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RENARD THE FOX.


NEWLY EDITED AND DONS INTO INGLISH


BY "QUIET GEORGE."


ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS INCRAVINOS,



BY J. J. GRANDVILLE.



LONDON:
WILLOUGHBY & Co., 22, WARWICK LANE,
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PREFACE.


THa original of this Work is one of those early moral
Fables which in the middle ages took the place of
Romance among the Teutonic nations. This is about the
most renowned of all the German fables; its origin has been
long sought by literary critics, but it recedes, as they
prolong the inquiry, into greater depths of antiquity. It
was supposed to be written, or at least frst published, in
German rhyme, by Henry of Alkmaar, in 1498; but earlier
editions in the Flemish language have since been discovered.
In the museum of Brusels the whole tale may be seen in
Latin hexameters, aid to have been written by a
schoolmaster of Namur. It has been translated also into
French verse, by Jaquemare Galee, of Lisle, near the end,
and into prose, by Peter of t. Cloud, near the beginning, of
the thirteenth century. Finally, the principal characters are
mentioned in a Provencal song by Bichard Caur-de-Lion.






PFlACi.


But though the story was thus conveyed into France-where
it became so very popular as to change the name of the
principal animal, which was always called goupil vulpess)
till the fourteenth century, when it assumed, from the hero
of the tale, the name of Rsard,-there seems no doubt
whatever that it is of German origin; and, according
to probable conjecture, a certain Beinard of Lorraine,
famous for his vulpine qualities in the ninth century,
suggested the name to some unknown fabulist of the empire.
Goethe in his celebrated version has not in the slightest
degree varied the incidents of the original, and not much
changed even the descriptions.
The satire against the clergy, of which it was made the
vehicle, is here entirely suppressed; and the whole has been
adapted and altered, rather than translated, so as not only to
afford amusement but instruction.











CONTENTS.



CaMur I.-The court momrnlng-Benard's cmusers-His d~ef
by Geybeard, the badger-How Greybeard's assertions w born
out-Brun commieloned to go n march of the robber. 7
Camr UI.-The King' Meenger arrives at Malpartue-Swet
words and bitter honey-Brai's disgrace and journey by water-
nard's onsolation-Gibby, the cat, deputed to be the bear
the Meond summons. ..
CHAmr IIL-Gibby goes moig, with what macem will be a-
The Lady Gobbleall becomes a wall-owr-Benard summoned for
the third time-A tender parting--Te onf on ad abeoltioB-
Nature ireitible-BRard prys for the dead. .
Camrm IV.-Renard arrive at court-The focused and the aeo-
ers-Defenc of the frmer-Renard found guilty: entered to be
aged-Ldst dying speech and coneo-A coeiracy. 4
CHArm V.-The plot laid ba-The pretender; his conol sad pro
clamatio-The envoy-Suooesse and miibrtunes of Rerdino-
Tih tresure-Dmeth of B din-Hiterl and CMacklbrm-
Renard obtains a free pado, and ndertakes a pilgrim e 67
CaArrTs VL-Digrae of Griuly and Brain- e pilgrim's knap-
seek and shoe--A parting benedition-Wooly and Pe acoumpany
Renard to Malepartus-Death of the hare-Ltter to the king-
The ram turn postman-Rage of their maqestle-Po Woolly
atonmen t. 80
CRArS VIL-Bejoldcing at ourt-The rabbit's mhap-The
widowed Pickp demands justice against Renard-Peparatioes fr
Sl yberd departs r Malpartus-Pternal saAoido-
Our r aga out r oofurt .. ..
CaArMS VIIL-Second journey to conrt-Fresh oafoeloa-Tle
wolf ad the fal-Bmard carries at court-His deoo-The kig's
fdcgnatlom-He fids a ri ad-ThI man and their ma -The lst
treasures.. .10







CONTINT3.


CnArrn IX-The ring and comb-Paris and the golden apple-
The rror-The hore and the stag-aBnard and the fil.-
E dcey of wolf's Uer--The chabe and twq ways f dividing the
poll-How to crtch fih-The well hole-The beboo's adventure--
A challenge, nd preparaton fr the gh. 117
CAr s e I.-The li-Trial by battle-Unhappy Grisly-Poor
Bnard-Promi--The ictor presented to the king-The dog and
the cook-Bfdormatio-Grief of Gobbleal-Heaur to enard-
Coadusim. 145




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DIVERTING HISTORIC

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CHAPTER I.


THI COUWT IOUIRING-- NAID'S ACOUIS--II8 DTW30oa
BT IUTBIAID, T13 BADOIW--OW OU RETARD' A-UB*-
TIONI WEil BORNE OUT..-BLUIN OOMIMIONUD TO
BURCH OF THE ROBBBIL

Ta festival of Ester had arrived; every tre in the faet
assumed its wonted live of green; on hill and dal e
every hedge and bush the young bird petised thei
merry notes, and sent for th t enlivening oura; emy
meadow was decked with sweatmdling flwe; th si
hone brightly, and the aters in the brooks ad rivuhl
danced and sparkled, and parked and danced beneath the






10 RxNAR ABSUlTS HIaMSLF roxM Tx cOUrT.
rays of the gladdening sun; and the verdant earth, coming
forth from the gloom of winter, looked gay and glorious.
Two months had elapsed since Leo the young prince had
fallen into the toils of the hunter. The whole court
mourned his loss. Nobel, the king of the forest, endeavour-
ing to hide his grief, again determined to give audience to
his subjects; and his friends and vassals hastened into his
presence with great pomp and ceremony; Neckall, the
crane, Markhard, the jay, and every beast of every rank and
class, presented himself before the king-great and
small. The king with his barons resolved to hold his court
with the utmost magnificence; all therefore were summoned,
none was to absent himself. When the assembly met,
the monarch gazed around-and the place of one was vacant.
Benard the Fox stayed away from court because of his
naerous misdeeds. As a bad conscience shuns the light,
so did the fox avoid the assembly. All had complaints to
make; he had offended every one-injured the widow and
robbed the orphan: his nephew Greybeard, the badger, was
his only friend at court.
The whole court discovered their sympathy and grief in
sighs and tears (in which display Gibby, the cat, and
ingtail, the monkey, were eminently conspicuous,) for the
death of young Leo, in memory of whom the king's brows






ormLY MuaU WS COMIUar.


were still decked with crape in place of the jewelled brown.
Then Grizzly, the wolf, commenced hi accusations of the
absent Benad, backed by hi friends, relations and pations.
Saluting the monarch, he thus began: "Most granio
lord and master I listen to my complaint; you, great aad
noble, extend justice to all classes; have consideration,
therefore, for the grievous injuries I have sustained from
Benard the Fox: he has insulted my wife, and injured my
children, several of whom are now suffering from his
attacks. His infamous deeds had long been known to the
whole nation, and when a day was fixed for a strict inve.
tigation of the subject, Benard offered to surrender; but,
moon altering his determination, he kept withinhis fortress,
and did not dare to make an appearance. This ft is well
known to all the honourable gentlemen around me. 8il
it would take too long to relate all the wrongs he has do
me. If all the rag in Europe, vast as is the quantity,
were converted into paper, it would be insufficient to contain
a record of his crimes; I therefore desist. But my wife's
afliction pusses on my heart; and, come what may, I will
avenge her. I pray you, therefore, noble monarch, to grant
me power to accomplish my desire.'
Grizzly having concluded, a little dog called Shakem now






11 THE DOG, TRB CAT, THE PAINTKu, AND THRR BAU.
advanced. Kneeling before the king, and addressing him
in French, he told him how he had been reduced to such
extreme indigence, that a small piece of German sausage
was all that he possessed, which for safety he had concealed
under a hedge. The greedy thief Benard had even stolen
that from him. Hereupon, Gibby, the cat, sprang forward
in a violent passion, and exclaimed: "Noble master, I
venture to affirm that none have greater reason to complain
of the traitor than your majesty; I am convinced there is no
one in this assembly, be he old or young, who has more to
fear from the villain than yourself. Shakem's complaint,
however, is of little moment; for it is now some year since
the fair took place. The sausage belonged to me One
night I had gone out hunting, and explored a mill; the
millers wife was sound asleep; and I confess that I
purloined the sausage; therefore whatever claim Shakem
may have to it, he is at least indebted to my exertions for
its possession."
Here the panther rose: Of what use are words at a time
like this P" said he; "it is enough that the evil is crying;
he is a thief and a robber I I boldly assert it, and all the
lords and gentlemen present are aware of the fact. There
is no knavery of which he is not guilty I Should Povidence
so dispense it, that all our powerful nobles, or even our




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TBu DT ODYr co)Ult "u ABsa" a MAUM. IS
gracious sovereign himself, were deprived of their boar
and possessions, the wretch would expire with Iasgh
should he bat gain thereby so much as a ingl mo, n h
of some fat capon. You shill hear how brutlly he
treated Pusm the hare; behold where he sits; a ma of
peace, who injures none. It was but yesterday that d,
pretending to be mightily pious, undertook to give him
instruction in religion, so better to fit him for his oe of
chaplain to your majesty; whereupon they took their miat
and commenced reading together. Renard, however, eol
not lay aside his old tricks; despite the trae proolaimad
by your majesty, and the safe-conduct you had grated, th
robber seed upon Pss, and endeavoured to 1 0h-i.L
I chanced to be passing that way, and listing, bid the
cries of Pass. In perftet amazement I alrvaee4, 1i
instantly recognized Renard; he had seized the. ae by th
throat, and would doubtless have put an end to him, had I
not interfered. Behold him; observe his wounds. Noe
lords, and you, most exalted ladies of the court if you
permit his majestys peace and safe-condut to be violated
by a thief the king and all his posterity will be resprehd
by every admirer of truth and justice, in this and tue
generations."
"And thus wil it ever be;" resumed Grisly, the wof;






14 A MnIS IN NXUD POUND IN Ti Dll ADOL


"unhappily, no good is to be expected of Benard; Oh, that
he were dead well-disposed people might then remain in
peace. But if he be pardoned, we shall every one of us rue
the day."
Greybeard, the badger, now rose, and boldly spoke in
favour of his treacherous uncle.
"It is an old saying, lord Grizsly," he commenced,
"that a man rarely speaks well of his enemy. My uncle
has nothingto thank you for on that score. But were he now
at court, like yourself, and rejoicing in the king's favour
you would pay dearly for your libellous speeches, and for
thus raking up old grievances. The injury you have so
often inflicted on the worthy Benard quite escapes your
recollection: and yet there are many noble gentlemen who
bear in mind how you signed an agreement to live together
as partners. I will relate a circumstance in point. One
winter he underwent imminent peril for your sake. A man
with a cartload of fish passed near your lodging; you soon
discovered it, and would have given anything to have
devoured some of them; but unfortunately you were
penniless. In this dilemma you consulted my uncle, who
cunningly laid himself down in the road, feigning to be
dead. It was a desperate chance! But observe how he'
acted. As the man approached and spied Benard extended






UIIARD'$ @NAZI 01 TRU DAMLY-PID PIG.


in the dust, he raised the butt end of his whip to dispatch
him. The canning fox lay stiff and motionless, as though
life were extinct; the driver perceiving this, took him up,
flung him into his cart, and drove on, rejoicing at having
acquired such an excellent hide. As the cart proceeded,
Benard from time to time threw down the finest ish, which
Grizzly, who came sneaking up behind, quickly seized sad
devoured. The fox having half emptied the cart, jumped
down and demanded his share; but greedy Grizzly had
left nothing but the bones, which he had the bare-faed
impudence to offer to his friend in return for having risked
his life to serve him.
"I will take the liberty, most noble and puissnt
monarch, of relating another fact, rejecting equal credit
on the virtuous wolf.
Benard happening to know that a farmer had one day
slaughtered a dairy-fed pig, kindly informed the wolf of it;
upon which they set out, agreeing to fairly divide both
peril and profit; but my uncle, with his usual simplicity,
alone exposed himself to danger. Creeping in at the
window, with immense labour, he seized the joint booty
and threw it to the wolf; unfortunately, the dogs were not
far off, and scenting Benard in the house, almost put an
end to him. He escaped, however, though severely







