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B 1Mm BANNER, SATURDAY, NOVHMIIBIt 28, 1914. 88j
I The Trey O' Hearts
B A Nellied Vertfon of thMoHc Picture Dram, of the Same Nurao
j Produced by the Uniyeraal Film Co.
B By LOUIS JOSEPH VANCE " Y
, B Atorf"T Fntum lhnl,r.""Thi Aran Bul,""TU Black fl,."fc. I
fl IHiutrited wita PbetetTeplii from tlie Picture Proanctioi I
H Oopjrlsht, 1911, by Lonli Joeeph Vance
I K The ' '" ' th" Mth-ilim" -'
K lorel br Heneoa Trine In the private war
) B of Tfnnc which, through the aie-icy ef
i BBK til dauihter, Judith, a woman of violent
B M-ilona like hie own, he wnn enaltut Alan
K Law, ton of the man (now aeail) who wae
H Innocently reeponelble for the accident which
j rnJrfd Trine a helplen cripple for life
J Alan le In love with Roee, Judlth'a twin and
V double, though In all alee her oppoelte. Ju
Ki dlth rove to compeae Alan'a death, but he
Hi urn her life under dramatlo clrcumetancea
H and eo, unwlttloily and unwillingly, wine
H nr love. Thereafter Judith la by turna
H tnlmated by the old hatred, the new love.
Hi and Jealouay of Hoee.
B For upwards of three-quarters of an
B hour of that golden morning which fol
B lowed tho night of his return to Now
I B Yol, Ir" Law was nonn-tt-- to C8"
' B teem lllm9olf tho happiest of mortals
- Hj Tho beginning of tho period was
B trnchronous with tho slam of a taxi
's B cb door tnat Bliut away a 8UDerflU0UB
,p vorld from the company of two who
'- B bTed'
H Tho Bound spoiled Bafety ns well as
10 B ,UCC?8S m Alan's understanding.
B The car slipped smoothly away from
B the curb, pursued only by a llttlo gust
B of semi-Ironic cheors from tho little
U Hj company of working men who had wit-
B "esscd as wc" aB measurably partlcl-
5 B Pted ln the putative elopement from
W I tti house of Trine.
B Vigilant for any Indication that their
od H evasion had had a witness In that
lly HJ itrenge homo of deathless hatred,
li B A,an watched It through tho little
ct B lndow In tho back of tho cab until a
00. Hi corner blotted out tho vision of It;
n- B ""n w'tn n B'K'1 of rol'cf Bank down
' B 'no B'(' ' l'10 wolnan to whom his
re. B (Tcr- thought, impulso and emotion
rat B ere dedicated.
Uh Hj "Hose!" ho whispered, and tonta-
led B "re,y touched ono of tho hands that
ile H lay clenched In her lap.
to H She responded with never a sign to
fa- H Indlcato consclouBiicba cither of his
In H touch or his whisper.
ot H And reminding himself of tho strain
ied H Imposed upon her by tho experience)
a H through which they hnd just passed,
iole H 'an cxcusc(l her unresponsiveness on
rth- I 5roun(l8 ' reaction, and far the tlmo
iTe I (e't constrained to lot his sweetheart
boa H rwt nnd regain her normal polso:
,W0 H there was bliss enough for hlra ln the
th I consciousness that ho had won her
Per- I ,a'cly awav t,mt nothing now more
H than a short hour's drlvo across town
H and by ferry across tho Hudson stood
between thorn and tho marriage that
uld I '10U'0' provo tho consummation of all
.'ote H lMr trlals ' ' Barrlwr. accident!
.gjg H Alan had too often suffered -the' pen
alty of disappointment for ovor-lndul-v
lenco In this falling of his for doprocl-
' itlng the unforeseen, not to mako tho
j.J Bental reservation, "Warring accl-
w Jentsl" with a llttlo shiver of dread.
Had any of Trlne's household been
.. ognlzant of his daughter's escapo,
Han argued, Intorfercuco must have
Deaplto tlio reassuring aspect, tho
. preoccupation of his companion so
t ore upon him thnt ho was prcsontly
""" no longer ablo to refrain from disturb-
own tag her.
