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SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 1921.
"Get me the last saucepan I bought the
five quart one you didn't see it yet Morris? Last
time I was out I bought it."
He went obediently to the kitchen. It was full
of light blue ware that matched. His mother had
bought it luxuriously piece by piece from the push
cart man who sold seconds. He found the saucepan
and brought it tahis mother. She looked at it with
a cloudy smile.
"For years I wanted a blue enamel kettle
ever since I came here From the first I ever
brought home a bundle of pants to finish Papa
was sick. 'Never mind' I said, "11 go and get work.'
How strong I was in those days. A girl with the
courage of three That day I stopped beside a
store full of blue ware. I looked in the window.
'Pretty soon,' I thought, Til buy me one of those."
Do you know how long I waited twenty years
"How light the bundle seemed the first day!
Oh God, 6h God, how heavy it grew! That's like
life, it seems sweet when you are young it
gets bitter" She rocked to and fro, her heavy
body swaying with pain.
"Dpn't talk, Mama, rest" Morris patted h.r
"Rest rest " her voice went on with its
monotonous insistence, "how long it was, I never
knew rest. Toil and work, work and toil it never
stopped. Papa and I couldn't stop Tor birth or
"The day you were bom, Morris, what a day
what a terrible day ! Was there any end to the
road between the shop and home? I daggered un
der the load. I swayed like as if I was drunk. I sat
down witlr the pants on .the steps of the Library
atAstorPlace.People looked at me with my bundle.
I had no shame. I didn't care. Italia", women
taking home their bundles of clothes walked pas
me. One after another, great stiong women, they
streamed along, each one with a heavy bundle
balanced on her head. They were all going home
to work half the night.
" 'What will I do.' I thought. My pains are on
me. Must I have my child in tht gutter like a dog?'
"I tried to get to my feet. Four times I tried.
At last I got up. I tried to lift my bundle. It was
like it was made of stone. It was like it was rivet
ed with iron rivets to the pavement T couldn't
move it. What could I do? If I should leave it
behind, it would be ruin.
"One of the Italian women noticed me. She
stopped and said something to me i could not un-
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