The King Of The Polar BearsThe King of the Polar Bears lived among the icebergs in the far
north country. He was old and monstrous big; he was wise and
friendly to all who knew him. His body was thickly covered with
long, white hair that glistened like silver under the rays of the
midnight sun. His claws were strong and sharp, that he might walk
safely over the smooth ice or grasp and tear the fishes and seals
upon which he fed.
The seals were afraid when he drew near, and tried to avoid him;
but the gulls, both white and gray, loved him because he left the
remnants of his feasts for them to devour.
Often his subjects, the polar bears, came to him for advice when
ill or in trouble; but they wisely kept away from his hunting
grounds, lest they might interfere with his sport and