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Kobody but Jimmy saw it
"I shouldn't wonder if that were a
torpedo," thought Jimmy, and a mo
ment later the ship quivered and
seemed to leap into the air as the
detonating head struck her amid
ships. Of what happened during the next
five minutes Jimmy was never fully
conscious afterward. He knew that
9 there was confusion, rushing to and
fro as the vessel slowly settled by the
bow. Then the captain was shouting
through a megaphone from the
bridge, the boats were being swung
out, and an ominous quiet had suc
ceeded the first panic.
Presently Jimmy found himself
standing by one of the boats. He was
going to save his life. It seemed
strange to him that he should think
his life worth saving, but there he
was, automatically going through the
propess prompted by the life instinct
Jimmy was no coward, but he had
vast possessions undisposed of, and
he honestly believed that it was his
duty to save his life in order to reach
In factr he knew that unless he
made a will certain persons of not too
fine reputations, ladies chiefly, would
i suffer poverty, and Jimmy had a
habit of standing by his friends, al
though this was not commonly sus
pected of him.
There were already several boats
upon the water. The vessel was ob
viously settling; it was impossible
that she could keep afloat many min
utes. There seemed plenty of room
' for the passengers. The boat imme
diately in front of Jimmy was nearly
"Room for one more!" shouted the
A officer in charge.
Then he noticed that the girl in
gray was standing where he had
been. Also, that she was alone. It
was odd, but at that moment Jimmy
found himself cogitating that she
must, then, be traveling alone.
The eyes of the girl in gray were
fixed on his in scorn, sending uncom
fortable sensations up and down
"You coward!" said the girl in'
gray, very icily and deliberately.
Jimmy sprang out of the boat and
tried to take off the hat which was
not in its place.
"I beg your pardon. I didn't see
you," said Jimmy to the girl in gray.
But the girl in gray did not move.
Instead, she stepped back a pace and
from behind her there came rushing
a poor, frantic woman with a baby in
her arms. She scrambled into the
place which Jimmy had abandoned
and the sailors began to lower the
Jjmmy glanced about him at the
empty deck and then he looked at
the girl in gray. The ship had ceased
to dip at the bow. Now it was almost
level. That meant that it was going
down at the stern as well; the water
lapped their feet They were the
only living beings on the ship, ex
cept the captain, who, waiting calmly
on the bridge, watched the scene
with satisfaction. Even the sailors
had gone. K
The captain did npt see either Jim
my or the girl in gray, who were hid
den behind the deckhouse. But in
the distance, making swiftly toward
them, was a British patrol ship. It
was a race against time, but there
was a real chance that it would come
up with them 'before the liner went
The girl in gray was watching
Jimmy. Jimmy, more conscious than
ever of the throbbing pain, looked
back at the girl(in gray.
"I don't want to make excuses,"
he said, "but i thought everybody
was aboard at least I didn't think,
but I supposed every one was aboard
the boats, and I've got important
business in New York.
"You'll say life couiits before busi
ness. Well, it does. Only, you see, I
really did want to get there. It means
happiness to a whole lot of people,
and I'm, going home to die soon
on the operating table."
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