On, WiOKiD GrzzLY!I


wounded; and, hastening to find Grizzly, related his mis-
fortune and asked for his share. Upon which the traitor
replied: 'I have put by a most delicious morsel for you, so
you can at once make merry; but beware of over-eating
yourself, for it is a most luscious repast He then pro-
duced Benard's portion, which was nothing but the stick
by which the pig had been suspended I the rapacious wolf
had devoured the whole of the delicious meat. Benard
could not speak for rage. Picture to yourselves what he
must have felt I Your gracious majesty, I am acquainted
with a hundred like tricks, practised by the wolf upon my
trusting uncle; but I need not trouble you with any more.
If Benard be summoned here, I doubt not he will make a
good defnce. At the same time, I beg to observe that
your majesty and all these noble lords must have remarked
the absurdity of Grizzly alluding to the insults offered to
his wife. I know for a fact that, seven years ago, my uncle
tendered her his hand and was accepted; but somehow the
match was broken off, and the lady Gobbleall became Grizzly's
spouse. In this as in everything else, my poor friend
Benard has been grievously reviled, injured, and betrayed by
the wicked and base-hearted Grizzly; who in return for many
benefits, has no more gratitude than now to scandalise him
in his absence. As to injury sustained by the wolf's children






GIUTYILD's DrBNCL. 17

I sold advise him to be silent on that subject. And now
for the so-termed murderous attack upon the hare. Empty
gosip if a scholar misbehave and be inattentive, shall
not the master chastise him? must the schoolboy never be
made acquainted with the rod If this were the state of
things how would our youth be reared? Then comes
Shake, complaining of having lost a sausage he had con-
cealed under a hedge. He had far better have endured
his los in silence; for we hear that it was stolen, ad who
willventure to blame my uncle for having deprived him of
it? It is the duty of a man of honour to make himself
dreaded by thieves. He would have hung him on the next
tree, but the respect he entertains for you majesty induced
Benaud to spare him-for life is so sacred that the punish-
meat of death should seldom be awarded even by the king
himself. These accusations are the fruit of his moderation
and love of justice. No one has acted like my uncle since
your ajesty's peace has been menaced. He has as I am
informed by one who visited him only yesterday, quite
changed his mode of life. He makes but one meal a day;
lives like a hermit; scourges himself; wears sackcloth next
his skin, and has for some time subsisted on nothing but
roots and herbs. He has left his fortress, Malepartus, and
built himself a heritage. You will soon perceive how
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POOn CILnATIROL


thin and pale he has got from the hunger and thirst, and
other strict penances he has imposed upon himself. Why
is he accused in his absence P were he present, he would
assert his rights, and confound his traducere."
Just as Greybeard had ended his defence, the court was
surprised by the entrance of Chanticleer, the cock, and his
relations. Extended on a bier, lay the headless body of a
fowl; it was all that remained of Scratchhard, the best hen
in the kingdom. Alas! her blood was still flowing, and
Renard had shed it I the king was to be made acquainted
with his crime. The bold Chanticleer approached his
majesty, dissolved in grief; he was accompanied by his two
sons, equally distressed. Crowloud was the name of the
first; and a better cock could nowhere be met with; Spur-
well, the other, was famed for his boldness: each bore a
lighted torch, for they were the brothers of the murdered
lady, and called for vengeance on the head of the amsein.
Two younger cocks carried the bier, and the grief of the
mourners was painful to behold.
"Great king I" crowed Chanticleer, "we are here to com-
plain of the mischief inflicted upon us Have compassion
on the misfortune of myself and children Behold the
treacherous Renard's work. As the winter passed away, the
flowers and buds of the spring rejoiced our hearts, and my






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days passed happily in the company of my children-ten
hopeful sons and fourteen daughters, whom my wife had
reared in one summer. Each was contented with his lot,
and took his daily nourishment in safety. The yard be.
longed to a wealthy gentleman, and was surrounded by a
high wall; while six large mastif guarded my children
from harm;-but the thievish Renard was vexed at seeing
us happy; he was always creeping round the wall at night,
and listening at the gate: the dogs, however, often scented
him, and drove him away. Once they succeeded in well
dusting his jacket for him; but he managed to scpe, and
for some time left us in peace. His absence was but of
short duration; for he soon came dressed as a hermit, and
brought me a sealed letter. I recognized the seal to be
your majesty's, and found that you had proclaimed peace
among the birds and beats. He then persuaded me that
he had turned hermit, and was doing severe penance for his
sins, none need therefore fear him any longer; he had
solemnly sworn, he said, never again to touch flesh; and
showed me his cowl and roary; and, to increase my confi-
dence, made me observe that he wore sackcloth. Then
turning to depart, 'Peace be with you, friend,' said be,
' I have many duties to perform before night. He parted
from me with a benediction, reading as he walked. I
a2







SO Mxs. CLAPuLPBI AK's DmiNn.
hastened joyfully to relate the good news to my children, and
accompanied them outside the wall to enjoy the fresh air;-
but dearly did we re it. The cunning thief lay hidden
behind a bush;-suddenly springing out, he seized the finest
of my sons and carried him away. Having once tasted
fowl, there was no end to his rapacity; he was always on the
look out; and neither huntamen nor dogs could shield us
from his malice. He has stolen nearly all my pretty ones;
from twenty-four, my family is reduced to five; he has
robbed me of all the rest. Oh I have compassion on our
bitter grief; yesterday he murdered my daughter; the dogs
recovered her corpse. Behold where she lies I He has done
this, and of thee, great prince, we demand justice I"
"Come hither, Greybeard," roared the king, "see how
your hermit fasts; is this the penance he performs P As I
live he shall repent this. Ill wager that with all his pro.
sessions of fasting, the only time he ever went without was
when Mrs. Clapperbeak, the stork, invited him to dinner, and
served up the meats in long necked bottles, in order to tan-
talize the wretch with the sight of dainties he would have
given his beard to obtain. The hungry brute was fain to
solace himself with licking the outside of the vessel; and
little nourishment he derived therefrom: but he was rightly
served-in return for the scurvy trick he had practised on






=I KING's 0oNOLENNO.


the stork of setting shallow dishes before her, knowing that
with her long bk she could ish up no soup. But of what
avail are words? My poor Chanticler I your murdeed
daughter shall want for nothing that can do honour to her
funeral. She shall be committed to the earth with all pomp;
and we will then consult with our noble lords how to capture
the blood-stained enard."
The noble monarch then called his chief counsellors
around him, and thus addressed them: "Most grave and
trusty friends, we have heard the complaint of the worthy
Chanticleer, how he has been robbed and abused by the
crafty Renard, who is a disgrace to our court and kingdom.
It is it that we should do all necessary honours to the poor
bird's remains; join with me, therefore, in performing the
last melancholy duty we have it in our power to render I"
And the court, as if by one consent shed tears of sympa-
thy; and, such is the influence of superior minds, that the
whole assembly felt quite virtuous, and vented their anger
against the rebel Benard in such reproachful terms as I do
not care to repeat.
The king commanded vigils to be sung, the whole court
commenced, and went through with every verse of the
service.
To relate who chanted the lessons and who made the







THE NPITAPH.


responses would be tedious. The body was deposited in the
earth, and a beautiful marble tombstone was erected over
the grave, on which was this inscription:-


smrth to tt 3Wmn
OF
SCRATCHHARD,
DAUonTe or Tw o OLs CHAnrlCeLmc .
THIS STONE,
EBRCTED AT THE EXPENSE OF HIS MAJESTY
NOBEL I.,
U1 DEDICATED TO HEU PRITATE VISTUMS,
AIOD RCORM Ta AJTErrTIO AID u Mr r Or
HER FAMILY AND RIIENDS;
SaI WAS THE UsT OT HmI, LAII MAY QOGS;
A"D ABOVY ALL
WAS A PRUDIET HOUDWID.
SEI WAS EARLY NATCHBO PROM AN ADMIXINO CIBCLU
BTY THE TOOTH OF

jt 04th(otti Aflu tt.
MAT TrI WROLw WORLD
LIARN HIS BASE AND WICKED TBIACBERT,
AID SHED A TEAR IOR THE DEPAIRTDI







THE MISSION OF THE BUA. $8
The king now summoned his wisest nobles to advise with
him on the punishment due to the perpetrator of the crime.
After much argument and deliberation, it was agreed that a
messenger should be sent to the cunning robber, command-
ing him, in the king's name, to repair to court at the next
leaI. Bruin, the bear, was appointed to carry the royal
message; and, before his departure, the king thus addressed
him: "Bruin, I, your sovereign lord, command you to
execute your commission with all care and diligence; but
be wary, for Benard is false and malicious. He will make use
of all manner of arts, he will fatter; lie, and enanare'you in
every possible mnner."-" Be under no apprehension for
me," boldly replied the bear, "if he should attempt any of
his tricks, or behave with the least impertinence, I swear I
will so retaliate, that he shall repent the day of his birth."













CHAPTER II.


THE KING'S MZLSSoNGBr ABKIVI AT MALUPARTUS-M-WtT
WORDS AND BITTER HONY--BRUIN'S DISGRACE AND
JOURNEY BY WATRB--RENAID'S CONSOLATIO--GIBBT,
THE CAT, DIPUTBD TO BE TIH BEAUER Of THB SECOND
BUMMONI.


Bsum confidently set out on his journey,and soon came to
a broad, sandy track, having passed which, he found him-
self on the confines of Renard's hunting-grounds; but,
without halting, the bear continued his route to Malepartus,
where the fox usually resided. Of all the strong places and
fortresses belonging to him Malepartus was the best; and
thither Benard always retreated, whenever he anticipated
danger. Brin arrived at the castle, and found the usual
entrance closed; after a little consideration, he called out:
" Are you at home, nephew ?" Receiving no answer, he con-
tinued, "Bruin the bear, the king's messenger, has come;
his majesty requires you to repair to court, and take your
trial; and I have come to fetch you, that justice may be






YEN AnUAIIADOK I13V0N3M.


done to all parties; if you fail it is at the peril of your life;
for you ae threatened with death if you remain here; take
advice, therefore, and follow me at once."
Benard heard every word of this speech, from beginning
to end. "Ohi oh said he to himself, "Imust ndes-
vour to abate a little of my fat friend's pride. Let me con
sider about it;" and he retired to the furthest reem of his
dwelling, which was most cunningly built. There were vai-
ous pits and caves with long and narrow pages, and a vast
number of doom for opening or shutting, as occasion might
require. If he heard that he was being sought after, for any
little roguery, this was his safest retreat. From the compli-
cated nature of its construction, many mall animals lost
themselves in the mues of his dwelling, and became a wel-
come prey to the red robber. Aer what the bear had said,
Benard was fearful there might be others in ambush; but
having assured himself that Bruin was alone, he went out
and exclaimed: "Welcome most worthy unl I welcome to
alepartus I Forgive me for making you wait, but I was at
my studies; I am grateful for your coming, since it will be
of service to me at court. At least I hope so; add yo
know, dear unle, no one is more welcome at all times
than you I You mut have found the road fatiguing. Why
what a het you're in; your hair is quite wet, and you ae






Tan swill TOOrx DIOCOYNIR.


sadly out of breath. Could our mighty sovereign mend no
other messenger than the noble bruin. Sit down, dear unle,
I beg you will lend me your assistance at court, for I am
shamefully calumniated there. I had determined, in site of
my ill health, to set out to-morrow. I should have gone to-
day, but I have unfortunately eaten too much of a food that
disagrees with me, and has given me a bad stomach-ache."
-"What was it, nephew," asked Bruin "What is the use of
my telling you maid Benard; "I live very sparingly; but
how can I help it, for my finances are low; and sometimes,
you know, when one can get thing better, one is glad to
put up even with honey-combs, which are always to be had;
but I eat them from necessity only. See how they have
puffed me out. It wasquite against my inclination that I
swallowed the trash. How could I expect it to agree with
me?"
"What!" exclaimed Bruin, "do yo despise honeyP
why thousands would give any price to obtain it P Honey,
let me tell you, is, in my opinion at least, the hoicest poe-
sible food; oh procure me some, you shall not repent of
it I will return the obligation, I assure you."-" You're
joking I" said the other. "No, indeed, returned the bear,
"I am quite serious."-"Really," pursued the rcal, "then I
can be of serviceto you-for farmer Toilwell, who lives at th






THU PAUNUR 5 mO)UT-CONUS.


