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THE ,SAVINQ OF THE SOUL OF 'WQODEN LEGf
DONOHUE AND THE TRAGEDY THEREOF
In Which It Appears That the Saving of Souls Is a Delicate
Business, and One Not To Be Undertaken Lightly.
, By-Donald MacGregor.
Wooden-leg Donohue rose un
steadily fromJiis seat at the rear
table inStumpy Dan's place in
the very midst of the storyithat
Douglas Belford was telling. His
eves, were mistv and his voice
choky when he spoke,
j "I am gding,',' he. said, "to re
I pent of my sins. Goodbye."
I "Now w$at d'you thmk'is the
matter witli him?" I asked.'
"Do yoii know his story?"
asked Belford. , t
"I do nop' I said, "Nor do I
know any. story that should make
a man get up to repent his sins
in the .middle of an interesting
'r'Tis a strange story said
Belford, "'and one that shows a
man should"be careful, whom he.
allows to save his soul. Wooden
leg Donohue was a pearl poacher,
an,d a blaekbirder and a scoun
drel whom I was proud to shake
by the hand because his wicked
ness matched my own,; until the
time when a slip of a dark-eyed
girl saved his Worthless soul."
-. "Tell me about it," Isaid.
"I will," said Belford, r 'tis
a story with a. moral, going to
show that soul-saving is a delicate
business, and raayjbe a- warning
to you in the future.
"J-remember well thenight the
things beganV It happened right J drop a dollar in .her tambourine.
here, in StumpyDan's -place.
"Donohue had come hdme from
the South Seas ten days before,
with his pockets full of ill-gott.en
pearls .and a most outrageoqs
"That nighthe and Itwereih
here together, and Donohue had
been drinking nothing but cham
pagne, which he did noblike. He
wasuch lifted, and was sing
ing, as he always does at such
"Seven meit.ffom all the world,
- 'who've just reached home
Rolling dowi the-'Radcliffe'Road,
drunk and raisin' Cain,
"And in the midst ofit, I, saw
the bartender lift a warning finger-
" 'Whisht, Donohue,'-he said.
"I. turned taround, and there
was a little slip of a girl, in a blue
uniform, standing in the middle
of the saloon, as helpless looking
as a pigeon with a broken wing,
and carrying-.a tambourine in her
hand She had biglark eyesand
a white face, and I don'bthink the
tears were far from her -eyes
"I heard a big longshoreman,
near drunk, growl with an oath
that 'twas a shame and a disgrace
for them to be sending a bit of a
girl like that among such men as
we wee,and then go over and
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