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CHAPTER III

THE WEAK SPOT

JACKSON was a long, lean, sinewy fellow who overtopped Edward by three inches. In the first line-up he crouched, swinging his big-boned, rangy arms, and eying Edward with a deliberate and concentrated look somehow more menacing than his swinging arms and defiant posture. He was evidently not one who would lose his head or waste his energy. Edward in that first moment felt a sudden fear and resolved that he must gain self-confidence by overpowering his man at the start,—getting the jump on him.

In that he succeeded; high-strung and well drilled in his position, he was more quickly awake to the game than his more phlegmatic opponent. From the very first he was putting every ounce of his strength into the play, and so long as he was holding his man, he did not