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grand reception; and you at my
right hand, and admirers by scores
— not after that. Young man, you
wouldn't stand in her way? You
wouldn't; not if you love her — not
if you love her.

Fed Why, vouldn't I! If she
loves me and I love her, we vould
stand in nobody's vay. I can't give
her grand receptions; but she can
sit at my left hand or my right
hand, just as she pleases. When you
say I stand in her vay, I don't un-
derstand you.

Jo You certainly do, young
man. She is rich. You are poor, or
that is she will be some day. You
can't give her the advantages that,
ha — I can; that I have neglected to
give her in days gone hj.

Fed Dot's so. I can't give her
very much. All I've got is my
mudder, and myself, and dot leddle



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house; but Avhat I have got, she is
velcome to it.

Jo Speak, Nannie. Why are
you so silent? Is it the gay life in
the city, and the grand receptions,
and the scores of admirers! Would
you not have all these

Frd Or dot leddle house!

.Jo And the laces, and the silks,
and the jewels



Frd Or dot leddle house!
Nan (running info Frederick's
arms) That little house!



Betsy, table "R." Bolter, well
"rt." Fred, and Nan. "C."



PICTURE.



Jo.



CURTAIN.



AGT II



TIME — One year Later. A June afternoon

PLACE— New York.

SCENE — Drawing room in J. J. J's house, 5th Avenue. Door

"C" IN FLAT, DOOR ""R" AND "L." TaBLE, CHAIRS AND DESK '^R.'\

Sofa AND CHAIRS ^'L." Bric-a-brac. Elaborately furnished.

AT RISE OF CURTAIN— J. J. J. seated near tablr, feet on
foot-rest, head back and covered with 'kerchief. Wicks up-
on SOFA AND READING FROM MEMORANDUM.



Wic (reading) Pagp 45. Ad-
vertised in the City Hall. Arrested
and paid damages.

Jo The d— 1 with that.

Wic Thed—1 with page 45?

Jo Yes. What about the young
German ?

Wic Page 52. The German.

Jo That s the idea; the German.

Wic Page 52. German disap-
peared — called at house — no house
— derrick — light and fuel— inquir-
ies — German sold — whereabouts un-
known.

Jo German sold!

Wic Page 53. Farm — gas.

Jo Gas!

Wic Gusher.

Jo Blowed up! (ijawning) I
am glad of it.



Wic Page 53 or 4?
Jo Hold your tongue.
Wic I will look it up in my
memorandum.

He commences to leaf his book. Enter R.
Bolter, "D C."

Rob Ho, ho, ha, ha! Trying to
take a nap? Your pardon for
coming up unannounced.

Jo Eh! Is that you, Bobbie!
(rises and shake hands) Delighted!
Delighted! Sit down.

Rob Certainly.

He Xs and sits upon sofa, which Wlcks has
vacated, looTcs about apartment, tests wall
with hammer, and during the following tacks
up a placard.

Rob I dropped in, Johnny, to

see how our daughter is coming
around.



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Jo (ruhVing his hands) All
tsmiles and contentment, Bobbie;
all smiles and contentment. Will
be a picture aft«r the first grand
reception — a picture.

Rob To be sure. Ah, has she
discovered the trick?

Jo Trick, Bobbie!

Rob Subterfuge?

Jo Subterfwgei

Rob No, no; th<* plain fact of
the case. That she should have her
Oerman, in time, Johnny, Trick?
No. Subterfuge? No. "Fact? Cer-
tainly, (seeing Wicks t<iclring up
placard^ rists) Demme! Wicks i

Jo Wicks! Demme!

Wic I will look it up in my
memorandum.

Jo How dare you, sir, mutilate
my walls!

Rob Mr. Wicks, answer us.

Wic Page 1. Judicial adver-
tisement

Jo Leave the room!

Rob Get out!

Exit "D C," Wicks,

Rob (taking former seat) A
good agent, Wicks; but too ambi-
tious.

