Well, this was a surprise. Henry’s Cat immediately got on his rocking chair and practiced horse riding; pretend shooting, and lassoing the coal bucket, just to get into shape. After accidentally lassoing the table lamp and letting it fall into the custard, which then dripped into his bedroom slippers, he decided to wait till he got to America to practice.
Well, what a commotion! The stewardess who was passing shouted, “It’s a hijack and he’s got a gun!” and put her hands up, which was awkward as she was carrying the dinners, and these went all over the passengers, who then all dived under their seats.
“What’s happening?” said Henry’s Cat, thinking perhaps it was lifeboat drill.
“It’s all right,” said Jack, who stood up on his seat and explained everything.
The Captain then came along and spoke to Henry’s Cat and said it was very naughty to upset everyone, but as it was his first time on an aeroplane he would forgive him and allow him to come and sit in the cockpit. He let Henry’s Cat to hold the steering wheel and steer round clouds that got in the way.
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