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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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worthy of their royal master." The Ape was so delighted with his answer that he gave him a very handsome present. The other Traveller thought that if his com­panion was rewarded so splendidly for telling a lie, he himself would certainly receive a still greater reward for telling the truth ; so, when the Ape turned to him and said, ' And what, sir, is your opinion ? ' he replied, " I think you are a very fine Ape, and all your subjects are fine Apes too.'1 The King of the Apes was so enraged at his reply that he ordered him to be taken away and clawed to death.
A PEDLAR who owned an Ass one day bought a quantity of salt, and loaded up his beast with as much as he could bear. On the way home the Ass stumbled as he was crossing a stream and fell into the water. The salt got thoroughly wetted and much of it melted and drained away, so that, when he got on his legs again, the Ass found his load had become much less heavy. His master, however, drove him back to town and bought more salt, which he added to what remained in the panniers, and started out again No sooner had they reached a stream than the Ass lay down in it, and rose, as before, with a much lighter load. But his master detected the trick, and turning back once more, bought a large number of sponges, and piled them on the back of