"Come on out!" Sheriff Michaels called.
Like a cowed animal, the boy crept forth, head drooping.
"He's been out here for three days," Charles said. "Scared lots of folks, too."
"Come on," the sheriff said, scowling. "Queer way for a sheriff's son to behave. He took the boy by his left ear and pulled him back across the field. The boy said a string of filthy words.
"Thanks for helping me catch him," said the sheriff, boxing his son's ears. "He won't bother you again!"