The Fables of Jane
. The John Church Co. . Cincinnati ,
M1619.H67 1910 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a twenty-page oversized pamphlet of music featuring four songs. Page 2 offers the lyrics for them all. An introductory lyric proclaims A baby's like a guinea-pig,/School crocodiles we know:/And men are hares or tortoises,/They're either fast or slow./And Mothers are like clucking hens/When children cause them pain;/So there you have in fables four/The history of Jane! I cannot say that I get the fable in either of the first two instances, namely guinea-pig and crocodile. In the third instance, Jane at seventeen is wooed by two men, one as fast as a hare and the other as slow as a tortoise. Jane asks her mother's advice, who notes that the hares among men will make love anywhere and advises going with the tortoise. Jane promptly does the opposite--and a month later ends up taking her mother's advice after all. The Hen tells a story of Jane's naughty daughter doing three things. First, she tells Jane that Jane probably did the same naughty things when she was young. Secondly, she runs away. Thirdly, in so doing, she makes Jane wish that she had behaved better as a child. Very good condition for a piece of ephemera almost one hundred years old.