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THE

O A K-T REE FAIRY

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EDITED BY

FAVORITE FAIRY TALES
CLIFTON JOHNSON
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ILLUSTRATED BY

WILLARD BONTE

BOSTON
LITTLE, BROWN,

AND COMPANY

1905

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Copyright, 1905,

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Published November, 1905

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INTRODUCTORY NOTE
are

the

old favorites
for

in

a version
fireside.

HERE The
details,

especially

suited

the

home
all

interest,

the charm, and
;

the sweet-

ness have been retained

but savagery, distressing and excessive pathos have been dropped.

Surely our little people are better off without some of the sentiments of that barbaric past when the
tales originated.

Felix Adler, in his notable

work

on " The Moral Education of Children," years
ago appealed for just such a version as this, wherein there should be " less of falsehood, glut" than in tony, drunkenness, and evil in general " malicious the usual and from which
tellings,

step-

mothers and cruel fathers should be excluded."

The same
teachers.
this

need has been widely

felt

by parents and
supplies

"The Oak-Tree

Fairy

Book"

want, and can be read aloud or placed in the hands of the children with entire confidence. The

changes are not, however, very radical in most instances, and I have made no alteration in inci-

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If the stories you read in the following pages and the pictures that illustrate them please you. I am indebted for and correspondents and to the American Journal of Folk Lore. . The first sixteen tales in this book have a special claim to the attention of American readers. and would not be safe to say that miliar to the present generation. MASS. Readers acquainted to friends them with similar tales not in the ordinary collections will confer a favor if they will communicate with me. and most of them are quite unfacollections. Two or three of them are to be found it in nearly all our fairy-tale any of them originated here yet there are none of the sixteen but that differ in an interesting way from the usual versions. watch for " The Birch-Tree Fairy Book " next year. for they were picked up in this country.viii INTRODUCTORY NOTE dents where there did not seem to be an ethical necessity for so doing. . CLIFTON JOHNSON HADLEY.

..CONTENTS PAGE JOHNNY-CAKE i THE TWIST-MOUTH FAMILY THE TALE OF A BLACK 9 12 17 CAT THE TALKING EGGS THE TRAVELS OF A Fox . 34 46 59 63 83 THE OLD WOMAN AND HER LADY FEATHERFLIGHT PIG THE LITTLE RED HEN AND THE WHEAT A BEAR STORY 86 87 FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER JAMES THE BEGGAR AND THE PRINCESS 93 THE OGRE'S WIFE THE Fox AND THE LITTLE RED HEN 99 107 THE HOBYAHS THE THREE BEARS ToM-TiT-ToT in 118 124 THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN 133 LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD 146 152 THE FOUR MUSICIANS . .. 27 . JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK THE Two BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH .

VINEGAR OF A . 347 THE GOTHAM MEN AND THE CUCKOO THE HARE THAT WAS SENT TO YORK 349 351 . THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE GOSLINGS THE MAGIC FIDDLE . MICRAWBLE 219 HIS THE FISHERMAN AND CINDERELLA WIFE 226 236 251 HOP-O'-MY-THUMB BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 266 282 . AND THE STICK MR. . THE TABLE. . . THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER OF THE WISE MEN GOTHAM THE SALT FISH AND THE EEL 337 341 A MISSING MAN FOUND THE KETTLE THAT WOULD NOT WALK THE LITTLE HORSE AND ITS KIND MASTER 344 . 286 303 311 THE GIANT LAZY JACK OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS 322 328 333 . . .x TEENY-TINY CONTENTS PAGE 160 . . THE FATE LITTLE OLD WOMAN THE DONKEY. 163 168 178 187 192 THE CLEVER WIFE TITTY MOUSE AND TATTY MOUSE THE STORY OF CHICKEN-LICKEN HIS KING O'TOOLE AND GOOSE 196 THE THREE LITTLE PIGS 202 THE FAIRY Cow OF ALL MASTERS 210 215 THE MASTER MR. .

CONTENTS THE CRANE THE MEN IN xi PAGE THE WHEATFIELDS 353 OF GOTHAM AND THE WATCH RAN AWAY 356 358 361 THE CHEESES THAT THE LOST LEGS THE HIDING OF THE CHURCH BELL 363 .

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7 He picked up the bag tree shakes its apples The down on the old witch ... 57 . I o Dick blows out of the straight corner of his mouth .... On The went Johnny-cake bear hurried after Johnny-cake ran Johnny-cake On The 5 Johnny-cake and the fox father 7 blows upward 9 10 The mother blows downward Mary blows John blows out of the right corner of her left mouth ...LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PAGE Jack and the beanstalk Frontispiece Johnny-cake started toward the open door 2 2 3 . 19 23 snakes and toads and frogs followed her witch fox goes off with the rooster 25 28 The end Jac! of the fox 32 39 asks for something to eat giant's bedquilt Running away with the 45 4. 1 1 1 1 The black cat 12 1 A pail of water from the well 8 The The The The witch takes off her head and combs her hair .

The The merchant begs the dwarf not to take giants began a desperate struggle 135 143 Red Riding-Hood meets At the robbers' window Little the wolf 147 156 The teeny-tiny woman on " ! her way to the teeny-tiny field . 66 75 85 The magic The little red hen and her bread A bear story finds a basket of cakes 86 Jim 90 . 1 6 1 They set forth in search of the wolf 166 "Have pity. . cow 207 213 the fairy .. . . Golden Hair found by the three bears Tom-Tit-Tot is angry . . 173 She tumbled him into the big box Titty 185 Mouse and Tatty Mouse 187 195 Fox-lox shows the way air - He threw the bird up into the terrified 198 The wolf is Out leaped . The princess on the balcony 95 105 The The crocodile dived fox brings night the home the little red hen 109 1 1 1 One Hobyahs came The Hobyahs run off The little girl in the bag The big dog jumps is 1 1 1 1 1 6 out 117 122 131 his son . .xiv LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS FACE The The old woman and her pig 61 giant pulls Jack out of the cupboard forest stops the giant .. have pity begged the old man ..

. 283 Jack and the goat 286 291 The landlord steals the donkey stick punishes the The magic The owl Suddenly innkeeper his 299 Mr. . laughs at a Mr. Gammer Vans pops out of the thumb bottle . Vinegar gets the door on back . Vinegar 309 312 319 325 327 huge giant appeared tell The witch hurried off to the giant Lazy Jack brings home Carrying the donkey a cheese Watching the elves 330 A dispute 334 the eel Drowning 339 Finding the missing man lived 343 He told the kettle little where he its 345 348 The horse and kind master A fence for the cuckoo 350 . Micrawble catches Tommy pudding fish 220 223 Tommy The Another asks about the fisherman releases the talk 227 with the fish magician 229 241 Cinderella brings the pumpkin One of her slippers dropped off ogre in his seven-league boots gets the 247 261 The Hop-o'-my-Thumb magic boots 264 272 The merchant pleads with the beast Beauty and the mirror Sir 277 . . . 304 .LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS The servant pounds on her master's door xv PAGE 217 Mr.

xvi LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS PAGE A messenger 352 Saving the wheat 354 357 An evil spirit destroyed Sending the cheeses to Nottingham 359 The lost legs 362 Saving the church bell 364 366 The end .

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JOHNNY-CAKE upon a time there was an old ONCE the woman and a little boy." needn't. dear. half asleep. "No. and said. and he lay snug and warm in bed. and the old woman got up and and an old a it. you can turn myself.st and do you get up. the Johnny-cake. ! But the I Johnny-cake called out. began to hoe potatoes in the garden and left the little boy to watch the oven but the little boy was lazy. and he ." turn- So the old man and old womUn /went :ou. man One made bake Johnny-cake and put it in the oven to The little boy slept in the kitchen. morning the old man got up and started kitchen fire. " Your father and I are going out to work in the garden. " By-and-by he said to himself. I shall " have to get up to turn the Johnny-cake . Oh. ffiu. The little boy was not sure about that. and the old woman shook him to awaken him. and pretty soon y6u.attd.

' . But Johnny-cake outran all three. and I outrun you. scrambled out of bed and began to dress but he had only got his trousers on when he saw the oven- door swing Johnny-cake open door of the house.brjeath. and by-and: 'by' earti it . Johnnycake?" "Oh. and hurfast him as the old man and he could scamper. "I've outrun an man and an old woman and a little boy. and his pursuers sat down. On 'he went Johnny-cake.to four mowers in a meadow. and shortly was gone from sight. can ye We '11 see about that their scythes " ! said and they threw down and ran . " Where are ye going. who looked up from their work and called out. too quick for him and was into the road before the out jumped and . " too-o-o ! ? old can "Ye they. and old woman threw down their as hoes and hastened to join in the chase.2 JOHNNY-CAKE . " Johnny-cake " ! 's running away ried after running away.started toward the back. Johnny-cake's shouted the little boy. and The little boy ran to shut the door. but Johnny-cake was down the steps and out little boy could catch him. on a bank to rest. can. 'panting for." said Johnny-cake.

but Johnny-cake soon outstripped them. too-o-o!" ditch-diggers. " Johnny-cake? they " Oh. and by-andby he came to a bear. seeing they could never catch him. too-o-o "Ye they. but they could not catch up with him. " Where are ye going." said Johnny-cake. after We'll and they threw down their spades and ran him. Johnnycake " ? On the bear asked. and hurried as fast as legs . who ran "were digging a ditch. " I 've outrun an old " I man and an old woman and can. and. Johnny-cake. "Oh.JOHNNY-CAKE after 5 him. "I've outrun an old man and an old woman and a little boy and four mowers and two you. can ye ? We '11 see about that his growled the bear. can ye? a little boy and four mowers. and I can outrun " ! " Ye can. and presently they had to sit down by the roadside to rest. are ye going. see about that!" said and can outrun you." I said he. went Johnny-cake. and by-andby he came to two ditch-diggers. On "Where asked. they gave up the chase and sat down to rest.

who was stretched out for a nap little among some bushes a aside from the road. " Where are ye going." said mowers and two ditch-diggers and outrun you. too-o-o /" a bear." said Johnny-cake. and lay down to rest. and I can "Ye can. fox heard Johnny-cake coming. The Johnny-cake?" " " Oh. who went on and on so fast that the wolf soon saw there was no hope of catching him. and he cried out in a sharp voice. can ye? We'll see about that!" snarled the wolf.6 JOHNNY-CAKE who kept right could carry him after Johnny-cake. On went Johnny-cake. man and an old woman and a little boy and four Oh. without getting up. " I 've outrun an old Johnny-cake. by On by-and" Where " are ye going. and he set off at a gallop after Johnny-cake. on along the road. and he came to a wolf. Pretty soon the bear was left so far behind that he saw he might as well give up the hunt first as So he stretched himself by the wayside to rest. last. and by-andby he came to a fox. I 've outrun an old . went Johnny-cake. Johnny-cake ? the wolf asked.

JOHNNY-CAKE man and an old 7 woman and a little mowers and two ditch-diggers and " and I can outrun you. "I've outrun an old man woman and a little boy and four mowers and ditch-diggers and a bear and a wotf. The cake. and called and an two old very loud voice. TOO-O-O " ! . TOO-O-O " I can't quite hear ye. putting a his ears to help him hear better. " Won't can't quite hear ye. So Johnny-cake came up quite out and screamed still louder. "I 'VE OUTRUN AN OLD MAN AND AN OLD WOMAN AND A LITTLE BOY AND FOUR MOWERS AND TWO DITCH-DIGGERS AND A BEAR AND A WOLF. Won't ye come a little closer?" said the fox. too-o-o! a boy and four bear and a wolf. fox said. " ye come a little closer? I Johnny- So Johnny-cake went out in a a little closer. and I can " ! out- run you . paw behind one of close. AND I CAN OUTRUN YOU.

sharp teeth the end of poor Johnny-cake. in his and he snapped up Mr.8 JOHNNY-CAKE " Ye can. . Johnny-cake and that was and ate him . can " ye ? yelped the fox.

Tbe bear hurried as fast as his legs could carry him after Johnny-cake* .

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THE TWIST-MOUTH FAMILY was once a father and a mother THERE shape." said she." he said. and on the day he came home for his first vacation the family sat up he late in the evening to hear him tell of all had learned. "Mother. this wish you would. "Well. and several children. " Well. and the mother " Father. will. When John got to be a young man he was sent to college. they prepared to go to bed. Then will he said. will you blow out the light ? I " Yes. will. and all but one of them had their mouths twisted out of The one whose mouth was not twisted was a son named John. but ward. But finally " said. I So he blew. his mouth he was twisted and he blew up- way and could n't blow out the light. " you blow out the light ? ." I was his reply.

this way and she couldn't blow light." Dick said. n't mouth. and corner of his mouth. Well.10 " Yes." I I was her reply. " Dick." I I was Dick's reply." I was Mary's reply. will. will. will you blow out the Then Mary spoke light?" "Yes. you blow out the light " ? " " Yes. she spoke to her daugh" will Mary. " " Well." Mary said. So Mary blew. Well. but his mouth was he blew out of the left twisted. I will. twisted and So she blew. So Dick blew. but her mouth was twisted and she blew out of the this right corner of her way and she could light. this . I will. ^ blow out the to one of her brothers and said." said Mary. "Well. wish you would. " I will." she said. I THE TWIST-MOUTH FAMILY will. wish you would. out the Then ter and said." said he. "Well. Well. but her mouth was she blew downward. wish you would." said her mother.

"Well.THE TWIST-MOUTH FAMILY way and he could " said. " What a John " blessed thing it is to have larnin* ! The . and the father said. John. Then Dick blow out the " I Yes. n't * II blow out the light. light was out. this way and he blew out the light. So John blew. Dick. will you " light ? will." was John's reply. and his mouth was not twisted and he blew straight. " Well. I wish you would. and they were all glad that had succeeded." John said." said I will.

After that he started like this. in and one in that room. " That stands for .^la/ a tall Then he made on this side ^V chimney n 00 \J/ of his house. a/ Not lived a far little away girl J| from fl Tommy's house 's named That stands Sally. V|/ and there JC an C . Tommy's house was And of it.' So he built a new wall on this side of it. \|/ some grass beside his door. not a very good one. and there 's a I boy named Tommy . then he built a new wall on that side You can see now that he had two nice rooms in though not very large. And then he made a tall \n| D / chimney on the other side of his house. Next he put one in this room\Q| windows to look out of his house.THE TALE OF A BLACK CAT there was a little ONCE Tommy. for Sally.

you " I to now. this way. so he came out of his door and walked along." '11 put on my . Sally. and he went into the ^itchen and how he had and neys." said he. So they went down . you. like this. Sally was glad to see sat him. come over and see how well I " And " I want fixed Ve things." cellar. over to house he thought Sally what he had been his where she lived.THE TALE OF A BLACK CAT When Tommy had finished tell he would like to go and doing. down and explained to her new walls to his house put in windows and made two tall chimand how he had started the grass in front built two of his door." said Sally she said. " might go bonnet and go right back with but when she was ready to start We down cellar first and get some apples to eat on the way.

14 THE TALE OF A BLACK CAT They got some apples. like this. and they had gone only u few steos when they tumbled down. However. And they walked along until they were nearly to . and then they came up outdoors by the hatchway. but the walking was bad. like this. L Now they started for Tommy's like this. house. they were quickly up.

III 111 to But they were nearly Tommy's house now. 15 again. like this. like this. and .THE TALE OF A BLACK CAT Tommy's house when like this. irniu than they tumbled down once more. they tumbled down And they were no sooner up on their feet.

1 6 THE TALE OF A BLACK CAT they got up and were going into the yard straight toward the door. like this. III when cried out. Sally pointed toward the doorstep " O-o-o-o-o-o-oh See that big ! and BLACK CAT " ! m .

THE TALKING EGGS was once a girl named ten THERE died. and when she was years old her father and mother to live with an aunt and she went a who had This daughdaughter Rose. who was ." one. my for I am very thirsty. but Blanche was kept conwork. and yet her mother did everything she could for her while she treated Blanche. very badly. when the well drink. other things. "Pray. and had to eat in the kitchen. she approached the well with woman standing beside little One morning. Blanche. she was obliged to go twice a day to bring water from a well more than a mile Among and a half distant from the house. give me a . she found an old who said. pleasant and obliging. Rose and do could sit all day long in a rocking-chair nothing stantly if at she chose. ter was selfish and disagreeable. her bucket.

to cook the supper for us." Blanche answered. why are you crying? " What with has hurt you?" I My aunt. old woman you Thank not my child. and knew not what to do." few days afterward A Blanche was used so roughly by her aunt that she ran away into the woods. but you must promise not to laugh will see. my dear. When they went inside the old a fire. has beaten " and I am afraid to me. cabin. whom live. and the old woman took her by the hand and they walked on deeper into the woods until they arrived at the old woman's said." at any- thing you Blanche promised." " " come Well. and I shall forget your kindness." replied Blanche. woman " Now you make my child." said the old woman. and I will give you some supper and a bed . and she sat down at the foot of a great tree and cried.1 8 THE TALKING EGGS "That I will do gladly. But pretty soon she saw the old woman who had spoken to her at the well coming toward her." . my child. " " Ah. and then said." the old woman said. She was afraid to return home. with me. and " drank. go home. are a she drew from the well a nice fresh bucketful. good girl. The you.

and imme- . and lo! in a moment the pot was full of good meat. Presently the old woman set her head back on her shoulders and went to a cupboard and took out " a large bone. but she said nothing." said she.THE TALKING EGGS While Blanche made the fire the old woman sat down in her chair beside the hearth and took off her head." So Blanche put the grain of rice into the mortar and began to pound it. and she was a little frightened. handing the bone " to Blanche. strange. Here. "You see that wooden mortar ner with the in it ? in the cor- pestle Put this grain of tar rice into the mor- and pound it. Then the old and woman gave rice Blanche a grain of said. put this in the pot that hangs on the crane." Blanche put the bone in the pot. and after adjusting it carefully on her knees Blanche thought that very she combed her hair.

and may c the eggs which say Take me you carry away with you . " Take me " she put in her apron and carried with her. to She went the " ! the chicken-house. after breakfast. home. Take me " Do not take me " Those that said some said. beautiful and. gold.20 diately THE TALKING EGGS the mortar was full of rice. and some said. and the eggs in nests and began to speak. I want to make you a pres- ent of some all talking eggs. Many pretty things came out of those eggs dresses. next morning. cooked. the old woman " You must now return said to Blanche. a splendid carriage with two fine horses and a driver. and then got in herself and was driven and you may be sure her aunt was very see surprised to her when she came with . She put the dresses and diamonds and gold into the carriage. diamonds. but. and all those which say you on your way home throw the eggs behind your back to break them. and when she had walked to the away ! ! " borders of the forest she stopped and threw the eggs one by one behind her back. Go to c the chicken' ! house. home much . lastly. When are Blanche did just as she was bidden. and had The you as are a good girl." ! Do not take me ' you must leave. and this they it and the meat for their supper.

and wanted to 21 know where she got them. and when the old woman sat down and took . So Blanche told how she had met the old in woman her the the woods. will with you " a long way to you take me home my own home. now. ? was then late in the afternoon." So they walked on deeper into the woods until they arrived at the old woman's cabin." " Yes." said the old woman. and Rose Please. They went inside. It is ma'am. woman took and how in morning the old woman had given her the talking eggs that were no sooner broken than there came forth from them all the wonderful things she had brought home. at anything you see.THE TALKING EGGS such riches. go as to the forest." The to the woods and wandered about It plan suited Rose very well. Her aunt was far from pleased that Blanche should have so much and her own daughter so " Rose. " said. but you must not laugh me. and how the old home and kept her over night. you must little. and the next day she said. you can go with for it is almost dark. for I woman. and she went until she met the old woman. and look for that same old want you to have as many nice things Blanche has.

and then told her she must return home. too. toads. and out of them came a lot of snakes." So she took all the eggs that told her not to take them. you are not a good girl. " I understand your Oh. and * I shan't bother myself with you that It's the others I want. " Do not take me " " exclaimed Rose. yes ! ! ! tricks. and the snakes ." said the old woman. At the edge of the forest she threw them behind her back. Rose ran and shrieked. I must have some of those talking eggs before I go. but as soon as she was outside the cabin she went to the old woman's chicken- house. and I fear you will be punished for ! your actions. and tried to make funny remarks about them. and some said." next morning the old woman gave Rose her breakfast. say 'Take me!' say and you may Don't take me ' ! all you please. " " me and some said. " Ah " my child. and went off with them in her apron.22 off her head to THE TALKING EGGS comb all laughed. and frogs. but you are the very ones I shall carry away with me. saying to " herself. at her hair Rose laughed." She opened the door. The Rose started at once. Rose the other things she saw that were strange. and the eggs in the nests " Take immediately began to speak.

The snakes and toads and frogs followed her all the way borne .

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the carriage. that wretch Blanche who is the cause of all this. mercy exclaimed her mother. dresses She took a road that passed through the forest. he asked her "Alas!" said why she. not live with us any longer." You There was nothing for Blanche to do but to call for her coach. and then drive away. "I have been been turned out of the house that has my I home. and she shall be punished as she deserves. She reached her mother's so tired she could hardly speak. and put into it the fine and diamonds and gold she had got from the talking eggs. Take shall your things and get out of the house. when Rose "it is told her what had happened. not to go.THE TALKING EGGS 25 and toads and frogs followed after her all the way home." " So she called Blanche. and she met him on girl his horse. " Oh." and know where . and it happened that the king's son was hunting there. in When he saw the beautiful weeping she cried. and had just strength left to shut the door behind her and keep out all the dreadful creatures that had chased " ! her. and said to her.

and there they lived happily ever after. Then they went together to the king's palace.26 THE TALKING EGGS The prince tried to console her. home . and as they talked he became so charmed with her beauty and innocence that he asked her to be his wife.

It can't do any harm. for shall the bag right up again. " ? " Then be careful not to open the bag. I wonder what the fellow But as has in his bag that he is so careful about. my bag here while I go to Squintum's " Yes." said the woman." string However. Well. I will I look and tie see. the moment she unloosed the him and ate out flew the bumblebee. fox. and the rooster caught up.THE TRAVELS OF A FOX put the bumblebee in a bag and took the bag over his shoulder and travelled. ONE day a fox was digging behind a stump and he found a bumblebee and the fox . him all his bag and knew at once that his took up bumblebee was He . At the first house he came to he went in and " Can I leave said to the mistress of the house." said the soon as he was out of sight the woman " said to herself. After a while the fox came back.

ate him/' to take a little peep to find out what was in "Very fox." said the must have the rooster. " untied the string just your and the bumblebee flew out and the rooster bag. " I well. I leave my bag I here while tum's?" go to Squin"Yes." So he caught the rooster and put him in his bag and travelled. and he said to the " Where is my bumblebee?" And the woman said. then." the said woman." said the fox. be not to "Then careful open the bag.28 THE TRAVELS OF A FOX woman. I gone. At the next house he came to he went in and said to the mistress " Can of the house. .

" I must have the pig." said the be I go to Squintum's?" open the bag. for shall up again. went in and " Can I leave my " bag here while Yes." So he caught and travelled. then. " Where is his my rooster? the " And bag. After a while the He took up bag and knew at once that his rooster was gone." said woman. the moment she unloosed the string the rooster flew out and the pig caught him and ate the bag right him all up. I will I look and tie see. the pig and put him in his bag At the next house he came to he said to the mistress of the house. Well." " Very well.THE TRAVELS OF A FOX But as 29 soon as he was out of sight the woman " said to herself. r woman the to take a little and " I untied the string just to find out what was in your peep rooster flew out and the pig ate said. 1 wonder what the fellow has in his bag that he is so careful about. him." said the fox. careful . and he said to the woman. fox came back. not to "Then the fox. It can't do any harm." However.

" said the I go to Squintum's " ? woman. little peep to find out what was him. I woman fellow I said to herself." However. he was out of sight the woman "Well. After a while the fox came back. bag went " Can said to the mistress of the house. string just to take a in your and the pig jumped out and the ox gored bag. But soon as said to herself. for I bag right up again." said the Then be as careful not to fox. open the bag. so careful about. " I must have the in his ox. " wonder what the is has will in his bag that he see." So he caught the ox and put him and travelled. the next house he to he At came in I and leave my " cc bag here while Yes. " and he said to the woman. " Where is my pig ? " I untied the And the woman said." said the fox. I wonder what the fellow .30 But as THE TRAVELS OF A FOX soon as he was out of sight the Well. his shall tie the string He took up bag and knew at once that his pig was gone. the moment she unloosed the the pig jumped out and the ox gored him." " Very well. look and It can't do any harm. then.

It can't do any harm. across a meadow and clear out of sight. " ? be careful not to open the bag. "Then fox. then. in I and leave my bag here while I go to Squintum's " Yes. He took bag and knew gone." said the woman." " Very well. for I I will look and tie see. clear out of sight. and he said to " my ox ? up his once that his ox was " Where is the woman. and the woman's little boy chased the ox out of the house and across a the bag right meadow and over a After hill.THE TRAVELS OF A FOX has in his bag that he is 3 1 so careful about. At the next house he came to he went " Can said to the mistress of the house. untied the string just to take a little peep to find out what was in your bag." However. and the ox got out and my little boy chased the said. the moment she unloosed the string the ox got out. I And woman " him out of the house and over a hill." said the . shall up again. a while the fox at came back." said the fox." So he caught the little boy and put him bag and travelled. " I must have the in his little boy.

mammy. give a piece me " ! the bag and took the little boy out. After a while the fox came back. just step off into the woods now and see how this little boy I have in my bag tastes. and I am getting hungry. and he heard the children beg " the cake. and her her teasing " piece " ! ! children around for of it. ." said he. and if the boy there things would have gone badly with him. and the little boy the Then woman opened joined the other children. " a said one. Oh. and she put the house-dog in the bag in the little boy's place. ma.32 THE TRAVELS OF A FOX The woman had been making cake." So he put the bag on his back and into the woods. Oh. been all day on the road. and he said. give me " Oh. piece said each of the And in the the smell of the cake came to the little boy for bag. " without a I will thing to eat. give me a others. ma. and when some and it was baked she took gathered it from the oven. travelled deep Then little he sat down and had been untied the in bag. his He bag and he saw that it was tied fast took up and he " I have thought that the little boy was safe inside.

andi when fox house-dog jurrtped l/-IJr\ \l out and .THE TRAVELS OF A FO^ But the little 33 of the the boy the the was at the house woman who made untied the bag killed him. cake.

and she was ready to weep. . shall I " What do now " ? said the woman will sor- rowfully." was her response. madam. " Cheer " I up. had not but she owned milk." " rope to the cow's horns but she had not gone far a Good-morning to you. and led her away when she met a funny-looking old man who " stopped and said. go and get work.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK long ago there lived a who LONG. Ah." I must take our So the woman tied . mother. last So they contrived to get along the cow went dry." said Jack . ." "You are too small." replied his mother. and a little poor widow boy named Jack. cow that gave great deal of some of the milk they drank and some until at she sold. Good-morning. "No one would hire you. cow to market and sell her. well. It was easy for the a woman to a get a living .

they are not for the old man. the more she thought about what she . and she saw that the beans were very curious and of colors. bag from his for her to look inside but the old man. save you the trouble of going any farther." " And how much woman.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK 35 "And where are you off to this morning?" asked the old man. for will I buy your cow right here." said ." " Oh." the woman answered. I not be enough for one meal. and at last she said she many pretty would take them But on her and let the old man have the cow. " I '11 " If that is the case. "You you to eat must plant them." The woman looked again. " I will give you these beans for your cow. " as would rather not make such an exchange " Those beans would that. old the will you give a little me for her " ? inquired the Then man took pocket and opened it all she saw in the bag was a handful of beans. and they are worth much more than your cow. " I am going to market to sell my cow." said the old man. way home. ! " exclaimed They are magic beans that will bring you good luck." the woman said.

On found the first its first morning after he planted it he leaves had already pushed their way up out of the ground. After that he was all the time running out to see if his bean had come it So he took up. it was as high as until its growing and the next day after that So it kept the church steeple. was sweeping she swept She did not notice it. but her out to the garden and dug a hole and planted it. and when she reached the house she poured the beans out into her hand to look at them. and the next day as she up the little bean. had done the more now we shall soon starve. " I can't bear the " and sight of them. going to this bean." plant swept it along and along and into the fireplace." said she. and she might have swept it little boy Jack saw " I 'm it and he picked it up and said. The next morning it was as tall as he was and the next day after that it was . top was clear out of sight. . and then threw them into the fireplace. as high as the house. mother. and when it did come up he was all the time running out to see how it was growing. but one of them had rolled out across the floor. I suppose/' She thought that was the last of the beans.36 JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK foolish she thought she had been.

"and you understand why your mother never speaks of him when you hear my story. and he rose and " took off his hat. Do " will say nothing." as "I thought will much. as soon as she came to him." replied Jack. and at There he tree.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK 37 this Then Jack bean-stalk. or living creature anywhere in He sat down on a stone to rest and said. and then he saw a beautiful lady walking She spoke to Jack along the path toward him." said she. house. he reached the sky." But while he was resting he noticed that a rough path led away from near where he sat over a hill. "I am a fairy. and the fairies were his friends and made a him a many wonderful giant came presents. my mother about him she always begins to cry and father. found "a strange country without a last shrub. He was a brave and generous knight. you something about your you remember him ? " " and when I ask No." said. and 'm going to climb he climbed and climbed I " and climbed. sight. " here I if this is all there is Humph ! up may as well go back home." said the fairy. to But after time wicked your . and the country where you now are is on the borders I have come to tell of Fairy-land.

woman. " be so kind as to give me some supper ? . Beyond the hill in a valley he came to a great castle. and on the doorstep sat a giant night." rightfully yours. and he carried last her to a place a great distance from where she had liv. who were then a little baby. ma'am. concluded he would go on by the path that led toward the hill. after thinking things over. and if you follow the path by which you saw me come you will find his castle over yonder hill. It was almost and Jack went up to the giantess and said " Would you very politely. but at he offered to restore your mother and you to liberty on condition that she should never speak about her wrongs to any one. All that he has is trive stole and perhaps you can consome way to regain possession of what he from your father. " That giant lives in this country. and Jack. She agreed. father's castle and carried off all the wonderful things the fairies had given him.38 JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK and killed him. At the same time the giant carried off your mother and you. Good-evening. He shut you both up in one of his dungeons.ed and been known before. and left her there >#ith just money enough to rent a little cottage and buy a cow. ^ Then the fairy went on her way.

" " But I I am no 've had very hungry. then. My man a you don't move away giant." said the giantess." "Well. you and I'll well." . supper you be is if from here." said food at all this day Jack. since " and early morning. and he likes to eat little boys. see Come along to the kitchen what I can find for you. "I don't wonder are hungry.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK " " It 39 Is 's it supper you want '11 " ? said the big woman.

I must have a look at my money. " Fe-fi-fo-fum. and was amazed to see the quantity of food that he ate." his wife responded. The giant looked around the room and sniffed the air. " the crows Yes." said the giant . and the whole castle ing when.40 So the JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK giant's wife took Jack into the kitchen and gave him a piece of cheese and a bowl of He had not quite finished eatbread and milk. it was somebut he sat thing nearer and fresher than that down at the table and Jack watched a crevice him through of the oven door. Be quick now and jump into my the oven or he'll catch you . " that 's man." and he went to a big chest and took out several bags full of . thought " . " but getting a bit sleepy myself." and she bundled ! Jack into the oven just as the giant came in. After supper was done the giant's wife cleared " I am away the dishes and went off to bed. he heard the tramp tramp tramp steps of some one coming. ! ! ! trembled with the heavy footfalls. " Gracious me " exclaimed the giant's wife. brought a piece of raw flesh to-day to the top of the house " and dropped " it on the roof." " I Ha " ! said the giant. I smell fresh meat " ! said he.

They had money enough now. and when he came to the great got behind a rock and watched until he saw the giantess come out to the well castle he with a pail after water. He sat down and began into a nap. and off he ran with it. empty the bags one by one and was counting his wealth when he nodded off and was soon snoring with a noise like thunder. as he came to the bean-stalk he called " Hump little go. Jack getting then climbed chair out of the oven. This time not help thinking how many he carried some food. but Jack could things the giant had which were rightfully theirs.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK gold coins 41 and returned to to the table." and in while he was at the foot of the bean-stalk it and bump it and down I mother's garden. so that he did not have to beg of the giant's wife. and it was not long before he again climbed the bean-stalk. his There was a light in for the window. and was overjoyed to have him safely back. Then he hurried to the house. . and in his mother was waiting him great anxiety. and the table he by on a beside reached As soon out. a in one of the bags of gold. While she was busy and hid at the well he ran into the kitchen in a closet.

