The Practical Joke
[Illustration: Portrait of Uncle Ned.]
The chairs were set in their places, stragglers called in, and all were seated in silence to hear.
UNCLE NED'S STORY.
"Many years ago, when I was a slip of a lad like Tom there"--"Why, uncle," cried little Willy in amazement, "did you say you were no bigger than Tom? Were you ever as little as Tom, uncle?"--"Hush, Willy," said Tom, a well-grown bo