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through. Oh, yes, I got the sweep
"Contract!" Bnorted Lucius.
"Why, yes, the old sweeper got the
rheumatism and turned it over . to
"What do you get out of it?"
"Why, there isn-'t a day when the
crowd doesn't pelt each other with
samples, when the settling sales
come around. You'll be surprised to
know what a heap of grain a fellow
can gather up."
"Just that. I get 30 cents a bushel
for all I can pick up.
But Ned did not tell Lucius, chum
though he was, what this humble
branch of his industry amounted to
in the aggregate. They had in fact
drifted somewhat apart Since coming
to the city together. Ned was eco
nomical, had to send money home to
the old folks and had taken a cheap
but; comfortable room in an unpre
tentious quarter. Lucius had flashed
out prodigiously, had "apartments,"
he had joined a club and bragged of
making one or two successful
"specs" on the board.
Ned continued to plod. Lucius led
the spectacular career of a brilliant
' meteor. They drifted farther apart
as time went on. In fact, after a spell
the only occasions upon which Lu
cius sought out Ned was when he
came to borrow money.
There came some "news" fox the
boys about a year after they, had
come to the city. Lucius might have
added an important item to his state
ment that he and Ned had come
from the same town and had gone
to the same school. This was that
they loved the same girl.
In Arden they had left behind
them the sweetest little maiden ever
was, Lucius had declared, and Ned
had echoed the sentiment fervently.
She had been a true friend to both.
The "news" alluded to was contain
ed in two letters written at the
same time by Olive Merton to Ned
and Lucius', respectively, announc-,
ing that she was going to visit .an
aunt in the city for two weeks.
"I'm going to give the dear girl
the time of her life !" vaunted Lucius.
"Can't I help a little?" queried
Ned, with a pleasant smile.
They called together upon Olive
the evening after she arrived in the
city. As usual Lucius monopolized
her. Olive had grown prettier than
ever. " Lucius in his rattlebrain way
proceeded to map- out a whole week
of evenings for her entertainment
Modest, retiring Ned let him have
his own way. He was satisfied to
give Lucius his show.
The latter took Olive to the movies,
to the park, he treated' her to in
numerable sodas and boxes of candy.
He was "short" at just that period,
he told Ned, as he proceeded to bor
row five dollars from him. Then
came Ned's turn. ,
Lucius had fancied that his cheap
entertainment was good enough for
a country girl. Ned did riot believe
anything was too good for Olive.
Luchrs Started when he learned that
Ned had done things up in style. He
had given .Qlive and her aunt a tour
of the parks in an automobile. He
had taken them to a beach resort
for a whole day. He had invited
them to an operatic concert where
the price of admission was fairly
Olive went back home with pleas
ant memories that would never dim.
Ned went back to work, the proud
est, happiest young man in Christen
dom. Lucius sought him out one day
with a glum face, his gay feathers
somewhat ruffled, pitifully down on
"I've made a bad break, Ned," he
announced glumly, "went in too deep
on some futures, uncle heard of it
and I'm shipped to another city
elevator clerk where I've got to
plug at it for two years at hard desk
training or uncle will drop me. Could
you let me have a fifty till I get my
first pay at my new job?"