's " Supposing we look around. my dearie. your supper So the giant sat down and had his supper. and I thought it would be. and by and by. it 's If there anybody hiding here oven." " No. giant wanted to look farther. mussing up know just how you would do it. everything that I won't have you the You your is would turn hands ready. bring me the hen that lays the golden eggs. I don't need you. but his wife No. " If you don't need me any more. the kitchen." She brought the hen and put it on the table.42 In a JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK little while the woman brought ! in the pail ! of water. Besides. "Wife. "Fe-fi-fo-fum " ? ! I smell fresh meat!" he said. go some sewing I have there." you could lay on topsy-turvy." replied the " giant. u Do you said his wife. then. tramp tramp came the He began to sniff as soon as he entered giant. he said. I it 's the luckily giant's " Well. go . and " of hearing your fe-fi-fo-fum ! The " said. After he had eaten." " I will said to the next room to finish she." the 'm tired empty." to So they both went Jack was not there. I house. but said likely to be in the oven. " wife.

and which woke the his little it hen and a gave cackle giant. but pretty soon he fell asleep . heard him calling. done with my golden hen " ? Jack heard her come hurrying to the kitchen from the next room and asking. and looked giant for a while . who was now out of the door. and the hen and snored so that the house shook. and it laid a golden But after a time Jack went up the bean-stalk egg. and said. and every day Jack told it to lay. until he had carried off pretty much all that the giant . He sat up and rubbed and Jack. and he kept going up every few days. crept out of the closet and climbed Then Jack on a chair ran. Hump it and " and soon he was at bump it and down I go hear any more. and he got too to far away In a short time he came " to the bean-stalk. what have you eyes. ! the foot of the bean-stalk and went into the house to his mother. my dear?" - But Jack kept running.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK along. " Lay it The at laid an egg of solid gold. " Wife. by the table and grabbed the That frightened the hen. and shouted." 43 Then he took " the little hen. again. " Why. wife. took the egg in his hand. They took the best of care of the hen.

it hk. tinkle. called out. at he had and ran away with a jingling How- ever. round my house this dark. tinkle.44 had. dismal night?" The " Who 's kept perfectly still until the giant was the quilt off a little snoring.ing beneath the monster's weight. The bells went tinkle. bed-quilt. and then he pulled Jack farther. colors. and the bean-stalk was shak. Hump and bump it and down I go." he shouted. JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK Finally.. one night he tried to get the giant's The quilt was made of silk of many it had beautiful jewels on it. little farther off. Jack ran very and got to the bean-stalk first. but every time the giant asleep till Jack last gt the it bed-quilt a all. Jack could hea>- the giant . and all went along the edge were little silver bells that and . tinkle when Jack began to pull it. " Who's round as quiet as fell my a house dismal night?' So Jack stopped pulling and stayed mouse. giant heard the bells and called out. and the giant woke up and this dark. the bells made such was started as that the giant roused from after his Jack ran sleep and cc jumped up and swiftly. and did not take it him lonp to get to his mother's garden. But the giant was climbing down the bean-stalk after him. it.

rich .d his mother. moment jack gave a blow Just at that with his hatchet that brought bean-stalk. and stopped to iook down to find out vhat was the matter. and when he looked "p he saw the giant's legs just appearing through the clouds. stalk quiver. they were people after that. As for Jack a . giant. Then Jack hurried to the 45 woodshed and got a hatchet and began to chop at the beanThe giant felt the beanstalk. and all tumbling to the earth. and that was the end of the wicked giant.JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK coming.

THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH two boys who were brothers. and The boy mowed her meadow. At last the older boy said. he reached a house in which an old witch woman lived. " I will go out into the world and try to make my fortune." agreed to this bargain. and once week you must clean my fireplace." upon a time there were ONCE So he left his home. but I warn to look you never up the chimney. and cut my wood. mow my meadow. and he travelled about the world looking for work a long time. and they were very poor." said she. He liked his situation well enough. and she well. and for many months he cared for the old woman's garden. except that the old woman did not pay him his . " and a "You must take care of my garden. and cleaned her fireplace. Finally. and cut her wood. said she would give him work and pay him have to do " ? " What shall I the boy asked.

as he was cleaning the fireplace. but he kept on with his work until one day. he heard a noise in the chimney. and he This did not looked up. Immediately something heavy fell . and when you get to be as old am you can have it. no. Ir. No. I am bag up what is due you in a stout leather safely as I stowed away. " If you had it you would spend it.ying 47 money she said." suit the boy.THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH Whenever he asked her for wages.

This must be m) and he walked out of the door. wait. wait. bringing with it a lot of soot that half blinded him." He ." hastened on. by he came to a " Wait.48 THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH his whack on head. By and by he came " to a meeting-house. wait. and by and. I have not been weeded for seven long years. and by and by he came to a " weedy field. I have not been milked for seven long years. in a hurry "I 'm Perhaps I '11 stop and cannot stay ." ! But the boy said." said he. and when he picked " it up he found it was full wages. carrying the bag. Perhaps stop some other day. Wait." He But the boy I said. my lad. and the field said. and cow. and weed me. As soon as he could ge> the soot out of his eyes he saw on the hearth a slender leather bag. milk me. and the me meeting-house said. some other day. *m in a hurry I 'll and cannot stay . my lad. and started off along the road toward home. Wait. of money. and the cow said. and sweep I have not been swept for seven long years." hastened on. my lad.

have not been cleaned for seven long years. Perhaps stop some other day. and the tree said. wait. . wait. boy has taken it. Wait. " the well said." sat However." hastened on. The me have been growing for seven said. Perhaps stop some other day.THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH But the boy " I 49 said." " and I must catch him." He 1 hastened on." my lad. Some time after he left the house where he had been working the old witch woman came in and saw the soot scattered about the fireplace. and by and by he came to an apple-tree so loaded with fruit that its branches " w. and no one has come to shake them off or pick them. and by and by he came to a well. 'm in a hurry I '11 and cannot stay . J But the boy " I m in a I hurry and cannot stay '11 . down and began to count his money. He on long years. and shake me. instead of keeping on he under the tree. Perhaps ll stop some other day. my lad. apples you see But the boy " I 'm in a I hurry and cannot stay J ." said. and clean I me.ere breaking down. Wait." she cried. She looked up the chimney and discovered that her " That bag of money was gone.

meeting-house. Who 's " stolen I all the money That ever had?" Yes. " he has gone on down until she the road. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. came to the meeting-house and " Meeting-house. Who's stolen all the money That ever I had?" " " he has Yes/' replied the meeting-house." replied the field. " Cow of mine. gone on down the road." So the witch went along came to a cow. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. Field of mine. field of mine. Then she said. Then ' she said.50 THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH So she started in pursuit. cow of mine." So the witch went along until she came to a weedy field. and by and by she said. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. 's Who stolen I all the money That ever had ?" .

" replied the cow. tree of mine." 51 down So the witch went along until she came to a well. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. Then she said. said. Who 's stolen I all the money That ever had?'* "Yes. well of mine. and he went . 's Who stolen I all ? the money That ever had " "Yes. and he ing his money." well. climbed the tree to hide among the branches." was the tree's reponse. gone on the road. "he's up here among my branches." replied the the road." Then the old woman tree pulled the boy out of the and gave him a sound beating. As soon as the witch was near enough she of mine. "Well of mine. "Tree Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. "he has gone on down So the witch went along until she approached the countapple-tree.THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH " he has " Yes. under which the boy was sitting But he saw her coming.

" said she would give him work and What shall I have to do ? " the boy asked. and she pay him well." said "and mow my meadow. "You must take care of my garden. and cleaned her fireplace. but he kept on with his work until one day. and for many months he cared for the old woman's garden. and I once a week you must clean my fireplace. my wood. no. He liked his situation well enough. finally." old This did not suit the boy. am laying up what is due you in a stout leather safely away. as I bag stowed and when you get to be as am you can have it. except that the old wages. while she took the bag of returned home. but warn you never to look up the chimney. he reached the house of the old witch But. I woman Whenever he asked did not pay him his her for money she " If you had it you would spend it.52 THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH money and away crying . A He travelled about here for and there and everywhere. looking finding none." The boy agreed to this bargain. year or two after the first brother left to seek his fortune the other brother also started out into the world. and mowed her meadow. and cut her wood. and cut she. No. said. as he was cleaning the fire- . work and woman.

and he i knew the work would be far from easy." It was a large field. and was full toward home. and the field said. to a cow. wait. and the cow said. and by and by he came to a " Wait. my weedy field. bringing heavy fell a lot of soot that half blinded him. and he walked out of the door. my lad. Wait. and weed me ! seven long years. Then he went on. As soon as he could get the soot out of his eyes he saw on the hearth a when he picked it up he " This must be of money. and started off along the road slender leather bag. and the meeting-house said. he stopped and weeded on. wait. However. It stopped and swept the building very thoroughly. wages/' carrying the bag. my and . found it my said he. wait. he sweeping would be a hard task. field. and he knew the However. in the chimney and he looked Immediately something with it whack on his head. By and by he came ! to a meeting-house.THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH place. I have not been weeded for lad. and I have not been me sweep swept for seven long years !" " was a large meeting-house. 53 he heard a noise up. "Wait. and by and by he the whole Then he went came lad.

and he shook off enough of the apples. he went on. years." said the tree . after Some time he the house where he had been working the old witch woman came in and ." The boy his then sat down under left the tree to count money. hurry.54 milk THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH me ! I have not been milked for seven long in a years." The boy was milked the cow. my lad. in a hurry. and the tree said. and shake me ! Then on me have been growing for seven long years. The apples you see wait." sorry for the tree. my lad. but he stopped and he went on. and by and by he came to an apple-tree so loaded with fruit that its branches were breaking down." The boy was cleaned the well. and have not been cleaned for seven long said. so that the branches The boy was were no longer in danger of breaking. my branches and shake off the rest myself when I choose. but he stopped and Then well. " Wait. and by and by he came to a " and the well clean me ! I Wait. and no one has come to shake them off or pick them. " Thank " now I can move you. wait.

Who's stolen all the money That ever I had " ? But the meeting-house would not reply. So she started in pursuit. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. and she was glad to get she went along until she came to what had been the weedy field. " and I must catch him. She looked up the chimney and discovered that her " That boy has taken bag of money was gone. Who's stolen all the money That ever I had?" But the great field would not reply. so that she was glad to get away. and by and by she said. meeting-house. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. and it loosened some of its shingles. and let them slide down onto away. field of mine. ." it." she cried.THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH saw the soot scattered 55 about the fireplace. it and it raised a cloud of dust and let blow around the old witch. Then " Field of mine. the old woman. came to a meeting-house and " Meeting-house. and she said.

would not and it caused its and overflow. ' Who But the water to well s stolen all the I money That ever had?" reply. so that the old witch would have been drowned if she had not hastened rise to get away. hide me. under which the boy was sitting counting his money. and she " Cow of mine. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. So the old witch can't find me . Then she went along until she came to a well. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag a long leather bag. and she said. so that she was glad to get away. she went along until she approached the apple-tree. and it But the cow would not horns at the old shook its woman and frightened her.56 THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH Then she went along until she came to a cow. "Well of mine. and he " ! "Apple-tree. apple-tree. cow of mine. And Who 's stolen I all the money That ever had?" reply. said. Then But he saw her coming. well of mine.

climbed up. and the tree hid him with Pretty soon the old woman came and said. said the tree. .THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH 57 " Climb up among you. my branches and I will hide The boy its leaves.

and he went get away. .58 THE TWO BROTHERS AND THE OLD WITCH " Tree of mine. and after that he always prospered. till and it shook its she was glad to apples down She never found the boy. on the old witch home with the leather bag full of money. Have you seen a boy With a willy-willy wag And a long leather bag. Who 's stolen all the I That ever had " ? money But the tree would not reply. tree of mine.

bang dog. and she bite pig." But the dog said. Then home. and the pig said. " " No. . by Stick. stick. an hour ago. pig does and he would n't. house and she found a piece of money. midnight half-past by the moonlight 'tis time pig and I were at n't home any harm So the old . " No. So the old woman looked around and she saw ! she told the " I won't " pig to run and she run " said. I Dog. and she took the money to market and pig. she saw a stick. dog. dog won't I see and piggy won't run home. dog does n't do I were at home it me any harm " . and would n't. see bite pig and make piggy home. the moonlight 'tis half-past midnight time pig and an hour ago.THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG an old woman was sweeping her ONCE bought a a dog." But the stick said. " do me woman looked around and said.

and she " said. and piggy won't I see run home. night and piggy won't run I see by the moonlight 't is half-past midtime pig and I were at home an hour bite pig. "No. stick won't bang dog. dog won't bite pig. fire. So the old woman looked around and she saw an ox." But the ox any harm " . burn stick." But the water " said. puddle of water.60 THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG So the old woman looked around and she saw a " fire. fire doesn't do me and it would n't. fire won't burn stick. any harm . " said. So the old woman looked around and she saw " Water. it No. by the moonlight 'tis half-past time midnight hour ago. ox." pig and " I were at home n't an But the fire said. and she said. I see by the moonlight 'tis halftime pig and I were at home an past midnight hour ago. fire Ox. stick won't quench fire. dog won't bite pig. drink water. stick won't bang dog. ago. water. won't quench fire. n't do me and would . bang a " No. dog won't home. and it any harm . Fire. and piggy won't run home. do me dog. water does n't. stick does would n't. water won't burn stick. and she said.

and they did not always have enough to eat.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT there was a poor woman who had a ONCE son named Jack. and they lived on the edge of a wood. and he started. . kept on as long as daylight lasted. farther and farther into the forest. but he all walked path. The world lies forest. on the other side of the to it Find your way and gain your living honestly. and I wish but you shall take that with were larger." So she bade Jack good-by. it you. During the day he had eaten nearly all of his bread. loaf of bread left. and the next morning he ate what was left and wan- dered on again through the trackless woods until . and at " last the woman said to her son. Times were hard. you must now go out into the wide world for if you stay We have only half a here we shall both starve. and when it became dark he lay down and slept. On he went. and he day and saw no farm or dwelling or Then he knew that he was lost. Jack.

" is " That because he wants his me to take care of house and cook food. or change his mind." she." " I cpuld not hide you so but that he would find " " Oh. will said "go away of this as quickly is as The owner soon palace a giant.64 evening. He come home and he will surely eat you." give " I have been I lost two days no/' in this great forest. So finally she yielded and allowed ." argued Jack. hurry away." said she. "No. and he was looking for a spot where he could lie down and sleep when he saw lights before him. do go away at once you. Jack in insisted that rather than starve at the forest he would risk death the hands of the giant. said Jack. sir. ! "He his has not eaten you. So he went toward the and presently came to a large palace." " " Can't asked Jack. My will good lady. and beg that you you me something to eat. will it "but I do not know how soon he Please. LADY FEATHERFLIGHT Night came. can. " Perhaps he would not eat me." said she. " Unless you hide me ? I have food and shelter I shall die." However. He knocked at the entrance and a beautiful young lights woman opened " for the door. will be too late.

asked But the giant did not reply. for a moment and then went He to sniffed the air the cupboard beside the fireplace and pulled Jack out." So she set before the giant a vast quantity of you meat and drink. Featherflight. scarcely little fellow ful. the giant had finished." I was com" ? " Don't you think you were mistaken Featherflight. " " Did said Featherflight. to eat 65 thing and when she had given him somehid him in a cupboard beside the fireplace. and as he came tramp" Where 's that man ? I ing into the room he said. and you can think about what to do with him afterward. who would his it make you half a mouth- Would n't work for bones would stick in your throat. and that is nothing but a poor. began to smell him ten miles away as ing through the woods. let me in. After a while the giant came banging at the door. C shouting. be better to keep him and make him ? But your supper is ready now. you mean him ? " Why. let me in! " She unlocked the door.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT him to enter. and he it ate so down so fast that the much and gobbled sight made Jack's hair stand on end as he stood When watching him. he looked at Jack scorn- . thin.

my young snip. Featherflight said you are only half a mouthful but there is room for flesh on your bones. you must earn your See here. it is as . and we shall have to fatten you. Meanwhile. can you do in a day's work a " day ? . " Ah.66 fully LADY FEATHERFLIGHT and remarked. victuals.

" Jack went to bed. completely . I Thatch if me is this barn with and the job not done by the time shall come back to-night. " barn. found a ladder and a basket and began He filled the basket and climbed the ladder. but the wind would catch them and kept at his task for hours." Then he left." So the giant will tell " Well. without waiting for you to get any fatter. and early the next day the and showed giant took him out to the farmyard him a large barn storm from the roof of which a recent " Behind this had blown off the thatch." said the giant." answered Jack in a bravely. along one edge of the roof. go to bed be now. far them and wide. at the foot of the ladder. can do a day's work day said. Jack work.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT " 67 " I Yes. He narrow he sat strip down Finally. as well as another. laughing as he went for . lay and place tried hard to and fasten the feathers in on the scatter roof. you will find a great heap those of* feathers. he not thought he had given Jack a job he could possibly do. I eat you at once. and the heap of feathers was half Yet he had only succeeded in thatching a gone. feathers. in I you what your work shall the morning.

and each alighted on the roof with a feather in its beak. LADY FEATHERFLIGHT Pretty soon Lady Featherflight came food for him. "Birds of land and birds of sea. Thus by roof was Then " Featherflight said. the time Jack's meal was finished the finished. and Jack thought those hours were the pleasantest he had ever known in his life. They came directly to the barn. too." So they walked about the garden and grounds. this " Come and thatch roof for me. and after tucking the feather neatly in flew away. which consisted . The cloud came nearer and nearer to the earth. Now let us talk and enjoy ourselves until the giant comes home." She was walking around the second time when the sky grew dark with what seemed like a heavy cloud that hid the sun. " while Well/* said she. you are eating I will see what I can do to help you/' Then she began walking around the barn. Toward evening they went into the house and Jack helped Featherflight prepare the giant's supper.68 discouraged. and at length proved to be made of hundreds and thousands of birds. singing as she went. and he told her his with some troubles.

without So saying he left. and if the job is n't done by the time I come back fail. " I know very well that was not your doing." he remarked. Then he went on showed Jack he. rye in another. " Here is your day's work. a little a vast heap of grain seeds beyond the barn and of many different kinds." said "Separate the seeds each into its own pile. of bread. the door with his shouting. but sat The ate his giant made no down and The next morning he had Jack supper." to-night I shall eat you at once. go out with him while he looked at the barn roof." he entered he called to Jack and he had got on with his thatching. and a pudding you could not have put in a bushel basket. before the heap. me in!" As soon as asked how " You '11 told you I Jack. two By and by at let the giant came fists. . Jack sat down of seeds.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT of fourteen loaves 69 sheep roasted whole. took a handful in one pile. and I can. could do a day's work in a day as well find. put wheat laughing to himself as he went." response. " I said have no fault to as another. back and pounded " Let me in.

each daisy stem and blade of grass. the garden to their hearts' they went into approach of evening the palace. brown." said she. and such began to work at the seeds and there was a multitude of insects that by the time Jack's meal was finished the sorting was done. For the flight rest of the day Jack and Lady Featherin walked and talked content." She was walking around the heap the second time when the ground all about appeared as if it From behind each lump of earth. Come and sort the seeds heaped here. you are eating I will see what I can do to help you. and oats he worked very industriously. Then of " Little insects. and he told her how badly he was getting along with his day's task. the great heap was scarcely diminished at all when noon came. or green." she began walking around the heap seeds.70 LADY FEATHERFLIGHT in another. gray. were moving. there came some little insect. " while " Well. Pretty soon Featherflight came with some food for him. and Jack helped get the With . his Jack was tired out. and he sat down with back against the foundation wall of the barn. . black. singing as she went. feeling very sorrowful. far and near. But though barley in another.

youngster ." In the morning he called Jack early out to the " You never farmyard. and if the job is not done by the time eat I " am back his heel to-night I shall you immediately. and he said to Jack. and shouting. After he had disposed of these things he was so sleepy he could not hold his head up. and looked at the seeds. "Let me in. a gander. did that sorting alone. and then the giant came thumping at the door. spoke only the truth when told you I do a day's work in a day as well as another." Then the giant sat down and ate with a great appetite four fat pigs." said I . " I You '11 have no fault to find. you must make me a hundred ropes with which I may tether my herd of cows." said he. let me in!" As soon as Featherflight opened the door the giant called to Jack to know how he had succeeded Jack " for could with his seed-sorting." So saying he turned on and went away laughing.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT 71 supper. Then he walked on a little farther and showed From this sand Jack a heap of sand and said. " Go to bed. three hens and finishing off with a monster pudding. . I '11 see your work to-morrow.

know Featherflight would help task is you " but this you could. .72 LADY FEATHERFLIGHT Jack took some sand into his hands to see if he could by any means twist it into the form of But his efforts were wasted. the giant's teeth already." talked and planned all the day until at will disheartened. and then Featherflight took the keys of the treasure-room and they went together After that they and got several bags of gold. " It is told you. At door. and to know how Jack had as I got along with his rope- making. threw the sand away and went into the palace to " I how tell were." in a replied Jack " . plan what to do. and you are welcome to see what I have done in the do a day's work morning. flight But Jack and Lady Featherthey heard the waited in the kitchen until giant snoring. I can day as well as another." Then the giant sat down and ate heartily and went off to bed. and he a rope. and I feel myself between things me if ." " Don't be so " Sit down and we They last responded." she they had to stop to get the giant's supper length the giant came slamming at the he was no sooner in than he wanted ready." said he beyond you.

But he received no reply. ails "JACK. and Jack mounted with behind him and off they went. and the giant turned At four o'clock the giant over and went to sleep. "they've like enough run away. ha!" he exclaimed. no Featherflight. Everything was cold and no Jack. and in after the giant had looked in and noticed that the bed had not been slept kitchen.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT hurried 73 horse in out and selected the best the best stable. " and went to third time At five o'clock he awoke the and shouted. there "Ah. Of course Jack's room was empty. " Jack. Featherflight At three o'clock the next morning " the giant woke and called out. But there was no response. " I '11 he growled when he rouse him out in a way he won't like. get up!" again and called out. he went downstairs to the silent -no fire. GET UP!" " ? " What the fellow received no answer. woke Jack." Then he hastened out to the farmyard and found the door of his best stable open and his . and he turned over sleep." and the giant went stamping along the passage. for Jack's room was near by. and certainly command would have been heard had Jack been in his room as the giant supposed. get the giant's up .

turning to look he saw the giant striding along to catch them. he quickly returned and hacked and at " but responded Featherwe have gained some time." he said. " are saved." said Jack. certain." hewed the trail his way through the woods and was on Presently Jack heard him coming. "all lost!" But Featherflight " said. Featherflight. is "Oh. there grew up behind them a hard- wood forest so dense and tangled the giant could not get through it. strong that he outrun any horse in the world. Jack. but now the day was come and and presently Jack heard a sound behind them. and he went after Jack as all and Featherflight swift as the wind. Keep steady." . is "Oh. " That 's not so We . "there the giant! He will soon overtake us." Then mediately she it and threw took from her pocket a little stick Imback over her left shoulder. We cannot escape him this time.74 LADY FEATHERFLIGHT But the giant was so big and could best horse gone. let the horse go right on. However." he cried. again." flight any rate The giant was obliged to go home to get an ax. Featherflight. They had been galloping the night.

The magic forest stops the giant in bis pursuit of Jack and Lady Featberjligbt .

.

" she said. no longer feared pursuit. and that was the end of him. " you climb this tree and hide. Jack." shouted Jack. Featherflight. Featherflight. the horse go straight on. them and the Jack was so elated then that he stopped the horse and waved his hat toward the giant who was standing on the farther shore." Then she took from her pocket a little vial of water and threw it back over her right shoulder. they went on Another thing I must do I is to buy a suit of fine clothes before am seen with so beautiful a lady as yourself. "How can I get over?" the monster bellowed. So the giant stooped down and drank and drank and drank until he burst.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT " 77 " and let Keep steady. By and by they came near to a town and " stopped under a tree." said Jack. for they As for Jack and now more leisurely. " Drink your way through. his fist at them and looked to way and in doubt what do next. and the vial broke when it fell to the ground." So Featherflight climbed the tree and hid in the . The this giant shook that. and the water became a deep lake between giant. and I will go to the town to get a parson to come and marry us.

to this spring for water." '11 do no more poor little this town and seek went town. and every morn and noon and evening they resorted thither to No water gossip and fill their pails and pitchers. was so sweet anywhere else. sit among she the that directly branches. and then she observed below her was a clear spring into which could look and see the reflection of her face as in a mirror. exclaiming. handsome and here I am a common drudge come ! . such work ! I '11 Well. ! . all This spring was used by the housewives of the town. and off she from the road that led away The woman who came and as for water was the clear butcher's wife.78 LADY FEATHERFLIGHT She found a comfortable place to thick leafage. There she saw but she thought Featherflight's lovely face reflected it was her own and she looked with astonishment. She gazed with " What I a butcher's wife astonishment. " What I a carpenter's wife and so exclaiming. I go away from fortune. Featherflight had not been long in the tree when the carpenter's wife came and bent over the spring. my So she threw down her along next the pitcher. . but she thought it was her own. she bent over the spring she saw Featherflight's lovely face .

not a wife had been seen since they had gone for water. One of his the men hap- glance into the spring and saw a face it reflected. and off she went along the road that led away from the town.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT and so handsome Well." So she threw down the pail she had in her hand. In the same manner all the other wives of the town came and looked in the spring and were sur- prised at what they thought was their own beauty and went away to seek their fortunes. Then the men began to fear foul play. they walked out of the town to the they reached it they found many broken pitchers and overturned pails strewn around. He knew look about. 79 drudge. I '11 . and one by one they if went they out on the streets each to ask the others had by any chance seen his wife. and he or two he . yet here I am a common ! do no more housework I '11 leave this poor little town at once and seek my fortune. was not In a began saw Lady Featherflight among the branches of the " Here is some tree. and he called to his comrades. No. and all together spring. But presently the men of the town began to want their dinners. to moment own. and were certain then their wives had met with When some mysterious pened to disaster.

" r The men "We are going to Then the parson got down off the horse from behind Jack and told the men to stop and let Lady Featherflight tell her own story. and has had something to do with spiriting them away." " Yes " cried another. "What 's would hardly have known him be the who the matter " ? ? What replied. are you doing with that lady hang her.8o one LADY FEATHERFLIGHT in the tree. and in his fine new to clothes you poor over the road in the ragged passed other direction only a short time previous. So they asked her what sh% had to say for herself. mounted behind fellow . for all we know. She has bewitched our wives. " Let us kill her ! out of the tree in spite of all she could say or do but just then Jack came galloping back on his horse with the parson They began to drag her . and murdered them. As he drew near he saw the crowd and shouted. She has bewitched our wives. I '11 wager she knows what has become of our wives. "Here is the enchan! tress. and when she her face told them how their wiyes theirs had mistaken in the spring for and what the wives had said they were silent for a few moments. . too.

you last made " " ? said he. " Well. In that they lived happily for many months. and there they saw a splendid mansion parson they thought they would like and Jack bought it. But as the wagons on their return were crossing the bridge the last one broke the bridge down. " they get ready . and all the gold and silver and jewels on that wagon were lost in the lake. and then they also went to flight on the town. The with was built and they went over it many wagons and horses. They can come home when and the men turned and walked married Jack and Lady Featherthe spot. We might build a bridge/* replied Lady Featherflight.LADY FEATHERFLIGHT and then one and all 8 if 1 exclaimed. that is what our wives think of themselves we for will seek them no farther. and loaded the bridge at the giant's palace wagons with great riches." . but at The Jack began to wish for more of the giant's treasure and proposed that they should go back " But how could we cross the lake after it. " Alas " " now the Jack lamented. back to the town. bridge is gone and we can get nothing more from the ! giant's treasure-room.

82 LADY FEATHERFLIGHT But Lady Featherflight " said. the bridge " ? Why not " mend " To be sure " ! said Jack. <c why not ? So the bridge was mended And my story 's ended. .

Who I I will reap this wheat " ? says the little red " " won't. Pretty soon the wheat began to grow and the green leaves came up out of the ground. " Who will plant this wheat ? won't. won't." says the " ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-^^-cut I will. . " " " I I won't. The sun shone and the rain and the wheat kept on growing until it was a strong stalk and had a big head of ripe grain at the top." says the dog." says the cat. ! red hen.THE LITTLE RED HEN AND THE WHEAT there was a little red hen." says the cat." says the turkey. won't. won't." says the dog. " Ca-ca- So she planted the grain of wheat. and she ONCE " " I I found a grain of wheat in the barnyard " and said. little then. " hen." says the goose. fell tall.

won't." says the little I will. won't/' says the turkey. " ? says the little " " I won't. " Who will take this wheat to mill to have " it ground " I I ? says the little red hen. " Ca-ca-ca- ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-^2#-cut " ! So she took the wheat to mill." says the goose. then. " " " won't. ." says the little red hen. won't." says the goose." says the turkey. " Ca-ca- ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-</tf<z-cut So she reaped the wheat. won't." says the turkey. Who will bake this flour I " ? says the red hen. I I " c won't. " Ca-ca- So she threshed the wheat. little red hen." says the " ! " I will. " Who will thresh this wheat red hen. then." says the dog." says the dog. and by and by she little came back with the " " flour.84 cc THE LITTLE RED HEN AND THE WHEAT I " I won't. won't. I I I won't." says the cat." says the cat." says the goose. then. red hen. " " won't." says the dog. I will.

" says the turkey." says the turkey. . little red hen." says the cat. " I " Ca-ca-ca-cawill." says the " ! I will. " Ca-ca-ca- a-ca-ca-^/tftf-cut So she baked the " the flour and made " ? a loaf of bread." says the cat. I will. won't. I will.THE LITTLE RED HEN AND THE WHEAT *" I 85 " " " I I won't." says the goose. " and she ate the loaf of bread ca-ca-ca-ca-^^-cut ! all up." says the goose. will. " " " " I I will." says the dog. then. Who little will eat this bread says red hen." says the little red hen. won't.

and I " said. wish I had my gun . I my gish-me-gair-um I 'd show that high-gig- gle-y-bon-bear-um to carry off " fair-um ! how my fin-dum- In plain English nursery tale is this : as follows As stairs I I was going up met a bear carry- ing off my hog I . my I and .A BEAR STORY A had I was going up stin-dum-stair-um I met wish a high-gig-gle-y-bon-bear-um carrying off fin-dum-fair-um . I " said. I 'd show that bear how to carry off my hog!" .

Do I you know how to count to count " for replied. and. yesterday I found four and two. eggs. did thinking Foolish Jim would afford some amuseWhen Jim came he looked ment. his that people Foolish for he Every one made fun of him. Indeed. light out. so awkward " " that the king and all his courtiers began to laugh. he sent for him. would keep a candle burning all through the day.FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER a JAMES was once fellow called who was him so THERE simple Jim. he By everything contrary to common and by the king heard of him. sense. know how asked the king. and when it began to be dark he would blow the He head to would carry an umbrella spread over protect himself from the rain when there in the was not a cloud sky. He would wear an overcoat on the hottest day of summer and walk about outdoors in his shirt sleeves in midwinter." Foolish Jim ? " ." " " How many does that make? said the king.

So Foolish Jim went and counted the eggs." . ever Fifty tries allow three guesses." said Jim. would you " ? like marry my daughter. So take warning and remember that you need not try unless you choose. at noon on two. " Let me " hear " is it The riddle is this." said the king. and in the evening on three legs ? You may come again on the first day of April and answer me. but at " How to the king said. and whothe three times and fails is put to death. the morning walks on four What legs." Jim replied." say/' " but I will go and " Very well." said the king . told the king there were four The king and his friends made merry over last this response for some time. " All " then I must right. count the eggs and find out. yes the riddle. and when he returned he and two." ! I will try. explain to you that about a month ago I agreed my daughter should marry the first man who guessed a riddle that I have made." that early in responded the king. Foolish Jim "That would just suit me.88 FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER JAMES " I can't Jim answered. I men have lost their lives already." " Oh.

"a basket of cakes and no very queer. " Jim is so foolish there is and no chance whatever of his guessing that riddle. them were sorry for him. Every one knew that he was going to try to guess the king's riddle. " and then he will die and I will take the horse. and almost immediately the poor . and the only person who was glad was a bad man who was one of Jim's This man wanted to have Jim's horse.FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER JAMES 89 So Jim went away." smelled good and were very tempting." said he ." said he." day of April came. one they might belong. I neighbors. may and as well save at the him the trouble of going his horse for to the king. and he did nothing but think until the first of April came. in sight to whom So he took up several of the cakes and fed them to the horse. and the bad man put a basket of poisoned cakes on a bridge over which Foolish Jim was to pass." Pretty soon Foolish Jim came riding along. " I will give a few of them to my horse before I eat any. he said to himself." said the man. same time get my own. and when he saw the basket of cakes on the bridge he " This is got off his horse and picked them up. and Most of they all thought he would surely fail. " He will eat The first those cakes. but They he was a little suspicious.

