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THE PERRYSBURG, P., JOURNAL, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1012.
TWENTY YEARS OF
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v A Present from China.
It was tho first thing I saw that
night as I swung into my chambers.
Fact Is, for the moment, It was tho
only thing I saw. Somehow, Its splash
of yellow there under the shaded lamp
seemed to catch my eye and hold it.
I screwed my glass tight and ex
amined the thing with interest Noth
ing remarkable; just a tiny, oblong
package, bearing curious foreign
markings, Its wrapper plainly ad
dressed to me, but
By Jovet From China!" 1 ejacu
lated. Somebody in far-off China sending
me a present, with duties and charges
"Anybody I know in China, Jen
kins?" I askeu And to help him out,
I added: "Fact 13, somo chap's sent
me a package, you know."
"Name on box, sir, perhaps." Said
it offhand, Just like that no trouble
of thinking, dash it all never even
blinked. Just Instinct, by Jove!
And there it was, nicely printed in
the corner with a pen:
Roland Mastermann, Government
House, Hong Kong, China.
I rend it aloud can't read anything,
yqu know, unless I read it aloud and
looked at Jenkins inquiringly. But
ho came right up to the scratch; Just
seemed to get it from somewhere
right out of tho wall over my head:
"Beg pardon, sir; but think it's that
London gentleman entertained you
at the Carlton when you were over
ithe xjthor side."
Mastermann! By Jove, so It was
I began to remember him now, be
cause I remembered his dinner, sev
eral of them, In fact, during the three
years I had lived over there, acquir
ing tho English accent manner, you
know and all that uort of thing!
Mastermann oh, yes, I had him,
now! Jolly rum old boy, but enter
taining and clever long hair, pink
watt on Jaw! And, by Jovo, 1 had
promised him promised him what
tho deuce was it I had promised him?
Let me see: ho was something or
other in tho foreign office; yes, I had
that and tremendously interested in
mummies and psychical investigation
and rum sort of things like that, and
"By Jovo!" I ejaculated, as it came
to me. "And for that reason he want
ed them to sond him out to China."
"Beg pardon, sir," put In Jenkins,
"but think you had a letter with a
Chinese postmark .last week."
Ho looked around at my little writ
""" Ins-desk and coughed slightly behind
"Was Just a-wonderlng, sir, if it
might not bo among those you haven't
opened there are several plies. If I
might look, sir "
I nodded. Fact is, I allow Jenkins
vmuch privilege, owing to long sendee.
I then, you know oh, dash it, he's so
original so refreshing and that sort
of thing so surprising. Just as In
tills case, he thinks of so many devil
ishly Ingenious, out-of-the-way sort of
It was Jenkins idea that I And out
what was in the box by just opening
the dashed thing while he looked for
Clever that, eh? Well, rather!
. t . so i uusuiiuluuu wy nine pocKei
Ymanicuro knife, cut the strings and
romoved the wrapper. Inside was
just a little, straw-covered box with a
telescope cover and inside tho box,
wrapped in tissue, was a tight roll of
bright red silk.
i That was all not another thing but
this little silk roll. It was a wad as
thick as three fingers and perhaps
twlco as long, tied with a bit of com
mon string, ending In a looso bow
knot. I pinched tho roll gloomily.
"If It's a red silk muffler, Jenkins,
catch mo wearing it, that's ail!" 1
'burst out Indignantly. "Rotten bad
form, if you ask mo. I'd look like an
Tbon I had a horrible thought:
"Or or the Salvation Army, dash
Hero Jenkins thrust a letter at me.
"1'erhaps this may explain it, sir," he
Sure enough, it was from Hong
Kong, and from that chap, Master
mann. Out there on special mission
for bis government, he said, I don't
know what it was never did know,
1n fact, for I skipped down to this
.paragraph, which I read aloud:
"Every puff of th6so rare cigars you
seat mo has but reminded me that my
4obt to you is still unpaid."
I reo'i thus far; then I read it again.
But I could make nothing ot It.
V "Cigars cigars?" I exclaimed,' puz
Then I forgot the lotter as I stared
"And what's the matter with you?"
i 1 demanded,
I'nr t hud naucht him with his hand
ovqr hlB mouth, obviously trying to
auppross a chucklo. Ho sobered In
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stantly, but seemed embarrassed for
"Oh, I say, you know!" I urged him.
Ho started to speuk, then pulled up.
His breath went out in a sort of sigh.
And he Just stood there looking at
me, and looking kind of scared.
