Bear and the Bird, The 78
Blinch and Rosalinda 312
Blue Bird, The 131
Bold Little Tailor, The 51
Brother and Sister 71
I. The Jeo: P'dlur sells the Snul-box 266
,, II. The Trllnsfo nation 267
,, III. The Owl Priinccs 269
,, IV. The Owl',, Story 270
V. All Right Again 271
Child cf the Good Fairy Tell-True, The 28
Death of the Cock, The 128
Disobedience Punished 244
Dog's Duel, The 218
Donkey (The), the Table, and the Stic:_ . 35
Don't Buy Money too Dear 62
Dragon and his Grandmother, The 112
Dwarf of the Mountain, The 91
Enchanted Stag, The 87
Fair Matilda 227
Fair One with Golden Locks, The 175
Faithful John 6
Ferryman and the Fairy, The 111
Finger and the Ring, The . 106
Flower Bride, The 260
For Want of a Nail 31
Frog's Bride, The 58
Giant Maidens, The 128
Giant Suckling, The 72
Goblin Changeling, The 87
Goblin's Gifts, The 1
Golden Goose, The 108
Goose-Girl at the Well, The 16
Grateful Rat, The 170
Greater Rogue than his Master, A 159
Hare and the Hedgehog, Tihe 76
-Heaven Careth for the Poor 32
Hinsemaid and the Goblins, T 83
How Discontent got Punished 252
How the Cat Married the Mouse,::: 1. t c inc f i 93
How the Wolf came to be Drowned .109
If the Stars were to Fall! .40
Iadustrious Goblins, The 50
Invisible Prince, The
Jack in Luck .
Jew in the Bramble-bush, The
Joe the Fisherman, and his Wife Joan
John's Three Trials
Knapsack (The), the Hat, : nd tihe Horn
King Wolf and King Locust
Lazy Harry's Home
Little Mouck .
Lost Sen, The .
Loving Sister and her Twelve Brothers, The
Luck in a Bottle .
Luck of the Three Heirs, The
Magic Soup-Kitchen, The .
Man in the Bearskin, 'heo .
Miller and the Water-Sprite, The
Musical Ass, The .
Magic Whistle, The .
Needle (The), the Spindle, and the Shuttle; ;rnd
they brought the Wooer Homeni
Never-Failing Purse and the Wishing Cap, The
Nourjahad (an Eastern Tale)
Old Barbel, the Fisherman: -
I. A Wonderful Haul 201
II. The Water-Sprite .202
,, Il. The King ef the Pikes 204
IV. The Witch of the Waters 205
,, V. The Great Lrte 206
VI. A Night Storm 208
,, VII. The Mysteries of the Whirlpool. 203
,, VIII. Dry Land Again 212
,, IX. Danger of Fishing with a Line 216
Old Grandfather and his Little Grandchild, The 3
Old Mother Goose 63
Prince in the Iron Safe, The 68
Princes Puss and the Miller's Boy 21
Princess Rose, The 145
Princess's Riddle, The 81
Proud Darning-Needle, Tihe 310
Queen of the Bees, The 10
Rabbit's Wife, The 85
jiquet with the Tuft 278
Rogues' Holiday, The 86
Sea-King's Bride, The .150
Sensible Sparrow, The .160
Singing Bone, The 158
Six Comrades, The .24
Snow-White and Red-Rose 8
Spider's Misfortune, The 93
Story of Masterful Harry .219
Sweet-Tooth and Sprat-Prattle .251
Tailor's Bride, The 118
Tailor Prince, The .303
Three Billy-Goat's Gruff, The .245
Three Brothers, The 70
Three Golden Hairs of the Dark Kin" of the Elack Moun-
tains, The 47
Three Spinners, The 30
Three Wishes, The 161
Time-Waster, The 27
Timothy Never-Shako 98
Toads and Diamonds *.
Tomb, The .
Too Clever by Half .
True Maiden, The *
Two Fellow-Travellers, The .
Ungrateful Son, The .
WaVndering Minstrels, The .
Wedding of Widow Fox, The
Whale (The), the Seal, and the Porpoises .
White Cat, The .
Witch of the Wood, The
Witch Queen and her Daughter .
Witches' Dance on the First of May, The .
,Wonderful Trumpet, The .
Yellow Dwarf, The .
DESIGNED BY "PHIZ."
The Tailor and the Blacksmith enter the Goblin Ring. I
Faithful John puts on the Young Princes' Heads 9
The Old Fairy cheats the Young Count into carrying
her Pack 17
The Blower disperses the Army of the King 25
Jack finds a Horse too noisy, and wishes for a quiet
"Wiltbihon have this Man for thy wedded Husband ?" 41
The Dark King's Landlady plucks the Three Golden
Hairs- . . . 49
The Industrious Goblins carry on the Cobbler's Business 57
The Water-Sprite lures the Young Keeper into the
The Giant carries off the Peasant's little Son 73
The Ogre bids the Soldier stand back from the Tomb 81
The Enchanted Fawn arrives at hia Sister's Hut, fol-
lowed by the King 89
The Little People engage the Whale to carry the Three
Brothers home. 97
Tho Wolf goes out to watch his Three Wives 105
The Dragon propounds his Riddle to the Three Soldiers 113
Fortunatus, having slain a Bear, is accosted* by a
Beautiful Lady. 121
The Giant Maidens grinding out Fire and War . 129
The Charming King cauries off the Ugly Princess, by
mistake for the Fair Florinda, in his Car drawn by
Winged Frogs 137
The Two Children arrive at the Cottage made of Cakes 145
The Prince of the Sea cuts the Silver Chain, and releases
the Lovely Lady 153
"Up starts the Black Pudding, and sticks fast to the
poor Wife's Nose!" . 161
Mr. Wolf comes to court the Widow Fox, and is re-
ceived by Miss Cat 169
Avenant meets the Giant Galifron 177
The Yellow Dwarf surprises Brunilda with a Declara-
of Love . .185
Brunilda disenchants the Yellow Dwarf, by cutting off
his Board. 193
Old Barbel feels himself seized by the Foot 201
" Where am I ?" said Old Barbel, rubbing his eyes 209
The Harpoon pursued him like an Avenger 217
Masterful Harry is carried to the Main Land on the
Backs of his Eleven Lions 225
Leander appears to the Princess, in the Character of
She drops Pearls and Diamonds whenever she speaks 241
He said, Cloth, cover thyself!" and Dinner was in-
stantly ready 249
The Fairy Genius gives to Nourjahad the Gift of Power 257
The Caliph and his Vizier were changed into Storks 265
The amiable Cavalier offers to assist the Old Shepherdess 273
Little Monck's Race with the Royal Courier . 281
The Ingenious Surgeon cures the Princess's Nose, by
cutting it off 289
The Prince and the White Cat go out hunting . 297
The Fairy &Olgul gives the two Caskets to Sultan Saad 305
The Fairy punishes Blanch by making her a Queen 313
Said attacked by Arab Robbers . . 321
Said dines pleasantly on the Dolphin's back. . 329
THE idea intended to be carried out in GRIMM'S GOBLINS," was to produce a collection of Fairy
Tales and Goblin Lore, combining the best legends of all nations and languages, in such a form as
might be confidently admitted by every father of a family into his household library, and illustrated
by a new process of Chromoxylography, from designs by the most eminent artists at home and
There are few (and those few must be very hard indeed to please), who, on taking up the
present volume, will not be ready to acknowledge that idea as having been fully carried out. It
remains, therefore, only for the Editor, in concluding his task-which, however, is only brought
to a conclusion, from a desire not to exceed a moderate price in a work intended for universal
circulation-to place before his juvenile readers, in as unambitious language as possible, some
brief notes upon Goblin and Fairy Lore, which, without the labour and parade of learning, may
place them in possession of the curious knowledge that has been worked out by those who have
devoted many years to the subject.
In the first place, then, it is supposed that the different regions of the world have been
originally peopled by a general scattering of the people collected in some great central plain of
Asia, whence spreading, and extending round to the Northern Sea, and out on the other side to
the East, and so over Europe by either side, they took with them-what all nations have
preserved in a similar form-the stories and traditions of their forefathers, imparting unto
them only such modifications as the circumstances and scenery of the various regions they
inhabited naturally suggested.
Hence it is, that for the earliest histories of mankind, and for the earliest pictures of the
people of the most remote ages, the learned have had recourse to the study of these legends; and
from them, by a careful study, have been able to trace the very habits and thoughts of mankind
almost before they had been reduced into society. Thus, the Giants were violent men, powerful
and stupid, living by murder and rapine; the Ogres were cannibals; the Fairies were a kind of
gentle Providence; the Genii were darker influences of evil-mindedness, representing the Evil
Spirit and all his angels," with other Eastern Fairies and personifications. From the North we
have the Trolls or Dwarfs, living in high mountains or solitary uplands, misshapen, stumpy, and
humpbacked, inclined to thieving, and carrying away the children cf mankind, in place of whom
they leave their own misshapen offspring. They have much wealth from mines, and they hate the
sound of the church-going bell, so much so, that as the churches and chapels grow up in
their vicinity, they retire farther away. Next we have the Nix, or Nixie, little fellows with red
caps, like the Bogle of Scotland, not unwilling to help the careful housewife; and then the Elves,
who live in trees and groves, and dance in rings, with fair golden hair, and sweet musical voices,
and magic harps, and who have a king and a queen. The waters, too, have their spirits, the
Merman and the Mermaid; as also have the waterfalls, the Necke, or Nokke, of one of whom,
in a Preface to Hans Christian Andersen's Tales, the following pretty legend is narrated:-
Two boys, while playing near a river, saw the Necke rise out of the water and begin to sing,
and the burden of the song was still-" And I hope, and I hope that my Redeemer liveth !" And
the children said, What is the use of your singing and playing, Necke ? You will never be
saved!" The Spirit, at hearing this, wept bitterly, flung aside his harp, and sank below the waters.
But when the children repeated what had passed to their father, he told them that they had done
wrong in refusing to him all hope, and bade them go back and console him. They found the
Necke sitting on the water, wailing most piteously; and they said, Necke, do not grieve so;
our father says, that perhaps your Redeemer liveth also;" and upon this the Spirit again took up
his harp, and played a sweet, joyous, exulting strain. In a variation of the legend, a priest says to
the Necke, ." Sooner shall this dry stick in my hand put forth leaves and flowers, than thou shalt
attain salvation.". The Necke flung away his harp, and wept, and the priest'rode on; but, to his
astonishment, he presently discovered that his cane was beginning to bud and blossom, and he
went back to tell the glad tidings to the Necke, who, after this, played joyously the whole night
Collections of stories, from such various sources as GIMM's GOBLINS are taken, are rare in
the English language, most of them, hitherto, having been compiled from French originals only;
and too many of them, if not entirely frivolous, are often vulgar in language, and gross in details,
thus rendering them unfit for home purposes and the education of children, by inculcating kindness
and goodness in a manner pleasing to the young mind. In GRIMM's GOBLINS," everything of such
a character has been sedulously excluded, and the Editor trusts, therefore, that GRIMM'S GOBLINS"
will be accepted by all mothers and fathers of families with satisfaction, as one of the most
innocent, as well as one of the most entertaining volumes in any language.
.In conclusion,. the Editor trusts that- the public will join with him in appreciating the
talent of the artists, especially MR. HABLOT K. BROWNE, some of whose designs in this work
will be acknowledged in after years as his masterpieces; the especial skill of MR. EDMUND EVANS,
in engraving those designs and printing them in colours (a singular and successful novelty); and
finally, the generous ambition of the Proprietors, who placed at his disposal every possible means
and advantage for the .production of GRIMM'S GOBLINS" in a manner unequalled, and as yet
unrivalled, in literature of its class.
GR IMM'S GOBLINS.
THE TAILOR AN4D THE B"CkAVbirfki ENTER THk GOBLiiL RNB
THE GOBLIN'S GIFTS.
Two young men, one of them a Tailor and the other a with light hearts and gay faces,-as who should not,
Blacksmith, were on their travels together, going from when they can earn their own living, and have enough
place to place to improve themselves in a knowledge of to eat and drink, and nothing to care for but the thank-.
their trade, and seeking work to support themselves ing God for it ? One evening, just as the sun was
on the road. A merry time they had of it, always setting in streaks of gold behind the mountain-tops,
hungry, and always working when not walking; and they were on their way, and looking out for the spire
then they used to sing as they stepped along merrily, of the neighboring village, when they heard, as from
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a distance, a strain of music, which grew clearer as
they approached the spot whence they thought it came.
The sound was an extraordinary one, but so charming,
that they forgot all their fatigue, and started off at a
great pace towards the spot. The moon was already
up when they reached the hill-side, on which they saw
a crowd of little men and little women dancing in a
ring with a joyous air, and holding each other by the
hand, and singing all the while after a ravishing
fashion! This was the music our travellers had heard.
In the middle of the ring stood a very big Old Man,
much larger than the others, clothed in a robe of many
colours, and wearing a long white beard that de-
scended to his chest. The two companions stood mo-
tionless with wonder as they gazed on the dancers; but
the Old Man made signs to them to come in, and the
little dancers opened their ring to give them entrance.
The Blacksmith, who was a bold fellow, stepped in
without hesitating; he was a little round in the shoul-
ders, and was saucy and daring, as most hunchbacks
are. The Tailor, however, it must be confessed, was
rather afraid, and kept a little in the background; but
when he saw that all went off so gaily, he plucked up
a spirit; and entered the circle of dancers also. No
sooner was this done than the ring closed up again,
and the little beings took to their singing and dancing
again with all their might and main, shouting at the
top of their small voices, and leaping and bounding
with prodigious jumps. The Old Man did nothing of
the kind, but, for his part, he seized hold of a great
knife that hung at his girdle, sharpened it on a stone
that lay at his feet, and-when he had felt the edge
with his finger, and satisfied himself it was sharp
enough-he turned towards the side where the two
strangers were standing. They were frozen with terror,
as you may suppose, and the condition of the poor
Tailor was something to feel pity for;' but they were
not kept long in anxiety, for the Old Man caught hold
of the Blacksmith, and, with a twist of his hand, shaved
off clean, at one stroke, his hair and his beard! Then
he did the same to the Tailor-(oh, the poor Tailor!)
When he had finished his job, he slapped them on the
shoulder in a friendly manner, as much as to say that
they had done well in allowing themselves to be shaved
without resistance, and their fear was at an end. Next,
he pointed with his finger to a heap of coals that stood
just by, and motioned them to fill their pouches. Both
of them obeyed, though they could not for the life of
them see what good the coals could be to men who had
no fire-places; and so they went on their way, looking
about for a shelter for the night. Just as they reached
the valley, the clock of a neighboring church sounded
midnight; at that moment the song came to an end,
the whole rout of dancers disappeared, and there was
nothing to be seen on the deserted hill-side, as it
shone in the clear light of the moon.
Our two travellers found a little public-house, where
they could stretch themselves out to sleep, all dressed
as they were, on some clean straw in the stable; but
in their weariness they forgot to rid their pockets of
the coals, and the unaccustomed burthen they carried
about with them woke them up sooner than ordinary.
They put their hands to their pockets, and could not
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believe their eyes, when they saw that they were fall,
not of coals, but of lumps of gold! The Tailor began
to scratch his head, in his wonder, when, to his still
greater surprise, he found that his hair had grown
again marvellously, and on looking at the Blacksmith,
he saw that his friend's beard had miraculously grown
again, as also had his own. Moreover, they had be-
come rich men; only the Blacksmith, who, following
the bent of a covetous mind, had well filled both his
pockets, was the possessor of double as much wealth
as the Tailor.
But the greedy man always longs for more than he
has actually got. The Blacksmith proposed to the
Tailor to remain where they were for the day, and in
the evening to go back again to the Old Man, and gain
more treasure. But the Tailor refused, and said: I
have enough, and I am content with it; all I want is
to set up shop as a master in my trade, and to marry
the charming object of my affections (this was the
way he spoke of the young woman whom he had pro-
mised to marry), and then I shall be a happy man."
However, to oblige his friend, he consented to remain
In the evening, the Blacksmith started off, with two
sacks on his shoulders, to fetch back a good load of
these gold-coals, and took his road towards the hill-
side, where he found the little party, as on the pre-
vious night, dancing and singing in a ring. The Old
Man shaved him as before, and made a sign to him to
take the coal. He did not hesitate, as you may sup-
pose, to fill his pockets and his sacks with as much as
he could stuff into them, and returned, hugging him-
self with delight, to the village inn, where he went to
bed in his clothes as he was, ready to get up again at
the earliest possible moment; for," said he to him-
self, when the gold begins to weigh heavy, I shall
soon feel it;" and.at last he fell asleep, in the pleasant
expectation of waking in the morning a rich man.
As soon as he opened his eyes, his first care was to
pay a visit to his pockets; but the deeper he dug his
hands into them, the blacker they came out with the
coal, and nothing but coal. Well, at any rate,"
thought he, I have still got the gold that I gained
the other night." He went to take a look at it: alas!
this gold, also, had changed back to coal again! He
put his black hands up to his forehead, and then felt
that his head was all bald and shaved as close as his
chin. Even then he did not know the whole of his
ill-luck, for presently he saw that the hump that he
carried behind him had got another on the top of it!
It was now he felt that he was receiving the punish-
ment of his covetousness, and he began to grieve and
groan, so as to wake up the good Tailor, who consoled
him, and endeavoured to make the best of his mis-
fortune. We are companions," said the generous
little fellow, we have had one turn together; stay
with me; the wealth I have got will be enough to
keep us both well."
He kept his word; but, for all that, the Blacksmith
was obliged to wear his two humps all his life, and to
hide under a cap the baldness of his too well-shaved
THE OLD GRANDFATHER AND
HIS LITTLE GRANDCHILD.
ONCE upon a time, there was a poor man, very old,
and he had two troubles, deafness, and weakness in his
joints. When he was at table, he could hardly hold
his spoon, and used to spill the soup over his clothes,
and sometimes, even, could not get it to his mouth, or
even keep it there. His son's wife, and even his son
himself, had taken a great disgust at him; so that, at
last, they set him aside, out of their way, in a corner
behind a screen, where they gave him his sorry allow-
ance to eat in an old earthen porringer. The old man
had often tears in his eyes, as he looked wistfully from
his corner at the table; and one day, while his thoughts
were thus busied, the basin, which he held with diffi-
culty in his trembling hands, fell from them, and was
broken. The young wife overwhelmed the poor old
man with reproaches for his carelessness, but he did not
dare answer a word; so he only bent his head to her
storm of words, and sighed. Then they bought him,
for a penny, a wooden basin, in which, hereafter, they
gave him his food.
Some days afterwards, his son and daughter-in-law
saw their little boy, who was about four years of age,
gathering together little pieces of wood.
"What are you making, Peter ?" his father asked.
"It is a trough," he replied, "to give papa and
mamma their food in, when they are old."
For an instant the husband and wife gazed on one
another without speaking; then they began to shed
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tears, and went and brought back their old father to
the table; and ever after that day, until the day of his
death, they made him eat and drink with them, and
never again spoke harshly to, or slighted, their poor
SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
ONCE upon a time, there was an old woman, who was
a widow, and lived in a humble little cottage that stood
all by itself. This cottage had in front of it a garden,
and in that garden were two rose-bushes, one of which
bore white roses and the other red roses. Now, the
widow had two daughters, who just resembled the two
rose-trees; so to one of them she gave the name of
Snow-white, and to the other, Red-rose. These two
children were the most pious, the most obedient, and
the most industrious the world had ever seen, but
Snow-white was the more tranquil and gentle in
character. Red-rose would run about more willingly
in the meadows and over the fields in search of flowers
and butterflies; Snow-white would stop at home with
her mother, helping her in the house-work, and read-
ing to her when the work was done. The two sisters
were so fond of each other, that they held each other
by the hand whenever they walked out together; and
when Snow-white said, We will never leave each
other," Red-rose would reply, As long as we live;"
while the mother added, Everything ought to be in
common between you."
They often went out into the wood alone, to gather
wild fruit, and the different animals looked at them
and approached them without fear; the hare would
feed from their hands, the roebuck stepped along be-
side them, the deer frolicked before them, and the
birds, perching on the nearest boughs, sang for them
their prettiest of songs. Their innocent and happy
lives were entirely without fear; nothing that hap-
pened was troublesome or disagreeable to them; if
night surprised them while in the wood, they would
lie down on the moss, close by each other, and sleep
until morning came, without their mother feeling any
anxiety for their safety.
One time, when they had passed the night in the
wood, they saw, just as the morn-breaking awoke them,
a beautiful child standing near them, clothed in a robe
all white and shining, who regarded them fixedly, with
a friendly look, but was lost to their sight in the shadow
of the wood, without speaking a word. They perceived
soon after, that they had lain down close to the brink
of a precipice, down which they must have fallen if
they had made only two steps further in the dark.
Their mother told them that this boy-child was, doubt-
less, the guardian angel of good little girls.
Snow-white and Red-rose kept their mother's cabin
so tidy that every one admired it. In spring-time,
Red-rose had the care of in-doors, and every morning
her mother found, on awaking, a nosegay, in which
was one flower from each of the two rose-trees. In
winter, Snow-white lighted the fire, and hooked the
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pot on to the hanger, and the pot was of yellow
copper, that shone as bright as gold, so well was it
rubbed, and scrubbed, and polished. In the evening,
when the snow fell, the mother would say, Snow-
white, bolt the door;" and then they would sit down
by the fireside, and the mother would put on her spec-
tacles, and read a chapter in the great Bible, while the
two little girls listened, and plied their distaffs. Beside
them lay a little lamb, and behind them, a dove would
be sleeping on its perch, with its head under its wing.
One evening, when they were thus tranquilly as-
sembled, there came a knock at the door. Red-rose,"
said her mother, "go and open the door quickly ;
doubtless it is some traveler knocking, who has lost
his way, and seeks a shelter for the night."
Red-rose went and drew the bolt, and waited, ex-
pecting to see some poor man enter, when a Bear
thrust his great nose within the half-open door! Red-
rose took to flight, uttering a loud shriek; the lamb
began to bleat, the dove flew all about the chamber,
and Snow-white ran to hide herself behind her mother's
bed. But the Bear said to them, Fear nothing; I
won't do you any harm; I only ask permission to
warm myself a little, for I am half frozen."
Then come up to the fire, poor Mr. Bear," replied
the mother, but take care you do not burn your
furry coat." Then she called out: Snow-white! Red-
rose! come back here; Mr. Bear will not do you any
harm, he has none other than good intentions."
Both of them came back immediately, and by de-
grees the lamb and the turtle-dove also drew near,
and forgot their fright.
The girls got the long-handled broom, and brushed
the Bear's coat all over for him, and then he stretched
himself out full length before the fire, expressing his
satisfaction, meanwhile, by divers grunts of comfort.
It was not long before they all felt quite at their ease,
and even began to play with their unlooked-for guest.
They pulled his hairy skin, and mounted on his back,
and rolled him on the floor, and gave him little taps
with their distaffs, and whenever he grunted, they
shouted with laughter. The Bear let them do as they
pleased with him, only, when the game was going too
far, he would say to them: Just leave a little life in
me; don't quite kill the gentleman that comes a-court-
ing of you."
When they were about to retire to bed, the mother
said to him: Stop here, Sir, and pass the night in
front of the fire; you will at least be sheltered from
the cold and the inclement weather."
At break of day, the little girls opened the door,
and he went forth into the wood, trotting through the
snow. After that day, he came again every evening,
at the same time, and stretched himself before the fire,
while the children played with him just as they pleased.
They grew so accustomed to his presence, that they
never thought of bolting the door until his arrival.
When spring-time had returned, and all was green
outside, the Bear said one morning to Snow-white, I
am going, and I shall not come back again until
Where are you going, then, dear Mr. Bear P" in.
I am going into the wood; it is necessary I should
guard my treasures against those mischievous dwarfs.
In winter, when the earth is frozen, they are compelled
to keep within their dens, without being able to scratch
their way out; but just now, while the sun warms the
earth, they will be coming out on their plundering ex-
cursions. Once let them get hold of anything, and
hide it in their dens, and it rarely comes to light
Snow-white was very sad at the Bear's departure;
when she opened the door, he tore his skin slightly, in
passing, against the latch, and she thought she saw
something like gold shining under his skin, but could
noet be quite sure. The Bear departed very quickly,
and was soon lost to. sight behind the trees,
Some time after this, the mother having sent out
her daughters to collect dry wood in the forest, they
saw a great tree that had been felled', and described
something near it, moving quickly about here and
there in the grass near the trunk, although they could
not quite make out what it was. On approaching,
they recognized it as being a little Dwarf, with an old
and shrivelled visage, and a white beard a full ell long.
Now, this beard had been caught in a cleft of the tree,
and the Dwarf was jumping about like some young
puppy at the end of a string, without being able to
extricate himself. He fixed his sparkling eyes upon
the two little girls, and cried out to them: What
are you doing, stuck there, instead of coming to help
Poor little man," inquired Red-rese, "how have
you been caught in this trap ?"
Curious fool!" replied the Dwarf; I wanted to
cleave this tree, so as to have small wood, and logs,
and lots of shavings for my cooking, as our dishes are
small, and the great coals are apt to burn them; we
don't cram ourselves with victuals, like your gross and
gluttonous breed. I had, then, inserted my wedge in
the wood, but the nasty wedge was too slippery; it
jumped out just at the moment I least expected it, and
the trunk closed in so quickly, that I had not time to
draw back my beautiful white beard; meanwhile, it was
snapped in, and I have not been able to get it away.
There! see how they begin to laugh at me, the spooney,
milk-faced wenches! Out upon you, you ugly crea-
Now, the children were anxious to extricate him out
of his troubles, but found it impossible to disengage
his beard, which was held as in a vice. I will run
and fetch some one," said Red-rose.
Call some one!" exclaimed the Dwarf, in a hoarse
voice; you are already two too many, you useless
Have a little patience," said Snow-white, and we
will get you out of your trouble."
Then she took out of her pocket a pair of scissors,
with which she cut his beard away nearly at the bottom.
No sooner was the Dwarf at liberty, than he ran to pick
up a bagful of gold, which he had hidden among the
roots of the tree, murmuring as he went: Those vul-
gar wretches of children! to cut off the end of my
magnificent beard! What can possibly recompense
me for my loss ?" Then he put the bag on his back,
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SNOW-WHITE RESCUES THE OLD DWARF, BY CUTTING AWAY HIS BBARD.
and went off without even deigning to look upon his
Some months after this, the two sisters were out one
day, catching a dish of fish for their supper, when
they saw something like a large grasshopper, jumping
about on the banks of a stream, as if he wanted to
throw himself into it. They ran up, and recognized
the Dwarf. What are you doing ?" said Red-rose ;
" why do you want to throw yourself into the
Well, that's not a bad one!" exclaimed the Dwarf;
" throw myself in As if you did not see how this
nasty fish is dragging me in there !"
He had thrown his line, but, unluckily, the wind had
twisted his beard in with the hook; and when, some
minutes afterwards, a large fish came and swallowed
the bait, the strength of this weak little man did not
suffice to draw it out of the water; the fish was below,
and had the pull, and drew the Dwarf towards itself.
He had some trouble to hold on by the reeds and
grass on the river bank, the fish still straining upon
him, and drawing him towards him, until he was abso-
lutely in danger of being pulled into the water by the
fish he had caught. The little girls came up only just
in time to hold him back, and they also attempted to
disengage his beard, but this was in vain, so entangled
was it with the hook. It became necessary to have
recourse a second time to the scissors, and to cut off
the whole of the end. When the Dwarf saw this, he
exclaimed, in a rage: Is it your habit, you stupid
brutes, to disfigure gentlemen in this manner ? Was
it not bad enough to clip my beard so closely the first
time, that you must cut off a good half of it to-day ?
I no longer dare show myself amongst my brethren.
May your feet blister, and your shoes wear out !" Then,
taking up a bag of precious stones that had lain hidden
in the bushes, he dragged it along after him, without
adding another word, and disappeared quickly behind
A short time after, the good dame despatched her
daughters to town to purchase needles, thread, and
ribbons. Their way lay across a plain, over which were
scattered great rocks. They perceived here a large
bird, which floated in the air, and which, after having
a long time hovered above their heads, came down at
last, rapidly and with great force, to the earth. At the
same time, piercing cries and loud lamentations were
heard close by them. They ran up, and saw an eagle,
holding in its claws their old acquaintance, the Dwarf,
whom it was endeavouring to carry up into the air.
The little girls, in the goodness of their heart, held the
Dwarf back with all their might and main, and fought
so hard and so well against the eagle, that at last he
let his prey go, and was glad to make off himself in
safety. However, when the Dwarf had got a little
over his terror, he cried out with a shrill, sharp, cross
voice : Can't you catch hold of a fellow a little less
roughly ? You have scratched hold of my new coat in
such a manner as to tear it into rags, awkward little
boors that you are !" Then he took up a bagful of
precious stones, and slipped into a hole among the
rocks. The little girls were accustomed to his ingra-
titude, and did not mind it; so they went on their way
to the village, and made their purchases.
On their return, as they were passing over the com-
mon, they came on the Dwaif by surprise, and found
him counting over a lapful of precious stones from his
bag, not supposing any one would be coming that way
at such a late hour. The stones shone bright and glit-
tering in the rays of the setting sun, and flashed out
such wondrous sparks of light, that the little girls
stopped, in mute wonder, to ga.'e upon them.
"What are you standing there for, gaping like
crows, and idling your time away ?" he said; and his
face, usually grey, grew red wit] anger.
He was about to continue his ibuse, when a fearful
growl was heard, and a black B mar came out from a
neighboring thicket. The little Dwarf sprang up in
a terrible fright, and was about io take to his heels,
but he was not in time to get back to his hole, for the
Bear stood just in his way. Hereupon, he took to sup-
plicating, in a piteous manner:
Dear Mr. Bear spare, oh, spare me this time, and
I will make you a present of all my treasures, all these
jewels you now see before you. Grant me my.life :
what will a noble lord like you gain by killing a poor,
miserable wretch like me ? I am not enough for a
mouthful for your mightiness, you would not so much
as feel me between your teeth; besides, I am old
and tough. You had much better take those two
wicked little girls; they are two nice morsels, as
fat as quails; munch them, my dear Sir, and they
will do you good."
But the Bear, without hearing him out, gave the
nasty little wretch just one pat with his left fore-paw,
which stretched him out, quite dead and stiff.
The little girls were running away, but the Bear
called out to them: Snow-white Red-rose don't
be afraid; wait for me." They recognized his voice,
and stopped, and then, as soon as he was close to them,
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the skin of the Bear fell all at once off from him, and
they saw a handsome young man, arrayed in beautiful
clothes, embroidered all over with gold.
I am a Prince," he said to them, and that wicked
Dwarf had changed me into a Bear, after robbing me
of my treasures ; he had doomed me to run about in
the woods, and only his death could release me. At
last, however, he has received the well-merited punish-
ment of his many misdeeds."
It was not long before there was a merry and mag-
nificent wedding in that part of the country. The
Prince espoused Snow-white, and Red-rose was mar-
ried to another very handsome young man, the brother
of the Prince, who generously shared with them the
treasures which the Goblin had amassed in his hole.
The good old mother lived for many long years in
happy tranquillity near her children's palace; and
she planted two rose-trees, one on each side of her
window, which she loved to tend, and which bore,
every spring, the most lovely white and red roses.
ONCE upon a time, there was a King, who, being old,
and happening to fall ill, took it very much to heart,
as old gentlemen do, and made up his mind to die,-
which, my dear children, you must always remember,
is half-way towards doing so. So, impressed with this
notion, he ordered his attendants to summon to his
presence his Faithful John, a favourite servant and
friend, whom he kept always about his person, as one
who loved him for himself, and not for his grandeur,
and could, therefore, be relied upon, whatever might
betide. He was called Faithful John, because, all
through his life, he had been faithful to his master.
As soon as he came into the King's bed-room, his
Majesty said to him: My friend, Faithful John, I
feel that my end is approaching, and I have no anxiety
but the thought of my son, who is yet very young, and
will not know how to guide himself. I shall not die
happy, unless you give me your promise to watch over
him, to instruct him in all he ought to know, and to
be to him a second father." -
I promise you," replied John, that I will never
quit him, and that I'iwill serve him faithfully, even
though it cost me my life."
"I can now die in peace," said the old King: after
my death, you will take him to see over all the palace,
all its chambers, its saloons, its vaults, and the riches
they contain; only you must not allow him to enter
within the last chamber of the great gallery, where is
the portrait of the Princess of the Golden Dome, since,
if he once see that picture, he will feel for her an irre-
sistible love, that will be the cause of his incurring the
greatest dangers: be it your task to keep him from
Faithful John repeated his promise; and the old
King calmly settled himself to rest, and laid his head
upon his pillow, and breathed his last.
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As soon as the old King had been placed in his
tomb, John took an opportunity of recounting to his
young successor the promise he had made to his father
on his death-bed: I will keep it," he added, and I
will be faithful to you, as I have been to your father,
even though it cost me my life."
When the days of mourning were over, John said to
the King : It is time you should know the wealth
you inherit; I will take you over the palace of your
So he led the young King all over the palace, from
the top to the bottom, and showed to him all the riches
with which the splendid apartments were filled, omit-
ting only the chamber in which was hung up the dan-
gerous portrait. It had been placed there in such
a manner, that, when the door was opened, it struck
the eye at once; and it was so admirably painted, that
it seemed to live and breathe, and nothing in the world
could equal it in beauty and ,amiable appearance. The
young King quickly perceived that Faithful John
always passed by this door without opening it, and
asked him the reason. It is," replied the other,
" because there is something in that chamber which
would make you afraid."
I have seen all the castle," said the King, and I
wish to know what is here;" and he wanted to force
open the door.
Faithful John held him back for awhile, and said to
him: I have promised your father, on his death-bed,
not to permit you to enter this chamber; your doing
so would result in great misfortunes, for you as well
The greatest trouble I can have," replied the im-
petuous young King, is that of my curiosity not
being satisfied. I shall have no rest until my eyes
have seen it. I will not go away from here until you
have opened the door for me."
Faithful John, perceiving that it was of no avail to
refuse longer, went, with a heavy heart, to fetch the
key from the great bunch. When the door was opened,
he entered first, trying, as he did so, to conceal the
portrait with his body; but all was in vain: the King,
standing on tip-toe, contrived to look at it over John's
shoulders. But when he saw this likeness of a young
lady, so beautiful, and so brilliant with gold and pre-
cious stones, he fell, without consciousness, on the
floor. Faithful John raised him up, and carried him
to his bed, murmuring all the while to himself: The
mischief is done! What will now become of us ?"
Then he gave the King a little wine, to cheer him and
The first word the young King uttered, when he
came to himself, was to ask whose beautiful portrait
that was. It is the portrait of the Princess of the
Golden Dome," replied Faithful John.
So great is my love for her," went on the King,
"that if all the leaves of all the trees were tongues,
they would not be enough to express it. My life de-
pends on my possessing her hand. You will help me,
John, for you are my faithful servant."
Faithful John reflected, for a long time, which was
the best way to set about his new duty of bringing
the young couple together, for it was no easy. matter
I to come within sight of this Princess. At last, he
thought of a way, and said to the King: "Everything
about this Princess is of gold,-chairs, plates, dishes,
cups, goblets, all furniture of every description. You
have five tons of gold in your treasury; it must be
placed in the hands of the goldsmiths, to make of it
vases and exquisite works in gold, in every kind of
fashion and form, as those of birds, wild beasts, and
monsters of a thousand shapes. As soon as these are
ready, we will set out on the road, with them as our
baggage, and in that way we will endeavour to bring
about a meeting, and succeed in our mission."
The King speedily summoned all the goldsmiths in
his dominions, and they worked night and day until
all was ready. When they had freighted a ship for
their voyage, Faithful John assumed the dress of a
merchant, and the King did the same, that nobody
might recognize them. Then they set sail gleefully,
and voyaged prosperously, until they reached the city
where dwelt the Princess of the Golden Dome.
Faithful John landed by himself, and left the King
behind in the ship. It may be," said he, that I
shall bring back the Princess with me; take care that
everything is in order, and that the golden vases are
arranged for exhibition, and that the ship is prepared
as if for a festival." He then filled his girdle with a
number of little trinkets of gold, (for the merchants of
Arabia carry money, and precious stones, and small
articles of great value, in their sashes,) and went
straight to the palace of the King, the father of the
Princess of the Golden Dome.
The first person that he saw, on entering the court-
yard of the palace, was a young girl, who was draw-
ing water at a fountain with two golden buckets. As
she turned round to go, she perceived the stranger,
and inquired who he was, and what was his business.
"I am a merchant," he answered; and, opening his
girdle, he showed her some of the pretty things he
had to sell.
"Oh, what beautiful things!" she exclaimed, and,
setting down her buckets, applied herself busily to
looking over the trinkets one after the other. The
Princess," said she, must see all these; she will buy
them from you, for she dearly loves all kinds of trin-
kets of gold." Then, taking him by the hand, she
led him up into the palace, for she happened to be the
The beautiful Princess, herself, was ravished at the
sight of the trinkets, and said: All these are so well
executed, that I shall buy them all from you."
But Faithful John answered: "I am only the servant
of a rich merchant, and all you behold here is nothing to
what my master has with him in his ship; it is there
you would see articles in gold, of the most beautiful
workmanship, and precious in value."
She wished him to bring them to her in the palace,
but he said: There are too many; there would be
no time and no space; your palace would not hold
This only the more excited the royal lady's curio-
.ity, so that at last she exclaimed: Very well; con-
duct me to this ship; I will go myself, and see these
vaunted treasures of your master."
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Faithful John led the way, right joyously, to the
ship, where the King, when he saw her, found her to
be even more lovely than her portrait, and his heart
bounded with joy. As soon as she reached the deck,
the King offered her his hand; while Faithful John,
who remained just behind her, cunningly, in the mean-
while, ordered the captain to weigh anchor on the
instant, and spread every sail. The King, who could
scarcely conceal his transports of love and delight, had
gone down with her into the cabin, and was showing
to her, piece by piece, all the exquisite vases and
utensils of gold, the cups, the ewers, the basins, the
birds, the wild beasts, and the monsters, worked out
with the most elegant taste and finish. When he had
gone through all, the Princess gracefully expressed
her thanks to the pretended merchant, and her admi-
ration of his wares, gave him some very liberal orders,
and then prepared to depart for her palace. But when
matters had arrived thus far, she perceived that they
were out at sea, far away from land, and that the ship
was under full sail. I am betrayed," she exclaimed,
in terror, they are carrying me off! To have fallen
into the power of a merchant! I would much rather
But the King took her hand, and said: I am no
merchant; I am a king, and of as good a family as
your own. That I have carried you off by a stratagem,
attribute, I beg of you, only to the violence of my
love; it is so strong, that when I saw only your por-
trait for the first time, I fell down, without conscious-
ness, in front of it."
These, and a few other soft words, were a great
relief to the Princess; she began to feel more assured
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and consoled; her heart was touched. The King was
a very handsome, amiable, and agreeable young man ;
so she forgave him this first offence, and consented to
And so all went on happily; the two royal lovers
enjoyed themselves, as lovers only can enjoy them-
selves, when sailing in a fast-going ship, with favour-
able breezes, over a sunny sea; sitting all day with
their hands locked in each other's, under the shade of
the great mainsail, and, in the evening, nestling close
together, shoulder to shoulder, against the bulwarks,
with the moon and stars shedding their soft light
down upon them, and the gentle air sweeping like
music through the cordage. They seemed so happy,
that all the crew, even, felt a sympathy with them, and
all were happy as angels bearing the souls. of good
men towards Heaven. We must except one man alone,
and he was very uncomfortable, for he knew there
was a cloud somewhere about in the sky, though it
could not be seen at present: this was Faithful John,
for he remembered the old King's words.
One day, whilst they were on the open sea, Faithful
John was seated in the bows of the ship, looking up
to the sky, and thinking of what might happen, when
he caught sight of three crows, who came and settled
down just near him. Now, it happened that Faithful
John understood the language of the birds, and so,
when he heard the crows chattering together, he lent
an ear to what they were saying,
So," says the first crow, he has carried off the
Princess of the Golden Dome!"
-" Yes," replied the second, but he won't keep her
How is that ? said the third; don't you see she
is sitting by his side? A nice pair of lovers, truly!"
"What does that matter?" replied the first; as
soon as they land, a roan horse will be brought to the
King, which he will endeavour to mount; but, if he
does so, the horse will dart up into the sky with him,
and he will never be heard of any more."
But," said the second crow, is there no means
of preventing this ?"
Oh, yes, he has one resource," said the first;
" some other person must throw himself upon the
horse, snatch a pistol from the holsters, and shoot
the horse dead on the spot: that will save the King.
But how is any one to know that ? And, moreover,
whoever should know it and mention it, would be
changed into stone from his feet to his knees."
The second crow spoke in his turn: I know some-
thing, even more than this; supposing the horse to be
killed, the young King will not even then possess his
betrothed. When they are entering the palace to-
gether, a magnificent bridal shirt will be presented to
him on a salver; it will look as if woven of gold and
silver, but is really made of nitre and sulphur; if the
King puts it on, it will burn him to the very marrow
of his bones."
"Is there not some way for him to avoid this ?"
asked the third crow.
Yes, there is one method," replied the second
crow; somebody, with good strong gloves on his
hands, must seize hold of the shirt, and throw it into
the fire: the shirt once burnt, the King will be saved.
But of what avails this ? Whoever knew this, and
told it, would find himself changed into stone, from
his knees to his heart."
The third crow now added his grain to the sack of
intelligence: "I know something, even more than
this; supposing the shirt burnt, the young King even
then will not possess his wife. When they have a
ball, on the wedding-night, and the young Queen
dances at it-which she will be sure to do-she will
faint all of a sudden, and fall down as if dead; and
she will really be dead, unless some one raise her up
immediately, and suck from her right shoulder three
drops of blood, which he must spit out directly.
But whoever may happen to know this, and tell it,
will be changed into stone, from his head to his feet."
After this conversation, the crows resumed their
flight. Faithful John, who had listened attentively,
remained some time, sad and silent. To sajr nothing
about what he had heard would be the ruin of the
King, but to speak would be destruction to himself.
At last he made up his mind: I will save my master,
though it cost me my life."
On their landing, all happened as the three crows had
predicted. A magnificent roan horse was presented
to the King; "Capital!" said his Majesty, I will
ride him to the palace :" and he was throwing his leg
over the saddle, when Faithful John, stepping before
him, darted forwards, drew a pistol from the holsters,
and stretched the horse stiff, stark dead, at his royal
Here was a commotion instantly The other ser-
vants of the King, who had no great love for Faithful
John, exclaimed that he must be out of his senses, to
kill such a noble animal-just as his Majesty was
about to mount it, too But the King bade them hold
their peace: Let him do as he likes; he is my
Faithful John, and doubtless has his reasons for what
lie has just done."
They arrived at the palace, and, in the first saloon
they entered, a grand nuptial shirt was placed on a
salver, and it looked like a web of gold and silver.
The King was about to touch it, but Faithful John
pushed him from it, and seizing it with well-gloved
hands, cast it into the fire, which consumed it in an
instant. The other servants, upon this, resumed their
former murmurs; See!" said they, look here, how
he burns the King's very wedding-shirt!"
But the young King again repeated : No doubt he
has some good reason for it. Let him have his own
way; he is my Faithfil John."
The wedding was celebrated, and there was a grand
ball in the evening, and, as was natural, the young
bride commenced dancing. From that moment, Faith-
ful John never took his eyes off from her. All of a
sudden, he saw a weakness come over her, and she fell
back, in a swoon, like one dead. Dashing towards her
instantly, he lifted her up, and bore her through the
people to her chamber, where, after laying her down
on the bed, he leant over her, and sucked from her
right shoulder three drops of blood, which he imme-
diately spat out. At the same instant she breathed
again, and came to her senses. But the young King,
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| who had seen all this with anizement, was utterly at versation of the three crows, and how all that he had
a loss to understand the strange conduct of John, and, done had been necessary for the safety of the King.
at last, ended by flying into a passion with him, and 0 my Faithful John!" exclaimed the King, par-
throwing the poor fellow into prison, don me the wrong I have done you; I remit your
Next day, Faithful John was condemned to death, sentence. Bring him down from the scaffold!"
and led to the gallows. Just as he was mounting the But it was of- no avail; for at the last word he
ladder, he said: Every man who is about to die has had spoken, Faithful John fell down lifeless-he was
the right of speaking to the people before all is over: turned into stone!
have I thai right?" The King and his Queen were sorely distressed. ,
"I grant it to you," said the King. Alas !" said the King, that such devotion should
"Very well; I have been unjustly condemned, and have been so recompensed!" He ordered the stone
I have never ceased to be faithful." Then he re- statue to be carried up into his bedroom, and placed
counted how, while at sea, he had overheard the con- near his own bed; and every time he set eyes upon it,
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he repeated, with tears : "Alas, my Faithful John !
would that I could restore you to life at the expense
of half my kingdom !"
After some time, the Queen brought into the world
two twin sons, whom she reared happily, and who
were the joy and delight of their parents. One day,
while the Queen was at church, and the two children
were at play with their father in his room, his eyes
fell on the Statue, and he could not help- repeating
again, with a sigh: Alas, my Faithful John! would
that I could restore you to life once more!"
But the Statue, carrying on the conversation, said
to him : You have it in your power to do so, if you
are willing to devote to me that which you most
"Everything that I have in the world," exclaimed
the King, I am ready to sacrifice for your sake."
"Well, then," said the Statue, for me to recover
my existence, it is necessary for you to cut off the
heads of your two sons, and smear me all over with
What a task for a father! The King turned pale on
hearing these terrible conditions ; but at the thought
of the devotion of the faithful servant who had given
his life for him, he drew his diamond-hilted sword from
the scabbard, and, with his own hand, struck off the
heads of his twin boys at one sweep; then he smeared
the stone Statue all over with their blood. At that very
instant the Statue became reanimated, and Faithful
John appeared, cool and calm, before him. But he
said to the King : Thy devotion to me shall not be
unrewarded." Then, taking up the heads of the chil-
dren, he replaced them om their shoulders, and smeared
the wounds with their blood; at the same moment,
they came to life again, and set to leaping and play-
ing, as if nothing had happened.
The King's heart was full of joy. As soon as he
heard the Queen had come home, he made John and
the children hide themselves in a large clothes-press.
Immediately she entered, he asked her: Have you
prayed at church ?"
"Yes," replied her Majesty, and I have been con-
stantly thinking of poor Faithful John, so unfortunate
for our sakes."
Dear wife," said he, "we have it in our power to
restore him to life, but it would cost us our two dear
The Queen turned pale, and her heart seemed to
come to a standstill; nevertheless, she made answer to
the King: We owe to him this sacrifice, because of
The King, charmed at seeing they were both of the
same feelings and thoughts, went and opened the
clothes-press, and made John and the children come
out of it. Heaven be praised," said he, John is
free, and our children are still left to us." Then he
recounted to the Queen, all that had passed; and
thenceforth they all lived happily together, to the very
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ONCE upon a time, there was a King, and he had three
sons, two of whom went forth, as all King's sons used
to do, in search of adventures, and to see the world;
and, shame to say, they fell into such irregularities and
dissipation, that they could not venture to go back to
their father's house. Their young brother, whom they
used to call the Little Niggard, from his being so
prudent and careful about his pocket-money, set out
in search of them; but when he had found them, they
only mocked at him, for being so simple as to suppose
he could take care of himself in that world, wherein
both of them, who were so much more clever than him,
had quite lost themselves.
