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He carit play ...
turn on the radio
they all shouted
but my revenge was sweet
"OW that everyone is here, let's tune in on a good station and get some snappy dance music." Olive Murray was full of pep as she adjusted the dials of her radio. " Shucks," she said as she discovered someone making a speech. " Let's try another station."
But there wasn't a note of dance music on the air. " Something like this Would happen the night of my party," she moaned. " Never mind, there'll be a -good orchestra on at 10:30."
You could see disappointment written all over the guests' faces. Suddenly I bucked up my courage and took Olive aside. "What's the piano closed for?" I asked.
" Why not? No one here plays. I only wish somebody could play, though." " I'll try to nll_ in for a while, Olive." "You're joshing, Dick! You never played before at parties."
"That's right, Olive, but I'll play tonight," I assured her.
I could tell she didn't believe me. For as she announced that I was to entertain with some piano selections I caught her winking to one of the fellows.
And what a roar the crowd let out when I sat down.
"He can't play," called out a voice good-naturedly from the rear. " Let's turn on the radio and listen to the speeches."
" Sure," added one of my friends, " I know that he can't tell one note from another. It's all a lot of Greek to him. How about it, Dick?"
I said nothing. But my fingers were itching to play. _
" Give him a chance," said Olive, " maybe he can play."
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That settled it. There was no maybe about it. I played through the first bars of Strauss' immortal Blue Danube Waltz. A tense silence fell on the guests as I continued. Suddenly I switched from classical music to the syncopated tunes from " Good News." Every one started to dance. Pep was once more in order. They forgot all about the radio. But soon, of course, . they insisted that I tell them all about my new accomplishment. Where I had learned . . . when I had learned . . . how?
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