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"The Chalk Town Train"
HARPER BARELY COULD DISCERN the
hounds’ silhouettes near the foot of the front steps. Crouched
and motionless, they growled almost imperceptibly. Harper stood at
the darkened corner window of the empty parlor. The only light
shining in the house was the kitchen lantern. Outside, one street
light shown at the corner. No one could be seen within its circle,
but enemies, he knew, were about.
Harper, like Moore, heard the
approaching whistle of the Chalk Town train. That told him it was
almost 7:45. Then the minutes dragged by. Five? Ten? Twenty?
Harper could not judge. He was about to move toward the open
kitchen doorway so he could check his watch in the light—and
then he saw it: a match struck at the edge of the woods across the
street. Then a torch. A second torch. They hovered, lingering
close together in the black surroundings. Harper could distinguish
no human form. Suddenly one of the torches moved along the edge of
the dirt street, away from the corner. Heading for the rear!
He lifted the 12-gauge. If he
fired now, he believed, he might blow out the torch before it was
out of range. Harper aimed, leading the moving light slightly, and
squeezed one of the triggers. . . .
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