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Harris' book. The gist of the story is as follows: The fox and the rabbit fall in love with King Deer's daughter. The fox has just about become the suc­cessful suitor, when the rabbit goes through King Deer's lot and kills some of King Deer's goats. He then goes to King Deer, and tells him that the fox killed the goats, and offers to make the fox admit the deed in King Deer's hearing. This being agreed to, the rabbit goes to find the fox, and proposes that they serenade the King Deer family. The fox agreed. Then the rabbit proposes that he sing the "Call" and that the fox sing the "Sponse" (or, as • Mr. Harris records the story, the "answer"), and this too was agreed upon. We now quote from Mr. Harris:
"Ole Br'er Rabbit, he make up de song he own se'f en' he fix it so that he sing de Call lak de Cap­tain er de co'n-pile, en ole Br'er Fox, he hatter sing de answer" . . . "Ole Br'er Rabbit, he got de call en he open up lak dis:
" 'Some folks pile up mo'n dey kin tote,
En dat w'at de matter wid King Deer's goat.'
en den Br'er Fox, he make answer, 'Dat's so, dat's so, en I'm glad dat it's so.' Den de quills, and de