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Japanese Fairy Tale Series, No.

THE CUB'S TRIUMPH.
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HASEGAWA, 17 Kami

Negishi, Tokyo,

THE
CUB'S TRIUMPH.

upon a time
there lived in a
est,

for-

a badger, and a
little

mother fox with one

cub.

There were no other beasts in
the

wood,
killed

because

the

hunters

had

them

all

with

bows
snares.

and arrows, or by setting

The

deer,

and the wild

boar, the
stoats

hares,

the weasels

and the

even the bright

little

squirrels
fallen

had
into

been
traps.

shot,

or
last,

had
only

At

the

badger,

and the
were
for

fox,

with her young one
they were starving,

left.

And

they

dared not venture from
fear

their holes for

of

the

traps.

They did not know what
or
last

to do,

where
the

to

turn

for

food.

At

badger

said,

"I have thought
I will

of

a

plan.

pretend

to be dead.

You

must change yourself into a man.

and take me into the town, and
sell

me. With the
'

money you get

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you must buy
into

food,

and bring
I
get

it

the forest.

When

a

chance, I will run away, and come

back to you, and we
dinner
for

will eat our

together.

Mind you

wait
it

me, and don't eat any of

until I come.

Next week

it

will

be your turn to be dead, and
turn to
sell,

my

do you see?"

The

fox thought this plan would
so,

do very well:

as soon as the

badger had
tended to
her
little

lain

down,
she

and
said

preto

be

dead,

cub,

"Be

sure not to

come out of the

hole until I come back.

Be
will

very

good and

quiet,

and I

soon

bring you some nice dinner."

She then
changed herself

into

a woodcutter,

took the badger by the heels, and

swung him over her

shoulders,

and

trudged off into the town.
she
sold

There
a
fair

the

badger

for

price,

and with

the

money

bought

some
some
and

fish,

tofu*

some

vegetables.

She

then

ran
forest

back to the
as
fast

as

she

could,

changed

herself into a fox again,
into

and crept
cub

her hole to see
all right.

if little

was
safe

Little

cub was there,

enough, but very hungry, and
Curd made from
white faans.

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t

in
once.

upon the tofu at

"No, no," said the mother
"Fair play's a jewel
wait for the badger"

fox.

We

must

Soon the
badger
arrived,

quite

out
of breath with running

"I hope

you haven't
been eating any of
the dinner/' he panted.

"I could

not get away sooner. The
sold

man you

me

to,

brought his wife to

look at me, and boasted

how cheap

he had bought me.

You

should
last

have asked twice as much. At
they
left

me

alone,

and then I
as fast

jumped

up,

and ran away

as I could."

The badger,

the fox and the cub
to

now

sat

down

dinner,

and had

a fine

feast,

the badger taking care

to get the best bits for himself.

Some days

after,

when

all

the

food was finished, and

they had
the

begun

to

get hungry again,

badger said to the fox;

"Now

'tis

your turn to die."

So the fox pre tented to be dead,

and the badger changed himself
into a hunter, shouldered the fox,

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||

and went

off to the

town, where he
.

ji

made a good
her for a nice

bargain, and
little

sold

sum

of money.

You

have seen already that the greedy

badger was

and

selfish.

What

do you think he did now?

He
and

wished to have
all

all

the

money,

the food

it

woulcj buy for
to

himself, so,

he whispered

the

man who had bought
"That fox
is

the fox.

only pretending to

be dead; take care he dosn't run
away."

"We'll soon

settle that," said the

man: and he knocked the fox on
the head
killed her.

with a big

stick,

and

The badger next
money
in

laid out

the

buying

all

the nice things

he could think

of.

He carried

them

off to

the forest, and
all

there

eat

them

up

himself, without givlittle

ing one bit to the poor

cub,
for

who was

'all

alone,

crying

I

its

mother, very

sad,

and very

hungry.

Poor

little

motherless cub
little fox,

!

But

being a clever

he soon

began

to put

two and two together,

and

at last felt quite sure that the

badger had, in some way, caused
the loss of his mother.

He made

up

his

mind

that he
as

would punish the badger; and

he was not big enough, or strong
enough, to do
it

by

force,

he was

obliged to try another plan.

He
.

did not
-

let

the badger see
i

-

""

r~
how angry he was
with him, but
said in a friendly way.
''Let us

have a game of changIf you

ing ourselves into men.

can change yourself so cleverly that

I cannot find you

out,

you

will
if

have won the game;

but,

I

change myself so that you cannot
find

me
the
like;

out,

then I shall have
will

won
you

game. I
and,

begin,

if

you may be

sure,

I shall turn myself into somebody
\

very grand while I

am

about

it/'

The badger

agreed.

So then,

;

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instead of changing himself at
the cunning
little

all,

cub just went
tree,

and hid himself behind a

and

watched to see what would happen.
Presently,

there came along

the

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the bridge, leading into
daimio,

town,

a
a

seated in

a

norimonoj

servants and great crowd of
at

men

arms following him.

The badger was quite sure
this

that

must be the fox;
to

so,

he ran

up

the

norimono,

put in his

head, and cried. "I've found you

out! IVe

won
!

the

game!"
!

"A

badger

A

dadger Off with

his head," cried the daimio.

So one of the retainers
cut off the badger's head

with one blow of
his sharp sword.

The

little

cub, all the

time laughing unseen

behind the
tree.

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4.
5.

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Kacht-Kachi Mountain.

6.

7.
8.

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Devils.

Urashima, the Fisher-boy.

9.

10. 11. 12.
13.

14.
15.
1 6.

The Eight- Headed Serpent. The Matsuyama Mirror. The Hare of Inaba. The Cub's Triumph. The Silly Jelly-Fish. The Princes Fire-Flash and Fire-Fade

My

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Schippeitaro.

17.
1 8.

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