How Tom Whitewashed the Fence

Episode Air Date: May 4, 2020
Artist: William Sterling Battis
Recording Title: How Tom Whitewashed the Fence

You’re listening to the words of Mark Twain, performed by William Sterling Battis. This excerpt, from the second chapter of Tom Sawyer, shows Tom at his cunning, conniving best.

This recording was one of many Battis made between 1916 and ’17. Listen to more right here, courtesy of your tax dollars! (Library of Congress)


Photo: Martin Kenny, used with permission under Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic)


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One Response to “How Tom Whitewashed the Fence”

  1. Tim Miller
    January 6, 2017 at 00:20 #

    After reading Tom Sawyer years ago, I began to wonder about the value of apple cores and since then have always eaten them along with the rest of the apple. Supposedly the seeds have cyanide in them, but what;s a little cyanide among friends. I’m also building up my resistance to iocaine powder. If I remember correctly, someone else gave Tom a dead rat with a string tied to its tail for letting them paint the fence. I come across more apple cores than rats with strings on their tails, but most everything is compostable.

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