Japanese Fairy Tale

The Old Man

Series, No. 4.

Who Made The Dead Trees
Blossom.

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HASEGAWA, 17 Kami

Negishi, Tokyo.

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upon a time there was

a kind old couple that kept a pet
dog.

One day

the old

man dug

where the dog scratehed and unex-

s

pectedly

found a quantity of gold.

Now

there

was

a

bad-hearted

couple, their neighbors,

who envied

them them

their

good fortune and asked

to lend their dog.
refusal,

As they

would take no

they got the

dog; but when they took him along
the road he would not scratch the

ground. Therefore they made him
scratch,

and then dug where he
But instead of finding
only

scratched.

gold,

they

found

a lot of

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filthy stuff.

Then they got angry
the

and

killed

dog,

and buried

him under a
small pine
tree

by

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the way-side.

The pine

tree sud-

denly grew to a great

size;

and the

kind old

man

cut

it

down and

made

a mortar out of the wood.

When

he pounded barley in that

mortar the barley would flow up

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out of the bottom and over-flow

without end.

His neighbor again

envied

him,

and

borrowed

his
in.

mortar to pound his barley

But when he did
all

so

his

barley

turned out cracked and worm-

ic

a

1
eaten.
still

Then he became

more enraged and broke

the mortar to pieces and used
it

for fire

wood.

The kind

old

man

then took some of the ashes
of the mortar and scattered

them on dead

trees,

and made

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them blossm.

He

was
rewarded
with gold,

plentifully

for this

silver

and pieces of
silk

of by the prince

the country:
so he

and
to

came

be called

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"The old man who made dead
trees blossom."

Again

his neighbor

envied him, and attempted to

make

dead trees blossom with the ashes.

But when he took a

handfiil

and

sprinkled
tree,

it

on the limbs of a dead
did

the

tree

not blossom,

but the ashes blew into the eyes

of the prince of the country.

The

retainers of the prince roared out:

"That's a nice state of things!"

and

seized the old

man, and

all

hands gave him a sore beating-

With

his

head bruised and bloody

he barely escaped. In this condition
his wife

saw him returning in the

distance,

"My husband

too, I see,

has been rewarded by the prince

with purple garments," she

said.

But while she was thus

rejoicing,

he came near, when she looked

more

closely

and saw that her

husband instead of being clothed
in purple

was stained with

blood.

As
his

to the

man, he then took

to

bed

sick,

and

at last died.

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1.

SEHIE3.

2.

3. 4.
5.

Momotaro or Little Peachling. The Tongue Cut Sparrow. The Battle of the Monkey and the Crab. The Old Man who made the Dead Trees Blossom
Kachi-Kachi Mountain.

6. 7.
8.

The Mouses' Weddin-. o The Old Man and the

Devils.

Urashima, the Fisher-boy.

9.

10. 11.
12.

13.
14. 15.
1 6. 1 7.

The The The The The The

Eight-Headed Serpent.

Matsuyama Mirror. Hare of Inaba.
Cub's Triumph.
Silly Jelly-Fish.

Princes Fire-Flash and Fire-Fade

My

Lord Rag-o'-Rtce.
Tea-Kettle.

The Wonderful
Schippeitaro.

The Ogre's Arm, The Ogres of Oyeyama. 20. The Enchanted Waterfall. 2nd Series No. i. The Goblin-Spider. " " "2. The Wonderful Mallet * f * The Broken Images. 3.
1 8.

19.

&

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pztntcz,

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21.
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SERIES.

Three

Reflections.

22. 23. 24.
25.

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Chin Chin Kobakama.

Oyuchasan with Music. Kohanasan with Music.

The

Children's Japan.

A

Day

with Mitsu.
Pictures of Japanese Life.
I.

Japanese Topsyturvydom.
Japanese
Ditto.
II.

Residential

Rhymes.

Japanese Story-Tellers.

the Far East: Japanese Poems. Poetical Greetings from Metrical. Romance, and other Japanese White Aster,

A

Japanese

Poems.
full

The

Favorite Flowers of Japan.
Year. Illustrated in
colours on Japanese

Japan's

with bandpainted cover. ordinary paper

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T.

HASEGAWA,

Publisher

&

Art-printer,

Tokyo, Japan.

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