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