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but if the musician had lacked the
$2 this story would never have been
One day not many years ago W. G.
Yanke, violinist of a San Francisco
cafe orchestra, Tiati .$2 and a tip on a
( horse race.
Ordinarily when a man has one of
those "sure thing" tips and a foricl
ness for the ponies' he-bets his money
Well, Yanke bet his two doHars,on
his hot tip at 100 to 1 and won.
This was Yanke's start. .With the
$200 in his pocket he quit his job as
violinist to carve out a turf career.
Today he is worth a quarter of a
million, owns about the finest
"string" of thoroughbreds in this
country and has the best jockey in
the land under contract. His shoe
string has grown to undreamed-of
Whether Yanke placed his jnoney
wisely or was just naturally lucky is
hard to say, but he began winning
and soon had money enough to- "cut
in" with the bookmakers at the Oak
Fortune continued, to smile upon
the ex-violinist and he began to ac
cumulate a stable of his own, which
was soon rated with the best in the
West. He went East and continued
to buy horses and win races.
One of Yanke's charges is the fa
mous filly, Round. the Wdrld, now
retired, to be mated with Uncle, sire
of Old Rosebud, Miss Edith, Little
Nephew and other cracks which have
been sweeping the country clean In
the two-year-old division.
' A year ago Yanke engaged Charley
Borel to ride for him, and today
Borel is one of the best jockeys in
While fortune has favored him
Yanke has never lost his love for his
old violin and often entertains the
hangers on at Latonia.
Every day or so at the track a re
quest for a selection comes to the di
rector of the band, and it usually car
ries Yanke's signature.
OFF TO SCHOOL
By Berton Braley.
Bill's gone to college and I'm glad
that he's beginning it; 1
He's wanted to be going for a long,
For life's a lively struggle and in 4.
order to be winning it
A fellow's education must be learn
ed right 'well;
Bill's gone to college and I'm tickled
he is going there.
I didn't have the chances which
have come, to him.
And Bill is smart as blazes and hell
surely make a showing there;
Hes fuB of big ambitions to the
Bill's gone to College but not a swell
and fancy one
With Greek and Latin classics and
a lot like that, '
Bill's gone to college, but not a nice
Miss Nancy one,
Where they'd feed mm up on "cul
chah" in a real swell frat;
Bill's college courses are not favored
They won't turn him weary of the
good brown loam,
They'll mold of him a farmer of the
Who'll make the farm a hummer
when he gets back heme!
Bill's gone to college a college edu
cational To learn the farming business as a
man should do, ,
To get a Bortof culture that is sen.-
sible and rational
And not a classic "polish" and a
swelled head too;
Bill's gone to college but the coun
try Isn't losing him ; -He
isn't going to listen to the city's
The glamour of the city streets would
scarcely be amusing him,
Bill's gone to college where'sieTl
learn to farm!