Books [Tom Nolan and 'Jerry,' A Horse]
“‘Obsolete!’ 'tis a hell of a word, Lad — I've had lots of time since th’ boss sprung it on me to find out what it means. It means you're like a damned ‘dodo’ bird— Ye're out of date— Ye are needed no more— 'tis indeed a hell of a word!
“When I put Jerry to bed that night I felt lonesome— I gave him an extra tin of oats and a double-sized chew of tobbaccy...
“Then, I went to me room and wondered what the hell I would do...the boss had told me I was too old for a job on the new motor trucks; and then I got to thinkin' what the hell they would do with Jerry. Would they, I wondered, send him over to Barren Island to be made into fertilizer — or maybe to the soap factory or the glue works over in Jersey. It made the cold sweat break out on me to think of such a thing happenin' to Jerry and damned little did I sleep that night.
“So, the next mornin' I went to the office and I said to the Boss, “Say, Boss, what the hell you goin, to do with Jerry— Ye ain't goin' to send him to no fertilizer plant or to no soap or glue factory are ye?”
“The Boss laughed and said: ‘Hell,no, Tom! Jerry has been a faithful servant of the Company for twelve years and he is entitled to a better reward than that— We are sending Jerry out to our Jersey farm where he will have a warm stable, plenty of hay and oats, and can live in comfort and peace th’ rest of his life! It is his due, Tom, and he shall have it...’”