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Bad Old Ape

ONE day Ned got a pie to eat. It was too hot, so he put it out in the air, on the lid of a big tin pot.

And now he ran off to see his dog who had a pup, and his cat who had a kit.

The pup lay in a box. Ned had got hay to put in the box for a bed; the pup lay on the hay, and the kit lay on a bit of rug.

Ned did pat the pup on his ear, and say: "0 you pet! Let me hug you." By and by, he did pat the kit too, arid say; "Kit, kit, kit, can you eat pie can you? Let me go and get you a bit." So he ran to his pie but, my 1 it was not on the lid of the big tin pot.

"Why, who can it be who has got my pie?" Ned did say. "Did it fly up in the air?"

Why, Hal! Did you get my pie ?"

"No, not I. It is a tom-tit you see not a pie."

"O yes! So it is, a wee torn-tit. If I can get my pie, the torn-tit, and you and I can eat it."

He got up on top of the tin pot to see far off, and he did cry out : " my ! I see it now ! I see my pie ! The sly old ape has got it, and he has eat a big bit out of it, too ! Oh ! oh ! he will eat it all up ! How can I get at him?"

And now the sly old ape, who had the pie in his paw, saw Ned, and Ned did say : " Now for a run 1" So he did run, and the sly old ape did run, and the dog did run, and the cat did run, and the pup did run, and the kit did run, and all did run, and it was fun.

The ape did say, "Che ! che!" and ate the pie as he ran. Ned did say: "O you bad old ape! O you bad old ape!" The dog did say: " Bow wow! Bow wow!"

The cat did say: "Mew, mew!” The pup did say: "Yap ! yap !" and the kit did cry : "Eee, eee !" Was it not a big run?

And now, was it not too bad in the sly old ape? For you see he ate the pie all up. Ned did not get one bit, and the kit did not get one bit, O my!

Let me say to you, if you get a pie, and it is too hot to eat, do not put it on the top of a big tin pot, in the air, and go off to see a cat or a dog, for if you do, may be a sly old ape may get at the pie, and eat it all up.

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