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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (July 15, 1906)
SUNDAY, "JULY 15, 1906
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ILLUSTRATED By J -A- C ONDE
'V all -de creeturs," said Uncle Remus, in response to a questioning: look on the part of the
little boy, " ol' Brer B'ar had de biggest an' de warmest house. I dunner why ner wharf o',
but I'm a-tellin' you de plain fack, des ez dey tol' it unter me. Ef I kin he'p it I never
will be deceivin' you, ner lead you inter no bad habits. Yo' pappy trotted wid me a mighty long time,
an' ef you'll ax him he'll tell you dat de one thing I never did do wuz ter deceive him whiles he .had
his eyes open; not ef I knows myse'f. Well, ol' Brer B'ar had de big house I'm a-tellin you about.
Ef he y'ever is brag un it, it aint never come down ter me. Yit dat's des what he had a big house
an' plenty er room fer him an' his fambly; an' he aint had mo dan he need, kaze all er his fambly
wuz fat an' had what folks calls heft de nachal plunkness.
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He had a, son name Simmon, an' a gal name Sue, not countin' his oP oman, nf dey all live
wid one an'er day after day, an' night atter night; an' when one un urn went abroad, dey'd be spected
home 'bout meal-time, ef not befo', an' dey segashuated right along fum day ter day, washin' der face
an' han's in de same wash-pan in de back po'ch, an' wipin' on de same towel same ez all happy
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" Well, tune went on an fotched de changes dat might be spected, an' one day dar come a
mighty -knocldn' on Brer B'ar's do'. Brer B'ar, he holla out, he did, 4 Who dat come a-knockin' dis
time er de year, fo' de corn's done planted, er de cotton-crap's pitched ? ' De one at de do' make
a big noise, an' rattle de hinges. Brer B'ar holla out, he did, ' Don't t'ar down my house ! Who is
you, anyhow, an" what you want?' An de answer come, I'm one an' darfo' not two; ef youer mo'
dan one, who is you an' what yu doin in dar? Brer B'ar, he say, sezee, 'I'm all er one an' mighty
nigh two, but I'd thank you fer ter tell me yo' full fambly name.' Den de answer come.
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'Im de knocker an' de mover bofe, an ef I can't clim over I'll crawl under ef you do but.
gi' me de,word. Some calls me Brer Polecat, .an' some a big word dat it aint wuff while ter ermember,
but I wanter move in. It's mighty col' out here, -an' all I meets tells me it's mighty warm in dar
whar you is.' Den ol' Brer B'ar say, sezee. 'It's warm nuff fer dem what stays in here, but not
nigh so warm fer dem on de outside. What does you reely want ? ' Brer Polecat 'spon', he did, 4 1
wants a heap er things dat I don't git. I'm a mighty good, housekeeper, but I takes notice dat dar's
mighty few folks dat wants me ter keep house fer urn.' Brer B'ar say, sezee, 4 1 aint got no room fer
no housekeeper; we aint skacely got room fer ter go ter bed. Ef you kin keep my house on de outside,
you er mighty welcome.'
"Brer Polecat say, You may think you aint got no room, but I bet you got des ez much room
ez anybody what I know. Ef you let me in dar one time, I boun' you I'll make all de room I want.'"
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Uncle Remus paused to see what effect this statement would have on the little boy. He closed
his eyes, as though he were tired, but when he opened them again, he saw' the faint shadow of a smile
on the child's face. 44 'Taint gwine ter hurt you fer ter laugh a little bit, honey. Brer Polecat come
in Brer B'ar's house, an' he had sech a bad breff dat dey all hatter git out an' he stayed an' stayed
twel time stopped runnin' ag'in' him."
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