Cast: The General, The Sergeant and three Scouts
One of the characters sets the scene. The army is bivouacked somewhere in the wilds of Canada.
The general instructs the sergeant to send out a scout to “reconnoitre the bushes”. The scout is no sooner out of sight when he screams, staggers back on stage, announces, “Sergeant, it is a bacon tree!” and dies.
Unable to understand this strange message, the sergeant and the general send out another scout. The scene repeats until all scouts are dead.
Finally, the sergeant goes out himself. Again, a scream. The sergeant, mortally wounded, drags himself back on stage and declares, “It’s not a bacon tree. It’s a ham bush!”