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I was walking along whistling when I heard the dogfight Billy starts the story He rescued an old redbone hound dog and took it home This brought memories back to his mind It all happened This is a story about friendship between two coon hounds and a boy named Billy Colman Billy is ten years old and lives in the Ozark Mountains He had long straw-colored hair that was shaggy He wore patched and faded coveralls Billy did not wear shoes during the summer He was a goodboy and worked hard to help his mother and father His family lived in a farm on a Cherokee land because his mother was part Cherokee Indian Billys mother taught Billy reading writing and arithmetics They lived in a log house near the Illinois river Billy loved the nature and roamed the hill and river bottoms He knew every game trail and every animal track He was most fascinated by the tracks of a river coon I was a hunter from the time I could walk he tells He hunted lizards rats frogs and other animals He wanted to have dogs but his mom and dad did not have the money A pair of coon hound would cost 75 Billys father bought him three small steel traps Billy started to trap the next morning and caught their cat Samie Very soon the cat was limping withall four legs After he caught his moms chicken he had to set the traps in the forest He caught opossums skunks rabbits and squirrels but he wanted to have a coonskin One day he went to Shannon Ford where the fishermen camped He found things the fishermen left behind He had found a knife and a fishing pole and other stuff Now he found the magazine In theBilly remembered a passage from the bible that said God helps those who help themselves and slowly saw the plan began to form
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