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By RANDALL PARRISH
Copyright. 191' by A. C. McClurg &
lnven by the tnougiu, r«^~-"
softly ou her door and she came forth
instantly, full dressed,
"You are ready?"
"You'll need a waterproof of some
kind. It's raining outside. Wait a mo
ment. There ill be a coat in some of
1 found one. a fisherman's slicker, and
wrapped her in it. It was a world too
big, but I tighteued the belt and turned
up the skirts, so she managed to walk
I led her forward slowly, so that the
flapping of the oilskins against the stair
rail would not be heard. The steady
patter of rain on the deck planks
drowned hat little noise we made,
and as we emerged into the hood a
gust of wind drove the moisture into
our faces. I could feel my heart thump,
yet it was more because of her proxim
ity than any excitement of adventure
So far as I could perceive, peering out
into the storm with hand shading my
eyes, the way was clear, and. bidding
her stoop low, we slipped back along
the narrow deck passage into the shad
ow east by the boat
"Now," I said, "step on my knee, and
I'll help jou o\er. Don't hurry—only
be quiet That's it. Now just let me
lift you. Steady yourself with the
She peered back at me over the side
of the boat, her hair shining with
"Now are you coming?"
"No I shall ha\e to remain here and
lower the boat. Turn about and face
the stern. Now take this knife. Don't
drop it. The moment the boat touches
the water—an instant before, if possi
ble—cut the rope you have hold on.
then hurry forward and cut the other
"I—I think so. I am to cut this first
and then the other."
"Yes. Now don't fail. You see, we
are launching this boat above the
screw. There is bound to be suction
If you cut as 1 say you will drift off
bow on to the course of the vessel and
will float free Otherwise the boat is
likely to be swamped. You see what 1
"The quicker you can get to that sec
ond rope," I added seriously, "the bet
ter your chances
"But—but what are you going to do?"
"Jump for it as soon as you are fairly
afloat. I'll be aboard before you know
it Are you leady?"
She was looking forward, and her
hand gripped mine Her failure to an
swer and the sudden pressure of fin
gers was a warning of danger. I
glanced back across my shoulder. In
front of the cabin stood a man staring
aft. Hib huge bulk even in that dark
ness told me it was Herman
1 heard his heavy step on the deck
as he came siow? forward around the
bulge of the cabin The very manner
of his advance told me his uncertainty.
Something had occmred to arouse sus
picion He had heard a noise or seen
a shadow and was investigating cu
riouslj He came up to the stern rail,
standing still, a huge bulk the
gloom, his gaze on the swinging boat
Then, unsatisfied, he leaned forward
Putting Every Ounce of Strength IntC
the Blow, I Struck.
", and began to exploie with one hand
Apparently he touched something
strange—the edge of her skirt it must
have been, for there was a bit of cloth
in the lifted hngers Noiselessly I
arose to mj teet, planting myself firm
ly on the wet deck There was but
one means of escape now. and. big as
the fellow was, 1 must accept the
chance. Another minute would mean
discovery, and his bull voice would
.„ the length of the ship. He nei
ther saw nor heard me', his whole at
tention concentrated on the boat.
Without warning, putting every ounce
/ff of strength into the blow. I struck.
j4landing square ou the chin. There was
!Ja smothewd groan, and he collapsed,
m\ burled back bodily, his arms tiuntr uo.
I beard hint thud again-t the rai1. his
great form bending to the shock, audi
then he went over, whirling through
"What Is it?" she asked, her voice
barely audible. "What has happened?"
Her \oice seemed to recall me In
stantly, to restore my numbed facul
"Why. really I hardly know." I an
swered, yet stepping back to grip the
ropes. "The fellow had hold of your
dress, didn't he?"
"Yes. Oh. 1 was so frightened! And
*-and then he jerked me horribly."
"That was. when 1 hit him. I must
have got the big brute just right. He
She looked down into the swirl be
neath, clutching the edge of the boat
with her hands.
"Is—it. he down there—in the water?
Do yon—you suppose he is drowned?"
"1 don't see what else he could be."
"I—1 cannot bear to think of it!"
"Now, see here," I said, coming back
to my senses "This is all foolishness
and losing us time. I'm not sorry he
is out of the way. It was either bis
life or ours. Have you got the knife
"Then get hold of that stern rope. I
am going to lower away
She obeyed me. but it was mechan
ical, hei ejes still fixed upon the wa
"Be quick now." I said sternly, and
my hand pressed her shoulder "Your
life depends, on your promptness
1 loosened the ropes, permitting
them to run slowly through the blocks
There was no creaking, and I rejoiced
at the ease with which I sustained the
weight as the boat descended. Slow
Jy it sank below into the darkness un
til it was merely a black, shapeless
shadow outlined against the water. I
telt the strain on my arms as the swell
gripped its keel Then the stern swung
free, and 1 knew she was scrambling
forward, knife in band, for the other
rope. Almost before the boat could
swing about the second stay dangled,
and all my straining eyes could per
ceive was a dark, indefinite shadow
drifting out of sight astern. With
out uttering a sound or wasting a sec
ond I dived from the rail.
