Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Puss in boots
 Jack and the bean-stalk
 White cat
 Back Cover

Title: Aunt Louisa's fairy legends : comprising: Puss in Boots, Jack and the bean-stalk, White Cat, Cinderella
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Title: Aunt Louisa's fairy legends : comprising: Puss in Boots, Jack and the bean-stalk, White Cat, Cinderella
Alternate Title: Jack and the bean-stalk.
White cat.
Physical Description: 1 v. (various pagings) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Valentine, L
Valentine, L. (Laura), d 1899
McLoughlin Bros., inc. ( Contributor )
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros.,
Publication Date: 187-?
Subject: Bldn -- 1875.
Literature for Children
Genre: Fairy tales -- 1875.
Onlays (Binding) -- 1875.
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York.
General Note: The first three stories consist of 6 numbered leaves of text and 6 leaves of plates. The fourth story contains 10 unnumbered pages of text and 6 leaves of plates.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
        Page ii
        Page iii
    Title Page
        Page iv
    Puss in boots
        Page Puss
        Page Puss 1
        Page Puss 1a
        Page Puss 2
        Page Puss 2a
        Page Puss 3
        Page Puss 3a
        Page Puss 3b
        Page Puss 4
        Page Puss 4a
        Page Puss 5
        Page Puss 5a
        Page Puss 6
    Jack and the bean-stalk
        Page Jack
        Page Jack 1
        Page Jack 1a
        Page Jack 2
        Page Jack 2a
        Page Jack 3
        Page Jack 3a
        Page Jack 3b
        Page Jack 4
        Page Jack 4a
        Page Jack 5
        Page Jack 5a
        Page Jack 6
    White cat
        Page Cat
        Page Cat 1
        Page Cat 1a
        Page Cat 2
        Page Cat 2a
        Page Cat 3
        Page Cat 3a
        Page Cat 3b
        Page Cat 4
        Page Cat 4a
        Page Cat 5
        Page Cat 5a
        Page Cat 6
        Page Cinderella
        Page Cinderella 1
        Page Cinderella 1a
        Page Cinderella 2
        Page Cinderella 3
        Page Cinderella 3a
        Page Cinderella 4
        Page Cinderella 5
        Page Cinderella 5a
        Page Cinderella 5b
        Page Cinderella 6
        Page Cinderella 7
        Page Cinderella 7a
        Page Cinderella 8
        Page Cinderella 9
        Page Cinderella 9a
        Page Cinderella 10
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
Full Text






Puss in Boots,

Jack and the Bean-Stalk,









T HERE was once a poor miller, who had three
sons; and, when he was about to die, he left
the mill to the eldest, his donkey to the second,
and to the youngest boy only his cat. This last,
poor fellow! thought himself very badly off, in
comparison with his brothers, who, by joining
their property together, he would say, could get
on very well; but as he had nothing but Pussy,
he feared he should really starve.
Now, it happened that the Cat was one day
lying quietly in a cupboard, and overheard him
making this complaint; so he came out, and thus
spoke to his young master:
Pray do not grieve at your lot---that is not
right, you know; but trust in me, and I will do
all I can to help you. Give me a bag, and get a
pair of boots made for me, that I may make my
way well through the mire and the brambles, and
you will soon see what I can do."


2 Puss i Boo/s.

The poor youth was too sad to heed Pussy's
speech much; but still he got the bag and the
little boots made for him, not thinking anything
would come of it, for all the Cat's fine speech.
No sooner had Puss put on the boots, and
placed the bag on his neck, than he bade his
master good morning, and boldly started off to
the woods. The sly-boots had put some parsley
in his bag, that he might tempt some rabbits in
a warren he knew of, close by, to come and take
a taste of it. Poor little things! they were too
simple to suppose he meant mischief; so he very
soon coaxed a nice plump young rabbit to have
a nibble, and the moment he put his little nose
in the bag, Puss drew the string tight, and killed
him, as well as one or two more in the same
Puss was very proud of the good sport he
had had, and went straight off to the Court, where
he asked to speak to the King. When he came
before the monarch, who was seated on a throne,
with the Princess, his daughter, by his side, he
made a graceful bow, and said:

3 Puss in Boots.
Please your Majesty, I have brought this
game from the warren belonging to my master,
the Marquis of Carabas, who desired me to lay
it, with his loyal respects, and offers of service,
at your Majesty's feet."
Sly Puss! he had himself given his poor
master that grand title. The King, much pleased
at this mark of homage, graciously accepted of
the gift, and sent his thanks to the Marquis.
One fine morning, not long after this, Puss
heard that the King was going to take a ride by
the river's side, with his lovely daughter; so he
said to his master:
"If you only follow my advice, your fortune
is made. Take off your clothes, and get into the
river to bathe, just where I shall point out, and
leave the rest to me."
The young man did as he was bid, without
being in the least able to guess what the Cat
meant. While he was bathing very coolly, the
King and the royal party passed by, and Puss-in
Boots, running after them, called out, as loud as
he could bawl:

Puss - Bools.

