A CASE OF SEVERE EXPOSURE.
Some people never seem to get the right idea of a subject, somehow. They were talking up at McAllister’s the other evening of the sufferings the poor people turned out of doors by the recent hurricanes in the Southern States, when a bashful young man with a green necktie, who was silently squirming on a straightbacked chair, in a corner, was asked how much exposure he thought it was possible for a human being to endure. “Exposure, Mum? Yes, mu.n. Well, the most terrible instance of exposure I ever knew was something that happened to myself a few years ago. ” “ Indeed,” said a young lady. “ Tell us all about it. ” “ Well, you must know I had a great habit of walking out through the Park, and strolling on the beach near the Cliff House. , One Sunday morning, very early, I was tempted by the extreme heat to slip into the surf and take a bath, which, as there was no one around at that early hour, I finally did. Judge of my horror when I came out and found that the tide had risen and carried off my clothes. ” “ Ahem ! ” interrupted the hostess, “won’t—won’t you try some chocolate, Mr. Skidmore ? ” “ Thanks, in a minute —just as soon as I finish my story. Yes, every stitch I had in the world was gone—everything except a chest protector, and I was forced to walk into Van Hess avenue, where I lived, with nothing in the world but that between me and the sneers of the heartless world. I’ll tell you how I managed, I just lied this pro ” Put just here three ladies fainted, while another, with great tact, sat down at the piano and shrieked “Haney Lee” at the top of her lungs, under cover of which the d«ad and wounded were carried off, while the sincere but misguided! young man was coaxed out into the hall and handed his hat.
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