"Hohc!" ho begged again, closing a
hand tenderly ovor hors. "Dearest
com' llrl, don't worry anothor Instantl Do
I talm yourself: remember we nro safo
mi- M APPeared Anxious to Escapo
0 I Without Delno Seen.
ow u fooled them handily thanks
din iCUr faith unil bravery, sweothcart!
I,'1 . "verythlng Is going to bo woll
i lih us from "ow on' 0vur ln J"y
', ""ilBtor Is waiting now to marry
ilk i"'"1 (,"wn nt tl10 .White Star dock
eff i ,at '" waltlB thnt Ih to carry us
iiat KnKlnmJ 'ho moment we'ro mar
HL' .; Jhlnk of thnt unil thnt I love
'"u Nothing can possibly break tho
,,nR'h of thut cewiblnatlon!"
en- i -d she breathed sently. "It
cant be truol I'm trying eo hard to
bellovo but all the while I know it
can't be truol"
Ho converted a skeptic with the
mute eloquence of bis lips . . .
Head upon his shoulder, the girl
clung passionately to him. "Tell mo
again that you love rael" sho prayed.
"Promise me you'll never lot anything
come between us. Promlso me, Alan
promlso mo you'll bo kind to mo al
"Can you doubt I will bo kind?" ho
"1 nm afraid . . ." sho whispered.
"How could I bo anything else, lov
ing you as I do?"
"You can't bo euro. What If you
wcro to find you'd boon mlstakon?"
Sho caught her breath and addod
hastily "That you didn't really love
me, 1 mean."
"Oh, that'6 ridiculous!"
"I can't bo suro. Nothing in Ufo Is
permanent. What Is lovo? Illusion of
tho senses! What Is happiness? A
wlll-o'-tho-wlsp! What Is Ufo? A
"Dearest!" Ho hold her more closo
ly still. "You aro nervous and over
wrought. You don't know what you're
saying. You can't mean what you'ro
eaylng. . . . But say that It's so
that llfo Is all make-believe. Then
make-bcllovo you lovo mo "
"Oh, but I do, I do!"
"And mako-bellevo for a llttlo we've
caught tho wlll-o'-tho-wlsp only for a
llttlo until you wako up and realize
that It's all real nml true."
Sho closed hor eyes again: "Yes,"
sho breathed, "you nro right. Lot's
make-bellevo It's all truo for a llttlo
longer . . . and forget . . ."
He could by no means nccount for
this strange humor; but ho did his
best to comfort her, nono tho less ten
derly becnuso of his mystification. And
far a long time sho let illusion blind
her, resting quietly In bis arms, mak
ing bellovo . . .
Theirs was tho last vohlcle to swing
between tho gates heforo theso last
And this was qulto as well; for Alan,
rising for ono last backward glanco
through tho roar window, started In
voluntarily and choked upon an ex
clamation when ho descried a power
ful touring car tearing madly toward
the forry-houso, Its ono passenger half
rising from tho front seat, beside the
driver, and exhibiting n countenanco
purplo with congested chagrin as ho
bow his car barred out of tho carrtago
Quickly sensitive to his emotion, tho
girl caught nervously at Alan's hand.
"What Is It, dear?"
"Marrophnt," ho snapped.
Sho uttered a hushed cry of dismay.
"Don't bo alarmed, howovor," ho
hastened to comfort' her. "He's lost
tho raco: tho gateo aro Bliut ovon tho
passenger gates and thero must bo
n company spotter somowhoro nenr by,
for the gateman Is virtuously rofuslng
to bo bribed by n roll of money ns
thick as my wrist I"
At thut Instant tho tnxlcab rolled
uboard tho furry-boat; tho deck gates
wore closed; a hoarso whlstlo rent tho
roaring sllonco of, tho city; winches
rattled and chains clanked; and tho
boat wore ponderously out of Its slip.
"So much for Mr. Mnrrophat!" Alnn
crowed, sitting down. "Foiled again I
Ho enn't stop us now!"
"I'orhups . . ."
"Why that perhops? Why that
tone?" ho demanded sharply, struck
by tho foreboding her accents con
fussed. "This Isn't tho only ferry. Thero's
the Pennsylvania and tho Lackuwauna
nnd by hard driving ho might ovon
manage to catch tho boat that con
nects with this from tho Christopher
street ferry of tho Erio!"
