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. THE -FIRST DENTIST
J BY CHARLES B. DRISCOLL
Once as he sat idly at home, old
Claudius, ruler of Rome, called to
him his best hired man, and to him
he said, "If you can, I wish you would
think of something that would fur
nish good sport for a king. Some
thing snappy, and bloody, and fine, to
amuse me some day while I dine. My
gladiators have grown fat, and my
wife is displeased with her hat. Some
how, nothing is going just right, and
those poor, skinny Christians won't
fight. By midafternoon I shall ring,
and you will have settled this thing,"
When the town clock struck midaft
ernoon, the old servant was called, all
too soon, and he said, "Well, Sir
Claud, here I am, and as sure as my
first namfe is Sam, there is nothing
men under the sun which your wor
shipful self has not done. However,
if't please you, for lunch I will, bring
up another fresh bunch of those boys
we brought over from Greece. I will
boil them in oil, piece by piece, I will
roll them in lakes of barbed wire, or
IU1 toast them before a grate fire. I
will " "Blooey, you big hunk of
cheese, cried the ruler, "be still, if
you please! If that is the best you
can do, there is no further work here
for you. To the lions, my hearty, for
thee! I will have no such simps
about me!" It was then that poor
Sam, blue and white from his per
fectly logical fright, invented a tor
t Hie so vile that it made the old eni
peior smile. And the next day this
tyrant, at lunch, first beheld the re
sults of this hunch- A dentist, with
drill, pick and snare, and a Christian
strapped down to his chair!
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