Lum is to return today from his trip to get custody of Ellie Conners, now posing as his niece Mary from Wisconsin. The girl has settled into her new role well, but is unaware of Lum’s mission. Cedric is in the store to tell about how well his defense plant job is going. Abner helps him go over his expenses to see how much money he actually takes home.
With his minimal expenses, Cedric has plenty of money to spend, or save, as he sees fit. With Abner’s math, Cedric may end ups with more money than he even earns. Lum arrives, and Abner is chomping at the bit to know how it went.
The final word is yet to be decided, but Lum tells how the state home was against it at first. His diligent arguments has at least persuaded the board to at least consider him as a fit guardian. He tells why she was in the reformatory in the first place. Ellie’s poppa was unfit to provide for her, and she had no other place to go. The committee was more inclined to let Ellie go to Abner and Lizabeth, since a married couple would be better.
Will Abner be OK with that? Gags about spectacles for Abner, and Cedric’s savings run through to the end.