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THE HARE AND TORTOISE
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Tortoise" Mowbray they call
ed him at school, in contradistinc
tion "Hare" Snyder; and never
were two sobriquets more fairly
earned. Snyder was, the particu
lar bright boy of the class, and al
ways at the top, while "Tortoise"
Discovered That Snyder Had
Taken His Nine Thousand.
Mowbray lagged respectably
near the bottom of it. When
"Hare" Snyder took advantage of
the honor code to coveV his cuffs
with hieroglyphics and passed his
examination for college with hon
ors, "Tortoise" Mowbray .got in
by the skin of his teeth and kept
his soul unsullied.
After college it was the same.
"Hare" Snyder and "Tortoise"
Mowbray obtained positions in
the same corporation, Snyder
through a "pull," Mowbray be
cause the straightforward, clean
cut appearance of the young man
favorably impressed Henry Da
venrich, the president. And Sny
dej went up and up by means of r
sundry devious and doubtful
short cuts, while '"Tortoise"
Mowbray remained pretty much
where he had started, in the ac
The "hare" made money and
spent it recklessly, while the "tor
toise" put his aside, added to it,
and lived modestly and soberly.
They were always friends of a
sort, 'for Mowbray was patron
ized by Snyder and never openly
The test of this friendship came
when they both fell in. love with
the same girl. Cynthia Lanfrey'
was niece of Davenrich and
lived in a big building on Madi
son avenue, where she kept house
for him. At this period the
"hare" and "tortoise" had been
working with the corporation for
nearly ten years. Snyder was
pretty near the top, thanks to the
"pull" aforementioned, and was
a constant visitor at Davenrich's.
home. Mowbray was invited
casually, on some grand occasion ;
but Cynthia liked him an,d he was
Then, one evening, Mowbray
told Cynthia his story in a plain,
slow-spoken, manly fashion. He
had Joved her for a long time, he
said simply, and he was quite sure
he would never loye anypne else,