent.

arguing. glittering. of the thing as I never had seen possibilities them before. Evidently Leander O Brien had been hard at work. almost white cigar. even as he warmed. Every expedient had been resorted to. The mechanism was all so ad justed that it could be worked and handled and so Appleton went on with his easily. illustrating. had preparation he could for a good of our blazing old invention. I forgot myself in I admired him. rather attractive in its way. loudly-plaided friend. make apparent talk. I saw the listening to him. The aluminum was polished and the thing stood there. explaining. of setting forth Once involved any part of his timidity tical in the work the nature of his invention and the his work of machinery. who was hovering behind with picious closeness. poor boy. that too sus made every showing off Appleton. but did the talk. have the same effect on the three old capitalists? Not a bit of it. Appleton forgot and became enthusiastic and prac and clearly eloquent. like a vast.I DISTINGUISH MYSELF. They stood there and asked an occasional question and looked . 63 haired and Leander. to to the laymen the nature and of the machinery intended to oper workings ate the craft.

Well. and when it was all through with and Appleton looked at them. Mr. Hammond?&quot. each otlicr and once in a nodded or went on. Appleton. his while. question being addressed to his companions. have agreed to work together or not at all. Arnheim looked up: &quot. awaiting some comment. I suppose you re don t know I ve a sneaking right. He didn t come. dream things of men of this sort. shook their heads as the talk it?&quot.&quot. \Yhat do &quot. Mr. of great me that he didn t. yawning. though. that we can t go into the thing: Good-after As he spoke. Bill However. to side with you. old Mr. Hammond s red face was inscrutable and he spoke slowly. at this present time.It you think of it. it seemed to me appealingly.&quot. It isn t exactly . since we ve liking for the thing. there may be something in it know said but I don t see any immediate money. I don t Oh. for the door. I I ll Mr. looked around and seemed half way inclined to come back. I m afraid. Tnttle.64 at ARMAGKDDOX.What do yon think about he said. Hammond started noon. but be fore he reached the outside he hesitated. &quot. the others following him. and it is comfort to a source. s one of the Mr.

while giving signs of saying something. So they passed out into the sunlight and climbed. east. . 65 clear to me how men some can kick themselves be cause of failure to do what they ought to have I ll done at certain time. sunlight to gether and stood there silently looking at the t. Hammond has been engaged in that occupation at frequent and long con tinued intervals within the last year. then my gorge had risen until it was stopped by plain want of room. and getting suddenly earnest and angrily enthusiastic means that a gorge in Anatomy but if has performed that particular exploit of rising. into their car riage and gradually diminished toward the where the smoke hung. and O Brien. didn We emerged into the disappearing carriage. pitiful to look upon. gorge rose. how and why it rises. Appleton said nothing and I said nothing. I is will at it He was the keenest of wit of the three. Appleton s face was He never lacked pluck. I am unfamiliar with a gorge. or any I was al thing in particular about a gorge As for me. my ways weak getting mad clear through&quot. even go so far as to wager that he yet. ponderously content. but venture to say that Mr.I DISTINGUISH MYSELF.

. I am the possessor of somewhere between twelve and fifteen thousand dollars of assets which can be &quot. he shook hands with me. then I didn t like the look of his eves.ay way and then. his best thinking. the lapse bein^ in the latter case that there is no practical carrying out of in as the quality of the situation dawned upon him. The old boy didn anything at all. thought very sensibly. it has been ^ood for I me to 1 that said Applcton and spoke: can jnd^ e. Applcton. suppose it s the same way when lie has taken three or tour drinks. I had I my say and it. Anyhow. calmly and confidentially. at but there \vns a sort of blankness and some thing in his least reminding one I of hopelessness in expression that stirred behiL. Should . that I Ins conceptions are snddenlv clearer. I am 1 s^ oiii!^ to have those dollars within my possession within the want to inform next twenty-four hours.&quot. in a Sometimes when he does some of flaming mood is.66 ARMAGEDDON. and you seriously. that they are gcin^ into your invention. me every fiber of my I thought very rapidly just then a fel!o\v is and. lie looked at me for a moment in a dazed sort of t &amp. am Ldad to say.As drew close near as realized upon at once.

it is likely to turn out. and remained silent. That night.And grove!&quot. as we were finishing our cigars on the crazy little porch we had been dedi cating a few last words to the late visitors I exclaimed as a kind of conclusion to the whole subject matter: &quot. could hear it distinctly.&quot.&quot. he walked t. his shoulders as usual and remarked sort of in a casual &quot. not smiling over my garbled ver sion of the poet s line. But he would say no more. 67 a man eyes? over twenty-one ever have tears in his I wouldn t give a cent for a man who couldn to his to Then he turned and went in alone invention. way: s Then he stalked off toward the stable to feed the horses and as he turned the I corner the loud plaid upon him cracked. said Apple- ton quietly. it seemed to. &quot. up me and looked me in the face and swung&quot.I DISTINGUISH MYSELF.that Beauty will give us the same verdict as has that jury of money-bags. the &quot. As for O Brien.What . Anyhow.That South Halsted Street the stuff!&quot. do you mean. I guessed what he meant.Gold rules the camp. Appleton?&quot. but looking at me with fire in his eyes. the court. &quot.

over the fields at the end of a rope scrubbing attached to the reeling. who tilled acres of farm land a half mile south twenty us. possessed a more shrewd intellect than her brothers. . and rounded shoulders for us whenever they were needed. The Swanson sons were ideal for our work. and then went their way without their great thought or comment. the sons his had as helpers four tall. MAKE PROGRESS. CIIAPTKK \YK \\ c VI. tumbling machine. Swedes. raw-boned oi C)le Swanson. west of The stalwart sons of Swanson were sometimes reinforced by his not less stalwart daughter who. or unemotional Swedes. added to her great strength and stature. from any source. as well as a shrill. penetrating voice which could be heard from an astonishing distance. for they had neither interest in nor curiosity about it. Xothing surprised or disconcerted these A fall of twenty feet. a a sudden jerk at any time. They bent their backs.68 ARMAGEDDON.

and he was. movements. In his eyes there sparkled the light of an inquiring spirit. Frederickson was a Norwegian. the Amazon. they looked long and searching!}* at our buildings and their surroundings. who. to be paid for by the s regular day wages. was more struction and human in con more than once Old Ole Swan- son had to give her a stern lecture impressing the importance of silence and secrecy as to our affairs. Leda. Her chief temptation was in con nection with a certain Christian Frederickson. where. AYhen Leda brought him on an evening walk toward our quarters the pair usually stopped active and even light in his at a respectful distance beside a clover field. 69 of the regular clay these experiences \vere received as a part s work. Toward the end of our labors on the prairie. when we were experimenting at night all . broad and red o( visage and hands. and nothing to be said about them. in his Sunday clothes. where he was employed.WE MAKE all PROGRESS. leaning upon the fence. came to see her regularly twice a week after his day s work was over in the railway machine shop. although heavily framed. some miles away.

and with such make success that she blushed and bridled whenever she met that gallant young bachelor. failed to try to )le Swanson s himself agreeable daughter. our real of work \vc of that kind far s had to be done over the fields. as it was. of course. to no member of which Hrien a petticoat can ever be indifferent. With the natural gallantry of his race.eda and her swain was Leander OT&amp. stumbling and running along over the uneven ground. Kspccially indignant at the display of natural curiosity on the part of the fair l. voice rising and falling in the pecttliar sing-song of her people. but all other manifestations showed that her heart . while we sailed and dipped arid slanted uncertainly around in the It i\\ er fields of after dark could hear. The frank far tial interest of these lovers in us was from pleasing.rien. essen to our success that little attention should be paid to our venture by the outer world. as she talked the strident tones of to Lcda Frederickson.7 ( i ARMAGEDDON. and occasionally \ve noted his deeper and yet thin harsh tones and we that knew the couple were following our movements. O had not to &amp. even \\hen they speak

faithful and devoted to be dropped from our service for any reason. O Brien cared nothing for Frederickson s sweetheart. however well they at rest. but in the end we decided upon O Brien for that place. There were times when we thought that Frederickson would make exactly the third hand we needed when our machine should go out in the world at last for actual work.WE MAKE erickson. PROGRESS. worked together. before long. Fred- In time. though. it was only the galling fact that any young woman fellow could for a he. moment look at any other Brien. alert and obedient. It was good to study the relations of na- . as. and a valuable aid he proved. were chafing and glowering al ways when each other. 71 was fixed on one alone and that one. but he and O Brien. the Norwegian became one of our helpers at night. when Leander O was present which rufiled his tered an hour or temper and at times embit two of his careless existence. quick. for. in reality. something happened which convinced us that O Brien was too useful. aside from every other consideration. at The trouble never reached the fighting stage. Frcderickson was too great of weight and then.

and . and there was water in it even in midsummer. a certain lustiness. There were many frogs along the margin who rather prided them selves on their vocal accomplishments and sang much at night. on the man-killing machine with which had often wandered away become identified. so to speak. and an incident of it. but dipped down into the creek and then rose again up the bank on the other side to straggle away The creek had to the village it was seeking. There were also snakes in the grass about. with her through the toward sundown on summer quiet country. One day I especially remember. prized walks I I heard hardly know what to call it a queer sort of squeak and tumble along the road which led away from the place where I was lying in front of the old barrack. alone and lay close to the ground. and it \vas a sort of laxation in contrast with the work I. Of these we never spoke to Helen. The country road lay white and bare and dusty. J becoming a part as nearly as I could of the romances and the comedies and the tragedies of the life of the grass. it might have caused us to lose our much days. tire s wild things \vith each other.72 t ARMAGEDDON.

the quality of the convolution of it left by the snake upon the white dust of the road. poor thing. Down the slope of the descent toward the creek came a frog gasping. 73 saw something very fine. and death was behind him. a curious interest in noting the manner of the trail. . so the chance of deeply interested were they. as I far as emotions go in I don t think they were aroused me at all until. for As trotted along. \vith each leap. although I ran out and along beside them. just as the frog had almost reached the creek in safety. the snake seized upon it by one of its hind legs and with contentedly to gorge prey at leisure. then came the blow across the snake with something picked up at itself its its drew into own coils almost instant death. while the frog floundered weakly to the water and swam to safety beneath the overlapping reeds.WE MAKE then 1 PROGRESS. So me. and leaping about seven feet at a time. most familiar of came the ordinary garter country. the one seeking life and the other seeking prey. keeping pace all almost with his the snakes of the desperate leaps. I felt. He sought the water. its hand and Somehow 7 the incident gave me courage. snake. Neither frog nor snake noticed me. Swiftly and steadily.

because save in a purely objective way I made it. whichever it was that Applelon utilixed. is from our work.&quot. with any decree of clearness that would appeal to an expert just what the improvements were.74 &quot. either in the qualitx of the force applied or in the ing or some bearing. Firstly. just as used It to. we got more and more of propelling power with slight weight. but ever with each for we never ventured far ascension little we did a better.ut am wandering away again. with his liquified or compressed air. working of some gear It was fascinating to of the air depths but it exploration it largely as is fascinating to a small boy to see how far he can go into a grave- . nor can I tell as an expert could about the steering apparatus. be of study. I cannot tell save that the propulsion eventually became tremendous and the power \Ve rose and of direction at least respectable. me. slight study of the scientific details of and secondly. hard to tell in detail how the machine 1 was improving . I thought. cause no matter lacking as I could not 1 how hard mv decree in all abilitv in am tell such direction.We ll ARMAGEDDON. fluttered slight and swerved. I P&amp. was this so. and its story. docile our difficulties I yet.

as two. Never. became somewhat brave our and.upstairs. I was somewhat elated mvself because own . I firmly believe was as much scared as 7 I Once &quot. performed our re spective duties with some degree of intelli gence and tact. selves. We had risen higher than usual that night. I went up with Appleton in that speculative thing in the darkness and in close sympathy with Leander O Brien. We were but as the driftwood which thinks not at all controlling current. helpmeet and friend. but obeys the direction of a it may be fairly said One night Leander Brien did something which bound him to us with more than the conventional bands of O steel and which settled forever the question as to operations of our venture should be our henchman.WE MAKE PROGRESS. and Appleton was blithesome of his in mood because some new gearing in his had worked so well and because vaulting opinion he just then owned the world. though. 75 yard of a dark night. though lacking the Leander put it. in all future who which was a dark one. who was. did Leander and I become really and thoughtfully coura geous. Yet of us that we did our best. w e inventor s uncon scious bravery. acquiring in a measure the calm ness of utter hopelessness.&quot.

Cruel lights mean terra eak&quot. to tell the truth. and breath began to use such . and I don know whether the power is Coiner to hold out or not. It v asn t much: we bewail to drop and dip. and. it troubled me.&quot.Cruel &quot.-to-happen feeling. though in our boat we seemed to be a little better off than usual. and. just then. AYe were at least five hundred feet above the looked me for a his almost under moment appealingly.Oh. ARMAGEDDON. T could see twinkling bravely and boldlv the lights of the city of Chicago and. at Then O P. were really facing a moderate northwind and holding ourselves in position. &quot. Cruel lights be handed! firma and beet s. fairlv we had gone up a little and scjuarcly and with less than the usual amount of sonie- thing-is-g oing.\Yc are a good way up. poet lights and I said to mvself. of that &quot. from our ahitude. some it was only that one of mv murderous friend Applcton s gearing.. but. That was all there was to Then it. t thing happened.had become hide-bound or something of that sort and that he leaned over and said to me quite complacently. cast there occurred to me the lines who wrote something about the of London.&quot. To the east. for (Mice.

and in some way. wild efforts with his packed-in became apparent to each of us that s we were going to have a close. not to say interview with that grove. something in I. with our slant and quality of descent and drift. This meant disaster of a sort you could describe in almost any sort of mood and with almost any kind of adjectives. O Brien and we jumped were ours to the places in at which we had learned such emergency as we went an angle all too sharp toward a grove for which the air-ship at that particular moment had conceived an impassioned and violent affection. evitable with the missed ihe trees. touching. wish could have been taken clown shorthand. Some how. 77 choice South Ilalsted Street expressions as made something simply which I classical. Appleton made our unaccustomed carrier lift up its head as we swooped down so that there was almost an But it was in inclination to the horizontal. couldn t miss it. but we did our best. To plunge into the top of a certain looming element of it seemed our We certain fate. downward There came a moment when. if we we should drop into the Des . and despite all Appleton it powers. downward drift that.WE MAKE PROGRESS.

&amp. we would be in worse strait still. We 1&amp. We caught fairly in a tree-top near the southwestern edge of the grove very near the river. and end to the machine. and we caught well and firmly.le the tops of elm trees. while the of us spread out about live acres ot green Unal&amp. tangled.78 ARMAGEDDON. had ropes and an anchor. should we miss it. force enough to keep us away up west. Should we land we would be in a bad way. three men. and to certain people. All at there strained loftily to the south once it shifted to the east and we were sorrv we had let the anchor eo. boat-shaped keel. under the prevailing There we were. close it now amidst \Ye dropped our anchor and took the chances. slanted distressinglv toward the unable long er to breast and remain stationary in the face of the northeastern wind. at this IMaines River. the machine was upon the grove. sitting in a little upon anything but an even though our frail carrier and its machinery were attached firmly. longer to resist the force of gravitation.ssil&amp. We were about one hundred feet above the ground and the wind was gaining force.&amp.le point.elow er}-. . which curved so involve a ]&amp.

as O Brien called our predicament. Anywhere except these . a penitentiary inmate or a blessed old father of a family. a sewer-digger. We weren t enamored of day s blue ether nor of night s less brilliant ether. On the contrary. despite cal all geographical and relations politi and sensible O Brien. As it was we didn t see any practicable way to get out of &quot.and I ll fix it! Something sudden! got to be did and mighty This tiling has got to be loosed and then go somewhere.&quot. 79 Freed now.WE MAKE PROGRESS.Youse just stay in s here. ing a green flag with a yellow harp upon and really hopeful Island of his kindred might possibly be al lowed a personal entity among the nations of his thought that The the earth. &quot. though assuredly we weren t in any hole. And then one Leander O Brien. &quot. We wanted to get down to where there were holes. each one of Leander whose relations was a one policeman. this Leander O Brien did some thing. he said.the hole. ready here tofore to march any day in in a procession flaunt it.&quot. we could land on the prairie. a hole was just what would have been appreciated just then. We wanted terra firma. a political boss.

5 . how.8o ARMAGEDDON. The anchor had clutched together some of the outspreading lighter limbs the elm. and saw the axe rise and fall. each blow severing a limb and lessening the re scribed. Gim me the He didn t wait for consent or orders. swung clear of the for est and we sailed to land quite gallan ly and gently and respectably half a mile away. as he reached the an chor. He grabbed the hatchet which we carried for emergencies and a moment later was over the end and slipping down the anchor rope. But what had become of O Brien? Had he been tossed away from the tree as the slender limb upon which he had entwined Tf his grip had held himself swung back? could he still have reached the ground? There was anxiety on our part. with a tear. the machine leaped aloft.. but O Bricn was all on&quot. and at the very top of O Brien. Thcy axe.&quot. woods! s only one way to do it. could merely thrust his way into a great mass of green leaves. the foliage of hundreds of little limbs dragged close together as de lie burrowed his way down some saw him with his legs and one arm twined round the sturdiest of the small limbs so massed. I sisting force until suddenly.

in but not seriously hurt was dead easy. and then. thing flipped.It O &quot. the limbs kept getting bigger until I got to the tree itself. PROGRESS. inches furder around should be the After that there was no question as to man to go with us.WE MAKE right. Brien insisted. who . blazes! I couldn t and I slid hung on when the down somehow and have slid down if the tree had been three !&quot.&quot. in re ply to our inquiries. &quot. 8l We found him.I any way. ragged and scratched.

but it was nominal. All commerce. to feel the influence of new ideas. The spirit of change and combination was universal. For months we had watched the progress of events and had known It proaching. There was unrest. hot. CHAPTER One VII.82 ARMACKDDOX. a crisis was ap was here and we seemed unreal. . The peace which had followed the SpanishAmcrican war was almost universal. It agitated the capital ists and reached even to the shopkeepers. ordinarily. Asia. America. Europe. breathless August morning we awoke to a world about to plunge in war. was upon the storm} waters or upon the threatening land no place where the dove of peace could rest. the last. through the world of trade and the seeking world which supplies . the news which came. could not realize terrific Xow that crisis it.Africa and the islands of the seas were There hurrying toward desperate conflict. It permeated all classes.

with of an unconscious selfishness begotten whatever race or races might be respon sible. It was a vague fear but a real one. In a room somewhere upon clouds rose from the horizon to meet them. and that commercial steps swift and ear nest should be taken with reference to the outcome. The girls might have been in a London suburb or . rather. The black clouds dropped from overhead and black simile. forces. world knew.WAR. us with what 83 the consciousness that we need from clay to day. All the world knew that the relations of the to nations All the upon earth were be readjusted. went new conditions and a to follow a great strug new arrangement were gle. either fallow or cultivated vicious or. to use an extenuating expres sion. and the thunder peals were terrifying. new upon were to be forcefully applied in places and with an aim to new results certain areas of the earth left. political. literary that new and social. as did the mapmakers. industrial. It was an undefined terror hard to illustrate by a the globe a group of girls might have been clustered dreading an approaching thunder storm. s surface here tofore ly.

firmly as to his acts in the It came strangely to be even throughout the races not actively engaged in the struggle. the climax imminent. for from the coast of it Kurope to the coast of China. These or ty. through the expressions of their statesmen and their newspapers. The popular mind what is is. girls more or could not have been more alarmed. re garding his race. Xever pulses in of so the history of the nations had the mau\ millions beat so fast: never had each man. thinking for himself. country-house outside of Chicago or in in a a villa outside of Vienna. feeling. or in a fragile home of some Mandarin in the interior of China. they they the felt felt it telt it in ilor neo: in the northern end of Japan where the\ Japanese hardly go themselves. the register of is plainly existent. to the ends of the visited parts America had of the understanding earth. after all. less brave according to their quali than were the nations of the earth.* ARMAGEDDON. They felt it dimly in the limits of the Malayan Peninsula. resolved more honestly and more immediate understood future. vital interests at stake. his religion and all Ins just affiliations. or of what immedi ately threatening. as has been .

Now the trade was more than quadrupled. the 85 United States had a bridge. highways the fact. trade a with those in same dependent upon highways parallel of Great Britain. Five hundred millions of Asiatic people. from the Cana ries to Puerto Rico. this vast and increasing trade preserved. A procession of though only huge steamers. Before the Span ish-American war only five per cent of the exports of the United States went westward. Such possessions had resulted the development of a vast American trade. crossed the Pa cific. world. and producing themselves only a tithe of the cotton they required. heavily laden. made in Such possessions had the statesmen of certain European na tions think. from Puerto Rico to the Isthmus. told before. or. a highway. and from Hawaii to the islands of the Pacific and all the Asiatic coast. to be kept clear forever as against any interference of the rest of the These highways must be defended. mostly cotton-clad. . to put it better. from the Isthmus to Hawaii.WAR. bearing cotton and machinery and all in its infancy. were now added to those who consumed the sur plus products of America. a bridge from the mainland to the Canaries.

the history and now that pros The United States and perity was imperiled. now open to the world. hemp. the thousand products of farm or manufac tory.8d ARMAGEDDON. woods and the hundred other products of the Orient. and never there of promise. enabled the ships to reach the far interior and load or unload at proachable. grown the history of the world had so swiftly a trade so rich and full With it came to America in a pros perity almost unexampled. and returned with their cargoes of sugar. even of that fortunate country. ireat Britain were content with existing con ditions. coffee. but thcv made bad feel ing. tobacco. like a There were propositions to dismember . these invidious laws. The deep rivers of China. and that alone gave cause for inter. They could not terms for the great barrassing restrictions upon the admission of goods from the countries reaping wealth in the new field. They were ineffective and hurt clumsily-thrown returning boomerang. but not so Russia and (iermany and ( yet compete on even commercial prixe. as were their unaccustomed visitors. indigo. The in ports heretofore Asiatics themselves unap were jealousy and an attempt at trade reprisals in the form of em France.

