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The teacher put a question to the class:
“What does a cat have that no other animal
A number cried in unison:
But an objector raised the point that bears and skunks have fur. One pupil raised an eager hand:
“I know, teacher–whiskers!”
But another objector laughed scornfully.
“Haw-haw! My papa has whiskers!”
The suggester of whiskers defended her idea by declaring:
“My papa ain’t got whiskers.”
“’cause he can’t!” the objector sneered. “Haw-haw! Your pa ain’t no good. My pa says—-“
The teacher rapped for order and repeated her question.
A little Johnny raised his hand, and at the teacher’s nod spoke timidly.