Tommy, His Sister, and the Football Game

Diplomatic Tommy

He Induced His Sister to Attend the Football Game

No, Tommy,” said his sister, “I’ll not give you 50 cents to pay to see the football match; you have seen a number of baseball games during the summer, and I think that is enough.

Tommy was dejected for a while and kept quiet, and his 23-year-old sister began to congratulate herself that she had silenced him for a time at least, and she would not be bothered by his teasing.

Suddenly Tommy’s face brightened and he turned toward his sister, but she was busy with some needlework, and was all unconscious of the thoughts that were running through his mind. After a while he went over and stood beside her and watched her fingers as they dexterously knitted the bright colored yarn into fancy mats and things without names for a church fair to be held in a short time. There was silence for a while, only broken by the far away notes of a harsh hand organ as it ground out, in spasmodic time, the “Boulanger March,” in the next block.

At last Tommy broke the silence and said softly: “Do you remember Mr. Nice-fellow, who used to talk to you so much at the hotel in Saratoga?” “Yes, Tommy. Why?” “I guess you haven’t seen him recently, have you?” “No, Tommy. When we moved last spring I believe he was in Europe, and I did not know his address, so did not send him a card. What makes you ask the question?”

Oh, nothin’ much; only the last time I went to the Polo grounds to see the New Yorks beat the Chicagos he was there in the grand stand, and talked to me. He said he attended nearly every game . He had a lady with him.” “A lady, Tommy?” “Yes; I guess it was his mother.” “Oh! (relieved). You say he talked to you, Tommy?” “Yes; he said he thought I had grown a great deal since he saw me in Saratoga, and wanted to know how that good looking sister of mine was.”

Go on, Tommy.”

And then he said: ‘Let me see, your sister is about 19 now, isn’t she?’ And I said I guessed that was about your age.” “Well” (softly). “Then he turned to the lady who was with him and asked her if she didn’t remember the lady who looked so pretty that night at the hop; the one, he said, who had brown hair and wore a lovely pale blue silk dress, that became her so well, and made the Rogers girls so jealous – I guess he said the Misses Rogers. And she said she remembered her quite well; and then she turned to me and said: ‘Are you the young lady’s brother?’ An’ I said I was, and she said: ‘You ought to be proud of having such a nice sister,’ an’ I said I was, an’ it made me feel good when I see how all the young ladies in the block were jealous of her

Tommy!” (severely). “Well, I couldn’t help it, ’cause I know it’s so.” – “Tommy” (mildly). “An’ then Mr. Nicefellow told the waiter to bring me a glass of soda water, an’ asked me if I didn’t want some peanuts, an’ I said I didn’t mind, an’ he bought me some, an’ just then Buck Ewing made a home run, an’ Mr. Nicefellow said he guessed the Chicagos couldn’t play ball, and he’d rather see a game of football any day, especially between the college elevens, an’ he said he hoped I would be at the football games this fall, an’ wanted to know if you liked athletic sports, an’ I said I guessed you did, but you had so many other things to attend to, visiting sick people an’ making things for the poor heathens in Africa, an‘”

When did you say the football game was to be played, Tommy?

On Saturday.

Tommy (hesitatingly), would you like to take me to see the game if I buy the tickets?”

Why, cert.”

Then she kissed him and told him he needn’t say anything about their going, and Tommy moved toward the door.

When he got outside he drew a long breath and exclaimed to himself: “Gee! What a whopper! But it worked!

via New York Tribune


Collection: African American Newspapers
Publication: The Christian Recorder
Date: December 6, 1888
Title: Diplomatic Tommy
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Diplomatic Tommy - 1888 December 06

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