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Janice turned and walked away,
puzzled. She didn't know what to
do. -There was no identification in
the wallet, and with the extra money
she could get her ring. Because of
the illness of Earl, her brother,
money was rather scarce in the
Browns' house. Earl needed a special
operation on his leg if he was to
walk again, and of course that meant
no extras outside of the graduation
,"But I don't mind, really. After
all, a seventeen-year-old graduate
knows how to take life." So Janice
thought, but she still co'uldn't help
feeling a little bit sorry for herself.
".I'll just keep it and return it to the
office first thing in the morning."
But all thoughts of the purse were
wiped from her .mind when she
reached home. Earl had fallen and
was worse. Her mother was at the
hospital where she would stay all
night. Janice was to eat. study. and
go to bed early. '
All this happened on Monday af-
ternoon and Tuesday was a day on
which everything went wrong. The
alarm clock didn't go off. Janice was
tenminutes late and forgot her first
period homework at home. Oh, what
a dark day! At last the lunch bell
"Jackie," she cried, on seeing
her friend, "I surely am gladtc see'
you," and with these words, she
poured out her tale of woe. ,
"You think you have trouble," an-
swered Jackie. "Mildred Williams did
buy that palegblue wallet, but lost
it again with all her graduation
money in it. She says she doesn't
know where she lost it, either. Isn't
that tough?" '
"Yes, but her father will give her
, "No, he won't. He said she was
spending too much money lately,
what with the war and all, and re-
fused to give her more money for
anything! ' I
"Was her wallet really light blue?"
Yes, didn't you know? You hav-
en't seen it, have you?"
"Um-I' was just asking. Well, I
have to go study my Latin. See you
"She didn't have to run off like
that," thought Jackie. "After all, I've
been dying to tell her Jerry finally
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asked me to the Prom. Well, if she
wants to be like that, all right." And
with these angry thoughts, Jackie
joined her -other friends.
But Janice wasn't studying her
Latin. She was walking on the
campus. "I really don't have to give
her the money. After all, she is sure
to get the class ring. Why should
she get two and me none? It isn't
fair! She has always had everything.
. "But what am I 'thinking of? I
couldn't'keep the money. It wouldn't
be honest. Everytime I looked at the
ring, I'd think of how I got it. And
suppose someone should find out! It's
no use-I have to give back. I've
know it all the time. Might as well
take it to her now."
And that is how Janice made Mil-
dred, who was almost her enemy, the
happiest girl in the school.
Wednesday would have been just
like any other day, except that Tom
Walker met Janice on the way to
school and finally asked her to go
to the Prom. She could hardly wait to
get to school to tell Jackie.
At two o'clock the Senior Class
meeting was drawing to a close. The
last number on the program wasthe
presentation of the class ring to the
girl or' boy whom the class voted the
best all-.around and most worthy to
wear it. As Tom Walker, the class
president, rose, an expectant hush
fell over the class.
"Graduation is only a few weeks
away, and We haven't much time left
to be together as students of Cen-
tral High. Soon our books will be
gone and in their place we shall hold
many fond memories. Now, at this
point of in-
of the class
time, comes the high
ring. Before We go
let mel say that the secretary will
take all orders from students for
their rings. But one girl-yes, the
honored one is a girl-will not have
to place an order. This girl has been
known for her friendliness, leader-
ship, and likeable personality. 'Pm
sure everyone agrees with me when
I say 'Congratulations' to our Honor
Girl, Janice Carter!"
The rest was blurred to Janice.
She was so stunned she could hardly
think. "Imagine me, Janice Carter,
the Honor Girl! Mother and Earl
will be as thrilled as I am. Thank
Goodness I returned that money.
Thank Goodness for the Golden
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Virginia Reid, '46
NBUT Mother, I've told you," in-
sisted Helen bitterly.
"Yes, dear, 'I know," interrupted
her mother, "but he's such a nice
young gentleman and he's so polite.
I just don't understand why you
don't like him."
At this point, Helen, red and an-
gry, left the room, retorting, "I just
won't have you living 'my life and
making all my decisions for me, even
though you may think you are do-
ing the right thing!" 1
This hot argument all came about
when Helen Donald arrived home
after her day's work at Far-
rand's Department Store. Her moth-
er had just informed her that Mr.
