Books [Daring the Devil]
“You see I had stopped school in the ninth grade. Boys do such foolish things, don't they? So I decided the best thing for me to do was to go back to school and graduate from high school, like my wife had done. I got the job as janitor of the school, and they paid me forty dollars a month. Alice worked some in the afternoons, and she earned seventy-five cents for that. Before the two years were over, we had two children. And it was tough, I'm telling you. But we lived on that money and made no debt.
“While I was in school, we organized a little dramatic club. We gave plays and raised six hundred dollars, with which we bought some paintings. for the school. I was always Blackface, Simple Willie, or something like that, the comedian of the crowd. I did some fancy dancing, too. I haven't quit all of my foolishness yet. Several years ago, I was in Newberry. And one night about twelve o'clock, I pulled my hair down over my eyes and took off my collar and tie and coat, looking as shabby as I could. Leaning against the side of the house, staring into the plate glass window, I gazed at a suit of clothes. A policeman walked up. I drawled out, “Good evenin', Mr. Poleeshman. Nish night, ain' it? Thas a good-lookin' suit o' clothes. Ain't it, Mr. Poleeshman?”
“'Yes. Looks all right.'”
“'You reckon it'll fit me, my friend?'”
“'Possibly so, but I didn't come here to discuss clothes with you. You're drunk and going to get into trouble, oldman. I'll have to arrest you.'”