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The Giant Crab .

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THE PIOUS WOLF

The Giant Crab
And Other
Retold by

Tales

from Old India

W. H. D. Rouse
Illustrated by

W. Robinson

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London

David Nutt, 270-271, Strand
1897

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. better suit below.A. from which comes the groundwork of the stories. or Stories of the Buddha's former Births. M. and if it succeeds in this. B. although its aim will be hit. translated by R. and probably of some them Buddha himself would fail to recognise. A. III. IV. they will be horribly shocked. Vol. * The Jataka. borrowed. Francis. have been ruthlessly altered wherever this would them for the purpose in view.A.16. Cowell. My thanks are due to the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press for permitting the use of their translation of the * Jataka Book .A. (1895). II. folk-lorists this work I and scientific persons generally : warning them that if they plunge deeper into these pages. I. translated by H. Neil. M. Rouse.. M. T.A. translated by W. in preparation.. Vol. under the editorship of Professor E. 8GOG56 .. Translated from the Pali by various hands. All the stories but two come from the second volume of this work. (1897). Chalmers. Vol. To and occasionally a phrase or a versicle is refer all scholars. grounded upon the great Buddhist collection named I It . and R. B. Vol. D. H.3 33 l Warning To the Studious or Scientific Reader HOPE no one will imagine this to be a scientific book.. is meant to amuse children Thus the stories here given. (1895).

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... .Contents THE GIANT CRAB . 14 36 30 .. '... . . 45 . THE BOWL. . . 49 56 59 62 THE POOL THE FOOLISH FARMER AND THE KING THE PIOUS WOLF BIRDS OF A FEATHER 64 . SPEND A POUND TO WIN A PENNY 68 . I THE HYPOCRITICAL CAT THE CROCODILE AND THE MONKEY 6 9 THE AXE.... THE MOUSE AND THE FARMER THE TALKATIVE TORTOISE THE MONKEYS AND THE GARDENER 34 38 4! THE GOBLIN AND THE SNEEZE THE GRATEFUL BEASTS AND THE UNGRATEFUL PRINCE THE GOBLIN IN . THE DRUM. AND THE DIAMOND THE WISE PARROT AND THE FOOLISH PARROT THE DISHONEST FRIEND . FACE .

. . . . THE CUNNING CRANE AND THE CRAB UNION IS JO 77 STRENGTH IS SILENCE GOLDEN '.x Contents PAGE . . . 80 82 THE GREAT YELLOW KING AND HIS PORTER THE QUAIL AND THE FALCON PRIDE MUST HAVE A FALL 86 88 95 97 IO2 THE BOLD BEGGAR THE JACKAL WOULD A-WOOING GO THE LION AND THE BOAR THE GOBLIN CITY LACKNOSE IO6 Ill THE KING'S LESSON . 114 . . .

and his claws were . and then there is squeaking and squealing. I daresay you have often .THE GIANT CRAB ONCE upon in that lake lived a a time there was a lake in the mountains. and huge Crab. A . But our Crab was much larger than these . seen crabs boiled. Sometimes a boy or girl bathing in the sea gets a nip from a crab. he was bigger than a dining-room he was the largest Crab ever heard of table. and put on a dish for you to eat and perhaps at the seaside you have watched them sidling away at the bottom of a pool.

foxes and wolves. The Crab used to nip it . the great Crab was on the watch . Now the different animals that lived in the wild mountains used to come to that lake to drink . Giant Crab Fancy what ! as big as it must be to have a nip from such claws as those Well. this huge Crab lived all alone in the lake. deer and antelopes. lions and And tigers and elephants. whenever they came into the water to drink.2 The an armchair. and one of them at least never went up out of the water again.

and and kept farthest Crab and the others washed themselves close Soon they had had enough. So at last all the animals were afraid to go near that lake. Now . and the big Crab. of elephants got to the lake. this with a cannon-ball on the top of each. This was a pity. that his eyes of the water.The Giant Crab it 3 with one of his huge claws and pull the poor beast was drowned. the Elephant felt a tremendous nip on the leg. under. who bravely stayed by his side water . and the creatures did not know what to do when they were thirsty. . . fattening on the animals that came there to drink. and while the other elephants were drinking. inshore. and then a fine dinner for made This went on for a long time. and the Crab grew bigger and bigger every day. little You know this stalk . watching for the drank. Crab : " ! she said. these two went in out in the water. The Crab had crawled up under the water and got him fast. and Crab Crab was so looked like two thick tree-trunks. they would look out for the Crab. and trumpeted. began " Dear Mr. At last a great Elephant made up his mind to put an end to the Crab and his doings. They did as they arranged. When the herd first. " please let my husband " go ! a crab's eyes The Crab poked his eyes out grow on a kind of big. So he and his wife agreed that they would lead a herd of elephants there to drink. and began to go out of the and then. because there was very little water in the mountains. sure enough. He nodded to his and then she wife.

The Elephant jumped up and down on in a very short time the and Crab was crushed to mincemeat. he trumpeted loud and long. and elegant flapping ears. Elephant had been in great pain from the nip of the Crab's claw. with a shiny brown skin. looked so sweet and so tempting. crack crack. and he ! said in a wheedling tone : Will you give me a kiss ? Then Mrs. So when the big Crab saw this beautiful elephant. And as soon as he felt his leg free. crack his back. and flapped her tail " Dear " Elephant . . big as he was. rejoicing there was among the animals when saw the Crab crushed to death From far and near they they came. because he had eaten up all the creatures that came near him. or rather he used to be a great flirt. ! went the Crab's shell . but lately he had nobody to flirt with. for. Elephant was a beautiful elephant. that the Crab let go the other elephant. It was all to let his wife come to any harm not he All this while Mr. But he did not mean for he was a very brave Elephant. ! Crack.4 The Giant Crab was a great flirt. and jumped right upon the Crab's back ! Crack. and began to crawl slowly towards her. an elephant was too heavy for him to carry. he thought he would like to have a little kiss . ! part of their trick. . and passed a vote of thanks to the Elephant and his wife. and a curly trunk. and two white tusks that twinkled when she smiled. waving his eyes about as he went. and made them King and Queen of all the ! What animals in the mountains. and and she put her head on one side. And Mrs. but he had said nothing. Elephant pretended to be very pleased.

there came . to a great city where the King's sons found them. away. which they always beat these when is they go to war . . and the very sound of drums enough to frighten the enemy away.The As for the Crab. there Giant Crab 5 was nothing left of him but his which were so hard that nothing could even crack them so they were left in the pool. . And in the autumn claws. and made out of them two immense drums. and carried the claws down into river carried them hundreds of miles . the river and the a great flood.

A certain Cat often saw them going to and fro. because most of them would have run away.THE HYPOCRITICAL CAT ONCE upon a time there was a troop of Rats that used to live in holes by a river side. and longed to have them to eat. But he was not strong enough to attack them all together . not far from their holes. that would not have suited his purpose. besides. snuffing up the air. with his face towards the sun. and standing on one leg. . So he used to stand early in the morning.

and asked the reason. and him gobbled up in a trice . after which he stood on one leg as before. the Cat out of the end of his eye. as they he waited till the tail of the string came up . Here and there he missed some familiar face." stood on all four. he watched . then like For a while all went well for the Cat's plan ." I feed on the keep your mouth open?" air. lightning pounced upon the hindmost." said the Cat. This was just what our Cat wanted. ." the Rats all " What a pious Cat that. where he could see everything that went on as the Rats one by one bowed before the Cat. "What " is is your name. He could not make it out . but at last the Chief of the Rats noticed that the troop seemed to grow smaller. and to show 'thus their respect for his piety. Every day. that perhaps the pious Cat might it know more about than he chose to tell. the earth could not bear my "And why do you " Because else.The Hypocritical Cat 7 The Rats wondered why he did that. thought. so one day they all trooped up to him in a body. Holy " " Why name. filed past. and never eat anything " ? " " And why do you Because I face the sun " ! worship the sun. Ever after when they started out in the morning. licking his lips greedily. " do you stand on one leg ? if I my Because weight. sir ?" they began. they did not fail first to make their bow to the Cat one by one. he posted himself at the tail of the and troop. but at last a thought came into his mind. Next day accordingly.

But our Rat was ready for him. and those who came last went sniffing about at the mouths of their friends. the Cat prepared for his pounce. does he humbug " ! and worships the sun eh ? What a And with one spring he was at the Cat's ! and his sharp teeth fast. . And ever after the Rats lived in peace and happiness. air. " Aha " " so that is Feeds your piety says the Rat.8 The Hypocritical Cat As he came up. the scuffle. and munch. and asking what was the taste of catsmeat. till not a vestige remained of the hypocritical Cat. ! ! on the throat. and The other Rats heard came trooping back and it was crunch . and dodged out of the way. Those who came first had cat to eat.

. he would jump up. had gone near him. he would have snapped you up too. This crocodile used to lie all day in the mud. basking in the sun. . half under water. . They are very long. and open his big And if you jaws. . and snap it up as a dog snaps up a fly. and never moving but if any little animal came near. . just as easily. and a huge jaw with hundreds of sharp teeth. was a deep and wide river. so big that it could hold you all at once inside it. and they are covered with twice as long as your bed hard green or yellow scales and they have a wide flat snout. and I do not know whether you have ever seen a crocodile but if you did see one.THE CROCODILE AND THE MONKEY ONCE upon a time there in this river lived a crocodile. I am sure you would be frightened.

Mr. Up on the tree our Monkey was swinging by and chattering " ! his tail." said he. splash. hour. thinking. come. " I'm hungry "what are you crying about whimpered Mrs. He spent the day climbing about the trees. " Cheer up lay " ! His wife dried her and Mr. he had a hit upon a clever plan. Crocodile. "Come." said Mr. Crocodile's tears are very big. Crocodile. soon catch you something. You see. went her tears again. was not very soft. he was very At last he heaved a sigh of relief. and eating nuts or wild fruit . so happened that the crocodile's wife cast a longing eye on this Monkey. wife. " I'll see what I can do. " wait a while. Crocodile. and as her tears dropped into the water. " to himself." said he. He was very fond of his wife. Crocodile down He thought for a whole again on the mud. He wallowed along the bank to a place just underneath big tree. though he was very big. Crocodile round " to see woke up from what was the matter. I'll "All right. fruit left Now it one morning she began to cry. was Mrs. Crocodile. and she liked the tit-bits. splash. in the he could manage. " ! his snooze. for he thought stupid. softest voice like a Monkey It he called out. cheer up. splash." said Mrs.io The Crocodile and the Monkey the bank of this river lived a monkey. splash. tears. said he only he had no pocket-handkerchief. splash. something policeman's . Monkey's heart Splash. that there was hardly any On upon the trees. and he would have wiped away her I " But want that " ! tears. She was very dainty in her So eating. but he had been there so long." . and looked " ? Why.

and danced for joy. and he rather surprised. what called the Crocodile. I like your looks. " The Crocodile was ! sinking ! ! " Mr. ha laughed the Crocodile. The Monkey stopped swinging. " I'm sure you must be hungry. and looked down. snapping his " So you thought I was taking you across out great jaws. I ! is managed. Crocodile. with those sharp teeth. down he jumped on the Crocodile's back. it rose to his the water about his feet ! middle. Crocodile " ! take care " ! said he. " I see you have eaten all the fruit on these trees but why is it . turn. The Crocodile began to swim slowly across. and back. Monkey. plums. " dear " ! The felt ?" asked the Monkey." said Mr. again. anything wish for And heaps of them " ! ? you could ! " That is all very well." said the Monkey. The . Ha. Crocodile Mr. pears. quinces. Crocodile had never spoken to him before. "Well. Crocodile and the Monkey all 1 1 but it was the best he could do. and without thinking a moment. ! You'll " drown me " .The rattle . apples. He swung round a branch three times in his joy his eyes glistened. " ! I Jump on my and I'll do you a good swim across then you to . don't you try the trees on the other side of the river Just look. want can enjoy yourself Never had the Monkey had an offer so tempting. Monkey fixed his eyes on the opposite bank with its Suddenly he felt glorious fruit trees. " " But how easily can get across a wide river like this ? " " Oh " said the that cunning Crocodile. It rose to his legs. ha.

