Gimlets as Fire Escapes.
A short time ago a modest little lady entered a hardware store and asked to be shown some gimlets, says Hardware Goods. “They were brought forth and placed upon the counter for her inspection. “Young man, are you not aware of the new use of these little boring machines?” she remarked to the salesman. She continued: “Some years ago I was in a hotel in the town of B. I engaged board and room for one week. The second night my room was entered and my valuables, consisting of one mileage book and a few dollars, were confiscated by some unworthy scoundrel, who had gained an entrance with a skeleton key. I concluded that if I was to associate with that class of people while there I had better prevent their visiting my room again while asleep. After informing the proprietor at breakfast, I concluded to visit the hardware store, which, by the way, was a combination store, selling everything from potatoes to a keg of nails. After carefully looking over his stock, I purchased three gimleti. That night I fastened the window by boring through the sash into the frame, leaving the gimlet in. Also the transom and door. I retired for the night feeling as secure as could be.”
“ After having been asleep for two hours or more I heard the cry of ‘ Fire ! Fire !’ Jumping out of bed, my first thought was escape. Without waiting to arrange my toilet I grabbed the door, pulled the gimlet, turned the key and opened it part way, when I was blinded by smoke. Closing the door again, I thought to escape by the window route. Raising the window, I found I would have to jump from the second story. Once more my thoughts came to my assistance. Gimlets! Gimlets! Where are my gimlets? Picking up two of them I had previously removed, I bored them into the window frame under the sill. Taking a close line from my trunk, I tied to both of them, threw the rope out of the window and climbed out and began to descend, and safely reached the ground amid the loud cheers of those that saw me. I tell you young man, I shall never forget that experience, and I owe my life to two gimlets and a close line. Now, I want these for any such emergencies as I have mentioned. Please pick me out one-quarter dozen rather small. Those I want to use for coat and hat hooks. Sometimes I stay over night where the room has no wardrobe or nails to hang my garments on, so I bore them into the casing for that purpose, thereby keeping everything hung up. There are numerous other things they can be used for, but I have not time to talk further, and it is train time. IIow much? Twenty cents? Thank you. Good day.”