Randolph's face lighted up with exultation.
"But it is also evident," continued Mr. Hooper, "that he would not have succeeded but for the unfortunate collision between Luke Larkin and Tom Harper."
Here some of Luke's friends brightened up.
"I don't know about that," said Randolph. "At any rate, I came in first."
"I watched the race closely," said the teacher, "and I have no doubt on the subject. Luke had so great a lead that he would surely have won the race."
"But he didn't," persisted Randolph, doggedly.
"He did not, as we all know. It is also clear that had he not stopped to ascertain the extent of Tom's injuries he still might have won."
"That's so!" said half a dozen boys.
"Therefore I cannot accept the result as indicating the superiority of the successful contestant."
"I think I am entitled to the prize," said Randolph.
"I concede that; but, under the circumstances, I suggest to you that it would be graceful and proper
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