87 China and divide the territory between the great powers. America included. something more than trade privileges were at There was coming swiftly now the stake. but these were rejected. The control of the Nicaragua Canal was one Deeper than all was the feeling that thing. cally Politi and split in rationally speaking. while it was made clear that were such partition attempted the old Empire would have the assistance of Great Britain and the United States in the preservation of its integrity. one that fragment being Germany. especially. the &quot.No!&quot. the wheat-grower of the North and the manufacturer of the East the answer came in chorus. in In America. but the nature of these is told elsewhere.WAR. the world was twain with only one fragment lying outside. and it was There were other causes leading to a con grower of the South. the feeling was Should we throw something overwhelming. the nation whose place as the motherland of . definition of the relations of nations. flict. away what we had gained? Should we sacri fice any measure of our new prosperity? From favor of such course in such event the statesmen in Washington to the cotton- corn-grower of the West.

and the fighting strength on land and sea had been increased. without a murmur fn an the people. England Never before had the supposedly great men gathered together in such solemn council by day and night. As for Yance. Russia had been garnering her gold and teaching her artisans and strengthening her navy and extending her lines of railway In in preparation for the great emergency. the vaults of Spandau were packed Germany nearly to the bursting point. three hun dred million dollars fur was as alert and active. Never since the world began had there been all such formation everywhere of companies and regiments and divisions and corps of available the Never fighting material of a country. The American Congress alone had voted. before had the taxes been so raised. the Anglo-Saxon should have made her first in the combination of her brood. of the mag nificent spawning from the place of the au rochs and the deep forests and the hides-ofland folk. Never before had the great armory workshops been weapons so strained in the effort to produce efficient of war within the shortest practicable time. the nation of which one.ARMAGEDDON. the navy. thinkI .



ing of the Zola-Dreyfus madness, said, per haps unjustly, "Decadence," the nation where
militarism controlled by clericalism had be come too dominant a force, there was at
fine outward showing", there were and maneuvers on a splendid scale, the camps officers of both army and navy had chests well bulged out and shoulders well bulged in behind, and the rank and file were at least decently well dressed and fed, and the mil lions of francs from the provinces came pour ing in, and there was, externally, a vast army well equipped and bloodthirsty, and in it were




gallant gentlemen
to Austria, the


deserved a bet

ter setting.

men who had, a few years and struggled and made ignoble ago, yelped






the Austrian Reichrath

became suddenly
impulse to workflag.


impelled by a together under a

Germans, Moravians and all Poles, Czechs, Magyars, the rest came together in the spirit which makes men what we call patriotic. They for got their little differences and were prepared
to fight side by side for the Austrian Empire.

common common

The gentleman who


another gentleman on



the nose one day in the course of a debate, shook hands with his brother statesman and dearest foe, and they resolved to die together. And so it was with the other nations naturally

with these. The pot was seething. The immediate excuses for the struggle when it came were relatively insignificant. They arc ever at hand when nations clamor.


so, blindly,




madly, yet propelled by irre nations were arrayed to


the death.



were natural

except for the Germans,
natural, they was easy for

who were groping
It satisfactory. soldier to know

helplessly as a people, and, so far as they were






where to look

for friend or foe.

In America



one man stood

adopted country. we love our mother country, but we have espoused America and we leave all to


said one,


This was when the day of action came, the







having passed. "Your head shall
prisoner, in the


said a


to a

time of Harold Fairhair.

you know things




wink your

said the other Norseman, will do and the blow was given but he did not wink. That was the Norseman, one type of him whose ancestors overran the British Isles. There is no chronology in this and that is the man, that is the type of the men who have held the little group of islands they have won, who have sent out, because it was in their sons blood, groups of people who have seized


a great part of the world,

who peopled

Northern America, though the children are apart, who have made old and ancient Aus tralasia to blossom as the rose, who will just
as surely people Africa, the lush continent so

long neglected by the civilized, and enlighten Asia, as the world turns on an invisible in tangible axis and brings about what men be
lieve in

and know. Night and Morning.



made the Anglo-Saxon






pon one

fact the


of every


citizen rested with satisfaction at the



the nations of the world began


The Canal lone; Nicaragua planned lone; talked of was completed to such a point as to allow the greatest ships to

through it from ocean to ocean. A few minor details remained to be finished, but for practical use the canal was open.

was especially interested

in this feature of

the situation, for



the route

Nicaragua Canal from end to end, and knew all its planning. It seemed but yes

terday to me, though



more than

two years had passed since was with the great engineer in charge of the vast enter
and about to begin his work. Appleton was now full of questions about this work in its minutire, for he saw plainly its tremendous consequences and import, and as I told him

the storv as




with more detail than



had thought of before, he grew enthusiastic,

not only over what was

now made


but over what had already been achieved. The Nicaragua Canal is now known in


features to everyone.



a matter of history, but the human side of events somehow gets lost in the pages of the
in the

The Wild Goose,

too, has its place

record of public events as the fore-run ner of the new arm nay, the wing of war


its history, as


was related to men and
told for the first time in


now being

this imperfect

of mine.

chanced that

saw the furious and de

termined beginning and the triumphant end As ing of the Nicaragua Canal enterprise.
the story of the battle of the nations cannot be
told without including that of this masterpiece of work, I shall tell here what I saw, and what

know about


our war with Spain was ended, and long before 1 had heard from Appleton
or settled
the prairie


to this peaceful

summer on


have been


Greytown, Nicaragua, as confidential secretary to George Strong, head of the Com mission of the United States, appointed to

John Savage. which to do his had planned to take live work and was well on was American company. and had made good use of everything he had at his command. to which. estimate of the period required and of the money to be expended demanded the utmost engineering skill: and then only an approxi \\ e all mate conclusion could be reached. for the sake of tell making lies clear all that was done. great a concession had been made. The work was all. complete at the earliest possible moment. know of the canal in a general way. had naturally sought to estimate the length of time in which the canal could be most eco nomically constructed. who were first partnvrs in the enterprise. had been working away steadily for some time. and between latitude I I . of the nature of the The canal country to be crossed. the Ameiican engineer.94 A KM. and the contract well inaugurated at either end. \OF. Time was but a sub Even the ordinate consideration with them. in ! le years with the preliminary part of it.nnnx. with much of his machinery on the ground. but that The ors. without regard to ordinary considerations of economy. the Nicaragua Canal. but at the risk of being heavy in telling a story I must.

The western terminus is at Brito. These two ranges unite at the eastward in the highlands of Costa Rica unite in a knot of volcanic peaks. except about forty miles which border upon the state of Costa Rica. two thousand miles by the City and one thousand miles by the Yucatan passage from Key West. the western a volcanic at upheaval skirting the Pacific coast at a dis tance of from four to eight miles. the distance between the two ports being one hundred and seventy miles. The main feature of . twenty-seven hundred miles from San Francisco. They again to the westward in the highlands of Honduras and Guatemala. is Its eastern terminus Windward passage from New York Greytown.A PATH FOR EMPIRE. twelve thousand square miles of which drain into a system of lakes and rivers which finds its outlet through the San Juan River at Greytown. the eastern the main Cordilleras. skirting the Atlantic coast near fifteen Greytown at a distance of from to twenty miles. thus forming an enclosed basin. ii 95 30 north. and longitude 83 to 86 west from Greenwich. The general course is east and west. The topography of the country is formed by two mountain chains. all in the state of Nicaragua.

with an area of some three thousand square miles. there fore. a system of streams draining the steep mountain slopes which hold the basin and two lakes draining to the Caribbean Sea . beginning at Fort San Carlos. and depth extends below sea level. and by meandering course of one hundred and ten miles idie making its way to the sea at (ircytown. and discharging into The a outlet of Lake Nicaragua. carrying large quantities of detritus. a and ten miles long and its some its sixty miles wide in broadest part. level of one hundred feet high-water elevation some thirteen This lake is one hundred and greater. and is a torrential stream.96 ARMAGKDDOX. some thirty mile s long and twenty miles wide. with a low- water elevation above sea feet. This drains the Costa Rica highlands and starts within twenty miles of San Jnse in Costa Rica. at an elevation twenty-eight feet higher. Lake Nicaragua is the San Juan River. which enters from the south about fifty miles from the sea. most considerable tributary of the San Juan is the San Carlos River. tin s basin is Lake Nicaragua. The general situation in Nicaragua is. Twelve to fifteen miles to the west a ward of the lake is second lake called Lake Managua.

of which Lake Nicaragua is the summit. Castillo and Machuca. This trough. So the climate is . Between Lake Nicara gua and the Pacific the distance in the narrow est part is but twelve miles and the greatest elevation is but fifty-two feet above the lowwater of Lake Nicaragua. a healthy one. The situ ation virtually constitutes a trough across the American Isthmus one hundred and seventy miles long. the gap at this point being only about onethird of a mile wide. fortu nately. side the Coast On the Pacific Range is also broken down nearly to sea level. On the Atlantic by the San Juan River. all situ ated within a length of twenty miles and be ginning thirty miles from the lake. which are concentrated there as in a funnel. slope. and is the lowest gap in the hemi sphere from Point Barrow in Alaska to the Straits of is . within four miles of Brito. giving an almost constant breeze of eight to ten miles an hour. 97 through a gap in the eastern Cordilleras which are here broken down nearly to sea level. in the axis of the northeast trade winds. this gap being several miles wide.A PATH FOR EMPIRE.Magellan. the descent is gradual except as it is interrupted by the rapids at Toro.

&amp. one nearly perfect in form and rising to an ten miles 1 altitude of five thousand eight hundred feet: the other rising to an altitude of four thousand. In Pacific division of the canal. and then by a series of locks drop down to tide level. is Momotombo.. I know that this appears all guide-bookish and dull have seen them now. parts of the lake and the ad and far out on the Pacific. To jacent shores. is the island of Ometepe. In this proposition the Pacific di vide must be cut down to the level of Pake .&amp. from the shore.S ARMAGEDDON. the westward of Pake Managua are also sev eral volcanic peaks. rising of the lake to an altitude of over six from the shore thousand in and the other. situated the lake. which contains two volcanic cones. the most notable of visible from all which feet. simply a proposition to extend the level of Pake The Nicaragua as far toward each sea as from the first. at Lake Nicaragua and nearly opposite the some five t&amp. but what we made happen there gives an interest to every feature of the Hundreds of thousands of travelers Momotombito. Both of these are strikingly six hundred feet. rising to nearly four thousand feet. canal project was.

dis lake required deepening the lower end of this the From by skirted dam at Tamborgrande. be within four miles of the Pacific at Brito. thus forming an artificial lake by flooding out the valley of the San Juan to a depth of sixty feet or more in its lower courses. This. about eighty feet deep at the summit and nine miles long. some eighty feet in feet high and seventeen hundred Range would Ocean locks. it was estimated. 99 Nicaragua by a through cut. artificial lake. into the basin of the Tola River. the cut was to be made across the saddle in the Cordilleras.A PATH FOR EMPIRE. the gap of the Coast long This dam previously referred to. so that this basin could be closed by a high dam at a point called La Flor. tance The Upper San Juan River for a of some thirty miles from the by dredging. and the descent to the level of the sea could be made by it three or four was proposed to close the valley of the San Juan River at a distance of sixty to seventy miles from Lake the Atlantic side On Nicaragua by a dam or embankment abutting the spurs of the Cordilleras and extending across the valley. It . would be sixty to seventy feet high in places and several miles in length.

and at this point locks were to be placed. What Grey for for the problems for the engineer! Here was the general plan devised gigantic work: Beginning at Grey town a harbor was to be created by means of breakwaters extending out to sea for a mile or more and by dredg The canal was to extend southwesterly ing. at town on the sea. feet one hundred and ten point at above sea At this the head of the to be closed locks the Deseado Valley was ments. forming by embank a basin three miles long. and the canal was to be cut sea level. At this point locks to be level. This valley \vas to be closed by another embankment from three to called five miles east of the divide cut. but slightly ele vated above sea level. up . would be about three miles long and have a maximum depth of three hundred and twentyfive feet and would extend the level of Lake Nicaragua into the valley of a small stream the Deseado. reaching down to the level of the Caribbean. were to be constructed for a distance of two miles to the level of fixed Lake Nicaragua.loo ARMAGEDDON. for a distance of ten miles to the foothills. to some ten miles thence. across a nearly level plain.

following the course of the San Juan River to the foot Toro Rapids. The rock from was to be used for the construc and for the masonry of the locks. From this point for a distance of forty-four miles. with a maximum dred and twenty-live feet depth of three hun and was the most formidable part of the After passing.of IOI was to be the divide cutting. and the one requiring the most time. no work was required except the clearing out of timber and the straighten From Toro Rap ing of an occasional bend. and in this stretch was some submarine rock excavation.A PATH FOR EMPIRE. Rock and earth together were to be hauled several miles to form the closing embankment across the San Juan River at this cutting tion of breakwaters either Ochoa or Tamborgran. the divide cutting the canal was to open out into the valley of a small stream called the Limpio. and following it down for a couple of miles find the valley of the San Juan River proper. ids to Lake Nicaragua the After reaching the lake at Fort San Carlos . to the foot cutting. of river had to be on the average from ten to fifteen deepened feet for a distance of thirty miles. This divide some three miles long on the base.

up stream and crossing the divide into the of the Rio Grande was a distance of valley feet. looks were to descend to the level of the Pacific for two miles. it was esti the handling of sixty to . with is some improvements through what Tola basin. was planned to be formed by a dam at La Llor seventy to eight} feet high. At the other end of the projected canal was another theatre of action. nine miles. The construction mated. was of of the at the this Lake opposite the mouth of the River island of Ometepe Following Lajas. The Pacific division was to be nineteen miles beginning at a point about midway long&quot. then for a distance of the lake the water fifty miles across ample depth. involved of this work. From its level at La Flor. requiring a eight} as the Down in maximum cutting of the Rio Grande. and the next two miles were to rito constitute the harbor and entrance at I entering the Pacific under a bluff rising sheer from the water nearly four hundred feet.. an artificial known six lake some miles long. This lake was to have an area of about seven square miles.102 ARMAGEDDON sonic deepening of the approaches to the river was required for a distance of six miles fnm shore.

103 seventy million yards of earth. one to two thousand miles away from a base of supplies and from regions whence workmen could be drawn. the construction of fifteen to twenty million yards of and a half million to two million yards of masonry. the blasting and removal of twenty-five to thirty million yards of rock. about one-half of which would be by dredging. and later it was decided to work it from the Atlantic side after transpor tation facilities to reach it had been provid ed. about two miles of break waters. the making. lion tons of coal and the use of not less than one and a half mil dynamite! would deep. as a base. The facilities for transportation must be provided. fill a and thirteen hundred tons of material to be excavated square mile over one hundred feet The The difficulties in execution would be due largely to the tmpreparedness of a new coun try.A PATH FOR EMPIRE. one hundred miles of railroad. The Pacific end of the canal as originally planned was to be worked from San Fran cisco. there being existent only the very inadequate and uncer tain navigation of the River San Juan. There were no natural harbors on either .

How long it would take to produce . trans viding to in portation system. The labor supply of the country was entirely inadequate. must he made at each end be work could be undertaken. the problem was first Nicaragua a situation by pro produce all necessary facilities as ports. . Hospitals and habitations must be constructed and police service or ganized. buildings. In short.104 ARMAGEDDON. All this must be done before the main work itself could be to put into operation undertaken with vigor and prosecuted with any degree of economy. The resources in of the country were also in the sense that they were not de adequate and could not be developed in time veloped to serve a large purpose in the construction of the canal. therefore one that would permit trans const. and an organiza tion with machine shops and everything neces sary to make and repair tools and machinery and steamship lines from both fireytown and Hrito.Machine shops and depots of supplies must be created on the ground. and what there was must be trained to proper habits for work of this ports to land fore any serious magnitude. for no such facilities were in existence.

The material must be loaded on and hauled away as the flanks of the mountains were so steep as to prohibit deposit cars of material in the vicinity. and it would be solely a question as to how large a force of men and machinery could be applied to it. it could be done with some certainty as to the time of com The time of the main work would pletion. although the experience here was likely to be more fav orable than at Panama. however. large fraction of this material could. be put to A good use in the construction of embankments. how far rainfall and cli matic conditions would affect the question was yet to be determined. All these questions would develop during the period of prepara tion so that when the main work itself was systematically undertaken.A PATH FOR EMPIRE. masonry and breakwaters. as it could not be undertaken . This would involve the removal of over twelve million yards of rock and over six million in the yards of earth within a distance of three miles. be determined by the main cutting across the spur of the Cordilleras on the eastern division. these facilities 105 was the uncertain question problem. The western division also involved an ele ment of time.

. The harbor of (ireytown had become a real harbor. After having considered the big all American Company Vast government encouragement. so it could he handled in less time after it The remainder of the was once reached. work was well distrihuted and was simply a question of the amount of facilities which could he applied to it. and the cm\vork was much less formidahle. amounts of money had been expended and fohn Savage had done well. as San Francisco was too remote and with economy until it the cost of coal on the Pacific side too high. though. and enor under these problems had gone to work mous appliances and a large force of utili/ed. This work. men were the back already being Then came ing of two nations.I Of) could he readied hy a transportation system from the C arihhean coast. was distrihuted over a much longer distance and the material could he left hankment that adjacent to the cutting.

trol the Nicaragua Canal but that Great Britain should have the right of use. But the Anglo-Saxons are practical and. who was given almost unlimited power as representing. two nations. of all within the shortest possible in a reason expenditure. and it was also arranged that Great Britain should join the United States in the production of available funds for securing the greatest re There was sults within the shortest time.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. conference between statesmen. All tative alliance of Great Britain had been determined regarding the ten and the United States. It was understood that America should con fixed. in a manner. THE HOUR AND THE MEN. George Strong. even before the details of this alliance were they had arranged for working enormously together toward a contingency. to build it time and to be inconsiderate. and a man of high standing. of admitted honesty and tact and energy. and a meeting . to build it well. was finally se lected. and was told to build that canal at once. 107 CHAPTER IX. save able way.

was with them could not men. eastern I terminus. his head. while perhaps a social secretary to the Commission I I was with him from this time almost continuously. talked and played bil liards diligently. too.two&quot. the i^reat engineer. 1 er That was I left for the morning. \vlio had already overcome tlie iirst obstacles of the enormous enterprise. first They a talked not at all after few words that evening of a canal split which should should afford hemisphere and which the facilities for An r lo-Sa. and his eye was and. I I clear. . i^ettm^&quot. necessarily. a was. was admirably shaped. though count myself as of them in what they were about to do. \Ye had little talk of the canal that ni^ht.io8 was arranged between the Commissioner and Savage. tache bald. equal. two men smoked. liked him. They met and we all dined together and became acquainted. le was ^aunt and bronz liked the engineer. The two men met the canal for s in a hotel in 1 Grcytown.\on s . old and balder and heavily bearded. only er. could see that the Commissioner. for he wore onlv a mous ed and his face showed strong lines. sav 1 &quot.ut The the- the evening was not wasted entirely.

so far as in him of lay. most prodigious should be built. and as they lounged in the smoking The Commissioner. in the sunlight of the next morning. won the second game and then they took a drink together wondering whether or not they ought to take a drink trifle red balls at all in such a climate. thought long before sleep came to him. the first won was a game of billiards. within the shortest number of months and weeks and days and hours and minutes practicable with such money and men as could be commanded from all sources. grasping of his filling- 109 for ful own in what he needs his career in the history of this planet. the work modern well built. who played even worse. who played badly.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. The table slanted and the lighter of the two was cracked. did not say much on any sub but they studied each other at the billiard ject The two men table room. and set his teeth together and resolved that. Then they separated and each went off to bed and. And it may be said here and now that. that canal. it is safe to say. the two men understood each other thoroughly and thenceforth became somewhat as brothers and planned and worked together faithfully . after the talk. and the engineer. and times.

in egg . then business began. where could better coffee be had than \\here coffee is looked at the engineer.&quot.all the until they had accomplished what world now says was a good tiling. &quot. Thev were good eggs eaten by those two gentlemen that morning and. in where lati could better fruit be had than breakfast a such a tude? It was a good it smoking a &quot. honest} it must of its be said of the plain hen that her egg is about the same no matter how near the place advent is to the equator. ate their breakfasts of toast. As for the fruit. and and coffee and in clothing which all was scandalously thin. am going I . Three men. as to the quality of the toast. and.It is scarcely necessary to say to you that as the middle-aged messenger boy of one nation and.&quot. is scarcely necessary. well-scrubbed in water which was too warm. where there was said decent breeze. of another. as he leaned back cigar . missioner. in a \vav.It after on and there was piazza. As for the coffee. considering thoughtfully his shape of head and quality of jaw. it provoked profanity neither from the Com missioner nor from the engineer. the in Com mouth.

do. with your habits of thought and conciseness of expres sion. have digged in sand and have buried many men near by. I half-way. to ask HI tell you what you can canal?&quot. Can you me about the think I &quot. we ve run some things over casually by correspondence and reports and.Well. if we built can.I can.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. better or Now. I know. take up the older one partly for . that there like an hour-glass I and a great thing shaped called the Western where the neck is narrowest the Frenchmen. of you: I any other man upon But this is what I want want you to meet me. I want you to tell me what all this great is matter is. want you to have the record in future history of having been a great engineer who accom plished with unlimited resources the greatest results within a certain time. that tations torn this canal is know to shreds. under the unfortu nate De Lesseps. was the reply. I know that there has been a scandal abroad and that there is no canal. and that in France there are repu Hemisphere.&quot. not merely but with an utter recklessness. you have probably outlined things more closely than could have the face of the globe. tell me why why we should not. for instance. &quot.

The engineer leaned back and thought most le thought for many moments be seriously. facilities. through a streak of land between the contin ents not fitted for a good and permanent a The stability of the deep cuttings waterway. longer detour between the two coasts of the United States. As a high level canal.112 ARMAGEDDON. Its climate is unhealtha tremendous factor in construction and a It is projected serious one in maintenance. and the control of the Hoods are yet problema tical for a sea level it canal. 1&amp. not to be compared with the XicaUndoubtedly we could connect the seas in a practical pleting the the Panama wav more quickly bv com French Canal lies farther south and makes ful. if we could get it.een those French millions could not have tirely en wasted and finish it as best we can with Anglo-Saxon vim. The Nicaragua route offers the best because across the mountain ranges Xature had offered tempting natural invita- . is ragnan. 1 fore he spoke: &quot. than by any other method. but the route of Panama Canal is not the one which should have been chosen for the wedding of the oceans. and so connect the seas?&quot.

