a common Wild Goose of North America. In the spring and
fall you will see great flocks of us flying overhead, an
old Gander in the lead, crying honk, honk as
loud as he can. Our nests are only simple hollows in the
sand, on the shores of lakes and rivers, around which are
placed a few sticks and twigs, the five eggs laid on a
layer of gray down.
Youre a Goose.
Thats a polite way some people have of calling another stupid, but there are Geese and Geese as well as men and men. I am going to tell you about one Goose that dearly loved her master, and considering the way he treated her you may conclude she was a stupid Goose after all.
Well, this particular Goose took such a fancy to her owner that she would follow him about like a dog, even to the village, where she would wait outside the barbers or other shop which he might enter.
People noticed this, and instead of calling the farmer by his proper name began to speak of him as Mr. Goosey. This angered the man and he ordered the poor loving Goose to be locked up in the poultry-yard.
after he went to an adjoining town to attend a meeting;
in the midst of the business he felt something warm and
soft rubbing against his legs; he looked down and there
stood his Goose, with protruding neck and quivering
wings, gazing up at him with pleasure and fondness
The people about shouted with laughter, which so enraged her master, that seizing his whip, he twisted the thong of it about the poor birds neck, swung her round and round, and supposing her dead, angrily threw her body out of the window.
A few days after Mr. Goosey was seized with a severe illness, which brought him to the verge of the grave. He recovered, however, and was able at length to sit beside the open window. There on the grass sat the Goose gazing up at him with the same old look of affection in her eyes.
Am I never to be rid of that stupid thing? he cried, but when he was told that through all his illness the faithful bird had sat there opposite his window, scarcely touching food, his hard heart melted, and from thenceforth Mr. Goosey treated his feathered friend with the greatest kindness.