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The sight of the caps and the oddness of the cause set the whole court a laughing.

Only Sancho sat gravely considering a while; and then, "Methinks," said he, "this suit may be decided without any more ado, with a great deal of equity; and, therefore, the judgment of the court is, that the tailor shall lose his making, and the farmer his cloth, and that the caps be given to the poor prisoners; and so let there be an end of the business."

If this sentence provoked the laughter of the whole court, the next no less raised their admiration. For after the governor's order was executed, two old men appeared before him; one of them with a large cane in his hand, which he used as a staff.

"My lord," said the other, who had no cane, "some time ago I lent this man ten gold crowns, to do him a kindness, which money he was to repay me on demand. I did not ask him for it again for a good while, lest it should prove inconvenient. However, perceiving that he was in no hurry to pay me, I have asked him for my due; nay, I have been forced to dun him hard for it. But still he not only refuses to pay me again, but denies he owes me anything, and says that if I lent him so much money, he certainly returned it.' Now, because I have no witnesses of the loan, nor he of the pretended payment, I beseech your lordship to put him to his oath;

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and if he will swear he has paid me, I will freely forgive him."

"What say you to this, old gentleman with the staff?" asked Sancho.

"Sir," answered the old man, "I own he lent me the gold; and since he requires my oath, I beg you will be pleased to hold down your rod of justice, that I may swear upon it that I have honestly returned his money."

Thereupon the governor held down his rod; and in the meantime the defendant gave his cane to the plaintiff to hold. This done, he declared it was true the other had lent him the ten crowns, but that he had really returned him the same sum into his own hands.

The great governor, hearing this, asked the creditor what he had to reply.

He made answer that, since his adversary had sworn it, he was satisfied; for he believed him to be a better Christian than to forswear himself, and that perhaps he himself had forgotten he had been repaid.

Then the defendant took his cane again, and having made a low obeisance to the judge, was leaving the court. Sancho, reflecting on the passage of the cane, and admiring the creditor's patience, after he had thought a while, suddenly ordered the old man with the staff to be called back. "Honest man," said Sancho, "let me look at that cane a little; I have use for it."

"With all my heart, sir," answered the other; "here it is;" and with that he gave it to him.


Sancho took it and giving it to the other old man, "There," said he, "go your ways, for now you are paid." "How so, my lord?" cried the old "do you judge this cane to be worth ten gold crowns?" "Certainly," said the governor, "or else I am the And now you shall see

greatest dunce in the world.

whether I have not a headpiece fit to govern a whole kingdom, if necessary."

This said, he ordered the cane to be broken in open court, which was no sooner done than out dropped the

ten crowns.

All the spectators were amazed and began to look on their governor as a second Solomon. They asked him how he could conjecture that the ten crowns were in the cane. He told them that he had observed that the defendant gave it to the plaintiff to hold, while he took his oath, and then swore he had truly returned him the money into his own hands, after which he took the cane again from the plaintiff; this considered, it came into his head that the money was lodged within the reed.

The two old men went away; the one satisfied, the other shamefully disgraced; and the beholders were astonished, insomuch that the person who was commissioned to register Sancho's words and actions and

observe his behavior was not able to determine whether he should not give him the character of a wise man, instead of that of a fool, which he had been thought to deserve.


Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (mé gwěl' dá sẽr văn'těz så věd'rá), one of the greatest imaginative writers of Spain, was born in 1547. Although he wrote many works, his masterpiece is "Don Quixote." This book, which has been translated into many languages, was intended to put an end to the absurd and affected romances which it was once the fashion to read. The work is regarded by the majority of readers as a burlesque, but the real aim of the author is to show that the disinterested, generous, kind-hearted, charitable man always commands our affection and esteem. Despite the fact that the works of Cervantes have had great circulation, he lived, the most of his life, in poverty. He died April 23, 1616.

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quoth: said.

- cabbage: steal.-prithee: a corruption of pray thee.-shred: strip; piece. methinks: I think. provoked: called forth. -dun: ask for payment. plaintiff one who begins a suit. creditor: one who trusts. adversary: an opposing person. forswear: swear falsely. obeisance: bow.-Solomon: a very wise man, so called from King Solomon. -conjecture: guess.

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To a Water Fowl.

Whither, midst falling dew,

While glow the heavens with the last steps of day, Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue Thy solitary way?

Vainly the fowler's eye

Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong, As, darkly painted on the crimson sky,

Thy figure floats along.

Seek'st thou the plashy brink

Of weedy lake, or marge of river wide,
Or where the rocking billows rise and sink
On the chafed ocean side?

There is a Power whose care

Teaches thy way along that pathless coast-
The desert and illimitable air-

Lone wandering, but not lost.

All day thy wings have fanned,

At that far height, the cold, thin atmosphere,
Yet stoop not, weary, to the welcome land,
Though the dark night is near.

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