The other thought a moment: &quot. said the great engineer. will be required for the building of the canal. and because.&quot. said Strong. far preferable as affording a surety that the It results will follow has also a salubrious coun try of large extent.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. I ll try to answer you.&quot. going to ask a great many questions. with such close connections and such political rela tions and such vast natural advantages to be utilized under latest is modern methods. I How soon can we overcome them? m &quot.I have already become acquainted through your preliminary reports.Tell nearly as you can decide at once.Well. which adds a local factor of safety to the revenues and better insures its military &quot. with the nature of the situation and of the difficulties to be over come. capable of a high industrial development. think I understand.&quot. taking the Isthmus.I protection.&quot. a deep war-ship route across the Nicaragua his The engineer leaned back and pressed .&quot. tions for 113 man s handiwork. how me as much money and how much time canal. sought the Nicaragua route sensible effort. &quot.

&quot. &quot. . he said.That s \\hat I wanted. said the Commissioner. There are material limitations lars at With t a billion dol command There is 1 couldn a build a canal in a month. within how short a time can the canal he built &quot. then lie said: million dollars. Xow. lie- reilected for per haps two minutes. just half of fifteen hundred days. &quot.&quot.Within ?&quot.With four hund v ed million dollars.&quot.L can t divide the time as equally as before. Let 1 me figure on here was a long pause and the engineer Tie spoke at last: made many computations. balance comes.One hundred hundred days. hand upon his eyes.I 1 it?&quot. and fifteen &quot. The Commissioner was pleased. &quot.There is a limit even to the power of money. low soon can you do &quot.&quot.&quot. &quot. in seven hundred and said the engineer. and he had risen in his seat and the look upon his face was becoming mightily earnest now. sup pose you have two hundred million dollars to operate with.M4 left ARMAGEDDON.Just sueli an an swer to just such a proposition. The engineer hesitated. he said.&quot. That is.&quot. r \ certain point where the this. as he leaned forward. fifty days.

&quot.The It shall Now me some first &quot.with my be rushed through in eighteen might and if weather conditions are favor months. &quot.Good!&quot.Good! details. the meantime the eleven miles of railway. sup the financial resources to be absolutely posing mind I say only unlimited. thing to be done. he said. lose some. was to make an entrance across the the construction of bar at Greytown into the lagoon. But lives would be sacrificed and millions squandered to save the days. present brief estimates. said the en gineer. the work might &quot. This bar had a depth of only four feet.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. and even light erage was precarious. &quot.&quot.&quot. give &quot. the Commissioner. entering upon the canal.&quot.&quot. This required a sea-going dredge and some pile drivers and a quantity of piles to maintain the sides of the channel. or. other wise. but. channel was to be made After this a preliminary to a depth of eighteen or twenty feet and a dock constructed to make it feasible for the ordinary vessel engaged in In the Caribbean trade to make a landing. The lagoon inside had from twelve to eighteen feet of water. ex- . exclaimed be done.I 1 15 would not quite guarantee it. you may save a little on that.

That &quot. being erected at the site of the first lock about ten miles from the sea coast. extend ed for six miles up to the main divide and the rock exposure at the falls of the Dcseado River. site of tending from the landing up to the the first lock in the Dcseado Valley.How about the work toward the west?&quot.&quot. extending plain. &quot.While San Juan Rive to the proposed dam site for the purpose of hauling earth and rock from the divide cut and depositing the same in the embankment across the San Juan Valto the 1 .&quot. falls to A dredge is get stone for the breakwaters.We have done the work!&quot. has at been started from the rock quarried divide cut.nnox. \CF. where you are now? What have begun quarrying at the s We next?&quot. and a will preliminary cut be made throughout the length of the tide-level canal across the Costal The northern breakwater. for a mile or more into the Caribbean. the &quot. . and a second dredge lias started in at the sea shore. lev. put in serviceable condition. these operations are being initiated a branch railroad line is being extended over &quot.n6 ARM. \vas to he re paired.

and she is ready to start. supplies?&quot.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. and thence a railroad will be built for nineteen miles to the Pacific as soon as &quot. Tugs and barges will also be placed upon the lake to take sufficient supplies to the west shore so as to enable a harbor to be constructed at the mouth of the River Lajas. &quot.Will down possible.&quot.That 117 the I suppose will largely solve problem &quot. and this service soon to be reinforced by tugs and barges. which are virtually an ex waters for the its tension of is Lake Nicaragua. you not be working at Brito?&quot. The existing steamboats on the San Juan River have been taking some railroad supplies and materials up the stream purpose of constructing a railroad northern bank up to the navigable along above Toro. &quot. was decided to send a sea-going dredge around Cape Horn.Yes. forming a prelimi nary harbor in the tidal reach of the Rio is for the .This railroad will be extended across the to a junction with the railroad already described. &quot. so as to bring Lake Nicaragua into reliable com main divide munication with the port at Greytown. of transporting the in part. as soon as practicable.It This purpose of opening a channel across the beach at Brito.

Grande a line The object is to pro duce from sea to sea of as quickly as possible. by which trains can be run from sea to sea.&quot.&quot.rito.le transportation progress out and will is being provided. one from the port at Greytown to the navigable waters of Lake Xicara- gua. consisting of two pieces of railroad. and the other from Lake Nicaragua to with an intermediate car ferry system P& effects probable ARMAGEDDON. work on the Atlantic di so as to per vide the diversion of streams mit dry cuttings.Mow it about this diversion of feature?&quot. While this line of ( &amp. work which must be about the ixed. connecting at the two ports with steamship \\ hen this line of lines of moderate onnage. at that point.The diversion of these streams will be a matter of great moment of in view of the rainfall. tre It is mendous &quot. streams? Is an important &quot. human will In what manner being s to be utilthey be fed and sheltered?&quot. a wli transportation has been provided the work as can be undertaken. considerable have been made in the laying installing&quot. transportation. &quot. . and the beginning of the embankment across the valley.

and put the alcoholic liquor traffic under absolute control. also.It unrestrained liquor habit. The advantage of rigid provisions wasted. in a measure. ex tending to the point of sumptuary laws which shall regulate. with. for the first time in the history of great public works. the Sanitary Canal of Chi cago. In Nicaragua these provisions will have to be still more rigid. and the death rate was the best wards of Chicago. and This is not money a police service as well. &quot. for health was clearly shown in the history of that monster work. not withstanding an average force of seven to less than in eight thousand men was employed for three years. that in the clearing out of the work there is will be a free zone from sea to sea. &quot. been made incidental to the preliminary work. continued Savage. No one thing is recognized as so detrimental to health in tropical coun tries as the &quot. no epidemic disorders of any kind occurred. the conduct of 1 men. where there . perhaps. where.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. a greater number of nonworkers in the valley.That 119 problem is one of the most import Progress has already ant but easily solvable. supposed. buildings must be put up for housing the workmen and a hospital service organized.&quot.

you and the two nations may go to feel confident.&quot. no tan IT restrictions. Strong.c ARMAGEDDON.120 shall l&amp.&quot. & Hut know what talking about. If you don t believe it. if we certain ends within a certain time? Will the . said &quot.&quot. you feel confident that you are the man for the place? It may be that know you are. Xow. I haven helped always. the dominant. but that doesn t matter. The engineer s moustache quivered a fHtle. Are you sure that you are the man to work with me in a way that is prac tically certain of success.& I 1 . &quot.but 1 wanted to be sure that you were sure of yourself. look ing Savage squarely in the face. and alone. P&amp. and where all under the absolute police and sanitary This is shall lie control of those \\l\a are carrying out the work. he said.Do a requisite. was mightily pleased. and he spoke somewhat emphatically: I.ut I won I t make t a fool of myself it if 1 can help i it. &quot. are to attain recourse to new you Strong. for two nations?&quot. shall we do new things? Will there be come necessarv the adoption of new methods.I m haven t any doubt. know best what is to be done and how to do it. lie reached out his hand to Savage.

cially What would is element of economy be folly. it be feasible to inaugurate night . with the eliminated. method 121 of the work in any way be so experi mental as to involve a risk? &quot. &quot. as well as time for the same to become settled and compacted so as to be safe. But there are limitations to overcome. As the in tegrity of the entire project depends upon the faithful carrying out of this embankment work. For instance. Here the force cannot be speaking.The element of also embankment across the valley is most formidable.THE HOUR AND THE MEN. after the will main work is fully or ganized.Hardly. The expense in volved will be stupendous. it is a matter that cannot be slighted. there must be an enormous concentration of ap pliances and labor in the three miles of the eastern divide. folly beyond a certain point without return for great expenditure. and even slight a double-track railroad service from either end increased and with feasible all the switches will that it may be not be adequate for the material out of this cut in a short handling to locate time. &quot.Again. requiring the movement of vast quantities of material. commer no longer.

at the best. is tion of forces Extraordinary utiliza 1 have no doubts! yours.\\V11 accept it!&quot. This will work.122 ARMAGEDDON. show the world how work is done. the actual manual \\orkinc. &quot. And the men shook . Hut 1 clin^. Money men are mine provide.& my proposition. in I believe you and shall 1 hope an l yf/a ll come to believe in to- me. Yon have them. period cannot be quite cut in half. as time periods of rest are required which are- taken advantage of to clean boilers. so. and the whole period of twenty-four in actual working. almost shouted the &quot. cause ni^ lit work not double the output be is less efficient than (lav hours cannot be utilized work. hands. overhaul and inspect machinery and make temporaryrepairs.and Com we ll missioner as he sprang to his feet.

into subordinate whose fortunes were and even into the laborers who dug and delved. into contractors at stake of tearing. relying upon each other. sphere. but there was no lack in the contagion of desire for doing things. and their spirit infused itself into all beings about them. Even I. .A HEMISPHERE SPLIT. It was a magnificent exhibition of what the spirit of conquest is. Strong and Savage worked together in a way titanic. While it was fine it was a strain. burdened with a thou sand clerical duties. 123 CHAPTER HOW And strong material. became as fierce an en thusiast as any one of the hosts gathered be tween the two oceans and talked loudly and Already Savage had hopefully after supper. Understanding each other. Then began the ripping of a way across a hemi There was no rest for man or beast. A HEMISPHERE WAS Then began then began the battle of man with the men the struggle of two with the forces of nature. SPLIT. It was a time officials. X.

were warship going bellion off to subdue some it little re somewhere. yet the outcome of her trip was a doubtful thing. combined. and with great ca-riding capacity and she was towed by one of the fastest and most powerful and seaworthy tugs in all the world. very broad and very lone. She was an enormous tiling. The seas are high and the winds arc sharp and the It the s- rocks are treacherous off the southern point of the Western Hemisphere. Perhaps tell is as well here as in another place to their journey. was quite an event that morning when Musquash. Nothing had been done at the west end of the canal. for so the great dredge had been christened. sailed the next dav to make if it the perilous trip around the I lorn and. but the threat dredge. the biggest ever made. left the harbor. survived the passage. already the Atlantic Coast had been at 1 some seven thousand men the harbor on practicable and the railroa. nevertheless the tug and the Musquash sailed away as gal some great lantly as if they. to do its work at Brito. They the brief story of reached with much tribu- . work.1^4 ARMAGEDDON.d was in good shape from the harbor to the base of the first made runted operation.

Then came the life-risking turning of the cold. 125 but with no great mishap. sufficiently religious. I heard later from the captain of the were mountainous. the south end of the eastern coast of South America. but the great tug was stanch and the huge steel cable the best ever made. and so broad that she couldn t capsize under any ordinary circumstances. The tug and it made the dreaded curve. and eventually. the accomplishment of which meant a haven and success. and the big dredge plunged while prayers were being said by the few members of its crew who were time. She wallowed and sloshed around beyond all possible wallowing of even the great warship Oregon in its famous trip in the Spanish war did reasonably well. after much floundering. Then those upon it knew they had but to labor patiently to the northward . turbulent corner. rose up and dipped down the tainous billows of the Horn and didn It moun t sink. SPLIT. and as for the Musquash she seas The was so long that she reached across from wave to wave. The story of that turning tug. bulged its way around until its nose sought the north and then came gradually day by day into calmer waters.A HEMISPHERE lation.

\Yith it all there were a thousand curious blunders from count the in beginning. the end. across great la/y waves to the port of destiny. The railroad was in comparatively foot-hills.VP. The telegraph was Xow contractors from working night and day. the army of men already at work. steps wisely.southwestward across. The harbor had IK. to be done in the I)e- the quarrying at the falls was to begin and the canal dug tiercel}. Xe\v sub all about the world were were taken for augmenting gathered. with its aid. completed and so had the railroad to the Kven the docks were in compara good condition. Thev came there. and vessels sailing in tively ward from the sea might be sure of ample soundings. decent shape up to the site of the first lock where great work was seado Valley. though they did not va&amp. but on a tremendous scale. for the mail was too slow a thing for such an Hut the trip of the Musquash was merely an incident of the undertaking. where.120 ARMAGEDDON. a great work was to be done. arrogant and .the Costal plain.t There came the sub-contractors who had invented their thousands and who had made gambles.

Dominant over all were Strong and Savage. from Chicago and New York. more dusky. all about the business. men who had done things. dominant beneath them were the great origi nal contractors. this these army of sub-contractors. It was different now. They had done this and that. as they thought. and hard headed hirers of working-men by the thousand. red-faced and full-bellied. knowing They had still something to learn. They had to learn that there is a difference between a heavily booted and heavily undershirted spade-hand ling person of the temperate zone and another spade-handler.A HEMISPHERE SPLIT. and what followed their advent was curious and good. They came. even from England. and the man ner in which the demeanor of these great con was changed within a day or two was gods and men. with no overplus of energy or industry. tractors a sight for consideration. 127 overbearing. while the temperature had played with and petted them and their men all the way between 100 above and 10 below zero. and they came down like the As syrian with his purple and gold. earnest and enthusiastic but . and with nothing on him but an excellent head of hair and part of a But they were worthy of pair of trousers.

the general in the field. Of course they could and would have been swept away like straws when came the Commissioner repre senting the two nations. had that been neces sary. Recogniz ing the outcome. whether it were an order for men to risk their lives in certain undermining or an order to prolong . and Savage. From Strong and Savage flamed out the understanding that a certain militarism must be followed. that any sort of order must be obeyed unquestioningly.i. without exception. the head. and T feel proud in saying that I myself was a most ferocious sort of adjutant general in distributing all commands. they were. vigorous and practical helpers from the begin ning to the end. came an understand ing to the lowliest native water-carrier at any point on hill-side or in valley. but as it was.S ARM AGE n DON. in all the way between the oceans. But a little time passed before from Strong. representing government. and subordinating them selves readily. fortune-seeking and having legal rights which could not be easily gainsaid. they were looked upon as valuable and intelligent factors in the accom plishment of the enterprise and as men whose reward must necessarily be great.

adapted to the climate. brown and hardened and lazy. they thrived of un physically. Notwithstanding the tremendous physical labor required them. der it naked laborers. earnest and preposterously enthusiastic Americans. in mud and rock and sun and shade were not those to whom came the great That came to the men who est mortality. overlooked them. the Porto Ricans. all of whom worked careless of . enthusiastic sub-engineers from America and England. a fortune. though as the fed event proved. which was almost theirs. and theodolite and pith helmet.A HEMISPHERE their lives SPLIT. 129 cleanli by observing certain laws of ness and taking certain medicines when so commanded. They came. though under the American flag so briefly. they more than met the ex pectation. de themselves. but as yet unaccustomed to con tinuous work throughout the day and not at all to working in the night. to the men with transit. on colliers and on transports. They were housed and and cared for as they had never been housed and fed and cared for before. what was to them. the half ally. to the young. individu spite They and the others. and forced from them. and acquired under it.

I Savage s second in the engineering work. but unhandsome nose into the Coast. there had all come from San Francisco that the gTeat dredge needed in the further ance of her work. all Ah! but we worked. many too deeply of lost hours or weather. and there with unlimited resources supplied from San Fran cisco for use as early as we could make con nection across the Isthmus. . drank too bad water and strong of diet! whom and those who it. water to assist in transforming it into P&amp. often and liquors. was there to take command. and we worked along the line and the onslaught began at the cast and midway and upon the Pacific Before the Musquash had poked her triumphant. They made they dug and to dammed and hurried frantically meet us when we should have reached the crust. Cromwell and his a harbor which was a real one.130 ARMAGEDDON. their harbor. one James harbor. and forces. ryid there had also reached rito vast supplies and five thousand men. eastern upholding Lake Nicaragua. though they such recompense as came ultimately to those who lived. fit in force and stubbornness to be ranked with his old namesake Oliver. earned fairly.

He met us fairly at the down-dip of the west I can use five ern slope. telling them that they had not compre hended the rivers or principles of digging canals or riding over mountain crests. and we upon the eastern slope. sent to them at the same time jeering and contemptuous com first ments. to send to in their who were straining every nerve all them every day they could need hurrying enterprise. those on the Pacific side. fellows So they fought toward the lake well. or diverting In return would crossing lakes.A HEMISPHERE SPLIT. the most insolent and same lime supplicating messages. He had provided for them. and for their work all things necessary.&quot. Cromwell sent to Savage the thousand more men. 131 after Their work was as good as ours. just our temporary transportation system had curt message: been established. Once. Crom well was a man. He would defy his superiors to their teeth. and he doubled his results. He had them within two weeks. and in the same breath ask for enormous masses of fresh supplies and working men. I Ic was just the five foot and come from Cromwell at the eight-and-one-half inches of entity to come up .

We clustered our thousands on the great rock saddles holding the lake from the low ing a greater when swarming. we made our dams and we did the work as lastingly as if we had taken years for its accomplishment. Between the two oceans were gathered as many human beings of the acclimated sort as could labor without man one being in another s way. Strong raged and hurried and brought his men in tens of thousands. we were squandering and yet we were not squandering it. as bees. Savage raged and hurried and compelled his lieutenants. on a hive. lands. who were play I game. every available point where a a man could work was working. We diverted the rivers. as we wedged them. en- . \Ve hired them and imported them. could do more swiftly the work of a hundred with more room. are clustered and along our ways of transport the locomotives snorted. but on six.I3 2 ARMAGEDDON. not upon the two At tracks Savage had talked of. with a rush from the Pacific to Lake Nicara gua and leave a great canal behind him. le died six weeks after his work was accomplished. lie was a man. As for us on the eastern side. money Where a thousand men.

we literally climbed and ripped our way from the Atlantic plain to the Lake Nica ragua level. ginccrs of standing&quot. So was made joined. It was wonderful. There was an infectiousness to the vigor in the air. forded by our first After the carriage af temporary highway from sea to sea.A HEMISPHERE SPLIT. from the completed water high way on the level to the first lock and so on forward to the lake. \Ye made our own lakes and our locks as the great engineer had defined the work. 133 from two continents. travel around an inhospitable coast was weary So the oceans were . to force the contractors into accomplishing the ends sought here or there within certain days and certain hours. the through result of an enterprise to affect the boun and the welfare of the nations. a waterway to daries the ages. a road across a half world for the warship and Ten thousand miles of the merchantman. \Ye made our way and we made it well and permanently. and there came at last a day when we knew we could lift the greatest warship from the Greytown harbor into Nicaragua Lake and from there let her down easily and gently into the Pacific Ocean! it The canal was done and last was all a good one.

of the United States rind (Ireut Britain had read} for them a smooth pathway from sea to sea and now could sail around the globe of treasure at will and with out delay. Before the two the celebration never came. rivers from the great lakes and long into the ocean. will find a to the Pacific. great powers had time to dedicate the canal . which. of the way ready so lightly for them The its sea which bears the navies world on bosom the sea the great carrier of man s burdens exacts no such tribute of money as does man s con trivance of two which roll great The ple of great steel upon wagons drawn by steam. The ship. threaten any branch of mankind. work was finished and the peo parallel liars of Kngland and the United States were ready to congratulate Strong and Savage on But the completion of their tremendous task. but not shall be plentiful Famine shall cease to throughout the world.saved to the mariner. Millions lives and priceless human in had been expended this the gigantic work of making in vain. for the gran aries of the North American Continent can now pour sailing their treasures into ^hips. pathway Because of it bread for mankind.

135 with appropriate ceremonies and rejoicings. . the career of the Nicaragua Canal as a stern factor in the history of the world began.A HEMISPHERE SPLIT. it was opened by the grim hand of war. Threatening iron ships were hurried along the new water way under orders to the ocean in which they were to meet and give battle. without speech-making or banqueting. and so.

we may believe our geography lessons. was clear-skinned and full breasted.Apia.136 ARMAGEDDON. it was thought but lately by the wise. Xo more may the laud. with modern land. It lies in the vale of where the sea-fields give deep soundings. in . The water owners must be the world greatest lies s owner-s. ships. The girl coming down. ay There were three groups. must be chiefly fought upon the seas. CHAPTER The world of it XI. become as traversable as the and the encounters war forces. all They were in on their way to a drinking place the foot-hills. TIIK MUSTER. is made of land if and water. The water of has. Coming up the pathwere seamen from warships in the harbor. ( hie night. a native girl came down v. the first German. though brown. the second American and the third English. and there were red llowers in her . in a Samoa. and water is three-fourths. the of struggles be longer battle Xo upon where the nations Armageddon Ksdraelon. pathway.

