The war bond contest came to a strange ending yesterday. The fictional Mable Melrose the gents entered to muddy the waters of the voting turned out to be a real woman. Mable showed up and bought enough war bonds to cast votes for herself. Lum now faces the reality of marrying a woman who he knows nothing about.
As Lum wonders over the possibility of breeching a promise, Squire is on hand to help with legal loopholes. Meanwhile, Abner tells about the butcher going on vacation, and having the Jot Em Down store take over to collect surplus cooking grease. The program was one where housewives could convert the fats into chemicals to make explosives, and other products needed for the war effort. Abner makes an appeal to ladies on the party line.
The focus returns to the possibility of being sued for breech of promise. The matter was a serious charge in a time when a woman didn’t have many career options, and few means of support. Cedric is on hand to learn about the collection of cooking fat, but his confusion seems more than Abner can explain.