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  • After a night at the club, old Boggs returns home, filled with good cheer and spirit. His daughter Madge, is in love with Jack Farnum, to whom her father very much objects as a son-in-law. Hearing her father coming, Madge tells Jack to hide. Jack hastily jumps up from the old rocking chair which Boggs usually occupies. Boggs sees it rocking back and forth and thinks he is "seeing things" and not in his right senses. His discomfiture gives Jack and Madge an idea. They attach a string to the rocker and pass it through the window, out into the garden, where, by pulling the string, they cause the chair to move back and forth whenever the old gentleman enters the room. Seeing no reason for his favorite sitting place acting in such a queer manner, he comes to the conclusion that he is surely going out of his head. He requests an interview with Jack and Madge, consenting to their marriage, with the agreement that after they are married they will come to live with him and care for him the rest of his life. The bargain is made and after they are married Jack and Madge tell Papa Boggs all about their little joke on him.

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