Tales of the North American Indians
The Peace Fable
As he was travelling one day, the Fox saw his cousin the Rooster perched high upon a tree. “Come down, cousin!” exclaimed the Fox, “let us have a chat!” The Rooster replied, “Oh, no!” And the Fox went on saying, “We all live in peace now, and [Page 260] have arranged not to slay each other any longer.” The rooster then warned the Fox, “I hear something, cousin; I hear the hounds rushing this way.” The Fox said, “Oh! I must be going!” But the Rooster objected, “No! You have just told me that we all live in peace now, and that we must not kill each other any longer!” The Fox explained, “I must be going! They have not yet received word as we have.”
So the old Fox has been running ever since.