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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 08, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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TOZAN'S BLUNDER
By John Darrough
Stepan had never feared Tozan,
not even after he won Sophie Katlok
from him. Tozan had come to the
mine two years before, a tramp, and
Stepan, who pitied him, had given
him a job. Afterward Tozan fell in
love with Sophie, old Katlok's daugh
ter, and Stepan won her away. Still,
a girl has the right to change her
mind, and Sophie's decision seemed
to Stepan no reason why his protege
and friend should cast black looks at
him.
Therefore when Tozan came to
Stepan's bedside at night and told
him old Katlok wanted him, in his
house at the bottom of Long Shaft,
half a mile deep or more, Stepan ac
companied Tozan without hesitation.
The lead in Long Shaft had been
cleaned out, the shaft had been
abandoned, and old Katlok's house
was to be dismantled. The old Bo
hemian, who had lived there with
Sophie for half a year, emerging into
the upper air only on Saturday
nights, was glad of the change.
But the four of them Katlok, So
phie and the two boarders, Stepan
and Tozan, had lived in too close in
timacy down in the mine. That was
why Tozan lost his sense of propor
tion, why he had been brooding over
Stepan's theft, as he termed it
Stepan and Tozan had still a few
days' work to do at the bottom of
Long Shaft, cleaning up the debris,
oiling the machinery, collecting har
ness, etc.; but already the boarding
house .had been broken up. Stepan
and Tozan had each found other
quarters, though Katlok hoped to se
cure the two men again when his
new house was erected.
Stepan accompanied Tozan with
out hesitation, but he stopped at the
minehead and looked at him inquir
ingly. "I thought Katlok had left the
Jwuse' lie said, . ,
"No, he is there," replied Tozan,
"with Sophie."
They entered the cage and descend
ed. It was many minutes later when
they emerged at the bottom of Long
Shaft, beside Katlok's house. All
round them radiated the galleries
which had ben flung forward from
this center. Infinitely high above
them was- a tiny star-the great arc
light at the mine's head.
"He is in here," said Tozan, turn
ing toward the house. Stepan turned
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"You Will Hear the Dynamite Shoot
Down."
too, and immediately Tozan's loaded
cane descended with calculated force
upon the back of" his head, flinging
him to the ground, stunned.
When he opened his eyes, Stepan
was lying upon the ground in front of
Katlok's house, securely bound with
ropes. His head ached and throbbed
jnadly from .the blow. Over him. stood
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