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  • "Give me liberty or give me death," declares Mr. Crosby, after a quarrel with his better half. She gives him the privilege of a choice and he takes French leave, declaring he will never return. She loses no time, and places an advertisement in the paper for boarders. Crosby sees the "ad," repents of his hasty action and decides to frustrate his wife in her determination to take boarders. He conspires with two friends, who plan to help him out. One disguises himself as a musician and trombone player, and secures a room of Mrs. Crosby. He blows his horn so loud and long all the neighbors are disturbed and pay him a bonus to get rid of him. The other friend makes up as an actor, and takes a room at Mrs. Crosby's. He spouts Shakespeare with such vigor that she is frightened almost to death. When she appears to remonstrate with him, he addresses her as his opposite and makes desperate love to her. Raising a knife above her head he threatens to slay her if she will not fly with him. At this crisis her husband accidentally on purpose appears upon the scene and saves her, whereat she falls into his arms and looks upon him as her brave preserver and beseeches him not to leave her alone again.


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