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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 19, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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chance of picking up summer work
at a club or bungalow.
He.had gone about a mile when he
was startled to hear screams from
the bend of the 'trail. A moment later
there appeared a young woman upon
a bay horse, which was evidently
running away with her. She was
holding on for dear life and the horse-
had a frightened look; also his ears
lay flat back against his head.
Prank did' not hesitate an instant.
He leaped forward and planted him
self in the middle of the roadway. As
the horse reared he caught at tie
bridle. It dragged him several yards
and stopped, puffing and snorting,
Still holding the bridle, Frank ex
tended his hand to the frightened
girl, who collapsed in a heap upon
the ground before him.
"It was a bear frightened my
horse," she gashed. "He has never
run away with me before."
It was some minuteB before she
was able to stand on her feet, and
then she was trembling all over,,
ifrank thought he -had never seen
such a pretty girl before.
"I -don't know how to thank you
enough," she said. "Father hates to
have me go riding 1jy myself, but I
always laughed at him. I shall know
better in future."
"You must let me see you home,"
"said Frank gallantly.
' "I can't ride Polyphemus again."
"If you like, I'll lead him home for
you," said Frank.
The suggestion proved agreeable
and, as the girl was at length recov
ering from her fright, they set off
along the road, Frank holding the
bridle and the girl at his side. As
they chatted gaily, all his past life
rose up to confront him. What a
fooLhe had been, a regular rolling
stone, when he could have settled in
this town long before and known
girls like this.
He told her as much, and Indicat
ed so strongly his meaning that the
girl looked like a peony when they
reached the outskirts of Eppingham. I
Yet he ould see that she was not
displeased with him.
"Why don't you settle here and
try?" she asked.
"Would you allow me to see you
again?"
"The future will tell," she an
swered enigmatically. "But, honest
ly, if you are looking for employment
-my father would be only too pleased
to offer you something, I know. He
is always looking for suUable men,
men who will stay with him. You
see, he is the largest employer of
labor in the county."
At this moment Frank perceived
the old gentleman of the flower-beds
coming toward them at; a brisk walk.
Seeing the girl with Frank and the
latter leading the horse he stopped
in pardonable astonishment.
"Father!" exclaimed the girl. "This
gentleman was good enough to res
cue me when Polyphemus ran .away.
He was frigtened by a bear, father
and you were right I shall never
disobey your wishes again. Let me
introduce you to my father? Mr. "
she added. '
"Latham," said Frank. "I think
we've met before," he added to the
father, & little sheepishly.
"Young man," said Stone. "I
reckon that I see a new face "every
minute. If we have met, you must
pardon-me for not recognizing you.
I cannot thank you enough for sav
ing my daughter. Is there anything
I can do to show my appreciation?"
"Mr. Latham spoke of staying here,
father,!' said the girl, looking at'
Frank, meaningly
"You like our little town?" asked
Mr. Stones
"I love it," answered Frank. "Yes,
if I can find any. office work In
town "
"Are you a sticker?" asked the
other, "Or just a rolling stone? I
only, have stickers about me."
"I can stick like a leach," answered
Frank grimly.
"Are you a stenographer?'
"Yes, I have done that' work." j
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