" so I And he swam fig-tree. good thing you told me was a clever and had his wits about (He very Monkey. " Your heart. "Just you take me across. please ? called out the Crocodile.) "Wait a think you said ? that bit. see that cluster of your heart." said he. as I said. He felt very glad he had not drowned the Monkey. The The truth Crocodile and the ! Monkey monkey. You ! are a green wife has taken a fancy to you. to be good nature is. Then he sat and swung himself up the down on a branch. The Monkey leapt lightly off the Crocodile's back. and began to eat " ! the figs with great enjoyment. My heart. all in there. is " Oh.12 of pure sure. on the further bank ? a bunch and pretty safe too." " " What a said the Monkey. and did not see that the Monkey was " " playing him a trick. we should knock them to bits in no time. If we Monkeys went jumping about the trees with our hearts inside. and I I'll tell you why. where Do you . because. I am sure you would have pitied her. would be too dangerous. never carry my heart inside me . and wants your heart to eat If you had seen her crying this morning." ! . across the river. at that height. and certainly the figs did hope look very much like a bunch of hearts. I should " It was really a fig-tree. I Why." The Crocodile rose up to the surface again. " Can't you see I'm waiting " . my ! him." he went on. he was a stupid creature. then ? round things up " in the tree Those are our hearts. "and I'll climb up and drop my I can do heart down very well without it. " will You " ! excellent creature " ! said the Crocodile.

and here " ! I mean to stay. here I am. no . Monkey had such his life a feast in the fig-tree as he never had in before. but your wit is little. wait as long as you like " Are you such a fool as to think that any creature keeps its heart in a tree ? Your body is big. thanks for bringing me over The Crocodile snapped his jaws in disgust.The " Crocodile and the ! Monkey " 13 said the Monkey. and went back to his wife. as he was and the Many . . feeling very foolish. Well. No.

and the ship was dashed upon a reef.THE AXE THE DRUM. and it blew so hard and so wild. and turned the end of it it topsy-turvy. THE BOWL AND THE DIAMOND t t OXCE upon a time there was a poor young man who went out into the world to seek his fortune. and the skipper could not tell where they were. suddenly a great storm arose. The rain descended. He went Q aboard a ship sailing across the ocean and after they had sailed for a year and . The waves beat and battered it. a great crash came. that the ship went miles out of her course. and the wind blew. in the middle of the night. and . a day. And then.

which he found was an island. and springs of water but on the trees were no birds. a pig it was He rubbed large wild pig. The waves washed him ashore. more dead than alive. the black thing wings. He hid behind a bush. he saw a black thing in the skyj and. Drum. and . no animals ran about on the ground. So he lived on the fruits and roots. It did not take him long to V walk round it .The Axe. bananas and cocoanuts. and was far as the eye could reach not another speck of land to be seen. and on the shore he lay till next morning. and did the best he could. when the sun warmed him and woke him up from his faint. There were plenty of trees growing in the island. he saw that was a pig fly . and saw the pig sink slowly to the ground . still it more it surprising. until Yet was flying. One day. through the air ? yes. and then he saw that it was a small island. to his great surprise. had no and flew nearer and nearer. his eyes How could a and looked and it flew . He got up and looked about him. and Diamond was that every soul 15 was drowned except the poor young man. again closer beyond all doubt and closer until it came to the island. and wandered over the place. Bowl. with fruit and flowers.

" he has great sharp tusks. was the most magnificent diamond he ever saw. without knowing how . So just to try. and Diamond lie and down under a tree. and took hold of the diamond and snoring. Soon the pig was close. and something which he must take great care of. indeed he for the diamond . He stepped gingerly up to the pig. and preferred being a pig rather than a was really not a pig at to fly about in the we man. and dropped it upon the pig's nose. by the pig's He went up snored away in his heartily. he . have nothing to defend If I were only up in that tree.1 6 The Axe. ! began to understand that this was a magic diamond. he picked that off a nut was growing on the tree. and. he suddenly thought to himself. who used shape of a pig because he was as wicked as could be. only the not know difference. When he was in the tree once more. to his fast asleep amazement. Now when this pig saw that his diamond was gone. he found himself perched in the tree-top. and looked round he was a very intelligent pig. but a great magician. Drum. It blazed and sparkled in the sun and looked like a ball of fire. There see them are really a great in the shape of many people men and do like that. he wished himself down He again and there he was. hand and saw " it flash. The pig woke up. side. Then he began to wonder if it could be the diamond which had done this miracle. now But what on earth had happened ? As the thought came into his mind. the pig was very sleepy and As he turned the diamond about . What if the pig should I wake ? He looks fierce. raised his head. Then he wished himself up in the tree again. all. For a little while he was quite dazed and dizzy. and myself with. Bowl.

and he saw that his diamond was lost. and looked about for a large stone. for all his lay in the ! . and ran his tusks right into the trunk. and down. air to the nearest land. and ran raging round and round the trjp4 but the man only laughed. Then he took a sharp shell which he found lying on the beach. Drum. and the whole pig was done to a turn.The Axe. them out. so So holding his diamond in his hand. and Diamond fell in 17 diamond. There they stuck. over the pig. he could not get a fury . with rich crisp crackling. and so fine and strong was the diamond. The man wished himself down from the tree. it occurred him that as the pig he might fly away. So he glared and snorted. with which he battered the Then he held the diamond pig's skull till it was dead. and with it all his magical power so in his madness he charged straight at the tree. and looked all round. for pigs cannot climb trees. . It was very nice indeed. Then he felt himself rising. and he was carried swiftly B . he wished to fly through the had flown there through the air. and power without it he was nothing more than any other pig. Bowl. and tug as he would. and he had the best meal he had enjoyed since the ship had been wrecked on the reef. and carved off slices of the pork. to when he had finished his dinner. which he ate. and up and then he saw the man who had dropped the nut upon his snout Then his fury knew no bounds he foamed at the mouth. By-and-by. This made him mad indeed. and he had been cast ashore on that island. that in a very short time a delicious smell of roast pork rose to his nostrils. and dropped more nuts on him. so that the sun's rays shone clown and were reflected through it .

and walked towards the smoke. . The sun shone warm upon him. it dwindled to the distance. and not far rose a thin bushes. Soon he saw a queer little hut. and at the door. . till. upon the He looked round. he came close to a sandy beach and there before long he stood. and Diamond smaller. through the grew a speck in the waves and away. behind a clump of column of smoke. wondering what he should do next. water again still he went on. . as the sun was setting. . He put the diamond in his pocket.1 8 The Axe. it porpoises gambolled sparkled underneath about. away over the sea the island became a black patch. and dropped into the . playing leap-frog in the sea. Bowl. Drum. air. flying-fish came out of the water in a flash of light. off.

as I have told you. that this man was another magician. and on the spit was a young kid "Good " Good " Can evening. meant " " I to do because the kid was ready roasted but he it as soon as he should be hungry again. " If you will give me your diamond. and everything. . Whether a shark his legs. for he never told me He had a fur cap. and Diamond ground. and ate a good meal ." said the old man with no legs. he did not need any trousers. ." said the young man. He did not eat this way old . you may share. you. and a fur coat . " Whatever sat I have. and how it gave any one power to fly through the air. but there he sat. evening. Bowl. for he had no legs tq put them In front of him was a fire.The Axe." said the young man. In fact must tell you. over the roasting. Drum. said " ? " "Indeed!" the old man." said the old man. flew over the sea. and a friend of the magician who looked like a pig and when any travellers came that way. rather frightened to see that the other man like ate and bones. but the young man was skin. fire was a spit. and told the was. he used to eat them. " you give me a night's shelter ? the young man asked. and on." said the other. . or whether he never had any. the old And he I did not the man eyed him. So they down. How did you get here ? asked the old man. sir. sat a 19 man had I bitten off tell without any legs. cannot like a chessman. "And how did you manage Then old that the traveller showed his man what a wonderful stone it diamond. traveller.

Next morning." They and the diamond the old man turned axe the exchanged As soon as the it over in his hand." said the . and " Heads !" In a jiffy the axe sliced through the says he. he smacked the steel. axe on the handle. All day long he walked through the forest. chuckling greedily. the help of place. I I have lived here for a thousand years by and I am should like to see the rather tired of being in one world before I die. like the first. and Heads ! goat or any animal away it flies. I cannot say. Then one. He had the stump of a tree to sit on. and off his . until at evening time he saw before him another hut." " young man. live. and beside the fire sat an there too. my dinner. Whether a tiger had bitten arms or whether he never had any. You This see I have no legs. the young man set out on his travels. because he never told me but there he sat like a pair of compasses. up the diamond. than legs. Drum. Wood and fire away it and cuts wood and kindles a fire. If I slap the steel. Before this hut. with the diamond in his pocket and the axe on his shoulder. where old without any arms. old man's neck like a turnip. it's a bargain. and put it in So now he had two magic things instead of He blessed his luck. and fell asleep very happily the traveller picked inside the old magician's hut. say. his pocket. and he had no more head that is why " All right. and say. and chops off the head of a and then it brings me meat for I want . so If I ! you slap may wonder how this flies. young man got grip of the axe. Bowl.20 " I The Axe. lived the old man with no legs. is the way I live. and want your diamond. and Diamond will give you my I axe. was a fire burning. man . I Now my axe.

and on this stump was a bowl of milk. roaring or. and there it is milk. . Now it was his turn to laugh. And if you turn it over." " Dear me " said the " young man. you like. surrounded him and his and he sat in the middle. instantly a deep roaring river hut. and Diamond before large 21 him was another stump. . all It is Whenever you for . Drum." So they exchanged the bowl and the diamond. if river pours out.The Axe. " will you give me for it ? asked the young a wishing bowl. or soup. he tipped over this bowl with his chin . Well. a rushing. that is a wonderful ! I I'll agree give you my diamond for it. for the young man slapped his hatchet and cried. The old man took the diamond in his hand and watched it sparkle but he did not watch long. and surrounds you. " How on earth did you do that ? " asked the old man. laughing at the young man's But he did not laugh long. out of which he was drinking. When he saw our friend. He was much too astonished to think of saying good-day. instantly wished himself over the river. for the young man surprise. " Oh. as you saw me do just now." said the young man. " will give you this bowl. that's nothing. do is to wish something in it. would be to have that diamond. to man. it will flood a whole country and drown every living thing. "Heads!" In a jiffy the steel sliced bowl. . " He thought that how nice it What do you What I say to selling me " diamond " ? said he. and showed him his diamond. Bowl. or wine anything that can go in a bowl. are hungry you have . and there he was. The old man's eyes glistened.

he set out once to walk through the forest. They you. bustle. and he had no more head than arms. still. w olves. Drum Bowl. and. but it was riot long came upon another little glade. Then . and every one of them tearing along They were far too much terrified to notice him. and the giant offered him some food. and in front of that hut sat a big black giant with a drum." said the young man. their hair bristling with fright. among By this before he time the noise had ceased. with a great he effort. and Diamond t through the old man's neck like a cucumber. So now blessed he had three wonderful things instead of two. " roared the giant. in a great voice.22 The Axe. down. a loud rub-a-dub-dub. and at the end of the glade was a hut. they vanished the trees. he heard. he began to walk towards the sound. suddenly.the young man picked up his diamond and put it away in his pocket. his good luck. Then. rub-a-dub-dub. and out of the trees came a great herd of elephants. lions. he heard a rustle. He felt as could hardly help running away . tigers. and r all sorts of wild animals. " " Good roared the giant. Next morning the young man was up betimes and taking a meal out of his wishing-bowl. at full speed. boom. scurrying across the glade. boom. day to you ! " " " Good day " ! said the young man. till at last it made a tremendous din. . far in the distance. boom. wished for some delicious wine drank it. . jostle. after and went to sleep happily. in the old man's hut. He in his bowl. ! Come and Thank sat have something to eat rather frightened. After he had walked for more some if hours. which got louder and louder every minute. just as he came upon a little open glade in the forest.

travellers who had passed that way and they were tied to the . and wished for some soup. everybody that hears it will run away." said the young man. you beat on one side." said the giant. and gave him the bowl. away just now ! "Yes. to drink but he did not finish . the trouble of getting things. buy that bowl ! "What man. and horrid to for as wished out loud for a bowlful of blood it." said the giant. that gave any food he wanted. He began he buried his nose ! in the bowl. all round the wall. Drum. and cut it clean in two young man \vas glad when he saw the giant's head cleft in two. here you are. the bowl in great glee. and said Heads If ! Down came the axe with a crash on the giant's head. . a "And if you beat on the other splendid army of soldiers and horses will spring up out of the ground and defend you. The giant was very much delighted with the wishing bowl. and thought that if he could get that bowl. that was why the lions and tigers were running " said the young man." "Ah. so he pulled out his bowl. he would be able to eat without it What is that ? " asked the The young man told him " giant. Bowl. the " " young man slapped ! his axe. and Diamond 23 But the young man thought it was safer not to take any of the giant's food." " All right.The Axe. will you give me for it?" asked the young " " If I will give you this drum. " " I'll he roared. The giant took tell. were the bodies of hut. he was gladder when he went inside the giant's For there. and sipped it. side. was a wishing bowl.

and then till they were dry. and Diamond the uprights of the wall. Now the king of this city as for strangers. king's " Off flew the axe through the air like a boomerhead ang. and their bodies were dry as For this giant used to dust. he had short shrift and no mercy for So when the king heard that there was a stranger outside the gates." head. ! ! its master. .24 The Axe. and cried. The young man beat his drum. used to rob and murder even his own subjects He and . The same thing happened to the But this only made the king angrier than ever. Bowl. and brought it back to in the army. regiment. and they all took to their You may imagine how angry the king was to hear heels he had all their heads chopped off on the spot. led them forward to capThen the young man tipped over his wishing bowl. Picking up the bowl and the drum. who had galloped back and got up on the wall. So when our saw what a narrow escape he had had. he wished himself at the he sucked their blood traveller gate of the nearest city. he determined no longer to remain in that dreadful place. to the city. Out poured a roaring torr. and shrivelled like a medlar.ent of water that flooded the plain. Drum. catch all travellers and tie them up in his house. he made up his mind to have some sport and sent out a company of soldiers to fetch him in. this and sent a regiment. ! . The people inside the city began to cheer with . and drowned every soldier all except the king. was a very cruel king. them. and himself riding at their ture this audacious stranger. Then the young man " Heads I want the slapped his axe. and feeling to see that his axe and diamond were safe. He ordered all his army to be marshalled before the gates. and sliced off the king's head.

