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THE MEN OF GOTHAM AND THE WATCH
NE day a number of Gotham men were walking along the
road when they found a watch lost by some traveller.
None of them had ever seen such a queer thing before,
and they looked at it with great surprise and
Suddenly, one of the party who had taken the watch in
his hand noticed that a ticking sound came from the
inside of it.
"Do you hear that?" said he. "The thing must be
possessed by an evil spirit."
He was very much frightened and threw the watch away.
Not one of the party dared touch it now.
But the oldest among them, more courageous than the
rest, picked up a large stone and hammered the watch
until it was entirely smashed. Of course that stopped
its ticking. The brave man then kneeled down and laid
his ear to the watch and listened.
 "Ah," said he proudly to his companions when he
heard no sound, "I have taught him to keep quiet. That
stone did the business."
So they all rejoiced that they had destroyed an evil
spirit and went away leaving the watch on the ground.