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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 18

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By Mildred Caroline Goodridge.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Hello!" hailed one young man,
:rawling out of the sideqf a haystack
ind facing another young man, just
2merged from a second stack ten feet
"So you've been enjoying a free
bed, too, eh?" was the laughing chal
lenge. Then both proceeded to unwisp the
nay from their clothing and brush the
Dashing on at Breakneck Speed.
timothy seed from their hair. The
toot-toot of a threshing machine in a
field near by aroused those of the
birds not yet awake and had signaled
to the- two wayfarers that a new day
was on. its way.
"I little expected to meet any of
ihy friends in my present unpleasant
predicament," spoke Bob Tyrrell.
"Oh, the smash is general," retort
ed Tom Martin, carelessly "all sorts
and conditions of what is left of the
University Biography counting the
ties citywards."
They were two bright, clean, lively
young fellows, just started' out in.life.
Both had served an apprenticeship as
cub reporters. Then a great write-up
scheme had attracted them. They be
came two of some fifty "biographers"
sent out through the country to write
up the prominent men of counties
and townships. At the end of a month
the remittances from headquarters
had suddenly and effectually ceased,
and the hungry army found' them
selves stranded.
These two had unexpectedly met,
and under peculiar conditions. Tom
regarded his companion with a quiz
zical smile as he made a show of rum
maging pockets. "Tom managed to
produce a broken cigar, which he pro
ceeded to enjoy with difficulty.
"Well," he said, "I suppose the nat
ural thing to do is to get back to the
city and begin all over again. I shan't
do that, though."
"You won't?" questioned Bob.
"Not I. There's a scheme I intend
to try. It will be the stronger if you
go in with me on it. I have lost money
on this biographical business, but I
have gained lots of experience and
new ideas. I propose to capitalize
them. I won't go back to the city
with drooping feathers, a failure, till I
make good."
"I shall not go back to the city at
all," spoke Bob, almost gravely and
with a slight sigh as if he were men
tally disturbed and there came a far
away dreamy expression into his face.
"I have no interests or affiliations
there. I am charmed with this free
cheery country life. I have gained ex
perience, too, Tom, and something
Tom studied his companion . with
interest. TheyVwere close friends. He
felt that some important confidence
was coming.
';What is it, Bob?" he asked" softly.
"Love," was the tender but definite
reply. "You will not laugh at me, we

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