Wobbly, the Rough-And-Tumble Story of An American Radical

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WE COULDN'T make a go of our studio. Metcalf disappeared. Angelo St. Verna Krise went back to his palmistry. I was left with the paintings. I disposed of several big pastels to local saloonkeepers, receiving for the last, which I sold to Mc‐ Ardle's Saloon on Fifty-sixth Street, a ten-dollar bill and six bottles of "Old Hunter" rye. The money I turned over to my mother for board; but, through unfamiliarity with the ways of whiskey, I fell heir to a headache that lasted three days. By the end of February I was back at the Kaiser Art Company.

It was the annual horse show at the Stock Yards that made Dad think of owning a pony. He said,

"I don't feel right without a horse around."
So one evening he rode a bronco up to the barn, sitting very straight in the saddle. It was a sight to see him clattering down the alley in true western style.

"I'm naming him 'Teddy,' after our President,"
Dad announced.

"He may be 'Teddy' to you,"
I retorted,
"but I'm naming him 'Debby' after Debs."

Dad laughed.

"It won't make a darn bit of difference what we call him; he'll never pay attention anyhow. But isn't he a bargain, fifty dollars, saddle, bridle, and all; the saddle alone is worth twice that."
Dad was very proud of his "nine hundred ornery pounds of flea-bitten horse flesh." Every day "Teddy" took Dad to and from the livery stable; every evening and week end "Debby" took me to Washington Park or to the wide prairie south of Seventy-second Street.

"Teddy" must have put ideas into Dad's head. One morning my father announced unexpectedly that he had accepted a job managing a model farm owned by the well-known surgeon, Dr.


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