As they went along the road together, they came
upon an ant's nest, and the two elder brothers wished
to turn it -over, to amuse themselves with the anxiety.
of the little ants, and the seeing them run hither and
thither, carrying their eggs to some new place of
safety; but the Little Niggard said to them: "Let us
leave these poor little creatures in peace; I could not
bear to see the i harassed and annoyed."
A little further, they came to a wide-spreading park,
in which was a lake, wherein were swimming we don't
know how many frogs. The two elder brothers wanted
to take a couple out and roast them,-for the people
in that part of the world regard the hind legs of frogs
as something very nice, when dished up with parsley
and bread-crumbs, and fried in a pan with plenty of
butter, like fish. But the younger brother stood out
against such'a proposal, and said: Leave these poor
animals in peace; I can't bear their being killed."
They went a little further, and saw a .tree, in the
bottom of which was a hive of bees, so full of honey,
that it trickled out and ran down the trunk. The two
brothers proposed at once to light a fire at the foot of
the tree, and so smoke out the, bees, and get at the
honey. But the Little Niggard held them back, and
said to them : "Now, do let these little creatures re-
main in peace; I will not suffer you to burn them out
of house and home."
At last, the three brothers arrived at a great man-
sion, where they could not see any one; but, on going
into the stables, they found them to be full of horses,
which, it was easy to see, had been suddenly changed
into stone! They knocked loudly at the great gates
of the house, but as no one came, they pushed open
the huge folding-doors, that swung back upon their
hinges, and gave them admission into the spacious
hall. From this they wandered-all being silent, and
not a person to be seen-through numerous large
saloons and long galleries, until they came to a door,
which stopped their passage. It was fastened with
three locks, and in the middle of it there was a small
wicket, through which they could see into an apart-
ment. Here they perceived a little man with grey
hair, seated at a table. They called to him once,
twice, without his taking any notice; at the third time,
he rose up, opened the door, and came out in front of
them; then, without uttering a word, lie led them to
a table richly set out, and when they had eaten and
drank, he conducted each of them to a chamber, where
they might sleep, alone; but all this without saying a
word, and quite calmly and sedately, as if their coming
were a matter of course, and they had been expected,
and all made ready for them.
Next morning, the little old man came to the bed-
room of the eldest of the brothers, and making him a
sign to follow him, led him to a stone tablet, on which
were written three things that were to be tried, and
which had to be brought about, before the castle could
The first was, to search among the moss in the
middle of the wood, for a thousand pearls belonging
to the Princess, which had been scattered there; and
if the person searching did not find all of them before
sunset, without missing so much as one, he would be
changed into stone!
The eldest brother spent the whole day in looking
after the pearls; but when evening came, he had not
found more than a hundred out of them, so he was
turned into stone, according as was written on the
tablet. Next day, the second brother undertook the
adventure; but he succeeded no better than the other,
for he found only two hundred pearls, and so he also
was changed into a stone.
At last came the turn of Little Niggard. Hie hunted
after the pearls in the moss; but as the task was long
and difficult and hopeless, he sat down at last upon a
stone, and set to weeping. It was in this condition
that the King of the Ants, whose life he had saved,
found him, as he happened to come up, marching at
the head of an army of five thousand of his subjects;
so his Majesty, pitying his preserver's woful plight,
set his army to work, and it was not an instant before
the ants, bustling about among the roots of the moss,
had ferreted out every single pearl, and piled them all
up together into a heap.
The second trial consisted in fishing up the key of
the chamber in which the Princess was lying, and
this key was at the bottom of the lake in the park.
As soon as the young Prince approached, the frogs
whom he had saved came to meet him in a great pro-
cession; and on learning what was the occasion of his
coming, they gave an unanimous plunge, with a won-
derful splash, all at once, right down to the bottom of
the lake, and presently reappeared, croaking prodi-
giously loud, as if delighted in bringing up to their
benefactor the great key of the Princess's chamber.
But all was not over even then; there was another
and a third trial yet remaining, and that was the most
difficult of all. For there were three Princesses asleep,
and he had to pick out the youngest and the most
amiable among the three, only from looking at them
while sleeping, without hearing them speak a word, or
having seen them before, or known anything about
them. What made the task the more puzzling was,
that all the three young ladies were exactly alike, and
the only thing that could distinguish them was, that,
before going to sleep, the eldest had eaten a lump of
sugar, while the second had drank a cup of syrup, and
the third had taken a spoonful of honey.
Poor young Prince! Even kissing their pretty
pouting, rosy lips would not be of any use to him,
however pleasant, for they were all sweetened alike.
What was to be done ?
But the Queen of the Bees, whom he had preserved
from fire, came to his aid. She went and hovered
over the lips of the three Princesses, and finally rested
and folded her wings on the mouth of the one that had
eaten the honey; so the Prince recognized her imme-
diately as the youngest, and chanced her being the
most amiable, which she was.
Whereupon, the enchantment was broken, and all
those who had been changed into stone resumed the
human form. The Prince, nicknamed the Niggard,
espoused the youngest and most amiable of the
Princesses, and became King of the country after the
death of the young lady's father. As for his brothers,
they married the other sisters, and it is to be hoped
that they were better as married men than they were
THE TWO FELLOW-TRAVELLERS.
MOUNTAINs are not in the habit of meeting, but men
often come together, and not seldom the good with the
bad. A Shoemaker and a Tailor found themselves
together, on going their rounds of the country. The
Tailor was a jolly little fellow, always gay and good-
humoured. He saw the Shoemaker come up alongside
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him, and, recognizing his trade by the bundle he road ? Two days' bread-that will be quite enough
carried, he began to sing a little ditty: for us."
Each of them made his own provision, and thus
"BristCobbler! cobbler! stoop hamme your, and all passed the first days of their journey; but when the
Pierce 'em, and nail 'em, and beat 'em, and- third came, and they could not see the end of the
road, the Tailor, who had consumed all the bread he
Come, stop there !" said the Cobbler, who did not had brought with him, felt his gaiety begin to ooze
take it pleasantly, but looked as if he had swallowed away; nevertheless, without losing heart, he put his
vinegar, and could have strangled the Tailor. Hap- trust in good luck and the favour of Heaven. In the
pily, the little man spoke to him, and laughed, as he evening, he went to sleep under a tree, with a hungry
handed his bottle to him for a drink: Come, my belly, and rose up again in the morning, with nothing
lad, it was only by way of a joke; take a draught, and to satisfy it. So it went on, to the fourth day, when
swallow your anger." the Cobbler sat down on a fallen tree, as grand as a
The Cobbler took a long pull at the bottle, and the king on his throne, and ate his dinner; while the poor
look of his face grew rather more pleasant. He Tailor had no other resource but to look on while he
handed back the bottle to the Tailor, and said: I did so. At last, human nature could put up with this
have honoured your invitation, having regard both to no longer, and he asked his comrade to give him a
my present thirst and my future want of drink; are mouthful of bread; but the other replied, in a jeering
you agreeable to our travelling together ?" tone: You are always so merry, it is good for you
Quite willing," replied the Tailor, provided we to know what a little trouble is; the birds, that sing
make for some large town, where there is no want of too loud in the morning, make a nice supper for the
work." hawk in the evening." In a word, the curmudgeon
That's exactly my intention," said the Cobbler; Cobbler was utterly without pity.
"in these little out-of-the-way places there is nothing On the morning of the fifth day, the poor Tailor had
to be done; the people walk about barefooted." no longer strength to raise himself from the earth;
So they went on their road together, travelling on so great was his exhaustion, that he could hardly utter
foot, like the king's dogs. Both of them had more a word; his cheeks were pale, and his eyes red. The
time to lose than money to spend; for, whatever town Cobbler said to him: "You shall have a morsel of
they came to, they paid a visit to the master trades- bread, but on condition that I may scoop out your
men in their business; and as the little Tailor was a right eye."
jolly, good-natured fellow, with rosy cheeks, they gave The miserable man, compelled to accept this dread-
him work willingly; and often, even, the daughter of ful bargain to save his life, shed tears from his two
his patron would allow him to take a kiss behind the eyes for the last time, and offered himself to his
door, to help him on his road. When he rejoined his executioner, who pierced the poor fellow's right eye
companion, his purse was always better filled; whilst with the point of his awl. The Tailor immediately
the Cobbler, perpetually grumbling, pulled a long face called to mind what his mother had said to him in his
as he growled out," There is no chance but for scamps." childhood, as she whipped him, when she caught him
But the Tailor only laughed at him, and shared what- stealing some cakes: If you eat all you can, you
ever he had with his comrade. As long as he heard must bear with what you can't help."
the halfpence rattling against each other in his pocket, When he had eaten the bread that had cost him so
he would call for the best in the house, and his jokes dear, he got up on his legs again, and consoled him-
and his merriment made the glasses ring upon the self for his misfortune with the thought that he could
table; with him, it was light come, light go. yet see with one eye. But, alas, poor little fellow!
At last, after travelling about for some time, they on the sixth day his hunger came back again, as strong
arrived at a great forest, through which passed the as ever, and his heart entirely failed him. He fell down
road to the capital of the kingdom in which they at night at the foot of a tree, and, the next morning,
were. Here they had to choose between two ways, weakness prevented him from getting up again. He
the one giving a journey of seven days, and the other felt his death approaching, when the cruel Cobbler
two days; but they had no knowledge of the diffe- thus again addressed him: I will take pity on you,
rence between one and the other, which was the short and give you another morsel of bread to keep life in
one, and which the long one. So they sat down under you; but for that I must have the eye you have left."
an oak, and took counsel together, as to which road to What! lose my left eye-my only left eye!" said
take, and how much bread they ought to carry with the poor little man, bitterly weeping over the care-
them. The Cobbler said: We ought to push the lessness which had brought about all these disasters.
protection as far as possible; I shall take enough for Then he knelt down, and, after uttering a short
seven days." prayer, turned round to the cruel Cobbler: Do your
What!" said the Tailor, "drag, on one's back, bread will with me; what cannot be cured must be endured:
for seven days, like a beast of burthen! No such' but remember, that if Heaven does not always punish
trouble will I take, be sure, my lad! The money I us in the hour of our crimes, a time will come, when
have got in my pocket is as good in summer as in you will have to pay for the evil you have done to me,
winter; but when the weather is hot, the bread gets who have not deserved it at your hands. When I was
dry and musty. None of your precautions for me well off, I shared all I had with you; consider, that in
Besides, why should we not fall upon the right mmy business, my eyes are my tools; when I have lost
them, I cannot work any more, and then I must go
beg. But, at least, if I am to be blinded, don't leave
me here, where I must die of hunger."
The Cobbler, who had banished all mercy from his
heart, took his knife, and scooped out the poor Tailor's
left eye; then he gave him a bit of bread, and, stretch-
ing out the end of his stick, led him along.
At the setting of the sun, they came to the verge of
the forest, and in front of a gibbet which had been
erected there by the people of the nearest town. The
Cobbler led his blind companion right up to the foot of
the post, where he abandoned him, and continued his
road alone. The poor creature fell down in a sleep, so
worn was he with fatigue, pain, and hunger, and passed
the whole of the night in a deep slumber. At break
of day he woke up, and could not make out where he
was. Now, there happened to be two poor sinners
hanging on the gibbet, with the crows on the top of
their heads. One of these men began to speak to the
other, and said: Brother, are you asleep ?"
I have just woke up," replied the other.
"Do you know," went on the first, that the dew
that fell this night upon our gibbet has the property
of restoring sight to any blind people who bathe their
eyes with it ? If they only knew this, how many a
poor fellow would come here to recover the sight that
he thought he had lost for ever!"
When the Tailor heard this, he whipped out his little
handkerchief, rubbed on the grass till it was wet with
the dew, and bathed with it the hollows where his eyes
used to be. What the hanged man had predicted
instantly took place, and two little sparkling and
clear-seeing eyes took the place of his old ones. It
was not long before the Tailor saw the sun rising above
the mountains. In the plain before him a great city
was spread out, with magnificent gates and walls, and
a hundred steeples surmounted with glittering crosses.
Oh! how delighted was he, once more to count the
leaves of the trees, follow with his eyes the flight of
the birds, and the circling dances of the gnats in the
sunbeams! A king would have felt for his crown, a
soldier have drawn his sword, a lover have kissed his
mistress; but the little Tailor, he crossed his legs,
pulled out a needle, and began to sew up a hole in his
breeches. When he found he was master of this, his
little heart beat with joy; he threw himself on his
knees, and returned thanks to Heaven for its mercy,
and said his morning prayers, not forgetting a word
for the poor sinners who were hanging on the gibbet,
and swinging about in the wind like the weights of a
clock. His sorrows were all flown away; he picked
up his little bundle, shouldered it merrily, and took to
his road again, singing and whistling a hearty tune.
The first being he met was a little brown Colt, that
was feeding in the meadow; he seized it by the mane,
and was going to mount on it, and have a ride into
the town; biut the Colt begged him to let him go. I
am too young yet," said he; you are a fine handsome
fellow, and not a little tailor, as light as a feather;
you would break my back. Let me run about till I
am a little older and stronger. A time may come,
perhaps, when I may be able to recompense you."
Go, then," replied the Tailor, for I can see you
are not much of a trotter."
And with this he gave him a switch on the back,
and off went the pony, jumping with joy, and darted
right across the fields, leaping over all the hedges and
ditches in his way. The Tailor laughed to see the little
fellow's antics, but the laughing reminded him that he
had had nothing to eat since the day before. My
eyes," says he, have found the sun again, but my
stomach has not found anything to eat; the first thing
that looks like victuals that I meet, will find its. way
down my throat."
At this moment he saw a Stork, that was stalking
gravely up the meadow. Stop," said he, my fine
fellow !" as he seized it by the leg; I am not quite
certain whether you are good to eat, but my appetite
leaves me no choice; so I must cut off your long neck,
and make a roast fowl of you."
Take care what you are about," said the Stork;
"I am a sacred bird, of the highest utility to man,
and nobody may do me harm. Spare my life, and
perhaps I may reward you for this, some day."
Too much politeness makes a lean stomach," said
the Tailor; but I don't like to hurt such a civil-
spoken gentleman; so make the best of your way off,
as quick as you can, you cousin to Old Daddy Long-
The Stork took to flight, and raised itself calmly,
floating in the air, spreading its wings, and letting its
long legs hang down.
What is to come next ?" exclaimed the poor
Tailor; my hunger increases, and my stomach grum-
bles awfully. Whatever falls in my hand this time,
is lost to a certainty."
Just at this moment, he caught sight of two Ducks,
that were swimming in a pool. They come just in
time," thought he; so, seizing one, he was going to twist
its neck. But an old Duck, who lay concealed among
the reeds, waddled up to him, with her mouth open,
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and prayed him, with tears, to spare her little ones:
" Think," said she, of the grief of your own mother,
if she saw any one about to give you the death-blow."
Let your heart be at ease," replied the good little
fellow, I won't touch you;" and he threw back into
the water the duckling that he had spirited up.
On turning away from this pool, he saw a large
tree, half hollow in the middle, about which were
flying a number of wild Bees. At last I am recom-
pensed," said he; "I shall have a good breakfast of
honey." But the Queen of the Bees, coming out of
the tree, declared to him, that if he touched her
people, or her hive, he would be stung in a thousand
places; if, however, on the contrary, he left them at
rest, the bees might be able to render him a service,
sooner or later.
The Tailor saw very well that he had nothing to
gain in this quarter: Three empty dishes, and no-
thing in the fourth," said he to himself, make a bad
dinner." He dragged himself along, worn out with
hunger, until he reached the town; but, as he did not
get in till just as it was striking twelve, dinner was
ready in the inns, and all he had to do was to sit
down to table. When he had feasted, he went through
the town in search of work, and soon found plenty of
it on good terms. Being a capital workman, it was
not long before he came into general notice, and every
one wanted to have a new coat after the cut of the
fashionable little Tailor, whose renown increased day
by day, until, at last, the King made him Tailor to the
But only to see how things happen in this world!
On that very same day, his old comrade, the Cobbler,
was named Shoemaker and Cordwainer to their Majes-
ties Both these royal tradesmen were presented on
the same day; and when the Cobbler saw the Tailor
with two fine sparkling eyes, his conscience sorely
troubled him; he felt himself in great danger, and
began to think, that as the Tailor, in his opinion, must
always be seeking to revenge himself, it would be wise
to spread some snare for him beforehand.
But those who spread snares, very often fall into
them themselves. That night, when his work was
over, he went secretly to the King's chamber, and
said to him: Sire, your new Tailor is an audacious
fellow, and he is boasting all over the town, that he
knows where to lay his hand upon that golden crown
you have lost for such a long time."
"All right," said the King, I am very glad to
hear of it." So he had the Tailor brought befEre him
next morning, and ordered him to bring back the
crown, or quit that city for ever.
Oh! oh!" said the Tailor to himself, I am not
one of those chaps that promise what they can't per-
form. Since the King is so out of his senses as to
require of me more than a man can do, I shall not
wait for any to-morrow, but be off to-day."
So he made up his bundle again; but as he passed
out of the gates; he could not help feeling sorry at
turning his back upon a town where all had gone so
well with him. He passed by the side of the pool,
where he had made acquaintance with the ducks. The
old Duck, whose little ones he had left unharmed, was
standing on the bank, dressing her feathers with her
beak. She recognized him at once, and inquired from
him where he was going, and what made him look
You'll not be surprised at my looking sad," re-
plied the Tailor, when you know what has happened
to me;" and he told her the whole story.
'" Is that all ?" said the Duck; we can soon help
you out of that little trouble. The crown has tumbled
to the bottom of this pond; we will have it up for you
in an instant, so open your pocket-handkerchief to
Down she went into the water, with her dozen little
ones; and, at the end of five minutes, she was back
again, swimming in the centre of the crown, which
she supported on her wings, while her little ducklings,
ranged all round, aided her in carrying it with their
beaks. They soon swam up to the brink, and laid the
crown down in the handkerchief; and a mighty fine
crown it was, we can assure you,-it shone like the sun,
in the middle of a ring of sparkling carbuncles. The
Tailor, with, trembling hands, wrapped it up in his
handkerchief, and lost no time in bearing the recovered
treasure to the King, who received him with joy, and,
in reward, placed a chain of gold round his neck.
This made the little Tailor merrier than ever, and
still more a favourite at Court, and fashionable with
the gentry and nobility. He invented the Duck paletot,
and everybody wore it. This cut the Cobbler to the
heart, for he saw that not only had his blow failed,
but that, in missing it, also, he had made the fortune
of his intended victim. So, at last, he thought of
another expedient, and went and said to the King:
Sire, there is no bearing with that Tailor; he is as
proud as ever again, and goes about boasting that he
could reproduce the whole of your palace, and all it
contains, in wax,-inside, outside, up-stairs, down-
stairs, and underneath, furniture, and all the rest."
"Oh! he can, can he, indeed?" said the King;
send for him here. Now, my fine fellow, just go
and make a model in wax of the whole of my palace,
and all it contains, up-stairs, down-stairs, and under-
neath, furniture, and all the rest; and just you take
notice, if it is not quite perfect, or if you forget so
much as a single nail in any one wall, you'll finish
your days in one of the subterranean dungeons!"
Oh! please your Majesty!" said the Tailor, falling
on his knees.
Silence!" said his Majesty, in a voice of thunder,
to the Tailor. Throw the rascal out of the window!"
These last words his Majesty addressed to the captain
of his guards. The Tailor took the royal hint, and got
out of the door before the captain of the guards could
fetch his horse to throw him out of the window,-for
it happened to be the turn of the Life-guards on
As soon as he reached the street, he ran home, and
packed up his bundle again, saying to himself: This
is from bad to worse; I shall not attempt an impos-
sibility." So he left the city a second time, by the
When he arrived at the foot of a hollow tree, where
the Queen of the Bees had refused him a breakfast, he
sat down in sorrow, stooping his head in his hands,
and the tears, trickling from his eyes, fell through his
fingers to the ground. The Bees came flying and
buzzing all about him, and their Queen, settling on
the top of his ear, inquired of him what made him so
low, and whether he had got the mulligrubs. "No,"
said he, the pain I feel don't affect me there;" and
then he recounted to her what the King had demanded
Whereupon, the Bees, after a wonderful buzzing
and humming among themselves, finally held a great
council, at the end of which, the Queen said to the
tailor: Go home, you kind-hearted little fellow, enjoy
yourself for the day, and come here to-morrow with a
large damask table-cloth: you will find all will go
Remembering what had happened to him before, in
the case of the Ducks and Crown, the Tailor placed
'confidence in what the Bees promised; and he went
home, and invited a party of friends to dinner, at
which they all enjoyed themselves; and the Tailor
sang his merriest songs, to the great spite of the royal
Shoemaker, who lived just opposite to him, and who,
because he was a bad man himself, and could never be
happy, hated all other persons who were so.
But the Bees they spent a busy day, going in and
out of the palace through the open windows, rum-
maging over and examining every detail in the most
minute manner; this done, they hastened to regain
their hive, in front of which, and under the shade of a
broad-spreading tree, they built up a palace in wax
with busy promptitude. By eventide all was ready;
and when the Tailor arrived next morning, he found a
superb edifice awaiting him, white as snow, and ex-
haling the delicious odour of honey; nor was there a
nail wanting in the walls, or a single tile upon the
The Tailor wrapped it up with great care in the
table-cloth, and bore it off in triumph to the King.
His Majesty gazed upon it with admiration, placed it,
as one of the finest works of art, in one of the grandest
saloons of his palace, and recompensed the Tailor by
the gift of a large mansion.
For all this, the Cobbler did not regard himself as
quite beaten; he took heart, and went to the King a
third time, to whom he said: Sire, it has come to
the ears of your Majesty's Tailor, that every attempt
to dig wells in the court-yard of the palace has been a
failure; and he has been heard to boast, that he will
bring out there, any day, a fountain of water, as high
as a man, and as clear as crystal."
The King, who was never a loser by any of these
bargains, sent for the Tailor immediately; and when
the little fellow remonstrated against any further
orders, told him, in a voice of thunder: If you don't,
to-morrow morning, raise up the fountain you bragged
about, as high as a man, and as clear as crystal, your
head shall roll on the scaffold to-morrow afternoon, in
The Tailor did not say a word, but made his way
out of the gates of the town, for his life was in danger
this time. He journeyed along sadly, the tears rolling
down his cheeks, until he was accosted by the Colt, to
whom, you will remember, he had given his liberty,
who had now grown into a fine brown bay horse.
Now," says he, the time is arrived that I can
show you my gratitude; I know what is puzzling you,
and I am able to help you. All you have got to do is,
to get across my back; I can now carry two like you,
without feeling it."
The Tailor took courage, and leaped on the horse,
who galloped towards the city, and entered the court-
yard of the palace. He went three times round it at
a gallop, rapid as light, but in the middle of the third
course he stopped short. At the same moment they
heard a loud crack; a lump of earth was detached,
and thrown up like a bomb-shell in front of the
palace; then there rose up a jet of water to the height
of a man, and as clear as crystal, sparkling and dancing
in the rays of the morning sun. When the King saw
this, he was very much astonished and pleased, and
testified his pleasure by embracing the Tailor in the
presence of all the Court.
But the little man was not destined to enjoy a long
repose. The King had a great many daughters, each
one more beautiful than the other, but no son. The
mischievous Cobbler bethought himself of this, and
for the fourth time went to the King, and said to him:
This time, at any rate, your Majesty ought to look
after your Tailor. He is going about all over the city,
telling the people that it all depends on him for your
Majesty to have a son and heir."
"That is just what I want," replied the King;
"let the Tailor be summoned instantly to our pre-
sence, and make my compliments to the Queen, and
tell her, her presence is desired immediately. This is
a matter I must look into myself."
When the Tailor came, the King did not wait for
the Queen, but told him to bring him a son within
eight days, and he would give him his eldest daughter
in marriage, as a recompense.
It is a handsome reward, certainly," said the
Tailor to himself, and I should not mind having the
Princess Royal to make my gruel and warm my
night-cap; but the grapes are sour-the cherries are
pretty to look at, but they hang too high, and if I
try to climb the tree, the bough will break, and I shall
fall to the ground."
So he went home, and sat down on his table, with
his legs crossed, to think of what he ought to do.
"No, no! it is impossible!" he exclaimed at last;
"I must break the thread; there is no rest here for
me!" So he packed up his little bundle again, and
started off out of the city.
As he passed by the Duck, and the Bees, and the
Colt, he could only shake his head at them, for he
knew they had done their best, and could do no more
At last, he came to the meadow, and, passing along
it, he caught sight of the Stork, who was walking up
and down with wide and rapid strides, like a philo-
sopher, stopping from time to time, to reflect upon
things in general, over some good fat frog, which she
finished by gobbling.
She came up to the Tailor, to wish him good-day:
"What is up now ?" said she; "you have got your
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pack on your back; are you going to leave our
The Tailor related to her the trouble the King had
thrown him into, and complained bitterly of his fate.
Don't make too much of this trouble," replied the
Stork; I '11 take the affair in hand for you. Don't
you know it is my business to bring the children
home ?" (which, they say, the storks do, in Germany;)
" and I don't see why I should not carry home a little
Prince, for once. Go back to your shop, and remain
there quietly for nine days, and then go to the King's
palace, where you will find me by your side, with a
The little Tailor went-back to his house, and, at the
day appointed he appeared at the palace. In an instant
afterwards, a Stork arrived in full flight, and knocked
at the window, which the Tailor opened, when the
long-legged godmother entered with careful solemnity,
and advanced gravely up the marble floor. She held
in her beak a boy baby, beautiful as an angel, and he
stretched out his little hands to the Queen. The Stork
placed the child in her Majesty's lap, and the Queen,
in great joyfulness, kissed it, and pressed it to her
Before quitting the royal presence, the Stork took
off her travelling-bag from her shoulder, and pre-
sented it to the Queen; it was full of fancy boxes of
sweetmeats, of all colours. These were distributed
among the little Princesses. The eldest did not have
any, for she was too old, but they gave her the hand-
some little Tailor for a husband. It is just like
gaining a great prize in the lottery," said he; my
mother was right when she said, that, with trust in
God and good-luck, a man may always succeed."
As for the Cobbler, he was obliged to make the
shoes that the Tailor danced in on his weddlng-thight;
after which, they drove him out of the town, which
they forbade his ever re-entering.
In taking the road through the forest, he passed by
the front of the gibbet, and, oppressed by the heat, as
well as his anger and jealousy, he laid himself down to
rest at the foot; but while he was asleep, the crows, who
had perched on the heads of the hanging men, flew at
him, uttering eager cries, and pecked out both his eyes.
He rushed away like a madman, and by this time he
must be dead of hunger; for, from that moment, no
person ever heard of, or saw him more.
THE GOOSE-GIRL AT THE WELL.
THERE was, once upon a time, a very good old dame,
who dwelt, with her flock of geese, in a waste piece of
common ground between two hills, where she had a
little cottage. This common was surrounded by a
large forest, into which this old woman hobbled every
morning on crutches. There she was very active,
much more so than one could have believed, con-
sidering how old she was. She gathered grass for her
geese; she gathered, also, all the wild nuts and apples
she could reach, and carried them all home on her
back. One would have thought so heavy a burden
would have broken it, but she always reached home
safe and sound. If any one met her, she greeted
him kindly, and would say: Good morning to you,
my dear countryman; what beautiful weather it
is! You wonder how I get over the ground, but
every one must bear his own burthen." At last, how-
ever. people grew afraid of her, and took a by-path, so
that they might not meet her; and if a father passed
with his children, he would say to them: Take care
of that old woman, she has mischief behind her ears;
she is a witch!"
One morning, a very fine lively young gentleman
passed through the wood. The sun was lighting up
the forest, the birds were merrily singing, and the
breeze was gently blowing among the trees; every-
thing looked gay and pleasant. Still he met nobody;
suddenly, he perceived the old woman, cutting away
at the grass with a sickle. She had already placed a
large heap of it in her sack, and by her side stood two
large baskets, filled with nuts, and apples, and wild
berries. Ah, my good woman !" exclaimed the youth,
"how are you going to carry all that ?"
"I must carry it, my good master," she replied;
" but rich people's children do not want to do such
things. Will you help me?" she continued, as the
youth remained by her; "you have a fine straight
back, and strong legs; it will be easy for you. My
house is not far from here; it stands on the common,
beyond yon hill. How soon your legs could jump
The youth took compassion on the old woman, and
replied to her: It is true," said he, that my father
is no peasant, but a rich Count; still, that you may
see that poor people are not the only ones who can
carry burthens, I will carry yours."
If you will try it," said the old woman, I shall
be much obliged to you; but there are the baskets
with the apples, and nuts, and berries, which you must
carry too. Come, it is but an hour's walk which you
will have to take, and it will not seem half so long to
The youth became a little thoughtful, when he heard
of an hour's journey; but now the old woman would
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not let him off. She packed the sackful of grass upon
his back, and hung the baskets of fruit upon his arms.
" There," said she, how light it is!" No, it is not
at all light," answered the young Count, making a
rueful face; the sack weighs as heavy as if it were
full of big stones, and the apples and berries seem like
lead; I can scarcely breathe !"
So saying, he would have liked to have put the sack
down again, but the old woman would not allow it.
"Just see!" cried she, scornfully, the young lord
cannot carry what an old woman has so often borne!
You grand people are very ready with your fair words,
but when it comes to working, you can be just as ready
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with your excuses. Why do you stand shaking there ?
Come, pick up your legs, for no one will take your
sack off again."
Now, so long as the young Count walked on level
ground, he got along pretty well; but as soon as he
came to the hill, and began to go up, and the stones
rolled from under his feet as if they were alive, his
strength began to fail him Big drops of sweat stood
upon his brow and ran down his back, first hot, and
then cold. My good woman," he exclaimed, I can
go no further, till I have rested a little."
There is no resting here," answered the old wo-
man; "when you arrive at our destination, then you
can rest; but, now, we must keep on: who knows
what good it may do you!"
You are a shameless old woman!" cried the youth,
trying to throw off the sack; but he tried and tried in
vain, it stuck as fast to his back as if it had grown
there. He turned and twisted himself, but it was lof
no use-he could not get rid of his sack; and the old
woman only laughed at his exertions, and danced
round him on her crutches. Don't put yourself in a
passion, young gentleman," she said; you are getting
as red in the face as a turkey-cock. Bear your burthen
patiently; when we arrive at home, I will give you a
good draught to refresh you."
What could he do P He was obliged to bear his
fate, and follow after the old woman patiently, who
appeared to become more and more active as his bur-
then grew heavier. All at once, she made a spring
with her crutch, and jumped on the top of the sack,
where she sat down; and though she was so thin and
withered, her weight was greater than the stoutest
fm- servrait. The youth's knees trembled and shook
tnder him, but if he stopped a moment, the old woman
beat him with 6 strap, and stung his legs with nettles.
Under this coil goading, he at last ascended the
hill, and arrive at the old weoma's cottage, just M
he was roady to drop. As soon as the geese bw the
old woman, they stre(cldd out their neck, k.ad mun
towards her, crying, "WTulle! walle!" Behiad the
flock walked a middle-aged woman, with a w&d in
her hand, who was big and strow, hat a gly"
as night. Mother," said she to the Ad woman,
" has anything happened, that you have remained 6at
so long ? " Never fear, my dear daughter," relied
the old woman, nothing evil has come to me, but this
kind young Count has carried my sack for me; and,
only think! when I was tired, he carried me on his
back also! The road has not been very long either,
for we came along it very merrily, cracking jokes with
one another all the way."
At last, the old woman left off talking, and lifted the
sack off the youth's shoulders, and the baskets from
his arms, and then, looking at him cheerfully, she said
to him: Sit down on that bench by the door, and
rest yourself; you have honestly earned your reward,
and it shall not be forgotten." And, turning to the
Goose-girl, she continued: Go into the house, my
daughter; it is not proper that you should be alone
with this young man; one ought not to pour oil upon
the fire, and he might fall in love with you."
The young Count did not know whether to laugh or
to cry. Such a treasuree" lie thought to himself;
" why, even if she were thirty years younger, my heart
would not be touched!" Meanwhile, the old woman
caressed and stroked her geese, as if they were chil-
dren, and at last went into the house with her daughter.
The youth stretched himself on the bench beneath an
apple-tree, where the breeze blew softly and gently,
while around him was spread a green meadow, covered
with primroses, wild thyme, and a thousand other
flowers. In the middle of it flowed a clear stream, on
which the sun shone, and the white geese kept passing
up and down, or paddling in the water. It is quite
lovely here," he said to himself; but I am so tired,
that I cannot keep my eyes open, so I will sleep
awhile ; but I hope no wind will come and blow away
my legs, for they are as tender as tinder!"
After he had slept some time, the old woman came,
and shook him till he awoke. Stand up," said she,
" you cannot stop here. Certainly, I did treat you
rather shabbily, but it has not cost you your life.
Now I will give you your reward ; it will b.- neither
money nor property, but something better." With
these words, she placed in his hands a small casket,
cut out of a single emerald, saying, Keep it well,
and it will bring you good luck." Thereupon, the
young Count jumped up, and felt himself quite
strong and refreshed; so he thanked the old woman
for her present, and set off on his journey, without
once lifting his eyes to look at her beautiful daughter;
and when he had walked a long way, he heard the
loud cackling of geese in the distance.
The poor young Count had to wander three days in
the wilderness before lie could find his way out, and then
he came to a large city, where, because nobody knew
him, lie was led to the royal palace, where the King
and Queen were sitting upon their thrones. There the
Count sank on one knee, and, drawing out the emerald
casket, laid it at the feeo of the Queen. She bade him
arise and hand the casket to her; but scarcely had she
opened it, and looked at its contents, than she fell into
a dead swoon upon the ground. Thereupon, the Count
was seized by the King's guards, and would have
been led off to prison, had not the Queen, speedily
coming to herself, desired him to be set at liberty, for
she mast speak to him privately, and therefore every
one mst leave the room.
As soon as the Queen was left alone, she began to
weep bitterly, and to say: '"How vain is all this
honour and grandeur that surrounds me, when every
morning I give way to such great sorrow and grief! I
once had three daughters, 'the youngest of whom was
so beautiful, that all the world looked upon her as a
wonder. She was as white as a snow-flake, with a
tint on her cheeks like an apple-blossom ; her hair was
dazzling and bright, like a sunbeam. Whei she cried,
no tears came, but pearls and precious gems fell from
her eves. When she was fifteen years old, her father,
the King, summoned his three daughters to appear
before him; when the youngest appeared, the light of
her beauty was so great, that it was as if the sun had
just risen upon them, and the people gaped with
wonder at her great beauty. The King said: 'My
daughters, I know not when my last hour will come,
and, therefore, to-day I will appoint what each of you
are to have at my death. You all three love me, but
whoever loves me best shall have the best portion.'
They each of them said they loved him best. Well,'
said the King, give me some test, and I shall then be
able to judge for myself which of you really loves me
best.' I,' said the eldest, love you like the most
delicious thing that is-that is, sugar.' The second
said, 'I love you as I love my smartest dress.' But
the youngest kept silent. And you,' said the King,
'how much do you love me?' I don't know,' said
she what I can compare my love to.' Her father,
at length, pressed her to make some comparison, to
which she replied: The most delicate food is, to me,
worthless without salt; therefore, my father, I love
you like salt.' When the King heard this, he went
into a great passion, and exclaimed: If you love me
like salt, it is with salt your love shall be rewarded.'
Thereupon, le parted his kingdom between the two
eldest, and he had a sack of salt bound upon the
shoulders of the youngest, and she was led out into
the wild forest by two slaves. We all cried and en.
treated for her," said the Queen, but nothing would
appease the anger of the King. When siae left us,
her tears never ceased to flow, so that the whole path
was strewn with pearls and precious stones, that fell
from her eyes.
The King afterwards greatly repented him of his
cruel harshness, and caused the whole forest to be
searched for her; but, alas no one ever saw or heard
of her since. When I think she may have been de-
voured by the wild beasts, I am filled with grief. Often
I try to console myself with the hope that she yet
lives, concealed in some cavern, or, haply, under the
protection of some hospitable person, who has cha-
ritably given her shelter. But imagine my feelings,
when, on opening your emerald casket, I found a
pearl of the same sort that used to drop from my
daughter's eyes! You may, perhaps, be able to judge
how my heart was torn at the sight of it. But tell
me, now, how you became possessed of that pearl."
The young Count then told the Queen, that he had
received it from an old woman, living in a wood which
seemed to be enchanted, and he thought she was a
witch, but of the Queen's daughter he had neither
seen nor heard anything. The King and Queen came
to the resolution to go and find out the old woman
who gave him the pearl, and hoped they might per-
haps obtain some news of their child.
The old woman sat at the door of her cottage in the
wilderness, spinning at her wheel. It was already
dark, and there was but a feeble light from a faggot
that burnt upon the hearth. All at once, a noise was
heard outside ; the geese were coming home from
the meadow, making as much noise, and cackling
as loud as they could. Soon after, the daughter
stepped in, but the old woman scarcely thanked her,
and only shook her head. The daughter, taking her
wheel, sat down, and spun away as quickly as a young
girl. Thus they sat for two hours, without speaking
a word to each other. At length, something rattled
against the window, and two fiery eyes glared in from
the outside; it was an old night.owl, which oercooehd
thrice, Hou! hou !" The old woman looked up from
her work, and said: Now is the time, my daughter,
for you to go out and do your task."
The daughter got up, and went away over the
meadows, deep into the valley beyond. By-and-by,
she came to the side of a well, near to which stood
three oak-trees; at the same time, the moon shone so
brilliantly, that one might have seen to pick up a pin.
The girl raised the skin that covered her face, leant
over the fountain, and began to bathe herself. When
she had done, she dipped the skin in the waters of the
spring, and stretched it out on the grass, to bleach and
dry in the moonlight. But, oh! how that young girl
was changed to look at! You never saw anything
like her! Oft went the grey tresses, and her golden
hair sparkled like the rays of the sun, as she stretched
it out like a mantle, and it covered the whole of her fair
body. Her eyes glistened, outshining the stars in the
bright heaven over her, while her cheeks had the
bloom and gently-roseate colour of the apple-blossom.
But, for all this, the pretty girl was sad, and she sat
down, and she wept bitterly. One after another, the
tears fell from her eyes, and trickled through her long
hair down to the ground. There she was, and there
she would have remained a long time, if the sound of
the crackling of some branches had not reached her
ears Up, like a timid doe, that hears the crack of the
sportsman's rifle, she bounded, in wild alarm! Just at
that moment, a dark cloud veiled the moon; in an
instant the young girl had slipped into her old skin,
and disappeared, like a light blown out by t-he wind.
Trembling like an aspen leaf, she ran towards the
house. The old woman was just at the door, and the
young girl was about to relate to her what had hap-
pened; but the old woman smiled pleasantly, and said,
" I know it all, my dear; I know it all." Then she
led her to her chamber, and lighted a fresh faggot i
but she did not sit down again at her wheel, but took
a broom, and began sweeping and dusting the room.
" We must have all nice and tidy here," said she to
But, mother," replied the girl, why begin work
at such a late hour ? What can you be thinking
"Do you know what o'clock it is ?" asked the old
It is not yet midnight," answered the girl, "but
it is already past twelve o'clock."
Do you not reflect," continued the old woman,
"that it is just this day three years that you came to
my cottage ? Your time is over; we cannot remain
any longer together."
The young girl was all in terror, and said: Ah!
good mother, do you wish to drive me from you?
Where can I go, who have neither friends or country
to give me an asylum ? Have I not always done
everything you wished ? Have you not always been
content with everything I have done ? Then, mother,
oh! mother, do not send me away!"
The old woman was unwilling to tell the girl what
was about to happen to her, so she said: I can't stop
here in this place any longer, and when I leave this
dwelling, the house, and every room in it, must be in a
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proper condition; do not hinder me, therefore, in my
work. As regards yourself, don't feel any anxiety;
you will be sure to find a roof, where you can live, and.
the wages I will give you, will fully meet your wants
But do tell me what is going to happen," urged
the young girl.
I tell you again, don't trouble me while I am at
work, or say another word to me. Go you to your
chamber, get out of the skin which covers your body,
and put on the silken robe that you wore when you
first came into my house; then stop in your room till
I call you."
But it is now time that I should tell you what hap-
pened to the King and Queen, who were preparing to
go in search of the old woman in her solitary cottage.
The Count was first of all despatched to the forest
alone, and having lost himself in the wilderness, was
obliged to wander for two days, before he got into the
right road again; in this he travelled till darkness
overtook him, and then he climbed a tree, for he
feared, in the darkness, he might lose his way again.
When the moon shed her light over the country, he
saw some one coming over the mountain, and although
she had no rod in her hand, he could not doubt but
that it was the Goose-girl, whom he had seen before,
at home with the old woman. Oho!" he exclaimed,
" here comes one of the witches; and when I have
caught her, I'll take very good care the other does
not escape me!" But hQw astonished he was, when,
stepping up to the brink of the well, he saw her take
off her skin, and wash it, and put it into the moon-
light to bleach and dry! and he saw her golden hair
unbound, which, enveloping the whole of her beautiful
figure, made her appear the most lovely being in the
whole world. He scarcely ventured to draw his breath,
but stretched out his neck as far as he could from
the leaves, and looked at her with fixed and wondering
eyes. Unfortunately, he leant too far over, and the
bough cracked under his weight; at the same moment
a .cloud passed over the moon, and at that instant the
maiden slipped into her skin again, and disappeared
out of sight.
The young Count, however, made haste down from
the tree, and followed the girl with hasty strides. He
had not gone far before he saw the shadow of two
persons wandering across the meadow; they were the
King and Queen, who, perceiving from afar the light
in the old dame's window, had directed their steps
towards it. They were very glad to meet the young
Count, and listened with wonder to what he told them
about "the surprising sight he had seen by the well,
which left them little cause for doubting that the
beautiful vision in question was their lost daughter.
The whole party advanced joyfully, and soon reached
the house, round which they found the geese all drawn
up in rows, fast asleep, with their heads under their
wings, and not one of them stirred. Looking through
the window into the sitting-room, they saw the old
woman quietly seated at her spinning, with her head
bent over it, and her eyes attentively fixed on her
work. Everything in the chamber was as neat and
tidy as if it were the habitation of the airy sylphs,
who never have any dust on their feet, because they
always fly about in the sky, and never touch the
earth. This was all very well, but they could not see
their daughter; so, after considering some moments
what was to be done, they took courage at last, and
tapped gently at the window.
One would have said the old woman was expecting
them, for she rose up, and cried out, in a friendly voice,
" You may come in; I know who you are!" On their
entering the chamber, the dame said: You might
have saved yourselves this long journey, if you had
not, three years ago, unjustly turned out of doors a
good, sweet-tempered daughter. However, she has
lost nothing by it, for, during the three years, she has
been the guardian of my geese, and, during all that
time, nothing wicked has come nigh to her, and she
has preserved the purity of her heart. As for you, the
anxiety in which you have ever since lived, has been
your sufficient punishment." Then she stepped up to
the chamber door, and said: My dear child, come
forth." The door opened, and the daughter of the
King came forth, arrayed in her silken robe, with her
golden locks and her brilliant eyes, looking like an
angel issuing from the bright portals of the sun. At
sight of her father and mother, she ran towards them,
threw herself upon their necks, and tenderly pressed
them in her arms. What power could have checked
the overflowing tears of child and parents thus united?
When the young Princess raised her eyes, and saw
the young Count standing close to them, her delicate
white cheeks became red with blushes, like a moss-
rose, and yet she knew not why.
The King said: "Dear child! I have given away
my kingdom; what have I in my power to bestow on
She is in no need of gifts from any one," said the
old dame; I have got, in a box, a store of the tears
that she has shed for you, and they are all of them
pearls, far more beautiful and precious than those that
are found in the sea, and worth more than the whole
of your kingdom put together. Moreover, I owe her
some wages for taking care of my geese, and I shall
pay her by making her a present of this little lodge of
You would not have thought this a very handsome
present, to look at the cottage at that moment; but
no sooner had the old woman finished uttering these
words, than they heard a slight cracking of the walls,
and, as they turned round to look at the place where it
was, the little lodge had been changed into a superb
palace, and a sumptuous banquet was ready served on
a royal table, and servants were going in and out,
waiting, and busy in their various departments.
There is a good deal more of this story, but the old
lady who told it to us had a slight defect in her
memory-in fact, she had forgotten the rest. As far
as we could make out from the fragments of her me-
mory, the beautiful daughter of the King was married
to the handsome young Count, and they lived together
in the palace, in the very greatest of happiness, as
long as people who are happy, and who have nothing
to care for, generally do. Whether the white geese,
whose guardian the Princess had been, were, in reality,
so many young ladies (we don't mea
natured to little girls by this allusion)
dame had collected about her,-wheth
their'human shapes, and their fine sil
pretty little shoes, in place of those u
and remained in the quality of maids o
young Queen,-we are not quite sure
think it was so. One thing we knov
dame was no wicked sorceress, but a
only desired what was good. Proba
she who had given the King's dai
birth, the gift of weeping pearls inst
a privilege which extends to none ii
else, how often would poor people bec
ONCE upon a time, there was a ma
sitting in front of his door, with his
dinner, as is customary in some foreign
had before them a roast fowl, just re
regale themselves with, when the mai
in the distance, and hid the dish in a
the old man should be hungry, and ai
of it; but when the old gentleman ca
took a drink of beer, and went on his
As soon as his back was turned, the
fetch back the dish, and set it on the t
to his horror, he found the nice roast,
to a turn, and creaming with froth, as
had turned into a great ugly frog, tha
his face, and stuck there, in spite of a
get rid of it. Whenever anybody tr
n anything ill- ugly beast away, he glared a horrible look at tliemi, as
, whom the old if he would spit his venom in their eyes, and jump
er they resumed upon their persons; and so nobody dared approach
k stockings and him. The end was, that the ungrateful son, who
gily goose-pats, refused his old father a mouthful of his dainty roast
)f honour to the fowl, was doomed to feed and nourish this awful frog;
; but we rather for, if he had not done so, it would have devoured his
well: the old head. So he passed the rest of his days in wandering
kind fairy, who miserably about the earth, a terror to all, and without
bly, too, it was the pity of any.
ughter, at her
ead of tears,-
n our days, or
PRINCESS PUSS AND THE
ONCE upon a time, there was a very old Miller, who
SON. had neither wife or child, and so he had no one to
n, and he was leave his mill to, but his apprentices; so, calling them to
wife, eating his him one day, he said: I am old, and shall soon give
n parts. They up my mill; do you all go out, and whichever of you
ady for them to brings me home the best horse, I will give the mill to
n saw his father him, and he shall attend me on my death-bed."
great hurry, lest The youngest of the apprentices was a good little
sk to have some lad, but so small, that he was despised by the others,
ame up, he only who laughed at the notion of his ever getting the mill,
way. even after them. But they all went out together, and
son got up to when they had got out of the village, the two brothers
able again; but, said to stupid Hans: You may as well stay where
fowl-browned you are; you'll never find a horse in your lifetime."
he had left it- But Hans would go with them; and, when it became
quite dark, they arrived at a hollow, where they all
laid down to sleep. The two clever brothers waited
N till poor Hans was snoring asleep, and then they
walked off, and left him by himself. Now, they thought
themselves very clever to play this trick, but perhaps
they may not fare the better for their unkindness.
