Outhouse Concerts

Brothers use outhouse as a place to practice harmonicas.

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So, we're on the subject of outhouses, way, way back. I had three brothers and the old outhouse had room for three. After supper when it was dark, they would all go to the outhouse to "sit." They took their harmonicas along and sat down. Then we heard the greatest concerts as all three of them played song after song on their mouth harps: I wish I had tapes of those concerts. They were beautiful. 

Mrs. Tena Foth
Hillsboro, Kansas


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