THE FARMER AND THE CRANES
SOME Cranes saw a farmer
plowing a large field. When the
work of plowing was done, they
patiently watched him sow the
seed. It was their feast, they
So, as soon as the Farmer
had finished planting and had
gone home, down they flew to
the field, and began to eat as
fast as they could.
The Farmer, of course, knew
the Cranes and their ways. He
had had experience with such
birds before. He soon returned
to the f ield with a sling. But he
did not bring any stones with
him. He expected to scare the
Cranes just by swinging the sling
in the air, and shouting loudly at
At first the Cranes flew away
in great terror. But they soon
began to see that none of them
ever got hurt. They did not even
hear the noise of stones whizzing
through the air, and as for words,
 they would kill nobody. At last
they paid no attention whatever
to the Farmer.
The Farmer saw that he would
have to take other measures. He
wanted to save at least some of
his grain. So he loaded his sling
with stones and killed several of
the Cranes. This had the effect
the Farmer wanted, for from
that day the Cranes visited his
field no more.
Bluff and threatening words are of little ralue with rascals.
Bluff is no proof that hard fists are lacking.