Image from page 58 of "The Bookshelf for boys and girls Little Journeys into Bookland" (1912)
Authors: University Society, New York
Publisher: New York : University Society
Contributing Library: Brigham Young University-Idaho, David O. McKay Library
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42 FAIRY TALES AND FABLES 43
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quite neglected, and did no lessons; for everyone was too busy to attend to them. They playedabout and romped on the shore when they grewtired of hunting for the Philosophers Stone.The Sea-gulls had told the land-birds, who weresearching the woods and the fields, while thefresh-water fish knew of it from their relativesin the sea, and they were searching the lakesand the rivers. Then the Sea-gulls determinedto consult the Great Albatross of the SouthernSeas, the King among all sea-fowl. They arrivedone sunny morning, and found him expectingthem, for he had heard what had happened —inthe first place from the Parrot, who had passedthat way. So he was prepared with his answer.It did not satisfy the Sea-gulls at all. They wentaway very much disappointed, for the Albatrosswas in a bad temper, and said only:Go home and attend to the children.They waited about until late, but he would saynothing more. So they were obliged to returnand confess their want of success to the Mer-maids, who sym
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