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S. WEIR MITCHELL, M.D., LL.D. HARV.,
AUTHOR OF "HEP'HZIBAH GUINNESS," "IN WAR TIMEE" "ROLAND BLAKE, ETC.
J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.
Copyright, 1SS7, by J. B. LITPINCOTT COMPANY.
NEPHEWS AND NIECES
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IN 1864 I wrote certain stories which made part of a little
book called "The Children's Hour," published to aid the
Sanitary Commission Fair in Philadelphia. It has been ever
since a favorite in many homes, and is out of print. Some-
what later, to help the Children's Hospital, I wrote the story
of Fuz-Buz, the Fly. These small volumes, which have gone
through several editions, I am now glad to claim as my own.
I have added certain stories of recent date, and ask for the
collection the approval of the nursery critics, whose favor I
have long possessed.
S. WEIR MITCHELL.
PRINCE LITTLE BOY 7
KING BEAR 17
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ 22
Lady Golden Hair and her Two Lovers, Prince Clever and
Prince Sturdy 27
Cold Country 39
The Fountain of Youth 43
Krusstikuss and Growlegrum o
Mustapha, or the Musical Gourd 74
PRINCE LAZY BOOTS AND THE PECK OF TROUBLES .93
THE CURLY FISH 06
THE WOLF THAT WANTED A DOCTOR 132
OLD WINE IN A NEW BOTTLE 39
REAL MAGIC 146
THE TALE OF THE GREAT GIANT, SMOKEY POKEY 153
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
THE PRINCESS ELULA AND THE LILY-FLOWERS Frotisiece
THE PRINCESS AT THE TOWER .page 14
KING BEAR AND THE ORPHANS 19
MRS. GRABEM AND HER CHILDREN 22
LADY GOLDEN HAIR 27
AT THE MANITOU'S HUT. 40
KRUSTIKUSS AND I1HE PRINCESS. '. 68
LELIE CARRIED OFF BY THE SLAVES 77
WOGO AND THE ICE GOD 9
PRINCE LAZY BOOTS AND THE GIANTS .. 97
THE WOLF THAT WANTED A DOCTOR 138
PRINCE LITTLE BOY.
GREAT many children live on the borders of Fairy-land
and never visit it at all, and really there are people
who grow up and are not very unhappy who will
not believe they have lived near to it all their lives. But if
once you have been in that pleasant country you never
quite forget it, and when some stupid man says It is all stuff
and nonsense," you do not say much, even if you yourself have
come to be an old fellow with hair of two colors, but you
feel proud to know how much more you have seen of the
world than he has. Children are the best travellers in Fairy-
land, and there also is another kingdom which is easy for them
to reach and hard for some older folks.
Once upon a time there was a small boy who lived so
near to Fairy-land that he sometimes got over the fence
and inside of that lovely country, but, being a little afraid,
never went very far, and was quick to run home if he saw
Blue Beard or an Ogre or even Goody Two-Shoes. Once or
twice he went a little farther, and saw things which may be
seen but can never be written.
Sometimes he told his father that he had been into Fairy-
land; but his father, who was a brick-maker and lived in the
wood, only laughed, and cried aloud, Next time you go, be
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sure to fetch back some fairy money." One day the small
boy, whose real name was Little Boy, told his father that he
had gone a mile into Fairy-land, and that there the people
were born old and grew younger all the time, and that on
this account the hands
of their clocks went
backwards. When his
-- .... ..father heard this, he
'- said that boy was only
S- fit to sing songs and be
~- :-- -- --:. in the sun, and would
-- -' never make bricks
worth a penny. Then
he added, sharply, that
'his son must get to
_--work at once and stop
-- .~ .-." going over the fence
,. _, -'.- ., .. to Fairy-land. So, after
-" that, Little Boy was set
to dig clay and make
bricks for a palace which the King was building. He made
a great many bricks of all colors, and did seem to work so
very hard that his father began to think he might in time
come to make the best of bricks. But if you are making
bricks you must not even be thinking of fairies, because some-
thing is sure to get into the bricks and spoil them for building
anything except a Spanish castle or a palace of Aladdin.
I am sorry to say that while Little Boy made bricks and
patted them well and helped to bake them hard he was for-
PRINCE LITTLE BOY. 9
ever thinking of a fairy who had kissed him one day in the
wood. This was a very strange fairy, large, with white limbs,
and eyes which were full of joy for a child, but to such as be-
ing old looked upon them, were, as the poet says, "lakes of
sadness." Perhaps, being little, you who read can understand
this. I cannot; but whoever has once seen this fairy loves
the sun and the woods and all living creatures, and knows
things without being taught, and what men will say before they
say it. Yet, while he knows all these strange things, and what
birds talk about, and what songs the winds sing to the trees,
he can never make good bricks. And this was why Little
Boy's bricks were badly made; on account of which the King's
palace, having many poor bricks in it, fell down one fine
day and cracked the crowns of twenty-three courtiers and
had like to have killed the King himself. This made the
King very angry, so he put on his crown and said wicked
words, and told everybody he would give one hundred pieces
of gold to whoever would find the person who had made the
bad bricks. When Little Boy's father heard this, he knew it
must have been his son who was to blame. So he told his
son that he had been very careless, and that surely the King
would kill him, and that the best thing he could do would be
to run away and hide in Fairy-land. Little Boy was very
badly scared, and was well pleased when his mother had put
some cakes and apples in a bag and slung it over his shoulder
and told him to run quickly away; and this he was glad to
do, because he saw the King's soldiers coming over the hill to
take him. When they came to his father's house his father
told them that it was his son who had made the bad bricks.
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After hearing this, they let the man go, and went after Little
Boy. As their legs were long and his were short, they soon
got very near to him, and he had just time to scramble over
the fence into Fairy-land. Then the soldiers began to get
over the fence, too; but at this moment the giant Fee-Faw-
Fum came out of the wood, and said, in a voice that was as
loud as the roar of the winds of a winter night, What do
you want here?" This gave them such a fright that they
all sat there in a row on top of the fence like sparrows, and
could not move for a week. You may be sure Little Boy did
not stop to look at them, but ran away, far away into Fairy-
land. Of course, he soon got lost, because in the geographies
there is not a word about Fairy-land, and nobody knows even
what bounds it on the north.
It is sad to be lost, but not in Fairy-land. The sooner you
lose yourself, the happier you are. And then such queer things
chance to you,-things no one could dream would happen.
Mostly it is the children for whom they occur, and the grown-
up person who is quite happy in this joyous land is not often
to be met with. Perhaps you think I will tell you all about
the fairy country. Not I, indeed. I have been there in my
time; but my travels there I cannot write, or else I might never
be allowed to return again.
By and by Little Boy grew tired and went into a deep wood
and there sat down and ate a cake, and saw very soon that the
squirrels were throwing him nuts from the trees. Of course,
as he was in Fairy-land, this was just what one might have ex-
pected. He tried to crack the nuts with his teeth, but could
not, and this troubled the squirrels so much that presently nine
PRINCE LITTLE BOY. i
of them came down and sat around him and began to crack
nuts for him and to laugh.
When Little Boy had finished his meal, he lay down and
tried to go to sleep, for it was pleasant and warm, and the
moss was soft to lie upon, and strange birds came and went
and sang love-songs. But just as he was almost asleep he
was shaken quite roughly, and when he looked up saw a
Ho! ho !" said the Prince, "I heard you getting ready to
snore. A moment more and I should have been too late."
"How is that ?" said Little Boy, "and who are you ?"
"Sir, I am Fine Ear, and before things happen I hear them.
Do not you know, Fair Sir" (this is the way fairies speak),
" that if you fall asleep the first day that you are in Fairy-land,
it is years before you wake? Some people don't wake."
Little Boy felt that he was in high society, so he said,
Gracious Prince, a million thanks; but how can I keep
"It is only for one night, young sir. Come with me. My
sister, Goody Two-Shoes, lives close by, and she may help us."
So they went along through the twilight and walked far,
until Little Boy was ready to drop. At last Fine Ear said
that as he heard his sister breathing, she could not be more
than three miles away. As they climbed a great hill, it became
dark, and Little Boy grew more and more sleepy, and could
not see his way, and tumbled about so much that at last the
Prince stood still and said, My dear fellow, this won't do; you
will be in Dream-land before I can pinch you." Then he
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whistled, and a little silver star-a shining white light-fell out
of the fairy sky and rolled beside them, making all the road
as bright as day, and quite waking up Little Boy. After this
they walked on, and the Prince said he would ask Jack the
Giant-killer to supper. Little Boy replied that he would be
proud to meet him. Just as they came near to the house,
which was built of pearls and rubies, the Prince said, "Alas!
here comes that tiresome fool, Humpty Dumpty." When
Little Boy looked, he saw a short man very crooked in the
back, and with a head all to one side, not having been well
mended by the doctors, as you may recall. Also his mouth
was very large, which was a pity, because when he stopped
before them and bowed in a polite way, all of a sudden he
opened this great mouth and gaped; and when poor, sleepy
Little Boy saw this, what could he do but gape for company,
and at once fall down sound asleep before the kind Prince
"Alas! fool," said Fine Ear, "why must you gape at a
mortal? You knew what would happen. It was lucky you
did not sneeze."
Meanwhile, there lay Little Boy sound asleep, and what
was to be done? At last he was carried into the house of
Goody Two-Shoes and put on a bed. Every one knew that he
could not be waked up, and so they put fairy food in his mouth
twice a day, and just let him alone, so that for several years he
slept soundly, and by reason of being fed with fairy food grew
tall and beautiful; what was more strange, his clothes grew also.
At the end of seven years a great Sayer of Sooth came by
on his way to visit his fairy godmother, and when he heard
PRINCE LITTLE BOY. 13
about Little Boy's sleep he stood still and uttered a loud
Sooth. When Goody Two-Shoes heard it she was sorry,
because it was told her that Little Boy would never wake
until he was carried back to the country of mortals, when he
would wake up at once. Now by this time she had come to
love him very much, and was sorry to part with him, because
in seven years he had never spoken one cross word!
But Sooths must be obeyed; so she sent for a gentle giant,
and told him to carry Little Boy to the Queen's tailor and to
dress him like a fairy Prince, and to set him down on the road-
side near his father's house. Then when the giant took him
up in his great arms, all sound asleep, she put around
Little Boy's neck a fairy kiss tied fast to a gold chain, and this
was for good luck. After this the giant walked away, and
Goody Two-Shoes went into the house and cried for two days
and a night.
When the giant came to Common-Folks'-land, he laid Little
Boy beside the high-road and went home. Towards evening,
the King's daughter went by, and seeing Little Boy, who, as I
have said, was now grown tall and dressed all in velvet
and jewels, she came and stood by him, and when she saw the
fairy kiss hanging around his neck she knelt down and kissed
him. Then all the old ladies cried Fy! for shame !" but you
know she could not help it. As for Little Boy, he kept ever
so still, being now wide awake, but having hopes that she
would kiss him again, which she did, twice. As he still seemed
to sleep, he was put in the Princess's chariot and taken to the
King's palace. There the Princess told how he had been
found at the roadside, and said that he must be in an en-
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chanted sleep, and begged to have him put in the Museum!
At last, when every one had looked at him, they put him on a
bed, and when morning came he opened his eyes, and began
to walk around to stretch his legs. But as he went down-
stairs he met the King, who said to him, Fair Sir, what is
the name of thy beautiful self?" To which he answered: "I
am called Prince Little Boy." "Ha! ha!" said the King.
" That was the name of the bad brick-maker. Perchance thou
art he." Then he called his guards, and Little Boy was at
once shut up in a huge tower, for the King was not quite sure,
or else he would have put him to death at once. But after
Little Boy had been there three days he put his head out of a
window and saw the Princess in the garden. Then he said,-
"Sweet lady, look up."
"Alas!" said she, they have sent for thy mother, and if
she says thou art Little Boy they will kill thee, and, alas! I
Ah !" he cried, come to this tower at midnight, and cast
me kisses a many through the night; blow a kiss to the north,
blow a kiss to the south, to the east, to the west, from the
flower of thy mouth, and it may be that one will float to Fairy-
land and fetch us help, for if not, I be but a dead man."
All this she did because she was brave and loved him. She
stood in the dark and blew kisses to the four winds, and
then listened, and by and by came a noise like great wings,
and-all the air was filled with strange, sweet odors, the like of
which that Princess never smelled again. At these things,
being now afraid, she tucked up her skirts and ran away
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PRINCE LITTLE BOY. 15
As for Little Boy, he was aware of a giant who was as tall
as the tower. Sir," said the giant, "it is told me that you must
keep your eyes shut until I bid
them to open. I have brought
the Kiss Queen to pay you a,
visit. No man has ever seen .
her; for if he did he could
never, never kiss or be kissed \
of any mortal lips."
Sir," said Little Boy, the ; '"
Princess is more sweet than
any that kiss in Fairy-land."
"Prince," said the giant,
" your education has been but
slight, or else you would know
that all kisses are made in Fairy-land. But shut your eyes
and stir not."
