Joe pryed open the gate to secretly meet Mike and Jack. It was the annual initiation for the new members of “Mischief Men”, a club started by Joe’s late father, a source of pride for thek men in the family. Crossing the line into Farmer Jones’ field was a dangerous task, for he was known to mete out harsh rewards for trespassing.
The initiation involved stealing a pig from Mr. Jones’ backyard without causing it to squeal in fear and alert the owner.
If this task was successfully completed without any of the initiates suffering a round of buckshot, a barbecue was held at Joe’s house where the new club members enjoyed the meat of their labor.