Front Cover
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 The golden bird
 The crystal ball
 Little brittle legs
 The bewitched flower
 The lamb and the fish
 The three feathers
 The twin brothers
 The fairy of the mill-pond
 The queen-bee
 A princess in disguise
 The twelve huntsmen
 Yorinda and Yoringal
 The Miller boy and the kitten
 The bear and the wren
 Back Cover

Group Title: Grimm's fairy tale series
Title: The golden bird and other stories
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Title: The golden bird and other stories from Grimm's Household Tales
Series Title: Grimm's fairy tale series
Alternate Title: Grimm's Household Tales
Physical Description: 138 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
André, R ( Richard ), 1834-1907 ( Illustrator )
Boldey, Ella ( Translator )
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 ( Author )
McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1890
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1890   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1890   ( rbgenr )
Hand-colored illustrations -- 1890   ( local )
Bldn -- 1890
Genre: Children's stories
Fairy tales   ( rbgenr )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
Statement of Responsibility: newly translated from the original by Ella Boldey ; with illustrations by R. Andre.́
General Note: Frontispiece printed in colors.
General Note: Baldwin Library copy illustrations are hand-colored: probably by young owner.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
        Front Cover 3
    Title Page
        Title Page
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    The golden bird
        Page 235
        Page 236
        Page 237
        Page 238
        Page 239
    The crystal ball
        Page 240
        Page 241
    Little brittle legs
        Page 242
        Page 243
    The bewitched flower
        Page 244
        Page 245
        Page 246
    The lamb and the fish
        Page 247
    The three feathers
        Page 248
    The twin brothers
        Page 249
        Page 250
        Page 251
        Page 252
        Page 253
        Page 254
        Page 255
        Page 256
        Page 257
        Page 258
        Page 259
        Page 260
        Page 261
        Page 262
        Page 263
    The fairy of the mill-pond
        Page 264
        Page 265
        Page 266
    The queen-bee
        Page 267
        Page 268
    A princess in disguise
        Page 269
        Page 270
        Page 271
    The twelve huntsmen
        Page 272
        Page 273
        Page 274
    Yorinda and Yoringal
        Page 275
        Page 276
    The Miller boy and the kitten
        Page 277
    The bear and the wren
        Page 278
        Page 279
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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MANY hundred years ago there lived a king
who had a beautiful pleasure-garden behind his
palace in which grew a tree that bore golden
apples. When the apples were ripe they were
always counted every night and morning, that
it might be known if any were missing.
One morning it was discovered that one apple
was lacking. The king was troubled over this,
and ordered a watch put over the tree.
Now the king had three sons, and having
great confidence in them, sent the oldest one
to watch the first night. The youth went into
the garden at dusk and kept faithful watch
until midnight. Then he fell asleep, and in
the morning another apple was missing.


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The next night the king sent his second son
into the garden. He also kept awake till the
clock struck twelve, then, overcome with sleep,
he knew no more till lifrning, and another apple
was found ihissing.
It was now the youngest son's turn. He was
ready to go, but the king thought he would do
no better than his brothers, and was not willing
at first to trust him, but finally he consented.
The boy lay down under the tree, determined
that sleep should not be master this time. The
clock struck twelve, he heard a rustling of wings
in the air, and looking up, saw a bird flying
towards the tree, whose feathers shone like gold
in the moonlight. The bird alighted on the tree,
and while it was picking one of the apples,
the king's son shot an arrow at it. The bird
flew away, but the arrow hit its plumage and
one of the golden feathers dropped out. The
youth picked it up and carried it joyfully to the
king, and told him all he had seen during the
The king called together his councillors and
the wise men, and they each declared the feather
to be more valuable than all the wealth of the
"If one feather is so valuable, I must and will
have the whole bird, one feather I care nothing
about," the king said.
The oldest son set out, and relying on -his
superior wisdom, thought he would find the
golden bird at once. He had gone a short dis-
tance, when he saw a fox sitting at the edge of
the forest. He took aim and was about to shoot,
when the fox cried: "Do not shoot me; and I
will give you good advice. I know you are on
the way to find the golden bird. This evening
as you enter a village, you will see two inns
standing opposite each other. One will be
brightly lighted and there will be merriment
within, but do not stop there, but go to "the
other inn, however dark and dismal it may ap-
pear to you."
How can such a silly animal give one good
advice ?" thought the king's son, and he let fly
the arrow; but it missed the fox, who, stretch-
ing out his bushy tail, disappeared into 'the

woods. The king's son proceeded on his jour-
ney, and at evening came to the village in which
the two inns were. He saw the gloomy and
forbidding look of the one, and heard the music
and dancing in the other.
"I should be a fool indeed," he thought, "if
I chose that miserable place to this beautiful
So he went into the brightly-lighted inn, and
in a little while he had forgotten all about the
bird, his father, and the good advice he had
given him.
Time passed, and as the oldest son did not
return, the second one started out to find the
golden bird. The fox met him, as he had his
brother, and gave him the same advice. He
also came to the village and saw the two inns
between which he must choose. But .his
brother stood at one of the windows, through
which floated sounds of music and merriment,
and called to him to enter. He could not re-
sist, he went in, and gave himself up to a life
of pleasure.
Time passed, and the brothers did not return.
Then the -youngest son wished to try his luck,
but his father would not consent.
Your going would be all in vain," said the
king. "You would be less likely to find the
golden bird than your brothers, and you would
not know how to meet accidents and misfor-
tunes as well as they." But the boy gave his
father no rest until he allowed him to go.
The fox sat at the edge of the forest, and
begged for his life as usual, and then offered
his advice. The boy was kind-hearted, and
said: "Do not be afraid, little fox, I will not
harm you."
"You will not regret your kindness," said the
fox. That you may travel more swiftly on
your journey, seat yourself on my tail."
The boy did so, and away the fox started,.
leaping over sticks and stones so swiftly that
the wind whistled through his hair. When they
reached the village, the youth followed the
good advice of the fox, and without looking
around, walked into the dark, little inn, where
he passed the night quietly.


In the morning, when he came out into the
field, he saw the fox waiting for him. "I
wished to tell you further what you must do,"
he said. "Travel straight ahead till you come
to a castle, before which you will find a band
of soldiers lying. Do not be afraid of them, for
they will all be asleep and snoring. Walk
right through the midst of them, and enter
the castle. Go through all the rooms until
you come to one in which hangs a golden bird
in a wooden cage. Near it will stand a
golden cage, but this is just for show. Do not
take the bird from the wooden cage and put it
in the golden one, or you may fare badly."
So saying, the fox stretched out his tail, the
youth mounted, and away they sped like the
wind. They arrived at the castle, and the
king's son found everything as the fox had de-
scribed. He came to the room in which hung
the golden bird in a wooden cage. He saw the
golden cage standing near, and on the floor lay
the three golden apples. He thought it very
amusing that so beautiful a bird should be shut
up in so miserable a cage, and opening the cage
door, he seized it, and thrust it into the golden
one. But as he did so, the bird uttered a pierc-
ing cry. The soldiers awoke, and rushing in,
seized the king's son, and thrust him into prison.
The next morning, he was taken before the
judge, who, when he heard the accusation, con-
demned him to death. Only on one condition
would his life be spared, namely, that he bring
the king the golden horse, that travelled swifter
than the wind. Should he do this, not only
would his life be spared, but he should receive
as a reward the golden bird.
The king's son set out sad and sorrowful, for
he knew not where to find the golden horse.
But he had not gone far before he saw his old
friend, the fox.
"You see what has happened," said the fox,
"because you did not listen to what I told
you. But cheer up, I will tell you how you can
obtain the golden horse. Follow this road, and
you will come,to a castle, in one of the stables
of which the golden horse stands. The stable-
boy will be asleep by the door, but he will not



waken, and you will be able to lead out the horse
without any disturbance. But one thing you
must mind, see to it that you place the poor
saddle of wood and leather on its back, and
not the golden one, or some evil will come to
you again."
Then the king's son seated himself once more
on the fox's tail, and away they flew over sticks
and stones, and in a twinkling they were at the
castle gate. The prince went to the stables,
and there found the golden horse. He fastened
the old saidle on its back, but thought: "So
beautiful a horse ought not to have so miser-


able a saddle." He no sooner laid, the golden
saddle on the horse's back, however, than' it
began to neigh loudly. The stable-boy awoke,
seized the prince, and threw him into prison.
The next morning he was condemned to death
a second time, but the king promised his life
should be spared, provided he could carry away
the princess of the golden castle.
The prince departed with a heavy heart,
when to his good fortune, he met the faithful
fox again. .,
"I ought to leave you in your misfortune,"
said the fox, but I have pity on you, and will
help you once more in your need." This road
leads to the golden castle. You will arrive
there in the evening. At night, when all is
still, the princess will go down to the bathing-
house to bathe. You must conceal yourself,
and as she passes along, spring out upon her,
and kiss her. Then she will follow you, and
you can lead her away. But see to it that you
do not allow her to bid farewell to her parents,
or there will be trouble." So saying, the fox
stretched out his tail, the prince seated himself,
and away they went to the golden castle.
The prince found everything as the fox had
described. He hid himself, and waited until
midnight, then when all was still, the beau-
tiful princess came out to take her bath. As
she was going to the bathing-house, the prince
sprang out and kissed her. She was willing to
go away with him, but she begged with tears in
her eyes to be allowed to bid her parents fare-
well. He refused at first, but when she cast
herself at his feet and begged so piteously,, he
finally yielded. But scarcely had the princess
entered her parent's room, when they awoke,
and all the household with them. The prince
was captured and led away to prison.
The next morning the king said to him:
"You have forfeited your life, and you can ob-
tain pardon only by removing the mountain
that stands before one of my windows and
prevents me from seeing out. This must be
done in eight days. If you succeed, you shall
receive my daughter as a reward."
The prince began the work at once. He dug

and shovelled without ceasing fonr seven days.
But at the end of that time, when he saw how
little he had really accomplished, he' gave up
all hope.,
On the evening of the seventh day, the fox
appeared, and said: You do not deserve any
assistance, but I have decided to finish this work
for you. Go away now and get a little sleep."
When he awoke the next morning, he saw
that the mountain had disappeared. He hastened
to the king and told him the task was performed,
and the king, whether he was willing or not,
was obliged to give him his daughter.
The two went away together, but they had
not gone far before they met the fox.
"You have won the best prize," he, said to
the prince, but the golden horse belongs to
the princess of the golden castle."
"But how can I get it without giving up the
princess ? "asked the prince.
I will tell you," said the fox. First take
the princess to the king who sent you to the
golden castle. He will be so overjoyed that
he will give you the golden horse at once, and
have it led out for you. You must mount it,
and then, as if you wished to say good-bye, ex-
tend your hand to each one. Let the beautiful
,maiden come last, and as you take her hand,
lift her on your horse and ride away. No one
will attempt to overtake you, for the horse runs
swifter than the wind."
All this happily came to pass, and the prince
carried away the beautiful princess on the golden
horse. The fox who had followed them, now
said: "Now I will help you to the golden bird.
When you come near the castle where it is, let
the maiden dismount, and I will take care of
her. Then ride into the court-yard on the
golden horse, the sight of which will cause great
joy, and they will bring out the golden bird at
once. As soon as you have the cage in your
hand, ride back and get the maiden."
This plan was also a'success, and now the
prince was ready to, return home with his
"Now I must have my reward," said the fox.
"What would you like ?" asked the prince.

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11 When we reach the woods yonder I should
like you to.'shoot me dead, then cut off my
head and feet."
"That would be a fine reward!"' said the
prince. I could not possibly do that."
11 If you will not do as I ask, then I- must
'leave you," said the fox. But before I go, I
will give you once more Some good advice.
Be careful of two things : do not buy any gal-
lows-meat, and do- not sit down by a spring
or fountain."
That is a wonderful animal," thought ihe
prince, "but what strange ideas! who would
buy gallows-meat? and the idea of sitting by,
fountain wbiild never occur to me."
They left the'fox, and rode on until they came
to the village in which the two, brothers had
remained. On entering, they found the place
in great excitement. They inquired the cause,
and learned that two men were to be hanged.

On approaching the gallows, the prince saw
that the men were his brothers, who had wasted
their living, and were now guilty of many
crimes. The prince asked if it were not pos-
sible for them to be pardoned. "~ If you have
money enough to pay for their ransom," said
the people; "but why. do you, waste your
money on such worthless men?"
But the prince would not listen to them-; he
paid the ransom, and they all started for home.
When they reached -the woods where the fox
had first met them, it seemed very cool and
inviting, and as the sun was warm and they
we're tired, the two brothers said : "Let us rest
here a little by this spring of Water and take
something to eat and drink."
The young prince forgot the warning, and
seated himself on the edge of the spring, hav-
ing no suspicion of harm. Suddenly the two
brothers pushed h im backwards into the spring.

