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42 Rolling Stones
"'Snickenwitzel!' I repeats, and I spat the word out.
'I saw a man to-day from your town, and he told me your
name. I'm not surprised you was ashamed to tell it.
"'Ah, here, now,' says the boy, indignant and
wriggling all over, 'what's the matter with you? That
ain't my name. It's Conyers. What's the matter with
"'And that's not the worst of it,' I went on quick, keep-
ing him hot and not giving him time to think. 'We
thought you was from a nice, well-to-do family. Here's
Mr. Little Bear, a chief of the Cherokees, entitled to wear
nine otter tails on his Sunday blanket, and Professor
Binkly, who plays Shakespeare and the banjo, and ne,
that's got hundreds of dollars in that black tin box in the
wagon, and we've got to be careful about the company we
keep. That man tells me your folks live 'way down in
little old Hencoop Alley, where there are no sidewalks,
and the goats eat off the table with you.'
"That kid was almost crying now. "Taint so,' he
splutters. 'Ie - he don't know what he's talking
about. We live on Poplar Av'noo. I don't 'sociate with
goats. What's the matter with you?'
"'Poplar Avenue,' says I, sarcastic. 'Poplar Avenue!
That's a street to live on! It only runs two blocks and
then falls off a bluff. You can throw a keg of nails the
whole length of it. Don't talk to me about Poplar
"'It's - it's miles long,' says the kid. 'Our number's
Here’s what’s next.
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