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Destroyed Its Own Identity

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One step from the sublime to the ridiculous. This is an old truism. It might be said also that comedy and tragedy are very uear to each other - at least so argued that priuce of good fellows, Nat Goodwill. Seated in Delmonico's cafe one day recently, Goodwin was entertaining a number of friends with personal reminisceuces of a European trip. In a delightfuJly ingenuous manner he made himself the butt in each story, and convulsed his auditors with laughter. Finally ho said: "I was walking down street the other day - that is, I was or another fellow was, it doesn't inake any difference. You don't want to spoil a htory on techuicalities. Anyhow I or the other fellow was walking down street and chauced to pass an express office. "The expressinan was loading his wagon preparatory for his afternoon round. Of a sudden the forwarding agent or whatever you cali hiin carne out with a small dog. " 'Where's he going?' asked the driver. "'I don't know.' " 'Dou't know?' " 'Naw. ' " 'Why the - don't you know?' " 'Now, don't get previous, ' said the forwarding agent. "I don't know, an it don't know, an nobody knows. It's et up its tag, that's the reason. ' ' ' His auditors laughed, but Goodwin drew a long face. "Isay it's pathetic, " be remarked. "Think of the position of that dog. In a thoughtless moment he destroycd his own identity. It's a edy in real life. "■


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