Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 150 pages of information about Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings.

The Charleston negro passed on just as a police-man’ came up.

“Boss, you see dat smart Ellick?”

“Yes, what’s the matter with him?”

“He’s one er deze yer scurshun niggers from Charlstun.  I seed you a-stannin’ over agin de cornder yander, an’ ef dat nigger’d a draw’d his monty kyards on me, I wuz a gwineter holler fer you.  Would you er come, boss?”

“Why, certainly, Uncle Remus.”

“Dat’s w’at I ’low’d.  Little more’n he’d a bin aboard er de wrong waggin.  Dat’s w’at he’d a bin.”

X. A CASE OF MEASLES

“YOU’VE been looking like you were rather under the weather for the past week or two, Uncle Remus,” said a gentleman to the old man.

“You’d be sorter puny, too, boss, if you’d er bin whar I bin.”

“Where have you been?”

“Pear ter me like eve’ybody done year ’bout dat.  Dey ain’t no ole nigger my age an’ size dat’s had no rattliner time dan I is.”

“A kind of picnic?”

“Go long, boss! w’at you speck I be doin’ sailin’ ‘roun’ ter dese yer cullud picnics?  Much mo’ an’ I wouldn’t make bread by wukkin’ fer’t, let ‘lone follerin’ up a passel er boys an’ gals all over keration.  Boss, ain’t you year ‘bout it, sho’ ’nuff?”

“I haven’t, really.  What was the matter?”

“I got strucken wid a sickness, an’ she hit de ole nigger a joe-darter ‘fo’ she tu’n ’im loose.”

“What kind of sickness?”

“Hit look sorter cu’ous, boss, but ole an’ steddy ez I is, I tuck’n kotch de meezles.”

“Oh, get out!  You are trying to get up a sensation.”

“Hit’s a natal fack, boss, I declar’ ter grashus ef ’tain’t.  Dey sorter come on wid a col’, like—­leas’ways dat’s how I commence fer ter suffer, an’ den er koff got straddle er de col’—­one dese yer koffs w’at look like hit goes ter de foundash’n.  I kep’ on linger’n’ ‘roun’ sorter keepin’ one eye on the rheumatiz an’ de udder on de distemper, twel, bimeby, I begin fer ter feel de trestle-wuk give way, an’ den I des know’d dat I wuz gwineter gitter racket.  I slipt inter bed one Chuseday night, an’ I never slip out no mo’ fer mighty nigh er mont’.

“Nex’ mornin’ de meezles ‘d done kivered me, an’ den ef I didn’t git dosted by de ole ’oman I’m a Chinee.  She gimme back rashuns er sassafac tea.  I des natchully hankered an’ got hongry atter water, an ev’y time I sing out fer water I got b’ilin’ hot sassafac tea.  Hit got so dat w’en I wake up in de mornin’ de ole ’oman ‘d des come long wid a kittle er tea an’ fill me up.  Dey tells me ‘roun’ town dat chilluns don’t git hurted wid de meezles, w’ich ef dey don’t I wanter be a baby de nex’ time dey hits dis place.  All dis yer meezles bizness is bran’-new ter me.  In ole times, ‘fo’ de wah, I ain’t heer tell er no seventy-fi’- year-ole nigger grapplin’ wid no meezles.  Dey ain’t ketchin’ no mo’, is dey, boss?”

“Oh, no—­I suppose not.”

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