Taylor believed in punctuality at meals, and visited her offspring with discipline when they were late without good and sufficient excuse, Molly was now exempt from the faintest hint of reprimand. "And it's not because you're not her mother," said George Taylor, bitterly. "She used to get it, too. And we're the only ones that get it. There she comes, just as we're about ready to quit!
Oh, I know 'em, and that's what makes me get hot under the collar every time I get talkin' as I've been to-night! And now let's quit it. If yer dead-beat wants a job, and we can keep him from stealin' the tires off the wagon and the shoes off my big Jim, he can come to work in the mornin', and John will pay him a dollar a day and he can sleep over the stables.
After between two an' three years I had fifty or sixty hosses an' mules, an' took all sorts of towin' jobs. Then a big towin' concern quit bus'nis, an' I bought their hull stock an' got my money back three four times over, an' by the time I was about twenty-one I had got ahead enough to quit the canal an' all its works fer good, an' go into other things.
From whence, then, could arise the solitary and strange conceit that the Almighty, who had millions of worlds equally dependent on His protection, should quit the care of all the rest and come to die in our world, because they say one man and one woman had eaten an apple?
The moment he addresses an impolite or arrogant word to a person older than himself, he strays from the path that a child ought never to quit; and if only occasionally the parents neglect to point this out, they will soon perceive by his conduct toward themselves, that the enemy has found entrance to his heart.
We've got to stand by and see her do it. I wisht it wasn't so. I loved her ma so much, and she looks so much like her ma why, I wisht why, I wisht Damn it, don't I wisht it wasn't such a dash-blamed, all-fired, hell-for-certain gamble for the kid!" It wasn't no time for me to say anything about any hired man now! By and by the old man quit looking into the fire and got up and went off to bed.
"Well, to make a long story short, when I quit I was just a thousand to the good. Next day was Sunday. There was a picnic out a mile from town. I said: "'Well, gentlemen, I've done my best to relieve my friend here of all he has, but I can't do it. I am a little to the good and I want you all to go as my guests tomorrow to the picnic. In on this? said I, and Ed, among others, nodded.
You may think, my dear general, that I don't ask, what I never asked in my life a leave to quit the post I am sent to without strong reasons for it; but the letters I have received from home make me very anxious to see you. With the most tender affection and highest respect, &c.
If Lone Morgan or any other man wanted to quit, that was his privilege, providing, of course, that his leaving was not likely to menace the peace and security of the Sawtooth. Lone had made it a point to mind his own business, always. He had never asked questions, he had never surmised or gossiped.
When any man kin get a permit for all he wants to use, besides all that the whisky men bring in, what's the good of Prohibition?" "I see," said Shock. "Poor chaps. It must be pretty slow for them here." "Slow!" exclaimed Bill. "That aint no reason for a man's bein' a fool. I aint no saint, but I know when to quit." "Well, you're lucky," said Shock.