Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Blue Beard
 Jack The Giant Killer
 Sinbad The Sailor
 Back Cover

Group Title: The Aladdin wonder book : containing Aladdin, or the wonderful lamp, Sinbad the sailor, Blue Beard, Jack the giant killer.
Title: The Aladdin wonder book
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00026165/00001
 Material Information
Title: The Aladdin wonder book containing Aladdin, or the wonderful lamp, Sinbad the sailor, Blue Beard, Jack the giant killer
Alternate Title: Aladdin
The wonderful lamp
Sindbad the sailor
Blue Beard
Jack the giant killer
Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Geyser, J. B ( Illustrator )
Thomson, Peter G ( Peter Gibson ), 1851-1931 ( Publisher )
Publisher: Peter G. Thomson
Place of Publication: Cincinnati
Publication Date: 1881
Subject: Children's stories -- 1881   ( lcsh )
Folk tales -- 1881   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1881   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1881
Genre: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Folk tales   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Ohio -- Cincinnati
General Note: Includes publisher's advertisement at end of text.
General Note: "With twenty-eight colored illustrations."
General Note: Illustrations by J.B.Geyser.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00026165
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001626339
oclc - 25387409
notis - AHQ1032

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Front Matter
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Title Page
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        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
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        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
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        Page 22
    Blue Beard
        Page 23
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    Jack The Giant Killer
        Page 40
        Page 41
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        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
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    Sinbad The Sailor
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    Back Cover
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OR, THE WONDERFUL LAMP.Aladdin was the son of Mustapha, a magician then artfully inquired of per-very poor tailor, in one of the rich sons standing near, the name and char-provinces of China. When the boy acter of Aladdin, and their answerswas old enough to learn a trade, his fa- confirmed the opinion he had alreadyther took him into his own shop; but formed of his bad habits. The strangerAladdin loved play more than work, now pressed in among the crowd ofand neglecting his business, frequented boys, laid his hand on Aladdin'sthe company of all sorts of idle boys shoulder, and said: " My lad, art thouand vagabonds. His father dying while not the son of Mustapha, the tailor ?"he was yet very young, he spent his "Yes, sir," said Aladdin; "but mywhole time in the streets, and his poor father has been dead these manymother was obliged to spin cotton, day years."and night, to procure sufficient of the "Alas!" cried the stranger, "whatcoarsest fare for their support. afflicting tidings! I am thy father'sOne day, as Aladdin was playing as brother, child, and have been forusual amidst a whole troop of vagabond many years traveling into foreignboys, a stranger passing by stood still countries; and now that I expected toto observe him. The stranger was a be happy at home I find him dead!"famous African magician, who, having Aladdin stood like one stupefied, tillneed of the assistance of some ignorant his pretended uncle pulled out twoperson, no sooner beheld Aladdin than pieces of gold, and gave them to him,he knew, by his appearance, that he was bidding him run home, and desire hisan idle and good-for-nothing boy. The mother to get a supper ready, as he

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PLADDIN, ORP THE ONDERFUL LA/P.intended to spend a few hours with his you of keeping a shop?" Aladdin wasbeloved sister-in-law, that very even- overjoyed at this proposition, and heing. Aladdin having pointed out the told his uncle he had a greater inclin-house, hastened home with the gold ation to that business than to anyand the tidings to his mother, who other.was no less amazed than himself; she The next morning, early, the magi-had never heard her husband mention cian set out with Aladdin. Theymore than one brother, and that one walked through the principal streetshad died before Aladdin was born. in the city, looking into the fine shops,She could not, however, she thought, and many rarities, till they came todoubt the word of a gentleman who the extremity of the town. As it washad sent her two pieces of gold, and a fine day, the magician proposedshe went joyfully to market, where she that they should continue their walk;bought excellent provisions, and was and they passed through innumerablecooking in her best manner, when the gardens and fine meadows; till theymagician knocked at the door. After arrived at the entrance of a narrowsaluting his dear sister-in-law, as he valley, bounded on all sides by loftycalled her, and having said a great and barren mountains. "Dear uncle,"many affectionate things of his de- cried Aladdin, "where are we goingceased brother, Mustapha, they sat now? see, we have left all the prettydown to supper; after which the magi- gardens a long way behind us; let uscian, looking round the house, said: go back."" My dear sister, it grieves me much "No, no," said the magician, seizingto see such an appearance of poverty hold of Aladdin's arm, "no going backabout you; I hope my nephew, Alad- at present. I will show you more won-din, does his duty to you? It is time derful things than any you have seenthat he should be able to supply you yet, and what no person ever saw be-with many comforts." fore." Aladdin followed his uncle stillThe poor old woman burst into tears, further into the valley. Suddenly, theand the magician, turning to Aladdin, magician stood still, and in a roughsaid: "This is sad, nephew; but it is tone of voice, perfectly unlike hisnever too late to mend. What think former mode of speaking, commandedI

ALADDIN, O, THE )IONDERFUL AMiP.,Aladdin to gather together some loose his uncle desired him to perform.sticks for a fire. "Come, then," said the magician,Aladdin obeyed him, and when he " take hold of that brass ring, and lifthad collected a large heap, the magi- up the stone."cian set them on fire, threw some When the stone was pulled up,powder into the midst of the fire, and there appeared a deep cave in thepronounced some mystical words, earth, and a narrow flight of steps.which Aladdin did not understand. "Go, child," said the magician, "goInstantly the earth shook 'beneath down into that cavern. At the bot-their feet, the mountain burst asunder, tom of these steps you will find a doorand exposed a broad, flat stone with a open, which will lead you to a vaultedlarge brass ring fixed very firmly in place divided into three great halls,the middle of it. full of silver and gold coin. PassAladdin was now so terrified, that through them quickly, for if youhe was going to run away; but the touch anything they contain, you willmagician perceiving his design, gave meet with instant death. At the endhim such a box on the ear, that he of the third hall you will see a fineknocked him down. Poor Aladdin garden; cross the garden by a path,got up again, and said: "What have I that will bring you on a terrace,done, uncle, that you should use me so where you will see a lighted lamp,very cruelly?" standing in the mouth of a dragon."Child," said the magician in a Take the lamp down, and put out thekinder tone of voice, "I did not mean light; and when you have thrownto strike you so severely. But you away the wick, and poured out themust not think of running away from oil, put the lamp into your bosom, andme; I brought you here to do a service bring it to me. If you wish for anyfor you. "Know, Aladdin, that under of the fruit of the garden, you maythis stone lie hid treasures, of which I gather as much as you please."alone know how to make you master." Having said this, the magician drewAladdin forgot the box of the ear a ring off his finger and putting it onwhen he heard of the treasures; and Aladdin's, told him it was a preserva-he eagerly promised to do whatever tive against all evil, if he faithfully


