suddenly I hears a noise—Melody's climbin' up the rock—I could see 'em slippin' up in the night.—I was too scared to challenge for the countersign.—I raised my rifle—[strikeout] He was silhouetted against the skyline—A perfect target—I lined my front sight up with the battle sight—[struck: the] His head, the front sight, the rear sight were all in line—The shell was in the chamber—slowly I drew my breath—held it—Then I squeezed my trigger finger—slowly—slowly—I squeezed—Then my shoulder [illegible] turned to meet the explosion—Click!!!—It didn't go off—a faulty cartridge—Brother some careless inspector saved that boys life!!— Do you have a Lt. Diamond in your outfit??""