High John the Conqueror by John W. Wilson

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I don't know," Ruby Lee said. "It was yestiddy after din- Page 16 ner. " Cleveland got up from the table and carried his plate over to put it down by the dishpan. " Ruby Lee said shortly. "I say I don't know. " "We got that cotton to get clean," Cleveland said. "If us goin' to fool with makin' a crop out here we got to work on it. " Cleveland picked up his jumper. He slipped the overall straps over his shoulders and let the bib drop to his waist while he slipped into the jumper. "I quit before we fool around with this crop any longer.

Daly, wasn't that Mr. " "Unh-hunh," Daly said, and that was when Hoodoo made his announcement from the door. "I hope he get the check," Cleveland said, jetting smoke from his cigarette to blow out the match he had used to light it. " Vincent laughed. " He turned his thin body around as he stood up, and jammed his hands deep in Page 24 his overalls pockets. " He pulled his right hand out and opened it to show two fifty-cent pieces shining in his palm. His eyes were bright and the whine was gone from his voice, but there was a weakness in it, a sly whisperiness that was the product of either craft or sickness.

Hold them fools," Cul Sally called. "Knock them fools apart. Here come Mr. " John Chaney's pickup truck was coming down the turnrow road. The sun was beginning to show over the trees to the east, and the white man wanted to be out in the bottoms to see that his hands got to the field early. Cul Sally could have seen the dust kicked up by the truck sooner had he not had his hands Page 28 full with the mules and had he not been trying to see over the heads of the choppers who stood between him and the two circling men.

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