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nouncing that Sheridan, the greatest
.of all second basemen, was coming
to rescue the team; that Sheridan
would make the team a champion.
"They printed my picture five col
umns wide, and got out extras an
nouncing that I wasnnroachinc and
li bulletins announcing mv nroeress
!4 were nested all nvpr the citv. The
whole town turned out to meet me
and escorted me to the ball park.
That afternoon I made five errors
and kicked away the game.
"The next day I made seven errors
and the next day six. At the end
of that game the long suffering pub
lic leaped from the stands. I saw
them coming and fled.
"Hour after hour I fled, with the
sounds of wild pursuit, cries of
'lynch him' following me. At dark I
had outdistanced them and at mid
night I threw myself exhausted in a
giant redwood forest.
"The next day I dodged through
the forest, going further and further
from Oakland until at last I came to
a lumber camp. I was hungry and
desperate. I was glad to see that
they did not recognize me and I ap
plied for work. The boss gave me
an ax, took me into the forest arid
marked two redwood trees for me to
"All day I worked, chopping at that
tree. It was late afternoon before I
v got through the bark. I chopped
around and around and toward night
fall the boss came with a team of
oxen expecting to drag in two logs.
He was angry and cursed me. I was
starting to fight when a wind storm
cajne up, blew down" the tree, which
fell upon the oxen and killed them.
"The man seized an ax and sprang
toward me. Again I turned and fled
deeper and deeper into the forest.
For days and days I fled, subsisting
upon the bark of trees, roots and
berries. I dared not go near the
haunts of 1nan. On the eighth day,
exhausted and worn, I sat down upon
a log in the depths of the forest and
"Here I am," I said bitterly. "Aii
outcast, a pariah, hated and hunted
by all men; an Ishmael, driven from
the haunts of man; a fugitive wltn
all human beings seeking my life.
"I sat there, thinking thus bitterly
for an hour. Then suddenly an in
spiration come. I brightened.
"Why, then, shouldn't I make a
"That is the way I started um
piring." HE WAS INDICTED IN THE NEW
Theodore N. Vail, capitalist, was"
born in Carroll, O., in 1845. He stud
ied medicine for two years, but en
tered railway mail service in 1873,
He became interested in the tele
phone business in 1887. He is now
president of the American Telegraph
and Telephone company and the
Western Union Telegraph company.
He introduced electric street rail
ways in Buenos Aires and established
the telephone system in the princi
pal South American cities.
He is director in many corporations;
in the United States and England.
Fire started by overheated oven
damaged plant of Ridge Baking Co
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