dark night road  The Mule Story–three

Read the mule stories in order.  The mule story-one-tells how the stories relate to Levi® jeans?    

                The Unexpected Call—dreaded and late

How would you react to a late unexpected call from the police when you are asleep in bed?

Find out how dad handled the call!
Francis is Keeping Company with the Police at 2:00 in the Morning.
It was a morning just like this.  A time for sleeping or else waiting forearly morning dawn dawn!
One late night late, dad received a call from the police.   They said, “Mr. Wheeler, you need to come out and take a look at your mule!!
A call from the police makes a polite complaint?
Dad rushed out and ran to the front of the curio shop where Francis was kept in the back.  With only his slippers and the same pants and shirt, dad wore earlier that night, he ran with tears in his eyes.  That mule loved dad and followed him everywhere 

 

Now, from the house to the curio shop was about 3/4 to a block long or more and I think Dad could have been an athletic runner that night.  

He was thinking that Francis was out and lost or had died.
Who knows what dad was saying inside his brain?   But the police were calm and were looking up the highway right in front of the curio shop.  They calmly told dad, “
But the police were calm and were looking up the highway right in front of the curio shop.  They calmly told dad, “Mr. Wheeler, we are worried about your mule (a little pause here) getting run over on the highway over there.   He got loose somehow.”    The big cowboy with his 501 Levi® original fit jeans was not even in dad’s imagination.
a policeman's light                                                                                               
Highway?  Are the police worried about Francis?
The ‘highway’ was two lane highway (road)at the time.   Dad looked horrified.  But the policeman calmed dad down by saying, “Francis is not trying to run away, Mr. Wheeler.  Just watch the highway.”
Dad looked up the highway where the police were pointing, and sure enough, he saw Francis prancing back down the highway.  It was darkdark night on the road you know but sounds seemed to carry.
But the policeman continued.  “We didn’t know what to do and we figured you would be able to get your mule tied up again a lot better than we could.”
They were having fun; they would now be able to relate the story in the police station.
Dad thanked the policemen and ran on the highway to retrieve Francis, and when Francis saw Dad, he leisurely followed him docilely back to his sleeping area behind the curio shop.
By then Dad and the policemen were laughing!
There was no longer any danger of Francis being run over by a car. the policeman remarked, “We figured he was not trying to run away. He just wanted to listen and liked how his
hooves sounded on the pavement.”
Dad and the police were all smiles on the way to where they were going, and dad slept comfortably after telling mom what had woman's laughterhappened.
                          Yes, Francis behaved beautifully. 
That mule was something else again.    Would you like to buy a DVD about Francis, the actor, with Donald O’Connor, the actor as the voice for the Mule, Francis?  You can buy one or a set.
I saw these movies in the 1950’s.  People loved to go the movies.  “Francis, the talking mule was very popular.  Dad had our mule Francis in front of the theater.  There was a sign posted introducing
Francis.  People wanted him to say something.  They were serious!!  Here is the link; just click on it and it will take you to Amazon, a great company.  But if you would like to buy more things, just let
me know.  I will try to get that product on my website.  Please click the top button of these stories to make your comments.  I would really love to hear from you.  Francis says, “Just a short one will do.”
                              

Francis Meets a Bus Load of Kids.

Dad had plans to build the big cowboy.  But he did not know how he was going to build him.  Nor did he know his jeans would be from Levi Strauss who would give him his
501® Original and regular fit jeans to wear.  Dad always was thinking ahead when he was in these “creative” times.
Even my brother wanted some Levis.  He told them they would be an investment in good fashion.   He got his way.  
I wanted a pair too, but being shy, I did not ask.
It was just a dream at first.  He was just joking, of course.   Levi jeans for a tall cowboy that looked like the Marlboro man?
She scoffed, “That mule is enough to handle!”  But that was not true.
He was not difficult, but he was loud.
Francis, as you already know, loved coca cola.  He even read the advertisements about them.    
These are my two buddies who told me all about haw much a coke costs.  The mules were saying that muleishlesly—meaning from a long distance.
donkey friends

Dad had a coke machine on the porch in front of the curio shop. } The whole name of the curio shop was called the  CORRAL  CURIO SHOP!
The coke machine was one of those kinds that make a distinct sound as the coke descended down to its place on the side, whereupon a person would open and
retrieve the coke bottle.  
I believe the coke was 10 cents a bottle.  Do you see the opener in front of the machine?
cokes for tourist and Francis
Judy either helps out at the curio shop or it is her turn to wash a dry the dishes.   This arrangement was with her twin sister.
When I got home from school, Mom would tell me not to drink too many Cokes.   Sometimes I would give one to Francis.  No, I think I gave him one for sure.  
Who knows how many he had that day.  Francis braying was louder than the coke machine when someone bought a coke for his or stood near the coke machine. 
But Francis could even hear the money clinking down to the bottom.