foot of the hill, has a great quantity Neither you, nor any of
your tribe, ever saw so much honey at once." Brain's mouth
began to water at the thought of the luscious food. "Pray
show me the way at once, dear nephew," he cried; I will not
forget it. I love honey, however little it be."-"Let us go"
said the fox, "there is no lack of it, Iwarrant. Myfeet,
indeed, are very sore to-day, but the affection I feel for you
will relieve my weary footsteps. I don't know one of my
relations for whom Ihave so much respect I Inreturn, how.
ever, I hope you will be my friend at court. Youshallhave
honey enough to-day, uncle." And chuckling slyly, th
rogue led the way to the farm.
Benard took the lead, and Bruin followed blindly. "Aha "
thought the fox, you'll find the honey somewhat hitter,
my friend." They soon arrived at Toilwel's garden. Brin
was rejoied. But he had little cause; fools ever hug them-
selves with false hopes
It was already dusk, and Toilwellhad retired to rest. In
the yard stood the trunk of an oak-tree, which the farmer
had commeneed cleaving by driving in two large wedges, so
that one end gaped widely. This did not escape Benars
observation: "My dear uncle," id he, "in this tree yo
will find more honey than you bargain for; so push in your
snout as fr as you conveniently can; I should advise you,






PLIASUU Ii A 8NAiX.


however, not to eat too much, lest it disagree with you."-
"Do you take me for a glutton said the bear. "By no
means," returned the fox; "but moderation is good in all
things." But Bruin allowed himself to bemisled, and thrust
his fore-paws and head into the cleft. Renard, as soon s
the bear was off his guard, set to work and pulled out the
wedges, and the wretched bear was caught with his head
and feet tightly jammed in the cleft. Powerful and brave
as he was, Bruin could only howl piteously, and tear up the
ground with his hind feet, making so fearful a din that
Toilwell jumped out of bed, wondering what could be the
matter; and snatching up his axe, hastened below.
Bruin was in the utmost consternation; he tugged with
all his might, and howled with the pain, but all in vain; he
scarcely expected to escape, and Benard hoped he never
would. "How do you get on, Bruin ?" he cried, as he saw
Toilwell approaching. "Be moderate, and spare the honey I
for see, Toilwell's coming to bid you welcome, and give you
something to wash it down with; much good may it do you I "
With this consoling speech, Benard made his ways quickly
as possible. When Toilwell came, and perceived the be@r,
heran to cal the peasants, who were making mrry in the
tavern. "Come along he shouted, "as I live, a bear
has caught himself in my yard."






YIN ZNWARD 01 ILL-DONlO.


Every one jumped up and followed the farmer, arming him-
elf u well a he could; one took his pitchfork, another his
rake, a third and fourth were armed with spade and pick-ae
and a fifth had a pointed take. The publican and his ser-
vant came with the throng; as well as Judy the cook,
who brought her ladle to belabour the unhappy bear. Bruin
heard the increasing tumult, and in his dreadful need
forcibly tore his head from the cleft, leaving the whole of
the skin and hair, from the snout to the ears, in the tree,
while the blood streamed over the face of the unfor-
tunate, nearly blinding him. But what se was feing his
head, fr his paws still remained jammed in exerting hi
utmost strength he dragged them out also I but it cost him
dearly, the caws and skin of his feet remaining behind.
This had very little of the weeteas of the honey which
Beard hd promised; and so much blood lowed from his
ead and feet, that he could neither erawl nor stand. Toil-
well was in hate to dispatch him, and all who accompanied
him commenced the attack, determined to have poor Brain's
life. The publican held a long staff in his hand, and poked
the bear from a distance. In ain did he turn and tist
himself about; here, some were armed with spears, there
others with as, the smith had brought his hammer and
tten, the baker his peel, and all attacked ad shouted, so






MI. JUDY's MISHAP.


that the poor beast nearly expired with agony. Mrs. Judy
took care to distinguish herself by beating. her ladle about
the enemy's ears. Nor was this all; for crowds of fresh
recruits, both men and women, kept arriving, and hurled
showers of stones at the now desperate Bruin. Toilwell's
brother at length sprung forward, and with a thick cudgel
struck the bear a stunning blow on the head. In the agony
of the moment, he gave one mighty bound among the women,
who, in their hurry to escape, stumbled over and pushed
each other screaming into the water, which happened to be
very deep. "Look look I" shouted the publican, "Mrs.
Judy, my cook, will be drowned I will give two gallons of
beer to whoever saves her." Everyone left Bruin extended
for dead, and hastened to the assistance of the women, who
were shortly drawn from the stream. While the men were
thus occupied on the bank, the miserable bear, recovering,
crept into the water, moaning with insufferable agony, and
preferring a watery grave to enduring such woful chstise-
ment. He had never attempted to swim, and almost hoped
to put an end to his painful existence. Contrary to his
expectations, he found himself buoyed up and borne safely
down the current, to the bitter mortification of the peasants.
In their vexation they imputed the blame to the women,
who had better have stayed at home. They then went to






0oo0 3KUI's znIcTNU.


examine the stump of the tree, and found the skin of the
bear's head and feet, at which they laughed immoderately:
" He will certainly come back," said they; in the mean time,
let us keep his claws as hostages." While they were thus
making merry at Bruin's expense, the latter was rejoicing
at having escaped with life. He cursed the peasants who
had cudgelled him, and complained bitterly of the pain of
his ears and feet.. Nor did his betrayer escape his male-
dictions, and he determined to be revenged on the crafty
Renard. In fear and agony, however, he swam on, carried
by the current, which was strong and rapid, for about six
miles, and then he crept on shore. Never was a bear in
worse plight. It seemed hardly possible for him to exist
till day-break; and, awaiting the approach of death, his
thoughts constantly turned towards the author of his dire
misfortune. "0 Renard you falsetraitor!" he exclaimed;
"0 you designing villain I "
The fox having considerately disposed of his uncle at the
honey-market, hastened in search of a chicken for supper,
and, being well acquainted with the locality, soon caught
one, and fled with his booty to the river-side. Quickly
devouring .it, he went on towards home, still keeping close
to the stream, and occasionally drinking. "How glad I
am," he thought to himself, "to have punised the thick.







FIIINDLY UBPOACEHB.


headed bear I Toilwell has given him a taste of his hatchet
ere this. Besides, he always professed great friendship for
me, and I have rewarded him for it; at any rate hell tell
no more lies, or make any more complaints about me." He
soon came to the spot where the bear was lying half dead
with agony, but was much surprised and vexed to see that
Bruin had escaped. "Ah stupid peasants careless fel-
lowsl" he exclaimed, "thus to despise my present; was it
not fat, and in suiciently good condition many worthier
man would have been glad of that which thon hast so
foolishly let slip through thy fingers: but I perceive that
honest Brin has left a pledge in return for thy hospitality."
At length, addressing the bear, "Ah I my dear uncle,"
said he, "do I then find you at lasPt Have you forgotten
the tree at Toilwell's? tell me, that I may inform him where
to find you. But I must candidly confes that I think you
have stolen a great deal of the poor man's honey; or did you
pay for it? how was it? Why what mess you'rein I If you
really liked the honey, though, you may have plenty more at
the same price But, my dear uncle, have you turned friar
since I saw you; why have you adopted a red cowl; the
barber too who shaved your crown must certainly have taken
the liberty of cropping your ears, and stealing your gloves;
or perhaps you have dropped them somewhere P Thu waa






TH KIn G' OATH.


the wretched Bruin compelled to listen to eBand's taunts,
and his agony so great that he could not say a word in reply.
To escape from this, he crept back into the water, and wa
carried further down the stream, when he again landed, and
lay there sick and wretched. "I am scarcely able to walk,"
said he to himself; "yet I must nevertheless make my way
to court, where I shall be for ever disgraced through
Renard's wickedness; but, if I recover, woe be to himl"
*With great exertion and pain, however, he managed to pro-
ceed, and about four days after arrived at court.
When the king perceived the miserable bear, "My
Gracious!" he exclaimed, "is this Bruin I behold, andthu
dishonouredP"-"Unfortunately, it is none other," replied
the bear, "and my wretchedness is caused by the base fox's
treachery."-"What," said his majesty, "does the lave
Benard thus treat one of Bruin's high birth P I will severely
punish this foul deed. I swear by my honour, and by my
crown, Benard shall dearly pay for this; and may I never
again wear sword, if I do not strictly keep my word."
The bear retired ftom court, and put himself under the
care of a doctor, well skilled in medicine, who soon made
his patient convalescent. The payment he received, how.
ever, was not that which he merited; for one afternoon,
while reposing in the shade, an ill bred-fly obtinately per-






AMBASSADOR GIBBY


listing in settling on the doctor's nose, Bruin officiously
endeavoured to remove the intruder. He effectually suc-
ceeded, by a slight tap with his huge paw, which certainly
demolished the fly; but at the same time unhappily dislo-
cated the nasal prominence of his benevolent friend.
When Bruin departed, the king ordered a council to be
called, to take into consideration the punishment due to
Renard's misdoings. Everyone advised that he should again
be summoned to attend, and answer the charges brought
against him; and it was unanimously resolved that Gibby,
the cat, should be the bearer of the summons, being both
prudent and skilful. The king, agreeing with his coun-
sellors, said to Gibby, "You hear the determination of the
nobles; if he waits to be summoned a third time, he and his
whole race shall suffer, even to the remotest posterity. You
will impress this upon him;-he despises others, but to your
advice he will certainly listen."
"Be the mission for good or evil," replied Gibby, "I
care not; but how shall I proceed, when I find him P Do
as best pleases your majesty, but I certainly think it would
be better to send some one else, seeing how little and weak
I am. Bruin, the bear, is large and strong, and yet even
be was no match for him; how then am I to accomplish it P
I entreat your majesty will hold me excused."






BENT AFTLRa ZNAXD. 85

"I have said it," returned the king, "and you cannot
turn me from my purpose; many a little man is full of fore-
sight and wisdom, where a great one is deficient. Although
you were not born a giant, still you are wise and learned."
The cat, finding resistance of no avail, submitted with the
best grace he could. "Your will shall be obeyed, noble sire,"
said he, "and I trust I shall meet with success."











CHAPTER III.


GIBBY GOES MOUSING, WITH WHAT SUCCESS WILL BE SEEN
-THB LADY GOBBLEALL BECOMES A WALL-FLOWER-
EBNARD SUMMONED FOR THE THIRD TIM--A TENDER
PARTING-THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION-NATURE
IKRRSISTIBLZE-RNARD PRAYS FOR THE DEAD.


GIrBT, drawing on his boots, and slinging his guitar at
his back-for he was a very musical cat in his way-set out
on his journey; but he had not travelled far before he per-
ceived a raven: "Ahl my sweet bird," he exclaimed,
"expand your wings, and fly to my right hand The
bird, however, disregarding Gibby's request, perched on a
tree to his left, at which the cat was greatly cast down, for
he looked on it as an ill omen; but, plucking up courage,
he proceeded towards Malepartus. When nearly there, he
met Benard, returning from a foraging expedition, with
a well-fed goose under his arm. "Good evening to you,"
aid Gibby, politely saluting him, "I am commissioned by
the king to ay that you are threatened with death; and if






ILZNAZD WUL4ORI$ THI CAT.


you refuse to accompany me to court to answer the charges
of your accusers, he will visit your whole race with his ven-
geance."-" You are welcome, my dear nephew," replied
Renard; "my blessing be upon you." But in his treat.
cherous heart he was inventing fresh rogueries; and
determined again to send back the messenger digraced.
Calling the cat his nephew, he said, "What shall I give
you to eat, nephew you will sleep better after supper.
You must be my guest to-day, and to-morrow, at day-brek,
we will set out for the court; there are none of my relations
I would more willingly accompany. The greedy bear ame
to me in an ill-humour. He is savage and strong, so that
I should not have relished making the journey in his com.
pany."-" Would it not be better," insinuated Gibby, "for
us to start at once, just as we are P the moon will soon be
up, and the roads are dry."-"Nay," answered Benard,
"travelling by night is dangerous. This is a treacherous
world; many a one who salutes in the most friendly manner
by day, would be but an ugly customer if he came across
us in the dark."-"Well, then," returned Gibby, "if I
must remain, let me know what I am to eat; but don't offer
me any of your goose, for I've lost all relish for poultry."-
" I have very little else to set before you," aid enard;
"but if you can wait a bit, I will bring you some fresh






THu INVITATION TO THB IAST.


