Mrs. Martin was keeping a secret from her husband. Without his knowledge, she had saved fifty dollars from the household money, with which she intended to buy him a present. For safe-keeping, she had hidden the money in one of her shoes. As Mr. Martin sat reading in their apartment one evening, there rose suddenly on the evening air a weirdly beautiful song, the wild evening chorus of the cats in the neighborhood. Disturbed from his literary researches, Mr. Martin arose, opened the window and flung the first convenient articles which lay at hand at the offending felines. The articles in question happened to be his wife's shoes. Unfortunately, a certain Mr. Thompson happened to be talking to his washerwoman in the alley, on which Mr. Martin's window looked. Mrs. Martin's shoes struck, not the cats, but Mr. Thompson. Boiling with wrath, Mr. Thompson gave the shoe to the washerwoman and departed. The next morning Mrs. Martin missed her shoes. Mr. Martin, with a guilty start, crept down ...
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