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koam. Brer B'ar he 'low dat he kin hear de bees a zoonin'. Dey stan' 'roun' en talk biggity, dey did, twel bimeby Brer Rabbit, he up'n say, sezee

You do de clim'in', Brer B'ar, en I'll do de rushin' 'roun’; you clime up ter de hole, en I'll take dis yer pine pole en shove de honey up whar

you kin git 'er,' sezee. “Ole Brer B’ar, he spit on his han's en skint up

de tree, en jam his head in de hole, en sho nuff, Brer Rabbit, he grab de pine pole, en de way he stir up dem bees wuz sinful-dat's wa't

Hit wuz sinful. En de bees dey swawm'd on Brer B'ar's head, twel 'fo' he could take it out'n de hole hit wuz done swell up bigger dan dat dinner-pot, en dar he swung, en ole Brer Rabbit, he dance 'roun', en sing :

it wuz.

" Tree stan' high, but honey mighty sweet

Watch dem bees wid stingers on der feet.'

But dar ole Brer B’ar hung, en ef his head ain't swunk, I speck he hangin' dar yit-dat w'at I speck.”

XXIX.

MR. Fox GETS INTO SERIOUS BUSINESS.

H 'Tremus

, grinding some crumbs of

IT turn out one time,” said Uncle

Remus, grinding some crumbs of tobacco between the palms of his hands, preparatory to enjoying his usual smoke after supper—"hit turn out one time dat Brer Rabbit make so free wid de man's collard-patch dat de man he tuck'n sot a trap fer ole Brer Rabbit.”

" Which man was that, Uncle Remus ? " asked the little boy,

" Des a man, honey. Dat's all. Dat's all I knows—des wunner dese yer mans w'at you see trollopin 'roun' eve'y day. Nobody ain't never year w'at his name is, en ef dey did dey kep’ de news mighty close fum me. man is bleedzd fer ter have a name, den I'm done, kaze you'll hatter go fudder dan me. Ef you bleedzd ter know mo' dan w'at I duz, den

Ef dish yer

you'll hatter hunt up some er deze yer niggers w'at's sprung up sence I commence fer ter shed

my ha'r.”


Well, I just thought,

just thought, Uncle Remus," said the little boy, in a tone remarkable for selfdepreciation, " that the man had a name.”

"Tooby sho,” replied the old man, with unction, puffing away at his pipe. “ Co'se. Dat w'at make I say w'at I duz. Dish yer man mout a had a name, en den ag'in he moutn't. He mout er bin name Slip-shot Sam, en he mouter bin name One-eye Riley, w'ich ef 'twuz hit ain't bin handed roun' ter me. man, he in de tale, en w'at we gwine do wid ’im! Dat's de p'int, kase w'en I git ter huntin' 'roun' 'mong my 'membunce atter dish

yer Mister W'atyoumaycollum's name, she ain't dar. Now den, less des call 'im Mr. Man en let 'im

But dish yer

go at dat.

The silence of the little boy gave consent.

“One time,” said Uncle Remus, carefully taking up the thread of the story where it had been dropped, “hit turn out dat Brer Rabbit bin makin' so free wid Mr. Man's greens en truck dat Mr. Man, he tuck'n sot a trap fer Brer

M м

Rabbit, en Brer Rabbit he so greedy dat he tuck’n walk right spang in it' fo' he know hisse'f. Well, 'twa’n't long 'fo' yer come Mr. Man, broozin' 'roun', en he ain't no sooner see ole Brer Rabbit dan he smack his han's tergedder en holler out: “ Youer nice feller, you is! Yer you

bin gobblin' up my green truck, en now you tryin' ter tote off my trap. Youer mighty nice chap -dat's w'at you is ! But now dat I got you, I'll des 'bout settle wid you fer de ole en de new.'

“En wid dat, Mr. Man, he go off, he did, down in de bushes atter han'ful er switches. Ole Brer Rabbit he ain't sayin' nuthin', but he feelin' mighty lonesome, en he sot dar lookin' like eve'y minnit wuz gwineter be de nex'. En w’iles Mr. Man wuz off prepa'r'n his breshbroom, who should come p'radin' 'long but Brer Fox ? Brer Fox make a great 'miration, he did, 'bout de fix w’at he fine Brer Rabbit in, but Brer Rabbit he make like he fit ter kill hisse'f laffin', en he up'n tell Brer Fox, he did, dat Miss Meadows's fokes want 'im ter go down ter der house in 'tennunce on a weddin', en he'low w'ich he couldn't, en dey 'low how he could, en den bimeby dey take’n tie 'im dar w'iles dey go atter de preacher, so he be dar w'en dey come back. En mo'n dat, Brer Rabbit up'n tell Brer Fox dat his chillun's mighty low wid de fever, en he bleedzd ter go atter some pills fer'm, en he ax Brer Fox fer ter take his place en go down ter Miss Meadows's en have nice time wid de gals. Brer Fox, he in fer dem kinder pranks, en 'twa'n't no time 'fo' Brer Rabbit had ole Brer Fox harness up dar in his place, en den he make like he got ter make 'as'e en git de pills fer dem sick chilluns. Brer Rabbit wa'n't mo'n out er sight 'fo' yer come Mr. Man wid a han’ful er hick'ries, but w’en he see Brer Fox tied up dar, he look like he 'stonished.

Heyo!' sez Mr. Man, sezee, you done change color, en you done got bigger, en yo’ tail done grow out.

W'at kin'er w’atzyname is you, ennyhow ? 'sezee.

“ Brer Fox, he stay still, en Mr. Man, he

talk on :

Hit's mighty big luck,' sezee, ‘ef w'en I ketch de chap w'at nibble my greens, likewise I ketch de feller w'at gnyaw my goose,' sezee, en wid dat he let inter Brer Fox wid de

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