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THE DICKSONS

 

Gentlemen — my job is to feed Mrs. Dickson's horses."
   Then he sat down. The talk, short as it was, had the desired effect and for a long time was the best-remembered speech in the annals of the Association.
   Besides her many horse theories, my mother had quite defin-     ite ideas on a variety of subjects and used no hesitation in expressing them. She disapproved wholeheartedly of smallpox vaccinations; the vaccine came from an unhealthy cow (not a  horse, unfortunately) and she would not allow her children to be vaccinated. "When a smallpox epidemic comes it will be time enough to do something about it," she maintained.
   She disapproved of cosmetics and anyone who came to ride horseback wearing lipstick or rouge — wearing war paint, she called it — would be thoroughly berated and told to wash it off before desecrating the horse. Such a dressing down would  naturally startle the uninitiated.
   In her book, smoking was not for women. Aunt Sally Fairchild, who often visited us, was an incessant smoker. "Sally — if you don't stop smoking," my mother would say, "you'll get cancer."
   "But I already have cancer," was Aunt Sally's meek reply.
   At one time she considered drunkenness a curable disease. She had a theory that a man's inability to get liquor made him crave      it; if he had all he wanted he would practice moderation. So she attempted to cure an inveterate drunkard who was delivering something at our house and she handed him a bottle of whiskey  and a tumbler. With gleaming eyes he filled the receptacle to the brim, tossed it off in one long pull then began to pour a second.    At this point my mother intervened, realizing the experiment        had been a failure. Not long afterwards we had a laundress with

 

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