In "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" why had the narrator's friend suggested he ask Wheeler about Leonidas Smiley?

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Mark Twain writes with a humorous tone throughout his short story "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The narrator suggests that his friend ask Wheeler about Leonidas Smiley for the same be funny. The narrator's friend is  setting him up because he knows what the outcome will be. There is no such person as Leonidas Smiley. When asked about him, Wheeler is reminded of Jim Smiley and begins to tell the narrator the story of the gambling Jim Smiley. The narrator is literally cornered by Wheeler unable to escape the rambling story until Wheeler is interrupted. The narrator is finally "free" realizing that his friend has successfully gotten the best of him.   

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