Front Cover
 Zoe's letter
 Title Page
 Half Title
 The dog who took the eggs home...
 How the dog took in the "Times"...
 Crib and Ben - The dog who took...
 Neptune and the butcher boy - Neptune...
 The obedient dog - How the cat...
 How Skye knew when the walk was...
 Captain and the looking-glass -...
 The kind pony - How the donkey...
 The dog who rang the bell - The...
 The wolf and the lamb
 The charger and the ass
 The fox and the crow
 The wolf and the kid
 The dog in the manger
 The one-eyed doe
 The frog and the ox
 The fox and the mask
 The stag at the pool
 The hare and the tortoise
 The fox without a tail
 The fox and the grapes
 The story of Jack and the...
 Saint Paul's cathedral
 Back Cover

Title: Easy reading for little readers
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Title: Easy reading for little readers
Physical Description: 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906 ( Illustrator )
Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883 ( Illustrator )
Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh ( Publisher )
E.P. Dutton (Firm) ( Publisher )
Publisher: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh
E.P. Dutton & Co.
Place of Publication: London (West corner of St. Pauls' Churchyard)
New York
Publication Date: [between 1884 and 1889]
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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Children's stories   ( lcsh )
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General Note: Some illustrations by H. Weir.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Zoe's letter
    Title Page
        Title Page
    Half Title
        Half Title
    The dog who took the eggs home - The owls who got up too soon
        Page 64
    How the dog took in the "Times" - The clever swans
        Page 65
    Crib and Ben - The dog who took care of the lady
        Page 66
    Neptune and the butcher boy - Neptune and the chickens
        Page 67
    The obedient dog - How the cat saved the bird
        Page 68
    How Skye knew when the walk was too long - Biddy Dorking and the duck
        Page 69
    Captain and the looking-glass - Puss and the captain
        Page 70
    The kind pony - How the donkey knew his friend
        Page 71
    The dog who rang the bell - The bull that pumped the water
        Page 72
    The wolf and the lamb
        Page 73
    The charger and the ass
        Page 74
    The fox and the crow
        Page 75
    The wolf and the kid
        Page 76
    The dog in the manger
        Page 77
    The one-eyed doe
        Page 78
    The frog and the ox
        Page 79
    The fox and the mask
        Page 80
    The stag at the pool
        Page 81
    The hare and the tortoise
        Page 82
    The fox without a tail
        Page 83
    The fox and the grapes
        Page 84
    The story of Jack and the giants
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
    Saint Paul's cathedral
        Page 99
        Page 100
    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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WHAT do you think?
This is for me,
All my own,
Pa wrote it; see
With Z, and 0, and E,
That means me.

Went to the door,
The postman said
"Who's this for? "
Ma shook her head;
S"Z-O--E "-that means me,
I said.

Pa's coming home,
Going to bring-
He said so-
Me a gold ring.
Maybe a dolly,
I don't believe I know,
I guess so.

I think I'll write,
Nobody '11 know;
Then I want
A new one so, .
Like Sister Virginia's, '-., -
Her's named Flo.

'Course I can write,
I know how,
Take a pen
And do just so.
That's how to make letters,
Don't I know?

'Spose pa can't read it.
Well, I guess
If he can't,
He'll say yes,
Then sister will make her,
A beautiful dress.

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ROVER was a very clever dog. His master
kept fo'vls, and they sometimes would lay
their eggs in out-of-the-way places, far I
from their nests. When told to do so, i'
Rover would go out, and sniff here and
sniff there until he found out where the
eggs were laid. Then he would take up
one in his mouth, and not so much as
pressing it with his teeth; carry it home as
fast as he could. He would then return,
and sniff and sniff until he found another;
and so he would go on until he had taken
home all the eggs one by one.

SPERHAPS you know that owls sleep in the
daytime, and wake up at night when every
P 'one is in bed. One day, a gentleman who
lived in a very old house, was kept indoors
by the rain, and it was so cloudy, that the
.' day was quite a dark one. While he was
at his desk, he heard some strange noises
over his head, and he could not find out
what it was until he had searched all over
the house. At last he found that the owls
who lived among the rafters had made a
mistake, and got up too soon, thinking
l. or that as it was so dark, it must be time for
them to get up. But the sun -shone out
afterwards, and they found out their mis-
take and went to bed again.


:,i i ROVER cannot read, yet he always takes in
Sthe Times for his master. Every morning
I i' i|, he sits on the doorstep to wait for the boy
S'l -, who brings the papers. As soon as he
gives him the Times, Rover takes it in his
mouth and runs to the breakfast-room ; if
Q his master is not there he will go over the
house till he find him. Sometimes his
master is in bed, and then Rover goes to
Sil the door and. knocks until the door is
opened. Then Rover lays down the Times,
wags his tail, and lies very still and quiet
until his master is dressed. He will not
S. let any one but his master take the Times
from him.

SOME swans lived on a stream near a
gentleman's house, and year after year they ,
built their nests in the same place. One
day a gentleman who .had watched them for
a long time, went to the stream, but he could
not see the swans. He looked about, and .
found them at last, hard at work building a
nest in a new place, very much higher than
ever they had "built one before. When the '
nest was finished, they laid their eggs, and
,. the gentleman wondered why they had
built the nest so high. Very soon a great
flood came down, and the stream was so
full that it rose higher than its banks, but
the wise swans had put their new nest high
out of reach of the water, and they were


CRIB was a smart and lively little terrier
Sdog, who was always very fond of a romp.
"-, Ben was a beautiful cat, grey, and striped
S like a tiger. He and Crib were the greatest
of friends. They would scamper after each
-`i>-- other, seize each other round the neck with
S *. their soft paws, and roll over and over
'>i' like two little kittens together. Then Ben
would try to catch Crib's tail, which he
had just learned to wag, and Crib would
make a funny noise which he called barking.
'-. So you see this dog and cat, instead of
fighting as dogs and cats sometimes do,
had fine fun together.

