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THE DIPPER HELPS A FRIEND, AND ENCOUNTERS
AN ATHLETIC YOUNG WOMAN LACKING IN MERCYfj
I came on The Dipper in the
rear of a little salon on the South
He was plunged in gloom, but
at sight? of me he cheered up vis
ably. "Mine'll be whisky," he said
promptly. "Straight whisky, an'
lots of it."
I pressed the button because
there happened to be something
I particularly wished The Dipper
to do for me.
"Dipper," I said, about the
time that gentleman was wiping
his mouth with the sleeve of his
coat, "I want you to do me a little
The Dipper suddenly became
galvanized into life.
"Nix!" he said vehemently.
"Ab-so-lute-ly nix! This isn't
my day of' the week for doing
I was grieved. I had supplied
The Dipper with cigarettes when
he was in jail. I had bought him
countless drinks. He even had
used my home as a refuge from
the police. I felt that I was not
being treated right.
"Do you mean to say you are
going to refuse?" I demanded.
"I do," said The Dipper with
intense conviction. "And that's
flat and final. The last time one
of you writer guys asked me to
do him a favor, I got it where the
baby wears the beads, so hard I
haven't got over it yet. Nix on
the favor business."
"But this will only take you
ten minutes, and "
"I know an' it's as easy as
fallin' off a log. That's what the '
other fellow said." '
"What happened to you the''
last time, anyhow?" I asked. "
"A woman," said The Dipper
in tones of deep disgust. "A t
young woman, with an athletic r
training and lacking the quality ,
I rang the bell again, and when
the glasses had been duly replen
ished, signified that I should like
to hear about it.
I knew of many weird scrapes -The
Dipper had contrived to get
into, what between the Demon
Rum on the one hand the police
on the other but a Voman, and i
a young one. It sounded inter- .
"Well," explained The Dipper,
"this writer gink, whose name is '
now crossed off my visitin' list, '
was afflicted with ideas same as
you. They usecl to take him so
bad at times that they hurt.
"One night he comes to me as
soft an' silky like as the mother-in-law
of an imported duke, and
explains that he wants me tq do
him a little favor.
"Me bein' then as innocent as a -newborn
babe of the kind of fa
vors you guys deal in, I says 'yes' )
spontaneous an' agreeable.
"It seems as how Bennett
that's the writer person's name'
has a lady friend that's actin' '
kind of skittish. He's nuts about .
her, and has been diggin' through';
his gray matter for some way to
put the Indian Sign on, her goad. :.