Then Little Boy did close his two eyes. At once he felt a
tiny kiss from lips that might have been as long as one's finger-
nail, and once he was kissed on each cheek and once on his
chin, and then he felt faint for a moment. All was. still for a
while, until the giant said, "You are lucky. Open your eyes,
Fair Sir," and went away.
Next day all the people came to see the King try Little
Boy. When Little Boy saw his mother he was almost ready
to cry, but he kept still and waited. Then the King said to
her, "Tell me, is this your son? and do not deceive me, or
dreadful things will happen to you and to him."
At this the good woman looked at him with care. "This
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looks like my son," she said; "but it is not my son, because
this young man has a dimple on each cheek and one on his
chin. Who ever saw any one with three dimples ?"
When the King heard this and Little Boy's father declared
also that his lost son had no dimples, the King bade them all
go free, and said he had been now nine years angry about
those bricks, and that whoever would find the bad brick-maker
should marry the Princess. When Prince Little Boy heard
this he said that he was the bad boy who had made those
bricks. But the King was as good as his word, and ordered
that the Prince should marry the Princess, and not have his
head cut off, because the Princess did wisely say that a
husband with no head wasn't much good as a husband.
Therefore they were married that minute, and I have heard
that they spent their honeymoon in Fairy-land. And this is
the end of the story of Prince Little Boy.
THIS is the true story of King Bear. His father was a
wise bear. He was a great bear to talk, so that
some of the things he said are looked upon as wisdom.
For instance, he used to say to his children Bear and For-
bear;" but they did not mind this much, and fought one
another. One day six of them were shot by a bad man and
made into muffs. The only one left was sold to a show, and
grew up very clever, and ate peanuts and drank ginger-pop
out of a bottle, and could stand on his head and eat ginger-
bread. He liked better to eat gingerbread when he was right
end up, but as they only gave him gingerbread when he was
upper end down, he got to like it, and so the more he stood
on his head the more gingerbread he got. Being a wise
bear, he knew that although he was up side down, the ginger-
bread was not; and this made him reflect on the foolish-
ness of the people who laughed to see a bear stand on
his head, and could not see that they were wasting their
laughter and getting no gingerbread, whilst he was being
nobly paid for walking on his fore legs, instead of like a man,
on his hind legs.
One day he heard two men talking about bears, and one
of them guessed their old King Bear might have a good time
IS IAING BEAR.
She was once loose among those wild bears, and this was
what made him run away. One day, in the great Rocky
. '.-: -. the whole menagerie stopped for a night on a hill,
and the I: -. -r got a man to take King Bear down to a spring
to :.P a drink. This man, who did not know much about
t ook -, .1.i of a rope attached to the great red belt around
the bear's waist, in which, on show days, he carried a watch and
a :;1 zt-handkerchief. When King Bear saw the great hills,
and --- -.1 of the strong breeze from the pines, and thought
Seeing the other bears, he got restless. By and by the
who was a lazy fellow, tied the rope to his own ankle and
asleep. But when he waked up he was going fast over the
after King Bear. The more things that man said the
,- went King Bear. It was unpleasant for that man, and
once he was jerked so hard that he hit a rock, and stood on his
Lead a moment, so that King Bear thought to himself, Surely
that man is ..,-. to eat gingerbread." At last, when they
w-r.e on a hillside, and the trees were few and the rocks
-". Bear began to find it pretty hard to pull that man.
So he '.-" "..- I and ate berries and drank some water, and
thren went back to look at that man tied to the rope; but the
man: not move any more, and did not say loud words.
nf. w I,..-- 1 away again slowly, and the man was pulled
S.' "him. Pretty soon King Bear went back once more
and stood on his hind legs near that man and made a low bow,
and he did because always at the end of the show when he
iade a L"ow every one went away and left him alone. But it did
.t do good this time, and the man just lay still and did
:O.T r.-n to want to go home at all. So then King Bear turned
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KING BEAR. 19
him over with his great paw, and was more puzzled than ever.
After a while King Bear tried standing on his head, but the
man did not laugh any, which was discouraging; and when
King Bear saw this he sat down on his other end, and looked
at that stupid man; but when it came into his mind that when
he had stood on his head he had had no gingerbread to eat he
saw why the man did not laugh. Then King Bear went away
up the hill very slowly because he was tired.
When King Bear got near the top he came to a deep
crack in the rocks. He jumped over and fell down a steep
place, where he swung to and fro, the man being on one side of
the rock and King Bear on the other. At last the rope broke,
and King Bear fell down through trees and over rocks, and
into a lake. As soon as possible he crawled out and sat
on a stump and felt his back all over, for he was very sore
and bruised. After a while he gathered up the part of the rope
still left, and said that he guessed now that man had gone
home. At this moment he heard a grunt, and saw. eleven
bears walking along in a row. Each bear had hold, with his
teeth, of the tail of the bear in front of him.
Now this is curious," said King Bear. So he rose up and
grunted and made a bow, and at last, seeing that no one took
notice of him, he stood on his head.
At this the bear in front of all said, "Goody gracious !"
But none of the other bears looked at King Bear, who said in
a loud voice,-
What does this mean ?"
"Alas !" replied the leader, "all the other bears you see,
except myself, are blind."
20 KING BEAR.
What made them blind ?" said King Bear.
"Alas!" cried the other, "they lost their eyes playing
seesaw on the trees. Now, as I am a good bear, I offered to
take them where they could get food. Kindly relieve me a
moment, until we get to the top of the hill?"
Of course, sir," cried King Bear.
So when the second bear understood the matter he let go
of Head Bear's tail and took so tight a bite of King Bear's,
which was fat and long, that King Bear started off in haste.
When he looked around he saw Head Bear trotting away
Halloo !" said King Bear.
Halloo !" said Head Bear. Good-by."
At this King Bear saw that he was tricked. "What do
you want?" he cried to the bears behind him.
"We want to go home," they all growled through their
"Where is your home?" said King Bear.
"We don't know," they answered; "we are all blind
orphans. Take us home."
Ha ha !" said King Bear, "come along." And so saying
walked into a lake until the water ran into their mouths, and
they all let go, one by one. Oh, my poor tail!" said King
Bear. "It is chewed to bits;" and set off to punish Head
Bear; but when he came near, Head Bear cried out,-
How clever you are! Let us be friends. I will hunt for
you until your claws grow sharp. You must be a King
So then they shook paws, and Head Bear bit off the rope,
KING BEAR. 21
and they had a jolly time hunting rabbits and eating berries.
But by and by King Bear got tired, because the winter was
near and every day Head Bear became more stupid and
One day King Bear ran away and left him. After walk-
ing all day night came, and he saw that he was in a little
town, but every one was asleep. At last, of a sudden, he
smelled gingerbread, and having good eyes, saw it was in a
shop-window. Without losing time he broke the glass, and
ate forty-seven gingerbreads and quarts of peanuts. Then he
knocked the bottles of beer about till they broke, and he licked
up so much beer that he got very drunk, and fell down and
went sound asleep.
When he awakened he found that he was tied fast with
ropes, and there were all the men who belonged to his show.
I am sorry to say that his keeper beat him well with a stick
because the people had made that unlucky man pay five
dollars on account of his bear getting drunk in their town.
But after that King Bear did not like gingerbread.
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ.
MRS. GRABEM was a hairy spider who knit cobwebs
and caught flies and brought up a small household
of nine young spiders.
When I first knew this happy family, and learned all the
wonderful things they heard and did, their home was as pretty
a place as a spider need want. Their web was spun to and
fro across the crotch of an old apple-tree, and when they
looked down they could see the green grass, and when they
looked up they could see the great jolly red apples which
must have looked to those young spiders just as the stars look
to our own young folks.
On one side of their web Mrs. Grabem had knit with great
labor a long, dark cave all of cobweb, where the family slept
at night, and where they lay trembling while the great winds
blew and the tree rocked and bent.
One fine breezy morning in June, when the leaves above
were clapping their palms for joy at growing, and when the
birds were tossing little love-songs to one another, the old
lady sat mending her web which a great wasp had broken.
Meanwhile, the young spiders chased each other along one
thread and down another and shook the dew from the web as
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 23
"Ah!" said the eldest of them, as he saw it sparkle in
the sun, "these must be the diamonds we have heard
No," said another, "they look to me blue; they are tur-
"Geese !" said a third, who was on a distant part of the
web, "they are drops of gold: any one can see they are
At this they fell to abusing one another, when suddenly the
old lady cried out, Foolish children, if you change places you
will see that each of you is right. You make me think of a
tale which my grandmother used to tell me. It is a story
which has come down in our family from your ancestor who
gave Robert Bruce such very good advice without ever saying
a word. You know that the King was looking at the spider
when he was swinging a line, striving to fasten it. The spider
having tried six times was about to stop, for before this spiders
never tried more than six times. But when he looked up and
saw the King he knew just what was needed to give him
courage, and, therefore it was that the spider made one more
mighty effort, and so at last made fast the web.
"Thus you see that our ancestor invented trying seven
times, although I think the Bruce usually gets more credit than
the spider. When this wise spider grew older he went to
Spain in the helmet of the good Lord Douglas who was killed
by the Moors, so that they got his helmet and your great-great-
great-grandfather, who kept quiet enough in the darkest
corner until he was carried to Granada, where he lived a long
while and found the flies many, and tender, and of good flavor.
24 MRS. GRA REM AND FUZ-BUZ.
And this was one of his stories which he had gotten at
Granada, when he lay among the Moors."
Then all the young spiders listened, and the old mother
One night the King Almanzor was walking alone when he
overheard three water-carriers gossiping.
"'I would not be the King,' said Amric, the first who spoke.
'Every morning before prayers I peep through a crack in the
wall of the Palace garden, and always I see the King grave
and sober, just when the sun is rising red and the birds are
laughing and telling their dreams. I would not be a King, to
look sober at dawn every day in the year. A grave man is
"'Bosh!' said the second, whose name was Hassan. 'The
King is a sad man. He must have done some evil in his
youth, for just before noonday prayers I look into the Palace
garden from my window, and lo! always the King kneels
weeping at the great fountain which we call the forest of
"'And I,' cried Amrah,'think ye both wrong. A merry
man is King Almanzor. For ever at evening, when the mina-
rets call to prayer, I have seen the King at the fountain laugh-
ing, always laughing, always glad. A foolish man must the
King be to laugh at nothing.'
"'He's too sober,' said one.
"'Too sad,' cried the second.
"'Too merry,' said the third.
"'Then each held to his own opinion, and abused the
others, until from words they came to blows.
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 25
"This roused the guard, who seized upon the whole three,
and was taking them away, when the King whispered to the
Captain to bring them to the Palace next day.
"Accordingly in the morning they were brought to the
King in the garden before prayer time.
"'I hear,' said Almanzor, 'that you talked of me last night.
It is said that you think me sober, sad, and foolish.'
"Not one of them answered.
"' I will think of your crime, and how you shall be punished.
Begone, and return hither at noon.'
"At noontide they were brought again to the King, who
said to them gravely, 'You have abused the King. You shall
"'Woe is me!' cried they all, and as they were led away
the King stayed weeping by the water's edge.
But at evening the guard took them out yet once more,
and this time the King was merry, and the sound of music
mocked their sadness.
"'You are pardoned,' said the King Almanzor. 'Judge
not lightly of me again. In the morning I reflect on the
crimes which I have to judge, and then I am grave. At
noon I condemn some to die, and then ever I weep. But
at nightfall I pardon the least guilty, and then I am always
glad at heart. Be ye also merry to-night, and to-morrow
And thus saying, the King gave them a purse of gold and
What a little story," cried the young spiders.
Hush !" answered Mrs. Grabem. Now I must mend this
26 MRS. GRABELM AND fUZ-BUZ.
hole in our cobweb. But, bless me! run to the den. Here
comes a big fly."
Quick as could be they all ran into the dark passage, and
Mrs. Grabem stayed at the door. Pretty soon the fly flew
near. He was a handsome gay fellow, all over gold and purple
and sparkling in the sunlight. He thought he would have a
little of the nice gum which flowed from the apple-tree bark,
so he flew nearer, but just as he alighted his legs caught in
the net and then what a fuss he made! Buz, buz, and pulled
and bit, but it was in vain, for hewas held fast by a long cob-
web which allowed him to go a little way but no farther.
Then Mrs. Grabem ran out, and pulled at the web, and
drew him near, when all the little spiders began to sing, We
shall have a good breakfast."
What! do you mean to eat me?" said Fuz-buz, the Fly.
"I never hurt you."
"Oh, no," said Mrs. Grabem, "you will do us a great deal
of good very soon. You are a queer-looking fly anyhow. I
hope you won't disagree with my children. Where do you
In Spain," replied Fuz-buz, proudly. "I am a Spanish
Dear me !" cried one of the spiders; perhaps you can tell
us some stories."
I know a thousand fairy tales," said Fuz-buz.
"Oh, mamma!" said one fat little spider, "it would be a
shame to eat a thousand stories all at once. Let us keep him
until he tells us nine hundred and ninety-nine tales, and then
we can eat him afterwards."
