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THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
BACK TO THE WORLD OF FEAR CONFESSION 194
When I came back to conscious
ness for a moment I was not able to
tell where -lwas. It was very dark
and only here and there could I catch
a glimpse of a light evidently a lan
tern carried by some one. These
lights seemed far off.
Everything was chaos, moans and
cries rent the air about me. I tried
to move and could not. I heard my
self calling for Dick, and then I rea
lized, for the first time, that there had
been a collision and that Dick was
tar away from me. I tried to move,
but in some way one of my legs was
pinned down. I wondered why some
one did not come. I tried to call, but
my voice was drowned in the general
excitement and horrible agonizing
sounds of pain.
In a few minutes, which seemed
hours, a hand grasped mine and Mr.
Sanders' said: "Are you hurt, Mrs..
"I don't know know," I answered.
"I can't mdve one of my legs and I
seem to be just one bundle of pain."
"I cannot move, 'either," he said
slowly as though with great effort,
"but keep up your courage. Some
one will surely be here. You see, we
were the only people in the dining
car, beside the waiters. I don't see
where they all are now."
Just then one of the lantern lights
came over toward us and we heaerd a
man's voice, moaning and swearing
in the same breath.
Some one called. 'Come over here;
there is some one hurt in the dining
car." As he said it I noticed a line of
fire crawling along toward us from
the other end of' the car where the
kitchen was. My heart stopped beat
ing, and I must have grasped Mr. San
ders' hand harder, for he said: "What
is the matter?"
"The car is afire."
The man who was calling noticed
it and sent forth a shriek that brought
a number of men toward us.
"Here, here, help me, help me!" he
"There is a woman penned under
the seats," said Mr. Sanders; "helpi
her first." I
"Come on, boys; there are a lot
of folks here," shouted a rough voice.
"Bring some water quick the car
is afire and it will take a long while
to get these people out."
The flames burst out, and I could
feel their heat The hand I had been'
holding clasped mine tighter.
"Don't be afraid, Margie," were the
words I heard; "they will get us out
all right now 'that they know we are
And then it seemed to me that I
heard some one praying: "God save
her! God save her! Never mind me,
"I don't want to burn to death,
Mr. Sanders. Can't you nut me out
of the way so that I will not burn to
death? Oh, I can't burn to death."
"Hush, dear, the men are here and
will rescue you," "was the answer to
my plea. "And, .Margie, I feel that I
am dying! I have not told you, but
I am so crushed that I am sure death
I burst into tears as I felt' his hand
"Don't cry, dearest girl," he said. "I
am almost glad to go, for now I know
that you will always pity me through
the years, for I love you, Margie.
"I loved you from the moment I
saw you in the car. Tell your Dick
this lie is a man he will know that
this wild, unreasoning love comes at
first sight and, knowing you, dear, he
will not blame me. Here comes the
men to rescue you it is too late for
I lost consciousness and only
awoke in this hospital bed with dear
est Dick bending over me.
I tried to speak, but Dick hushecf
me with a kiss. -
"Don't try to talk, darling. Just-
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