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among the fallen. Travis was not in T
the town ; he was not anywhere with
in the fort. Bransome came upon
him at last just outside the breach.
He had been struck down by a dozen
slugs from the brass cannon the sec
ond time the weapon-was discharged.
Travis lay under a pile of dead Krus,
but he was alive. He recognized
Bransome hailed the stretcher
bearers and had two men place him
upon a stretcher and carry him into
the town. They brought him to the
king's hut and Travis pronounced
sentence. The king was to go in
exile to the coast, to spend the last
of his days there.
The surgeon came up, looked at
the agent and shook his head. "There
may be a chance for him," he said.
"Get him out of here. Put him in a
hut that hasn't been used. There's
smallpox everywhere among the
Travis did not catch smallpox, but
it became clear, after a week of de
lirium, that he was dying. His mind
grew clear toward the end. He mo
tioned Bransome to open the little
satchel he carried with the govern
Bransome did so and found in it
the little box containing Mary's ring.
He looked at Travis and saw that the
agent's eyes were fixed upon it. He
put it in Travis' hand.
With fingers that almost failed him
Travis slowly pulled off the cover and
held up the diamond ring. It was in
congruous to see the gem sparkling
in the dying man's wasted hand.
Travis motioned to Bransome to bend
"The engagement ring I gave her,"
he whispered. "She is as true as
gold, old man."
"Yes," agreed Bransome.
"We were to have been married
when this cursed business was over.
Now we shall never marry. I want
you to marry her, Bransome. You're
about the only man that's fit for her."
Bransome winced and tried not to
show the emotion on his features.
But Travis was too far gone to see
anything except the face of Mary
Starr that floated before him.
"I wrote to her telling her how I
longed for her in the solence of the
brush," Travis whispered. "I said I
had looked at her photograph and
her mementoes again and again. I
wanted something else to bring her
vividly before my eyes. And she
she sent me this. Nothing could
have been a truer pledge of her love.
A girl doesn't like to part with her
engagement ring, Bransome."
"No," Bransome agreed.
Aind the irony of the situation
struck into his soul. Travis had lived
in the belief that his sweetheart was
true to him, and he would die not
knowing what the return of the ring
They buried him the following
dawn under a cairn of stones. And
Bransome, having done his duty to
the dead, allowed his thoughts to
turn toward the living. The past
seemed obliterated at least it seem
ed to be symbolized in the gem that
sparkled in the dead hand under the
damp soil of Africa.
Clara Kimball Young, whose con
tract with the World Film expires in
July, has received many vaudeville
offers. She will remain with the
screen, however, her own film com
pany making its first release early in
Robert Warwick is engaged in film
ing "Sudden Riches." Gail Kane has
just completed her second Equitable
picture, "Her God."
Harold Lockwood and May Allison
make their debut with Metro in "The
Man Who Came Back," an April re
lease. Jeanie MacPherson, author of "The
Golden Chance," and other film suc
cesses, has just finished another sce
nario, "Behind the Mask." Wallace
Reed and Cleo Ridgley will have the
leading roles in the nevjas
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