A mix up has found Lum claiming that the escaped girl from the state home is really his niece. With the new cover, it’s safe for her to come out of hiding in the feed room, and help around the store. The mix up meant shoving Abner onto the train in her place, and he still isn’t back yet. He won’t be in trouble for riding on a child’s ticket will he? He also has Ellie’s satchel.
Looking like a worn out tramp, and feeling like he’s walked his feet down to his knees, Abner arrives back in the store.
He tells about his journey back, without money, since he already passed it all to Ellie, and the ordeal of hitchhiking. . Troubles being mistaken for a vagrant, and in awkward positions having to explain why he was traveling with a satchel full of girl’s clothes.
Lum and Elly fill Abner in on her new identity as Lum’s niece. They even have an excuse to keep Abner out of trouble with his woman, Lizabeth. Lum also explains about a new patriotic thing folks are doing. Having a box lunch, and hiking out to have a picnic. Hiking is the one thing Abner refuses to take part in.