"Help! help! my lord, the Marquis of Cara-
bas, is in danger of being drowned!"
The King, seeing it was the same Cat that
had brought him the game, sent some of his
servants to assist the poor Marquis.
Puss then told his Majesty, that while his
Lordship was bathing, some thieves had stolen
his clothes---which was not true, for Master Puss
had hidden them behind a tree, a little way off
The King accordingly sent to the Palace for
a rich Court-suit for him to put on, which became
him very much, and he looked so handsome that
the King's daughter fell in love with him.
The King, soon after, invited the Marquis to
travel with him, and they came near to a grand
Castle, in which an Ogre lived.
But Pussy slipped in before them, and was
soon quite chatty with the Ogre, saying:
"Can't you change yourself into any animal
you please ?"
"Of course I can," said he; and in a moment
he became a roaring lion.
The Cat rushed away in alarm; but, when

he came back

Puss- t- Boots. 5

again, no lion was to be seen---

only the Ogre. Puss then said:
"Please, do change into a mouse, now."
But no sooner had he done so, than the Cat
sprang upon him, and ate him up.
Puss-in-Boots, hearing the royal party ap-
proach, went out to meet them, and bowing to
the King, said:
"Your Majesty is right welcome to the Cas-
tle of the Marquis of Carabas!

The King was delighted to find his
ship had so noble a Castle, and gladly ac
the invitation to view it.


The young
Princess as she


gave his
and both

hand to

King as he entered the great hall, when they all,
soon after, partook of a rich feast, which the
Ogre had prepared for some of his own friends,
little thinking how he should be himself eaten up
by a Cat.

The King

was quite charmed with

all he

saw, and he liked the young

Marquis more and

more, not only because he was so rich, and had

Puss-in -Boo/s.

so grand a Castle and so fine an estate, but be-
cause he was both good and wise; and he soon
noticed, also, how much the Princess was in love
with the handsome youth. So he said to him:
My dear Marquis, it will be your own fault
if you do not become my son-in-law; my daugh-
ter loves you, and you have my full consent."
The Marquis was overjoyed at this great
mark of royal favor, and was united to his fair
bride the very next day.
You may be sure that his old friend Puss-in
Boots was not forgotten. That clever Cat became
a great favorite at Court, was richly dressed, and
had such choice dainties for his food that he
never again touched rats and mice. His greatest
pleasure was to lounge by the balcony, on a
couch, and look out on the park, when his young
master and the Princess were walking in its
shady groves; and PUSS-IN-BOOTS lived thus
happily to a good old age.



A N idle, careless boy was Jack, and though
his father was dead, and his mother was
very poor, he did not like to work, so at last
they had no money left to buy bread; they had
nothing but the cow. Then Jack's mother sent
him to the market to sell the cow. But as he
went he met a man who had some pretty beans
in his hand, which he stopped to look at. The
man said, Give me the ugly white cow, and
you shall have the beans." "Thank you, sir,"
said Jack, and ran home to show his mother
how well he had sold the cow. She was very
angry, and threw the beans into the garden, and
sat down to cry, for she had no fire, nor bread.
Jack had to go to bed without supper; he
woke late next morning, and thought his win-
dow was dark, and when he looked out, he saw

2 Jack and the Bean-Stalk.

that all the beans had taken root in the garden,
and had grown up and twisted like a ladder,
which seemed to reach to the sky. Jack ran
down to the garden, and began to climb, though
his mother cried out to him to stop, and threw
her shoes at him. He did not mind all,
but went on, and on, above the houses, above
the trees, above the steeples, till he came to a
strange land. Then he got off the bean-stalk, to
try and find a house where he might beg a
piece of bread.
As he was looking round, he saw a pretty
little fairy coming with a long wand, who told
him he must go straight on till he came to a
large house, where a fierce giant lived. She said
this giant had killed Jack's father, and kept all
his money, and that Jack must be very brave,
and must kill the wicked giant, and get all the
money back for his poor mother. Jack thought
it would be hard to kill a giant, but he would
try; Wso' he went on till he met the giant's wife.