Jo Decidedly too ambitious.

Rob By the by, Johnny, you
have heard me speak of my son?

Jo Your son — nice bov. A chip
off the old block. Eh, Bobbie!

Rob Intelligent, upright, hand-
some, obedient. Everything a son
could be, Johnny. Has just re-
turned from Harvard. You'll like
him. He's a catch — a veritable
catch. Mark my work, wlien our
daughter sees him, she" 11 forget her
German.

Jo I trust so, Bobbie. Nothing
would please me better. It would
be a new link between us. (siglis)



But my daughter is sadly in wanl
of polish.

Rob But he'll polished her. He's
so polished, she'll catch it from him^

Noise outside and cries, "Don't Aunt Betsy,
— You know what.you'il get.""^ &c. Johnstone
and Bolter jump to their teet and look at each
other. Naunie appears at "D C."

Nast Look out for the locomo-
tive! Here comes Aunt Betsy!

Nannie gets behind Bolter.

Rob That^'s right, my dear, I'll
protect you.

Betsy appears at "D C" with toag gad.

Bet Where is she! Oh, there
you are!

Nan Please don''t let her take
me!

Betsy and Nannie 8ee*saw about Bolter,
who Is pulled roughly from side to side.

Rob My good woman! My dear
child!

Jo (rises and crosses) Sister-in-
law, ha— sister-in-law!

Bet Brother-in-law, keep your
seat.

Jo [askh and falliHg into seat]
She'll be the ruin of me.

Bet Nannie, are you coming
out from behind that thing!

Jo aside Bobbie, a thing! Oh,
Lord!

Rob aside Here's an opportu-
nity to win the girl's gratitude.
aloud Stay where you are, child; I
will protect you.

Bet [brings gad down with a
a crash] Oh, you will, will you!

Bolter jumps to one side, Betsy captures
Nannie and leads her "C."

Bet Now, I have you.

Nan Yes, ma'am.

Rob Madam, you dare to strike
that child!

Jo [aside to Bob] Bobbie, it
won't work.



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Bet [wlio has turned and is
staring liim out of countenance] Do
you wan't my opinion of you!

Rob [ straightening himself ]
Madam!

Bet Nannie, hold this gad. Sir,
You're a prying, fussy, meddlesome
nobody.

Jo aside I knew it wouldn't
work.

Rob a fussy, madam!

Jo [aside to Boh. hut overheard
hj Betsy] Don't mind lier, Bobbie.

Bet [turns quicUy upon John.]

Bet What did you say, sir!

Jo Sister-in-law

Rob aside It won't work.

Bet [to John] You're a weak,
silly, old fossil !

Jo What!

Bet a weak, silly, old fossil.
And it's a great pity, you're the
father of this sweet, abused, unpro-
tected little angel. Nannie, kiss
me. Yes, sir; it's a shame, Nan-
nie, kiss me again.

Betsy breaks down, wipes her eyes, Xs to,
and turns at "D C."

Bet Nannie.
Nak Yes, Aunt Betsy.
Bet I'll box your ears after sup-
per. Come to my room.
Nak Yes, ma'am.

Exit "DC." Betsy.

Rob [vehemeningthj] The old
spitfire! The old termigant!

Nan [threatenly] Say, who
are you calling names. Don't you
call my Aunt Betsy names, cause
she's been just too good to me for
any use — she has, and she's a sight
better than you are, and I won't
stand it. Down at the Forks where
I was raised, they know how to
fight, they do; and I'll fight every
time for my A unt Betsy !

Johnstone tries to quiet her in pantomime



Rob aside She must take after
her mother.

Jo My dear! Now, my child; do'
not forget yourself. Ha — I fear
you have neglected your little blue
book lately — your little etiquette^
my dear.

NA]sr And I don't intend to read
it any more. I'm not like you, pa.

Jo Papa, ray pet.