Miss EDITH was very fond of riding on
her horse, but she never went out alone,-
a man always rode with her. One day the
man was ill, but Miss Edith did not want
to give up her ride, and she thought she
would just have a run in the park. When
her horse came to the door, her dog Jack
came too, as usual, and he looked about to
see if the man was there. He did not
come, and so Jack took a bit of Miss
Edith's dress in his teeth, and would not
let it go. She started for her ride, and
when the horse walked, Jack walked, and
when he ran, Jack ran, never leaving his
hold of Miss Edith's dress until she got
safely home again.




ROBERT, the butcher boy, and Neptune, the
great house dog, were very good friends.
Nep always looked out for Robert's coming,
because he was very fond of him, and also
because Robert sometimes brought him a
piece of something nice to eat. If Robert
said, "Ah, old fellow, I have got some-
thing for you to-day," Nep would know
what that meant, and he would lie still till
Robert came out of the house again. Then
Robert would say, Where is it then ?
find it, if you can," and Neptune would put
one paw on Robert's shoulder, and take
the piece of meat out of Robert's pocket
with the other, as you see him doing in the
picture. Then they would shake hands,
and Robert would hasten back to his
master like a good boy.


THIS same dog was clever enough to know ,i,
his master's chickens from those of Mr
Brown who lived next door; for he would
never let Mr Brown's chickens come into
his master's garden. But he was always
very civil to his master's hens, although he
did not like them to scratch up the dirt too
near his kennel. You should have seen
how tender he used to be to the little
chickens. He was as gentle with them as
if he had been their father, let them hop
into his own dish and peck at his own food,
and was quite pleased when they chirruped
out their little Thank you's to him.


MINNIE, the cat, was very fond of a tame
bird that belonged to her mistress, and they
used to play very prettily together, for
Minnie never hurt the bird. But one day
when the two were at high romp, Minnie
seized the bird in her teeth, and ran out of
the room with it. Her mistress could not
tell why Minnie had done this, and jumped
up to fetch her back. Just then she saw a
strange cat in the room, and she knew that
Minnie had carried the bird away from the
strange cat. Very soon he was sent away,
and Minnie, and the bird, who was not hurt
at all, came back, and played as prettily
as before.



TIM always was careful to mind what his
master told him, and he never began his
meals until Mr Dee said, Eat it up, Tim."
But one day Mr Dee forgot Tim's supper,
!! and did not take it to him until long past
the usual time. Tim was so hungry, that
he jumped up and knocked the plate out of
.._ his master's hand. This made Mr Dee
cross, so he put down the plate, picked up
S.the meat, and put it on it without telling
him to eat. Though he was very hungry,
Tim did not touch it, but he could not
help crying out. When Mr Dee heard him
'. cry, he went out and found that Tim had
not eaten a bit. Then he remembered he
had not said, Eat it up, Tim," but he
soon did so, and Tim ate his supper very
quickly, you may be sure.

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I -WHEN Skye was young, he was frisky and
strong, and could run many miles more
n than his master, but as he grew old he
', "'' grew feeble, and could not walk so far. He
Sliced much to go for a walk, and would
i' "always start out with his master and his
daughter when they went out. But if they
turned down a certain lane, he always knew
I they were going farther than he could run,
I so he would pretend to find a rat's hole,
and would stay behind and make believe
he was hunting the rat, until his master
and young mistress .came back that way.
He was a sly dog, was he not?


BIDDY was a fine hen, who was a kind -
mother, and a good neighbour to all the
other birds in the farmyard, but she never
could understand -the funny taste of the
ducks in going into the water. So one
day she offered to hatch some of the duck's
eggs, thinking she could bring up the little
ones to like dry land best. But as soon as ___
the little ones could run as far as the pond,
they went straight into the water; and their
hen-mother could never persuade them that
anything was nicer than paddling in the
pond. The silly hen did not know as we
do, that it was their nature to do this.


Ilk-i CAPTAIN was a brave dog, and was rather
Stood fond of fighting. One day his mistress
put a looking-glass on the floor. When
Captain saw himself in the glass, he
S thought it was another dog, and he barked
at it loudly, dashing himself against the
h -!r; glass, but he could not get hold of the
t, other dog. At last he thought the dog
was behind the glass, and he did what I
have seen little children try to do, went
behind the glass, thinking to find the
strange dog there. But there was no other
dog, and at last Captain learned that it was
himself he saw in the glass.


FOR a long time Captain always worried
the cats until they would do anything to
get away from him. One day Pussy got
out of Captain's way on the top of the .1, 4
book-case, and stayed there so long, that
she got hungry and wanted to get down;
but she was afraid to do so, because Captain --
was there. So she mewed and mewed for I
a long time,: until Captain got quite sorry
for her. He went to the book-case, and F
persuaded her he would do her no harm,
and at last he made a sort of ladder of
himself for Pussy to get down by; for as
she was only a kitten, the jump would have ii
been too high for her. After this, Puss
and the Captain became firm friends.


ONE day a child went into the field to see
Jack, the pony, and she. pulled his tail.
She did not think that this would hurt
Jack, but Jack did not like that his tail
should be pulled. He' could not tell her
that it hurt him, and he knew if he kicked
the little girl, he would perhaps kill her.
So he lifted up his foot, and just put it on
the little girl's lip. This made the little
girl cry out, although she was not hurt,
and she ran off, and did not pull Jack's tail
any more. Jack was a wise and kind pony;
if he had not been, the poor child might
have had a bad kick, and have been much .


NED'S little mistress used to give him
CT bread, and cake, and oats, and hay; and
one day she gave him a cup of tea, which
he very much liked. When he was about
three years old, some bad men stole him
away, and for some years his little mistress
,A:,;, did not see Ned again.. One day she was
walking in a town, and she saw Ned in a
cart. Although she knew him at once, she
.~ was not sure that Ned would know her,
but she went up to him, and said softly,
Ned, Ned," and he knew her as well as
she knew him. Then she put a piece of
cake in her hands, and Ned ate it as he used
to eat it in the days that had gone by.
Thus the lady got her donkey back again.


