indicate that he wanted Hugh to come with him outside into the darkness. " Well, well," he exclaimed, when they had again got outside and had started along the street toward the station. " I understand now. They've all been wondering about you and I've heard lots of talk. I won't say anything, but I'm going to do something for you." Hugh went to the station with his new-found friend and sat down in the lighted office. The railroad man got out a sheet of paper and began to write a letter. " I'm going to get you that job," he said. " I'm writ- ing the letter now and I'll get it off on the midnight train. You've got to get on your feet. I was a boozer myself, but I cut it all out. A glass of beer now and then, that's my limit." He began to talk of the town in Ohio where he pro- posed to get Hugh the job that would set him up in the world and save him from the habit of drinking, and described it as an earthly paradise in which lived bright, clear-thinking men and beautiful women. Hugh was reminded sharply of the talk he had heard from the lips of Sarah Shepard, when in his youth she spent long evenings telling him of the wonder of her own Michigan and New England towns and people, and contrasted the life lived there with that lived by the people of his own place. Hugh decided not to try to explain away the mistake made by his new acquaintance, and to accept the offer of assistance in getting the appointment as telegraph operator. The two men walked out of the station and stood again in the darkness. The railroad man felt like one who has been given the privilege of plucking a human
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