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JIMMY SKUNK EXPLAINS
You'll find this true where'er you go
That those prepared few troubles know.
O begin with, I am not such a very big fellow, am I?"
"Ah reckons Ah knows a right smart lot of folks bigger
than you', Brer Skunk," replied Unc' Billy, with a
grin. You know Jimmy Skunk really is a little fellow
compared with some of his neighbors.
"And I haven't very long claws or very big teeth, have
I?" continued Jimmy.
"Ah reckons mine are about as long and about as big,"
returned Unc' Billy, looking more puzzled than ever.
 "But you never see anybody bothering me, do you?" went
"No," replied Unc' Billy.
"And it's the same way with Prickly Porky the
Porcupine. You never see anybody bothering him or
offering to do him any harm, do you?" persisted Jimmy.
"No," replied Unc' Billy once more.
"Why?" demanded Jimmy.
Unc' Billy grinned broadly. "Ah reckons, Brer Skunk,"
said he, "that there isn't anybody wants to go fo' to
meddle with yo' and Brer Porky. Ah reckons most folks
knows what would happen if they did, and that yo' and
Brer Porky are folks it's a sight mo' comfortable to
leave alone. Leastways, Ah does. Ah ain't aiming fo'
trouble with either of yo'. That li'l bag of scent yo'
carry is cert'nly most powerful, Brer Skunk, and Ah
 to brush against those little spears
Brer Porky is so free with. Ah knows when Ah's well
off, and Ah reckons most folks feel the same way."
Jimmy Skunk chuckled. "One more question Unc' Billy,"
said he. "Did you ever know me to pick a quarrel and
use that bag of scent without being attacked?"
Unc' Billy considered for a few minutes. "Ah can't say
Ah ever did," he replied.
"And you never knew Prickly Porky to go hunting trouble
either," declared Jimmy. "We don't either of us go
hunting trouble, and trouble never comes hunting us,
and the reason is that we both are always prepared for
trouble and everybody knows it. Buster Bear could
squash me by just stepping on me, but he doesn't try
it. You notice he always is very polite when we meet.
 Prickly Porky and I are armed for defense, but
we never use our weapons for offense. Nobody
bothers us, and we bother nobody. That's the beauty of
Unc' Billy thought it over for a few minutes. Then he
sighed and sighed again.
"Ah reckons yo' and Brer Porky are about the luckiest
people Ah knows," said he. "Yes, Sah, Ah reckons yo' is
just that. Ah don't fear anybody mah own size, but Ah
cert'nly does have some mighty scary times when Ah
meets some people Ah might mention. Ah wish Ol' Mother
Nature had done gone and given me something fo' to make
people as scary of me as they are yo'. Ah cert'nly
believes in preparedness after seeing yo', Brer Skunk.
Ah cert'nly does just that very thing. Have yo' found
anynice fresh aiggs lately?"