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A TEST OF ENDURANCE
By George Munson
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"Sorry, tiut there's nothing' doing!"
The city editor's tone was final. But
the young man who had just applied
for work as a reporter still lingered.
' "I understand Mr. Grimshaw is in
; Europe," he said, "or else I should
have applied to him."
"See here, young man," said the
city editor, "Young Grilnshaw is a
young cub who knows about as
much of running a newspaper as
that desk does. He's in Europe,
squandering his father's money
money that we're making for him. I
am the News Sentinel and what I say
goes. There's no job here for you."
The young man smiled. "That's
the sort of talk every editor puts up,"
he said. "I want to be a reporter and
I want to learn the business. Let me
' come in and sit around and wait for
"All right, you can come in 'every
day-and sit around until you're blue
in the face," replied the city editor.
"Come right in now."
The young man followed him into
5 the big room and took his place on
-a chair. At 12 o'clock he went "out
" for his lun'ch. At 1 in the afternoon
he was back. He stayed until 5 and
nobody took the least notice of him.
For nearly a month he repeated
this procedure, but he never got an
assignment, nor did the city editor
seem to recognize his presence. Wist
- fully he watched other -reporters get
'assignments and once, when there
was nobody in the room to go dfter
a piece of News, air. Lake's eyes fell
upon him thoughtfully, but he did
.not call on him. During his month
the young man had learned many
things. He had learned that Mr.
'Lake was the best city editor in
'town; also that he was possessed of
a malignant and diabolical humor,
which had led him to encourage the
"young applicant deliberately, in or
der to triumph in his eventual dis
comfiture. Lake was also a brute. The young
man had seen a reporter fired with
out a moment's notice for a mistake
on Lake's part. He saw liUJe Miss
Norris, the telephone girl, hauled
over the coals daily. Miss Norris
stood in fear of Lake, and, , oddly
enough,, she and the young map .used
to exchange pathetic, glances when-
"I Heard It," He Said Angrily,
ever any uproar occurred in the of
fice. Although thev had not snoken
there was established a regular tele
pathic communication between them'.
One day they met in the lunchroom
and he was emboldened to speak to
her. They drifted into conversation.
"I'd leave in a minute," she said,
"only I'v& got my sister to take qare
of and one can't get ahead in this
game. Besides, the newspaper work
gets into one's blood somehow."