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veteran. "I got into a rough and tum
ble fight -with a little playmate, and
when we rolled to Jie floor, L scratch'
ed his face. Just what happened after
that is a little hazy in my mind, but
I do remember the mother of the lit
tle boy went to my mother and told
her that I had scratched the face of
her boy. My mother was very angry,
and whipped me. The memory of
that whipping is still vivid in Jny
Clusker is a veteran ,of the Mexi
can and civil wars, and is always in
the thinning-line of veterans in the
Memorial day parade. He enlisted in
the Confederate army, hot as a boy,
as did most of the survivors of today,
'but when he was 40 years old. At
that time he had seen several months
of service in the fight with Mexico.
He remembers hearing many first
hand stories' of the war of 1812.
Clusker was born in Madison coun
ty, Kentucky, on March 27, 1810.
When 14 he was a playmate o! Ab
"I went with him on several squir
rel hunts," he says, "but I never knew
him to harm an animal or bird."
Clusker never married. He knew
of only one' woman for whom he
cared enough jto marry. That was 80
years ago, 'and ,he promised her on
her deathbed that he would never
wed. He keeps bachelor hall here,
spends much of his time reading his
favorite author, Shakespeare, takes
a lively interest in civic affairs and
says he doesn't know just why he has
lived so long, except that "he doesn't
worry. He hasn't smoked -for 50
years, but has drank whisky moder
ately, he says, ever since he was a
-''Physical culture is delightful!"
gala a young girl enthusiast. "To
develop the arms I grasp this rod by
one end and move it slowly thus
from rignt to left" "What wfll sci
ence discover nex? If that rod had
bristles at the other end .you'd be.
STRAIN MUST BE AWFUL
When the-mint is on the julep
And the ice is in the glass,
They should give a hero's medal
To the man who says, "I pass."
"John," said the bride of just two
"Come, of a treat partake.
I've made a batch of cryellers like
Your mother used to make."
John started In 'to eat one, tljen
His face began to twitch.
"I think" they're more like qtfoits," he
"That father used to pitch."
ONCE WAS SUFFICIENT
Affliction sore long time he bore.
His doctor was in vain.
Then they called in three specialists
Who will not call again.