Jack and the Bean-Stalk.

He asked for

a bit of bread,

and she gave him

some, for she was not a bad woman; and when
she heard the giant coming, she hid Jack in the
oven for fear the giant should eat him.
The giant was very cross; he wanted his
supper, and said he smelt fresh meat; but his
wife said he smelt the people who were shut
up in the cellar to fatten. After he had eaten
as much supper as would have served ten men,
he called for his hen. Then a pretty little hen
stepped out of a basket, and every time the giant
said, Lay," it laid a golden egg. Jack thought
this hen must have been his father's, and when
the giant was tired of seeing the hen lay golden
eggs, and fell asleep, he stole out of the oven,
took up the hen, and ran as fast as he could to
the bean-stalk. You may be sure he made haste
to slide down, and very glad his mother was to see
him and the hen. Then they sold the golden eggs,
and bought many nice things with the money.
But Jack said he must kill the giant; so he

Jack and the Bean-Stalk.

stained his face with walnut-juice, and put on
other clothes, and set out up the bean-stalk
again. He went to beg of the giant's wife, but
she was a long time before she would let him
in. At last she took him to the kitchen, gave
him some plum tart and milk, and let him sleep
in a closet where the pans were kept. When
the giant came in, he said he smelt fresh meat;
but his wife said it was only a dead horse, and
she gave him a large loaf, and a whole cheese,
and a pailful of beer for his supper. When he
had done, he took out his money bags, and
counted his money till he fell asleep. Then Jack
came out on tiptoe, lifted up the heavy bags and
made haste to the bean-stalk, where he was glad
to let the bags slide down first, and then to slide
after them. Now they were rich, for it was their
own money, and Jack's mother lived like a lady.
Still Jack did not forget what the Fairy had
told him to do, so he climbed up the bean-stalk
once more, and went on to the house of the

Jack and the Bean-Stalk. 5

giant. But he tried a long time before the old
woman would let him in, for she said her hus-
band had been robbed by beggar boys. But in
the end she gave him a cake, and, before the
giant came in, hid him in a copper, and set a
round of beef on the table to stop her husband
from looking for fresh meat. He ate all the beef
and drank so much rum that he could not stand,
but lay back, and called for his harp. His wife
brought the harp, which was silver, with golden
strings, and when the giant said, "Play," it played
the sweetest music you ever heard. Then Jack
said, I will have the harp," and as soon as the
giant began to snore, he took up the harp, and
ran off.
But the harp was a fairy, and it called out,
"Master! Master!" till the giant awoke, and ran
after the boy; but for all his long strides he was
so drunk that Jack got to the bean-stalk first,
and you may be sure he was not long in com-
ing down. Then the giant began to come down

yack and the Bean-Stalk.

after him, and when Jack's mother saw the wick-
ed wretch, she cried out for fear; but Jack said,
"Never fear, mother, but bring me an axe." His
mother made great haste to bring him an axe;
then Jack, who was now grown a stout lad, be-
gan to hew down the bean-stalk.
When the last bean-stalk was cut through,
Jack and his mother ran a good way off, and
they saw the giant fall down from a great height
to the ground, which shook with his weight; and
when they went up, they found he was quite
dead. Then the good Fairy came and touched
the bean-stalk with her wand, and it was carried
away by the wind, which Jack's mother was very
glad of. Then she gave them all their riches
that the giant had stolen; but Jack gave the
giant's kind wife as much as she liked, and he
grew up after to be a very good boy, and was
never more idle or careless.






THERE was once

a King, who

was growing old;

and it was told to him that his three sons wished

to govern the kingdom.

wish to

The old King

give up his power just yet.

the best way to prevent his sons
his throne was to send them out

did not

He thought
from taking
to seek for


So he called

them all around

and said: "My sons, go away and


year; and he of you who brings me the most


little dog shall have the kingdom, and

be king after me." Then the

three Princes start-

ed on the journey; but it is of the youngest of

the three that I have now to tell.

He travelled

for many days, and at last found himself



The IWhite Cat.


at the door of

a splendid


not a man or woman was to be seen.
A number of hands, with no bodies to them,


Two hands took off the Prince's cloak;

two others seated him in

a chair;


brought a brush, to brush his hair;

and several


on him at


more hands came and put him to

chamber, where he slept

bed, in a fine

all night; but

one appeared.

