Down at Schubert’s, Mahlon drank coal oil and put the dried peas up his nose. Once he had his whole mouth full of those black wasps. I think he was stung and once I remember he had a bumble bee in his mouth. Mahlon had a dark temper as a child.
In the morning when the stove was really hot in the living room, like red hot, he would get too close and burn himself then he would get so mad and hit the stove. That’s when mom talked Elizabeth into getting the enamel stove, or Sis, I forget now who bought it. Could have been the boys.