Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Little Red Riding Hood
 Little Bo-Peep
 Old Mother Hubbard
 The three bears
 Babes in the wood
 Jack the giant killer
 The three kittens
 Back Cover

Group Title: There was once : grandma's stories
Title: There was once
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Title: There was once grandma's stories
Uniform Title: Little Red Riding Hood
Puss in Boots
Goldilocks and the three bears
Children in the wood (Ballad)
Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Wilde, Constance, 1858-1898
Nister, Ernest ( Publisher )
Lawson, John, fl. 1865-1909 ( Illustrator )
E.P. Dutton (Firm) ( Publisher )
Publisher: Ernest P. Dutton & Company
Ernest Nister
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: 1888
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1888   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1888   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1888   ( rbgenr )
Nursery rhymes -- 1888   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1888
Genre: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
Nursery rhymes   ( rbgenr )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
England -- London
Germany -- Nuremberg
Statement of Responsibility: by Mrs. Oscar Wilde ; with colour pictures by John Lawson.
General Note: "Printed at Nuremberg"--T.p.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00055796
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
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oclc - 25488801

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
        Cover 3
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Title Page
        Page 1
    Little Red Riding Hood
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Little Bo-Peep
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    Old Mother Hubbard
        Page 15
        Page 16
    The three bears
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    Babes in the wood
        Page 21
    Jack the giant killer
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    The three kittens
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
    Back Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
        Cover 3
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S'HER was once, my children, a little girl who loved
to coax her grandmother to tell her stories. She was
not a fairy grandmother, but she could tell beautiful
fairy stories.
"Grandmother, tell me one little story," the
little girl would say just before she got into bed,
.I and the grandmother always put down her
knitting and answered: "Well, what is it to be
y ito-night ?"
Then the little girl chose her story, and she
had five favourite stories:
. "Little Red Riding Hood."
Puss in Boots."
"The Three Bears," and
"Jack the Giant Killer."
And sometimes the grandmother would tell her nursery rhymes, and of these,
too, the little girl had her favourites:
Little Bo Peep."
"Old Mother Hubbard."
"Babes in the Wood," and
"The Three Little Kittens."
The little girl is grown up now, and
the dear grandmother is gone, but
there are still children who love the old
fairy stories, so the little girl has written them
out for you just as they were told to her.


8*' S was once a wood-cutter and his wife, who
Si.l.d one little girl. She was very pretty, with
v.-cet blue eyes and golden hair; and she could feed
the- pigs, and sew seams, and churn the butter,
h.. .he was very useful to her mother. In the next
village lived her old grandmother, who loved her so
nuii h that she made a scarlet hood for her to keep
S!i.:r warm, and when the neighbours saw it they called
h._r "Little Red Riding Hood."
j.' One day her mother said to her: "Granny has been
( very ill. Put on your hood and run and see her, and
take her these cheesecakes and this pat of fresh butter that I
S have made for her." Little Red Riding Hood started off very happily,
with her basket on her arm, and soon came to a wood that
lay between the two villages. Just then a wolf, who was passing, saw
her, and came up to speak to her. He would very much have liked to kill
her and eat her, but there were some wood-cutters cutting trees close by, and
he did not dare to touch her. So he came up to her in the most friendly
way and said: "Where are you going, Little Red Riding Hood ?"
"I am going to see my grandmother, dear Mr. Wolf," answered the little
girl. Where does she live ?" asked the wolf. "Oh, she lives in the first
cottage past yonder mill. She is very ill, so I am taking her these sweet
cheesecakes and a pat of butter that my mother has made for her."
"If she is so ill, I will go and see her too," said the wolf. "I will go
this way, and go you through the wood, and we will see which gets there
first." So saying, he shambled off, and then ran all the way to the cottage.
Tap, tap, he knocked at the cottage door. "Who is there ?" asked grand-
mother. "It is I," answered the wolf, in a soft voice, "Little Red Riding
Hood; I have brought you nice fresh cakes and butter."
"Pull the bobbin, and the latch will lift up," called out the old grand-
And the wolf pulled the bobbin, and lifted the latch, and entered
the cottage. Then he eat up the poor old grandmother, and when he had
quite eaten her up, he put on her night-gown, and pulled her frilled night-cap

right over his ugly rough head, and got into bed. "The old lady was tough,"
he said, "but the little girl will be a delicate morsel."
But Little Red Riding Hood lingered on in the wood. It was so bright
and fresh there; the birds sang so merrily in the trees, and the brook
chattered to itself as it ran down to the mill to help it to do its work.
Everything was happy and full of life. She chased the dainty butterflies for
very glee, and then she gathered a posy of primroses and violets for the old
grandmother, who could not get out and see the spring flowers grow. At
last, tired with her play, she set off to reach her grandmother's cottage.