The American group was the smaller of the two. for a fight. while the girl fled toward the forest. and the man thus smitten fell to the ground. coming upon the scene and delighting in the prospect of a row. in neath his ear. stone dead. 137 German sailor. In the midst of it the Ger man sailor who had seized the girl had faced men. plunged in to aid their kins the There was a most spirited battle upon Samoan way. while the English and Americans were boastful. made a dash and seized her in his A arms. a sullen spirit held sway among the Germans. looking lustingly upon her. and then. and other German sailors came to the assistance of their comrade. the hard fist of the American sailor caught the head of the German just be between these two men. It was not equal to a third of its opponents and affairs were becoming unpleasant for the Yankees when the English sailers in the rear. leaped forward to the rescue none too unready and there was trouble. hair. his first adversary. There were sharp meetings be tween the German and American and English . There was a bout but of a moment some un fortunate way. An American sailor.THE MUSTER. After the fighting was over and the dead man was buried by his comrades.

but which developed into something seri ous. There were harsh It passages and the scratched Russian showed the Tartar. Out of necessity the matter was referred to the home governments. The correspondence which ensued between the British and Erench authorities lacked all smoothness. The a inci dent like was as if someone had put There was a seltzer- powder Then came trouble into water. was run into by an incoming down French cruiser and the English ship went with all on board. Meanwhile. and warships which could be called upon came and went. was then came the Anglo-American if alliance. foaming. All foresaw the inevitable. The attrition made a raw place.I. consuls. one day in the waters close by Hongkong. where the first sore became a broadening gangrene. an English ship. of a serious nature be tween Russia and Japan and the United States over privileges in the Philippines granted by the latter country to the Island nation. The usual oiling processes of diplomacy failed to ease the friction. trou ble of a diplomatic nature only in the begin ning. such it may be called. self-interest Blood relationship and com- . Vs ARMAGEDDON. outbound and laden with teas.

1815 when the &quot. in flagrant viola laws of neutrality. balked the ajiti-American alliance so nearly formed.Holy Austria and Prussia its threatened and England balked of the far-reach ing plans. in the be ginning of the Spanish-American war. saw the British vessels over battle his forts finally walking deck impatiently. sturdily tion of None forgot forgiven by his government. in the end. lying in . when bluff old Captain Josiah Tatnall. 139 bined to promote the coalition.THE MUSTER. took his vessel into the action and was. The unpleas ant past was forgotten. in 1857. No Englishman forgot the day. historic sentence: roared out the is now &quot. just as the Americans had forgotten the spirit which rose when North and South were arrayed against each other. To Americans came thought of the time Alliance&quot.&quot. the day in 1870 when there came to the Brit ish Captain Lorraine. commanding matched and. as came thought more earnest still same helpful friendship which. and. of the Niobe.Blood thicker than all water. in of Russia. and now thought of all that had taken place since 1812 rose vividly in the minds of each of the two peoples. in the American with the squadron Peiho in Asiatic waters. \Ve drink to tltee across the flood. the common language. For art tliou not of Ilritish blood? Should war s mad blast again be blown. news of the Yirginius butch ery and \ thee most.140 ARMAGEDDON.&amp. religion and education and plan for the world s instinct of a future. the tyrant powers Permit not To fight thy mother here alone. when ships were going down before the hurricane and from the Trenton and Calliope the ritish and Americans cheer I ed each other in the face of death. in Apia harbor. It was &quot. above all.&quot. But let thy broadsides roar with ours.n .Hands all round. tearing up his anchor. to remember the events of the Xone failed bombardment of Alexandria. nor did those of the navies es pecially forget the incidents of a thousand hardy rescues and a thousand seamen s frays in port. th&amp. and immediate kinship and. Santiago before the tragedy was lie threatened to bombard the com city. There were potent ties of marriage. &quot. as Tenny son had written: daughter of the West. and land ing at pleted. code of laws. and so saved the lives of the Americans not None forgot the dreadful day yet murdered. Jamaica harbor.Gi^rmtic We know we love thee best.

A regard for the provisions of the Bulwer-Clayton treaty already gave each equal rights in the use of the Nicaragua Canal. Hands all I4 1 round! s God the tyrant cause confound! To our great kinsmen of the West. resistance should be mutual. The terms of the combination were not strict and made rather an agreement than an al liance offensive and defensive. still living in a past. though this had been more later definitely agreed upon in a of Asia arrangement. It was defen sive alone. Now conditions made the alliance active. Neither nation feared any other single nation on the face of the earth. was implied in any war where either the United States or Great Britain was the assailant. the lines between the Latin and its divergent races. my friends. blood But blood and the trade first. The forces were ranging themselves.THE MUSTER. still constant in the sort of slavery which comes when church may .&quot. And the great name of England round and round. but it was agreed that if either Great Britain or the United States were attacked by more than one No aid nation. All civilized hu manity knew what would be the dividing lines. Warm were the Atlantic cables. were the telling factors.

The Japanese. It was was work upon land as well as sea.14- ARMAGEDDON. It was only understood that the nations would be ar rayed against each other cleanly and distinctly. knew their place and took it. Xorbeen way. Sweden. issue The The was defined upon the instant because in a the circumstances leading to the definition had wavering equation for years. there was suift accumulation in their coast cities of vast . Denmark and Holland. all races of seamen. in shape and the noses of thirty warships point ed at once for the western entrance to the Xicara^ ua Canal. There was uncertainty as to what would happen. It was soon ing&quot. formation for the emergency. and that a threat strui^le was to be^in. those little the manner in which I Japs conducted themselves. &quot. but was well officered and well provided and a powerful factor to be considered. all ment from an ancient in their new develop were swiftest of stock. nations must look out for themselves. consider the resources of the Island Kmpire. that strange They had been working well upon their navy and it was disproportionately lar^e. between these and all interfere with state the hranehes from the Teutonic stem.

it puzzled the generals of other na set a The new-old country pace that it was barely equaled by the civilization had but lately imitated. men have and have made in bred sheep and Australia but a second United States. they have which these Austral to the front was beautiful to see. was organized within so short a time that tions. with transports awaiting them. rather.THE MUSTER. stores to support any army. of 143 and a land force one hundred thousand men. but They the Anglo-Saxon. a new element one not heretofore much considered in the affairs of the world the great Austral asian force. and they have money away back in the reaches where other animals. Then came in. The Australian is lank and lean. too. always develops came an inventive genius. well equipped and wild with enthusiasm. and the manner ians Better yet. the manner . tossed away into strange lands. had owned no navy heretofore. or. They have money in Sidney and they have money in Melbourne and in half a thousand other places. and inquiring and knowing. as the Yankee has and the Australian is but a Yankee. and the manner in which he made a naw swiftlv. men. and it is best not to oppose him.

&amp. Canada had heen at work. her vast The great Do minion. were good ones and had built them on the Atlantic coast where they were immediately available. the later centuries Croat Britain has ridden the seas well and X&amp. Hali fax fairly blossomed with the efflorescence of thirteen-inchers. told in the history of the world.144 in ARMAGEDDON. there gathering of the British forces is but little to be said. earlier than which ho had made a navy a year or two was really needed. and half a hundred places along the Canadian-Atlantic coast were as ap prehensive as were half a thousand along the American-Atlantic coast lest disaster should come As to thorn in the event of a wrong ending to a great war. looking for con will ever he one of the fine thingtingencies. now hand in hand with. tralian The Aus navy end of the sailed proudly for the western Xicaragna Canal as the great And Japanese squadron loft its home port. South Africa sent a warship and a little army. for the upon Throughout the water.w knows its path she swittlv gathered ways thoroughly. had built own warships and the}&quot. and assisted hy its its neighhor across the seeking onlv for her aid the .

but they had a navy of good battleships. even by Great Britain. Meanwhile Austria had done her best. subjects more deeply after became his fad. Milliards were spent the navy of France. rarely has the Latin fought wisely upon the water. it was vast and well upon equipped and in any of the casual evolutions of any one of its parts. a striking thing to look upon. The 10 Italian added a more dangerous force. decadence. Un willing taxes from subjects who disagreed be tween themselves. had brought in their vast returns. . somehow.THE MUSTER. from Slav and Czech and German. and the admirals planned together. cannot but even in its The Latin combination was strong and one in a way respect its coherence. But. and the navy represented the of still vast importance an empire dwindled by lack of force at its head. had France gathered together with that of the ambitious A in great navy competition who had taxed the navy of his German Emperor. a force diminished by devoteeism and inter-marriage. and had built a fleet warships by no means to be ignored. manned by those who could fight not deftly. 145 sea-going armament of her kinsmen. but to the death.

on the whole. but they were modern. the naval commanders to of the who were : I rom est danger. and in one way or another. for such the Russians are. Their railroad rights of way had been bought or fought The navy of Italy was one of the elements most considered by Anglo-Saxons meet it. the everlasting Slav came the great They can build war&amp. a fine show ing had been made at sea. They won his ear and won help him away his judgment. until between the Hlack Sea and St. Italian a though impoverished. the Government had become possessed of Its ships were navy which was excellent. had been established. by turns dallied with or bullied the Sultan.hips well now Odessa or Scbastopol. but. not numerous. at the shrewdest diplomats of all the world. Peters burg there were no difficulties save in the mere Meanwhile item of time or transportation. and they were build ing them well in what had been Chinese waters from the time the idea first dawned upon the Russian Government that the war of the na tions was near at hand. well equipped and well manned. The poverty of the Italian Government left some things much de sired undone.I4 () l!v ARMAGEDDON. great exertions. and then God .

pa triotic and non-understanding. with in modern artillery. had meanwhile sought her and racial and religious influ ences had brought them recently even closer together than they had been for centuries. sister Portugal. They were not strong. destroy any fleet the world.THE MUSTER. and crushing the gathering fleet of the Pillars of when Anglo-Saxons. Spain. now united save . the creature who had made trouble for Alva and for the Armada and taken Cuba and Porto Rico and the Philippines. contributed their pesetas amazingly. but they were fierce and they wanted two things the Inquisition again and the abolition of the Anglo-Saxon. The peasants. near the Hercules. and the treasuries of the nations of the peninsula. the shorn. And so they came into the Aegean Sea and out into the Mediterranean. for he is 147 about paying the consequences the right of now they fleet won way for their great from the Black Sea down past Constanti nople and through the Golden Horn and past the frowning forts. preparatory to seeking. This was the sea movement. the open At lantic. the navies were massed. the heavy fire of which could. where they could join the fleets of Austria and Italy and France. where they waited.

in name. built a navy which was not to be despised. with great guns and a thousand submarine devices under control of the expert American engineers. and round the Horn. if possible. They united at Barce lona and joined the gathering fleet. with a cruel streak in their makeup. manned by gal lant gentlemen and chivalric. in time. Huge fortresses. ing in squadrons ly Pacific waters. . the two effective opportunity to take part the lUit coming little fray upon the Atlantic ocean. but dramatic suicide for any group of things ailoat. In the East the iron hand of Kngland held Suez and the canal. \vere full. Meanwhile a portion of the Russian that is fleet. however armed and armored. was seeking eagerly an in to say. had this fleet.148 ARMAGEDDON. to be of some avail in an emer gency. con To enter trolled the entrance to the canal. but none else could. too. most that passage was not wisdom nor bravery. chance The Japanese and the Aus might cross the western continent at the neck of the hour-g lass. They. There was nothing left for the Asiatic-Rus sian squadron save to sail for cold and stormy southern seas. tralians Xone dared make even a pretense at the at tempt.

fish No longer did corporations or long-bearded would-be statesmen. and to see usefulness the Anglo-Saxon race fully tested and sel triumphantly established. from admiral to seaman. to The men who had planned and wrought so make the way across the American barrier alive to rejoice were happily ending to over the timely its of their work. the strength of the Anglo-American position. well was equipped. and the spirit there was one of generous patriot ism. Never had so strong. so well-manned. H9 realized. . for the however unversed in war. never it. have influence in the national legislature.THE MUSTER. or more ably commanded. The navy had been fostered until it was now it been a gigantic fighting machine. and the bones of Reaconsfield might almost have stirred to life again as the rich result of his labors became so tremendously apparent. loyalty and the of war as now. Now less millions of first Americans doubt time. so filled with spirit enthusiasm. the tremendous advantage these allied powers possessed in the ownership and absolute control of the Suez and Nicaraguan Canals. with monetary or agrarian fads. A look at the map of the world showed to even peaceable citizens.

\Yar power is coming. CHAPTER From minent XII. APPLETON BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE. You shall go to Washing offer the air ton start to-morrow morning world to-day. be made the most destructive force in the The machine we have here can \Ye must bend every sinew of and every energy of mind to fit it for body war on land or sea. At night. the when moment when war became im all men could feel its hot breath power Applcton had been as one possessed by an idea of such absorbing of disturbing- strength as to drive out all others. nevertheless.150 ARMAGEDDON. The first day after the great news came he said little. had he the vibrations of earnest &quot. but his voice in it.and with it our opportunity. during which it behaved with remarkable docility and to our great satisfac Appleton spoke. \Ye were lying on the grass under the stars. I well knew what was in his mind. and I could not see his tion. &quot. said. after hours of exhausting work in the air machine. face. .&quot.

but you must spend most of the night at I work getting me ready.What allusion to the possibilities of trivance a destructive force. when used size at sea. light. arrested my attention was Appleton s &quot.Appleton. and was not. Then Appleton showed me plained them. &quot. thought already of using Appleton s invention for war purposes. especially as it need not like them be hampered by the wire rope attaching it to the earth. or to a ship. by reason of its and shape. was over that his plans and ex was convinced before an hour we could only keep our any air machine under control in half satisfactory . making our con Here I needed We went into our work-room.&quot. ready. naturally.what do &quot. had. you intend to do with the machine? Of course I will go to morrow.APPLETON DESTRUCTIVE.&quot. I will stay Government. and prepare the here and get every thing I said. par ticularly as a scout.&quot. It was much more suited for purposes of observation than the balloons in service already. so to speak. machine to the 151 way before us. and lighting the lamps sat down I if at our pine-board table. such a target for the enemy s shots as a balloon with its towering air-bag.

our bombs would shatter anything and everything they touched by the mere natural force accumulated in their fall. rise far above the in enemy. detach the charges. a mile or more. and as the first great of the approaching war would be naval. and at characteristic of great and to daring innovations. Afterwards came of the us both. to say nothing of the explosive contents of our mis siles. Apple-ton s plan was to carry the air machine packages containing charges of high explosives. The inventor s plans were perfectly feasible that I knew from my experience with the machine is and they had that simplicity which often the ama/.y a device worked from machine. and the air at of course.152 ARMAGEDDON. Briefly stated. 1&amp. Hspecially in naval warfare would Appleton battles s plan be valuable. Apple-ton was anxious to try conclu sions at sea. danger which we must encoun thoughts ter in managing and using the machine as a battle-ship of the air. but so fascinating was . manner when the hour of action should come. Coming from the altitude we could easily attain. we should hold the fate of armies and navies in our hands.



so tremendous were its conse and so exciting was its nature, that quences, we could not dwell long on the idea of person al risk, even when we were planning it, and when once our real activity began there was no room for any thought but of our present


It is a


great experience to be for hours in situation where what is to be done is the

absorbing, controlling thing, allowing no other thought, act, or feeling. This goes far

toward making that joy of battle which sol The mind, and all sensations and emotions are concentrated
diers feel in deadly conflicts.

upon a given point. The private soldier has not even to decide what he will do. lie is just an ear to listen and an arm to strike. The
officer, of

whatever grade, is or should be the same, up to the commander-in-chief, with all his energies bent upon one thing alone, to di
rect well the struggle


for us,




going on about him. thought while I tossed un bed in the hours after Apple-

ton had bidden

good-night as for us, all we would have to do would be to go up quiet ly and quickly in the air-ship, find our way to
the point


we were

directed to attain above the




a wire. Then, when our stoek ammunition was exhausted, or we were rcealled by our commander. \ve must come down. Aye! There was the rub! But as had said, it was better not to think Appleton about that. Of course we could get down all

enemy, and cut


anyone could do


the thing to

think about was the most effective

ing our work.



way of do was simple enough,

and determined man when Washington a da}- or two later, and, as there were in the capital before me many other men of like earnestness and determination of purpose, it was a hard fight to get a hearing from the over-worked au






thorities of the

army and navy.


was not

a long struggle,

days were over
of the

though fierce. Before many had enlisted on my side some

men who had been


George Strong and John Savage in the Xicaragua Canal work and who knew me well.
we. comrades
ing for

Together once more, shoulder to shoulder, in a former struggle, made our and soon I had the satisfaction of leav fight,






recognition and co-operation from the Gov-

in the


We were to have a practical trial United States navy, and in active ser If we could get ready we were to vice, too. sail, taking our machine with us, in one of the
war-ships of the great





harbor, and


had a very well denned
were as we had never

opinion that we would be ready. settled down again to work.



now keyed up to such efforts made before. There was a deadly
about Appleton and were happy.
in these days.



As we toiled and rested, and toiled again, we studied the situation, our strongly moved natures responding readily to the war drama
which was being played in its first scene around us. We thrilled with the spirit of pa triotism which had given Americans baptism
as of the ancient tongues of flame, while


too, in strong vibrations, the answering within us to the mighty Macedonian cry of
It was fortunate for the great republic that had at this time a President who was seem

race from across the sea.


ingly provided by the occasion, conservative
of perception


of nations for the

unafraid, a



tact but, withal, swift to de-


compel movements quite
politic consideration.

cide and act so as to

beyond mere

The blood

of his race stirred within

him and made him

patriot in the broader sense of the term.

The time had come to act and he did not make a mistake. He thought of the seventyfive thousand men called for by the great Lin
coln at the beginning of the Civil war and of the length of time needed for preparing a greater army, as shown in the Spanish war,

and he took
In a

his lesson

from these experiences.

message calmly worded but explaining clearly the nation s situation, and the fact that the nation s sons were needed, he called first for two hundred and fifty thousand volunteers. The volunteers called for were apportioned


according to population. was issued on Tuesday, and Wednes day morning was effective. It had been anti cipated and all day Tuesday there was excite ment in city, and town and village, and farm

the states

ers talked at the crossroads.




of the nation

humming. By Tuesday noon the males knew what was required of them

and the

hum was


hum no

longer, but


nui filed roar.


Things were happening fast Trade was neglected and from every-



where came the sound of band, or fife and drum, or bugle. Swift work was required, and there was no rest by night or day. Friday noon






and Saturday night found a re quota port from every state in the Union, telling the same story. They had learned from the Span

ish war.


quarter of a million volunteers

were ready and as many more were clamor ous for enlistment.
swiftly completer organiza and there were scenes some times amusing, sometimes pathetic and al The veterans of the ways interesting. great Civil war, and of the more recent

Then followed

tions in each state

became men of importance, although the Union veterans were mostly too old for service, and had



been jeered


but lately





of old

men who had

limped wearily in the procession of the last Decoration Day, now straightened instinc
tively their

bent backs and exhibited a certain

springiness even in their limping.




into their eyes again,

and the old

ring to their voices. In every town, great or small, these were among the drillmasters of

center of a The national capital became the might} gathering. the great northern tier of states came thousands of the sons of the hardy Norsemen who had found a home there and who now movement. and Never it was the had vast legions of eager recruits better teachers physic ally and morally in the alphabet of organiza Not even a little town in all the land tion. brawny youth and men of vigor who were the first rudiments of war. the Americans. Soon began from all quarters the movement toward the front. lacked one or more of these old soldiers and \vhat the\&quot. All means of transportation were taxed. Hven the great inland seas were burdened to aid the came.DDON. I The} Yom felt stirring within them the instinct of their . The} came from every point of the compass. As war with Spain the} were now in the front rank and formed the nucleus. accomplished was something ex for the soldiers of the then recent cellent.158 the ARMAGF. Their learning influence was wonderful. The authorities of the army and navy were well prepared and where the forces should go into camps had already been determined. They were men who had fought for a principle same North and South.

soldiers by instinct. At is first. 159 There was place for them on land sea. The organized and prepared for active service.APPLETON DESTRUCTIVE. and Peace Leagues. and an army inexperienced but eager was soon England. of course. Within a month from the time of the call the force of two hundred and fifty thousand men. well fed and prepared for movement. was being distributed according to a plan con ceived. swarthy and black-moustached. far grandsons of such men as defended the men who could ride fast and and fight like the grizzly. They made great regiments. Brown Texans. Alamo. vived and asserted themselves. Sail ors were needed and they fed the warships with the progeny of the Vikings. Dark-eyed and Louisianians. brought with them the blood of the Huguenots. were camped beside regiments as brawny and resolute from Kentucky and New Pacific Coast and the Missis and states of all the South and sippi Valley North sent forth their myriads of men as good. for the newspaper only printed talk. and all the noise of Old race hatreds re professional agitation. There were Anti-War Par ties. there was a terrific storm spoken and written. ancestors. . and in some of talk.

about the crust. laws. It would have been unimportant but that sometimes in the past the crust had imported the alliance. it was opposed to all physical sometimes happened politically. It is curious. and the politicians who traded on them. After that the deluge. against clamor Anglo-American of their voices was lost in the sound of life and drum. The crust. . were the real people. was ugly licad of sectarian bigotry but the serpent s hiss was of little raised. it The really guilty fools in the United States were the politicians who figured only on what result in votes would follow their action at any wasn t logical. In America the crust yelped with amazing clamor and endurance.160 (juartcrs the ARMAGKDDON. Above were elow. but time. moment in the country the institutions of which were founded on the rock of religious freedom. groups of people some times get foolish and unreasonable just as in dividuals do when digestion is out of order. you know It seems to me that the crust. yelped made up almost exclusive who needed the shrilly now. the agitators. but the 1 carried with It it the worthy elements beneath. though. the shell ly of importations and of those vote.

even at time when we were working any was uncomfortable and expressed my opinions volubly in the morning. though. sleep very well. I experience have had a moderately well rounded out among what constitutes the rest of I ought to possess some degree of judgment regarding the comparative good or bad fortune of a human being at any particu lar time. and 11 in our scheming de- .THE CHRISTENING. and towels enough and so I could slap and scrub myself at sunrise and feel as if I were something like a remote ac t We didn so feverishly to an end. I say that I and early summer than in that crazy old never passed a happier late spring I did with Appleton building a few miles from the this suburbs of Chicago. 161 CHAPTER Till-: XIII. and my estimate I hold correct when humanity. After our early breakfast we would sit to gether and scheme. CHRISTENING. there wasn t bath and I quaintance of a gentleman for the rest of the day. We had water enough.

and there is such blithesomeness to very gra&amp. and admired the regularity of the little husband in feeding his spouse when the time I . There s hard love more than the blue any bird that bird.(iod bless us. stump. hut vcluped the venture of which the hard planning and work exhausted us. until the \\ e worked each day I cheap clock beside us said that it was afier ten o clock in the morning believe did most of our real thinking work before ten o clock for we were both convinced that we think most cleanly and clearly in the morning but at night we were experi that men menting in our air machine until late. and he comes here so early in the spring when there is sometimes ice on the ly I spear he carries in the making of his nest. and let her go Oallagher&quot.1 62 it s odd how little things blend with big A bluebird had a nest in an old oak things. possibly twenty rods from the build ing in which we were working. noted closely the love affairs of the pair of birds. There is such a joyousncss about the little fellow. ex hausted even Appleton. and that was good work too. that I like him. as if he were trying to say MX or eight hopeful words together.s his short song. I am telling. &quot.