"Imposslblo! I don't bellevo itl I
"Let'fl not," she agreed. "Iiut, Alan
t "Promlso me If ho should manngo
to catch up with us you won't lot him
talk to you. I mean, don't let him"
I "No foar of thnt!" ho nssorvatcd
hotly "If ho tries to exchnngo ono
1 word with mo I only wish ho would I"
' Sho seoined sntlstlod with that; but
tho Incident had served appreciably to
I chill their spirits. Thoy accomplished
tho remainder of that voyago in n
J sllonco thnt was no less dopressed bo-
' cause thoy sat hand In hand throughout.
Nor wns tholr taxlcah thrro minutes
out of tho forry houso on the JorBoy
shore though tho chnuffour, stimu
lator by Alan's extravagant promises,
wnB doing his bwtt to frncturo tho
speed laws nnd escapo nrrost when
tho girl's foars were amply Justified;
n shout from behind drew Alan's bond
out of the window on ono side nnd tho
girl's op tho othor nnd proved to both
thnt Mnrrophat hnd Indeed found some
wny to mako tho crossing without
His touring car was within fifty
ynrds when thoy first wore aware of
It; and Marrophat, standing on the
running-board, was ihoutlng Inarticu
lately and flourish': an Imperative
hnnd; while the u.dtance between
them wus momentarily growing less
As Marrophat's car drow abreast
Alan nodded and said quietly: "Don't
be alarmed; I can attend to this gen
And this ho proceeded to demon
strate with admirable easo, oven
though called upon to do so far soon
er than ho had thought to bo thanks
to Marrophat's halr-bralnod precipi
tancy. For, falling to lnfluenco tho
taxi driver by shouted demands or
threats, or to gain tho least attention
from Alan, Trlne's first lieutenant ab
ruptly and surprisingly took his life
In his hands and ln one wild bound
bridged the dlstanco between tho two
(lying cars and landed on tho taxi's
Btopl" bo screamed madly. "Stop,
I say! You don't know what you'ro
doing! Let mo tell you"
He got that far but no farther. In
tho eamo breath Alan had flung wldo
the door nnd was at tho fellow's throat
Thero was a struggle of negligible
duration; Marrophat was ln no way
his antagonist's match; within throo
seconds ho threw out both hands,
clutched hopolessly at tho framowork
of tho cab, nnd fell heavily to tho
Tho taxi spod on without pause, its
drlvor deaf to tho halls of Innocent if
Indignant bystandore. Alan pulled
himself together nnd looked back Just
In time to catch n gllmpso of n num
bor of loafers lifting Marrophat to his
foot nnd helping him to tho sldowalk
of nn unsavory-looking tenomont, bo
foro tho cab took a corner on two
whcols . . ,"
"Not sorlously Injured, I fancy," ho
told tho girl in rcsponso to hor eager
look. "Worse luck!" ho added
Uut It scoemed that ho was to havo
greater causo than this to complain of
his luck, before that ride woa ended.
Throo blocks further on a tiro blew
out with n report llko a cannon-crack-or,
and tho taxi lurched perilously.
hesitated, slowed down, nnd limped
dejectedly to tho curb.
Alan and tho chauffeur piled out ln
tho same Instant, tho ono standing
guard with an eyo out us well for
another cab whllo tho other assessed
"Nothing for It but a now tiro, sir,"
this last reported sympathetically. "It
must havo been a broken bottlo or
(jomothlng llko thnt It sure did rip
tho usefulness clean out of that shoe."
"Go to it," Alan advised him terso
ly; "nnd If you mako a quick Job of It,
I'll stand tho cost of tho new tiro."
"Uut If another cab comes along
whllo you'ro at It you'll loso us as
quick as a wink. Hero's my card. In
cusu we havo to desert you In a hurry;
you understand this Is a matter of llfo
and death, and I'll havo no tlmo to
settlo up with you. Hut you can call
at Mr. Dlgby's office and he'll fix
things up to your satisfaction."
Tho man took tho card and nftor n
glanco at tho namo touched his hat
with moro notlccablo rospect.
"All right, Mr. Law," ho agreed;
"anything you say." And forthwith
got to work.
