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Sacommenced to talk to them. Children," she said,
I can stand his no longer. Before I married your dear dead papa I was said:
to be the handsomest fox in the forest, and on account of myV oreat beauty
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went by the name of "Lady Fox." But look at me now! Indeed, as I looked
at myself in the brook to-day, I was frightened to see such an ugly beast! My
tail, that was once so beautiful, is no longer fit to be seen on a fox, and my fur,
once so sleek and soft, is now so rough and ragged from dragging myself
through brush and over rough roads for miles and miles! Indeed, I will never
be able to get acn-
other husband if
this goes on. Imust
Story and think of
some easier way to
get you food until
you are old enough
Sto get it for your-
Sb o, selves, and your
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-- have killed every-
thing I can find in
except that old
tame gander, and
I know you could
not eat such a
"- tough old fellow
as he is if I did
kill him; and then;
too, no one would
Imaolle a fOX ,Was
near as long as I let hini alone. If it was'nt for that I wIMihl kill him ust" for
spite. Oh! I wish I had the strength of a lion,:then I could get food enough at
once to last a week, and in that way have time to rest and enjoy myself."
"But, mamma," said the oldest baby fox, "you are as strong as that lion
in the cave, who is sick and can not walk a mile." "That sick lion;. oh! I am
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so glad you reminded me of him. To be sure he can not walk a mile now"
while he is sick, but he will soon be well, and then he can-walk as far as he
pleases in search of food, and only think how much he leaves after eating
a meal, too, all of which that cringing jackal takes." "I suppose that is
why," said one of the babies, "that the jackal takes him all the food he
needs now while he is sick. I wonder what made him sick, do you know,
mamma?" "Yes, my child; he is suffering from indigestion. One day he
was walking through the forest and was very hungry, and was thinking
what hle could kill for his dinner, when he saw a man walking by; he
thought it would be a pleasant variety to eat him. So he killed him on
the spot and ate him, clothes and all. Well, something about that man
did not agree with him. He thinks, perhaps, it was the clothes, though I
never considered men themselves healthy diet-too tough entirely. Well,
I have a plan in my mind now, so you all run and play, and, perhaps, you
may find some small game straying near, this fine morning-some spring
may find some small game straying near, this fine morning-some spring
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8 ADY FOX.
chickens or young goslings; but don't you go far from home, or you might
meet the same sad fate your father did." "Well, now," said the old sly
fox to herself, "I'11 kill that old gander, and take it to the sick lion: his
teeth are larger than mine, and, perhaps, he can chew it with ease; at
any rate, it will never be of any use to me, so I can well afford to give it
away, then he will think I am polite, and when he is well he will get
something for me. I know he would willingly give me food if I were
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lnot mr -, e h ila-i r wt I hav
been so annoyed, but for me not to worry any niore, for he will see that
I and my children get all the food we want. Oh! yes, the lion is a big
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to ask him, but I could never stoop so low as to beg. I will take him this
gander, and he will, as soon as possible, bring me something in return,
and I will accept his gift with so many thanks,.and speak of the hard
times I have had to get enough food to keep my children from starving;
and tell him how that horrid jackal steals my food sometimes. To be
sure the jackal never did, but I want to make the lion mad at him so he
will not give him any more food, and then he will say he is sorry I have
been so annoyed, but for me not to worry any more, for he will see that
I and my children get all the food we *ant. 'Oh! yes, the lion is a big
LADY FOX. 9
fellow, and they call him the king of beasts, but I believe he is a stupid
old dolt that I can get around by a little flattery. I am quite sure I can
get him to get my food in some way. If this plan does not succeed I will
try some other. Foxes have always been noted for having so much wit,
and I never heard of a lion having any." So off went Lady Fox and killed
the poor old lame gander, and without making a bit of noise she dragged
it by its neck to the mouth of the cave where the sick lion lived. She
then ran off in search of somedinner, for she was very hungry, swell as
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she was killing the hen the little foxes heard the noise, and ran in that
direction, and seeing the little helpless chickens, they killed them every
one. Now, while the foxes are eating the nice fat hen. and the pretty
little yellow chickens, we will see what the lion was about. He awaked
from a feverish nap, and went to the door of the cave to see what his
friend, the jackal, had brought him for his dinner, and there he saw the
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old gander stiff in death. He ,
knew that the jackal never .'
