Peter and David, friends from childhood, now in their old age, have again returned in fancy to childhood days. They discuss the old tricks they played when boys, and decide to renew their familiarity with a natural art of bad boyishness. They wrap a brick in a piece of paper, place it in the road, and laugh heartily at the minister who picks it up. They then take up the fragrant trick of disinterring a deceased cat. While Peter is so engaged, David decided to play a trick on him. He leaves his hat by the roadside, further on drops his coat and a club smeared with blood, and a little further drops his vest in the bushes and leaves. Then he tears up the ground as if a great struggle had taken place, and showed signals of a body being dragged toward the river. Peter finds these tragic sights, and as an ugly tramp is seen coming out of the bushes nearby, he thinks the tramp has murdered David and gives the alarm. Everybody joins in the hunt for the remains of the unfortunate David, and the tramp, who is supposed to have committed the crime, is locked up. The sheriff is all stirred up and has a posse diving into the river to try and recover the remains of the ancient David. Finally that worthy turns up and declares with a great hee-haw that he has not played a trick like that since he was a boy.