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

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380                    THE STORY OF A FROG
Thinking it must be a young bird which had strayed fron. its covey, he laid down his gun, took his cap in his hand, and cautiously creeping near, like a child about to catch a butterfly, he flung the cap over the unknown object, put in his hand and drew out — a frog!
Anyone else would have flung the frog away, but Alexandre philosophically reflected that there must cer­tainly be some great future in store for this, the sole result of his day's sport; so he accordingly put the frog care­fully into his game bag and brought it home, where he
THE SOLE RESULT OF HIS DAY'S SPORT
transferred it to an empty glass jam jar and poured the contents of his water-bottle on its head.
So much care and trouble for a frog may appear excessive; but Alexandre knew what this particular frog had cost him, and he treated it accordingly.
It had cost him 660 francs, without counting his licence.
PART II
' Ah, ah! ' cried Dr. Thierry as he entered the studio next day, ' so you've got a new inmate.' And without paying any attention to Tom's friendly growls or to Jacko's engaging grimaces, he walked straight up to the
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