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By J. Cuthbert Spence
(Copyright, 1S15, W. G. Chapman)
"There are que5ikinks in the hu
man brain," said Norris at the club.
"What you were telling us about re
minds me of a fool, a young fool, I
used to think I knew "
His voice grew meditative and
reminiscent He looked from one to
another of his audience. He seemed
to take us all in at a glance, except
the elderly man in the corner.
Norris was about thirty-five. Well
to do, occupying an important post in
the city government, he had never
married, never taken up anything in
particular. He was an inveterate at
tendant at the club. Sometimes he
told us reminiscences, usually about
some friend, although we often sus
pected it was about himself that he
"This young fool was young and
chivalrous," said Norris, with one of
his characteristic sneers. 'It was a
crazy act the act of a typical fool.
But when the girl he loved had
thrown him over a quarrel, gentle
men! Imagine a man of twenty
three quarreling with so sweet a girl
as well, of course you wouldn't
know her if I were to mention her
"He was a reporter on a daily news
paper, and at that time he covered
the immigrant department When he
was there he used to gather what
were called 'human' stories. 'Human
stories! How big a story he could
have written about himself this fool.
"One day he was seated in the
court where they hear the cases of
those who have been put aside as
undeserving of admission to this
country. Among them, gazing blank
ly about her, and anon starting up
savagely, like a young tigress, was
an immigrant woman, an Italian. An
ignorant peasant type, gentlemen.
One of the lower human breeds, prob
ably from Sicily or Corsica or one
of the half-savage islets ticked away
in the Mediterranean. She had been
refused admission as liable to become
a public charge.
"The interpreter explained it to
her. And she turned on him like a
fury, pouring out a flopd of incoher
ent words. When they had quieted
her the interpreter told the court
what she had said. She wanted to
come to America. She had had a
love affair, and she never wanted to
see Italy again. She could not go
Starting Up Savagely
back after spending her savings of
years upon the passage.
"Had she anyone who would be re
sponsible for her?" asked the court
"No, but she was strong and could
"The board consulted. Then the
decision was announced. They were
sorry, but since she had no husband
she could not be admitted'
"She glared about her like a trap
ped beast She shrieked and raved,
a beautiful, peasant Madonna with
the tragedy of womanhood upon her.
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