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The Horseradish Story, also known as Trouble from Long Ago or The Horseradish Treasure, is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Chisel McSue and Joe, as well as Seafoam McDuck and Swindle McSue (both in flashback form).


Long-time crook Chisel McSue finds out about an old unfulfilled contract between his ancestor Swindle McSue and Scrooge McDuck's ancestor Seafoam McDuck: in the fine print of the contract, Swindle had made sure that he would get all of Seafoam's belongings if a certain crate of horseradish could not be delivered to Jamaica, before sinking Seafoam's boat. As Seafoam fled before Swindle could get all of his riches, and that Scrooge bought his prospecting equipment with what he had inherited from Seafoam, that gives Chisel McSue the rights to all of Scrooge's money… unless, of course, Scrooge somehow manages to raise the two-century-old horseradish from the depths of the Atlantic and actually deliver it to Jamaica, even though no one even knows where Seafoam's ship actually sank. Of course, Scrooge still likes that idea better than to lose his entire fortune and he, Donald and the triplets are soon off to look for the odd treasure. However, Chisel McSue won't let the greatest amount of cash in the world slip away from him and is prepared for anything to stop the Ducks from delivering the horseradish… even murder.

Behind the scenes

The Horseradish Story was first printed, namelessly, in 1953 in Uncle Scrooge #3. It was reprinted in Issues 105 and 181, and, due to its fame, the story began to be referred to by fans as 'The Horseradish Story'. This title would later rise to official status, though when the story was again reprinted in Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge McDuck #1, it was under the alternate title, suggested by Barks himself, of Trouble from Long Ago. The title was also used in The Carl Barks Library.The three next printings of the story (The Adventures of Uncle Scrooge McDuck in Color #3, Uncle Scrooge #338 and Uncle Scrooge #338) used "The Horseradish Story"; however, the most recent reprint, in the Fantagraphics Carl Barks Library in 2012, it was titled The Horseradish Treasure, a title that has hardly caught on.