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by Ella 1oldly.
A GOOD BARGAIN.
A LOT OF ROGUES.
A PRINCESS IN DISGUISE.
BIRDIE, THE FOUNDLING.
DOCTOR KNOW- ALL.
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
"IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO
LAZINESS AND INDUSTRY.
LITTLE BRITTLE LEGS.
LITTLE RED CAP.
OLD SULTAN. .
ONE-EYE, TWO-EYES, AND THREE-EYES.
ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER.
RAPUNZEL, OR THE MAID WITH THE
SIx WONDERFUL TRAVELLERS.
SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
STAR DOLLARS. .
STHE ANGEL GUEST.
1 THE ANT AND THE FLEA.
THE BEAR AND THE WREN.
THE BEWITCHED FLOWER.
124 THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR, OR
1"7 SEVEN AT ONE STROKE.
182 THE CAT AND THE MOUSE IN PART-
THE COCK, THE SCYTHE, AND THE
50 CAT. .
THE COUNT'S REWARD.
THE CRYSTAL BALL. .
In THE DANCING SHOES.
TIE DEATH OF THE HEN.
THE ENCHANTED FAWN.
THE ENCHANTED TREE.
THE FAIRY OF THE MILL-POND.
128 THE FAIRY-QUEEN AND THE WOOD-
211 THE FISHIIRMN AND HiS WIFE.
97 THE Fox AND THE CAT.
81 THE FOX AND THE HORSE.
THE FROG PRINCE AND FAITHFUL
THE GOLDEN BIRD.
THE GOLDEN GOOSE. .
THE GOOSE GIRL.
THE GREEDY GOLDSMITH'S REWARD.
THE HARE AND THE HEDGEHOG.
THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS.
IMP IN THE BOTTLE.
KING OF BIRDS.
KNAPSACK, THE HAT
LAMB AND THE FISH.
THE MAIDEN WITHOUT HANDS.
THE MILLER BOY AND THE KITTEN.
THE MOUSE, THE BIRD, AND THE
THE OLD GRANDFATHER AND THE
THE PEASANT'S CLEVER DAUGHTER.
THE PRINCE WHO WAS NOT AFRAID.
THE QUEEN- BEE.
THE RAVEN. .
THE RIDDLE. .
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM.
THE SEVEN CROWS.
THE SHREWD FARMER.
THE SINGING BONE.
THE SKILLFUL HUNTER .
WHAT THE FAIRIES Do.
YORINDA AND YORINGAL.
THE SPARROW AND HER FOUR YOUNG
I ONES. .
235 THE SPINDLE, THE SHUTTLE, AND THE
47 NEEDLE. .
20 THE STRANGE GOD- FATHER.
122 THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE
59 BEAN. .
118 THE TAILOR AND THE BEAR.
79 THE THREE FEATHERS.
175 THE THREE. GOLDEN HAIRS.
213 THE THREE LANGUAGES.
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE
227 WOODS. .
247 THE THREE SNAKE LEAVES.
187 THE THREE SPINNERS.
38 THE THREE TASKS.
15o THE THREE WISHING GIFTS.
136 THE TOWN MUSICIANS OF BREMEN.
THE TWELVE BROTHERS. .
121 THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN.
THE TWIN BROTHERS.
218 THE WEDDING OF MRS. FOX.
64 THE WISHING GIFT. .
221 THE WOLF AND THE MAN.
267 THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE
112 KIDS. .
114 THE WONDERFUL CABBAGE .
205 THE WONDERFUL FIDDLER. ,
126 THUMBLING. .
THE FROG PRINCE AND FAITHFUL HENRY.
IN olden times, when people could have by wishing,
there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful;
3 but the youngest one was so lovely that even the sun him-
Sself, who had looked upon many beautiful things, was filled
with admiration every time he shone upon her face.
./ Close by the king's castle lay a large,
dark forest, and in the midst of this, under
4 an old linden, was a deep pool or spring.
One day when it was very warm, the little
princess went out into
the woods and sat down
by the cool spring. When
she became tired of the
quiet, she took out a
golden ball, her favorite
-. -r plaything, and began to
toss it into the air and
catch it again. Now it
>- happened that the ball
S missed her hands, and
falling upon the ground,
rolled down into the
water. The little prin-
cess tried to follow it
with her eyes, but the
spring was deep--so deep
that no one could see to
the bottom--and the ball
Then she began to
weep, her cries grew
THE FROG PRINCE AND FAITHFUL HENRY.
louder and louder, and it seemed as if nothing
would ever comfort her. Suddenly some one
called to her; "Little princess, what is the
matter ? your cries would move a stone to
pity." She looked around whence the voice
came, and saw a frog stretching his thick ugly
head out of the water.
Oh, it is you, is it, old water-paddler ?" she
said. I am crying because my ball has fallen
into the water."
Be quiet, and do not cry," answered the
frog. ",I can get your plaything for you. But
what will you give me if I will bring it to you
Whatever you wish, dear frog," she answer-
ed, "my dresses, my pearls and jewels, and
even the golden crown on my head."
But the frog replied : I do not care for your
dresses, your pearls and jewels, and your golden
crown. But if you will love me, and let me be
your companion and playmate; if you will let
me sit at the table with you, eat from your plate
and drink from your golden cup, and sleep in
your little bed ; if you will promise me all this,
I will dive down into the water and bring up
your golden ball to you."
"Oh, yes!" she answered, 'I promise you
everything you ask, if you will only bring me
my ball again." But she thought, What is the
silly frog chattering about ? He must sit in the
water with others like himself and croak, he
cannot be a companion to mankind."
As soon as the frog had heard the promise,
his head dipped under the water, and he sank
out of sight. In a little while he appeared
again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it
upon the grass. The little princess was full of
joy. As soon as she saw her beautiful play-
thing she picked it up and ran quickly away.
Wait, wait," cried the frog, "take me with
you, I cannot run as fast as you can." But his
loud croaking was in vain ; the princess would
not listen to him, but hastened home and soon
forgot all about the poor frog, who had to return
again to the water.
The next day when the princess was sitting
at the table with the king and his courtiers,
eating from her golden plate, she heard a strange
sound, splish, splash, splish, splash, as if some-
thing were creeping up the marble steps. Soon
a knock was heard at the door and a voice cried:
Little princess, open the door for me." At
this she ran to the door to see who was there;
she opened it, and there sat the frog. As soon
as she saw him, she hastily closed the door, and
seated herself again at the table, looking quite
pale. The king saw at once that she was
frightened, and said: "My child, what are you
afraid of? Does a giant stand at the door to
carry you away ?"
Oh, no," she answered, "it is no giant, but
an ugly old frog."
What does the frog want of you ?"
Alas, dear father, when I was in the woods
yesterday playing by the spring, my golden ball
fell into "the water. And because I cried so
bitterly, the frog said he would get it for me if I
would promise him that he might live with me
and be my playmate; but I never thought he.
could get out of the water and come here. Now
he is outside and wishes to come in."
Just then a second knock was heard at the
door, and a voice cried;
"Dear little princess, open for me,
That I may come in and live with thee.
Forget not the promise you made so free
By the pool neathh the shade of the linden tree."
Then the king said, "You must keep your
promise, my daughter, go now and open the
She obeyed, and the frog hopped in, keeping
close to her feet until she reached her chair.
Then he cried, "lift me up by you." She would
not do it until the king again commanded her
to do as the frog wished. He was no sooner
upon the chair, than he jumped upon the table.
"Now push your little golden plate nearer,"
he said, "that we may eat together." She did
so, but every one saw that she did it unwillingly.
The frog enjoyed his dinner very much, but
the little princess could not swallow a mouthful.
At last he said,-"I have eaten enough, I- am
tired, and now you may carry me up to your
THE FROG PRINCE AND FAITHFUL HIIINRY.
little room and make your silken bed ready,
where we are to sleep." Then the princess
began to cry and shudder, for how could she
have that cold frog, which she was afraid to
touch, sleep in her neat, beautiful little bed.
Then the king was angry and said, "Any one
who has helped you in your need is not to be
despised afterward." So with two fingers she
picked up the frog and carried him upstairs and
placed him in a corner of her room. But as she
lay in her bed, the frog came creeping toward
her and said: I am tired, I would like to sleep
as well as you, take me up by you or I will tell
your father." This made the princess very
angry, and seizing the frog, she threw him with
all her strength against the wall, saying, Now
you will have rest, you ugly frog."
But as he fell to the floor he was no longer
a frog, but a young prince with beautiful friendly
eyes. He told the princess how he had been
changed into a frog by a wicked witch, and no
one had the power to set him free from the
spring except herself.
At the king's wish he became the playmate
of the princess, and years after, her husband.
The morning after the wedding a splendid
carriage drawn by eight white horses drove up
to the door. They had golden harness, and on
their heads white feathers, and standing behind
was the young king's servant, Faithful Henry.
Faithful Henry had grieved so much when his
master had been changed into a frog, that he
had fastened three iron bands around his heart
so that it would not break with sorrow.
The carriage was to take the young king and
his bride to their own kingdom. Faithful Henry
lifted both into the carriage, and then sprang to
his place behind, full of joy over the release of
his master. They had driven a little way,
when a loud crack was heard as if something
had broken. Turning around, the young king
cried: "What is the noise, Henry, is the car-
riage breaking ?"
And Faithful Henry replied :
" Fear not, naught threatens my bonny young king;
The noise that you hear is the snap of a r.ng,
That I bound round my heart till you should be free
From the pool neathh the shade of the old linden tree."
Again and still again the same sound was
heard, but it was only the bursting of the bands
of sorrow from the heart of Faithful Henry who
was full of gladness now that his master was
free and happy.
THE CAT AND THE MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP.
Once upon a time a cat made the acquaint-
ance of a mouse, and he said so much about his
love and friendship for her, that at last she con-
sented to live in the same house with him and
do his house-keeping.
One day the cat said to the mouse: "We
must get ready for winter, or we shall starve,
out you, little mouse, ought not to venture out
for fear you will get caught in a trap."
The mouse followed this good advice and
staid at home, while the cat went out and bought
a little jar of fat. But they did not know where
to put it for safe-keeping; at last, after he had
thought for a long time, the cat said: "I know
of no better place than in the church. Surely
no one will dare to take it away from there, and
we will not touch it until we have nothing else
left to eat."
So the jar was brought safely to the church.
But in a short time the cat began to long for it,
and one day said to the mouse: I have some-
thing to tell you, little mouse, my cousin has
invited me to the christening of her son. IIe
is a beautiful kitten, white, with yellow spots,
and I am to stand god-father. So I will leave
you to-day to take care of the house alone."
Oh, yes! go by all means," answered the
mouse," and when you are eating the good
things, think of me. How I would like a drop
of the sweet red wine !"
THE CA T AND THE M HOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP.
Not long afterwards the cat was again seized
with a longing for the fat. So he said to the
mouse: I must leave you once more to keep
house alone. I have been invited a second time
to stand god-father, and since the child has a
White ring around the neck, I cannot refuse to
go." And the kind little mouse con-
sented. The cat crept away behind
Z the wall to the church again, and
ate the fat until the jar was half
empty. "Nothing tastes so good as
what one eats by himself," he said,
When he reached home, the mouse
,asked what name had been given to
"Ifl Hf-out," answered the cat.
But this was not true. The cat had no cousin,
and he had not been invited to stand god-father.
He went straight to the church, crept slyly
up to the jar, and began to lick the fat. He ate
and ate until he had eaten the top all off. Then
he took a walk on the roofs of the town, thought
over what he had done, and at last stretched
himself out in the sun, and stroked his whiskers
while he thought of the jar of fat. As soon as
evening came, he returned home. "Oh! you
are back again," said the mouse; you have
certainly had a delightful day."
It passed off very well," answered the cat.
"What was the kitten named," asked the
"Top-off," he dryly answered.
Top-off!" cried the mouse; that is indeed a
strange name. Is it common in your family ?"
That does not matter" said the cat, It is
no worse than crumb-stealer, as your god-chil-
dren are called."
Half-out! why what are you talking about?
I never heard such a name in all my life. I'll
wager that name cannot be found in the calen-
In a little while the cat's mouth watered again
at the thought of the dainties in the jar. Good
things always go in threes," he said to the
mouse one day. Again I am invited to stand
god-father. This time the kitten is quite black,
with little white paws, not a white hair on its
whole body. This happens only once in two
years, so you will have to let me go."
Top-off! Half-out!" answered the mouse,
"they are such curious names, I do not know
what to think of them."
"That is because you always stay at home.
You sit here in your soft, gray coat and long
tail, and these foolish whims get into your head.
It is always the way when one does not go out
in the daytime."
The little mouse staid at home and put the
house in order, while the greedy cat went once
more to the church, and this time ate the fat
till the jar was quite clean.
"When everything is eaten, then one can
rest," he said, as he returned sleek and fat to
The mouse asked at once for the name of the
THE CAT AND THE MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP.
It will not please you," said he, it
is called All-out."
All-out!" cried the mouse, that is
the most curious name of all. I have
never yet seen it in print. "All-out!
what does it mean?" She shook her
head, rolled herself up, and went to
After this no one invited the cat to
Winter came on, and nothing more
could be found outside to eat. Then
the mouse thought of the store they
had put by, and said: "Come, let us
go to our jar of fat now, it will taste '
good to us."
"Yes, indeed," answered the cat, it
will taste as if you were sticking your
fine little tongue out of the window."
They set out at once, and when they
reached the church, there stood the jar
in the same place, but-empty.
"Ah !" said the mouse, "now I see what has
happened; it is as clear as day; you are indeed
a true friend; you ate it all up when you stood
godfather, first, top-off, then, half-out then- "
"Will you be quiet?" cried the cat. "One
word more and I will eat you."
All out was on the end of her tongue, and
before the poor mouse could stop herself, was
out. The cat made a spring, seized her, and
And this you will learn is the way of the
THE FAIRY-QUEEN AND THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD.
NEAR a large forest lived a woodcutter with
his wife and only child, a little girl three years
old. They were so poor they could scarcely
earn enough to eat from day to day.
One day the woodcutter went to his work in
the woods with a sad heart. As he was cutting
the trees, suddenly there stood before him a tall,
beautiful lady wearing a crown of shining stars
upon her head.
"I am the Fairy-queen," she said, "you are
poor and needy, bring me your child, I will take
her with me, care for her, and be a mother to
her." The woodcutter obeyed, brought the
child, and gave her to the Fairy-queen, who
took her away to the happy land.
Here all went well. She had sugared bread
to eat, and fresh milk to drink; her dresses were
of gold, and she had little fairies to play with her.
When she was fourteen years old, the Fairy-
queen called her to her, and said, Dear child,
I am going on a long journey. I leave the keys
to the thirteen doors of my palace in your care.
Twelve of the doors you may open and behold
the beautiful things that the rooms contain, but
the thirteenth, to which this little key belongs,
you are forbidden to enter. Obey me in this or
great sorrow will come to.you."
The maiden promised to be obedient, and as
soon as the Fairy-queen was gone, began to
visit the rooms of the palace. Each day she
THE FAIRY-QUEEN AND T(E WOODCUTTER'S CHILD.
unlocked a room until she had been around to
the twelve. In every one sat a fairy surrounded
by a bright light. All this splendor and bright-
ness pleased her very much, and the little fairies
who went with her were also very happy. Only
the forbidden door remained unopened, and she
felt a great desire to know what was hidden
behind it. So she said to the fairies: "I will
not open it wide, neither will I go in, but I will
just unlock it, so we can get a peep through
"Oh! no, no!" said the little fairies, "that
would be a sin. The Fairy-queen has forbid-
den it, and it would surely bririg unhappiness."
At this the maiden was silent; but the long-
ing in her heart would not be silent; it grew
stronger and stronger, and gave her no rest.
One day when her fairy companions were all
out of the palace, she thought; Now I am all
alone, and can peep in, and no one will ever
know that I did it."
She took the key of the room in her hand, put
it in the door, and turned it around. She had no
sooner done this than it sprang open, and she
beheld three fairies of dazzling beauty, seated
on a throne of fire. For a moment she stood
bewildered, gazing in astonishment.* Then she
moved her finger through the bright light, and
the finger became like gold.
All at once she felt a great fear, and shutting
the door quickly, ran away. But the fear did
not leave her; whatever she did, her heart beat
violently and would not be still. Neither could
she get the gold off her finger, though she
washed and rubbed it with all her strength.
Not long after this the Fairy-queen returned
THE FAIRY-QUEEN'S COMMAND.
THE FAIRY-QUEEN AND THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD.
from her journey. She called the maiden to her
and asked for the keys to her palace. As she
placed them in her hand, the Fairy-queen looked
into the maiden's eyes, and asked: Have you
opened the thirteenth door ?"
No," was the answer. Then the Fairy-queen
laid her hand on the girl's heart, and felt the
loud beating, and she knew her command had
been disobeyed, and the door had been un-
She asked a second time: "Have you opened
the thirteenth door ?"
And again the answer came No."
Then the Fairy-queen saw the finger that had
touched the fiery light, and become golden, and
she knew without doubt the maiden had sinned,
but she asked a third time: Have you opened
the thirteenth door?" But the maiden still
answered, "No." Then the Fairy-queen said:
" You have not obeyed me, and you have not
told the truth; therefore you are no longer fit
for the Happy Land."
At this a deep sleep came upon the maiden,
and when she awoke, she lay upon the earth in
the midst of a great wilderness. She would
have called out, but her voice was dumb. She
sprang up and would have run away, but every
way she turned were thick thorn bushes, and
she could not break through them.
In the wilderness where she was shut in, stood
an old hollow tree. This was to be her home.
When night came she crept in and slept till
morning, and when it stormed and rained, the
old tree was her only shelter. Oh, it was a
miserable life, and when she thought of the
beautiful place she had left, and the fairies who
had played with her, she wept bitterly. Roots
and berries were her only food, and she had
to search for them as far as she could travel.
In autumn she gathered nuts and leaves and
carried them to the hollow tree. In winter the
nuts were her food, and when snow and ice
came she crept iri among the leaves, like a poor
little animal, that she might not freeze.
It was not long before her clothes became
so old and torn that they dropped into rags;
hen she clothed herself in her long beautiful
hair. Thus one year passed after another, bring-
ing to the maiden no relief from her sorrow and
One spring when the trees had become green
again, the king of the country was hunting in
the forest. He had been chasing a deer, and it
had disappeared among the bushes that sur-
rounded the old hollow tree. The king sprang
from his horse, and tore the briars apart, cutting
a path with his sword. When at last he had
cleared a way, he saw, sitting under a tree, a
beautiful maiden, clothed from head to foot in
her own golden hair. He stood silent, gazing
at her in astonishment. Then he spoke, saying:
"Who are you? and why are you sitting here
in this wilderness ? But she made no answer,
for she could not open her mouth to speak.
Again the king asked: Will you go with
me to my castle ?"
She nodded her head slightly, and the king
took her in his arms, and lifting her on his
horse, rode home with her. When she reached
the castle he gave her beautiful clothing, and
everything she needed in abundance. And
though she could not speak, yet she was so
beautiful and charming, the king loved her with
all his heart, and it was not long before they were
married. A year passed away, and the queen
had a little son. One night as she was lying
in her bed, the Fairy-queen came to her and
said: Will you now tell the truth and confess
that you opened the forbidden door ? If you
will, I will open your mouth, and speech shall
be given you. If not, and you still deny the
sin, I will take your new-born babe with me."
The Fairy-queen allowed her to speak, but
her heart was hardened, and she said: No, I
did not open the forbidden door." Then the
Fairy-queen took the babe from her arms and
disappeared with it.
The next morning when the child could not
be found, a murmur went up from the people
that the queen had destroyed her child. The
queen heard everything, but could not explain,
and the king loved her too well to believe any
evil of her.
Another year passed, and another son was
THE FAIRY-QUEEN AND THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD.
born to the queen. In the night the Fairy-
queen entered again and asked: "Will you con-
fess that you opened the forbidden door ? If so,
I will give back your child, and your tongue
shall be loosed. If not, I will take this new-
born babe with me also."
But the queen made answer: No, I did not
open the forbidden door." And the Fairy-
queen took the child from her arms, and
carried it away to the Happy Land. 4
THE KING DISCOVERS THE MAIDEN.
The next morning, when the people learned
that a second child was missing, they raised an
angry cry against the queen, and said openly
that she had slain it, and the king's counsellors
advised that she be tried for the crime. But
the king's love for her was so great that he
would not believe the report, and ordered his
counsellors never to mention it on pain of death.
The next year a beautiful little daughter was
born. In the night the Fairy-queen appeared
a third time and said to the queen: "Follow
me." Taking the queen by the hand, she led
her to the Happy Land, and then showed her her
two oldest children, laughing and playing among
the stars. The queen's joy was very great at
seeing them once more, and the Fairy-queen
THE FAIRY-QUEEN AND THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD.
said to her: Has not your heart softened yet?
If you will confess that you opened the forbid-
den door, I will give you back both your sons."
But the queen made answer the third time:
" No, I did not open the forbidden door."
Then the Fairy-queen allowed her to sink
down again to the earth, and she took from her
arms the third child. The next morning when
it became known that the third child had dis-
appeared, the people cried with a loud voice:
"The queen is an ogress; she has eaten her
children; she must die." And the king could
no longer silence his counsellors.
A trial was held, and as she could not defend
herself, the queen was condemned to be burned
alive. The wood was brought, and laid in a
pile, the queen was bound to the stake, the fire
was lighted and began to burn around her.
Then the icy pride melted, and her heart was
moved to repent, and she thought: "Oh! if I
could only confess before my death that I opened
the door!" Then her voice came to her, and
she cried out: Yes, Fairy-queen, I did it!"
And immediately it began to rain, and the fire
was put out. A bright light shone above, and
in it appeared the Fairy-queen with the two lost
sons at her side, and in her arms the baby-girl.
She spoke kindly to the queen, saying : He
who repents and confesses his sins, shall be for-
given," and she gave her the three children,
loosed her tongue, and promised her happiness
for the rest of her life.
THE COCK, THE SCYTHE, AND THE CAT.
A FATHER who was dying called his three
sons to him and gave the first a cock, the sec-
ond a scythe, and the third a cat.
I am old," he said, ".and death is near, but
before I leave you, I would like to provide for
you. I have no money to leave you, and what
I have just given you seems of little value, but
it all depends on how you use them. Take
these things and go'to a country where they are
unknown, and your fortunes are made."
After the father's death, the eldest son set out
with his cock. But wherever he went the cock
was well known. As he approached the large
towns, he could see it sitting on the tall towers,
turning in the wind, and as he passed through
the little villages, he heard more than one crow-
ing. No one would wonder over such a familiar
bird, and he could not understand how he was
to make his fortune by it.
But at last he reached an island where the
people had never heard of a cock, and they also
had no division of time. They only knew when
it was morning and evening, but in the night, if
they did not sleep, they had no way of finding
out the time.
"Look," said he to the people, showing them
the cock, what a proud bird this is ; he has a
ruby crown on his head, and wears spurs like
a knight; he calls out the hour three times in
the night, and the last time is always the hour
of sunrise; also if he crows on a clear day,
you may rest assured there will be a change of
The people were so pleased that not one of
them slept all night, but listened for the crow-
ing of the cock. When they heard it call out
the time loudly and plainly at two,.four, and
six o'clock, they weredelighted, and asked the
traveller the next morning if it were for sale,
and how much he would like for it.
As much gold as an ass can carry," said the
A small sum for such a valuable creature,"
said the people, and they collected the money
and gave him willingly what he asked.
When he- reached home with his riches, his
brothers were greatly astonished, and the second
said : I think I will- go now and see if I shall
have as good luck with my scythe."
He travelled a long distance without any pros-
pect of success. In every place he met farmers
who carried as good a scythe on their shoulders
THE COCK, THE SCYTHE, AND THE CA T.
as he had. But finally he, too, arrived at an
island where the people had never seen a scythe.
When the grain was ripe, they planted cannons
around the field and shot the grain down. But
this was an awkward proceeding, often they shot
entirely over the grain, at other times they fired
through it in such a manner as to lose the greater
part, and worse than all was the constant noise..
The man took his scythe and went out int6 the
field, and so quickly and silently did he mow
the grain, that the people watched him with
mouth and eyes wide open. They were willing
to give him whatever he asked for the scythe,
and he received as much gold as a horse could
Now the third brother wished to try his for-
tune with his cat. It happened to him exactly
as it had with his brothers. There was no place
on the mainland where there were not cats, and
oftentimes they were so numerous that all the
young kittens were drowned as soon as they
were born. At last he sailed for an island, and
there,.fortunately for him, the people had never
seen a cat. The mice were so numerous that
they had the upper hand, and danced on the
tables and chairs whether the people were at
home or not. There were loud complaints
against this nuisance, but the king was unable
to do anything for them. The mice could be
heard squealing and scampering in every corner
of his palace, and they gnawed everything their
teeth could lay hold of.
When the cat arrived she began to hunt them.
She cleared the mice from two rooms, and the
people begged the king to buy the wonderful
animal that could rid the kingdom of its pest.
The king was willing and gave the man a mule
heavily laden with gold. Then the third brother
returned home with the largest treasure of
The cat had a fine time in the royal palace,
and killed more mice than could be counted.
Finally she became hot and tired with her work,
and wanted a drink; so she stood still, twisted
her head around in the air, and cried: Miau,
miau!" When the king heard this strange cry,
he was frightened, and called all his people
together, but they too were so frightened when
they heard puss mew, that they all rushed out
of the castle. Then the king held a council as
to what they had better do. It was finally de-
cided to send a herald to the cat, and ask her
to leave the palace, or she would be driven out
"We would rather have the plague of the
mice," said the councillors-" we are used to
that evil-rather than sacrifice our lives to such
A young nobleman was chosen as herald, and
he entered the palace, and asked the cat if she
were willing to leave the castle. But the cat
who was now thirstier than ever, cried loudly:
" Miau, miau !"
The nobleman understood this: Not now,
not now!" and carried the answer to the king.
"Now," said the councillors, "we shall use
force." Cannons were brought, and the palace
was set on fire. When the fire reached the room
where.the cat was, she sprang through the win-
dow and escaped without harm, but the be-
siegers never ceased their work until the palace
was levelled to the ground.
"IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER."
A FATHER had two sons, the elder of which
was quick and bright, and knew how to make
himself handy and useful, but the youngest was
a dull boy, who could not learn or understand
anything, and people would say of him: He
will be only a burden to his father." If an errand
was to be done, the elder one was always called
upon to do it, but if it was in the night, and the
road led through a churc-h-yard or past a lonely
place, he would say: Oh! no, father, I cannot
go there, it makes me shudder," for he was
a coward. Or if in the evening, when they sat
by the fire, and stories were told that made the
flesh creep, he would cry out "Oh, don't tell
IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
that! it makes me shudder." But the younger
son would sit in the corner and listen to every-
thing, but could not understand what it all
meant, and would say to himself: He always
says,' That makes me shudder.' I never shudder.
That must be something I don't understand."
One day, the father said to him "Hark, you
there in the corner, to what I say. You too
must learn to earn your living. See how your
brother works, while you are good for nothing."
"Yes, father," the boy answered, "I will
gladly learn to do something. But if it does
not make any difference, I should like to learn
what it is to shudder. That is something I do
iiot know anything about."
His brother laughed as he heard this, and
thought to himself: "What a dunce my brother
is, and they say, the boy is father of the man,'
what will he be when grown ? He will never
be able to earn his living."
The father sighed, and said: "You will learn
soon enough to shudder, but that will not earn
A short time after this the village sexton
came in for a friendly call, and the father told
him of his trouble, how his younger son was
not skilled in any kind of work, that he knew
nothing and could learn nothing. "Just think,"
said he, "when I asked him how he would like
to earn his living, he answered he only wished
to learn to shudder."
If that is all," answered the sexton, he can
learn that with me. Let him come to me I will
soon satisfy him."
So he took the boy home with him, and had
him ring the church bell.
He had been there a couple of days, when
the sexton called him up in the middle of the
night, and told him to go to the church and ring
the bell. You shall soon learn to shudder," he
thought, as he quickly left the house.
The boy was soon in the tower, and as he
turned around to seize the bell-rope, he saw
standing on the steps below a white figure.
Who's there ?" he called out. But the fig-
ure gave no answer, neither made the slightest
"Answer me," cried the boy, "or else take
yourself off; you have no business here in the
But the sexton stood motionless, thinking he
would make the boy believe he was a ghost.
The boy called a second time: "What do
you want? If you are an honest man, speak, or
T will throw you down stairs." But the sexton
thought: He does not mean that," and stood
as silent as if he were made of stone.
The boy called to him a third time, but there
was no reply. Then making a spring, he pushed
the ghost down the stairs with so much force
that he rolled ten feet, and then lay quiet in
the corner. After this the boy went back and
rang the bell, returned home, and without a
word, went to bed and fell asleep.
The sexton's wife waited a long time for her
husband, but he did not return. Then she be-
came alarmed, woke the boy, and asked: Do
you know where my husband is staying? He
went into the town before you did."
No," answered the boy; but I saw some
one standing on the steps, and as he would not
answer me, nor go away, I took him for a thief
and pushed him down stairs. I left him lying
there, go and you will see whether it is your
husband. I should be very sorry to have treated
him in this manner."
The woman ran off, and there in the corner
she found her husband, crying and groaning,
for his leg was broken. She carried him home,
and then ran with loud outcries to the boy's fa-
ther: Your son has done us great harm. He
has thrown my husband down the steps and
broken his leg. Take the good-for-nothing out
of our house."
The father was terrified, and came running
to get his son. What do you mean by such
wicked tricks? You bring only harm to your-
self and others," he said.
Father," said the boy, listen I am not to
blame for this. The sexton stood on the steps
in the night like one who would do a wicked
deed. I did not know who it was, and three
times I called to him, begging him to speak or
else go away."
