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A MAN'S PROBLEM
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Some men at the-Qlub had brought
up the old problem of wife versus
mother. Which should a man save
if he were struggling with them in
the water? Then it was that Merrill
told this story:
"Sotheby had been out boating
with his fiancee, Evelyn, and her lit
tle crippled sister, Mollie," he said.
"I think that problem was still hard
er. Ordinarily, of course, his duty
would have been to save his fiancee,
but Mollie was lame had been so
from birth. She could walk, after a
fashion, but she could not swim and
she was far too frail and delicate to
swim for her life in such a tide as
"He knew Evelyn could swim like
a fish, too. The girls were staying
at North Cliff when he ran in to see
them. He had met Evelyn a few
weeks before in town. He knew she
and her sister were orphans. They
had hardly a relative in the world.
Sotheby had become engaged a week
or two before and he was madly in
love with Evelyn and the envy of all
the other men who admired her dash
"I think his predicament was
worse. It was about half a mile to
the land and Evelyn could probably
have made it Mollie was helpless.
Sotheby did not know what to do.
He acted on impulse. He saved Mol
lie. "He never knew how the boat had
overturned. He was trying to bring
the tiller around and let the boom go
when they found themselves in the
water and clinging to the overturned
boat, which was drifting rapidly out
"He saw Evelyn struggling beside
't him and Mollie sinking. Quick as a
! flash Sotheby grabbed Mollie by the
hair. He lost sight of Evelyn. He j
knew he could not save both girls,
and he could not let Mollie go. Al
ternately swimming and treading wa
ter, he managed, in utter exhaustion,
to get Mollie ashore. Then he fainted.
"He awakened in a fisherman's
cottage. Mollie was upstairs and do
ing welL The next day he saw her.
He had not dared to ask about his
fiancee; everybody knew she was
drowned. To his astonishment Mol
lie seemed almost unconcerned.
"It was a tiny fishing village and
the tragedy, though it stirred the
He Lost Sight of Evelyn
place, was not widely reported. After
Mollie and. he had. recovered the girl '
left the little cottage and went home.
" 'You must let me come and see
you for Evelyn's sake,' said Sotheby.
"He was rather astonished when
Mollie absolutely refused. 'I bear you
you no ill will, Jack, and I owe you
my life,' she said, 'but I feel tnat it