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the street, she was hardly able to
resist his entreaties that she consent
to an elopement Her father, too,
was growing stranger than ever.
At last Roger called at the house
again. He went straight into Mr.
Bannister's study. "I am going to
marry your daughter, whether you
like it or not," he said. "If you have
anything against me, let's have it
To his astonishment, he fancied
that he saw a look of approval in the
old man's eyes. But it passed in
stantly, and old Bannister raved and
stormed at him. In the end he found
"himself outside, with nothing accom
plished, and a deeper enmity be
tween himself and his future father-in-law.
The next day a despairing little
letter came from Amy.
"Roger, help me I" it began. "I
am -sending this by the cook, who
brought me my dinner. Father has
gone out of his mind. He induced
me to enter the attic this morning,
and then he turned the key on me'
He has had bolts put on the door,
and I am a prisoner here and this is"
the twentieth century! Save me,
and I will marry you at once!"
Roger read the letter in horror,
. and then he understood. Of course,
the old man's mind had been slowly
failing. He must be crazy. It would
do no good to start habeas corpus
proceedings. He must rescue the
girl and take her away.
A reconnoitering visit that after
noon disclosed, first, an eager face
and a fluttering handkerchief at a
top window; next, old Bannister
himself, armed with a gun, and pac
ing up and down the lawn.
Roger waited till dar,k before pit
ting his plans into effect His ob
servations had disclosed to him a
gardener's ladder, left by chance in
such a way that It reached up to
ward the "maiden in the tower." As
cending that unobserved.he believed
that he could stretch up his arms and
pulTAmy down to safety. t j ,
At dark he started ou,t in his auto.
The house was a little way outside
the town limits. It was a lonely
neighborhood, and this left him more
freedom to deal tactfully with the sit
uation. He left the auto at the back
of old Bannister's little garage and
made his way toward the back of the
The ladder was still there. Unob
served, as he believed, Roger set foot
upon the lowest rung, and soon he
was tapping at the window pane
Amy opened the window with a lit
tle cry of joy. She was fully dressed,
and carried a bag in her hand.
"I knew you would come, dearest,"
she whispered, and her arms clung
to his neck. Very carefully he lifted
her down to the top rung of the
creaking, swaying ladder, and thence,
rung by rung, down to the ground.
A moment later they were creeping
through the darkness toward the
Now the girl was inside, and .Roger
'was desperately cranking when a
sudden shout rang out behind him.
It was old Bannister, and he was
rushing toward them. In his hand
was the glint of a revolver.
Roger leaped into the auto and
started away as the frenzied old man
drew near. He sped down the road
toward the boundary of the state,
ten miles away, where a marriage
could be performed without the for
mality of a license.
But he had hardly left the house
behind him when old Bannister's au
to was heard chugging along behind
Now ensued a weird race through
the shadows. Roger let her out to
the limit As he ran his mind re
volved about a friend of his, a young
minister, who would certainly per
form the ceremony, even in his pa
jamas. But it was hard to throw
the old man off the scent. The rat
tletrap behind never failed to indi
cate its presence in their neighbor-
Ihood. Faintly the old man's cries.