Posts Tagged ‘Coalbin’

Bringing in the Coal

November 10, 2011

BRINGING IN THE COAL

When I was but a little lad
Before I went to bed
There was a winter task I had
I used to view with dread;
Into the dark and frozen land
I made a nightly stroll
To carry back in either hand
A scuttle full of coal.

The barn was ninety feet away,
But still it seemed a mile,
For many ghostly shadows lay
Along that snow-flaked aisle.
So black the place, so dim the light,
It terrified the soul
Sometimes to go out there at night
To carry in the coal.

Oft at the open kitchen door
My mother used to stand
And watch for me to come once more
From that forbidding land.
As from that inky pit I came
As swiftly as I could,
I’d see her in the gas jet’s flame
And, oh, the sight was good!

But times have changed. Our boys today
Know naught of winter’s chill.
They go serenely on their way
And have no stoves to fill.
They merely move a thermostat
And pipes grow steaming hot,
And life is easier, but at that
I think they’ve missed a lot!

(Copyright, 1935) By Edgar Guest

Lima News (Lima, Ohio) Jan 9, 1935

Angry Guests Put Groom In Coalbin

December 19, 2008
Coal Train

Coal Train

I ran across this new item while searching and thought it was funny.

MIDLAND, La., April 28,–Walter Eaton, “best man,” and seven other “guests” today faced charges for disorderly conduct following a wedding “prank” last night. When all the guests were seated at the table, the bride’s mother announced that the wedding had occurred five months ago and that the couple had gone to the train for their belated honeymoon. The enraged guests overtook the couple at the depot. Clarence Weidner, the bridegroom, was imprisoned in a coalbin all night and his bride was ducked in a public trough.

New Castle News (PA) 28 Apr 1913

With friends like these, who needs enemies?