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The Thirsty Quails

A Pima Legend

A Quail once had more than twenty children, and with them she wandered over the whole country in search of water and could not find it.

It was very hot and they were all crying, "Where can we get some water? Where can we get some water?" but for a long time they could find none.

At last, way in the north, under a mesquite tree, the mother quail saw a pond of water, but it was very muddy and not fit to drink.

But the little quails had been wandering so many days and were so tired they stopped under the shade of the mesquite tree, and by and by, one by one, they went down to the water and 'drank it.

But the water was so bad they all died.

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