NA TURAL RELIGION AND FOLK-LORE part In
a vast body of water, and begin to chase him. Lord-knows-who therefore ran for his life, and called to the elephant for help, but they were both driven back by the rush of water. Lord-knows-who then encountered a tiger, whose help he likewise begged, and the tiger attacked the turtleas head, but failed to produce any impression. Lord-knows-who fherefore continued his flight until he met a wild bull (a seladang a), whom he implored to come to his rescue, and the bull proceeded to trample upon the turtle, but all to no purpose. Lord-knows-who next begged the aid of the rhinoceros, but equally without effect, as both of them were compelled to fly from the turtle. At length Lord-knows-who was forced to apply for the intervention of a mouse-deer (akanchila), which is the smallest of all the deer kind,1 and not so large as a hare a whereupon the mouse-deer said: a What good can be done by small creatures like ourselves ? a Lord-knows-who said : a I have asked all the others and they have been able to do nothing.a Then said the mouse-deer: a Very well, we will try; do you therefore get to one side.a But the mouse - deer forthwith called together an army of mouse-deer, in fact the entire race, and said: a If we do not kill the turtle, we all perish ; but if we kill him, all is well.a
Then they all jumped on to the turtle, which was of great size, and stamped on him with their tiny hoofs until they had driven holes through his head and neck and back, and thus killed him.
But meanwhile the body of water which accom-
1 The mouse-deer or akanchil,a a the Underwood. The a Brer Rabbit a
small chevrotin, is very prominent in of Uncle Remus cannot, of course, be
many of the tales told by the Penin- a true rabbit, but either an American
sular tribes. It is, in fact, a sort of hare, or, perhaps, as the late Miss
a Brer Rabbit,a and is called in Malay Mary Kingsley once suggested, the
a Mentri Balukar,a or the Vizier of African tree-cony.a Mentri Ba lukar,a or the Vizier of African tree-cony.