Jack and the King's Girl
Part II. 

A gang of young folks 'uld come up there to Jack's uncle's place and they'd get to makin' music and singin' old songs, stay till nearly daylight. Then him and his uncle 'uld go some other place the next night, till fin'ly his uncle says, 

"Hit's about time you went back home, Jack." 

"Yes, I reckon it is," says Jack. 

"I'm goin' to give ye a nice present today. Maybe hit'll keep you home a month this time. I got a young colt here. You can take it home with ye and break it to ride. Hit'll take ye some time to get it broke good." 

So he got a halter and brought Jack the colt. Jack thanked him and started on home. Got down close to the King's place, Jack got right down under the colt and got it up on his shoulder. 

The King's girl saw him comin' a-totin' that colt, she ran out to the fence, says, "Law me, Jack. You the awfulest fool man I ever did see. You ought to ride that." 

"Well'm," says Jack, "I'll try to think of that next time." 

When Jack got home, he went to foolin' around with his colt, never thought a thing about gain' back to his uncle's till nearly about a month. Then his colt began to get sort of old to him, and he com-menced to talk about gain' back to see his uncle. 

"Why, Jack," says his mother, "I 'lowed you wouldn't never leave your colt." 

"Well," says Jack, "you can take care of it while I'm gone." 

So Jack got all his work done up and pulled out again. 

That girl was out in the yard and her and Jack talked awhile, then Jack went on to his uncle's. 

They worked around the place a little, went huntin' a time or two, and ever' night some young folks 'uld come up there and Jack 'uld get to frolickin' with 'em. They made music and got to playin' Weevily Wheat and Skip to My Lou and runnin' eight-handed reels and all. Jack never did have such a good time and his uncle was an awful good hand to call figures. Jack plumb forgot all about that colt and his mother bein' likely to run out of firewood, till pretty soon his uncle said he reckoned Jack better be gettin' on back. 

"Yes," says Jack, "I guess I ought to have went 'fore this time." 

"I got a nice little heifer up here, Jack, and I'm gain' to give it to you so you can have a good milk cow to go with your horse. You keep it fed up real well, and your mother can milk it for ye." 

Got him a line and tied that heifer by the horns, gave it to Jack. Jack thanked him and started leadin' his heifer on back home. 

Jack got down close to the King's house, he saw that girl was out at the washin' place where they were all a-workin' with the clothes. So Jack remembered and he went to jump on that heifer s back; somehow or other he landed on it hind side to, grabbed hold on its tail and started in hollerin'. That young heifer started bawlin' and jumpin' from one side the road to the other, and went a-gallopin' on down to where the King's folks was a-washin' at. The King's girl looked up and saw Jack gettin' shook up and down and a-slippin' first one side, then the other'n, on the heifer's back and him a-hold of its tail and a-hollerin' for help, and she raised up and laughed so loud they heard her all over town. She stood there and laughed and slapped her hands till the King came out. And when he saw Jack and that calf, he started in to laughin' too, laughed till he had to sit down. 

Fin'ly some of 'em caught the heifer and holp Jack off. 

The old King took Jack over in town and bought him a new suit of clothes. Then he hitched up two fine horses to a buggy and rode Jack and his girl over to a big church and had 'em married. 

The girl she went on home with Jack, and the last tired I was down thert- they were all gettin' on right well. 
 


The Jack Tales, by Richard Chase. copyright 1971.