. Bowl and Diamond t 25 the axe when they saw the king with his head off. the young man beat upon the other side of his drum and lo and behold the earth began to joy. where he became king. it seemed full of holes. Surrounded by his army. . And I hope that we may be half as happy as he was. lived happily ever after. Drum.The Axe. he marched into the city. and tremble. And when came back. ! and from every hole sprouted a warrior fully armed.

indeed they had more sense than most people have. time there was a man who had two pet parrots that could talk very nicely. and when their master was alone he used to spend the evening chattering with them. never turned his back but she was filching and pilfering. He had to lock everything up. . But this man had a thievish maid-servant. and told the funniest tales. and even as it was.THE WISE PARROT AND THE FOOLISH PARROT ONCE upon a. They cracked jokes like any Christian.

The Wise

Parrot and the Foolish Parrot

27

One day the man had to go away on a journey. Before he went he took out the two parrots, and perched one on
each
I

fist, and says he to them, "Now, Beaky and Tweaky, want you to watch the maid while I am gone and if
;

she steals anything, you are to
again."

tell

me when

I

come home

They blinked
parrots
;

at

eyes from underneath, as

him, their eyelids coming up over their you must have noticed in
so.

looking very solemn as they did
" If she

Then

Beaky

said,

do

it it

She

shall rue

"
!

But Tweaky said nothing at all only winked again more solemnly than ever. " Good Beaky " said the man, " naughty Tweaky " Then he went away. As soon as he was out of sight, the maid began her
;
!

!

games.

sugar, she ate the biscuits, she

cupboards and ate the drank the wine. Beaky hopped into the room, stood on one leg, and shrieked,

She picked the locks of

his

"

Naughty maid Aren't you afraid ? Master shall know,
!

And you

shall

go

"
!

The maid jumped
round.

as

if

she had been shot, and looked
;

She thought somebody had caught her unawares but when she saw it was Beaky she put on a sweet smile, and held out a lump of sugar, saying in a coaxing voice,
"

Pretty Poll

then,

I won't do it Come, again pretty Beaky and have a nice lump of sugar." This temptation was too strong for poor Beaky. He
!
! !

28

The Wise

Parrot and the Foolish Parrot
to

wanted very much

lump

of sugar more.

do his duty, but he wanted the So he put his head on one side and,

looking very wise, sidled up to the maid. This was very wrong of Beaky, because he knew the sugar was stolen ; and in another minute he was sorry ; for as soon as he

came within reach and pecked at the sugar, the maid caught him by the neck with the other hand. Then her
smile changed, and she sneered,
"

So Beaky

is

going to
!

tell, is

he

?

Tell-tale

tit

!

I'll

teach Beaky to tell tales As she said each word, she plucked out a feather from poor Beaky's head. Beaky shrieked and Beaky struggled, but all in vain ; she did not
let

"

him go till he was bald as a bullet. Tweaky saw all this, but said nothing, only winked and blinked, and looked more solemn than ever. The maid
looked
at

" him, but thought she, That bird
isn't

is

too stupid

to

tell,

and he

worth the trouble of plucking."

So

she

left

him

alone.

By-and-by the master came in. The maid went up to in a great bustle, and said she had found Beaky stealing sugar, and she had plucked him as a punishment.

him

When

the evening came, the master sat in his

room with

Beaky and Tweaky. Poor Beaky felt ashamed of himself, and had nothing to say he sat on his perch the picture of misery, with his tail drooping, and his ridiculous bald
;

head.

Tweaky
it

said nothing at

all.

had a bald head too, happened and when he took off his skull-cap, which he generally wore to keep his head warm, Tweaky noticed it. He laughed loud and shrieked out, "Oh-oh-oh!
that the master

Now

Where's your
Tell-tale
"
tit ?

feathers, Tell-tale

tit ?

Where's your

feathers,

The Wise

Parrot and the Foolish Parrot
a parrot,

29

Tweaky was only

you

see,

and was not always

quite correct in his grammar, as you are. " " What do you mean ? asked the master.

But for a long time Tweaky would say nothing but the same words over and over again, " Where's your feathers, " Tell-tale tit ? However, by-and-bye they heard the maid
going to bed, tramp, tramp, tramp. Then Tweaky grew a little braver and next time the master asked him what he
;

meant, he replied
"

:

Every parrot has two eyes, Both the foolish and the wise But the wise can shut them tight When 'tis best to have no sight.
;

Wisdom has the best of it Where's your feathers, Tell-tale
:

tit ?

"

Then the master understood what had happened, for he was a very clever man and without any delay he ran upstairs two steps at a time, and woke the maid, and made her dress herself, and turned her out of the house then and I wonder there. why he did not do it before, but that is no business of mine.
;

After that, poor Beaky never had the heart to talk again but Tweaky, whenever he saw a bald-headed man, or a woman with a high forehead, shrieked out at the top of his voice
;

"

Ha

!

ha

!

ha

!

Where's your

feathers, Tell-tale

"
tit ?

THE DISHONEST FRIEND
THERE was once
a

man who went on
return.

a journey, and he
till

asked a friend to take charge of his plough

he should

friend promised to take great care of it. But no sooner was the man gone

The

than he sold the plough and
put
the
price
in his

pocket.

Was

not that a
?

own mean

trick to serve a friend

The man came
asked
plough.
"

his

and friend for the
back,

Oh,

I

am
;

friend replied
infested

so sorry," the " house is

my

with

rats,

night a very big rat
ate
it

and one came and

up."

well," said the man, " what can't be cured must be

"

Ah

endured
"
It

It must have been a very big " was," said the other, very big."
!

rat,

though."

" said the man. Then he ran back to the boy's father. you liar ! " " ! oh. remember a hawk swooped down boy and carried him off." "As you please." you murderer "Come before the judge. but not to let and told this friend to keep the boy safe. and then we Oh. . him go out of the house till he returned. shall see. said the friend. " " Where is my boy ? asked the father. " Your ? I Oh. Next day he took they had gone his friend's When some distance he took the boy to another friend's house.The You must as he seemed. fuss about his plough. Dishonest Friend 31 not suppose this You will man was quite such a fool soon see why he did not make a son out for a walk.

" hawk carrying off a boy ? "And who ever heard." ." the truth. " Come. " My your complaint ? asked the judge. of ever heard of a a rat eating a plough ? ." said the man and was carried away by a hawk. this man took my son out for a walk with him. justice ! "What man. my " "Who lord. "Nonsense !" said the judge. " It is this ?" asked the judge sternly. Justice. for a walk. and He must have carried him off. now he says a hawk ! murdered the boy my " lord. and came back alone. lord. my tell is the truth.32 The What is Dishonest Friend " So they went " to the court. with me " he came my lord.

was brought back safe to him again. Then his son willy nilly." The man was much annoyed at being found out. stood what was the reason of this So he said man whose son was lost : you find the plough that was entrusted to you. . And he began to perhaps your son see that honesty is the best policy. he had to give the plough back. may be found too. and underlittle trick. but.The The man Dishonest Friend " ? 33 "What do you mean asked the judge. man who complained had to the " If Then the judge saw that the cheated his friend. told his story.

. The Mouse was very grateful to the Farmer. as the Farmer went by the hole. Now there was a Farmer who owned the land where this treasure was buried but he did not know about it. and dropped it at the Farmer's feet. So one day. ONCE upon .THE MOUSE AND THE FARMER a time there was a Mouse. Mousie ran out with a golden sovereign in his mouth. You can in a place . or else of course he would have dug it up. he never hurt the Mouse and now and then when he was having his own dinner. and wondered what he could do to show it. but as he was a very kind Farmer. who made his hole where there were thousands and thousands of golden sovereigns buried in the ground. At last he thought of the treasure for this Mouse was sensible enough to know that Farmers are very pleased to get a golden sovereign now and again. imagine how glad the Farmer was to see a golden . he would throw the Mouse a bit of cheese. He often noticed the little Mouse sitting with his head peeping out of the hole.

shall " ! won't you ? " Of course " I said Grimalkin. you only had suddenly thought of a go. Mouse every day brought and every day the Farmer meat. it the Farmer 35 was the first one he had seen since So he thanked the Mouse. So next day. Thus in a few weeks But the Farmer had a big black cat that used to prowl about watching for mice. you'll be hungry to-morrow. Grimalkin said Mousie. when the Farmer gave Mousie his dinner. It used never to notice the Farmer's own favourite Mouse while the Mouse was thin . Cat. and liked sitting by the fire. with a frightful up all his whiskers and eyebrows. the Corn Laws were abolished. After this the the Farmer a golden sovereign. sir. and the black Cat spat and swore and ate it up. Poor " Please don't kill shiny. and away ran Mousie ." said he . gave him a big chunk of Mousie grew quite fat. beautiful and went down to the village.The Mouse and Indeed. sovereign. me. if I'm hungry and you are fat you eat me now. better than hunting for mice. Grimalkin ran away. spit. " ! "Why " not " ? But." said Mousie. Grimalkin lay in wait for him one day fat little and Mousie was " ! terrified. Mousie carried it off to the black Cat. plan Well. you're a bristling dead mouse " ! Then. one day. Mr. who " if will let me . and bought him a piece of meat. " " All only if you leave out right. but when he grew sleek and (which was the Cat's name) and pounced upon him. and lazy licking himself all who was a over. I'll bring you a beautiful " ! juicy piece of meat every day This was a tempting offer for Grimalkin.

then ? asked the Farmer. can digest a good deal. all ! " ! ! ! the likes of you " ! At this in a rage. "next time Grimalkin comes for your dinner. inkstand and all. " " Meat meat says he to the Mouse. but I am not sure. with a I think it was an hole in the middle." said Mousie. Grimalkin did not know that there was any inkstand there. but they can't digest a So Grimalkin. vile thief says Mousie. " " Get " I've no meat for off. because he saw the Mouse through it. so day he asked the Mouse whether he was ill. when he had swallowed glass inkstand." So next day up comes Grimalkin for his dinner. The Mouse and the Farmer and and the thinner. . spitting and looking very fierce. because Grimalkin eats it Then he told the Farmer about the bargain he had made with Grimalkin. tell him you have none for him. and swallowed him. pounced upon Mousie. Grimalkin could hardly believe his ears. and turned it upside down upon the ground in front of Mousie's hole. So he took this piece of glass and put Mousie inside it. cats Now . Then Farmer noticed how thin his Mouse had become. . inkstand. Now the Farmer had a beautiful piece of glass. You see. I'm not ill. with tears " running down over his nose. never get any dinner now. as it was all glass. He \vas I can tell you and.36 trembling." " is the matter. without stopping to think." said he. one " " " What I " No. "Now. and see what will happen. because Grimalkin always But by degrees Mousie grew thinner had his dinner soon he was nothing but skin and bone." said Mousie.

and went back to his hole again. a pain inside until at last he died. worse. And then got worse and Mousie crept out of the inkstand. and crawled up through Grimalkin's throat.The Mouse and the the Farmer . felt and this . every day bringing a golden sovereign to the Farmer. And there he lived all his life in happiness. who gave him every day a beautiful dinner of meat. 37 Mouse and the inkstand.

until the fish said live that they would rather on it dry land than put up with any longer. chatter in that pond. but he had one fault.THE TALKATIVE TORTOISE ONCE upon a a time there was that Tortoise lived in a most worthy pond. about near food. he would talk in season and a He was out of it season. that who used the to fly pond in search of And when they heard things were getting hot for the . Tortoise. But the Tortoise had two friends. chatter. all day long was chatter. a pair of young Geese.

