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A Gamble with Life by Silas K. Hocking

A GAMBLE WITH LIFE

SILAS K. HOCKING

[Illustration: "OPEN YOUR EYES," HE CRIED, "AND SPRING."]

A GAMBLE WITH LIFE

BY

SILAS K. HOCKING

AUTHOR OF

"Pioneers," "The Flaming Sword," "God's Outcast," "One in Charity," "The Heart of Man," etc.

London JAMES CLARKE & CO., 13 & 14 FLEET STREET E.C. 1906

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A STRANGE COMPACT 7

II. DREAMS AND REALITIES 15

III. THE VALUE OF A LIFE 26

IV. PAYING THE PENALTY 35

V. A PERILOUS TASK 44

VI. FAITH AND PHILOSOPHY 54

VII. THE NICK OF TIME 63

VIII. THE SOUL'S AWAKENING 72

IX. THE CAPTAIN'S LETTER 82

X. A VISITOR 92

XI. A TALK BY THE WAY 101

XII. FAIRYLAND 112

XIII. THE AWAKENING 123

XIV. EVOLUTION 134

XV. MISGIVINGS 145

XVI. GROWING SUSPICIONS 157

XVII. RETROSPECTIVE 168

XVIII. THE OLD AND THE NEW 178

XIX. AFTER THREE YEARS 189

XX. FATHER AND SON 200

XXI. GERVASE SPEAKS HIS MIND 211

XXII. A HUMAN DOCUMENT 222

XXIII. MEANS TO AN END 232

XXIV. THE JUSTICE OF THE STRONG 243

XXV. THE END OF A DREAM 254


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