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By Farley Mowat

The adventures of 2 owls who shake up a complete local and switch a home topsy-turvy.

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Then an idea should have come into his humorous head. He should have made up our minds we have been mad at him simply because he hadn’t shared his skunk with us! So someday he went right down to the riverbank and stuck a moment skunk, and taken it domestic for us. by way of this time he was once so soaked in skunk oil that you would be able to odor him a block away. a few of our pals complained approximately it, and so eventually my father needed to supply Wol a tub in a couple of gallon of tomato juice. Tomato juice is the single factor that would wash away the scent of skunk. bad Wol! by the point Dad used to be via with him he appeared like a rag mop that have been dipped in ketchup. yet he obtained the assumption, and he by no means back introduced his skunks domestic to us. bankruptcy eight The banks of the Saskatchewan River have been very steep the place the river ran during the prairie to the south of Saskatoon; and approximately miles downstream from the town used to be an ideal position for digging caves. Bruce and Murray and that i had our summer time headquarters down there, in an outdated cave a few hobos had dug many years in the past. that they had fastened it up with logs and items of wooden so it wouldn’t cave in. you need to be cautious of caves, simply because in the event that they don’t have solid robust logs to carry up the roof, the whole lot can give way and kill you. This used to be a great cave we had, although; my Dad had even come there and regarded it over to ensure it used to be secure for us. It had a door made from a bit of tin-roofing, and there has been a smokestack going up throughout the ceiling. inside of was once a kind of bench the place you may lie down, and we had previous butter-crates for chairs. We positioned dry hay down at the flooring for a carpet, and below the hay there has been a mystery gap the place lets cover something that was once especially important. The river ran just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the door of the cave. there has been an immense sand bar nearby which made a backwater the place the present used to be sluggish sufficient for swimming. status correct beside the swimming gap was once the largest cottonwood tree within the complete of Saskatchewan. considered one of its branches caught immediately out over the water, and there have been previous marks on it the place a rope had lower into the bark. An Indian who used to be being chased by means of the Mounties, an extended, very long time in the past, used to be alleged to have hanged himself on that department so the Mounties wouldn’t trap him alive. We used to visit our cave once or twice per week in the course of the summer time vacation trips, and customarily we took the owls alongside. Wol had discovered the right way to journey at the deal with bars of my bicycle; yet Weeps couldn’t retain his stability there, so we outfitted one of those field for him and tied it to the provider in the back of the seat. Mutt and Rex used to come back too, chasing cows every time they acquired an opportunity, or racing away around the prairie after jack rabbits. we might motorbike out to the top of 3rd road after which alongside an previous Indian path that ran alongside the head of the riverbank. once we obtained with regards to the cave we'd conceal our motorcycles within the willows after which climb down the financial institution and persist with a mystery course. there have been a few lovely tricky young children in Saskatoon, and we didn’t wish them to discover our cave if shall we support it.

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