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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 11, 1912, Image 3

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THEUNWISE PROFESSORSTHEY CAUSE THE ENDING
i OP A tROMANCE IN, A GAS-FILLED fcOOM
This is the true story of how a
romance of lQve and happiness
came, to a' sad ending becausjea
brilliantVand accomplished- man"
had not-the courage to face adver
sity. ,v ' . t
One year ago,Adolph;Gerlirik,
a Bohemian, graduated from -the
University of Vienna. His sue-
ces&at college'had'been-meteq.ric,
and the -professors .prophesied
great things for him, which is not
a professor's business, and leads
to swelled heais and trouble,. .
Qerlink came of a family that,
in Europe, waSuwell to do.', Eut
he. Himself, puff e$ Jup Ijy what ithe
professors hadtold4iim,deciaexi
that nchumdrum Jire ina srrjall
Bphemiancity would do forhim.
Fpr.him there was but one land
-r-UlieJand xl promise' and -pppor-
tunity and easy riches, where
surely his brilliancy and accom
plishments" woul -find reward.
So he came to America, and
not finding the streets qf New
York paved with gold, journeyed
westward to Chicago. -
With Chicago also hewas dis
satisfied, and was- aboruttoJeaye
forthe,west when it chanced that
he, met Frances Soucek, a pretty
io-year-oio. gin or xsonemian ex
traction.
Frances had prettv, 4 wavy
brown hair, and deep blue eyes
and white, even teeth. Geriink;
'decided hdwouldstay in Chicago,
and make whatever fortune he
was to make there and in the im
mediate proximity of Frances.
Then 'he set about looking-for
work, and gave up the search for
streets oaved'Avith cold and such
hike illusions, ,. and - for. the first
time began to realize that even
work was not such an easy thing
to get.- -The
recital of his accomplish
ments at the University of Vien
na and qf whafthe professors had
said about him, left prospective
employers -cold and unmoved.
They ."wanted "to knqw only one
thing; .--,
" "What.can you-do?",
rA.nd really there was no parti
cular thing that "Gerlipk was cap
able of -doing, 'and doing with
s,uch excellence as -to create a
great demand for his services.
Still, there'was Ijrances now,
and Gerlinkwas not sonxious
to get work that he himsejf CQn
sidered of -such nature as he was
fitted for. '
r -So,'one; day, he went to Louis
Soucek, 2716 Squth Forty-Fourth
avenue, the father of Frances.
"I want to work," he said.
.'What can I get to do in this
Chicago?" " .
"Carpenters'are needed just
now," said Soucek. '
So Geriink went out and be-
J-came a carpenter, and worked
hard, and received sm&il wage's
and wonderful insight into life
as it actually is, which is quite dif
ferent from what a college profes
sor thinks it ought to be.
Also, he saw much of Frances,
a"hd finally became engaged to
heY, and was happy, and decided
that after all perhaps God had
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