By M. Scott Morris
BURTON COMMUNITY – Human error creates all sorts of problems in this world, but it goes only so far.
About a month ago, Claude Wilemon, 85, of the Burton community east of Booneville, thought somebody was causing him a problem.
Wilemon’s been a subscriber to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal since 1961, and it’s become his habit to get up at 5 in the morning and read the paper.
That was impossible when he couldn’t find his paper for five days in a row.
“I thought it was my delivery boy,” Wilemon said. “I got ugly. Well, not ugly, but angry, and I called down to complain.”
He called for only four of those five days because his niece, Lisa Wilemon, found a clue.
Wilemon’s gardening bucket was at a store up the road from his house, and the handle had been chewed.
“She thinks it was one dog picking up the paper and putting it in the bucket and carrying it one-tenth of a mile to the country store up there,” Wilemon said. “I think it was two dogs because there were two dogs at the store. They cook hamburgers up there and the stray dogs get into the trash.”
The newspaper didn’t make it out of Wilemon’s yard on the fifth day. One or two dogs ripped it into tiny pieces.
Wilemon replaced his Journal box stand with a sturdy post, but that didn’t do the job. He said he decided to tilt his box “toward the moon, but not exactly, of course.”
That angle lets water get into the box, but Wilemon said he’s not concerned.
“I can read a wet paper. I can’t read a ripped up paper like it was in the yard. Besides, it was wrapped in plastic this morning,” he said. “The way it is now, a dog can’t get it, and we don’t have any giraffes out here.”
He said he still feels a little guilty for blaming his delivery man.
“It was those dogs, I know that now,” he said. “We’ve got a good paperboy out here.”