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m T wondered why in thunder Tommy hadn't got Jenny before, and I was still wondering when he came in. "Miss Anderson was here just now " "She was, and you young fools have let $20,000 slip through your hands into the capacious fist of Cous in Francis," I answered. "Why didn't you marry her?" "Why," he answered, "a penniless doctor isn't going to have it said he married a girl for her money. I want ed to get rich before " "Before you married her," I inter rupted. "And meanwhile you've made her a pauper." "Oh, it isn't as bad as that," said Tommy cheerfully. "See here! That four-year proposition " But Jenny is five anyway," I said with some asperity, for the fool idea disgusted me. "No, she isn't," said Tommy, grin ning in his idotic way. "She's four." "How do you make that out?" He eyed me knowingly. "Because the year 1900 wasn't a leap year," he answered. I started in my seat Then Tommy went on to tell me that he and Jenny had just thought of that, and they were going to give Cousin Francis the fight of his life. It Interested me, too. I knew that Judee HItt was a bit of a crank; still, I hardly dared to hope that he would fall for the game. "Anyway, Jenny wants a fight and we must insist, on retaining you," - were Tommy's parting words as he left me. I tried several times to induce the young people to give up the battle, but they were obdurate. I was even willing to propose a compromise to Cousin Francis, though I knew he thought he had the case too firmly clinched to do anything but laugh at me. But I wanted to save Jenny's pocket I wasn't going to charge get off for less than twp hundred absolutely thrown away. Well, the case came on in court Cousin Francis was there, smiling and bland. Judge Hitt wanted to know where the document was, and we confessed that it was a verbal promise. Judge Hitt glared at us as if he thought we were trifling with the court. As for Cousin Francis, he mildly denied that he had given any promise. Then I put in my famous Leap Year argument I could see that the Judge bad been suffering from dys pepsia,J and the way he received it sent down my spirits pretty low. Balder, Cousin Francis' counsel, in tervened. "AssumingvWe grant that Miss An derson has only reached the mature age of five, still, she has had her five birthdays, you know," he said, shak ing his finger at me. "What have you to say to that, Mr. Allerton? rasped out the Judge, while the Court Stenographer gig gled. , r "This, Your Honor," I answered. "The year 1900 was not a Leap Year. Consecpiently my client is only four " "But we don't grant the assump tion," shouted Cousin Francis' coun sel hastily, while, the Court Stenog rapher crammed her handkerchief into her mouth. "Mr. Allerton, said Judge Hitt se verely, "if I did not know you to be a strictly temperate man, I might found unwarranted assumptions upon your argument It will not be .necessary to reserve judgment on that Is that all you have to say?" Tommy was nudging me. "Show him that," he whispered, thrusting a paper into my hand. I opened it. It was a marriage certificate between Thomas Cowles, bachelor, and Jane Anderson, spinster, and the marriage had taken place six months before. I handed it to the judge. He read nv.irllt.r U..t U .... .1 I i t. . . . " aujiMtu6, uuu me xkvb arc iuways li, oui cua not snow so mucn sur etiff in these cases, and she couldn't I prise as I had expected. He knew a Miiliii4ftftttlftliiitiiiMiriiiltttfii!