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: AND JONES
By Percy Keble.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
' Lionel Jones kissed' her who had
been Lady Elizabeth Blount.
"At "this very instant I am in con
tempt of 'court," he. said, and she'who
had been Lady Elizabeth" whispered
"Wouldn't you like to-be iip con
tempt again, Lionel? ".
Mr. Jones, duly complied. And-lest
the susceptibilities' he shocked, let it
"You Confounded Suffagette."
be said "that they- tiad been married
ten minutes beforain 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 twentyrone
and that won't be for fully two years.'"
Or else until the government goes out
of office AjvAr Reggie says "they're
so popular over this new law for the a
free feeding of tramps that they're
sure to remain in office th'at long;"4
"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 august debates of the
House of Lords, was'a very imposing
persoria'ge indeed. As lord:chancelldr
of England, keeper- of the sealand
of "his majesty's conscience,tie was
an integral portion of that 'fine 'old
institution, the British Constitution.
But'Lord Mastertori, in private life,
was a stout, jollbld.gentleman, with
a'-penchant for punch.) -Ana the Brit
ish Constitution had' made hiin-La'dy
Because Lady EUzabetn's. parents
had tibth. died and the most dilieent
search had failed' .to discover any
thing resembling a 'will. -Wherefore,
her property, being, large,, the lord
chancellor had become her natural
or a new" government hrought
info office a new'Jord chancellor. And
it was quite ceftata that Lord 'Master
ton would' send 5to pri'san"" Amer
ican.' salesman of agricultural' imple
ments, nailitfg. from Nebraska, and
calling himself Jones, who presumed
to marry 'his 'guarded "and circum
scribed treasure, Lady Elizabeth! be
fore she attained' her' majority.
"I'm going straight to the House of
Lords and let'him,".said Mr.. Jones.
"No . dearest,", pleaded his, 'newly
made wife. VLeave it to me. I'll find
a way. You. know Reggie is very
fond of me. The thing to do is to
break it gentlyJ" ' ' , .
"But'I did break my intentions gen
tly," siad Mr. Jones .despondently.' "I
stopped his cab, and gbt iri and. told'
him who I was and what I wanted.
And he threatened, to call a police
man." In fact, Mr.- Jones liacL not been
yery tactful on that ocpasiori. He