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As T.’e sit at our desk and
look across the Old Hoover
Rail we discover spring
is here. All the flowers
and grass have begun to
put on new life and all
our big trees are budding
out once more.
All the office gals are
thinking in terms of new
spring bonnets or maybe
just a new flower to fix
over an old one. Their
greatest joy no;v is to see some of the lads back on a furlough.
Even Mr. Carpenter is vvhistling "In The chade of the Old Apple Tree. And you
would be surprised to see what a yearning lock Mr.. To.n Richard has in his eyea
for "The Old Fishing Kolo/' but with the gas rationing and Jerry Caldwell in the
armed forces Mr. Richard hasn^t the heart for fishing this year.
It keeps me quite busy these days writing orders for Victory Garden Plov/ing. Even
Seal Jeffres has decided to plant a garden this spring, and I think the v;ar will
be v;orth v;hile if it puts Seal Jeffres to v/iping a little honest sweat.
Jim Osborne as you alreadj'' knov/, has gone into the chicken business, and he is so
excited over it, he made an error iri his billing department. Instead of billing
his customer v/ith 100 pounds of Mimosa yjirn and 100 pounds of Sea Island twine,
he billed them vdth 100 pounds of ILho^de Island Reds, and 100 pounds of Plymouth
Rocks. And you should see our Superintendent's, Charles Forney, Jr, new chicken
liouses. He has had most of the fir^t and second shifts working on them and they
are so elaborate that it has been said that one of his hens laid a golden egg.
Maurice Bov,nnan, the market nian is having quite a time getting his ration points
straight. An old colored'woman came in the other doy and asked "Vi/here is that
Elack Market"? I's shore glad they have a market for us colored folks now."
Mr. Charlie Wease also has plenty to d,o to keep the points straight in the
grocery department. He ;vill refer jj^ou back to "The good old Days" when a very
young lady customer came into the store and asked for a breast band. Mr. ITease
looked thru' all his harness and came,back vdth a mule collar and said "Lady v/e
don’t have any breast bands but T/e do have some nice nevj mule collars." The
young thing was horrified, as she only wanted a brassiere.
If the "Old Hoover Rail" isn't up to par this time just rfemember boys. It is
spring and we all /irc very laaj’’ fjid we all hj^ve the Spring Fever and sulphur
rjid molasses arc strictly rationed. But one thing you can always be sure of is
that wo are all thinking of you and wishing you well and hoping for your speedy
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