Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta
W' TO POT of By Luke Thrice sower AOK one .DM I Itlitl'tt Itr "F CSN'Y how rain'n rlke s .to tome fool thing or other, like a wstcb charm or s flash torch or i shoe observed "And once be pint his luck on hl> mascot be won't be foond without it." i common enough Mid Burch. "I've known clever operators who did .them- selves so much of an Injustice as to ascribe their .accesses to some such and who firmly be- .accesses t lieved that the object, whatever it h.ppeued to be, eiircisea a direct Influence upon their every action. agreed the visitor. "Not that crooks have any monopoly of such ideas. 1 there's .many a decent old lad like my grandfather kicking around. He began carrying a chestnut '.gainst the rheumntls and Bret thlnj'we knew that chestnut was his all aiy hunch. He wouldn't sign n paper or leave the or plant potatoes unless he had it with him. But telLof crooks that Most their nerve when they lost their mascot." "Thimble Juke, for Instance." said the master. "That's i famous case. He used to wear, a thlmblo on the third Bnger of his left hand whenever he was following his profession In the household lino. For thrfe years he enjoyed complete Immunity and then one night he lost bis thimble. He Ms down on all fours scrambling for It In the dark when the funilly woke up and nabbed him. He broke out of the stntion house and came back next night for tha thimble. They nabbed him asatn and he never came back from up the river." "Then there seems to be something in It after maybe." Mid Laston. :Thp marler glanced at him curiously. "Who abail he asked, "when cool and matter of fact 'an operator as I-aiton himself will wear a bronze mfdal on the Inside of his IsTton flushed and looked sharply put out, while the master Seemed to enjoy his momentary dl.com- etnre Never mind." said Burch quickly.- "I a. trap for you tuere. But. going on with bur subject I recall a case in which an Inanimate object ap- parently held the scales In the. life of a man and ar- ranged' on some strange, -mystical iystem -of Its own." And this li the story the master .1" Thf dull, splintering crash of: a revolver from the dormitory overhead. serve men In' the wardroom gripped their chairs and .tared at end. other with startled Alno.1 before tbey. could gain feat the door barst open .and Grayson. the lieutenant on duty, dashed in from the front of the station bouse. "Where was he demanded, sharply. 'ri, "Next floor, lieutenant." said Lynch, who was half way to the foot of- the staircase. Grayson pa.sed him 'in 'two nervous strides and mounted. -fdr lowed by the two 'reserves. Trampling and voices in ncltement came from above. The dormitory was dimly lighted from further corner as they stumbled -into It. flrtt plttoqn had been In for nearly, an hour. Men wtllr sleep-be-, wildered faces sat up in their beds, crying questions that no one answered. Other, .adll slept peacefully through the turmoil. A few were running down the aisle between '.the two. ranks of eota. The Accident Grayson swept tbe scene with a rapid, eomprenen- live glance and turned. toward the rear. shouldering aside these In hi. path. Thi door of the little wash- room waV open and there waa a light inside, lieutenant beaded the group that crowded through. Leaning against tie marble slab with bared arms, one .hand thrust in a bowl and the other holding ;a' piece of soap.-stood a man clad in trousers apd shirt. He'wa. gazing at something .that lnyVon the almost at 'hi! feet, 'it was a rerplver. Bngged wreaths of smoke drifted up under -the flaring; fas jet.' "Whafs .this, BoyleT snapped Srayson. Boile looked up blankly. "Mv my gun dropped out of my he with no of el- PrOrayson stooped and picied up the glittering'. shot .The two re- THE SUGAR MOTHER USED. WHEN the top started down town bis toM.hlnW the third time not te sugar. ''Remember, 1 brown sue said. -Ion had better stop and see It weighed, eat, so as to make sure yon are getting the rlgbt Umi. If ar. not there they may cheat yon. It seems awfully hanl to get brown sugar nowadays." The top-flatter was In a hurry, bat bis, instructions time Itself, so when orders for i, pound, of brown sugar to b. Kit lo the bpus. come op te He of the etters few Boyle shook hll head.' knew I kttrt him moving around, by low and husky _ "1 look off BIT coat It nrait f.s-psrt wsy out. I WM swer I It fall and go off" Thf auu's manna- iloiiged and subdued such u heavy nature show under a crushing catastrophe 0 i. itudied him a moment then to of nstrolnien who stood about "Here, Wslrfn and Cray. Takefhlin M the wardroom." Boyle rose and accompanied hlskffltrd withent a murmur. The Lieutenant, tamed back body looked down at toe We. had .carcely known Mason, as a wttnac, boy, who gave of being a gweS pal hand fell lightly upon his shoulder, to find Lynch beside him. still lingered near. j "Well, whst is asked Grayson. "Lieutenant, he said wore live service bands on his steew assrtwo honor stars. 'Oriy'iM knew him for s man word, were slways worth attention.. I he demanded. "I was in tbe washroom there, at the: rear. S Grayjon caught his breath sharply. "I was Jnat in the doorway coming eat I looked up the room here. Boyle was all hunched np on tbe floor at the.foot of his bed. Mason .was with bis back to him, about ten feet away. Boyle's right hand was close agstaut the and he beM his revolver In It, pointing np.and at Mason. I got a glimpse of his a then be fired before I could move. I saw Mason fall and Jumped back Inside so he shouldn't know j there was a witness." Knew The Wife.' The dormitory fell silent. The poUcemeB withered in a stsrtled group about the speaker.; Griiyson's mouta had hardened to Itae, .1 "Then he shot T j Lynch nodded.. if "But why, for God's sake wfcyT i Lynch mnde s little >s if In mute spdogT to the dead msn. '.'.I hesrd some he said. "Boyle's wife' left him._ I fueM Jlnson knew where >she was." "Have you ever heard tbein quarrelling "Never saw them speak since then." Grayson stood a moment In thojight 'Then ilme when his gun-was supposed to he'd been j preparing, for protect himself beUof an i "CLynch nortded again. "Probrtly prseUjtof, lie said. And Orayson. remembering how the bnl- let hsd been Imbedded hi tbe 'wall of wsuhnom j about Sve feet from the floor, ajnented.