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The next day Mr. Walters se
cured options on' about a dozen
different lots, and left town sud
denly, and before the chamber of
commerce could make another ef
fort. It was some months before
Mr. Walters returned to Mans
field. He was just as prosperous
Zis ever, and he brought with huti
several huge rolls of blue prints.
The second day of this visit,
Walters dropped a hint about the
extreme value of rubber.
"Ah!" Mansfield smote itself
on the forehead. "Rubber ! Why
'.hadn't it thought of it before? Of-
course it was rubber.
Mansfield began to wonder
Walters confidentially told one
of Mansfield's stingiest business
men that all automobile tires
.were made of rubber, and cost a
great deal of money. Whereupon
Mansfield went rubber crazy.
Several wives got separation
from their husbands because they
wouldn't talk about anything but
Walters disappeared again, but
came back before many weeks
were gone, and this time he was
prepared t& talk. He was going
to build the biggest rubber fac
tory in the United States in
Mansfield. It would make the
town rich. eH would make mil
lionaires of all Mansfield's inhab
itants. Then the prominent and usu
ally hardheaded business men of
Mansfield, went nutty and fought
with each other for the honor of
'buying Walters champagne.
-Walters' let theffl? ' He alsp let
them in on the ground floor of
his rubber company, which the
christened the Mansfield Rubber
Company. Having let Mansfield
in on the ground floor, Walters
again left town, never to return
of Tiis own free will.
He will return. Governor Har
mon has signed requisition pa
pers, and Mr. Walters will come
back to Mansfield, with an escort.
He will have to stand trial on
four charges: Larceny, embez
zlement, concealing embezzled
property and concealing assets.
It may be mentioned, in regard
to the last charge, that Mr. Wal
ters is an artist at concealing as
sets. The assets of the Mansfield
Rubber Company, and the $200,
000 which Mansfield subscribed
thereto are hidden some cleverly.
Walters' will stand trial, but
what's the use? He's got. the
Lee Gow, a Colorado China
man, is thoroughly civilized. He
announced his candidacy for
councilman, hired an American
campaign manager, bought a silk
hat and is making a house-to-house
canvass for votes.
He (innocently) Golf cer
tainly keeps you in good shape.
She (suggestively) Literally
He (waking up) No; figura
tively. A swarm of bees broke up Dr.
Cook's lecture at Hopkinsville,
Ky. And a bee stunghim in the
neck, too J