WHO KILLED THE OTTER'S BABIES?





Once the Otter came to the Mouse-deer and said, "Friend Mouse-deer, will

you please take care of my babies while I go to the river, to catch

fish?"



"Certainly," said the Mouse-deer, "go along."



But when the Otter came back from the river, with a string of fish, he

found his babies crushed flat.



"What does this mean, Friend Mouse-deer?" he said. "Who killed my

children while you were taking care of them?"



"I am very sorry," said the Mouse-deer, "but you know I am Chief Dancer

of the War-dance, and the Woodpecker came and sounded the war-gong, so I

danced. I forgot your children, and trod on them."



"I shall go to King Solomon," said the Otter, "and you shall be

punished."



Soon the Mouse-deer was called before King Solomon.



"Did you kill the Otter's babies?" said the king.



"Yes, your Majesty," said the Mouse-deer, "but I did not mean to."



"How did it happen?" said the king.



"Your Majesty knows," said the Mouse-deer, "that I am Chief Dancer of

the War-dance. The Woodpecker came and sounded the war-gong, and I had

to dance; and as I danced I trod on the Otter's children."



"Send for the Woodpecker," said King Solomon. When the Woodpecker came,

he said to him, "Was it you who sounded the war-gong?"



"Yes, your Majesty," said the Woodpecker, "but I had to."



"Why?" said the king.



"Your Majesty knows," said the Woodpecker, "that I am Chief Beater of

the War-gong, and I sounded the gong because I saw the Great Lizard

wearing his sword."



"Send for the Great Lizard," said King Solomon. When the Great Lizard

came, he asked him, "Was it you who were wearing your sword?"



"Yes, your Majesty," said the Great Lizard; "but I had to."



"Why?" said the king.



"Your Majesty knows," said the Great Lizard, "that I am Chief Protector

of the Sword. I wore my sword because the Tortoise came wearing his coat

of mail."



So the Tortoise was sent for.



"Why did you wear your coat of mail?" said the king.



"I put it on, your Majesty," said the Tortoise, "because I saw the

King-crab trailing his three-edged pike."



Then the King-crab was sent for.



"Why were you trailing your three-edged pike?" said King Solomon.



"Because, your Majesty," said the King-crab, "I saw that the Crayfish

had shouldered his lance."



Immediately the Crayfish was sent for.



"Why did you shoulder your lance?" said the king.



"Because, your Majesty," said the Crayfish, "I saw the Otter coming down

to the river to kill my children."



"Oh," said King Solomon, "if that is the case, the Otter killed the

Otter's children. And the Mouse-deer cannot be blamed, by the law of the

land!"









EARLY





I like to lie and wait to see

My mother braid her hair.

It is as long as it can be,

And yet she doesn't care.

I love my mother's hair.



And then the way her fingers go;

They look so quick and white,--

In and out, and to and fro,

And braiding in the light,

And it is always right.



So then she winds it, shiny brown,

Around her head into a crown,

Just like the day before.

And then she looks and pats it down,

And looks a minute more;

While I stay here all still and cool.

Oh, isn't morning beautiful?





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