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and laid him gently at the foot of a great tree in the garden. As soon as he recovered his breath, Aladdin made his way secretly into the palace, and great was the Princess Badroulboudour's joy at seeing him again. They laid a plan to rescue the Princess out of the hands of the wicked magician, and effected their object in the following way:— The magician was in the habit of paying the Princess Badroulboudour a visit every evening, and on the night of Aladdin's arrival he came as usual. Aladdin had hidden himself behind a curtain in the room; and to the magician's great surprise and joy, the Princess received him with a much more gracious countenance than she had ever shown him before. She
even invited him to sup with her, and treated him with great courtesy and distinction. At length she poured out a goblet of wine, into which she secretly put a strong poison. Then, turning with a cheerful countenance to the magician, she desired him to pour her out a goblet of wine, that they might drink each other's health. The magician obeyed, and receiving the poisoned cup from the hand of his captive with great joy, he took the invitation as a token that the beautiful lady was becoming reconciled to the idea of becoming his wife. Therefore he took the cup with abundance of thanks, declaring himself greatly obliged by the lady's condescension ; he bowed low, raising the goblet above his head, declaring he emptied it to the health
of the Princess Bauroulboudour, drank off its contents, and immediately fell down on the ground and expired. Hereupon Aladdin rushed from his place of concealment, and carefully concealed in the folds of the magician's garment he found the wonderful lamp, the source of all his wealth and prosperity —the lamp, whose loss had almost cost him the loss of all he had in the world, and of his life into the bargain.
The Sultan, meanwhile, had passed the time since the disappearance of Aladdin's palace in a very unhappy way. He had but little hope of seeing his daughter again ; and every morning he renewed his grief by going into the cabinet whence he could see the spot where the vanished palace had stood. He was soon to have a joyful surprise. The joy of both Aladdin and his wife at this happy change in their affairs may be imagined. Aladdin at once made use of the lamp, and ordered the genie to transport the palace back to its original position. The Sultan was overjoyed to see his daughter once more. He repented of his harshness towards Aladdin, and expressed a desire to know how all these wonders had happened. Aladdin informed him that by the assistance of a good genie he had been enabled to discover the Princess, who, by the arts of a wicked magician, had been transported, with her palace, to Africa; he described his arrival at the palace, the joy of the Princess on beholding him once more, and the deserved fate of the magician. The Sultan looked incredulous, as well he might; but Aladdin dispelled his doubts by showing him the body of the magician, which had not been removed from the palace. Having thus far confirmed his story, Aladdin described the extraordinary powers of the lamp he had recovered from the magician, and told the Sultan that it was to the lamp alone they were all indebted for their present happiness. The Sultan was too overjoyed to listen to any further details at present; but he expressed a desire that Aladdin should, at his earliest opportunity, relate the whole story. The Sultan then commanded the drums to beat and trumpets to sound, and a feast of ten days to be proclaimed for joy of the return of the Princess Badroulboudour, of Aladdin, and of the enchanted palace.
ERE is another fairy tale for you, and I dare say you
will like it all the better, because the people about whom I am going to tell the story lived in England a very long time ago, and the hero, or chief person in it, is an English boy.
There was once a widow, who lived a long way from London,
NotE.—Like “ Jack the Giant Killer,” the story of “ Jack and the Bean-stalk ” gives unmistakable indications of a Teutonic origin. The beanstalk is evidently derived from the "world tree" Ygdrasil, the famous ash of the Northern mythology, which was supposed to sapport the sky, its great branches spreading all over the world. Three roots are sent forth by this wonderful tree, to the lower, middle, and upper world. The German idolatry was connected with in a little wayside village: she was a poor lonely woman, with only one comfort to take away the dreariness from her life; and this one comfort was her son Jack. And as Jack was the only child the poor widow had, you can fancy how much affection was bestowed upon him—how the poor widow went
— without many little comforts that Jack might not feel their poverty; how she watched over him day and night; how, in fact, she loved him as only a widowed mother can.
Now, Jack was not at all a bad-hearted fellow. He was generous, helpful, and brave. He would go any distance on an errand to please a neighbour ; he would give away all he had to any one who begged of him; and if he saw a great boy ill-treating a little one, the big coward was pretty certain to receive a sound thrashing at the hands, or rather at the fists, of Jack. But he had one fault, which many brave, openhearted lads have, and which spoils all their good qualities. Jack was heedless. He did not know the value of money, and threw it away as an extravagant boy will do. He did not know what it was to be careworn and sore-hearted, and never stopped to consider how he grieved his poor mother by his carelessness; he never thought before he acted, and consequently he acted so foolishly that his mother became poorer
At last the widow's eyes were opened. On going to her money-box one night she found there was not a shilling left. The box was empty, excepting for one little fourpenny-piece,
the worship of trees, in whose sturdy strength the old Saxons saw the emblem of the sustaining power of Providence. Thus they worshipped the oak as a sign of the Deity; and the Anglo-Saxon monk Winfred, or Bonifacius (the doer of good), began his task of converting the heathen Saxons of North Germany to Christianity, by adopting the bold measure of hewing down a great oak, which they looked on with peculiar veneration.