brought such a gift, and, upon ,-,f .. i
seeing the marks of the teeth, ..m "
he knew that the fox had brought
it to him. "Well," he said, "I
never dreamed a fox would do a
kind act; but I will not eat it,
for, after eating that man, I don't -'+'.
want any more tough food; and
then I know Mistress Fox has
quite a family to support, and I
could not think of accepting food
from her, though it were as tender as toads. So
the lion turned and walked slowly back to his bed
in the cave. He had scarcely laid himself down
when the jackal, who was in the habit of bringing
him his meals, appeared on the scene with a pair of i
rabbits for the king's lunch. As he drew near the .
cave he also saw the dead gander, and ugly as the .
poor bird had been in life, he was ten times uglier ~I
in death; indeed, he was such a sorry-looking sight
thac the jackal had to lay the rabbits down and
have a good laugh. Then he said to himself, "My .S
friend, king lion, must have suffered with hunger
while I have been away, and not being able to walk
far, hias killed this old gander, and then found it was
too tough even for a lion's teeth to tackle. But no,
a lion never killed this gander: these prints made
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by teeth are far too small. Ah! I see, they are made by Lady Fox's small
teeth. Now I wonder what she is up to now. Some of her sly tricks, I know.
Well, I will take this old grandfather gander away from here, for a second
sight of it might be too much for a sick lion to see." The jackal then dragged
the gander off to some distance from the cave, and he thought to himself while
By this time the sly old Fox and her little ones had eaten up the hen and
every one of the tender little chickies, and then the mother Fox thought she
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place of thed gander whe he came out to eat his dinner.
would visit the cave again and see.if the lion had eaten the old gander. So
she dragged herself in the mud and put briars in her fur, so as to look as
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pitiful as possible. She got there soon after the jackal had carried it off,
and of course she thought the lion had eaten it, so she walked in and
pretended to be very sly, and rubbed her paw against her nose, coughed a
little nervous cough to rouse the lion from his slumber, and when she saw
him slowly open his eyes, she said in a very affected voice, "I hope you
enjoyed the nice, fat goose I brought you."- Now, as soon as she said
"nice, fat goose," the lion saw through her tricks, for he was not by any
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means as stupid as the fox imagined him to be, and he quietly looked at
her and was convinced by her manner that she was trying to deceive
him, though he could not think what she was doing it for. The idea of
calling that tough specimen a "nice, fat goose!" The lion gravely an-
swered, "I did not eat your present, which I think was a very old gander."
"Well,'' said the fox, "it certainly could not have flown away!" Now
that made the lion very angry, and he asked her if she saw any of its
feathers lying around, or did she suppose he had eaten then -also? The
fox then tried to bring back his good humor by flattery, saying she did not
mean anything at all to offend him; she meant that some one had stolen
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it because he was sick. Oh! she would not offend him for anything, and
smiling her sweetest smile, she came nearer to him, continuing to flatter
him all the time, telling him that, as she had brought him food while. he
was sick, she felt that after he got well he would give her what he did"
not need himself, instead of leaving it for that sneaking jackal. The lion,
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bhowever, despised flattery, and now well knowing the trick she was try-
ing to play upon him, laid his paw heavily upon her, which brought her
senseless to the ground, and without a moan or a groan the breath left
her body; and when the jackal returned from carrying off the old gander,
he found he had more work to perform-to carry away the sly fox. But
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he was a jolly, willing old jackal, and did not mind the extra job at all.
So in a few hours the fox and gander were lying in a dreary place, for
the sunshine and rain to make dust of their bodies together.
Now, little children, learn from this story of the sly fox how wicked
it is to try to deceive, and how contemptible to try and get some other
person to do your own work. The fox was strong and well, and plenty
able to provide the food for her young, but did not wish to ruffle her fur
and brush by labor; in fact, she wished to be a Lady Fox, so she thought
to impose on the generous lion. Such meanness may sometimes flourish
for a time, but it always in the end receives the punishment it deserves.
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