THE SWALLOW AND THE BLACKBIRDS
It happened that a farmer was sowing
hemp seed in a field where a
Swallow and some blackbirds were hopping about picking food.
that man," warn the Swallow.
"Why, what is he doing?" question the
"That is hemp
seed he is sowing; be careful to pick up everyone of the seeds, or else you
will be sorry."
The blackbirds paid no heed to the words of the
Overtime the hemp grew up and was made into cord.
The cord was woven into nets and many a
blackbird that had ignored the advice of the Swallow was caught in nets made
out of hemp.
THE LION AND THE STATUE
A Roman and a lion were debating the relative strength of
men and lions.
The Roman contended that he and his countrymen were
stronger than lions by reason of their
"Come now with me," the Roman begged, "I will
soon prove I am right."
the Roman took the Lion into the public
gardens and showed him a statue of Hercules overcoming a Lion and tearing the
mouth of the Lion in two.
"The idol means nothing. Man made the idol,"
retorted the Lion.
A Wolf found great difficulty in
getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the
shepherd and his dogs.
one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so
it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep.
lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to
follow the Wolf in the Sheep's clothing; so, leading the lamb a little apart,
he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the
sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.
BELLING THE CAT The mice had a general council to consider what measures they
could take to outwit the Cat.
this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a
proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case.
"You will all
agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous
manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal
of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I venture, therefore, to
propose that a small bell be procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck
of the Cat. By this means we
should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in
This proposal met with general applause, until an
old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the
looked at one another and nobody spoke. Then the old mouse said:
THE FOOL AND THE COUNTRYMAN
At a country fair there was a fool who made all the people
laugh by imitating the cries of various animals.
He finished off by
squeaking so like a pig that the spectators thought that he had a porker
concealed about him.
But a farmer who stood by said: "Call that a pig's
squeak. Nothing like it. You give me till tomorrow and I will show you what
The audience laughed, but next
day, sure enough, the farmer appeared on the stage, and putting his head down
squealed so hideously that the spectators, hissed and threw stones at him to
make him stop.
"You fools" he cried, "see what you
have been hissing," and held up a little pig whose ear he had been pinching to
make him utter the squeals.
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER In a field, one fine
summer day, a Grasshopper
was hopping about, chirping, singing and munching to his heart's content.
An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil a kernel of rye.
"Why not eat the rye then come and dance and sing with me," said the
Grasshopper, "instead of toiling that way?"
"I am helping to lay up
seed for the winter," said
the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
"Why worry about
winter?" said the
Grasshopper; "there is plenty of seed."
The Ant went on its way and
continued its toil.
winter came the
Grasshopper had no seed, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the
ants distributing rye seeds every day from the stash they had collected in the
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