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TI ERE was once an old miller who
had three sons, and after his death
his property was divided among them.
- The eldest son had the mill, and he soon
set the sails going round and round, and
the farmers and neighbors brought their
corn and wheat to be ground, and money
came in very fast. So he was all right,
and h'ad no cause to complain.
The second son did not fare so well,
however, for he had nothing left him but
a donkey, and he was quite down-hearted
about it for a while. Then the thought
struck him that
he might join in
with his elder
brother, and by
taking the grain
to and from the
mill might earn
enough to live on.
This turned out
to be a good plan, and he thought him-
self lucky in having such a faithful serv-
ant as the little donkey. So he was all
right, and had no cause to complain.
But the third son fared the worst of
all, for all that fell to his share was a cat,
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and that was about as good, he thought,
as nothing at all.
He sat down to think in what way- he
could earn a living, and bemoaned his
fate with bitter sighs and tears.
"What shall I do?" he cried aloud.
".If I kill the cat and sell her skin, that.
won't go far toward keeping me out of
the poor-house! Oh, how much worse
I am off than my brothers!"
The cat sat near his master andcheard
every word he said; and when he paused
for a moment, Puss came forward, and
in a clear voice said: Dear master, do
not be so cast down. If you'll give me
a pair of boots and a game-bag you shall
have no cause for complaint." The young
man did not understand how the cat
could be of any service to him, but as he
ha: always been a clever puss he thought
it best to humor him.
So Puss was measured for a pair of
well-fitting boots, and as soon as they
came.home he put them on, hung the
game-bag round his neck, and set off on
Through the woods and over the IieIls
he ran till he came near a rabbit warren,
when he crept more cautiously fr fear
some of the bunnies might hear him, for
they have very sharp ears. He opened
the game-bag, into which he ,;had put
some bits of cabbage and fresh parsley,
and arranging'the strings of the b:ag in
a clever way, waited patiently for a visit
from the rabbits.
Presently two or three young ones
came hopping up and t \.itching their long
ears. They sniffedaround for'a while at
the entrance of the bag, and then hopped
in and beegan munching and nibbling at
the parsley and cabbage, little thinking
of the fate that awaited them. All at
once the cat gave the string a jerk, and
the bunnies were caught in a trap, and
though they kicked ever so hard they
couldn't get out. Puss lost no time in
killing them, and slinging the game-bag.
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over his shoulder, he set out for the king's
palace. He went up to the guard at the
gate, as grand as you please, and said he
desired to speak with the king. His
manner was so determined that the sen-
tinels dared not refuse him, and Puss
made his way straight to the king's pri-
I obliged to him." And he could not help
wondering who the Marquis of Caralas
Swas, and why he had never heard of him
before. But Puss was so aristocratic in
his appearance there could be no doubt
that he belonged to a master of high rank.
Satisfied with the success of his inter-
view with the king, the cat bowed himself
ELP HELP FOR THE LORD MARQUIS OF CARABAS !
Here he took off his cap, threw down out with all the grace of a well-bred
his bag, and with a flourish of his tail pre- courtier.
sented the gifts he had brought with the A day or two afterwards he went out
compliments of his master, the Lord with his boots and bag in search of more
Marquis of Carabas. Puss made quite game, and succeeded in trapping a couple
a grand speech, to which the king replied, of young partridges, which he speedily
"Tell my lord marquis that I accept his killed and presented to the king, with a
present with great pleasure, and am much suitable speech.
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For three or four weeks he managed
to send a present to the king every day
or two; and hearing one day that the
king was to take his lovely daughter for
a drive by the river side, Puss devised a
cunning scheme which he proceeded to
carry out in the following manner:
Go and bathe in the river, dear
master," said Puss, "and leave the rest
to me." The master consented to do as
Puss told him, although he failed to see
the necessity of bathing in that place at
Presently the king's carriage drove in
sight, and Puss began to run to and fro,
and wring his paws, and toss them over
his head as if almost distracted. Then
he cried out at the top of his voice:
"Help! help! help! my master is being
drowned! Help for the Lord Marquis
The king looked out of the carriage-
window, and recognizing the cat who
brought the presents of game and fruit,
he ordered several of his guard to go to
the assistance of the lord marquis.
