The Rabbit nation were very much depressed in
spirits on account of 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 ourselves."
This they decided to do; so going to the lake they were about to jump
in, when they heard a splash 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.