She knocked at the door, and the wolf, softening his voice as much
as possible, called out: "Pull the bobbin and the latch will lift up."
Little Red Riding Hood opened the door and walked in.
"Put the basket on the table, and come into bed with me," said the
wolf, "for I feel cold." Little Red Riding Hood thought that her grand-
mother's voice was very hoarse, but then she remembered that this might be
on account of her bad cold, and being an obedient little girl, she took off
her clothes and got into bed.
But when she saw the hairy arms she began to grow frightened.
"What long arms you have, grandmother." "The better to hug you
with, my dear !"
Then she saw the long ears sticking up outside the night-cap.
"What great ears you have, grandmother." "The better to hear you
with, my dear !"

"What large eyes you have, grandmother." "The better to see you
with, my dear!"
"But what great teeth you have, grandmother." "The better to eat
you with, my dear!" And so saying, the wicked wolf fell upon poor
Little Red Riding Hood and eat her all up.
That evening, as the woodcutters were coming home from their work,
they saw Little Red Riding Hood pulling flowers in the wood. They called
her, but she took no notice, and walked on through the wood till she
came to the grandmother's cottage. Here she vanished, and the wood-
cutters, bursting open the door, found the wolf lying there asleep, and slew
him with their axes.
There are no wolves in England now, but oftentimes you will see Little
Red Riding Hood walking through the woods with the basket on her arm,
and her posy of wild flowers in her hand, sweet and happy, as she was in.life.

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Miller died, leaving behind him the mill, a cow, and a cat, and
the three sons divided the property between them.
We must be quite fair," said the eldest brother, "so I will
take the mill." "Then I will have the cow," said the second
K brother. And the youngest had to content himself with the cat.
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merry is my motto." So he
trudged away with the cat
under his arm.
Miauw, miauw," said
Pussy, "put me down. Give
me a pair of boots and a bag,
Master, and see what I will
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idea," said the young man;
"you can have my boots and this bag, and I will wear my old slippers." So
off walked Puss-in-Boots, as we must call him now, and soon he came to a
turnip-field. Then he put a turnip inside his bag, and lay down by the side
of it pretending to be dead. Soon two Rabbits came and peeped into the
bag. One of them sniffed at the turnip and then ran away. The other crawled
in further, and the moment he was inside, Puss drew the string of the bag
and walked off to the King, who lived in the town hard by.
"I bring your Majesty," he said, a small gift from my master,
the Marquis of Carabas." The King thanked him graciously, and Puss
returned to his master and related what he had done. Every day he
caught hares and partridges, and brought them to the King, saying that
they came off his master's estate. So Puss grew very intimate at Court;
and he soon found out that the King had a beautiful daughter, and that he
wished to find a husband for her. And now he made up his mind what to
do. One day, when the King went out driving, he rushed to his master,
and said: "Master, master, go and bathe in the river, and your fortune is
made." Of course the young man did as he was told, though it did not
seem to him that he cared very much for a bath in the river. He put his
clothes on the bank and jumped in. Two or three minutes afterwards Puss
saw the King approaching, and began to shout piteously: Help, help, the
Marquis of Carabas is drowning." Immediately the King sent one of his
servants to fish him out of the river, while Puss, who had hidden his clothes
under a large stone, went to the King and explained that robbers had stolen
his master's clothes while he was bathing. Then the King recognized the
cat, and sent off another servant, post-haste, to fetch a suit of clothes for
the Marquis, and he was soon arrayed in them, and came forward to the
carriage to thank the King. Now you must drive with me," said the King,
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The poor Marquis looked rather dismayed, but the cat winked at him,
and with a bow said: "Your lordship will allow me to go and prepare
for his Majesty's reception." So he started off, and came first to a meadow
where the mowers were i.. ii.,, and he looked at them sternly, and said:
"If, when the King passes, you do not say that this meadow belongs to the
Marquis of Carabas, I will make mince-meat of you with your own scythes."
Then the King passed by, and asked to whom the field belonged, and when
the mowers all answered as they had been told, the King turned to the
Marquis, and said: "A fine meadow, Marquis." "Yes," said the Marquis,
"it yields me very good grass." Meanwhile, the cat passed through a corn-
field, and said to the mowers: Mind, on your peril, you say that this corn-
field belongs to the Marquis of Carabas." And the reapers, when the King
asked them, said : "It belongs to the Marquis of Carabas, your Majesty."
At last they came to a great castle, but Puss had arrived there half-an-
hour before them, and he walked in and saluted the master, who was a
great ogre. "I have come many miles, Mr. Ogre," said Puss, "to see the
wonderful things that you do. I hear that you can transform yourself into a
lion, or any animal that you choose." "That can I do," said the Giant. See
here"-and with that he vanished, and a huge lion appeared in his stead.
"Well, that is very fine," said Puss; "but cannot you make yourself into
something smaller, such as a mouse, for instance ? Certainly," answered
the ogre, and immediately a little mouse ran along the floor, and in a
minute more Puss had pounced upon him and eaten him all up. Then Puss-
in-Boots went and stood in the doorway, and greeted the King bareheaded,
bowing to his master, and bidding him "Welcome Home."
So the Marquis of- Carabas married the King's daughter, and they lived
in the Castle ever afterwards with the faithful Puss-in-Boots.

