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A REAL FAIRY STORY
You know in the old fairy and wonder stories that we used to
read when we were kids, the little hoy, like Diclc Whittington who
became Lord Mayor of London, always won ouLaaginst super
human odds. And pretty much the same thing obtains. on the stage
where the handsome hero licks seventeen villain?. But every once
in a while a fairy tale happens in r,eal life and its jgood to read about
them, because the fairy godmothers w.ere none others than pluck and
grit and sobriety and honest toil.
Congressman "Billy" Hughes, whom the democracy nomin
ated for senator from New Jersey and whom the peopleare very
apt to ratify, is the hero of this story. Billy was born with no silver
spoon in his mouth. He-was the son of Irish immigrants. One of
the first jobs he had was as reel bpy in a grsat Paterson factory
owned by the millionaire, Colonel William Barbour.
Years passed. In the meantime Billy, the reel boy, had taught
himself at night, had learned stenography and finally law.
And his first case was one. in which he fought an unfair labor
injunction issued by a man who is now a supreme court justice.
Billy won. Somehow Billy's type always win. Directly Billy
opined he would like to go to congress as a democrat from the
Patersbn district. That section had always been republican and
the bosses just laughed. They laughed still more when a. great fac
tory owner consented to take the easy job of licking- Billy.
, Billy, the reel boy, was pitted against his old boss, Barbour, the
factory king, and, while the plutocrats were -chortling with glee,
In the words of the fairy books, isn't this a pretty story?
Doesn't it renew your faith in America and the opportunity real men
still have? , ' "
HAD HER OWN HIM
"Daughter," said father ort
" Sunday morning, "I trust that
you will go to church tonight.
k The theme, 'An Hour With Fa
" vorite Hymns should be very in
c teres ting."
f ' "Fatheri" said the daughter
v with a smile, "I should very
much like to go, but I have made
c an engagement to spend several
1 hours with my favorite him to
SO WAS HE
The husband of a woman noted
for her extravagance in dress had
a terrible dream. He met a
strange collection of animals
several foxes, a beaver, and some
Seals and they had no coats. He
wondered, and then the beaver
"We were skinned for your
The man smiled. "So was I,"