S- KELL was a fine large bloodhound, and he
-was one day shut up for a long time in a
Room by himself. At last he wanted to go
out, but could not, for the doors were
UI t fastened. He had seen that when his master
,I pulled a rope, a bell rang, and Kitty, the
S' servant, came and opened the door. So
What do you think he did? He went to the
'F -rope, took it in his teeth, and pulled it just
hard enough to ring the bell. As Kitty
knew there was no one else in the house,
she was very frightened when she heard it,
but like a brave girl, she went up and
opened the door, and Kell rushed past her,
very pleased to get out, you may be sure.


THIs bull was quite as clever in his way as
the dog Kell; for one day when he went
to the trough where water was put for
him to drink, he found it was dry. He .
mo-o-ed and mo-o-ed for a long time, but
no one came. So he thought if no one
will give me to drink, I will help myself.
And he put his head to the handle of the
pump, as you see in the picture, and moved
it up and down, until he got as much as he
wanted to drink. But he was a selfish bull,
for there was only one cow, of which he
was very fond, that he would allow to drink
of the water he had pumped. All the
others he drove away from the trough, no
matter how thirsty they were.


ONE hot day a
Wolf and a Lamb
came just at
the same time
to quench their
thirst in the
stream of a clear
brook; the Wolf
stood where the
ground was high,
and the Lamb
stood down the
stream not far
from him. But '
as the Wolf had
aLgreat mind to
taste his flesh, he
would fain fall
out with the
Lamb. Fool!"
says he, "what
is it you mean that you stir up the mud
so and spoil the stream where I drink ?"
"You must be quite wrong, to be sure,
sir," said the poor Lamb; "for the stream

-runs down from
you to me, and
not up from me
to you." "Be
that as it will,"
said the Wolf,
"you are a pert
young rogue, and
spoke a great deal
of ill of me, more
than half a year
since." "Sir,"
says the Lamb,
"that could not
be, for I was not
born at the time
you speak of."
"No!" said the
Wolf, "then I am
sure it was that
vile old knave
your dad; and it is no more than just that
his son should pay for it." With that he
flew on the poor Lamb, and tore him limb
from limb in a trice.


The worst of men know so well that they ought to be good, that when they do wrong,
they try, by some art, to make it seem right.


A POOR Ass had
one day such -a
great load put
on his back that
he could scarce
stand on his legs.
As the Horse
was on the road
at the same time,
the Ass begs
him, as a friend,
to take a small
part of the load,
and bear it for
him till he had
time to get up his
strength. "You
my friend 1" said
the Horse (whose
pride had not
yet left him),
"I scorn the word! I sprang from the
best blood in the fields, and was born
to skim over the plain as swift as the
wind; while you, poor beast, with your
coarse hide and long ears, can scarce
keep pace with a hog. No, no, sir, your

own back shall
bear the load for
me." Well, on
they went, and
in a short time,
down dropped the
poor Ass, and
breathed hiS 'last.
When the. man
came up and saw
he took off the
whole load, and
laid it on the
back of the proud
Horse. But this
was riot all: for
he stripped off the
skin of the dead
Ass, and put that,
too, on the top
of the load, so that the ears of it by
chance stood up on the head of the
Horse, and made him look as much
like an Ass as the poor beast who had
been used to wear them.


Pride is the high road to shame, and those who choose to walk in it will find to their
cost what they are when they once come to the end of it.


A CROW, who
had made free 1
with a piece of
cheese, which__ -
was none of her
own, flew with it -
to a high tree.
A young Fox --
who saw this,
and had a mind
to cheat the thief,
went this way to
work with her:
for though he
was but- young
he was a sly
rogue, and knew .
more bad tricks
than he ought
to have done.
"My dear, sweet
Miss," said he, "what a shame it is that
folks should tell such lies of you! they say
that you are as black as a coal; but now
I see. with my own eyes that your soft
plumes are as white as snow. One would
think they were all born blind. And,

dear me, what a
-fine shape you
have I think
in my heart that
no one can see
S--- you but he must
fall in love with
you. If you had
but a clear voice,
and could sing a
good song, as I
make no doubt
Sbut you can,
there is not a
bird which flies
in the air that
would dare to
vie with you."
The Crow, like
a fool, thought
that all which the
Fox had said was true, and had a mind to
try her voice; but as soon as she did
so, down dropped the cheese, which the
Fox took up in his mouth, as fast as he
could, and ran off with it in haste, laughing
at the Crow for want of sense.


The way which most rogues take to cheat fools or vain folks is, to praise them as
much as they can, and so seem to be their best friends.



ONCE on a time,
when an old Goat -_
went out to seek
for some food,
she shut up her
young Kid at
home, bade him
be sure to keep
the door fast,
and not let any
one in till she
came back, and
then to look out
and see who
was there; "For
Bill," said she
"if you do not
mind what I say,
there are some
fierce rogues in
the fields, who
will rush in and eat you up at once."
"Well, well," said Bill, "and if you had
not told me, I think I should have
had the sense to take care what I did."

The good old
Goat set out
but she had not
WP Ea been gone a great
S' while, when the
_IT, same rogue of a
Wolf who ate up
the poor Lamb,
and had heard
Small that had been
said, came and
knocked at the
door. "Who is
there?" cries Bill.
My dear," says
e the Wolf, who
S strove to talk like
the old Goat,
"it is I, your

S poor old Dam."
On this the silly
Kid did not look out as he had been bid-
den to do, but drew up the latch, and so in
flew the Wolf and made an end of him in a
short time.


We should not fail to pay as much heed as we can to what is said to us by those
who gave us birth, and know more than we do what is for our good; for if we do not
mind them, but make light of what they say, we shall be sure to smart for it.


