, poker game such as he ever had
sat in "before.
He moved .out enough blue
chips to call, and demanded to
know what the lucky gent held.
- "Oh, four; aces," said that per
son. "Lerame see 'em," demanded
"Sure," said the lucky gent, and
tarelessly threw down four per
fectly good aces.
They were perfectly good aces.
The only trouble with them was
that they didn't all belong in the
same deck. Two of them were
The pained look deepened on
the face of James' Phillips, of
"Got any more aces around
you?" he demanded, while his
fright hand moved backwards sug
gestively." "Whaddyu mean?" demanded
x the lucky gent, waving his arms
excitedly. "Are you-all accusin'
me of cheatin' ?"
This was the proper thing "to
say in the circumstances, but the
lucky gent shouldn't have waved
his arms that way. A fifth ace
dropped from hiss sleeve, and the
pained look on Mr. Phillips' face
4?ecame the look of a man hunting
trouble and meaning to find it.
James Phillips is quite a lanky
personwith considerable muscle.
Also, last night, he happened to
- be carrying a gun.
When the smoke had cleared
away, the lucky gent of the four
aces, two of them hearts, had dis
appeared. The buffet was shot
.to pieces, having violently en-
countered, a chair, thrown bv Mr.
Phillips at the luck gent. The
chandeliers were smashed. The
poker table, was only good for
firewood. Edward Brooks, who
had been in thefgame, and who is
a horse trader when not playing
in those funny poker games, was
half in, half out of the window.
Mr. Phillips took a shot at the
half of Mr. Brooks which was in
the inside of the window, thus
breaking Mr. Brooks' leg, and
then went- toward his hotel,
"breathing fife, vengeance and
sudden death to anyone who in
Later, ,Mr. Phillips, having
nursed his-wrath somewhat and
calmed it down, gave himself up
to the sheriff.
But it all goes to show that the
national suspicion of persons who
hold four aces at opportune mo
ments is well founded.
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would I were your cat.
Miss Stinger I wish to good
ness you were. I always put the
cat out when I want to. .
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better than they can dissimu
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