Why the Lily Didn’t Bloom

Mr. George Simpson, the accommodating driver of Wells, Fargo & Co’s express, has been carefully nurturing a plant which he supposed was a Chinese lily. It was presented to him by Mr. W.M. Toner, express messenger on the Yaquina train, and looked like a fine specimen. But in fact Mr. Toner had peeled a big Oregon onion and nestled it artistilally [sic] among some pebbles in a glass bowl. The plant, under George’s tender care, acquired a splendid growth, but it refused to show any sign of blooming. A critical examination revealed the true state of facts, and now George is laying awake nights to invent a plan for getting even.—Albany Herald.

Source: Lincoln County Leader, January 7, 1897.

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