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  • The circus gets out of town, with everything but its elephant, which is seized for debt by the constable. To realize on the asset, it is auctioned off and purchased by Mr. Goodsport while he is intoxicated. He takes it home, something that he never could have done in his sober senses. He takes it upstairs to bed with him. His wife and daughter, when they discover the presence of the beast, are frightened to death, and a little later when Goodsport wakes up to a realization of what he has done, he is almost frantic with terror. In his efforts to get rid of his purchased folly, the elephant takes possession of the kitchen, terrifies the cook and makes a clean sweep of everything in it. The constable and his assistant, who are called on for help, cannot budge the brute. Finally Goodsport is obliged to send word to the circus manager and pay him to take his elephant back and off his hands.

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