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something, and I would rather struggle on harder than wa do than go back to those horrid times when you hardly had a minute to look at your own children, and we never could go to a place of worship together, or have a quiet, happy day. God forbid that we should ever turn back to those times; that's what I say, Jerry."
"And that is what I told Mr. Briggs, my dear," said Jerry, " and what I mean to stick to; so don't go and fret yourself, Polly (for she had begun to cry) ; I would not go back to the old times if I earned twice as much ; so that is settled, little woman; cheer up. Now, I'll be off to the stand."
Three weeks had passed away after this conversation, and no order had come from Mrs. Briggs, so there was nothing but taking jobs from the stand. Jerry took it to heart a good deal, for, of course, the work was harder for horse and man ; but Polly would always cheer him up and say, " Nevermind, father, never mind.
"Do your best, And leave the rest; 'Twill all come right Some day or night."
It soon became known that Jerry had lost his best customer, and for what reason; most of the men said he was a fool, but two or three took his part.
" If workingmen don't stick to their Sunday," said Truman, " they'll soon have none left; it is every mail's right and every beast's right. By God's laiv ive have a day of rest, and by the law of England we have a day of rest; and I say toe ought to hold to the rights these laws give us, and keep them for our children.'"
" All very well for you religious chaps to talk so," said Larry, " but I'll turn a shilling when I can. I don't believe in religion, for I don't see that your religious people are any better than the rest,"