“Oh, wow! Ouch!” cried the old gentleman rabbit as he bumped his nose on a sharp stick. “That hurt! My, I hope I haven’t broken one of my ears or paw-nails. If I did I’ll have to get in the ambulance and go to the hospital.”
So he sat up very slowly and carefully and looked himself all over and he was glad to see that he hadn’t broken anything except a lettuce sandwich that he carried in his satchel and, as it was just as good broken as it was whole, it didn’t matter much.
“Oh, are you hurt?” suddenly cried a voice, as Uncle Wiggily took some dirt out of his left ear. “If you are I can give you something to put on your cuts,” and out from under a big leaf came a beautiful butterfly.
“What can you put on my cuts?” asked the rabbit.
“Oh, I can get some sticky gum from a tree or a flower and spread it on a leaf and make some court plaster,” spoke the butterfly. “It will cure a cut very quickly.”
“Thank you very much,” said Uncle Wiggily, “but very luckily I haven’t any cuts. I’m all right, I guess, but because you are so kind to me here is just a drop of honey that I found in the bottom of my satchel. The bee gave it to me.” So he handed to the kind butterfly a little honey he had left. The butterfly was very glad to get it, and fluttered away, jumping from one flower to another as easily as a boy can spin his top.
Then the old gentleman rabbit traveled on, and pretty soon, when it was just about time for dinner, he came to a beautiful place in the woods. The trees were nice and green and shady, and there was a little brook that was bubbling and babbling over the mossy stones and then all at once Uncle Wiggily heard the queerest music he had ever heard. It was like forty-’leven bands all playing in the park at once.
“My, I must be near a big picnic!” cried the rabbit. “I shall have to look out for myself, or some boys may chase me.”
The music kept getting louder but still the old gentleman rabbit didn’t see any people, and he went on very slowly until he came to a little house built of shingles, and there in front of it sat a monkey. And he was the funniest monkey you ever saw.
For that monkey was playing five hand organs all at once. Yes, just as true as I’m telling you, he was. He played one organ with his left paw and he played another organ with his right paw, and he played still another with his left foot and he twisted the crank of another with his right foot. And then, to finish off with, he whirled around the crank of the fifth organ with his long tail. Oh, he was a smart monkey, I tell you!
“My! This is almost as good as a circus!” exclaimed Uncle Wiggily. “I’m glad I came this way.”
Well, that funny monkey played faster than ever, and on one organ he played the tune “Please Bring Your Umbrella Inside When it Rains,” and on another he played “May I Have Some of Your Ice Cream Cone if I Give You a Kiss?” And on the third hand organ the monkey was playing the tune “Come Out Into the Hammock and See Who’ll Fall Out First,” and another tune was “Please Don’t Let that Big Black Bug Tickle Me,” and on the organ that he twisted with his tail the monkey ground out the song “Come On Inside the Motorboat and Have a Nice, Cool Swim.”