Next morning the hands


him to a splendid hall, where there sat a large

White Cat, who made him sit
appeared glad to see him.

Next day the Prince and


the White

her, and

Cat went

out hunting together.

The Cat was mounted on

a fine spirited monkey, and seemed very fond of

on his part, was delighted with




the Prince; who,

The White Cat.

her wit and cleverness.
hunted for them. These

Instead of dogs, cats
creatures ran with great

agility after rats and mice,

and birds,


and killing

a great number of them; and some-

times the White

Cat's monkey would climb

with the


on his back, after

bird, a mouse, or a squirrel.
This pleasant life went on

for a long

Every day the White Cat became more fond of

the Prince;

while, on

his part, the


not help loving the poor Cat, who was so kind

and attentive

to him.

At last the

time drew

near when the Prince was to return home, and
he had not thought of looking for a little dog.

But the
open thi!

Cat gave

him a casket, and told him

before the King, and all would

be well.

So the Prince journeyed home, taking with him




The HWhite

an ugly mongrel cur.


his brothers

this, they laughed secretly to each other, and
thought themselves secure, so far as their young-

er brother was concerned.

They had, with in-

finite pains, procured each of them a very rare

and beautiful little dog, and each
self quite sure to get the prize.


When the day came on which the dogs

to be shown, each of the two elder Princes pro-


a beautiful

little dog, on a silk



no one could

judge which was the

The youngest now opened his casket,

and found a walnut.

He cracked this walnut;

and out of the walnut sprang

a little tiny dog

of exquisite


Still the old King


not give up his kingdom.
Princes they must bring

He told the young
him home a piece of




The White Cat. 5

cambric, so fine that it could be threaded through
the eye of a needle. And so they went away in
search of such a piece of cambric.
Again the youngest Prince passed a year with
the White Cat, and again the Cat gave him a
walnut when the time came for him to return
home. The three Princes were summoned be-
fore their father, who produced a needle. The
first and second Princes brought a piece of
cambric, which would almost, but not quite, go
through the needle's eye. The youngest Prince
broke open his walnut shell. He found inside
it a nut-shell, and then a cherry-stone, and
then a grain of wheat, and then a grain of mil-
let; and in this grain of millet a piece of cam-
bric four hundred yards long, which passed easily
through the eye of the needle. But the old King





said, He who

The White

brings the

most beautiful

shall have the kingdom."
The Prince went back to

the White

Cat, and

told her what his father had said.
"Cut off my head and my tail." P


She replied,
t last he con-

Instantly the Cat was transformed into a
Princess; for she had been condemned

by a wicked fairy to appear as a Cat, till a young
Prince should cut off her head and tail. The
Prince and Princess went to the old King's court,
and she was far more beautiful than the ladies
brought by the other two Princes. But she did
not want the kingdom, for she owned four al-


One of these she gave to each of the

elder brothers, and over the other two she ruled

with the young


who married

her, and

they lived happily together all their lives.



ONCE upon a time, there lived near a bad habit of always wanting her own
great city, a very worthy gentleman, with way; and as the husband was a good
a handsome amiable young lady-his natured easy kind of man, she usually
wife. They loved each other tenderly, contrived to get it.
as married people should do; and they There was another disadvantage about
had not been wedded very long, before this marriage. The new wife was a
there was a pretty little baby girl in the widow, and she brought with her into the
nursery-so both the parents were very house two great rude girls, whom she
happy. But their joy did not last long. had wisely kept out of her husband's
The young mother fell ill of a fever, and sight until after he had married her.
died, while her child was still a dancing, These girls were nearly ten years older
crowing little baby, far too young to feel than the gentleman's own pretty little
the loss of its kind parent. I daughter, and the poor child soon began
The poor husband was at first dread- to lead a very dreary life among her
fully grieved at his loss; but as time wore now relations. They slighted her and
on, his sorrow became less violent; and teased her at first; and when they found
when two years had passed away, he be- the poor child bore it patiently, they
gan to feel very lonely in his great house. went on from bad to worse; from con-
This set him upon thinking of another tempt and mocking to downright ill-
wife ; and at last he made up his mind to treatment.
marry again. But, you will ask, why did not the
Unhappily, the choice the gentleman gentleman look after his daughter ? The
made this time was not a good one. The fact was, he had not the strength to do
lady whom he now married was proud, so; he was so disappointed in his new
haughty, and deceitful. She had a very wife, and so disgusted with the rude girls,


