bottle with a rubber nozzle, and a toothing ring, and
she made quite a fuss; but the woman who was weaning
her baby and wanted the nursing bottle, she got the
comb and brush and some blue pills, and she never made
any fuss at all. It makes a good deal of difference,
I notice, whether a person gets a better thing than
they order or not. But the drug business is too
lively for me. I have got to have a quiet place,
and I guess I will be a cash boy in a store.
Pa says he thinks I was cut out for a bunko steerer,
and I may look for that kind of a job. Pa he is
a terror since he got to drinking again. He came
home the other day, when the minister was calling
on Ma, and just cause the minister was sitting on the
sofa with Ma, and had his hand on her shoulder, where
she said the pain was when the rheumatiz came on,
Pa was mad and told the minister he would kick his
liver clear around on the other side if he caught him
there again, and Ma felt awful about it. After
the minister had gone away, Ma told Pa he had got
no feeling at all, and Pa said he had got enough feeling
for one family, and he didn’t want no sky-sharp
to help him. He said he could cure all the rheumatiz
there was around the house, and then he went down town
and didn’t get home till most breakfast time.
Ma says she thinks I am responsible for Pa’s
falling into bad ways again, and now I am going to
cure him. You watch me, and see if I don’t
have Pa in the church in less than a week, praying
and singing, and going home with the choir singers,
just as pious as ever. I am going to get a boy
that writes a woman’s hand to write to Pa, and—but
I must not give it away. But you just watch Pa,
that’s all. Well, I must go and saw some
wood. It is coming down a good deal, from a drug
clerk to sawing wood, but I will get on top yet, and
don’t you forget it.”
GIVE US WAR!
We are in receipt of a circular from the American
peace society, requesting us to leave a sum of money,
in our will, to the society to be applied to the interest
of peace. We are opposed to peace, on such terms.
Give us war, every time.
THE FIRE NEW YEAR’S DAY.
If there is anything the young men of Rescue Hose
Company pride themselves upon, it is in getting themselves
up, regardless of expense, on New Year’s day,
and calling upon their lady friends. On Monday
last these young men arrayed themselves in their best
clothes and sat around in stores and waited for the
time to go calling. Solomon in all his glory,
was not arrayed like one of these firemen.
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