Johnson Xs with her and sits upon sofa. She

kneels beside him. Bolter Sooks about stage.

- Nan Well, papa, then. I'm not
used to this sort of life; I wasn't
brought up to it. Down there by
the Forks, they were all good peo-
ple, mostly; who wasn't particular
what they said, so they didn't call
each other bad names, like he called
my Aunt Betsy. And they didn't
study etiquette either. 'Cause why;
'cause they did unto others as they
wished to be done by. That's all
the etiquette they know at the dear,
old Forks. And I'm a Forker, pa,
and you can't make me any different.

Rob But, my child —

Nan I wasn't talking to you,
sir.

Jo Tut, tut, my pet!

Nan Pa — I mean, papa — It has
been a long time since I was at the
Forks?

Jo Ha — yes, my pet.

Nan Ain't I never going back
there no more?

Jo By and by, dear; by and by.

Nan When'sthat?

Jo Eh, Bobbie?

Rob After the grand reception.

Jo Yes, after the grand recep-
tion.

Nan When 's that?

Jo Eh, Bobbie?

Rob By and by.

Nan Say, papa, when I'm dead,
are you going to bury me down in
the Forks?



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Jo My dear, what's that!

Nan Well, papa, the grand re-
ception must come pretty quick.
'Cause why? 'Cause I don't think
I'm going to live very long.

Jo Bobbie, do you hear her!
My dear, don't talk that way, don't!
Demme, it isn't etiquette!

Rob We must have the grand
reception.

Jo Immediately. Monday ?

Rob Monday,

Nan Well, I will try to live un-
til Monday.

Jo You must, my child.

Nan Well, I won't live much
longer if I don't soon get back to
the Forks.

Felix (icithin) Deah fellah, I
can find the way up myself. Weally.

Rob That's my son.

Jo A young man coming to see
you, my pet. Remember your little
blue etiquette.

Nan Oh, g-e-e!

Bolter meets Felix at "D C and embraces
him.

Rob My boy, my boy! {lead-
ing him ' C" — aside) That's the
girl. Make love to her, or I'll tear
you in threads, (aloud aad smiling)
Let me make acquainted my be-
loved son, Felix, to my old friend,
worthy, immortal, a friend in need
and a friend indeed, J. J. Johnstone,
Esq.
Felix offers the tips of his flngrers to Johnson.

Jo Delighted to meet the son of
my ingenuous friend, worthy R. B.
Bolter, Esq.

Fel Y-a-a-s. By Jove, you flat-
tab the Gov'nor; or, that is, you
flattahhis son.

Jo aside So polished, aloud
Allow me to make you acquainted
with my daughter, Miss Johnstone.

Nannie makes^a stupendous bow.



Fel Y-a-a-s, by Jove. De-
lighted.

Bolter pinches Felix.

Rob Say something!

Fel (wincing) Ah!

Rob You and Felix will be
great friends, (pinches Felix)

Fel Y-a-as, great friends.

Nan Sir, beg your pardon, but
will you please turn 'round?

Fel Ah, turn wound!

Rob (aside to Felix) Turn
'round!

Felix turns around. There is a placard, "J.
J. J. For Corns," upon his back. Nannie,
laughing', removes it.

Nan Oh, dear!

Jo Demme, Wicks!

Rob Wicks, again ! Don't blush,
Felix, (aside to Felix) Don't make
an ass of yourself.

Fel (aside to his father) But
I can't help it, gov'nor.

Jo I beg your pardons for my
agent. Wicks.

Enter -'D C." Flossy Titters.

Flossy I beg your pardon. Oh,
Felix, I see you're heah. I saw
you entah. I twust you won't
think me wude. Because I'm such
a silly little thing, and, you know,
deah boy, you promised to drive
with me this morning, and the
deah, little pony 's below and — say,
arn't you going to intwoduce me?

During above Nannie pins placard upon her
father.

Rob aside She'll ruin every-
thing.

Jo aside Such polish.

