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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 06, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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By "Frank Filson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Jim Sayres had-drifted into the
rubber camp in the worst stage of
Amazon jungle fever. During the
lucid intervals Harry Treves, the
manager, and son of the millionaire
president of the company, had
learned that Jim had traveled a thou
sand miles up the river alone, after
his natives had deserted him. He
had gone through incredible hard
ships. Worst of all, he had lost that
desire to live which is the best prog
nostication of recovery.
Harry had spent two years out in
the jungle. His father had insisted
on that before he went home to mar
ry Ethel and settle down. He wanted
the young man to get a taste of ac
tive life before he entered upon the
routine work of the office in New
Ethel was the daughter of his fath
er's old business partner. The mar
riage had been "arranged," as the
newspapers say.
However, Harry was not; to go
home as had been planned. The com
pany had other interests in Peru.
Harry was to go to Lima as manager
there, and Ethel was to meet him.
They would be married in the An
glican church there. Harry was to
start for the mountains in a week's
time and two weeks' journey would
find him at Lima, where Ethel must
by this time have arrived.
But Harry could not lead Jim
Sayres, wanderer and stranger
though he was, until the man's grim
fight with death was settled one way
or the other.
In the fever which followed the
delirium he listened to Jim's ravings.
There had been a woman in his life,
Harry gathered. She had been rich,
and he had gone away, five years be
fore, to make his fortune and to re
turn and claim her. He had wau
, dered through Brazil and the Argen
tine, ud and down but he had neyer
begun to make his fortune.
On the fifth night the camp doctor
shook his head.
"The crisis has arrived," he said.
"He is not so ill but he does not want
to live."
"It's that woman!" said Harry,
And a vast indignation filled his
heart against the girl who had let him
go away because of the disparity in
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their means. He had come to love
Jim Sayres as a brother. The man's
helplessness had all the fascination
for him that a feeble man has for a
strong one.
"I must start tomorrow, whether
he lives or dies," said Harry. "For
Ethel must not be kept waiting at
Lima." And Harry knew that Ethel,
easily piqued, was not the sort of a
woman to forgive a slight

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