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COLUMBIA HIGH ON THE RIVER
given up the game for the day and accompanied the procession into town.
Boylike they sighed to be in the limehght, to hear the ejaculations of astonishment that would arise when the citizens learned what had happened, and discover the admiring eyes of the pretty girls of Columbia fastened upon them. It does not fall to the lot of the average lad to shine as a hero more than once in a lifetime; and they begrudged losing the opportunity.
Frank, together with Molly Manners, and another boy who had become winded and was unable to continue the chase over field and hill, accompanied Chief Hogg and his man when they walked the two prisoners into town.
Of course the police had taken the bonds off the men, and substituted shining steel bracelets that were more apt to appear business-like.
Martin and Joey were hardened characters. They doubtless felt keenly their condition, yet tried to appear utterly indifferent, sneering as they bandied words with their guards.
And in this way they drew into the outskirts of Columbia. People flocked out of houses to stare, and make all manner of comments.
The presence of Frank with his bicycle seemed to be taken as evidence that he must have had something to do with the capture of the men. Every-