AN ill-natured
Dog, who was
well known for
his selfishness,
was once lying
in a manger
which was full
of sweet, fresh,
new-mown hay.
An Ox, who had
been wandering
over the fields,
and had found
nothing half so
nice, came near
the manger, and
being hungry,
wanted to eat
some of the hay.
But the envious
and unkind cur

at once jumped
up, and barked
and snarled at
the hungry Ox,
so that he dared
not come near
enough to touch
the hay. And
then the Ox,
feeling bitterly
the cruel treat-
ment he had re-
ceived from this
unkind Dog, said,
"What a selfish
wretch thou art,
for thou canst
neither eat hay
thyself, nor suf-
fer others to do


Selfishness is a most contemptible thing, but that degree of it which withholds
from others what we can make no possible use of ourselves, is hateful in the extreme.


who had but one
eye, made a point
of grazing near
the sea; and,
that she might
be the more safe
from harm while
she fed, she kept
her blind side
next to the beach,
and with her
sound eye she
looked out on
the fields: "And
now," said she,
"to be sure I
must be safe, for
no one can come
near me without
my seeing them."
But a sly fellow, who, with two or three
more, had sought for her in vain for some
days, found out the scheme. So he took a

boat and went
round on the sea
till he cameon the
blind side of her,
and then shot
her with a brace
of balls. Thus
fell the poor Doe;
but while she
was in the pains
of death she was
heard to cry out,
O0 my hard fate!
I thought no one
could hurt me on
that side which
was next to the
sea, and yet from
thence I had
my death-wound.
Wretch that I
am that scheme which I made my
whole trust, has been the means of my
fall !"


It is not good to trust too much to our own skill; for we may find the most harm
where we thought we had the least to fear. The best way is, to act with as much care as
we can in all things, and then with a firm heart to leave the end of it to God, and not
to be so vain as to say, "I have made all safe, and am sure that no harm can come
near me.


who fed in the
same field with
an Ox, had a
mind to try if
she could swell
up her skin till
she was as big
as he was. "Now
for it," said she,
"let me see what
I can do." But
her son, who
saw what she
would be at,
begged hard of
her to leave off
and try no more:
for, as he told
her, if she was to
try for ever, it

would be all in
vain, and might
do her more
harm- than she
could think of.
" Harm! you
young fool said
she; "why, you
know not what I
can do, if I strive
for it. Do but
look at me now,
and see how fast
I grow;" and
with that she
puffed and blow-
ed, and strained
and swelled, till
she burst her
skin,and felldead
on the ground.


It is best to keep a due mean in all our schemes, and not spend our time in such
things as are too hard and too high for us; for if we aim at more than we have strength
to go through with, we may expect to lose our pains, and ruin ourselves in the end.


having stolen
into a shop where
visor masks were
sold, laid his paw
upon one of them,
and turning it
first this way and
then that, and
viewing it over
and over on every
side, at last,
"Dear me," said
he, what a
charming face is
this! What
pretty features
and what a love-
ly colour! But
alas! all this
dazzling beauty

has no more
brains in the in-
side of it than a
barber's block."

This fable
shows that beau-
ty without good
sense is of very
little value: and
it should lead
children to try
to improve their
minds by gain-
ing useful know-


A STAG- while
drinking sawhim-
self in the water;
and, pleased

but in proportion-
to them, I would

turn my

back to
but I

with the sight, have a set of such
stood long sur- legs, as really
veying his shape a h make me asham-
and features. ro ed to see them.
"Ah!" says he, People may talk
"what a glorious what they please
pair of branching of their conveni-
horns are here! ences, and what
How gracefully great need we
do those antlers stand in of them,
hang over my upon several oc-
forehead, and casions; but for
give an agree- my part, I find
able turn to my them so very
whole face! If slender and un-
some other parts sightly, that I
of my body were had as lief have
none at all."
While he was giving himself these airs, he was alarmed with the noise of some hunts-
men, and turning round he saw a pack of hounds making towards him.
Away he flees, bounding nimbly over the plain, leaving dogs and men at a vast
distance behind him. But entering a thick copse, he had the ill-fortune to be entangled
by his horns in a thicket, where he was held fast, till the hounds came and killed him.
While in the pangs of death, he is said to have uttered these words: "Unhappy
creature that I am! I am too late convinced that what'I prided myself in has been
the cause of my undoing, and what I so much disliked was the only thing that could have
saved me."

Beauty often becomes a snare and ruin, while solid virtue, though unadorned, gains
respect. The latter, too, will mature with age, while the former will surely fade.


A HARE twitted
a Tortoise on ac-
count of-his slow-
ness, and vainly
boasted of her
own great speed
in running.
"Let us make a
match," replied
the Tortoise: "I'll
run with you five
miles for five
pounds, and the
Fox yonder shall
be the umpire of
the race." The
Hare agreed, and
away they both
started together.
But the Hare,
by reason of her
exceeding swiftness, outran the Tortoise
to such a degree that she made a jest of
the matter, and, finding herself a little

tired, squatted in
a tuft of fern that
grew by the way,
arnd; took a nap,
thinking that, if
the Tortoise went
by, she could at
any time catch
him up with all
the ease imagin-
able. In the
meanwhile .the
Tortoise came
jogging on, with
a slow but con-
tinued motion;
and the Hare,
out of a too great
security and con-
fidence of victory,
oversleeping her-
self, the Tortoise arrived at the end of the
race first.


Industry and application will, in most cases, do more than quick and ready wit. The
highest genius, without industry, will generally fail of any great exploit.



A Fox was
caught in a steel
trap by his tail,
and escaped with
the loss of it.
He soon became
sensible of the
disgrace such a
defect would
bring upon him,
and almost wish-
ed he had died
rather than left
it behind him.
However, .to
make the best of
it, he called an
assembly of the
Foxes, and pro-
posed it for their
imitation as a
fashion. He made a long harangue upon
the unprofitableness of tails in general, and
endeavoured to show the awkwardness and
inconvenience of a Fox's tail in particular;

adding that it
would be both
moregraceful and
more expeditious
to be altogether
without them,
and for his part,
he never enjoyed
himself so well,
nor found him-
self so easy as he
had done since he
cut off his tail.
On looking up to
see what prose-
lytes he had gain-
ed, a-sly old Fox
in the company,
who understood
traps, said, "I
believe you may
have found a convenience in parting with
your tail; and when we are in the same
circumstances, perhaps we may do so too."


It is common for men to wish others reduced to their own level, and we ought to
guard against such advice as may proceed from this principle.




