JIMMY SKUNK LOOKS FOR PETER
IMMY SKUNK looked very hard at Sammy Jay. Sammy Jay looked
very hard at Jimmy Skunk. Then Sammy slowly shut one
eye and as slowly opened it again. It was a wink.
"You mean," said Jimmy Skunk, "that you guess that
Peter Rabbit knew that I was in that barrel, and that
he jumped over it so as to make Reddy Fox run against
it. Is that it?
Sammy Jay said nothing, but winked again. Jimmy
grinned. The he looked thoughtful. "I wonder," said he
slowly, "if Peter did it so as to gain time to get away
from Reddy Fox."
"I wonder," said Sammy Jay.
 "And I wonder if he did it just to get Reddy into
trouble," continued Jimmy.
"I wonder," repeated Sammy Jay.
"And I wonder if he did it for a joke, a double joke on
Reddy and myself," Jimmy went on, scratching his head
"I wonder," said Sammy Jay once more, and burst out
Now Jimmy Skunk has a very shrewd little head on his
shoulders. "So that is your guess, is it? Well, I
wouldn't be a bit surprised if you are right," said he,
nodding his head. "I think I will go look for Peter. I
think he needs a lesson. Jokes that put other people in
danger or make them uncomfortable can have no excuse.
My neck might have been broken in that wild ride down
the hill, and certainly I was made most uncomfortable.
I felt as if everything inside me was shaken out of
place and all
 mixed up. Even now my stomach feels a bit
queer, as if it might not be just where it ought to be.
By the way, what became of Peter after he jumped over
Sammy shook his head. "I don't know," he confessed.
"You see, it was very exciting when that barrel started
rolling, and we knew by the sounds that there was some
on e inside it. I guess Reddy Fox forgot all about
Peter. I know I did. And when the barrel broke to
pieces against that stone down there, and you and Reddy
faced each other, it was still more exciting. After it
was over, I looked for Peter, but he was nowhere in
sight. He hadn't had time to reach the Old Briar-patch.
I really would like to know myself what became of him."
Jimmy Skunk turned and looked down the hill. Then in
his usual slow
 way he started back towards the broken
"Where are you going?" asked Sammy.
"To look for Peter Rabbit," replied Jimmy. "I want to
ask him a few questions."
Jimmy Skunk ambled along down the hill. At first he was
very angry as he thought of what Peter had done, and he
made up his mind that Peter should be taught a lesson
he would never forget. But as he ambled along, the
funny side of the whole affair struck him, for Jimmy
Skunk has a great sense of humor, and before he reached
the bottom of the hill his anger had all gone and was
"I'm sorry if I did Reddy Fox an injustice," thought
he, "but he makes so much trouble for other people that
I guess no one else will be sorry. He isn't
 likely to
bother any one for some time. Peter really ought to be
punished, but somehow I don't feel so much like
punishing him as I did. I'll just give him a little
scare and let the scamp off with that. Now, I wonder
where he can be. I haven an idea he isn't very far
away. Let me see. Seems to me I remember an old house
of Johnny Chuck's not very far from here. I'll have a
look in that."
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