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THE LION IN HIS DEN
LION who had grown old, and had no more strength to
hunt for food, saw that he must get it by cunning. So
he crept into a corner of his den, and made believe
that he was very sick.
All the animals about came in to take a look at him. As
they entered, he snapped them up for his food.
When a good many beasts had been caught in this way, a
fox came along.
He did not enter the lion's den, but stood at a little
distance from the opening. "How are you to-day, my
friend?" asked he.
"Oh, I am very sick," said the lion. "I shall not live
long. Come in and see me that I may say farewell to
"Ah, no!" said the fox. "I see that all the foot-prints
point into your den, and none point out."