LADDIN, O HE VONDERFUL LAIP.obeyed all his directions. "Go down The magician's eyes flashed fire.boldly, my son," he added, "and we "Villain!" he exclaimed, stretchingshall both be rich and happy all the out his arm to strike Aladdin, whenrest of our lives." some powder he held in his hand,Aladdin jumped into the cave, went dropped into the fire; the great stonedown the steps, and found the three moved into its place, and Aladdinhalls just as the magician, had de- remained buried alive in this cavernscribed them. He went through them of treasure. In vain he cried andwithout touching them; and crossed wrung his hands; his cries could notthe garden without stopping, took be heard; and he was left to perish indown the lamp from the mouth of the total darkness.dragon, threw out the wick and the Aladdin remained in this state twooil, and put the lamp into his bosom. days without tasting food, and on theAs he came down from the terrace, he third day looked upon death as in-was greatly surprised to observe that evitable. Clasping his hands in ag-the branches of the trees were loaded, ony, he chanced to press the ring theas he thought, with beautiful pieces of magician had put on his finger, andglass of all colors, that dazzled his immediately an enormous geni roseeyes with their lustre; and he could out of the earth and said: "Whatnot help filling his pockets with them wouldst thou have with me? I amas he returned, ready to obey thy commands-I andThe magician was expecting him at the other slaves of that ring."the mouth of the cave. Aladdin, trembling with affright,"Pray, uncle," said Aladdin, when said: "Deliver me, I beseech thee,he came to the top of the stairs, "give from this place, if thou art able."me your hand, to assist me in getting He had no sooner spoken theseout." words, than the earth opened, and"Yes, yes, but give me the lamp he found himself on the very spotfirst," said the magician. "I cannot, where he had been brought by thetill I am out of this place," replied magician. But when he reached hisAladdin. "Wretch," thundered the mother's threshold, joy, to find him-magician, "deliver it this instant." self home once more, overcame his

ALADDIN, OP^ THE )ONDERFUL LAIMP.strength, and he fainted away at the the table, upon which a clean clothstep of the door. had just been spread, he vanished.When Aladdin had recovered from Aladdin, sprinkling some water onhis fit, and had. been embraced by his his mother, entreated her to arise andmother, he hastened to relate to her eat of the goodly banquet.all that had befallen him; and then The poor old woman was astonished,entreated her to bring him some food, but Aladdin soon eased her anxiety,as he was almost starved. Alas! there by relating to her the manner inwas neither food nor money in the which it had been supplied.house. On the following morning, Aladdin"Well, mother," said Aladdin, "do sold one of his silver plates to a Jew,not mind it. Pray, dry up your tears, to purchase a few necessaries that wereand reach me the lamp I put upon wanting to their dwelling.the shelf just now, and I will sell it." One day, while Aladdin was walk-The old woman took down the lamp, ing through the city, he heard a proc-and thinking it would sell better if it lamation commanding all the peoplewere cleaner, she began to rub it with to retire into their houses, as the beau-sand. Instantly a hideous geni stood tiful princess Balroudour, whom nobefore her, and said, in a voice like one must look upon, was coming tothunder, "What wouldst thou have? the public baths. Poor Aladdin wasI am ready to obey thy commands-I a long way from home; people wereand the other slaves of that lamp." running this way and that, and heAladdin having seen the other geni, was quite at a loss where to go; andwas less frightened than his mother, hearing the drums and trumpets thatwho fainted away, while he said: "I preceded the princess approaching, heam hungry; bring me something to ran into a large hall and hid himselfeat." The geni disappeared, and pres- behind a curtain. Now it happenedently came back with twelve large that this very hall was the entrance toplates of silver, full of the most savory the baths; and as soon as the princessmeats, six white loaves, two bottles of passed the gate, she pulled off her veil,wine, and two silver drinking-cups. which permitted Aladdin to see theHaving placed them all in order on princess, as well as those beside her.

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fLADDIN, O1 THE WONDERFUL JAMP.Her uncommon beauty made such an sultan was administering justice, sheimpression on him, that he could placed herself opposite the throne,think of nothing else for many days and waited in silence till her turnafterward. At length he could not should arrive to be called for-conceal his love any longer. Said he, ward. When the court was nearly"Mother, I love the princess Balrou- empty, the vizier bade her approach.dour to distraction, and you must de- She instantly fell on her knees, andmand her for me in marriage of the besought the sultan's pardon, whosultan." commanded her to speak on, and fearThe old woman left off spinning to nothing. She then related the storygaze upon her son, who she concluded of her son's falling in love with thewas mad. princess, stopping at every three words"Mother," said Aladdin, "I am not to entreat the sultan's forgiveness, whoso poor as you think. I have learned only smiled, and asked what was tiedto know the value of those things I up in the napkin. She presented theused to call pieces of glass; it is with dish before him.those things I intend to purchase the When the dish was uncovered, thegood-will of the sultan." sultan actually started with surprise,Aladdin's mother laughed again, and for he had never seen jewels of such arefused to hear anything more of such size and luster. "Your son," said he,foolish projects. "can be no ordinary person, if he canPoor Aladdin meanwhile pined al- afford to make such presents as these.most to death; finally she promised she Go, bring your son hither, I will bestowwould go to the sultan if it would re- on him the hand of my daughter."store him to health. Aladdin, over- Aladdin's mother retired with betterjoyed at her consent, sent her to bor- spirits than she oame. She hastenedrow a large china dish, which he filled to her son, and related to him all thatwith the finest jewels from his heap, had passed, at which he was greatlyand having tied it up carefully in two rejoiced.napkins, the poor old woman set out for Aladdin now summoned the geni ofthe sultan's palace with a heavy heart. the lamp, and he was dressed by theBeing come to the divan, where the geni in the most sumptuous apparel.

