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spine -business together?" intimated".
Tompkins, witn,a -wicked, laugh.
'-'What do yotfmean?" I inquired
"Well' was the response, "he's -an
interlpper. I happen to have heard
how he cut in with the Gladdon
I made rid reply but nursed my
"Then, again, he blocked my plans
I was slated for the position he now
fills, when he came along with his
recommendations and cheek' and got
in ahead of me. I'll admit he's smart
and, steady, but if he-was out of the,
way I'd get the job. The company
knosI'm good at it; they couldn't
find a more experienced man; so
will "you help me give Evans a vaca
"How do you mean?" I asked.
It was a, precious scheme that
Tompkins proposed. When I look
back at .it I see how close Iwas to
the .brink 'of becoming a criminal, I
shudder. He satf that I was reluctant
to engage in any real criminal under
taking, so he made my "share of it
appear light and .easy for me. '
"ome good friends are willing to
assist me in getting ihy rights," was
the plausible way in which he put it.
"All the details are arranged. Some
dark night we!ll capture Evans as he
is leaving the works. You know, he
often" stays'. overtime."
"What iio you intend to do with
him?-" I inquired rathe'r "uneasily.
"Take him away to some- friends
who will keep him safe arid sound for
a' week." Then; we. will mariage to let
the company Hear of a big spree he is
on in another city. Oh, that end is
all fixedvup and ready: I'll get the job,
arid you'll have him out of your way,"
We caught Evans one .night, just as
he was coming 'out "of the ; works,
"where he had been 'helping a new
night shift in blowing in some fur
naces. He was. promptly seized, -tied
harid arid foot, arid gagged. We start
ed out with him, when the lookout re
ported two watchmen in sight. There
slipped through it' 'Then beyond
some molding flasks, some workmen
were discovered coming ourWay.
"Quick!" said Tompkins, 'we've
got to hide him till the coast is clear.
There's No. 6 cupola. It's dead. Runi
him up the ladder and throw him into'
No. 6 was a -.furnace' supposedly?
blown out fpr Jack-of working force
At . the topx platform was the cqalj
chute which fed the melting" pot.. Poli
tics had run high in. the district the
week"previous, and acrowdiadliung;
the effigy of a disliked candidate
there tvosclays before.. We knew our
ground well. We 'rudely dumped bur
victim:through the deeding hole,, the
others, scurried to covert and: I
crotfched down on thejplatform
I was wicked enough to think how
scared; sarid. Uncomfortable Evans
must be.. It was af perhaps the end'of
five mihuteSj when with a 'shock'-my
vengeful emotion was rchah"ged to
wild "horror. -
There Vasa rasping .clangs fcVom
below soine oriehad puhed theJeed
ing chain. A blmdingyglare;frbih: the
red hot urnacesingeii-niirras the
fuel'began to slip dp-vyriI'sawa' roll
mg, unlmg olhiv. shoot .with the
moving; ;masir andplunge'mtjb "that
molteri -VVdld 'One;" bloddcuiidling
shriek rent the;air. ,Clangf w.erit the
shut-off again, and Ifejlviflatbn the
platform a .writhing,. terrified
wrench. . " c
They,told me later'how I ran b'y-iny
companions, a raving maniac, tl jnust
have dashed away from the jworks
and the town, roving aimlessly
throjugh the woods, over hills," into
swamps, for, when the awful blight
of horror and remorse was past, my
clothing was found ,torn and gnarled-
with brambles, my hands and face
cut arid bleeding and I was drenched"
to"' the skin. And my hair turned"
white! - "
T have a dim memory of comine
back to the village.- SomeTJowerful