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THE BLACK TULIP.
Malachi Gunn loved two things
only in this world his daughter
and his tulip garden.
A crabbed, lean-visaged old
Yankee, he had the prettiest
daughter and the prettiest tulip
garden in town.
Even old Dr. Spitzenmeister's
tulip garden was not so fine.
One would think that Gunn
would have drawn some sweet
ness from his garden ; for, besides
tulips, there were bowers of roses
rows of stately hollyhocks and all
manner of sweet, old-fashioned
But no. He had two fears which
soured him. One was that a lover
would take his daughter from
him. The other was that Dr. Spit
zenmeister would get a blacl? tu
lip before he did. The latter was
the Worst thing that could possi
The doctor was a fat little Hol
lander who laughed at everything
anybody said, whether it was fun
ny or not laughed until his fat
sides shook and his red-blue jowls
wobbled over the edge of his col
lar. But his piggy little eyes never
laughed. His was a selfish soul.
The doctor had only one fear.
It "was that Malachi Gunn would
get a black tulip before he did.
These tulip enthusiasts had
every species of tulip-but one.
Neither was happy. They dream
ed of and hungered for a black
One eveningat dusk Gunn was
pacing his garden in a bla'ck
mood. He glared at his beautiful
tulips as if he hated them- The
roses and hollyhocks nodded at
him. He scowled back. He feared
he would never find a black tulip.
But he wouldn't give up. No!
He'd spend half his fortune be
And at that most unpropitious
moment Jasper Bloom ran square
ly into liim and asked for the hand
of Alicia !
Now, GHnn had no particular
objection to Bloom, a nice young
man, and rich, except that he
knew and cared nothing about
"You you you !" Gunn
choked. "You puppy! You scal
dawag! You nincompoop! Why,
you you don't know a tulip from
a fried egg !"
Jasper couldn't see what tulips
and fried eggs had to do with his
marrying Alicia. And' said so.
Then Gunn delivered his ultima
tum: "Young man, you can have my
daughter on one condition.
Bring me a black tulip and she's
"Done !" said Jasper. "I won't
come again without a black tulip."
"See that you don't," snapped
Gunn, and strode into the house.
Next day Jasper boarded a
train for the city and called upon
a famous magician at whose feats
of legerdemain everyone was
marveling. At the conclusion of
the interview Jasper asked:
"Will you do it?"
"I will," laughed the magician.
"Black tulips are as easy as or
anges or roses, if vou only know
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