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[Illustration: {TWO ORAN OTANS}]


_Copyright, 1896,_
By Longmans, Green, & Co.

_All rights reserved._

First Edition, September, 1896.
Reprinted, November, 1896, July, 1899,
June, 1904, February, 1909,
September, 1914.


Edited by Andrew Lang

_New and Cheaper Issue_


THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK. With 138 Illustrations.

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THE TRUE STORY BOOK. With 66 Illustrations.

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THE ANIMAL STORY BOOK. With 67 Illustrations.

THE RED BOOK OF ANIMAL STORIES. With 65 Illustrations.


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Coloured Plates and 43 other Illustrations.

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THE STRANGE STORY BOOK. By Mrs. Lang. With Portrait of Andrew
Lang, 12 Coloured Plates and 18 other Illustrations.





This year our Book for Christmas varies,
Deals not with History nor Fairies
(I can't help thinking, children, you
Prefer a book which is _not_ true).
We leave these intellectual feasts,
To talk of Fishes, Birds, and Beasts.
These - though his aim is hardly steady -
These are, I think, a theme for Freddy!
Trout, though he is not up to fly,
He soon will catch - as well as I!
So, Freddy, take this artless rhyme,
And be a Sportsman in your time!


Children who have read our Fairy Books may have noticed that there are
not so very many fairies in the stories after all. The most common
characters are birds, beasts, and fishes, who talk and act like
Christians. The reason of this is that the first people who told the
stories were not very clever, or, if they were clever, they had never
been taught to read and write, or to distinguish between Vegetable,
Animal, and Mineral. They took it that all things were 'much of a
muchness:' they were not proud, and held that beast and bird could
talk like themselves, only, of course, in a different language.

After offering, then, so many Fairy Books (though the stories are not
all told yet), we now present you (in return for a coin or two) with a
book about the friends of children and of fairies - the beasts. The
stories are all true, more or less, but it is possible that Monsieur
Dumas and Monsieur Théophile Gautier rather improved upon their tales.
I own that I have my doubts about the bears and serpents in the tales
by the Baron Wogan. This gentleman's ancestors were famous Irish
people. One of them held Cromwell's soldiers back when they were
pursuing Charles II. after Worcester fight. He also led a troop of
horse from Dover to the Highlands, where he died of a wound, after
fighting for the King. The next Wogan was a friend of Pope and Swift;
he escaped from prison after Preston fight, in 1715, and, later,
rescued Prince Charlie's mother from confinement in Austria, and took
her to marry King James. He next became Governor of Don Quixote's
province, La Mancha, in Spain, and was still alive and merry in 1752.
Baron Wogan, descended from these heroes, saw no longer any king to
fight for, so he went to America and fought bears. No doubt he was as
brave as his ancestors, but whether all his stories of serpents are
absolutely correct I am not so certain. People have also been heard to
express doubts about Mr. Waterton and the Cayman. The terrible tale of
Mr. Gully and his deeds of war I _know_ to be accurate, and the story
of Oscar, the sentimental tyke, is believed in firmly by the lady who
wrote it. As for the stories about Greek and Roman beasts, Pliny, who
tells them, is a most respectable author. On the whole, then, this is
more or less of a true story-book.

There ought to be a moral; if so, it probably is that we should be
kind to all sorts of animals, and, above all, knock trout on the head
when they are caught, and don't let the poor things jump about till
they die. A chapter of a very learned sort was written about the
cleverness of beasts, proving that there must have been great
inventive geniuses among beasts long ago, and that now they have
rather got into a habit (which I think a very good one) of being
content with the discoveries of their ancestors. This led naturally to
some observations on Instinct and Reason; but there may be children
who are glad that there was no room for this chapter.

The longer stories from Monsieur Dumas were translated from the French
by Miss Cheape.

'A Rat Tale' is by Miss Evelyn Grieve, who knew the rats.

'Mr. Gully' is by Miss Elspeth Campbell, to whom Mr. Gully belonged.

'The Dog of Montargis,' 'More Faithful than Favoured,' and 'Androcles'
are by Miss Eleanor Sellar.

Snakes, Bears, Ants, Wolves, Monkeys, and some Lions are by Miss Lang.

'Two Highland Dogs' is by Miss Goodrich Freer.

