How The Camel Got His Hump


            In the beginning when the world was new and the animals were just beginnings to work for man., there was a camel and he lived in the middle of a howling  desert  because he did not want to work. he ate sticks, and thorns and prickles and when anybody spoke to him he said "humph!" just  "humph!" and no more.

             Presently the horse came to him on Monday morning with a saddle on his back and said , "camel, come out and trot the rest of us ."

"humph!" said the camel, and the horse went away and told the man.

Presently the dog came to him , with a stick in his mouth, and , "camel, O camel came and fetch and carry like the rest  of us "

            "Humph!' said the camel , and the dog went away and told the man .

             Presently the ox came to him, with the yoke on his neck and said  "camel ,O camel ,come and plough the rest of us. "

             "humph !' said the camel , and  the ox went away and told the man.


           At the end of the day the man called the horse and the dog and ox together  and said , " three , O three, I am very sorry for you; but that  hump - thing in the desert  can't work, or he would have been here by now , so I am going to leave him alone, and you must work double -time to make up for it."

            That made the three very angry and the y held a panchayat  on the edge of the desert ; and the camel came chewing cud and laughed at them. them he said "humph!' and went away again .

          Presently there came alone the Dijinn who was in charge of all deserts , rolling in a cloud of dust.

        "Dijinn of all deserts, " said the horse , " is it right for anyone to be idle ?"

          " Certainly not ," said the Dijinn.

          "Well , " said the horse ,"there's  a thing in the middle of your desert with along neck and long legs , and he has not a stroke  of work since Monday morning . I won't trot.'

           "Whew!" said the Dijinn , whistling ," that's my camel. what does he say about it? "

           "He says humph!, and he won't plough, " said the ox.

            "Very good," said the Dijinn ," i'll humph him if you will kindly wait a minute."



            The dijinn rolled himself up in his dust -cloak, and took a walk across the desert , and found the camel  looking at his own reflection in a pool of water.

            "My friend ," said the Dijinn, "what's this I hear of your doing no work?"

             The Dijinn sat down , with his chin in his hand , while the camel looked at his own reflection in the pool of water.



            "You have give the three extra work ever since Monday morning  all on account of your idleness," said the Dijinn. and he went on thinking with his chin in his hand.

              "humph!"  said the camel.

             " I should not say that again if I were you, " said the Dijinn ; "you might say it once too often. I want to work."

               And the camel said "humph!' again; no sooner had he said it then he saw his back , that he was so proud of, puffing up and puffing up into a great big hump.

              "Do you see that?" said the Dijinn. "that's your very own humph that you have brought upon your very own self by not working .today is thursday , and you have done no work since Monday , when the work began. now you are going to work ."

               "How can I , " said the camel," with his humph on his back ?"            

                "That has a purpose ," said the  Dijinn ," all because you missed those three days . you will be able to work now for three days without eating, because you can live on your humph; and don't you ever say I never did anything for you. come out of the desert and go to the three and behave."

                 And the camel went away to join the three . and from that say to this the camel always wears a humph ( we call it 'hump' now, not to hurt his feelings): but he ha never yet caught up with the three days that he missed at the beginning of the world, and he has never yet learned how to behave .




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