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"Danny," he said in a gasp, "I'm
in an awful scrape!"
Danny looked grave and troubled.
"You know the crowd would have a
time of it, last night of the term.
Well, I lost my wits amid the excite
ment We emulated one another to
perpetrate the hoax of the season.
Oh, Danny! I never imagined the
, trouble I was making. I telephoned
9 an advertisement to a city daily
paper. It read: 'Wanted One hun
dred laborers at $2 per day. Bring
shovels. " Apply at Public School
Building, in town here. Steady
"And what came of it?" inquired
"Over seventy applicants. Oh! I
never knew there was such misery
and poverty in the world. A poor
ragged, starved crew. One man had
walked the eleven miles to get a job,
another had spent his last dollar for
a shovel. When they were told that
it was an April Fool day's hoax, they
didn't rave or threaten. They were
just crushed. Those who had money
took the trolley back for 'the city.
About a dozen of them were so weak
with their long walk that they went
over by the river and are sleeping on
the- bare ground. One poor old fel
low fainted away. A laborer took
him into his house. The academy
principal says he'll make it warm for
the person who put up this cruel joke,
and I'm the one! Whatever shall I
In serious thought Danny reflected
over the situation in his practical,
mature way for a long time. Finally
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mischief is done, but I will mend some
of its after effects if I can."
So-Rob went his way and Danny
started an investigating tour. Down
near the river was the forlorn crew
Bob had told him about. Danny went
to the bank. From time to time his
uncle had given him money to save
jip. Danny drew out fifty dollars.
He received the money in silver..
He returned to the motley camp near
the river. Danny went in and out
among them, discussing with them
their circumstances and necessities.
Then to each he apportioned suffi
cient to purchase a good meal, to pay
the fare to the city.
There were uproarious expressions
of gratitude. Danny felt quite com
fortable lo note how he had after all
worked some good out of an extreme
ly bad situation. When he had seen
the crowd start on their journey, he
proceeded to hunt up the old man
Rob told him about, who had col
lapsed under the strain of hardship
and disappointment, .
Danny found the invalid at the
home of a laborer whose kind heart
prompted him to an actof humanity,
poor as he was. .The sojourner was
sleeping and he did not disturb him,
but he left money with the wife of
"Take care of the poor old man,"
directed Danny, "and I will pay for
Danny breathed more freely that
evening. Rob had gone to his home
in another town. The incident of the
hoax had lost some of its interest, al
though the academy people were very
indignant over it.
Mr.. Rossiter was absent on some
business at a distance. Two morn
ings later Danny was surprised to
receive from him the following let
ter: "My attorney writes me that you
were known to have been instrumen
tal in getting out of town the victims
of your cruel hoax. Your late repent
ance does not mitigate that disgrace
ful act You will spend your vaca
tion in seclusion at home."
Danny had made some pleasant
plans for the two weeks' vacation. He
"I don't like uncle's bad opinion,"
he reflected, "but I shall protect
The old man at the laborer-'s cot
tage was quite ill for several days.