Fact! Perfectly irreproachable serv
ice for five years; and now here, dash
it, showing emotion and that sort of
thing, Just like well, like pooplo, by
Jovol Gad, I don't mind saying I was
devilish put out! I scrowed my glass
rathor severely and ho made another
"I hopo, Mr. Llghtnut; sir, you'll try
to pardon me, sir, but I Well, in
deed, sir, tho mlstako wasn't mlno;
it was tho dealer's fault, you know,
Jenkins cleared his throat with an
effort, his eyes rolling at mo apologet
ically. When he spoke thore was a
tremble ln his utterance, and It was
"Why, sir," b!o began in a low tono.
"you told mo to have your dealer ship
this gentleman, this Mr. Mastermann,
a dozen boxes of Paloma perfectos
your favorlto brand, you know, sir
ninety dollars the hundred."
Ho paused, hlB fingers resting trem
blingly on tho edeo ot tho. table.
"An error, sir, of the shipping clerk.
With a murmured apology, Jenkins
paused to wipe his forehead. I saw
that the perspiration had gathered in
great drops. Then ho seemed to
gather himself for a resolute effort,
his eyes fixing themselves upon me
with tho most extraordinary expres
sion kind of half-frightened, half-desperate
glare that Bort of thing, don't
you know. I began to feel devilish
uncomfortable and edged away.
And he made another plunge: "They
sent him "
And, dash mo if ho didn't stick
again! It just looked like ho couldn't
get past. But I encouraged him Just
like you have to do a horse, you know
and this time he got over:
"They sent him a dozen boxes of
'Hickey's Pride Blr, instead!"
He spoke in a low, choking voice
and looked mo full in the eye the
kind of look you get when a chap'B
boxing with you, you know that sort
An Ominous Discovery.
I was puzzled.
"'Hickey's Pride?'" I repeated
thoughtfully. "I don't seem to recall
that one. Do I smoke it often?"
Jenkins seemed to gasp.
"You? Certainly not, sir! Never!"
Never Saw a
And, by Jove, he turned pale! Any
how, ho looked devilish queer as he
put his hands down on the tablo and
bent to whisper;
"Mr, Llghtnut, sir " And tho way
ho dropped his voice and turned his
head to peer around Into tho corners
woh just creepy! That's what, creepy!
This, with the g'ow from tho greon
lampshade on his pale faco as he
loaned acrosp tho tublo oh, tt was
something ghastly awful, you know I
It got on my nerves, and I could fool ;
I i i II S I j A u 4
the hair slowly rising on each side of
my part, He bent closo, whispering
behind his hand, and I knew he had
been eating radishes for dinner:
"It's what's known in the trade, sir,
ns a 'twofer.'"
"A 'twofer!'" I repeated, puzzled.
"Two for five, sir." Jenkins spoko
faintly. "I'm sure I'm ashamed to
mention to a perfect gen "
"By Jove, I know!" I lifted my
linger suddenly. "I know now the
kind you mean big, fat, greasy-looking
ones the sort Vanderdocker and
Colonel Boylston smoke over at the
club." I shook my head. "Too Jolly
thick and heavy for mo. So they're
two for a 'V' eh7 , Oh, I see 'two
fers!' By Jove!"
A brand new one, this a ripper!
I made up my mind to spring it on tho
fellows first chance that Is, If I
could remember the Jolly thing. I
just looked at Jenkins' solemn face
"Oh, I say, Jenkins hang tho ex
pense, you know!" I remonstrated la
some disgust. For this London chap
bad given mo no end of a good time,
you know; and it's such devilish bad
form rotten, I say haggling about
expense when you want to make a
come-back and do the handsome. X
was Jolly glad tho mistake had hap
pened. Just here I remembered tho letter
and went at it again, for I was keen
to find out, if possible, if it was a muf.
fier under the string. So I fixed my
glass and read on:
"Realizing what these cigars are, I
have given them, from time to time,
to friends of mine and others. Real
ly, I don't think I ever had such un
selfish, unalloyed pleasure from any
thing In my life. Gave one to a bus
driver out Earl's Court way chap
who had never been known to speak
to man, woman or child in years, and,
after he lighted It well, my word!
He opened up and grew so bally
loquacious I had to get off.
"Had been trying to get Jorgins, my
chief, to send me out here again to
China, but he was ever Undine some
cold, beastly evasion. But when your
package came to the office, the first
thing I did after I had tried the cigars
wan to hand the old iceberg a box
with my compliments.
"Five minutes after, he came back,
completely thawed out. Fact Is, never
saw him so warm toward any one.
Asked me if the other boxes were to
be given away outside. Said no; that
his was the1 only box I could spare;
was going to keep 'em all there at the
office and smoke 'em myself. Never
saw a man so moved bo worked up
over little thing. Next day he sent
mo out here to China.
