Absorbed in his books, Mr. Stoddard, a bachelor book-lover, is interrupted by his servant, who brings him a small package. Opening it, Stoddard finds that it is a rare edition sent him by one of his nephews. The man-servant turns to dust the room but in doing so knocks down a valuable bust of Shakespeare, breaking it in pieces. Indignant at his carelessness, his master picks up the paper and looks through the "Want Ads," determined to get a housekeeper whom he can trust. He answers the advertisement of Luella Pears, saying however, that she need not come unless she is forty-five years old. When she gets his letter, Luella, who is only eighteen and who is desperately in need of a situation, decides to make up as an older woman and take the job. She arrives at the house the next morning just as the Professor is trying to glue the pieces of the broken statue together. He gets his hands all covered with the glue and makes an awful mess in the room. When she shakes hands with him their ...
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