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The sick child in a family of
healthy brothers and sisters, he was
brought to the state tuberculosis
sanitarium near here twoyears ago.
His misfortunes made it impossible
for his parents to keep him in their
home on the .ranch, ' V
Since that time, motoring his way
in a wheel chair, he Jias taken his
smile into every -nook and corner of
this home for saddened, discouraged
humans. He is the official, purveyor
of good cheer in the sanitarium.
"Little Billy" beamed with pleasure
when a reporter found him on ""The
Bridge," a passageway leading from
the main building tp an open ward
filled- with cots.
"Howdy,"" he said! "Sit down.
I'm awful glad to see you. It's sure
fine to have visitors. You see" lis
face twitched as he tried tomoyehis
body "you see, It kinder brings th,e
outside in here when folks- come
from other places.
"Me? Oh, I'm pert near well. I'll
be about all right again just as soon
as the doctorfcuts my legpif. I figr
ger now that IT Is all-in my leg; so
when my leg goes, IT will go, too.
"IT was chasing all over me for
awhile and we had a great time
keeping up with IT. Once IT was in
my lungs, but tho. doctor fixed that
Then IT got in my arms and then
that was fixed Now IT is in mj leg
and we're getting It cornered.",
Around the porch patients walked
in restless shuffling, smilelees pro
cession. A weighing; machine stood
in a corner. Each' sufferer took Bis
turn on the scales and shook his
head as he glanced at the figures.
"Gee!" said Billy "I am migljty
thankful I don't cough. I'm thank
ful, too, that it doesn't make" me
tired to talk, and that I can read. It
sure is lots of fun to read and talk.
Oh, I guess I've got plenty 'to be
thankful for, all right.
"I'm thankful the dynamite cap
thfejilew out one of my eyes didn't
b'both of 'em out I'm thankful
that everybody says, Hello, Billy,'
instead of passing by sour looking.
I'm thankful that I 'don't have any
more pain than-J have, and that I've
got this wheef cair. Say, . I'd be in a.
dickens of a fix, wouldn't I, if it
wasn't for this chair? .
"It's no use to ' groan about
things. "When a feller roans and
fusses all the time, it just makes it. .
worse for him and. the others.
v "Sometimes I think I'd -like to have
things I haven't got ' But I don't
think that way very long. Whto I
begin to want something I can't get'
'I just think of how much worse ,
thhtgs might b&lnstead of thinking
how much better they might be.
"I'm fetter off than a lot of these
folks. They don't smile. s They "just
look sad all. the time. That's pretty
bad, you know. , ' -
"I'm glad I can grin about things.
"Little Billy's" hobby Is stamp col
lecting. He has, by painstaking work
and through kindness of friends, got
ten together an interesting series.
Butff anyone wishes to make his life'
a little bit brighter, it can be done by
sending him more stamps odd ones,
old ones, the older the better; stamps
from foreign countries, any sort of
stamps that will appeal to .the fancy
of a real collector. The remembrance
would-please him wonderfully.
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TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Nov." 29, 1806, VIncnnes Univer-r
sity wamcorporatedHtwas the first
"institution to be so organized in In
diana Territory which then included"
Illinois. - . .
Owing to- the increase in the cost
of leather, whiclfhas been on the' up
ward trend for many years, there
has been a demand for some substi
tute that will take' Its place to a cer
tain extent in the manufacture Of
shoes, and in some parts vof the coun
try there has been received with fa-
vor a shoe partly made of aluminum.