S' i TTL8 Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And can't tell where to find them;
4 Leave them alone, and they'll come home,
And bring their tails behind them.
Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
V And dreamt she heard them bleating;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For still they were all fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook,
Determined for to find them;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they'd left their tails behind them.




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L( J ,C8 upon a time there lived a charming little child,
but just when she was growing up into a fair and lovely
girl her mother died. The father mourned her deeply
for a year, and then married a wealthy widow, who was
S., very haughty, and had two handsome .grown-up daughters.
They also were haughty, and they were very lazy too;
so, when they found that their little step-sister was as
amiable as she was beautiful, they made her do all the
S work of the house, whilst they did nothing. They were
dressed in silk and velvet, and she had only dingy rags.
In the evening, when she had finished her work,
she sat in the chimney-corner amongst the ashes; so
they nick-named her Cinderella, and I know no other
name for her.
One day the King came to the little town hard
S by, and heralds went round the country with the pro
clamation that the Prince intended to give a ball, and that
all the young girls from far and near were to go and dance at it.

The two sisters could not sleep for thinking of it. The elder sister decided
to wear a skirt and train of brilliant scarlet, which was her favourite colour;
while the younger sister, who was very fair, said she would wear royal blue.
Cinderella worked night and day for them, and when the evening came,
she dressed their hair, laced their dresses, and they set off quite gaily.
Then poor little Cinderella sat in the chimney-corner again and thought:
"Oh, if only I could go too !"
While the tears were flowing down her cheeks, her godmother knocked

at the door. She was a dwarf, and the two elder sisters despised her, but
Cinderella loved her dearly. When she saw the child weeping so bitterly, she
said: "Hoity, toity, what is all this about ?" "Oh said little Cinderella,
"I wanted so much to go to the ball to-night, but I cannot go."
"But you shall go, if you would like it," answered the dwarf.
"Oh, but I have no dress. How can I go in these rags ?"
"Never mind; I will settle that. You shall have a dress, and a coach,
and everything else. Now run and fetch me the largest pumpkin out of the
garden." So Cinderella brought a fine large pumpkin, and the old lady
hollowed it out in the form of a coach. Then she sent Cinderella to see
what was in the mouse-trap, and she brought back six white mice. These
were harnessed to the pumpkin with scarlet thread; and then the old lady
took six green lizards, and gave each a straw.
Now, what shall we do for a coachman ? she said. "Oh, there is a
fine black rat in the rat-trap," answered Cinderella. So the rat was brought
and put on the box of the mimic coach, with the scarlet reins in his hands.
"Now," said the old godmother, off into the road." So the mice drew
the pumpkin along, and the lizards walked by the side of it; and when they
were all in the road, the old godmother touched them with her crutch-stick,
which was really a fairy-wand, and immediately there

Cinderella clapped her hands with joy. Then he godmother touched
her with the wand, and she stood there in a dress of pale silver tissue, and
train of gold brocade, a vision of beauty. And the old woman drew from
her pocket a pair of glass slippers, and put them on Cinderella's feet.