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"That I call good advice," cried Mrs. Grabem, and at once
she fastened the cobweb so that poor Fuz-buz could walk just
a little way from the web and no farther.
"And now," said she, "twice a day you must tell my chil-
dren a story. But never let me find you trying to get away, or
I will eat you in a moment."
The young spiders could hardly wait.
Quick !" they cried, "a story !" "a story !"
"What about?" replied Fuz-buz, glad to be spared.
"Oh, about men, big men like Robert Bruce," said they,
"and about a Princess too."
"Very well," returned Fuz-buz. "Don't eat me, and I will
tell you no end of stories, and the first shall be about
LADY GOLDEN HAIR AND HER TWO LOVERS,
PRINCE CLEVER AND PRINCE STURDY.
"A long while ago, and far, far away, a lady lived who had
such beautiful locks that the people named her Lady Golden
Hair. Folks said that when she was little her fairy god-
mother had so well woven three strands of sunshine with her
curly tresses that it never got loose again, and I suppose this
must have been so, because when at night she walked in the
garden all the flowers woke up and looked about thinking the
daylight had come.
"All day long her maidens combed her hair with combs of
gold, and at evening sang to her of the beautiful Prince who
would one day come across the seas and win her love for ever-
28 MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ.
"Many came and looked into her deep brown eyes, but
none suited her, and so she shook her golden hair, and they
went their ways again.
"At length her father, the King, said she must make up her
mind to marry somebody.
"The Princess said, I will marry no one who does not own
a Roc's egg, and no one who has not kissed me, and no one
who has not a lock of hair to show exactly like my own. And
no one shall kiss me, and no one ever shall have a lock of my
hair, and where on earth will any one get a Roc's egg ? and so
how shall I ever be married? No, I never will marry any-
At this her father was in despair, but as he thought that
perhaps some one might be bright enough to outwit the Prin-
cess, he caused it to be made known everywhere that the Lady
Golden Hair would marry the man who had kissed her, and
who could show a lock of hair just like hers, and who owned
a Roc's egg.
When her lovers heard this they all cried and went away,
except two who were named Prince Clever and Prince Sturdy.
Prince Clever was handsome and tall, and very cunning,
because he was a Sorcerer's son; but Prince Sturdy was brave
and straightforward, and had honest eyes of his own which
were brown as garnets and as steady as stars.
Now when these two heard about the Princess, and what
must be done to marry her, Prince Clever said, 'I am so cun-
ning that I shall be sure to succeed;' but Prince Sturdy said,
'Thorns are roses to those who love! I will try.'
"When the Princess saw them she wished silently that
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 29
Prince Sturdy might succeed; still she only said, 'How
foolish you both must be. Do either of you own a Roc's
egg ?' and then she bade them good-by and they kissed their
hands to her and rode away by different paths till each of them
entered a wood where they dismounted, and thought how to
get a Roc's egg. 'Then,' said Clever, 'I see;' but Sturdy
said, 'I will ride till I find one.'
"About a thousand miles away, across a great sea, lived a
Roc who had just laid an egg as big as a house and as hard
as marble. No one knew where she lived except a witch, to
whose cave in a great hill Prince Clever rode swiftly.
"Because he was a Sorcerer's son the witch came out to
speak to him. But, meanwhile, Prince Sturdy having become
lost in the woods rode on, until at nightfall he heard voices.
"Then he alighted and clambered over the hill and lay quiet
until he heard to his delight the witch telling Clever where to
get the Roc's egg.
"As quick as could be, Sturdy got on his horse and rode
away as hard as ever a man could ride. By and by he
came to the sea, where he hired a ship, and sailed many
days to a desolate land where was nothing but hills of gray
"Here he went on shore and sent the ship back. Then,
drawing his sword, he climbed a great sand hill and after two
days reached the top. There he saw in a mighty nest the
great egg, as white and smooth as ivory.
"As soon as the Roc flew away to get her dinner, the Prince
came near and began to crack a big hole in the egg with his
sword. Presently all the insides of the egg ran out of the
30 MRS. GRABEMA AND FUZ-BUZ.
hole and nearly drowned him. When it was well emptied and
the whole of it had flowed away to the sea, the Prince put his
bag of cakes into the egg, and then his sword, and at last
squeezed himself in.
He was just able to thrust his turban into the hole, when
the Roc flew home to her nest.
"When she left her nest once more, Sturdy made a nice little
opening as big as a pea,
so that he could just
see through it. And
; what think you he saw ?
"There were two
ships on the sea, and
SPrince Clever with a
hundred men. Very
-.*i ,* soon they came up the
hill and began to push
the egg and to heave
S. it over with crow-bars
', ...> and beams of wood,
S'until it rolled to the
-- '"-' -- edge of the sand-heap.
Then to Prince Stur-
dy's horror the egg
S/ began to turn over and
over down the hill to
"Fast it went, and faster and faster, while Sturdy tumbled
over and over, and was on his head one minute, and on his
MRS. GRABEMf AND FUZ-BUZ. 31
heels the next, till at last splash went the egg into the water
and floated lightly on the rolling waves.
"Very soon the sailors tied a rope around the egg, and
fastened the other end to their ships, and sailed away rejoicing.
"In this manner they sailed many weeks, until poor Sturdy
had eaten his last cake and was nearly starved to death.
"When at last they came to land, the egg was hoisted on to
a huge car, and a hundred horses drew it to the Palace of the
Princess Golden Hair, while Prince Clever rode alongside as
happy as could be.
When the lady saw Clever and the egg she was ready to
cry with vexation, because she knew there was only one Roc's
egg in the world, and because Prince Clever had gotten it.
Soon her father called her to welcome the Prince, and
every one went to see the egg, while the music sounded and
the people hurrahed for Prince Clever.
As soon as he saw the lady he ran and knelt and said,
'Princess, here is my Roc's egg.'
"Then a voice was heard saying, 'No, it is mine!'
"' Who spoke?' said Clever.
"'I,' said the voice. 'It is mine !'
"But no one could tell where the voice came from.
"At last the Chief Magician cried aloud, 'Who dares to
mock the King?'
"Then said the voice, 'Oh, great Magician, who owns the
house, he who lives in it, or he who looks at it?'
"'He who lives in it,' answered the Magician.
"'Then it is my egg,' said Sturdy, as he broke away the
shell and stepped out of the hole in the side of the egg.
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"' Ah,' said the lady to herself, 'what beautiful eyes he has.'
But Prince Clever smote his breast, and the people hurrahed
for Prince Sturdy.
Meanwhile, Sturdy knelt to the lady. 'Ah,' said he, 'it is
easy to live in a Roc's egg, or to storm a city for a lady's love,
but to kiss her and to find hair like thine, woe is me! How
can these things be done?'
As for Clever, he smiled, and said to himself, It is hard to
bring a Roc's egg home, but to cheat a woman with a lock of
hair and to steal a kiss is easy.'
After Prince Clever had eaten and rested, the two Princes
kissed their hands to the lady and rode away once more to
find a tress of hair which should be like that of the Princess.
"Now what did Prince Clever do to get the lady? He
went into the country to see his fairy godmother and to ask
her advice, and this was what she told him to do.
He was to dress himself like a peddler and was to take
with him a beautiful great opal, and afterwards he was to do
other things which presently you shall hear of.
When the Fairy told him all these things, he said, 'Ah,
godmother, how shall I make my nose long and my mouth
big and ugly so as to be like a real peddler?'
"'Well, my dear,' she replied, 'that is easy,' and so saying
she put her forefingers into the two corners of his mouth and
pulled it until one corner was under each ear.
"'I think that will do,' she said; 'and as to your nose, take
a pinch of this snuff.'
"No sooner had he done as she desired than he began to
sneeze so hard that in five minutes the end of his delicate nose
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 33
was blown out into a great round purple knob, which was so
bright that he could not keep from squinting to get a look
"'I do not think any one will know you now,' said the
Fairy, 'but be careful not to open your mouth very wide or
possibly your head may fall off backwards.'
Upon my word,' cried the Prince when he looked at his
face in a smooth pool of water, 'if I be as cunning as I am
ugly I shall surely win the lady !'
The Fairy then gave him a little red cloak, and bade him
walk like an old man and be careful.
Finally she placed in his basket a gold box containing the
"When he had left her she drew a ring on the ground and
stood within it, and enchanted the Lady Golden Hair with
wicked words, so that for four days and nights she had no
sleep, because the instant her lids closed she dreamed that
nine beautiful ladies were kissing Prince Sturdy, and that he
was also kissing one of them and that the one he kissed was
"So it was that all these days she lay awake angry, and all
the while Prince Clever rode fiercely towards her garden gate.
Near by he hid his horse, and walking like an old man
came to the palace slowly and asked to see the lady.
"The guard laughed at his nose, and told him the Princess
was ill and could not sleep.
"'It is well,' answered he. 'I have here a charm to bring
"As soon as this was known he was brought quickly to the
34 MRS. GRABEMA AND FUZ BUZ.
chamber of the Princess, where she lay resting on a couch,
while her ladies fanned her with fans made of fresh flowers
which every ten minutes were brought to them by slaves.
"Although she felt very badly from want of sleep, no
sooner did she see the Prince with his new face than she
began to laugh until she cried with mirth. For tears,' said
Saadi, the poet, 'are the diamonds of affliction and the pearls
"After a time, however, the Princess grew silent, although
she did not dare to look at him when he talked. Now this
was what he said: Here is an amulet for them that sleep not,
or sleeping have evil dreams. Let thy ladies leave thee, and
in a moment thou shalt sleep.'
"'Instantly begone!' cried the Princess to her maidens.
'Fly! I have no fears. Let a slave with a drawn cimeter
keep the door, and leave me with this wise and astonishing
Then, when there were none in the room but the lady
and himself, the Prince opened his gold box and lifted out of
it a large opal which shone with a dim, gray, sleepy lustre with
points of red and purple light.
"WVhen he held the jewel up before her eyes, she said, 'It
has letters on it. What be they? What do they mean?'
"'The words,' he replied, 'are the names of the nine most
stupid books that ever were written, and within is the name of
the sleepiest man that ever lived, and also the name of a very
young baby who slept every night all night long.'
It is well,' said the Princess. Let me sleep.'
"' Rise !' said the Prince, and she stood erect while he held
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 35
the opal before her eyes, and the golden flow of her hair fell
from head to neck and from waist to floor in curves of dark-
ling gold like the early sunlight when it is yet touched with
the fading brown of dawn.
"As she gazed fixedly at the jewel her eyelids closed, and a
drowsy languor grew upon her face, till at last she swayed
backwards and fell upon the couch.
"Then the Prince laid the jewel on the floor and crushed it
with his foot. As it broke, a rosy flame flashed from it, and a
heavy, odorous smoke curled upwards and filled the room with
"Then the Prince took a long lock of her golden hair, and
with his dagger cut it quickly. When he had twisted it around
his sword hilt he leaned over and kissed her cheek, but though
the lady slept the blood seemed to leap to the spot he had
touched, and her cheek grew scarlet, as he turned away
ashamed and fled from the palace.
Near to the garden he mounted his horse, and spurred
swiftly away through the night, while the trees moaned in the
wind as he passed, and the birds awoke and sang 'Shame!
shame!' till he stopped his ears and fled faster and faster.
Thus it was that Prince Clever kissed the lady and had a
golden lock to show which was like her own, because it was
her own. The next day he met Sturdy.
"'Ha! ha!' said Clever, 'you own a Roc's egg, but I have
kissed the lady, and who do you think has hair like this?'
"'Only one,' replied Prince Sturdy, sadly.
"'We shall meet to-morrow,' said Clever, for so they had
agreed, and thus saying he rode away.
36 MRS. GRAB EM AND FUZ-BUZ.
"Prince Sturdy also arose and entered a wood near by, for
he was sick at heart and desired to see no man's face.
In a little while he was aware of two wild roses beside a
rock on which he had seated himself. As he thought of the
lady he wept, and just one tear fell upon a rose.
"Then said a faint, clear voice, The dew falls.'
"' I hope it is rain,' said another voice, which was still more
sweet and pure.
"'Ah,' sighed the Prince, 'happy roses !'
"' Why do you weep ?' said the roses, for it was their voices
he had heard.
"' Because I may not steal a lady's kiss,' said the Prince,
'and because I want a tress of golden hair the like of which is
not to be had on earth.'
"' We don't know much about kisses,' said the rose. 'But
it is pleasant to touch a young rose-bud when the winds blow
us against one another. I suppose that must be like a kiss.'
"'Yes,' said Sturdy, laughing, as he pushed the two roses
together till their red lips touched.
'Thanks,' said they. Then one of them said, 'If I were
you I would go and lie on the top of a great cliff, and as the
yellow sunlight trickles over the stones at morning I would
catch a bit in a gold box and shut the lid quickly and keep
it. Where is a lady would have golden locks like that, so
yellow and so fine?'
"'It is well,' cried the Prince, and so saying he went away,
sadly thinking of the kiss he might not have.
Next day the Court and the King and the Princess were
in the garden awaiting the two Princes.
