By Alan Hynd
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Kate, turning on a sex-box smile, told Plimpton to sit there, flush against the canvas, while she sat on the outer bench. There they were, then, looking at one another, their features lit up by an oil lamp in the middle of the table. Kate excused herself, crawled under the canvas to the inner part of the house. Then she reappeared on the floor with a glass of cider for Plimpton. But, leaning down there for an instant before she got up, she gave Plimpton a glimpse of what he hoped would be things to come.
Then, early one Sunday morning, an hour or so after the Hibernian had closed up for the night, neighbors living in the vicinity heard the sounds of a concertina. Somebody was playing George M. Cohan’s war song, Over There, not good but loud. It was Joe, acting as lookout and playing Over There on the concertina as the all-clear to Louie. ” The poor complainant hadn’t heard anything yet. The voice of the complainer had no sooner died in the night than the entire neighborhood was shaken out of its slumber by the sound and reverberation of a terrific blast.
As it turned out, our girl sure was speaking the revolting truth. There was no menu for the wayfarers at the Bender place. Kate, who always served the travelers while the rest of the family helped her behind that canvas, just announced to travelers what was to be had. “We got meat,” was her usual announcement. ” a traveler would ask. “Just meat,” Kate would drawl. ” One day, about six months after the Benders had first come over the horizon, the man who ran the Cherryvale general store, in his role as Postmaster, received a letter from a man named Thompson from a town in Nebraska.