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seized the maiden and the bird, mounted the
horse, and rode home to their father.
"We have brought you not only the golden
bird," they said, "but the golden horse, and
the princess from the golden castle." There
was great joy in the castle, but the horse re-
fused to eat, the bird'would not whistle a tune,
and the maiden sat and wept.
But the youngest brother did not drown.
Happily the water was not deep enough. He
.fell on soft moss, and was not even injured, but
he could not get out. Then the faithful fox
came leaping through the woods to his assist-
You forgot my advice," he shouted, "but I
cannot leave you here to perish. I will help
you again into daylight." So the fox clung to
the edge of the spring, and telling the prince to
seize hold of his tail, drew him out.
You are not out of danger yet," said the
fox. "Your brothers were not sure of your
death, and have surrounded the woods with
soldiers to watch for you, and kill you if they
should see you."
As the prince walked along, he saw a poor
man sitting by the roadside. He offered to ex-
change clothes with him, which the man was
very glad to do, and thus disguised the prince
was able to reach his father's castle without
being recognized. Not a soul knew him as he
entered the court-yard, but the bird began to

whistle, the horse to eat, and the maiden sud-
denly ceased weeping. The king was aston-
ished, and asked what had happened.
I do not know," said the maiden. I was
so sad a moment ago, but now I am so happy.
It seems as if my true bridegroom had come."
Then she told the king everything that had
happened, although the brothers had threat-
ened to kill her if she betrayed them. Then
the king ordered all the people in his palace to
come before him. Among those who came was
the prince dressed in ragged clothes; but the
princess knew him, and threw her arms around
his neck and kissed him. Then the wicked
brothers were brought to justice, while the
young prince married the beautiful princess, and
was named as the king's successor.
But what happened to the poor fox? Long
after these events, when the prince was walk-
ing in the woods one day, he met the fox, who
said to him; Well, you have everything you
could wish, but there is no end to my unhap-
piness unless you set me free," and then he
begged the prince once more to -kill him, and
cut off his head and feet. The prince was com-
pelled to do this, but it was no sooner done,
than the fox was changed into a human being,
who was no other than the brother of the
beautiful princess, set free at last from the en-
chantment that bound him. The happiness of
all was now complete.


THERE once lived a witch who had three
sons. The brothers loved one another dearly,
but the old woman did not trust them, she
feared they would rob her of her power some
day. So she changed the oldest one into an
eagle, and often he could be seen floating in
circles about the tops of mountains where he
made his home. The second one she changed
into a whale, who lived in the ocean and sent
up mighty spouts of water wherever he went.

They both., however, were allowed to return to
their natural form for two hours every day.
But the third son, fearing his mother would
change him into a fierce bear or wolf, went
away secretly from home. He had heard that
a beautiful princess was sitting under a spell in
the Castle of the Golden Sun waiting for a de-
liverer, and now as he was out for adventure,
he determined to find this castle. Twenty-
three youths had already tried to set the prin-


cess free, but every one had perished in the maiden the world had ever seen; but the face
attempt, so that now for a long time, no one was very sad, and over her cheeks ranf tears of
had ventured near the castle, sorrow.
The witch's son did not even know where the "How can you be released ?" he asked. I
castle was, but he was brave and determined, am not afraid of any danger."
and set out at once to find it. He travelled "He who is able to get a certain crystal ball
about for a long time without any success, till and hold it before the witch will break her
finally he came to a large forest. Walking power and set me free. But, alas! so many
through it, he saw two giants standing together. have met their death trying to do this, and it
They beckoned to him and when he came near, grieves me that one so brave as you must me-'
they said: We have been fighting over a hat, these dangers and perhaps die."
but as we two are equally strong, neither can "Nothing can prevent me from trying to help
overcome the other. We have heard that little you, only tell me what I must do."
people are wiser than we,-so we will let you "You shall know everything," she said.
decide which shall have the hat." "When you reach the foot of the mountain on
How is it that you are fighting over an old which this castle stands you will see a fountain,
hat ?" asked the youth, and standing near it a wild buffalo. With him
You do not know what a strange power it you must fight, and if you are so fortunate as
has. It -is a wishing-hat, and whoever puts it to kill him, a fiery bird will rise from his dead
on his head can wish himself to any place he body. In the bird's body is a red-hot egg, in
likes." the center of which; instead of a yolk, is a
"Let me take the hat," said the youth, "and crystal ball. The bird will not give it up until
I will go a little way, and when I.call, you can it is compelled to, and then if it should fall on
run for the prize, and the one that reaches me the ground it will set everything near it afire,
first shall receive it." the egg itself will melt and with it the crystal
He put it on his head and walked away. In ball, and all your labor will be lost."
a moment he had forgotten the giants, and The youth descended the mountain without
thinking only of the princess, sighed deeply; delay, and found the place where the buffalo
and said: Alas! if I were only at the Castle stood snorting and bellowing. After a long
of the Golden Sun." Scarcely had the words struggle he succeeded in' running his sword
passed his lips when he found himself standing into the animal's body, and he sank to the
on a high mountain before the castle-gate. earth, dead. Instantly the fiery bird rose from
He entered the castle and walked through all the carcass as if to fly away, but at that mo-
the rooms till he found the princess. But how ment an eagle, the young man's brother, flew
startled he was on seeing her Where was her out from the clouds, and plunged down upon
beauty? Her face was ashy pale and full of the strange bird, and bore it away in his claws
wrinkles, her eyes were dull, and she had red towards the sea. But in the struggle the bird
hair: let the egg fall, and it fell not in the water, but
"Are you the princess whose beauty is talked on a fisherman's hut standing by the sea. Im-
of by all the world ?" he asked. mediately it began to smoke, and in a moment
"Alas!".she replied, "this is not my form would have been in flames, but just then jets
that you see. But the eyes of mortals can of water came down like a heavy shower on
behold me only in this hideous shape. If you the hut and put out the fire. The second broth-
wish to see me as I really am, look into this er, the whale, had swam towards the shore and
glass, and y6u will see my true picture." thrown the water into the air, and thus helped
She handed him a mirror, and reflected from his brother. As soon as the fire was out, they
its surface was the image of the most beautiful searched for the egg, and happily it was not


melted or injured except that the shell was
cracked a little by the sudden cooling caused
by the water.
The crystal ball was taken out very easily
and the youth hastened to find the. witch. He
showed her the ball, and she exclaimed at
once; "My power is broken, you are now king

of the Castle of the Golden Sun, and your
brothers are restored to their rightful human
He returned to the castle, and on entering
the room where he had left the princess, he
found her, with her beauty restored, waiting to
receive him.


THERE was once a miller who was very poor,
but he had a beautiful daughter. One day he
chanced to meet the king, and thinking to
give himself some airs, he said:, "I have a
daughter that can spin gold out of straw."
"That is an art that pleases me very well,"
said the king. If your daughter is as clever
as you say, bring her to my castle to-morrow
morning, and I will try what she can do."
The next morning the father took his daugh-
ter to the castle. The king led her into a room
full of straw, gave her a spinning-wheel, and
reel, and said: "Now go to work. If you do
not have this straw spun into gold by to-morrow
morning, you shall die." With these words, he
closed the door and left the maiden alone.
The miller's daughter knew not how to save
her life. She had not the slightest idea how to
spin straw into gold. She thought for a long
time, and then in her fear and anxiety began
to cry. Suddenly the door opened, and a tiny
little man entered.
"Good evening. Why are you crying ?" he
"Alas!" replied the maiden. "I must spin
this straw into gold, and I do not know how."
"What will you give me," asked the little
man, "If I will do it for you ?"
"My gold chain," said the maiden eagerly.
The man took the chain, and seated himself
at the wheel. Whirr, whirr, whirr, three times
round went the wheel, and the spool was full.
He put on another, and-whirr, whirr, whirr, the
second spool was full, and so all through the,

night the little man spun,,till in the morning
the straw was all gone, and the spools were full
of gold.
At sunrise, the king came in, and when he
saw the gold, he was greatly astonished and
rejoiced. But his heart was greedy for gold,
and he ordered the maiden to be taken to a
larger room that was filled with straw.
If you value your life, .spin this before to-
morrow morning," was his command as he
left her.
The maiden was as helpless as before and
began to cry. But again the door opened and,'
the little man appeared.
"What will you give me if I will spin the
straw into gold for you?" he asked.
"The ring on my finger," answered the
The man took the ring, and seating himself,
went to work. He spun all night, and in the
morning all the straw had been changed into
beautiful, shining gold. The king was de-
lighted when he saw it, but he was not yet
satisfied. He led the miller's daughter to a still
larger room that was filled with straw, and
said:. "All this you must spin to-night. If
you succeed, you shall become my wife."
"No matter if she is a miller's daughter," he
thought; "I could not find a richer woman in
all the world."
When the maiden was alone, the little man
came a third time. "What will you give me
this time if I will spin the straw for you ?" he


"Alas !" replied the
girl, I have nothing more
to give you."
"Then promise to give
me your first child, if you
become queen."
Who knows if that will
ever happen," thought the-
maiden, and not knowing
what else to do in her ne- -
cessity she promised what
he asked.
When morning came,
the straw was all spun, the
king was satisfed and the
miller's daughter became
a queen.
In about a year a beau-
tiful child was born to the
queen. She had forgotten i
her promise to the little
man, till suddenly he ap-
peared before her one day,
and said: "Now give me
what you promised me." I
In great fright the queen
offered him all the wealth /
of the kingdom if he would
only leave the child with
her. But the man said:
"No, something living is
dearer to me than all the
treasures in the world."
But the queen wept and ',,
begged so piteously, that
at last he had compassion
on her, and said: "I will THE STRANG
give you three days in which to learn my
name. If you find it out in that time you may
keep the child."
The queen had no sleep that night, but lay
awake thinking of all the names she had ever
heard of, and. in the morning she sent mes-
sengers throughout the land to inquire what
names had been given topeopleformerly: The
next day when the little man came, she began
with Casper, Melchior, Balthasar, and continued

through the list of names she knew; but to
each one the little man shook his head and
said: "That is not my name."
The next day the queen inquired among the
neighbors for all the uncommon names they
knew, and when the little man came again, she
was ready with the strangest, most unheard-of
"Perhaps you are called Spare-Ribs, Mutton-
Leg, or Bandy-Legs," she said.


But'to all her names he replied: "-It is not
my name." "
On the third day, a messenger returned and
told the queen he had not been able to learn a
single new name, but as he came to a high
mountain just at the edge of the forest, where
the fox and the hare say good-night to each
other, he saw a little house. A fire was burn-
ing in front of it, and the strangest little man
was hopping about on one leg and singing:

"To-day I bake, to-morrow brew,
The third day ends the game
Lncky for me that no one knew
That Brittle-Legs was my name."

You cannot imagine how happy the queen
was when she heard this name. Soon after the
little man entered, and asked :" Well, my lady
queen, what is my name?"
First she asked: Is it Conrad ?"
No," replied the man.
"Is it Henry ?"
"Perhaps it is Brittle-Legs," said the queen.
"A witch has told you! a witch has told
you!" he screamed, and in his rage he. struck
his right foot so deep into the earth that it
broke off, then seizing his left foot with both
hands, he tore that off also, and .so the little
fellow miserably perished.


ONCE upon a time there was a woman, in
reality a witch, who had two daughters. One
of them was homely and ugly, but the mother
loved her, because she was-herodwn child, while
the other one who was beautiful and good, she
hated, because she was her stepdaughter.
One time the stepdaughter had a pretty
apron. Her sister was jealous at once, and
went to her mother, and told her she must and
would have the apron.
"Be quiet, my child, and you shall have it,"
said her mother. Your sister has long de-
served death, and to-night when she is asleep,
I will go in and cut off her head; but take care
that you lie next the wall, and push her well to
the front."
All this would have happened to the poor girl,
if just then she had not been standing out of sight
in a corner, and heard all that was said. Her
sister did not dare go out of doors all day, and
when bed-time came, she went to bed first in
order to get the place next the wall. But she
soon fell asleep, and then her sister softly
pushed her to the front and took her place.
In the middle.of the night, the old woman
crept in. She held an axe in her right hand,
and with her left felt for the one that lay to-

wards the front. Then seizing the axe with
both hands, she chopped the head from the
body of her own child.
When she had gone away, the stepdaughter
rose, and, dressing herself quickly, stole out of
the house, and ran to the house of her lover,
called Roland. "We must go away in great
haste," she said, as soon as she saw him. "My
stepmother tried to kill me, but made. a mis-
take and killed her own child. As soon as it is
day, she will see what she has done, and then
we are lost."
"But I advise you," said Roland, "to go
back and get her magic wand, or else we can-
not save ourselves when she sets out after us."
The girl went back, found the magic wand,
dipped it in the dead girl's blood, and dropped
three drops, one before the bed, one in the
kitchen, and one out on the steps. Then she
hastened back to her lover.
In the morning, the old witch rose, and
wishing to give her daughter the apron, called
her to get up, but she did not come.
Where are you?" she cried.
"Here, out on the steps. I am sweeping,"
said one of the drops of blood.
The old woman went to the door, but saw no


