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The Cat And The Parrot The Cat And The Parrot

The Cat And The Parrot
ONCE upon a time, a Cat and a Parrot had joint lease of a certain piece of land, which they tilled together. One day the Cat said to the Parrot, "Come, friend, let us go to the field." Said the Parrot, "I can't come now, because I am whetting my bill on the branch of a mango-tree." So the Cat went alone, and ploughed the field. When the field was ploughed, the Cat came to the Parrot again, and said-- "Come, friend, let us sow the corn." Said the Parrot, "I can't come now, because I am whetting my beak on... Short Stories - Post by : Martin_Avis - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 4784

The Wound And The Scar The Wound And The Scar

The Wound And The Scar
THERE was once a forest where a Lion dwelt. Over all the beasts of the forest the Lion lorded it, and of men not one durst come near the place for fear of King Lion; none, that is, except one only, a Woodman who lived in a little hut just upon the borders of the woodland; and between the forest and the hut a river flowed. This Woodman came often into the forest, to cut wood; and he had no fear to do so, because the Lion and he were bosom friends. Such fast friends they were that if ever the... Short Stories - Post by : Jaime_Bonet - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2662

What Is A Man? What Is A Man?

What Is A Man?
IN a certain forest, a Lioness dwelt who had one cub. This cub did not go to school, as you one day will go; but he learned his lessons at home. And what do you think his lessons were? Not multiplication which is vexation; not the Rule of Three which puzzles me; not spelling and copy-books. No; the Lioness had only one lesson to teach her cub, and that was, to avoid mankind as if they were poison. Every day, morning and evening, she taught him for an hour; telling him again and again, that of all the beasts of the... Short Stories - Post by : geenome - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1504

The Swan And The Paddy-bird The Swan And The Paddy-bird

The Swan And The Paddy-bird
A WILD Swan was flying once to his home, when he paused to rest on a tree. This was a kind of tree you have most likely never seen. It was very tall, and had no branches upon it until you came to the top, but at the top was a large clump of green leaves, and bunches of cocoa-nuts hanging down. It so happened that on this tree was the nest of a Paddy-bird. A Paddy-bird is a bird something like a heron, which feeds on fish and frogs. At the moment when the Swan perched upon the tree, this... Short Stories - Post by : andreas - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1749

The Monkey And The Crows The Monkey And The Crows

The Monkey And The Crows
IN a certain land, a flock of Crows built their nests in the branches of a huge cotton-tree. In that country, the climate is not the least like ours. It is hot all the year round, and for eight months the sun blazes like a fiery furnace, so that the people who live there are burnt as black as your boot; then after eight months comes the rain, and the rain comes down in bucketsful, with lightning fit to blind you, and thunder enough to crack your head. These Crows were quite happy in their nests, whatever happened; for when it... Short Stories - Post by : LilWendy - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3714

The Stag, The Crow, And The Jackal The Stag, The Crow, And The Jackal

The Stag, The Crow, And The Jackal
ONCE upon a time there was a Stag living in a certain jungle, and in the same jungle lived a Crow. These two were bosom friends. Why a Stag should take a fancy to a Crow, I cannot say; but so it was; and if you do not believe it, you had better not read any further. It so befell that a Jackal came by one day, and his eye fell on this Stag, and a fine plump Stag he was. The Jackal's mouth began to water. How he would like to make a meal of so dainty a piece of... Short Stories - Post by : Doug_Champigny - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2695

The Kid And The Tiger The Kid And The Tiger

The Kid And The Tiger
A NANNY-GOAT and a Tigress were near neighbours in a certain wood, and fast friends to boot. The Tigress had two tiger-cubs; and the family of the Nanny-goat were four frolicksome kids, named Roley, Poley, Skipster, and Jumpster. But the Tigress was jealous of her friend the Nanny-goat, because Nanny had four young ones, while she had only two. One day, as she was musing on the injustice of her fate, she thought to herself, "What if I eat up two of Nanny's kids, and then things will be equal? They do say, friends have all things in common." So to... Short Stories - Post by : zonker - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1205

Pride Shall Have A Fall Pride Shall Have A Fall

Pride Shall Have A Fall
THERE was once a great drought in the land. For weeks and months not a drop of rain fell; and the sun beat down, and dried up the whole country, so that there was no water to be found. Now there was a certain pond in that country; and as day after day the sun blazed, the water sank lower and lower, until it was hardly an inch deep. Numbers of Frogs used to live in this pond; but as the water dried the Frogs died, so that the dry mud on the banks of the pond was covered all over... Short Stories - Post by : Mikhail - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1674

The Swan And The Crow The Swan And The Crow

The Swan And The Crow
ONCE upon a time, two Swans had to leave home on account of a famine; and they settled by a lake in a distant land. By the side of this lake lived a Carrion Crow. The Swans built a nest, and Mrs. Swan laid two beautiful round eggs in the nest, and sat upon them. She had to sit on the eggs for weeks, in order to keep them warm, so that the little ones might grow up inside and be hatched. While she sat there, the Crow used to help Mr. Swan to find food for his wife; and when... Short Stories - Post by : blogini - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1639

The Bull And The Bullfinch The Bull And The Bullfinch

The Bull And The Bullfinch
UNDER a certain tree lived a wild Bull, and a Bullfinch had his nest in the branches. A Bull in a field is vicious enough, as I daresay you know; but a wild Bull is worse than anything. Wild Bulls are tremendously strong, and they can fight with almost any beast of the forest, even Lions and Tigers. This wild Bull used to attack every creature that came near; and that, not for the sake of food, as Lions and Tigers do, but out of pure mischief. When the creature (were he man or beast) was killed, this wild Bull would... Short Stories - Post by : miniJV.com - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3061

