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    By Gayle Brennan Spencer.

    Andrew Stevens, January 1911

    Andy draws open the heavy drapes and, despite the crisp winter day, cracks two of the windows. He hauls a heavy brass ashtray stand out of the depths of the closet and places it between the two chairs in front of Mr. Koehler’s massive walnut desk. Both his older brother, John, and Mr. Wahrmund are right-handed though, so he fetches another.

    He does not want to have to answer to Mrs. Koehler if one of the men carelessly allows a burning ember to drop from his cigar onto the Oriental carpet. But, if the men are drinking, which they will be, they might smoke with their left hands. One more stand is in order. Mrs. Koehler terms them hideous, hence the closet hide-away, but the elegant Meissner ashtrays she brought back from Germany are far too shallow-bowled to serve any purpose aside from collecting dust.

    And he needs coasters. Lots of them. Last week, she had him working for what seemed hours to remove a pale ring from the top of Mr. K’s desk, all the while talking about the fine old German furniture maker from Fredericksburg who finished carving the final lion’s head on it just prior to drawing his last breath. ...

    Continue at Postcards from San Antonio: An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Three. More #PostcardsSanAntonio.

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