Sone on the steps. She called again: "Where
are you?"
"Here in the kitchen warming myself," said
the second blood-drop.
She went into the kitchen,'but found no one.
"Where are you ?" she called again.
"Here in bed, sleeping," replied the third
She went into* the bed-room. Horrors !
what did she see ? Her own child weltering in
blood, and she knew then she had made a mis-
take and cut of her own child's head. The
old witch was furious; she sprang to the win-
dow, and as she could see a great distance, she
saw her stepdaughter and Roland hurrying
away. "That will do you no good," she said.
You shall not escape, even if you are a long
way ahead of me."
She put on her mile-boots, in which she
could take steps a mile long, and in a few
minutes she would overtake the runaways.
But the maiden saw the witch coming, and by
means of the magic wand, changed Roland
into a lake, and herself into a duck swimming
upon its surface. The witch stood on the shore
of the lake and threw bread crumbs into the
water, hoping to attract the duck to her, but
the duck swam away, and the witch was obliged
to go home that evening without having gained
her object.
Then the maiden and Roland took their
natural forms again, and travelled all night
long till daybreak. When it was fully light,
the maiden changed herself into a beautiful
flower growing in a thorny hedge, while Roland
was changed into a fiddler. It was not long
before the old witch came up and said: "Dear
fiddler, will you allow me to pick that beautiful
flower near you?"
"Oh, yes," he replied, "and while you pick
it, I will play for you."
She started in great haste for the flower, for
she knew who it was, but when she reached the
middle of the thorny hedge, the fiddler began
to play. The music was bewitched, and whether
the woman wanted to or not, she was obliged
to dance. Quicker and quicker came the music;

faster, faster flew her feet. The thorns tore
her clothes from her body, and scratched and
wounded her, till the blood ran, but she could
not stop dancing until the music stopped, and
so the fiddler played until she fell down dead.
." Now I will return to my father's, and pre-
pare for our wedding," said Roland.
And I will stay here until you come for
me," said the maiden, "and that no one may
recognize me, I will turn myself into a red
So Roland went home, leaving the maiden as
a red stone lying in the field. But he no sooner





reached home than he fell into the snares laid
for him by another girl, and he forgot the
maiden whom he had promised to marry. She
waited a long time for him, but as he did not
come, she became very sad, and changed her-
self into a flower again, thinking that some one

would come that way and perhaps crush her
under hisfoot.
It happened that a shepherd, caring for his
sheep, came that way, and seeing the beautiful
flower, picked it, put it carefully in his knap-
sack, and took it home with him. From this.
time wonderful things occurred in the shep-
herd's house. When he rose in the morning,
all the work was done, the room was swept,
table and chairs set in order, the fire lighted,
and the water brought. When he returned at
noon, he found the table set and a good dinner
awaiting him. He could not imagine how it
all happened, for no one lived with him, and it
was not possible for any one to hide in his lit-
tle rooms. He was much pleased with these
,arrangements at first, but after a little the mys-
tery began to frighten him, and he went to a
wise old woman for advice.
There is witchcraft back of all this," she
said. You must watch carefully early in the
morning, and see if anything moves in the
room. If you see anything, be it what it may,
throw a white cloth over it quickly, and the
charm will be broken."
The shepherd did as the old woman said,
and the next morning, just as day was break-
ing, he saw his knapsack open, and the flower
come out. Quickly he sprang towards it, and
threw a white cloth over it. The spell was
over, and there stood before him a beautiful
maiden, who told him that she had been the
flower he had picked, and that she had been
caring for his house ever since. The shepherd.
was pleased with her, and asked her if she
would marry him. But the girl replied: No;
I care for no one but Roland, and although he
left me, I will remain true to him." But she
promised to stay with him a little while longer,.
and care for his house.
When Roland's marriage was about to be
celebrated, according to custom all the young
maidens were invited to sing in honor of the
bridal pair. The true-hearted maiden when
she heard of it, was very sad, and it seemed as
if her heart would break. 'She did not wish to
go to the wedding, but the others came and


persuaded her to join them. But how could
;he sing at Roland's wedding? Each time
when it came her turn, she would step back
nd let some one take her place, till finally she
ilone remained, and there was no way for her
:o escape. She no sooner began singing than
Roland sprang up, crying: "I know that voice;

she is my true bride whom I lost; I wish no
other than her!"
All the old memories that had disappeared,
now returned 'home to his heart, and he loved
the maiden as ,in days gone by. They were
married on this very day, and the true-hearted
girl's sorrow was at an end, and her joy began.


THERE once lived a little brother and sister
who loved each other dearly. Their own
mother was dead, and they had a stepmother
who did not love 'them and tried in every way
to do them harm.
One day the two were playing with other
children in the meadow, in the center of which
was a pond that ran past one side of the house.
They were having a fine time. Now they all
joined hands, and one walked around the circle,
counting out, as he repeated the rhyme:
"Enaka, benaka, let me live,
And I to you my bird will give;
Straw for the cow, the bird will bring,
And milk will make the baker sing;
Baker will bake a cake for the cat,
Cat will catch a fine big rat;
Up in the chimney, we'll hang it high,
And let it smoke till it's black and dry,
And then we will cut it to pieces."
The one on whom the word "pieces" fell, ran
from the circle, and the others chased him
until he was caught. As the children were
thus playing and running merrily about, the
stepmother, who stood watching them from
the window, was vexed with them, and as she
understood something of witchcraft, she wished
the boy might be turned into a fish and the
girl into a lamb. Instantly the fish was swim-
ming in the pond, and the little lamb was run-
ing up and down the meadow, but it looked
ery sad and frightened, and would eat nothing.
Some time passed, and strange guests were
expected at the house. "Now is my oppor-

tunity," thought the stepmother, and going to
the cook, she said: "Go and kill that lamb
out in the meadow; we have nothing else for
our guests."
The cook brought the lamb to the house,
tied its feet, and prepared to kill it. As he
stooped to sharpen the knife on the stone door-
sill, the patient little lamb turned its head and
saw a fish swimming about in the gutter.
It was her brother, who, seeing the lamb
taken from the meadow, had followed, swim-
ming up the pond into the gutter until he
reached the house.
The lamb cried:
Dear little brother,
Is it you I see?
Have you come to say
Good-bye to me?
You will see me no more,
SI must give up my life.
Do you hear the cook
As he whets the knife ?
The fish replied :
"Dear little sister,
Do not say g6od-bye,
Do not leave me alone,
Or I shall die."
When the cook heard the lamb speaking to
the fish, he was frightened, and made up his
mind this was no ordinary animal, but some
poor creature that had been bewitched by the
wicked woman in the house. So he said:
" Have no fear ; I will not kill you," and taking
another animal, he prepared it for the guests.


Then he took the lamb to an old peasant
woman, and told her all he had seen and heard.
In former days this woman had been nurse to
the little boy and girl, and she knew at once
who the lamb was. So she took both lamb
and fish to a wise woman who pronounced some

good words over them, and immediately they
resumed their natural form.
They did not return to their old home, .but
were taken to a little house in the woods, where
they lived together cosily and happily until
they became man and woman.


THERE was once a king who had three sons,
two of whom were wise and clever, but the
third was so simple, people gave him the name
of Dummling.
When the king became old and weak and
thought that his end was near, he was at a loss
to know which he should leave his kingdom to;
So he said to them one day: "Go out into the
world, and the one that brings back the finest
carpet, shall become king on my death."
That there might be no occasion for quarrel-
ling, he led them to the gate, and blowing three
feathers into the air, said : As these fly, so
shall you travel."
One feather flew to the east, one to the west,
and the third went up in the air and fell di-
rectly to the earth, So one of the wise brothers
went to the right, and one to the left, while
poor Dummling was obliged to stay where he
He sat down feeling very sad. But as he
looked around, he saw a trap-door near where
the feather lay. He raised it, and finding steps,
went below the ground. At the foot of the
stairs, he came to another door, at which he
knocked. Some one said:

"Little green youngsters,
Where do you hide?
Hop and see, crooked-legs,
Who is outside."

The door opened and Dummling saw a large
thick frog seated on a throne, surrounded by a
number of little frogs.
What would you like ?" asked the large frog.

I should like the finest, most beautiful car-
pet that ever was made," he replied.
She called one of the young ones, and said :
"Little green youngster,
Stir your crooked legs;
Hop about lively,
And bring me the bag."
The young frog brought the bag; the old
one opened it, and took out a carpet, more
beautiful than any that had ever been seen on
earth, and gave it to Dummling. This was
just what he wanted; he thanked her with all
his heart, and then went away up the steps.
The two others, thinking that their brother
was too silly to find a carpet, said each to him-
self as he journeyed along: I need not take
any pains about the carpet, my brother and I
will inherit the kingdom," and they each took
from a shepherd-woman the coarse shawl wrap-
ped around her body.
They all returned at the same time, and when
they saw the fine beautiful carpet Dummling
brought the king, they were greatly astonished.
"If justice is done," said the king, "nmy
youngest son deserves the kingdom."
But the two others would not listen to this
decision, and gave their father no peace, say-
ing it would be impossible for Dummling to
rule the kingdom ; he did not know enough to
be king, and they begged that another trial
might be given them.
He consented, and said: "Whoever brings
me the most beautiful ring, shall inherit the
Once more he led them out of the castle and


blew three feathers into the air to determine
the direction in which they should go. The
two eldest went, one to the east, and the other
to the west, while Dummling's feather fell near
the trap-door.
He descended the stairs and went again to
the large frog and asked her for a beautiful ring.
She ordered the bag brought to her, and took
from it a ring glittering with precious stones,
that was so beautiful that no goldsmith on earth
could make one like it.
The two brothers laughed when they thought
of Dummling finding a ring, and gave .them-
selves no trouble to find a costly one, but took
an old wagon-ring which they found, and
brought to the king.
When Dummling showed his ring, the king
said a second.time : "The kingdom belongs
to him."
But the two elder brothers tormented the
king until he made a third condition, which was,
that whoever brought home the most beautiful
maiden, should receive the kingdom. A third
time the feathers were blown, and they flew as
Without hesitation Dummling went to the
frog and said: "I should like to take home a
beautiful maiden."
"A beautiful maiden !" said the frog. "She
is not here at present, but she soon will be."
She gave him.a hollow carrot, before which
six mice were harnessed.
"What shall I do with this?" asked Dumni-
ling sadly.

"Seat one of my little frogs in it," was the
He seized one at random, and placed it in
the yellow coach, but scarcely was it seated
when a great change took place. The frog
was changed into a beautiful maiden, the carrot
into a coach, and the six mice into horses. He
kissed her, seated himself by her in the coach,
and drove away to the castle.
The two brothers arrived soon after. But
they had not learned by former experience;
they took no more trouble than before, and each
brought home the first peasant girl he met upon
the road.
As soon as the king saw these maidens, he
said: The youngest shall receive the king-
dom on my death."
But the two elder sons deafened the king
with their cries : We will not consent to have.
Dummling king." They asked that the maidens
be required to jump through a hoop that hung
in the hall, thinking only the peasant girls
would be able to do this and that the tender
maiden would kill herself. The king, wearied
by their grumbling, consented to have it set-
tled in this way.
The two peasants jumped through the ring,
but, were so clumsy they fell, breaking their
arms and legs. But the beautiful maiden sprang
through as lightly as a deer and landed safely
on her feet.
It was useless to raise further objections.
The youngest received the crown, and ruled
the kingdom with wisdom.


ONCE upon a time there were two brothers,
one, of them rich, and the other poor. The
rich one was a goldsmith, hard-hearted and
wicked; the poor one was a broom-maker,
good and honest. The latter had two children,
twin brothers, who resembled each other as
closely as two drops of water. They went

back and forth, to the rich man's house, and
often received fragments of food.
One day as the father went out into the woods
to gather twigs, he saw a bird sitting in a tree
unlike any he had ever seen; its feathers seemed
entirely of gold. He picked up a stone and
threw it at' the bird. Luckily it hit it, and as


the bird flew away, a single feather dropped to
the ground. The man took it to his brother,
the goldsmith, who said, after examining it,
that it was pure gold, and offered him a large
sum of money for it.
The next day the broom-maker climbed a
birch tree to saw off a couple of branches. He
saw the same bird fly out of the tree, and on
looking about, he found a nest containing one
egg. He took it out and brought it to his brother,
who said again:." It is pure gold," and paid
him what it was worth. "I should like well
to have the bird itself," said the goldsmith.
-So the poor man went a third time to the
forest. He saw the bird with golden plumage
sitting in a tree, and carefully-taking aim, threw
a stone, and brought the bird to the ground.
He carried it to his brother, who was much
pleased, and gave him a large sum of money
for it.
"Now I can support
myself in great comfort,"
thought the poor man,
and he went home quite /
But the goldsmith was /
very cunning; he knew
what kind of a bird he
had, and calling his wife,
said to her: Roast this
bird for me, and be care-
ful not to have any of it
eaten before it reaches
me. I wish to eat it
The bird was not an
ordinary one, but pos-
sessed a wonderful pow-
er; whoever ate the
heart and liver, would
find a gold piece every
morning under his pil-
low. The wife prepared
the bird, and putting it
on the spit, left it to
roast. It happened that
as it was over the fire, "HE PICKED

and the woman was busy with her work in
another room, the broom-maker's two children
ran into the kitchen. They saw the spit over
' the fire, and gave it a turn or two. As they
did so, two little pieces fell off the bird, and
dropped into the pan.
"We will eat those two little mouthfuls,"
Said one, "I am so hungry, and no one will



mind our taking them. So they ate the pieces,
but when the woman came into the kitchen,
she exclaimed: "What have you eaten?"
Only two little pieces of the bird that fell
off," was the reply.
"They were the heart and liver," said the
woman, greatly frightened, and that her hus-
band might not be angry with her, she killed a
chicken in great haste, and taking out the heart
and liver, laid them on the golden bird. When
the bird was done, she carried it in to her hus-
band, who ate it all by himself, and not a mor-
sel remained. ,But the next morning when he
looked under his pillow, nothing was found.
The two children did not know what good
fortune was in store for them. The next morn-
ing when they got up, they heard something
drop on the floor with a ringing sound. They
looked, and saw lying there two gold pieces.
They took them to their father, who wondered
greatly, and said: What can this mean?"
The next morning two more were found, and
again the next, and as the same thing occurred
each day, the father went to his brother and
told him the strange story. The goldsmith
saw at once how it had happened: the children
had eaten the heart and liver' of the golden
bird. To revenge himself, the hard-hearted
man said: "Your children have been playing
with wicked fairies. Do not take this gold,
and do not allow it in your house, for it has
power over you, and will bring you to destruc-
The father feared this evil influence so greatly
that, hard as it was for him, he took his chil-
dren away, and with a heavy heart, left them
in the woods. They ran hither and thither
trying to find their way home, but they could
not, and only wandered more deeply into the
woods. Finally they met a hunter, who asked
whose children they were.
"We are a -poor broom-maker's children,"
they replied; our father would not let us stay
at home any longer, because every morning a
gold piece was found under our pillow."
"Well," said the hunter, that is not a bad
fault, if you only come by it honestly." Then,

