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The Daily Dispatch: November 8, 1861., [Electronic resource], A hard case. (search)
A hard case. --"That which thou hast to do, do with all thy might," said a clergyman to his son one morning. "So I did, this morning," said Bill, with an enthusiastic gleam in his eye. "Ah, what was it, darling ?" and his father ran his fingers through his offspring's curls. "Why, I wholloped Jack Edwards," said the youthful, "till he yelled like blazes — You should have heard him holler, dad." The father looked unhappy, while he explained that the precept did not apply to any act like that; and concluded mildly with, "You should not have done that, child." "Then held a wholloped me." "Better," said the sire, "for you to have fled the wrath to come." "Yes, but," replied the hopeful, by way of a final clincher, "Jack can run twice as fast as I can." The father sighed, went to his study, took a pen and endeavored to compose himself.