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Now, dear child, go and enjoy yourself, but come away before the
clock strikes twelve; for if you wait any longer, the coach will turn into
a pumpkin, and the horses into mice, and the coachman into a rat, and
the lacqueys into lizards, and you will be little Cinderella in rags again."
"But, dear godmother, you are a fairy godmother," said Cinderella. "All
good godmothers are fairy godmothers," answered the old woman as she
hobbled away.
And when Cinderella arrived at the palace, all the people stopped dancing
because she was so beautiful, and the king's son fell in love with her there
and then, and stayed with her the whole evening. But when she heard
the clock strike the quarter before twelve she went away, and so got to
bed before the sisters returned.
The next day they could talk of nothing
but the beauty and grace of the
little princess whom the
prince had'fallen in love
with, and of how a second
ball was to be given that
very night, and the same time
guests were to go, so that I
the prince might find out
who the unknown beauty
"Oh, do let me go,"
said Cinderella to the
younger sister; "lend me
your old yellow satin
gown, and I will go."
But they mocked at her. "Fancy a cinder-wench going to court!
So poor little Cinderella was near to weeping again.
But when the two sisters had gone, the fairy godmother appeared, and
soon Cinderella, too, was on her way to the ball.
"Remember-twelve o'clock," called out the godmother.
But the ball was so delightful, and the prince was so charming, that
Cinderella forgot all about the time.
Suddenly the clock began to -strike twelve. At the first stroke up
jumped Cinderella. The prince besought her to stay, but she ran through
the rooms in such haste that she dropped one of her glass slippers, and

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while the prince stoop-
S ed to pick it up, she dis-
i ~ appeared; and though
the porters at the door
were questioned, they. .')_ -
said that no princess
had passed, only a
little kitchen-wench had run through.
I' Meanwhile Cinderella had run home all the way in her
rags, and had only just arrived when the sisters returned, full
l of wonder at what had happened, and of conjecture as to who
the beautiful princess really was.
11 jAnd the prince fell sick with love; so the king sent
heralds round the town to inform the people that whoever
could put on the little glass slipper dropped at the ball should
marry his son.
S Everyone tried it on, but, as it was a magic shoe, it fitted
no one.
Finally, the heralds came to the two sisters, but they fared no better,
tug and strain as they would.
Let me try it," said Cinderella; and the sisters objected. But the
herald said that his orders were to try it on everyone.
So Cinderella put it on with the greatest ease, and then she drew the
fellow-slipper from her pocket, and when she had put this on, she stood
up in her robes of gold and silver, and the sisters knew that she was the
princess they had seen, and begged her forgiveness.
Then Cinderella married the prince, and soon after the two sisters, who
had learned to subdue their pride, married two lords of the court.


O LD mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To get her poor dog a bone;
But when she came there
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.

She went to the baker's She went to the barber's
To buy him some bread, To buy him a wig,
But when she came back But when she came back
The poor dog was dead. He was dancing a jig.

She went to the joiner's She went to the fruiterer's
To buy him a coffin, To buy him some fruit,
But when she came back But when she came back
The poor dog was laughing. He was playing the flute.

She took a clean dish She went to the tailor's
To get him some tripe, To buy him a coat,
But when she came back But when she came back
He was smoking his pipe. He was riding a goat.

She went to the fishmonger's She went to the cobbler's
To buy him some fish, To buy him some shoes,
And when she came back But when she came back
He was licking the dish. He was reading the news.

She went to the ale-house She went to the sempstress
To get him some beer, To buy him some linen,
But when she came back But when she came back
The dog sat in a chair. The dear dog was spinning.

The dame made a curtsey,
The dog made a bow ;
The dame said, your servant, ...
The dog said, bow, wow.