feeling sorry for the children, and having none
of his own, he said: I will be a father to you,
and you shall stay with me until you are
grown." So they went home with the hunter,
and he taught them to hunt in the forest, and
every morning he carefully put away the gold
pieces 'for their use in the future.
When they were grown up, their foster-
father took them out into the woods, and said:
"To-day I wish you to make your trial-shot,
after which you will be free to go and hunt
where you please."
They went with him to a suitable place, and
waited a long time, but no game appeared..
Presently the hunter saw a flock of wild geese
flying in the shape of a triangle.
Shoot," said the hunter, and bring down
a goose from each corner." One of them did
so, and his trial shot was successful:
Soon another flock flew over .in the form of
the figure two. Again the hunter ordered the
other brother to bring down a goose from each
corner, and the trial shot of the second one
was successful.
"Now I declare you free," said the hunter;
"you are both good marksmen."
The two brothers spent the day in the forest
talking and laying plans for the future. In the
evening they returned, and when they were
all seated at supper, they said to their foster-
father: Dear father, we will not eat a mouthful
of supper until you grant our request."
What is it ?" he asked.
"We are now fully prepared, and we should
like to go out into the world and seek our
"You speak like brave hunters," said the
old man joyfully. What you desire is my own
wish; go, and may you succeed." Then they
ate and drank, and were very merry.
When the appointed day came, the foster-
father gave each of them a good rifle and a dog,
and allowed them to take as many of the gold
pieces as they liked.
He accompanied them for a short distance,
and then as he bade them farewell, he gave
them a brightly polished knife, saying: If you


have to separate from each other, thrust this
knife crosswise into a tree. Then when the
absent one comes to it, he can tell how his
brother fares. If the knife is rusty, it will be a
sign that he is dead, but if it is bright, he will
be alive and well."
The brothers took the knife and went away.
After travelling for some time, they came to a
forest so large that they could not.possibly get
through it in one day, so they passed the.night
there, and ate the lunch that yet remained in
their game-bags. But the second day passed,
and still they were in the forest. Their food
was all gone, and they had no game.
We must shoot something soon or we shall
die of hunger," said one of them, loading his
gun and looking around. Just then an old
hare came running by, but as the hunter took
aim, it called out:
Dearest hunter, let me live;
Spare the one, and two I'll give."'
It ran into the bushes and brought out two
young hares, and laid them before the hunter.
They were so cunning, and played together so
prettily, the hunters had not the heart to kill
S them, so they took them with them, and in a
little while they became so tame they, followed
them wherever they went.
Next a fox crossed their path, and one of the
brothers raised his gun to shoot it, but that also
cried out:
"Dearest hunter, let me live;
Spare the one, and two I'll give."
It brought two little foxes to the hunters, and
these also they would not kill, but allowed them
to play with the young hares, and all four
followed the hunters.
Then a wolf appeared in a thicket, but just
as they were going to shoot it, it cried :
Dearest hunter, let me live;
Spare the one, and two I'll give."
The two young wolves were brought, and
they joined the other animals, and followed the
Presently a bear came by, but she also wanted
to live a little longer, and cried:

Dearest hunter, let me live;
Spare the one, and'two I'll give.'
The two young bears were placed in company
with the other animals, making in all eight.
Lastly what do you suppose came? A lion,
shaking his mane. The hunters were not
frightened, but aimed at 'him; but the lion
cried out in the same manner:
"Dearest hunter, let me live;
Spare the one, and two I'll give."
He fetched out two cubs, and now the hunters
had two lions, two bears, two wolves, two
foxes, and two hares following and waiting on
them. But they had found nothing to eat yet,
so one of them said to the foxes : Here, you
little sneaks, go and get us something to eat.
You are so cunning, you can do this easily."
There is a little village not far from here,"
said the foxes, "where we have many a time
stolen a chicken. We will show you the way."
The hunters found the village, bought them-
selves something to eat, and had their animals
fed,. then went on farther. The foxes knew all
about the country in which the good hen-roosts
were, and were able to direct the hunters very
They travelled about for a while, but were
unable to find a place where the two brothers
could work together. At last they said : "There
is nothing left for us to do but to part." So
they divided the animals so that each had one
lion, one bear, one wolf, one fox, and one hare.
Then they bade each other farewell, and pro-
mised to love each other as long as they lived.
Taking the knife their foster-father had given
them, they stuck it into a tree, and then follow-
ing the direction of the gash, one went towards
the east, and the other towards the west.
The youngest, whose fortunes we will follow
first, soon came to a large town in which the
houses were all draped in crape. He went to
an inn and asked if he could stop there with his
animals. The landlord gave him a stall for
them, and he led them in and fastened the door.
But there was a hole in the wall, and the hare'
crept through and stole, a cabbage; then the


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fox followed and helped himself to a hen.
These two were satisfied, but the wolf, the bear,
and the lion, who were too large to creep
through the hole, could get nothing for them-
selves. So the landlord was obliged to kill a
cow that he had been fattening, and give it to
them. When his animals had been cared for,

the hunter asked the landlord why the
town was hung in crape.
Becauseour king's daughter dies to-
morrow," was the sad reply.
"Is she then seriously ill?" asked the
"No," replied the landlord, "she is in
good health, but to-morrow she must die."
"How is that?" asked
the hunter.
"Just outside of this
town," said the landlord,
"on a high mountain, lives
S a dragon, who every year
S demands a young maiden.
If one is not given him, he
lays waste the entire coun-
try. All the young maidens
have been devoured by him,
not one is left except the
king' s daughter, and there
is no help for her, to-mor-
row she will be given up."
"Why has not the dragon
been killed ?" asked the
S "Alas !" replied the land-
lord, many young knights
have tried to do this, but all
have lost their lives in the
i attempt.. .The king has
promised his daughter in
marriage .to any one who
will succeed, and more than
this, to make him heir to
the kingdom."
The hunter said nothing
more, but in the morning,
DRAGON'S HEADS." he took his animals, and
climbed the mountain where
the dragon lived. On the top was a little chapel.
He entered and saw on the altar three goblets
full of wine. Over the altar was this inscription:
Whoever drinks the wine from these goblets
will be the strongest man on earth, and able
to handle the sword that lies buried by the
"threshold." The hunter did not touch the wine,


but went out to find the sword. He found it
buried in the earth, but he was not able to move
it. Then he returned and drank the wine. Now
he was strong enough, and he swung the
sword easily.
When the hour came for the maiden to be
given to the dragon, the king, the marshal, and
all the courtiers accompanied her up the moun-
tain. She saw the hunter standing on the top,
and thinking it was the dragon, begged them
not to go any farther. But they thought of the
entire kingdom that would be destroyed, and
she was compelled to go on. The king and
his people parted with her in great sorrow, and
returned home, the marshal alone remaining to
see what took place. When the king's daugh-
ter reached the top, she found instead of the
dragon, a young hunter, who comforted her,
and then led her into the church and closed
the door.
In a very short time there was a rush and a
roar, and the seven-headed dragon appeared.
He looked at the hunter astonished, and said:
What are you doing here on this mountain?"
I have come to fight with you," was the
Others have tried that before. I will quickly
make an end of you," and he breathed fire from
his seven mouths. Instantly the dry grass was
in flames, and the hunter would have suffocated,
had not his animals rushed upand stamped out
the fire. The dragon rushed at the hunter, but
he swung his sword and cut off three of the
dragon's heads. Then the dragon was raging,
and raising himself in the air, he spit the fire-
flames on the hunter, and tried to throw him-
self upon him, but the hunter' swung his sword
again, and cut off three more of the dragon's
heads. The monster sank down, but raised
himself to strike one more blow, but with all
his remaining strength the hunter struck him
and cut off his tail. The battle was ended, and
the hunter called his animals to come and tear
the dragon to pieces.
When he went into the church, he found the
king's daughter lying in a swoon on the floor.
He carried her out and she soon revived, When

she opened her eyes, he pointed to the dead
dragon, and told her she was now free. This
made her very happy, and she said: Now you
shall be my dear husband, for my father has
promised to give me to the one who should kill
the dragon." Then she divided her coral neck-
lace among the animals, the lion receiving the
golden clasp. But her handkerchief, which had
her name marked on it, she gave to the hunter,
who went and cut out the tongues from the
dragon's seven heads, and wrapping them care-
fully in the handkerchief, put them in his pocket.
Feeling tired and faint from the fire and the
battle, he said to the maiden:
We are both tired; before going, let us rest
a little."
Then bidding the lion watch while they slept,
they both lay down and went to sleep. The
lion lay down near them to watch, but he also
was tired from the battle, so he said to the bear :
Lie down near me; I would like to sleep a
little, and if any one comes, wake me up."
The bear lay down near him, but he was tired
too, and soon he said to the wolf:
Lie down near me; I' would like to sleep a
little, and if any one comes, wake me up."
I The wolf lay down near him, but he also was
very tired, so he-said to the fox :
"Lie down near me; I would like to sleep a
little, and if any one comes, wake me up."
Then the fox lay down, but he was tired and
sleepy, so he said to the hare :
"Lie down near me; I would like to sleep a
little, and if any one comes, wake me up."
The hare seated himself near the fox, but the
poor little hare was also tired, and there was
no one for him to call to keep watch. He felt
very sleepy, and soon he too was fast asleep.
Now the king's daughter, the hunter, the lion,
the bear, the wolf, the fox, and the hare all
slept, and there was no one to guard them
from danger.
But the marshal was watching from a distance,
and when he saw that the dragon did not carry
off the maiden, and that everything was quiet
on the mountain, he took courage and climbed
to the top. There lay the dragon, hacked and


torn to pieces, and not far away the king's
daughter and the hunter with his animals, all
in a deep sleep. A wicked thought seized him.
He drew his sword, cut off the hunter's head,
lifted the maiden in his arms, and carried her
down the mountain. When she awoke, she was
greatly frightened, but the marshal said to her:
You are in my hands now; when you reach
home I wish you to say that I was the one who
killed the dragon."
I cannot say that," said the maiden, for it
was a hunter and his animals.",
Then the wicked man threatened to kill her
if she did not obey him, so to save her life, she
was compelled to promise to do as he said.
When she was brought before the king, he
was greatly rejoiced to see alive and well his
dear child, who he thought had been torn to
pieces by the dragon.
The marshal said to him: "I have killed the
dragon and thereby saved your daughter and
the entire kingdom, I therefore claim the re-
ward that you promised."
Is this true ?" asked the king of his daughter.
Oh, yes," she replied, "it must be true, but
I do not wish the wedding to take place for a
year and a day."
But what were they doing on the mountain ?
The animals still lay sleeping near their dead
master. A large bumble-bee lit on the hare's
nose, but the hare brushed it off and slept on.
The bumble-bee came a second time, but the
hare was not to be disturbed. A third time it
came, and this time stung the hare so sharply
on the nose that he awoke. The hare immedi-
ately awoke the fox, the 'fox the wolf, the wolf
the bear, and the bear the lion. As soon as
the lion aw6ke, and saw the maiden was not
there and his master was dead, he began to roar
frightfully, and cried : "Who has done this ?
Bear, why didn't you wake me ?"
But the bear cried: "Wolf, why didn't you
wake me ?"
And the wolf cried: Fox, why didn't you
wake me?"
And the fox cried : Hare, why didn't you
wake me?"

The poor little hare had nothing to say, and
the -blame all lay on him. Then they sprung
at him and would have torn him to pieces, but
he cried: "Do not kill me, and I will bring our
master to life again. I know a mountain on
which grows a root, which if put in the mouth
of a sick person, will cure all diseases and
wounds. But the mountain is two hundred
miles from here."
"You must have that root here in four and
twenty hours," said the lion.
The hare sprang away, and in twenty-four
hours he was' back with the 'root. The lion
then placed the hunter's head upon hisbody,
while the hare put a piece of the root in his
mouth, and immediately the wound healed, the
heart began to beat and life returned.
The hunter awoke and was terrified to find
the maiden gone, and thought: She ran away
while I was asleep because she wished to get
rid of me."
In his haste, the lion had set his 'master's
head on the wrong way, but in his sorrow over
the princess, the hunter- did not discover it at
first. Not until noon, when he wished to eat
something, did he find that his face looked
backwards. He was astonished, and asked the
animals what had happened while he was asleep.
Then the lion told him how they were all so
tired they had been unable to keep watch, and
that when they awoke, they had found him
dead, with his head -cut off;. The hare had
brought them a root by which he was restored
to life again, but in their haste the head had
been set on the wrong way. "But we can
make that all right," said the lion, and he tore
off the hunter's head, turned it around, and the
hare quickly healed the wound with the root.
Sadly the hunter left the mountain and went
out into the world. He wandered from place to
place, letting his animals dance for the amuse-
ment of the people.. It happened that at the
end of a year, he came back to the town in
which lived the king's daughter whom he had
freed from the dragon. But this time he found
the town draped in scarlet.
"What does it mean ?" he asked the land-


lord. "A year ago the town was draped in
crape, now the houses are hung in scarlet.'
"A year ago," replied the landlord, our
king's daughter was to be given up to the
dragon, but the marshal fought with him and
killed him, and to-morrow he weds the daugh-
ter. A year ago we draped in black for the


death of the princess; to-day we drape in scale;
let for her wedding."
The day on which the wedding was to be
held, the hunter said to the landlord :
Do you believe that I shall eat bread from
the king's table to-day ?"
I would be willing to bet a hundred gold
pieces that you will not," said the landlord.
The hunter took the bet, and taking out
his purse, counted out the money. Then
calling the hare, he said: Go, little leaper,
and bring me some bread from the castle
like the king eats." As the hare was the
least of the animals, he could not ask any
of the others to go for him, and there was
nothing for him to do but to go.
"Alas !" he thought, as I jump through
the streets, the butcher's dogs
will chase me." And so they
did, and thought to get a
dainty mouthful. But just as
they were ready to seize him,
he gave a spring.-I wish you
could have seen it-and
landed in a sentry-box with-
out the soldier seeing him.
The dogs rushed up as if they
would follow him, but the
soldier struck them such a
blow with the butt of his
gun, they were glad to run
-=. howling and barking away.
--As soon as the coast was
S clear, the hare jumped out,
and ran directly to the room
where the king's daughter was
sitting. He hid himself under
oher chair, and tried to attract
her attention by scratching
her foot.
"Will you go away?" she
said, thinking it was her dog.
Again he scratched her
foot. "Will you go away?"
she cried.
The hare scratched a third
time, and then she looked