By-and-by, when the sun arose and Hans awoke, he
peeped all around him, and, finding himself in this
deep hollow, cried out, with affiight, 0 Heavens!
where have I got to ?" Then he got up, and scrambled
out of the hollow into the forest; and, finding himself
all alone, he kept on thinking, Now, what can I do
to get a horae ? "
While he was thus ruminating, a beautiful little
tortoiseshell Cat came up to him, and inquired of him,
in a very friendly manner, Where are you going,
Hans ?"' Ah! you can help me,' said Hans. Yes,
I know very well what you wish," replied the Cat;
you want a fine horse. Come and be my servant for
seven years, and I will give you one of the most
lovely horses you' ever beheld." "Well," thought
Hans to himself, this is a wonderful Cat! but still, I
--. may as well see if all this be true."
So the Cat took him into her enchanted castle,
where there were many other cats, who waited upon
the lovely tortoiseshell Cat, jumping nimbly up and
down the steps, and bustling about in first-rate style.
t jumped up in In the evening, when they sat down to table, three
11 his efforts to cats attended to play music; one played the violoncello,
ied to take the a second the violin, and a third blew the trumpet so
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loudly, that its cheeks seemed as if they would burst.
When they had finished dinner, the table was drawn
away, and the Cat said: Now, Hans, come and dance-
with me." No, no," replied he, I cannot dance
with a Cat; I never learnt how." Then take him
to bed!" cried the Cat to its attendants; and they
lighted him at once to his sleeping apartment, where
one drew off his shoes, another his stockings, while a
third blew out the light. The next morning, the
servant cats made their appearance again; one drew
on his stockings, another buckled his garters, a third
fetched his shoes, a fourth washed his face, and a fifth
wiped it with her tail. That was done well and
gently," said Hans to the Cat. But all day long
Hans had to cut wood for the Cat, and for that pur-
pose he received an axe of silver, and wedges and
saws of the same metal, while the mallet was made of
Here Hans remained, doing all the good he could,
and making himself useful. Every day he had the
best of everything to eat and drink, but he saw no-
body but the beautiful tortoiseshell Cat and her at-
tendants. One day, the Cat beckoned him to her, and
said t6 him: Go, and mow my meadow, and mind
you make nice dry hay of the grass;" then she gave
him a scythe made of silver, and a whetstone of gold,
which she told him to bring back safe. Hans went
off, and did exactly what he was told; and when he
had well made the hay, he carried it all home, carefully
taking back the scythe and whetstone, and then he
begged the Cat to give him some reward. No,"
said the Cat, you must first do many useful things
for me. See, here are beams of silver, binding-clamps,
joists, and all that is necessary, all of silver, and of
this you must first build me a small house." Hans
built it, and, when it was done, he reminded the Cat
he had still no horse, although his seven years had
quickly passed away. The Cat asked him if he would
like to see her fine stud of horses. "Yes, indeed,"
said Hans. So she opened the door with her delicate
paw, and there stood twelve horses, snorting, and toss-
ing their manes proudly in the air. Hans was pleased
enough to see them, but the Cat would not let him
look more than a minute, and then she gave him his
dinner, and said to him: Go home; I shall not give
you your horse to take with you, but in three days I
will come to you, and bring it with me." So Hans
walked off, and the attendant cats showed him the way
to the mill; but, as they had not given him any new
clothes, he was obliged to go home in his old ragged
ones, which he had worn all along, until they had
grown too short for him, in his seven years' service.
When he arrived at the mill, he found the other
two apprentices, and they had both got horses. Hans
laughed, when he saw one was blind, and the other
was lame. They soon inquired of Hans where his
horse was. Oh," said he, it will follow me in three
days." It was now their turn to laugh, and they cried
out: "A wonderful horse it will be, when it does
come, no doubt!" Hans then went into the parlour;
but the old Miller said he should not sit at his table,
all ragged and dirty as he was, for that he should be
ashamed of him, if any of their neighbours came in.
So they gave him something to eat and drink out of
doors, and, when bed-time came, the two brothers
refused to let Hans share their bed, and he, poor
fellow! was obliged to creep into the goose-house, and
stretch himself upon some dirty hard straw. The next
day was the third day, promised by the Cat as that
of her arrival; and, as soon as Hans was up, there
came a grand carriage, drawn by six horses, whose
sleek skins shone, from the beautiful condition they
were in. Besides all this, there was a seventh
horse, led by a servant, and this horse was for the
Miller's boy. Out of this fine carriage stepped a beau-
tiful and dazzling Princess, and who should this be,
but the tortoiseshell Cat, that good-natured Hans had
so willingly served for seven years! The Princess
asked the Miller where her little servant, the Mill-boy,
was, and he answered: We could not think of taking
such a dirty, ragged little boy into the mill; so we
sent him into the goose-house, where he now lies."
The Princess desired him at once to fetch Hans, but,
before he could come, the poor fellow had to draw
together his smock-frock, in order to cover himself
with decency. Then the attendant brought some
elegant clothes, and, after washing Hans in rose-
water, put them on him, so that no King looked half
so handsome and well dressed.
Thereupon, the Princess desired to see the horses
the other apprentices had brought home; and, finding
one blind and the other lame, she ordered her servant
to bring in the horse he had in his keeping, and as
soon as the Miller put his eyes on it, he declared his
farm-yard had never before contained so fine an
animal. It belongs to your youngest apprentice," said
the Princess. And the mill too," rejoined the Miller;
but the Princess said he might keep that, and the
horse as well, for himself. With these words, she
handed her faithful Hans into the carriage, and then,
getting in herself, drove away. They went first to
the little house that Hans had built with. silver tools,
and which had become a noble castle, wherein every-
thing was of gold and silver. There the Princess
married him; and he was so very rich, that he never
wanted anything all the rest of his life.
JOE THE FISHERMAN, AND HIS
THERE was, once upon a time, a Fisherman and his
wife, who lived together, in a little hut near the sea.
Every day, the man went out and threw his line, but
he might as well have remained at home, for he caught
nothing in this blank-looking sea.
One fine morning, as soon as he had thrown his
line, it went to the bottom, and when he drew it up,
he was delighted to find a fine Barbel hooked to the
end of it. The Barbel said to him: Let me go, I
pray you, good Fisherman; I am not a real fish, but an
enchanted Prince. What good shall I do you, if you
pull me up ? I am not nice to eat; ..put me back into
the water, and let me live."
Ah!" said the man, you need not make such a hens and chickens; as well as a nice garden, full
fuss; a fish that can speak, I would rather let of apples, and pears, and plums, and all kinds of fruit-
swim;" and so saying, he put the fish into the water, trees, as well as vegetables. See!" said the wife,
and as it sank to the bottom, it left a long streak of "is not this charming?" Yes," said her husband,
blood behind it. Then the Fisherman got up, and so long as it blooms, you will be very well content
went home to his wife in the hut. with it." We will consider about that," she replied;
Have you caught nothing to-day, husband ?" said and they went to bed.
she. Oh!" he replied, "I caught a Barbel, who Thus eight to fourteen days passed on, when the
said he was an enchanted Prince, so I threw him into wife said: Husband, after all, this is only a hut, and
the water again, to swim." it is far too narrow for us, and the yard and garden
Did you not wish first ?" she inquired. No," are far too small; the Barbel may very well give usr a
.said he. Ah!" said the wife, how unlucky is one, large house. I should like to live in a large stone
always to remain in this nasty, dirty hovel! You palace; go, then, to the Barbel, and ask him to give
might, at least, have wished for a better hut. Go us a castle."
again, and call him; tell him we-should like to have a "Ah, wife!" said he, "the cottage is pretty, and
better home, and for certain you will get it." good enough for us, I n sure; why should you wish
"Ah!" said he; "but pray tell me how I am to to have a castle P?" Co along," she replied, "the
manage that ?" Why," said his wife, it is easy Barbel will soon give us a trifle like that."
enough to catch him again, and before you let him "Nay, wife," he said, "the Barbel gave us the
swim away, he is sure to give you whatever you ask." cottage at first; but when I go again, he will perhaps
The man was not much pleased, and wished his be angry." Never you mind," said she; he can do
wife farther, but nevertheless he went down again to what I wish for, very easily and willingly. Go and
the sea. When he came to the water, it was green try." The husband was vexed at heart, and did not
and yellow, and looked still more blank; he stood by like going, and said to himself, This is not right."
it, and said: But at last he set off.
"Barbel, Barbel, in the sea, When he came to the sea, the water was quite
Hither quickly come to me; clouded, and deep-blue coloured, and dark, and thick;
For my wife, Dame Isabel, it looked green no longer, yet it was- calm. So he
Wishes what I dare not tell." went and said:
Barbel, Barbel, in the sea,
Hither quickly come to me;
For my wife, Dame Isabel,
Wishes what I dare not tell."
') / Z5>x )1-\ "Now, then, what do you want?" said the Barbel.
"Oh!" said the Fisherman, half frightened, she wants
-- to live in a great stone castle." Go home, and see it
/ at your door," replied the Barbel.
The Fisherman went away, and lo! where formerly
stood his house, there was a great stone castle! and
his wife called to him to come in, and, taking him by
the hand, she said : Now, let us look about us." So
they walked about; and in the castle there was a great
servants, who ushered them, through folding-doors,
Then the fish came swimming up, and said :-" What into rooms hung all around with tapestry, and filled
do you want with me'f" "Oh!" said the man, "I with fine golden stools and chairs,with crystal looking-
want to catch you again, for my wife says I ought to glasses on the walls, all the rooms being fitted up in
have wished before. She won't stay any longer in her the same style. Outside the house were large court-
miserable hovel; she wants a comfortable cottage." yards, with horse and cow-stalls, and carriages, all of
Go 'home again," said the Barbel, she has it the best; and, besides, a beautiful garden, filled with
already." magnificent flowers and fruit-trees, and a meadow, full
So the Fisherman went home, and there was his a mile long, covered with deer, and oxen, and sheep,
wife, no longer in her dirty hovel, but in a clean as many as any reasonable person could wish for. Is
cottage, before the door of which she was sitting con- not this pretty ?" said the wife. "Ah!" said her
tentedly upon a bench. Come in, now, and see," she husband, so long as the humour lasts, you will be
said, with delight; is not this an improvement?" content with this, and then, I suppose, you will want
So in they went; and in the cottage there was a something else." We will think about that," said
beautiful parlour, and a noble fireplace, and a chamber, she; and with that they went to bed.
with a soft bed in it; there were, also, a kitchen and The next morning, the wife got up just as it was
a store-room, with nice earthenware, all of the very day, and looked out over the fine country that lay
best, tin-ware and copper vessels, and everything very before her. Her husband did not get up; and there
clean and neat. At the back was a large yard, with she stood, with her arms a-kimbo, and called out:
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" Get up, and come and look here at the window;
see shall I not be Queen over all the land ? Go, and
say to the Barbel, we choose to be King and Queen."
Ah, wife!" said he, "why should I wish to be
King?" No," she replied, you do not wish, so I
will be Queen; go, tell the Barbel so."
Oh why do you wish this ? I cannot say it!"
Why not ? Get you off at once; I must be Queen."
The husband set out, quite stupified, but she would
have her way; and when he came to the sea, it was
quite black-looking, and the water splashed up, and
smelt very disagreeably. But he stood still, and re-
"Barbel, Barbel, in the sea,
Hither qvi6Kiv come to me;
For my wife, Dan e Isabel,
Wishes what I scar p dare tell."
What does she want now ?" asked the Barbel.
Ah !" said he, "she would be Queen." Go home ;
she is so already," replied the fish.
So he departed; and when he came near the palace,
he saw it had become much larger, with a great tower,
and a gallery in front of it; and before the gate stood
a herald, and there were many soldiers, with kettle-
drums and trumpets. When he came into the house,
he found everything made of the purest marble and
gold, with magnificent curtains fringed with goli.
Through the hall he went in, and saw the doors where
the great Court apartment was; and there sat his
wife, upon a high throne of gold and diamonds, having
a crown of gold upon her head, and a sceptre of pre-
cious stones in her hand; and upon each side stood
six pages in a row, each one a head taller than the
Then he went up, and said: Ah, wife! are you
Queen now ?" Yes," said she, "now I am Queen!"
There he stood, looking, for a long time; at last, he
said: Ah, wife, how do you like being Queen ? now
we have nothing else to choose." No, indeed," she
replied, I am very dissatisfied; time and tide do not
wait for me; I can bear it no longer. Go, then, to the
Barbel. Queen I am; now I must be Pope!"
l "Ah, wife! what would you? Pope thou canst not
be; the Pope is the head of Christendom-the Barbel
cannot make you that." I will be Pope !" replied
the wife; and so he was obliged to go, in spite of
When he came to the shore, the sea was running
mountains high; the sky was so black, that he was
quite terrified, and he began to say:
"Barbel, Barbel, in the sea,
Quickly, quickly come to me;
For my wife, Dame Isabel,
Wishes what I dare not tell."
"What now ?" said the Barbel. She wants to be
Pope," said he. Go home, and find her so," was the
So he went back, and found a great cathedral, as
big as St. Paul's, in which she was sitting, upon a
high throne, with two rows of candles on each side,
some as thick as towers, down to those no bigger
than rashlights, and before her footstool tre Kings
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and Queens kneeling. Wife,,' said he, now be
contented; since you are Pope, you cannot be any-
thing else." That I will consider about," she re-
plied, and so they went to bed; but she could, not
sleep for thinking what she should be next. Very
early, she rose, and looked out of the window, and, as
she saw the sun rising, she thought to herself: Why
should I not do that ?" and so shook her husband, and
called out to him: Go, tell the Barbel I want to
make the sun rise." Her husband was so frightened,
that he tumbled out of bed; but she would hear
nothing, and he was obliged to go.
When he got down to the sea, a tremendous storm
was raging, and the ships and boats were tossing
about in all directions. Then he shouted out, though
he could not hear his own words:
Barbel, Barbel, in the sea,
Quickly, quickly come to me;
For my wife, Dame Isabel,
Wishes what I dare not tell."
"What would she have now ?" said the fish. "Ah! "
he replied, she wants to be Ruler of the Universe!"
" Return, and find her back in her hovel," replied the
Barbel; and so he did, and there the Fisherman and
his wife remained, the rest of their days.
THE SIX COMRADES,
WHO CARRIED THE WORLD BEFORE THEM.
ONCE upon a time, there was a man who was clever in
all kinds of craft. They made a Soldier of him, and
he served bravely; but, when the war was over, he
received his discharge, and a beggarly threepence to
carry him home. This did not suit him at all; so he
made himself a strong promise, that, if he could only
tind some comrades to join him, he would settle
accounts with the King, by making him hand over all
the treasures in his kingd.,ui. Oh! how angry he
was, as he took the road tow yards the forest! There he
saw a man, who was taking up, by the roots, six great
trees, with no tools but his hands, just as if they were
so many blades of grass. So he up and put the ques-
tion to him: Are you willing to follow me, and enter
into my service ? "
Just the very thing I should like to do," said the
other, but I must go and carry this little faggot to
my mother." Then he took one of the trees, and
twisted it, like a twig, round the others; jerked the
monstrous faggot-as he called this load of timber-
to the top of his shoulder, and carried it off; after
which he returned to meet his master, who could not
help observing: Here are two of us, I think, that
will go through the world!"
They went a little farther, and they came to a
Sportsman, who was on his knees, with his gun to his
shoulder. The Soldier questioned him: What are
you aiming at, Mr. Sportsman ?" to which he replied:
There is a fly, six miles off, settled on the branch of
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an oak; I want to send a bullet through his right
Oh!" said the Soldier, come along with me; we
are the three fellows to go through the world!"
The Sportsman joined the party, and, after journey-
ing some time, they came to seven windmills, whose
sails were turning with the greatest rapidity, although
to the right or the left there was not wind enough to
stir a leaf. At this wonderful sight, the Soldier said:
"I wonder what it is that drives these mills, for
there is not the slightest breeze stirring;" and on
they went. But when they had gone about two miles
farther on, they saw a man perched upon the branch
of a tree, holding one nostril, and blowing out of the
other. "My good fellow, what are you driving, up
Do you not see," said he, th~it, two miles from
here, there are seven windmills ? I am blowing to
make those windmills turn their sails."
Oh !" said he, "come along with me; four such
fellows as we are, will be sure to make our way in the
So the Blower came down from his tree, and joined
the company. A little time after, they came to a man
who was standing on one leg only, the fact being, that
he had taken off the other, and laid it down beside
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him. Here is a fellow," said the Soldier, who
wants to make sure of resting himself."
I am a Courier," replied the other, and as I do
not want to run too fast, I have taken off one of my
legs; when I have got both of them on, I skim over
the ground faster than the swallows."
"Oh! you are the man for me!" said the Soldier;
"join my troop, for five fellows like us, nothing in the
world can stop."
So he went with them; and, a little time after, they
met with a man who wore. his cap placed right on his
ear. The Soldier politely addressed him, and said:
"With all due respect, Sir, you will excuse my say-
ing, that you would do better towear your hat a little
more on your head; for, as it is now, it looks just like
a fool's cap."
"I know very well what I am abiy,!'. said the other;
"when I wear my cap straight, it- akes everything so
cold, that the birds freeze in the air, and fall to the
Oh!" said the Soldier, if that is the case, you
shall come along with me, and we will make up a
party of six, that will carry the world before them !"
These six men, all together, entered' a city, the King
of which had issued a proclamation, that whoever was
willing to run a race with his daughter, should have
her for a wife if he won it, but should lose his head if
he was beaten. The Soldier came forward, and pre-
sented himself for a race, but, at the same time, asked
if one of his people might be allowed to run in his
place. Certainly," said the King, but your life
and his will be wagered on the result, and if he is
beaten, off go both your heads!"
Matters being thus arranged, the Soldier ordered
his Courier to screw on his second leg, and instructed
him to run without losing time, and neglect nothing
that would ensure a victory. It had been settled, that
whichever of the runners first brought back a cup of
water from a fountain situated at a long distance from
the starting-place, should be declared the winner.
The Courier and the King's daughter each received
a little jug, and started at the same moment; but the
Princess had scarcely taken a few steps, before the
man was out of sight, just as if the wind had carried
him away. He was quickly at the fountain, filled his
pitcher there, and turned back again; but, happening
to feel tired in the middle of the journey, he laid him-
self down to enjoy a nap, only taking pains to place
under his head the skull of a horse, that he found on
the ground, so that his hard pillow might not render
him too comfortable.
Meanwhile, the Princess, who ran as swiftly as any
person could do in their natural state, had reached the
fountain, and hastened to return, after she had filled
her pitcher. On her way back, she came up with the
sleeping Courier. Good!" said she, joyously, "my
enemy is within my power!" and, seizing the cup, she
emptied its contents, and ran, with greater speed, on
her way. All was now at the point of being lost, had
not the Sportsman, by some great good chance, been
standing on the castle, looking on with his piercing
eyes. It will never do," said he, for the Princess
to win the race;" so, with one shot of his gun, he
cleverly carried away the horse's skull from under the
Courier's head, without doing the man any injury. The
noise awoke him, and, jumping up, he found his cup
empty, and the Princess far ahead of him. This did
not, however, damp his courage; he ran back again to
the spring, and, filling his cup afresh, returned home
ten minutes earlier than the Princess. Now," said
he, I call this running; before, I did but play at it."
But the King and the Princess were now furious
with rage, to think that a miserable common Soldier
should, carry off the prize; and they consulted to-
gether, how they should best get rid of him and .his
companions. The King, at last, consoling his daughter,
said :"Do not frighten yourself, my. dear child; I
have hit upon a plan that cannot fail." Then he called
to the Six Travellers, under pretence of regaling them,
saying: In -the middle of that room you will find a
table, ,most sumptuously spread; enter, and regale
yourselves; eat, drink, and be merry." He then led
them into a chamber with an iron floor, iron doors,
and the windows all barred with iron, and, as soon
as they were inside, he locked and bolted the doors, so
that there was no escape. As soon as that was done,
he called to his Cook, and commanded him to light a
blazing fire breath, until the iron was red-hot. The
Cook soon exe ted the King's commands, and the Six
Companions, wh~sat at table, began to feel very warm.
At first, they thought this arose from the great feast
they had made; but, feeling the warmth no longer
bearable, and still increasing, they rose to leave the
room, and found the doors and windows fastened.
They then saw the King was going to play them some
wicked trick; But," cried the man with the little ,
cap, he shall not succeed, for I will cause such a
sharp frost to come upon the fire, that its ardour shall
soon be damped, I'll warrant you!" And so saying,
he put his cap on straight upon his head, and it be-
came so cold immediately, that all the heat disap-
peared, and all the dishes froze upon the table. After
about two hours, the King, thinking they would all be
burnt to a cinder, opened the door, and peeped in
himself, to see how they looked. As soon as the door
was open, he found them, all six, as fresh and lively as
possible, but they begged to come out and warm
themselves, as they found the room so very cold, that
the dishes were all frozen to the table. Upon seeing
this, the King's anger was not to be appeased; he
went to the Cook, and angrily demanded of him, why
he had not executed his orders. The Cook, however,
only pointed to the fire, saying: There is heat
enough there, I should think." The King thought so,
too, and saw plainly he should not be able to get rid
of his unwelcome guests in that way.
The King now set his wits to work, to hit upon a
sure means to free himself from them. So he caused
the Master to be summoned, and said: If you will
give up your right to my daughter, I will give you as
much gold as you like." Well, .most noble King,"
replied the man, ".only give me just as much gold as
my servant here can carry, and you may keep the
Princess with all my heart."
The King was delighted; and the Soldier said he
would come back and fetch the money in fourteen
days. He immediately set to work, and got together
all the tailors in the kingdom, and made them all sew
him a sack, which took up all the fourteen days before
they had finished it. When the sack was ready, the
Soldier called the Strong Man (who, by his Herculean
strength, had uprooted the trees with his hands); he
took the sack upon his shoulders, and made his way
on to the palace. Who," cried the King, is this
powerful young fellow, who carries on his shoulders a
woollen sack as big as a house?" and, when he was
informed, he shook with fright, for he thought how
much of his gold it would swallow up. The King,
first of all, caused a ton of gold to be brought, which
sixteen ordinarily strong men had great trouble in
moving; but the Strong Man, seizing it with one
hand, threw it into the sack, exclaiming: Bring
more! bring more! what is the use of these drib-
lets ? I shall never get the bottom of the sack filled,
at this rate!" Then, by degrees, the King caused all
his treasure to be brought, which did not half fill it;
still the Strong Man cried: Bring more! bring
more! how can you expect such crumbs as these to
fill my sack ?" Then they were obliged to bring
seven hundred waggons filled with gold, drawn by
oxen, from all parts of the kingdom; these the Strong
Man stowed into his sack-gold, waggons, and the
cattle that had- drawn them. Still it was not full;
and he promised to take whatever they would bring
him to fill his sack. When he had got everything
they could find him in the kingdom, he said: Well,
well, I must make an-end of this; if one's sack is not
quite full, it does not much signify,-besides, one can
tie it the easier!" and so saying, he hoisted it upon
his shoulders, and walked away, and his companions
The King, seeing one man carrying off all the
wealth of his kingdom, was nearly choking with rage ;
and he ordered his soldiers to mount their horses, and
ride after the Travellers, and, at all events, to seize
andbring back the Strong Man with the sack. Two
regiments, accordingly, rode after them in hot haste,
and shouted out to them: You are our prisoners !
lay down your sack, or you will all be dead men
within an hour!"
What is that you are saying ? asked the Blower;
" soho! you 'll make us prisoners, will you ? I think
I '11 treat you first to a dance upon nothing !" So say-
ing, he held one nostril, and with the other he blew the
whole two regiments far up into the blue sky, so that
one regiment flew over the hills on the right, and the
other on the left. One old sergeant-major begged
hard for mercy; he had seen much service, and had
many wounds, and lots of medals and crosses, and
therefore the Blower thought he was undeserving
such disgrace; so he sent a gentle wind after him,
and brought him back without hurting him, and then
sent him to the King, to tell him it was quite useless
to send men after him, for if he marched out every
man in the kingdom, they would be blown away, like
the first lot.
When this message reached the King, Let them
go," said he; "the rascals will meet their reward!"
So the Six Travellers reached home in safety, with all
the wealth of the kingdom, which they divided, and
lived upon contentedly ever after.
ONCE upon a time, there was a young girl-oh! such
a pretty girl!-but she was a careless and idle lass.
When she was obliged to spin, she did it with so little
care, that, rather than untie the little knots in her
thread, she would break out the flax by whole hand-
fuls, and throw it down by the side of her. Now, she
had a little servant-maid, who was altogether as in-
dustrious, and she collected these little bits of flax,
arranged them, wove them into a fine thread, and
made herself a handsome dress out of them.
There was a young gentleman in their village, and
he had asked the idle lass to marry him. The mar-
riage-day was fixed, and, the evening before, the little
busy maid was dancing merrily, in her new dress,
when the bride began to laugh, and say: See, how
fine she looks in my leavings!" What is that you
say ?" said the young gentleman. Then she told him,
how her little maid had made that nice new gown she
then had on, out of the waste of her spinning.
This set the young gentleman thinking, how much
more valuable a helpmate an industrious young woman
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was likely to make, than a wasteful, careless, flaunting
beauty. So he gradually broke away from the idle
mistress, and went and paid his addresses to the busy
little maid, whom he soon after made his wife, and
nobody blamed him.
THE CHILD OF THE GOOD FAIRY
NEAR the entrance of a dense forest, there once dwelt
a Woodcutter, with his wife, and an only child, a little
girl, three years of age; but they were so very poor,
they hardly knew where to find bread to eat from day
to day. One morning, the Woodcutter, heart-broken
and hungry, went into the wood to work, and, as he
stood at work, a most beautiful lady presented her-
self before him. She wore on her head a splendidly
dazzling crown of diamonds and glitterins stars. She
addressed him, saying: I am the Good Fairy Tell-
true, mother of all good children. You are poor and
miserable: bring me your child, and I will take her
with me, and will be a mother to her, and provide for
all her wants with the greatest care, and take her
with me to my Goldeni Palace in the clouds." The
Woodcutter gladly obeyed, and, calling his child,
gave her to the Good Fairy Tell-true, who carefully
carried her to her Golden Palace in the clouds. The
little child was extremely happy there; she ate the
sweetest cakes, and drank the freshest cream; she
wore the softest and most shining dresses, and the
Good Fairy's children played with her from morning
When she arrived at the age of fourteen years, the
Good Fairy called her to her side, and said: "My
dear child, I have a long journey to make, and, during
my absence, I shall give into your care the thirteen
keys of the doors of my Golden Palace. You may
freely open the twelve doors, and survey the mar-
vellous things they contain; but this little key, which
opens the door of the thirteenth room, you must not
use, for, if you do, great misery and harm will befall
The young girl promised faithfully to obey, and,
when the Good Fairy had gone, she immediately
called her playfellows, and began to visit the rooms
in the Fairy's Golden Palace. Each day she opened
one, until she had opened all the twelve; and in
each of these chambers she saw a beautiful Fairy,
surrounded by a brilliant and shining light, so that
the child was bewildered with the glory of it: the
good little children that accompanied her rejoiced
Now the forbidden door alone remained; an un-
conquerable desire possessed the maiden, to know
what was hidden there, and she said to her com-
panions: I will not open this door wide; I will open
it a little way, and just peep in, to see what it con-
tains." Nay, do not open the door, and disobey the
Good Fairy, or some great mischance will befall you."
The young girl was silent under the reproof of her
companions, but still the desire wore into her heart,
and she had not the power to resist it; her curiosity
so tormented her, that she had no repose. When her
good playfellows had one day left her by herself, she
thought: Now I am alone, and can peep in; no one
will be the wiser for what I do." So she found the
keys, and, taking the right one in her hand, she
placed it in the lock, and turned it round. Then the
door sprang open, and she beheld three Fairies, sitting
on a golden throne, surrounded by a bright and glit-
tering light, in which sparkled millions of diamonds
and beauteous gems. The maiden remained some
time standing, bewildered by the shining light she
beheld, and then, putting forth her hand into the
light, she drew it back, and found it covered with
gold. When she saw this, great fear seized her, and,
shutting the door hastily, she ran away; but her
.heart beat on so violently, and her fear increased
more and more, when she found that the more she
washed and rubbed her hand, the brighter it became.
A few da er, the Good Fairy Tell-true re-
turned, and, the young girl to her, demanded
of her the keys obe doors of the Golden Palace. As
she gave them up,(.he Good Fairy looked in her face,
and said, "Hast thou opened the thirteenth door ?"
and the maiden answered, No." The Good Fairy
laid her hand upon the maiden's heart, and knew, by
the violence of its beating, that her command had
been disregarded, and that the door had been opened.
Then again she asked of the child, Hast thou opened
the thirteenth door ?" "No," answered the maiden,
for the second time.
Then the Fairy perceived that the child's hand had
become golden from touching the light, and she no
longer doubted that the maiden was guilty. Then
again she said to her: "In truth, hast thou not
opened the thirteenth door ? " No," said the maiden,
for the third time.
Then the Good Fairy Tell-true said: Thou hast
neither obeyed nor spoken the truth; therefore thou
art no longer fit to live among good children, in
the Golden Palace in the clouds."
Then a deep sleep came upon the maiden, and she
sank down upon the earth, and when she awoke, slhe
found herself in the midst of a great wilderness; then
she tried to speak, but could not utter a single word;
she arose, and would have run, but was kept from
moving by the thick bushes, that held her, whichever
way she turned, so that there was no hope of escape.
In the midst of the circle in which she was now en-
closed stood an old hollow tree, and in this she was
obliged to dwell; here she slept at night, and when it
rained and snowed, she found shelter within it. Roots
and wild berries were her only food, and she gathered
all within her reach. In the autumn, she collected the
leaves that fell from the trees, and put them into her
hollow tree; and when the bitter frost and snow came,
she made herself clothes of them, for her own were all
dropped into rags, and no loaager afforded her any
covering; but when the sun shone, she warmed her-
self in its rays, and she let her long hair fall about her
like a mantle. Thus she remained a long time, suffer-
ing from all the miseries that want and cold inflict
upon the human race.
One day, when the trees had put forth their leaves
again, the King of the country was out hunting in
the forest, when some game ran past him into the
bushes which surrounded the wood; he dismounted,
and with his sword cut aside the branches that en-
circled the old hollow tree, where the animal had
taken refuge, and made a path for himself. When he
had thus cleared his way, he saw a maiden, marvel,.
lously beautiful, who was clothed from head to foot in
her own beautiful golden hair, warming herself in the
sun. "Child, how came you in this dreary wilier-.
ness ?" said the King; but the maiden answered not,
for she was dumb. Then the King said: Will you
go with me to my palace ?" At this, the maiden
nodded her head; and the King, taking her in his
arms, put her upon his horse, and rode home with
her. Then he had her bathed in rose-water, gave her
beautiful clothing, and everything she wanted in
abundance. Still she could not speak, her lips had
been sealed; but her beauty was so great, that the
King fell violently in love with her, and married her.
About a year after, the Queen brought a child into
the world; and when she was alone on her bed, the
Good Fairy Tell-true appeared to her, and said: "Wilt
thou confess the truth, that thou didst open the for-
bidden door ? for, if thou wilt, then I will open thy
mouth, and give thee again the power of speech; but
if thou continues obstinately in thy sins, then will I
take from thee thy new-born babe," Then the power
of speech was given to the Queen, and she said: "No,
I did not open the forbidden door;" and the Good
Fairy took the child in her arms, and disappeared
The next morning, when the child could not be
found, the people of the palace grew angry, and said
their Queen was an Ogress, and had killed her baby.
She heard all they said, but had no power to reply;
but the King loved her too tenderly to believe a word
Another year passed, and the Queen brought forth
another child, a son. The Good Fairy came to her
again, the night after, and said: If thou wilt new
confess to me thou hast opened the forbidden door,
I will give thee again the power of speech, and
will restore to thee thy child; but if thou 'ostinately
continues in thy sins, then will I also trke from thee
thy new-born infant." The Queen answered'aa before:
No, I have not opened the forbidden'door;" and the
Good Fairy took the newly-born babe in her arms,
and carried if to her Golden Palace in the clouds.
When the morning came, and the courtiers found
that the child had again disappeared, a murmur' arose
among them; they avowed the Queefi had slain her
babe and eaten it, and the King's counsellors 'de-
manded that she should be. brought to trial. But
the King loved her with so ,great affection, that he
would not believe a word they said, and desired them,
upon peril of their lives, not ti4.speiaE so basely of the
In the third year, the Queen gave birth to a little
girl; and the Good Fairy came again to her, in the
night, and said to her, "TFollow me!" and, taking
her by the hand, she apceaded'with her into the clouds,
till they arrived at the Golden Palace. Into this the
Good Fairy Tell-true led her, and showed her her two
beautiful boys, playing with eaclA other in the golden
sunlight; and. when the Queen, er rejoiced to see
her children, the Good Fairy, lm, to her: "Is thy
heart noit yet softened ? Even now, if thou wilt con-
ifess thou hast opened the forbidden door, I will restore
ito thee thy two lovely children." The Queen replied,
i for the third time, No, I did not open the forbidden
door;" and, when she had. said these words, she sank
upon the. earth, and4 her- third, child was taken from
When this got rumoured about the, next day, all
the people murmured, and grew exceeding, wrath, say-
ing: Our Queen is in truth an Ogress, and: has" de-
voured this babe also." This time, the King could
not silence his counsellors. The Queen was brought
before a tribunal, and, as she could not answer, and
defend herself, or give any account of her children,
they sentenced her to be tied to a stake, and burned
The wood, wa*, collected, she was fastened to the
stake, and the flames began to kindle around her,
when her heart was softened, and she repented of her
great wickedness. "Oh! Good Fairy Tell-true !"
thought she, oould I but confess that I opened the
door, I should die happy. Oh! Good Fairy!" at
length cried she, I am guilty !'
When her heart was softened, that she spoke the
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truth, the rain began to pour in torrents from the
clouds, so that the fire was extinguished that sur-
rounded the pile; then a bright cloud surrounded her,
and from it stepped the Good Fairy Tell-true, with
her two first-born children, one on each side of her,
and carrying in her arms her new-born babe. Then
the Fairy restored her children to her arms, and the
power of speech returned to her again, and she had
the full assurance of a happy future; For," said the
Fairy, whoever will repent their sins, they shall be
THE THREE SPINNERS.
THERE was, once upon a time, an idle young lass, who
took a dislike to her spinning-wheel. Her mother
thought it right to be angry with her about this, but
it was of no avail. One day, the good dame lost her
patience to such an extent, that she threatened to beat
her daughter, and the girl began fo cry and make a
great noise about it. Just at this time, the Queen of
the country happened to be passing by, and, hearing
the sobs of the unhappy girl, ordered her carriage to
stop, and, descending from it, entered the house, and
peremptorily questioned the mother, why she was
beating the young woman so hardly, that the cries of
her child could be heard even in the street. Now, the
worthy dame, though angry with her daughter, had
the honour of her family at heart, and could not bear
to reveal the laziness of her child; so she said to the
Queen: I could not get the distaff away from her;
she insists upon being always and incessantly spinning,
and, poor as I am, I cannot afford to keep her in flax."
Whereupon, the Queen replied: There is nothing
I am so fond of as a distaff; the humming of the wheel
acts like a charm upon me. Pray give your daughter
to me, that I may take her with me to my palace; I
can give her flax in any quantity, and she can spin
there just as much as she pleases."
Promotion like this was not to be despised; so the
mother accepted the Queen's offer with much thank-
fulness, and her Majesty carried off the young woman
As soon as they had arrived in the palace, the
Queen took the little lass into three rooms, that were
quite full of the finest flax. Spin this off for me,"
said her Majesty, and when you have done so, I will
give you my eldest son for your husband. Never mind
your being a poor person; industry like yours, and
such a disposition for work. are a dowry worthy an
How clever girls are The young lass never said
a word on this occasion; she was not going to throw
away the chance of marrying a handsome young
Prince, the eldest son of a Queen-not she, indeed!
But, nevertheless, in her own mind she felt thoroughly
frightened; for if she had gone on working for three
hundred years without stopping, and from morning to
night, she could never have got to the end of such an
enormous mass of tow. As soon as she was left to
herself, she sat down to cry, and so remained for three
whole days, without setting her fingers in motion.
This was plainly not the way to go on, much less to
begin; so, when the Queen came in to visit her on
the third day, and see how she was getting on, her
Majesty could not help expressing her extreme surprise,
at seeing that she had made no progress whatsoever.
However, the young lass excused herself, by alleging
that- she had felt quite overpowered with regret at
leaving her mother. The Queen was willing to admit
this as a reasonable excuse, but, at the same time,
when she took her leave, observed significantly:
" Now, my good young woman, it is high time for you
to begin your work to-morrow."
When the young girl found herself alone, and
utterly unaware of what to do, she went, in her
trouble, to look out of the window. Here she saw
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three women coming towards her: the first of them
had a large flat foot, of enormous dimensions; the
second, a hare-lip, the lower one so long that it hung
over and covered her chin; and the third, a monstrous,
overgrown, long thumb. They planted themselves in
front of the window, with their eyes fixed on the
chamber, and inquired of the young girl what it was
that she was seeking after.
It is not exactly wise and prudent, as we all know,
to take strangers too quickly into our confidence; but
this poor girl was young, and in trouble, so she was
glad to find a listener, and told them at once all her
sorrows. The three females instantly offered her their
If you will give us your promise," said they to
her, to invite us to your wedding, and address us as
your cousins, without being ashamed of us, and ask us
to sit down at your table, we will come in and spin
your flax, and soon make an end of the job."
"With all my heart!" was the young girl's answer,
" so come in, and begin at once."
So she let in these three singular-looking women,
and cleared out a place for them in the first chamber,
where they quickly set themselves to work. The first
drew out the flax and turned the wheel; the second
moistened the thread; the third twisted it and turned
it on the table with her thumbs, and at each squeeze
of the thumb that she gave it, there came down on the
ground a skein of the finest thread. Each time the
Queen came in to see how the work was going on, the
young girl hid the Three Spinners, and showed her
Majesty the quantity she had done, which sent the
Queen away wondering more and more, every visit.
When the first room was emptied, she passed her
Spinners on into the second, and then to the third,
which they finished up also. Then the three women
took their leave, saying to the young girl, Don't
forget- about your promise, and you will find all go
When the Queen saw how the young girl had com-
pletely emptied all the rooms, and had admired the
flax all spun, she lost no time in fixing a day for her
marriage. The Prince, overjoyed at having so clever
and active a wife, fell ardently in love with her,
off-hand, and asked her what he could do to oblige
I have three cousins," she replied, who have
been very kind to me, and I should not like to neglect
them in my hours of good fortune; will your Royal
Highness permit me to invite them to my wedding,
and to give them a seat at our own table ?"
The Queen and the Prince saw no reason against
this very praiseworthy desire of the bride. On the
grand day, the three women came, in a magnificent
carriage, with numerous attendants; and the bride, as
she embraced them, said: My dear cousins, how
very glad I am to see you!"
"Ah!" said the Prince, aside to her, "you have
very ugly relations !" Then, addressing her who had
the large foot, he said to her, How did you come by
that enormous foot ?"
"From using it in turning my spinning-wheel,"
replied the one who had turned the wheel.
To the second: "How did you get that hanging
lip ? "
From using my lips in moistening the thread,"
replied the woman who had moistened the thread.
And to the third: Where did you get that very
large thumb ? "
From twisting the thread," said she who had
twisted the thread.
"Oh!" said the Prince to himself, "is this the
reward of industry ? My pretty wife shall not spoil
her beauty by over-work, I will take care of that!"
So, alarmed at such a prospect, he declared that his
bride should never again put her hand or foot to a
spinning-wheeel, or touch thread with her lips. And
so the little lazy puss was cleverly freed from an occu-
pation she so much detested.
I think there is always a moral in Fairy Tales;
but myself, and the Lord Chancellor, and Lord
Palmerston, have often tried to find out the moral
of this Fairy Tale, (for the Three Spinners, you must
know, were all of them Fairies, and had been god-
mothers to the young girl at her birth). We all
three puzzled very much about it; and, at last, the
Queen, seeing how bewildered we looked, and finding
that her Prime Minister and Head Lawyer could
hardly attend to her business, inquired what was the
matter; and then Her Majesty vouchsafed to tell us
the meaning, which was:
That as soon as ever a young woman is married,
it is time she left off working, and gave all her atten-
tion to her house, her children, and her husband,
whose business it is to get a living for all of them,
and to look to his wife to keep his children clean and
good, and his house tidy."
FOR WANT OF A NAIL.
A TRADESMAN had once transacted a good day's busi-
ness at a fair, disposed of all his goods, and filled his
purse with gold and silver. He prepared, afterwards,
to return, in order to reach home before the evening;
so he strapped his portmanteau, with the money in it,
upon his horse's back, and rode off. At noon, he
baited in a small town, and, as he was about to set out
again, the stable-boy, who brought his horse, said to
him: Sir, a nail is wanting in the shoe on the left
hind-foot of your animal." Let it be wanting," re-
plied the Tradesman; I am in a hurry, and the iron
will doubtless last the six leagues I have yet to
Late in the afternoon, he had to dismount again, to
give his horse some bread, (for, in some foreign parts,
they make the beans and chaff into a loaf, and cut the
horse a slice when he is hungry) ; and at this place,
also, the boy came and told him there was a nail want-
ing in one of the shoes, and asked him whether he
should take the horse to a farrier. No, no; let it
be," replied the master; it will last out the two
leagues I have now to travel; I am in haste." So
saying, he rode off; but his horse soon began to limp,
and from limping it came to stumbling, and presently,
from stumbling it fell down, and broke its leg.
Thereupon, the Tradesman had to leave his horse
lying in the road, to unbuckle his portmanteau, and to
walk home with it upon his shoulders, where he
arrived, late at night.
And all this misfortune," said he to himself, is
owing to the want of a nail! More haste, the less
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HEAVEN CARETH FOR THE POOR.
ONCE upon a time, in a city I shall not mention, and a
country which you would be none the better pleased
if I were to tell you, there were two sisters; one of
them with plenty of money, and without children (for
people are seldom blessed in all ways), and the other
a widow, with five children, and so poor, besides, that
she was in want.of bread for herself and her family.
Under the pressure of this need (for it is a sad thing,
and tears a father's or a mother's heart, to see their
young ones hungry, and not be able to give them
food), the poor widow went in search of her sister,
and said to her: My children are suffering from
want,-you are rich; give me a morsel of bread for
the poor little things." But the rich woman had a
heart of stone, and she answered: "We have got
nothing in the house;" and then she dismissed her
sister, with stiff politeness.
Now, was not that a cruel woman,-not to say, a
wicked, uakind, unnatural sister ? But let us see what
came of tlis hard-heartedness. Never be in a hurry,
my dear children, to say, the cruel and the wicked get
on well, and thrive: wait a while, and look to the end.
Everybody is not punished in this world for the wrong
they do; but a great many are, for all that, and they
make their own punishment, out of their own evil
Some hours after the two sisters had met, it was
dinner-time, and home came the rich lady's husband,
so gallant, and gay, and smiling, and quite ready to
enjoy the good dinner that he knew was always ready
for him. He went up to the table, and began to cut
off the loaf a piece of bread; but what was his horror,
at seeing that, at the first stroke of the knife, drops of
blood-real blood-fell from the ldaf, just as if he had
been slicing at the heart of a fellow-creature! How
is this, wife?" he asked of the terrified woman, who
knew too well, and, in her fright, told him all that had
passed between her and her sister. At this the good
man was very angry; and, taking up the dish of roast
meat from the table, and wrapping up a fresh loaf in a
napkin, he went off, in all haste, to relieve the poor
distressed widow, and give her hungry children a
plentiful meal. I need not say how welcome he was,
and how the good-natured fellow enjoyed the eager
delight of the young ones, when they caught sight of
the nie nice hot roast leg of mutton, with plenty of gravy!
He saw them all well set down to table, and clattering
their knives and forks, and chattering with glee, and
then went out into the street, to go back to his own
house. No sooner had he turned the corner, than he
heard a loud shouting, and, lifting up his eyes, saw a
dense cloud of smoke darkening the sky, and then a
column of flame shooting up through it, and a shower
of sparks succeeding. He pushed on, in alarm, and
soon perceived that it was his own house that was on
fire! In that one short hour, all his wealth-his fur-
niture and plate, and his title-deeds, securities, and
bank-notes-all were lost in the devouring flames;
nothing was left to him but his evil-minded wife, who
ran about wringing her hands, and crying out to all
her neighbours: "What will become of us ? what
shall we do P how shall we live ? we shall perish with
Not so, my dear sister," replied the good widow,
who ran up to her assistance at the moment; "Heaven
feeds the poor."
The woman who had been rich was, in her turn,
compelled to have recourse to begging for a sub-
sistence; but no one would take pity on her, who had
been so unfeeling for others; and her sister, no longer
remembering her hardness of heart, shared with her
the alms she herself received.
JACK IN LUCK.
" MASTER," said Jack, one fine morning, "I have
served you faithfully for seven years; my time is up;
and, if you will be good enough to pay me my wages,
I should very much like to go home and see my
His master replied: What you say is true, Jack;
you have been a faithful, honest lad; and as your
service has been, so shall be your recompense." Thus
saying, he gave Jack a lump of gold as big as his
Jack drew his handkerchief out of his pocket,
wrapped his golden ingot in it, and, slinging it across
his stick, swung it over his shoulders, and began to
make his way to his native village, where his parents
As he went along, carefully putting one foot before
the other upon the ground, he came in sight of a man
on horseback, who rode along gaily enough, without
any trouble to himself, on a brisk, lively-looking
animal. Ah !" said Jack to himself, loud enough to
JACK FINDS A HORSE TOO NOISY, AND WISHES FOR A QUIET COW.
be heard, what a very fine thing is this riding on
horseback! There one sits at one's ease, as comfortably
as in a chair, getting to the end of one's journey with-
out knocking one's feet against the stones, or wearing
out one's shoes."
The rider, who heard this speech of Jack's, stopped
him;,and asked him why he walked, if he thought it
such a mighty fine thing to ride.
Well, I am obliged, you see," said Jack; I have
got this lump to carry home; it is gold, to be sure, but
then it is very heavy, and hurts my shoulder dread-
fully to carry it."
"Well, well," said the man on horseback, "we
might soon settle that; could not we change ? I 'll
give you my horse, and you shall give me your heavy
lump of gold,-I see it is a great burthen to you."
With all my heart!" said Jack, but I '11 tell you
fairly, you will soon be tired of your bargain."
