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Signal in the Dark

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Author: Mildred A. Wirt
Published: 1946
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,258 / 129 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.8
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Penny Parker
Downloads: 2,958
Added to site: 2011.01.05
mnybks.net#: 30072
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Riverview Star is short-handed, and Penny convinces Mr. Parker to hire her during her school vacation. Penny finds the work difficult, especially because a jealous reporter makes trouble for her. Penny is asked to cover an explosion at the Conway Steel Plant and bungles the job when she loses the camera that was used to take pictures for the story.

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"But Mr. DeWitt," she protested. "I don't think I wrote it that way. I knew the correct name was Borman. I'm sure that was how I turned it in."

"Maybe you hit a wrong letter on the typewriter," the editor said less severely. "That's why one always should read over a story after it's written."

"But I did that too," Penny said, and then bit her lip, because she realized she was arguing about the matter.

"We'll look at the carbons," decided Mr. DeWitt.

They had been taken from the spindles by copy boys, but the editor ordered the entire day's work returned to his desk. Pawing through the sheets, he came to the one Penny had written. Swiftly he compared it with the original copy.

"You're right!" he exclaimed in amazement. "The carbons show you wrote the name John Borman, not Gorman."

"I knew I did!"

"But the copy that was turned into the basket said John Gorman. Didn't you change it on the first sheet?"

"Indeed I didn't, Mr. DeWitt."

Scowling

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