Mr. Jones and the Young Man


“Mr. Jones,” began the timid-looking young man, “er-ah, that is, can-er I, will you– ”

“Why, yes, my boy, you may have her,” Jones cheerfully replied.

The young man gasped. “What’s that? Have whom?” he nervously asked.

“My daughter, of course,” answered Jones. “You want to marry her, don’t you?”

“Not really,” stammered the would-be suitor. “I just want to know if you could lend me $25.”

“Certainly not!” Jones exclaimed. “I hardly know you!”

10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories, edited by Lewis and Faye Copeland (Doubleday)

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