THE HARE THAT WAS SENT TO YORK
NCE upon a time the men of Gotham wanted to send a
message to their landlord who lived in York. This was
before there were any railroads or mails, and if a
message was to be sent, some one must go with it. But
none of the citizens of Gotham wished to go as far as
"How, then, shall we send our message?" said they.
"I caught a hare to-day," said one man, "and hares are
very swift of foot, you know. Why not let him carry
"Very good," said all; "we will get the letter ready
and we will tell the hare the right way to go and he
shall carry it."
So the letter was written and sealed and tied to the
hare's neck. "First you go to Nottingham," said they to
the hare, "and then you go straight on by the main
highway to York, and the letter is marked for our
landlord who lives near York Cathedral.
 You can ask when you get there which house is
his. Commend us to him and give him the letter."
The hare, as soon as he was out of their hands, left
the road and ran off across a field, and some of the
men of Gotham cried out after it, "Stop! stop! You must
go to Nottingham first."
"Let the hare alone," said one of those who was in the
company. "He can tell a nearer way than the best of us
all. Let him go."
"Yes," said another, "that is a clever creature. Let
him alone. He will not keep the highway for fear of