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The clock provedTiim a whole
hour late when "Get-Away-Quick"-
Ballingame arrived at
Carr, Lode, Lott & Co.'s office.
The day before Ballingame had
been warned by Mr. Carr that he
shouldn't be late again without a
t gootf excuse.
Dudley Jones, the bookkeeper,
gave Ballingame a sour smile and
asked him what he was going to
tell the Boss.
"Tell him," said Ballingame,
"gee, how do I know. I just got
out of IjecL"
"Well, Thefc you two bits you
don't slip away to the ball game
this afternoon," said Dudley.
'T11 take yonf said Ballin
gatne, fishing for a quarter. And
when the money was up he con
tinued : "Maybe you didn't know
tne ntnaietics are,, nere ioaay ana
I never miss seeing the Athalet
v"Ballingrame!" bawled Mr.
Carr three minutes after his ar
rival. "You were an hour late
this morning. Now vwhy was
that" y y
"Well, you see itrwas this way,
v Mr. Carr. I got up early as usual
and had my breakfast and when
I started for the cat I cpuldn't
find my hat. I looked high and
low for it foran hour. Somebody
must have the lid. I had to wear
this old cady down town."
And Ballittgame produced a de
crepit old sky piece hat that had
been kicking around the place
Mr. Carr was pretty well-flabbergasted,)
"but he managed to
apologize for having intruded up
on Ballingame's shame.
When 2 o'clock came and Bal
lingame had made no move, Dud
ley smiled and asked-Ballingame
if he was ready to let the stake
holder hand over that two bits.
At 2:30 Ballingame .gave his
hair a careful brushing, attended
his finger nails and strolled over
to the Boss'room, stuck his head
m ana saia in anjjnnana way:
"I'm just slipping out to buy,
me a new hat, Mr, Carr."
The next morning Ballingame
was on tne jpb bright and early.
'41 certainly had an awful time
getting a, hat, to fit," he said.
j. hat s the trouble with havmsr
a 7y2 head." N
"Gee," he said to the stake
holder, "that boy- Baker's some
ball player."" And he slipped four
bits into his vest pocket.
"Weighing his vrards."