Fel Y-a-a-s. Miss Titters, Mr.
Johnstone — my father, ah — Miss
Johnstone.

Nan ( taking Miss Titter's hand )
I'm glad to meet you. I don't
know many girls here; only Mar



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Ann, and she waits on the table.
Gee, this is a dull place — don't you
think so?

Jo {to Bolter) See the differ-
erence between those two. My
child! My child!

Fls No, I don't find it dull, (to
Felix) Ah, deah boy?

Rob (aside to and pinching Fe-
lix) Demme, say it's dull.

Fel {wincing) Dera it!

Nan ) Hello!

Fls \ Deah boy!

Jo ^ Eh! ■

Rob aside What a consummate
ass that boy is.

Fel Well, by jove, you know,
1— I

Nan Yes, I think you did.

Fls My little deah, you're
wight. Ah, deah boy?

Fel Y-a-a-s.

Nak Won't you all sit down.

Jo Yes, do; I beg your pardon.

Fls No, thank you. I have an
engagement with Felix; we are go-
ing to Mrs Philliper's art collection.
She has a little Cupid in Mosaic, I
am very anxious to purchase. Ah,
deah boy ?

Rob And you have an engage-
ment with your father, you had for-
gotten! Eh, dear boy?

Nan If I was you, Felix, I
would go to Philliper's, and buy the
little Cupid set to music.

Fls She's quite wight. Ah, deah
boy?

Rob aside If she says that
again, I'll throttle her.

Nan Well, why don't you folks
go?

Jo Tut, tut, my pet!

Fls aside What a wude thing

she is. aloud Come, Felix, my

deah, little pony will be getting ner-

ous about me. {Xing to Nannie)



My deah, I twust we shall meet
again.

Nan I'm afraid we won't.

Fls I'm suah we shall, Call on
me. Berryview flats. Wing the
second bell, and take the elevatah.
{takes Felix' arm) Come, deah
boy. All revoir.

Fel Y-a-a-s. Ta, ta.

Nan Our voy.

Jo Good morning, call again.

Rob aside To the d — 1 with
them!

Exit "DC," Felix and Flossy.

Jo Bobbie, I'm quite delighted
with your son. So polished. And
Miss Titters, ha — positively delight-
ful.

Nan aside Down our way we
send such things to an asylum.

Rob She's an old friend of our
family — a second cousin, or a forty-
second cousin. She and Felix were
brought lip together.

Nan Sweethearts?

Rob Not at all.

Nan Oh, no; of course not.

Nannie Xs to sofa. Johnston seated at ta-
ble, Bolter opposite. Enter "D C," Betsy.

Bet Brother-in-law, will you
come down stairs. Wicks has
tacked one of those abominable ''J
J. J's." upon the piano, and is now
pasting them all over the front door.

Johnstone and Bolter jump to their feet.

Jo Demme, Wicks!
Rob Wicks, again!
Bet If you don't discharge that
man, I will.

Jo He shall be discharged.
Rob Immediately.
Jo Come.

They lock arms and exit "D C," Betflv lead-
ing the way.

Nan Poor, old Wicks, he's dis-



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charged at least a dozen times a day.
*'No, ma'am," says Mr. Wicks.
*Tage 2. Contract — year of our
Lord— 1900." Year of our Lord?
I wonder what he means by that?
Monday 's the grand reception.
Tuesday, I start for the Forks, I
wonder what Fred*^rick will say
when he sees me? Gee, won't he
stare. [looks herself or<?rJ Fll take
all these things off and put on the
little pink calico. Frederick used
to say, I looked so pretty in my lit-
tle pink calico.

SPECIALTY, in which case entrances changre.

Fed [icifhin'\ Don't you mind.
Second door to the left. Veil, don't
put yourself out.

Nan Who's that!

Wic [icifhhi] Page 71. Eti-
quette — must show you up.

Enter "D C," Wicks and Frederick.

Wic Page 72. Be seated.

