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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 02, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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THE PROPHECY
By H. M. Egbert
Jim Bennett and Arthur Royce
were described as the two boys in the
village who least resembled each
other. Bennett was selling newspa
pers when he was 7 and planning a
monopoly among village magazine
subscribers. Arthur Royce at that
age was described as the best pupil
in the Sunday school. Naturally Jim
was the favorite among the towns
people, who admired hustle a good
deal more than they admired sanc
tity. However, Arthur was not sancti
monious. He was just a hard-working,
docile sort of chap. At 15 he
was clerking in a store to support a
widowed mother, and turning in his
$3 a week to eke out her civil war
pension. At the same age Jim Ben
nett was expelled from school as in
corrigible, and being laughed at and
petted by his adoring parents, who
were already planning his college ca
reer. Thomas Bennett was president
of two banks and reputed to be roll
ing in money.
At the same age Millicent Patter
son was publicly telling Arthur that
she preferred Jim anyhow, because
he wasn't a milksop, and besides Jim
was rich and she meant to marry a
wealthy man when she grew up.
"I'm going to be wealthy," an
swered Arthur, setting his teeth,
"and you're going to marry me."
Millicent was secretly impressed,
but she made short work of Arthur's
pretensions. "I wouldn't marry you
in a million years," she said. "The
man I marry must go to college." '
Arthur planned to work his way
through college, but his mother lived
through a long period of invalidism,
and that put an end to his ambitious
plans. What happened was that Ben
nett senior took the boy into his
bank, where, at 22, he was earning
$10 a week. Soon afterward Bennett
senior died, leaving the banks to Jim,
and Jim came home from college
with the expressed intention of mak
ing things hum.
Millicent and Arthur were on
speaking acquaintance, but the
young fellow had never got much
further with her. When Jim came
home there was not much doubt
whom she preferred. She did not
take much pains to hide it from Ar
thur, either.
Arthur went to work for Jim, who
considerately raised"his salary to $12.
He told him, with a grin, that he
Saw That He Was Quite Dead
would be able to get married-on it,
if he lived frugally.
By this time Jim Bennett and Mil
licent Patterson were as good as en
gaged, in the opinion, of the towns
people. Jim Bennett operated a car
two cars, for the matter of that,
and the two were to be seen together
everywhere. People went so far as
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