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Published on Feb 13, 2010
This is the 100-year-old original recording of the author's reading at his Cornish cottage, presumably on Feb 14, 1910.
However, some sceptics maintain that this fable was actually written in 2009 by Henry Walks-on-the-Edge, a Navajo Tribal Police Officer from Yah-Tah-Hey, New Mexico. He was befriended by Tony Hillerman, the famous author of ethnic detective novels set in the Southwest.
Asked how he got the idea for the fable Walks-on-the-Edge replied, "Well, when Tony learned that I was an admirer of James Thurber's fables he encouraged me to write stories in the same vein. Now, there were lots of bears around the Navajo Reservation when I was a kid, not to mention heaps of moles. Also, in the past years I've had some experience with some really stupid FBI agents, although I gotta admit I don't know what the FBI would be doing in Cornwall, which is the setting of the story. Anyway, I didn't have no trouble making up this fable. In fact, it was a cinch."
In any case, one thing is true - that fable is an obvious attempt at imitating the Thurber style. Then again, it is also a homage to the great American satirist, which is why I have published it here.