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So now we have a fantastic time, even if we research beautiful difficult too. i get on rather well in my experiences. Father has no longer made up our minds but the place he'll ship me to varsity. “I want you have been the following, Dick. I should still take pleasure in your organization, and in addition to I may still prefer to consider that you just have been getting an schooling. i feel you're obviously an exquisite shrewdpermanent boy; yet i guess, as you should earn your personal dwelling, you don’t get a lot likelihood to profit. I in simple terms want I had a couple of hundred funds of my very own. i might have you ever arise right here, and attend university with us. If I ever have an opportunity that can assist you by any means, you can be definite that i'll. “I shall need to finally end up my letter now, as i need to hand in a composition to-morrow, at the lifestyles and personality of Washington. i'd say that i've got a chum who wears a coat that after belonged to the final. yet i guess that coat needs to be tired by means of this time. I don’t very like writing compositions. i might plenty really write letters. “I have written an extended letter than I intended to. i am hoping you'll get it, even though i'm afraid now not. for those who do, you want to ensure that you do resolution it, once attainable. You needn’t brain in the event that your writing does appear like ‘hens-tracks,’ as you instructed me as soon as. “Good-by, Dick. you want to consistently consider me, as your especially true buddy, “FRANK WHITNEY. ” Dick learn this letter with a lot delight. it's continually friendly to be remembered, and Dick had so few buddies that it was once extra to him than to boys who're higher supplied. back, he felt a brand new experience of value in having a letter addressed to him. It used to be the 1st letter he had ever got. If it have been despatched to him a 12 months sooner than, he shouldn't have been in a position to learn it. yet now, due to Fosdick’s directions, he couldn't basically learn writing, yet he may well write an outstanding hand himself. there has been one passage within the letter which happy Dick. It used to be the place Frank stated that if he had the money he could pay for his schooling himself. “He’s a tip-top feller,” acknowledged Dick. “I want i'll see him ag’in. ” there have been the explanation why Dick wish to have noticeable Frank. One was once, the usual excitement he may have in assembly a pal; yet he felt additionally that he want to have Frank witness the development he had made in his reviews and mode of existence. “He’d locate me a bit extra ’spectable than while he first observed me,” notion Dick. Dick had by way of this time bought as much as Printing condo sq.. status on Spruce road, close to the “Tribune” workplace, was once his outdated enemy, Micky Maguire. It has already been stated that Micky felt a common enmity in the direction of these in his personal in existence who wore higher outfits than himself. For the final 9 months, Dick’s neat visual appeal had excited the ire of the younger Philistine. to seem in neat clothes and with a fresh face Micky felt used to be a bit of presumption, and an assumption of superiority at the a part of our hero, and he termed it “tryin’ to be a swell. ” Now his astonished eyes rested on Dick in his historical dresses, which was once similar to his personal. It used to be a second of triumph to him.