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A Texas rancher got in his pickup and drove to a neighboring ranch and
> > knocked at the door A young boy, about 9, opened the door.
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> > "Is yer Dad home?" the rancher asked.
> >
> > "No sir, he ain't," the boy replied. "He went into town.
> >
> > "Well," said the rancher, "is yer Mom here?"
> >
> > "No, sir, she ain't here neither. She went into town with Dad."
> >
> > "How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"
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> > "He went with Mom and Dad."
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> > The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one
> > foot to the other and mumbling to himself.
> >
> > "Is there anything I can do fer ya?" the boy asked politely. "I
> > knows where all the tools are, if you want to borry one. Or maybe I
> > could take a message fer Dad."
> >
> > "Well," said the rancher uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk
> > to yer Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Pearly Mae, pregnant."
> >
> > The boy considered for a moment. "You would have to talk to Pa
> > about that" he finally conceded. "If it helps you any, I know that Pa
> > charges $50 for the bull and $25 for the hog, but, I really don't know
> > how much he gets fer Howard."
 
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