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l AN EIGHT -Y EARN AP
By H. M. Egbert.
John , Drumfield yawnetl and
stretched himself; then- lie looked
.cross the room at his watch and
sprang out of bed' in astonishment.
Jt was nearly ten minutes io ten!
.This .was his wedding morning and
he had nearly forgotten. There was
.just time to be - at the church in
-Brooklyn by half past eleven,
f It was to be a quie't wedding. Lucy
jandhe had Jo'ved each .other for years,
'Staring in Terror at the Date on It.
despite the objections of- her father,
"one of the leaders of the bar, who
wanted her to make a. brilliant mar
triage. But he had become reconciled
at' last, and, with his backing, Drum
Tfield's own law practice hail improved
Sufficiently .to warrant his taking out
the wedding license.
Drumfield paused in irresolution,
Sfor his mind was' as hazy as' though
he haxLoverslept for five years instead
of one night. These were not his
rooms; this was a hotel. A placard,
announcing that one ring would bring
'the bell-boy and two the chamber
maid stood over the faucet. Above
the mantel was a notification that
smoking was not permitted and that
the management, would not be re
sponsible for valuables unless left in.
the safe. Drumfield's head was ach
ing badly. As he passed the mirror
he caught sight of bis face. He had
gone to bed a young man and now his
hair was turning gray and there were
lines in his face that had not been
there when he retired to bed.
Thoroughly alarmed, he dressed
himself and hastened down. At the
hotel desk a young clerk looked up
and, smiled. "Hurt yaur head?" he
asked. Drumfield put up his hand
and found thajt his scalp "was gashed.
It must have ,bled freely during the
nighty, to judge from the evidences.
Drumfie'ld muttered something and
walked away. At the stand he bought
a newspaper. The next moment he
was clutching at space and staring in
terror a the date on it. He had gone
to sleep in his rooms in August, 1905;
and he had awakened in a cheap hotel
in February, 1913. He had slept eight
He then- hurriedly took the subway
to Brooklyn. It seemed to him that
the subway had not run to Brooklyn
when he was last awake, but this'!was
only a minor problem now. He got
out at the Borough Hall and' stood
looking round him uncertainly.
"JVant a cab?" asked a taxi driver.
Drumfield put his hand into his pock
et mechanically and found a pocket
book containing a five-dollar bill and
two of the value5 of a dollar each.
He nodded and leaped "in. ,Then,
glancing into the side glass, he saw
that his head was swollen and that
a. mass of blood had matted his hair. v
Five minutes later the. cat) stopped
opposite a deepx excavation and the
.cabman descended and opened the"
"Here's the church you asked for,