After the destruction of her old umbrella, Mrs. Smith purchases a new one of the latest design with a patent spring which opens and shuts it by a slight pressure at the handle. It insists upon opening unexpectedly at the most inopportune moments, frightening herself and others almost into a collapse. On the street it startles passersby by suddenly opening itself in their faces. She attempts a bargain and while in the midst of the rush; it springs open, almost creating a panic. It does the same thing when she enters a trolley car, causing no end of laughter and not a little commotion. She is hurriedly ejected from the conveyance with a parting salutation of "good riddance to bad rubbish." Hurrying home, her husband greets her with much peevishness, which is greatly increased when her new umbrella unceremoniously opens with a startling bang and repeats its performance until he becomes exceedingly nervous. Mr. and Mrs. .Smith are seated at the table when the maid enters with a tray of ...
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