T. G. Farrand, III, about whom the
argument had started, had phoned
and asked if he might take Helen
out that night. Mrs. Donald, seeing
no harm in doingso, immediately
consented, even though she knew her
daughter strongly disliked Mr. Far-
iand. Helen had long known. that
young Tom Farrand was the spoiled,
conceited grandson of the owner of
"But Helen, darling, he's to be
here at eight o'clock," continued
Mrs. Donald, following her up the
"Now, Mother, I don't want to
seem unreasonable, but that mane"
she began. -
"Darling, you've just got to go out
with him tonight. I've promised."
A "All right, Mother, all right. but
hereafter please let- me make my
"Yes, dear. Now you run upstairs
and put on your prettiest frock and
I'll have you a light snack when
you're ready. You can eat and still
be ready when he gets here. You
know, I've a feeling he likes you
more than you think. I do wish you
could take a liking to him."
Helen dressed ra-ther hastily and
ate her snack, finishing just asthe
doorbell rang. She heard her mother
greeting Mr. Farrand and his "Good
evening, Mrs. Donald." said in his
usual smooth, though slightly conde-
Once. more she wished she didnfti
have to go with him, but just then
he spotted her coming out of the
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"Congratulations from Honor Girl" ' .
Carolyn Rice, '46
THE game with Carvel was over!
Central High had won the cham-
pionship! The gym was alive with-
boys and girls, happy in the fact
that their school was victorious.
Thirty-two . i
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'UI-Iurry up, Janice," called Jackie.
"We'l1 be late for supper if you
don't pep it up some."
"0. K. I'll be there ina secg let
me tie my shoestring."
As Janice bent down, 'she saw a
light-blue wallet lying on the floor.
"I guess it's Jackie's," mused
Janice, "I'll take it along. Wait up,
Jackie. Here I come."
"It's about time. Let's stop at
Bailey's for a coke. I think we have
"O.K. with me." t
As the girls entered the drugstore,
they were hailed from all sides by
their friends, but finally made their
way to a corner booth -after stop-
ping at about ten tables.
"Hi, Jackie and Janice. Sit down.
Wasn't it a wonderful game? Did
you see that long shot Jimmy made?
We couldn't have won without it!"
"And did you see -the way Glenn
kept Smith, the star player, guarded?
He couldn't do a thing to us," inter-
So ran the conversation for the
next fifteen minutes, with everyone
talking at once.
"Golly, Jackie," said Janice, look
at the time. "Let's go so we'11 have
plenty of time to get home."
"All right. I'll pay the check. Wait
outside for me."
Janice waited outside, impatient
because of the time Jackie was taking
in the long line.
"I'll just put the dime for my coke
in Jackie's wallet. She won't take it
if I don't," thought the girl as she
Janice rummaged through her
purse and finally withdrew the wal-
let. On seeing the amount of money
.in it, she exclaimed to herself, "Gee,
Jackie should be more careful.
There's no identification and all her
money for her ring is in here! I
should keep it until tomorrow until
ordering time and teach her a les-
Just then Jackie came out of the
drugstore. "Here, Janice, hold my
books while I put this.new picture of
Betty in my wallet. Isn't it good?
She just got the proofs back. You'
should see the one she gave Jack."
"Say, Jackie, is that your wallet?"
"Sure, whose do you thing it is?
You know mother refused 'to let me
buy that pretty blue one in Black's.
Mildred Williams went in right after
me and bought it.
"She said--She wouldn't let you-
I mean-You haven't a new wallet?"
"No, silly, I told you that. Well,
here's my bus. See you in school to-
"I'll meet you at the bench. Come
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and ..-greeted' ' her ' with,
where'd you like to
It really doesn't matter to me,
Mr. Farrand. It seems you've al-
ready planned almost everything
with Mother," she replied coolly.
' "'Well, go along, dearg have a good
time and I'll not wait up for you,"
put in her mother as the two left.
Several hours later, Helen re-
turned, angry and more bitter than
ever. As she left her escort at the
door, sheicily thanked him for a
,"lovely" evening. She undressed
and, exhausted, threw herself in bed,
immediately going to sleep.
The next morning during break-
fast, her mother asked if she had
had a nice time the night before.
"No, Mother, I didn't. I just can't
enjoy that man's company, and
please, if he calls again, don't tell
him I'll go out with him."
"Yes, dear, only, I wish you
weren't so bitter. He would make
a wonderful son-in-law," was her
mother's' innocent remark.
"Mother, I haven't'even the slight-
est intention of seeing him again,
much less .giving him the chance to
propose!" Helen answered, amazed.
She swallowed her cup of coffee
and left for work, thus implying
that the subject of Mr. Farrand was
During the next few days, Mr.
