Andrew Stebbins, an aged farmer, who has grown peevish and irritable, abuses his kind old wife over a trifling incident and being in his dotage decides to try and obtain a divorce. Mrs. Stebbins tries to placate him to no avail and he hitches up his old horse and drives to the village, bent on a legal separation. Meeting at the office of the village lawyer, he enters and states his errand. The disciple of Blackstone has known Farmer Stebbins for years and he tries to dissuade him from the step, telling him he has no cause for separation and that Aunt Betsey is the most indulgent of wives. But the old man is stubborn and to humor him the lawyer prepares the preliminary papers. Andrew then climbs into his buggy and starts for home with the legal document tucked in his pocket. Becoming drowsy, he falls asleep and the old family horse jogs along at will, stopping to crop the grass from the roadside, and finally halting at the watering trough at the forks of the road. The occupant of the ...
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