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A-tri is the name of a little town in It-a-ly. It is a very...
There was a great battle at sea. One could hear nothing but...
The Barmecide Feast
There was once a rich old man who was called the Bar-me-cid...
Sir Humphrey Gilbert
More than three hundred years ago there lived in England a ...
It was a dark Sep-tem-ber morning. There was a storm at sea...
Alexander And Bucephalus
One day King Philip bought a fine horse called Bu-ceph'a-lu...
King Canute On The Seashore
A hundred years or more after the time of Alfred the Great ...
A Laconic Answer
Many miles beyond Rome there was a famous country which we ...
Androclus And The Lion
In Rome there was once a poor slave whose name was An'dro-c...
Horatius At The Bridge
Once there was a war between the Roman people and the E-tru...
Sir Philip Sidney
A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered wit...
It was a bright morning in the old city of Rome many hundre...
The Blind Men And The Elephant
There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side ev...
The White Ship
King Henry, the Handsome Scholar, had one son, named Willia...
The Story Of William Tell
The people of Swit-zer-land were not always free and happy ...
The Sword Of Damocles
There was once a king whose name was Di-o-nys'i-us. He was ...
He Never Smiled Again
The bark that held the prince went down, The sweep...
Nearly two thousand years ago there lived in Rome a man who...
A great army was marching into Swit-zer-land. If it should ...
King Alfred And The Cakes
Many years ago there lived in Eng-land a wise and good ...
DIOGENES THE WISE MAN
At Cor-inth, in Greece, there lived a very wise man whose name was
Di-og'e-nes. Men came from all parts of the land to see him and hear
But wise as he was, he had some very queer ways. He did not believe
that any man ought to have more things than he re-al-ly needed; and he
said that no man needed much. And so he did not live in a house, but
slept in a tub or barrel, which he rolled about from place to place.
He spent his days sitting in the sun, and saying wise things to those
who were around him.
At noon one day, Di-og-e-nes was seen walking through the streets with
a lighted lantern, and looking all around as if in search of
"Why do you carry a lantern when the sun is shining?" some one said.
"I am looking for an honest man," answered Diogenes.
When Alexander the Great went to Cor-inth, all the fore-most men in
the city came out to see him and to praise him. But Diogenes did not
come; and he was the only man for whose o-pin-ions Alexander cared.
And so, since the wise man would not come to see the king, the king
went to see the wise man. He found Diogenes in an out-of-the-way
place, lying on the ground by his tub. He was en-joy-ing the heat and
the light of the sun.
When he saw the king and a great many people coming, he sat up and
looked at Alexander. Alexander greeted him and said,--
"Diogenes, I have heard a great deal about your wisdom. Is there
anything that I can do for you?"
"Yes," said Diogenes. "You can stand a little on one side, so as not
to keep the sunshine from me."
This answer was so dif-fer-ent from what he expected, that the king
was much sur-prised. But it did not make him angry; it only made him
admire the strange man all the more. When he turned to ride back, he
said to his officers,--
"Say what you will; if I were not Alexander, I would like to be
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