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1898. Excerpt: ... with him. And when he run for mayor, you
remember your pa was fit to drop, he worked so hard. I ain't
exaggerating to say your pa'd a-give his life for that man any hour
of the day. Yes, he would, to-day. And look at the way he's heen
treated " "But he used to be kind once," Stella interceded. "I
remember the things he sent, every Christmas " "He ain't kind, now.
He hadn't got no business to fly out at pa like he done and pa not
doing a thing. Jest for nothing but because he would give credit to
the boys--those boys that always had traded with him. Your pa came
home white as ashes. It was all I could do to get it out of him.
He'd met Wells on the street walking with old Cochrane himself.
Minute he seen your pa he twisted his eyebrows. '"Wait a minute,
Mr. Battles, ' says he--didn't call him Race, like he used to do,
and looked like ice at him, and I know just how hot your pa got,
for his collar was wilted clean down and it was a cool April day--'
I hear you have gone back on what you promised me, ' says he. 'I
didn't promise you nothing, ' says your pa. He told me he was
kinder startled and didn't rightly know what he was saying. 'It was
an implied promise, ' says Wells; 'I advised you for your good. If
you don't choose to follow my advice, well and good; but I warn
you, here, I sha'n't take your bad accounts for any excuse next
June. Good-morning.' 4nd your pa, he was so dazed and so kinder
wanting to cry, he felt so awful that he hadn't a word to say, just
gasped like a fish out of water; and they walked away. It fairly
made your pa sick. I never seen him look that way since little
Harcourt died." "He was named after Mr. Wells," said Stella,
thoughtfully. "Ma, pa thought a great deal of Mr. Wells." She, too,
now was looking at the picture across the thresho...
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