THE TURTLE AND HIS BRIDE
There was once a turtle who lived among a great many-people of different kinds, in a large camp near a big river which wai born right up amongst the snows, and flowed straight away south till it reached a sea where the water was alwaj's hot.
There were many other turtles in the camp, and this turtle was kind and pleasant to them all, but he did not care for any of them very much, and felt rather lonely.
At last he built himself a hut, and filled it with skins for seats, and made it as comfortable as any hut for miles round; and when it was quite finished he looked about among the young women to see which of them he should ask to be his wife.
It took him some time to make up his mind, for no turtle likes being hurried, but at length he found one girl who seemed prettier and more industrious than the rest, and one day he entered her home, and said : ' Will you marry me ?'
The young woman was so surprised at this question that she dropped the beaded slipper she was making, and stared at the turtle. She felt inclined to laugh—the idea was so absurd; but she was kind-hearted and polite, so she looked as grave as she could, and answered:
' But how are you going to provide for a family ? Why, when the camp moves, you will not even be able to keep up with the rest!'
' I can keep up with the best of them,' replied the