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John Tom Little Bear 41
"We had to keep that kid. We knew there was a hul-
labaloo about him somewheres, and that 'Mamma, and
Uncle Harry, and Aunt Jane, and the Chief of Police
were hot after finding his trail, but not another word would
he tell us. In two days he was the mascot of the Big
Medicine outfit, and all of us had a sneaking hope that his
owners wouldn't turn up. When the red wagon was doing
business lie was in it, and passed up the bottles to Mr.
Peters as proud and satisfied as a prince that's abjured a
two-hundred-dollar crown for a million-dollar parvenuess.
Once John Tom asked him something about his papa. 'I
ain't got any papa,' he says. 'lie runned away and left
us. lie made my mamma cry. Aunt Lucy says he's a
shape.' 'A what?' somebody asks him. 'A shape,' says
the lkid; 'some kind of a shape - lemme see - oh, yes, a
feendenuman shape. I don't know what it means.'
John Tom was for putting our brand on him, and dressing
him up like a little chief, with wampum and beads, but I
vetoes it. 'Somebody's lost that kid, is my view of it,
and they may want him. You let me try him with a few
stratagems, and see if I can't get a look at his visiting-
"So that night I goes up to Mr. Roy Blank by the
camp-fire, and looks at him contemptuous and scornful.
'Snickenwitzel!' says I, like the word made me sick;
'Snickenwitzel! Bah! Before I'd be named Snicken-
"' What's the matter with you, Jeff?' says the kid,
opening his eyes wide.
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