Abe and his brother-in-law Hymie had ignored their mutual animosityto become co-owners
of a  Putnam Avenue brownstone. 

Their tenant, neuralgia-sufferer Mrs. Kelvin was gossiping in the kitchen when her son started a fire that burned down the top floor of the house.

Molten skylight glass crashed in, burrowing  deep  into Abe’s hand as he saved Mrs. Kelvin’s son.

Abe and Hymie were both pained to realize that they no longer had fire insurance-
the payment had  never been sent because they had had a disagreement about who was responsible for its postage stamp.

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