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In ancient times the good not like other boys, but was as
people of Cornwall were sadly bold and as strong as a man;
frightened at many wicked and when he was told the
Giants, who came from differ- shocking things that had been
ent places, robbing and killing done by Cormoran, he would
all that fell in their way. say to his father quite bravely,
Amongst them was the Giant "Shouldn't I like to kill that
Cormoran who had a great Giant!"
castle on a rock which stood One night having heard from
in the sea. He often waded his father more sad tales of
through the water and came Cormoran's doing, Jack felt
over to the coast, when all the more than ever a wish to kill
people would flee before him. him; so by-and-by he slipped
After he had feasted himself out, and got together a dark
upon their cattle, he would lantern, a pickaxe, a shovel
carry off with him a number and a horn, and with these he
of sheep and oxen, slung across left the house quietly, and
his back. came near the Giant's castle,
Now, there was a very little which stood on a hill.
fellow, named Jack, who was Jack then dug a huge pit just
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at the foot of the hill, over pounced upon him, carried
which he strewed sticks and him home in his pocket, and
turf, so that it looked like the threw him in a room full of
rest of the ground. At daylight bones, telling him to be quiet
he went to the castle gate, and while he sharpened a knife to
blew his horn so loudly that kill him with, for he meant to
he aroused the Giant, who cook him for dinner, if he
roared out: could get another giant who
"You little villain you shall lived close by to come and
pay dearly for this!" dine with him. Jack looked
Down the hill he rushed about the room, and found
after Jack, until he came to the two strong ropes; he made
bottom, and in a moment loops at one end of each, got
tumbled head-over-heels into up to the window, and waited
the pit. There he stuck fast, till the two giants came to the
Jack all the while crowing door. Directly they.both were
over him, and asking why he under the window, he quickly
did not come out and meet dropped a loop over each head
him like a man. Jack then and threw the ends over a
laid hold of his pickaxe, and beam, and hoisted them from
taking a good aim, struck the ground, kicking and strug-
Cormoran a terrible blow on gling. Jack then glided down
the crown of his head, which the ropes, and put an end to
killed him outright. the giants with his new sharp
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Jack next came to a great the giant, and with his knife
house, and a giant with two ripped his own stomach up,
heads asked him to walk in. and died on the spot.
IAfter supper, he put him in Soon after this time, Jack
the best bed; but Jack, fearing was invited to King Arthur's
mischief, kept wide awake. Court, and while he was there
Presently the giant crept softly the King's son asked him to
up to the bed, and banged go with him to attack a huge
away upon it with his club, giant, who was the terror of
but Jack had put a sack of one part of the country. When
bran there, that was lying in the Prince and his little friend
the room. arrived at the giant's castle,
At breakfast next morning, the former concealed himself
the giant said: "Pray how did behind a large tree, while Jack
you sleep?" boldly knocked at the castle
"Pretty well, but for the bad gate.
rats," said Jack. "Who is there ?" growled a
The giant then filled two voice of thunder.
bowls with porridge; Jack "Only a weary. traveller,"
ladled his into a leather bag said Jack.
inside his wvaistcoat,: and then "Well, then, what news do
said. you bring?"
"Look here; see what I can "Oh, some very bad I King
do!"--and cutting the bag, the Arthur's son is coming here
porridge fell on the floor. with a powerful army, to burn
"I can do that too!" roared your castle and to put you to
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death I He. well knows you drawing near, he saw a huge
are here." giant dragging by the hair
"Pray- come in, take my a knight and lady whom he
keys, and hide me in the deep had captured. Jack had now
stoue cellar till they are gone I" a fair chance for making use
As soon as the giant was of the sword the Prince had
safe under lock and key, Jack given him, and having easily
let the Prince and his follow- approached, he dealt the giant
ers into the castle, and they so well-aimed a blow across
set to work to brick up the the legs, that he fell fast to the
entrance to the stone cellar, so g round, when Jack quickly
that the giant was in a short dispatched him, and released
time starved to death, the captives.
.'The Prince rewarded Jack Jack learned that the giant
with many precious gifts, and just killed by him, had a strong
amongst these was his own brother with a hideous great
sword, which he begged his head on a small body, who
little companion to wear for was so avage that the very
his sake, and to use it only in sight of aim, with his frightful
destroying the wicked giants club c, ered with iron spikes,
wherever he would encounter was Lough to terrify people
them. to d bLh. Although this great
After taking leave from the rnmo: ter was much rnorethan
Prince, Jack passed by a forest, his latch, Jack was not afraid,
and fancied he heard groans and he watched at the mouth
coming from the trees. On of the cave where the giant
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lived, until he should come the bravest of the knights got
out. And he did come out scared with fear; but Jack told
by-and-by, with a horrid and them to take courage and he
terrible roar, rolling his great would show them, how to
eyes and grinding his iron- deal with the giant. The large
like teeth; Jack then by a quick assemblage of guests were at
and fast thrust through his once astounded, to see that
right arm, disabled him and Jack was not the least afraid.
after this he soon found an He ordered the drawbridge,
opportunity to finish him, re- which crossed the moat that
ceiving no resistance on the ran around the knight's castle,
part of the giant. to be nearly sawn through.
After this the knight and his By this time the giant had
lady, invited Jack to their nice arrived, and Jack went out to
castle, where a grand feast meet him. After leading him
was given to his honour, and a dance around the castle, so
many beautiful presents, for that all the lords and ladies
saving their lives. But while might see him, Jack ran quick
the guests were all enjoying and lightly over the draw-
and having a merry time, a bridge.
servant, who could scarcely The fierce giant attempted to
speak for fright, came to say follow and catch him, but the
that a fierce giant With two bridge being sawn and weak
heads, named Thundel, was in the middle, gave way be-
coming and that he was now neath his immense weight,
vury close. Hearing this even and he fell plump into the
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water, where Jack soon made beautiful letters the following
an end of him. lines:
There now remained only Whoever can this trumpet blow,
one giant to be got rid of, who Will cause the giant's overthrow.
had the Duke's fair and young Jack reading these lines, felt
daughter among his captives, assured that he could destroy
Jack was fully determined to the giant, and prepared him-
rescue this fair lady, although self for the attempt. He took
it was a task of very great a long breath, and manfully
danger; for the giant's fierce blew the horn; the gates flew
eye always was on the watch, open, and in a moment the
that had given him notice of giant, his castle, and the brave
all that approached the gate. dragons turned into a blue
Besides it was guarded by a mist, and were no more to be
number of fiery dragons, at seen.
the sight of which hideous There remained nothing but
monsters he, for the first time, the captives; amongst these
felt a little afraid. But this did the Duke's beautiful daughter,
not last long; he soon took who soon after was given by
courage again, and approach- her father in marriage to our
ing to the gate, found there brave little hero, Jack-a prize
was a huge silver horn, under and reward he deserved, for
which were written in very being so famous a giant-killer.
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