The like Tortoise set his teeth fast on the stick. All went well for a time. and one Goose took one end in her bill and the other Goose took the other end. and opened his mouth to cry out ? " What's that to you Mind your own business " ! But . Tortoise ! do come along with us in the ! We have such " a beautiful talk all home away mountains. off. I can do that. ? I am I to get there " can't fly !" if Oh. and nobody shall worry you there " All " but how very well. because he talked so much. while the Geese.The Talkative Tortoise 39 Tortoise in that pond. so happened that some and were highly amused Look there " ! cried one to the rest." says he." said they." So the Geese picked up a stout stick. where you may ! day long. " when like. little you can only keep your mouth Let us be shut for a " while." grumbled the Tortoise. and then " . and held on grim death. rose in the air and flew towards their home. they flew up to him and cried eagerly : " Oh. But it boys were looking up by what they saw. " " ! two Geese carry- ing a Tortoise on a stick The all Tortoise on hearing this was so angry that he forgot : about his danger. they told the Tortoise to get hold in the middle to talk. flapping their strong wings." I Yes." " not only be careful. we'll carry you. " in the air.

he got no farther than the first word for when his mouth opened he loosed the stick. The in two.40 The Talkative Tortoise . and fell with a crash on the stones. talkative Tortoise lay dead. with his shell cracked . down he dropped.

But who would take care of the park and garden ? If his .THE MONKEYS AND THE GARDENER v ONCE upon there a time was a beautiful park. and digging the ground. and fruit-trees. and watering the flowers in dry weather. take care of this park pruning the trees when they made too much wood. It happened that there was a fair to be held city. full of of trees all manner and shrubs. away in the and the gardener very much wanted to go. no end of A gardener used to . with beds of set flowers here and there.

the gardener has given us charge of this garden and all there is in it. the Monkeys held a solemn council. day long. knew the trees. as one good turn deserves . who climbed and chattered and cracked nuts all of deer. I have been a good friend to you." said he. ! So the gardener " " " " Monkeys. yes. but there were troops of monkeys in the trees. " " our Brothers. We must take care not to hurt anything. monkeys. he saw some Many a very well indeed. And now I want to take a holiday. and in doubt. master came in and found dead. and in a very short time they were sitting beside him on the grass. " yes ! cried the Monkeys. called out. and went away sitting Meanwhile. Monkeys. and a bright thought struck him.42 The Monkeys and all ! the Gardener the flowers drooping or It would never do. cast -And when the gardener up he his eyes that time he had been kind to them and now he thought they should do the like by him. with no lessons to do. and leaped for joy. So the gardener handed over his watering-pots to the clothes. They thought it a great joke." said the Monkey chief. to monkeys another. . what would he say then Meditating thus. in a ring round the Monkey chief. and put on his Sunday to the fair. I want you Down they all clambered. Will you water my garden while I am away ? " " Oh yes. I must tell you that in this park there were not only herds and plenty of rabbits and other creatures that usually live in parks. he looked up into the branches of the trees. good friend. letting you eat my nuts and apples.

Every bush and every plant they carefully pulled up. but monkeys. above water." was in fact a You always running. and no think the best to see are. are not wise. and they scattered all over the garden. very small at the top. and these monkeys thought that a little round hole could not hold very much water. it the Gardener 43 very little all. and at the bottom the water go round.The Monkeys and and." more . and only a little when the roots were short. how long the roots So each Monkey took a watering-pot. I not to waste the water. After that . . "So you see. "you must give each plant just enough water. and measured its roots and then they gave a great deal of water to plants with long roots. and I way will be. though they are cunning. but very deep. might have watered till doomswas day out of that well ." the Monkey chief went on. There is and really don't think will It well.

came the gardener from his But what was his horror to see that nearly all the plants in the garden were drooping. " Clever " ! said the gardener. there no mistake about " Fools they their nature." Then he sent that gardener away and got another. while the Monkeys were busy in every direction pulling up the rest." ! Fools you are. . and you are a greater fool than they. oh dear." said his master. what in the world are you doing ? My garden is ruined. that is You ought have known better than to put monkeys in charge of a garden. may up behind him without being be. back fair. After a day or two. after to had come all. but. who " seen. " Oh dear. He thought he had been very clever to put water according to the size of the roots. The Chief Monkey was very much surprised. some of them dead and many dying. and he said so. is " Clever indeed it.44 The Monkeys and the Gardener they put the plants and bushes back in the holes they came from. my garden is ruined " ! The poor gardener wept for sorrow.

THE GOBLIN AND THE SNEEZE ONCE upon haunted a a time there was a very powerful Goblin. sneezed inside that house . and there this Goblin perched. that is if. little Nobody else lived in this house. But " God bless some one else said. house just outside the gates of a who city. creatures are called Goblins. up in the roof . There was a big black beam that ran across from one side to the other. and. when a man " ! you as people . indeed. For twelve years he had served the King of the Goblins faithfully. and as a reward he was now permitted to gobble up any man who why these sneezed.

do we look like robbers " ? Certainly they did not. Now father it out that one day a and son were travelling along the road. who might come and damage them in the night. dusty and grimy with their trudge. and wanted to go in. there was nothing for it . or " May you live a hundred years man who said it was free . " Now. the porter said no." " Goblin well. but I daresay the Goblin won't hurt you.The Goblin and the Sneeze ! " then the do say. we must take our chance. asked the father. and if the other answered. ! Indeed." "Well. I suppose. and a bag of tools over the shoulder. " Oh." said the " and this porter. haunted. gate doesn't open for the King himself. there's an empty house outside It is . and they came to the city I gates just as the sun went down. what are we to do ?" The poor fellow was in despair. there it is among the trees. " Robbers or no robbers." so to the house they . must tell you that in those days the people used to shut the city gates fast sunset. orders are orders. and nothing would make them open again till the morning at they were horribly afraid of robbers or wild soldiers. Everybody but you ! these the Goblin might gobble up fell for a single sneeze. they say . " " The same to he was free too. So when these two wayfarers came up to the gates.

The
went.

Goblin and the Sneeze

47

They rested, and cooked a meal for themselves on a fire of sticks, and then prepared to go to sleep. The Goblin, however, was not going to let them off so he wanted his dinner too. After waiting a long easily time, with never a sneeze from one or the other, he raised a cloud of fine dust that was rather mean of him, but
;
;

still

he was very hungry, and did not stick at trifles. Sure enough, the father nearly sneezed his head off. The Goblin chuckled, and made ready to pounce from

his perch

and devour the

pair

of them.

But the son

to see him, and, being a sharp lad, he guessed " " the truth. " God bless you, father may you says he ;

happened
live

!

a hundred years How the Goblin gnashed his teeth
!

"

!

However,

if

his

48
pudding was

The

Goblin and the Sneeze
meat was
left
;

lost, his

so he stretched out a

great claw to clutch the father Just then the father cried,

and

tear

him
you,

to pieces.

"Thank

my

son,

and

the same to you

"
!

He was
again,

of his throat

only just in time the claw was within an inch but the Goblin, baffled, flew up to his perch
; ;

and

sat

mouthing and mumbling

there.

Then him the

the son began to talk to this Goblin, and showed error of his ways, and how cruel he was to eat

and the end of it was, he persuaded the Goblin to become a vegetarian, and to follow him about, and be his errand-boy. You will think this was a very soft-hearted Goblin. Perhaps no one had ever spoken kindly to him before anyhow, whatever the reason was, he went out with the two travellers, as tame as a tabby cat and for all
;
; ;

men

I

know, they may be

travelling together to this very day.

THE GRATEFUL BEASTS AND THE UNGRATEFUL PRINCE
ONCE upon a time there was a King, and he had a son. And this son was so cruel and disagreeable, that he took
a delight in hurting people, and never spoke to anybody without an oath or a blow. He was a thorn in the flesh to

everybody he came across

;

he was

like

grit

in

the

porridge, like a fly in the eye, like a stone in the shoon. And they called him the Wicked Prince.

Wicked Prince went down to the river to a number of servants. By-and-by a storm came on, and the clouds were so thick that it great became pitch-dark. However, this Prince was obstinate, and would not give up his bathe and as he was too lazy even to bathe himself, he swore at his servants, and
the
bathe, along with
;

One day

said : " You

lazy beasts

!

Bathe me, and look sharp about
"
!

it,

or

I'll

tickle

you with a cat-o'-nine-tails

Now the servants had had enough of this young bully and thought they, " What if we pitch him into the river, where the current is strong, and just leave him there D
;
!

and he had buried a vast treasure on the river bank and he loved his riches more than he loved his own soul. on the banks of this river lived a Snake. Now . been torn up by the floating Meanwhile the Prince had got hold of a tree that had roots. and no birds can fly through it. and then they went home and told the King that he had gone in to bathe. . and climbing upon it. . floating down the river. and the Wicked Prince and so there were four of them on the tree. each got on one end.50 Grateful Beasts and Ungrateful Prince We can easily pretend he was carried away where we could not reach him . and made a hole where his money lay. and it so happened that they saw the tree where the Wicked Prince was. also been a man once. was beaten down by the rain for in that . instead of using it in doing good so he was born as a Rat. These two creatures were caught by the flood. and if the King finds us out. and a flood carried him away. and puts us to death anyhow. but it daresay it was was more the Prince's fault than theirs." water. though he screamed and struggled. country the drops of rain are as big as pigeons' eggs. This Snake had once been a very rich man. and the Rat. he was born again as a Snake. while the Prince was in the middle. . And a young Parrot flying through the air. and had to live for ever close And a Rat that lived close by had to his buried hoard. went down the river. tell I wicked of them to such a lie. and swimming to it. so when he died. Then it so happened that this Parrot dropped down upon the same tree where the Snake was. death is better than his eternal So they pitched him head over heels into the bullying. and buried his money as the Snake had done.

.

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. . and managed to catch hold of it and pull it ashore. and dried them and warmed them by the fire. and want some rice. he cared not a jot. and the creatures were all right again as they took their leave of the Hermit.Grateful Beasts and Ungrateful Prince 53 bend in the river. . Then he got the four creatures off it. But he began with the Parrot. because he was a Hermit. He built himself a little hut by the riverside. This man saw the tree. other three.' and you shall have all my treasure. his kindness " The Snake thanked him ! for and said : What can I You have saved my life. because she looked the most miserable of them all and then he dried the Rat and next the Snake and only attended to the man when he had comforted the to a . and took them into his hut. If This made the Wicked Prince very angry. and the flood went down . wet or fine. * " bye ! The Rat said the same. you may how he cursed and swore in his heart at this man who left him to the last But he said nothing. it was And on the bank a man was the rain a bit. He did not mind sitting. but if The : you ever are hungry. so she said "Silver and gold have I none. come to my tree . do for you ? You seem to be a poor man and if you ever want money just come to my hole and Goodcall Snake. who made much of him. good Hermit I am rich. As the tree came near washed close to the bank. and. In a day or two the rain stopped. Parrot was very sorry to think that she had no money. because he was afraid that if he did the man might turn he abused even those imagine ! him out in the storm again. who thought the world so wicked that he left it and went to live in the jungle all by himself.

and flogged him well." said the Then ! Hermit. But the Hermit did not cry out or grumble. promise what they never mean to do a while he thought he would put them all to the So first he took his stick. " It's unlucky to save a drowning man. power.54 Grateful Beasts and Ungrateful Prince ' and -call Parrot/ and like. because to the last. who was King himself now. Wants me to pay him for it. he pretended to be " I the Hermit hope you will pay : me a visit soon. They stopped beating the . I'll pay him " I'll So he called to his men " Hi there. chuckling to think how he would torment the poor Hermit. and said to I However." Then he went away. only kept on saying to himself quietly: "The proverb's true. am a Prince. and very angry when they heard it. and thought to him" Aha here's that rascal that left me to the last. and journeyed to the city where the Wicked Prince lived. I suppose Well. and I shall be glad of a chance to repay you for all you have done for me. they were Then he told them the whole story. so after test. left this kind Hermit." I'll get you as much rice as ever you But the Wicked Prince hated he had been grateful. and he knew . and leave him to die the servants caught the Hermit. saw him coming. This Hermit had that people often all if ever he got him into his his wits about him. The Prince. and then " stick a stake through his body. " the proverb's true " What proverb do you mean ? " they asked him. pay him out self : ! ! ! ! : brutes ! do you see that fellow ? He tried to rob me ! the other day just catch him and give him a flogging.

and stuck a stake through his body. And then they went " to the Rat's hole. his people kindly. the Hermit gave it all to his servants.Grateful Beasts and Ungrateful Prince 55 Hermit at once. died. and curled up against his and feet. grateful beasts kept their promise. and when they came to the Snake's hole he called out " " Snake Out came the Snake. that it there all was such a heap it on the ground and was enough to feed . And all the Parrots carried a grain of rice in their beaks. . and he called out " Rat And the Rat ! ran up. Then they made the Hermit King instead of the Wicked Prince. which the King gave to his servants as well as the other. and seizing the Wicked King. and instantly all the air was black with Parrots. and gave him all his treasure. and given it away to show how grateful they were to the Hermit for being kind to them. and left him to die. to And the Parrot's tree. and the ungrateful Prince was killed. And the Hermit took them a walk into the country. they beat him instead. and showed him the hole where his treasure was ! . and called last of " Parrot all they went " ! And the Parrot flew up and gave a call. and dropped of rice. and the Hermit ruled over So the and they all lived happily until they they died they all went to heaven . and the Snake and the Rat and the Parrot went there too. and rubbed his nose against the King's hand. the people for the rest of their lives. And when because they had at last overcome their love of money.

