Chapter 13 Summary
Just as Rainie and Rubin Pritchard predicted, Billy’s hounds chase the raccoon to the tree where it usually loses the hounds. Moreover, when Billy and the Pritchards reach the tree, the raccoon is nowhere in sight. Old Dan is at the base of the tree, barking wildly. Little Ann, on the other hand, is still following the raccoon’s scent along a fence near the tree. The Pritchard boys, who have seen the raccoon evade capture many times, ask Billy to concede his loss and pay the bet.
Billy is not convinced that his hounds have completed the hunt, especially because Little Ann has not barked “treed.” He climbs the tree to see if the raccoon is hiding in a hollow or on the limbs. He cannot find the raccoon and returns...
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