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Afraid of Being Kissed.

A man was walking along one road, and a woman along another. The roads finally united, and the man and woman reaching the junction at the same time, walked from there together. The man was carry* ing a large iron kettle on his back; in one hand he held by the legs a live chicken, in the other a cane ; and he was leading a gout. Just as they were corning to a deep dark ravine, the woman said to the man ; “ I’m afraid to go through that ravine with you ; it is a lonely place, and you might overpower me and kiss me by force. ”

“ If you were afraid of that,” said the man, “ you shouldn’t have walked with me at all ; how can I overpower you and kiss you by force when I have this great kettle on my back, a cane in one band, a live chicken in the other and I am leading this goat ? I might as well be tied hand and foot. ”

“ Yes,” replied the woman, “ but if you should stick your cane into the grounds and tie the goat to it, and turn the l£e bottom side up and put the chicken omer it, then you might wickedly kiss me in spite of my resistence. ” “ Success to thy ingenuity, O Woman 1” said the rejoicing man to himself, “I should never have thought of this expedient. ” And when they came to the ravine he stuck his cane into the ground and tied the goat to it, gave the chicken to the woman saying ;

“ Hold it while I cut some grass for the goat.”

And then lowering the kettle from his shoulders, imprisoned the fowl under it, and wickedly kissed the woman as she was afraid he would.

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Afraid of Being Kissed. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 14, 28 October 1879

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