he exercised his power by devouring a pigeon a day. Whereupon one that yet awaited his turn, said no more than; "It serves us right."

 

The Kite and the Pigeons

Some Pigeons had long lived in fear of a Kite, but by being always on the alert, and keeping near their dove-house, they had contrived hitherto to escape the attacks of the enemy. Finding his sallies unsuccessful, the Kite betook himself to craft: "Why," said he, "do you prefer this life of continual anxiety, when, if you would only make me your king, I would secure you from every attack that could be made upon you?" The Pigeons, trusting to his professions, called him to the throne; but no sooner was he established there than

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