honey-combs."-" I never eat them," replied the cat; "if
you've nothing else in your larder, give me a mouse; that
will suit my palate best, and you can keep your honey for
others."-" What I are you fond of mice said Renard;
"tell me seriously; for I can accommodate you to a nicety.
My neighbour, the miller, has a barn in his yard, in which
you may catch wagon-loads of the vermin; I hear too that
he complains day and night of the nuisance."--"Do me
the favour to show me where these mice are, for of all game
I prefer this."-" Then you shall enjoy a splendid meal,"
returned Renard; "since I know your taste, let us stand
upon no farther ceremony."
Gibby, believing his assertions, followed till they came to
the wall of the miller's barn, through which the cunning fox
had scratched his way the day before, and carried off the
choicest fowls. Little Martin, the miller's youngest son, had
made up his mind to be avenged, and to accomplish this,
had fastened a cord with a noose in front of the hole,
expecting to catchthethief on his return. Benard, whohad
observed this, said:-
"Creep in at the opening, dear nephew; and I will
keep watch outside while you are mousing; you'll catch
them by shoals in the dark. Hark how blithely they're sing
ing come back when you have had enough; you will be






THE TRAP O0 DZECIT.


sure to find me here; we had better not part this evening,
for to-morrow morning we must be on the road very early."
-"Do you think it would be perfectly safe to creep in
here?" said the cat, "for millers are sometimes very
cunning."-"It's impossible to my," replied the roguish
fox; "are you afraid? let us return; my wife shall do the
honours, and prepare a relishing supper-and although it
consist not of mice, I warrant our appetites will not fail/.
Gibby, ashamed of Renard's taunts, darted through the hole,
and was caught in the snare. Such was the hospitality the
robber's guests met with.
No sooner did poor Gibby feel the cord about his neck,
than exerting all his strength to free himself, he succeeded only
in pulling the noose tighter. In vain did he call on Benard,
who was listening outside the hole, for assistance; the wily
fox only laughed at the messenger's misfortune: "Gibby,"
said he, "how do you like the mice are they plumpP If
little Martin only knew that you were devouring his game
he would bring you some mustard by way of sauce. Is it
customary to make such a display at court of one's vocal
powers during supper? Really, its vastly melodious. I wish
I had but Grizly in a snare like this; he should pay dearly
for al the hrm he has done me I" With this poor conso-
lation, enard went on his way; but it was not merely to
'p






A1NARD VISIT LADY GOBBLALLI


practise theft; for, according to his way of thinking, theft,
murder, or treachery, were innocent amusements. He had
just thought of a little amusement, and made up his
mind to pay a visit to the beautiful lady Gobbleall, in the
hope of learning from her what fresh accusations Grizzly,
whom he knew to be at court, had brought against him.
Renard walked boldly into her house, but she happened to
be from home: "Remember me to your sweet mama I my
dear little step-children," said he, nodding kindly to the
cubs, as he went away again. Mrs. Gobbleall returned about
day-break; Has any one been to inquire after me ?" she in-
quired, Godfather Benard has this moment left us," answered
her eldest hope; "he wanted tospeak to you; and he called ns
all his dear little step-children."-" The wretch shrieked
Gobbleall; "he shall pay for it 1" and away hastened the
insulted lady to punish the slanderer. She was well
acquainted with his usual haunts; and overtaking him, thus
angrily addressed the fox Villain I what is the meaning of
your impertinent language? How could you dare to make
such shameful assertions before my children P" and darting
furiously at him she caught him by the beard. The fox,
feeling the strength of her teeth, took to his legs and endes-
voured to escape; but the she-wolf followed at full speed,
close at his heels.







A"n LJl5 KNIN M A ?ITT IICKUL.


Renard hastened away in the direction of a ruined castle,
where he knew of a gap in one of the walls, and, com-
pressing his sides, managed to slip through; the she-wolf,
never reflecting on her difference of bulk, attempted to fol-
low, but to her dismay stuck fast in the hole. In vain she
pushed and struggled,-the more she exerted herself, the
more tightly she was fixed, so that at last she could neither
move backwards nor forwards. Renrd, perceiving her situ-
ation, could not resist turning back to wish her a happy
release, and impress upon her the leisure she would have to
learn and appreciate his virtues; and taking the road to his
fortress of Malepartus, arrived there long before Gobbleall
had freed herself from her disagreeable situation.
Let us now return to Gibby. The poor fellow, finding
himself caught, set up a sad catterwauling after the fashion
of his race; and the noise reaching the ears of little Martin,
he sprang out of bed. "Ha! ha have I got you P"
he cried, "I have not placed the noose there in vain; the
thief is caught at last; and shall pay full price for the hens."
Hastily striking a light, he awoke his father and mother,
and the whole household, crying: "The fox is caught I let
us receive him with honour." All hastened to the expected
soene of action, even the bnrly miller himself, preceded by
the cook, with a light in each hand. Martin had quickly







GIBBlT's IYTING.


provided himself with a cudgel, and made a furious attack
upon the cat, striking him over the head and ears with such
effect that he knocked out one of his eyes. The miller came
armed with a pitch-fork, designing to put an end to the
robber. Gibby, who expected nothing less than death, dc.
termined to sell his life as dearly as possible, and flew madly
at his legs, biting and scratching them so dreadfully, that
he amply revenged the loss of his eye. The miller, shrieking
with agony, fell senseless to the ground. The usually placid
cook could not help roaring out lustily, believing that some
evil spirit had caused all this mischief; and declared that
there was nothing she would not have given, even the whole
of her'little property, had this dire misfortune not befallen
her beloved master; she would not have grudged a
sovereign if she had had it; no, that she would'nt At
length, they managed to convey the miller to bed, forgetting
Gibby, who was left imprisoned in the noose.
No sooner did the unfortunate cat find that he was
unheeded, than, although cruelly beaten, and wounded
almost to death, he was induced, from a latent attachment to
life, to gnaw through the cords,-and, after infinite pains,
was succesful. He was overwhelmed with joy at finding
himself berated, and, hastening to fy from the spot where
he had suffered so much, crept through the hole, and took






Tn Z1UG's ANGIE.


the road to court, where he arrived early in the morning.
Bitterly did he reproach himself: "Fool that I wasm" he
exclaimed, "to be tempted by the offers of service of that
vile traitor, Benard; here am I, covered with dishonour,
blind of one eye, half dead with bruises, and ready to sink
with shame."
Nothing could exceed the king's anger on seeing how his
messenger had been insulted; he threatened to hang the
villain without mercy. Then, assembling his council, he
asked of his barons and sages how he should manage to
bring the culprit to justice. Many difficulties being raised
on the subject, at last Greybeard, the badger, rose. "In
this noble assembly," said he, "I am aware there are many
who are unfriendly to Benard; still no person can dispute
his rights as a freeman. He must now be summoned for the
third time. If this be done, and he fails to appear, he may
then with justice be deemed guilty."--"I am fearful,"
interposed the king, "that no one will be found willing to
carry the third summons to the rogue. Who has an eye to
spare P who would be rash enough to risk life and limb for
the sake of this wicked traitor? No one, I imagine, will
attempt it.
"Your gracious majesty," replied the badger, "if you
require it, I will at once undertake the mission, be the result






GUYSIAILD'S ADVICE.


what it may. I will go either openly from you, or as if I
went of my own accord. You have only to command."-
"Be it so, then," said the monarch; "you have heard the
charges against this fellow; be careful."-"Never fear,"
replied Greybeard; "I will be cautious, and I hope to
succeed in bringing him before your majesty."
Setting out without further delay, he soon arrived at
Malepartus, where he found Benard with his wife and
children. Having saluted them all: "We are greatly
astonished," said he, that a wise and prudent man like you
should treat the king's messengers with such contempt and
mockery. Do you not think this would be the time to
refute the numerous complaints and ill reports that are
raised against you on all sides ? As a friend, I counsel you
to accompany me to court; further delay is useless.
Charges of great crimes alleged to have been committed by
you have been laid before the king; and to-day, through
me, you are summoned for the third time. Should you
fail to repair to court, you will be condemned, without an
opportunity of making your defence. The king with his
vassals will then hasten to blockade you in your fortress;
and you will at once be deprived of your wife and children,
your property, and your life; therefore, as you cannot escape,
you had better go with me. Surely you can make the






UNIAZD'I DMIl!NOATION.


accusations against you appear in quite a different light;
your ready wit will save you. You have often ben in worse
predicaments than this, and have invariably come of with
flying colours."
"Uncle," said Renard, when the Badger had concluded,
"your advice is good; I will go with you and defend my own
cause. I trust his majesty will be merciful; he is aware
how useful I am to him; but he also knows how bitterly I am
hated by the others. Without me the court could never exist;
and if I were ten times as guilty, I know well that, if I could
but get speech of the king, his anger would subside. True,
the king is numerously attended, and many have seats in his
council; but they never succeed; they are all so doltishly
ignorant. If the king and his nobles wish to perform any
master-stroke of policy, Renard must be sent for. Therefore
am I hated. Unfortunately, I have to dread their united
strength, for they have sworn my death; and what makes it
worse, they who are most embittered against me are now at
court; it is this which disturbs me. They are numerous
and powerful; how can I alone withstand them P For this
reason only have I hesitated. At the same time, I think it
would bebetter to accompany you, my friend. It will be
more honourable, than, by hesitation, to place my wife and
children in jeopardy. The king is too powerful for me, and







THI PARTING RNSIACU.


I am compelled to obey. We may perhaps be enabled to
come to a good understanding."
Then turning to his family, My dear wife," said he, take
the children; I commend them to you; above all, have a
care of little Renard; his teeth are set so prettily round his
tiny jaws, that methinks he will be the image of his doting
father; and Longbrush, the rogue, who is equally dear to
me. 01 be kind to all our darling children, while I am
away! I will not be unmindful of it, if I am fortunate
enough to return." After a tender embrace, he set out with
his friend, Greybeard, leaving his beloved wife and two sons,
without even taking time to replenish their larder; which
latter circumstance greatly affected Mrs. Renard.
Scarcely had our travellers gone a league, when Benard
said to Greybeard: "My dearest uncle, my most worthy
friend, I must acknowledge that I am trembling with anxiety;
I cannot divest myself of the dreadful idea that I am going
to my death. All the crimes I have committed rise in array
before me; you can have no idea how my mind is disturbed.
Let me confess I listen to me; if I make a clean breast of it,
I shall appear with more confidence before his majesty."-
"Bight," said Greybeard. "You must confide to me all
your wicked thefts, treachery, and other base offences."
Ah said Benard, there is, unhappily for me, scarcely






THu CONMnIION.


any animal against whom I have not sinned. My uncle, the
bear, I secured in a tree, where he received a severe cudgel.
ling, and was otherwise much injured. I took Gibby in search
of mice, but he was caught in a noose, and paid for it with
an eye. Chanticleer also complains with justice; I robbed
him of his children, large and small, just a they came,-and
I assure you I found them exceedingly delicate eating. Even
the king has not been exempt; and many a trick have I fear.
lessly played both his queen and himself I must further
confess that I have exerted myself in every way to disgrace
and dishonour Grizzly, the wolf; I should never find time
to tell all. Thus I have always jestingly called him uncle,
although we are no relations. Once, it is now nearly six
years since, he came to me at a convent in Elkmar, where I
was then living, and begged my asistance, as he intended
turning monk. He imagined that would be the kind of life
for him, and at once commenced tolling the bell. Thi
amusement delighted him vastly I Therefore I tied his fore-
feet together with the rope, which he quite approved of, and
continued puling lustily, happy to learn the art of tolling;
but he acquired little by his novel profession, for he kept on
ringing like a madman; in consequence of which the people
came rushing from their house, imagining some great dan-
ger at hand, and there found the pious wolf. Before he






NAUGHTY IRNARD.


could explain that he intended taking holy orders, the mob
almost beat him to death. Nevertheless, the fool adhered
to his determination, and begged me to get his head shaved;
and I singed all the hair of his crown till his skin shrunk
with the heat. I also taught him to catch fish; by which he
gained little enough. Once, he met me in the country, and
we slunk in company to the house of the banker, who was
the richest man in the neighbourhood. In his barn he had
delicious hams, and long sides of the most luscious bacon,
besides a whole trough full of pork, newly salted. After
considerable exertion, Grizzly succeeded in scratching a hole
through the stone wall, and, by dint of squeezing, effected an
entrance. His inclination and my counsel were more than
enough to incite him. But, having no command over his
ravenous appetite, he stuffed himself so full that his body
became swollen, and he was unable to return by the aperture
through which he had entered. How bitterly he reproached
the faithless hole, which, having admitted him when hungry,
refused him egress now that he was satisfied. Observing
this, I made a great uproar in the village, roused all the
inhabitants, and put them on the wolfs scent--to effect
which, I ran into the banker's house, and found him at dinner.
A fat roast capon had that moment been placed before him,
which I audaciously seized and bore off. Up started the





