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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ungentlemanly Conduct

A Day in the Life: July 19th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. JULY 19, 1896               Ther. 

Went over to Grandma’s.  Rollie + I , Pa + Ma went down to Aunt Em’s she is better.  I traded knives with Fred Slater.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. JULY 19, 1898               Ther.

In A.M. went to factory + hunting with Frank Warn.  In P.M. + eve we went up to Falconer + Celeron got my wheel got home at 2 A.M.  My wheel cost $2.00 I spent .55 cents going to Celeron

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. JULY 19, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  In eve went to the burg + took Mrs. Mason home.  Pa + I had a fuss today about my going up to Cowan’s.  I shall go just the same till I come across something better + if he gets too funny I’ll take my things + skip.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 19, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day.  Harry Mossier began work for us.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JULY 19, 1901                Ther.

Helped Pa hay it.  Alice + Ma went to the burg.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  JULY 19, 1902             Ther.

Went up to Arnie Shaw’s.  Gail fixed fence.  Went over to see my yearling at Travers (?)

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JULY 19, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  Wow, 1899 is a bit rough.  Now you might think Allen's dad Frank wants him to visit the ailing Erie Cowan but I think the truth is much more unsavory.  I think that Frank believes Allen is just using Mattie Cowan with no serious intentions.  Allen is of an age at this point where a girl might think a romance should lead to marriage. 

" I shall go just the same till I come across something better + if he gets too funny I’ll take my things + skip." 

Ghastly behavior.  I'm hoping it was just backlash to Frank's insinuations.  Because, in fairness we have never heard Allen speak unkindly once so a good deal of this could be his anger at his father questioning his motives toward Mattie that makes him sound so hurtful.  Yet, it certainly sounds as if he is using her until he finds "something better".  Things are coming to a boil between he and Frank and I think it is over more than Mattie Cowan.  Allen should have taken a page from Edward III's book. 

"Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense"
Joan of Kent for whom the Chivalric Order of the Garter was begun


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