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Charles Williams

Uncle Sagamore and His Girls

It's election season in Blossom County, and that means it's time for moonshine.
Educated at the racetrack, Billy has never had a firm grip on his ABCs, but he sure knows how to read a racing form. When a family court judge threatens to put the seven-year-old in a foster home, Billy and his father go to live in the countryside, at the wholesome little farm owned by Billy's Uncle Sagamore, where the air is pure, the grass is green, and the liquor from his hidden distillery is clear as water — and about 120 proof.
But pressure from the law has kept Sagamore's still silent, and the stash of white lightning is starting to dwindle. To get his home-brewing operation back underway, Sagamore needs a distraction — and there's none better than local politics. When Uncle Sagamore throws his weight into the Blossom County elections, democracy will never be the same.

189 printed pages

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    magusmagnushas quoted7 years ago
    all sweaty over just a little old dab of fish bait—”

    Otis held up a hand. “Please! Not another word, Mr. Noonan. Why, the Sheriff would chew us out something awful if he ever heard we just stood around while you got a sunstroke diggin’ like that. He’s always tellin’ us, boys, you help out Sagamore Noonan any way you can. He’s one of our outstandin’ taxpayers.”

    Otis took the shovel out of Uncle Sagamore’s hand, and dug up a big scoop of dirt. Uncle Sagamore stepped back out of the way. “Well sir,” he says to Pop, “it’s jest like I was tellin’ you, Sam. You take a lot of them pussel-gutted politicians that’s settlin’ around in the courthouse gettin’ fat off the taxpayers, they could sure take a lesson from these Shurf’s boys. They got the people’s interest at heart ever minute of the day.”

    “Sure,” Pop says. “Anybody can see that.”

    “And if there’s anything that riles me up,” Uncle Sagamore went on, “it’s ignorant people goin’ around sayin’ a man wouldn’t be in politics with
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