9 beast FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER JAMES fell Jim. Well. Foolish Jim watched his horse until it river. it is I who would be dead instead of I shall my horse. and now have to go the rest of the way on foot/' Before he started he threw his horse into the away by on it and began the current three buzzards alighted to eat. " if dead on the bridge. well. and as the body was being carried . " See/' said Foolish I had not been prudent.

child before he is able to stand walks on four legs " A ." said Foolish Jim." When Foolish Jim arrived at the king's palace rivals. will you give me your daughter is Yes/' the king replied." If I ? riddle. Well." " " little Hearken. they were so astonished. and when he is old he has to carry a cane and that makes three legs. have guessed right.FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER JAMES floated 91 around a turn said he." commanded the king. the riddle easily answered. " I shall have head. " Jim. wagging and disappeared. when he grows stronger he walks on two." " You My said Foolish Jim." said the king." said Foolish " but let Say no more. daughter will be your wife. in the river his " Now. for so he found no beheaded that others many had failed and been who were inclined to have a good deal discouraged. try at the riddle were a But guess " Jim went your " directly to the king and said. " and I see you are not so foolish as you would have people believe." " I beg you will allow me to ask you a riddle now. us have the answer at once. . then. something to ask the king to guess." All persons present had been listening with th^ir mouths wide open.

" . Tell take your kingdom/' me what it was. and Foolish Jim said. but in the end he had to give The up. a thousand things ." Everybody now saw that Foolish Jim was smarter than all of them together." The Then Foolish Jim said. and king tried to guess." he replied. the river. The dead did not touch the land and was not in the sky.92 FOOLISH JIM AND CLEVER JAMES king thought he was so keen at guessing riddles that it would be impossible to ask one he could not correctly answer. He married the king's daughter and took the monarch's place and governed the kingdom. and he did not touch the land and was not in the sky. " I saw a dead being that was carrying three living beings and was nourishing them. and instead of being called Foolish Jim he was known as <c Clever James. or I shall He said this. " Certainly. I threw him into horse. dead being was my He died on a bridge. and as he floated away three buzzards "The alighted on him and were eating him. " and if I do not guess it I will forfeit my kingdom to you. that.

and as when he as he pleased. and was of staying at home. off bridle. my and no matter where the boy was the horse came immediately.THE BEGAR AND THE PRINCESS there was a ONCE to little horse." and at once in place of the horse there was a little cloud of had ridden much mist that in a nothing. horse. When boy who had a wonderful he wanted to ride. but mounted his horse and travelled for a long time until he arrived in the country of a great king. all he had " Saddle and bridle do was to say. He told no one he was going. but at length he tired grew up. he would dis" Off mount and say. The young . all ready to be mounted. So he where out to seek adventures. As he came to a large he was riding through this country city. moment afterward had melted into The boy set lived with his mother.'* Then the boy would go for a ride. and in the midst of the city lived the king in a handsome palace. saddle.

and she was very beautiful. were kind to him. He would say no words. and when Sunday came everybody in the palace . and made signs that he wanted work." said. The next morning he dressed himself in the ragged clothes and put his other clothes in a bundle and returned to the king's palace. they at their work and they let him sleep on the kitchen hearth. "I wish I might marry that beautiful princess. and he helped them However." to speak with her. and after that he sought out a lodging-place for the night. off Now was instantly gone from sight." He remained in the kitchen for a whole week. I must contrive some way bridle.94 THE BEGGAR AND THE PRINCESS his man stopped horse before the palace and sat admiring the fine building when a coach came forth from the gates and passed him. and the king's servants thought he was an idiot. "Ah!" said the young man. He went in at a side gate and around to the rear to the kitchen. he went to a second-hand clothing shop in the city and bought the most ragged suit of clothes he could get. they did not know " his name they called him As The Beggar. In the coach sat the king's daughter. So he dismounted and and his horse " Off saddle. but only mumbled.

to the beggar. his clothes were not good enough .THE BEGGAR AND THE PRINCESS went to 95 As for church except the beggar and the princess. home because she was not feeling The rest of the household were no sooner out of the way than the beggar put on his fine garments. and the princess stayed at well that day." . no one thought of his going. which he had kept tied up in a bundle. "Saddle and bridle my little horse. and said.

gone it But when the other servants were did not take call him long to get into his fine garments and for his horse. and they talked together until Then they heard the people coming from church. and no one expected him to go because his clothes were not good enough. the young man dashed away to get out of sight. She stayed at home the beggar. So he came close up under the window. and and in his haste ran his horse across a flower-bed broke some of the pots and tender plants. but he because she wanted to see him again. and he tried to discover had remained at home. and the young man began to ride back and forth on the paths of the Pretty soon the princess saw him and she stepped out on a little balcony and called palace gardens. and the king could do nothing with him.96 THE BEGGAR AND THE PRINCESS The horse appeared at once. and was very angry. He summoned his servants. So the king questioned would only mumble in reply. But he got safely to the kitchen and made his horse disappear and put on his shabby clothes again. but they said that the beggar was the only one who king. Then he rode in . The damage in the garden was reported to the who had done it. to him to know who he was. The next Sunday every one went to church except the princess and the beggar.

THE BEGGAR AND THE PRINCESS
window waiting
to speak with him.

97

the garden, and presently he saw the princess at her

They

talked together just as they had the

week

they heard the people coming from church, and then the young man had to hurry to
before, until

get out of sight.

There was no time

to lose, and

he galloped across a flower-bed and more pots and tender plants.

broke some

king was furious when he saw damage, and he declared that the rascal
spoiling his garden

The

this

new

who was

must be caught.

So the third Sunday the king stayed at home from church, and hid in the palace cellar where there was
a narrow

on the garden. Thence he^watched, and presently he saw the young man riding on the paths, and he ran out and caught
that looked out

window

the horse by the bridle.
c

What do you mean, you
in
this

villain,

by riding

around
"
I '11

shouted the king. my garden way have your head taken off as soon as my
?

"

servants get back from church."

The young man
said,
little

leaped down from his horse and " Off saddle, off bridle," and the king saw a

puff of fog disappearing, and the horse was

gone, and his hand that had gripped the horse's
bridle

was empty.
7

98

THE BEGGAR AND THE

PRINCESS
"
!

He

claimed,

rubbed " can
said

his eyes.

"

Good heavens
that
I
?

he ex-

"Yes,"
hear

you do such things as the young man, "and

"
will

beg you

my

story."

So he told the king all about himself and his wonderful horse, and the king was very much Last of all the young man told the interested.
king
to

how he loved

his daughter,

and that he wanted

marry her; and the king said he was willing. So the young man sent for his mother, and he married the princess, and they lived a long time and were very happy.

THE OGRE'S WIFE

ONCE
girl

was a pretty young who was very proud, and she never

upon
to

a time there

failed

find

some

pretext or other for

to court

sending promptly away every young man who came One was too fat, another was too her.

thin, this

one had red

hair, that

one had big

feet.

In short she refused

all

her suitors.

Finally her mother picked a

pumpkin and had
"

it

Do you see put on the top of a very tall pole. " " The that pumpkin ? said she to her daughter.
young man who climbs up and
will

gets that

pumpkin
;

be your husband."

but daughter said she did not object her reason for not objecting was that she did not
think any young
lofty a pole.

The

man could

climb so slender and

They

sent notices far and wide and

appointed
'

agility.

day for the climbers to show their When the day came a crowd of young
a
last to

men

presented themselves, and the

arrive

was handsomer and more beautifully dressed than

100

THE OGRE'S WIFE

any of the others.

He

was an ogre

in disguise,

but

nobody knew him, and the young girl admired his " appearance so much that she said to her mother, I
hope he
will get the

pumpkin/'

another the young men tried to climb the pole, and one after another they failed to climb
after

One

high enough to seize the pumpkin and had to return to the ground without it. However, when the turn of the ogre came he climbed with ease right

up to the top of the pole and brought the pumpkin down with him. Then he said to the young girl,
"

Come now, we will go home to my house." The girl put on her best dress and got into
and went away with him.

the

ogre's carriage

On

the

road they met a man who said to the ogre, " Give me my hat and gloves which I lent to you." ogre took off his hat and gloves and gave " them to the man. Here, take your old hat and
"

The

gloves

!

said he,

and drove on.

Pretty soon another " Give me the
ogre,

man met them and
coat which
I

said to

my

lent to

you."

and gave it to the man. " " he said, and drove on. Here, take your old coat After a while another man stopped them and
ogre took off
his coat
!

The

said to the ogre,

" Give

me my

collar

and cravat

which

I

lent to you."

THE OGRE'S WIFE
The

IOI

ogre took off his collar and cravat and gave them to the man. " Here, take your old collar and
cravat
"
!

he said, and drove on.
at all

He

was not

well

dressed now, and .the

young girl did not think he looked nearly ao handsome as when she first saw him, and'-she was

At last, beginning to be very much frightened. when they were almost to the ogre's house, another " Give me man met them and horses
said,

my

which

I

lent to you."

The
said.

ogre

the carriage.

gave him the two horses that drew " " he Here, take your old horses
!

When
ogre

the

man was gone
his

with the horses, the

ordered

wife to get

out and

draw the

This she did, and she carnage the rest of the way. was more scared than she had ever been before in
her
life.

Pretty

soon

they came

to

where the
I

ogre lived, and he said to his wife,

"

shall

be

away

until

evening.
until
I

Go

in

and stay with

my

housekeeper She went indoors, and the housekeeper said, " Ah, my dear, you have taken a bad husband.

return."

You have married an ogre." The poor girl was very much

distressed

when she

heard what he really was, and she said to the old

102

THE OGRE'S WIFE
" Could you not
tell

woman,
"

me how

I

can run

away

?

"Yes,

I

will tell

you," replied the old woman.
chicken-house, and spend the time now to give the chickens

"Go

a;nd hide in the It is

night there.

their, evening feed.

You

will find a
all

inside the door.
will eat,

Let them have

sack of corn just of the corn they
is

especially the rooster.

It

the rooster's

business to awake his master in the morning, and if he has a full crop he will oversleep and give you a
better chance to get away. Start as soon as you can see, and carry with you four eggs from the If you find the ogre chasing chicken-house nests. you, throw an egg on the ground behind you."

The young

lady did

all

that

the ogre's house-

keeper told her to do,

and

in the earliest gray

of

the morning she left the chicken-house, carrying four eggs tied up in her handkerchief.

The

ogre's

rooster

had eaten so much

corn

that he overslept

and gave the girl a long start,
he
at

but when he awoke

once

and

make
!

a

great "
!

racket,
!

master

get

up quickly

Some one

Master, shouting, has run away
!

began to crow "

Cock-a-doodle-do

The

ogre got

up without delay and
after his wife.

started at a

tremendous pace

She presently saw

THE OGRE'S WIFE

103

him coming and dashed an egg on the ground
Immediately there rose between her and her pursuer a high, strong wooden fence, and
behind her.
the ogre could neither get through
it

nor over

it,

and had to go home to get an ax to cut the fence down. But after a time he returned and chopped a
passage for himself, and then went on faster than ever. As soon as the girl saw him coming she threw back another egg, and there rose a brick wall so
lofty the ogre could not climb

over

it,

and he had

to

go home

for a

heavy hammer

with which to

break the wall down.

But

after a

time he returned

and smashed
faster

his

way through, and then went on

than ever.

heard him coming and threw back another and behind her burned a long line of fire, and egg, the ogre had to go home for ajar of water to put
out the
fire.

The girl

After a time he returned and with
fire,

the water, quenched the

and then went on

faster

than ever.
the girl heard him coming she threw her last egg ; but in her haste she made a misthrow, and the egg, instead of falling behind her, fell in
front of her,

When

and 'immediately she found herself on the bank of a broad river that shut off farther

flight.

However,

close

by the shore she saw a big

crocodile . horse." my back and So the girl mounted the old black horse. cross me over." " " Well. and the girl Grandmother. my back I Grandmother. save my life. and she said to it. and the ogre " Cross said. The girl had been carried safely over. The and I will cross So the girl sat it you over. save my life. and she climbed the bank and found an old black horse " I pray feeding in a pasture." down on the broad back of the swiftly out into the stream side. too. warming itself in the sun. get up on I will carry you to your mother. and the horse carried her safely to her mother's house. and swam toward the other shore.104 crocodile THE OGRE'S WIFE " said. and she escaped to the other Then the crocodile swam back." The crocodile replied. sit down on my the back." said the horse. " Very well. cross me over." " Sit down on crocodile replied. but it reached the middle of the river dived under the water and the ogre was drowned. pray you. you. me over. and there she is still. I pray you." The when it ogre sat crocodile down on the crocodile's back. . crocodile and swam away from the ogre.

When the crocodile reached the middle of the river he dived .

.

" little The said she. and started for the little red hen's house. and she did her morning work as usual. " Well. first " now I '11 I must begin is to get dinner." So out she went. you get for I 'm going to catch the little red pot boiling.THE FOX AND THE LITTLE RED HEN upon a time there was a in the little red ONCE On said. and while she was filling her apron with the chips the fox came along and . hen and we '11 cook her as soon as I come back and have her for dinner. red hen never suspected any danger." So he slung a bag over his shoulder. and then looked at her clock to see what time it was. edge of a piece of a cunning the other side of the woods dwelt robber fox with his mother. hen which lived woodland. and one day the robber " the fox make a fire and Mother. and the thing do to step out into the yard for a few chips to make my fire burn more briskly.

after his and he began running round and round red hen kept turning about on the peg to watch him. did not waste any more time. The ground and the little with stones.108 THE FOX AND THE LITTLE RED HEN slipped into the house without her seeing him. "it won't " to bring you down from there . now. but took the scissors and snipped a hole in the bag and jumped out. Pretty soon the just going to shut little red hen went in and was and lock the door when she saw so the fox. he grew tired by and by and sat the little down to rest . and hen began to wonder if she could She did not want to be eaten. red and she thought and thought until she happened to She think that she had her scissors in her pocket. and in a few minutes she got so dizzy that she fell off. and " I '11 catch her hid behind the door. and started the fox picked her up. ha!" take me long tail. Then all she was frightened that she dropped wall. easily enough. and put her in his But for home feeling very smart. her chips and flew up to a peg in the "Ha. just there was strewn red hen picked up several as large as . contrive to escape. laughed the robber fox." said he. little The Then bag.

mother. have you got the " pot boiling? " Yes." his mother replied got the little . she could go.THE FOX AND THE LITTLE RED HEN she could lift 109 and put them in the Then " she ran home as fast as bag in her place. " and have you red hen?" . yes. " Hi. " hen is he said to himself. Ah " she make a good dinner and he smacked ! " She ! won't his lips to think of how nice she would taste. ! must be very plump and fat. When he came in sight of his house he saw his mother standing in the doorway watching for him. After a while the fox How heavy this little got up and went on. and he called out.

two." was soon at the house and he and his mother went inside. and splash went "Very ! ! the stones into the boiling water." '11 pop well.110 THE FOX AND THE LITTLE RED HEN 's " She here in this bag I have on my shoulder. "and she'll make a fine dinner. one. three ready His mother took the cover off. " when I count three He you take the cover off the pot and I the little red hen right into the hot water. " Now." said he." was his answer. " " " " All said the fox." said his mother. and the pot tipped over and scalded the robber fox and his mother to death. little red hen lives in the woods by . But the herself yet.

and carry off the little girl But little dog Turpie barked so that the Hobyahs all ran off. and "Hobyah! Hobyah! Tear down the hempstalks. One night the Hobyahs came said. dog named Turpie.THE HOBYAHS there was an old girl. " Little dog ! ! Turpie barks so that I cannot sleep nor slumber. and the old man said. and if I live till morning I will sell him. man and and they an all old lived woman ONCE and they had and a little together in a house a little made of hempstalks." . eat up the Hobyah " old man and woman.

Some did not want a dog. " Little dog little nor slumber.112 THE HOBYAHS it was morning the old man took little dog Turpie and was gone all day trying to sell "You can have him for four shillings. and the old man had to bring dog Turpie back home. So when he to every person he met. Turpie barks so that I cannot sleep and if I live till morning I will sell him." Hobyah man and woman." So when it was morning the old man took little to sell him. little That night the Hobyahs came again "Hobyah! Hobyah hempstalks. Tear down the But all dog Turpie barked so that the Hobyahs ran off. dog Turpie and was gone all day trying " You can have him for three he to shillings. but no one would buy him. and ! and said. others lacked money. eat carry off the little ! up the old girl. and the old man said." said him." said .

That night the H o b y a h s came again and said. man had to bring little dog Turpie back home. and the old man said. The only man who wanted a dog and had the money refused to buy when he learned that the reason to sell Turpie' s master wished him was because he barked so and the old why . Some did not want a dog.THE HOBYAHS every person he met." So when it was morning the old man took little dog Turpie and was gone all day trying to sell him. " Little dog Turpie barks so that I cannot sleep nor slumber. and others did not have the three shillings. but no one would buy him. and ! the hempstalks. "Hobyah! Hobyah eat ! up the old Tear down Hobyah man and woman. . and if I live till morning I will sell him. carry off the little girl!" little But all dog Turpie barked so that the Hobyahs ran off.

but no one would buy him. and ! Tear down the But yahs all little dog Turpie barked so that the said. came again and " Hobyah ! Hobyah up little ! hempstalks. and if I live till morning I will sell him!" So when it was morning the old man took little "You may dog Turpie and was gone all day trying to sell him. That night the Hobyahs said. and the old man had to bring little dog Turpie back home. ." said he to . Hob- ran off. have him for one shilling." said he to every person he met. and the old man " Little dog Turpie barks so that I cannot sleep nor slumber. and the old man had to bring little dog Turpie back home. every person he met but no one would buy him. eat carry off the the old " girl ! Hobyah man and woman.THE HOBYAHS "You can have him for two shillings.

man " Little dog Turpie barks so that I cannot sleep nor slumber. and if I live till morning I will give little dog Turpie away. and carry off the " little girl ! But all little dog Turpie barked so and the old that the said. and he returned without him. and he was not gone long before he gave little dog Turpie away. "Hobyah! Hobyah! Hobyah! Tear down the hempstalks." So when it was morning the old man took little dog Turpie.THE HOBYAHS That night the H o b y a h s came again and said. Hobyahs ran off. eat up the old man and woman. That night the Hobyahs came again and said. .

And when the Hobyahs came where they lived among the to rocks in the forest they set the bag down with the little girl in it. So he opened the bag and asked her how she came Then he put the dog there. for the Hobyahs slept in the daytime. " Look me look me ! ! they crawled into the holes among the rocks and went to sleep. and every Hobyah knocked on the top of the bag. and she told him. " and said. ate up the old man and woman. and ! ! " girl ! There was no little dog Turpie to bark this time. look ! me!" . dog came that in the bag and took the little girl to his home. and carried the little girl off in a bag. eat carry off the Tear down the Hobyah up the old man and woman.Il6 " THE HOBYAHS ! Hobyah Hobyah little hempstalks. That night the Hobyahs went to the bag and " Look me knocked on the top of it and said. and a man with way and he heard her crying. and the Hobyahs tore down the hempstalks. Then The a big little girl cried a great deal.

THE HOBYAHS Iiy But when they opened the bag the big dog jumped out and ate them all up. so there are no Hobyahs now. .

before. pretty flowers grew in woods on the mountain-side. but she . until she was much deeper in the woods than she had ever been " last. little 'm among " said I house as she had ever did n't know any one " lived here in the woods. but one day she rambled on and on.'* said Golden Hair a at I did n't intend to tired come such long way and and hungry." Golden Hair. picking blossoms here and there. and she mountain. Now " I I must go back.THE THREE BEARS ONCE upon a time there was named Golden Hair." Just then she looked on ahead up the lonely hollow into which she had wandered. to gather and Golden Hair liked Usually she did not go far from home after the flowers. it I will go and find out whose house is. to the door and rapped. the a little girl lived near a forest-covered Many them." So she ran up got no response. and there the trees was as nice a seen.

" said she. and the door was locked. and a fire was burning in the fireplace." try she took a spoonful of porridge from the middle-sized bowl. " The people that live here have set the table for dinner. how they would care if I ate some of their porridge without waiting till they came back." hungry am ! I wonder if So she went to the table and took a spoonful of porridge from the big bowl. I wish I could sit down to rest for a while . " This is not so hot as the " but other." Then the it she little of porridge from bowl." hot." said Golden Hair. and a little bowl. and that was just right and she ate took a spoonful all. I will taste. and she went in and looked about. I will try the next. The room a which she found herself was the kitchen." this 119 that. " Now. "the people far house can't be away. and a middle-sized bowl." She lifted latch. anyway.THE THREE BEARS "Well. " This is too she said. " Oh. I I think. I said she. step in if the suppose might not door the is n't locked. " I will the next. I for belong to saw smoke I coming out of the chimney. and on in table were three bowls of porridge a big bowl. it is Then hotter than I like.

" I I can't touch I will my feet to the floor. She could it touch her but was too high for her to feel entirely comfortable. and a big chair." she said as she I 'm I picked herself up. when crack began rocking ! smash ! the chair broke and Golden Hair tumbled to the floor. I suppose. and a little bed. back and forth in it. sorry it is broken. and she tried the little chair. would have their easy chairs in the parlor." said Golden Hair. I must see where the beds are. and a middle-sized bed. and she found three beds a big bed. She tried the . try the next/' Then she tried the middle-sized chair. too I don't care for the other chairs. She tried the was too high. but it little chair. middle-sized chair." there So she went upstairs and into a chamber.120 in a THE THREE BEARS " They good easy chair. I will look in and see. and I think I would like ! " to lie down and have a nap." So she went into the parlor and there she found a big chair. said " Dear me " ! Golden Hair. and she That was just right. and a three nice rocking-chairs. " That was a nice little chair. was having such a good rest in it. don't like this chair. feet to the floor in that.

" ! growled the big bear in his " AND SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TASTING MY POR- RIDGE !" said the middle-sized bear." said they. and to three bears a little bear. "SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TASTING MY PORRIDGE great. and that was just right. at Shortly before Golden Hair rapped door they had cooked their porridge for dinner and set it on the table. and that was not so hard as the big bed. but it was not soft enough to please Golden Hair. for a little walk to give the porridge time While Golden Hair was asleep the bears came home.THE THREE BEARS largest bed. Then they had their gone out to cool. look around. and looked As soon left as they entered the kitchen at the table not as they had they saw that things were them. Then she tried the middle-sized bed. " And somebody has been tasting my porridge and eaten it all up "We will Then piped the little bear. " and see ! " if there has been any more meddling. a middle-sized bear. Now the house that Golden Hair was in belonged a big bear. gruff voice." they went into the parlor. . and she lay down on it and covered herself up and fell fast asleep. 121 and it was too hard. Then she tried the little bed.

And it broken somebody has been sitting all to pieces. little Then they went upstairs to the chamber.122 THE THREE BEARS IN his "SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING MY CHAIR!" voice. . great." piped the in my chair and bear. gruff growled the big bear in <f AND " ! SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR " said the middle-sized bear.

has been tumbling my bed.THE THREE BEARS 123 "SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TUMBLING MY BED gruff voice. and she never went near the three bears' house she ran as fast as her legs home again. . Golden Hair waked up just then. Then could carry her. "AND BED " " ! SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TUMBLING MY said the middle-sized bear. and before the " three bears could catch her she slipped from the bed And somebody and scrambled down the stairs and out at the door. and here she is I piped the little bear. " ! growled the big bear in his great.

but that was not the way her daughter understood her will . and when she took them out the crusts were so hard that she said to her daughter. By and by " was supper-time. and the girl said to herself. and the woman said. No. if the pies come again ate eat them right now." baked five But she left the oven too long." girl went into the pantry and looked. 're .TOM-TIT-TOT upon a time there pies. and So back she there was nothing but the dishes." asked the mother." it So she all the five pies. The came and " said. Daughter. they " ? " Not one of them not come again. I dare say they 've come again now. was a woman who them in ONCE again. " Put these pies on a shelf in the pantry and leave them there. I '11 " Well. go you and get one of those pies. and they '11 come She meant that the crusts would get soft presently.

daughter has eaten five. and after she had finished her supper she took her spinning to the door." said the mother. " girl. I Ve them and I can't bring you one until one come again. five skeins five. supper anyway. ! never . 125 "1*11 have one for you I if none of them are come." said the girl. the street. " Go you and eaten is bring the best one. to-day. five pies to-day. " What was that you were singing." said the all." The king was coming down .TOM-TIT-TOT Not one of them/' replied "Well. " But can." said the woman. and he but he did not catch the words. five pies to-day. heard her sing So he stopped and said. five skeins to-day." " But can't " the girl. good woman ? The woman was ashamed my " to let him know what her daughter had been doing. and as she spun she sang. and in replying she changed her song to " My My daughter has spun daughter has spun five." no more." I " Stars of mine " exclaimed the " king." " Best or worst. the said Then woman " My My daughter has eaten five.

early he took her into a room she in the morning. who could do that. and the girl had all she liked to eat. and as for the five skeins. for end of eleven months." said "All the woman. it set eyes on before. and eleven months she shall have the she likes to and all gowns she likes and all she to see. if the king had them in mind. Such worth having." she thought what a grand marriage her daughter would be making. But when the company she liked to eleven months were nearly over all the she began to think about the skeins and to wonder Time went on. and all the gowns she liked to wear. and not one word did he say about the skeins until the first day of the twelfth month. There was noth- but a spinning-wheel and a stool and a . Then.126 heard talent tell is TOM-TIT-TOT of any one " said. But the twelfth company month she'll I '11 the have to spin five skeins every day or back send her to you." he Then and I '11 Look you all here. want for eat. I . the king would very likely have forgotten all about them by the right. had never ing in bed. and see. a wife marry your daughter likes to get. So the king married the woman's daughter.

Well. my dear/' said the king. and here you'll be shut in." she.TOM-TIT-TOT " flax 127 " I '11 Now. The queen was very much the servants frightened. anyway about the pies and the five skeins and everything." was his answer me what you are a-crying for." said the " " it can said little man." brought in flax and food enough to last for the day. and if you haven't spun five skeins by night. and she told him all do no harm. "But listen this is what do. she " Never you mind. . back you '11 go to your mother. " You don't know that. and the king went off about his business. you a-crying for ? " " Why do you ask ? said she. for she Then had never learned how to to spin. I suppose." said man when I'll she finished. " Then you think it 's likely you won't be queen the little much longer. and there on the ledge He looked up at stood a queer little black man. but pretty soon she heard a soft rapping on the window. " ." she said. and what was she do with no one to come near her to help ? She sat down and cried. at have some and some food sent you once." " It . " " What are her and said. " but tell would do me no good if I did tell you. So opened the window.

"Well. No." on his " and now what 's said he. " is it Joe?" said she. eyes and will guesses every night to guess have shall n't guessed be mine. my of flaxen thread name ? " " Is said she. and when the the little window was opened in black man stepped with " arm. winked and it is and then he laughed and scurried out of the window. . and the flax and went away. you I for she thought she would agree. your name Bill? " it is said he." said he. " little he took ." said he. n't. it is n't. " No." it before my name the month and is if you up. n't. knocking at the window. The day was a Then there passed and evening came. The of his little black man looked " replied.128 TOM-TIT-TOT Every morning I '11 come to your window and take the flax and bring it spun at night." said the man. " Very well." said she be sure to guess his name by the end of the month." No. I out of the corners give you three . "Is it Ned?" said she. " five skeins it Here is." " " And what do you expect me to pay you ? she asked.

The days which followed were just like the first. flax left Every morning a new supply of flax and food was in the room.TOM-TIT-TOT 129 When the king came I in I he found the five skeins ready for him. and out he went through the window. Methuselah it is " ? said she. n't. Is it n't. " only to-morrow night." Well." said he. girl sat trying to think to hit But she could never seem the last The end and nearer. and I will have more food and brought to you in the morning. ? Elijah it is said she. until of the month got nearer day but one had come. The imp brought the five skeins at night as usual " and said." said he. Woman. No. the right one. and regularly from sunrise to sunset the of names for him. Then he looked like coals at her with his eyes glowing there 's of fire. and then you '11 be mine . and he " said. No." So saying." said he. " see sha'n't have to send you back to your mother to-night. "You have done very well. Is it it is n't. " " " " " No. he locked the door and went away. have you guessed my name yet? " " Is it ? Nicodemus " said she. and the little black imp came to get the flax and bring the skeins." said he. 9 .

and he glanced at the five skeins and said. and 'm going to eat my supper in here with you to-night. but she When never stirred or said a word. ' mad Nimmy. my dear. and the two sat down and But the king had only taken three or four mouthfuls when he stopped and began to laugh. and before the hut burned a fire." " I was out hunting to-day. " Well. " " What as I is there to laugh about said he. " ? asked the queen. nimmy not. ate." Pretty soon the servants brought in dishes and food and another stool. In he walked. Why. it seems to be pretty certain now The that I sha'n't I have to send you back to your mother. spinning wheel on which he was spinning and as he spun he sang. I went along very softly and soon I came in sight of a little hut.130 TOM-TIT-TOT little man had hardly gone when the queen heard the king coming along the passage. My name's Tom-Tit-Tot. and beside the fire sat the funniest off my horse and little black imp that ever was . .' " the girl heard the king repeat these words she wanted to jump up and clap her hands. and he had a like tiny . and trees I was climbing a high hill among the forest So I got heard a sort of humming sound.

No. He knocked let at the him " " in window-panes. n't. and in the evening he was back nicely spun in five handsome skeins.TOM-TIT-TOT The with it IJI the flax at the next day the little man got accustomed time. and when the queen he was grinning from ear to ear. " What 's " my name Is it ? he said as he gave her the skeins. " ? Spindleshanks it is said she." said he. .

" But the queen pointed her said. 5 ' Tom-Tit-Tot. "No. ! ! ! loud and "Next ha ha and he guess and you are mine. " At that the little black man gave an awful shriek. ha stretched out his black arms toward her. woman. " he Some witch told you Some witch told you Then he dashed out of the window into the cried. . nimmy Your name 's not. and he laughed "Take time.132 TOM-TIT-TOT Is it " Cowribs " ? said she." said he. it isn't." he advised. long. ! ! dark and she never saw him any more. finger at him and " Nimmy.

" it if it would do any good. had to live in a would tell " you/' said the merchant. as he was walking along by the seashore thinking sadly of his future. " Tell may ? said the little I me your troubles and perhaps can be of some service." Only promise that twelve years . and the merchant was reduced from wealth to poverty and A " I CERTAIN ships merchant sent two richly laden voyage. and he hoped to make great gains ." " Who knows but that man. all his wealth had gone to " bottom of the " well. on a He invested all his poor little cottage. One day. mourn any longer about that. don't said the dwarf. but the ships were wrecked. the merchant related the" how sea.THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN property in them." Then Oh. a rough-looking dwarf stood before him and asked why he was so sorrowful.

and one day he told his son on.. sign of that gold he told me I was to have. but when he approached home. The merchant was very anxious now. worry not turn out as badly as you perhaps things may think. and I will see that will hence you you you first shall never want for gold/* The merchant promised and thought he had the best of the bargain his . and under a heap of rubbish in a corner he found a box full of gold pieces. " I would not " Well. and the son Time went about his promise to the dwarf." few days afterward the merchant was cleaning out an old lumber-room." . A Then he was fearful that the dwarf was in earnest. . give his boy to the dwarf. distressed to think that he had bound himself to " Very likely.IJ4 THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN bring to me here whatever meets on your return home. and he was not long in be- coming richer than he grew up and the end of the twelve years drew near. business once more. though. there was the gold." said the son. was he to However. who should come running to meet him The merchant was greatly but his little boy. and what do with it P He concluded to go into had been before. " for I see no the dwarf was only joking/' said he .

The merchant begs the dwarf not to take bis son from him .

.

the son got and the dwarf pushed it off. rescued by some vessel." cruel dwarf!" said the merchant. sea.'* "Oh. The merchant hoped his son would drift to shore. They dragged in.THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN 137 the appointed date came they went together to the sea-shore. the boat to the water. and finally he gave the However. son up for lost. which is that get into an open boat and be set sail or oars. and they argued last for a At the dwarf said. young man was not drowned in his He sat securely in the sea as his father thought. and there they found the little dwarf. but the weeks and months slipped away without his hearing anything from him. and it rocked along over the waves until it was wafted to the shores of a country the . insist When The merchant begged his the dwarf not to on taking long time. <c I will yield up my rights your son shall adrift on the sea without on one condition. son from him. the little boat. but the wind and currents carried the little boat farther and farther away until he could see it Then he hoped his son would be no longer. "If I must choose between the sea and you I choose the Then the dwarf led the way to a boat that was drawn up on the beach near where they had been talking.

