It may be the height of presumption on the part of two office clerks to be in love with their employer's daughter, but they are, so that settles it. What is more, the boss' daughter invites the rivals to a musicale, and don't they make preparations! One buys a box of beautiful flowers and the other gets a basket of fine fruit. But there's many a slip, as 'tis said, for a fellow clerk sees a chance to spoil things and the result is terrible. When they arrive at the young lady's house, one of them reaches for his gift, and is just tickled to death at the prospect of making a bit with those flowers. He is talking to her while he fumbles about in the box, finally drawing out - roses? No, dear reader, turnips! True, it cannot be denied that a rose does not lose its sweetness if called a turnip, but a real turnip does not smell sweetly if called a rose; and this is a real turnip. His garland of roses had become a vegetable depository. The girl stands aghast, but before the baffled clerk can...
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