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FROM A NEWSFAPER
The Story, That Made a Great
Difference in a Reporter.
"What's got into Thompson?"
Blake asked the question of no
body in particular after Thomp
son put on his coat and strolled
out of the local room. Blake was
an old man on the Star. He'd
been in Arizona a year knocking
out a touch of tuberculosis.
The last form was locked up.
We were sitting around Hall's
table waiting for the street edi
tion. Hall was city editor.
"Never knew a fellow to change
like -he' Blake added, reminis
cently. "Full of the devil all the
time when I was here before."
Nobody vouchsafed any com
ment .Hall had been rooming
with Thompson. It was up to
him if he wanted to tell Blake
anything. Hall filled his pipe and
puffed a minute.
"Always had a lot of girls on
the string," he ventured.
"Yes," assented Blake.
"Remember that Jean Thorn
ton?" Hall didn't wait for a re
ply. "Girl with big brown eyes
something sort o' wistful about
'em. Thompson and she were
together four or five times a week
there for awhile.
"One night Thompson came
home late. Threw himself on the
bed; almost crying. 'I've gone
and done it, Bill,' hesaid. 'Made
an' ass of myself. Saw Jean to
night folks away. I had a little
Something before I went out, but?
I was all right. She was blue.
Don't know what about. I tried
to comfort her. Before I knew
it my arms were around her and
her head down on my shoulder.
I held her close and then she
broke into tears and crieM. I
couldn't stand it, Bilf. I kissed
her dozens of times, I guess
told her I loved her got away
somehow now I'm here. I'm
worse than a fool. I don't loven
her more than I do any girl. I
can't inarry her.' v
"I got him quiet, made him get
into bed and told him it would bb "
"On the car next morning I got '
the idea-he'd taken some sort of a
bit in his teeth. Thompson was on '
'police' then. He jumped in as I "'
never saw anybody do. Never let '
up. Had every man on the force '
lined up, i
"I knew what he was doing. He
wanted to forget and break away '
from Jean Thornton. And he did. '
Went up there once or twice, then k
"And Thompson kept up his
terrific gait. He turned out the
best heart interest stories' the
sheet ever printed. They woke
up in the Chronicle office.
Thompson was putting it all over
Dean. Dean was the man they
brought out from Brooklyn and
bragged over. Bristow went on
the run with Dean.
"One afternoon Thompson t
stujnbled in all out of breath 15
minutes before closing time.'j
'Peach of a suicide," he yelled to