" queen. reached the castle he discovered that it and desolate. was empty He went all through the great building and saw not a living thing till he entered one of the chambers where he found a white snake to him. Let them do what they no answer. can be of " I will do anything I can to disenchant you. At twelve o'clock they ." I am the Queen of the Golden Twelve long years have I waited for " If you will tell me in what way I service to you. " . " This will night twelve black men . A wicked dwarf has Mountain. and on its summit was a beautiful castle. snake. will come and they will. Give them even if Speak not a word." said the merchant's son. ask you why you are here but be silent. a deliverer. from where he came to land was a lofty mountain. or they beat and torment you. So the merchant's son walked away from the but when he sea and climbed the golden mountain ." " Then listen to said the me.IJ 8 THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN Not far merchant's son had never before seen. how glad a I am to see " you ! it " I am not really enchanted me. will you cannot save me. like gold. and this white snake spoke said. Oh. and the color of the mountain was yellow. for it was enchanted.

and the merchant's son became the King of the Golden Mountain. your wishes shall be obeyed." " " No." Everything came to pass as the queen had said. and at twelve o'clock on the third night the black men hastened away howling with rage and disappointment. Yet he spoke not a word. will The but third night twelve more black men worst to till come and . too. and was be. they if will try their make you speak you withstand them I the twelfth hour of that night shall be free. and he must think I am dead.THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN go." . Then the white snake became a beautiful young queen. and then the king " said. and she fell in love with him. all The that castle. I I must go to visit my father. and they will do as did the first twelve. no. do not go. and the merchant's son was threatened and beaten and tormented." said the queen. Eight years passed. was disenchanted a the home of fell queen should the and the merchant's son in love with So it was queen." fear/' replied the " Have no young man " . not long before a wedding was celebrated in the castle. In all the years have been here he has had no word from me. 139 will The second night twelve other black men come.

140 THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN to But the king grew more and more anxious return to his father. the shepherd could only think that the poor man had lost his his own wits. When he was about to start she gave him a wishingring. and he sought out the shepherd and offered him a golden guinea for some of his old garments. You have but to and put it on your turn it around when you wish and whatever you wish for will be granted. " Take this ring finger. . left very glad to part with them and when the king put them on and fine apparel behind. and said. Then he wished himself near the his father lived." said he. off across the fields trying to think what he would " do next. moment later he town gates but the clothes he wore were so different from those worn by the found himself people of that region that the town guards were So he walked suspicious and would not let him in." He promised what she asked and put the ring on his finger. The shepherd was at that price. at the me town where A . and at last the queen consented. I will make an exchange of clothes here. Only promise that you will not make use of it to bring hence to your father's. Presently he came to a shepherd's hut.

" What " ! "you tell me you are a king ? That cannot be true." said he." replied the merchant. and told the merchant long since. and he would not believe it possible that this ragged fellow was his son. and forgetting his promise . " But my son is dead." The son was very much troubled when his father " I will did not believe him. and the merchant was satisfied Then listened young man was his son. in his shepherd's garb.THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN The 141 king now went back to the town. He father's house. and he with wonder while the son related how he that the a had married queen and was King of the Golden cried the merchant." said the that he was his son. " Is there no mark by which you would know " the king asked at length. the guards supposed him to be a peasant and let hastened to his him pass without question. else you would not be travelling about in a shepherd's frock. if I am really your son ? " " Yes. prove to you that I speak the truth." the king pulled up the sleeve on his right arm and showed the mark. and. Mountain. whom he had seen disappear eight years previous in the little boat. like a raspberry my son had a his right mark on the under side of arm. merchant. just above the elbow.

and the ring was gone from his finger. and that night while he was asleep she drew the ring from his finger and wished herself at home in her kingdom. said." said the king. again. and he said. She stopped crying presently. yet she did not forget his broken promise. and the boots carried the who put them on wherever he wished to . and the merchant could not doubt longer that his son was King of the Golden Mountain as he had But the queen wept because the king had broken his word. and last he came near to a he climbed the hill near enough to ing over the possession of a cloak and a pair of boots. Instantly she stood before him in her royal robes.142 to his THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN queen he turned his ring and wished to have her there with him. world and perhaps set I I will journey forth into the can find my kingdom many days. " I must find out what is going on here. and crept along till he was see that two giants were disput- He person listened and learned that the cloak made that its wearer invisible. the king awoke he was alone." So saying. he out and travelled for hill At on the top of which he heard loud and angry voices. He was very sorrowful When " then.

threw in the off. when ? one of them " said. cloak and boots. covered them up and went .THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN go." said the So they scraped other. Why should we kill each other Let us bury the things that make the trouble between us right here and have no more to do with them. "let us bury them/' a hole in the dirt." "Yes. 143 The giants began a desperate struggle.

had shaken the Now." at He was there once. She looked about " Can be that the magic is gone from cc I will she exclaimed. was back at the Golden Mountain." he.144 THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN Then the king ran to the spot where the cloak and boots were buried and dug them up. try again." This she said again and again." the ring and said. u I would He wish him back. only she could him. " my ring ? She turned the ring once more and this time she " I wish to be carried to the said." disappointed. king. and at length the " I cannot tears gathered in her eyes and she said. bear to have him away any longer." the king was in the same room there was nothing for the ring to do. for they were magic garments that increased or decreased in size to suit the " " I wish I said stature of the wearer. and she remained just where she was. promise. Then the king took pity on her As ." and she turned " I wish he was here. but no one knew he had come because visible. looking at the ring on " if he had not broken his her. and when he dirt out of them he put them on. the cloak he had on made him in- found the queen very melancholy on account of her long separation from him. They fitted perfectly." said she.finger. But the king was already not see it there.

and they lived happily together on the Golden the 10 . The king was happy and Mountain ever after. and the queen saw him and they ran to each other's arms.THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN 145 and threw off the cloak he was wearing. queen was happy.

My dear. little girl/' said the wolf. who had just made some " custards. Good day. her a custard and a little cake of butter. little and she was such a nice girl that every one was very fond of her." Little in a basket that you can carry on your the Red Riding-Hood was soon on way her grandmother's cottage. to she had not gone far into the woods when she met " a wolf. I will put them arm." One day her mother. When she went anywhere she always wore a little red riding-hood her grandmother had given her.LITTLE RED upon a RIDING-HOOD time there was a little girl ONCE who lived in a village near a forest. you shall go and see how your grandmother is and you may take . . a half hour's walk from the village. which was in the But forest. said to her. and so people called her " Little Red Riding-Hood.

He he would have done had he not been afraid of at some wood-cutters who were work near by.LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD 147 was very polite. . though at the same time he was wishing he could eat her and that is what .

and he knocked louder slam. good by. slam ! He But still there was no response. and the first house.148 LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD are " Where " I you going." said Little this Red Riding-Hood. and after a minute he stood on his hind legs and reached up one of his He forepaws to the latch and opened the door. She had started had gone to market and her nightcap early and had left her bed unmade lying on the pillow. and after shutting the door he put the grandmother's night- ." the wolf ran on. found not a soul in the house for the grandmother . Oh. " I know what I '11 do. I am taking her a custard and a cake of butter live from my mother. " and am going to see my grandmother/* she replied. " you keep she lives in right along road. and when he arrived at the grandmother's house he went to the door and knocked tap." said the wolf." " I 'm Well. my " pretty little lady ? he asked. tap ! got no answer." " And where does she " " ? the wolf inquired. in the town." said the wolf. going to be passing your grandmother's and I will stop " and tell Then her you are coming to see her.

" said the wolf. . Grandmama. You can on the latch and come in. Little Red Riding-Hood put the basket on she the table. Somealong the forest road." said " and a cake of butter from she. and after she had taken off her " went to the bedside. and sometimes the she paused to hear the biyra /singing among But presently she reached her grandmother's trees. softening his rough voice as "It's me. Granny much as tye could. cottage and knocked at thq d/or tap. replied." answered the wolf. " and to get Your am enough up to-day.LITTLE RED RIDING-HOGto 149 cap on his head and lay down in th/bjed and drew the covers up over himself." have a cold. and then she ? Red Ridingsaid." she sick. tap ! "Who is there?" asked/the wolf. hood Oh." can put your basket on the table and take I off your hood." press your finger So Little Red Riding-Hood pressed her finger not feeling well on the " I latch and opened the door and went in. Little your voice is Hood. Meanwhile Little Red Riding-Hood was coming She did not hurry. have brought you a custard. dear Granny. my mama. "Are you I Granny I " very hoarse. times she stopped to pick flowers. and some " flowers that You picked in the forest.

have " " All the better to cried gobble you up with the wicked wolf. " And oh. and he leaped from the bed toward ! Little Red Riding-Hood with his mouth wide had been open. and then she ran to the woodpile ." the wolf replied. my dear." ! she. " All the better to see you with. And " ! oh. from grandmother She looked in at the door and saw the had come home wolf in her bed. " And " ! oh. Grandmama. my dear. have said " All the better to smell the sweet flowers you have brought me. my dear. what a long nose you Little Red Riding-Hood. Grandmama. " All the better to hear you with. " Grandmama. what great eyes you " have said Little Red Riding-Hood. But while the wolf and the talking little girl the market. " what hairy arms you have " All the better to hug you with." the wolf replied. what great ears you have!" said little Red Riding-Hood.150 " LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD said Grandmama." the wolf replied. " And ! oh." the wolf replied. what great white teeth you said Little Red Riding-Hood. Grandmama.

Just as the wolf sprang toward Little Red Riding-Hood the grandmother rushed in at the door with the ax and gave the wolf such a blow that it killed him. . and Little Red Riding-Hood was not harmed at all.LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD in the 151 yard and got an ax.

my voice is as strong as . but he had not gone far when he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he had run a long " " What makes you pant so. But the donkey saw that " I will mischief was brewing and he ran away." So the donkey hobbled along toward the city. 1 worked for master many fail.THE FOUR MUSICIANS was once his a donkey who faithfully had THERE work. go " and like I can to the city. my friend ? way. to knock me on the head because I am old and ! weak and can no longer make myself useful to . get enough for though an engagement there as a musician my body has grown weak. asked the donkey. years. ever. " " Alas " my master was going replied the dog." said he. but his strength at last began to was and every day he became more and more Finally his unfit for master concluded it no onger worth while to keep him and was thinking of putting an end to him.

understand serenading. I I ran away . I am getting danger ? teeth are blunt. " and be a musician. for you donkey." said the " what is the matter with you." said the donkey. my fire and purring better than chasing the mice about. You may keep company same with me and try what you can do in the line. but how am I to gain a living " " wonder?" donkey. lucky enough to her but I do not know what is to get away from So this . and with your talent for that you ought to be able to You make a very cat good living. become of me." Come with us to the city. cheerful when my in morning my mistress laid hold of me and I was was going to drown me." The dog together. 153 So now. Pray. he was willing. and I like sitting by the old. and they went on Pretty soon they came to a cat sitting in said the middle of the road and looking as dismal as three wet days." was pleased with the idea and went with the donkey and the dog. " I Hark ye ! said the am going as well to the city to be a musician. my good lady. " seem quite out of spirits ? " Ah me " " how can I be the ( " ! responded life is cat.THE FOUR MUSICIANS him in hunting. Soon afteralong The . and " I 'm likely to starve.

We than staying here to have your head cut are going to the city to be musicians . You have a good voice." replied the week. upon my word you make a famous noise what is it all about ? " ! ! . was only foretelling weather for our washing-day and that I do rooster. pass . be better. forbid!" exclaimed the donkey." "With all my heart. " every But would you for believe it ! My mistress does n't thank me I my pains.154 THE FOUR MUSICIANS passing a farmyard. as they were flew up on the gate and screamed out with all his " Cock-a-doodle-doo " might. and who knows ? perhaps the four of us can get up some kind of a concert. I . " fine Oh. It will "come at with us. rate. and if we all make music together. and when. they decided to turn aside from the highway and So they found a the night among the trees." said the cock. however. The reach city was. a rooster ward. it will be something striking." "Heaven any off. and she has told the cook that for the guests that are must be made into broth coming next Sunday. too first far away for them to it on the day of their travelling. Master Chanticleer. they came to a thick woods. and the four went on together. toward night. " Bravo " said the " donkey. So come along.

very likely I might get some milk. I am used to. tree At length they drew near the house.THE FOUR MUSICIANS donkey and dog it . Our lodging here is not what get up and go there. thinking the higher he sat the safer he would be." " the And cat. and he called out to his com" There must be a house no panions. and lay down on the the rooster. and the sooner we change it for better more pleased I shall be. sheltered spot at the foot of a great oak and the but the cat ground beneath climbed up among the branches. all right. . 155 dry." "Yes." said the rooster." said the donkey." said " And there ought to be some scraps of food for me. flew up to the very top." said the dog. and the donkey. great way off. "and perhaps I might be able to get a few bones with a little meat on them at the that house. Before he went to sleep the rooster looked around him to the four sure that everything points of the compass to make was In so doing he saw in the distance a little light shining." " let us " If that be the case. So the cat and the rooster came down out of the and they all walked off with Chanticleer in the lead toward the spot where he had seen the light. for I can see a light.

i S6 THE FOUR MUSICIANS tallest of the company. The at robbers are sitting a is table that loaded with the best of eatables and drinkables. swords There are and pistols and blunderbusses on the walls. Well. what do you see ? being the " What see?" the see that do T answered " is donkey. and they . sorts of other plunder lying about. this I a robber's house. went up to the lighted window and looked in. " " asked the dog. and there are chests of money on the and all floor.

. He managed. The We a grewsome witch. and by the door there stood a is man who is stabbed me beat in the leg. and in the yard a black giant who roof a little ! fellow me with who kept a club. ' ! Chuck Chuck him up to me him up to me So the robbers went away and never came back. and donkey struck out with a hind foot and gave him a kick that knocked him down. however. to get out in the yard. and I felt her hot breath and her long nails on my face.THE FOUR MUSICIANS and flew into his face. and scratching. and the four musicians found themselves so well pleased with their new quarters that they did not go to the city. and on the c shouting. and there the who had been roused by the noise. "In the kitchen is that house any more. who was lying there. and I dare say you would find them there at this very day. but stayed where they were ." said he. spitting 159 he cried out in fright the dog. cried " Cock-a-doodle-doo Cock-a-doodle-doo " out Chanticleer ! ! robber captain had barely strength to crawl " cannot live at away to the other robbers. Then and ran toward the door. and bit the robber's leg.

TEENY-TINY upon a time there was a teeny-tiny teenyher teeny-tiny bonnet and went tiny out of her teeny-tiny house to take a teeny-tiny walk. will " This teeny-tiny bone tiny make me some teeny- soup for my teeny-tiny supper." So the teeny-tiny woman put the teeny-tiny bone into her teeny-tiny pocket and went home to her teeny-tiny house. and the teeny-tiny woman said to her teeny-tiny self. And when the teeny-tiny woman got home to her teeny-tiny house she was a teeny- tiny tired. and the teeny-tiny woman opened the teeny-tiny gate and went into a teeny-tiny field. And when the teenytiny woman had gone into the teeny-tiny field she saw a teeny-tiny bone beside a teeny-tiny tree. And when the teeny-tiny woman had gone a teeny- ONCE woman lived in a teeny-tiny house this in a teeny-tiny village. One day woman put on tiny way she came to a teeny-tiny gate . and she went up her teeny-tiny stairs to her teeny-tiny chamber and put the teeny-tiny bone .

and when she had been asleep a teeny-tiny time she was awakened by a teeny-tiny voice from the teeny-tiny cupboard which said : " " Give me my bone ! And the teeny-tiny woman was a teen-tiny So she hid her teeny-tiny head under frightened.TEENY-TINY into a 161 she went to teeny-tiny cupboard. the teeny-tiny clothes and went to sleep again. . Then sleep in her teeny-tiny bed.

1 62 TEENY-TINY And when she had been asleep for a teeny-tiny time. the teeny-tiny voice cried out again from the : teeny-tiny cupboard a teeny-tiny louder " Give me my bone " ! This made the teeny-tiny woman a teeny-tiny more frightened. the teeny-tiny voice from the teeny-tiny cupboard said again a teeny-tiny louder : " Give me my bone woman was " ! And the teeny-tiny . So she hid her teeny-tiny head a teeny-tiny And under the teeny-tiny clothes. a teeny-tiny more frightened but she put her teeny-tiny head out of the teeny-tiny clothes and said in her loudest teenytiny voice : "TAKE IT!" . when the teeny-tiny woman had been asleep farther again a teeny-tiny time.

about us." will know him by his rough voice and his black paws. " Oh. in the If he once gets house he will eat The goslings always replied. when the mother goose had gone out to get food. You you.THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE GOSLINGS there was a goose who had seven little ONCE she goslings of did she was very fond. I am obliged together and said. whom What troubled her most was to keep them safe from a big gray wolf who lived near by in the forest. the wolf came to the house and rapped." You need not worry One day. not let the wolf come go and get someTake care of yourselves and do in. and who sometimes came prowling around the house that the goose lived in. and everything she could for them. dear mother. to leave you for a little while to thing for us to eat. Whenever she had to out to look for food she called the goslings go " Dear all children. we will be very careful. .

" open You are goslings made answer. and it made his voice fine and sweet. voice. your brought " you something very The voice seven not our mother." The shopkeeper gave the the wolf the chalk." the door. open I have mother. and wolf ate it. is rough. the door." So the wolf went sprinkle to a baker and " said. let me come in." The ." goslings looked through the crack beneath the door and saw his black paws. and we will open the door. have black "Oho! You are our mother does not not the wolf.164 THE WOLF AND SEVEN LITTLE GOSLINGS said in his I and rough voice. sweet " Dear I am your children." baker did not wish to do this. little But the seven Then they said. sweet voice. feet. Baker. She has a fine. my feet with flour. You and we will not Then went the wolf bethought himself of a trick. but the wolf " If said. Your are the wolf. He to a shopkeeper and said. shall have something mother. am little " Dear children. " Give me a great piece of chalk. nice. you do not obey I will eat you. Then he went back to the house of the seven little goslings and said with his fine. and every one of you to eat.

what was worse. all But the the wolf found them youngest. Shortly afterward the mother goose came home. the second into the bed. the sixth beneath a great pot. them each by name. and the seventh went into the clock. and the wolf went back to the seven little goslings and said.THE WOLF AND SEVEN LITTLE GOSLINGS So the baker strewed the wolf's feet with 165 flour. One they went under the table. They opened the door and the wolf leaped in. the turned ! ! ! children were gone Then she called Nowhere could she find them." The wolfs the little voice was sweet and fine. goslings were very much frightened then and hid themselves as quickly as they could. they thought he was their mother. I am your mother. and then he went away. and when goslings looked under the door and saw the wolf's paws as white as snow. the fourth The behind the meal- chest. and every one of you shall have something to eat. and there was ! nothing but silence in response until she came to . the third into the oven. and ate them except who was in the clock. Tables and chairs were overThe door was open ! the kitchen pots were broken the bedclothes were on the floor and. " Dear children. open the door. the fifth in a closet.

They followed the wolf's tracks into a meadow. has not gone After eating so has lain much he down some- where to sleep. He far. I will take the carving knife. there they found him the fast asleep and " Here he is. and we will see if we can find that wicked wolf. the when a little I squeakin ing voice answered." So the mother goose took the carving knife and set forth with the little gosling close behind her. and he related to her what had happened. clock. . am the She pulled him out." whispered mother goose. The old goose said to the little " Come with one.1 66 THE WOLF AND SEVEN LITTLE GOSLINGS name of the youngest." " Dear mother. me. and snoring.

there neverwere happier goslings in the world than they were. and as they walked along behind the mother goose toward home. After six my Then that she cut him open and out stepped the . They were very glad to escape from their dark prison.THE WOLF AND SEVEN LITTLE GOSLINGS " 167 No of doubt he feels very comfortable after eating children for his supper. six little goslings one by one for he had swallowed them whole and they were more frightened than hurt." she stole up to the wolf and gave him a blow with the carving knife that killed him. .

.

THE MAGIC FIDDLE
once had a servant
for

who worked
well

him any A7ARMERThe servantwithout being paid and did work wages.
three years
his
faithfully,

and was the

first

of the farmer's help to

get

up

in the

night.

morning and the last to go to bed at If there was any hard work to be done
else
it.

which no one
undertake

would do he was always ready to He never made any complaint, and

never failed to be good-natured and contented. But at last it came into the man's head that he would

So he went not continue without pay any longer. " I have worked hard for to his master and said,

you a long time, and now some money for my labor."

I

think

I

should have

farmer was miserly and not altogether honest, and as he knew that his man was very simplehearted he took out his purse and gave him three" for each " There is a pence. penny," said he, year you have served me."

The

THE MAGIC FIDDLE
The
deal of

169

servant

thought
to
I

money
should

have,

threepence was a great and he said to himself,
I

"Why
now
merry."

work here any longer?

can

travel into the

wide world and make myself
jingling in his pocket, he

Then, with
set

his

money

out roaming over hill and valley. As he tramped singing along the road a little dwarf hopped out of " What makes a wayside bush and asked, you so
"

happy,
"

sir
!

?

Why
I

what should make me downhearted
"
I

"
?

said the

man.

am sound

in health

and

rich in

have saved up the pay for three years' work and have it all safe in my pocket." " " How much the that come to ?
purse.

may

inquired

dwarf.

" Full threepence," replied the servant. " I wish " said the dwarf.
Listen,"
to me. give the threepence
I

you would

am

When
the
little

the

man heard
"
said,

this

very poor." he was so sorry for
;

the dwarf that he gave him the threepence

and
to to

dwarf

me
"

I
;

will

grant

As you have been so kind any wish that you may care
"

make

so choose whatever you like."

Aha

"
!

said the servant.

You

are a

wonder-

worker,

I

see,"

and, greatly rejoiced at his

good

170

THE MAGIC FIDDLE
to

luck, he paused

think what

he most wanted.
he.
set

"

I

like

many

things better than
a

"

Now

if

you could give me

money," said fiddle that would

every one dancing who hears
think of."

me

play on
else

it,

that

would please me more than anything

I

can

"All

you ask for
a fiddle

right," said the dwarf, "you can have what " and out of a bag he carried he pulled ;

and bow and handed them to

his

com"
said

panion. "

Heart

alive

!

what more can one desire

?

the servant.

Then
far

the dwarf went his
as

walked on singing

way and the hired man before. But he had not gone

when an

old old

field.

The

man called to him from a roadside man had an ax in his hands and
a

was standing under begun to cut down.

great oak-tree that he had " This work is too hard for " But a stout fellow like me," said the old man.
it,

you would make nothing of
chopping through
five shillings."

and

if I

you
will

will finish

this

tree-trunk

pay you
"
I

" Give

me

the ax," said the servant.
little

am

quite willing to earn a "

money,
his

for

mine

is all

gone

;

and he threw off

coat

and went to

work.

THE MAGIC FIDDLE
By and by
"
five

X

y!

the

There," said the
shillings
I

crashed to the ground. " now 1 '11 take servant, my

oak

"
or
I

and be stepping along/' did not think you could do the work so soon
said the

would not have offered you so much," old man.
"

Well, that

is

no

fault of

mine," the servant

replied.

" But

five

shillings

is

more than the work
"

is

worth," argued the old man.

Here,

I

will give

you three
"

shillings,
I

and that

is

a great plenty."

take nothing less than what you agreed to give me in the first place," the servant

No,

will

declared.

"
"

Then you

We
How

will

not get anything," said the other. see about that," was the servant's
will

response, and he took
playing, and the old " "
is

up

his

fiddle

and began
"
Is that

this

?

man began the old man

to dance.
cried.

fiddle

enchanted?"

" "

Yes," said the servant.

Then
!

for heaven's sake,

no more
to

"

my good
"
I

fellow, play

shouted the old man.

don't want

dance.

My

bones are too
this.

stiff for

me
!

to be

springing about like the fiddle alone."

Master, master

do

let

172
"

THE MAGIC FIDDLE
You
don't
like
it

dancing,
is

eh

"
?

laughed the

servant.
treating

"

Well,

me

so meanly

"
;

good enough for you after and he played away more

briskly than ever.

"Have
" and

pity,

have pity!" begged the old man,

I will give you your money." So the servant stopped fiddling. Then the old man handed over the five shillings but he was so
;

he had rubbed his aching joints he hurried to the town, muttering as he went,
as

angry that as soon
"

The

miserable fiddler

!

Just wait

I

will

get

even with him."

he reached the town he complained " You to the constables that he had been robbed.
as
will

As soon know

the rascal

who robbed me
for he
his
is

said the old

man

"
;

carries a violin

under

enough," always singing, and he arm."
easily

The

constables set off at once in search of the

rogue, and presently they caught him and brought him before the court to be tried.

"That

is

he," said

the old man, "that

is

the

very fellow who stole my five shillings." " I did not " No," said the servant.

steal.

You
on
"

gave

me
"
!

the

money

for playing a tune to

you

my

fiddle."

What

exclaimed the judge, " five shillings for

Have

pity,

have pity

' '

!

begged the old man

and the officers were about to put the rope around his neck when he said to the judge." So the officers took away the servant's money off to the gallows. He stole my " money." replied the judge. " that I " the servant Only this. and you Prisoner/' can't believe a said word he says. ! " You vagabond will get ! You dog of a fiddler A " your just deserts." replied may play on my fiddle once more.THE MAGIC FIDDLE a tune fear 175 all on a fiddle ! That 's not at likely." crowd followed the culprit to the place of Now you execution. " for mercy's his fiddle. no. ! " His lies are as thick as flies on the wall." the judge. " you deserve hanging. no let well. " Heaven defend us " screamed the old man. " ! sake don't him play . grant me one last request. I you are I a liar as well as a thief. " Take the man and after from him and give them to that you may conduct the culprit to the gallows." Then the old the judge turned to the officers and said. five shillings ." shouted the old man. My lord." " speak the truth." " play away." said the servant." " What is it ? " asked the judge. while the old and marched him man cried after him." " " Very Oh.

oh. But the judge will " It is only for this once ." " Then bind me fast. and the old his five shillings. bind begins. he soon have done. and the judge. but when it had gone on for a while and there seemed to be no end to the playing or leaping.176 THE MAGIC FIDDLE said. the people began to cry out for But that he would the servant to stop fiddling. the honest servant At the fat the third scrape they one and all leaped into and and began to caper about old and young. man had given back to him So the judge promised and the old man handed over the money. danced as hard as they could. within hearing. the hangman. and every one else who was his accuser They could not help themselves. the dogs got up on their hind legs and pranced about with the rest. Then the servant tucked the . at the first scrape all the people began to wag their heads the jailer. me fast before he The and servant wasted no time in starting a tune. Even lean. The dancing was merry and pleasant enough at first. air. not do till the judge had promised he should not be hanged. all At the to the second scrape they lifted their legs and hangman let go his hold of make ready to dance. the officers." cried the old man.

THE MAGIC FIDDLE fiddle 177 under and his arm and started off again on his people who had been dancing around the gallows heard him singing as he walked down the street out of the town. the . travels.

but he could not find any one who would leave him the skin and give him its price. too. " You must bring skin and the value of it a sheepskin. " so you have not sold the skin yet ? However. The " Well. and the old castlebuilder began to think of teaching* him his trade and leaving his business to him. " Jack is a good " but he is not boy." . you can try next day Jack went out once more with the skin. ONCE the name of Gobborn Seer. me back the." Jack went. Jack grew to be a young man. and he came home discouraged." said again to-morrow. as well. go out to-morrow and your luck may be better. by and he had a So one day he sent Jack to sell and he said to him. but nobody wished to buy it on such terms. I must see what I can do for his education. when Jack returned home." his " father." . " Never mind.THE CLEVER WIFE there was a famous castle-builder In the course of time son called Jack." said his father." said he quick with his brains.

a bridge across a little river." home and have quit While he was talking to himself thus he looked over the side of the bridge and saw a girl washing clothes on the border of the stream.THE CLEVER WIFE 179 day Jack set off as before and trudged hither and yon till nearly nightfall and could not find a customer who would pay him for the third On the skin without having it. down here. shall never be able to get rid of this horrid sheepskin if I live " I 'm thinkto be as old as Methuselah. and said. ought not to trouble you skin in the least. thinking of his troubles. At the same time she looked up and saw him. it and I am " to fetch it back and the price of " Such a task Bring the besides." it Jack carried in the stream down to her and she washed it. it and took the wool from Then . what " badly about ? may is it you feel so Jack held up the sheepskin that she might see it." said he. " My father has given me this skin to sell. At last he came to and when he was half " I way over the bridge he stopped and leaned on the parapet. " If it be no offence asking. and replied." " Is that all ? laughed the girl. ing I 'd better run away from of the job.

" replied Jack. and they were married. finest castle The was to be for their . and then he she would marry his Jack. " cup of tea with us. " That was a clever When woman you met a at the bridge. and his father said. and if she bid her come home with you and take a said. and." suggested. When she came the old man did not she was have to talk with her long to assure himself that uncommonly keen-witted. Do you think you could find her again ? <c I think so. " if is Well." said she. then/' his father is she there. he found the girl at the waterside and told her how his old father had a wish to The young fellow did as his father meet her. and would she be pleased to take tea with them? The girl thanked him kindly and accepted the invitation. you go and see at the same place to-morrow. and she would make you good " wife.l8o she paid him THE CLEVER WIFE its value and kept the wool. Jack reached home he told his father all that had happened. "Yes. if asked her Not long afterward Gobborn Seer castle told his son he must come with him and build the that ever was seen. but gave him the skin to carry back. sure enough.

" " said the old man. and. as fast as The old ." replied Jack.THF CLEVER WIFE king. but I fear that is " Ah." Jack heard the story. to Jack. the time it is done you will have arrived where the castle is to be. they walked along. You tell ! stupid a tale? ! said his clever wife. the old man said " " Can you not shorten the way for me ? " It is many long miles we have to go. and then he ran he could until he overtook his father. why did n't you road That would have shortened the He would have forgotten the miles and the weariness. Now listen till I repeat to you a story. you better no good to me and had go back home. well " ! not possible. and then you catch up with your father and He will like hearing it. are if you cannot shorten the way." So poor Jack returned. "Why! how is it that you are back so soon " ? He " told her what " his father had said and what " he had replied. and by begin it at once. "and I would shorten them if I could. off for the place as So they set where the castle was to stand. and when he entered the house door his wife cried out. 181 who wished to outdo all the other kings in the world with his wonderful castle.

" But after the king had gone a friendly courtier sent for Gobborn and his son and told them he afraid they had learned that the king was so would now that some other king as fine a castle as his he meant on the morrow to throw them into build prison and keep them there for the rest of their lives. but Jack began his story. nothing." a good heart and we will come off all .1 82 THE CLEVER WIFE man said never a word. At the end of their journey they found many workmen assembled and waiting for them." replied Gobborn Seer. " Is the castle done he asked." said the old man to Jack. The workmen had been sent there by the king to labor under the direction of the old castle-builder and and without delay they were For the foundations of the castle. "I shall return to-morrow and pay you for your labor." said the king. and their helpers Gobborn Seer and Jack and a castle that had erected such it. his son. "but keep right yet. ? thousands came to admire Last of " all the king came also. and the road was shortened as his wife had said. " That sounds bad. to finish "I have just a ceiling in it an upper will " and then hall." want "Very well. set to laying a year the builders worked.

think she is we can rest easy now. lack certain go home for that tool." I " But want is a very delicate one. be better to have Jack here with Let one of workmen do the tool the errand. " and I will send a note by him to Jack's wife to find the tool. : It is in the big tool chest in the attic. I might send Jack." said the old castle-builder when the " if your wife is as clever as I prince had gone. what would you say to having " own son do the errand for you ? asked the. no!" exclaimed just as well. Don't let the prince who does this errand return without it. the I suppose.THE CLEVER WIFE The 183 next day. you." the old "it will man responded." explained Gobborn. that." said he." "No. " Let him go. then. king. the king." "Jack." telling her where Then he wrote this message " I need my seequir. when the king arrived." Gobborn replied. "and I there's not a workman among them " all to whom would trust it." my Well." "Don't do the king said. by all means. "you can send "Yes. That message . Gobborn told him he had been unable to complete the upper " I shall have to hall for of a tool.