"It's all right!" I called, loud enough
for her to hear. "Throw out an oar
on the left and hold her. I'll be there
in a minute."
I made it, almost breathless, when 1
finally gripped the gunwale and hu^g
on to regain a measure of strength.
"Oh. thank God," she exclaimed,
staring at me "1—1 thought you were
"Don't think of it. The danger is all
over You needn't pull on the oar just
hold it straight out. That will keep
the boat's head forward."
"Can yon get over the side?"
"In a moment—yes as soon as I get
my breath back Did you notice any
alarm on board the Sea Gull?"
She shaded her eyes with one hand,
holding the heavy oar against her
body, and looked ahead
"No I was not thinking about that
only of your danger and my awful po
sition I was never so frightened be
"Can you still see the vessel?"
"Just a shadow against the sky. I—
I think she is moving straight ahead."
"Then we have not been missed nor
the mate. Doubtless he was going be
low for his supper. Now lean well
over to port—yes. the left—and balance
the boat. I am going to climb in."
struggle, made it.
rollin over th low gun
wale, water diaining
fro a pool at the
"You are a nne, brave g:rl,!" I said
sincerely, unable to restrain my ad
She dropped her head and began to
"Oh, no, no! I am not," she replied
tremblingly. "1 am such a coward.
You cannot know the terror 1 have
"Of course. But my being here makes
"Always," she confessed frankly.
"Somehow I can never be afraid with
you. But—but what shall we do
"I hardly know what to put you at.
Oh, yes! Here is a tin, and you can
bail out this water sloshing about in
the bottom That will be valuable
"What will you do?"
"Rig up the sail the best 1 can in
the dark. There is breeze enough to
give us some headway and ship the
"Do you know which direction to
"Not now, but I have a compass in
my pocket. A northeast course would
be sure to bring us to the coast, and
towns are scattered along 1 found
that out trom Broussard yesterday."
God pity us if we ever fell into Hen
ley's clutches again. There was in
my mind, now I had leisure to con
sider, no doubt as to what those on
board that vessel would do after they
discovered him They would realize
we were somewhat astern, and, in the
hope of sighting up at daylight, would
cruise back and forth in those imme
diate waters. Any moment the Sea
Gull's sharp prow might loom up out
of the black wall. As she carried no
lights there would be no warning. It
occurred to me that they would be
more apt to take a course well in to
ward shore, anticipating 1 would en
deavor to reach the protection of the
coast under cover of darkness. Some
one would discover the loss of the tell
tale compass, which would naturally
confirm that suspicion. Convinced of
this 1 starred more to the eastward,
feeling of the face of the compass
again to assure myse.r or tnedirection.
I brought a tin of biscuit from the
bow locker, more as an excuse for
opening conversation than from any
feeling of hunger.
"It must be pretty close to mid
night." I said fiually. "Are you hun
The shapeless form in the oilskins
straightened slightly, aud I knew she
had turned her face toward me.
"Hungry! Oh, uo 1 had not thought
"You have been crj ing?"
"Yes it is so foolish, but I am so
frightened out-here iu this little boat
The daikuess aud that awful water
has got upon my nerves*. You—you
mustn't scold me."
"Of course not. I feel the weight
myself." I leplied kindly "This expe
rience is almost as new to me as to
yourself. You must remember I am
Then 1 desc »ibed the change in my
plans. She listened quietly. ask4ng a
question now and then.
"What papers did you find in the
"Letters mostly, establishing the
Identity of the captain."
"Who is he—really?"
"Charles Henley Philip Henley's
half bi other by a negro mother. Did
^ou e\ei hear ot him?"
"No I was never told there was such
"I doubt if any one outside those
immediately interested ever knew the
circumstances. Of course the family
kept it a close secret. This is where
the man had all the advantage. As
soon as the judge died he determined
to represent himself as Philip and
claim the property.
"As Philip had been absent so long,
no one could dispute successfully his
claim to be that individual. He pos
sessed ample evidence that he was the
son of Judge Henley."
"But surely he would anticipate that
my hus—Philip—would hear of his fa
"He took the chance of getting the
property into his bands first. As* 1
understand the matter, he possessed
no knowledge that the judge was in
communication with Philip. He be
lieved the latter had disappeared ut
terly and would only learn of his in
heritance through accident. To pre
vent this he dispatched a man north
to discover him. if possible, and keep
him under surveillance. He thought
he had every avenue guarded."
"How did you learn all this?"
"From Broussard first He talked
more freely than he intended to do,
and later 1 verified all he said by the
"Then, strange as it sounds, it is
"Without doubt. Moreover"—and 1
lowered my voice in sudden embarrass
ment—"within the last two weeks the
captain had received news trom his
agent in the north which gave him
fresh confidence The man reported
that he had found trace of Philip Hen
ley: he told ot the life the man was
leading and where he lived. 1 think
all this must have been immediately
after your separation, as he mentioned
no wife. However he described some
thing even mote important"
"You must tell me!" she burst forth
as I hesitated. "Don't be afraid to
trust me with all you know."
