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Aesop's Fables by  J. H. Stickney




N DESPERATION over the hard times they had on account of their many enemies, the Hares came together and, after rehearsing their situation, came to the sad conclusion that nothing was left to them but to drown themselves as the most miserable and unfortunate of creatures. They repaired to a pond to throw themselves off a rock into the water and thus make an end of their troubles. A shoal of frogs were sitting around the ledge of the pond, and at the approach of the Hares they were startled, and with the [232] greatest confusion jumped into the water. Whereupon the foremost of the Hares said to his fellows: "Nay, then, friends, our case may not be as desperate as we thought. Here are other creatures more faint-hearted than are we."

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