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lo lick at the wooden partition. And
Maria was not there. He remembered
now that she had told him slie was
going to stay with a relative who was
sick that evening.
All at once he saw his opportunity.
He would repay Ep for his trickery
in a double sense. Beside the door,
placed there for the very purpose
which it was to serve, was a sink with
a high pressure of water and a small
stationary fire hose. He attached the
tubing and let the water flow in.
Then, as the flames crept toward the
old stock on the shelves, Riffkin be
gan to play the hose upon them.
They hissed and leaped, but water
quenches fire. Slowly they receded
backward, caught the waste rags be
side the machines, hcked them up,
and began to run hungrily along the
floor. Drippings of machine oil fed
them. They grew bolder and ad
vanced toward Riffkin again. Again
he played the hose on them, keeping
always a barrier of water between the
door and the flames, so that his es
cape should not be cut off.
Now the whole place was afire. The
flames had gained the end of the
factory and were crawling up. the
walls. The glare was perceptible all
down the street, Riffkin heard shouts
underneath the windows. Then came
the welcome clang of the fire bell, as
the engines came galloping up.
His task was done. The fire could
easily be controlled. Riffkin himself
could have controlled it. Now he
hastily detached the hose and coiled
it into its place. Then he ran agilely
down the stairs to the street, where
the firemen were already leaping
from their engines.
"Seventh floor!" he gasped. "I
tried to stop the spread, but it was
beyond control. Hurry!"
They did not need to hurry. In five
minutes more only a mass of black
and coiling smoke showed where the
conflagration had been. The fire-
Tnon'c TirrtT'lr Ttroc rlnna if titoo 4o-
such a little fire as happens some-1
where every night in the year. TheJ
crowd slowly dispersed. But Riffkin
waited. He knewfthat Ep would come
to see his handiwork. Soon he per
ceived him skulking in the fringe of
The two saw each other simultan
eously. Ep came forward with as
"This is terrible, Riffkin," he said.
"How can it have happened?"
"Let's go and see," said Riffkin,
and took Ep by the arm. In silence
they ascended the stairs together.
They could see nothing inside for the
"Mr. Ep," said Riffkin, "I saw that
cigarette. It ain't my business but I -want
Ep attempted to bluster; then,
checking himself, sat down "and
quietly wrote out the check upon his
blackened desk. Riffkin read it and
"I'm sorry it was the wrong tock,
Mr. Ep," he said.
"What d'you mean?" shouted Ep.
Riffkin pointed through the smoke
clouds. As these rolled away Ep
could see that the new gowns had.
been wholly consumed; but upon
their shelves, neatly folded and pro-
tected from the water from the hoses,
the old insured gowns with the wide
sleeves reposed in their pristine
Boil six small-sized Bermuda on
ions until they are slightly soft but
not tender enough to fall in pieces.
Carefully cut a small slice off the top
and dig out the center portion of the -vegetable.
Chop this finely and add ,
a tablespoon of butter, a half tea
spoon of salt, a bit of paprika, and
half of a pimento chopped in small
To these ingredients add two heap
ing tablespoons of bread crumbs and
return to the onion shells. Dust
grated cheese over the tops and bake
one-half hour. Serve with a cream
dressing made as for the plain boiled