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THE MISSING LINK
An Escaping Convict Falls '
Into a Streak of Luck.
vA47 crouched among the pal
metto clusters and scruhhy furze
I and thought quicklv Overhead
the sky was bnghteninginto day.
Something must be done before
an hour was past, or all the work
of the preceding twelvemonth
would be frustrated.
A life convict in" a Georgia
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the most intractable of alL Three
times henad almost "won to free
dom; thrice he '.had been captur
ed. Then he had 'been condemn
ed towear an iron chain around
his leg indefinitely.
-T-He chain was composed of sol
id links heavily wrought; and at
the end was a twenty-pound balr
Of the same metal. With this
around one leg he cduld not es
cape far, while at the same time" it
allowed him freedom of action to
work in the construction camp,
A47 had friends without in
f fluential friends, who were ready
to assist him. -Slowly and labor
iously they had established com-
,.. munication. If he could escape
when the next fog came down
and reach Palm Valley, six miles
-- away, they would meet him there
witn a change ot clothing, a hie,
and a swift auto.
The plan was perfect while
they rode the fetters would be
filed avay and in six hours they
would be well across the Florida
The evening before, when one1
of the sea fogs came down swift
ly upon the workersI A47 had
broken for liberty. Despite his
impediment he had made good his
escape before it was discovered.
He hadcrouched down in the tan
Only a hundred yards awayhe
'heard the guards firing frantical
ly shouting; but tbeytmjght as
well have searched ior a needle
in a bale of fodder.; Before the
hounds could be set on his track
he would, be a mile away, and jxy"
wading through the swamps 'he
would throw on the scent.
AU this had come to pass. All
through ,the njght he-had limped
Heavily along, guiding.hjniselkby
the faint outline of"the hill that
nose above Palm Valley. Shortly
before dawn he had seen 'aaint
ribbon of light stream- from? its
summit thrice and disappear. It
was th$ signal agreed jpn he
knew that his friend awaited him.
And then, when barely half a
mile separated him from libertyn
he fell into a pit, a natural cavity
in the soil. He went crashing
forward upon his face, feU a'
wrench at his legr and suddenly
found himself six feet below sur
face of theground. He dared not
call for help, even though his
friends might be near him
There was foothold for one'
shoe, but this necessitated his
raising the other leg to a vantage
niqhe adjacent He knew he
coufd not raise the, leg with the
ball and chain. Whichever foot
lie began with,, it was essential
that he lift the pther to follow it.