By the way. a study of bird flight that wasn t a broad rolling expanse with hillocks and with creeks and crisscrossed with cheap highways. and I watched him curiously. To the west the prairie dipped and rose and was but a I made summer and had for him. wind shifts and changes easily upon the prairie within any miles distance of the upris ing evaporation of the great lakes. of setting 163 upon the eggs began. cleanly kept. a really industrious and thoughtful fe male quail sometimes has as many as fifty children in a year. 1 used to stroll along these country roads and make friends with the chippy-birds and ground sparrows that shifted along just a liltle ahead of me. 1 had great comfort with the quail. and whose nests I knew all about though they didn t think I did. made at the least cost to the township. What I mean is this: she . too. The bird living in this area must adapt himself to swift fifty wind-drifts. but bare and white and hot in midsum mer. and with something of envious fellowship as he kept himself afloat in the air. It was so easy joyous life even when I hard at work with Appleton.THE CHRISTENING. and the per The course of the fect manner of his flight.

may have remotely suggested to Appleton some contingency of the work we had in hand. sentimental. As for her mate. we had better perceptions for the work before us than we could otherwise have because of the reflection of all that was vivid and pulsating about us. I can hear ing the so call of the morn meadow-lark which means in the early much s in its hopefulness and buoyancy. jays in the scurrying along the lower rails of I can hear the defiance of the bineair. now and see the yellow meadows down from Appleeyes 1 can see the chipmunks the fence. barring accidents. and that possibly the dipping Ilight of the goldfinch or the blue bird as he trimmed himself to the gale.4 ARMAGEDDON. maybe. \Ye got on well with our air-machine in . though vain of his whistling. he s a model husband. lets her children time to have another nest and another It s brood. sometimes drift in lays as ninny as thirty eggs in one nest and. wonderful what a creator of charming little living things she is. 1 can shut my green stretch of ton s place toward the stream. Ap- old barn of a place pleton midst of an area where real was life built in the It s all was. but somehow I believe that.

THE CHRIST KM ING. Helen herself said little but she look ed somewhat anxiously at limped toward our shed to Appleton as he himself pre the shaking up of the morning. and our work flour full ished accordingly. and when we returned on foot. Helen begged to be taken up in the flying concern. Daggart and Helen came early in the morning to see our experiments with the air-machine and to spend the day. and Airs. and Mrs. One day. grass. The knowledge we were soon going into active trial gave us the life of enthusiasm. but Appleton had shortly and plumply refused to allow it. refusing even to look at us as we rose in the sweet morning air and were gently wafted along by the south wind. Mr. weary and excited. under our constant hammering. We had an ugly time of it before our show was over. and we had left the young lady sitting haughtily erect on the Mr. sentable after make . 165 Difficulties began to disappear those days. Daggart were warm in their congratulations that we were still alive and equally fervent in expres sions of gratitude that Helen had not been trip with us. and we grew that buoyant and light of heart. in the flush of the summer.

all day Applcton after thai.ed the danger enterprise and. and then fall back again upon some tall weed or bush. long before midday when we shade of the nir-ma- was it still rested together in the ehine as on the flower-laden prairie grass.f&amp. The queer part of all is . I us were full of bobo vvery few minutes one of the black and yellow-white fellows would rise and (hit ter and sing.The bird. at The meadows around the generous hampers of dainties brought out bv Mrs. \Ye had been eating a pienic breakfast. bobolink I.&quot. and we were watch ing and listening to this jolliest of birds in the intervals of lazy talk. is the happily-plucked-out piece of original buoy it ancy among s living things destined to live with nature changes. there rested upon the brave girl s face a little It of shadow. is the bird American nation s so happily built by Providence that he grows with the growth of said &quot. &quot. Daggart adding mueh to the homely tractions of the occasion.lf&amp. and lay were comfortably lying or sitting about.A meadows and so must increase with the ex It tension of the cultivated country. first For the time she saw ami s rcali/.

Daggart. this nonsense?&quot. Then the myriads that escape go farther south and devastate the rice fields. 167 that the creature \vliich inspires the soul in spring and early summer.THE CHRISTENING. said full Mr. and Mrs. On the restaurant bills of fare they figure as reed-birds. Daggart.Our &quot. Mr. later in the season The angel and the inspires the stomach. There they are killed and sold as rice-birds to feed the markets north and south. and angels if butchers fellow citizens. in consequence. the prey of gourmands. you will allow me to proceed. brown On the Potomac marshes they are shot by thousands and served at dainty tables beneath the shadow of the capitol.&quot. fly to the West Indian Islands as the where they are eaten and appreciated Then follows their great exploit . shaking continued Mrs. &quot.About hands &quot. These birds gather fly in flocks every autumn and great south. butcher shake hands and are &quot. looking up from the and length position he held on a Navajo rug. every year.What is all content. the same singing bird of June that you see there whirling around in musical ecstacy. be comes himself a gorging gourmand and. Dag- gart. Later they butter-bird. bobolink.

a nau^ht\. and mil lions of them drill southwest until in own autumn months they are in the Argentine Re public.1 \Ventworth&quot. &quot.&quot. raiding voiee to full lecture pitch. think.nir tlicreabont.\\ ill somet &amp. Daggart bobolink. and a^ ain the follows the return trip.I protest.t fune to a great come north. jack.somehow .gt. It is too hot. There they stay over the same army ot birds ravages the \ the rice fields. onni. finished: I my &quot.&quot.&quot. \\hv you should make bun an excuse lor burdening us pleton. this from tin- Mrs. charm men a^ain Junes before!&quot. for one thing &quot. assented Ap- no reason. &quot.&quot. Mr.but brine. 1 want to hear more about is It the most characteristic &quot. us a ma]) interrupt ed Ilelen.American bird.\Vell.Xow route. is with useful information. and - by way of the reedy rivers they in arriving earlv ju&amp. ])!ants this time. the . or somewhere &amp. broke in Appleton. as they have thai for countless is &quot. &quot. &quot.the greatest Ilighi known to lie taken by small birds the journey straight away from the \\est Indies to \ enexueia.twinkle in her eyes Hut I would not be bobolink &quot.

what is the name of your airIt was Helen that broke the silence. Appleton. lie dies enormously. making the night bet and of course I am but a ter. 169 has an American quality in his way. \Yould you call it The Bobo . It ought to have the &quot. he makes the world better. the European nightingale. &quot. born with him and fond of him sist that the American bobolink is the one great poet-reaching and man-reaching bird of all the world. &quot.TfllC (Inffcr CI1RISTKNING. The English telling things to those below. he raids the intermediate space and there is none other among all the birds of the earth who is like unto him.Let us name it to-day. is good. engine?&quot. up-fluttering lark. And we all sat still for link gurgled awhile. He is at the same time the and Viking of all the birds of Anglo-Saxon all the world. name link? of a bird. he takes all chances and he does those two great things which are the fruit of the great things of this particular globe float ing in space.&quot. but I in crank. is good. he extends himself. he is joyous.Mr. but he mul tiplies more. all lie breeds in the far north. and the bobo and pitched and crowned the day with animated joy.

&quot. yes. sity of Applcton Miss Dai^art &quot. &quot.&quot. said.and Appleton. I. apparatus as a wild choose has. to all appearance: than of any other hird. ful wonder It win^s win^s from the tropics to the Arctic Circle and hack every year.It s threat machir. &quot. hut my lame arm ^rumhled where it reeei\-ed its last hard di^ hecause of the said pitching propen )h. don t know that 1 approve of A he all &quot. innocently enough.&quot.&quot.It has at present I a l&amp. of course.hut 1 &quot.certain Appleton looked at me motions like that of &quot.hut denlv. &quot. that will ri^ Wentworth 1 had to say. The hird on in all the world.e.&quot.& taking the most up the gauntlet instantly. said &quot. She suddenlv stretched her arm .&quot.&quot.o]iolink. re turned. them. white and red. how to use full Helen had her lap of clover hlossoms. name ( of the machine et shall he The Wild steering said lor ise. last Thursday. lit.( ou mean that pitching downward sudsaid the inventor calmlv. when you were hauling it out of the muddy river.The reminded me more of a i^oose Wild its (loose.&quot. and has no rival in the air. &quot.I wish you mi^ ht find out i^ some such it.

one de cent bottle.&quot. as far as she could throw them over and around &quot. chosen from his cherished supply. He re He had carefully fused to be comforted.Gallant I had leaped and stumbled. &quot. crown thee with clover blossoms and christen thee Wild Goose! I muttered. by fell misfortune. Daggart s dismay ed face yet. had chanced to place her eager hand on this particular bottle when the . father s 171 out and took from a willow basket near her elbow a bottle. and crash went the neck of the bottle on the frame-work of the machine. Helen. The girl rose. in the other the wine.Gallant it. feet I of Beauty when this had to endure much my vain attempt to save the wine from its untimely end.&quot. the ilowers were scattered. and I see Mr. wobbler of the &quot. air. &quot. wanderer of the she cried. as he himself said in all frank This he had placed with the others in ness. alas a cobwcbbcd bot tle of old wine. sprawling at the episode was chaffing over over. holding in one hand ! the gathered folds of her white gown with the clover-blossoms ready.THE CHRISTENING. good Daggart sympathized with my efforts.&quot. one of the baskets before he left home. and I was air. Only Mr. while.I &quot. In a moment she turned.

which was coming on so swiftly. had shown that their talk was on terrific themes which moved them deeply. the stars. still and evening found our little company together on the prairie. thought of naming the machine possessed her. 1 he lovers had dravui somewhat aside from the rest of us. The day passed with much laughter and jollity. when suddenly Appleton called to me: &quot. and the uncertain lighted only by gleam of a lantern or two which swung from our porch. and so came mishap to an important feature of the old gentleman s repast. and as realities of his enterprise. its we talked. took hold of the poor girl. the serious problems that were occupying the world near and and of course much talk of the war.\Ventworth. and for some time their low earnest voices. heard at intervals in our pauses of con versation. the dangers and chances. \Yith night came talk of all a subduing inllnence. what was that old Roumanian repeating the other day the poem you were . The place was It had grown finite dark.17- ARMAGEDDON. and there was far. Appleton had already announced to Helen his determination to throw himself and his fortunes into the war.

&quot. repeated the poem. And when the spake from his deep.I joyful And the soldier am content. then?&quot.Not &quot. &quot.&quot.&quot. and free. Thy comrades of old have borne it hence.The wind replied. And the flowers bloomed where he was And were glad they blossomed there. dark grave: . art dead and the battle o er.Is the flocks and the shepherds pass. With &quot.I am content. dark grave: wind in the tree-tops blew The &quot.I folded hands they prayed for him. the soldier spake again: that the so. And the soldier am content. &quot. banner fluttered not. sound of the battle s roar?&quot. the &quot. To pray And my They me with folded hands.Did soldier said: the banner flutter so. bride in the village there. hero. dark grave: my hero. And the soldier spake from his deep. buried him on the battle-field for laid And the sun looked down and smiled.Thou the shepherds said.&quot. And And &quot. And the village women prayed. spake from the deep.THE CHRISTENING.Tell soldier dying spake: my mother dear to pray for me.Not &quot.&quot. Have borne it in triumph hence.&quot. my Thy country &quot.&quot.&quot. one you say Let us hear I is 173 the best of all patriotic poems? it. out there in the dark ness: The &quot.&quot.

\Ve so.Come. are those that rememher not. come. And the soldier spake from the deep. Dai^art said there is bustled about.^ain: those tlie voices of them that love. here.&quot. )a. the lovers lau^hin^ pa. &quot. mother. &quot.Are the soldier spake a.oin^ home. And And &quot. . lie helped them into the carriage. said O Brien. I joined the old r - 1 the\ were standing beside Appleton. where is )T.rien?&quot.&quot. come! child. and helped them about the horses. but 1 did not lelen s voice. For the spring has come and the earth has smiled . It time to be ^&quot. and our visitors i^art drove awav.&quot. gentleman and O Brien on their walk to our tumble-down stable. and hear o ood-niidit 1 There were calls of good-bye back and forth. ni} hero. was per Then Mr. That love and remember me: &quot.&quot.I am content.L.-. and his voice was husky and un natural. from some place near bv.Not &quot. ( Helen.1/4 ARMA(iI-:i)I)C)N. the lovers said. \\ hen the last word was fect silence for a lime. When we drove up for Helen and Mrs. &quot.s.And the dead must lie forgot.I m sir. dark ^rnve: &quot.

PRAIRIE. Closer inspection showed her face pale and her eyes almost tragic in the story they told of sleepless vigils and unshed heard to the tears. chairs placed upon a rug had spread for them on the and Appleton was standing erect and flushed of face before them. I found our retreat again honored by visitors no less distinguished than Helen and her mother. Appleton turned slightly toward me as he my footsteps. but continued speaking women. am going and nothing can stop me. tired and out of tune with the world. As I approached the group I noticed tears upon the face of the mother. The ladies were sitting upon camp which Appleton rich short grass. I stopped and listened. Ap&quot. Coming from the city. Wondering. 1/5 CHAPTER XIV.I . merely beckoning me toward him with his left hand.FAREWELL TO THE PRAIRIE.&quot. but the daughter was calm and apparently unmoved. FAREWELL TO THE It was a sunny afternoon in the lingering summer.

ItA-n and her mother had walked over from I the railwav station and surpri-ed Appleton as . &quot. so full of passion and fervor was this usually calm un emotional fellow. F called. I &quot. and resumed my work.&quot. still must go. A half hour later Appleton joined me at the work of the moment. Nothing can tempt me at this giving what little is our last da} in time to luse the privilege of have to my country.ft ourselves solely to our task of getting ready for the nil truing. I left them. Part we must. \ppleton!&quot. lie turned again to me.l/fi ARMAGEDDON. my life pleton was saying. This I this vapid place of inaction.I and stake my all.and now ing give you mine. I will join you is nothing. turn to Helen.Appleton! . leave you in anger. given me your ultimatum. and said.&quot. lie gave me a few quiet and cool as usual. for he seemed altogether unlike himself. pack ing for the journey. (lo in. my fortunes on this hour. &quot. and then we addressed words of explanation &quot. \Ye should he ready to leave at live o clock to-morrow morning. as vou know. Xo promise of ease or happiness can change my resolution!&quot. Go I will. soon. If must go under I I You have your displeasure.

and practical. Daggart. in turn. Backed by the old gentleman s instructions the two women had come out to our quarters to beg his plans. had essayed to show his fair visitors his view of things.&quot. It was a long talk. and go into some sort of marry a money-making scheme held out by Mr. and had said that now she was sure Appleton cared no more for her &quot.FAREWELL TO THE he worked. ending as I have reported. Above all the appeal had been made to Appleton. 1 .be 12 . remain at home. probably. Appleton. \von over to her side her parents. and her distress had. things. hazardous ways. There had been much halting and turn ing and no end of talking and crying before Appleton understood the drift of things. And Helen had gone away pale and angry. once for all. in his own down-right way. as soon as he could get his breath. when the pater was to clinch Appleton to give up his sweetheart. one often pressed before that he should change his venturesome. the women wanted to take him home to dinner with them. of the crisis in his The approach dangerous plans and almost cer tain death had broken down completely the girl who loved him. his PRAIRIE. affairs.

old man. the sounds of the summer night in our ears. said Appleton. The faint light showed a wagonette driven rapidly toward us and it did not take close examination for us to recognize its oc Mr. shall lie grasped Appleton s hand.&quot. Daggart was the driver of the cupants. er speak of her again. pair of bays and by his side sat I boy was completely subjugated.And than for the grass under his last words. I declared. have certain feelings of mv own.Helen . that is loci and those nev no\v. we lieard the mtiftled roll of a carriage on the soft prairie road. That evening as we sat smoking our pipes and looking at the moonrise. how &quot. &quot.I ever.&quot.&quot.were her &quot. You are all right. lelen. &quot.1 am not at all indifferent about coming hack again. He jumped down old The from his high seat as 1 took the horses heads. he said. \\ e \vill tly freely no matter \\hether we conic hack or not!&quot. We tugged at our packing. forgetting to cat until our man of all work called us to our late supper.&quot. the end. But Apple-ton would not even smile. too. and he was a man.

and Appleton and I. or make up for failure if you must fail. but he joined me. And down came Helen.&quot. 179 Go and do your work like a and you shall not lack for friends to hail man. doubting whether he will be thought a success or a fool. suppose an inventor ranks with a great We make much fuss over a great general. the horses cropping at the grass beside us. and so we left the lovers to say what was in their hearts. Then at last we said good-bye in earnest. got into the wagonette and rode as all After a while we said far as Helen and her the beginning of the boulevard with father. I thought and doubt agony imagine and contemplation that goes on within the minds of these as within that of an inventor. even after all that. and we stroll ed away together. and walked in perfect silence back to our dismantled quarters. too. I soldier or a great all commander of of seamen. In war the dreaming boy from the country becomes the Grant or the Dewey. clinging at first to her father. your success if it comes. In peace times the dreaming boy becomes the the .FAREWELL TO THE wait for you! PRAIRIE. good-bye for the twentieth time.

face. fearless mien.Frederickson has listed. withered old woman. On the morning when the serious work of dismantling and preparing the Wild Goose for shipment was to begin. were three figures.son. there. asked Appleton. standing in a row by the great shed in which the Wild (loose rested.180 ARMAGEDDON.Where are the boys?&quot. The old woman. an old man. to whom we had sent word a day or two before that they should be on hand and ready to help us. Kdison or the Tesla. his wife and Leda. and a straight young one of powerful frame and erect. as our eyes took in the group. with movement or gesture of face or figure. we had looked for the Swansons. When we came out before daybreak. although still exhibiting signs of sturdy strength. put out a her blue apron to her eyes. and so \ve all work together. replied the ancient Swede. It consisted of old Swan. a brown. once gigantic of stature. at the old man s impassive Listed. We little stopped. looking &quot. without word or sound. the imported youth the same as the home-horn youth. but now bent and worn. announced . surprised.&quot. too.&quot. &quot. &quot.

We will. remember the remnant of that Swedish family well. Pier eyes .&quot. We can help you. obedient workers went away. and with such other assistance as we could muster we were fain to be content.They have morning.Hold! enough!&quot. and go soon for the war. looking triumphantly at O Brien. There was no sign of regret or of any other emotion on the faces of the two old people. Then until Appleton cried &quot. Leda. their brown hands and arms were waved at us after their angular fashion and that was all. who had evidently heard the news before. The I three stood close to the railway track looking after us as we were hurried away on our plat form car. the silent. as last I saw it on the morning af ter our farewell to Helen and her father. l8l Leda.FAREWELL TO THE PRAIRIE. after receiving and thanking us for their well- earned wages. So spoke the vigorous Leda. a part of a long freight train. Their faded blue eyes looked up at us. All day we tugged and strained over our task and well into the night. all gone. followed us. showed a subdued but un mistakable warlike excitement. they are drilling this &quot. the Amazon.

with a free and really noble gesture. her checks Hazed with j&amp. and we were oil. her whole seemed agitated with strong streak above the red horizon. waved her hand.erson colr)r.[82 . shone. \Ve swung our hats over our heads. the sun showed one. She. too.

THE WILD GOOSE FLIES EAST. to tell When we got there 1 but it is needless thing the story of the carrying of the long upon joined farmers wagons. I am glad to say. Only this sworn at the battle of I have to say that a . fightfulness of life. since been counted as of our country and the considered at our true value time. We have. some value to world. We had to take the Wild Goose from the big old barn-like structure I had learned to love.&quot. how he how Appleton swore as George Wash &quot. to the railway station a mile and a half away. Our departure was not imposing for two such confident Americans in the very floodtide of healthfullness and. to tell down. but we were not at this particular There was trouble and it made us hardtip. merely of mud and logs and little up-hill grades. of the break-downs. and the difficulties.fell ington said to have Monmouth. and it is needless also that is is. what might be call ed. 183 CHAPTER XV.THE WILD GOOSE FLIES EAST. and dipped into our reserve for emergen cies.

