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When we moved to North Carolina (1937) Louise shipped her, almost new, washing machine along with our other belongings to our new address in Plymouth. Until we built our own little home, Louise had a wash lady do our laundry so she had no use for the machine and the accessories that went with it; so it was just in her way.

During one of the lady's daily hashing sessions the conversation got around to washing machines. One of the ladies who, by the way, was the wife of one of the men that I worked with, at the Pulp Mill, mentioned that she would like to buy a machine. Louise told her that there was no need for her to buy a new machine, because she, Louise, had a practically new one with tubs, wringer, and the whole works, that she could borrow because she had no need for it, at the present time.

That suited Mrs. Pierce just fine so Hugh and his two boys came out and got the equipment. To my knowledge, nothing more was said about the arrment for, at least, two or three years, when another one of Louise's friends, who didn't know about the loan agreement, happened to mention that she intended to buy Mrs. Pierce's washing machine. Louise was quick to tell her that Mrs. Pierce did not own a washing machine. The equipment that she (Mrs.Pierce) was contemplating selling, belonged to her (Louise). It was apparent that Mrs. Pierce was about to terminate the agreement by liquidating the assets.

Louise came home and told me about the rumor and I, promptly, called Hugh. The next evening he and his two boys came out, with the washing machine and put it exactly where it had been, three years earlier. Hugh told me, at the time that I called him, that he had no knowledge of his wife's plans, however, it was only a short time later that the Internal Revenue Service charged him with attempting to pay his income taxes with a rubber check. I guess it runs in the family.

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