Fbd Don't trouble yourself.

Nan aside How fine he looks.

Fed I wonder where she is!

Nan I wonder why he doesn't
see me?

Frd Leddle Miss Johnsione,
look at me!

Nan Oh, g-e-e!

Frd [Xing and takes herhands^
How you vas!

Nan Oh, Fm well; how are you!

Fed Veil, I vouldn't have
known you.

Nan You don't seem very glad
to see me.

Fed I never vas so tickled in all
my life.

Nan Then why don't you kiss
me?

Fed [laughing'] Veil, I didn't
know.

Nan Why don't you?

Fed Och Gott!



Nan You arn't afraid to kiss
me, are you ?

Fed I vas at first, but I ain't
now.

Nan Well, come on.

Fed [fakes her hands]
two [hands hat to



Take my hat and hang it

side. Vun, two You

if you vant to. Vun, two-
ain't you got no manners!



Vun,
Wicks]

up out-
can go

— Say,



Exit Wicks.



Fed Vun, two, dree, [kisses her]

Nan Oh, g-e-e !

Fed Das ist ous get zeignet.
Say, [holding her from him] How
nice you do look.

Nan And how nice you do look.
[drawing him to sofa] Come over
here, and sit down. I've got so
much to tell you.

They sit tOKCther upon the sofa.

Fed And Fve got so much to
tell you.

Nan Say, where did you get all
your store-clothes?

Fed Didn't you hear?

Nan No.

Fed Is dot so! Veil, you see,
after you vas gone, things didn't
seem to go as they used to. My
mudder — you hear about her?

Nan No.

Fed My mudder vas took sick.
And vun night she called me to her,
and she say, "Frederick, I'm going
to leave you." And I say, mudder,
you must not talk like dot; Nannie
she vas gone, Aunt Betsy she vas
gone, and if you go, I vill be all
alone. And then I kneeled beside
her and kissed her, and she grew so
vite and pale. ''Mudder," I said,
"speak to me." But she vouldn't
speak — my mudder vas dead. I vas
all alone.



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Nan" Frederick,

Fed Veil.

Nan Kiss me again. You're
not alone now.

Fed No, I vas not alone now?

Nan Frederick, what happened
after your mother— died?

Fed I don't know. Tlie fann
grew up all in veeds, and the house
seemed to miss my raudder so, it
commenced falling avay piece by
piece. Vun day, I vas sitting by
my front door, and some men came
along, and they say: "'Young man,
there vas oil in this neighborhood,''
and I say, "Veil, I don't know."
And then they come with big dar-
ricks, and down, and down, and
down went the drill and up came
the

Nan Oil.

Fed No, it vas gas.

Nan Wasn't that nice.

Fed Yes, and then I sold out
for more money then I think there
was in all the world, and as soon as
I got it, I thought of leddle Miss
Johnstone, and here I vas.

Nan And ain't you glad to see
me?

Fed I should say I vas.

Nan Kiss me again.

He kisses her.

Fed Och gott!

Nan And, say, Frederick?

Fed Veil.

Nan You will never leave me
again ?

Fed Never again — unless, you
vas like the lass in the story, my
mudder used to tell us.

Nan The story? Oh, yes — what
was it now — I remember. About
"The clock that went coo-coo." Tell
it to me again.

Fed (sings)



THE CLOCK DOT GOES COO-COO.

'Twas an old, old clock, with a quaint
tick, tock.

Dot goes, coo, coo!
Softly, coo, coo!
And it hangs onthe vail like a comet,
tail and all.

And says, coo, coo;
Sweetly, coo, coo!
When he asked her if she loved him,
dot old clock just above him —
It said, coo, coo!
Softly, coo, coo!
She von't tell him if she loves him, but
dot old clock just above him —
It says, coo, coo!
Only, coo, coo!
Coo, coo!

Sighs the old, old clock, with a quaint
tick, tock!

