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him by barking so that the ball fell
Hey, Callahan! Get some lions
Eddie Collins and Frank Baker are
HE HAD A FINE TIME FOR A FEW
Denver, Col., July 11. When C. P.
Thompson, 28 years old, dies a few
months from now it ought to be re
corded on his grave that he had a
good time for a little .while anyhow.
Thompson juggled imaginary mil
lions, castles, steam yachts and
strings of automobiles before the
eyes of five charming Denver brun
ettes and won their consent to mar
While the five "brides-to-be" were
waiting for the $1,000 trousseaux he
had picked out for them he was
pawning a $57 phonograph to get $8
wherewith to pay his room rent.
And half an hour after that he was
arrested for obtaining goods under
false pretenses and is now languish
ing in the Denver county jail.
Five pretty Denver brunettes, un
der the crash of- falling castles in
Spain, built for them by Thompson's
vivid imagination, have changed
their names in fear of exposure.
Five wedding outfiets which they-
had picked out for their day of glory
have been taken out of the packing
cases and placed back on the sales
racks of eDnver department stores.
And Thompson, the man with the
imagination of a Munchausen, the
manner of a prince and the pocket
book of a pauper, laughs at the turn
of events in his cell.
He played the game and he lost;
so he went down smiling. He will be
dead in a few weeks; he is the victim
of the great white plague, but he
brightened his life for two weeks at
the expense of five hearts.
After Thompson ordered a trous
seau tor his first fiancee he says he
cannot remember her name, but
thinks it was Mary he took her to
an auto shop and ordered a $5,000
car for her.
Then he took her home and be
tween kisses explained to her that he
intended to build a $100,000 castle
near Hot Springs, Ark., for her. He
expressed a fear that $100,000 would
not a big enough and splendid enough
For fiancee No. 2 he ordered a
$3,000 car; for No. 4.a $7,000 touring
car; Nos. 3 and 5 seem to have lost
out on autos.
Thompson cannot be punished for
any of his "purchases," because all
he did was to order. He did not
The millionaire-by-imagination is
being held in jail merely on that great
American police theory that when a
man's once arrested he ought to be
held and convicted, whether he has
done anything wrong or not.
And the only ones who really lose
by Thompson's little plunge into-high
but airy finance are the five "brides-to-be"
and they lose only dreams.
Thompson keeps his dreams and
his relish thereof.
NO PLACE TO REST
"Going away for a rest?"
"No, I'm going to a summer re