Appleton. on a freight people than we. t but in grandeur he couldn us. we got ourselves and our charge upon the train sent by an unappreciativc or only partly appreciative government. tin s man who had thought out great things.184 ARMAGKDDON. but it is so can. who knew that there were greater cars. call a fine and proper who was swore on talk morning about. s what we that ing&quot. All this was trip simple. and whom we satis and captured in no time. to the ordinary traveler.Homer&quot. and because of us. in a manner was there a no use There Grecian named &quot. compare with Ap and between pleton. Among us. and in all thoughtfulness in love with a woman who deserved him and whom he deserved. fellow. but is. the man who was it genuinely and delicately and earnestly. The is from Chicago to the Atlantic Coast it beautiful. t man with an engineer s training 1 don know why s so. swear better than any other man upon the faee of the earth. who did things very well in his way. it seems to me. satiable thirst fied who were possessed of an in and appetite. in charge merely of a sergeant of marines and two men who were to take care of us in a gen eral way. .

to run ahead on a passenger express train. upon which the long machine lies. patriotically daring. 185 measure. The skies were bright and the trip was de lightful as we went from Chicago to the coast and watched vigilantly over the Wild Goose to see that affect it it it as was not wrenched sufficiently to was twitched around the curves.THE WILD GOOSE FLIES in a EAST. We the coast left in excellent first condition. He was to get things ready for the transfer of the Wild Goose from us after the the railway yards to the United States ship at her dock in I New his York. . less beautiful to thoughtful ad venturers in charge of an air-machine laid upon two freight cars and liable to have its made wrong by the wrench which must inevitably come when those two interior suddenly freight cars. turn a sudden iron-laid corner at too great a had our troubles but we reached speed. Appleton day. followed with Leander O Brien and the sergeant and men. In the conclu sion of the last sentence I speak for myself and not for others. I had a qualm now and then and almost wished I were out of the whole affair more than once. in a measure. all of us in a condition equally hopeful and apprehensive and.

too. such conversations inevit in the doini^ ly the trainmen of whatever O llrien and his firm friend. \\ e it there. the of which came hack from ably resulting the trees ^Towini.ot and one Sergeant Snedeker of the State s Marine Corps were the really forces. &amp. in its speed. at the end of our . \\ e were five davs on the road to Xew York where we were to board the Alaska. It was worth while to look from the elevat ed perch on the &quot. upon the adjacent hill-sides.caboose&quot. leaped from the cars to the platform and ran ahead and had certain conversations at each station \\ith the trainmen and railwav cch&amp. and one Leander lirien ( ) i. A freight train even a &quot. It I nited effective was they into troubled seas as soon as we were safelv stowed with our pre cious \Yild (loose under her proiechon. one of the new fleet of I nited State s war-ships which was under orders to freight&quot.&quot. by no means comparable to li^ \RMAGEDnON had rows with the trainmen and conducted \\ c ourselves like commonplace. Sne is deker. loud anxious Ameri can citizens trying to i^et valuable freight from one point to another point in t^ood condition.|W&amp. when we stopped anywhere. demanded.

the cli max of scenic loveliness being reached when diana. and the placid beauty of New York. In the level wooded lands of In more richly diversified country of Ohio. 187 and see what was going on in the quiet country or restless towns and cities all along our way. rivers. ran the vivid and visi ble spirit of war.THE WILD GOOSE FLIES train. converted into soldiers. glen or level built its In many a lonely mountain meadow where the railway had side-tracks. forests and lakes. ant When &quot. we saw crowds of blue7 coated soldiers. the mountain ranges of Pennsylvania. mountain and valley.Food for powder!&quot. lounging on the grass at mid day. where green boys were to be too. through all the changes of plain. or leaping and playing at all sorts of athletic games while they waited for the sig them to resume their journey again toward the war camps which were springing nal for up in tion and lot. what food! The fresh unspoiled And manhood of . I would mutter. camps of prepara drill. the East and South. EAST. the we came down the Hudson River. They were a buoy our train hurried by one of these waiting regiments there were always scores of laughing fellows to swing their kats in the air and wave them at us.

the old story of the man who said that he preferred any land accident to one at sea. when it came to planning for own was shaken. but at experiments sea the good fellow. your railway train runs off the track. who nation!&quot. caught the import of my mutterings. & 88 ARMACKDDON. lie was loyal even to his tongue. no matter what that end might be. and told him the best place to live or die was on salt water. there you are! Ihit if your ship is struck and you are spilled out where are you?&quot.rien s fears. &quot. Sometimes when O Hrien. He was it willing to risk above the good solid ground. was forever by me. he would give me a quizzical look and say. and maintained the honor of the navv gallantlv . although he would not it. and why not? m thinkin a I it s as fishes.If ( Mis words may have had more or less eftect. Hut Sergeant Snedeker of the United States Marines scoffed at )T&amp. salt but not even the terrors of the really sea could keep OTrien from following our for tunes to their He quoted to his friend Snedeker.Well. and you are thrown out.rien the air machine over the water. I for powder as food for in had serious objections to going up I&amp. () good to be food don know!&quot.

Appleton met us in the freight yard at the end of our journey. He hardy had a steady head. and with such help as he had secured.THE WILD GOOSE FLIES always. and look down calmly. . and we were through being jerked and &quot. taking note minutely of whatever was passing below. set of High in the clouds he could stand on our frail foot space. soft-coal-burn ing railway engine. EAST. he could walk about and climb like a cat. When the hour for ac tion comes fear has no place in the make-up of such fellows as Leander O Brien. the task was not a hard one. The honest fellow had been well tried. 189 when once our journey was ended. and hang over a rope net ting or wire guard in such apparent peril as took away the breath of the looker-on. and a cool nerves. Furthermore. puffing. notwithstanding his brag and bluster. He was ready to transfer the Wild Goose to the Alaska.snaked&quot. along after a hooting. but in no way affected the respiration of O Brien himself. I had no fears for him if there should come the time when far under him at his post in the air-machine the ocean heaved in place of the solid ground. and I knew that there was no back-down in him.

and assigned our quarters. hut there was always one within plain reach of our glasses. respectful politeness in which we could not but discover a slight but keen edge of tol eration and even amusement. often more.. The next morning we \vere well out of sight of land hut in the midst of a threat ships we had joined in the night. treated hy the naval offi cers of our ship and of the squadron with pa for us. fleet of war Appleton and 1 were fairlv fascinated hy the near presence of a vast section of the navy. As we were O Urien in his quarters below caused the . dark on ship.i&amp. his place in OTmen al having circles. \Ve were never tired of watching from our ducks the iron-clad. and they were ever suhjects of our study and ad miration. uirreted monsters.o ARMAGEDDON were met courteous! v by tlie \\ e command er of the United States ship. introduced to his The great ships kept well away from each other. tient. and of discussing their various death-dealing contriv ances. the the day of our arrival on hoard Alaska put to sea with sealed orders. some part of the ship lotted to men of about it his standing Ik-fore in naval whatever may he.

foke sl. and from this time on his life on board the Alaska was one long holiday. as he miscalled the critics. . He soon had a half a dozen steadfast friends.THE WILD GOOSE FLIES sailors EAST. and so he enjoyed his holiday with a light heart and with practically no interruptions. 191 amusement without toleration even. but always his bruised feelings could be immediately salved by bruis ing the flesh and bones of his tormentors. broken only by temporary soreness of spirit when the Wild Goose was slightingly spoken of. to say nothing of politeness. Loud and angry &quot.&quot.sea were his expressions against the chumps&quot. and then began O Brien s conquests. Eventually a series of desperate conflicts lightened his existence and that of his companions of the &quot. men he had soundly thrashed in fair fight.

even common grave place except for the constant presence of danger. Our work and experiments had hecn so ([tiietly conducted. and were of such a practical nature. There was in him no trace of excited hopefulness or nervous dread over the trial the of action .and anxious dream. the time during our at least. that. Appleton seemed to awake as from a troubled . ALASKA. in retrospect. CHAPTER ON BOARD Nothing could Till-: XVI. Ilis preoccupation and him like wornout gar abstraction fell from ments. the time at hand when our venture must he made for good or ill. full some unmatched in piece out of a life has every other phase heen of which stir and stress. were once at sea with the war directly looming large prospect on the morrow.1 92 ARMAGEDDON. summer like of preparation seems to me. When we fleet. lia\c been more radical than the change from our camping outfit on the Illinois prairie to the plunge we now made into the great \yorld struggle.

there was absolute freedom from anything of the kind. He was as care and joyous as a boy. His fighting blood was humming all the time under the stimulus of his war-like surroundings. be it remarked. in higher spirits and with more complete abandon to the hour than less I had ever seen him in before. Every cloud was gone from his face. Leander O Brien. also exhibited first cheerful phases of character. just before 1Q3 him. Following loyally Appleton s example. his spare frame gained in flesh.ON BOARD THE ALASKA. and his limbs in muscle. argument and It was the old story over again anticipation. even the slight stoop in his shoulders vanished. It was delightful to see the inventor s spirit and body flourish in the forcing atmosphere of certainty of action. under the cir cumstances already described. Nothing could dim his conis . during our voyage. or since. He had reached an undreamed of height of glory and new and delight. after the onslaught of seasickness was over. His pride in the Wild Goose was unbounded. Instead of the care and anxiety which might have been expected to overwhelm him. after long continued and even agonizing experiment. of the youth singing as he goes to battle.

As to the first adjustment upon deck of the queer device which might become suddenly an uplifting thing. almost a trifle grudgingly given tint place upon the huge deck whence it could most ea-ily depart when its time should corae for making an ascent. within the range of possibility. to his among the warm hearted tars of the Upon it seemed the warship the Wild (loose had though more or less contemptuously that the upon it. or about the thev might look way they adjusted it. and before the end of our voyage he had made many converts opinions Alaska. and our To possible good in a the end of our stay upon the suggestions were received politely.&amp. L know machine was as well by the officers in with a due regard to the quick releas charge. our advice was asked. be of po&amp. fidcnce in the ultimate success of Appleton and his but. and then gener ignore !. warship we constantly received courteous treatment from the officers. to me.194 ARMAGEDDON.ible placed as could be devised some emergency. I know very little about the lashings of the machine. but after much fussing and al!}stanchioning and bindins/ and bracing the . ing of a thing which might.

Captain Hillis. he endured us patiently. but which had been forced upon him by his superiors. as having a certain govern mental dignity. treat ed us as social equals though we felt that in his estimation he had been burdened with some extra freightage and two cranks and their helper. an accomplished and ex perienced officer of the navy. at table. and it was inevit able that should chaff back again or that Ap pleton should become fiercely earnest and enI . and made us situated as Of course it was impossible that two men we were. though hitherto civilians. though they laugh ed at us aside. could be daily at table with these American naval officers without certain allusions to our strange enterprise. comfortable in a manly way. and at all times. Nevertheless. Appleton and I.ON BOARD THE ALASKA. 195 Wild Goose seemed to be reasonably secure. messed with the officers of the Alaska and were treated by them with all com radeship and good feeling. a man of many parts. There were often buoyant remarks from the younger officers regarding the nature of our mission. we were sure. and one who would not have neglected any duty he thought due his country even in the way of caring for a thing he did not believe in.

at my ques lie. perhaps. And we sailed southeastward toward summer seas. there was always we thought needed.i committed had something to themselves. showed Mgns of em- . had evidently forgotten poor Fitz so entirely as not even to miss his some what oppressive presence. while Appleton. ARMAGEDDON. and another. I that needed. we gradually found some stanch admirers and one or two who had )ne of these was a lieuten great belief in us. a descendant. also a lieutenant. O Brien and I were fumbling over the Wild Goose.n/&amp. as was One day our custom almost daily. though they say in our larkings and debates. tion. something looking to suddenly remembered O Brien s dog. The elder officers never thusiastic. as we looked at him after an ap parently innocent querv. O Brien. ( ant named Goodman. also. and asked what had become of Fitz. last day or Appleton looked up inquiringly. though. or 1 had not even seen him during the two before we left the prairie. a junior though could wa. Among the younger ones. named Garrity. of the tional famous captain named in the saucy na song. who so make good jokes and Irish bulls and altogether a delicious fellow.

aboard. &quot.&quot. said haven you?&quot. &quot. and approached me. He ain t in my ear: A a present of Fitz to Miss Daggart. a trick he had learned of the sailors. and she promised to made take the best of care of the dog. fine young lady she is.I Brien spoke up quite readily back west all right. O Brien. uneasily.Fitz is no sea-going dog.Where. his master had brought him along &quot. &quot. in defiance of have a freak. 197 barrassment. he said &quot. O now.Xaw. al- . a bit of rope he had in his hands. t smuggled your dog Applcton. sir.ON BOARD THE ALASKA. Lowering his voice so that Appleton could not hear. and give him back to me if 1 should ever want him. His face be came a deeper red than the permanent hue the sun and the sea winds had already painted there.&quot. &quot.&quot. O Brien gave his trousers a hitch.Why. rather than part with Fitz. which in him were so rare as to be astonishing if not alarming. what did you do with him?&quot. He almost turned his back on us and tied and untied. but from Neither of us could help laughing at such O Brien s demeanor we had both jumped to the conclusion that.

&quot.he and how Helen had accepted his gift graciously and appreciatively. and pet. O P&amp.rien. the epi tome of all ugliness. good See?& ll be a . and how had comforted his honest heart by assuring him that she would see personally to the com fort and well-being of the dog. as her charge us. &quot. after concluded ()T&amp. a present.rien declar ed. \\ hen our laugh was over. never would h^hter &quot. Xow that his secret was out he last visit to told Fit/ to us readily enough how he had taken the dav of his left.&quot. and then. convulsed we sent for () l rien. with Fit/. aloud.I all. with a deprecating look at Appleton. he muttered that he had left something indispensable to his immediate duties below.t &quot. &quot. so that Appleton could hear.though. as he is! in ain no Injun low naggart. the world did you get Fit/ to Miss said I.&quot. Helen on Chicago before we &amp. shadow crossing his glowing face. ( nice giving him a&amp.I tuck him to her house. a hit mo& for the picture conjured up in our minds of Helen in her serene and perfect I think of I asking t him hack. and disappeared.

&quot. &quot. Appleton and chatted concerning something inconsequen tial. assented O Brien.&quot.&quot. &quot.What s a droll thing?&quot.He ll he dog he fat and lazy and you wouldn t want him to fight anyway. Lieutenant Garand I were sitting after dinner smoking listlessly and enjoying the effect of moonlight upon foam I of the long white limb of the inverted which stretched out on either side as the V ship rushed through the water. Daggart.It s &quot. it s plain as a my Here I am.Sure!&quot. brightening up again. as there are thou sands of other Irishmen in this fleet. I assured the worried owner of this hullway. it s Irish all mean.ON BOARD THE ALASKA. Suddenly he broke out: a droll thing. &quot. There s!&quot. but Garrity had lapsed into a brown study. an Irishman. s little chance for a fight at Daggart soon be out of condition. I . anyway. way through.What &quot. pikestaff. On rity another day Appleton. &quot. doomed to a life of inactivity.Why. now that he belongs to Miss &quot. being here at do you mean?&quot.Well.&quot. I asked. hit (lull 199 for poor ll Fitz. going the course. any &quot.Why man.

it isn t a rest of the stni^ide bel\\een th. it \\onld be ninvise.& raciallv considered.ome!y into a fray \vith the express ob ject of knocking. ting.e An^lo-Saxon and the world. If it were a clean division. 1 coiniutl look. but got credit for might v few ol them save \vhcn we \vere fighting among otirselves. \\Vve been too t.en that. the Anglo-Saxons are Teu and mo. sigh.&amp.ivhu: me a deprecat ing. aside. fond of fight in and oilier divarshin since cen ! rian Uoru s great-great-greatwas a baby. We ve won thou grandmother sands of victories. It s national suicide it.200 . &quot. f&amp.^ liard Teutonic thumps. and we haven the world against the an account of them t a thing in Shah of I ersia and a . and 1 if I m not mistaken. as between the Kiudish sneaking and other races.r those blessed Japs are going to gi\ e selves on our side.Nonsense. anvhow. and now we re tumbling in turies before I shoulder to shoulder with the hated Sassenach. as seems to be just i now. but it isn t e\&quot. at the &quot. Kh! but we re a queer we irishmen. we ll presentlv be ^ettit . &quot. we re commit And he heaved a nothing short of same time ^&quot. into smithereens the oppon ents of the Anglo-Saxon rare. said Ajipletun. as usual.

that there s no It would be telling any more what s what. Appleton and I.We opinion either Henry VIII. course you are thinking of your wobbly old sky-scraper.. but religions don t cut the figure licked they did once content.Why. lie boy. Just be What more could an Irishman want it. peniaps. great war.OX BOARD THE ALASKA. I don t want to cast a shadow over you. said Garrity. than a ever. And he smoked there are reasons for away silently. Well. should have remained a good Catholic or have trouble. I &quot.&quot.&quot.&quot. but when a man fall^ a mile and hits the water he cat the fishes bite into side as they him and a pie!&quot. better. chaffed and imagined things together. man. that s what has made most of the others. and him from the would And so we. and you the rest of us travel so far. Of course. my How will &quot. force. Celt and Saxon. In my you more thoroughly into his way of thinking. We talked. in the affairs of nations. Irishmen are so deft at love-making&quot. of our boyish midnight exploits . reflectively. and. s Hat.this be the saying &quot. you ll get concluded.Of last it. &quot. fight. lot of 2OI don t bclic\ c there s a pure blooded Celt or Saxon in all our re so mixed and intermingled. if we were all of one religion.

but the effect remained. l&amp.1 I ) sheV ^ in^ to be nni. off to the ri. There may be a^ away loomed up something white and ghostly. the old legend of the my mind sea and mumbled it out something about the said (lar- Flving &quot. seemed rushing hy in a direc tion opposite our own.v the few vagrants Mill all It left upon the rind (iarrity told of the (|ueer things aliove the boq-s and of tlie Panshce which scream:. the lights of other All at lonesome in the future.ild piratc&amp. tiling. despite the moon indolently and &amp.shipboard would do one I ( &amp. &amp.f light. fo. .gt. were.j: A thin came up and visible. one of jin eat craft. ships were hare!} ht I*. there mav be tragedies galore on . when death is to come in Irish castles or anywhere in particular where Pan- shees may roam. by Jove I \\i-h It do!&quot.. \\ e knew what recalled to I it was. where the outlook from our side the ship Mended. though this effect was the speed of our own produced chielly It was nut a sailing vessel.2O2 in the country. eyes ^ ood to have rity. into darkness. And then we leaned hack smoked and said nothing and looked southward. have a sympathy for her. Poor a MLdit of it.

for aught 1 know. nothing to raise the hair on a man s head in the idea! You might as well try to ! make a Flying Dutchman out of a ware house!&quot. were they to meet. of course. but the Flying Dutchman and she wouldn t recognize each other as ships. not a sails man visible. nothing but an old tub awash There s no romance. saw whaleback with a rusty turret on. there may be another ship destined to everlasting wanderings. . wallowing about and trying ineffectually who. 203 and. no mystery. Imagine one of these iron steamships turned into a Flying Dutchman! You d hear reports from time to time from seafaring men a mysterious old and longitude that. No and no long-bearded men you spectral can see through on the deck below.ON BOARD THE ALASKA. in latitude this to sink.

lands known most Knglish speaking people mainly through an old when Ca those i&amp.-h navy. but to docribe to am it.m and truth. I can remember every 1 detail of it as it looked me. All the world knows of that meeting of the allied on that sunny morning. The dav is already the ehox/ii theme ol poets and paint ers. the off the to &quot. Xo man ever saw a more impressive sight. It is a bine world down there. when we came of the iron mongers me glad stood silently by Appleton in close view with our glares it docs not remain to 1 As of the Ilriti. and has been described bv a thousand pens with varying degree.of enthnsia&amp. the water and the sky are lantic. CHAPTER XVII.ere el. the grim line of battle-ships gave forth their ii Hue as no\\h. It was a morning llritish of dazzling sunshine fleet we met tleet&amp.204 ARMAGEDDON.&quot. and the islands ri^e and dreamy in another shade of blue misty from the ocean s bosom.-e in the At seems to me..

205 din of salute to our flag-ship my heart jumped into my throat. but with the beauty of terror. our men cheered as we swept How remote companionship which naval custom prescribes for r-hips. and I re member little more of that day or night.ARMAGEDDON. carrying the commanders to our Admiral s ship and him into that to the British Admiral. his visitors tle-ship. came in few days . loud cheering came across the water from our kinsmen after the roaring cannons were still and the flag dipping was over. It was beautiful. and trim boats with jaunty crews clad in snow-white went dancing about. so that profound was the impression of of giants on the heaving ocean. Then there was a great wig-wagging of sig nals. and tears found an unaccus tomed place in my eyes. and what deep. so great ment of time in on the Alaska s deck in a sort of and bewildering was the mo which I was living. that assembly of naked metal fighting machines lying there on the strongly heaving yet unbroken sea of blue water. I who of his stood awaiting on the deck own great bat stood still trance. meeting Then that other storied allied fleets morning when our met the cnemv.

and offered us battle before the German Ad man\ \ve. and before the first streak of dawn.206 or ARMA(. it mattered not to us. miral with his shi])S had joined them. and their gallant hearts from any question as to the outcome of the tremendous struggle in which they were soon to be engaged.KI)1K)N. Appleton was anxious about one tiling only. \Ye night. as all the world knows. every man was at his post on his ship read} for action. There was no confusion nor disorder. \\ e steered straight for Gibraltar. . which way the wind was blow It meant evervthing to him. and the Latins came out to meet us. ing.fight that the officers and men near us were idly curious over our getting away. and to me. so busy were and so hot over the coming fight. an! that was. so free were their minds from cares of detail. were prepared. nothing to anyone else around us. I!y the will admit growing light we worked. There was nothing in I I . Kverything was so perfectly arranged for the coming. \Ye had been awake all and so had every soul in our allied squadrons. and that was one of the most frightened men in the world when we began preparations for lifting our miserable little air-machine from the deck of the Alaska.

and was happy. I cigar of a tiling. But I was the only funking man.ARMAGEDDON. to set a new pace for the war-prancing of the world. and to suggest new premises and new ideas for the statesmen of with all the world. He had not yet learned that lie was not to be taken with us on the trip. just a piece of impertinence to be plumped up into the sky and intended. O Brien was. as always. we would be drowned. as for Appleton. 207 the surroundings to encourage a fellow. I found occasion to get mad and wanted to throw at Appleton one of the thole-pins which lay so easy to was quivering with anger and impatience all the time I was aiding him and disentangling and getting ready to iloat aloft our preposterous old silvery-brown my hand. though there may have been a trace of pity in the expression of some of their countenances because. he was so earnest and active and unthinking of anything but success. Despite my own alarm. that he was irritating they thought to me. of course. All the time Garrity danced about us and did intelligently at least more work than I in . lie replied briskly to the chaffing. brimming over with confidence. Even the sailors grinned at us. arrogance.

we chaffed at each in a other way which could not otherwise have U&amp.JoS ARMAGEDDON. even then. jauntily and laughing that we were probably all that could save I I them. Some of the uftlccrs of the vessel stood about us. Those blaxing good fel lows in bedecked uniforms laughed in my face ly. There v. when told finally. and itself the scandalous. my heart that he \\ e the assistance of the that re I gretted from the bottom of \vas not to rise aloft with us.-. and at had. 1 think fell more love \vith that wild Irislnnan on that partic ular occasion than at any previous period of (Mir acquaintance. comments they made. although my heart was not a great way was doing all this from my mouth when As for something so as tonishing in his activity in the cause with \\hich he disagreed. been \\ e talked lightly of what was about to happen. the la&amp. . were ileing friend. and probably I the releasing of the air-machine as in much as did Appleton.t Wild Goose began to put on airs. thev &amp. It lifted from its ignoble place upon the deck and exhibited anxiety to go somewhere. in his desire for and soniething so lovable immediate light.implv counted boasting. lives in Heing men about take our our hands.

