THE FIRST WARATAH (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

Why did the early arrivals in Australia imagine that the aborigines had no folk-lore, no legends, hardly any manners, habits and customs? Is it that they really had none, or that the blacks were merely incomprehensible? I think it was the latter. Australia had much of country to be explored difficult country-on the Coast cool…

PRELUDE. A PRINCESS (Australian Legends) by C. W. Peck

In a little settlement for aborigines not far from Sydney lives the last full-blooded person of the once-powerful Cammary Tribe. She lives in the past. The present has no lure for her, and very little interest. She has to eat and she has to sleep and she has to dress. She looks for no pleasure,…

The Goatherd and the Wild Goats (Aesop’s fables) by Aesop

A GOATHERD, driving his flock from their pasture at eventide, found some Wild Goats mingled among them, and shut them up together with his own for the night. The next day it snowed very hard, so that he could not take the herd to their usual feeding places, but was obliged to keep them in…

The Vain Jackdaw (Aesop’s fables) by Aesop

JUPITER DETERMINED, it is said, to create a sovereign over the birds, and made proclamation that on a certain day they should all present themselves before him, when he would himself choose the most beautiful among them to be king. The Jackdaw, knowing his own ugliness, searched through the woods and fields, and collected the…