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The Long Lane's Turning   By: (1876-)

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[Frontispiece: Her lips trembled, but she spoke in a clear undertone, audible only to him, which faltered the merest trifle (Page 316.)]

THE LONG LANE'S TURNING

BY

HALLIE ERMINIE RIVES

(Mrs. Post Wheeler)

Author of "Satan Sanderson" "Hearts Courageous," "The Valiants of Virginia," etc.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

FRANCES ROGERS

NEW YORK

DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY

1917

Copyright, 1916, 1917

By DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, Inc.

as "The Heart of a Man"

Copyright, 1917

By DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, Inc.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I THE COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENCE II A MAN AND A WOMAN III THE AWAKENING IV THE PRODIGAL V THE UNLAID GHOST VI THE JUDGE SITS IN THE LAMPLIGHT VII ARROWS OF DESIRE VIII THE THRUST IX THE TURN OF THE LONG LANE X AFTER A YEAR XI CRAIG FINDS HIS WEAPON XII A HOSTAGE TO THE BOTTLE XIII THE HEART OF A MAN XIV THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL XV THE ONLY WAY XVI DERELICT XVII LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT XVIII THE PRICE XIX PADDY THE BRICK INTERVENES XX WHAT MATTERED MOST XXI CRAIG'S WAY XXII HARRY DECIDES XXIII THE BROKEN PICTURE XXIV THE WOMAN WHO KNEW XXV ON TRIAL XXVI THE HAUNTER OF THE SHADOW XXVII THE END OF THE JOURNEY XXVIII THE MAN IN THE WHEELED CHAIR XXIX THE LONE BATTLE XXX THE GIPSY RING XXXI AMBUSH XXXII THE COMING OF JOHN STARK XXXIII THE UNDERSTUDY XXXIV THE CRUCIBLE XXXV SANCTUARY XXXVI JUBILEE JIM'S JOURNEY XXXVII THE CALL XXXVIII THE CHALLENGE XXXIX THE JAILBIRD XL GENTLEMEN ALL XLI DARK DAYS XLII THE MENDED ROAD XLIII THE PITFALL XLIV THE LIGHTED FUSE XLV THE CHASM XLVI CRAIG STRIKES XLVII WITH HIS BACK TO THE WALL XLVIII THE HEART OF A WOMAN XLIX THE GOVERNOR TAKES A HAND L REVELATION

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Her lips trembled, but she spoke in a clear undertone, audible only to him, which faltered the merest trifle. (Page 316) . . . Frontispiece

"I have answered you," she replied, "once and for all. You will please consider it final"

He turned his head and saw the figure in the doorway. "Echo!" he cried and rose to his feet

All at once the hound flung up his great head with a low howl, then, crouching, licked the nerveless hand that hung down

THE LONG LANE'S TURNING

CHAPTER I

THE COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENCE

The dark was falling over the court room. A lurid ray of the setting sun gleamed redly on the dust streaked window panes, and struggled disconsolately with the melancholy gleam of the oil lamps that an awkward attendant with creaking foot leather had laboriously lighted in their wall brackets. Their pale radiance gleamed on the painted faces of dead jurists that looked down from fly specked canvases on the walls and was reflected from the mass of moving, living faces that filled the room, whose eyes gazed alternately at the Judge's vacant seat, and at the empty railed space that had penned in the restless jury now considering their verdict in an upper room to return again and again to the spot where sat the man over whose dingy case a medley of voices had declaimed and wrangled throughout that southern spring day.

He sat slouched in his chair, his narrow, faded blue eyes, strained and frightened, fixed on the empty jury box, his uncertain hand lifting from time to time to give a swift, furtive touch to his collar or a thrust to his wiry, sand coloured hair. In the pallid lamp light the hard sneer that had curved his lips during the dragging trial had faded and his face seemed all at once piteous and younger.

To a stranger there would have seemed little in the circumstances to inspire the popular interest the full room betokened. The accused was a rough sawyer, known to his fellows of the logging camp as "Paddy the Brick," with a history of sluggishness and inebriety behind him. The crime of which he stood charged was the theft of a comrade's earnings, the story merely one of those sordid dramas of menial life which were so familiar... Continue reading book >>




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