The Pine Ridge War Bond Commission is under way, as one chapter in the lives of Lum and Abner ends, and the next begins. The gents approach Squire Skimp for advice on a good promotional idea to boost sales of war bonds. How about a circus? Not even a tiny little half a ring circus?
Though the entertainers will need to work without pay, Squire thinks he can call on an old acquaintance who would agree to work for room and board. Among the low budget acts include the Canine Quiz Kids, a dog act. Neoshow (No-Show) the Mystic is decided upon, but can Squire lock on the fortune teller for the bond drive?
A phone call is billed to Lum and Abner, and routed through Maimie the phone operator. The build up for No-Show the Mystic keeps going, and his psychic abilities, Sam, No-Show the Mystic will be glad to come, but there’s a small expense he needs Lum to cover related to his… um… mistake in predicting a particular outcome at the Kentucky Derby.