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Lucile included hardly a word about family problems (except her mother), although her letters suggest otherwise. She was very close to her younger sister; yet Iris's name was not mentioned in the original manuscript. I always felt my mother was a careful and thorough reporter without ever inventing facts to fill out a story. Even though she had no mechanical aptitude she could write credible accounts of technical matters such as the workings of a stone quarry. Her skill was in preserving the informant's words.

This was marvelous basic training, better than if we had broken in on small town newspapers. Therefore I had no great difficulty in adjusting to The Guard's routine. Verna and I managed our living arrangement very well after I gave up my hours upstairs helping the landlady. All went smoothly until I returned from spring vacation in Portland to learn The Guard's financial troubles were a grim fact. The paper had gone into receivership and the temporary management was cutting out all trimmings. A campus reporter was considered nonessential.

Once more I had a look at the city room, where I longed to be. The assistant city editor was an amiable and tolerant man. He asked me to sit down and explained in a kindly way, "We don't want this sort of news from you. " Page 8 May asked, "What have you been studying in school? How old are you? " "Yes, yes," I insisted. " he wanted to know. " "I have no money," I responded. "Others have dishwashed," was his tart reply. " I pleaded. "Well," he hesitated, "you might do better if you tried getting a feature story at the Union Depot.

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