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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta WHIP WHO COUTlTFfcmf C TORY of a Pomaded Emergency Proved Cfattcr Had Coangt ft te- tto bad it to mind bad watt uy ta In petwm by endurable tbe officers, itiomfh B----- perpetrated several of bis worst "lifbt ahtillery" rtories before going into mys- with, tbe commander of the post. ttttted ajftln at two 0'cJoct ia the morning, UQbTHjmce behind. The messenger was our and followed him ont into a black of pelting rain and slippery mud. The season baft cloatd up on afain, and to makt- up for time lost do wo pour a solid sheet In-the Jungle. latvfte we found It, and we pro- TtM off weary miles of flelda toward the mountains. The fields, of course, aH under and we soarched in single file tbe the uncertain path, scarcely tbttB a foot wide, as best we might Each man ovoid make owe blurred bulk of the man ahead of him. At step you tbe slimy soil sliding under foot and recovered only to plunge the other slipped from the path. (VfalkiBf daefc wire had nothing on this. We thoroughly and mired soon after btrt after bad fallen a few and rid hlmeetf of the expletives that handiest Japsed iatc dogged silence. Once I hautf tbe BMLH beblnd Inquiring eoftly of tbe why, why he hid left bis happy, happy Ho fotttococoiof, he amused himself by falling: off the dike three in as many minutes. At-daybreak were up to the a wtry lot at we looked each other over, caked with mod and dorrn at the month! Tie Captain was ftiss- artnmd about his unifoTni. He had taken a header off the dike on his cbeet and he was a sight for and iceB. Tlw strain bejdnning to tell aak may teaw charge on tae tke vfliiat and battled as growled back and forth that fifteen men might be enough TO take n surrendered chioftnin but were certnluly not enough to confront rhe guerilla's force In pitched battle. It wns a moment when tbe 1C. O.'s unpopu- larity cropped to the surface. Under a favorite leader nc soldier ever thinks of consequences. Fie will follow on through UeJJ tire. Lfut under one that Is dlslllceti each private believes himself privileged to doubt aud criticise. Shows His Mettle. The path was now difficult and rocky under foot, twisting between impenetrable walls of foliage that made it impossible to throw out scouts. Hays uii'j two others marched ahead. After them stragglort our little column, myself and the Captain-at the rear. He-was In a: stew-again about something and kept crisping ,his mustache and halting to scan the valley below us and. the opposite Hue of hills with his glass. We ran into it we came out.upon tbe jungleil level of the plateau. The first warning I had was-a sharp cry from the messenger as he leaped from my side and threw- himself into the bushes. The Captain an oath and his revolver and took a. shot at. him. shouting an order to close up and kneel. Then from the thicket to the left of the trail burst the crashing roll.of a volley, thin spurts of blue smoke. audJBedlam broke loose. The quick word to kneel probably saved our com- mand from annihilation, the Filipinos, as usual, aim- ing high. Crouching in the path, our men answered the fire, pumping at random into the thicket, the enemy maintained the attack with fiendish yells and continued shooting. Some one said "Jim's In a daze I crawled to the fallen man. A dum- dum had torn away half of his neck. As I worked at the red. ragged wound, looking into the still, spat- tered face, with powder fumes pinching my nostrils, savage yelling, barking reports and the" whine of bullets In my ear, I could hear the clear, even voice of the Captain Intoning orders. It gave me a.queer sort of comfort, and the mist cleared from my vision as I unwound ray bandages. "We were heavily outnumbered. So ranch dear. from the deafening rip nnd rattle of rifies from up and down the thicket But under the Cap- commands we took cover at the rigu't of thf path and our men began carefully placing their shots wherever the waving of fronds or drifting wisps of smoke betokened an enemy. They began to find us. "The spit spatter of lead through the foliage was like of au April shower. Flashes of red and scovc-Jing brown faces behind gleaming rifle barrels showed from tbe copse and tbe yells rose> shriller. As ,1 .trundled to another wounded man I passed tlie Lieu tenant, curled behind a" bush. He had snatched up the fallen and was pumping It deliberately .Kke any private, Tb'e Captain was at the end of the line. At his voice dominated the din, urging slow aim .and low. -v Suddenly.I saw him spring to his feet and Trith.an unintelligible yell dart off down the-path-thrcaigh. tbe sleet of bullets. A. snarling curse. MIf broke and his rifle swung around to cover the fugitive.. I before he eonicl fire and he struggled with' passion drawn face.