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(without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... THE RED CROSS GIRL When Spencer Flagg laid the foundationstone
for the new million-dollar wing he was adding to the Flagg Home for
Convalescents, on the hills above Greenwich, the New York Republic
sent Sam Ward to cover the story, and with him Redding to take
photographs. It was a crisp, beautiful day in October, full of
sunshine and the joy of living, and from the great lawn in front of
the Home you could see half over Connecticut and across the waters
of the Sound to Oyster Bay. Upon Sam Ward, however, the beauties of
Nature were wasted. When, the night previous, he had been given the
assignment he had sulked, and he was still sulking. Only a year
before he had graduated into New York from a small up-state college
and a small upstate newspaper, but already he was a "star" man, and
Hewitt, the city editor, humored him. "What's the matter with the
story?" asked the city editor. "With the speeches and lists of
names it ought to run to two columns." "Suppose it does " exclaimed
Ward; "anybody can collect type-written speeches and lists of
names. That's a messenger boy's job. Where's there any
heart-interest in a Wall Street broker like Flagg waving a silver
trowel and singing, 'See what a good boy am I ' and a lot of
grownup men in pinafores saying, 'This stone is well and truly
laid.' Where's the story in that?" "When I was a reporter,"
declared the city editor, "I used to be glad to get a day in the
country." "Because you'd never lived in the country," returned Sam.
"If you'd wasted twenty-six years in the backwoods, as I did, you'd
know that every minute you spend outside of New York you're robbing
yourself." "Of what?" demanded the city editor. "There's nothing to
New York except cement, iron girders, noise, and zinc garbage cans.
You never see the sun in New...
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