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VAILY SHORT STORY
The Marvelous Remedy.
Mr. Mullin received in the mail
a bright green almanac contain
ing the signs of the zodiac, a cal
endar, a. few new and full moons,
and some ten thousand useful bits
qf information. For instance.-Mr.
Mulling read that the city of Lon
don .boasted eight thousand
churches, and beneath that he
came across the startling state
ment that shortness of breath in
dicated the nearness of the tomb.
"My breath lias been rather
short of late," he murmured.
After that, sandwiched in "be
tween the strength of the Japa
nese army and the table of fem
inine Christian names, he read the
several statements that morning
lassitude, pains in the back and
lack of ambition denoted an early
grave always unless the Some-thing-or-Other
was taken bounti
fully. Mr. Mullin realized sorrow
fully that ail these symptoms
were his, and procuring his hat
and stick, he set out
- At the corner he encountered
old Mrs. Parrott. "Lookin' rather
glum, George," she comforted.
He shook his head dolefully.
"Black specks before his eyes;
pains in back"
"Black specks!" shrieked Mrs.
Parrott. "Sakes o' me! Lands
alive! How long have you been
x"l d-d-dunno," chattered Mul
lin, his knees trembling. "What's
"Oh-h-h!" moaned Mrs. Par
rott; and Mulling broke into a
run for the doctor's office.
Old Dn Cates sat dreamily bej
fore his open window, but at,
Mullin's approach he jerked down '
a volume of materia medica and
began pouring over its pages. As
Mullin detailed the fearsome
symptoms, he nodded his head in
grave understanding and slipped
His hands into his pockets. These
"You should have come to me
before this," he advised.
"Oh, Doc, is it as bad as that?"
"Worse," answered the old
sage. Then he mixed a gray pow
der with a yellow powder and
handed it to Mullin. "Five dol
lars," he demanded.
Mullin braced up a little at this,
but as the doctor continued to re
gard him with a strange, pitying
gaze, he paid up and hobbled out,
while the doctor jingled the silver
fee. 'Two more friends, seeing
him emerge from the doctor's of-
fice, assured him he was looking
bad, so that by the time Mullin
arrived home he leaned heavily
upon his cane and dragged one
foot after the other. Mrs. Mullin,
seeing him, came out.
"What's the matter now?" she
"Everything," groaned Mullin.
Mrs. Mullin..' '"Pve got a Golden
Restorer that will bring you
She led him into the house and
made him goto bed. When she.
piled three blankets, four corn
comforts and six crazy quilts t
upon him, put hot bricks to his
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