Seven Chances


1
One beautiful summer day,
when fragrant flowers
were in bloom, Jimmie
Shannon met Mary Jones,
and he wanted to tell her
     he loved her.

2
When autumn had cast its 
  golden glow and the
flowers had faded and died,
   he still wanted 
        to tell her
             he loved her.

3
When winter came and the
  leaves had fallen one by
one and the snow had
covered the hills and valleys
   he still wanted 
        to tell her
             he loved her.

4
However - when nature had 
  changed again, bringing
forth spring time with
its beautiful buds and
     blossoms - -
He still wanted 
         to tell her
               he loved her.

5
Jimmie was the junior partner
of the firm of Meekin and
Shannon, brokers, that had been
tricked into a financial deal that
meant disgrace - and possibly
prison - unless they raised 
      money quickly.

6
A lawyer, unknown to
the firm, with good
  news for Jimmie.

7
"This man has some 
kind of a legal paper 
     with him!"

8
"Maybe it's a summons!"

9
"He's not in."

10
"Let's go out to the 
   Country Club."

11
"Your grandfather
has left you the
   sum of - -"

12
"Seven million dollars."

13
"Providing - -"

14
"- you are married by
seven o'clock on the
evening of your twenty
  seventh birthday."

15
"When is your twenty-
 seventh birthday?"

16
"Today!"

17
"There's plenty of time -
you've got until seven
o'clock tonight to get
       married."

18
"Maybe Mary might 
    marry me."

19
"Mary, you're the only 
girl I have ever loved."

20
"Will you marry me?"

21
"I must hurry back to 
the country club and
tell Billy it's all fixed -
and we'll be married 
       today."

22
"Why today?"

23
"My grandfather left me 
a lot of money providing 
I marry some girl today."

24
"I don't mean some girl -
I can marry any girl! I - I
mean, it don't matter who 
I marry, but I must wed
       someone!"

25
"He said he must wed
someone, and it might 
   as well be me!"

26
"- and so you see, dear,
how much better it is
to give him a chance to 
       explain."

27
"Then, Mr. Shannon,
you've got to marry 
 some other girl."

28
"I couldn't marry any 
     other girl."

29
"But, you'll lose 
  this fortune."

30
"I don't want the money -
it has already cost me
the only girl I ever loved."

31
"Take this to Mr. Shannon,
 and ride for your life!"

32
"- - and we'll lose our
reputation, our friends, even 
our liberty - unless you do
marry! - We're partners; -
if you won't do it to save
yourself, you must to 
       save me!"

33
"Who will I marry?"

34
"How many of these 
girls do you know?"

35
"You have
seven chances."

36
"Would you marry 
       me?"

37
"I'll propose to this one 
         for you."

38
"Have you ever thought 
 of getting married?"

39
"Constantly!"

40
"Would you marry a 
man who loves you
better than his very
       life?"

41
"Wait a minute -- I'm
 proposing for him."

42
"Who bats next?"

43
"Wrong party."

44
"Meet me at the Broad 
Street Church at five
o'clock - I'll have a bride
there if it's the last act
       of my life."

45
"You and try and have one
  there too in case he 
         fails."

46
"In case two show up,
I'll marry the other 
         one."

47
"Yours?"

48
"Are you going to try
    to raise it?"

49
"Do you think anybody 
   would marry me?"

50
By the time Jimmie had
reached the church,
he had proposed to 
everything in skirts,
including a Scotchman.

51
"Ladies, you are evidently
the victims of some practical
joker -- I must ask you to
leave the church as quietly
        as possible."

52
"What time is it?"

53
"Bring the minister to 
Mary's house. I'll try 
to get there somehow
before seven o'clock!"

54
"You've killed him!"

55
"I know a short cut -
we'll head him off!"

56
"I'm too late!"

57
"And we're not going 
   to be married?"

58
"But Jimmie - Don't you
think we could be happy 
  without the money?"

59
"Mary - there's nothing
before me but failure
and disgrace, and you
mean too much to me
to let you share it!"

THE END

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