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down, saw the hare, and knew him at once by
the coral necklace which' he wore. She took
him in her arms and carried him to her room.
"Dear little hare, what do you want?" she
My master who killed the dragon is at the
inn, and sent me to ask for some bread like the
king eats."
The maiden was filled with joy, and ordered
the baker to bring her some of the bread that
was made for the king. But the little hare
said: The baker must take me to the door of
the inn, for I am afraid of the butcher's dogs."
The baker carried him safely to the inn, set
him down at the- door, and gave him the bread,
which he took in his fore-paws, and carried in
to his master.
Behold! landlord, the hundred gold pieces
are mine," said the 11unter. The landlord was
surprised, but when the hunter said he would
also have some roast meat from the Icing's
table, he refused to bet with him, but said he
would like to see him get it.
The hunter called the fox and said: Go
and bring me some roast meat from the king'
The fox was more cunning than the hare,
and did not go through the street, but crept
Along by the fences through the fields till he
reached the castle without even seeing a dog.
He crept under the princess's chair as the hare
had done, and scratched her foot. She looked
down and knew the fox by the necklace.,
She took him to her room, and asked: Dear
fox, what would you like ?"
My master, who killed the dragon, is at the
inn, and sent me here to ask for some roast
meat from the king's table," said the fox.
The maiden ordered the cook to prepare
some meat as if it were for the king himself,
and then- carry it for the fox to the door of the
inn. On arriving, the fox brushed off the flies
that had settled on it with his tail, and brought
it in to his master.
"See," said the hunter to the landlord, "we
have bread and meat, but we must also have
some vegetables." He called the wolf: Dear

wolf, go and bring me some vegetables from
the king's table."
As the wolf was not afraid of any one, he
went directly to the castle. When he came to
the princess, he gently pulled her dress. She
looked around and knew him also by the neck-
lace, and taking him to her room, asked: "Dear
wolf, what would you like?"
'' My master, who killed the dragon, is at the
inn, and sent me here to ask for some vege-
tables from the king's table."
The princess ordered these prepared also and
taken to the door of the inn. The wolf car-
ried them in to his master, who said: "Now,
landlord, we have bread, meat and vegetables,
but we must also have some sweetmeats," and
calling the bear, he said: "Dear bear, you
know how you love something sweet; go to
the castle and bring me some sweetmeats from
the king's table."
The bear trotted -off to the castle, frighten-
ing all whom he met on the- way. When he
came to the entrance, the guard raised his gun,
and would not allow him to pass. But Bruin
raised, himself on his hind-legs and gave the
soldier such a box on the ear that he tumbled
over. The bear then entered the castle, and
going up behind the princess, gave a low growl.
She knew him, and leading him into her room,
said: Dear bear, what would you like?"
My master, who killed the dragon, is at the
inn, and would like some sweetmeats, such as
the king eats."
The confectioner was ordered to prepare the
sweetmeats and carry them to the inn. When
they arrived at the inn, the bear licked up the
sugar-plums that had rolled off, and standing
up on his hind-legs, brought the dish into his
"Look, landlord," said the hunter, "now I
have bread, meat, vegetables, and sweetmeats,
but we should like some wine such as the king
drinks," and he called the lion and said: "Dear
lion, you like to drink as well as any one, go
and bring me some wine from the castle, such
as the king drinks."
The lion walked up the street, the people


running in panic before him in every direction.
When he came to the guard he had only to
roar a little and toss his mane, and the soldiers
scattered and ran away. The lion entered the
royal palace, and knocked on one of the doors
with his tail. It opened, and the princess came
out. At first she was very much frightened,
but she remembered the golden clasp on his
neck, and knew it must be her old friend. She
bade him follow her to her room, and then
asked what he wished.
My master, who killed the dragon, is at the
inn, and sent me here for some wine such as
the king drinks," said the lion.
The princess ordered the cup-bearer to bring

some wine such as would be served the king
that day.
"I would like to go with him," said- the lion,
"and see that he gives me the right kind."
So the lion went with the cup-bearer down
into the wine-cellar. He was about to give
the lion some common wine such as the king's
servants used, when the lion said: "Wait, I
should like to try this wine first." Drawing a
pint, he swallowed it, and said: No, that is
not the right kind." The cup-bearer looked at



him crossly, and went over to another cask,
from which the marshal drank. Wait," said
the lion, "I will first try this wine," and he
drew another pint, and swallowed it. That
is better, but it is not the right kind yet."
Then the cup-bearer was angry, and said:
"What does a stupid animal like you know
about wine?" But the lion gave him a box
behind the ear that knocked him over. When
he got up he led the lion very softly into a secret
little cellar where the king's wine was kept,
of which no one else was allowed to drink. The
lion as usual drew a pint and tried it. Being
satisfied, he ordered the cup-bearer to fill six
bottles for him. When they came out into the
open air the lion reeled from side to side as if
he had drank a little too much. So the cup-
bearer was obliged to carry the basket to the
inn, when the lion took it in his mouth and
brought it to his master.
Now, landlord," said the hunter, "'I have
bread, meat, vegetables, sweetmeats, and wine,
such as are served the king. Now I will hold a
feast with my animals," and they all began to
eat and drink, and were very merry, for the
hunter knew that the king's daughter still loved
him. When they had finished their meal, the
hunter said to the landlord: Now that I have
eaten and drank like a king, I will go to the
king's castle and marry his daughter."
"That is not possible," said the astonished
landlord, "for she has a bridegroom already,
and to-day the wedding will be celebrated."
The hunter took the handkerchief contain-
ing the dragon's tongues from his pocket, and
showed them to the landlord, saying: These
will help me accomplish what I want to."
The landlord looked at the handkerchief and
said: "I would believe everything before I
would believe that. I am willing to bet my
house and land that you will never marry the
king's daughter."
The hunter took out his purse, counted out
a thousand gold pieces, and laid them on the
table, saying: I accept your bet."
The king and his daughter were seated at
table, when the king asked: What did all'

those animals want that have been going back
and forth from my castle to-day?"
I dare not tell you, father," said his daugh-
ter, "but send for their master, and he will
surely explain."
A servant was sent at once to the inn to
invite the stranger, and he arrived just as the
hunter and the landlord had finished betting.
"Look, landlord," said the hunter, "the king
has sent his servant for me, but I am not going
just yet," and turning to the servant he said:
I should like to have the king send me royal
clothes before I can appear before him. I must
also ride to the castle in a coach with six
horses and servants."
When this message was brought to the king,
he said to his daughter: What shall I do?"
Send him what he asks for, and you will do
well," she replied.
So the king sent the royal clothing aidd the
coach with the six horses and servants. The
hunter saw them coming, and said: You see,
Mr. Landlord, I shall ride to the castle as I
said I should." He dressed himself in the rich
clothing, took the handkerchief and. the drag-
on's tongues, and drove away.
When the king saw him coming, he said to
his daughter: How shall I receive him ?"
"You will do well if you go out to meet
him," was her reply.
So the king met him and led him to a place
near him and his daughter. The marshal, as
bridegroom, was seated on the other side of
the king, but the hunter did not know him.
Just then the dragon's seven heads were
brought in; the king rose and said: "These
seven heads were cut off by our marshal, there-
fore I give him to-day my daughter for a wife."
At this the hunter stepped forward, and open-
ing the seven mouths, said: "Where are the
tongues of the dragon?"
The marshal turned pale, trembled, and did
not know what to say. Finally he stammered
out: Dragons have no tongues."
Liars ought not to have any," said the hun-
ter. "These tongues shall prove who killed
the dragon." As he said this, he unrolled the


Then he called his animals, and taking from
them the parts of the necklace, asked the
maiden whom they belonged to.
"The necklace with the golden clasp was
mine, but I divided it among the animals for
helping to kill the dragon," she replied.



handkerchief, and showed them the seven
tongues. Then he took them up and fitted
one into each of the seven mouths. He held
up the handkerchief which bore the name of
the king's daughter, and turning to the maiden,
asked whom she gave the handkerchief to.
"To the one who killed the dragon," she

Then the hunter said to the people: "I slew
the dragon, and being tired when the battle
was over, lay down to sleep. As I slept, the
marshal, came, cut off my head, carried away
the king's daughter, and declared he had
killed the dragon. That he lied, I have these
tongues, .this handkerchief, and this necklace
for proofs." Then he told how his animals had




brought him to life again by means of a won-
derful root; how he had travelled about for a
year, and had finally wandered back to this
place, and had heard of- the deceit* of the
"Is it true that this man killed the dragon ?"
said the king to his daughter.
"What he says is true," she replied. "Now
I dare tell of the shameful deed of the marshal,
since it has been brought to light by some one
else, for he made me promise I would never
expose him. For this reason I had the wedding
postponed a year and a day."
The king had his twelve judges pronounce
sentence on the marshal, and they condemned
him to be torn to pieces by four oxen. So the
marshal received his punishment, and the king
gave his daughter to the hunter, and appointed
him prime minister of his kingdom. The wed-
ding was celebrated with great joy, and the
young prince sent for his father and foster-father,
and loaded them with treasures. Neither did
he forget the landlord. He invited him to the
castle, and said: "Well, Mr. Landlord, I mar-
ried the king's daughter, and your house and
land are mine."
That is true," said the landlord.
But the young prince said: You may keep
your house and land, and I also present you the
hundred gold pieces I won from you in the first
The young prince and princess lived very
happily together. He still took great pleasure
in hunting, and often went out in company with
his animals. Not far from the castle was a
forest that was considered unsafe for one to
enter, for once in, it was not so easy to get out.
But the young prince had a great desire to hunt
in these woods, and as he said so much about
it, the old king finally allowed him to go. So
the prince set out with a large following. As
soon as they reached the forest a beautiful snow-
white deer came in sight.
"Wait here until I come back, and I will go
and hunt the deer," shouted the prince, and he
rode away into the forest with only his animals
with him. The people waited until evening, but

the prince did not return. So they went home
and told the princess her husband had ridden
away into the enchanted forest after a white
deer, and had not returned yet. The news made
her very anxious about him.
In the meantime, the prince had given chase
to the deer, but he had not been able to over-
take it; and when he thought it was within
shooting distance, in an instant it would be far
away, and finally it disappeared altogether.
Then he discovered he was deep in the forest.
He blew a loud blast on his horn, but there was
no answer, for his people could not hear. Night
came on, and he saw he could not reach home
that day, so he built a fire under a tree, and lay
down near his animals to go to sleep. Suddenly
he thought he heard a human voice. He looked
all around, but could see nothing. Soon he
heard a moan in the tree, above him. Looking
up, he saw an old woman sitting in the tree,
shaking and crying: "Hu! hu! hu! I am so
cold !"
Come down then and warm yourself if you
are so cold," said the prince.
But she said: "I am afraid your animals will
bite me."
"They won't hurt you, old mother; come
down," he said.
But the old woman was a witch, and she
said: "I will throw you down a twig from this
tree, and if you will hit them with it, they will
not hurt me." So she threw down a little twig,
and he struck the animals on the back as she
told him. No sooner had he touched them with
it, than they were turned into stone. When the
witch saw she was safe from the animals, she
jumped down, and touching the prince with the
twig, which was in reality a witch's wand, he
too was changed into stone. Then the old
woman laughed over the wicked deed, and
shoved the stones into a grave where others of
the same kind had been thrown.
The princess was very sad over the absence
of the prince, and every day her anxiety and
fear became greater. Just at this time it hap-
pened that the prince's brother came into the
kingdom. Since the brothers had separated,


he had wandered about seeking for work, but
finding none, had made his animals dance for a
living. It occurred to him one day to look at
the knife that they had thrust into the tree
when he and his brother parted. When he
reached the tree, he was astonished to find half
of his brother's side of the knife rusty, and the
other half bright.
My brother has met with some great mis-
fortune; but perhaps I can save him yet, for
half of the knife is still bright."
He set out with his animals towards the west,
and travelled until he came to the gate of the
town. The guard came to meet him, and asked
him if he should announce his arrival to his
wife, as she had been in great distress for the
past two days, fearing that he had been killed
in the enchanted forest. The guard .had no
thought but it was the prince himself, as the
brothers resembled each other very closely, and
each was followed by the same wild animals.
The stranger perceived at once that the absent
prince must be his brother, and thought: "It
will be best for me to let .them think I am my
brother, and I can save him more easily." So
he allowed the guard to conduct him to the
castle, where he was received with great joy.
The young princess thought it was no other
than her husband, and asked him why he had
stayed away so long.
"I got lost in the woods and could not find
my way out," he replied.
He remained in the castle a couple of days,
and learned all he could about the enchanted
forest. Then he said: "I must hunt in this
forest once more." The king and the princess
tried to persuade him not to go, but all to no
purpose, and he set out with a large number of
attendants. When they reached the forest, they
saw the same snow-white deer, and the hunter
said: "Stay here until I return; I will hunt
the beautiful animal." So he rode away into
the forest, followed only by his animals. He
chased the deer deeper and deeper into the
woods until it disappeared. It was now night,
and he made a fire under one of the trees, and
prepared to pass the night comfortably.

