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- THE SMILE THAT WON
By Florence Lillian Henderson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
' For a weejc John Bartley had
lived on two dollars .and a half.
The week ahead, unless he se
cured employment, would start
with an empty pocketbook and no
I Almost Mechanically, John Read
t the Sign.
1 credit. The situation was a des-
Still John smiled. It was a
J habit with him, and no gloom or
- disappointment could change it
-'or daunt him. A natural-born op-
- timist, energetic, ambitious,
clean cut in his character and
habits, he had come from a little
country village two months pre
vious, full of enthusiasm and
As he reviewed the sixty days
in question just now, he was
forced to confess that they had
brought neither comfort nor en
couragement. At his native town
his exceptional good nature and
accommodating ways had made
him a favorite with everybody.
The result was that he was popu
lar and, as a clerk, a success but
that was among people unspoiled
by the rush and pitiless selfish
ness of the great city.
"Wish I'd stayed at, home
now," he soliloquized as he walk
ed thoughtfully down the street.
"Two weeks' work out of two
months won't do at all. I hate to
go back and confess myself beat
It was the unfriendly ways, of
city folks that hit John the hard-'
est. When he- first arrived he
kept on his 0ld cheery smile. He
recalled where he had picked up
an umbrella for a lady, smiled
back at her indifferent "Thank
you," and had received an icy
stare for the "familiarity," as she
deemed it, not being brought up
in the atmosphere of untarnished
Then, again, there was the man
who nearly hired him. An owl
faced, dismal-spirited tyrant, he
had sat down promptly on what
he considered the "freshness" of a
hired clerk, when John smiled his
joy at the prospect ojE steady
Every succeeding day John had
felt more and more friendless.
People were suspicious if he got
confidential and edged away from
him if he actedpleasant He found