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THE FABLE OF THE YANKEE CRAB

“Mama, mama,” cried the little Crab, “see, there is a fine fat Clam taking a sunbath as wide open as can be. I must go. He is too good to lose.”

“My child”, said the old Crab, turning greenish, “that Clam would close with a snap and cut off both your pincers if you did but get near enough to touch him.”

“But, mama, I should take —”

“That will do, my child; you are not to go near the dangerous monster.”

But this little Crab was of Yankee stock. He had a scheme. He waited till his mother’s eyes were pulled in, and then slipped softly behind the Clam that ..text continues