who would not listen to him, and who
were encouraged by their mother in their
naughtiness, that he soon fell sick. For
six or seven months he lingered on, get-
ting weaker and weaker; and then he
died, and his qor little daughter was left,
it seemed, without a friend in the world.
After her father's death, the poor little
girl's life was a very hard one. As she
grew up, she became very pretty; and
the prettier she became, the more the
sisters seemed to hate her. She was
treated quite like a servant, and made to
help in all the drudgery of the house; so
while the two elder sisters flaunted in
silks and satins, the younger one went
about in a plain cotton gown, but with a
look of kindness and modesty in her face
which no money could purchase for the
bold, harsh daughters of the widow.
When her household drudgery was
over for the day, the poor young girl
would go into the kitchen, and sit down
quietly in the chimney corner among the
cinders. This habit procured for her the
name of "Cinder-wench" from that ill-
natured girl, her eldest sister; while the
younger, a little more polite, called her
"Cinderella "-certainly the prettier name
of the two.
Years went on, and Cinderella became
prettier, and her step-sisters more unkind

than ever. They were never weary of
tormenting the poor girl, and had not
even the sense to see that every one dis-
liked them for it. They would dress
themselves out in great state to go tc
balls and parties, and were not ashamed
to ask Cinderella to help them to dress.
Then, when she had taken the greatest
pains with them, these unkind girls would
say some harsh word or other to her,
as they went down stairs. And I wish
every one who reads this story, (espe-
cially every little girl), to reflect what
harm is sometimes done by unkind words,
hastily uttered. Never allow yourselves
to be harsh in your speech, and even give
up the last word rather than disregard
this piece of good advice.
One day the two sisters received a
little note on scented rose-colored paper,
which made them hold their heads up
higher than ever, and become more inso-
lent and rude to everybody than they
had been before. This note was an invi-
tation to a grand state dress ball, given
by the king's son. You cannot imagine
how elated the two sisters were; they,
began to consult, six weeks before the
date of the entertainment, as to what
they should wear. And it was wonder-
ful how these girls, who were usually as
lazy as ever they could be, became quite


busy when their vanity was fairly roused. say, to see a Cinderella dancing at a
They found plenty of work for Cinder- ball." This was all the return Cinderella
ella, who after her household drudgery got for her toil since six o'clock in the
was done, had to starch, iron, trim, sew, morning.
and cut out for them, in a most remark- Everything must come to an end; so
able way; and when she had done her did the unpleasant task of dressing the
very best, they scolded her for her trouble. proud sisters. They drove off in a fine
But when the day of the ball really came, carriage, with a coachman and two foot-
then was indeed a time of hurry-skurry, men in handsome liveries; and Cinder-
and hurly-burly. The sisters, whose usual ella was left to retire to her dark, dismal

hour for rising was half past ten, found
they could very well get up at six; and
at a quarter past, they rang for Cinder-
ella. They continued to dress by easy
stages, all day long, excepting a couple
of hours in the middle of the day, which
they occupied in having their dinner and
lying down for a nap; but as they found
a nice little piece of work for Cinderella
to employ her till they came back, I
verily believe that poor girl got no din-
ner at all that day. But these sisters
were not the only selfish people who only
thought of their own pleasure that day.
Is Cinderella was fastening the dress of
one of her sisters, the other, who sat by,
said:-" Pray Cinderella, would you not
like to go to the ball?" ./_Jay," replied
Cinderella, "you are only mocking me.
It is not for such as I to go to parties
and balls." "Very true," said the ill-
natured girl, "people would stare, I dare-

For some time she stood sorrowfully
in a corner, thinking a great deal about
her sister's unkindness, and a little about
the gay merry ball, to which she would
gladly have gone. The more she thought
about it, the more sorrowful and sad she
became; at length she sat down in a cor-
ner and fairly began to cry. How long
she sat thus she did not know; but she
seemed to have sobbed herself into a
doze; and when she woke up, she saw
before her a beautiful lady, standing on
a small cloud, with a wand in her hand.
" My dear Cinderella," said this lady, I
am your god-mother" Cinderella won-
dered at this, because she had never seen
the lady before. "I do not like to see
you so unhappy; tell me what you are
crying about." Cinderella could only sob
out-" Because those great girls are very
unkind to me; and because I want-I


