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'wisdom of giving that disobedient
nephew of mine your ultimatum, that
you have no room in your family for
a shiftless wanderer:"
"I have thought it over," announced'
Mr. Delevan gravely, "and have told
Constance that she must not see Ron
ald nor correspond with him."
"Famous!" gloated old Ezra. "T11
bring him to term?, or break him.
, Orator! jSpouter! Ronald got his
head full of Demosthenes and all
"that! Bah! Hell be a doctor, or
When Mr. Porter came to see his
friendly neighbor again, however,
things did not seem to "famous' to
him. In fact his first vociferous re
"What now?" queried Mr. Delevan.
"That' nephew of mine. What do
you think,? He's vicious, yes, sir,
vicious! pe's trying to drive me into
rescinding my firm, determination.
He's playing an organ. On the pub
lic streets! With a monkey!
"You don't say bo.'
lwent from town to town and his
story telling qualifications, his efo--quence,
his mhr'cry drew crowds and
sold goods. v
One day Ronald arrived at a large
town where the coming of -the 'ad
vance salesman of the wonderful
soap had been widely advertiseIa,
the public square was a platform need
on mass meeting political and nfti
nicipai occasions. This had" Ifefeaij
leased from the town by Ronald's-ism-';
ployer, big placards set about it'4ftd
a good crowd expected. -, T'
A well dressed -man appeared''!
the spot as Ronald was directingthj
decoration of the stand. --,..Ji
"I wanted to see if you would1 fcotj
sell your stand privilege here," hereV;
farked. "I'll give a good bonuaJ.' Jt
"Soap, too?" insinuated Ronald a
with his-smile that never came off.-. "
"Oh, dear, no!" dissented the ofcei
in a dignified way. "I am a canuV
date for state senator, the campaign
is on. This" is the only date I Save
for a speech here and you have prew
empted- the only. available speaking
"I do. I heard of -it, I saw him at' platform. I will pay liberally for "the
a distance. There he was, grinding
away, smiling at everybody, telling
his jolly stories and receiving pennies
in a tin cup!"
Mr. Porter groaned. It was true,
but the next day the newspaper ex
plained that "our generous hearted
and original minded friend, .Mr. Duns
tan," had given two days to helping
out an invalid cripple by assuming
his place temporarily ".and providing
pleasure for our music-lbving com
munity." itwo more days and Ronald had left
thetown. Three more and old Ezra
appeared at the Delevan home in a
new high state of exasperation.
"Worse and worse!"" lie raved.
"Ronald has engaged with a travel
ing peddler to sell soap-'on the 'pub
Just- this Ronald had done. He
would have balked at patent 'drugs,
more harmful than helpful, but soap
ruse of the stand. There is my card
sir," and Ronald with considerable
interest read the name "JohnT. Dste
van." He became thoughtful. Thi
was the uncle of Constance. Ur-. ft
"See here, sir," le said, "my .em
ployer wOUld not be willing to givF
up the privilege here, but if youOsrili
supply me with some of your c&m
paign literature 'I'll promise to dotyou
some good." ; - i
Mr. Delevan was in the crowd
about the stand that evening. OHe
was greatly edified. Within an hoti$e
as was usual, Ronald had a gS&
crowd in high good humor withxkte
funny stories. When he had sold tt
he said: uirf
""My friends, next to cleanHaaAi
and faces, guaranteed by ourfaanag.
soap, is- clean politics," and ie Hfrent
on to boom the abilities of Mr. Ddte
van. When he left the platform the"
crowd was cheering the candidate he
was ar cleanser. It was good soap. He 1
championed, who came .np to !him,