Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West

Jun 21st, 2015
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IT WAS Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West to us. He had a little library made up of old numbers of The Union Jack , Pluck and The Halfpenny Marvel . Every evening after school we met in his back garden and arranged Indian battles. He and his fat young brother Leo, the idler, held the loft of the stable while we tried to carry it by storm; or we fought a pitched battle on the grass.

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AN ENCOUNTERIT WAS Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West to us. He had alittle library made up of old numbers of The Union Jack , Pluckand The Halfpenny Marvel . Every evening after school we met inhis back garden and arranged Indian battles. He and his fat youngbrother Leo, the idler, held the loft of the stable while we tried tocarry it by storm; or we fought a pitched battle on the grass. But,however well we fought, we never won siege or battle and all ourbouts ended with Joe Dillon's war dance of victory. His parentswent to eight- o'clock mass every morning in Gardiner Street andthe peaceful odour of Mrs. Dillon was prevalent in the hall of thehouse. But he played too fiercely for us who were younger andmore timid. He looked like some kind of an Indian when hecapered round the garden, an old tea-cosy on his head, beating atin with his fist and yelling:"Ya! yaka, yaka, yaka!"Everyone was incredulous when it was reported that he had avocation for the priesthood. Nevertheless it was true.A spirit of unruliness diffused itself among us and, under itsinfluence, differences of culture and constitution were waived. Webanded ourselves together, some boldly, some in jest and somealmost in fear: and of the number of these latter, the reluctantIndians who were afraid to seem studious or lacking in robustness,I was one. The adventures related in the literature of the WildWest were remote from my nature but, at least, they opened doorsof escape. I liked

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