The man got off his horse, took the gold, and gladly
helped Jack on to the horse; then he gave the reins
into his hands, and said: Now, when you want
to go quicker, you must chuckle with your tongue,
and cry,' Gee up! gee up!' "
Jack was as pleased as Punch, when he found bun-
self on the top of'a horse, riding along freely and
gaily. After a bit, he thought to himself, It would
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be as well to go rather quicker;" so he cried, Gee "Ehl! eh !" said Jack, pulling his hair over his eyes,
up gee up !" as the man had told him. The horse, who would have thought it ? It is very well when
hearing the Gee up! gee up !" knew he must make one can kill a beast like that at home, and make a
haste, so off he set at a hard trot, and before Jack profit of the flesh; but, for my part, I can't eat cow-
knew what he was about, he was thrown over head beef, it is too tough for me-besides, it has no flavour.
and heels into a ditch which divided the fields from Ah! a young pig like yours, now, is something like;
the road. When the horse found out he had thrown my mouth waters at the thought of the taste of it, to
his rider into the mire, he would have bolted off, if say nothing of the sausages!"
he had not been stopped by a Countryman, who was Well, now," said the Butcher, I won't mind, just
coming that way, driving a cow before him. for the love I bear you, making an exchange with you;
Jack soon got upon his legs, but he was sadly put you shall have my pig, and I will take your cow."
out about his tumble. There is no fun in this," said Heaven bless you for your kindness !" said Jack;
Jack, to get upon the back of a beast who cannot and, giving up the cow, he quickly untied the pig from
stand on his legs, and who, without ceremony, pitches the barrow, and took in his hand the string with which
one off, so as nearly to break one's neck. I'll take it was tied.
good care I will never ride on that brute again. Give Jack walked on again, reflecting upon his great
me a cow, that is the animal I like,-one may walk good-luck, and how everything had turned out just as
behind her without any fear; besides, look at the he wished, and his vexations had all ended to his ad-
advantage of making sure of milk, butter, and cheese vantage. Presently, a boy met him,carrying a fine white
every day. Ah! what would I not give for such a cow!" goose under his arm, and, after they had said Good
"Well," said the Peasant, such an advantage you day!" to each other, Jack began to boast about his
may soon enjoy; I will exchange my cow for your luck, and to tell of the profitable exchanges he had
horse." made. The boy related, on his part, how he was
To this Jack agreed, with delight, and gave up the carrying the goose to a christening-feast. Just lift
horse, with a thousand thanks; when the Peasant, it," said he to Jack, holding it up by its wings; "just
throwing himself upon it, rode off with as much haste feel how heavy it is Why, it has been up to fatten for
as he could. these last eight weeks; and whoever bites it when it is
Jack now drove off his cow, as steadily as he could, cooked, will have to wipe the grease off each side of
before him, thinking of his lucky exchange, in this his mouth, I'll warrant you!"
manner: I have a bit of bread, and I can, as often "Yes," said Jack, weighing it in his hand as he
as I please, eat it with butter and cheese; and when spoke, "it is heavy, truly; but then, my pig's no
I am thirsty, I can milk my cow and have a draught; trifle, I assure you."
and what more can I want?" While he was thus speaking, the boy kept peering
As soon, then, as he came to an inn, he halted, and and peeping about, turning his head suspiciously this
ate, with much satisfaction, all the bread he had way and that; and, at last, he asked Jack if he was
brought with him for his dinner and supper, and sure it was all right about the pig; because," said
washed it down with a glass of beer, to buy which he he, in the village I have just passed through, there
spent his two last farthings. When this was over, he is a great hue and cry about a pig that has been stolen
drove his cow on again, in the direction of his mother's out of the sty of the Mayor himself; and I am afraid,
village. The day, in the meantime, became hotter and very much afraid, that is the very pig you are now
hotter, as noontide approached, and just then Jack holding by the string. They have sent out people
came to a common, which was an hour's journey across, into all parts, to find it. It would be a bad job for
Here he got into such a state of heat, that his tongue you, indeed, if they were to find the pig in your hands.
clave to the roof of his mouth, and he thought to him- The best thing for you to do is, to hide it in some
self: This will never do; I will just milk my cow, deep ditch."
and refresh myself." Jack, therefore, tied her to the Honest Jack was struck all of a heap with fright on
stump of an old tree, and, having no pail, put his hearing this, and cried, Heaven help me, in this my
leather cap below the cow, and began working away, fresh calamity! You know the neighbourhood better
but not one drop of milk could he squeeze out. He than I do," said he to the boy, so pray take my pig,
had placed himself, too, in a very awkward manner; and hide it, and let me have your goose."
and at last, the cow perceiving this, and growing im- That will be a losing game to me," said the boy,
patient, gave him such a kick on the head, that he but then I should be sorry to be the cause of your
toppled over on the ground, and for a long time did falling into misfortune;" and so saying, he took hold
not know where he was. Fortunately, not many hours of the string, and drove off Master Piggy as fast as he
after, a Butcher passed by, trundling a young pig along would go, by a side path; while Jack, relieved of his
upon a wheelbarrow. What is the matter here ? cares, took the goose up, and putting it under his arm,
exclaimed he, helping up poor Jack; and Jack then trudged away home with a light heart.
told him all that had happened. The Butcher then If my judgment is worth anything," thought Jack
handed him his flask, and said: Ti ere, take a drink, to himself, I have gained even by this exchange;
iL will revive you. Your cow is too old a beast to give for, first, there is the prime roast; and then, look what
you any milk; she is worth nothing, at the best, but a lot of fat will drop out, so that we shall get goose.
to be turned out to plough, or to fall into the butcher's broth half the year round; and then, look at the fine
hands." white feathers!-when I once get them into my pillow,
I shall sleep without rocking! How delighted my poor
dear old mother will be!"
As he came to the nearest village to his own home,
there stood on the road a Knife-grinder, with his
barrow by the hedge-side, whirling his wheel around,
Scissors, and razors, and such like, I grind,
While my rags all gaily are flying behind."
Jack stopped, and looked at him for a bit, and then
said : You are merry enough; I suppose it is the
thri ving trade you carry on makes you so jolly ?"
Yes, indeed," answered the Grinder, "this business
has a golden bottom. A true Knife-grinder is a man
who finds money in his pocket whenever he puts his
hand into it. But, my goodness! what a fine goose
you lave got! Why, where did you buy that ?"
I did not buy it at all," said Jack, but I got it in
exchange for my pig." "And the pig?" "I ex-
chanted for my cow." And the cow ? " Well, I
exchanged a horse for her." "And the horse?"
" Oh! I gave a lump of gold for him, as big as my
head." And the gold?" Well, that was my wages
for seven years' faithful servitude."
And I see you have known how to benefit your-
self bv each change," said the Grinder; could you
now only manage to hear the money chinking and
rattling in your pockets as you walked along, why,
your fortune would be made."
True," said Jack; but how can I manage that ?"
Easy enough," said the Grinder; you must be-
come a Grinder, like me. There is nothing difficult
to leara in my trade, and all you will want will be a
grindsi mne; the other necessaries will find themselves.
Here is one; it is a little worn, certainly, but then
you sh:ll have it cheap; so I will not ask anything
more for it than your goose. Is this to your liking ?"
Ho v can you ask me such a question ? said Jack;
" why, I shall be the luckiest man in the world-only
having t o dip my hand in my pocket whenever I want
money; I shall have nothing to care for any more!"
So sayii g, he handed over the fat goose, and got in
exchange, the grindstone.
Now," said the Grinder, picking up an ordinary
big flint stone which lay near, now, there you have a
capital sione, upon which, if you only beat them long
enough, you can straighten all your old nails Take
it, and use it carefully."
Jack 1ook up the stone, and walked on with a satis-
fied heart, his eyes dancing with joy. I must have
been bora," said he, to a heap of luck; everything
happens just as I wish, as if I were a Sunday child!"
Soon, however, poor Jack, having been on his legs all
day, began to feel very tired, and he was plagued, too,
with hunger, since he had eaten up all his provisions
at one ti te, in his delight about his cow bargain. At
last, he % as so tired, he felt quite unable to go a step
farther, fi r the stones were very heavy, and a great
hindrance to him, and encumbered him dreadfully.
Just at th is instant, the thought came into his head,
that it weaold be a very good thing if he had no need
to carry 1 he stones any longer; and, at the same
moment, lie came to a stream. Here he determined
to rest, and refresh himself with a drink of the bright
water; and, so that the stones might not hurt him in
kneeling down, he laid them carefully by the side of
him on the bank. This done, he stooped down, to
scoop up some water in his hand, and then, by some
accident, he pushed one stone a little too far, so that
presently they both fell plump into the water. Jack,
as soon as he saw them sinking to the bottom, jumped
up, and danced for joy, and then kneeled down, and
heartily returned thanks, with tears in his eyes, that
he should have been able, in so nice a way, and with-
out any act of his own, to get rid of these heavy
stones, which were the only things that hindered him
from getting to the end of his journey. I am the
luckiest man," said Jack, under the sun!"
Then, with a light heart, and free from every bur-
then, he gaily leaped along, singing all the way, until
he got to his mother's house.
THE DONKEY, THE TABLE, AND
ONCE upon a time, there was a Tailor, who had three
children, and only one Goat, to feed them all with her
milk ; so, you may guess, the poor Goat stood in need
of good hay and fodder, besides being taken out every
day to browse at her leisure, and crop the nice herbs
and short grass. This was the duty of the Tailor's
sons, each in his turn. One day, the eldest took the
Goat into the churchyard, where she enjoyed some
fine grass, and browsed, and frisked, and leaped at her
ease. In the evening, when it was time to go home,
the lad asked the Goat, Have you had enough ?" to
which she replied:
I have had quite enough
Of jolly good stuff !
Then let us go in," said the lad; and lie took the
rope, and led her into the stable. Just as they were
going in, they met the old Tailor. Now," said he,
" has the Goat been well fed ?"
Yes," replied the boy, she has had enough, and
of good stuff."
But the father, wishing to make quite sure, himself,
went to the stable, and began to caress his favourite,
and said to her: Riquette, have you had all you
wish for ?" The Goat replied mischievously:
"To dine in a graveyard is only a farce ;
There's plenty of jumping, but little of grass."
What is this I hear ?" cried the Tailor, as he
hurried from the stable, and addressed himself to his
eldest son: How could you tell me such a false-
hood ? You said the Goat had eaten all she wanted,
and made a capital dinner; and, after all, I find you
left her to starve!" And, in his anger, he took up his
sleeve-board, and ran after him, and gave him a good
Next day, it was the second son's -turn to take the
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Goat out. He looked out, along the hedge of a garden,
a place where there was some capital fresh grass, and
this the Goat ate up greedily, to the very last blade.
When evening came, and it was time to go within, he
put the question to the Goat, as to whether she was
"I've had enough, and plenty;
Indeed, there's enough for twenty,"
was her reply.
"Well, then, we will go home," said the boy; and
he took the beast to the stable, where he fastened her
"Well," asked the Tailor, when he saw his second
son coming into the room, has the Goat had her just
rights to-day ?"
Oh yes, father; she has had enough and to spare."
But the Tailor, remembering what had happened on
the previous evening, bethought himself of the pro-
verb, It is the master's eye that makes the horse
grow fat;" so he determined to go and see to the
Goat himself, and inquire of her how she had fared.
So he went to the stable; "Riquette," said he, have
you had your fill to-day P"
To which the Goat made answer:
"Plenty of jumping,
And little of meat;
A ditch full of water,
And nothing to eat!"
"What a wretch!" exclaimed the Tailor, to allow
such a valuable animal to starve!" And, with a sound
thrashing with the sleeve-board, he drove his second
son out of the door.
The day after, it came to the turn of the third and
youngest son; and he, to make things better, sought
out a copse, where some delicious wild flowers and
tender young leaves afforded a dainty meal for the
Goat, who browsed among them, and seemed to enjoy
herself very much. When evening came, he inquired
of the Goat, before leading her home, whether she had
eaten as much as she wanted; to which she replied:
"Too much, and more than enough,
Of leaves, and flowers, and dainty stuff."
So he took the Goat in, and fastened her up, and
made his report to his father; who, however, having
now thoroughly lost confidence, went to the stable, as
before, and asked the same question: Have you had
enough to eat, Riquette ?" The wicked beast replied:
" Through the woods, all the day, I did nothing but rush;
Grass grows in the field, Sir, and not in the bush."
Only to think of such lying!" exclaimed the
Tailor, in a great rage; "one and all cheats and
rogues; each as unnatural as the other, and all de-
ceiving their poor old father!" Up he took the very
handy sleeve-board again, and plump, plump, it came
down on the unlucky shoulders of his unfortunate
youngest son, so hard and so fast, that the poor
young lad was only too glad to save himself by
running out of the house.
Now, at last, there was nobody left in the house but
the old Tailor, all alone by himself, and only his Goat
in the stable. Next day, the old man cooled down a
little, and went in to the Goat, and patted it, and
said: Now, then, my little kidling, I will take you
out to browse, myself." So he took the Goat by the
halter, and led her along, by some green hedges, to
places where the nice fresh young grass was growing,
and to many a corner, such as Goats most do fancy.
" This time, at any rate," said he, you can enjoy
yourself to your heart's content." And there he let
her stay until the evening; then he asked her: Have
you had enough, my kidling F" And she said:
Enough for twenty."
Let us go home, then," said the old Tailor; and
he took her to her stable, and fastened her up tightly.
Then he went out, but turned back as he reached the
door, to repeat his question, Have you had enough ?"
But the Goat took it no better this time than before,
and replied to him:
"It is very fine talking;
I 've had nothing but walking."
When the Tailor heard this, he was quite taken
aback, and began to think, that he might have turned
his children out of doors most unjustly. Listen,"
said he, you ungrateful creature It would be too
little punishment to turn you out of doors, as well as
my poor boys; I intend to mark you in such a manner,
that you can never again venture to show yourself
among honest tailors!"
And in an instant he had seized his razor, soaped
the Goat's head, and shaved it as clean as the back of
your hand. Then, as the sleeve-board would have
been too great an honour for such a rascal, he took up
his goose, and gave the Goat a few thrusts with it on
the back, that set her off, flying and kicking with
Thus finding himself all alone, in his empty house,
the old Tailor was sorely disconsolate. He would
have been glad enough to have fetched his three boys
back again; but no one knew what had become of
The eldest had gone and placed himself as an
apprentice with a Cabinet-maker. Being a clever,
industrious lad, he applied himself, briskly and care-
fully, to learning the business, which is that of a
superior craftsman; for fitting and joining the various
pieces, and polishing and planing the fine woods, is no
easy work. When he had reached the age when it
was time for him to go the rounds of the trade (which
every young workman abroad does, going from town
to town, and so learning whatever may be new in his
craft), his master made him a present of a little table
of ordinary wood, and by no means showy to look at,
but which was gifted with one precious property: that
whenever any one set it down before him, and said to it,
" Table, cover yourself," it covered itself immediately
with a handsome white table-cloth and a napkin, a
knife and fork, dishes filled with various kinds of
meats, as many as there was room for, and a large
glass of ruby wine, that would make a man's heart
glad. The young fellow thought himself a rich man
for the rest of his days, and set to work to travel
through the world at his pleasure, without a care
whether the times were good or bad, and whether he
should find dinner ready or not. Besides, whenever
he felt inclined to eat, he had no need to go anywhere,
but would set down his table in a wood, or a field, or
wherever he chose, and say to it, Cover yourself," and
a handsome dinner was served to him in a moment.
At last, it came into his head to go back to his
father's house, in the hope that time would have
appeased his anger, and that, as the possessor of such
a wonderful table, he might make sure of a good re-
ception. On his road thither, he went one night to an
inn, that was full of travellers, who saluted him, and
asked him to make one at their table, as he would other-
wise find some difficulty in getting anything to eat.
No, no!" replied he, keep your cabbage-soup to
yourselves; and, in return for your politeness, I invite
you all to come and take part of my dinner with me."
At this they all laughed, thinking he was a rare
funny fellow; however, he quietly set down his table
in the middle of the room, and said to it, like a con-
juror, Cover yourself;" and so it did, with dishes of
meat, such as had never been seen to come out of the
kitchen of that inn, and the very smell of which
agreeably tickled the palates of the guests. "Now
then, gentlemen," he exclaimed, sit down to table."
Seeing that he really meant it, the guests did not give
him the trouble of farther entreaty, but each man,
knife in hand, performed his duty bravely. What
astonished everybody was, that no sooner was a dish
emptied, than another, and a full one, too, took its
place immediately. The Host, who was in a corner of
the room, saw all that was going on, but did not know
what to think of it; except that he thought, that such
a clever cook would be exceedingly useful at his inn.
The young Cabinet-maker and his party spent the
greater part of the night in enjoying themselves; at
last, they went to rest, and the young man, when he
lay down in bed, placed his wonderful table alongside
of him. He slept soundly, as do the young and fortu-
nate; not so his Host, who was an envious, covetous,
and greedy-hearted man. He remembered that he had
in his granary an old table, just like the one the young
man had; so he went on tiptoe, and without his shoes,
to look for it, and brought it down, and put it in the
place of the other, which he carried off, hugging him-
self at his success in the dirty trick.
Next morning, the young Cabinet-maker, after having
paid the night's expenses, took up his table, and went
his way, without perceiving that one table had been
given him for another. It was the middle of the day
when he reached his father's house, and the old Tailor
welcomed him back right joyfully. Well, my son,"
said he, and what have you learnt, all this while P"
The business of a Cabinet-maker, father."
"That is a good trade," replied the old man; but,
how much have you brought from your journey?"
Well, father, the best bit of money in my budget,
is that little table."
The Tailor looked at it very knowingly, and turned
it on both sides, and then observed: If that be your
master-piece, it is nothing very magnificent; why, it
is a piece of second-hand furniture, that won't hold
much longer together!"
Ah but," replied the son, it is a magic table;
when I order it to cover itself, it furnishes a capital
dinner, of excellent dishes, I can tell you, and wine
that rejoices one's heart. Go, and ask our relatives
and friends to come and dine with us; that table will
supply enough to satisfy all."
So the Tailor went out; and when he mentioned the
excellent dinner, by first-rate cooks, that he was going
to give, to celebrate his son's return, it was not long
before he had got a good party together, ready to enjoy
themselves with a good dinner, and make merry with
capital wine, in good company. Many came in, shaking
their stomachs, and licking their lips, and as hungry
as hunters; and when they were all assembled, the
son brought out his table, and placed it in the middle
of the room, and said to it, Cover yourself." But it
didn't! nor did it seem even to hear the order, but
remained just as empty as an ordinary table, when a
poor man orders dinner, without having any money in
his pocket to pay for it. Then the poor young fellow
saw at once that he had been cheated, and stood there,
all ashamed, just like a liar caught in the fact, the jest
of all his relatives, who had all to go back to their
homes, without bit or sup, which, I need not tell you,
was the cause of a great deal of grumbling. His father
said nothing, but looked a gre. 1 deal, retired quickly
to his shop-board, and took up his needle and thimble.
As for the son, poor fellow! he went and engaged
himself with a Cabinet-maker, and set to hard work
again. Thus much for the eldest son.
Now for the second boy. He had entered into
apprenticeship with a Miller; and, when his time was
out, his master said to him: "As a recompense for your
good conduct, I intend to give you a noble donkey."
A donkey, Sir!" said the young man; what on
earth shall I do with a donkey ? A donkey wants
grass, and I have not got a house, nor even a garden.
A donkey wants feeding, and so do I; and I had much
rather feed myself than a donkey."
Ah! you were always a clever fellow," said the
Miller, and have a good deal to say, that you might
spare yourself the trouble of saying. But never mind;
this is a donkey of a very remarkable breed, and one
that won't put up with either saddle or harness."
So much the worse for me," said the Miller's
apprentice; what is the beast good for, then, if one
can neither ride nor drive him ? It can't be for his
company, for he is the worst of all singers, and who
can talk to an ass ? "
You might do worse," said the Miller; but, as I
told you before, this is a noble ass-an extraordinary
"All right," said the Tailor's son; "but what is
there wonderful about him ?"
He produces gold!" replied the Miller; all you
have to do is, to lay down a clean cloth, and make him
step over it, and then, when the donkey steps on the
cloth, all you have to say is, 'Bricklebrit! Bricklebrit!'
and out comes the gold from his ears."
Well, that is a wonderful animal, indeed !" said
the young man.
After this, he did not despise the donkey, but cheer-
fully accepted him as a gift, thanked his master, and
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set out on his travels over the world. Whenever he
wanted money, all he had to do was, to get a clean
cloth, and say to his donkey, Bricklebrit! Brickle-
brit!" and the good little creature rained out a shower
of gold-pieces, without giving him any other trouble
than picking them up. So, wherever he went, the best
of everything was good enough for him; and as for the
price, he liked best what was most dear, for, lucky
fellow that he was! .his purse was always full.
After travelling about for some time, the thought of
home came over his mind, in the midst of all his
pleasures and enjoyments. What was all his gold and
luxuries to him ? He wanted to sit on the old bench
under the old cottage porch, and hear his old father
sing, and even scold, as he stitched and stitched, hour
after hour, on the shop-board in the window. He
remembered the village-green, and the old elm, and
the geese on the common, and the stream in which he
used to float his paper boats, and the mill, whose great
arms he had so often watched, swinging round with a
surging noise, on the breezy hill-top. In a word, he
was homesick, and he wanted to go back, and be
quiet, and make his father happy, and enjoy himself
among his friends and relations, in the scenes of his
boyhood. So he bethought himself, that by this time,
surely, his father's anger against him must be ap-
peased, and that he might safely go back to him, and,
accompanied as he was by such a treasure of a donkey,
might make sure of a good reception.
So off he set, cheerily, on his way to the old house
at home; but it happened that, as his road lay by the
same way that his elder brother had taken, he put up
at the same inn, at which that unhappy lad had been
robbed of his magic table.
He was leading his donkey by the bridle, as he
came up to the door, and the Host stepped out, in a
bustle, to take it, and tie it up; but the young man
said to him: I always tie up my Grizzle myself in
his stable, for I like to know, always, where he is."
The Host was a little surprised at such remarkable
attention to a mere donkey, and surmised, that a fellow
who looked after his donkey himself, was not likely to
be a very extensive customer. But when the stranger
put his hand in his pocket, and drew forth two gold
pieces, and ordered of the best to be served to him im-
mediately, the Host opened his eyes wide, and hurried
off to the kitchen and the cellar, to look out something
superior for such a noble guest. After dinner, the
traveller called for his bill, which the rascally Host did
his best to enlarge to the utmost possible amount, and
told the young man that it came to just two more gold
pieces than he had given him. Instead of objecting
to the amount, as the Innkeeper expected, the tra-
veller put his hand in his pocket, to pay him what he
asked, but found his pockets empty. The Host looked
Wait a minute," said the young man, carelessly,
"I will go and get some money;" and he went out,
taking the table-cloth with him.
The Host understood nothing that the traveller had
said, but was curious to see what he was going to do;
so he followed him, and, as the young fellow had
fastened the stable-door behind him, he peeped through
the window, and saw the stranger stretch out the
table-cloth under the donkey, and heard him say,
" Bricklebrit! Bricklebrit!" and then the animal began
to let fall gold from his ears, like a very shower of rain!
Stars and Garters!" cried the Innkeeper, in a very
fury of envy and avarice; all new ducats, too! A
treasure like that is a fine bit of luck for his master!"
The young man paid his reckoning, and went to
bed; but the Innkeeper slipped into the stable during
the night, carried away the donkey that coined money,
and put another in its place. Next morning, the young
fellow took the donkey, and went on his way again, in
the full persuasion that he had with him his magic
beast. He reached his father's house at mid-day,
just as his elder brother had done before him, and met
with an equally warm reception at his father's hands.
What became of you, my son, after leaving me ? "
inquired the old man.
I am a Miller, my dear father," he replied.
What have you brought back with you ?"
Only a donkey."
"We have quite enough of that breed here at
home, already," said the father; you had better have
brought us a nice goat."
But," replied the son, this is not a beast, such
as others are; this is a magical donkey. I have but
to say, 'Bricklebrit!' and at once he lets fall golden
ducats, enough to fill a table-cloth. Go, and ask all
our relations to come here; I should like to make
them all wealthy men at one stroke."
"That is just the style of thing I like," said the
Tailor; I need not tire myself with stitching any
And away went the old fellow, with a light heart, to
invite his relations to come together, each of them to
have a sum of money presented to him. Didn't they
come at once ? and curiously enough, and anxiously,
they looked on, as the young Miller spread a clean
white cloth on the floor, and brought his donkey out
on the middle of it. Now," said he, with pomposity,
looking round on his relatives, attention!-' Brickle-
brit !' "
But this donkey understood nothing whatsoever
about magic; and what he did let drop, did not at all
resemble pieces of money. The poor fellow saw that
he had been robbed, pulled a long face, and apologised
to his relations, who went back to their homes, quite
as much beggars as they had come. His father took
to his needle and scissors again, perforce; and, as for
himself, he got a place as servant at a mill.
The third brother had entered an apprenticeship
with a Turner; and, as the trade is a hard one to
learn, stopped with him some time longer than his
brothers had done with their masters. They wrote to
him, and told him the misfortunes that had befallen
them, and how the Innkeeper had stolen the magic
gifts of which they had been the possessors.
When the young Turner had finished his appren-
ticeship, and the time for his departure had arrived,
his master, in rewarding his good conduct, gave him
a bag, in which was a large stick.
"The bag I can understand," said the youth; "I
can carry that over my shoulders. But what is the
good of this stick ? it will only fatigue me with its
I am going to tell you its use," replied his master;
"if any one ill-uses you, all you have to do, is to say,
'Stick! stick! come out of the bag!' and in an
instant the stick will leap on to their shoulders, and
belabour them so vigorously, that they won't be able
to move for eight hours afterwards; and the game
will go on, until you say, Stick! stick! jump into
The young fellow thanked his master, and went
gaily on his way, with the bag on his shoulders. If
any one came too close, and wanted to molest him, all
he did was to say, Stick! stick! come out of your
bag!" and the cudgel went to work at once in dusting
the jackets of those gentlemen, without giving them
time to take them off, and so quickly and smartly, that
no one passing by could tell where it came from.
One evening, he arrived at the inu, where his bro-
thers had been so wickedly robbed. Here he laid down
his haversack upon the table before him, and began to
talk of the many wonderful things he had seen in his
travels over the world. "Yes," said he, there are
some who have found tables that cover themselves
with dishes and meat, without any cooks; and asses,
also, that spit out gold; and many other fine things
as well. But what are all these, that these people
have seen, and also that I have seen myself?
Nothing !-I say positively, nothing, in comparison
with the treasure that I carry in my bag!",
Hereupon, the Host, who was always litening to
what the travellers talked about, pricked up his ears,
and said to himself: What can there possibly be in
the bag ? No doubt, it is full of precious stones ; I
should like to add them to the store I have already in
the donkey and the table,-all good things go by
When it was time to go to bed, the young man
stretched himself along a bench, and put his bag
under his head, by way of a pillow. When the Inn-
keeper believed him to be fast asleep, he drew near to
him stealthily, and gave a gentle pull at the bag, to
try if he could draw it away, and put another in its
place. But the traveller watched him for some time,
as a cat does a mouse, before she pounces upon it; and
just at the moment when the villain gave a stronger
pull than before, cried out, Stick! stick! come out
of your bag!" and instantly out jumped the stick on
to the scoundrel's shoulders, and hammered away at
him, until there was not a whole thread left in his
coat. The unhappy wretch bawled out for quarter,
pity, pardon! but, the more he yelled, the more the
cudgel drubbed his shoulders, and so heartily, that at
last he fell down exhausted on the ground.
Then the Turner said to him: "Now, my fine
fellow, you have caught it this time! All good things,
you know, go by threes; and if you don't at once
restore to me the donkey and the table that you stole
from my brothers, why, we will just begin this same
dance over again."
"Oh, no! pray, don't!" cried the Host, in a feeble
voice; I will give back all; only make that wicked
little imp go back into his bag!"
It would only be doing justice to give you another
dose," said the young fellow; but I pardon you, if
you perform your promise." Then he added, Stick!
stick! go back to your bag!." And the stick did so,
and left the Innkeeper to rub his bruised bones in
Next day, the Turner arrived at his father's house,
with the magic table and the gold donkey. The
Tailor was delighted to see him, and asked what trade
he had learnt.
My dear father," he replied, I have become a
"A good business," said the father; "and pray
what have you brought home from your travels P"
A fine specimen, my dear father; a stick, in a bag."
A cudgel!" exclaimed the father; that was worth
the trouble, certainly, when you can cut as many as
you want, in any wood!"
But not such an one as mine, dear father. When
I say, Stick! stick! come out of your bag!' it leaps
out on those who want to hurt me, and sprinkles them
with a shower of hard thumps, until they are glad to
ask for mercy. With this cudgel, may it please you,
I have recovered the donkey and the table, of which
that thief over there had robbed my brothers. Let us
send for them here; and go you, and invite all our
relations; I intend to give them a treat, and fill their
The Tailor went to look up his relations, but with
no very great confidence in the result, after his recent
mortifying disappointments. The Turner laid down a
cloth on the floor of the room, and led upon it the
donkey; then he invited his brother to pronounce the
magic words. The Miller said, Bricklebrit! Brickle-
brit !" and the gold-pieces began to fall down as thick
as hail, nor did the shower cease until every one had
got as much money as they could possibly carry-(you,
would have liked to. have been there, I think, my
young readers!) Then the Turner brought out the
table, and said to his brother the Cabinet-maker, "Now
is your turn, my boy!" Scarcely had he uttered the
words, Table, cover yourself !" than a rare dinner was
served, with the richest sauces and finest wines. So
there was such a feasting as the oldest man among
them had never seen before in that house; and all the
company stick to the table, and kept up the merry
feast until night.
Then the Tailor carefully locked up in a drawer his
needle, thimble, yard-measure, sleeve-board, and goose,
and lived in peace and happiness, with his three sons.
"Is that all ?" you ask; "what became of the
Goat, that had been the cause of the Tailor turning
his three sons out of doors ? "
I am just going to tell you. -As she had always
been very proud of her hairy face, she ran off to con-
ceal herself in a Fox's earth, until her beard should be
grown again. When the Fox came home at night to
supper, and popped his head into his hole, he saw two
large round eyes, that shone like burning coals. Fear
seized him; he drew back his head, and ran off at
once. As he was hurrying long, he ran against a
Bear, who, seeing he was in great terror, said to him:
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" Hallo, friend Reynard! whither away now P What
gives you that scared look ? there are no hounds out
at this time o' night."
Oh!" answered the Fox, there is, at the bottom
of my hole, a terrific monster, who stared at me with
"We '11 soon drive the gentleman out," said the
Bear, and he went and looked down to the bottom of
the Fox's hole; but, as soon as he saw those terrible
eyes, fear got the better of him also, and, to avoid
disputes with the monster, he thought it best to
shuffle off as quickly as possible.
On his way, a Bee met him; and the lady, ob-
serving that he did not seem quite sure of his skin,
said to him: Eh, Godpapa! you wear a very woful
look; where is all your old fun gone to ?"
It is all very fine talking," replied the Bear; but
at the bottom of the Fox's hole is a monster of terrible
aspect, and we can't get him out."
The Bee made answer: Really, I feel quite pity
for you, Godpapa. I am only a weak little creature,
whom you disdain to look at in your road; but, never-
theless, I am of opinion that I can be of use in this
So she flew off to the Fox's earth, placed herself on
the shaven head of the Goat, and stung her so sharply,
that she could not help crying out, "Ma-ma!" and
then rushed into the wood, like one frantic. From
that time to this, nobody has ever known what became
of her,-except that, just about that period, the Bear
invited the Fox to a supper, which they both of them
seemed to relish uncommonly.
IF THE STARS WERE TO FALL!
LOOK up in the heavens, on a bright starlight summer
night: don't the stars look like so many golden
guineas ? and how full our pockets would be, and how
many pretty things we should be able to buy, if,
only, the stars were to fall!
. Once upon a time, there was a little girl, whose father
and mother were both dead. So poor, so very poor,
was this little one, that she had neither roof to cover
her, nor bed to lie down upon; neither had she any
clothes but those she had on her little body, and but a
morsel of bread, that some kind soul had given her
out of charity. But, for all this, she was good and
Now, you must not forget to think, my dears, that
if you-who are tenderly nursed, and delicately cared
for, and warmly clothed, and fed with the best of food,
and plenty of it, and whom every one tries to please
and amuse-find it so hard to be good children, and to
do your duty to your good fathers and kind mothers,
without murmuring, and to pray thankfully to God,
without wishing for anything more than you have
got;-if you, my dears, find this not quite so easy,
think, oh! think, what must it be to a poor, cold,
starving child, without home, or parents, or friends,
to be always good, and pious, and thankful to God!
Consider her temptations, how many and how great,
and yours, how small, and how carefully you are
shielded from them. So, now you can understand how
much I mean, when I tell you, that this poor, forlorn,
desolate, starving, cold little girl was good and pious.
Thus abandoned, as she was, by all the world, she
set out on her life-journey, trusting in the care and
kindness of God. On her road, she met with a poor
man, who said to her: "Alas! I am sorely hungry;
give me a little bit to eat." She held forth to him her
morsel of bread-the whole of it-and said to him:
" Heaven has come to your aid." Then she went on
her way again.
A little farther on, just at a turning in the road, she
saw a young child sitting by the wayside, weeping.
" What is the matter, my little man?" she kindly in-
quired, in the hope of soothing his little troubles. Oh,
I have lost my cap! oh, my head is so cold! oh, give
me something to put on it!" She took off her little
cap at once, and gave it to him. A little farther, she
met with another child, who was frozen with cold, for
want of a jacket1 and she gave it her own. Lastly,
another child begged her petticoat of her, and she
gave away that also.
It was now night, and she was drawing nigh to a
wood, in which it was her intention to sleep. Just as
she was entering a copse, another child asked her for
her chemise. The pious child considered for a moment,
and then said to herself: It is quite dark night, no
one will see me, I can easily give her my chemise."
And then she gave away that, too.
So that, at last, she possessed nothing in the world
whatsoever. But, at that very moment, the stars in the
heaven above began to fall, and, on reaching the ground,
were changed into bright shining guineas; and though
she had taken off her chemise, and given it away, she
found herself, nevertheless, arrayed in the finest linen.
Then she gathered up the guineas,-there was a rare
heap of them, surely !-and so was made rich for all
the rest of her life.
"WILT THOU HAVE THIS MAN FOR THY WEDDED HUSBAND f"
THE MAN IN THE BEARSKIN.
THERE was, once upon a time, a very fine young fellow,
who determined to seek his fortune as a Soldier, and he
became so brave and courageous, that he was always
in the front ranks in the heat of the battle. As long as
there was any fighting going on, all went well enough;
but when peace was proclaimed, he received his dis-
charge, and the Captain told him he was free to go
where he liked. His parents, meanwhile, had died;
and as he had no longer any home to go to, he paid a
visit to his brothers, and asked them to give him
i home until war should again break out. His bro-
thers, however, were hard-hearted, and said, What
could we do with you ? for we could make nothing of
you; you are fit for nothing, and therefore you must
provide for yourself, and nzanage your own matters."
The poor Soldier possessed nothing but his gun, so,
putting it upon his shoulders, he started off, to take
his chance. ,
By-and-by, he came to a targe common, on which
he saw nothing but some trees, growing in a circle;
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so he sat himself down under them, sorrowfully con-
sidering his unhappy fate. I have no money,"
thought he, I have learned no trade but soldiering;
and now, since peace is concluded, I am of no use to
anybody. Well, I can see plainly enough I shall have
to starve." All at once, he heard a rustling noise, and,
turning round, saw a Stranger standing before him,
dressed in a green coat, who looked very stately, but
he had a very ugly cloven foot. I know very well
what you want," said he to the Soldier; it is money,
gold, and other possessions; you shall have as much
as you can spend, but, that I may know first that I do
not throw away my money foolishly upon you, I must
be convinced you are not a coward."
That is impossible," replied the other; "a
Soldier, and a coward! You' can put me to any
proof you choose."
Well, then," replied the Stranger, "look behind
The Soldier turned, and saw a monstrous Bear,
which growled at him, and looked very ferocious.
" Oho!" cried he, "my boy, I'll tickle your nose a
bit for you, so that you shall not be able to grumble
at me much longer !" and, raising his musket, he shot
the Bear in the forehead, so that he tumbled all in a,
heap upon the ground, and never moved a limb after-
Well," said the Stranger, it is pretty plain you
do not lack courage; but there is still one condition
you must fulfil."
The Soldier, knowing who addressed him by the
cl even foot, replied, If it does not interfere with my
future happiness, I shall willingly do your bidding."
"'That is your own look out," said the Stranger;
" for the next seven years you must not wash your-
self, nor comb your hair or beard, neither must you
cut your nails, nor say your prayers. Then I will give
you this coat and cloak, which you must wear during
all these seven years; and if you die within that time,
you are mine, but if you live, you are rich and free all
your life long."
The Soldier reflected for awhile on his many press-
ing wants, and, remembering how often he had braved
death, he at length consented to the conditions, and
ventured to accept the offer. Thereupon, this wicked
Old Cloven-hoof pulled off his green coat, and handed
it to the Soldier, and said, If you at any time want
money, search in the pocket of your coat, when you
have it on, and you will always find your hand full of
it." Then he also pulled off the skin of the Bear, and
said, That shall be your cloak and your bed; you
must always sleep on it, and not dare to lie in any
other bed, and on this account you shall be called
Bearskin." Immediately Old Cloven-hoof disappeared.
The Soldier, directly he had put his coat on, dipped
his hands into his pockets, to make sure of the reality
of his bargain. Then he hung the bearskin round his
shoulders, and went about the world, chuckling to him-
self at his good fortune, aid buying whatever money
could buy, that pleased his fancy. For the first year,
his appearance was not so very remarkable, but in the
second, he began indeed to look an ugly monster.
His hair covered nearly the whole of his face, his
beard looked like a piece of dirty old blanket, his nails
were like claws, and his countenance was so covered
with dirt, that one might have sown mustard-and-cress
upon it, if one had but the seed! Whoever looked
upon him, ran away; but, because he gave the poor
gold coin wherever he went, they all prayed that he
might not die during the seven years; and, because
he always paid very liberally, he never wanted for a
night's lodging. In the fourth year, however, he
came to an inn where the landlord would not take
him in, and refused even to let him sleep in the
stables, lest the horses should be frightened, and be-
come unmanageable. However, when the landlord
saw the gold ducats which Bearskin pulled out of his
pocket every time lie put his hand in, he yielded the
point, and gave him a place in one of the outbuildings,
but not before he Had made him promise not to show
himself, for fear the inn should get a bad name.
While Bearskin sat by himself in the evening, wish-
ing from the bottom of his heart that the seven years
were over, he heard a loud groan come from the
corner. Now, the Soldier was a kind-hearted man, so
he opened the door, and saw an old man weeping
violently, and wringing his hands. Bearskin advanced
towards him, but the old man jumped up, and tried to
run away; but when he recognized a human voice, he
let himself be persuaded, by the kind and soothing
words of the Soldier, to disclose to him the cause
of his great distress. His daughters, he said, would
have to starve, for all his property had dwindled away
by degrees; and, as he had now no money to pay the
landlord, he should be put into prison.
If that is all that is the matter with you," replied
Bearskin, I can soon mend that; I have plenty of
money." And causing the landlord to be called, he paid
him the old man's reckoning, and put a purse of gold,
besides, into the old gentleman's pocket. The latter,
when he saw himself thus speedily released from his
troubles, knew not how to thank the Soldier suffi-
ciently, so he said to him: Come along with me; my
daughters are all wonders of beauty, you shall choose
one of them for a wife. When they hear all you have
done for me, they will not refuse you. You certainly are
a strange man to look at, but they will soon set all that
to rights." Bearskin was very pleased at this speech,
and he went home with the old man.
As soon as the eldest daughter caught sight of his
countenance, she was so terrified, that she shrieked
out with the fright, and ran away. The second
stopped, and looked at him from head to foot; but at
last she said to him, How can I take a husband
who is so much more like a bear than a man ? The
grizzly bear who came to see us once, and gave him-
self out as a man, wduld have pleased me far better,
for he did wear a hussar hat, and had white gloves on,
But the youngest daughter said: Dear father,
this must be a good man, who has assisted you so
willingly out of your troubles; if you have promised
him a bride for the service, you know your promise
must be kept."
It was a pity the man's face was covered with dirt
and hair, or she would have seen how glad at heart
these words made him. Bearskin then took a ring off
his finger, and broke it in two; then he gave one half
to the youngest daughter, and kept the other half for
himself. On her half he wrote his name, and on his
he wrote hers; then he begged her to preserve hers
carefully, saying: For three years longer I must
wander about; if I come back again then, we will
celebrate our wedding; but if I do not, you are free,
for I shall be dead. But pray to God that he may pre-
serve my life." He then bade her adieu, and took his
When he was gone, the poor bride clothed herself in
black, and whenever she thought of her bridegroom,
she burst into tears. Her sisters, when they saw her
grief, thought it fine fun, and mocked her, bidding
her to Pay great attention to his beautiful, delicate
claws, when he shakes your hand," said the eldest;
while the second said, Take care bears arm fond of
sweets; and if you please him, he will eat you up, per-
haps, for a sugar-plum." "You must," continued the
eldest, always do as he pleases, otherwise, he will
treat you to a growl with his pretty gentle voice."
Then the second sister again congratulated her, say-
ing, "At all events, we shall have a merry wedding of
it; for bears are famed throughout the world for
their good dancing."
The bride kept silence, and let her sisters say what
they liked, without being angry with them, remaining
constant to her vow.
As for Bearskin, he was wandering all over the
world, doing good wherever he could, and always re-
lieving the wants and necessities of all in sickness and
trouble; so that he never left without a heartfelt prayer
that his life might be long.
In the course of time, the last day of the seven
years had arrived, and Bearskin went again to the
heath, and sat himself down beneath the circle of
trees. In a very short time, a mighty wind arose,
and whistled among the trees, and Bearskin, looking
up, again saw Old Cloven-hoof standing before him,
with vexation and disappointment in every look and
gesture. He threw the Soldier down his old coat,
and demanded of him again his rich green coat and
cloak. "You are a little too fast," said Bearskin;
wait awhile, old fellow; you must wash and clean
me, first!" Then Old Cloven-hoof, whether he liked
it or no, had to go to the spring and bring water, and
well wash the Soldier, comb and dress his hair, and
put his nails in order. When all this was done,
Bearskin looked again like the brave Soldier that he
was, and, to say the truth, was much handsomer than
As soon as Old Cloven-hoof was out of sight, he felt
relieved of a great weight from his heart, as he knew he
could not torment him any more; so, going into the
nearest town, he bought a magnificent velvet coat,
and got into a carriage drawn by four thoroughbred
white horses, and in this princely style he went to
the house of his weeping bride. No one knew him ;
the old father took him for some officer of state, and
introduced him into the room where his three beautiful
daughters sat. The two eldest compelled him to sit
between them, while they helped him to wine, and
loaded his plate with every delicacy within their
reach, declaring he was the handsomest and most
noble gentleman they had ever beheld. But the
bride sat opposite to him, in her black dress, with
downcast eyes, not even venturing to address a single
word to him. At length, the father asked the Soldier,
if it would be agreeable to him to marry one of his
daughters. The two eldest, upon hearing this, ran
immediately to their chamber, to dress themselves in
their gayest dresses, each one heaping upon herself all
the ornaments she thought would add to her beauty,
and each one feeling quite sure that she should be
selected as the happy bride of this noble courtier.
Meanwhile, the Soldier was left alone with his
affianced bride; and, taking the half of the golden
ring from his pocket, threw it to the bottom of a
glass of wine, which he poured out and offered her.
When she saw the half of the ring at the bottom of
the glass, her heart beat violently. She seized the
other half, that hung round her neck suspended by a
ribbon, and putting the two halves together, found they
joined exactly. Then the Soldier, looking upon her
lovingly, said: "I am your bridegroom, whom you first
knew as Bearskin; but, through a merciful Providence,
have regained my human form once more, and am
purified from my faults."
Then he took her in his arms, and embraced her
closely. Just at this moment, her two sisters entered,
in full dress; but when they saw that this handsome
young man belonged to their sister, and that he was
the Man in the Bearskin, they took to their heels and
ran off, ready to burst with rage and spitefulness;
the eldest went and drowned herself in a well, and the
second hung herself on a tree in the garden.
In the evening, there was a knock at the door, and
when the betrothed went to open it, she saw Old
Cloven-hoof, in his green coat, who said to her, It
is all right; I lost one soul, but I have gained the
THE JEW IN THE BRAMBLE-BUSH.
A RICH man had once a Servant, who was honest, and
who always served his master faithfully. He was the
first to.get up to his work in the morning, and the last
to leave off and go to bed at night; and, besides, when-
ever there was one job more difficult than another to be
done, which nobody else would undertake, this Ser-
vant always undertook to do it, and performed his task
to perfection. Above all this, he never complained,
but was contented with everything, and happy under
all circumstances. When his first year of service had
come to an end, his master paid him no wages, for he
thought to himself, He cannot leave without his
money, and thus I shall, by this clever trick, keep my
good servant, and save. to myself the money he has
earned; he is sure to remain quietly in ny service."
The Servant said not -a word, but went on witd his
work as faithfully the second year as he had done the
first; yet, at the end of the second year, he received
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no wages. Still he showed no unwillingness, never
complaining, and working on as before. At the ex-
piration of the third year, the master, with much sly
consideration, put his hand in his pocket, but drew
it out again without anything in it. So the Servant
said: "I have been a good and faithful servant to you
for three years, and now I should like to go and see
the world a bit; pay me, good Master, therefore, what
you think I deserve."
Yes, yes, my honest fellow," said the avaricious
old man, you have served me with never-ceasing
industry, and, therefore, you shall be generously
rewarded." With these words, he slipped his hand
into his pocket, and, with a grand and patronizing air,
pulled out three farthings! These he gave to the
Servant, saying, There you have a farthing for
every year; think yourself indeed fortunate, for it is a
more liberal reward than you would get from most
The young man knew very little of money, took up
his earnings, and thought himself the happiest man in
the kingdom. Why need I trouble myself with so
much hard work ?" said he; my pockets are well
filled." So off he went, skipping about upon the road
from one side to the other, jumping and laughing,
and as full of glee as he could hold.
He went on his way, over hill and valley, singing in
the joy of his heart; and presently he came near to
some bushes, when out stepped a little man, saying,
" Where are you going, you merry dog? The world's
cares don't trouble you much-that's a sure thing,
from what I can see."
Why should I be sorrowful ?" said the young man;
"have not I my pockets full of the three years' wages
I have earned ? and what more can I wish for ?
Hark! how they jingle !"
Yes, indeed, they make noise enough. How much
is your treasure?" asked the Dwarf.
How much ?" said the young man; why, it is
three farthings, paid in good coin, and well reckoned."
"Well," said the Dwarf, give me your three
farthings. I am poor and destitute, and too old to
work; you are young and strong, and can get your
bread whenever you like to work for it."
The Servant had a kind, compassionate heart, so he
took pity upon the poor old Dwarf, and handed him
the three farthings, saying, Take them, for the love
of God, and I shall never miss them."
Thereupon, the little old man said: Your heart is
compassionate and generous, therefore I will grant
you three wishes, one for each farthing, and each wish
shall be fulfilled."
"Ah! ah!" said the Servant; I see you deal in
magic! Well, if it is to be so, first, I wish for a gun
which shall bring down all I aim at; secondly, I wish
for a fiddle which will oblige everybody to dance who
hears it; and thirdly, I wish that whenever I make a
request to any person in the world, it shall be out of
their power to refuse it."
"All this shall be yours," said the Dwarf; and
thruting his hand into the middle of a thicket of
bushes, he put them on either side, and there, in the
middle, lay the violin and gun, all in readiness for
him,--one would have thought they had been ordered
a month before.
Both of these he gave to the Servant, saying,
"Whatever you ask, no one in the world will have
the power to deny you your request;" and with that
Am I not a happy fellow ? said the Servant;
"I have every desire of my heart gratified." And he
walked merrily onwards, singing away, till at last he
met with a Jew, having a long beard like a he-goat.
He stood still, listening to the song of a bird who was
perched upon the highest branch of a tree. This,"
said the Jew, is one of the wonders of the world,
that so small a bird should have so powerful a voice!
How I wish I could catch him! I would that I could
but strew some salt on his tail, and then he would be
If that is all you want," quoth the Servant, the
bird shall soon be at your feet;" and, aiming with his
gun, and pulling the trigger, down came the bird
into the middle of a bramble-bush, that grew at the
bottom of the tree.
Go now, you rascal," said he to the Jew, and
fetch out your bird !"
