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THE PENMAN

 

THERE once was a man who held an office that re-quired good penmanshipWhile he filled the office ablyotherwise he was incapable of good penmanship So headvertised in the newspaper for someone with a fine hand writingand so many applied that the applications could have filled a whole bucket But one was all he neededAnd so he chose the first he came to one with a script as beautiful as that of the finest writing machine The man inoffice was an excellent writerAnd when his writings ap- peared in the handsome letteringeveryone said"That is beautifully written"

"That's my work"said the fellowwhose mind wasn't worth a penny

And after hearing such praise for a whole week hebecame so conceited that he wanted to be the man in office himself He really would have made a fine writing teacherand would have looked well in his white necktie at ladies'

tea parties But that wasn't what he wanted he Wanted tooutwrite all the other writers And he wrote about paintersand sculptors about composers and the theater He wrotean awful lot of nonsense and when it was too dreadful hewould write the following day that it had been a misprint

As a matter of fact everything he wrote was a misprintbut the sad part was that his only asset his beautiful handwriting couldn't be seen in print

"I can breakI can makeI'm a hell of a fellow sort of a little god and not so little at that"

This was a lot of silly talk And that he finally died of On his death a flowery obituary appeared in the news paper Now wasn't that a sorry talehis being painted inglowing terms by a friend who really could write stories

Despite the good intentions of his friend his life story with all its nastiness clamoring and prattle became avery sad fairy tale indeed

 


 

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