Farrand's name was not mentioned,
but a certain Mr. Harry Clarke's was,
quite a' few times. He took Helen
out nearly every' night and she
seemed to be wonderfully happy dur-
ing the time. He was a promising
young man, for he had started at the
,bottom as a stock boy at Farrand's
and had worked himself up to the
best shoe salesman' in his depart-
One night, both Helen and Harry
had stayed at the store for a Christ-
mas Eve party and Harry had told
Helen he- would take her home. It
gcould 'easily be seen that young Tom
Farrand had had a little too much
,to drink. He was now swaggering
.toward them wi-th his eyes bleary
bloodshot. I A -
j 7ff"Mishter Clarke, 'could I sheeyou
:ajninutel in' the other room?" .he
asked.. f1g ,V . .K Q
ff'Yes,f Farrandff replied,Harry and
,turning ,to Helen., 'he 'told her to get
-'rvL.'.,s r --
her coat and hat and he would be
with her in a 'few minutes. .
As she stood inside the door wait-
ing, she saw that the city was in
for a "White Christmas." There
were already a few flakes drifting
down and the cold stiffness of the
air showed that the snow wouldn't
be long in coming. She pulled her
coat tighter around her and shivered
a little as the door opened for some-
one, admitting a burst of cold air.
She wondered what was keeping
Harry and decided to go back to
the room where the party was
ting to be very noisy. There
asked if anyone had seen Harry,
was 'told that Harry and Tom
gone into the adjoining room
hadn't returned. She went to
door and heard Harry's voice faint-
ly above the rabble of the party.
He was saying, "You did steal
money from the cash register,
"Yes, but you'l1 never tell any-
one. No, sir, I'll see to that. You
may think I'm dead drunk, but I
can still see straight enough to see
that you won't ever tell Grandfather
or anyone. You won't even live long
enough to propose to Helen. I'm go-
ing to marry her, understand. Pm
going to marry her!"
At this moment Helen pushed the
door open just in time to see Tom
seize a heavy decoration from the
wall and start to bring it down with
murderous force. But as he caught
sight of Helen, he dropped his heavy
implement and stared.
"You're going to marry Whom?"
she asked. ' '
As he turned toward her, Harry
took advantage of his opportunity
and 'knocked him out. He sank to
the floor unconscious and Harry
opened the door, calling to the night
watchman, "Hey, come take care of
this fellow, will you?"
Sobbing and trembling, Helen was
clinging to Harry. "It's all right,
honey," he said, "Let's go home." V
When Helen had regained her self-
composure, she asked' Harry what
had happened in the room.
"Well," Harry replied, 'fhe asked
me, as you know, to come into that
room for a minute. He insisted that-
he was going to -take yourhorneg but
I told him that he had another
"But why didn't he ask me him-
self instead of. gding to you'f'?Q.,'fiii?P31
quired Helen. - - A I g ., Q-I 1' if,
"'He knew' you would never con-
sent to it. I guess maybe' he
thought he would bully me intofletf
ting him do it. His main purpose"
was to propose to you! In fact, he
even showed me a two-thousand,-dob
lar engagement ring he had for
"A two-thousand-dollar engage-
ment ring!" exclaimed Helen. 7 I
"Yes, and that's when I became
suspicious. He wastes so much that
he would never have money to buy
a thing like that. Besides, the store
missed 52,000 from one of the cash
registers last week and no one but
Mr. T. G. Farrand the' First had a
key. Since he was out of town, I
guessed that young Tom must have
taken the key and stolen the money.
When I accused him of it, he knew
he was trapped, and if you hadn't
interfered, he would have killed
me." . X
By the time they reached Helen's
home, a heavy snow was falling and
it was after midnight.
"Helen, do you know what time
it is?" Harry questioned. , -
"No," was the reply, "but it must
be pretty late."
"It's after midnightg it's now
Christmas Day. Merry' Christmas,
darling!" he said as he slipped a tiny
diamond solitaire on her finger.
"Merry Christmas, . Harry!" she
whispered with her heart in her eyes.
fContinued from page 311
"That's Helen, Mickey's wife. She
just came to town and when -we
found that out, I told them to stay
here until we could find a place for
them. That is 'all right isn't it?"
"Of course, George!
"Those spies will be tried in a few
days." - I
,'-'Oh, please, may I go to the trial?"
NGO? Why, Ellen, you're going
to be one of our prize witnesses!" -
So you see, Dear Diary, this'isn,'t
forgotten and I' won't be able-fto.
trust my memory, I'll hayeleitmall
I - '
After everyone else has
down pat in you. - ' ' fi
Heavenly days! Now I liavelto
Helen and. Mickey an,iapartm,entlf.
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