ALADDIN, OR, THE )VONDERFUL LAMP.A horse that surpassed the best in the amazed at every step; for the wallssultan's stables was provided for him, were built of wedges of gold andwhose saddle and housings were of silver. In short, the sultan acknowl-pure gold. He had a train of slaves edged that the wealth of all hisready, finely mounted, and bearing dominions was not equal to purchasemagnificent presents for the princess, such costly rarities, as the hall withWhen the sultan beheld him, he twenty-four windows of Aladdin'swas no less surprised at his good mien, palace could produce.fine shape, and dignity of demeanor, Aladdin and the princess were soonthan at the costliness of his apparel. married, and lived happily; but theAladdin would have thrown himself fame of his magnificence spread to allat the feet of the sultan, but was pre- corners of the world, and at lengthvented by the sultan's embracing him, reached Africa, and the ears of theand seating him on his right hand. magician, who was at no loss to knowThey conversed together during the source of Aladdin's riches. Re-some hours, and the sultan was so solved to possess himself of the wonder-entirely charmed, that he proposed to ful lamp, he disguised his person,marry the young lovers that very and traveled to China. Having comenight. To this, however, Aladdin ob- to the city where Aladdin lived, hejected, saying it was necessary that he bought a number of beautiful lamps,should first build a royal palace for and when he knew that Aladdin washis princess. The sultan readily agreed gone out to hunt with the sultan, heto this proposal, and they separated- went under the windows of the apart-Aladdin returning home to employ ments belonging to the princess, cry-the geni of the lamp to build a palace. ing: "New lamps for old ones!"When the sultan-arose next morn- The slaves attending on the princessing, how great was his amazement to all ran to the windows, laughing atbehold, opposite his own, a palace of the odd cry. "Oh!" said one of them,the purest architecture, and half the "do let us try if the fool means whatinhabitants of the city already con- he says; there is an ugly old lampgregated to gaze on this wonder! lying on the cornice of the hall ofThe sultan was more and more twenty-four windows; we will put a

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. ALADDIN, OFP THE WONDERFUL /AMP.new one in its place, if the old fellow forty days you bring me tidings of mywill give us one." The princess agreed daughter."to this proposal, and away ran one of Aladdin left the palace, not know-the slaves with the lamp to the magi- ing whither to turn his steps. Atcian, who gladly gave her the best of length he stopped at a brook to washhis new ones. his eyes, that smarted with the tearsAs soon as night arrived, he sum- he had shed; as he stooped to themoned the geni of the lamp, and com- water, his foot slipped, and catchingmanded him to transport him, the hold of a piece of rock, to save himselfpalace, and the princess, to the re- from falling, he pressed the magician'smotest corner of Africa. The order ring, which he still wore on his finger,was instantly obeyed. and the geni of the ring appearedIt is impossible to describe the con- before him, saying: "What wouldstfusion, grief, and dismay of the sultan, thou have?" "Oh, powerful geni,"when he arose the next morning, to cried Aladdin, "bring my palace backfind the beautiful palace completely to the place where yesterday it stood!"vanished, and his daughter lost. All "What you command," answeredthe people of the city ran in terror the geni, "is not within my power. Ithrough the streets, and soldiers were am only the geni of the ring. Thesent in search of Aladdin, who was geni of the lamp alone can do thatnot returned from hunting. service."Aladdin, on hearing that his palace "Then I command thee," said Alad-and his wife were gone, fainted away, din, "to transport me to the palace,and was soon after dragged before the where it stands now." Instantly,sultan like a criminal, and would have Aladdin found himself beside his ownbeen beheaded, had not the sultan palace, which stood in a meadow notbeen afraid to enrage the people, who far from a great city. The princesswere all of them fond of Aladdin. Balroudour was just then walking"Go, wretch!" cried the angry sultan, backward and forward in her own"I grant thee thy life; but if ever thou chamber, weeping for the loss of herappearest before me again, thy death beloved Aladdin. Happening to ap-shall be the consequence, unless in proach the window, she beheld him

ALADDIN, OR THE )WONDERFUL .A/MP.under it, and making signs to him not sorrows; when, to his unspeakable joy,to betray his joy, she sent a slave to he beheld the vacancy filled up. Hebring him in by a private door. After hastened to embrace his daughter;the first transports were over, an ex- and during a week, nothing was to beplanation took place, and Aladdin seen but grand entertainments, inwent into the city, disguised as a slave, honor of Aladdin's safe return.and procured a powder, .that, on being Aladdin did not forget to carry theswallowed, would instantly cause a lamp always about him, and thingsdeath-like sleep, and the princess in- went on well for some time. But thevited the magician to sup with her magician, having slept off his potion,that evening, and found the lamp and palace gone,As she had never been so conde- once more set out for China. Beingscending before, he was quite delighted come to the end of his journey, hewith her kindness; and whilp they went to the cell of a holy woman,were at table, she ordered a slave to named Fatima, who was renownedbring two cups of wine, which she had through the city for her sanctity, andherself prepared, and after pretending her cure of headache. The magicianto taste the one she held in her hand, killed and buried her, and dressedshe asked the magician to change himself in her garments; then, havingcups, as was the custom, she said, stained his face and eyebrows to re-between lovers in China. He seized semble hers, he walked out into theher goblet, and drinking it all at a city, and counterfeited so well, that alldraught, fell senseless on the floor, believed him to be the holy woman,Aladdin was at hand to snatch the and followed him in crowds begginglamp from his bosom, and having his blessing. When he approachedthrown the traitor out upon the. grass the palace, and the princess, hearingof the meadow, the geni was sum- that Fatima was in the street, sent hermoned, and in an instant the princess, slaves to invite her into the palace;the palace, and all it contained, were which invitation she gladly accepted.transported to their original station. The pretended Fatima was kindlyThat very morning, the sultan had entertained by the princess, whorisen by break of day, to indulge his showed her magnificent palace, and

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ALADDIN, OR THE )ONDERFUL LAiP.the fine hall of twenty-four windows, people who the false Fatima was, andThe false Fatima then cunningly the discovery of the dead body ofinduced the innocent princess to join the real Fatima convinced all that heher in a plot against Aladdin's life, had met his just deserts.but failed, for when Aladdin appealed The sultan ordered a great feast toto the geni of the lamp, the geni, show his joy at the escape of his sonalthough very angry, exposed the plan and daughter.of the magician and his disguise. They all lived happily together forAladdin, thus advised, prepared a long time, and when the sultan died,himself, and at a proper time suddenly Aladdin was put in his place, and bysprang upon and slew the magician; his mercy and wisdom governed sothe princess was greatly alarmed, but well that he became famous through-on Aladdin's explaining that he had out the world, and his people mournedkilled the magician and not Fatima, him sincerely when he, too, passedshe rejoice4 with him on being forever away, and have transmitted his storyrid of their desperate enemy. through generations down to theThey then told the rest of the present time.