want-" "You want to go to the ball,
Cinderella; is not that the truth? Well,
be a good girl and I will send you. But
first of all we must get you a coach and
horses to take you there, and proper
clothes to go in. Go into the garden
and fetch me a pumpkin."
Cinderella was very much surprised at
this request; but the lady, who looked
like what she was-a fairy-seemed so
completely in earnest, that the girl at
once did as she was told. And as she
carried the pumpkin in through the gar-
den, she really thought in shape it was
not so very much unlike the lord may-
or's coach. The fairy cut a hole in the
pumpkin and scooped it out, leaving
only the rind. Then she touched it once
with her wand, and it stood there like
the beautiful carriage you see in the
Cinderella stood gazing in surprise at
the beautiful coach; but her godmother
did not let her wonder long: What
shall we do for horses, my dear?"
said she. "Just go and bring me the
large mouse-trap out of the pantry."
Cinderella went for the trap. There
six little mice in it poking their little

very gently, so that the mice might come
hopping out one by one. As they did
so, the fairy touched each of them with
her wand, and turned them into hand-
some coach horses, with arching necks
and long tails, and splendid harness all
plated with gold! Look at them!
"Well, my dear child," said the fairy,
"here are a carriage and horses, at least
as handsome as your sisters; but now
we want a coachman and a postillion.
Go and see if there are no rats in the
Off tripped Cinderella, and soon re-
turned in triumph, bearing the rat-trap
in her hand. There were two rats in it;
one a big rat with a fine beard, and the
other a dapper fellow with a slim waist
and a short body. The fairy touched
these two rats with her wand; and the
little one was transformed into a herald,
to walk at the horses' heads with a trum-
pet in his hand to give notice of their
approach; while the big one appeared
as a handsome coachman, with pointed
beard, mustaches to match, and a splen-
did state livery embroidered with gold.
Footmen were now required to complete
the equipage, and Cinderella was directed

noses up against the bars, and trying to by the fairy to bring in six lizards which
get out At her godmother's desire, she would find behind the garden water-
Cinderella lifted up the door of the trap ing-pot.. The lizards were brought, and


by the touch of the wonderful wand the
four largest were changed into tall foot-
men, with gorgeous liveries to match the
the coachman's; the two smaller lizards
became pages, to walk beside the car-
riage doors; and the whole of them
sprang at once into their respective
positions with the agility of practical
Well, Cinderella," said her god-
mother, are you not pleased with your
equipage for appearing at the ball?"
"Yes, indeed," repliedCinderella; "but
-" and she glanced down at the shabby
dress she had on at the time. Her god-
mother understood her meaning. You
do not think you can go in those clothes,
my dear ?-neither shall you," said the
fairy. Once more the wand came into
play; in an instant Cinderella's shabby
attire had changed to a beautiful dress of
gold brocade, with precious stones here
and there. To crown all, the god-mother'
produced a pair of beautiful slippers of
spun glass, that glittered like diamonds,
and gave them to Cinderella to put on.
"Now," said the fairy to Cinderella, as
she stood admiring her costly attire and
equipage in an cestacy of delight; "I
have an injunction to lay upon you.
You must be back here by twelve o'clock
at night: for if you remain beyond that

hour at the ball your coach will return
to the form of a pumpkin, your coach-
man become a rat, your horses mice,
your footmen and pages lizards, and
your beautiful dress vanish away."
Cinderella promised punctually to obey
her god-mother's directions. Who would
not have promised in such a case ? The
footmen handed her into the coach, the
coachman snapped his whip, and off they
drove in grand style.
There was no small stir at the palace
when the splendid carriage drove up;
and great indeed was the interest dis-
played when Cinderella alighted. The
news was quickly carried to the prince,
that a beautiful princess (for such her
equipage appeared to proclaim her), had
arrived. The prince went out to receive
her, and conducted her into the ball-
room. The eyes of all present were at
once fixed on Cinderella; the prince
leading her out to dance with him, dis-
played her beauty to the admiration of
all, which was much increased by the
grace and dignity of her carriage. In
fact, she made an impression an all pres-
ent; but far the deepest on the young
A magnificent supper was served, fur-
nished by Gunn-Turr, and Swi-Ye, two
celebrated cooks of the period; and at


the supper Cinderella was seated next
her sisters and conversed with them.
The condescension of the beautiful
stranger was highly pleasing and flat-
tering to the vanity of the sisters, and
they partook of the fruits she proffered
them with a relish which would have
been somewhat embittered had they
known the truth.
The warning voice of the clock told
eleven and three-quarters when Cinder-
ella, mindful of her god-mother's injunc-
tion, arose, and with a graceful curtsy
hastened to her carriage. The prince
hurried after her, begged of her to renew
her visit on the following evening, saw
her to her carriage, and returned to the
company very dull and evidently disin-
clined to prolong the festivities. Cin-
derella arrived home in time to receive
the approval of her god-mother and a
promise from her of further support; but
a loud rap at the door announced the
arrival of the sisters, and assuming the
appearance of having been awakened
out of a sound sleep, she hastened to
admit them The sisters had no sooner
entered the house than they commenced
an animated conversation on the sub-
ject of the visit of the "beautiful prin-
cess" to the palace; they were so pleased
and elated with the evident preference

