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300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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THE WOLF AND THE CRANE
A WOLF once got a bone stuck in his throat. So he went to a Crane and begged her to put her long bill down his throat and pull it out. I'll make it worth your while," he added. The Crane did as she was asked, and got the bone out quite easily. The Wolf thanked her warmly, and was just turning away, when she cried, What about that fee of mine ? ' Well, what about it ? ' snapped the Wolf, baring his teeth as he spoke ;
' you can go about boasting that you once put your head into a Wolf's mouth and didn't get it bitten off. What more do you want ? '
THE EAGLE, THE CAT, AND THE WILD SOW
A N Eagle built her nest at the top of a high tree ; a Cat with her family occupied a hollow in the trunk halfway down ; and a Wild Sow and her young took up their quarters at the foot. They might have got on very well as neighbours had it not been for the evil cunning of the Cat. Climbing up to the Eagle's nest she said to the Eagle, ' You and I are in the greatest possible danger. That dreadful creature, the Sow, who is always to be seen grubbing away at the foot of the tree, means to uproot it, that she may devour your family and mine at her ease." Having thus driven the Eagle almost out of her senses with terror, the Cat climbed 106