P P COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
:..--.- all the same to me. Here is fifty dollars,
:'. take it, and go out into the wide world,
but do not shame me, by telling any one
who you are or who your father is."
Yes, father, if that is all you ask, I
can do that very easily."
As soon as it was morning, the boy
put the fifty dollars in his pocket, and
went out upon the highway. As he walked
along, he kept saying to himself: "If I
S. could only learn to shudder-if I could
only learn to shudder." Presently a man
came along, who heard what the boy was
saying to himself. He waited until they
came to a place where they could see a
gallows, then he said : Do you see that
tree there where seven men have wedded
the ropemaker's daughter, and learned to
'i fly ?. Sit down under it, and wait till night,
and you will know what it is to shudder."
Oh! is that all I have to do ? That
is very simple. If I learn to shudder as
L .7 ; ----'2
"HE SAW STANDING ON THE STEPS A WHITE
"Alas! said the father, "you will only
be a trouble to me all my life. Get out
of my sight, I never want to see you
Yes," father, I am willing to go," ans-
wered the boy. "Only let me wait until
morning, then I will go and learn what it is to
shudder. Surely then I shall know something
by which I can earn my living." 2
"Learn what you like," said the father, it is
IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
quickly as that, I will give you my fifty dollars.
Come to me early to-morrow morning."
The boy ran off toward the gallows, sat down
under it, and waited till evening. Then he
became chilly and made a fire; but in the night
the wind blew so cold, that, in spite of the fire,
he could not keep warm. As the wind blew
the bodies of the seven men against each other,
and they swung to and fro, he thought to him-
self: "You would be cold down here by the
fire, you must be nearly frozen up there." His
heart was full of pity, so he took the ladder,
climbed up the gallows, untied the ropes, and
brought all seven of the men down. Then he
stirred the fire, and seated them around it, that
they might warm themselves. But they sat
there stiff and stark until their clothing caught
fire. Then the boy said: If you cannot take
care of yourselves, I will hang you up agaih."
But the dead could not hear him, they said
nothing, and let their rags burn. Then he be-
came angry, and cried: "If you will not listen
to what I say, I cannot help you. I am not
going to burn with you," and he hung the bodies
up again in a row. Then he lay down by his
fire and fell asleep. In the morning the man
came to him for the fifty dollars, saying: Now
you have learned to shudder."
No," the boy answered, how could I learn
that here ? Those men up there have not opened
their mouths, and were so stupid when I seated
them by the fire, that they let the rags on their
The man saw that he would not carry away
the fifty dollars that day, and he went away
saying: "He is the strangest person I ever met."
The boy went on his way, and soon, began
again to say to himself: "Alas if I could only
learn to shudder.!-if I could only learn to
A driver walking along behind him, heard
him and said: Who are you ?"
I don't know," replied the boy.
Where did you come from ?"
I don't know."
"Who is your father ?"
I can't tell you."
"What were you grumbling to yourself
"Oh! said the boy, "I want to learn to
shudder, but no one can teach me."
"Stop your stupid joking," said the driver.
" Come, go with me, and I will see that you are
The boy went with the driver, and at evening
they came to an inn where they were to spend
the night. As he entered the room, he said
again to himself: If I could only learn to
The landlord, who happened to hear him,
laughed and said: If that is what you want,
here is a good chance to learn it."
Oh! be still," said his wife. So many lives
have already been lost in trying to satisfy their
curiosity, it would be a shame for these beautiful
eyes never to see daylight again."
But the boy said : Though it is so difficult,
yet I would like to learn it at once ; for it was
for this I left my home." He gave the landlord
no rest until he told him the following story:
Not far from here stands an enchanted castle
where you can surely learn to shudder. The
king has promised his daughter in marriage to
any one who will venture to sleep in the castle
three nights. She is the most beautiful maiden
the sun ever shone upon, and there are also
great treasures hidden in the castle. hese are
guarded by wicked spirits, but if you succeed,
the gold will be set free, and you will be a rich
man. Many have entered the castle, but not
one has ever come out again."
The next morning the youth went to the
king and said : If you will allow me, I would
like to watch three nights in the enchanted
The king looked at him, and was pleased
with him, and said: "You may ask for three
things to take with you into the castle, but they
cannot be living creatures."
The boy answered, If you please, I would
like a fire, a turning-lathe, and a cutting-board
with a knife."
The king had these things taken to the castle
for him during the day. When night came, he
IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
went up to the castle, made a bright fire in one
of the rooms, placed the cutting-board with the
knife, near it, and sat down on the turning-lathe.
"Oh! if I could only learn to shudder' he
said, "but I will not learn it here." Towards
midnight his fire needed stirring. As he stooped
over to blow it, a cry came suddenly from one
corner of the room: "Ow! miouw! miouw!
How cold we are "
What fools you are then,' he said, If you
are cold, come and sit down by my fire, and
As he said this, there came leaping from the
corner, two large black cats. They sat down by
him, one on either side, and stared at him with
wild, fiery eyes. In a little while, when they had
become warm, they said: Comrade, will you
have a game of cards ? "'
Why shouldn't I ?" replied the boy. But
first you must show your paws."
At this they stretched out their claws. "Oh!"
said he, "what long nails you have! Wait a
minute, I must cut them off first." And he
seized them by the neck, threw them upon the
cutting-board, and fastened them down securely.
"Now that I have seen your fingers, I have
no desire to play cards with you," he said. Then
he killed them and threw them out of the win-
dow into the ditch. He had no sooner got rid
of these two, and seated himself by his fire,
than there rushed out from every corner and
side of the room black cats and black dogs in a
fiery chain. They howled fiercely, jumped upon
the fire, and scattered it about the room, as if
they would put it out. He looked on quietly
for a while, then he became angry, and seizing
his cutting-knife, cried: "Away with you, you
black rabble!" He struck with his knife in
every direction; part of them ran away, the
rest he killed and threw into the moat.
When he came back, he blew the sparks of
fire into a blaze, and warmed himself. After a
while he became so sleepy he could not hold
his eyes open any longer. He looked around
for a place to lie down, and saw in a corner a
"That just suits me," he said, and lay down
to go to sleep. He had no sooner closed his
eyes than the bed began to move of itself, and
travelled all around the castle. This is very
good," said he, only I would like to go faster."
At this the bed rolled away as if it were drawn
by six horses; over stones and steps it flew, till
suddenly, hop! hop! over ;t went, bottom up-
wards. It lay upon the boy like a mountain,
but he threw the blankets and pillows into the
air, climbed out, and saying, Now you may
travel where you like," went back to his fire, lay
down and went to sleep.
In the morning the king came to the castle,
and when he saw the boy lying on the floor, he
thought the wicked goblins had killed him. It
is a shame this beautiful youth should die," he
The boy heard him, and sprang up, saying:
"It has not come to that yet." The king was
astonished, but very glad that he was still alive,
and asked him how the night had gone with
him." Very well," he answered. One night
has passed, the other two will also."
When he returned to the inn, the landlord
could hardly believe his eyes.
I never expected to see you alive again," he
said. Have you learned yet what it is to shud-
"No," was the reply, "it is of no use. Oh!
if some one could-only tell me!"
The second night he went again to the old
castle, and seating himself by the fire, began his
old song, If I could only learn to shudder "
As midnight drew near, he heard a noise as
of something tumbling, first soft, then louder,
then for a little time all was still. At last, with
a loud scream, there came tumbling down the
chimney half the body of a man.
Hey-day!" he cried, "That is too little, we
want another half."
At this the noise began again. A howling
and yelling was heard, and then the other hall
"Wait," said he, "I will stir up the fire a
He did this, and then looking round, he saw
the two parts had joined themselves together,
IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
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"THE BED BEGAN TO MOVE OF ITSELF."
and that a hideous man was seated on his bench,
"I did not bargain for that," said the youth,
" the seat is mine." The man tried to push him
away, but the boy would not let him, and giving
him a powerful push, dislodged him, and he sat
down in his old place.
Soon more men came tumbling down the
chimney, one after the other. They brought
with them nine thigh bones and two skulls.
They set up the bones, and then began to play
nine-pins. As the boy watched them, he also
wanted to play, and called out: "Hey there!
may I play with you ?"
"Yes," they answered, "if you have any
Plenty of money," he said; "but your balls
are not perfectly round."
So he took the skulls, and placing them in
his turning lathe, turned them until they were
There," said he, now they will roll better
Hey-day! isn't this fine!" He played with
them, and lost some of his money, but when
the clock struck twelve every man had d;sap-
peared. Then he lay down and slept quietly.
The next morning the king came to inquirt
And how has it gone with you this time?"
I played nine-pins, and lost a little money,"
the youth answered.
Was there nothing to make you shudder?"
"Shudder?" said the boy, "I have had a
merry time. Oh! if I only knew how to shud-
The third night he sat down again on his
bench by his fire, saying to himself quite fret-
fully, If I could only shudder !"
When it grew late, six tall men came into the
room, bearing a coffin.
IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
Ha! ha! That is certainly my little cousin
who died a few days ago," cried the boy, and he
beckoned with his finger, and said, Come, lit-
tle cousin, come."
They placed the coffin on the floor. He went
up to it, and taking off the cover, saw lying
within a dead man. He felt of his face, but it
was cold as ice.
Wait," he said, "I will warm you a little,"
and going to the fire he warmed his hands, and
laid them upon the dead man's face, but it was
still cold. Then he took him out of the coffin,
sat down by the fire, and holding him on his
lap, rubbed his arms that the blood might cir-
culate once more. But it was of no use. Then
the boy remembered that if two lie in bed to-
gether, they warm each other. So he brought
the dead man to the bed, covered him up, and
lay down by him. In a little while the body
became warm, and began to move.
"See, little cousin, how I have warmed you!"
But the dead man raised himself up and cried:
"Now I will strangle you !"
What!" said the boy, is that the thanks I
get ? You shall go back at once to your coffin,"
and he lifted him up, threw him into the coffin,
and fastened the cover. Then the six men
came in, lifted up the coffin, and carried it away.
"This does not make me shudder. I should
never learn here, if I staid all my life," he said.
At that moment a man walked in. He was
taller than all the others and more frightful,
but he was old and had a long white beard.
"Oh, you weak, silly creature !" he cried.
" You shall soon learn what it is to shudder, for
you shall die."
Not so fast," said the boy, if I am to die,
I would like to know by what means."
I will seize you at once," cried the hideous
"Softly, softly, don't be so sure; I am as
strong as you are, and indeed, I think I am
We will see about that," said the old man."
" If you are stronger than I am, I will let you
go. Come, let us have the trial."
He led the boy through a dark hall to a black-
smith's forge. Seizing an axe, with one blow
he drove the anvil into the earth.
I can do better than that," said the boy,
taking up the axe, and going to another anvil.
The old man followed to watch every move.
He stood so close to the anvil, his long white
beard rested upon it.
The boy lifted the axe, and with one stroke,
split the anvil in two, and fastened the old man's
beard in the crevice.
"Now I've got you!" cried the boy. "Now
you must die," and he seized an iron bar and
beat the old man till he cried for mercy, and
promised to give him great riches.
The boy drew the axe from the anvil, and set
the old man free. True to his word, he led him
to a cellar in which were stored three chests full
Of these," he said, one is for the poor, one
for the king, and one for yourself." Just then it
struck twelve, the old man disappeared, and the
boy was left standing alone in the dark.
I must get out of here some way," he said.
He groped round, found the way to his room,
and lay down by his fire and went to sleep.
The next morning, the king came and asked :
" Have you learned now what it is to shudder?"
"No," he answered, "what is it? My dead
cousin was here, and a long-bearded man came
and showed me where great sums of money were
hidden; but no one told me what it was to
Then the king said: The castle is now free
from the wicked spell, the gold is yours, and you
shall marry my daughter."
That is all very good," the youth answered,
"but I do not know yet what it is to shudder."
The gold was brought from the castle, and not
long after the marriage was celebrated. But
the young prince was not perfectly happy,
though he loved his bride dearly. He would
often say: Oh! if I could only learn what it is
At last the princess became troubled about it,
and one of her maids said: I will help you. I
will show you how to make him shudder." She
IF I COULD ONLY LEARN TO SHUDDER.
THE OLD MAN'S BEARD IS FASTENED IN THE ANVIL.
went down to the brook that flowed through the
garden, and brought up a pail full of water con-
taining little fish. At night when the prince
was asleep, his wife drew the cover from him,
and threw the cold water and little fishes over
him, so that they flapped and wriggled all
around him. The prince woke up, calling
Oh, how I shudder what can it be, dear
wife ? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder."
THERE was once a cook named Grethel, who
had shoes with red heels and when she wore
them out she would dance hither and thither,
thinking to herself: "I am indeed a beautiful
maiden." When she came home, she would
take a sip of wine, and that usually gave her an
appetite, and then she would taste of all the
best things she had cooked, saying : Indeed,
the cook should know how her food tastes."
One day her master said to her: Grethel, I
expect a visitor this evening; cook me two of
the finest fowls for supper." "I will begin at
once, master," she said.
So she killed the chickens, picked, and dressed
them, and towards evening put them over the
fire to roast. They became brown and tender,
but the guest did not arrive.
Then Grethel called to the master: "If the
guest does not come soon, I must take the fowls
from the fire. It is a shame not to have them
eaten when they are soft and tender."
"I will go myself and find him," said the
When his back was turned, Grethel took the
spit from the fire, and thought: "I have stood
by the fire so long, I am hot and thirsty. Who
knows when they will come? I will run down
cellar and get a sip of wine."
CUVNNING GRE THEL.
She ran down cellar, and filling a cup, pro-
posed her own health, and drank the wine
without stopping. "One swallow of wine calls
for another," she said, and poured out another
cupful, which she drank eagerly. Then she
went back, placed the chickens back on the fire,
spread some butter over them, and turned the
spit round merrily. How good they smelled.
There was no other way, she must try them, so
she dipped her finger in the gravy and tasted it.
*Oh! how good those fowls are!" she said.
" It is a shame not to have them eaten now."
She ran to the window to see if her master
was coming yet: but no one was in sight. She
went back to the fowls : One wing is burning;
it would be better for me to eat it," she thought.
So she cut off the wing and ate it. It tasted so
good, that when she had finished, she thought:
" I had better cut off the other one too, or the
master will notice that something is missing."
When she had eaten the other wing, she went
to the window to look for the master and his
guest, but she saw no one. "Who knows," she
thought, whether they will come at all ? Per-
haps they are having their supper at an inn."
Then she said aloud: Heigh ho! Grethel, be of
good cheer. Drink a little more wine, and then
finish the fowl. Why should these good things
be allowed to spoil ?"
So after taking another drink of wine, she ate
the fowl with great relish. When she had fin-
ished the one, she looked at the other, and
thought: "Where one is, the other must be
also, the two belong together. I think if I had
another drink of wine, I could eat the other
easily." She drank another cup of wine, and the
second fowl followed the first. She had hardly
finished, when the master came running in.
Be quick, Grethel," he cried; The visitor
will soon be here."
Then he went to look at the table to see if
it was properly set, and taking up the knife,
with which he would carve the fowls, began to
sharpen it on the steel. Just then the guest
arrived, and knocked softly and politely at the
house door. Grethel went to open it, and see-
ing the guest, put her finger on her lips, and
said: "Hush, hush! Go away quickly; you
must escape my master, or you will meet with
a great misfortune. He has invited you here
this evening for no other purpose than to cut
off your ears. Listen, you can hear him sharp-
ening his knife."
The visitor heard the sound, and rushing
down the' steps, ran away. Grethel was not
idle ; she ran crying to her master: "A pretty)
guest you invited here."
Why, what is the matter ?" he asked.
He has taken both the fowls that I hai
all ready to be brought on the table, and run
away with them."
That is a nice way to treat one," said the
master, grieving that he should lose such beau-
tiful fowls. "If he had even left me the smallest
one that I might have had one for my supper."
He went out, and called to the guest, but he
ran as if he did not hear him. The master fol-
lowed him, with the knife still in his hand,
calling: "Only one, only one!" meaning one
fowl. But the guest thought he meant only one
of his ears, and ran as if fire was chasing him
until he safely reached his home.
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS.
'THERE was once an old goat who had seven
little kids, and she loved them as dearly as a
mother loves her children. One day she wanted
to go to the woods and get some food for them,
so she called all seven to her, and said : Dear
children, I am going out into the woods; be on
your guard against the wolf. If he gets in, he
will eat you hide and hair. The wicked fellow
will try in every way to deceive you, but you
can easily tell him by his rough voice and black
Dear mother," said the little kids, do not
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS.
worry about us; we will be very careful not to
let the wolf in."
So the old one bleated a "Good-bye," and
went away contentedly.
It was not long before some one knocked at
the door, and cried; Open the door, dear
children, your mother is here and has brought
something nice for each one of you."
But the little kids knew by the rough voice
that it was the wolf, and said: "We will not
open the door for you. You are not our mother;
she has a fine, sweet voice, but yours is coarse
and harsh; you are a wolf."
So he left them and going to a store, bought a
large piece of chalk, which he ate to make his
voice soft. Then he came back and knocked
at the hut-door again, and cried: "Open the
door, dear children, your mother is here, and
has brought something for each one of you."
But the wolf had 'put his black paws on the
window-sill, and the kids seeing them; cried:
"We will not open the door for you; our mother
has not big, black feet; you are a wolf."
Then the wolf ran to a baker's and said: "I
have hurt my foot, please put some dough
As soon as the baker had covered his foot
with dough, he ran to the miller and said:
" Sprinkle my foot with white flour."
The miller thought: "The wolf wants to de-
ceive some one," and hesitated, but the wolf
said: If you don't do it, I will eat you."
This frightened the miller, and he powdered
his foot with flour. Such is mankind.
Then the wicked wolf went a third time to
the hut-door, knocked, and cried: "Open the
door, children, your mother has come home, and
has brought each one of you something nice
from the woods."
Show us your feet first," said the little kids,
"that we may know whether you are our
mother." The wolf placed his paw on the win-
dow-sill, and when they saw it was white, they
thought it was really their mother, and opened
the door. But imagine their fright and surprise
when the wolf entered. They ran in every direc-
tion trying to hide. One jumped under the
table, another into the bed, a third into the oven,
a fourth into the kitchen, a fifth into the cup-
board, a sixth under the wash-tub, and the
seventh into the clock-case. But the wolf found
them and made short work of eating them. One
after another disappeared dcwn his throat, all
but the youngest one hidden in the -clock-case,
which he did not find.
After he had satisfied his appetite, he strolled
out, and lying down on the green grass under
a tree, fell asleep. Not long after the old goat
came home from the woods. But what a sight
met her eyes 1 The door stood wide open ; table,
chairs, and benches were upset; the wash-tub
lay in pieces; blankets and pillows were thrown
from the bed. Not a child was to be found;
one after another she called by name, but not
one answered, till she came to the name of the
youngest, when a soft little voice said: Dear
mother, I am hidden in the clock-case." She
helped the little kid out, and heard how the
wolf had come and eaten all her other children.
When she heard this, the old goat wept Litterly
for her lost children. After a while they went
out together for a walk. When they came to
the meadow, they saw the wolf lying on the
grass under a tree, snoring so loudly that the
branches trembled. The old goat, regarding
him from every side, thought she saw some-
thing move in his well-filled stomach.
Can it be," she thought, that my children
that he swallowed for his supper are alive!"
She immediately sent the little kid home for
scissors, needle, and thread.
She had scarcely cut a little place in his skin,
before a kid stretched out its head. She cut a
little further, and out it jumped, then another
and another, until all were out, as lively as ever,
for the wolf had not harmed them at all, having
in his greediness swallowed them whole. Oh!
it was a happy time! The little kids hugged
their mother, and skipped about like a tailor on
But the old goat said to them : "Go now and
get me some stones, and we will fill this wicked
fellow's stomach before he wakes up."
So the little kids ran in great haste and
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS.
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brought stones which they put in the wolf's
stomach, as many as it could hold. Then the
old goat quickly sewed .up the slit, and the
wolf neither woke nor moved.
When the wolf had slept enough he got up,
and as the stones in his stomach had made him
very thirsty, he went to a spring to get a drink.
As he walked along, the stones began to move,
rolling and rattling against each other, and he
"Rumble, rumble rattle, rattle!
Hear the noise.of those little bones!
One would think, by the din and clatter,
That all had been turned into stones."
As he stooped over the spring to drink, the
heavy stones inside pushed him forward, and he
fell in and was drowned.
Then the seven little kids ran crying: "The
wolf is dead the wolf is dead !" and they danced
for joy with their mother around the spring.
THE GOOSE GIRL.
THERE once lived an old queen whose hus-
band had been dead many years, but she had
one child, a beautiful daughter. When she was
grown, she was betrothed to a king's son living
many miles away, and when the time came for
her to be married and go away to a strange land,
her mother gave her many costly jewels, gold
and silver vessels, furniture and dresses, in short,
everything that belonged to a royal bridal treas-
ure, for the old queen loved her daughter dearly.
She also gave her a waiting-maid to accompany
her on the journey and conduct her to the bride-
groom. Then she provided each with a horse,
but that of the princess was called Falada, and
When the parting-hour came, the queen went
THE GOOSE GIRL.
to her sleeping-room, and taking a little knife,
cut her finger till it bled. She held a white
napkin under it, and let three drops of blood
fall on it; then folding it up, she said to her
daughter: "Take this, dear child, and preserve
it carefully, for you will have great need of it on
the way." The maiden put the napkin in her
bosom, and bidding her mother a sorrowful fare-
well, mounted her horse, and rode away to her
After she had ridden about an hour, she
became very thirsty, and said to her maid:
"Get down, and dip me a little water in the
gold cup which you brought with you; I would
like something to drink very much."
"If you are thirsty, get down and drink from
the brook; I am not going to be your servant,"
said the maid. The princess dismounted, and
bending over the stream, drank, for she dared
not ask for the golden cup. 'As she did this she
sighed: "Alas! dear God," and the three drops
of blood replied : "If your mother knew of this,
it would break her heart."
But the princess, who was humble and patient,
said nothing, and again mounted her horse.
They rode several miles, and then as the day
was warm, and they were riding in the hot sun,
the princess again became thirsty. She had
forgotten the saucy words of her maid, and
when they came to a running stream, she said :
"Get down and bring me some water in my
But the maid replied more proudly than
before: If you would like a drink, get it for
yourself; I am not your servant."
As the princess was very thirsty, she knelt a
second time over the water, weeping as she did
so, and saying: "Alas! dear God." The drops
of blood replied: "If your mother knew of
this, it would break her heart."
As she bent over the water to drink, the little
napkin fell out of her dress and floated away
on the stream, without her seeing it in her
sorrow and trouble. But the waiting-maid saw
it, and was delighted, for now the princess would
be powerless in her hands, and she could do with
her as she liked. As the princess was about to
mount her horse again, the waiting-maid said :
" Falada belongs to me; and you shall have
my horse," and the princess was obliged to make
the change. Then the maid commanded her to
take off her royal dress, and put on her own
common one, and finally she made her swear
before heaven that when she reached the royal
court, she would not reveal what had taken place.
This oath she was obliged to take or she would
have been killed on the spot. But Falada saw
and heard everything, and she would not forget.
The maid mounted Falada, and the true bride
the other horse, and in this manner they con-
tinued their journey until they came to the royal
There was great rejoicing over their arrival;
the king's son came out to meet them, lifted the
waiting-maid from her horse, as if she were his
promised bride, and led her up the steps, while
the true princess was left standing in the court-
yard. Presently the old king looked out of the
window and saw her standing there. As she
looked so delicate and beautiful, he hastened
away to ask the bride who it was she had brought
with her and left standing in the court below.
Oh that is a maid I brought with me for
company. Give her something to do that she
does not become idle," was the reply.
But the king had no work for her, and knew
not what to give her to do, until suddenly he
thought: She can help the little boy watch
the geese." So the princess and true bride helped
little Conrad, as he was called, take care of the
One day not long after their arrival, the false
bride said to the prince: "Dearest, will you do
me a favor?"
With pleasure," he replied.
"I beg of you to call the executioner, and
have him kill the horse that brought me here,
for it vexed me all the way." She was afraid
Falada might speak and betray her.
So now it was decided that the faithful horse
must die. When the princess heard of it, she
went to the executioner and promised him a
gold piece if he would do a favor for her.
In the town was a large gloomy arch through
THE GOOSE GIRL.
which the princess drove the geese every morn-
ing and evening, and she said to him: "I would
like to have the head of Falada hung under this
dark arch, that I may see it every time I pass
through." He promised to do this, and when
Falada's head was cut off, he nailed it firmly
under the arch.
Early the next morning as she and Conrad
passed under the arch, she said to the head:
"O, Falada, hanging high!"
and the head replied:
"O, young princess, passing by 1
If thy fate thy mother knew,
Her fond heart would break for you."
They passed through the town to a field, and
when they arrived on the meadow where the
geese fed all day, the princess sat down and
began to comb her hair. It looked like pure
gold, and little Conrad wanted to pull out a
couple of handfuls. Finally she said:
"Blow, blow, wind, blow,
Take Conrad's hat in the air,
And do not let him catch it
Till I have combed my hair."
And a strong wind came just then and blew
Conrad's hat a long distance over the field, and
when he came back the hair was all combed
and put up. Then little Conrad was angry and
would not speak to his companion, so they
watched the geese in silence till night, and
then went home.
The next morning as they passed under the
arch, the maiden said:
O, Falada, hanging high !"
and the head replied:
Oh, young princess, passing by I
If thy fate thy mother knew,
Her fond heart would break for you."
They went on to the meadow ; and the prin-
cess sat down to comb her hair. Conrad ran
towards her as if to seize ic, but she quickly said:
Blow, blow, wind, blow;
Take Conrad's hat in the air,
And do not let him catch it,
Till I have combed my hair."
Away went Conrad's hat in the wind, and he
had to run a long distance before he caught it,
and when he came back the hair had been put
up a long time. Little Conrad was not pleased,
but he watched the geese with her till evening.
When they reached home, he went to the
king and said: "I do not wish to watch the
geese any longer with that maiden."
"Why not," asked the old king.
"Oh! she vexes me all day. In the morning
when we pass through the dark arch, she says
to an old horse's head that is nailed there:
Falada, hanging high !'
and the head answers:
0, young princess, passing by I
If thy fate thy mother knew,
Her fond heart would break for you. '"
Then 'he told the king what had happened on
the meadows, how the wind had blown his hat
away, and he had to run after it.
But the king commanded him to go with her
to the fields the next morning; and he himself
also went and sat in the dark arch, and heard
what the horse's head said. Then he followed
them to the field, and hiding in a bush, saw the
maiden take down her hair, that shone like
gold, and heard her say:
Blow, blow, wind, blow;
Take Conrad's hat in the air,
And do not let him catch it,
Till I have combed my hair."
A gust of wind came and carried the boy's
hat far away, and while he was chasing it, the
king watched the maiden comb and braid her
hair. The king went home unperceived, and
when evening came, and they had returned with
the geese, he sent for the maiden, and told her
all he had seen and heard.
What does it all mean ? he asked.
I cannot tell you," she replied ; "I dare not
tell any one my trouble; for to save my life, I
gave my oath not to do it."
The king urged her, but all to no purpose;
he could get nothing out of her. Then he said:
" If you will not-complain to me of your troubles
THE GOOSE GIRL.
go and tell them to that iron oven." The maiden
crept into it, feeling now that her last friend had
deserted her. Thinking the king had gone
away, she began to weep and pour out her heart.
I am deserted by all the world," she sobbed,
and yet I am a king's daughter. My royal
clothes were taken from me by a waiting-maid,
and she was received as the true bride, while I
must go out and watch the geese. Oh! if my
mother knew of this it would break her heart."
But the old king had been standing just out-
side the oven door, and had heard all she said.
He called her to come out, and had her dressed
in royal clothing, then O, wonder how beauti-
ful she appeared! The king sent for his son and
told him he had wedded the wrong bride, she
was only a waiting-maid, while the true bride
was this maiden, their former goose-girl.
The young king was very glad when he saw
her beauty and goodness, and a great feast was
announced to which all the king's friends and
the people of his kingdom were invited. When
the day arrived, the bridegroom placed the prin-
cess on one side of him, and the waiting-maid
on the other, but so dazzled was she with her
own splendor, that she did not recognize the
princess. After the company had eaten and
drank and were feeling very merry, the king
proposed a riddle to the waiting-maid: What
punishment would a person deserve who de-
ceived his master?" and he related the story
which the princess had told the oven.
The false bride had no suspicion of harm to
herself, and said: Such a person deserves noth-
ing better than to be put into a barrel full of
spikes and dragged up and down the streets by
two white horses until he dies."
You are that person," said the king, "and
you have spoken your own sentence."
The deceitful woman received her punishment,
the young king married the princess, and they
ruled their kingdom in peace and happiness.
ONCE there was a king who was very ill, and
feeling that death was near, he said to those
about him, "Send Faithful John to me." Faith-
ful John was the king's favorite servant, and had
been so called because he had lived with the
king all his life and served him faithfully.
As soon as he came to his bedside, the king
said: Most Faithful John, I feel that my end
is near. There is not a care on my mind except
for my son. He is still too young to be left
without some one to advise him, and I cannot
rest in peace unless you promise to be his guar-
dian, and instruct him in all he ought to know."
And Faithful John answered: I will never
leave him, and I will serve him faithfully, even
at the cost of my life."
Then," said the king, I shall die happy.
After I am dead," he continued, "take my son
and show him over the entire castle-all the
rooms, halls, and vaults, and the treasures that
are in them; but the room at the end of the long
hall you must not allow him to enter, for in it is
hidden a statue of the princess of Golden Palace.
As soon as he sees this statue of the princess,
he will be seized with a great love for her, and
will fall down in a swoon, and for her sake will
have to pass through great dangers. See to it,
therefore, that he does not enter this room."
As Faithful John once more took his hand
and promised, the king sank back upon his, pil-
low and died.
When the king had been laid in his grave,
Faithful John told the young king all he had
promised his father as he lay on his death-bed.
