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And How, She Helped to Handle a Big Newspaper Story
; ' ' 1 ' -BY ELLIOTT FLOWER.
(Copyright, 1914, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
Raineyrtbe news editor, went to
Blake, the managing editor, with a
"Wellington:; wires, to know if he
can't have his. vacation now," said
Rainey. "He wants to stop over at
Newton on 'his way home."
"Tell him," instructed Blake, "that
any vacation he takes now will be
made permanent. "We're short-handed,
and we want him back here in a
hurry. He .ought to have started last
night" rv . . -
Rainey went back to his desk and
answered the telegram as-directed.
.' Wellington had been sent put on an
important story, which .he had han-
idled successfully,' and.he should have
been on his way home.
Rainey went to Blake again a little
later with another telegram.-
, "Wellington - wants' to stop over
Saturday and Sunday at Newton,"
'he said. -
"No!", thundered Blake. "He's lost
one day already. What is there at
1 Newton, anyhow, that makes it so
"Wellington's girl, I believe," re
' "Oh, that's it, - is it?" exclaimed
Blake, with a laugh. "Well, we're
running .a newspaper-and -not a mat-
, rimonial - bureau. Tell him to get
jjhack on- the first train."
t "Wellington says he's going to stop
b Newton,"' Rainey announced,
i '"Fire him .-by wire!"-instructed
, "Can't'," returned Ra.ipey. "He
i said he was leaving for Newton when
i' we "wired-last, and he.gave no Newton
- address. May not be at a hotel, and
we couldn't -pick out the. right one,
P '"Vhat the girl's name?"
"DonJfcJcnow.':'-') ... - ,
"What a devil of a lot of trouble ,
women make!" srrowled Blake. "I'll
see that a letter of dischargers on his
desk when" tie gets back, jand that
the reason .is clearly stated.1"
Theljetter was written and put on
Wellington's ?desk, and 'thereupon
Wellington became a negligible q'tian-.
tity so far asth,e "Express" ;was-con-cerned.
He was considered no longer
a member4 of ttiejstaff when a start
ling Associated "Press bulletin was. re
ceived the. pxt day. There-were oth
ers who cojilliandle big stori'es.qlte
as well, if" -not ibetter,; and this was
so big that the'sjighting of less -important
matters'iieYer would Tjenb
ticed. i y
The bulletin rflaaCloudbjurst in
the mountains . Town-.l)fHi'gnwood
destroyed. ThroughypaBSgnger train
iii Highwood depot lost Wires-down
and" tracks washed out-No word since
last .night, except story of -one -balf-dead
survivor who has; ust got
Blake jumped fpr?ari . atlas and. a
time-tahle, and Rainey andi'ttie'eity
editor leaned over him. as he looked
" ("Can,'tget, anyone there from here
before tomorrow," he announced,
J,'but;it's more than . a single-day
stpryy'fThen to -the city-editor: "Start
.three men- and-an artist, Brown. Tell
tnem tp oe mere tomorrow, n its
necessary to. buy'iip 'the road to get
through. JRairieyand I will figure out
"Hold on a minute Here's New
ton, only sixty miles away! Lord!
we've just got to get hold of Welling
ton! Wire hiin, Rainey, and then try
the long-distance 'phone. Why the
devil didn't he mention his girl's
There is nothing more aggravat
ing, no greater strain on the nerves,
than comes with an attembt to