Hu! hu! hu! how cold I am," he heard
some one moan.
He looked up and saw the same old witch
sitting in the tree. If you are so cold, come
down and warm yourself," he said.
Your animals will bite me," she cried.
They will not hurt you," said he.
"I will throw you a little switch," she said,
"and if you will hit them with it, then I know
they will not touch me."
When the hunter heard this he doubted the
old woman, and said: I do not beat my ani-
mals, but if you don't come down I'll fetch you
"What will you do ?" she cried. You can't
hurt me."
If you don't come down, I will shoot you,"
he said.
Shoot away," she said; I am not afraid of
your bullets."
He took aim and fired, but the witch was
proof against leaden bullets, and laughed as
they rattled around her. "You cannot hit me,"
she said.
But the hunter knew what to do. He took
three silver bullets from his pocket. The witch
would have no power over these, and he no
sooner fired, than she fell screaming to the
earth. He planted his foot upon her, and said:
Old witch, if you do not tell me at once where
my brother is, I will bind you and throw you
into the fire."
She begged loudly for mercy, and said: He
and his animals have been turned into stone
and are lying in yonder grave."
He compelled her to go with him, and said:
"You old witch-cat, if you do not bring my
brother and all the men and animals that lie
buried here, to life, I will throw you into the
fire at once."
She took the wand; moved the stones, and
immediately his brother and his animals came
to life, also merchants, mechanics, shepherds,
and other unfortunate men who had been buried
here, rose, and thanked the hunter for restoring'
them to life.
When the twin brothers saw each other they


embraced and kissed each other and were full
of joy at meeting again. Then they seized the
old witch, bound her, and laid her on the fire
to perish, and as she burnt, the whole forest


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became brightly illuminated, and they could
see the royal palace three miles away. As the
brothers walked along, they related to each
other the events that had happened while they
had been parted. When the
youngest one said he had mar-
ried the king's daughter, and
was now prime minister, his
brother said: "So I learned, for
as I entered the town, I was taken
S for you, and was treated with
Pr/j royal honors, and your wife re-
ceived me with great joy as if I
had been her husband.'
When the prince heard this,
/') he was so filled with
anger and jealousy, he
drew his sword and cut
off his brother's head.
\ i When he saw him
-U: ,\' lying dead before him,
he repented sorely, and
cried: "My brother
set me free from the
enchantment, and I
i have killed him for
it," and he wept bit-
terly. But the little
hare came to him and
I begged to go and get
the wonderful root.
He sprang away and
returned just at the
Right time. The wound
was healed, and the
brother was restored
to life.
As they walked on
towards the castle, the
S' youngest one said:
\\/// '" 'You look exactly like
i i! \ me; you wear the same
royal clothing, and the
same animals follow
S1' ~IJ *\1 each. Let us go in at
opposite gates, and ap-
F YOUR BULLETS.' proach the king from



opposite sides." So they separated, and as they
approached the castle, a messenger was sent
from each gate to announce to the king that the
prince had returned from the hunt. The king
was astonished, and said: How could you
both see him; the gates are a m'le apart."
Just then the two brothers entered from op-
posite sides.
"Which is your husband ?" asked the king
of his daughter, looking from one to another.

" One looks just like the other, I can not tell
them apart."
The princess was troubled, till she thought
of the necklace. She looked among the animals,
and on the neck of one of the lions found her
golden clasp. Full of joy, she cried: "The
one that this lion follows is my husband.
The prince laughed and said: "Yes, he is
the right one," and then they all sat down and
ate and drank and were very happy.


THERE was once a miller who lived very
happily with his wife. They had plenty of
money, and their property increased from year
to year. But misfortune often comes in a night:
as his riches had grown, so now they began
gradually to disappear, until finally he became
so poor he could hardly call the mill his own.
His mind was full of trouble over his ill luck,
and after working hard all day, instead of rest-
ing quietly in his bed, he would toss from side
to side unable to sleep. One morning he rose
before daybreak and went out thinking the open
air would bring him relief. As he walked across
the dam, the first rays of morning shone upon
the pond, and just then he heard a rustling in
the water. He turned and saw a beautiful
woman rising slowly from the water. Her long
hair, which she held back with her delicate
hands, fell over her shoulders and covered her
body like a veil. The miller knew it was the
water-fairy of the mill-pond, and he was so
frightened that he did not know whether to go
or stay. But she spoke to him in her soft voice,
called him by name, and asked him why he
was so sad.
At first the miller was dumb with fright, but
as she continued talking in a friendly manner,
he took heart, and told her how he had once
lived in comfort, but now was so poor that he
did not know what to do.
"Do not worry any more," she said; "I will

make you richer and more successful than you
have ever been, but first you must promise to
give me the young creature that is now in your
house." It cannot be anything but a little
puppy or kitten," thought the miller, and hc
promised what she asked.
At this the fairy disappeared, and the miller
hastened back to his mill in good spirits.
But before he reached home, the maid came
to the door and called in a joyful voice that his
wife had a little son. The miller was thunder-
struck. He saw at once that the crafty fairy
had known everything, and had cheated him of
his child. He went into the house with bowed
head, and looking so sad that his wife said:
"Why do you not rejoice over our beautiful
boy ?"
He told her what had happened and the
promise he had made, and added: "Of, what
use will riches be to us, if we must lose our
child ? But what can I do ?" And the relatives
also, who had come to wish them joy, knew
not what to advise.
In the meantime, the miller's good fortune
returned. He succeeded in all he undertook;
the storeroom seemed to fill of itself; the
money in the cupboard increased every night;
and before long he was richer than he had ever
been before. But his riches brought no hap-
piness, the promise he had made the fairy
tormented him constantly.


Whenever he approached the pond, he ex-
pected to see her rise from the water and claim
her debt. The boy was guarded carefully and
never allowed to go near the water Be careful,"
his father would say to him, "If you should
ever touch -the water, a hand will reach out and
draw you under."
But year after year passed, and the fairy did
not show herself, so that the miller almost for-
got his fears. The boy grew up a fine youth,
and was bound to a hunter that he might learn
his art. When he became an accomplished
marksman, a wealthy gentleman of the village
took him into his service. In this village lived
a beautiful, true-hearted maiden, with whom
the young hunter fell in love. The master on
hearing of this, gave him a little house, and the
two were married and lived in happiness for
some time.
But one day the hunter gave chase to a deer.
As the animal bounded out of the woods into
the open field, he followed it, and finally suc-
ceeded in bringing it down with a shot from
his gun. He did not perceive that he was near
the dangerous pond, and after he had cut up
the deer, he went to the water to wash his
hands. He had no sooner dipped them into the
water, than the fairy rose, beautiful and smiling,
seized him in her wet arms, and disappeared
so quickly, that the waters closed after her
without a ripple.
When evening came and the hunter did not
return home, his wife became very anxious.
She went out to look for him, and as he had
often told her how he must beware of the fairy
and not venture too near the mill-pond, she
suspected already what had happened. She
hastened to the water, and there on the bank
lay her husband's hunting-pouch. She could
no longer doubt his fate, and weeping and
wringing her hands, she called him by name,
but her cries were in vain. Then she ran to
the other side of the pond and called anew;
she scolded the fairy with hard words; but no
answer was returned; the surface of the water
remained as smooth as a mirror, and only the
half-moon looked up at her fixedly.

The poor woman would not leave the pond.
She walked round and round, now silent, then
shrieking loudly, or moaning softly to herself.
But at last her strength left her; she sank to
the earth, and a deep sleep came over her, and
as she slept, she dreamed.
It seemed as if she were climbing over rough
rocks; thorns and briars pierced her feet; the
rain beat in her face; and the wind blew her
hair about in wild confusion. But when she
reached the top of the mountain, everything
changed: the sky was blue, the air mild, the
earth as soft as a carpet, and in the midst of a
beautiful green meadow stood a neat little cot-
tage. She-went to it, opened the door, and saw
an old woman with white hair sitting within.
She beckoned to her in a friendly manner, and
then the poor wife woke up.
It was morning, and she decided at once to
follow out her dream. She wearily climbed the
hill that lay before her, and on reaching the
top, she found everything as she had dreamed.
The old woman received her kindly and in-
vited her to sit down.
You must have met with some great sor-
row," she said, "or you would not have sought
out my lonely cottage."
The poor woman then told her with many
tears what had happened.
Be comforted," said the old woman, I will
help you. Here is a golden comb. Wait until
it is full moon, then go to the pond, seat your-
self on the bank, and comb your long black
hair with this comb. When you have finished
lay it on the shore, and you will see what will
The woman went back to her home. How
slowly the time passed till the moon was tll !
But at last the full shining face appeared in the
heavens, and she went out to the pond, sat
down by the water, and combed her hair with
the golden comb. When she had finished, she
laid it on the ground and waited. It was not
long before a rushing sound was heard in the
water; a wave rose, rolled into shore, and car-
ried away the comb. It could not more than
have reached the bottom, when the s:,rface of


the water parted and the hunter's head ap-
peared. But he said not a word, only looked
sorrowfully at his wife, and then a great wave
rolled over him, and he disappeared. All was
quiet now, the pond was smooth, and nothing
was to be seen in it but the face of the moon.
The wife went home uncomforted, but that
night she dreamed she went to the old woman's
cottage again. In the morning she set out on
the toilsome way and arrived once more at the
cottage. She told her tale of sorrow, and the
old woman comforted her as before, giving her
this time a golden flute. Wait till the moon
is again full," she said, "then take the flute and
sit down by the water and play a sweet tune.
When it is ended, lay it in the sand, and see
what will happen."
The wife did as the old woman told her.
Scarcely had she laid the flute on the shore,
when she heard a rushing sound,-a wave rose,
rushed toward the flute, and swept it away.
Soon after the water parted, and not only the
head but half the body of the hunter rose
above the surface. He stretched out his arms
towards his wife, but a second wave rushed
towards him, covered him, and drew him under.
"Alas 1 of what use is it to see my dear
husband only to lose him again ?" she bitterly
Her heart was more sorrowful now than ever,
but she dreamed a third time of going to the
old woman's house. She followed her dream,
and this time the woman gave her a golden
spinning -wheel. "Everything is not com-
pleted yet," said the wise woman, "but take
this, and when the moon is full, seat yourself
on the bank and spin the bobbin full.' When
this is done, place the spinning-wheel by the
water, and you will see something happen."
The hunter's wife followed these directions
exactly. She spun industriously till the bobbin
was full, and then placed the wheel near the
water. She had scarcely done this, when a
wave larger than any of the others rushed over
the wheel and it disappeared. Instantly the
whole body of the hunter shot into the air
with a jet of water. He sprang to the shore,

seized his wife's hand, and they fled together.
But they had gone only a little way, when a
mighty roaring was heard, and all the water in
the pond rushed over the field after them.
They saw nothing but death before them, then
the wife in her distress called loudly for the old
woman to help them. She heard the cry, and
that moment, the wife was changed into a toad,
and the hunter into a frog.
Now the flood could not kill them, but it
carried them far away from each other.
When the waters went back, and they were
once more on dry ground, they received their
human shape again, but neither knew where the
other was. They found themselves among per-
fect strangers who did not even know of their
native place. To support themselves, they were
both obliged to tend sheep, and for many years
they drove their flocks through fields and woods,
grieving and longing for each other.
It happened one spring day, when the earth
was growing green and beautiful, that both
drove their flocks to the same point. He saw
the strange flock on the side of a hill, and drove
his own towards it. The two met in a valley,
but did not know each other. They said but
little, but each felt happier for having met the
other. Every day after this they met with their
flocks in the valley.
One evening, when the moon was at its full,
and their flocks were resting, the shepherd took
a flute from his pocket and blew a sweet, sad
tune. When he had finished he saw that he
shepherdess was weeping bitterly.
"Why do you weep ?" he asked.
"Alas!" she replied, "It was just such an
evening as this the last time I heard that tune,
and my dear husband raised his head out of
the water."
He looked at her closely; a veil seemed to
fall from his eyes, and he recognized his wife.
At the same time the bright moonlight fell full
on his face, and she knew him also. They
rushed into each other's arms and kissed each
other with great joy. The spell of the water-
fairy was broken, and their happiness was un-
disturbed thereafter.


Two princes went out one time to seek ad-
ventures, and fell into such a wild kind of life,
they did not return home. Their younger
brother, whom they called Dumb-head, thought
he would join his brothers and seek his fortune
also. But when they saw him, they laughed at
him, that he should think of making his way
through the world, when they, who were much
wiser than he, had not been able to do so. But
they allowed him to join them, and they all
travelled on together.
As they walked along they came to an ant-
hill, and the two elder brothers wished to dig
it up, that they might see the ants run about in
their fright, and carry away their eggs. But
Dumb-head said: "Leave the ants in peace; I
cannot bear to have them disturbed."
So they left the ants, and walked on till they
came to a lake on which a great many ducks
were swimming. The two brothers wished to
catch a pair and roast them, but Dumb-head
said: Leave them in peace, I cannot bear to
have them killed."
Finally they came to a bees' nest that was so
full of honey, it ran down the trunk of the tree.
The brothers wanted to build a fire under the
tree, and smother the bees that they might take
away the honey. But Dumb-head again inter-
fered, saying: "Leave them in peace, I could
not endure to have them smothered."
So the bees were left to live, and the three
brothers went on till they came to a castle, in
the stalls of which stood horses of pure stone.
Not a human being was to be seen. They went
through all the rooms of the castle until they
came to the end, and there they found a door
that had three locks. In the middle of the ddor
there was a hole, and on looking through it,
they saw an old man sitting at a table. They
called to him, but he did not hear. They called
again, but he made no 'motion. They called
a third time, and he rose, unlocked the door,
and came out. Even then he spoke not a word,
but led them in, and seated them at a richly

spread table. When they had eaten and drank,
he took each of them into his own sleeping-
chamber where they passed the night.
The next morning the old man beckoned the
oldest brother to a stone table on which were
written three tasks, which, if performed, would
free the castle from the spell it was under. The
first was: "Out in the woods, under the moss
are hidden the pearls of the king's daughter.
They are a thousand in number, and whoever
seeks them must find them before sunset. If
one is lacking he shall be turned into stone."
The oldest one went out and searched all
day, but when night came, he had found only a
hundred, and, as it was written on the table, he
was turned into stone.
The next morning the second brother went,
but he met with no better success, and was
turned into stone.
Now it was Dumb-head's turn, but it was
such hard work to find the pearls in the moss,
and he got along so slowly, that at last he gave
up, and sat down and cried. But as he sat there
weeping, the ant-king came with five thousand
ants, whose lives he had been the means of
saving. In a short time they gathered the pearls
together and laid them in a heap before Dumb-
The second task was to fetch the keys of the
castle chambers from the bottom of the lake.
But when Dumb-head came to the lake, the
ducks, whose lives he had saved, were still
swimming there, and they quickly dived to the
bottom and brought him the keys.
But the third task was the hardest of all-to
find out which of the three sleeping maidens
was the youngest and most beloved. They all
looked exactly alike, differing in no respect,
except as it was written on the table, that be-
fore they went to sleep, they had eaten different
kinds of sweetmeats, the oldest having eaten a
piece of sugar; the second a little syrup; and
the youngest a spoonful of honey. He was at
a loss how to decide, when the queen-bee flew


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in, whom he had saved from being smothered.
She lit upon the mouths of all three maidens,
and finally settled upon the one that had eaten
the honey.
With this indication to guide him, Dumb-
head was now able to make the choice without
the slightest difficulty, and the princess whom
he selected was happily the right one.

