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THE LAND-CRAB

“I am absolutely unchangeable. Nothing can turn me aside one hair’s-breadth from my purpose”, said the Land-crab, as he left his winter quarters in the hills and began his regular spring journey to the Sea. But during the winter a line of telegraph poles had been placed along his track. The Land-crab came to the first pole. He would not turn aside one inch. He spent all day climbing up the side of the pole, and all the next day climbing down the other side, then on till he came to the next pole, where he had another frightful climb up and over and down again. Thus he went on day after day, and when the summer was gone they found the body of the poor ..text continues