: Aesop
: Types Of Children's Literature

The Husbandman set a net in his fields to take the cranes and geese

which came to feed upon the new-sown barley. He succeeded in

taking several, both cranes and geese, and among them a Stork,

who pleaded hard for his life, and, among other apologies which

he made, alleged that he was neither goose nor crane, but a poor

harmless Stork, who performed his duty to his parents to all intents

and purposes, feeding them when they were old, and, as occasion

required, carrying them from place to place upon his back. "All

this may be true," replied the Husbandman; "but, as I have taken

you in bad company, and in the same crime, you must expect to

suffer the same punishment."