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I is, en I'm de same man w'at show Brer Rabbit dat he ain't de swiffes’; en I'm de same man w'at kin show Brer B’ar dat he ain't de stronges',' sezee.

Den dey all laff en holler, kaze it look like Brer B’ar mo' stronger dan a steer. Bimeby, Miss Meadows, she up'n ax, she did, how he gwine do it.

“Gimme a good strong rope,' sez Brer Tarrypin, sezee, 'en lemme gitin er puddle er water, en den let Brer B'ar see ef he kin pull me out,' sezee.

“ Den dey all laff g'in, en Brer B’ar, he ups en sez, sezee : We ain't got no rope,'

sezee.

“No,' sez Brer Tarrypin, sezee, 'en needer is you got de strenk,' sezee, en den Brer Tarrypin, he rock en rock 'long, en watch de 'lasses a bilin' en a blubberin'.

- Atter w'ile Miss Meadows, she up en say, she did, dat she'd take'n loan de young men her bed-cord, en w'iles de candy wuz a coolin' in de plates, dey could all go ter de branch en see Brer Tarrypin kyar out his projick. Brer Tarrypin,” continued Uncle Remus, in a tone at once confidential and argumentative, “wern't much bigger'n de pa’m er my han', en it look mighty funny fer ter year 'im braggin' 'bout how he kin outpull Brer B’ar. But dey got de bed-cord atter w'ile, en den dey all put out ter de branch. W'en Brer Tarrypin fine de place he wanter, he tuck one een' er de bed-cord, en gun de yuther een' to Brer B’ar.

Now den, ladies en gents,' sez Brer Tarrypin, sezee, ‘you

all
go

wid Brer B'ar up dar in de woods en I'll stay yer, en w’en you year me holler, den's de time fer Brer B'ar fer ter see ef he kin haul in de slack er de rope. You all take keer er dat ar een', sezee, 'en I'll take keer er dish yer een’,' sezee.

“Den dey all put out en lef* Brer Tarrypin at de branch, en w'en dey got good en gone, he dove down inter de water, he did, en tie de bed-cord hard en fas' ter wunner deze yer big clay-roots, en den he riz up en gin a whoop.

“ Brer B’ar he wrop de bed-cord roun' his han', en wink at de gals, en wid dat he gin a big juk, but Brer Tarrypin ain't budge. Den he take bofe han's en gin a big pull, but, all de.

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same, Brer Tarrypin ain't budge. Den he tu'n 'roun', he did, en put de rope cross his shoulders en try ter walk off wid Brer Tarrypin, but Brer Tarrypin look like he don't feel like walkin'. Den Brer Wolf, he put in en hope Brer B’ar pull, but dez like he didn't, en den dey all hope 'im, en, bless grashus ! w'iles dey wuz all a pullin', Brer Tarrypin, he holler, en ax um w’y dey don't take up de slack. Den w'en Brer Tarrypin feel um quit pullin', he dove down, he did, en ontie de rope, en by de time dey got ter de branch, Brer Tarrypin, he wuz settin'in de aidge er de water des ez natchul ez de nex' un, en he up'n say, sezee :

“Dat las' puli er yone wuz a mighty stiff un, en a leetle mo'n you'd er had me,' sezee.

Youer monstus stout, Brer B’ar,' sezee, ‘en you pulls like a yoke er steers, but I sorter had de purchis on you,' sezee.

“ Den Brer B’ar, bein's his mouf 'gun ter water atter de sweetnin', he up'n say he speck de candy's ripe, en off dey put atter it !”

"It's a wonder,” said the little boy, after a while, “ that the rope didn't break.”

“ Break who?” exclaimed Uncle Remus, with

a touch of indignation in his tone—“break who ? In dem day, Miss Meadows's bed-cord would a hilt a mule.”

This put an end to whatever doubts the child might have entertained.

XXVII.

WHY MR. POSSUM HAS NO HAIR ON

HIS TAIL

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IT look like ter me,” said Uncle Remus,

frowning, as the little boy came hopping and skipping into the old man's cabin, “dat I see a young un 'bout yo' size playin' en makin'free wid dem ar chilluns er ole Miss Favers's yistiddy, en w’en I seed dat, I drap my axe, en I come in yer en sot flat down right whar youer sittin' now, en I say ter myse'f dat it's 'bout time fer ole Remus fer ter hang up en quit. Dat's des zackly w'at I say.”

“Well, Uncle Remus, they called me,” said the little boy in a penitent tone. “They come and called me, and said they had a pistol and some powder over there."

“ Dar now !” exclaimed the old man, indignantly. Dar now! w'at I bin sayin'? Hit's

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