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Aunt Alice sent Roy to get Uncle who was doing some fencing not far away. When Roy told Uncle what had happened Uncle hurried home. He harnessed the horse to the cart and handed the man a drink of brandy. The man wouldn't drink it as he said he was a teetotaller. Uncle put him in the cart and drove him over to a neighbour who had a smart horse and sulky. With this neighbour, who insisted on going with them, they set out for the doctor at Narrogin. Uncle was away three days and when he came home he told us about the terrible time they had with the man, trying to keep him awake.
The women were busy preparing Christmas dinner. The men were all under the weather, some couldn't walk. When Bill and I went in to dinner everyone was drinking. Some were so drunk they couldn't sit in their chairs properly. We had our dinner and then went and refilled the water-trough. After that we had a sleep in the stable until it was time to bring the cows in. I went for the cows and Bill filled the water-trough again. Besides the cattle and horses, the sheep had to have extra water in the summertime.
He was a short man, but very broad shouldered, and he looked big to me in the fire light. As we walked back to the fire he noticed my bag boots and asked me why I was wearing moccasins. I didn't know what he meant and he told me that 'moccasins' was the name of the type of boots I was wearing. A lady, his wife, then spoke to me and asked me had I had anything to eat. I told her I was very thirsty, and one of the children got me a pannikin of water which I drank and then asked for more. I told the lady that I hadn't had any food since early that morning and that I had walked many miles.