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!"o further! Then he hoped, Ha
flashed the light against the wall,
dripped from recent washing.
The water had been to his shoul
ders. It had unaccountably fallen,
bjit the passage still sloped it
had, been deeper beyond Junior
was as tall as himself but could
he have escaped? Again and again
he measured his height with the
wet wall, finding it always nearer
the death mark! In a frenzy he
ran and shouted, and ran, and ran,
till he stumbled, breathless,
against his victim, standing as he
had left him.
"Oh, not dead, Junior! not
dead!" he gasped, slashing the
Junior pulled the knotted hand
kerchief from his mouth, drew a
deep breath and laughed
"I knew you couldn't do it, old
fallow! I've been looking for you
back every minute though it
looked at one time as if but I
knew you couldn't do it! you'd
Have the water pumped out in
tjme and then all at once it "
-Senior interrupted: "I I meant
"And if what you thought of
me was true, you ought to! I
would.myself ! I was going to ex
plain while we were down here
Grace and I were married last
evening and she's safe, where
they won't find her. They hae
been trying to force her to marry
Henderson Helen has helped us
we bad to have some one to get
around the watch-cat aunt but
we made them think that Helen
'and I that explains .our inti
macy. Helen has balked some
times because I wouldn't Have
you told but I couldn't, Senior,
till all was safe. You know you
objected to my attentions to
Grace at first you remember
what you threatened ! But it's all
past and done with everything's
all right! and, Senior, I love
Grace as you love Helen, and if
she will only love me as Helen
does you, after we've been mar
ried as long, I'll be perfectly hap-
Ipy, old man !" Junior poured out
the jumble joyfully.
Senior staggered and dropped
the light. Junior caught it, saw
the other clearly and cried:
"What has happened? What have
you done to yourself?"
Senior explained, adding:
"That's why I was not here sooner-
Oh, Junior ! Junfor ! What will
Helen say to me for this !"
"Helen? She is never to know!
Never! I was mooning around
down here, as I do so much, and
got myself fast in the old timbers.
That's all! You hear?" shaking
him. "And ntfw let's see what
lowered the water, though I sus-v
He led the way a few yards on,
and flourished the light at a rag
ged break into another passage.
"You see ! We were right. They
have been tunneling under our
property, and doubtless found
enough to account for their ef
forts to oust us. I shouldn't won
der if they hold my opinion as to
the vein maybe they See, Sen
ior," he exclaimed; "this water
washed ledge it looks it is!
Hallelujah ! Senior, look for your
self, the vein! the vein 1"