Bingles Mends the Clock (1913)
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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 the table a note for her husband, telling him where she has gone. Bingles finds most of the clock works and puts them together. Then, hanging the clock on the wall, he looks at his watch. It is supper time and he is hungry. Going in search of his wife he finds her note and is plunged into despair. Supper or no supper, he decides to start the clock. Putting it to the right time, he sets the pendulum moving. Bingles begins to doubt his sanity. That clock certainly does go. It goes at double express speed backwards, from 6 p. m. today to 5 a. m. yesterday in five minutes. He looks at it upside down, sideways and several other ways, but he cannot make head or tail of the matter. Making up his mind to give the clock-maker a job, he decides to fetch his wife home to cook supper. No more economy for Bingles,
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