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out into the yard again. To his
surprise his late visitor was no
where to be seen. Then he heard
a groan. It proceeded.from a root
cellar he had been digging that
"Too bad," said Mercer, as he
saw the old man lying across the
loose timbers at the bottom of the
pit. "I had no business leaving
him to wander around unwarn
ed." The old man was carried into
the house and a doctor was sent
for The tramp, if such he was,
had injured his head and was un
conscious. They placed him in
the spare bedroom. The doctor
arrived, did what he could for the
patient, and said he was not se
"You've got a queer customer
in there," the physician told Mer
cer, as he ended his visit to his
patient the next morning.
"How is that?" inquired Mer
cer. "He has insisted that I send
lawyer Jones and-Mr. Brown to
"Why, I can't understand
that," remarked Mercer.
"No more can I, but, whim or
business, he is very persistent,
and I'm going to humor him."
" The lawyer arrived in com
pany with Brown an hour later,
both wondering and mystified.
The patient insisted that Mercer
also should come into the sick
- "Why," exclaimed Brown, "it's
the old tramp "
"No more tramp than you,"
cried the sick man, "you crafty
old sinner ! I'm the uncle of your
wife. I came down here to in
vestigate. You bought the mort
gage to crowd out your brother-in-law
here, and this lawyer is
pretending he owns it. Produce
those notes. I'm going to pay
"You big, blundering noodle!"
scolded Mrs. Brown two days
later. "You've made a nice mess
of your smart scheming, haven't
you?" It seemed so, indeed, for Uncle
Silas had made Mrs. Mercer his
heiress, the Mercer farm was
saved, and merry wedding bells
rang for pretty Ethel and her
lover when the June roses began
"Have a cigar, old fellow?"
"No. I've stopped smoking."
"But you accepted a cigar from
me yesterday and lit it."
"Yes that's when I decided to
Drill Sergeant (after worrying
Brown for two hours) Right
Brown Thank goodness I'm
right about something at last I
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