ARS. GRAB EM AND FUZ-BUZ. 37
First came Prince Clever, who had gotten his good looks
again, and who came gayly with a hundred knights and with
slaves who bore an ivory box which held the Princess's hair.
"Next came Prince Sturdy on a great black steed, but all
alone and with only a little gold box in his hand.
When both had bent before the lady, she smiled and said,
' You are empty-handed.'
"'No,' said Clever, and bade the slaves approach. Then
from an ivory box he took a glorious tress of the lady's hair.
"' Is it like?' said he.
Ah!' she cried, as she matched it with her own long hair.
'It is the same it was mine How came you by this?'
"' Pardon me, lady,' he said. It was I who in your sleep
yesterday stole this tress of hair. Where else is any like it?'
"'Ah!' she cried, growing pale, 'you were the Sorcerer
with the foul visage. You must have worn your heart upon
your face for once, Fair Sir. But, ah me !' she continued, the
kiss the kiss Did you dare to kiss me, sir Prince ?'
"'I dared,' he said. How else could I win you ?'
"'Enough,' she said, and turned, pale and despairing, to
"'Lady,' said he, 'at morning I climbed the hill and caught
in this box a tress of golden sunlight. If it be not as like to
thy hair as sun to sun, I am a false prince.' Then he opened
the box beside the lady's wealth of hair.
"'Bosh!' cried Prince Clever. 'There is nothing there,' for
the box of a truth was empty.
"'True,' said Sturdy, 'it was bright this morning, but it is
darkness now beside the sunshine of my lady's locks.'
38 MRS. GRAB EM AND FUZ-BUZ.
"'Well said!' cried the King, while the Princess blushed
like a whole summer of rosy peaches.
"'By my beard!' cried Clever, 'he has the egg, and it
seems I am outwitted about the lock of hair. I pray you to
tell me which of us has the kiss.'
"'A gift is better than a theft,' said she, and whispering this,
bent down and kissed the brow of brave Prince Sturdy, who
trembled like a lily of earth in the wind of Paradise.
But as for Prince Clever, he made a wry face and said, It
is very warm in this place,' and -so went away with his hands
in his pockets and was no more seen among men."
When Fuz-buz had ended, all the little family of spiders
began to rejoice together, because of the nice story they had
heard and also because of the many more which were yet to
The next afternoon, as soon as ever Mrs. Grabem began to
knit, the spiders cried aloud for a story.
But I am tired," said Fuz-buz.
No matter !" cried the spiders; we are not."
Come, no nonsense !" roared Mrs. Grabem.
"Well," cried poor Fuz-buz, "let me think a little."
"I should not suppose it took much thinking to make up
stories," replied Mrs. Grabem.
By this time Fuz-buz was ready, and having eaten a little
cherry gum to clear his throat, he began as follows:
"This is a fairy tale."
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 39
ABOUT TROWEL KU THE BEAVER WHO BUILDS DAMS. ABOUT KANECRI THE
LOON WHO SINGS ON THE LAKES. ABOUT HOOTA THE OWL WHO IS
NOT SO WISE AS HE LOOKS. ABOUT WEESKA THE FOX WHO IS JUST AS
SHARP AS HIS OWN NOSE, AND THAT IS SAYING A GREAT DEAL.
"Ever so many days ago," said Fuz-buz, "and ever so far
away up among the great lakes, it was always summer. There
the trees were always green and the flowers never ceased to
bloom nor the birds to sing.
"The beaver built dams and no winter came to freeze them.
The owl hooted solemnly and the squirrels raced and played
and ate nuts all the year, and the foxes joked with the big
bears, and the loons sang to the stars all the night long, and
the stars winked at the lakes, and no one ate any one else, for
every one was merry and happy, because it was summer all
But at last everything and everybody grew tired of being
"'Ah me !' said the bear, 'I get so fat it would be as easy
to roll as to walk.'
"'Just so,' sighed the trees. What a bore to have to make
leaves all the time !'
"Only the owl said, I'm comfortable,' and gave his feathers
a lazy shake and went to sleep again.
"After a while all the animals and trees and fish had a
great talk and made up their minds that it was unpleasant to
have hot weather always.
40 XMS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ.
"So the fox proposed that they should go in search of cool
weather, and bring back a little by way of a change.
"At last they agreed to send Trowel Ku the Beaver, and
Kanecri the Loon, and Hoota the Owl, and Weeska the Fox.
"All were ready except Hoota the Owl, who said, 'I'm
comfortable. What's the use?' and fell asleep again, but
Weeska bit his toes and Kanecri the Loon sang in his ears and
at last they woke him up. For,' said the Beaver, 'he looks so
wise we cannot do without him.'
"Therefore it was resolved that Trowel Ku the Beaver
should pull out one of his feathers every five minutes to keep
him wide awake, and having thus planned the matter each one
filled a birch-bark bag with food, and the whole party set off
"After a long journey they came to the hut of a Magician
called a Manitou, on a high hill. Here the Loon called aloud,
but no one came until the Owl mounted on the Fox's back and
knocked at the door, when a little hunchbacked woman
opened it and said, 'You can't come in without money.'
"' Ha! ha!' said the Fox, and ran away into the wood, and
presently came back with a handful of green leaves which he
gave to the old woman.
"'That will do,' said she, for she was blind. 'Money must
be plenty where you live. Come in.' By and by the Manitou
"'What now?' said he.
"'Sir,' answered Trowel Ku the Beaver, 'I am tired of
summer and of building dams. Tell us where we can buy a
little cold to take home for a change.' 'And I,' said the Fox,
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,1' /fr ISr,
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 41
'I find it always too hot.' 'For my part,' cried the Loon
Kanecri, 'you have given us only summer. Either give me
fewer feathers or else a little cold. As for the trees, they are
all growling about having no rest at making leaves.'
"'Then,' said Manitou to the Owl, 'what do you want?'
'I'm comfortable,' said Hoota the Owl, and straightway went
Well,' said Manitou, 'I will send you to the cold country,
and you can all of you take home a bag of cold to your
friends.' Then he began to laugh, and taking a deer-skin
bade them all jump inside.
When they were all in he sewed them up, and putting the
skin outside of the hut bade it go.
"At once it became alive and bounded off over the hills
and through the streams until it came to a great frozen lake.
Here the Beaver heard a noise, and presently an arrow
went through the deer, which fell on the ice. The next mo-
ment a knife ripped the deer open, and the Owl and the
Beaver and Fox and Loon jumped out.
Then they saw two tall men made of icicles who gave a
cry when they saw them, dropped their knives, and fled away
over the lake.
"' Dear me !' said Trowel Ku. This must be cold land. Let
us fill our bags,' cried Weeska the Fox, 'and be off.' 'Here
is too much cold for me; I'm not comfortable,' said Hoota the
owl. Boo hoo, how it bites my toes !'
"Then they all filled their birch bags with cold, of which
there was plenty for every one lying about loose, and set off
42 MRS. GRAB EM AND FUZ-BUZ.
But after a little while they all became so cold that their
jaws chattered. By and by they saw the Manitou.
What now?' said he.
"'Too much cold,' said the Beaver. 'I think one bag
would answer,' added the Fox,' and we could carry it by
turns.' 'I'm not comfortable,' groaned Hoota the Owl; my
toes are frozen.' 'Suppose,' said the Loon, 'you were to help
us to carry the cold home.'
"' Ho!' answered Manitou, for he was very angry. 'Be-
gone! You wanted winter and I gave it to you, and you had
leave to take as much cold as you wanted, and were greedy
and took too much. I will warm you a little and send your
cold home, too.'
"Thus saying he tore the sunset out of the west and threw
it a thousand miles into their country, and lo it fell on the
trees, and some it stained yellow and some red and some
brown, which so amazed them that they let their leaves fall in
affright and horror.
Next the Manitou took up the bags of cold and threw
them after the sunset, and as they flew they broke, and the
white cold fell in little fleecy blankets on the naked trees and
on the land.
"When the animals reached home there was no summer.
So the Fox Weeska ran into his den in the rocks, and the
Beaver Trowel Ku cried, 'Woe is me! the water has become
white stone,' and the Loon Kanecri sang a song to the stars
and flew up into the skies and sailed away and away. But
Hoota the Owl said, I'm comfortable,' and fell fast asleep in a
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 43
The next night Mrs. Grabem herself came along with her
little ones to hear Fuz-buz relate a tale.
Be sure it is a nice story," said one of the spiders.
"For my part," cried Mrs. Grabem, "I take no interest in
stories, but it pleases me to see the youngsters amused. You
may go on while I knit, and as I have ten threads to mend let
the story be a long one."
Please ma'am," answered Fuz-buz, I will now tell you a
story which I flatter myself is the very best one I ever heard.
It was brought by a cousin of mine from Bagdad, where he
got it from a very aristocratic fly who lived many years in the
household of Sindbad the Sailor."
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.
"Once upon a time there lived in Persia a great King.
He had one nephew, who was to be the ruler after him, and to
have all his kingdom.
"When this lad was about six years old a daughter was
born to the King. No sooner was her birth known than the
magicians foretold that she would be beautiful, and would
have blue eyes like lakes, which last was not very hard to
foretell because they were already blue, but the magi also
declared that on the day of her marriage the King would
"'Oh, ho!' said the King, who was called Omar. If this be
so, she shall never marry, and I shall live long and pleasantly,
and after me she shall be Queen. As for my nephew, I fear
that he may wish to be King when he grows to manhood.
44 MTRS. GRABAEMI AND FUZ-BUZ.
Therefore let him be thrown into the sea.' Then an old
Magician arose and spoke thus:
"' Be careful, oh King, not to do this wicked act; or if you
greatly dread the Prince Ali give him to me, and I will carry
him far away to an island on the coast, where he may be
taught as a Prince should be, and where he may live all his
days and never know what he might have been.'
"Then said a second counsellor, 'For my part I advise
that the Princess be shut up in a palace around the gardens
of which a wall shall be built, that she may grow up and see
none but women, for so only can you make sure that she will
not fall in love and marry.'
"'It were well,' said the King. 'Let the Magician take
the Prince as he has said.' Accordingly the next day Prince
Ali was carried to an island many miles from the main land
and lodged in a fair palace. Here he was cared for by trusty
persons who taught him all manner of wisdom, as well as to
ride and hunt and swim, so that he grew up brave and hand-
some and full of goodness and knowledge.
Meanwhile, the Princess lived alone with her women in a
gleaming marble castle which looked across the sea, and was
girt about by a high wall on every side but that bounded by
the waters of the ocean.
"The busy years went on, and by and by the little girl grew
to be a stately woman, and the Prince a tall and vigorous man,
while the King Omar became gray and old, and was every
day more greedy to live. Each morning he sent a slave to see
how the Princess fared, and every month he was told all about
Prince Ali, and so made sure of his constant safe-keeping.
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"One fine morning just after a storm a strange thing
happened to the Prince. He was walking up and down the
beach and looking at the waves which were rushing up the
shore and sweeping down again with a fierce roar, when he
heard a cry of distress among the rocks near by. In a mo-
ment he climbed towards the spot, and saw to his great wonder
as he came near long tresses of something like thin seaweed
floating in the wind from a rock above him. He seized it and
was more amazed to find that it was beautiful hair like his own,
but of a bright green color. As he pulled it he heard again a
cry of pain which hastened his steps.
"This hair was wonderful, for it not only fell far down the
cliff but lay on top of the rocks and across bushes, and was
strung here and there with coral and great pearls.
"When the nimble Prince had traced it some thirty feet it
led him to a deep hollow between two rocks. Into this he
descended. As he reached the bottom what should he see
but a little old woman, with fins for hands and a long scaly
tail like that of a fish. She was such a comical little old lady
.that the Prince sat down and laughed for five minutes. He
ceased his mirth, however, when the old creature waved her
fins in a helpless way and groaned aloud.
"'What can I do for you, Mrs. Woman-fish?' said he, 'and
how came you here?'
"'My dear,' said she, 'I am, as you see, a Water-woman.
I happened to come on shore last night just to do a little
knitting by the light of the moon, when up came a big storm,
and the waves gave me a great toss over these rocks and into
this hole. But the worst of it is I have lost my spectacles, and
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my poor back is nearly broken, and one fin's out of joint, and
I've lost a knitting-needle and my back comb. Now if you
would kindly carry me to the edge of the rocks and throw
me in, I think I could reach home, but, as you may notice, I
don't get along very well upon land.'
"The Prince was too good-natured to refuse, so he lifted
her carefully, and drawing her long hair after him climbed with
his queer load to the top of the cliff. Here he gave her a
mighty cast, and away she went fifty feet down into the sea
with her green hair sailing after her. The moment she felt
the water she rolled over, and kissing her fin to Prince Ali
sculled away as cleverly as could be.
"The Prince said nothing about this adventure, but felt
sorry that he had not asked her some questions, for you must
know that whenever he asked questions of the people who
waited on him and taught him, they were apt to say, Oh, don't
bother me! I'm busy,' so that there were many things which
he desired to learn and could not.
From this day forward he spent all of his time upon the
shore and among the rocks. At last one evening he saw a
large white-crested wave rolling in, and on a sudden out of it
paddled the Water-woman. She sculled up the sand, and
rolling over on her back said to the Prince, My dear, I can
never thank you enough. If the doctors had been quicker
about getting my flapper well, I should have been here long
"'You are most welcome,' returned Ali, 'and the more so
because perhaps you can tell me who I am.'
"'Sir,' said she, 'you are a King's son. Your parents are
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dead, and your uncle has put you here for fear that you may
wish to take the kingdom away from his daughter, the Princess
Jessalie, who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She
also is a prisoner within the gardens of her palace, because it
has been foretold that whenever she marries, her father, the
King, will die.'
'Would that I could see her!' said the Prince.
"'Sir,' replied the Water-woman, 'to-morrow I will bring
you her picture, and meanwhile here are some trifles which my
children have sent you as tokens of their gratitude.'
"Thus saying she shook her head, and a double handful of
pearls fell from her hair and dropped at the feet of the Prince,
after which the Water-woman tumbled into the water and swam
"The next morning early Ali went to the beach and found
the Water-woman waiting with a large piece of crystal in her
"' Prince,' she said, 'yesterday the Princess Jessalie chanced
to look into a small pool of water on the shore where she
walks. As quick as could be I enchanted the pool and turned
it into a crystal mirror, so that the face of the Princess is
fixed upon it forever. Look, I have brought it away with
"At once the Prince regarded the mirror, and this was
what he saw in it. Calm, lazy eyes of blue, and below them
cheeks dimpled and rosy, and twin lips which made you jealous
of each, because ever they kissed one the other, and brown
hair which must have fallen down about this face as it looked
into the pool of water, and blue around it all, the heavens
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which spread above her as she had bent to gaze at her own
"' Ah said Ali, 'this is my fate Take me to this woman
swiftly, that I may see her and die contented.'
"'Not so,' said the Water-woman. 'Be guided by me, and
in time you shall marry her. Give me a message and I will
carry it to the Princess, but as yet she must not know your
name, or it might be that the King hearing it would put you
to death. Speak your message to this shell, and I will answer
for the rest.'
Thus saying, she pointed to a white shell which lay on the
beach. The Prince took it up, and, laughing, whispered a few
words in its curled lip, and then as the Water-woman bade him
threw it far out into the sea.
"'Now,' said the Water-woman, 'if you tell a lady once
that you love her, she laughs. If you tell her twice, she is
angry, but when you have ten times said "I love," she will
either hate or love you, or perhaps may hate and love by turns,
each for five minutes as sometimes doth chance. Now,
therefore, many times you must say to her I love you."'
"' But how shall I do this ?' asked Prince Ali.
"'Sir,' she said, 'look upwards and clap your hands thrice.'
"Without further words the young man did as he was told,
when instantly a great white swan descended from a vast
height and alighted on the water's edge beside them. The
Water-woman at once began to dig in the sand, and presently
found a large oyster-shell which she desired Ali to open. As
he did so, a necklace of pearls fell out, the like of which no
jeweller ever saw before or since.
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"'Now,' said the Water-woman, 'hang this on the swan's
neck for a present to the Princess, and with thy finger write
on the bird's breast a message.'
The Prince was lost in wonder, but without hesitation he
traced a few rapid letters on the white breast of the swan.
As he wrote, the feathers where he touched them grew scarlet,
so that you might read in red letters I love thee,' marked on
the snowy whiteness of the swan's bosom.
Scarcely had he made an end of this short letter of love
when the swan rose in swift flight until she was no longer to
be seen by the amazed Prince, who turned to look at the
Water-woman, though only to find that she, too, had vanished.
Then in still greater wonder Ali walked homeward along the
"Thus many days went by and brought no change, for ever
the west winds blew, and ever the waves climbed the shore
and laid soft cheeks on the sands and whispered, and went
backward moaning again.
"This sadness pleased the Prince, who lay on the rocks all
day and heard the sobbing waters, and looked wearily over the
wide green ocean fields where the bubble-crested foam came
and went from sight like the white clover-blossoms which
swayed amid their fields of green, when the wind leaped across
the rocks and took its pleasure inland.
One of these days the Princess walked on the shore with
her women, when the youngest of them said, 'What a lovely
shell!' Let me hear what it says,' cried the Princess ; but no
sooner had she put it to her ear than the shell murmured softly,
'I LOVE YOU.'
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"'Ah!' said the Princess Jessalie to the oldest of her ladies
'this shell sings to me words new and strange. Tell me, I
pray you, what is LOVE?'
She had scarcely finished when all the old ladies held up
their hands in horror, for this and all other such words were
forbidden within the palace bounds. The more they made
faces and signs at her, the more the Princess wished to know.
So she kept saying continually, 'What is love? I will know
what is love.'
But no one answered, and some of the old ladies cried,
and some ran away, for they all feared that King Omar would
strangle them because the Princess had heard the forbidden
word, and because no one of them knew but that presently she
would say, 'What is a man?' or some other such dreadful words.
When at length the Princess found herself alone with her
governess, she said again, What is love ?'
"'My dear child,' replied the old lady, 'it is a kind of
"'Ah cried the Princess, then I see why the ladies made
faces when I spoke of it. I suppose they had all taken a dose.
But it sounds very pleasant,' she added, and all day long she
went about with the shell at her ear.
"The next morning the shell was gone, for the ladies had
taken it away so that they might prevent further mischief by
hiding this wonderful shell. But before they concealed it they
listened to hear it say 'I love you.' No one listened twice,
and they all said the shell was an ill-bred shell and had no
manners, though what it said to them I know not, perhaps
something true but not pleasant.
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"The next day while walking in the garden the Princess
asked eagerly about her singing shell. While everybody pre-
tended to look for it, a whirring noise was heard and a fluttering
of white wings was seen as the swan lit at the feet of the lady
and shook the pearl necklace into her lap.
"' Oh, marvellous !' cried the Princess. Come quickly! look
at this see what pearls and Mahomet preserve us Bismillah !
Here is the name of that medicine again, written in scarlet on
the breast of this beautiful swan, "I LOVE THEE."'
"No sooner had the old ladies seen these fatal words than
they rushed at the bird and beat it so cruelly that it had hard
work to get away even with the help of the Princess herself.
"This time she was so urgent to be told more, and so
eager in her questions, that the matter came to the quick ears
of the King Omar, her father. At once the guards around
her palace gardens were doubled. Twelve old ladies were set
to work to gather up all the shells along shore, while twelve
more were ordered to keep strict watch lest any other messages
of love should come to the fair Jessalie.
Meantime, none knew whence came these strange words,
and the King grew more and more angry and alarmed when-
ever he thought about it.
"All his precautions were in vain. One fine morning
every rose-leaf in the gardens had written upon it in golden
Arabic letters, 'I LOVE YOU.'
"This drove the King wild, and he commanded all the rose-
bushes in the kingdom to be cut down, which was instantly
"The next morrow at daybreak a great noise was heard,
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and when the Princess arose and peeped from her window
every bird in the garden was singing, 'I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU,
I LOVE YOU.'
This time the King ordered the Princess to be shut up in
the palace. Then the birds were driven away, and a great
silken net hung over the garden so that the voice of the birds
might no more be heard singing this sweet treason among the
Very soon, however, the Princess became so weary of her
palace that she fell ill, and no one dared to tell the King that
all night long in dreams she whispered, 'I LOVE YOU, I LOVE
"Far and near the King sought counsel of all manner of
wise men and doctors, but no one would venture to order
medicine for the Princess without seeing her, and as to a man
doing that, it was out of the question.
"About this time the Water-woman, who I need not say
was the merry maker of all this mischief, met the Prince on the
beach one evening and thus addressed him:
"'The Princess whom you love is ill, because she has not
found out who it is that is ever saying through the shells and
the birds and the flowers, "I love you." Take, therefore, this
mirror, write on it a letter with your finger-tip, and I will see.
that it reaches the Princess.'
"The Prince gladly followed these directions, for though
when he had traced words on the glass he could see nothing of
them, he felt sure of the Water-woman's power to help him.
"When he had ended she took the mirror, and, carrying it
all the way above the waves, hastened to the mainland. When
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she came to the shore, she put on a long petticoat to hide her
scaly fish-tail, and drawing her fins through the sleeves of a
gown, mounted up on a pair of crutches and hobbled with
great labor to the palace of King Omar. Here she told the
guard to let the King know that a lame doctoress who had
come from a far country was waiting to cure the Princess.
"So soon as ever the King heard this he ordered her to be
admitted. When he set eyes upon her odd figure, he cried
"' Quick! old woman, speak! and that shortly! If you
can cure my daughter, say so.'
"'Oh, King!' she answered, 'let the lady look into this
mirror, but see that no one touches it on the way. Let the
Princess breathe upon it as she looks, and if it does not cure
her throw me into the sea without mercy.'
"'Well said!' cried the King. 'It shall be as you desire.
Let the mirror be carried to the Princess.'
"Accordingly, that evening the crystal was taken to the
palace with every care and given to Jessalie.
"'You have but to breathe on it,' said her governess, 'and
you will be well.'
"'Give it to me,' she said, and instantly blew a breath upon
its polished surface. As she did so, to her great amazement
she read these words which seemed to come into view on the
glass as her breathing moistened it, 'I LOVE YOU. I, THE
PRINCE ALI YOUR COUSIN, I LOVE YOU.'
"As her breath faded from the glass the words fled from
sight, but the Princess fell back murmuring, My cousin Ali, he
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"Then there was confusion. The ladies tore their hair
and screamed aloud, and the slaves beat their breasts, while
the Princess fainted away. In a moment the news came to the
King that his daughter had no sooner seen the mirror than
she had called aloud the name of her cousin and fainted.
"'Allah!' muttered the King. 'Well said the poet, "A
daughter is an aching tooth, and he who doth not beat his child
shall one day strike his knees in vain." Let this old hag of a
doctor be cast into the sea,' he added, and let the captain of
the guard take ship speedily and slay this nephew of mine
whom I did ill to spare so long.'
"Accordingly, the Water-woman was taken to the rocks
and thrown a hundred feet down into the waves, where she
laughed a little, and kicking off her petticoats swam away
merrily to see the Prince, for whose safety she had great
Just as she reached the island, she saw the Prince standing
on a rock and bravely defending himself against the guard of
As quick as could be she called to him to leap off of the
rocks into the sea, for although he had killed at least a dozen
of his foes he was faint and sorely pressed. When he heard
her call, he smote the captain of the guard a fierce blow, and
bounding up the rocks, hesitated an instant, and then leaped
boldly into the foaming waters at their feet.
"For a moment he felt his strength fail, then he saw a
thousand colors before his eyes, then a gray mist came over
them, and after that darkness, until he awakened as from a
dream of death.
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When he became conscious, he was under the water seated
at the foot of a vast tree of coral. About him was a forest of
like trees, hung with huge pearls and covered with sea-weed
of many tints, among which great fish and nameless ocean
beasts floated lazily to and fro.
"'Come,' said the Water-woman, 'you are now a son of
the sea. Let us go.'
"Upon this he arose and in a great maze of wonder
walked along, while the Water-woman swam easily by his side.
Sometimes they passed huge heaps of amber, and sometimes
turned aside from the wrecks of mighty ships, or else trode
through caverns whose sand was gold-dust and gleaming jewels,
till at length they came to a vast wall of rock.
Here the Water-woman knocked, and a door opened and
let them into a mighty hall builded throughout of the purest
But what the Prince saw here no one will ever know, for
here the Water-men and Water-maids lived, and here they
made the Prince so welcome that he would never have wished
for earth again if the Princess whom he loved had only been
"Meanwhile, King Omar felt himself growing old and
feeble, but the nearer he came to death the more he desired to
live. Then there came into his head a cunning way to cheat
the Angel of Death. He therefore summoned his counsel,
and spake to them thus,-
"'It has been foretold that I shall die when my daughter
marries. Now let proclamation be made that whosoever shall
bring to me a cup of water from the fountain of youth shall
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have the Princess for his wife. So shall I drink of the water
and become young again, and that which was to kill me shall
bring me life.'
Then there was silence awhile, till at last an aged Mufti
"' Oh, King!' said he, 'beware how you resist the words of
fate. Is it so easy to live rightly that you would crave for more
of life ? He who lengthens the life of this world makes shorter
the life of the world to come. Beware!'
"' Fool!' said the King,' thou art ten years younger than I.
Let it be as I have said.'
Soon after this the Water-woman said to Ali, 'It is time,
Prince, that you left us. The King desires a cup of the
fountain of youth, and to him who brings it he will give the
Princess. Therefore have no fear, but take your sword and
this crystal flask, and passing through yonder gateway journey
on until you reach a deep valley, at the bottom of which you
will find the fountain. Drink none, but fill your flask and
hasten to the King without pause or fear.'
"With this counsel the Prince took his sword, and tying
the flask about his neck set out. As he stepped through the
gateway of amber he looked up and saw above him the
splendid blue of the deep sea like one vast quiet sapphire.