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DIZD you ever hear of the three Bears who lived in the middle of a
wood, in a little house of their own ? One was a great big Bear
with a very gruff deep voice; the second was a middling-sized Bear,
with an ordinary middling-sized voice; and the third was a little wee Bear,
with a tiny voice like a squeak.
One day, they all went out for a walk in the wood before breakfast,
and while they were gone, a little girl called Silver-locks passed by and saw
the nice little house standing there. So she opened the door and walked
into the Bears' sitting-room. On the table she saw three bowls of smoking-
hot porridge, and by the side of each bowl was a spoon. The first bowl
was very large, and by it lay a large spoon. So Silver-locks tasted the large
bowl of porridge, but it was so hot that it burned her mouth. Then she
tried the second bowl, which was a middling-
sized bowl, and had a middling-sized spoon,
but this porridge was not hot enough.
Then she tried the third bowl, which
was a little wee bowl, with a little
wee spoon, and it was so delicious
that she ate it all up. Then she
felt tired and thought that she
would like to sit down. She looked
round the room, and saw that there
were three chairs there. One was a
very large chair, so she got up on
that, but she found it so. hard
that she soon clambered down
again. Then she tried the second
chair, which was a middling-
sized chair, but this was so soft ..
that she sank down in it, and
felt quite lost. So this did not
please her, and she got off it
and tried the third chair, which
was a little tiny chair, and this
was so comfortable that she sat
there until the bottom came out. And

when this happened, little Silver-locks thought that she had better go through
the house and see what else was there. So she went upstairs, and there she
found a nice tidy little bedroom with three white beds in it. One was quite
big, and she got into that, but it was hard, like the big chair down-stairs, so
she got up again. Then she tried the middling-sized bed, but that was too
soft, like the middling-sized chair, so that did not please her. And then she
lay down on the little bed, and this was so comfortable that she fell fast
asleep. After a time, the three Bears came in from their walk to have
their breakfast. First came the big Bear, and when he
saw the spoon in his porridge, he roared in
his big gruff voice: S a SOMEONE HAS
Then the second Bear came in, and
he looked at his bowl, and said in
his middling voice: SOMEONE HAS
the little Bear looked at his bowl, he squeaked : Someone has been eating
my porridge, and has eaten it all up "
Then the three Bears knew that someone had been in the house, so they
looked round the room, and the big Bear roared out : "SOMEONE HAS
sized Bear. "Someone has been sitting in my chair," squeaked the little
Bear, "and has sat the bottom out!" Then the three Bears looked very
grave, and they went upstairs to their bedroom. The big Bear found his
bed all tossed, so he roared: "SOMEONE HAS

middling- sized Bear. Then the little Bear
squeaked in his wee voice: "Someone has
been lying in my bed, and here she is !"
And they all three collected round Silver-
locks, who was gazing at them in terror,
for when she heard the voice of the big 1
Bear she thought it was thunder in her
dreams. When the second Bear had
spoken she had not noticed him at all
because his voice was quite an ordinary

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voice, but when she heard the little Bear squeaking, she had waked imme-
diately. Suddenly she jumped off the bed, and leaped out of the open
window, and fled away into the wood.
big Bear.
"CERTAINLY," said the middling-sized Bear.
Certainly," squeaked the little wee Bear.
But little Silver-locks was never seen or heard of any more.

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S" r dear, do you know,
S How a long time ago,
Two poor little children,
Whose names I don't know,
Were stolen away on a fine summer's day,
And left in a wood, as I've heard people say.

And when it was night,
//. So sad was their plight,
<.'- The sun it went down,
And the moon gave no light 1
They sobb'd and they sigh'd,
And they bitterly cried,
And the poor little things,
They lay down and died.
And when they were dead, j
The Robins so red
Brought strawberry leaves,
And over them spread;
And all the day long,
They sung them this song,
"Poor babes in the wood !
Poor babes in the wood !
We shall never forget you,
Poor babes in the wood!"


M/rA years ago, in the wonderful time when King Arthur ruled
over England, there lived in Cornwall a number of giants who
never did any work, but stole the sheep and cattle from the people
in the country round. Some of them even ate little boys and girls when
they wanted a specially good supper.
These giants were so tall that the sea only came up to their knees.
And when the peasants saw them wading through it they were terribly
frightened, and they fled into the woods and hid.
However, in one of the villages lived a little boy called Jack. He was
a very brave little boy, and when he was seven years old he said: Why
is everyone so afraid of the giants ? I will kill them, and then no one will
be afraid any more."
Close by there was a huge castle, which belonged to a giant called
Cormoran. He was eighteen feet high, and when he was very hungry he
would walk down into the village, pick up a man in each hand, and carry
them off to broil for his breakfast.
Now Jack determined to put a stop to this, so one night he set out for
the castle with a spade, a horn, and a pole-axe. With the spade he dug a
trench twenty feet long and twenty feet wide, and twenty feet deep. Then
he covered it all over with sticks, and strewed the sticks with earth, so that
it looked just the same as before. When he had quite finished, the dawn
was breaking in faint golden hues across the sky, and then he blew a terrific
blast on his horn.

Out of the Castle walked the huge giant on
to the green sward. "Who has dared to wake k
me?" he roared in a voice of thunder. "You
shall be broiled for my breakfast." -
"You had better catch me first," retorted
Jack, who passed for a wit in the village.
"You young rascal!" And with this the '
giant advanced with great strides to catch h .
but Jack only danced with glee and blew his 1..n i
again. In another moment the giant had fallen ,it:,
the trench and was howling with rage and pain.
"How about your breakfast, now?" asked J.I.!.:, .iil
he struck the giant a heavy blow on his head .I-;1 tli,
pole-axe and killed him. Then he cut off his hli,- .!,.1
brought it home to the village, and the peasants :...:r: -
pleased to see Cormoran dead that they clubbed t:,._: L:I-I
and bought Jack a sword on which was written ii *.-ll-l..n .
letters :-
"This is the valiant Englishman
Who slew the giant Cormoran."

And after that they gave him the name of "JACK rlic GiIANT
KILLER," and so he is always called.
Several years passed away, but Jack was al...,i t liikoil. ol
the giants, and always longing to kill another. At last he mnadu up
his mind to travel into Wales, and to go to King Arthur's Court.
So he set out, and walked on and on down the high road until he grew very
hungry and very tired, and he found that night was coming on. And now in
the distance he saw another great castle standing on a hill, and he thought
that he would go there and ask for shelter. So he climbed up the hill and
knocked at the door of the castle. It was opened by a Giant with two
heads. Jack was rather frightened, but the giant was very hospitable, and
asked him to pass the night with him. He did not seem blood-thirsty and
ferocious like the other giants whom Jack had seen, but the fact was that he
was a Welsh giant, so he was very malicious and cunning. However, he
gave Jack a good supper, and then he took him up into a pretty bedroom,

with a nice little white bed in it, and wished him
a good night. But as he was leaving the room
SI Jack heard him muttering to himself:

Altho' you lodge with me this night,
You shall not see the morning light;
My club shall dash your brains out quite."

But Jack put a great billet of wood in the bed,
Pi jand then he crept into a corner and hid himself.
I At midnight the giant came into the room very
quietly, felt cautiously about till he found the bed,
hit three tremendous blows with his club, and
left the room chuckling to himself.
He was somewhat startled when Jack appeared at breakfast the next
morning, but he asked in a friendly voice: "Well, how did you sleep, my
lad ? "Oh, very well," answered Jack, "only a rat gave me two or three
blows with his tail." Then he began to put the hasty pudding that the
giant had given him to eat into a leather wallet inside his coat, pretending
all the time to swallow it. When they had both finished their breakfast,
Jack said to the giant: "I can do a great many things; I can cut
my head off and put it on again; and see here what I can do." With this
he took a knife and ripped up the wallet, so that the hasty pudding all fell
out. "Odds splutter !" said the giant, furious at being outwitted, "hur can
do that hurself." And he snatched the knife from Jack and ripped open his
own stomach so that he died.
Then Jack went on his way to the court of King Arthur, and was en-
rolled as one of the Knights of the Round Table, and that was a wonderful
thing to be. Little Jack was a great favourite, and used to go on many
expeditions with the King's son. One day the Prince told him that he was very
unhappy, for there was a beautiful Princess whom he wanted to marry, but
the Princess was in the hands of an enchanter, and no one could find out
how to free her. "Well," said Jack, "I will do that; let us go together
and find the enchanter." So they started off together one day as if they were
going for a walk, and after they had walked a very long way, they found
themselves in a wood, and the Prince said: "I am so tired that I can walk
no further; let us find shelter for the night."
Jack persuaded the Prince to rest in the wood while he went and
looked for a house. When he had walked about five minutes longer he found


