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LORD CHANCELLOR .
J' AND JONES.
By Percy Keble.
(Copyright by-W. G Chapman.)
' Lionel Jones fussed fier who had
been Lady Elizabeth Blount
"At this very instant I amvin "con
tempt of court," he said, and she, who
had been Lady Elizabeth-whispered
"Wouldn't you like to be in con
tempt again, Lionel?"
Air. Jones duly complied. Arid-lest
the susceptibilitieV be shocked, let it
"YoU Confounded Suffagette."
be said that they had" been married
(ten. minutes before in the office of the
registrar. Strand, London, England.
"Oh, dear!" sighed Mrs., Jones "if
only- Reggie could guess how happy
wc.are, I'm sure he would relent and.
let you marry-me."
"Yes,, but Reggie can clap, you. into
prison-- for it. until. I'm. twenty-oh'e
and' that won't he for fully two years'.
Or else untilthe government Joes.out
of officer Alad Reggie-'says "they're
so popular over this. new law .for the
free feeding,of' tramps"'that they're
sure- to remain in office that long:"
"Reggie" was none other than the
Earl of Masterton, lord chancellor of
England. Lord Masterton, upon the
woolsack, in full bottomed wig pre
siding, over the augustdebates of the
House of "Lords; was a'very imposing
personage indeed. As lord chancellor
of England, keeper'Hrf the sealand
of his majesty's conscience, he was
an integral portion of that fine bid
institution, the British Constitution.
But Lord Masterton,, in private-life,
was a' stout', jolly old gentleman," with
a' penchant for punch. 'And the Britr
ish Constitution had made, him Lady
Elizabeth's guardian "
Because Lady EHzabefl& "parents
had both died and the most diligent
search had failed to; discover' any
thing resembling a will: Wherefore,
her property, vbeing larg the lord .
chancellor had become her natural
jority, or a new government brought
into office' a neflrlord chancellor. And
it was quite certainthat Lord:Master
tpn would send to prison any. Amer
ican salesman of ajpicultural imple
ments, hailing from Nebraska, and
.calling himself Jones, who presumed
to marry His guarded and circum
scribed treasure, Lady -Elizabeth, be
fore she - attained tfe'r'majority.
"I'm going straight to the House of
Lordsand l,ethim,",said jMr. Jones.
"No dearest,", pleaded, his newly
made wife. "Leave it to me. I'll find
a way. You know Reggie is very
fond of me. The thing to do isjto
break it gently."' " .7
" '"But Idid break my intentions gerir
tly," siad Mr. Jones despondently.- "I
stopped" his cab and got in and toll
him who I was and what-1 wanted.
And .he threatened to calL a poiice
manJ' " f
In fact, Mr.- Joneslad natLbeen
very tactful on that occasion. He