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AN EYE TO BUSINESS.
"This way, ladies and gentle
men. Don't miss the greatest ex
hibition on earth. I am the 'Pro
fessor of Enlarged Vision.' Dark
ness has been syercome. Night
K has been changed into day. If
you are not satisfied with the per
formance your money will be re
funded. I will c6nvince you that
my eyes can read a newspaper of
the finest print in total darkness.
I will place $,000 in the hands
of a referee, the same to be for
feited, if I cannot perform this
"Some of the cat species are
said to be able to see slightly in
the dark, but I can distinguish
the finest objects. I could even
thread a needle where other eyes
would fail to make out placards
hanging to their eyelashes."
"That is the fellow who used
to. work in our shop," exclaimed
a man in the audience, as he
turned to his companion. "He
met with an accident two years
ago. I heard afterwards that he
was traveling with some show
and was doing fine. He always
was a hustler."
The amusement park, where
the foregoing observations were
made, was located somewhat out
from the city. The place was
packed with sightseers. It was a
holiday, and every attraction was
a drawing card.
The two men purchased a tick
et and passed into the show. The
hall was well lighted. Their old
comrade ascended the platfbrm.
He wore a dress" suit. He had
changed his appearance, as was
befitting before the public eye.
He had a clean shaven face and
wore a wig. These alterations,
however, had not thrown his old
companions off the track.
"First of all," continued the
Professor of Enlarged Vision, "I
will give you an opportunity to
purchase my picture. They only
cost $1 apiece."
There was great clamor for
"I will now submit to a test,"
said the demonstrator, "if some
one will be kind enough to hand
me a, newspaper and mark the
passage to be read. The reading
will commence immediately after
the lights are turned off. When
the lights are again turned on the
manager will explain how this
marvelous feat is rendered possi
ble." A man from the audience came
forward and handed the lecturer
a newspaper. The electric lights
were then turned off.
It was as black as the darkness
described in Egyptian history.
No sound was heard as the
great audience sat in breathless
expectancy. The eyes of all were
strained in the direction of the
Then something queer hap
pened. From, one of the profes
sor's eyes a brilliant, almost daz
zling light sparkled. It shed its
radiance upon the white paper be
While the audience looked in
wonderment, the demonstrator
read by the aid of the beaming
light. As his voice ceasdll, the
"bright rays slowly faded and be-