IN days of yore,
when a young
Fox would take: -
more pains to
get a bunch of --
grapes- than a
plump, fat goose,
an arch young
thief cast his eyes
on a fine bunch
which hung on
the top of a poor
man's vine, and _
made him lick
his lips like [a
hound at the
sight of a joint
of meat. Oh "
said he, "how
nice they look!
I must have a
taste of them, if I die for it;" and with
that, up he jumped with all his might, but
had the ill-luck not to reach the grapes;

yet, as he could
not find in his
heart to leave
them, he tried for
them as long as
he was able; so
I WIN Ohe leaped and
j ump eed, and
II Ijumped and leap-
'I' I ,'' I j m pe
;, ed, till at last he
was glad to rest.

found all his
pains were in
vai n, Hang
them !" said he
I am sure they,
are not fit to eat,
for they are as
sour as crabs,
and would set my
teeth on edge for a whole week; and so I
shall leave them for the next fool who may
chance to come this way."


Some men make light of that which is out of their reach, though at the same time in
their hearts they know not what to do for want of it.


ii; -" URING the reign of good King Arthur there lived in the County of Cornwall,
Near to the Land's End of England, a wealthy farmer, who had an only
son named Jack. Jack was a brisk boy, and of a ready wit: he took
great delight in hearing stories of Giants and Fairies, and used to listen
Eagerly while any old woman told him of the great deeds of the brave
Knights of King Arthur's Round Table.
When Jack was sent to take care of the sheep and oxen in the fields,
he used to amuse himself with planning battles and sieges, and the means
to conquer or surprise a foe. He was.above the common sports of children ;
but hardly any one could equalfhim at wrestling; or if he met with a match
d for himself in strength, his skill and address always made him the victor.
In those days the Mount of Corn-
wall was kept by a huge and mon-
strous Giant, eighteen feet in height,
and about three yards in compass, i
of a fierce and grim countenance, the
terror of all the neighboring towns
and villages. He dwelt in a cave in
the middle of the Mount; and he
was such a selfish monster that he
would not suffer any one to live near
him. He fed on other men's cattle,
which often became his prey; for
whensoever he wanted, food, he
would wade over to the mainland, -
where he would furnish himself with
whatever came in his way.

aNIC seized
the in-
"*.' hab i-
tants at
his ap-

tions, and took flight; while the
Giant seized upon their cattle, mak-
ing nothing of carrying half- a -
dozen oxen on his back at a
time, and as for their sheep and
hogs, he would tie them by dozens round his years, so that a great part of the county was
waist. This course he had followed for many impoverished by his depredations.

Jack resolved to kill this monster; and taking
with him a horn, a shovel, and a pickaxe, he went
over to the Mount in the beginning of
a dark winter's evening, when he fell
to work, and before morning had dug
a pit twenty-two feet deep, and nearly
as broad, and had covered it over with
.long sticks and straw. Then strewing
a little mould upon it, he made it
appear like plain ground. Then Jack rV -
placed the horn to his mouth, and blew : ....
with all his might such a loud tantivy, -z i-
that the Giant awoke and rushed to- '
wards Jack, exclaiming:
"You saucy villain, why are you
come here to disturb my rest ? you
shall pay dearly for this. I will take
you home, and broil you whole for
my breakfast."
He had no sooner uttered this
cruel threat, than, tumbling into the
pit, he made the very foundations of
the Mount to shake.
"Oh, oh, Mr Giant," said Jack,
"where are you now ? do you think
now of broiling me for your break-
fast ? will nothing else serve you but
poor Jack ?"
Thus did little Jack torment the
big Giant, as a cat does a mouse when
she knows it cannot escape; and when
he had tired of that amusement, he
gave the monster a heavy blow with a
pickaxe on the very crown of his head,
which tumbled him down, andkilled himonthespot.
When Jack saw that the Giant was dead, he filled
up the pit with earth, and went to search the cave,
which he found contained much treas-
ure. Jack then made haste back to
rejoice, his friends with the news- of
the Giant's death.
Now when the justices of Corn-
wall heard of this valiant action, they ,i
sent for Jack, and declared that he "
should always be called

and they also gave him a magnificent sword- and
an embroidered belt, upon which was emblazoned

in letters of gold,

This is the valiant Cornish man
Who slew the Giant Cormoran."

S" The news of Jack's victory soon
i,' -i spread over all the west of England;
so that another Giant named Blun-
derbore, hearing of it, vowed to be
revenged on Jack, if ever it was his
fortune to light on him. This Giant
kept an enchanted castle, in the midst of a lonely

ucct te Oiant~ iller #

Now Jack, about four months after his last ex-
ploit, riding near this castle in his journey towards
Wales, being weary, lay down near a pleasant
fountain in the wood, and quickly fell asleep.
Presently the, Giant,"coming to the fountain for
water, discovered him; and as the lines written
on the belt showed who he was, he immediately
took Jack on his shoulders, and carried him to-
wards his castle. Now as they passed through a
thicket, the rustling of the boughs awakened Jack,
who was terribly frightened to find himself in the
clutches of Blunderbore. Yet this was nothing to
his fright soon after; for when they reached the
castle, he beheld the floor covered all over with
skulls and bones of men and women.
The Giant took him into a large room, where
lay the limbs of persons that had been lately
killed; and he told Jack, with a horrid grin, that
men's hearts, eaten with pepper and vinegar, were
his nicest food, and that he thought he should
make a dainty meal on his. When he had said
this, he locked Jack up in the room, while he went
to fetch another Giant, who lived in .the same
wood, to enjoy a dinner off poor Jack.
While he was away, Jack heard dreadful shrieks,
and groans, and cries, from many parts of the
castle; and soon after he heard a mournful voice
repeat these lines:

"Haste, valiant Stranger, haste away
Lest you become the Giant's rey.
On his return he'll bring another
Still more savage than his brother,-
A horrid, cruel monster, who,
Before he kills, will torture you.
0 valiant Stranger / haste away,
Or you'll become these Giants' frey."

