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The Frog And The Snake The Frog And The Snake

The Frog And The Snake
A FROG and a Snake had a quarrel as to which could give the more deadly bite. They agreed to try it on the next opportunity. A Man came to bathe in the pond where these two creatures lived. The Snake bit him under the water, while the Frog floated on the top. "Something has bitten me!" the Man called out to his friends. "What is it?" they asked. Then he saw the Frog swimming on the top of the water. "Oh, it's only a Frog," said he. Then he went away, and no harm came of it. The next time... Short Stories - Post by : ezypeasy - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 4078

The Parrot Judge The Parrot Judge

The Parrot Judge
THERE was once a Fowler who caught a young Parrot. He kept the Parrot in his house, hoping that it would pick up something to say, but the Parrot learnt nothing at all. Then he set to work at teaching it; but after six months the Parrot had only learnt to say two things: one was "Of course," and the other was "Certainly." Seeing that his trouble was wasted, the Fowler took him to market in a gilt cage, in order to catch the eye of customers. He cried in a loud voice, "Who'll buy! who'll buy! here's a Parrot which... Short Stories - Post by : dianniemo - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1669

The Farmer's Ass The Farmer's Ass

The Farmer's Ass
THERE was once a Farmer, who had an Ass. It was the habit of this Ass to lift up his voice and bray, whenever he heard the church bells a-ringing. Now in the country where this Farmer lived, they used to believe that a man's soul passes when he dies into an animal, or something else. So this Farmer thought that any Ass that was fond of church bells, must have been a great saint in some former life. Accordingly, he named his Ass St. Anthony. All his life long, this Ass served the Farmer faithfully, and earned him a great... Short Stories - Post by : Nick_Klein - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2756

The Cunning Jackal; Or, The Biter Bit The Cunning Jackal; Or, The Biter Bit

The Cunning Jackal; Or, The Biter Bit
A JACKAL lived on one side of a deep river, and on the other side were fields upon fields of ripe melons. The Jackal was always hungry, and he had eaten everything within reach; so he used to sit on the river bank and bemoan his luck. "All those ripe melons," said he, "and nobody to eat them but men. It is really a shame. I don't know what Providence is doing, to treat me so scurvily." Perhaps Providence knew what it was about, and the Jackal, as you shall hear, deserved no better than he got. As he sat one... Short Stories - Post by : codrakoh - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 1885

The Grateful Goat The Grateful Goat

The Grateful Goat
ONCE upon a time a Butcher bought a Goat; but as he was going to kill the Goat, and make him into meat for the table, the Goat opened his mouth, and said-- "If you kill me, Butcher, you will be a few shillings the richer; but if you spare my life, I will repay you for your kindness." This Butcher had killed many goats in his day, but he never before heard one of them talk. Goats can talk to each other, as you must have heard; but most of them do not learn English. So the Butcher thought there... Short Stories - Post by : warsun - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2355

A Crow Is A Crow For Ever A Crow Is A Crow For Ever

A Crow Is A Crow For Ever
THERE once was a very learned Bishop, who was very fond of bird's-nesting. One day he saw a fine large nest up in an elm-tree, and when he had climbed up he saw that it was full of young Crow-chicks. One of these chicks had such a winsome appearance, that the Bishop put him inside his hat, and took him home to the Palace. In due time the Crow grew up, and as he heard around him continually the Bishop and his friends talking divinity, by degrees he became quite clever in divinity himself. He knew all the kings of Israel... Short Stories - Post by : cool-mo-de - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 4221

The Clever Goat The Clever Goat

The Clever Goat
A SHEPHERD was feeding his flock on the hills; and as they were going home again in the evening, one of the goats lagged behind. Now, this Goat was very old, and goats are not like men, for the older they grow the wiser they become. So this Goat, being very old indeed, was also very wise. There was a very nice clump of grass by the wayside, and the wise old Goat said to herself, "Here is the nicest grass I have seen for a long time. I'm not hungry, because I have been eating all day; but I daresay... Short Stories - Post by : mwtwxol - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3643

The Foolish Fish The Foolish Fish

The Foolish Fish
A FISH was once flapping and flopping on the sand by the banks of a river. She was a lady Fish--how she got there I don't know; but she had been better to stay at home, as you shall hear. Well, she flapped away on the sand, and couldn't get off; she began to feel very dry. A man came by, riding upon a horse. "O Man," shouted the Fish, "do carry me back to the water again, or I shall be dried up and die." "No, no," said the Man, "not I, indeed! You are a she, and I have... Short Stories - Post by : jfarrell - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3717

The Cat And The Sparrows The Cat And The Sparrows

The Cat And The Sparrows
THERE was once a pair of Sparrows that lived in a tree. They used to hop about all over the place, picking up seeds or anything they could find to eat. One day, when they came back with their pickings, the Cock had found some rice, and the Hen a few lentils. They put it all in an earthen pot, and then proceeded to cook their dinner. Then they divided the mess into two equal parts. The Cock was rather greedy, so he would not wait while his wife put out the fire and got ready to join in the meal.... Short Stories - Post by : D_Dean_Hall - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 4138

Reflected Glory Reflected Glory

Reflected Glory
THERE was a Shepherd who owned a multitude of goats. Among these was one Goat, weak and lame. You might suppose that the shepherd took especial care of this lame Goat, but not he; on the contrary, he beat him and bullied him, and made his whole life a misery. A time came when the lame Goat could stand it no longer. So watching his chance, he gave his master the slip, and into the forest and far away. As he hobbled along, he trembled to think of the ferocious beasts that the forest was full of; but even to be... Short Stories - Post by : paulnc - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 4030