He was big and black. and four rows of sharp teeth but he could not come out of the water. he . IN THE POOL in the forest if have no bottles and glasses to drink so pool. because he had no nose. in which lived a horrible Goblin. but only gills like a fish.THE GOBLIN ANIMALS out of. drink. with an immense mouth. Now they are thirsty they have to go down to a in a certain great forest there was a pool. . like an immense monkey. pounced upon him at once and gobbled him but he could not touch the animals while they up remained on the bank. So if any animal came down into the water to get a .

and then he saw the Monkeys the bank. they all sat round the banks. and was therefore . but the poor Monkey was gone. and he noticed that there were a great many footprints going down to the water. By-and-by a man came down to the side of the pool. very unhappy. . The other Monkeys watched for a long time. yet they were afraid to drink and they could not reach the water from the top. looked round. So ! . What were they to do ? They were dying of thirst. There was a herd of monkeys who had been wandering about for a long time in search of water. But the King of the Monkeys was very clever. and ran down into the water but as soon as he got into the water. and the banks were high. it was not dried up. having ! wondering what had become of their friend and then another. very unhappy. under the trees. until they came to this pool. So he sitting on .The Goblin in the Pool 57 One year there was a great drought. and . and none coming away. stepped In an instant quietly into the water and began to drink. and the sun was so hot that it dried up all the water in that forest for many this miles round. looking at the water. However. he gave a shriek and threw up his hands. but found none. except the pool where this Goblin was but pool was very deep and cool. who was so thirsty that he could not help it. and the others A few bubbles saw him dragged down below the water came upto the top andburst. and no more was seen of the Monkey. He wanted a drink of water. So he warned his Monkeys not to go near that pool. one of them was very thirsty. a delicious drink suddenly he disappeared There were some bubbles. but he had no glass.

and then he put down one end of it into the water and sucked at the other end. At this the Monkeys were delighted. The man understood at once that it was a Goblin. none of them could tell how. " into that If pool ! said the King like of the Monkeys. and the water came up from the pool into his mouth. And . you 7 will be drowned. and how they had both been pulled underneath and drowned. So he pulled up a long reed that was growing on the bank of the pool and cut off the ends. finding that no more food to be got. and sucked up the water through them. our two " Then they told him how their friends had gone into the water to drink. poor friends you do. and so quenched their into the pool. and they all pulled up reeds from the bank (for you know a monkey always imitates what he sees men do). died of starvation and a good thing too. . thirst without going was the Goblin.58 " " Don't The go " ! Goblin in the Pool " ? What's the matter said he.

yourself. who had a son at court. " No. serving the King. One ox was not enough to draw the plough over the heavy land and he had no money to buy another." " I If you want an always asking the King ox. " I am for something. The poor Farmer was in despair. of oxen. . and he had no money to buy another.THE FOOLISH FARMER AND THE KING ONCE there was a foolish Farmer. and pair all This Farmer was a very poor he had to plough his fields with was one Two oxen was all he had. You know . and one of them died. So he begged his son to ask the King to give him an ox. man. that he was wanted at home. So he sent a message to his son. you must ask him " can't do " it ! said the poor Farmer. no. his father told him that one of his oxen was dead." said his son. When the son came.

" Now. father.60 The Foolish Farmer and the King what a muddle-head I am. There on a throne he sat. whole year the Farmer practised and the ploughing got on meanwhile I do not know. the son made up a little verse for his father to say." said he. in gorgeous robes. what must be. If I go to ask the King for " another ox. must be. bowing and scraping bunch of grass that he called the King. I shall end by giving him this one " " Well." To help him to King remember. with his courtiers all around him. with which my work was me done." pointing to each bundle as he " When said the name. and arranged them in rows. look here. you come into the King's presence." said the Farmer. the Prime Minister. here are the other grandees. that is the General. and did not plough at Every day At the end of the year he said to " his son : Now it I know that little ! say before any man verse of yours Take me to the King ! Now " ! I can So together father and son trudged away to the King's palace. I cannot ask the King but I'll train you to do it. Perhaps he lived on the seed-corn. The young courtier tied up a number of bundles of this grass. how all. you must begin by saying Long live the ' : and then ask your boon." said his son. " this is the ^ King. that is the Prime Minister. and this is the verse ' ! : " I had two oxen one is to : my plough." it over and repeated over. say that. Anyhow." So he led his father to a place which was dotted all ! : over with clumps of grass. please give another one And he to the " I think I can Well. " ! Now " dead O. mighty king. for a . the .

" If I I have not will far." ? he answered. just as the young man had told his But the poor Farmer his head was beginning to father. as you know. Sire. who by this time was as red as a turkey-cock. Sire. who. please take the other one ! The King couldn't help laughing and he saw there must be a mistake somewhere. " smiling. the ! And when the verse. . "If so. lo Farmer in despair at and behold in his cowhouse were half a dozen of the finest oxen he had ever seen So the poor old Farmer got his oxen. was a " " courtier. is Who It is this " ? said the King to the Farmer's son." ! " "you The King thought given you any so that rather neat. However.The Foolish Farmer and the King 61 General. as pat as a pancake : had two oxen one is Now dead my plough. " Plenty of oxen at home." said the Farmer's son with a bow. he plucked up All eyes What does he want courage." his blunder. ! swim " already. with which my work was done. keeping up the joke. my father. must have given them. were turned on the Farmer. eh said he. mighty king. and all. though he did make a muddle of the pair got home. . the King asked." said he. do it now. " O. and out " I came to : the verse. so the " King knew him. and hardly knew vijhether he stood on head or heels.

caught fast have to stay yet awhile. I shall say you ought to fast." he thought. H'm " ! said he to himself. " Suppose I keep a holy fast to-day ? A capital idea So he crossed his paws. . and nothing to " eat. So she changed herself into the shape of a pretty little Kid.- and there was a tender Kid. The Wolf opened an eye be. and Friday to-day. when people ! thought himself very good and pious to be fasting. Well. and there was a large rock with a sleeping on the top. and when the Wolf awoke he found himself imprisoned. he. and pretended to pray. standing what the noise could on the rock. A fairy saw this. and heard what he said and she . He " forgot his prayers in a minute. and jumped down out to see little of the air on to the rock. and here ! Nothing " it is to eat.THE PIOUS WOLF ONCE Wolf there was a flood. with no way of getting off. after a pause. " here sure enough. thought she would just see how much was real and how much was sham. either I am. ! "Aha " ! said A Kid I can keep my Friday fast to-morrow. The water came pouring around the rock.

After trying to catch the Kid for some time the Wolf " After " it is all. and perhaps I had best keep my fast to-day. the Kid. and." " " You said the humbug ! her proper shape that " . who had gone back to you are a nice creature to pretend ! help You fast because you can't you are keeping fast As a punishit. lay down again. Friday . you shall stay on this rock till next Friday. You know was the and the fairy did not let herself be caught. But the Kid jumped away. not because you are really good. and fast " for a week So saying. could not try as it he would. come near it.The Pious Wolf Now for the 63 and jumped at Kid " ! He smacked his lips." said he. ment. ! . she opened her wings and flew far away. he fairy. fairy.

and. gold piece in the groom's hand. and left him alone in the clover. : for one. or a and. he dropped a . and bit everybody who came bruise at the least a broken bone. his groom always had . it they took themselves off was hurry. Off galloped whinnying Chestnut. pretending to find the horse too strong for him. and. So the groom led Chestnut by this new herd. ! . the groom shouted. he quietly flicked Chestnut with his whip . roaring and and fine fun he had among the new horses . . But the King was a skinflint. as for the other horses. and wanted to get it them cheap so he dropped a hint to his groom. let Chestnut loose in the herd. all of a sudden. kicking up his heels in the air.BIRDS OF A FEATHER ONCE upon a time there was a big horse called Chestnut. let go the halter. a bite for another till . Now the King wanted to buy some horses. He was as fierce as a fury. Chestnut reared and plunged. skurry. that would not be a bad thing if Chestnut made acquaintance with these horses at the same time. worry. and there was a fine to-do a kick near him . and a dealer had driven down a couple of hundred of them for the King to buy.

that nobody could do I'll take anything with. (And yet. So he knew that he would be obliged Then to take some more down to the King another time. and went home again. he suddenly remembered he had brute at home. a broken jaw ! Why. he had resolved. "Aha !" said he "." . he brought Strongjaw with the drove.) take it all that mischief. and. as was one horse. when the King turned up his nose. them back again. hardly one had a skin. as Next time.I have it Strongjaw down with me next time. wondering what he could do. very few people were rich enough to buy his splendid horses.Birds of a Feather 65 By the time he had done with them. he would buy the horses. indeed. just such another vicious named Strongjaw. He would be ruined ! next day. the dealer's eyes twinkled. He was afraid to offend the King. as a favour. and he let out Strongjaw. but he pretended to be very grateful. I he do you suppose at that sore ! ! want Look And here . " Pooh bruised old hacks like that is ? And came ! to see the horses. it half of the dealer protested that them limp " In vain was Chestnut's fault the King he expected him to believe only laughed. and asked that one horse could do if you know. and as soon as the King's groom came by with Chestnut. The dealer was not taken in by this. ding too. whole The poor dealer was in despair. ! He there chuckled with glee as he thought what a fine fight would be between the two. at half price. the King said so. and let him go as he did before. and if he does not prove a match for Chestnut I am very much mistaken. Chest- E . if he liked. it was a pity that he should have to . and at the King's own bidHowever.

and as he saw his little trick was found out. they kept wondering and wondering what the reason could be that these two horses. paid the man in all his kingdom is. and Strongjaw pricked up his then. but in a moment they became bosom friends. and the man. without taking any notice of the rest. they trotted up to each other and rubbed noses. However. and so he man for the other horses as well. were quiet The King asked the wisest as a pair of kittens together. to explain it . each so fierce and wild. who was a minstrel. Still. nut pricked up his ears. that he used to sing songs to the King . They did not fight at all. this time the King had to pay a good price for the horses. and began to lick each other all over.66 Birds of a Feather . The dealer could not understand this. neither could the King. he felt rather ashamed of himself.

and bite their tether : Birds of a feather flock together. Both are wild.Birds of a Feather about 67 in the had happened or would happen world. took up his harp and sang all that : " If the reason you would know. ." . like will always go Here's a pair of vicious horses Just the same in all their courses Like to .

let gently. the Monkey the tree. and both hands as full as peas. they could hold. Up in the branches sat a his Monkey. restless who eyes watched with " " I what they were doing. then he clambered up to his perch as best . in order to make a meal for their horses. Aha " ! spy my thought the " dinner ! Monkey So when for a steaming they had finished the peas.SPEND A POUND TO WIN A PENNY SOME people were steaming peas under a tree. to look after horses. and turned away the moment gently. himself down from He grabbed at the and stuffed his mouth with them.

my " pea ! cried the other peas began to Monkey. and called " " Shoo shoo Then they picked up stones. that one pea was gone. But he ought to it was only one pea. it came home to him. and scrambled about on the ground. The his hands in despair. but he took no notice. So he shinned down the trunk. ! ! When Monkey with them. eating the peas. ! O dear. This terrified the Monkey so much that he gave one jump to the nearest branch. his wizened old face happy and cunning. Suddenly one pea " fell. I hope the loss taught . and to be so greedy in future. to Win a Penny 69 There he sat.Spend a Pound he could. that somehow or other all the other peas had gone too. for now like a thunderclap. That day the Monkey had to content himself with the him not smell of boiled peas for dinner. but he could not find it anywhere. O dear O my pea. hunting for his lost pea. this By time the men had come back." said he to himself. All he wrung thought of was this. and out. He gibbering in distress. but he did not notice them." have thought of that before. their horses. fall out of his mouth. and the peas began to fall out of his hands too. after seeing to they saw a monkey meddling with their cooking-pots they all waved their arms. began to pelt the " " After all. and swung himself up to the top of the tree.

not far away there was a beautiful lake. The Crane used to eat fish. and if you like I will carry you there. always and cool for it lay under the shadow of great trees.THE CUNNING CRANE AND THE CRAB ONCE upon It a time a number of fish lived in a little pool. because never since the world began had a crane done a good turn to a fish. the water dried up and got lower and lower. was all very well while there was rain ." The Fish did not know what to make of this. he saw all the fish gasping in it. . coming to the little pool." said the Crane. until there was hardly enough to hide the fish. and thought of a neat trick to get hold of them without trouble. I know a beautiful lake close by. and it began to be very hot. and it was covered all over with water-lilies. " Dear " I am so Fish. You see it is just as absurd to suppose . And a Crane lived on the banks of this lake. deep and fresh and cool. Now cooped up in this hole. but when summer came. sorry to see you fresh . when he could catch any and one day.

