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egg it was an auk's egg, and it
was warm. I took it home and
WWhat does Mrs. .Brinckhofen
think of it?"
"She doesn't know anything
about it, of course. I don't be
lieve in telling my wife a profes
sional secret And the jokeof it
is" he nudged Cavendish in the
ribs "it's incubating with a
clutch o eggs that she set out
last week under one, of our hens.
It couldn't-ie safer anywhere."
"Show me!" said Cavendish
skeptically, and they entered the
rowboat and, a few minutes later,
"rounded 'the point ofland behind
which the Brinckhofens had their
-"Theresas where I -shot her,"
iaidthe prtrfessor, pointing to the
high towering cliff. "I didn't
mean .to-, either, but I Was so ex
cited that I couldn'r, bear to think
of her getting away. Now, be
fore we do-anything else we'll go
straight tor the clftch,"
They climbed the hill and en
tered the 4ittle garden of the
bungalow: In one corner was the
hen house, and, in the center,
seated upon a clutch of eggs sur
rounded with strawy-,1 was a gray
hen, which lookdd at them with
malignant eyes anjl half opened
her beaks-as-though to protect her
"Sho$!" said Professor Brinck
hofen,. and the hen slowly rose
and retired a few paces, where it
crouched with flapping wings, and
an irate expression. Professor
Brinckhofen plunged his hand
into tie tlutch and drew out the
precious egg. It was a-h"ttle larger
than that of a goose.
''Good heavens, Brinckhofen, it
is! It is!" yelled Doctor Caven
dish, and, carefully replacing it,
he seized his friend round the
waist, and the two graybeards
executed a dance.
Mrs. Brinckhofen watched
them out of the kitchen window.
"I suppose that is Doctor
Cavendish," she said pityingly.
"I wonder why they are dancing
in the hen-house."
"She. sat down and meditated
upon the subject until the men
came in. Then she -welcomed
Doctor -Cavendisfi with smiles.
"Cpme, CaVemli 1J Want to
shqw ydu my libxpstptt" said
Brinckhofen, draggjngTpS friend
away as soon as ' he decently
could. They went H&tp the pro
fessor's little bare joom and be
gan discussing the;great discov
"Of course it gaes Jjo, Oieymu
s$um, Brinckhofen," said 'Caven
dish. "It will .be" worth a thou
sand dollars to you."
"A thousand dollars ' exclaim
ed the professor. "You are jerk
ing, Cavendish. Why, theegg
alone would bring that at auc
tion." - v v
"Yes, yes, Fm speaking aboUf
the egg? said Doctoc Cavendish
irritably. "What are you speak
v "Why, the auk, of course.
Don't you know that I plif it there
so that it would hatch? Why,
we'll have a real live bird, Caven
dish. I shall sell it to the Zoo
logical society, and I'll patch up