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THE TALE OF THE NEAR SLAYING OF RAGTIME
All ye who value a pet begonia at
$3.50 are offered food for thought by
the episode in which figure the
"Queen of Sheba," the young man
she called "Steady Company" and
the old gentleman she called the
"Grouch Next Door."
The "Queen of Sheba," as she was
known tp the "Grouch Next Door,"
is a young person with blue eyes,
flat-heeled shoes and a Medici.
A Medici, as was told the magis
trate to whom she went for justice, is
a new frilly collar pointing up behind
the ears like an A and pointing down
in front like a V. One might as well
wear old-style high heels this month
as to have no Medici.
The "Grouch Next Door," when
knotty points of law had been un
raveled and certain compromises
met, settled $3.50 for a pet begonia
which was found to be no good after
it was sat upon.
The ' Grounch Next Door" had not
sat upon the begonia. The begonia
had been sat upon by the "Steady
Nine-thirty p. m.: Behind a hang
ing porch screen the "Queen of
Sheba" was giving a porch party to
her steady company. That young
man was giving an informal recital
on his guitar, while in an upstairs
room vain attempts to sleep were be
ing made by the "Grouch Next Door."
The young man, having laid aside
his funny hat, rendered "Silver
Threads Among the Gold," "Every
Day I Love You Just a , Little Bit
More," "Snooky Ookumsf'and "San
Francisco Bound." The girl asked
what he thought of the works of Rob
ert W. Chambers. As for herself, she
said she didn't know much about
literature, but she knew what she
At 11 p. m. the "Grouch Next Door"
felt sure the father of the "Queen of
Sheba" would tramp out heavily, tell
her to cut it short and ring down the
curtain. But, instead, when her fath
er came, he offered the young guitar
ist a cigar, said he thought it might
rain, and went to bed after comment
ing favorably on the "batting of a Mr.
"Ragtime Soldier Man" followed
"Dublin Bay." The man who was try
ing to sleep counted 27 times that the
girl-conversationalist said, "I should
Then, a crash. The screen came
tumbling down. The girl screamed.
The cat jumped through the window
netting, and the guitar player stood
up -so quickly that he lost his baK
ance and sat down again on the be
gonia. The "Grouch Next Door," standing
in his window, had thrown through
the screen a book as big as a dic
tionary. 'And the cat was so scared," ex
plained the indignant girl to the
judge, 'it hasn't come back yet."
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