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Trials & Errors, Laughs & Terrors

Trials & Errors, Laughs & Terrors

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A collection of short stories.
A collection of short stories.

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Published by: PageMasterPublishing on Apr 16, 2012
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in PublicationThormann, Arthur O. R. (Arthur Otto Rudolf), 1934-Trials & errors, laughs & terrors / Arthur O.R. ThormannShort stories.ISBN 0-9685198-5-7I. Title.PS8589.H54945T74 2006 C813’.54 C2006-902680-7Copyright © Arthur O.R. Thormann, 2006Publisher: Specfab Industries Ltd.13559 - 123A AvenueEdmonton, Alberta, CanadaT5L 2Z1Telephone: 780-454-63962
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Printing: PageMaster Publication Services Inc.10180 - 105 StreetEdmonton, Alberta, CanadaT5J 1E1Telephone: 780-425-9303Cover Design: GenericThe stories in this book are based on real life experiences; however,personal names were changed.All rights reserved. Except for brief quotes, any use or reproductionrequires the written consent of the publisher or the author.
 
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Preface: About the Book Title .................................... vii1 Beginning of an Exodus ................................................ 12 Frau Streetsel ............................................................... 213 First Embarrassments .................................................. 294 The Rush Rush Russians are Coming ............... 355 A Nasty Rotten Root ................................................... 476 DPs in Hinterland ........................................................ 557 Northern Exposure ...................................................... 658 Adventures Across the Border .................................... 819 A Honeymoon Trip Aborted ....................................... 9910 Vicious Pike at Half-moon Lake ............................... 11111 Digging in for Geese ................................................. 12312 Trivial Pursuits .......................................................... 13113 Divergent Viewpoint ................................................. 13914 Twenty-one Against the Odds ................................... 15315 Miscalculations.......................................................... 16116 Lose-Lose Negotiations ............................................. 173Postscript: A Tribute to Some Friends Lost .............. 189
 
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1Beginning of an Exodus
It was a bitterly cold day on the first day of February inthe Ukraine. The year was 1913. The two BrothersRonald and Albert were sitting on wooden crates in a barn near a German colony, twenty kilometerssouthwest of Novograd Wolynsk. They were finishedwith their evening chores and were silently smokingtheir pipes, lost in deep thought. Each held a smallglass filled with vodka in his hand. The occasion wasRonald’s twenty-ninth birthday. A lantern, hangingfrom a nearby post, was throwing eerie shadowsaround them, making their moods even gloomier.“Well, then, here’s to better times,” said Albert,holding up his glass. He was trying to cheer up Ronald,who had given him some grim political predictions.“Better times, yes,” said Ronald, “but not for us,Albert – at least not in the Ukraine.”“What makes you so pessimistic about the political situation, Ronald?” asked Albert.“Rumors, mostly, I must admit.”They smoked their pipes in silence a while longer.“What, exactly, are these rumors, and where didthey come from?” Albert wanted to know.“The government is going to disown us, Albert,confiscate our lands, drive us right out of the country.The sources are people with close connections tohighly placed government officials.”

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