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TWO TONS OF ACORNS.

and a mighty singular hole altogether—but I've started in to fill you, and I'm d——d if I don't fill you, if it takes a hundred years!’

“And with that, away he went. You never see a bird work so since you was born.

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"A BLUE FLUSH ABOUT IT."

He laid into his work like a nigger, and the way he hove acorns into that hole for about two hours and a half was one of the most exciting and astonishing spectacles I ever struck. He never stopped to take a look any more—he just hove 'em in and went for more. Well at last he could hardly flop his wings, he was so tuckered out. He comes a-drooping down, once more, sweating like an ice-pitcher, drops his acorn in and says, ‘Now I guess I've got the bulge on you by this time!’ So he bent down for a look. If you'll believe me, when his head come up again he was just pale with rage. He says, ‘I've shoveled acorns enough in there to keep the family thirty years, and if I can see a sign of one of 'em I wish I may land in a museum with a belly full of sawdust in two minutes!’

“He just had strength enough to crawl up on to the comb and lean his back agin the chimbly, and then he collected his impressions and begun to free his mind. I see in a second that what I had mistook for profanity in the mines was only just the rudiments, as you may say.

“Another jay was going by, and heard him doing his devotions, and stops to inquire what was up. The sufferer told