Every New Year's Day Papa sat at his desk and went through all his papers
accumulated throughout the year and cleaned up. He threw lots of papers
on the floor. One of us would pick that up when he was through.None of us
would ever go to his desk to look at what he had as far as I know. There
were pigeon holes all across the top which was covered. I knew that there
was a pistol in one of the pigeon holes. Never,never would anyone touch
that as far as I know.The big shelf opened up and provided a good-sized
writing surface.That desk was always kept in the living room ,until he
moved to the closed in side porch. The desk was then moved there.
After Papa died ,it happened that Earl was going through the desk and
took out the pistol . He fooled around with it certainly believing it
wasn't loaded! Well, the pistol fired one shot, and Earl just about
collapsed because he realized that one or more children might be outside.
It so happened that Colin was a child who was out in the yard. Thank the
Lord, no one was hit.