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HARE AND THE TORTOISE.
afternoon the animals
Farmer Jesper's farm met
.for a friendly gossip. There were
cart-horse, and Crummy the cow;
in a shady
sow who had left her litter fast asleep, and who
was familiarly addressed as Tiggy; Cockalorum
Wakemup, who dated his letters from "The Barn
Pintoe, a gander;
Bubbleyjock, the tur-
key, and a dozen or more of the female
of the three gallants last named.
farm matters were freely
and Crummy signified that
things went on pleasantly
as they were
but Tiggy declared that the stuff put into her
trough was shamefully
of her family; and th
thin, considering the
e poultry complained that
the new maid was stingy with the barley.
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The Hare and Fte Tortoise.
bleyjock vowed that if
Bob Jesper did not leave
off pelting him when he came from school he
would make his ugly red calves smart (Bubbley-.
jock said "ugly" because his own calves were
mere drumsticks); and Cockalorum Wakemup,
perched on the top rail of
was just thrilling his friends with a "creepy" story
of how a fox prowled about the fowl-house for
several hours on the previous night, when
should come up but
Tibby, a pert young cox-
comb of a hare, well known, in those parts.
Hullo! you fellows, what's your diminutive
said Tibby, as he bounded into the
middle of the group. (Tibby, like other conceit-
ed people, was noted for -using fine words.)
quiet chat after dinner, Tib.
just having a
iat's your little
here; I'm ready-to run any
you for anything you like to name."
"There he is again," cried several,
"Run, run, run; nothing but 'run' when-
" "As though," added Crummy,
ever you see him.
3 The Hare at
"it was something very
in eating, sleeping,
"What do you know about it, you cross old
(This to Crummy, who was old enough
Well, if you are not
game, I am;" and laughing heartily at
little joke, he was tuning away, when
voice was heard from out the grass:
"Stop a bit, Tib;
for two miles."
"Who's that?" the company cried in a breath;
and they answered themselves as they exclaimed
in great amazement, "Why, it's little Tortums!"
And sure enough it was Tortums. Now Tor-
tums, I must tell you, was a tortoise, whose quiet,
modest behavior had made him a general favor-
ite, and who, hearing the clatter of
from the farm-house unperceived,
to learn what was going on..
Need I say that his
friends, who were quite
taken aback by this extraordinary piece of
assertion on the part of Tortums, entreated
not to expose himself to certain defeat? Tibby
The Hare andl the 2
laughed until his sides ached;
of that, did Cockalorum
and so, for the
of his: but Tortums was
not to be put off.
"If nobody else will
race him, I will,
all;" and he winked at Tiggy, as much as to say,
"I know my man."
So they agreed that, just
thing, Tortums should race Tibby.
the fun of the
ger at first stood upon his dignity, and declared
the whole thing to be too absurd to be thought
of for a moment, but the company threatened to
cut him if he backed out; so off they ran to the
turnpike road, in high
glee at the prospect of
When Tortums had come up, Captain drew a
line across the road with his hoof, and required
Tibby and Tortums to toe it.
"Are you ready ?" cried (
"Very well, then:
'Bell, horses; bell, horses; what time of day ?
One o'clock, two o'clock, three and awayl'"
The Hare and /he
Off galloped Tibby, and was instantly lost to
sight round a bend in the road, whilst little Tor-
turs started at a brisk crawl under a volley of
good-natured banter from his friends, who re-
garded the race as the best joke of the
When Tibby had reached the first milestone
he slackened his
and said to himself,
it's melting hot this afternoon.
be an hour at least before that little idiot reaches
here, so I'll lie down in the grass and have a rest."
He lay down---he dozed---he fell fast asleep!
Meanwhile, Tortums stuck to his work brave-
ly, accompanied .by his friends, and within an hour
had nearly reached the first milestone, when Cap-
had stepped out to the fr
with walking so slowly,
ont to stretch his legs,
came running back with the momentous news
that he had spied Tib fast asleep at the side of
those present that after all
win, and they
little Tortums might
agreed to pass the unconscious
braggart on tiptoe and in
plan answered admirably, though
tain, who, being
The truth flashed across the minds
The Hare and the Tortoise.
wardness in doing her best to carry out the tip-
toe plan nearly led to a burst of laughter.
On, and on, and on plodded little Sobersides,
His friends were in momentary expectation of
seeing Tibby flash past them; but he came not,
and just as twilight was .setting in, Tortums
reached the goal.
"Three cheers for Tortums," cried the excite-
able Cockalorum, "and take the time from me.
"Hip, hip, hurrah!" shouted the company,
and at that moment Tibby was seen coming up
the road at a mad gallop. But it was too late.
SHe had lost the race!
"And now, dears, for the moral," I said, as I
first told the story at my own fireside.
"Oh, never mind the moral, papa; we know
all about that," interjected Frank, my eldest; and
it being the first duty of papas in this enlight-
ened age to do as they are bid, I left the story
to point its own moral. Fortunately it lies upon
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