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The Dream 5
steel bolts as the door at the end of the corridor was
opened. Three men came to Murray's cell and un-
locked it. Two were prison guards; the other was "Len"
- no; that was in the old days; now the Reverend Leonard
Winston, a friend and neighbor from their barefoot days.
"I got them to let me take the prison chaplain's place,"
lie said, as he gave Murray's hand one short, strong grip.
In his left hand he held a small Bible, with his forefinger
marking a page.
Murray smiled slightly and arranged two or three books
and some penholders orderly on his small table. Ile
would have spoken, but no appropriate words seemed to
present themselves to his mind.
The prisoners had christened this cellhouse, eighty feet
long, twenty-eight feet wide, Limbo Lane. The regular
guard of Limbo Lane, an immense, rough, kindly man,
drew a pint bottle of whiskey from his pocket and offered
it to Murray, saying:
"It's the regular thing, you know. All has it who feel
like they need a bracer. No danger of it becoming a
habit with 'em, you see."
1Murray drank deep into the bottle.
"That's the boy!" said the guard. "Just a little nerve
tonic, and everything goes smooth as silk."
They stepped into the corridor, and each one of the
doomed seven knew. Limbo Lane is a world on the outside
of the world; but it had learned, when deprived of one or
more of the five senses, to make another sense supply the
deficiency. Each one knew that it was nearly eight, and
Here’s what’s next.
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