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Androdus, after having recovered himself a little from the fright he was in, observed the lion's paw to be exceedingly swelled by a large thorn that stuck in it. He immediately pulled it out, and by squeezing the paw very gently, freed the lion from the great anguish he had previously felt. The lion left him upon receiving this good office from him, and soon after returned with a fawn which he had just killed. This he laid down at the feet of his benefactor, and went off again in pursuit of his prey. Androdus, after having sodden the flesh of it by the sun, subsisted upon it until the lion had supplied him with another. He lived many days in this frightful solitude, the lion ca
tering for him with great assiduity. Being tired at length with this savage society, he was resolved to deliver himself
into his master's hands, and suffer the worst effects of his displeasure, rather than be thus driven out from mankind.
His master, as was customary for the Proconsul of Africa, was at that time getting together a present of all the largest lions that could be found in the country, in order to send them to Rome, that they might furnish out a show to the Roman people. Upon his poor slave's surrendering himself into his hands, he ordered him to be carried away to Rome, as soon as the lions were in readiness to be sent; and that for his crime he
should be exposed to fight with one of the lions in the amphitheatre, as usual for the diversion of the people. This was all performed accordingly. Androdus, after so strange a run of fortune, was now in the area of the theatre, amidst thousands of spectators, expecting every moment his antagonist to rush out upon him. At length a huge monstrous lion burst from the place where he had been kept hungry for the show. He advanced with great rage towards the man, but on a sudden, after having regarded him a little wistfully, fell to the ground, and crept towards his feet with all the signs of blandishment and grateful affection. Androdus, after a short pause, discovered that it was his old Numidian friend, and immediately renewed his acquaintance with him. Their mutual congratulations were very surprising to the beholders; who, upon hearing an account of the whole matter from Androdus, ordered him to be
pardoned, and the lion to be given up into his possession. Androdus returned at Rome the civilities which the lion had shown him in the deserts of Africa. Dion Cassius says that he himself saw the man leading the lion about the streets of Rome, the people every where gathering about them, and repeating to one another, “ This is the lion that was the man's host, this is the man who was the lion's physician.”
THE WIFE OF LE BON
AND THE TWO YOUNG FRIENDS.
The wife of the blood-thirsty Le Bon used to have lists of the persons arrested brought to her every evening by the gaolers, and with her own hand placed the letter G against the names of those that were to be guillotined the next morning One day an extraordinary spectacle of massacre was to be exhibited, in the execution