" ." replied the prince with a polite bow." responded the prince. Then So Jack's wife led the way to the attic and said. heels and all. Next she hunted up an augur and bored some in holes the lid to let in a little air and light to the prisoner. I won't. Well. but no sooner had he leaned over with his head and arms in the chest than Jack's wife gave him a shove that tumbled him into the big box. " I think I shall have to ask you to help me get that tool. and we can trust her to accomplish the rest. Prince. " Here is the I will lift the lid and you big chest. must reach down the tool. and then she slammed down the cover and locked it." As soon as Jack's wife read the letter the prince brought she saw that something was wrong. madam. " There is no such tool as a seequir." she thought.184 will give THE CLEVER WIFE her a hint of what she is to do. " and that and yet big chest in the attic is empty the note says for me not to let the prince return ." " I am at your service." said she. without the tool. " is Now. "I want to know what the matter with my husband and his father." she said to the prince." into the bottom of the chest after " With pleasure.

" fire So the prince told how Gobborn Seer and son were going to be imprisoned." said " Do wife." He did not feel much like arguing." ordered Jack's wife." replied the prince." you you " I hear Yes. 185 "You are going to tell me the whole story. you. Prince ? put a stop to such doings. I '11 be bound. hear '11 and " I will have to me. shut up in that box with those augur holes in the lid that only . " his We Jack's have to put a stop to such doings. " and if you don't start with it right off I shall bring up a kettle of hot water from the holes. and pour some through these augur That will loosen your tongue.THE CLEVER WIFE The prince did not wish to say.

" said " his father." said Jack's wife." and that was what Jack did. "Jack. and he wrote as she directed. let in a little light but which might admit " a good " deal of hot water.1 86 THE CLEVER WIFE and air. your father. as they were on the way. to reward her by building a castle You ought now for her far finer than the one we have made for the king. in it happily . and let him know that you will never return alive unless the old castle-builder and his son are released. and I '11 slip them in through these holes to you." She got the writing materials and poked them through the augur holes to the prince. I 'm Very well. going to get some paper and a pen and ink. and they lived ever after. Then you can write a letter to the king. The paid letter frightened the king and he at once for his Gobborn work and let him and his son go to their home. your wife has helped us nobly.

and one day when they were hungry they went out into a wheat field MOUSE Mouse brought home an ear of wheat and Tatty Mouse brought home an ear of wheat.TITTY MOUSE [AND^ATTY \ MOUSE TITTY and Tatty Mouse lived in a house. boil . and Titty and picked all the grain out of the husks. Mouse put her wheat in the pot to anH Tatty Mouse put her wheat in the pot to and when the wheat was boiled Titty Mouse Titty . Titty Mouse took her ear of wheat that was near by. and Tatty Mouse took her ear of wheat and picked all the grain out of the husks. Then boil.

Broom. A weep three-legged stool saw the jjears dropping from it Tatty's eyes. " Titty 's sick." said the broom. " Then I '11 So the sweep." said the stool.1 88 TITTY MOUSE AND TATTY MOUSE was taking the pot off the fire and her foot slipped and the hot water from the pot splashed on her." replied Tatty." said the door. and so I sweep. " Stool." Tatty weeps." " Then creaked. why do you sweep ? " Oh " the broom. "Oh!" broom began " to sweep. why do you hop " ? "Titty's sick. A broom in the corner it of the room saw the stool hopping and asked. replied the stool. and and so I hop. sick. and when the door creaked the bench " " asked. why do you creak ? . The door saw ! the broom sweeping and " it asked. So the stool hopped. why do you "Titty's sick. and Tatty She was scalded so badly that she went to bed sat down and cried. I '11 creak. and " ? asked." " Then I '11 hop. So the door Just outside the door by the house wall stood an old bench. and the stool hops. " Tatty. "and so I weep. replied and Tatty weeps. Door.

" replied " Then fine bench. and the stool hops. bird. and the broom Tatty weeps. " Bench. the old bench runs round the house. and so I run round the house. Titty 's sick." "Then leaves." " Then I Ml moult all my feathers. and the broom sweeps. and when the leaves " " ground the bird asked. I '11 A tree large waftiut-tree grew in the yard and pleasantly. run round the house. "Titty's sick. I '11 shed my let leaves. the door creaks. and so I creak. sweeps." "Oh." said the So it let fall all its pretty feathers." said the walnut-tree. why " do you run round the house P " Oh " " replied the bench. and so I shed my leaves. little .TITTY MOUSE AND TATTY MOUSE 189 the door." said the old So the old bench ran round the house. why do you all " tree. and shadowed the house very ! Tatty weeps. shed your leaves ? " Oh " replied the ! dropped to the Walnut-tree. and Tatty weeps. the stool hops. fall So the walnut-tree all its beautiful green A little bird was perched on one of the boughs of the tree. and when the saw the bench running it asked. and the broom sweeps. the door creaks. Titty 's sick. and and the stool hops.

190 TITTY MOUSE AND TATTY MOUSE the feathers When came drifting down to the ground a little girl happened to be walking along under the tree carrying a pail of milk for^ her brothers' Cf and " sisters' supper. th^ door creaks. . and Tatty weeps. the stool hops. and so I r/. .^ the all . and the broom sweeps." "iV. why do you drop little your and . away an old man was climbing up a He saw tli^ ladder to mend the roof of the barn." " Oh " ! ? Your tl for ~ir replied the little " girl." "Then man. feathers. tumble off the ladder. -valnut-tree ^2. : what do you mean by spilling the milk brothers and sisters will now have no milk supper. the stool hops." said the pail little girl 4 So she dropped the and spilled the milk. the walnut-tree sheds its I leaves. sheds its leaves. " Lit ie ^ little g -l dr ^p her pail and he asked. and so the milk.oult c n . Titty 's sick. " Oh " ! replied the " bird.n Not fa** I'll spill the milk. the old bench runs round the house. Titty 's sick. She looked up and all ( asked. T arty weeps. the old bench runs round the house." said the old So he tumbled off the ladder and the little '11 . feathers ? Little bird. and the broom sweeps. the little bird spill moults all its I feathers. the door creaks.

TITTY MOUSE AND TATTY MOUSE . d the door in falling upset the broom. . . But whether *ey buried beneath the ruins. ttle 'as frightened and wanted to get away too. but all its ad moulted and when it tried to fly ropped to the ground. or jre 1: Titty Mouse and poor little Tatty Mov .irl 191 bird it it was frightened and ran away feathers .tie e nurt or not I have never heard said. and when the house came down the old nch was upset and the door was knocked out. Then the great walnutee fell right on the house and smashed it all to eces . and the oom fell against the stool and upset that anr . and the l .

my head. " I 'm going to the woods to get something to eat. but she had not " Where are vou gone far when she met Hen-len. " Oh ! Hen-len. " Gracious me " said " the Chicken-liken. " eat. and the sky fell on and now I 'm going to tell the king. must go and tell the king.THE STORY OF CHICKENLICKEN fine summer morning Chicken-licken fell an oak-tree and hit her right on the head. Hen-len " ? she asked. are you going. Chicken-licken said." So Chicken-licken turned back. " I 'm going to the woods to get something to replied Cock-lock." " I will go with you. and they went along " Where until pretty soon they met Cock-lock. don't go for I was going. So Hen-len turned back." replied Hen-len. going. And ." said Hen-len. Cock-lock ? they asked." . sky has ! ONE I went to the woods and an acorn from fallen.

and met Hen-len. Ducky-daddies they " I 'm going to the woods to get something to Ducky-daddies." replied Goosie-poosie." said Cock-lock. . eat. Oh ! Cock-lock." said Ducky-daddies. and Chicken-licken had been to the woods. Goosie-poosie ? they asked." " go with you. :c l'm going to the woods to get something to eat. "Oh! I Goosie-poosie. and Hen-len licken fallen had met Chicken-licken. Then Ducky-daddies don't go . and we are going to tell the king. Oh I ! Ducky-daddies. and 13 met Cock-lock. for I was going. and I met Chicken-licken. So Cock-lock^ turned back and they went along I will until pretty are soon they met Ducky-daddies. and the sky had fallen on her head." " go with you. said. So Ducky-daddies turned back and they went I will along until pretty soon they met Goosie-poosie. " said. " said." replied Then Cock-lock don't go . don't go was going.THE STORY OF CHICKEN-LICKEN Then Hen-len for I 193 . and we are going the king. for I was going. you going. and Chickenhad been to the woods and the sky had to tell on her head. " " Where are you going. " ? " Where asked.

and we are going to tell the king. woods and the sky And " Chicken-licken went to the fell on her head. 'm going woods " to get something to eat/' replied Turkey-lurkey. " Where are you going. my pretty .194 THE STORY OF CHICKEN-LICKEN and Cock-lock had met Hen-Jen. and the Chicken-licken had been to woods and the sky had fallen on her head. and tell we are going to the king." to the " I will go with you. and Hen-len had met Chicken-licken." . and Hen-len had met Chicken-licken. and CockGoosie-poosie said. and we are going to tell the king. " Where " I are " you going. So Goosie-poosie turned back and they went along until pretty soon they met Turkey-lurkey. Turkey-lurkey to the ? they asked. and Ducky-daddies had met Cock-lock. dears " ? they replied." said " I will go with you." Turkey-lurkey. lock had met Hen-len. Turkey-lurkey was going. for I ! Then Oh > don't go . and Chicken-licken had been woods and the sky had fallen on her head." said Goosie-poosie. and I met Ducky-daddies. So Turkey-lurkey turned back and they went and along until pretty soon they met Fox-lox Fox-lox said.

THE STORY OF CHICKEN-LICKEN and 195 " come " All along with me. and he and his young ones soon up poor Chicken-licken. Goosie-poosie. and he took I will them ate to his hole. and they never saw the king to tell him that the sky had fallen. Hen-len. Cock-lock. and Turkey-lurkey. Ducky-daddies." So they went along with Fox-lox. show you the way. right. ." said Fox-lox.

Then King O'Toole felt so downhearted that life seemed to him scarcely living. Up he life and he was very fond of hunting. and could not him any longer. and at last he got a goose which he hoped might divert him somewhat. and it used to fly about over the lake near the king's castle and swim in The king liked the water and dive and catch fish. stiff in his Then the king was very sad. As kind of just suited long as he had his health this King O'Toole but in the . worth One morning he was walking by . but its at last the goose got stricken in years like divert master. and away he went over the mountains after the deer. The goose did its best. to watch the goose. and could go hunting no more. INO'Toole.KING O'TOOLE AND HIS GOOSE Ireland there was once a king called King got every morning at the rising of the sun. and for a considerable time it entertained him very well. course of time he grew old and was limbs.

" ? if I made your old goose young again the thought of having his old goose young once more the king's eyes were ready to jump out of At he whistled. Ve a better trade than that ." said the king." responded the saint. " I'm not a tinker. I inquired the king." said the king. and the old goose came waddling to him from behind a clump of bushes near by. How do you get your living. and what would you " Is " a tinker you are ? say. " " God God save you. young " I save you kindly." replied Saint Kavin. his head. are " Who " I " you ? 'm an honest man.KING O'TOOLE AND HIS GOOSE the lake lamenting his 197 he might as well unhappy fate. have never seen you before." said the man." said the king. honest man. may " I ask " ? By making it old things as good as new." was " Saint Kavin's reply. and thinking drown himself when he met a young man. who was none other that Saint Kavin in disguise. you wear good clothing and look prosperous and as if you " had money laid by. Then . No. King O'Toole. " Well. King O'Toole.

its the saint set eyes on the goose he " I '11 feebleness and said." . 's the I'll do business. Now is the bargain make ." said the king.KING O'TOOLE AND HIS GOOSE The minute took pity on for you. and I want to know how much you 're to going me. yes." said Saint Kavin." " I '11 give give you ask. not going to re- pair your old goose for nothing." " ! " Bedad exclaimed the king.was ^'^a^SBpT^V/ Saint Kavin's re- " I 'm sponse. ^^ " this whatever Is n't that fair you way " ? " to " that Yes." "But you'll have to say more than that. " if you do say you are the cleverest fellow in siven I '11 parishes. do the job King O'Toole.

King O'Toole you give me all the ground the goose goes over in its first flight after I make it young and strong." continued Saint Kavin. at work once." had covered a great It had been over the castle and deal of country. in its flight But the goose king's what have you like that to say to me for " ? makin' your goose asked Saint Kavin." " Done " said the king. as many capers as a swallow before The king stood with at his feet with delight the bird's mouth open watching every motion.KING O'TOOLE AND HIS GOOSE 199 with you." ." King O'Toole. " Criss o' my cross on you. lit he patted on the head and My dear. if it 'd be welcome to it even took' the last acre had. " will. " And I you give me said all the flew over " ? ground the goose and you I Saint Kavin inquired." said he and threw the bird up into and how the goose did fly It went swift the air and took up by its ! and high and cut a shower of rain. ! " " Well. " And now all the land for a mile around. you are the darlint of the world. and when it his it came and " said." and he called it go to the old goose to him I '11 two wings. to you. then." replied the " I 'm very much beholden will king.

and you 're a very ! words " exclaimed dacint man." declared Saint Kavin I 'd well for you." said the saint. " and who might you be ? " I 'm Saint Kavin. falling on his knees hef^e great Saint this Kavin " I 've been discoursing with all time ? " It is. " I will. "Oh. and that is the reason you do ." remarked good saint. not " know me. " I only came here to try you. you if " for let you did not keep your promise goose fly again." Musha then. lump of a gossoon ! " the Well. that ." O'Toole." ! said the king. " speak as King O'Toole. ! " Be I jabers thought I was only talking to a " said the king." affirmed the king. ." " Waste no more never your King "the land is yours. that I King O'Toole and now I '11 tell you 'm disguised." was the " reply." said Saint Kavin.200 " KING O'TOOLE AND HIS GOOSE And you Of course It 's '11 keep your word true " ? questioned the saint. queen of heaven!" the king exclaimed. " But I don't want your land. you know the difference now. " is it the the saint. you do.

for it did not dare eat what Saint Kavin had laid his blessed hands on. . goose was fishing and got hold of the eel by mistake. and. But by and by the king died.KING O'TOOLE AND HIS GOOSE 2OI And so again to King O'Toole had divert him as long his as goose made young he lived. the eel did not eat the goose. instead of the goose killing the eel. However. the eel killed the goose. and soon afterward the goose The got into trouble with a big eel in the lake.

THE THREE LITTLE upon a time there PIGS was an old mother ONCE That made pig and three little pigs and they lived in the middle of an oak forest. pig built a house of pig the straw. difficult for Mrs. first little The little he met a man pig to go walked on and on until carrying a bundle of straw. give pig said. So at last the mother pig sent the little pigs off to seek their fortunes." said the pig. no. and the Please. to build me a house. and the little pigs had to go hungry. chin. . and the In this house of straw . Piggy-wiggy to find enough for her children to eat." said the wolf. let me come in. but one day " Little a wolf came along and rapped at the door. little pig. pig." " me that straw So the little man gave the little it. by the hair of little my chinny. While the still children were it quite small the acorn crop failed. man. the little pig lived very comfortably " No. chin.

and he puffed and he huffed." So the man gave the little pig the bricks and the little In this house of pig built a house of them. and the little " pig said. pig said. So he huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down and carried the little pig off to his den. Please. pig. give me that brush to build me a house. . give me those bricks to build me a house.THE THREE LITTLE " Then I '11 PIGS I '11 2OJ huff and I '11 puff and blow your house down. no. and the carrying a " Please. " No. chin. after he left the mother pig. walked on and on until he met a man with a load of bricks. The second little pig that until left the mother pig walked on and on he met a little bundle of brush." said the wolf. by the hair of my chinny. So he huffed and he puffed. and at last he blew the house down and carried off the little pig." So the man gave the little pig the brush. little pig. and the In this house of brush little pig built a house of it. " Then I '11 huff and I '11 puff and I '11 blow your house down. the little pig lived very comfortably but one day the wolf came along and rapped at the door." said the little pig. man man. The third little pig. let me come in. man. chin." said the wolf." said the wolf. " Little .

but one day the wolf came along and rapped at the " Little little door. chin." said the little pig. Presently he said. by the hair of my chinny. in. turnips." the wolf." well. no. so he sat down outside the little pig's house and thought for a while. " If you will be ready to-morrow will morning I will call for you and we and get some turnips for dinner. little "Very ready. and he huffed and but the he puffed." " " Where ? asked the little pig. " Not half a mile from here. house was built of bricks and he could not blow it down." replied the wolf." said the pig.204 bricks the THE THREE LITTLE PIGS little pig lived very comfortably. So he huffed and he puffed." said the wolf. " Oh. let me come said pig. At last he had no breath left to huff and puff with. chin. pig." the pig. " Then I '11 huff and I '11 puff and I '11 blow your house down. wolf answered. " No. and he puffed and he huffed . at Farmer Smith's." go together "At little what time do you mean to go?" said the at six o'clock. "I will be . " Little I know where there is a nice field of pig.

about his housework when he heard " the wolf rapping outside. and I 'm paring the turnips for dinner now. "I will But the next morning the little pig was up 2^ four o'clock and he hurried down to Farmer Brown's in the valley. . Ready exclaimed the little " pig." The wolf was very angry at this. " Little are " pig." well." will call go be "Very ready. pig. " Down in the valley at the wolf. I know where there is a nice apple-tree loaded with apples. I have and got back. but he was been to the turnip field bound to catch the little pig in some way or other." " Where ? " " Little asked the little pig. He hoped to return home before the wolf arrived but he had farther to go than the . " ! you ready ? the wolf said.THE THREE LITTLE But the with little PIGS 205 went off to he pig got up at five o'clock and Farmer Smith's and filled a basket the wolf turnips and returned home before He had locked the door and was busy came." replied be ready to-morrow morning will you at five o'clock and we together and get some apples for dinner." said the little pig. So he thought a moment and then he said. I " If you for will Farmer Brown's.

was carrying the churn home when he saw the wolf coming. " Little " pig/' said the wolf. " These are I will throw splendid apples. you treat You should have waited for me. So the wolf got to the little pig's house while the little pig was and found the house empty." replied the little pig." said the wolf. " Little pig. could go. and got to the fair and bought a churn.206 THE THREE LITTLE PIGS day before. " what time do you want to start ? " " I will go. and he had to climb the tree to fill the bag he had brought with the apples. me very The little pig was much frightened. At At three. there is a town in the valley this afternoon. Then the wolf ran to Farmer Brown's as fast as he gone for the apples. ground Early the next day the wolf came to the little pig's fair at house again and the " said. as He usual. So . the wolf was gone to pick to the it up the little pig jumped and ran home. but he said. Then he could not tell what to do." badly. Will you go ? " Oh. you " down one and he threw the apple so far that while . and when he came to the apple-tree the little pig was just preparing to climb down from among the branches. yes. little But the pig went off before the time.

sure the wolf would get him. he was The wolf. or. PIGS 207 But he happened and no sooner was he roll churn than it began to and bump down the hill . however. imagined the churn was some . if not that. to be near the top of a in the hill. inside pig squealing and kicking for he was badly scared and thought he with the little would be bumped to death.THE THREE LITTLE he crawled into the churn to hide.

" replied the wolf. I went fair. a churn." Then the wolf was so angry little that he declared pig without any more delay. Then he went to the little " Little to house and did said. " but when go. yes." " it was I who laughed the little pig. I had been to the fair and bought frightened you. even if you have " I will come locked the door. I had to run with my " might or " ! it would have caught me. and he was so seen terrified he turned about and ran home without pig's He did not venture out again going to the fair. and when I saw you I crawled into it and Ha. keep me out. till toward evening. . I was nearly there a great howling round thing It had its mouth wide open and could chased me. ha rolled down the hill. or heard the like in all his life. you go to the the " fair ? " Oh. easily all and why did n't you go " I started to " ? have swallowed me whole.208 THE THREE LITTLE PIGS He had never strange beast that meant him harm. the a big pot of water boiling on and when he heard the wolf scrambling up A minute the roof he took the cover off the pot." shouted the wolf. pig." said the little " pig. he would eat up the " You can't " ! down the chimney The little pig had fire.

and the little pig put the cover on and that was the last of the wicked wolf.THE THREE LITTLE later the PIGS 209 wolf came down the chimney and fell right into the pot. . little After that the pig lived very happily in his house of bricks and there he is to this day.

" she continued. looking about to see if to whom it might belong. farmers' wives round about. was going home she came on a stout.THE FAIRY COW was once an old woman whose home THERE was a poor little cottage in a country She got a living by doing odd village. and sometimes the of a bit of meat. very thing for me. it. and I 'm thinking I '11 take it home any way. black pot lying at the side of the " " Now who could have left that road. and she was as cheerful as if she had not a want as she in the world. pot here ? One summer evening said she. the yes ! hole would not prevent the pot doing fine to put some flowers in for the window." . I '11 be bound. any one was in sight " It would be just the " if I had some! thing to put in But stop maybe it has been thrown away and has a hole in the bottom. Ah. with a silver piece here and a few pennies there. yet. Still. that is the trouble. she contrived to gift get along without serious discomfort. or a little tea. It was jobs for the not much she could earn.

But what she saw so surprised her that she jumped back to the middle of the road. but just sit comfortable by the fire day with a cup of tea or maybe I '11 go to the minister and ask him to keep the money for me. she picked up the pot and " No one will see what started again toward home. and I '11 have all the night to myself to think what I '11 do with this I . the candles for ornament. and over. Well. however. For a would have thought it while she could do nothing but walk round ! Who " and round her treasure. admiring the yellow gold and wondering at her good fortune and saying over and grand." Presently. " me the is full to the brim Mercy ! pot of gold pieces. was wanting or perhaps I '11 bury it in a hole in the garden and only save out one or two pieces to put on the mantel between my china teapot and as I .THE FAIRY COW So she bent her to look inside. I could buy a fine house with it and live like the queen herself and not do a stroke of work. I cc do be feeling rich 'm taking along with me. stiff 21 1 old back and lifted the lid exclaiming. so grand I Ah " ! ! I feel don't By this know myself rightly time she had become rather tired with ." said she " for the sun is gone and it is growing dark. mass of golden money. and then I 'd get a little of it from him every week all . you know.

'm better off with Well. yes. and the pennies it is brings will come very handy. Those gold pieces would have made I I a sight of bother to keep 'em safe. 'm well quit of them. Yes. But when she took the cover off she saw that instead of gold the pot was full of shining silver. once more and paused pot. far better to have than a lot of gold or . Well. yes. " I would have sworn it was She stared gold. and rubbed her eyes and stared again.212 THE FAIRY COW carrying such a heavy weight and she stopped to She set the pot down and then thought rest." Then planning she all set off homeward again cheerfully the things she was going to do with her money. be far less trouble to look after. and not so likely to be stolen. this iron Ah. ! ! fine heavy piece of it iron. well lump does beat all and yet how nice it is to have such a out in amazement. she cried. " but I reckon it I I must have been dreaming. and with the pot full of silver 'm as rich as any one need be. she would have another look at her wealth. I can sell it easy. minute or two and of course she had to have another look into the As soon as she took off the cover she cried a for there was nothing inside but " " that " of iron. whatever It'll was silver than gold." she said . But by and by she grew to rest for a tired .

I am doing very well indeed ! she went. thing! of such fine luck as mine!" did any one ever hear 've been She was in haste to see how the stone would look until in the corner by her door. and for the third time she set the pot down its glance at might rest and have another She took off the cover and contents. and glad am to have wanting a stone like that to hold my It will be the very door open with. Ah. pot in hand.THE FAIRY COW silver that 2 13 would have kept me from sleeping nights thinking bad men would be prowling around to rob " me. yes. and she hurried on In order to unfasten she came to her cottage gate. "a stone I is it it. the gate she put the pot down. legs and flourished tail and bellowed and laughed and ran off kicking feet into the air. time Yes. "Deary me!" ! she said. chuckling to herself over her good fortune until her arm was tired On of the burden. " Well/' . Oh. and when she stooped to pick it up she heard something inside and took the cover off. now. Instantly out leaped an animal that grew in a appeared. that she peeped this I in and was astonished to find nought except a stone. moment into a big The cow shook its cow. and the pot disits its The old woman till wilderment it gazed after it in speechless bewas fairly out of sight.

2I 4 THE FAIRY COW " last. surely am the luckiest body all Fancy myself. I she said at hereabouts. down by . and making all my fire life felt so grand seeing a fairy so free with it too " ! my cow I to never in ! Then the she went into her cottage and sat to think over her good luck.

" certainly." want to give you some in- Very well. ' "you must call me c master " ? masters . sir. and what would you call this he asked pointing to his bed." said he. a bed. ( 's my barnacle ' . of all no. " I would call it Oh. " " I say. Oh. "No. or what- ever you please." " " No." said she. firstly. said. my house I have I my own names for things. that she replied. sir. or a couch. sir." said he. will Now. I " Before you begin structions." said she. you call me ? " call you master. as soon as she came to his house ready for work." she replied.THE MASTER OF ALL MASTERS A " " In " GIRL once hired herself for a servant to a queer old gentleman who. or what- ever you please. I will do that." he continued." I will " what said he. "and beg you to carefully heed and remember what Oh. and what . sir. or mister.

" said she." Oh. or cottage. call " You must " pointing to the " I cat. "* said ' "No." said she. sir." she replied. sir. " You must " call it hot cockalorum/ " ? said he . pointing to his trousers. or pussy. That very night the servant awoke her master . or sir. and what do you water. would her cat. sir.2l6 THE MASTER OF ALL MASTERS call do you " these " ? he inquired. I call this he asked. or whatever you please. or whatever you " You must he his . please. call it water. or wet.' said he. or whatever you " please. pointing to some " Oh. or whatever you please. waving her hand toward the fire. "and what would you call her?" he asked. I call it fire. " Oh. call " and what do " white-faced simminy. " You must call it * " high-topper mountain/ he ordered. Oh." said she. or flame. pondybus is its name here. c ever you please. sir. them squibs and crackers. and what do you " I call it call the building in which I reside ?" house. call Oh. he. I call them breeches.' said " you call this ? he asked. or what- pantaloons." said she.

THE MASTER OF ALL MASTERS from a sound sleep by pounding with her his door and shouting in great fright. of hot on her less and un- you get some pondybus. faced simminy has got a spark cockalorum tail. the time she finished. get out of your barnacle and put on your squibs and crackers for white. " fists 217 on Master of all masters. but by so doing she had been so long explaining what was the matter that the house was on fire by flames spread rapidly. the high- topper will mountain all be on hot cockalorum!" In saying this she had used just the words her master had ordered. The . the building burned to the ground. and though the servant and her master escaped.

and did not attempt to teach her invented ones of his own. .21 8 THE MASTER OF ALL MASTERS queer old gentleman built another house presently and hired another servant. but he let her call The things by their ordinary names.

On stormy days his mother used to say to him. don't go out on the street until it . I 'm afraid." said he." mother. no matter if it did rain ." want to go. TOMMY " But " I stops raining. Micrawble reached home he pulled felt Tommy " out of the bag and of his arms and C{ legs. " Now.MR. Mr. you would replied his get and be " and sick. and one day. wet No. As soon as Mr. Micrawble might catch you. I However. Tommy. Micrawble caught him and popped him in a bag upside down and carried him off. besides Mr. you all the meat 've got for in the I had you boiling supper and it 's high time but dear me I Ve pot ! . 're You 're rather lean." said Tommy." Yet when Tommy was a bad boy he would go out on the street in spite of what his mother said. MICRAWBLE TODKINS was sometimes a good boy and sometimes a bad boy and when he was a bad boy he was a very bad boy. sure enough.

Micrawble." responded . for Look after him. while I gc "All right. forgotten the vegetables. Micrawble." answered Mrs. said Mrs. Sally So Mrs. that ! get Why my mother is making I a pudding this very day." to Then he Mrs. and off he said to Then ? Tommy " Todkins Mrs. "Sally. You 'd called not taste good alone. will them " ? you. love pudding. run and get some?" "Now." "And "Ah! " but " it 's no pudding? I don't you have anything else but boy-meat " Tommy inquired. that's a thoughtful boy. Here. indeed. " ! Micrawble. I say. mostly. I Ve caught a little boy for supper." said Mrs. it." re" but I Ve plied Mr. Micrawble. Micrawble always have boys for supper if "Yes. MICRAWBLE forgotten to get the potatoes and turnips and oth vegetables. Shall " and she 'd give you some Mrs." went. of it if I asked her. little " Does Mr. my dear?" " Oh. I Micrawble.220 MR. "for the little boys are bad enough and get in his way 's he sure to catch them. Micrawble. " What do you want. Micrawble came and asked." said Tommy." very seldom.

. be sure to get back for supper. only don't stay long.." So Tommy ran home it as fast as he could go.1 223 "You can go. MICRAWBLE ^icrawble. was as Many as a long day passed and Tommy never went out to good play on good could be. . but pud- he did not think ding for was safe to return with the Mrs.MR. Micrawble. rainy days. . and However.

" said Tommy himself when he heard Mr. Micrawble happened along and picked Tommy Todkins up and carried him off once more in his bag. he waited. and. He was too late to escape in that direction and he looked around for a place to hide. Micrawble coming across the yard with her arms full of wood. I and he crept out from under the sofa and was stepping softly along toward the door when he saw Mrs. get under the sofa. and Mr. Micrawble fell asleep. Mr. and finally he ventured out one wet afternoon." So poor Tommy Todkins had to crawl under the sofa. MICRAWBLE was very hard to be always good. you sha'n't do that again. Well. Micrawble . and left us without any supper. but still Then for Mrs. Micrawble went out to chop some wood the fire. as luck would have it. sat on it and waited for the pot to boil and he waited and he waited and the pot did not boil. and I '11 sit on and watch till the pot boils for you.224 it MR. it Here. you 're the youngster that served me and Tommy my wife such a shabby trick a while ago. The door of the brick oven at the side of the fireplace . "Ah. Micrawble snoring. and Mr. When Mr. Micrawble got home and shook out of the bag and had a look at him he said. " to must get away from here. Now.

Micrawble never caught him again. and Mr. Perhaps he went upstairs. the street After that he did not go onto play when it stormed. yard all the time. gone We will go up and find him. boy has Sally. "What still was that " I heard?" said Mr. MICRAWBLE 225 was open. Micrawble. if and he looked under the sofa to see there. "and from the house without my seeing him." " " he must have Yes. I have been in the Mrs." he couldn't have come But as soon as Tommy stairs Todkins heard their foot- steps going up the to he climbed out of the oven and hurried home. but the door creaked and awakened Mr." upstairs. and by standing on a chair he got up to it and crawled in. . Then he pulled the door closed. he called just dear Sally " that as his wife came in with the" wood.MR. Micrawble. Micrawble." said Mr. " Tommy was my ! " gone " said ! Well. Micrawble.

'" "You Then he removed back into the water. that he had secured so big a it fish when he was Pray let sur- prised by hearing 1 say to him. matter. me live. I " am not a real fish." nothing to do with a fish that can talk. down The his wife fisherman returned to his little hut and told how he had caught a great fish. and the fish darted straight to the bottom. it from " Now hook and put swim away as soon his it as you please. his wife in a hut close by the day. am a magician.THE FISHERMAN AND WIFE HIS was once a fisherman who lived with THEREOne sea. and how it ." need not make so many words about the " I wish to have said the man." said the man. as the fisherman sat on the poor little rocks at the water's edge fishing with his rod and line. Put me in the water and let me go. a fish got caught on his hook that was so big and pulled so stoutly that he captured it with the He was feeling much pleased greatest difficulty.

" replied the anything ? said the wife. he had let it go. man " what should I ask . " for?" " What should you ask for " ! exclaimed the wife. and how. . " Did you not ask it for " No.THE FISHERMAN AND had told him heard it it HIS WIFE 227 was a magician. when he speak.

man of the sea Come listen to me . but see how wretchedly we live in this dark little hut.228 THE FISHERMAN AND talk as if HIS WIFE we had everything we want. as his wife had bidden him to he went and when he came to the sea the water ." answered the fisherman." "You The errand. However. looked all yellow and green. what does she want ? " " Ah. He ! stood on the rocks where he had fished and said. fisherman did not like to undertake such an go." So the man went home and found his wife standing in the doorway of a comfortable house. She does little not like living any longer in our wants a comfortable house. my wife says that when for I had caught you I I you something before let ought to have asked you go. For Alice my beg wife. me a gift of thee ' ' ! Then " the fish came swimming " to him and said. and behind the house was a yard with ducks and ." said the fish hut. Well. The Hath sent plague of to my life. " Oh." " Go home then. " she is in the house she wants already. Do go back and tell the fish we want a comfortable house. She .

