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claim my own, my legal own, my
wife and child. She has nothing to
fear from me. I have never laid my
hands upon her. Stand out of my
"You may have a legal right," said
Jim, -"but you ain't going to take
The man laughed, whipped off his
coat and displayed a pair of muscu
lar arms. "Her lover?" he sneered.
"God witness, there has never been
love between us," answered Jim.
The woman sprang between them.
"Jim, he is right," she said. "Now
he has found me, I must go with
Jim, amazed at the change of atti
tude, stood absolutely mute. The
"Good for you," he said. "Leila,
the past is past. You'll never hear
of it from me. It's only for the boy's
sake I want you back. And I guess
you'll be happier than you were."
Mechanically the girl entered the
auto. They lifted the boy inside. The
horn tooted. They were gone. And
Jim stared foolishly after them.
How 'strong the bonds between
husband and wife! She was gone
out of his life. He had never dreamed
of such a thing. But why had she
gone with him when he was ready
to fight for her?
Jim did not understand women,
their changes, their sense of duty
coming in so oddly at critical mo
ments. Like a man in a dream he
watched the car shoot down the
It was going very fast. The brake
was damaged by the rough road, in
fact, but Jim did not know that All
he thought was that it was going
very fast toward the cutting. And
suddenly there came the roar of the
train leaving the tunnel.
The auto shot forward. It was
now evidently beyond control. Jim
began to run.
But he was too far away to be of
any help. And as he ran he saw the
dreadful picture: The train racing
along the narrow cutting, the auto
caught and overturned; the desper
ate efforts of the occupants to free
Then he saw the man stagger to
his feet, lift the boy in his arms and
toss' him to the. farther bank. The
train was almost upon him, a hissing,
snorting monster with flaming
"breath. But he caught the woman in
his arms and flung her clear of the
metals, and. the next instant the
train was upon him, bearing him
down, grinding out his life beneath
its wheels, tearing the decapitated
body along the way and ppssing on.
Jim was sick with horror when he
reached the scene, to find that the
woman and the boy still lWed: He
knelt before Leila, trying to shield
her from the knowledge of what had
happened. Then, picking her up, he
carried her to the top of the embank
ment. And the look on her face told
him that she knew.
So mixed was life, so xiiixed the
qualities for good and evil in all. This
man she hated had given his life for
her. Some gate in Jim's brain -went
down at that moment, and he knew
that life must be faced very soberly
thenceforward even with her.
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