A Trapper's Predicament!

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In those days wild turkeys were common and people often caught them in a trap called a turkey pen, built or rather constructed as follows: With poles they would build a pen about six feet square on the side of a hill, and dig a hole about a foot deep in the underside reaches for the pen. They would cover it with poles and make a forest-like appearance that they would throw brush around. With the corn scattering abundantly in the ditch, the turkeys have been drawn to the pen, but the turkeys will not look for a way out until they are caught. A man named Charles Davis built one of these pens and went to it one morning, finding that it contained several turkeys. He partially removed the cover and climbed inside. The frightened turkeys made a lot of noise and attracted a hungry wolf. He did not see Davis and came down the hill and into the pen and on it. Imagine the scene if you can – the man, the wolf and the turkeys all want out. It didn’t take long for Davis to get busy. Without being told, the top of the pen practically opened to make plenty of space and the wolf, turkey, and human all escaped. Speaking of the incident afterwards, Davis said, “Had I not taken the whole disbelief out of that pen, I think the blaming wolf would have killed his own fool.” We naturally wonder if the man did, too. . Waller.
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