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King Solomon and the Otter's Complaint

King Solomon and the Otter's Complaint

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A question that not even King Solomon--the wisest of men--can answer.
A question that not even King Solomon--the wisest of men--can answer.

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Published by: Professor Solomon on Mar 05, 2010
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Professor Solomon
King Solomon andthe Otter’s Complaint
by Ahimaaz, Court Historian
 
King Solomon andthe Otter’s Complaint
by Ahimaaz, Court Historian
Translated and Annotated by 
Professor Solomon
Illustrated by Steve Solomon
Copyright © 2010 by Top Hat Press
Professor Solomon
is the author of 
How to Find Lost Objects, Coney Island, Japan in a Nutshell,
etc.His books may be downloaded free at:http://www.professorsolomon.com
 
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 Abouttogo fishing one day, she was reluctant to leaveher children unattended. So she asked the Deer to watch over them, offering in return a portion of her catch.The Deer agreed; and the Otter slid into the river andswam off in search of fish.Several hours passed. The Deer lounged by the river,keeping an eye on the young otters. Suddenly a drummingfilled the air. The Woodpecker was beating on the wargong. Among the denizens of the river, the Deer was chief dancer. So he sprang to his feet and performed the wardance. But in his frenzy, he accidentally trod upon theyoung otters—trampling them to death. When the Otter returned, she found the bodies of herchildren. “How did this happen?” she cried.“The Woodpecker beat on the war gong,” said the Deer.“I performed the war dance, and inadvertently trod on yourchildren. I am sorry.”“Sorry!” said the Otter. And racked by sorrow, she wept.Now it happened that King Solomon had come to theriver that day, with some of his wives and children. They had brought along refreshments and were having a picnic.Learning of the king’s presence, the Otter wiped away hertears and approached him.“Your Highness,” she said, “I wish to bring a complaintagainst the Deer. For he has slain my offspring.”“That’s a serious charge,” said Solomon, putting downhis goblet of wine. “Let’s hear what the Deer has to say.”Solomon summoned the Deer and asked if the charge was true.“Yes,” said the Deer, “I caused their deaths. But I wasn’treally to blame. The Woodpecker had sounded the war
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