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A WEDDING PARDON
By George Elmer, Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Norman-, her heart is slowly
"Do I not know it have I not seen
it thr6ugh all these weary months of
agony and suspense?. Still, 7 tell her
"Oh, Norman, hope is dead with us
"It may be the last forlorn chance,"
said the young lawyer,, "but I am go-
Chattered Away About Her Papa.
ing to try it. I have discovered some
new facts in the case that holds all
of future weal or woe for you and
poor dear Miriam."
'"You have been as a true son to
me, as a loyal loving brother to
Miriam. Heaven blesg you!" and
Mrs. Porter seized the hand of her
visitor, kissed it fervently and be
dewed it with her tears.
A -;5st tragedy' hovered about that
humble little cottage. In an upper
room Miriam Porter was wearing her
young life away amid dark grief and
despair. Her mother shared that mis
ery. Norman Earle had sacrificed lus
all to help them bear their burdens.
John Porter, the father of the
household, was a bluff, honest but
quick-tempered man. Six months
previous he had become enraged at
an insult from his neighbor, Rufus
Dawes, a quarrelsome, shiftless fel
low. Dawes had seized a loose fence
paling to assault Porter. To defend
himself the latter had struck Dawes
with a heavy cudgel he held in his
Dawes had staggered away, bleed
ing from a wound on his head. An
hour later he was found lying insen
sible by the side of a shed, a shotgun
by his side.
There had been an arrest and a
trial. Dawes recovered his senses,
but not his reason. He was sent to
an asylum and Porter, arraigned on
the criminal charge of deadly assault,
was sentenced to ten years in the
Earle was paying attention to Mir
iam at the time. It was he "who un
dertook the defense of Porter, The
latter admitted that he had struck
Dawes, but claimed self-defense. No
one had witnessed the quarrel.
"When the case was ended, Earle
found that he had neglected his regu
lar practice and the cost of an un
successful appeal to a higher court
used up about all the capital he had.
He did not press his suit with Mirian
under the circumstances, but he
loved her more than ever from his
sympathy, interest and contact with
the family during their sore troubles.
"I have discovered some new evi
dence," he now said to Mrs. Porter.
"It cannot be introduced in court, but
it certainly casts a new phase on the
injury Dawes sustained."
"What is it?" pressed Mrs. Porter
"I have found a man, a traveling
tinker, who was passing by the