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Big Ed said, I'd put that thing
away Colonel, your hand trem
bles so you'll shoot yourself in the
When his back was against the
wall, his last dollar gone, Corri
gan declared he was glad of it and
th$t he would start life again,
with his stone crusher.
Chicago is a dirty place. The
government has had to send a
special washing machine here to
wash Chicago money.
YOU SEE THESE AMIABLE LUNATICS EVERY DAY
The escaped lunatic stopped and leaned over the fence of a gais
'den wherein a man was busy trimming the oath. The little en
closure was neatly kept, and bright with flowers, bordering a strip
The man who was working straightened up and wiped the per
spiration from his face, glancing toward .the fence. "Good ever
ing," nodded the Lunatic; "What a pretty place you have here."
"Yes. 'Tis rather nice." '
"Lived here long?"
"About ten years."
"Takes lots of time to keep a place looking good."
'"Yes it does. I put in about all my spare time."
"Still, it's a satisfaction to have nice 'surroundings."
"Sure. When I came here the yard was full of weeds and rub
bish. Hadn't been cared for at all." N
"I suppose you bought the place pretty cheap, though?"
"Oh, it isn't your place." v
"No. Just working here?"
"Why, of course it's mine in a way, so long as I pay the rent."
"Oh, theiv it isn't your own house and garden?"
"No. They belong to Bagley, the banker. Lives up the road
there in the big grounds."
"Oh, yes. I noticed them. Myl but it must take him lots of
time to trim his walks."
"He trim walks ? I guess not. He pays-three or four garden
ers to do it."
'Then of course as this is his, he pays you for your work?" f
"Don't you believe it. Tpay him for letting me live here."
"Then of course he lets you have it for less than the folks who
"Ha, ha! You're funny, aren't you? Why, hecharges me
more on account of improved property.'!
"And won't the house and garden ever be yours ?"
"Not likely. It's all I can do now to pay the rent."
The -Lunatic opened the gate, walked slyly up to the man and
whispered, "Say, how did-you get away?"