356 HOW TOM WAS BORN A FRENCHMAN
He at once set sail for France, taking the bear with him, and as soon as possible after reaching port he set out for Paris, intending to present his capture to Monsieur Cuvier, the naturalist.
Just after reaching Paris, the bear gave birth to two little cubs, and the Captain, always pleased with a good bargain, sold one to the hotel-keeper, who sold it again to an English gentleman by whom it was brought to London.
The other cub was sold to Alexandre Decamps, who named it ' Tom,' and confided its education to his friend Fau, with the admirable results we have read of in the ' Blue Animal Story Book.'
(Adapted from A. Dumas.)