The Wanton Calf

The Wanton Calf: — A Fable.

From Harper’s for June.

A Calf, full of Wantonness and Play, seeing an Ox at the Plow, could not forbear insulting him.

“What a sorry, poor Drudge are you,” said he, “to bear that heavy Yoke and go turning up the Ground for a Master! See what a happy life I lead,” he added, when at evening the Ox, unyoked, and going to take his rest, saw him, hung with Garlands, being led away by the Flaman, a venerable man, with a fondness for Veal Pot-Pie.

Moral. — This Fable teaches us that Young People had better stick to the Farm, and not study for a Learned Profession unless they are fully aware of what it means.

The Standard (Albert Lea, Minnesota) Jun 15, 1882

Possible definition for FLAMAN (answers.com): A priest, especially of an ancient Roman deity.

More from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia (via answers.com):

Chosen from the patrician class and supervised by the pontifex maximus (chief priest), they offered daily sacrifices and led strictly regulated lives.

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