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THE DICKSONS

 

roots of the tonsils had finally been removed. He produced a     little box from his pocket in which there was a small calcified fragment, half the size of a pea. This, he explained with hand  signals and writing, came from inside one of the tonsils and no doubt caused much of his suffering.
The little pebble, for that is what it looked like, as well as the vivisected tonsils went on display in his curio cabinet, the tonsils being preserved in alcohol.
"Well," said Uncle Edmund Sears, observing them with disgust,     "I suppose if you get hard up you can always drink the alcohol."
My father spent a minimum on his wardrobe and it was not uncommon to see him around town in rather threadbare gar-  ments. When he went to Boston he was a little more particular,   but nobody ever accused him of stepping out of a bandbox.  Before wearing a new pair of shoes he always cut a two-inch slit over the big toe of his right foot, then took the shoe to a cobbler   to have a gusset of softer leather sewn in. He needed the extra space on account of a deformity caused by Uncle Bob Bellows' accidentally rocking on his foot and breaking the toe. Orthopedic treatment did not interest him.
His favorite winter overcoat was an old green ulster that he had bought to wear to Europe in 1900. When the fabric could            no longer hold buttons, he pinned it together with safety pins. Faded and threadbare as it was, he refused to discard it. It was perfect for wearing around the place or to country auctions. It served other purposes as well; a dog sometimes slept on it and    on particularly cold nights it was either covering an automobile radiator or lying along the bottom of the front door to keep out    the drafts. One snowy day when he was in Boston an automobile

 

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