THE EAGLE AND HIS CAPTOR

AN Eagle was once captured by a man, who at once
clipped his wings, and put him into his poultry yard
with the other birds; at which treatment the Eagle
was weighed down with grief.

Another neighbour having purchased him, suffered
his feathers to grow again. The Eagle took flight, and
pouncing upon a hare brought it at once as an offering
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THE DOG, THE COCK, AND THE FOX

A DOG and a Cock, being great friends, agreed to travel
together. At nightfall they took shelter in a thick wood.
The Cock, flying up, perched himself on the branches of
a tree, while the Dog found a bed beneath in the hollow trunk.

When the morning dawned, the Cock, as usual, crowed
very loudly several times. A Fox hearing the sound, and
wishing to make a breakfast on him, came and stood under
the branches, saying how earnestly he desired to make the
acquaintance of the owner of so magnificent a voice. Continue reading

THE HARES AND THE FROGS

THE Hares, oppressed with a sense of their own
exceeding timidity, and weary of the perpetual
alarm to which they were exposed, with one accord
determined to put an end to themselves and their
troubles, by jumping from a lofty precipice into
a deep lake below.

As they scampered off in a very numerous body
to carry out their resolve, the Frogs lying on the
banks of the lake heard the noise of their feet,
and rushed helter-skelter to the deep water for
safety. On seeing the rapid disappearance of the
Frogs, one of the Hares cried out to his companions: Continue reading

THE ANT AND THE DOVE

AN Ant went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst,
and, being carried away by the rush of the stream, was
on the point of being drowned. A Dove, sitting on a tree
overhanging the water, plucked a leaf, and let it fall into
the stream close to her. The Ant, climbing on to it, floated
in safety to the bank.

Shortly afterwards a birdcatcher came and stood under
the tree, and laid his lime-twigs for the Dove, which sat
in the branches. The Ant, perceiving his design, stung
him in the foot. He suddenly threw down the twigs, and
thereupon made the Dove take wing. Continue reading

THE WOLF AND THE CRANE

A WOLF, having a bone stuck in his throat, hired
a Crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his
throat, and draw out the bone.

When the Crane had extracted the bone, and
demanded the promised payment, the Wolf,
grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: Continue reading