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was flungto.his.kneesj Heheard
a cry from, above. -Next-moment-he
became aware that the three
were clutching for life at .the slip
pery walls.. And Anderson's legs
dangled , Qyer the. precipitous
edge.- , .
After ;five minutes .they knew
the. issue. If theprofessor's dead
$reight,did;not drag them down
ihey tw.o could . win to safety.
AVith, him; poised over the. abyss,
unable to mo.ve, held only by the
rope?4 death. from the .cold would
be . inevitable. There was but one
chance "of safety, and ' that, for
two, not three. .
- Anderson glanceduip. His wife"
lay uppn the top of a little out
crop ofxock,- some distance away.
Trench was- almost at Ander
son's, sid, for, .'the rope was
knotted and caught around a
rocky( .spur, He- made -a sign-of
secrecy and,, strained himself up
ward until, his lips were almost .in
Trench's ear. : - . .
""Cut the rope!" he hissed, and
saw the look ofrterror-on Trench's
face. . - .
. "It is for her sake' her con
tinued. "Trench I was looking
in at the window this afternoon.
1, don't -blame you.; I was an old
fool to ruin her life, and a.s.long as
I live she will be in torment. I
ask" only, two things of you;, that
you will marry her and always
treat her with the Jove she craves r
and that you will, publish my en--cyclopedia."
There was.no thought of con
cealment .at such , a juncture.
.Trench bowed his-head in shame.
, v "J ,eanlL cu th:xop ' he.;ari-j
swered.j ?T am no -murderer.. 4 it
would rather die." t .r "; v
"Former sake," whispered An
derson, but Trench only shdok:,.
his head and turned' avVay- -r -rv.
Suddenly"the ' rope quivered.-;
The dead weight ceased. Helobk- ' -,
ed-around. When Anderson had " "
been was only the cleari-seyered L,
edge of the rope, and he was not'
visible. Trench looked oyer the
edge of the abyss and shivered.
Then, with a supreme effort, he.
pulled himself up the rocks ''and;
bore the girl to safety An;:houf
later' they had re-entered the
The searching parties failed.-to
discover what' they "sought..'.
Doubtless, they said, the. body ;
had fallen into the glacier, ft ;
would be years before i?'yielded': .'
j j j nni s f. r i
ud its-aeaa. mere was nomine
to do. ' " '
Two days later Trench and
Mrs. Anderson sailed from Genoa
for ( America.. Though no word
of love had passed between, theni-"
it was instinctively recognize
that their -lives could not be di-?
vided. 'But all during ;the-yoyage.
she kept -to her 'stateroom and hei
foihis, and hardly a-word"passed'
between them; " After their ar-
rival she went . .to her mother's
house arid Trench to his. hotel. '
For .three weeks she methis per-. .
functory .visits with cold'indiffef-
enrc . i - ' '
The-professoriiad been dead a4;
month when Trench -resolved to'
put an end to theusperise. He"
called again and forthe first time
brought up the subject ,of the
; future. - Hesked-lier.farll tp