And its coo, coo!
And its coo, coo!
Love, ah, she is dead, roses twined about
her head —

Sadly, coo, coo!
Sighs the coo, coo!
And he asked her if she loved him,
while the angels soared above them.
Listen, coo, coo!
Says the coo, coo!
And the angels sweep above him bearing
her who never loved him.
Says the coo, coo!
Only coo, coo!
Coo, coo!

Nan And he never found out
if she loved him?

Fed Never found it out.

Nan But if he had told her
once upon a time, and that time was
a long time ago, and they had been
separated, and he had come back to
her, and — don't you know?

Fed No.

Nan Don't you think she
would?

Fed If he asked her?

Nan Yes.

Fed Yes, Fm sure he vould.

Nan Just like you and me,
Frederick.

Fed Just like you and me.

Nan Separated like we were,
and brought together like we were.

Fed Just lik e we were.



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Nax Then I guess you can kiss
nie again.

He kisses her, and enter. "D C," in time to
catch them at it, Betsy.

Bet Tut. tut, what's the mean-
ing of this!

Frd {(/etfi}uj at one end of sofa)
Ochgott!'

Nan {f/effinj/ at fJie other end of
sofa) Goodness me!

Bet Who have you got with
you !

Nan Don't you know him ?

Frd Aunt Betsy, how you vas!

Bet Hello! What on earth
Ijrought you to this outlandish
place! I thought you had more
sense! (embraces him, and holding
hitn aivay from her) Well, you are
got up to kill. You ought to be
ashamed of yourself. I heard about
your good fortune — take care, you
don't take to drinking and end your
days in the poor house. I'm awful-
ly ^1 ad to see you.

Frd So you vas glad to see me?
{places his ami around Betsij) I
vas glad to see you.

Bet Where have you got your
arm !

Frd {quicl-hj removes liis arm)
Nowhere.

Bet Don't be foolish, put it
back where it was. {he does so)
Now tell me, how is everything at
the Forks? Just as much lying
and gossiping going on since I left ?

Frd Veil, not quite so much,
Aunt Betsy.

Bet {breaking away from him)
What!

Frd I don't mean dot.

Nan No. he don't mean that.

Bet Hold your tongue ! Fred-
erick, that's an insult I didn't ex-
pect from you!

Frd I swear he didn't mean dot.



When I said there vasn't so much
gossiping since you left vas because
you vas here.

Nan That's it, because you was
here.

Bet Because I was here!

Fed No. I don't mean dot,
either.

Nan No. of covirse he don't.

Bet Did anybody ever hear of
such impertinence !

Nan But, Aunt

Bet Hold your tongue! {to
Frederick) I wan't you to remem-
ber this is my house, or that is, I
run it; and if you're not out of it
by the time I cool off, you know
what you'll get!

Exit Betsy.

Frd Aunt Betsy isn't changed
much.

Nan No, nothing ever changes
Aunt Betsy.

Talking- outside.

Frd Who's dot?

Nan My papa.

Frd Your who!

Nan Papa.

Frd Friend of the family?

Nan Yes, somewhat.

Frd Don't believe I ever met
him.

Nan Yes, you did. He's my pa.

Frd Veil, t didn't know, I never
heard his front name before.

Talking outside.

Nan They are coming in here.
Sit down here.
Frd {sits iqjon sofa) All right.

Nannie X's to chair near table.

Frd Where are you going?

Nan Over here. It's etiquette,
you know.

Frd Veil, I didn't know; I
thought it vas your f adder.



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Nan It is.

Frd Oh, then it vas the other
old man who vas with him ?

Jo {uiflrin) He insulted you!
Bet {iriflihi) To my face.
Rob {irithin) The scoundrel!
Frd Dot's me.

Enter "D C," Johnstone and Bolter followed
by Aunt Betsy.

Jo Where is he !

Rob Show him to me!

Nannie Xs quiclily to Frederick.

