The Frogs Desiring A King

THE FROGS were living as happy as could be in a marshy swamp that just suited
them; they went splashing about caring for nobody and nobody troubling with them.
But some of them thought that this was not right, that they should have a king
and a proper constitution, so they determined to send up a petition to Jove to
give them what they wanted. “Mighty Jove,” they cried, “send unto
us a king that will rule over us and keep us in order.” Jove laughed at their
croaking, and threw down into the swamp a huge Log, which came down—kerplash—into
the swamp. The Frogs were frightened out of their lives by the commotion made
in their midst, and all rushed to the bank to look at the horrible monster; but
after a time, seeing that it did not move, one or two of the boldest of them ventured
out towards the Log, and even dared to touch it; still it did not move. Then the
greatest hero of the Frogs jumped upon the Log and commenced dancing up and down
upon it, thereupon all the Frogs came and did the same; and for some time the
Frygs went about their business every day without taking the slightest notice
of their new King Log lying in their midst. But this did not suit them, so they
sent another petition to Jove, and said to him, “We want a real king; one
that will really rule over us.” Now this made Jove angry, so he sent among
them a big Stork that soon set to work gobbling them all up. Then the Frogs repented
when too late.<br>
<p><p>&#147;BETTER NO RULE THAN CRUEL RULE.&#148; <br>