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A long time ago, there lived and could, by the simple turnin Arabia a man of very great of his hand, surround himselfwealth. His broad lands, and with any comfort his heartsplendid houses, stretched far desired, he was so ill-looking,away from the dusty cities, that he was an object of fearand dotted the country for and dread with the peoplemany miles around. From where he lived. His face wasall of these he had chosen for coarse and heavy, his eyeshis home a grand old castle, deep-set and fierce-looking,whose old brown, ivy-grown and these, with the long bluewalls, were half-hidden by beard that he always wore,the fragrant groves, and fancy made the people, far and near,shrubs, that grew along the shun, and call him old Blue-walks that led to its door. 'Beard.The inside of this castle was Not many miles from Blue-more beautiful than the out- Beard's castle, there lived anside; for its rooms were hung old lady, the beauty of whosewith rich silks and damasks, two youngest daughters waswrought in rare and costly the common gossip throughpatterns; the chairs and sofas all that part of the country.were covered with velvet, The reports of the beauty offringed with gold. the two sisters, reached oldAlthough this rich man was Blue-Beard, and he heard ofblessed with so much wealth, them. so often, that he began

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B ------ L .T BE A. ID.to take a great interest in the sister Fatima, said they wouldtwo young ladies, and at last never marry an ugly man,made up his mind to visit and, above all, one with suchtheir mother and ask one of a frightful blue beard; andthem in marriage, more than that, it was talkedHe was politely received by all over the country, that hetheir mother, and upon his had married several beautifulsaying that he wanted to talk ladies, and yet nobody couldwith her a few moments in tell what had become of them.private, the young ladies left Their mother replied thatthe room. .As soon as they the gentleman was very polite,were gone, he began to tell the well-bred, and pleasant to talkold lady of his great riches, of with; that after seeing him ahis lands and nice castles, and few times, the ugliness of hislastly, of the object of his visit, face would pass away, and theand begged that she would do blue beard cease to be such aall she could to lead the young frightful thing; that his greatladies to look with favor upon riches would bring them everyhis suit. comfort their hearts could de-They were both so lovely, sire, and, with all, he was sohe said, that he would be civil, she was sure, that thehappy to get either of them for evil rumors about his wiveshis wife, and would therefore must be wholly without truthleave it for her and her daugh- or cause.ters to decide; and with many Blue-Beard called the nextpolite words, he then took his day, and when the old ladyleave. told him what her daughtersThe mother then sought her had said, he sighed deeply,daughters, and told them the and went away feigning toobject of Blue-Beard's visit, feel very sad. But as theirbut both Miss Anne and her mother was on his side, he-2-

------- TT E- B EA- D.did not give up all hope, and they had laid aside their hatskept on visiting the family, and coats. Here the rich andBlue-Beard invited the old costly dishes, again filled themlady, and her two daughters, with wonder, and the hoursand two or three other ladies, slipped by so rapidly, that thewho were visiting them, to evening passed away beforespend a day or two at his thley were aware of it.house. The time glided by veryThey accepted his offer, and pleasantly, for each hour andafter spending a good deal of day brought some new pleas-time in dressing and adorning ure and fun. There was lotsthemselves, set out for his of hunting, music, dancing,grand castle. and feasting.They heard a great deal of The party enjoyed them-the taste and skill that had selves so much amidst thesebeen used in fitting it up, but scenes of pleasure, that theyas they drew near it, they stayed at the castle severalwere amazed, and delighted, days, during which the cun-with the beauty of the trees ning Blue-Beard by his politethat hung over the walks, and manners and pleasing ways,the flowers that -filled the air sought, in every way, to gainwith perfume. the favor of his fair guests.When the party reached the Kindness and politenesscastle, Blue-Beard attended even when shown by veryby a number of servants in ugly persons, seldom fail torich dresses, received them in please; and it was thereforethe most polite and princely no wonder that Fatima, themanner. youngest of the two sisters,A princely dinner awaited began to think Blue-Beard athem, in the dining-room, to very well-bred, kind and civilwhich all went as soon as gentleman; and that the beard-8

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BL-- I-TT IL M I ^ID.which she and her sister had he was obliged to leave herbeen so much afraid of, was for a few weeks, as he hadnot so very blue after all. some matters to attend to, inA short time after her return a distant part of the country,home, Fatima, who was very that he could not trust to anymuch pleased with her visit to one but himself to see about.the castle, told her mother that " But, my dear Fatima, saidshe did not now feel any he, "you can enjoy yourself,dislike for Blue-Beard, and in my absence, in any waywould accept him as her hus- you please.band. "Here are the keys of theThe old lady at once sent two large wardrobes; this isword to him that her daugh- the key of the great box, thatter's feelings had changed, and contains the best plate, whichthat she would now become we use for company; this ofhis wife. my strong box, where I keepBlue-Beard lost no time in my money; and this belongspaying a visit to the family, to the casket, in which are alland in a few days he was my jewels. Here is a master-privately married to Fatima, key to all the rooms in theand on his return he took with house; but this small key be-him his beautiful bride, and longs to the Blue Closet, at theher sister Anne. At the castle end of the long hall on thegates, they were met by all his ground floor. I give you per-servants, who had arrayed mission," he continued, "tothemselves in their most costly open, or do what you like,dresses, and had come forth with all the rest of the castle,to welcome the bridal party. except this closet; but this, myAt the end of a month, dear, you must not enter, norwhich passed away like a even put the key into its lock.dream, he told his wife that Now, do not forget, for if you-4--

----BL T -0- 1BE .A.R ID.-----fail to obey me, you must thought of the Blue Closet,expect the most dreadful pun- which her husband orderedishment." her not to open; but when allFatima promised not to for- the guests were gone, she feltget, and agreed to obey his a great desire to know what itorders, and then went with contained. She took out thehim to the gate. key, which was made of theAs soon as he was gone, finest gold.Fatima sent word to her many On reaching the door, shefriends to come, without delay, stopped, and began to reasonand make her a visit, and with herself, and .her heartordered her servants to pre- failed her, for she knew shepare the castle for their cor- was not doing right. But hering, as she was going to give desire to know about the closeta grand dinner. She also sent grew stronger each moment,a note to her two brothers, and at last, with tremblingboth officers in the army, who hand, she put the key into thewere stopping at a town some lock, and opened the door.forty miles off, asking them to She walked into the closet aobtain a leave of absence, and few steps, and there saw aspend a few days with her. sight that filled her with hor-As her guests made their ror. She was in the midst ofappearance long before the blood and around her lay thehour set for dinner, Fatima bodies of wives whom Blue-took them through all the Beard had slain. They, likerooms in the castle, and then Fatima, had once been givenshowed them all the wealth the fatal key, and, like her,she had gained through her they had sought to pry intomarriage with Blue-Beard. the secret blue closet, and thisDuring the day, Fatima was was the penalty they had paidso busy, that she never once for so doing, The key was-B-

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S------ IEU BE A.J D.-the gift of a fairy who always other. Tired out with theirmade known to Blue-Beard efforts, they at last went tothe failure of any of his wives bed, where they passed ato obey his orders. the key sleepless night.had fallen from her hands, The next day, Fatima roseand as she stooped to pick it at early morn, and both sheup, 'she saw upon the walls and Anne tried to think ofthese words: some way to get them out of"The Reward of Disobedience and their trouble. At first, sheImprudent Curiosity." thought of fleeing from theFatima trembled like a leaf. castle, but she knew that herHer head grew dizzy, and she brothers would come in anthought that she would fall to hour or two, and she madethe floor. But her fears gave up her mind to await theirher strength, and she turned coming. A loud knock at theand fled from the horrid place, gate made her almost leap forfirst locking the door, to hide joy, and she cried: "They areher wrong-doing. come!" But she was almostVWhen she arrived at the overcome with terror, whenroom of her sister, she told Blue-Beard hastily openedher all she had seen. Then the door, and stood at her side.they looked at the key, but it Fatima's heart beat wildly,was covered with blood, and and she could not hide herthey grew pale with fear. emotion, although she feigned"They spent a good part of the to be very happy at his quicknight in trying to clean it off, and surprising return. Blue-but it was of no use, for though Beard, from her pale face, andthey washed and scoured it shaking hands, guessed atwith brick-dust and sand, no once what she had done, andsooner was the blood gone on asked for his keys. She wentone side, than it came on the out of the room, and soon-8-

----- TL TJ- BE .3A I& lD.came back with the keys-all I know well. You have not'except the one to the Blue obeyed me,.and have been inCloset. He took the keys the Blue Closet! And sincelooked them over for a short you are so fond of prying intotime, and said rather sternly: secrets, you shall take up your"How is this, Fatima? I do abode with the ladies you sawnot see the key of the Blue there."Closet here! Go, and bring it Almost dead with fear andto me at once." terror, the trembling FatimaThe poor girl, feeling that sunk upon her knees, andthe end was near at hand, implored him, in the mostsaid: " I will go and search for piteous manner, to forgive her.it," and left the room in tears. Blue-Beard had raised hisShe went straight to her sister, arm to strike the fatal blowand then again tried to re- when a dreadful shriek frommove the blood from the key. Fatima's sister, who at thatBut the voice of Blue-Beard moment came into the room,again called to her, and she caused him to pause. Shewas forced to return, and hand begged him to spare the life ofhim the key. He looked at it Fatima; but the wicked mana moment, and then burst into refused, and would only granta terrible rage. "Pray, my her one quarter of an hour,dear madam, said he, "how that she might make hercame this blood to be here?" peace with heaven."I am sure I do not know," To prevent her cries beingreplied Fatima, trembling, and heard, Blue-Beard, in a roughturning very pale. manner dragged her up to a"What! you do not know?" large hall in the tower of thecried Blue-Beard in a voice castle, and thrust her and herlike thunder, which made the sister Anne in there.poor girl start with fear; "but When alone with her sister,-7-

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BL----T 3E 3 BEI A. iD.Fatima sunk upon her knees, knowing she was wholly atand again burst into tears. his mercy, and again left her.Only fifteen minutes lay be- Fatima then turned to hertween her and the most cruel sister:death. Her thoughts now "Do you see anyone comingturned to her brothers, who yet?" she asked.were to come that day, and Her sister replied: "Thereshe asked her sister to go up is no human being in sight.to the top of the tower, and see Quickly the five minutesif there were signs of them. sped away, and then the loudFatima's sister did so, and roaring voice of Blue-Beardlooked long and eagerly over was heard in the hall, callingthe roads that led to the castle, out: "Are you ready, yet?"while each moment the poor She again prayed him totrembling girl below cried out: allow her two minutes more-"Sister Anne, my dear sister only two minutes-and thenAnne, do you see anyone quickly turning her pale tear-coming yet?" Her sister al- ful face to her sister, she said:ways replied: "There is not a "Dear Anne, must I give uphuman being in view, and I all hope. Do you see anyonesee nothing but the sun and coming yet?"grass." "I see," said her sister, "aPoor Fatima! she was still cloud of dust rising a little toupon her knees, weeping at the left."the cruel fate that was so soon In breathless suspense sheto come upon her, when she cried: "Do you think it is myheard the sound of his foot- brothers?"steps coming toward the door. " Alas, no! dearest Fatima,"She begged him to allow her replied Anne, "it is only afive minutes longer to finish flock of sheep."her prayers, which he granted, Again the voice of Blue--8-

