|Splinter (standard:mystery, 2161 words)|
|Author: stanley mcqueen kentucky backwoods writer||Added: Apr 26 2007||Views/Reads: 2811/1437||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|short backwood story|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story his pipe and Irvin rolled him a cirgarrett and Irvin told us of how he would try and recall where he has lost that knief all those years and never could figure it out, and then pa spoke up , well Irvin that year was along about tobacco suckering time and if i recall right you told me that you was going to help old man morries cut the blossums out of his tobacco crop , if i was a betting man i think you lost that knief some place on the morris farm, try and recall that day you helped him pa said “ well now that you mention it that right i do recall that now, well that been a long time back , but i think that evening we hung a load of tobacco that he had cut the week before and now it is coming back, old man morris said he had one load of tobacco to hang in the barn , and that evening we did load that tobacco up and hung it in the barn that set beside his house Irvin recalls”try and think back to hanging that load of tobacco , pa told him , take your time and try hard pa,added, Irvin seems to be in deep thought no word is said for a moment, and then Irvin said, i rember that the tobacco sticks had splinter on them they were new tobacco sticks and i rember getting a slpinter in my hand while i was up on the top rail of the barn, and i asked old man morris to have the bottom rail men to stop for moment for so i could dig a splinter our of my hand i do rember that he said and stopped talking at that point.. then pa said well now that gives me and idea you had to use that new knife to dig out that splinter out of your hand, i bet that knief is somewhere in that barn pa said with and excited look on his face.,, tomarrow we will go and look about in that barn and see if we can find it ,,maybe you missed your pocket and it dropped down threw all that tobacco and you never heared it hit and likewise the men on the rails below you never noticed it falling pa suggest, chances is if that would be so that it would be so rusted and decayed now that it would do no good if we did find it Irvin said”: well what have we got to lose either way pa said” so that will be tomarrow chore we will drive to the morris farm and asked old man morris to search his barn pa said' he is a good old fellow and a friend of mine pa said' when morning come me and pa and Irvin went to the morris farm and we found old man morris setting on his porch and he seen Irvin with us and come and greeted him with a strong hand shake...its so good to see you Irvin, good to be out of prison he remarks”well Irvin i never did believe you kill no body man morris said , i knowed you a long time and found you to be a good honest man for my part morris tells him” we like to look around in your barn for a pocket knief that might of been lost eight years back pa explains to morris. be my quest morris said look all you want the old barn is empty of tobacco for the time being he said and a good time to cyper threw and look morris said, and boys i look along with you fellows if that be ok morris asked? we four made our way to the barn and all went to kicking around in the drive way part, thinking we might uncover the lost knief after all these years of time passing it seem unlikely . after much plundering around and looking, pa told me to climb up on the top rail and looks around up their, and i climbed up there and was looks about along the rails and then i seen it there sticking on the very top rail was the knife, the blade was rusty and the speckled handles were still new looking , i hollowed you fellow want believe me but here is the knief ... dont touch it son pa shouted up at me leave it be so we can have the sheriff come and see it just as it is and this will clear Irvin name.. i did as pa requested and Irvin had the biggest smile i ever seen on a man face , he went to danceing around that old barn shed stireing up dust and carrying on something awful , morris said boys call the sheriff and have him come out here to the farm and morris hurried to his house to call the sheriff, it was not long till the sheriff come along with some other law men and one of the young law climbed up and took a picture of the knife, and then the knife was pulled out by the young lawmen, and he climbed down and the sheriff took the knife , and said the Irvin im at a lost for words ..and im so sorry i made a fatal mistake toward your conviction.. how can i say im sorry that just isn,t enought says the sheriff , Muddy fork owes you a lot the sheriff says and i will see the county repays you from this terriable mistake i done on my part as a lawman. .. please forgive me the sheriff says , and then Irvin said it was and honest mistake on your part, and forget it Irvin shook the lawman hand and said now i can live here with my name cleared and be a free man forever, and we was at this point the happyest men in Muddy Fork county.... pa and me and Irvin followed the sheriff car into muddy Fork and compared the knife with the one that had been saved from the murder seen and it was a perfect twin to the knife that Irvin had bought eight years back... the county of Muddy fork districk bought back Irvin farm and give him fifty thousand dollar to boot., now Irvin can walk down the main road of our little township called Muddy Fork a free and cleared man...Irvin bought me a saddle horse and paw a brand new pickup truck, and things just couldn,t get no better here in Muddy fork county>>>>the end Tweet
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