Pretty Mary Conway was the belle of the town. Tom and Jim were both striving for her favor, but Tom had the advantage because he owned a rubber-tired buggy and a span of dapple grays, but Jim's day was coming. One day he received a circular advertising an automobile. He lost no time in ordering one of the machines and when it arrived he promptly took a spin around to Mary's home. That fair girl was just about being helped by Tom into his buggy. Tom might as well have had an ice wagon for all the attraction it was to Mary. She made a pretty excuse to him, then Jim had the delight to hand her into his new machine, Mary having suggested that Tom could take her aunt in the buggy. Away spun happy Jim, with Tom and Aunty following at a slower pace. All went well for a few miles and then something went wrong with the automobile. It refused to budge another foot. Jim consulted his instruction book and found that the thing to do was to crawl under the car and tighten up the universal joint. ...
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