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Uncle Hiram wasn't always a good judge

Author: deickemeyer from Chicago
17 July 2016

A story of a country town and chiefly of two real characters who lived there. Uncle Hiram, the village censor, kept a "skunk list," and it kept him busy recording the failings of his fellow townsfolk. Uncle Hiram's strength lay in the fact that whatever name went down on the list, all except the name's owner could see the righteousness of having it there. But Uncle Hiram wasn't always a good judge. He got Jimmie's name down there for cowardice. Jimmie was sensitive and he made good as a brave youngster to prove himself no coward. It is gently pathetic how Uncle Hiram came to Jimmie's bedside and changed the position of his name to a place amongst the heroes. If the story isn't very convincing, it has a strong human undercurrent of reason. It also has many delightful sketches of rural life. By the way, one wouldn't mind seeing what happened to Uncle Hiram when he got the name of everybody in the village down on that list. To err is human, you remember. It oughtn't to take him very long to fill it out and then there'll be no one left to enjoy it. What is going to happen to Hiram? - The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1912

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