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NCE a child was sitting on a great log that lay by the
roadside, playing; and another child came along,
and stopped to speak to him.
"What are you doing?" asked the second child.
"I am sailing to the Southern Seas," replied the first, "to
get a cargo of monkeys, and elephant tusks, and crystal
balls as large as oranges. Come up here, and you may sail
with me if you like."
So the second child climbed upon the log.
"Look!" said the first child. "See how
the foam bubbles up before the ship, and trails and floats
away behind! Look! the water is so clear that we can see
the fishes swimming about, blue and red and
 green. There goes a parrot-fish; my father told me
about them. I should not wonder if we saw a whale in
about a minute."
"What are you talking about?" asked the second child.
peevishly. "There is no water here, only grass; and anyhow
this is nothing but a log. You cannot get to islands in
"But we have got to them," cried the first child.
"We are at them now. I see the palm-trees waving, and
the white sand
glittering. Look! there are the natives gathering to
welcome us on the beach. They have feather cloaks, and
necklaces, and anklets of copper as red as gold. Oh! and
there is an elephant coming straight toward us."
"I should think you would be ashamed," said the second
child. "That is Widow Slocum."
"It's all the same," said the first child.
second child got down from the log.
"I am going to play stick-knife," he said. "I don't see any
sense in this, I think you are pretty dull to play things
 that aren't really there." And he walked slowly away.
The first child looked after him a moment.
"I think you are pretty dull," he said to himself,
"to see nothing but what is under your nose."
But he was too well-mannered to say this aloud; and having
taken in his cargo, he sailed for another port.