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THE SEVEN RUSSET
SHEAVES OF WHEAT

It was not long before the sheaf that was now last in the line began to wish that she had not been so hasty. It was too late to turn back now, and she was dropping with fatigue. So, because she was as kind-hearted as she was weakwilled, she threw herself into a ditch beside a sleeping tramp, and when he awoke, he ate her tender ears of wheat for breakfast.
Four gone !
That left just three....
A flock of sparrows saw the tramp feasting on the corn from the fourth sheaf, and decided that they would like to do the same. They swooped down on the sheaf that was trudging along behind the first two, and pecked up all her corn, leaving her lying by the roadside, a heap of useless straw.
Five gone !
The first two, who were now the last

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THE SEVEN RUSSET
SHEAVES OF WHEAT

two, plodded on without the slightest idea of what was going on behind them.
They might have gone on a lot further, across the salt marshes that they had just come to, had it not been for an odd little incident :
The leading sheaf sneezed.
And the second sheaf said: "Bless you! "
" What!" cried the first sheaf. "Only one out of the six of you is kind enough to bless me when I sneeze?"
She turned round, full of indignation,

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