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By Walter Joseph Delaney
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
"How did I come here?" mur
mured Ralph Nortonrand- turned in
his bed and gazed out through the
window of a cheerless, sparsely fur
Par as he could see the sluggish
river wound in and out a low marshy
stretch. Barges loaded with coal
moved lazily along. Beyond a group
of dilapidated factories and ship
yards was the city. It recalled the
last fading picture presented to his
consciousness, how long since he
knew not, but that problem was in
"We found you outside, where you
had fallen into a cinder pit," spoke
a melodious voice, and Ralph turned
his glance to see, seated near his bed
a young girl sewing.
She was poorly but neatly dressed.
She wore few articles of adornment,
her hair was worn without atten
tion to fluff or flummery, but the
sweet repose of her face, the kindly
gentle eyes arrested the attention oi
the invalid and held it riveted.
"You have been there four days,
unconscious," she went on. "You
must not move, the doctor says, for
your left ankle is broken."
Ralph winced as, moving the mem
ber in question, he was promptly
made aware that it was not in nor
"You are strangers to me?' said
Ralph weakly, "and this is a strange
place. I recall wandering aimlessly
about the docks with my suitcase."
"That Is here safe," spoke the girl.
"We found it by your side. You must
have stumbled and fallen. The doc
tor I called was at first serious about
the bruise on your .head, but he said
this morning that all danger had
passed for that and you would have
the broken limb only to trouble you."
dar. iis breath, and-thea'sheer weak-
ness caused him to close his eyes and
his mind drifted hazily.
His thought took in a present very
unhappy and forlorn condition. He
had left his home after a quarrel
with his wealthy uncle, to make his
own way in the world. Alas! it had
been a hard, awakening experience
for the disappointed young.man. He
had found'false friend$, hard" knocks,
was brushed aside in his efforts to
secure work by men with a "punch"
as well as those "with a pull!" He
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"I Am Poor, Very Poor."
had to confess that he had not the
training to combat in the journalistic
arena with those who knew the ways
better than he.
He had come from--home with a
very good outfit and his -dressiness
had helped .him get several good as
signments with a society journal
The season over, however," he had
lost his position. No new ones of
fered. His money ran oub and, sell
ing off-some of" his effects to settle"
bJs debts, he placedhrrest m a suit-