THE FOX AND THE GRASSHOPPER
A GRASSHOPPER sat chirping in the branches of a tree. A Fox heard her, and, thinking what a dainty morsel she would make, he tried to get her down by a trick. Standing below in full view of her, he praised her song in the most flattering terms, and begged her to descend, saying he would like to make the acquaintance of the owner of so beautiful a voice. But she was not to be taken in, and replied, You are very much mistaken, my dear sir, if you imagine I am going to come down : I keep well out of the way of you and your kind ever since the day when I saw numbers of grasshoppers' wings strewn about the entrance to a fox's earth.'
THE FARMER, HIS BOY, AND THE ROOKS
A FARMER had just sown a field of wheat, and was keeping a careful watch over it, for numbers of Rooks and starlings kept continually settling on it and eating up the grain. Along with him went his Boy, carrying a sling : and whenever the Farmer asked for the sling the starlings understood what he said and warned the Rooks and they were off in a moment. So the Farmer hit on a trick. ' My lad," said he, ' we must get the better of these birds somehow. After this, when I want the sling, I won't say ' sling,' but just ' humph !' and you must then hand me the sling quickly."