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attention was attracted to an old couple in the front yard
of a modest cottage.
The little lawn was enclosed by a low picklt fence.
In the middle of the plot of green grass sat the old lady.
She was very fat and short and had on a dark dress.
Great sobs shook her frame until she resembled a huge
black umbrella opened out on the ground to dry. At
her side stood an old gentleman. He was trying to
stay the overflow. Ile patted her shoulder soothingly
with one hand; with the other he wiped the tears that
slid down her broad, slippery cheeks, using the leg of
a union suit which he stretched from a taut-clothes-line
to meet her face. The old man seemed to be utterly
helpless in the gush of tears which rained to the ground
like a snapped string of crystal beads.
I leaned over the gate.
"What is the trouble ?" I asked.
The man turned toward me, the leg of the union
suit still clutched in his liand. In a vague, stunned way
"There isn't anything much the matter."
"Not much the matter?" wailed the old lady, bursting
out in a fresh saline solution.
The old gentleman again brought the underwear
into play, straining the line to a dangerous angle. He
proceeded to blot her face. I fancy tears were not a
novelty to him. She paid little attention to his ministrations
but continued to talk through her optic flood which
poured forth as if she had forgotten to turn off the
"Not much the matter? Well, we've lost ever' cent
we have in the world. If that's not much matter, I'd
like to know what is." She nodded to her husband.
"He always takes things so calm. I don't know what
would happen if we were both that way."
I stepped inside, asking if I could do anything to
I felt inclined to tip the old lady over the rain bar
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/74/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .