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Group Title: Aladdin series
Title: Jack the giant killer
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Title: Jack the giant killer
Series Title: Aladdin series
Physical Description: 12 p.
Language: English
Creator: McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1889
Subject: Fairy tales -- 1889   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1889
Genre: Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
General Note: Cover title.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
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oclc - 25847713
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IN the days when King Arthur ruled in Britain, long,
t long ago, there were many giants in the land-huge, fierce
monsters, who kept folks in constant terror. It is told that
they were eighteen or twenty feet tall, and so strong that
they could sling an ox across their shoulders and carry it off
as easily as a man would a rabbit. They robbed people of
their sheep, cattle, or whatever else they took a fancy to;
and once in a while, when they felt like having a change of
diet, they would even carry off a human being to make a
meal of; liking better than anything else a plump little boy
or girl.
It was at this time that our hero, Jack, was born. He
S grew up a brave, fearless, little fellow. Even when he was
Very small, he took the greatest delight in hearing his father
tell of the brave deeds of King Arthur and his Knights of
S the Round Table, and before he was ten years old, he had
made up his mind to
gain a name for himself
by ridding the land of some of the giants.
Of all those in Jack's part of the country,
no giant was dreaded more than one named
- Cormoran, who dwelt on a hill called St. Mi-
chael's Mount, which rises out of the sea
near the coast of Cornwall. He was so tall
that when the tide was low, he could walk
through the sea from his cave over to Corn-
wall; and this he did quite often-never going
back without carrying along some poor farm-
er's sheep or cattle. No one dared oppose
him; and when folks saw him coming they
took good care to keep out of his way, for he
carried a great club covered with spikes, one
blow from which would kill any one.
Jack set his wi.ts to work, and at last
thought he had a plan by which he would
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be able to put an end to the misdeeds of this monster. He took, one evening, a
pickaxe and shovel, a lantern, and a horn, and getting on a raft, paddled over to
St. Michael's Mount. He went to work at once, and dug a deep pit in front of
the giant's cave. Next he placed sticks across the top of the pit, and on the sticks
spread straw, while over the straw he strewed loose earth until all looked like
solid ground.
By this time day had dawned; so Jack stepped back a short distance, and blew
a loud blast upon his horn. It awakened Cormoran, who came out to see what it
meant, and, when he beheld Jack, was in a great rage.
"You saucy little imp," said he, "just wait a moment, and I'll broil you for my
With this he came running to catch Jack; but the pit was right in his way, and
the instant he set foot on the earth covering it, the sticks broke, and down he
crashed, into it.
There, Mr. Cormoran," said Jack, you see it is sometimes a bad thing to be
in too much of a hurry for your breakfast."
At this the giant began to make frantic efforts to climb out, so Jack ran up with
his pickaxe and gave him a blow on the
head which killed him.
Jack returned home, and when the
news spread of what he had done, the
people were full of joy, and made a
great hero of Jack, giving him the title
Duke of Cornwall made him a present !-
of a sword and belt, upon which, in gol-_
den letters, were the words:-
This is the gallant Cornish man --
Who slew the Giant Cormoran."
But this only made Jack crave for
more glory; so he started for Wales,
where the number of giants was very
great indeed. One day, as he traveled 1
through a wood, he sat down and being
very tired fell fast asleep. As he slept,
it chanced that a giant came by and saw, .
by his belt, who he was. Now, this '
giant, whose name was Blunderbore, had '"
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had sworn that he would take vengeance
pon Jack if he ever came his way; so he
was just delighted to think that fate had
thrown him into his clutches so promptly.
He picked him up carefully and started for
his castle.
Jack awoke with the jolting, and was
very well scared when he found out where
he was. Old Blunderbore did not increase
S his comfort any when he told him that his
Spent dish was a man's heart, eaten with salt
S .. and pepper; and assured him that he ex-
pected his to be an unusually juicy one.
When they came to the castle he shut Jack
in a room over the entrance, while he went
to invite another giant to dine with him; for he thought Jack too nice to be eaten
without company.
Jack looked about the room, and seeing two stout cords, a bright idea came
into his head. He made a running loop at the end of each, and then went to the
window to watch for the giants. They came along, arm in arm, joking and chuck-
ling over the dainty feast they were, going to have. When they came just under
the window, Jack dropped a loop over the head of each, and then pulled with all
his might on the other ends of the cords until the giants were nearly choked. Then
making fast the ends of the cords, he climbed out of the window, slid down, and
killed the giants with his sword.
Well satisfied with what he had done, Jack continued his journey. As night
fell, he came to a fine large house where he thought he would ask for lodgings.
He knocked at the door, and was startled when a giant with two heads came to
answer. The giant was civil, however, and asked Jack in, and gave him his sup-
per and a bed; but Jack did not trust him altogether, and made up his mind not
to go to sleep. The giant seemed to have a habit of talking aloud to himself-as
would be natural to one having two heads-and'presently he began to sing a kind
of duet, some of which Jack was able to make out. First, one head sang, in a
soft tenor voice:
Although with me he stays this night,
He shall not see the morning light."
And then the other head growled, in a deep bass:
For as he lies asleep in bed,
With my trusty club I'll smash his head."