------ E-BE .A. IRD.Beard was heard, and again wretch let go his hold on hisshe piteously begged for a poor fainting wife, and turnedbrief delay, only for one min- to fly from the just anger ofute longer, her brothers, for it was theyThen she called out for the who had come. But beforelast time: "Sister Anne, do he had gone twenty paces,you see anyone coming yet?" they seized and dragged himHer sister quickly answered: back to the very spot where"I see two men on horseback; he had sought to slay theirbut they are still a great way sister, and there dispatchedoff." him."Thank Heaven!" cried Fatima, who had fallen atFatima: " I shall be saved, for the time Blue-Beard seizedit must be our two brothers. her by the hair, still lay paleMy dearest sister, make every and lifeless upon the floor.signal in your power to have When she got over her faint,them to lose no time, or they she could scarcely believe thatwill be too late." she was safe, and that herEven as she spoke, the heart- cruel husband had met theless Blue-Beard was pound- death he so richly merited.ing at the door, and seizing It was agreed that the twoher by her long golden hair, officers should take the ser-was about to strike the fatal vants to the Blue Closet, theblow, when a loud noise as of horrible scene of Blue-Beard'spersons coming with hasty cruelties, and afterward showstrides, caused him to stop them his dead body, and telland listen. Almost at the same them all that had taken place.moment the door flew open, They all said that he had beenand two officers, with drawn justly punished, and beggedswords, rushed into the room. that Fatima would keep themStruck with terror, the guilty in her service.-9-

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BLUE- BE A.& I, D.As Blue-Beard had no re- them home with many tokenslations, Fatima was the sole of her bounty and goodness.heir to the whole of his vast She gave each of her brotherswealth, and mistress of the a castle, with money enoughcastle; and the laws of the to enable them to live in corn-land afterward confirmed her fort during the rest of theirin these rights, lives, and to her sister, whoShe sent notices to all the was married shortly after-families living near the castle, ward, she gave a very largetelling them of the death of dowry.Blue-Beard, and of the many The beauty, riches and goodproofs of his cruelty, and laid conduct of Fatima, drew tothem open for two days to all her a large number of admir-who chose to view them. ers, and among others, a niceSoon after this, Fatima gave young nobleman of very higha splendid entertainment to all rank, who had every grace ofher friends, and every face person and mind. This noble-was smiling and happy once man won her heart, and soonmore; for at the same time, she they were married in grandcalled about her the poor for style, apd there was generalmany miles around, and sent rejoicing throughout the land.--10 --

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In ancient times the good not like other boys, but was aspeople of Cornwall were sadly bold and as strong as a man;frightened at many wicked and when he was told theGiants, who came from differ- shocking things that had beenent places, robbing and killing done by Cormoran, he wouldall that fell in their way. say to his father quite bravely,,Amongst them was the Giant "Shouldn't I like to kill that.Cormoran who had a great Giant!"castle on a rock which stood One night having heard fromin the sea. He often waded his father more sad tales ofthrough the water and came Cormoran's doing, Jack felt.over to the coast, when all the more than ever a wish to killpeople would flee before him. him; so by-and-by he slippedAfter he had feasted himself out, and got together a darkupon their cattle, he would lantern, a pickaxe, a shovelcarry off with him a number and a horn, and with these he.of sheep and oxen, slung across left the house quietly, andhis back. came near the Giant's castle,.Now, there was a very little which stood on a hill.fellow, named Jack, who was Jack then dug a huge pit just

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JACK, THE GIANT KILLER.Jack next came to a great the giant, and with his knifehouse, and a giant with two ripped his own stomach up,heads asked him to walk in. and died on the spot.After supper, he put him in Soon after this time, Jackthe best bed; but Jack, fearing was invited to King Arthur'smischief, kept wide awake. Court, and while he was therePresently the giant crept softly the King's son asked him toup to the bed, and banged go with him to attack a hugeaway upon it with his club, giant, who was the terror ofbut Jack had put a sack of one part of the country. Whenbran there, that was lying in the Prince and his little friendthe room. arrived at the giant's castle,At breakfast next morning, the former concealed himselfthe giant said: "Pray how did behind a large tree, while Jackyou sleep?" boldly knocked at the castle"Pretty well, but for the bad gate.rats," said Jack. "Who is there?" growled aThe giant then filled two voice of thunder.bowls with porridge; Jack "Only a weary traveller,"ladled his into a leather bag said Jack.inside his waistcoat, and then "Well, then, what news. dosaid. you bring?""Look here; see what I can "Oh, some very bad I Kingdo !"-and cutting the bag, the Arthur's son is coming hereporridge fell on the floor, with a powerful army, to burn"I can do that too!" roared your castle and to put you to

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JACK, THE GIANT KILLER.lived, until he should come the bravest of the knights gotout. And he did come out scared with fear; but Jack toldby-and-by, with a horrid and them to take courage and heterrible roar, rolling his great would show them how toeyes and grinding his iron- deal with the giant. The largelike teeth; Jack then by a quick assemblage of guests were atand fast thrust through his once astounded, to see thatright arm, disabled him and Jack was not the least afraid.after this he soon found an He ordered the drawbridge,opportunity to finish him, re- which crossed the moat thatceiving no resistance on the ran around the knight's castle,part of the giant. to be nearly sawn through.After this the knight and his By this time the giant hadlady, invited Jack to their nice arrived, and Jack went out tocastle, where a grand feast meet him. After leading himwas given to his honour, and a dance around the castle, somany beautiful presents, for that all the lords and ladiessaving their lives. But while might see him, Jack ran quickthe guests were all enjoying and lightly over the draw-and having a merry time, a bridge.servant, who could scarcely The fierce giant attempted tospeak for fright, came to say follow and catch him, but thethat a fierce giant with two bridge being sawn and weakheads, named Thundel, was in the middle, gave way be-coming and that he was now neath his immense weight,very close. Hearing this even and he fell plump into the

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( ~j2ae n Beueu off _inlrad the ^aitiouLT E IR'ST "TO'S'...SE,"When my father died he trembled and shook us terri-left me considerable property, bly. The trembling of thethe best part of which I squan- island was perceived on boarddered in dissipation; but I the ship, and we were calledperceived my error at last. on to re-embark speedily orI collected what remained of we should all be lost, becausemy fortune. Then I entered what we took to be an islandinto a contract with some mer- was only the back of achants who traded by sea; whale. The nimblest got intowent to Balsora, and em- the boat, but for my part Ibarked on board-a ship which was still on the back of thewe had jointly fitted out. monster when he dived intoWe set sail, and steered our the sea; and I had only timecourse towards the East Indies, to catch hold of a piece ofthrough the Persian Gulf. In wood that we had brought outour voyage we stopped at of the ship to make a fire.several Islands where we sold The captain having receivedor exchanged our goods. on board those in the boat,One day we were becalmed made sail before a breeze thatnear a small island, the captain had come up, and left me ex-allowed such persons to land posed to the mercy of theas were so inclined. Of this waves; where I had to strug-number I was one. But whilst gle for my life for the rest ofwe were enjoying ourselves the day, and the followingwith eating and drinking, and night. Next morning I wasrecovering from the fatigue of in despair, when happily Ithe sea, the island of a sudden was cast upon an island shore.