himself outside the wood, and
at the walls of a great castle.
Jack knocked at the gate then,
and out came a giant -with three
SI am -our cousin Jack,
come with news," said Jack.
"What news, what news,
cousin Jack ?"
"Very bad news; the King's
son is coming with three thou-
sand men to kill you." -
"Oh dear oh dear! cousin r. r rr t.
Jack, I do not want to be
killed," moaned the giant.
"Lock me up in the cellar, and .
keep the key yourself until they
are gone.
So Jack took the key and
locked the giant up. Then he .
went back to the Prince and
brought him to the castle, and
they passed a merry evening togerl,.-:,.
In the morning Jack collected z: n,, .-h
treasure as the Prince could carrv. -, .:,t .,
him on into the wood with it, while he let the giant out from the cellar,
The giant thanked him much for his kindness, "And now," he said, "1I will
give you something that will be useful to you." And he brought out of his
garret an old coat, an old hat, an old pair of shoes, and a rusty sword.
"Take these," he said, the coat will make you invisible, the hat will make.
you wise to know .- . tlln-, the shoes will make you swift as the wind, and
with the sword you will be able to cut through anything." So Jack took
them all and joined the Prince, and they journeyed on together.
Soon they came to another castle, where lived a very cruel giant; round
the castle was a wide, deep moat, and across the moat was a drawbridge.
"Now," said Jack, "I will go and speak to the giant while you cut the
drawbridge through, but you must be quick about it." He left the King's
son to do this, and putting on his coat of darkness, walked into the courtyard
of the castle, where he found the giant sitting down with his club in his hand.

"Fa, fee, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman;
Be he alive, or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread,"
he called out suddenly, for he could smell Jack, though he could not see him.
"Well, well," said Jack, who had on his shoes of swiftness, "you may
catch me if you like." And with that he threw off his coat and set off
running. Round and round the courtyard he ran with the giant after him,
till he saw that the drawbridge was cut through all but one inch. Across
the drawbridge darted Jack, and after him lumbered the giant, but his weight
was so great that when he got on to the drawbridge, crash it went, and the
giant fell into the moat and was drowned.
Then Jack and the King's son continued their journey till at last they
arrived at the abode of the enchanter Galligantua. Now the door was
guarded by two ferocious griffins, and if anyone could get past these griffins,
he could read the enchantment inside.
Jack put on his coat of darkness and marched through the door without
the least fear, for the griffins could not see him, and when he got inside he
saw an enormous horn hanging up in the hall, and under the horn was
written in scarlet letters:
"Whoever can this trumpet blow, shall cause the giant's overthrow."
"That will I do," said Jack, and, seizing the horn, he blew a tremendous
blast thatmade the castle walls shake. The griffins fell down dead, and helter-
skelter, through the great hall, rushed a group of terrified animals-lions, bears,
tigers, cats-every kind of creature. Last of all came a beautiful gazelle and a
young deer. When these two saw Jack, they ifa-'ncd
on him, and followed him through room f.-t..
room, till he came to a small study.
Here he found the enchanter biting
his nails with terror, for he knew that
all was over with him. Jack cut off
his head with his sharp sword, and as
he did so, the deer and the gazelle
turned into two beautiful sisters. The
young Prince, who had followed Jack, -
immediately knew his Princess, who had
been changed into a gazelle. They were
soon married, and her sister, who had fallen
in love with Jack, was married too, and the\ all
lived happy ever afterwards.


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HP\ES little kittens lost their mittens;
And they began to cry:
"Oh, mother dear,
We very much fear
That we have lost our mittens !"
"Lost your mittens !
You naughty kittens
Then you shall have no pie."
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow !
"No, you shall have no pie."
Mee-ow, -mee-ow, mee-ow !

The three little kittens found their The three little kittens put on their mittens,
mittens; And soon eat up the pie.
And they began to cry : "Oh, mother dear,
"Oh, mother dear, We greatly fear
See here, see here! That we have soiled our mittens !"
See, we have found our mittens !" Soiled your mittens !
" Put on your mittens, you silly kittens, You naughty kittens !"
And you may have some pie." Then they began to sigh,
Pur-r, pur-r, pur-r, Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow !
"Oh, let us have the pie !" Then they began to sigh,
Pur-r, pur-r, pur-r Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow !

The three little kittens washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry.
"Oh, mother dear,
Do you not hear
That we have washed our mittens ? "
Washed your mittens !
Oh, you're good kittens,
But I smell a rat close by."
Hush hush mee-ow, mee-ow !
We smell a rat close by,
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow !







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