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A START IN LIFE
By Alvah Jordan Garth.
Fifty dollars is not a great deal
of money, but it appeared a for
tune to Alvin Morrison. He was
young', he had always had to
earn his own living. He had to
endure the misfortune of work
ing in a store owned by a rela
tive, who promised a great deal
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Reached His Destination at Last
A Vacant Lot.
and never redeemed his promise.
A sense of family duty and the
uncertainty of finding employ
ment kept-Alvin pegging along in
the same old rut.
But finally a new element
stepped in, lifted the veil from the
present and showed a rare golden
pathway in the future That ele
ment was .love.
In the spring Nettie Bridges,
who lived one hundred miles
away from Wayne, came to visit
a friend. Alvin met her. They
mutually fell in love. Nettie was
only seventeen, and a girl of good
sense. Alvin was practical. They
very well knew that marriage was
a long ways ahead. They did not
even become engaged. When
they parted, however, Nettie was
willing to wait, and Alvin to
work, and they talked of meeting
again next year instead of next
week, as most impatient modern
Then Alvin set to work to save.
He got some extra night work.
He saved up fifty dollars. Right
on top of it came a glad, hopeful
letter from Nettie. The father of
a girl friend wanted a clerk. His
business was good, he would pay
liberal wages. Nettie had spoken
a word for her lover friend. Alvin
wrote to tKe merchant at Hope
dale. A reply accepted his appli
cation, and he was to report in a
"Xo good will come of roving,"
grumbled selfish Uncle Uriah.
"I'll give you a raise of a dollar a
"No,'' replied Alvin resolutely.
"I'm not learning anything here,"
and to himself, "I shall be near
He had great plans in mind. He
would take in the city on his way.
There he would buy a neat suit of
clothes. Then there must be a
present for Nettie. This would
leave him enough to establish
himself in a boarding house, and
a little surplus tP take Nettie