Manuscripts/Mixed Material [A Small Merchant]
“He is an older man than me; he is my father and I realize that; he has been active in the work of the Holiness Church and tries to do right; and he is regarded by many in the Church as a sort of a preacher, but I could not see where such a marriage and the mixing of two groups of children could result in any good. He went on and married again. I took my clothes and found a boarding house nearby. She moved in and took charge. Everything seemingly went along O. K. Summer came and work began to slacken and I was laid off, so I opened a small business of my own over in the colored section of town. I did not have much and could not make much. There was a boy that wanted to drive a car for hire, so I bought an old one and put it out with him. He tried it out for awhile and didn't make much for himself or me either. Before I realized it he was handling bootleg whiskey. I began thinking about that and the more I thought it over the more trouble I could see in it. I decided it wouldn't do at all, so I took the car away from him and used it myself. I was not making much and couldn't drive much. That fall I added a woodyard to my business and the car came in handy to deliver with.
“I kept busy with my little business and visiting among my friends and paid very little attention to the home family. Frequently I saw the Old Man or some of the children in passing and I thought everything was going on pretty well at home. Then