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THE HERMIT AND THE MOUSE

N the forest of the Sage Gautama there once dwelt a Hermit, named Mighty-at-Prayer. Once as he sat at his frugal meal, a young Mouse, dropped from the beak of a Crow, fell beside him. The Hermit took up the Mouse tenderly and fed it with rice grains...

THE HERONS AND THE MONGOOSE

EAR a mountain named Eagle-Cliff, there once grew a fig tree in which a flock of Herons had their nests. In a hollow at the foot of the tree there lived a Serpent, who was all the time eating up the baby Herons. Loud were the cries of the father and...

THE DYED JACKAL

NCE upon a time a Jackal was prowling about the outskirts of a town, when he slipped and fell into a tank of blue dye. Finding that he could not get out, he lay down in the tank and pretended to be dead. Pretty soon the dyer came back, and finding...

THE ASS IN A TIGER’S SKIN

the city of Hastinapura there once dwelt a Washerman named Vilasa. This Washerman had a Jackass which had grown so weak from carrying too heavy loads, that he looked as though he would soon die. His master covered the sick animal with a...

THE WEAVER BIRDS AND THE MONKEYS

EAR the bank of the Nerbudda River there stood a wide branching Silk-cotton-tree in which a large colony of Weaver Birds had built their hanging nests, and lived snugly in them, no matter how bad the weather. It was the rainy season, and the heavens...

THE LION AND THE OLD HARE

the Mandara mountain there once lived a Lion named Fierce-Heart, who was continually killing and devouring the other wild animals. Matters at last became so bad that all the beasts of field and woods held a public meeting, and drew up a respectful...

THE BLACK SNAKE AND THE GOLDEN CHAIN

PAIR of Crows had built their nest in the branches of a certain hollow tree. In the hollow lived a big black Snake, which had often climbed up the tree to the nest and eaten the baby Crows. One day, when there was a new nest full of little Crows...

THE TERRIBLE BELL

THIEF had stolen a Bell from the city of Brahmaputra, and was making off with it into the mountains, when he was killed by a Tiger. The Bell lay in the jungle until some Monkeys picked it up, and amused themselves by ringing it all the time. The...

THE CAT WHO SERVED THE LION

AR away in the North, on a mountain called Thousand-Crags, there lived a Lion named Mighty-Heart. This Lion was much troubled by a little Mouse that ran out of its hole and nibbled the Lion’s mane while he lay asleep in his den. The Lion would...

THE WASHERMAN’S JACKASS

HERE once lived in Benares a Washerman named Carpurapataka, who kept an Ass and a Dog in his courtyard, the former tethered, and the latter running at large. One day the Washerman, who had been lately married, was spending the morning in the company...

THE MONKEY AND THE WEDGE

N South Behar there was an open plot of ground on which a temple was being built. One of the carpenters at work upon the temple had partly sawed a long beam of wood in two, and after wedging it open had gone away, leaving the Wedge sticking in the...

THE OLD JACKAL AND THE ELEPHANT

N the Forest of Brahma there lived an Elephant whose name was White-Front. The Jackals all knew him, and said among themselves: “If that big brute would only die there would be four months’ food, and plenty out of his carcass.” At...

THE DEATH OF THE GREEDY JACKAL

NCE in a town, called Happy Home, there lived a mighty Hunter, named Grim-Face. One day, wishing a little fresh venison for dinner, he took his bow and arrows and went into the woods where he soon found and killed a Deer. As he was carrying the Deer...

GOLDEN-SKIN, THE MOUSE

N the town of Champaka there once lived a beggar Priest, named Chudakarna, whose habit was to place his begging-dish upon a certain shelf, with such food in it as he had not eaten, and go to sleep beside it. As soon as he slept, a certain Mouse...

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