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about the books. "I was just
"These are Coptic books," ex
plained the wise guy.
"Excuse me for a moment,"
said Pierp, and went outside and
called his art secretary over.
"Say," said Pierp to the secre
tary, "what are Copic books
"Coptic books," said the secre
tary, "are priceless. Only there
aren't any more. All the existing
ones are in museums, and are kept
in vaults that are burglar proof."
"Ha ! ha !" thought Pierp. "At
last, I have something on this
wise secretary of mine. All the
Coptic books are not in libraries.
Some of them are in the next
room, ril go buy them."
So he went back to where the
Arab wise guy was wondering if
Pierp had gone to call the police,
and was getting soine uncomfort
able. "How much do you want for
them?" asked Pierp.
"It is throwing them away,"
said the Arab wise guy. "But I
am honored by being permitted to
alk to the great American king. I
shall sell them to you for $7,000
"How many volumes are
there?" asked Pierp.
"Fifty-seven," said the wise
Pierp figured it out on the back
of his check book. Holv mack
erel! That was 399,000." Still
what was it his secretary had said
about Coptic books being price
less? "I'll buy them," he said.
So h'e gave the Arab wise guy;
a check for $399,000 and the Arab
wise guy beat it for the bank be
fore it closed, being afraid .that
somebody would put JPierp next
and Pierp would stop the check.
After he had the $399,000 in his
belt, he decided that the air at
Cairo "didn'f suit 'him, and his
present whereabouts unknown.
Probably he's paying his respects
to Mahomet's tomb at Mecca.
As for Pierp well, he's the
proud possessor of those 57 Cop
tic books, that the European
museums have had so much trou- .
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