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Billy has lived on a farm his whole life He has always wanted 2 good coonhounds very bad but his Dad cannot pay for them Billy works hard selling fruit and bait to fishermen so eventually he has enough money for the dogs He gives the money to his grandfather who orders the dogs for him Billy sneaks off in the middle of the night to go to town and pick them up While in town other children pick on him but he stands up for himself and is helped by the sheriff On his way home he and his two pups sleep in a cave Outside they hear a mountain lion and the pups bravely howl back He decides to name them Old Dan and Little Ann When he gets home he wants to begin training them He has to have a raccoon hide to train them with His grandfather shows him a way to set a trap that will catch even a clever coon Just when he is about to give up on the traps he catches a coon The next day he begins to train Old Dan and Little Ann By the time raccoon season starts in the fall they are ready On the first night his dogs tree a coon in the biggest tree imaginable Billy immediately sees that it will take days to cut down He is determined to cut it down because he told his dogs that if they could tree a coon he would take care of the rest His dogs are counting on him His parents bring him food His grandfather shows him how to make a scarecrow to keep the coon in the tree so he can go home and eat dinner When the big sycamore finally falls and his dogs catch the coon he is very proud Billy goes coon hunting almost every night His father relieves him of his chores and Billy gives
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