" And I will keep that promise," he said, and
serve you as faithfully as I did him, even though
it cost me my life."
The days of mourning being over, Faithful
John said to the king, one day: It is now time
you saw your possessions. Come, and I will
show you the castle your father left you," and he
led him through all the splendid rooms and
showed him the rich treasures they contained,-
one room alone, that which contained the dan-
gerous statue, he-did not open.
The statue was so placed, that one saw it as
soon as the door was opened, and so exquisitely
was it carved, that at first sight, one thought it
lived and breathed. The beauty and loveliness
of this figure were unsurpassed by anything in
The young king was not long in noticing that
Faithful John passed one door without opening
it, and he said: "Why do you not unlock this
There is something in it that would frighten
you," he answered.
But the king said: "I have seen everything
else in the castle, and I must know what is in
here," and he went himself and tried to force
the door open.
But Faithful John held him back, saying: "I
promised your father before his death that you
should not see what was in that room. If you
enter, great misfortune will come to both you
"Oh, no!" said the king. "But if I do not
go in, I shall surely die, for I shall rest neither
night nor day until my eyes have seen what is
hidden there; no, I will not stir from this spot
until you unlock the door."
Faithful John saw that he could not move him,
and with a heavy heart and many sighs, selected
the key from the bunch, and opened the door,
He entered first, hoping that he might be able
to cover the statue before the king could see it,
But it was of no use, the king entered on tip-toe,
and looking over Faithful John's shoulder, saw
the statue ; but he no sooner beheld it, glittering
with gold and precious jewels, than he fell faint-
ing to the floor. Faithful John lifted him up,
and carried him to his bed, saying with a heart
full of sorrow: The evil is done; dear God,
how will it all end?" He. gave the king some
wine, and he soon revived. His first words
were: "Alas whose is that beautiful statue ?"
FAITHFUL JOHN'S PROMISE.
"The princess's of the Golden Palace," Faith-
ful John replied.
The king continued: My love for her is so
great, that if all the leaves on the trees were
tongues, they could not express it. I would risk
my life to win her. You are my Faithful John,
and you must help me."
The trusty servant thought for a long time
how it were best to begin, for it was very diffi-
cult to get into the presence of the princess. At
last he thought of a plan and said : "Everything
the princess has is of gold-tables, chairs, dishes,
goblets, cups, and all the furniture. You have
five tons of gold among your treasures. Let
one of the goldsmiths of your kingdom make
from this, vessels and utensils of every kind, all
kinds of birds, and wild and curious animals,
such as will please her, and-we will take them
and go and seek our fortune."
The king at once gave orders for all the gold-
smiths in his kingdom to work night and day
until the beautiful things were ready.
When all had been placed on board a ship,
Faithful John dressed himself as a merchant, and
told the king he must disguise himself in the
same manner. Then they sailed away across
the sea until they came to the city where the
princess of the Golden Palace lived.
Faithful John told the king to remain on the
ship while he went to the palace. Perhaps,"
said he, I shall bring the princess back with
me. See, therefore, that everything is in order.
Set-out the golden vessels and decorate the
Then Faithful John, having put some of the
little articles of gold into his pocket, landed,
and went straight to the royal palace.
As he passed through the court-yard, a beau-
tiful maiden stood by a fountain drawing water
with two golden pails. As she turned to carry
away the sparkling water, she saw the strange
man, and asked who he was.
"I am a merchant," was the reply, and he
took from his pocket the beautiful articles of gold.
She no sooner saw them than she cried:
"Oh! what beautiful things," and setting down
her pails, she examined the articles one after
another. Then she said: The princess must
see these; she is so pleased with anything made
of gold, that she will buy all you have."
She took him by the hand and led him into
the palace, for she was the princess's maid.
When the princess saw the trinkets, she was
greatly pleased, and said: They are so beauti-
fully made, I will buy them all."
Then Faithful John replied : I am only the
servant of a rich merchant. What I have here
is nothing compared to what my master has on
board ship. The most curious and costly things
that have ever been made of gold, you will find
She asked to have them brought to her, but
he said: "That would take many days, and
there are so many, your palace is not large
enough to hold them."
This only roused her curiosity the more, and
at last she said : "Take me to the ship; I will
go myself and see your master's treasures."
It was with great joy that Faithful John led
the princess to the ship. As soon as the king
beheld her, he saw that she was even more
beautiful than the statue that stood in his palace,
and as she approached, it seemed as if his heart
would burst within him.
She came on board, and the king led her
below. But Faithful John staid on deck with
the helmsman, and orders were given to weigh
anchor: "Unfurl every sail, that she may fly
like a bird through the air," he cried.
SMeanwhile the king was showing the princess
all the golden treasures-the dishes and cups
and birds and the wild and wonderful animals.
It was many hours before she had looked at
everything, and in her joy she did not notice
that the ship was sailing. When she had looked
at the last, she thanked the merchant, and
started to go ashore. She reached the edge of
the ship, and then saw for the first time that
they had left the shore, and were out upon the
high sea, sailing before the wind with every sail
spread. "Alas !" she cried in great terror, "I
have been deceived! I have been carried away
from my home, and am in the power of a mer-
chant! I would rather have died!"
But the king took her kindly by
the hand, and said: I am not a
merchant, but a king, as nobly
born as yourself. It was my great
love for you that led me to carry
you away in this manner. The
first time I saw your statue I fell
to the earth in a swoon."
When the Princess of the Golden
Palace heard his words, she was
comforted; her heart inclined to the young
king, and she promised to become his wife.
It happened one day as they were sailing over
the high sea, and Faithful John sat in the fore
part of the ship playing music, that three crows
flew through the air and lighted on the ship.
He stopped playing and listened to what they
were saying to each other, for he understood
their language well.
"Ah !" cried one of them, there is the king
carrying away the princess of the Golden Palace."
Yes," said the second, "but he hasn't got
FAITHFUL JOHN HEARS THE CROWS' PROPHECIES.
Why not?" said the third; "she is sitting by
his side in the ship."
Then the first crow began again: That does
not matter. As soon as he lands, a chestnut
horse will spring toward him, which he will
mount, and immediately it will leap into the air
and bear him away from his bride, whom he will
never see again."
Then said the second one : "Is there nothing
that can save him ?"
"Oh, yes! if some one else should quickly
mount the horse, seize the pistol from his belt,
and shoot the horse dead, then would the king's
life be saved. But who knows this ? And if any
one did know of it, and tell the king, that per-
son would be turned into stone from his feet to
The second one spoke again: I can tell you
still more. Even though the horse be killed, the
young king shall not have the princess. When
they reach the palace, a beautiful bridal gar-
ment will be waiting him. It will look as if it
were woven of gold and silver, instead of which
it will be made of sulphur and pitch, and as
soon as he puts it on, will burn him to the bone
Is there nothing that can save him from
this ? asked the third.
Oh, yes," answered the second, "if some
one wearing gloves should seize the garment,
and throw it into the fire, the garment would
burn, and the king would be saved. But that will
not help him, for if any one knew it, and warned
the king, that person would be turned into stone
from his knees to his heart."
"And I know still more," said the third ; if
the bridal garment is burned, the king shall not
be able to keep his bride; for on the wedding-
night, when the ball is held, and the young
queen is dancing, she will suddenly turn pale
and fall as if dead. If some one does not raise
her up, and take from her breast three drops of
blood, she will die. But any one who tells of
this, will turn to stone from the crown of his
head, to the soles of his feet." Saying this, the
crows all flew away.
But Faithful John had understood every word,
and from that time was sad and silent. If he
kept from his master this that he had heard,
great misfortune would come to the king, and
if he told him, it would cost him his life. At
last he said to himself: I will save my master,
even though I die for it."
As soon as they had landed, there appeared,
as the crow had said, a splendid chestnut horse.
"Capital!" said the king, he shall carry me
to the palace." He was about to mount, when
Faithful John stepped up, and swinging himself
quickly on the horse, drew his pistol from his
belt and shot the horse dead.
"What a shame to shoot such a beautiful ani-
mal, that was to carry the king to his palace "
cried the king's servants who were envious of
Faithful John. But the king said: Be quiet,
and let it pass. He is my Faithful John, and
knows what is best."
They soon arrived at the palace, and there in
one of the rooms lay the bridal garment, glit-
tering as if woven of gold and silver. The king
went towards it as if to take it in his hands, but
Faithful John pushed him away, and seizing it
in his gloved hands, threw it into the fire and
left it to burn. Again the servants murmured,
and said: Look! now he has even burnt the
king's bridal robe !"
But the king replied: "Who knows the good
he may have done? Leave him alone, he is my
The wedding-day arrived, and it was cele-
brated with song and dance. In the evening
the bride entered the ball-room. Faithful John
watched her anxiously. Suddenly, as she was
dancing, her face grew pale, and she sank to the
floor as if dead. Faithful John sprang quickly
forward, lifted her in his arms, and carried her
into a room. Then laying her once more on
the floor, he knelt by her side, and drew the
three drops of blood from her breast. In a
short time she breathed again and raised her-
self up. But the young king who had been
watching Faithful John, did not understand his
strange conduct, and in his astonishment and
anger, ordered him to be thrown into prison.
The next morning Faithful John was tried
and led to the gallows. As he stood on them
ready for the death awaiting him, he said:
" Every one about to die is allowed to speak,
shall I be allowed this right ?"
"Yes," replied the king, "it is granted you."
THE KING'S GRIEF.
I have been unjustly condemned, I have
always been true to you," said Faithful John,
and then he -told the king what he had heard
the crows say while they were at sea, and how
everything he had done had been necessary in
order to save the king..
When the king heard this he cried: "Oh!
my most Faithful John! Pardon! Pardon!
Take him down !"
But Faithful John as he uttered the last word,
had fallen lifeless, and was turned into stone.
This was a great sorrow to the king and
queen, and often the king would say: "Alas!
that I should have rewarded faithfulness so
poorly!" He ordered the stone statue to be
brought into his bed-chamber, and placed near
his bed. Whenever he looked at it, he would
weep, and say: "Oh! if I could only make
you alive again, my Faithful John !"
Time passed on, and twins were born to the
queen, two little sons, who filled her heart with
joy. One day when the queen was at church.
and the two children were with their father, hc
looked up at the statue, and sighing sadly, said:
"Could I only make you alive again, Faithful
At this, the figure began to speak, saying:
" You can make me alive again, if you will give
that which you hold dearest?"
Yes," cried the king, I will give up all I
have in the world to bring you back ? "
"Then," continued the stone. with your own
hand, you must cut off both your children's heads,
and sprinkle their blood over me, and I shall be
restored to life."
The king was terrified when he heard that he
must kill his dear children, but when he thought
how Faithful John had died serving him, he
drew his sword, and with his own hand cut off
the children's heads. He sprinkled the stone
with their blood, and instantly life returned, and
Faithful John stood once more before him, alive
and well. Your faithfulness shall not go unre-
warded," he said to the king, and taking the
heads of the children, replaced them, healing
the wound with their own blood. Again they
were running and playing about as if nothing
A GOOD BARGAIN.
Then the king was very happy. When he
saw the queen returning from church, he hid
Faithful John and the children in a large closet.
As she entered the room, he said: Did you
pray at church to-day ?"
Yes," she answered, but I could not help
thinking constantly of Faithful John, and the
great misfortune that came to him through us."
"Dear wife," he replied, we can bring him
back to life, but it will cost us the lives of our
two little sons." The queen turned very pale,
and her heart shrank from the sacrifice, but she
did not falter: We owe it to him for his faith-
fulness to us," she said.
The king was greatly pleased when the queen
said this, and opening the closet he brought
out the children and Faithful John. God be
praised !" he said, "Faithful John is restored to
us, and our little sons are also here," and then he
told her how it had all happened. From this
time they all lived together in great happiness
till the end of their lives.
A GOOD BARGAIN.
A GERMAN peasant had driven his cow to
market, and sold her for seven dollars. On his
way home he had to pass a ditch where he
heard from a distance the frogs calling: "Acht,
acht, acht !"*
"Yes," said he to himself, "you are crying
down there in the oatfield, but it is seven that I
got for the cow, not eight."
When he reached the water he called to them
"Dumb beasts, that's what you are. Don't
you know any better than to call that? It is
seven dollars, not eight."
But the frogs only croaked: "Acht, acht,
"Well, if you won't believe it, I will count
it for you," and he took the money from his
pocket, and counted the seven dollars that had
been paid him in small silver.
But the frogs paid no attention to his count-
ing, and cried again: Acht, acht, acht,
"Hey, then!" cried the peasant, now very
angry, if you know better than I, just count
it for yourselves," and he threw the money into
the water, right amongst the frogs.
He stood there a while, waiting for them to
return him his money, but the frogs kept to
their first saying, and cried out in a loud voice :
*Pronounced okt, and means in German eight.
"Acht, acht, acht, acht!" and did not throw
the money back to him again.
He waited a long time until evening came on,
and he had to go home. Then he abused the
frogs, and cried: You water-paddlers! you
staring blockheads Your great mouths can
scream loud enough to split one's ears, but you
can't count seven dollars. Do you think I am
going to stay here until you get ready?" So
saying he went away, but the frogs cried after
him, Acht, acht, acht, acht so that he
reached home very much out of humor.
Some time after he bought another cow,
which he killed, reckoning.that if the flesh sold
well, he would receive as much as both the
cows were worth and have the skin besides.
When he came to the town with the flesh, there
was a great pack of hounds gathered before the
door of the market. One of them, a large grey-
hound, sprang around the meat, sniffing and
barking, "What, what, what, what! "
As he did not stop, the peasant said to him:
"Yes, I understand you very well. You say,
'What, what,' because you want some of the
meat. I should fare nicely if I gave it to you."
But the dog only said, What, what!"
"Will you not eat it up or give it to your
companions there ?"
What, what!" was the answer.
Well, if you insist upon it, I will leave it
with you, but I know you well, and to whom
A GOOD BARGAIN.
you belong; remember in three days I must
have my money or it will go ill with you. You
can bring it to me."
So he laid the meat down, and went back
home. The dogs immediately fell upon it,
barking loudly: "What, what!" The peasant
hearing them from a distance, said to himself:
" Now they are all saying, 'What, what !' but
the big one must answer them for me."
Three days passed, and the peasant thought:
" This evening I shall have the money in my
pocket," and he was very contented and happy.
B3ut evening came, and it brought no money.
There is no confidence to be placed in any
one," he cried, losing all patience, and he went
immediately to the town and demanded his
money of the butcher.
The butcher at first thought it a very good
joke, but the peasant cried: "Joking aside, I
want my money. Did'nt the dog tell you of the
slaughtered cow I brought here three days ago ?"
This made the butcher angry, and seizing a
broom, he drove the peasant out.
"Wait," said the peasant, "there is a little
justice left in the world; you will get your
cues." And away he went to the king's palace,
and begged for an audience with the king. He
was taken before the king, who was sitting with
"What is your complaint?" he asked.
Alas !" replied the peasant, the frogs and
the dogs have taken away what belonged to ]
me, and the butcher has paid me what he owed
me with a stick," and he told at great length
how it had all happened.
The story over, the king's daughter began to
laugh loudly, and the king said: I cannot re-
store your own to you in this case, but I will
give you my daughter for a wife. In all her
life she has not laughed as she did just now over
your story, and I have promised her in marriage
to the one who should make her laugh. You
may be very thankful for your good fortune."
"Oh!" answered the peasant, "I do not
want her at all; I have one wife at home, and
that is too many; when I go home, it seems as
if there was one in every corner."
THE PEASANT' THROWS HIS MONEY TO TH FRiiOGS
THE PEASANT THROWS HIS MONEY TO TH$ FROGS.
A GOOD BARGAIN.
Then the king was angry, and said: You
are a ride clown !"
Alas 1 your majesty," he replied, what can
you expect of a pig but bristles ?"
"Wait," said the king, "I will give you
another reward. Now be off at once, but in
three days come to me again, and I will pay
you five hundred in full."
As the peasant passed through the gate, the
guard said to him: You-have made the king's
daughter laugh; you will get a great reward."
"Yes," replied the peasant; "five hundred
dollars are to be counted out for me."
Five hundred dollars!" cried the soldier,
" you can give me part of it. What could you
do with so much money?"
Well, since it is you," said the peasant, I
will give you two hundred. In three days go
to the king, and it will be counted out to you."
A Jew, who was standing near, heard this
promise, and running after the peasant, caught
him by the coat, and said: Oh, wonderful!
what a child of fortune you are But what can
you do with hard dollars? I will change them
for you in small coin."
Very well," said the peasant. Give me
change for three hundred, which in three days
will be paid you by the king."
The Jew was pleased with this trade, and
brought the sum in miserable little coin, any
three of which were equal to two good ones.
At the end of the three days the peasant went
before the king as he had ordered.
Take off his coat; he shall have his five
hundred now," said the king.
"But they don't belong to me," cried the
peasant. I have already given two hundred
to the soldier at the gate, and a Jew let me have
the change for the remaining three hundred."
Just then the soldier and the Jew entered,
and, demanding what the peasant had promised
them, received instead of dollars, the one two
hundred, and the other three hundred, strokes.
The soldier bore them patiently, for he had
tasted them before, but the Jew complained
bitterly, crying: "Oh, woe is me! are these
the hard dollars I was to receive ?"
The king could not help laughing at the
peasant, and now that his anger had passed
away, he said: "Since you lost your reward
before it was yours, I will give you another.
Go into my treasure-room, and take as much
money as you like."
The peasant did not have to be told twice,
and filled his deep pockets as full as they would
hold. After leaving the palace, he went into
an inn to count his money. The Jew who had
followed him, crept in behind him, and heard
him grumbling to himself: That rogue of a
king has cheated me. If he had given me the
money himself, I would then have known what
I had, but how could I tell whether I put enough
into my pockets or not ?"
Just hear him said the Jew to himself, he
is speaking disrespectfully of the king. I must
go and tell him, and perhaps I shall receive the
money then, and he, the stripes."
When the king heard what the peasant had
said, his anger was roused, and he ordered the
Jew to bring the peasant before him.
The Jew ran to the peasant, saying: You
are to appear before the king at once, just as
I know better what is proper," answered the
peasant. First I must have a new coat made.
Do you think any one with so much money in
his pocket should go before the king in these
The Jew, seeing that the peasant would not
go without another coat, and fearing that the
king's anger might cool before he received his
reward and the peasant his punishment, said :
"I will lend you a beautiful coat for a short
time out of pure friendship. What will not one
do for love ? "
The peasant was pleased with this arrange-
ment, and putting on the coat which the Jew
had given him, went with him into the king's
presence. As soon as the king told him what
the Jew had said, he exclaimed: Oh! but he
never tells the truth, you cannot believe a word
he says. That fellow even declared I had his
What is that ? cried the Jew. Isn't that
THE ANGEL GUEST.
coat mine? Didn't I lend it to you out of pure
friendship that you might appear before the
When the king heard this, he said:. The
Jew has surely deceived one of us," and he
ordered him once more to be paid in hard
But the peasant went home in the good coat
with his pockets full of money, saying joyfully
to himself: I made a good bargain this time."
THE ANGEL GUEST.
IN olden times when angels visited this earth
in the form of human beings, it happened that
one of them, wandering about, was overtaken
by night before he had found any shelter. At
last he saw before .him two houses standing
opposite each other, one large and beautiful,
belonging to a rich man, the other small and
miserable, belonging to a poor man.
"I should not be any trouble to the rich
man, I think I will spend the night with him,"
thought the angel.
When the rich man heard some one knocking
at his door, he put his head out of the window,
and asked what was wanted.
"I should like a night's lodging," said the
The rich man looked at the traveller from
his head to his feet, and because he wore poor
clothes and looked as if he had but little money
in his pocket, shook his head, and .said: No,
you cannot stop here; my rooms are full of
vegetables and seeds. If I took in every one
that knocks at my door, I should soon be
carrying a beggar's staff myself. You must
look somewhere else for lodging."
He shut the window; the angel turned his
back on the grand house, and went across the
road to the little one. He had scarcely knocked,
when the poor man opened the door, and
invited the stranger in.
"Stay with us to-night," he said; "it is
now quite dark, and you cannot travel farther
The angel was pleased and entered. The
wife of the poor man took him by the hand
and bade him welcome.
Make yourself at home," she said. We
have not much, but such as it is, we give you
with all our hearts."
She put some potatoes over the fire, and
while they were cooking, milked the goat that
the stranger might have a little milk to drink.
As soon as the supper was ready, the angel
seated himself at the table, and ate the rude
fare with a keen relish, because kind hearts
and happy faces were near him.
After they had eaten, and it was time to go
to bed, the woman called her husband aside
and said : Dear husband, let us put some
straw on the floor for_ ourselves to-night, and
give the stranger our bed. He has been travel-
ling all day, and must be very tired."
"With all my heart," said her husband, "I
will offer it to him at once," and going up to
the angel he begged him to accept their bed
that he might have a good night's sleep and
rest his weary limbs. The angel was not
willing at first to accept this offer, but they
urged so hard, he finally consented and lay
down in their bed, while the old people slept
on a straw couch which they made on ihe floor.
Early the next morning they cooked as good
a breakfast as they could afford for their guest,
and when the sun was risen, he rose and ate
with them again.
As he stood in the door, ready to leave them,
he turned to them and said: Since you have
been so kind to me, you may wish three times,
and each wish shall be granted you."
What else should I wish for but eternal
happiness," said the old man, and that as long
as we two live we may have good health and
never want for daily bread. I cannot think of
a third wish."
THE ANGEL GUEST.
Would you not like a new house in place of
this old one !" asked the angel.
"Oh, yes!" replied the man, if that could
be granted me also, I should be very well
Then the angel changed the old house into a
new one, gave the old couple his blessing, and
It was late in the morning when the rich man
rose. He walked to his window and looked
across the street. To his surprise he saw a
handsome house of red brick where the little
hut had formerly stood. He called his wife and
said: What has happened? Yesterday the
little hut stood there, but now there is a beauti-
ful new house. Run. over and ask how it has
all come about."
The woman ran over to ask about the won-
derful change. Last evening," said the poor
man, a traveller came to our house and asked
for a night's lodging. We took him in, and
this morning, just as he was going away, he
granted us three wishes, eternal happiness,
health and food in this life, and a new house in
place of our old one."
The woman ran home in great haste, and
told her husband what she had heard.
"I could tear and beat myself," he ex-
claimed. "The man stopped here first and
wished to stay over night, but I turned him
Be quick," said his wife, get on your horse,
and overtake the man, and make him grant
you three wishes."
The man followed her advice, and soon
overtook the traveller. He spoke to him very
kindly and politely, saying he hoped he would
not take it amiss,that he had not been admitted
to his house, that he had gone to look for the
door-key, and when he returned, he was gone.
The next time he passed that way, he hoped
the stranger would stop with him.
Yes," said the angel, when I come again
I will do so."
Then the rich man asked if he would be
allowed to make three wishes as his neigh-
bor had done.
"Yes," said the angel, but it would be
better for you if you did not wish."
But the rich man thought he should ask for
nothing but what would add to his happiness, if
he was only sure his wishes would be fulfilled.
"Ride home," said the angel, and your three
wishes shall be fulfilled."
The rich man had what he desired, and turn-
ing about, rode homewards. On the way, he
tried to think what he should wish for. As he
thus thought, he let the bridle fall loosely,
when suddenly the horse began to spring and
prance, and disturbed him so that he could
not come to any decision. He patted her on
the neck and said: Be quiet, Bess," but she
only began some new pranks. Finally he
became angry and quite out of patience, he
cried : "I wish that you would break your
As he said it, the horse fell under him, and
lay dead and motionless: so his first wish was
As he was a miserly man, he would not lose
his saddle also, so he unfastened it from the
dead horse, threw it over his back, and started
for home afoot, comforting himself with the
thought that he had two more wishes.
As he travelled slowly through the sand, the
mid-day sun shone hot upon him, and he
became warm, and fretful with fatigue. The
saddle pressed heavily on his back, and he
was not able to decide what to wish for.
If I were to wish for all the treasures in the
world," he said, something that I want would
be lacking. I must try to arrange it, so that
nothing remains to be wished for."
Then sighing, he continued : If I were only
like the Bavarian peasant who had three wishes
offered him : first, he wished for a good draught
of beer, then he wished for as much beer as he
could drink, and lastly, for a whole cask of
Many times he thought he knew what to
wish, then it would seem too small. All at
once it flashed through his mind how comfort-
ably his wife was seated at home, in a cool
room and probably enjoying something good
THE WONDERFUL FIDDLER.
to eat. This thought vexed him, and he spoke
I wish she was seated on this saddle, and
so high she could not get down, rather than
carry it on my back."
The saddle disappeared, and he knew his
second wish had been fulfilled. He was now
very angry, and started for home as fast as he
could run, that he might sit down quietly in a
room and think of some great thing to wish
for. As he entered the house, the first thing
he saw was his wife, perched .in mid-air on the
saddle, crying and scolding with a will.
Be quiet," he said, and I will wish for all
the treasures in the world for you."
But she called him a blockhead, and said:
" Of what use are all the treasures in the world
if I have to sit here? You wished me here,
and now you shall help me down."
So, willing or not, he had to make his third
wish, that his wife might be set free from the
saddle, and it was immediately granted.
So the rich man received nothing from his
wishes but vexation, trouble, scolding words,
and a lost horse, while the poor man lived in
peace and plenty all his life.
THE WONDERFUL FIDDLER.
ONCE upon a time a wonderful fiddler was
travelling alone through a forest. At last he
became tired of his own thoughts, and said to
himself: I shall be in this forest a long time.
I think I will try to find a good companion."
He took the fiddle from his back, and played
until it echoed through the trees. Soon a wolf
came trotting through the thicket.
Ah! a wolf, is it? Well, I have no desire
for such a companion," said the fiddler.
But the wolf came nearer, and said: Oh,
you dear fiddler how beautifully you play! I
should like to learn how."
You can soon learn," answered the fiddler;
" but you must do everything just as I tell you."
Oh, fiddler!" said the wolf, "I will mind
you just as the school-boy does his teacher."
Come with me, then," said the fiddler.
When they had gone a little way together,
they came to an oak tree which was hollow, and
split through the middle.
Here," cried the fiddler, if you would like
to learn to fiddle, place your fore-feet in this
The wolf did as he told him, and the fiddler,
taking a stone, quickly wedged both feet in the
crevice so firmly that the wolf could not move,
but must stay there a prisoner.
Wait'there until I come again," said the
fiddler, and went on his way.
In a little while he said to himself a second
time: I shall be in the forest a long time. I
think I will try again to find a companion," and
taking his fiddle from his back, began to play.
It was not long before a fox came sneaking
among the trees.
Ah a fox this time," said the fiddler. I do
not want him for a companion."
The fox came towards him, and said: Oh,
you dear fiddler! how beautifully you play! I
also would like to learn."
"You can soon learn," said the fiddler; but
you must do everything exactly as I tell you."
"Oh, fiddler!" answered the fox, "I will
mind you as a schoolboy does his teacher."
Follow me," said the fiddler.
They went a short distance when they came
to a foot-path, on each side of which grew tall
bushes. Here the fiddler stopped. Bending a
hazel-nut bush from one side to the ground he
placed his foot on it, then bending one from the
other side, and holding it, he said: Well, little
fox, if you wish to learn to play, put out your
left fore-foot." The fox obeyed, and the fiddler
bound it fast to the bush on the left.
Now, the right one, little fox," he said, and
THE WONDERFUL FIDDLER.
bound that to the bush on the right. Then
seeing that the knots were firmly tied, he
let go; the bushes sprang back to their
places, carrying the fox with them up into
the air, where he remained kicking and
Wait there till I come back," said the
fiddler, and went on his way.
Soon he said again: "I have still a
long time to be in the forest. I will try
once more to bring a pleasant companion
A third time he took his fiddle from his
back, and played until the music sounded
through the woods.
In a few minutes a hare came leaping
Ah! here comes a hare," said the fid-
dler. I don't want him for a companion."
"Dear fiddler," said the hare, "how
beautifully you play! h>w much I should
like to learn!"
You can learn very easily," replied
the fiddler, "if you will do exactly as I
Oh, fiddler, I will mind you as a
schoolboy does his teacher," said the little
They went on together for a short dis-
tance, till they came to a place in the
woods where an aspen-tree grew. The
fiddler tied one end of a long string
around the hare's neck, while the other
he fastened around the tree.
Come .lively, now, little hare," cried
the fiddler," jump around this tree twenty
The little hare obeyed, and ran twenty
times around the tree, and of course,
wound the string twenty times around the
trunk. The hare was caught. He could
not unwind the string, and pull and tug as
he might, he could not free himself, and
only cut his soft neck with the string.
Wait here till I come back," said the
fiddler, and went away.
In the meantime, the wolf had pushed
THE FIDDLER AND THE HARE.
A LOT OF ROGUES.
and bitten and worked so long at the stone, he
had at last got his feet free.
Full of rage and fury, he hastened after the
fiddler, determined to tear him to pieces. As
he was running along, the fox saw him, and
called loudly to him: Brother wolf, come to
my help! The fiddler has deceived me!"
The wolf drew down the bushes to which the
fox was fastened, bit the string in two, set the
fox free, and -they both went on together to seek
revenge on the fiddler.
They came to the hare tied to the aspen-tree.
They set him at liberty also, and then all three
set out to find their enemy.
But the fiddler had again taken out his fiddle,
and this time had been more fortunate. The
music fell on the ear of a poor wood-cutter, and
whether he was willing or not, he immediately
left his work, and, with his axe under his arm,
came to listen to the music.
At last, here comes the right companion,"
said the fiddler; "I have been looking for a man,
not wild animals."
He began to play so softly and sweetly, that
the poor wood-cutter stood as if charmed, his
heart beating for joy.
While he was listening, the wolf, the fox, and
the hare came up. The wood-cutter saw they
had some wicked design, and raising his glit-
tering axe, placed himself in front of the fiddler,
as much as to say: Whoever attacks him, had
better take care, he will have to deal with me."
