Saturday, June 23, 2012
On a warm October day the truancy officers came a calling.
"A hundred fifty boys skipped school this Tuesday", they deplored. "You have to do something! They are out in the country beating hickory nuts off the trees, chasing squirrels and having all kinds of fun!"
"It's an amusing little whine", said Probation Officer Dilgard, "but I'm not going to do anything. We have no place but the county jail to put these boys in and I'm too much of a kid myself to put any boy in jail for going hickory-nutting."