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father or your mother or your teacher to read it to you from the book, “Nights with Uncle Remus.” You will then see how much more funny it is in Uncle Remus's own words.
8. Of course the real story-teller is Mr. Harris. He just plays that Uncle Remus tells them. He plays it so well that you can hardly think that anyone but Uncle Remus has anything to do with it.
9. This story is about a joke Brother Rabbit played on the other beasts. Here it is :
10. One frosty morning Brother Rabbit was running through the woods, hunting for a weed to make some hair-grease.
11. After awhile he heard Mr. Man, far away in the woods, chopping a tree.
12. Brother Rabbit put up one
listen. Then he put up the other ear to listen.
13. Pretty soon down came the tree with a great noise, slap! bang! boom! Brother Rabbit nearly jumped out of his skin. Away he ran as if the dogs were after him.
14. He ran till he got warm, and then he stopped to take breath. Just then Brother Coon, who had seen him running, called to him.
“What is your hurry, Brother Rabbit?” “I have no time to tarry.” “Are your folks sick ?” “No, indeed. I have no time to tarry.” “Trying to see how fast you can run?” “No, indeed, have no time to tarry.”
“Do, pray, Brother Rabbit, tell me the news.”
“I heard a mighty big noise back there in the woods. Good-by. I have no time to tarry.”
16. This scared Brother Coon nearly to death. He was a long way from home. He
ran away from there as if the dogs were after him.
17. Brother Coon did not go very far till he met Brother Fox.
“Hi! Brother Coon, where are you going?”. “I have no time to tarry.” “Are you going after the doctor ? ” “No, indeed. I have no time to tarry.”
Do, pray, Brother Coon, tell me the news.” “There is a mighty strange noise back there in the woods. Good-by. I have no time to tarry.”
18. With that Brother Fox ran away so fast that he split the wind. Soon he met Brother Wolf.
“Hi! Brother Fox, stop and rest yourself.” “I have no time to tarry.” “Who wants the doctor?”
“No one; I have no time to tarry.” “Do, pray,
Brother Fox, tell me the news,
willen we good or bad,”
“There is a mighty strange noise back there in the woods. Good-by. I have no time to tarry.” 19. Brother Wolf ran away so fast he
nearly ran off the earth. Brother Wolf met Brother Bear and told him the news. Brother Bear gave a snort and ran off like a race horse.
20, Before long
all the beasts were running through the woods as if they were running for life. And all because Mr. Rabbit heard Mr. Man cut a tree down. 21. They ran and they ran
ran and they After a time they came to Brother Terrapin's house. Here they paused to get breath.
22. “Why are you running away in such a hurry?” asked Brother Terrapin,
“There is a mighty strange noise back there in the woods.”
23. “What does it sound like?” asked Brother Terrapin.
“I don't know,” said Brother Coon.
“Who heard it?" asked Brother Terrapin.
“I don't know," said Brother Coon.
25. Brother Terrapin laughed. “Run along, if you are scared,” he said. “ After I cook my breakfast and wash the dishes, if I hear any strange noise, I may run, too."
26. Then the beasts asked each other who first told the news. They found it came from Brother Rabbit. Brother Coon was the only one who had seen him. So, Brother Coon was blamed by some. Others blamed the ones who told them. Soon each was blaming