PUCI 0O T11 2 UANU' N Ms.


banker, overturning the table, and shouting at the top of
his voice: 'Stop him, sese him,' and being oon joined
by his people, he led the chase.
"I kept well a-head with the raging mob at my heels
crying 'Stop him and vowing vengeance. At length
reaching the barn, I unwillingly let fall my price, which was
becoming too heavy for me, and escaped. The villager
picked up the fowl, and at the same time became aware of
the imprisoned wolf. 'Husa !' shouted all the boors,'here
is another thief; a wolf has fallen into our hands, if he
escapes it will be a disgrace to us; all the country
will laugh us to scorn.' The wolf knew not what
to do with himself; but he..had little time for
reflection, for the blows were showered upon him like
hail, inflicting many severe wounds, which soon,
apparently, put an end to him. He paid the banker a dear
price for his hams. Grissly was dragged through the streets
without betraying the least symptom of life, and was at
length cast upon a dunghill outside the village. I know not
how long he remained there before he became sensible of Ida
miserable plight; and Ihave never been able to learn how he
managed, at last, to escape. Despite all this, he declared
afterwards-it may be a year since-that he would always
remain true and faithful to me;--nfortunately, he kept hbi






TIP WOLI IN A KXN-08T.


word but a short time. I easily comprehended why he thu
acted ; he was vastly anxious to obtain a good meal of
poultry by my assistance. In order to throw him of his
guard, I described to him, very seriously, a beam, on which
a cock with seven hens roosted regularly every evening.
About midnight I led him to the spot; I knew the window
to be open; and made as if I were going in; but drawing
back, gave my nle the peference. 'Enter boldly,' said
I: 'if you wish to proft by this business, loe no time; you
will find some well-fed hob He crept cautiously in, and
poked about gently. At length he angrily exclaimed: 'What
deception is this I can fd no fowls, not so much as a
feather. I msweed: 'Thse who used to perch at this
W4 have long since vanished; the others ar further
back. Advance fearlessly, and tread gently! ThM beam
was very narrow, so that he was compelled to keep the
lead, while] I retreated backwards out of the window, slam
wing the shutter after me. The noise startled the woif, ad
made him tremble so in every limb, that he fell plump from
the narrow beam upon the ground. Up jumped the people,
who had been sleeping beforethe re. Whatfell in t the
window P' they inquired of each other; and, quickly lighting
the lamp, espied the robber in a corner, and belaboured him
in a spledid .style. I am astoihed how he got away.





UNhG1AYIWL oSUILT.


S"He deserved all this however, sad even more, for the
gratitude he displayed towards me on various occios.
"Once, I had hped him to a fat sheep, on oonditon of
receiving my share; but disregarding our ageemet, he
gluttonously swallowed the whole. He had nearly paid for
it with his worthless life; for a bone sticking ihis threat
he must inevitably have expired, had not Doctor Neckall, the
crane, moved by his urgent solicitation, ventured to extra
it with his beak. And what, think you, was the doctor's
reward. Why, instead of thanking him for his services, the
brutal Grizzly threatenedto bite of his head.
"I must further confess that I hae, on every possible
occasion, annoyed and inslted the Lady Gobbleall, both
privately and publicly. To be sue, I might as wll have
left that alone; for while she lives, I dae not hope for her
forgiveness.
"I have now confessed all that I can possibly recollect,
and I trust you will forgive me."
My son" said Greybeard, "you do well to confes your
ins, for without confession there is no hope of pardon. I
trust you wil repent and endeavour to do better in future."
The confession being ended, they pursued their way to
court. The pious Greybeard and his comrade passed
through some well cultivated alleys, in one of which they






WHAT'S BRED IN THE BONI


perceived a house where fine fowls and capon were kept in
plenty; and these sometimes wandered outside the wall in
search of food. Renard was in the habit of paying them
frequent visits. "Our shortest cut," said he to Grey.
beard, "is past the wall;" but he had nothing in view
but the poultry, as they paraded up and down. He led old
Greybeard in that direction, and as they approached the fowls,
the greedy Renard could not keep his eyes from following
them. A young cock who was walking in the rear of the
others, especially took his fancy; and he was in the very act
of springing upon his prey, when the enraged Greybeard
exclaimed: "Is this your repentance, wicked reprobate?"
"O, dearest uncle" said Benard: "it was but the impulse
of the moment, I pray you forgive me."
They had now to cross a narrow bridge, and Benard
again looked back at the fowls; it was in vain that he
strove with himself. If his head had been cut off, it would
have flown after the poultry, so engrossing was the passion.
Greybeard remarked it, and said: "Son, son, why do
you let your eyes wander P Never have I seen so insatiable
a glutton "--"You wrong me, father," replied Renard,
"judge not so hastily. I was but thinking of the many
hen roosts I have robbed and rifled." The badger was
silent, and the fox did not turn his head from the fowls






WON'T COMs OUT OF THa nL 53

as long as they were in sight. At length they found
themselves on the right road, and as Benard approached
the court, and perceived the king's residence, he was
inwardly troubled;' for our hero was accused of many
crimes.












CHAPTER IV.


UNARD AIbIVES AT COUKT--THB ACCUSED AND THE ACCU-
sBBU-DFInNCZ OF THE FORMER-BENABD FOUND GUILT :
*INTENCED TO BE BANGED-LAST DYING SPEECH AND
CONFUSION-A CONSPIRACY.



As mon a it became kn at court that Renard had
actually arrived, old and young left their occupations,
anxious to catch a glimpse of the famous robber; few were
amicably disposed towards him, and every one was ready
with some complaint against him. Benard, however, treated
this lightly, or at least pretended to do so, and marched
along the highway with his uncle Greybeard, as boldly and
unconcernedly as though h had been the king's own son,
and perfectly free from all crime. In the same way did
he present himself before Nobe, the king, and stood in
the presence, surrounded by the attendant lords, apparently
quite at his ase.






?al lING's AN"&S


S Illustrious sovereign, gracious mI erl" he began, "you
are noble-minded and great the most honored and the
most worthy of monarchs, therefore do I eatre you to
hear me justly. Imay boldly venture to ara, "ta your
majesty has not a trustier servant than myelf, and on that
account am I exposed to the jealousy and il-wil of many
here at court. Had the falsehoods of my enemies uceeded
as they hoped, I must have forever forfeited yw friendship
and esteem; but fortunately for me, you have ondesoaded
to listen to the accused as well a the aocums."
Silence, Sirrah roared the king, words n lotteries
will no longer avail; your crimes are monstrous, ad punish-
ment awaits you. Did you keep the peace which I pro-
claimed among my people False perjned thief I Behold
the cock, whom you have made almost childlss P Yet you
would have me believe the love you press to entertain for
my person, while you avoid my presence, and injure my
servants. Poor Gibby's health, too, has suffered severely
When will the wounded Bruin recover from the effects of
your base treachery? But I will waste no more words with
you. Behold the crowds ready to aoeu you. You have
no chance of escape "
"Do I merit punishment, most gracious sire, on that
account; is it my fault that Brin returns with wounded






66 UnARX TU CO rU IT FACr'T rO FA
pawsP He ed his peon in order to rob Toilwel of hi
honey; mad if the lumsy peasants fell upon him, is he not
strong and mighty enough to resist them? If they best and
abused him before he trusted himself to the water as brave
knight, ought he tamely to have submitted to it? And if
Gibby the cat, whom I received honourably, and entertained
'to the best of my poor abilities, could not refrain from
robbing the miller, despite all uy warning, but slunk thither
in tbl night, and came badly off, am I deserving of punish-
ment, because my guest acted thus dishonorably. But do
even ithme as you will, and although my innocence is a
clear day, I shall not murmur. Boil me, roast me, put
out my eye, hang me, or ct of my head, I care not. We
are all in your power, our lives are in your hands. You are
mighty and powerful, the weak may not resist. lay me if
you will,-you will gain little enough thereby; but come
what may, the memory of my honest and upright career
will sustain me."
Woolly, the ram, now exclaimed in a loud voice: The
time is come for us to lay our complaints before your majesty/.
Upon which there stood forward, Grizzly with his
relations, Gibby the cat, Bruin the bear, and a host of their
fellow.beast. Even Neddy the donkey appeared, and Puss
the hure, Shakem the little dog, and Tike the mastiff;





I wrrI/ W sHO or imn Aodeons. b

Nanny the got, and her husband Billy, besides the qirre;
the weasel, and the ermine. Neither the hore or the ox
remamed absent; besides these came many wild animals;
the buck and the doe, Webtoe the beer, the marten, the
rabbit, and numerous others, all king together. Long-
shanks the stork, Skinny the heron, and Nekall the a
dew to take their stations; Mdgobble the duck, and
Michael the goose, announced their intention of appearing
against the prisoner. Chantideer the sonowfll cock, with
his few remaining children, complained bitterly; innme-
rable birds, and so vast an assemblage of animd of all kinds,
that it would be impossible to count them, hastened to
the spot. All bore the fox a grudge, and hoped to be
enabled to convict him, and be witness of his puiMimt.
All pressed forward towards the king, heaping charge upon
charge; everything Benard had committed w no brought
to light, and never had so many complaints been lid before
the king in a single day. enard, defended himself admi-
rably. The moment he began to speak, his powerful do-
qumee made him appear perfectly innocent; for he knew
how to ta everything aside, and put a new tfee upon every
iaeMation. He even madeit appear that he had always acted
correctly, and, instead of being himself lpable, had series
empipla to make against hi accuse. Bat at length






#8 UNAURD UNTEoID TO D ATH, AND
several witmeses of doubted veracity and honour appeared
against enard and bore testimony to his wicked deeds, so that
his guilt became apparent. His fate was soon decided; for
the king's conil unanimously declared, that "Rnard the
fox was guilty of the arime of murder He was sentenced
to be taken and bound, and hng by the neck till he was
dead, and thus epiate his manifold crimes by a shameful
end. Even Bnrd himself despaired: his canning speeches
had availed him nothing, when the king pronounced sentence,
and his arms were being pinioned, an ignominious and
seemed to stre the wicked ulprit in the face.
As Renard now stood bound, according to the sentence, and
surronded by hi enemies anxious to lead him to death, his
relations wre mate with grief. Martin the pe, Greybeard,
and many of Benard's connexions, heard the sentence most
unwillingly, and were not more grieved than could have
been expected; for Benard was one of the highest barons,
and now stood deprived of al honors and dignity, and
condemned to a shameful death. His kinsmen therefore
were so highly incensed, that they ll took leave of the king
and left the court.
The monarch was annoyed at the defection of so many of
his knights: for the number of Benards relatives was great;
and said to oneof o onfidants: Benrd is ertaily very






nULIVIun OTIS T0 2XI M3DONWUU.


wicked; but we ought to take into eonsidertioa that so
many of his relations cannot well be spaed.
But Grizly, Brain, and Gibby, who wm, bsied with the
prisoner, and anxious to put the sentence into execution, led
him out, and soon came in ght of the galows. "My
Lord Grizzly," aid the angry cat to the wolf think of the
time when Renrd enacted the prt of hangman to your bro-
ther, whom he succeeded in bringing to the gallows. How
joyfully he performed the offie I Now is the time to pay of
old scores. Remember, Lord Bruin, how shamerlly he
betrayed, and treacherously delivered you into the haads of
the vile mob in Toilwell's yard; think of your diqgnor ul
blows and wounds. Be watchful, and keep together; if he
foils us now-if, by his cunning or isiunuaing malice, he
should manage to free himself the hour of our cherihed
revenge will never again occur; let us hasten to repay
the injuries he has done us all."
"Of what use are words? returned Grisly; "get me a
strong cord; Ill soon put him out of his misery." enard
had hitherto listened without reply, but could contain him.
self no longer. "Since your hatred of me is so inveterate'
and you are all thirsting for revengewhy do you not iad means
of satiying yourselves I am astonished at you Gibby,
no doub, could help you to a strong cord, for he beca






