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THE GLOWWORM AND THE JACKDAW

By Ramaswami Raju

JACKDAW once ran up to a Glowworm and was about to seize him. "Wait a
moment, good friend," said the Worm, "and you shall hear something to
your advantage."

"Ah! what is it?" said the Daw.

"I am but one of the many glowworms that live in this forest. If you
wish to have them all, follow me," said the Glowworm.

"Certainly!" said the Daw.

Then the Glowworm led him to a place in the wood where a fire had been
kindled by some woodmen, and pointing to the sparks flying about, said,
"There you find the glowworms warming themselves round a fire. When
you have done with them I shall show you some more, at a distance from
this place."

The Daw darted at the sparks and tried to swallow some of them, but his
mouth being burned by the attempt, he ran away exclaiming, "Ah, the
Glowworm is a dangerous little creature!"



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