- Still I held blm back, unable to believe what he. !n his obsession, was. sure of. that the Captain was... com- mitting the most fault. The men nnrl seen, and they, too, cursed him, "in despair. Then, from down the path, came a whooping cheer, followed by the "smashing discharge of a henry volley. The Filipino ye3Is answered "with, a neW note. We all stood up, unmindful of our danger, and peered down the path. We were just in time "to see-the Captain, waving 'his sWrdi leap" into the thicket toward the enemy and at bis heels a long Ilae of blue sbirted men..: "By God, '3Fs the boys from shouted -Davis. "Come on.'" .And our little sciuaduled Jts.; in -a mad, reckless' charge" against'the bidden' cb'erby before- us. It was a greatjigbt. The reinforcements., secretly -arranged for -by the. Captain, bad hurried, up. the valley to be on hand -when the'trap should be sprung on us., JChe. natives, had, uo warning of-this-supple- mentary force, owing to the destruction .of ..tbetr watch' tower -and' the Sbe'Ir-libe'df Informii- tlon by the K. O.'s clever tactics. They outnumbered us now by no more than four to one. a very fair pro- anctfwhat with .thevjsurprise our cti.axge them. We off'tbe Captaia's company one gciod view of him :btfore as he" headed the Bayan con- quarters. Jla ;hls left hand -be disheiJ spllDteredfSbard.'-of vHe had throwtuaway his useless revolver, and in" his'right be clubbed, Jtvlike a blackthorn. He hatless, tooi and streaked'-with mu'd and passage of uniform to shreds. One cheek was open from temple lo chin. His voice had hoarsened to a raven croak. And so, a raging, thirsting demon, he fell upon .thft enemy and- crushed the nearest rebel to the ground as the rifles whiffed in his face. In five minutes the thing was over. Tbe Filipinos, shedding- gaudy coats, guns and axnrauniu-on, piungert into the jungle, where we could not hope to pursue, leaving- a heavy loss behind them. The first thins I after the ImrJy-burly of -the final struggle was Lieutenant with shame and of himself and pride of tbe wringing the K. O.'s hand while toe adoring squad looked on." "Pretty good, sub, gasped the Captain, reaching a hand for his scorched and bedraggled mus- tache: "Now, when I was a lefDiant Jn the .light ahtHlery. learned the move- flaak. you ran." And T heard Private Davis said he Who said lie wasn't a little son of a gun on We didn't capture Lukdon. but Tve-cnt up his forve. badly and he was captured some time later and Im- prisoned for life. REGISTERING THEIR DEBTS TT REGISTERED letter is mighty effective bait The Seventy-eighth street woruan nibbled at tbe first throvr. "Of course, It is for me." she said. name and tbat was my address moved "Yes, tbat part of it is all the'postman ad- mitted, "but it says 'Esq.' You're not esquire." sighed the woman, "but I am "Cf course you are sure." he pnt Jn, "but I cannot leave tlie letter. This is a registered letter, und have to be very careful of reffisi-ored TSe bwj 1 can do Is to give yon tbe name and address of vrriter; then you can make inquiry and ask to'have tbe letter addressed properly." The woman eyed the .prosperous- looking yearninsly, but since tbe compromise offered was the bwt bargain obtainable she accepted IL The situa- tion u-ae puzzling. The name of her benefactor wus totally unknown. Fortunately he was situated in a downtown office building, so mimed lately after lunch- eon she attempted to elucidate the mystery of the registered letter. Once inside the office she 'recog- nized her correspondent :is tbe mannger of a conceru to which she had owed for typewriting supplies for the last six months. She mentioned the the man produced a "It was a copy of he said. "You had we could not find oversight on our part, of In order to keep onr accoucts you The woman wns so mad she wasn't surr whether she understood or not, but she paid the bill. "When she gone tbe manager trented himself to a fresh "Begisterod he said, "arc defective going when the person you arc after moves froqucnrlv ucd guilty of no greater crime tbnn shirking a litrie bill. An ordinary letter, even .though'forwarded lo the proper address, may elicit no .reply, ljut very few can withstand the appeal of a registered letter. To bring rosuU.s it must, of course-, be improperly directnl. so thai, the addressee cannot receive it. !n that cdse It cither aro'ases suffipiont ccriosiry to bring tbe delic- qviont ctown hero to Invesrlgntc or is returned with tin proper address. mnrkPd on the cnvc-Iopu. In event we get on the track of the debtor ;uid are pretty sure to collect the ;