THE PLOUGHMAN AND THE WOLF
A PLOUGHMAN loosed his oxen from the plough, and led them away to the water to drink. While he was absent a halfstarved Wolf appeared on the scene, and went up to the plough and began chewing the leather straps attached to the yoke. As he gnawed away desperately in the hope of satisfying his craving for food, he somehow got entangled in the harness, and, taking fright, struggled to get free, tugging at the traces as if he would drag the plough along with him. Just then the Ploughman came back, and seeing what was happening, he cried, '' Ah, you old rascal, I wish you would give up thieving for good and take to honest work instead."
MERCURY AND THE MAN BITTEN BY AN ANT
A MAN once saw a ship go down with all its crew,
and commented severely on the injustice of the gods.
They care nothing for a man's character," said he,
' but let the good and the bad go to their deaths together." There was an antheap close by where he was standing, and, just as he spoke, he was bitten in the foot by an Ant. Turning in a temper to the antheap he stamped upon it and crushed hundreds of unoffending ants. Suddenly Mercury appeared, and belaboured him with his staff, saying as he did so, You villain, where's your nice sense of justice now ? '