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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 17, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 20

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girls, just from getting together and
knowing each other in the right
way."
The young men, who had come to
have some fun, looked at the floor or
up at the lights, but remained quiet.
Jennie went on to explain the busi
ness of forming the clubj and added:
"We had not thought of having gen
tleman members, but it may be a
great advantage to have them."
Here audible snickers came from the
back of the room. They subsided
when Joe Banks rose to his six feet
of height and said:
"I think it would be greatly to our
advantage if the boys were allowed
to join and I hope the ladies will
amend their constitution."
Jennie promised that this would be
considered at the next meeting. But
it was all in such a formal, imperson
al manner that Joe wondered if she
had forgotten his existence. After
the meeting he hung around to speak
to her. He wondered how it was the
great city had not spoiled her, but
instead had opened into bloom a na
ture quite wonderful to him. In a
stammering, ineffective way he tried
to tell her this, but she stopped him
with some businesslike questions rel
ative to preparation of the ground
for the spring planting. She meant
to . have a garden and especially
wanted 'to start small fruits. He
asked her if he might come and give
her any helpful service he could. She
assented in a dignified manner more
befitting the new president of "The
Helpers" than the little Jennie Ames
he used to know. Yes, decidedly, re
lations between them had changed.
Jennie now knew that time &nd new
experiences had made Joe less of the
altogether essential factor to . her
happiness he was when she went
away.
It was surprising the number of
new facts that sprang up regarding
the culture of small fruits, which
made it necessary for Joe to call at
the Ames cottage. The jellies and
jams were selling well, and Jennie
was much absorbed and happy in
her work. BanksvSr., had found his
objection to his son's visits at Jen
nie's home so ineffectual he said no
more. Joe was taking on masterful
ways, but the decided efficiency that
went with them had begun to con
vince the old man that he could no
longer dictate.
One day when the autumn began
to turn the greenery into gold and
scarlet, Jennie asked Joe where she
could find bittersweet. She remem
bered where there was some, but she
wanted a great deal. She knew of
an exchange that would take all she
could send. Of course Joe knew, or
at least he was pretty sure, and he
arranged to show her.
Promptly to the minute a car drove
up to the door. Jennie was some
what surprised, but he assured her
it was too far to walk. He had just
bought the car, but didn't know how
to run it yet, so kept the chauffeur.
It was a wonderful ride through
the beautiful country roads, and Joe,
not heing entirely sure as to the lo
cation, they had to go a long way,
but they found it at last
"Bittersweet!" said Joe, holding
up one of the flaming sprays, as they
gathered them away from the road.
"It's like my being with you. It might
be just sweet to me if the bitter was
not there if I could think you "
He did not finish. The look in her
eyes made him take her in his arms.
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TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Feb. 17, 1845. The two houses of
the Illinois legislature met on Mon
day night, Feb. 17, and elected Jas.
Shields, Jesse B. Thomas and John
Dean Caton to fill the vacancies on.
the supreme bench. They also elect-,
ed W. L. D. Ewing auditor of public
accounts and Milton Carpenter state
treasurer.
The head of a new rake is so
equipped with a spring that all the
material collected is quickly emptied
by a back stroke.
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