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Cup o’ espresso and beefsteak,” ordered Dick. those have been quickly introduced, and Johnny attacked them vigorously. Now, within the boot-blacking company, in addition to in larger avocations, an analogous rule prevails, that power and are rewarded, and indolence suffers. Dick used to be full of life and at the alert for company, yet Johnny the opposite. The outcome used to be that Dick earned most likely thrice up to the opposite. “How do you're keen on it? ” requested Dick, surveying Johnny’s assaults upon the steak with obtrusive complacency. “It’s hunky. ” I don’t think “hunky” is to be present in both Webster’s or Worcester’s significant dictionary; yet boys will with no trouble comprehend what it capability. “Do you come back right here frequently? ” requested Johnny. “Most on a daily basis. You’d higher come too. ” “I can’t have the funds for it. ” “Well, you’d should, then,” stated Dick. “What do you do together with your funds, I’d prefer to recognize? ” “I don’t get close to up to you, Dick. ” “Well, chances are you'll in the event you attempted. I retain my eyes open, — that’s the way in which i am getting jobs. You’re lazy, that’s what’s the problem. ” Johnny didn't see healthy to answer this cost. most likely he felt the justice of it, and most well-liked to continue with the breakfast, which he loved the extra because it expense him not anything. Breakfast over, Dick walked as much as the table, and settled the invoice. Then, via Johnny, he went out into the road. “Where are you going, Johnny? ” “Up to Mr. Taylor’s, on Spruce highway, to work out if he don’t desire a shine. ” “Do you're employed for him normal? ” “Yes. Him and his associate wishes a shine such a lot each day. the place are you goin’? ” “Down entrance of the Astor condominium. i assume I’ll locate a few buyers there. ” At this second Johnny all started, and, dodging into an access manner, concealed in the back of the door, significantly to Dick’s shock. “What’s the problem now? ” requested our hero. “Has he long past? ” requested Johnny, his voice betraying nervousness. “Who long gone, I’d wish to be aware of? ” “That guy within the brown coat. ” “What of him. You ain’t terrified of him, are you? ” “Yes, he acquired me a spot as soon as. ” “Where? ” “Ever up to now off. ” “What if he did? ” “I ran away. ” “Didn’t you're keen on it? ” “No, I needed to wake up too early. It used to be on a farm, and that i needed to wake up at 5 to keep up the cows. i love manhattan most sensible. ” “Didn’t they provide you adequate to devour? ” “Oh, definite, lots. ” “And you had an exceptional mattress? ” “Yes. ” “Then you’d greater have stayed. You don’t get both of them the following. Where’d you sleep final evening? ” “Up an alley in an outdated wagon. ” “You had a greater mattress than that during the rustic, didn’t you? ” “Yes, it used to be as smooth as — as cotton. ” Johnny had as soon as slept on a bale of cotton, the recollection offering him with a comparability. “Why didn’t you remain? ” “I felt lonely,” acknowledged Johnny. Johnny couldn't precisely clarify his emotions, however it is frequently the case that the younger vagabond of the streets, even though his foodstuff is doubtful, and his mattress could be any previous wagon or barrel that he's fortunate adequate to discover unoccupied while evening units in, will get so connected to his precarious yet self sustaining mode of lifestyles, that he feels discontented in the other.