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This story is suitable for children age 6 to 8 approx.
By ELLA LYMAN CABOT
From The Book of Stories for the Storyteller by Fanny E. Coe.
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There was a war in Germany long ago and thousands of soldiers were
scattered over the country. A captain of cavalry, who had a great many
men and horses to feed, was told by his colonel that he must get food
from the farmers near by. The captain walked for some time through the
lonely valley, and at last knocked at the door of a small cottage. The
man who opened it looked old and lame. He leaned on a stick.
"Good-day, sir," said the captain. "Will you kindly show me a field
where my soldiers can cut the grain and carry it off for our army?"
The old man led the soldiers through the valley for about a mile, and
in the distance they saw a field of barley waving in the breeze.
"This is just what we want. We'll stop here," exclaimed the captain.
"No, not yet," said the old man. "You must follow me a little
After another mile or two they came to a second field of barley. The
soldiers alighted, cut down the grain, tied it in sheaves, and rode
away with it.
Then the captain said to the old farmer: "Why did you make us walk so
far? The first field of barley was better than this one."
"That is true, sir," answered the honest old man; "but it was not