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THE MERRY ANDREW
By Florence Lillian Henderson
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Who is lie, -anyway?"
"Dalzell comedian clown, what
you might put it. He came here a
week ago, prospecting to give a show.
He happened to be on the spot when
Mayor Worden's team ran away. The
two fiancees of the mayor's two sons
were in the carriage. Dalzell halted
the team just in time to prevent a
bad smash-up. That made him solid
with the Worden family, you may as
sume." "And he still lingers in the village."
"For a very good reason. His pop
ularity on account of the runaway
episode is nothing to the popularity
he has won with his quips and jokes
at the little hotel here. Why, he
keeps the crowd on a broad grin all
the time. The lightest hearted fellow
in the world. Don't believe he ever
has a care on his mind. He's bottled
up sunshine and mirth. I envy him
his happy, contented disposition."
"H'm, thanks," observed the speak
er, a young lawyer named Chester.
"Sort of a queer fellow. I'm inter
ested in him."
He was, far more than he indicated.
The fact was that Dick and Albert
Worden had asked him to look up the
actor-humorist When they realized
that the lively stranger had saved the
lives of their future wives they sought
some way of rewarding Dalzell. They
dared not offer him money. With all
his jolly ways there was a certain nat
ural dignity about Bryce Dalzell that
proclaimed him to be a gentleman.
There was something, too, suggest
ive of mystery. They wished to be
friendly and helpful to Dalzell and
deputized Chester to find out how this
could be brought about.
Already the young lawyer had set
the ball rolling in a plan that was in
tended to assist the actor. The lat
ter had come to the town to arranee
to give entertainments where a com-1
edy he had written was to be the
feature. He had at call some cheap
actors- in the city who would assist
him. When Dalzell first suggested the
proposition the owner of the one pub
lic hall in the town laughed at him.
It was not a theater-going commu
nity, Dalzell was told, and every dra
matic combination that had come
along had met with disaster.
"A Mystery?" Reflected the Young
But now, after Dalzell's heroic act,
his personal popularity as a fun mak
er, and the efforts of the agent of the
two Wordens entirely changed the
position of affairs. The owner of the
hall entered heart and soul with Dal
zell in advertising and preparing for
the presentation of the comedy.
The young lawyer unobtrusively
hung around the reading room of the
hotel, to find Dalzell in apparent high
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