Find and underline 22 hidden names of U. S. presidents. One is already underlined for you.
Once there was a poor widow, Eve L. Thackery, who lived in the Australian outback, sometimes known as the "bush." She had three sons, Jeff, Jack and John—and two daughters—Vel and Nell. She had an uncle, also named Jeff. She supported her family by taking in laundry. Granted, life was hard. In gone-by days, they had lived in town and enjoyed going to concerts and dancing the polka. Now they could only afford to rent a small place in the outback, but they enjoyed the animals they saw.
One day, Uncle Jeff A. Thackery (or "Thac") suggested they go and see the kangaroos. Eve L. Thackery replied, "You go on. I have to finish this washing. Tonight is when our rent is due. But wait, you have lint on your trousers, Thac. Lint on trousers will not do!" Then, the uncle, Vel and Nell went to see the kangaroos.
That next day, they heard some news that pierced their hearts. Their landlord arrived in his new Lincoln and announced that their rent was going up. Jack offered to go and work in the sugar fields to earn money. John said, "I'm not making much money selling firewood. My 'orse can't pull the cart. 'Er leg is bad. I've always wanted to sail on a boat. After today, I'll look for work on one." Vel and Nell suggested that the uncle fill more buckets and they could also do some laundry. Jeff, the son, was very angry about the unfair raise in rent, "Nix on our landlord and 'is new car!"
Eve said, "Don't be mad. I, son, will trust the good Lord. Jack, son, work hard. John, son, God go with you."
Later, Uncle Jeff loved to tell the story of Eve's family and their success:
"Madams Eve and Vel and Nell did the wash and did quite well.
John set sail on the Liberty. Lerida, Spain was 'is destiny.
Uncle Jeff and nephew John, worked the fields and sang this song.
Jeff, 'er son, 'e earned some rent, by writing games on presidents.
'Ope you've found all 22. If not, go back until you do."
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