He Held the Baby.
A young man with a baby in-his arras stoo a street corner. The baby was at^j peace with itself, the young man who held j it, and the world in general.; -The young man didn't appear so satisfied. He looked quite anxious .and ill at ease. He had been standing there with the baby in his arms: for almost an hour, when two young men, who had been standing at the opposite corner enjoying the situation, crossed the street, and walked up to him. . . " I say, old chappie, where did you get the kid 1" " A young lady asked me to hold it for her a few moments while she went into a, store," answered the young man, begin- | ning to look as if h.e washed she hadn't. "She did, eh? Well, the best thing you can do is to take tlie child up to police headquarters and report. the case, The mother has deserted the baby." ''I don't believe it," said the holder of the baby, but the expression of his face seemed to belie the statement, '.,. \ r " You don't," exclaimed, the second young man. ' * I'll bet you £2 to Xs it's a fact." *' I'll take that bet," and the money was put up, . About five minutes later a very trim little lady came out of the store with her arms full of bundles. uOh, John, how long I've kept you waiting. Has baby been behaving itself ? Come to its mother, poor little dear. What ? You've got to see a friend 1 All fight; hurry up." And a,s the young couple walked off the, young gents at the corner could hear the fond father say : <JSee, it will just buy baby the carriage you want so badly."
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He Held the Baby., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890
He Held the Baby. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2396, 9 April 1890
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