Six months later Gunn received
"Honored Sir: At 7 o'clock to
morrow evening I will arrive with
black tulip and iharriage licence.
Shall expect you to procure min
ister. Your son-in-law-to-be, Jas
Jasper was on time. Gunn had
procured the minister, the wed
ding feast was spread and the
guests were arriving. Even Doc
tor Spitzenmeister was present,
laughing to hide his chagrin.'
"No monkey business!" said
Gunn. "Give me the black tulip
The bridegroom told every
body to find seats at one end of
the room, while he stood grace
fully beside a table at the other.
He took from a satchel a flowelr
pot, which he put on the table.
"Ladies and gentlemen," Jqp
said, pulling his sleeves to his el
bows, "you will observe there are
no mechanical devices in my
'sleeves to deceive you:"
"Rubbish!" snorted Gunn.
"I will now drop this tulip bulb
into the pot," continued Jasper.
"On top of the bulb I will spread
this earth. Will this lady kindly
examine the pot to see if the bulb
and earth are really in it? Thank
you. She says they are. Now, 1
will drop this handkerchief over
the pot. Presto-change! Hokus
pocus!" He lifted the cloth. There,
growing in the pot, &tood a black
Gunn, with an inarticulate cry,
"It is! It is! Spitzenmefster,
come and look. It is black all
The doctor's "face was pasty.
He groaned. Jasper replaced the
"Bring the minister," he said.
In the time it takes to tell it he
and Alicia were married.
"It's t mine !" exulted Gunn,
when the ceremony was con
cluded. He lifted the cloth. His eyes
bulged. For there, where the tulip
had been, now grew a spindling
stem from which hung an oblong,
"A .lemon!" roared Doctor
Spitzenmeister, and for the first
time in his life he was genuinely;
Soup Balls With Cornstarch.
Blend 2 tablespoonfuls of corri
starch with y2 pint of milk. Put
it into a saucepan and add 1 '
tablespoonful of "butter. Bring to
a boil and boil 5 minutes, stirring
all the time. Take it off the fire
and allow it to cool slightly. Add
a well beaten egg 1 tablespoonful
of fine bread crumbs, half a tea
spoonfuLof salt, a quarter of a tea
spoonful of pepper and 1 table
spoonful of chopped parsley.
Form into small balls with a
spoon. Pour into boiling water rfj
"What would you think if you
saw a battleship coming over that;
hill?" asked Judge Shoots.
"I'd know I had 'em again," re
plied Col. Boose.
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