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just as the Crane said and there are trees overshadowing it. all begging the Crane to take them to this beautiful lake. he saw it was " of no use denying that. And now it was should be first . because they knew he had but . and it goes to my heart to see In this hot water you will all be boiled fish " ! before long " " That's true enough. ever so big." he said." This was just what the Crane did want. and " It's . what a feast have had " ! And he Then who up his one eye at the thought of it. the end of it was. and the whole I of it is covered with fine fat flies Ah. . They came to the top of the water. he carried the Fish back again the others. " We don't believe you what you want is to eat us. old Fish could not say enough to praise the lake. as to think that a cat would be kind to a mouse. the Fish were eager to go." said the Fish the water is hot. you know beak was made to eat fish.The Cunning Crane and that a crane the Crab 73 would help fish. have plenty of other food. not to carry them. The Crane took the one-eyed Fish in his beak and put him in the lake and when he had seen that what the . " I have only one for that " And he smiled to himself. beak. ! . but he did not " " " I'm not so cruel as all said he No." Well. " and deep and cool. . So they said to the Crane. I you here. Crane said was true so to tell far. " I have eaten a fish now and then that. every Fish was anxious to remain no rolled all longer in the pool. no say so. The water-lilies are growing in the ! mud . " One at a time ! " ! said the Crane. they persuaded an old Fish with one eye to go and see.

But the Crab had more sense than all the fish put together. it was a Crab. " I should " split." ! Oh no. he certainly deserved to go first. to be sure " You replied the Crane. he thought all's fish that comes ! a king like the " ! He picked ! . how are you going " ! me asked the Crab. " Now By-and-by the Crane came back for another. The cunning Crane had eaten every single one of the fish He stood on the bank. of the tree. him in the cleft of a tree. peering into every hole. " ? Why. until in a few days the pool was empty. and ate him up. " " Old ? asked the who's next Crane." said the Crab. Never mind. And so it went on. to see whether there might not be a little one left somewhere. " and then might drop me. . as happy as first. surely No. and But this time he did not carried him over to the lake. One-eye is swimming about. So the Crane took the one-eyed Fish in his beak. dropping up another fish. " In my beak. before he knew what the truth was. it was decided that as the one-eyed Fish had been so brave as to trust himself in the Crane's beak. and dropped his bones at the foot . and in laid the Fish he drop then he killed pecked his one eye out with his beak him.74 The Cunning Crane and the Crab However. then. and he did not believe in the Crane's friendship . There was one. to my " net ! So he invited the Crab to come with him to carry to the lake. and served him his bones at the foot of the tree. I promise I won't drop you said the Crane.

indeed suppose look at that heap of the bones of the fish that used to ate them. without stopping to neck with the lake. his and then the Crab got tight hold of his claws. only let me go eyes. then.The Cunning Crane and at all." said he. He knew that the Crab could kill him if he liked. and that is what happened to the Crane. and he was frightened to death at the thought. though ! live " in your pool. I ! Crane's neck a little nip. forgive "Just put me in the lake. " Crane " aren't dear. ! ! ! ." said the Crab. with tears streaming from his " " I won't kill me you. and gave the you. People who try to deceive others often pay for it themselves . claws than you can with your beak. and I can hold on tighter with Well. you going to put me in But after a while the " the lake ? " Crane I dear. but you must let me hold on to your neck with my claws." The Crane was so hungry think. I'll come. that. indeed to that tree where the Crane used to sit and eat the fish. said " : my Then I shall feel safe. the Crab at last 75 he So he still pretended to hesitate. ? " ! ! and I'm going to eat you " said the Crab. Then the Crane saw what a fool he had been to let a Crab put a claw round his neck. and the Crane carried him towards carried Crab saw that he was being somewhere else. I'll tell you what. " Are was born to carry crabs about do you Not I Just bones under yon tree Those are ! " said the Crane. he agreed . " Dear Crab " said he.

76 The Cunning Crane and the Crab The Crane stepped down to the lakeside. caught by his own And the Crab lived happily in the beautiful lake trick. And the Crab. So perished the treacherous Crane. . as soon as he felt himself safe. for the rest of his life. nipped off the Crane's head as clean as if it had been cut with a knife. and laid the Crab upon the mud.

he used to sit hidden . that each one should in it. until a number of had come together then he threw a net over them. and bagged them all. and call out the quail's note. when he had found a hiding-place.UNION IS STRENGTH THERE once was a clever Fowler who used to hunt He could imitate the quail's note exactly and quails. : . But amongst the quails was one very clever bird. when they felt the net drop over them. quails . and he hit on the following device He told the quails.

" "You " I did!" tell you is I didn't " ! "What " a lie!" it ? ! A lie. little . " I'm One " ? Quail happened to said the second Quail very sorry. then at a word they were all away together. quarrel they soon did. toity. when a good many had gathered in a clump within his reach. They each quail all did what the wise Quail had told them . he cast the net. then ? Because he thought that sooner or later they would begin Why And to quarrel. which fell over them and made them all prisoners. and dropped then the net was held up by the bush." said the first " . and the birds flocked from far and near then. and then at the word. and besides that he had lost ever so many nets. all ! are.78 Union is Strength pop his head through one of the meshes of the net. bearing the net with them. the birds got away underneath. to be sure by yourself. Next day the Fowler sounded his imitation of the quail's note. and then the game would be his. All fell out as he arranged. I really did not mean to tread on your toe. put his head through one of the meshes. when the is you lift up the suppose man throws it over us " it . away they should fly together. " What are you doing. until the Fowler began to despair he came home every night empty-handed. . Hoity. After some this all upon while time they saw a large bush. tread on another's toe. bush Again and again this happened. clumsy angrily. did he keep on trying to catch them. I how high-and-mighty we net. .

getting angrier and angrier. that next day. And the result was. the Fowler lifted into his for them. basket. when the fowler made his cast. crammed them all together them home for supper.Union is Strength 79 And so they went on. and let us see both your wings moulted ! ! lift. said the first Quail to the second ! : " Now then. Samson. and and took . lift away They say " ! that last time your feathers all fell off your head " Oh. and each it telling the the net. indeed They say that when you tried to Lift away. if it is true " ! But while they were other to lift quarrelling.

tumbling head over heels.SILENCE OXCE upon for his IS GOLDEN had a she-jackal a time a Lion mate. in the midst of their game. This Cub was just like his sire to look at. . and they had a young one. mane and claws but in voice he took after his dam. This Cub used to play about with the young Lions. frighten . . and trying to knock each other down. The other young Lions were quite shocked they jackal. the mongrel Cub thought he would them so he opened his mouth wide. . So you would fancy he was a lion. intending to all that came out was a yelp like the yelp of a and roar. in shape and colour. so long as he held his tongue. One day. and merry times they had to be sure.

turning to the poor Cub. Yours is not a lion's roar. So don't try it." said the old Lion And then. One who was watching them." The poor Cub slunk away with legs." " his dam was a are right. paws . his tail between his while the other Lions sniffed and turned up their noses at him. Ever after that he took good care to hold his tongue when he was in the company of his betters.Silence is Golden 81 could not imagine what strange creature this was. " Lion's claws and lion's Lion's feet to stand upon But the bellow of this fellow Sounds not like a lion's son " ! " You Jackal. but keep quiet. he said : " All will see what kind you be If you yelp as once before . . who was . looking very crestfallen. of them went up and said : to the old Lion.

many he cast into prison. and wear mourning for .THE GREAT YELLOW KING AND HIS PORTER ONCE upon a time. and all . He was just as . or a leg. and some bad at home their necks cutting off an arm. that gets into your eye. reigned a mighty King. shops were shut. and putting spiders down a misery to and now that he was grown up he made life He was like a speck of dust wife and child. pulling their hair . he put to death without cause. or a thorn in the heel. others he ill-treated. who was called by the title of the Great Yellow King. people are generally very sorry. of their goods. or grit between your teeth. when he was a boy he did nothing but tease his sisters. and ground them like grist in the mill he robbed them . When a king or queen dies. in a great and rich city. This King was very cruel to his people. or blinding them. But it is a long lane that has no turning and at last the Great Yellow King died. them . but when the Great Yellow King died there All the was the such rejoicing and merriment as had not been known for many a long day.

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he always gave when he came back. and however of that. down the head. everybody cried. sits and then he will come back to us But the other man laughed. . " Don't be afraid He's dead and done for. it isn't that " " what is it then ? ! ! that never heard " man. to be sure Now if he tries that on with the porter who very much afraid by the gates of Death.The Great Yellow King and his Porter . and said. No one could understand it in the whole town was glad." said you. On the steps of the palace sat the Yellow King's porter. and here was this At last some one asked him why he porter crying . they can never send him back to us ! ! " again. The man looked up and rubbed " he. weeping and wailing. ! "What is the matter?" said he. When his majesty used to come out of his palace. Porter much they wish it. sighing and sobbing. and another the steps. and everybody high and low was half daft with joy. 85 schools had a whole holiday there were raree-shows and merry-go-rounds. ! me a cuff on What a fist game his majesty had. his eyes. all "Was ? I the Great Yellow King so kind to you as of his being kind to anybody " " sobbed the No. But one man was not joyful. and wiped his eyes. I am they won't have him there at any price. Well. I'll tell " Well." So the Porter was comforted. and went to get a glass of beer.

Up in the air. as Quailie searched for . as he said . he looked about to see if there was anything good to eat. a Falcon was sail. or anything that the plough turned up. or hop worms. just above the tree-tops. Not a bit of it he must needs better himself.THE QUAIL AND THE FALCON THERE once was lived a young Quail the that on a farm. You might he had only to hop along after the plough and peck. . Quailie used to about over the clods and pick up seeds. poised on outstretched wings . and he ate these and lived on them. so one fine day he flew ing. alighting on the ground just where the forest began. he had no think this was very nice for him trouble to find food. away over the farm. . When farmer ploughed up the land. away to the forest which fringed it and. or weeds. because the ploughman turned it up .

Falcon Down came the Falcon with a swoop like a flash of . Quailie ? asked the Falcon. . oh ning down his " dear beak. Oh dear. Quailie do now ? He twittered and and at last began to " ! cry. if he had been able to think at all.The Quail and the Falcon . nonsense. the tears runI what a fool was to poach on If I had only stayed at home other people's preserves this Falcon could never have caught me. feeling as happy now as he was " ! " A and when he got back to his miserable a moment gone farm he picked out a big clod and perched on the top. Quailie. ! . leaving the Falcon to come full tilt against the clod of and so swift was he. that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. " think I can't catch you anywhere ? " " own cried the Not on " " Do you my ground ! Quail. so the Falcon was searching for quails ! and behold. So the Quail found out how much better it is for most people to stick to what they are used to and as for the Falcon." Oh." off you go The Quail flew off. " What do you mean by that " ? ploughed field full of clods. not even if he had come and " tried " ! What's that. " " " Come come on " cried he on. ! lightning but just as he came close the Quail dodged him nimbly and tumbled over the clod to the other side. he might have thought. earth . clods won't help you. Just try. . he spied one Down he came with a swoop and a whirr. I'll follow. and in an instant the Quail was in his crooked claws. that the shock killed him. . 87 and lo worms. What could poor fluttered. whimpered " ! Quailie.