The animals were frightened and ran back into
the forest, while the fiddler played his thanks
to the wood cutter; and then went on his
A LOT OF ROGUES.
ONE day in autumn a little cock said to his
wife: "Now is the time when nuts are ripe.
Come, let us go together up there on the hill,
and eat all we want before the squirrel carries
"Oh, yes, let us go!" said the little hen.
" That would be a great pleasure !"
So they went together to the hill, and as the
day was bright and pleasant, they staid until
Now I do not know whether it was because
they had eaten so much, or whether they had
become proud, at all events they would not
walk home, and the cock was obliged to make
a little carriage of nut-shells. When it was
finished, the hen seated herself in it saying:
"Now you may harness yourself to it, and draw
That is very kind of you," said the cock.
"I would rather walk home alone, than allow
myself to be harnessed to that carriage. I am
willing to be coachman and sit upon the box,
but draw it myself, I will not."
While they were thus quarreling a duck
quacked out: You thieves, who said you could
come to my nut-hill? You shall pay dearly for
this!" and she rushed at the cock with wide
open bill. But he was ready for a fight, as cocks
usually are, and struck her so hard with his
spurs that she soon begged for mercy, and
willingly allowed herself to be harnessed to the
carriage as a punishment for her rudeness.
The cock seated himself on the box as
coachman, and away they drove at a rapid
rate, the driver calling out: "Run, duck, run,
as fast as you can "
.They had gone a short distance when they
met two foot-passengers, a pin and a needle.
Stop, stop! they cried. "It will soon be
so dark we cannot see a step before us, and the
road is so dusty. Will you not let us ride a
little way with you? We stopped at the tailor's
shop and are very'inuch belated."
The cock seeing that they were thin people
who would not take up much room, allowed
them to get in, only they had first to promise
they would not step on the hen's toes.
Late in the evening they came to an inn.
A LOT OF ROGUES.
Here they decided to stop for the night, as the
duck, who was not a very good traveller, had
become lame and fell from side to side. The
landlord at first made many objections to their
staying there, saying his house was already full,
and he thought, too, there was nothing very dis-
tinguished about such guests. But they
promised to give him the egg which the
hen had laid on the road, and also the one
which the duck would lay in the
morning, so the landlord told
them at last they might stay
After this they found the needle, who was still
asleep, and seizing her by the head, stuck her
into the cushion of the landlord's chair; then
they put the pin in the hand-towel, an:l without a
word to any one, left the house, and flew away
"THE COCK SEATED HIMSELF ON THE BOX AS
and they made themselves at home, and rev-
elled and feasted all the evening.
As soon as morning dawned, when every-
body was asleep, the cock awoke the hen, and
bringing the egg, they ate it together for their
breakfast, and-threw the shell into the fireplace.
over the meadows. The duck, who had staid
in the yard and slept in the open air all night,
heard them as they flew past, and rousing her-
self, waddled down to the brook and swam
away, moving much more swiftly than when
she had to draw the carriage.
Two hours later the landlord rose, washed
himself, and taking up the towel to dry his face,
drew the point of the pin across it, leaving a
long red scratch from ear to ear. Then he went
into the kitchen to light his pipe. As he stooped
over the hearth, the egg-shells popped into his
eyes. Everything happened to my head this
morning, he said, sitting down in his grand-
THE MAGIC WINDOWS.
father's chair quite vexed. But he had no sooner
seated himself, than he suddenly sprang into
the air, crying: Oh, woe is me !" for the needle
had pricked him worse than the pin had scratched
him. He was now very angry, and began to
suspect his guests who had arrived so late the
evening before. He went out to look for them,
and found they were gone.
Then he vowed he never would take into his
house again such a set of rogues, who ate so
much, paid nothing, and for thanks played
THE MAGIC WINDOWS.
A KING'S daughter once had a room in the
top of her castle that had twelve windows in it.
They commanded a view of every point of the
heavens, and the princess had only to climb to
this room and she could see every part of her
realm. The windows possessed more than or-
dinary properties. One could discern objects
very well from the first, but better from the
second, still better from the third, and so on
until on reaching the twelfth, nothing above or
below the earth could be hidden from the eye.
The princess was very proud, would accept
no lovers, and perferred to rule her kingdom
alone. Whether for amusement or otherwise,
she made it known that, no one should become
her husband who could not hide himself so that
it would be impossible for her to find him. And
further, any one making the attempt and failing,
should lose his head and have it stuck on a pole.
In a short time there were ninety-seven poles,
each bearing a head, standing before the castle.
Then for a long time no suitors appeared, and
the princess was pleased and thought: "Now
I shall remain free all my life."
But such was not to be her fate. Three broth -
ers announced that they would like to try their
luck. The eldest one thought himself safe if
he crept into a limestone quarry, but the prin-
cess had only to look out of the first window
in order to find him, and off came his head.
The second one hid in the cellar of the castle;
but he also was found through the first window,
and the ninety-ninth pole bore his head. When
it was the third one's turn, he begged for a day
in which to think of the matter, also would she
be so kind as to give him three trials. If he
failed in the third attempt, he would willingly
give up his life. As he was so beautiful and
begged so earnestly, she said yes, but it would
do him no good.
The following day the young man tried to
think where he should hide himself, but to no
purpose. At last he gave up, took his gun, and
went out into the woods. Presently he saw a
crow, and taking aim was about to shoot him.
Don't shoot me," he cried," and I will re-
On hearing this, he turned away, and walked
on through the woods till he came to a lake.
As he stood on the shore, a large fish came to
the surface. Again he took aim, thinking he
would shoot it, but the fish also cried: "Don't
shoot me, and I will reward you."
He walked on into the fields, and there saw a
fox limping towards him. He fired, but missed.
Then the fox called: "Do not shoot me, but
come and take this thorn out of my foot."
The young man did so, and then wanted to
kill him for the sake of his fine skin.
Let me go," said the fox, and I will surely
The youth let him go, and then as it was
evening, returned home.
The next day he was to hide, but how or
where he had not the slightest idea. After
racking his brains for a long time, he went out
into the woods. Almost the first thing he saw
was the crow, and he said: I spared your life
yesterday, now in return tell me where I can
hide that the princess may not find me."
The crow dropped his head and thought.
Finally he croaked: "I have it," and going to
T7HE fMAGIC WTlNDOWTS.
-a nest, he took an egg from it, and cut it in two.
Then by some magic or other, the young man
crept into the shell, and the egg was closed up
and laid back into the nest.
When the princess walked to the first window,
to her surprise, she could not find him. Neither
could she discover him from the second nor the
third. She looked from all the windows up to
the eleventh, and then she found him. She
ordered the crow shot and the egg brought to
her. It was-opened and the youth stepped out.
I spare your life this time, but you must do
better than this; or you are certainly lost," she
The next day he went to the lake, called the
fish, and said: I spared your life, now tell me
where I can hide so that the princess cannot
The fish thought a moment and then said:
" I have it; I will shut you up in my stomach."
So the fish swallowed him, and dived to the
bottom of the lake.
The princess looked from all the windows,
her face growing paler and more anxious at
each one, but on looking from the twelfth she
discovered him. She had the fish caught and
killed and the young man brought into her
presence. You can easily imagine what his
feelings were now that he had reached his last
"A second time I grant you your life, but
now comes the third trial, and your head will
surely appear on the hundredth pole."
The last day he went out into the country
with a heavy heart, and there met the fox.
"You know every hiding-place," he said,
"tell me where I can hide so that the princess
cannot find me."
That is a difficult task," replied the fox,
putting on a thoughtful face. But at last he
cried : I have it."
He went to a spring, and diving in, came out
a dealer in small wares and curious animals.
Then the young man was obliged to dive into
the water, and he came out as a cunning little
The merchant put him in a basket and car-
ried him to the town. The animal attracted
great attention, and the people came together
in crowds to look at it. Finally the excite-
ment reached the ears of the princess, and she
too came to see the curiosity. Being pleased
with it, she offered to buy it for a large sum of
money. Before parting with it, the merchant
whispered in the little creature's ear: "When
the princess looks from the windows, creep
under the braids of her hair."
When the time came for her to search for the
young man, she looked from all the windows in
turn, but when she reached the twelfth and was
still unable to find him, her heart was filled with
fear and rage. She closed the window so vio-
lently that the glass in all the windows flew
into a thousand pieces and the entire castle
As she turned away, she felt the seal that
she had been petting under her hair. In her
impatience she seized it, and throwing it to the
floor with violence, cried: "Away with you,
out of my sight."
It crawled back to the merchant, who took it
to the spring, when both dived in a second time.
and were immediately restored to their former
The youth thanked the fox, and complimented
him by saying: "The crow and the fish are
stupid creatures compared with you. You know
the right tricks at the right time."
Then he went directly to the castle. The
princess was waiting for him and submitted to
her fate. The wedding was celebrated and the
young man became ruler of the kingdom. But
he never told his wife where he hid the third
time, for she thought he had done it all by his
own knowledge and skill. She therefore held
him in the greatest possible respect, and often
said to herself:
How much more he knows than I do."
THE TWELVE BROTHERS.
ONCE upon a time there lived happily together
a king and queen, who had twelve children-
all of them boys. One day the king said to
his wife: "If our thirteenth child should be a
daughter, our twelve sons must die, that she
may inherit all our kingdom."
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Then he ordered made. twelve coffins. They
were filled with shavings, and locking them up
in a room, he gave the key to his wife and com-
manded her to tell no one about the matter.
The queen was very sad, and mourned the
whole day long. One day her youngest child,
who was always with her, and had been called
Benjamin after the one in the Bible, said to her:
Dear mother, why are you so sad ?"
"Dearest child," she answered, "I cannot
tell you." But he would give her no peace
until she had opened the door of the closed
room and shown him the twelve coffins filled
with shavings. "Dear Benjamin," she said,
these coffins have been made for you and your
eleven brothers, for if you ever have a sister,
you will all be killed and buried in them."
While she was speaking, she wept bitterly,
but her little son tried to comfort her, saying:
Do not cry, dear mother, we will take care of
ourselves, and go away from here."
But the mother said: You and your eleven
brothers go out into the woods yonder and
remain for a time. Watch the tower of the
castle from the highest tree, and if a little son
is born, I will hang out a white flag, and you
may then return in safety; but if it is a daughter,
I will hang out a red flag; hasten away then
as quickly as you can. Every night I will rise
and pray for you-in the winter, that you may
have a fire to warm you, and in the summer
that you may not be overcome by the heat."
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THE TWELVE BROTHERS.
Eleven days passed and it was Benjamin's
turn to watch. A flag was floating from the
tower, but it was not white, but blood-red,-a
signal that they were all to die.
When the brothers heard this, they were very
angry, and said: Ought we to die on account
of a maiden ? We swear we will have revenge.
Every maiden we meet shall die."
They left the place and went deep into the
forest. Here they found a little hut which they
made their home, and it was arranged that
Benjamin, the youngest, should stay at home
and keep house, while the rest went to kill game
for food. They lived thus for ten years, which
seemed to pass very quickly.
In the meantime, the queen's little daughter
had grown into a beautiful girl, very lovely in
disposition. Once, when there had been a great
washing, she looked out and saw twelve little
shirts. Knowing they could not be her father's,
she asked her mother whose they were.
Then her mother told her of her twelve broth-
ers, and, weeping, showed her the twelve coffins.
When she had finished, the maiden said: Do
not cry, dear mother, I will go and seek my
She took the twelve shirts, and went into the
forest. All day she wandered, till, at night-fall,
she came to the little hut. She entered and
saw a young boy, who stared with astonish-
nent at her beauty, her rich clothing, and the
golden star she wore upon her forehead. In
reply to his questions, she told him she was the
king's daughter, and that she was searching for
her twelve brothers, and then Benjamin knew
she was his sister, and told her he was her
On hearing this, the maiden wept for joy, and
the two embraced each other with great affec-
tion. But presently Benjamin thought of his
brothers' vow and told his sister of it.
I should be glad to die," she answered, if
I could restore them to their home."
"No," he said, "you shall not die. Hide
yourself under this tub until my brothers come
home, and I will make them promise to spare
So when they returned, Benjamin said that
he had strange news.
Oh, tell us what it is !" they all cried.
Will you promise me that the first maiden
you meet shall not be killed ?" he asked.
Yes, yes," she shall be spared, only tell us."
Then he said : Our sister is here," and lifting
the tub, the little princess came forward, looking
so beautiful and delicate in her royal robes, with
the golden star on her forehead, that the brothers
were full of joy, and embraced and kissed her,
and loved her with all their hearts.
She staid at home with Benjamin, and helped
him in his work, and the brothers were very
contented and happy, and lived in perfect har-
mony with their little sister.
One day Benjamin and his sister made a feast
for their brothers. Near the house was a little
garden in which were growing twelve lilies.
Thinking it would give her brothers a pleasure
to present to each a flower as they sat at their
meals, the maiden broke off the twelve lilies.
No sooner had she done this, than the twelve
brothers were changed into twelve crows, and
flew away through the forest. At the same
moment the house and garden disappeared, and
she was left standing alone in the middle of the
deep woods. Looking round, she saw an old
woman standing near her, who said: My
child, what have you done ? Why did you not
leave the twelve white lilies growing ? They
were your brothers, but now they have become
crows, and will always remain so."
Is there no way to set them free ? asked
the maiden, weeping.
No," said the old woman; "there is but one
thing in all the world, and that is too difficult
for you to do. You must be dumb for seven
years. You must not speak or laugh. Should
you utter a single word, and it lacked only an
hour of the seven years, all you had done before
would be in vain, and your brothers would die."
The maiden went away, saying in her heart:
"I know for certain I shall set my brothers
free." She found a tall tree in which she lived,
and here she would sit and spin, without ever
speaking or laughing.
THE TWELVE BROTHERS.
THE MAIDEN PLUCKS THE FATAL LILIES.
It happened one day that the king was in the
woods hunting with a large greyhound. Sud-
denly it ran to the tree in which the maiden was
sitting, and springing round it, barked furiously.
The king, coming up, saw the princess, and was
so charmed with her beauty, that he asked her
if she would become his bride. She made no
answer except to nod her head slightly. Then
the king himself climbed the tree, brought her
down, and rode away with her to his palace.
1 he marriage was soon celebrated with great
splendor and joy, but the bride neither spoke
They had lived happily together a couple of
years, when the king's step-mother, who was a
wicked woman, began to whisper evil things
about the young queen. It is some low beg-
gar-maiden that you have brought to your
palace," shewould say to the king. "Who knows
for what wicked deed she was driven from her
home? Even if she is dumb, and can't speak,
slhe might laugh. Any one that does not laugh,
has a bad conscience." The king would not
believe her at first, but the old woman talked
so much, that at last the king was convinced,
and had her condemned to death.
A great fire was made in the court-yard,
where the king stood watching with tearful eyes,
for he still loved her dearly. She was bound
to the stake; the fire had already scorched her
clothing; but now the moment had arrived
when the seven years expired. She heard a
whirring sound in the air, and looking up, saw
twelve crows flying towards her. The instant
they touched the earth, they were changed to
her twelve brothers whom she had set free.
They scattered the burning wood, put out the
flames, and freeing their sister, once more em-
braced and kissed her. And now that she was
allowed to speak, she told the king why she
had been silent and never laughed. The king
was very happy to find she was innocent, and
they lived together in happiness to the end of
their lives. But the wicked step-mother who
was brought to justice, was condemned to be
thrown into a vat full of boiling oil and poison-
ous snakes, and thus she died a terrible death.
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S A LITTLE brother once took his sister by the
S hand, and said: "We have not had a happy)
Hour since our mother died. Our step-mother
beats us every day, and if we go to her for any-
thing, she kicks us away. Our only food is the
hard bread-crusts that are left over. The dog
under the table fares better than we do; she
throws him many a good bite. Heaven help
us! Oh! if our mother only knew what we
suffer Come, let us leave here, and go out into
Sthe wide world."
All day they wandered over fields and meaa,
ows and stony roads. They were very sad, and
once, when it rained, the little sister said : God
and our hearts are weeping together." By even-
ing they came to a large forest. Tired out with
hunger, sorrow, and the long journey, they crept
into a hollow tree, and fell asleep.
S The next morning when they awoke, the sun
was high in the heavens, and shone warm and
bright into the tree.
-. "I am so thirsty," said the little boy to his
\ \\\ sister. "If I only knew where there was a
S brook, I would go and get a drink. Hark! I
\\ think I hear water running." They climbed
out of the tree, and taking hold of each other's
\ hands, went to find the brook.
N, Now the wicked step-mother was a witch, and
had seen the children go away, and knew where
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THE WICKEP STEP-MIOTHER BEWITCHING THE WATERS.
THE ENCHANTED FA WN.
She had sneaked after them, as is the habit
of witches, and had bewitched all the water in
Soon the children found the little brook, that
sparkled and rippled over the stones. But just
as the boy was stooping to drink, the sister
heard, as if the brook murmured:
"Drink not of me drink not of me!
Or to a tiger changed you'll be."
So she begged of him not to drink the water
or he would become a wild beast and tear her
to pieces. Thirsty as he was, the boy did as
she wished, and said he would wait until they
came to the next spring. Soon they came to
another brook, and the maiden heard the waters
Drink not of me drink not of me I
Or to a black wolf changed you'll be."
And a second time the sister begged her
brother not to drink the water or he would be
changed into a black wolf and devour her
Again the brother did as she wished, but he
said: "I will wait until we come to the next
brook, then I must drink, say what you will, or
I shall die of thirst."
But when they came to the third brook, the
sister heard the cool waters murmuring:
Drink not of me drink not of me,
Or to a young deer changed you'll be."
And she cried: "Dear brother, do not drink
here, or you will be turned into a fawn, and run
away from me."
But her brother had already knelt by the
stream to drink, and as soon as the first drop
passed his lips he became a fawn.
The little sister wept bitterly over her poor
bewitched brother, and the little fawn also wept,
and kept close to her side. At last the maiden
said: Do not cry any more, dear little fawn, I
will never leave you," and she untied her golden
garter and fastened it around his neck, then
braiding some rushes into a soft string, she tied
it to the collar, and led him away into the deep
After they had travelled a long, long distance,
they came to a little cottage. The maiden
looked in, and seeing it was empty, thought:
"We can stay here and live."
She gathered leaves and moss and made a
soft bed for the fawn. Every morning she went
out into the forest to gather roots and berries
and nuts for her own food, and tender grass for
the fawn, who would eat out of her hand and
play happily around her. When night came,
and the little sister was tired, she would say
her prayers, lay her head on the fawn's back for
a pillow, and sleep peacefully until morning.
Their life in the woods would have been a very
happy one, if the brother could only have had
his proper form.
The maiden had lived a long time in the
forest with the fawn for her only companion,
when it happened the king of the country held
a great hunt. The loud blasts of the horn, the
baying of the hounds, the lusty cries of the
huntsmen, sounded on every side. The young
deer heard them, and was eager for the chase.
"Please let me join the hunt," he said to his
sister; "I cannot restrain myself any longer,"
and he begged so piteously, that at last she
"At evening you. must come back again,"
she said. "But I shall have my door locked
against those wild hunters, and that I may
know you when you knock, say: 'Sister, let me
in.' If you do not say this, I shall not open the
She opened the door and the deer bounded
away, glad and joyful to breathe the fresh air,
and be free. The king and his huntsmen saw
the beautiful animal, and started in chase of
him, but they could not catch him, and when
they thought they had him safe, he sprang over
the bushes and disappeared. As soon as it be-
came dark, he ran to the little cottage, knocked
at the door, and cried: "Sister, let me in."
The door was quickly opened; he went in, and
rested all night on his soft bed.
The next morning the chase was continued,
and when the deer heard the sound of the horn,
and the Ho ho !" of the huntsmen, he could
THE ENCHA NOTED FA TWN.
no longer rest, and said: "Let me out, sister, I
His sister opened the door, saying to him:
" You must return at evening, and don't forget
what I told you to say."
As soon as the king and his huntsmen caught
sight of the young deer with the golden collar,
they all gave chase, but he was too quick and
nimble for them. All day long they followed
him. Towards evening the huntsmen surrounded
him, and one of them wounded him a little in
the foot, so that he limped and had to run more
slowly. One huntsman followed him to the
cottage, and heard him cry: "Sister, let me in."
Then he saw the door open, and quickly close
again. The huntsman was astonished, and went
and told the king all he had seen and heard.
" To-morrow," said the king, we will once
more give him chase."
But the maiden was very much frightened
when she saw that the deer was wounded. She
washed the blood from his foot, and bound
healing herbs on it, and said: "Go and lie down
upon your bed now, dear fawn, that you may
become strong and well again."
But the wound was so slight, that the next
morning he felt nothing of it. And when he
heard the sound of the hunt again outside, he
said: "I cannot stay here, I must join them.
They will not catch me so soon again."
No, no," said his sister weeping; you must
not go. They will kill you, and I shall be left
alone here in the forest, deserted by all the
If I do not go, I shall die of longing," he
said. When I hear the hunting-horn, I feel that
I must bound away."
With a heavy heart, his sister opened the
door, and the young deer went leaping joyfully
through the woods.' When the king saw him,
he said to his huntsmen: Do not lose sight of
him all day, but see that no one does him any
When evening came, the king said to his
men: "Come now, and show me where the
cottage stands." They did so, and the king
going to the door, knocked, and cried, Sister,
let me in." The door opened, the king entered,
and he saw standing before him a maiden more
beautiful than he had ever seen before. But
how great was her astonishment on opening
the door, to see, instead of the deer, a man
enter, wearing a golden crown on his head. But
the king looked at her kindly, and extending
his hand, said: "Will you go with me to my
castle and be my dear wife ?"
Oh, yes !" replied the maiden, I am willing
to go, but the deer must go also; I can never
He shall remain with you as long as you
live, and shall never want for anything," said
At this moment the deer came bounding in.
His sister again fastened the string of rushes to
his collar, and leading him by her own hand,
they went out from the lonely cottage in the
woods for the last time.
The king placed the maiden upon his horse
and rode with her to the castle, where the mar-
riage was celebrated with great splendor, and
she became queen, and they lived together
happily for a long time, while the deer played
in the castle garden and received every care and
In the meantime, the wicked step-mother on
whose account the children had been driven
into the world, had no thought but that the
little sister had been torn to pieces by wild
animals, and that the boy, whom she had turned
into a fawn, had been shot by the hunters.
When she heard, therefore, of their good fortune,
and how happy they were, she was filled with
envy, and gave herself no rest until she had
thought of a way to destroy their happiness.
One day, her own daughter, who was as ugly
as night, and had only one eye, said to her:
" Oh, if I had only been born a queen !"
"" Be quiet now," said the old woman; when
the time comes, I shall be on hand, and you
shall yet be a queen."
The time came when a little son was born to
the queen and the king was away to the hunt.
The old woman, taking the form of a nurse,
entered the room of the queen, and said : "Come,
THE ENCHANTED FA WN.
your bath is ready. Let us be quick before it
gets cold." Her daughter, who was also there,
carried the queen into the bath-room, where
they had made a suffocating fire, and leaving
her there to die, closed the door and went away.
This done, the old
woman tied a cap'on t '
her, own daughter's ':.
head, and had her lie
down in the queen's
place. She gave her
the form and appear- ,.j
ance of the queen as'.'
nearly as she could, '
but the lost eye she
could not restore, so she had her lie on the side
where there was no eye.
In the evening when the king came home, and
heard that he had a son, he was greatly rejoiced,
and went at once to see the, queen. But as
/' THE KING TAKES THE MAIDEN TO HIS CASTLE.
S he drew the curtain, the old woman
Cried: For your life do not draw that
curtain, the queen cannot bear the
Slight! So he went away without
knowing that a false queen had taken
At midnight when every one was asleep, as
the child's nurse sat alone by the cradle, she saw
the door open and the true queen enter. She
took the child in her arms, nursed it, and then
Th-E ENCHANTED FA IWN.
laying it in its cradle again, covered it carefully,
and went out. She did not forget the deer, but
went to the corner where he lay and gently
stroked his back, and then silently disappeared.
In the morning the child's nurse asked the
guard if he had seen any one leave the castle,
but he said no, he had seen no one. The queen
came many nights in this manner without speak-
ing to any one. The nurse saw her, but said
nothing to any one about it.
After some time had passed, the queen one
nieiiht began to speak, and said:
How fares my child? how fares the deer?
Twice more shall I come, and then disappear."
S The nurse made no' answer, but when the
*.- i had gone, she went to the king and told
-v .. '-verything.
, .- Alas !" said the king, "what does this mean ?
To.-'.'mvo'. .night I will watch by the child."
T. .TIh next evening he went into the nursery,
S and at midnight the queen came in, and said:
How fares my child? how fares the deer?
Once more shall I come, and then disappear."
She took the child in her arms as usual, and
then went out. The king would not trust him-
self to speak, but he watched the following night,
and this time she said:
How fares my child? how fares the deer?
This time do I come, and then disappear."
But the king could hold back no longer, and
sprang towards her, saying: You can be no
other than my dear wife!"
Yes, I am your dear wife," she replied, and
at that moment she was restored to life, as well
and beautiful as ever.
Then she told the king how he had been
deceived by the wicked witch and her daughter.
I-e had them brought to judgment and they
were condemned to death. The daughter was
driven to the forest where she was torn to pieces
by wild beasts, and the old witch was led to
the fire and miserably burnt. No sooner was
she burnt to ashes than the young deer was
restored to his human form, and the brother and
sister spent the rest of their days happily
THE GOLDEN GOOSE.
A MAN once had three sons, the youngest
of whom was considered foolish, and on this
account was despised and made fun of by every
body. One day the eldest son wished to go to
the forest, and cut wood, so his mother made
him a rich little cake, and gave him a bottle of
wine, that he might not be hungry or thirsty
When he reached the woods, he met a little
gray-headed man, who bade him good morning,
and. said: I pray you, give me a piece of the
cake that is in your pocket, and a sip of wine,
for I am very hungry and thirsty."
But the wise youth answered: If I give
you my cake and wine, I shall have nothing for
myself, so take yourself off," and he went on.
He began chopping, but had not worked long
when the axe slipped and cut his arm so badly
he was obliged to go home and have it bound
up. The little old man was the cause of all
Then the second son wished to go to the
woods, and his mother made him a rich little
cake, and gave him a bottle of wine. He also
met the little gray-headed man in the woods,
and when asked for some of his food and wine,
replied as his brother had done, and went on to
his work. But his punishment was not long in
coming. He had scarcely given two strokes
with his axe, when he hit his leg, cutting it so
badly that he had to be carried home.
Then the foolish son said: "Father, let me
go and cut wood."
But his father said : Your brothers only came
to harm for going, what could you do, when you
know nothing about such work ? "
THE GOLDEN GOOSE.
The boy, however, begged so hard to go, that
at last his father said: Go along, then; you
will learn by experience."
His mother gave him a cake, but it had been
mixed with water and baked in the ashes, and
a bottle of sour beer.
When he reached the woods, the little man
met him, and after greeting him, said: Give
me a piece of your cake, and a drink of your
bottle, I am so hungry and thirsty."
I have only a cake baked in the ashes and
some sour beer," said the boy, but if they will
suit you, we will sit down and share them
So they seated themselves, but when the boy
took out his cake, lo it was changed to a beauti-
ful rich cake, and the sour beer into good wine.
After they had eaten and drank, the little man
said: Because you have a kind heart, and were
willing to share what you had with me, I will
reward you. Yonder stands an old tree; cut
it down, and you will find something at the
roots." So saying he took his departure.
The boy cut down the tree, and as it fell to
the ground, he saw sitting at the roots a goose
with feathers of pure gold. He took it in his
arms, and went to an inn where he intended to
pass the night. But the landlord had three
daughters, who, when they saw the goose, were
very curious over the wonderful bird, and wished
very much to possess one of the golden feathers.
The oldest one watched her opportunity, and
when the youth had gone out, she seized the
goose by the wing to pull out a feather. But
the moment her fingers touched the bird, she
could not remove her hand, and had to remain
standing there. Soon the second daughter came,
and thought she too would have a feather, but
she no sooner touched her sister, than she was
unable to move away.
Lastly, the third one came up with the same
intention of having a feather, but the others
cried to her: "Remain where you are, remain
where you are," but she saw no reason for
remaining where she was, and thought: "If
you can stand by the goose, so can I." She
sprang towards it, but as soon as she touched
her sister, she could not leave her. Thus all
three sisters passed the night standing by the
The next morning the boy took the goose in
his arms and went away without so much as
noticing the three girls that followed close be-
hind, running now to the right, and now to the
left, just as he happened to turn. As they were
passing through a field, they met the parson.
"Shame on you," he cried to the maidens;
" why are you following that young man ? Go
back home," and he took hold of the youngest
one to turn her about. But he no sooner touched
her, than he too stuck fast, and was obliged to
run along with them. Not long after, they passed
the sexton, who, seeing the parson running
along with these maidens, called to him : Hal-
loa, master, where are you going so fast ? Have
you forgotten the christening we are to have
to-day ? and seizing the parson's cloak, stuck
fast, and was compelled to run with them. As
the five were trotting along together, they came
to two farmers, who were just returning from
the field, with their hoes on their shoulders. The
parson called to them to come and set him and
the sexton free. They hastened to do so, but
when they took hold of the sexton, they could
not let go, and now there were seven running
after the foolish boy and the goose.
.They travelled on until they came to a city
ruled by a king whose daughter was so melan-
choly, she had never been known to laugh.
Therefore the king had proclaimed, that who-
ever should make her laugh, should receive her
as his wife. Hearing this, the young man took
his goose and went with his ridiculous train
before the princess. It had the desired effect;
when she saw the seven persons all following
the goose, and running one behind the other,
she began to laugh loudly, and the people
thought she would never stop.
