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53. Why Woodpecker Bores Wood.

Samuel Wright, Maroon Town, Cock-pit country.

There was a bird name of Woodpecker promise his mother to bury him into a stone, an' go all about an' tell all his frien' dat him gwine to bury him mother into a stone. An' de mother was poorly unto death an' he went to go an' bore a stone, an' he turn back an' said, "Mother, I try the stone but I can't bore it. I'll bury you into a wood." An' he bore de wood. An' after de death of his mother, he buried him into a wood. That is the reason the wood-pecker bore the wood.

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