The Jew advanced on all-fours into the bramble-
bush, and crawled into the middle of it, and stuck so
fast among the thorns that he could not rid himself
of them. The good Servant, seeing the Jew in this
hobble, felt very rogueishly inclined; so he took up
his fiddle, and began to play. At the same moment,
the Jew got upon his legs, and began to jump and
dance; and the longer the violin played, the better
and faster danced the Jew. But the thorns tore
to tatters the rags of the Jew, pulled out his beard,
and pricked and scratched his body all over. Good
master," cried the Jew, "you play very well, but your
fiddling is wasted on me; I do not like music, and I
do not want to dance." But the Servant did not take
the slightest notice of him, but went on grinning and
fiddling, while the Jew danced faster and more
furiously than before, until all his rags were torn
from his body, and hanging upon the bushes.
You have fleeced people enough," said the Ser-
vant; "and now the thorns will give you a turn, just
to see how you like it."
Oh! miserable me!" cried the Jew; I will give
you whatever you ask, good master, if you will but Rest yourself easy," said the Servant; "I shall not
cease your playing,-you shall have a purse full of ask for my life; I only request that I may be allowed
gold." to play one tune on my favourite fiddle before I die."
Well, as you are so considerate and generous," Upon hearing this, the old Jew howled aloud with
said the Servant, I will stop my merry fiddle; but, fright. In the name of all that's good," said he,
before we part, you must allow me to compliment "do not permit it!" But the Judge said, I cannot
you on your excellent dancing; it is really quite per- see why we should not grant him this one last wish;
fiction." So saying, he took the money, and went it is the last gratification he will enjoy on earth; as it
on his way. is nearly all over with him, he shall have this last
The Jew looked after him at parting, and when he favour granted." (The truth is, he could not deny it,
had got out of sight, then he cried out as loud as if he would.)
he could, and abused him with all his might: You The Jew roared out, in agony, Tie me, tie me!
miserable musician! you pot-house player! wait, if I bind me tight!" The good Servant took his violin,
do but catch you alone, I'll make you run till your and began to screw up, and, at the first bend of the
feet are bare; you smallest change out of a penny! bow, the Judge, the Clerk, and the Hangman began to
you detestable bundle of nothing!" and much more go through their steps, and the man who was going
he added, that readily suggested itself to his wicked to bind the Jew let fall the rope. At the second
imagination. As soon as he had got his breath again, scrape, all put themselves into position, and raised a
and arranged his dress the best way he could, h~ran leg to begin the dance, the Hangman letting fall the
into the town to the Justice. My Lord Judge," rope, and setting the Servant free. At the third
said he, "I have a sorry tale to tell you: see how scrape, the Judge, and the Jew, and the Hangman,
I have been beaten and robbed by a rascally man, being firf performers, began to dance; and as he
and that, too, on the King's highway The very stones continued to play, all joined in the dance, and even
on the ground might pity my miserable condition; the people who had gathered in the market-place, out
my clothes in rags, my body all torn and bleeding,- of curiosity, began to dance-fat and lean, young and
even my poor money and purse the fellow dared old, on they whirled together. The dogs, likewise,
to take from me! Oh, woe! woe! oh, my good gold as they came by, got upon their hind legs, and began
ducats, each one better than the other! and now I am curling their tails and capering about. The longer
overcome with poverty and misery. For the love of the fiddle was played, the higher the dancers vaulted
Heaven, let the guilty wretch be put in prison!" into the air, and the more furious became the dance,
"Was it a Soldier," cried the Judge, "who thus till at last they all toppled down one upon the other,
cut you on your body with a sabre?" shrieking terribly. At length, the Judge cried out,
It was no sword," said the Jew, the ragamuffin quite out of breath, Stop fiddling, I pray, and I'll
had; but he carried a gun on his shoulder, and a give you your life!"
violin slung round his neck. Let him be quickly The good Servant had compassion, and, dismount-
followed; the evil wretch will easily be known." ing the ladder, he hung his fiddle round his neck
So the Judge sent his people out after the guilty again. Then he stepped up to the Jew, who lay
one, and they soon came up to the Servant, whom puffing and panting, and almost at his last gasp, and
they drove slowly home before them, and they then said: "You rascal! now tell me whence you got that
searched him, and found upon him the purse of gold. money ?" Oh me! I stole it! I stole it!" cried the
As soon as he was brought before the Judge, he said: Jew, but you honestly earned it."
"I never touched the Jew; I never took his gold Upon hearing this, the Judge caused the Jew to be
from him; he gave it me willingly, of his own accord, hanged u4on the gallows as a thief; while the good
because he had had enough of my fiddling, and could Servant went on his way rejoicing, at finding kindness
no longer endure it." and honesty rewarded.
Heaven defend us !" cried the Jew; he tells lies
as fast as flies swarm to a honey-pot."
The Judge would not listen to his defence; For,"
said he, "no Jew in his senses would give away his
good gold for such a trifle." Thereupon, he sentenced THE NEEDLE, THE SPINDLE, AND
this good Servant to be hanged by the neck, because THE SHUTTLE *
the robbery had been committed on the King's highway. THE SHUTTLE
When he was being led to the scaffold, the Jew fell AND HOW THEY BROUGHT THE WOOER HOME.
to abusing him again, saying, You fiddler to dogs !
you hog of a musician! now you shall dance upon ONCE upon a time, there was a young girl, who had
nothing, as your just reward!" But the Servant lost her parents in her infancy. Her Godmother took
walked on quietly with the Hangman to the gallows; her to live with her, in a humble cottage at the farther
but when upon the last step of the ladder, he turned end of the village, where they lived on the produce of
round, and said, Grant me but one request before I their Needle, Shuttle, and Spindle. Here,, under the
die." kind care of the old woman, Jeannette learned to work,
Well," said the Judge, I don't mind doing that; and was brought up in the fear and love of Cod.
but have a care you don't ask for your life, for you Now, my dear children, I dare say some of yes
are a dead man, as sure as a gun." think it must be a very hard thing to have to earn
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your own living by work; but you are quite mistaken.
Labour is not a curse, but a blessing, and none are so
truly miserable as the idle and the unemployed. If
you want to judge of this truly, only look at the
laborious ease of those who have to live without work;
what pains they take to give themselves something to
do, which they call pleasure! How they are always
travelling about, and calling from house to house, to
help one another out of their nothing-to-do-ishness!
And how they toil after something to stir up their
minds and bodies, with never-ending care, until they
declare, at last, that they are worn out and tired to
death! Now, those who have to work h.ae no feelings
of this kind; labour is their duty and their pleasure ;
and wages, and honest, hearty enjoyment, good appe-
tites, merry minds, and shining faces, their reward.
. When the young girl had reached the fifteenth year
of her age, her Godmother fell ill, and, calling her to
her bedside, said to her: My dear child, I feel my
end approaching; my cottage, and all that is in it, I
leave to you,-it will serve you as a shelter from the
wind and rain. I give you, also, my Shuttle, my
Spindle, and my Needle, which will serve to keep you
in food." Then, laying her hand on the young girl's
head, she blessed her, saying, as she did so, Never
forget your prayers; keep God always in your heart,
and happiness will be sure to reach you at last, how-
ever long delayed." Then she closed her eyes in
death; and the poor young girl followed her to the
grave, and rendered the last duties with many tears.
After that, she dwelt quite alone, modest and re-
tired, yet sweet and pretty, like a violet under a
hedge, bravely working at her spinning, weaving, and
sewing; and the blessing of the old woman seemed to
follow her in all things. One would have said that
her supply of flax was inexhaustible, and that no
sooner had she woven a piece of linen, or made a shirt,
than a purchaser presented himself for it, who paid
her for it generously; so that, in this fashion, not only
had she enough to supply all her wants, but could
afford to give something to the poor.
Now, it happened about the same time, that the son
of the King of that country set out on his travels all
over his father's kingdom, in search of a wife. Princes,
in these Fairy Lands, are not, like our English Princes,
compelled to marry their cousins or foreign relations;
and so this Prince had no restriction on his choice of
the partner of his happiness and future throne, except
that he might not choose a poor girl for his wife, and
had made up his mind not to have a rich one. So he
said to himself, that he would take that lass, if he could
find her, who should be, at one and the same time, the
richest and the poorest.
On arriving at the village, where dwelt our young
maiden, he requested, after his usual fashion, the first
person he met to direct him to the abode of the
poorest and richest young woman in that neighbour-
hood. The Peasant, without any hesitation, pointed
out the latter; and as to the first," said he, that
must be the young girl who dwells in the lonely hut,
eightt at the farther end of the village."
As the Prince passed by, the rich young woman of
the village was sitting at her door, in all the gorgeous
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array of full dress; she rose up, and came forward to
meet so elegantly dressed and handsome a young man,
riding such a fine horse, with a grand courtesy; but
he only gave one look at her, and kept on his way,
without saying a word, until he arrived at the hut of
our poor young girl. Now, she was not seated by the
door, but close within her chamber.
The Prince stopped his horse, and looked at the
little hovel with some compassion,-it was so poor
and so lonely, so mean, yet so neat withal; and the
garden was trim, and the windows were all clean and
tidy, and everywhere there were signs of a cheerful,
industrious, contented disposition, willing to make the
best of everything. So he got off his white horse,
and laid the silver-mounted bridle on the neck of the
beautiful steed, as he went to take a peep into the
apartment, which was just lighted up by a golden ray
from the setting sun. She was seated at her wheel,
and spinning away as if she liked it, and had her
heart in her work. The Prince stood for a moment,
enraptured at the fair vision before him. On her side,
too, she gave a furtive glance at the Prince, who kept
his eyes fixed on her; but she instantly became all
rosy with blushes, and, lowering her eyes to the
ground, went on with her spinning,-though I could
not undertake to say that all her threads, that mo-
ment, were quite even and regular. Thus she con-
tinued, spinning away, until the Prince had gone.
When she saw him no longer, she ran to open the
window, saying to herself, as if in excuse, How warm
*it is, to-day!" and then she followed the handsome I
young gentleman with her eyes, until she could no
longer perceive the white plume in his hat. Then she
heaved a gentle sigh, and sat down again by her
wheel, and began to spin once more.
But there are some thoughts that won't be got rid
of, try all we can; and, somehow or other, that white
plume, and that handsome face, and that beautiful
white horse, kept before her gaze, whichever way she
turned her eyes, At last, there came to her memory
some lines of a little song that she had often had
to repeat to her old Godmother, and she sang as
"Hasten, Spindle, and don't delay,
Run, and show my love the way."
What do you think happened ? The Spindle leaped
that very moment from her hands, and rushed out of
the cottage door. She followed it, in mute astonish-
ment, with her eyes, and saw it running and dancing
across the fields, and trailing along behind it a bright
thread of gold. Having no longer a Spindle, she took
up her Shuttle, and applied herself to weaving.
The Spindle continued its course, and, just as its
thread was at the end, it came up with the Prince.
" What do I see ? he exclaimed; surely this
Spindle has a wish to lead me to some adventure."
So he turned his horse round, and followed the golden
thread at a gallop.
The young girl still kept on at her work, singing,
as she did so-
Hurry, Shuttle, bring for me
My betrothed one to my knee."
The Shuttle directly slipped out of her hands, and
darted quickly towards the door; but as soon as it
had got over the sill, it began busily weaving the
handsomest carpet you ever set eyes upon. The two
sides were all flowering with garlands of roses and
lilies, and in the centre a green vine sprang upwards
from a golden bed; hares and rabbits leaped and
played among the foliage; stags and does pushed
their heads through them; and on their branches
perched birds of a thousand colours, who did every-
thing but sing. The Shuttle kept on running, and
the work advanced marvellously. But the poor young
lass, having now lost both her Spindle and her Shuttle,
was obliged to have recourse to her Needle, for she
could not afford to sit idle; nevertheless, all the while
she merrily sang--
"Needle, dear, he's coming here,
Take care all things neat appear."
At the word, the nimble Needle lightly sprang out of
her fingers, and began to dart about all over the room,
as rapid as lightning. It was just as if a number of
invisible sprites had all set to work together; the
tables and the settles were covered with green tapestry;
the sofas were dressed in velvet, and the walls with
Scarcely had the Needle pierced its last hole, than
the young girl caught sight of the white plume in the
Prince's hat, as he passed by her window, in following
the golden thread. He quickly entered within the
cottage, passing over the beautiful carpet into the
apartment, where he saw the young girl standing, as
if half alarmed, and still arrayed in her poor garments,
but brilliant, nevertheless, even in the midst of such
sudden luxury, like the wild rose of the eglantine in a
You are exactly what one may call at once the
poorest and the richest of your sex!" exclaimed the
Prince; come, will you be my wife ?" She held
out her hand to him, without answering; and he, as
in duty bound, took that for a consent, and impressed
a kiss upon it; then, taking her up behind him on
his beautiful white horse, caparisoned with gold, he
conveyed her to his father's court, where their nup-
tials were celebrated amidst great rejoicings.
The Needle, the Shuttle, and the Spindle, were pre-
served, ever after, in the royal treasury, as the most
valuable of curiosities.
THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS
DARK KING OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS.
ONCE upon a time, a poor woman brought a male child
into the world, who had a caul on his head when he
was born, and on that account it was predicted of him,
that in his fourteenth year he should marry the King's
While all this was going on, the King, by chance,
passed through the village, without being recognized
by any one; and, seeing the good folks standing about
in groups, eagerly discussing some important matter,
demanded of them, what news there was in the vil-
lage ? Whereupon, they replied, that there was one
just born into the world with a caul, of whom it
was said, that everything he took in hand he should
succeed with; and it was also predicted of him, that
when he should arrive at the age of fourteen years, he
should espouse the King's daughter.
The King, who had a cruel and wicked heart, was
very angry when he heard this foretold of the babe.
He went in search of the parents of the newly-born
child, and, having found them, entered their cottage,
and said to them, in a most kind and friendly manner:
" You are poor, and cannot afford to keep your child
as you would wish; give it to me-I much desire it-
and I will see that all its wants are well provided for."
But the kind-hearted parents refused to give up the
child, and the mother shed many bitter tears at even
the thought of it. The stranger then, putting his
hand into his pocket, pulled out a handful of golden
guineas, which he offered them, still persuading them
to give him up the child. If," said he, he is born
with a caul, everything that happens to him must be
for the best." So at last they took the gold, and
reluctantly consented to deliver up their babe to the
care of the stranger.
The King put the helpless nursing into a box, and,
mounting his horse, rode with his burthen until he
came to the bank of a deep and rapid river, into which
he immediately threw it. Well," said he, at all
events, I have delivered my daughter from a gallant
she would not very much have cared for." Now, it so
happened, that the box in which the babe lay did not
sink to the bottom of the river, but floated on it like
a little boat, without so much as letting in one single
drop of water. It made its way safely to leeward,
until it arrived within two leagues of the capital, when
it was stopped by the lock of a mill that stood beside
the stream. The Miller's boy, who had the good for-
tune to perceive it, quickly put in his boat-hook, and
drew it ashore, fully expecting, when he looked at it,
to find a great prize; but judge his surprise, when he
saw it was only a pretty little boy, as fresh as the
morning, and as lively and bright a babe as was ever
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brought into the world. He determined upon carry-
ing it home to the mill; so away he went, and when
the Miller and his wife saw it, and heard the truth,
great indeed was their astonishment; and, as they
had no children of their own, they heartily thanked
God for the little stranger, and the good wife, taking
it in her bosom, determined to bring it up as her own
child. She treated him with the greatest kindness,
giving him the best of everything she could procure,
and he grew up a handsome and promising lad, en-
dowed with great strength, and every good and
One day, it so happened, that the King, surprised
by a storm, sought shelter in the mill, and, seeing
there the poor driftaway, asked the Miller, if that
fine, noble-looking young man was his son. No,
Sire," he replied; he is a foundling, who was drifted
hither by the stream into our mill-lock; some wretch
had placed it in a box to perish, had not our mill-boy,
seeing him, saved him from so sad a fate."
The King very soon saw how his evil intentions
had been frustrated by the good-hearted folks, and
that this lad was no other than the little luck-child he
had cast into the stream. Determined still to avert the
omen, he said to the Miller, Could not-your adopted
son carry a letter from me to her Majesty the Queen ?
He shall be most amply repair for his trouble, for I
will give him two golden pieces.'
Your Majesty's commands shall be obeyed," said
the Miller;. and, turning to the young man, he desired
him, with all despatch, to hold himself in readiness.
The King then wrote a letter to the Queen, signing it
with his sign-manual, in which he commanded that,
on the receipt of it, she should immediately cause
the messenger to be seized, and put to a violent
death, taking care that 4is body should be buried the
moment he had ceased to live; and to mind his com-
mands were fulfilled to the tittle, before he, the King,
The lad took the letter, and, being prepared for the
journey, went merrily on his way, as long as daylight
lasted; but at nightfall, he lost his road in the dark,
and wandered into a dense forest. At last, glimmer-
ing through the darkness, he perceived in the distance
a faint light, and directing his steps towards it, at
length arrived at a small house, which he entered,
and found an old woman seated by a good fire. She
expressed great surprise upon seeing the young man,
and, asked him whence he came, and where he was
"I come from the mill," said he, and I carry a
letter to the Queen; and, having lost my way in this
dark forest, I pray you give me a bed, that I may rest
till morning, for I am so tired, I cannot proceed a
"Unfortunate youth!" she cried; "your end ap-
proaches. You have fallen into a den of thieves; and
if they find you here, they will quickly put an end to
Well," said the young man, "I thank God I am
no coward; and as for going on my journey, that is
impossible, for I am so tired I cannot go a step
So saying, he threw himself upon a settle which was
beside the fire, and was quickly in a sound sleep.
The thieves entered a few moments after this, and,
seeing him sleeping upon their settle, they angrily
demanded how it was a stranger had dared to rest his
bones under their roof, threatening to put him to
death instantly for his temerity. Ah! spare him,"
said the old woman; he is but a poor lad, who has
lost his way in the wood; I took him in out of com-
passidC. He carries a letter to the Queen."
The robbers seized the letter, and, having read it,
found therein that the Queen was enjoined to put the
messenger to death instantly upon his arrival.
In spite of the hardness of their hearts, they did not
much like the idea of putting so brave a youth to
death, in cold blood; and so, being touched with pity
for him, they determined to frustrate the wishes of
the King. The Captain of the band first tore up the
letter, and then writing another in its place, returned
it to the belt of the sleeper, from whence he had taken
it. In this he desired the Queen to celebrate, imme-
diately upon his arrival, the marriage of the bearer of
the letter with his daughter the Princess Royal. This
being done, the robbers let the lad sleep soundly until
morning broke; and when h6 was fully awake, and as
lively as a bird, they showed him the right road for
He soon arrived at the palace, and the Queen, hav-
ing read the letter, immediately set about obeying the
commands contained therein. Calling her officers of
state around her, she desired them to prepare, with
all splendour, for the celebration of the marriage of
the Princess Royal with the stranger who was born
to such good luck. Everything being arranged, the
marriage was solemnized, and he became the happy
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husband of the Princess Royal; and, as she was very for the one he held in his hand. He then demanded
beautiful and very amiable, he was but too delighted of the young man what had become of the letter he
to remain and live with her. had confided to his care, and why he had dared to
Some time after this, the King returned again to his exchange it for another. I know nothing of the
palace, and found, to his dismay, that the prediction matter," replied he; "if it is not the "ame, they must
had been verified, and that the lad who was born with have changed it in the night, while I slept, in the
a caul was indeed espoused to his daughter. Where- robber's house in the forest."
upon, he angrily demanded how this had been brought The King, foaming with rage, and gnashing his
about; For," said he, the instructions in my letter teeth, said: Such an excuse is of no use to me; you
had a very different purport." The Queen said she had will not get off so easily. Whoever pretends to my
obeyed his orders, and showing him the letter, bade daughter's hand, must go into the very heart of the
him read for himself. He hastily seized it, and, on Black Mountains, a"" bring me three golden hairs
perusing it, at once saw that his own had been changed from the head of the Dark King." The King, in the
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treachery of his heart, knew it was almost impossible now even bear leaves ? and the third is, If the ferry-
for him to return again from such an errand. man at the river will be always obliged to remain at
The young man replied: "I will fetch your Majesty his post, without ever being able to get any one to
the three golden hairs, for the Evil One himself would relieve him?"
not frighten me." Thereupon, he politely bowed to Well," said the dame, they are all three dimicult
the King. and went upon his way. questions; but do you lie very close, where you are-
As he journeyed, he came to a city, and the sentinel keep quite still, and listen attentively to the answers
at the gate demanded of him, what was his condition, theDark King will give me, each time I pluck from
and what he knew. his-head a golden hair."
"Everything." replied he. When the night came, the Evil King returned to
Then,," said the sentinel, you can do us a great his underground home, in the centre of the Black
service. Tell us why the fountain in our market- Mountains; but he had not been in long, before he
place, that always used to give us wine, is dried up, began snuffing the air, and turning his fiery eyes in
and will not even supply us with water ?" I every direction, saying to his Landlady, What a
"Wait," said the young man, and, on my return, i remarkable smell there is What have you here ?"
I will answer your question." he angrily demanded; I am certain I smell human
A little farther on, lie came to another town. The flesh." He then got up, and ferreted all round the
sentinel at the gate demanded of him his condition, room, and in every hole and corner, his eyes flashing
and what he knew. with fresh fury every moment, for he made a practice
"Everything," replied he. of devouring all his subjects who came within his
Then the sentinel let him pass, saying: You can grasp; but, fortunately, did not succeed in finding his
do us a great service, if you tell us why the large tree prey.
that stands in the middle of our town, that always The Landlady ntow began to grow very angry with
bore golden apples, does not now bear even leaves." the Dark King, and sought to quarrel with him.
I Wait," said he, and I will tell you on my return." I have just swept my room," said she, "and put it
Then he went a little farther on, and he came to a in nice order; and now here you are, with your
wide river, over which he wished to pass, when the whims and fancies, turning it all topsy-turvey. Yotu
ferryman demanded of him his condition, and what are always smelling human flesh! Can't you sit down
he knew. contentedly, and eat your supper V"
Ever thing," replied he. In this manner she quieted the wicked Dark King;
I au glud t.) hear it," said the ferryman, "for you and, having eaten his supper, he felt tired and sleepy,
will be able to tell me if I am always to remain here and he rested his head in the lap of his Landlady,
at my post, as ferryman, without ever being relieved and told her she must smooth and clean his hair for
by any one." him; but he had been there but a very little time
SWaoit," said he, and I will tell you when I before he was fast asleep, and the earth shook with
return." his loud snoring.
Wheln the youth had arrived at the other side of The old woman took advantage of this opportunity,
the water, he soon came to the opening that led to the and, seizing one of the golden hairs, pulled it out, and
heart of the mountain, where the wicked Dark King put it on one side. Hold!" roared the Black King;
dwelt. It was all dark, and smelt most horribly of what ,are you after, there ?"
sulphur. The Evil King iwas not at home at the time, "I had fallen asleep," cried she, and having a bad
and there was no one there but his Landlady, who sat dream, I caught you by the hair, in my fright, and
in an easy chair before a large fire. What do you pulled it."
want ?" said she, in a mild and gentle voice. What have you dreamed ?" demanded he.
I must have," said he, three golden hairs from I dreamed," said she, that the fountain in the
the head of the King of these regions, without which market-place, that used to give forth wine, was dried
I shall never obtain my wife." up, and that now they could not even obtain water.
"Th'at,'" said 'she," is no small request. If the Whatever could be the cause of such a calamity ?"
King should see you when he returns, you will pass Ah !" said the Dark King; I suppose you would
an uncomfortable quarter of an hour, I can tell you. like to know. Well, then, there is a toad upon the
Notwithstanding this," said she, I have taken a great stone over the mouth of the fountain; if some one
fancy to you, and will give you every help that is in would but kill that, then the wine would again begin
my power." to flow."
Then the good dame changed him into an Ant, say- The Landlady, having obtained this answer, cun-
ing: Now do you creep among the folds of my ningly began to smooth and clean his hair again, and
dress, and there you may hide in safety, and lie snug off he fell to sleep, snoring so loud, that he shook
enough." every window. Then she seized another golden hair,
"Many thanks," quoth the Ant; well, here I am, and plucked it out. Hold, there!" cried the Dark
and everything goes well, but still there are three King, in a towering passion; "what are you doing ?
things I want to know, before I return: one is, Why a I'll teach you to be more careful."
fountain in the great city, that used always to supply Oh, pray do not disturb yourself," she cried; it I
wine, does not now even supply water ? the second is, is only a dream that troubles me."
Why a tree, that used to bear golden apples, does not What are you dreaming about, now ?" lie asked.
"Why," said she, I dreamed that in the middle
of a town there stood a tree, which had always
*brought forth golden apples, but that now it did not
bear even leaves."
"Ah!" said the Evil King, "you would like to
know that, too, I suppose. Well, there is a mouse
that is constantly gnawing away the roots of the tree;
some one must kill it, and then the golden apples will
grow again upon the tree; but if he remains alive,
ever gnawing at the roots, the tree will decay until it
dies entirely away. And now," said he, don't bother
me with your dreams any more, but let me sleep ; for
if you go dreaming again, you will get a good cuff on
The Landlady appeased his anger as well as she
could, and, smoothing his hair again, he was soon
sleeping and snoring as before. Then she seized the
third golden hair, and pulled that out also. What,"
he asked, with eager curiosity, dreaming again ?"
I dreamed," she timidly replied, that the ferry-
man at the river made loud complaints at having
always to be at the river-side, to take people across in
his boat, without ever having any one to take his
Ho! the fool!" replied the Dark King; he has
nothing to do but to place the oar in the hand of the
first person who crosses, and he will be obliged to
become ferryman in his turn, and carry over the
When the Landlady had succeeded in pulling the
three golden hairs from the Dark King's head, and
had cunningly drawn from him the answers to the
three questions, she left him to rest quietly, and he
slept on until the morning came.
When the Dark King had washed and dressed him-
self, and left his sulplur palace, the good woman took
the Ant out from the folds of her dress, and restored
him to his human form. See," said she to him,
here are the three much-desired golden hairs; but
are you quite sure you heard the answers to the
questions I asked ?"
Every word of them," he replied; and trust me
for not forgetting them." 1 1
Well," returned the good wogin, "you have got
rid of all your troubles; and so now you may return
by the way you came, and be happy with your wife."
He gratefully thanked the kind lady, who had
so good-naturedly given him her aid, and joyfully
quitted the Dark King's sulphureous dominions, full of
joy at having so happily obtained his end.
When he arrived at the ferry, before giving the
promised answer, he got himself conveyed to the other
side of the river, and then he gave to the ferryman
the advice given by the Dark King. "The first
person," said he to the man in the boat, who comes
to cross the river, you have nothing to do but to place
the oar in his hand, and he will henceforth be obliged
to become ferryman in his turn."
As he journeyed on a little farther, he came again
to the barren tree. The sentinel was there, awaiting
his answer. Kill," said he, the mouse that gnaws
the roots, and the golden apples will grow again."
The sentinel, delighted with the answer, in order to
show his gratitude to the young man, ordered two
asses to be laden with gold, which he presented to
At length, he came to the city where thefountain
was dried up, and he said to the sentinel: Upon a
stone in the fountain there is a toad, who dries up the
source of the fountain; search for it and kill it, and
immediately the wine will begin to flow again in
abundance. The sentinel thanked him most he ily,
and he likewise gave him two asses laden with gTd.
At last, the young man who was born witi the
lucky caul arrived at his wife's palace, and she was
rejoiced in her heart at seeing him return; and he
told her how lucky he had been, and related to her
how all had happened to him on his journey. Then
he took the three golden hairs of the Dark King, and
laid them before the King whose daughter he had
married, who, when he saw the asses laden with gold,
and all the wealth the youth had brought back, was
fully satisfied, and very delighted. You have," said
he, "fulfilled all the conditions of your marriage, and
my daughter is your wife; may you be happy. But
tell me, my dear son-in-law, how it is that you, who
went away from here so poor that you had not a
penny in your pocket, should return carrying such
enormous treasures ?"
I found them," said he, at the other side of a
river I had to cross, in the sand upon the bank of it."
"Can I get any more ?" quickly demanded the
King, for he was an old miser in hifheart.
Oh, yes," said the son-in-law, as much as you
please; you will find a boat, and ferryman. Speak
to the man, and ask him to take ywq ovr the water,'
and when you get to the other side, .yoa can fill your
sacks at your leisure." .
The greedy old King directly prepared for his
journey; and when lie arrived at the bank of the
river, he asked the ferryman to take him to the 9ther',
side. The ferryman bade him enter his boat, and,
putting the oar in the King's hand, leaped out as
quickly as he could. The King was now obliged to
be ferryman, as a punishment for his sins.
And I wonder if he still remains there 4"
.To be sure he does, for no person has yet been
found who would take the oar out of his hand.
THE BOLD LITTLE TAILOR.
ONE bright summer's morning, there sat in a window,
upon a table, a little Tailor, carolling away as blithe
as a bird, and stitching as fast as his fingers would let
him, and all the while he seemed to think it fun, and
not work. Presently, up came a countrywoman with
her cans, calling out, Fresh cream for sale! Fresh
cream for sale!" This word cream" sounded very
agreeably refreshing to the ears of the little man, and,
putting his mite of a head out of the window, he said,
Here, my pretty girl, come in'here, and you will not
long want a purchaser."
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She went up the steps, tottering under the weight
of her heavy cans, into the shop of the little Tailor,
and began to unpack all her pots of cream, that the
little Tailor might choose for himself, and make sure
they were all fresh and good. Well," said he, this
is indeed good cream!" dipping his finger, to taste it,
into one pot after the other; he then finished by
ordering the countrywoman to make him a penny-
worth, and be sure to give good measure. The woman
did as he wished, although she grumbled very much
at having so much trouble for so little gain.
Heaven," exclaimed the Tailor, will surely give
me health and fresh vigour !" and, taking the loaf in
his hand, he cut a thick slice, and spread the cream
upon it as thickly as he could. That will taste by
no means badly," said he; but suppose, before I eat
it, I sit down and finish this waistcoat; it will not
take me long." He put the bread and cream upon
the table beside him, while he worked away joyfully,
making longer stitches every moment. Meanwhile,
the fresh cream was so tempting, that the flies that
covered the wall came swarming upon it, devouring
it off as fast as they could. Who invited you here ? "
said the Tailor, driving them away in no very gentle
manner; "begone, I tell you!"
But the flies, who did not understand English, came
back again in double numbers. This time, they came
buzzing around his head and face, and one settled
upon his nose; so that he got in such a passion, that
he seized a strip of cloth, and laid it about him as
heavily as he could, having little regard for the lives
of his tormentors. When this was done, he set to
work to count the dead. There are no less than
seven, I declare," cried he, lying dead, with their
legs outstretched!" and, astonished at his own valour,
he said to himself, All the town shall know of this !"
In his enthusiasm, he took a piece of cloth, and,
cutting a band from it, he stitched it round, and then
worked on it, in large letters, SEVEN AT ONE BLOW!"
"The town shall know it, indeed; aye, and not
only the town, but every city and town-all the world
shall know it!" and his heart fluttered with joy, just
like the tail of a little lambkin. He put on his girdle,
and resolved to travel through the wide world with it,
for his shop seemed much too small to hold a man
who could accomplish such a valiant deed. Before he
set out, however, he looked all about his house, to see
if there was anything that might be of use to him in
his travels, but he found only an old cheese, which he
put in his pocket; and then turning to go out, he
espied a bird before the door, caught in a trap; this
he also took, and put into his pocket with the cheese.
He then started directly on his travels; and, as he
was lithe and active, he could travel a good way with-
out being fatigued.
On he journeyed, till he came to a very high moun-
tain, on the top of which was seated, at his ease, an
enormous Giant, who looked about him very com-
placently, upon everything that met his gaze. The
Bold Little Tailor went straight up to him, however,
saying, How do you do, comrade, this fine morning ?
In faith, you sit there like a king, with the whole
world stretched at your feet? As for me, I am on
my travels in search of adventures. Have you a
mind to come along with me ?"
The Giant turned up his nose disdainfully at the
little Tailor, exclaiming, You contemptible vaga-
bond! you ninth part of a man !"
"How can that be?" said the Dwarf; and, un-
buttoning his coat, he showed the embroidered girdle
to the Giant: here you can read what sort of a
fellow I am."
The Giant read, Seven at one blow !" and,
thinking that they must be seven men that he had
killed at one blow, he immediately felt some little
respect for his bravery. Therefore, to prove the
truth, the Giant took up a stone, and squeezed it so
hard that water came out of it. "There, my fine
fellow," said he, do that after me, if you wish to
prove your vaunted strength."
"If that is the hardest test you'll put me to," said
the Tailor, "it is soon done-it is but sport to me!"
and, thrusting his hand into his pocket, he cunningly
brought out the cheese, and squeezed it till the whey
ran out, and said, I think I beat you there."
The Giant did not know what to say, for he could
not understand how a little Dwarf could have the
power to accomplish such a feat. He then took up
another stone, and threw it so high into the air, that
it was quite lost sight of to the eye, saying, Now,
do that if you can, you little mannikin!"
I allow it was well done," said the Tailor; but,
after all, your stone will be sure to fall down again to
the ground, some time or other; but I will throw one
up that shall not come down again;" and then,
dipping into his pocket, he drew out the bird, and
threw it into the air. The bird, joyous at being
restored to liberty, flew straight up, and then using
his wings to the best advantage, flew far away, and
did not return again. What do you think of that,
old boy, for a fling ?" asked the Tailor.
Certainly that was very well done; you throw
famously," said the Giant; but I should like to see
if you are as clever at carrying a weight as you are
at throwing a distance." He then led the Tailor into
the forest, to an enormous oak that had fallen to the
ground. Now," said he, if you are as strong as you
say, just help me to carry this tree out of the forest."
Most willingly," replied the little man; do you
take the trunk on your shoulders, and leave me the
boughs and branches-they are the heaviest ; it will
be fine sport for me."
The Giant took the trunk; but the knowing little
Tailor, who was behind, where he could not be seen,
jumped into the branches, where he quietly installed
himself; and as they went along, he sang gaily to
himself the little air-
There were three Tailors riding along,"
as if it were mere child's play to carry big trees.
The Giant, staggering under the weight of his burden,
could not move another step farther, and cried, Do
you hear? I must let the tree fall!" The Tailor,
springing lightly down, seized the tree in both his
arms, as if he had carried it all the while. "You
have not," said he, much strength to boast of; a
man of your size ought to carry this tree as I would a
They continued on their way, and, at last, they
came to a cherry-tree, that was laden with ripe
cherries. The Giant caught hold of the top of the
tree, where all the best and ripest fruit hung, and,
bending it down, he put it into the Dwarf's hand,
bidding him to eat the cherries. But the little Tailor
had not strength to hold it; and directly the Giant
let go his hold, up sprang the branch again into
the air, carrying cherries, Tailor, and all, tossing
the Tailor down, however, on the other side of the
tree, without any injury to his bones. The Giant
said, How comes this about ? have you not got
strength enough to hold a twig like this ?"
You can't suppose my strength failed me,"
answered he; "what could that be to one who has
killed seven at one blow ? I sprang over the tree
because there are a lot of huntsmen shooting in that
thicket, and I like to be out of harm's way. Spring
over after me, if you can."
The Giant tried his best, but he found it was no
joke; and as he could not clear the tree, he only got
himself entangled in the branches for his trouble; so
that in this, too, the Tailor got the advantage of him.
After all this, the Giant, not knowing what to make
of it, said: Since you are such a valiant little man,
come home with me to my cave, and stop the night
with us." The Tailor consented; and when he arrived
at the cavern, there sat, before a great fire, two other
Giants, who each had a roast sheep in his hands,
which he was eating with great relish. The little
Tailor sat himself down, thinking,. This is a sight
worth coming out into the world to see; what a
fortunate thing it was I made up my mind to leave
my paltry workshop !" Then the Giant showed him
a bed, where he might lie down and sleep the night
through; the bed, however, was too big for such a
little man as he, and so he slipped out of it, and rolled
himself up in a corner to sleep. At midnight, the
Giant, thinking his visitor was in a sound sleep, seized
a heavy bar of iron, and striking a tremendous blow
right in the middle of the bed, sent the bed right
through; the Giant, making sure he had done for the
little Tailor's clever tricks, was well pleased at having
killed him with one blow. At the break of day the
Giants got up, and went out into the forest, having
forgotten all about the little Tailor; when, presently,
up he walked before them, singing gaily, with the
greatest possible degree of effrontery. The Giants did
not know what to make of this, and, thinking that he
would certainly kill them all, they were seized with a
panic, and taking to their heels, ran away as fast
as they would carry them. Then the little Tailor
journeyed on, following his nose; and after wander-
ing a long time, arrived at the garden of a royal
palace, when, finding himself very tired, he laid down
upon the grass to rest, and soon fell into a profound
sleep. While he lay there, the people passing to and
fro gathered round him, and read on his belt, Seven
at one blow!" Ah!" said they, "what does this
thunderbolt of war here, in time of peace ? He must,
indeed, be some powerful hero." So they went and
told the King, showing him, that should war break
out, this wonderful man would be of too much service
to him to allow him to slip through his fingers, and
recommended him to attach the stranger to his royal
person, at all hazard and at any price. The King
listened to their counsel, and sent one of his aide-de-
camps to the little man, to enlist him into his service,
so soon as he should 'have opened his eyes and
stretched his limbs a bit. The messenger politely
waited until the Tailor thought fit to awake, and then,
in a most courteous manner, delivered his message to
" Alh ah!" said the little man, drawing himself up
to his full height, and speaking as pompously as he
could; that is the very business I came here upon,
and it was my intention to enter the King's service.
Introduce me at once to his Majesty." So they led
the little Tailor, with all due honour and ceremony,
into the King's august presence, who appointed a
handsome suite of apartments in the royal palace for
him to reside in.
But all the military men of renown in the kingdom
became jealous of this pigmy fighting-man, and wished
him a thousand miles away: For," said they, we
shall be shorn of all our glory, if we go to war; and
if we seek a quarrel with him, he will fall upon us,
and kill seven of us with one blow; not one of us will
be left alive." In the heat of their rage at being thus
slighted, they went in a body before the King, and
tendered a resignation of their commissions, if he
would be graciously pleased to accept them, telling
him, they were not prepared to keep company with
a man who killed seven at one blow. The King was
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very much distressed when he heard their determina-
tion, for he did not at all relish the idea of losing
these, his most loyal subjects and bravest warriors,
for the sake of one, and wished he had never seen the
Tailor, and would willingly now have been quit of
him, if he had known but the way. But he dared not
dismiss him, fearing the Tailor might kill him and all
his fighting-men, and then place himself upon the
throne in his stead.
The King, after being some time in deep thought,
hit upon an expedient; when, sending for the little
man, he made him an offer that no hero of any re-
nown could fail to accept. There is," said he, in
a forest near to our royal city, a cavern, in which
dwell two Giants, who are always committing all sorts
of depredations and violence, by murder, robbery, and
fire, and no one dares for their lives to offer them any
resistance, or approach their stronghold. If you will
vanquish these terrible Giants, and put them to death,
I will reward you with the hand of my only daughter
in marriage, and will give you for her dower the half
of my kingdom." He then put an escort of one
hundred horsemen at his service, to assist him at any
moment he might need their aid.
The Tailor declared his willingness to march out
against the Giants, and engage them in mortal com-
bat, but disdained the aid of the escort of one hundred
horsemen, saying, He who has killed seven4at one
blow, need not fear to attack two adversaries at one
The bold Tailor marched on his way, followed by
the hundred knights, until he came to the border of
the forest, when, turning to his brave army, he
addressed them, saying, I would rather meet these
two Giants alone; do you stay here until I return."
Then off he rushed into the forest, cautiously peering
about him, and had not gone far when he perceived
the two Giants fast asleep under the shade of a large
tree, and snoring so loud that they shook the leaves
from the branches above their heads. The little Tailor
filled 'both his pockets with stones, and clambered
up the tree without loss of time; he then slid gently
along one of the branches that immediately overhung
the sleepers, and let fall one stone after another
quickly upon the stomach of one of them. The Giant
was a long time before this sport disturbed him; but
at last he awoke, and, giving his companion a hearty
shove, said, "What do you mean by knocking me
You are dreaming," answered the other; I never
so much as touched you."
With this they both composed themselves to sleep
again, and presently the Tailor threw a stone upon
the other Giant, who exclaimed: I'll teach you to
give over that fun. Keep your blows for some one
who will take them, and don't be knocking me."
I never touched you," said the first Giant; you
did but dream it."
They quarrelled for a long time, and were both in a
very ill-temper at being thus disturbed, but at last,
being very tired, they fell off to sleep again. Then
the Tailor commenced his game again, and choosing
the biggest'stone he had, he threw it with all his force,
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plump upon the stomach of the first Giant. That's
too bad!" cried he; and, jumping up like a mad-
man, he fell upon his comrade, who soon gave him the
change for his money. The combat went on so fast and
furious, that they uprooted the largest trees near them,
and knocked one another about with these weapons;
and the affair did not cease until they were both laid
dead upon the grass.
Then the little Tailor came down blithely from his
perch, and said, It is a happy thing for me tlheydid
not pull up the tree on which I was so comfortably
seated, otherwise, I must have leaped like a squirrel
into the next; but I have done my business very
cleverly." Then he valiantly drew his sword, and,
approaching the Giants, he gave to each of them two
of the fiercest cuts he could deal them across the
throat, and then he went back triumphantly to the
hundred armed men, saying, That job is done; I
have put a finishing stroke to those gentry; it was
rather warm work, as they violently resisted, and even
uprooted the large trees to hurl at me; but of what
avail was their warfare against a man like me, who
can kill seven at one blow!"
Have you escaped unhurt? are you not wounded ?"
inquired the soldiers.
Not I; a very likely matter! You see, they have
not even rumpled a hair of my head."
The soldiers would not believe him, until, upon
entering the wood, they really found the Giants slain,
and weltering in their blood, with the trees torn up,
and lying all around them.
The little Tailor then presented himself before
the King, and claimed his promised rr ward ; but he
(being unlike most Kings) did not kLep his word,
and began much to regret the promise he had made,
and sought again for a means whereby he might get
rid of this hero. Before," said he," you receive my
daughter as your wife, and the half of my kingdom,
you must perform some other deed of daring. My
forests are rendered dangerous by a rampant Unicorn,
who wanders about them, destroying everything, and
spreading desolation wherever he appears. You must
first kill him."
A Unicorn to kill! that's rare sport! It shall be
done in a trice; it is nothing, after the Giants. Seven
at one blow!'-that's my motto."
Then he took with him a rope and an axe, and de-
sired those who accompanied him to await him on the
outskirts of the forest. He had not long to wait; the
Unicorn soon made his appearance, and as soon as he
saw the Tailor he made a rush at him, to pin him to
the ground with his horn. Softly, softly, my friend,"
said the Tailor, that's not so easily done;" and he
waited quietly until the animal was about to make his
final spring, and then he leaped behind the trunk of a
large tree; the Unicorn, rushing against the tree with
all the force he was master of, struck his horn so
firmly into it, that it was impossible for him to draw
it out again, and in this position he was easily taken
prisoner. I have caged my bird," said the bold
Tailor; and coming from his hiding-place, he first
bound the rope round the animal's neck, and then
with his axe he cleverly cut the horn out of the tree,
and when all this was finished, he led the Unicorn into
the presence of the King.
But the King could not, even then, make up his
mind to keep his promise, and he still imposed a third
condition, which was, that before the wedding-day he
should destroy a wild Boar, who did much damage in
his woods, and to the surrounding country. The
King's huntsmen were ordered to take the beast by
sheer force and numbers. The little Tailor assured
the King he had been used to hunt wild Boars all his
life, and that nothing had a greater charm for him
than hunting this animal. He then made his way to
the wood, where lie left the huntsmen outside, to
their great satisfaction, for this same Boar had so
often hunted them, that they had no farther liking for
the sport. As soon, however, as the wild Boar caught
sight of the Tailor, he began to froth at the mouth,
showing his enormous tusks to the Tailor, in token of
his readiness to fight, and tried to throw him on the
ground; but our hero made a flying leap through the
open window of a little chapel that stood near, and
out again through another one on the other side, in a
moment. The brute made an entrance after him, but
the Tailor skipped round, and shutting the door upon
the now raging beast, he was easily trapped, for he
was much too heavy and maddened with rage to find
his way through the window. After this exploit, he
called the huntsmen, and showed them the prisoner
with their own eyes; he then presented it to the
King, who was obliged this time, in spite of himself,
to keep his promise, and give the Tailor his daughter
to wife, with the half of his kingdom for his fortune.
It would have grieved him still more to the heart, had
he known his future son-in-law was no great and
noble warrior, but only a mean little knight of the
thimble. So the wedding was celebrated with much
magnificence, but very little rejoicing; and thus was a
King made out of a Tailor.
Some little time afterwards, as the young Queen
lay beside her husband, she heard him talking in his
dreams, saying: Work away, you boy, and finish
that waistcoat, and stitch up the seams of those trow-
sers, or I'll lay the yard-measure well about your
ears!" She heard quite enough to understand that
the young man she had espoused was only a miserable
shopman; and she supplicated her father, in the morn-
ing, to deliver her from the husband he had given her,
who had no noble blood in his veins, and was, in truth,
nothing but a miserable Tailor.
The King consoled her by saying: When the night
comes, leave your chamber door open; my servants
shall remain without, and when he is fast asleep, they
shall enter and bind him with chains, and bear him to
a ship that lies ready to carry him to a distant land."
The young Queen delightedly consented to this
arrangement; but his equerry had overheard all their
conversation, and, as lie had a great liking for the
young Prince, discovered to him the whole of the
"I will put all that straight," said he, "I'll put
a bolt on the door."
When night came, they went to rest as usual, and
when the Queen thought he slept, she got, up and
opened the door, and then went and laid herself down
again by his side. But the little man, who only feigned
sleep, exclaimed in a loud voice, Be quick, you boy,
and finish that waistcoat, and stitch up the seams of
those trowsers, or you will soon get the yard-measure
Snout your ears! I have killed seven at one blow; I
have slain two Giants; I have hunted a Unicorn, and
taken a wild Boar captive: shall I, then, be afraid of
a handftil of men who stand without my chamber
door ?" When they overheard these words, they fled
for their lives, and never afterwards could they in-
duce any one in the kingdom to take part against him;
so the Tailor remained a King for the rest of his life.
THE LUCK OF THE THREE HEIRS.
A FATHER summoned his three sons before him, and
gave them each a gift: to the first a Cock, to the
second a Scythe, and to the third a Cat.
'" I am an old man, now," said he to them; my
death is drawing nigh, and I wish to take care of your
future prospects before that time. Silver and gold I
have none to leave you, and I dare say what I have
given to you to-day will not appear of any great value
to you; but all depends upon the manner in which
you use them. Let each of you look out for some
country, in which what you have is yet unknown, and
your fortunes will be made."
On the death of his father, the eldest of the sons set
forth with his Cock; but everywhere he went to, the
Cock was already a well-known bird; in every town
he saw the bold bird figuring away on the tops of all
the steeples, turning round with every wind; in the
country he heard its crowing unceasingly; and nobody
ever showed so much surprise, on seeing his fowl, as
to give him a chance of supposing that he was on the
high-road to fortune.
At last, good-luck brought him to an island, where
nobody knew what a Cock was, and where they were,
consequently, greatly embarrassed in dividing their
time. They could tell very well when it was morning
or evening; but at night those who did not go to
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sleep could not tell what time it was. See," said
the eldest son to them, this brilliant bird; he has a
crown of rubies on his head, and wears spurs at his
heels, like a knight. He calls out three times every
night at a certain hour, the last being when the sun
is about to show himself; when he shouts in mid-day,
it denotes that the weather is about to change."