'Fido' and 'Oscar' and 'Patch' are by Miss A. M. Alleyne.

'Djijam' is by his master.

'The Starling of Segringen' and 'Grateful Dogs' are by Mr. Bartells.

'Tom the Bear,' 'The Frog,' 'Jacko the Monkey' and 'Gazelle' are from
Dumas by Miss Blackley.

All the rest are by Mrs. Lang.


'Tom': an Adventure in the Life of a Bear in Paris 1

Saï the Panther 14

The Buzzard and the Priest 25

Cowper and his Hares 30

A Rat Tale 34

Snake Stories 43

What Elephants can Do 50

The Dog of Montargis 56

How a Beaver builds his House 64

The War Horse of Alexander 68

Stories about Bears 71

Stories about Ants 82

The Taming of an Otter 88

The Story of Androcles and the Lion 91

Monsieur Dumas and his Beasts 99

The Adventures of Pyramus 154

The Story of a Weasel 160

Stories about Wolves 163

Two Highland Dogs 174

Monkey Tricks and Sally at the Zoo 191

How the Cayman was killed 194

The Story of Fido 200

Beasts Besieged 205

Mr. Gully 209

Stories from Pliny 213

The Strange History of Cagnotte 215

Still Waters Run Deep; or, the Dancing Dog 219

Theo and his Horses: Jane, Betsy, and Blanche 225

Madame Théophile and the Parrot 231

The Battle of the Mullets and the Dolphins 233

Monkey Stories 237

Eccentric Bird Builders 245

The Ship of the Desert 248

Hame, hame, hame, where I fain wad be 253

Nests for Dinner 257

Fire-eating Djijam 259

The Story of the Dog Oscar 264

Dolphins at Play 274

The Starling of Segringen 278

Grateful Dogs 280

Gazelle 282

Cockatoo Stories 289

The Otter who was reared by a Cat 292

Stories about Lions 295

Builders and Weavers 307

More Faithful than Favoured 310

Dolphins, Turtles, and Cod 316

More about Elephants 321

Bungey 329

Lions and their Ways 333

The History of Jacko I. 338

Signora and Lori 348

Of the Linnet, Popinjay, or Parrot, and other Birds
that can Speak 351

Patch and the Chickens 354

The Fierce Falcon 356

Mr. Bolt, the Scotch Terrier 360

A Raven's Funeral 364

A Strange Tiger 368

Halcyons and their Biographers 373

The Story of a Frog 375

The Woodpecker Tapping on the Hollow Oak Tree 384

Dogs Over the Water 387

The Capocier and his Mate 394

Owls and Marmots 396

Eagles' Nests 399


Tom is invited to the Ball 3

'The Minuet was Tom's greatest Triumph' 9

Tom discovered in the Box 12

'They at last all took hold of his Tail' 16

Terror of the Orang-outang at Saï 17

Saï has to take a Pill 21

The Cats no match for the Buzzard 27

The Buzzard carries off Hat and Wig 28

'Seeing such a number of Rats, he left his Horses
and ran for his Life' 37

The Rats in the Larder 41

The Baron kills the Snake 44

The Baron slays the Horned Snake 46

How the Indians make the Horned Snake disgorge his
Dinner 48

The Elephant helps the Gardener 53

De Narsac recognises his Friend's Dog 57

The Dog flies at Macaire in the presence of the King 61

The Baron kills the Bear 75

The Grizzly 79

Androcles in the Lion's Cave 93

Androcles in the Arena 97

'Monsieur Dumas, may I accommodate you with my
Monkey and my Parrot?' 107

The Auvergnat and his Monkey 111

The Last of the Laidmanoirs and Mademoiselle
Desgarcins 120

Dumas arrives at Stora with his Vulture 127

'It's a regular Kennel' 131

Jugurtha becomes Diogenes 135

Pritchard and the Hens 142

'Pritchard reappeared next moment with a Hare
in his Mouth' 145

Cartouche outwits Pyramus 156

Mademoiselle de Laistre and her Weasel 161

'When Day broke' 166

The Death of the Famous Wolf of Gévaudan 171

'The Long Vigil' 187

The Capture of the Cayman 197

The Wounding of Fido 201

The Dream of the Hungry Lion 207

Cagnotte comes out of his Skin 217

'And what do you Think she Saw' 221

Blanche telling Ghost Stories to Jane in the Stable 227

How the Dolphins helped the Fishermen to catch
the Mullets 234

Two Oran Otans 238

The Baboons who stole the Poor Man's Dinner 241

Birds' Nests for Dinner 258

'In the full enjoyment of a large lighted Log
