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By Edgar Jackson
-(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
When Julietta married-. Will
''Soames, who had the lighthouse job,
tshe proved a dutiful wife to him; but
tbeneath her trustful and docile na
ture there lay a will of iron. Will
.sensed this; when Julietta set her
mind on anything, wild horses would
pnot drag her away from it. But .the
contingency had never occurred and
-the baby occupied all Julietta s life.
Will adored Doris, too. She was a
itiny thing, 3 years old, with flaxen
. hair, blue eyes and a gay laugh that
rwent right to her parents' hearts.
tWill counted the hours spent in the
lighthouse until he could return to
; Twice a day, at dawn and in the
' safternoon, he rowed across from the
r mainland to the light, -where he pol
ished his mirrors and filled the oil
-tank. .There was other work to be
tdone besides, and it was often late
before Will returned him.
- They often woridered what they
would do if ever Doris fell sick. She
'-had been a healthy baby, but one
r could never know and the nearest
doctor was 20 miles away, and not
too apt to come to the call of poor
t That contingency actually came to
.pass. The child took ill with a wast
ting fever. - Will and his wife sent for
the doctor, who came aniTlooked at
"How long has she been ill?" he
- "A week."
c "You should have sent for me ear--lier,"
he answered, looking without
marked interest at the unconscious
i child. "If she awakes she may have
a fighting chance, but the chances
are very much against her waking.
vShe will probably sleep her life
He took his fee and departed, leav-,
ing the two stricken parents staring
at each other in despair.'
Presently Will shook himself out of
his stupor and put on his hat. Juli
etta caught him by the sleeve.
"Where are you going, Will?" she
asked in a hard voice.
He looked at her in surprise. "To
the lighthouse," he answered.
"To fill the tank, dear."
."You must stay here. When you
come back she may be dead. Are you
going to let her die with you away?"
Will looked at his wife in perplex-
In Imagination He Saw the Dear
ity. He had never seen that expres
sion on her face before.
'Tve got to keep the light burn
ing," he said. "You know how it is,
Julie. If it goes out' I lose my job
and maybe some ship will be
wrecked. It's the lives of hundreds
against one, and it's my duty, Julie."
"You are talking nonsense," an
swered the girl. "There are no ships
bound this way you know as well
as I do that the tramps never take
this passage in calm weather. And