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(Suff-knL and fancl-cuff. s IE BASSWELLS were a very young married couple; that is their marriage was still a dream and, of course, they were very young. John Basswell was a very promising insurance agent. He had already gotten a raise, in only one year. June Basswell was a small brunette with long hair and very modern ideas. Although not always showing it, they loved each other dearly. “John, dear,” entreats June, “please remember this is our first formal theatre party with your new friends from the office. YVe must, just simply must, make a good impression on them, especially your boss, Mr. Jedson, and his wife.” “Yes, dear, I know,” answers John, “even better than you. In fact, I am more afraid of the rest than the boss, because 1 hardly know them, and I’ve known the boss long enough to argue with him.” “And you know,” she continued, not heeding his reply, “Mrs. Jedson is so aristocratic and formal and — and everything. 1 know my beaded georgette will not look nice to her — O — John! Did you get your cuff-links from the jeweler where you were having them fixed? You didn’t?” as he nodded the negative; “how could you, when you know your others do not go with the studs on your dress suit? Go down right this minute and get them. I declare, if we don’t hurry and get started we’ll be late and that would be awful!” John hurries to get the desired articles which, he remarked later, “Weren’t worth a whoop, anyway.” The time draws near when they must start and still no John. June is frantic. Going to the tele- phone a one-sided conversation, or at least one side of the conver- sation is heard. “Is this the jeweler’s?” Evidently it is. “Has Mr. Basswell come in yet for his cufi-links?” “Left an hour ago?” she gas ps; “Did he say anything about what he was going to do, but of course he wouldn’t — so like a man not to tell anyone what he was going to do.” “That’s all, thank you.” “I will, never you fear,” when asked the usual sales request. What must she do, John has not arrived yet, well — “It’s three- fourths of an hour until time to start so I will finish dressing, so I can help John — he never could find anything, anyway”— this to herself. Eifteen minutes pass and still no John. “I believe I’ll go mad if he doesn ' t hurry up — what’s that- — footsteps — not John, there’s more than one man. Who can it be? They are coming in here!” “Hello there, June, let us in, will you?” This from a man with John’s voice. 124
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“Open the door and let yourself in,” she rather sharply answers. “I can’t” he replies. “For heaven’s sakes what is the matter now?” this to herself, and as she opens the door, nearly faints in astonishment. There was John — yes, it undoubtedly was John — but such a change. “His hat is gone, his hands and feet muddy and clothes just about like them, and, horrors, he has on hand-cuffs! Who is that strange man with him? He is as big as a giant.” All of this passed through June’s mind in a matter of a few seconds of silence, while she stood spell- bound. “Why, what’s the matter, John?” she asks. “This man doesn’t believe these cuff-links are mine.” “Why the idea!” “Well, I know it sounds funny to you and him, both, but I will explain that later.” “Tell these ‘gentlemen’ who I am and that these cuff-links are mine.” “Gentlemen, these cuff-links are my husband’s,” as they were handed to her. “I gave them to him on our first anniversary two months ago. He broke them and I sent them to the jeweler’s. Not getting them this afternoon, I made him go for them tonight, as we are going out.” After telling them their names and age and ancestors, and so forth, and after calling the jeweler and having him affirm their state- ments, the policemen finally left with the parting remark, “Better be more careful next time, young man.” “Now, will you please explain all of this?” — this in the course of a hurried dressing of John. “Sure,” he grinned. “I ran out of here pellmell, because you were in such a hurry. The man that just left looked at me ‘kinda funny’ but I ran on into the jeweler’s; he gave it to me, the cuff-links, I mean- — a nd 1 didn’t hand over any money — merely winked and said you were waiting and that I would pay him later for fixing them. That crazy policeman saw all of this and as I was hurrying out I bumped right into him.” “You would!” broke in June. “And, as I was saying — ahem! — we both fell — I on my hands and knees. I dropped the cuff-links, he grabbed them and looked at them. I, of course, got mad and started to take them when sud- denly I had hand-cuffs on and was being marched up to the police station. He called me “Blake, the Society Youngster.” It seems I look like a particularly well known society thief. So, I told him to drop in here on the way to the police station. The old fool wouldn’t go back to the jeweler’s — said he was going there alone and catch them at it, I hope he enjoys it!” he concluded.
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