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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1912, Image 10

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"The girl flushed up; like :hc
Had tried to kiss her
" t)h, thank you, sir,' she said,
her voice so tf eftibly and sweef
that every one of usjiug into our
pockets, y l
"'And then my eye's fell on Don
ohue, and the wine flush had left
is face, and he -was staring" at tKe
-girl.. .1
v'She saw-hjm lqokingj at her,
and came forward, with little
hesitating" steps, like a bird that
is fascinated hy a snake.
-''"Donohue dug-'jnto Tils2 'pock-
-ets, and -pulled out a big smoky
pearl. -
" tf 'I Have np-mbney he said to
the' girl, 'on accoihjt of this'low
Hrbwed an avaricious bartender
here. But this pearl is worth
$500" if it's worth a cent. Tfeke it,
and 'may God's blessing go -with-it,
though I myself an a stranger
to God'and Him lom.K
' 'The girl reached' but a white
hand, that was so'thin you could
almost1 see. through it, and 'laid it
on Donohue s arm.
rWillydu not-leave this wick
ed "-plce, and come with me to
service ? ?' she askedr
"iDottohue turned -red,' and I
heardhim choke for a minute.
Then he drew 'himself up like a
man 'preparing' for "a" fight, and:
glared abound the placealthough
he need no"t have heen'afraid, for
none df 'Us felt like laughing at
him. " " t
ru tYes said Donohue', Twill.'
i'5tf they werft'oUf, and3I did-
riot see 'Donohue fdr three days.
Thenf hfe Walked inhere one night
while I vas sitting at this very
table, and his eyes -were r bright,
and be was sober, and he catne dt-
f ectjy over & me. -
," 'Come with me, Douglas,' he
said- " 1 l
'"'Where to?' said I.
" 'To service at the mission
l sdid Donohue. ,
" 'I'll'seVyou in perdition first
sWdi:
" 'You will corrie- with me said
he, taking off his coat. 5
' 'I will not said -I. '
"'Now will you come?' said he,
and with that he 'struck ne full
in the face, and knocked me afld
my -chair over on the floor.
"I arose,, and was going to
strike back whenmy eye fell on
his wooden leg, and 1 remember
ed. One. cannot hit a nan !with
only one leg:
1 " 'Vni'you comp now?5 He cri
ed. Tor if you do nq r'shall
strike you'again '
"I thought Jof the blow he,ha&
struck jne, and I thought of. the
' dreariness joi fhe" service, and
then T thouerKt of our "friendship
(before this madriesshad come
over mm.
'1 will go with" youI" said.
'But you dre stark, stating, rav-
ling-madDopohue.' v
'I am m the -service of the
Lord said Donohue, rand am not
to b'e -taunted by -you nor any
other-manv
""TfsIack of the v drink
rthousrht L-and for the'sake of our
,old friendship went with f hfra
roeaceablv: -v
The'-mission. was a little,JowJ
Svhite building, with roojrf for
about Jfif ty'raea In the big fiall'
V

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