My Life and Hard Times

More Alarms at Night

Part 5 of total 9 stories in the book My Life and Hard Times.
  

One of the incidents that I always think of first when I cast back over my youth is what happened the night that my father “threatened to get Buck.” This, as you will see, is not precisely a fair or accurate description of what actually occurred, but it is the way in which I and the other members of my family invariably allude to the occasion.

He always half suspected that something would get him

The Night the Ghost Got In

Part 4 of total 9 stories in the book My Life and Hard Times.
  

The ghost that got into our house on the night of November 17, 1915, raised such a hullabaloo of misunderstandings that I am sorry I didn’t just let it keep on walking, and go to bed. Its advent caused my mother to throw a shoe through a window of the house next door and ended up with my grandfather shooting a patrolman.