THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE OLD NAME AFTER ALL
OBBY COON and Jimmy Skunk had their heads together. Now when
these two put their heads together, you may make up
your mind that they are planning mischief. Yes, Sir,
there is sure to be mischief afoot when Bobby Coon and
Jimmy Skunk put their heads together as they were doing
now. Had Peter Rabbit seen them, he might not have felt
so easy in his mind as he did. But Peter didn't see
them. He was too much taken up with trying to look as
important as his new name sounded. He was putting on
airs and holding his head very high as he went down to
the Smiling Pool to call on Jerry Muskrat.
Whenever any one called him by his old name, Peter
pretended not to hear. He pretended that he had never
heard the name and didn't know that he was being spoken
to. Bobby Coon and Jimmy Skunk thought it a great joke
and they made up their minds that they would have some
fun with Peter and perhaps make him see how very
foolish he was. Yes, Sir, they planned to teach Peter a
lesson. Bobby Coon hurried away to find Reddy Fox and
tell him that Peter had gone down to the Smiling Pool,
and that if he hid beside the path, he might catch
Peter on the way back.
Jimmy Skunk hunted up Blacky the Crow and Sammy Jay and
told them of his plan and what he wanted them to do to
help. Of course they promised that they would. Then he
went to Ol' Mistah Buzzard and told him. Ol' Mistah
Buzzard grinned and promised that he would do his
share. Then Bobby Coon and Jimmy Skunk hid where they
could see all that would happen.
Peter had reached the Smiling Pool and now sat on the
bank admiring his own reflection in the water and
talking to Jerry Muskrat. He had just told Jerry that
when his old name was called out he didn't hear it any
more when along came Blacky the Crow.
"Hello, Peter Rabbit! You're just the fellow I am
looking for; I've a very important message for you,"
shouted Blacky the Crow.
Peter kept right on talking with Jerry Muskrat just as
if he didn't hear, although he was burning with
curiosity to know what the message was.
"I say, Peter Rabbit, are you deaf?" shouted Blacky the
Jetty Muskrat looked up at Blacky and winked. "Peter
Rabbit isn't here," said he. "This is Peter
"Oh!" said Blacky. "My message is for Peter Rabbit, and
it's something he really ought to know. I'm sorry he
isn't here." And with that, away flew Blacky the Crow,
chuckling to himself.
Peter looked quite as uncomfortable as he felt, but of
course he couldn't say a word after boasting that he
didn't hear people who called him Peter Rabbit. Pretty
soon along came Sammy Jay. Sammy seemed very much
"Oh, Peter Rabbit, I'm so glad I've found you!" he
cried. "I've some very important news for you."
Peter had all he could do to sit still and pretend not
to hear, but he did.
"This is Peter Cottontail," said Jerry Muskrat, winking
at Sammy Jay.
"Oh," replied Sammy, "My news is for Peter Rabbit!" and
off he flew, chuckling to himself.
Peter looked and felt more uncomfortable than ever. He
bade Jerry Muskrat good-by and started for the dear Old
Briar-patch to think things over. When he was half way
there, Ol' Mistah Buzzard came sailing down out of the
"Brer Cottontail," said he, "if yo' see anything of
Brer Rabbit, yo' can tell him that Brer Fox am hiding
behind that big bunch of grass just ahead."
Peter stopped short, and his heart gave a great leap.
There, behind the clump of grass, was something red,
sure enough. Peter didn't wait to see more. He started
for a hiding place he knew of in the Green Forest as
fast as he could go, and behind him raced Reddy Fox. As
he ran, he heard Blacky the Crow and Sammy Jay
laughing, and then he knew that this was the news that
they had had for him.
"I—I—guess that Peter Rabbit is a good
enough name, after all," he panted.