THE COCK AND THE FOX
ONE bright evening as the sun
was sinking on a glorious world a
wise old Cock flew into a tree to
roost. Before he composed himself to rest, he flapped his wings
three times and crowed loudly.
But just as he was about to put
his head under his wing, his beady
eyes caught a flash of red and a
glimpse of a long pointed nose,
and there just below him stood
"Have you heard the wonderful news?" cried the Fox in a very
joyful and excited manner.
"What news?" asked the Cock
very calrny. But he had a queer,
fluttery feeling inside him, for,
you know, he was very much
afraid of the Fox.
"Your family and mine and
 all other animals have agreed to
forget their differences and live in
peace and friendship from now on
forever. Just think of it! I simply
cannot wait to embrace you! Do
come down, dear friend, and let
us celebrate the joyful event."
"How grand!" said the Cock.
"I certainly am delighted at the
news." But he spoke in an ab
sent way, and stretching up on
tiptoes, seemed to be looking at
something afar off.
"What is it you see?" asked
the Fox a little anxiously.
"Why, it looks to me like
a couple of Dogs coming this
way. They must have heard
the good news and—"
But the Fox did not wait to
hear more. Off he started on a
"Wait," cried the Cock.
"Why do you run? The Dogs
are friends of yours now!"
"Yes," answered theFox. "But
they might not have heard the
news. Besides, I have a very important errand that I had almost
The Cock smiled as he buried
his head in his feathers and went
to sleep, for he had succeeded in
outwitting a very crafty enemy.
The trickster is easily tricked.