she had shown for their company, that
having no other listeners at the time,
their vanity compelled them to make
a confidant of the neglected Cinderella.
To her they enlarged upon the beauty,
affability, and evident wealth of the
unknown princess, and triumphantly
displayed some of the fruit they had
received from her hands, which they
preserved in remembrance of the great
On their informing Cinderella that the
princess was expected again on the fol-
lowing evening, the sly puss ventured
very humbly to solicit her proud sisters
for the loan of a cast-off dress to enable
her to satisfy the curiosity they had ex-
cited in reference to the beautiful stran-
ger, by accompanying them to the palace
on the following evening. A dress, in-
deed was the rude reply; "you had
better mind your pots and pans, Miss
Cinderella, and leave balls and parties to
your betters." The meekness with which
Cinderella bore this stern rebuke was re-
The next evening the two sisters went
again to the ball, and Cinderella appeared
there shortly, afterwards, dressed even
more splendidly than on the first night.
The prince had been watching for her
ever since the first carriage drew up.


He never left her side the whole of the
evening; would dance with no one else;
and paid her such compliments, that Cin-
derella's cheeks flushed, and she hardly
dared to lift her eyes from the ground.
Not that she felt unhappy, either; oh
But what with the dancing, the lights,
the supper, and the prince's attentions,
she forgot her god-mother's injunction
about being .home at twelve o'clock.
The evening slipped away as if Time in-
deed had wings; and greatly surprised
was Cinderella, when the first stroke of
twelve rang upon her ear. Up she start-
ed; and, never waiting even to curtsy
to the guests, she ran from the ball-room
as fast as she could. And it was well
she did so; for, with the last stroke of
twelve, the beautiful dress of gold bro-
cade fell from her, and she found herself
clad once more in her old dingy work-
ing dress. The prince pursued her, but
she was too quick for him; only, as she
left the ball-room, one of her little glass
slippers fell off, and the prince snatched
it up and kept it as a great treasure.
Cinderella ran home, and reached her
house, panting and breathless, in very
different style to the state in which she
had left the first ball.
The prince questioned the sentinels at

Sthe gates as to whether they had seen a
beautiful princess hurrying out just as the
clock struck twelve. The men replied,
that the only person who had come away
at that time was a dingy little girl, who
looked more like a cinder-sifter than a
Cinderella had a very short time to
wait before her sisters arrived from the
party; for the ball broke up early be-
cause the prince was dull and vexed.
She again met her sisters, rubbing her
eyes with a weary yawn. She asked
them how they were entertained, and
whether the beautiful princess was there
again. "Yes," they replied; and added,
that at twelve o'clock she had sudden-
ly started up and left the ball-room;
whereupon the prince had seemed to
lose all pleasure in the party, and
everything flagged, until at last the
guests took their leave.
The prince dreamt all night of his
beautiful partner, and rose the next
morning thinking of her. He seemed
to lose his taste for all the sports and
amusements in which he had delighted,
and astonished and grieved the old king,
his father, by refusing to play at cricket,
and declining to partake of apple-pie at
dinner. All day long he lay stretched
on a sofa, thinking of the fair princess;


and when he returned to his pillow at
night, it was only to dream of her again.
He would have advertised for her in the
newspapers, but could not, because news-
papers were not yet invented. He had
really no way of finding out who she
was or where she lived, for she had not
shown her card of invitation at the door;
indeed, no one had thought of asking
her for it, her equipage was so splendid.
At last a bright idea struck him, and
he thought he had hit upon a plan.
It was this:-
He had noticed that his unknown had
a pretty little foot; and in due course
thought that if he only got the length
of her foot he could soon make mat-
ters right with the fair one. So the
herald went round the city, and made
the announcement in due form.
Many a lady tried to make the slipper
fit her, but in vain; for you see it was
of glass, and would not bend like an
elastic overshoe. First one lady and then
another tried in vain, but they were
all obliged to dismiss the herald, and,

