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The Travelling Musicians

By Itellyouastory

An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to hima great many years,  but was now  growing old  and every day  more andmore unfit for work. His master therefore was tired of keeping him andbegan to think of putting an end  to him; but the ass,  who saw thatsome  mischief was in the wind, took himself slyly off, and began hisjourney towards the great city, «For there,» thought he, «I may turnmusician.»

After he had traveled a little way, he spied a dog lying by theroadside and panting as if he were tired. «What makes you pant so, myfriend?» said the ass. «Alas!» said  the dog, «my  master was going toknock me on  the head, because I am old and weak,  and can no longermake myself useful  to him in hunting; so I ran away; but  what can I doto earn my  livelihood?» «Hark ye!» said the ass, «I am  going to thegreat city to turn  musician: suppose you go with me, and try what youcan do in the same way?» The  dog said he was willing, and they joggedon together.


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