GUARDING THE GOOBER PATCH
There was one season when Brer Fox say to hisself that he expect he better whirl in and plant a goober-patch, and in them days, man, it was touch and go. The word weren't more than out of his mouth before the ground was broked up and the goobers was planted.
Old Brer Rabbit, he sat off and watch the motions, he did, and he sort of shut one eye and sing to his chilluns, "Ti-yi! Tungalee! I eat 'em pea, I pick 'em pea. It grow in the ground, it grow so free; Ti-yi! Them goober pea."
He took and bend down a hickory sapling, growing in the fence-corner, and tie one end of a plow-line on the top, and in the other end he fix a loop-knot, and that he fasten with a trigger right in the crack.
Brer Bear, he look 'round and by and by he see Brer Rabbit swinging from the sapling, and he holler out, "Heyo, Brer Rabbit! How you come on this mornin'?"
Then Brer Rabbit, he put out for Brer Fox house, and when he got there he sing out, "Brer Fox! Oh, Brer Fox! Come out here, Brer Fox, an' I'll show you the man what been stealin' yo' goobers."
Brer Fox, he grab up his walking-stick, and both of 'em went running back down to the goober-patch, and when they got there, sure enough, there was old Brer Bear.
"Oh, yes! You are caught, is you?' says Brer Fox, and before Brer Bear could explain, Brer Rabbit he jump up and down, and holler out, "Hit him in the mouth, Brer Fox; hit him in the mouth."
And Brer Fox, he draw back with the walking cane, and blip he took him, and every time Brer Bear'd try to explain, Brer Fox'd shower down on him.