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THE THIEF AND THE FOX
A MAN tied his horse to a tree went
into an inn. A thief hid the horse in a
wood, and stood near the tree as if he had
not done it.
"Did you see my horse?" said the man.
"Yes," said the thief, "I saw the tree
eat up your horse."
"How could the tree eat up my horse?"
said the man.
"Why, it did so," said the thief.
The two went to a fox and told him of
the case. The fox said, "I am dull. All
last night the sea was on fire; I had to
throw a great deal of hay into it to quench
the flames; so come to-morrow, and I shall
hear your case."
"Oh, you lie," said the thief; "how
could the sea burn? how could hay quench
"Oh, you lie," said the fox, with a
loud laugh; "how could a tree eat up a
The thief saw his lie had no legs, and
gave the man his horse.