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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 04, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 20

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..sari politics-, had become the organ
of the low politician. Its circulation
went up by leaps and bounds. Ralph
would rather have had the prestige
of the old sheet.
A desperate resolution that came
to him was stimulated by a discovery
he made. The new, owners had no
legal right to the name-The Mirror
Advocate had changed hands and the
title was his; therefore the newcom
ers bought the plant Ralph found a
wealthy man to back him and re
solved to resuscitate the old paper
under its own name.
After a lawyers' interview Ralph,
refusing an offer of $5,000 for the
title, restarted the Mirror-Advocate
on a hand press pending the arrival
of the linotypes. He knew that would
please Dorothy that and the revival
of the paper.
Its success was amazing. Before
the paper was anything more than a
four-page sheet it had a circulation
of 7,000. Advertisers began to come
in. Ralph wrote to Dorothy again.
He asked her if she would forgive
him when he had restored the old
prestige of the paper. But no answer
came and whenever they met the girl
hurried past him with high head and
flaming cheeks.
It was about six months after the
paper had been re-established that
Misfortune suddenly reappeared.
Where he had been Ralph did not
know certainly not with Dorothy.
He appeared as unconventionally as
he had gone away and took up his
abode with Ralph in the boarding
house.
This solitary reminder of the old
days was grateful to the young man.
Once Dorothy saw him and the dog
together. That was the time she
passed with head bent low instead of
held high. That was the time when
Ralph almost dared to speak to her.
And then came the days when
Ralph knew very little about any
thing. Typhoid was raging in the
town, thanks to the slackness of the
health board, whose head was a crea-1
1 ture of Routledge,
aforetime Mirror-Advocate and now
the Sentinel. Ralph was one of the
first victims.
He knew very little. He could not
even recall how he came to sicken.
It was, in fact, at the beginning of his
convalescence, in J.he third week,
that he realized he was in the hospi
tal, attended by a strange nurse, and
his heart filled with an aching empti
ness that only one person could fill.
He almost wept in his weakness.
He lay back with closed eyes. He did
not care, he did not know that the
door had opened softly until she
stood beside him.
He looked at her dully. It seemed
a phantom come to torture him. But
Dorothy knelt at the bedside and
wept
"Dearest! I have always wanted
youj" she pleaded. "I have put my
hateful pride away. I did not know
that you were ill until an hour ago."
"Dorothy! I am so glad "
"It was Misfortune. They wouldn't
let him inside the hospital. He had
howled outside my house for days
and I would not listen. I drove him
away because he made me remember
my wrong to you. But; today he
found me and caught my skirt and
made me come. He brought me here
and I inquired and learned that you
were ill. There he is! Listen!"
Outside the hospital a dog was
barkjng joyfully. It was as if he
knew.
"He shall be ours," said Ralph.
"Our Fortune," answered Dorothy.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
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YOUNG PARENTS, ATTENTION!
Mexico, Mo. A prominent family
here many years ago adopted this
method of naming its numerous off
string. The first child, a boy, was
born in 1881. He was named "Eighty-One."
The second, they hoped
would be a girl. It was. They named
it, "It Is." A boy followed and it was
named "It" Another boy came and
was called "Nothing. "rR-Bj
the owner of the
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