Dawes place, the day of the quarrel.
He says he saw Dawes climb up to a
shed, on the roof of which rested his
shotgun. That was after Mr. Porter
-had struck him and the half intoxi
cated man evidently was not serious
ly injured by the blow of the club. In
a revengeful mood he was after the
gun, to return and wreak his hatred
on your husband. The tinker saw
him fall from the roof, gun and all.
That fall, I am convinced, brought
about his loss of reason and not the
blow given him by Mr. Porter."
"Oh, if you can only prove that!"
fluttered Mrs. Porter.
"I am going to try to," explained
Earle "to the governor of the state.
I am going at once to seek a pardon
The state capital was less than fifty
miles from Millville. Four hours
later Earle boarded an electric car to
make a quick run for his destination.
He was so immersed In the burden
on his mind that he only casually no
ticed that there were only two other
One was a fine looking, dignified
gentleman, smoking a cigar on the
front platform and conversing with
the motorman. The other was a lit
tle girl of about seven, who occupied
one whole side seat of the car. She
evidently was the daughter of the
passenger outside. As Earle entered
the car, the doll the little maid carried
fell from her grasp. He restored it to
her with a pleasant smile and she
chattered away about her papa out
side, and how they had missed a train
and had to take the trolley line, and
how she had four other dolls at home
and two sisters.
Suddenly a rough jerk 'of the car
caused l2arl to glance quickly ahead
' and then leap, to his feet.
"Jump!" he heard the motorman
fairly scream. ,
As the man spoke he gave the
brake a violent pull, fairly pushed the
passenger beside him clear free of the
car and followed him into the ditch
at the side of the rails.
"No no my chijd!".shputed the
passenger, but vainly. "
The conductor had also left the
car. Earle with horror saw that, just
entering a curve, not fifty feet ahead
a great mass of rock had fallen from
an overhanging ledge.
"Quick!" he cried, seizing the lit
tle child and speeding to the rear
platform with her in his arms.
He strove to save her from injury
in that wild leap and did so, but at
the cost of a bruised and sprained
arm. He carried her back to where
her father lay insensible, lingered
about the spot until a relief wagon
arrived and walked ahead of the
wreck to get on his way.
The motorman told Tiim that the
father of the child was only stunned
and that the little one was telling
everybody of the "brave man who had
saved her life.
It was about eight'-o'clock in the
evening when (Rarle ascended the
steps, of tie governor's mansion. The
servant was explaining to him that
his excellency had received a1 .bad
shaking, up that day and would' sec
visitors only at the capitol, when a
prettily dressed little girl crossed the
hall. She paused and ran towards
Earle and siezed his hand.
"Oh, papa!" she cried excitedly
"come, come quick!"
"What is it, my child?" inquired a
man emerging from a room.near by.
"The man who saved me. Oh,
papa, it's him!"
"I could not find you when I recov
ered my senses," said the governor,
as he grasped Earle's hand in a warm
clasp. "I left word to have you lo
cated that I might thank you for your
noble deed. Oh, sir, to you we owe
the life of little Eunice !"
When Norman Earle left the gov
ernor's mansion that nighi'he car
ried the promise of a pardon for the
father of the girl he loved.
The wisdom of the kind-hearted
official was made manifest when later
Ruf us .Dawes .recovered and verified
the story of the traveling tinker ,
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