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short, Mosstown was looking for
ward to a lively winter season.
"Well, sir, it was into the middle
of this that Hi Briggs took his
plunge. First thing he did was to get
Henson and Bull together and make
them shake hands. They hadn't ex
pected to mefet and they glared at
" Til never shake hands with a man
that tells me a good dime is made of
lead and aluminum,' says Henson,
glaring at Bull.
" Til never shake hands with a man
that tries to pass a lead and alumi
num dime on a hardworking butch
er,' says Bull to Henson.
"How Hi managed it I don't know,
but before he let them leave his
house they were fast friends. And
that set all Mosstown gaping, for
they went down street arm in arm,
like long-lost brothers.
'"Next thing we knew, Hi had been
to Miss Jane and Joe. He didn't tell
us how he worked that, but next
morning Miss Jane was wearing a
smile that would have carried to the Mosstown any more. The pastors' sal
post office, and Joe was spruced up, aries had been cut, and building op
in a new suit and escorting her down erations were being suspended. There
the town. ' wasn't any more charitable work, and
" 'Yes, we're going to be married there wasn't any more fun anywhere,
tomorrow, thanks to that good old And in the midst of it all stalked Hi
man,' says Joe to his cronies. , Briggs, smiling to himself as if he
"The news caused a sensation. Got he'd done us all a service,
into the county papers, and there was t "Well, the outbreak came quite sud
some talk of Hi being asked to allow den like. The first inkling we had of
himself to be shown at the county it was when we found Joe Wendell
fair. Lots of other communities tried holding Hi by the throat in the town
to start 'Make-It-Up Days,' but they square.
hadn't Hi's powers. It's a gift, that's j "You got me married!" he yelled,
what I call it, sir, and Hi, having "You broke up my happy bachelor
been naturally sour all his life, had home. What you got to say before I
more sweetness to draw on than most end your miserable life, you vermin!'
folks. At least, that's what I make "'You let that good old man alone!'
into the papers of the neighboring
counties, and made them hopping
"Would you believe it? Every quar
rel in town was ended. Hi went here
and there like one of Elijah's ravens,
and that, sir, was the dullest winter
ever known in Mosstown.
"We hadn't appreciated before how
much our honest hate of our neigh
bors had kept things stirred up and
lively. Jane and Joe got married
and went" on their honeymoon to
Barnboro, ten miles away. Henson
and Bull no longer scowled at each
other, and the Sewing Circle had to
shut down, because there was no
body to attend.
"Hi had somehow begun to get less
popular as time went by, but it wasn't
until Joe and his wife returned from
their honeymoon that Mosstown sort
of sized up the situation. There was
as prosperous a little town as ever
existed been ruined by pne benighted
old man. Rents were dropping fast,
"because there was no interest in
"However, nobody believed that Hi
would have the nerve to tackle Miss
Rose. But that's just what he did.
Showed her the error of her ways,
and brought her, in tears, up to the
door of the Sewing Circle, to which
men aren't admitted. That was the
' shouts Mr. BulL
" 'Go to it, Joe!' yells Henson, and
with that a fight starts between them,
with all Mosstown looking on and
yelling for joy.
"Soon the fight became free. Every
body was calling each other names,
and the noise spread so that Miss
real sensation of the day. News got J Rose Robertson fainted in her home.