Cedric is the center of curious happenings. To get to his secret behind the large sums of money he has been spending, Lum made him a partner in the store. Today regrets have set in once it was revealed that the lantern has no real magic. Be that as it may, Lum knows there’s still something else going on for Cedric to have so much money.
Lum shares with Abner a little of his thoughts on the mysterious Mr Adams who has come to town looking for Cedric. Abner gets slightly confused about being a fly on the wall. Also about what taking shorthand means. Leaving Cedric in the store to talk to Mr Adams, Lum and Abner hide within earshot to spy on the conversation.
What will they learn? Why is Mr Adams interested in Lum’s deliveries of Diogenes pamphlets? How is it related to his interest in Cedrics catalog orders with all the money has come into?