eaten for nearly twenty-four hours, nor slept.
I was fagged out, and for the first time in years felt a question as to
my ability to cope with an antagonist; but there was naught else for it
than to engage my man, and that as quickly and ferociously as lay in
me, for my only salvation was to rush him off his feet by the
impetuosity of my attack--I could not hope to win a long-drawn-out
But the fellow was evidently of another mind, for he backed and parried
and parried and sidestepped until I was almost completely fagged from
the exertion of attempting to finish him.
He was a more adroit swordsman, if possible, than my previous foe, and
I must admit that he led me a pretty chase and in the end came near to
making a sorry fool of me--and a dead one into the bargain.
I could feel myself growing weaker and weaker, until at length objects
commenced to blur before my eyes and I staggered and blundered about
more asleep than awake, and then it was that he worked his pretty
little coup that came near to losing me my life.
He had backed me around so that I stood in front of the corpse of his
fellow, and then he rushed me suddenly so that I was forced back upon
it, and as my heel struck it the impetus of my body flung me backward
across the dead man.
My head struck the hard pavement with a resounding whack, and to that
alone I owe my life, for it cleared my brain and the pain roused my
temper, so that I was equal for the moment to tearing my enemy to
pieces with my bare hands, and I verily believe that I should have
attempted it had not my right hand, in the act of raising my body from
the ground, come in contact with a bit of cold metal.
As the eyes of the layman so is the hand of the fighting man when it
comes in contact with an implement of his vocation, and thus I did not
need to look or reason to know that the dead man's revolver, lying
where it had fallen when I struck it from his grasp, was at my disposal.
The fellow whose ruse had put me down was springing toward me, the
point of his gleaming blade directed straight at my heart, and as he
came there rang from his lips the cruel and mocking peal of laughter
that I had heard within the Chamber of Mystery.
"Oh, I don't know," replied the other.Page 25
The young man started to the door.Page 29
It would be two days before his room rent was again due, but in the mean time Jimmy had no money wherewith to feed the inner man.Page 30
The next day, worn out from loss of sleep, the young man started out upon a last frenzied search for employment.Page 40
"We'll be utterly abandoned--we'll have supper at Feinheimer's without an escort.Page 49
And there before the eyes of half a dozen newspaper reporters, of a dozen wealthy.Page 50
"Maybe I can find something for you.Page 52
"You seem to be terribly interested in him.Page 53
But he had not been able to bring himself to the point of admitting to his family his long weeks of consistent and unrelieved failure.Page 54
"No," Jimmy admitted, "of course, I didn't know who.Page 78
"I am afraid," she said, "that I do not understand very much about the nature or the purpose of your work, but I presume the idea is to make the concern with which you are connected more prosperous--more successful?" "Yes," said her father, "that is the idea, and even in the short time he has been with us Mr.Page 80
Bince's feelings in the matter that we had better terminate our arrangement.Page 81
"You may continue with your work in the plant," he said at last, "and we will keep the accountants, for a while at least.Page 90
"Yes," replied the nurse.Page 92
Bince greeted him almost effusively, and Mr.Page 96
"Now do you recognize it?" he asked.Page 99
Compton lived until the following morning.Page 104
" "Hell," ejaculated the Lizard as he rose from his chair and prepared for bed.Page 105
Harriet Holden's friendship and loyalty were a never-ending source of wonderment to him, but he accepted her own explanation, which, indeed, was fair enough, that her innate sense of justice had compelled her to give him her sympathy and.Page 109
the court-room which was broken by the defense's perfunctory "Take the witness" to the prosecuting attorney, but again cross-examination was waived.