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POOR DAD OUGHT TO JUST X2RIN AND BEAR IT
' father ia4 the rheumatism,
If the children had only, knoyfu this) the story would never have been
told, but it vas thefr rstcfierenpQ 'With father in pain. Mather often vra
ghastly white from a headache, and sometimes she had to lie dowh in a
darkened rooalj-but .beyond the simple statement that, she didn't feel, well,
. the cwldrfin were not brought in contact wtb the extent of her misery.
Consequently Wheh father limped into the house, seated himself at
the table, fiiade & terrible face as he placed his right leg in a torrent posi
tion, and never noticed mother-s solicitous expression.. Willie fiaidi
"Gee, pa, is that a devil's -face y6u are making? v It's funnier than a
false facet" -
"Willy, JniBh. Your father is sick. Yotl mustn't make fun of pap,"
"Oh, I don't expect any sympathy," father" said, 'With a patient fealgna
y" tion. "You: knew I was Buffering when I entered the room, but Jt haver so
ourrea to you to asu wnat was tne
"Why, X h & ta . Jlhrea&dhablfe'
mother accused. "You looked so fee
riOus and So cross I was afraid to
'Blame it on m-thaW the idea.
Em Buttering tortures ahd yet I fiin
expected to smirk like a fool. OUchi"
Willy couldn't restrain ills' mirth
he just roared aloud- Mother was
tempted to do the same thing, but
instead Bhe ordered Willy from the
"In the future when I Amiuffering
I will go to A hotel," father promised,
x grimiyi "A man is. Bupppsed..ta get
something in wtutn for supporting
a wife atifl f amilf, but the only good
I am is to hand-yott my money each
"Where 18 the pain the worst?"
mother usked, stifling a desire to
spank father mUch ad she would ohe
of the peevish children,
"i do not car foran afieuiaw sym
pathy?' father stated. 'tfjot amy
queaUdns.. -Wfiere 18 & .Ihdufnatio
pain usually? In the reeu plush
chair? I have it in my Jointe, of
"Did you go4athedoetbr?1
J,tf coUfue I didn't go to the. doc
tor. I'm not like you. loan stand a
little pain without ofderffig my
casket from the undertakerif you
yere suffering as I am ydtt Would be
kistuig the children goodbye'
''When did you first feel it?
"I have b&m effaufmg It ref tiays.
but I haven't mBHtienea it I would
not have mentioned it now if you
sou hadn't made full Of my paltt. I
ant urpHsea-ydU haven't joined him
in iilfl.foom to laugh with Mm."
"Oh, don't be so Silly," mother"
said impatiently. "You're just & big
baby, l have palfl& three times 4M
severe aimoat every day fn tae'wgekj
but, t imet mak & fum Anyone,
would think -you were Ming t& e,
K is eiitfdlsh to Ui that way."
father tried-to say semethlng add
quate to the occasion, but Wfifdi
fa-Jea.mm. -lie was frow ibe table
and limped out of the room, holding
oil to tM chain as-frs hobbled, and
drawing hls'brjSatfi la B Mg&ihg man
hot with" eVery Btepr wlflle mother
was holding the tiapkhi Hrae meutH
td seep from roaring.
Then Bile gat and thoqght how to
eueburage him to come baefe and e&t
bis Jileai, Whlch had n6t b&n
She went at it dlplOfflatioally. "It
Be'enM & though you might make an
eff& to eat ffdffletoihl after mf aii
bio eoo&ihg the aiiifief," ahe'Midi
"And of course it was youf pleas
ure to cook corn bdef, the wOrUt tbiflg
a person uffeflng from ifleum&tlsm
could po6&iy e&l"