"Green-eyes! Green-eyes! Bless me if that cat hasn't done his disappearing trick again! " suddenly shouted the wizard from downstairs. Green-eyes was so startled that he fell over, rolled to the top of the stairs, lost his balance there and fell headlong down to the bottom. The wizard rushed out of the parlour when he heard the noise, and stood in amazement when he saw Green-eyes rolling down the stairs.
" Is this a new sort of game you are playing, Green-eyes? " asked the wizard. " A poor sort of game, I should think! You must be covered
with bruises! I want a stamp for my letter. Come and get me one, and then, stars and moon, if you move out of my sight again, I'll turn your whiskers into snakes! "
Green-eyes shook and shivered. He got the wizard a stamp and then sat down meekly in his chair again. This time the wizard kept a sharp eye on him.
" Tell me if you feel you badly want to go and fall down the stairs again, won't you?" he said, licking the stamp. " What an extraordinary cat you are! I wouldn't keep you for five minutes, i£ I were Witch Tiptap! You haven't any manners at all! Grrrrrrrr! "
He growled so much like a dog that Green-eyes shook like a jelly, and looked round to see where the dog was. The wizard laughed.
;' And now, perhaps, you will get me Tiptap's morning newspaper and let me have a look at it," he said. " It is raining and I shall have to wait here till it stops."
Oh dear, oh dear, this was worse and worse! How long was the wizard going to stay? Green-eyes felt very miserable. If only he hadn't meddled with that jug!
He fetched the newspaper, and, on his