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The Children's Book by  Horace E. Scudder
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THE KITE AND THE PIGEONS

THE Pigeons had long lived in fear of the Kite, but by being always on the alert, and keeping near the dove-cote, they contrived to escape his attacks. Then the Kite, finding he could not take them boldly, tried a trick. He went to the dove-cote and said: "Why do you live in this constant fear and anxiety? I am strong, and could [14] protect you against your enemies. Make me king." At that, the Pigeons chose him for their king, and when he was once securely within the dove-cote he devoured his subjects at his leisure, one each day, and one of them, when his turn came, said truly, "It serves us right."


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