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but he -was not sure which was. the
dining room, and he had a notion to
try for old Bilver. Back in the yard
he had his bag, and there was a con
venient hiding place at the 'foot ofJ me go "n through with it .It was
IJe opened the door on the right
noiselessly, 'felt for the switch and
turned the hutton." He' looked into
For a momenfc he was startled;
then he perceived that the room was
much larger .than he, had believed,
extenamg ngnt tnrougn tne nouse.
He crept forward cautiously. . Some living here, the wife of a rich man,
heavy curtains hung between the
front and rear parts, shutting off half
the room from view.
Linton moved softly up to the cur
tains. He drew them aside and
found himself iQoking at Molly.
She was in evening dress, with a
long cloak, unbuttpned, 'over it. ' In
her right hand jhe held a revolver,
and she was aiming it at Tom's head.
Tom could not say a word. Molly
and h& continued to look at each
other fixedly. Oddly enough, at such
a crisis, Tom felt that his clothes
"So it is you, Tom," said Molly
presently. - .
"Yo(u you live here?" stammered
"Does it look like ty? So you are
up to your old game, stealing into
people's houses. You remember
what you promised me."
"Listen, Molly," said Tom. -"When
you went away last time you said
- you'd come back. And you didn't
come back. I was waiting for you all
the rest of my imprisonment, and
when I came out I meant to find, you
and ask you 1o come away with me
somewhere where are could begin
our lives again "
Molly laughed scornfully. "You
thought I wanted a jailbird, I sup
pose," she taunted him. "What have
last try, just to get some money "
"That's what you told the judge.a
"Molly," said Tom, "if you'll let
for your sake "
"For my Bakex? How dare you!
Did I eyer know the nature of your
life? Did I dream??" ,
"I know you didn't, Molly. But I
wanted to get a little money for you.
I've been hunting for you God
knows how hard I've tried to find
you. ' And I never areamea you a De i
I let me go, Molly, for the Lord's
sake. It isn t the punishment I care
about, it's the thought of having seen
you and seeing you again in court,
and going through all that I've gone
through once more.".
"I know that talk," said Molly bit
terly. "How much have you taken?"
"Nothing, X swear. I just got into
"I suppose I'll have, to let you go,
then," said the girl, musing. "God
knows I don't want to have to go into
the courf again either. You can go,
"God bless you, Molly!" answered
Tom eagerly. "I'll live straight now,
I swear." "
He turned and made his way to
ward the door, switched off the light
and was feeling his way along the
corridor when he heard the footsteps
of the old man on the stairs above
A light was switched on some
where on the first floor. Tom Linton
hid himself behind the window cur
tains of -the hall through which he
had come. As he waited there,
breathlessly, he saw the old man de
scend the stairs.
"I thought I saw a light on below,"
he heard him mutter to himself, as
old men sometimes do. And he
passed into the library. Tom was
you to say now why I shouldn't tele- ' about to dash for the window when,
phone fop the police?" v to his. amazement he saw Molly
"I jjuess there's nothing," an- 1 emerge from the door nearest the
gwered Tom. hopelessly.. "It was my 1 hall entrance, while at the same time.