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THE CRACK RUNNER.
By Elizabeth Schoen Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
" Just one accomplishment Roy Vas
tine brought wiGrhini when he start
ed a post-graduate course at Lynd
hurst college this comprised being
able to run faster and leap farther
than any man in the institution. His
record past rind present was that of
"a crack sprinter."
Roy had demonstrated and made
good, and it placed him in a certain
expert class. He was a frank, credu
lous young fellow, however, and his
previous educational training had
been of the home class. His uncle
was a retired university professor and
had taken pride in storing his mind
with a store of profound knowledge,
classic and erudite, and had now sent
him off to put upon it a modern gloss.
One thing the worthy relative had
added, was a thorough course of
training in athletic exercise. Hence,
the robust health of the new student,
and hence also the readiness with
which he was accepted in his inex
perience by the college wolves as a
veritable lamb for the slaughter.
They proceeded to play the usual
amount of college hazing tricks upon
him. Roy took it all in a good-natured
way. Usually he turned the
tables on them and their schemes
into ridicule. For instance, they lured
him to hire a horse and wagon, alleg
ing that they knew a secluded or
chard where there could be no vis
itors after midnight, and where they
could get enough luscious apples to
last the fraternity for a whole term.
They inveigled their ready "victim"
into driving in the dark into the mid
dle of a big swamp. There Roy was
to wait until he got the "signal."
They went home chuckling over the
long and monotonous wait Roy
Behold, however, in the morning,
bright and early, Roy drove past the
fraternity house with a heaping load
of ripe, tempting apples, smiled be
nignly as he halted in the midst of
the juniors, distributed the fruit so
that none of the plotters got a bite,
and informed them coolly that the
only "quid pro nunc" they could hope
for would be the discarded cores.
So his fellows were on the look
out for some suggestion or plan
where they could get even. In the
meantime an episode came to the
front that brought a new interest
into the life of the "green" student
He and half a dozen of the more
sporty of his set were passing down
Men Came Rushing at Him.
the road towards the town one bright
afternoon, when a dainty phaeton
with two ponies attached came into
view. They were driven by the pret
tiest possible girl in the world, at
once Roy decided. His companions
dofffd their caps and flourished about
as though they were paying homage
to some queen. They fancied them
selves lady-killers, and showed it
plainly. The young lady responded.