This warning was so shocking to poor Jack,
that he was ready to go mad. He ran to the win-
dow, and saw the two Giants coming along arm
in arm. This window was right over the gates
of the castle.
Now," thought Jack, either my death or
freedom is at hand."
Now there were two strong cords in the room.
Jack made a large noose with a slip-knot at the
ends of both these; and as the Giants were com-

ing through the iron gates, he threw the ropes
over their heads. He then made the other ends
fast to a beam in the ceiling, and pulled with all
his might till he had almost strangled them.
When he saw that they were both quite black in
the face, and had not the least strength left, he
drew his sword, and slid down the ropes; he then
killed the Giants, and thus saved himself from the
cruel death they meant to put him to.
Jack next took a great bunch of keys from the
pocket of Blunderbore, and went into the castle
again. He made a strict search through all the
rooms; and in them found three ladies tied up by
the hair of their heads, and almost starved to
death. They told him that their husbands had
been killed by the Giants, who had then con-
demned them to be starved to death, because they
would not eat the flesh of their own husbands.
Charming Ladies," said Jack, I have put an
end to the monster and his wicked brother; and
I give you this castle, and all riches that it con-
tains, to make you some amends for the dreadful
pains you have felt."
He then very politely gave them the keys of
the castle, and went further in his journey to

ARING very little for riches, Jack
had not taken any of the
SG Giant's wealth for himself;
Sand having but little money
of his own, he thought it best
to travel as fast as he could.
At length he lost his way; and when night
came on, he was in a valley between two lofty
mountains. He thought himself lucky at last in
finding a large and handsome house. He went to
it, and knocked at the gate; when, to his surprise,
there came forth a Giant with two heads. He
spoke to Jack very civilly, for he was a Welsh
Giant, and all the mischief he did was done under
a show of friendship. Jack told him he was a be-
nighted traveller; when the monster bade Jack
welcome, and led him into a room where he could
pass the night. But though he was weary he
could not sleep, for he heard the Giant walk-

ing backward and forward in the next
room, saying,

" Though here you lodge with me this
You shall not see the morning light:
My club shall dash your brains out

"Say you so ?" quoth Jack; that
is like ohe of your Welsh tricks."
Then getting out of bed, Jack
groped about the room, and at last
found a billet of wood, he laid it in
his place in the bed, and hid himself
in a corner of the room. In the mid-
dle of the night the Giant came with
his great club, and struck many heavy
blows on the bed, in the very place
where Jack had laid the billet; and
then went to his own room, thinking
he had broken all Jack's bones
Early in the morning Jack walked
into the Giant's room to thank him for
his lodging. The Giant started when
he saw him, and began to stammer
Pray, how did you sleep last night ?
Did you hear or see anything in the
dead of the night ?"
"Nothing worth speaking of," said
Jack, carelessly ; "a rat, I believe, gave
me three or four flaps with its tail, but I soon went
to sleep again."
The Giant did not ans-
wer a word, but brought
in two bowls of hasty-pud- .
ding for their breakfasts.
Jack wanted to make the i,
Giant believe that he could .';'
eat as much as himself, so ,. '
he contrived to button a
leather bag inside his coat,
and slipped the pudding in- '
to the bag instead of his -
When breakfast was over, he said to the Giant,
"I will show you a fine trick; I could cut my

head off one minute, and put it on sound the
next. But see here!"
He then took a knife,
ripped up the bag, and all
the pudding fell on the
S1"' Odds splutter hur nails,"
cried the Giant, who was
ashamed to be outdone by
Jack, "hur can do that hur-
So he snatched up the
knife, plunged it into his
stomach, and in a moment dropped down dead.
Jack having thus outwitted the monster, went
further on his journey.


ACK travelled on until he met
with King Arthur's only son,.
who was seeking all through
Wales for a very beautiful
lady that was enchanted.
Jack asked 'leave to be the
Prince's attendant, and the
Prince granted his request.
After a long day's journey
when night drew on, the Prince was anxious to
secure a lodging ; but they had no means to hire
one, for both the Prince and Jack had spent all
their money; but Jack said,-
"Never mind, master, we shall do well enough,
for I have an uncle who lives within two miles of
this place; he is a huge and monstrous Giant,
with three heads;.
he'll fight five hun-
S dred men in armour,
and make them flee
before him."
-r "Alas!" quoth
: the Prince, "what
r; > shall we do there?
She'll certainly chop
us up at a mouthful.
7t' Nay, we are scarce
,' enough to fill his
TjrI. hollow tooth."
-.'-.. ^ i" It is no matter
S '--._ for that," quoth
Jack; "I myself
will go before, and
prepare the way for you ; therefore tarry and wait
till I return."
Jack then rode off full speed, and coming to the
gate of the castle, he knocked so loud that the
echo from the neighboring hills resounded like
The Giant, terribly vexed, roared out, "Who's
"None but your poor cousin Jack," answered he.
What news with my poor cousin Jack ?"

He replied, Dear uncle, heavy news."
"God wot," quoth the Giant, "prithee what
heavy news can come to me ? I am a Giant with
three heads; and besides, thou knowest I can
fight five hundred men in armour, and make them
fly like chaff before the wind."
Oh, but," quoth Jack, "here's the Prince a-
coming, with a thousand men in armour, to kill
you, and destroy all that you have !"
"Oh, cousin Jack,", said the Giant, "this is
heavy news indeed! I will immediately run and
hide myself, and thou shalt lock, bolt, and bar me
in, and keep the keys till the Prince is gone."
Jack joyfully complied with the Giant's request;.
and fetching his master, they feasted and made
themselves merry,.whilst the poor Giant lay tremb-
ling in a vault underground.
In the morning, Jack furnished the Prince with
a fresh supply of gold and silver, and then sent
him three miles forward on his journey, as he
would then be pretty well out of the smell of the
Giant. Jack then returned, and liberated the
Giant from the vault, who asked what he should
give him for saving the castle.
"Why," quoth Jack, I desire nothing but the
old coat and cap, together with the old rusty
sword and slippers which are at your bed's head."
Quoth the Giant, Thou shalt have them; and
pray keep them for my sake, for they are things
of excellent use: the coat will keep you invisible,
the cap will furnish you with knowledge, the sword
cuts asunder whatever you strike, and the shoes
are of extraordinary swiftness. These may be
serviceable to
you; therefore .
take them, with
all my heart." 0
They soon ar-' i
rived at the (l
dwelling of the i '
beautiful lady, '
who was under j
the power of a -
wicked Magi- -"- -"t
cian. She re-
ceived the Prince with fair words, and made a
noble feast for him; when it was ended, she arose,

