The Rabbit nation were very much depressed in spirits on account of

being run over by all other nations. They, being very obedient to

their chief, obeyed all his orders to the letter. One of his

orders was, that upon the approach of any other nation that

they should follow the example of their chief and run up among the

rocks and down into their burrows, and not show themselves until

the strangers had passed.

This they always did. Even the chirp of a little cricket would

send them all scampering to their dens.

One day they held a great council, and after talking over

everything for some time, finally left it to their medicine man to

decide. The medicine man arose and said:

"My friends, we are of no use on this earth. There isn't a nation

on earth that fears us, and we are so timid that we cannot defend

ourselves, so the best thing for us to do is to rid the earth of

our nation, by all going over to the big lake and drowning


This they decided to do; so going to the lake they were about to

jump in, when they heard a splashing in the water. Looking, they

saw a lot of frogs jumping into the lake.

"We will not drown ourselves," said the medicine man, "we have

found a nation who are afraid of us. It is the frog nation." Had

it not been for the frogs we would have had no rabbits, as the

whole nation would have drowned themselves and the rabbit race

would have been extinct.