There is an old saying that children's quarrels are like promises, easily forgotten. If the parents in this story had paid no attention to the quarrel which started its development into a near tragedy many a heartache would have been avoided and much suffering prevented. It was all on account of Phil, a mischievous young chap, taking an apple from Joe's little sister and the pummeling Joe gave Phil for his meanness. Phil runs home in tears to his mother. She awaits Joe's approach and gives him a good trouncing. Joe runs home and tells his mother; then the two women come to blows and a regular rough-and-tumble; this brings the husbands together in fisticuffs, and finally friends and neighbors are involved. Shortly after these scenes a fire occurs accidentally in the barn of Joe's father, and Phil's father is arrested, falsely accused and convicted on circumstantial evidence. He is sentenced to jail as an incendiary. After serving time for a year, he is released; with hatred in his ...
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