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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"Sorry, Miss Fortner, but those are
the orders," spokethe-ociety editor
and he looked it, for the neat, intelli
gent young lady before him had im
pressed him favorably from the start
For two days Susie Fortner, would
be journalist, had been trying her
wings. She had flown high in her
first copy covering the big wedding
event of the season, and now she had
dropped back to earth with a deaden
ing shock to all her high ambitions.
"Don't be discouraged," resumed
the kindly editor. "You've got it in
you, but you lack the practical ex
perience. You see, the mistake was
a terrible one. I don't know but it
may lead to a libel suit. Then again,
it antagonized some high-up people
and that means loss of advertising
"It must have been some cruel
joker who gave me the incorrect in
formation," sobbed Susie, in tears of
chagrin and vexation. "I don't want
you people to get into trouble. Hadn't
I better go and see Mr. Randall and
Miss Armour and explain how it all
came about?"
"I wouldn't waste my time on that
if I were you," advised the editor, but
Susie went her way feeling a respon
sibility she must carry out
A line of print had done it, a sim
ple, innocent looking series of only a
few words: "It is current rumor that
Miss Grace Armour and Mr. Dalby
Randal, bridesmaid and best man,
will shortly follow the example of the
happy bride and groom of the present
The item had come to Sjisie while
she was collecting material for the
full column report on the brilliant af
fair. Lists of names had been given
her, as of the presents and items as
to the honeymoon trip and the like
How was she to know the bridesmaid
and best man. were almost .perfect 1
strangers one to the other? A cruel
hoax and it had cost Susie her posi
tion. She got a directory and found the
address of this Mr. RandalL There
was gloom in her heart, but she grap
pled with the duty in her usual de
termined, businesslike way. Susie
thought out all she would say as she
was shown into the office of Mr.
Randall. He was a bright, hand
some young fellow. She had noticed
that at the wedding. He stared a lit
"I Am Through With Society as a
tie and looked perplexed and embar
rassed as Susie told her story.
"It is most kind of you to take the
trouble to explain the mixup," said
Randall. "Of course, some thought
less michief maker fancied it would
be a rare hoax to give in that false
information. By the way, a thought
this affair has bothered me a good
deaL I know Miss Armour must be
troubled and chagrined over the af
fair. By the way," and Randall

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