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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 21, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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TWO OVERCOATS
By Wary Gertrude Sheridan
A happy man w5s -Clyde Brewster,
at his happiest when the girl he loved,
May Worthington, was by his side.
She was in that delightful situation
now as they left the train which had
carried them from their home suburb
to the city.
They were passing with the crowd
'down the 'platform to the exit when
suddenly a bright-faced, petite young
lady, loveliness and grace in her
'every movement, ran up behind
'Clyde., reached her arms across his
shoulder, blinding him by pressing
both of her pretty hands over his
eyes and, her own full of mischief,
"called out:
"Guess who!"
May stared, the crowd grinned,
some silly girls giggled to the intense
mortification of May. Her escort
struggled free of the imprisoning
hand. He faced the girl. She flushed
crimson, darted away and was lost in
the crowd.
There were significant smiles all
about May bridled up, stony-faced,
till Clyde actually shivered. He hur
ried her to the street.
"Who was that audacious crea
ture?" iterated May, icily, resentment
and suspicion in her tones.
I "I never saw her before. Don't you
see it was all a mistake? Why, ah!
ah!" cried Clyde, in a relieved tone,
"it's the overcoat."
"Really?" spoke May, dubiously,
but her face brightened.
"Why, of course," declaimed Clyde,
with extraordinary energy and ear
nestness. "How palpable! Here,
yesterday evening some man took
my overcoat from the train rack, as I
told you. He is probably a commuter
like myself. From some papers in
this coat, which I have had to wear,
and which, as you see, is of startling
pattern, I have secured his office ad
dress and will get my garment back.
That girl undoubtedly took me for
this Payne yes, that is the name on
his card Roger Payne."
May was pacified. Then, later, she
faced a discovery that was a wild, de
structive tornado in its nature. If
Clyde had known of it he would have
gone all to pieces. Innocent, faithful,
but guileless lover, he left May to go
in search of this Roger Payne. As he
entered the office of the latter he no
ticed his coat lying over the back of
a chair.
"Mr. Payne, I assume?" he said,
and as the other nodded in assent,
"Mr. Payne, i assume."
Clyde added: "I've got your coat and
gloves and thought I'd come and get
your hat, too!"
The other met Clyde half way in a
laughing exchange of the coats and a
mutual explanation. Clyde went on
his way, pleased over the episode. A
"stunner" welcomed him as he
reached his home that evening.
It came in the shape of a formal,
almost stern communication from the
mother of May. In a few weU chosen.
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