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PU IN BOOTST HERE was once an old millerSwho had three sons. When, in', the course of time, he died, he hadrl h nothing to leave them but his mill," his ass, and his cat. The eldest sonN |') took the mill,, the second took the/. ass, so all that was left for poor Jack,-1 the youngest, was Puss." G,\ Jack thought he had beenvery shabbily treated. "My- brothers," he said, "will both-; be able to support themselves- -'j2 comfortably, but I am likely"to starve."' The cat, who had over-came up to his master andrubbed against him lovingly.Do not be so down-cast,E ~ -:7- dear master," he said."Only give me a bag, and get a pair of bootsmade for nie, so that I may. walk throughtill, *s the" brambles, and you will, soon see thatthat you have a better bargain than youTHE ML THE ASS AND THE CAT' thought."Although Jack had little money to spare, he had seen Puss play somany clever tricks that he had much faith in him, so he spent allhe had upon a neat little pair of boots for the cat.Puss put them on, and taking an old bag which his master gaveThe Baldwin LibraryS._~flUmYeUay" I " ** \ "' / *" ', .'O IL I: ...
him, he set off with a bold air for a place where he knew there werea great many wild rabbits. He put some lettuce inside of the bag,and set it on the ground wide open. Then he hid himself, andwaited.In a few minutes some foolish youngrabbits, sniffing the lettuce, ran straightinto the bag, when Puss quickly pulledthe strings, and had them caught.Very proud of his success, thecat went to the royal palace, andasked to speak to theKing. His air was sogrand that the sen-tinel on guard darednot refuse him. Hewas led before his Majesty, andmaking a low bow, said, "Sire,I wish to present to you these-rabbits, on behalf of my master, theMarquis of Carabas." -The King accepted the present, anddesired Puss to convey his thanks to his master. A pRENT FOR E rNFor several days Puss- continued to capture game of one sort oranother by the, same trick. Besides getting food enough for hismaster and himself, he was able to take a present to the' King everyfew days. His Majesty often expressed a wish to see the Marquis,but as Jack had no clothes fit to appear in at court, Puss advised himto wait a while.One day the cat heard that the King intended to go out ridingwith the Princess, his daughter, and he told his master to go andbathe in a river near which the royal carriage would pass.Jack stood shivering in the water until his Majesty's carriage camein sight. Puss at once began to cry loudly, "Help :help! or my.lord, the Marquis of Carabas, will drown "'''. " " ^ <
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The King looked out of the carriage window, and recognizingPuss, ordered his guards to rescue the Marquis.Puss told his Majesty that robbers had run away with his master'sclothes, although the fact was that he had hidden them under a stone.The King ordered a groom to fetch a handsome suit for the Marquis,and when Jack put this on he looked as fine as a real lord.The King invited him into the royal carriage. Jack hesitated, butthe Princess, who was pretty, smiled so sweetly at him that he over-came his shyness, and took his seat with as much of an air of easeas he could command."Puss, greatly delighted, ran ahead of thecarriage until he came to a field of wheat,- in which reapers were at work. Going upto them he said fiercely, " Reapers, if youdon't say, when the King comes,that this field belongs to theMarquis of Carabas, you shall allbe chopped as fine as mince-meat."When the King camealong he exclaimed to thereapers, "What a fine fieldof wheat I To whom doesit belong?" "To theMarquis of Carabas," theyreplied, for the cat's threatshad frightened them greatly.Puss, as he ran on, told all\ r f the other men he saw atSwork to give the same an-swer, and the King begans to think the Marquis ofCarabas must be veryPUSS AND THE REAPERS:. _^"*^ I tU: :^ i i b iA c*: ''*'
The cat at length reacheda splendid castle belongingto an ogre who was thereal owner of all the landsthe King had been ridingthrough. Puss knockedboldly at the door, andsent in a polite message tothe ogre, asking leave to"pay his respects. The ogre"received him with as muchcivility as could be expectedfrom an ogre, and they were soon chattingsociably together."I have been told," said the cat tothe ogre, "that you have the power ofchanging yourself into any kind of animal,"such, for instance, as a lion, or an ele-phant.""So I have," replied the ogre proudly."To prove that what you have heard istrue, you shall see me become a lion."When the cat beheld a great, fierce- TmE UON SCARES PUSSlooking lion standing before him, he was seized with such a panicthat he flew from the room, and clambered up to the roof; although,on account of his boots, it was no easy task. There he stayed till"the ogre, taking again his natural form, called to him, with a laugh,to come down.Puss confessed that he had been badly frightened, and complimentedthe ogre highly on his wonderful power. "I can imagine," he added,".only one thing that would astonish me more.""What is that ?" inquired the ogre."To see you take the form of a very small animal, such as amouse," answered Puss. "That, I suppose, would be impossible."
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"Pooh ?" said the ogre, "that is no more trouble to me than theother, as I will quickly show you."So saying he at once assumed the shape of a mouse, and beganfrisking about on the floor./ This was just what Puss. 1 wanted, and as quick as a flashhe sprang on the mouse and. I-/ gobbled him up. That wasthe end of the ogre.By this time the King hadnearly reached the castle, andi / Puss hurried to the entranceV to receive him when he drove4 //, indeed astonished when hei \ beheld him standing on theS lcastle steps, and heard him" say to the King: "Welcome, yourMajesty, to the castle of my Lord"Marquis of Carabas."- The Marquis gave his hand to theSpretty young Princess to help her out.PUS KLS .. The King and Princess then went intogether, Puss leading the way.Uss KILLS THE MOUSE While they were walking throughthe rooms of the castle, Puss slipped away, and had a fine dinner gotready, and on their return they sat down and feasted merrily.The King was charmed with the manners and looks of the Mar-quis, and he saw that his daughter was already quite in love with him.So, after drinking five or six glasses of wine, he said, "It will beyour own fault, my lord Marquis, if you do not soon become ourson-in-law, provided our daughter has no objection."At this plain speech the princess blushed and cast her eyes down,but did not look at all displeased, while the marquis arose at once': '* : ** '**'"":' .-.: .*.... *. .. ...ie ia-fi S **'*'* : .,.:* ... ;. .^ .-. ..^ .^.^. A t -- *^
from his seat, thanked the king for the honor he desired to bestowupon him, and accepted the favor very gracefully.The cat's joy was so great that he had to go out of doors andstand on his head for a while, and kick up his hind legs in the air.There is little more to tell. The marquis, returned with the kingand princess to their palace, where the wedding soon took place withmuch pomp and ceremony. The king, of course, gave away his daughter.and the cat was present in a lovely courtsuit.The two brothers of the Marquis came ,to attend the wedding, but they had taken -no notice of Jack when he was poor, andPuss thought they had no right to expectany honors now that he was rich. So hegave them a piece of his mind which madethem glad to slip away home to the mill"as quietly as possible. Their brother, how-ever, afterwards returned good for evil bygiving each of them a fine farm, and asthey were industrious fellows, and cultivatedtheir land diligently, they became quitewell-to-do in the course of time.The Marquis of Carabas made a goodhusband, and he and the princess livedhe became a great lord and never had tohunt rats and mice except. for his ownamusement. He was fond of fine clothes,and used to go about the court dressed PUSS STANDS ON HIS HEAD FOR JOYin velvets and satins of the best quality, made up in the latest fashion.He had very pleasing manners,'. which made' him a great favorite,particularly with the ladies. He lived to i good old age, and whenhe died; his grateful. master put. up a handsome monum'ent in hishonor, containingi a life size statue of Puss in Boots.*.t^ V .";- ; '** ... Y " ''* -* " ,>
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