HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
NEAR the borders of a large forest dwelt, in olden time, a poor wood-cutter,
who had two children-a boy, named Hansl, and his sister, Grethel. They were
very poor. One evening after the children had gone to bed, but were not yet asleep,
they heard their parents sa"' they could no longer buy them bread and butter, and
that the next morning they would take them into the woods and leave them.
In the morning before they started, Hansel.filled his pockets with little pebbles,
and on the way he dropped one every few steps. As soon as they reached a thick-
wood, their parents slipped off-from them, and they were alone. When 'the moon
came up, they followed the.pebbles, : inpte in,. -ning reached home. Agin thcii
parents took them to the wood, bit as Hansel had no..pebble-s, he dropped bread
crumbs on the way. When they stated to go back, however, they found the birdie:
had eaten them all up, and they wtcr lost. Thcy.\v.1ikd al,,d walked until they s'A.
in the distance a small house. W-en they came nearer they fout,-d it was built of
ginger bread. They went up to the h' use and b.' in to eat the cake, when an old
woman came out. This was a wicked dlid. -wom-,i, \who eit little children. She
tookthem in the house and fed them well, so that they woulid get fat. One day
when she had heated the oven to cook them, she openedthc door to look in, when
Hansel pushed her in and shut the door, and she was burned up. They looked
around the house and found an old chest filled with pearls ;u:- diainunds,'with whkch
they filled their pockets and started off.
They wandered about for many days, until at last tfhe si-a their father's house.
Their parents were very sorry for what they had doine, and ;ere \vei' glad.to h%-ve
their children back again. But they were surprised, when they saw the .-prvL- ious
stones the little ones had, and from this moment all their care.and s;rrow was at an
end, and the father and mother lived in happiness with the clildi en forever after.
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HOP O' MY THUMB.
A VERY poor couple once lived in a village near a wood, where they used to
wotk; but as they had a family of seven little children, allboys, they could hardly
manage to get food enough. The least boy was so tiny that he was called Hop o'
my Thumb; but though so small, he was very clever. One night, when all the
children were lying in bed, their.parents were crying sadly, because there was no
food in -the house; and Hop o' my Thumb was quite in a fright when he heard
them say, that they would take all of their little ones into the wood next day, and
there leave'them, that they might not see them die of hunger. So he got up very
early in the morning, and filled his pockets with pebbles; and when he and his
brothers went into the wood, he dropped the stones one by one as he walked along,
and by this means, when it was getting dark, they found the way home again. But
the next time the poor couple took'their children to the wood, the little fellow could
not get pebbles, for he had been locked up all night, and had nothing but a few
crumbs to drop on the road, and these the birds soon ate up. The wind howled,
and the rain fell, and the poor children thought. they should all perish; but they still
kept moving on, in the hope of getting help.
Hop o' my Thumb kept a good look-out, and at last he saw a light not far off.
So he cheered up his brothers, and on they went, till they reached a large house,
from which the light was seen to come. After they had knocked at the door, a
pleasant-looking dame opened it, and Hop o' my Thumb told how they had lost
their waj in the wood, and were very tired and hungry. As soon as she heard their
stoiy, she told them to go away as fast as they could, because her husband, who was
an -Ogre, and very fond of eating children, would soon be home. But they all cried
so much, and begged so hard for food and shelter, that at last she let them in.
The Ogre's wife had only just time to hide the children when the Ogre came
in, and ordered her to lay the cloth, and bring in some sucking-pigs for his supper.
Just is.he began tdiuse his great carving-knife and fork, he cried out, gruffly, "I
smell child's flesh!" His wife said it was-only the freshly killed calf; but he was
not to be put off so easily, and, on looking about, he found the poor boys under the
bed. The Ogre gave a look of fierce joy when he saw them, but he thought it be'-
ter tb fatten them u.p befi-r-e he killed them; so he told his wife to give them some
supper. and out them to bed, in the same room where his daughters were sleeping.
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Hop o' my Thumb, fearing mischief, could not sleep; so he got out of bed, and,
on looking about, saw that the Ogre's daughters all had crowns on their heads; he
then changed these for the night-caps worn by his brothers and himself, and when
the Ogre came up in the dark, with his great knife, to kill the poor boys, he cut the
throats of his own children instead! At peep of day, Hop o' my Thumb awoke
his brothers, and made them quickly get away with him from the house. After
they were gone, the Ogre, grinning savagely, went up to the bed-room; but he be-
came almost mad when he found he had killed his daughters, and the little boys
were all gone.
The Ogre now put on his magic boots, with which he could take seven leagues
at a stride, and set off in pursuit of the poor runaway boys; but Hop o' my Thumb
had made them all hide in a hole under a rock. By and by the Ogre came back
tired and in a very bad humor, and threw himself on this very rock to sleep. A
kind Fairy now appeared to the children, and gave Hop o' my Thumb a nut to crack
as soon as he should reach the Ogre's house; but the Fairy told him he must first
take off the Ogre's boots, and send his brothers home, and afterwards put on the
magic boots himself, and make the best of his way to the Ogre's house.
