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HE BIT FAIRLY DEEP
A small boy stood by the side
of a country road near a river,
standing on one foot, holding his
head on one side and pounding
the top of it with his hand.
"What's the matter?" inquired
the old gentleman.
"Water in me ear," grin ::d the
"Well, well, I declare!" said
the old man. "To think I'd for
gotten! I've done the self-same
thing many a time when I've been
in swimming and got water in my
"I ain't been er swimmin'," the
"How'd you get water, in your
"I been eatin' watermelon,"
was the reply.
Dressed in her very gayest
winter finery, she tripped into the
postoffice and laid a pink-tinted
missive on the counter.
"I want you to tell me," she
commanded between telltale
blushes, as she saw the clerk's
glance alight on the address
written on the envelope, "how
long it will be before I can get an
answer to this letter?"
"That all depends," growled
the official, whom a strenuous day
had soured to the charms of the
beauty in front of him. "If he's in
jail he can only write once a week.
If he's broke, he 11 have to wait
till he can raise the price of a
stamp. If he's in the hospital he
may have to send you his choicest
heart throbs via a third person.
If he's dead, or if he's picked up a
new best girl, well "
The clerk for a minute was at
a loss for words. But that didn't
matter. The girl had flown.
o o :
The geography class was in
session, and the teacher pointed
a finger to the map on the class
"Here, on one hand, we have
the far-stretching country of Rus
sia. Willie," she asked, looking
over her pupils and settling on
one small boy at the end of the
class, "what do we see on the
Willie, hopeless with 'fright,
hesitated a moment and then an