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numbers augmented bv , gathering
countrymen, tl was evident that the
line would have to be cleared before
the up-train could move. As for the
down-train, a jackmg crew would
have to place her "on the metals
again. At intervals rumors of help
arrived, but these proved vain.
Burton had not spoken to Hilda
Mercer. He was paralyzed by this
slow flight of the hours that brought
each nearer to the catastrophe of the
morning. He did not even notice the
arrival of the wrecking train .till
somebody touched his shoulder.
Then he looked" up to see Jim stand
ing over him.
"We're going on in five minutes,
boss," said the darkey.
Burton got up unsteadily. "I'm not
going on," he muttered. ,
"It's all right, boss," replied the
porter. 'c'The line's clear and the
down-train's getting ready to start.
She'll reach New York by midnight.
We'll both have to make up time."
"New York!" cried? Burton, and
suddenly the miracle was made cleai
to him. He ran into the car. Hilda
Mercer was seated in her section;
her head dropped as though she were
dozing. Burton snatched up her suit
case. "Hilda!" he cried; "we're going
back-going home. That train's go
ing to mak6 New York by midnight.
Hurry! We've both got our chance
to make amendment.".
She saw the vision that he saw,
and her heart' leaped in measureless
contentment. A chance to-try again!
If they had not met, if they had not
been tempted, they would never have
known the happiness that comes
from accepting life.
Burton helped her aboard the
down-train. He took her suit-case
and placed it upon a seat, and they
sat down together. As they did so
Burton saw the man in the up-train
staring out of the window. He turned
.."We're going to make the most of
he"nb" ' he whispered. "And I'm
going to call on" you and Will some
She leaned back happily; and then
it was he realized that his love had
not proved vain, even though it had
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.) i
After being introduced to a charm
ing young lady at a social affair, old
chap, I was at loss for words and
could only contemplate her fair
pulchitrude through my . monocle.
This seamed to be irritating to the
lass, for she blurted:
"Say, Reginald, don't give me the
one-eyed over-once. Stow that X
ray lamp! I ain't used.to getting the
gimlet-glim from strange gazabes,
especially when they pipe me off
through the porthole of a canal scow.
Your map ain't so valuable it's got to
be kept under glass, is it? Gee, them
John Bull skylights give, me .the wil
lies." My word'! ,, - -, fl
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