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out his plan to secure attention and
"Oo-hooP O-lee-o!" all the hails
Hap had ever heard he now proceed
ed to deliver, first in a feeble venture
some voice, and then more audibly,
and with some irritation.
"There's nobody at home in that
house, that's sure," he decided at last
. "I'll investigate. Maybe I can find
some door or window open. Just let
me-get some clothes I don't mind
whose -they are; I don't care what
they are jumpers, overalls, tennis or
bathing suit, I'll grab them quick.
This is a horrible predicament, and I
am a desperate man!"
Hap and his umbrella made the
tour of the vicinity, $o one was in
the house, as he had surmised, nor
was there any avenue' of Inlet easyof
access. ' "
"I'll do it, I've got to do it" de
cided Hap grimly, as he stood looking
over the line of family washing hang
ing up to dry. "There's a white one
no, that would be too prominent.
The blue one is bigger and becomes
me'better. Yes, the probem is solved,
and I am saved. Haf ha!"
Hap became tragically jolly ana
the oddity of the occasion helpedjo
make him so. He almost chuckled
with relief as he took a blue dress
and a Bunbonnet from the line, and
he smiled as he thought of, how he
would recite his unique adventure atl
his club in the city.
Then Hap repaired to the barn.
When he came out he carried the um
brella closed. The dress was roomy
and long, the sun bonnet was com
fortable and sheltering.
"I'm a thankful man," he spid de
voutly, and started down a traversed
country road carrying 'the spot of
his ruthless pillage well in his mind.
"Thi&'outfit looks is if it belonged
to some old farm dame,", he rumin
ated. "All jright. She shall have the
finest silk gown and "Sunday .bonnet
in town tomorrow for this timely ac
commodation. Hello !".. I
Hap dodged behind a tree. The!
moon had come up and just then with
a vivid scream a young girl turned a"
curve in the highway. Ih hot pursuit
was a browsy, bold looking individual,
whom Hap at once recognized as his
despoiler at the brookside.
"Give up that watch!" he was
shouting. "I'm going to have it."
The terrified girl must have made
out Hap. She ran frantically up to
"Oh, lady, save me!" she pleaded,
clinging frantically to Hap.
"Huh! an old woman!" soared the
tramp. - "I'll demolish both ot-you if
you, don't" give up that watch!"
"Let go, please," pleaded Hap in
an embarrassed way, and at his mas
culine tones his charge -uttered a new
"A man!" she jjuavered.-
"Luckily for you, and something
of ail athlete," vaunted Hap,rather
Down went Mr. Tramp, scientific
ally bowled-out and gasping, for
breath, prostrate on the ground.
"Bun- for some helpl Hap direct
ed the bewildered miss, and we'll put
this bold highwayman where he be
longs." He stood valiant guard over the'
discomfited thief with a club until
the young lady, running, back to a
neighbor, 'returned with, two jnen
armed with pitchforks. In the mean
time Hap learned from the thief
where his clothes had been hidden.
"Why, say, Miss Rose," exclaimed
one of the men, pointing to her res
cuer, "this one can't be right, either
a man dressed up in a woman's
' "Yes," fluttered Miss Rose Barton,
"and it looks like mamma's dress,
"I will explain," observed Hap, and
And then, clothed in hjs right mind
and in his own attire, Hapgood Dor
sey felt it a duty to pay a visit to the
Barton homestead die next day.
"I've come to return what I bor
rowed," he reported, handing a Ueajj'