Then the youth demanded his bride, but the
king was not pleased with such a son-in-law, and
raised many objections, and finally said before
he could have his daughter, he must bring him
a man who could drink a cellarful of wine. He
remembered the little gray-headed man-he
THE GOLDEN GOOSE.
could probably help him now-so he went out
into the woods, and there on the very spot where
he had cut down the tree, saw a man sitting with
a very miserable face. "What is troubling you
that you look so sad ?" he asked.
Alas! I am so thirsty," the man replied. I
cannot endure cold water. I have already
drank a cask of wine, but what is a drop on a
hot stone ? "
Oh, I can help you," said the youth joyfully;
"Come with me, you shall have all you want."
He led him to the king's cellar, and the man
drank and drank till his sides ached, but he
never ceased till the cellar was emptied.
Again the youth demanded his bride, but the
king was vexed that this fellow, whom every
one called a simpleton, should carry off his
daughter, and made a new condition that he
should first find a man who could eat a moun-
tain of bread. The simpleton thought a moment,
and then went out again to the woods. He
found a man sitting in the same place where he
had seen the other, buckling a belt around his
body, and making hideous faces.
"I am so hungry," he said. "I have eaten
a whole ovenful of bread, but what of that ? My
stomach is so empty, I have to tighten my
belt, or I should die of hunger."
The stupid youth was delighted. Get up
quickly, and go with me," he cried; I will
He took him to the king's court-yard, where
all the flour in his kingdom had been brought,
and baked into one immense mountain of bread.
The man from the woods sat down before it,
and began to eat, and in one day the pile dis-
A third time the youth asked for his bride,
but the king was not willing yet.
"Bring me a ship that can sail on land as
well as on water, and you shall have my daugh-
ter," he said.
The youth went straight to the woods, and
there found the little old man with whom he
had divided his cake.
"Well," said the man, "I have eaten and
drank for you, and now I will give you the ship,
because you were kind and merciful to me when
I was in want."
He gave him the ship that would sail on land
as well as on water,, and when the king saw it,
he could no longer refuse him his daughter. So
the marriage was celebrated, and the foolish
boy whom every one bad laughed at, became a
prince, and on the death of the king, succeeded
to the throne.
THE DEATH OF THE HEN.
ONCE upon a time a cock and a hen went
nutting together, and it was agreed that which-
ever found a nut should divide with the other.
Soon the hen found a very large nut, but said
nothing about it, and tried to swallow it whole.
But the nut stuck in her throat, and fearing she
would choke to death, she screamed loudly to
the cock to bring her some water. The cock
ran as quickly as he could to a spring and said:
" Spring, give me some water, or the hen lying
on the hill yonder, will choke to death from a
large nut she has swallowed."
Run first to the bride, and ask her to give
you a piece of red silk," said the spring.
The cock ran to the bride, and said: Bride,
give me a piece of red silk, then the spring will
give me some water, and I can save the life of
the hen, who is choking to death with a nut
stuck fast in her throat." But the bride said:
" Run and bring me my wreath first, that hangs
on a willow."
The cock ran and fetched the wreath, for
which the bride gave him the red silk, and the
spring in turn gave him the water. Quickly he
carried it to the hen, but too late, she lay on
her back quite dead. Then the cock in his
grief set up so loud a cry that all the animals
and birds came and mourned with him. Six
THE DEA 7H OF THE HIEN.
mice built a little wagon in which to carry the
hen to her grave, anJ when all was ready, they
harnessed themselves to it, and the cock got in
On the way, they met a fox. Where are you
going, cock ? he asked.
To bury my little hen," was the reply.
May I go with you ? asked the fox.
Yes, but sit in the back part of the wagon,
or my little horses will not be able to draw
you." said the cock.
After this the wolf, the bear, the deer, the
lion, and all the animals of the woods joined
the procession. They had not gone far before
they came to a brook.
How shall we get across ? asked the cock.
A straw lay on the bank, and said: "I will
throw myself across, and you can walk over
The six mice passed first, but when they were
well over the water, the straw slipped, and they
all fell in and were drowned. Now their trouble
began anew. A live coal offered next to take
them over, but unluckily fire and water cannot
live together, and the minute the coal touched
the water, the fire went out, and it too came
to its end.
Then a stone took pity on their distress and
offered to roll into the brook and make a bridge
for them. It did so, and the cock took hold of
the wagon and drew it over himself. When he
had reached the other side with the dead hen.,
he wished to bring the mourners over also, so he
went back for them, but just as he had almost
reached the bank, the wagon slipped from the
stone, and all who were in it fell into the water
and were drowned.
Now the cock was all alone with the dead
hen. He dug the grave, laid her in it, and raised
a mound over it. Then he seated himself by it,
and wept and mourned until he died-and this
was the end of the funeral party.
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
ONCE upon a time there lived near the borders
of a large forest a poor woodcutter with his wife
and two children-a boy named Hansel and
a girl named Grethel. They had little enough
to eat, and finally when a great famine came,
they could no longer earn their daily bread.
One night as the woodcutter lay awake think-
ing of their troubles, he sighed, and said: "What
will become of us? How can we feed our chil-
dren when we cannot get food for ourselves
"I know what we will do," said his wife,
who was only the step-mother of the children.
" Early to-morrow morning we will take the
children out into the thickest part of the woods.
We will build them a fire, and give them our
only remaining piece of bread. Then we will
leave them and go to our work. They cannot
find the way home again, and we shall be freed
"No, wife," said the man, "I cannot do that.
How could I have the heart to leave my chil.
dren alone in the woods where the wild beasts
would soon devour them."
"Oh, what a fool!" she cried. "Then all
four of us must die of hunger. You may as
well plane the boards for our coffins at once,"
and she gave him no peace until he consented.
But his heart was full of pity and sorrow for
the poor children.
The two children, who were also too hungry
to sleep, heard what their step-mother had said
to their father.
Grethel cried, bitterly and said to her brother:
" Now we shall surely die."
But Hansel said: Hush! Grethel, do not
cry, I shall be able to help you."
He waited until their parents were fast asleep,
then he got up, dressed himself, unfastened the
door, and slipped quietly out. The moon shone
brightly, and the white pebbles that lay in front
of the cottage. glittered like silver coins.
HANSEL AND GRE THEL.
Hansel stooped and picked up as
many of the pebbles as his pockets
would hold. Then he went back to
Grethel, and said: "Be comforted, dear
little sister, and sleep in peace. God
will not forsake us." So saying, he
went back to bed and slept.
In the morning before the sun rose,
the step-mother came and woke the
two children, and said: Get up, you
lazy-bones, we must go into the forest
now and gather wood." Giving each
a piece of bread, she said: Here is
something for your dinner. Do not eat
it before then, for you will get nothing
Grethel took the bread in her apron,
while Hansel carried the stones in his
pockets. Soon they were all on the
way to the forest. After they had
gone a little way, Hansel stopped and
looked back at the house. This he
did several times, till at last his father
said: "Hansel, what are you looking
at, that you lag behind so? Take care,
and don't forget your legs."
Oh, father!" replied the boy, "I
am looking at my white cat that sits
on the roof, and wants to say good-
bye to me."
But his step-mother said: "Foolish
boy! that is not your cat, but the surn
shining on the-chimney."
Hansel, however, had not been look-
ing at a cat, but had staid behind to
take a white pebble from his pocket
and drop it on the ground as they
walked along. When they reached
the middle of the forest, the father
said: "Come, children, gather some.
wood now, and I will make you a fire,
so that you will not be cold."
Hansel and Grethel gathered a pile
of twigs together, which the father
kindled. As the flames blazed up, the
step-mother said: Lie down by the
fire now and rest, children, while your
"HANSEL TOOK HIS LITTLE SISTER BY THE HAND."
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
father and I go into the forest and cut wood.
When we get ready to go home we will come
Hansel and Grethel sat down by the fire, and
when noon came, ate their little piece of bread.
As long as they heard the sound of the axe,
they thought their father was near ; but it was
not an axe they heard, but a limb that their
father had bound to a dead tree, so that it would
blow back and forth in the wind, and strike the
tree like an axe.
They sat by the fire a long time, till at last
their eyes became heavy, and they fell fast
asleep. When they awoke, it was dark night.
Grethel began to cry, and said: How are we
to get out of the woods ? "
But Hansel comforted her, saying: Only
wait a little while until the moon rises, then we
shall find our way out."
When the full moon had risen, Hansel took
his little sister by the hand, and followed the
white pebbles that glistened in the moonlight.
They travelled all night, and at break of day
reached their father's house. They knocked at
the door. The old woman opened it, and when
she saw them, cried out: You wicked chil-
dren, what did you sleep so long in the woods
for ? We thought you were never coming back
again." But the father was overjoyed to see
them, for he had grieved to think he had left
them all alone in the forest.
Not long after this, want again stared them
in the face, and the children heard the step-
mother saying one night: We shall soon have
nothing to eat; there is half a loaf of bread
yet, and then we are at the end of the rope. The
children must go away. We will take them
deeper into the woods this time, so that it will
be impossible for them to find their way out.
There is no other way for us to save ourselves."
This made the father's heart very sad, and he
thought: It would be better to share the last
morsel with my children, and then die, than to
leave them in this way."
But his wife would not listen to him, and
scolded and reproached him a long time. When
a person has once said A, he must also say B.
Because he had yielded the first time, he could
not refuse to do so the second.
The children had heard this conversation also,
and when the parents were asleep, Hansel rose
to go out and gather pebbles as he had done
before. But the step-mother had fastened the
door so securely, he could not get out. So he
went back and comforted little Grethel, telling
her not to cry, but go to sleep, and God would
surely help them.
Early in the morning the step-mother came
and pulled the children out of bed. Before they
went to the woods, she gave them each a piece
of bread for their dinners, smaller even than
she had given them before.
As they went along, Hansel, who had the
bread in his pocket, stopped every now and
then, and threw little crumbs along the path.
"Hansel," said his father, "what are you
looking around at? Keep in the path."
I am looking at my little dove, who sits on
the roof nodding good-bye to me," answered
"Simpleton," said his step-mother, "there is
no dove there; it is the morning sun shining
upon the chimney."
But Hansel still kept dropping the crumbs as
he went along. The step-mother led them far
into the woods where they had never been be-
fore in all their lives. Again the parents made
a large fire for the children, and the step-mother
said to them: Sit here, children, and when
you are tired, you can lie down and sleep a
little. We are going into the forest to cut wood,
and when we are ready to return, will come and
When it was noon, Grethel divided her piece
of bread with Hansel, who had scattered his
along the way, and they ate their dinner.
T hen they fell asleep. Evening came on, but
no one came for the poor children. When they
awoke, it was quite dark, and again Hansel
comforted his little sister, saying: "Wait a
little, Grethel, till the moon rises, then we can
see the bread-crumbs that I strewed along the
path, and we can find our way back to tht
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
When the moon rose, they got up, but they
could not see any bread-crumbs, for the thou-
sands of birds that fly about in the fields and
woods had picked them all up.
But Hansel cheered his sister saying: We
will 'soon find the path; but they did not find
it. They walked all night, and all the next
day from morning until evening, but they did
not come out of the forest. They were very
hungry, for they had had
nothing to eat but a few
berries that grew close to
the ground. At last they
became so tired, their little \
legs could go no farther,
and they lay down under
a 'tree and fell asleep.
It was now the third
morning since they left 'Q
their father's house. They
started on their wanderings
once more, but they only
got deeper and deeper into the forest.
" If help does not come soon, we
shall die," they thought. About noon
they saw a beautiful snow-white bird
sitting on a branch of a tree. It sang
so sweetly, they stopped to listen.
When it had finished its song, it spread --'
out its wings, and flew on before them. 1
They followed it until they saw it
alight on the roof of a little cottage.
What was the surprise of the children
on coming near to find that the house
was built entirely of bread, orna-
mented with cake, and that its win-
dows were of clear sugar.
Let us stop here," said- Hansel, I"T S
" and have a splendid feast. I will
take a piece from the roof, and you can take a
piece from the window; how good it will taste "
So Hansel reached up and broke a very little
from the roof, while Grethel nibbled from one
of the window panes. Presently a soft voice
called out from the room:
"Nibble, nibble, like a mouse,
Who is nibbling at my house ?"
SPREAD OUT ITS WINGS AND FLEW ON BEFORE THEM."
And the boy answered:
"The wind, the wind, so soft and mild "
And the girl said:
"The wind, the wind, the heavenly child!"
The children kept on eating without a thought
that they were doing wrong. As the roof tasted
very nice to the hungry boy, he broke off a
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
larger piece, and Grethel broke out a whole
round window-pane, and sitting down on the
door-step, they prepared to enjoy their feast.
But just then, the door of the cottage opened,
and a very old woman, leaning upon crutches,
came out. Hansel and Grethel were so fright-
ened that they dropped what they held in their
The old woman nodded her head, and said:
" Oh! you dear children, who has brought you
here ? Come in and live with me, I will not
hurt you," and taking both by the hand she drew
them into the cottage.
She gave them a good
supper of pancakes with
sugar, milk, apples and -
nuts. When they had fin-
ished, she led them to
wickedly to herself, and said: "I have them
now; they shall not escape from me again."
Early in the morning before the children were
awake, the old woman was up, and when she
looked at the two children as they lay quietly
sleeping, and saw their round rosy cheeks, she
muttered: "They will make a good bite for
me." Then she seized Hansel with her rough
hand, and dragging him out into a little stall,
closed it with a grated door. He might scream
as much as he liked, it would not help him.
Then going back to Grethel, she shook her,
~S~rbr1) Idr'm \1
two beautiful white-curtained beds, where
they lay down and thought they were in
heaven. But the old woman was only
pretending to be friendly; she was a
wicked witch and hated children, and
had built the little cottage of bread and
cake purposely to entrap them. Whenever she
could catch a child, she killed it, and cooked
it, and ate it for her dinner-that was a feast-
day for her. Witches have red eyes and can-
not see very far, but, like animals, they have a
keen scent, and can tell when human beings are
near. So when Hansel and Grethel -came near
her in their w nderings in the forest, she laughed
"SHE MUTTERED: 'THEY WILL MARE A GOOD BITE FOR ME' "
and cried: Get up, lazy-bones, and get some
water and cook your brother something good.
I have put him out in the stall where I shall
fatten him. When he gets fat I shall eat him."
Grethel began to cry bitterly, but it was of no
use; she had to do as the wicked witch told her.
The best of food was cooked for poor Hansel,
but Grethel received nothing but crabs' claws.
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
Every morning the old woman crept out to the
stall and said: Stick out your finger, Hansel,
that I may feel of it and see if you will soon be
fat." But Hansel would reach out a little bone
instead, and as the witch could not see very
well, she thought it was his finger, and won-
dered why he did not get fatter.
When four weeks had passed, and Hansel did
not get any fatter, she became impatient, and
would not wait any longer.
"Heigh-ho Grethel," she called to the maiden,
" be quick and get some water. Hansel maybe
fat or lean, I shall kill him and cook him to-
morrow." How the poor little
sister wept as she brought the
water. With the tears rolling
down her cheeks, she cried
THE DUCK CARRYING GRETHEL OVER THE WATER.
out: Dear God, help us! If we had only been
eaten by the wild beasts, then we should have
died together !"
"Save your prayers," said the old woman,
"they won't help you."
Grethel was ordered up early in the morning,
to kindle the fire, and hang over it the kettle of
First we will bake," she said ; "I have already
heated the oven, and kneaded the bread," and
she pushed Grethel towards the oven in which
the fire was still burning fiercely.
"Creep in," she cried, and see if it is hot
enough, and we will put the bread in right away."
But Grethel knew what she wanted to do, and
said: I do not know how to do it. How can
SI creep in ?"
What a goose you are," said the
old woman, the door is large enough.
Look here, I can get in myself," and
she crawled up and stuck her head in
the oven. A sudden thought came to
Grethel. She gave the old woman a
push and she fell into the
V oven. Then she quickly
Closed the iron door, and
drew the bolt. The old
woman howled horribly,
but Grethel ran away, lcav-
ing the wicked witch to
-' burn to death. She went
straight to Hansel, and
opening the grated door,
Exclaimed joyfully: Han-
sel we are free! the old
.. .---.. witch is dead "
As quick as the door was
opened, Hansel sprang out
_!- like a bird from its cage.
They threw their arms
around each other's necks,
and kissed each other, and
ran about for very joy.
As there was nothing to be afraid of, they went
into the witch's house, and there in every cor-
ner stood chests of pearls and heaps of precious
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
These are much better than pebbles," said
Hansel, as he filled his pockets.
I will carry some home too," said Grethel,
and she filled her little apron.
"Now we must go," said Hansel, "and get
out of this bewitched forest."
They had been walking a couple of hours,
when they came to a large body of water.
"We cannot get across," said Hansel; "I see
no bridge of any kind."
There are no little boats either," answered
Grethel. But there is a white duck swimming
on the water, that I think will help us across if I
ask her." So she cried:
Little white duck, we are waiting for thee;
Not a bridge nor a boat can one of us see;
Yet must we cross to the other side;
Little white duck on your back let us ride."
The duck swam up to them, and Hansel seated
himself on her back, and wanted his sister to
sit behind him, but she said, No, that would
be too much for the duck. She must take one
of us at a time."
The good little duck did so, and carried them
safely over. They went on their way very hap-
pily, and soon they came to a part of the woods
where they had been before. Everything grew
more and more familiar, till at last they came
in sight of their father's house. Then they began
to run, and bursting into the room, threw their
arms around their father's neck. The poor man
had not had one happy hour since he left his
children in the forest, and after he had lost
them, his wife died also.
Grethel shook out her apron and the pearls
and precious stones rolled all over the floor,
while Hansel drew handful after handful from
his pockets. Their sorrow and troubles were
now at an end, and they lived together in great
SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
A POOR widow once lived with her two
children in a lonely little cottage. In the
garden grew two rose-bushes, one red and the
other white, and because the children resembled
the roses they bore, she named one Snow-
White, and the other Red Rose.
They were as good children as ever lived,
always industrious and cheerful. But Snow-
White was quiet and gentle, while Red-Rose
loved to run about in the meadows looking for
flowers and butterflies. Snow-White preferred
to stay with her mother and help her in her
work, or read to her if there was nothing else
to do. But the children loved each other dearly,
and whenever they went out, would walk hand
in hand. If one said: "We will never leave
each other," the other would reply: Never, so
long as we live," and the mother always said
that what one had was divided with the other.
Often they went together to the woods to
gather berries, but no harm came to them: the
little hare ate a cabbage-leaf from their hands,
the deer grazed at their side, and the birds sat
on the branches near them and sang to them.
They met with no accident, and if night came
on before they left the woods, they had no fear,
but lay down on the moss and slept till morning.
Their mother knew they were safe, and she
also had no fears. Once when they had slept in
the woods all night, and the dawn of morning
had waked them, they saw a beautiful child
dressed in glistening garments sitting near their
bed. But as soon as they awoke, she arose,
looked at them kindly, but said nothing, and
disappeared into the forest. On looking around
them, they found they had slept near the edge
of a precipice, and that if they had gone two
steps farther in the darkness, they would have
been dashed to pieces. When their mother heard
of this, she said the child must have been the
angel that watched over good children.
Snow-White and Red-Rose kept their mother's
cottage so clean that it was a pleasure to look
at it. In the summer time, Red-Rose swept the
SNOW'-TWHITE AND RED-ROSE.
kitchen, and placed a fresh bouquet of roses by
her mother's bedside every morning before she
was up; and in the winter, Snow-White made
the fire and hung the brass kettle on the hook,
where it shone like gold, so bright did the little
maid keep it scoured. In the evening, when
the snow fell, the mother would say: Go and
bolt the door, Snow-white;" and then they
would all sit down by the fire, and the mother
would put on her spectacles and read from a
large book, while the two girls listened and
spun. Near them on the floor lay a little lamb,
while perched in one corner sat a white dove
with its head under its wing.
One evening as they were thus sitting to-
gether, some one knocked at the door as if he
were anxious to get in.
Quick Red-Rose," said the mother, open
the door; it may be some traveller who is look-
ing for shelter."
Red-Rose opened the door thinking to see a
poor man, but instead, she saw a big black bear
stretching his head towards the door. The
maiden screamed loudly, and jumped back;
the lamb gave a frightened bleat; the dove
flew wildly round the room, while little Snow-
White crept under her mother's bed.
The bear began to talk and said: "Do not
be afraid, I will not hurt you. I am half frozen
and only wish to warm myself a little by your
You poor bear," said the mother, lie down
by the fire, but take care that you do not burn
your fur." Then she called: "Snow-White,
Red-Rose, come here, the bear will not hurt
The children came out, and by degrees ap-
proached the bear, the lamb did the same, and
finally even the dove lost all fear of him. Then
the bear said: Get the broom, children, and
brush the snow from my fur." They brought
the broom and brushed his fur till it was quite
clean, after which he stretched himself out com-
fortably before the fire.
In a short time they lost all fear of their
clumsy guest; they pulled his fur with both
hands, planted their feet on his back, pushed
him first one way and then another, and beat
him with a hazel-bush. If he growled they only
laughed, and when they were too rough with
him, he only said: Spare my life, children.
Snow-White, Red-Rose, would you kill one who
loves you ?."
When it was bed-time, and the children were
in bed, the mother said to the bear: You may
lie on the hearth all night, if you want to. You
will at least be protected from the cold and bad
As soon as morning dawned, the children let
him out, and he trotted away over.the snow to
the woods. But at a certain hour every evening,
he returned to the cottage, lay down on the hearth,
and allowed the children to play with him a
little while. They became so accustomed to
his visits, that the door was never bolted until
their black friend had arrived.
One day in spring, when everything was green.
he said to Snow-White: I must go away now,
and I shall not return all summer."
"Where are you going, dear bear?" she asked.
I must go to the woods," he replied, and
protect my treasures from the wicked dwarfs.
In the winter when the ground is frozen, they
have to remain below, but as soon as the sun
melts the frost, they work their way up, and steal
whatever they can find, and when once anything
is in their hands, it is not easy to get it again."
Snow-White felt very sorry to part with the
bear. As she opened the door for him to pass
out, his fur caught on a hook, and a piece of
skin was torn off. Snow-White thought she
saw something glitter like gold under his skin,
but was not sure, for the bear trotted away very
quietly and was soon lost sight of among the
Some time after this, the mother sent the
children into the woods to gather brush-wood.
As they approached the forest, they saw that a
large tree had fallen down and that something
was springing up and down on one of the
branches, but they could not tell what it was.
When they came nearer, they saw a little dwarf
with a wrinkled face and a beard a yard long.
The end of his beard had caught in a cleft in
SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
the tree, and the little fellow sprang about like
a puppy fastened to a string, and knew not how
to help himself.
He glared at the maidens with his fiery eyes,
and, cried: Why do you stand there ? Can't
you come and help me ?"
What have you been doing, little man?"
You stupid piece of curiosity!" he cried. "I
was trying to split some wood for our kitchen,
for if we used large pieces, such as you greedy
people do, the little morsels we cook would burn
up. I had driven in the wedge, and everything
was going on well, when suddenly it slipped
out, and the wood closed up so quickly that
my beautiful white beard caught, and I cannot
draw it out. Now stand there and laugh, you
smooth, milk-faced creatures Whew but how
ugly you are !"
The children tried to get his beard out, but
could not. Finally one of them said: "I will
run and get some one to help us."
"Stupid blockheads!" he snarled. "Who
wants any more people ? you are two too many.
Can't you think of anything better ? "
"Do not be impatient," said Snow-White;
" I can help you," and taking her scissors from
her pocket she cut off the end of his beard.
As soon as the dwarf felt himself free, he seized
a sack full of gold that had been hidden among
the roots of the tree, lifted it on his shoulders,
and growled ; Smooth-faced people they
have cut off a piece of my beard. They will get
their pay for it." Then he went away without
giving the children a glance.
One day Snow-White and Red-Rose went
to catch a mess of fish. As they came near the
brook, they saw something hopping towards the
water like a grasshopper. They ran towards it,
and saw it was the dwarf. "Where are you
going ? asked Red-Rose. Why do you wish
to jump into the water?"
I am not such a fool as to wish to do that!"
he cried, but this fish is trying to pull me in."
He had been sitting on the bank fishing, and
his beard had become entangled in the line, so
that when a large fish swallowed his bait, he
had not the strength to draw it out, but, instead,
the fish was pulling him into the water. He
had clung to the rushes and grass, but it was
of no use, he was in great danger of losing his
life. The maidens came at just the right time.
They held him back, and tried to get his beard
loose, but their efforts were useless-beard and
string were in a dreadful tangle. There was
nothing to be done but to take out the scissors
and cut off another little piece of the beard.
The dwarf was in a great rage. You toad-
stools !" he cried. "Is that the way you dis-
figure faces ? It was not enough that you cut it
once, now you must take away the best part of
it. I dare not show myself among my people
again. I wish you may have to run till your
shoe-soles come off for this."
T hen he drew a bag of pearls from the rushes,
and without another word, disappeared behind
It happened one day that the mother sent
both the maidens to the village to buy needles,
thread, and ribbons. As they walked along
through a meadow, on which, here and there,
great stones lay scattered, they saw a large bird
,slowly flying in a circle over their heads. It
drew nearer and nearer the earth, till finally it
sank down by one of the stones. At the same
instant they heard a piercing scream, and run-
ning towards the bird, they saw that their old
friend, the dwarf, had been seized by the bird
and was about to be carried off. The kind-
hearted children held him firmly, and struggled
with the eagle until he let go his prize. As
soon as the dwarf had recovered from his fright,
he exclaimed in his sharp voice: Could you
not have treated me a little more politely ? You
have pulled on my thin coat until it is hanging
in tatters on my back. Clumsy ragamuffins!
that's what you are! and without a word of
thanks, he picked up his bag of precious stones
and slipped into his den under the stone. The
maidens, who were used to his ingratitude,
thought nothing of it, but went on to the village
to make their purchases.
On their way home, as they were crossing
the meadow they came unexpectedly upon the,
SNOW-WHITE AND RED ROSE.
dwarf who, supposing that no one would pass
at that late hour, had come out of his den in
order that he might spread out his jewels. They
glittered and shone in the setting sun, and the
children stopped to gaze at the beautiful sight.
"What are you standing there gaping at?"
he cried, and his ashen-gray face became scarlet
with rage. He was about to continue his scold-
ing, when a loud growling was heard, and
a black bear rushed out of the woods. The
dwarf sprang up in fright, but he could not
reach his den, the bear was too near.
Then he cried piteously: "Dear bear, spare
me I will give you all your treasures. See,
there are tle precious stones! Spare my life;
of what use would such a poor little fellow be
to you, you would hardly feel me between your
teeth ? Take those two wicked maidens, they
will make a tender morsel; they are as fat as
young quails-eat them instead of me !"
But the bear paid no attention to his words;
he struck him one blow with his great paw, and
he never moved again.
When the maidens saw the bear, they started
to run away, but he called: Snow-White, Red-
Rose, do not be afraid of me; wait, and I will
go with you."
They knew his voice and stopped, but when
he came up to them, the bearskin fell off, and
there stood before them a beautiful man, dressed
in gold-embroidered clothes.
"I am a king's son," he said. The wicked
dwarf bewitched me, stole my treasures, and
compelled me to run in the woods as a wild
bear till I should be set free by his death: but
now he has received his deserved reward."
Not many years afterward Snow-White was
married to the prince, and Red-Rose to his
brother, and all the treasures the dwarf had
collected and hid in his den, were divided be-
tween them. The old mother came to live
with her daughters, and the rose-bushes were
also brought to the castle and planted before
the windows of the two sisters, where every
year they bore an abundance of beautiful red
and white roses.
THE HARE AND THE HEDGEHOG.
ONE beautiful Sunday morning in harvest-
time when the buckwheat was in blossom, the
sun rose clear in the heavens, the morning-
wind blew warm over the fields, the larks sang
for joy, the honey-bees buzzed in the buck-
wheat, and along the country paths walked the
people on their way to church, all creatures
seemed full of joy, even the hedgehogs.
Mr. Hedgehog stood before his door with his
arms folded, humming a little song as sweetly
as any hedgehog ever sang on a Sunday
morning. As he was singing softly to himself,
it occurred to him that while his wife was washing
and dressing the children, he would take a walk
in the fields and see how his crops were coming
on. The crops really belonged to a farmer, but
as the fields lay near the hedgehog's house, and
he was accustomed to feed his family in them,
he regarded them as his own.
He had not gone far from the house, when he
met a hare, who was out on the same business
namely, to look after his cabbages. He bade
him a friendly good morning, but the hare, who
happened to be a distinguished gentleman among
his own kind, did not return the greeting, but
looking at the hedgehog scornfully, said : "How
is it that you are running about in the fields so
early in the morning "
I am out taking a walk," said the hedgehog.
Taking a walk laughed the hare. I think
you might be putting those legs to a better use."
The hedgehog was vexed at these words. Hr
could bear anything but having his legs laughed
at, for nature had given him very short ones.
Perhaps you think your legs can travel faster
than mine," he said to the hare.
Indeed I do," was the reply.
"That is best shown by trial," said the hedge-
THE HARE AND THE HEDGEHOG.
hog; I think if we were to run a race I should
"Ha! ha! ha! You with your short legs!"
said the hare. "As far as I am concerned, I
am willing to try it, if it will give you any great
pleasure. What shall the winner receive as a
A gold sovereign and a bottle of wine."
"Splendid!" said the hare. "Let us start
No, no," said the hedgehog, I am not in
such great haste. I am not quite ready; I would
like to go home first and get a little breakfast.
Within a half an hour I shall be back again
ready for the race."
The hare was satisfied, and the hedgehog
went away thinking to himself: The hare is
very proud of his long legs, but I will beat him.
He thinks he is a distinguished gentleman, but
he is only a stupid fellow, and will not win the
When he reached home he said to his wife:
Wife, get ready quickly, I want you to go with
me out into the fields."
What are you going to do ?" she asked.
I have wagered a gold sovereign and a bot-
tle of wine that I shall win a race with the hare.
You are to go with me and look on."