"1 am not afraid." 1 returned stout
ly enough, "not in the sense you mean
at least, yet it is never easy to be the
bearer of evil news
"Is it evil?"
"Misfortune, certainly. The man re
ported the death of your husband."
"His death! You are sure? Tell me
now what he said how it happened."
"The leport was specific and would
seem to be true. He says that Philip
Henley while intoxicated was struck
and killed by an automobile The date
given was after you left him. His
body was found by the police, but his
pockets had been rifled, and there
were no marks of identification on his
clothes. He was buried unknown, but
the informant claimed to have visited
the morgue, viewed the body and
states positively the dead man was
"And—and you think—tell me what
you believe. Gordon Craig."
"There is but one conclusion to my
mind. I have no doubt as to the en
tire truth of the story. The silence
and disappearance of your husband is
evidence that he is either dead or in
some other way helpless."
"1—1—really 1 have thought this all
the time. But about those others?"
"Vail and Neale, you mean? It
seems to me they fit in exactly with
the story Everything had been re
moved from Philip's, pockets and all
ordinary means of identification de
stroyed. There must have been a pur
pose in this, and it must have been
done by a second party, as there Is no
suggestion of suicide. My theory is
this—the bodj was either found by
others befoie the police arrived or else
the automobile party which killed him
paused long enough to ascertain the
extent of his iniuiies In either case
his pockets were searched and all con
tents removed Do you comprehend
what that would mean':"
"I—1 think so. but tell me yourself."
"He certainly had papeis with him
dealing with his inheritance To a
shrewd, criminal mind they would be
suggestive. He also undoubtedly had
keys to his apartments. Then there
would be nothing more needed except
a man capable of passing himself oil
as Philip Heule.v
"And Vail was not a lawver." she
asked breathlessly. "noi. x,.a*ie
"In my judgment the fellows inerelv
took those names to impose upon me
to help bolster up their storv and make
it appear probable Thev vvM-e simplv
two crooks, willing to take a chance
for a pot of money. happened to
be.the one selected to pull their chest-
touts out or tne ore."
1 saw her bead sink into the support
of her bauds and knew she was sob
bing sileny. ,( '*,
"You think my conclusions must be
correct?" I could not refrain from
"Yes. even without seeing the letter
but." aud she glanced up quickly, "the
nng-Pbilip's riug-we found?"
"I forgot to mention that. Its pres
ence here aloue is convincing. It was
sent to Charles Henley by his agent,
who claimed to have removed it from
the finger of the dead man."
"Then every doubt is removed: the
one killed was my hus—husband."
There was a long, painful silence,
during which I*stared out into the
dark, mechanically guiding the boat
although every thought centered on
her motionless figure. What should I
say? How was 1 to approach her
now? Those were long minutes I sat
there, speechless, gazing straight
ahead, my brain inert, my hand hard
on the tiller Suddenly, with a swift
thrill which sent my blood leaping. I
felt the soft touch of her fingers.
"Are you afraid to speak to me?"
she asked pleadingly. "Surely I have
said nothing to anger you."
"No. it is not that" I returned in
confusion, not knowing how to express
the cause of my hesitancy.
"1 am sorry—yes." very slowly, "but
perhaps not as jou suppose. It is hard
to think of him as dead—killed so sud
denly, without opportunity to think or
make any preparation He—he was
my husband under the law. That was
all. He was uo more. 1 do not believe
I ever loved him. My marriage was
but the adventure of a romantic girl,
but if 1 once did his subsequent abuse
of me. his life of dissipation, oblit
erated long since every recollection of
that love. He is to me scarcely more
than a name, an unhappy memory. I
told you that frankly when I believed
him still alive. We were friends then,
you and 1, and I cannot conceive why
his death should sever our friendship."
"Don't." I burst forth impetuously.
"You talk of friendship when all my
hope centers about another term.
Surely you understand. 1 am a man
sorely tempted and dare not yield to
She drew her hand away from my
clasp, yet the very movement seemed
to express regret.
"And we are to be friends no longer?
Is that your meaning?"
"You must answer that question," I
replied gravely, "for it is beyond my
power to decide."
Her bead was again uplifted, and I
knew she was endeavoring to see my
face through the gloom.
"1 am a woman," she said, "and we
like to pretend to misunderstand, but
I am not going to yield to that inclina
tion. I do understand and will answer
frankly. We can never be friends as
we were before."
My heart sank, and I felt a choke
in my voice difficult to overcome.
J^Lwas afraid it would be so."
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Jad Salts is harmless inexpensive
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A Well-known local druggist says he
sells lots of Jad Salts to folks Who believe
in overcoming kidney trouble while it is
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