PRIDE ONCE upon lived in the MUST HAVE A FALL a time there was a beautiful wild Goose that he was King of the Geese. brown streaks. She was very proud of her egg. . But it had happened once that this Goose. In course of time this Crow laid a beautiful egg. pretty and she flirted and flouted so enchantingly that he had married her. and out came a funny The Crow did not know what to make of ! this chick he was not black. and between. and twice as big as an ordinary crow's egg. went the egg. . . like the goose he was so he had two wives. like his father. So she named him . as she was. the little black Crow and the Goose. pop chick. in his travels about the world. until little one day. and he was not white. who was very as black as jet. all white with blue spots. fell in with a young lady Crow. but something betwixt a dingy grey with Streaky. and sat on it for a longtime. mountains . with two eyes like black beads. and he had a mate and two or three fine young ones.

where Streaky lived. ." " Oh. and then he had a very loud voice. and gave them very and how of a tall careful directions to find the place palm-tree that how to fly. to begin with. . on the top grew out of a dust-heap at the city gate. go else. a big . in it not to mention his which made him a proud bird indeed. the young Geese. they asked him why he was always going away for days at a time. So away they flew. flying to the dust-heap visit to the the Crow colony now and mountains city gate. and where to go. once as he was talking to his sons. and away they flew. used to pay a again.Pride Must Have a Fall 89 Be sure that Streaky fancied himself mightily. ." somewhere he. Well. Do " ! said the Geese. though he was really only a mongrel. for fear of mischief but after a while he was persuaded. outside the used to feed on dirty But he did not stay long. down from where they lived. what he liked to eat. in fact anything and King Goose could not get they could find . Crows took him at his own price. Now the Goose. and thought him very wonderful. " " I said to see a son of mine that lives Why. till at last they saw the tall palm-tree and on the very top of it. with several different notes brown streaks. Goose would not let them go. I And think the other as foolish creatures are apt to do. being so very different from all the Crows he lived with he was larger. ! father " ! At first the father . how nice our brother. let us bring " Then he must be him here on a visit Do. because the Crows offal and dead bodies. his father.

if you are as carry you on a stick. strong birds. and feeling that world would see what a splendid bird he was. with his airs and graces. and flew As for Streaky. as among Why usual . They could not say good-bye full of to Mrs. Crow. but they off." weak as all that. he was far too full of his own importance to say good-bye to his mother. There he sat. Crow was very much pleased. now the . and said "Aw. as he had been brought up of the best. as proud all as Punch. I don't think I can fly really all that way. " They said How do you do ?" and . It is too to come much trouble. Streaky. Pride Must Have a Fall and in the nest. see me instead. and they thought nothing of carrying Streaky. although they did not much like the look of this ugly bird Streaky. or even so much as " Thank " you to the two birds who were so kindly carrying him. and answered him " : Well. and then each of them tcok an end in his mouth. we will These Geese were very big. : but Streaky looked bored. his manners were none The young Geese began to like him less than ever. on the middle of the stick. However. they put a good face on it. did not the Governor " ? aw you This rude bird called his father the Governor see. So they looked about until they found a strong stick. because they meant to go through with it now. the stick. pluming his feathers. and Streaky perched in the middle.90 nest . carrion crows. and our funny told their errand friend Streaky. made like polite little Geese. because their mouths were her a nice bow. a little black Crow. caw. Mrs.

and here is his song " made up on the : As yonder king goes galloping with his milk-white four-in-hand. : " Streaky. driving round the city in great " Aha " " that's state and grandeur. to be driven about for your So the best thing pleasure." Streaky was ashamed of what he don't said it know whether . but to go back. you can do is to fly back to your mother . so that he might do as he thought best.Pride Must Have a Fall 91 As they flew over the saw the king of the city. had and creatures like Streaky are very thick-skinned. . Old King Goose was more angry than they were. to carry him over the land ! The Geese were very angry when they heard Streaky But they were very well-bred Geese. city Streaky looked down. " Streaky has these. but carried him safely to their home. you make a great mistake. and if you think they are like a pair of horses. and in a beautiful carriage drawn by four white thoroughbred?. you have been very rude to your brothers. his pair of Geese. and this time he must fly by was hardly likely that his brothers would anyhow he had himself. for your manners I suit the dust-heap better than the mountains. So he called Streaky. for it . as you must have seen already so they said nothing at all to him then. and then they told their father what Streaky had said. should be But I'm every bit as good as he " and in his ! ! ! joy he began to sing a little song which he spur of the moment. takes a great deal to make them ashamed . who are at least as good as you . as it thought he. and this is what he said sing this song. and was very sorry he had left his son to be brought up by a Crow who knew no manners.

. days . eating carrion. tired and hungry. What his mother days thought of it all I don't know but King Goose never went to see them any more. and spent the rest of his on the dust-heap. He got back a few later.92 carry Pride Must Have a Fall him when he had been so rude.

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looking very much excited. for a shilling. and he ran up to the King. He came running towards the crowd who. This was very generous. Anybody who liked could see him eat his dinner without charge. when you can dine heartily THERE was once . Accordingly the crowd made way for him at once. and . He often spent as much as a thousand pounds on a single dish which is great wastefulness. sitting on a golden throne.THE BOLD BEGGAR a King who was so fond of good eating and drinking that they called him King Dainty. if people could not eat things so nice as yet they must greatly enjoy seeing him eat them. as usual. and there he took his meals. under a white silk umbrella. wasn't it ? A man who had often seen him eat thought he would like a taste of the King's choice food. were watching the King eat his dinner. and no posts. and shouted " " News Now at that time there were news news no newspapers. And this is what he did. He thought that his. So he fitted up a beautiful tent outside his own door. one who brought news was sure of instant hearing. and no telegraphs so any : ! ! ! .

I can tell but he did you. and gave him delicious wine to drink. . and the to eat. Well." is. Then the King said to him " Now.96 " ! The Bold Beggar " Then he fell down before the King. but 1 advise you again. shouting News as if he were faint with hunger. : let us hear your news. But the King only laughed. don't and went away happy in the know whether the King spent less money upon his dinner after that. and said " That news is true of most of us every day of our lives. this time you low." The man bowed success of his trick. ! " " ." King fed him out of his own dish. " Give him Poor fellow said the King. and now I am not All the people looked shocked at his impertinence. I may go free. They thought he never would finish finish at last. "that an " was hungry. something So they propped him up on a chair. you are a "The news I hour ago ! : bold fellow not to try it . and gasped." said the man. after an hour or two. your Majesty. my good fellow. The man made a hearty meal. but I am quite sure that no one else got a meal at his table in the same way.

and in this Crystal Cave lived a Jackal. and snarling so that it was the . Near by was a silver mountain with a Crystal Cave. because they were not greedy Lions. The young Lions used to be out all day. how small. with soft brown fur. When they caught anything they used to keep a bit for her. G . and they thought that if she did the work at home she deserved some of the game they got abroad.THE JACKAL WOULD . while their sister kept everything neat and tidy at home. and sneaking. height of impertinence even to think of such a thing. hunting. this Jackal fell violently in love with the young large soft She was very beautiful. They were three brothers and one sister. and and he did not stop to eyes. think what a mongrel cur a Jackal looks beside a Lion. and fine whiskers . WOOING GO ONCE upon in the a time there was a family of Lions that lived Himalaya Mountains in a Golden Cave. Now Lioness.

and waited. " ! She gave him a ! bow. This seemed a pretty broad hint that he was not wanted there so he went home again. perched up in the air as it might be . gone out hunting for food and then he came and tapped on the rock at the mouth of the Golden Cave. she might just as well die. after such a thing as that had spoken to her. so the Lioness was surprised to him come tapping at her door. " I love you see how much we are alike You have four feet. He had the sense to wait until the three brothers had . She hated the vile creature. me ? We shall be so happy together " ! " Beautiful Lioness . and very Lioness to see the Jackal there. said he. indeed. as a neighbour .98 The ! Jackal it. he actually proposed hear how he did it.Wooing Go to the He did think of Lioness You shall and more. ! This offer so astonished the Lioness that she could say nothing. and see it looked just as if there were nothing there. for you can see through crystal like glass. very woebegone. She resolved that. Would A. . with his tail between his legs. of and. As these thoughts passed through her mind the Jackal was waiting for his answer but no answer he got. much surprised was the She knew him by sight. much misery. lioness that he should dare to address himself to a royal a scavenger to a queen The very thought of ! ! the insult made her furious. and lay down in his Crystal Cave in . course. . But they distant were not on visiting terms. The Lioness looked out. and so have I Will you marry clearly we are made for one another. either by holding her breath or by starving herself. vilest of all creatures . when he was in his Crystal Cave you could always see him.

when crack went his when he got near ! skull against the wall of crystal. with a fine fat deer which he had killed. he leaped at him. However. what on The brute " ! earth is the matter " ? asked he. told her ! in the air. cracked his crown against the wall of crystal. though she was beginning to be sorry that she was going to die. and wanted said her brother." she " " said. after all and how But the second Lion did not give nice the meat smelt her much time to think he growled. " No. the second came . and as she had never been there she could not tell he was really in a cave. she looked brother what had he had better go out and see what was happened become of the other two.The Jackal Would a. " " have a bit he called sister. Now when the third brother came in. marry me Where is he ? " " ? Can't you see him. She told him the same tale. Surely two Lions were a match for any Jackal Still. leaped into the air. the Lioness was Just as the Lioness brother." out. Off galloped the young Lion. and the place where the Jackal was lying in his Crystal Cave. Here. mean and to die. up as quite sure she didn't gloomy as ever. . furious with rage.Wooing Go 99 By-and-by the eldest brother of the Lioness came home " again. there he was. lying up in the sky You know the crystal was transparent. and down fell the Lion dead! was getting anxious about her eldest in. and fell down dead beside his brother. as before. I Why. dirty Jackal " " came. ! . to " ! "A nasty. and off he went. ! She put on a very gloomy think I shall have to die. ." " air. He had not hurt her.

down again." head with one paw and looked wise.too " The Up Jackal " ? Would a^ Wooing Go in the air all cleverer than said the youngest brother. with I " have ! " is ! their skulls cracked right across like a teacup. or glass So up he jumped. Jackie dear he called out. Jackie. " ! However. I'll try kindness first. and scratched his head with the " H'm it looks as though it may be difficult ! get at this Jackal. and when he got near the Crystal Cave. of course. dead. me it that's what it Crystal. and nonsense for ! Now lie let him to upon He scratched his think. He to sat other paw. There must be something and yet you can see through it. . . who was " Stuff the rest put together. there were his two brothers.

. you have heard them talking in the Zoo. her nose so high in the but not a bit of it . thing went snap Then the Lion looked up. you will know that even when they want to coax and purr they and. after all. who.The Now if Jackal Would a^ Wooing Go 101 you must know that Lions have a very loud voice. when he heard the Lion coaxing him down. thought "What an awful roar!" His heart was beating very hard before. but to I never heard that any other animal asked her marry him. And so the poor Jackal. and saw that the Jackal was dead. was not so bad as the proud Lioness made out. his brothers. all because she held sister all You might air . So he buried about it. So she lived all the rest of her life in the Golden Cave. she was quite satisfied so long as one was left to catch food for her. are enough to frighten you. but this time ! it gave such a leap that some- And the Jackal was dead too. and went and told his expect her to be sorry that her two brave brothers were dead.

stay. thinking to himself what a nice meal the Boar would make some other So. " Hullo '* ! ! ! a tree. and he used to drink water out of a beautiful It so happened that. he must fight me first He easy. and did see him. and rubbed his tusks against him. ! Let us have a fight to-day ! You have If four so have try ! I ! you fail. after drinking his fill. then he called out " : Stay. you can but " . he crawled quietly away through the bushes. puffed his chest out very big. runaway feet. as he was drinking there one lake. " said he to himself. he saw a Boar feeding over on the opposite bank. just eaten a leg hungry day. but he made of elephant. Now he had . Ah well. day. yon Lion is afraid of me.THE LION AND THE BOAR ONCE upon a time there was a Lion who lived in the mountains. hoping that the Boar could not see But the Boar had sharp eyes. and was not a note of that Boar. he need not think to get off so that's clear " If he wants to go.

