A Famous Case
: OLD-FASHIONED STORIES
: Boys And Girls Bookshelf
BY THEODORE C. WILLIAMS
Two honey-bees half came to blows
About the lily and the rose,
Which might the sweeter be;
And as the elephant passed by,
The bees decided to apply
To this wise referee.
The elephant, with serious thought,
Ordered the flowers to be brought,
And smelt and smelt away.
Then, swallowing both, declared his mind:
"No trace of perfume can I find,
But both resemble hay."
Dispute is wrong. But foolish bees,
Who will contend for points like these,
Should not suppose good taste in roses
Depends on elephantine noses.