The search for the run away girl, Ellie Conners, seems to be winding down. Now posing as Lum’s niece, Mary, she has become the hit of the town. Now that Mary has endeared herself to the gents, and things seem to be going well, Lum begins to have doubts that he did the right thing in her cover up. Abner gets confused, and thinks Lum intends to dress like a woman to get information on Ellie’s past.
Is there a chance the state will parole Ellie out of the reformatory home, and make Lum her guardian? Grandpap pops in with news of who he has seen on the street. The gents try to brush him off, since they don’t want him to know what they plan in asking into Ellie’s past.
Not to be ignored, grandpap thinks the gents are being thoughty of him, and tells tales about indians with wiskers. Is it true they used to rub rocks on their face to get rid of them? Would it be a good way to polish rocks to sell as souvenirs?