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The Nimble Bank-note

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The followiug amusing scène, whiob ooourred rccently in in American i'amily, will bo i'oiiüd not anintereetiiig. The chief role is played by money, the primo mover üi such affairs. Aii eye-witness recites the occurrenoe iii the following word : One evening that I took (cauitli a Eriendof udneiwhüe wc were seated ut the table, Mr. Baker, my friend's husband, ' while absently feeling in li vest-pocket, iVmnd a ftve-dollar Qote nrhich he had no reoollection of putting there. " Halloa !" ho oxclaimed, " tliat is n" place for you. I should have you ]iul in my pocjíe't-book. Here, wife, don t yon ■ want some ready money ?" and he threw the note acrosa the table to her. " Many thanks," she ceplied ; "money is always acceptable, altliough ! I liavo no present noed of it. '' Sie folded the note and put it onder the cdc ol' the ti-M -trny, :ind Uien proceeded to pour out the tea and attend to the; wante of her gueate. At her riglit gat Mre. Easton or Aunt Susan, whom we all knew as aii acquaintanoe who, from time to time, spent a week with Mts. Baker. Her viait was jnst at an end, and slie was alxmt to re turn home that evening. Ah ]rrs. Baker was pouring oul tor tea, il, oecurred to her thatHhew. , her aunt'a debí for certain smal] matti re, ■ and when she had the opportunity, she i pushed the note under her plate, saying ; "Hsre, annty, take this flve dollftrs in part. payment of niy debt." " wen," sfce replied, "bul Hiiiioney does net, belong l me. 1 owe you ílSjJmy dai Graoe, ntóch you leut me last Saturday. J had to pay thetaies on my üttte house and had aot the ready in.mey, and Grace lent it to me," exi claimed Ai mt Busan. Grare, au orphan, was a cousin to Mts. Baker. She and lier brother Frank boarded with her, and made a very pleas■■uit idditiou to üio family circle. Hhe wiik KiiHlying musie, and lier brother was clerk in a mercantile establishment. As Koon as Auiit Busan reoeived the note, Bhe handed it to Grace, saying : ( " I will give you this ncw on account, and the reeri m Boon as I ge) it." "All right," answered Öraoe, laugh.iujx, " and sinoe we all seem in the humor of paymgoui debts, ImSi follöw suit. Frank, I o we you somethingfor musie you boagbd me ; hare is pari of it,"and she tlrrewthe bank-note aoross the teatalili to her broüier, who Bat opposite. We were all bighly amuaed to see huw the note wandered around the table. " This is a -wonderful not'," said Mr. Baker; "I only wi8h somebody owed me something and I orved Bomebdy w'inething, so tliat I might come into ! the ring." " You can," said Frank. "I oto Mb. Baker - or you, it's all the same- for my board ; I hereivith pay you part of it." Amid general laughter, Mr. Baker took ! the note, and playfully threw it again to his wife, saying : " It's your's again, Lucy, beoause what belongs tn me belongs to you. It has compleled the round, and wii have all ! had the benefit of it." "And now it must go around again," replied she, gayly. "I like to see money circuíate; it should never lie idle. Auiit Busan, you t'ike it. Now I have paid you ten dollars." " Dear Grace, here is another live dol lai-s on my account," said Aunt Susan, handing it to Grace. "And you, Frank, have received ten dollars for the music you bought me," said Grace, handing it to her brother. "And I pay you ten dollars for my board," he con'tinued, and the note once more. rested in Mr. Bakers hands. The exehanges were qulck as thought, ! and we were oonvulsed with taoghier. ' ' Was there ever so wonderffcl au exchange '." excluimed Gcaee. " It's all nonseuse ! " oried Mr. Baker. "Not in the least," answeréd his wife. "It's all quite right." "Certainly, " said Frank; "when the money belonged to yon, yon oould dispose of it as you would; I have tho same right; it is a fair kind of ezchange, though very uneommon," "It shows the use of money," said Aunt Susan; "it makes the circuit of the world and Viringa ite value to every one who touches it. " "And this note has not flnished its work yet, as I will show yon, my dear husband, if you will give it to me again, " said Mrs. Baker. ' I present vn) w itll tilia Í"- alIiUnou-, wtiu Mr. Baier. "And I give it to yon, Aunt Susan - I owed you (Steen dollars, and I have paid uiy debt. " ' ' You have, my dear friend, without doubt; and now, my dear Orace, I pay yi m my indebtedneis, with many thanks tor your assistance." "I takc it with thanks, Aunt Susan," replied Graoe; "aud now the time han come when this wonder-working, this inexhaustibly rich bank-note must be di vidcii, becauge f do not uwe Franh ftve dollara more. How miich have I to pay yet?" " Two dollars and sixty-two cents," replied Frank. "Can you cifange it?" "Let me see; two thivty-i'ight . - yes, therc is the change; the speil is broken, Graoe, and you and I divide the spoils." " This bank-note beats all I ever saw. How much has it paid S Let uu count up," said Graoe. "Btrs. Eiaker gave Aunt Susan flfteen dollare, whicl: A mi Susan gave me; [ gave Frank-twelve dol lars and gixty-two cents; Frank gave Mr. Baker ten dollars - altogöiher öfty-two dollars aud sixty-two cents." "It's all nonseuse, I teil you," oried Mr. Baker, again; "you all owe eaoh othcv what yon owed beiore. " " You are deceived, my dear, by the rapid, uubrokeu race this little sum lia made; to me it ia as dear as daylight," replied Mrs. Baker. "It is all nonsense. How could the note which you gave Mrs. Baker, il' nothing to me or to yon, be divided between us two ?" asked Graoe, Mi1. Baker did not seem to see it very clearly, Vmt the others did, and they often reliitc this little history for the amusement of their Criends.


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