I will meet you here this day week." " What on earth do you mean his friends asked. for one and all they set up such a . Boar. at this ! the Boar his ears. " it shall never be I took a mean advantage of any one. 103 believe What ! a He could break a Boar's Still. little . if you like. and then we can . At last the other Boars protested. " ? asked a pretty little sow." said he. " I haven't " Where is did open their eyes. he felt worse than ever . This day week. knocking over the pots and pans. as I'm rather I have tired just been wrestling with a fox. and said they would not stand it any longer. And when he finished. making himself very disagreeable indeed. " fight it out between us. and Every . then Good-day to you." When he got home. "Oho!" says he. But. " Oh. He said ! his bristle on his back was standing up straight greedy eyes were gleaming he ran into the house. his friends hardly knew him. very well. exactly killed " He is him yet." said the Boar day coming ? to be killed this " week. "you defy a Boar that Come on. He told them the story. he hid his astonishment : impertinent Boar and only said Please. but he did not feel quite so bold now as he had felt before.The Lion and The Lion could hardly Boar challenge him to fight back with a tap of his paw. full Well. let me off to-day. Mr. snarling at his wife. rather unwillingly. then " and very fierce has killed a Lion ! ! indeed he looked. Killed a Lion ! They the Lion you have killed of curiosity." said this so humbly that the Boar became haughtier than ever.

and we are all dead ! ! Boars " ! By this time the poor Boar had lost all his conceit you see he was an ignorant Boar. and the Lion gave a jump. So every day he rolled . as he went. Kill a Lion ? death of us Why. he will crunch you up in a trice. all am sorry to say he told Boar did not wait But when he got his friends he had . " Get to leeward. but scampered home. until one very old and wise Boar advised him to roll in the mud till he was very dirty. get to leeward ! you have saved your " ! life . I want no more. oh dear they cried. Nobody could think of a way. the wind took a whiff of him to the Lion. and cried out. and snuffed. like dirt. I Here's a pretty trick Well. and sneezed. " Dirty Boar. because Lions are clean beasts and do not . you would fight.104 The Lion and ! the Boar weeping and wailing that the whole forest resounded with " " " Oh it you'll be the dear. in great disgust he pair of tongs now saying. So his heart was down in his toes. and all he wanted now was some way out of the mischief. and wallowed in the dirtiest and by the appointed time he was places he could find like a big cake of dirt. I yield me quite. would not touch you with a ! and. I sure that our friend the off any longer. So when he came to the lake where he was to meet the Lion. You're saved from being eaten If . this little rhyme : went away. and swished his tail. and did not know at all what the strength of a Lion is. and then he'll come here. And own that I am beaten " ! You may be there.

" said they with a wink.The Lion and the Boar ! 105 beaten the Lion. it was rather mean to pretend he had. nobody believed him." . and the colony of Boars thought the best thing they could do was to get away from that " If he is place as fast as their four legs could carry them. after all. and the Lion had run away tainly had beaten the Lion in one way. but not in so He cer- fair fight. he is a Lion. "still. However. beaten.

everything as usual. They were all Sheand if they wanted husbands. they gobbled them up. and force them tired of their to marry . but for fear that the sailors should be frightened away. by their magic power. so that there seemed to be fields. with hounds. it \vas all a sham. and all the sights of the quiet So. when the sailors looked round. was wrecked upon the coast near the hundred sailors were cast ashore. There was nobody else there at all goblin city. and when they were a ship husbands. as The end of it was. and brought food and dry clothes for the sailors. men ploughing in the and huntsmen country life. made shapes of people appear all around. they used to get hold of travellers afterwards. there was a large nothing but Goblins. or shepherds tending their sheep. that they persuaded the sailors to . the Goblins.THE GOBLIN CITY LONG. The She-goblins came down to the seashore. goblins. they felt quite secure you know. city full of . long ago. too in the island of Ceylon. One day and five . although. and invited them to come into the city. and saw .

gone to sea telling Goblin City 107 them that their own husbands had and had been gone these three years. What was he to do ? They could . . and looked out of the tail of his eye. waiting to be eaten. put on their hats. as you know. he watched. If they had a ship they might have sailed away. : " Man's meat. their ship was gone. and as she munched she muttered . By-and-by in she came he pretended to be asleep. then lay down and soon she was snoring loudly. and some said he must have been dreaming they were sure their wives would not do such a thing. not fight with Goblins. captain up and riot seeing her there. so that they must be drowned and lost for ever. next morning. and gnawed their flesh. He could think of nothing. That's what Goblins like to eat " ! She said it over and over again. of the sailors woke before his wife came home. when the men were all asleep. in prison. believed him. She was still munching and crunching. In the middle of the night. . and ate them up and after this It so happened that the orgie they went home again. man's meat. they had served others in just the same way.The marry them. and their last batch of husbands were then in a ship. the She-goblins rose up. But really. but because Goblins hate the water worse than a cat . and they were in the Goblins' power. . However. The captain was horribly frightened to find he had married a Goblin. he found a chance of telling Some of them his mates what he had discovered. and hurried down to the prison there they killed a few men. .

and then another. and thus there was plenty of room for all. But there was a kind fairy who hated those Goblins . and munched them to mincemeat. and hovered just above them. I do " called out the ! sailors. crying out. think that When who wanted to away home. and reach. although the horse looked no bigger than any other horse. As for those who remained behind. flew the beautiful horse go had got up on his back. dropping within So one climbed up. the captain saw in the air a beautiful horse with large white and gold wings. So she told her And accordingly. and took them safely . till they were no bigger than ants. then said the horse. The horse fluttered down. Climb up. there was room for everybody on his ! " " . that very night the Goblins set upon them and mangled them. another and. in a human voice " Who wants to go home ? who wants to go home who wants to go home ? " : ? " I do. when they got up. and she determined to save the men. the shrink small. fairy I made them all so many somehow. flying horse to go and carry them away. back. as the men were out for a walk next day.io8 The Goblin City that they Those who believed him agreed for a would look out chance of escape.

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and lilies." said the Gardener. but they did not know how said " ! to get : So one of them went " " and Good morning. flowers. Lacknose into the garden Good morning. and he had a very nice garden full of beautiful flowers roses. and cut.LACKNOSE THERE was once a Gardener who had no nose. please these " ! : The Gardener knew very well that his nose would not grow again like his whiskers. The boy thought flatter boy. and he thought the little boy rather rude to mention it so he became angry. that he thought very Gardener : and so he said to the " Cut. Mr. and all the prettiest : flowers you can imagine. Three little boys thought they would like a bunch of it. and pinks. . so he had made up a verse of poetry pretty. the best thing he could do was to the old fellow. and cut again. . Hair and whiskers grow amain : And your nose will grow like Give me a little posy. and violets.

suppose ! He would . another of 'em " Another himself." said the old man. . grown May your nose sprout up like these And ere long they're fully . try what truth could do. So in he came with " Good morning. " sir ! What. "And : what do you want ? Then the boy put on " In the a coaxing smile. and knew so he determined to that there is nothing like the truth . But the third boy was an honest little boy. which he thought would just suit the old Gardener. " the old fellow will because he is a Gardener. garden and said : He walked modestly into the " " Good morning. Perhaps the first boy had not spoken nicely and he had made a verse of . and was angrier than ! " Be off !" said he. and said autumn seeds are sown. Lacknose " ! "Good morning. Mr. his trick. " boy. please ! he thought.1 1 2 Lacknose " else Go away " ! " ! said he. " and get your posy somewhere The boy went away disappointed but the second boy thought he would try his luck too. "or ! I'll be after you with a stick You had better go somewhere Plant a nose." But not a bit of " There ! like that. pack of " ! growled the Gardener to " I lies. poetry too. indeed " and learn manners before you ask for my flowers ! So the second boy went away faster than the first. ! Give " me a little " posy. it ! The Gardener saw through ever.

Noses cut no more will grow. nothing daunted. or say they no. that he took his scissors and cut a most beautiful bunch of flowers. " Can Babbling fools to think that they get a posy in this way ! ! Say they yes. See. very . which he gave the boy with a smile.Lacknose hardly look at the boy. to me " ! The Gardener was so pleased to find a straightforward and honest little boy. I ask you honestly sir. "Thank you. and went away delighted. repeated his verse : 1 1 3 But the boy. sir. much " ! The boy said. : Give a posy.

. He asked one and he asked another he begged and prayed them to tell him of his faults. ! " Now we ! have a little if I peace. and he decided all the cases so wisely that nobody durst bring an unjust cause before him. . . a man is King. whose was good. the wigs and gowns were hung up on pegs. . ready to call him good but this King really He used to hold courts of justice for people to course. So after a while the result was. come to when they had a quarrel . .THE KING'S LESSON lived a very ONCE upon a time there name was Godfrey. when he had none to tell He tried in the palace. to and fro. they said they really that he might mend them could not tell him of his faults. so but no. all praise and no low. " " What a blessing thought King Godfrey to himself. he tried in the city high and of. and as dusty as dusty could be and nobody had any quarrels at all. : blame. Suppose I try to see ? done with this King. when . it was just the same . And " they say it's all my doing I wonder am really as good as people make me No sooner said than out. that the courts became empty all the rustle and bustle was quiet. Of everybody is good King.

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Wonder of wonders they said the same behind his back as they did to his face That must have been a very nice country to live ! ! in. Our King did not know who was in that carriage. and find out what people thought of him. was such a good fellow. Now will such a strange country as that. though not so good as the first and he had got the same idea into his head. strange things happen and so it turned out that. it seems but if he found no one to pick faults in him before. when it might save him trouble. Everybody had a good word for him too. way ! said the driver of the other " " Get out of the said King Godfrey's way yourself man.The " idea King's Lesson " 117 Well. and got a carriage and pair. that he would wander about in disguise. . and neither would budge. you shall see. who was also a good king as kings go. but I will tell you who it was. he . Still. asking everybody what they thought of the King. I I had no upon my word. There they stood. here was one now. as our King was in ." said he you see. ! . " I have a King inside. as driving along." thought the King. both of them. with only just room for the carriage and right in the middle of this lane another carriage met him. This was the King of the next country. he knew who the disguised traveller was. but I am sure I cannot tell where it is. and he thought there was no need to hide it now. " " Get out of the carriage. and drove all over the country." So he dressed himself like a traveller. my back ? Happy thought ! I'll disguise and that will soon show me the truth. came to a narrow lane sunk between two steep banks. . who knows what they say behind myself. .

as like as In fact. my : ! ! "H'm. The King's Lesson I you have one King. out they were just the same in that and though he cudgelled his brains to find out it turned some their kingdoms difference. He suggested that perhaps one of them was a . you see. in poetry too. hoping. " Fifty. "tit for tat is all . " Oh " what is to be done ? dear. and the bad with badness pays Give place. though they were much too dignified to say anything. have another " ! said the other man and imagine how astonished King Godfrey's coachman was to hear that. O driver such are this monarch's ways " Rough to the rough. but that King Godfrey's coachman hit on a fine idea. All this time the horses were champing their bits and pawing the ground.u8 " If . oh dear. And there they might have stayed till doomsday." he said. brave and glorious in peace or war. and this it was better King than the other : " mighty King the mild with mildness sways. that the younger might be willing to give way. with exactly the same number of people in them. Both Kings ! Haw old is your King ? " he added suddenly." said King Godfrey's driver. what were his master's virtues. there seemed to be none were exactly the same size. would the other coachman kindly tell him ? The other coachman had his answer all ready. Masters the good by goodness. they were two peas in a pod. as if they would like to jump over each other's heads and I daresay the Kings were getting . impatient too." " Fifty ! So is mine ! And how rich is he " ? But point . give place. and their ancestors had been just as .

may be sure. as he would have been if he lived here with us. let and pulled the carriage up on the slope to let King Godfrey pass by. which the King promised to for in that strange country people used to follow " advice sometimes. like the your King's virtues. but out he got. we the better for that lesson . before he went on. miser vanquishes and lies with truth repays. gave the other King a little good advice. asleep anyhow. if ! " other " : He By gifts the conquers wrath by mildness. and I hope Godfrey did not become conceited in that strange country. And then they said Good-bye. all angry with his coachthe horses loose. thought it was time to be moving perhaps he had been cap that." virtue to man " in his own " Oh." said King Godfrey's coachman." said he. you can call it and I should be very glad to hear all vice if you like . " I can't "your master'is better than mine. well." And the new King. give place." says the other in a huff. and both of them ruled take . he did his answer into poetry. he was not at man. was all The other King. who had not said a word all this time. their countries well until they died. not to be beaten. 1 N I S . O driver ! such are this monarch's ways " ! Then the other man felt he had met his match. But King Godfrey. Give place. you laugh at mine "Certainly.The very well. but I King's Lesson it 119 pay out a bad shouldn't call coin. . the bad with goodness sways. and they . and." good and both went back home again.

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