In "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," why does Smiley's bullfrog lose the bet?

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Daniel (the bullfrog) could not jump as usual because Smiley's opponent had filled the frog's mouth with quail shot (pellets) to weigh him down.  Thus, he couldn't easily hop.

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