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BECOS! BECOS! BECOS!

Who Was Famous

Biographical Dictionary of the Famous and Those Who Wanted to Be

Edited by Irwin L. Gordon

Fifty Famous People

A BOOK OF SHORT STORIES

BY JAMES BALDWIN

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Famous Women - HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

Famous Women - HELEN HUNT JACKSON

Famous Women - LUCRETIA MOTT

Famous Women - MARY A LIVERMORE

Famous Women - MARGARET FULLER OSSOLI

Famous Women - MARIA MITCHELL



"BECOS! BECOS! BECOS!"



Thousands of years ago the greatest country, in the world was Egypt.

It was a beautiful land lying on both sides of the wonderful river
Nile. In it were many great cities; and from one end of it to the other
there were broad fields of grain and fine pastures for sheep and
cattle.

The people of Egypt were very proud; for they believed that they were
the first and oldest of all nations.

"It was in our country that the first men and women lived," they said.
"All the people of the world were once Egyptians."

A king of Egypt, whose name was Psammeticus, [Footnote: Psammeticus
(_pro._ sam met'i kus).] wished to make sure whether this was true or
not. How could he find out?

He tried first one plan and then another; but none of them proved
anything at all. Then he called his wisest men together and asked them,
"Is it really true that the first people in the world were Egyptians?"

They answered, "We cannot tell you, O King; for none of our histories
go back so far."

Then Psammeticus tried still another plan.

He sent out among the poor people of the city and found two little
babies who had never heard a word spoken. He gave these to a shepherd
and ordered him to bring them up among his sheep, far from the homes
of men. "You must never speak a word to them," said the king; "and you
must not permit any person to speak in their hearing."

The shepherd did as he was bidden. He took the children far away to
a green valley where his flocks were feeding. There he cared for them
with love and kindness; but no word did he speak in their hearing.

They grew up healthy and strong. They played with the lambs in the
field and saw no human being but the shepherd.

Thus two or three years went by. Then, one evening when the shepherd
came home from a visit to the city, he was delighted to see the
children running out to meet him. They held up their hands, as though
asking for something, and cried out, "Becos! becos! becos!"

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The shepherd led them gently back to the hut and gave them their usual
supper of bread and milk. He said nothing to them, but wondered where
they had heard the strange word "becos," and what was its meaning.

After that, whenever the children were hungry, they cried out, "Becos!
becos! becos!" till the shepherd gave them something to eat.

Some time later, the shepherd went to the city and told the king that
the children had learned to speak one word, but how or from whom, he
did not know.

"What is that word?" asked the king.

"Becos."

Then the king called one of the wisest scholars in Egypt and asked him
what the word meant.

"Becos," said the wise man, "is a Phrygian [Footnote: Phrygian
(_pro_. frij'i an).] word, and it means _bread_."

"Then what shall we understand by these children being able to speak
a Phrygian word which they have never heard from other lips?" asked
the king.

"We are to understand that the Phrygian language was the first of all
languages," was the answer. "These children are learning it just as
the first people who lived on the earth learned it in the beginning."

"Therefore," said the king, "must we conclude that the Phrygians were
the first and oldest of all the nations?"

"Certainly," answered the wise man.

And from that time the Egyptians always spoke of the Phrygians as being
of an older race than themselves.

This was an odd way of proving something, for, as every one can readily
see, it proved nothing.

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit

FIFTY FAMOUS PEOPLE

FIFTY FAMOUS PEOPLE - CONTENTS

SAVING THE BIRDS

ANOTHER BIRD STORY

SPEAKING A PIECE

WRITING A COMPOSITION

THE WHISTLE

THE ETTRICK SHEPHERD

THE CALIPH AND THE POET

BECOS! BECOS! BECOS!

A LESSON IN HUMILITY

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE (OF PAUL REVERE)

THE BOY AND THE WOLF

ANOTHER WOLF STORY

THE HORSESHOE NAILS

THE LANDLORD'S MISTAKE

A LESSON IN MANNERS

GOING TO SEA

THE SHEPHERD-BOY PAINTER

TWO GREAT PAINTERS

THE KING AND THE BEES

OUR FIRST GREAT PAINTER

THE YOUNG SCOUT

THE LAD WHO RODE SIDESADDLE

THE WHISPERERS

HOW A PRINCE LEARNED TO READ

READ AND YOU WILL KNOW

THE YOUNG CUPBEARER

THE SONS OF THE CALIPH

THE BOY AND THE ROBBERS

A LESSON IN JUSTICE

THE GENERAL AND THE FOX

THE BOMB

A STORY OF OLD ROME

SAVED BY A DOLPHIN

LITTLE BROTHERS OF THE AIR

A CLEVER SLAVE

ONE OF AESOP'S FABLES

THE DARK DAY

THE SURLY GUEST

THE STORY OF A GREAT STORY

THE KING AND THE PAGE

THE HUNTED KING

TRY, TRY AGAIN!

WHY HE CARRIED THE TURKEY

THE PADDLE-WHEEL BOAT

THE CALIPH AND THE GARDENER

THE COWHERD WHO BECAME A POET

THE LOVER OF MEN

THE CHARCOAL MAN AND THE KING

WHICH WAS THE KING?

THE GOLDEN TRIPOD

NAMES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE

Famous Women - LOUISA M ALCOTT

Famous Women - MARY LYON

Famous Women - HARRIET G HOSMER

Famous Women - MADAME DE STAEL

Famous Women - ROSA BONHEUR

Famous Women - ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

Famous Women - GEORGE ELIOT

Famous Women - ELIZABETH FRY

Famous Women - ELIZABETH THOMPSON BUTLER

Famous Women - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Famous Women - LADY BRASSEY

Famous Women - BARONESS BURDETT-COUTTS

Famous Women - JEAN INGELOW

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