The Monkey's Rebuke The Monkey's Rebuke

The Monkey's Rebuke
IN a certain village, whose name I know (but I think I will keep it to myself), in this village, I say, there was once a Milkman. I daresay you know that a Milkman is a man who sells milk; but I have seen milkmen who also sell water. That is to say, they put water in the milk which they sell, and so they get more money than they deserve. This was the sort of Milkman that my story tells of; and he was worse than the more part of such tricksters, since he actually filled his pans only half... Short Stories - Post by : Anastasios - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2440

The Monkey's Bargains The Monkey's Bargains

The Monkey's Bargains
ONCE upon a time an old Woman was cooking, and she ran short of fuel. She was so anxious to keep up her fire, that she tore out the hairs of her head, and threw them upon the flame instead of fuel. A Monkey came capering by, and saw the old Woman at her fire. "Old Woman," said the Monkey, "why are you burning your hair? Do you want to be bald?" "O Monkey!" quoth the old Woman, "I have no fuel, and my fire will go out." "Shall I get you some fuel, mother?" said the Monkey. "That's like your... Short Stories - Post by : AdrianB - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1072

The Lion And The Hare The Lion And The Hare

The Lion And The Hare
ONCE upon a time there was a Lion, who used daily to devour one of the beasts of the forest. They had to come up one after another, when called for. At last it came to the Hare's turn to be eaten, and he did not want to be eaten at all. He lingered and he dallied, and when at last he plucked up courage to come, he was very late. The Lion, when he saw the Hare coming, bounded towards him. The Hare said-- "Uncle Lion, I know I am late, and you have cause to be angry. But really... Short Stories - Post by : betterprofits4u - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3546

The Parrot And The Parson The Parrot And The Parson

The Parrot And The Parson
THERE was once a Banker who taught his Parrot the speech of men. The Parrot made such progress that he was soon able to take part in any conversation, and he astonished every one by his intelligence. One day a Parson came by the Parrot. "My respects to your Reverence," said the Parrot. The Parson looked all round him, he looked down at his feet, he looked up into the sky; but no one could he see who might have spoken to him. He could not make it out; he thought it must have been a ghost. Then the Parrot spoke... Short Stories - Post by : rxagents - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1492

The Goat And The Hog The Goat And The Hog

The Goat And The Hog
A GOAT and a Hog were great friends, and for a long time they lived together. But they were poor, and one day the Goat said to the Hog-- "Good-bye, friend Hog! I am going to seek my fortune." "Ugh! ugh! ugh!" said the Hog. It was kindly meant, for that was all the ignorant Hog could say. He intended to bid good-bye to his friend, and to wish him good luck. The Goat trotted along till he came to the nearest town. He found a grain-shop with nobody in it; so in went our Goat, and ate his fill of... Short Stories - Post by : Huwtest - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3054

The Valiant Blackbird The Valiant Blackbird

The Valiant Blackbird
A BLACKBIRD and his mate lived together on a tree. The Blackbird used to sing very sweetly, and one day the King heard him in passing by, and sent a Fowler to catch him. But the Fowler made a mistake; he did not catch Mr. Blackbird, who sang so sweetly, but Mrs. Blackbird, who could hardly sing at all. However, he did not know the difference, to look at her, nor did the King when he got the bird; but a cage was made for Mrs. Blackbird, and there she was kept imprisoned. When Mr. Blackbird heard that his dear spouse... Short Stories - Post by : harley - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2376

The King Of The Mice The King Of The Mice

The King Of The Mice
FAR away in the forest was the Kingdom of Mouseland. There was a great city every Mouse had his little house, with doors and windows, tables and chairs, books for the grown-up Mice, and toys for the children; there were little shops the Mice bought clothes and food, and everything they wanted; there was a little church where they went on Sunday, and a reverend little Mouse in a little lawn surplice to preach to them; there was a little palace, and in this palace lived the little Mouse King. Now it happened that a caravan passed through the... Short Stories - Post by : collegeman03 - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1638

The Wily Tortoise The Wily Tortoise

The Wily Tortoise
A FOWLER was bird-catching in the jungle, and snared a wild goose. As he was carrying home his goose, he sat down by a pond. In this pond lived a Tortoise, and the Tortoise put up his nose out of the pond to sniff the air. He saw the Fowler and the Goose, and being a very innocent Tortoise, he feared no harm, but began to waddle towards them. "Take care, friend!" said the Goose. "This Fowler has caught me, and he will catch you!" The Tortoise waddled into the water again. "Many thanks, friend," said he. "One good turn deserves... Short Stories - Post by : milette - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2611

The Jackal That Lost His Tail The Jackal That Lost His Tail

The Jackal That Lost His Tail
THERE was once a Farmer, who used to go out every morning to work in his field, and his wife used to bring him dinner at noon. One day, as the Farmer's wife was carrying out the dinner to the field, she met a Jackal, who said-- "Where are you going?" Said she, "To my husband, and this is his dinner." Said the Jackal, "Give me some, or I will bite you." So the woman had to give the Jackal some of this food. And when her husband saw it, he said-- "What a small dinner you have brought me to-day!"... Short Stories - Post by : Francis - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1475

Little Miss Mouse And Her Friends Little Miss Mouse And Her Friends

Little Miss Mouse And Her Friends
THERE was once a little Lady-Mouse that lived in a field. She was all alone in the world, a little old maid, and she very much wanted a friend. But every creature turned up his nose at the poor little Mouse, and not a friend could she get; until at last a Clod of earth took pity upon her. Then the Mouse and the Clod became firm friends, and went about everywhere together. The Mouse walked upon her four legs, and the Clod rolled along like a cricket ball. One day the Mouse wanted a bathe; and nothing would serve, but... Short Stories - Post by : Mikeyf - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2110