Poor Mrs. Jones!

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Spring - 1925

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Her
    busy day

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Her busy day, too!

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 Nothing but ham and 
eggs!

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"What's for supper?"

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"Ham and eggs!"

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 "We're sick of ham 
and eggs!"

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The last straw!

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 "Jane, what is the 
matter?"

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 "All this rumpus about 
a few petunia plants?"

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 "John Jones, if you 
don't sell this worthless 
old farm and get a job 
in town, I'm going to 
pack up and leave!"

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 "Sister Hattie's hus-
band makes two thou-
sand dollars a year in
the city -"

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 "- and our net income
is only a measly four
hundred dollars!"

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 "You know we've got
it down in black and
white in that account
book I've slaved over all 
winter!"

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 "Well - why don't you 
say something?"

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"Poor Jane!"

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 "Jane, you've been
working too hard."

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 "What you need is
a rest."

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 "What about going to 
the city to spend two or 
three weeks with Hattie?"

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 "Why John, we can't 
afford it!"

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 "Never mind about that
- We'll sell a heifer -
Grandma will come over 
now and then -"

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 "- and maybe you 
can find that two thou-
sand dollar job for me!"

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Her days
       of rest -

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Where Hattie lives.

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It's a "walk-up".

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"Hattie's home!"

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 "Sixty dollars! A
month?"

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 "Yes, and cheap at that.
Real estate has slumped 
in this neighborhood -"

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 "- that's why they 
allow children in this 
building."

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 "Let me help you get 
supper."

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 "Why Jane, there's 
barely room for one
good-sized woman in
my kitchen, let alone 
two!"

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"Dinner"

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 Hattie is proud of her 
pressure cooker.

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 Here comes Hattie's
husband - who gets all
of two thousand a year
for sitting at a desk.

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 "Hurray! Good old 
ham and eggs!"

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 "Yes, when we want 
to celebrate we have an
old-fashioned country
dinner of fried ham."

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 "It reminds us so 
of home!"

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 "I'm afraid you won't 
like these grocery eggs, 
Jane."

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 "It takes time to get 
used to the... ah... odd
taste."

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 "That's another thing 
we've had to get used 
to."

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 "Real cream, at forty
cents a pint, is a forbid-
den luxury on forty
dollars a week."

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Two thousand 
   a year!

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Bed time.

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 "Now run and feed 
your pet before you go 
to bed."

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"Willie just loves pets!"

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 "A big dog? Heavens, 
we'd be put into the 
street!"

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 "The fish doesn't sing 
or bark."

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 "You and I will sleep 
on the folding bed."

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 "Why Jane, he often 
sleeps on the fire escape 
when we have company.
At least it's cool out 
there!"

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Seeing
      the City

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Brick and concrete.

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The market.

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The movies.

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The stores.

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At last - a quiet place!

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"Ten thousand dollars!"

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Jane has a thought -

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- but keeps it to herself.

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One long 
   week closes -

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 "Oh Hattie, I know I'll 
be crippled for life!"

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 "There, there! It isn't 
as bad as you think -"

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 "Walking on city pave-
ment always affects
country folks that way 
at first -"

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 "You get hardened to 
it after a while."

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 "Well - if I can put one 
foot before the other 
tomorrow -"

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"- I'm going home!"

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HOME

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"No place like ..."
    after all.

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Fruit -

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Vegetables -

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Meat -

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Milk -

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Cream -

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Butter -

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 "John, in the city I saw
a painted sunset worth
ten thousand dollars -"

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"- and look -"

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 "- from our own 
back yard -"

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"- for nothing!"

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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