Collected by Merlin Mitchell Ben Howell
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler Austin, Texas
Reel 71, Item 8
When Buchanan Dam was completed and fish begin to show up in the
lake, the fishermen taken to Buchanan—and I happened to be one of them.
However, the boys told me of times when the hawgs would get in your car
and eat your canned goods. And they'd run your trot-line and steal your
minners—all that stuff—but I didn't put much faith in it.
However, I went up there, and I experienced all this—I found out
it was the truth.
We put up a big fly and was all sleeping under that. And one of
the boys had bought a plug of tobacco—and he put it in his shoe. And
I told him to lay it on top of the fly and don't stick it under your cot.
"These hogs," I said, "They'll chew tobacco just like they'll open
this canned goods."
But he didn't believe me. He got five cheroots and put in one shoe
and a plug of tobacco in the other. Next morning I woke him up and told
him to get ready for breakfast and he got to lookin' fer his shoes and
couldn't find 'em. We made a search out in the sagebrush and the cedars
and found his shoes minus the cigars and the tobacco.
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