Little Johnny’s Piece About the Oppossum.
If there is anything in names, this animal comes from Ireland, but them thats here calls themselfs jess ’Possums, like they was natif born. ’Possums has a sharp nose, and a long bald-headed tale, . which is always cold, never mind the * wether. It jes like their tales was ded, and no money for the funeral performance. The ole she ones has got a tobacco pouch; on the outside of their stummockses, and; ■ wen the little ones is afraid, they smuj®lOsfS| : in don’t care a copper wot be comes of 1 their old mother wich is outside. When a dog finds a possum, and it can’t git to a tree, it lies down and pretends lik it was dead. One time there was a dog wich dldent kno possums, found one a lik ded, and after rolling it over a wile and smellia it, the dog twinkled his ear as much as to say, “ Mity good job for you ole fellow, that you was dead fore I cum along. ” Arid then the dog he lay down and went to asleep. Wen the possum see the dog a sleep it stood up on its feet to go away but just then the dog woke up. Such a fritten possum you never see, and such a fritten dog you never see too, but the dog most. It got up, the dog did, and made for home, yellin like its heart was brek, and fore it got home it had changed with scare from a black Nnfoundland pup to a ole bull dog, white like Gaffer Peterses hed !
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879
Little Johnny’s Piece About the Oppossum. Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879
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