LESSON 67 EACH ONE USEFUL
Cock-a-doodle-doo!cried the cock. He stood in the farm-yard and crowed aloud, that all might hear him.
Cock-a-doodle-doo! How useful I am; for I always get up first. And I crow as soon as the sun rises, to bid all in the house awake.
Cluck!cluck! cluck!cried the hen from the yard. She was walking about with three pretty little chickens, and trying to find some food for them.
Cluck!cluck! cluck! I am more useful than you. Almost every day I lay a nice fresh egg for my master's breakfast.
Then think how useful I am to my mistress. How many nice things she makes with my eggs for the children. She could not get on well without eggs.
Mew! mew! mew!cried the cat, as she ran out of the house to tell what she could do.
Mew! mew! mew! I keep the mice from the bread and the cheese and the corn.
Bow! wow! wow!cried the dog, as he put his head out of his kennel.
Hear what I have to say, and then you will know what work is.
I watch the house by day and by night. I keep thieves from stealing my master's property. Where would you all be but for me?
Just then the farmer came into the yard.
He threw a handful of corn to the fowls, and placed a cup of milk for puss. Then he gave the dog a bone.
He thus showed that he thought each of them was useful in its own way.