"Ohol" said Jack, "that's your game, is it, Mr. Giant? Now for a plan to
fool you."
Jack thought a moment, and then went to the fire-place, where he found a log
of wood. He put this in his place in the bed, covered it up well, and then crawled
under the bed.
In the middle of the night the giant stole into the room with his club in his
hands. Drawing near the bed, he raised the club and gave the log of wood a
number of terrible whacks. Then, thinking Jack must surely be dead, he went
When Jack appeared in the morning, without a sign of hurt upon him, the giant
could hardly believe his eyes.
"How did you sleep?" he asked. "Did anything disturb you during the
O, at one time I thought I felt a rat switch me with his tail," said Jack,
"but for the rest I slept very soundly."
The giant then went to get breakfast
ready. While he was away Jack caught
sight of a leather bag in a corner of the
room. He thought of another trick to play ,
upon the giant; so he put the bag under -
his coat, which was quite loose. The giant
brought in two big bowls of porridge, to ,
which he and Jack sat down. The giant
took a spoon in each hand, and began to
feed both mouths at once, which made his
porridge go pretty fast; but not any faster
than Jack's did, for he was stowing his away
in the bag. The giant was so busy feeding
that he did not take much notice of Jack
until he had finished his own bowl, when he
looked up and was greatly surprised to find
that the little fellow had emptied his also.
While he was still wondering, Jack said:
Now I'll show you something strange.
I can cut off my head, or legs, or any other
part of my body, and put them on again as
good as ever. Just see this for instance."
And he took a knife and cut the bag, so that
all the porridge tumbled out on the floor.

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The giant's conceit had already been very much wounded by his being outdone
S. by so little a chap as Jack, and now his vexation was so great that he lost his wits
Odd's splutter my nails," said he, "I can do that myself." So he took the
kni, and stuck it in where his porridge was,--and dropped dead on the floor.
Jatk continued his journey, and fell in before long with the son of King Arthur,
who had come into Wales to deliver a lovely lady from a magician who held her
captive. Jack offered his services, and the prince was glad, of course, to accept
They came to the castle of a giant who had three heads, and, by his own account,
c 'peuld whip five hundred men. Jack told the prince to stay behind while he went
Sto ask for lodging. He knocked loudly, and the giant roared: Who is there?"
SOnly your cousin Jack come with news," was the reply.
The giant, as Jack happened to know, had so many cousins that he could not
keep track of them, so he said: "Well, what news, cousin Jack?" "Dreadful
news, dear cousin," said Jack. King Arthur is coming with two thousand men
to kill you."
The giant was really an awful coward; and, if he did have three heads, was not
gifted with very much brains. When he heard this news he trembled so that his
heads began to knock one another very hard,
Sat which Jack could scarcely help laughing in
his face-I should say in his faces.
"Oh dearly Oh dear! What shall I do?"
said the giant. "I'll go and hide in the cellar
until they are gone. Here are my keys,
cousin. Lock me in, and let me know when
it is safe to come out."
SSo off he went to hide, and Jack, after he
had locked him up, let the prince in. They
stayed all night, and in the morning Jack
opened the giant's treasure-room, and helped
the prince to a good share of the treasure,
,:- after which he started him on his way. Then
,/ he went and told his "cousin" that the coast
was clear, and took great credit to himself for
V helping him to escape. The giant was very
A/ grateful, and told Jack that he would make him
a fine present. He brought forth a coat, a cap,
a sword, and a pair of shoes, and said:


