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the plant that day that caused quite
some commotion. A man named Tur
ley, a quarrelsome, trouble-making
fellow who had at his behest a group
of town idlers, had been discharged
for insubordination and drunken
ness. In fulTfighting trim and uglier
than ever as to temper, he had cowed
the office employes and had pene
trated to the private room of Mr.
Once there, Turley began an abus
ive tirade, was ordered out, refused
to obey, and his stalwart yqung em
ployer opened a window and dropped
him over the sill to the ground, eight
Turley staggered away, breathing
vengeance. That afternoon the su
- perintendent of th works came to
Deane with a serious face.
r"I do not wish to alarm you," Mr.
1 Deane," he said, but some of my
men tell me that Turley is making
some very.tfesperate threats."
"He must keep away from the
plant or I shall have him arrested,"
"I hope you will use caution, sir,"
advised the superintendent gravely.
"Turley is a dangerous man, and
when drunk is a perfect demon. I
would go armed if I were you, sir."
Two days passed by and there was
no echo of significance from the
threats of Turley. One day he
lurched past Deane on the public
street and glared at him and hissed
out a curse between his set lips, but
Deane paid no attention to him.
Two evenings after that Deane
started on a stroll, and, recalling
some figuring that had to be done
by himself on a large contract, de
cided He would put in a couple of
hours at his office. He 'let himself
into the building with a key he al
ways carried with him. In the cor
ridor leading to the offices he passed
the familiar form of the watchman
enveloped in his long coat and deep
vizored cap, nodded in a friendly
way and was soon Immersed in work
at his desk in the inner office,
"I've got you where I want you at
last," spoke a sudden votfe less than
half an hour later, and Deane turned
from his desk to discover Turley.
In the face and manner of the un
invited visitor there was that which
warned Deane that his mission was a
deadly one. Turley had in his hand
a long, unsheathed knife. He had
confronted Deane so quickly that he
could strike or leap upon him in a
flash before he could get to his feet
Deane regarded his unwelcome vis
"What are you doing here?" he
"You!" hissed the malevolent
scoundrel "you, first and last and
it's last now! You set me adrift, you
threw me out sf the plant. I swore
to get even and here goes."
TThe villain made a forward lurch.
There was a scream. Its strangeness
stirred Deane almost as much as had
the appearance of his assailant. Then
new wonder was added as the watch
man came through the open door
day,, apd, throwing both arms about
Turley, caused the knife he held to
fall to the floor.
Deane caught a fleeting glimpse of
a red bedabbled hand under the
watchman garb and he sprang to
his feet as an agitated voice spoke
"Sound the alarm!"
Deane reached the button near at
hand. Turley looked down the bar
rel of a gleaming revolver. The hand
that held it shook, but Turley stood
Clang! clang! clang! rang out the
strident peal that would soon bring
half a thousand workmen to the
sdene, assigning fire or riot as the
cause of the alarm. .
Half a dozen men rushed into the
room a few minutes' later. They
seized Turley at the direction of
Deane. The office cleared. Deane
turned toward the watchman.
"You've done me the service of
my life," he began earnestly, and
paused in amaze.