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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE LEAD IN THE ICE
By H. M. Egbert
I.
At 25 Capt Truefitt had" been in
love and had been unsuccessful. He
thought his heart was broken. But
at 40 he knew that this had been a
fallacy. He loved Mabel Renton and
her heart was another's. But this
time it was an optimistic hope, a love
that is stronger than its recognition
of its impossibility.
James Fawn had introduced him
to Mabel, his fiancee, before he start
ed north for the discovery of Baldwin
Land. If he did not return two sum
mers later Truefitt was to command
the relief ship that would come after
him.
The summer had come and it was
middle July. The relief ship would
have to start at once to reach the
Arctic before the pack ice formed in
September.
Truefitt had called on Mabel to en
courage her a few days before he
sailed.
"I'll bring him back, never fear,"
he said cheerily.
"Listen, Capt Truefitt," said Miss
Renton. "I have been thinking and
planning. I feel it is my duty to be
with James, especially since there
will be another long winter of sus
pense before me. I want you to take
me with you."
Capt. Truefitt was appalled. "Miss
Renton, you don't understand the
conditions," he said. "It isn't any
picnic up in the north. The temper
ature drops below zero even in Sep
tember. How can you go?"
"My place is with Mr. Fawn," an
swered Mabel gravely. "I have cal
culated what I shall have to face. I
am prepared to go. And if he is dead"
tears came into her eyes "I shall
at least be spared the long agony of
waiting.
Truefitt was thinking. He knew
that the long agony would be his, in
'Tthe continual presence of the wom
an he loved, whom he could never
tell of his love. However, since she
i continued to beseech him, he would
I not refuse her.
A week later Mabel Renton sailed
I aboard his ship for the Arctic
II.
They had reports of Fawn at last
He had lost his ship in the pack ice
Gaunt and Emaciated, His Eyes
Blazing With Delirium
and was living with a tribe of Eski
mos 20 miles distant from where
Truefitt's ship lay, already hemmed
in by the thin ice of early Septem
ber. The wreck of Fawn's vessel lay
along the shore. It had been looted
and report spoke of a subsequent
mutiny, of a break-up of discipline
and of sailors who had started south
ward in a wild attemut to fight their
way to civilization
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