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The Unknown Wrestler   By: (1872-1948)

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THE UNKNOWN WRESTLER

by

H. A. CODY

Author of "Under Sealed Orders," "Rod of the Lone Patrol," Etc.

McCLelland, Goodchild & Stewart Publishers :: :: :: Toronto

Copyright, 1918, By George H. Doran Company

To All True Wrestlers this book is Sympathetically Dedicated

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I STREET MUSIC II WHERE FLOWS THE TIDE III CONSCIENCE MONEY IV SECRET PLANS V PUT TO THE TEST VI DOWN BY THE RIVER VII MENDING THINGS VIII HOME FOR REPAIRS IX EVENING GLOW X PRIDE AND IMPUDENCE XI THE FACE AT THE DOOR XII ASTRAY ON THE HILLS XIII NOTICE TO QUIT XIV SETTLING THINGS XV A WET DAY XVI TWIN FIRES XVII CRUEL AS THE GRAVE XVIII SILENT STRIFE XIX WARMER THAN HE EXPECTED XX CONFIDENCE XXI OUTDONE XXII COMPELLED TO SERVE XXIII DISPELLING THE CLOUDS XXIV EMPTY HEARS SOMETHING XXV PERVERTING JUSTICE XXVI ON THE ROCKS XXVII THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE XXVIII KNUCKLING UNDER XXIX THE CHALLENGE XXX BY THE OLD PINE TREE

THE UNKNOWN WRESTLER

CHAPTER I

STREET MUSIC

There was no room for him on the sidewalk, so he took up his position beyond the curbstone. The light from the large arc lamp overhead, exposed the old man's thin white hair, withered face and threadbare clothes. His sightless eyes were turned toward the passing throng, and his head was slightly bent in an expectant attitude. But the hand that drew the wheezy bow across the strings of the violin often faltered, and the broken music, instead of attracting, repelled the crowds. The player was tired and longed for rest. But the fire of an overmastering purpose burned in his soul and kept him steadfast to his post.

The girl standing by his side was both weary and embarrassed. Her hand trembled as she held out her father's soft felt hat to receive the coins which were so very few. It was quite evident that she was new to this business, for her cheeks were flushed crimson owing to the remarks she occasionally heard.

"Listen to that old man sawing wood," one gaily dressed young fop laughingly jested to his companion.

"Filing his saw, I should say," was the sarcastic reply. "It's a wonder to me that such a noise is allowed on a street like this."

"But see the girl," the other insisted, "isn't she a beauty! Look at her cheeks. My! they are some colour. She seems new to her job. Suppose we give her a jolt. I'd like to hear what she'd say. Perhaps she isn't as innocent as she seems."

They had stopped several rods away and were watching the girl as they talked. Presently they retraced their steps, and when they came near where she was standing, one of them surged suddenly against her, causing her to drop the hat in alarm and start back, while the few coins rolled out upon the hard stones. Her cry of dismay caused the old man to stop playing and turn quickly toward her.

"What is the matter, Nan?" he anxiously enquired.

"Oh, let us go away," the girl pleaded. "We are not safe here, and I am so frightened. Two men pushed against me and knocked the hat out of my hand. I know they did it on purpose, for they went away laughing. Oh, what is that?" and she leaned eagerly forward as a commotion took place among the crowd a short distance away.

While the young men were performing their cowardly prank, a man was intently watching all that was taking place. He had been observing the blind violinist and the timid girl for several minutes. In his eyes was an expression of sympathy, which changed at once to intense anger at the act of the two heartless fops. He stepped quickly forward and confronted them.

"What right had you to interfere with that girl?" he demanded.

"It's none of your business," replied the one who had done the deed... Continue reading book >>




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