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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 31, 1912, Image 20

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"The subject of my lecture is
'The Jokes of the Ancients.' "
"Good!" "New!" "Give us a
sample!" and like eager, and ur
gent calls filled the" air,
Adolphus began to read. He
had not proceeded ten lines before
he realized that the humorist was
an adept in his line. There were
only ten basic jokes in the world,
he claimed, and the ancients orig
inated them all. With exquisite
wit and finish the manuscript ex
patiated on these.
As Adolphus proceeded there
were grim smiles, then guffaws.
At a decided interruption the lec
turer looked up in his mild, as
tonished way, to observe the
room convulsed, with jolly men
laughing till the tears came into
their eyes. One student was so
overcome that he had fallen to
the floor in a spasm of uproarous
hilarity.
The jokes were funny, but
there was an added zest to the ap
preciativeness of the audience.
This was the solemn, owl-like se
riousness of the lecturer. To
Adolphus it was no fun. All this
was trivial as compared with his
own high literary screed. Be
sides that, his province was to in
struct, not to amuse, and the fac
ulty might criticize.
With wild whoops the crowd
made a rush for Adolphus as he
folded up his manuscript. Four
stalwart fellows raised him on
their shoulders. Amid great hur
rahs they started from the room
with him.
"Gentlemen! gentlemen!" re
primanded a stentorian voice as
they reached the doorway, and
the president of the college halt
ed the procession.
"It's all right, Prex," declared
the ringleader of the riot "We've
elected hiin our new professor,
and we're going to give him ,the
honorary degree in all our .fra
ternal societies by carrying him
three times around the campus to
the tune of "
A rollicking college song rang
out from the formidable, bluster
ing mob bearing Adolphus in tri
umph from the scene.
.A favorite all around, the
young man was settled for life;
and a happy bridegroom in the
bargain, a few weeks later. ,
That was not all of it. The
humorist hunted up Adolphus to
get back his manuscript. The
one he had taken by mistake he
claimed had saved the day for
him. Its sentiment and classical
tinge had just caught the au
dience. It gave him a great repu
tation for versality, and the lec
ture bureau had raised his pay.
He hired Adolphus on the spot to
write him a series of lectures in
the same vein, and this work re
sulted in some substantial pin
money for his delighted little
wife.
About a million tourists visit
the Alps each year, of .whom
about twenty-four are killed in
accidents.
Over three and a quarter mil
lions, or more than 74-per cent of
the entire population of Ireland,
profess the Roman Catholic faith.

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