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POP STIEFEL'S SACRIFICE
By Arthur Jones.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Bends?" queried "Pop"' Stie
fel scornfully. "Huh ! If you fel
lers wasn't in such a blame hur
ry to get out of the caissons so
as to knock off work you
wouldn't fje in danger of them."
Though he was only fifty-five,
everybody knew old Stiefel, the
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foreman of the construction com
pany, as "Pop." It is not often
that a German is found in charge
of a gang and when he is he is
apt to be a man of authority.
But everybody revered "Pop"
Stiefel because he was known to
be a man devoid of fear.
"You see, boys," he would ex
plain to the newcomers, "them
bends is caused this way. Under
ftwo, three, four pressure the
blood gets full of air. Now you
got to go back slow, or else when
you gets back to one pressure
them air bubbles hasn't busted
yet, and it's going to get into
your heart and kill you, maybe."
Which was as nearly scientific as
was necessary for their compre
hension. "Bill's anxious to git back to
meet that girl of his when the
Smith building turns out its peo
ple," said one of the men.
Everybody knew Bill's girl.
Bill was the popular sobriquet for
Mr. William Allen, whose uncle
was junior partner in the con
struction company that was sink
ing its caissons deep into the edge
of the East river, adjoining the
Smith building. Allen was qual
ifying for an engineer by learning
the practical details of the work.
Miss Elizabeth Strickland was
employed in the Smith building,
a little three-story structure soon
to be pulled down because of age
and general decrepitude. It was
rarely that the men going to
work did not see Miss Elizabeth
seated at her desk beside a win
dow on the top story, and looking
out to wave her hand to Bill.
"Pop" Stiefel, the sentimentalist,
as most Teutons are, was once
found almost in tears, though he
stoutly attributed his condition
to the onion his landlady had
placed in the lunch basket that
"Say, you fellers when I see
a nice girl that Miss Strickland
and a fine young feller like that
feller Bill, it sort of makes me