HE KNOCKED THE CALF DOWN AS HE WAS TOLD TO DO
By S. C. Turnbo
Many years ago, while Jimmie Forest lived on the Little North Fork of White River, he and his son Sam Forest was driving a yearling calf to water one day . The calf was very contrary and did not want to go. They did their best to humor it and tried to persuade the calf to go along without having to punish it but the animal continued to be unruly until at last Sams father got into a passion of anger and yelled out Sam knock it down with a rock. And the boy picked up a stone and struck the calf with it so hard that it fell and never got up any more. Mr. Forest seeing that the calf was dead, says "Sam I did not mean for you to kill it. I thought you would only knock it down". "Well," says Sam I did knock it down. You told me to and I obeyed you". But for all this he gave Sam a mighty raking for killing the calf.
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