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Nature reporter Orville Shanks retreats to the woods for material for his "Our Wild Friends" column and to volunteer for his favorite cause, the Boy Scouts. When Orville's editor, Crane, orders him to spice up his column, Orville's wife Melba writes a gossip column using animals as metaphors for people. Crane loves Melba's article and gives Orville a raise, and the column becomes a hit. The Daily Recorder , meanwhile, has backed mayoral candidate Bottles, and when Melba overhears him speak against crooked politicians during a rub-down at a spa, Orville writes a column about Bottles being "rubbed out," and the candidate is actually murdered. Meanwhile, Bottles' opposition, Brannigan, is out to get Orville. The district attorney, believing that Orville knows the story behind Bottles' murder, interrogates and then arrests him, but he is released by Crane. When Brannigan abducts Orville, Crane is ecstatic about the publicity and the Boy Scouts retreat into the woods to find him. After Melba blows up shotgun shells in the fireplace of the cabin where she and Orville are being held hostage, the gangsters flee and the scouts apprehend them as the police and Crane arrive. The scouts then march back into town with Orville.