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mare reached the further shore pres-.
ently, swimming and scrambhng-up-on
a descending diagonal,-stalked se
dately up the bank, and then stood
still, only turning her head to look at
the buggy, stranded in mid-stream.
Saterlee was climbing out of the
"Now," said he, "if you'll just tie
my coat round your neck by the
sleeves and then you'll have to let
me carry, you."
Mrs. Kimbal did as she was told.
But the buggy, relieved at last of all
weight, slid off sidewise with the cur
rent, turned turtle, and was carried
swiftly down-stream. Saterlee, stag
gering, for the footing was uncertain,
and holding Mrs. Kimbal high in his
arms, started for shore. The water
rose above his waist, and kept rising.
He halted, bracing himself against
"Ma'am," he said in a discouraged
.voice, "it's no use. I've just got to let
you get wet We've got to swim to
"All right," she said cheerfully.
She gave a little shivery gasp.
"It's not really cold," she said.
"How strong the current pulls. Will
you have to swim and tow me?"
"Yes," he said.
"Then wait," she said. "Don't let
me be carried away."
i He steadied her while she drew the
hat-pins from her hat and dropped it
as carelessly on the water as if that
had been her dressing-table. Then
she took down her hair. It was in two
great brown, shining braids. The
ends disappeared in the water, listing
Shorn of her ha't and her elaborate
hair-dressing, the lady was no longer
showy, and Saterlee, out of the tail of
an admiring eye, began to see real
beauties about her that had hitherto
"It will be easier, won't it," said
said, "if you have my hair to hold by?
I think I can manage to keep on my
"May I, Ma'am ? " said Saterlee.
She laughed at his embarrassment
And half-thrust the two great braids
into the keeping of his strong left
A mbment later Saterlee could ni
longer keep his footing. c
"Now, Ma'am," he said, ""just lei
And he swam to shallow water, no'
without great labor, towing Mrs
Kimbal by the hair. And here hi
picked her up in his arms, this time
with no word spoken, and carried hei
ashore. Some moments passed. 1
"Well," she said, laughing, "aren't
you going to put me down?" '
"Oh," said he, terribly confused
"I forgot I was just casting an ey
around for that horse. She's gone.'
"Never mind we'll walk."
"It'll be heavy going, wet as yot
are," said he.
"I'll soon be dry in this air," sh
Saterlee managed to pull his booti
on over his wet socks, and Mrs. Kim
bal, having given him his wet coal
from her neck, stooped and wrung
as much water as she could from hei
It was now nearly dark, but thei
found the road and went on.
"What time is it?" she asked.
"My watch was in my vest," said
"How far to Carcasonne House?"
" 'Bout thirty miles."
She did not speak again for som'
"Well," said she, a little hardness
in her voice, "you'll hardly be in time
to steer your boy away from my girl
"No," said he, "I won't And you'E
hardly be in time to steer your giri
away from my boy."
"Oh," she said, "you misconceiv
me entirely, Mr. Saterlee. As far as
I'm concerned, my only regret now
is that I shan't be in time to dance
at the wedding.
"Ma'am?" he said, and there was
something husky in his voice.
About midnight they saw a light,
and,' forsaking what they believed iij
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