THE BOY OBEYED
By S. C. Turnbo
An amusing account was given me by a, neighbor of Jimmie Forest who was an old timer of Little North Fork in Ozark County, Mo. This man who was a particular friend as well as neighbor to the Forest family said that Jimmie Forest was owner of a fine rifle gun that he had paid $25 for in the state of Pennsylvania where he had moved from. One day Mr. Forest saw a hawk that was threatening to swoop down among the chickens and he told his son Bob Forest to get his fine gun and shoot the hawk with it and Bob went into the house and got the gun and walking out into the yard with it he watched the hawk until it lit on the limb of a tree and the boy snapped the gun at it several times without discharging it. Bobs father was surprised at this for he never knew his favorite gun to miss fire before and his temper was boiling hot at once and he screamed out "Bend the thing around a tree", and the boy instantly obeyed by striking the gun against a tree with all the strength at his command and ruined the stock and made a crook in the barrel. Then the old man abused his son for obeying him and says "Bob I did not know that you possessed such a small amount of sense."
Springfield-Greene County Library