Hop o' my Thumb, with the help of the kind Fairy, soon removed the Ogre's
seven-leagued boots while he was asleep, and put them on his own little legs; but
as they were magic boots, they fitted him as well as the Ogre, just, indeed, as if they
Aad been made for him. He now called his brothers out of the hole in the rock,
and put them in the way to reach home. He then strode on in his magic boots, till
he came to the Ogre's house, and, on cracking the nut, he found inside a paper with
"Go unto the Ogre's door,
These words speak, and nothing more;
'Ogress, Ogre can not come:
Great key give to Hop o' my Thumb.'"'
SWhen the Ogre's wife first saw Hop o' my Thumb she was ready to kill him
for/having caused the death of her daughters; but no sooner did he utter the magic
"Ogress, Ogre can not come;
Great key give to Hop o' my Thumb,"
than sh6 gave him the key of the gold chest, and told him to take as much as he
chose. When he saw the great heap of money in the chest, he thought, like agcod
shbject..he should like to help the King to some of the treasure; and so he made the
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Ogre's wife give him as many bags full of gold as he could take away in several
While Hop o' my Thumb was so well employed in taking away the wicked
Ogre's treasure, that monster was still sleeping, after his useless journey in search
of the poor children on the rock, where Hop o' my Thumb left him. When be
awoke, and found his magic boots gone, and his limbs so stiffthat he could not move,
he made a hideous noise, which aroused all the wild beasts of the forest, and they.
all flew at him in great fury, and gored him to death. .
Hop o' my thumb now went to Court, laden with his hard-won spoil, and paid'
his respects to the King, who did him the favor to accept the rich gifts, and rewardcle
him by making him his Head Forester, and his father and brothers foresters urirder
him; and whenever the King went out hunting, the little fellow used to ride by hli
side on a pretty, high-spirited little horse, with rich velvet clothing. The Ogre'S
kind-hearted wife was also invited to Court, and created Duchess of Dollolla; and
she shared the rest of her husband's wealth with Hop o' my Thumb, who was
greatly beloved by all for his spirit and good sense: indeed, his Majesty at last
dubbed him a Knight and made him his chief Privy, Councillor, saying, that as he
had been always so shrewd and clever in helping his brothers, he must surely be'
able to give him good advice whenever he might need it.
THE MAGIC MIRROR.
One day a Queen sat at a window knitting, and she thought to herself: i "Oh,;
if I only had a little child, I should like it to be as fair as snow, as red as blood,.
and with hair and eyes as black as ebony." Very soon after this the Queen had
a little that looked exactly like she wished, and they gave her the name of Snow-
daughter white. But at the birth of the little child the Queen died.
When Snow-white was a year old the King took another wife. She was very
handsome, but proud and vain. She possessed a wonderful mirror, and when she
stood before it to look at herself she would say--
"Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Am I most beautiful of all ?"
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Years went by, and Snow-white grew to be seven years old; she became more
lovely than the Queen herself; so one day, the mirror answered-
"Queen, thou art lovely still to see,
But Snow-white will be
A thousand times more beautiful than thee."
Then the Queen became very jealous, so she got a man to take Snow-white to the
woods and lose her. Poor Snow-white was very much frightened, and knew not
what to do. She walked on until evening, when she saw a pretty little house. It
was a pretty house, and, on looking in, she saw the table set for supper, and seven
little dwarfs eating. They received her very kindly, and, after hearing her story,
told her they would keep her, and she should be their little house-keeper.
The Queen again looked in the mirror, thinking that Snow-white was dead, but
the mirror replied-
"Queen, thou art the fairest here,
But not when Snow-white is near;
Over the mountains still is she,
Fairer a thousand times than thee.'
The Queen then disguised herself as a farmer's wife, took a poisoned apple, and
went over the mountains to the dwarf's cottage. She gave the apple to Snow-white,
but no sooner had she taken one mouthful than she fell dead.
When the little dwarfs came home in the evening, they were greatly grieved.
"We cannot lay her in the cold dark earth," said they, so they agreed to put her in
a coffin made entirely of glass, that they might watch for any signs of decay. Snow-
white lay for a long time in the coffin, but did not decay. She looked as if she slept,
and was as beautiful as ever. One day the son of a King came to the house and
saw the coffin and fell in love with Snow-white. He got the dwarfs to let him
move the coffin, and in so doing one of them stumbled and shook the coffin, which
caused the piece of poisoned apple to fall from Snow-white's mouth, and she opened
her eyes and was alive again.
Then she was taken from the coffin and placed in the carriage of the Prince,
who took her home, and the King was so well pleased with his son's choice that
the marriage was celebrated soon after.- The step-mother was invited to the wed-
ding, and before going she looked in the mirror, and it replied-
"Fair Queen, thou art the fairest here,
But at the palace now,
The bride will prove a thousand times
More beautiful than thou,"
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The wicked woman was greatly alarmed, but determined to go to the wedding.
