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LOVE AND THE LIONS
j By Mabel La Roche
-, "I guess you'll turn down .the job
- like the rest of them," sighed the fat
-man in the tent. "I've interviewed
'eleven this morning and they ain't
! taking any. It's to go into the lions'
, den." .
"That'll suit me first rate," said
; Six weeks in the city, and at last
- penniless, he had become desperate.
. His landlady was threatening to turn
him out of the single rooin he occu
, pied unless he paid her the four dol
lars, representing two weeks rental,
rby evening. And Harry, who had
been accustomed to good food, was
t. singularly empty.
What aggravated the situation
was that he had secured a position
at $24, to start in on Monday. But
, this was only Friday, and he saw no
r, prospect of facing the ten days that
( would elapse until he drew his first
pay envelope and surviving. At 26
one feels that way.
( Harry was a. competent lithograph
er. He knew that within a year he
would be making his $30 steadily.
'And the firm that had interviewed
him was of the best in town. The
problem was, how to convince his
landlady, or, in default, raise a few
dollars for the necessaries of life.
, Desperately he had jumped at the
advertisement offering $25 to a man
j-who was not afraid of animals, for
one night's work at the pircus.
He had been prepared to scrub the
I kangaroo or feed the performing
. fleas, but he was a bit startled at be
" ing told that it was to go into the
. lion's den.
"Sim and Pete and Lady are as
tame as cats," said the fat man.
"They wouldn't hurt a fly. Leastwise,
... not a big fly. But our regular man
j can't show up. You see, this is a
two-night stand and he can't marry
the same lady twice over in this
burg. So it's up to us to get the gent
and get the lady. We got the lady
and she's a peach. Are you on?"
"You mean I've got to get married
in the lions' cage?" stammered
"Not really married," said the fat
man insinuatingly. "Just a fake
marriage. Rev. Eliphet he cleans
the cages isn't authorized to per
form marriages. Why, Judge Perks
and Madam Jorabell's got married
every evening for a year now, and
"I Guess You Don't Know You're
Really Married, Do You?"
each got homes and families of their
own. Come on and I'll introduce you
to Mamzelle Libertina. Your' name's
Giovanni. And don't forget it." ,
The scared and shrinking girl
whom Harry met looked about as
much a novice as himself. But it
seemed the policy of the fat man to
keep them apart until just before the
circus opened that night tb admit the
public Then came the rehearsal, ..