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A FAIR TEST
S: S S S S : 3 t S S S S
By Mildred Caroline Good ridge.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"There's about-one hundred' million
people in the UnitecTstates," observ
ed Hal Parr sapiently. "That makes
two hundred million human eyes."
"Well, and what then," inquired
"It's me to attend to hem," was
the reply. "I shall set up as an oculist
Howis it with you. Dale?"
The one addressed smiled.
"If there are one hundred million
people in the country," he said, "then
Why Not "Shadow" This Lovely Girl.
there must be ten million human toes.
1 shall qualify as a chiropodist. And
you, Weston, let us hear of your
grand future ambition."
Lee Weston shrugged his shoulders
in a bored, indolent way.
"I 'hadn't thought much about it,"
he replied slowly. "I'm sort of cast
ing around to find something that will
interest me. I should say, realizing
my lonely, inharmonious life, that
among the great multitude of mil
lions you speak of there must be on
lovely being waiting .for me fatefully.
I shall try to find her. As to an occu
pation, I am divided between writing
books and becoming a detective."
"You're wild," instantly voiced
Dale. - ' .
"Maybe so," interrupted Parr, "but
you see it doesn't .mater much to
Weston. His money has been already
earned for him." ' .
"Authors generally starve and de
tectives average about two dollars a
day. In this case it would only be the
diversion feature of the proposition."
"I don't know about that," rejoined
Weston soberly. "I really think I.
could write. I figure, though that in
order to get the human interest ele
ment I must have some real eperi- .
ence. Hence, the sleuth suggestion."
The trio were dining at a cafe,
each of them a new graduate from
the same college. They drifted apart
an.hour later, and the following day
Lee Weston applied to a high-class
detective agency for a position. Its
chief smiled covertly at his enthu
siasm and willingness to study ele
mentary investigatory methods. He
was given the task of watching two
men under suspicion of having been
concerned in a' large jewel robbery.
At the end of a week the chief call
ed "the new man" into his private
"Mr. Weston," he said, "I am going
to be plain -to you. I feel certain
you will never make a detective."
"That was a foregone conclusion
with me several days since," admitted
Weston frankly. "I have watched
Greg Amor and his pal night and
day, I have been a relentless shadow
on their trail. They go around like
ordinary citisens and I haven't been
able to fasten even a" suspicion upon
"Nevertheless, they stole . those ,
jewels," asserted the chief. "They
have probably planted the stuff. We
have evidence enough now to prove
that they did it, but we want to se
cure the booty, as well. You camiev-