Outhouse Kittens

Grandpa saves kittens after children throw them into outhouse hole.

| Good Old Days

One Sunday my husband's family gathered at his folks' for one of their "get togethers." After a wonderful meal the children all went outside and the women went busily about their usual routine of putting away all the food and doing the dishes. 

His folks had one of the famous "WPA" little houses out back. They also had the cutest little white Angora kittens. Soon we heard a loud commotion outside. We all went immediately to see what the trouble was. You could never guess. ALL OUR LITTLE DARLINGS had thrown those white kittens down the deep holes in the "little house out back."

Grandpa was furious! He sent the kids to the house to get some pieces of meat while he got a small pail and placed a rope on the handle. He would put a piece of meat in the pail and lower it down the hole. When the kitten jumped into the pail for the meat he would pull each one up.

This accomplished, he lined the kids all up together and I'm sure they will never forget the lecture they got from Grandpa.

Mrs. R.A. Cundall
Murray, Nebraska

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