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to their salutation with a dignified
bow. Roy stood staring after her as
though some new amazing element
had come into his life, stunning him.
"Hello!" rallied one of the crowd;
"dead stuck, eh?"
"She is the most lovely creature I
have ever seen," voiced Roy simply.
"All the men are dying to win
her," was the statement "I can see
your finish moonstruck. . All right,
go after her. I'll bet she'll turn you
down the minute you get gushy, just
as she has some of the richest fel
lows in the college."
"I never bet where ladies are con
cerned," observed Roy, and that re
mark, respectful and dignified, was
repeated to Miss Olive Mershon,
Sfae was the daughter of a rich
magnate, the belle of the district and
courted by suitors innumerable. It
never occurred to Roy that he would
dare to do mofe than adore her at a
distance. He did not know that from
beneath those long eleyashes of Miss
Mershon as she passed the group
that day, a pair of bright orbs hard
taken in the fpppish presentation of
the others and noted, the contrast
with the simple, sensible attire and
frank open face of the new student
Then came the trump trick of the
crowd. It appeared that at either
extremity of the town there was a
foreign community of workmen.
They hailed from the same nation in
northern Europe, but were as much
divided in a clannish w.ay as if ene
mies for all time.
"Say! I've got the great idea," an
nounced the leader of the michief"
makers to his cronies one day. "We'll
pretend to teach Roy a new college
yell. We'll get him down among the
North squatters and get him to make
the ''Maledetti Tedeschi!' cry of the
South enders. Say! then see how
fast he can run."
The plan was well conceived and
carried out, They got Roy into the
very center of the North district,
feigned a mission around the block
t and told him to bail them wjth the
new college yell when he got tired of
waiting for them. "
Never for many a long day after'
that did Roy Vastine forget the
startling spectacle that ensued, when
he uttered the derisive cry which
was a scoff, a challenge, an insult to
the community whose precincts he
had invaded. As if by magic he be
came the center of a surging mob.
Men came rushing at him with huge
fists clenched, women with uplifted
mops and pans, children with cudgels
and brickbats. Every store and house
in the neighborhood poured out a
stream of ravenous, incensed human
As the true light dawned upon the
mind of Roy, he realized that discre
tion would be the better part of val
or. As a big stone grazed his face,
he knitted him 'arms to his side and
bent his head and made a dive down
a side street
Roy described a tortuous course.
One by one his pursuers dropped to
the rear. Four or five determined
fmen, however, seemed resolved to
keep up with him. "He had experi
enced no fear though betraying pru
dence against superior numbers.
Now the jest of athletics direated
and encouraged. At length he came
to the limits of the district A deep
drainage ditch fully twelve feet
across was in his path.
Roy braced mightily. In open ad
miration his pursuers stood rooted
as he cleared the gap, landed on the
other side and sank to the ground on
the slant beyond to regain his breath.
A scream in feminine accents
startled him again to his feet His
quick eyes scanned the expanse
"There's danger," he uttered
A hundred feet away a team of
ponies attached to a phaeton were
dashing down the narrow road, the
lines entangled in tiieir feet her
phaeton, Miss Mershon and her ponies!