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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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Ing some dreaded pursuer. With a
spryness due to college athletics her
visitor bounded over the fence. She
saw him.
"Oh, Professor Fenn, save me!"
shrieked Miss Fetzer.
"I will what is it?"
"In the house!"
"A burglar! Ha! I will investigate,"
began the professor.
"No, no a mouse!" and the speak
er sank.to the bench, showed symp
toms of hysterics, and her gallant
protector sat down beside her and
tried to soothe her.
"It may not have been a mouse,"
submitted the professor. "Perhaps it
was a shadow."
"But I saw, and oh, it squealed!"
tremored the unnerved lady. "I am
mortally afraid of mice. Besides that,
to think of one being in my house, so
careful am IT"
"Yes, truly an immaculate house
keeper," murmured the admiring pro
fessor. "Let me essay a search for
the the monster," and the professor
gripped his cane and hurried into the
house. He emerged shortly with the
words:
"I have failed to find any trace of
the intruder, Miss Fetzer."
"I shall not rest in peace from this
on," declared the lady vehemently.
"Why, some houses have become
fairly overrun by the pest! Oh, Pro
fessor Fenn, you are such a clever
man, with all your science. Can you
not suggest some way .of banishing
theests?"
"I shall try, surely, Miss Fetzer,"
he promised with eagerness. "You
shall hear from me later in the day."
Professor Fenn was quite radiant
as he went his way. While in the
home looking for that mouse, he had
noticed on one end of the mantel a
framed photograph of Miss Fetzer. To
his surprise and pleasure, at the other
end was one of himself. It was a por
trait he recognized as having "been
taken from a magazine that had pub
lished it. Glad thought! She cared
with her own! He moved them an
inch or two nearer together. He
would have liked to kiss her portrait! f
Somewhere in the village, the pro
fessor remembered, he had seen the
sign -of a man who made a business
of exterminating insects and other m
pests. He finally located this man. If '
the guileless professor had been an
expert physiogomist, he would have d
noted that the rat-catcher's eye re-
sembled that of some of his fetters.
However, he stated his mission. . 4
"Hum! ha!" muttered the man. ?
"One mouse? Tell you, sir, we might w
be a month finding him. Couldn't u
think of bothering with the case d
under ten dollars. Do our best for d
that. Rid the premises, is possible, s
The professor . handed out the il
money. J
"Further, sir, I'll guarantee the job b
on a basis of one dollar for eath
mouse caught over ten."
"Very well," agreed the professor.
Two weeks later Professor Fenn i
received a bill for "39 extry mise, job &
done neatly and guaranteed," and v
paid it. Along, too, came a note from
Miss Fetzer. I
She thanked the professor for clear- .
ing her premises of those annoying i
pests. Nearly fifty mice found! But, f
thank goodness! she was now rid of
them. She hoped the professor would
pass his coming vacation in his home 4
town.
Which he did, and that was the be- i
ginning of regular calls on the lady
who so interested him.
Each time he visited the house, sly
ly, from some erratic whim, the pro- I
fessor moved the two portraits near- -
er and nearer together.
One day he found out that he had
been neatly tricked by the subtle rat- 1
catcher. " The latter had played suc
cessfully on the fears of Miss Fetzer.
He had, in fact, caught just one '
mouse. The balance were felt dum- '
mies, which he showed her, but she
shriekingly refused to inspect them
closely. '
The professor told Miss Fetzer o ,
t 1
enough for him to mate his picture!

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