" How happily we shall live now " ! said the fisherman.THE FISHERMAN AND chickens picking about in it. Everything went right for a week or two. and then the wife said. . there is not enough room and the yard and garden are a I would great deal smaller than they ought to be. HIS WIFE 229 was a garden where grew all and beyond the yard sorts of flowers and fruits. " Husband. in this house.

a great his wife See. "is ." standing before " not this fine ? So away went the fisherman and found " said castle. but his heart was heavy. to go to him again. " he give us a Go along and try. For Alice my beg wife. " she is at the castle already. me a gift of thee " ! " came swimming to him and " Well." replied the man " very sorrowfully." she." " Go home then. for perhaps he will be angry. my wife wants to live in a stone castle. We ought to be content with " ! a good house will like this. Ah. and when he came to the sea the water was a dark The gray color and looked very gloomy. plague of to my life." said the fisherman." said the fish ." " Nonsense castle said the wife. man Come The Hath sent of the sea ! listen to me ." very willingly. the rocks at the water's edge and said. fisherman went. So go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle/' " I don't " like Wife. He stood on " Oh.230 like to THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE have a large stone castle to live in. what does she want now ? the fish Then " said.

was out." ? I be So the man went. full of sheep and goats and rabbits and deer. " " we will live contented said the castle was a Now. and many were there." and they went to bed. husband." said the wife. but he felt very sad to think The sea that his wife should want to be queen. " but go to the fish and Say no more about it tell him what I want. I will be queen." " wish " Wife. anyway. and the rooms were richly furnished with handsome chairs and tables and behind the . muddy and streaked with foam as he cried . morning when they awoke it was broad daylight. "but let us consider and sleep on it before we make up our minds. park half a mile long.THE FISHERMAN AND They went into HIS WIFE 231 servants the castle. and the wife jogged the fisherman next with her elbow and said." man." said the man. king and queen I could be. yourself." ." responded the wife. wife. for The "Get up. to why should we would not be king even if " Well." in this beautiful castle for the rest of "Perhaps so. and happy our lives. bestir the we must be king and queen of all land.

2J2 THE FISHERMAN AND " Oh. but I begin to it. Alas " ! said the man. me beg a gift of thee * ' ! " came swimming to him and " Well. queen. what would she have now ? the fish f Then said." When he had looked at her for a long time he " said. you " queen " ? " I am Yes. wife what a fine thing it is to be queen ! ! Now we shall " I is never have anything more to wish for. queen. 't is true. and on each side of her stood six beautiful maidens. Then he entered the palace and there he found his wife sitting on a throne. "never I am a long time." ." said the fisherman." said she. and he heard the sound of drums and trumpets. and before it he saw a troop . wife. home. For Alice my wife." said the fish " she is of soldiers. " my wife wants to be queen. man Come The Hath sent HIS WIFE ! of the sea listen to me . " are " Well." " Go queen already. Ah." don't know how that may be. be tired of I think I would like to be pope next. plague of to my life." So the fisherman turned back and presently he came to a palace." she replied. with a golden crown on her head.

"she is pope already. wife " ! the is man exclaimed." said she. said. " my wife wants to be home." fish ask " What nonsense! " said she." " Go came swimming to him and does she want this time?" said the fisherman. wife!" responded the fisherman. and the sky was dark with The fisherman was frightened. " Oh. For Alice my wife. nevertheless he obeyed his wife and called out." commanded the fish . and when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the waves were dashing on the rocks most flying clouds. " If he can make a queen." . man Come The Hath sent of the sea ! listen to me ." I be pope this very day.THE FISHERMAN AND " HIS WIFE " 233 Oh." So the fisherman went. but fearfully. he can make a pope." "Ah. Go and try. "the cannot make you pope and I would not like to for such a thing." " but one pope at a time in will Husband. wife. how can you be pope? There all Christendom. me beg a gift of thee " ! Then the fish " ! "What " Ah pope. plague of to my life.

she. wife " said he. all "Wife." . had Cannot the sun disturbed me with its bright light. a grand thing to be for pope. not I tell " him I want to be lord of the sun and moon. be nothing greater. and now you must be content." " ! " to be Alas. " can you not be content " pope ? No. you can Then they went to bed but the wife could because not sleep all night long she was trying to think what she should be next. wife.234 THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE his wife So the fisherman went home and found sitting on a throne that was a hundred feet high." she replied. as he gazed at " " are this magnificence." " We will see about she said." said he. you pope ? " " Yes." " it is " Well. that. and all the pomp and power of the Church. I " Go to the fish at once " ! . and cannot sun and moon rise without my leave. At last morning came and the sun " Ha " cried " I was about to rose. and on either side many candles of all sizes were she had three great crowns on her head one above the other and was surrounded by burning. sleep." said the fisherman. she. ! prevent the sun rising ? and she became very " Go to the fish and angry and said to her husband." said bear to see the am very uneasy. I am pope.

For Alice my wife. . and the lightning flashed. and as he approached the shore a dreadful storm arose so that the trees and rocks shook. man of the sea! gether. listen to me ." to " your hut again. The in the fisherman trembled so that his knees knocked to- and he had hardly strength to stand gale while he called to the fish " Oh." said the fish. and the palace was gone. and the thunder rolled. and the sea was covered with vast waves like mountains.THE FISHERMAN AND The man HIS WIFE 235 went. in its place Go home and he found the dark his dwelling. So the man returned. plague of my life. the sun and moon. and the sky grew black. : Come The . What more Ah ! " does she want ? " " she wants to be lord of said the man. little hut that had his wife formerly been and he and have lived in that little hut to this very day. Hath sent me to beg a gift of thee! " Then " " the fish came swimming to him and said.

bore her troubles with patience girl and never complained. She had to sleep in the garret on a wretched bed of straw.CINDERELLA upon a time there was died. The lady of the house was proud and disagreeable. They made all the kitchen and do poor relative work the household drudgery. while the sisters were very elegant. though she was the sweetest. and so the work she used to sit in the . and she had two daughters who were very much like her. When she had finished her day's The poor on a chimney-corner low stool among the ashes and cinders. best-tempered creature that ever was. their in It was she who washed the dishes and scrubbed down the stairs and swept the floors. father and mother had and she had gone to live with a family of wealthy rela- They did not like to be burdened with her and they treated her very badly. and were furnished with nice feather-beds and had full-length looking-glasses in which the young ladies could rooms of the two admire themselves all day long. a girl whose ONCE tives.

CINDERELLA sisters 237 nicknamed her Cinderella. But Cinderella." said they. "And I." said the elder. and when great day came. and as the two great figure in young ladies made a society shall they. decked out spite of in all their finery." said the younger sister. and . But the she helped willingly she could. in hard work and shabby clothes. and she was kept constantly engaged in plaiting ruffles." So they were wonderfully busy choosing such dresses as might be most becoming. arranging bows and ribbons. " We go. of course. " and perhaps we may have the chance to dance with the prince. was a hundred times prettier than they were. received certainly invitations. a happened after a time that the king's son gave grand ball which was to continue for two nights It all and to which he invited persons of fashion for miles around." Their preparations made no end of trouble for Cinderella. " I shall put on my red velvet dress with point lace trimmings. sewing. "shall wear my gold-brocaded train and my circlet of diamonds. and could talk of nothing but their fine clothes day in and day out. and in washing and ironing the all sisters' linen. offered to dress the hair. young ladies' They were glad to have her do that.

see here. they were so delighted that at dinner-time they could scarcely eat a morsel ." said she. Cinderella " ! ! But. basinful of peas into the ash-heap behind the house. it was not easy to eat much. besides. taking up a dish " I will throw this of peas that was on a shelf. but so grand a ball as this is to be is not for such as I am. and." " You are " for every one quite right. Why! and just the only dress you have you are wearing What could put such an idea into your look at it "You. head? . What and finally she asked the into sisters' mother. for they had laced very as possible. and they never before their lives had been arrayed half so becomingly. " would laugh assisted to see a ragged kitchen girl there. Indeed." they said." said she. would not you like to go to the her. to her g- " exclaimed the lady. tight to make their waists as slender they had said to Cinderella about the ball set her to thinking how nice it would be if she really could attend it. " ball ? " Yes." Cinderella finished the young ladies' hair and in them to dress.2j8 CINDERELLA while she was brushing and combing they said to " Cinderella. who chanced to come the kitchen let while she was washing the dinner dishes.

and Cinderella stood looking at the ash-heap." said she. carried the peas out and threw them into the ashes. could not find all " I must . you can go at your task as soon as you choose. n't clothes.CINDERELLA 239 and jf you can get every pea picked out of the ashes in an hour's time you can go to the ball with my daughters. Cinderella held basin and they brought the peas one dropped them into it. Then thejady. handing it to the girl." And she began to call. hither. "Here " and is the basin. " I those peas in a week's time." you Evening came and the two young women set ." said she have help. through the sky. " No. in jest before. you shall have not go spoke would only put us to shame." followed by Cinderella. the ball." She returned to the house. make haste come pick. songsters fly ! One and Make haste. " pick. In a by one and short time she had all the peas out of the ashes and carried them in to her mistress overjoyed at the thought she could to now go no. pick. pick ! At once chirping and a great number of to little birds came comthe fluttering the ash-heap and menced to pick. " Hither. You for off . But the lady I said. pick. All you little all. come help me quick.

then." replied Cinderella. with a sigh. changed into a splendid " fairy. " " I wish I wish began the poor girl. " You wish that you could go to the ball/' interrupted the fairy. the garden and bring Cinderella finest me a pumpkin.240 for the ball. Go and see if there are any mice in it. bringing the trap with six mice inside." brought back the though she could not hurried out and find. too. but to-morrow evening. " Lift the trap door a little and let . " " Well. Cinderella soon returned. and think I I can contrive to have you go not only this Run into evening. is Immediately it was " said the Now. pumpkin she could But the fairy imagine what the fairy wanted of it. carriage. scooped out the pumpkin quite hollow an niched it with her wand. and At this moment a good fairy appeared and asked her what was the matter." the ordered. stop crying/' said the fairy. but her voice was choked with tears. CINDERELLA and Cinderella watched them until they fire were out of sight and then stood by the wept. " Indeed I do/' said Cinderella. took a knife." n't there a mouse-trap set in the store- room " " fairy " ? Yes.

CINDERELLA chem out. shall we do 16 for a coachman " ? asked . " But what the fairy." icr 241 mice escaped from the trap she changed each one by a stroke of said the fairy. and as the warH into a fine dapple-gray horse.

Bring The them. yes fairy " but must I go The when her rags smiled and tapped her with her wand. " " Are you not pleased " ? Oh. " That " So look fairy responded. next thing for you to do." said the fairy to " is to Cinderella. your coachman and your footmen to take Well. without delay. " in these shabby clothes ? ! to the ball. were changed to a dress of cloth of . touched the rat with her wand and it rat with a fat became " a jolly coachman with the smartest whiskers ever seen. " six your coach and horses." said the fairy. and at the trap it a good thought. go again to the garden. lizards at the and they skipped up to a seat coach just as naturally as all back of the if they had been footmen their lives. is " here you replied Cinderella." the in was a fairy The tremendous pair of whiskers. You will find two lizards behind the watering-pot.242 CINDERELLA likely to be a rat in the trap in the a "There's cellar if you could make 's coachman out of him/' suggested Cinderella." Cinderella was quickly back with the trap." The fairy were no sooner brought than the turned them into footmen with laced liveries.

she gave her a pair of the prettiest slippers in the world. any account stay after midnight. and drove away in an ecstasy of delight. but the other things are enchanted into forms they have Cinderella at present for now start was about to only a short time. Cinderella fail promised the fairy she would not before midnight. and as she " Do not on the fairy said." said she. and the dancing stopped Everybody was admiring the " How handsome she is beauty. and the old king whispered to . This done. The moment short." got into the carriage. the violins ceased playing. and your beautiful clothes the rags you wear every day. At once the at carriage was surrounded by courtiers who assisted her to alight and conducted her to the ball-room. " I " These slippers. your horses mice. When she arrived to leave the ball the palace the guards and attendants were so struck by her magnificent equipage that they supposed her to be some rich princess. your coachman your footmen lizards. made of glass. give you to keep the always. she appeared all voices were hushed.CINDERELLA gold all 243 decked with costly jewels. for if you do the coach will be a pumpkin again." a rat. ! stranger's How sur- " passingly lovely all ! and similar expressions were heard on sides.

made a low courtesy whole assembly. were vexed to have . and she never looked at the clock until it was a quarter to twelve. Time passed fast. any one attract more attention than themselves they did not recognize the ragged kitchen superb garments she now wore. . sisters. The prince came forward to re- and he so admired her beauty and manners that he promptly offered her his hand to dance. Her carriage was ready at the door of the palace and she to the jumped into it and drove home as fast as she could. and the young prince helped Cinderella to every delicacy. pleased beyond measure at this gracious reception and at the splendor of all The saw. All the ladies busied themselves in considering her clothes and head-dress. Immediately she rose. When she reached the house the coach. danced with the greatest animation. horses.244 CINDERELLA the queen that he had not seen so comely a young woman in many a long day. but was so taken up with gazing at the fair stranger that he did fine A not eat anything himself. Cinderella. ceive Cinderella. and retired in haste. that they have might garments of the same pattern. in she proud but whose home she lived. provided they could find such rich materials and seamstresses capable of making them up. girl in the supper was presently served.

eager to ." said she. fire for beside the the return of the sisters. like to see her " ! exclaimed Cinderella." said one of the sisters. you just as if she had been waked out of a nap. my Lady that I Charlotte. " You would not have thought it late if you had " and seen been at the ball.CINDERELLA and servants all 245 disappeared and Cinderella found She waited herself clothed in her old ragged gown." "What " princess was she?" asked Cinderella. " do lend me may ! the yellow dress you wear every day." " If she is so beautiful as all how I would We . What was her name " do not know her name. put it on and go to the ball to-morrow evening and have a peep at this wonderful princess. and when Cinderella let them in rubbed her eyes. saying. and " " How late are the beautiful princess who was " ? there. " Oh. know what tell they would say but she determined to them nothing of her own experiences." was the reply " nor does anybody. addressing the elder sister. " I would n't think of such a thing. that. ! she pretended to yawn. and the king's son would give a fortune to learn who she is. At length they came knocking at the door." ." " What lend clothes to a common kitchen my girl like " you ! cried Miss Charlotte.

and then in a twinkling she was a gay lady no more. for she would have been very much puzzled really what her. and was not sorry. to clothe Cinderella even more richly than she had A been clothed on the previous occasion. see prince was rejoiced to her and never once left her side the evening The through. to do had the yellow dress been lent to On good the following evening the sisters again went to the court ball.246 CINDERELLA Cinderella expected to be refused. all He talked so charmingly that she forgot twelve about the time. The splendid coach and six horses. she sprang up and ran as nimbly as a deer out of the room. . and the clock began to strike when she thought it no more than eleven. and shortly after their departure the fairy came to Cinderella and told her to pre- touch of the fairy's wand served pare to go also. but only a shabby kitchen girl hurrying down the steps. and she was ushered into the ball-room with every attention. and was going in great haste down the broad staircase that led to the palace entrance At once when one of her slippers dropped off. She could not wait to pick it up. the driver and footmen had vanished. The equipage she had used the night before conveyed her to the palace. for the clock had reached its final stroke.

asked them whether they had been well entertained and whether the beautiful princess ball Cinderella was there. . Cinderella reached home quite out of breath. while six mice. and of her grand apparel nothing remained save a little When the sisters returned from the glass slipper. and two lizards were scurrying away to find hiding-places. a rat.CINDERELLA 247 and on the ground lay a scooped-out pumpkin.

who dearly loved his son. caused inquiries to be made everywhere for the princess. and when the search failed he grew ill with disapthe king. the only person who has passed out of the gates for over an hour is a poorly Then dressed girl just gone. " It is " that said the chief my advice. and no one knows " who she is When Cinderella fled a any more than they did before. and how such a person as she happened to be in the palace. No." said they. much and the princess was there." The prince." the prince had stood in then pursued her." minister. called a council and asked his ministers what pointment. However. during the days following. as he was amazement moment and running down the stairway he noticed the glass slipper that she had lost and he picked little it up. we cannot tell. he went on and questioned the guards at the palace gates whether they had seen a princess going " " out. but she ran away just as the clock struck twelve." . but she was too swift for him." they replied.248 CINDERELLA <c we enjoyed the ball very Yes. Then they thought ought to be done in order to discover the princess. you should cause a proclamation to be made all over the kingdom that the prince will marry her whose foot the slipper he found will just fit.

" sisters ridiculed her. said. and their astonishment increased tenfold when Cinderella drew the mate put it to the slipper foot. who I was present. and the slipper was tried on by all the noble ladies of the land but in vain. " to think of fitting your clumsy But the gentleman who had brought the slipper looked at Cinderella and said that it was no more than for fair she should he had have the chance she asked. from her pocket and appeared. and on the other at Just that moment the fairy touching Cinderella's clothes with her wand made . The sisters were amazed. came home she of the proud possibly could slipper. Each of them did all to thrust her foot into the dainty failed." " Suppose an idea The they foot. until at last sisters. now laughed and were to try. its " What " ! said. but the attempt Cinderella. So Cinderella down while the sisters looked on contemptuously little yet no sooner did she foot to the slipper fitted like than it put her went on at once and wax.CINDERELLA 249 This plan was adopted. on the slipper. orders to let every young maiden try in the kingdom who pleased sat . Then it was carried from one fine it house to another to the among the gentry.

Now the gentleman in waiting conducted Cindersisters ella two She was the palace of the prince. and in a short away to time ever they after. received by the prince with great joy. and they lived happily . them once more the robes of the and then recognized her for the beautiful stranger they had seen at the ball. were married.250 CINDERELLA a princess.

after the children were all in bed. the father and mother sat by the fire thinking sadly . all boys. and none enough to do much toward earning a living. so that eldest their parents who THERE had seven children.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB was once a wood-cutter and his wife was only twelve years old. The year that he was five the harvest failed and the wood-cutter and his wife found it with food. That evening. of them was large youngest was five. him Hop-o'-my-Thumb. he noticed all that went on around him. Yet the weak boy was gifted with a great deal of sense. The and the clothing for had to work very hard to get food and them. and more and more difficult to when that was eaten they knew they must starve. What made matters worse was that the youngest child was sickly he was so small that his father and weak. and though he never had much to say. and and mother called little. supply their large family had spent their last penny Finally they and there was only a single loaf of bread left in the house.

and perhaps the fairies will take care of them. We will go very deep into the woods. However. I could never do such a thing. them. Then he went back indoors." said the wife. but I It is plain that we must cannot bear to see our children die of I hunger. Hop-o'-my-Thumb was wide awake and he heard what was said and he never slept any that night for thinking of what he should do." said the wood-cutter at length. perish. am resolved to lose them to-morrow off than they They cannot be worse are at home. and while the children are busy tying up fagots we will slip away and leave them." said the wood-cutter. all The parents thought the children were asleep while they talked." " But if we don't do that.252 of the dismal HOP-O'-MY-THUMB fate that awaited wife." and he argued until his wife consented to his plan. no. . crying with hunger. and in the forest. Early in the morning he crept out of bed and ran to a brook near the house and filled his pockets with small white pebbles." " " No. " " I My dear have some- thing to propose to you. " and then she went weeping to bed. they will die here before our eyes. and by and by the family ate half of the one loaf of bread and started as usual for their day's woVk in the forest.

is sorry for the distress of " and he is his people. The wood-cutter kept on into the very thickest of the woods. " if only our children were here to eat of this good Let us go to the forest and find them. when the parents stole away. There they getting dark. " Oh cried the wife. the baron." said the man. " lord. and those who have large families like you are My to get the most." food." then departed to convey assistance to " another suffering household. and as soon as they were out of their children's sight they hurried back to their home. and then he began chopping with his ax. the brush and tied and the mother and children picked up it into bundles.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB 253 The father led the way and Hop-o'-my-Thumb. If the fairies " " . in sat silent in the lonely house for a long time. They worked thus until toward nightfall. and walked a the sun went down and it was Then came a rap at the door. going to help them. and man who had been sent by the lord of the manor with a present of ten crowns and a haunch of venison. ! The man it No." responded the husband sorrowfully. would do no good to seek them now. who came along behind all the others. dropped the white pebbles one by one from his pockets.

he hurried along. for strewed the white pebbles to " and Just follow me. Peter. he could make " Fear not. let us start at once. " mother." asked Peter. and then he and all the boys except Hop-o'-my-Thumb ran hither and thither shouting for their parents and crying. They reached home. " I want my children. But the children had not been eaten by wolves. began to call. but " ? our father and mother have lead you safely left I will home." she wailed." said he . As soon as they discovered that they were alone. They . but because their parents had aban- So keeping his eyes on the doned them they were afraid they would not be welcome. it will soon be dark.254 HOP-O'-MY-THUMB have not taken care of them they must have been eaten by wolves before this time. Hop-o'-my-Thumb waited until himself heard. and the others followed him." Then the mother wept and would not be comforted." line of pebbles. " And why did they leave us told heard and Hop-o'-my-Thumb how he had " them what he had over- guide them back. and then said. the oldest boy. where are you ? "Father and No little voice answered him. us here. and instead of going in they huddled under a window at the back of the house to listen. brothers.

and soon some slices of venison were broiling before the flames and the family was presently eating the best supper they had had for a long time.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB heard the 255 the venison. she cried for gladness. man come their with the money and mother began to cry they ran around to the front of the house and in at the door. They talked in whispers. " " Here we mother are. ! and when She hugged them every one. and the well. . and now. too. instead of The crying for sorrow. and while the venison and lasted the wood-cutter got along very but the famine grew worse and worse. lord of the manor could not send his tenants any the money more wood-cutter thought his family must surely starve. at last the So they would take the children again into the forest and lose them. but when morning came the parents kept a sharp watch of him and would not let him go out of the house. and he and his wife talked the matter over late one night and decided supplies. and he helped start a fire. shouting. Several weeks passed. that Hop-o'-my-Thumb might not know what they said even if he chanced to be awake. but he had very keen ears and he heard in spite of their caution. wood-cutter was rejoiced. He thought he would get some more pebbles in the morning.

and Hop-o'-my-Thumb followed behind others and scattered bread crumbs this the working. my dear They take you home. They went deeper than ever into the forest time. the mother gave them each a bread for their breakfast." then started to follow the trail all of bread crumbs. and said to himself. was much troubled by this at ever. Do not weep." and he put his slice of bread into his pocket. and the much after distressed. Night came . and while they spent in as all the The way.256 HOP-O'-MY-THUMB first. was their custom. but Hop-o'-my-Thumb brothers. He Howof dry slice Hop-o'-my-Thumb " I can use bread crumbs instead of pebbles. day was toward evening the father proposed the children should play a game of hide and seek. I will said. " Well." will see if thinking a minute. but were playing he and the mother hurried off and them." said Hop-o'-my-Thumb must and we night. "we not waste the twilight in tears. we can find some shelter for the So Hop-o'-my-Thumb led the way. but the birds had eaten them children were very up. Come along. left When the children found that they bitter had been deserted again there was much " crying.

turning and looking at them. This is the house of an ogre who would like nothing better 17 . He saw no path. What do you want ? " said she." said the woman.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB on. but " There must be a far was a The castle. They hardly dared speak a word. house where that light is. he knew which direction to take. They went to the door and looked in and saw a woman busy at a Hop-o'-myfireplace roasting a whole sheep." replied Hop-o'-my-Thumb." said he. and there stood a great The light Hop-o'-my-Thumb had seen shone through an open door. " are poor children We who have lost the forest. and the wind like the 257 among the trees seemed to them howling of wolves. Thumb " rapped to attract her attention. Presently Hop-o'-my-Thumb away light shining. our way in " and we beg you for charity's sake to grant us a night's lodging. little came out of the boys hurried along and by and by they forest. "you do not know where you are come." "Alas ! my little darlings. climbed to the top of a tall tree to look about for some path out of the forest. and though he could not see the light when he returned to the ground. so that every moment they thought they would be eaten up.

The old woman called lifted fire in another servant and the two of them before the the sheep that was roasting onto a great platter." explained the old woman. Just get the fire and sat down to as they were beginning to warm is " That they heard heavy footsteps outside." and as soon as they entered the room she shut the door. HOP-O'-MY-THUMB I am the cook here and I know very well what he likes to eat." "Then what can we do?" said Hop-o'-my- Thumb wolves " . The children went to warm themselves. " Is my supper ready ? he asked. perhaps can hide you. . the ogre. and then took up the platter and placed it before the ogre. " Make haste and crawl under the bed." said the woman in a whisper. "so you may come in. hung in the pantry for your breakfast." sooner were they out of sight than the ogre " walked in. The sheep was half raw." the old woman responded. but he liked it that way.258 than to eat you. and sat No down at the table. When he had finished he began to sniff right and " I smell fresh meat " he said." Well. " for if you I refuse to give us shelter the will tear us to pieces in the forest. " It must be the calf I have skinned and ! left.

" he dragged the children from under the bed and never paid the least heed to their appeals for mercy. much fatter if we feed them for a took few days. would have eaten one or two of them lean that night." said the cook. "Ah!" Then He are. "this child is nothing but bones. " Why." said he . and I would eat you if you were not so old and tough. but the old woman said. and they were so tired that they fell asleep at once and did not wake till morning. that must be a shoe which belongs to your oldest daughter's doll. Then the woman gave the boys a good supper and put them to bed. a little At that moment poor Peter.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB 259 Then saw the ogre looked toward the fireplace and shoe lying there that one of the boys had taken off." The ogre up " pinched his arms. you have been deceiving me. who happened to have a bad cold. The ogre stamped over to the fire" " What he is this? place and picked up the shoe. sneezed. " See how they will They be They have been half starved. Hop-o'-my-Thumb was on the watch ." Hop-o'-my-Thumb and You are right. asked in a terrible voice. exclaimed the ogre shaking his fist at " the cook.

The ogre was not an early riser and he did not think of the boys until after he had eaten breakfast. but the ogre had seven daughters and he ordered them to keep the boys from straying. They did not dare go far for fear of wolves. and as soon as there was light enough for them to see they started. and he led the way downstairs and out a back They all door into the garden. dressed quickly and quietly and followed him. and then he roused his brothers and " Come. They were young and not very vicious as yet . Quick ! He . we must be off. was very angry when they were not to " " be found.260 all ftOP-O'-MY-THUMB that day for some chance to escape. and their captives did not in the least enjoy their company. else Hop-o'-my-Thumb lay awake until every one was asleep." whispered. and by climbing up some vines that grew on the wall they got outside. When night came and all the family had gone to bed. but they showed what they would be. Hop-o'-my-Thumb thought he could find the way home by keeping along the edge of the forest. The daughters had small gray eyes and large mouths and long sharp teeth. and they crept into a heap of straw that lay beside the wall and waited for daylight. he shouted to his cook. for they had already begun to bite little boys.

Thumb and bis brothers .O' My.The ogre in bis seven-league boots bunts for Hop.

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that and catch them. and he would have caught the little boys at once if he had known just where those to look for them. The he was ogre had done so tired. When . can get those boots. " the rest of you run away home. Luckily he had not seen them about a mile of home. direction. I thunder " Now. With As it was. and there he went to sleep and snored with little a sound like that frightened the said boys very much. he hunted in every He strode from hill to hill and stepped over wide rivers as easily as if they had been brooks." I 263 may go magic boots he could go a great distance at a single step.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB "get me my seven-league boots." 'm going to see if I they had gone he crept up to where the ogre lay and gently pulled off his boots and got The boots as worn by the ogre into them himself. much he racing about that to and when came the hillside where the boys were he lay down over the very cave in which they had taken refuge. and and they scurried into a cave that chanced to be close by." Hop-o'-my-Thumb to his brothers. Late in the afternoon the boys had arrived within they were hurrying along a hillside when they saw the ogre coming in their direction.

and Hop-o'-my-Thumb scarcely had time to get them on his own feet before the giant suddenly opened his eyes and sat up. and so they were just right for Hop-o'-my-Thumb.264 HOP-O'-MY-THUMB were very large and heavy. But the speed of the little lad with the seven-league boots. and he fell from the cliff with . Not far from where the giant had lain down was a precipice. . but they were magic boots that fitted themselves to whatever feet were put into them. forgot that he did not have the boots on and must be cautious. The boots ogre had been partly awakened when his were pulled off. and Hop-o'-my-Thumb stepped off th" cliff to a The ogre. the ogre jumped to his feet he was no match for and gave chase. hill- after him. with He saw what had happened and he roared Off went Hop-o'-my-Thumb and anger. who was rushing top opposite.

at the ogre's While Hop-o' my-Thumb had been house he had fc and out where the ogre kept his money.HOP-O'-MY-THUMB a crash that 265 made the rocks echo far and near. and with the money Hop-o'-myThumb brought they got all the food they needed and passed through the famine quite comfortably. . and that was the end of him. and he slipped in at the little window of the treasure-room and loaded himself down with all the gold he could carry. " Unless I can easily. my and the rest of us will starve " . and and mother were very happy to have their children all back. and there was a little window to the treasure- any ordinary person to get but which would admit Hop-o'-my-Thumb through. get some of that money to " said father and mother food room too small for buy all with. his father Then he went home. His boots took him to the ogre's house in a twinkling." he. and he decided he would go and see what he could do.

and fire had burned his warehouses. She spent much of her time studying. The older sisters were not like Beauty. and when she grew up she still kept the same name and she was as good as she was beautiful. They were proud of their riches and cared little for study. " My riches are gone/' . The three daughters were very . and when not engaged with her books she was busy doing could to make her home pleasant for her all she father. and one evening he came home and told his family that storms at sea had destroyed his ships. THERE was once a wealthy merchant who had six children. three sons and three handsome. and plays. While she was little she was called Beauty. and they were constantly driving in the parks or attending balls. operas.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and he loved his children more daughters than he loved his riches and was always trying to make them happy. Thus things went along until misfortunes began to overtake the merchant in his business. but the youngest was the most attractive of all.

" So the family went to live on the little farm in the country. cares of our own. my own but To that little farm we must go. a little 267 I have nothing I can call farm far off in the all country. or perhaps would take a little time for The work was hard at first. Let them go and give themselves quality airs milking the cows and minding their dairy and see how they like it. else to sit at do she would . now. and. who were numerouj when the family said rich. his family. and Beauty rose at four o'clock every morning to get breakfast for them. for they had plenty of friends who would invite them Their was to stay in the town. and the merchant and his sons ploughed and sowed the fields. now kept away and However. reading.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST " and said he. But they were mistaken. two older girls are having their pride is humbled it no more than they deserve." The different daughters wept at the idea of leading such a life. and we could if those be expected to help them . really. "We are sorry for the merchant and of course. and earn our daily living with our hands. and the older ones said they would not go. we have n't one to the other. friends. and when there was nothing her spinningwheel. singing as she spun.* After the breakfast things were out of the way she busied herself about the other housework.

And is what " you. did not change their habits so They were always easily. but spent most of the time sauntering about and complaining. and her eyes were brighter and her cheeks more rosy than ever before. and they did sisters till ten o'clock and did very little work were up. who thought that now they could city. was pleased. thinking of the wealth they had lost. shall I bring gowns and and all manner of Then the merchant said. and they were wretched. This news nearly turned the heads of the two eldest daughters. to see you come Her father ought to tell from the town. year passed and then the merchant received Her two not get up after they A news that one of his ships which he had believed to be lost had come safely into port with a rich cargo. dear father.268 yet BEAUTY AND THE BEAST when she became used to it she enjoyed it." she answered." said she. Beauty ? " The only thing I wish for home safely. soon leave the little farm and return to the gay As soon as their father made ready him " to to go to the port to attend ship's to the unlading and sale of the cargo they begged hats buy them new trinkets. . but he thought she him of something he might bring her " Well.

and at the end of six months of trouble and courts. Yet when the merchant entered the courtyard no one met him. / The man would not turn over partner the the money he h$l received to the merchant. expense he started for his when he came. This led to a spfencjid palace that was lit from top to bottom. in a great forest and the poor man grew $int with hunger. through which Night caAie on cold and rainy. but when he reached th port he found that a former had taken/charge of the ship's goods and disposed of them. His horse kept . for have you bring not seen one since we came here. little farm as poor as day until he was within thirty miles of home. But presently he saw bright ligfts some way off shining through the trees. and merchant was obliged to sue for it in the But what he recovered barely paid the costs. and heJtjurned his horse toward them and soon came intf a long avenue of great oaks.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST " as you insist." The good man noWset out on his journey. and he was thinking of the pleasure he would have in seeing his children again travelled day after He when he lost his way he had to pass. and when he halooed he received no answer. I I 269 would have like to me a rose.

he left So the hall and passed through several splendid till rooms he came to one in which was a comfort- able bed. His own . and there he spent the night. After he had finished eating ~ ielt less timid and he concluded he would look for a chamber. But I can't imagine where night the people of this house can be. awaking the following morning he was surprised to find a new suit of clothes laid out for him on a chair by the bedside. he sat all one came. but not a soul fire did he see. The merchant now sought la! - the castle and went a hall where he found good fire. excuse the liberty I have taken." waited for some time and the clock struck will No food. and then. for stormy out in the forest. the while he was fearful that he was trespassing and might be severely deah with for his presumption. How fortunate am this find such shelter. and he dismounted and led the creature inside and hitched it to a manger into a that was full of hay and oats. his On name. marked with and with ten gold pieces in every pocket. weak for want of down at the table and ate heartily yet . While he stood by " I the I drying to himself he said.270 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on toward an open stable door. and I hope its master should have perished He eleven. and a table pit fully set with food.

the town to buy the gifts money wanted." said the beast in his deep..BEAUTY AND THE BEAST clothes." " ? said the beast." said he." begged the merchant. until this moment. " ' "Why do you pick my flowers? Forgive me." left stopping. She shall have one of these. "this palace belongs to some kind fairy who has seen and pitied my distresses/* where he had supped the nip^t before he found the table prepared for his bre xast. and In the hall ^eat garden and shrubbery. I only wanted to carry a rose to one jf my " You have daughters. have you daughters. 271 which were much the worse for wear and had been wet through by the storm. As he walked along he passed under a bower of roses. had disappeared. and that I my mind my older daughters has been so full of my troubles have not thought of the rose for which Beauty asked." and he reached up and plucked one. my lord. " Surely. did not know I was giving offence.edge and stood before the " This merchant. gruff voice. sooner had he done this than a great beast came suddenly forth from a side path where he had No been hidden by a . . " " I had no said he when I after full he had eaten he went out into a flowers of beautiful Ah. place is mine. " I throwing himself on his knees before the beast.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST " Now. promise no harm will be done her." the beast re- sponded." "Oh. that. "do not ask " Nothing " else will I appease me." sir!" the merchant. listen ! This palace cried is lonely and I want one of your daughters to come here and live. So take the rose you have picked and go at once and .

