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THE HONOR SQUAD
By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
The serious-faced superintendent
of the grim penitentiary sat at his
desk, pen in hand, a.jvritten list of
numbers before him. Each number
indicated a human being under the
ban of the la,w and in his official
"Thirty-nine," he observed to the
i , i
"Yes, It is I."
deputy warden seated "opposite to
him. "Who shall be the fortieth?"
Gravely, almost anxiously it seem
ed, the other passed over a strip of
cardboard upon which he had hur
riedly penciled the numerals:
"A 4 4 4."
The superintendent scanned the
brief chronicle with a slight .frown,
shrugged-his shoulders and regard
ed his companion critically.
'JDo youthink it wise to recom
mend this man?" he challenged.
"1 will vouch for him," staunchly
replied the deputy.
"He is not even a trusty."
"Do you know why?" demanded
the deputy. "I will tell you. This
convict 4 4 4 4, otherwise Robert
Moody, sentenced for five years for
embezzlement, has been so valuable
as librarian for the prison that he
could be spared in no other capacity.
He has been a model good time pris
oner. If any man deserved a place
in the honor squad it is 4 4 4 4."
"I'll take it on your say so," oh
served the superintendent. "Sym
pathy doesn't pay in our line, but I
think you know your man."
"I do, indeed, know him," replied
the deputy with warmth and feeling.
"He is a patient hero, a martyr, and
the modest, pretty girl, his fiancee,
who has visited him regularly each
month since he came here is a jewel
of loyalty and love."
"Sentiment in the case, too.eh?"
questioned the superintendent. "I
don't know how far a prisoner can
be trusted with his freedom with love
in the question."
"Let me tell you briefly about this
Robert Moody," urged the deputy. "I
have become immensely interested in
"All right," nodded the superin
"His story as I know it is this: His
employer, a man named Hodges, a
stock broker, sold a widow woman, a
Mrs. Percival, some worthless min
ing stock, taking her last five hun
dred dollars. She became seriously
ill later and was told that an expen
sive surgical operation only could
save her life. Moody, indignant at
the fraud his employer had perpetrat
ed, bought back the securities, pay
ing out the money of Hodges to do
it. Then he handed his resignation
to the knave. The life of Mrs. Per
cival was saved and Moody became
acquainted with her daughter, Nina.
Hodges manipulated the old accounts
of his business and had Moody arrest
ed for embezzlement. He managed