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How the Boys -Made Matt
Give Up His Drink Habit.
"Funniest thing about him,"
Jimmy said, talking of the man
who raised the California grapes
he was selling. "He was an en
gineer once, but he had an awful
habit of drinking and getting laid
"I was just a kid then, and my
father was braking pn Matt's
train Matt Jemison was his
name- He was over fond o' me,
and I'd often go with him on
trips all his kids was girls.
''Once when we were pulling
into St. Louis way late, too I
got to rioticing Matt was kinda
fidgety, and I just thought now
he's got 'em again. It had been
two months since they'd taken
him back, and he looked like an
other man he was good looking,
"It was just about dark, and
there was a gang o' tHe fellows
around the yards. I spied Tony
Andrews, a crony o' Matt's, and
I hopped out o' the cab and run
up to him.
. "Say, Tony, come here "
" 'Ain't got time, son. ,J want
to see Matt' "
"Say, Tony, Matt's going on a
drunk, shure as sin "
" 'I'll dope. him first. Come over
here and tell me about it; hurry
" Well, your eyes ain't in your
head for nothing,' Tony, said
when I'd told him. I'll prevent t
him losing his job he will lose it I
next time, shure as you're a kid,
an.d him with such a bully little
madam and kids but you'll have
to help me.
" 'You go around to the boys
you koqw he will be likely to meet
in the yards, and tell 'em MattTs
on the edge of a spree. And if
they have any regard for Matt
they will help us to hender him
by pretendjn' not to see anything
unusual about the bottle o' booze
he will have.' "
"I happened to find a lot o' the
boys in a bunch, and the whole
dozen swore they would die be
fore they would say they seen
anything funny about that bottle.
"Well) in about an hour, along
the two come to where me and Pa
was, over by No. 15.
'"Say, Jimmy, you got good
eyes Matt said. 'What's in that
bottle?' He stared at me. so hard
I could hardly say anything,
specially when I seen what was
" 'Booze, looks like.'
" 'Say, boys,' lpoking at all of
us, 1 didn't ask for any fancy fil
ing, cocktails nor such, but it
seems to me there's-a mixed drink
here,' and he tried to laugh.
"'Mixed?' Pa said.
"'Yes. Great Lord, John,
don't you see something pecu
liar?' '"You must have 'em, Matt;
better throw the d stuff away;
I didn't think it was very good
myself. Have a drink out o' mine