ONE OF LIFE'S LITTLE MYSTERIES
This is a curious world.
If you don't believe- it, ask Skinny Malone. '
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Skinny Malone, like many an
other wiser than he, can't figure it
out at all. He knows that the
world is wound up to run in such
and such a way, and experience
has taught him that it is likely to
go on running .that way, but for
the life of him he can't see why
anybody should have made a
World to wag on in such a hap
He is not overly self-confident,
never yet having had enough to
eat in all his seven years, but he
has a sneaking idea that he couldIL
make a better world than this one himself if he were to have a try.
And it is not at all strange that Skinny should" think thus, in
view of the way the world looks through Skinnyjs eyes today. For
look see what it has done to Skinny. t
Yesterday was Christmas. All over Christendom yesterday'
folks were getting Christmas presents. For a. whole month people
had crowded the down-town stores, buying thousands upon thou
sands of presents, and yesterday morning they gave all those pres
ents away. Just think of it! Thousands upon thousands of presents
for kids ajl over the world ! And some there Were who got as many
as two or even three different presents. . . .'Little Jack McGruder,
down the street, he got two, a mouthharp and bag of candy.
You wouldn't think that, with all this buying and giving, there
Would be anybody in the world left without any Christmas present
at all would you now? With a whole month of buying, and with
whole wagon loads of presents rumbling along the streets for
weeks, it would seem utterly impossible that anybody should fail to "
get a Christmas present. It seems incredible that such a thing could
Yet such a thing DID happen. Skinny Malone, better than
anybody else, so Skinny thinks at least, knows that such a thfng
But HOW such a thing could happen is to Skinny a pro
found mystery. Thousands, on thousands of .presents, presents by;
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