A POLITE MAN
New Zealand Tablet, Rōrahi XXXV, Putanga 31, 1 Hereturikōkā 1907, Page 37
A POLITE MAN
The street car was crowded. A sum girl got in, and several slim fellows offered her their seats. Presently a stout lady entered, but no one paid any attention to her, until a man with a squint said, ' There, missis, 'take this seat.'
The woman waddled forward, sat down and thanked
He steadied himself, looked at her, and then, so loud that everyone could hear, remarked : ' I notice there ain't many polite fellers in this' town.'
' Not very many,', the woman assented.
' 1 ain't so very polite myself,' he went on. 'In the town where I lives, they think I'm putty tolerable rough at times.'
' I think you are very polite,' the woman replied.
1 Glad to hear you say so ; always like to hear that my little efforts find appreciation. I've done a good many mean things, I have, but there's one thing that 1 won't do if 1 can help it— l'll never let a great, big, stout woman stand up.'
The adipose lady glared at him.
But he went on : ' I jest won't do it. My wife is an awful fat woman — not so stout as you, but putty tolerable fat, 1 can tell you.'
The woman, with more agility than she had had doubtless yet shown for some time, sprang to her feet and exclaimed, l i won't have your seat, sir ! '
1 Just as welcome to it as not, 1 tell you. 1 don't want you to stand up, for I know that when my wifo has to stand up it nigh Mils her, anu she ain't as fat as you neither. Got shoulders mighty like yours, but still you can give her points.'
' 1 want you to hold your tongue,' the woman screamed.
' What— me ?' he asked in surprise. • Why, I'm your friend, missis: What, you going to get - out V Sometimes it don't pay to be polite,' he added, "as he resumed his seat when the disgusted woman had left the car.