I travelled in the care of a mountain boy, Jake Marpole, one of the `hands' on my father's old farm under the Blue Ridge, who was now going West to work for my grandfather.
Jake bought everything the newsboys offered him: candy, oranges, brass collar buttons, a watch-charm, and for me a `Life of Jesse James,' which I remember as one of the most satisfactory books I have ever read.
Jake nodded at me approvingly and said you were likely to get diseases from foreigners.
Jake got on the front seat with Otto Fuchs, and I rode on the straw in the bottom of the wagon-box, covered up with a buffalo hide.
The boy could see her standing with the doorknob in her hand talking to someone within, no doubt to old Jake
Trunnion, her father.
I tote water for Uncle Jake
whenever he wants me to, and any time I ask him he gives me a little something to eat if he can spare it.
Because if you ain't him you're t'other twin, Jake
In his desire to take guitar lessons he applied to one of his young masters to teach him, but the young man, not having much faith in the ability of the slave to master the guitar at his age, sought to discourage him by telling him: "Uncle Jake, I will give you guitar lessons; but, Jake, I will have to charge you three dollars for the first lesson, two dollars for the second lesson, and one dollar for the third lesson.
Uncle Jake answered: "All right, boss, I hires you on dem terms.
He'll go to torment, and no mistake," said little Jake.
I'd be glad to see it, I'll be boun'," said little Jake.
Self-styled eccentric Jake
, 79, who has made a career out of his madcap antics, was due in court on Friday but failed to turn up.