Nature lover, Mable Melrose has left town, and to everyone’s relief, including Lum. In the Jot Em Down store, the gents review local families to see if they can raise more money for war bonds. Still, Lum thinks he may have to join the foreign legion to totally forget Mable.
Putting his one track mind to work, Lum talks about each family in turn. The Abernathy’s, the Adam’s, the Barton’s, and various love interests and gossip of the soldiers and sailors sent off to war. The distraction of the gossip is interrupted when grandpap enters. He has another telegram to deliver. A citation is to be awarded, as noted in a previous telegram that he… um… somehow didn’t deliver.
Is the citation for a mistake on an income tax form? Where is that other telegram? Grandpap needs to phone home to see if he left that telegram there. Nobody would be so careless as to write recipes on the back of a telegram, or throw one away… would they?