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The Donkey and the Wolf out of His Waters

A DONKEY feeding in a certain field of life, saw a wolf approaching to seize him, and immediately pretended to be lame. The wolf coming up, asked why he was lame. The donkey replied that passing through a bad experience, a sharp thorn, as he preferred to call it.

He sharply insisted the wolf pull it out, lest when he took care of him, it should injure all involved. The wolf agreed and lifted up the foot of the donkey, and was giving his whole mind to finding the tricky thorn when the donkey with his heels kicked his teeth into his mouth and galloped away in unruly manner. The wolf, greatly offended to say the least, still sobbed admiringly,

"I am rightly served, for why did I attempt the art of healing when my father only taught me the trade of a butcher?"

Living Fast and the Snake

Living Fast bordered much on philanthropy, saying that of all humans he was the most tender in his regard for a clerical man, for he had such respect for him that he would not even touch his dead body. A snake who heard these words said with a smile to Living Fast,

"Oh that you would eat the dead and not the living."

The Archbishop and a Little Wolf

AN ARCHBISHOP once found a wolf cub and brought it up, and after a while taught it to like lambs from neighbouring flocks. The growing wolf, having shown himself an apt pupil, said to the archbishop,

"Since you have taught me to like taking the lambs of others, you must keep a sharp lookout, or you risk losing some of your own flock."

He that will steal an ounce, will steal a pound. [American proverb]

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