William’s Hobby

William’s Uncle George, a bugbear to the boy, disapproves of William’s boisterous nature and tells him he should get an ‘improving’ hobby. Managing to escape, he decides taxidermy is the hobby for him – scouring the village lanes he finds a dead frog. William has heard that stuffed animals need to be ‘tanned’ and that there is ‘tanning’ in tea – so he promptly puts the frog in a cup of tea in the drawing room and leaves. Uncle George enters, sees the tea and takes a sip, commenting on the odd taste William enters, indignantly asking for his frog. Uncle George discovers his mistake – and leaves.

Originally featured in Home Magazine March 1921

William was on the floor behind Uncle George’s chair endeavouring to turn a somersault in a very restricted space

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