Before him a gradual slope led downwards over rocks and sea-
grasses which at last ceased, and he came upon a floor of sand
whiter than the purest snow.
As the descent ended he saw in front of him a majestic
angel of vast height. Her foot rested on a marble skull of
huge proportions, and upon her brow was written Azrael.
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"For a moment the Prince paused in dread; then he took
courage and said humbly,-
"'Is this the fountain of youth?' As he ceased, the angel
murmured,.'Death is the mother of ife,' and solemnly struck
the skull with her wand. Instantly a purple liquid gushed
from under the skull and floated in slow spirals upwards
through the still water.
With a bound the Prince knelt at the skull, filled his flask,
and turned away in haste, for already the purple color was
tinting the whole sea about him, and he remembered well the
"Three days after this, Ali reached the court of King Omar.
To his great joy he found the court sitting, and the King on
"So splendid was Prince Ali's dress and so noble his air
that no one stopped him, and he entered freely and un-
questioned. Before him sat the King, his uncle. He was very
old, but still vigorous enough to live for many years beyond
the common span of human life.
"Ali listened while the Muftis read aloud the promise of
the King, that whosoever brought the cup of water from the
fountain of youth should marry the Princess Jessalie.
No sooner had they ended than Ali bowed before the
"'Oh, King!' said he, 'I am the Prince Ali, thy nephew,
whom you would have slain. I have brought to you here a
cup of the water of the fountain of youth. Drink, but read
first what words have come on the flask since I filled it at the
fountain. Drink, then, if you will, and give me the Princess,
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for by my sword this is water of the fountain of youth and
"' Ha!' said the King, give it to me!' and tottering he
arose and, descending a few steps, seized the flask. Then he
tore from it the silver cover with which the Prince had sealed it.
"At once a dense purple vapor rose in clouds from the lip
of the flask and curled upwards through the hall. Whosoever
breathed of this his eyes flashed and he dreamed of mornings
long ago, and of fair women and of boyhood, so that all who
felt it stood bewildered.
"Then cried the King, 'I drink to youth!' and would have
drained the flask, but Ali held his hand and bade him read the
words which were graven upon the vessel.
"'It is but a moment to wait for youth,' cried the King,
and turning to a Magician, bade him read the words, 'for,'
said he, I am old, and my sight fails me.'
"' Oh, my master!' said the Magician, 'these are the words:
He who steals to-morrows
Shall drink the wine of sorrows." '
"Then the aged counsellor fell back with an altered face
as he breathed the purple fumes. 'Woe is me! I am
stronger! I am grown younger! Woe is me! I am farther
But the King, saying no word, set the flask to his lips
and drained it to the utmost drop. Then with a cry of delight
he threw the vessel away, and shouting aloud,' I am young
again!' bounded up the steps and pausing faced the mutely-
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When he turned, he was seen as a man in the lusty vigor
of life, stalwart and strong of limb.
"'Ho!' he said, 'my guard!' but none stirred, for his face
was still changing, and now his beard was gone, and it was a
lad who sat upon the throne, and a lad's voice which cried
"'This man to the dungeons! What ho! my guard!'
And yet they moved not, for the lad was now a child.
"Still the stern will worked, and the child-King said
faintly, My guards my guards !' till his voice broke into baby
lispings, and now it was an infant who sat upon the throne.
"Then the changes seemed to cease, and the ancient coun-
sellor who had so wisely warned the King cried aloud, Allah
il Allah! great and wonderful are thy ways!'
"When one man had thus broken silence, a mighty tumult
arose, amidst which the baby-King looked right and left with
blue eyes of wonder.
But Ali drew his sword, and in a terrible voice ordered
the guard to clear the hall. Instantly he was obeyed, and then
there was great counsel held as to what should be done with
the King. At length it was decided that he should be sent to
the island where Ali had lived, and be kept there all his days.
These, indeed, proved few, for it is recorded in the chronicles
of the kingdom that he took teething rather hard, and died in
his second summer of malignant whooping-cough.
"As to Prince Ali, he married his cousin the Princess
Jessalie, and the Water-men and the Water-maids came to the
wedding and brought with them for presents pearls and amber
and tortoise-shells such as folks never see nowadays.
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"They lived long together, and loved one another well, and
they both died at one and the same moment, which was the
happiest thing of all their happy lives."
The sun was not yet down on the next evening when the
young spiders began to collect around Fuz-buz.
"Tell us," said one of them, "a story about giants."
"There's a jolly idea," cried another. Is it to be a spider
"Ahem !" replied Fuz-buz. "I wish there were such giants,
and I wish one of them would come along this very moment
and gobble you all up."
This he said in so fierce a voice that the young spiders ran
away squealing so loud that if you had been a spider you
might have heard them at least three inches off.
As for Mrs. Grabem, she hurried in a rage to Fuz-buz and
gave him a shake, saying, Have a care, old rascal, how you
scare my young ones. Tell them a story at once, or you shall
never tell another on this earth."
"Yes, madam," answered Fuz-buz, very meekly, and as
soon as ever he could get his breath he began as follows, to
tell them the story of Krusstikuss and Growlegrum.
KRUSSTIKUSS AND GROWLEGRUM.
"There have been many giants, I believe, but there never
were any others like the great giant Growlegrum and his twin
"These two giants were both of them Ogres. Their
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mother was an Afrite, and their grandfather a Ghoul. On
which account they were probably the most unpleasant giants
that anybody ever came across.
"When very young, they were tall and stout, but one day,
unluckily for Krusstikuss, his grandmother, who was a fat
giantess, sat down on him.
Not feeling anything in particular, she fell asleep, and did
not awaken for three months.
"Of course it was hard for Krusstikuss to grow while his
grandmother sat upon him, so he began to spread out sideways
and never afterwards got out of the habit. He therefore
became as fat as a bun, while his brother Growlegrum grew
as tall as the highest tree.
So one was tall, and one stout, but both were of the same
size in wickedness; and as to Krusstikuss he liked to eat
babies, while Growlegrum was fond of young ladies.
"When these monsters grew up, they ate so many people
that their father told them they would cause a famine, and
must go away and find another land where people were more
At last they took his advice and started out together to
seek a new home. After eating a great many folks, they came
to a beautiful country where lived a King who had a daughter
as good as she was pretty.
"When the two giants reached the borders of this land,
they sat down and began to talk.
"'I am getting so big,' said Krusstikuss, 'that I find it a
labor to walk about and look for babies. They must be very
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"'Not more so than young ladies,' cried Growlegrum. 'I
should think they would like to be eaten before they grow to
be old and ugly, but really it does not seem so.'
While they were thus lamenting the scarcity of food, an
old woman with a red cap and a green kirtle came from the
wood and stood before them.
"'Sirs,' said she, 'I am a cousin of yours, and also a witch.
Why should you be troubled about your meals? Order the
King Hassan to send hither twice every day ten fat babies and
one young lady.'
"' Good,' said the giants; 'we can lie on these hills and eat
and sleep without labor. So let it be. Go you to King
Hassan and tell him to send us the babies and the young ladies
without fail, or else we will eat him and fry him first.'
"'This made the old witch chuckle, and she went away
quickly towards the city with her wicked news. Presently she
entered the palace, for she was a cousin of the King, and went
straight to the garden, where she told King Hassan that the
two giants were on the borders of his country, and must have
ten babies and a young lady twice a day, or else they would
eat the King and fry him first, which made Hassan feel hot all
He soon saw that he could do nothing against such vast
monsters, and therefore beat his breast and ordered his
captains to take to the giants the babies and the young ladies.
"You may be sure that when this happened twice a day
for a week folks began to be very much troubled. By and by
the mammas hid away the babies in tree-tops and chimneys and
in all sorts of out-of-the-way places. And as to young ladies,
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there were none to be found, for every one of them put on
her brother's pantaloons, and it was hard work to catch a
woman at all.
It chanced about this time that the Princess was walking
in a wood near the palace when she saw a young girl crying.
Now, as the Princess was very kind-hearted, she stopped at
once, and said,-
"'Why do you cry? What ails you ?'
"'Oh, dear!' said the other; 'to-morrow I am to be taken
by the guard to be eaten by the Ogres Growlegrum and
Krusstikuss; and when I am gone who will comfort my old
mother, for she has no child but me?'
When the Princess heard this, she told her to wait a little,
and went herself to find the King.
"' Father,' said she, it is hard that all the young girls should
be eaten alive by these false giants. Why do you not raise
an army and go and fight and kill them ? It is base to give
up to them in this way. Were I a man, I would slay them
"' It would be in vain to try,' answered the King.
"'Well,' said the Princess, 'to-morrow I shall go alone in
place of the maiden who is chosen, and perhaps some good
knight will not willingly let me die so mean a death.'
"The King was very angry, but the Princess was obstinate.
Then a young Prince who was present arose and said,-
"'I have come, lady, a thousand miles to help you. My
name is Prince Bluets, and I am the great-grandson of John,
who is sometimes called Jack, the Giant-killer. Go to the
giants as you have said, and all will yet be well.'
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"Then the Princess looked and saw that the Prince had
brave eyes and was fair of face; so she replied,-
"'It.shall be as you say.'
"'To-morrow, then,' continued the Prince, 'you shall go to
the giants, and I will follow you. But first take this amulet
and hang it around your neck. So long as you wear it all
things living and dead will love you, and no giant will wish to
"Thus saying, he hung around her neck a gold chain, and
at once she went away and ordered her horse to ride to the
giants. Meanwhile, it was proclaimed that out of love for her
people the Princess was going to beg the giants to go away
and not to eat any more babies.
"As for the Princess, she sent word to the little maiden in
the wood that she was going in her place, and then bravely
mounted her horse and rode through the town to the gate.
"No sooner did the people see her than they began to
follow her, because the amulet made every one wish to be near
to her. But at the gate she bade them return, and rode away
alone into the wood, though even there the charm still worked,
and all things loved her more and more. The sun stared her
in the eyes like a gallant overbold, and the wind played with
her chestnut hair and was happy, and the leaves bent down
and kissed her, and all the mice and the birds and the bears
and the foxes came out and followed her.
But when she came near to the two Ogres and saw them
sitting on a hill with their white eyes and rough faces and
great black teeth like marble tombstones, all the animals
set up a dismal howl and ran away. Yet still the lady rode
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 65
along, and presently the two giants became aware of her
"Then said Growlegrum, 'Here comes dinner;' but when
she drew nearer, he added,' She's too pretty to eat. Who are
you, my dear?'
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"'Hah!' said both of the Ogres; you shall be my wife
"'Well,' cried she, 'I cannot have two husbands Put me
in a safe place, and after I have known you both for a month I
can decide which I will have for my husband.'
"'Good,' returned Krusstikuss. So let it be.' Then they
lifted her gently and put her near by in a castle whose owner
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they had devoured, and every day they brought her goodies to
eat-enough for twenty dinners.
"In the morning came Growlerum and looked over the
castle wall and said,ch I love you, my dear.' But in the after-
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noons came Krusstikuss and said,'Bless me! how I love you !'
Now the Princess knew that within a month she should hear
of Prince Bluets.
As for that Prince, he went away to a Magician and asked
him how he could become thin.
"'There are four ways,' answered the magician:
Fall in love,
"'Become jealous, and
Think ever so much.'
Then said the Prince, 'The advice is good,' and so saying
he gave him three links of a gold chain which he wore, and
mounted his horse and rode swiftly until he came to a high hill
which at a great distance overlooked the castle where the lady
was. Here he sat down and with his spy-glass looked until he
saw Krusstikuss kissing his great hand to the lady.
"This made him horribly jealous, and at once he began to
get thin. Then for four days he ate nothing, and so became
thinner and thinner. Of course he was miserably in love, and
this also made him lose flesh.
"After four days he was still too fat; so he began to think
of all the hard conundrums and riddles and charades that ever
were heard of; but at last, when he had been two days thinking
how to make apple-pies out of donkeys, he became so thin that
his bones were no thicker than walking-sticks, and when he
stood sideways he had no shadow at all.
"Then he took his sword, and, walking carefully for fear
of breaking into halves or of being blown away, he descended
MRS. GRABEMV AND FUZ-BUZ. 67
the hill, and late at night knocked at a side-door of the castle
where the Princess Violet now lived.
"As soon as she heard the noise she came to the door and
said, Who is it ?'
"'It is I,' answered the Prince; but his voice was so thin
that he could hardly be heard, and if the Princess had not
loved him she never would have been able to hear a word he
"'My love,' he cried, 'it is I, Prince Bluets. Presently I
shall squeeze my head through the key-hole, and you must
then seize me by the hair and drag me in.'
Of course giants' castles have very large key-holes, and as
the Prince was as thin as could be he easily pushed his head
through the key-hole, when the Princess took hold of his hair,
and pretty soon drew him into the castle.
She was very much amazed when she saw him so lean and
meagre, but the Prince explained it all, and they sat down and
had a good talk until morning, when the Prince hid away in a
corner under some hay.
