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  • When Lieutenant Newman, known as Toppy to all of his friends, brought himself to the point of proposing, and realized that his suit was accepted, he was the most surprised person in the world. Kate knew how very bashful he was, so she took things into her own hands and proposed an elopement, writing him to meet her at Mrs. Hadley's boarding house in the village, near where the military camp was established. Both Lieutenants Upton and Enright planned to elope with their sweethearts, and they also arranged to meet the girls at Mrs. Hadley's. Kate's scheme worked and Toppy secured his leave, but Upton and Enright were met with a flat refusal when they went to the colonel with a similar request. They were forced to make some arrangement for the girls' protection, however, so they asked Toppy to look out for them. He accepted, little knowing what complications would ensue. In due time, Gertrude and Grace arrived at the boarding house. Mr. Wilson and Gertrude's guardian had discovered their plans, however, and tried every means to prevent the carrying out of their plans, even going so far as to employ the sheriff of the village. Toppy upset their plans, however, and everything was running smoothly until Tom Wheeler arrived to marry Cousin Julia, and Toppy loaned him a suit of clothes, as he had spoiled his own by falling from his bicycle. Mr. Wilson had secured a warrant for the arrest of a young officer, name unknown, and when the soldiers appeared on the scene it was Wheeler they arrested, he being arrayed in Toppy's uniform. He soon escaped by bribing one of the guards and returned to the house to carry out his wedding plans. Made desperate by the fact that Kate had arrived, and entirely misconstrued his attentions to the two young women, Toppy dressed himself in the bonnet and gown of Aunt Samantha, whose arrival was momentarily expected, and so planned things that he sent Mr. Wilson and Gertrude's guardian off on a wild goose chase after two boys disguised in the girls' dresses. Everything turned out well in the end. when a minister, hearing the turmoil in the house, entered and was pressed into service to perform the three marriage ceremonies.

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