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Then the spell was broken; every one
awoke, and the people and men who had been
turned to stone received their proper form. As
for Dumb-head, he married the young and
lovely princess and inherited the throne on the
king's death, while his brothers, who had sup-
posed they were so much wiser than he, had to
content themselves with the two other sisters.


A KING once had a wife who had golden
hair, and was so beautiful that her equal was
not to be found on earth. One day she fell ill,
and when she knew she must die, she called
the king to her and said: After I am dead, if
you wish to marry again, promise me that you
will take no one who is not as beautiful as I
am, or who has not golden hair like mine."
The king had no sooner promised, than she
closed her eyes and died.
The king mourned for her a long time, and
had no thought of marrying again. But finally
his councillors said: We must have a queen;
there is no other way, the king must marry
again." So messengers were sent out far and
wide to seek for a bride as beautiful as the dead
queen. But none was found, and the messen-
gers returned from their search without having
accomplished anything.
Now the king had a daughter who was as
beautiful as her mother, and had also her golden
hair. When she had grown, and the king saw
her beauty and how closely she resembled his
dead wife, he said to his councillors: "You
have not been able to find me a bride; my.
daughter alone is the image of my wife : I will
marry her."
The councillors were shocked on hearing
this, and said: God has forbidden a father to
marry his daughter. Nothing but evil will come
from this, and you will bring ruin upon your
The daughter was still more frightened when
she heard the king's decision, but she hoped to
be able to turn him from this wicked project.
To gain time, she said to him: Before your
wish can be fulfilled, I must have three dresses,-
one golden like the sun, another silver like the
moon, and a third glittering and shining like the
stars. Besides, this, I must have a cloak made
of a thousand different kinds of skins, and every
animal in your kingdom must give a piece of
his skin towards it."
"It will not be possible to do this," she

thought, "and in the meantime I shall persuade
my father to give up this strange idea."
But the king did not give it up, but ordered
the most skillful maidens in his kingdom to
weave the three dresses, one golden as the
sun, one silver as the moon, and one glittering
as the stars. He also sent the hunters to catch
every animal in his forests and bring home a
piece of its skin. from which the cloak was to
be made.
At last everything was ready, and the king
took the cloak, and spreading it before his
daughter, said: "To-morrow will be our wed-
When the maiden saw there was no more
hope of changing her father's heart, she deter-
mined to run away. In the night when every
one was asleep, she rose, took from her jewels
three things, a golden ring, a little golden spin-
ning-wheel, and a golden reel, folded the three
dresses like the sun, moon, and stars, put on
the cloak of many kinds of fur, rubbed her
hands and face with soot, and went out into
the night. She travelled until she came to a
large forest, then, as she was tired, she crawled
into a hollow tree and slept. The sun rose, but
still she slept on, the morning passed, and she
did not awake.
It happened that day that the king who owned
the forest was hunting. When the dogs came
to the tree, they sniffed about, and ran round
the tree barking loudly. The king said to the
hunters: "Go and see what game is hidden
The hunters obeyed, and when they returned,
said: "A wonderful animal lies in a hollow
*tree, such as we have never seen before; its
skin was covered with a thousand different
kinds of fur, and it was fast asleep."
Then the king ordered them to capture it
alive if possible, and bind it on the wagon, and
take it home with them. As the hunters seized
the maiden, she awoke, and cried out in great
fright: I am a poor child without father or


mother, pray have pity on me, and take me
along with you."
"You will do for the kitchen, Fur-of-all-
kinds," said the hunters. You can go home
with us, and sweep up the ashes." So they put
her in the wagon and took her to the castle.
They gave her a little room under the
steps where no daylight ever came, saying:
"There Roughskin, is where you must live,
and sleep." Then she was sent to the
kitchen to bring the water and wood, stir
the fire, pick the fowls, sweep up the ashes,
and do all the miserable work.
She lived here a long time, and the beau-
tiful princess knew not what would become
of her.
One time when a feast was to be held in
the palace,.sAhe said to the cook: "Will you
let me go upstairs and watch them a little
while ?" '.
"Yes," said the cook, "you may go to
the door, but you must be back in half an
hour and sweep up the ashes."
She took her oil-lamp, and ran to her little
room under the steps. Quickly she drew off
the fur cloak, and washed her face and hands.
Then she opened the little package she had
broughtt with her, and took out the dress that
shone like the sun. When she was dressed,
she went upstairs to the feast. As she entered,
every one made way for her, thinking that she
must be some grand princess. The king came
to meet her, and giving her his hand, danced
with her, thinking all the while: Never have
I seen any one so beautiful." When the dance
was ended, she bowed, and before the king
could look around, she had disappeared, no one
knew whither. The guard was called and ques-
tioned, but he had seen no one leave the castle.
But she had run to her room, quickly taken
off her dress, made her hands and face black,
put on her fur coat, and was once more the
kitchen-maid. She went into the kitchen to do
her work, but as she was about to sweep up the
ashes, the cook said: "Leave that until morn-
ing, and cook this soup for the king while I go
up and take a peep at the company. See that

you do not let one of your hairs fall in, or you
will get nothing to eat in the future."
So the cook went away, and left the maid to


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cook the soup, which she did as well as
could, and when it was ready she went ou
her little room, and brought her gold ring,
laid it in the bottom of the dish in which
soup would be poured. When the dance
over, the king called for the soup, and a!
ate it, he thought he had never tasted an:
good as this. But when the dish was em
he saw the gold ring lvinp in the bottom,
could not understand how it came there.
he ordered the cook to come to him. The c
was very much frightened, and said to
kitchen-maid: You must have let one of a
hairs fall into the soup. If you have,
you deserve a beating."
When the cook came before the
king, he asked if she had made the
soup. She replied that she had.
"That is not true," said the king,
"for it was a different kind and
much better cooked than you have
ever made."
Then the cook confessed she had
not made it, but the kitchen-maid.
"Go and tell her to come to
me," said the king.
When the maid entered, the
king asked: Who are you ? "
"I am a poor child who has
neither father nor mother," was the
What do you do in my castle ?" 'Il' Il]iilj
asked the king.
Alas !" she replied, am good
for nothing only to have boots
thrown at my head."
"Where did you get the ring
that was in my soup ?" he asked. '
"I know nothing about the ring,"
she replied. So the king was obliged
to send her back without learning
After a time another feast was
held, and the kitchen-maid again
begged permission to go and see
the visitors. "
Yes," said the cook, "you may

go, but come back in half an hour, and cook
the soup for the king that he is so fond of."
The maiden went to her room, washed her-
self, and this time put on the dress that was sil-
very as the moon. She entered the ballroom like
a princess, and the king came forward to meet




her, looking very glad and happy to see her
again. Then as the dance began, they danced
together, but as soon as it was ended, before the
king could notice where she went, the beautiful
princess disappeared.
She ran to her room, put on the fur cloak,
and went into the kitchen to prepare the soup
for the king. While the cook was upstairs, she
brought the golden spinning-wheel from her
room, and put it in the bottom of the dish
of soup.
The dish was taken to the king, who ate the
soup with as good a relish as before, and on
coming to the bottom found the spinning-wheel.
The cook was questioned, but finally confessed
that the kitchen-maid had made the soup. She
was ordered a second time before the king, but
all the reply he could get from her was that
she was good for nothing only to have boots
thrown at her head, and that she knew nothing
about the spinning-wheel.
The third time a feast was held, and every-
thing happened as before.
You are a witch, and always put something
in the soup to make it taste better than when I
make it, so you must make it this time," said
the cook to the kitchen-maid. Then as she
begged to see the guests again, the cook let
her go, providing she would be back at the
appointed time.
She went to her room, put on the dress
that glittered like the stars, and went to the
ball. The king danced with her as before, and
thought she never had looked so beautiful as

then. During the dance, which he had ordered
to be longer than usual, he slipped the gold
ring on her finger without her noticing it.
When the dance was over, he would have kept
fast hold of her hand, but she tore herself
away, and sprang so quickly among the peo-
ple, that he lost sight of her. She ran as
quickly as she could to her little room under
the steps, but as the half hour was up, she had
not time to change her dress, so she threw the
fur cloak around her, and hastily blackened
her hands and face, but in her haste one finger
was left white.
She ran to the kitchen, cooked the king's
soup, placing in the bottom of the dish the
little golden reel. When the king found the
reel, he sent at once for the kitchen-maid. She
no sooner entered than he saw the white finger,
and the ring that he had given her during the
dance. He seized her by the hand, that she
might not escape. In her struggles to free her-
self, the fur cloak opened a little, and the glit-
tering dress could be seen. Then the king
seized the cloak, and tore it open. As he did
so, her golden hair fell down, and she stood
there in all her splendor, and could no longer
disguise herself. Water was brought, and the
soot and ashes were washed from her face and
hands, and then all who saw her said she was
the most beautiful woman on earth, but the
king said: "You shall be my bride, and we
will never be parted again." The marriage was
celebrated, and they lived happily till their


THERE was once a king's son who was en-
gaged to a maiden whom he loved dearly. As
they were sitting very happily together one day,
news was brought to him that his father was
dying, and wished to see him very much. So
the prince said to the maiden: "I must go away
and leave you, but here is a ring to remember
me by, and when I am king, I will come again,
and take you home with me."

He rode away, and on arriving at the castle,
he found his father dying.
"My dearest son," said the king, I wished
to see you very much before my end. Promise
me that you will marry according to my will,"
and he named to him a king's daughter, who was
well known. The son was so sad and troubled
he did not know what to say, but not wishing
to refuse a dying request, he said finally:


"Dear father, I will follow your wishes and
marry the princess?" and then the king closed
his eyes and died.
When the son had been proclaimed king, and
the days of mourning were over, he remem-
bered his promise, and the princess was be-
trothed to him accordingly. When the maiden
whom he had promised to wed heard of this,
she mourned so deeply that her life seemed
fast passing away.
Finally her father said to her: Dear child,
why are you so sad ? You shall have whatever
you wish."
The maiden thought a moment, and then
said; I should like eleven maidens who re-
semble me in face, form, and size."
You shall have them if it is possible," said
the king, and immediately he sent men to search
throughout his kingdom for the maidens. After
a long time they succeeded in finding them.
When they were brought to the king's daugh-
ter, she ordered twelve hunting suits to be
made exactly alike, one of which each of the
eleven maidens was obliged to put on, while
the princess herself drew on the twelfth. Then
she bade her father farewell, and they all rode
away to the castle of the young king whom she
loved so well. When they arrived, she asked
if the king needed any huntsmen, and if he
would not like to take them all into his service.
The king looked at the young huntsman, but
did not recognize her, but because they were
all so young and handsome, he said he would
gladly take them into his service, so they all
became the king's huntsmen.
But the king i.ad a lion, a wonderful animal,
that knew every secret and hidden affair. One
evening he said to the king: You think you
have twelve huntsmen, don't you? "
Yes, certainly," said the king.
"You are mistaken; they are twelve maid-
ens," said the lion. 0
"That cannot be possible," exclaimed the
king, "how can you prove it? "
"Oh! easily," said the lion. Strew some
peas in your ante-room, and you will soon see.
When men walk over peas they step firmly

without moving them, but maidens trip and
slide and set the peas rolling."
The king was pleased with this advice, and
had the peas scattered.
But one of the king's servants was kind
to the huntsmen, and when he heard they were
to be put to the proof,, he went to them and
told them what the lion had said. The king's
daughter thanked him, and said to her maidens:
Remember, and step with all your strength on
the peas."
The next morning, they entered the ante-
chamber with a firm and manly tread, so that
not one of the peas rolled. When they had
left him, the king said to the lion: You have
deceived me, they walk like men."
But the lion replied: "They learned they
were to be put to the proof, and stepped with
all their strength. Try once more; place twelve
spinning-wheels in the ante-room, and when
they pass through and see them, they will be
delighted, while men would not notice them."
The king was pleased with this advice, and
ordered the spinning-wheels brought. But the
servant revealed this plan to the maidens, and
the king's daughter gave orders for them not
even to glance at the spinning-wheels.
The next morning, they passed through
the ante-room without noticing the spinning-
"You have deceived me again," said the
king; "they did not even see the spinning-
Because they knew they were to be placed
there to try them, and exerted themselves not
to look at them," said the lion. But the king
had no more faith in the lion.
The twelve huntsmen were the king's faithful
attendants when hunting, and the longer they
were with him, the better he liked them.
It happened one day while they were out
hunting, that news came that the king's bride
was on her way to his castle. When the true
bride heard this, she was overcome with grief,
and fell fainting to the earth.
The king, supposing his favorite huntsman
had met with an accident, ran to his assistance.