The Foolish Wolf The Foolish Wolf

The Foolish Wolf
A WOLF and an Ass were great friends, and they spent most of their time playing at an original game of their own. The game was easy enough to learn; you could play it yourselves; and it was this. First the Ass used to run away from the Wolf as hard as he could, and the Wolf used to follow; and then the Wolf would run as hard as he could from the Ass, and the Ass would follow. One day, as the Wolf was running away full tilt from the Ass, a Boy saw them. "Ha, ha, ha," said the... Short Stories - Post by : MarketMania - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 5416

Beware Of Bad Company Beware Of Bad Company

Beware Of Bad Company
A BEAUTIFUL young Swan lived by a beautiful lake. All day long he used to sail gracefully over the water, curving his neck to look at his own image, or pluming his white wings; and when he was tired, he would go to his nest in the rushes, and sleep, or play with his brothers and sisters. In a tree above that lake was a Crow. You know that Crows are dirty birds, and they feed on offal and refuse, and people dislike them; but the Swan was white and clean. Still, strange as it may seem, this Swan struck up... Short Stories - Post by : Smiley - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2718

The Wise Old Shepherd The Wise Old Shepherd

The Wise Old Shepherd
ONCE upon a time, a snake went out of his hole to take an airing. He crawled about, greatly enjoying the scenery and the fresh whiff of the breeze, until, seeing an open door, he went in. Now this door was the door of the palace of the King, and inside was the King himself, with all his courtiers. Imagine their horror at seeing a huge Snake crawling in at the door. They all ran away except the King, who felt that his rank forbade him to be a coward, and the King's son. The King called out for somebody to... Short Stories - Post by : AdCalls - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2664

The Jackal And The Camel The Jackal And The Camel

The Jackal And The Camel
ONCE a Camel was grazing in a forest. He had a ring in his nose, as the custom is, and to the ring was tied a string, by which the Camel's master used to lead him about. As the Camel grazed, this leading-string became entangled in a bush, and the Camel could not get it loose. This misfortune so much confused the mind of the Camel that he did not know what to do. Suddenly, as the Camel was struggling to get free from the bush, a Jackal appeared. "Brother Jackal," said the Camel, "do please set me free from this... Short Stories - Post by : rwhite1024 - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3508

The King Of The Kites The King Of The Kites

The King Of The Kites
A MOUSE one day met a Frog, whom he knew very well; but the Frog turned up his flat nose, and would not speak to him. "Friend Frog," said the Mouse, "why are you so proud to-day?" "Because I am King of the Kites," said Froggie. You must not suppose that this means a paper kite with a tail. There is a kind of bird called a Kite; it is like a Hawk, only bigger. How absurd it was of this Frog, who could not even fly, to call himself the King of the Kites! And the Mouse was just as... Short Stories - Post by : eagle57 - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 5680

The Quail And The Fowler The Quail And The Fowler

The Quail And The Fowler
A FOWLER once caught a Quail. Said the Quail to the Fowler-- "O Fowler, I know four things that will be useful for you to know." "What are they?" asked the Fowler. "Well," said the Quail, "I don't mind telling you three of them now. The first is: Fast caught, fast keep; never let a thing go when once you have got it. The second is: He is a fool that believes everything he hears. And the third is this: It's of no use crying over spilt milk." The Fowler thought these very sensible maxims. "And what is the fourth?" he... Short Stories - Post by : Halla313 - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3034

The Camel's Neck The Camel's Neck

The Camel's Neck
ONCE upon a time there was a very religious Camel; at least, he was religious after the fashion of his country, that is, he used to mortify his flesh by fasting, and scratch himself with thorns, and lie awake all night meditating upon the emptiness of the world. That is what men used to do in that country, in order to please their gods. One of these gods was very much pleased with the piety of the Camel; so one night, as the Camel was fasting, and saying over and over to himself, "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity," the god... Short Stories - Post by : lcpl10 - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2267

King Solomon And The Owl King Solomon And The Owl

King Solomon And The Owl
ONCE King Solomon was hunting all alone in the forest. Night fell, and King Solomon lay down under a tree to sleep. Over his head, on the branch of a tree, sat a huge Owl; and the Owl hooted so loud and so long, Too-whit too-woo! Too-whit too-woo! that Solomon could not sleep. Solomon looked up at the Owl, and said-- "Tell me, O Owl, why do you hoot all night long upon the trees?" Said the Owl-- "I hoot to waken those that sleep,... Short Stories - Post by : jbedunah - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 3191

How The Mouse Got Into His Hole How The Mouse Got Into His Hole

How The Mouse Got Into His Hole
A MERCHANT was going along the road one day with a sack of peas on the back of an Ox. The Ox was stung by a Fly, and gave a kick, and down fell the sack. A Mouse was passing by, and the Merchant said, "Mousie, if you will help me up with this sack I will give you a pea." The Mouse helped him up with the sack and got a pea for his trouble. He stole another, and a third he found on the road. When he got home with his three peas he planted them in front of... Short Stories - Post by : bert10 - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 2641

The Judgment Of The Jackal The Judgment Of The Jackal

The Judgment Of The Jackal
A MERCHANT was returning home from a long journey, riding upon a mule. As he drew near home, night overtook him; and he was forced to look out for shelter. Seeing a mill by the roadside, he knocked at the door. "Come in!" said the Miller. "May I stay here for the night?" asked the Merchant. "By all means," said the Miller, "if you pay me well." The Merchant thought this rather mean; because in those days a stranger was made welcome everywhere without paying anything. However, he made the best of it, and came in. The Miller led off his... Short Stories - Post by : ryandu - Date : November 2011 - Author : W.h.d. Rouse - Read : 4226