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A LUCKY MISTAKE
By Mildred Caroline Gbodridge.
( Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"This is a great moment in
3'our life, my son," said the moth
er of Adolphus Barclays "I hope
and believe that it settles your
future." s -
- "And I am suri 'that.it will,"
tared at the Neatly Typewritten
clared Algernon Barclay's sister.
"Don't you think so, Irma?"
"He certainly deserves the best
the world can give him," answer
ed Adolphus Barclay's financee,
blushingly sweet as her eyes an
swered the deep love light in his
"Well, we will soon know,"
j)roclaimed Adolphus himself.
"Where is my manuscript? Ah,
here. Good-bye," and kissing alJ
three of the best friends a young
man ever had, the hope of the
Barclay famijy made a rush for
the railroad depot.
A year out of college, critic and
authority on ancient literature,
Adolphus was striving hard to
win the tutelary plum of Harris
college. It was a two thousand
dollars per year position, . with
perquisites. In case he won it,
there would be a wedding, a fam
ily removal, and he would feel
settled for life.
So far everything looked fa-
vorable. Adolphus had appeared
before the august college faculty
and had read Kis paper on Egyp
tian poetry. He had made a hit.
It seemed as if his position was
assured. A few days later, how
ever, the president of Harris
wrote him to come down with
something bright and interesting,
and give the students a sample
of his -erudition.
"I understand a good many
wealthy men send their sons to
Harris," Adolphus explained to
his mother. "I suppose the col
lege heads wish to cater to them.
If I make a favorable impression
on the students, I fancy I will be
acceptable all around."
The result was the manuscript
in the black leather roll which
Adolphus now carried.. It dealt
with ancient romance, precisely
the thing to suit a lot of young
fellows, he decided.
Adolphus caught the train just
in time, threw his rplt up in the
car rack, and sank into his eat;