The Ass With The Salt

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

A Man who had an Ass heard that salt was to be bought for less gold at

the seaside than where he was, so he went there to buy some. He put as

much on his Ass as he could bear, and was going home, when just as they

had to cross a small bridge, the Ass fell into the stream; the salt at

once melted, so the Ass with ease got up the bank, and, now free from

his load, went on his way with a light heart. Very soon after this the

/> man went to the seaside once more, and put still more salt on his Ass.

As they went their way they came once more to the bridge where the Ass

fell into the stream. The Ass thought of his fall and what had come of

it, and this time took care to roll into the water once more; the salt

was again gone, and he was free from his load. The Man was cross at

this, and thought to cure the Ass of this trick, so the third time he

gave him a load of sponges. As soon as they came to the bridge the Ass

fell into the stream; but as the sponges drew in the water he found as

he trudged home that this time his load had grown in weight. We may

play a trick once too often.