Tho rapidity with which ho com
pleted tho change of tires proved him
an excellent chnuffeur, an adopt at his
craft; but tho delny wns ono disas
trous for nil thnt. It worked together
with whnt Alan pardonably described
iib tho devil's own luck to bring tho
touring car In sight nt tho precise mc
mont when tho chnuffour wns cranking
up nnd Alnn on tho point of reenter
ing tho cab. And though they were
off ngaln before Alan could closo tho
door, tho nttempt wns hopeless from
And yet whether or not because
Alnn's dlBtusto for Interference had
been too convincingly demonstrated
tho touring car for tho tlmo bolng
contented Itsolf with trolling about
fifty fcot in tho rear, whllo tho taxi
fled tho tenement purllous of tho Ho
boken wntorfront and found Its way
into tho broader streots of an unpro
tetitlous suburban qunrter.
Not until thoy woro woll Into the
suburbs, with fow dwellings nenr nnd
no pedestrians to intorforo, did Marro
phut's purpose become apparent. Then,
howovor and It hnppenod whllo Alan
wbb looking back tho touring car
drow In swiftly nnd easily and Marro
phat, rising In his seat, leveled a re
volver ovor tho windshield nnd flrod.
Tho crack of hla weapon was prac
tically coincident with n motalllo thud
beneath the rear sent of the taxlcab.
Not for some moments did Alan ap
preciate tho vlciousness ot thoBchema.
Surmising that the gssolino tank had
been punctured by thn bullet, ho was
Inclined to bellevo that Marrophat
hoped to stop the taxlcab by depriv
ing It, In courso of time, of Its fuel.
And with this In mind he waB present,
ly surprised, ns tho cnb took a cornor,
to nee Marrophat's car stop at that
corner and Mnrrophat himself get
down The brow of n hill Intervened,
shutting off sight of tho blackguard as
ho knelt and lit n match. It was tho
Kir! who gavo tho n-larm. suddonly
withdrawing hor head from the win
dow to scream at Alan:
"He's fired the gasollnol It's flnm
Ing along tho street, following tho lino
of thf leak and catching up with us!"
Without pausing to put hla hand to
the latch, Alan kicked tho door opon.
"Jumpl" ho cried. "For your life
Jump! As soon as that flame catches
up with tho tunk "
Simultaneously the chauffeur, over
bearing, shut off tho power.
Tho throo gained tho sidewalk baro
ly In time: tho tiny trail of flames, al
most imperceptible ln tho sunlight,
was not a yard from tho Jot that spurt
ed through tho bullet holo In tho tank.
In tho flutter of an eyelash tho explo
sion followed. Had tho cab bcon load
ed with nitroglycerin Its destruction
could havo been no moro absolute.
Thero was a roar . . . and then
n heap of smoking ruins.
Without waiting to ndmlro the spec
tacle, Alnn cnught tho arm of tho girl
and hurried her up tho street, at tho
namo tlmo calling to tho chauffeur to
follow. And chanco brought them to
tho next corner as another cab, faro
less, novo Into vlow. Promising Its
driver nnythlng ho might ask, ln or
out of reason, Alan gavo hlra tho ad
dress, nnd holpod tho girl ln.
If Marrophat pursued Alan could soo
no sign of him. The second car mado
better tlmo than tho flrBt. Unhindered,
and as far ns could bo determined,
without being followed. It covered tho
brief remaining distance In a grate
fully short lapso of tlmo.
The suburb dropped behind a mnio
ot Btrccts where dwellings stood shoul
der to shoulder and dooryards wero
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"That Woman la Judith Trine, You Idiot Not Rose!"
scant. Tho car swopt up to a corner
house of modest nnd homely aspect
Two minutes moro, nnd Alan wbb ox
changing salutations with nnd making
his bride-to-be known to Dlgby's good
friend, tho Reverend Mr. Wright.
Kmbarrassment worked confusion
with tho young man's perceptive facul
ties. As this moment nppronchod
when two should bo mado ono who hnd
gono through tiro and flood, literally
as woll as figuratively, for each oth
er's sake, Incredulity drow a veil he
foro Ills vision. Ho vlowed tho world
as in a glass, darkly.
