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A PRACTICAL JOKER
By George Elmer Cobb.
"I'm sorry for you, Ned," observed
"I'm sorry for myself," responded
Ned Dayton, rather- grewsomely.
"Look here. Cyrus, you're my best
chum and you are the cousin of the
girl I love. You must know her fath
er and his ways pretty well. Is he
really the terrible tyrant they de
"Ned," explained Cyrus, solemnly,
"he's a regular ogre. He'll probably
"That Young Man," Growled the
gnash his teeth and jump on you
and maybe throw you from his of
fice window. I know two fellows who
made up to Leila and submitted their
prospects to the old man. One has
left town and the other is running
Ned looked.pretty much concerned.
If he had not been so much in love,
he might have noticed a sly twinkle
in the eye of his mischief-making
"Well." observed Ned after a mo
ment of serious thought, "I'll beard
this desperate lion in his den, come
Ned was inspired with no ordinary
love for pretty, petted Leila Allen,
the alleged ogre's only daughter. He
had come down to Hopeton at the in
vitation of Cyrus Moore, his chum,
to meet his fate. It was decidedly up
to him now to advise stern, dignified
old Judge Allen that he wished to
enter his family as a son-in-law.
There could be no possible objec
tions to this, except that Ned had
no business experience and was cred
ulous and innocent in the ways of
the world. If this latter had not been
true he would have discounted
Moore's lurid references to liella's
father and have recalled Moore's rep
utation as a practical joker on all
Ned had not as yet seen Judge Al
len except at a distance. Of a verity
the judge was a rather severe and
ultra-dignified looking person. Ned
could show ud pretty well, however,
as to family income and prospects, if
he was only given a chance to present
"That's just it, you see," declared
Cyrus, the sly tease. "It's breaking
the first ice with the judge that
"Say, couldn't you introduce me?"
suggested New with eagerness.
"Me? Why," declared Cyrus, '"it
would doom your case at the start.
Truth is, I am down in the judge's
bad books for a joke I played on
him. Mixed up some law references,
he had in an important case and
made a monkey of him in open court.
He never forgave me. Oh, say!" fair
ly shouted Cyrus, as though struck
by a sudden idea of- tremendous
force "the very thing!"
"What is?" inquired Ned Jiopefully.
"Why didn't I think of it before!"
exclaimed Cyrus, "magnificent! It
solves the problem. I can put you
in just right with the judge hur
rah! I. D. L. A.'S. 0. M."
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