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THE RICH GOOSE
Leora Robinson. Copyright by "The Outlook."
ONCE there was a rich goose going along with a bag of
corn—more than he could eat in all his lifetime. As he
walked along, so proud and happy, he met a crow.
 The crow said: "Hello, Mr. Goose! You have a
nice lot of corn there—too much for you to carry. Let
me help you. I'll take some of your load."
"Oh, no," said the goose, dolefully; "riches are a
great burden, to be sure, but still I'm not going to
give you any of my bag of corn."
"Oh, well," said the crow, "I just made a friendly
offer. I suppose you wouldn't mind having more corn.
I can tell you a scheme to make your corn pile grow
bigger and bigger every minute."
"Tell me quick!" said Mr. Goose, setting down his corn
bag in the road.
"First," said the crow, "you must spread all your corn
out on the ground, so we can count it."
The goose spread all his corn out, and the crow said:
"Now, you count on that side, while I count on this."
So the goose began counting: "One, two, three, four,
five, six——" And the crow began counting: "One, two,
three, four, five, six——" and as fast as he counted he
gobbled it up!
At last the goose looked up and said: "Where's my
corn, Mr. Crow?"
And Mr. Crow flew off, laughing a loud "Caw-caw-caw" as
he went, while Mr. Goose picked up his corn and
shouldered the bag, which was not so heavy now.
Well, Mr. Goose went on, and he met a top-knot pigeon;
and the top-knot pigeon said: "Mr. Goose, you've got a
big lot of corn. Let me help you carry it."
"No," said Mr. Goose, "I don't want any help."
"Well," said Mr. Pigeon, "I know a little game you can
play, and make your corn into more. I will show you
how to play it."
 "Well," said Mr. Goose, "I ought to have a little
fun as I go along."
"Spread your corn in a circle," said the pigeon.
"Begin on the outside to count, and I'll go behind you
and count after you."
"Why don't you let me come last?" asked Mr. Goose.
"Because that's not the game," said Mr. Pigeon.
So Mr. Goose spread out some of his corn in a circle,
and began counting: "One, two, three, four, five,
six——" And the pigeon followed behind, counting:
"One, two, three, four, five, six——" and swallowing as
fast as he counted. And when Mr. Goose got round to
the starting point there wasn't any corn left.
"Where's my corn?" said Mr. Goose.
"That's the game—to find out where it went," said the
pigeon, flying off. And Mr. Goose tied up his bag
again, and thought how light it was.
He went on and on, and he met a crane. And the crane
said: "Hello, Mr. Goose! What a fine lot of corn!
Let me help you carry it."
"No, thank you," said the goose, "I don't need any
"If you'll swim around that big rock in the pond," said
Mr. Crane, "you will see pearls and diamonds and gold
"Oh, oh!" said Mr. Goose.
So Mr. Goose swam out into the pond to see the sights,
and left Mr. Crane watching his bag of corn; but he saw
no sights, and when he came back his bag was very light
"Where's my corn?" said Mr. Goose, and Mr. Crane just
gave a loud screech and flew off to Canada.
So Mr. Goose went on and on, and he met Mrs. Brown
Leghorn, with her ten little chicks trying to
up with her. And she said: "Don't you find your corn
very heavy, Mr. Goose?"
"Oh, yes," said Mr. Goose. "No one knows the load we
rich folks have to carry."
"Well, Mr. Goose," said Mrs. Brown Leghorn, "shan't I
"No, no," said Mr. Goose; "I'm used to it."
"Very well," said Mrs. Brown Leghorn; "I'll tell you
what. Throw some corn out here on the ground and see
what will happen."
"Your chickabiddies would eat it," said Mr. Goose.
"You must remember," said Mrs. Brown Leghorn, "That they
are not common chickens—they're Brown Leghorns."
"Well," said Mr. Goose. "I will throw a little of my
corn on the ground, and if those chickens don't eat it
I will give you all the corn you wish for yourself."
So the goose threw down the corn, and the chickabiddies
started for it, but Mrs. Brown Leghorn gave her hawk
cry, and they all ran to the bushes to hide, and Mrs.
Brown Leghorn ate up the corn.
"Where's my corn? Shame on you!" cried Mr. Goose, and
he gathered up what was left, and went on until he met
a bobtail horse.
"Let me help you carry that load for you, Mr. Goose; it
is too heavy for you," said Mr. Bob Tail.
"No, no!" said Mr. Goose, and he was just hurrying on,
but the horse said: "You ought to open that corn and
let the air freshen it. I know the weevils are eating
"The weevils! Are they?" asked Mr. Goose.
So the horse took the goose to a nice big box and
poured out the corn. The goose said: "I can't find
 "Let me look," said the horse, and all the time he
was looking he was munching, munching the corn.
So the goose drove Mr. Bob Tail away, and he put the
little bit of corn that was left in the great big bag,
and went on down the road, till he met a farmer's
And the boy said: "Mr. Goose, what is that little bit
of stuff you have got in that great big bag?"
"It is all the corn I own in the world," said the
goose, "and I'm afraid to eat it up, for then I shall
"Put it in the ground," said the boy, "and it will make
"Wouldn't that be throwing it away?" said the goose,
"No," said the boy; "we farmers are always burying
things in the ground, and they spring up and grow."
So the boy took a horse and ploughed and ploughed the
land, and harrowed it, and laid it out in furrows, and
planted the corn. When Mr. Goose saw the last of his
yellow corn all covered up in the ground, he thought
that he should never be happy again. But the boy said:
"Cheer up, Mr. Goose! Here comes your corn."
And the corn grew and grew, until, at last, harvest
time came. And for every grain the boy put into the
ground there were hundreds of grains in the ears; so Mr.
Goose gave half his corn to the farmer's boy, and what
he had at first was nothing compared to his riches now.