g to them.
"We just made it," panted Hal, as they reached the open door, and started to climb aboard.
At that instant a uniformed arm appeared through the door and pushed Hal away.
"Go away, you American puppy," came a voice.
Hal slipped, and but for the prompt action of Chester, who caught him by the arm, would have fallen beneath the train.
The train gathered momentum, as the boys raced along beside it, in vain seeking an open door by which they might climb aboard. There was none but their own compartment, and that had passed them. It was impossible for them to overtake it, and there was not a train guard in sight.
The boys stopped running and stood still as the remainder of the train slipped past.
On ahead they could see Mrs. Paine and the big German officer, both gazing back toward them, the former gesticulating violently.
Hal stamped his foot with rage.
"I'd like to get my hands on that big lout!" he shouted. "I'd--"
"Come, come, old fellow," interrupted Chester, "never mind