60. TEn IULTATION 0F RIs INIXIns;


acquainted with the strength of one, when he conde,
scended to hunt for miee in the miller's barn. But you,
Grizzly and Brain, are in great haste to lead your nephew
o death. Doubtless, you think to succeed 1"
The king rose with all the lords of his court, in order to
see the sentence carried into effect; the queen, accompanied
by her maids of honour, aso followed in the procession;
behind them streamed the crowd. All longed for Benard's
death and were anxious to get a sight of him. Griszly, in
the mean time, spoke with his relatives and friends, and
exhorted them to remain dose together, and to keep a vigi-
lant eye on the captive fox; for they were in great fear lest
the cunning rogue might yet escape. The wolf partien-
larly impressed the importance of this caution upon his
wife: "On your life have a care, and assist in keeping the
wretch secure. If he gets away we shall all have reason to
repent it." Then addressing Bruin, be said: "Think how
he insulted you; you can return him all with compound in-
terest Gibby can elimb, and shall fasten the rope for us;
hold him and keep near me while I set up the ladder; in a
few minutes it will be all over with the scoundrel I"-"Place
the ladder," returned Brain, "I'll hold him fast enough "
"Just look now !" whined the fox; "you are vastly office.
oun in effecting your nephew's death I Your duty shokd be





M1 LAIY DYINSlGIC E AND CONflh5ION.


father to protect and shelter him, and in his need, to have
compassion on him. I would willingly sue for pardon, but
of what use were it P Grizzly hates me too bitterly, and even
commands his wife to guard me. If she would but think
of old times, I am sure she would not injure me. However
if my fate is determined on, I shall be glad to have it over
quickly; so if you spare me any longer, it will be a disgrace
to you."-" Do you hear," said the bear, "how audaciously
the felon talks ? Up with him I his time has come."
"01 that I could in my great need invent something
fresh," thought Renard, "which might induce the king to
give me my life, and cover these three, my enraged enemies,
with disgrace I Let me think. It concern my neck; how
shall I escape? The king is enraged; my friends ae gne
and my enemies are powerful; I have done little good; and
have not cared for the might of the king, or for the under-
standing of his council. If I could only get speech with
his majesty, I warrant they should not hang me; I'l not
despair even yet."
Turning round on the ladder, towards the people, he
cried: "Death now stares me in the face, and I cannot
escape it. I only ask of you all, who now listen to me, for
a little more time. Before I depart from the earth, I wish to
make my last confession before you in all truth; and






ZRNAZ MAINE A CLIAN 33AM,


frankly acknowledge every crime I have committed, in
order that others may be warned by my example, and
shun the path of sin."
The crowd thought this was right. The request was
mall, the respite short; therefore they entreated the king's
permission, which was granted. Renard's heart was
lightened; he already saw a fortunate termination to hit
troubles; and immediately set about making the best use
of the time allowed him.
In the immense amembly before me," said he, "I perceive
few whom I have not, more or less, injured. When but a
mere cub, and scarcely weaned, I followed my natural
bent among the young lambs and goats who had van.
dered from the flock; their bleating charmed me; I
longed for a taste of the delicate food, and was soon
gratified. I tore a young lamb to death, and sucked the
blood; it seemed to me delicious! and I was tempted to
kill, in addition, four of the youngest kids, which I
devoured; and continued these practices till it became, as
werer, my profession; no kind of bird was safe from me,
neither fowls, ducks, nor geese, which I destroyed when.
ever I found them; and many which I was unable to
eat, I buried in the earth.
"It happened that one winter I met with Grimly,






AYD ownflaa ALL ime s5its.


aear the Rhine, where he was lurking behind the trees.
He immediately accosted me, and aid I was of his
species, bat could quite explain to me the exact degree
of our relationship. I thought fit to believe it; and we
made an agreement to travel together, and fithfully
share the toil and the booty; unhappily, I knew not the
evils in store for myself. We went through the country
together; he stole the large and I the small. What we
gained was to have been equally divided; but this never
took place; he shared as he pleased, and I never received
my half. I have even been worse treated than that.
When he had stolen a calf, or carried off a ram, when I
found him seated amidst plenty, with a newly alaugh-
tered goat before him, or a buck still gasping under his
claws, he would grin and snarl at me, and driving me growl-
ing away, take possession of my portion. This wab
always the case, however large the prize might be. Yes,
even when it happened that we jointly caught an ox ot
a cow, his wife and seven children immediately made
their appearance, and threw themselves upon the prey,
keeping me behind them while the meal lasted. Neve
could I procure a single rib; they were always picked
quite smooth and dry; and I was expected to put up
with this But fortunately, I did not endure hunger in






84 tna cONuIGo sUATAuIx sOCUDs;
consequence; for I secretly nourished myself with the
help of my immense treasure of gold and silver, which I
had privately hidden in secure spots; 'tis true Ihave enough
of it. Seven wagons could never carry it all away."
The king listened attentively when he heard mention of a
treasure; and turning towards him, said: Where did you
get it-speak; the treasure, I mean?" Benard replied: I
shall not make this secret known; what good would it do
me ? I could not take any of these precious things with me.
But since your majesty commands, I will disclose to you the
whole affair for it must come to light some day or other.
Know then, that this wealth was stolen. Severalindividuals
had sworn to murder your majesty, and had the treasure
not been carried off, would have fullled their oath. Mark
me well, gracious sire, for your life and prosperity depended
on it; and its being stolen unfortunately brought Benardino,
a near relative of mine, into serious trouble; in fact, dug for
him a premature grave."
The queen listened with astonishment to the dreadful rela-
tion of the intended murder of her spouse, of the treachery,
and of the concealed treasure. "Benard," aid she, "reflect,
T conjure you. Your last journey is before you; repent;
speak the honest truth, and relate to me all you know of
this secret villany."-" Let all keep silence interrupted






AND A SHOUT WuISMI IS GuAnTID.


the king, "Benard, come down and draw near me, in order
that I may learn this afair-for it concerns me personally. '
At these words Benard joyfully descended the ladder, to the
great and visible annoyance of his enemies; and immediately
approached the king and his consort, who anxiously in-
terrogated him as to what he knew of the conspiracy and
treasure.
If I can but regain the favour of the king and queen,
thought the fox, as he prepared fresh lies, "and if I succeed,
so that the enemies fall into disgrace, I shall be safe from
danger."
"Let us hear all about this affair;" said the queen,again
addressing Renard: "relate the truth, and unburthen your
conscience "-" I will most willingly satisfy y," answerd
the fox, "for I must die;there is no help for it It is
better that I confess; even though I may implicate my
dearest friends and relations."
At these words the king's heart was filled with forebodings.
"Do you speak the truth he inquired. Truly, I am an
erring fox," returned Benard with a penitent countenance;
"and you know it is determined I shall die; I await my death
now: Nothing can now avail me. I shall deceive you no
longer!" Benard said all this in a faltering voice, anad
appeared greatly agitated.







M TH IIN 'IU INT CnUlION.
"I pity his distress," aid the queen; "look gracioly
on him, my Lord: and consider that his wisdom has often
been of rice to us. Let s sift this history to the bottom;
command silence, that he may be heard."
If it now please your gracious majesty," said Benard,
"give ear to what I ay. Although my deposition is un.
accompanied by the testimony of letters or other documents,
it is not the le exact and true; you shall learn the whole
conspiracy, and I will spare none."











CHAPTER V.


VHB PLOT LAID BAIt-THE PRBThND3B; HIS COUNCIL A"W
PROCLAMATION-THU1 NVOT-SUCOXZ888 AND MKIS~ OI
TUNIS OF BNABDINO-THu TKIASUIR-DIATH O9 Ui
NARDINO-HISTIRLO AND CRAKZLBORN--RNARD OBTAINS
A PriL PARDON, AND UNDBRTAKIS A PILGRIMAGU.



TE scheme oceedd, and the fox did not hesitate to
pecuse other in his endeavour to deu himself guilt.
Hie invented groundleMs flsehoods, abuiwd his dead their ,
heavily libelled his friend the badger, who had coonntly
served him, and took advantage of everything in order to
gain credit for his tale, and to revenge himself on hi enemies,
"Renardino, before mentioned by me," he commenced,
Swas so fortunate a to discover the mighty Kifg Emrioh
hidden treasure; but it did him no good, for itmade ki
proud; and no longer oondesnding to seiate wth his
gqual, whom he affected to dpiue, he sought for mon






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elevated companions. He sent Gibby, the cat, to the
mountains of the Ardenne, with credentials to Bruin, the
bear, to promise allegiance, and invite him to set out for
landers, in order to accept the crown.
"Bruin was heartily rejoiced on reading the contents of
the dispatches, and undertook the journey without delay;
for his ambitious mind had long secretly inclined him to
this step. He there found Renardino, who joyfully wel-
comed him, and sent for Grizzly and the sage Greybeard.
The four then arranged their plans-the fifth, by the way,
was Gibby, the cat. There is a village near Ghent, called Ifte;
and it was between Ifte and Ghent that they met, one dark
lowering night. Some evil genius must have suggested this
to them and Benardino had them in his power, through
the influence of the gold. They determined on the king's
death, and swore to remain true to each other, resolving to
elect Bruin as king, and to place him on the throne. If any
of the king's friends objected, Renardino was to overrule
them by his rhetoric, er bribe them with gold.
"The plot came to my ears; for Greybeard had one morn-
ing been drinking rather freely, and in consequence became
communicative. The foolish fellow betrayed the whole of the
plan to his wife, and she afterwards meeting Mrs. Benard
imparted to her all she had learntwho kept the secret about a





TIn UNCUT TINLSUNW.


well; for as moon a she found me, I was made acquainted with
the full particulars, and was perfectly tisfied of the truth of
the report. This brought to my mind the fate of the frogs,
whose croaking, at length, reached the ears of Jove. After
having enjoyed freedom, under the governance of Log,'good
easy man,' for many years, they wished for a new king,
and were determined to choose one for themselves. Jupiter
listened to their desires, and sent them the stork, who
constantly sacrificed them to satisfy his appetite; now the
weak creatures complain when it is too late, for the king
rules them with a rod of iron."
Benard, who spoke loud enough to be heard by the whole
assembly, took breath and continued: "Bruin's malice and
roguery are well known to me, and numerous are his
villanies. Our gracious king is nobly born,' I inwardly
reflected, 'and it would be a sorry exchange to place upon
his throne a thick-skulled looby. I pondered on this
for some time, and the more I pondered the more I deter.
mined to overturn their base design.
"I clearly perceived that if Ber diao retained his
wealth, he would be able te raise plenty of adherents and
depose the king. My first care, therefore, wr to discover
the spot where the treasure was deposited and carry it off
I kept a sharp eye on him: whenever he secretly wat in






OITrU DISOLoIn m.


the field, or to the rest, by night or day, in rain or
unshine, in cold or heat, I might always have been found
in his tack.
"One day as I lay hidden in a bush, and thinking how I
should manage to discover the treasure, I beheld enardino
creep out of a hole in the ground, between two tones. I
remained quietly in my hiding place. He looked about him
and seeing no one near, thought himself all alone, and com-
menced his labours. Stopping up the hole from whieh he
ad crept with sand, he skilfully made the surface so even
with the rest of the earth, that none but an eye-witness
mold have credited it. Beore leaving the place, he swept
wa all marks of his foottep with hi tail As oon as h
wa out of eight, I hastenedto te spot; net to work, and soon
opened the hole, and rept in. Who shall relate the pre-
ions things I saw thereP fne, glittering gold and silver I
No one in this assembly ever beheld so much. With my
wife's assistance I oommened carrying it away; and having
neither wagons or carta, it was accomplished only by
immense labour and difficulty. Mrs. Benard exerted herself
nobly, and we at last seeded in removing the whole to a
sae spot. In the men time, Bardino remainedin constant
connexion with the betnrye of our sovereign; and you
will be astonished to lar what they had determined on.






ZNARJXIW UMI.


