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6 EAST HIGH SCHOOL
ever before. Washington he thought
might take command of an army four or
five times a da.y in such weather.
Jones reached Euclid Beach well ahead
of time. To his annoyance he saw the
road c1'owded, principally with small
boys. Something or other must have
happened, he thought. A dog fight, or
runaway, or something. If the attrac-
tion is still on, I am all right, if not, I
shall have to run the gauntlet.
He soon found that his latter appre-
hension was the true one, and that he
was in for just that kind of entertain-
ment. A great cheer went up as he ap-
proached, and a body of happy children
ran forward to meet him. They closed in
all around and escorted him along the
main road between two lines of shouting
Hey, mister, give ussomeli' Go on,
you 'll do it, good boy, 'Wigseyf' VVhen
're yer goin' to fork 'em out?,' Rats,
dat ain't him, dat fancy guy is one o'
dem high school guys. Will yer look
at de jay? Get on to de legs.
VVhat's he got 'em wrapped up in,
shawls? Naw, carpets. Say, mis-
ter, yer pants is got caught inside your
socks. I guess dem is English, yer
know. Ain't yer going to give us no
gum? A-ah, let 'm alone, he ain't
nothin' but one o' them stoodent jays.
He ain 't no winged wonder, a-ah!
The above was what Jones enjoyed as
he passed Euclid Beach. He finally shook
oif his pursuers, and breathed freely
again for about five minutes as he sat
down to rest. VVhile he sat there a ma-
chine pulled up in front of him. He knew
the man who was at the wheel and called
to him, Hullo, Jones, came the recog-
nition, what are you doing out here?
Off on a tramp, a glorious day for
exercise, isn't it?
'iYes, you have no idea how I enjoy
'Well, good-by, I have got to hurry
along, I am walking against time.
Jones strode on from bad to worse, for
he was now about to pass Villa Angela.
the girls' seminary. Here there was a
large group of the students of the institu-
tion by the roadside. Jones had never
before been afflicted with bashfulness,
and did not acknowledge that he was
troubled in that way now, but he felt
peculiarly alone, and would have given
much for another, man or just a few less
girls. By the terms of his bet he could
not run any of the way, but a giggle al-
most made him throw up the stakes and
break the pace. By a great effort, how-
ever, he braced up, and even smiled cheer-
fully. He made an inward resolution
never to look at a girl again.
He strode on again through Euclid
Village. Nottingham, XVilloughbeach and
others, and to his horror he found in each
town the same gathering, and went
through the same ordeal that he had re-
ceived before. Had he gone to work and
picked out a public holiday? No, he was
sure it was not that, and the fact that it
was Saturday. and the schools had there-
fore turned their swarms loose to the
world, would not account for all the
crowd in every village. Perhaps there
was an extra election going on in that
country. What puzzled him most, how-
ever. was that all of the children expect-
ed something of him besides mere amuse-
ment, and a pitiable example of dress.
Vlihen more than half way, he stopped
to speak with a farmer leaning over the
fence by the roadf The old farmer
looked at Jones with wonder and interest,
but did not think it necessary, as had the
good citizens of the factory towns. to heap
scorn and derision on de boob. He
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Is it to be on a cinder track or over an
ordinary road? That would be a great
Have you any fond hope. asked
Jones, that I am going to make a
Roman holiday of myself for the benefit
of the whole community? I am sure that
is what you would like. You would be
out there with a brass band. No, my
friend, I ask no advantages. I am quite
willing to take my chances on any ordi-
nary road and in ordinary walking
Extraordinary English knickerboek-
ers, you mean, corrected Bill Bailey.
You can take the Lake Shore Boule-
vard to Willoughby, suggested Ryan,
that is a good road and you can't get
lost. It is but twelve miles, but if you
walk it in three hours, we'll call it
Yes, I know that road, I have driven
over it many times in the machine. Out
beyond Euclid Beach, Villa Angela, iVil-
loughbeach, and all those places? All
right, I'll take that road.
Bill Bailey reflected a moment. I
think, he admitted, with a shake of his
head, that it can certainly be 'done by
any .man with strength and sand. but
Jones canlt do it.
I'll tell you what, old scout, de-
clared Jones, indignantly, 'iI'll bet you
ten dollars on the event.
No, I won't go you ten, because I
don't believe in betting so much on a
certainty. Besides you are hard up now,
and you would undoubtedly borrow from
me the money with which you 'd pay your
bet. I can't afford to have you do that,
but I will contribute a five like the rest
to the purse.
