The Tale of Benny Badger

The Tale of Benny Badger

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The Tale of Benny Badger by Arthur Scott Bailey

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1919

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The Tale of Benny Badger

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Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never ‘write down’ to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar.”--Wikipedia

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SPEAKING OF GROUND SQUIRRELS

Benny Badger stared none too pleasantly at Mr. Coyote. He didn't like his visitor. And he wished Mr. Coyote would go away.

But Mr. Coyote seemed to be in no hurry to leave. On the contrary, he appeared to have plenty of time to spare. And if he noticed the frown on Benny Badger's face, he certainly acted as if it were the most agreeable of smiles.

"We were speaking of Ground Squirrels----" he began with a smirk.

Benny Badger interrupted him quickly.

"We were not!" he snapped. "I haven't mentioned Ground Squirrels," he growled.

Mr. Coyote fell back a few steps.

"Well, I know you're interested in them, anyhow," he continued, trying to act as if he were quite unruffled by Benny's rudeness. "You can't deny that, for unless I'm mistaken, you've just caught one here." And his bright eyes twinkled, for he thought he "had" Benny Badger there, and it would be of no use for Benny to deny it.

"You are mistaken," Ben

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A chilling biography of ruthless Mafia enforcer Benjamin 'Benny the Badger' Scalabretti.

Benny the Badger and his partner Ricardo 'Dickie the Deer Mouse' Negrazinni left a bloody trail of corpses and weeping widows through the years 1922-29 in Los Angeles, California.

Scalabretti, in particular, seemed to take great pleasure in making his 'hits' unique and memorable. To wit:

*In April of 1923 he terminated the life of Giovanni 'Gerry the Gerbil' Raspetti by covering him with suet and bird seed and securing him to the ground in Griffith Park where Raspetti was pecked to death by finches.

A chilling book; not one for the kids.