The King Who Grew Kind

: Boys And Girls Bookshelf

A cruel King was riding out one day, when he saw a fox attack a hen. But

just then a dog ran after the fox and bit his leg. The fox, however,

lame as he was, managed to escape into his hole, and the dog ran off. A

man who saw him threw a stone at the dog, and cracked his head; but at

this moment a horse passing by ran against the man and trod on his foot.

A minute later the horse's foot stepped upon a stone, and his ankle was


"Ah," said the King. "This will be a lesson to me. I see that

misfortunes always overtake those who ill-use others."

And from that time the King became a kind and wise ruler of his people.

Punishment sooner or later overtakes those who wrong others.