Howell B. Joiner's Debut Book
The relatives living in this location would make the Beverly Hillbillies seem as Hollywood Socialites in comparison. It was a rather warm day and Bill Duckett was wearing bib overalls with only one side buckled and unbuttoned on the side. They were so short they came just below the knee. It was apparent he had nothing on underneath. He was throwing rocks at the chickens, he had on a Mexican Sombrero hat, he was unshaven, had no teeth and tobacco juice was running down the sides of his mouth, overall unsightly person. Bea asked “my world, who in the world is that?” I replied, “that is one of your new cousins” and she said “he will not be a cousin of mine.” Needless to say there was a pretty good laugh in this situation. (page 159)
This was the height of WW11 that this occurred. The Ducketts were living in constant fear that the Germans were going to come over and bomb them. Uncle T.Q. was aware of this fear and he took me and my cousins after dark one night to pull a prank. We got twenty-one gallon syrup buckets and put in a few pellets of carbide along with a few drops of water. Carbide pellets when mixed with water forms a gas. In the early days the gas lights in homes were powered by Carbide. We ended up with 20 cans on each side of the house full of gas ready to be ignited when a hole was punched into the can and a match lighted. We went to the barn and got enough hay to put a little string of hay into a line with the buckets beside the hay. We quietly punched a hole into the bottom of each can and lit the end of the trail of hay causing the fire to systematically run down the line to the buckets. The buckets went off and the Ducketts were scared to death. They knew the Germans had arrived in full force and they were doomed. Aunt Lizzy later told Grandma that they had pulled the mattresses off the bed and laid under them to protect themselves from the bombs. (page 160)
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