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ID
b242
Title
"The Fire Eaters."
Genre
Story
Page Count
10
Word Count
2600
Publication Year
1957
Document Types
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories
Topics
Religion

Like "The Foxes," a recollection by Uncle Silas of a battle with a parson and the forces of religion ("'Unbuggin' popery! 'Unbuggin' money-mekking game"). When Silas and his rowdy friends are challenged by a young parson, they attend church "sitting in the front pew...like a row of innocent owls," but in the midst of the "celebration of the Jubilee of our dear Queen" they burn an effigy of the parson, along with most of his furniture and clerical outfits. Questioned by his nephew as to whether this wasn't excessively harsh treatment, Silas is disgusted: "If you never liked somebody you 'umbuggin' well said so. You let 'em know... I don't know what the 'nation's coming over everybody nowadays. Everybody's stopped enjoyin' theirselves. Everybody's gittin' too 'umbuggin' soft by half." Closing the second Silas collection, for the first time offering liquor to his nephew, he says "It's about time you had a mouthful o'wine...'Git the bottle down." Eads lists a serial publication in 1951 (Sunday Dispatch, November 18, 1951, p.2); this may be a typographical error, as he otherwise dates the item as 1957. In Sugar for the Horse (1957).