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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 06, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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FRIDAY, THE THIRTEENTH
- By Frances Elizabeth Lanyon
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Marcus Randolph had" been born
under a sinister star and a "hoodoo"
had attached to him. At least, the
impression was conveyed to him as
soon as he was old enough to realize
that the fates had placed him in the
world at a most unfortunate con
junction Friday, the thirtejfcth.
He was educated to belfce him--self
a "hoodoo." The results" of nat
ural boyish mischievousness were
grossly exaggerated v on account of
the fatality supposed to attach to a
person unlucky enough to be born on
Friday, the thirteenth. As he grew
older he was quite superstitious, un
til one memoraDie mrtnaay, wnicn
came not only on the unavoidable
thirteenth, but also upon the cyclical
Friday, when he found a pocketbook
with $1,000 in it Mentioning the fact
to his employer, the latter told him
that "the curse was removed," and
that he had better invest the money
in stock of the company for which
he worked. The next day, however,
the same individual scowlingly as
serted that the ill luck would follow
Marcus all of his life, as he had
scorned the oracle by finding -the
owner of the lost money. Marcus
was modest and humble, however.
He smiled broadly and was grateful
and felt rich to receive $10 for his
honesty.
And now Marcus was 22, traveling
for .a building material house and
making a fair living. It was his birth- i
day, and with a queer quiver Marcus
realized that the fateful conjunction
of Friday and the thirteenth had
again come into his experience.
The day opened inauspiciously. At
his hotel, in hurriedly getting his
traps together to catch an early trin
he ran his umbrella into a mirror,
smashing it into bits. The taxicab
that started for the depot drove into
a. big two-horse truck and made him
misa his train. Marcus had to wait
until noon for another. Aboard ,the
latter his hat blew through an open
car window and the porter furnished
him with a stray cap that was a mon
strosity. It was almost dusk when the train
came tq a halt with a sudden jerk.
The conductor went through the cars
to announce that the road ahead was
blocked by a bad freight wreck.
There were two passengers aboard
who, grumbling and irritated, began
to alight Marcus took up his grip
"Let Me Assist You."
to follow their example when he no
ticed a pretty young lady struggling
with a long box that suggested -a
party dress or flowers or something
specialthat required careful' han
dling. ""Marcus was ever courteous
and accommodating.
"Let me assist you it is quite
dark and the path along the tracks
is a rough one," he submitted.
"If you please," immediately re
sponded the young lady, and her ex
pressed confidence in her escort
pleased him mightily. He acted as
guide along the rails and they
reached, a Jittle station lit . by one

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