Ho was awaro of a decently fur
nished minister's study; of two wit
nesses In tho gulso of unassuming
womenfolk of tho minister's liouso
hold; of tho Ilov. Mr. Wright himself
as a benevolent volco rolling sono
rously forth from a black-clad pros
enco; of tho woman of his heart stand
ing opposite him; of quostlons asked
and responses mado; of a ring that
wob magically conjured from somo
storo apparently maintained against
precisely similar emergencies; of a
hand that took tho hand that was to bo
his wife's and placed It In his; of his
clumsy and witless bungling with tho
task of fitting thnt ring to tho finger
of his sweetheart's hand . . .
And then ho was awnro of n door
thnt banged violently In tho hallway;
of the sound of n man's volco making
somo Indistinguishable dcninnd; that
Huso's hnnd wns buddonly whipped
nwny, heforo ho could fit on tho Ting;
that tho study door was (lung open nnd
that this animal of n Marrophat had
precipitated himself Into tho room.
Ho opened his mouth to protest
and Marrophat silenced him with a
"You fool! Drop that ring! Stop
this farco! Don't you know whom
you'ro marrying? That woman Is Ju
dith Trino, you Idiot not Rose!"
. Blankly Alan turned to tho girl.
Her Homing fnco, hor bullun eyes,
hor vory poso, from which tho man-
I nor of Hobo had dropped like u cast
I garment, confessed tho truth ot Mnr-
rophat's assertion. And ns If this woro
not enough, Judith confessed it doubly
with n sudden outbrenk of such rngo
' ns novcr could hnvo boon browed in
Hoso'b gontlo nnturo.
"You devil!" sho cried nnd throw
herself In front ot Mnrrophat with a
spring as llthu ns that of a leopnnloss.
"Take warning now from mo: keep
out of my way forovor after this or
tako tho conBequoncosl God knows,"
sho panted, "why I don't kill you as
Ho was In hor way, between hor and
the opon door. Sho gavo him no
chanco to move aside, but seized him
eo fiercely by tho wrists that ho In
stinctively lifted to protect himself,
and sho fairly threw him half a dozen
feet from her. Ho brought up with
n crash ngalnst tho wall evon us tho
door slammed behind tho girl.
When Alan, the first to recover,
gained tho sldowalk, sho was already
In tho tnxlcab. Whatever reword she
had promised tho man, ho whipped his
machlno away as it from the foar of
And darting from tho houso hard
on tho minister's heels, Marrophat
leaped Into his own car and, ns it ho
hnd not heard hor threat or received
substantial proof of her earnestness,
tore off In pursuit.
And the Rote.
Tnklng tho dazed young man by the
hand, no though ho hod boon a child,
tho Reverend Mr. Wright lod Alan
back to hla study and established him
In n comfortable armchair besldo his
"Sit thero and composo yoursolf, my
door young friend," ho tnslstod In a
At tho elbow ot tho Reverend Mr.
Wright a tclophono Bhrllled Impera
tively. With a gesture of professional
patlonco ho turned to tho Instrument,
lifted tho receiver to his ear, and
spoko In muBlcnlly modulated acconte.
"Yes . . . Yes: this Is Mr.
Wright. . . . Ah, yes. Mr. Dlgby.
. . . Not coming? Hut, my dear sir,
Mr. Law Is already hero. I must toll
Ho checked with n roproving glanco
for Alan, who'was twitching his bIoovo
"If you please," Alan begged, "lot
mo sponk to Dlgby at onco. Forglvo
Reluctantly tho minister Burrondorod
"That you, Dlgby?"
"Alan! Dlcse my bouI, what nro you
doing over thero? Is Miss Trlno with
you? Hut how can that bo posslblo?"
"Roso? No. What about her?" Alan
demanded, stammering with nnxloty.
"Why ono of my eplos has Just re
ported by tolophono. Ho wus going on
duty thla morning when ho saw n
young woman either Roso or Judith
wearing a rough coot over boudoir
dress climb out of ono of tho base
ment windows of Trlno's houso. Sho
was apparently ln great distress of
mind and anxious to escape without
being seen from tho houso; but boforo
my man whoso post of observation
Is In tho third story of ono ot tho
houses opposite could get to tho
street, sho had been caught by Bovcral
rough-looking customers, who rushed
out of Trlno's liouso, solzcd tho girl,
and mado off with hor ln a motor-car
boortng a Now Jersey llccnso number.
