joking with ftiosPHORUs. The Napier "News" tells a storn of two practical jokers who " laughed on the wrong side of their faoea," A fire took plaoe » few days ago at a ohemlßt'a shop, some chemicals epontaueously Igniting. The fire was put out und two men were detailed to wntoh the debria, to guard against a revival of the fire- Among the salvage was » quantity of phosphorus, and knowing its property of gleaming m the dark the frisky watchmen conceived a joke' on a townsman whose habit is to stay out late o'dghta. They would take some phosphorus and draw a ghastly figure on his door. JBNch took a lump of the stuff, one putting his m a side pocket, the other m a breaßt pooket of his coat. They strolled down the utreet as if "quire promUons" to carry out their little lark* Bat " the best laid schemas, etc." They had not gone far bofore number one found his pooket m fhmeti, and the manner In wbioh be tore off his coat and banged it about to extinguish the fl>mes was so spectaoular that his mate m the excitement of the momant forgot that he too had phosphorus m his pocket. But not for long. For before number one had controlled the oorfligratlon m bia costume be tO9 was tewing off bis coat. But the dangerous stuff somehow stuck to him, and before he bad done with it other garments were damaged, and both hands considerably burned. Their little joke of the ghastly figure on the door was not carried out
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2007, 7 December 1888
BITERS BIT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2007, 7 December 1888
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