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About Morning enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) 1911-1933 | View Entire Issue (July 29, 1911)
By ARTHUR BOYNTON
Copyrtsht by Amtrtru Pra Asso
My earliest reua?uilirnc la a gar
ret whera I was kept by an Italian
woman. A man ram to sea ber oora
alonally, and they talked a great deal
t about me. Out day tbey took me away
' Tery hurriedly to another city, where
they kept me for a long while, send
ing me out to steal what 1 could get
my hands on. One day after being
out on this errand 1 returned to the
shabby room and found Jt empty.
I must hae been about seven years
old at this time. At sny rate, I was
old enough to pick up a living as a
street gamin. I didn't like stealing
because I bad been often Vcked and
cuffed for doing so. 1 therefore ln
. vested the proceeds of a Tery success
ful theft la newspapers and entered
upon that business. On one or two
occsslons I got out Into the country
and longed to be there Instead of In
the dirty and dingy city. This threw
me Into the profession of tramp, but 1
Instinctively shrank from asking peo-
pie for food, therefore 1 made a very
poor Uvlng. I noticed that whenever
I asked any one for help I was always
looked upon with a sort of cariosity
that I did not understand.
- One night, tired and hungry, I was
tramping on a road. I had failed to
obtain any supper, and no "7o would
let me sleep on the premises. I wss
about to choose my accustomed bed on
, such occasions, two flat fence rails,
when I saw a dim light ahead. Trudg
ing on, I came to a house.
I looked In at a window and saw
that the room was lighted by bright
coals left from, a wood Are. There
was a bearskin rag before the fire
place, and I longed to lie down on it
and have a comfortable sleep. I tried
the window sash, expecting to find It
locked, but It wasn't I could lift It
easily and without making a sound.
I did so, pat my head In and listened,
then climbed Into the room.
The house no doubt belonged to well
to do persons. They had evidently
. gone to bed. I thought I might snatch
a few hours' sleep and get out before
, any one moved In the morning. I
knew It would 1m risky to do so, but I
wss desperate and ready to take any
' chance. So down I got on the rug and
had hardly struck It when I fell asleep.
I was awakened by being Viaken.
Opening my eyes, I perceived that the
room was. Illuminated. A man In pa-
Jamas was stooping beside me, shak
. lag me with one kind and holding a
cocked revolver In the other. '
. "Get up and get out of hereT he said
"All right." I. replied.
Raising myself, I stood on my feet
and rubbed my eyes. The man asked
me how I got In and what I came for.
He soon saw that I was not danger-
ous and uncocked his pistol. When he
'learned that I was a tramp and tired
' and hungry he softened toward me. I
noticed that he looked at me with that
aanae curious gas with which others
had regarded me. After talking with
me a few minutes be got me some
thing to eat and, not having the heart
to turn me out, told me he would show
me into a room where I could sleep till
morning. I told him I would rather
He on the rag, and he said I might do
' so. , He had come down before going
to sleep- to make sure the Sre warf In
safe condition, had seen me lying be
i ton it, had gone back upstairs for a
revolver and had awakened me.
In the morning early he came down,
roused me and told me to follow him
upstairs, showing me Into a beautiful
tiled bathroom and pointing to a suit
of clothes, with undergarments, hang
ing to hooks. I bathed, put on the
clothes and went downstairs. The
man whe had befriended me was
there and, turning, gazed at me stead
ily and with a wondering look. -
-If I didn't know better," be said, "1
would think you were my own broth
er." He led me to a pier glass, where our
figures were reflected. I had never
' aeen myself decently dressed before,
and was astonished at the change In
my appearance. I was as much aston
ished as he at the resemblance between
- me and the man beside me. Turning
to me, he ssld:
"You're no tramp. I saw that last
night Ton are or were at least born a
gentleman. You've got gentler blood
In your veins than I. Tou're working
I assured him that he was mistaken
and during our conversation gave him
the sketch of my life I have given
here. From the first he seemed moved
by some powerful emotion. Before I
had finished he rsn Into the ball and
, called: "Mother! Emily! Jack! Come
, When these persons came down be
aald to them, "Look at us two togeth
er and tell me who you think be Is."
"Oh, heavens!" exclaimed the moth
er. "Can he be Julian V
In a few words it wss explained to
me that sixteen years before her little
boy, Ave years old, bad been kidnaped.
During the negotiations for his return
the kidnapers hid become frightened
and disappeared. The child was at
, last given up for dead.
No direct proof was ever adduced
that I was the lost member of this
family. Nevertheless the fact was cor
roborated by much circumstantial evi
dence. I am the very Image of a
grandfather whose portrait hangs in
the houe I entered and look more like
my mother than either of my brothers.
The grandfather I spesk of was con
sidered a thoroughbred.
Funny In the Wrong Plaee.
That Prusslsn police officials are de
Told of humor Is the (Irmly rooted
opinion of a traveler for a Berlin cot
ton firm. . Ills business took him to
the little town of Nordenburg. When
the hotel register was placed before
him be filled In he various columns
and when be came to "Aim of the
Journey" he wrote, "The wide, wide
world." Fourteen days later he was
ebarged with- having committed a pub
lic outrage, for which he was fined alx
marks, one day's Imprisonment being
the alternative. '.
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