This discourse greatly excited the admiration of the
inhabitants of the island in question, as well as their
curiosity. Next night, there was not a man, woman,
or child asleep throughout the country, and every une
listened with the greatest attention, as the Cock
announced, in succession, two o'clock, four o'clock,
six o'clock in the morning. They inquired anxiously
whether this beautiful bird was for sale, and how
much its proprietor wanted for it.
I must have as much gold as a donkey can carry,"
was his answer; and they all exclaimed, that such a
price was a mere trifle for an animal so wonderful and
clever, and lost no time in paying him down the price.
When they saw their eldest brother come back a
rich man, the two younger ones were filled with
astonishment; so the second took heart, and resolved
to take his departure also, and see if his Scythe would
fetch anything. But everywhere, as he passed along,
he met with peasants provided with scythes quite as
good as his own. At last, by great good-luck, he
landed from a ship on an island, where no one knew
what a scythe was. When the barley was ripe in this
country, they used to fire the cannon from the city
walls, and cut it all down at one volley. But this did
not always do the work in a regular manner; some-
times the cannon-balls struck off the ears instead of
the stalks, so that much of the grain was lost; and,
more than all, about market-day the noise was insup-
portable. When our young friend set to work, and
mowed down in their presence all their barley, so
quickly and so quietly, they all regarded him with
gaping mouths and staring eyes. Tt,4,gave him
whatever price he chose to ask for sdgwonderful a
mowing machine; so he brought away a horse-load of
This set the third brother all agog to -try his luck
with his Cat. Like his two elder brothers, he found
no desirable opportunity for investments in cats so
long as he was on terra firm; for every one had got
cats, and the trouble was, not to get them, but to get
rid of them, so that in some places they drowned the
whole litter of kittens as soon as they were born. At
last, however, he went voyaging on shipboard, and
came to an island where, as good fortune would have
it, no Cat had ever been seen, but, by way of amends,
the mice thrived and grew so fast, and so impudent,
that they danced about on the tables and chairs, in
the very presence of the master of the house. Every
one felt the annoyance of this pest; the King himself
was not safe in his own palace; the sqteaking of mice
was heard in every corner, and they spared nothing
that they could get at with their teeth.
This was the very place for a Cat! No sooner was
she introduced, than she purred, and put up her tail,
and jumped out of her owner's arms, and whisked
briskly routd the grand audience saloon, scattering
the mice in scampering crowds before her. She
cleared this and the royal saloon; and then the
Courtiers, headed by the Lord Chief Justice of the
kingdom, crowded in before his Majesty, to petition
that such an invaluable animal might be at once se-
cured for the State. Whereupon, the King, without
any chaffering, paid a he-mule's load of gold; so that
the third brother returned to his native land even
richer than his two elders.
THE INDUSTRIOUS GOBLINS.
IT so chanced, many years ago, that a Shoemaker
became so impoverished in his circumstances, that he
had only money left to buy leather to make a single
pair of shoes. On the overnight he cut out the leather,
thinking he would get up early in the morning and do
his work; so, having said his prayers, he laid himself
down to sleep. In the morning he rose, and went to
sit himself down to work, when, to his surprise and
delight, he found the shoes, already finished, upon the
table. You may easily judge how puzzled he was to
imagine who could possibly have given him a helping
hand; he turned the shoes over and over, to see if
they were properly made and fitted, but not one single
stitch was wrong; they were, in fact, a very master-
piece of shoemaking.
The Shoemaker put these beautiful shoes in his
window, and very soon after a customer came in, who
was so delighted with them, that he offered to pay for
them just double the price that the Shoemaker thought
to ask; so he took the money, and, thanking his lucky
stars, he went out, and this time he had money enough
to buy leather to make two pairs of shoes. He took
the leather home, and gleefully sat himself down and
cut them out overnight, that he might work away at
them in the morning. When he awoke from his
'slumbers, he prepared for his work, when, upon open-
ing his shutters to let the daylight in, there stood the
shoes ready finished upon the board, as perfect as they
could be. Neither were customers wanted, for two
soon came in, who bought the shoes at so good a price,
that he ,was enabled to go to the leather-sellers, and
buy enough wherewith to make four pairs of shoes.
These he cut out and laid ready, and, in the morn-
ing, there they were, finished; and so it went on day
after day, that whatever he cut out was finished by
the following morning, until, at last, his whole time
was occupied in buying leather, and cutting out shoes,
which were always sure to be ready for him the next
day; so that in a very short time he not only re-
gained his former position as a Shoemaker, but
became a very opulent tradesman.
One night, just before Christmas, the Shoemaker's
wife, who had grown so curious she could not con-
tain herself, said to her husand, My dear, suppose
we remain awake to-..ight, that we may see who it
can be who thus kldly helps us with our work?"
The Shoemaker consented, and they left a candle
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burning, and then they concealed themselves behind
a chest, where they used to keep their clothes, and
so arranged themselves as to be secure from obser-
As soon as midnight had struck, the door opened,
and in walked two pretty little Dwarfs, who had not
a vestige of clothing to keep them from the cold, and
down they sat to work, and plied the bristles and
twine so merrily, and hammered away with such
hearty good-will, that the Shoemaker could not take
his eyes off them, until, at last, the swiftness of their
movements quite bewildered him. The shoes were
all done in a trice, and placed in pairs upon the board;
and then these good little men skipped lightly from
their work, and vanished out of the room.
The next morning, the wife said to the husband:
"Did you ever hear of such a thing in your life, as
these good little folks coming to assist poor people in
their distress ? How I wish we could recompense
them for the gueat trouble they have taken for us, and
the kindness they have shown to us. I think they must
be very cold, though, without anything to cover their
pretty little bodies. I think I will make them some
clothes to cover them-a shirt, and coat, waistcoat,
and trowsers, and I will also knit them a pair of nice
warm stockings each, and do you set yourself to work,
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and make two of the very smallest and neatest pairs
of shoes you can possibly put together."
All these the good folks got ready, as a grateful
offering to these little industrious Goblins ; and then,
instead of the usual work, they laid these gifts upon
the shop-board, and hid themselves to await the result.
Exactly as the clock struck twelve, in came these
wonderful little workmen, who, seeing the beautiful
little clothes, so warm and comfortable, instead of the
work, took them up, and put them on in delighted
"Happy little Dwarfs are we,
Well dressed, and comely now to see;
No longer Shoemakers we'll be."
Then they commenced jumping over stools and chairs,
and at last they jumped out at the door, and never
came to work again. But from that day, everything
the Shoemaker did, prospered; and he or his wife
never wanted money again so long as they lived.
THE FROG'S BRIDE.
BEFORE you or I were born, I have heard them say,
it was only to wish and to have; and it was in these
good olden times that there lived a King, who had
maany beautiful daughters, but the youngest was so
very lovely, that it was a treat even for the sun him-
self to come out and shine upon her.
; Near this King's castle there was a dark gloomy
forest, where the evil people dwelt, and in the midst
stood an old lime-tree, beneath whose branches danced
the waters of a fountain. One day, as the weather was
very hot, the King's youngest daughter ran off into the
forest, and sat herself down by the cool fountain, and, to
amuse herself in this solitude, she began tossing a golden
ball into the air, and catching it again. This was her
favourite amusement; but it happened that the King's
daughter missed catching the ball, and it rolled upon
the grass to the edge of the fountain, into which it fell.
The King's daughter looked after it as long as she
could see it, but it had disappeared under the water,
and she could not see to the bottom. Then she began
to lament for the loss of her golden ball, and cried
aloud. Then a voice called out, Why do you weep,
oh! beautiful daughter of the King? Your tears
would melt a stone to pity."
She looked to the spot from whence the voice came,
and saw a Frog stretching his flat ugly head out of
the water. "Was it you that spoke, you ugly old
water-paddler ? said she ; was it you ? I am crying
for my golden ball, that has rolled into the water."
Oh! pray don't cry, dear Princess," said the Frog;
" I can fetch your ball up again. But what will you
give me, if I do ?"
"Why, what would you like, dear Frog?" she
asked ; will you have my dresses, or my fine pearls
and jewels, or the grand golden crown I wear ? "
The Frog replied, looking lovingly up in her face,
"It is not your dresses or your jewels, or the golden
crown which you wear, that I want; but I want your
love, and to be your companion and playfellow, and to
sit at your table, and to eat from your little golden
plate, and drink out of your cup, and sleep in your
nice little bed. If you will promise me all these, then
I will dive down into the deep water, and fetch you
your pretty golden plaything up again."
Oh I'll promise you all that," said she; "only
get me my ball up again." But she thought to her-
self, What a silly old chattering Frog that is! I shall
let him remain in the water, with the friends he is fit
to mix with; lie cannot suppose he is fit for good
But the Frog, relying on her promise, put his head
under the water, and dived away till he got to the
bottom. Then he took the ball in his large mouth,
and was soon again upon the surface of the water,
when, by a jerk of his head, he threw the ball up, and
the Princess helped him out with it. The King's
daughter seized it with joy, and ran off as fast as her
legs would carry her.
"Stop! stop! dear Princess," cried the Frog;
you are going without me; pray wait a minute, and
take me with you. I cannot run as fast as you can."
But the young Princess turned a deaf ear to the poor
Frog's croaking, and getting to her father's palace as
fast as she could, she very soon forgot the Frog who
had been so kind a friend to her in her distress. So
he was obliged to jump back again into the fountain.
The next day, when the King's daughter was sitting
at the dinner-table with him and his courtiers, all in
full state, and was eating out of her own little golden
plate, there was a great noise in the courtyard, and
the Princess, fancying she heard a slight croaking,
listened, and then she heard splish-splash, splish-
splash," on the marble hall, and splosh-splash," up
the marble steps, till it came to the door of the state
dining-room, when it stopped, and there was a strange
knocking at the door, and a hoarse voice cried, Oh!
loveliest daughter of the King, open the door, I pray
you!" So she arose and opened the door, wondering
who it was who called her; but when she caught
sight of the Frog, she slammed the door very
vehemently, and sat down again at the table. But
the King, seeing his daughter turn very pale and
tremble violently, asked her if there was a giant at
the door to fetch her away.
Oh, no, Papa," she answered; it is only a great
"A Frog," replied the King; what can le want
with you ?"
Oh, my dear father, when I was sitting yesterday
playing by the fountain, my golden ball fell into the
water, and because I cried so much, the Frog fetched
it out for me."
Is that all that happened ?" said the King ; tell
me all the truth."
"Indeed," said she, trembling, he insisted upon my,
promising that he should be my companion, and as
I thought he could not come out of the water, I con-
sented; and now the ugly thing has jumped out, and
wants to come in here."
Just at that moment there was another knock, and
a voice said-
"Open the door, King's daughter, I pray,
And by thy side for me make way;
Hast thou forgotten thy promises, made
At the fountain so clear, neathh the limc-tree's shade ?"
Then the King said: What you have promised,
that you must perform. Go, and let him in." So the
King's daughter was obliged to go and let him in,
and the Frog hopped in after her, right up to her
chair; and as soon as she had sat herself down, the
Frog cried, Now take me up ;" but at this she hesi-
tated, until the King, growing angry, said, Take
him up directly." Then she knew she must obey,
and helped the Frog on to the chair, where he was no
sooner seated, than, wiping the water from his hands
and face with a table-napkin, he said to her, Now
push your plate near me, and we will eat together."
She did so, but everybody could see it was from fear
of the King, and not willingly. The Frog seemed to
relish his dinner very much, eating of everything but
the salads, as he always had plenty of watercresses in
the fountain. He took wine out of the Princess's glass,
but she was nearly choking all the time she tried to
eat, till at last the Frog, returning thanks for a good
dinner, said, My dear Princess, I have now satisfied
my hunger and thirst, and I feel very tired and sleepy;
take me in your arms, and carry me up-stairs to your
chamber, and make the bed ready, that we may sleep
Then, when the King's daughter heard this, she
repented terribly of her promise, and began to cry,
for she was afraid of the cold Frog-despite of his
bright skin, she dared not touch him; besides which,
he actually wanted to sleep in her beautiful nice clean
When the King saw her cry, he became very angry,
and said, He who helped you when you were in
trouble, shall not now be despised by you ;" and he
insisted upon her helping the Frog. So she took up
the Frog in her two fingers, and, holding him at arm's
length, she carried him into her bedroom, and put
him down in a corner. But as she lay in her bed, he
crept up to it, and said, I am so very tired, that I
shall sleep soundly; so take me up, or I will tell the
King your father."
Upon hearing these words, the King's daughter
could not contain herself for passion; so, catching the
Frog in her hand, she dashed him with all her might
against the wall, saying, Perhaps you will be quiet
now, you ugly beast!"
But, as he fell, he was changed from a Frog into a
very handsome young Prince, with the most beautiful
eyes in the world, who became her constant companion,
and to whom, with her father's consent, she was soon
after married. Then he told her how he had been
changed from a Prince to a Frog by a wicked Witch,
who doomed him to remain in the fountain until
the King's daughter came and took him out, as no
one else in the world had the power to do it; and he
proposed that on the morrow he should go to visit
his own kingdom.
The next morning, as soon as the Princess had put
on her dress, there drove up to the door a carriage
drawn by eight white prancing steeds, with the
whitest of ostrich feathers in their heads, and the
brightest of golden bits in their mouths; and the rei'w,
and the bridle, too, were all of gold; and behind tne
carriage there stood the Faithful Henry, the servant of
the young Prince, with a golden stick in his hand.
Now the carriage was ready to carry them to the
country of the young Prince, and the bride and bride-
groom were ready seated, when Faithful Henry placed
himself behind; and the Prince and Princess having
bade a last adieu to the King, the horses started off
at full speed. They had not proceeded far, when
there was a loud crack heard; but the Prince, not
wishing to alarm his bride, took no notice, and they
travelled on, when presently another loud crack was
heard; this time the Princess started -likewise, and
they both thought some part of the carriage had
broken with a tremendous crack. Still they kept on,
till at last another crack greatly alarmed the Prince,
and, putting his head out of the window, he inquired
of Faithful Henry if any part of the carriage had given
way, and what that loud cracking noise meant. Ah!
my Prince," said Faithful Henry, "it is not the
carriage that is broken, but the cracking of the three
iron bands I had bound round my heart to keep it
from bursting, when it was in such grief that you, my
master, were changed into a Frog." Then they tra-
velled on gaily to their journey's end, the heart of the
Trusty Henry being free and happy.
A POOR labourer was sitting, one evening, in his chim-
ney-corner, while his wife was spinning away opposite
to him. He sat, moodily thinking, some time, and
looking in the fire; at last, he lifted up his head, and
said: What a sad thing it is for us, that we have not
any children! how silent is our hearth and home, while
every one else is so gay and cheerful!"
"Yes," replied his wife, with a sigh; if we had
only one, and he no bigger than my thumb, I should
be content, and we would both love him with all our
Meanwhile, what they were hoping for was taking
place; and, at the end of seven months, she brought
into the world an infant, well formed in all its limbs,
but no bigger nor higher than her thumb. Oh!" said
she, "see here! I have got just what I asked for; but,
little as he is, he is none the less our dear child."
So, because of his size, they christened him Hop-
o'-my-Thumb; and though they brought him up with
every care, and gave him the very best kind of food,
he did not grow an inch, but remained just the same
size as he was when born. For all this, he showed no
want of spirit; his eyes sparkled with intelligence;
and he showed on every occasion an address and
activity that, however small his person, gave evidence
of his ability to carry out whatever he undertook.
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His father was getting ready, one day, when he was
going to cut down some trees in a neighboring forest,
and said to himself, I much wish I had got some one
with me, to drive the cart."
Father," said Hop-o'-my-Thumb, I will go with
you, and drive it-don't trouble yourself about that;
I will take care that the cart is there in good time."
The good-man began to laugh: That can't be,"
said he; you are a clever little chap, certainly, but
you are too little to lead a horse by the bridle."
That's not the point, father; if mother will har-
ness the horse, I will get up in his ear, and tell him
which way to go."
All right," said the father, we 'll make a trial of
So the good-dame put the horse in the cart, and
seated Tom Thumb comfortably in the horse's ear,
where the little man called out to Dobbin the road it
ought to take-" Gee! woa!" and the rest of it-so
cleverly, that Dobbin stepped along just as if a real
carter had been driving him, and the cart was brought
to the wood-side by the best and nearest road.
While the cart was turning the corner of a hedge,
and the little fellow was shouting to the horse, two
strangers were on the road. Hallo !" said one to the
other, "what have we here ? Here is a cart going
along, and one hears the voice of the carter, but sees
There is something not quite clear about all this,"
said the other; we must follow the cart, and see
where it will stop."
The cart went on, until it came to a place in the
forest where the trees were just felled. When Hop-
o'-my-Thumb saw his father, he called out to him,
" See here, father, how well I have driven the cart!
and now help me to get down."
The father, taking hold of the bridle with one hand,
took his son out of the horse's ear with the other, and
set him down on the ground, where the little fellow
sat down merrily on a shaving.
When the two strangers first caught sight of Tom
Thumb, they hardly knew what to think, they were
so much astonished. One of them took the other
aside, and said: This funny little chap would make
our fortune, if we could get hold of him, and show
him for a shilling throughout the country. We had
better buy him at once." So they went up to the
father, and said to him: Sell us this little dwarf; we
will promise you to take good care of him."
"No," replied the honest fellow, "no; he is my
child, and all the gold in the world would not pur-
But Hop-o'-my-Thumb, who, during this conver-
sation, had climbed up among the folds of his father's
blouse, mounted on to his shoulder, and whispered in
his ear, Father, let these gentlemen have me; I will
be sure to come back soon." So his father handed
him over to the two men, for a round sum of money.
"But where shall we put you ?" said they to him.
Oh! put me on the brim of your hat; I can walk
about there, and enjoy a fine view of the country;
leave it to me to take care I don't tumble off."
They did as he wished; and when Hop-o'my-Thumb
had taken leave of his father-who did not half like his
going off in that manner, and began to think what he
should say to the boy's mother for coming home with-
out him-the men started off, with the child under
their care, and kept on the road until evening. But
Hop-o'-my-Thumb began to think that the joke, or
rather himself, had been carried quite far enough for
that day, at any rate; so he called out, Stop, stop! I
want to get down!"
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Remain where you are, on my hat, my little man,"
said the one who carried him; I don't mind what
you do there; I am used to the birds."
No, no," said Hop-o'-my-Thumb; let me down,
let me down, quick!"
The man took him off his hat, and set him on the
ground, in a field by the road-side; he ran for an
instant amongst the clods of earth, and then sud-
denly plunged into a field-mouse's nest, that he had
been looking after for that purpose.
Good-night, gentlemen; you must go without
me," he cried out to them, with a laugh. They tried
to catch him again, by poking their sticks into the
mouse's nest, bat it was all labour in vain; Hop-o'-
my-Thumb ensconced himself still farther up the nest,
and night having by this time come on, they were
compelled to go home, in a great rage, empty-handed.
As soon as they were out of sight, Hop-o'my-Thumb
came out of his hole. He feared to risk walking at
night in the open field, for a leg is soon broken.
Luckily, he met with the empty shell of a snail.
"Heaven be praised!" said he; I can pass the night
in safety, down here;" and he nestled quickly down
Just as he was dropping off to sleep, he heard two
men, who were passing by, say one to another, How
shall we set about robbing the old rector of his gold
and silver ? "
"I can tell you!" cried out Hop-o'my-Thumb to
Who is that ?" exclaimed one of the terrified
thieves; I am sure I heard some one speak."
They halted to listen; and Hop-o'-my-Thumb cried
out again, Take me with you, and I will help you."
Where are you, then ?"
Look on the ground, where my voice comes from."
The thieves found him at last. You little extract
of a man how do you think of being useful to us T"
Look here," he replied, I will slip in between
the bars of the Rector's window, and pass out to you
everything you want."
Very well; so be it," said they; we will put you
to the proof."
As soon as they had arrived at the Rectory, Hop-
o'-my-Thumb slipped between the bars, and glided
into the chamber; then he set to crying out, as loud
as he could, Do you want all that is here ? "
The thieves, in great alarm, said to him, Speak
lower; you will raise the whole house."
But Hop-o'-my-Thumb kept going on, as if he had
not heard them, and shouted out again, What is it
you want ? do you want all that is here ?" A servant,
who was sleeping in a room on the other side, heard his
voice, sat up in her bed, and listened. The thieves had
beaten a retreat, but at length took courage again,
and thinking that the funny little fellow only wanted
to amuse himself with their fears, returned under the
window, and said to him, in a low voice, "No more
of this fun; pass us out anything you can lay your
hands upon." Whereupon, Hop-o'-my-Thumb began
to shout again, as loud as he could, I am going
to give you all; hold out your hands."
This time the servant-girl heard plainly enough;
she jumped out of bed, and ran to the door, which
the thieves perceiving, fled as if the Evil One had
been at their heels. When the girl came back, Hop-
o'-my-Thumb, without her seeing him, hastened to
hide himself in a truss of hay. The servant, after
rummaging in every corner without discovering any-
thing, went to bed again, fully convinced that she had
As for Hop-o'-my-Thumb, he got up into the hay,
and made himself a snug bed in it. He reckoned upon
lying there until daybreak, and then going back to
his parents; but he had one or two farther trials to
go through yet-so much of evil is there in this world.
Up rose the maid-servant, with the early dawn, to give
the cattle their fodder. Her first visit was to the
hay-loft, and, unluckily, the first truss she came to was
poor Hop-o'-my-Thumb's bedroom! Off this she took
up an armful of hay, with Hop-o'-my-Thumb snugly
asleep within it. Sound enough he slept, you may
be sure; for he saw nothing, and only woke when in
the mouth of a Cow, who had taken him up with a
pull of hay. At first, he thought he had fallen into a
fulling-mill, but he soon made out where he really
was. With all his attention engaged in avoiding being
crunched between the Cow's teeth, he ended by sliding
down her throat and into her paunch. His lodging
seemed to him rather confined without a window, and
he could see neither sun nor candle. He did not at
all like his residence, nor was his stay rendered the
more agreeable, by the fact, that fresh quantities of
hay kept continually coming down to him, so that tie
space grew still narrower and narrower. At last, in
his terror, he shouted out, as loud as he could, No
more hay! no more hay! I don't want any more
Now, it happened that, just at this moment, the
servant-maid was busy milking the Cow; the voice
which she heard, without seeing any one, and which
she recognized as that which had awakened her in the
night, terrified her to such a degree, that she fell
down off the stool, scattering the milk to the right
and left. She ran off in all haste, to find her master,
and exclaimed to him, Oh, good gracious! oh, Mr.
Rector! here is a Cow that speaks like a man!"
You are out of your senses, child," replied the
Rector; but, nevertheless, he went himself into the
stable, to make sure of what was going on there.
Scarcely had he set his foot within, than Hop-o'-my-
Thumb cried out, "No more hay! I don't want any
more hay !" Fear seized the worthy Rector, in his
turn, and imagining the Cow to be possessed, he said
she must be killed. So they knocked the poor Cow on
the head, and the paunch, in which poor Hop-o'my-
Thumb was still a prisoner, was thrown on the dung-
The little fellow had a great deal of trouble to get
out of this, and was just on the point of passing his
head outside, when a new trouble assailed him. A
famishedWolf rushed upon the paunch of the Cow, and
swallowed it at one gulp. Hop-o'-my-Thumb, for all
that, did not lose courage. He did the right thing di-
rectly; for, since he could not do what he wanted to do,
he set to work to think what was next best to be done.
" Perhaps," thought he, "I may be able to do some-
thing with this Wolf." Then he called to him out of
his belly, in which he was shut up, My dear friend,
Mr. Wolf, I can point out to you where you can get a
capital dinner, after this excellent breakfast of yours."
"And where may that be ?" said the Wolf.
In such-and-such a house; you have but to slip in
by the drain that runs under the kitchen, and you will
find there pots of butter, and bladders of lard, and
cakes, and sauces, that you can't help relishing."
Then he described to him, with sufficient exactness,
his father's house.
The Wolf did not want to be told twice, but wriggled
his way into the kitchen, and had a good tuck-out at
the expense of the larder. But after he had dined to
his heart's content, and wanted to creep out, he found
himself so blown out with such a nourishing repast,
that he could not manage to squeeze out by the same
drain as he had come in by. Hop-o'-my-Thumb, who
had reckoned upon this, now began to make a terrible
noise inside the Wolf's body, by leaping and shouting
with all his might and main. This made the Wolf
uncomfortable in more senses than one. Will you
keep quiet ? said he; do you want to wake up all
the family ?"
"That is good, surely!" replied the little man;
" you have had a capital dinner, and now it is my turn
to amuse myself." Then he set to shouting as loud as
At last, he succeeded in rousing his parents, who
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ran to the door, and looked into the kitchen through
the keyhole. When they caught sight of the Wolf
there, they armed themselves, the man with a hatchet,
the woman with a scythe. Stay you behind," said
the man to his wife, as they entered the chamber;
"I am going to hit him with my hatchet; if I don't
kill him at t-he first blow, do you rip up his stomach."
Hop-o'-my-Thumb, who heard all this, and recog-
nized his father's voice, began to think that plan
might not suit his present lodging, so he called out,
"Oh, you traitor!" growled the Wolf.
"It's I, dear father, your own Hop-o'-my-Thumb;
I am in the Wolf's belly."
The Wolf snapped at him, but only bit himself, and
'howled with the pain.
" Thank Heaven!" said the father, our dear child
is restored to us." Then he directed his wife to lay
;aside the scythe, for fear of hurting their son; and,
'lifting up his hatchet, with one sure blow, the Wolf
lay stretched out dead. Then he took a knife and a
:pair of scissors, and opened the Wolf's belly, where he
found poor little Hop-o'-my-Thumb, in a very dirty
and dilapidated and half-digested condition.
"Ah!" said he; "what trouble we have been in
S"Yes, father, I have been running about the world
a good deal, and at last, as you see, have happily
come to light again."
Where have you been, then "
Ah, father, I have been in a Mouse's hole, in the
paunch of a Cow, and the belly of a Wolf; and now,
at last, I am stopping with you."
S"And we will never sell you again, for all the gold
in the world," said his parents, as they embraced him
warmly, and pressed him to their hearts.
* Then they gave him something to eat, and put him
on some fresh clothes, for those he wore were quite
spoiled by his travels; 'and there we will leave him,
snug and warm, for the present: but I shall have a
great deal more to tell you about this same little
DON'T BUY MONEY TOO DEAR.
ONCE upon a time, there was a poor woman, and be-
rcaut she felt very much the grievance of her poverty,
she had a very strong wish to possess some money, if
only once, by some accident or miracle (for in that
way only could it come to her) ; for she had a notion,
that if she once could get any money, all her sorrows
and her troubles would be at an end.
After a very long time of patience, the accident, or
the miracle, happened at last; for, one day, the poor
woman heard that, on the slope of a certain hill, there
grew a miraculous weed, which, if any one collecting
the other grasses had the good fortuiie to pluck, the
mountain would open, and the gatherer of the weed,
holding it in his hand, would find the entrance to a
large cave open to him. Within this cave he would see
Seven Old Men, sitting round a table, counting out
money, from the stores of which, lying all about, they
would allow any one possessed of the miraculous weed
to take away as much as they could carry.
From the moment the poor woman heard this story,
she made her most important business, during the
whole of that summer, the fetching fresh grass from
that hill-side for her cow, in the hope of plucking
amongst the grass the miraculous weed.
At last, she did so. One day, she had been toiling
till the evening in plucking handfuls of grass, and had
pressed it down into a basket, which she was carrying
heavily upon her head, holding her little daughter by
the hand; when, on a sudden, she saw a huge rock
turn noiselessly, as if it were a door upon well-oiled
hinges, right in front of her, and on peeping within,
she saw Seven grave-looking, grey-bearded Old Men,
sitting round a table, counting money, with piles of
gold and silver all about and around them.
The poor woman, seeing her opportunity, entered
the cave, emptied out the grass from her basket, and
filled it with gold. Then she put it on her head again,
and was about to go forth, when one of the Old Men
said, Woman, forget not the best thing."
But, intent on her gold and long-looked-for happi-
ness, she heeded him not, and went on her way.
Scarcely had she reached the mouth of the cave, than
the entrance rolled int6 its place, sharp behind her,
with a roll like thunder. She turned to look back,
and missed her little daughter! The unhappy child,
who had lingered behind, playing with the gold, had
been shut inT
Then the mother's grief and agony were such as no
one could bear to see; her insupportable grief could
not be endured; and at last she flew, despairing, to con-
sult a Clergyman, in the hope that, as no earthly medi-
cine could avail to soothe her distress, some aid from
Heaven might be found to alleviate i4., When the
good old Curate learnt what had happened, he told
her that there was no help for her, but to wait seven
years, when a change might occur, and she would find
her daughter again. When that period of time had
elapsed, he said, she was to go again to the hill-side,
at the same hour in which she had lost her child, and
there she was to wait for what might happen. The
mistake she had committed was, he told her, in quite
emptying her basket for the sake of putting as much
gold as she could into it; because, when she threw
away the grass, she had thrown away the miracle-
On hearing this, the poor woman remembered the
Old Man's words, and saw, to her sorrow, how much
she had erred in valuing gold as the greatest of
blessings. What was that gain of gold now, when
compared with the loss of her beautiful golden-haired
child ? Then she began to think over things, and
soon convinced herself that there were in life many
blessings, the loss of which no gold can repay,-as the
love of friends, a good name, the loss of a father, a
mother, or a child, banishment from one's native land,
the loss of one's good conscience, fame, and honour ;-
give gold for these, and on which side does the loss
really lie ? in comparison with these, how much does
gold become reduced in value! She had a long seven
years to think over all this; and to her credit be it
said, that, during all that time, she would not touch,
nor even so much as look at, the hated gold she had
brought from the Old Men's Cave.
At last came the day, at the expiration of the seven
years, on which she might venture to entertain a hope
of seeing her lost child once more. The woman
hastened to the hill-side, near to the rock that shut in
her daughter from her longing gaze; and, behold! as
she came nearer and nearer to the spot, her straining
eyes could distinguish, first a dark spot, then a form,
then-yes, yes! it was!-her heart's treasure, her
dear young daughter, lying, in a gentle sleep, outside
the rock,-just seven years older, but as fresh, and as
blooming, and as beautiful, as when she lost her. She
raised the child tenderly in her arms, and gently
kissed her, to awaken her without alarming her, and
then led her, with a thousand kisses and embraces, on
the road towards their home, saying to herself, Oh!
if all the gold I have left there should be gone when I
get back, I shall still be as happy as if I had found all
the treasures in the world!"
But the gold was still there, and she enjoyed the
advantages of wealth, with a better knowledge of its
true value. So she made the best possible use of it,
in the proper education of her daughter; and the
well-trained young maiden became, in herself, a great
and more valuable treasure.
OLD MOTHER GOOSE.
THERE once lived, in a pretty little rose-covered
cottage, an old widow-woman and her two daughters.
The eldest, who was her step-daughter, was very
beautiful and obliging, and very industrious, while her
own child was altogether as lazy and ugly. She, how-
ever, behaved most kindly to the ugly one, and the
other had to do all the hard and dirty work, and drudge
away from morning till night, without giving any
satisfaction. This poor maiden, when she had done
all her housework, was not allowed to sit quietly down
and rest herself, but was forced out into the highway,
where she was obliged to sit and spin so hard, that the
blood ran from her fingers. Once it happened that
her hands were so tired with spinning, and her spindle
so covered with blood, that she was obliged to go to
the well, and kneeling down beside it, she tried to
wash it clean again, but, unhappily, she let it fall down
the well into the water. She was very sorry, and ran
crying to her step-mother, to tell her her misfor-
tune; but she was angry with her, and behaved very
cruelly to her, saying, Since you have let your
spindle fall down the well, you must yourself go and
fetch it up again."
So the poor maiden went mournfully along to the
well, wondering how she should get it up again; and
not knowing what to do, in her great distress, she
jumped down the well to fetch the spindle out. She
became so frightened when she found herself going
down, that she lost all consciousness; and when she
revived again, she found herself in a beautiful meadow,
with the sun shining, and all kinds of bright and
sweet-smelling flowers blooming around her. So she
got up, and finding she had not broken any of her
bones by the fall, she walked along in the fresh air,
enjoying herself, till, at length, she came to a baker's,
where the oven was full of bread, which cried out,
"Draw me out, draw me out, or I shall be burnt! I
have been baked quite long enough." So she sought
for the baker's peel, and having found it, she drew out
all the loaves one after the other. Then she walked
on again, until she came to an apple-tree, whose fruit
hung in very thick clusters, and it cried out, Shake
us, shake us; we apples are all ripe !" So she shook
the tree, and all the apples came showering down
upon her; and when there were none left upon the
tree, she gathered them all together in a heap, and
At last, she came to a cottage, and an old woman
was peeping out of it, who had such very ugly large
teeth, that the maiden was terrified, and ran away.
The old woman, however, called after her, and bade
her come back, saying, "What are you afraid of, mX
child ? Stop with me; if you will put all things
in order in my house, and keep everything neat and
clean, then everything will go well with you; but you
must take very great care that you make my bed well,
and shake it heartily, so that the feathers fly well, for
then," said she, it snows on the earth, and makes
the ground ready to bring forth in the summer-time.
They call me 'Old Mother Goose. As the old
woman spoke so kindly, the girl took heart, and con-
sented to become her servant. She was very contented
with everything she got; she. did her work well, and
kept the house tidy, not forgetting every morning to
shake the bed most industriously, so that the feathers
flew down like flakes of snow; therefore, her life was
a very happy one, and there were no cross words,
because she did her duty. She had baked and roast
meat every day of her life.
She remained with the old woman for a long time;
but all at once she began to grow thin and pine away,
and got very sad, and did not know what was the
matter with herself. At last, she found she was home-
sick, and thought she should like to see her mother
and sister; for she was kind-hearted, and although
her life at home was very unhappy, and she fared a
thousand times worse at home, still she could not for-
get them, and longed to see them. So she told her
mistress, I wish to go home, and if it does not go so
well with me there as here, I must return."
The mistress replied, I could see you wanted to
go home; and since you have been such a good and
obedient servant, I will take you up again myself."
So saying, she took her by the hand, and led her
before a great door, which she undid; and when the
maiden was just beneath it, a great shower of gold fell,
and a great deal stuck about her, so that she was
covered with gold from head to foot. That is the
reward for your industry," said the old woman; then
she gave her the spindle that had fallen down the
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well. Then she bade the maiden adieu, and closed the
door, when she found herself upon the earth, not very
far from her mother's dwelling; and as she came in
at the gate, the Cock sat upon the house-top, and
Our golden maid's come home again!"
Then she softly opened the door, and went into her
mother's house, who was glad to see her daughter, all
shining with gold, and so she received her kindly.
The maiden told her mother everything that had
happened to her; and when her mother heard how
easily she had gained all these great riches, she deter-
mined that her ugly daughter should try her luck. So
her mother insisted upon her going out, also, to sit by
the well and spin; but the ugly daughter did not like
it, and showed a great many airs about it, but at last
her mother drove her out. So, in order that her
spindle might be covered with blood, as she was too
lazy to spin, she took a thorn and pricked her finger,
and then threw her spindle into the well, and jumped
in after it; but she came with a very hard bump into
the meadow, where her sister had gently fallen. When
.he arrived at the baker's, the Bread called out, Draw
me out, draw me out, or I shall be burnt! I have been
baked long enough already." But she answered very
ill-naturedly, Then you must burn.; do you think I
shall dirty my hands with that rough peel ? So she
left the loaves to burn, and went on her way, until she
came to the Apple-tree, which called out, Shake me,
shake me! my apples are all ripe, and will spoil."
She replied: A very pretty thing to ask me to do!
No, indeed; I'll not stay to have my head knocked
by your falling upon it;" and so she continued her
journey, till she came to the cottage where Old
Mother Goose lived. She was not afraid of her ugly
teeth, because she had heard her sister say how kind
she was; and so she engaged herself to her.
The first day, she really set to work in earnest,
keeping the house clean and tidy, and shaking the
bed tremendously, for she thought of the gold she
should get. On the second day, she did not get half
through her work, but idled about in the garden,
and lazed the day away. Then, the third day, she
would not do anything, and was too lazy to get up
in time to get the milk in the morning; she did
not shake the beds, either, as she ought, and the
feathers did not fly, so that there would be no snow
in the winter.
Then the old woman got very tired of seeing her
house going to rack and ruin, through her servant's
neglect, and she dismissed her from her service. At
this the lazy puss was well pleased, For," thought
she, now I must prepare for the golden shower. I
will put on a wide petticoat, that I may catch it all."
Her mistress then led her to the door, as she had done
her sister; but when she was beneath it, instead of
gold, a tubful of pitch was poured upon her. There!"
said Old Mother Goose; that is the reward for your
services, Miss Lazybones!" and she shut the door
in her face. Then she made her way home to her
mother's house, all covered with pitch; and when the
Cock on the house-top saw her coming in at the gate,
Our dirty maid's come home again!"
But as she was too lazy to wash the pitch off her while
it was fresh, it stuck to her as long as she lived.
THE MILLER AND THE WATER-
ONCE upon a time, there was a Miller, and he and his
wife had lived many years happily together, with
money to lend and to spend, for their prosperity went
on increasing year by year. But misfortune, says
the proverb, comes creeping in by night; and their
good fortune began to grow less and less, just as fast
as it had grown up, until the Miller, at last, could
scarcely call his own the mill out of which he was
earning his subsistence. Sad at heart was the poor
fellow, and many a long night used he to lie and toss
about in his bed, instead of sleeping sound after his
work. One morning, after a sleepless night of care,
he rose with the first streak of daylight, and went out
to get a little fresh air, in the hope that the brightness
of the morning might sooth his wearied soul. As he
came along by the mill-dam, it glistened in the first
rays of the sun, and seemed to wake up from its
night's quiet sleep. He heard a slight rippling sound
of the waters, and turning quickly round, saw a beau-
tiful woman raising herself gently out of the water.
Her long hair, which she loosened over her shoulders
with her delicate hands, fell down on either side, and
covered her shining white body. The Miller saw at
once that it was the Water-Sprite of the Lake, and he
scarcely knew, in his fright, whether to stop or take
to flight. But the fair Water-Sprite spoke to him in a
soft silvery voice, and addressed him by name, and
inquired why he was so downhearted. Until this,
the Miller had kept silence; but when he heard her
speak so graciously, he took courage, and told her how,
having lived for so long a time in wealth and honour,
he was at present so poor that he did not know what
Set your heart at rest," replied the Water-Sprite;
"I will make you richer and happier than ever you
have been; only you must promise to give me what-
ever is next born in your house."
That will be a puppy or a kitten, doubtless," said
the Miller to himself, in a low voice. So he made the
promise she asked.
The Water-Sprite plunged down back again beneath
the waters, and he returned consoled to his mill;
where he had hardly arrived, and was about to turn
into the keeping-room, when the servant met him at
the door, and exclaimed, that she had to wish him joy,
for tis wife was just brought to bed of a fine boy!
The Miller stood as if struck with a thunderbolt, tbr
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come up to the surface, and claim her debt. He
would not let the child go near the water. Take
care," .he used to say to the boy; if ever you touch
it, a hand will come out and catch hold of you, and;
drag you down to the bottom."
But as years and years rolled on, one after the
other, and the Water-Sprite never made her appear-
ance again, the Miller began to feel a little more
When the boy grew up to a young man, they placed
him with a Gamekeeper. He was a fine lad, and:
honest, and hard-working; so that, when he had gone
through a year or two's practice, he made a capital
Keeper himself; and a nobleman, whose estate was
near .the village, took him into his own service. Here
the Keeper soon fell in love with a pretty girl; and
his master, on learning this, gave him a small cot-
tage, and otherwise made matters comfortable for
One day, the Keeper was in full chase of a deer.
The animal came out from the forest into the plain,
and he went after it, and at last got a shot at it, and
brought it down. Eager after his sport, the young
man did not perceive how near he was to the dangerous
pond; and when he had killed and cut up-the deer,
sportsman's fashion, he went and washed his blood-
stained hands in its waters. But scarcely had he
plunged them into it, than the Water-Sprite came up
from the bottom, and entwined him, with a smile, in
her humid arms, and drew him down so quickly,
that the wave closed over him as it went rippling
When evening came on without the Keeper's return
home, his wife, who stood watching at the door, went
within in great trouble. Then she went forth to look
after him; and as he had often related to her how he was
under obligation to be on his guard against the allure-
ments of the Water-Sprite of the mill-pond, and how he
dared not risk himself within the vicinity of its waters,
she had some suspicion of what had happened. She
ran to the pond, and, seeing the game he had kille&l
lying on :its banks, she lhad no longer any doubt of
his unlucky fate. Lamenting and wringing her hands,
she called, in vain, on her loved one; and ran from
one side to the other, and called him again, and re-
proached the Water-Sprite in unmeasured language;
but still to all there was no reply. The face of the
water remained smooth as a mirror, and seemed to
smile at her distress, the moon's half-full face looking
up at her from its surface without motion.
The poor wife would not quit the side of the mill-
pond; unceasingly she kept on walking up and down,
on one side or the other, sometimes in sad silence,
with smothered sobs; sometimes with low meanings,
and now and then loudly shrieking. Poor creature !
her strength was at last exhausted, and she sank
down upon the ground, and fell into a deep slumber.
But her mind was too full for quiet sleep, and she
was soon in a dream. She seemed to be in great
trouble, going up, up, between two massive rocks;
while the thorns and nettles on the rugged overgrown
way pricked her feet, and the rain beat on her face,
and the wind blew her long hair about in wild dis-
order. But the top of the mountain once reached, all
things wore a totally different appearance. There the
sky was blue, the air warm; the earth sloped down-
wards with a gentle descent, and in the middle was a
cottage in a verdant meadow enamelled with bright
flowers. To this she made her way, with a feeling of
light-heartedness, and went up to the door and opened
it. Inside was seated an .old Dame, with long white
hair, who looked as if she belonged to the old, old time,
and was dressed in very old-fashioned garments. This
,old Dame raised her eyes, and was just opening her
mouth to address her, when the Keeper's wife awoke.
She had slept so long, that the day was already just
about to dawn. Her dream strongly impressed her,
and she made up her mind to follow its guidance.
There was just such a mountain, and just such a
rugged path a few .miles off, and she had never been
up to the top of it.
Hither, therefore, she hastened, and climbed up the
arduous steep, after much pain and labour; she found
all just as it appeared to her in her dream at night.
The old Dame received her graciously, and pointed
out a seat, which she invited her to take. Doubt-
less," said she, in a kindly manner, some misfortune
has befallen you, or you would hardly visit my lonely,
out-of-the-way cabin." Then the unhappy wife up and
told her tale, with many tears.
Oh! be comforted, my dear," said the good-
natured old Dame; I will come to your aid. You
see this golden comb: take it, and wait until the
moon is full; then go down to the mill-pond, and sit
on the bank, and pass the comb through your long
black hair. When you have done this, lay the golden
comb down at the brink of the pond, and wait and
see what will happen then."
Home went the wife, hopeful, and more calmed in
spirit. But how long the days, and how weary did
the hours seem to her, before the moon came to the
full; then she betook herself to the mill-pond, and sat
herself down on the bank, and passed the comb of
gold through her hair so long and so black; and when
she had done, she took her seat right at the edge of
the :pond. It was not long before the pond began to
bubble up from the bottom, and a wave rose and
rolled towards the brink, and carried away the golden
comb in its backward motion. Hardly was there
time for the comb to have reached the bottom, than
the surface of the water divided into two parts, and
the head of the Keeper rose upon the top. He spoke
not a word, but looked upon his wife with a sad and
sorrowful regard. At the very same instant, a second
wave came bustling forward with a sullen sound, and
covered the Keeper's head out of sight. All having
disappeared, the treacherous pond became smooth and
tranquil as before, and the face of the full moon shone
calmly and unwavering on its bright surface.
The unhappy wife went back still more wretched
and despairing; but she felt comforted when, that
same night, in another dream, she saw the cabin of
the old Dame again.
Next morning, as soon as she woke, she was up,
and on her way-poor creature!-to the good Fairy,
to whom she told her pitiful tale.
The old Dame gave her, this time, a golden flute,
and said to her: Wait until another full moon, and
then take this flute; place yourself on the brink of the
pond, play some little air on this instrument, and
when you have done, lay it down on the gravel by
the edge, and you will see what will come of it."
The Keeper's wife did all this exactly as the old
Dame had told her. Scarcely had she laid the flute
at the edge of the pond, when the water began to
bubble up from the bottom, like a boiling pot; a wave
rose and advanced towards the edge, whence it drew
in the golden flute as it flowed back again; nor was it
long before the water opened from within, and not only
the head of the Keeper, but he himself rose right out
of the pond, even as far as the half of his body. With
eyes beaming with regretful love and tenderness, he
stretched forth his arms towards her, but a second
wave, once more, came dashing forward with a roar-
ing, angry sound, and covered him all over, and over-
whelmed him within its watery grasp, and drew him
down with it to the bottom! Oh! exclaimed his
wretched wife, at this dreadful spectacle; alas!
alas! what avails it thus to see my beloved one, only
to lose him again immediately !"
Sorrow once more took possession of her bosom; but
she was led by a dream again, for the third time, to the
dwelling of the old woman. She went there, and the
Fairy gave her a golden spinning-wheel, and spoke
words of comfort to her, and said: Now, wait for
another full moon, my dear; then take your spinning-
wheel, and place yourself at the edge of the pond, and
spin until you have filled your bobbins; and when you
have done this, lay the spinning-wheel down by the
water-side, and you will see what will then happen."
The Keeper's wife followed these instructions to the
letter. As soon as the full moon showed itself, she
carried the golden spinning-wheel to the water's
brink, and spun away diligently until all her tow was
exhausted, and the thread quite filled the bobbins.
Scarcely was the wheel laid down upon the edge, when
the bottom of the pond bubbled up more violently
than ever; a strong wave came hastening forward,
and carried off the wheel with it. Immediately, the
head and the whole body of the Keeper showed them-
selves on the surface. Quickly he leaped out to the
edge, seized his wife by the hand, and took to flight.
But scarcely had they gone a few paces, than the
whole, pond rose up, entire, with a horrible boiling and
bubbling, and spread itself with irresistible violence
all over the plain. Already the two fugitives saw
nothing but death before their eyes, when the wife,
in her agony, called the old Dame to her aid; in an
instant they were changed, the one into a toad, the
other into a frog. The eager flood following upon
them, came up quickly, caught them, and rolled all
over them, but it could not drown them; however, it
separated them, and carried them away in different
directions, far from each other.
When the waters retired, and they once more mculd
put their feet on dry land, they resumed their human
forms. But neither of the two had any knowledge of
what had become of the other, and they found them-
selves among the people of a far distant country, who
had no knowledge of their native land, from which
high mountains and deep valleys separated them.
To gain their living, both of them were obliged to look
after sheep, and for many years they led their flocks
along the woods and fields, weighed down with sorrow
and regret for each other's loss.
One day, just as the sweet spring-time was begin-
ning to awaken the flowers from the earth's bosom,
it so happened, that both of them came forth with their
flocks, and chance so willed it, that they led them along.
until they met. Upon the sheltered slope of a distant
mountain, the husband saw a flock, and directed his
own sheep towards the same side. They arrived in
the valley, both at the same moment; but they did not
recognize each other, although they were both pleased'
at no longer being alone. From that time they led
their flocks every day to pasture side by side; and
though they never spoke to one another, yet still a
feeling of consolation pervaded their minds.