As he drew iof iis glove, he saw the ring which
he had given his first bride. He looked in the
huntsman's face, and then for the first time
recognized the maiden whom he loved and had
promised to marry. His heart was touched;
he kissed her, and said, as she opened her eyes:
" Thou art mine, and I am thine, and no one
in the world can change it."

To the other bride he sent a messenger,
bidding him tell her to return to her kingdom,
for he had a bride already, He who has found
an old key, has no need of a new one." So the
king wedded his first love, and the lion was
restored to favor, for it had been made clear
by what had happened that after all he had
spoken the truth.


IN THE midst of a thick woods stood an
old castle in which a noted sorceress lived. In
the daytime she turned herself into a cat or a
screech owl, but when night came she took her
right form. She could charm wild animals and
birds to her, and then she would kill them and
cook them for her food. If a person came within
a hundred steps of the castle, they became
motionless, and could not stir from the spot
until she set them free. But if a lovely maiden
came within this charmed circle, she was
changed into a bird, fastened into a cage, and
carried to a room in the castle, where there
were more than seven thousand of these rare
birds shut up.
There lived not far from the forest a beauti-
ful maiden named Yorinda, who was betrothed
to a handsome youth named Yoringal. A few
days before their wedding they took a walk to
the woods.
We must be careful and not go too near the
old castle," said Yoringal.
It was a beautiful evening; the setting sun
shone between the trunks of the trees, lighting
up the dark green of the forest, while the tur-
tle-doves sat up in the branches cooing softly
to one another. But in spite of the beauty,
Yorinda felt sad. She sat down in the bright
sunshine and wept; Yoringal also felt sad, as
if some great trouble were about to befall them.
Finally they looked around them; they had
wandered far into the forest, and knew not how
to reach home. The sun was now half be-
low the hills; they peered about through the

bushes, and saw the walls of the castle only a
little way off. Yoringal was terribly frightened,
but Yorinda sang:
My little bird with throat so red,
Sings sorrow and woe, sorrow and woe,
She sings to her mate she will soon be dead,
Sorrow and woe, sorrow and-
Here the song stopped and a nightingale
took it up ; Yorinda had been changed into a
nightingale. A screech-owl with glowing eyes
flew around them three times, screaming:
"Shoo tu hoo! tu hoo !" Yoringal could not
move; he stood as if turned into stone; he
could not weep or speak. When the sun went
down, the owl flew into a bush, and soon there
came from it a crooked old woman, yellow and
wrinkled, with great red eyes and a nose so
long and hooked that the point of it reached to
her chin. She muttered a few words, seized
the nightingale, and carried it away in her
hands. Yoringal was helpless, he could not
utter a word nor move hand or foot-the night-
ingale was gone.
In a little while the old woman returned. In
a hollow voice, she said: "I greetyou, Zachiel,
when the moon shines in the cage, you shall be
free." Then she set Yoringal free. He fell on
his knees and begged her to give him back
Yorinda, but she said he would never see her
again, and went away. He begged and cried
to her but all in vain. Alas what shall I do
now ?" he said.
He left the forest, and travelled until he
came to a strange village. Here he remained


for a long time tending sheep.
Often he would go where he could
see the castle, but he never would
venture near it.
One night he dreamed he found
a blood-red flower in the middle
of which was a large beautiful
pearl. He picked the flower and
carried it to the castle, when
everything he touched became
free from the spell of the sorceress,
and in this way he dreamed he
set Yorinda free. In the morning
when he awoke, he set out at once
to find this flower. He searched
the hills and valleys, and on the -
morning of the ninth day he found
the blood-red flower. In the
middle of it was a large dew-drop,
that looked like a beautiful pearl.
Day and night he travelled until
he reached the castle. When he
came within a hundred steps of
it, he found he was free to move,
and went on joyfully till he came
to the gate. He touched it with
the flower, and it sprang open.
He went into the courtyard and
listened for the sound of the
birds. At last he heard them t :.
singing, and entering the castle,
went to the room where the birds
were, and where the old sorceress
was busy feeding them. When
she saw Yoringal, she was very
angry, and hissed and screamed
and spit poison and venom at
him, but she could only 'come
within two steps of him. He did not mine
but walked about the room looking at the 1
There were many hundreds of birds, how 4
he ever find Yorinda ? Just then he sa'
old woman moving stealthily towards the
with a cage in her hand. Swiftly he sj
towards her, touched the cage and als
sorceress with the flower, and Yorinda

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d her, before him as beautiful as when they parted.
birds. There was a joyful meeting, then Yoringal
could released the other maidens who had been turned
w the into birds. The old sorceress's power was gone
door forever when the flower touched her, and now
prang they were all free to go where they pleased.
o the Yoringal returned home with his bride and
stood they lived long and happily.


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THERE was once an old miller who lived in a
mill. He had neither wife nor children, only
three boys who worked for him. When they
had been with him several years, he said to
them one day: I am getting old, and should
like to sit in the corner behind the stove. Go
out into the world, and each of you bring me
a horse. To the one that brings the best, I
will give the mill, and he shall serve me all
my life."
One of the three boys was quite small, and
the other two thought him silly. They were
determined he should not get the mill, but the
poor boy did not even wish for it.
They all set out together, however, but when
they came to a village, the two said: "You
might as well stay here, silly Hans; you would
not find a horse, if you should try all your life."
But Hans went on with them, and when night
came, they all crept into a cave and lay down
and went to sleep. But the two wise ones were
only making believe. When they were sure
that Hans was asleep, they softly rose, crept
out of the cave, and ran away as fast as they
could, thinking they had succeeded finely in
getting rid of their silly companion.
When the sun rose, Hans awoke and found
himself alone in the cave. Alas!. where am
I ? he cried. He got up, crawled out into the
open air, and walked away to the woods.
I am all alone now," he thought; "how can
I ever find a horse ?"
As he went through the woods, he met a little
spotted kitten. Hans, what are you doing
here ?" she asked.
"Alas you cannot help me," he said.
I know very well what you want," she said.
You would like a beautiful horse. Come and
be my faithful servant for seven years, and I
will give you a horse more beautiful than any
you have ever seen."
"This is a wonderful cat," thought Hans,
"but I believe I will see if she has told me the
truth." He went with her to her little castle,

whose household was made up entirely of kit-
tens. They ran up and down the steps and
frisked about right merrily. At evening she
had them play three kinds of music for her, the
bass-viol, the violin, and the trumpet.
After they had eaten their supper, the table
was moved out, and the cat said: "Come, Hans,
dance with me."
"Oh! no," said Hans, I have never danced
with a pussy cat, and do not know how."
Then take him to his bed," she said to her
So one lighted him to his sleeping-room, then
another took off his shoes and stockings, and
helped him undress, and finally they blew out
the light and scampered away.
In the morning they were on hand again to
help him. One put on his stockings, another
tied his garters and put on his shoes, a third
washed his face, while a fourth dried it with her
tail. But all day long Hans had to cut wood
into little pieces for the cat. For this purpose
he had an axe, a wedge, and a saw of silver,
while the mallet was of copper. So he remained
here a long time chopping little sticks of wood,
and seeing no one but the spotted kitten and
her companions.
One day she gave him a silver scythe and a
gold whetstone, and said: "Go and mow the
meadow, and spread out the grass to dry."
Hans did as she told him, and in a little while
returned bringing all the hay, the scythe, and
the whetstone in his arms. Then he asked if
it was not time for him to receive his reward.
"No," she replied, "there is one thing more
I want you to do. Here are materials, a car-
penter's axe, square, and all the necessary tools,
all of silver. Take them and build me a little
Hans went to work, and in a short time, the
little house was ready, but still he did not re-
ceive the horse. The seven years had passed
so quickly, it did not seem like half that time.
Finally the kitten asked him if he would like


to see his horse. Oh, yes!" said Hans. She
opened the door of the little house, and there
stood twelve horses, very sleek and shining and
very proud. She fed and watered them, then
said to him: You may go,home now, but you
cannot take your horse with you. In three days
I will come and bring it to you."
So Hans got ready, and she showed him the
way to the mill. As he had had no new clothes
during the seven years, he had to wear the old
ones which were all in rags and much too small
for him. When he reached home, the other
two were there already with their horses, but
one was blind and the other lame.
"Where is your horse, Hans ?" they asked.
It will be here soon," he replied.
At this they laughed, and cried :
"Oh, you silly Hans when your horse ar-
rives, it will be a fine one."
He went into the mill, but he was so ragged
and shabby looking, the miller would not let
aim come to the table. "I should be ashamed
if any one came in and saw you," he said.
They gave him a little food to eat outside,
and when evening came, they would not let
him sleep in a bed, but made him creep into the
goose-house and lie on some hard straw.
The next morning, the three days were up,
and before Hans was out, there came a splendid
coach drawn by six horses, to the mill, and with
the coach came a servant riding another horse,
which was for the poor miller-boy. A beautiful

princess descended from the coach and went
into the mill. She was no other than the little
spotted kitten, whom Hans had served for seven
years. She asked for the youngest miller-boy.
"We could not have him in the mill," said
the miller; "he was so ragged, we made him
sleep in the goose-house."
Bring him to me at once," said the princess.
The poor youth was brought holding his rags
together. Then a servant took him, washed him,
and dressed him in royal clothing, and when he
appeared again, no king could have looked
finer. Then the princess asked to see the horses
the other two servants had brought. The lame
and the blind one were led around, anrd at the
same time the princess ordered her servant to
bring the one he had ridden. When the miller
saw this one, he said so fine a horse had never
entered his yard before.
That is for your youngest apprentice," said
the princess.
Then the mill is his," said the miller.
No," said the princess, the horse is yours
and the mill also," and taking Hans by the
hand, she led him to the coach, which they
entered, and then drove away.
They drove first to the little house which he
had built, but it had been changed into a large
palace, glittering with gold and silver. In this
the miller-boy and the princess were married,
and they'were so rich they never wanted any-
thing all their lives.


ONE day in summer as the bear and the wolf
were taking a walk in the woods, they heard a
beautiful song from a bird.
What bird is that that sings so beautifully ?"
asked the bear.
That is the king of birds, and we must pay
him great respect," said the wolf. It was not
the king of birds, however, but only a little
wren, that is called in German a name that
means hedge-king.

If that is the case," said the bear, "I should
like to see the royal palace. Come and show
me where it is."
It is not what you think it is," said the wolf,
"but you must wait now till the queen comes."
Soon the queen came home with food in her
mouth, and she and the king fed the little ones.
The bear was very anxious to go and see them,
but the wolf held him back, saying he must wait
until the king and queen were away. He allowed


himself to be led away, but not without noticing
first the hiding place of the nest. There was
no rest for the bear; he must see the royal
palace, and in a little while he went back to
find it. The king and queen were away; he
found the nest, and peeped into it.
Is this the royal palace ?" he cried. "A
fine palace,! And you a king's children! such
miserable little creatures !"
When the young wrens heard this, they were
angry, ,'nd screamed: "No, we are not miserable
creatures; our parents are honorable people.
Bear, you will get your pay for this."
The bear andthe wolf were frightened at
these words, and crept into their dens.
SThe young wrens continued to scream and
cry until their parents came home bringing them
"We will not touch so much as a fly's leg,"
they said ; we will starve first, until you tell
us whether we are respectable children or not.
'-The bear has been here, and insulted us by
saying we were not."
"Be quiet," said the king, "we will make
that all right," and he and the queen flew away
immediately to the bear's den.
"Old Bruin," he called, why have you in-
sulted my children ? You shall suffer for it.
The quarrel shall be settled by a bloody war."
Then the bear prepared for war, and called
together all the four-footed animals, the ox,
the ass, the cow, the deer, and all the others
found on earth. The wren also invited all the
birds of the air to help him, both large and
small, also the bees, hornets, gnats, and flies.
When the time came for the battle to be
fought, the wren sent out spies to learn who was
the commander-in-chief of the enemy's forces.
As the gnats were the most cunning of all, they
were chosen, and went to the woods w here the
animals were to meet. They alighted on the
leaves of the trees, under which the council
was held.
The bear stood up, and calling the fox before

him, said: "You are the most crafty of all the
animals; you shall be our general, and lead us
to battle."
Very well," said the fox, but what signals
shall we agree upon ?" No one knew.
Then the fox said: "I have a long, bushy
tail that looks like a red plume. When I hold
this high in the air, it will mean we are winning,
and you must march forward; but if I let it
droop, run away as fast as you can."
The gnats heard all that was said, and flew
away and told the wren-king every word.
When the day came on which the battle was
to be fought, all the four-footed animals rushed
to the field with such a noise that the earth
trembled. The wren came with his army scream-
ing and swarming through the air. It was a
sight to make one turn pale. The wren divided
his army into two parts, but the hornets he sent
to sting the fox's tail. At the first sting, the
fox bore it bravely, drew up his hind-leg, and
kept his tail high in the air, but at the second
sting, he was obliged to drop it an instant; at
the third one, he could endure it no longer, but
drew his tail between his legs, and thus gave
the signal for defeat. The animals began to: riuh;
and never stopped till they reached their homes.
So the birds won the battle.
The king and queen flew home and said to
their children: "Be happy, eat and drink to
your heart's content; we have won the battle."
But the young wrens were not satisfied, and
said: "We will not eat or drink till the bear
comes to us and asks our pardon for calling us
miserable creatures."
The wren-king flew to the bear's den, and
said: "Bruin, you must come to our nest, and
beg our children's pardon for insulting them.
If you refuse, every rib in your body shall be
The bear crawled out, very much frightened,
and begged pardon of the youngsters, who were
then very happy, and ate and drank and had a
merry time until far into the night.


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