sank down upon her berth in utter
bewilderment. What was she to do? Suspicions as to the intentions of
the Swede swarmed her brain. Might she not be infinitely worse off if
she gave herself into his power than she already was?
No, she could be no worse off in company with the devil himself than
with Nikolas Rokoff, for the devil at least bore the reputation of
being a gentleman.
She swore a dozen times that she would not leave the Kincaid without
her baby, and yet she remained clothed long past her usual hour for
retiring, and her blankets were neatly rolled and bound with stout
cord, when about midnight there came a stealthy scratching upon the
panels of her door.
Swiftly she crossed the room and drew the bolt. Softly the door swung
open to admit the muffled figure of the Swede. On one arm he carried
a bundle, evidently his blankets. His other hand was raised in a
gesture commanding silence, a grimy forefinger upon his lips.
He came quite close to her.
"Carry this," he said. "Do not make some noise when you see it. It
ban your kid."
Quick hands snatched the bundle from the cook, and hungry mother arms
folded the sleeping infant to her breast, while hot tears of joy ran
down her cheeks and her whole frame shook with the emotion of the
"Come!" said Anderssen. "We got no time to vaste."
He snatched up her bundle of blankets, and outside the cabin door his
own as well. Then he led her to the ship's side, steadied her descent
of the monkey-ladder, holding the child for her as she climbed to the
waiting boat below. A moment later he had cut the rope that held the
small boat to the steamer's side, and, bending silently to the muffled
oars, was pulling toward the black shadows up the Ugambi River.
Anderssen rowed on as though quite sure of his ground, and when after
half an hour the moon broke through the clouds there was revealed upon
their left the mouth of a tributary running into the Ugambi. Up this
narrow channel the Swede turned the prow of the small boat.
Jane Clayton wondered if the man knew where he was bound. She did not
know that in his capacity as cook he had that day been rowed up this
very stream to a little village where he had bartered with the natives
for such provisions as they had for sale, and that
" If they had sentenced Jimmy to be shot at sunrise the blow could scarcely have been more stunning than that which followed the realization that he was not to be permitted to round out his fourth successful season at first base.Page 3
for being, and was, in the bargain, a good judge of boys, gave Jimmy another chance on his own terms, and the university's heavyweight champion returned to his room filled with determination to make good at the eleventh hour.Page 4
To his fellows, as well as to himself, he had been a great success--the success of the university--and he and they saw in the future only continued success in whatever vocation he decided to honor with his presence.Page 8
He realized that it was probably the greatest moment of his life--that here Jimmy Torrance ceased to be, and James Torrance, Jr.Page 10
The latter entered softly, closing the door behind him.Page 18
"But when a fellow has just been told by the sweetest girl in the world that she will marry him, it's enough to make him a little bit crazy.Page 23
I liked your father, Harold.Page 25
"He will simply have to be lifted completely out of it, or he will stay here and die in the harness.Page 35
asked one of the four after Bince had left the room.Page 36
"What doing?" asked Jimmy.Page 48
next twenty years.Page 49
For there was the girl whom Fate had thrice before thrown in his path! Beside her he recognized the Miss Harriet Holden who had been with her the night at Feinheimer's, and with them were two young men.Page 56
"Do you know who the biggest backers of that graft were?" "No," said Jimmy.Page 74
"I think I can arrange it," he said, "but I would have to have fifty now.Page 85
"Steve Murray and Bince!" "And thick as thieves," said the girl.Page 91
She knew that Bince disliked Jimmy, and yet the man seemed strangely anxious for his recovery and return to work.Page 98
She greeted him seriously but pleasantly, and then she asked the turnkey if she might go inside.Page 103
"Where are these papers?" he asked.Page 108
He was trying to see in it anything which could possibly prove damaging to him.Page 110
" "You say that a man came down from Mr.