One evening after attendingthe theatre, two gentlemen

One evening after attendingthe theatre, two gentlemen
were walking down the avenue when they observed a ratherwell dressed
and attractive lady walking just ahead of them. One of the men
turnedto the other and remarked, ‘I’d give $50.00 to spend the
night with this woman.’ Totheir surprise the young lady overheard
the remark and turning around she said, ‘I’lltake you up on that.’
She had a pleasant voice and a neat appearance, so, after biddinghis
companion good night, the man accompanied the lady to her apartment,
where theyimmediately went to to bed.The following morning the
man presented her with $25.00.As he prepared to leave she demanded
the rest of the money stating ‘If you don’t giveme the money I’ll
sue you for it.’ He laughed saying ‘I’d like to see you get it
onthese grounds.’The next day he was surprised when he received
a summons orderinghis presence in court as defendant in a law
suit. He hurried to his lawyer and explainedthe details of the
case. His lawyer said: ‘She can’t possibly get a judgement againstyou
on such grounds, but it will be interesting to see how her case
will be presented.’In court after the usual preliminaries, the
lady’s lawyer addressed the court as follows:’Your Honour, my
client, this lady here, is the owner of a piece of property, a
gardenspot surrounded by a profuse growth of shrubbery, property
she agreed to rent to thedefendant for a specific length of time
for the sum of $50.00. The defendant tookpossession of the property,
used it extensively for the purpose for which it was rented,but
upon evacuating the premises he paid only $25.00 which is only
half the amountagreed upon. The rent was not excessive, since
it is restricted property, and we askjudgement to be granted against
the defendant to assure payment of the balance.’Thedefendant’s
lawyer was impressed and amused at the way the opponent had presentedthe
case. His defense, therefore, was somewhat altered from the way
he originallyplanned to present it. ‘Your Honour, my client agrees
that the young lady has a finepiece of property, that he did rent
such property for a time and a degree of pleasurewas derived from
the transaction. However, my client found a well on the property,around
which he placed his stones, sunk a shaft and erected a pump, all
labour beingperformed personally by him. We claim these improvements
to the property adequatelycompensated for rental of said property.
We therefore, ask judgement be not granted.’Theyoung lady’s lawyer
come back was this: ‘Your Honour: My client agrees that the defendantdid
find a well on her property and that he did make improvements
such as my opponenthas described. However, had the defendant not
known the well existed, he would neverhave rented the property,
also, upon evacuating the premises, the defendant removedthe stones,
pulled out the shaft and took the pump with him. In doing so,
he not onlydragged the equipment through the shrubbery, but left
the hole much larger than itwas prior to his occupancy, making
it easily accessible to little children. We therefore,ask that
judgement be granted.

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