A Victim of Circumstances.
Mr M. was invited to attend a wedding at a little town in Germany, on the railroad, a few stations distant from his home. He dressed himself in his very best clothes and started for the railroad station. A sudden shower descended, and while he was able to protect his silk hat, swallow-tailed coat, and white vest, his black pants were splashed with mud and water. Thanks to his good luck, Mr M, got a carriage all by himself, and the first thing he did as soon as the train was under way was to take off the soiled pants and remove all the spots of mud as far as possible. He then opened the window and hung the pants out to dry. While he was looking out of the other window of the carriage a sudden gust of wind carried off the garments. Imagine the horror of poor M. He gave a yell of agony, for the weather being quite hot he had dispensed with the usual underwear. There he was in a stove-pipe hat, white cravat and vest, swallowtail coat—and that’s all except a well-shined pair of boots. The Scotch Highlanders, and the French sans-culottes, are described as wearing a somewhat similar costume, but no high hat. At the next station the door of the carriage was approached by the conductor accompanied by two ladies. “All the seats are taken,” roared the wretched man, “ That’s not so ; there is only one person in this carriage,” replied the conductor, opening tho door and admitting the two ladies, who were too busy with their bundles and parcels to look at the other passenger. When they did so the train was already in motion again, and for a while their shrieks were terrible. At last the more elderly lady said : “ Sir, what possesses you to travel in such a costume as that ?” “ And what would you do, madam, if the wind had carried off all yout underwear, as it has mine!” Mr M., however, had a happy thought, and tho gravity of the situation was much modified by his spreading his umbrella On arriving at his station the kindhearted conductor obtained a pair of unmentionables that must have belonged to a fat man in a dime museum, which enabled the victim of circumstances to make his way to the nearest clothing store. ‘ Texas Siftings.’
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A Victim of Circumstances., Evening Star, Issue 7922, 1 June 1889
A Victim of Circumstances. Evening Star, Issue 7922, 1 June 1889
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