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THE GREAT AUK'S EGG
By Margaret Manning.
(Copyright by W.' G. Chapman.)
Professor Ferdinand Brinck
hofen -wanderedfntr-the "kitchen
of his summer bungalow, on the
Maine shore. His wife was wash
ing the dinner dishes.
"Ellen, my dear," he said', "Doc
tor Cavendish, of the Natural
HGcxid-Heaven, Brinckhofen, It
Is! It Is!"
llistory museum, will be here
tons afternoon. Can you get up
a. mearfor'him? He has to' start
back tomorrow morning."
"I suppose so? Ferdinand," an
swered his wife a little tartly.
"You know, of course, that we
haven't much in the house to of
fer a juest However, I'll do my
bct, pnd if he will be satisfied
v ith iu he's welcome. Why is he j
coming all this distance just tfc
spend the night with us?"
Professor Brinckhofen p$ihiB
arm around his wife's waiiglfcnd
kissed her. r- !
"I know you're busy, Ellekhe
said. "Next summer we'll gefe a
maid- And he wandered 0
while his wife went -on washi
She dried the-last plate and SI
Professor Brinckhofen engagi
1 rowboat and pulled round to th
railroad terminal, where he ar
rived just in time-to greet-Doc,-T'
tor Cavendish as his visitor step-1
oed out of bis car. , j
"Well, what did you think of
my letter?" he asked, safter 6he
customary greetings had been in
terchanged. Doctor 'Cavendish took his
friend by the arm wMy dear old
enthusiast," he answered, "to Jtte
frank with you, I am skeptical
wholly skeptical. It sounds too
good to be true- If you had told
me that you had discovered" a
buried Indian villagaor a dosen
asteroids I would have accepted
yourword without question. But
a great auk's egg no,vmy friend.
You have probably mistaken the
egg of a crested grebe or tufted
puffin for that of the auk."
"But the great auk did range
as far south as Maine in the last
century !" cried the professor.
"And the last specimen was
shot in 1844." i
"No, Cavendish, in 1912. I tell
you it was an auk. I shot the
brooding bird, but it fell into the
water and drifted out to sea be
fore I could get a boat. But the