since they had been cast upon this hideous and
Professor Porter strove manfully to suppress his own emotions, but the
strain upon his nerves and weakened vitality were too much for him, and
at length, burying his old face in the girl's shoulder, he sobbed
quietly like a tired child.
Jane led him toward the cabin, and the Frenchmen turned toward the
beach from which several of their fellows were advancing to meet them.
Clayton, wishing to leave father and daughter alone, joined the sailors
and remained talking with the officers until their boat pulled away
toward the cruiser whither Lieutenant Charpentier was bound to report
the unhappy outcome of his adventure.
Then Clayton turned back slowly toward the cabin. His heart was filled
with happiness. The woman he loved was safe.
He wondered by what manner of miracle she had been spared. To see her
alive seemed almost unbelievable.
As he approached the cabin he saw Jane coming out. When she saw him
she hurried forward to meet him.
"Jane!" he cried, "God has been good to us, indeed. Tell me how you
escaped--what form Providence took to save you for--us."
He had never before called her by her given name. Forty-eight hours
before it would have suffused Jane with a soft glow of pleasure to have
heard that name from Clayton's lips--now it frightened her.
"Mr. Clayton," she said quietly, extending her hand, "first let me
thank you for your chivalrous loyalty to my dear father. He has told
me how noble and self-sacrificing you have been. How can we repay you!"
Clayton noticed that she did not return his familiar salutation, but he
felt no misgivings on that score. She had been through so much. This
was no time to force his love upon her, he quickly realized.
"I am already repaid," he said. "Just to see you and Professor Porter
both safe, well, and together again. I do not think that I could much
longer have endured the pathos of his quiet and uncomplaining grief.
"It was the saddest experience of my life, Miss Porter; and then, added
to it, there was my own grief--the greatest I have ever known. But his
was so hopeless--his was pitiful. It taught me that no love, not even
that of a man for his wife may be so deep and terrible and
self-sacrificing as the love of a father for his daughter."
The girl bowed her head. There was a question she wanted to ask, but
it seemed almost sacrilegious
No growling dogs, no bulking bulls contested the short stretch of weed grown ground between the road and the disintegrating structure; and presently two wide, brown eyes were peering through a crack in the wall of the abandoned building.Page 5
"I saw your fire," he said, "and I thought I'd stop.Page 9
Dirty Eddie rose, yawned and stretched.Page 13
Prim almost dove across the room to the hidden wall safe.Page 15
His clothes were made in New York.Page 19
Once more darkness enveloped them.Page 30
"You are not badly hurt," volunteered The Oskaloosa Kid.Page 39
They didn't dare go down and they begged him not to leave them up there alone.Page 46
"What yer lookin' fer is Sears, Roebuck & Company.Page 57
"I believe he's telling the truth," said detective Burton.Page 58
I do not mean that she was a party to any criminal act; but it is more than possible that she was abducted by the same men who later committed the other crimes.Page 66
It was The Oskaloosa Kid who first thought of him.Page 67
See?" "Oh, I can't go to Payson," exclaimed the other girl.Page 76
Fortunately for youth it recuperates rapidly from mortal blows, and so it was that another half hour found Willie wandering up and down Broadway but at the far end of the street from The Elite Restaurant.Page 78
"Hello!" said the voice at the other end of the line; "I'm Willie Case, an' I've found Miss Abigail Prim.Page 86
Paynter by the coat and whirled him around and then he struck him an awful blow behind the ear with the butt of the weapon.Page 90
"By gum!" he cried, "I reckon we ain't made no mistake here, boys.Page 91
I don't know why she wishes to conceal her identity; but I can't stand by and see her lynched without trying to save her.Page 95
tin ear.Page 99
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