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"WEARY JIM, A TRAMP"
By Verda Lee Rossiter
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
He was ragged,, hungry, in sore
need of a pace to sleep, yet Weary
Jim took it all philosophically. He
had become inured to the law of av
erages as to the liberal-heartedness
of the casual passing crowd. The
benevolent-faced old men were the
favorite subjects of his mendicancy,
but it was late afternoon and that
class of leisure had long since gone
"I'll wait till dark and tackle the
theater crowds," decided Jim, and
picking up a flying scrap of newspa
per, selected some steps leading to
an unused basement and idly ran his
eyes over the columns of the torn
and creased stray fragment
"Hello'" exclaimed Jim suddenly,
and his eyes goggled and his hand
shook, and he read again the brief
but thrilling advertisement:
"Reward: A liberal reward will be
paid for information that will lead to
the discovery of James Newton,
sometimes known as 'Weary Jim,'
and formerly of the Little Jim Fisk
restaurant. Apply to Adam Sharp,
Attorney, 12 Court building, or resi
dence, 1194 Berry av."
"That's me!" gurgled m the throat
of Weary Jim. "Wanted Reward!
And once I did work at that restau
rant and disgraced myself with the
crowd for it, and drifted into the
free-and-easy corps again. Lemme
see are there any black marks
against me that I'd be wanted for?
No, it's not that I never touched a
cent that wasn't my own and never
will. I'll look up this advertisement
One hour later Weary Jim sat in a
maze. He had called at the house in
Berry av., to be rebuffed b""Yne serv
ant, to be bowed and scraped to, al
most hugged by Lawyer Adam
Sharp. The latter ushered Jim into
his elegantly appointed library as
though he were some prince. He un
folded an astonishing story.
A distant relative, a half uncle,
whom Jim, thelast of the family line,
had long forgotten, had left to Jim
his entire fortune, viz.: $30,000 in
cash, a sumptuous residence, free
and clear of all incumbrance.
"You mean you mean," gasped
Jim, "that all that is mine!"
"Unqualifiedly," asserted the suave
"To do as I like with?"
"Without bar or hindrance."
"Now right now, an advance, a
"To Do As I Like With?"
slight advance," pressed Jim anx
iously. "Well, the banks are closed," ex
plained Sharp, "and you will have to
go into court as a formality, but in
the meantime if you will appoint me
your permanent legal representative
in the matter of the estate I will ad
vance you whatever you wanV