THE MOON AND HER MOTHER
THE Moon once begged her Mother to make her a
gown. * How can I ? ' replied she ; ' there's
no fitting your figure. At one time you're a New Moon,
and at another you're a Full Moon ; and between whiles
you're neither one nor the other."
MERCURY AND THE WOODMAN
A WOODMAN was felling a tree on the bank of a river, when his axe, glancing off the trunk, flew out of his hands and fell into the water. As he stood by the water's edge lamenting his loss, Mercury appeared and asked him the reason for his grief; and on learning what had happened, out of pity for his distress he dived into the river and, bringing up a golden axe, asked him if that was the one he had lost. The Woodman replied that it was not, and Mercury then dived a second time, and, bringing up a silver axe, asked if that was his.
' No, that is not mine either,' said the Woodman. Once more Mercury dived into the river, and brought up the missing axe. The Woodman was overjoyed at recovering his property, and thanked his benefactor warmly ; and the latter was so pleased with his honesty that he made him a present of the other two axes. When the Woodman told the story to his companions, one of these was filled with envy of his good fortune and