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ONCE upon a time at the window of a grand Palace sat a
Queen. Peeping ih at the window were sweet-scented
roses, pure white, and crimson. "Oh," said the Queen, as she
gazed at them, how I should love to have a daughter with
hair as black, as my ebony table, and a face red and white as
my beautiful roses."
Not long after, the Queen's wish was granted,
for she had a little baby "
girl given her whose hair
was coal black, skin lily
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a while the King married
again. His second wife
was very beautiful, but
she was unkind and
Svain and could not bear
lto think that anybody
0. :was as beautiful, as she.
T A magic mirror aung in
her chamber, and before
[ this every day she used
j /'/. to stand and say-
"Mirror, tell me true, am I not of fair the fairest? "
and the mirror answered every day-
"Your beauty, Queen most fair, is of rare the rarest."
And so the Queen was made happy for many years. But
Snowdrop grew up exquisitely lovely, much riorc lovely than
her stepmother, and when one day the Queen asked her mirror
the usual question, the mirror replied
"Fair, but Snowdrop's beauty is of rare the rarest.
The Queen was dreadfully jealous; she called a huntsman
and told him to take Snowdrop into the forest and kill her. So
the huntsman took poor little Snowdrop but she begged so hard
toi be spared that he consented to let her go if she would run
away and never go near the Palace again. -Then he went back,
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- Te little men ne
Sto the Queen, and she,
thinking Snowdrop was
S/ dead, was greatly de-
lighted, and told him as
SL a reward, that he might
.9',',>- chase the wild boar when
-., he would, without further
l Poor little Snow-
Sdrop was very much
S- frightened when she
S/found herself alone in
the great big forest. She ran on and on and at last she came
to a little house. She knocked at the door but riobody came,
so she went in, and there she found a table on which were
seven plates and seven bowls of food, seven knives and forks
and seven glasses of wine. Snowdrop was very hungry so
she tried a little from all, but the seventh glass of wine
and the seventh bowl of food were
'most to her taste, and those she
emptied. Then she went upstairs
where she found seven beds, and r
being tired lay down on one of them -_(
and went to sleep. Now. this little "'
house belonged to seven tiny men
and presently they came home from
work. They soon found that some
.one had been at their food, and when
they went upstairs they saw Snowdrop.
She looked so beautiful lying there
with her black hair and rosy cheeks,
that they did not wake her, and in the
morning when she had told her story, they asked if she would
like to keep house for them as they were away at work all day,
andSnowdrop was very glad to doso.
Meantime the wicked Queen
went to her mirror and asked the
usual question, and the mirror told
her that Snowdrop was the most
beautiful creature. So then the
Queen knew that she was still "
alive, and she dis-
guised herself as an
old woman and went
out to search for her.
.She -wandered on
till she came to
the little cottage,
anid there she \
s h wed Snowdrop
The Prince arrives in the forest.
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man (l/(ll' kpt waimck
lovely ribbons and laces which she had to sell. Snowdrop was
charmed with the things and thought the old woman very kind
when she offered to comb her hair for her. But the comb the
Queen used was poisoned, and directly she touched the little
girl's head, poor little Snowdrop fell down dead. The little men
were dreadfully sorry when they came home, but they found
the comb and pulled it out, and then Snowdrop sat up quite
well again. They knew the old woman must be the wicked
Queen and told Snowdrop to be more careful.
When the Queen found from her mirror that her step-
daughter still lived, she poisoned an apple, on one side only,
and then went in another disguise to see her. She showed the
apple and said '" see, I will eat a part to show you how good it
is,'.' but she eat the part which was not poisoned, and then
Snowdrop thought the other half must be as good as it looked,
and bit it. No sooner had she done so than she fell down dead.
Oh, how the little men cried when they came home I
They put the body in a glass coffin, and one always stayed.
away from work to take care of it. One day a Prince came by,
and he said that- he would give anything to have such a lovely
maiden to take about with him, even if she were dead. The
little men would not give her up at first, but at last they
consented. As they moved the coffiii they stumbled over a
stone, and the shaking caused the piece of apple to fall out of
Snowdrop's mouth, and she sat up, quite well. So then the
Prince married her, and the little men jumped for joy. But
the wicked. Queen was so angry that she smashed the mirror
and cut herself so badly, that she
was.never beautiful any more.
Grace C. Floyd.,
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