AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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both of them were exhausted, and lay upon the ground severely wounded and gasping for breath. A Fox had all the time been prowling round and watching the fight: and when he saw the combatants lying there too weak to move, he slipped in and seized the kid, and ran off with it. They looked on helplessly, and one said to the other, " Here we've been mauling each other all this while, and no one the better for it except the Fox ! '
A MAN once bought an Ethiopian slave, who had a black skin like all Ethiopians ; but his new master thought his colour was due to his late owner's having neglected him, and that all he wanted was a good scrub­bing. So he set to work with plenty of soap and hot water, and rubbed away at him with a will, but all to no purpose : his skin remained as black as ever, while the poor wretch all but died from the cold he caught.
TWO Soldiers travelling together were set upon by
a Robber. One of them ran away, but the other
stood his ground, and laid about him so lustily with his
sword that the Robber was fain to fly and leave him in