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Dave Killion — February 19, 2013

Well, surely you didn't think all that corn was for free, did you?

Well, surely you didn’t think all that corn was for free, did you?

The Wild and Free Pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp is a classic fable concerning the dangers of surrendering freedom and self-reliance for easy handouts. Take heed, my children –

“Years ago, about 1900, an old trapper from Dakota took his Studebaker wagon, packed a few possessions — especially his traps — and drove south. Weeks later he stopped in a small town just north of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. It was morning when he walked into the general store.

Sitting around the pot-bellied stove were seven or eight of the town’s locals. The trapper asked, “Gentlemen, could you direct me to the Okefenokee Swamp?” Some of the old-timers looked at him like he was crazy.

‘You must be a stranger in these parts,” one said. “In the Okefenokee Swamp are thousands of wild hogs. Any man who goes into the swamp by himself asks to die!” He lifted up his leg. “I lost half my leg, to the pigs of the swamp. Those pigs have been free since the Revolution, eating snakes and roots and fending for themselves for over a hundred years. They’re wild and they’re dangerous. You can’t trap them.” All the old-timers nodded in agreement.

The old trapper said, “Thanks for the warning – but where’s the swamp?” “Due south,” they said, begging him not to go. With ten sacks of corn and meat and supplies the old trapper bid them farewell and drove off.”

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