Brown and Jones, who both love Clementine, are invited to a dance at the girl's home. Both men hire dress suits. While Jones is shaving, his dog hops on the chair containing the dress trousers and industriously searches for fleas. The fleas get in their fine work while Jones is dancing with Clementine. The girl views his antics with amazement. The suitor finally steals out to the balcony where he removes his trousers in his search for the pests. At the same instant, Brown's trousers rip and he hastens out into the garden. He sees his rival's trousers drop from the balcony railing and steals them despite Jones' pleas. Donning the trousers, the man returns to the ballroom. Jones hides in a clothes closet, but is discovered by Clementine's father. The man chases him. The police, summoned, arrive upon the scene mounted on skates. Meanwhile, retribution overtakes Brown who squirms and wriggles in an effort to combat the fleas. Jones tumbles into a fountain and is captured. He tells his ...
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