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MAN WHO FOUND HIS OWN
By Harold Carter.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
, The first loud clang of the
alarm had hardly ceased to echo
through the quarters of "the sleep
ing firemen when Halloran Jiad
sprung to his" feet, his eyes still
closed with sleep, found the thick
Stood on the Sill for an Instant.
pole, and slid down to the stable,
first of his companions." Under
neath the horses were neighing
excitedly in their stalls. They
pictured the gallop through the
streets, to the blaze, with the
loaded ladder car clattering be-
I hind, the urging shouts of -the
driver. Halloran pictured it grim
ly, too. It was not his first fire,
but it was his first big one. Every
body knew that' it was a big one.
Why, a whole block of tenements
was burning on the East Side !
He was at his post upon the
car now, holding on grimly as'the
vehicle swung from side to side.
The horses dashed through the
deserted streets, and from a
thousand windows heads were
thrust out and cries and ques
tions showered upon the men.
Nobpdy answered, nobody
thought of them. All eyes were
turned toward the east, where a
line of flame lit up the sky.
Halloran's mind went working
back during that wild journey.
He had been a fireman only six
weeks. He was an ex-convict.
Nobody knew that nobody ex
cept Chief Porter. And Porter
had believed in him and had kept
his secret faithfully. After three
years in Sing Sing for a crime
that should, at most, have merited
a short period of -detention in El
mira reformatory,' Halloran' had
been embittered against society.
And Porter had found him and
plucked him out of the mud and
given him his post. Porter be
lieved in him.
But Eileen, his young wife, did
not. They had been married only
three months when he had stolen
the purse, to give her those little
comforts which shei needed so
badly. She had stood in the court
beside the oen and watched him
-with eyes full 01 anguish and yet
of. hope. But when the dread