We were already instinctively relegated to the list of those who must disappear in the action about to follow. even though we right place failed. they showed a little feeling. lie should have 1 risen a little more to the heroic aspect of the t occasion. but. we were brothers in arms and meant all It was all good. Meanwhile Appleton was puttering around and looking after details. for there was a strong grip in the hand shakes and will say for [ got. They thought knew that so America was concerned. Even at this late day at question the course of that gentleman that particular juncture. When officers us. but they far as the United States of hearts were in and that. all was arranged the for cutting loose. by Jove! the airs right. looking after the little things we were to have with us and giving directions to O Brien and the other fellows in a low and pleasant voice. I ve put on over those officers when I ve met 14 . at that last moment. our the us lunatics.ARMAGEDDON. He simply trotted around with some small tool in his hand. the of I big warship gathered about them that then. He didn rise at all. Applcton and 209 me as dead men.

as if to spoil our mo who of farewell. \Ve fumed and noted. The advance ships of the enemy were in rinusly hour s 1 l&amp. carrier. going on around us. since! t &amp. plucky and half-sorrow them ful fellows seeing us. Appleton sprang into the carrier. O P. in had been working inside the on the one of and neither fretted. just then. we three forlorn land-luhhers. Poor O nrien! At the last day Appleton had decided against his going with us. everyone on that ship. as they thought. and after a while . depart to death. and he was disconsolate. then the weight of one more person counted in (Mir frail lighting machine. discovered some defect the automatic air-pumps. the faithful. knew nor ( unheard and un cared what was hir ship.egan fuimpatiently An examining as to the trouble.v sight. and in a moment we were The was too great.f know the kind The} didn were taking leave of! They were people the} nieivlv good hearted. we realized. delay might Then there came a signal. and l& and risk&quot. mean everlasting failure.210 ARMAGEDDON. And ment then. was under increased speed.

be taken with &quot. But Appleton had decided once for all. Air. &quot. noticed and unconsidered. just lifted said &quot. and the quaking was over. Japan O Brien. made me quake for a mo ment.Let me go. let go one of her great guns.Youse ll Appleton. we heard the deep roar of ese. although not to O Brien s satisfaction. the little break in machinery had to repaired. AYentworth?&quot. Just as we got under way the Alaska. Something in the me understand It look he gave O Brien made why he ordered him to re a little main. and we attracted no attention . we rose swift \Ye were still practically un ly into the air. though people ordinarily watch the rising of a balloon or any thing like it. won t you. and as if impelled by its shock and roar. Mr.It s begun!&quot. he said earnestly.ARMAGEDDON. but Appleton called to me to take my place in the carrier of the machine. at distant guns. which had wheeled into her place in the line of action. as we learned later. He begged need me. his who was head and Appleton : s side. Now been us.&quot.

A shot from them would have been an unwelcome visitor to us just as we left the ship. \Ye gave much thought. . to the enemy. They had a fight on hand. and first we could not help a fair knowing that at we were mark. \Ye rose quickly. Our experiment might do Neither friend to talk foe about afterward. and then wavered and hung above the Alaska. their fmm Those aboard had too to devote much on minds anv attention to the cx])erimcnt of a eonple of presumable fools. and for the moment far from safe. not yet out of range. however. once started. the other ships. the result of which would be to test the soundness of all theories eonnected with the fighting of men in iron ships.212 ARMAGEDDON. nor thought of us at all.

but said nothing about the ether voice. into what talks I had been accustomed to describe with as in &quot. watery grave. Appleton had hitherto replied to such allusions irrelevantly. that not injustice to say of the \Yilcl Goose immediately after her swift departure from the warship. Now we or the water.PRACTICAL. a proceeding which we had often ner. or any other way. or suddenly drop flatly or sideways.&quot. she behaved in a most unpatriotic. not to say uncertain. after a fashion. . &quot. and then the Wild Goose seemed last.&quot. though she carried two Qrsars and their fortunes. Something&quot.a anticipation Appleton. 213 CHAPTER APPLETON BECOMES It is XVIII. man remember now don t was but it did not work.& the ether. pleton just in s The machinery at yielded to Ap- and coaxing time.&quot. did not work well I just what it alluded to in our conversations.APPLETON BECOMES &quot. and the question was imminent for a second or two as to whether we should &quot. though in a loud of and resonant both thought a good deal.PRACTICAL.

and somehow t llmindered a s^ood r though in lloundered doesn scribing the seem word in de depths reach a position over the enemy s ships. the upper t^ettin^&quot. but. Onee under way we all surelv and safely. test. the first i.Teat as to how practically dirigible we were under such conditions. depended a i^rcat issue. Then came the problem. not that li^ lit were hovering far above. our It was clear it was and with arose steadily. than of the sharks whose fins were cutting the water that below.rather to seek the companionship of the el m&amp. and the fierce air currents which (iod sends around the world. Could we over come it? \Ve didn km&amp. about a mile above the I ocean. rose after dipping once We or twice. at fortunately for civilization.&quot. between adapted liquified which (iod has inven man. We had an amazing amount of doubt about ourselves. and upon the issue t of a little flight.w. judged. away rp in the sky. and our feelings of uncertainty were subsequently justified. then steered to of upper wind from the cast. and a pushfaced what we had hoped not to find in L. to a use bv the brain . the propellers \Ye cheeked driving furiously at command. alon^ way on to the eastward.

rushing toward each other and. hung the Wild Goose. to quote the hack simile. so great are the carry- . Very beautiful was the scene. kept us high in the air between heaven and earth. hanging.AI in PLETON BECOMES air against air. one to the east. but still the fierce wind from the cast. almost above the sea.- 215 one way but the fight was unequal. though I hope that in Mahomet s coffin has never been used such language as was used by us yet we kept fumbling along toward the place we sought. the other to the west. at a standstill. The air opposing it had been impregnated and turned into a force through the medium of man far s intelligence. It nosed and pushed and bustled. for the battle was on. &quot. There lay upon the water the two navies. It was wonderful. pushing. when we had dug our way against the upper wind to a standstill above the fighting fleets. while we did all we could with all the forces at hand. fighting valorously against us as did the stars against Sisera. like Mahomet s coffin. Fluttering. what lay beneath us. a mile or two away from our own fleets upon the waters and seeking to attain just the position we wanted above the Slavs and Latins. The vast ocean of air remained still barren of an idea.PRACTICAL.

scared but hopeful. with the air blowing well. modern cannon. belching forth which wrought deadly mischief when the ships were yet miles apart. and the sun shining brightly.Wild Goose. hung the Wild Goose. Tossing and glittering beneath the radiance were the ships but what use far is there in talking about it? Overhead. or any other twin brethren were but as thistledown compared with us up there in that They throbbing machine.216 iug powers of sliots ARMAGEDDON. Somehow the wind fell and the &quot. slowly at first. had sucked something down or waterspout lifted something up away off in the wide ocean of waters. And all this under a summer sky. poems he tells of the great Twin brethren who assisted in some fight Latins of the between the Romans and other Pshaw! outlying provinces. crept into the face . unmind of operations. overhead. Maybe a Suddenly the east \vind fell. Slav and ful still of uals two unknown and unsung individ who were about to drop things from In one of Macaulay s above. laden with explosives and trying to reach the center Upon the sea at one point the Latin watched angrily and fought bravely with no thought of surrender. too well almost for us in its upper depths.

of the current



stationary over the opposing

and eventually hung almost fleet. Then be gan the trouble between Appleton and me, trouble entirely personal and meaning nothing save the wrangling between two fellows who loved each other, and who were working with every force of mind and nervous energy to

or death to ourselves being entire

out of mind.

had been arranged that Appleton, know ing how to handle the air-machine he was
rather say it now again should hold the machine Appleton above the object of attack and that I should be

rather vain over



the aerial

marksman whose




be to drop things accurately. Xow that we found ourselves hanging just where we wanted to be, namely, over one of

enemy s great warships, came the hurried debate, a debate as to the manner in which from a point a mile high in the air, a certain

substance called dynamite should be dropped

most accurately upon a ship floating on the
water directly below. Fur such fame arid reputation as may come to a man who has devised the best way of

dropping dynamite, and steering










this point, to put in
is all


earnest claim.


right in his


of course; he invented tlus luting tiling, but


writing this story, who de vised the gun \\hich shot with no nonsense

who am

about trajectories, and the gun which alwavs


unless tliere was




aiming, \\diile \\ e had been argu had been aiming. ing Appleton had been with his glass what lay directly be examining


neath us on the water.





ing bv quictlv saying that our mark was the Russian flagship, the Russian Admiral being

supreme command of the engage ment then going on between the lleets of the




lias come," said

The big gun

of this

Applcton. warship of the sky was


was but



the bot


of the carrier, a sort of a trap-door, three


which turned back on lunge-.
a sort

And we had


plummet arrangement


a It took great pride. which slender rod of lead, with rear and fore sights

by me, was only



located a point below to a nice \Ve hung thus, far above the Czar, and



Appleton managed the
there as




moving here and

I called out to him. Then, finally, I what seemed a reasonably good aim and got dropped one of the great charges of explosive. \Ye watched the descent of the mass with all anxiety and there came to me, a little later, a sensation of astonishment and deep disgust commingled. For what I saw was this: The

thing rushed





from sight and then, close beside the Czar, rose a vast mountain of snow! I knew what had occurred. I had missed the ironclad, but the impact upon the water of the mass dropped from a height so great had been such that the dynamite had exploded as if hurled
tain of

downward upon a field of iron. The moun snow was but the water of the Atlantic

torn into a feathery mass and thrown into all directions. For a minute the Czar was in

snow mountain disappeared and the ironclad was riding the ocean still;


but tossing as

if upon a tidal wave. was enraged. Something; of what men have called the lust of battle seemed to come upon me. I must strike the Czar, and there were not too many packages of the dynamite




was an^ry with Appleton. unt

roared. hy don you stead}- her?" hy don you show that you can manage You ve nothing" to hra^ your own craft? about







miliated deeply.






all was hu do better next seixed another package


try to


dynamite, another cast.





prepared for was taken a^ ain and

the terrible tiling dropped.

happened then changed what



story of

wars of the future.



There was the mountain of was all. P.ut when it dis there was no C xar riding the waters appeared

snow a^ ain;


of the Atlantic



was wild:






and left A^ain there was the steadvin^ and aiming. a 4 ain the discharge and

)rive her

over that bi^ ship to the

he did as






was mad

tragedy below. as any Hersekcr. Applcton turned
of the awful




ship and see

we do? Look out for our flag what they are doini; below there!"




We looked through our glasses and saw what made our hearts heat wildly and made
us shout together.
puffs of


longer came white
of the

smoke from any


of iron


Instead there was a Mutter of white
to us, soundless con

Hags to the cast and

we guessed not further battle, but surrender, sur meant render partly, it may be, because of the havoc
centration of the navies which

wrought by the Anglo-American and Japan ese fleets upon the enemy, but chiefly because
of this dreadful creature of the skies.



upon thrown everything into confusion by demol ishing the enemy s flagship, to say nothing of our second victim, and I looked across the narrow space into Appleton s face. Its ex I inferred that he pression was inscrutable. was as puzzled regarding my own look for he

the seas was ended.


shot had

remarked, apropos of nothing: "\Yhat is the matter, old man?" and a moment later ex
"We must get down." had accomplished our mission; we felt in our hearts that we were the only people of prominence existing, and the next thing was We to get back to glory and the Alaska.


prepared to descend in one of those long

and I. ami then dive deeper and lie still in the mush less of rotting galleons lost centuries ago. before it stopped. and fmallv shot down into and we slanted .loose. graceful sweeps. wondering what Appleton was thinking about. it I was only we were (. at desperate know now ble \\ild that the tiling of the air.222 ARMAGEDDON. plain that I didn in t know then. is a good Appleton. still somewhere some pro- vague and kindly helping but weak way.nt \\hen we started to de scend the long graceful sweep somehow dis appeared from the practical work of my friend still insist. l. that the Wild (&quot. was painfully aware that we were slipping down the air whirling bank 1 Personally considering the slant we had. burrow its nose in among some mermaids with sea ( into the Atlantic )cean. engi I neer. this Something had given way again and time seriously. but straits. the terri did not all: I graceful sweep come down in any know that the men upon their it felt doom was was themselves going sudden! v to and I mean a doom with a big D. felt.loose would. (lowers in their hair. who. a little There power in a left among pellor the parts of the machinery. I don know what the t matter was. Something gave way again.

and. for the moment. helpless and wet. I remember that our clothes fitted us with too exceeding closeness and that.&quot. and the Wild Goose resting on the ocean s floor I remem ber that as we came up. and with our two selves badly scared and out of breath and wondering what we had done. still dripping. up to a certain point. The details of this disaster are scant in my I remember that an admirable thing devised and managed. from the boat to the deck. with these clinging garments upon us. that is. that almost as soon as we had leaped and gone under and then come gasping to the surface a boat reached us and we were taken aboard and hurried to the warship. Mr. with our hair hanging lank and flat beside our faces.PRACTICAL. Appleton and I leaped away as the thing the ocean. by two good Americans dived and that one mind. They came tumbling toward us in a lump and the language they used . I think the officers were even worse than the men. 223 the sea with a vigor which was wonderful.AFI LETON BECOMES &quot. our eccentricity and pierced uncertainty having been observed from the Alaska and not only observed but construed correctly as to what it meant. there wasn t any discipline upon the ship of war Alaska.

i . the \Yild (loose. s use to other a fel- lo\vs \vho arc thought to have done good thing. ordinate the manner of my assumed at once. imitating.rien among the throng pressing toward us and giving vent to the shri whoop of South Ilalsted Street. even now. we did very well. I 1 will say that. had me.22 \ ARM AC. and a lot of prison ers and plunder tailing after him. and who rode down the Roman streets with leaves about his head. However. and later I met the 1 . as did Appleton. shat tered in nerve. \vhat know really happened on the waters about good sub superior. somewhat marred by my inclination to laugh when saw OT. as he clambered over the rail and braced himself opposite me on the deck. I was taken to my cabin and got into clean clothes. and yet that arrogant inventor put on as many airs. it well. was such as fellov. I \Ye had lost \vas surprised at Appleton. a proud and haughty air. and did not. as a &amp. though wet and cold and shaken. as it As for he were the admiral of all the licet. KD DON.hould. and Appleton certainly maintained the manner of one of those gentlemen to whom the Romans were accustomed to give a tri umph. \Ye were half drowned.

that I escaped by certain officers of the by only a hair s breadth.&quot. I &quot.APPLETON BECOMES officers of the Alaska.PRACTICAL. earnest to be foolish. that was all there was to it. confidentially. and there was much . and there wasn Alaska who wasn t an officer on board the in this impulse because of the quiet. I have been informed justified since. commenting upon the weather or whether they thought Smith s latest book better than that of Jones. the slay I ing would have been justifiable. There wasn t an officer on board the Alaska who had not an earnest and whole some desire to get me t out somewhere and lick me. Meanwhile Appleton and the captain were conferring in the cabin. but the calm and lordly manner in which I talked with those officers. simply I ought affable. or what they guessed would be the result of the coming election in the Four teenth Congressional District of Iowa the manner in which I did that I shall always think was fine. but almost dcmigodly way I had assumed. and have been equally confidential in telling them that. to have been kicked from one end of that battle-stained ship to the other because of my Appleton was too patronizing demeanor. 225 was affable. ship. even in my own opinio-n.

of a better listener. for want . between the admirals of the fleets. under my breath.226 si^ nalini. as I looked after 1 said. Appleton. addressing myself. I thought of Helen Da^^art. &quot.lie has become practical. ARMAGEDDON. An hour later a boat was lowered and Appleton and the captain of the Alaska went away to a conference of commanders on board the American ila^ ship.

and there was a great hole where the missile had torn its way through wood and iron. Before morning struck the Alaska. sinking their flagship. . As we slowly regained a normal condition of mind. AFTER THE BATTLE. quivering sky machine we had simply given the last stroke to a series of blows by which the enemy had been disastrously and com pletely defeated and about reduced to uncon ditional surrender. killing and wounding offi cers and men. and taken to heart. what had hap pened on the water while we were hovering above the fighting fleets. 227 CHAPTER XIX. There were wounded men below and dead to be buried in the sea. their losses had already been appalling.AFTER THE BATTLE. we realized that in our shaking. When our shot dropped from above. We missed some faces from among our A shell had naval comrades and associates. and our second charge had sunk the finest Italian ship afloat. Appleton and I had learned.

Others had limped away to the rear of their lines. Thousands of lives had been yielded up there that day on both sides brave men s lives. to the last item. but not the Japs. Italians and Russians. tickled ly our whole fleet. all the world knows. Anyone else would have the enemy. must have been a panic among the French. all. not only sinking the flagship. Austrians and all in the great fleet. and the details. eyes opened wide as we heard for the time the now oft repeated story of the fight.a gallant cruiser and battleship. they struck their flags and flew the emblem of submission. the fire of Their bold return of when they were sudden attacked on their way to meet us. run away. Anyway. and so the end came.228 ARMAGKDDOX. but in There terfering witli the rally of its forces. and our play in the game came just in time. dis abled or sinking. The Russian Admiral had been. Especially were we delighted over the first Our pluck of the Japanese. in supreme command. That they simply turned and fought until we came up with them . great guns and dynamite tubes of the The Americans and English had already sunk man\. as we had surmised.

While we had been wavering up and slanting down. and the admiral of which. imprinted on the mind forever. would command the enemy. and struggling for our lives on the Wild Goose. we had believed. We were. now. It was like water. of course. and how he was forestalled by the Russians and French. was so immense simply measured by the space a great city upon the for miles. and every effort was put forth by our forces to give the German Admiral a reception fitting such a dis tinguished and self-satisfied commander. prospect for a struggle to come as nothing seen of the formidable German the one from which the most of a fight was expected. ignorant of the real situation but we expected battle with the Germans at once. how the German Admiral did not arrive in time. 229 was something which endeared them at once and forever to the Anglo-American navy. It is a matter of history now. backed up by their allies. instantaneous pictures. stretching away The English navy alone collection of ships. that there was good had been fleet. \Ye had. We were told.AFTER THE BATTLE. and the enemies fleets. that gigantic . too. we had caught views which remained. a new impression of our com bined navies.

We were too far on ( the outer rim of the victorious lines. We saw nothing of the actual ( ierman licet operations by which the great was brought to terms. In mere num bers the Anglo-American licet had been over powering before the fight. far out cm the our wounded having been trans ferred to the hospital -Oiip and our dead hav ing been given a sailor s burial. and was an impressive sight.rit- ain s sea forces. When this darkness fell over the waters on the night after the battle the Alaska was one of immense coinpanv of great iron sea little mon sters on which there was rest. During the night. we got under way and when morning broke our ship was one of a long line. as to bewilder The American licet showed strong and great \\hen alone on the seas. covered. and now. when so many of the enemies ships had been added by conquest.230 it ARMAGKDDON. it looked small. us. Nothing could withstand the forces gathered under the . It was a foregone conclusion. the Armada was such as the world had never seen before. however. but be side the tremendous gathering of /reat ( I&amp. nor even dreamed of. making a wide detour to assist in closing in on the iermans.

and the balking of his plans. The first steps she took toward Anglo-Saxon solidarity were relations through the bitter ashes of defeat. 231 Anglo-American and Japanese banners there in the East Atlantic. We were so sure of the result that sion.AFTER THE BATTLE. over the jealous haste of his allies. . in Much of what we saw on those days European waters we had to interpret by the light of future developments. our race. but they led toward the paths of wisdom and the calm heights of peace It is at last. ing lesson. even then. the German surrender was announced. early on the following morning. even one last s eyes. Germany began to see where her true interest lay and where was her place in the affairs of mankind according to her ethical and her traditions. great tinder strange how little one may know of events when they are passing near. \Yc imagined. all I if have well of often thought since that it was planned for the ultimate unity as and glory The Germans accepted the situa tion with commendable perspicacity and selfThe event of that day taught a last control. it was not even a matter of discus and no one was surprised when. the rage of the German Emperor.

&amp.hip life of A after a hatis war discipline relaxed. have seen anything $2 ARMAGEDDON. uneventful (lavs. with manly modest} . of such a point of view could ever. lie hore his wa&amp. frank and open in of his views as to the outcome explanations of mechanical devices in war hut never gave an inkling of the secret of the Wild Goose. who had We had seen some thing. Of course a no one ever before had such birdseyc course. We details were often questioned concerning the of the light as we saw it. and and homeward hound. especially after talk led the lazy \var&amp. That remains his own. tinder such circumstances. and when we said that what we saw was groups of dark spots lying on the water beneath tell and story and gossip as fairly Kveryone has something to and everyone has time to listen. teems with as does a clnh.. no one chance for a view of a battle. and told how like tov Xoah s arks . The days passed. and Ap~ pleton was hy far the most thoughtful man on hoard the Our officers had many a eonfah of starrv nights and on lone. to this day. \ve the tie. hon&amp. though. shared alone with and knew what we were talk ing about.r&amp.

\Ye had other matters to attend &quot.Oh!&quot.So did we. toward the end of the fight the day?&quot.&quot. with a cruiser after it? No one seemed we any attention to the chase ourselves didn t. GarWhat was that chase we saw the be rity: ginning other of. a dozen times! What have thought of that yacht was that skipping &quot. as some prefer craft. after the first moment.&quot. and we all laughed together. in on him.&quot.AFTER THE BATTLE.I away. just the plain truth.but you saw running away was The the Gore-Gulper. It seemed too much to believe. One day when we were spinning yarns on deck Appleton asked junior lieutenant. I chimed fast in. &quot. said Garrity. &quot. and said I.&quot. news papers necessarily on the frothy and generally . that yacht Gauntlet or to call the &quot. 233 the great ships looked when we were so far above the water. there was a general laugh of incredulity.Yes. to pay to.Oh! said Appleton. The yacht Gauntlet had been chartered by a syndicate of two or three sensational news papers of the class run shrewdly to skim the cream from the sea we call the masses. a great light breaking &quot.

