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Voice so weak and trembly, that
it made you want to take her in
your arms and tell her it was all
right that 'the big, horrid -wolf
wouldn't get her THAT night.
"I put up my hands. Wrecker
gurgled for a minute, and then
ga'sped as if for breath.
" 'Put up your hands,' she said,
'pointing the .revolver directly at
Kim, and forgetting all about me.
'Put down that revolver,
girl,' says .Wrecker.- 'You'll hurt
yourself with it
"She never meant to do it. But
a woman in the state she was in,
hadn't ought to be allowe(i with
in SO paces of a firearm.
"It went off, and Wrecker
threw up his arms, and, coughed,
and-,saggeddown on the floor. I
saw a tiny red spot rise and
spread on,his shirt.
"The girl stood there for a mo
ment, shaking like, a leaf, and her
eyes big with fear. Then she
threw the .revolver on the floor,
and began to sob.
" 'Oh, wiat have I done? What
have I done?' she cried, and ran
over, and dropped on ttie floor beside-Wrecker,
and began tearing
at his shirt where the red showed.
"I picked -up the revolver and
laughed softly. Ten bullets
from that little thing couldn't
have hurt Wrecker seriously.
And then she turned, and saw me
"'And you!' she cried. 'How
dare you stand there doing noth
ing and laughing, "wjiile your
friend may be dying? Get me
IS got her some, water, and
then she made ffte into a maid ser
vant to Wrecker. " We got him
to bed, and she dressed his
wound, which was about an inch
below the heart, and then she fed.
him all kinds of stuff from her
medicine chest,1 and discovered
she hadn't any' whisky, and sent
me to the sfchpqner for some, and
I went in the heat of the after
"When I, got back, she was
croonin' over Wrecker 'like a
mother over her first horn, and'
paid no more attention to me
than to give me orders.
"You never heard the like 'of
the next month on that island. '
"Wreclcer was fit to get up and
go to work the second day, but
do you think that girlwould hear
of it? No, sir! She said he had
to convalesce, and for two blessed
weeks she 'kept him between his
bed and a rocker on the front
porch, and fetched and carried
for him, and made me fetch and
carry for him, while Wrecker lay
there, with cushions under his
head, and smijed up at the sky,
and sometimes at the girl.
"Every time I was left alone
with him which wasn't often
I'd ask him if he knew the
schooner was growing barnacles
in the lagoon,, and that a British
gunboat was due. And he'd
shake his head and look solemn.
"''Can't help it,, Donohue, I'm
an invalid,' he'd day.
"Xhe second two" weeks;the
girl said it would do him good to
take a little exercise, and that
walking- was the best thing for
him to try.
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