"We will go back there, won't
we, Charles? Only you won't
leave me alone so much, like you
used to?" t -
Whipple's eyes seemed start
ing out of his head. Striding for
ward, he grasped Nan by the arm
and shouted into her ear:
"Nan, Nan, are you crazy?"
' "Not in the least," she replied
quietly, turning from Asberry.
"Only 1 remembei everything
"But you've nothing to remem
ber'' snorted Whipple, "you
never saw that man before."
Nan tripped into the house
without replying.. There was a
little silence and they heard her
returning. She was gazing fond
ly at something which she held in
"Look !" she cried, extending it
to her father. "WHen he put my
picture in his watch he .gave me
this beautiful little watch with
his picture in it. I have, treasured
it ajl these years." Whipple took"
it with hands that shook.
"It is Asberry's picture," he
conceded, "however you come to
have it. But, Nan, you never saw
this man "before. This whole thing
is- a joke, a joke, do you hear, one
o my practical jokes. I wanted
to test-Felix's affection. I met
this man in Dallas a while back
and he agreed to play the part,
and I supplied him with your pic
ture You are not married."
"If it is a joke," replied Nan,
coolly, "ou happened to find the
In the silence that followed
Felix came forward. 1
'"Do you believe this?y he
"I suppose I'll have to," was
the w.eary reply.
"Do you call it, a fair test of a
man's affection for his betrothed,
or a father's for his daughter, to
give him absolute proof of a
"What do you mean ?" demand
"Do you call it unfair to Uirna
joke on an inveterate practical
joker?" Whipple glanced keenly
at the three. They were laughing
''What does this mean?" he
"Only this,"" explained Felix.
"That, as Nan said a while ago,
you found the right man. He was
an old friend of mine. We let you
have your fun with us, then we
had ours'with you. And, as a re
ward for the way he played his
part, he is going to be my best
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
' An old farmer fell ill, and it was
feared that an operation would be
necessary. He Avas very weak,
and" his physician called in a spec
The specialist, after examining
the old man, agreed that an opera
tion was advisable.
'But," he said, "we'd better
wait, and let him get stronger be
fore we cut into him."
At this the old farmer frowned
and muttered in a weak vpice
from the bed:
"Say, professor, what do you
take me for a cheese?"
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