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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE STORY OF CALIPH STORK.                 39
Chasid listened with favor to his servant's suggestion, and perceiving in the valley beneath them a ruin which seemed to promise shelter, they flew toward it. The building in which they proposed to pass the night had apparently been formerly a castle. Some handsome pillars still stood among the heaps of ruins, and several rooms, which yet remained in fair preservation, gave evidence of former splendor. Ohasid and his companion wandered
along the passages seeking a dry spot, when suddenly Man-sor stood still.
"My lord and master," he whispered, "if it were not absurd for a grand vizier, and still more for a stork, to be afraid of ghosts, I should feel quite nervous, for some one, or something close by me, has sighed and moaned quite audibly."
The caliph stood still and distinctly heard a low weeping sound which seemed to proceed from a human being rather than from any animal. Full of curiosity, he was
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