renounce their hopes of obtaining the
prince's hand.
Among others, Cinderella's sisters en-
deavored to wear the slipper; but it was
too short for them. The one who man-
aged to get her toe in found her heel
stuck out; and the one who could get
her heel in, found it too narrow at the
toe. So at last they had to give it up.
Then Cinderella came forward, and mod-
estly inquired if she might be permitted
to try on the slipper. Her sisters re-
ceived her request with a shout of
laughter; but the herald looked gravely
at her sweet face, and said his orders
were to let ANY ONE WHO LIKED try on
the slipper; so he made Cinderella sit
down, while the sisters looked on with-
an ugly sneer. In a moment it was slip-
ped on! The little shoe sat on Cinder-
ella's little foot as if it were a skin of
glass; and the sisters looked on speech-
less with amazement! But how much
was their wonder increased, when Cin-
derella quietly put her hand in her
pocket and drew forth the other slipper
which she had carried about with her
ever since the famous night of the ball!
Now, at last, the sisters began to see
in Cinderella's face some resemblance to
the beautiful and condescending lady
whose notice they were so proud and


happy to attract at the ball; but their! would fain have uttered; but Cinderella
wonder was not to end here; the fairy detained them, and told them to forget
god-mother entered the room unperceiv- the past as readily and willingly as she
ed, touched Cinderella with her wand, would; she also assured them that pros-
and the humble maiden was transformed perity would never make her forget the
into the beautiful princess in the gor- ties of relationship which bound them
geous dress, who had excited so much together, and begged of them to com-
admiration and envy at the state ball. mand any interest she might possess in
It was now quite plain that Cinderella furthering their future welfare and happi-
was, by some mysterious agency, the ness. This last unhoped for and noble
beautiful princess whom the prince had act made the first and deepest impression
fallen in love with at the ball; and the their worldly natures ever received, and
herald returned joyfully to the palace for once in their lives a grateful and sin-
to announce his success to the prince. cere tear dimned their eyes.
You may well imagine the sudden A royal escort soon arrived to take
revulsion of feeling which took place in Cinderella to the palace, and great was
the breasts of the hitherto proud and the joy of the prince to behold her again.
arrogant sisters. Amazement, which for To him Cinderella appeared more beau-
a few moments hold their senses in sus- teous than ever. That no chance should
pense, gave Way to remorse, humiliation, again separate them, he at once offered
and unavailing regret. To say that they her his hand in marriage, with the pros-
truly repented their past conduct at that pect of being queen when he should
eventful moment, would be to endow succeed to the throne; which, judging
their stubborn and haughty natures with from the very advanced age and failing
a redeeming virtue they did not possess; health of the old king, promised to be at
their vanity had received a blow, and no very distant date.
their arrogance a rebuke, which corn- Cinderella consented to become his
pletely humiliated them, and they were wife; and their marriage was celebrat-
about to retire from their injured step- ed with a degree of regal pomp and
sister's presence, covered with a confusion splendor that furnished the chroniclers
which effectually checked the well-turned of the period with ample materials to fill
but hollow excuses and compliments they the page of history. It was worthy of


mention that a dowry proportioned to richness of their attire. At the conclu-
h i tation was presented her on the sion of the festivities, the two sisters, in
dl.ff her marriage by her kind god- a fit of gratified vanity or repentance (I
mother. And that nothing might be am inclined to think it was the former),
found wanting upon the happy occasion, fell upon their knees before Cinderella
the renowned Gunn-Turr, of whom we and poured forth a flood of thanks mixed
have before made honorable mention in with hopes that she would do still more
this history, was commissioned to provide for them. She did more. In less than
a mammoth wedding-cake; whilst his no a month, she found them both husbands
less celebrated friend Swy-ye, was en- in the shape of two proud but poor lords
trusted with the responsible and impor- who wanted wives and-money.
tant task of preparing an entertainment As for Cinderella herself-need I say
worthy the event. It is but just to add, she lived happily. Not only had she
that those great men performed their every thing that she wished for in the
tasks in such a manner, that they added way of worldly riches and glory, but she
fresh laurels to their already o'er-crowded had what was better still-a good hus-
brows. band to protect her, and friends who
Cinderella, we need scarcely add, more loved her. And any of my little lady
than fulfilled her promise to her sisters. readers, who are as amiable as Cinder-
A place of honor was assigned them at ella, will be sure to get kind friends to
the wedding banquet; they were, through love them, even though they may not
the liberality of Cinderella, enabled to marry princes, or have fairy god-mothers
eclipse the whole of the .guests by the and pumpkin coaches.

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