and wiping her mouth with a fine handkerchief,
said, My Lord, you must show me this handker-
chief to-morrow, or lose your head." She then
went out of the room, taking the hand
kerchief with her.
The Prince went to bed right sorrow-
ful; but Jack put on his cap of knbw-
ledge, which told him that the lady was
forced, by the power of the enchantment,
to meet the wicked Magician every night
in a forest. Jack now put on his coat of
darkness and his shoes of swiftness, and
went to the forest, where he saw the lady
give the handkerchief to the Magician.
Whereupon Jack, who was surrounded by
a host of evil spirits, with his sword of
sharpness, at one blow cut off his head,
and regained the handkerchief for the
Prince; the enchantment was ended in
a moment, and the lady restored to her
virtue and goodness.
She returned with the Prince to the court of
King Arthur, where they were received with wel-
come; and the valiant Jack was made one of the
Knights of the Round Table.


vi';;'ACK resolved not to live in idle-
t ness for the future, but to do
j .', what services he could for the
lU' honour of the king and the na-
-'R "' 1 tion. He therefore humbly be-
sought King Arthur to furnish
.him with a horse and money,
that he might travel in search of new and strange
exploits. For," said he to the King, "there are

many Giants yet among the mountains of Wales,
and they oppress the people: therefore, if it
please you, Sire, to favour my designs, I will


soon rid your kingdom of these Giants and
When the king heard this offer, and thought
of the cruel deeds of these bloodthirsty Giants and
savage monsters, he gave Jack 'everything proper
for such a journey.
Thereupon Jack took leave of the King, the
Prince, and all the Knights of the Round Table,:
and set off. He went along over hills and moun-.
tains, until he came to a large forest, through
which his road lay. On a sudden.-he heard
piercing shrieks. He forced his way.through the
trees, and saw a huge Giant, thirty-five feet high,
dragging along by the hair of their heads a Knight
and his beautiful Lady, one in each hand, with as
much ease as if they had been a pair of gloves.
Jack shed tears at such a sight, and alighting from
his horse, and tying him to an oak, put on his in-
visible coat, under which he carried his sword of
When he came up to the Giant he made many
strokes at him; but could not reach his body, on
account of his great height. Still he wounded
his ankles in many places ; at last, putting both
hands to his sword, and aiming with all his might,
he cut off both the Giant's legs below the garter,
so that his body tumbled to the ground.

~ ACK then set one foot upon
his neck, and cried out,
{ "Thou cruel wretch!
behold I give thee the
just reward of thy
Crimess" And so plung-
ing his sword into the
Giant's body, the monster gave a
loud groan and yielded up his life;
while the noble Knight and his Lady
were joyful at their deliverance.
They heartily thanked Jack for what
he had done, and invited him to their .
house to refresh himself.
No," said Jack, "I cannot be at
ease till I find out this monster's
dwelling." -
The Knight, hearing this, grew :-
sad, and replied, "Noble stranger,
it is too much to run a second haz-
ard. This monster lived in a den
under yonder mountain, with a
brother of his more fierce and cruel
than himself; therefore, if you should
go thither and perish in the attempt
to overthrow this wicked brother, it
would be heart-breaking to me and
my lady; so let me persuade you to
go with us, and desist from any
further pursuit."
Nay," said Jack, "even if there
were twenty, I would shed the last
drop of my blood before one of them should escape me.

When I have done this task, I will, return and
visit you."
Jack had not rode a mile and a half
before he came in sight of the mouth
of the cavern; and nigh the entrance
Sof it he beheld the other Giant sit-
ting on a huge rock, with a knotted iron
club in his hand, waiting for his brother.
SHis eyes flashed like flames of fire, his
face was grim, and his cheeks seemed like
Stwo flitches of bacon; the bristles of his
L beard were as thick rods of iron wire; and
Shis locks of hair hung down like curling
snakes. Jack alighted from his horse,
and turned him into a thicket; then he

put on his invisible coat, and drew
a little nearer, to behold this figure ;
and said softly, "O monster, are
you there? it will not be long be-
fore. I shall take you fast by the
The Giant, all this while, could not
see him, by reason of his invisible
coat; then Jack came quite close to
him, and struck a blow at his head
with his sword of sharpness; but,
missing his aim, only cut off his nose ,
whilst the Giant roared like loud .
claps of thunder. And though he
rolled his glaring eyes roundonevery
side, he could not see who had given
him the blow; yet he took up his
iron club, and began to lay about
him like one that was mad.
"Nay," said Jack, if this is the
case, I will kill you at once." So he
slipped nimblybehind him, and jump-
ing upon the rocky seat as the Giant '//'
rose from it, he thrust his sword up
to the- hilt in his body. After a
hideous howling, the Giant dropped
dowr dead.
When Jack had thus killed these
two monsters, he searched their cave
for treasure. He passed through
many dark windings, which led him
to a room paved with freestone; at
the end of it was a boiling cauldron, and on the
right hand stood a large table where the Giants

used to dine. He then came to a window
secured .with iron bars, through which he saw
a number of wretched captives, who cried out,
when they saw Jack, "Alas! alas! young man,
are you come to be one among us in this horrid
I hope,", said Jack,. you will not; tarry here
long; but pray tell me, what is the meaning of
your captivity ?"
"Alas !" said one, we have been taken by the
Giants that hold this cave, and are kept till they
have a feast; then the fattest of us is killed and
cooked. It is not long since they took three for
this purpose."
"Say you so ?" said Jack. I have given them

such a dinner that it will be long enough before
they want more." The captives were amazed at
his words. "You may believe me," said Jack;
"for I have slain both the monsters, and sent
their heads in a waggon to King Arthur as trophies

of my victory."
To show them that what he said was true, he
unlocked the gate and set them all free. Then
he led them to the great room, where they feasted
'plentifully. Supper being over, they searched the
Giants' coffers, and Jack shared the store among
the caphives. Jack started at sunrise to the
house of the Knight, whom he had left not long

RESENTLY Jack reached the Knight's
a Castle, where he was received with the
greatest joy. In honour of the hero's
exploits, a grand feast was given, which
lasted many days. The Knight also presented
Jack with a beautiful ring, on which was engraved
the Giant dragging the Knight and the Lady by
the hair, with this motto :

Ie were in sad distress, you see,
Under the Giant's fierce command;
But gained our lives and liberty
By valiant Jack's victorious hand."

