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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 24, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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By Florence Lillian Henderson
(Copyright, 1917, W. G. Chapman.)
Regularly once a year Jed Barson
"celebrated," and that was upon his
birthday. He did it in what he con
sidered to be quite a respectable way.
He lived at Bowesville, but it was at
Milton that he went through his an
nual program.
Abstemious and walking a straight
chalk line for 364 days of the year,
upon the other about dusk Jed pre
sented himself at the tavern at Mil
ton and hired the little card room at
the rear of the bar for the exclusive
use of himself and his friends. These
friends were" never the same on suc
ceeding occasions. Jed simply picked
up half a dozen of the loungers about
the place, and, with a table supplied
fully with, edibles and drinkables,
locked all hands in the room with
himself and proceeded to celebrate.
The little party of convivialists
were given their fill of cigar, eatables
and flowing bowls. Except for the
latter, it was only a mildly dissipated
group. It was an occasion for Jed
to spread himself and he about mo
nopolized the function. Ordinarily
Jed was a mild-mannered, composed
young man, never boisterous, always
reliable in a business way. On the
occasion of his birthday festivity he
vividly recalled two points in his life
and let loose on them. Once he had
been appointed the local orator in a
mild political campaign. He believed
he had found his mission until a rival
expert in the same line squelched
him completely, both as to argument
and eloquence.
Later, in a sneaking sort of way,
Jed did some amateur dramatic work
with a stalled tragedy company. It
proved a dismal failure, but the taint
of this histrionic effort never quite
left him.
So, shut up in a little tavern room
with an obliging audience, Jed de
tailed his past glories as orator and
actor. He recited all of his former
speeches, he spouted half of Hamlet
in bringing in the several few lines
he had spoken on the stage. Faith
fully at midnight the drowsy Con
clave broke up. Jed went to bed and
reappeared, in his home town the
next day with a slight headache, but
fully satisfied to pursue the straight
and narrow road untit another 21st
of February had Tolled around.
Now Jed had become uite an im
portant and trustworthy person
i i i
Gaining Momentum Each Succeed
ing Moment.
about Bowesville. He did a little real
estate business and a good deal in
the way of mortgage "loans and col
lections. He went to and fro as to
several towns in the vdistrict, acting
as a sort of special mesenger for the
banks. On the especial birthday -occasion
where he met his" Waterloo
he had transacted considerable busi
ness that day and its results crowded
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