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ONLY JUST IN TIME
The motor 'bus was on the
point of departure from its start
ing place. Suddenly, in the dis
tance, could be seen the figure of
a running man, who, it was evi
dent, was trying to catch it.
"I'll bet vou five he misses it!"
cried one man to another.
"Done," came the reply, with
a knowing wink.
The chauffeur wound up the
engine, which began to purr
musically. There was a rattle and
banging. "The 'bus was about to
"He'll never make it !" cried the
man who had made the wager.
Yet the 'bus, despite its noise,
never moved. Panting and out of
breath, the runner arrived and
leaped on the back step.
"Cheer-ho, Bill !" he gasped to
the passenger who had accepted
the wager. Then he pulled the
bell. He was the conductor!
A FINE FREE SHOW
The little man had taken his
wife and children to see the trav
eling show. After viewing all the
sights that could be viewed for
nothing the entire family lined up
in front of a large tent, which ad
vertised in huge letters on the
outside: "The Grand Elk The
Wonder of the World."
On a small ledge in front of this
tent paced the showman him
self, entreating all and sundry to
"come up an' view." Presently
his attention was attracted by the
little man who gazed earnestly
and wistfully at him.
"Here, you," he called. "Ain't
yercomin'in? It's only 10 cents."
But the little man only shook
"Can't," he whispered. "It'd
cost me $2.20 if I did. Yer see,
there's my wife an' twenty chil
dren." "What !" exclaimed the show
man, hoarse with incredulity, an 1
pointing to the long line of earn
est faces. "Are all of them yours?"
A nod was the little man's sole
"Good heavens !" cried the man
as he bounded off the platform,
"Don't yer move, gov'nor! Just
stay where y'are. I'm going to
give the Great Elk a treat. I'm
goin' to bring him out to have a
look at you."