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Fell Among Mind Readers

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A day or two ago, a few minutes before the opening of the board of trade, there etepped into one of the elevators in the building a well known comuiission man and a country customer. The countrjTnan was a yonng, fresh faced, unsophisticated looking chap, who was in Chicago f or the first time looking after a conple of cars of wheat that he had shipped in. As the elevator rose he casually remarked to the commission man: "I was manied last night, and this is a sort of a bridal trip." Congratulations were extended by the commission man as they stepped ont into the hall leading to the exchange. Among the others who rode up in the elevator was a certain blonde young man whose love for a practical joke has made him rather famous on the floor. He had chanced to stand back to back with the young countryman, had overheard the confidential admission made by him to his friend, and as they stepped from the elevator he managed to get a good look at Mr. Younghusbanrt. An hour or so later, when he had a few moments to hitoself, he stepped over to the telegraph counter and wrote upon a blank: "I have bet $100 to $10 that you were bnt recently married. Do I win my bet?" This he folded and placed in an envelope, and, calling a messenger bojr, pointed out Mr. Younghusband, and bade hiin deliver the message. He told a few of his croniea on the floor what he had done, and the yonng countryman was watched with considerable interest by a dozen or twenty traders in various parts of the crowd. He received the message from the boy with a half doubting look, opened it slowly, and as he comprehended its contents his face was dyed a deep crimson, while a foolish smile lifted the corners of his mouth. He looked abont him sheepishly to see if he could discover the author of the message and then beat a rather precipitous retreat. He failed to put in an appearance again that day. Subsequently the author of the note asked the young man's broker if he had said anything about it. "Yes, he did. And he was the most surprised man you ever saw. He could not imagine where the note carne from, and when he said goodby to me he obRerved: 'Dick, these board of trade fellows are too all fired smart for me. I don't wonder that they can skin us if they are all mind readers, as some of them seem to be.' And he went home


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