Saturday, being a half-holiday, Bingles volunteers to help Mrs. Bingles with the housework. She sends him to the clock-maker's with a clock that she wants repaired, Bingles thinks that the clock maker's charge is too high and brings the clock back again. He will mend it himself. His troubles soon begin. After he has taken the clock to pieces he finds that he needs some machine oil. On the way to the hardware store he meets some friends, who are celebrating, and they persuade Bingles to lubricate himself as well as the clock. Finally he gets away from them and goes home again. By the time he gets there he is feeling rather quarrelsome, and when he finds that the children have been trying their hands at clock-mending, he makes some rude remarks. He spanks all the children and then turns them and his wife out of the room. She, thinking him a brute, decides to go back again to home and mother. Dressing the children in their best, she leaves the house with her wailing family, placing on ...
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