Collected by Judy Kinslow and Alan Rennick for M.C. Parler.
Story by Mr. Cato Prairie Grove, Ark. December 17th, 1960
Reel 370. Item 6
There was this soldier boy, you know, and he was in the army and a he got a letter from his wife. The captain he came along, you know, and this soldier had his cap off and was slamming it on the ground and stompin' the ground. He said, "soldier, what in the world's the matter with ye?" The boy said, "it wouldn't do no good to tell ya," he said, "you couldn't do me no good." He said, "well now, if I can hep you any now,
I will." He said, "well now, you bein' the captain maybe you can," he said, "I'll tell ye," he said, "I just got this letter from my wife while ago, I read it. It said she'd been in the bed two weeks with auth- ritis." And he says, "I know everyone of those Ritis boys and old Auth- er's the meanest son-of-a-gun of the whole bunch."
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