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THE MONEY SPEEDWAY
By George Elmer Cobb
"Don't disturb the waiter, Nixon.
Here's the gas convenient,-" and Dale
Newman leaned toward the jet blaz
ing over his head and deliberately lit
a five-dollar bill to start his cigar.
Walter Nixon was too well-bred to
express the startled wonder he ex
perienced, lie was awed and his face
showed it. Within the hour, ever
since he had joined his friend it had
been one grand round of expense
an automobile drive to save walking
a block, 50-cent cigars, an $8 dinner
and princely tips all along the line.
"If the lake wasn't so choppy I'd
take you out in my yacht," observed
Newman grandly, and Walter was
more impressed than ever with the
greatness of this Croesus, developed
from a poor country boy all within
two years' space of time.
"Glad you looked me up," said
Newman, as they arose to leave the
cafe. "Won't stay at my apartments
for the night? Got to catch the
train? Sorry, but arrange to come
up to the city later and put in a cou
ple of weeks with me, will you?"
"I'll be glad to," voiced Walter, but
the tones were not genuine. The vast
contrast between their positions
pained Walter, for he was proud and
ambitious. Despite himself, all the
way homeward bound on tie train
he could not help but envy this for
tunate friend. It was only when he
came within the peaceful circle of
home, humble but full of comfort and
love, that he censured himself for al
lowing covetousnes to disturb the
usual serenity of his mind. ,
And then Violet Moore, to whom
he was engaged. Gold and luxury
were as dross compared to her, and
in their next happy stroll he con
fessed the pangs he had experienced
at comparing his narrow, plodding
life with the gay butterfly existence
m the magic city, ,
Amid the preparations for their
wedding Violet and Walter would
have forgotten Newman, so happy
were they, but for Madge Wilder.
She was the chosen friend of Violet
When Dale Newman left Rayfield' he
was all but engaged to Madge. She
had every right to believe that their
first correspondence wouldcontinue.
It did not Amid the glare and glitter
of the city Newman apparently had
forgotten all about his village love.
"Going West," Explained Newman.
"He did not even ask about her,"
Walter told Violet
"Then he has cast away a rare
jewel," spoke Violet "When I see
Madge's sad, patient face my oWy
consolation is that he was- never
worthy of her."
They sent an invitation to the
wedding to Newman. Awaiting its
acknowledgement Madge was in a
rare flutter. In the long past she and
Newman had spoken of "standing
up" with their two friends. A splen-