At the tender age of 7 years old, My Father told me a rhyme, it goes lie this:

OLD FARKY COON HAD A LITTLE YELLOW DOG. THAT CHASED A SKUNK UP A HOLLOW LOG.

OLD FARKY COON CAME A RIDING BY,

AND THE SKUNK SPIT TOBACCO JUICE IN OLD FARKYCOONS EYE.

That's when I said to my Father, "Who is Farky Coon?"

My father said to me, "My Father told me, and his Father told him!"

In the old days, in the lower North America, which is now called Southern Station, there was a peddler called Farky Coon. He was a giant of a man who stood 6' 7" tall, he had long hair, a long beard that hung down his chest. He was never heard to speak, but used hand and eye gestures to communicate. He had a woman that went by the name of Alizine Coon and a young boy named Get.

In the Spring of every year, a bell could be heard from miles away, and this was the signal to everyone who heard it, that Farky Coon was on the move to a village or homestead. The people who heard the bell, sprang to their feet and gathered together for whatever goods they had to trade for his product!

The story goes that as soon as they could smell the aroma, a lot of them would sing and some would dance, and others would just hoot. Whether it was the sound of the bell or the odour, soon Farky, Alizine and Get, and the old mule and cart would be in eye site of the people. Stranger than this was his dog, named Dog, who would always run ahead, barking at the people and sometimes he would keep running for miles, before realizing that farky has stopped!

Farky would always walk alongside his mule, and when he stopped, Alizine and Get would get off the cart, and proceed to gather rocks and stones, building a circle for a fire.

People watched and waited for the grinding noise as farky turned the wheel, that made the smell even more profound. The people would reach out their arms as far as possible to show their goods they had to trade, milk, eggs, chicken, beef or pork, or even beans and bread.

Slowly Farky would take the grindings from a box under this tool, add two ingredients and throw it into the kettle full of boiling water. That's right, by now you know I'm talking about COFFEE! After 2 or 3 minutes, Farky would pour the coffee into wooden cups the people bought with them. Some would swallow, sip or gulp, but not a word was ever spoken. Just a sigh of relief!

Farky would only stay 1 or 2 days at each stop, load the traded items and move on. Farky would only be seen once, twice or at most 3 times a year at each stop.

When Fall came, no-one would see Farky until the Spring!

It is believed that Farky went to Mexico or even further south, where he purchased the coffee. But every Spring, the people listened for the sound of the bell and the smell that brought, what they called the "Sip for Life".

The two ingredients, that Farky used is still a secret I keep today, and I will take to my grave with me!

So there you have it, the truth abut the man Farky Coon!

Peter

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