How Brother Rabbit Caught the Squirrel
The old Witch-Rabbit sat there and thought. Black smoke came out of her mouth and then went in again. At last she said:
"I'll do it for you. But first you must do something for me. Do you see the squirrel in that tree, Son Riley? Go and bring her to me, Son Riley Rabbit, Riley!"
Brother Rabbit thought a little and said:
"I haven't much sense, but I think that I can catch that squirrel. Where's my bag?"
With that he took the food out of his bag. Then he found two stones, put the bag over his head, ran to the tree and sat down under it. He waited a little and then he knocked the stones together — blip!
The squirrel called out: "Hey!"
Brother Rabbit waited a little, and then he knocked the stones together — blap!
The squirrel ran down the tree a little and called out: "Hallo!"
Brother Rabbit did not say anything. He
just knocked the stones together — blop!
The squirrel came down a little more and colled out:
"Who is that?"
"What are you doing there in the bag?"
"I'm cracking nuts."
"Can I crack some nuts too?"
"Of course, Sister Bunny Bushtail. Come down and get into the bag."
Sister Bunny Bushtail was afraid at first, but by and by she got into the bag, and Brother Rabbit carried her to his Aunt Mammy-Bammy. The old Witch-Rabbit took the squirrel out of the bag, put her back in the tree and said:
"You are a clever man, Son Riley Rabbit. But I want another thing from you. Get me a feather out of Brother Buzzard's tail.. Go and get it, and be quick, Son Riley Rabbit, Riley."