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r A GOVERNMENT JOB
' By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
Like a man running into a shower
of gold, a pauper finding a diamond
in the dust of the street, an invalid
suddenly discovering an elixir of life,
Dugald Morns gave a great shout as
he read in a newspaper he had picked
up on a park hench a brief, but to him
a vitally suggestive item It ran:
"HonoiTM Vjsifon Rees of Col-
"I Would Ask No Favors."
orado, newly-elected congressman, is
at the Hampton hotel."
A vivid picture dream ran riot in
the mind of Morris. It seemed as
though a sudden blaze of golden sun
shine had come to illumine a life be
set with clouds. He had drifted here
to the nation's capital with his moth
erless daughter, Beulah, hoping to
find some go emmental position. He
had been a rolling stone, but he wag
getting old and would be glad to set
tle down. Lecturer, manager of an
operatic troupe, traveling salesman,
he had a sure living only about six
months in the year. Always loyal
and patient, Beulah had catered to
his enthusiastic impulses and as
sturdily met the seamy side.
"It's luck. I knew it would come!"
piped the optimistic little man jubi
lantly. "Just to think of it five years,
and here up at the top notch is the
young man I befriended! Congress
man! Well, then all I have to get is
his word to obtain any position I
want. I must tell Beulah.'
Dugald Morris was a trifle depress
ed when he imparted to his daughter
the inspiring information that he bad
found a real friend at last. When her
father named Walton Reeves a
strange quiver crossed Beulah's face.
Then she flushed, and when the story
was ended she said simply:
"I would ask no favors of a person
who has possibly long since forgotten
us, and who probably has newer ac
quaintances to consider."
"Oh, don't you think it!" cried the
ingenuous Morris, who loved all the
world and therefore fancied that all
the world loved him. "I reckon you
have forgotten what close friends he
and I were five years ago down at
Prankton. When he got a call on a
surveying job out in Colorado he
owed money in Frankton that I paid,
being flush at the time. Then that
big chance with the lecturing tour
came along for us and we left Frank
ton. I have never heard from him
"It may be some other Reeves,"
"Oh, no. It was to Colorado our
friend went I'll be glad to see him,
outside of what help he may give me
in getting a political job."
Beulah turned aside as if to busy
herself at her work. There were tell
tale tears in her eyes. She had a
heart secret she .had never told 'to
anyone, not even to her father. There,