Born with that tired feeling, John Spink is a lazy, ne'er-do-well. His poor wife is obliged to take in washing. The harder she works, the thinner she gets, and the fatter and more useless he grows. She reasons and argues with him, but to no purpose, until driven to desperation, she gives him a rope and tells him to go hang himself. With an air of injured innocence, he goes to a near-by grove, and while making preparations to adjust the rope, he is seen by one of his neighbors who hastens to tell John's wife that she will soon be a widow. On his way, he imparts the news to others, and they all go to carry the news to Mrs. Spink. She hastily quits washing and with all speed goes to the rescue of her "poor, dear husband." Spink, in fastening the rope to a limb on the tree, is struck with the idea of what a fine swing he could arrange for himself, and in a very short time has both ends of the rope fastened to the bough. Dropping to the ground, he places a board in the swing, and is soon ...
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