on the Dining-room Carpet' 261

'Oscar would charge and rout them' 265

'Oscar felt rather Frightened' 269

'Oh, Oscar, Oscar, lad what _have_ you Done?' 271

The Boy goes to School on the Dolphin's back 275

Dumas finds Joseph standing on Gazelle's back 284

Dumas brings Gazelle to No. 109 Faubourg St.-Denis 288

The Lion caught in the Pit 297

The Ambush 300

'All Three stopped to gaze at the Man who dared to
put himself in their Path' 303

'And pinned Him to the Ground' 314

'Long, Long Ago.' The Elephant dreams of his Old
Companions 323

The Elephant falls on his knees before the little
Scotch Terrier 327

Bungey at the Spanish Ambassador's House 331

The Hottentot noticed a huge Lion lying in the Water 335

Annoyance of the Captain on finding his Flask of
Rum upset 339

Lori refuses to Share with the Signora 349

A Raven's Funeral 365

The Tiger and his Friend 369

Love's disgraceful Behaviour out Shooting 377

The Sole Result of his Day's Sport 380

Mademoiselle Camargo becomes a Barometer 381

The Faithful Spaniel 389



From Alexandre Dumas.

Some sixty years ago and more, a well-known artist named Décamps lived
in Paris. He was the intimate friend of some of the first authors,
artists, and scientific men of the day, and was devotedly fond of
animals of all sorts. He loved to paint them, and he kept quite a
small ménagerie in his studio where a bear, a monkey, a tortoise, and
a frog lived (more or less) in peace and harmony together.

The bear's name was 'Tom,' the monkey was called 'Jacko I.,'[1] the
frog was 'Mademoiselle Camargo,' and the tortoise 'Gazelle.'

[1] To distinguish him from Jacko II., a monkey belonging to Tony
Johannot, the painter.

Here follows the story of Tom, the bear.

It was the night of Shrove Tuesday in the year 1832. Tom had as yet
only spent six months in Paris, but he was really one of the most
attractive bears you could wish to meet.

He ran to open the door when the bell rang, he mounted guard for hours
together, halberd in hand, standing on his hind legs, and he danced a
minuet with infinite grace, holding a broomstick behind his head.

He had spent the whole day in the exercise of these varied
accomplishments, to the great delight of the frequenters of his
master's studio, and had just retired to the press which did duty as
his hutch, to seek a little repose, when there was a knock at the
street door. Jacko instantly showed such signs of joy that Décamps
made a shrewd guess that the visitor could be no other than Fan, the
self-elected tutor in chief to the two animals - nor was he mistaken.
The door opened, Fan appeared, dressed as a clown, and Jacko flung
himself in rapture into his arms.

'Very good, very good,' said Fan, placing the monkey on the table and
handing him a cane. 'You're really a charming creature. Carry arms,
present arms, make ready, fire! Capital!'

'I'll have a complete uniform made for you, and you shall mount guard
instead of me. But I haven't come for you to-night; it's your friend
Tom I want. Where may he be?'

'Why, in his hutch, I suppose,' said Décamps.

'Tom! here, Tom!' cried Fan.

Tom gave a low growl, just to show that he knew very well who they
were talking of, but that he was in no hurry to show himself.

'Well!' exclaimed Fan, 'is this how my orders are obeyed? Tom, my
friend, don't force me to resort to extreme measures.'

Tom stretched one great paw beyond the cupboard without allowing any
more of his person to be seen, and began to yawn plaintively like a
child just wakened from its first sleep.

'Where is the broomstick?' inquired Fan in threatening tones, and
rattling the collection of Indian bows, arrows, and spears which stood
behind the door.

'Ready!' cried Décamps, pointing to Tom, who, on hearing these well
known sounds, had roused himself without more ado, and advanced
towards his tutor with a perfectly innocent and unconscious air.

