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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1912, Image 6

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mind. It .was interest in life and
it prompted'this question: ''Why
do you walk like that, missus?"
"Because," replied the little old
woman, "my feet are paralyzed.
It happened 10 years ago, from a
fall. But I do not complain. You
see, I have a nice little-home here,
and my many 'good friends' do not"
let me get lonesome. My husband
has been dead for a long time and
as I was never blessed with a
child, I live quite alone. Did I
put too much mustard on the
sandwich?"
"No," said the tramp. "No, i
maaam. it is very good, out
but I I think I will not eat any
more. I guess there is something
wrong with my pipes. It wont go
down. No fault of the bread,
thdugh, madam."
The tramp quickly threw the
steaming coat over his shoulders,
muttered "Oh, hell I" forced a bit
ter smile and would have passed
through the door.
"I have been noticing your
coaf; it is very ragged," said the
little old lady. "Give it to me,
young man. I make my living
by sewing, and I can patch that
hole at the pocket and sew on the
buttons in 10 minutes. Just sit
down and wait."
The cripple hobbled to a shelf
for her sewing kit and soon her
deft fingers were flying over the
work.
Have you ever witnessed the
return, of the hot blood of life to
the emaciated cheek of one who
has been -close to the door of
death? Have you. ever seen the
spark of hpe flash into the eyes
of the man who has just Seen
given back his life in a court of
justice? Have you 'ever felt, in
a moment of gTeat weakness, the
strengthening current of cour
age, faith, new ambition cours
ing from 'the hand of one who
sympathizes with you or loves
you? Yes? Well, then, we will
be sparedHhe necessity of paint
ing a new picture of the tramp.
The coat is finished. He puts it
on and turns quickly -away, giv
ing: the little old woman only
muttered thanks At the switch"
yard he meets a fellow tramp. He
passes him by. At the corner a
bartender has just set a fresh
empty keg oh the sidewalk. The
tramp realizes thirst, but he goes,
-on. He does not ask this pros
perous, looking stranger for the
customary dine.
, Two blocks further on wojlc
4men are tossing up the dirt from
an excavation. The tramp ap
proaches the boss. 'T want
work," he finds himself saying. A.
shoVel and pick-are put into his
hands. He is assigned a place in
the ditch. Instruments of toil are
strange in his hands, but he
;works with vigor amounting to
frenzy. The boss looks on ap
provingly. t
2 I wo weeks pass. . ihe man is
still in the ditch. Early m the af
ternoon four $5 bills are laid in
his smarting palm. He is told to
continue his work, but he de-
cliri'es. He s'tarts rapidly toward
'the bridge, crosses to the main
Street of the city and does not
stop until he comes to the plate,
glass windows of a department

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