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Edited By Andrew Lang And With Numerous Illustrations By H. J. Ford

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118 MONSIEUR DUMAS AND HIS BEASTS
'You know, of course, how they catch them in their own country.'
'No, Michel.'
' What! you don't know that, gentlemen ?' said Michel, full of compassion for our ignorance. ' You know that monkeys are very fond of Indian corn. Well, you put some Indian corn into a bottle, the neck of which is just large enough to admit a monkey's paw. He sees the Indian corn through the glass-----'
'Well, Michel?'
' He puts his hand inside, and takes a good handful of the Indian corn. At that moment the hunter shows himself. They are so obstinate — the monkeys, I mean — that they won't let go what they have in their hand, but as they can't draw their closed fist through the opening, there they are, you see, caught.'
' Well, then, Michel, if ever our monkeys get out, you will know how to catch them again.'
' Oh! no fear, sir, that is just what I shall do.'
The seltzer-water experiment was successfully re­peated, to the triumph of Michel and the delight of Alex­andre, who wished to go on doing it; but I forbade him, seeing that poor Mademoiselle Desgarcin's nose was bleeding from the blow of the cork.
'It is not that,' said Alexandre; 'it is because you grudge your seltzer water. I have already remarked, gentlemen, that my father is, I regret to say, an exceed­ingly avaricious man.'
V
It is now my painful duty to give my readers some account of the infamous conduct of Mysouff II. One morning, on waking rather late, I saw my bedroom door gently opened, and the head of Michel thrust in, wearing such a concerned expression that I knew at once that something was wrong.
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