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If Any Man Sin   By: (1872-1948)

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IF ANY MAN SIN

BY H. A. CODY

AUTHOR OF THE CHIEF OF THE RANGES, THE LONG PATROL, UNDER SEALED ORDERS, THE FRONTIERSMAN, Etc.

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Copyright, 1915, BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

Printed in the United States of America

TO MY WIFE THIS BOOK IS LOVINGLY DEDICATED

CONTENTS

I. CHORDS OF MEMORY

II. THE VERGE OF TREMBLING

III. A WILDERNESS WAIF

IV. BY THE MIRRORING LAKE

V. A CABIN FOR TWO

VI. 'TIS HARD TO FORGET

VII. THE CEASELESS THROB

VIII. THE DISCOVERY

IX. THE GOLDEN LURE

X. THE AWAKENING

XI. UNFOLDING

XII. THE EDGE OF EVENTS

XIII. THE LAP OF TO MORROW

XIV. THE SUPPLANTER

XV. SUSPICION

XVI. TOM MAKES A DISCOVERY

XVII. HEART THRUSTS

XVIII. THE ROYAL BOUNTY

XIX. BEGINNINGS

XX. UNDER COVER OF NIGHT

XXI. THE WAY OF A WOMAN

XXII. HEART SEARCHINGS

XXIII. THE MEETING

XXIV. WITHIN THE LITTLE ROOM

XXV. THE RIVER FLOWS BETWEEN

XXVI. THE FACE AT THE DOOR

XXVII. THE INNER IMPULSE

XXVIII. THE KEEPSAKE

XXIX. ATONEMENT

XXX. REVELATION

XXXI. "THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOWS"

XXXII. REFINED GOLD

IF ANY MAN SIN

CHAPTER I

CHORDS OF MEMORY

It was Sunday night and the great city was hushed in silence. A thick mist hung over streets and houses through which numerous lights endeavoured to force their rays. Few people were astir and all traffic had ceased. Presently the chimes from a hidden church tower pealed forth their sweet message to the world. A man standing alone within the shadow of the church started and turned his face upwards. The musical sounds seemed to fascinate him, and he listened as one entranced. He gave no heed to the men and women hurrying by phantom like on their way to the evening service. Not until the last note had died upon the air did the man abandon his listening attitude. Then his head drooped, his tense body relaxed, and he stepped back a few paces as if fearful of being observed. Twice he started forward, moved by some inner impulse, but each time he shrank back deeper within the shadow. His strong form trembled convulsively, telling plainly of a mighty fire of emotion raging within.

The man at length left his place of concealment and paced rapidly up and down outside the church, with his head bent forward. This he did for some time. He at last paused, stood for a while in an undecided manner, and then with a stealthy step approached the door. His hand was raised to the large iron latch when strains of music fell upon his ears. Then he heard the sound of numerous voices lifted up in the closing hymn. His courage almost deserted him, and he half turned as if to leave the place. But some irresistible power seemed to stay his steps and force him to open the door and enter.

The church was warm, brightly lighted, and well filled with men and women. No one heeded the stranger as he slipped quietly into a back seat and looked around. The trained voices of the white robed choir thrilled his soul. Every word of the hymn was familiar to him, for he had often sung it in days gone by. The congregation, too, was singing, and ere long he distinguished one voice from the rest. He had not heard it at first, but now it fell upon his ears with a startling intensity. It was a woman's voice, sweet, clear, and full of mingled tenderness and pathos. The man's firm white hands clutched hard the back of the seat in front of him, and his face underwent a marvellous transformation. His eyes shone with eagerness, and his bosom lifted and fell from the vehemence of his emotion. He leaned forward until he could see the singer and watched her intently. Then when the hymn was finished, and ere the congregation dispersed, the stranger, having cast one more longing look upon the woman with the sweet voice, slipped noiselessly out of the building.

Upon reaching the street he stepped aside and waited for the people to come forth. It was not long ere the big door was thrown wide open, and as the men and women passed by he scrutinised them as closely as possible... Continue reading book >>




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