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THE LOVE UMBRELLA
By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyiight, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
"Well, nephew, here's your famous
invention," announced -old Peter
"Turned down?" questioned his fa
vorite relative, Ned Dawson.
"Hard and quick. I had influence
enough on account of business deal
ings to secure all due attention and
preference from Baskill & Co., cane
md umbrella manufacturers."
"And what did they say?"
"Impracticable. They claim that
customers will not pay an advanced
price. Anyway, they stick to the
cheap, simple, old-fashioned um
brella." Ned Dawson looked disappointed,
but shrugged his shoulders resign
edly. "Well, Uncle Peter," he observed
wearily, "I'll try something better
"There must be no next time!"
thundered the old man in sudden de
cision, and boisterous, too. "That's
why I sent for you to give you back
your discredited invention and in
form you that you've got to quit
these vain side issues, now and for all
time. If you don't, I'll I'll, yes, I'll
Ned smiled. He never flinched, for
le loved the dear old man and knew
hat he loved him in return.
"You see, Ned," pursued Uncle Pe
er more tolerantly, "I've gone to a
ot of trouble to get you started in
in an educational progressive busi
ess career, and you can't do things
oy halves and score a success. You
50 back to your work and leave in
dentions to dreamers. You don't
have to invent I make it no secret
hat I intend to care for your future
handsomely. If I marry," and the
aid man here flushed up like an awk
ward schoolgirl, "I shall at once set
tle on your competence. If I die
without marrying, why, of course,
you will be sole heir to all I possess."
"See here, uncle," said New spicily,
"I don't care a farthing for your
money. You've been a regular father
to me already and I want to simply
continue to have your good will. I'll
cut out my dreaming and make my
self a business man you will be proud
of. Only, uncle, as a compliment to
me, please accept my first and last
invention as a gift"
And Ned presented the returned
Presented the Umbrella to His Rela
tive With a Mock Heroic Air
umbrella to his relative with a mock
"It does what I say it does," he
went on "opens at the touch of a
button, closes through a similar proc
ess. It holds tight and neat It's big
and roomy, it really keeps the rain
"Thank you, Ned," bowed Uncle
"About marrying," proceeded Ned,
"don't think me too familiar or pre
sumptuous, but I wish you would."
"Huh!" uttered the old man
"Yes, I do," assented Ned vehe-