Androcles, a slave because of his Christianity, is cruelly treated by his master, the Pro Consul of Rome, from whom he escapes in order to avoid the humiliation he had been forced to suffer. While roaming through the jungle wilds of the Italian mountains, he encounters a lion in its cavern lair. Androcles starts back with terror at his discovery, but curiously notes that the king of beasts makes no attempt to spring upon him, but on the contrary, is moaning and groaning with pain. The escaped slave approaches the beast, after gathering up enough courage, and discovers a huge thorn transfixed in the cushion of its paw. Stroking the monster on his mane, he finally succeeds in extracting the thorn and relieving the lion of his suffering. A short time after Androcles is run down by the Roman soldiers and recaptured. He is returned to the Pro Consul, who sentences him to be devoured by the lions in the Coliseum. At the appointed hour the hapless Androcles is tied to the cross and a large ...
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