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gearxomes, if it isn't here'soon,"
grumbled the foreman.
, "It should have been here,"
Senior remarked, tightening and
loosening in various place. A
few .stealthy maneuvers, and the
groaning wabble increased with
indications of collapse.
"She's going to quit get the
men out! I'll gallop to the sta
tion and rush on the new outfit."
Witch was in a temper that
matched his dark mood, and jhe.
alternately goaded and restrain
ed her, with delight in the con
flict, all the while gloating over
the mental picture of the yoUrtg
traitor straining at his bonds,
with horrified eyes and inarticu
late efforts at speech.
And now by this time the. water
was rising slowly but surely. It
would rise, and rise, lapping his
feet ankles knees inch by
inch crawling higher slowly!
slowly ! plenty of time he would,
have to reflect upon his baseness,
to shiver and shrink from the
clutching, inevitable death! Jun
ior wouldnot die easily 1 He loved
life as the young do! only the
other day he had been telling
Helen Good God ! Helen !
He brought his horse up with
a suddenness that nearly unseat
ed him ! Helen ! he struck his
forehead with his fist Helen!
how was, he to meet her after
then in one blinding flash he real
ized the horror of the deed ! Mur
der! Oh, for the power to undo!
He tore out his watch there
might jet be time! God grant, for
Helen's sake, that there, be timely
He raced back, his 4rjfcen, ve
hement' thoughts one" gasping
prayer for time! Faster! Faster-Tin
sight oh, faster He cruelly
spurred the already maddened an1
imal, there was a frantic, plung
irtg bound and he lay senseless.
When, he roused, Helen wa
bending over him with tender,
"He'll be all right soon. No
broken bones, jus a bad shake
up," the. doctor assured, her, and
departed with injunctions for rest
and quiet. j
Senior's wits suddenly return
ed. "Have I been here long?" h
cried, starting up. '
"You were unconscious nearly
an hour, dearest. Iie down ; you
must be quiet. Oh, dearest, if yott
love me! if you love me!" shk
pleaded, with restraining arms
Unheeding, he leaped to hi
feet, exclaiming: "Junior!"
"No one could find him, but
He broke from her and dashed
to the mine, a ghastly object with
his bandaged head and wild,
blancheH face. There was no re
sisting his violent, threatening
commands, and when Helen and
others arrived he had disappeared
below. It was remembered then
that Junior had not been seen
since morning, though it was sup
posed that he had followed Sen
ior when he came out.
Senior plunged along, striking
the water at the mouth o'f the old
passage. It sloped sharply. He
felt the flood deepening and meas
ured it as he had fancied Junior
doing feet ! ankles I knees !-
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