I am sending mon to wntch tho Jorsoy
ferries. Call mo up In an hour "
Without a word of rcsponso, nnd
without a word of apology to tho Rev
erend Mr. Wright, Alan dropped tho
recolvor, snatched up his hat, and fled
thnt houso liko a man demented.
Rose, escaping from Trlno's house.
ovorpowered and mado tho cnptlvo or
Trlno's lowest croaturos gunmen pos
sibly, of the stamp of that animal
whom Trlno had charged with tho no
snsslnntlon of Alan the night heforo!
Thero was neither n motor-car In
sight for him to charter nor any time
to wnsto In becking ono. Alnn could
only hopo to find ono on his way back
toward tho forry. It muBt have boon
upwards of an hour boforo ho enrno
Into a street which ho recognized, by
its dluglness nnd squalor, as that ln
which ho hnd thrown Marrophat from
tho running-board of tho taxlcnb.
And then, ns ho pnuscd, breathless
and footsore, to cast about him for tho
wny to tho forry, a touring car turned
n cornor nt top speed and slowed to a
stop before that selfsamo tenement of
tho unsavory aspect to whoso sldowalk
ho had Been Marrophat assisted by
tho loafers ot tho qunrtor.
And this touring car was occupied
by somo half-a-dozen ruffians In whoso
hands a young girl writhed and strug
gled when, Immediately on tho stop,
thoy Jumped out and wrestled hor out
with brutnl Inconalderntlon.
Like a shot Alan had crossed tho
street but only to bring up iioso to
tho panels of tho tenomont door, and
to find himself bolzed and thrown
roughly nsldo by n burly denizen when
ho grasped tho knob nnd mado as If
to follow In.
"Keop bnck, young follor!" his n
eallant warned him viciously. "Keop
outn this, now, If you don't want to
get Into troublo."
To tho speaker's side anothor
ranged, eyeing Alan with n formidable
scowl. At discretion ho stoppod bnck
and turned as If persuaded to mind his
own business, then swung on his heel,
caught tho two in tho very act of open
ing tho door, and threw himself be
An elbow planted heavily in tho pit
of tho stomach of ono disposed of him
for tho tlmo being. A blow from tho
shoulder Bent tho other reeling to tho
irntter. And Alun was In tho tone-
nieut's lowermost hall a foul und
ovllodorod place, dark as a pit the
Instunt tho door wns closed, Its murk
relieved only by tho flamo of a kero
sene lump smoking In u bracket near
tho foot ot tho stnlrs.
Rounds t.f scuttling ot feet wero nu
dlblo on the first landing. Alnn ad
dressed himself Impotuously to tho
staircase, gaining Its top In half a
dozen leaps, and only In tlmo to see a
door slammed at tho forward ond of
tho hall and hear a key turned In Its
A cluster of men blockod tho way.
Ho didn't pause to wait for it to ho
clenrod, but threw himself hoadlonc
Into tholr midst, and by dint of the
surprise had gained the closed door BBb!
boforo thoy rocovorcd and sought to HH
stay him. flH
indifferent to them all, ho shook th 9Bb1
knob and shouted: "Rose! Ros.it" aWefl
Hor cry come back to him, n maf-
fled scream: "Alan! Help! Help!" finl
Hocking nwny with n mad Idea oC HB
throwing himself bodily ngalnst the BB
door and breaking It down, ho was sud- 'i'Bfll
denly confronted by n hideous mask ot ' jHl
humanity faco of man nil misshapen, Hfl
bruised and swollen and disfigured 'HVJ
with smears of dried blood and a dirty flB
bandage round his temples, but non HHjl
tho less vaguely recognizable WM
Tho words that otroamed from Its .HBI
distorted lips drovo recognition homo. BB
"Gee, fellers, look't who's horo! It D
It nln't th' guy what throw mo off'n iHfi
that girder this mornln'. Stand back Bfl
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beat Alan swung heavily for tho thug'a MM
Jaw. Tho blow went solidly homo. HVJ
Tho mnu fell llko u poled ox. fiB
Pandemonium ensued. Rallying to Hfl
tholr comrade, tho rufilans nttnckod iBB
Alnn with ono mind nnd ono Intent iaSi
Murdor would hnvo boon dono then IBs
nnd thero had It not boon for a rotten iBfl
baulBtor-rall, which gavo way, prectpt- ' hB
toting tho lot to tho ground floor ot ilVJ
tho hallway. i hB
Simultaneously tho lnmp on tho wnll jM
was struck from Its bracket and !
