of Jovita with his bared knees, and with a shout dashed into the yellow water. A cry arose from the opposite bank as the head of a man and horse struggled for a few moments against the battling current, and then were swept away amidst uprooted trees and whirling driftwood.
The Old man started and woke. The fire on the hearth was dead, the candle in the outer room flickering in its socket, and somebody was rapping at the door. He opened it, but fell back with a cry before the dripping, half-naked figure that reeled against the doorpost.
"Hush! Is he awake yet?"
"No; but Dick—"
"Dry up, you old fool! Get me some whiskey, quick!" The Old Man flew, and returned with—an empty bottle! Dick would have sworn, but his strength was not equal to the occasion. He staggered, caught at the handle of the door, and motioned to the Old Man.
"Thar’s suthin’ in my pack yer for Johnny. Take it off. I can’t."
The Old Man unstrapped the pack, and laid it before the exhausted man.
"Open it, quick."
He did so with trembling fingers. It contained only a few poor toys—cheap and barbaric enough, goodness knows, but bright with