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farm families might have their
mail. ' v
No, not quite daily, either. One
day Una failed. That was a day
when she was snowbound on her
route; unable, because of the
drifts, either to proceed or to get
back to town.
Michigan-winters are severe at
best and this past winter has been
oneof the most trying folks have
seen in a generation. There have
been great snows blizzards that
covered he roads with drifts
many feet deep and weeks of
zero weather." Ten hours a day,
six "days a week, Una endured
this kind of weathfef. There are
10 mate mail carriers working out
of Kafaihazoo, but .there were
days when orilyLtwo 6r three car
riers were onjthe road and one
of these was Una.
Every day Una Tb up at, 5
6'cldck to feed- her horses and
prepare for 'her day's work. At
7 she must be at the postoffice. iBy
9 her' matHs sorted and she is off
for her long round. It's dusk be
fore she i home agam. She cov
ers 30 miles a day.
Sometimes the"" snow drifts
were s.6 deep that she had to get
out and lead hef horse( to keep
him going at all.. Often, in the
icy weather, the aniirial slipped
and fell and' Una lived in fear that
he would break a leg and leave
her helpless. Once the beast
broke through ahin sheet of ice
into a pool andtor-a while Una
thought she woulcl never get him
But all this time Una kept her
nerve and kept the road.
And the other day those 400
patrons, in appreciation of the
faithful services v of their little
post girl, chipped in and gave her
a purse of $50 in gold. N r
Una- Barnes is perhaps th
youngest post girl in the United
States. The folks on her' route
are certain at least that $he is tie
most charmingone. Shejaas beeil
an angel of mercy ahefcheer tcf
them all this dreary winter, a lit?
tie angel in a' big Galloway coat
a sweater, a knitted cap ' and
boots and overs.
Diner :,Say, my coca's cold.
Waiter: Put yer hat on.
o o :
The political candidates are
saying some mighty 'mean things
about one another. As we don't
know which ones to believe, wet
are inclined to believe all of them.
That's the safest way.