Oh, husband she cried, are you crazy ?
Have you lost your mind completely ? How
can you, with your short legs, run a race with
a hare ? "
Hold your tongue, wife," said the hedgehog,
that is my business. Do not meddle in a man's
affairs, but get yourself ready at once and come
What could a wife do with a hedgehog hus-
band ? She must go with him -whether she
wanted to go or not.
On the way he said to her. Now pay atten-
tion to what I shall tell you. We will run the
race in these two deep furrows. The hare will
run in one and I in the other. We will start
from the other end, and all you have to do is
to stay here at this end of the furrow, and when
the hare comes up on the other side, put up
your head and call out to him: 'I am already
The hedgehog left his wife, and went up the
furrow to the appointed place where the hare
was waiting for him.
."Shall we start, called the hare.
"Certainly," said the hedgehog. The hare
counted: One, two, three, go and away he
went like a whirlwind. But the hedgehog took
only a few steps, then he turned and sat down
at the end of the furrow. When the hare reached
the other end of the furrow, the hedgehog's wife
put up her head and said: I am already here."
The hare was greatly astonished, for he thought
of course that it was the hedgehog himself who
called to him, so closely did they resemble
"There is something wrong here," he thought,
but he cried: We'll try again," and away he
ran at the top of his speed, his long ears lying
flat on his back, while the hedgehog's wife sat
still in her place. When he came to the-starting
place, the hedgehog called to him: "Iam
The hare was beside himself with rage. "We
will try it again," he screamed.
With pleasure," said the hedgehog, "as often
as you like." The hare ran through the furrow
seventy-three times, but the hedgehog was
always before him. Every time he reached the
end, the hedgehog or his wife called: "I am
But the seventy-fourth time, the race ended,
for the hare dropped dead in the middle of the
furrow. The hedgehog took the gold sovereign
and the bottle of wine, and calling his wife, they
went home greatly pleased that they had out-
witted the hare and won the prize, with so little
SThe teaching of this story is, first, that no
one however distinguished he may think him-
self, should make fun of another, until he knows
what he is able to do; and, secondly, that when
one marries, he should choose a hedgehog, if he
be a hedgehog, for a wife, and one that looks
exactly like himself.
'HE WITCH CLIMBING UP BY MEANS OF RAPUNZEL'S HAIR.
THE MAID WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR.
THERE lived once a man and his wife who
wished very much for a little child. The back
window of their cottage looked out on a beau-
tiful garden, full of choice flowers and vegeta-
bles. But it was surrounded by a high wall,
and no one dared venture into it, for it be-
longed to a witch who possessed power so
great that all the world was afraid of her.
One day as the woman stood at the win-
Sdow looking down upon the garden, she saw
a bed of lettuce. It looked so fresh and
green, that she longed for some of it to eat.
This wish grew stronger every day, and as
she knew it was impossible for her to get
any, she became quite miserable over it, and
looked pale and thin. Her husband was
alarmed, and asked: Dear wife, what is
the matter with you ?"
"Alas she answered, If I do not have
some of that lettuce growing behind the
house, I shall die."
The husband who loved his wife dearly,
thought; Before I will let you die, I will
get the leituce for you myself, cost what it
So that evening he climbed over the wall
into the witch's garden, and gathered in
great haste a handful of lettuce, which he
brought to his wife. She immediately made
it into a salad, which she ate with great
relish. It tasted so good to her that she
could not forget it, and the next day the
desire for the lettuce returned three times
as strong, and she had no rest until her
Husband once more climbed over the wall
into the witch's garden. As he was return-
ing, he shrank back in great fright, for
standing before him, was the old witch. She
looked at him angrily, and said: How do
you dare to climb over into my garden, and
steal my lettuce like a thief? you shall pay
dearly for this."
RAPUNZEL, OR THE MAID WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR.
"Alas!" replied the man, "let mercy go
before justice. I am compelled to do this act.
My wife saw the lettuce from our window, and
wished so much for it, she would have died if I
had not gathered it for her."
When the witch heard this, her anger died out,
and she said: If what you have said to me is
true, you may take all the lettuce you like, but
I make one condition. If you ever have a little
child, you must give it to me. I will do well
by it, and care for it as its own mother would."
In his anxiety to get away, the man promised
everything she asked. Weeks afterwards, when
a child was born to them, the witch appeared,
and naming it Rapunzel, she took it in her arms
and went away with it.
Rapunzel grew to be the most beautiful child
under the sun. When she was twelve years old,
the witch locked her in a tower in a forest. The
tower had neither steps nor doors, only a little
window in the top. When the witch wished to
get in, she would stand at the foot and call up
at the window: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down
your hair." Rapunzel had beautiful long hair,
fine as spun gold. When she heard the voice
of the witch, she would unbind her hair, braid
it like a rope, and letting it fall from the win-
dow, which was twenty feet from the ground,
the old witch would mount up by it into the
Two years passed, and it happened, one day,
that a young prince was riding through the
forest, and came to the tower. As he was pass-
ing, he heard some one singing so sweetly that-
he stopped and listened. It was Rapunzel, who
in her loneliness, passed away the time by sing-
ing. The prince tried to enter the tower, and
looked for a door, but none was to be found. He
went home, but the song still rang in his ears,
and every day he went out into the forest, and
Once when he stood behind a tree, he saw a
witch come to the tower, and heard her cry:
" Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair." And
immediately a long golden braid fell from the
window, and the witch climbed up.
Is that the ladder by which one enters the
tower ? I will try my luck too," said the prince.
So the next day, he placed himself under the
window, and cried: Rapunzel, Rapufizel, let
down your hair."
In a few moments her hair fell over the win-
dow-sill, and the prince mounted.
At first, Rapunzel was greatly frightened to
see a man enter the room, for she had never
seen one before. But the young prince talked
with her kindly, and told her how he had heard
her singing, and how his heart had been so
touched by her song that he could not rest until
he had seen her.
He succeeded in making Rapunzel forget her
fear, and when he asked if she would go with
him and be his wife, she thought how young
and beautiful he was, and laying her hand in
Yes, I am willing to go with you, but I do
not know.how we can get out of here. Every
time you come, bring with you a skein of silk,
and I will weave it into a ladder, and when it
is finished, I will descend on it, and you shall
take me away on your horse."
The prince agreed to this plan, and it was
further arranged that he should invariably make
his visits to the tower in the evening, as it was
the custom of the old witch always to come dur-
ing the day.
This went on for a long time, and Rapunzel
and the prince spent many happy hours together,
and their love for each other grew stronger and
stronger. They were so careful at first, that the
old witch noticed nothing to make her suspect
the truth, until Rapunzel, one day as she was
drawing her up, forgot herself, and said:
How is it that you are so much heavier to
draw up than the young prince, who mounts in
a moment ? "
You wicked child !" cried the witch. What
are you saying? I thought I had hidden you
from all the world, and you have cheated me."
And in her anger, she seized the girl's beautiful
hair in one hand and a pair of shears in the
other, and,-snip! snap! the beautiful braids
fell to the floor. Then she was so hard-hearted,
she took Rapunzel away from the tower to a
RAPUNZEL, OR THE MAID WITilH THE GOLDEN HAIR.
desert, and left her there alone in her
sorrow and misery.
But this did not satisfy her. She
determined to make the prince feel
her vengeance as well.
The same day on which she had
taken Rapunzel away, the witch took
the braids which she had cut off, and
fastened them firmly to the window-
sill. In the evening, when the prince
came, and cried: Rapunzel, Rapun-
zel, let down your hair," she let the
golden braids fall from the window,
and the prince climbed up. What was
his surprise to see instead of his dear
Rapunzel, the old witch, blinking and
winking'at him with her cruel eyes.
Aha!" she said scornfully, "you
would like to take away your lovely
bride; but the beautiful bird has lefi
the nest, she will sing no more: the
cat carried her off, and will now scratch
your eyes out."
The prince was beside himself with
grief when he heard these words, and
in his despair sprang from the win-
dow. He escaped with his life, but
the thorns in which he fell put out his
eyes. He wandered blindly through
the woods, eating nothing but roots
and berries, and mourning for his lost
bride. He wandered in this way sev-
eral years, till at last he came to the
desert where Rapunzel had lived in
great want and sorrow. As he drew
near the place, he heard a voice that
sounded familiar. He went towards
it; Rapunzel saw him, knew him, and
running to him, threw her arms around
his neck and wept. Two of her tears
fell on his eyes, and his sight immedi-
ately became clear, and he saw as
well as ever. He led her away to his
kingdom, where they were received
with great rejoicing, and lived long in
happiness and content.
E- E- V 2 YY T-
THE PRINCE FALLS AMONG THE THORNS.
THE PEASANT'S CLEVER DAUGHTER.
THERE once lived a peasant who was so poor
he had no land, only a little house and a very
clever daughter. One day the daughter said to
her father : Let us ask the king for a little
piece of waste land." When the king learned
of their poverty, he gave them an acre of good
land, which they at once prepared to sow with
seed. While they were turning up the earth,
they found a mortar of pure gold.
"Since the king has been so good as to give
us the land, we should give him the mortar in
return," said the father to the maiden.
But the clever girl was not willing, and
replied: If we give him the mortar without
the pestle, he will make us work till we find the
pestle. Therefore we had better keep still."
But the father would not listen to her; he
carried the mortar to the king, saying where he
had found it, and hoping he would accept it as
a token of their gratitude.
The king took it, and asked if he had not
found anything else. The peasant said he had
not, but the king said the pestle should have
been with the mortar. The peasant declared
he had not found it, but he might as well have
talked to the wind, the king ordered him to be
put into prison, there to remain until the pestle
should be brought.
When the servants carried him bread and
water, they heard him crying: Alas! if I had
only listened to my daughter! If I had only
listened to my daughter and he would neither
eat nor drink.
The servants told the king of the prisoner's
strange actions, and he ordered him brought
"Why do you cry: 'Alas! if I had only
listened to my daughter!' What did your
daughter say ? asked the king.
She told me I ought not to take you the
mortar, for you would want the pestle also,"
said the peasant.
"If your daughter is so wise, I should like
to see her," said the king.
So the maiden was sent for. When she arrived
the king said to her: "If you are so clever, I
would like to give you a riddle. If you solve it,
I will make you my wife."
She said she was willing to try, so the king
gave the following riddle : Come to me neither
clothed nor unclothed, neither riding nor walk-
ing, neither in the road nor out of the road, and
I will marry you."
She went home, took off all her clothes, and
wrapped herself in a fishing-net; then was she
neither clothed nor unclothed. She borrowed
an ass, tied the fishing-net to the tail, so that it
was obliged to partly drag and partly carry her;
thus she neither drove, rode, nor walked.
Lastly, she made the ass walk in the wagon-rut,
so she was neither in the road nor out of it.
In this manner she arrived at the castle, and
when the king saw her, he declared the riddle
solved. The father was released from prison,
and his clever daughter became queen and
shared the honors and wealth of the kingdom.
Several years passed. One day when the king
was out on parade, it happened that several
peasants stopped with their wagons before the
castle. They were loaded with wood, and some
had oxen and some horses harnessed to them.
Now one of the horses had a little colt, which
suddenly ran away from its mother, and lay
down between two oxen. All the peasants came
together, and began to quarrel and even to
fight over the colt, the man who owned the
oxen claimed it was his, while the real owner
of the colt declared it belonged to him. The
king heard the noise and came to learn the
cause. Then it was agreed that he should de-
cide whom the colt belonged to. His decision
was, that where the colt was lying it should re-
main, so the owner of the oxen received what
did not belong to him, and the real owner went
home lamenting over the loss of the animal.
All at once the poor man thought of the
queen. He had heard she was very kind and.
clever, and had once been a poor peasant her-
THE PEASANT'S CLEVER DAUGHTER.
self. So he went to her and begged her to help
him get his colt again,
Yes, I will help you," she said; "if you will
promise not to betray me. Early to-morrow
morning when the king is out walking, place
yourself in the middle of the street, and as lhe
passes throw out a fishing-net, and draw it in
as if you were fishing, and had a netful." Then
she told him what to say when the king ques-
The next morning the peasant stood in the
dry street and acted as if fishing. When the king
saw him, he sent a servant to ask the foolish
man what he was doing.
I am fishing," was the reply.
How can you fish where there is no water?"
asked the servant.
I can fish in a dry place, just as easily as a
colt can belong to two oxen," said the peasant.
The servant told the king what the man had
said, and he immediately sent for him.
Who told you to say that ?" he asked. "You
could not have thought of it yourself."
'- But all the peasant would say was: Heaven
help me! The answer was my own."
But the king was hot convinced, and had him
taken away and beaten till he confessed that
the queen had helped him.
When the king reached home, he said to his
wife: Why have you been false to me ? I will
not have you for my wife any longer. Your
time is over; go back where you came from
and live again in a peasant's hut." lie would
allow her, however, to take with her as a parting
gift, one thing that she cared the most for.
She ordered a powerful sleeping-draught made,
and when she was ready to go, asked the king
to drink a parting-cup with her. He did so,
swallowing the whole mixture, while she only
took one swallow. In a short time, he had fallen
into a deep sleep. Then she ordered the ser-
vants to wrap him in a beautiful white linen
cloth, place him in a wagon, and drive him to
her old home. She had him laid on a little bed,
where he slept several days. When he awoke,
he cried out: "Where am I?" and called for
his servants, but none came. Finally his wife
came to him and said : My dear husband, you
gave me permission to take with me that which
I cared the most for. What have I dearer to
me in the world than yourself ? and so I brought
you here with me."
Tears were in the king's eyes as he said:
" You are and ever shall be my own dear wife."
They returned to the royal castle, and from
this time on, their happiness was unbroken.
FHE DANCING SHOES.
A KING once had twelve daughters, one quite
as beautiful as another. They all slept together
in a large room where their beds stood near one
another, and every evening when they were
asleep, the king would come and close and bolt
the door himself. One morning as he went to
open it, he saw that their shoes had be. I.Jln: -..l
to pieces, and no one could explain how it had
happened as the maidens were securely locked
in their room the night before. So to solve the
mystery, the king had it proclaimed that who-
ever should discover where his daughters danced,
might choose one of them for his wife, and rule
the kingdom after his death. But if he did not
succeed after trying for three days and three
nights, his life should be forfeited.
First a young prince came, and offered to
undertake the task. He was well received, and
at evening was led to a room adjoining that of
the princesses. A bed was put up for him here,
and his door left open that the princesses might
not escape him if they came out by the door.
But the prince's eyelids felt as heavy as lead,
and in a short time he was fast asleep. When
he awoke in the morning, all the maidens had
been to the dance, for their shoes stood there
with the soles full of holes. The second and
the third evenings passed in the same way, and
THE DANCING SHOES.
at the end of the time his head was cut off
without mercy. After this many others came
and offered to take their chance, but they all
met with the same fate.
It happened one day that a poor soldier who
had been badly wounded, and was therefore no
longer able to serve, was travelling towards the
city in which the king lived. An old woman
met him and asked where he was going.
I do not know myself," was the reply, and
then in a joking manner he added: I had half
a mind to try to find out where the king's daugh-
ters dance their shoes to pieces, and thus become
That is not a difficult task," said the old
woman; "you must not touch the wine that is
brought you in the evening, and must pretend
that you are sound asleep."
Then she gave him a mantle, saying: "If
you will wear this, you will be invisible, and can
follow the twelve."
When the soldier heard this, he became seri-
ously inclined to undertake the task. He took
courage and went before the king as a suitor.
lie was as kindly received as the others had
been, and royal clothing was given him to wear.
When it was time to retire, he was led to the
ante-room, and before he slept, the eldest daugh-
ter brought him a glass of wine. But he had tied
a sponge under his chin, and, while he pretended
to drink it, poured it into that. Then he lay
down, and in a little while snored as if in a deep
The twelve sisters heard him, and laughed,
while the eldest said: There is another that
does not care for his life."
Then they all rose from their beds, opened
closets and chests, and took out beautiful dresses.
They made their toilets before the glass, and
danced about for joy, thinking of the pleasure
that awaited them.
The youngest one only was sad, and said:
"I do not know how it is; you are so happy,
while I feel very sad, as'if some trouble were
about to overtake us."
You are a little goose," said the oldest," you
are always afraid. Have youforgotten how many
princes have perished on our account ? And as
for that soldier I have given him such a sleeping
draught that the clown will not awake very soon."
When they were all ready, they looked in at
the soldier, but he had his eyes closed and they
thought themselves perfectly safe. I hen the
eldest one knocked on her bed, and it imme-
diately disappeared, leaving an opening in the
floor, through which they began to descend one
after the other, the eldest leading.
The soldier, who had seen everything, did not
delay long. He threw his mantle around him
and followed the youngest who came last. About
half way down he stepped on her dress. At
this, she was greatly frightened and screamed
out: "What is that? Who is holding me by
the dress ? "
Don't be so silly," cried the eldest, "it caught
on a nail."
They went on till they came to the bottom
of the stairs.where an avenue of trees stretched
before them, whose leaves were of silver.
I must have a proof that I have really been
here," thought the soldier, reaching up for a
branch. As he broke it off, a loud report sounded
among the trees.
"Everything is not right," said the youngest.
"Did you hear that report ? "
That is a salute of joy because we have been
delivered from the princes," said the eldest.
Soon they came to another avenue of trees
where all the leaves were of gold, and last-to a
third whose leaves were pure diamonds. From
each of these he broke off a branch, causing
the youngest one to shriek with fright as she
heard the report.
They went on farther till they came to a
large lake on the shore of which were twelve
little boats. A .handsome prince sat in each,
waiting for the maidens. Each took one into
his boat, and the soldier seated himself with
"I don't know how it is that the boat is
so heavy to-day. I have to row with all my
strength to get it over the water," said the
"What can be the cause of it ?" said the
THE DANCING SHOES.
maiden. "Perhaps it is the warm weather; I
feel almost overcome myself."
On the opposite shore of the lake stood a
splendid castle, brilliantly illuminated, and from
the windows came sounds of music. Here was
the place where the princesses came to dance.
They rowed towards it, went in, and each prince
danced with his partner. The soldier danced
with them, but unseen, and when one of them
lifted a glass of wine to drink, he drank it before
it could reach the mouth. The youngest one
was greatly troubled over these things but the
eldest always silenced her. They danced until
three o'clock in the morning, when all the shoes
were completely worn out, and they were obliged
The princes conducted them over the water,
bade them good-bye and promised to meet them
the next evening. In returning the soldier had
seated himself with the eldest that he might
reach home first. So on landing, he ran on
before her, ascended the steps, and when they
came tripping into their room, was in bed loudly
snoring. They heard him and said: "From
Him we are quite safe."
They took off their beautiful dresses, put them
away, placed their worn-out shoes under the
bed, and were soon fast asleep.
The next morning the soldier said nothing
he wished to see the wonderful sight again, lie
went a second and a third time with the prin-
cesses, and they danced as before till their shoes
were full of holes. But the third night he brought
away with him a goblet that he might have
another proof to his story.
When the hour came for him to give his an-
swer, he took the three branches and the goblet
and went before the king.
"Where do my daughters spend the night
dancing ? asked the king.
"With twelve princes in an underground
castle," was the reply, and he held out the
branches and the goblet as proofs.
The king sent for his daughters and asked
them if the soldier had told the truth. When
they saw that they had been betrayed and lying
would not help them, they confessed everything.
"Which one will you have for a wife?" asked
As I am no longer young," said the soldier,
"I will take the eldest one."
They were married that day, and the king-
dom was promised the soldier on the death of
the king. As for the princes they were con-
demned to as many days' punishment as they
had danced nights with the princesses.
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE WOODS.
ONCE there was a man who had lost his wife,
and a woman who had lost her husband, each
of whom had a daughter. The two children
knew each other, played together, and one day
went into the widow's house.
Listen to me," said the widow to the man's
daughter, "tell your father I should like to
marry him, and every morning you shall wash
in milk and drink wine, while my own daughter
shall wash in water and drink water."
The girl went home and told her father all
the woman had said.
What shall I do ?" said the man. "Marriage
is a blessing, but it is also a torment."
Finally, as he could not come to any decision,
he pulled off his boot, and said: "Take this
boot that has a hole in the sole, and carry it
into the garret; hang it on a large nail, and pour
water into it. If it holds water, I will marry
the woman, but if the water runs out, I will not."
His daughter did as he told her, but the
water drew the hole together, and the boot
became full to the very top. The girl went and
told her father what had happened. He was not
satisfied until he had gone to the garret and seen
for himself. Then being assured that she had
spoken the truth, he went to see the widow, and
in a short time they were married.
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE WOODS.
On the first morning, when the two girls
arose, there stood waiting for the husband's
daughter, milk to wash in, and wine to drink,
while water for washing and water for drinking
were ready for the wife's daughter. On the
second morning, water for washing and water
for drinking were waiting both girls. On the
third morning, water for washing and water for
drinking stood before the
husband's daughter, while
milk for washing and wine
for drinking were waiting
the wife's, and so it con-
tinued from this time on.
said: Put on this dress, and go out into the
woods, and bring me a basketful of strawber-
ries. I have a great desire for some."
Mercy on us! "exclaimed the maiden. Straw-
berries do not grow in the winter; the ground
is frozen, and everything is covered with snow !
And why must I wear this paper dress ? It is
so cold out that it freezes one's breath; the wind
The woman was a bitter enemy to ner step-
daughter, and every day tried to make her life
more unhappy. She was full of envy, because
her step-daughter was beautiful and lovely,
while her own was ugly and disagreeable.
One cold dayin winter, when the ground was
frozen hard, and the hills and valleys were cov-
ered with snow, the woman, having made a dress
of paper, called her step-daughter to her, and
THE THREE LITTLE MEN.
will blow right through it, and the briars will
tear it from my body."
How dare you contradict me ?" said the
step-mother. "Get yourself ready to go, and
I do not want to see you back again, until you
have your basket full of berries."
She gave her a small piece of dry bread, tell-
ing her she could eat it during the day, and
thinking to herself: Once out in this weather,
she will die of hunger and cold, and my eyes
will never see her again."
The girl obeyed her, put on the paper dress,
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE WOODS.
and went out with the little basket. Far and
near there was nothing but snow, not a green
blade was to be seen. As she was walking in
the woods, she came to a little cottage, out of
which peeped three strange little men. She
nodded "good day" to them, and knocked tim-
-idly at the door. They bade her come in, and
she stepped in, and sat down on a bench by the
fire to warm herself. As she was eating the
piece of bread which she had brought with her,
the three little men said: Give us some of your
"Williflgly !" she replied, and gave them half.
"What are you doing in the woods in the
winter time in so thin a dress ?" they asked.
"Alas!" she replied, "I have been sent to
find a basketful of strawberries, and I cannot
return home until I take them with me."
When she had eaten her bread, they gave her
a broom, and told her to go out and sweep the
snow from the back door. While she was out,
they talked among themselves what they should
give her because she was so pretty and good,
and had divided her bread with them.
I grant that she shall grow more beautiful
every day," said the first.
I grant that a piece of gold shall fall out of
her mouth every time she speaks a word," said
I grant that a king shall choose her for his
bride," said the third.
The maiden did what the little men had told
her, and swept the snow away from behind the
house. Then what do you think she found?
Strawberries growing ripe and red under the
snow She quickly filled her basket, then thank-
ing the little men, she bade them good-bye, and
ran home to take her step-mother that which
she had so much wished for.
As she entered the house, and said "good
evening," a piece of gold dropped from her
mouth and as she told them all that had hap-
pened in the woods, at every word she spoke,
a piece of gold fell, so that the whole floor was
"Just look, what pride!" cried the step-mother;
" see her throw away the money." But her own
"THEY GAVE HER A BROOM, AND TOLD HER TO GO OUT
AND SWEEP THE SNOW FROM THE BACK-DOOR, "
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN TIHE WOODS.
daughter was envious, and she too
wanted to go out into the woods and
look for strawberries.
"No, my dear little daughter," said
the mother ;" it is too cold, I cannot
let you freeze."
But the spoilt child would give her '
no peace until she consented. So her
mother dressed her in a warm fur
cloak, and gave her a lunch of bread
and butter and cake to eat on the.
way. The girl went into the
forest, and came straight to /
the little cottage. The three
little men peeped out, as be-
fore, but there was no greet-
ing for them. Without even
looking at them or knocking, -
she stalked into the room, sat
down by the fire, and began _=
to eat her bread and butter
"Give us some of that," cried .
the little men.
I haven't enough for my-
self, how can I give any of it
away ? was the reply.
When she had finished, they
said: Here is a broom, take
it and sweep the back-door clean."
Indeed !" she cried, I am not your ser,
When she saw they were not going to
her anything, she went out, thinking she
find the strawberries.
Then the little men talked once more a
themselves: Because this maiden is so
and has so wicked and envious a heart,
reward shall she have?" they asked.
"I grant that she shall grow uglier
day," said the first.
"I grant that at every word she spe;
toad shall hop out of her mouth," said the se
I grant that she shall die an unhappy d(
said the third.
As the maiden did not find any strawb
outside, she went home cross and out of
per. When she told her mother all thai
THROWING THE QUEEN FROM THE CASTLE WINDOW.
happened, instead of gold pieces, there sprang
vant." out of her mouth a toad at each word she spoke,
Give at the sight of which every one fled from her in
This greatly vexed the step-mother, whose
among only thought now was, how she might injure her
ugly, husband's daughter, who grew more beautiful
what every day.
At last one day she took out a kettle and
every hung it over the fire to boil linen yarn. When
it had boiled, she hung it on the shoulders of
iks, a her step-daughter, and giving her an axe, told
cond. her to cut a hole in the frozen river, and thor-
eath," oughly rinse the yarn.
She obeyed, and went away to cut the hole
erries in the ice. While she was chopping, a beautiful
tem- carriage drove by, in which was seated the
Shad king. The king saw her, and ordered the car-
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE WOODS.
riage to be stopped, and asked: Who are you
my child ? and what are you doing there ?"
I am a poor maiden," she replied, and am
The king felt sorry for her, and when he saw
how beautiful she was, said: "Would you like
to ride with me ? "
"Oh, yes! with all my heart," she replied,
overjoyed at the thought of leaving her mother
and sister. So he took her into his carriage,
and drove away with her to his home. Not long
after this, there was a wedding at the castle, and
the bride was the good little maiden whom the
three little men in the woods had promised that
she should marry a king.
A year passed and the queen had a little son.
When the step-mother heard of the good fortune
that had befallen her step-daughter, she came
with her own daughter to the castle, as if they
wished to make a visit. They entered the
queen's room, and as no one was near to pre-
vent, one of them seized the queen by her head,
and the other by her feet, and lifting her from
the bed, threw her out the window into the river
that flowed past the castle. Then the ugly
daughter lay down in the queen's place, and her
mother covered her over with the clothes, so
that only the top of her head could be seen.
When the king came in to speak to his wife,
the old woman cried: "Hush! hush! she has
just fallen asleep, and must not be disturbed."
The king thought nothing, and went away.
Early the next morning, he came in to see
the queen, and as he talked with her and
she answered him, toads sprang from her
mouth at every word, as pieces of gold, had
done before. The king inquired what had
caused so great a change. But the old
woman made light of it, and said that she
had slept too soundly.
That night the kitchen-boy saw something
swim through the stream like a duck, and
heard it call :
"What does the king, once so happy and gay?
Is he sleeping or waking? Give answer I pray."
But no answer came. Again the voice
was heard :
How fare my guests, as I float on the tide?"
Then the kitchen-boy answered:
They are-all sleeping soundly, the young queen
Once more the voice asked:
"And how is my child ? Do they watch o'er him
And the boy answered:
He lies in his cradle, safe, well, and asleep."
Then a form like that of the young queen
came up from the water, and went into the cas-
tle. She took up the child, shook up the pil-
lows, and laying it down again, covered it over
carefully. She disappeared, and nothing was
seen but a duck swimming away on the river.
She came two nights in this manner. The third,
she said to the kitchen-boy: Go, and tell the
king to take his sword, and swing it over me
The boy did as he was told. Three times
the king swung his sword over the ghostly form,
and then there stood before him the young
queen, as fresh and beautiful as ever.
The king was very happy, but he thought it
best to conceal the queen until the following
Sunday, when the child was to be christened.
After the child had been christened, the king
asked: What punishment should a man re-
ceive who takes a person from a bed and throws
him into the water ? "
He deserves nothing better," said the old
L")Jt `j' i I~~iI;'
" NOTHING WAS SEEN BUT A DUCK SWIMMING AWAY."
THE TAILOR AND THE BEAR.
woman, than to be put into a barrel, full of kiag. He ordered a barrel to be brought; the
sharp pointed nails, and rolled down a hill into old woman and her daughter were put into it;
the water." the ends nailed up; and it was rolled down a
"You have sentenced yourself," said the hill until it fell into the river.
THE TAILOR AND THE BEAR.
THERE once lived a princess who was very
proud and haughty. When suitors came, she
gave them a riddle to guess, and if they failed,
they were sent away with ridicule and scorn.
Finally it was announced that whoever suc-
ceeded in guessing the riddle should receive
the princess for his wife.
It happened at this time that three tailors met
in the town where the princess lived. The two
eldest, who had done very fine work, and had
succeeded well in their trade, when they heard
the report, were sure they could guess the rid-
dle. But the third one, who was a wild little
fellow and did not like work, wished to try his
Oh, stay at home," said the two others:
"what could you do with your little under-
But he was not to be dissuaded from going,
saying that he had set his heart upon it, and
would go, and marching off as if the whole
world belonged to him.
So all three appeared before the princess and
said: We should like to hear the riddle. We
are without doubt, the only persons who can
guess it, for our understanding is so fine it can
be threaded through a needle."
Then the princess said: "I have two kinds of
hair on my head; what color are they? "
If that is all," said the first, I can tell you.
They are black and white like the cloth called
pepper and salt."
"Wrong," said the princess. "The second
"They are red and brown like my father's
holiday-coat," said the second.