One evening, as the full moon was shining in the
heavens, and the sheep were reposing all about them,
the Shepherd took his flute out from his wallet, and
played a charming, though sad, air. He remarked,
when he concluded, that the Shepherdess was weep-
ing bitterly. Why those tears, Shepherdess ?" he
"Ah !" replied she, "it was just such a bright full
moon, when I last played that same air on the flute,
and when the head of my beloved one appeared to me
above the surface of the water."
He gazed earnestly upon her; it was just as if a veil
had fallen from before his eyes. He recognized his
lost and loved one; and as he turned his eyes upon her,
while the moon shone bright upon his face, she recog-
nized him also, in her turn. They sprang into each
other's arms, embraced, and were happy beyond all
farther want or care.
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THE PRINCE IN THE IRON SAFE.
IN ancient times, the son of a powerful King, who had
offended an old Witch, was enchanted by her, and she
shut him up in a great Iron Safe, which she placed
in a wood, and made hiin live there. Years and years
passed on, but nobody could be found who had the
power to release him; until, one day, the daughter of a
neighboring King, who had lost herself in the wood,
and could not find her way home, came at last, after
nine days' weary wandering, to the place where the
Iron Safe stood. As she got near to it, she heard a
voice say, "Where do you come from ? and where
are you going to?"
She replied, I have lost the way to my father's
kingdom, and I am unable to find my home, and shall
surely perish with cold and hunger." -
Oh! if that is all, I will help you, and that
quickly," said the voice from the Iron Safe; "but
you must consent to do what I desire. I am the son
of a far more powerful King than your father, and am
willing to marry you."
The Princess shrugged up her shoulders at this,
suggestion; For," said she, "what can I do with
an Iron Safe?" but, nevertheless, as she could do
nothing better, and was longing to get home, she con-
sented to what he wished. Then the Prince told her
that she must go to her father's palace, and fetch a
knife, and then return and make a hole in the Safe;
then he gave her such exact directions as to her road,
that she could not fail to reach it, and in two hours she
was at home by her father's fire-side. There was great
rejoicing in the house when the Princess returned;
the old King affectionately embraced her, calling her
his dear child, and did not know when to cease his
caresses; but she was sore troubled, and said, "Alh!
my father, strange things have happened to me since
I left your roof; I never should have returned to it, or
have been able to get out of that deep wild wood,
had it not been for the kindness of an Iron Safe, to
which I have given my word to return and become its
When the old King heard this, he became terribly
alarmed, and fell into a swoon, for he dearly loved his
only daughter. When he revived, and was able to
talk again, they resolved between themselves, that
the Miller's daughter, who was an exceedingly pretty
girl, should go instead of the Princess; so they led
her into the forest, and, giving her a knife, told her
to scrape a hole in the Iron Safe. So she went on
scraping and scraping, hour after hour, all through
the day and night, but not the smallest hole could she
make. When day was about to break, a voice from
within the Safe exclaimed, It seems to me like day-
Yes," replied the girl, it seems so to me, too;
and, if I am not mistaken, I hear the clacking of my
Oh, then, my pretty lass, you are the Miller's
daughter, are you? Well, then, the best thing for
you to do, is to hasten home again, and send the
Princess to me."
The girl, therefore, did as he bid her, went back to
the King, and told him the Iron Safe did not want her,
but her mistress, the Princess. This news sorely
distressed the King, and the Princess began weeping
and bewailing her hard fate. The King tried to con-
sole her, by saying he would send his Swineherd's
daughter in her stead. Now this girl was more beau-
tiful than the Miller's daughter, and the King offered
her a piece of gold, if she would go instead of their
beloved Princess. Thereupon, this girl also went
away, and scraped away with as little success as the
former. When morning arrived, a voice from the Iron
Safe exclaimed, It seems to me like daylight."
Yes," said the girl, it is so; for I hear the sound
of my father's horn."
Soho!" said the voice; "you are, then, the Swine-
herd's daughter ? The wisest thing for you to do, is
to get quickly back to the Princess, and tell her there
is no help for it-all must be as I have said; and
therefore, if she does not come herself to me, the
whole kingdom shall fall into decay, and crumble
away, so that not one stone shall remain upon another
to tell where it stood."
As soon as the Princess heard this, she fell to
crying, but this was of no use, for she was bound
to keep her promise. So, with a heavy heart she
bade her father adieu, and taking with her a knife,
made her way to the Iron Safe in the forest. As
soon as she reached it, she began scraping away with
all her might, and before two hours had elapsed,
had succeeded in making a small hole in it; then,
putting her eye close to it, she peeped in, and what
should she behold on the inside, but a most charming
Prince, whose handsome dress all glittered with gold
and most valuable precious stones! She immediately
fell violently in love with him; and she then began
scraping away with all her might, and very soon had
made a hole large enough for her beloved Prince
to get out. For ever now you are mine, and I am
thine," he said, as he stepped upon the earth; "you
are my bride-I am your husband, because you have
Then he wished at once to take her home with him
to his father's kingdom, but the Princess did not
think this quite proper, without going first to her
father, and bidding him good-bye; so she begged the
Prince to allow her to do so. The Prince agreed to
this, if she would promise not to speak more than
three words to her father, and immediately return.
Thereupon, the now happy Princess went back to
her father; but, alas for female human nature! she
spoke many more than three words; and the conse-
quence was, the Iron Safe entirely disappeared, and
was carried far away, over many icy mountains and
snowy valleys, but without the Prince, who was fortu-
rately saved by the powerful efforts and kind inten-
tions of the Princess; he was now free to roam, being
no longer consigned to his dreadful prison-house.
As soon as the Princess could tear herself from
her father's presence, she, with many regrets and a
sorrowful heart, again bade him adieu. Then she
took what gold from his coffers she thought absolutely
necessary, and made her way back to the wood. She
sought for the Iroi S:>I. hul -'-.d not find it, though
she looked for her lost love nine long days and nights,
without intermission. At last, her hunger became so
great, and her body so enfeebled, that she thought her
end was near, and that she must surely perish of
hunger, as she knew not how to help herself. When
the cold night came, she put forth all her remaining
strength, and climbed up into a little tree, so that she
might be free from the wild beasts, who were sure to
seek their prey at dark. To her great joy, she saw
a little glimmering light in the distance. Ah!" she
exclaimed, "there, at last, I may find shelter;" and
quickly getting down, she made all possible haste
towards the light. As she was a good and pious
Princess, she said a little prayer, trusting that she
might be brought safely through her difficulties. Soon
she came to a little hut, around which there was
much deep grass growing, and before the door stood
a pile of logs of wood. However came you here ? "
thought she to herself; and so she stooped down and
peeped through the window, when she saw a family
of very fat little Toads seated round a table laden with
hot savoury meats, and good red wine, and plates
and dishes made of gold and silver, such as she had
seen at her father's palace. She took courage, and
knocked, and immediately a Toad politely said-
Little Toad, with leg so long,
Eye so bright, and back so strong,
The lattice door pray open wide,
And see who 'tis that stands outside."
As soon as these words were spoken, a little fat Toad
came leaping up, and opened the door, and the tired
Princess walked in. They all bade her welcome, and
begged her to be seated and rest awhile; and then
they asked her where she came from, and where she
was going ? She told her kind friends, the Toads,
all her troubles, and how she had been, through de.
light at seeing her kind old father, induced to speak
more than three words, and the heavy calamity that
had followed the breaking of the promise she made
the Prince; and now she was about to seek over hill
and dale for him, until she should once more behold
him. When she had made an end of telling the kind
Toads her tale, the old Toad, in a tone of compassion,
"Little Toad, with wrinkled skin,
Pray fetch for me a basket in;
Then fill it high with dainties rare,
And give it to this Princess fair."
So the little Toad went and brought the basket in to
the old one, and she caused the finest wine and the
nicest food at her command to be placed before the
Princess. After she had refreshed herself with the
delicacies set before her, and rested awhile, she showed
her to a beautiful bed, white as snow, and of the
softest down, with hangings of pale blue silk and
velvet, spotted with silver, in which, having said her
prayers, she slept soundly.
As early as the sun arose, the young Princess,
anxious to pursue her search after her beloved Prince,
left her bed, and, having dressed herself, she wished
the old Toad a good morning, who, as a parting gift,
presented her with three very large needles, which
she took from her pocket, to take with her, saying
they would be of use to her, since she would have to
pass over a mountain of glass, three sharp swords, and
a big lake, before she would regain her lover. The
old Toad gave her, also, a plough-wheel and three
nuts; and with these this kind old Toad started her
afresh upon her road.
Presently, she came to a very steep mountain of
glass, which was so very smooth, she was not able to
get any foothold; and so she bethought herself of the
large needles, and placing them in the mountain,
she stepped her foot so that it rested against them,
and so at last succeeded in making her way to the
top. When she had arrived there, she put the needles
in a secure place; and soon she came to the three
swords, over which she rolled easily, by means of her
plough-wheel. She then journeyed on afresh, and
soon came to a wide lake, over which she swam, and
then she beheld before her a fine old castle. Into
this castle she made up her mind to enter; and meet-
ing with a man crossing the courtyard, she offered
herself as a servant, telling him she was a poor girl,
who had once rescued a young Prince from an Iron
Safe which stood in a forest.
After some delay, she was hired as a scullery-maid,
at very low wages, and soon found out that the Prince
had an intention to marry another lady, because he
imagined his former lady-love was long since dead
and gone. One evening, when she had done her
work, and was very tired, she thought she would
refresh herself by washing and making herself neat
and tidy. When this was done, she sat down and
reflected upon her hard fate, when she- suddenly be-
thought herself of the three nuts the old Toad had
given her, and drawing one out of her pocket, she
cracked it. Instead of finding a kernel, there was
a magnificent dress!
When the young Bride heard this, she insisted upon
having this royal dress, as it was not fit for a servant-
maid. But the Princess would not listen to the offer
made to her, and indignantly refused to sell it; but,
being sorely pressed, she at length consented, upon
the condition that she should be allowed to pass the
night in the chamber of the Prince. This request
was at length acquiesced in; the Bride being so very
anxious to possess the dress, that she went and told
her sweetheart the silly servant-girl wanted to pass
the night in his room. So be it," said he; "if
you are contented, so am I." Then she handed to
him a glass of wine, in which she had put a sleeping
potion. In consequence, he slept so soundly, that the
young Princess could not awaken him, although she
cried the whole night, repeating to him, I saved you
out of the wild forest, and rescued you from an Iron
Safe; I have sought you, and travelled over a moun-
tain of glass, and over three drawn swords, and across
a wide lake; and now I have found you, will you not
-oh! will you not-listen to one word I have to say
to you?" The Prince's servants, however, who were
sleeping in an ante-chamber, heard the wailing, and
told his Royal Highness of it in the morning.
The next evening, the Princess, after shn .had
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finished her hard work, was glad to dress herself in
clean and decent clothes again; and then she sat
herself down, and putting her hand in her pocket,
pulled out another nut, and having cracked it,
found in it a dress surpassing in beauty the one she
had already given up to the new Bride; who, the
moment she set her eyes upon it, declared that,
cost her what it might, she had made up her mind to
possess that also. The Princess would on no account
part with her dress, except on the same condition as
she had yielded up the other to the Bride's entreaties;
and the Prince gave his permission for her to occupy
the place she had done the night previously. The
Bride, however, being of a somewhat jealous temper,
would not let the opportunity pass her of handing the
Prince a glass of wine in which was a sleeping draught,
so that he slept so soundly, that the Princess made
her plaint to him in vain, and in vain reminded him
of all she had suffered bfor his sake, and all she had
done for him. The servants, however, again heard
the crying of the unhappy Princess, and told it the
next morning to the Prince.
On the third evening, the poor despairing Princess
broke her third nut, and found in it a dress more ex-
quisite than the rest, spangled all over with beautiful
golden stars. This the Bride eagerly demanded, and
the poor maid was obliged, most unwillingly, to sub-
mit, but upon the same conditions as before, as she
positively refused to give up the privilege of sleeping
in the Prince's room. This time, however, the Prince
would not take the wine from the hand of his Bride,
and, filling a glass for himself, drank it without
the sleeping potion. Therefore, when the Princess
began to cry, and exclaim, I saved you out of an
Iron Safe in a wild forest, and have travelled over
a glass mountain and through many difficulties to
find you, and now you will not listen to me,"-on
her saying these words, the Prince leaped out of bed,
and, folding the Princess in his arms, exclaimed, I
am thine, and thou art mine!" Then he ordered a
carriage to be got in readiness, and under cover of the
night they travelled away, as fast as they could go,
not forgetting to take away all the Bride's clothes,
that she might not follow them. When they came
to the lake, they found a boat, and quickly rowed
over to the other side ; then they crossed the swords
by the aid of the plough-wheel, and the glass moun-
tain by the use of the big needles, when they soon
arrived at the little hut where the kind Toads resided,
which they no sooner entered, than it changed into a
most magnificent castle. At the same moment, all the
Toads were disenchanted, and stood before them in
all the pride and dignity of manly beauty, heightened
as it was by the splendour of their dresses,-for they
were the sons of the King of the country.
The wedding ceremony was at once performed, and
the Prince and the Princess remained in the castle, as
it was much more grand than her father's. However,
the old King grieved so much at his beloved daughter's
continued absence from him, that they went to live
with him, and united the government of the two king-
doms in one; and so, for many years afterwards, they
were jointly ruled in peace and prosperity.
THE THREE BROTHERS.
A CERTAIN man had three sons, and had nothing to
give them-that is to say, he had no fortune to leave
them; but he had a fine house, in which he lived,
and which either of his three sons would have been
proud to inherit; but he was at his wit's end how to
manage to act fairly to all, and not disoblige any. To
be sure, there was one plan open to him, which was,
to sell the house, and divide the money amongst them;
but the difficulty could not be resolved this way, for
the house was the dwelling of his ancestors, and could
not legally be sold out of the family. At last, he
called his sons together, and said: Go out in the
world, each of you, and try your best; make your-
selves masters of some trade or calling; and when
you come back, he who shows himself cleverest shall
have the house as his inheritance."
This proposal was agreeable to all: the eldest de-
termined to be a Farrier, the second a Barber, and
the third a Fencing-master. They separated, after an
agreement to meet again at their father's house on a
settled day. Each of them apprenticed himself to an
excellent master, who taught him his business from
the very beginning. The Farrier got the appointment
of shoeing the King's horses, and made certain, from
this, that the heritage would come to him. The
Barber shaved the most noble chins, and so he, too,
made sure of having the house. As for the Fencing-
master's apprentice, he got more than one touch with
the foil; but he kept his tongue between his teeth,
and would not let himself be downhearted. For,"
thought he, if I show fear, the house will never fall
to my lot."
When the appointed time arrived, they came back,
all three, to their father's house. But their great
difficulty was, to find an occasion for displaying their
respective talents. While they were settling how best
to proceed, they saw a hare running across the i.
"By Jove !" said the Barber, "this comes as handy
as March in Easter!" So, catching up his shaving-
dish and soap, he got up a lather while the animal was
approaching; then, running towards him, he soaped
its face while it was still in full career, and shaved
off its moustache without stopping its course, without
cutting it in the least degree, or even disturbing the
fur on the rest of its body. Well, this is clever,
indeed !" said the Father; "if your brothers don't do
something better, the house will belong to you."
An instant after, a travelling carriage, drawn by four
horses at a gallop, darted down the road before them.
"Now, Father," said the Farriey" you shall see what
I can do." Then he ran after the carriage, took off
all the four shoes of one of the horses, while at full
gallop, and put on him four fresh ones. You are,
indeed, a real clever fellow," said the Father, and
quite equal to your brother; in truth, I shall be
puzzled to decide between the pair of you."
But the third brother said: Let me, also, have my
turn, Father." Now, as it was beginning to rain, he
drew his sword, and shook it in various directions above
his head, in such a manner as not to allow one drop
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of rain to fall upon his cap. The rain increased, and
at last fell just as if buckets full of water were being
thrown from the sky; he parried every drop, however,
with his sword, and remained in the rain to the end,
as little wetted by its falling as if he had been under
cover in his bedroom. When the Father saw this, he
could not conceal his astonishment. You have won
it, my boy," said he ; the house is yours."
The two other brothers were also full of admira-
tion at such a clever exploit, and approved of their
father's decision. Then, as they were all three very
fond of each other, as good brothers ought to be, they
all remained together in the same house, and each
carried on his respective business, by which they
gained a great deal of money, and lived happily to-
gether until an advanced age. At length, one of
them having died, the two others took his death so
much .to heart, that they fell ill themselves, and died
also; whereupon, because of their general clever-
ness and their mutual affection, their neighbours
and friends had them buried all three in the same
grave, and raised a tomb over their remains, with this
BROTHER AND SISTER.
ONCE upon a time, there was a Brother and Sister,
who evinced the greatest affection for each other, and
they were never happy when they were parted. In
early life they had the misfortune to lose their own
Mother, who was no sooner dead than their Father
married again; and their Stepmother was very unkind
to them, and did not even like their Father to fondle
and kiss them; indeed, she was always doing and
wishing them all the harm in her power. One day, it
happened that they were playing and enjoying them-
selves with other children in the meadow, gathering
the bright flowers that grew before the house; and in
the middle of this field there was a pond, which ran
past one side of the house; round this these merry
children used to run, joining hands, and singing-
"Eneke, Beneke, set me free,
And I will give my Bird to thee;
The Bird shall bring some hay so sweet,
And that the Cow shall have to eat;
The Cow will give milk for the Baker's flour,
And we'll have a pudding in half an hour;
The Cat shall have of the pudding a slice,
And for that she'll catch me the Queen of the Mice;
Then I '11 chop her up quick into sausage meat,
And I '11 call you all in, and give you a treat."
While they sang, they ran round and round, and upon
whom the word "treat" fell, they had to run away,
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and the others must pursue and catch them. The old
Stepmother stood at her window, biting her nails with
vexation, to see the children so happy. She did not
watch them from the window long, before she began
wishing them all kinds of evil; and as she understood
wicked witches' arts, she wished both the children
might lose their natural shape, and the one be turned
into a Lamb, and the other into a Fish. Immediately
after she had uttered this wish, the Brother leaped
into the pond, and began swimming about in the
form of a Fish; while the pretty little Sister became
covered with. fleece, and trotted to and fro in the
shape of a Lamb, very sorrowful and unhappy, and
she could not eat or touch a single blade of grass;
while the little Fish swam as close as he could to the
edge of the pond, but could only look lovingly up in
her face, without being able to say a single word to
Thus days and weeks passed on, till, at length, some
foreign visitors of distinction came to stay a few days
at the castle. This will be a rare opportunity,"
thought the old Stepmother, to rid myself of these
tiresome children." So she called the Cook, and
desired him to fetch the Lamb out of the meadow,
and kill and cook it, for there was nothing else in the
house for her noble guests. The Cook did as he was
told, and having led the Lamb into the kitchen, he
tied its feet, that it might suffer patiently; then, in
order that he might kill the poor animal quickly, he
took his long knife to the grindstone, to make it very
sharp ; and while he was doing this, a little Fish swam
up the gutter to the sink, and looked imploringly at
him. Now, this Fish was the Brother, who, having
seen the Cook take away his dear Lamb, suspected
how matters stood, and so swam from the pond to the
house. Directly the Lamb saw him, she cried-
See the Cook, with cruel knife,
Seeks to take my tender life!
Quickly give me, then, some aid,
Before the last fell blow is made."
The Fish answered, as plainly as his grief would let
Ah! my Sister, gentle Lamb,
Swimming in the deep I am,
And much I fear, with all my art,
I can never take thy part."
When the Cook heard the Lamb and the Fish con-
versing in this sorrowful manner, he was frightened,
and let the knife fall from his hand, for he knew it
could not be a natural animal who had spoken thus,
but that they had been bewitched by the wicked
woman in the house. So he comforted the Lamb,
saying, Be still, and I will not kill you;" and then
he made haste and fetched another Lamb, and dressed
it for the guests. Then he led the Lamb gently away
to a good honest countrywoman, and told her all he
had seen and heard. Now, it so happened, this woman
was the children's Nurse, and had brought them up
in their Mother's lifetime. Conjecturing what had
really happened, she took the Lamb and the Fish to
the house of a wise woman, who said a blessing over
them, and they were thereby restored to their natural
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shapes. The loving Brother and Sister went deep into
the forest, where they built for themselves a pretty
little cottage, which she kept clean and tidy, while he
grew corn for their bread in their garden; and thus
they lived happily and contentedly, though alone.
THE GIANT SUCKLING.
THERE was once a Peasant, and he had a son who was
no bigger than his father's thumb, and he would not
grow at all, and for many years his height did not
increase so much as a hair's breadth. One day, when
his Father was going out into the fields to work, the
little one said to him, "Father, I should like to go
out with you."
Go out with me !" said the Father; "stop you
here, lad; you will only put me out up there, and
more than that, I might lose you."
But the little fellow began to cry, and at last, for
peace sake, (fathers and mothers do a great deal on
that account, both with their children and each other,)
his Father clapped the bantling into his pocket, and
carried him off with him. When they got to the place
of work, he sat him down on the edge of a furrow
just opened. While they were there, a great Giant
made his appearance, coming over from the other
side of the mountains. Do you see that ? said the
Father, who wished to frighten the child, so as to
render him more obedient; "he is coming to take
But the Giant, who heard this, came up to the
furrow in two strides, took up the little Dwarf, and
carried him off without saying a word. Struck dumb
with terror, the Father had not time even to utter a
cry. He thought his boy was lost, and that he should
never set eyes on him more.
The Giant took him home with him, and had him
suckled, and nurtured him himself so well, that the
little Dwarfling took, all at once, to thriving and grow-
ing, and became big and strong, after the manner of
the Giants. When two years had elapsed, the Giant
went with the boy into a wood, and by way of trying
him, said, Cut yourself a switch."
The boy was already so strong, that he tore up a
young tree by the roots. Nevertheless, the Giant
thought there was some farther progress to be made
yet; and taking him home with him, he fed him well
for another two years, by which time his strength had
so increased, that he could tear up an old tree by the
roots. But this was not enough to satisfy the Giant,
so he had him suckled for another two years; at the
end of which, he went with the boy into the wood, and
said to him, Cut yourself a stick of a reasonable
Whereupon, the lad tore from the earth the largest
oak in the forest, which made terrible groanings on
the occasion; but such an effort seemed only sport to
"That will do," said the Giant; your education is
finished." So he took him back again to the plot of
land whence he had carried him off.
His father was busy at work, when the young Giant
came up, and said to him: Well, Father, your son,
as you see, has become a man."
The terrified Peasant exclaimed: No, you are not
my son; I don't want anything to do with you. Be
Yes, I am your son; allow me to work in your
place. I can plough quite as well and better than
"No, ho; you are not my son, and you do not
know how to plough. Go-go away!" But as he was
afraid of the Colossus, he let go of his plough, and
kept away at some distance. Then the young man,
seizing the handles with one hand, leant upon them
with such force, that the share dug down deep into
the earth. The Peasant could not help crying out,
" If you really wish to plough, there is no need to dig
so heavily forward; that will make a bad furrow."
Then the young man unyoked the horses, and yoked
himself to the plough, saying to his father, Go to
the house, and tell my mother to make ready a plen-
tiful dinner for me, while I plough this bit of land
The Peasant, on his return home, carried the mes-
sage to his wife. As for the young man, he ploughed
the whole field, which was a good four acres, all by
himself; and then he harrowed it, drawing two harrows
at a time. When he had done, he went up to the
wood, tore up two oaks by the roots, which he put
on his shoulder, and suspending by the one the two
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She did not dare to resist, and placed on the fire a
great kettle filled with the lard which was kept for
That's just welcome," said he; here's a mouth-
ful of something to eat." Then he swallowed it all at
one gulp; but his hunger was not, even then, satisfied.
Then he said to his father, I plainly see that you
have not at home enough to keep me; so get for me,
only, a bar of iron, sufficiently strong not to break
over my knee, and I will go travel over the world."
. The Peasant was delighted. He harnessed his two
horses to his cart, and brought back from the smithy
a bar of iron so large and so thick, that it was all the
horses could do to carry it. The young fellow took
hold of it, and-ratch! he broke it across his knee
like a twig, and threw the pieces on either side. His
father harnessed four horses, and brought back another
bar of iron, that they could scarcely drag. But his
son broke it over his knee, for all that, saying, This
won't do at all; go and get me a stronger one." At
last, his father took eight horses, and brought one that
they could hardly convey. When the son took it in
his hand, he broke off a small piece at the end, and
said to his father, I see plainly that you can't get
me a bar of iron such as I want; I will go away from
Those who travel round the country, in the lands
about which we are writing, must belong to some
trade, -or else they are liable to be locked up as
vagrants; so our young Giant bethought himself that
he would go about everywhere as a Blacksmith's
assistant; and when he arrived at a village, where
there was a covetous fellow-a Blacksmith, who never
gave anything to anybody, and wished to keep every-
thing for himself-he presented himself at his forge,
and asked for work. Delighted at seeing such a
vigorous young fellow, and reckoning what a capital
stroke of the hammer such a workman could give, he
hired him, off hand at once, as a profitable assistant.
What wages do you require ? he asked.
None," replied the lad; only, every fortnight,
when you pay the others, I bargain for the right of
giving you two blows with my fist, and that you shall
bind yourself to receive them."
Strange wages!" thought the greedy Blacksmith;
"but a cheap workman so he made no objection.
Next day, it was the new assistant's duty to give the
first blow with the hammer; and when the master had
brought out the bar red-hot from the fire, and placed
it on the anvil, the young stranger struck it such a
blow, that the iron was crushed and split into pieces,
and the anvil was driven so deep into the earth, that
the united labour of the whole smithy could not pull
it out again.
The Blacksmith flew into a great rage, and said to
him, You won't suit my business; you strike too
hard.. How much do you want of me for this one
only blow that you have struck ?"
All I want is, to give you one gentle tap-that's
all;" and he gave him a kick that sent him vaulting
over four hay-stacks. Then he picked out the largest
iron bar he could find in the forge, and, taking it in
his hand for a walking-stick, went on his way.
He travelled on a little farther, and he came to a
farm, where he asked the Farmer if he was in want
of a Head-man.
Yes," replied the Farmer; you have come just
at the right time, for I do happen to be in want of
just such a man. But what wages do you require,
my fine fellow ?"
He replied, that he did not look for any wages,
except the right of giving the Farmer, every year,
three blows, which the Farmer must pledge himself
"A capital bargain!" thought the Farmer ; for he,
also, was an avaricious fellow.
Next day, it was the business of the morning to
fetch timber from the forest. The other labourers
were up with the early dawn, but our young man lay
still snug asleep, rolled up in his blankets. One of
the men called out to him, Get up, lad; it is full
time. We are going to the wood, and you must come
"Be off with you, as quickly as you please," he
sharply replied; "I shall be there and back as soon
as any of you."
The other labourers went to look for the Farmer,
and told him what a queer sort of a Head-man he had
put over them-how he was lying snoring in bed, and
would not go with them to the wood. Go and wake
him again," said the Farmer; tell him to put the
But the Head-man only replied, Go along, go your
ways ; I shall be back as soon as any of you."
He remained in bed two hours longer; at the end
of which time he got up, went and picked two bushels
of peas, boiled them into a good soup, and made a
tolerable breakfast. When he had finished, he har-
nessed the horses, and drove off with his cart to the
To arrive at the forest, where they were felling the
trees, it was necessary to pass through a narrow lane;
up this he drove his cart, and then halting his horses,
he went back, and hedged the road across with a
barricade of trees and shrubs, so closely that there was
no means left for passing.
When he came to the forest, the other labourers
were on the return, with their carts laden. He said to
them, Go on, go on as you please; I shall be at the
house before you." Then, without pushing on any
farther, he contented himself with plucking up by the
roots two enormous trees, which he flung on to his
cart, and took the road homewards. As soon as he
arrived in front of the barricade that he had put up,
the others were all stopping there, not being able to
pass. Well," said he, now you see that if you had
stopped with me this morning, you might have had an
hour's more sleep, and not have been the later in
reaching home to-night."
Then, as his horses cdold not go any farther
forward, he took them out, put them on the top of
the cart, and himself taking the yoke in his hand,
drew them all along together, as easily as a handful
of feathers. On reaching the other side, You see,"
said he to the others, I get along faster than you;"
and went on his way, without attending to their calls
for ius aid. When he arrived in the courtyard, he
took one of the trees in his hand, and showing it to
the Farmer, said, Is not that a jolly faggot?" and
the Farmer could not help saying to his wife, That
is a capital servant; if he gets up later than the others,
at any rate he comes home before them."
He remained in this Farmer's service for one year.
When the term had expired, and the other labourers
were receiving their wages, he asked to be paid his
also: But the Farmer, terrified at the prospect of the
blows he had to receive, begged very earnestly to be
let off, declaring to him that he would much rather
become the servant himself, and make the young
Giant the farmer in his place.
No," replied the young Giant, laughing; I have
no wish to be a farmer or a master. The servant
snores at night, and sings at his work in the day;
while the master lies awake at night, and cares all
day. I am a Head-tnan, and I wish to remain such;
but our bargain must be carried out."
The Farmer offered to give him everything he chose
to ask, but in- vain; his reply was still the same-
No." So the Farmer, seeing nothing was to be got
by prayers, claimed a respite of a fortnight, in the
hope of finding some hole to creep through; to this
the other consented.
Then the Farmer assembled all his people, and
asked their advice how to act. After turning the
matter over for a long time, and a great deal of
shaking of heads and whispering in corners, they
came to the conclusion that this young Giant was a
very dangerous fellow indeed; that with such a head-
labourer on a farm, no man could be sure of his life;
and that he was just such a person as would kill a
man with as little regard as a fly. They were there-
fore of opinion, that he should be made to go down
into a well, under pretext of cleaning it, and when
once down, that certain mill-stones, which were lying
just by, should be cast upon his head, so as to kill him
on the spot.
This counsel was agreeable to the Farmer's inclina-
tion, and the Head-labourer got ready to go down into
the well. When he was at the bottom, they cast down
the enormous mill-stones, and they made sure his head
was crushed; but he hallooed up from below : "Drive
away those liens up there! they are scratching in the
gravel, and knocking the sand into my eyes."
You should have seen the Farmer's face! Chut!
chut!" he went, as if he were driving away the fowls.
Again, too, lie was something to look at, when his Head-
labourer, having. finished the job, came up again, and
said, "Look at my fine necklace!" IHe had got one
of the largest of the mill-stones slung round his neck!
The Head-labourer again required his wages, but
the Farmer asked him ..gain for a fortnight's time, to
consider what was to be done. His people, this time,
advised him to send the young fellow to grind his
wheat in a certain Enchanted Mill, during the night;
no person having been known to come out of it alive
in the morning. This advice pleased the Farmer, and
he commanded .his H -ad-laboifrer, on the instant, to
carry eight sacks of 1 a Icy to the mill, and grind them
during the nights he wanted them all directly. The
young man put two sacks of barley in his right pocket,
two in his left pocket, and four in his wallet, two
behind and two before; and laden in this fashion, he
betook himself to the Enchanted Mill. The Miller
there told him that he might grind his barley very
readily in the day-time, but not in the night; for those
who had risked the doing so, had all been found dead
the next morning.
I am not the man to die in that fashion," said the
young man, with a grin; go you to bed, and sleep
on your long ears."
Then he went boldly into the mill, and ground his
barley, singing all the while, as if nothing had hap-
THE SONG OF THE FOX.
The Fox went out, one moonshiny night,
He stood on his hind legs bolt upright,
Crying, Something for supper I must have this night,
Before that I lie down, 0 !"
Chorus (which the young Giant sang himself, only much louder
than the rest of the song)-
Down, 0! down, 0!
Something for supper I must have to-night,
Before that I lie down, 0!
Soon a farmhouse he drew near;
The ducks and geese they did appear:
"One of you fowls shall grease my beard,
Before that I lie down, 0 "
Down, 0! down, 0! &c.
He seized the old grey Goose by the ntek,
And she gibbled, and she gobbled, and she fell upon her
Which made the old Goose go Quack, quack, quack!"
And her legs hung dangling down, 0 1
Down, O! down, O! &c. ""
Old Mother Widdle-waddle jump'd out of bed,
She threw, up the window, and popp'd out her head,
Crying, "John! John! John! the grey Goose is gone,
And the Fox lias run up the town, O!"'
Town, O! town, O! &c.
Cousin John rode up the hill, "
And blew his hern both loud and shiill;'
The' Fox he was-at the bottom of the hill,
When the hounds came rattling down, 0!
Doi&, 0! down, 0! &c.
When he got to the bottom of ,$ e glen,
There sat his little ones, nine or ten;
He and his wife they ate the flesh,
And the little ones pick'd the bones, 0!
Bones, 0! bones, 0! &c.
Towards eleven o'clock at night, he came down
from the mill, went into t Miller's counting-house,
and sat himself down on a'n ch. But things did not
go on so quietly there as they had up in the mill; the
door opened of itself, and he s* a large table come
in, without any one carrying it. tTpon this table were
laid all sorts of delicate dishes, and bottles filled with
choice wines. Come, come," said he, this is a
handsome reception; these are the sort of Goblins I
Presently, a set of chairs drew trp to the table, with-
out any- person appearing; and there was a rattling of
knives and forks, and a moving of the dishes, aMa a
carving of the meat, and a pushing about of the
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sauces, and a filling of glasses, just as if a grand
banquet was going on; but all the while there was
not a single guest to be seen.
At last, however, the young Giant caught sight of
some fingers, and nothing more, filling the plates and
skirmishing about among the knives and forks.
A great many hands, and only one stomach," said
the young Giant, laughing at his own rough joke;
at any rate, I shall give mine a treat!" So he sat
down, and made a famous supper.
When he had ended his meal, and the invisible
beings had equally finished theirs, he distinctly heard
them give a puff, and the candles were all put out
together; and then, in the darkness, he received on
his cheek something like a blow.
If they do that again," said he, I shall try my
hand at the same game." Scarcely had he uttered
these words than he got another, and returned it as
quickly; and so they kept on all night, giving and
returning blows, until daylight came, when all was
silent. The Miller came in, and was astonished at
finding him still alive. I have had a good feast,"
said the young Giant to him, "and I have had some
hard knocks; but I gave them as good as they
Joyful was the Miller that morning, to think his
mill was so well rid of his Goblin customers; and he
wanted to make the Giant a handsome present in
money, to show his gratitude. But the young fellow
would have none of it; "I want no money," said he,
"I have more than enough already."
Then he took his sacks of flour upon his back, and
returned to the farm, and declared to the Farmer that
his service was ended, and that he would have his
wages. The Farmer was struck with terror; he could
not rest any longer, but walked up and down his
chamber, the drops of heat running off his brow, from
extreme fright. He felt all over in a flame, and threw
up the window, as he wanted to get some fresh air to
cool him; but before he could play any more of his
tricks, his Head-labourer gave him a blow that sent
him through the window flying right up into the sky,
Where he kept mounting up and up, until nearly
all. the breath was blown out of his body. Then the
Head-labourer turned to the Farmer's wife, and said:
"Every one in his turn; the next thump belongs to
No, no!" she screamed, no one strikes a woman!"
Then she opened the window, for she, also, was in
a terrible heat from fright; but the whack she got,
though dealt with a gentler hand, sent her up spinning
in the air even higher than her husband, as she was so
much lighter, and her spreading petticoats made her fly
up like a shuttlecock. Her husband cried out to her,
as she passed him in the clouds, Come along with
me; keep with me, Dolly !" but she replied, Do you
come along with me; I can't go along here as I like."
And so they kept on floating about in the air, blown
and buffeted about by the circling winds, without the
power of coming together; and, as far as I can judge,
there they are skimming about still.
As for &e Young'Giant, he took up his bar of iron
again, and went on his way.
BUYS AND GIRLS.
THE HARE AND THE HEDGEHOG.
THIS story, children, may appear to you untrue, and
yet it is quite true; for my grandfather, whenever he
told it me, never failed to add: It must be true, for
if it was not, I should not tell it." Here is the story,
exactly as it happened.
It was on a summer morn, just about harvest-time,
when the buckwheat is in flower; the sun shone in
the heavens, the morning breeze swept over the corn-
fields, the larks were singing in the air, the bees
buzzing about the flowers, and folks were going to
the village fair in their Sunday clothes, and every-
body felt glad, not excepting the Hedgehog. Now
the Hedgehog was standing at his front door; he had
his arms folded, and was singing his little ditty, no
better or worse than a hedgehog does sing it on a
fine summer morn. While he was humming away, he
hit on the daring notion, while his wife was washing
and dressing the children, of going a little way out. and
seeing how his crop of turnips was getting on: they
were close to his house, and he was in the habit of
eating them, he and his family, so he naturally looked
on them as his own property. No sooner said than
done; the Hedgehog shut the front door after him,
and started off. He had scarce got away from home,
though, and was just skirting a little hedge which
bordered the field in which his turnips grew, when he
met Master Hare, who had gone out.with the similar
intention of inspecting his cabbages. When the
Hedgehog saw the Hare, he cordially wished him
Good morrow!" but the Hare, who was a high and
mighty gentleman in his way, and, in the bargain, of a
very haughty temper, did not return the Hedgehog's
bow, but said, in the most impertinent manner in the
world, How comes it that you are running about the
fields on such a fine morning?"
1 am taking a walk," said the Hedgehog.
"Taking a walk!" the Hare answered, with a laugh;
I fancy you would want another sort of legs to do
This answer displeased the Hedgehog extremely,
for he was never angry, save when an allusion was
made to his legs, which were naturally bandy. You
fancy, perhaps," he said to the Hare, "that your legs
are better than mine ?"
"I flatter myself they are."
"I should like to try that," the Hedgehog went on;
" I do not mind wagering 'hat, if we were to have a
race, I should beat you."
"With your bandy legs? You are jesting!" said
the Hare; "but, however, I am willing, if you are
anxious about it. What shall we bet ?"
"A sovereign and a bottle of wine," said Hedgehog.
Done!" cried the Hare; and we can have it out
"No; there is no such hurry," said the Hedge-
hog; I have not eaten anything yet this morning;
I shall go home first, and have a snack, and in half
an hour I shall be on the ground."
The Hare agreed to this, and the Hedgehog went
off; on the road he said to himself, The Hare trusts
in his long legs, but I will play him a trick; he is very
bounceable, but he is only a donkey, and will have
to pay for it." On reaching his home, the Hedgehog,
therefore, said to his wife, Make haste and put your
bonnet on; you must go into the country with me."
"What's the matter ?" asked his wife.
I have made a bet with Master Hare, that I can
run faster than he, and I want your help."
"Goodness gracious, husband!" said poor Mrs.
Hedgehog; "are you in your senses, or have you lost
your wits? How can you think of such a thing ?"
Silence, ma'am!" the Hedgehog replied, sternly ;
"that is my business. Don't interfere in what con-
cerns men. Go and get ready, and we will be off."
What could Mrs. Hedgehog do ? She was obliged
to obey, whether she liked it or not.
As they were walking along together, the Hedgehog
said to his wife, Pay attention to what I am going
to say to you. We are going to race on that large
piece of ground you see over there; the Hare runs
in one furrow, and we in the other, and we shall start
down there. All you have got to do is, to hide your-
self in the furrow, and when the Hare comes up to
you, pop out, and cry Here I am!'"
While talking thus, they reached the spot, and the
Hedgehog showed his wife the place where she was to
stop, and then went up the field. When he reached
the other end, he found the Hare there, who said to
him, You really mean racing ?"
Of course I do," replied the Hedgehog.
"Be off, then!"
And each took his place in a furrow. The Hare
cried, One, two, three !" and started off like a whirl-
wind. The Hedgehog went about three yards, then
popped down, and kept quiet.
When the Hare, with his enormous leaps, reached
the end of the field, Mrs. Hedgehog cried out to him,
Here I am!" The Hare was greatly astonished, for
he really fancied it was the Hedgehog himself, his
wife being so much like him.
The Hare said to himself, "There's something
queer about this;" then he cried, Let us try again!"
and he ran off at such a pace that his ears floated on
the breeze. Mrs. Hedgehog did not stir; but when
the Hare reached the other end of the field again, the
husband squeaked, "Here I am!" The Hare, half mad
with spite, said, Another try !"
I don't mind," the Hedgehog replied; "I am
ready to go on as long as you like."
The Hare ran in this way seventy-three times in
succession, and the Hedgehog held out to the last
Each time the Hare reached either end of the field
the Hedgehog or his wife cried, "Here I am!"
The Hare could not finish the seventy-fourth heat;
he rolled on the ground in the middle of the field,
the blood poured from his neck, and he expired on the
spot. The Hedgehog took the sovereign and bottle
of wine he had won; he called Mrs. H. out of the
furrow, and they both went off in good spirits; and,
if they are not dead, are living still.
The moral of this story is, in the first place, that
no one, however important he may fancy himself, may
laugh at the expense of the smallest creature, even if
it be only a hedgehog,: and, secondly, if you think of
taking a wife, you must choose her from your own
condition of life, and like yourself. If, then, you are
a hedgehog, be careful she is one, too, and so oni
through all classes.
A RICH Farmer was standing one day at his door,
regarding his fields and orchards; the plain was
covered with his crops, and his trees were laden with
fruit. The wheat of the previous years so encumbered
his granaries, that the beams gave way under the foot.
His stables were full of fatting oxen, of plump cows,
and horses glistening with health. He entered his
room, and turned his eyes on the strong box in which
he kept his money. But while absorbed in the con-
templation of his wealth, he fancied he heard a secret
voice saying to him, With all that gold, have you
rendered those who surround you happy ? have you
thought on the wretchedness of the poor ? have you
shared your loaf with the hungry ? were you satisfied
with what you already possessed, or did you crave for
His heart did not hesitate to answer, I have ever
been harsh and inexorable; I never did anything for
my relatives or friends; I never thought of God, but
solely of increasing my riches. Had I possessed the
world, I should yet not have had enough." This
thought terrified him, and his knees trembled so that
he was compelled to sit down. At this moment, some
one rapped at his door. It was one of his neighbours,
a poor man, burthened with children whom he could
not support. I know very well," he thought, that
my neighbour is even harder than he is rich; he will
doubtless repulse me; but my children ask for bread,
and I must try."
He said to the rich man, "You do not like giving,
as I am well aware; but I apply to you in my des-
pair, just as a drowning man catches at any branch.
My children are hungry; lend me four measures of
A beam of pity for, the first time melted the ice
round this avaricious heart. "I will not lend you
four measures," he said, but give you eight, on one
What is it ?" the poor man asked.
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That you pass the first three nights after my
death in watching over my Tomb."
The poor man did not much like the transaction,
but, in his present need, he would have consented to
anything. He therefore promised, and took away the
wheat to his house.
It seemed as if the Farmer had foreseen the future;
for, three days later, he died suddenly, and no one
regretted him. When he was buried, the poor man
remembered his promise; he would have gladly got
off it, but he said to himself, That man was generous
to me-he supported my children with his bread;
besides, I pledged my word, and am bound to keep it."
At nightfall he went to the cemetery, and stationed
himself near the Tomb. All was tranquil; the moon
lit up the grave-stones, and now and then an owl
,flew past uttering mournful yells. At sunrise he
returned home, having incurred no danger, and on
the second night it was the same.
On the coming of the third day, he felt a secret appre-
hension, as if something more were about to happen.
On entering the churchyard, he saw under the wall a
man of about forty years of age, with a scarred face
and quick piercing eyes, and who was wrapped up in
an old cloak, under which only a pair of big riding-
boots were visible. What are you seeking here ?" the
Peasant shouted to him; are you not afraid of being
in the churchyard ?"
"I am seeking for nothing," the other answered;
"but what should I be afraid- of ? I am an old dis-
charged Soldier, and came to pass the night here,
because I have no other shelter."
Very good," the Peasant said; as you are not
afraid, come and help me to watch this Tomb."
Right willingly," the Soldier made answer, for
mounting guard is my trade. We will remain to-
gether, and share the good or evil fortune that may
They both sat down on the Tomb. All remained
quiet till midnight; at that moment, a shrill whistle
was heard in the air, and the two watchmen saw
'before -them the Enemy of Man in person.
Be off with you, you scoundrels!" he shouted to
them; "this dead man belongs to me; I have come
to fetch him, and if you do not decamp at once, I will
.wring your necks."
S"My lord with the ied feather," the Soldier
:answered, boldly, you arQ not my Captain. I have
no orders to take from you, and you will not frighten
me. Go your way; we remain here."
The Stranger thought lte could buy over these two
poor scamps with money; io, assuming a more friendly
tone, he asked them familiarly if they would not con-
sent to retire for a purse of gdd.
S"That's what I call sense," the Soldier replied;
|' but a purse of gold will not be enough for us; we
will not quit the spot till you give us as many sove-
reigns as will fill one of my boots."
S"'I have not so much about me," said the other;
" but I will go and fetch it. In the town close by
dwells an Usurer, a particular friend of mine, who will
gladly advance me the amount."
When he had gone,-the Soldier pulled off his left
boot, saying, We will come the old soldier with him;
give me your knife, my fine fellow." He cut off the
sole of his boot, and reared the upper-leather against
a neighboring tombstone in the tall grass. All's
right!" he then said; the black sweep can return
whenever he pleases."
They had not long to wait: the Old Gentleman
came back with a little bag of gold in his hand.
Pour it in," the Soldier said, lifting the boot a
little; but you have not enough there." He emptied
the bag, but the gold fell to the ground, and the boot
remained empty. "You old goose!" the Soldier said
to him; that is not enough-I told you so. Go back,
and fetch more."
He went off, shaking his head, and returned at the
expiration of an hour with a much larger bag under
his arm. "That looks better," said the Soldier; "but
I don't fancy you will fill the boot yet.",
The gold fell in with a clinking sound, but the boot
remained empty. The Stranger satisfied himself of
the fact with sparkling eyes. What impudent sized
calves you must have!" he said, with an angry grin.
Do you fancy I 've got a cloven hoof like your's "
the Soldier replied. When did you begin to grow
so mean ? Go and fetch more bags, or else there will
be no dealing between us."
The Evil One went off once again. This time he
remained away longer; and when he at length re-
turned, he bent beneath the weight of 6n enormous
sack he carried on his shoulder. But, although he
emptied it into the boot, it grew no more full than
before. He grew furious, and was about to tear the
boot from the Soldier's hand, when the first sunbeam
illumined the heavens; at the same moment he dis-
appeared with a yell. The poor soul was saved.
The Peasant proposed to divide the gold, but the
Soldier said to him, "Give my share to the poor;
I will go to your house, and we will live on the rest
THE BEAR AND THE BIRD.
ONE day, the Bear and the Wolf were taking a walk
together in the woods. The Bear heard a bird sing-
ing; "' Brother Wolf," he asked, "who is that fine
It is the King of the Birds," replied the Wolf,
making fun of his comrade, "and we must pay our
respects to it."
It happened to be a Wren.
If that is the case," said the Bear, his Majesty
must have a palace: just show it to me."
That is not so easy as you fancy," the Wolf
answered; "we must wait till the Queen has re-
At this moment Jenny Wren arrived, both she and
her husband holding in their beaks worms to feed their
young. The Bear would have willingly followed them,
but the Wolf caught him by the cuff, saying, No;
wait till they come out again." They merely marked
the spot where the nest was, and then went their way.
But the Bear did not forget that he had not yet The Wrens flew back straight to their nest, and said:
seen the King's palace; so he soon came back again. "We are victors, children; eat and drink in gladness."
