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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 25, 1912, Image 18',
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. "GET-AWAY-QUICK" BALLINGAME ' l "
It was opening day and th'a-
home team was scheduled to play
the pennant winners of the year
before. And as luck would have
it," "Get-Away-Quick" Ballin
game 'was dead broke.
As he slipped into -his plce in
the office of Carr, Lode, Lott &
He Hastily Frisked Himself.
Co. he hastily frisked himself for
the 47th time in the hope of find
ing a stray quarterthat would en
sure him at least a-'bleacher seat.
No such luck.
. And even if his pal, Jackie
Straw, should stake him, still he
fiad no excuse to get aftvay from
the office. He knew well enough
that Dudley Jones, "bookkeeper
and his superior, wouidnot help:
But Ballingamewas not the
sort to be easily discouraged. An
excuse had never failed him in the
past and hefelt confident anx in
spiration would come. yBut the
coin? That was arfother question.
And it was opening "day the
Jiardest day of all the yean on
which to work ,a getaway gag8.
But when Mr. Carr, the (Boss,
volpjaned into his sanctum, Ball
ingame was at,the door weaving
"ftbegjy&ur pardon, Mr. Carr,
for disturbing1 you with a small
personal matter, but I'd like to
get-away far a wedding this after
noon." "Wedding!" snorted Mr. Carr.
"Da you-think I'm a fooJ? This
is opening 'day. . Your grand
mother died a year ago' to-day l"
"And this yearit's .awedding.
Who's wedding?' ' '4
"Grandpa's' - saitlBa,lIingame.
Mr. Carr was-tilted backm his
swivel chair and "he nearly fell
over backwards. Also he -could
hardly keep from laughing.
"Go ahead Ballingame and "be
darned," slid Mr. Carr. "I in
tended going, but anybody with
a nerve like yours deserves the
. Ballingame went back to his
desk wearing a smile. He had wi5n
half the Tjattle. He had permis
sion to ga to the game if he did
not have the prfce. At 2:15 an
other inspiration hit,him.
"Dudley he saidifc the book-.