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ONLY A DAUGHTER
"Young man," said the fond father,
"in giving you my daughter, I have
entrusted you with the dearest treas
ure of my life."
The young man was duly impress
ed, and made no endeavor to conceal
his emotion and his gratitude. Then,
during the few moments of impres
sive silence that followed, he heard
the patter, patter or rain against the
' "Goodness me," he exclaimed, "it's
raining, and I haven't my umbrella!
May I borrow yours, sir, to keep me
dry while I run-to the station?"
"Young man," said the fond par
ent, "I would not trust anyone with
"That's a fine-looking old gentle
man! BleMer'si father, isn't' it?"
asked a collegian' of a friend. "Yes,"
was the answer; "but he is a cham
pion at breaking his word!" "You
don't say so?" "Yes he stutters!"
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The second act had come to an
end. The curtain had fallen; and
after a long tumult of applause the
audience were gradually relapsing
Suddenly those near the stage be
came conscious of a stir and hurry
ing behind the scenes. A faint smell
began to pervade the atmosphere,
then smoke came from the wings.
In an instant the same thought
struck everyone, and the same word,
hoarsely whispered, left every lip:
A stampede seemed imminent.
Then from a box rose the hero of
the hour a man with a calm, deter
"Keep your seats!" he shouted. His
words and manner reassured the terror-stricken
people in the tneater.
Shamefacedly, they sank back one by
one into their seats.
Slowly, as if, about to speak, the
man strode to where there was now
an open avenue of exit. Then, with
out a moment's hesitation, he rushed
for the door.
Once safe outside he mopped his
forehead and murmured breathlessly:
"Weir, someone's saved, anyway!",
The tourist was strolling along by
the side of the brook when he came
across a very dejected-looking coun
tryman sitting on the bank.
"Caught any fish today?" he asked.
"No, sir," replied the man, glumly.
"The fishing must be pretty, poor."
"I expect it is."
'You haven't caught any fish at
"That seems strange," remarked,
the tourist. - .v
"It does," replied the man, sadly.
'Can you think of any reason why
you haven't caught any fish?" inquir
"Well," replied the other, "the only
reason I can think of is that I haven't
.been fishing today."