The parents were absent, but he ventured a glance, "No," the children said; the Bear must first come
and saw five or six little ones lying in the nest. Is and apologize, and declare that he recognizes our noble
that the palace?" he shouted; "it is a poor hole! birth."
and as for you, you are no King's sons, but paltry The Wren thereupon flew to the Bear's den, and
little creatures." said: Old Growler, you will come and apologize
The little Wrens were very angry on hearing this, before my children's nest, and declare to them that
and cried, on their side, No, Bear, we are not what you believe them nobly born; if not, look out for your
you say; our parents are noble, and you shall pay ribs!"
dearly for this insult."
At this threat, the Bear and the Wolf, struck with
terror, took refuge in their lairs; but the little Wrens
continued to cry and make a disturbance. They told
their parents, when they brought them food, The
Bear has been .here to insult us; we will not leave -
this place, or eat a morsel, until you have restored our
"Be at rest," their father said, it shall be done;"
and flying with Jenny to the Bear's hole, he cried to / -
him, Old Growler, why did you insult my children ? .- -'"
I will serve you out for it, as I am about to declare The terrified Bear crawled up and made the apo-
war to the knife!" The terrified Bear crawled up, and made the apo-
When war was declared, the Bear summoned to his logies demanded. Then the little Wrens felt fully
aid the army of Quadrupeds-the ox, the cow, the satisfied, and spent a jolly evening.
donkey, the stag, the roe, and all their relations.
For his part, the Wren assembled every living thing
that flies-not only the Birds, large and small, but
also the winged insects, such as the flies, gnats, bees, THE WANDERING MINSTRELS.
When the day of battle drew near, the Wren sent A MAN had a Donkey, which had served him faithfully
out spies, to know who was the General of the for many years, but whose strength was now ex-
enemy's army. The Gnat was the smartest of all; hausted, so that it became with every day less fitted
he flew to that part of the wood where the enemy was for hard work. The Master thought about killing it, for
assembled, and hid himself under the leaf of a tree the sake of its hide; but the Donkey, perceiving that
near which the council of war was held. The Bear the wind blew from an ugly quarter, bolted along the
summoned the Fox, and said to him: Gossip, you road to London. There," he said, I will join a Rifle
are the most crafty of all animals, so you shall be our Volunteer Band; there are plenty to choose from."
General." After he had been walking some distance, he met
Good," said the Fox; but what signal shall we on the road a Dog, panting as if he had come a long
agree on?" journey. "What makes you snap like that, old
No one spoke. Very well, then," le went on; I fellow ? lie asked him.
have a fine long brush, tufted like a red plume; so Ah!" the Dog answered, because I am old, grow
long as I hold it erect, all is going well, and you will weaker every day, and can no longer go hunting, my
advance; but if I lower it, it will be the signal for a master wanted to kill me; then I ran away, but what
general bolt." shall I do to gain a living ?"
The Gnat, who had listened attentively, went back, Well," said the Donkey, I am going to London,
and told all, word for word, to the Wren. to offer my services as bugler. Suppose you come
At daybreak, the Quadrupeds rushed to the battle- with me, and also enter the band; I will play the
field, galloping so fiercely that the earth trembled, bugle, and you can shake the cymbals."
The Wren appeared in the air with his army, which The Dog accepted, and they journeyed along to-
buzzed, croaked, and flew about, so as to make any gether. A short distance farther on, they found a Cat
looker-on giddy; and a furious engagement began. lying in the road, and with a face as sad as three days'
But the Wren sent off the Hornet, with orders to rain. "Who's trodden on your corns, old Whiske-
perch himself on the Fox's brush, and sting it with all randos ?" the Donkey asked him.
his might. At the first prick, the Fox could not re- A fellow can't feel good-tempered, when not safe
frain from taking a leap, though still holding his of his life," the Cat answered; "because I am grow-
brush in the air; at the second, he was forced to lower ing old, my teeth are worn out, and I prefer lying
it for a moment; but at the third, he could stand it before the fire to running after mice, my mistress
no longer, but tucked his tail between his legs, while wished to drown me, so I ran away in time; but what
uttering piercing cries. The Quadrupeds, on seeing am I to do now ?"
this, fancied that all was lost, and began flying each Come with us to London; you are a good hand at
to his den; and thus the Birds gained the victory. music, so you can join a band, as we mean to do."
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The Cat thought the advice so good, that he set off
with them. Our vagabonds soon passed a courtyard,
on the door of which a Cock was perched, crowing
You pierce our very marrow!" the Donkey said;
" why are you making that atrocious noise'?"
I was announcing fine weather," said the Cock;
" but as there will be company to dinner here to-
morrow, my mistress has no pity on me; she has told
the cook to make broth of me, and I shall have my
throat cut this very night; so I am making use of my
lungs, so long as they are left me."
Good!" said the Donkey; you had better come
with us to London, Redcomb; you have a powerful
voice, and will prove an honour to our band."
The Cock accepted the proposal, and all four started
together. They could not reach London, however,
the same day, and at nightfall they reached a wood,
where they proposed stopping. The Donkey and the
Dog posted themselves under a large tree, up which the
Cat and the Cock climbed-the latter, indeed, going
right to the top, where he should feel safe, he said.
Before going to sleep, as he looked around, he fancied
he saw a little light some distance off, and announced
the fact to his comrades, that there was a house handy.
If that is the case," said the Donkey, "we'll be
off at once in that direction, for I can't say much for
our present lodging."
Indeed," the Dog added, I should not refuse a
few bones with some meat hanging to them."
They therefore proceeded in the direction of the
light; they soon perceived it glistening through the
trees, and as they drew nearer still, they saw it was a
noble mansion. The Donkey, as the tallest, approached
the window where the light was, and looked in.
"What do you see there, Greyhead ?" the Cock
"What do I see?" said the Donkey; "a table
covered with meat and drink, and a parcel of Bur-
glars seated round it, and enjoying themselves."
That would be just the thing for us," the Cock
That it would," the Donkey went on; "I wish we
were only there!"
They began thinking of the mode to expel the
Burglars, and at length determined on showing
themselves. The Donkey first stood up with his feet
on the sill of the window; the Dog mounted his back;
the Cat clambered on the Dog; and, lastly, the Cock
perched himself on the Cat's head. This done, they
began their performance simultaneously: the Donkey
brayed, the Dog barked, the Cat miawled, and the
Cock crowed; then they rushed through the window
into the room, breaking the glass to shivers. The
Thieves, on hearing this terrible din, started up, not
doubting but that the police were on them, and
escaped into the wood. Then the four comrades sat
down to table, disposed of what was left, and ate as if
they had been fasting for a month.
When the Four Musicians had finished, they extin-
guished the lights, and looked for a place to rest in,
each according to his nature and convenience. The
Donkey lay down on the straw; the Dog behind the
door; the Cat in the fireplace near the hot ashes;
and the Cock perched on a rafter; and as they were
fatigued by their long journey, they soon fell asleep.
Soon after midnight, when the Burglars saw that there
was no light in the house, and all appeared quiet, the
leader of the gang said, We ought not to have let
ourselves be startled so easily;" and ordered one of
his men to go and see how matters looked in the
house. The man sent found all quiet; he entered the
kitchen, and prepared to light a candle; he therefore
took up a match, and as the Cat's sparkling eyes
seemed to him two live coals, he put the match to
them. But the Cat did not understand jests of that
nature, so lie sprang in the fellow's face, and scratched
him terribly. Struck with a tremendous-fear, the man
ran to the door, in the hope of escaping; but the Dog,
lying close by, sprang at him, and took a piece out of
his leg. As he passed through the yard, the Donkey
let fly with his hind-legs; while the Cock, arquised
by the disturbance, and wide awake, crowed from his
The Robber ran at full speed to his leader, and said:
" In that house there is a gruesome witch, who blew
at me, and scratched my face with her long nails; in
front of the door there is a man armed with a knife,
who pricked my leg; in the yard lurks a black
monster, who dealt me a tremendous blow; and on
the roof sits the judge, who shouted in a stern voice,
'Bring that villain before me!' Hence, I was not
long in making my escape."
Since that time, the Burglars have not attempted
to enter the house again; and the Four Wandering
Minstrels felt so comfortable in it, that they never
thought of leaving it.
THE OlRI. LUIDS T-ih Ia JiL IR STAND BACK FROM THE TOMB. (See page 78.)
THE PRINCESS'S RIDDLE.
BY some chance, there once lived a Princess, who was intentions. Some said she had a lover abroad, and
very proud, and who thought herself handsomer and that it was to gain time from her father, who pressed
grander than any other in the world. It was her her to marry at once, trusting in the interval that
custom to propose to all her lovers, when they came elapsed her beloved one would return. Others said,
courting, a riddle; and if the unfortunate wight could and truly, that she had promised to marry whoever
not propound it to her Haughtiness, she treated him was lucky or clever enough to guess her riddle. Just
with scorn and ridicule, and spurned him from her as this rumour was in everybody's mouth, there came
presence. As a matter of course, all the people in the into the town, where the Princess dwelt, three Tailors,
realm made such strange conduct on the part of the companions travelling together; the two elder of them
Princess a matter of conversation; and many a gossip made sure they should be successful without doubt, as
was had, and many a guess made at her probable they were not only handsome, fine-looking fellows, but
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they could set the finest stitches in the world. The
third Tailor was a little, lazy good-for-nought, who
never did anything for himself or anybody else; and
as to work, the only stitch he knew was gobble-stitch;
yet he, likewise, thought he should be sure to be suc-
cessful, as it was little to do, to gain a Princess for a
wife; besides, he knew he was a good hand at guess-
ing riddles. The two others tried all in their power
to persuade him to stop at home; but he was obsti-
nate, and would not listen to a word. He said he
had made up his mind, and go he would; thereupon
he marched off, as grand as a lord who owned all
The three Tailors presented themselves in due form
before the Princess, and told her they were come
to solve her riddle; they said, they were the only
proper people to do so, as their understanding was so
fine, they could thread a needle with it!
Then," said the Princess, I have a hair upon my
head of two colours; tell me which are they ? "
Soon guessed," said the first man; any child
might see they must be black and white, like pepper
and salt cloth."
"You are wrong, my man," said the Princess.
" Now, second man, you have a try."
"Black and white!" said he; "ridiculous! Why,
it is brown and red, to be sure-just like my father's
Wrong once more!" exclaimed the Princess, with
glee. Now try, third man; I can see you will be sure
to guess rightly." .
The little Tailor put his best foot forward, as bold
as brass, and said, The Princess has a gold and sil-
ver thread upon her head; and those, I am sure, are
the two colours."
No sooner had the little Tailor uttered these words,
than the Princess became as pale as death, and falling
to the ground, swooned with fright; for the little
Tailor had rightly pressed her riddle, of which she
thought nobody in the whole world could have the
least perception. As soon as she recovered herself,
she cunningly devised a plan, which she thought
would release her from her promise; so she saidlto
the Tailor, That is not all you will have to do to get
me for your wife, indeed! for below, in the stables,
there lies a grisly Bear, and you mist pass the night
with him; and if I find you alive when I come in the
morning, then will I surely marry you."
The little Tailor, nothing daunted, consented, merrily
exclaiming, Faint heart never won fair lady!" But
the Princess gladdened her heart with the thought
that she should get rid of him easily, as the grisly
Bear had never yet spared any one who had come
near enough to shake hands with him. When the
night arrived, the little Tailor went very uncon-
cernedly to the stables; but no sooner did the grisly
Bear hear his footsteps approaching, than he made
ready to spring upon the Tailor. Gently-softly, my
fine gentleman," said he; can't you see I have come
to teach you manners ?" So he took some nuts out of
his pocket, and very leisurely began cracking them,
and eating the kernels with great relish.
The Bear, seeing how good they seemed, thought
he should like to have some, too. Do not eat them
all yourself," said the Bear; I, too, like the good
things of this world."
With all my heart," said the Tailor; and he put
his hand in his pocket, and, pulling out a handful,
politely handed them to the grisly Bear; these were
not nuts, but pebbles.
The Bear put them into Of mouth, and made all
sorts of grimaces, in yin a pts to crack them; but
try as he would, it Wa in vain. Why, what a
blockhead I am!" crie'dlhe himself; "I cannot even
crack a few nuts! Will yo4 be good enough to crack
a few for me ?" said he to te Ta'ilor.
"With all my heart," he replied; but with such a
fine large mouth as you have gpof 'tis hard to think
you cannot crack a small nut. '98 saying, he cun-
ningly changed the pebble for nut, and having
quickly cracked some, he handed them to the Bear.
"They are very nice," said d4e Bear; I must try
once more." So he began mipiching and chumping,
but all, as you may well suppose, to no good; for the
hard pebbles were stronger than his teeth, and all his
efforts were to no purpose.
The Tailor, seeing the Bear was getting tired with
his va I efforts, and that his temper was a little bit
ruffle, thought it advisable to divers his attention a
little; so he pulled a violin out of his coat pocket, and
began playing a tune upon it. As soon as the grisly
Bear heard the music, he began to lift up first one
paw and then the other, until he started off, in spite of
himself, in regular jig fashion; and a merry dance he
had of it, before he had done, I can tll you. When
he stopped, he asked the Tailor whether the art of
fiddling w0 soon learned.
It is as easy as kiss my hand!" said the Tailor;
" only just put your left hand upon the springs, and
with the right you flourish your bow, and away
merrily it goes in a twinkling!"
Oh, indeed! if it is as easy as you say, I may as
well learn fiddling at once; it will be such a rare
accomplishment to dance to my own music. I shall
never then want amusement." The vain grisly Bear
thought how he should be admired among his fellow
Bears, when he reached home again, and anticipated
with delight the pleasure he should have in dancing
with all the lady Bears of his acquaintance, who would
hL gure to choose so clever and accomplished a partner.
So,turning to the Tailor, he asked him to give him
All right!" said the Tailor; I will do that most
willingly; but first of all, I must look at your claws.
Dear me!" he exclaimed, "how frightfully long! you
will never be able to play with expression; you can
only twang the strings with such nails as these; you
must just allow me to trim them up a bit for you."
By good chance, there was a vice in the room; and
the Bear did as the Tailor desired him, and laid his
paws upon it, when the Tailor immediately, with a good
strong twist, screwed them up as tight as he possibly
could. The Bear, racked with pain, now began to
dance without music; but the Tailor said, Now wait
there a bit, while I fetch the scissors." Then, leaving
the Bear groaning and moaning, he laid himself down
at the farthest end of tihe stables, on a truss of clean
straw, and was very soon fast asleep.
All this time the Princess was at home, thinking to
herself how fortunate she had been to get rid of the
Tailor so very easily; as, when she heard the Bear
growling, she thought it was with satisfaction at his
prey. In the morning she arose, and having dressed
herself, went down to the stables, according to her
promise, just to see the poor Tailor, and assure her-
nelf that the grisly Bear had got rid of him for her.
But when she looked in at the window, there was the
Tailor, washed and dressed, as spruce as he could make
himself, and as lively as a kitten, awaiting, with much
satisfaction to himself, the arrival of the Princess.
She was terribly alarmed at the thought of being
really married to a Tailor, after she had caused so
many noble gentlemen to be devoured by the 'Bear;
but there was no breaking away from her promise,
as, this time, she had pledged her word to the marriage
before all the people.
Then the King, her father, ordered a carriage to be
brought; and they got into it, and off they drove to
church to be married. Just as they had started, the
two other Tailors, jealous of their brother's good
fortune, hastened into the stables, and released the
Bear, who immediately ran off growling after the
carriage that contained the bridal party. The Princess
heard the Bear growling with rage and groaning with
pain, and cried out to the Tailor, Oh dear me! here
is the grisly Bear coming to tear you away; and I am
sure he will kill me, too!"
"Be easy," said he; and up he got in a minute,
and placing his 'head on the bottom of the carriage,
he put his feet and legs out of window, making them
into the form of a vice. Do you see this vice ?" he
exclaimed; "if you come near me, you shall have
another taste of it."
The Bear looked at him a minute, and then, seeing
something like the shape of a vice, he turned tail, and
rushed back as fast as his heels would carry him.
Then the Tailor went on to church with the Princess,
and there he made her his wife.
After their marriage, as the Tailor was well pleased
with his style of living, and there was nothing to find
fault with or grumble at, they managed to live very
happily together the rest of their lives; and they may
be living yet, as I have never seen their death in any
of the newspapers.
THE HOUSEMAID AND THE
How quickly time passes in pleasant places! How
long the holidays are in coming; and, oh! how fast
they seem to go! and yet, after all, when we come to
think of it, the longest quarter of an hour that ever
was, never exceeded fifteen minutes, though a thousand
years, sometimes, may pass away as a single night!
Once upon a time, there was a girl, humbly born,
who lived in a gentleman's family as Housemaid, and
was so active, and tidy, and ready at her business, as
well as civil and obliging, that every one in the house
liked her and respected her. It was a sight to see her
sweep the house down, she was so quick without
bustle, and so tidy without primness. Not that you
often saw her about her work, for the dust used to
disappear as if by magic, and all the rubbish and
waste found its way outside the door almost without
its being observed. People said the Fairies must have
done her work for her, as she was always so quick and
so clean, and yet got through three times the work of
the noisy, bustling ones. I don't know how this was,
but somehow or other, early one fine spring morning,
when she happened to be sweeping the children's
schoolroom, and had just flourished her broom into
a favourite corner, bringing forth a doll's arm, the leg
of a horse (wooden), the ivory top of a whistle, the
handle of a humming-top, a boot-lace, the two middle
pages of a spelling-book, the crust of a half slice of
bread-and-butter, a baby's coral, a drumstick, a bit
of string, three marbles, a brass medal, and a little
sock; when, just at her feet, she saw a letter, which,
on picking up, she found was directed to herself, and
unopened. Having been well brought up, little Peggy
the Housemaid was able to read writing, and soon
opened her letter. Judge her surprise, when she
found it was an invitation!-actually an invitation to a
christening-a christening of a Goblin child! But
what was more, the Goblin parents, who wrote very
politely and very friendly indeed, said they were most
anxious that she should not only come to the christen-
ing-party of their dear infant BOBBLE-BABBLE-BILLY-GO-
RUMPEL-STILTZSKIN (that was to belthe young gentle-
man's name, for he was heir to old Mr. Rumpel-stiltz-
skin's gold mine), but should also stand godmother to
that beloved and beautiful Goblin baby.
At first, little Peggy, could hardly make up her
mind how to act-for it is not every one, you know,
that likes to visit uncommon people; besides that, the
being a godmother is a very serious task, and, more
than all, the standing godmother to a Goblin baby!
But, at last, she thought that, as it might be dangerous
to refuse, and as no particular harm could come to
her by going, she would accept the invitation.
Three Goblins came to fetch her in a very neat
littlecovered cart, just such an one as the laundress
brings home the clothes in from the washing; and
away they went, until they came to Primrose Hill,
right into which they drove, the ground opening
before them, and closing behind, into a great vaulted
road, like a railway tunnel, only quite light; arid they
stopped at a beautiful little house, with a bright green
little door, and a polished little brass knocker. There
was a little porter at the door, and a little maid to
take their cloaks, and offer them a cup of tea; and
little carriages by hundreds, with little horses, and
little coachmen, and little footmen, driving up fast to
the little door, and knocking loud little sharp rat-tat-
tats; andchen the little porter threw open the doors,
and down the carriage steps .came the little ladies,
with little silk stockings, and little shoes, and large-
oh! such large petticoats, and little bouquets, and
little flowers in their hair; and little young gentlemen
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arms, and with eye-glasses, and little gold watches,
and little chains hanging out of their little waistcoat
pockets. These little gentlemen, Peggy could see,
made pretty little speeches to the pretty little ladies,
which made the little ladies give little laughs and
little smiles at the little gentlemen. It was plain
that there was a large and fashionable party of the
tittle people; and Peggy felt very much pleased at
being invited, for every one paid her the greatest
attention, as if she had been a Princess-Goblin her-
self, instead of plain Peggy the Housemaid, of Bays-
Their enjoyment was great, although everything
was so little; and the splendour and magnificence
everywhere seen was something to wonder at. The
lying-in lady was on a couch of polished black ebony,
exquisitely carved and incrusted, wherever space could
be found, with pearls. The coverlet was embroidered
in gold, and the cradle of the baby was of ivory. The
baptismal font was made of massive gold.
After the ceremony had taken place, Peggy was
desirous of going home at once, as she feared her
mistress might want her, although she had got leave
for a holiday. The Goblins, however, begged her so
earnestly to prolong her visit during her three days'
holiday, that she could not refuse, especially as she
wished to nurse her little, her very little godson; and
so she remained for that period, which was spent in
parties, and balls, and every kind of pleasure; for the
Goblins, one and all, seemed as if they could never
make too much of her, or prove to her sufficiently
how much they liked her, and how obliged they all
were by her visit to their house. That, my dears, is
the way to make people happy when they come to
At the end of the three days, as she positively would
not stop any longer, they filled her pockets with
golden sovereigns, and took her back just to the out-
side of Primrose Hill. At first, she thought the place
looked rather strange, and that she did not remember
the houses, for she thought it was all fields about there,
but then she thought she might be on the other side
of the hill; and she was the more persuaded of this, by
seeing the out-of-the-way fashion in which the people
were dressed. So she went on, until she came to the
road, where she got into an omnibus, of a singular
shape, as she then thought, and was carried to Bays-
water. When she arrived at her mistress's house,
she let herself in by the area gate; and not seeing the
Cook in the kitchen, as she went through, but only a
strange middle-aged woman, waiting for her, as she
thought, she ran up stairs, laid aside her bonnet and
shawl, and then, taking her broom in her hand, set
to work at her ordinary housework. She opened the
door of her mistress's bedroom, and was going in,
when, to her surprise, she saw a lady she did not
know seated at her mistress's toilet-table, who, on
her entering, asked her what she wanted, and who
I am4-eggy the Housemaid," she replied.
"Peggy the Housemaid!" said the lady, staring as if
half frightened; what Peggy ? what Housemaid ?"
"I thought this was mistress's room," said Peggy.
So it is," replied the lady; who do you think I
I don't know," replied Peggy.
I am the mistress here, at any rate," said the
lady, getting up to ring the bell; "so leave the
The bewildered Peggy was about to obey, when the
door opened, and in came a servant-maid, that Peggy
did not know, and had never seen before.
What does this young woman want here ?" asked
I don't know, ma'am," said the maid, looking hard
at Peggy, and half frightened at her broom; I don't
know her; I never saw her before."
Why, I am Peggy the Housemaid," said the poor
little girl, almost ready to cry.
"And pray who is Peggy' the Housemaid ? and
whose Housemaid is Peggy ?"
"Mrs. Marsh's Housemaid, I am," said Peggy,
Why, Mrs. Marsh has left this house for two years
past!" and then both the lady and the servant began
to be frightened and to scream.
Up came a stout gentleman, and a thin footman,
and a squabby page, and a nursery-maid with a
baby, and the elderly woman that Peggy had seen in
the kitchen-all looking like people belonging to the
house, but, among them all, not one face that Peggy
could recognize. The poor girl was struck dumb with
fear and amazement. Where was her dear mistress ?
where )Jer darling children ? where Mrs. Fritters the
cook, and Joe Dumpling the page, and Mr. Brusher
the footman, and Philadelphia the parlour-maid ? Not
one of them in sight or hearing; and still the lady i
and maid kept on their screaming, and could not be
At last came out the fact-oh, those mischievous
Goblins!-it was not three days, Uor three years, that
poor Peggy had stopped in the Goblins' cavern under
Primrose Hill, but seven whole years!
Pray read this over to your nursery-maids, my dear
little friends; and tell them, when they go out for a
holiday, to think of the story of our poor little Peggy,
and remember how quickly time flies away, when we
are spending it pleasantly.
THE MAGIC SOUP-KITCHEN.
AT the time my story begins, it was very cold weather;
the snow was on the ground, and the bitter winter
had driven a poor family into a miserable shed for
shelter from the blast. The eldest little girl of the
widowed mother was a very pious little girl; so the
child thought, if she went out into the forest, God
would, perhaps, direct her steps to some place where
she might find some wood, to make a fire and warm
her mother. She had not gone very far, when she
met an old woman, who was a good Fairy, though the
child did not know it. The old woman, who knew
beforehand what great trouble the girl was in, pre-
sented her with a Pot, which possessed the wonderful
power of boiling, with nice sweet soup in it, the mo-
ment you said to it-
"Pot, Pot, boil away,
That I may have some soup, to stay
The hunger that gnaws me day by day ;"
and when they were satisfied with the soup they had
eaten, they must say-
Stop, Pot, stop! we've had a rare treat,
For we've had as much as we can eat."
The little girl took the Pot home to her mother;
and now poverty and misery vanished, for they only
had to ask the Pot for a dinner whenever they liked,
and they were sure to get it. One day, however, the
little girl had gone to carry some soup to a sick
neighbour, who was very poor; and the mother, find-
ing it dinner-time, put on Athe Pot, remembering the
words she had to say to it. Then they all sat down,
and ate as much as they wished for; but when the
woman wanted to take off the Pot, she had forgotten
what they had to say to it, and so the Pot went on
boiling and boiling over, until at last the place was full
of soup. Then she went out, and called in her neigh-
bours to bring all their pots and pans, and to eat as
much as they could; still it made little progress in
stopping the overflowing of the Pot, for it now flowed
over in a stream, and rolled out of the door into the
street. Then they got together all the animals and
pigs, to eat as much as they could. The pigs, who
were very greedy, ate until they burst, and still it was
of little use, for the Pot flowed over as fast as ever,
until the streets were full, and the houses were full;
and it seemed now as if it would overflow the whole
world, since, although there was the greatest necessity
for stopping the Pot, no one knew how to do so. At
last, when only one very small cottage was left un-
filled with soup, the little girl returned, and at once
put an end, by the magical words, to the Pot's boiling;
but, from that day to this, whoever wants to go through
this village, must eat his way through soup!
THE RABBIT'S WIFE.
LITTLE Mary's mother had a garden, and it was filled
with cabbages; but the place was infested with rabbits.
One day, the mother saw a large black-and-white
Rabbit munching away at her finest savoys, and she
said to her daughter, Go, Mary, and drive that great
saucy Rabbit out of the garden."
Out ran Mary; but as she was very kindhearted,
she did not try to frighten the Rabbit, who was a
very fine fellow, but only said, "Now, you little
Rabbit, pray do not eat all our cabbages."
"Pretty Mary," said the Rabbit, "pray don't be
unkind; I come here to look at you, and not to eat
your mother's cabbages. I want you to sit upon my
pretty tail, and to let me carry you on it to my furry
Of course Mary would not do this; but for three
days the Rabbit persisted in coming, and each time
he came, Mary's mother sent her out to drive him
away; and every time he said to her, Come and sit
upon my fine tail, and ride home upon it to my warm
But at last little Mary, as too often happens, was
over-persuaded, by the Rabbit's persisting, to do what
she had made up her mind not to do; and when he
asked her again, she did sit herself down upon his
handsome tail, and he carried her off to his hut under
the warm sunshiny bank, in the warren by the wood-
side. When they got there, he said to her, Wel-
come home, my dear; and now cook me those green
lettuces and some bran, and I will go and invite the
guests to our wedding."
So he went out, and poor Mary was very frightened
at being left all alone. Then the wedding guests
came in, all Rabbits, except the Crow-who attended
as the Clergyman to marry the bride and the bride-
groom-and the Fox, who was to act as the Clerk.
Now then, my dear," said the black-and-white
Rabbit to little Mary, get up and dance, and look a
little more lively, for all our wedding guests are very
merry and pleased. Are you not pleased ?"
No," said Mary, and began to cry.
Away went the bride~goom, rather out of temper.
Presently he came back, and said, Come, my dear,
is supper ready ? our wedding guests are hungry."
"No," said Mary, sobbing more and more, and the
Rabbit took himself off, even more displeased; but
presently he came back again, and said, Now, my
dear, you must come; the wedding guests are all
waiting for you."
"No," said the bride again, pouting; but as soon
as the bridegroom turned away, she got up, and made
up a little doll, and gave it red lips, and stuffed it with
bran, and placed it on the stool where she had been
sitting; and then she ran away as fast as her little
legs could carry her, and went home to her mother.
Once more the black-and-white Rabbit came to the
seat, and said, "Get up! get up!" and finding his
bride did not move, or take any notice of him, or
answer even No," as before, he went up to the doll,
and gave it a knock on the side of the head, and it
tumbled down on one side to the ground. Oh dear!
oh dear!" he squeaked; "I have killed my bride!"
and then he was so frightened, that he ran away, and
never came near that side of the country any more;
and so little Mary escaped the consequences of making
a very bad match, and I hope it will act as a warning
to other young ladies, not to go off with the first young
gentleman that asks them.
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remarkably lean in the body, and would take up very
THE ROGUES' HOLIDAY. little room, consented to give them a lift, on condition
that they did not tread upon anybody's toes.
ONE fine morning, the Cock in the farm-yard, having It was getting quite late at night, when they arrived
enjoyed a good crow, and gone up to the top of his at an inn, where, as they were not inclined to risk a
dunghill, looked over the palings, and seeing the road night on the road, and the Duck was getting fatigued,
clear, turned to Dame Partlet, his wife, and said: they resolved to take up their quarters. At first, the
" My dear, it is a beautiful day, and this is the nutting Host raised difficulties; his house was already full,
season; we ought to go up to the woodside, where the and these fresh comers did not seem altogether first-
Squirrel has gathered them all together for a hoard." class people; but at last, yielding to their very fine
"A capital notion!" answered Dame Partlet; "let words, and a promise they made of leaving for him
us be off at once; a day's pleasure will do us both the egg which Dame Partlet was shortly about to lay,
good." and also the Duck's, which laid one every day, he
So they went off together to the woodside, where agreed to receive them for the night. They ordered
they remained until the evening set in. Then, whether a capital supper, and spent the evening in carousing
it arose from vanity, or from their crops being too full and making merry, and quacking and crowing, and
of nuts, nothing would suit them but that they must singing noisy songs.
ride home in a carriage No walking upon claws for Next morning, just before daybreak, while all the
them, indeed !-that was much too common for such a world was still asleep, the Cock woke up his wife, and
high-minded Cock and Hen; so the Cock was.obliged pecking the egg with his beak, they both made a good
to make up a neat little carriage out of walnutshells. breakfast off it, and then threw the shells in the
When it was ready, Dame Partlet stepped up proudly, chimney. Next, they went and took by the head
one foot before the other, into the inside; and then, the Needle, who was still sleeping, and stuck him,
shaking down her feathers, said to her husband: My point upwards, in the cushion of the Landlord's arm-
dear, you had better harness yourself into the shafts." chair, and did the same with the Pin in his towel.
Odds bobberies and tenpenny nails !" said the This done, they made the best of their way out of the
Cock, ruffling up his comb, just as an angry alderman window. Here they found the Duck, who had lain
would pull out his shirt-frill. Pray what do you down of her own accord in the open air. She rose up
take me for, my fine Dame ? It would be far better for as she heard them pass by, and waddling down to a
me to go back on foot than in harness, like a horse, stream that ran at the end of the garden-wall, she
No, that is not in our bargain, my love ; I prefer play- floated along it much more quickly than she had tra-
ing coachman, and sitting on the box ; but as for yelled post-haste the night before.
dragging the carriage myself, that is a part I can't Two hours afterwards, the Landlord got out of bed,
undertake." and after washing his face, took up his towel to dry
While they were thus disputing, a Duck came it; but the Pin scratched his countenance, and made
waddling up, and quacked out, Halloa! thieves! a great red scar across it from ear to ear. He threw
thieves who has given you leave to come here, under down the towel in a great rage, and scolded his wife
my walnut-trees ? Look to yourselves; I will settle for her carelessness ; to which the good Dame, popping
your business for you!" out her head from under the bedclothes, replied by
So the Duck rushed at the Cock with open beak; telling him he must have got out of bed the wrong
but that gentleman happened to be of Irish extraction way that morning. Down he went grumbling into
-he liked a quarrel, rather than not, and was always the kitchen, and stepped to the fire to light his pipe;
ready for a fight. So he gave the Duck a ready but as soon as he puffed at the embers, to get up
answer, and a sharp pecking, that soon brought the something of a blaze, the remnant of the eggshells
poor fowl to her senses; so that at last she begged his jumped out in his eyes.
pardon, and consented to be harnessed to the chariot, Everything conspires together against me this
as a punishment for the attack. Then the Cock morning!" said he, as he threw himself down into his
proudly mounted the coach-box, took the reins in his
left claw, shook his tail-feathers well under him, gave -,i
a loud crow; and away they went at a rattling pace.
They had hardly gone over half their journey, when
they came upon two travellers, who were journeying
along on foot. These were a Needle and a Pin. They
were both very hot, and in a great perspiration, and '
seemed quite tired.
"Stop! stop!" they exclaimed immediately; and
on the Cock pulling up politely, to inquire what it
was they wanted, they told him, that as it was already .
dark, and the road was muddy, and they had been
detained taking a glass of beer together at the sign of arm-chair, for comfort's sake. But didn't he jump up
the Cross-legged Tailor, they should esteem it a par- quickly! and how he hallooed! for the Needle had
ticular favour if he would give them a place in his stuck right into him-and that not in his head. This
carriage. The Cock, observing that they were both last accident crowned his anger. His suspicions fell,
all at once, on the travellers whom he had taken into
his house the night before; and, in fact, when he went
to look for them, he found they had all decamped.
Then he swore lustily that, for the future, he would
never harbour any more such wandering vagabonds,
who put one to great expenses, which they never pay,
and for every kindness shown, play off some wicked
trick or other upon you.
As for what became of the party: they all met with
their deserts within a very short period. The Hen'
was broiled-for breakfast that very morning; the
Duck was stuffed with chesnuts and roasted the same
evening. His master carried the Cock to a fight,
where he was cruelly beaten, and lost an eye, and had
his leg broken. The Pin died in a gutter; and as for
the Needle, he fell into company with a tipsy little
Tailor of very bad character, who kept him inces-
santly working, and gave him no wages; until, at
last, he grew rusty and worthless, when he was sold
as old iron, and cut up into points for a Sewing-
Machine,-which I need not tell you, my little dears,
is a kind of treadmill for naughty Needles, whence they
are never liberated, until they are ground into dust.
THE GOBLIN CHANGELING.
ONE day, the Goblins, in playing off their mischievous
pranks, took a woman's baby out of its cradle, and
left there, in its place, one of their own little mon-
sters, with a great head and two staring eyes,-one of
those craving little creatures, that are always wailing
and crying, and will always be hankering for some-
thing, and never stop eating and sucking. Tired out
of all patience, and worn down with fatigue, the poor
mother went to ask her neighbour's advice, as to
what she ought to do.
Bring the little monster into the kitchen," said
the good Dame, lay him on the hearth, light a fire
close to him"-(you must remember, this was in a
cottage, where they only burn wood, and have no
fire-grates); then you must take two egg-shells, and
set water to boil in them, and that will make the little
monster laugh; and if he once laughs-the mis-
chievous little rascal!-he will be obliged to go away
and leave you."
The poor woman thanked her good neighbour for
her kind advice, and quickly returning to her own
cottage, resolved to follow it without delay. So she
took the little monster out of his cradle, and brought
him down, all squalling as he was, and made him up
a nice little bed in the front of the kitchen fire.
place, where she laid him down softly and com-
fortably (for she was very goodnatured), in spite of
all his squealing, and squeaking, and kicking. Then
she lighted a fire close beside his bed, so that he
could not help seeing it, and, with a very grave face,
she took two egg-shells, and filled them with water,
and set them down on the fire to boil, just as if they
had been two heavy cauldrons.
When he saw this, the little monster began chirp-
ing with mischievous glee; and at last, to her great
terror (for it is not a pleasant thing to hear a baby
speak before he has cut his teeth), he cried out-
For forty years I 've lived, i' fegs!
And ne'er seen water boil'd in shells of eggs!"
and then he laughed as if his sides would crack.
Whereupon, a crowd of Goblins came tumbling in,
carrying with them the peor woman's baby, which
they laid down gently in the corner; and then all set
to work, and, grinning, kicked the little man, like a
football, up the chimney, up which they also dis-
appeared themselves, and never came back again.
THE ENCHANTED STAG.
A LOVING little Brother and Sister, once had the mis-
fortune, in early life, to lose their own darling Mother,
and their Father brought home, soon after her death,
a wicked Stepmother, who had no love in her heart
for these poor children, whom she constantly ill-used.
One day, the little Brother took his Sister by the
hand, and, kissing her, said, Since our dear mother's
death, we seem no longer to have a home here; we
are rendered truly miserable by the kicks and blows
we receive; and, besides, we are often so hungry,
we know not what to do with ourselves; at the best,
we get nothing but dry crusts of bread and hard
cheese, while even the little dog, sometimes, gets a
dainty morsel of meat for his dinner. Come, let us
wander forth together, and seek some more hospitable
So they went forth, and wandered through the woods
and meadows all the day long. In the evening it
came on to rain, and the Sister said, See you, dear
Brother, Heaven weeps at our misfortunes!" Pre-
sently they walked deep into a forest, where, being
thoroughly tired out with grief and hunger, they laid
themselves down in a hollow tree, and were soon fast
asleep in each other's arms.
When they awoke the next morning, the sun was
already high in the heavens, and its powerful beams
made the tree so hot, that they did not know what to
do with themselves. Sister," said he, I am so
thirsty with the heat; I wish I knew where there was
a nice brook, I would go and quench my thirst."
Listen, then," said the girl, and I think you will
hear one running."
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He rose up, and putting his arm round his little
Sister's waist, they walked in the direction from
whence the sound came.
Now, you must know that this Stepmother was a
Witch, and, therefore, well knew the children's thoughts,
and had watched their going away. Then sneaking
after them, like a snake in the grass, as is the habit of
witches, she enchanted all the springs in the forest.
A brook now came trippingly over the pebbles to
their very feet, and the Brother stooped down to drink,
when the Sister's quick ear caught the words the
brook spoke as it ran-
"Whoever drinks one drop from me,
He to a Tiger changed will be!"
I pray you, dear Brother, drink not, or you will
be changed into a cruel Tiger, and will tear me to
pieces, and devour me!"
So the Brother overcame his great desire to drink,
to please his Sister, and they travelled on until they
came to another brook. As they neared this next
one, the Sister began to cry, saying. Dear Brother,
do not drink, I pray you; listen to the brook's babbling,
and you will hear what it says "-
"To quench your thirst at me don't try,
Or a fierce Wolf full length you'll lie."
When he heard this, he said, Well, I will not
drink this time; but, say what you please, at the next
I must drink, if I die for it."
So saying, they went on until they came to a beau-
tiful grassy spot, neatly cut and rolled, with a bright
sparkling brook running through it; then the Brother's
thirst knew no -bounds; but the Sister heard the
"The waters that so gently wash this lawn,
Will quickly change you to a timid Fawn."
Then she fell upon her Brother's neck, and entreated
him not to drink; For," said she, you will be afraid
of me, and will run away from me."
But the Brother had already stooped down, and
drank ; and at the very first drop of water he tasted,
his shape became that of a F.wn.
At first, the little girl shed many tears of grief over
her dear changed Brother; but, at last, the little
maiden, embracing the Fawn, said, "Be quiet, dear
little Fawn, and I will never leave you or forsake you."
Then she untied her little golden garter, and she
fastened it with loving hands round his neck; then
she stripped some rushes, and when they were white,
she wove a girdle of them with pretty flower-buds
in between; and fastening one end to the golden
collar, by the other end she led him by her side, and
they travelled on deeper and deeper into the forest.
After a long journey, they came to a pretty little hut,
with some wild roses growing over it, and blue-bells
and cowslips in the grass around it. Then the little
maiden looked in, and saw it was all nice and neat,
with a little chair and table, but nobody in it. Then
said she to herself, How quiet and pleasant it would
be to live here with my dear Brother, where he would
be safe, and I could attend to his wants." So she led
him in, and then went and brought him soft moss
and dried leaves to make him a couch to sleep upon.
Every morning, she went out and gathered dried
roots and berries and nuts for herself, while for the
Fawn she brought the freshest herbs and youngest
grass she could find; and the Fawn, thankful for her
loving kindness, played happily around her all the day
loIg. When night came, she said her prayers, and then
lay her little head upon the Fawn's back, on which
soft and warm pillow she always slept soundly until
daybreak. Had the Fawn but regained his natural
shape, what a merry Brother and Sister they would
have been !
Time wore on, and they still lived in this forest.
One day, however, the King of those parts had a great
hunting-party, and they all met in this very forest to
hunt. The horns blew sweetly among the trees, the
dogs impatiently barked and whined, and the hunts-
men halloed so lustily, that the little Fawn became
eager to join the hunt, and could not restrain him-
self. Dear Sister," said he, I must indeed join the
hunters, or I shall die of sorrow;" and he likewise
begged his Sister so earnestly, that she consented to
let him go.
Come back again to me in the evening," she said;
"I must shut the door against those dreadful wild
hunters, and I shall not open it again until I hear
your voice bidding me do so. You must say-
Sister dear, who sits within,
Open the door that I may skip in."
As soon as she had said this, off he bounded into the
fresh breeze, right glad and merry to get his freedom
Just as he had fully stretched his legs, the King
himself caught sight of him, and seeing what a beau-
tiful animal he was, determined upon .pursuing him ;
but although he used every effort, he could in no way
catch him; the Fawn cleverly avoided the hunters,
and just as the King had made sure of him, he nim-
bly sprang over the bushes, and was lost to sight
It was now nearly dark; so, running up to the door
of the little hut, he repeated the words his Sister
had desired. The door was instantly opened by the
anxiously-watching girl, to whom he related the
pleasant run he had had, and then lay down upon
his soft bed, and slept all night.
When morning broke, the sportsmen were at the
hunt again; and as soon as the Fawn heard them, he
said, "Sister dear, pray open the door; Lmust go to
Go your ways," said she; "but mind you return
safely in the evening, and repeat the same words as
When the King again saw this beautiful animal,
with his golden collar, he was determined to take him,
and followed him up close; but he was too nimble and
brisk for them. All the day long they were trying in
vain to come up to him, until towards night, when the
huntsmen made a circle round him, and one wounded
him very slightly on the foot behind, so that he could
not run quite so swiftly. Then one of them slipped
after him to the little but, and heard hil repeat the
words to his little Sister, and saw thaft:e door
was immediately opened, and shut again him.
Whereupon, the huntsman, filled with surprise and
wonder, went and told the King all he had seen
The Sister, however, was terribly frightened, and
grieved much in her heart, when she saw her dear
Fawn was wounded. So she washed and bathed the
wound, and made a nice dressing of fresh medical
herbs for the healing of the foot; then said, "Now,
dear Fawn, lie you down and sleep, that your wound
may get well."
In the morning, it was so much better for his Sister's
kind treatment, that it scarcely troubled him at all.
Then he heard the Tan-ta-ra outside; he said, I can-
not restrain myself; I pray you, kind Sister, let me
go, and none shall come up with me again, I will pro-
The Sister- wept bitterly, saying, Brother mine,
you arethe only one I have to love in this wide world,
and if you go, soon they will kill you, and I shall be
left alone, unloved, uncared for; I must say nay-I
cannot, dare not, give my consent."
Then I must die here of vexation, if you say me
nay; if you do. not let me go, I feel I must jump out
of my skin when I hear the horns."
Then she lifted the latch, with tearful eyes and a'
heavy heart; and in a moment he was free, bounding
away, with the huntsmen at his heels.
The King desired his men to keep close beside him
until night came, when he arrived at the door of the
hut, and having knocked, repeated the words gaily to
the Sister." When the door was opened, the King him-
self stepped in, and saw, to his astonishment, a maiden,
more beautiful than any lie had in his whole kingdom.
Then the Sister was seized with a great fright, when
she saw, instead of her Fawn, a noble gentleman step
in, with a goldIa crown upon his head. But the King"
smiled lovingly upon her, and taking her by the hand,
he gently pressed it, saying, "Dearest maiden, will
you come with me to my great castle on the hills, and
remain with me, as my dearly loved and cherished
"Oh, certainly; with all my heart!" replied the
maiden-for it was decidedly love at first sight on
bobh sides-" only, you must let me take my Fawn
with me, or I shall not be happy. I never will forsake
The King said, Take him with you, and he slhall
never leave you, nor shall lie want for anythingg"
In the meantime, the Fawn had come in, quite well
and happy; so she took h6rIfttlo girdle, and tied it to
his collar, and led him out of the hut.
Then the Kifig lifted the pretty maiden upon his
horse, and rode swiftly home to his own castle, where
the marriage was honourably celebrated with much
show and magnificence. Now she had become Queen,
she enjoyed her .life exceedingly with the King her
husband, who very seldom left her side; while her dear
Fawn was well attended to, and played all day long
in the castle garden, underneath her casement window,
where she could watch his merry gambols.
The good-for-nothing old witch of a Stepmother,
who had been so cruel to the dear children, and who
hoped they had long ago been devoured by wild beasts,
or that the dogs had hunted the Fawn to death, no
sooner heard how happy and prosperous they had be-
come, than her wicked heart was inflamed by jealousy,
and she had no peace day or night, for thinking how
she could work their misery and downfall. Her
own daughter, who had been born to her after the
children had left home, was one of the ugliest girls
that ever came into the world; she had but one eye,
for which she was continually reproached. She said,
" To think of that pert hussy becoming a Queen! that
luck should have been mine."
Be quiet, now," said the .Witch-mother; "be con-
tent with your station; we shall see what happens
when the right time comes. I shall be at hand, I'll
One day, the King went out hunting, and it so hap-
.pened that, during his absence, the Queen brought
into the world a most beautiful little boy. The wicked
old Witch was as good as her word; true enough,
there she was, to work mischief. She got into the
Queen's bedroom, where she was lying, in the form of
a Head-nurse. Will it please your Majesty to go to
the bath I have provided for you; it will restore your
health and vigour, and you will quickly be well again;
it is quite ready-you had better be carried to it while
it is warm." Then the daughter, who was near at hand,
helped her to carry the sick Queen into the bath, and
having placed her there, left the room, and shut the
door; but first these wicked women had made up an
immense fire in the stove, which must inevitably suffo-
cate the poor young Queen.
When all this was done, the old Witch dressed up
her ugly daughter in the Queen's clothes, and putting
the Queen's cap upon her head, she laid her in the bed
in her place. She gave her, too, the form and appear-
ance of the Queen as much as she could, only she had
not the power to put another eye in her head, so she
laid her upon the side where there was no eye, and
covered the bedclothes close around her.
When all this was done, the King came from the
hunt, and was overjoyed to hear a son and Prince had
been born to him, and could not restrain himself from
going to his wife's bedside, to see for himself how she
was getting on, and to give her an affectionate and
consoling embrace. When he would have gone to his
wife, the old Witch-nurse called out, For your life
do not undraw the curtains! the smallest ray of light
will kill the Queen; she must be kept quite quiet."
So the King left the room without discovering the
wicked cheat that had been played upon him.
When the dead of the night came, the real Nurse,
who was watching the Royal Infant's cradle, and wide
awake, saw the door open, and the real Queen glide
gently in. She took the sleeping babe in her arms,
and tenderly caressing and rocking it, shook up its
little bed and pillow, then putting it back again,
covered it warmly over. Nor was the Fawn forgotten,
for, going to the corner where it lay, she tenderly
stroked its back, and then, with silent step, left the
In the morning, the Nurse, not knowing what to
make of this, asked the guards if any one had passed
them into the castle in the night.
"Nay," they replied; "our watch has been well
kept, and we have seen nobody."
For many nights the true Queen came constantly,
and never spoke a word, but always nursed her child,
and petted her Fawn. When some time had passed
away, the Queen began to speak, and said-
"Farewell, Sweet Babe, and yon, my muclh-lovd Fawn ;
Twice more I'll soy fi'rcweli before the morn."