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DEAD MAN'S MESSAGE
By H. M. Egbert.
' Th'e arctic had yielded up its'long
fought secret as to the location of the
magnetic pole. The "Catherine" had
returned, but of-the twenty-nine who
.had sailed in her tli&year before only
fifteen'returhed. And Lieutenant An
'drews led them, for Captain Scoville
jhad died in a snow crevice.
Andrews and Scoville had been
.alone at the time of the disaster, ex-
A Transformed John Came Smiling
J Into the Room.
5cept for an Eskimo, who had-been
6 brought back to New York. These
c three had been separated from" the
rest of the party by forty miles of ice
" and snow. Lieutenant Andrews and
his boyreturned to the ship, and the
- lieutenant reported the catastrophe.
Help had been impossible. Scoville
- had slipped over thd edge and fallen
- under an avalanche of snow, a hun
s dred feet beneath.
.So Andrews said. Never yet has an
v arctic expedition returned but unkind
" things have been spoken of the sur
vivors. It became known that Cath
erine Maynard .had been, .sought in
marriage by the captain and the lieu?
tenant also. Whispers flew, suspicions
grew. Instead of the reception such
as a hero should receive, Lieutenant
Andrews was robbed of, his triumph
and shunned by all. They said that
he had killed Scoville.
Andrews knew what was said, but
he had his duty to perform. He car
ried the news to Catherine. She stood
listening quietly in her reception
room in the big house of her 'father,
the rear admiral, on Madison avenue.
And all at once Andrews knew what
he had never known before, that it
was he she had loved, not Scoville. T
"He slipped on the very edge of the1;
precipice," Andrews explained. "In an
instant he was gone, down the sheer
rocky sides of the mountain. He was
killed instantly, and buried under", fifty
feet of snow. Rescue, help, "was im
possible." ."I know," said Catherine Maynard,
holding out her hands to"him "-You
could have done nothing. I know the
agony of soul that a man must feel
who comes home and leaves his cap
tain dead. But there was nothingfelse
to -do and no blame can' attach to
Andrews knew then that. she liad
heard the rumors. ' '
"I cannot ask you what I would
wish to ask until I have cleared my
self," he said sadly, and wenfaway.
He was a dishonored .man.. On all
sides enemies rose up against him;
people whom he had offended, those
who were offended with, him, rumor
mongers, backbiters all hounded
"Let somebody who can speak Es
kimo question the boy," said his ene
mies. "Then we shall .know the
Andrews ma'de answer, his only an-
'iPut the boy to school," he said,
"till he can speak JEnglish, and. let
,him be asked the.truth."
"Impossible, the professors an-