Man So Moved.
"And so I have been looking about
since I have been out here, trying to
Hud something as rare, unique and
full of surprises for your friendB as
your cigars, have been for mine. I
have found it.
"You know what a curiously upside
down people the Chlneso aro. Exam
ple, they begin dinner with desort
and end with eoup; they drink hot,
acid beverages in summer Instead of
Icod ones; they wrlto from right to
left, vertically, yhi!o wo write from
loft to wrlto, horizontally; they mourn
in white instead of black, and they
are awfully honest and pay their
"But there is one other point of dif
ference still queerer: they wear pa
Jamas all day, whilo we wear them
only at night."
Hero I yawned. Always hate that
heavy, historical, instructive stuff, you
know. If you hare to hear it, gives
you headache, unless you can Blip off
to sleep first.
So I reached the letter up to Jen
kins. "Just run over tho rest of it your
self, and see if he says anything about
his present," I said, settling comfort
ably. Clever Idea of mine, don't you
And I was Just dropping my head
to have a snug little nap Just a little
forty, you know when, dash me, if
I didn't have another idea! Awfully
annoying, time like that.
Mind is so dovllish alert, dash it!
Always doing things like that; can't
seem to get over it, you know. And
this ripping Idea that bobbed up now
and got me all roused up was nothing
more or less than to untie the string
myself and see what the thing was.
"I believe, sir," -Bald Jenkins, loot
ing up, "the gentleman has sent you
h'm has sent you "
"By Jove, a suit of pajamas!" I ex
claimed, holding them up.
It was neck and neck, but I beat
Jenkins to it, after all!
"Gentleman says, sir," continued
Jonkins, studying the lotter, "that his
present of a pair of pajamas may
seem surprising, but you wont know
how surprising until you' have worn
"Jolly likely," I admitted, feeling
the silk. By Jove, it was the finest,
yet thinnest stuff I ever saw, soft as
rose leaves and as filmy light as a
spider's web. Not bad, that, for a
comparison, eh? Caught the idea
from a vase ot full-blown rosc3 that
were beginning to shed their petals
there on the table. And on one of
the blossoms was a little brown
spider. Catch the Idea? Suggested
spider's web, you know.
"They're rather red, sir," Jenkins
Red? Well, I should say! My!
How jolly red they were! We spread
them under the light, and the red
seemed to flow all over the table and
fall from the edge. Why, they were
as red as
I tried to think of something they
were as red as, but somehow 1
couldn't fetch the idea. I thought of
red ink and blood and fireworks, but
they didn't seem to be up to them at
all. And a big, velvety petal that
dropped from one of tho crimson
roses just seemed brown beside
I was wondering whether the little
spider was curious about the jolly red
color there below him. And just then
Jenkins' hand went out and swept at
the little thread. The spider dropped
and shot into a fold of the pajamas.
"I say! Look out!" I exclaimed as
Jenkins made another clutch. "Don't
mash the beast on tho silk; you'll ruin
It the silk, I mean!"
"There It goes, sir!" said Jenkins
eagerly. "Over by your hand."
"No; by Jove; he's gone Into a leg
of the pajamas! Here, shako him
out gently now!"
Jenkins lifted the garment gingerly
and lightly shook it. But nothing
"Why dont you look In the leg," 1
said, "and see If you can see it?"
Jenkins peered down one of the
silken tubes and forthwith dropped it
with a yell. He jumped back.
"Look out, sir," he cried excitedly;
"don't touch 'em! There's a tarantula
In there big as a sand crab, and it's
I backed nervously from the crum
pled crimson pile on the floor.
Of course, I knew It was crimson;
It must be the shadow of the tablo
there that made tho things so dark
black, in fact. But my mind wns on
the tarantula; and I was thinking that
It must have been wrapped with tho
pajamas. Yet I could not understand
how this could be, considering how
tightly the things had been rolled.
Anyhow, It was there; and Jenkins
"Look, sir! You can see It moving
under the silk!"
By Jove, so you could! And tho
thing seemed nearly as big as a rat.
It waB making for tho end of the leg.
I climbed upon a chair.
"Get a club," I oxclalmed, "and
smash tho thing as it comes out!"
Jenkins rushed out nnd returned
with a brassio.
"Careful now," I warned from tho
chair, "Don't go and hit tho dashed
thing before it gets out, and inako a
devil of a mess on the silk! There It
Is it's out! No, no not yetl Walt,
until it gets its whole body out! There
now; he's drawing out his last beast
ly leg. Now now let drive!"
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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