AESOP'S FABLES - online children's book

300 favourite fables with illustrations by Arthur Rackham

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a reward for information about a thief who had stolen something from the city temple. " Well," said the Man to himself, ' it strikes me I had better go back home again. If these town gods can't detect the thieves who steal from their own temples, it's scarcely likely they can tell me who stole my Spade."
A FOWLER caught a Partridge in his nets, and was just about to wring its neck when it made a piteous appeal to him to spare its life and said, '' Do not kill me, but let me live and I will repay you for your kindness by decoying other partridges into your nets."
' No," said the Fowler, I will not spare you. I was going to kill you anyhow, and after that treacherous speech you thoroughly deserve your fate."
A SLAVE, being discontented with his lot, ran away from his master. He was soon missed by the latter, who lost no time in mounting his horse and setting out/ in pursuit of the fugitive. He presently came up with him, and the Slave, in the hope of avoiding capture, slipped into a treadmill and hid himself there. Aha," said his master," that's the very place for you, my man !