4. THE WOLF AND THE CRANEA
Wolf, having a bone stuck in his throat, hired a Crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his throat, and draw out the bone. When the Crane had extracted the bone, and demanded the promised payment, the Wolf, grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: "Why, you have surely already a sufficient recompense
, in having been permitted to draw out your head in safety from the mouth and jaws of a wolf."
5. THE FATHER AND HIS SONSA
Father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarrelling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed the faggot into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They each tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it.
He next unclosed the faggot, and took the sticks separately
, one by one, and again put them into their hands, on which they broke them easily. He then addressed them in these words: "My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as this faggot, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies; but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks."
6. THE BAT AND THE WEASELSA
Bat falling upon the ground was caught by a Weasel, ofwhom he earnestlybesought
his life. The Weasel refused,saying, that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. TheBat assured
him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, andthus saved his life.
Shortly afterwards the Bat again fellon the ground, and was carght by another Weasel, whom helikewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that hehad a special hostility
to mice. The Bat assured
him thathe was not a mouse, but a bat; and thus a second timeescaped.It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.