American Humor: A Cold Roast in Boston

The last laugh column shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted regional American humor with other MOTHER readers. In this issue Hiram suggests they freeload off of his relation, Lewis Stilwett.

| July/August 1987

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    "Why, all the Bostonians I've met have been real warm and friendly," Ott said sarcastically.

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Last Laugh shares MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader submitted American humor with other readers. 

All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.
—Grant Wood

American Humor: A Cold Roast in Boston

Well sir, the Traveling Humor Hunters of Plumtree Crossing figured that two issues (Nos. 104 and 105) was almost enough time to freeload off Ott Bartlett's cousin Hiram. So they told Hiram they figured it was time to get back to their railroad explorations.

"Gorry," Hiram chipped in, "I've got a mind to go a ways with ye. Why don't we all ride on down to Boston and visit my relation, Lewis Stilwett."

"Now," Ott said, "we wouldn't want to impose."

"I would," replied Hiram. "He's the starched shirt kind. Claims that although his family didn't come over on the Mayflower, some ancestor tried to hop on the ship and missed." Hiram's eyes twinkled. "Might be kind of fun to drop in on the old boy."

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