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to move along- to make room for
a second hurry-up. This latter
also carried a manuscript roll,
the exact counterpart of that be
longing to Adolphus. He likewise
tossed this into the rack, and
smiled broadly as he said:
"Oh, no," replied Adolphus
"H'm; 1 so? Further "coined
dence. Same line. Shake."
He was a jolly fellow, and he
and Adolphus struck Up"avspeedy
"I am a professional humorist,"
he told Adolphus. "Bound for a
Dunkard settlement at Jackson.
It seems that the regularly sched
uled man who was to lecture on
some abstruse subject is ill, and
I have to substitute. I warned
the lecture bureau that I would
probably be egged or arrested by
those solemn old fellows."
They became so companion
able that the train was starting
up from a stop before' the humor
ist was aware that it was his sta
tion. "See you again' h(j: said, grab
bing for his manuscript roll' and
rushing for the depot platform.
" In due time Adolphus arrived
at the college t6wn. ,A commit
tee of seniors met 'him at ttie
hotel and then escorted him to
the college itself. They-were in
clined to be chummy with Adolphus.
"I wish I had made that lec
ture a little lighter and more en
tertaining," was the burden of
the young lecturer's thoughts, as
he, faced a throng in the chapel
composed entirely of- students.
They were a lively set -and- the
hum of careless chatter indicated
that they would be restless or
riotous, just as the humor took
"Adolphus had been a studious
college man, and his trend was
dignified and grave. He ascend-"
ed to the rostrum and opened his
manuscript roll. His audience
was suspiciously quiet. Adol-
pnus cleared his throat.
"I am at your service this
evening, gentlemen," he began,
"with a brief talk' on the-"
There jAaWlfus gasped. His
eyes stared aftfie neatly type
written pagps" before Jiim. He was
electrified." -'Tfie room swam. He
paled, he trembled.
A mute horroj seized his be
wildered senses,, and a cold, omni
ous sweat, began., to creep down
his back. A' realization of his
awkward positjqn came to him
fully, as he observed that the stu
dents were staring won,deringly
at him on account of his sudden
stoppage of speech and the pro
longation of his unaccountable
silence. .. .
This flashed over Adolphus:
the manuscript before him Was
not his own! In his hurry in
leaving the train the -humorist
had grabbed up the wrong man
It was the crucial, critical mo
ment in the life of Adolphus. He
could not sneak extemotfre. he
could not remember his lecture
verbatim. A hundred eyes were
focused upon him. In despera
tion he called out huskily :