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The Grannie's Blackie
Once upon a time a rich man gave a baby Elephant
to a woman. She took the best of care of this
great baby and soon became very fond of him. The
children in the village called her Granny, and
they called the Elephant "Granny's Blackie."
The Elephant carried the children on his back
all over the village. They shared their goodies
with him and he played with them.
"Please, Blackie, give us a swing," they said to
him almost every day.
"Come on! Who is first?" Blackie answered and
picked them up with his trunk, swung them high
in the air, and then put them down again,
But Blackie never did any work. He ate and
slept, played with the children, and visited
One day Blackie wanted Granny to go off to the
woods with him.
"I can't go, Blackie, dear. I have too much work
Then Blackie looked at her and saw that she was
growing old and feeble.
"I am young and strong," he thought. "I'll see
if I cannot find some work to do. If I could
bring some money home to her, she would not have
to work so hard."
So next morning, bright and early, he started
down to the river bank.
There he found a man who was in great trouble.
There was a long line of wagons so heavily
loaded that the oxen could not draw them through
the shallow water.
When the man saw Blackie standing on the bank he
asked, "Who owns this Elephant? I want to hire
him to help my Oxen pull these wagons across the
A child standing near by said, "That is Granny's
"Very well," said the man, "I'll pay two pieces
of silver for each wagon this Elephant draws
across the river."
Blackie was glad to hear this promise. He went
into the river, and drew one wagon after another
across to the other side.
Then he went up to the man for the money.
The man counted out one piece of silver for each
When Blackie saw that the man had counted out
but one piece of silver for each wagon, instead
of two, he would not touch the money at all. He
stood in the road and would not let the wagons
The man tried to get Blackie out of the way, but
not one step would he move.
Then the man went back and counted out another
piece of silver for each of the wagons and put
the silver in a bag tied around Blackie's neck.
Then Blackie started for home, proud to think
that he had a present for Granny.
The children had missed Blackie and had asked
Granny where he was, but she said she did not
know where he had gone.
They all looked for him but it was nearly night
before they heard him coming.
"Where have you been, Blackie? And what is that
around your neck?" the children cried, running
to meet their playmate.
But Blackie would not stop to talk with his
playmates. He ran straight home to Granny.
"Oh, Blackie!" she said, "Where have you been?
What is in that bag?" And she took the bag off
Blackie told her that he had earned some money
"Oh, Blackie, Blackie," said Granny, "how hard
you must have worked to earn these pieces of
silver! What a good Blackie you are!"
And after that Blackie did all the hard work and
Granny rested, and they were both very happy.