Bob Cook and the German Spy

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BOB COOK AND THE GERMAN SPY

BY PAUL G. TOMLINSON

Author of “To the Land of the Caribou,” “The Trail of Black Hawk,” etc.

PREFACE

Every one knows that Germany is famous for her spy system. Scarcely a
land on earth but is, or was, honeycombed with the secret agents of the
German Government. Ever since this country began to send war munitions to
the Allies an organized band of men has plotted and schemed against the
peace and welfare of the United States. When America itself declared war
their efforts naturally were redoubled. Our Secret Service has been
wonderfully efficient, but it has not been humanly possible to apprehend
every spy and plotter at once. It is a big task to unravel all the
secrets of this great German organization.

We are at war with Germany now and it is the duty of every American to
help his government in every way he can. This book is the story of how
two boys, too young to enlist, did “their bit” right in their own home
town. It is not an exaggerated tale, but presents in story form what has
actually happened all around us. Due allowance is made for the fact that
the most of our citizens of German birth and descent are good Americans.
No one whose motto is, “America First,” need fear offense from anything
contained in the story of “Bob Cook and The German Spy.” Two boys loved
their country and did their duty by it. May we all do as well.

PAUL G TOMLINSON.

Elizabeth, N. J.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I WAR IS DECLARED
II THE SECRET SERVICE AT WORK
III BOB HAS A FIGHT
IV HEINRICH AND PERCY
V ON THE BRIDGE
VI HUGH HAS AN IDEA
VII IN THE NIGHT
VIII A STRANGE OCCURRENCE
IX ANOTHER SURPRISE
X BOB IS MYSTIFIED
XI THE DESERTED HOUSE
XII TRAPPED
XIII MISTAKEN IDENTITY
XIV AN EXPEDITION
XV FIRE
XVI MORE COMPLICATIONS
XVII A MESSAGE
XVIII KARL HOFFMANN
XIX A DISCUSSION
XX ANOTHER SUSPECT
XXI ON THE STREET
XXII BOB ACTS QUICKLY
XXIII UNDER THE LIGHT
XXIV AT THE FACTORY
XXV A STRUGGLE IN THE DARK
XXVI AN EXPEDITION IS PLANNED
XXVII A RAID AND A SURPRISE
XXVIII CONCLUSION

BOB COOK AND THE GERMAN SPY

CHAPTER I

WAR IS DECLARED

“Well,” said Mr. Cook, “I see that the United States has declared war on

Germany. I am glad of it, too.”

“Why, Robert!” exclaimed Mrs. Cook. “How can you say such a thing? Just
think of all the fine young American boys who may be killed.”

“I realize all that,” said her husband. “At the same time I agree with
President Wilson that the German Government has gone mad, and as a
civilized nation it is our duty to defend civilization. The only way left
for us is to go in and give Germany a good beating.”

“And I shall enlist and get a commission,” cried Harold, their eldest
boy. “I am twenty-three years old. I have been at Plattsburg two summers,
and I have done a lot of studying; I know I can pass the examinations.”

“What will you be if you do pass?” inquired his father. “A lieutenant?”

“Well,” said Harold, “a second-lieutenant.”

“I wish I could enlist,” sighed Bob.

“Huh!” snorted his older brother. “You can’t enlist. What military
training have you had? And besides, you’re only seventeen; they wouldn’t
take you.”

The Cook family were seated at the dinner table, mother, father, and
three children, the two boys referred to above and a young daughter,
Louise, just thirteen years of age. Congress had that day declared war on
Germany, and naturally that was the one thing in every one’s mind. Crowds
in front of the newspaper offices had greeted the news from Washington
with wild enthusiasm, patriotic parades had been organized, and from
almost every house and office streamed the Stars and Stripes.

Bob Cook had been among the crowds, and his young mind and heart were
fired with patriotism and enthusiasm. A company of soldiers from the
Thirty-ninth Infantry called out the week before had caused him to
cheer and hurl his cap high in the air, while all the time he envied
the men in khaki.

“I hate to think of you enlisting, Harold,” said Mrs. Cook sadly.

“Why?” demanded Harold earnestly. “Don’t you think it is my duty to
offer my services to my country! I’m free; no one is dependent upon me.”

“I know,” agreed his mother, “but somehow I don’t like to have my boy go
over to France and be killed. Let some one else go.”

“Suppose every one said that,” exclaimed Harold. “We shouldn’t have much
of an army and our country wouldn’t be very well defended, would it?”

“Let him go,” said Mr. Cook quietly to his wife. “I don’t want him killed
any more than you do, but there are some things worse than that. Suppose
he was afraid to go; you’d be ashamed of your son then I know.”

“How do you know I’m going to get killed anyway?” demanded Harold. “Every
one that goes to war doesn’t get killed. At any rate it’s sort of
gruesome to sit up and hear your family talk as if you were just as good
as dead already.”

“True enough,” laughed Mr. Cook. “When does your examination come?”

“Next Monday.”

“Will you wear a uniform?” asked Louise.

“Why, certainly,” said Harold, swelling out his chest at the thought.

“I wish I could enlist,” sighed Bob.

“You’re too young, I told you,” said Harold scornfully.

“I’ll bet I could fight as well as you could,” said Bob stoutly.
“Besides, I’m big for my age and maybe if I told them I was older than I
really am they might take me.”

“Don’t do that, Bob,” said his father earnestly. “Don’t lie about it.”

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