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The Raven and the Snake
A harassed mother Raven vows bloody revenge on a venomous Snake,
but the wily old Jackal has a better idea.
by Clay Lane based on The Fables of Bidpai late 6th century
Myths and Legends
Rose and Thorn
William Sleeman passes on an anecdote from one of the Persian classics, to show that truth should not be used for evil ends.
by William H. Sleeman 1788-1856
History of China
Following a historic embassy in 1792-93, Chien Lung, the Emperor of China,
despatched a haughty letter rebuffing King George III’s offer of trade.
by Jawaharlal Nehru 1889-1964
Trunk and Disorderly
Arthur Wellesley watches on as one of his soldiers is rescued from a watery grave.
by Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington 1769-1852
The War of the Austrian Succession
Prussia’s invasion of Silesia in 1740 plunged Europe into turmoil,
and a French invasion of England became a very real threat.
by Clay Lane
The future hero of Waterloo dealt with political ambush as comfortably as he dealt with the military kind.
by Samuel Smiles 1812-1904
The Copy Book
Think and Speak