" said the merchant." " No." for the rest of your days " in the " My lord/' replied the merchant." as later. To-morrow." il declared the . 273 your daughters what I have said and in case not one of them will come you must return yourself and be prisoned palace dungeon. and can only obey you." said the ." the I beast said. your stead. and he handed the rose to Beauty. merchant " I in closing." Then he went to the stable and mounted his His children horse and by night he reached home. and you in may well lock me up your dungeon now " first. kill sister. I shall not as let a child of mine suffer for me. saying." said Beauty. ran out to greet him. dear father. " Little do you think how dear that will cost your poor father "and he related all the sad adventures " that had befallen him. you go home and consult with your daughters " I am in " your power." cried her three brothers. but instead of receiving their caresses with pleasure the tears rolled down his cheeks." can't let you do in that. "I shall return to the beast. " I " will am going Not so." " You could accomplish nothing.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tell ." "we die seek out the monster and either him or ourselves.

the fault is plainly mine." Her father but she tried to dissu ^ her from insisted. They sat down to this repast. that to ask for a rose wculd cause so much misery ? However." said Beauty. and addressed the merchant. that you did not do we did and ask for something sensible. " Honest " I am could be trusted. and after the merchant had led the horse into the stable and seen it comfortably housed for the night they went into the palace. he started for the beast's palace-." said he. BEAUTY AV~ " for he lives ^ a BEAST enchanted palace and has invisible helpers with whan you could not hope to contend successfully. "They arrived late in the afternoon and rode down the long avenue of oaks and into the silent courtyard to the door of the stable where the horse had been kept before. Beauty. Just then the beast man.274 merchant. ->rning he mounted his horse and. as r< What a pity. and the ." " " How unfortunate it all is ! m said the older girls. that glad you . A cheerful fire was table blazing in the big hall and the was daintily spread with most delicious food. and I shall have to suffer the consequence^. with Beauty sitting behind him. but were too sad to eat much and were soon came in through. Then they dismounted." " " who could have guessed Well. her purpose.

I think you will have nothing :o regret. . I beg you to reBut I tell you what spell I really am. ready for to him " here is wealth once more. " lady." Then they sat long in silence. and they each hunted up a chamber and try to sleep.BEAUTY I N^ THE BEAST 275 was rude and thix* _n." said the merchant The beast bowed and said." So saying. ghter the What the beast n. retired to On them the in morrow they found the hall.~ & toward you yesterday.. for I am under a This hot e you will be able to re- move. . However." " This is my daughter. in the end. " I do not know but he talks very courteously. and member cannot spell. the merchant bade He daughter an affectionate farewell. well! said he. saddlebags were full of gold. It was all his mount. Beauty.y My I grateful to you I for coming." . that am not wUat you think me." said the merchant. I am ve. breakfast prepared for and after they had eaten. n erchant and " th f his u. but it cannot make up for the loss of my dear daughter.s. and to his surprise the " " Ah. went to the stable for his horse. withdrew sitting and by left the fire. . Spend the night here and to-morrow go your way. but at last arose . but it seemed neceseiry.

" queen she thought. As soon as he was gone she threw herself down on a cushioned window-seat and cried till she fell asleep . door and entered a splendidly furnished apartment where were a multitude of the She opened books and pictures. you are not so unfortunate as you suppose. handsomer than any man she had came to her and said. " Ah. You will have your reward. a harpsichord fortable chairs and couches. "my chief wish just at is to see what my poor father is ." shall be obeyed. when a young prince.276 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Beauty watched him ride away. and after a little she decided she would walk about and see something of the palace in She awoke late in the which she was to live. Beauty. and many comShe picked up a book fly-leaf she : that lay on a and on the found written in golden letters these words " Your wishes and commands are here the You "Alas!" this moment about. ever seen. and while she slept she dreamed she was walking by a brook bordered with trees and lamenting her sad fate. over everything. She found much to admire and presently came to a door on which was written BEAUTY'S ROOM." day a good deal refreshed and comforted. table.

and . great deal of kindness. but Beauty felt very thankful she had been allowed such " This beast shows a a pleasure. home and The vision her sisters and brothers " He must be a far better creature than we have and then imagined.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 277 While she was thinking this she perceived some movement in a mirror on the wall in front of her. and when she looked into the mirror she saw her father arriving meeting him. faded quickly away. he might sup with her." She did not see the beast he came and asked if until evening. glancing about the attractive room." said she.

" " You are " Inshe deed. Beast." " they rose from the supper table. Beauty. the beast said. when I very kind. yet there were invisible servants who did everything possible for her comfort . The beast talked to Beauty with great politeness and intelligence. beautiful music was played. rather have eaten alone. suppose you think my appearance extremely ugly." said Beauty. think of your good heart." replied. In the days and weeks which followed Beauty saw no one save the beast." " You show a most tell a lie. you no longer seem to me so ugly. but gracious spirit. Beast.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST But she would much she replied that he could. As long as they sat at the table soft. for she could not help trembling in his presence. "for I cannot think you are very good. yet his gruff voice startled her every time he spoke." I "Yes." said the beast. " No. do you think you could ever care enough As for me to kiss me " ? She left faltered out. "in not judging me wholly by my uncouth exterior. I will do anything I can to make you happy here. When they had " I nearly finished he said. though whence it came or who were the musicians she could not discover." and he turned and the room sighing so deeply that she pitied him.

" And " will you return at the end of a week if you go ? asked the beast. Not long afterward her mirror showed her that her three brothers had enlisted for soldiers and her father was left alone. and his conversation never failed to entertaining and agreeable. " " " I Yes. he was sure to ask in Three months passed." said he." . I cannot refuse anything you ask. and one day Beauty looked her mirror and saw a double wedding at her father's cottage. By degrees she grew accustomed mind it less shaggy ugliness and learned to and to think more of his many amiable to his qualities. will have a swift horse ready for you at sun- rise to-morrow. A few days more elapsed and was sick. she saw that her father in the The sight made her weep.BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 279 and pleasure. She and the beast always had supper be together." she replied. Her sisters were being married to two gentlemen of the region. when only thing that pained her was that he was about to leave her at the end of supper if The she thought she could sometime care enough for him to kiss him. and evening she told the beast what her mirror had revealed to her and that she wished to go and nurse her father.

My lady. As soon was served as Supper time came and the food usual. dear Beast. said. which she reached late in the afternoon.280 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST next day at sunrise Beauty found the swift horse saddled for her in the courtyard. dropping on her " knees beside him. At once a change came over the beast. beast. She ran garden. and on the grass beside the fountain lay a handsome " prince. and by the borders of a fountain she found the beast lying as if dead. but the beast was absent and " she Beauty was a good deal alarmed. as the seven days were past she returned to the castle of the beast. He opened his eyes and said feebly. I hope " him. The When at she arrived. the old merchant was so overjoyed seeing her that his sickness left him and the two spent a most quickly happy week together. "what has happened? and she leaned over and kissed his hairy cheek. through all the apartments of the palace." After waiting a short time she went to look the. nothing has happened to Oh. " Dear." He for was so good and considerate." she cried. I . and away she went like the wind through the forest toward her father's cottage. but the beast was not there and then in the twilight she hurried out to the hastily .

" Then Beauty a cup with water from the him up so that he could drink. But I think you form are the only to in the world kind-hearted enough have had affection for me in the ugly the magician had given me. when I was walking here in the When garden. I fell and could not filled rise." called. far Once there. . The enchantment had been invisible. and I became so weak that to-day. and the servants were no longer " Call for said the help. food. and happiness went ing him. A wicked magician had condemned me to assume the form of an ugly beast until some beautiful maiden consented to maiden kiss me. That revived him somewhat and with her help he fountain and lifted rose to his feet. father to toward restor- The come next morning he sent for Beauty's and make his home with them. you went away to your father I was so lonely I could no longer eat or amuse myself. several prince and when she and men instantly to came to their aid carried the prince the palace. warmth. .BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 281 thank you. re- moved from the palace as well as from the prince. and prince not long afterward Beauty and the married and they lived with great were joy and con- tentment in their palace ever after.

"we the cannot inform you. "for 'tis house built of brick." I. . easier. I met two men on horseback riding on a donkey and I asked them could they tell me whether the little old woman was dead Friday feathers." they replied. as I was sailing over the tops little of the mountains in my boat. standing alone by the midst of sixty or seventy other houses just like it. "Ho a itself in ! 'tis wooden easy enough. but next you you will go about to mountains and tell call on it." said . " Then nothing in the world can be and I went on my way." Sir beyond the Gammer Vans he can house " ? town all " But how am I to know fais I asked." if said they. yet who was hanged herself in a week ago of for drowning a shower "No.THE FATE OF A LITTLE OLD WOMAN Monday morning at six o'clock in the LAST evening.

THE FATE OF A LITTLE OLD WOMAN This Sir 283 Gammer Vans got to his house he bottle was a giant. "Very well. and when I popped out of a little thumb- from behind the door. " Certainly. I thank you." says I. " How d' ye do " ? says he. . " Have some supper with me this morning." says he." says I.

and there was a big dog under the table who picked up all the crumbs. At once he took a fine salmon from an . I " would." " Ah." looked as he requested. I see a man running said Sir in this direction as fast as he can walk. do you eating the coffee." to the Soon the man arrived and was admitted house. " he is no doubt bringing me a fish.284 THE FATE OF A LITTLE OLD WOMAN So he gave me a slice of coffee and a cup of cold beef. Gammer. I wonder if that can be my bird- who catches fish for me?" Why I not go to the door and look out of the I window and see?" " So asked. Pray." Gammer Vans. " Yes. go me if you can see any one just is above have the gout in right knee which out of sight beyond the woods that grow in the bare field I where my wheat ripening for the harvest. for at that moment we heard a distant shouting and Sir Gammer Vans interrupted But I said me by hunter " " saying. but foot a trifle my in left it makes painful for tell my stead and my me to move about. happen to know whether the little old woman " is When we no more." I " replied." said he. had finished drinking the beef and " Sir I said.

rode away in Sir and my little boat over the mountain Gammer Vans had not told me little whether or not the old woman was dead who had been hanged of feathers . for for I drowning herself in a shower had forgotten to ask him. ." So the man put the fish in a pot of water turned bottom upwards on the fire. and when it had boiled for three hours he took the salmon out hard frozen and tasted." " "Very good may get it ready says Sir Gammer. made it into the best apple-pie I ever We Then tops. I ate the pie all up that evening for breakfast. 285 that and " said.THE FATE OF A LITTLE OLD WOMAN empty basket he salmon with carried. "and now you breakfast this for us to eat for evening. I shot my ! club as it was flying over a barn in the valley on the next hilltop.

" he would say. and they two were all there was to the family.THE DONKEY. unless we count the them the milk they had to the riverside to drink. "Well. goat. AND THE STICK was once a poor tailor who had a named THERE son goat that gave Jack . They took very good care of the goat and Jack led her every day down where the grass grew greenest. that she might have plenty to eat. In the evening Jack would go down by the river to fetch the goat home. "I am I so full cannot pull Another blade of grass ba! baa!" . THE TABLE. " have you had enough " ? And the goat would reply.

angrily. "for . "The farther I get the better." He said went to the house and found Jack. and he would tie a cord to the goat's neck and lead her home to her stall and fasten her up. " Has the goat had plenty to eat to-day ? " ! " " she Oh. yes Jack would answer. are you full ?" And the goat replied." is so full But one evening the tailor was looking at the goat and he thought she seemed rather thin. and he " said. about me ba! baa! " " What is this I hear " ? cried the tailor. " and she has ! been hungry all the time.THE DONKEY." was so enraged that Jack was afraid he was going to beat him. "You " the goat was full he shouted. "My son has been deceiving me then. My dear goat. she no more can pull. and the lad hurried out of the house and down the road as fast as he could tailor The go. " How Though I can I be full ? There was nothing looked all to pull. for he had a hasty temper. tell Afterward he would " his father that he had brought the goat home." said he. AND THE STICK 287 " Then come along. and his father would ask." Jack would say. THE TABLE.

and in the evening he came to get the goat. " Now for once you can eat to work. Well." he said said.288 it THE DONKEY. but the goat " How Though 1 full ? There was nothing looked all to pull." said " no doubt she lied yesterday. AND THE STICK be a good while before I shall will dare show my face at home again. plentiful and he said to her. as he You are this time. about me ba ! baa " ! When the tailor heard that he knew the goat was " If she lies not speaking the truth. and he led " her to her full and fastened her up. "I am I so full could not pull grass Another blade of ba ! baa ' ' ! " Come home stall then. THE TABLE. goat." So the next day there was no Jack to take the goat to the feeding-place by the waterside. can I be was leaving her." Then he went back to And the goat answered. and the The food was tailor had to lead her there himself. to-day. and I have made he." said the tailor. are you full ? his your heart's content. a mistake in not believing my son. and he said to " " her." .

" Wait a minute." replied Jack. Then his the miller told Jack he would pay him '9 " wages.THE DONKEY. AND THE STICK 289 Then he laid hold of the goat and exclaimed. " He is a miller and I he needs a helper." Why " ? said the old not apprentice yourself to my husband woman. you ungrateful beast I will give ! you a beating that you will long remember " ! picked up a stout stick. So the old woman took Jack to the mill. for he was very hungry and tired. Now ran and little what had happened to Jack was right this he a he ran until he ran up against old walking along the road. and the tailor felt very sad. lad ? fast. left home to go out in the wide world and seek woman who was my " then fortune. and he served the miller for a year and a day. " " Whither so she asked. THE TABLE. and I was in a hurry. dragged the goat from her stall and belabored her very heartily until she broke away from him and ran off. and will / can promise you that he pay good wages. my " I " I have beg your pardon. You . Week after He week passed. but no one knew where Jack had gone. He was all alone and there was not a day that he did not wish his son would return home." Jack promptly agreed to accept the work offered.

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have behaved very well," said he, cc and I am going to give you a donkey, but this donkey will draw no
cart

and carry no sack."

"

What

is

the

"He
"
begin at

spits

good of him then ? asked Jack. out gold and silver," replied the miller.
'

"

You have

but to pull one of his ears and he will and when he once to c He-haw he-haw
!
!

brays there will drop from his mouth silver sixpences and half-crowns and golden guineas."

Very good," said the lad, and he thanked the miller and set forth, leading the donkey behind him. " " I shall have no cares, now," said Jack. My will be always full, and wherever I go I purse
shall live

"

on the

best."

By and by he stopped at an inn, and the landlord was for taking the donkey from him to tie him up,
but Jack
that. said,
I will I

Oh, no, you need not trouble to do go to the stable with him myself, and

"

then

shall

know where

to find him."

So the young apprentice took his donkey to the stable and afterward went into the inn and
ordered as good a supper as the landlord could provide. The innkeeper stared, for he did not think
that a

man who took care of his own donkey could have much to spend, and he refused to serve him " You need not without being paid beforehand.

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291

" I can worry," said Jack, get plenty of money," and he went off to the stable, pulled one of the donkey's ears and got a pocket full of gold and
silver.

The
saying

landlord

wondered what Jack meant by
get

he

could

plenty of money.

"

I

will

follow the lad and see where he keeps his wealth,"

he

said.

So the

landlord
"
!

slipped

after

Jack and saw
in
is

everything he did through
door.

a crack

the

stable

" Dear

me

" that said he,

of getting
that

ducats.

A

purse

an easy way of money such as

donkey seems to be is no bad thing." After Jack had eaten supper and gone to bed the landlord visited the stable again, and this time he

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THE DONKEY, THE TABLE, AND THE STICK
donkey away and
tied another in his

led the gold
place.

The

next morning, early, the apprentice went to

the stable and got the donkey, never doubting that he had the right one. " I will go back to my father,

" His now," said he. anger must have cooled long ago, and when he knows I have this gold donkey he
will

receive

me

kindly."
to his father's house, and his

By noon he came
father

was rejoiced to see him.

"

What

trade have
first

you taken up,
"
I

my son?"

said he, after the

greetings were over with.

"

am a miller, dear father," answered Jack. And what have you brought home with you
for

to

show
"
I

your year's work?" asked the father. have brought home a donkey," said Jack,

" that furnishes

me

with more

money

than

I

know
I

what

to

make

Why, with that donkey " you rich with no trouble at all
!

do with.

can

" That

is

very
it

fine,"
is

said the

tailor.

"

I

am

getting old, and

sewing so unceasingly.

irksome work snipping and I have Jong wanted to quit

suppose now any more."
it.

-I

I

need not labor with
"

my

needle

"No,"
call in

replied Jack,

throw your needle away and

the neighbors.

I will

make them

rich, too."

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So the
house
tailor

293

rushed out and went from house to

people of the village the good Soon they came flocking back with him and news. then Jack made them a speech as they stood roundtelling all the

about the house, and
into the midst of the
beast's ears.

after that

he led his donkey

crowd and began pulling the But, though Jack pulled and pulled and the donkey he-hawed and he-hawed, no silver
or gold was forthcoming. The crowd laughed, and the tailor was so angry at Jack that the young man

thought took to

his father his

heels.

was going to thrash him and he He ran and ran till he came
it

bang against a door and burst was in a carpenter's shop.
"

open, and there he

"You seem to be in great haste," said the carpenter.
" but I will Yes," replied Jack, go no farther if you will give me work." " All " be right," the carpenter responded, my

pay you well." Jack agreed, and. he served the carpenter a year and a day. Then the master said, " I
I

apprentice and

will

for
will

now
ten

give

you your wages.
in

I

will

let

you have
likely

shillings

money, which

will

very

come handy, and you may take this little table. When you are hungry you have only to say,
'

Table,

be

covered,' and at once

it

will

have a

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THE DONKEY, THE TABLE, AND THE STICK
on
it

clean cloth

and dishes and

lots

to eat

and

drink/'

The young
life,

apprentice thought he was set

up

for

and he put the ten shillings in his pocket and took the table on his back and went merrily on his
length he came to the inn where he had It was full of guests, but stopped the year before.

way.

At

they bade Jack welcome, and asked him to sit down with them to eat, as otherwise he might not be able
to get anything.

"

You

are very kind," said Jack,

"
yet

I

am

not

so badly off as

you think, and instead of accepting
all

your invitation I will ask you feast of my own providing."

to share with

me

a

they laughed, for they thought he was joking; but he brought in his little wooden table " and said, " Table, be covered
!

Then

Without delay the

table

was

set with

much

better

food than the landlord had been able to give his guests, and the odor of it greeted their noses very " Fall to, my good friends," said Jack, agreeably.

and the guests, when they understood how things were, needed no second asking.

They went
as a dish

at the

was emptied a

food most valiantly, and as often All full one took its place.

the while the landlord stood in a corner watching

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295

keen interest. " Such cooking as proceedings with that would make my inn prosper," said he to himself.
broke up, Jack left his went to wishing-table standing against the wall and The landlord locked up and went to bed also, bed.
at last the party

When

but he could not sleep for thinking of Jack's table. He remembered that he had in his attic an old table
very like
table
it,

and

finally

he got up and fetched that
it

down and exchanged

for Jack's.

Jack, none

the wiser, rose the next day early, paid his reckoning,

took the worthless table on
see his father.

his

back and

set off to

not

even

never once stopped by the way, for breakfast, and by nine o'clock he

He

was rejoiced to see his son, and asked him what he had been doing all the long year that he had been gone.
reached his father's house.
tailor

The

"Oh,"
carpenter."

said

Jack,

"I

have learned

to

be a

" That

is

a

good

what have you " I have brought

the tailor, " and " brought back with you ?
trade," said
this little table,"

The

tailor

looked

at

it

on

all

sides.

Jack responded. " Rather a

rubbishing old table, I call it," said he. " But it is a very wonderful one," explained Jack. " I can ask that table for anything I please in the line of food and drink and it furnishes what I call

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for in

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no time.
Let us
invite

the neighbors

to

come and we
So
the

will all

feast

and enjoy ourselves/'
to

tailor

hastened

get

the

together, and then Jack put his table " and said, " Table, be covered
!

in their

neighbors midst

But nothing came of

his

command, and

the table

remained just as empty as any other table that does
not understand talking. Jack felt very foolish then, and the company joked him freely and his father

began to upbraid him and grew more and more wrathful, and the young man was frightened and had

no doubt
his cane.

his father

was about to chastise him with

So he got away as fast as his legs would carry him, and he ran and ran until he tumbled

into a river.

A

man who happened
"
said,
I

to

be near

by pulled him out and
so fast."

suppose you are

not looking for work or you would not be going

"
but "

No,"
I

said Jack,

"I was not looking

for anything,

want work, nevertheless." " I have a Well," said the man, turning shop here on the river bank, and I will take you for an

apprentice and pay you well." So Jack worked for the turner a year and a day, and then his master, to reward him for his labor and
his

good conduct, handed him

a

few shillings

in

" he cried. any man ' does you harm. and after that gave him a sack and him there was a stick inside of it. you have " in that sack which you take such care of? " I don't " Well. bang him ! . propose to tell I would n't exchange what you." That roused the landlord's curiosity more than " What in the world can it be ? " ever. and bang him ' ! the stick will will ' ! jump out and will drub him c soundly and into the sack not stop until you say. and you say." replied Jack. away when Jack awoke. " Perhaps he has a lot of precious stones in his I sack. but I '11 say this have in that bag for a thousand guineas. Stick. Out stick. and as he was sitting by the inn-room fire " What is it afterward the landlord asked. " " but what is the good of the stick ? " If " I will tell you. AND THE STICK money. and as no the landlord laid hold of the one else was present By and by Jack nodded it sack and was taking " Out and stick. THE TABLE.THE DONKEY. He ate supper." said the master. " 297 told The sack may be of use to me. thought he. apprentice thanked his master and started on his travels and he was not long in seeking the inn The where he had formerly fared so badly." said Jack." off into a nap.

into the sack At once disappeared the stick into left the man the bag." . rapped his head and At once bruised his arms and legs until he the floor. and the set young man out for his father's house. tailor He was very glad to see him again and asked what he had learned while he had been away. AND THE STICK the stick flew from the bag and battered the innkeeper on the back. only you will make this terrible stick stop beating me. and promised he should have them whenever he chose to take them. " dear father. The Jack the gold next morning the landlord turned over to donkey and the wishing table. and peace and the landlord told in Jack where he kept the table and the donkey. " fell groaning to the landlord. well." goblin "Very " said. " I have been arrived an hour before noon and the My apprenticed to a turner." answered Jack." was Jack's response." said the " if wretched man. Then he crept off to bed very lame and sore. THE TABLE. and then he " ! Stick. Have mercy have mercy!'' begged ! " I will have mercy when you give me my table and donkey." said Jack. " You can have anything you want.298 THE DONKEY.

" Jack explained. "a stick in a sack Have you gone crazy ? " " But it is not a common stick. " " and what have you brought back with you ? " stick in a sack. " When man means harm to me I simply say. any " ! ! ( and bang him! and the stick jumps from the sack and gives the fellow such a poundstick." Jack replied. THE TABLE.THE DONKEY. "A A What " cried the old tailor. is Out 1 ing that he remember last soon glad to beg my pardon. AND THE STICK 299 very ingenious handicraft." said the father. You year I told you about a wishing table .

and I cannot help thinking that you and I were not there. After that Jack brought the donkey and pulled ears his until and the money jingled out of his mouth they all had as much as they could carry it is away. and he lived ever after with son in great ease and luxury. AND THE STICK me that supplied with food. and the year before I told you about a donkey that furnished me with money. THE TABLE. But what became of the goat. the unlucky cause of Jack's being driven from home? I will tell you. Table. a great pity The next day the tailor took his needles and thread. sight a fox's hole and came home he caught of two great eyes staring at him out of the the fox When . the table and donkey were stolen from I me by all a wicked innkeeper. She ran to the woods and into hid herself.300 THE DONKEY. Well. with a and at once set feast that kept the company jolly for a long time. but with this stick have recovered them both. his yard measure and his goose and locked them up his in a cupboard. Now let the neigh- bors feast be sent for and they shall have the finest they have ever had in their lives and I will fill tailor called the little their pockets with gold." So the old " ! neighbors together and the son took his be covered table it and was " said.

AND THE STICK darkness. never knew you to get over the ground so fast before. Bear. neither the fox nor I " In the and fox's hole there sits a grisly beast with fiery eyes can drive him out. of your high spirit?" " You may well ask. I " and know you despise me. " a grisly beast is hole. "What has happened? " stop I ! called the bee. dear in ! my answered the fox. and you have a What has become very depressed countenance. as fast as he could go until he met is " <c " Hold what called the bear." said the bear. on. THE TABLE. but think I can help you. but when he caught sight of the goat's gleaming eyes he too was terrified and fled in great haste until he met " a bee. Stop. fox's hole So he went to the and looked in . and the fox was so frightened that 301 he scampered away a bear." little " I am I a poor feeble creature." So the bee flew into the fox's hole and stung the .THE DONKEY." said the bee." the bear replied. Brother Fox the trouble that you should be racing off like ! that?" " sitting Oh. Brother Bear." " I will soon drive him out. and he stared at me with fiery " eyes.

and whither she went no one knows to this hour.J02 THE DONKEY. THE TABLE. AND THE STICK Then the goat jumped and cried goat on the head. " " Baa and ran out like mad into the Baa ! ! world . .

ruined. Vinegar ! we are ruined it is all I Mr. Oh. in every One morning. be done. " pray do not weep any more. was made of old boards and other rubbish which they MR. and she hurried off with much weeping and wailing to tell him of the " disaster. a very it rattled and shook Vinegar. VINEGAR It they had built with their own hands." said Mr. Mr. and they lived in a shabby little house that had picked up. to a neighboring thicket to gather some fagots." I will go back with you and see what can . Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar were very poor. Vinegar had gone clitter-clatter about her ears.MR. who was kitchen floor good housewife. and high wind. Vinegar we are have knocked the house " ! down and " to pieces My dear. was busily sweeping her when an unlucky thump of the broom against the walls brought down the whole house. Vinegar. Mrs. When ! she found him she ! exclaimed.

and they stretched . the house is all in bits and we can never live in it again . and they were both very tired. Vinegar climbed up also. They walked that day. They had said. but here will is the door. " Yes. and when he had adjusted the door at a level Mrs. wife. climb up into a tree with this door and you shall follow after. VINEGAR So they returned. I will take that on my back and we go forth to seek our fortune." With by " his wife's help he got the door on his back. all and off they nightfall started. Vinegar said. now come to a thick forest I will and Mr. and Mr.304 MR." So he climbed up among the branches of a great tree. Vinegar My love.

MR. dared not quit Then Mr. Vinegar had to cling selves from a bad tumble. Come down. looked down and. " I scrambled down." said he as he lifted Just then he espied a number of golden guineas that had been beneath the door where they had been dropped on the ground by the robbers in their " haste to get away. and Mrs. ." said one. and Bill. Vinegar till broad daylight. VINEGAR their 305 weary limbs on it and were soon fast asleep. to the tree to save When the door began to drop the noise it made startled the robbers and they looked up to learn the cause. here . Vinegar was so frightened he could listen no longer. their tree Mr. Vinegar was awakened by the sound of voices directly below him." for pounds for you you and Bob. here 's ten 's three pounds for Mr. however. and he trembled so violently that he shook them- the door off the branches on which it lay. by its fall. and he and Mrs. Mrs. Vinegar. but no sooner did they do this all than the door came ran away greatly down on their heads and they terrified. to his dismay. hope the door was not broken it. But in the middle of the night Mr. "Jack. five pounds you. Vinegar J " zo . saw that a party of robbers were met under the tree to divide He some money they had " here 's stolen.

" I should be the Mr. sell at go to the nearest town and buy a I can make butter and cheese which you shall we shall then be able to live very market. Vinegar was proud of his purchase. tell they found they were the possessors " " Now. my dear. he walked about until he saw a beautiful red cow that he thought would " Oh. and when they counted it of forty guineas. tweedledum." So he took the money and went off to the nearest " town ." I will do as you say. Then and the bargain was made. happiest man alive. But by and by he saw after the a man playing some bag-pipes The children followed dee. Vinegar. " and you can stay here till I return. and crowds of people. and he led the cow backwards and forwards to show it. and comfortably. say " ! ! Our fortune is say Mrs. if I only had that cow. you what you You must take these forty guineas and cow." said just suit him. and there was a fair in the town." said she. Vinegar came down as quickly as she could and saw the money with great delight." replied Mr. VINEGAR " come down. Mr." he offered the forty guineas for the cow and the owner was quite ready to part with it at that price. I '11 shall do. .306 he cried. When he arrived. ! MR. Vinegar. I I made Come down. tweedlebagpipe man.

Vinegar's fingers grew very cold. VINEGAR 307 and he appeared to be pocketing a great deal of money. So the beautiful red cow was given for the bagMr. Vinegar. Vinegar. heartily ashamed and mortified. Friend. a what of " charming instrument that " ! is. and could earn far more than with this cow. " What a pleasant said and profitable life that musician I must lead. Vinegar walked up and down with his pipes. exchange it for your red cow.MR. . " how I will I should like to possess " it ! " " Well. thick pair of gloves. The day was chilly and poor Mr. and what a deal money you must make Why." " Done " said the delighted Mr. and it a wonderful instrument. but in vain he attempted to play and the children. he was leaving the town when he met a man wearing a fine." " Oh " cried ! Mr." said the man. Vinegar. ! a tune. purchase. yes. I make is a great deal of money. " If had that instrument I should be the happiest man alive." said the man " . to be sure. hooted and laughed at him. instead of giving him pennies." " So he went up to the man and said. At last." I Mr.

I should be the happiest " If I had those warm gloves alive." " All right." man Then he went up " there." Then he said to the man. Vinegar." "Well." to the man and said to him. truly.308 " MR. "Oh!" said Mr. you seem to have a capital pair of gloves "Yes." replied the man. said I Mr. "these are ex- cellent gloves. "if I had that cane I should be the happiest man alive." have them. Friend." said the man. VINEGAR Oh. Vinegar to himself. But the became. "I should like will give you these bagpipes to for them. my fingers are so very cold " ! said Mr. farther he walked the more tired he he saw a until presently man coming toward him with a good stout cane in his hand." suit How would it you " ? to give it to me in exchange for these gloves asked Mr. ." the a mile man it " responded. and he took the bagand Mr. I have used it for many " and has been a great help. Vinegar. Vinegar put on the gloves and felt pipes entirely contented as he trudged along toward the forest. what a rare good cane you have. Vinegar. " Friend." " Yes.