Brain ad Grissly then st prodamaions to the pmo
inces, to invite their adherents to hasten to the expected
scene of action, Brin engaged to And work for the hir
lings, and liberally offered to pay them before-hand. My
father, too, misled by the representations of Rnardino
undertook to travel through different countries, and make
the proclamation known; and, that his arguments might
have the greater weight, he was well supplied with money
from King Emrich's hidden treasure.
"He spared no pains in his undertaking, and passed
through every place between the Elbe and the Bhine, when
his promises and his iches soon won many adherents.
"At length the summer appeared, and my father re.
turned to his comrades. He related all manner of woes
and troubles he had undergone; and especially how he
had nearly lost his life, in Saxony, where he had been fol-
lowed daily by huntsmen, with dogs and horses, so that he
had the greatest difficulty in escaping; and how he had
accidently been caught in a trap, by which he lost his tail.
"The recital of his misfortunes being ended, he joyfdl
displayed to the ive traitors the lst of all the partisans he
had gained by his gold and premises. It ran thus,-
Twelve hundred of Grily's pierce kinsmen were to oome,
with open jaws and harp teth; the cat and bear had ll






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espoused Brain's cause; and every glutton and beaver had
promised to join the host. But the conspirators were to
adhere strictly to the conditions proposed, of giving a
month's pay in advance; and on the first intimation, they
would all immediately repair to Flanders.
"My father would also have succeeded in obtaining the
services of the foxes, but for the unlucky accident of the
trap. The deputies having assembled and taken their seats
according to their rank, my father commenced reading the
proclamation, with the terms of which they were so well
satisfed, that it was quickly resolved to place three thousand
chosen troops, at the disposal of the conspirators. My
father, in the name of his sovereign lord, the bear, a he had
the audacity to call the rebel Brain, returned his most grate-
ful acknowledgments, and carried away by the excess of his
enthusiasm, informed them that the Pretender meant to
confer a special mark of his favour on all who joined his
cause. They must often have remarked, he continued,
the inoonvenieme of a long awkward brush, always
dangling an trailing after them; in summer it raised the
dast, in writer it waas istantly covered with mud, giving
a respectable fax the appearance of a low ill-bred vagabond.
In battle they found it especially troublesome, lapping
about in the faces of their friends and disconcerting the






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movements of whole companies. To come to the point his
majesty Brain the First, had graciously resolved upon
cutting off the tails of all the Vulpine race who might join
his forces, thus rendering them more light and active, and
more nearly resembling his own royal person. So great an
honour my father observed, it had never yet been the
lot of mortal foxes to experience.
"This canning speech, instead of being received with
universal joy, caused the deputies to draw very long faes;
one gentleman in particular, who evidently attached great
value to his tail, seemed quite disconcerted at so unpleasant
an honour being conferred upon him. He certainly boasted
of an elegant brush, and in order to displayit to the best
advantage, wore a pair of striped pantaloons, with a
small hole, just large enough for it to hang through. As
he leant his elbows over the back of his chair, it enabled him
to exhibit its fine shape to the admiring gase of his friends.
While they were hesitting, a sage deputy in a Turkish
jacket and cap, advancing to my father, aid to him: 'Perr
haps, Sir Benard, you will oblige as by turning round,' and
without waiting for a reply, exhibited my tailless ire to the
gaze of the deputies. Never did poor fox make soludicroua
a spectacle. The gravity of the assembly could no longer
be maintained. The gentleman with the green spectacle






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strove in vain to hide his ring mirth; another taking his
break upon his lap, to make sue of it, fell back in his chair,
convlsed with laughter; and in a little while the whole
membl shrieked with delight. In ain did they hold their
"ide; it was of no ue; a glance at my poor father's ridiculous
appearance set them of again and amidst their roa of
laughter, the dejected ambassador fairly took to his heels.
"As oon as things had ben arranged, Benardino went to
look after his tre se. But he wa sorly p led; he dug
ad dug, but ll in v ; nothing could be found. All hi
exertions were fmritles, for the treasure had vanished. His
despai rage and vexation seemed quite to overpower him,
-.how fearfully does the reembmner haunt me day and
night I my wrebed relative sank at lat into a dogged
state of melancly, ad soon after died of a broken heart.
"All this have I done, to prevent the meditated treachery.
itte good does it bring me; but still I do not regret it.
The traitors, Grily ad Brain, however, ait next the king
in council; and poor Benard, what thanks does he receive
for having samriued his friend, RBardino, to save the king.
Where re theyto be found who illruin themselves to sav
i life P?"
SNow the King and Queen had a grt desire to po.
se the traure, and they called Renad, to peak to






111 3WIWD o0 DUNJOIM.


him alone: "Say, where have you hidden the treasureP
eagerly inquired the mourch, "We deire to know it*
-"What good would it do me," returned Berd, "to
show your majeties where all these peoious things an
when I am condemned to die? More faith is pled in
my enemies, traitors though they be, than in my honest
fidelity "
"You wrong us, Benard," aid the queen: "My lrd,
perhaps, will spare your life, and forget the past. He
will subdue his just resentment, and no longer be offeded
with you; but in future you mest conduct yourself
with more prudence, and remain true and faithful to his
majety."
"Msat noble queen," aid Beard, "I humbly thank
you for your gracious interceion; and if his majesty will
deign to pardon my rimes and misdemeanors I promise
that no king shall rival him in the wealth he shall acquire
through my loyalty. The treasue is great; you will be
astonished when I show you the place of its concealment.
Upon this the quen, secretly desiring the riches,
expressed a hope that his mjety would pardon the wicked
fox, and take hi again into onfidncea
SIf that be your opinion," replied the king, "I wll
pardon him, ad take tnh blame of his aimes upon mendl







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But recollect, Renard," said he, "that it is the last time
bear that in mind; for I swear by my crown, if you again
offend, you shall me it; and all your relations, even to
the tenth degree, shall pay the forfeit of your disobedience."
As Benard observed how quickly the king altered his
mind, he took courage, and said: "Should I act so madly,
gracious sire, as to tell you falsehoods which could be so
easily disproved."
The King believing his assertions, nobly forgave Renard's
crimes.
a"Most gracious sovereignI" said the fox, overjoyed at
finding his arts prevail, even to the saving of his unworthy
life, "may you and your worthy consort be rewarded for
your noble clemency. I beg to testify my heartfelt gratitude
and love; and allow me to say, there exists no one in the
whole world on whom I would rather bestow my treasures
than yourself. If your majesty will deign to listen, I will
describe to you where it is deposited. You may rely on
my veracity.
"In the east of Flanders is a desert, on which grows a
solitary bush, called Histerlo; observe the name I There is
also a fountain named Crakelborn; the two are not far apart.
Throughout the year neither man nor woman approaches
the spot; the owl and the jackal alone frequent it, and





WUNIN !HU TIIASVUE LU39 WURlD.


there I buried the treure. Go thither yourself with your
noble queen; it is unsafe to send any other person. When
you have passed Crakelborn, you will perceive two young
birch trees, not far from the fountain. Go therefore, gracious
sie, straight to the birch-trees, for beneath them lies the
treasure. Commence digging and scratching; under a quan-
tity of moss at the roots, you will discover the hidden wealth.
There you will also find Emrich's crown. Had the bear
succeeded, he would have worn it himself: When your
gracious majesty shall see all this, I am convinced you will
think honourably of me. Benard, honest fox you will
exclaim, who hast so prudently buried the treasure, oh I
may'st thou ever succeed in all thy undertakings !' As the
hypocrite said this, he could scarcely refrain from laughing
in his sleeve.
"But you must accompany me," said the king; "other.
wise I shall not be able to hit upon the spot. I have heard
speak of Aix-la-Chapelle, and London, and Cologne, and
Paris; but never in my whole life heard of Histerlo or
Crakelbom; I fear you are deceiving me."
Benard listened with anxiety to the king's suspicions, and
replied: "I do not direct your mjesty to any distance; it
is not as though I sent you to Jericho. All I have men-
tioned is to be found in Flanders; let us question some one







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who may convince you. Puss shouted the robber, and
Pss trembled for fear; "the king wishes to speak with
you; he commands you, by the oath you have newly taken,
to utter the truth; describe, therefore, where Histerlo and
Crakelbom lie."
I can easily do that," replied the hare; "theylie in the
desert. Crakelborn is lose to Hitero, which latter is the
name given to a certain bush. The hump-backed Simon
lived there for a time, and coined fale money with his aban-
doned associate. I myself suffered there severely from cold
and hunger, when I fled from Tike, the mastif."-"That
will do,/ resumed enard, you may retire; his majesty
has heard suelient."
"-orgive my hastines," aid the king to Benard, "in
doubting your words: and see about bringing me to the
spot."
"How happy should I esteem myself" returned Renard,
"if I could company my king, and follow him to landerst
but you would thereby incr sin. In spite of my shame,
it must out, willingly as I would have kept it concealed
Some time back, Grizly was ordained a monk; he nearly
devoured the convent; and although he ate enough for six, it
wa still too little for him; he complained of hnger and
poverty. At length I tookpity, seeing himself and mag





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and assisted him to as much he could eat; for he is my
near relation. In consequence of this, I fell under the Popes
displeasure, and, therefore, wish to depart early to-morrow
on a pilgrimage to Qa to seek for pardon and indulgence;
when I return, I shall be happy to join your majesty. But
if I did so to-day, the world would exclaim: 'On what
familiar terms is the king with Renard, whom he so lately
adudged to die '
"True," replied the king, "Pan, or some odtr, an
accompany me. I approve of your solicitude, and grant you
permission to depart upon your pilgrimage. Asyou appear
repentant, I will not hinder your good intentions."












CHAPTER. VIL


DISGRACE OP OGIZZLY AID BRUMIN-4T PILORIM'S KNAPlAC
AND SHOES-A PARTING BENEDIOTION-WOOLY AND PUSS
ACOOMPANYT RNARD TO MALUPBRTUS-DEATH OP THE
HAB--LITTIE TO THE KING-THI RAM TURN POSTMAN-
RAGE OF THxIK KMAJSTIS-TPOOR WOOLT's ATONIMENT.



R NnD having again attained his liberty and the king's
favour, the monarch stepped forward with great pomp, and
ascending his throne, bade the assembled animals to take
their places according to their rank and station. Renard
stood by his patron's side; and the king thus graely com-
menced:
"Be silent and listen; bird and beast rich and poor,
great and small; and you my assembled barons and
officers of my court and household, hearken to your king I
Renard stands here in my power; half an hour sine, it wa
intended he should die; but he has discovered to me so many





YE COOSY ?LV OIY3.


important secrets, that, after due coaonieration, I have again
pardoned and permitted him to retain his life and property.
He hall in future be protected by the peae I have pro.
claimed; and it is also qtrietly commaded to ll her
assembled, that they honour Renrd, his wife, and family,
whereoever they meet them, by night or day. further, I
il hear no more complaints of his frilties; if he have
committed evil, it is now pat; he wl reform. Early to.
morrow, with staff and knapsack, he will commene a pil-
grimage to Omre, neither wil he return till he ha fly
repented his manifold mideeds."
The enraged Gibby here elaimed to Brain and Grimly,
"Now have we lost our pains and labour I Oh! that I
were far from this I Since Benard is again in favour, he will
employ every artif to ruin us. I ve already been
deprived of one eye, and now begin to fer for the other."
"Good advice is deady bought, I fnd," mid Brain.
But Grizzly id: "The thing is range I let u speakto
the king." Accompanied, by Brain, he went grumbling
before their majeties, spoke bitterly against Benard, and
was even wanting in respect to royalty.
"Did you not hear what I adid angrily returned the
king. "I have again received him into favour." At the
same moment he had them amied, bound, and placed in irons
D






TH ILmUU'e MODUt UIOUST.


for he remembers what Bnard had said of their treaty.
Thau in a single hour was nad's position cmplhtely
altered; he wa acquitted and his asoeeer disgred; he
played his cards, moreover, so well, that Bruin was
condemned to have a piece of hi ide torn o, to be rde
into a knapsack for Benard's journey. The pilgrim,
however, was not satisld withthis, but entreated the queen
to procure him two pain of shoes; "Gracious lady," id he,
sinee you recognise me for your pilgrim, aist me in proe-
eating the journey; Grily has for excellent shoes, and
it would be but fair for him to relinquish me a pair; will
it please your majesty to obtain them for me, through
my gracious maker the king; Lady Gobblell, too, might
very well spare me a pair of hes, for as a prudent house-
wife he will hare little o sionb for them, her dati
obliging her to remain chiey at home."
The queen thought this request resoeable, ad that
they could well dispense with a pair each. Benard
returned his think, and said joyfully: "Since I am now
to have four excellent dsho I will a longer besitate; all
the good I perform on my pilgrimage will reject credit on
your majesties; and your generosity will thus e rewarded."
Lord GTisly theefor last the skin e his fre-feet up to
the knees; and Ld y Gobblall wau fred to linquish the





