Ike Slocum was much given to loafing it is true, but his misfortune in this respect was due to a congenital laziness of disposition which kept him perennially averse to labor of any kind. He would not work at his job, which was that of nothing in particular out of doors, and he evinced a strong disinclination when indoors to do anything but bang around. Mrs. Slocum kept a boarding house and, growing tired of seeing her spouse playing the gentleman, took things into her own hands at last, and gave him the alternative of helping her in the house, or quitting. Ike chose the former course. He started in by waiting on the table, washing dishes, chopping wood, etc. It was a hard enough job, but the worst was yet to come. Mrs. Slocum set him to scrubbing the kitchen door. Tills was too much for Ike, so he packed the "burro," Dolly, and left home with him in search of adventure. He met with so many adventures that he soon got tired of them. Dolly deserted him; he lost his way and became ...
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