THE WOLF AND THE LAMB
 A WOLF saw a Lamb drinking at a brook, and set about
finding some good reason for catching him. So he went
to a place a little higher up the brook, and called
"How dare you muddle the water that I am drinking?"
"How can I," said the Lamb, humbly, "when I drink with
the tips of my lips only? And, besides, the water runs
from you to me, not from me to you."
"Well, you called my father names a year ago," said the
Wolf, finding another reason.
"I was not born a year ago," said the poor Lamb.
 "You may make ever so good excuses," said the Wolf,
finally; "I shall eat you all the same."
This fable teaches that, when one has made up his mind
to do wrong, he is not stopped by the best of reasons.