It was arranged that Jones should
choose his day, but he was to give them
notice of it on the morning which he
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started. Just then the bell rang and
Jones and Gray went to their classes.
When they had gone, Bailey let out a
great ery of joy. He can do it easily, I
know, he said. Nile sha.ll lose our
money, but, by gosh, it will be worth the
price. XVe must get the other fellow to
bet with him so he won't back out. Let 'S
go and get ready for it at once.
XYhat do you 1nean?i' asked Ryan,
what are you going to do?
Can't you guess, Jim, you Irishman?
Come on, I'll tell you, and they went up
Blade Park towards the printer's.
Three or four days after this Jones ap-
peared in his walking breeches and big
Scotch stockings, and announced he was
going to start. He would leave the school
at one o'eloek and arrive in XVilloughby
at four o'clock on that afternoon.
B-yan and Gray said that they might be
at the finish to receive him, if they found
nothing better to do, otherwise he could
time himself. Both of these boys had
jobs at the corner store and had to work
until one-thirty so that they were unable
to see him start. Bailey also had an en-
gagement with the dentist which he
really ought not to break. He would
endeavor to be at the finish, however, to
carry him home. E
Promptly at one Jones left the school
with a swinging stride, and struck up
toward his goal. He was in fine form and
spirits, and had chosen his day well. It
was one of those glorious November days
when a man can do anything, when the
northwest breeze fills your lungs and
swells your chest into a balloon that
seems to lift you clear oif your feet. On
such a day the twelve miles ahead of him
seemed nothing to Jones, and he sprang
along overiiowing with spirits.
The discoveries along the road seemed to
him more beautiful and interesting than
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bowed to the Wayfarer as he would to any
Good afternoon, said Jones, gratefl
for this drop of human kindness. Ca
you tell me, sir, how far it is to VVillough-
VVa-al, about four miles or more, thefy
say. There's a car goes pretty soon, ye
won't find it so far in the cars.
Oh, I'm going to walk it, explained
Jones with a smile.
'fThat's a powerful long walk, young
man. How far ye come already?
' ' From Cleveland.
Gosh! VVell, your legs is young and
pretty long, but ye must want suthin' to
do pretty bad. Be ye broke or anythin '?
Want anythin' to eat?
No thanks, I am walking for fun, try-
ing to do it on time, you see.
'nlllebbe you 're advertisin' suthin'?
Oh, I want to know! Be you the winged
wonder or somethin' I hear tell on jest
A light began to glimmer in Jones'
mind. He had ben asked several times if
he was the winged wonder. but had
paid no attention to the question, suppos-
ing that it was merely a form of public
wit. Now it was asked of him in perfect
No.,' he answered his friendly ques-
tion, not intentionally. but I am begin-
ning now to suspect that I am occupying
some such position. I am much obliged
to you for your information. I must move
move along now.
Good day, sir, guess ye 'll want a heap
o' corn-plasters when ye git to XVillough-
Not with these stoekingsf, laughed
Jones, glad of an oportunity to justify
his clothes, they're thick and soft. great
things to walk in. I
f'They be eh? VVell, I kinder thought
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they wasn't just for looks. I donit want
none today, though, good day.
Good-by, and Jones went on, feeling
sure that the old man still suspected him
at least of peddling footgear.
Just before the end of his tramp he sat
down for a rest on an inviting fence rail.
He had plenty of time to spare, but the
grassy bank might have kept him too long
and made him stiff. Oh, how pleasant the
three-cornered rail did feel! A piece of
paper blew across the road and whirled
up in his face. It was a hand bill of some
sort, he remembered now having seen
several of them along the way, but had
picked up' none. He caught this one and
turned it over. This is what he read:
I-Ie is Coming
Wait for him! Watch for him!
The Winged Wonder.
He is matched to walk twelve miles to-
day for an enormous purse. He holds
world records for distance walking. He
will wear one of our custom-made Lon-
don suits unexcelled for outdoor Wear
and stylish appearance. They are all the
rage in England and therefore sure to be
He will also distribute tops and marbles
to the boys and chewing-gum to the girls.
Watch for him, everybody, he will be here
soon, and will follow this road.
Come, out girls! -
Come out, boys!
N ow is your chance
Wait, Watch for the Winged
His glimmer dawned to a great light.
He jumped up and hurried along the re-
maining mile or two as fast as his weary
legs would go. There was no crowd
awaiting for him on the outskirts of Wil-
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