'That's right,' said Fan: 'now be a good fellow, particularly as one
has come all this way on purpose to fetch you.'


Tom waved his head up and down.

'So, so - now shake hands with your friends: - first rate!'

'Do you mean to take him with you?' asked Décamps.

'Rather!' replied Fan; 'and give him a good time into the bargain.'

'And where are you going?'

'To the Carnival Masked Ball, nothing less! Now then Tom, my friend,
come along. We've got a cab outside waiting by the hour.'

As though fully appreciating the force of this argument, Tom trundled
down stairs four steps at a time followed by his friend. The driver
opened the cab door, and Tom, under Fan's guidance, stepped in as if
he had done nothing else all his life.

'My eye! that's a queer sort of a fancy dress,' said cabby; 'anyone
might take him for a real bear. Where to, gentlemen?'

'Odéon Theatre,' said Fan.

'Grrrooonnn,' observed Tom.

'All right,' said the cabman. 'Keep your temper. It's a good step from
here, but we shall get there all in good time.'

Half an hour later the cab drew up at the door of the theatre. Fan got
down first, paid the driver, handed out Tom, took two tickets, and
passed in without exciting any special attention.

At the second turn they made round the crush-room people began to
follow Fan. The perfection with which the newcomer imitated the walk
and movements of the animal whose skin he wore attracted the notice of
some lovers of natural history. They pressed closer and closer, and
anxious to find out whether he was equally clever in imitating the
bear's voice, they began to pull his hairs and prick his
ears - 'Grrrooonnn,' said Tom.

A murmur of admiration ran through the crowd - nothing could be more

Fan led Tom to the buffet and offered him some little cakes, to which
he was very partial, and which he proceeded to swallow with so
admirable a pretence of voracity that the bystanders burst out
laughing. Then the mentor poured out a tumbler full of water, which
Tom took gingerly between his paws, as he was accustomed to whenever
Décamps did him the honour of permitting him to appear at table, and
gulped down the contents at one draught. Enthusiasm knew no bounds!
Indeed such was the delight and interest shown that when, at length,
Fan wished to leave the buffet, he found they were hemmed in by so
dense a crowd that he felt nervous lest Tom should think of clearing
the road with claws and teeth. So he promptly led his bear to a
corner, placed him with his back against the wall, and told him to
stay there till further orders.

As has been already mentioned, this kind of drill was quite familiar
to Tom, and was well suited to his natural indolence, and when a
harlequin offered his hat to complete the picture, he settled himself
comfortably, gravely laying one great paw on his wooden gun.

'Do you happen to know,' said Fan to the obliging harlequin, '_who_
you have lent your hat to?'

'No,' replied harlequin.

'You mean to say you don't guess?'

'Not in the least.'

'Come, take a good look at him. From the grace of all his movements,
from the manner in which he carries his head, slightly on one side,
like Alexander the Great - from the admirable imitations of the bear's
voice - you don't mean to say you don't recognise him?'

'Upon my word I don't.'

'Odry!'[2] whispered Fan mysteriously; 'Odry, in his costume from "The
Bear and the Pacha"!'

[2] A well-known actor of the time.

'Oh, but he acts a _white_ bear, you know.'

'Just so; that's why he has chosen a brown bear's skin as a disguise.'

'Ho, ho! You're a good one,' cried harlequin.

'Grrooonnn,' observed Tom.

'Well, now you mention it, I _do_ recognise his voice. Really, I
wonder it had not struck me before. Do ask him to disguise it better.'

'Yes, yes,' said Fan, moving towards the ball-room, 'but it will never
do to worry him. However, I'll try to persuade him to dance a minuet

'Oh, could you really?'

'He promised to do so. Just give a hint to your friends and try to
prevent their teasing him.'

'All right.'

Tom made his way through the crowd, whilst the delighted harlequin
moved from one mask to another, telling his news with warnings to be
discreet, which were well received. Just then, too, the sounds of a
lively galop were heard, and a general rush to the ball-room took
place, harlequin only pausing to murmur in Tom's ear: 'I know you, my
fine mask.'

'Grroooonnn,' replied Tom.

'Ah, it's all very well to growl, but you'll dance a minuet, won't
you, old fellow?'

Tom waved his head up and down as his way was when anyone asked him a

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