Commissioner. and the group of reporters who accompanied him had done some exceedingly clever work in the literary world and was a right good fellow.Com missioner&quot.234 ARMAGEDDON.Gore-Gulper. Through the pages of his books and. but with plenty of money and equipped. with some supercil ious comment. wrong energy. as they called the throughout the fleet the name Gauntlet had been dropped and the vacht was gener She ally alluded to as the &quot. side.&quot. The commander-in-chief or &quot. and it . Tie was most blood thirst} in his newspaper dispatches now. of the Gauntlet had looked upon the Wild Goose and upon Appleton and me tain with contempt from the beginning. the hired cap and crew were sea-dogs equal to an emer gency and the yacht was as staunch as she was fast.&quot. maga zine stories he had posed somewhat as a man of blood and iron and his hat had become a trifle tight. and so it came &quot. in one of his dispatches. The Gauntlet was \vcll The news paper man in charge of the boat. was certainly a fast yacht and whatever may have been the seamanlike or unseamanlike that qualities of the popular writer. of our The fact proence upon one of the warships had been barely mentioned.

say. and a shame that a fast yacht carrying gentle men of large brains. as has since appeared. the Gauntlet seemed to be getting most valuable information of the sort to enable a grand description of a grand sea fight.AFTER THE BATTLE. whose mission it was to tell such a story of a sea fight as had never been written on sea or land before. However. at least so far as the beginning o o of the race was concerned. with much dis cretion and good sense out of the varying lines of fire. warships to the far left darted a small cruiser which evidently regarded the Gauntlet as its Of course it was infamous particular prey. should be chased by a beastly warship with guns poking out threateningly. This was her enviable condition up to a certain Then suddenly out from the mass of time. Hovering about the fleet during the pro gress of the light and keeping. Then Garrity told us the story of the begin I ning of the wild flight of the Gauntlet a story. able to supplement the tale. from our brief observations. without an end As Garrity went along with it we were ing. though. let it be said of the great representatives of unreliable . may be that there 1 2 what is a shadow of prejudice think not.

Garrity declared. straight for the northeast. Goose we fairly could note them The Gauntlet but then so did the Santa I\o.-abelle and the distance between them seemed to neither increase nor decrease until the} slipped from sight. while sloshing about in the Hay of but this story is not accepted by a large proportion of the seafaring their journalism that not for an instant did thev The (lar. the Kosabelle still in pursuit of the Gauntlet. J was the Polo y P& .gt.ntlet turned seli&quot. that somewhere there was dread flight and fierce pursuit by two modern craft of modern sixe. far from scenes of battle and vast height in the \Yild \\ell. and fled. long after our voyage was ended. Fundy: As time passed. fled fast and far. The name of this cruiser. a Span iard.arnebe )oin el Santa seven seas. both vessels were picked up by a vagrant American cruiser a week later. they went. From our (lev/. strange talcs came filtering up from seaport towns of what had been seen by veracious sailor men in various portions of the They all tended to one end. AS a matter of fact. Away far.ion. disaster. and the fast cruiser followed.-])os&amp.

slipping along. through the frosty mist.AFTER THE BATTLE. From alities all 237 all kinds of reliable seamen of nation came and from various seas and ports. Next some Lyons and Norwegian captain would report discovery of leshells. and tell Marseilles. he saw. the Gauntlet with the Santa Rosabelle just out of range behind. The crew of some sardine fishing boat of the Mediterranean would sec passing them in the night. across a great open sea which he couldn t reach because his ship was locked in and his sledge dogs dead and his crew down with scurvy. what seemed to be a flight and a pursuit. where the Norns Again some desperate adventurer. off Iceland. seeking the South Pole. and in longitude almost nothing. Then the honest French fish ermen would what it cross themselves and wonder the story in meant. and he described the vessels and what excellent . first a craft resembling the the stories Gauntlet and next the one recognized as the Santa Rosabelle. would report that in latitude mighty near the end. hills that. just in the trail of the black water across which danced to first America Red Eric and his cock beneath the shadow over the sea from sit he knitting things had seen.

time they were making in the distant open water \vhilc the sea lions yelped.238 ARMAGKDDON. la/y latitudes. I am making know about the and have been ruggedly joyous the Greeks sailing . Then from t don that sa Sea in some tramp steamer. it may be. 1 dun I t know what to think of the story I my in self. among the manv tragical. were told of the great sea fray. tales of this ever lasting chase. it I m getting clined to have an interest in no absolute assertions. and so passed out of view. skirting the Sargossome trade adventure. where the women wear much and the men wear less. and there was much overflow of spirits among So must the conquerors homeward bound. Other incidents as grotesque. Or. reports that. lookout discovered one evidently in pursuit of the other. which cut through the mass of vegetation as though it were but skim milk. off its away ocean. there would come. where the beachcomber has a family of forty and makes his grandchildren do all the work. and still come. with the Santa Rosabella ever on the Gauntlet s water trail. All chase is that saw the start. m becoming impressed. among the weeds of the waveless a pair of craft.

239 back from Salamis. It was a buoyant company on every but there was thought among the offi ship. their occupation would be gone? . the men of Drake turning reluctantly from the flanks of the storm-driven Armada. Did they foresee the time when.make Rome howl&quot. but Liverpool and London. coast and inland. only it would not be Rome literally where would occur the blithesome &quot. as did the sailors fresh from Ac- tium.AFTER THE BATTLE. or those sailing homeward from Tra And. and Tokio and Yokohoma and a thousand other cities. sailors I thought of how they would &quot.howling&quot. possi cers. looking at the sun-browned falgar. and New York and Chicago. bly. this time.

CHAPTER XX.240 ARMAGEDDON. though only after a hurriedly convened and. All was hesi in The world was of tancy and apprehension and the greater minds all the nations civilized were active to seize or save. Christian thoughts. had only to put a dot here and there upon his islands of the seas and upon his continents dots insignificant. Never were negotiations more pregnant for . forced Congress of the great powers. perplexity. Unt there came no grasping in the mediaeval way. This was done swiftly. The map-maker. There was no new alignment of the boundaries be tween countries. in one sense. broader thoughts. but represent ing so many Cibraltars. THE ANGLO-SAXON UNION. greater comprehension in the mind of the human being. The war had practically ended and the Anglo-Saxon was now dominating the world. and indicating the im mediate coming government of the globe. in chang ing his maps. all tended toward the making startling of what was best.

but a felt was should be lectual gathering where salt sea winds and an atmosphere of intel freedom and practicality. The deliberations Congress were There were. Geneva suggested. earnest and long-continued. Norway and Sweden and Denmark. There has been a flavor of freedom and practicality in the Low Countries since long before Alva learned how keen were Dutch of blades and how deep Dutch water.THE ANGLO-SAXON UNION. the Neth erlands. That the Anglo-American alliance would now be extended to become comprehensively Anglo- Saxon was understood by conditions? all. as the case might be. In opposition and ic in comparatively submis- . on one side Great speaking broadly. but under what There were other problems to be in considered as well. faced a problem equations of who the which were so indefinite. 241 never came together statesmen more keen of edge and arrogant or hopeful. the future. never before had the assembled politicians or the men of war were representatives. The Congress met was this first Amsterdam. Germany allowed Japan. as a matter of habit. arrayed Britain and her dependencies. the United the States.

the new continent. and centuiics may pass before you a^ ain acquire the position you lately held rela tively. We our hands. to be civili/ed is best in .4-2 ARMAGEDDON. The conquerors said.lly it is i^raduricher portions by the huropean overflow. to direct not intend. We believe that we are the people most adapted for the population of new lands and r propose to act in accordance with this idea. hold. hut and we pro them. sive were arrayed Austria. that the development of Africa. Racial and religious in stincts and and Russia and France had full sway in the convention.\Ye are the conquer ors. and populated in \ve piefer that as its . for instance. for the present. that overflow shall not be . Rightly or wrongly. It is hut justice to say that the lately successful in war were more than indulgent in the quality of demands made. to take your territory. opposition. even if you develop a ditYerent growth. much discussed and ulti mately enforced in the convention.. &quot. We do we do para intend to establish our authority as mount. pose. and Spain and Portugal and Jtaly at heart -most of the republics of South America. we consider our selves the approved of Providence in directing most of the affairs of the world.

the Congress. around though. a roadway the world. and offers a home and more She has to all of her kind will who may come. Spanish and Portuguese occupancy of that continent must cease with the signing of this contract.THE ANGLO-SAXON UNION. No longer. ulation of ignorant. where lessly pauperized. and where the immigrants may become pioneers and men instead of parasites and dependents. and the other details arc left to in Great Britain and her European colleagues fields. The adminis tration of the long neglected continent has passed from your hands entirely as one of the results of the late encounter. Latin. alien in race. demands at this time no land which she has not already taken. she allow the addition to her pop hope language and affiliations. there is a continent not yet half conquered from nature. We have fancies about the idea of a railroad which shall run from Alexandria to Cape Town. territory enough. The immigration laws of the United States will henceforth be distinctly -par- . helpless millions. 243 The French. There is room for the Hun and Latin steerage loads in South America. As to with her millions and America. millions of unoccupied square miles. This is under stood between the Americans and Britons.

&quot.You may be the coming: force in the history of the &quot. for the terms were better than the defeated nations had reason to expect. There will be an exercise of the law of less. at any of your lately gained You must wait. propose to say what ships you may for the next ten years build in the lllack Sea or Asiatic ports. (iermany was the nation which had most cause for satisfaction. a tone was adopted &quot. To the Russian representative. Never before in history had racial recognition matter? stead.244 tial. your time has not yet come. will it might. stood a people in such There was little of the military swag- . There was protest. to the Slav. baftled again as has happened to him so often even more distinct within the later centuries. ARMAGEDDON.&quot. but efficient navies it was a vain. none the be one of self- preservation. slight dismemberment of territory. though. at most. for what argument could be made by behind it ing the warships of tle group with no group controll the world? There was lit to a disappointment. What did the new possessions Only the Russian chafed. We propose to hold the Bosphorus.but world. it was said. They congratulated themselves that there was. but.

affairs of Germany and force her into her rightful place among the But in the debates of the Congress. passionately declaimed the representative of France.War Lord&quot. and take it gladly. awaiting Caesar. it was well for the Ger man. had arisen to direct the nations. but the fatted calf was as well as ever the next morning. when shrewd and patriotic men representing the vanquished were striving eloquently for better terms. &quot. to be crushed gradually between the Slav and Latin on either side of her. The prodigal was admitted to the house. came to the surface speculations which were more than interesting.THE ANGLO-SAXON UNION. &quot. It seemed as if the old gods Thor and Woden.Did your vie- . who had their birth where groups of it have been it now skin-clad men. it was remarked. affairs. talked to gether in the glades of green German forests. 245 ger about the German representative who came to take what he could get. in the conduct recent German Hard would and even the &quot. had Germany been left to recognized her fate. a new of attitude. But she was given a place among the Anglo-Saxons. Even thus.Can you hold what you have won?&quot.

or even Should the blue seas in all the future be traversed only bv pas senger and merchant craft? Should there be no strongholds defending the great cities and the great military highways of the nations. or from the And who can monopolize the skies!&quot. was All recognized. which nation would have advantage in such That was the problem. nearly solved. case? .246 tory really ARM. It is the prob lem yet. complishment. though. The statesmen and thinkers of the world puzzling over the problem of whether or not human intelligence had newly deviled were such means for utilizing existent forces that former methods of warfare must In such be soon abandoned. at heart. \GKDDON. and better. in my opinion. that his point well taken. The Congress reached peaceable conclusion. sky? come upon the water. all the fortresses in the by and throughout the civilized world the greatest scientists and inventors were at work to determine whether or not what Appleton had accomplished clumsily could be done again elsewhere by Frenchman or Rus sian or Italian up to the same degree of ac pies world were but as the mud built children. event all the navies of the world were but costly things to be done away with.

they had friendly prob lems of their own. As between England and the United States. The spirit of their original alliance was maintained. 247 It had no alternative.THE ANGLO-SAXON UNION. .

and that a prominent official of the I nited States Signal Service was at work inside the old shed under the direction of a man named Applcton. CHAPTER Till-: XXI. I The bees were humming.248 ARM. and general helpers. tress of the lost continent. That day I was thinking of little save that I was very comfortable. with half a hundred men assisting him. including his immediate clerks. . There sat again I porch of the on the prairie whence went the Wild building Goose to its flight above the blue eastern in little an easy chair upon the rest in the bottom of the hope it rests. that my cigar was good. with some of the cleverest young men of the army and navy. . PRAIRIE AGAIN. \GKDDON. upon the crumbling battlements of some for Atlantic and to I its ocean there.Atlantis. that the bees \vcrc but know T of it humming and that was wondering vaguely whether they liked better the red or tlie white clover. as it deserves. draughts men.

furthermore we knew. queer machine We were the . and there the officers and men of the signal corps and the expert engaged on the work were busy. and I. Appleton himself ad mitted. sure we were we felt confident. was loafing outside. Appleton had chosen as his working place our old site on the prairie west of Chicago. could and would carry up into the air a great load and drop portions of that load at any time. cor respondingly and properly. I was not the re cipient of such favors as came to him. sorrow ing for Appleton. What the Valkyr could do when completed upon the lines laid out was now a matter of confidence to all of us. was not under stress of labor and disci pline to the extent that he was. 249 That was the situation inside. Take the group of us there to gether and we felt and. When the United new government ordered the engine of destruction. grumblingly.&quot. at any place. we were building a stanch and dirigible machine which. I. though. at least.THE PRAIRIE AGAIN. under ordinary circumstances. that he thought it was civilians about that right. and. which has already States been named The Valkyr. so of the means of steering the satisfactorily.

1 . though.eside the stream which. 1 as farmers do. in passing. and felt that \ve domi nated or soon should dominate the terrestrial. What had happened after the threat battle and the general adjudication following force of arms? Nothing. I hat is the sort of people we were in the 1 building on the prairie 1&amp. after the termination of a lawsuit determining boundary lines. when it isn t too ln\v. for long. mechanically celestial. there could be no appeal and now the object of the races was growth in numbers and in power. has a sort of to it &quot.25 ARMAGEDDON. There had been a settlement from which. way until it gets into the stream which seek- more swiftly and less qnietlv way to the may remark Mississippi. became all sordid: mechanism of the butt of a great gun which for As me. There had come one of the breathingplaces in history. was not thinking of such when they wandered things. that neither stream would by its noise awaken the lightest sleeper.How Gently Sweet the I Afton&quot. cost thousands of dollars in its making. My &quot. The nations had settled down. in midsummer.The from the bees.&quot.

available for commercial pur poses. many but doubtfully. so thousand dollars a warship. I con be quoted on the market.&quot. Opposi tion to the law of gravitation rather than to that of flotation had won. even the submarine ones. seek a ate fortune myself.\Yarships.&quot.will 251 soon be sold for only four iron. considered. &quot. I have mentally moder specu lated in iron. and so many pounds of turrets and big sidered. Even men of thought and energy and patriotism.Warships. &quot. or steel which has been tested . teen dollars and eighty cents. as old the genius of &quot. also being human. was my thinking. are but old iron.&quot. &quot. I regret to say that among Appleton s engineering friends there are half a hundred men who ex I And earnest in pect to make fortunes under this extraordi nary condition of things.&quot. I regret more mildly to say that I.THE PRAIRIE AGAIN.will rifled guns will be worth so much in any mar ket according to the quality of the iron of which they were constructed and of the sort of demand it is in for commercial ends. possibly. spent in devising ways of driving ships under water and thus succeed in destroying enemies floating upon the water had been largely wasted.

interrupted bv war. as already have speculated and the one who shall be distantly referred to later in this chapter shall have clocks on her silk stockings. She was. in the country house \\herc the voting people were spending the knew that. \\hich had been. hein^~ human.and tried under llie keenest supervision of the keenest military experts of all the world.uch interfering with my husband of Helen. is m&amp. peaceful landscape and yon may be sure that Helen was not far distant. like storv. and I should sec her driving jauntily up and asking but assured proprietorship which and delicious in a votin wife.&quot. And &quot. many another love on this da\ when I sat Appleton was now._^ so be comin .the this brings me back. 1 And so. idling on our crazy the little platform of a piaz/a new buildings of the new regime ir. Applcton s love story. before sunset. but a mile or two the awav across the river. I summer. in truth. this allusion to to eternal feminine. The price of iron even thus developed is liable to drop under the panic of a prospect of dyna mite from more or less thousands of feet above.

t &quot. I called.THE PRAIRIE AGAIN. we four would stroll about the place.Fitz left does not look like the fighting dog you behind you. emphatically replied ll O Brien.&quot.&quot. up. but he be all right. we left O Brien to his work and went away together to look for muskrat holes and oversee the affairs of nature generally.O Brien. Fitz . she whose story is mine and the story I am not going&quot. &quot. and as we had become great friends. the dog and I. another newly made wife. deserted then by workmen and tenanted only by its guards. to tell would call at the old barrack that afternoon and that. for Fitz me as I had shamelessly de serted Helen for his former master when O Brien came back from the wars. before we parted for the night. I knew that another woman.Naw.Youse can t spoil a bull-dog! Fitz ain quite himself. 1 knew that O without looking Brien was not far away.&quot. sir!&quot. Now came our old friend Fitz to sat in the shade. &quot. for. I s spoiled. am afraid he &quot. 253 Furthermore. and that we would talk and laugh there together in the waning day. was looking interestedly toward the river. He s been fed too much.

It looked like the full moon of harvest. but cumbers the earth is no true where.&quot. Appleton and his wife are nfiable with me even my own but then wife goes as far as that occasionally we are newlv married Fitz growled savagely. At my call. He It is that in a perfunctory sort of a way. and lav at full length on the short grass and woodland growth of tlowers and weeds by the river. the face I . I have quite a status in the community.254 &quot. a round red face. &quot. Fitz. and was as promising and cheery. I saw. Turning after awhile toward a mass of hazel brush through \\hich the swish and rustic told some one was coming.Fitz. yourself included. ARMAGF. the engineer that counts just now. and no further conversation was possible with him at that is my I belief that despite my many least of all goodly qualities. and darted toward a woodchuck hole. as \vc sauntered along over the scented carpet of the prairie. said I to my companion.nnON. am esteemed the the beings who are gathered about the old It is only building here. rising above the louer bushes. The man \vlio isn t a mechanical genius. It was green and shady under the oaks.

Again I shook the girl s hand. with a glance of recognition at the doubtful Fitz. humming an old tune. . never came. happily.Oh.I hear worth. awaited the signal for grim war on land. A scarlet wave swept over the already suf ficiently florid face of the Swedish girl and she to the of content half turned &quot. old fashioned words of congrat ulation went straight to the place they were aimed at.&quot.And how about fear. &quot. and disappeared. 255 advanced again and the blue-cotton clad figure of Old Swanson s daughter emerged from the greenery. and I rose to shake her work- hardened hand. WentI wish you joy. without knew nothing could have happened full Amazon s lover. you was married already. the fair Leda. away: 1 Then that Frederickson. I asked. All of the Swanson sons had returned from and he had died in where the great armies of America had camp. The hearty. which. for I Frederickson?&quot. and she walked quickly along the path by the river. so jolly and was her presence.THE PRAIRIE AGAIN. She came along cheerily. their soldiering save one. Mr. &quot. he s all right! after a pause she continued.

even though he is working hard to perfect a death-dealing machine. wrestling of mind. planning.256 ARMAGEDDON. progress. when I the woman who has not been named and were talking with him and his wife: . This is what Apple- ton said to me that day. destructive beyond all others ever invented. ought not to be. de tleship of one aerial of vising&quot. the Valkyr would surely be the bat ton again in the role of a warrior. but one subject could ordinarily be uppermost in my mind. Fit/ toiled long and earnestly at the woodchuck hole. and that the would outlast the names of Appleton most generals and admirals. name squadron. of lUit Appleton says that this triumph war can never be. and shall not be. and the clover blossoms about were buried beneath the upllung sandy soil in which he dug while I looked on with languid After all I had interest in the proceeding. the gi gantic results of the change in war methods 1 of the in work knew to be impending. later on.. seen and undergone. and knowing what I did . Thinking. these have in their enduring triumphs war and in peace. I thought of I Apple- thought that if the almost inconceivable should some day happen and men should dare to battle in the skies.

must be but must be but dice thrown in the accident and the or the a gamble. suppose it conceivable under the coming conditions. The chances in war will be. it must be wrong. gether. Both armies may disappear to time of powder and ball has gone by. it must be wrong. When one hundred thousand men meet another one hundred thousand men and the only possible sequence of their meeting means that one hundred thousand of the two hundred thousand men must be isn t slain. If there be any such thing as a re gard for personal safety.War. it A will little army fighting for the right army fighting for the wrong have disappeared. and every mechanical device of man in his greatest 17 The development of control over na- .Civilization is 257 has reached a point where war suicide. could not unless they were fools. there going to be any fighting. air. at the best. Never in any battle fought in all the history of the world have the bravest of all the men They of the world faced such dreadful chance. &quot. already. less than one in two for safety to the individual. tons of high explosives are hurled. In war.THE PRAIRIE AGAIN. If there be any such thing as religion or a future. &quot.

of thi- one Par The Hmperor in his palace.&quot. and the heads of nations will hesitate betoiv A kind s crown will then they declare war.&quot. There can be no safety for anyone. se. . replied Ap pleton. be in as much peril as the helmet of the pri vate soldier. they are not to be used?&quot.The serve alive. calling to our aid everv discoverv and achievement of science.^5^ ture is ARMAGEDDON employed lives. and keep it in many a nation. &quot.Why if do we make tiiese killing machine- then. in this manner Think to is destruv human feature: \\ hen aerial warfare added. as menace it of fatal war must pre has heretofore. It will be as easv has been as to sink a battleship in all its J^lory at easy as to sink a rowboat on a placid river. To have a world at peace there must be massed in the controllingnations such power of destruction as may not be even questioned. The silence. So we shall build our appliances of destruction. will be attacked.The armies and navies of Kurope preserved the peace of Kurope for years during the latter half of the nineteenth century. the liament or Congress within its doors. peace. &quot. voice of Helen broke in after a minute s &quot. the end will have come.

THE END . all who engage there will be Appleton paused for a moment. when means death or the vast majority of peace. said. and the two women looked at each other. earnestly &quot.&quot. to in all.THE PRAIRIE AGAIN. but half understanding. When it there are but chances about war. half protesting. it. too.There And Appleton shall and quietly: be no more war.


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