Among the guests present at the feast were five
aged gentlemen, who were fathers to some of those
captives who had been freed by Jack from the
dungeon. These old men pressed round him with
tears of joy, and returned him thanks. One day
the bowl went round merrily, and every one drank
to the health and long life of the gallant hero.
The halls resounded with peals of laughter and
joyful cries.
But, lo! in the midst, a herald, pale and breath-
less with haste and terror, rushed in, and told the
company, that Thundel, a Giant with an immense
head, having heard of the death of his two kins-
men, was come to take revenge on Jack, and that
he was now near the house, and the country-
people all flying before him.

At this dismal news the very boldest of the
guests trembled; but Jack drew his sword and
said, Let him come; I have a tool to pick his
teeth with. Pray, ladies and gentlemen, walk-into
the garden, and you shall joyfully behold the
Giant's defeat and death."

The Knight's Castle was surrounded by a moat,
thirty feet deep and twenty wide, over which lay
a drawbridge. Jack set men to work to cut the
bridge on both sides, near the middle; and then
dressing himself in his invisible coat, went against
the Giant with his sword of sharpness. As he
came close to him, though the Giant could not see
him, yet he cried out,-

"Fie fob fum
I smell the blood of an Englishman;
Be he alive or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread."

"Say you so, my friend ?" said Jack; "you are
a clever miller indeed !"
"Art thou," cried the Giant, the villain who
killed my kinsmen ? Then I will tear thee with
my teeth, and grind thy bones to powder."
"You must catch me first," said Jack; and throw-
ing off his invisible coat, he put on his shoes of
swiftness and began to run; the Giant following
him like a walking castle, making the earth
shake at every step.
Jack led him round and round the walls of the
castle, that the company might see the monster;
and to finish the work, Jack ran over the draw-
bridge, the Giant going after him with his club;
but when the Giant came to the middle, where the

bridge had been cut on both sides,
the great weight of his body made it
break, and he tumbled into the
water, where he. rolled about like a
S large whale. Jack now stood by
Sthe side
of the
SR ,; -moat, and
laughed I
R 0 and
jeered at /
Shim, say-
"I think
you told
me you
grind my
bones to
S powder;
when will
you b e-
gin ?"
horridly at
the mouth
with fury, and plunged from side to
side of the moat; but he could not
get out to have revenge on his little
foe. At -last Jack ordered a cart-rope to be
brought to him ; he then drew it over his great
head, and by the help of a team of horses, dragged
-him to the edge of the moat, where he cut off the


monster's head; and before he either ate or drank,
he sent it to the court of King Arthur. He then
went back to the table with the company, and the
rest. of the day was spent in mirth and good cheer.



OURTED and flattered as he was,
J yet after staying with the Knight
Sand his lady for some time, Jack
grew weary of such an idle life,
and set out again in search of
new adventures. He went over hills and dales
without meeting any, till he came to the foot of a
very high mountain. Here he knocked at the
door of a small and lonely house, and an old man,
with a head as white as snow, let him in.
Good father," said Jack, "can
you lodge a traveller who has lost his
way ?" "
Yes," said the hermit, I can, if
you will accept such fare as my poor
house affords."
Jack entered, and the old man set
before him some bread and fruit for
his supper. When Jack had eaten

as much as he chose, the hermit
"My son, I know you are the
famous conqueror of Giants; now, at
the top of this mountain is an en-
chanted Castle, kept by a Giant
named Galligantus, who, by the help of a vile
Magician, gets many knights and ladies into his

be broken."
Jack promised that, in the morning, at the risk

Castle, where he changes them into the shape
of beasts. Above all, I lament the hard fate of
a Duke's daughter, whom they seized as she was
walking in her father's garden, and brought
hither through the air in a chariot drawn by two
fiery dragons, and turned her into the shape of a
deer. Many knights have tried to destroy the
enchantment, and deliver her; yet none have
been able to do it, by reason of two fiery Griffins,
who guard the gate of the Castle, and destroy all
who come nigh: but as you, my son, have an in-
visible coat, you may pass by them without being
seen; and on the gates of the Castle you will find
engraved by what means the enchantment may

t 97
of his life, he would break the enclhtment; and
after a sound sleep, he arose early, put on his in-
visible coat, and go ready for the attempt.
When he had climbed to the top of the moun-
tain, he saw the two fiery Griffins; but he passed

between them without the least fear of danger, for
they could not see him because of his invisible
coat. On the Castle gate hung a golden trumpet,
under which were these lines:-

Whoever doth this Trumpet blow,
Shall cause the Giant's overthrow."

As soon as Jack had read this, he seized the
trumpet, and blew a shrill blast, which made the
gates fly open, and the very Castle itself tremble.
The Giant and the Conjuror now knew that their

wicked course was at an end, and they stood biting
their thumbs and shaking with fear. Jack, with
his sword of sharpness, soon killed the Giant;
and the Magician was then carried away by a
whirlwind; and every knight and beautiful lady
who had been
changed into
birds and
beasts, re-
turned to their
proper shapes.
The Castle
vanished away.
like smoke, and the head of the Giant Galligantus
was sent to King Arthur. The knights and
ladies rested that night at the old man's hermitage,
and next day set out for the Court.
Jack then went up to the King, and gave his
majesty an account of all his fierce battles. Jack's
fame had spread through the whole country; and
at the King's desire, the Duke gave him his
daughter in marriage, to the joy of all the king-
dom. After this, the king gave Jack a large
estate, on which he and his lady lived the rest of
their days in joy and content.




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