By and by came Krusstikuss, and looking over the castle
wall said, in a large voice, 'I love you, my dear. Here are
some nice little dishes for breakfast;' and so saying he
emptied his pockets of about two wagon-loads of cakes and
candy and bonbons and all kinds of goodies such as Princesses
"'Sir,' said the Princess, 'if I am to be a giant's wife, I
must learn to eat babies. If you love me, you will bring me
all the babies you get, that I may keep them until they get so
fat and tender that I shall be tempted to eat them.'
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"' But what shall I live on myself?' cried Krusstikuss.
"'Oh,' said the Princess, 'if you are in love, you will not
care to eat.'
That's queer,' returned the giant; 'but I suppose it won't
hurt me to suck my paws for a while like the bears.'
Then he took four babies out of his hat and two out of
his pockets, saying, 'I am sorry, but I ate four on the way.
To-morrow you shall have all, and when you get them fat
enough I will come and dine with you.'
After this he went away, leaving the babies to the Prin-
cess, who put them all in a row and fed them with nine dough-
nuts apiece, so that if they did not get fat it was not her fault.
In the afternoon came Growlegrum, who was as big in
length as Krusstikuss was sideways.
"'My love,' said he, when he had peeped over the wall,
' what's this? Babies ?'
Sir,' she replied, 'your brother loves me, and has prom-
ised me all the babies, that I may fatten them. If you also
love me at all, you will give me the young ladies you were to
eat every day, that I may have some one to take care of the
babies and feed them.'
"' Ah me !' said the giant. 'I shall die of starvation.'
"'Don't, if you love me,' said Violet.
"'Enough!' cried Growlegrum. 'Here, lovely Princess, is
the first, and every day you shall have another.'
"So saying, he jerked a beautiful young lady out of his
pocket, and set her down inside of the castle.
"'Good-by,' said the Princess.
"'Good-by,' said the giant. 'If I stay, I shall steal a baby.'
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 69
"So he gnashed his ugly grim teeth, and walked away with
When he was out of sight, Prince Bluets came forth, and
the Princess and he laughed with joy, because of the babies
whom they had saved. But as there was no time to lose, the
Prince kissed her and wriggled through the key-hole again.
Then in haste he ran into the woods and took the road
which led to the city where King Hassan lived.
"On the way he heard voices, and climbing a tree he list-
ened eagerly until he learned that these came from five per-
sons who were dressed in long robes and were riding from the
town. By good luck they rested a little while just under the
tree in which Bluets lay hidden. He soon understood that all
five were lawyers whom the King had sent to see Krusstikuss,
that they might offer the Princess in marriage to him with half
of the kingdom if he would send his brother away, and learn
to eat beef and mutton in place of babies.
"'Ho!' said the Prince; 'this won't do.' So he waited till
they left, and descending ran back to the castle and called the
"Then through the key-hole he gave her a little advice
about the five lawyers. After this he went away once more
towards the city.
As for the Princess, she waved her handkerchief from the
castle wall until Growlegrum espied her and strode over the
hills and valleys to the castle.
"'Sir,' she said,' do not be surprised if you see a party
of men in gowns coming from the city. Go and meet them.
If they think you are Krusstikuss, they will tell you something.'
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"'Good,' answered he. Now I perceive that you love
"Then, without waiting, he walked towards the city. A
little way on he met the five lawyers. As soon as they saw
him, they dismounted and threw themselves on the ground.
"'What do ye want?' roared Growlegrum.
"' Oh, sir !' said they, 'we would see the great giant Kruss-
"'It is well,' returned the giant. 'Speak.'
"'Sir,' said they, 'we come to offer to the great giant
Krusstikuss one-half of the kingdom and the Princess for a
"'Ha!' answered the giant; and what shall his brother
"'Perhaps,' returned one of the lawyers, 'he might be
persuaded to leave, or else your Highness could quietly knock
him on the head.'
"'Scoundrels!' roared Growlegrum, 'my name is not
Krusstikuss. I'll teach you to make trouble, you rascals.'
Upon this he seized them one after another, and ate the
whole five. The effects of this meal were dreadful. In five
minutes Growlegrum was bent double with stomach-ache, for
you see the lawyers disagreed with him, and they also disagreed
with one another inside of him.
"But this was not all, for in a few moments he began to
grow so quarrelsome that he became the most unsafe giant
that could anywhere be found.
"In half an hour he was outrageous, and by the time he
met his brother he was ready to fight anybody.
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"Well, the end of it was they did fight. They fought for
two days and two nights, when Krusstikuss got so weak that
Growlegrum took him up by the heels and stood him on his
head and gave him a mighty spin, for he was made just like a
top, and then, while he was spinning, treated him to a kick,
and hoisted him over two hills into the sea, where he spun to
the bottom and never more was heard of.
When this awful battle was over, Growlegrum sat on a
hill and began to pick his teeth with a fence-rail. Meanwhile,
Prince Bluets hastened to the city.
"He had gone but a little way when who. should he see
but his great-great-grandfather Jack the Giant-killer, who had
journeyed a long way to see what had become of Bluets.
After they had embraced one another, the Prince told his
grandfather all that had passed.
'' You have done well,' said Jack; but we must now get
rid of this other giant, who I hear is a terrible fellow. Let us
go and see him.'
"'Very well,' replied Bluets, 'we will go;' and, so saying,
they turned, and very soon spied Growlegrum sitting on the
hill. As soon as ever he saw them, he roared out,-
"'Dinner! Here comes my dinner!'
"When they had come still nearer, Jack cried aloud, 'I am
Jack the Giant-killer, and I have come to visit you.'
"'Ha! ha!' laughed the giant. You are a little man, and
"'There is one thing you cannot do, big though you be,'
"'Name it,' said Growlegrum. 'I can pull up trees, and
72 MRS. GRABEL'A AND FUZ-BUZ.
kick down towns, and chew rocks, and eat you. What is there
I cannot do?'
"'Sir,' answered Jack, 'all these things are easy.'
"'If I cannot eat anything and kill anybody, I will quit this
land and go home,' said the giant, in a rage.
"'Good!' cried Jack. Come with us.'
Upon this the giant picked them both up and walked off
in the direction which Jack pointed out. Presently they came
to a house.
"'Stop!' said Jack, and the giant set them down.
"' Eat the man who lives in that house,' said Jack.
"'Poh!' cried Growlegrum, and gave the house a kick which
knocked it down in a twinkling. Then he pulled out of the
ruins a man, who began to roar for mercy.
"'Oh dear!' he said; 'don't eat me.'
"' Who is he ?' asked the giant.
"'A doctor,' cried Jack.
"'Eat him? Excuse me,' said the giant. 'I was nearly
poisoned by five lawyers. I can't run any more risks. I don't
want to be poisoned. You must think I am a fool.'
"' Eat him !' cried Jack.
"'No, sir,' said Krusstikuss. 'I'd rather leave. If I must
die, I would like to die easy.'
"So saying, the giant gave a groan and set off across the
hills. I do not know where he went, but I suppose he travelled
home to his mamma, and told her what a fool Jack had made
As soon as the giant had gone, Jack and Prince Bluets
went to the castle and set free the Princess and all the babies,
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who showed their gratitude by screaming for a week. But
perhaps this might have been owing to the doughnuts they
"I do believe there never was such a wedding as that of
Prince Bluets and Princess Violet, for all the fairy folk came,
and Cinderella and all the fairy godmothers, and Aladdin, and
Prince Nosey, and the seven champions, and Hop O'my Thumb,
Goody Two-Shoes, and, Red Riding Hood. All of them
brought presents to the bride, but the Prince gave her only
his love, and took away from her the amulet for fear it should
make any one love her more than he could."
During the next week it rained so hard every day that no
one of the spider's family could venture out of their den.
It was no wonder that they became hungry for stories, and
that at the first gleam of sunshine they all ran together and
began to pull at the line of cobweb to which poor Fuz-buz was
As for Fuz-buz, he was so wet and cold that he crawled
out of his hole with trouble and pain.
Ah, my dears," cried he, "I ache all over with the gout.
We lived too high in Spain, I fear."
"Bother the gout!" said the spiders. "Tell us a new
story, and pretty soon too, or mammy will eat you, and won't
that be worse than the gout?"
"I don't know," answered Fuz-buz. I think I would rather
be eaten up at once, and have it over."
Ha! ha!" cried Mrs. Grabem, who overheard what the fly
had said. "Ha! ha! you would like to be eaten. Would
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you like to have your legs pulled off, and your wings torn,
"Oh dear! oh dear!" shrieked Fuz-buz. "Pray stop; I
am all in a shiver. I will never be so hasty again."
"Very well," returned the spider, firmly. "See that you
remember what I have said, and on no account venture to
keep my blessed little children waiting. It spoils their tempers
for life. I will have no more of it."
When Mrs. Grabem ceased, all the young spiders cried
You had better take care, or mammy will finish you!"
How are your legs ?" said one.
"Where is that story?" said another.
Here it is," answered Fuz-buz, tapping his head. I have
it all here ever since the day I heard it told by a famous Dervish
at the porch of the great Mosque of Salamanca."
MUSTAPHA, OR THE MUSICAL GOURD.
"In the year of the Hegira, 709, and the twelfth of our
Caliph Haroun the Magnificent, there lived in the royal city
of Bagdad a cobbler of the name of Ali Ben Slippah.
His shop was small, but being well situated at the corner
of the street of the Prophet and the great street of Mosques,
the cobbler managed to live very comfortably, so that with
the aid of Smyrna tobacco and a contented disposition, which
the poet has well called the 'Pipe of the just,' he eked out a
tranquil life free from care and ambition.
His house was neatly kept by his daughter Lelie, or the
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 75
Dark-eyed, who was a little maiden with lips like the roses of
Istamboul, and cheeks as darkly lovely as the brown lilies of
"Besides these, the sole remaining member of their house-
hold was a great black cat known by the name of Yussef, or
the Hump-backed, because she was always in an evil humor,
and was forever hunching her back up to show how cross she
It so chanced that this cat, pursued by boys and dogs, had
taken refuge with Lelie, who had saved her life. Thencefor-
ward she had never left her, but was so jealous of her mis-
tress that it was enough to look at her to drive the Pussy
crazy with rage.
"Now to let you into a secret. You should know that
Yussef was a wicked genius who for a terrible crime had been
condemned to live an hundred years in the body of a cat.
"About the time at which this true story begins, a young
soldier of the Caliph's guard, whose name was Mustapha, fell
in love with Lelie, and as he was very handsome and clever,
was so lucky as to make her also love him in return.
"Unhappily for them both, Yussef overheard Mustapha
speaking of the day when they were to be married, and at once
fell into a fit of jealousy which was dreadful to see.
In her wrath she flew at Mustapha and scratched his nose,
then knocked down and broke the cobbler's best chibouque,
and at length dashed out of the house just as All Ben Slippah
threw his lap-stone at her in fierce 'anger, because of his broken
"It was late in the evening when Yussef darted out, and
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with her heart full of jealous rage bounded up the walls and
over the house-tops, until at last she seated herself on a gable
and began to think.
"As it became later she was suddenly aware of a noble-
looking person who was walking slowly along, followed at a
short distance by four guards with drawn cimeters.
"As soon as Yussef saw the cavalier she knew that he was
the Caliph, and remembering that he was then seeking every-
where for beautiful women to wait upon his sick daughter, she
formed on the moment the most spiteful scheme of mischief
that ever you heard of.
"With two or three crazy leaps she alighted at the feet of
the Caliph and began to miaou a tune of the most singular
"'By the beard of the Prophet!' said Haroun al Raschid,
'this is passing wonderful! Catch that cat!'
"But Yussef was too quick for them. She turned two
somersaults, and miaoued again. The guards and the Caliph
followed her in wonder, while she retreated until they came to
the cobbler's door. Here she miaoued once more, and leaped
into an open window.
When the Caliph drew near as she had desired he would
do, he looked into the window and saw the beautiful Lelie.
"' Bismillah!' cried he, as he thrust back the guards.
'Blessed be cats for evermore! Here is the maiden I have
sought for my daughter.'
"So saying, he turned and gave brief orders to his attend-
ants, bidding them be careful and secret; and thus saying
moved away quietly through the deserted streets.
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"Very early next morning, when the cobbler had gone to
market, Yussef heard a noise, and looking saw the shop full
of black slaves, who seized Lelie, muffled her in a shawl, and
leaving a bag of gold on the counter hurried away swiftly.
As soon as they left, Yussef hastened after them, and when
they entered a gilded caique on the Tigris, she also tried to
leap into the boat. But to her dismay one of the guards seized
her by the tail and threw her thirty feet away into the river.
Yussef spluttered and spit as she came to the surface, and
must surely have been drowned had she been a real cat.
"As it was, she lost three out of her nine lives, and un-
luckily came to land on the premises of a tanner, where she
was set upon by six dogs, who tore her hair out and bit her
tail, and altogether so misused her that she came to look more
like a bit of ill-used foot-rug than a respectable cat.
"At last, with her heart full of rage and her stomach full
of water, she reached home to find the poor cobbler in the
utmost grief for the loss of his daughter.
