ARKANSAS: Quit Kickin1 My Dawg Aroun1 '

Ev'ry time I come to town, The boys keep kickin' my dawg aroun'; Makes no dif'rence if he is a houn' They gotta quit kickin' my dawg aroun'.

Ever since some unspeakably degraded character stole his hunting dog, Arkansas' 81-year-old State Senator William Abington has conducted a vociferous and indignant legislative crusade—to make dog theft a felony (instead of a mere misdemeanor) within the borders of the "wonder state." When Senator Abington's "houn'-dawg bill" was put to a vote last week, his fellow legislators were ready.

"Abington," cried the clerk, as he began the...

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