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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 19, 1912, Image 20

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THE MUDLARK
By George Elmer Cobb.
'(Copyright by W. G. Ghapman.)
"Randal can go to college
now, Uncle SethAJl the arrange
ments arje ir'de." U is the hap
piest thought of my life, to realize
that it is in my power to show
you some anorcciaiion of all you
"He Must Be Pretty Smart and
Brave."
and your family have done for
me.
"Boy, there never was a truer,
better man than you! I can't
think. , I can hardly speak-Somewhere
along the line, though, a
blc .sing will come to you for
your noble sacrifice and unsel
fishness."' Davnd Picscott walked slowly
across the Burton farm. His
heart was pretty full. He loved
the old man who had been his
best friend since he was left an
orphan at an early age. The
flush and thrill of a good deed,
however, were robbed of some of
their glamour as David thought
of the person most benefited
Randal Burton.
In his own mind David did not
believe the old man's son worthy
of the sacrifice he was making
for him. Randal had always had
glorified ideas of his own ability.
He had never progressed at
school. He was a laggard anjl a
failure about the farm. His father
wished him to seek his natural
level, clerk in a general store in
the village, but Randal insisted
that he was "cut out for a law
yer." Things were at a tight pinch at
Burton farm, with little or no
cash reserves. Then David, the
worker, the faithful, had stepped
into the breach. He saw that the
old man was grieving over the
I complaints of his son that "he had
no chance in life like other fel
lows." "You see," David had explain
ed to his uncle, "there's a re
clamation project to drain Rock
Valley, and no one knows every
crook and turn of the old river as
I do. I have convinced the com
missioners of it, too. They have
offered me a two years' position
as superintendent of the upper
dam. I am to get $1,500 a year.
Half of that for two years will
carry Randal through the city law
school. I can spare something fot

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