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Page 9 text:
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
AND GOLD 7
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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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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8 EAST I-IIGI-I.SCHO0L
loughby, and for a few minutes he hoped
that he was going at least to finish in peace.
Vain hope! As he approached the heart
of the city he saw a crowd of people and
heard the strains of a brass band. On
turning the corner he was received with a
great shout. Then he saw a. sight that
explained it all. '
In front of the town hall a float had
been drawn up. In it were a delegation
of Jones'.friends and a band. Bill Bailey
was standing shouting on all sides to the
people of the village, 'announcing his ar-
What sort of a fool circus are you
trying to make of yourselves? asked
A grand one, old man, and you have
been the elephant, the shining star of the
whole show. replied Bailey. You will
find lemonade in the ambulance.
You have won your money hand-
somely. Jones. acknowledged Ryan,
and we all accept with pleasure your
kind 1IlV1l31lZ1O1'1 to dinner.
GOING OVER THERE.
By Elizabeth Harrold. '
It was down at the old Hamburg-Arnen
ican pier in Hoboken. The Kron Prinz
Friedrich Vtlilhelm lay at her berth with
her rusty iron sides towering above the
freight houses. The Kron-Prinz, until
recently serving the Huns, was now to do
her bit for Uncle Sam.
Drays rattled to and fro over the rough
cobblestones, gang bosses, big rough men,
were calling their orders, and the huge
derrick booms fore and aft, were reach-
ing out and grabbing up great boxes and
sending them soaring skyward with a.
grating and squeaking of the blocks, and
then dropping them with a dull thud and
a cloud of iron rust into the hold.
Swarms of dingy, sweating negroes kept
up a thundering din rolling in barrels and
running up the gang-planks with hand-
trucks loaded with boxes and disappear-
ing into the bowels of the vessel. They
were all a roarin' away, De las' box, de
las' box. '
She was an inspiringsiglit as she lay
there in the hazy atmosphere with the
thick black smoke rolling slowly out of
her stacks, and way up high on her after
mast her riding light twinkling now wand
then through the dusk.
The derricks stopped squeaking, and
the last of the sweating negroes came
tumbling out of the boat. Dangi
Dang, the live minute warning signal
sounded, and members of the crew came
straggling aboard with their belongings
tucked under their arms. , Dangl An
oiflcer on the stern bridge called out,
Cast off those stern lines.
A single deep 110tB on the siren. The
little tug on the stern started churning up
the water and it rushed past the rusty
plates of the big steamer in a miniature
C-how,-chow,-chow, a myriad of
sparks Went fiying up and came down all
over the surface of the water, winked
and were gone. The great ship slipped
out into the river, straightened herself,
and went swinging past out of sight.
The ship was clipping along at a good
rate, her decks rose and fell steadily.
The last of Long Island was being swal-
lowed up in the gathering gloom, and a
low riding steamer, very indistinct, was
plowing along inward bound. She went
swishing past and the gloom seemed to
be thicker and glooinier where she was
with a few twinkling lights scattered in it
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