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FUSS IN BOOTS.In a solitary mill there lived an old millerQ with his three sons, and when he died he0 left behind him the mill, a donkey, and a cat.It was arranged that the eldest son shouldretain the mill, and as he was well knownin the neighbourhood, the people round aboutbrought their wheat and corn to be ground,so he soon became well to do.The second son receivedthe.donkey as his share,Sand he thought it wouldbe a wise plan to work^With his brother by carry-^ ing the grain and flour to ,and from the mill, and by this means he soonearned enough to keep himself.The youngest brother thought,, however, thathe was receiving next to nothing,for only the cat fell to hisshare. 2- '/,'" I "'He wondered how hecould manage to make a 1 ///.living with a cat for hisonly possession "A cat" ? /n4^-/,17he called out. "A cat,whatever am I to do witha cat ?"Puss heard theseremarks, and said to /his master, "Do not beThe Baldwin LibrarySUniversitFlorida^
3 '1miserable; give me a game bag, get me a pair of boots, and you will soonsee that you have not received the worst part of your father's property."The ydoung man could not under'stand to what uses Puss was going toput the things,However, knowing that the cat wasvery clever in catching rats andmice, land although he did notthink that anything wouldcome of it, hegave the cat allbe asked for. LAs -soon as theboots were. ready,Puss put them on,and placed on hisneck the game-baginto which he had"".. ...... " ."-"N"':":'C-- :CV4C*
some cabbage-leaves. He then set out on his journey through the woodsto a secluded spot where he knew there were a good many rabbits in the, habit of feeding.When he came near the spot, he openedthe bag, and arranged the string by whichhe could close the mouth of the bag.He lay down as if dead, and waitedto see whether some young rabbitswould attemp't to try the bait in thebag.Presently a fine rabbit came and putits head into the bag and commencednibbling the dainty morsels. He imme-S'diately drew the string tight, caughtthe rabbit, and killed it without mercy.Proud of his booty, he went straightto the King's castle. He walked upto the door and knocked loudly._ / N Puss asked for an audience___of the King in such anauthoritative manner, that hewas immediately conductedinto the King's presence. As he approachedthe King, he made a most courtly bow andsaid, "May it please your Majesty, my lordand master, the most noble, the Marquis ofCarabas, has sent me, his most humble servantand your Majesty's faithful subject, witha present of some rabbits, and asks yourMajesty to graciously accept"K ,Inthe same as a mark/ // fof his respect."i A day or soafterwards Puss
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managed to entrap a brace of partridges.* He took these to the King, in the nameof his master, who condescended to accepti1 /- j these gifts also. The cat carried the same-, n thing on for some months, until one,, day he heard that the King and hisS/ daughter, a beautiful Princess,would go for a drive alongthe bank of the river, soPuss thought of a very,.1cunning scheme to drawSthe attention of the Kingand Princess to his master,_,which he proceeded to carry out- /1 W '' min the following manner.,_--- --1- He said to his master, "Take".ofI- f your clothes and get into the~=', j-river, just at the place that I shall- point out to you."The young man did as the cat had advised him.While he was bathing, the King drove by, and the cat commenced runningup and down the bank, and called out with all his might, " Help! Help !the Marquis of Carabas is in danger." The King, hearing the screams, lookedout of the carriage window, and recognizing the cat, ordered the coachman tostop, and the footmen and guards to assist the Marquis of Carabas.Puss, knowing full well that it would never do to present his master in hisshabby clothes, approached the King and said, "Your Majesty, thieves havestolen his lordship's. clothes."The King thereupon gave orders to one of his attendants to fetch a rich courtsuit for the Marquis of Carabas. A short time afterwards the Marquis appearedbefore the King in a beautiful suit, paid his homage to his Majesty, and thankedhim for so timely sending help to him in his need.He looked so handsome in his new apparel that the Princess fell in love withhim at once. The King also took a great liking to the young man, and
invited him to take a seat in the carriage. The cat ran before the carriagefor some distance till he came to a field where the mowers were very busygathering in the hay.Puss went up to them and told them that the King was driving that wayand that if he asked them to whom the field belonged, they were to reply"To our master the Marquis of Carabas," and threatened them with allmanner of ills, if they forgot to do so.The mowers promised to do as the cat had asked them. Soon afterwardsthe King drove up, and, as was his custom, asked to whom the fields belonged.The mowers replied in chorus, "These fields belong to our master the Marquisof Carabas."The King. was much pleased to find the young man so wealthy, andcongratulated him on the size and beauty of his property. But the cat was notcontent with this, for he ranbefore the carriage and toldall he met to inform theKing, when asked, thatthe property was thatof the Marquis of"Carabas.At last the catarrived beforea big castle,
in which a rich Ogre lived, and to whom all the land the King had admiredreally belonged. Puss rang the bell and was admitted. He told the Ogre hehad heard that he could change himself into any shape, and asked him if it wastrue. The Ogre said it was quite true, andchanged himself into a lion, androared most fearfully. Whenthe Ogre resumed hishuman shape, PussS"said, "That is, indeed,marvellous, but Isuppose it is moredifficult to change*yourself into aismall animal,such as a eat or a mouse."
"Oh, no," replied the Ogre, " one is as easy as the other." He proceeded topour some liquid into a brazier, which caused an immense smoke to arise.When the cloud cleared away no Ogre was to be seen, but Puss soon espieda mouse running across the floor.This was the moment the crafty Cat was waiting for, and he sprang uponthe mouse and soon put an end to the Ogre.Puss then informed the Ogre's servants that he (the Ogre) had determibedto tdke the form of a Prince, and to be known as the Marquis of Carabas,and that he might arrive at any moment with the King and Princess.The King on his arrival was welcomed by Puss, who said, " Welcome,'your Majesty and your Royal Highness, to the residence of the Marquis ofCarabas."He invited them to partake of refreshments, and the King then said: "MyLord, so this Castle belongs to you. We will alight, and you must allow usto stay here for a short time as your guests. What say you, my daughter ? "The Princess was only too pleased to fall in with her father's suggestion,and also to improve heracquaintance with thehandsome youngMarquis. 'I f l
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The King then corn-manded the Marquisto offer his arm tothe Princess, who fol-lowed the King intothe Castle, the Catpreceding them. Puss asconducted them overthe Castle, showingthem the collection ofgems and valuablepictures that the ogrehad amassed. h /He next showed e.them the gardens, andthe Princess was en-chanted with the flowers, more especially with the Rosery, where to herdelight, the Marquis gathered and presented to her a bouquet of sweet-scentedroses.The Marquis asked the King to partake of refreshments; accordingly they wereushered into the banquetting hall, where they found a banquet prepared, indeed "fitfor a king." He was delighted with the hospitality of the Marquis, and com-manded him to attend the Court. The Princess naturally saw a good deal ofthe Marquis, and her love grew in proportion. The Marquis reciprocated thislove, which the King observed, and told him that it would be his own fault if he didnot become his son-in-law. The Marquis took advantage of this suggestion andbecame the accepted suitor for the hand of the Princess. After a short courtshipthe young couple were united with great pomp and ceremony.Puss was promoted to great honour, and had no further need to catch any moremice, except for amusement.A few years after the marriage, the King was taken very ill and died. The peopleelected the Marquis as King in his place, and he with the Princess as his Queen,for many years ruled over a happy and contented people.