Fantastic Fables

Author: Ambrose Bierce

The Boys and the Frogs

SOME editors of newspapers were engaged in diffusing general intelligence and elevating the moral sentiment of the public. They had been doing this for some time, when an Eminent Statesman stuck his head out of the pool of politics, and, speaking for the members of his profession, said:

"My friends, I beg you will desist. I know you make a great deal of money by this kind of thing, but consider the damage you inflict upon the business of others!"


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Chicago: Ambrose Bierce, "The Boys and the Frogs," Fantastic Fables in Fantastic Fables (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed August 17, 2022,

MLA: Bierce, Ambrose. "The Boys and the Frogs." Fantastic Fables, in Fantastic Fables, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 17 Aug. 2022.

Harvard: Bierce, A, 'The Boys and the Frogs' in Fantastic Fables. cited in 1899, Fantastic Fables, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 17 August 2022, from