Charlie noticed it first. Hed stepped out onto the rickety balcony to drink his morning coffee and pick at the rust on the railing. I dont know what made me do it, he would tell the newspaper later, But I jus looked an I saw it. My eyes jus wandered along Main street, pas Fullers an then I was lookin at the bank an I saw itOl Toms, gawn!
Well whaddya think I did nex? I spilled me coffee all over the azaleas an I run inside to th wife and I says, Mabel, you bes get ower here quick! At firs she says she aint comin haf-dressed but I tells her its Ol Toms and she jump right up.
Mrs. Charlie couldnt believe her eyes when she joined her husband in the early morning light. The four faces of the unreliable but beloved bank clock were nowhere to be seen.