The Husbandman and the Stork

A Husbandman fixed a net in his field to catch the Cranes that came to feed on his new-sown corn. When he went to examine the net, and see what Cranes he had taken, a Stork was found among the number. "Spare me," cried the Stork, "and let me go. See I am no Crane. See I have eaten none of your corn. I am a poor innocent Stork, as you may see-the most pious and dutiful of birds. I honour and succour my father and mother. I-" But the Husbandman cut him short. "All this may be true enough, I dare say, but this I know, that I have caught you with those who were destroying my crops, and you must suffer with the company in which you are taken."

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