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A Strong-minded Girl.

The following amusing story is told by a man who attempted to play a practical joke, but was thwarted in a very unexpected way. He says:—" I am very particular about fastening the doors and windows of my house. Ido not intend to leave them open at night as an invitation to burglars to enter. You see I was robbed by doing that, and I never mean to be again; so when Igo to bed I like to be sure that every door and window is securely fastened. Last winter my wife engaged a strapping young country girl, and the new comer was very careless about the doors at night. On one or two occasions I came downstairs to find a window up or the back door unlocked. I cautioned her, but it did no good. I therefore determined to frighten her. I put on false whiskers, and one night about eleven o'clock I crept down the baok stairs to the kitchen, where she was. She had turned down the gas, and was in her chair by the fire sound asleep, as I could tell by her breathing ) but the moment I struck a match she awoke. I expected a great yelling and screaming, but nothing of the sort took place. She bounced out of her seat with a ' You villain !' on her lips, seized a chair by the back, and before I had made a move she hit me over the head, forcing me to my knees. I tried to get up, tried to explain who I was, but in vain. Before I could get out of the room she struck me again ; and it was only after 1 had tumbled up the back stairs that she gave the alarm. Then she came up to my room, rapped at the door, and coolly announced : 'Mr Dash, please get up. I've killed a burglar !'"

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A Strong-minded Girl., Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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A Strong-minded Girl. Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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