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hiding place. He,-made out a large
doghouse. It was empty. Kent
crawled into it.
"What to do next!" he panted help
lessly. "Oh, I am in a terrible fix!"
As he lay among the straw, a hunt
ed fugitive, Kent reflected how his
careless habits had probably cost him
the position of his life. Two weeks
previous a friend had suggested that
he apply to the railway mail service
in the city for an appointment. Kent
did so, and wonderfully attracted the
attention and admiration of the agent
of the government with the accuracy
and swiftness with which he was able
to throw mail. He was advised that
his references would be looked up
and if he passed muster he would be
offered a good position. Now, an ac
cused thief, they would scarcely con
"I'm a coward to run away when
I am innocent," he mused bitterly,
"but I can't face the music. Even if
freed the humiliation would crush
me. I'll stay .in hiding here for a few
hours and then leave the town and
Kent fell asleep. He was awakened
perhaps two hours later by the!
sound of low voices. Peering out he
saw two men, strangers to him. -
"Look here," one of them was say
ing, "we've held up one man and
looted four houses. There's one
more in the block. You rest the
booty and guard it while I see if there
is anything else worth getting. Then
we'll go to our autoombile in the
woods and speed for the city. We'll
do up these country yahooks in good
style while we're about it."
"Burglars! and their booty in that
satchel!" breathed Kent.
One of the men disappeared. The
other set his foot on the satchel and
kept guard.. sudden impulse flashed
through thiafaind of Kent Marvin.
He would opWit thee bsold schem
He reached out and seized the limb
of the sentinel burglar. At the same
time he imitated the snarling bark
of a dog. Naturally the burglar was
startled and fell back.
In an instant Kent was out of the
dog house and on his feet He
snatched up the satchel.
"Prop that! Who are you?" and
the burglar, partly recovering him
himself , flashed a revolver.
Just then Kent saw a light in an
upper room of the despoiled mansion.
Some one was awake there. He gave
the satchel a swing. As a "thrower"
he was at his best. It described an
accurate parabola curve.
Crash! bang! clatter! through the
window it went, while Kent shouted
"Burglars-phone for the police!"
The burglar fired at Kent The shot
missed him. He stooped and picked
up a heavy piece of wood. Again a
fling. Down went the burglar sense
less, and as his companion appeared
Kent grappled with him and held him
till two servants came rushing from
His part in recovering some $5,000
stolen booty would have helped Kent
m public estimation anyway, but a
discovery cleared him of all taint of
The man the burglars had robbed
on the street was Harper Winston,
and among their booty was found the
missing diamond ring, evidencing a
conspiracy and clearing Kent.
The next day there came a notifi
cation from the railway postal serv
ice awarding Kent the coveted posi
tion. His repentance, earnest and sin
cere, softened fair Lina's heart. He
was through throwing dice, his
chances away, and other foolish ac
tions. Lina believed him and threw
herself in his arms and forgave him.
. JUST AS GOOD
Wife (at 2 a. m.) Wake up, John,
wake up! There's a burglar in the
Husband (sleepily) Well, I've no
revolver. You go in and look dag
gers at him." Boston Transcript I