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fore their captors had completed the
ascent to the approach.
"Halt!" shouted the officer, as he
noted their rapid and suspicious ad
vance. "Run," uttered Pepina, "or all is
"Halt or we will fire!" again
shouted the officer with his men,
massing at the approach to the
But just at that moment the girl
and her lover had cleared the bridge.
They stood breathless but safe upon
the descending slope.
"What now?" questioned Franco
"We shall see so !"
Pepina had lifted the flower pot
free from her bosom, where it had
nestled. She raised it aloft Her
vigorous arm gave it a fling.
It landed directly in the middle of
the bridge. That frail portion seemed
blown into space. The officer and the
soldiers stood aghast, viewing the gap
in the structure, a yawning abyss be
neath. "Quick no delay!" ordered the
spirited girl at the side of Sior Franco.
Some shots hurtled harmlessly
over heads, but they were now down
the incline and out of range of their
"The flower pot?" began Franco,
"It served you as a signal."
"And my dead brother cherished it
not only for a patriot's flower, but
because within it he had hidden an
explosive projectile, ready for just
an emergency as this," explained Pe
pina. "And pursuit is blocked!" cried
"By 12 leagues to our friends,"
submitted Pepina. "We must not
linger or delay.
"No, they may find a boat or cross
a ford," added Franco.
Amid the promise of sure safety
ahead the twain were inspired with
new courage and perserverance.
The lights of their haven of refuge,
a fair Italian city, showed in the near
distance at last
"Many, of our friends must have
preceded us " began Franco.
"Due to the jasmine signal," re
plied Pepina. "A," she added sor
rowfully, "poor, dear flower!"
"It shall be the guardon of our
wedding day," promised Franco ten
derly. o o
WSTERN GIRL WILL ATTEND
Miss Florence Lister, daughter of
Gov. Lister of Washington, who will
accompany her father to the govern
ors' conference, to be held Aug. 24 to
27 at Boston,