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JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS


say he would. Brer Rabbit say he could n t ride vidout a saddle. Brer Fox say he d git de saddle. Brer Rabbit say he could n t set in de saddle less he had bridle fer ter hoi by. Brer Fox say he d git de bridle. Brer Rabbit say he could n t ride widout bline-bridle, kaze Brer Fox d be shyin at stumps long de road, en fling im off. Brer Fox say he d git de bline-bridle. Den Brer Rabbit say he d go. Den Brer Fox say he d ride Brer Rabbit mos up ter Miss Meadows s en den he could git down en walk de balance er de way. Brer Rabbit greed, en den Brer Fox lipt out atter de saddle en bridle.

"Co se Brer Rabbit know d de game dat Brer Fox wuz fixin fer ter play, en he termined fer ter outdo im, en by de time he koam his ha r en twis his mustash, en sorter rig up, here come Brer Fox, saddle en bridle on, en lookin ez peart ez a circus pony. He trot up ter de do en stood dar pawin de groun en chompin de bit same like sho nuff hoss, en Brer Rabbit he mounted, he did, en dey amble off. Brer Fox could n t see behine wid de bline-bridle on, but bimeby he feel Brer Rabbit raise one er his foots. ! * Wat you doin t now, Brer Rabbit? sezee. Short nin de lef stir p, Brer Fox, sezee.

"Bimeby, Brer Rabbit raise up de udder foot.

"Wat you doin t now, Brer Rabbit? sezee.

  • * Pullin down my pants, Brer Fox, sezee.

"All de time, bless grashus, honey, Brer Rabbit were puttin on his spurrers en w en dey got close to Miss Meadows s, whar Brer Rabbit wuz to git off, en Brer Fox made a motion fer ter put on brakes, Brer Rabbit slap de spurrers inter Brer Fox s flanks, en you better b leeve he got over groun . Wen dey got ter de house, Miss Meadows en all de gals wuz er settin on de peazzer, en stidder stoppin at de gate, Brer Rabbit rid on by, he did, en come gallopin down de road en up ter de hoss rack, w ich he hitch Brer Fox at, en den he santer inter de house,