THE DOG, THE COCK, AND THE FOX
 A DOG and a Cock, who were
the best of friends, wished very
much to see something of the
world. So they decided to leave
the f armyard and to set out into
the world along the road that led
to the woods. The two comrades
traveled along in the very best of
spirits and without meeting any
adventure to speak of.
At nightfall the Cock, looking
for a place to roost, as was his
custom, spied nearby a hollow tree
that he thought would do very
nicely for a night's lodging. The
Dog could creep inside and the
Cock would f ly up on one of the
branches. So said, so done, and
both slept very comfortably.
With the first glimmer of dawn
the Cock awoke. For the moment
he forgot just where he was. He
thought he was still in the farmyard where it had been his duty
to arouse the household at daybreak. So standing on tip-toes he
flapped his wings and crowed
lustily. But instead of awakening
the farmer, he awakened a Fox
not far off in the wood. The Fox
immediately had rosy visions of a
very delicious breakfast. Hurrying to the tree where the Cock
was roosting, he said very politely:
"A hearty welcome to our
woods, honored sir. I cannot tell
you how glad I am to see you
here. I am quite sure we shall
become the closest of friends."
" I feel highly flattered, kind
sir," replied the Cock slyly. "If
you will please go around to the
door of my house at the foot of
the tree, my porter will let you in."
The hungry but unsuspecting
Fox, went around the tree as he
was told, and in a twinkling the
Dog had seized him.
Those who try to deceive may expect to be paid in their own coin.
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