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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.Having recovered some to see some with my namestrength I arose and was for- marked on them.* The captaintunate in meeting some of the coming on shore I at oncepeople, who were carrying a knew him. He acknowledgedpresent to their King; they me and delivered the goodskindly gave me some refresh- into my hands.ments, and then bade me I presented the King withaccompany them. They took the best I had, receiving inme to the Capital City on the return costlier presents, he dis-sea shore, and taking me be- missing me with his goodfore the King related my story. wishes. I disposed of the restI was fortunate in finding of my goods at a large profit,favor in his eyes, and he and purchasing other mer-ordered that I should want for chandise which would be val-nothing. uable in my own country, andAs I was one day at the having a prosperous voyage,harbor a ship arrived, and arrived at Balsora. I disposedshortly they commenced to of my goods to advantage, andunload her; as the bales were found myself in possession ofcarried past, I was surprised a considerable fortune.I intended, after my first when I awoke the ship wasvoyage, to spend the rest of gone. I was very muchmy days at Bagdad, where I alarmed, and looked in vainhad settled; but growing for my companions. At last Iweary of an indolent life, em- resigned myself to the will ofbarked on board a good ship God, and climbing a tall treeand set sail. One day we surveyed my surroundings.landed on an island. I took a There appeared somethingmeal under the shade of a tree, white in the distance; I cameand afterwards fell asleep; down, took what provisions

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.I had left, and went toward it, and the Roc having securedhoping it might prove the its prey, an immense serpent,dwelling of some people. flew away.As I approached, I thought it Looking around, I foundwas a white bowl of a pro- myself in a valley surroundeddigious size. I went around by inaccessible cliffs; as I ex-it to see if there was any open- amined the ground I found iting to it, but found none; and covered with diamonds ofthere was no climbing to the great size and beauty, I at oncetop of it, as it was at least fifty selected a bag full of the finest.paces around. By this time. At once large pieces of meatthe sun was sinking, and of a came tumbling over the cliffs.sudden the sky became dark, I knew these were thrownand I was astounded to find down by merchants, thatthis occasioned by a monster diamonds might cling tothem,bird flying toward me. I then and that the eagles living onremembered the mariners the rocks would carry thespeaking of a great bird, called meat to their nests, where theythe Roc, and at once concluded would obtain the diamonds.that the white globe I was by I tied myself to one of theWas its egg. The bird alighted pieces; in a short time an eagleand sat over the egg; as I saw fastened on to the piece andher coming I crept close to the carried it to its nest on the cliffsegg, so that I had before me above; the merchants withone of her legs, which was as loud cries frightened it away,thick as a tree. I tied myself but were astonished to find mefirmly to it with my turban, there.. The value of the gemsThe night passed, and at day- I had gathered was enoughlight the bird arose, carrying to make us wealthy. Afterme with her; when it alighted, resting, we started on ourI quickly untied the turban, homeward journey.

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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.H. u TH TVOZ-aE-I soon lost in the pleasures and went toward it, and foundof life, the remembrance of the it a massive pile; we entered aperils I had encountered in large court, and were horrifiedmy first two voyages; but I at discovering a pile of humangrew weary of living without bones; while close by were abusiness, and went to Balsora, number of large roasting spits.there embarking with some We all sank down overcomemerchants, sailed afar, and by fright.touched at many ports. Out While we were in this con-in the main ocean we were dition the Giant came home.overtaken by a furious storm, He was an awful figure, withdriving the ship before it for but one eye in the centre of hismany days; at length we forehead, like a red coal of fire;came to an island. The cap- he picked us up, one after thetain told us the people were other, until he came to thesavages, and would plunder captain, who was the fattest.us of all we had. So it came Thrusting a spit through him,to pass, for they swam off and he roasted and ate him; hetook possession of the ship, then lay down in the outerran her close in shore, and court and fell asleep, snoringmade us all land, and then louder than thunder. In themade off with her. The island morning he went away, buton which they landed us was in the evening he returnedavoided by all mariners, it and finished one more of usbeing inhabited by Giants. in the same manner. ThusNot knowing what to do, every day we lost one of ourwe went forward into the land, companions.where we found fruits and Despair gave us courage atherbs to prolong our lives. At last, and one night several oflast we saw a large building, us heated some of the spits

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.red hot, and going to him sea to their middle, and threwwhile asleep, we thrust them with such true aim as toall at once into his eye, blind- destroy all the rafts except theing him. He roared with pain, one I was on. We got clearand sought to catch and kill to sea, where we were drivenus; but we avoided him, and about, when by fortune wemade for the sea shore; there were cast upon the shore ofwe built rafts. The Giant another island. Here mymeanwhile found his friends, friends disappeared and I lostwho at day-break discovered all hope, and went to the seaus. We at once put to sea, but shore intending to cast myselfsome of the Giants, with rocks in; when I discovered a pass-in their hands, rushed into the ing ship, and was rescued.The terrors I went through explore, but were captured byon my third voyage, had not negroes, who kept us to fatten,dread enough to keep me from that they might devour us.another. My passion for trade Perceiving their design, I madeprevailed. I took the Persian a desperate endeavor to es-route, and at last reached the cape, and finally came to thesea. Here I found a ship and sea shore, where I fortunatelyembarked, we had good for- found some white people whotune for some time; but an ill treated me kindly, and carriedwind burst upon us one day. me with them. They pre-It tore the sails from the masts, sented me to their King, whoand finally stranded the ship made me welcome, and pro-upon a rocky shore, which vided for me; in return I learntI and some others had the them how to make saddles,luck to reach stirrups, and bridles, for theirNext day we started out to horses; of which they had no

