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that when we were done dancing, to shut the doors
between the rooms, and bring in a lot of straw and
cover the floor, but keep it away from the fire, and
she was "forehanded" in the matter of quilts,
comforters and buffalo robes, so she guessed we
could 1)6 comfortable.

When the time arrived, the girls were huddled
into one room, and the boys into the other, as
Aunt Naucliy said, " Now, father, you take care of
the Ijoys, and I will take care of tiie gals."

A mischievous smile lit up the dear old face of
Uncle Orry as he replied, "Mother, can't I take
care of the gals?"

The okl lady playfully boxed his ears as she
said, "Now, father, you go long."

The straw, quilts, blankets and comforters were
procured and the "shakedown" was completed,
i>ut instead of sleep, the night was spent witli jokes
and stories galore until the day came.

Watson proved a jolly good fellow, whom we
all liked, for lie had traveled much and was a good
story teller.

When we returned to town the following after-
noon the roads had been rendered passable, and all
our people were delighted to welcome us ba



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