The book-keeper said . "Oh, yes, Mr. Moor We made a great
mistake in your lien account you opened here last January—a lien for
four hundred dollars. You took up four hundred and fifty dollars
worth of goods and paid us only three hundred and fifty dollars ; so
you now owe one hundred dollars."
Moor, in surprise, said : " Did I teak up yar over four hundred
dollars and ain't pay but three hundred and fifty ? Read out the
different things I got and the different payment I meak for 'em."
The book-keeper went over the year's account as he had it
amended, but Moor shook his head, saying: " Mr. Arb, I willing
to pay my debt but I can't understand your 'count. You hab goods
on your book that I never git, and ain't got down all the cotton I
Arb said " Well, if you can't pay all now give me something
on it and let the balance go on next year's account. I don't mean
to press down on you."
"That ain't the thing, Mr Arb. Ef I owe you I'll pay you now;
but the last time I been yar you all say I war done paying my debt,
and I gone and teak up the mortgage you had ober mer crop, and
yar you have more 'count 'gainst me."
Arb said : " The book-keeper told you it was a mistake, so what
can I do ? I must go by the books."
Moor replied : "Well, everything I teak from you, and every
time I pay you, I meak my little boy writ 'em down, so I'll go heme
and make him go over the 'count."
" I'll keep the one hundred dollars that your two bales are worth
'till you are satisfied about the mistake. In the same time you can
get all the goods you want," said Arb ; but Moor replied : "No,
sir, keep 'em. I don't wan't no goods now. I want ?er git straight
with my business," and left for home.
That night Prommy sat over the account book at the center table,
while Moor and Femmy sat near him. Femmy said : " Arb know
we owe him nothing ; he jist after cheating we."
" Teak your time, sor," said Moor, " and see ef Pa owe 'em any¬
thing or not."
" I'll let you know directly, Pa. Arb can fool you but he can't
■•'What/' said the fond mother, gazing upon her son, " what a
great thing edecation is. It meak our baby see way we can't see.
and do wot we can't do for a living in this troublesome world."