"Wrong again," she cried. "Now the third
may answer. I see by his looks that he knows
The youngest one stepped boldly forward and
said: "The princess has a golden and a silver
hair on her head, and those are the two colors."
When the princess heard this, she turned very
pale, and almost fainted from fright, for the little
tailor had guessed the riddle, which she had
firmly believed no one in the world could solve.
But she took heart and said: You have not
won me yet, there is one thing more you must
do. A bear lies in a stall below; you -must
pass the night with him, and if in the morning
you are still alive, I will be your wife."
Then she thought she was surely rid of the
tailor, for the bear spared no one that came
within reach of his paws. But the little tailor
was not at all frightened. On the contrary he
seemed greatly pleased, and said cheerfully:
"Boldly ventured is half won."
When evening came, he was taken down to
the bear, who, as soon as he entered, rushed
upon him as if he would give him a warm
Softly, softly! said the tailor, I will soon
make you quiet," and he took some ?nuts from
his pocket, bit them open, and ate the kernels.
As soon as the bear saw them, he.wanted
some. The tailor put his hand into his pocket
and drew out a handful of what appeared to be
nuts, but were really pebbles. The bear put
them in his mouth, but try as hard as he might,
he could not crack them.
"What a dumb-head I must be not to be able
to crack these nuts," he thought. "My friend,"
said he, bite the nuts for me."
What a fellow you are, to have such a great
THE TAILOR AND THE BEAR.
mouth and yet not be able to bite a little nut!"
Then the tailor took one of the stones, quickly
exchanged it for a nut, put it in his mouth, and
-crack it was in two.
I must try once more," said the bear.
" When I see you do it, it seems as if I might
So the tailor handed him the stones again,
and he worked and bit with all his strength,
but, as you very well know, without success.
When he was tired of trying any longer, the
tailor took a violin from under his coat and
began to play. As soon as the bear heard the
music, he rose on his hind legs and began to
dance. When he had danced a while, he was
so pleased that he asked: "Is it very hard to
play on that fiddle ? "
Mere child's play," replied the tailor. See,
I hold it with my left fingers, and draw the
bow with my right, and then merrily sounds
the music, hoop-sa-sa! viva-la-lera! "
Then I must learn to fiddle, so I can dance
whenever I want to," said the bear. What do
you think of it? Will you teach me ?"
"Willingly," said the tailor, "if that is pos-
sible. Let me see your paws. They are too
long; your nails must be cut off a little."
So a vise was brought and the bear placed
his paws in it, and allowed the tailor to screw
Now wait until I run and get the shears,"
said the cunning little fellow, and, leaving the
bear to growl as much as he liked, he lay down
in a corner on a bundle of straw and slept
quietly till morning.
When the princess heard the bear growling
in the night, she thought it was from joy over
the little tailor whom he was making a meal of.
So when she rose in the morning, she felt very
happy and light-hearted. But what was her
surprise on going down to the bear's stall to
find the tailor as fresh and lively as a fish in
water. She could no longer make objections;
she had given her word, and the king ordered a
carriage at once to take the couple to the church
that they might be married.
They had no sooner entered the carriage
than the other tailors, who had wicked hearts
and envied their companion his good luck, set
the bear free from the vise, and allowed him to
follow the carriage. The princess soon heard
him snorting and growling, and cried out. in
great fright; The bear is chasing us, and will
carry you off."
But the tailor was ready for him. Standing
on his head he stuck his legs out of the window
and called : Do you see that vise ? If you
don't go away, you will find yourself in it again."
The bear no sooner heard this, than he turned
around and ran off as fast as he could. The
tailor drove on with the princess to the church
where he made her his wife. They returned to
the castle and the wild little tailor and the
haughty princess lived as happy as meadow-
larks all their lives. Whoever doubts it, will
be fined a dollar.
THE WISHING GIFT.
THERE once lived a queen who had no chil-
dren. Every morning she went into the garden
and prayed God to send her either a son or a
daughter. One morning an angel came to her
and said: Be happy; God will send you a
son, and he shall have the 'wishing gift,' and
whatever he-wishes for shall be given him."
The queen was very happy wh-n she heard
this, and went and told the king the joyful mes-
sage. He was greatly pleased, and after a time,
when the child was born, their happiness seemed
Every morning the queen took the child to
the park, in which were many kinds of animals,
and gave him a bath in a beautiful clear fountain.
It happened. one time, after she had given the
child his bath and he lay in her lap, that the
queen fell asleep. An old cook who knew that
THE WISHING GIFT.
the child had the 'wishing-gift,' came and stole
him away. He cut off a chicken's head, and
dropped the blood upon the queen's dress and
apron, then having hidden the child in a secret
place, ran and told the king that the queen had
let the wild animals carry off her child. When
the king saw the drops of blood, he believed the
cook, and was so full of rage he ordered a high
tower to be built, in which neither sun nor moon
In this place the queen was to be imprisoned
for seven years without food or drink, and so
perish. But she did not die; God sent two white
doves that came twice a day during all the seven
years, and brought her food.
About this time the cook thought to himself:
" If the child has the 'wishing-gift,' and I remain
here, he may bring some misfortune upon me."
So he left the king's palace and went where the
child was concealed. He was now old enough
to talk, and the cook said to him : Wish for
a beautiful castle and garden, and all that will
make them complete."
The child wished, and scarcely were the words
out of his mouth, when everything appeared that
he had wished for. After a while the cook said:
"You should not be alone ; wish for a beautiful
little playmate." The king's son wished, and a
little maiden more beautiful than an artist could
paint stood before him.
So the two children grew up together and
loved each other dearly, and the cook had an
important place in the household. But the
thought came to him one day that the prince
might wish some time to return to his father,
then great trouble would come upon him. So
he called the maiden to him one day and said :
" When the prince is asleep to-night, I wish you
to go to him, and thrust.this knife into his heart.
You must bring me his heart and tongue or you
will lose your life." So saying he left her.
But when the next morning came, the maiden
had not done as he told her. "How can I take
the life of an innocent person who has never done
harm to any one? she said.
"If you do not do this, it will cost you your
life," said the cook.
The maiden went away and had a young deer
brought and killed. She took the heart and
tongue, laid them upon a plate, and when she
saw the old man coming, said to the prince:
"Lie down in your bed, and draw the cover over
The old cook entered: "Where are the heart
and tongue of the prince?" he asked.
The maiden handed him the plate, but the
young prince sprang up, saying : "You old sin-
ner, why did you wish to kill me ? Now you
shall receive your punishment. You shall be-
come a black poodle-dog and wear a golden
chain around your neck; glowing coals shall be
your food until the flames come out of your
mouth." It was no sooner said than the cook
was changed into a poodle-dog with a golden
chain about his neck. The servants were or-
dered to bring live coals for him to eat, and he
was obligedto eat them until the flames came
out of his mouth.
Not long after the king's son thought of his
mother, and wondered whether she were still
living. So he said to the maiden: "I should
like to return to my native land. Will you go
with me ? If you will, I will take good care of
you." "Oh, no," she replied; "the way is so
long; and what would I do in a strange land
where I am not known ?" So because she was
not willing to go, and yet did not wish to be
separated from him, he changed her into a pink,
and took her with him. Thus he set out for
his native land, the poodle-dog running along
When he came to the tower where his mother
was shut up, he wished to enter it; but it was
very high, and could be entered only from the
top. So he wished for a ladder, which was im-
mediately given him. He mounted it, and look-
ing down into the tower, called: Dearest
mother, are you living, or are you dead?"
"I have just eaten, and am satisfied," she re-
plied, thinking it was the dove she heard.
I am your dear son," he called again, whom
the wild animals stole from your lap; but I am
still living, and will soon come to help you."
Then he descended, and went to his father,
THE WISHING GIFT.
pretending he was a hunter, and wished to enter
his service. The king was willing to receive
him if he would promise to bring him game, for
they had not been able to find any in his king-
dom for years. The prince promised to bring
him all he could possibly use on the royal table.
Then he called the hunters together, and they
set out for the woods. Just outside the forest,
he had them form in a circle, leaving one end
open, then he began to wish. Immediately there
came rushing from the woods some two hundred
head of game, which ran into the circle, where
the hunters quickly shot them. When they had
finished, there were sixty wagon loads to take
home to the king, and the royal table was spread
as it had not been in years.
The king was so pleased that he invited all
his court to dine with him the following day.
When they were assembled, he said to the hun-
ter: "As you were so successful, you shall sit
near me." r
"Pardon me, your majesty, but I am only a
poor hunter," he answered.
But the king insisted, and he was obliged to
take the seat of honor. As he sat there, he.
thought of his dear mother, and wished that one
of the king's chief servants would ask after the
queen. And as he wished, so it was done,-the
marshal stepped forward and said: "Your royal
majesty, we are living and feasting in great hap-
piness, may I ask at this time how it fares with
the queen ? Is she living, or is she dead ?"
:But the king replied: "She allowed the wild
beasts to carry off my son; I wish to hear noth-
ing about her.'
Then the hunter rose and said: Most hon-
ored father, the queen is living, and I am her
son. The will animals did not steal me away;
but a wicked man, the cook, stole me from my
mother's lap while she slept, and sprinkled the
blood of a chicken on her dress to deceive you,"
and pointing to the dog with the golden collar,
he said: "Here is the wicked man." Then
he ordered burning coals to be brought, and the
dog was obliged to eat them before all the com-
pany till the flames came out of his mouth. The
hunter then asked the king if he would like to
see the cook restored to his proper form. The
king said he would, the hunter wished, and im-
mediately the cook stood before them, with
white apron on, and knife by his side. When
the king saw him, he was very angry, and
ordered him thrown into the deepest dungeon.
"And now, dear father," said the hunter,
"would you like to see the maiden who has
cared for me so tenderly, and even saved my life
at the risk of her own ?"'
"Oh, yes," said the king, I should be very
happy to see her."
You shall see her first as a beautiful flower,"
said the hunter, and he took the pink from his
pocket and stood it in a vase on the king's table.
Every one admired it, and the king said lie had
never seen so beautiful a flower.
"Now I will show you the maiden," said the
hunter. He wished, and the flowers changed
to a maiden, more beautiful than any artist
could have painted.
The king sent two waiting maids and two at-
tendants to the tower to bring the queen to the
royal table. They led her in, but she could eat
nothing, and only said : The dear God, who
has preserved me in the tower, will soon set me
free." She lived three days and then died happy.
The two white doves that had fed her in the
tower, followed her to her grave, and when they
had buried her, hovered over it in the form of
two angels from heaven.
The old king was so grieved over the sad fate
of his wife, that he died soon after. The son
became king of the land and married the beau-
tiful maiden that he had brought with him as a
flower ; but whether they are living yet is not
known to you or me.
THE THREE SNAKE LEAVES.
ONCE there was a poor man who was unable
to support himself and his only son. So the son
said to him one day: It is too hard work, dear
father, for you to earn bread for both of us.
Rather than be a burden to you, I will go out
into the world and earn my own living."
So the father gave him his blessing, and took
leave of him with many tears.
At this time a great war was going on. The
youth enlisted, and marched to the battle-field.
He won his honors in his first battle. There was
great danger, the shot rattled round him like
rain, and his comrades fell on every side. Finally
their leader was slain, and the soldiers were
ready to take flight. Then the youth stepped
out, and calling loudly, Let none desert
his native land," inspired them with new
courage. They followed him, as he
led an attack, and routed the enemy.
When the king heard the v
news of the victory, and
that he had to thank
the brave youth alone
for it, he raised him to the highest rank in the
army, gave him great treasures,'and made him
second to himself in the kingdom.
Now the king had a daughter who was very
beautiful, but odd and full of strange fancies.
She had made a vow never to marry any one
unless he would promise before their marriage,
that if she died first, he would be buried alive
"If he loves me with his whole heart, what
would his life be worth to him after I am dead ?"
she would say. And on the other hand, she
was willing to be buried with him, should he
" IT WENT BACK, AND QUICKLY RETURNED, BRINGING THREE GREEN LEAVES IN ITS MOUTH.
THE THREE SNAKE LEA VES.
This strange vow had frightened away all
suitors, but the young soldier was so charmed
with her beauty, that he cared for nothing ex-
cept to obtain the consent of her father.
"Do you know what you must promise ?"
asked the king.
I must promise to be buried in the grave
with her, if I outlive her," he replied. ".But
that has no terrors for me, my love is so great."
At this, the king gave his consent, and the
marriage was celebrated with great pomp.
They had lived together in happiness and
contentment a long time, when the queen was
seized with a fatal illness. Remedies were sought
in vain. The physicians could not help her,
and she died. Not until she lay there dead, did
the young prince remember his promise. He
shuddered at the thought of being buried alive.
But there was no escape. The king had placed
a watch at every gate, that he might not escape
his fate. When the day came on which the
body should be laid in the royal vault, he was
led away with it, and the iron door was closed
Near the coffin -stood a table, on which four
tapers, four loaves of bread, and four bottles of
wine had been placed. As soon as these came
to an end, he knew he must die. So each day
he ate the smallest morsel of bread, and drank
only a little sip of wine. Thus day by day he
sat in the tomb, with a heart full of pain and
sorrow, waiting for death that he saw coming
nearer every day.
One day, as he sat gazing before him, he saw
a snake crawl out, of the corner towards the
dead body. Seizing his sword, he said: "As
long as I live you shall not touch her," and he
cut the snake in three pieces. In a little while
a second snake crawled out of the corner, but
seeing the other lie dead, cut in three pieces, it
went back, and quickly returned, bringing'three
green leaves in its mouth. It then took the
three pieces of the snake, laid them together,
and placed a leaf on each of the wounds.
Immediately the parts became joined, the
snake moved and was once more alive, and the
two crawled hastily away together. But they
left the leaves lying on the ground. The un-
happy man, who had watched them in all they
had done, now thought that the leaves that had
the power to bring a snake to life, might restore
a human being. He picked up the three leaves,
and laid one on the mouth of his dead wife, and
the other two on her eyes. He had hardly done
this, when the blood began to circulate, and
tinge her pale cheeks, soon she breathed, then
opening her eyes, said : Where am I ?"
You are with me, dear wife," he answered,
and he told her how she had died, and been re-
stored to life again.
Then he gave her bread and wine. As soon
as she. was strong enough, she rose, and going
to the door, knocked and called until the guards
heard her. They quickly ran and told the king,
who came himself and opened the door, rejoic-
ing greatly to see them both alive and well.
But the young prince took the three snake-leaves
with him, and giving them in charge of a serv-
ant, said: "Preserve these carefully, and al-
ways keep them with you. Who knows in
what great need they may serve us again ?"
But a great change had come over the
princess since she had been restored to life ; it
-seemed as if all love for her husband had died
out of her heart. Some time after, the prince
wished to take a voyage over the sea, to visit
his old father. While they were aboard the
ship, the princess forgot the love and faithful-
ness of her husband, and how he had brought
her to life, and took a wicked fancy to the cap-
tain. One day, when the prince lay asleep, she
called the captain to her, and one of them tak-
ing the sleeper by his head, and the other by
his feet, they threw him into the sea.
After this shameful deed was done, she said
to him; Now let us return home, and say
that he died on the voyage, and I will praise
you in such a manner to my father, that he will
consent to our marriage, and leave the crown
to you at his death."
But the faithful servant who had charge of
the snake-leaves, had seen everything. Un-
noticed he had lowered a boat, and leaving the
traitors to themselves, went back to find his
THE THREE SVAKE LEA VES.
master. He soon discovered the body, and
drew it up into the boat. With the aid of the
snake-leaves, which he laid on his eyes and
mouth, the prince was soon restored to life.
Both of them rowed with all their strength,
and the little boat flew over the water so swiftly,
that they reached home before the others. The
old king wondered at seeing the young prince
alone, and asked what had happened. When
he heard of his daughter's wickedness, he said :
"I cannot believe she would do such a wicked
deed. But the truth will soon be brought to
light." Then he told both the prince and his
servant to hide themselves in a private room of
his, and let no one know of their arrival.
Soon the great ship came sailing home, and
the wicked princess appeared before her father
with a sad face. "Why have you returned
alone ? Where is your husband ?" he asked.
"Alas, dear father," she replied, "my hus-
band was taken suddenly ill during the voyage,
and died. If it had not been for this good cap-
tain, who assisted me, and conducted me home,
I do not know what evil would have befallen
me. He was with me when my husband died,
and can tell you all about it." Then the king
said : "I will bring the dead to life," and
opening the door of the private room, led out
the prince and his servant.
The Princess was thunder-struck. Falling
upon her knees, she begged for mercy. But
the king said : I have no mercy. Your hus-
band was ready to die with you, and restored
you to life, but you murdered him while he
slept, and you shall receive the reward you
She and her companion were placed in a
leaky vessel and carried out to sea, where they
soon disappeared beneath the waves and were
seen no more.
FATE OF THE GUILTY PRINCESS AND HER COMPANION.
THE IMP IN THE BOTTLE.
THERE lived once a poor wood-cutter who
worked hard from early morning till late at
night. After a long time he managed to lay by
a small sum. Calling his son to him one day,
he said : You are my only child, and I wish
the money that I have earned by the sweat of
my brow to be used for your education, that
when I am old, you may have some trade by
which you can support me."
So the youth was sent to a high school, and
was so industrious and successful in his studies
that his teachers were greatly pleased with him.
When he had passed through two courses of
study, the father's savings were exhausted and
he was .obliged to return home.
"Alas !" said his father sadly, "I can give
you nothing more, for in these hard times I can
scarcely earn our daily bread."
"Dear father," replied his son, do not give
yourself any further trouble about me. What-
ever is God's will is for the best. I can adapt
myself to circumstances."
As the father prepared to go out into the
forest to cut some cord-wood, his son said : "I
will go with you and help you."
That will be too hard work for you," said
the father ; "you are not accustomed to it, and
would soon tire out. Besides I have only one
axe, and no money to buy another with."
Go to your neighbor, and borrow one, until
I can earn one for myself," said his son.
So the wood-cutter borrowed an axe of his
neighbor, and the next morning at break of
day, both father and son were on their way to
the woods. At noon the father proposed that
they rest while they ate their lunch, but the son
said: "You rest father; I am not tired, so I
will walk about a little and look for bird's nests."
Then the son took his bread in his hand, and
went joyfully away into the woods, peering
among the green branches for any nest he
could find. He ran hither and thither till
finally he came to an immense oak, that must
have been several, hundred years old. As he
stood gazing at it, he thought he heard a voice.
He listened, and heard in a smothered tone,
" Let me out! let me out !" He looked around,
but could find nothing, but it seemed as if the
voice came from the earth.
Where are you ?" he cried.
I am hidden here at the root of the oak, let
me out! let me out" was the reply.
The scholar began digging and searching
about the roots. Finally in a little hole he
found a glass bottle. He held it up in the light,
and saw a creature springing up and down in it
that looked like a frog.
"Let me out! let me out !" it called more
loudly than ever, and the scholar, not suspect-
ing any evil, took out the stopper. The crea-
ture jumped out, and immediately began to
grow, and grew so rapidly that in a few minutes
he was half as big as the trunk of the oak.
Do you know what your reward will be for
letting me out ?" he cried in a fearful voice.
"No," replied the scholar, not at all fright-
ened, "how should I know ?"
Then I will tell you," said the giant; "your
neck shall be broken." You should have told
me that before," said the scholar, and I should
not have let you out. But I shall save my neck
yet; there are more people to be consulted in
People or no people," said the giant, "you
shall receive your reward. Do you think I have
been shut up so long out of mercy ? No, it was
for punishment. I am the mighty Mercury, and
he who sets me free must have his neck broken."
Softly !" said the scholar, "do not be too
fast. First I must know if you are really this
great person. If you are, you may do with me
as you like. Could you enter the bottle again ?"
That would be a great feat !" said the
giant., full of sc6rn, and he immediately began
to shrink, until he was as little and thin as be-
fore and crept through the same opening into
the bottle. Scarcely was he in, when the
scholar quickly put in the stopper, and threw
the bottle back to its old place under the oak.
As the scholar turned to go back to his
THE IMP IN THE BOTTLE.
father, the voice called to him most pitifully:
" Oh, please let me out, please let me out!"
No, not a second time," said the scholar.
"He who has threatened my life, shall not
escape when once I have caught him."
If you will let me out, I will give you riches
that will last your lifetime," he pleaded.
No," said the scholar, you would cheat
me as you did the first time."
You are throwing away a fortune," said the
bottle-imp. I will do nothing to you, except
reward you richly."
The scholar thought: "I will venture; he
may keep his word, and do me no harm."
So once more he took the stopper from the
bottle, and in a moment the giant stood before
Now you shall have your reward," he said,
handing him a little rag that looked like a
plaster. "When you place one end of this on
a wound," he continued, "it will heal at once;
and if you place the other end on steel.or iron,
it will change into silver."
"I must try it first," said the scholar, and
going to a tree, he cut a deep gash in it with his
axe. He rubbed the gash with one end of the
rag,-and it closed at once.
"You have told me the truth," he said, and
now we can part." The giant thanked him for
his freedom, and the scholar in turn thanked
the giant for his gift, and then went back to
join his father.
Where have you been ?" asked his father.
" Why did you forget the work ?"
Have patience, father, I will soon make up
for it," he said.
"Make up for it, indeed," said his father
angrily, that is not possible."
"Now look, father, and I will cut down the
tree at one blow," he said. He rubbed the plas-
ter on his axe, and struck a powerful blow on
the tree, but as the axe had been changed into
silver, the edge turned.
"Oh, look, father!" he cried, "what a miser-
able axe you have given me; it is all twisted."
The father was frightened, and said: Alas !
what have you done ? Now I must pay for the
axe. That is all the good I get from your help-
Do not be angry," said the son, I will pay
You stupid fellow !" he cried, "how can you
pay for it? you have nothing except what I
give you. You have only book-learning in your
head, you know nothing about wood-cutting."
In a little while the scholar said: I cannot
work any longer, let us have a holiday evening."
"What is that?" said his father. "Do you
think I am going to sit with folded hands, be-
cause you do ? Go on home if you want to,
but I will stay and work."
"This is the first time I have been in the
woods, and I do not know the way home alone,
please go with me," he said.
Much against his will, the father consented
to go. On the way he said to his son: "Go
and sell the axe you spoiled. Get what you
can for it, and what is lacking I will supply, so
we can pay our neighbor."
The son took the axe to a goldsmith, who
weighed it and said: "It is worth four hundred
dollars. I haven't so much cash by me."
Give me what you have," said the scholar,
"and what's lacking, I will lend you."
The goldsmith gave him three hundred dol-
lars, and there remained one hundred owing.
The scholar went home and told his father he
had the money, and asked how much the man
would want for his axe.
About a dollar," said his father.
Then pay him two dollars," said the son,
"that is just double. See I have money in
abundance," and he handed his father a hundred
dollars, saying: Take your comfort now, you
shall never want again."
"In heaven's name !" exclaimed the old man,
how did you come by this money ? "
The youth told his father what had happened
in the woods and how he had risked his life
for the fortune.
Afterwards, he went back to school and fin-
ished his education, and as he was able to heal
all wounds with his plaster, he became the most
celebrated doctor in the world.
ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES "
MANY years ago, there lived a king who was
noted for his wisdom throughout all the land.
Nothing was unknown to him, and it-seemed as
if the news of every secret act or word was ,
brought to him through the air. .',_
He had a strange custom, however. Every>
day at noon, when the dinner had been removed,. .
and no one was present at the table, he had a.
trusty servant bring on another dish. This was
always covered, and even the servant did not
know what it contained, for the king never
removed the cover, nor ate of the dish, until he
was quite alone.
This went on for a long time, until one day p
the servant's curiosity got the better of him,
and as he carried the dish away from the table, -
he took it to his own room. After carefully
locking the door, he lifted the cover, and saw -
lying in the dish a white snake. At the sight .
of it, he could not resist tasting it, so he cut off i
a little piece and put it in his mouth. It had _-_
scarcely touched his tongue, when he heard
strange whisperings of soft voices near his -
He went and listened, and soon saw that it
was the sparrows, who were telling each other -
all they had seen in the fields and woods. The
little piece of snake which he had eaten, had
given him the power to understand the speech
Now it happened on this very day, that the
queen had lost her most costly ring, and as this
trusty servant had access to every part of the
palace, suspicion fell on him that he had stolen
it. The king ordered him into his presence,
and with angry words threatened to have him
tried and sentenced, if he did not find out before "X.1
to-morrow, who had committed the act. In
vain he declared his innocence; the king was
In his distress and anxiety, he went down
into the court-yard. The ducks were sitting
near each other, quietly resting on the flowing THE SERVANT'S CURIOSrT GETS THE BETTER OF HTAM
ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER.
stream. They were pluming their feathers with
their smooth bills, and idly gossipping together.
Just now they were telling where they had been
that morning, and what they had found for
breakfast. Suddenly the servant heard one of
them say in a vexed tone :
"There is something heavy lying in my
stomach. In my haste this morning, I swal-
lowed a ring that lay under the queen's window."
The duck was immediately seized by the
neck, and carried into the kitchen. Kill this
for dinner," said the servant to the cook; see
what a fat duck it is !"
Yes," said the cook, as she lifted it, it has
spared no trouble in cramming itself, and has
been ready for roasting some time."
She cut off its head, and in dressing it, found
in its stomach the queen's ring. Now the serv-
ant could easily prove his innocence to the
king, whose only wish when he heard the story,
was to repair the wrong he had done. He
promised to grant any favor the servant should
ask, and bestowed upon him the highest position
in his court.
But the servant declined all honors, and asked
only for a horse and some money, that he might
travel about for a little while.
His request was granted, and he set out on
his travels. One day as he was passing a pond,
he saw three fishes that had become caught in
the reeds, and were gasping for water. Although
people say that fishes are dumb, yet he dis-
tinctly heard their complaint that they must
die so miserably.
Having a kind heart, he got down from his
horse, and put the three fishes again into the
water. They splashed about for joy, and stick-
ing their heads out of the water, cried: "We
will often think of you, and some day you will
be rewarded for having saved us."
He rode away, and in a little while, it seemed
as if he heard a voice from the sand beneath
his feet. He listened, and heard the complaint
of the ant-king :
If these men with their awkward animals
would only keep away There comes a stupid
horse, whose heavy hoofs will trample on my
people without mercy."
The rider turned his horse aside, and the ant-
king called to him : We will remember you,
and reward you."
The way now led through a forest. As he
rode along, he saw a father-crow and a mother-
crow throwing their children out of their nest.
"Away with you, you gallows-birds !" they
cried. We cannot feed you any longer ; you
are big enough to take care of yourselves."
The poor little crows lay upon the ground,
flapping and beating their wings, and crying :
" We are helpless children. How can we take
care of ourselves, when we cannot fly ? There
is nothing left for us, but to die of hunger."
The king's servant felt sorry for them, and
getting down from his horse, drew his dagger,
and killed it, and left it for the young crows to
feed upon. They hopped towards it, crying:
" We will remember you, and reward you some
He must now use his legs. He travelled a
long way, until he came to a large town, where
streets were crowded with people making a
great noise. A rider was going through the
town crying: The king's daughter wishes a
husband, but the person who sues for her hand,
must perform a very difficult task, and if he
fails, he must forfeit his life."
Many had attempted the task, but had failed,
and lost their lives. But when the king's serv-
ant saw the princess, he was so dazzled by her
beauty that he forgot the danger, and went before
the king and offered himself as a suitor.
He was. at once conducted to the sea, and a
gold ring was thrown into the waters. The
king told him to fetch the ring from the bottom
of the sea, adding : And if you return without
it, you shall be thrown back again, till you per-
ish in the waves."
Every one pitied the beautiful youth, and
went sadly home, leaving him standing on the
sea-shore alone. While he was considering
what he ought to do, all at once he saw three
fishes swimming towards him, and they were
none other than the three whose lives he had
The middle one had a mussel in its mouth,
ONE GOOD TURN DESERVES ANOTHER.
which it laid at the young man's feet. He
picked it up, opened it, and saw lying within,
the gold ring. Full of joy, he took it to the
king, expecting to receive the promised reward.
But the proud princess, learning that he was
not so well born as herself, refused him with
scorn, and said he must perform another task.
She went down into the garden, and taking ten
sacks of grain, scattered it over the grass, say-
ing: You must have this all picked up by
to-morrow morning before the sun rises, and
not one kernel must be wanting."
The youth thought for a long time how it
were possible to do this task, but at last he gave
up, and sat waiting sadly for the first dawn of
day, when he should be conducted to his death.
But when-the morning rays of the sun fell upon
the garden, not a kernel of grain was to be
seen. It had all been gathered up, and the ten
sacks were standing together, full, with not a
The ant-king had come in the night with his
thousands of subjects, and the grateful little
insects had gathered up the grain, and put it
into the bags.
The princess herself came into the garden
the next morning, and saw with astonishment
that the task had been accomplished. But her
proud heart would not yield yet.
You have done both of the tasks I required
of you, but you shall not become my husband
until you bring me an apple from the tree of
The youth did not know even where the tree
of life grew, but he set out, determined to walk
as far as his legs could carry him, but with lit-
tle hope of ever finding it. He had travelled
through three kingdoms, when, one evening, he
came to a forest, and being very tired, lay down
under a tree to sleep.
He heard a rustling in the branches, and
presently a golden apple fell into his hand.
Immediately three crows flew down to him, and
perching on his knee, said :
"We are the three young crows that you
saved from starving. When we were grown we
heard that you were looking for the golden
SHE SAW THREE FISHES SWIMMING TOWARDS HIM."
SBE A RSKIN.
apple, so we flew over the sea, even to the end
of the world, where the tree of life stands, and
brought you the apple."
Full of joy he returned home, and -gave the
golden apple to the beautiful princess, who
now had no more excuses. They divided the
apple of life, and ate it together. Then her
heart was filled with love for him, and they
lived united in unbroken happiness to a good
ONCE there was a young fellow who enlisted
as a soldier. He was very brave, and when the
shot fell like rain, was foremost in the battle.
