Under the crust of a commonplace newspaper editor, Clement J. Claggett is a volcano of romance. All his life he has dreamed the wildest dreams. This is the story of his unexpected acquisition of half a million. He takes his hat, tells the boss all the unpleasant facts about him and the paper that he has wished to state for years, and goes forth in search for adventure. He buys the Jasper B., engages a crew. But before he can put his life dreams into action a thousand and one things happen, more remarkable than he has ever pictured!
ger from his face.
"Eh," he said, "what's this?"
"My card, sir! A friend will wait on you tomorrow!"
"Tomorrow? A friend? What for?"
Cleggett folded his arms and regarded the managing editor with a touch of the supercilious in his manner.
"If you were a gentleman," he said, "you would have no difficulty in understanding these things. I have just done you the honor of challenging you to a duel."
Mr. Wharton's mouth opened as if he were about to explode in a roar of incredulous laughter. But meeting Cleggett's eyes, which were, indeed, sparkling with a most remarkable light, his jaw dropped, and he turned slightly pale. He rose from his chair and put the desk between himself and Cleggett, picking up as he did so a long pair of shears.
"Put down the scissors," said Cleggett, with a wave of his hand. "I do not propose to attack you now."
And he turned and left the managing editor's little office, closing the door behind him.
The managing editor tiptoed over to the door and, with