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"Say, what kind of bizness you call dis?" asked an old colored woman. "Is dat de way you try to make a liar out of yo' customers? After I been telling all de cullud folks in de neighborhood dat I paid a dollar for dis shirtwaist, you come an' spoil my reputation for veracity.

Las' time I ever gwine to do bizness here."

that ?” he asked, pointing to the Albert Memorial. The Englishman explained. "What, already a monument to our brave King !” cried the Belgian as he embraced his friend, The Englishman, with admirable reticence, said nothing.

Meeting the Emergency. From a banquet of ministers Tit-Bits picks up this story told by a clergyman:

“One of the members of my church has instilled into his family the belief that the collection is a vitally important part of the service. Consequently his little boy Thomas never comes to church without his contribution.

“One Sunday, as the elders began to take up the collection at the morning service, Thomas looked along the pew to see if the various members of the family were provided with a contribution. Noticing a guest of his sister's empty-handed, he whispered:

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Saving the Poor Horse. At the railway station a nice old lady left the train and got into a cab. (The Christian Advocate vouches for the story.) The cabman said, “Gimme your bag, lady, I'll put it on top o' the cab."

“No, indeed !" answered the dear old lady, “that poor hoss has enough to pull. I'll jist hol' it on my lap.”.

Stenographic Presence of Mind. Simplified spelling is not the only qualification of the successful stenographer, if we may believe the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

"What did you learn at the school ?” the

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Retribution. That the injured party can sometimes afford to bide his time is suggested by the story told in the Woman's Home Companion:

The dentist of the town had had his photograph taken to give to his sweetheart as a valentine. We feel that we do not exaggerate when we say that it was the worst photograph ever taken of anybody in the world.

The dentist longed, in a very human way, for retaliation, and at last his time came. The photographer had a tooth to be filled. The dentist got in some deadly work, and just when the agony was at its climax he stepped back, looked at his patient critically and said in a cheerful voice :

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“What struck me most?” said Pat. “Sure, it was the large number of bullets flying around that didn't hit me.”

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Palates Too Much for Her.

boss asked the fair young applicant for the stenographer's job.

"I learned," she replied, “that spelling is essential to a stenographer."

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The fair girl hesitated for the fraction of a second.

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You can imagine the schoolmarm's astonishment, says Collier's Weekly, when Tommy returned to school with this note from his mother:

Dere Teecher: You keep telin' my boy to brethe with his palate. Maybe rich children has got palates, but how about when their father only makes two dollars a day and has got six children ? First it's one thing, then it's another, and now it's palates. That's the wurst yet.

Her Difficulty. A young lady who lisped very badly was treated by a specialist, and after diligent practice and the expenditure of some money learned to say: "Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers.

She-repeated it to her friends at a private rehearsal, and was congratulated upon her masterly performance. "Yeth,” she said dubiously, “but it ith thuth an ectheedingly difficult remark to work into a converthathion-ethpethially when you conthider that I have no thithter Thuthie.”

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Why He Lost the Sale. "Were you able to sell old Skinfint a grave ?” asked the superintendent of the cemetery

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"That's what I told him, but he only answered, ‘Suppose I should be lost at sea.

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Tommy's Answer. His name was Tommy, according to Lippincott's, and he came home from school looking so down in the mouth that mother asked him severely what was the matter.

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"Nothing," sobbed Tommy. “She asked a question, and I was the only one who could answer it.”

"H'm," murmured mother. “What was the question?”

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A Mild Man Waxes Wroth. Uncle Henry Barnes was a mild man, says the Youth's Companion, but when John Ragland deliberately cheated him out of $900, even his patient spirit was ruffled. “Sometime," he remarked to his wife, “I'm going to tell that man what I think of him.” One day he came home highly satisfied with himself. “I saw John Ragland to-day, and I told him straight out what I thought of him," he said. “What did you say?" asked his wife. "I told him I thought he was a very unreasonable man.”

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A young foreigner was being tried in court, says the Public Ledger, and the questioning by the lawyers on the opposite side began.

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