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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2 (May 1, 1940.)

Not Guilty

Not Guilty.

The seaside landlady entered a boarder's room on the morning of his departure. “I see, sir,” she said quietly, “there's a hole burnt in that easy chair. Of course, I shall expect you to pay for it.”

“Not likely!” he replied decisively. “You can't blame me for it. I don't smoke!”

“Of all the nerve!” she snapped. “I've had this house for over two years, and you're the first visitor who has refused to pay for that hole!”