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Olbrich, M. B. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. 1, No. 4 (March 1904)

Jordan, E. S.
The policy of Sammy Smithers,   pp. 154-157


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THE POLICY OF SAMMY SMITHERS
every other day and kept a soft piece of felt on his dresser
with which to brush his derby. He "sprung" the new col-
lars, ordered his spring suit from Philadelphia, and learned
all the important telephone numbers by heart. It is needless
to say that Smithers was old for his age and would much
rather be beaten than to be II done" as he expressed it. He
could talk, although he was not particular what he said,
he thought facts of little concern. Sometimes it taxed his
memory to recollect whether all the things that he told about
had ever really happened. He made it his chief purpose to
interest, not to convince, but to interest and to impress.
  The smoke from the dwindled cigarette of Smithers made
circles around his head as he sat and contemplated the roofs
of the houses from the window of his room. Occasionally he
smiled as he thought of some particularly good story he had
told and again he scowled as he philosophized with himself
on the disagreeable features of an independent coeducational
body. His room-mate had already received a bid to the in-
ter-sorority leap year party and Smithers had heard others go
thundering down the hall imparting the knowledge that they
were all that they had previously claimed to be socially.
Sammy was in the parlance of the Latin quarter, a "fusser."
He carried books down the hill for some of the best dancers
and his opinion as to the relative merits of those dancers who
got the most bids was not considered valueless. Still Smith-
ers was not a star in any one constellation. Not one of the
girls whose pictures stared at him from the dresser owed him
any particular obligation. That was why he had not received
a bid. Nevertheless, there were those who sufficiently recog-
nized his social position to be averse to seeing him left at
home. The girl on the end of the dresser with the low
necked gown had told her sisters at dinner that if she did not
owe so many other fellows so much she herself would
take Smithers. The girl behind the military brushes near the
center had decided to forego her desire to dance the first
dance with Sammy and to take Jimkins from her town. She
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