Chapter 27

           ThesunofMartin’sgoodfortunerose. ThedayafterRuth’svisit,hereceivedacheckforthreedollarsfromaNewYorkscandalweeklyinpaymentforthreeofhistriolets. TwodayslateranewspaperpublishedinChicagoacceptedhis"TreasureHunters,"promisingtopaytendollarsforitonpublication. Thepricewassmall,butitwasthefirstarticlehehadwritten,hisveryfirstattempttoexpresshisthoughtontheprintedpage. Tocapeverything,theadventureserialforboys,hissecondattempt,wasacceptedbeforetheendoftheweekbyajuvenilemonthlycallingitselfYouthandAge. Itwastruetheserialwastwenty-onethousandwords,andtheyofferedtopayhimsixteendollarsonpublication,whichwassomethinglikeseventy-fivecentsathousandwords; butitwasequallytruethatitwasthesecondthinghehadattemptedtowriteandthathewashimselfthoroughlyawareofitsclumsyworthlessness. 

           Butevenhisearliesteffortswerenotmarkedwiththeclumsinessofmediocrity. Whatcharacterizedthemwastheclumsinessoftoogreatstrengththeclumsinesswhichthetyrobetrayswhenhecrushesbutterflieswithbatteringramsandhammersoutvignetteswithawar-club. SoitwasthatMartinwasgladtosellhisearlyeffortsforsongs. Heknewthemforwhattheywere,andithadnottakenhimlongtoacquirethisknowledge. Whathepinnedhisfaithtowashislaterwork. Hehadstriventobesomethingmorethanamerewriterofmagazinefiction. Hehadsoughttoequiphimselfwiththetoolsofartistry. 

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