A man from the Treasury Department is to visit today, and with the telegram that outlines the expectations, the gents are worried. Will it involve back taxes, standing before a federal court, or something equally bad? Lum gets the idea to phone Dick Huddleston to see if he has the original telegram in his store.
Grandpap is manning the store for Dick, and reports that Dick and the official are at the flag pole. Lum and Abner are to stay put until they’re sent for. Does the gathering crowd that Abner can see mean a public hanging is in their future?
Cedric enters with a cheerful, “Wonderful world!” He doesn’t know what it’s about, only that he is to bring the gents to the flag pole. Abner frets, Lum is humiliated, and they drag their feet as they walk their longest mile. Has all their smiling friends turned them over to the penintentary? The honor from the Treasury Department comes as an especially pleasant surprise to the condemned men, and they are pleased at the award for their war bond work.