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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.previous knowledge. This cavern in the rocks, used asmade me a principal favorite the public sepulture. For aat the King's Court. And he, time I lost my senses. I wasto show his esteem, insisted I aroused by the snorting ofshould marry a handsome some beast, and drawing mylady of his Court. sword I advanced, when itMy peace was soon dis- made off. I followed it a longturbed, as I became posted on distance, until light broke thethe customs of my new home. darkness, and an opening ap-The most terrible one was peared which led to the sea.burying the living partner of I fell down and thanked Goda family with the dead I at for my deliverance.last had to experience just such I considered what to do, anda fate. My wife died, and in determined, as I must escapespite of my frantic appeals to in some manner from thethe King, I was compelled to country, to return into thesubmit to the custom. Myself cavern and possess myself ofand wife, dressed in our rich- some of the immense store ofest garments and jewels, with jewels. I had hardly finishedfood and drink enough to this, when looking up I saw asupport me for three days, ship passing; was taken onwere lowered into a great board and carried home.r r. AP.TX "UVO:=&"..3-_EThe pleasures I enjoyed at voyage, touched at a deserthome had charms enough, island, on the shore of whichbut they did not cure me of my we found a Roc's egg. Thereinclination to make new voy- was a young Roc in it, justages. I bought goods, had a ready to be hatched. Theship built, and set sail with the merchants with me got axesfirst fair wind, and after a long and broke the shell, then kill-

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.ing the young bird, roasted I now realized the horror ofand ate it. Suddenly the old my situation, as he compelledbirds appeared. We hastened me to do his bidding, everand set sail; but the two old threatening to strangle me if Ibirds, seeing what had been hesitated. Thus we lived daydone, each grasped in their after day, he never for a mo-talons a stone the size of a ment quitting his hold.house, and dropped them on One day as we were gather-the ship fair in the middle, and ing fruit, of which we -lived, Ibroke it into a thousand pieces. perceived some ripe grapes,When I arose from the vortex and taking a dry callabashI found some planks to which that lay near, I filled it full ofI clung. All the rest of my their juice, I then put it awaycompanions were killed or in a safe place to ferment, anddrowned. I floated for some coming to the place some daystime, and was finally cast on after, found it to be good wine.the shore of an island. Of it I drank, and the old manGathering strength, I walked on my neck, seeing I liked it,inland. I had not gone far made me give it to 'him. Hewhen I perceived and old man drank it all, which soon madesitting by the bank of a brook. him drunk; loosening his legsHe looked very decrepit, and from my neck, I threw him toon my approaching, made the ground, I then took a largesigns that he wished to cross stone and slew him. I nowthe brook; thinking to gain his walked toward the beachfavor, I took him on my back where I found the crew of aand carried him over; I then ship that had cast anchor towished him to get down, but take in water. They said Ihe nimbly sprung his legs had been in the hands of thearound my neck and grasping Old Man of the Sea, and wasmy head held me his prisoner, the first who had escaped.

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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.'TE' SZTX TOIPr.AGi-E,After having been ship- unless I could get away andwrecked five times, you will carry it with me. In exploringdoubtless be surprised that I the coast I found that the cur-should resolve again to tempt rent finally plunged into afortune. cavern in the face of the rocks.This time I traveled through I reasoned that if it enteredseveral provinces of Persia, here it must come out at someand took a ship, the captain of other place. And acting uponwhich was bound on a long this I built a stout raft, andvoyage. It proved to be so selecting the finest jewels oftempestuous that the captain the many cargoes stored uponlost his course, and we were the beach, I packed them incarried by a strong current bales, and with provisions,against a shore formed of in- loaded them upon the raft, thenaccessible cliffs, yet in such a committing myself to themanner that all got safely to mercy of God, I cast loose andshore, and we saved all our guided my raft to the entrancecargo. But we found no liv- of the cavern, inrto which iting being, only plenty of was carried with great force.graves, human remains and I lost all light; for days Imany ships' cargoes saved and floated along, and ate but spar-stored as ours was. We soon ingly of my provisions, but atfound there was no escape. last all were gone. Then aOur people lost heart, and one pleasing stupor siezed me;after the other died, until at when I revived I was surpris-last only I remained. ed to find myself surroundedHere I was surrounded by by negroes on the bank of awealth and treasure, such as river, in which my raft floated.I never had in my wildest The negroes were grooms ofdream imagined, but of no use the King's horses, and had

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.discovered me sleeping on the was amazed, and when Iraft in the river, which here opened the packages andemerged in full force from a made him a present suitablemountain side, and they had for a Monarch, from but abrought it to the shore to see small portion of their contents,who I was. his wonder knew no bounds.They carried me before their He gave me a safe passageKing and my goods with me. home, and a letter and presentThe King on hearing my story for the Sultan.SE^ET-ET -A3T ZIAAST TTO'SrA.O-EI had now laid aside all some days after sailing wethought of further travel. One were captured by Pirates, whoday an officer of the Sultan slew those who opposed them,appeared and commanded and made the rest of us slaves,my presence before him. I and sold us. I fell into thefound he desired me to make hands of a rich merchant; hea journey to the court of the asked me if I could shoot withKing, from whom in my last a bow. I replied that I thoughtvoyage I had brought him a I could pull the long bow withletter and costly presents, as he any man. He then furnisheddesired to make a suitable re- me a bow and' arrows, andturn for that courtesy. gave me to understand that II accordingly sailed, arriving was to climb up a tree, andsafely in the King's dominions, from my ambush there killHe was highly delighted with elephants for their ivory. Ithe Sultan's letter and presents, was very successful, and Iand treated me with great averaged at least one per day.honor. I was dismissed loaded My master was highly pleasedwith presents, and embarking and treated me well.set out upon. my return, but One day I was terribly

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The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.frightened by the beasts gath- elephants. I doubted not butering in such numbers the that this was their burying-earth shook under them. The place, and that they had carriedlargest seized hold of the tree me here on purpose to tell meand wrenching it up, brought I should forbear to kill themme to the ground. He then since I did it only for theirput me upon his back and teeth. Hurrying to my mas-trotted off, After a long ride ter with the news, he waswe came to an open plain, here overjoyed to see me and hear.the beast stopped, and, putting of my escape and discovery.me on the ground, he with his Next day we returned andcompanions left. loaded ourselves with ivory..It was some time before I got The consequence was, he setover the fright, and was able to me free, and having selected alook about me. Then I found ship he loaded it with ivorythe plain to be covered as far on my account, and sent meas the eye could reach with on my way home, where I amthe bones and tusks of dead now content to remain.409

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