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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 04, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE BLUE WEED
By H. M. Egbert
Holland was the first man in the
:ountry to notice it His desk in the
jffice of the great photo film manu
'acturing company was immediately
aeneath the blue window. The win
dow was an odd freak of the presi
dent, a matter of sentiment which is
unimportant.
It looked like a blade of grass that
sprang from some seed that had
found lodgment immediately beneath
the window. When Holland came
back from lunch there were two
blades where one had been, and it
seemed quite a hardy little plant.
Holland was curious to see how
long it could grow there in the crev
ice beneath the window, unobserved.
He left it and went home. The next
morning he was amazed to see a
shrub there, a sort -of ornamental
grass plant, with tall, feathery fring
es. Owing to the shadow of the blue
window it had apparently escaped no
tice. The impudence of the plant amused
Holland. Surreptitiously he lit a cig
arette. To be found smoking in the
, film company's plant meant either in
stant dismissal or a drenching from
the fire hose. Usually the drenching
followed the first infraction of the
rules and dismissal the second. Hol
land understood this; but he was in
spired by the plant's defiance of con
ventions. Besides, he felt sleepy that
morning, after an unusually hot spell
culminating in 100 degrees the after
noon before. And the present day
was no cooler.
Jefton, the vice president, was the
first man to see the plant "What's
this, Holland?" he demanded angrily,
as Holland hid his cigarette under the
desk.
He plucked it from the crevice and
a shower of fine dust shot from the
seed pods.
Next morning a dozen plants were
growing between the boards of the
floor and in the crevices of desks.
The men thought some practical joke
had been played on them. By noon,
however, the afternoon papers re
ported the plants in several places
down town. They were in and out of
the buildings, and, being picked up
and flung away, showers of seeds had
spread from them.
The next day was Sunday and the
Sunday papers contained no news of
f '
Plants Were Growing Between the
Boards of the Floor and in the
Crevices of Desks.
the plants. On Monday morning,
however, the lower part of New York
looked like a botanical garden.
Prom every window the blue weed
was blooming. It draped the business
offices, it rioted in the streets; St
Paul's churchyard and Trinity Were
festooned with it Small patches were
found growing in Central Park and
as far up as the Bronx.
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