As long as the war lasted, he was well provided
for, but when peace was proclaimed, he re-
ceived his discharge, and was told by the
captain he might go where he liked.
As his parents were dead, and he had no
home, he went to his brothers and begged them
to give him shelter until the war broke out
again. But his brothers were hard-hearted, and
said: What do we want of you ? You cannot
do anything. Come, stir yourself, and see if
you cannot make your way through the world."
Shouldering his gun,' which was the only
thing he owned in the world, the soldier left
them, and wandered forth into the fields. He
saw a circle of trees, and going to them, he sat
down and thought over his fate. "I have no
money," he said to himself, "I know no other
trade than soldiering, and now that there is
peace, that is not needed. I see I must die of
Suddenly he heard a rustling sound, and
looking round, saw a strange man standing
-before him, wearing a long green coat. He
would have looked very stately and grand but
for one thing-he had a hideous horse's foot.
I know very well what you want," he said
to the soldier. You shall have money and
possessions, as much as you can possibly use.
But first I must know if you are easily fright-
ened, for I cannot spend my money in vain."
A soldier and fright! what have they to do
with each other?" said the soldier. You can
test me and see."
Very well," answered the stranger. Look
The soldier turned around and saw a large
bear, growling and coming towards him.
"Oho!" he cried, "I will tickle you on the
nose so that you will lose all desire for growl-
ing," and taking aim at the bear's snout, he
fired, and the bear moved no more.
"I see that you do not lack courage," said
the stranger, but there is one other condition
that you must agree to."
"If it will not affect my eternal happiness,"
said the soldier, I shall not be afraid of agree-
ing to anything."
You can judge for yourself," replied Green-
coat. For seven years, you must neither wash
yourself, nor comb your hair and beard, nor cut
your nails, nor say your prayers. Then I will
give you a cloak and a mantle which you must
wear during this time. If you die before the
seven years are up, you are mine, but if you
live, then you shall be free and rich for the rest
of your days."
The soldier thought of his great poverty, and
how many times he had faced death without
fear, till finally he consented to the conditions.
Then the stranger took off the green coat and
handed it to the stranger, saying: Wear this,
and whenever you put your hand in the pocket,
you can take out a handful of gold." Then he
took the skin from the bear, and said: "This
shall be your mantle and your bed, you will
not be allowed to sleep in any other, and on
account of your dress, your name henceforth
shall be Bearskin." So saying, the stranger
BE ARS KJ N.
The soldier put on the coat, and the first
thing put his hand into his pocket and found
the money was indeed a reality. Then he
threw the bearskin over his shoulders and went
out into the world. He was in good spirits and
denied himself nothing that money could buy.
The first year passed quite pleasantly, but dur-
ing the second he began to look like a monster.
Hip hair and beard almost covered his face, his
nails were like long claws, and his face was so
dirty, that if any one had sown seed on it, it
must have grown. People that saw him, ran
away as fast as they could, but because he gave
much money to the poor, they prayed for him,
that he might live the seven years, and for the
same reason that he had plenty of money, he
was always able to find shelter.
In the fourth year, he came to an inn where
the landlord would not take him in, and even
refused to give him a place in his stables, fear-
ing he would frighten his horses. But when
Bearskin took out a handful of ducats, the land-
lord softened, and gave him a room in one of
the out-buildings, after he had promised that he
would not allow himself to be seen, as it might
give the inn a bad name.
In the evening as Bearskin sat alone in his
room, wishing from the bottom of his heart that
the seven years were ended, he heard a loud
crying in an adjoining room. As he had a kind
heart, he opened the door to learn the cause of
the distress. As he did so, he saw an old man
striking his hands over his head and crying
bitterly. Bearskin went towards him, but-at
the sight of him the old man jumped up as if he
would run away. But when he heard a kind
human voice speaking friendly words to him, he
came back and told the soldier his troubles.
All his property was gone, and his daughters
must suffer want. He was so poor that he
could not pay the landlord, and would there-
fore be put into prison.
If that is your only trouble, I can help you,
I have plenty of money," said Bearskin, and
calling the landlord, he paid him what was
owing him and gave, besides, a purse -full of
money to the old man.
The old man did not know how to show his
gratitude. Come with me," he said, my
daughters are wonders of beauty, you may
choose one of them for a wife. When they
hear what you have done for me, they will not
refuse you. Perhaps you do look a little
strange, but they will soon put you to rights."
Bearskin was pleased and went home with
the old man. When the oldest daughter saw
him, she was so shocked, she uttered a. loud
cry and ran away. The second one stood still,
and looked him over from head to foot.
"How could I accept a man who does not
look like a human being? The shaved bear
that came here once, and tried to pass himself
off for a man, pleased me better than this one,
for he wore a soldier's hat and white gloves.
If the man were simply homely, I might get
used to him."
But the youngest one said: Dear father, he
must be a good man to have helped you in
your distress, and if you have promised him a
bride, you must keep your word."
It was a shame that the soldier's face was
covered with hair and dirt or one could have
seen how his heart laughed for joy when he
heard these words. He took a ring from his
finger, broke it in two, gave half to her, and
kept half himself. On her half he wrote his
name, and on his own he wrote hers, and told
her to preserve the piece carefully.
"I must go away for three years," he said.
"If I do not return, you will know I am dead,
and you will be free. Pray to God that my life.
may be spared." Then he went away.
The poor bride-dressed herself in black, and
whenever she thought of her bridegroom, tears
came into her eyes. Both her sisters made her
an object of ridicule and scorn.
You must be very careful," said the oldest
one, "when you give him your hand, that he
does-not scratch you with his claws."
"Tale care, bears love sweet things, and if
he should be pleased with you, he might eat
you up," said the second.
You must always do as he wishes you to or
he will begin to growl," continued the first.
But what a lively time we shall have at the
wedding," said the second, bears are such
But the bride said nothing and would not
allow her heart to be turned from her lover.
In the meantime, Bearskin travelled about in
the world from one place to another, giving
alms and doing good, and receiving in return
the prayers of the poor that his life might be
spared. Finally the last day of the seven years
came. He went to the meadow and seated
himself under the trees. He did not wait long
before the strange man appeared. He looked
at the soldier angrily, and throwing him his
old coat, asked for his green one back again.
"Not just yet," replied Bearskin, "first you
must make me clean." The man was obliged
to do this; he brought water, washed the
soldier, combed his hair and beard, and cut his
nails. Then he looked once more a brave
soldier, and even handsomer than before.
Then the stranger vanished, to Bearskin's de-
light. He went to the nearest town, bought a
beautiful velvet suit, in which he dressed him-
self, seated himself in a carriage drawn by four
white horses, and drove to the house of his
bride. No one knew him, the father thought he
was some great general, and conducted him
into the room where his daughters were. He
was seated between the two oldest ones at the
table. They paid him every attention, gave him
the best wine and the choicest food, and thought
they had never seen a handsomer man. But
the youngest one sat opposite in her black dress,
with down-cast eyes, and did not utter a word.
When he asked the father for the hand of one
of his daughters, the two oldest ones jumped
up and ran to their room to put on their costliest
dresses, for they thought one of them of course
would be the chosen bride. When the stranger
was alone with his bride, he dropped his half of
the ring in a glass of wine and handed it across
the table to her. She took it, drank the wine, and
saw the half-ring in the bottom. Her heart beat
quickly as she held up the other half, which she
wore tied to a ribbon around her neck. The
two parts fitted together.
"I am your promised bridegroom," he said,
" whom you knew as Bearskin, but by the mercy
of heaven, I have been restored to my proper
form and once more made clean." He went to
her and embraced and kissed her.
At this moment the two sisters entered in
full dress. When they saw that the handsome
stranger had chosen their young sister, and
learned that he was no other than Bearskin, they
rushed out of the house full of rage and scorn,
and so great was their disappointment, one of
them drowned herself in the well, and the other
hung herself on a tree.
At evening some one knocked at the door.
The bridegroom opened it and there stood
Green-coat, looking perfectly satisfied.
I gave up your soul, but I have now two
others," he said, referring to the two sisters, and
then went away, and was seen no more.
THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN.
IN a little village, there lived a poor old
woman. One day she gathered a dish of beans,
which she wished to cook for dinner. So she
made a fire upon the hearth, and that it might
kindle more quickly, threw on a handful of
straw. As she was pouring the beans into the
pot, one of them dropped on the floor, and
rolled near a straw, and soon after this a glow-
ing coal popped from the fire, and fell near both.
Then the straw began to speak: "Good
friends, where did you come from ?"
I had the good luck to spring from the fire,"
answered the coal. "If I had not had the
strength to tear myself away, my death was
certain, for I should have been burnt to ashes."
The bean replied : "I also narrowly escaped
with a whole skin. If the old woman had put
me in the kettle, I should have been cooked
THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN.
to pieces without mercy, 4ike
the rest of my comrades."
"And I too!" exclaimed
the straw. "Would my fate
have been any better ? All my
brothers went up in the fire
and smoke; the old woman
-seized sixty at one time, and
took away their lives. Hap-
pily I slipped through her
What shall we do now ?"
asked the coal.
"I think," said the bean,
"as we have all been so for-
tunate as to escape death, we
had better keep together as
good friends, and before
another misfortune overtakes
us, leave this place, and travel
into a strange land."
This proposition pleased
the other two, and they all
set out at once on their trav-
els. They had not gone far
when they came to a little
stream, and as there was
neither bridge nor boat, they
were at a loss to know how
they should get over. Finally
the straw said :
"I will throw myself across
the stream, and you can walk
over me as if I were a bridge."
So the straw stretched him-
self from one bank to the
other, and the coal, who was
a hot headed youth, tripped
boldly out upon the newly-built bridge. But
when he reached the middle, he became fright-
ened, stopped, and dared not move another
step. The straw began to burn, and breaking
in two pieces, fell into the stream. The coal
slid in after'him, hissing and steaming as he
struck the water, and he too gave up-the ghost.
The bean, who had remained on the shore,
was so amused that she laughed so heartily her
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THE THREE COMPANIONS START FORTH ON THEIR TRAVELS.
sides burst. Her fate would have been no bet-
ter had it not been for a tailor-who happened to
be resting near the little stream. He felt sorry
for the little bean when he saw her burst in two,
and taking out his needle and thread, sewed her
together. The bean thanked the tailor very
prettily for his kindness; but as he had used
black thread to sew with, from that day to this,
every bean has a black mark on it.
THE WONDERFUL CABBAGE.
ONE day a young hunter went out into the
woods. His heart was light and merry, and he
walked along without any fear, whistling care-
lessly on a leaf. Suddenly he met an ugly old
woman, who spoke to him and said: "Good-
day, dear hunter, I am suffering from hunger
and thirst, please give me some money that I
may buy food." The hunter felt sorry for the
old woman, and gave as much as he could
afford to help her. He was moving away, but
she caught hold of him, and said: "Listen to
what I say, dear hunter. Because you have
such a kind heart I will reward you. Go on for
a little way and you will come to a tree, in the
branches of which sit nine birds holding a
mantle in their claws and quarreling over it.
Shoot into their midst, and the mantle will fall,
and one of the birds will drop dead. Take
the mantle-it is a wishing mantle-and throw
it over your shoulders, and whatever place you
wish to be in, you have only to wish, and you
will find yourself there. Then take the heart
from the dead bird and swallow it, and every
morning on rising, you will find a gold piece
under your pillow."
The hunter thanked the wise old woman, and
thought as he went away: She has made me
fine promises, if they will only come to pass."
But he had not gone more than a hundred
steps before he heard a great twittering and
fluttering among the branches. He looked up
and saw a number of birds fighting with their
bills and claws over a cloth.' They screamed
and scratched and tore, as if each one were
determined to have the cloth for himself alone.
"This is strange," said the hunter; "it has
happened just as the old woman said it would,"
and taking his gun from his shoulder, he fired
among them. Immediately the mantle fell and
one of the birds also. He did as the woman
had commanded him, cut open the bird, took
out the heart, and swallowed it. Then he threw
the mantle over his shoulders and went home.
The next morning, when he awoke, he re-
membered the promise, and wished to know if
it had come true. He lifted his pillow and there
lay a shining gold piece. The next morning
he found the same, and the next, and so on
every morning he continued to find one until
he had a great pile of gold pieces.
Finally he said : Of what use is all this
gold to me, if I always stay at home ? I will
take it and go out into the world."
He bade his parents good-bye, took his hunt-
ing-bag and gun, and started on his travels.
One day as he came out of a thick woods he
saw before him a splendid castle. An old
woman and a beautiful young girl stood in one
of the windows looking out. The old woman
was a witch, and she said to the girl : "Yonder
comes one from the woods who has a wonderful
gift. We must get it away from him, dearest
daughter ; it will be of greater use to us than to
him. He has a bird's heart within him, and
every morning finds a gold piece under his pil-
low." Then she told her how they must act,
and the part the maiden was to play, and lastly
she said with angry eyes : "If you do not obey
me, evil will come upon you."
When the hunter came nearer and saw the
beautiful maiden,.he said to himself: "I have
travelled a long distance and am tired; I think
I will rest awhile at this splendid castle ; I have
money enough to pay for my entertainment."
But it was the form he had seen in the window
that made him pause in his travels.
He was received in a friendly manner and
was very politely entertained. In a short time
he was deeply in love with the maiden and had
no wish but to do her bidding.
Then the old woman said to her daughter:
"Now we must have the bird's heart; he will
not miss it when it is taken from him."
She prepared a drink for him and gave it to
her daughter, to hand to the hunter. She gave
it to him, saying: Now, dearest, drink to
my health." He could not refuse, so he took
the glass, and swallowed the mixture at one
draught. Instantly the bird's heart sprang out
of his mouth and the maiden carried it away
THE WONDERFUL CABBAGE.
secretly and swallowed it, as the old woman had
commanded her to do. The hunter found no
more gold pieces under his pillow; they were
found instead under the maiden's, but this gave
him no uneasiness, for he was so bewitched over
the girl, he cared only for her pleasure.
"We have the bird's heart, now we must take
the wishing-mantle away from him," said the
Oh, no! do not let us take that," replied
the maiden, for then all his wealth will be
gone." This made her mother angry, and she
cried: "That mantle is a wonderful thing,
and is seldom found in this world. I must and
shall have it." She struck the maiden, and then
added : If you do not mind me, you will be
sorry for it."
A short time after, she placed herself by the
window, as her mother had told her, and gazed
Why are you so sad'?" asked the hunter.
"Alas! dear heart," she replied, "far away
from here is a granite mountain covered with
precious stones, I long so much to go there,
that whenever I think of it, it makes me sad.
But how can one go there ? Only the birds can
fly back and forth, but a human being can never
reach that mountain."
Is that all you wish for ? asked the hunter.
" I can soon take that trouble from your heart,"
and wrapping his mantle around them both, he
wished himself over on the granite mountain.
In an instant they were both sitting there, sur-
rounded on every side with precious stones.
What a joy it was to see them After they had
gathered together some of the most beautiful
ones, a drowsiness came over the hunter, and
he said to the maiden: I am so tired I cannot
take another step, let us sit down and rest a
little," and laying his head in her lap, he soon
fell asleep. Then she placed his head gently
on the ground, took the mantle from his shoul-
ders, fastened it on her own, gathered up the
precious stones, and wished herself home.
When the hunter awoke, and found that the
maiden had deceived him, his heart was filled
with pain and sorrow.
"Alas" he cried "was there ever such un-
faithfulness as this!"
He knew not where to go nor what to do,
but as he sat there in despair, three giants, to
whom the mountain belonged, came striding
along. When he saw them he quickly stretched
himself out on the ground, as if he were in a
deep sleep. As the giants passed him, one of
them kicked him with his foot, and said : "What
earthworm is this ?"
Step on him, and kill him," said the second
But the third one said scornfully : He is not
worth the trouble. Let him live, he cannot stay
here, and if he climbs up higher, the clouds
will seize him, and carry him away."
Then they left him, but the hunter had heard
all they said, and as soon as they were out of
-sight, he rose, and climbed to the top of the
mountain. He sat there a little while, then a
great cloud swept over the mountain and car-
ried him away. He floated 'hither and thither
through the air, and finally sank down into a
garden full of cabbages and other vegetables.
If I only had something to eat," he said as
he got up and looked around him, but there
is not an apple nor a pear or any kind of fruit
here, nothing but cabbages."
He selected a fine large head of cabbage and
began to eat it, but he had not taken two mouth-
fuls before he felt a wonderful change come over
him. His arms were changed into legs, so that
now he had four instead of two, his head grew
large and thick, and his ears loig. He saw to
his horror he had been turned into a donkey.
But as he was very hungry, he continued eat-
ing. By chance he tried another kind of cabbage,
which, as soon as he had tasted it, turned.him
back again to his former shape.
Then he lay down and slept, quite worn out
with weariness. When he awoke the next morn-
ing, he broke off a head of the bad and also
of the good cabbage.
"With these I shall be able to get my own
back again, and punish the unfaithful," he said,
and hiding the two heads of cabbage under his
coat, he climbed over the wall and went away
to find the castle of his faithless bride. After
THE IVONIERFUL CABBAGE.
wandering about a couple of days, luckily lie
found it again.
He stained his face and hands so that his own
mother would not have known him, and went
to the castle and asked for a night's lodging, say-
ing he was so tired he could not go any farther.
Countryman, who are.you, and what is your
business ? asked the witch.
I am a king's messenger," ne replied. "I
was sent out to find the choicest cabbage that
grows in the world. I have been so lucky as to
find it, but the heat of the sun has been so
great, that the tender leaves are wilting, and I
am afraid I cannot take it any farther."
When the old woman heard of the choice
cabbage, she wanted it and said : "Dear friend,
let me try this wonderful cabbage."
Why should I not ?" he replied. "I have
two heads with me, and I will give you one,"
and he opened his coat and gave her the one
that would work evil.
But the witch suspected nothing wrong. Her
mouth watered so for the cabbage that she went
herself to the kitchen to prepare it. When it
was ready she could not wait till it was brought
to the table, but took off a couple of leaves and
put them in her mouth. She had scarcely swal-
lowed them, when her human form was gone,
and she ran out into the court-yard, a little
donkey. Just then the maid came, and seeing
the cabbage there, took it up to carry to the
table. On the way, she took off a couple of
leaves, ate them, and in an instant the dish fell,
and another donkey was running in the yard.
In the meantime, the hunter and the beautiful
maiden were sitting at the table waiting for the
cabbage to be brought them. As no one ap-
peared with it, the hunter thought: "It has
done its work," and said aloud: I will go my-
self to the kitchen and bring it."
When he reached there, he saw the cabbage
on the floor and the two donkeys in the yard.
Very good!" he said, "two have received
their reward," and picking up the remaining
leaves he laid them on the dish, and brought
them to the maiden. I brought the costly
food myself," he said, "that you might not have
to wait." She ate of it, lost her beautiful form
and face and ran out to join the others.
The hunter washed the stains from his face
and hands, and then went out and said: "Now
you shall receive your reward."
He tied all three to a rope, and drove them
before him till they came to a mill. He knocked
on the window, and the miller put his head out
and asked what was wanted.
"I have three ugly animals here, that I do
not wish to keep any longer," he said. "If you
will give them food and shelter until I come
for them, I will pay you what you ask."
Certainly," said the miller, but how shall
I treat -them ? "
The hunter replied: "The old one (which
was the witch) "is to be beaten three times a
day and fed once." The young one (which
was the maid) "is to be beaten once and fed
three times; but-the youngest" (which was the
beautiful maiden) "is" not to be beaten at all,
and fed three times." He had not the heart to
have the one whom he had loved so dearly,
beaten like the others.
Having given these orders, he went back to
the castle, and found all that he was in need of.
A few days passed, and then the miller came
to him and said; "The old donkey that you
commanded me to beat three times a day and
feed once, is dead. The others are alive and eat
three times a day, but they are so sad, that I
cannot have them around any longer."
The hunter's heart was touched. He went to
the miller's, and fed the donkeys some of the
good cabbage, and they were restored to their
natural shape. '1he maiden fell on her knees
before him and said ; Alas, my lover, forgive
me the wrong I have done you, I did it against
my will, for my mother compelled me. Your
mantle hangs in a closet, and I will prepare a
drink that will give you the bird's heart again."
The hunter no longer thought of punishment,
and said: You may' keep them both; it is
all the same, for you shall now become my
Their marriage was celebrated and they lived
in great happiness till their death.
THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR, OR SEVEN AT ONE STROKE.
ONE summer morning, a little tailor sat on
his table by the window, cheerfully plying his
needle. Presently a peasant woman came
down the street, crying : "Good jam for sale!
Good jam for sale!"
That is just what I want," he thought, and
putting his head out of the window, he called:
" Here, up-stairs, my good woman here is the
place to sell your goods !"
The woman carried her heavy basket up
three flights of stairs, and unpacked all the little
pots of jam. The tailor took up each one, held
it to the light, smelt of it, and finally said:
"This jam seems to be very good. Weigh me
out four half-ounces ; I would not mind if you
made it a quarter of a pound." The woman,
who had hoped to make a good sale, gave him
what he asked for, and went away vexed and
"This jam will be a blessing to me !" cried
the tailor. "It will give me fresh
strength and energy," and taking the
bread from the cup-board, he cut a
slice around the loaf, and spread it over
with jam. That will not taste bad to
S me," he said ; but before I take a bite
of it, I will finish this vest."
He laid the bread near him, and
stitched away, taking longer and longer
stitches in his joy and haste. In the
meantime, the flies that were sitting
on the wall, had been attracted by
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THE LITTLE TAILOR AND THE GIANT.
THE BRA VE LITTLE TAILOR, OR SEVEN AT ONE STROKE.
the sweet smell of the jam, and were settling
down in swarms upon the bread.
Hey who invited you to come here !" said
the tailor, as he drove the unbidden guests
away. But the flies did not understand Eng-
lish, would not be driven off, and returned in
still greater numbers.
Suddenly the little tailor went head over
heels into the chimney-corner, saying ; "Wait,
I will give it to you!" He pulled out an old
cloth, and struck at the flies without mercy.
When he lifted the cloth, he counted no less
than seven lying dead before him with out-
What a fellow I am he said, admiring his
own bravery. The whole town must hear of
this deed," and he hastily cut out a belt, and
stitched on it in large letters, "Seven at one
The town, indeed why the whole world
shall hear of it !" and his heart fluttered for joy,
like a little lamb's tail.
The little tailor fastened the belt around his
body, and went out into the world, for he
thought the workshop was too small a place
for so much bravery. Before leaving, he looked
around the house, to see whether there was
anything he could take with him. He found
nothing but an old cheese which he put into
his pocket. As he went out, he saw a bird en-
tangled in the bushes. This he caught and put
into his pocket also.
He now set out bravely on his journey, aifd
as he was light and nimble, felt no wearj'ess.
The road led him up a mountain. When he
reached the highest point, there, quite at his
ease, sat a powerful giant looking around him.
Not at all frightened, the little tailor walked
up to him, and said: "Good day, comrade.
You have a fine position there, indeed, from
which to look out upon the world. I am on my
way to seek my fortune: would you like to go
with me ? "
You scamp! you miserable fellow!" said
the giant, looking scornfully at the tailor.
That may be," answered the tailor, and
unbuttoning his coat, he showed him the belt,
saying: You can read for yourself what kind
of a man I am."
The giant read, Seven at one stroke," and
thinking it meant seven men whom he had
killed at one stroke, became more respectful
to the little man. But the giant wished to test
his strength, and taking a stone in his hand,
squeezed it until the water ran out.
"Do that," said the giant, and I shall know
then that you are strong."
Is that all? said the little tailor, that is
only play for me," and seizing the soft cheese
he had in his pocket, he squeezed it until the
whey ran out of it. Indeed, I think that was
a little better than you did," he said.
The giant did not know what to say, and
could hardly believe it of the little man.
Then he picked up a stone, and threw it so
high in the air, that the eye could not follow
it. "Theie, you little whiffet, do that, if you
can," he said.
"Well done said the tailor; but the stone
will fall again to the earth. I will throw one
that will not come back again," and taking the
bird from his pocket, threw it into the air. The
bird, glad of its freedom, flew higher and higher
till it was lost to sightarqd&aever returned.
"How doqesthat please you, comrade? asked
the tailo '
"You throw very well," was the reply. "But
c ..e,. let me see if you can lift as well as you
He led the little tailor to a mighty oak, that
had fallen to the ground, and said: "If you are
strong enough, help me carry this tree out of
"Willingly," replied the tailor, "only you lift
the trunk on your shoulder, and I will carry the
branches with all their little twigs-that will be
the heaviest part."
So the giant took the trunk of the tree on his
shoulder, and as he could not look around to
watch him, the little tailor seated himself among
the branches, and thus the giant had to carry
not only the whole tree, but the tailor besides.
The little fellow behind was very cheerful, and
whistled a merry tune, "There rode three
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tailors out from the gate," as if carrying a tree
were mere child's play.
The giant dragged the heavy load a short
distance, and then stopped. "I shall let the
tree fall," he cried, do you hear ?"
The tailor sprang nimbly down, and seized
the branches with both arms, as if he had been
You are such a big fellow, and yet cannot
carry this tree a little way," he said.
They went on together. Soon they came to
a cherry tree. The giant seized the top where
the ripest fruit hung, and bending it down,
handed it to the tailor, telling him to help him-
self. But the little tailor was entirely too weak
to hold the tree down, and as he took hold of
it, it sprang back, jerking him high into the air.
As he dropped to the ground in safety, the
giant said: "What is the matter with you?
Haven't you strength enough to hold a little
switch like that ?"
It was not for lack of strength," replied the
tailor. Do you think that would be anything
difficult for one who has killed seven at one
stroke ? I sprang over the tree, because I saw
some hunters shooting in yonder thicket. You
do the same, if you can."
The giant made the attempt, but could not
get over the tree, and remained sticking in the
branches. So once more the little tailor had
the best of him. Soon the giant said: Since
you are so brave a fellow, come and spend the
night in our cave."
The little tailor was ready, and followed him.
As he entered the cave, he saw several other
giants sitting by the fire, each holding a roasted
sheep in his hands, eating his supper. The
tailor looked around, and thought: "This is a
much bigger place than my workshop." The
giant showed him a bed, and told him to lie
down and go to sleep. But the bed was en-
tirely too large for him, and he would not lie in
it, but instead, crept into a corner. At mid-
night, the giant rose, and thinking the tailor
was fast asleep, took an iron bar, and struck
the bed a blow so heavy that it broke in two.
"There, I think that has finished the little
grasshopper," he said, and he went back to bed.
Early in the morning the giants went out into
the forest. They had quite forgotten the little
tailor, when suddenly he appeared before them,
as bold, and as merry as ever. Now he will
strike us all dead at one blow," they thought,
and greatly frightened they ran away as fast as
Rid of them, the little tailor followed his
nose, and travelled on, till he came to the
courtyard of a king's palace. Feeling tired, he
lay down on the grass, and went to sleep.
While he lay there, the people came and looked
at him on every side. But when they read o:n
his belt, Seven at one stroke," they ex-
claimed: "Alas! what is this great warrior
doing here in a time of peace? lie must be
some mighty hero!"
They went and told the king, who thought
what a powerful and useful man he would be in
case of a war, and sent one of his courtiers to
tell the soldier as soon as he awoke, that he
wished him to enlist in his service. The court-
ier remained standing by the sleeper until he
opened his eyes and stretched his limbs, thea
he delivered his message.
That is just what I came here for," the tailor
replied ; "I am ready to enter the king's service
at once." Then he was received with great
honor, and a handsome house was given him to
But the soldiers were afraid of him, and
wished him a thousand miles away. What
would become of us," they said among them-
selves, if we should quarrel with him, and he
struck at us ? Seven would fall at every stroke.
We cannot stand against such a man." So they
decided they would go before the king in a
body and resign. We cannot remain near a
man, who can kill seven at one stroke," they
said to the king. The king was grieved that
he must lose all his faithful servants on account
of one man, and wished he had never set eyes
on him. He would willingly have allowed him
to resign, but he did not dare mention it, for
fear such a powerful soldier might destroy his
whole kingdom, and seat himself on the throne.
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He considered a long time, and at last thought
of a plan.
He sent for the little tailor and told him that
as he was so great a hero, he was about to ask
a favor of him. In a woods not far from the
palace lived two giants who were a terror to the
country. They lived by murder and theft, and
no one would venture near them for fear of
losing his life. If you will overcome and kill
these giants," said the king, I will give you
my only daughter in marriage, and half my
kingdom for a wedding present. I will also
Sallow a hundred mounted men to go with you
and assist you."
That would be something for a man like
me," thought the tailor; "the king's daughter
and half a million are not offered every day."
Then he answered ; Oh, yes, I can soon cap-
ture the giants, but the mounted men are not
necessary: a person who can kill seven at one
stroke, has nothing to fear from two."
The tailor set out, followed by a hundred
riders. But when he reached -the edge of the
forest, he said to them : Remain here ; I pre-
fer to meet the giants alone." Leaving them,
he ran quickly away into the woods, looking
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cautiously on every side. Soon he saw the
giants. They were lying under a tree asleep,
and snoring so loudly that the branches trem-
bled. The little tailor lost no time, but quickly
filled his pockets with stones, and climbed the
tree. When he reached the middle, he slid
down on one of the limbs, until he was directly
over the sleepers, and dropped one stone after
another upon the breast of one of them. After
some time, the giant awoke, and pushing his
companion roughly, said: "What are you hit-
ting me for?"
You have been dreaming, I haven't hit
you," said the other, and they both lay down
and went to sleep. Then the little tailor let
some stones fall on the other giant. "What
was that?" he cried. '' What are you throwing
I haven't thrown anything," replied the first
They quarreled about it for a time, and then
as they were both tired, they let it drop, and
fell asleep again. The tailor now began his
game anew, and picking out the largest stone
threw it with all his strength upon the breast of
the first giant.
'THEY WERE LYING UNDER A TREE