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And he tore himself away from her
and went into his light turret.
The young man and the girl gazed
blankly upon each other. Then the
v girl spoke.
"You see," she said. "You must
release me from my promise, Ralph.
I cannot leave him. I owe every
thing to him. He has the first claim
upon me until he is dead."
"You have the first claim upon
yourself, dearest," pleaded Ralph.
"Why should you be condemned to
pass your whole life here on this bar
But he could not persuade her.
With many tears the girl persisted
in her resolution. She would stay
with the man she had come to regard
as her father.
She went to Jim Thorpe and told
him so. But the burden on his heart
was not lifted. He knew that he held
her only by her sense of duty to him.
Ralph was to leave at daybreak.
The lighthouse keeper, who had
spent a sleepless night, stole down
to where the girl and the young man
stood, locked in each other's arms,
saying their good-by.
"Go and my blessing go with you,"
he said gently.
The girl swung around and faced
him. "Father!" she cried, "I shall
stay with you "
"No, my dear," answered Thorpe.
"You were never mine. The sea gave
you to me as some loan to be repaid.
I shall return you to its keeping. May
it carry you fairly to your home."
And he turned and left them. He
could not bear to say more. He
knew that his last hold on life had
gone, as the boat that carried them
was going, under a fair wind, toward
He trimmed his light and filled the
oil reservoir and sat down in the tur
ret. He looked out over the sea, over
the s"hoals and rocks. Now that he
had done the right thing, his anger
had evaporated. He felt strangely
peaceful. For the first time in many
years he seemed to dwell in the con-1
scious presence of his dead wife.
After all, Emily could never take her
place in his heart. It was just like
a dream, as all life was a dream. The
day would come when he would
awaken into the presence of Emily.
On board the boat the young man
and the girl sat, hand in hand, and
looked back to where the lighthouse
stood, 'only a speck in the distance, a
white pillar under a red roof;
"I am uneasy," said the girl. "I
hope nothing has happened to him.
In a few eweks we must go back and
try to persuade him to give up his
work and live with us."
"Yes," said the young man. And
then, forgetful of age, as is the way
with youth, they lost themselves in
their own golden dreams of happi
ness. The lighthouse disappeared; the
last link with life had gone from Jim
Thorpe's heart. But he only sat smil
ing beside his trimmed lamp, waiting
for the night to come when it shoulld
give forth its beams upon the waters.
But his own hand would never kin
dle those beams again. For he him
self had passed out of the shadows
into the reality.
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Sept. 23, 1763. A courier arrived
at Ft. fe Chartres 'officially an
nouncing that a decree had been
passed banishing all Jesuits from the
province of Louisiana, then including
Notice Mrs. Mehek, my wife, left
me, and I don't stand for no credit.
If anybody sees her please let me
know. Mr. Andy Mehek. rPueblo
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, LADDER NEEDED
Lady We always keep the hose
ready, in case of a Zeppelin raid.
Visitor But, surely,- my dear, it
would never reach them at the height