Jack and the Varmints!

Part II. 

When the King rode up there and saw it was that wild hog, he like to beat his horse to death gettin' back. Blowed his horn and fifty or sixty men came runnin' up. They took a lot of Winchester rifles and went on up to that old house; but they were so scared they wouldn't go close enough to get a shoot at it. So fin'ly Jack he went on down there, poked around with a rifle and shot two or three times. That old hog went to tearin' around and when it fell it had tore that house plumb down. 

So the King's men skinned it out. Hit made two wagonloads of meat. 

The King paid Jack the thousand dollars, and Jack started to pull out for home. 

The King called him, says, "I got another job for ye, Jack. They say there's a unicorn usin' back here on another mountain, coin' a sight of damage to people's livestock. Hit's a lot more dangerous than that hog, but a brave feller like you oughtn't to have no trouble killin' it. I'll pay ye another thousand dollars, too." 

Well, Jack tried to back out of it, but he saw he couldn't, so the King took him up there where they said the unicorn was, turned his horse around and just burnt the wind. 

Jack watched the King out of sight, says, "Thousand dollars'll do me a right long while. I don't want to get mixed up with no unicorn. I'll get out of here and go back another way. I'm not a-goin' to fool around here and get killed." But Jack hadn't gone very far 'fore he heard that varmint breakin' bresh and a-comin' straight down the mountain. So Jack started runnin' around in amongst the trees as hard as he could tear. Looked around directly and saw that old unicorn so close to him it was just about to make a lunge and stick that horn right through the middle of his back. Jack reached out and grabbed hold on a white oak tree, swung around behind it. The unicorn swerved at hirn, hit that oak tree and stove its horn plumb through it. Horn came out the other side, and like to stuck Jack. Time he saw that, he snatched some nails out'n his overhall pocket, grabbed him up a rock right quick and wedged the horn in tight. Then he got him a switch and swarped the unicorn a few times to see could it break loose; saw it couldn't, so he pulled on back down to the King's house. 

"What luck did ye have this time, Jack?" 

"Why, King, I didn't see no unicorn." 

"Now, that's a curious thing to me, Jack. Nobody else ever went in there but what that old unicorn came right for 'em. What did ye see, Jack?" 

"Nothin' much, just some kind of a little old yearlin' bull, didn't have but one horn. Came down there actin' big, a-bawlin' and pawin' the ground. Got to follerin' me around pretty close and sort of gougin' at me with that horn, till fin'ly hit kind of aggravated me. So I took it by the tail and neck, stove its horn through a tree. I reckon it's still fastened up there where I left it at. We can all go on up and see it if ye want to." 

So Jack took the King and his men with all them rifles up where the unicorn was. They wouldn't none of 'em get close enough to get a good aim, so Jack went on up to it, cut him a little branch and switched it two or three times, says, "See, men? There's not a bit of harm in him." 

The men fin'ly shot it, and when it fell, they say it tore that oak tree plumb up by the roots. 

Then they skinned it and brought back the hide. 

The King paid Jack another thousand dollars, says, "Now, Jack, they've just brought in word here that a lion has come over the mountains from somewhere in Tennessee, been makin' raids on a settle-ment over the other end of this county, killin' ever'thing it comes across: cattle, and horses, and they say it's done killed several men tried to go after it. I told 'em about you, Jack, and they made me promise to send ye.