But the rogue of a cat
was not satisfied with this,
he knew that his master's
shabby clothes would
_never do for a marquis,
so he ran to the carriage
S- and told the king that a
(,-\f wicked thief had stolen
ii / his master's fine clothes
''while he was in bathing.
Puss said that as soon as
-/ he knew of the loss he
gave chase to the thief,
but, though he ran miles
and miles could find no
trace of him.
The king at once or-
dered a suit from his own
wardrobe to be brought
for the Marquis of Cara-
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has; and the young man who was
handsome fellow, looked very fine inde(
in his new garments, as he came up
the carriage to thank the king for h
kindness. His majesty was so please
with him that he insisted that my lol
marquis should enter the carriage ar
take a drive with him; and the daught
looked as if she were not at all di
pleased at the proposal. In fact,. she w
rather struck with the appearance of tl
Marquis of Carabas. As soon as Pu
saw his master safely in the carriage 1
ran on until he came to a field where
party of reapers were gathering .in tl
*harvest. The cat went up to the me
and said: If you don't say, when tl
king asks you, that this field belongs
the Marquis of Carabas, you shall all I
chopped as fine as mince meat."
The reapers were startled at first, ar
then amused at the little creature in boot
but they promised to do as they were tol
and Puss took his departure.
When the royal carriage passed ti
field soon afterward, the king
stopped, and calling one of
the reapers to him, asked to
whom all that fine wheat ,
belonged. "To the Marquis
of Carabas, your majesty,"
answered all the reapers.
"You have a very fine
crop of wheat, my lord marquis," said the
Yes, your majesty," replied the mar-
quis: and the king thought he had never
met such a nice and modest young man.
As the king passed through the different
fields he did not fhil to ask to whom they
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belonged, and was surprised at being told
they were the property of the Marquis
".Really, my lord marquis," said the
king, "your possessions are very exten-
Yes, your majesty:" and the princess
thought he was the handsomest young
man she had ever laid eyes on.
Now there was in these parts a very
fine castle in which dwelt an ogre, who
was a great giant and a magician. The
cat had a slight acquaintance with him, so
he posted off to the castle, rang the bell
loudly, and told the ogre he had come to
make him a visit and inquire after his
health. The ogre was much obliged to
the cat, and invited him in, which was
just what Puss wanted. He at once
accepted the invitation, and sitting down
at a table, with his paws tucked cosily to-
gether, entered at once into conversation.
"Sir," said Puss, I am. told that you
are a mighty magician."
S"That is true," said the ogre.
"And I have heard," said Puss, "that
you can transform yourself into the shape
of various animals."
"That is very true," said the ogre.,
"But I mean large animals;, an ele-
phant for instance."
"That is quite true," said the ogre,
"as you can see for yourself," and saying
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a few magical
words, he stood
before the cat in
the shape of an
I/ with a long trunk,
Sears, and a pair
of sharp tusks-
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Puss was rather startled at the change,
but he soon mustered courage and went
on: Well, that is really marvelous, in-
deed! But can you change your shape
to any animal you choose ?"
"Certainly,"said the ogre, and hewaved
his trunk in the air, flapped his ears, and
presently stood before the astonished cat
in the shape of a huge African lion, with
bristling mane, glaring eyes, and a most
ferocious display of white teeth.
The cat gazed at him for a while in
astonishment and fear, but when the lion
opened his mouth and gave a great roar,
Puss flew down the stairs and escaped
through an open window.
The ogre was delighted with the success
of his performance, and laughed heartily
at the way in which he had frightened his
Puss kept up his growling and spitting
for some time, but after he had recovered
from his fright he entered the room again.
excusing himself to the ogre for leaving
in such haste. Resuming his seat at the
table he began:
Sir, I should never have believed
these wonders possible if I had not seen
them with my own eyes. You are, indeed,
a great magician, but I have heard of a
conjuror who could assume the shape
of small animals as well as large ones.
That must be exceedingly difficult, and
require long practice."
One is as easy as the other," said the
ogre,'who was vain of his powers, and
did not like to think there was any one
greater than he.
