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THE FOX AND THE FARMER'S DOG
A FOX went into a farmyard to see if any
poultry could be got; but, finding the
people wary and the yard well secured, he
 was returning with a dejected countenance,
when the farmer's dog accosted him thus:
"Reynard, where have you been?"
"Ah! Mr. Mastiff," said the fox, "I
have just been into the farmyard to see
if any of my kindred were there."
"Did you find any?" said the mastiff.
"No, I did not; and that is the reason
why I am returning," said the fox, and left
"Ah," muttered the mastiff, "no liar but
hath a plea ready-made for every turn!"