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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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in her right, held out the tabor to her master. Ali Baba and his son put a piece of gold into it, and Cogia Hassan, seeing that she was coming to him, pulled out his purse to make her a present, but while he was putting his hand into it Morgiana plunged the dagger into his heart.
' Unhappy girl!' cried Ali Baba and his son, ' what have you done to ruin us ? ' 'It was to preserve you, master, not to ruin you,' answered Morgiana. ' See here,' opening the false merchant's garment and showing the dagger; ' see what an enemy you have entertained ! Remember, he would eat no salt with you, and what more would you have ? Look at him! he is both the false oil merchant and the Captain of the Forty Thieves.'
Ali Baba was so grateful to Morgiana for thus saving his life that he offered her to his son in marriage, who readily consented, and a few days after the wedding was celebrated with great splendour. At the end of a year Ali Baba, hearing nothing of the two remaining robbers, judged they were dead, and set out to the cave. The door opened on his saying: ' Open, Sesame!' He went in, and saw that nobody had been there since the Captain left it. He brought away as much gold as he could carry, and returned to town. He told his son the secret of the cave, which his son handed down in his turn, so the children and grandchildren of Ali Baba were rich to the end of their lives.1
* Arabian Nights.
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