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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,882 / 11 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 5,199
Added to site: 2009.08.18 25035

urse, with government orders on hand, it is our duty to keep running as long as we have any fuel --"

This was mere camouflage of speech. I went to the door and opened it.

"Yes, Miss Anderson?" I said.

Even as I spoke I saw that her face was not as usual. She was as while as chalk and her eyes were big with fright, but before I could say more she was thrust aside and five men pushed through the doorway. They had revolvers.

There was no struggle -- what could John and I do against five? What, indeed, could we gain by struggling? I submitted without so much as an angry word. I tried to be unusually polite.

"Some mistake," I said. "I'm afraid you do not know who you are arresting, gentlemen."

The handcuffs were already snapped on my wrists and on John's.

"Oh, yes we do!" said the leader of the five. "We know you both. We've got you at last. You are the men higher up. You are the No. 44 we have been looking for since the war began. And now we have you!"


Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.4 from 5 reviews: ****

Eight pages of a great work of literature by Ellis Parker Butler.

Favourite line: "Cold!" he said as he entered and began to beat his hands. "Can't you keep this place warm?"


Interesting and creative fiction about a WWI attack by the Germans on New York City. (It was actually published 1918, not 1908 as stated on the site)

Lisa Carr

The Kaiser's spy and sabotage network in the U.S. is paralyzed by the efficiency of the Secret Service. But for Germany to win the war, the economy of the U.S. must be disrupted. The leaders of the spy ring come up with a foolproof, undetectable, way to cripple New York.
Sort of a quaint, science fictionish, story from a time when sides in a war were either right or wrong.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1908) Espionage / Mystery

Plot bullets

  • WWI sabotage in the US.

  • What if German agents could adversely control the temperature over cities.

  • How could they do it without detection.

  • Secret Service to the rescue.

From Argosy, May 18, 1918

Andrew Ives

A reasonably interesting wartime espionage tale, with a touch of sci-fi thrown in.



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