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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 16, 1912, Image 20

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A BOTTLE OF PEACHES
By H. M. Egbert.
'(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
People said that old Rogers was
a miser, but that statement was
incorrect. Rogers had " been a
miser. He had scraped and
hoarded during thirty years of
labor, so that now, though he was'
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vlt Was Just Such a Place as He
Would Have Imagined.
barely fifty years of age, he look
ed older. But Rogers had retired
three months before, thanks to
some wisely made investments,
and now, with fifteen thousand
dollars at his disposal, he was still
living on in his little two-room
flat on the East Side of New York
and trying to stretch his cramp
led imagination and plan his life
anew.
Bitterly he regretted that he
was an old bachelor without a
friend or ' wife, sweetheart 01
child. His few acquaintances
were men whom he had known
casually in business, and the dis
trict tradesmen and sundry )ld
fellows whom he met twice a
week at his chess club over the
delicatessen store on Thirteenth
street. But Rogers had lived his
life exactly as he had planned it,
and that is an incredible misfor
tune "which deserves the utmost
syrripathy.
When Rogers was twenty, a
young man newly arrived in the
city from the little up-country
village, where he had been born,
he had made his resolution. x
"I shall save every penny I can,
put by," he said to himself. "I
shall save for seven years. And
then I shall go home and marry
some sweet girl.
But the seven years crept by
and found Rogers with the fixed
habit of his own creation, which
he could not shake off. And long
before the seven years were end
ed Rogers had made a second res
olution. "I shall work seven years long
er," he said. "Then I shall go
home to Egan. I shall be thirty
four then.x That will not be too
old to marry. Until I am rich Iv
will not tie an' woman down to
the hardships of married life on
a tiny salary."
The second seven-years length
ened into fifteen, twenty, then
thirty. And long before they,
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