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PROP I-I ECY-Continued
As train time was approaching, I had to take leave of "Mickey"
and started on my way up the platform. I hadn't gone very far
till some one slapped me on the back, and on turning around I came
face to face with John Tynes, another of my old classmates. I
surely felt glad to see Tynes, but as we stood and talked over things
I heard the train-cryer call out the arrival of my train. I now started
to say good-bye to John, only to find
that he was going on the same train.
Once in the train, we began our con-
versation again. He told me that he
and his brother, Dick, were the prop-
prietors of a prospering little fruit stand
in Albany. As our conversation went
on, I told him of, f'lVIickey" and of
Scheirer's success. Time went on, till
we were at last in Albany, where I
left john, promising to drop around
to see him and his brother, and started
out to look for a hotel.
Isurely thoughtl had had some bigsur-
prises for one day, but I was to find that
A this wasjust the beginning. Upon arriv-
' I ing at the hotel whom did I find but John
Marshall, who explained that he was the proprietor. That evening
after dinner, John invited me down to his private office for a little
chat, and among other things he told me that Reade and Fahl had
spent a short time with him a few days before my arrival. He said
that the class of ,IQ surely ought to be proud of them, for Fahl was
now agent for a new corn plaster that had appeared recently on the
market, and that Reade was his assistant.
The next morning I left for a conference with the City Board
of Health, only to hnd, upon my arrival at the City Hall, Paul Berk-
heimer, one of my old classmates, who was head of the Board.
"Berkey" had become one of the well known doctors of Albany.
After our conference, f'Berkey," or Dr. Berkheimer as he now was,
began to tell me about his experiences since leaving school. The
conversation then drifted back to the old days at the Academy and
to the good times we used to have there. Time flew very fast, and
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IME brings about many changes in life. It was now ten years
since I had left the Academy. I had had many hard battles to
fight in traveling the road of life, but had at last received an
appointment as President of the New York State Board of Health.
This office had become very difflcult owing to the constant increase
of migration, so that it was necessary for me to do a great deal of
traveling to keep in touch with the ever changing conditions.
It was during the early part of my term in this office that it be-
came necessary for me to make an important trip to the northern
part of the state. I started in the evening, and upon 1ny arrival
at the depot I learned that my train was an hour late, so to pass
away the time I began wandering about the station. As I passed the
shoe shine parlor I noticed that a little "shine" would not hurt me,
so I walked in. After getting a chair, I began looking over an evening
paper which lay on the chair. One of the fellows began on my shoes
and I happened to lift my eyes off the paper, when I saw it was Irvine
McHose shining my shoes. VVell, once we could get our whirling
brains settled I spoke to him, and then he began to ask about the
other fellows of the Nineteen class and about the Academy. " Mickey"
surely has had a hard time of it! Upon leaving "Prep," his father
sent him to a music school, but while there "Mickey" fell head over
heels in love with one of the waitresses, and, in true melodramatic
style, they eloped. 'A Mickey's" father, shocked at his son's treachery,
then made him get to Work and support his wife. Well, as " Mickey"
was never a great lover of work, he found the easiest job he could
get was shining shoes. He told me that he had seen Scheirer a few
days before in a vaudeville show, in which he was starring. At first
this surprised me, but I remembered how Scheirer used to amuse
his schoolmates at f'Prep" with his jokes and witty remarks.
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PROP I-I ECY-Continued
all 'tt once as he happened to look up at the large clock standing
in one corner of the office, he jumped to his feet and told me that
he was supposed to take his hancee out for dinner. He asked me to
come along, but as I had other business to attend before returning
to the hotel, I was not able to accept.
The next day I left for New York City. It was a beautiful morn-
ing, and our train was gliding along through the beautiful country
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when it suddenly stopped.
Of course, like most of
the other passengers, I
got off to see the cause, and
found that we had hit a
cow. As I walked up to
the place I saw an old
farmer, all excited, shak-
ing his Est and "laying
out" the train crew. On
' taking a closer look at the
farmer I found that it was Rutt, an old classmate of mine. This
surely did surprise me, for Rutt had always claimed that there was
nothing like city life. I began to whistle one of our old F. M. A.
football songs and Rutt turned around very quickly, for he still
remembered the old tunes we used to sing at "Prep" We were
surely two happy fellows, and we stood and talked till the track
had been cleared. Rutt by this time was so busily engaged in ask-
ing me questions about the fellows that he had forgotten all about
his cow. He told me about his family and all the other things he
owned, from horses down to cats. This was all very interesting,
but the track had been cleared and I had to leave, for my train was
pulling out. I can still imagine I see Rutt standing there waving
his large red handkerchief as we once more started for New York.
Well, I had gotten to my seat and once more settled down to think
of the many events that the last few days had brought about, and
almost before I knew it we were in New York. V
I drove back to the hotel where I was at that time located, changed
my clothes, and, calling a taxi, left to take in a show. As the car
was rolling along one side of the street, I noticed an unusually large
crowd in front of a little church. As I was in no hurry I stopped
and heard the people make comments about the wonderful evangelist.
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