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THE WATER GOATS AND OTHER TROUBLES
By Ellis Parker Butler
By The Same Author
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The Great American Pie Company
Mike Flannery On Duty and off
The Thin Santa Claus
That Pup, Kilo, etc.
THE WATER GOATS AND OTHER TROUBLES
CONTENTS
I. THE WATER GOATS II. MR. BILLINGS'S POCKETS III. OUR FIRST BURGLAR
I. THE WATER GOATS
"And then," said the landscape gardener, combing his silky, pointed
beard gently with his long, artistic fingers, "in the lake you might
have a couple of gondolas. Two would be sufficient for a lake of this
size; amply sufficient. Yes," he said firmly, "I would certainly advise
gondolas. They look well, and the children like to ride on them. And so
do the adults. I would have two gondolas in the lake."
Mayor Dugan and the City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole
to receive the report of the landscape gardener and his plan for the new
public park, nodded their heads sagely.
"Sure!" said Mayor Dugan. "We want two of thim--of thim gon--thim gon--"
"Gondolas," said the landscape gardener. "Sure!" said Mayor Dugan, "we
want two of thim. Remimber th' gondolas, Toole."
"I have thim fast in me mind," said Toole. "I will not let thim git
away, Dugan."
The landscape gardener stood a minute in deep thought, looking at the
ceiling.
"Yes, that is all!" he said. "My report, and the plan, and what I have
mentioned, will be all you need."
Then he shook hands with the mayor and with all the city councilmen
and left Jeffersonville forever, going back to New York where landscape


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