The gents have agreed to let Squire handle all their publicity, book deals, and generally manage the project to build the rocket to Mars. Now Lum and Abner are free to continue their construction. The bill from Walt Bates lumber yard comes in. How will they be able to pay it? There isn’t quite enough cash in the drawer to cover it.
Lum turns the topic to the celebrity status they will have in making the trip to Mars. With Squire as their publicity manager, it should be a cinch to line up lectures, and appearances in circuses, theaters, and the like.
Abner is doubtful at Squire having his hand in things, but when he returns from the county seat, things are looking up. Squire will receive all the stock payments, but he also gets all the bills and expenses to cover. He gets his first one, and Lum hands him the lumber bill to pay. First, Squire sells the first stock certificate to the gents.