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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 28, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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Listen to me!" she said. "1 camel
here two weeks ago and my friend
was to come the following day. They
turned her back. I was just too late.
There had been a smallpox epidemic
here. They burned down the other
camps. They left one for me and I
moved into this because it was the
most comfortable. They bring food
every day to a place at the end of the
lake and leave it there. I don't know
when I can go. I thought you had
come to take me away."
"I wish I had," said Jimmy. He saw
the girl start and look at him intent
ly. It had only just occurred to her
that this man. might be a gentleman.
"What are you going to do ?" she
"Why, I guess we had better take
the next train," Jimmy answered.
"Oh, it isn't possible,-" said the girl.
'Tack, and we'll try," said Jimmy.
lie shouldered her bag and his
own, and they tried. At the place,
where the trail and the road united
stood the excited individual, waiting
for thpm 'Rfit.wpen them and himsfilf
were the two barrels of a shotgun."!
"Keep back!" he yelled.
"I tell you we're going to the
train!" shouted Jimmy, enraged.
"I guess you ain't I warned you,
but you wouldn't listen to me. Quar
antine ain!t up fqr four days yet
Keep back ! The wind's blowing from
you to me. Keep back or I fire. It's
the state law.",.
Unable to move him, Jimmy took
the two bags again, and they trudged
back to the cabin.
"What are you going todo?" asked
the girl tearfully.
"I guess I'll stay," said Jimmy.
"But you can't stay here!" she
"I guess I can make myself com
fortable," said Jimmy, producing his
ax. ,
As the girl watched. him he pro
ceeded to chop down the spreading
branches of the pines. Within an
hour he had constructed, out "of
stakes and branches, a 'comfortable
little cabin, which, if not wind-proof,
was at any rate rain-proof. When he
had finished the girl's eyes met his
in a friendly smile.
"This is very irregular," she said.
"But it will be fine," answered
It was, indeed, the beginning of an
ideal vacation. The girl's name wa
Mary Bancroft; she -was a teacher in,
the city, and, oddly enough, Jimmy
had been expecting to meet herj
through some mutual friends foij
quite a period of time. They fished
together, they rowed upon the lake,,
and laughed the quarantine to scorn
And before the second day was over.
Jimmy was sure that he was in love
with her.
On the third day he was surer of it
He told her so that night
"I don't know how it is,"lhe said,
"but I feel as if I had always loved
Mary Bancroft looked at him in her
quick, way. "I think you' are a very
chivalrous young man," she Baid.
r "What do you mean?" cried Jimmy
blushing. -
"You think you think it is your
duty to love me because well," be
cause of 'tils."
Jimmy's only answer was to -Clasp
her in his arms". " -And with that he
succeeded in persuading her.
Next morning, seated patiently at
her door, he was rudely disturbed by
the excited individual, this time wear
ing a friendly grin.
"Quarantine's up!" he yelled. "You
ain't neither of you got-smallpox, has
you? Well, you're free..- That's "all.
My hame's Josh Jennings, and I'm
pleased to know you."
He shook hands -with Jimmy and
with Mary, who emerged from .her
camp as radiant as the dew, and
winked. "Guess there's a justice of
the peace over too Kew," he vouch
safed,' as he trudged homeward.
The outcasts looked at each otheh
Jimmy sighed. Mary and he stood
side by side watching the sunbeams
on the lake. Their paradise eeme4

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