"Here are four magical gifts. When
you wear the coat no one can see you,
the cap will enable you to think wisely,
the sword will cut through anything, and
, ^with the shoes you can outrun the fastest
wind that blows."
SWith the help of these useful articles,
Jack and the prince soon found the ma-
gician, and overcame him, and set the lady
free. The prince led her to his father's
i court, where he married her; while Jack,
Sfor his gallantry, was made a Knight of
l. the Round Table, an honor which was
conferred only on the very bravest.
But Jack would not be idle while there
Were any giants left; so he soon set out
once more to do battle against them, One
\ day, as he passed through a wood, he saw
a giant dragging a knight and a handsome
Slady along by their hair. Jack put on his
magic coat of darkness, and drawing his sword of sharpness, thrust it into the
giant's leg, and gave him such a wound that he fell to the ground, upon which
Jack cut his great ugly head off.
The knight and his lady invited .Jack to their castle but he said that before
he went he wished to see the giant's den.
O, do not go near it said the lady. "He has a brother there fiercer and
stronger than himself."
But this only made Jack more determined to go. He found the cave easily
enough, for the giant was sitting at the mouth of it, with a great spiked club in
his hands. Jack ran up and gave him a stab with his sword. The giant could
see nobody, but began laying blows all about with his club. Jack easily kept out
of the way, and, meanwhile, continued slashing him with his sword until he killed
him. Then he cut off his head, and sent it, along with his brother's, to the king,
in a wagon-and a very big wagon-load they made.
Then Jack went to pay a visit to the knight and his lady at their castle. He
was received with the greatest honor, and a grand ball was given to celebrate his
exploits. But in the midst of the feasting and dancing, a peasant came to the
castle with the alarming news that Thundel, a savage giant who was a cousin to
the two whom Jack had just killed, was coming, burning with rage, to avenge



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their deaths. Every
one, with the excep-
tion of Jack, was
Thrown into a state of
Sdterror. He assured
the rest that they

te pose of Thundel.
The castle, like all
S- others, had around it
e ea deep moat full of
c .. a d water, which was
crossed by means of
a drawbridge. Jack
gave orders that the bridge should be sawed nearly through, so that it would
barely stand; and that there should be made ready a rope with a running loop
at one end, similar to those which he had already used to such good purpose in
the case of Blunderbore and his friend. Then he put on his shoes of swiftness
and coat of darkness, and went outside the castle to wait for the giant to come up.
Pretty soon he came tramping along, and although he could not see Jack, his
sense of smell was so keen that he scented him, and he said:
Fee !-Fie !-Foh !-Fum !
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he alive, or be he dead,
His bones I'll grind to make my bread."
Suppose you catch him first," said Jack, saucily, as he threw off his magic
coat and started to run. The giant pursued, him with great strides, but Jack's
shoes enabled him to keep ahead. He ran
once around the castle, with the giant after
him, and then he crossed the moat on the /
drawbridge, which remained strong enough
to support his light weight.
But when the giant followed, it crashed be-
neath him, and down he went into the water.
As soon as his head bobbed up, Jack threw '
the loop of the rope over it, and drew him / ,
to the bank and cut his head off.
After spending a few days with the
knight and his lady, Jack set out again.


He met with an old hermit who- told him of a
giant named Galligantus, who lived on a hill near
r by, and whose destruction would be a task worthy
S A of him.
He is a magician," said he, "and always goes
about with a great owl on his shoulder. He has
"i an enchanted castle, in which he holds captive a
S 'number of knights and ladies, whom, by his
/ magic, he has turned into beasts. The means
of breaking the enchantment is engraved on the
inner doorway of the castle, and may be read by
anybody who can pass the outer gates; but these
/\. are guarded by two griffins which dart fire from
their mouths, and all the brave knights who have
yet tried to enter have been destroyed by them.
But with your coat of darkness you can safely
S pass them, and once in, you will easily manage
the rest."
Jack started the next morning for the top of the
mountain. There he saw the griffins, but as he
had on his magic coat he passed between them unhurt. Then he came to the
inner doorway, where hung a golden trumpet under which was written:
Whoever can this trumpet blow, shall cause the giant's overthrow."
Jack seized it and blew it with all his might, and the doors flew open with a
crash. The giant ran trembling to hide but Jack
found him, and quickly put an end to him. The
captives were all changed to their own shapes
and Jack went through the castle
and set them free. Among them /
there was a beautiful young lady, .
the daughter of a duke, and Jack
thought he would see her safely to J
her father's castle. Upon the way, ?
he fell deeply in love with her; and '
finding that she returned his affec-
tion, he obtained her father's con- --
sent to their marriage, and they :
were wedded and lived long in con-

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