" As he drew near to the forest where he had his wife left he heard an owl on a tree laughing. Vinegar as he went on with his cane. do so willingly." said the owl. hoo. Not content with that. " Mr. VINEGAR " " I will 309 man. foolish.MR. "you foolish man. "Hoo. you changed the cow for some bagpipes on which you could not play and which were not worth one tenth as much as the cow.hoo!" Then it called out his name and he stopped to ask what it wanted." replied the hands had become perfectly warm. you simpleton fair and laid out all your money in buying a cow. ! you went to the you blockhead. not have done better. Ah. foolish man ! Then you no sooner . Vinegar. " and my My legs were very I could weary." said Mr.

hoo hedge. ! and long. . Vinegar returned to his wife without money. hoo. or stick. hoo. VINEGAR had the bagpipes than you changed them for the gloves that were worth not one quarter as much as and when you got the gloves you exchanged them for a cane. The cane lodged in the tree. gloves. miserable stick which you might have cut in any " Hoo. Vinegar became very angry and threw his cane at its head. bagpipes. and she said things to him that he liked even less than what the bird had said. and bird The laughed loud Mr.3 10 MR. hoo. and now for your forty guineas you have nothing to show but that poor the bagpipes . and Mr. cow.

our child will no doubt grow up to be a hunter just as I am. My dear. your father commanded me that I should warn you not to go to the Black Mountains to hunt." But the son saw no good reason why he should not hunt there as well as elsewhere. to hunt Soon afterward the hunter died. and in time his son grew up and became a hunter as his father had been before him.clad length he was ranges. and if I should not be alive when that little ONCE he had one son. among the lofty. and one day he took his bow and arrows. and he could At not perceive but that they were perfectly peaceful . forest. Then his mother said.THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS upon a time there was a hunter and a boy the hunter said to his wife. mounted his horse and rode to the Black Mountains. While this son was still " time comes that he for I wish you would take care to must not go to the Black Mountains evil befalls whoever goes thither. " Son." tell him .

" How now " shouted ! never heard of me " have you that you dare to come and hunt the giant. and he kept riding on until suddenly a huge giant appeared before him.312 and THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS free from danger. " What could my father " have meant by his warning ? he said to himself. .

but the young man contrived to dodge them. I have my many years." she replied. my father's as this young man I " but warning now." She soon had the gates open and bade the young man welcome.THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS 313 quick succession at the intruder . " the I understand ." So he went farther into the mountains and presWhen he drew ently came to a magnificent castle. Wait where you are and I will the castle gates come down and unlock and let you in. " Its owner is a great giant who will soon come and " tear you in pieces. and fitting an arrow to his bow he shot the giant and in on my ground ? and hurled them " and he picked up three great rocks killed him. "I am free." said monster is no longer to be feared will it seek out his dwelling and see what treasure contains. near to the entrance a beautiful maiden appeared at a window and he addressed her and asked to whom the castle belonged. have killed him. and you are prisoner deliverer. " How dare you venture among these terrible mountains?" " I The giant is dead. and after he had led his horse to the ." said the young man." "Ah been his then!" cried for she.

she had restored him. He is want nothing more to too clever with his bow and I I shall " arrows to suit me. then. " and we can in the giant's castle." " Well." said she. "No. day among can go out hunting every the mountains." said the giant. They they got through talking the princess to be his wife. and that the giant had stolen her and that she had almost despaired of help talked together for a long time. man who slew Go home and punish as he deserves." said she. and when she knew that the giant was dead she went secretly to the body and administered brought the giant to life. the daughter of a prince." said the witch. " the young some magic medicine that " Giant. young man asked the live here " I am willing. ." " " and Yes." I But there was an old witch woman who had a hut in a wild glen not far from the castle. when you him is now in your castle.3 14 THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS maiden conducted the young Then she told him she was stables the beautiful man into the palace. and keep as far away from him " as I can." do with him. and they liked each other so well that before ever reaching her." said he. the task of disposing of him falls to me for I do not intend to have .

" said he." "Then "and I I will get the it Melon of Life. It did not take her long to discover " and witch. in three days' do. away on some errand from which he can never come back. will start for at once. to and put on her third day her sick." The quicker you "That is just what I I will promise you be gone to return no more.THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS 315 him staying here way " in the mountains. and work was given her in the kitchen. she managed something into the food the princess ate that made sooner was this accomplished than the witch said to the young man." Then the witch went to the palace and asked to be hired as a servant." day long and in the evening he came to the house of an old man. He told the old man the ." said " Send him the giant." said the witch." We must make her " But there is only one thing can cure her. who gave him So he travelled all lodging for the night. no. if there is any to prevent it. well again." responded the time he will how fond the young man was of the at the palace princess." No "Oh." cried he. "and that is the Melon of Life." get rid of him the better. "she must not die. " I fear your princess will die.

He succeeded in the not a in Melon moment without being seen. Do not go." the jug and the The young man took the garden of the getting into it comb and the knife and went his way. and soon perceived that the Melon of Life was gone. but hedge he cracked some dry twigs. and here is a knife. This he picked. it flowed out and covered the land he had just passed over with a great lake." But the young man would not be persuaded to turn back. and at last he came to fifty giants. When he saw that they near him he threw the jug behind him. and the old are deceived. Then they set off in pursuit of the were getting The water in young man. and that alarmed the giants. "Well. . and there he found of Life. and if they pursue you throw these things behind you one at a time as there is need." said the old man. "if you must have your way I will give you three things to take with you. jug of water. you The expedition a fatal one. here Life is is Here is a little a comb. They looked around the garden to learn what getting through the garden had caused the noise.316 THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS man is errand he was on. " said. Son. and The Melon of guarded by fifty giants. and he wasted in starting on his return journey.

and as he did not care to meet him he ran off at once to the forest. the giant whom the witch had restored to life had taken possession of sickness and was locked the castle. But they gained again on his pursuers. at length came out of the jungle and were on his trail once more. This time the young man got entirely away from the fifty giants and returned to the Black Mountains. Then he threw the comb behind him and there sprang up a thick jungle through which the giants had great difficulty in forcing therr way. during his absence. and he at sight The young man . of the giant knew that things had gone wrong while he was away. When the young man approached the castle the giant chanced to be standing at the gates and saw him while he was still at a distance. As soon as he saw them he threw the knife behind him. However. and the land in his rear was cov- Thus he ered with thorn bushes. and the thorns were like sharp knives. and the princess had recovered from her up in a dungeon. But presently he saw them coming again.THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS While the giants were going 317 he around this lake gained quite a distance on them. for he never expected that the young man would come back. The giant was very much startled.

They did woman and not suspect the treachery of the witch she continued to work in the kitchen. it " I will pluck the I three hairs." replied the giant. While she was gone the princess came in and found the young man dead." giant. and they plotted how to get rid of the young man once more. and the first thing he She was now quite did was to release the princess. Very well. ." said the witch.318 THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS all made haste into the castle. the Melon of Life and he well' and did not need locked it up in a closet. them giant of what she had accomplished." " What " is it ? asked the witch. and the witch hurried off to tell the out. and selecting three hairs suddenly pulled Immediately the young man's sleep became death. Then the witch stole softly up to the couch." So she watched and watched fell one day the young man of the asleep on a couch in the great hall castle. "I can never go back to my castle " but I know an while he is said the alive. three hairs from his head he "If you can " pull will die. easy way to dispose of him. Every night she went to see the giant in the forest. and she cried and was . though find a may be some time before until good opportunity.

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THE GIANT OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS 321 very sad. and the young man and the princess lived after. hastened away as fast as he could go and was never seen in the Black Mountains He again. some " and we had better be on the watch. But at last she thought of the Melon of Life locked in the closet and ran and brought it and held it before the young man's nostrils. No sooner did she do that than the young man sneezed seven times and sat up saying." said he. what a sound sleep I have had!" " " exclaimed the princess." Then she told him of how is she had found him villainy in this. and he and the princess went if up on a tower to look around and see not been long there when they perceived the giant and the witch coming from the forest. They had fly an arrow and it hit the witch and that was the end of her. The giant did not wait for him to shoot another arrow. So he got his bow and arrows. Then the young man let any danger threatened. " Oh. very happily in the castle ever ." perfectly lifeless. " it was a sleep Sleep out of which you would never have awakened had it ! not been for the Melon of " There Life.

and you will have to get your living you may/* Lazy Jack did not care to run the risk of losing " The his home. and finally. unless you begin to work I shall turn you out of the house for good and all. upon a time there They were very poor and and day out at all.LAZY JACK ONCE in was a boy whose name was Jack. the weather was cold he would beside the passed along and Jack grew to be a young man. the woman kept busy day but Jack did in the sunshine when . only safe thing for me to do/' thought he. but still his mother could not get him to do Time anything for her. "Jack. and he lived with his mother in a little house on the borders of a village. at her spinning-wheel lie no work He sit would the weather was warm. " is as best to find a job at once a " and he got up . when she was beginning her spinning and Jack had settled himself comfortably in the chimney-corner. and when fire. just after breakfast one Monday morning. she said to him.

and Jack home a well satisfied but he had never had it money before and he handled so carelessly that in crossing narrow foot-bridge over a brook he dropped the penny into the water. That only told his stirred the penny was hopelessly lost. full services. yet he could see the penny lying on the bottom and he poked about with a stick hoping to get it out. up the mud. When evening came the woodcutter gave the lad a set off for penny for his services. you should have put " in '11 I your pocket. On self Tuesday morning Jack went and hired himto a dairyman.LAZY JACK 323 and went to a neighboring woodcutter and hired himself for the day. . " ! You it stupid boy said she. got in Mother me should have put what time. and I think the pail will go in very well." So he put the pail of milk into one of his jacket pockets and walked off home. When evening came the dairyquart pail said Jack. The brook was deep." do so next time. and by the time he got there the milk was all spilled. and I will this My jacket pockets are large and deep. man gave him a " Now." said Jack." as I did of milk for his lose this I " I must not told milk my I penny. . my pocket. and soon Then Jack went on " home and " mother what had happened.

324 LAZY JACK " ! "Dear me carried it said his mother. "you should have " I '11 on your head." So he took the cheese and put it on his head but the day was warm. and I So he took up the cat and carried it along in his hands but pussy began to scratch. I Mother told me I should have carried what will this time. ." said Jack. some of it dropped off along the way and the hair. " you should have carried " I '11 do so next in your hands. Mother told me I should have carried what I got on my head. When evening came the farmer u Now. " I must not lose this cheese as I did the said Jack. On self Thursday morning Jack went and hired himto a baker." gave him a large tom-cat for his services." time. When evening came the baker Jack. rest was matted in his " You foolish fellow. and the tighter ." said Jack. and I will this time. and ." do so next time. and the cheese melted. " I must not lose this tom-cat as I did said the cream cheese yesterday. " Now." gave him a cream cheese for his services. On Wednesday morning Jack went and hired himself to a farmer. milk yesterday." got in my hands." it said his mother.

you should have go." as I Jack." .LAZY JACK he gripped it it 325 the worse it clawed. and she " You said. until he had to let told his As soon as he reached home Jack mother how the cat got away." it " you should have carried on your shoulder. mother was more out of patience with him than You ninny-hammer. His ever. this " I must not lose mutton did the tom-cat yesterday. said she. silly lad. tied it with a string and dragged it along after you. Mother told me I should have tied a string to what I got and dragged it along this after me." So he tied a string to the leg it of mutton and dragged he got " home he found along after him in the dirt. and when the mutton was spoiled. When evening came the butcher gave him a nice leg of mutton for " his services." said Jack. and I will time. Friday morning Jack went and hired himself to a butcher." " I '11 do so next time. said On Now.

" after considerable trouble he succeeded in hoisting the donkey it to his happened. " I must not lose this donkey as I did that leg of mutton yesterday. Jack came along with the donkey on his shoulders the young lady was looking out of the When window. and im- . and the doctors said unless she was made to laugh she could not hope to have either So everyspeech or hearing to the end of her days. On Saturday morning Jack went and hired him- self to a cattle-keeper." said Jack. and I time. and Jack was a stout fellow.j 26 LAZY JACK I '11 " do so next time/' said Jack. At last the father proclaimed that the first man who suc- shoulders and started for home. When cattle-keeper a little rewarded him evening came the for his services with donkey that was too old to be of any more use on the farm. and the sight was so strange and comical that she began to laugh very heartily. " Now. thing was done that could be thought of to make her laugh. Mother told me I should have carried I will this what got on my shoulder. he had to pass the mansion of a rich man whose She had never only daughter was deaf and dumb. but nothing was accomplished. As ceeded in making his daughter laugh should have her for his wife. laughed in her life.

He and his wife had a beautiful in great home.LAZY JACK Her father was mediately she could speak and hear. and he sent for Jack and told him how things were. . and Jack's mother lived with them happiness for the rest of her days. overjoyed. and Jack married the daughter and was thus made a rich gentleman.

for enough to live on. there stood the shoes made on the The good man knew not what to say or think of this strange event. "things are in a I bad way I ." So he went to bed and as well sat fell asleep.THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER THERE last was once a shoemaker who. At all his money was gone and he had the leather That evening he only one more pair of shoes. " Not " a false stitch in the whole job." said better he. I How neat and true. when. and now may go to bed. "Alas!" I 've said he. and the shoemaker showed him the new pair of shoes. yet could not earn it cut the leather to have ready to make into shoes the next day. It is could do myself. but done the best could. He looked at the workmanwork than ship." Presently a customer came in. The customer . down to his work. Early in the his great morning he table. though he worked very hard and was very honest. to all astonishment.

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER 329 examined them and was so much pleased with them that he willingly paid a higher price than usual. shortly before Christmas." " and stay up with you. he said to her. might be up and on the morrow. whatever leather was got ready in the evening was always made into shoes by daylight. stay One " I would like to is up and watch I to-night and see for who it that comes and does " think that I will my work is me. evening. there on the table were the two all Buyers came in who paid him handsomely for the shoes. a very good plan. out the work again in the evening." said his wife. With this In the evening he cut out the work and went early to bed. and found it Thus matters went on finished the next morning." light burning and hid themselves in a corner of the room behind a curtain and watched left a So they . He cut pairs of shoes finished. light in the start making the shoes at daybreak But when he rose with the first morning. and he had the money to buy leather for four pairs more. as the shoemaker and his wife were sitting by the fire chatting together. and the good man soon became quite for some time prosperous. that he enough to money make two the shoemaker bought leather pairs more.

3JO THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER They saw nothing unusual Then two little elves until the clock struck twelve. Not once did they stop till the job was finished and the shoes stood . cut out. and They took up the ! work - that was They rapped and tapped and stitched away at such a rate that the shoemaker was all amazement and could not take his eyes off how their fingers flew them for a moment. maker's bench. slipped in at the door and sat down on the shoewhat should happen.

Why cobble more for others' feet ?" ." "Yes. behind/ the curtain to watch what the little elves would do. and in they . and " Now we 've clothes so fine and neat. they picked them up and laughed and danced and were greatly delighted. I tell you w'nat will do will make them each of them a a suit of little rvair clothes. they did not elve s The the house. 1 The clock struck twelve. camre and were going to sit down to their work but wK'ien they saw the clothes lying on the table for them. instead of the Then they hid leather ^vhich was usually put there." said the shoemaker. "Those little men have marLie us rich and we ought to be thankful to them an." So the sh oemaker made the shoes. and his wife made t'he clothes. but at once bustled out o were through However. and you can make each of shoes. The next day the wife sairU to the shoemaker. "and we little will have the things ready to give them for Christmas. over.d do them I a good I office in return. before daybreak. 33 1 Jong loiter. For a little while they capered and jumped about as merry as could be. and the night before Christmas they laid these things on the table.THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER ready for use on the table. shaking the clothes and looking them singing.

ajid they never came to the house But everything went well with the shoemaker from that tinu as long as he lived. ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER Then. < . they danced out of the door. again. with the clothes in their hands.332 THE.

" responded John." said Thomas. worse for you. They we^e neighbors. I '11 never let you drive your sheep across this bridge. right here and stop them." replied John." " " I 'm not afraid of shouted your threats ! ! " You " " Thomas. I will bring them over Nottingham ! this bridge. One day when Thomas was returning home from Nottingham market he called out met John on Nottingham bridge and "Where 's are you going. " That BLACK and Thomas Brown were two men of Gotham.THE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM JOHN roughly. Buy sheep way " will you them home ? bring " " Oh. " but " I don't mind to telling am going to buy sheep. man?" you that I none of your business. but they were not good friends. and I say again." " " and which said Thomas." ." " stay No you won't." 'd better " I 'm going to not try any tricks of that sort " or it will be the exclaimed John.

you will make my sheep jump over the side of the bridge into the water and they will drown. and as they talked they swung their canes in the air and thumped with " them on the ground.334 THE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM You will ! " ! yelled John." act like " If you that. John. Each man carried a stout cane." said . " I won't " declared the other.

No. untied the mouth of the They bag and shook " Now. I shall not them across this bridge." " " Ah." said Thomas. lift " Where bag of I is your common-sense? meal from the horse to I Here. see not a single sheep for you to fight about. care." explained the other two. foolish men ! newcomer. all his meal there in my " bag ? . 335 " I don't You can take them home I some other shall way." " " " said John. While they were quarrelling another man of the market leading a horse with a bag of meal on its back. " how much meal is neighbors." did as he suggested. they said the are not bought yet. out into the river. He stopped on the bridge and listened to learn what the trouble Gotham came from was between " said he his two neighbors. and then he went to the side of the bridge." " No." said he." ! bring cane " if You will get a rap on your head with my you do. this my shoulders and will show you what think of you.THE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM " Let them drown. are ready to I " How " is this ? you but come to blows over some sheep " ." said Thomas.

" " is Quite right ! said he. " and just stir as much wit there in your two heads to up a strife about a thing you have not. and which was the wisest of these three persons. surely." So the three men went their ways. " there is none at all. do you think ? ." " " replied they.33 6 THE WISE MEN OF GOTHAM Why.

" responded the fish multiply." said another. " We own " fish " ? Yes. indeed. and one time. have a nice large pond right in the middle " of our town. Of course the cost was considerable. about the beginning of winter. We will not need to go to market for our salt fish. but will catch them as we want them from our pond.THE SALT FISH AND THE EEL very fond of salt men of Gotham were THE sider fish. the men of Gotham got together to con- how to save this expense. and next pond and year we have a plenty. and they bought a great many of them. it is a good pond. man." . There was. not " in You well know how Have we in the shall our homes many fish not yet eaten ? Put those let them breed. " but where would we get the " That is fish to stock it with?" first easily done." said one man why not raise our . no meat food they had on their tables oftener.

. have many red herrings. " a mischief on this they all. all So they " told what salt fish they had and said. So they dragged the pond with a net and drew it to the shore expecting to find it full of fish." shall eel. at last a large fat eel was found in the net." said another. yet do what they would they could not empty. every man who has salt fish left cast them into the " pond " I have many white ! herrings/* said one. throw them into the pond and we shall " ! fare like lords next year Without farther delay the salt fish were put into the pond. " I I " have many sprats. catch any fish. Yes.338 " THE SALT Good " ! FISH AND THE EEL the good ! cried men of Gotham " Let clapping their hands and stamping their feet. and when spring came the men of Gotham thought the fish must have multiplied and that it was time to take some of them out. " Ah " said ! he has eaten all " And now they. Chop him into pieces " ! said another. our fish. However. but it was Again and again they dragged it through the pond. for what we do with him " ? said " " Kill him " ! said one." said another. yes.

you fright- ened he terror. AND THE EEL " let 339 " ! Not " Be so." said another " it so said all. ! us drown him and the men of Gotham rowed their boat out to the eel middle of the pond and threw the overboard into the deep water.THE SALT " FISH . When they saw the eel wriggling down toward the " Do bottom one man notice how said." is ? See how he squirms and twists with .

now." " He must shift for himself said another man. "he shall have no help left the eel to drown." said they " from us and they .340 " THE SALT FISH AND THE EEL He may squirm and twist as much as he pleases." "Yes. all. .

count " Twelve of us came out and see if this morning. five. and sometimes they waded out into the stream to get better positions from which to cast As they were coming back one of them their lines. I jvill there be twelve going back. ten. seven." " Let us see about that. that none of us that did come from home have ventured much this man. We pray God be drowned.A MISSING MAN FOUND upon a time twelve men of Gotham ONCE " said. and sometimes they fished from the shore. " One. So he counted. one more than eleven. four. eleven" But he forgot is to count himself." drowned. went fishing in the stream that supplied the town pond." " of us Then the other men counted. eight. "Alas!" ." three. six. nine. said he. two." said a second I day wading. but each forgot to count himself and could find only eleven. "I can make no Surely.

" There one. One " of the men of Gotham counted." was of said Nottingham said. and there were twelve of us. will did not count himself he made Well. " When the money Now pass in front man and is safe in his . " there of us is drowned." " Give me the money. if I will find " what " you give me " the twelfth man ? Sir. One where they had been fishing and looked up and down for him that was drowned and made great lamentation." said he." " many you be. ." " Count me how of there said the this " you Oh." is no doubt about it." said the stranger. man. What why you looking for there so sorrowful said they. pocket he first hit and he began with the him a crack on the shoulders with me his whip. and one is drowned. for now there are but eleven of us. " and " ? day we came to fish in this stream. and as he eleven. By and to the stream They went back by a man of Nottingham came riding are are " past." said they." stranger. " we will give you the all the money we have.342 said A MISSING MAN FOUND one to another. " ? he asked.

" God bless " Here your twelfth man." said he and so he served them . ." ! blow and said." " all company . all down to the last. whom is he gave an extra hard the said your heart " you have found our neighbor.A MISSING MAN FOUND 343 The next one he cracked with his whip likewise. " There are two.

but the kettle stood stock still on its three legs and would not move. and yet I have been carrying you. you least. I am all ready . and his wife said to him. " cried the pity I did not see those legs before ! " man. While he was resting he at What a noticed that the kettle had three legs. Don't fail to buy one.'* shall take me the rest of the way. . " Here you have three legs and I have but 'Twere two. length his arm grew tired with carrying it and he set it down." So the man bought a kettle at Nottingham. at Then he " Now. Well. " go on . "Husband. we need a new iron kettle for the fireplace. fairer that you had carried me. and started for home. seated himself in the kettle and said. and toward evening he took it on his arm and But the kettle was heavy.THE KETTLE THAT WOULD NOT WALK ONE day a Gotham man was getting ready to go to market.

would carry no farther. and you can stay where you are until you get ready to follow me." "Where did you leave it? " asked the wife. Yet had legs until Iwas nearly here. . " You need not be anxious. " to you You want me you are stubborn. but I shall not. "the kettle I bought has three legs." said he." So he told the kettle where he lived and how to get there. " man Oh. walk the it Then for I told it to rest of the way itself." responded the man. I I will tell you the way suppose .THE KETTLE THAT WOULD NOT WALK 345 " Ah ? " ! said the man. When he reached home his wife asked him where the kettle was. are keep on carrying you. and then off the went. and was better able to walk here from Notting" ham market I than it I never noticed I who have but two legs. "And what do you mean by that ? said she." he replied. "Why. it will be along in good time.

it." "And the wife. and it will be along in good time." . :c where did you leave it?" again asked bridge. wife. its At Gotham She was not so sure about coming as he was and she hurried off to get " I it home the man said. and when she brought am glad you have it safe. as I said before.346 " I THE KETTLE THAT WOULD NOT WALK told it the way. for I that it have been thinking while you were gone might have taken a notion to walk back to if Nottingham road we had left it alone there in the much longer." he replied.

." replied the first " but man my foot is lame and I cannot walk . and across his horse's back. for so much lead of a load. and "Your horse is small." " Then if you must ride.THE LITTLE HORSE AND KIND MASTER was once a ITS man of Gotham who in a sat THERE the bag. " I think you might take the bag of wheat on your shoulder so the horse would not have to carry that. and the man bag laid just behind But he had not gone far when another man of Gotham called to him from a wayside field said. very well. neighbor. he carried so I could. it?" Why do you not walk and " That is what I would do." "Why. started for market with two bushels of the wheat was wheat." said the other." said the first man. and he hoisted the bag of wheat to his shoulder and there it all the way to market. too.

348
"

THE LITTLE HORSE AND

ITS

KIND MASTER

Ah," said he, when he reached his destination, " how I did my little horse does pant and sweat
!

well to share the

work with

it,

for I see clearly that

the horse has had burden enough carrying

me

with-

out having also to carry this heavy bag of wheat."

THE GOTHAM MEN AND THE CUCKOO
men
of

THE

Gotham thought
finest songsters

that

the
the
like

cuckoos were the " The birds.

of

all

only

thing

I

do not

is that about the cuckoos/' said one man, they do not sing all the year through. They stay with us

"

only a few months in the spring and summer, and then they fly away." " " Well," said another man, why not catch one

of the birds and keep it with us always ? This plan was pleasing to the men of Gotham and " Yes, we will catch a cuckoo and we will they said,
fix a

"

place for

that

we can

all

near the middle of the village, so hear it sing every day."
it

They went

to

work

at

once and

in a corner

of a

field built a stout paling fence

more than

six fee

high and filled in all the crevices with brush and " No bird can willow twigs. get through that
fence,"
said

they

when

it

was finished.

350

THE GOTHAM MEN AND THE CUCKOO

Then they caught a cuckoo and put it inside of " You must the fence, and they said to the cuckoo, the year, or you shall have sing there all through
neither meat to eat nor water to drink/'

But the cuckoo
u

as

soon

as

it

was

set free inside of

the fence flew away.

exclaimed the men vengeance on the bird "We did not make our fence high of Gotham.
!

A

"

enough."

THE HARE THAT WAS SENT TO YORK
upon
a

time

the

men

of

Gotham

ONCE who
citizens

wanted to send a message to their landlord lived in York. This was before there

were any railroads or mails, and if a message was to be sent, some one must go with it. But none of the " of Gotham wished to go as far as York. " How, then, shall we send our message ? said they. " I " and caught a hare to-day," said one man,

hares are very swift of foot,
let

him
"

"

you know.

Why

not

carry

it ?

cc we will get the Very good," said all ready and we will tell the hare the right way and he shall carry it."
;

letter

to

go

So the

letter

you go Nottingham," said and then you go straight on by the main highway to York, and the letter is marked
they to the hare,
"
for

hare's neck.

was written and sealed and tied to the " First to

our landlord

who

lives

near

York

Cathedral.

352

THE HARE THAT WAS SENT TO YORK

You can ask when you get there which house is hijs. Commend us to him and give him the letter." The hare, as soon as he was out of their hands, left
the road and ran off across a
field,

and some of the
"

men of Gotham cried out after it, You must go to Nottingham first."
cc

Stop

!

stop

!

Let the hare alone," said one of those who was " He can tell a nearer in the company. way than the Let him go." best of us all. " that is a clever " said another, creature. Yes," Let him alone. He will not keep the highway for
fear

of dogs."

THE CRANE
in the

IN THE FIELDS

WHEAT-

summer, when the wheat had
to the

Gotham townsmen, and down in the grain patches to catch walking up This troubled the men of Gotham greatly. frogs.
fields

grown ONCE, belonging

high, a crane was often seen in the

" See

how

big he is," said one,

legs of him.

He

is

treading

"and look at the down a vast deal of
shall

grain, to be sure."

"

We
Very

must drive the animal away, or we
true,"

have no harvest," said another. " said still
the
better.

shepherd, for

and the quicker Let us appoint Tom Thacker, the He is used to much walking the job.
another,
suit

"

and the work would
So

him

well."

Thacker, the shepherd, was appointed to go into the fields and chase the bird out. But as he went in after the crane his neighbors noticed that his
feet

Tom

were very broad and

large,
23

and though he scared

354

THE CRANE

IN

THE WHEAT-FIELDS
same time trampled down a

off the bird, he at the

great deal of wheat.

" That

will

and the men

never do/' said one of the townsmen, of Gotham puzzled their brains for

some

better

method.

At
this

last

one of them

said,

"

The

thing to do

is

some of us must

carry the shepherd

when he

goes into the grain again, so that he
it

shall not tread

down."
"

" that is the Yes, yes," cried the others, proper to do, and why did we not think of that before, thing "
I

wonder ?

" said the men of Gotham. that the shepherd might scare the bird away. and eight men shoulders and carried it through the fields of wheat. .THE CRANE Then IN THE WHEAT-FIELDS its 355 hinges. they took a stout fence gate off sit had the shepherd lifted the gate on down on their it. " The shepherd will not trample feet down any more of our grain with his big now. where the crane was in the habit of resorting.

But the oldest among them." He was away. picked up a large stone and hammered the watch until that it was entirely smashed. .THE MEN OF GOTHAM AND THE WATCH day a number of Gotham men were a watch lost by some traveller. a ticking sound came from " the inside of " Do you hear that " ? said he. kneeled down and laid his ear to the watch and listened. one of the party in his ONE walking along the road when they found who had taken the watch hand noticed that it. Of course The brave man then stopped its ticking. Suddenly. more courageous than the rest. and they looked at it with great surprise and curiosity. The thing must be possessed by an evil spirit. very much frightened and threw the watch it Not one of the party dared touch now. None of them had ever seen such a queer thing before.

.THE MEN OF GOTHAM AND THE WATCH 357 proudly to his companions when he heard no sound. That stone did the all business/' So they evil spirit rejoiced that they had destroyed an and went away leaving the watch on the ground. " I have taught him to keep " Ah/' said he quiet.

. hill. Thus he went on he reached the summit of the last hill he had climb before he came to Nottingham bridge. and I will after you.THE CHEESES THAT RAN AWAY was a man of Gotham who filled a tingham market to sell them. and when he rose to continue his to journey a cheese slipped out of the sack and rolled down the hill toward the bridge." down his sack. and when he became tired he sat THERE down by sack with cheeses and started off for Not- until the wayside to rest. then. " Ah Mr. and one by one rolled them down the As the . It would have saved me the trouble Well. " so Cheese/' said the man. took out the cheeses. market alone. send them along So he laid you can go to so can the other cheeses. He carried the sack on his back. There he rested. can you ? ! that before. you can I wish I had known run to market alone. if of carrying you.

" last I 359 charge Some of the cheeses went into one bush.THE CHEESES THAT RAN AWAY one spun down the road he shouted. and as even- . but the man did not notice that. and some went into another bush. " you all to meet me at the market-place. day long he loitered about the market. and he trudged on cheerfully to the market All expecting the cheeses would meet him there.

" " Why. They would bring themselves. .360 THE CHEESES THAT RAN AWAY began to inquire among his friends and neighbors and other men if they had seen his cheeses ing approached be come " Who should bring them to the market. "A " all ! cried the owner of the just occurred to me what the I did fear. then. and I am sure they must be now miles away on the road to York. man. They know the way well marketmen. " ? asked one of the " Nobody. But he did not find them York. nor has he been able to discover whither they ran even to this day." fast. when I saw them start off so would run beyond the market." replied the man of Gotham. trouble is. are they not here " ? said the market- plague on them " It has cheeses. that they Forthwith he hired a horse and rode in to all haste York in pursuit at of his cheeses. " enough.

to The traveller took his cane " each man his feet. all " is need do you know where your to stand on them. sir. try one more plan.THE LOST LEGS men the ground SEVERAL to get in a of Gotham once circle. I '11 have n't given up yet. that We is shall never again be able to rise and walk quite plain. to him and asked if he could tell them how they might find their and pointed out said he. we thank you." said they. and when sat down on they wanted were so intermingled that no one could make out which were his. " for your good intenI Oh." So they remained sitting there very sorrowful and They called quiet until they saw a traveller passing." you But " his Gotham tions. legs." feet are. However." explanations only confused the men of " It is of the more. pity thus." said the traveller." . no use. " what a " Alas " said that we sat down up their legs ! they. Now. " well.

and a third. traveller served another man manner." . and that legs were his in men smartly on the man discovered which The in like no time and scrambled away. with the rap of a stick we should discover our legs ! so quickly our thinking we could not have determined which were which had we sat there all when with a hundred years.362 THE LOST LEGS struck one of the Then he legs with his cane. and so on till every man tumbled out of the heap and got on his feet. " How remarkable " " that said one of them.

but what to do with it then was far from easy to determine. they rowed out to the middle of the pond and hoisted the bell overboard. " " it ? Where last shall we hide it so the enemy cannot it find asked one of another. At " bell some one " said. " Let us sink in the deepest part of our pond." Agreed ! down to and they dragged the the shore of the pond and got it aboard said his fellows. After a great deal of trouble they succeeded in getting it down out of the church steeple . and first of all they decided as they much to save their church bell. which they prized more than anything else. They were anxious could from falling into the hands of the invaders. After it had dis- Then .THE HIDING OF THE CHURCH BELL THE to save as greatly scared by a report that enemies were about men of Gotham were once to invade their country. a boat.

364 THE HIDING OF THE CHURCH BELL appeared the worthy citizens of Gotham began to think they had been hasty. "That is easy enough." The bell is now truly safe from the enemy/' said they it cc . All we have " to do is to cut a mark where we dropped it in of them. sprang up and cried. . ! One snatched a knife from his pocket and cut a deep notch in the side of the boat where the bell He . but " ? how are we to find when the enemy has left us who was wiser than the rest.

. that " It was right here the shore. we heaved the the bell out. Then bell men of Gotham rowed back to fully assured that by the mark they would be able to find their on the side of the boat.THE HIDING OF THE CHURCH BELL 365 had been thrown overboard." said he.

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