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A QUEER ADVENTURE
By Alvah Jordon Garth.
f (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.
"Going back home, are you Earl?"
Inquired Clyde Forrest ofjiis cousin.
"Yes," came the sharp, somewhat
irritable response. "I'm going back
to Dunham thoroughly cured of my
fancy for roving. I'll put what is left
of my $200 in the bank. I wish I had
never drawn it out. I'm going to
The Proud Possessor of a $2,000
buckle down to work and keep right
on my old plodding sensible program.
My high and lofty ideas have taken
a drop, I can tell you!"
Earl Bartley acted and felt some
what ruffled. His story was sim
ple. He had lived at Dunham all his
life. His father had left him a small
but steady real estate and insurance
business. There were no big profits,
but the regular collection of rents for
clients and some notary public busi
ness resulted in a fairly good added
Earl "had a girl." Mary Evans was
pretty, popular, and best of all, prac
tical. Earl earned enough to dress
well and take Mary to the occasional
entertainments Dunham afforded.
His father had left him the family
horse, but slow and old now. Also
a buggy that had seen its best days.
Mary declared that she enjoyed a
drive on a safe bas. Whenever
some of the more fortunate young
bloods of Dunham dashed by with
their automobiles, however, Earl felt
chagrined and behind the times.
"It's not justice to a nice girl like
Mary to ask her out with slow poky
old Dobbin," ruminated Earl. "Wish
I had an automobile. I could get
around fast and double my business.
Wish I was making more money.
Then he had a visit from his cousin
Clyde who lived at Rowland. That
town was having a Doom. There
were possible grand openings for an
enterprising young man, so Earl left
his business temporarily in charge of
an assistant and went town to ex
plore conditions at Rowland.
It took Earl a month to find out
that whatever there was of good
property chances had been already
cornered by wide-awake residents of
the town. It took him another month
to discover that the cause of the
boom, the report that two large in
dustries were going to locate at Row
land, was false. The bottom of the
boom fell out Then came a plaintive
letter from Mary. She missed him,
she was lonely "come home."
"Well," said Clyde, "live and "learn.
You've had a rest and some ex
"Ive had my nonsensical ambition
knocked clear out of me," retorted
Earl. "I fancy home-faring life is the
All Earl thought of under the in
fluence of the pathetic letter from
Mary, was to get back home and
buckle down to hard work along the
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