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But I mean, said Puss, "small ani-
mal's like a cat or a mouse."
J udge for yourself," said the ogre, and
in a moment he was capering about the
room in the shape of a mouse. In less
than a second, the cunning cat had sprung
upon him, and with his sharp teeth he
soon put an end to him.
Puss sat for a moment after swallowing
the ogre, licking his lips, and congratula-
ting himself upon the excellent condition
into which he had brought his young
master's affairs; for had he not now
a fine castle, into which he need not ,
beashamed to ask the king to enter
to rest after his long ride. But the
sound of the king's coach coming near
reminded him that he had still much
to do, so he ran up stairs, and dressed
himself hastily in a fine suit of clothes "
which he found in a closet, and which,
being intended for a little dwarf, just
fitted him. Then he went to the
castle entrance to receive the royal
Great, indeed, was the surprise of
the Marquis of Carabas, when he
beheld his cat so finely dressed, and
heard him deliver the following speech,
with great dignity: Welcome your
majesty, and your royal highness, to.
the castle of my master, the Marquis
of Carabas As the honor is an
unexpected one, pray pardon the hasty
arrangements made for your reception.
To tell the truth, my master has not long
been in possession of this castle, but if
you will be pleased to alight and take
some refreshments, this will be the proud-
est day of my life, and of my master's, the
Lord Marquis of Carabas."
Upon my word, my lord marquis,"
said the king, "you have a splendid
castle here, and I should greatly enjoy
giving it a closer inspection. I am tired
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of being cramped up so in this coach, and
the long drive has given me quite an ap-
petite. Will you join us, my daughter?"
The princess was only too glad to
gratify her curiosity, and the king gra-
ciously commanded the marquis to take
her by the hand and lead her into the
While they were walking through
the upper rooms, which were splendidly
furnished, and in the closets and ward-
robes of which there was a grrat store
of beautiful clothes which the princess
especially admired; the cat slipped away
to the kitchen to order a banquet to be
prepared, and when the party returned to
the great hall, they sat down to a feast
that was, indeed, fit for a king.
With each glass of wine he drank, the
king became more and more
jovial, and seemed to grow very
fond of ,the marquis, to whom
he said: It will be your own
fault, my Lord Marquis of Car-
abas, if you do not become our
-- son-in-law, provided our dauglh-
ter has no objection.
At this plain speech the prin-
,- cess blushed and hung her head,
but didnbot look at all displeased,
while the marquis rose at once
from his seat, thanked the king
for the-honor he desired to be-
sto\v upon him, and accepted the honor
The cat's joy was so great that he had
to go out of doors and stand on his head
for a while, and kick up his hind legs in
1There is little more to tell. The mar-
quis returned with the king and princess
to their palace, where the wedding took
place with much pomp and ceremony.
The king, of course, gave away his
daughter, and the cat was present in a
lovely court suit. The two brothers of
the Marquis, came to attend the wedding,
but Puss thought that as they had taken
no notice of his master w hen he was poor,
they had no right to expect any honors
now that he was rich ; so he. gave them
a piece of his mind, which made them glad
to slip away home to the mill as quietly
as possible. Their brother, however, after-
wards returned good for evil by giving
each of them a fine farm, and as they
were industrious fellows, and cultivated
their land diligently, they became quite
well-to-do in the course of time. But it
was always a cause of regret to them
that they had treated their younger
brother so shabbily in the days when he
had sat forlorn, not knowing what he
should do to earn a living.
The Ma quis of Carabas made a good
husband, an I he and the princess lived
most happily together. As for the cat,
he became a great lord and never had to
hunt rats and mice except for his own
amusement. He was fond of fine clothes,
and used to go about the court dressed
in velvets and satins of the best quality,
made up in the latest fashion. He had
very pleasing manners, which made him
a great favorite, particularly with the
ladies. He lived to a good old age,
and when he died, his grateful master
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put up a monument in his honor. His
memory was venerated in the highest
degree by his fellow-cats, who held him
up as an example to their kittens. But
while many of them may have tried to
imitate him, none, has ever been able to
rival the famous Puss in Boots.
rival the famous Puss in Boots.
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