and so lightly that you could not have tracked his footsteps if the field had been strewn with flour. In a very few springs he had overtaken the doe, and had so impressed Moscione with his fleetness of foot that he begged Quick-as-Thought to go with him, promising at the same time to reward him handsomely.
Quick-as-Thought agreed to his proposal, and they continued on their journey together. They had hardly gone a mile when they met a young man, and Moscione stopped and asked him: ' What's your name, my friend ; where do you come from, and what can you do?'
The man thus addressed answered promptly, ' I am called Hare's-ear, I come from Curiosity Valley, and if I lay my ear on the ground, without moving from the spot, I can hear everything that goes on in the world, the plots and intrigues of court and cottage, and all the plans of mice and men.'
'If that's the case,' replied Moscione, 'Just tell me what's going on in my own home at present.'
The youth laid his ear to the ground and at once reported : ' An old man is saying to his wife, " Heaven be praised that we have got rid of Moscione, for perhaps, when he has been out in the world a little, he may gain some common sense, and return home less of a fool than when he set out." '
' Enough, enough,' cried Moscione. ' You speak the truth, and I believe you. Come with us, and your fortune 's made.'
The young man consented; and after they had gone about ten miles, they met a third man, to whom Moscione said : ' What's your name, my brave fellow ; where were you born, and what can you do? '
The man replied, ' I am called Hit-the-Point, I come from the city of Perfect-aim, and I draw my bow so exactly that I can shoot a pea off a stone.'
' I should like to see you do it, if you 've no objection,' said Moscione.