Minnesota Tales

The Minneapolis Journal, October 7, 1907



Pretty Young Woman Whom He Met in the Station Shyly but Effectively Wins Portal Man's Confidence to the Extent of Just About $26, Which Was About All.

"And she was so nice, too," said Jurgen Bolun of Portal, N. D., to Nick Smith, captain of detectives, today when he complained of a pretty young woman with bright black eyes who had fleeced him out of $26 by pretending to be a friend of the family.

Bolun thought city folks were very thoughtful when he arrived at the Milwaukee station and was greeted by a young man who said he knew him. Bolun was going to Denver and so was the young man, who questioned the Portal man as to his friends in Denver, and remarked casually that he knew them, too. Then he went away to attend some business, after telling Bolun that he would see him on the train.

The second act was even more pleasing. As Bolun sat on the bench waiting for the young man to return, a young woman begged his pardon and asked him if he knew when the train left for Denver. Of course he knew, and he told her. She was going to Denver, too, and to see her uncle, who was the very man Bolun had told the stranger about.

He Remembered Her.

"And you don't remember me?" she asked shyly, apparently anxious to get away from the uncle question as soon as possible.

Bolun said he thought he did, but later he told Captain Smith he knew at the time he was lying, but just couldn't help it, when the girl wanted him to say yes. Just before train time she said she must get her baggage, and he accompanied her to the old Chamber of Commerce building, which she said was a hotel. He remained outside while she went in for her grips. She soon came out, saying she had only a $200 bill and the clerk couldn't change it. Would he let her have a little money until they could get the bill changed. And again he just couldn't help it. He handed her $26.

"I will go to the station in a carriage in a moment," she said, "so you go on ahead and save a seat for me, for the train will be crowded."

Waited and Waited.

John hustled ahead and piled his grips, hat and overcoat all over two seats that the girl who was going to Denver might have plenty of room when she arrived. He waited and waited and waited, but "Little Bright Eyes" didn't come. The train started out, and rather than leave without her, he would stay over a day, so he grabbed his belongings and leaped from the moving train. Someone at the station told him he had been "bunked proper," but he refused to believe it until he learned that the old Chamber of Commerce wasn't a hotel. Then he went to the police. He is eating and sleeping in the Central police station now and waiting for a check from a delighted father in Portal.

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