Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Thomas Family]
famblies, we oughter git more fer our work to take care of them.”
Turning to his wife, Harris said: “Well, Allie, guess I better git out lookin fer that house ifen we got to move come two weeks.” Then to me he spoke politely: “Good day, mam, I am glad to know you, but I got to git a-huntin now and Allie here, she can tell you all you want to know bout as well as I can.” With that he stalked out of the house and made his way slowly down the road.
Allie sighed dejectedly and said again: “We sure do need the money that Harris woulda made workin fer Miz. [Beels?] these two days; but he always feels that everybody air agin him. He is a mighty good citrus worker too and a good truck farmer, ifen he could only git along with folks and make out to hold a job fer a spell.
“We aint never been able to have a farm of our own. I think ifen we could, he might got to workin steady fer he could work his own place to his own mind. We tried oncet to git one of them [Govmint?] loans fer a farm, but we couldn't git hit. I guess they was afraid Harris just wouldn't keep a-workin at hit good enough.
“We have worked on farms fer others but there aint no money in hit that-a-way. All round [?] and Arcadia, and other places we worked, and I have helped too, jest like Harris does. But, I jest won't never let my girls do thet work, not even when they was little, The boss-men they usually want the whole fambly to git out and do the field work. That's the reason I don't never want to go back to the truck farms.
“Ifen Harris jest could keep steady work in the citrus we could git on alright. Even ifen hit don't pay him but fifteen cents a hour. Hit is usually a mite easier than truck farmin too. I can git out and hoe trees just as good as airy man, but I aint sayin a word bout hit mam. Anyway