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the water, those on the starboard un
able to be launched owing to the an
gle of the vessel.
The passengers had been assem
bled. The stewards were running
hither and thither with lifebelts. The
grimy faces of the "stokers appeared
above the ladder. The fires had al
ready been flooded.
Fortunately the cattle ship carried
few passengers. Even the port boats
sufficed to contain them. The col
lier had backed away and mega
phoned through the fog. Order was
restored out of chaos. Even the cat
tlemen were remembered.
Only, before all could be taken
away, the ship keeled over and dis
appeared in the swirling waters.
As she went down the tilting deck
slip Mayne into the water. The shock
of the immersion revived him. He
found himself gasping and battling
for life in a whirlpool of bellowing
cattle and floating planks from the
pens. He managed to catch one and
supported himself. Over the invisible
water came cries and screams which
gradually grew fainter.
He was awake now. He knew what
had occurred. It was strange that
at that moment he thought, not of
his past love so dishonored, but of the
girl he had seen.
And, as he pictured her, he saw her
face painted upon the drifting haze.
Another instant and he was staring
into her eyes.
She was clinging to the keel of an
upturned boat, which had been swept
down into the rapids, carrying its in
mates to destruction in the swamp
of the liner. How she had lived
through those moments of agony she
never knew; she thought afterward
it was because Mayne was so near,
because there was a life for both of
them, to be lived together.
He saw -her upturned face and
swam toward her. A moment later
he was clinging to the boat beside
her, supporting her. He climbed upon
the keel and pulled her up after him.
She sank back intp his arms!
Day broke and the fog drifted away.
Upon the horizon appeared the white
sails of a fishing schooner. She was
bearing down upon them. The girl
lifted her haggard face.
"All my past, all I have, my family,
my friends, were on the ship in the
boat that went down," she said.
"And my past " he began. "Lis
ten!" he cried fiercely. "I want to
live again, a new life, untroubled by
any thoughts of the past. I have
money in my clothes enough to help
me to begin that life. And I want to
help you to begin yours."
"Ours," she said gravely for one
does not speak lightly in such a mo
ment. "Perhaps, out of our ship
wrecked past a fairer future may
arise for each of us."
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT IS
NEARING CENTURY MARK
Levi P. Morton, former vice pres
ident and once minister to Prance,
will be 91 years old May 16. De
spite his advanced years he is a close
student of the war situation and he
likes fast horses as well as ever he
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