"By and by he resigned himself to his fate, and seeing
well that no common person had stolen the maiden, he smoked
the more abundantly, and like a true believer took comfort in
that verse of the Koran which says,,' All things that are, are
well; but some, saith the Prophet, are disagreeable.'
"Meanwhile, poor Mustapha became nearly crazed with
grief. He roamed the streets all day, and at evening returned
to the cobbler's, in the vain hope of hearing some news of
"On one of these occasions he was so unlucky as to
stumble over Yussef, who gave him a fierce scratch, and fled
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from his wrath to devise new plans of mischief, for although
Lelie was gone she was now lost to herself as well as to Mus-
tapha, and the cat never had
ceased to hate him as the
cause of all her troubles.
Yb "Yussef therefore re-
solved to rid herself of his
presence, and set about it after
IJ her own wicked fashion.
Some two or three nights
.... later Mustapha was wander-
''. ,' ing sadly in the gardens of the
S, '"i Caliph when he heard a voice
from the trees above him
'. "'Come to-night to the
S. tomb of the Caliphs, under
the cedars, on the road to
Damascus, and thou shalt hear
I, news of thy love.'
'-' SW" "The voice sounded like
S I' that of Lelie, and the soldier
..- in vain sought about him on
every side for its source. At
length the words were repeated, and he made up his mind
to obey them.
"It was near midnight when Mustapha found himself at
the appointed spot. All Bagdad lay behind him still and
slumbering. Here and there a long arrow of light darted
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from some tall minaret, while the full moonlight pouring down
on the Mosque of El Rahab lit up its golden dome like a
mound of fire.
"Before him the quiet groves of fig and olive, pome-
granates and mourning cypresses stretched away for miles,
bounded in the far distance by the curves of the Tigris, whose
broad bendings flashed in the light like gigantic cimeters.
"As Mustapha approached the Caliph's tomb he came to
an open space girt in by dense thickets. Pushing these aside,
he stepped cautiously forward, for he heard a sound of music
Presently a fire flashed up on the open ground among
the ruined tombs, and the soldier shook with fear as he looked
on what its light revealed.
"Seated about the slope which led downwards on every
side to a broken tomb were gigantic figures in white robes
that floated about them like mist, so that only at times could
he see their solemn faces.
From the tomb came slowly a long procession of Ghouls
and Vampires and Afrites of hideous shapes, such as men see
in dreams, while all the air and the ground seemed to be alive
with a myriad of little winged forms which hovered about like
At last there was silence, when Yussef suddenly appeared
before the tallest of the Genii, and miaoued frightfully.
"Then the Genie said, in a mild great voice, 'What would
you of your brethren ?'
"'The man,' said Yussef, 'who has mocked my fallen
estate and stolen my love from me is here awaiting judgment.'
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"When Mustapha heard these words he was ready to die
with fear, but his limbs refused to bear him away and he was
forced to support himself by grasping a tree.
"'Oh King,' cried Yussef, 'let him be brought to thee.'
"' Be it so !' said the Genie.
At this two fearful-looking Afrites leaped into the air, and
with one swoop of their clawed wings alighted beside Mus-
tapha. Then they seized him and thrust him into the circle
before the cloudy form of the King of the Genii, who thus
"'It is not given us to slay,'but that thou shalt no more
trouble us we order thee to become a gourd, and as we may
not sentence any to an endless fate it shall be that when
it pleaseth Allah to turn thee inside out thou shalt then only
assume again the form of man.'
"' It is well,' cried Yussef. 'Thanks, oh King !'
"At these words Mustapha fainted. When he recovered
he found himself hanging on a vine near by, and presently
discovered that he was a huge green gourd.
After this many days fled away, and Mustapha the gourd
grew bigger and bigger, and at last began to ripen and turn
"'Every night as he hung on the vine he saw the strange
midnight meetings of the Genii and Ghouls and Afrites. All
the wonderful things he heard and beheld no one will ever know,
for he saw their wild feasts and dances, and heard music such
as before no mortal ears had ever listened to.
"At length one warm summer morning two farmers came
by on the way to market.
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"'Bismillah!' cried one, as he saw the great gourd Mus-
tapha. 'What a monstrous gourd!'
"'Let us take it with us and sell it,' said the second.
"Thus saying, he took a knife from his girdle and cut the
stem by which Mustapha hung. This caused him so much
pain that he cried aloud.
"'What's that?' said the farmer. 'The gourd speaks!
It is alive !'
"Upon this he pricked the gourd with his knife. At this
Mustapha exclaimed, 'Don't!'
"'Mahomet!' said the farmer. 'The thing is enchanted.
It will fetch us a fortune.'
"Shortly afterwards they carried the gourd to the market.
Here they made a goodly fortune by running pins into Mus-
tapha that he might cry out for the amusement of the by-
Before long all Bagdad flocked to see and hear this won-
derful gourd, and at last an officer of the Caliph's household
arrived, paid a great sum for the gourd, and, putting it in a
basket, carried it away to the palace.
By and by Mustapha found himself in a superb room of
the palace, where, surrounded by her ladies, the Princess lay
upon a couch.
Suddenly, Mustapha the gourd, as he lay in his basket,
heard the voice of his beloved Lelie, who was fanning the
This so moved poor Mustapha that he cried aloud,' Allah !
I hear my love!' and so saying rolled from the basket and fell
at Lelie's feet.
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Mahomet!' cried the Princess. 'The thing is bewitched !
Take it away!'
But as for Lelie the words were as sweet music to her,
and, seizing the gourd, she placed it tenderly in the basket and
carried it to her room. Here she implored it with tears to
speak again, but in vain; so that at last she was forced to leave
it and return to the Princess.
"Soon after she had gone Mustapha was aware of a rose-
colored cloud in the room, out of which grew into shape the
form of a huge Genie, which thus addressed him:
"'Know, frail mortal, that I am your guardian spirit. I
have heard with pity of your sad fate and am come to give you
a chance for life again. Perhaps what I shall do for you may
render your position better. Unluckily, I cannot give to you
once more your mortal shape.'
With these words the figure inclined towards him gravely,
and touched his yellow cheek. He shuddered and lost con-
"What next was his amazement to find himself standing
in the shop of Harim, the merchant. Presently he began to
look at himself with curious care. He had a gold head like
that of a bird, with ruby eyes. His neck was of satin-wood,
long and slim, while his clothes, which were stiffened with whale-
bone and wire, resembled petticoats upside down.
"' Allah il Allah cried he. What an existence !'
"Just then a Dervish looking at him asked the merchant,
'What is that?'
"'It is,' answered he, 'a Frankish device which the men in
Frangistan carry to keep off the rain. Their women are only
MRS. GRABEM AND FUZ-BUZ. 83
allowed to carry smaller ones, so they make up for that by
bearing them about in fair as well as wet weather.'
"'A device of Eblis!' exclaimed the Dervish, and, mutter-
ing a verse of the Koran, he walked gravely away.
"By and by came the grand Purveyor of the Caliph. He
was seeking new and curious things for the Princess, who was
ill and refused to eat, so that day after day she became more
"'Ah!' said the Purveyor, 'this is a Frank tent. I saw
them when I was Envoy to the court of Charlemagne.'
"At this Mustapha blushed, for the officer seized him and
began to expand his skirts so that his leg, for he had but one,
was alarmingly exposed.
"Very soon the Purveyor, having paid a good price, took
Mustapha away to the palace, where he explained the uses of
this portable tent.
"'This,' said he, 'is what the Franks, whom Allah con-
found! call an umbrella, and the female of the thing they term
"'I shall need it not,' said the Princess Ellera. No sun
will shine on me any more. On me no rain will fall. I shall
die if I find nothing that I can eat.
"'Take it, Lelie,' she cried. 'As thou hast lost thy gourd,
Upon this Lelie took Mustapha away and placed him in a
quiet corner of her room.
Meanwhile, some days went by, and all the cooks tried in
vain to please the sick Princess. All day long an army of
slaves went past her bed, each bearing some rare dish or some
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luscious fruit, but still, alas in vain; so that at length the
doctors decided that if she did not eat within a day she would
"Lelie, who was in great distress, left the Princess and
went to her own room to weep alone. At last she arose to go
out into the garden, thinking that perhaps the Princess might
be tempted by a rose-leaf salad.
As she walked past Mustapha, he cried aloud, Take me.'
"'This is queer,' said she; but when the words were re-
peated she clutched the Frankish toy and ran out into the
garden. Here she wandered long, but as evening fell she
suddenly saw that a storm had gathered.
Before she could reach the palace, a wild gust of wind
caught in Mustapha's skirts and nearly tore him from her hand.
As she struggled, the wind expanded his petticoats, and at last
crack went the wires, and then what do you think ?
Mustapha was turned inside out, and the umbrella was a
man once more.
In a moment he explained everything; but after he had
kissed her twice she began to sob, for now she knew that he
had escaped one evil fate only to light upon another as fearful.
"'Ah!' she cried, 'a man! You, a soldier, in the gardens
of the palace! You will be put to death at once.'
"'No !' he answered, after thinking a little. Not if I can
save the Princess. Let us go to the Caliph and confess all.
Meanwhile, have no fears.'
"Lelie at last gave her consent, and with trembling steps
she left him, and seeking the Princess related their strange
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"In a moment all was confusion. A man in the harem!
"'Bowstrings and sacks!' cried the captain of the guard,
as he hurried Mustapha before the Caliph.
"'Wretch!' said Al Raschid, the Caliph, 'who art thou?'
"' A soldier,' said Mustapha.
"' Let him die!' cried Al Raschid.
"'Oh, Caliph,' answered Mustapha, 'in the land of the
Genii it was given me once to learn secrets of the vile Franks,
wherewith it may be that I can save thy daughter the Princess.'
"'Thou dost lie like unto a rusty weathercock,' said the
Caliph; 'but that none may say I am unjust, take this man to
the kitchen. Let him do his best, and if he fail have him
"' It is well said,' replied Mustapha.
"Very soon he was left alone in the great kitchen of the
palace, while all the strange things he had seen at the feasts
of the Genii came back to his mind.
Presently he sought about him among the stores of pro-
visions, and took from a basket those striped apples which
grow by the brooks of Alkeldrina.
"These he pared deftly and set each within a cup of
wheaten dough, such as only the Caliph's farms can furnish.
Therein he placed also the golden orange-peel and the spices
of distant Borneo. Lastly, he sprinkled it within and without
with the aromatic sugar of Turkan, and hanging each apple
thus prepared in a silken net carefully cooked them.
"When they were ready he placed them upon golden
dishes, and threw over each a hail of snowy sugar and fragrant
cinnamon, covering all with a handful of almond blossoms.
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Then he called the guard, and with cimeters crossed over
his head he was allowed to carry his dish to the Princess. As
she looked languidly upon it he shook off the blossoms.
"Then said the Princess, 'These be the roses of Para-
dise which I do smell.'
At these words he knelt down and offered the dish to the
lady. Wonderful to tell, the Princess called for a silver fork
and ate up the whole of the apples so greedily that she scalded
her throat in the most dreadful way.
But between every mouthful she blessed poor Mustapha
as the king of cooks, and from that instant she recovered so
quickly as to disgust all the doctors, who went away saying
that Mustapha was a quack.
Of course he married Lelie, and had a patent for making
this wonderful dish, and was created Lord Marquis of Apple-
butter and Duke of Dumplings, and lived merrily all his days."
"That's a good story," cried the spiders.
Glad you like it," said Fuz-buz. Now, if you please, I
will sleep, as I am tired."
In this pleasant way the days went by until Fuz-buz had
told them nine hundred and ninety-nine stories.
On this last evening he overheard the spiders talking as he
lay tied by the leg in a deep dark crack of the apple-tree where
My children," said the old spider, "after Fuz-buz has told
us one more story we will eat him. It will be best to wait until
after dark, and then seize him on a sudden and kill him, for he
is a very strong fly, and may give me trouble."
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They all agreed to this, excepting the youngest, who said it
would be a shame to serve him so, and that they ought to let
But Mrs. Grabem replied, You know nothing of house-
keeping, my dear. Go to sleep and hold your tongue."
When Fuz-buz overheard this, he was scared to death.
All next day he was so sick that he could not tell even the
At nightfall, when the family had gone to their den, he sat
on the tree near his cosey little crack and tried to gnaw the
web which held him.
Unluckily, it was too tough. When he was in despair, who
should hum by but a huge Bee.
Halloa !" said he. What's wrong with you ?"
Sir," replied Fuz-buz, "I am tied by the leg to this web,
and am to be eaten to-night by a cruel monster of a spider
who lives near, and who will overhear you if you do not speak
in a low voice."
"Who's afraid ?" said the Bee. "Which leg is it ?"
"This," answered Fuz-buz.
"Pshaw !" cried the Bee, and with that he twisted the web
about his legs and gave a jump. Snap went the line, and Fuz-
buz was free once more. Never a fly was so glad as he.
"Sir," he said, "I am only sorry that you have not had the
honor to slay this vile spider. Now, if you were to slip into
this crack where I sleep, you would have a fine chance, because
when Mrs. Grabem comes to eat me you could give her a
That's a rather jolly notion," answered the Bee. So he