Chapter 28

           ButsuccesshadlostMartin’saddress,andhermessengersnolongercametohisdoor. Fortwenty-fivedays,workingSundaysandholidays,hetoiledon"TheShameoftheSun,"alongessayofsomethirtythousandwords. ItwasadeliberateattackonthemysticismoftheMaeterlinckschoolanattackfromthecitadelofpositivescienceuponthewonder-dreamers,butanattackneverthelessthatretainedmuchofbeautyandwonderofthesortcompatiblewithascertainedfact. Itwasalittlelaterthathefolloweduptheattackwithtwoshortessays,"TheWonder-Dreamers"and"TheYardstickoftheEgo." Andonessays,longandshort,hebegantopaythetravellingexpensesfrommagazinetomagazine. 

           Duringthetwenty-fivedaysspenton"TheShameoftheSun,"hesoldhack-worktotheextentofsixdollarsandfiftycents. Ajokehadbroughtinfiftycents,andasecondone,soldtoahigh-gradecomicweekly,hadfetchedadollar. Thentwohumorouspoemshadearnedtwodollarsandthreedollarsrespectively. Asaresult,havingexhaustedhiscreditwiththetradesmen(thoughhehadincreasedhiscreditwiththegrocertofivedollars),hiswheelandsuitofclotheswentbacktothepawnbroker. Thetype-writerpeoplewereagainclamoringformoney,insistentlypointingoutthataccordingtotheagreementrentwastobepaidstrictlyinadvance. 

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