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alone, guiding the dogs. This was
the sleigh that ' found the course
among the hummocks. The second
sleigh had nothing to do but follow
in its tracks.
Presently it seemed to Truefitt that
Fawn was going a little out of the
way. The ship was visible now, ly
ing offshore, and Fawn was steering
a course directly out to sea. Sud
denly he swerved, as if he had made
a wrong course, and started imme
diately toward the vessel, after a lit
tle delay. Fawn, from the distance,
thought he had encountered an un
usually rough place in the ice.
Fawn changed again. He was
doubling upon his track. The second
sleigh was quite near him now.
Fawn shouted somethmg. Sudden
ly Troiefitt saw a wide lead open in
the ice, and the dark water beneath
A second later he went slipping
down and the icy water numbed his
hands as he struggled to regain his
footing. Mabel screamed out.
At the same instant Fawn ran up
with a sleigh-hook and began delib
erately hammering at Truefitt's
fingers. He was shouting like a ma
niac, and Truefitt perceived that he
was, in fact, insane.
Mabel cried out and tried to catch
at him, but Fawn, with an oath,
turned on her and sent her spinning
across the ice. Then he drove the
sleighhook into Truefitt's body.
As he did so he lost his balance on
the slippery ice and felL He went
head first into the water. And True
fitt, who was fast growing numbed
and helpless, roused himself for a
He grabbed the hook that lay
across the ice and hoisted himself
out of the water. Then he attempt
ed to raise Fawn.
Fawn whirled round and round in
the center of the open place. He
shrieked in terror and clutched at
Truefitt's fingers. But the lead was
widening, the sleigh went topphng
down. Truefit had just time to cut I
the harness and free the straining
dogs before it sank like a stone, with
all the ivory.
With a last cry Fawn threw up his
hands and sank beneath the water.
There was no chance of rescue now.
Truefitt stared into Mabel's fright
Presently she looked up at him. 4
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The return voyage was a quick,
one. Truefitt got his ship out of the
ice and got back to the United States
by the middle of October. No word
about Fawn's death passed between
him and Mabel. He did not know
whether she know of Fawn's treach
ery or whether she held him guilty
for his death.
It was not until their final parting,
at her home, that she spoke of the
subject "Tell me everything now,"
Truefitt hesitated; then, as kindly
as he could, he told her. He felt that
it would be unfair to her to let her
five in the belief that Fawn was what
she had believed him.
She was silent when he had ended.
"I have thought it all out and come
to that conclusion," she said. "I am
going to be -frank now. Do you know
why I asked you to take me north?"
"Because you loved him," said
Truefitt miserably. t
"No," she replied. "Because I
wanted to know just why I had
ceased to care for him."
Then Truefitt knew that his first
love had been a worse fallacy than
he had ever suspected.
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
July 15, 1763. The French com
mandant at Fort'de Chartres was no
tified of the cession of the Illinois
couhtry to Great Britain and was or
dered to make preparations for the
evacuation of his post