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THE SOB WRITER AND THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD
. PLAY TIE GAME WITH PUPPY AND CAT
The sob "writer had a few empty
hours and decidedto make a long
deferred call at a tunV-when every
body who is able to get out is either
visiting, shopping or playing cards.
"My mamma ain't home," said a
young lady of 7 who opened the door.
"Her has gone to the moving pic
tures and my bruwer him is up in
him's den. Her will be home soon
and you tan come in and wait if you
It had been such a long while be
tween visits that the s. w. decided
she would wait a little while and
she walked into the front room and
sat down carelessly. An uproar from
under her and behind her caused her
to rise quickly and the 7-year-old
made a dash for a whining puppy
the s. w. had sat down upon, the
while the child protested against the
"That's a mighty queer place to
have a puppy, anyway," said the
s. w., smarting under the baby girl's
criticism. "Your mamma never lets
you keep the puppy in this room.
Why haven't you left it in its box?"
"You isn't my mamma," answered
the young lady, hugging the puppy,
which still' whined. "I tan do just
what I pleases when my mamma
ain't to home and if my doggie wants
to sit and look out the window him
tan without you sittin' on him."
There was a frigid silence for quite
a few moments. Then the s. w. made
peace overtures. .,
"You're getting io be a big girl,"
ohe said, with her sweetest smile.
"Soon you'll be going to school."
"I goes to school now," answered
the young lady. "We got the pret
tiest teacher." There was silence
and an embarrassing inspection.
"Her says Dod wants everybody to
be butiful and when 'em isn't we
should be sorry. I is sorry."
It took the s. w. a moment to re-1
alize that the remark was personal.
"You should " she started and then
stopped, and then she began to
laugh. "Jiminy crickets," she said,
"feline at 7," and to the child: "Do
you like cats?"
"Oh, we has a cat," answered the
tot and she rushed out of the room,
dropping the puppy as she ran. It
was quite a few moments before she
returned, then she deposited a large
cat on the s. w.'s lap.
"Where you think I found him?"
she asked roguishly. "Him was in
the garbage can and mamma has
'panked him heaps for doing that,
and now him's all dirty."
Quickly the s. w., who had been
petting the cat, dumped it from her
knee, to discover grease spots on her
"Doesn't you like cats, either?"
lisped the 7-year-old. "My mamma
says all good people likes animals."
"If you do not mind I should like
to use some soap and water on my
skirt before the grease gets ground
in," said the s. w. severely.
"I tan't get you any," answered
the demure maiden. "You has to
wait 'til my mamma gets home.
Doesn't you like any animals?"
The s. w., beaten, maintained a
frigid silence until the mother re
turned and eagerly assisted in re-,
moving the grease spots.
"I cannot see how the cat got into
the garbage," she said, "because I
know the lid was on the can when'
I went out, but she may have
knocked it off." '
"We are quits," murmured the"
s. w., meeting the intelligent look in
the eyes of the T-year-ld. "
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