Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hand Organ is Torture to Ears

"They will play more tunes for nothing than any people we ever saw. They locate in front of a house and the man begins to turn the hand organ, which plays eight tunes, while the woman leans against a tree and goes to sleep. The man shuts his eyes and grinds through all eight tunes whether there is anybody in the house or not. Last night they stopped at one house that has been empty for three weeks, the family having gone to a watering place. The house cat had to stand it all, and we never felt so sorry for a cat in all the world." - from "Hand Organ is Torture to Ears," La Crosse Liberal Democrat (July 26, 1873).

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