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Xliss Dillpicklcs Educates a Parrot to Assist Her in Coaxing a Proposal from
e Lawncastle, an Obtuse Young Man Who Is Her Heart's Choice.7
Joe Left the House Badly Discouraged.
, By Fred Schaefer:
Polly has been given a tryout as
feathered conversation lozenge.
Grand success. However, the grand
success was only with Joe Pretzel.
I had to experiment upon somebody.
I wanted to be sure the parrot would
deliver the goods before 'I dared to
risk it with Leslie Lawncastle. If the
bird made its little spiel and got a
rise" out of 'Joe, the prospects would
look fine 'for a similar effect upon
my best beau. And vice versa. I
would get a good -line on the prosi
I had Polly ready when Joe came
,up on one of his visits.
"Going into the poultry business?"
Joe asked, seeing the green canary.
Just then the parrot remarked:
"Rings on her fingers!"
That was one of the .sentences'" I
had taught it A brick wall doesn't
have to fall on Joe. He took Ihe
hunch .in a moment
''Speaking of rings, Diana," he -breezed.
"I notice you aren't wear
ing any. What's the matter with me
getting you a nifty solitaire?" 1
Gently and firmly I told Joe that as
far as rings were Concerned the best
advice I could give hiiri was to "ring
off." At th& same time 1 Bighed,
thinking' howk different my answer
would have been had Leslie been in
Joe's shoes: " -
Joe left the .house badly discour
age,d, arid did not even say "gocM
bye" when J saw him to the door.. '
"That was good work, Polly," I
said, hugging the bird. "I hope you
do half as well with the other fellow:"
I know now. I can depend upon