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

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THE HISTORY OF JACKO L
accomplished into the bargain. He spoke French, English, and Spanish equally well, and sang ' God save the King,' the ' Marseillaise,' and the Spanish National Anthem with great perfection.
The aptitude for languages made him a ready pupil, and his vocabulary was largely increased by daily associa­tion with the crew of the ' Roxalana,' so that before they had been very long at sea Cataqua swore freely in the purest Provencal, to the delight and admiration of his captain.
The captain was very fond of his two pets, and every morning, after inspecting the crew and giving each man his orders for the day, he would go up to Cataqua's cage, followed by Jacko, and give the cockatoo a lesson. When this was well said he would reward his pupil by sticking a lump of sugar between the wires of the cage, a reward which delighted Cataqua whilst it filled Jacko with jealousy.
He too loved sugar, and the moment the captain's back was turned he would draw near the cage and pull and pinch till the lump of sugar generally changed its destination, to the despair of Cataqua, who, crest erect and with brandished claw, rent the air with shrieks of rage mingled with angry oaths.
Jacko meanwhile stood by affecting an innocent air and gently sucking the sugar which he had stowed away in one of his pouches. Unluckily none of Cataqua's owners had taught him to cry ' stop thief' and he soon realised that if Jacko were to be punished he must see to it himself.
So one day, when the monkey after safely abstracting the sugar pushed a paw between the bars of the cage to gather up some remaining crumbs, Cataqua, who was gently swinging, head down, and apparently unconscious of what was going on, suddenly caught Jacko's thumb in his beak and bit it to the bone.
Jacko uttered a piercing shriek, rushed to the rigging
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