crashed to tho floor, Its glass woll ' JSJ
breaking nnd loosing n flood of koro- j HH
seno to rccolvo tho burning wick. Tho HE
explosion followed Instantly. In a I HH
trlco tho hallway was a lnko of burn kli9B
Ing oil, nnd hungry flames woro lick- JIB
Ing up tho ratting wallpaper nnd oat- jHj
Ing Into decnyod bnBcboards and stair- jH
Still fighting llko a madman, con- fflM
testing ovory foot of tho wny, Alan ' xB
was boruo down tho hall nnd out of i?fl
tho front door. A scream of "Plrol" 'B
grootcd him na ho reoled out Into tho jt
opon. It wns echoed by a dozen ' ;fl
Tho doorway vomited men nnd ' SH
women of tho tenomont. Thoy choked jjtB
It for a time, blocking both ogress nnd Ifl
IngresB. lty tho tlmo thoy broko out B
nnd left tho wny elenr a, solid wnll ot , SH
flamo stood bohlnd It $B
Tlirlco Alan essayed to pass that 'HJ
barrier ot fire, and thrice It throw hlra kM
back. Tlion, struggling and kicking iftH
to relcaso himself and try again, ho ijlfl
was seized by a brnco of nblo-bodlod ill
policemen nnd rushed fifty foot from jtfl
tho liouso boforo lot go. (V
Lack ot breath checked him momen- .(M
Ho looked up, daBhlng from hl Kl
smarting eyes tears drawn by the Wt
stilling clouds ot smolto, and saw i '!H
vaguely nt tho second story window a Ki
woman leaning out and shrloklng for t El
Thnt It wns hopoless to attempt the ' ML
stalrcaso ho well know. Drawing j' 'jH
asido, ho endeavored to como to hla t jHE
sobor senses, and cast about for somo jM.
moro foaslbto way to effect tho rcscua ;' IH
of his Roso.
Tho tenomont occupied ono corner B
of a narrow street Directly opposite, .K
a Btorago wnrchouso stood upon the 'm
other cornor. Dcforo tills last was the ,S
common landing stngo for truck do- M
Uvorlcs, protected by a shod-roof. M
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peered out ovor tho caves, a hoisting nt
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tacklo dragged tho ground with Its SI
It was tho work of a minute to con- HJ
vluco a thick-headed policeman thut HJ
tho attempt wus footilblo and should :HJ
bo permitted. It wus tho work of less ul
than another mlnuto to rig a loop In "UJ
tho lino nnd fusion round his body M
beneath tho arms. Volunteora did not 9j
lack; a couplo of husky longshoremen '.Hj
sprang to tho roiKis nt his first cnll.
Thoy heaved with n will. His feet loft Q
tho ground, ho sonred, ho caught tho cj
caves ot tho shed-roof, nnd shouting tc iHj
ccaso hiiullng, drow himself up on this !
last, hocked a llttlo ways down it and M
calculating his direction nicely, with
a running jump louncncu nimseu oui jibbj
over tho streot. HjH
Tho momentum of his leap carried '
him well out over tho heads ot the 1M
throng nssomblod In tho etroet nnd fl
truly toward thnt window where Rose H
wns wnltlng. Then Its forco slnck- Hj
ened. For nn nwful Instnnt'ho be- S
Moved that ho had failed. Hut with tho Hj
last expiring ounce of Impetus, ho was Hj
brought within grasping dlstanco ot lira
the window sill. fw
Hauling himself up, he gathored hor '
Into his arms ... 1
A great tonguo of tawny Homo licked I
ugrlly out, of tho windows as h B
swung her bnck to safety. rurfMMrn
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