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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 31, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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By Adela Grace Crown
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
It is not often that a young fellow,
after serving an apprenticeship of
two years on a newspaper, is in a
position to marry. So Harry Rogers
acocunted himself a particularly for
tunate young man.
Laura, to whom he had said good
by in the little home town when he
started for the metropolis to make
his fortune, had remained true to
him. He had been home three times
on vacation and each time their love
had seemed more real to both.
Laura was to become his wife with
in a month! She was to go to New
York to stay with her aunt, whom
JHarry had never met, and they were
to be married there. In a weeK he
would see Laura again.
Symonds, the city editor, called
Harry over to his desk.
"We're going to publish a series of
funny interviews, and I want you to
handle the first," he said. "It's with
the world-renowned Elizabeth Crow
Cavendish. She wrote 'A Girl's
Safety,' 'The Happy Marriage,' etc.
Shopgirls' slush, you know, and
takes herself very seriously as an up
lifting power among those who read
her twaddle. Think you can do a
mock-serious interview to raise a
"I think so," said Harry.
At 8 o'clock that evening he was
being shown into Miss Cavendish's
'house. The elderly lady who await
ed him at the table apologized for not
rising, and the crutch beside her
chair explained her reason. Harry
'was conscious of an impression dis
ltinctly pleasing. He felt a little re
gretful about his mission. Still, a
newspaper man is bound in strictest
loyalty to his newspaper.
It was evident that Miss Cavendish
took herself very seriously indeed,
and becoming confideiitial, in her
simple way she showed him, under a
pledge of confidence, the manuscript
of her forthcoming work, "Cynthia's
Happy Choice."
"I suppose' your work does a good
deal to brighten the lives of these
working girls," suggested Harry.
"Indeed, that has been my con
stant consolation, kind though the
reviewers have uniformly been to me,
that I have shed the light of satifac
tion in my readers' hearts and bright
ened many a humble home. If girls
only realized how much life can be
Read the Letter and Sat Still as
Though Stunned
made to mean to them and those
dear to them, instead of following
the mad modern craze for pleas
ure "
Harry talked with the little old
lady for a couple of- hours before
"And I shall look upon you as a
friend, because I feel that you have
understood my mission," she said, in
parting. "And I hopethat when you
are passing this way you will not fail
to come in and see me."

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