When she got there and saw that the bride was Snow-white, her rage and terror
was so great, that she fell dead to the floor, a sad example of envy and jealousy;
and Snow-white lived happily forever after.
There was once a man and a woman who wished much to have a little child
One day the woman saw some lettuces growing in an adjoining garden, which be-
longed to a witch. She told her husband she thought the lettuces would make her
better, so he said he would get her some. He jumped over the wall, but had hardly
pulled the lettuces, when he saw the witch standing beside him. She said he was
a thief, and would not let him go unless he promised to give her the child his wife
might bring into the world; he was so frightened that he promised her. Not many
months after, his wife had a beautiful little daughter, and the witch came to claim
her, according'to the husband's promise. She called her Lettice, after the vegetables
in the garden.
Lettice was a beautiful child, and when she was twelve years old, the witch
locked her in a tower that stood in the forest; and this tower had no entrance except
a little window. When the witch came to--visit Lettice, she placed herself under
the window and sang:
"Lettice, Lettice, let down your hair,
That I may climb without a stair."
Lettice had most long and beautiful hair, like gold, and, when she heard the voice
of the witch, she let her hair fall over the tower, and the witch would climb up.
Two years passed in this manner, when one day the King's son, in passing through
the forest, heard Lettice singing: he sought in vain for a door to the tower.
While he stood there the witch came, and he heard her say the words, and saw
how she got into the tower. On the following day he came back, and, standing
under the window, sang--
"Lettice, Lettice, let down your hair,
That I may climb, instead of a stair."
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Immediately the hair fell, and he climbed up. Lettice was greatly frightened at
first but soon learned to love the young man. He brought ropes and made a lad-
der by which they both got down from the tower before the old witch returned.
Then they traveled to his kingdom, and she became his wife, and the remainder of
their days were spent in happiness and content.
THE ENCHANTED STAG.
There was once a brother and sister, who loved each other dearly. Their
father and mother both died, and they were both turned out in the world alone.
They wandered over fields and meadows for many days eating berries and fruits.
One day the brother was very thirsty; they came to a stream clear and bright, but
the sister heard in its murmuring the words,-
"Who dares to drink of me, turned to a Stag will be."
"Dear brother do not drink," she began, but she was too late, for her brother had
knelt by the stream, and as the first drop of water touched his lips, he became a
fawn. How the little sister wept over her enchanted brother, and the fawn wept
also. She said, "Stand still, dear fawn; don't fear, I will take care of you, and will
never leave you." After wandering about for some time, they came to a little de-
serted hut, and determined to make it their home. Every morning she went out to
gather roots, nuts and berries for her own food, and sweet fresh grass for the fawn.
Had her dear brother only kept his own form, how happy they would be together.
After they had been in the forest for some time, and the little sister had grown
aa only maiden, and the fawn a large stag, a large hunting party came to the forest,
and among them the King of the county. The stag was walking among the trees,
when -the h-unters saw.,him, and immediately ran after him. He ran as hard as he
could, and they followed close behind. They saw him enter the cottage. The
King followed, and, to his astonishment, saw the beautiful maiden. She was very
much frightened, but he was very friendly, and said, "Wilt thou go with me to my
castle and be my dear wife ?" She replied, "Ah, yes, if my dear fawn may go with
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me." They all went to the castle together, and soon after the marriage was cele-
brated with great splendor. One day the charm which held the Queen's brother in
the form of-a stag was broken, and he appeared before them a tall, handsome
THE SMART TAILOR.
There once lived a Princess, so very haughty, that, when a suitor came, she
would have nothing to do with him, unless he could guess one of her riddles. She
allowed it to be generally known, that any man who could find out her riddle should
be her husband. One day a tailor came to the town, and asked permission to see
the Princess. He was admitted, and to the astonishment of all guessed the riddle
the first time.
The Princess turned pale, but, recovering herself, said, "You have guessed my
riddle, but you must do something more. Down in the stable there is a bear; you
must spend the night with him, and if in the morning you are alive, I will be your
wife." She thought thus to easily get rid of the tailor, for he killed every one.
When night came the tailor was taken to the stable where the bear lived. He took
his violin with him, and began to play; he played so beautifully, and pleased the
bear so much, that it said, "Is it very difficult to learn to play on the fiddle? "Oh,
no, quite easy," replied the-tailor. "Will you teach me to play?" Said.the bear.
"With all my heart," said the tailor, "but first show me your paws; the nails are too
long, and I must first cut them off."
In a corner stood a vise, and the tailor told the bear to put his foot in it. As
soon as he did so, the tailor screwed it so tight that he could not move. The bear
growled, but the tailor did not care, but laid himself down in a corner and went to
sleep. During the night the Princess heard the growling, and thought the bear
was making a meal of the tailor. She was quite surprised in the morning to find
him alive and well. As she had promised to marry him, she could not get out of
it. She was not really unwilling either, for she admired his courage. So the tailor
traveled with his bride to the church, and they were married. Whoever will inot
believe the story must pay me a forfeit of one dollar.
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