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THE THREE STUDENTS AND THE SOLDIER.




Three students were going home for their holidays, and, as it happened, they all took the same road. As they went along, merrily chatting and singing, they found a dead wolf by the road side, and this set one of them thinking what a capital subject they had before them for the composition of some good poetry; and as he prided himself on his poetical talents, he turned to his companions and said: "He who shall compose the best couplet on this dead wolf, I propose shall have his dinner free of charge."

"Agreed!" cried his friends, and one of them immediately began thus:—

While he lived, this voracious old sinner
Never paid a reál for his dinner.

The next student then followed:—

He never stopt to cook his mutton,
But ate it raw, the greedy glutton!