09 March 2009

Dr. J Robinson

Throughout Frontierland there are a variety of crates and cases addressed to a variety of folk. Mostly, however, the addresses are confined along the banks of Mark Twain’s mighty Mississippi, including this one found in the Frontierland Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad.

If the name, Dr. J. Robinson, isn’t familiar to you, the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri should be. This is the quaint little town where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is set. One could call the town sleepy, if it weren’t for the commotion raised by Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and their associates. One such incident occurred in the cemetery when Tom Sawyer accompanied Huckleberry Finn to remove warts by, according to Finn, “you take your cat and go and get in the graveyard 'long about midnight when somebody that was wicked has been buried; and when it's midnight a devil will come, or maybe two or three, but you can't see 'em, you can only hear something like the wind, or maybe hear 'em talk; and when they're taking that feller away, you heave your cat after 'em and say, 'Devil follow corpse, cat follow devil, warts follow cat, I'm done with ye!'

While in the graveyard, the two boys watch Dr. Robinson, along with Injun Joe and Muff Potter, exhuming the body of Hoss Williams, presumably for Robinson’s medical experiments. While there, the three men get into a scuffle and Injun Joe murders the doctor as a revenge for being turned away hungry and locked up as a vagrant five years earlier due to Dr. Robinson and his family. Injun Joe then pins the murder on Muff Potter, who was unconscious at the time of the murder. Thankfully, the better angels of Tom’s nature prevail, and Tom speaks up during Muff’s trial about what he witnessed in the cemetery that evening.

By the looks of it, it doesn’t appear that Dr. J. Robinson is going to be claiming his luggage anytime soon. However, other stories of Tom, Huck, Becky Thatcher, and Injun Joe, among others, can be found all along Frontierland. Adventurers, particularly for those brave enough to venture across the Rivers of America on raft, are sure to find plenty of these tales.

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