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shoes of her hinder feet. Being thus psiaWed, she sad Grily
lay in great agony ear Brai, expecting nothing but death
The hypocrite fox hiring obtained possession of the
shoes and the knapsack, stepped up to the wretched she
wolf: "Dear, charming creature," said he in a making
tone, "see how nicely your shoes t me; I hope they wil
wear well. You have tried very hardto eet my rin, but
I have striven too. You have ha your rejo icig it i
now my turn. This is the common cose of things, ms
we must endue it philosophically. While upon my traels
I shall be enabled, daily, to think of my generous relations
who have so kindly made me a parent of their shou.
Adieu, Gobby; bye, bye."
Lady Gobbleall was in suoh pain that she could aoinme
speak; bt exerting herself she sid wit a aigh: "In
punihmnt fo our ar sins, you are allowed thus to triumph
over us" But Grimly and Bruin lay together without
speaking; they were suffiently wretchd--bound, wounded,
and derided by their enemy. Gibby, the t, was missing.
Benard regretted this, a he sadly wished to have revenged
himself upon him.
Early the next morning, the pilgrim busied himself in
blacking hi relatio's shoe, ad halemed to present him.
self o the king; "Your loyal serv id he, "is nead
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84 Us rAsW a1mA3D TAsu rs nPAsTu ,
to s out on his journey; will yo graciouly beow your
being on me, that I my depart with confidence The
ram wa at thi period the ing's chaplain, and wa
aeodingly summoned. "WooBy," aid hi majety, whu
t everend personage appeared, comfort poor Bnard,
r he is going to Omn. Beukle onhiskapadek,and put
the sda in his hand." Woolly immedity complied with
his majesty' command, sad ndeavoured to omfort the
brown old hypocrite.
When the king had given him his benediction, and our
pilgrim, with knapupak girded on and shoes well polished,
was ready to set out, he shed a few false tear, whih trickled
down his cbeek and wet his beard, though he felt the
bitter sornow. And he was really veed, that instead of
three he had not brought the whole of his enemies ito
trouble. He now got reedyto depart, for he fet himself
guilty and had much to dread. "Benar" sid the king,
"you are in great hasP "
"We should never put off.the performance of a good
action," returned Benard; "the time has arrived, gnrious
monarch; with your permission, I will et out."-"You
have it," sid the king; ad at the same time he com-
manded the U .ebl edobles of his court to follow m
company the false pilgrim me ditanoe on the rod.





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Th'u did Beon succeed in gaming the kimg s tion,
and left the court with grat honour, under pnstee d
pilgige to Omue, although he had as little bumines
there as fadi in a bird-cage. Head aooeedediln leing
hi soeroin by the nose, and had the plaure of sing
IIl is so r ompelled to fellow in order to do him
bmnear. Finding it impossible to lay aside his inveteatb
malie, he aid at partug: "Have s cae, y aujey,
that the triton do not eape; keep them fettered in a d-
goon, fr if they eape they will never oemse their tu le
prticee, and your royal life will be comtantly enageredm."
The king immediately returned to his palace, ad the
naimal, haring firt acompied Benard part of the way,
oon followed hi example. Th knave had pretmendd e
compilation and epentance that he had rxcited the om-
pamiea of verbal kind-heartd animal. Pu, the hare,
wa in particular highly grieved. "And mut we aso part
dearest PumP" sid the rogue; "perhaps you and Wooay
would like to company me a little farther I You would
confer upon me the greatest honour and comfort, for you
re agreeable compaions and upright people. Your way
of life i exactly the same as that which I formerly led.
You are contet with herbs, and usually ppea your
hunger with r ad lover, never asking either for breed






8 PooR n1r3s IALLS A ACUhIHO TO nSa OwN
or animal food." With this kind f flattery, did he prevail
upon the two imple-minded beadt te aooompaq him to
his dweling;--ud on arriving at Malepartu, Bard aid
to the ram: "You an renan outside Woolly, wherh you
wil find exollnt herbs of variou art, and Pu. ma
come with me. Before entering, I mut beg of him to
ford comfort to my wife, who is very dieonsolte; whbe
she hears of my intended pilgrimage, she will be in the
utmoet despair." Taking the led, Renard showed Pua
the way into the fortes, whee they found the sorowful
lady lying near h children, disolved in tea, for she never
expected Bnard to return; and seeing him now appear,
equipped with knspeck and taf, she though it Httle lea
than miralous. "Ah I my dear hubad I" she exclaimed
"tell me how it ha gone with you, and what ha
happened P"-"I was already mdamied to die," awered
Bemard, "but the king graciolyg ed me a free pardon
and released me, so that I have now t out as a pilgr
leaving both Bruin and Grimly in disgrace and coaas-
ment: besides which, his majesty, in order to complete our
reconciliatio, handed Pmse over to me to be delt with
Swe please; for he aid to me at the lst moment, just a
I was going, 'enard, it was Pus who betsyed yo.' He,
therefore, merits our severe ncha.iueut, and shall pay for






TAx3T, AND M1 USAdlm r 4 NA-l, RA
aIt iB izy he hr a doa us" Pnas hiring 1i B
took t he akrm, d eadeavoud to we ilf bh t;
but Seard quickly stepped betwm Mia the doS 6 iil
simld the poor Wims by the t6e who iklodt
pibomsy for istae, crying Bdp bh W yo ; 0 J
am bst IThe pilgrim is amuraig meat' ht dh i t
7y ong, for Beamd had oon itten throgk his :i&
pip; which as, not oeraitly, ~d I o d hogpi ks
ad eceivng agoit. "Now then," uw1ih, "Iwfal
quki*Iy, ir thl biM ia fit and well-4ivrwed. 7,j 4)jo
is the fiest ithe B"y fal Ias morerf d y a I A
kh dtrgamiud to pat sn end to him." Boomnd 1et towgk
WMtii Ns wife and lbiudra th a m plii of dM di a
aid ia auoemdeasing withextine idias. .3ilejrt(js
eestaies ih i~ meal, ad mmstary qrated i hw tIlm
to te I~og va que n for (tae delicay thy h1 a Wo4t.
*$ st aay," snsiAieomad, "Ihase ix omgh for us lUp Ow
aid r'lHsowm pKoeide yOpwith Inem; fArral IxmjAtia
mng ran, tpay heir .aSooes, wJw.ottack and think At iKjW
Bnard."
"Noiv we're at leisa," Baid ib Jwl.ly 1"u. B ul,
"I shoAld be glak toJesa ho w youa epid?"
"rIt wm d'taks se w*ral hwom,"relbsedr wb:r &
**weae I to nahes, initmiL oiv .ounigly I dPoowil tlh.






88 MNAID ILT TO :s WrS ,io n imurH D
king and queen; but I shall not attempt to disguise fran
you, that the friendship between his mjesty and myself
will be but of short duration; for when he lears the trth,
he will be highly indignant. Bely upon it, that we I
again in his power, nothing could save me,-and even now,
he i sure to follow and strive to entrap me: if he succeeds
I shall certainly be hung without mercy. You must
understand, the king let me escape this tie, because I told
him of wonderful things. I promised to deliver to him some
superb treasures, which I mid were hidden by Crakelborn.
When they go in search of it, they will fnd nothing; they
will burrow into the earth to no purpose; and when de
king fnd himself deceived he will be awfully enraged; yoe
myimaga e what sort of lies I wa fom to invent, more
I emaped. I played for a heavy stake, neither ore ot less
than my neck, and I was never so hard pushed, nor so
frightened; I never wish to be placed in such imminent
peril again Come what may, nothing shall induce me to
return to court or place myself in the king's power. It
required all my genius to get my head out of the lion's
mouth. Lt us set of for Suhis at once; no on knows
us there, and the land is fruitful enough to firiMh our
ahbh plntifully: it abounds in fowls, gese, Uares, rab,
andbirdsofall sorts. Noristheranylak offish; Isab





Y33 Rua, ^AwroirmzIn3. OUnIns.. *'9
listed chM On thmd A I was there, T ds INaw
lt eoy a peace oritence; lt a go Ate lbe .
"My deaest easrd," BOroifolf rqepied i apsB ,
"her we have all we an desire, pd in a freipg la we
should be struge and wretched. Here you are t aird
and there you nmy be servant. Beasdeq, it Jo eithr wine
nor priseorthy to relinquish a certainty for an unoeteity.
Are we not aafe enough here P is not the fortarsusa&idtl
strong P If the king abould blockade ur, with hi, whole
army, we have so many secrt paaes, so many dimmeat
outlet, that we could emily escape him; ari yMo khow
wel enoug lhe most be quaning indeed, if with even his
boasted power, he took l prison. It is not t s which
distoerb me; but I, am grieved that you ahould lememe;
I hall er survive your departure,-and what will tben
become of our darling children P"
"My dear wife," returned Renard, be calm and lien
to me: 'better swear than die,' a compulory oath is not
binding. But it hll be as you say, and I will remain at
home. I must expect his majesty will csoe me ome little
touWble; he i too strong for me; but if I suceed iagain
placing the foo cap on hia had, he ahall fad J -s
please thai hl bargais far, he may depend on it I
'Jley were int pted by Woolly, who, growing invpi ent,






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began shouting at the door--"Pue, are you ready yet P it
s getting late; we had better go I" Ienard, hearing him,
hastened out, and said: My dear friend, Pul begs you'll
excuse him; he is so happy inside with Mrs. Renard, that
he thinks you had better walk gently on; he'll overtake
you before you get far; my wife, too, is determined not to
let him go yet, and I'm sure you wouldn't wish to interrupt
their happiness."
But," interrupted Woolly, "did I not hear some one
scream P I thought it was Puss calling out for help. Have
you done him any injury P"-" How can yon suppose it?"
asked Renard. "I was speaking of my intended
pilgriage; when my wife became so fTeeted, that she
fainted; which so frightened Pnss, that in his confuwse he
cried, 'Help, Welly, help; for the love of mecy, mabe
haste, or my poor aunt will expire bt rely upon it, net
a hair of his head is injued; rather than any harm should
happen to him, I would eut of my own hand. By the
way, the king asked me yesterday to write to him my
opinions on various important subjects; if you will take
thNi with you, my dear fiend, they are quit ready; for I
indited them while Pus ad my worthy spns wm a
enjoying themMeld eating and dinking, and talking of
oki thie."






* u 301sWn SAetI.


."My der Basud," urtand Woolly, "Pa afrad ye
uNt keep your lettr, for I have s pset to pttsem in,
ad ifI wee to bamk th nsl,I should amehillyotC
-"Oh," replied Baud, "I have s ly for that; the
kapek tht was ade far me oAt f B a' ide will be
jut t things; it is tiok and shMg, o I mil pt tbe
lett imaid Tbe king will doWbtlm ead ye,
Nesio you bonourably, ad aeB yoa tbily wdoami."
The conding Woolly believing all he s the 4r
hutesd into bhi Ioue, took the knpaok, amd dqpoited
in it the hed of the nurdsed hve, determiaiag at th
am time to rbid poor Woolly to qpa it.
Who he aneo at, he aid: "Haag the kompeck sma
yeu meekc, aad take uspeail ca to mist ay desie ym
may feelto read the lettersn; do aoteamope theh kpski.k
you a tht I have tied the knots in acriom way, a I
asully do whea I write on matter of importuao to his
majesty; iad if the king lds t"ea tied usual, you will
soqiBW hs estee m a tnustwithy meseager."
"I should also rscommnd y, a oon ayou get sight
f the kig. if ya wish to stad wldl with him, to let him
isgie tht y advised the writing of t letter ad
see m-isted th writer; it will emae ymo honaur and
pkt" Woolly was rejoiced wh he heard thOi, ad






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expressed his glee by playfully leaping from ide to aide
"My der friend ad he, "now I dearly ee that yo lore
and desire to mast me. My having composed much sge
thoughts and elegant entences a are here written, will
prooS mm more prai than was ever acquired by the
wieat noblemen at court; although I cannot write like
yourself, they ill probably think I can. How fortuate
that I accompanied you. Now, tell me what els you
intend Is not Pse coming with me "
"No, I ce't poibly let him go at present; but do you
walk merely on, and he will folow as mon a I have
confided ome weighty matters to his keeping."-" Farwed,
my dear friend id Woolly; ad away be went, quite
pleaed at the thought of the homour done hi, and arrived
at court about mid-day.
When the king aw him, and pereived the knap
"Woolly," said he, "whe coe you, and where did you
lave enardP You have hismkapsAc, too; what doe this
meanP"-"Pleae your most gracious ajy," rplied
Woolly, "he begged me to bring you two lemI in which
you will nd matter of the gr tedt importance; that which
they contain was writt at my suggetion. They are h
in the knapick; Bmmd himself tied the hots."
The king immediately ordered Webtoe, the bear, who




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