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saved and given htm. It pretty near broke the police up,- for, you
see, while society had done its cussedest to make Tom a vagrant, a
loving old mother, working witH tear-filled eyes night after night,
saving penny by penny, that her boy might have one chance to re
form, had pushed back vengeance oi the law. Tom held up the $99
representing a mother's love, labor and self-sacrifice, and they had
to set him free. Wasn't that fine? Wasn't that a splendid exhibi
tion of justice? Isn't this a beautiful story? There's more of it.
There is .the honorable profession of the law. We've been de
pending upon this profession to make our Jaws. We always put
its members on the bench to render us justice. Tom's police court
lawyer charged him $90 for clearing him of the chatge that he had
"nc visible means of support." Tom lived on bjs remaining $9 until1
he got to starving, for there are probably 30,000 idle workmen in
San Francisco, and then he took to theft. The law again has thef
villain in Its clutches.
We don't believe we would have got hold of this story at all,
had not Judge Frank Dunne said of Tom, "The state owes this man
ahapology instead of attempting to return him to prison' and com
pellejd Atty. Geo. Rose, a member of the honorable bar of San Fran-
cisco, to return the $90. '
Tom? Oh, just now he's on probation. He may pull through,
yet, if some other member of the honorable profession of the law,
at San Francisco does not read this story, see that Tom has nearly
a' hundred dollars and again reduce him to a person with "no visible1
means of support." . I
Booth Tarkington was talking
in Indianapolis about the stage.
"There were two actresses in
an early play of mine," he said.
"Both very beautiful; but the
leading actress was thin. She
quarreled Qrfe day at rehearsal
with the other lady, andshe end
ed the quarrel by saying haught
ily: " 'Remember, please, that I am
" 'Yes, I know you're the star.'
the other retorted, eyeing with, an
amused smile the leading actress'
long, thin figure, 'but you'd Jqqk
better, my dear, if you were a lit
tle meteor.' "
A LIMIT OF LAZINESS
A tramp .slowly extracted a
match from his pocket and placed
Ihe tipof it against the iron tyre
of a dog-cart which was standing
beside the kerbstone. Then he
waited. x '
"My man," said the driver of,
the dog-cart, "what are yoji wait
"I am waiting till you move
on," replied the tramp, "so as to
strike this match and give me a.