John was distinctly down on his luck. He had come into the city fully prepared to set the world on fire with his genius, but as yet he had not noticed much of a conflagration as a result of his efforts. At the time the story opens, he was down to his last dollar and as yet he had found small prospects of any sort of a position. On his way to the only newspaper office he had not as yet importuned with his prayers for work, he came across a shabbily clad woman on a park bench. As John approached her, she fainted, dropping her handbag on the sidewalk. John picked the bag up, put it into his pocket and sent for an ambulance. After the woman had been carried away he suddenly remembered that he had kept the pocketbook. In the hope of finding a clue, John opened the handbag and examined its contents. It contained a child's photograph, a handkerchief, and a solitary nickel. On the bare chance of coming across the woman again. John made a tour through a number of city hospitals, hut without ...
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