"Late again," the third-grade teacher said to little Sammy.
"It ain't my fault this time, Miss Crabtree. You can blame this'un on my
Daddy. The reason I'm three hours late is my Daddy sleeps naked!"
Now, Miss Crabtree had taught grammar school for thirty-some-odd years.
mounting fears, she asked little Sammy what he meant by that.
Full of grins and mischief, and in the flower of his youth, little Sammy and
trouble were old friends, but he always told her the truth.
"You see, Miss Crabtree, out at the ranch we got this here low down coyote.
The last few nights, he done ate six hens and killed Ma's best milk goat.
Last night, when Daddy heard a noise out in the chicken pen, he grabbed his
shot gun and said to Ma, "That coyote's back again, I'm a gonna git him!''
"Stay back, he whispered to all us kids!"
"He was naked as a jaybird, no boots, no pants, no shirt! To the hen house
he crawled, just like an Injun on the snoop. Then, he stuck that double
barreled 12 gauge shot gun through the window of the coop."
"As he stared into the darkness, with coyotes on his mind, our old hound
dog, Zeke, had done woke up and comes sneaking' up behind Daddy. Then, as
we all looked on, plumb helpless, old Zeke stuck his cold nose in Daddy's
"Miss Crabtree, we all been cleanin' chickens since three o'clock this