Determined to get Ellie Conners clear of town, and the state police who want to take her back to the orphanage, the gents have gotten as far as the county seat. They do some shopping with the girl, but still need to keep her out of sight.
Meanwhile, Lum chastises Abner for his unpatriotic attitudes about prices in the store, and how his kind of thinking could drive up inflation, and cause another depression. Behind Lum’s back, Abner slips Ellie a few bucks for her trip, and gets confused over eskimos. Splurging with a penny for the weighing machine, Abner gets a fortune. What will Ellie’s say?
The train is coming, and Ellie needs to hurry to make it in time. She has grown close to the gents, and wants them to come with her. Suddenly cops are on the station platform. Are they looking for Ellie? Lum has to think fast, and pulls a swap. Abner is pushed onto the train, and when Squire Skimp shows up, Lum explains that Ellie is actually his niece, Mary Edwards.