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THE CUB REPORTER
By George Elmer Cobb.
"Well, Hawkins, what new mare's
nest have you discovered now?"
The little fellow addressed was too
good natured to ijotice the slur. He
"Well, What of It?" GrowJed the Edi
was still ingenuous, and modest, how
ever, and he flushed deprecatingly.
"I know I'm a sad blunderer," he
confessed desperately, "but I'm going
to keep on trying. I'll break in some
way yet and pay you for all your
patience and indulgence. See here, I
think I've discovered something."
. "To what?" ,jaji. '
"The Markley case."
The scene was in the editorial room
of the Daily Eagle and beside the edi
tor two frowsy cubs and the oldest
reporter on the staff were present and
overheard. All three grinned and
Harkins had been "on their nerves"
for nearly a month. .He was a bright,
breezy young fellow, just out of col
lege and beset with the journalisitc
ambition. He had offered his services
on trial with, the Eagle and had fallen
His first break was to discover a
man climbing down a fire escape after
dropping a canvas sack. Immediately
he fancied the discovery of a burglar
with his kit. Yelling for the police,
he had put down the street with the
satchel. To his surprise the tmrglar
had followed him straightway. When
both were cornered by the police, the
indignant "yeggman" proved to be an
honest roofer and a rival paper gave
the episode a full column, much to
the chagrin of the Eagle.
His next grand move was to fall
into a trap set by mischievous politi
cians, who arranged so that he got an
interview from the wrong candidate.
It was no marvel, therefore, that
Editor Ward regarded his visitor with
some irritability and little confidence.
He pricked up his ears, however, at
the mention of the Markley case. The
papers had been full of it. Miss
Evelyn Markley, heiress to a fortune,
has disappeared mysteriously from
the home of her guardian, Mr. Nelson
Page. The latter was distracted, her
friends alarmed, the public startled.
A week had gone by and no trace of
the missing heiress had been discov
ered. Hawkins spoke in tones low and
confidential as he remarked to his
"I'm bound to make a hit I've
been hanging around the Page home
for three days. Bribed a servant,
sneaked in and got hold of a letter
written by Miss MarkleVs closest
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