Scip and Large Lulu of Shantytown (A Chapter Story)

((And Minimal Josh) (1870-1929-section of “Coloured and White”))

In the late spring of 1870, a boy was born at the Hightower Plantation, it was Emma Hightower’s baby, it was a mulatto, she had experienced an affair with Hark Jackson, whom was killed by a stranger at Turkey Creek, the kid was taken by Dr. Edmonds, who dropped the boy or girl off at Big Lula and Tom Mason’s shanty, in shantytown. They by no means could have little ones, and big Lula was pleased to choose Little Josh in, not realizing who the moms and dads was, just assuming, another person in Shantytown left the baby in some trash, as Dr. Edmonds explained, and that was that. But it was not to the liking of her partner, who did much more ingesting and carousing, than everything else. He was not the size of Lulu of study course, but he was no creampuff both, and this was simply just an additional mouth to feed.

When Tom Mason heard his spouse took on a kid and there would be one particular a lot more mouth to feed, and she named it, Scip Josh Mason, the tale she advised the sheriff was the adhering to:

“He run in de property an’ tored it up for a although, an’ den he search for the baby, Scip Josh Mason, and he say ‘Youall offers me the baby, or Youall can retain it but you acquired to be going,’ it be a fantastic matter, far too, kaze Tom glance like he was jes gitten correct to make my meanin’ regarded to him. I runs de house, not him. Then I took Tom’s cloths and place it in de garden, took he mattress and rip it open and set his cloths in with the straw. And I gave him a cat. An’ dat ain’t all. You oughter see Tom’ goat. And he ain’t hardly ever married me suitable anyhow. And he done went to Amos’ barnyard bellowin’ like a cat with its tale curled up.”

“Lord female, get on to the killing, it usually are not really worth my time to stand listed here and hear all early morning about this and that.”

“I is talkin’ ’bout Tom or de child, Tom sho’ did raise a rookus ’bout the very little fella! “He completed tried out to eliminate Scip, he acquired poorly judgment, cuz I do appear like he gits ideas ’bout this and I observed him trying to smother dey baby in the evening, and I have a belly full er drunken adult men. He you should not care fur de weak tiny motherless chillun.”

“Perfectly,” claimed the sheriff, “what took place following?”

“It ain’t make no diff’ence, wuh I is I is, I sat on him,” and the sheriff laughed, she was a major female of six foot four, 3 hundred lbs, and Tom was much less than 50 percent that.

“I ain’t treatment,” claimed Lulu, “ef you wishes to, grin. I ain’t to fault, an’ I ain’t treatment.”

“Effectively it seems like a scenario of self defense,” said the sheriff, in close proximity to to laughing.

“Don’t snicker at dat ole guy, far more far better we weep!” stated Lulu, but the sheriff was currently up on his horse and on his way out of shantytown.

No: 697 (1-9-2011))