The Strong Man

[Bracketed words appear in small type]

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Where once a Belgian 
  Orchard Bloomed.

2
"Here's another Yankee 
letter for private Paul 
 Bergot! Where is he?"

3
"- Two days ago I saw
him in No-Man's Land!"

4
"Next time, Cootie, you'll
  keep your head down!"

5
 Then the Armistice,
  Peace and fleets
of liners laden with
immigrants seeking a
newer Rainbow in the
  Land of Promise.

6
Ellis Island, the Funnel 
     of America.

7
"Well, where's the 
     Company?"

8
"My company - I captured
    him in the war!"

9
"The Crown Prince gave 
     me this hat!"

10
"Take that! - and that! -
  and that! - and - -"

11
"I lift the heaviest weights 
  in the world, and when
  I shoot myself from a
   cannon to a trapeze
    it's a sensation!"

12
"I tell you I'm NOT
Mary Brown, and I
never wrote to any
   soldiers --"

13
"And if you don't stop
following me I'll turn
you over to a truant
      officer!"

14
"Pardon, Major, do you
  know a girl named
     Mary Brown?"

15
"Sure - she passes that 
  corner every day!"

16
"Sink that roll, Lily, there's
    a 'dick' trailing me!"

17
"Out of jail a week, and
   at it again, huh?"

18
"You were looking for 
  Mary Brown, were
      you not?"

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"Well, I'm [Little Mary."] 

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"What's a nickel! I've got
     plenty of money."

21
"The Russell Apartments!"

22
"Hey, there! You can't
leave your women lying
  around like this!"

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["Room three, upstairs."]

24
"You let me out of here 
   or I'll holler!"

25
"Don't let this leak out!"

26
"Where will I find the 
  studio of Madame 
      Browne?"

27
"In two days we open 
my new act in Cloverdale
and the loafer is late
   for the train!!"

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Cloverdale had once 
been a peaceful little 
    border town.

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   But over-night Cloverdale
     had changed - Certain
   interests found it ideally
located for a defiance of the law.

30
The Town Hall was re-named
"The Palace" - and the
profits ran into thousands.

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"The Palace" and its
  attractions were
taking their toll from
   village homes.

32
"Come on, Sis, come
      on home."

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"If my Dad was here -
   he'd fix you!"

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Justice and decency 
had fled before the
 new law -- Money.

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The only force left opposing
  "Mike" McDevitt, owner
of "The Palace", was Parson
         Brown.

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"- It's useless to fight
me any longer. Money
talks louder than you! -"

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"- Every man has his 
price! - Now what's 
      YOURS?"

38
"The House of God is
founded on a ROCK.
For the miseries you
have caused, The Master
 will destroy you!"

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"Listen, fool! Continue
these demonstrations
against me and I'll give
you something real to
      pray for!"

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  The church people of 
  the town, horrified
by conditions, rallied at
the call of their pastor.

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"Bretheren, stand firm! The
Good Book says 'Faith can
   move mountains! - -"

42
"- For the Lord said unto
  Joshua 'March around
  the walls of Jericho
  seven days, and on the
  Seventh day the walls
     shall fall' - -"

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"- This is the Sixth day 
  of marching around
OUR Jericho. Believe ye
and Behold! The Miracle
  shall be repeated!"

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"Hymn 339 - 'Onward
Christian Soldiers'."

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"Here comes 'Holy Joe'
playing Joshua again!"

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Onward, Christian sol-diers,
   Marching as to war;

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"I believe in this - and
 wish I'd led a cleaner 
        life."

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"Aw, shut up! - pretty
soon you'll be washing 
     your neck!"

49
"'Holy Joe's' out there
again trying to sing the
shingles off the roof!"

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"If that Psalm-singing
idiot bothers me much
more, I'll have his 
daughter in here as the 
  main attraction!"

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A few hours later - -
  another meeting
 behind the church.

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Mary Brown, the Parson's
   daughter, saw the
world through the eyes of
optimism - perhaps because 
    she was blind.

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"Miss Mary; tell us that
story again about the
Belgian soldier who won 
      the war."

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"Once there was a plain
little girl who dared to 
love a brave, handsome 
     soldier - -"

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"- But when he wrote
that he was coming to 
America, she stopped
writing and hid -- for
she had never told him
  she was -- blind."

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"Yes, this has been a 
dirty trip! Last night
I gave my boy a bath
     and - -"

57
"Say, what did you 
swallow? - A fish
      horn?"

58
"If you feel like you
  sound you need a 
      plumber."

59
"What's the time, 
     please?"

60
"One more germ out
of you and the Smith 
Brothers lose a good 
    customer!"

61
"My head's clear! - I'm
 beginning to smell!"

62
"Glad you're here, Big
Boy; the whole town's
 crazy to see your 
    Cannon Act!"

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"Where do you get 
   the water?"

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"Behind the church."

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"Ask Mary Brown."

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"WHO?"

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"MARY BROWN."

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"Are you Miss Brown? -
  Miss Mary Brown?"

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"The little Mary Brown
who wrote such nice 
letters to a boy in
     Belgium?"

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"- And now he's right 
  here in town - -"

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"I'm him."

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"Aren't you surprised 
    to see me?"

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"-- And in that town
 there was only one
Mary Brown - and she
  was a Chinaman!"

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"- And another one said
 ['I'm little Mary'."]

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"They're howling for
you - do your stuff or
there'll be a riot!"

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"If you want to get out
of town alive you'd
better please that gang
      out there!"

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"Where's the Strong 
 Man? Show us the
     big Bum!"

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"Do something -- the
longer they wait the
 tougher they get!"

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"I paid for a Strong 
Man - and I'm going
   to have one!"

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"Mister Zandow - I can't
 do the Cannon trick!"

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"Bring on the Cannon 
       trick!"

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"Come on! Get shot
out of that cannon!"

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"We must be quiet --
There's a funeral!"

84
"The Kid's right! Let's
bow our heads and pray
for poor old 'Holy Joe'!"

85
"- And if 'Holy Joe' must
sing, get him a ukulele!"

86
"- And may we soon 
have the honor of enter-
taining Mary Brown in 
     our midst!"

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"A--Men!"

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"It's a riot! Lock the
doors and protect the
       money!"

89
"Drive the money
changers from us!"

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Once again Cloverdale
tucked the bed covers
beneath its chin and
 slept in peace --

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-- protected by the
majesty of the law.

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"Run along home, honey,
I don't need any help!"

THE END

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