Frd These fellows vant to fight.
{parfhj dyawhuj off his coat) All
right.

Nan Dont, Frederick!

Rob {behind Johnson) Give it
to him, Johnny. Show your sister-
in-law you're a man of iron.

Nan' [aside to Frederick) Aunt
Betsy 's been making a fool of her-
self.

Jo ( who is vigorously attempting
to look terrible) Young man, how
dare you, ha — audaciously insult my
sister-in-law !

Rob That's good, Johnny, Give
it to him. You re starting in beau-
tifully.

Jo My sister-in-law, who is the
pride, ha — and prop of my declining
years. You not only insulted her,
sir, but you insulted her to her face !

Rob Go in, Johnny! Go in!

Jo And I order you from the
house, sir, ha — from the house.
There's the door. Bobbie, show
him the door.

Rob Young man, there's the
door.

Nan {aside to Fred.) Don't
you go.

Frd You vant me to go! All
right. But tell me vat have I done!
Insulted Aunt Betsy ! Why, we vas
the best of friends.



Jo Show him the door!

Nan Pa, you're always talking
about etiquette, but I've read it
enough to know it isn't polite to
order people out of your house.

Rob Young man, do you see the
door !

Frd Aunt Betsy, did you tell
these men to come up here and put
me out? Vat do you say? You
don't say nothing? Veil, dot's all
right. When my mudder died, she
said, , ''Frederick, don't you cry,
'cause Aunt Betsy vill be your mud-
der when I am gone." And when I
come here, you bring these men to
put me out. Veil, I didn't think
dot of you. My mudder, up 3'onder
didn't think dot of you! But, all
right, I vill go!

Nan And I will go with you!

Jo What!

Rob Eh!

Bet (co)ning down) Don't eith-
er of you dare to go — you know
what you'll get if you do!

Rob Demme, what does this
mean !

Jo aside I was afraid it
wouldn't work, aloud Sister-in-
law!

Bet You're a nice looking pair.
I'm ashamed of you; you heartless,
old ruffians, ordering a poor, moth-
erless boy out of your house a hot
day in June!

Rob aside The woman's mad!

Jo But didn't he insult you!

Rob And didn't you tell us to
come up here and throw him out!

Bet Well, is that any of your
business !

Jo But sister-in-law, be reasona-
ble!

Bet Don't talk!

Jo But this is my house!

Nan Hurrah, for pa!

Bte How dare you tell me this



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as your honsel You silly, old med-
dlesome nobodies; get out of my
sight, both of youi

Frd Dot's right, Auut Betsy,
give it to them!

Nan Three cheers for Aunt
Betsy!

Rob My good woman

Fredeiicfcaud Nannie encourage Aunt Bet-
sy during' the following-, with cheers and clap-
ping ot hands, and encouraging expressions.
And keep It up to climax.

Bet (taJklng Bolter and Johti-
sfone to "D C") I'll show you what
it is to treat my friends shabbily.
You wanted to throw him out,
didn't you. But I'm too smart for
you. How dare either of you look
me in the face! How dare you re-
main in my sight ! In the same
room with me — in the same atmos-
phere with me!

Nan The enemy retreats! Hur-
rah!

Fed Go in, Aunt Betsy!

Jo Sister-iu-law



Bet Sister-fiddle-de-de > I'm
not your sister-in-law; I would be
ashamed of myself if I was. You're
a bundle of inconsistencies— ^a med-
dling, tattling, rampagious bundle
of inconsistencies! Leave the room,
both of you!

Johnstone and Bolter stare at each other.

Jo Come Bobbie.
Rob Come Johnny.

They lock arms and cross to '"DC"

Nan Hurrah, for us!

{comiiui (hjirn) Come here
you and hug your Aunt



Bet
both of
Betsy!



Frederick and Nannie embrace Betsy.
Johnstone turns at "D C " and is so ovei>
come by the sight he faints and is supported
by Bolter.



PI'^TXTRE.



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