Don’t you admire the mules’ ears?

Before mom left for home, I would walk to the filling station and get either a fudge sickle or a grape cool aid package.  [ I would put my finger in the grape
package and then suck my finger.]   Later it would be purple and I was too shy to take the money from a tourist, but I had to do it.  I had to explain it each time,
but I still loved those cool-aid packages.
In those days, there were no machines for cash register like they have today.  We had a tray, they had the places for the twenties, tens, ones and so forth. cash back from tray.
Francis braying was louder than the coke machine when someone bought a coke or stood near the coke machine.  But Francis could even hear the money clinking
down to the bottom.
For those who do not know what braying sounds like, he would first bray the  “He¯e” with the sound extended deep in the throat in sustaining note and then he says, 
(least a fifth ) moving his breath upward, he then brays the “h⁄aw
__________He¯e ——h⁄aw which was a short breath high up for a mule.  It is not a gentle sound, but Francis was insistent.  Francis was just rude when the tourist
bought a coca cola.  If the tourist went in the shop, he would stop braying.
People bought him coca cola.  The signs advertised that Francis would drink cokes out of a bottle, and they would buy one for themselves and one or two for Francis.
Drinking a coke from a bottle was unusual.    He didn’t spill a drop.
He always behaved beautifully.
One day, a busload of kids came to the curio shop.  Both my mom and my dad helped in the curio shop because there were so many kids and tourist coming in to buy
something.  
I believe there were at least 25 kids on that bus. 
bus at curios shop
To say the least, each person would give Francis a coca cola and sometimes 2 and sometimes 3.
Each of the kids wanted to give a coke to Francis.   And Francis drank every one of them.  But he behaved beautifully.  The kids laughed and had a lot of fun.
                                                                                                         
            
The next morning Dad was getting ready to feed Francis.  He noticed that Francis did not follow him around in his feeding area.   The reason?   Francis was standing
and not moving at all even when dad tried to coax him to eat or to follow dad, but he would not budge.
Dad finished his chores in the sleeping area, and when dad checked Francis again he had not moved at all.  Dad was concerned; no, he was worried.
He had learned about the bus load of kids giving Francis a lot of cokes and figured out that that was the problem.   His stomach was bloated.   He had had too much
to drink and was “full” of gas and he was miserable; the mule was the one miserable, not dad.
Just when Dad was leaving to call a Vet, (no cell phones in those days) the next morning, Francis, to put it delicately, was relieved suddenly of his gas.  It was a long,  
hissing sound—Oh I won’t go into detail and afterward, Francis became his usual self.
In fact, the next day, Francis was once more letting the tourist know that he wanted his cokes.  Dad had thought he would quit for a least a day but he still hee-hawed 
for his coca cola.   I don’t think a bus load of kids ever came back again.  

But do you think Francis would have drunk all the cokes offered to him if that or another bus load of kids offered to give him one or two or three

again?      happy and approved story

Well, please remember to leave me an email and/or a short comment about these stories.  Did you like them?  Would you like me to write some more stories
about Francis?   Did you work when you were in the 9th grade?  
Would you put a one of a kind curio shop  (found nowhere in the USA) or would you have the cowboy next to that curio shop or would you put in a park?  
Which one would you like?  
Or would you put something else?  Let me hear some of your choices!  These stories are protected by copyright.   My email is judy@findmejeans.com  
Remember my motto,  Everyone has a Story.  I would love to read your comments.  I guess I am curious.  You will have to come back several times to read stories
I have written on my website; that is if you have the time and love to be entertained.  You can see some coca cola old advertisements on the Post, “10 interesting
facts about denim jeans”.  
Amazon has DVD about “Francis, the talking mule”.  No, not dad’s mule.  Click this link for one or all these movies made in the 1950’s.
                                                                                                          

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