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By J. B. Underwood.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Hey! Git backy-ye ugly spalpeen!"
roared Flaherty, the zoo keeper.
Jocko grimaced at him and rattled
at his bars. Jocko did not like Fla
herty any more than Flaherty liked
Jocko. Jocko was a bald-headed
chimpanzee, and in poor health; Fla
herty was a well-meaning, kind-
Swore in Simian Language as Fla
hearted,, rough-voiced Irishman,
who had lately landed and had secur
ed the position because something in
his looks appealed to Doctor Hoff
man, the president of the zoological
But if Jocko was an ailing speci
men of his race, Donna, the orang
outang, was a perfect lady. Donna
and Flaherty liked each other just as
much as Flaherty and Jocko dis
agreed. So, when the story came to
Flaherty's ears that Donna was to
die, he went to the president-director
with a rueful face.
"It's like this, Flaherty," explained
Doctor Hoffman. "The only thing
that can cure Jocko is an infusion
of fresh blood, and Donna, as the
healthiest of the primates, has been
selected. It may not kill Donna; but
then, again, it may, because those
apes are very delicate in captivity."
"But why not let Donna live and
let Jocko die?" asked Flaherty miser
ably. "Because, my boy, Donna is just a
common orang, such as can be pro
cured anywhere, while Jocko is one
of the bald-headed chimpanzees, and
it might be years before -we could
"It's curious about the apes,'.' he
continued. "The blood of all the apes
in transfusible. It differs hardly at all
from that of man. On the other hand,
to inject the blood of any other verte
brate would cause immediate death.
In that we see the truth of the hy
pothesis that apes and men have a
"What, sor!" exclaimed Flaherty,
who had never heard of the Darwin
ian theory. "D'youse mean to tell
me, sor, that Jocko and me had the
"Well, yes, if you go a little further
back along the tree," said Doctor
"My grandfather niver was up a
tree in his life, excipt apple trees,"
answered Flaherty indignantly.
"All the same, Donna has to go,"
answered Doctor Hoffman. "And, by
the way, Flaherty, there's one thing I
wanted to speak to you about I am
told you are not kind to Jocko."
"Begorra, I niver hit the craythur
in me loife!" said the attendant.
"Perhaps not, Flaherty, but you
must remember that the primates are
very susceptible to unkindness. I un
derstand you have been heard to
address Jocko harhsly. If that occurs
again you will have to find another
position. He is a helpless vertebrate